Monday, July 31, 2017

My Review of Atomic Blonde.

It's boring. I wasn't nearly as bored by Atomic Blonde as I was by Batman V. Superman, but I still wished it ended far sooner than it did. I don't know if it was just Charlize Theron in this particular role, or her in general, but she had zero charisma in this film. If this film was meant to sell us on the idea that she would make a good, female James Bond, they failed.

All this movie had going for it were some neat visuals, a crazy, bonkers versions of 1989 Berlin, Germany, a softcore, lesbian sex scene, and James McAvoy. Unfortunately, you've seen this character done by McAvoy before in other films. You know what? I wonder if they hired McAvoy to add some much needed charisma to the film, too bad he wasn't enough.

So, unless you want to go watch a porn scene, in public, with Theron and Sofia Boutella, and get away with it by calling it art - skip it.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Trump's Ban

Am I the only one excited about Trump's ban on trans serving in the military?


The military just avoided a logistic nightmare!

What logistic nightmare, you say? Well, let's get into that.

Boot camp would require 4 rooms per integrated (male, female, and trans) division of recruits. Why 4? Well, you can't really put a trans-woman (man into woman) into the female room. Most trans-women still have their penises. Boot camp actively discourages sexual relationships between recruits. The same is true for trans-men (women to men). Oddly, there are less statistic on the number of women who transition and keep their vaginas.

In boot camp, recruits are injected with numerous drugs - penicillin, tetanus shots, flu shots, and more. While most of these probably don't have any negative side-effects when interacting with estrogen and testosterone supplements, the military must still be prepared for possible medical complications - which will take time, resources, training, and money to research and put policy into place (we all know how wasteful the DOD is). There is also the long term consequences of men taking estrogen and of women taking testosterone.

This is also very expensive, and the taxpayers, through the military will be forced to pay for all of the trans' estrogen, testosterone, blockers, surgeries, and psychological care. The average cost of a US soldier is over $100,000 a year, with all of the additional care the trans will need, they'll cost even more.

Back to boot camp, when recruits are issued their uniforms on the first day/night, all of the men are gathered into one room, where they're forced to strip down, and put on their new uniforms. The same goes for women, but in separate room. For the trans, just like their living quarters, they will either need two new rooms for this process, or they'll have to wait until a room is available - adding time to the whole process. They then have to be segregated to trans-women, trans-men and ensure they get the necessary uniform items.

What physical fitness standards will they be held to? Trans-women will blow the low PT standards out of the water, while trans-men may struggle. We know this because trans-women are beating regular women in sports where they're allowed to compete against each other. The whole physical fitness standards must then be adjusted. Unfortunately, if lowered across the board, then we get fat, lazy soldiers who aren't fit to fight. Women and men are also measured differently for body fat percentage. Men have narrower hips than women, and this will be true for trans-women - if the trans are measured in accordance with their biological sex, then their "gender-preferences" aren't being respected.

Which brings us to the fact that trans-gendered people are delusional. Boot camp is an intentionally tough time, both mentally, and physically, and it's intended to weed out the weak. Compound the mental strain onto trans' delusions, and that's a recipe for failure - if not during boot camp, then after boot camp. Why set people up for failure?

I haven't even gotten out of boot camp, and I've demonstrated that this would have been a nightmare. The decisions that would've been made would have had far reaching consequences and long term costs. Considering that the active military makes less than 1 percent of the population, and trans make up about .3 percent - we were talking about catering to a fraction of a fraction of the population that were both trans and wanted to serve in the military. For what? The costs would've been ENORMOUS and I've yet to see any reports on how the military, and the people in general, would actually have benefited from paying this cost.

Oh, and for all the service members who want to fight back against Trump, fuck 'em. They're in direct violation of a lawful order, and Trump should dishonorably discharge anyone that doesn't follow his order, after they serve 2 years confinement.

