Thursday, July 1, 2010


All of a sudden, they're all over the news.
Ever since House Minority Leader John Boehner opined in an interview:

"Boehner criticized the financial regulatory overhaul compromise reached last week between House and Senate negotiators as an overreaction to the financial crisis that triggered the recession. The bill would tighten restrictions on lending, create a consumer protection agency with broad oversight power and give the government an orderly way to dissolve the largest financial institutions if they run out of money.
"This is killing an ant with a nuclear weapon," Boehner said. What's most needed is more transparency and better enforcement by regulators, he said.

And was promptly pounced on by no less than President Obama:
"Obama struck out at Boehner (R-Ohio) during a town hall meeting in Racine, Wis., for saying the Wall Street reform bill was akin to using a nuclear weapon to kill an ant.

"That’s right. He compared the financial crisis to an ant," Obama said, according to prepared remarks. "The same financial crisis that led to the loss of nearly eight million jobs. The same crisis that cost people their homes and their lives' savings."

Coincidentally, or maybe not, S had made a claymation film three days ago. It was titled "The Ants", about a tiny man character who sees mini-soldiers tinier than him rolling a ball with great diligence and thoughtlessly crushes them underfoot. A short moment later, as he plays with a large boulder, he is crushed in turn by a large foot. (No ants were involved or injured during this filming.)

The next day was when the Anthology of Ant references started.

But S is definitely proving to be a psychic of sorts predicting the next keyword of the day. I can't wait to see what the next film and news cycle bring.


subbulakshmi said...

I enjoyed seeing a short film titled 'Ants' by one Gokul in the 'Naalaya Iyakkuner' program of kailgner TV. the graphics was good as well as the theme. You may ask S to have a look at it. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Sujatha said...

Have sent the link for the movie to S. The audio is a strange mix of formal and casual Tamil, though, and I think it got truncated at the end before the motto was completely stated.