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Adlai E. Stevenson Jr.

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January 8, 2010

Humanity: The Fly in the Ointment of Avatar

The basic themes of James Cameron's Avatar are that the industrial military complex is alive and well and intent on exploiting and destroying nature in the name of profit.  Sigourney Weaver is recast as a Dian Fossey clone, this go round protecting the blue tailed Na'vi and the woods as opposed to the gorillas in the mist. The heroes: a disabled vet, a Latina lesbian, and a geek.

While I won't deny that the movie is fun to watch,  it pushes left wing buttons so shamelessly I felt compelled to go on ebay and bid on an autographed copy of Sarah Palin's Going Rogue just to help balance things out. Thankfully, I was outbid.

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