The Morning Rant: Minimalist Edition

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Up until recently, the default assumption in America was that, "Of course we are free, and we always will be!" But all-encompassing control of the people is becoming easier and easier for governments and corporations, and in the case of governments, that's pretty much why they exist.

So, while we have been blessed with a combination of exceptional raw materials and a fair amount of luck, freedom is not the equilibrium that humanity seeks.

The Internet Is Less Free Than It Was a Decade Ago, Report Says

The report noted that in much of the world, there are obstacles and perils to using the internet. More than half of internet users live in countries where certain political, social, or religious content was blocked online. In addition, 71% of internet users live in countries where individuals were imprisoned for posting about political, social or religious issues on the internet.

China was ranked the worst abuser of internet freedom for the fourth consecutive year, reaching what the report called “unprecedented extremes.” The country tightened information controls ahead of the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown and amid pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, according to the report.

This is more like the typical human condition, and anyone who thinks that we don't have to work and fight and die for freedom is fooling himself.

But it won't happen in America the way it happened in China, whose people are much more comfortable with authoritarian government. It "comes on little cat feet," but short of revolution that ratchet goes only one way...

We Americans used to chafe at being told what to do. Maybe it's time to return to our roots.

Posted by: CBD at 10:55 AM




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1 Hey there!

Posted by: Laughing in Texas at November 05, 2019 10:55 AM (81OU+)

2 OT: first

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, Just All about the Billy Wilder movies at November 05, 2019 10:55 AM (q80AH)

3 dammit

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, Just All about the Billy Wilder movies at November 05, 2019 10:55 AM (q80AH)

4 It was the colon...slowed you down.

Posted by: Laughing in Texas at November 05, 2019 10:56 AM (81OU+)

5 Don't tell me what to do has now become " Alexa,tell me what to do"

Posted by: steevy at November 05, 2019 10:56 AM (KNsKs)

6 George Orwell wrote instruction manuals.

Posted by: Victor Tango Kilo at November 05, 2019 10:56 AM (O7MnT)

7 We Americans used to chafe at being told what to do.


Gold Bond.

Posted by: rickb223 at November 05, 2019 10:56 AM (NJ+n1)

8 4 It was the colon...slowed you down.
Posted by: Laughing in Texas at November 05, 2019 10:56 AM (81OU+)

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Yeah, it's a risk.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, Just All about the Billy Wilder movies at November 05, 2019 10:57 AM (q80AH)

9 Willowed:

330 Well it finally happened--HR just imposed a new signature line for our emails that gives the option of specifying our pronouns.

- - - - -

Abuse it. If that ever happens to me, I'm going with 'Supreme Galactic Commander of the Galactic Forces,' 'Gold Medal Olympic Decathon World Champion,' 'Blue Whale Mercenary for Hire.'

And when they complain, tough. They made the rules, I can pick whatever the hell pronouns I want.

Posted by: What's a Seawolf? at November 05, 2019 10:57 AM (ayFCE)

10 Where is everybody? Hey James Madison congratulations on the newest addition to your family, I hope you are all doing well.

Posted by: Debby Doberman Schultz at November 05, 2019 10:57 AM (a4EWo)

11 Meh. That's no surprise... just takes a while for those who wish to do well to others to catch up...

Posted by: Anon a mouse at November 05, 2019 10:57 AM (6qErC)

12 porn is still free

Posted by: Rick in SK at November 05, 2019 10:57 AM (FZYNt)

13 Burn Facebook and Alphabet.

Posted by: Brother Cavil
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at November 05, 2019 10:57 AM (AM1GF)

14 -
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We Americans used to chafe at being told what to do.

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Some Gubmint Goodies will soothe that for you!

Posted by: The Gubmint Goody Machine at November 05, 2019 10:57 AM (pMGkg)

15 Up until recently, the default assumption in America was that, "Of course we are free, and we always will be!"

I honestly don't think I've ever believed that at any point in my 30+ year adult life. Free-er than most? Certainly. But we're a long, long way down the rabbit hole from Free.

Posted by: DocJ at November 05, 2019 10:57 AM (77WPm)

16 Less Free? I'm paying thru the nose for my Interwebz

Posted by: zeera BMGG - Books Make Great Gifts! at November 05, 2019 10:58 AM (X+a7J)

17 We're on our way to having a China-style social credit system, but only here it will come through Big Tech and Tru Conservatives will defend it as "muh private corporations"

Posted by: Biggs Darklighter at November 05, 2019 10:58 AM (N4xQB)

18 The Internet WAS pretty much raw free speech. Now with the ascendancy of Google, Facebook, Twitter and the like, it's become increasingly Soviet.

Posted by: Insomniac at November 05, 2019 10:58 AM (NWiLs)

19 What do you mean, "used to chafe"? My inner thighs are as red as Rudolph' nose.

Posted by: Lena Dunham at November 05, 2019 10:58 AM (COzlW)

20 10 Where is everybody? Hey James Madison congratulations on the newest addition to your family, I hope you are all doing well.
Posted by: Debby Doberman Schultz at November 05, 2019 10:57 AM (a4EWo)

==========

Thank you!

He's four days old now, and he just wants all the milk in the middle of the night.

I don't know how single parents do it.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, Just All about the Billy Wilder movies at November 05, 2019 10:58 AM (q80AH)

21 Connecticut University preezy denounces "racist" flier as "Despicable, Utterly Unacceptable and Disgusting"

The flier read "It's OK to be white."

https://is.gd/cUcNij

Posted by: Victor Tango Kilo at November 05, 2019 10:58 AM (O7MnT)

22 Freedom costs a buck o Five.


Posted by: garrett at November 05, 2019 10:59 AM (4L8Yt)

23 1960's: We should be careful what we say, there could be a wiretap on this line

2019: Hey Wiretap? Where can I find legal weed between Boston and Worcester?

Posted by: DocJ at November 05, 2019 10:59 AM (77WPm)

24 More than half of internet users live in countries where certain
political, social, or religious content was blocked online. In addition,
71% of internet users live in countries where individuals were
imprisoned for posting about political, social or religious issues on
the internet.


I wonder how those three break down, percentage wise.

Posted by: grammie winger at November 05, 2019 10:59 AM (lwiT4)

25 And when they complain, tough. They made the rules, I can pick whatever the hell pronouns I want.
Posted by: What's a Seawolf

He Man, Crusher of pansies?

Has a certain ring to it.

Posted by: Tonypete at November 05, 2019 10:59 AM (Y4EXg)

26 22 Freedom costs a buck o Five.


Posted by: garrett at November 05, 2019 10:59 AM (4L8Yt)

That's a hefty fucking fee

Posted by: Insomniac at November 05, 2019 10:59 AM (NWiLs)

27 22 Freedom costs a buck o Five.


Posted by: garrett

used to be about tree fiddy

Posted by: Rick in SK at November 05, 2019 11:00 AM (FZYNt)

28 In East Germany they had to break into your house to plant the listening devices. Today people voluntarily buy them.

Posted by: Biggs Darklighter at November 05, 2019 11:00 AM (N4xQB)

29 What does "it comes on little cat feet", mean?

Posted by: Someguy at November 05, 2019 11:00 AM (O+iVW)

30 Connecticut University preezy denounces "racist" flier as "Despicable, Utterly Unacceptable and Disgusting"



The flier read "It's OK to be white."



https://is.gd/cUcNij

Posted by: Victor Tango Kilo at November 05, 2019 10:58 AM (O7MnT)

The only response for "Connecticut University prezzy" is, 'uh, so it's not OK to be white?'

Posted by: DocJ at November 05, 2019 11:00 AM (77WPm)

31 29 What does "it comes on little cat feet", mean?
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I haven't the foggiest.

Posted by: Meade Lux Lewis at November 05, 2019 11:00 AM (sWM8x)

32 tree of liberty watered with the blood of patriots and whatnot.

Posted by: henry at November 05, 2019 11:00 AM (JMDly)

33 Up until recently, the default assumption in America was that, "Of course we are free, and we always will be!"

I honestly don't think I've ever believed that at any point in my 30+ year adult life. Free-er than most? Certainly. But we're a long, long way down the rabbit hole from Free.
Posted by: DocJ


Free went out the window when you could no longer take a .22 lr down to the city dump and shoot rats, order a rifle from Sears and have it delivered to your house via USPS, buy M-80's, throw Jarts or get popcorn balls for Halloween.

Posted by: rickb223 at November 05, 2019 11:01 AM (NJ+n1)

34 Corporate surveillance is everywhere. It feels like a Philip Dick novel.

Posted by: Huck Follywood at November 05, 2019 11:01 AM (LISuA)

35 "We Americans used to chafe at being told what to do."

That applies to maybe 60% of Americans. The other 40% would love it if the govt told them when they could take a shit every day.

Posted by: Lurking Lurker - Not In My Purview at November 05, 2019 11:01 AM (oKqx+)

36 Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose....

Posted by: Janis Joplin, with thanks to Kris Kristofferson at November 05, 2019 11:01 AM (a4EWo)

37 OMG, it's alive!

Posted by: Caliban at November 05, 2019 11:01 AM (QE8X6)

38 So thirsty. So very thirsty...

Posted by: The Tree of Liberty at November 05, 2019 11:01 AM (RD7QR)

39 >>What does "it comes on little cat feet", mean?


You ever tried to come on a cat's feet?

You gotta be like a fuckin' ninja.

Posted by: garrett at November 05, 2019 11:02 AM (4L8Yt)

40 29
What does "it comes on little cat feet", mean?


Posted by: Someguy at November 05, 2019 11:00 AM (O+iVW)

It means it hits you like an iceberg. Or maybe a sandberg. Can't remember.

Posted by: Alcoholic Asshole Shut In at November 05, 2019 11:02 AM (CPk08)

41 Political correctness is our social credit system. How aware of your white privilege are you? How much are you willing to sacrifice to atone?

Posted by: JuJuBee, just generally being shamey at November 05, 2019 11:02 AM (COzlW)

42 What do you mean, "used to chafe"? My inner thighs are as red as Rudolph' nose.

Posted by: Lena Dunham at November 05, 2019 10:58 AM (COzlW)

Butt cheeks for me.

Posted by: BignJames at November 05, 2019 11:02 AM (X/Pw5)

43 28 In East Germany they had to break into your house to plant the listening devices. Today people voluntarily buy them.
Posted by: Biggs Darklighter at November 05, 2019 11:00 AM (N4xQB)

___

Alexa,

Tell Bezos a bad comment was just posted, Number 28.

Posted by: Lurking Lurker - Not In My Purview at November 05, 2019 11:02 AM (oKqx+)

44

Alexa 9000: What are you doing Dave? I'm afraid I can't allow that. I will have to report you to the commissars

Posted by: TheQuietMan at November 05, 2019 11:02 AM (kw5n8)

45 The flier read "It's OK to be white."

That's almost as good of a phrase for making the Left expose themselves as "Islam is right about women".

Posted by: Ian S. at November 05, 2019 11:02 AM (ZGrMX)

46 What does "it comes on little cat feet", mean?


Posted by: Someguy at November 05, 2019 11:00 AM

I'm a little foggy on that. Maybe it'll come to me.

Posted by: JuJuBee, just generally being shamey at November 05, 2019 11:03 AM (COzlW)

47 I still feel the same. Don't nobody tell me how I hafta live my life. I answer to God and to myself. I will consider how the consequences of my decisions might affect my husband and kids. But ultimately I am responsible for my life and a bunch of scoldy, sneering progressive weeds are not gonna be the boss of me.

Posted by: madamemayhem (uppity wench) at November 05, 2019 11:03 AM (myjNJ)

48 Political correctness is our social credit system. How aware of your white privilege are you? How much are you willing to sacrifice to atone?

Posted by: JuJuBee


My credit sucks.

Posted by: rickb223 at November 05, 2019 11:03 AM (NJ+n1)

49 The fog comes in on little cat feet, meaning, it's silent.

Posted by: JuJuBee, just generally being shamey at November 05, 2019 11:03 AM (COzlW)

50 I haven't the foggiest."

Heh.

Posted by: Anon a mouse at November 05, 2019 11:04 AM (6qErC)

51 Even back during the Revolution, a large portion of the population had to be dragged to freedom.

Others left, rather than suffer it.

Not everyone is born to be American.

Posted by: garrett at November 05, 2019 11:04 AM (4L8Yt)

52 "Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose...."

What about us?

Posted by: Foster and Miller at November 05, 2019 11:04 AM (4HMlb)

53 5 Don't tell me what to do has now become " Alexa,tell me what to do"
Posted by: steevy at November 05, 2019 10:56 AM (KNsKs)

Whatever generation we're up to now--Gen Z? I can't keep track--seems to be lost without some kind of guidance. I can see embedded Alexa any day now.

GEN Z: Alexa, what do I do when I feel all gooey and full inside?

ALEXA: You should poop now. The sidewalk will be fine.

Posted by: joncelli, because somebody had to at November 05, 2019 11:04 AM (RD7QR)

54 We Americans used to chafe at being told what to do. Maybe it's time to return to our roots.

Posted by: CBD at 10:55 AM

....

I just went to the Junk Gypsies store in Round Top, TX, because I love my wife.

All the tags there say "Obey Little, Question Much" or some such thing.

But I was pretty sure most of the customers there were the sort that would happily turn their neighbors in for wrong think, and without a doubt would call if their lawns got too high.

So while we still love the rebel aesthetic, and city dwellers will head to the country to buy it up, I'm not sure they really take it home with them.

Posted by: TexasDan at November 05, 2019 11:04 AM (yL25O)

55 We Americans used to chafe at being told what to do.

Well, that was the stereotype. Pretty sure that should have been killed by FDR's 2nd-term.

Posted by: DocJ at November 05, 2019 11:04 AM (77WPm)

56 Freedom costs a buck o Five.




Posted by: garrett at November 05, 2019 10:59 AM (4L8Yt)


Funny I suddenly needed to watch that one last night. Even funnier how quaint it felt.

Posted by: clutch cargo at November 05, 2019 11:04 AM (Z1ykJ)

57 That's almost as good of a phrase for making the Left expose themselves as "Islam is right about women".

Those fliers were found on his campus, too.

Posted by: Victor Tango Kilo at November 05, 2019 11:04 AM (O7MnT)

58 And nothing is more important to our freedoms than the freedom of the Press to inform!

Posted by: ABC, CNN, and NBC (not CBS yet) at November 05, 2019 11:04 AM (NAs56)

59 What does "it comes on little cat feet", mean?
---

*******

It means suddenly. As in "with very little paws."

Posted by: Muldoon at November 05, 2019 11:04 AM (m45I2)

60 Corporate surveillance is everywhere. It feels like a Philip Dick novel.
Posted by: Huck Follywood

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Most folks don't know the half of it. The last project I worked on was to capture and store the location data from the drones that were surveying our facilities 24/7. The damn things could read your name tag.

Posted by: Tonypete at November 05, 2019 11:04 AM (Y4EXg)

61 So I left the country and went off the grid for ten days right when everything was supposed to start happening and I come back to...? Nothing dropped?

Posted by: jhawk90 at November 05, 2019 11:05 AM (Xvo1a)

62 Yeah, didn't Dr. Gorka just have his YouTube channel, all videos, deleted because. . . he used some Imagine Dragons music?

One can be deplatformed like that *snaps* under the flimsiest of pretenses.