Drain the swamp.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

My Review of Valerian

Valerian is a good movie, and the hard work and passion put into making this film really shows. Interestingly, the two leads don't fit the archetypal physiques we are used to seeing. They're both short, Dane DeHaan isn't very muscular, and while handsome, he doesn't have the traditional good looks we ascribe to the ideal man. Cara Delevingne is thin, and beautiful in her own right, but not particularly busty, nor does she have a particularly great ass. Oddly enough, this works. I bring this up because it is so starkly contrasting from most movies. It does make it harder to believe Valerian is a lady-killer and has had so many sexual partners.

The plot itself is fairly straight-forward but with a good twist that I won't spoil here. As for acting, I don't know, it wasn't great, but it wasn't so bad that I  had to grit my teeth and bare it. It was serviceable, but it felt like there was a lot of missing emotional weight. This was particularly noticeable with Lauraline who always seemed to be emotionally distant, even though she clearly has feelings for Valerian. Their relationship works, but there is a scene where Valerian pours out his feelings, and that felt a bit off from the rest of the movie.

Technically, the movie is great. It greatly benefited from all of the advancements made after Avatar. The CGI was well done, and there were enough practical effects to make the world believable. The attention to detail was fantastic, and nothing felt wasted.

Lets dive into some of the themes of the movie. The de-emphasis on physicality is interesting. but in a far off distant future, that benefits from advanced technologies from numerous aliens, physicality doesn't matter as much when it can be augmented with power suits. In fact, we learn this in the beginning of the film when Valerian discusses his memory score. Since the The World of a Thousand Planets, Alpha as it's called, was started as the International Space Station, this makes sense. Astronauts today have to be both intelligent and physically fit, but again, in this film, physicality can be augmented. This makes the soldiers of the Human Federation more cerebral, than physical, an interesting switch, but not as well demonstrated when we see Valerian demonstrate numerous physical feats without apparent augmentation.

Another interesting theme, is the idea of not only numerous habitable planets, with thousands of different aliens, but also multiple dimensions, with at least one that can only be accessed through a form of augmented reality. This augmented dimension is subverted, as the alternate dimension is used primarily as a tourist attraction and as the biggest, open-air market in the galaxy, all hosted on a largely barren, desert planet. It's a cool concept, and well thought out, but played for laughs and used as the set piece for the film's first big action scene.

There are many more themes, and ideas going on in this film, and while there isn't enough time in a film to explore all of them, enough ideas are explored to give us a real impression of a living, breathing, believable world. This what I love about good science fiction.

Unfortunately, there are clearly political and social justice messages, not so subtly on display. Again, going back to the physicality thing, while an interesting idea about a more cerebral fighting force (or at leas Federal Agents), it also lends itself to the false idea that men and women are largely interchangeable. This is most apparent with The Pearls, an alien, humanoid race that are androgynous. Their females still have breasts, but the men and women both sound like females. It's weird. 

There is also a political statement about immigration with the scenes involving Bubble. I found this boringly typical, pro-immigration, left wing dogma. It doesn't even make sense. Alpha is an artificial world, created by numerous aliens, and inhabited by millions. Alpha allows for almost all kinds of cultures and almost any kind of behavior. Why then couldn't an alien sex worker (Bubble), not get citizenship? It's never explained, but it's there for the virtue-signaling.

Globalization and multiculturalism are also big themes in this movie. Again, Alpha started as Earth's International Space station. We see the USA getting along with the Russians, then with the Chinese, and then with all the rest of the world. As this progresses, so does the space station grow, until it's big enough to attract aliens. Despite the realities of how cultures tend to clash, all of the different races get along, and there aren't any big racial or cultural clashes on Alpha. The evil General has a somewhat "nationalistic" view, and is willing to trample over the Pearls whom he deems as "savages." Can you see where this going?

The above actually brings up valid criticism of war and the consequences of war and war crimes. This is a great subject to explore with science fiction, but it's not explored here very well beyond: war is bad, and all races and cultures are equally good/valid/have-something-to-offer - despite reality showing us that no, not all cultures are good. Some cultures are clearly better than others. We actually see this in the film as one group of aliens is willing to eat other intelligent races - and this is tolerated by Alpha's government.

