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Upload is an American science fiction comedy satire web television series on Amazon Prime Video. Basically, 2033 humans are able to "upload" themselves into a VR afterlife of their choosing, and others can visit them. It's kind of a corny rom-com with murder mystery going on, that isn't that deep, but works better than many shows on regular TV. Rotten Tomatoes gives it a 83/90 (reviewer/viewer) -- a little generous, but I enjoyed the plot arc, characters and writing, even if their anti-Capitalist/anti-commercialism and OpenSource good-guys tropes were a bit over the top. The whole show was over the top and a caricature... but it did have a little bit of thought provoking mixed in.
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This is a Documentary by Jeff Gibbs and Michael Moore, available for free on YouTube (at least for a while). The movie spends a lot of it's time debunking Green Energy claims: showing how they aren't green at all: neither carbon neutral, renewable, nor sustainable... they're just scams to enrich big business and big government. Gosh, the informed have been saying that since the 1970's, when even the far left is waking up to reality, well, that's something. Of course it's by Marxists and for Marxist -- so their agenda is that the problem is any civilization and humanity (and overpopulation) and the whole planet is doomed... with the open ended point that we likely need central authorities that can cull/control us, for our own good. But if you ignore that premise, it's one of the least dirty-trick ridden of Moore's films, and it has a fair amount of useful information, so it is hated by the far left. Never thought I'd say that about a Michael Moore film.
I was bored with the COVID-19 scare, so I went to the movies and saw a dumb slasher film: The Hunt. The movie was: Dumb, fun, fresh. A movie that turns the tide on snowflake culture. I was surprised it came out of Hollywood. The premise is in the teasers: elites hunt a bunch of deplorables to get back at the ignorant racists for wrongs done to them or the planet, but not without a cost to themselves as the blades of revenge cut both ways. It was trying to be a little balanced, and some saw it as mocking both sides -- but the snowflakes are highly mocked in here, and you're rooting for the rednecks, even while laughing at some of their horrid demises. It's not overly deep, but deep enough to be entertaining. But for an over-the-top slasher film it was quite good, and one of the most original things to come out of Hollywood in the last few years. So it is fresh.
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Harrison Ford and CGI do yet another remake of this Jack London classic. A big dog's blissful domestic life is turned upside down when he is shanghai'd to do sled work in the Alaskan Yukon (during the Alaskan Gold Rush of the 1890s). While this is probably the best movie version of the story, the novel captured me deeply as a kid: something about running away and discovering yourself appealed to 9 year old me, and this makes a good family film adaptation of that story. Like most movie adaptions, the story comes across shallower than the book -- but this does come across better than most. And the CGI tries hard, but is just a bit awkward at the start... after a while you can go with it, but it's sometimes pulled me out of the story. Still, a worthy family film.
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Any racing enthusiast knows the basics of the story. But I'm not really a racing enthusiast, and get a little bored with Hollywood's track shots (which isn't usually about the strategy/tactics of driving, but more about rubbing tires and flaming crashes). Still I was familiar enough with the basics, but I wanted to see it put on digital celluloid. Plus the reviews from friends were coming in that it was really good. While the race scenes were about what I expected, the story was well done and it was an entertaining couple house. Basically it tells the story of '66, '67, '68 Le Mans, where Ferrari insulted Ford, so Ford created the GT40 (with the help of Carol Shelby and Ken Miles) and kicked their Italian asses.
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After Saez's first book was an economics flop, but social phenomenon amongst the illiteratti, he did a follow-up with Gabriel Zucman called "The Triumph of Injustice: How the Rich Dodge Taxes and How to Make Them Pay". The two Berkeley polemics go on to flim-flam the gullible with anti-Economics. Instead of looking at the big picture and the system, they prestidigitate by having them look at base tax rate instead of actual (effective) tax rate to pretend that the rich are paying less than the poor in taxes. It is so dumb that only a Berkeley Graduate in economics (or CBS FakeNews which reported this as groundbreaking) could not point at it and laugh at the fallacies and errors contained in the premise.
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So I get Apple TV+ for free, because I buy their computers and phones. I tried the Dickinson show, and OMG this stunk on ice (for me). While it got a 71/91 on Rotten Tomatoes, I couldn't get past the first episode. Basically it's was like Hamilton (the Play), let's imagine kids in the 19th century using modern vernacular and attitudes, and turn it into a teen dramedy suitable for The CW. It was complete with lesbian kissing scenes, and a complete cool/progressive fiancé/BF that totally gets Emily's free spirited 21 century feminist routine. It's like 90210 with more cheese and less depth and hitting every snowflake hotbutton it can find.