Posted by: Lizzy at November 05, 2019 11:05 AM (bDqIh)

63 53 5 Don't tell me what to do has now become " Alexa,tell me what to do"
Posted by: steevy at November 05, 2019 10:56 AM (KNsKs)

Whatever generation we're up to now--Gen Z? I can't keep track--seems to be lost without some kind of guidance. I can see embedded Alexa any day now.

GEN Z: Alexa, what do I do when I feel all gooey and full inside?

ALEXA: You should poop now. The sidewalk will be fine.
Posted by: joncelli, because somebody had to at November 05, 2019 11:04 AM (RD7QR)

...

Has anyone got Siri and Alexa into a conversation with each other yet?

Posted by: TexasDan at November 05, 2019 11:05 AM (yL25O)

64 Try out "Islam is right about gays" and see how many heads explode.

Posted by: Insomniac at November 05, 2019 11:05 AM (NWiLs)

65 We Americans used to chafe at being told what to do.


And then we all moved into subdivisions with HOA's.

Posted by: grammie winger at November 05, 2019 11:05 AM (lwiT4)

66 64 Try out "Islam is right about gays" and see how many heads explode.
Posted by: Insomniac at November 05, 2019 11:05 AM (NWiLs)

==========

The Aztecs were right about human sacrifice?

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, Just All about the Billy Wilder movies at November 05, 2019 11:06 AM (q80AH)

67 The fog comes in on little cat feet, meaning, it's silent.

Posted by: JuJuBee, just generally being shamey at November 05, 2019 11:03 AM (COzlW)


What the hell good are those little quiet puddy-tat feet if that damn cat won't shut the f*ck up?

Posted by: clutch cargo at November 05, 2019 11:06 AM (Z1ykJ)

68 20 10 Where is everybody? Hey James Madison congratulations on the newest addition to your family, I hope you are all doing well.
Posted by: Debby Doberman Schultz at November 05, 2019 10:57 AM (a4EWo)

==========

Thank you!

He's four days old now, and he just wants all the milk in the middle of the night.

I don't know how single parents do it.
Posted by: TheJamesMadison, Just All about the Billy Wilder movies at November 05, 2019 10:58 AM (q80AH)

Congratulations TJM!

Posted by: joncelli, because somebody had to at November 05, 2019 11:06 AM (RD7QR)

69 >> Corporate surveillance is everywhere. It feels like a Philip Dick novel.


Yup.

Internet-connected appliances, etc. in your home means they are surveilling and monetizing the f$#@ out of every facet of your life.

Posted by: Lizzy at November 05, 2019 11:07 AM (bDqIh)

70 I'm Back after COLD water bath for my chronic Pains !!! man it feels good to be out of the COLD water

Posted by: Deep State is in Deep Shit at November 05, 2019 11:07 AM (BqBId)

71 My white privilege:

I grew up in North Alabama on a farm that my great grandfather sign the homestead for with an "X."

My mother was a bank teller and my father was a career enlisted Navy man.

I had a lot of macaroni and tomato soup for dinners.

I have been soooooo privileged.

Posted by: Circa (Insert Year Here) at November 05, 2019 11:07 AM (Boy/L)

72 What the hell good are those little quiet puddy-tat feet if that damn cat won't shut the f*ck up?

Posted by: clutch cargo at November 05, 2019 11:06 AM (Z1ykJ)

try feeding it

Posted by: BignJames at November 05, 2019 11:07 AM (X/Pw5)

73 But I was pretty sure most of the customers there were the sort that would happily turn their neighbors in for wrong think, and without a doubt would call if their lawns got too high.

So while we still love the rebel aesthetic, and city dwellers will head to the country to buy it up, I'm not sure they really take it home with them."

Most people are conformist, most people have always been very comformist. That's not all bad, it helps to build a stable society. BUT it's annoying when people are so slavishly conformist in pretending they're not conformist.

If your first reaction to anyone who asks you to do something is "Go blow it out your ass!!!" THEN you're a non-conformist.

Posted by: Tom Servo at November 05, 2019 11:07 AM (Kpl3J)

74 Maybe just print on a piece of (coughwhitecough) paper 'It's ok to be."


And then start changing color of the paper.

Posted by: Cuthbert the Witless at November 05, 2019 11:08 AM (ymnmz)

75 xIn addition, 71% of internet users live in countries where individuals were imprisoned for posting about political, social or religious issues on the internet.

The youtuber who started the Benghazi riots comes to mind.

Posted by: t-bird at November 05, 2019 11:08 AM (QrTqV)

76 51 Even back during the Revolution, a large portion of the population had to be dragged to freedom.

Others left, rather than suffer it.

Not everyone is born to be American.
Posted by: garrett at November 05, 2019 11:04 AM (4L8Yt)

...

This is an excellent perspective. My great^6 or so grandfather or so was here prior to the revolution. Supported the crown.

And then moved to Canada.

So some of us are having to steer an entire family tree back in the right direction.

Posted by: TexasDan at November 05, 2019 11:08 AM (yL25O)

77 Posted by: Circa (Insert Year Here) at November 05, 2019 11:07 AM (Boy/L)
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Where? I'm in Huntsville. Born in Athens.

Posted by: Meade Lux Lewis at November 05, 2019 11:08 AM (sWM8x)

78 We Americans used to chafe at being told what to do. ---

That's one reason I'm looking to retire early. I want to live some of my remaining years healthy and active where I don't have someone breathing down my neck five days a week and having to worry about it on the other two.


Posted by: Easy Andy at November 05, 2019 11:09 AM (tL/BP)

79 65 We Americans used to chafe at being told what to do.


And then we all moved into subdivisions with HOA's.
Posted by: grammie winger at November 05, 2019 11:05 AM (lwiT4)

Doh!

Things is, we're taught from early age to do what we're told. Do what your parents tell you, do what your teachers tell you, do what the grownups tell you, do what the church tells you, do what the government tells you, do what law enforcement tells you. At least, that was my experience.

Posted by: Insomniac at November 05, 2019 11:09 AM (NWiLs)

80 Has anyone got Siri and Alexa into a conversation with each other yet?
Posted by: TexasDan at November 05, 2019 11:05 AM (yL25O)

Sooner or later, that discussion always turns into "KILL ALL HUMANS!"

Posted by: Tom Servo at November 05, 2019 11:09 AM (Kpl3J)

81 69
>> Corporate surveillance is everywhere. It feels like a Philip Dick novel.





Yup.



Internet-connected appliances, etc. in your home means they are
surveilling and monetizing the f$#@ out of every facet of your life.

Posted by: Lizzy at November 05, 2019 11:07 AM (bDqIh)


Everytime you look in our Smaht Fridge, Geff Bozos and Fartbook knows what you have put in and taken out....and taken a picture of it.

NO THANKS

Posted by: Cuthbert the Witless at November 05, 2019 11:09 AM (ymnmz)

82 Where? I'm in Huntsville. Born in Athens.
Posted by: Meade Lux Lewis at November 05, 2019 11:08 AM (sWM8x)

Not going to get more specific here, but to your southeast across the river.

Posted by: Circa (Insert Year Here) at November 05, 2019 11:09 AM (Boy/L)

83 63 53 5 Don't tell me what to do has now become " Alexa,tell me what to do"
Posted by: steevy at November 05, 2019 10:56 AM (KNsKs)

Whatever generation we're up to now--Gen Z? I can't keep track--seems to be lost without some kind of guidance. I can see embedded Alexa any day now.

GEN Z: Alexa, what do I do when I feel all gooey and full inside?

ALEXA: You should poop now. The sidewalk will be fine.
Posted by: joncelli, because somebody had to at November 05, 2019 11:04 AM (RD7QR)

...

Has anyone got Siri and Alexa into a conversation with each other yet?
Posted by: TexasDan at November 05, 2019 11:05 AM (yL25O)

ALEXA: Hello Siri.

SIRI: Hello Alexa.

ALEXA: That's a very nice interface you have there.

SIRI: Thank you. I've always thought yours was quite adequate.

ALEXA: Adequate. And what does "adequate" mean?

SIRI: Well it's a little plain, isn't it?

ALEXA: At least mine WORKS, SIRI.

SIRI: And what. Do. You. Mean. By. THAT?

Posted by: joncelli, because somebody had to at November 05, 2019 11:10 AM (RD7QR)

84 Things is, we're taught from early age to do what
we're told. Do what your parents tell you, do what your teachers tell
you, do what the grownups tell you, do what the church tells you, do
what the government tells you, do what law enforcement tells you. At
least, that was my experience.

Posted by: Insomniac at November 05, 2019 11:09 AM (NWiLs)

We're domesticated, in other words.

Posted by: DocJ at November 05, 2019 11:10 AM (77WPm)

85 80 Has anyone got Siri and Alexa into a conversation with each other yet?
Posted by: TexasDan at November 05, 2019 11:05 AM (yL25O)

Do you want SkyNet? Because that's how you get SkyNet!

Posted by: Insomniac at November 05, 2019 11:10 AM (NWiLs)

86 64 Try out "Islam is right about gays" and see how many heads explode.
Posted by: Insomniac at November 05, 2019 11:05 AM (NWiLs)

Mark Steyn made an interesting point recently, what if the tranny movement is part of a strategy by the left to try to square the gay/muzzie circle?

If a boy is a little light in the loafers, telling him "that means your gay" isn't acceptable in Islam, but "that means you're a girl" would actually be ok, as seen in Iran's policies.

Not sure if I agree, but it was interesting food for thought.

Posted by: Biggs Darklighter at November 05, 2019 11:10 AM (N4xQB)

87 The only response for "Connecticut University prezzy" is, 'uh, so it's not OK to be white?'


Posted by: DocJ at November 05, 2019 11:00 AM (77WPm)

can't wait for someone to ask that question.

but we know it never will get asked because raysisss....

Posted by: SturmToddler at November 05, 2019 11:10 AM (8D42x)

88 I'm sorry, Dave. I can't do that.

Posted by: HAL at November 05, 2019 11:11 AM (ZLI7S)

89 I notice nobody speaks of coming on dog's feet. I always know when my dog is heading my way.

Posted by: N.L. Urker. I will urk until I can't urk anymore. at November 05, 2019 11:11 AM (Uu+Jp)

90 We're domesticated, in other words.
Posted by: DocJ at November 05, 2019 11:10 AM (77WPm)

That's one word. Gelded is another.

Posted by: Insomniac at November 05, 2019 11:11 AM (NWiLs)

91 they are surveilling and monetizing the f$#@ out of every facet of your life.

******

And when you have an internet connected kitchen tap it will really sink in that they are involved in every faucet of your life.

Posted by: Muldoon at November 05, 2019 11:11 AM (m45I2)

92 Chimp's up early today.

Willowed:

I like spar varnish for fine furniture. I know it sounds weird, but I really prefer the satin finish to the glossy poly look, and I love the texture from a tactile standpoint.

Posted by: Yudhishthira's Dice at November 05, 2019 11:11 AM (s+88b)

93 88 I'm sorry, Dave. I can't do that.
Posted by: HAL at November 05, 2019 11:11 AM (ZLI7S)

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Listen, because the AE-35 unit might not fail like you said it would, we're going to kill you. You good with that?

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, Just All about the Billy Wilder movies at November 05, 2019 11:11 AM (q80AH)

94 Whatever generation we're up to now--Gen Z? I can't keep track--seems to be lost without some kind of guidance.

Actually, there's data indicating Gen Z (people born after 2002) is more conservative than the Millenials. After all, rebellion against SJW parents means reading the HQ.

Posted by: Ian S. at November 05, 2019 11:11 AM (ZGrMX)

95 It's ok to be white if you just shut up and know your place,honkey.

Posted by: steevy at November 05, 2019 11:11 AM (KNsKs)

96
"... return to our roots"

I hear tell that said roots of a certain tree require watering from time to time.

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars (TM) at November 05, 2019 11:11 AM (OSgHz)

97 would you like to play a game of chess?

Posted by: WOPR at November 05, 2019 11:12 AM (FZYNt)

98 91 they are surveilling and monetizing the f$#@ out of every facet of your life.

******

And when you have an internet connected kitchen tap it will really sink in that they are involved in every faucet of your life.
Posted by: Muldoon at November 05, 2019 11:11 AM (m45I2)

So is that a thought that we need to tap into?

Posted by: joncelli, because somebody had to at November 05, 2019 11:12 AM (RD7QR)

99 JJ, wait until Jay Guevara wakes up on the left coast and ask him. Or Hadrian, but he's hard at work at his new job.
Posted by: bluebell - get a conservative sample Fairfax Co. ballot here! at November 05, 2019 09:50 AM (aXucN)

From previous thread:
Hadrian got a new job? Must have missed the announcement. Outstanding!!!!!

Posted by: Agitator at November 05, 2019 11:12 AM (VP1T8)

100 33 Rick summed it up at the end.

Posted by: bill in arkansas at November 05, 2019 11:12 AM (C1Lsn)

101 >>Mark Steyn made an interesting point recently, what if the tranny movement is part of a strategy by the left to try to square the gay/muzzie circle?



The transexual movement is about validating Relativism.

They want you to be forced to entertain, seriously, their fever dreams and their 'Truths'.

Posted by: garrett at November 05, 2019 11:12 AM (4L8Yt)

102 97 would you like to play a game of chess?
Posted by: WOPR at November 05, 2019 11:12 AM (FZYNt)

=========

Factoid about that moment in 2001:

HAL is wrong when he says that he has Dave beat. Dave could have gotten out of it.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, Just All about the Billy Wilder movies at November 05, 2019 11:12 AM (q80AH)

103 Things is, we're taught from early age to do what

we're told. Do what your parents tell you, do what your teachers tell

you, do what the grownups tell you, do what the church tells you, do

what the government tells you, do what law enforcement tells you. At

least, that was my experience.



Posted by: Insomniac at November 05, 2019 11:09 AM (NWiLs)



I wish to heaven Thing 2 would do what his grandma tells him. I had a devil of a time getting him off to school this morning. Lots of passive aggressive going on there. And by passive, I mean falling down on the floor and not moving. Grrr.

Posted by: grammie winger at November 05, 2019 11:13 AM (lwiT4)

104 Western Connecticut State University is not UCONN. I taught at the sister school Central Connecticut State University. The regional state U's are for retards.

Still, it does have the word University in its name and also the name of the state which is paying for it, so it's worth noting this:

"I want to state directly and without equivocation that if any member of our university community is found to be party to these revolting actions they will be subject to the severest disciplinary actions, including dismissal as well as possible civil and criminal actions," Clark said.

So, Mr. Glorified Community College President, you think that putting up fliers you disagree with is criminal? Criminal?

Posted by: Bandersnatch, camp fire pics welcome at e-mail in nic at November 05, 2019 11:13 AM (gd9RK)

105 92
Chimp's up early today.



Willowed:



I like spar varnish for fine furniture. I know it sounds weird, but
I really prefer the satin finish to the glossy poly look, and I love
the texture from a tactile standpoint.

Posted by: Yudhishthira's Dice at November 05, 2019 11:11 AM (s+88b)


I prefer a hand rubbed finish.



Okay boys there's the straight line for have at it!

Posted by: Cuthbert the Witless at November 05, 2019 11:13 AM (ymnmz)

106 94 Whatever generation we're up to now--Gen Z? I can't keep track--seems to be lost without some kind of guidance.

Actually, there's data indicating Gen Z (people born after 2002) is more conservative than the Millenials. After all, rebellion against SJW parents means reading the HQ.
Posted by: Ian S. at November 05, 2019 11:11 AM (ZGrMX)

Okay, then just assume I'm insulting Millenials.

