Archive for August, 2016

gary johnson makes a case for third parties in an op-ed

Sunday, August 7th, 2016

gary johnson has written an op-ed for the hill. he makes a solid case for you to vote for him or at least for people to vote for whomever they want. we are not sure when strategic voting took effect in the US. but ultimately we believe this mantra started around 2000 when thousands of US journalists churned out one op-ed after the other demonizing ralph nader and the green party for ‘supposedly’ putting george w. bush in the white house.

we argue that voters get the politicians they deserve. this too is a mantra not created internally. but it seems to be true. so if voting for hillary makes you all warm and fuzzy, do it. and if voting for trump makes you all warm and fuzzy do that to. but don’t vote for one or the other and rationalize it that you are voting against one. aren’t we as human beings a bit smarter than that?

julian assange speaks at green party convention

Sunday, August 7th, 2016

is the US green party as rigged as the US democrat party? we asked this question because well, it seems that jill stein was the green party nominee in 2012. and even before the convention this weekend, people just automatically assumed she would be the nominee again.

although we like the mantra “jill not hill” we prefer the the libertarian party ourselves, given that you have now enterted a libertarian zone. but the green party has its merits. over the years it has grown to almost be a party. we would argue that ralph nader high jacked it in the way that trump has high jacked the GOP to do his bidding. but we would never fault him or the greens for putting george w. bush in the white house. as has been pointed out many times, had al gore won his home state of tennessee and still lost florida, from a mathematical perspective, he’d have won the election. and who can’t win his home state?

we like that assange, while still living in the ecuador embassy in the brexit country known as the united kingdom (formerly of the european union). and he made some valid points in his live speech to the greens. in an election people should not vote strategically. does it really make sense to vote for 1 candidate because you think the other candidate is worse? especially when there are really at least 4 or 5 other people you could vote for. hell, you could even write in your neighbor’s name. or jesse ventura’s.

star trek beyond blows big chunks

Sunday, August 7th, 2016

we’ve decided to make this a multi-part rant. how many parts? it’s not clear yet. justin lin is one of the few asian-american males working in hollywood who is neither forced to do kung fu nor to appear on the television series straight off the boat. lin has directed a ka-zillion successful “episodes” of the fast and the furious film franchise. so paramount knew what they were getting when they hired him.

now with simon pegg. well, we feel like he is the main offender in this group, along with his co-writer jung. we’ll never really know who pulled the plug on the sulu character by erasing 50 years of character development. but we a little bit assume that pegg and george takei are playing bad cop/good cop about ths sulu being revealed as GAY (and we put this in uppercase letters) in star trek beyond. thanks pegg and jung for taking abram’s metrosexual star trek one step further.

there are those who claim that the JJ Abrams reboot of star trek is more star wars than star trek. all of the reboots lack gene roddenberry influence. and for trekkies that’s bad.  star trek is about a positive vision of the future. which is one reason why fans hated number 2 in the rebooted universe as it was called star trek: into darkness. trek isn’t supposed to be dark and scary or even dark and comic like suicide squad, for instance. nor is it supposed to remotely resemble the avengers’s universe.

it’s about space exploration, science, meeting new cultures, morality, ethics and diplomacy. it’s about gene roddenberry’s positive vision of the future. i’ve seen this more eloquently espoused online in the comment section under the headline “simon pegg brought in to make star trek less trekkie.” during comic con pegg spoke about making star trek more inclusive.

there’s a reason star trek beyond is a flop. the film’s boxoffice dropped almost 60% after its first weekend, plunging 70% if you compare the opening day (friday) with the following friday –and that’s even with the previews added in. it’s plunged nearly 70% in its 3rd week. the fans are pissed off. and who knows what they will do. but for a lot of people star trek has been ruined by paramount, lin, pegg and jung. star trek fans have zero interest in watching the fast and the furious in space.