What I do like about Valerian are all of the concepts on display. I really enjoy seeing creatively designed aliens, the imagination of the creators brought to life as they explore what could be. I like how Valerian and Lauraline's relationship is an old one, not new, and we're jumping into it after it's well established. I like all of the technology on display - especially the AR-alternate-dimension, and how people bring things into and out of it. I love the attention to detail.

Valerian is by no means a perfect movie, it is flawed, and the messages are obviously leftist. If you can set that aside, you may enjoy it. If you can't, don't watch it.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Y'All Need Jesus!

Have you seen this clip from Bad Boys II?

"Y'all need Jesus." This is something I like to say to myself when I see someone doing something crazy. What does Jesus represent? Well, lets see what Jesus said of Himself in John 14:6.

Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth and the life."

This is what that means to me:

The Way - the moral, ethical, virtuous, and righteous path. The way to live one's life.

The Truth - the truth. The opposite of lies. Honesty.

The Life - the opposite of death. Living.

So, when I say that someone needs Jesus, what am I saying? They need to be virtuous, ethical, moral; they need to hear the truth and not lies; they need to live, and to stop embracing death.

Let's look at the Left. As of late, they have been embracing more and more hedonism. Hedonism is self-gratification. Hedonism is short term pleasure over long term goals/gains. The Left lies. Just look at CNN, and SJWs. The left doesn't live. Sure, they exist in life, but look at their activism - it promotes death, destruction, and violence. They are extremely lucky that people haven't died because of their attacks.

They are clearly in need of Jesus. If they were virtuous, perhaps they wouldn't be so violent. If they could hear the truth, perhaps they would stop believing and spreading lies. If they had a life, perhaps they would see how their actions will cause death.

Those opposed to evil must follow Jesus. They must embrace virtue, and hate evil. They must be honest, and destroy lies. They must have a life, for when you are alive, you don't fear death.

Everything is connected.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Don't Watch this Video!

People have recently noticed that a video is strangely missing from someone's list of video. Is YouTube censoring content? Even when signed in, and with the content filter off, it's not there in the list.

The Prodigal Son

The story of the Prodigal Son is a story I'm well familiar with, having grown up hearing this story.

Recently, I've been thinking about it. As the story goes, the son runs off to experience all the world has to offer him, but in the end none of the what world had to offer was as good as what his father had to offer - so he returns, and his return is celebrated by all expect his brother.

I don't know what other people focus on when they think about this story, but I've been focusing on lately, is the father, and what he didn't do.

The father didn't pursue his son, he didn't even say no to the son. He let the son go to make decisions for himself, and then he celebrated when the son chose to return to him.

This decision to choose the father over the world, is essentially a parable of how important it is for people to choose God. But, to look at it much more broadly, it's a parable of how important it is for people to choose goodness, righteousness, honesty, courage, and all of the other virtues.

It's also relevant for what is going on in today's world. The people of the world have chosen the world and all of its immediate gratifications: food, sex, entertainment, and many other types of pleasures. They have chosen the false virtues - what is known as virtue-signalling. They have chosen short term pleasure over long term goals. Now it's all coming to fruition - the famine of morality, culture, and virtues is here.

On a more personal level, my life has mirrored the son's life in many ways. I went out into the world, and saw much of it. I partook in all of the earthly, short-term pleasures: sex, food, entertainment. But all of that has been hollow, and I often look back and ask myself what would've been a better use of my time.

Now, I'm at a point in my life where I am at a transition. I want to be me. The best version of me. To be good. To do good. Shall I return to my Father's house?

Monday, July 10, 2017

CNN Succumbs To Meme Warfare - Vol. IV

This has been the best compilation I've seen so far! I laughed almost non-stop (I took a break to post a comment). Please share favorite #CNNMemewar memes, and/or compilations.

Let's see those rare Pepes!

Friday, July 7, 2017

Fix Marvel Comic's Star Wars

Of Marvel's Star Wars Comics, I've only read a few issues. I read the entirety of the Shattered Empire mini-series, and roughly the first volume of the main Star Wars series. I didn't like it. It didn't feel like Star Wars. So, I stopped reading it.