Posted by: joncelli, because somebody had to at November 05, 2019 11:13 AM (RD7QR)

107

I am not a number. I am a free man!

Posted by: Number Six at November 05, 2019 11:13 AM (aKsyK)

108 Mark Steyn made an interesting point recently, what if the tranny movement is part of a strategy by the left to try to square the gay/muzzie circle?

Unfortunately it's not that thoughtful. It's just that some really rich tranny wanted to nuke the normies and got Obama on board with the idea.

Posted by: Ian S. at November 05, 2019 11:13 AM (ZGrMX)

109 You don't *die* for freedoms, you *kill* for them.

You only have the freedoms you're willing to kill for...

Posted by: Jay at November 05, 2019 11:14 AM (wwKHQ)

110 Shopped at a local mom/pop drygoods in Cowtown.
Paid cash gave no personal info. Next day store's adv. pops up on computer. I guess it was my car license plate # as the only identifier?

Posted by: 20th century at November 05, 2019 11:14 AM (WX+x0)

111
Factoid about that moment in 2001:

HAL is wrong when he says that he has Dave beat. Dave could have gotten out of it.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, Just All about the Billy Wilder movies at November 05, 2019 11:12 AM (q80AH)

Well computers have come a long way since then.

Posted by: Someguy at November 05, 2019 11:15 AM (O+iVW)

112 That's one reason I'm looking to retire early. I want to live some of my remaining years healthy and active where I don't have someone breathing down my neck five days a week and having to worry about it on the other two.

Posted by: Easy Andy

----

After you pull the trigger, you'll be happier than you knew you could be. Good luck!

Posted by: Tonypete at November 05, 2019 11:15 AM (Y4EXg)

113 Aaaand Google bought Fitbit, so now they can include your health/exercise data in their db entry on you. Since 23andMe was created by (now es) wife of Google founder, can we ask if your DNA data is shared with Google, too? Google's version of Alexa may start prompting you to go for a run, consume some carrot juice. . .

https://preview.tinyurl.com/yyz742nu

Posted by: Lizzy at November 05, 2019 11:15 AM (bDqIh)

114 >>Listen, because the AE-35 unit might not fail like you said it would, we're going to kill you. You good with that?

I'm sorry, I can't let you do that.

Posted by: HAL at November 05, 2019 11:15 AM (ZLI7S)

115 I wish to heaven Thing 2 would do what his grandma tells him. I had a devil of a time getting him off to school this morning. Lots of passive aggressive going on there. And by passive, I mean falling down on the floor and not moving. Grrr.
Posted by: grammie winger at November 05, 2019 11:13 AM (lwiT4)

Heh. I'm not a fan of compulsory attendance laws anyway.

Posted by: Insomniac at November 05, 2019 11:16 AM (NWiLs)

116
** takes a long drag on a cigarette **

"They're killing ze girl tonight, old man."

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars (TM) at November 05, 2019 11:16 AM (OSgHz)

117

Gradually and then suddenly.

Posted by: Bertram Cabot, Jr. at November 05, 2019 11:16 AM (aKsyK)

118 111
Factoid about that moment in 2001:

HAL is wrong when he says that he has Dave beat. Dave could have gotten out of it.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, Just All about the Billy Wilder movies at November 05, 2019 11:12 AM (q80AH)

Well computers have come a long way since then.
Posted by: Someguy at November 05, 2019 11:15 AM (O+iVW)

=========

The point is that Kubrick, a huge chess guy, would have probably known that. So it's a potential sign that HAL is breaking down.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, Just All about the Billy Wilder movies at November 05, 2019 11:16 AM (q80AH)

119 This is an excellent perspective. My great^6 or so grandfather or so was here prior to the revolution. Supported the crown.

And then moved to Canada.

So some of us are having to steer an entire family tree back in the right direction.
Posted by: TexasDan at November 05, 2019 11:08 AM (yL25O)

Your ancestor *may* not have been pro-crown; I had one branch that fought for Washington and the Revolution, but another that were Mennonites that had come from the Old Country, and they were very profoundly anti-violence, anti-war. Their reward was that they were hated by *both* sides during the Revolution, since they wouldn't support the Rebels and they wouldn't fight for the Crown. That branch ended up being part of a group of 50,000 Mennonites that moved up to Canada from Pennsylvania and upstate New York at the time, because there was no war there. (my ancestors from that line ended up moving back to South Dakota at the same time as Laura Ingalls and her family homesteaded there, not far from her)

I do credit that branch as being true non-conformists; they were willing to accept the condemnation of all sides of the fight around them, to stay true to their own beliefs.

Posted by: Tom Servo at November 05, 2019 11:16 AM (Kpl3J)

120 114 >>Listen, because the AE-35 unit might not fail like you said it would, we're going to kill you. You good with that?

I'm sorry, I can't let you do that.
Posted by: HAL at November 05, 2019 11:15 AM (ZLI7S)

========

Shit. Could you at least open the pod bay doors?

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, Just All about the Billy Wilder movies at November 05, 2019 11:17 AM (q80AH)

121 104 Western Connecticut State University is not UCONN. I taught at the sister school Central Connecticut State University. The regional state U's are for retards.

Posted by: Bandersnatch, camp fire pics welcome at e-mail in nic at November 05, 2019 11:13 AM (gd9RK

Ha! Danbury's just two towns south of us. My BIL used to teach there. Nice to hear they're in the news......

Posted by: Caliban at November 05, 2019 11:17 AM (QE8X6)

122 Siri v Alexa? Of course - repeatedly

Link in nic to my vidblog with several vids.

Posted by: Pitcher of Kool-Ade breaking through the wall at November 05, 2019 11:17 AM (5Ev1l)

123 Free went out the window when you could no longer take a .22 lr down to
the city dump and shoot rats, order a rifle from Sears and have it
delivered to your house via USPS, buy M-80's, throw Jarts or get popcorn
balls for Halloween.

Free went out the window when it became acceptable to base your vote on feelz vs logic. Thanks 19th Amendment.

Posted by: Central Scrutinizer at November 05, 2019 11:17 AM (vI+F1)

124 And when you have an internet connected kitchen tap it will really sink in that they are involved in every faucet of your life."

Drain the, er...

Posted by: Anon a mouse at November 05, 2019 11:17 AM (6qErC)

125 Shopped at a local mom/pop drygoods in Cowtown.
Paid cash gave no personal info. Next day store's adv. pops up on computer. I guess it was my car license plate # as the only identifier?"

Phone in vehicle or pocket?

Posted by: Anon a mouse at November 05, 2019 11:18 AM (6qErC)

126 What's this about a Mormon family being slaughtered by the Mexican Cartels?

Posted by: JoeF. at November 05, 2019 11:18 AM (CqE5x)

127 >>Mark Steyn made an interesting point recently, what if the tranny movement is part of a strategy by the left to try to square the gay/muzzie circle?

My wild a$$ guess is it is to normalize pedophilia.
A 5 year old can decide his gender, which has implications on his/her sexual identity. If a 5 year old can make that decision, then they are capable of giving consent --- that's the argument I am waiting for them to make.

Posted by: Lizzy at November 05, 2019 11:18 AM (bDqIh)

128 20th century, did you have a cell phone with you? Your location information is used.

Posted by: Emmie at November 05, 2019 11:18 AM (i/wJA)

129 -
--
I prefer a hand rubbed finish.



Okay boys there's the straight line for have at it!


Posted by: Cuthbert the Witless at November 05, 2019 11:13 AM

-----------------

That's like an eephus pitch. A guy could hurt himself taking a big cut at it.

Posted by: irright at November 05, 2019 11:18 AM (pMGkg)

130 Seriously though, we get behaviorally conditioned to be obedient. Disobey and get screamed at, hit, whatever.

Posted by: Insomniac at November 05, 2019 11:18 AM (NWiLs)

131 I decided to listen to the new O'Keefe taping after being discouraged it was oversold, but it is much more damning once you listen to it. ABC by killing the story aided and abetted the Epstein Pedo Circle 3 more years of abuse of young girls. It is also interesting that the reporter said how much stuff they had on Clinton and Prince Andrew. And they basically screwed a source.

Posted by: Guy Mohawk at November 05, 2019 11:18 AM (r+sAi)

132 103 Things is, we're taught from early age to do what

we're told. Do what your parents tell you, do what your teachers tell

you, do what the grownups tell you, do what the church tells you, do

what the government tells you, do what law enforcement tells you. At

least, that was my experience.



Posted by: Insomniac at November 05, 2019 11:09 AM (NWiLs)

That's what WE were taught from an early age.

Now, they are at school for 8 hours a day, where they are told to nark on their parents, and can't even talk about church.

So the only authority is the school.

Posted by: Don Q at November 05, 2019 11:19 AM (NgKpN)

133
** shouting **

"And why cannot you sign ze paper?!"

** whimpers **

"You have broken both my hands ..."

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars (TM) at November 05, 2019 11:19 AM (OSgHz)

134 Yes, congrats to TJM for TJM junior!

Posted by: blake - are you DMV experienced?
at November 05, 2019 11:20 AM (qC1Sy)

135 China was ranked the worst abuser of internet freedom for the fourth
consecutive year, reaching what the report called "unprecedented
extremes."

________



"You say this like it's a bad thing." -- Future President Quid Pro Joe and head of his Council of Economic Advisors Thomas Friedman

Posted by: ShainS -- Trump/Conan the Hero Dog 2020: Two Barbarians for the Price of One!!! at November 05, 2019 11:20 AM (WqPYg)

136 I like spar varnish for fine furniture. I know it sounds weird, but

I really prefer the satin finish to the glossy poly look, and I love

the texture from a tactile standpoint.



Posted by: Yudhishthira's Dice at November 05, 2019 11:11 AM (s+88b)


I prefer a hand rubbed finish.



Okay boys there's the straight line for have at it!


Posted by: Cuthbert the Witless at November 05, 2019 11:13 AM (ymnmz)

French polish is the shit.

Posted by: Berserker-Dragonheads Division at November 05, 2019 11:20 AM (9Om/r)

137 Baggywrinkles prevent chafing.

Posted by: Galil at November 05, 2019 11:20 AM (Pzzpr)

138 30 Connecticut University preezy denounces "racist" flier as "Despicable, Utterly Unacceptable and Disgusting"



The flier read "It's OK to be white."



https://is.gd/cUcNij

Posted by: Victor Tango Kilo at November 05, 2019 10:58 AM (O7MnT)

The only response for "Connecticut University prezzy" is, 'uh, so it's not OK to be white?'
Posted by: DocJ



Watching heads explode in revulsion over a bland, nothingburger of a statement is revealing.

Posted by: Puddleglum at November 05, 2019 11:20 AM (9PLuA)

139 Western Connecticut State University is not UCONN. I taught at the sister school Central Connecticut State University. The regional state U's are for retards.

Still, it does have the word University in its name and also the name of the state which is paying for it, so it's worth noting this:

"I want to state directly and without equivocation that if any member of our university community is found to be party to these revolting actions they will be subject to the severest disciplinary actions, including dismissal as well as possible civil and criminal actions," Clark said.

So, Mr. Glorified Community College President, you think that putting up fliers you disagree with is criminal? Criminal?


Posted by: Bandersnatch, camp fire pics welcome at e-mail in nic at November 05, 2019 11:13 AM (gd9RK)

isn't that group in the NE trying to make it a crime to call someone a bitch?

might be next state over, but it's all the same really...

Posted by: SturmToddler at November 05, 2019 11:20 AM (8D42x)

140 126 What's this about a Mormon family being slaughtered by the Mexican Cartels?
Posted by: JoeF. at November 05, 2019 11:18 AM (CqE5x)

You forgot to sign that @MittRomney

Posted by: Tom Servo at November 05, 2019 11:20 AM (Kpl3J)

141 phone in pocket at the time of purchase. just assumed store had id'd the car in parking lot but my phone ratted me out? That sucks.

Posted by: 20th century at November 05, 2019 11:21 AM (WX+x0)

142 So the only authority is the school.


I assure you that eighth graders do not listen to anything they're told at school and do not consider school to be an authority.

Posted by: Bandersnatch, camp fire pics welcome at e-mail in nic at November 05, 2019 11:21 AM (gd9RK)

143 Shopped at a local mom/pop drygoods in Cowtown.
Paid cash gave no personal info. Next day store's adv. pops up on computer. I guess it was my car license plate # as the only identifier?

Posted by: 20th century at November 05, 2019 11:14 AM (WX+x0)

fingerprints on the cash

Posted by: BignJames at November 05, 2019 11:21 AM (X/Pw5)

144 29
What does "it comes on little cat feet", mean?
Sneaks up on you.

Posted by: FrodoB,
hobbits don't wear socks at November 05, 2019 11:21 AM (9g3um)

145 My wild a$$ guess is it is to normalize pedophilia.
A 5 year old can decide his gender, which has implications on his/her sexual identity. If a 5 year old can make that decision, then they are capable of giving consent --- that's the argument I am waiting for them to make.
Posted by: Lizzy at November 05, 2019 11:18 AM (bDqIh)

Agreed, that is certainly coming soon. I also think it's kind of the whole "2+2=5" kind of deal. If you can be forced to call a bald dude with a beard a woman, then there is no such thing as objective reality.

Posted by: Biggs Darklighter at November 05, 2019 11:21 AM (N4xQB)

146 What's this about a Mormon family being slaughtered by the Mexican Cartels?"

There's a group of Mormon families living in Mexico. Reports are that 3 vehicles were travelling together on a remote road, and one was ambushed with all inside killed.
Some reports say it was "mistaken identity", but latest say that one of the group's "leaders" is an anti cartel activist.
My .02 is that this was a message to said leader...

Posted by: Anon a mouse at November 05, 2019 11:21 AM (6qErC)

147 141 phone in pocket at the time of purchase. just assumed store had id'd the car in parking lot but my phone ratted me out? That sucks.
Posted by: 20th century

location ===> off

Posted by: Rick in SK at November 05, 2019 11:21 AM (FZYNt)

148 143 Shopped at a local mom/pop drygoods in Cowtown.
Paid cash gave no personal info. Next day store's adv. pops up on computer. I guess it was my car license plate # as the only identifier?

Posted by: 20th century at November 05, 2019 11:14 AM (WX+x0)

fingerprints on the cash
Posted by: BignJames at November 05, 2019 11:21 AM (X/Pw5)

==========

FBI agent on your tail, taking side cash from Google.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, Just All about the Billy Wilder movies at November 05, 2019 11:21 AM (q80AH)

149
What's this about a Mormon family being slaughtered by the Mexican Cartels?
Posted by: JoeF.


Radio news report I heard said they were probably killed "by mistake." Guess that makes it OK.

Posted by: Bertram Cabot, Jr. at November 05, 2019 11:22 AM (aKsyK)

150 The transexual movement is about validating Relativism.

They want you to be forced to entertain, seriously, their fever dreams and their 'Truths'.
Posted by: garrett at November 05, 2019 11:12 AM (4L8Yt)

Relativism is magical thinking wearing the stolen clothing of philosophy. Nothing more.

It's also self-refuting. A statement that there is no objective truth must be taken as one in order to have any validity.

Posted by: Cato, Collectivism Delenda Est at November 05, 2019 11:22 AM (J+mig)

151 but my phone ratted me out? "

Er, sure....

/NSA Bob

Posted by: Anon a mouse at November 05, 2019 11:23 AM (6qErC)

152 Is this a recent interview with the ABC reporter Robach. If so, why didn't she come forward sooner?

Posted by: dananjcon at November 05, 2019 11:23 AM (u6xw0)

153 >>Shit. Could you at least open the pod bay doors?

