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ZRC Spring Update

Posted By on March 26, 2015

Hey loyal ZRC readers, just making a brief update here about goings on at ZRC Centrale.

As previously discussed on the blog, things have been a bit on hiatus here for your premiere Zombie Activism organization as your ZRC President pursues his law degree. Good news on that front: I am almost done. I anticipate graduating in about a month and should shortly thereafter be able to practice law and represent the rights of the Differently Animated as needed.

Which is important, because tragically, the government’s typical response to the Undead is, well… headshots.

Totally unfair.

Now that the bulk of my law school education is over and all that’s really left is a few 3 hour long exams, we’re starting to look further afield for outreach opportunities and chances to Make a Difference (for the Differently Animated). We’ve got some things in the works. Secret things.

Thank you for your patience.

–Future Zombie Rights Lawyer

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Exo Zombies Brings Super-Powered Zombie Scaremongering?

Posted By on February 12, 2015

Zombies can be superheroes too. This much seems obvious to the ZRC as a matter of fairness, but also as a matter of, say, comic book history. Recently, Marvel Zombies turned that a bit on its head and tragically took the position that if a superhero becomes a Zombie they will (with few exceptions) also have to become a supervillain.

Which is just mean.

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s DLC unfortunately seems to follow the ‘Marvel Zombies’ approach. Humans with superheroic equipment (exo-skeletons, in this case, a bit like Iron Man) are zombified and turn… evil, for want of a better word:

On top of that, Exo Zombies introduces the expanded range of movement that features into Advanced Warfare‘s campaign and multiplayer modes, compliments of Exo Suits. The four, playable protagonists — who are brought to life here with help from John Malkovich, Rose McGowan, Bill Paxton, and Jon Bernthal — get the suits, but so do the zombies. The walking dead don’t shamble in Exo Zombies; they leap, clamber, and flat-out run in their endless pursuit of delicious brain meat.

So much star power! So little sympathy for Zombies, and especially, Zombie gamers. And the casual brain slander again! Argh!!

Why can’t the Zombies with the superhero suits get some favorable attention? And if they are supposedly so evil and simple-minded, who is equipping them with super suits? How are they maintaining them?

It seems like a mess to us here at the ZRC. A starpowered and offensive mess.

But maybe we’ll pick it up for further review. The blog will keep you posted.

Don’t Use the Zed Word: Zombie Ladybug Babysitter Edition

Posted By on February 12, 2015

We hate to sound like a broken record here at the ZRC, and new science is always fun, but the Zombie Community does not benefit from labeling every scary behavior in the animal kingdom as ‘zombie’, or even zombie-like.

Latest example in a long chain:

The green-eyed wasp Dinocampus coccinellae turns ladybugs into zombie babysitters. Three weeks after a wasp lays its egg inside the hapless beetle, a wasp larva bursts from her belly and weaves itself a cocoon between her legs. The ladybug doesn’t die, but becomes paralyzed, involuntarily twitching her spotted red carapace to ward off predators until the adult wasp emerges a week later. How D. coccinellae enslaves its host at just the right time had been a mystery, but now researchers believe the insect has an accomplice: a newly identified virus that attacks the beetle’s brain. The findings raise questions about whether other parasites also use viruses as neurological weapons.

Now, see, what about that sounds Undead to you, dear readers? Sure, there’s a virus, and many Zombie conditions are viral in origin. And there’s some behavioral alteration. But the ladybug isn’t Undead. In fact, sometimes, it even recovers and becomes a perfectly ordinary ladybug again:

A ladybug goes about her business for weeks as the D. coccinellae larva grows within her, feasting on her internal organs. Even after the larva emerges and turns her into a zombie bodyguard, a quarter of ladybugs eventually recover. Some even get parasitized again.

We’ve seen some recent ‘zombie recovery’ stories, like Warm Bodies, but generally, Undeath is a permanent state. That’s just one reason it’s so unfair to discriminate against Zombies!

But the most compelling reason to me is that this ‘zombie’ ladybug virus has a human analogue, which in no way causes Zombification:

On further inspection, the researchers classified the stowaway as a new species of Iflavirus, a type of RNA virus related to the polio virus. They dubbed it D. coccinellae paralysis virus (DCPV).