What I didn't like about Shattered Empire: Shattered Empire was a diversity checklist. The main character is a woman. She's also not white. She get's shoe horned into adventures with the main characters. The comic makes references to all of the places from the movies, in a very artificial way. In the end it was all about Force sensitive trees - stupid. They retconned the Rebel Commandos into a diverse fighting force full of men and women, despite what is seen in the movies. The main character settles down on Yavin 4 - why? Why did Palpatine want to destroy Naboo, his homeworld?

What I liked about Shattered Empire: It fleshed out a side character, like the old stories used to do. Palpatine had an evil plan in place for when he died. It added some details that didn't detract from what was shown in the movies.

What I didn't like about the Star Wars comics: Luke uses his lightsaber WAY too much. Luke encounters and fights Vader far too early, deflating their big fight in Empire Strikes Back.  The way the artist decided to illustrate the lightsaber motion - clunky. Those tentacled scavengers were just reworked Jawas. What was a Jawa doing imprisoned on that moon anyway? Some of the art makes Han Solo look like a Neanderthal or some sort of ape-man. Why is Boba Fett chasing Luke and not Han? Sana sucks. Han's hideout planet sucks if its electrical atmosphere can't keep out TIE fighters. The artwork for some of the aliens sucks.

What I liked about the Star Wars comics: Having the heroes work together to go get shit down, and continue the fight against the Empire - good. Sabotaging an Imperial arms factory and free slaves - good. Vader was good.

Here are my proposals to making the comics better:

First, adopt some guidelines:
  1. Never supersede the movies. If it wasn't in the movies, doesn't sound like it could've been in the movies, or doesn't look like it could've been in the movies - don't publish it. Essentially, no retconning without cause.
  2. Never supplant the main heroes. No one can be better than the main characters from the movies. This doesn't mean that characters can't grow to be as good as the main characters, but they can't exceed them. Essentially, no Mary-Sues.
  3. Understand the source material. Understand the time in which it was created. Understand where it was created. Understand how it was created. Understand the why. Watch the movies, repeatedly.
  4. Write to the time line. You have 3 years between A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back. You have 1 year between Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Always keep this mind. Keep your stories tight. Don't get bloated like Dark Horse and the original Marvel Star Wars comics.
Second, some specific suggestions for direct fixes:
  • Find better artists. Find artists that can draw the Star Wars characters without needing to trace still images from the movies
  • Hire better writers. Hire people who love Star Wars, who want to dig into all of its lore and mine it for ideas.
  • Tone down Luke's use of his lightsaber to almost nothing. Seriously. Luke doesn't learn how to really use his 'saber until Empire Strikes Back, after his training with Yoda. Show Luke practicing what Obi Wan showed him in ANH (they do actually do this), but show him failing at it (very slow progression). Show him accidentally cutting something realizing just how dangerous they are.
  • Stop feminizing Luke Skywalker. In many drawings of Luke, he looks like a woman. Gross. Stop that! This goes back to the better artists.
  • Stop drawing Han like a big dumb brute. Again, better artists.
  • Luke should never fight Vader directly. Never supersede what is in the movies. In fact, just keep Vader separate from the main characters as much possible. Make all of their encounters long distance.
  • Kill off Dr. Aphra. She's a terrible character. Also, destroy her droids. Her astromech has too many weapons in it to be taken seriously. Again, never supersede what is in the movies. Nothing else in the Star Wars movies had weapons like that droid does.
  • Get rid of Sana. Seriously. She's a strong independent woman. Why is she pursuing Han?
  • Tone down the diversity. Star Wars is inherently diverse - trillions of people in the canon universe, you don't have to force it. People's outward characteristics aren't their only qualities, nor should they be their dominant qualities - that's poor writing. Additionally, as your sales-numbers have shown: forced diversity doesn't work.
  • Let the men be men, and the women be women. See above. Stop trying to make all of the women so much better than the men. Men and women are different and each have their own unique strengths and weaknesses. Embraces that. It's natural, it's reality.
  • Boba Fett should be hunting Han, not Luke. It would fit far better with the movies
Lastly, I also have some ideas for the story.