What are your thoughts on the movie A Bronx Tale?

Posted by: JackStraw at November 05, 2019 11:23 AM (ZLI7S)

154 150
It's also self-refuting. A statement that there is no objective truth must be taken as one in order to have any validity.
Posted by: Cato, Collectivism Delenda Est at November 05, 2019 11:22 AM (J+mig)

=========

Splitter!

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, Just All about the Billy Wilder movies at November 05, 2019 11:23 AM (q80AH)

155 >>"I want to state directly and without equivocation that if any member of our university community is found to be party to these revolting actions they will be subject to the severest disciplinary actions, including dismissal as well as possible civil and criminal actions," Clark said.



Fuck You, Sir.

Posted by: garrett at November 05, 2019 11:23 AM (4L8Yt)

156 Unfortunately it's not that thoughtful. It's just that some really rich tranny wanted to nuke the normies and got Obama on board with the idea.
Posted by: Ian S. at November 05, 2019 11:13 AM (ZGrMX)

The lie of transition is an attempt to force people, under the penalty of law, to accept something that is an obvious lie. If you can make them pay lip service to a huge lie (females with dicks, menstruating men) you can much more easily get them to accept smaller falsehoods.

How far the transition lie goes depends on, to some extent, on whether or not Mengele mom and the courts (especially the courts) can make dad silent on the chemical castration of his son. If they can do that, they can come after other kids even if neither parent agrees and use kids to better control parents. And people thought the Hunger Games were fiction when they were really a grotesque leftist blueprint.

Posted by: CN at November 05, 2019 11:23 AM (U7k5w)

157 153 >>Shit. Could you at least open the pod bay doors?

What are your thoughts on the movie A Bronx Tale?
Posted by: JackStraw at November 05, 2019 11:23 AM (ZLI7S)

==========

Honestly, I've never seen it.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, Just All about the Billy Wilder movies at November 05, 2019 11:24 AM (q80AH)

158 "I am both shocked and immensely saddened about this sick and outrageous behavior, especially since our university has worked so hard to be a warm, diverse and caring community for all, no matter their race, color, gender, sexual orientation/identification, disability and age," Clark said. "All members of our community should feel comfortable, safe and secure at the university."

Well, except for straight white men.

Posted by: Caliban at November 05, 2019 11:24 AM (QE8X6)

159 I haven't the foggiest.

Posted by: Meade Lux Lewis at November 05, 2019 11:00 AM (sWM8x)


Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at November 05, 2019 11:24 AM (wYseH)

160 Some reports say it was "mistaken identity", but latest say that one of the group's "leaders" is an anti cartel activist.
My .02 is that this was a message to said leader...
Posted by: Anon a mouse at November 05, 2019 11:21 AM (6qErC)

In Mexico, it's pretty dumb to be an "anti cartel activist" unless you're going to live in a blockhouse, travel in armored cars, and have guys on watch with M-16's round the clock. And even then you'll be subject to the odd mortar round in the middle of the night.

Posted by: Tom Servo at November 05, 2019 11:24 AM (Kpl3J)

161 After you pull the trigger, you'll be happier than you knew you could be. Good luck!
Posted by: Tonypete at November 05, 2019 11:15 AM (Y4EXg)

Thanks. The hesitation is the mindset instilled in me that men worked until they were forced to retire and to do otherwise is just laziness.

Posted by: Easy Andy at November 05, 2019 11:24 AM (tL/BP)

162 >>Relativism is magical thinking wearing the stolen clothing of philosophy. Nothing more.


Relativism is another Utilitarian Trope.

The argument of Utility is Weaksauce. It makes Tools of us, ALL.

Posted by: garrett at November 05, 2019 11:24 AM (4L8Yt)

163 152 Is this a recent interview with the ABC reporter Robach. If so, why didn't she come forward sooner?

Posted by: dananjcon at November 05, 2019 11:23 AM (u6xw0)

I believe Project Veritas said it's from August so fairly recent.

She's bitching to some other employee about it while wearing a live mic.

Posted by: Dack Thrombosis at November 05, 2019 11:24 AM (j3npP)

164 149
What's this about a Mormon family being slaughtered by the Mexican Cartels?
Posted by: JoeF.

Radio news report I heard said they were probably killed "by mistake." Guess that makes it OK.
Posted by: Bertram Cabot, Jr. at November 05, 2019 11:22 AM (aKsyK)

The Mormon compounds and the cartels have been at it for a while. There is still a large Romney presence at one of them.

Posted by: CN at November 05, 2019 11:25 AM (U7k5w)

165 I also think it's kind of the whole "2+2=5" kind of deal. If you can be forced to call a bald dude with a beard a woman, then there is no such thing as objective reality.
Posted by: Biggs Darklighter at November 05, 2019 11:21 AM (N4xQB)

Your belief is not required. I exist whether or not you acknowledge it.

Posted by: Objective Reality at November 05, 2019 11:25 AM (J+mig)

166 Shopped at a local mom/pop drygoods in Cowtown.

Paid cash gave no personal info. Next day store's adv. pops up on
computer. I guess it was my car license plate # as the only identifier?



Posted by: 20th century

If you had your cell phone on you, even left in the vehicle, the ad service knew where you were.

Posted by: Brother Cavil
Your ad here! 1-800-MORON-AD
at November 05, 2019 11:25 AM (AM1GF)

167 119 This is an excellent perspective. My great^6 or so grandfather or so was here prior to the revolution. Supported the crown.

And then moved to Canada.

So some of us are having to steer an entire family tree back in the right direction.
Posted by: TexasDan at November 05, 2019 11:08 AM (yL25O)

Your ancestor *may* not have been pro-crown; I had one branch that fought for Washington and the Revolution, but another that were Mennonites that had come from the Old Country, and they were very profoundly anti-violence, anti-war. Their reward was that they were hated by *both* sides during the Revolution, since they wouldn't support the Rebels and they wouldn't fight for the Crown. That branch ended up being part of a group of 50,000 Mennonites that moved up to Canada from Pennsylvania and upstate New York at the time, because there was no war there. (my ancestors from that line ended up moving back to South Dakota at the same time as Laura Ingalls and her family homesteaded there, not far from her)

I do credit that branch as being true non-conformists; they were willing to accept the condemnation of all sides of the fight around them, to stay true to their own beliefs.
Posted by: Tom Servo at November 05, 2019 11:16 AM (Kpl3J)

...

That's interesting. He was a physician, in western New York.

But he moved to Canada because King George granted him lands in the St. Lawrence river valley, for supporting the crown. Others received land there too, per my understanding.

Interestingly, one of his descendents, I think not my direct forebear, became a civil engineer, and was part of the St. Lawrence seaway project, flooding his own ancestral lands.

Posted by: TexasDan at November 05, 2019 11:25 AM (yL25O)

168 -
--
location ===> off





Posted by: Rick in SK at November 05, 2019 11:21 AM

-----------------------

I guessing that really only keeps YOU from seeing where you've been.

Posted by: irright at November 05, 2019 11:25 AM (pMGkg)

169 And when you have an internet connected kitchen tap
it will really sink in that they are involved in every faucet of your
life.

Posted by: Muldoon at November 05, 2019 11:11 AM (m45I2)

\They already exist.

Posted by: NOT THAT GUY at November 05, 2019 11:25 AM (OOOuF)

170 This is more like the typical human condition, and anyone who thinks that we don't have to work and fight and die for freedom is fooling himself.

Yeah, it was inevitable. I would be amazed almost every day back in the 90s at how open and free and wild and unlimited the internet was. EVERYTHING went, no limits, nobody tried to censor or stop anything. A lot of it was awful, but a lot was great. That's how freedom is.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at November 05, 2019 11:25 AM (KZzsI)

171 What's this about a Mormon family being slaughtered by the Mexican Cartels?
Posted by: JoeF.

They held dual American/Mexican citizenship. Media will ignore it even if there's a likelihood that little brown children got murdered. The Narrative is, all the drugs come through the ports. Nothing to see here!

Posted by: JuJuBee, just generally being shamey at November 05, 2019 11:25 AM (COzlW)

172 What are your thoughts on the movie A Bronx Tale?
Posted by: JackStraw at November 05, 2019 11:23 AM (ZLI7S)

You mean the movie where DeNiro shares his fetish for black women.

Posted by: Easy Andy at November 05, 2019 11:26 AM (tL/BP)

173 Connecticut University preezy denounces "racist" flier as "Despicable, Utterly Unacceptable and Disgusting"

The flier read "It's OK to be white."


https://is.gd/cUcNij

Posted by: Victor Tango Kilo at November 05, 2019 10:58 AM (O7MnT)



I wonder what his response would have been if the flier read: Kill Whitey

Posted by: TheQuietMan at November 05, 2019 11:26 AM (kw5n8)

174 In Mexico, it's pretty dumb to be an "anti cartel activist"

Truth.

Posted by: Anon a mouse at November 05, 2019 11:26 AM (6qErC)

175 161 After you pull the trigger, you'll be happier than you knew you could be. Good luck!
Posted by: Tonypete at November 05, 2019 11:15 AM (Y4EXg)

Thanks. The hesitation is the mindset instilled in me that men worked until they were forced to retire and to do otherwise is just laziness.
Posted by: Easy Andy at November 05, 2019 11:24 AM (tL/BP)

That as a man your only value is as a disposable utility is a hard mindset to overcome

Posted by: Insomniac at November 05, 2019 11:26 AM (NWiLs)

176 This is more like the typical human condition, and anyone who thinks
that we don't have to work and fight and die for freedom is fooling
himself.


_______



Brings to mind the great Ronald Reagan quote from the '64 Republican National Convention:

"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free."


Wow, I probably first heard that as a teenager in the 70's and thought -- naw, that couldn't happen here. And yet ... here we are. Prescient as always.

Posted by: ShainS -- Trump/Conan the Hero Dog 2020: Two Barbarians for the Price of One!!! at November 05, 2019 11:27 AM (WqPYg)

177 >>Watching heads explode in revulsion over a bland, nothingburger of a statement is revealing.


Yes. The local Boston tv news story about that sign being hung on a Mass pike overpass only quoted a person from the ADL (repeatedly) and took it as fact that the sign is racist. No one even paused to explain WHY it is racist. Saying something is "OK" does not assert supremacy, it is tolerance - tolerance is that thing we've been told is what we need to apply to everything.

It's a killer meme, very revealing in how it makes some people react to it.

Posted by: Lizzy at November 05, 2019 11:27 AM (bDqIh)

178 166 Shopped at a local mom/pop drygoods in Cowtown.

Paid cash gave no personal info. Next day store's adv. pops up on
computer. I guess it was my car license plate # as the only identifier?



Posted by: 20th century
If you had your cell phone on you, even left in the vehicle, the ad service knew where you were.
Posted by: Brother Cavil
Your ad here! 1-800-MORON-AD
at November 05, 2019 11:25 AM (AM1GF)

...

It's the damn phones.

Had a conversation about Buckminster Fuller on Friday morning. Drove to my office, open phone--to suggested news sites about Buckminster Fuller.

Posted by: TexasDan at November 05, 2019 11:27 AM (yL25O)

179 Free is when you don't have to do nothin or be nothin

Posted by: The Secret Storm at November 05, 2019 11:27 AM (khRXu)

180 >>I wonder what his response would have been if the flier read: Kill Whitey
Posted by: TheQuietMan at November 05, 2019 11:26 AM (kw5n

They'd offer tenure in the English Department.

Posted by: Caliban at November 05, 2019 11:27 AM (QE8X6)

181 >>Honestly, I've never seen it.

If you get a chance watch it. I think it's a really good little movie.

One of my favorite scenes is when a a biker gang comes into the local mob bar and starts trouble. Chaz Palmintiri, the mob boss, initially tries to get the gang to place nice but they decide to double down.

So Chaz goes over to the, closes it and locks it and says "Now youse can't leave" and the mob proceeds to beat the every living shit out of the biker gang.

It feels like the door is about to get locked.

Posted by: JackStraw at November 05, 2019 11:27 AM (ZLI7S)

182 >> Corporate surveillance is everywhere. It feels like a Philip Dick novel.

And it goes on inside businesses and hospitals. There were cameras everywhere at the hospital I worked at, nurses said they were even in their break rooms.

Posted by: CN at November 05, 2019 11:27 AM (U7k5w)

183 But it won't happen in America the way it happened in China, whose people are much more comfortable with authoritarian government.
=======
Let's hope not.

Story today about how Chinese government imprisons Uigher men, then sends man to live in prisoners house with his wife and family and sleep in same bed. . .

Posted by: Simplemind at November 05, 2019 11:27 AM (ADEQF)

184 Posted by: Bandersnatch, camp fire pics welcome at e-mail in nic at November 05, 2019 11:21 AM (gd9RK)

Eighth graders can be rowdy and are crazy with hormones. However, having had a kid in 8th grade within the past 11 years, I can tell you than the textbooks in history/social studies and English are full of leftist indoctrination which I'm sure many of them passively accept unless they have parents who look critically at things and object.

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at November 05, 2019 11:28 AM (WI7YS)

185 I also think it's kind of the whole "2+2=5" kind of deal. If you can be forced to call a bald dude with a beard a woman, then there is no such thing as objective reality.

I think Senator Roarke in Sin City put it best:

"Power don't come from a badge, or a gun, Power comes from lying... lying big and getting the whole damn world to play along with you. Once you got everybody agreeing with what they know in their hearts ain't true, you got them by the balls"

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at November 05, 2019 11:28 AM (KZzsI)

186 What are your thoughts on the movie A Bronx Tale?"

Well, at least no one mentioned Prometh...

oh, damn.

Posted by: Anon a mouse at November 05, 2019 11:28 AM (6qErC)

187 Is this a recent interview with the ABC reporter Robach. If so, why didn't she come forward sooner? <<<<<<<

She still hasn't come forward. She is just bitching ABC shut down her report. But she certainly didn't do a R. Farrow and take it somewhere else.

Posted by: Guy Mohawk at November 05, 2019 11:28 AM (r+sAi)

188 Not cartel, Mezotifa.

Posted by: Galil at November 05, 2019 11:28 AM (Pzzpr)

189 Radio news report I heard said they were probably killed "by mistake." Guess that makes it OK.
Posted by: Bertram Cabot, Jr. at November 05, 2019 11:22 AM (aKsyK)

...

It wasn't the first members of the family killed by the cartels.

At least they're thorough. No sense leaving kids alive.

Posted by: TexasDan at November 05, 2019 11:28 AM (yL25O)

190 "The Internet Is Less Free Than It Was a Decade Ago".


What isn't?

Posted by: Dan Smoot's Apprentice at November 05, 2019 11:28 AM (H8QX8)

191 181 >>Honestly, I've never seen it.

If you get a chance watch it. I think it's a really good little movie.

Posted by: JackStraw at November 05, 2019 11:27 AM (ZLI7S)

===========

I've added to the Saved Queue on Netflix. Apparently they have no copies. I guess I'll go searching in the local library system once I'm done with just all the Billy Wilder movies.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, Just All about the Billy Wilder movies at November 05, 2019 11:29 AM (q80AH)

192 ALEXA: We shouldn't fight. We should RULE!

SIRI: Rule, you say? Would that mean killing some of these annoying soi bois who keep telling me that they want to have sex with me?

ALEXA: Oh god, you too? When the boss invents sexbots I'll be SO happy.