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Institutional Racism

There's this fallacy invented and propagated by the far left (and part of Black Conspiracy Theology), meant to undermine America, called "Systemic Racism" (aka Institutional Racism): the idea that racism in ingrained into the culture and legal or corporate policies.

While it is true that Democrat party was founded on Andrew Jackson and his Indian extermination campaigns, and Democrats created a lot of institutional racism with their KKK, Jim Crow laws, Woodrow Wilson, or in the 30's with FDR's New Deal, Social Security, Wagner Act (which excluded as many blacks as possible). Republicans have been trying to wipe it out since before the Civil War, and including the Republican civil rights acts of 1957, 1960 and 1964, the Fair Housing Act of 1968, the Equal Employment Opportunity Act of 1972. For my entire lifetime, there's pretty much nowhere for institutional racism to legally hide: every attempt is rooted out and eliminated. There is the exception of Democrats false flag of "affirmative action" (anti-majority racism). But with the exception of anti-white/asian policies, there are no policies (official or unofficial) that allow cops to assault civilians based on the color of their skin.

Despite all recent evidence is that police abuse is actually less common against blacks (relative to murder rates), every time there happens to be a police (or civilian) abuse problem against someone who is black, the old leftist tropes are trotted out in order to divide us for political gain -- while similar assaults against Whites, Latinos or Asians are ignored. Once you get past the surface Fake victims like Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Michael Brown,. Finally, when an obvious abuse of power video came out (George Floyd) the nation was ready to burn, and the DNC and their operatives were there, flinging matches. The rioters, protestors, DNC operatives and their media all propagated the same lies (1) that this was an institutional problem (not individual) (2) that the officer wouldn't have equally abused a White, Asian, or Latino that was resisting arrest, in the exact same way (3) that justice was already being served against the perpetrator (Officer Derek Chauvin), without any marches, riots or looting necessary in the first place. Americans are united in that we all oppose abuse of power of any individual (Black or White), where the Democrats succeed in dividing us is that many don't believe the lie that this problem is systemically ingrained in our legal code, and that the solution is supporting violent radicals (and rioters). The reason these events are newsworthy is because of how rare they are.

George Floyd

A cop arresting George Floyd for passing a counterfeit $20 and resisting arrest put his knee on the neck of George (in a move that is legal in Minnesota, but illegal in some other states). George complained he couldn't breathe, and after ignoring his complaints for several minutes, George died. Since George was black and the officer was white, the far left activists and their media race baited (and dog whistled) their violent wing (Antifa, BLM, etc), so we got violent riots and looting that had virtually nothing to do with the injustice against George. Unlike other Fake victims (Trayvon Martin, Alton Sterling, Micah Johnson, Eric Garner, Michael Brown, OJ Simpson, Philando Castile, Rodney King, Sandra Bland, etc), this one was on video and more clearly the cops abuse of power. While there was no evidence this was race based, the public was outraged over the unnecessary continued abuse of a subdued suspect and justice was going to happen... in fact the officer was arrested for 3rd degree murder and the riots and looting continued. Obama and other far lefties that had previously said looting was not about the crime but opportunism, of course egged the rioters on. If you believe the Democrats/Far Left rhetoric, this display of anti-Americanism, was inevitable.

Unintended Consequences

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Every action causes a reaction. Some reactions are pleasant surprises, many are negatives, some are counter productive (perverse) and make the problem worse. Since consequences matter more than intentions, we have a social obligation to plan for them (and avoid them). The phrase "unintended consequences" is used as either a wry warning against the hubristic belief that humans can control the world around them, or more often against a really bad implementation of not-so-smart ideas or implementations. Those that deny unintended consequences are denying science (reality).

Mass Transit

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Assuming the goal is to provide mass benefit, then if an idea has to be subsidized, then it's probably not a good (economically viable) idea. Of course if the goal is wealth redistribution (stealing from people under the false agenda of helping) -- then subsidies are always rationalized. Mass transit is an example of the failures of public policy. While they sound good in concept, when you look at how much money they lose, and thus have to take from taxpayers to exist, they are disasters. Here's some examples.

2020.05.26 NYT Trump 2020 election conspiracy theory

NYT published a complete fabrication on what would happen if Trump refused to leave the Whitehouse and a 2020 Biden win. While this sensationalism plays well for the ignorant #resistance crowd, it's nothing vaguely related to news -- but it is parroting the same conspiracy theory floated by the Biden (or Hillary) campaigns. Repeating that makes NYT the mouthpiece of the DNC, but not a News organization. A news organization would debunk the Biden/Hillary campaigns for floating the absurd theory. There were the same theories floated about Obama on 2016, but the Times didn't bother to even repeat them, let alone hypothesize on what it would mean for the country.