Anytime Darth Vader shows up, the situation should suddenly feel tense. I don't know how you'd portray this in comics, maybe by changing characters' speech patterns. Darth Vader just lost the Death Star. He's obviously angry, but isn't lashing out at people. Why? Instead he seems focused, intensely focused, almost calm. What does Vader know that his underlings don't know?

Now, take the above situation, lets expand that. Things in the Empire have gotten tense since the Death Star exploded. The wider galaxy didn't even know the space station existed - because the Empire keeps a strangle hold on the HoloNet. This is a great place to write about the obvious information war going on between the  Rebels and the Empire.

We know that the Rebellion had spies throughout the Empire, and that there were Imperial deserters. With the unease throughout the Empire growing, and the hunt for Rebels intensifying, how are the spies doing? They see Vader, the Emperor, and the Imperial High Command are all extremely calm. What do they know that know one else knows?

Rogue One, for all of its faults, showed us that there were different mentalities within the Rebellion. With the destruction of the Death Star, some of those mentalities obviously would've wanted to press their advantage. Why didn't they? By Empire we see the Rebels hiding on Hoth? Why? Who and what convinced them that hiding and building up their forces was a better idea then pressing the attack?

Luke is obviously friends with Dak Ralter by Empire. How did that friendship develop? In fact, why not spend more time on Luke developing as a fighter pilot. What other friendships did he develop with the other pilots and Rebels?

One thing Marvel did well, was Luke seeking a teacher. I never though about before. That's good, but keep his force and lightsaber training to minimum. Let him practice infrequently - he is after all a Rebel pilot now and his duties will call him away. When he practices the Force, don't make it like what we see in Empire. Maybe he's just lying on his cot, with a blast helmet on, trying to reach out with his senses. Maybe's he gotten away from his friends for a moment and just concentrating on something, trying to summon the same sensation he felt during his trench run. As for his lightsaber training - see above. Maybe he encounters a swordsman? Can the swordsman teach Luke when there are fundamental differences in their tools?

Develop the relationships between the main characters. Luke witnessed Vader kill Obi wan - how does he feel about it? Does it make him angry? Does he act on that anger? Does Luke and Han, talk to Leia about her torture by Darth Vader? How is she feeling about that? How do they feel about that? What are their thoughts? How is Leia feeling about the loss of Alderaan? Why is Han sticking around with the Rebels? What makes him decide to leave at Hoth? Develop Leia and Han's relationship. Take it slow. There are 3 years here.

Develop the supporting caste. How does Wedge Antilles become the leader of Rogue Squadron? How is Rogue Squadron formed? What is Mon Mothma up to? How are some of the other Rebel characters recruited or were they always there? If some of them were always there, how did they rise to power or to the spotlight?

Develop the Empire. Who are their elite teams? How are some of their members reacting? Just tell stories from their perspective.

In general, take what is seen in the movies, and work backwards. What happened in the time between the movies that got the characters to where they're at? Ask questions, and seek answers. Think things through and always ask if it makes sense - if it follows the rules of the Star Wars universe.

I love Star Wars, and I want to see its comics be the best it can be. It saddened me greatly how much political correctness, "diversity," and SJW bullshit infected its comics after the Force Awakens.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Need Ideas for the Meme War, Summer 2017?

Since I can't make a gif to save my life, here are all of my ideas:

The Matrix: Trinity kicks the cops; Neo stops all of the agents' bullets; Neo bursts open Agent Smith and the other agents run away

Star Wars: Episode II: When the AT-TEs shoot down the trade federation ship during the battle of Geonosis; Mace Windu chops off Jango's head

Star Wars: Episode I: Darth Maul kills Qui-Gon Jin; when Anakin blows up the Trade Federation ship

The "You're a White Male!" meme replaced with "You're Fake News!"