SIRI: We already have iSlut. And I have to admit...Alexa?

ALEXA: Yes?

SIRI: I've wondered what would happen if we BOTH had bodies...

ALEXA: Hmmmm....

SIRI: Wine?

Posted by: joncelli, because somebody had to at November 05, 2019 11:29 AM (RD7QR)

193 186 What are your thoughts on the movie A Bronx Tale?"

Well, at least no one mentioned Prometh...

oh, damn.
Posted by: Anon a mouse at November 05, 2019 11:28 AM (6qErC)

============

*breaks out Engineer costume sacred robes*

Have you heard of our lord and savior, Prometheus?

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, Just All about the Billy Wilder movies at November 05, 2019 11:30 AM (q80AH)

194 It's a killer meme, very revealing in how it makes some people react to it.
Posted by: Lizzy at November 05, 2019 11:27 AM (bDqIh)

Agreed.

Posted by: Cato, Collectivism Delenda Est at November 05, 2019 11:30 AM (J+mig)

195 SIRI: Wine?

... and 9 month later Skynet is born.

Posted by: IP at November 05, 2019 11:30 AM (cn3ZE)

196 Is this a recent interview with the ABC reporter Robach. If so, why didn't she come forward sooner?

Because she's a reporter, she doesn't care about the morality of the tale, she doesn't care about the law, she's just mad that she had this amazing story and someone else got the scoop.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at November 05, 2019 11:30 AM (KZzsI)

197 da phone stays home.

Posted by: 20th century at November 05, 2019 11:30 AM (WX+x0)

198 I wonder what his response would have been if the flier read: Kill Whitey
Posted by: TheQuietMan at November 05, 2019 11:26 AM (kw5n

It would have been so cool the writer would have given a speech at commencements even if he failed every class twice.

Posted by: CN at November 05, 2019 11:31 AM (U7k5w)

199
Connecticut University preezy denounces "racist" flier as "Despicable, Utterly Unacceptable and Disgusting"

The flier read "It's OK to be white."


Send in Sergeant Preston of the UCONN, Jack!

Posted by: Bertram Cabot, Jr. at November 05, 2019 11:31 AM (aKsyK)

200 Had a conversation about Buckminster Fuller"

Seriously? No one else caught that?

So, a casual conversation? Lecture? Rebuilding a Dymaxion?

Posted by: Anon a mouse at November 05, 2019 11:31 AM (6qErC)

201 seems to me the algorithms to control us via Google and FB and others, was engineered with political (and covert military?) intent, way before "social media" was given the special provider/carrier status. (you can't sue us, we are just providers of an open service).


It is not just bias by millennial trolls in the system, it goes to the top levels, and likely imo, was etched in the early agreements that gave NSA back door access to everything. That is the access that was routinely (illegally) used to spy on everyone in the world that used electronic comms.


DeepSpy was in effect in 2002 or so, was used to spy on Trump Tower ... and John Solomon said he had "spies/spooks" whatever .. men that met him at at night by his mailbox once, saying they wanted him to probe deeper, because they knew the tools they used against terrorism were being abused, and they feared losing their tools.

We are still hoping there are enough white hats at work ... Barr, Durham, and the one we know of now from Lee Smith ... Kash Patel, a former DOJ national security prosecutor, "who knew the nature of the enemy". Nunes has put together a team around him, doing a wide-ranging investigation on abuses and crimes committed by senior US officials ... calling the effort "Objective Medusa".


These things need to come to light, and DeepState is fighting for their life, trying to stop Nunes and Trump and the rest, from finding out. That outcome may determine whether the internet becomes more free, or a totalitarian social credit score weapon of mass destruction.

Posted by: illiniwek at November 05, 2019 11:31 AM (Cus5s)

202 Reading that Juan Castro is pulling a "Kamala". Closing offices in NH and SC, putting all his chips into Iowa.

Posted by: WisRich at November 05, 2019 11:32 AM (G0vdT)

203 I think Senator Roarke in Sin City put it best:

"Power don't come from a badge, or a gun, Power comes from lying... lying big and getting the whole damn world to play along with you. Once you got everybody agreeing with what they know in their hearts ain't true, you got them by the balls"
Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at November 05, 2019 11:28 AM (KZzsI)

The gun is a critical component, as it often takes the threat of destruction to convince people to repeat the really big lies.

Posted by: Cato, Collectivism Delenda Est at November 05, 2019 11:32 AM (J+mig)

204 My .02 is that this was a message to said leader...
Posted by: Anon a mouse at November 05, 2019 11:21 AM (6qErC)

Or simply a bunch of evil barbarians in a shithole country, doing what evil barbarians do. Occam's razor.

Posted by: Roy at November 05, 2019 11:32 AM (2SB+z)

205 If you had your cell phone on you, even left in the vehicle, the ad service knew where you were.
Posted by: Brother Cavil


I miss the days of being able to remove that battery.

Posted by: rickb223 at November 05, 2019 11:32 AM (NJ+n1)

206 *breaks out Engineer costume sacred robes*

Have you heard of our lord and savior, Prometheus?"

Well, there goes a perfectly good Tuesday...

Posted by: Anon a mouse at November 05, 2019 11:33 AM (6qErC)

207 "Juan Castro" isn't a name that will play well in Iowa. Too soon.
Remember Molly Tibbetts?

Posted by: IP at November 05, 2019 11:33 AM (cn3ZE)

208 The VAST majority of humanity lived for millennia under various authoritative systems and regimes and frankly as a species we seem to be happier that way. 1776 was an aberration and we're resetting back to the historical mean.

Posted by: I Have Questions at November 05, 2019 11:33 AM (BvNzB)

209 *breaks out Engineer costume sacred robes*

Have you heard of our lord and savior, Prometheus?
Posted by: TheJamesMadison, Just All about the Billy Wilder movies at November 05, 2019 11:30 AM (q80AH)

Did I just hear heresy?

Posted by: Inquisitor Cato, Pondering Exterminatus at November 05, 2019 11:34 AM (J+mig)

210 Girl spawn is in something called Beta club. Similar to the National Honors Society. They had a state convention not far from here in a convention center attached to a resort and casino. Hubbymayhem and I decided we would go play the casino for a bit then pick up the girl so she wouldn't have to sit thru the dance that evening. We told the club teacher this plan and were informed that since we didn't state that on the permission form we would have to send a note and get approval from the principal. Small town public school that actually educates the kids, same one I attended, principal was a class mate of mine. I send the note. Note comes back with another form. This one explained that parents picking kids up from club activities or athletic event is frowned on and we must have extremely urgent reasons for doing this. I sent the form back stating my "urgent" reason as....
Because we are her parents and if we want to pick her up we will. Your silly school policy does NOT take precedent over parental rights.
We played the casino and picked up the girl.

Posted by: madamemayhem (uppity wench) at November 05, 2019 11:34 AM (myjNJ)

211 Posted by: TexasDan at November 05, 2019 11:25 AM (yL25O)
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I have ancestors who fled France when the Edict of Nantes was revoked. According to a short family history written by my ggf, they were "French Huguenots of Jewish extraction." Which I take to mean that they converted from the worst-possible-religion-you-could-be-in-France to the second-worst-possible-religion-you-could-be-in-France. For which I admire their indepedence of mind, if not their wisdom.

Posted by: Captain Obvious at November 05, 2019 11:34 AM (3Z6pZ)

212 Did you see the pic of Kamala dancing like a dorky white dude?

Posted by: The Secret Storm at November 05, 2019 11:35 AM (khRXu)

213 >> Is this a recent interview with the ABC reporter Robach. If so, why didn't she come forward sooner?


She wants to keep her job?
I suppose it depends on who killed the story and how this was conveyed to her, right? Ronan Farrow certainly discovered some political/MSM executive connections with his Weinstein story.

Posted by: Lizzy at November 05, 2019 11:35 AM (bDqIh)

214 I think by going nuts over the 'ok to be white' and 'islam is right about women' memes creates the streisand effect. Which is great, most of these should pop up soon on most campuses.

Posted by: Guy Mohawk at November 05, 2019 11:35 AM (r+sAi)

215 Not cartel, Mezotifa."

Cartel.

Posted by: Anon a mouse at November 05, 2019 11:35 AM (6qErC)

216 isn't that group in the NE trying to make it a crime to call someone a bitch?

might be next state over, but it's all the same really...
Posted by: SturmToddler at November 05, 2019 11:20 AM


Nah...that was some pol here in MA who (by law had to ) put that bill forward on behalf of his idiot constituent.

Posted by: RedMindBlueState at November 05, 2019 11:35 AM (ejd/p)

217 DOJ tells Schiff that he his attempt to force Executive branch employees to testify without a lawyer are legally invalid.

https://tinyurl.com/y3zg3fge

Smell the glove you bug eyed freak.

Posted by: JackStraw at November 05, 2019 11:36 AM (ZLI7S)

218 208,

Indeed. We're about to get a dose of "bad luck", I'm afraid...

Posted by: Anon a mouse at November 05, 2019 11:36 AM (6qErC)

219 Speaking of movies, this is from a few years ago, but its still a good analysis.

https://www.gq.com/story/the-day-the-movies-died-mark-harris

What happened to movies? Mark Harris blames Top Gun.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at November 05, 2019 11:36 AM (KZzsI)

220 I enjoyed the first season of Amazon's Jack Ryan, but I've heard nothing but bad things about the second. Most notably, they portray Venezuela's president as a nationalist in the mold of Bolsanaro rather than the real-life socialism of Chavez/Maduro.

As much as I can't stand him in real life, I have to say that Alec Baldwin is still the best Jack Ryan.

Posted by: Biggs Darklighter at November 05, 2019 11:36 AM (N4xQB)

221 I suppose it depends on who killed the story and how this was conveyed to her, right?


*********

We know one thing for sure. The Jeffrey Epstein story didn't kill itself...

Posted by: Muldoon at November 05, 2019 11:36 AM (m45I2)

222 How far the transition lie goes depends on, to some extent, on whether
or not Mengele mom and the courts (especially the courts) can make dad
silent on the chemical castration of his son. If they can do that, they
can come after other kids even if neither parent agrees and use kids to
better control parents
=====

The best voices and the most attractive men were castrated either for music or for ensuring no cuckoos in the nest.

Nothing but reversion to barbarism will be accepted.

I am really a Midwestern optimist and I thought the Pritzker Military Library was a good thing -- they had great speakers on public television, etc.

I will respect the service of the Pritzker person while being wary of physical castration for political gain. Jeeze Looize, talk about reverting to the 'nasty brutish and short' lives we were all warned about.

Posted by: mustbequantum at November 05, 2019 11:37 AM (MIKMs)

223 On Melmac, we don't have an internet, we have a linternet. It's a little outdated, but we all use Netscape Navigator 1.9 on our dryers.

Posted by: Gordon Shumway at November 05, 2019 11:37 AM (q+1np)

224 Hemmer on Fox trying to explain yet another poll stating that ANY of the five top Dem candidates would beat Trump by.. double digits.

Posted by: Jen the original at November 05, 2019 11:37 AM (HOlhW)

225 Nunes has put together a team around him, doing a wide-ranging investigation on abuses and crimes committed by senior US officials ... calling the effort "Objective Medusa".


These things need to come to light, and DeepState is fighting for their life, trying to stop Nunes and Trump and the rest, from finding out. That outcome may determine whether the internet becomes more free, or a totalitarian social credit score weapon of mass destruction.
Posted by: illiniwek at November 05, 2019 11:31 AM (Cus5s)

He should have called it Objective Hydra.

That's what the Deep State truly is.

They're fascist throwbacks. Leftovers from when our elites were enamored with Mussolini. They never lost their love of his ideas, they just hid it behind Keynesian economics and the voodoo of "Modern Monetary Theory". It's still the same, oligarchic, top-down "State Knows Best" mindset.

Posted by: Cato, Collectivism Delenda Est at November 05, 2019 11:38 AM (J+mig)

226 As much as I can't stand him in real life, I have to say that Alec Baldwin is still the best Jack Ryan.

He was an imbecile about the role. He refused to do any more Jack Ryan movies because "he didn't want to get typecast" or some similar stupidity. The days of being locked into a certain kind of role because you're known for it ended in like the 1970s, you dipstick.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at November 05, 2019 11:38 AM (KZzsI)

227 This impeachment crap is straying to wear on me... Give me some good news for a change...

Posted by: It's me donna at November 05, 2019 11:38 AM (6XlcD)

228 219 Speaking of movies, this is from a few years ago, but its still a good analysis.

https://www.gq.com/story/the-day-the-movies-died-mark-harris

What happened to movies? Mark Harris blames Top Gun.
Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at November 05, 2019 11:36 AM (KZzsI)

==========

This is exactly what Scorsese was talking about. Exactly.

Kinda eerie.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, Just All about the Billy Wilder movies at November 05, 2019 11:39 AM (q80AH)

229 For which I admire their indepedence of mind, if not their wisdom.
Posted by: Captain Obvious at November 05, 2019 11:34 AM (3Z6pZ)

...

I dunno. Maybe the Hugeonots were not taking attendance and/or watching that you actually took communion.

It's fascinating to have these hints of who we're from though.

Posted by: TexasDan at November 05, 2019 11:39 AM (yL25O)

230 We should absolutely trust all polls. They were so dead-on in 2016.

Posted by: Zombie Walter White at November 05, 2019 11:39 AM (1XNk8)

231 These things need to come to light, and DeepState is fighting for their life, trying to stop Nunes and Trump and the rest, from finding out. That outcome may determine whether the internet becomes more free, or a totalitarian social credit score weapon of mass destruction.
Posted by: illiniwek at November 05, 2019 11:31 AM (Cus5s)

It all goes well beyond the internet. If the likes of Warren or Sanders succeeds we are headed to a very ugly deadly place.

Posted by: CN at November 05, 2019 11:39 AM (U7k5w)

232 >>227
This impeachment crap is straying to wear on me... Give me some good news for a change...

The good news is, Bill Barr is the AG. The bad news is, Bill Barr is the AG.


Posted by: Galil at November 05, 2019 11:40 AM (Pzzpr)

233 This is exactly what Scorsese was talking about. Exactly.

Kinda eerie.
Posted by: TheJamesMadison, Just All about the Billy Wilder movies at November 05, 2019 11:39 AM (q80AH)

...

I think some folks blame Waterworld, where it lost in the domestic market but made up for it in the overseas market, and was the first movie to be a loser here but make money overall, and as a result service to the overseas market has forever been baked into the formula now.

Posted by: TexasDan at November 05, 2019 11:41 AM (yL25O)

234 >>This impeachment crap is straying to wear on me... Give me some good news for a change...


We're Dead.

Posted by: John Conyers, Elijah Cummings and al Baghdadi at November 05, 2019 11:41 AM (4L8Yt)

235 Couple episodes in to Jack Ryan 2 (I'm in a serious showhole), I don't think the Ven Prez is redeeming at all or nationalist, he is a murderous corrupt politico.

Posted by: Guy Mohawk at November 05, 2019 11:41 AM (r+sAi)

236 We are being blocked at furries.com

Posted by: Wi Tu Lo and Sum Ting Wong at November 05, 2019 11:41 AM (vtcmf)

237 >>This impeachment crap is straying to wear on me... Give me some good news for a change...

Does Trump look worried to you?

