Z Man goes over a number of possible pro and con consequences of drug legalization here, worth a read. I’d like to hilight the following: We also have a lot of ways of dealing with drunks. Where the written law ends, the unwritten laws begin. American society has lots of unwritten rules for mitigating the effects of legal alcohol. Those unwritten rules have not yet materialized with regards to legalized weed. Can an employer refuse to hire someone who is a casual user of cannabis? Can we develop a test to know if someone is too impaired to operate a Read more »
Ethan Van Scriver is discovering what we already knew would happen. Matters took a sinister and bizarre turn when Twelve Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos by Dr. Jordan Peterson with illustrations by Van Sciver was released last week. Freelance journalist Nick Monroe has reported that EVS received the following interview request from self-described journalist Asher Elbein via Twitter direct message: ASHER ELBEIN: Hey, Ethan. There’s quite a few allegations going around about bullying and abuse coming from your quarter, and there have been for a while. I wanted to reach out and let you know that I was Read more »
OK. Friend of mine told me it would be Call Me By Your Name for “best film” (note the scare quotes), but I think he’s wrong, though not so far as to not consider it, or The Post, tied as next most likely candidates. I was doing some more digging for the bingo cards, and ended up seeing The Shape of Water on someone else’s dime. It isn’t anywhere near as subtle or good a movie as Pan’s labyrinth, but not only do I believe it is far more likely to get an Oscar, I’m outright predicting The Shape of Water for Read more »
Ran across this recently in the comments at Vox Populi, a video on the symbolism of the Disney movie Moana, and how it subverted, destroyed, or denied the masculine: He also had an interesting take on the excellent Spirited Away: But, what I wanted to look at today was his take on Logan: Logan is an odd movie. The core story is excellent, but buried in it is a substantial poison pill of postmodern crap that the above video only barely references when he brings up Logan being replaced by a woman. And it is to the future that I wish Read more »
What, you thought I’d miss this?
Over at Castalia, Anthony expands a bit on this post by Justinian Wright on the fatal flaw in Frozen. Namely that Frozen is neither a Disney movie nor a fairy tale, and that the fundamental underlying story is broken. Excellent writeups, i strongly recommend you look at both. That said, I have a quibble. The comments on “no love at first sight” may break the rules of a fairy tale but there are at least two ways the Hans story could have played out, even if not quite a fairy tale: a) The doubters could have been proven wrong by Read more »
No, not the cool ones for various wargames and RPG’s, or even Warhammer 40k. Oscar season has officially opened and the contenders for best movie have been announced. In a move that surprises absolutely no-one, there are still nine candidates for best film. This does make it more difficult to predict the winners though, even by the rules I use. Namely, ignore the movie itself and look at the themes/social justice bullet points addressed. Disclaimer, of the ones on the list, I’ve only seen Dunkirk and Get Out (and only Dunkirk on my dime). So, the tally so far, though I have Read more »
There are several overlapping concepts regarding choice and virtue, that oddly, I first came across in the early days of the “manosphere”. That version was this: that a guy bragging about how he doesn’t sleep around with women, yet who cannot actually attract women, cannot claim it as a virtue because it’s not a choice. Jordan Peterson’s lectures, I believe even his first podcast episode on suffering, also frequently make it clear – most of us have never had to face the choice to do evil, have never internalized and understood our capacity for it and faced our darkness and looked Read more »
That time of week again.
There’s a reason why, regardless of my general preferences for rock and metal over bubbly pop, I believe content is important. Poison can be slipped past with a dose of sugar. I’ll stick with low hanging fruit here: Lily Allen. A lot of her songs, the music itself is positive, upbeat, fun. Listen to the words though? Start with “LDN” The song proclaims that everything around her is shit. That any beauty she sees is at best self-delusion. Interestingly, the same applies to the song itself. Or take this number: I can think of few more psychotic songs other than Read more »