The fine for crossing the red line in Syria.
And just hours after Trump ended his dinner with China leader Xi Jinping.
When I go to my local Metro, which is rare, I notice little signs that state that only a few products will actually earn a customer Air Miles. And when I receive emails from Air Miles, they tell me that they’re clawing back benefits and services. If profit margins and subscriptions are shrinking, Air Miles should really expand the number of products that are eligible for their miles.
I had no idea that BSS was still kicking it. Wow!
Recently, my sister has suggested that I leave my library job and join her in advertising considering that I am overqualified for my position and the next two higher positions. This must be a sign of something more, as recently I’ve been thinking about all the variations of Don Draper’s office and Don Draper’s ties. My favourite Don Draper office was his SCDP one and its great view.
Where’s the Martian Manhunter, Hawkgirl, or any one of 3,603 Green Lanterns?
As someone who hated Mamoru Oshii’s 1995 film, enjoyed his sequel, Innocence, adored Masamune Shirow’s original manga and the Stand Alone Complex TV series—that was far more accurate to the original manga than Oshii’s films, and all of the spin-offs, I don’t agree with and I dismiss criticism concerning the casting of Scarlett Johansson in the role of Motoko Kusanagi as whitewashing.
Ghost in the Shell is set in an alternate near-future where technology has advanced to such a degree that cyberization and body swapping are commonplace, when the consciousness of thousands of humans can be stored on the Internet, and where the line between artificial intelligence and the human soul is so blurred many individuals question the essence of life and whether they are truly alive or are just software.
The character of Motoko Kusanagi, a thirtysomething plus ex-Japanese special forces operative, has had a succession of industrially manufactured prosthetic bodies, albeit military grade, few or none of which were particularly East Asian-looking—that I have seen in any officially-licenced material, since a plane crash killed her parents and essentially destroyed her natural child body.
While it is possible, in the GitS universe, for someone to have an original, one-of-a-kind prosthetic body, that could imitate or extrapolate one’s original body, it’s far, far cheaper, far more convenient in terms of repair and anonymity for a government security agent to have either an off-the-shelf or commercially popular “appearance package” for one’s cyber body.
According to Wikipedia (in reference to the Dark Horse manga), Shirow gave Motoko a common cyber body for an additional reason: so she wouldn’t be harvested for rare parts. That makes sense. Real super spies don’t go driving across Europe in rare Aston Martins to attract attention from everybody.
If we were to think about the commercial aspects of what would be a popular cyber body, we have only to extrapolate from fashion ads and movies to imagine who people wish they could be: Scarlett Johansson, Beyonce, Cristiano Ronaldo, Idris Elba, Marilyn Monroe, Napoleon, etc. In the future of GitS, anybody with money can be Beyonce or Scarlett Johansson. Indeed, an episode of the Stand Alone Complex featured a woman who swapped her body for her ex-lover, Paz, a man on Kusanagi’s security team.
In a world where “Scarlett Johansson” cyber bodies could be as ubiquitous as Herschel backpacks or Toyotas, why shouldn’t a secret government agent like Motoko Kusanagi be played by Scarlett Johansson?
The good thing about this trailer is that it hints that it won’t be just a shot-for-shot, scene-for-scene, copy of Mamoru Oshii’s Ghost in the Shell (1995).
The bad thing is that the actor playing Batou looks nothing like him and that his prosthetic “Army Ranger” eyes look so fake.