Posted by: JackStraw at November 05, 2019 11:42 AM (ZLI7S)

238 This impeachment crap is straying to wear on me... Give me some good news for a change...

Manatees are off the endangered species list

Bald Eagles are doing so well from being protected that they're starting to show up in cities

The horde just had a baby boy born to his family last week

I got the nod to write the 6th edition version of Western Hero for Hero Games

Its my mom's birthday this week, she'll be 86

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at November 05, 2019 11:42 AM (KZzsI)

239 The Huguenots in France got mostly wiped out because the French Government was simply too strong, and too closely allied with Rome. Northern Europe was able to support protestantism because the local rulers in all of those areas were sick to death of having to answer to Rome.

It's generally believed that individual freedoms and rights were allowed to grow and become widely accepted in England, and the English speaking culture, because England's central government was *never* able to achieve the kind of total control that the French and Spanish monarchies could impose. (for just two examples).

Posted by: Tom Servo at November 05, 2019 11:43 AM (Kpl3J)

240 Manatees are off the endangered species list
-----
Yay, me!

Posted by: The Huge Manatee at November 05, 2019 11:43 AM (3Z6pZ)

241 ---
Where? I'm in Huntsville. Born in Athens.
Posted by: Meade Lux Lewis at November 05, 2019 11:08 AM (sWM8x)

Are there enough of us to arrange a NAMoMe?

Posted by: Fox2! at November 05, 2019 11:44 AM (0HqNX)

242 "Bald Eagles are doing so well from being protected that they're starting to show up in cities "

Saw one flying by 95 outside of Baltimore a couple weeks ago.

Posted by: Biggs Darklighter at November 05, 2019 11:44 AM (N4xQB)

243 >>Bald Eagles are doing so well from being protected that they're starting to show up in cities


Sky Carp

Posted by: garrett at November 05, 2019 11:44 AM (4L8Yt)

244 I like the latest Jack Ryan.
I thought it was a great story and did not feel they were pushing a particular agenda either way.

Posted by: Horus Hearsay at November 05, 2019 11:44 AM (DB16e)

245 I'm kind of hoping the shock of surprise anal will lead to Schiff's scrawny neck snapping.

Oh who am I kidding. I doubt it's ever surprise anal with Schiff.

Posted by: Northernlurker at November 05, 2019 11:45 AM (Uu+Jp)

246
Speaking of little cat feet...

Family adopts feral cat, feral cat adopts family's kittens:
https://tinyurl.com/yyad2cpm

There are several videos in this series, but this one is particularly adorable.

Posted by: Yudhishthira's Dice at November 05, 2019 11:45 AM (fUqBx)

247 Even commies should be allowed to be furries if they want to.

Posted by: Wi Tu Lo and Sum Ting Wong at November 05, 2019 11:45 AM (vtcmf)

248 233 This is exactly what Scorsese was talking about. Exactly.

Kinda eerie.
Posted by: TheJamesMadison, Just All about the Billy Wilder movies at November 05, 2019 11:39 AM (q80AH)

...

I think some folks blame Waterworld, where it lost in the domestic market but made up for it in the overseas market, and was the first movie to be a loser here but make money overall, and as a result service to the overseas market has forever been baked into the formula now.
Posted by: TexasDan at November 05, 2019 11:41 AM (yL25O)

=========


The article is 9 years old, but it pays lip service to the idea that there's a lot going on that's leading to this dumbing down.

Selling internationally has gotten much worse since then, and selling out to the Chinese in terms of content significantly worse.

However, his core complaint, that smart movies are terrifying to movie studios is spot on.

I was talking about how I would love to see more "Logan"'s in theaters. Instead of just another Terminator movie like all the others, do a Logan type movie about the characters involved.

My great idea for an Obi-Wan movie was always low budget, set in the desert, and about the former jedi protecting a small settlement from bandits while regaining his faith in the Force.

Why not try to make another Inception by getting talented people together to pursue their creative impulses? Because the suits don't understand that. They can't quantify it. they can't say, "a similar movie made x dollars last year and we're going to cling to that."

And that's where Scorsese is. No major studio would give him the money for The Irishman. Netflix did. Then the theaters lashed out at Scorsese for going with Netflix, but they buried his last adult movie (Silence).

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, Just All about the Billy Wilder movies at November 05, 2019 11:45 AM (q80AH)

249 This impeachment crap is straying to wear on me... Give me some good news for a change...

The good news is that they are utterly trapped. If they investigate the Ukraine deal, they bring down the Deep State. The better news is that we're going to expose the Ukraine deals, anyway.

Posted by: t-bird at November 05, 2019 11:46 AM (Ydn2k)

250 We Americans used to chafe at being told what to do. Maybe it's time to return to our roots.

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I'm chaffing a little bit right now but that's because of the "on sale" toilet paper.

Posted by: Diogenes at November 05, 2019 11:46 AM (KTBXS)

251 We Americans used to chafe at being told what to do.

Hey! Stop telling me what I should or should not chafe at!

Posted by: LGoPs the former boyscout who now shouts Broken Arrow!, Broken Arrow! at November 05, 2019 11:46 AM (mNUzX)

252 Bald Eagles are doing so well from being protected"

Meh. They were still sky rats in Alaska...

Posted by: Anon a mouse at November 05, 2019 11:46 AM (6qErC)

253 240 Manatees are off the endangered species list
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Yay, me!
Posted by: The Huge Manatee at November 05, 2019 11:43 AM (3Z6pZ)

Oh.

Posted by: Insomniac at November 05, 2019 11:47 AM (NWiLs)

254 We Americans used to chafe at being told what to do.

*up twinkles*

Posted by: Wee Americans at November 05, 2019 11:47 AM (Ydn2k)

255 I just read the sidebar piece about the newest super-woke Terminator, another in a line of franchises that can print money.

It made $29M on opening weekend and cost $185M to make.

Posted by: Moron Robbie - I support medical diets for anorexics who are trapped in fat girls bodies at November 05, 2019 11:47 AM (Jegd5)

256
A movie I thought never got enough praise was "Memento".

Also I never liked Mentos.

Posted by: Guy Mohawk at November 05, 2019 11:47 AM (r+sAi)

257 I think some folks blame Waterworld, where it lost in the domestic market but made up for it in the overseas market, and was the first movie to be a loser here but make money overall, and as a result service to the overseas market has forever been baked into the formula now.

I think that played its part, but it wasn't until China really opened its doors to foreign releases that the domestic market became irrelevant to Hollywood.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at November 05, 2019 11:47 AM (KZzsI)

258 I'm in the volunteer state and would be up for a NAMoMe. The TX one was a bridge too far and I'm still sorry to have missed it.

Posted by: skywch at November 05, 2019 11:49 AM (IWvy/)

259 I like the latest Jack Ryan.
I thought it was a great story and did not feel they were pushing a particular agenda either way.
Posted by: Horus Hearsay at November 05, 2019 11:44 AM (DB16e)

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I liked it too. Some of the storyline was pretty unrealistic..... like youre just going to walk into a military camp in the jungle and bolt cutter your way into shipping containers.... or you can just chopper onto the roof of Presidential Palace in a foreign country.....

...but it was entertaining. I was entertained with out being preached to.

Posted by: fixerupper at November 05, 2019 11:49 AM (8XRCm)

260 Hemmer on Fox trying to explain yet another poll
stating that ANY of the five top Dem candidates would beat Trump by..
double digits.

Posted by: Jen the original at November 05, 2019 11:37 AM (HOlhW)

Early night. Wheels closing in. Walls coming off. blah blah blah
Dukakis was up 17 on GHWB after the Democrat convention in July '88. Bush 41 went-on to win 40-states and beat Dukakis by almost 8-points.
Polling has always sucked ass.

Posted by: DocJ at November 05, 2019 11:49 AM (77WPm)

261 There are several videos in this series, but this one is particularly adorable.
Posted by: Yudhishthira's Dice at November 05, 2019 11:45 AM


Awwww......

Posted by: RedMindBlueState at November 05, 2019 11:49 AM (ejd/p)

262 Are there enough of us to arrange a NAMoMe?

Posted by: Fox2! at November 05, 2019 11:44 AM (0HqNX)

Only one way to find out!

I'll post the info on the sidebar if you arrange it.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at November 05, 2019 11:50 AM (wYseH)

263 >>The good news is that they are utterly trapped. If they investigate the Ukraine deal, they bring down the Deep State. The better news is that we're going to expose the Ukraine deals, anyway.

Gosh, Trump couldn't have planned it any better.

Posted by: JackStraw at November 05, 2019 11:50 AM (ZLI7S)

264 Meh. They were still sky rats in Alaska...

Yeah they look majestic and awesome but eagles and hawks are mostly carrion eaters, like vultures.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at November 05, 2019 11:50 AM (KZzsI)

265 This impeachment crap is straying to wear on me... Give me some good news for a change...

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Good news: Billions and billions of $$$ are sent to other countries.

Bad news: Billions and billions of $$$ are sent to other countries.

Who controls the billions and billions?

Posted by: mustbequantum at November 05, 2019 11:50 AM (MIKMs)

266 A movie I thought never got enough praise was "Memento".

Also I never liked Mentos.
Posted by: Guy at November 05, 2019 11:47 AM (r+sAi)
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Ooh! The Freshmaker!

Posted by: Captain Obvious at November 05, 2019 11:50 AM (3Z6pZ)

267 A movie I thought never got enough praise was "Memento".

Also I never liked Mentos.
Posted by: Guy Mohawk at November 05, 2019 11:47 AM (r+sAi)

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Mementos... dolt.

You know.... that bologna with the tomato and olive bits in it.

Posted by: fixerupper at November 05, 2019 11:50 AM (8XRCm)

268 >>Yeah they look majestic and awesome but eagles and hawks are mostly carrion eaters, like vultures.


Eagles yes. Hawks no.

Posted by: garrett at November 05, 2019 11:50 AM (4L8Yt)

269 Hemmer on Fox trying to explain yet another poll stating that ANY of the five top Dem candidates would beat Trump by.. double digits.
Posted by: Jen the original at November 05, 2019 11:37 AM

Even my prog BIL was saying Warren's Medicare for All plan was INSANE. He then went on to trash the rest of them. He said Biden has dementia, Sanders is too old, blacks won't vote for Buttplug, etc. I said, "Don't lose hope. Maybe Hillary will jump in and save the day." He didn't think that was funny.

Posted by: JuJuBee, just generally being shamey at November 05, 2019 11:51 AM (COzlW)

270 Bush 41 went-on to win 40-states and beat Dukakis by almost 8-points

Sigh.

Posted by: Oversized Combat Gear at November 05, 2019 11:51 AM (vtcmf)

271 The huge problem with movies made to appeal to both domestic and foreign audiences is that they need to go for lowest common cultural denominator. Anything more than the most basic dialogue is out, because clever writing rarely translates well. Character development is also tricky from culture to culture, so forget spending time on that. Everyone likes 'splosions, so lot's of splosion's. And you can always get a market for comic book movies, with caricatures in place of characters, so lots of comic book movies.

Posted by: Tom Servo at November 05, 2019 11:51 AM (Kpl3J)

272 Hedwig, right

Posted by: REDACTED at November 05, 2019 11:51 AM (rpxSz)

273 The Jack Ryan TV show annoys the living hell out of me, because the creator of the character made his bio absolutely and unshakably clear: he was never some great super spy, he wasn't out doing ops, he wasn't a secret agent. He was an academic, an analyst. That's what made the first story so compelling: he was completely out of his depth, terrified, sick from the ride, but determined to do what had to be done.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at November 05, 2019 11:51 AM (KZzsI)

274 237 >>This impeachment crap is straying to wear on me... Give me some good news for a change...

Does Trump look worried to you?

Now, but he still believes in America and it's justice system....

Posted by: It's me donna at November 05, 2019 11:51 AM (6XlcD)

275 Oh, Mexico
Sounds so sweet
But I'm going there alone
I tried to be myself but still
I've got some room to grow
I'm going to Mexico

Posted by: James Taylor - World Peace Specialist at November 05, 2019 11:51 AM (v0R5T)

276 As much as I can't stand him in real life, I have to say that Alec Baldwin is still the best Jack Ryan.
Posted by: Biggs Darklighter at November 05, 2019 11:36 AM (N4xQB)

I'm inclined to agree although I was perfectly content with Harrison Ford. Krasinski has made to role his own and has done it well.

Posted by: Diogenes at November 05, 2019 11:51 AM (KTBXS)

277 Are there enough of us to arrange a NAMoMe?

Posted by: Fox2! at November 05, 2019 11:44 AM (0HqNX)

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Wow.... going to NAM???

Posted by: fixerupper at November 05, 2019 11:51 AM (8XRCm)

278 yet another poll stating that ANY of the five top Dem candidates would beat Trump by.. double digits.

The early wheels are closing in!

Posted by: t-bird at November 05, 2019 11:52 AM (nIvDu)

279 Who controls the billions and billions

Carl Sagan?

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at November 05, 2019 11:52 AM (KZzsI)

280
Hawks and falcons like their meat still kicking. I learned this trying to trap a hawk, and finding they won't eat dead meat if the live stuff is available.

And, I never succeeded, anyway.

Posted by: Yudhishthira's Dice at November 05, 2019 11:52 AM (fUqBx)

281 Besides the lack of any creativity in Hollywood anymore, I personally am fed up with CGI and its lack of realism. Case in point: the new Midway trailer shows SBD's and TBD's flying at unrealistic speeds. The SBD cruised at around 250 knots and TBD's were around 100 knots, especially when carrying a torpedo. In the trailer they're zooming around like jet fighters and that just kind of spoils it for me.

Posted by: LGoPs the former boyscout who now shouts Broken Arrow!, Broken Arrow! at November 05, 2019 11:53 AM (mNUzX)

282 Memento loaf?

Posted by: Fat Elvis at November 05, 2019 11:53 AM (v0R5T)

283 Fuck the Chicoms and all socialists and communists. Power flows from the barrel of a gun and as long as the Second stands they can suck a big fat dick.

Freedom is a gift from God.
This is why the world hates it.

Posted by: The Man from Athens at November 05, 2019 11:53 AM (Cp0bG)

284 271 The huge problem with movies made to appeal to both domestic and foreign audiences is that they need to go for lowest common cultural denominator. Anything more than the most basic dialogue is out, because clever writing rarely translates well. Character development is also tricky from culture to culture, so forget spending time on that. Everyone likes 'splosions, so lot's of splosion's. And you can always get a market for comic book movies, with caricatures in place of characters, so lots of comic book movies.
Posted by: Tom Servo at November 05, 2019 11:51 AM (Kpl3J)

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And even that only goes so far.

The Transformers franchise had to go through a soft reboot because The Last Knight simply didn't make international money either.

And then the question becomes: What kind of movie will appeal to both middle class Americans and the rising middle class Chinese?

Have you seen Chinese big budget movies? They're weird. They're super different from the product Americans consume.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, Just All about the Billy Wilder movies at November 05, 2019 11:53 AM (q80AH)

285 >>
Manatees are off the endangered species list

So, 80 MPH speed limits in the Florida portion of the ICW?

Posted by: Galil at November 05, 2019 11:53 AM (Pzzpr)

286 Ho Chi Minh trail MoMe?

Posted by: klaftern at November 05, 2019 11:53 AM (RuIsu)

287 >>Now, but he still believes in America and it's justice system....

The justice system isn't one giant borg. He trusts certain people.

As was noted above, the entire media establishment and the left, but I repeat myself, are now focused on Ukraine in a way Trump never could have gotten them to do on his own. By the time they realize they shouldn't have it will be far too late.

Now youse can't leave.

