First, things in 1984 start coming true.
Now, things in A Clockwork Orange are coming true.
The speculative fiction of the past is rapidly becoming the fact of the future — and the UK is where it all starts.
Nice to see the commentators aren't clueless, either. Israel has been in the wrong–and particularly so since 1967.
February 28, 2010
February 28, 2010
A Clive Barker zombie movie where every zombie is a kid.
Turned out not to be the greatest horror movie bid.
The movie’s title was The Plague.
Let’s try the writer at The Hague.
The value of this film isn’t even a few quid.
HAIKU REVIEW: A failed horror film:
Zombie kids should be scary.
PEOPLE: James Van Der Beek, who I haven’t seen in a movie since the *incredible* Rules Of Attraction. Ivana Milicevic (Paycheck, Jerry Maguire). Brad Hunt. Joshua Close. John P. Connolly (someone else who looks familiar, but I don’t know why — his IMDB has nothing I’d know). Brittany Scobie (who I’d like to see more of). Mostly nobodies.
QUIRKS: Zombies that are kids. On the same day, all kids under the age of 9.000 fell into a coma. With synchronized seizures and everything. New births were born comatose. Ten years later, all of the age 0 to 19.000 year olds wake up and wreak havoc on society.
BAD STUFF: And then what? Where’s the action? Where’s the conclusion? The conclusion makes no sense. They read this page a preacher wrote about his dream at least three times in the movie, but it doesn’t drive the point home. The point is completely missed. Who did this? What was the coma? What are the kids? What’s with the soul absorption? What’s with the conclusion? Did she die? Were the zombies placated? Are they still evil?
Expect no answers… To anything!
The best part were the two “19.001 year old” characters. Born on the cusp of the coma-age, the zombie children thought they were young, and therefore zombies as well. Especially the girl. She was kind of an emo, so the zombies thought her one of them. They were probably the most interesting characters… But in the end, their uniqueness did not serve to advance the plot AT ALL.
The movie was interesting. Then it left you completely unsatisfied. You almost feel tricked, because you were interested for such a long period of time, without receiving any proper answers. I hate movies that make me feel like this. (No Country For Old Men was one of them… But this one is far more unsatisfying of an ending.)
Also: This had WAY less gore and action than one should expect from ANY zombie movie.
RECOMMENDATION: Skip it, unless you’re a zombie or Clive Barker completist!
SIMILAR MOVIES: Most zombie movies. (more…)
February 27, 2010
I shall quote a fellow SubGenius: "Dear this girl: I hate you."
Really though… WHAT THE FUCK. I hate you.
An article about [what THEY consider to be] the 5 most overrated and underrated Ween songs.
and WOW — look how angry the Ween fanboys got at him for daring to have an opinion! Amazing. I had to leave a comment in his defense!
Breakdown of IMDB ratings. The weighted average is 9.4/10, which is just about the highest rating I've ever seen for anything on IMDB. Especially given that there have been over 19,000 votes.
Consider this an endorsement of one of the best series that ever aired.
If you do undertake watching this series, MAKE SURE to watch the pilot first.
No specific link to it, but Putz took 5 videos from Dirk's funeral, which are at this link. The funeral was so packed — and the podium so poorly placed — that a lot of us could not even tell who was speaking. Definitely will have to watch these, as the camera had a better view than we did. It was a beautiful service.
They thought he was drunk. They "allegedly" threw him to the ground. They "allegedly" kicked him. They "allegedly" tried to handcuff him, but couldn't, due to the limited mobility of cerebral palsy. They "allegedly" slammed him against a car hood. They "allegedly" tied his legs together.
The charged him with resisting arrest, and 2nd degree trespassing. Charges were dismissed. Blood tests showed ZERO alcohol, but even if he were drunk, this is completely unacceptable. It's unacceptable that the officers aren't named, either.
A guy writes software that creates classical music that audiences are unable to discern from Bach, Mozart.
And yet, a lot of people are mad and furious that he's done this, and are offended by the results.
You see, people don't like it when their humanity can be reduced to computer code. People want to believe we are so special that our attributes can't be reproduced.
People are wrong. And prideful. This is just a new group of neo-Luddites.
I still remember reading a murder mystery in the 1980s that was written solely by a computer. Shit happens. Art isn't all so special that it can only come from a human brain — though artists would love to perpetuate this myth in order to starve less.
Yup, after all this: He's still working. He was never taken off duty, even as his own officers tased him for being a dangerous drunk driver. Thin blue line at work.
The World Court has ruled that all the settlements Israel has built in occupied territory are illegal. America has told them to stop. But they don't care. Driven by religion, they will do anything to have "their" holy city, even when they already have half of it.
Dedicated to Dirk's Family and Friends
Saturday, February 20th 2010 :: Annandale, VA
Videos by Todd & Jennifer.
Really. It's a public statue visible in public space. You don't get to control who publishes that image. Nevermind that the "artist" supposedly being "protected" died in 1961. This is just more bullshit from the Catholic church.
Two bullshit concepts teamed up for double-douchebaggery: Religion, and intellectual "property".
I wonder how Brazilians tithing their income to the church feel about their money being used to pay lawyers to try to censor movies? All in Christ's name, right? But wait! Christ was a pirate! He made unauthorized copies of fish, to feed a whole crowd! ;)
February 26, 2010
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One of the favorite things I hear people who are in support of our capitalist medical system (the only one remaining in the modern/westernized world) is that, “If we had socialized medicine, all our good doctors will leave for another country where they will make more money.”
