atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#6244: My body aches.

Might not get the living room painted tonight. Might wait until tomorrow night.

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So, let's start with South Africa, because why not?

Black Hitler says, "We have not called for the killing of white people. At least for now. I can't guarantee the future." That would have been marvelous, wouldn't it, if Original Hitler had said, "We have not called for the killing of the Jews. At least for now. I can't guarantee the future." You know?

Just remember that "Nobel Peace Prize winner Nelson Mandela" was jailed for setting people on fire.

And this touches on something I was wondering about. The diamond cartel is run by white guys, or at least it used to be; as more and more of the continent returns to savagery what is going to happen there?

Prediction: the production of such resources will fall apart much the same way farming has. A lot of these new governments are socialist, and corrupt to the core, and that does not lead to a bountiful and robust economy.

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I say "savagery" advisedly; you can't have a national leader refusing to rule out genocide and then claim that he's civilized.

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I have to admit that I really am not at all surprised by this. Good or bad, a President really doesn't have a big say in how relief efforts are run in the wake of a natural disaster; that's generally up to the local government. All the President can do is make men and materiel available. Particularly when the local government is corrupt.

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The FBI certainly isn't covering itself in glory these days. That "we'll stop it" remark has got to be prosecuted.

And blockquoted there is an interesting point:
A friend on Gab makes an insightful and important point about these emails and texts. It's not about what's in the texts, it's about what's NOT in the texts. Not once is there mention of Russia. It's a smoking gun, as far as I'm concerned:
"What you see: FBI officials privately expressing hatred for Trump and Trump supporters.

What you don’t see: FBI officials privately expressing fear of Russians.

If there were texts or internal memos full of worry over Russia, they would have been leaked by now. No one actually believed the conspiracy theory; it was only ever an excuse to spy on Americans."
A salient point.

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George Lucas is an awful storyteller.

Originally, Star Wars was a stand-alone movie. Then George Lucas retconned it into an epic, and that was kind of okay, too.

Then he got rich and powerful enough to make everyone smell his flatus and declare it to have a rosy scent with a hint of orange blossom OR YOU'RE FIRED, YOU FUCKIN' ASSHOLE and it all went right off the deep end.

Phantom Menace, Clone Wars, and Revenge of the Sith were bad. I mean, they were just bad. When Disney bought the franchise it made me optimistic, but that optimism lasted only until I saw Force Awakens.

FA wasn't that bad. My ranking of the SW movies:
1&2: Tie, A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back
3: Return of the Jedi
4: The Force Awakens
5: The Last Jedi
6: Revenge of the Sith
7: The Clone Wars
8: The Phantom Menace
The latest movies are better than Lucas' prequels, but only by degree.

A George Lucas who was beholden to others--the George Lucas who made the first two movies, the original movie and Empire Strikes Back--that George Lucas could have made an absolutely epic saga stretched across nine movies. The dirty secret being that that particular George Lucas didn't have total creative control, and someone else wrote scripts.

The George Lucas we had, however, seemed put out by the fact that people didn't universally love that dreck. "I created JarJar Binks! You guys are supposed to love everything Star Wars, and I am Star Wars!"

The current crowd isn't any damned better. "You guys are supposed to love everything Star Wars, and if you don't, it's because you're racist bigoted homophobe white supremecist nazis! It's not because our product is complete shit or anything!" You know, the Grrl Ghostbusters marketing plan. it all comes as no surprise at all that Lucas' vision for movies 7, 8, and 9 was asinine beyond belief. Shrinking Jedi and having them meet midichlorians and...?


Sometimes I think Star Wars and Empire Strikes Back were epic SF in spite of Lucas' best efforts.

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Well, Mrs. Fungus will be home soon and I'll need to cook some burgers. Whee!

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