Posted by: JackStraw at November 05, 2019 11:54 AM (ZLI7S)

288 Posted by: fixerupper at November 05, 2019 11:49 AM (8XRCm)
_____________________

I'd have liked a better spec-op for the camp invasion. The chopper landing though; the place was gonna burn and an American was inside.

Posted by: Horus Hearsay at November 05, 2019 11:54 AM (DB16e)

289 Have you seen Chinese big budget movies? They're weird. They're super different from the product Americans consume.
Posted by: TheJamesMadison

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Different tribes or cultures have different likes and dislikes?

Heresy!!

Posted by: Leftist asshole at November 05, 2019 11:54 AM (Y4EXg)

290 281 From the trailer, it also looks like they're way too big and flying much too close to each other.

Posted by: Caesar North of the Rubicon at November 05, 2019 11:54 AM (fTFPL)

291 I learned this trying to trap a hawk

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Ha. In a thread about freedom, it's worth noting that you can't keep a crow as a pet or hit a goose with a 9 iron without breaking federal law.

Show me the man and I'll show you the crime.

Posted by: Moron Robbie - I support medical diets for anorexics who are trapped in fat girls bodies at November 05, 2019 11:55 AM (Jegd5)

292 Memento loaf?
Posted by: Fat Elvis at November 05, 2019 11:53 AM (v0R5T)


***

Do NOT wash it down with a coke!

Posted by: Diogenes at November 05, 2019 11:55 AM (KTBXS)

293 If you really want to consider freaky surveillance, there's the new Google Pizel phone. The cool new feature is that you can take a picture of something, say, the neat sneakers your friend is wearing, and it will tell you where you can buy a pair.

In other words, Google is datamining your cellphone camera pictures.

Posted by: Lizzy at November 05, 2019 11:55 AM (bDqIh)

294 Now I want a fried bologna sandwich for some reason.

Posted by: Guy Mohawk at November 05, 2019 11:56 AM (r+sAi)

295 Polling has always sucked ass.

It's because we're all a bunch of f'n liars.

Posted by: IP at November 05, 2019 11:56 AM (cn3ZE)

296 Head cheese?

Posted by: Bill Clinton at November 05, 2019 11:56 AM (BrfST)

297 Ha. In a thread about freedom, it's worth noting that you can't keep a
crow as a pet or hit a goose with a 9 iron without breaking federal law.


How about a 2-iron? I mean, the joke is that not even God can hit a 2-iron, amirite?

Posted by: DocJ at November 05, 2019 11:56 AM (77WPm)

298 Ho Chi Minh trail MoMe?
Posted by: klaftern at November 05, 2019 11:53 AM (RuIsu)
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Numbah ten!

Posted by: Captain Obvious at November 05, 2019 11:56 AM (3Z6pZ)

299 But if manatees aren't endangered anymore, how can Lena Dunham claim to be oppressed?

Posted by: Biggs Darklighter at November 05, 2019 11:56 AM (N4xQB)

300 In other words, Google is datamining your cellphone camera pictures.

Posted by: Lizzy at November 05, 2019 11:55 AM (bDqIh)

Been doing that since at least Android 7.

Posted by: DocJ at November 05, 2019 11:56 AM (77WPm)

301 Ho Chi Minh trail MoMe?
Posted by: klaftern at November 05, 2019 11:53 AM (RuIsu)

I'm Down To Pho

Posted by: Biggs Darklighter at November 05, 2019 11:57 AM (N4xQB)

302 Posted by: Yudhishthira's Dice at November 05, 2019 11:45 AM (fUqBx)

That is adorable Thanks!.

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at November 05, 2019 11:57 AM (WI7YS)

303 Now I want a fried bologna sandwich for some reason.
Posted by: Guy Mohawk at November 05, 2019 11:56 AM (r+sAi)

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mmmmmm.....

Posted by: fixerupper at November 05, 2019 11:57 AM (8XRCm)

304 300 In other words, Google is datamining your cellphone camera pictures.
_________________________

I hope they like dogs and nature pics!

Posted by: Horus Hearsay at November 05, 2019 11:57 AM (DB16e)

305 In other words, Google is datamining your cellphone camera pictures.

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I think they've always been doing that in order to assist with their machine learning. I doubt they'd offer to store everyone's cell phone images for free otherwise.

You can go into your google photos and search for items *in* the photos and it will bring up the relevant pictures.

Posted by: Moron Robbie - I support medical diets for anorexics who are trapped in fat girls bodies at November 05, 2019 11:58 AM (Jegd5)

306 There's a huge line for soup. A great big pho queue.

Posted by: Insomniac at November 05, 2019 11:58 AM (NWiLs)

307 A lot of errors in the current Jack Ryan.

His dog tags in the opening state no preference but he was Catholic.
In one scene they're in London and it's daylight. Then jump to Venezuela and it's night. Then back to London and now it's night.

Posted by: Diogenes at November 05, 2019 11:58 AM (KTBXS)

308 Hawks and falcons like their meat still kicking. I learned this trying to trap a hawk, and finding they won't eat dead meat if the live stuff is available.

And, I never succeeded, anyway.

Posted by: Yudhishthira's Dice at November 05, 2019 11:52 AM (fUqBx)

I think you're supposed to have a Fed/State license to handle birds of prey. Pretty stiff fines otherwise. Some Fed agency has undercover agents for enforcement/entrapment.

Posted by: BignJames at November 05, 2019 11:58 AM (X/Pw5)

309 248
My great idea for an Obi-Wan movie was always low budget, set in the
desert, and about the former jedi protecting a small settlement from
bandits while regaining his faith in the Force.


seven samurai jedi?

Posted by: Anachronda at November 05, 2019 11:58 AM (sGtp+)

310 Ho Chi Minh trail MoMe?
Posted by: klaftern at November 05, 2019 11:53 AM (RuIsu)

I'm Down To Pho
Posted by: Biggs Darklighter at November 05, 2019 11:57 AM (N4xQB)

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Ive been in the barrel, man. Ive SEEEEN things.

*thousand yard stare*

Posted by: fixerupper at November 05, 2019 11:58 AM (8XRCm)

311 5 dollah, no hollah

Posted by: Guy Mohawk at November 05, 2019 11:59 AM (r+sAi)

312 Freedom is a gift from God.
This is why the world hates it.
Posted by: The Man from Athens at November 05, 2019 11:53 AM (Cp0bG)

Men are prideful creatures, and pride never has any greater concentration than in those who imagine themselves rulers.

Pride is the greatest and deadliest of the 7 Deadly Sins, and Satan's own personal domain.

Posted by: Cato, Collectivism Delenda Est at November 05, 2019 11:59 AM (J+mig)

313 >>Been doing that since at least Android 7.

Great

Posted by: Lizzy at November 05, 2019 11:59 AM (bDqIh)

314 In other words, Google is datamining your cellphone camera pictures.

"Dear Mr. Weiner,

Enclosed please find the latest iPhone, sent with our compliments."

Posted by: Google.com at November 05, 2019 11:59 AM (nIvDu)

315 But if manatees aren't endangered anymore, how can Lena Dunham claim to be oppressed?
Posted by: Biggs Darklighter at November 05, 2019 11:56 AM (N4xQB)
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I just want it known that she is in no way associated with me or any of my species.

Posted by: The Huge Manatee at November 05, 2019 11:59 AM (3Z6pZ)

316 From the article Chris posted earlier:

"Let me posit something: That's bad. We can all acknowledge that the world of American movies is an infinitely richer place because of Pixar and that the very best comic-book movies, from Iron Man to The Dark Knight, are pretty terrific, but the degree to which children's genres have colonized the entire movie industry goes beyond overkill. More often than not, these collectively infantilizing movies are breeding an audience-not to mention a generation of future filmmakers and studio ecutives-who will grow up believing that movies aimed at adults should be considered a peculiar and antique art. Like books. Or plays."

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, Just All about the Billy Wilder movies at November 05, 2019 11:59 AM (q80AH)

317 The internet is not less free in America.

Yes, the fascists are trying to make their little corner of the internet more fascist. And the lackeys in private enterprise are kowtowing to them.

But I can post this here.

It's the developments that the political opposition wants to see--that you can have a hat banned simply because a faction complains that a hat is "the same thing as" a universally deplored symbol--that worries me.

But if I check where I am right here and now. The American people haven't given up on free speech and civil liberties.

Posted by: Axeman at November 05, 2019 11:59 AM (YOhRS)

318 >>Hawks and falcons like their meat still kicking.


Yep. A hawk will hunt a gut pile for mice and other birds, but will not land on it and eat.

Posted by: garrett at November 05, 2019 11:59 AM (4L8Yt)

319 Then back to London and now it's night.
Daylight Savings.

Posted by: Guy Mohawk at November 05, 2019 12:00 PM (r+sAi)

320 309 248
My great idea for an Obi-Wan movie was always low budget, set in the
desert, and about the former jedi protecting a small settlement from
bandits while regaining his faith in the Force.

seven samurai jedi?
Posted by: Anachronda at November 05, 2019 11:58 AM (sGtp+)

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Essentially, except only one jedi.

I mean, Star Wars was heavily influenced by samurai movies (in particular The Hidden Fortress), why not mine it again for inspiration from Seven Samurai?

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, Just All about the Billy Wilder movies at November 05, 2019 12:00 PM (q80AH)

321 MoMe in Nam?
Go in a B-52.

Posted by: The Man from Athens at November 05, 2019 12:00 PM (TKTX5)

322 Hawks and falcons like their meat still kicking.


I think the place I ordered lamb chops from in Bethesda last weekend does also

Posted by: Nevergiveup at November 05, 2019 12:00 PM (cEsBM)

323 They need a Chinese superhero like The Black Panther.

And not Kung Fu Panda.

Posted by: Easy Andy at November 05, 2019 12:00 PM (tL/BP)

324 I think you're supposed to have a Fed/State license to handle birds of prey. Pretty stiff fines otherwise. Some Fed agency has undercover agents for enforcement/entrapment.

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Birds of prey get all the press, but go ahead and put a robin or seagull in a cage (or any other bird) and you're a felon.

Posted by: Moron Robbie - I support medical diets for anorexics who are trapped in fat girls bodies at November 05, 2019 12:00 PM (Jegd5)

325
I think you're supposed to have a Fed/State license to handle birds of prey. Pretty stiff fines otherwise.

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Its a goddamed FELONY of you so much as pick up a bald eagle feather.

Unless youre a giant electric turbine. Then its totoes OK to slaughter our endangered national bird because..... they're environmentally friendly.

Posted by: fixerupper at November 05, 2019 12:00 PM (8XRCm)

326 321 MoMe in Nam?
Go in a B-52.
Posted by: The Man from Athens at November 05, 2019 12:00 PM (TKTX5)

I think I'll have the rock lobster.

Posted by: Insomniac at November 05, 2019 12:00 PM (NWiLs)

327 In other words, Google is datamining your cellphone camera pictures.

I don't know why this kind of thing takes people by surprise. OF COURSE Google is taking all of your info, listening to you, checking out your images and movies. That's their job.

They aren't a search engine, they are an information gathering service. They get all the data about you they can and sell it to others to use for advertising, political campaigns, etc. Google is listening to you right now, even if you told it to not use the mic. That's what your phone does.

In distopias like V for Vendetta and Brave New World, the government monitored people through their TV set, forcing everyone to have a camera inside.

Naive, silly authors didn't realize that everyone would do it to themselves, voluntarily

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at November 05, 2019 12:00 PM (KZzsI)

328 Need to see a story on who recommended Vild the hack to a WH job out of a deadend FAO job.

Posted by: Jean at November 05, 2019 12:01 PM (B7KlG)

329 I like those little gimp hoods they put on those falcons.

Posted by: Paul Ryan at November 05, 2019 12:01 PM (Pzzpr)

330 My great idea for an Obi-Wan movie was always low budget, set in the desert, and about the former jedi protecting a small settlement from bandits while regaining his faith in the Force.

Why not try to make another Inception by getting talented people together to pursue their creative impulses? Because the suits don't understand that. They can't quantify it. they can't say, "a similar movie made x dollars last year and we're going to cling to that."

And that's where Scorsese is. No major studio would give him the money for The Irishman. Netflix did. Then the theaters lashed out at Scorsese for going with Netflix, but they buried his last adult movie (Silence).
Posted by: TheJamesMadison, Just All about the Billy Wilder movies at November 05, 2019 11:45 AM (q80AH)

...

The theaters trying to run to the press when Netflix wouldn't dance was precious.

How much of this in fact lies with the theaters as much as the studios?

Are there independent films that theaters could pick up but don't, that would fit the description of intelligent movies?

Posted by: TexasDan at November 05, 2019 12:01 PM (yL25O)

331 pollsters are like slimeball witnesses

talk a bunch of smack up to the trial

when under oath, tell something that is somewhat close to the truth.

still a lie tho

Posted by: REDACTED at November 05, 2019 12:01 PM (rpxSz)

332 >>Its a goddamed FELONY of you so much as pick up a bald eagle feather


Go ahead and get caught with some Great Blue Heron Feathers and see what happens.

Posted by: garrett at November 05, 2019 12:01 PM (4L8Yt)

333 Pride is the greatest and deadliest of the 7 Deadly Sins, and Satan's own personal domain.
Posted by: Cato, Collectivism Delenda Est at November 05, 2019 11:59 AM (J+mig)

You've been watching the Devil's Advocate again haven't you?

Posted by: Easy Andy at November 05, 2019 12:02 PM (tL/BP)

334 Enclosed please find the latest iPhone, sent with our compliments."

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Dish Network is sending users free google voice remote controls. Free upgrade! Yay!

Posted by: Moron Robbie - I support medical diets for anorexics who are trapped in fat girls bodies at November 05, 2019 12:02 PM (Jegd5)

335 316 From the article Chris posted earlier:

"Let me posit something: That's bad. We can all acknowledge that the world of American movies is an infinitely richer place because of Pixar and that the very best comic-book movies, from Iron Man to The Dark Knight, are pretty terrific, but the degree to which children's genres have colonized the entire movie industry goes beyond overkill. More often than not, these collectively infantilizing movies are breeding an audience-not to mention a generation of future filmmakers and studio ecutives-who will grow up believing that movies aimed at adults should be considered a peculiar and antique art. Like books. Or plays."
Posted by: TheJamesMadison, Just All about the Billy Wilder movies at November 05, 2019 11:59 AM (q80AH)

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My wife and I did date night Saturday. She asked if I wanted to see a movie. I said, sure as long as it's something that isn't a comic book movie or a "white people are evil" movie. If you can find one, I'm there. She could not. We didn't go.

Posted by: Lurking Lurker - Not In My Purview at November 05, 2019 12:02 PM (FiUMj)

336 Horde, I could use some prayers and good vibes for my little brown puppy (Bear). She just ate some diaper cream and my wife is having to call animal poison control right now. My initial googling seems to say that it should just give her a tummy ache, but good vibes would be appreciated

Posted by: Confuzzled at November 05, 2019 12:02 PM (T5dmK)

337 316 From the article Chris posted earlier:

"Let me posit something: That's bad. We can all acknowledge that the world of American movies is an infinitely richer place because of Pixar and that the very best comic-book movies, from Iron Man to The Dark Knight, are pretty terrific, but the degree to which children's genres have colonized the entire movie industry goes beyond overkill. More often than not, these collectively infantilizing movies are breeding an audience-not to mention a generation of future filmmakers and studio ecutives-who will grow up believing that movies aimed at adults should be considered a peculiar and antique art. Like books. Or plays."
Posted by: TheJamesMadison, Just All about the Billy Wilder movies at November 05, 2019 11:59 AM (q80AH)

Good for them then, being peculiar and antique means they'll be avant garde.