So unless we’re going to claim that polio is Zombie adjacent, the ZRC doesn’t see why the ‘Zombie Ladybug’ language is necessary. Or wise! Or fair to the Differently Animated!

‘Zombie’ does not equal ‘bad’, media. For shame.

ZRC Review: Necromangocon

Posted By on February 12, 2015

B. Nektar is at it again! They really seem to like the Zombie themed beverages.

In this case, ‘Necromangocon‘ is a honey wine/mead, with a bit of black pepper and mango added.

The actual beverage is refreshing and unassuming. Perhaps a bit too unassuming; the pepper and mango don’t come across so strongly, and the overall flavor is very mild.

But aside from the drinking quality, what message is this bottle of booze conveying to the Zombie public?

Well, first, check out the front. Pretty standard depiction of the ‘Book of the Dead’ in the Zombie context, and specifically, a cheeky reference to the ‘Evil Dead’ movies.

Superficially, there’s no problem here for Zombie Rights. We have issues with the Necronomicon, and necromancy in general; it tends to be a hotbed of Undead Labor issues.

But still, the label doesn’t indicate, let alone advocate, any of that.

But as we saw with our last B. Nektar review, there’s also a colorful label description…

Aside from a reference to ‘terrifying forces’, it’s not overtly Anti-Zombie. It’s pretty Anti-Necronomicon, but we’re not the Necronomicon Rights Campaign.

On the whole, the ZRC can, at least mildly, recommend this beverage! It’s tasty and not obviously against the Differently Animated.

Tolerance. It's a step forward.

The Zombie Rights Campaign rates Necromangocon as ‘Zombie Tolerant’

Zombie Cat: A Heartwarming Response to Undead Pet Ownership

Posted By on February 5, 2015

We’ve been hearing from Zombie Allies about this story for a while now, but on the off-chance it’s new to you, dear readers:

(CNN)It’s like a plot line ripped from the scripts of “The Walking Dead” — if the show’s cast were made up of cats and took place in Florida.

A Tampa, Florida, cat found seemingly dead after he was hit by a car showed up alive in a neighbor’s yard five days after he was buried.

“We have seen many amazing cases at our full-service veterinary clinic, but this situation may take the cake,” the Humane Society Tampa Bay, where the cat underwent surgery Tuesday, said in a release.

Bart, or “zombie cat” as the feline is now being referred to on social media, was discovered “unresponsive” by his owner last week lying in a pool of blood. His body was cold and his face was severely disfigured.

“If we’d seen that cat on the road, we’d assumed he was dead,” Nash McCuthchen with the Humane Society told CNN.

The Zombie Rights Campaign is very pleased to hear about the warm welcome this undead pet received upon being discovered after its reanimation. Distinctly UNLIKE the behavior on the Walking Dead, this Zombie was not mistreated merely for being Differently Animated. That’s a big step forward!

We’ll keep you posted on what is hopefully the start of a broad pro-Zombie pet trend.

New ‘Walking Dead’ Spinoff Details

Posted By on January 22, 2015

The Zombie Rights Campaign takes issue with ‘The Walking Dead’ tv series. It’s blatant fearmongering, served up with a side of gore and a big order of dysfunctional drama.

Hmm. You can tell I am writing this before I have lunch.

Ahem. At any rate, we’ve known that there will be a Walking Dead spinoff series for some time. Recently some new details about that show, however, have leaked. It will apparently be a prequel of sorts to the main show:

The website Bleeding Cool claims to have read a pilot script for the spinoff series that was written last September. According to Bleeding Cool, the series will be set right before and during the onset of the zombie-apocalypse. Meaning, everything that happened before Rick Grimes woke up in the hospital.

The title of the pilot script is reportedly “Fear The Walking Dead” and will follow a dysfunctional family in Los Angeles whose life is about to get much, much worse.

Sigh. This show should be especially hard for the Art Director, as she sees her hometown turned into a giant billboard for Undead-bashing. We’ve already been speculating about iconic locations they might shoot at; we’re both laying odds on Griffith Observatory.

We’ll keep you posted on further details as they emerge.

Harry Potter and Zombies

Posted By on January 20, 2015

An interesting topic was recently brought to the Zombie Rights Campaign’s attention by our friends/occasional ideological sparring partners at BuyZombie.com: Why weren’t Zombies represented in the Harry Potter books?