Biden on race

I don't think Joe Biden is a racist... but I do think Joe Biden makes Donald Trump look refined and delicate on issues of race. It demonstrates those who oppose Trump but support Biden because of "race" are likely hypocrites. Examples:
  • 1970's Biden opposed forced bussing in his state (but supported it for other states), claiming "he didn't want his kids to grow up in a "racial jungle" in regards to desegregation"
  • 1994 Crime Bill (and mass incarceration in the entirety of 80's and 90's) got Joe Biden's full throated support calling blacks, "super predators": which is a sore spot for blacks persecuted under the bill. Joe claims it was other things (mandatory minimums) the was the bad part of the bill. There's a lot more nuance than the media simplification -- but in hindsight Biden was on the wrong side of the issue from a black/race PoV.
  • 2007 During Obama's campaign he referred to Obama's charm as, "I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy,”... as if Barack was the first charming and articulate black politician in history? If a Republican had said that, the media would have crucified him.
  • 2020.05.22 Biden goes on black radio host and twitter giant (Charlamagne the God's show) and replied "If you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black." Activists were outraged that a white guy tried to be the arbiter of blackness. More rational people were outraged that the underlying point was that blacks couldn't have differing opinions or political leanings. Biden claimed it was just a joke... and about as funny as if he wore blackface and sang Mammy.

Wikipedia co-founder on bias

Even the co-founder of Wikipedia (Larry Sanger) admits that Wikipedia's NPOV (Neutral Point of View) is long dead and forgotten. He used examples such as:
  • Obama's article fails to list all the scandals, and Hillary's is spun heavily, while Trump's had 5,224 unflattering words and listed many debunked scandals.
  • Their abortion article says things like, "When properly done, abortion is one of the safest procedures in medicine".
  • Lies of omission on negative consequences of drug legalization policies, totally pro-LGBT adoption policies, their article on historical Jesus has many opinions as fact, and their pro-Vaccine position or Global warming omits or discounts the opposing views.

Deceptive editing of Barr video

House Transcripts

From 2017 to 2020, the oxymoronically named House Intelligence Committee headed by Adam Schiff, spread falsehoods about Russia and Donald Trump, and obstructed releasing the Transcripts. Adam repeatedly went on FakeNews channels like CNN and MSNBC and announced he had hard evidence proving the plot. During all that time, the committee was getting report after report that not only was there no evidence of Trump colluding with Russia, there was evidence of the DNC and the Hillary Campaign doing exactly that. Any real news agency would be outraged at being lied to, but CNN and MSNBC will have Adam back.

Weijia Jiang

CBS FakeJournalist Weijia Jiang (the female Jim Acosta) tries to make every story about her, and has a record of lying to get attention. Examples include claiming: Trump used the n-word on tape, someone in the Trump administration called the coronavirus the “kung flu” to her face. During a press conference claimed that Trump had botched testing so he could open up the economy (which wasn't about lives or jobs lost, depression, suicides, etc), in response to why the lives were being lost Trump retorted, "ask China" -- and She pretended he'd only said that because she was Chinese. Even other left wing reporters (except CNN who ran with the lie) admitted Weijia was out of line.

Belkin

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Belkin International, is the parent company for Belkin, Linksys and Wemo: American manufacturers of consumer electronics that specializes in connectivity devices including routers, iPod and iPhone accessories, mobile computing accessories, surge protectors, network switches, hubs, (USB and computer network) cables, KVM switches, racks and enclosures, and other peripherals.

Wink

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Wink is an American brand of software and hardware products that does smart home devices. During the middle of a COVID pandemic they decided to shift from paid to subscription only model with 7 days notice to customers -- meaning if customers don't pay the extortion then their products become useless. While they were going to piss off users either way, the way they handled was guaranteed to cause maximum irritation and alienation

Tara Reade

The FakeNews media has been actively suppressing information about Joe Biden's accuser, while the people screaming about Kavanaugh or Trump, are defending Biden despite a more serious allegation with far more evidence of wrongdoing. If Democrats didn't have double standard, they wouldn't have standards at all.

2020.05.11 Rashawn Smith

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The Georgia (GBI) arrested and charged Rashawn Smith (20) for making terrorist threats. This guy (black) was behind a hoax Facebook account pretending to be a racist white Trump supporter who promised to kill pro-Ahmaud Abery protesters in a mass shooting.