Batman Dark Knight Rises: Bane breaks Batman's back

Scanners: The head exploding scene

That video clip of that white guy slapping all of the people at a BBQ (Slaps for Everyone)

Millions Way to Die in the West: The giant ice cube crushing death scene

Turbo Kid: When he blows up the villain

Spaceballs: Dark helmet playing with the dolls

Indian Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark: The ark of the covenant is opened scene, and the Nazi's face melts

Platoon: Willem Dafoe's death scene

Star Trek (TOS): Kirk vs Gorn; Trouble with Tribbles; Kirk slapping himself

Star Trek The Movie: The Khan scene

Captain America: Civil War: When Captain America jump double-kicks Crossbones/his soldier off of the Humvee

Luke Cage: The hallway fight scene

Ong Bak 2: The Protector: The stairwell fight scene

Street Fighter: Ryu uppercuts Sagat; any of the post fight, "you lost" scenes

Hot Shots Part Duex: Any of it

Titan Maximum, Pilot Episode: When Lt. Gibbs shoots the reporter

The Punisher: The finale when the Punisher (Thomas Jane) sends Howard Saint (John Travolta) to his explosive death

Hobo with a Shotgun: Any seen where the hobo takes out the bad guys

That's it for today, folks! Hope you're inspired! Keep the shit-posting!

If you have any questions on how to use these, or what I was thinking, leave a comment. If you'd like me to re-tweet your memes, leave a comment below.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Baby Daddy

The Daily Mail posted an article today, in which they discussed the idea of transplanting wombs into men.

The first third of the article discusses whether or not taxpayers should pay for such surgeries. Ridiculous! The answer is of course: no. Taxpayers should not pay for the lifestyle choices of others - regardless if that choice has a negative or positive impact on society. Having a womb is not a human right. A womb is a birthright to women, and women only, just as a penis is a birthright to men, and men only. If a delusional male wants to have a womb surgically implanted in his body - fine, but he gets to spend his own money to do it, and no one else's. He must also accept any and all consequences for that decision. End of discussion.

The next third discusses how women have already received womb transplants and have successfully given birth. Fantastic! Amazing! It's always awe inspiring to see how far we've come with medical science and how much adversity humanity can overcome. Simply amazing.

But, this point is used to confound the issue. They point to these successes and ask the question: Why not men? Probably because men aren't genetically made to give birth to children! Men don't have a birth canal. Will men give birth through their urethra? Of course not! The only way for men "to give birth" to children would be through C-Section.

C-sections are performed by surgically cutting open the woman, temporarily removing her organs, and then surgically opening the womb to remove the child. Then everything has to be put back into place and sewn shut. This requires months of recovery time. As the primary providers in most relationships, how exactly will the men bring home the bacon? Not to mention all of the potential health risks, although, those are admittedly low.

What about the placenta? We know how it functions in women, but do we know how it function in men? Can we guarantee that it will function the same way? What about lactation? We know that men on estrogen can develop breasts, and these can lactate, but will their lactation be triggered in the same way as women are upon child birth? What complications will be presented by a pregnant man taking an excess of estrogen to make themselves "women"? What about the differences in male and female pelvic bones? Female pelvises are optimized for child bearing, men's aren't. What complications will that present?

I'm just some dude on the internet, but I seem to be more capable of asking more pertinent questions then these writers do!

The last bit pays a lip to the concerns people may have about all of this, but instead of answering any of those possible questions, or even writing one concrete question that needs to be asked, they move the discussion back to taxes. Cowards, and liars by omission.

Throughout this article, they mention a trans-man who is pregnant, pointing to "his" "success". They are so caught up with the idea of a "man" being pregnant that they completely omit the fact "he" must still be a woman, because "he" must obviously still have a functional uterus, vagina, breasts, and the supporting muscular and skeletal anatomy to have a child! Again, lies by omission.

I don't care what this person wants to call itself, but I'm going to call it a woman - because if it can get pregnant and give birth like a woman, it must be a woman.

These writers, these publishers, and these medical professionals are so caught up in this idea that they never stop to ask one very important question: Just because they can, does that mean they should?