What country would that be? We spend more on medicine per capita than most of these other nations, and yet are less healthy than many nations (Cuba, UK) who spend far less per person. So my question is: Where will doctors go and make more money?
Also, if doctors automatically flock to wherever they get paid the most — wouldn’t that mean that (because we are the country that spends the most, and has a capitalist system) a lot of shitty doctors from other countries are actually coming here to make more money? Hell, we could end up getting other country’s shitty doctors!
I kind of think bad doctors are far more likely to come here for our money, than good doctors here leaving us to go to — where? Where do doctors make more money??? Unless you’re doing a private practice for the rich (who live everywhere), you’re probably going to make more money in America than anywhere else. This is why people come to America (in general).
So yeah. Until someone cites some real numbers with their argument, I am no longer going to believe this anti-socialized medicine argument as being necessarily valid.
Read The Birth Of The Corporate I for a big picture view at what corporations once were, and what they became after Lincoln’s death.
February 26, 2010
A scathing (and long) look at the ineffectiveness of antidepressants, and the lack of accuracy in the entire psychological industry. This is a topic covered on this blog in the past — and that past coverage is mentioned in this article.
1 out of every 10 americans has a prescription for an antidepressant? Wow. That's a pathetic metric for any society. Drug us up; brave new world. Let's breed a new generation that can't function without corporate support. [/sarcasm]
$5 in 1910 is $114 today. Find out crap like that by entering it into this website. Good stuff.
ANOTHER Facebook group dedicated to Dirk. Why can't there just be one group, so everyone can get their message out to everyone? Splintering one person into groups doesn't really help anyone.
Fortunately when I did this shit in high school, I quoted the Supreme Court rulings, and my teacher knew better than to fuck with me.
Packed funeral. Longest procession ever. The bagpipes and "My Way" really got to me.
The continued tyranny of the majority to control what activities consenting adults do in private establishments.
I guess they thought the lapdances were "taking away their choice" to go somewhere wholesome? (Like, uh, strip clubs that don't offer lapdances? haha)
Maybe a real god would want hateful cunts like her put to death?
An important whistleblower site, up for 14 years, has been taken down because Microsoft filed a DMCA complaint against them for posting a leaked document.
Like Wikileaks, the corporations [and governments that work for them] do not want whistleblower sites. They want us to entrust all our data to them, but they do not want us to have all their data. They want to use technology against us, but not have us use technology against them. The great double-standard of the corporation. And we have intellectual property laws driven by record companies to thank for making this possible. (Are the artists being protected yet? Hah!)
More bullshit from Microsoft.
February 25, 2010
Another article about Dirk's violent death. This one contains the most details yet about what may have happened that night.
Putz's pictures of Dirk's wake, which lasted 26 hours and had 600 attendees. Definitely the biggest house party I've ever been to. RIP, Dirk.
Fuck you, God. You murdering, son of a bitch. These bible-worshipers are causing millions of people to die of aids. Just look at what they've done in Africa. Now, the Catholics are trying to spread the God+Aids virus to the Philippines.
IF YOU DON'T LIKE CONDOMS, DON'T FUCKING WEAR ONE. Maybe you'll get AIDS, die, and do us all a favor.
An article about Dirk's wake, which lasted 26 hours and was attended by about 600 people.
The funeral was standing room only with multiple overflow rooms.
The procession was the longest I've ever seen in my life.
Fairfax County Police have done an amazing job in a) not messing with the wake or shutting it down, b) helping out with the procession.
Drag the state to where it belongs. On my first try, I had an avg error of 25 miles per state. But that also included a couple embarrassing mistakes.
Makes priest rape easier to get away with if it's legal…
February 24, 2010
Police run rampant, complaints are ignored. Illinois has some of the most corrupt police forces in the country (I'm looking at you, Chicago and Detroit.)
A judge has to call officials into a court, because they aren't doing what they are supposed to be doing? Our tax dollars at work, again. Used against We The People in an apparently unaccountable way.
Go Judge Julian Abele Cook Jr.! At least SOMEBODY is doing something about this!
Wow. All displayed out in a table.
0% of the 4 animal studies found anything bad with marijuana.
27% of the human studies found something bad with marijuana, while 38% found positive aspects.
But only 10% of double-blind studies found something bad with marijuana, while 52% found positive aspects.
Sounds like the bad results are only when it's used by humans in a non-double blind fashion, where scientists can "adjust" things to get the results they want. (cough Gabriel Nahas cough)
A 3rd Facebook group in tribute of Dirk.
Hmm, maybe I shouldn't have an objective section in mine? heh heh
Useful information for anyone who's ever been a victim of police conduct.
I've seen them lie to get my friends car auctioned off, rough up minors, been assaulted for wanting to make a statement as a witness to another assault (by Maryland RennFest security), and had a gun pointed at me for 14 eternities for trying to ask for directions. Fuck pigs, and use this guide to fuck them into the bacon sandwiches they deserve to be.
My universe is shattered.
Did I ever mention this blog? It's run by another SubGenius, Bunny Day. Check it out.
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Wow. What a rant!!!
Seriously — this is the type of SUPER STUPID SHIT that only a Republican can say.
And wow, he wants to stop funding for Planned Parenthood? I guess me & Carolyn should have had a baby in high school, 'cause that's who paid for our birth control.
The world would be a better place without idiots like this.
Oh, and the Network Of Politically Active Christians can drink a bowl of Satan's cum.