We’ve seen recent hubbub over religious representation in the books, but honestly, I had not given a lot of thought to Zombies at Hogwarts.

Now, the books do, of course, have reanimated corpses, tragically and unfortunately trapped in abusive necromantic legal practices. They are also somewhat shamefully used as ‘mascots’ for sporting events.

But the Inferi from Harry Potter are more like golems in many respects than Zombies. A corpse is just a convenient object to put a complicated enchantment on.

Don’t get the ZRC wrong; we aren’t in favor of exploiting golems, and that issue gets little notice outside of the Discworld novels (which have done an excellent job advancing the rights of many non-traditional humanoids!)

But more traditionally Zombie-zombies are absent.

It turns out there are reasons for that:

“While zombies of the Vodou tradition can be nothing more than reanimated corpses, a separate but related tradition has it that the sorcerer uses their souls, or part of their souls, to sustain himself. This conflicted with my Horcrux story, and I did not wish to suggest that Voldemort had any more use for his Inferi than as guards of his Horcrux.”

Honestly though it really broke down to one key moment in her life that she couldn’t ignore.

“I’m part of the “Thriller’ generation; to me, a zombie will always mean Michael Jackson in a bright red bomber jacket.”

These almost sound like… Zombie labor rights concerns! Interesting. And the ZRC is of course strongly in favor of Thriller Zombies and their rights to dancing.

But overall, the ZRC is most thankful to JK Rowling just for putting the issue of Necromantic labor practices back into the spotlight.

Site Fixed! No Thanks to Me

Posted By on January 20, 2015

Welcome to 2015, Loyal Zombie Allies! The Zombie Rights Campaign will be back in force this year to try and advance the cause of Undead Equality.

A big first thing to check off our to-do list was to resolve the odd loading issues with this very blog. It was very mysterious!

Eventually though, the art and technical director was able to determine that a plug-in, activated long ago, had decided to go insane and stop deleting a database file, which grew to a size almost as large as Robert Kirkman’s Anti-Zombie bias.

Almost.

All fixed now! So sorry, Art and Technical director.

Now, to work!

Bloggery, Site Issues, End of Semester Housekeeping

Posted By on December 2, 2014

Hello ZRC Allies! Apologies for more or less a month offline, though not off the Cause; your ZRC President’s second-to-last semester of law school has proven to be a killer.

Fortunately, not in the Umbrella sense, just in the entire books of dry legal reading to do sense.

We will be doing a lot more over the break and attempting to bring a bit of pro-Zombie cheer into the holiday season!

In the meantime, The Zombie Rights Campaign thanks you for your patience and for doing your part to further Undead Equality.

PS: We are aware of some continuing slowness with the website and are investigating options to alleviate it, including a potential site redesign. Thanks even more for your patience in THIS area.

ZRC Review ‘Zombie Killer’ Cyser/Mead

Posted By on December 2, 2014

Lately, the ZRC blog has been delving into the world of Zombie-themed alcohol reviews. We’ve covered several notable beers, but hadn’t gotten around to one of the more popular Zombified alcohols: ‘Zombie Killer’ from B. Nektar.

First, a bit of fun learning! ‘Zombie Killer’ refers to itself as a Cyser. If you’re like me, you have no idea what that word means, but a bit of googling revealed the answer.

A Cyser is a particular subtype of mead, made with (Insert description here).

Those technical details aside, how does the product relate to Zombie Rights?

Well… the name is a pretty big giveaway. Zombie Killer Cyser celebrates, well…

killing Zombies.

Shocking, we know. Terrible even! It’s about the most overt prejudice we’ve ever seen displayed on a food or beverage product.

Just take a gander at this artwork:

Bloody violence against the Undead is no way to sell alcohol. Even if it’s highly stylized, as seen here.

The Zombie Rights Campaign is appalled.

We rate Zombie Killer Cyser as Living Supremacist

Alcoholic intolerance. As opposed to alcohol intolerance.

PS: You might be wondering how the actual mead tastes. I’m not much of a mead connoisseur in general, but this is refreshing and delicious, easily drinkable. A pity it’s not more tolerant as well.