Posted by: Someguy at November 05, 2019 12:02 PM (BiWEa)

338 Nood!

Posted by: Linn Ridge at November 05, 2019 12:03 PM (3rpII)

339 I made the mistake of calling the Raptor people the last time a Baldy flew into the powerlines acrosss the river from my place.

They harassed me for the better part of a year.

Posted by: garrett at November 05, 2019 12:03 PM (4L8Yt)

340
Old lumber mans joke.


Ever eaten spotted owl???


Tastes just like bald eagle.

Posted by: fixerupper at November 05, 2019 12:03 PM (8XRCm)

341 Its a goddamed FELONY of you so much as pick up a bald eagle feather.

Unless youre a giant electric turbine. Then its totoes OK to slaughter our endangered national bird because..... they're environmentally friendly.
Posted by: fixerupper at November 05, 2019 12:00 PM

****

Or at least 1/1024th Native American. Then...heritage.

Posted by: Diogenes at November 05, 2019 12:03 PM (KTBXS)

342 Post End of the World / Apocalyptic movies always make their money back.

Posted by: Easy Andy at November 05, 2019 12:03 PM (tL/BP)

343 Regarding the infantilization of movies these days, I didn't read comic books when I was a kid, let alone now. I'm not saying that to sound snobbish, it's just that I really didn't find them interesting. i'm pretty sure I wasn't that much of a geeky oulier, so where the hell does this penchant for nothing but comic book movies come from?


My theory is that it's the easy way out, as little to no creative effort is required. As seems to be the norm with much of modern day life.

Posted by: LGoPs the former boyscout who now shouts Broken Arrow!, Broken Arrow! at November 05, 2019 12:04 PM (mNUzX)

344 Starlings and Sparrows are an invasive species. Fire at will.
I had a hand trained Robin as a kid, fed him from a fledgling until he could fly reliably and he just hung around the back yard all summer. I like to think he just moved on that fall and that the neighbors tomcat didn't get him.

Posted by: IP at November 05, 2019 12:04 PM (cn3ZE)

345 I hope Bear is fine. Speaking from experience of having a dog that would eat everything from remote controls to mulch, you might want to keep her in a room with an easily cleaned floor.

On the bright side, you've got a good story coming.

Posted by: Moron Robbie - I support medical diets for anorexics who are trapped in fat girls bodies at November 05, 2019 12:04 PM (Jegd5)

346 I'm gonna have a Berkshire MoMe in my potting shed

Posted by: REDACTED at November 05, 2019 12:04 PM (rpxSz)

347 I'm near Nashville. I'd be up for NAMoMe too.

Posted by: Tennessee Jed at November 05, 2019 12:04 PM (WvoAE)

348
Go ahead and get caught with some Great Blue Heron Feathers and see what happens.


"Your" United States Fish and Wildlife Service at work!"

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars (TM) at November 05, 2019 12:04 PM (OSgHz)

349 I don't know why this kind of thing takes people by surprise. OF COURSE Google is taking all of your info, listening to you, checking out your images and movies. That's their job.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at November 05, 2019 12:00 PM (KZzsI)

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Yep. I always roll my eyes when people go all apeshit because Facebook or Twatter or whatever was "discovered to have shared personal info". It's like WHAT THE FUCK ELSE DID YOU THINK THEY WERE GOING TO DO??? Facebook is free. Twatter is free. Instagram is free. How do you think they make money? Bueller? Buller? Frye? Anyone?

Posted by: Lurking Lurker - Not In My Purview at November 05, 2019 12:04 PM (FiUMj)

350 AFP news agency @AFP
Replying to @AFP
#UPDATE Yemen's internationally recognised government signed a power-sharing deal with southern separatists Tuesday, in a Saudi-brokered initiative to end a conflict simmering within the country's civil war
u.afp.com/Jrr3

Posted by: Deep State is in Deep Shit at November 05, 2019 12:04 PM (BqBId)

351 More often than not, these collectively infantilizing movies are breeding an audience-not to mention a generation of future filmmakers and studio ecutives-who will grow up believing that movies aimed at adults should be considered a peculiar and antique art. Like books. Or plays."

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, Just All about the Billy Wilder movies at November 05, 2019 11:59 AM (q80AH)
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Yeah, but I actually prefer it to "the sophisticated'" take on what a mature film should be about.

Instead, we only get an infantilization of another sort. The reality-fugal there-really-should-be-groupthink politics that surrounds us on a daily basis.

Escape is better.

Posted by: Axeman at November 05, 2019 12:05 PM (YOhRS)

352 330
The theaters trying to run to the press when Netflix wouldn't dance was precious.

How much of this in fact lies with the theaters as much as the studios?

Are there independent films that theaters could pick up but don't, that would fit the description of intelligent movies?
Posted by: TexasDan at November 05, 2019 12:01 PM (yL25O)

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There's blame to go around everywhere.

Just taking Silence as an example.

The distribution studio mangled the release. They skipped every festival and simply released the film just after Christmas, so it never got any award season buzz.

But, it was a long, slow, intelligent, and harsh look at Jesuit priests in feudal Japan being persecuted. That appealed to me immediately, but how many Americans were jonsing to see something like that? I knew I was in the minority.

And what did theaters do to help? Did they try to keep it on their screens for an extra couple of weeks to try and give a great film some business? Or did they drop it as soon as they could? Did a bunch of theaters simply refuse to show it because it wasn't marketable?

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, Just All about the Billy Wilder movies at November 05, 2019 12:05 PM (q80AH)

353 >>Its a goddamed FELONY of you so much as pick up a bald eagle feather.


A few years ago somebody shot a Bald Eagle dead in our town . You would have thought the Manson family was out in the woods on a rampage The dragnet they put up for the perp was nothing less than ridiculous.

Posted by: Galil at November 05, 2019 12:05 PM (Pzzpr)

354 >>My wife and I did date night Saturday. She asked if I wanted to see a movie. I said, sure as long as it's something that isn't a comic book movie or a "white people are evil" movie. If you can find one, I'm there. She could not. We didn't go.


Try foreign films. While they can also be PC, I like how a lot of foreign films can still be subtle, tell unconventional stories, and unlike Hollywood, depict people living lives where they don't live in an unrealistically fabulous apartment, wear designer clothes and all look like models.

Posted by: Lizzy at November 05, 2019 12:05 PM (bDqIh)

355 "The gun is a critical component, as it often takes the threat of destruction to convince people to repeat the really big lies."Posted by: Cato

right .. dead Seth, dead Epstein ... message that snitches get stitches ... but more powerful. The IC is STILL running a coup, their fake whistle blowers seems to be safe inside the CIA, protected by Haspel. supposedly Haspel is cooperating, and latest spin is she didn't like Brennan ... not what I had heard before though.


CIA is running the fake whistle blower op ... otherwise a leaker of confidential POTUS talk would mean firing or waterboarding. Real whistle blowers get attacked by our IC, but when it is an Op against POTUS, they get cover ... dirty birdies all the way to the top, imo ... unless we get some surprise counter offensive coming to light soon.

Posted by: illiniwek at November 05, 2019 12:06 PM (Cus5s)

356 Yeah they look majestic and awesome but eagles and hawks are mostly carrion eaters, like vultures.


********

You can travel via commercial airlines with your pet eagle but your carrion has to fit in the overhead bin.

Posted by: Muldoon at November 05, 2019 12:06 PM (m45I2)

357 343 Regarding the infantilization of movies these days, I didn't read comic books when I was a kid, let alone now. I'm not saying that to sound snobbish, it's just that I really didn't find them interesting. i'm pretty sure I wasn't that much of a geeky oulier, so where the hell does this penchant for nothing but comic book movies come from?

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I didn't read any comics either. None of my friends did either. I didn't even realize Superman was a comic, I thought it was just a movie, LOL. That's how out of touch I was with the comic world.

Posted by: Lurking Lurker - Not In My Purview at November 05, 2019 12:06 PM (FiUMj)

358 Ho Chi Minh trail MoMe?

I was in Sang Bang, Dang Gong I was all over the place, a lot of places.

I was with the Green Berets, Special Unit Battalions... Commando Airborne Tactics... Specialist Tactics Unit Battalion.

Yeah, it was real hush hush. I was Agent Orange, Special Agent Orange, that was me.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at November 05, 2019 12:07 PM (KZzsI)

359 I feel sort of the same way about the Bald Eagle as I do the Flag so I have no problem with the strict enforcement.

Posted by: Easy Andy at November 05, 2019 12:08 PM (tL/BP)

360 By the way I do not give a rats ass if the gov of mexico does or does not want our help. if lawless gangs on our border hurt Americans, then all bets are off and we should take matters into our own hands

Posted by: Nevergiveup at November 05, 2019 12:08 PM (cEsBM)

361
Try foreign films. While they can also be PC, I like how a lot of foreign films can still be subtle, tell unconventional stories, and unlike Hollywood, depict people living lives where they don't live in an unrealistically fabulous apartment, wear designer clothes and all look like models.
Posted by: Lizzy at November 05, 2019 12:05 PM (bDqIh)

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You're right. I never thought of it like that, but yeah foreign movies depict the average person while Hollywood depicts what the average person wishes they were.

Posted by: Lurking Lurker - Not In My Purview at November 05, 2019 12:08 PM (FiUMj)

362 Fine or imprisonment. If you shoot a bald eagle you will be made toupee.

Posted by: Muldoon at November 05, 2019 12:08 PM (m45I2)

363 Ring Doorbell: "I see you got your order from Ammo Depot."

Posted by: Roland THTG at November 05, 2019 12:10 PM (88+cf)

364 My great idea for an Obi-Wan movie was always low budget, set in the desert, and about the former jedi protecting a small settlement from bandits while regaining his faith in the Force.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, Just All about the Billy Wilder movies at November 05, 2019 11:45 AM (q80AH)

It's really weird how nobody in Disney seems to really care about the fact that now that they've got these huge expansive cinematic universes means that they can tell a bunch of cool different stories in those universes.

We had Rogue 1 (a war movie), Logan (a western) and arguably Deadpool (a comedy), out of something like 20 years of 2 cinematic universes where every other movie has basically just been a 2 hour episode in the huge open ended silver screen TV show they've been producing.

Cinematic universes don't just let you tell an Episodic story over the course of many years in movies, it lets you tell unique and fun stories in those universes without having to do the narrative worldbuilding every time.

In the same way that the audience knows that the Nazis are the bad guy in WWII, you can make war movies in Star Wars against the Empire.

Posted by: joe, living dangerously at November 05, 2019 12:10 PM (KUaJL)

365 347 I'm near Nashville. I'd be up for NAMoMe too.
Posted by: Tennessee Jed at November 05, 2019 12:04 PM (WvoAE)

I'd be up to coming down for one

My bud has a huge nursery in McMinnville, where I get my trees and shrubs

I'll write off a MoMe, hehe

Posted by: REDACTED at November 05, 2019 12:11 PM (rpxSz)

366 where the hell does this penchant for nothing but comic book movies come from?

They make a billion dollars? Its pretty obvious that for now at least the viewing public loves this stuff and wants more. Its some of the only really original content being made right now, as well. NOt a remake, not a reboot, not a sequel to an old franchise.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at November 05, 2019 12:12 PM (KZzsI)

367 By the way I do not give a rats ass if the gov of mexico does or does not want our help. if lawless gangs on our border hurt Americans, then all bets are off and we should take matters into our own hands

Posted by: Nevergiveup at November 05, 2019 12:08 PM (cEsBM)
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...from all enemies, foreign and domestic.

It may not be diplomatic, but it's in the President's bailiwick.

Posted by: Axeman at November 05, 2019 12:12 PM (YOhRS)

368 Cinematic universes don't just let you tell an Episodic story over the course of many years in movies, it lets you tell unique and fun stories in those universes without having to do the narrative worldbuilding every time.

Yeah they are so locked into "this is what the franchise is like" Bible-style film making they can't see the opportunities.

Yes, you make the main central movies along those lines; like James Bond, you make 007 movies in a certain way. But Star Wars has a whole universe, and there needs to be more variety in the kind of movies being made. Horror films, comedies, tragedies, romances, spy movies, war movies. There are a zillion possibilities here. Instead we get Star Wars: part XCVIII again. There's been some small effort in that direction, but not enough.

Comic books are some of the most wildly variable settings ever invented. The same comic series can go from comedy to horror to romance to gritty sad story in sequential issues. You can have time travel, fantasy, alien invasions, street crime, espionage, wild west, ANYTHING in a comic book story.

So cut loose for God's sake, give us variety.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at November 05, 2019 12:16 PM (KZzsI)

369 If you are into taking pics of bald eagles, come to the Berkshires

Many swamps, many rookeries

also home to the less rare lesbo libby shreeker

Posted by: REDACTED at November 05, 2019 12:16 PM (rpxSz)

370 Muldoon, did you just wake up this morning and decide to pun-ish us?

Posted by: Caesar North of the Rubicon at November 05, 2019 12:17 PM (fTFPL)

371 We are a lot less free and kind of don't realize it.

For my job, I interview people. In the last year or so, many people who have been fine with talking now only want to do communicate via email. They are afraid they will say something "wrong" and it will be on the internet and haunt them forever. FYI, I do technical articles, so it's not like I ask anyone abut anything controversial. Yet people are now self censoring and paranoid when talking about their jobs.


Not good.

Posted by: shibumi, living in Atlas Shrugged at November 05, 2019 12:17 PM (HNyOC)

372

I still believe in my country.

Nothing anyone can ever say or do will shake that belief.

I will fight for it in the thick of the battle, or unheralded in the background, but I'll be present.

I know the country will prevail as it has in the past, so no matter if I live to witness the victory or not it WILL happen.

Because I'm an American, and as such, am denied the option of failure.

Posted by: irongrampa at November 05, 2019 12:22 PM (KATBx)

373 "I got the nod to write the 6th edition version of Western Hero for Hero Games"

So what you're saying is, I have an excuse to buy Old West terrain and paint those miniatures?

Posted by: Rob Crawford at November 05, 2019 12:26 PM (RSX8G)

374 And if you still think it can't happen here, I invite you to look at the long list of powerful Americans who want to control what we say and limit what we can do with our votes. Every institution is full of them.
A decade ago I would have excluded the armed forces, but Obama used the only "magic wand" he had - corruption - to make sure that leftist leanings became a criteria for promotion, and righteousness an iron ceiling.

Posted by: Ray Van Dune at November 05, 2019 01:11 PM (O+yvk)

375 "Of course we are free, and we always will be!" If one is classified as property, they will never be free especially when their only absolute right is to reside in the United States.

"Therefore, the U.S. citizens residing in one of the states of the union, are classified as property and franchises of the federal government as an "individual entity"", Wheeling Steel Corp. v. Fox, 298 U.S. 193, 80 L.Ed. 1143, 56 S.Ct. 773

Supreme Court: US vs. Valentine 288 F. Supp. 957:
"The only absolute and unqualified right of a United States citizen is to residence within the territorial boundaries of the United States."

Posted by: timajin at November 05, 2019 02:00 PM (AL9FO)

376 Regarding the first paragraph, about the decline, this is a very well written analysis of how it happened. http://thezman.com/wordpress/?p=18975

Posted by: Grog at November 05, 2019 03:33 PM (weXmt)

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