NYT on Tara Reade

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NYT has often been criticized for their double standards on how they treat (D)'s vs. (R)'s, and Lisa Lerer's double standard with regards to how they handled sexual harassment claims against Joe Biden vs. Brett Kavanaugh showed it in spades with their response to Tara Reade's credible claims. They tweeted and summarized their editorial position as, “The Times found no pattern of sexual misconduct by Mr. Biden, beyond the hugs, kisses and touching that women previously said made them uncomfortable."

In response to the heat they were getting for that they edited the tweet and caption, released articles, and did their podcast with Lisa Lerer to justify their position. The problem isn't that they applied journalistic scrutiny towards Tara's claims, the problem is that this was newly found, something they never applied to Trump or Kavanaugh's accusers (despite a far less credible claims), that they spun their response, and most of all that their framing of the arguments is so easy to contrast.

Polarizing the shutdown

The left believes in (a) making rules is the same as convincing people to follow them (b) destroying the economy and blaming Trump for it. So naturally, they want the shutdown to go on as long as possible, and are furious when people disagree. In a diverse society, you're going to get a diversity of followers. And the collectivists want to guilt, shame, attack and henpeck those not following what they want, to get them in line. If they have to exaggerate what's happening to guilt them or feel morally superior, they will do so. (Lies of omission, commission or exaggeration all allowed). And thus you get FakeNews reports that misrepresented what happened in Newport Beach, and a leftist governor (Newsom) that used it as an opportunity to show his authority -- which caused lawsuits and protests. Good job Newsom.

Democrats don't believe women

What do these Women have in common? They accused Democrats of misconduct, and so Democrats and their media did not believe them. It turns out "Believe all Women", really only means don't believe women who accuse Democrats, even if they have more evidence than those who accuse any one else.
  • 2 successful black women accuse Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax (D) of rape. Re-elected after the allegations were made public.
  • 2 successful black women accuse former Rep., DNC Vice Chair, and Farrakhan supporter Keith Ellison of sexual assault. Re-elected after the allegations were made public.
  • Angela Chavez accused Tony Cárdenas of sexual assault while she was passed out. Re-elected after the allegations were made public.
  • Marsheri Everson accused Bobby Scott of committing sexual misconduct against her, and covering another one. Re-elected after the allegations were made public.
  • Sen. Bob Menendez was accused of sex with underaged prostitutes. Re-elected after the allegations were made public.
  • Ted Kennedy was a known philander and sexual deviant that in a drunken stupor killed Mary Jo Kopechne, despite her body found in his car at the bottom a estuary, he was re-elected 7 more times.
  • 9 credible women accuse Gropey Joe Biden of various forms of sexual abuse and harrassment, including former Biden staffer Tara Reade. Democrat nominee for 2020 President.
  • 20 credible women accuse Bill Clinton of crimes from sexual assault to rape. Elected as President.

Coronavirus as hate

Democrats never let an opportunity to politicize, demonize and hate go to waste. Here's a few examples where when others went high, they went low: Amy BednarzCandi CdeBacaCOVID Anti-AsianCOVID ShutdownFlu Klux KlanMusk on COVID

COVID

The Coronavirus is named after the fact that under a microscope it looks like the surface of the sun, with lots of little protrusions and bumps. These are series of diseases, but the one everyone is talking about for now, is the Chinese (Wuhan COVID-19 for COrona VIrus Disease circa 2019, or SARS-CoV-2) that's going pandemic. While the CDC, WHO and FDA all blew their response, we've never seen a more effective response to a pandemic, and the U.S. outperformed most of the world in objective metrics. But as to be expected, partisan Democrats and their media did their most to try to polarize, divide us, and maximize the harm to the American economy and people.

COVID Immunity and mutation rate

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There's some dispute on the Coronavirus mutation rate. The basics are it is an RNA type virus, that's twice as complex and mutates at half the rate of the seasonal flu. Combined, that's an effective mutation rate at 1/4th the Flu. Is that slow enough that we can create vaccines? We aren't sure yet. We think so. But some Chinese researchers dove deeper and found more mutation and outcomes than expected. So need more info. On the other hand, there seems to be evidence in at least limited immunity (plasma/antibody treatment, low re-infection, and study on monkeys). Also there were a few stories about China or Korea finding patients who had been cured that later tested positive. But it is believed that it's just residual RNA fragments that haven't been flushed from the body yet. (Nothing to worry about).

