Thursday, July 7, 2011

Elaine Meinel Supkis uses anime and draws fan art to make sustainability points


In James Howard Kunstler swims against the stream on gender role equality, too, I mentioned another blogger in passing.
By the way, was one of the people who objected to your protrayal of women your neighbor up on the hill, Elaine Meinel Supkis?* I know she thinks you got it wrong about dogs in the "World Made by Hand" and I agree with her.
* Elaine Meinel Supkis blogs on Culture of Life News. I reviewed her old blog on my LiveJournal. She is another great example of a blogger swimming against the tide who deserves her own post, and I'll have to review her new blog later this month. Yes, my plate continues to fill up.
I may as well repost that brief review.
I present to you Elaine Meinel Supkis, the weirdest financial blogger I've read who still makes any sense.

Yeah, she wears a tinfoil beanie, but in my years of following weirdos online, I've learned how to spot the ones who actually know what they're talking about and should be taken seriously. She's one of them.

One of her most endearing traits is that she uses anime characters to make her points, something that goes over most of her readers' heads, but not mine. Here she is using Risky and Safety.

Killing Corrections Can Be Fatal To Economies

Here she is using Fullmetal Alchemist.

Terrorist Threats to Goldman Sachs And Financial Threats From Within

And here she is using Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo.

Treasuries Fall To Japanese Levels: 0.02%

FWIW, she's probably the person holding up the "Fail" sign in this photo.

As you can see, she manages to be simultaneously amusing and terrifying while she informs her readers. What a great find!
It turned out that she wasn't the one holding up that sign, but one of the Ron Paul followers sitting near her. Darn.

However, she did draw her own Risky and Safety for that first post I linked to. Yes, a 50-something woman was drawing anime fan art to make a political and economic point. Here's the image.

And here's the actual Risky and Safety from the anime for comparison.  Oddly enough, it's from a poster my youngest daughter and I used to possess.

She got close enough so that anime fans like me could recognize the source material, yet be using her own character designs. I thought that was really cute. I still do, and I'll have to see if she continues to draw fan art and posts it at her new site.

The Livejournal entry I posted above wasn't the only time I mentioned Elaine outside of her blog. I did so in this Usenet post. The heart of that post came from the comments to the post I cited as an example of her using Gankutsuou. I mentioned to her that she should also watch Fullmetal Alchemist, as the show was "very much about what happens when people raid the Cave of Wealth and Death." I found her response both illuminating and revealing.
Full Metal Achemist starts out as a 'child's story' and ends up being this terrifying and amazing tale about time travel and the Cave of Wealth and Death, Naziism, hyper-scientist exploitation of natural forces and magic.

It is one of the most comprehensive reviews of modern magic. Far, far, far more potent and powerful than the stupid Harry Potter series.

And the anime ends literally with Eric seeking out the real-life fathers of the GERMAN rocket program with the hint that Eric will return to his alternate universe via the US space program after meeting my dad in Germany in April, 1945!!!!!

I nearly fainted at that part since the story was aimed at the idea, Eric would find someone who could time travel in the Outer Darkness....and so on. HAHAHA. He had to do this at China Lake and it involved nuclear bombs outside of Las childhood....

Actually, I am not invisible in Japan.
My reponse was incredulous.

These two are your parents?
It turns out they were.  Truth is stranger than fiction, as reality has no editors.

As for her telling Kunstler that he was wrong about dogs in his post-peak-oil future, she did so in her review of "A World Made by Hand." It's a long post, and she has even more to say about dogs on both her old site and her new one, so look for my commentary on those posts later.


  1. Gawd what a wonderful find! She is awesome and so spot on!

    I am so glad we have someone like her on our side.

  2. She is a great find and I'm glad you like her. She is on "our side" if you mean the people against the plutocrats. If you mean progressives in general, she is but she doesn't identify herself that way. She has a real problem with the educated Left and how she perceives they look down on common people. The result, ironically, is that considers herself more of a Ron Paul libertarian than a progressive, never mind how much Paul's policies promote plutocracy.

  3. I went to Bupkis's (sic -- you know a bit of Yiddish slang, right?) site and read for a bit. You're right that she's a trifle tetched. Like Ron Paul, she's righteous about a few anti-establishment things, but she veers off to the hate-filled reactionary side too often. And now she calls her site "The Culture of Life"? It has been my impression since the Bush II years that right-wing ideologues speak in a type of code I call "Truth Inversion." What they SAY is 180 degrees opposite of what they MEAN, or what their actions will do. When they babble about "reforming" something, they mean to destroy it. When they "liberate" a country from its dictator, they actually enslave or destroy the people who live there. "Culture of Life" is a cover for "I want to KILL these other people who I hate." If I believed in superstition like god and the devil, I'd say they were demon-sent dissemblers. But because I have faith in science and neurobiology, I reckon they're just sociopaths who lie because their brains lack the empathy conscience that the majority of humanity has.

    As for anime, such as your avatar, my daughter has been big into that since her teens. I can't keep up with all the characters and memes. Don't even try. It's a mark of how generations grow apart -- the more years that separate us, the less we can glom each other's pop-culture references. A lot of my co-workers don't get my "Seinfeld" catch-phrases (it was on the airwaves here) -- and forget any lines from "Laugh-In." I hope the folks around me can still understand what I'm saying by the time I die. I think they'll all be communicating in emoticons and via mobile devices then. Vocal cords will be so last century...