Building a Better Groundhog Day

Building a Better Groundhog Day

It’s pretty easy to make fun of Tom Cruise – especially with the whole couch -jumping incident and his Scientology issues, but he actually can act. He’s also in two of the better recent science fiction films I’d seen: Oblivion, and Edge of Tomorrow. Edge of Tomorrow suffered from a lot of issues at the studio level. No-one seemed to have any idea how to market it, and the Japanese short-novel the concept was borrowed from had an even less descriptive title (All You Need is Kill).  It almost seemed that the tag line “Live, Die, Repeat” was the name of the Read more »

Cocoons

Cocoons

Over on Gab, a recent post by Judge Dread @judgedread encapsulated a point I know I’ve made in the past: Cities breed liberalism because cities are the only place where you can survive with absolutely no contact with the realities of the natural world, and liberalism is above all else a denial of nature. #Science What I find funny is that it’s liberals who insist on passing on trite stories about how helping a butterfly out of its cocoon basically kills it, because it needs that struggle to properly expand its wings, to grow, to blossom as it were. As Read more »

Macdonough’s Song

Macdonough’s Song

Few realize that Rudyard Kipling also wrote a couple of science fiction stories – With the Night Mail and As Easy as ABC. Both feature a international organization – the Aerial Board of Control – that managed all airship traffic and supressed nationalist tendencies. The second of the stories, As Easy as A. B. C. in particular deals with a a Board of Control ship supressing a democratic revolt in Chicago. It’s interesting on several fronts. Namely – this is presented as a supposedly a utopian setting. People live longer, the economy is stable, etc. yet people yearn for more. The system Read more »

#Coincidentally There is No Truth in Pravda

#Coincidentally There is No Truth in Pravda

The Didact recently brought up yet another recent case of “flash mob” violence where the article is strangely…. quiet… about describing the perpetrators. Short version, 50 or so “youths” were arrested , with hundreds running around in groups from 20 to 50, ganging up on and beating up people in northern Philadelphia over the course of an evening. Just from the headline alone one would guess, based on who actually does these kind of things, as to the cultural or ethnic background of the perpetrators. And as he points out, amazingly, somehow, it’s never mentioned. I’ve cut down on listening Read more »

First South Carolina Nobly Made Her Stand…

First South Carolina Nobly Made Her Stand…

I stole this title, from the irascible and blunt, but well read Tom Kratman, (if you have not yet read the freely available A State of Disobedience, do so. It’s not his best book, but still), and his column over at everyjoe. The short version? an election that doesn’t see in office very soon a man or woman dedicated to obliterating the tyrannical administrative and bureaucratic state means the death of the republic, too. The difference is that, without Hillary, we may have a little more time while, with her, that would be it. The long version? Describing, using not only Read more »

Twitter: Moral Treason

Twitter: Moral Treason

Scott Adams recently covers his ongoing shadowban, the symptoms of which match those of other shadowbans: results easily visible on a users timeline not showing up in the regular “algorithm” timeline, or more significantly, in search results. He also covers how his Periscope numbers, “coincidentally” drop to zero (though he still is interacting with viewers who can still see his stream) when he starts discussing Trump. Finally, he finishes with this: As I said before, if Twitter is suppressing my political speech, I consider it moral treason against the people of the United States even if it is allowed under Read more »

Monster Mash

Monster Mash

Scott writes an article on the current framing of both Hillary and Trump. All good points, but what I find interesting, much like his rhetorical shiv earlier this year of “endorsing Hillary for his personal safety” is the following: The biggest illusion this election is that we think the people on the other side can’t see the warts on their own candidate. But I think they do. Clinton supporters know she is crooked, but I think they assume it is a normal degree of crookedness for an American politician. Americans assume that even the “good” politicians are trading favors and Read more »

What Is War Good For?

What Is War Good For?

Aurini has been on fire recently, with some excellent videos and a great recent posting on Libertarianism being an effect, not a cause. That said, i believe I have to address one question he asked: War is distinct from other necessary evils that all societies must provide for – fire departments, for instance. Firemen produce nothing of value, and yet they’re an expense that must be paid to mitigate the damage done when fire inevitably breaks out. Courts, lawyers, and police officers are similarly unproductive, and yet equally necessary. Even on the individual level, we pay for insurance, we stock Read more »