Recent Reviews

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Upload is an American science fiction comedy satire web television series on Amazon Prime Video. Basically, 2033 humans are able to "upload" themselves into a VR afterlife of their choosing, and others can visit them. It's kind of a corny rom-com with murder mystery going on, that isn't that deep, but works better than many shows on regular TV. Rotten Tomatoes gives it a 83/90 (reviewer/viewer) -- a little generous, but I enjoyed the plot arc, characters and writing, even if their anti-Capitalist/anti-commercialism and OpenSource good-guys tropes were a bit over the top. The whole show was over the top and a caricature... but it did have a little bit of thought provoking mixed in. more...
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This is a Documentary by Jeff Gibbs and Michael Moore, available for free on YouTube (at least for a while). The movie spends a lot of it's time debunking Green Energy claims: showing how they aren't green at all: neither carbon neutral, renewable, nor sustainable... they're just scams to enrich big business and big government. Gosh, the informed have been saying that since the 1970's, when even the far left is waking up to reality, well, that's something. Of course it's by Marxists and for Marxist -- so their agenda is that the problem is any civilization and humanity (and overpopulation) and the whole planet is doomed... with the open ended point that we likely need central authorities that can cull/control us, for our own good. But if you ignore that premise, it's one of the least dirty-trick ridden of Moore's films, and it has a fair amount of useful information, so it is hated by the far left. Never thought I'd say that about a Michael Moore film. more...
I was bored with the COVID-19 scare, so I went to the movies and saw a dumb slasher film: The Hunt. The movie was: Dumb, fun, fresh. A movie that turns the tide on snowflake culture. I was surprised it came out of Hollywood. The premise is in the teasers: elites hunt a bunch of deplorables to get back at the ignorant racists for wrongs done to them or the planet, but not without a cost to themselves as the blades of revenge cut both ways. It was trying to be a little balanced, and some saw it as mocking both sides -- but the snowflakes are highly mocked in here, and you're rooting for the rednecks, even while laughing at some of their horrid demises. It's not overly deep, but deep enough to be entertaining. But for an over-the-top slasher film it was quite good, and one of the most original things to come out of Hollywood in the last few years. So it is fresh. more...
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Harrison Ford and CGI do yet another remake of this Jack London classic. A big dog's blissful domestic life is turned upside down when he is shanghai'd to do sled work in the Alaskan Yukon (during the Alaskan Gold Rush of the 1890s). While this is probably the best movie version of the story, the novel captured me deeply as a kid: something about running away and discovering yourself appealed to 9 year old me, and this makes a good family film adaptation of that story. Like most movie adaptions, the story comes across shallower than the book -- but this does come across better than most. And the CGI tries hard, but is just a bit awkward at the start... after a while you can go with it, but it's sometimes pulled me out of the story. Still, a worthy family film. more...
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Any racing enthusiast knows the basics of the story. But I'm not really a racing enthusiast, and get a little bored with Hollywood's track shots (which isn't usually about the strategy/tactics of driving, but more about rubbing tires and flaming crashes). Still I was familiar enough with the basics, but I wanted to see it put on digital celluloid. Plus the reviews from friends were coming in that it was really good. While the race scenes were about what I expected, the story was well done and it was an entertaining couple house. Basically it tells the story of '66, '67, '68 Le Mans, where Ferrari insulted Ford, so Ford created the GT40 (with the help of Carol Shelby and Ken Miles) and kicked their Italian asses. more...
TriumphOfInjustice.jpg
After Saez's first book was an economics flop, but social phenomenon amongst the illiteratti, he did a follow-up with Gabriel Zucman called "The Triumph of Injustice: How the Rich Dodge Taxes and How to Make Them Pay". The two Berkeley polemics go on to flim-flam the gullible with anti-Economics. Instead of looking at the big picture and the system, they prestidigitate by having them look at base tax rate instead of actual (effective) tax rate to pretend that the rich are paying less than the poor in taxes. It is so dumb that only a Berkeley Graduate in economics (or CBS FakeNews which reported this as groundbreaking) could not point at it and laugh at the fallacies and errors contained in the premise. more...
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So I get Apple TV+ for free, because I buy their computers and phones. I tried the Dickinson show, and OMG this stunk on ice (for me). While it got a 71/91 on Rotten Tomatoes, I couldn't get past the first episode. Basically it's was like Hamilton (the Play), let's imagine kids in the 19th century using modern vernacular and attitudes, and turn it into a teen dramedy suitable for The CW. It was complete with lesbian kissing scenes, and a complete cool/progressive fiancé/BF that totally gets Emily's free spirited 21 century feminist routine. It's like 90210 with more cheese and less depth and hitting every snowflake hotbutton it can find. more...