Nuggets of Wisdom

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Welcome To Tumblr

For those of you fortunate enough not to have braved a dive into the internet cesspool that is Tumblr, here is a humorous video explaining it:

What makes this video especially humorous is how dead-set accurate it is. When this video was released, Tumblr exploded with posts from perpetual victims social justice warriors decrying it as sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic, ableist, mental illness shaming, self-harm shaming, and every other -ist, -phobic, and -shaming label you can throw at it—even going so far as to suggest having it reported for hate speech!

Here's another video chronicling the faux drama:

Pro-tip: if you are offended over a video like this, you might just be the people it was parodying, and your knee-jerk reaction proves its point.

Friday, January 24, 2014

This Is Why No One Trusts The Media

Remember yesterday when I said there were more important things to worry about than Justin Bieber's arrest? Well, MSNBC clearly didn't get the memo:

Yes, you just saw that happen. A Congresswoman discussing the NSA was interpreted by breaking news about Justin Bieber.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

My Thoughts On Justin Bieber’s Arrest

You should all know by now that when I title my blog posts “My Thoughts On Something,” my thoughts are usually “I don’t care!”

And really, why should I care that Justin Bieber was arrested for drag racing while DUI? I never liked his music. I never liked him as a person. And quite frankly, I don’t care if his scrawny white flank rots in jail for the rest of his days—which isn’t going to happen because he’s a rich white celebrity douchebag, and unlike the rest of us, rich white celebrity douchebags are immune to the law!

Now if you want to get upset over a real crime story, why not get upset over how the police officers who beat Kelly Thomas to death were found not guilty—despite the glaring irrefutable mountain of evidence proving their guilt! Imagine if more Americans were upset over that rather than over Justin Loser’s insignificant arrest. There would be a whole lot more change in this country!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Chris Hedges: What Obama Really Meant Was...

Nearly one year since the Snowden NSA leak, President Obama recently spoke some “words” about how he’s going to do some “things” about curbing NSA surveillance—because politicians are good at saying words about doing things that they will never ever do. It’s part of their job description!

Chris Hedges decided to re-write Obama’s speech to more accurately reflect his intentions, and what he would say if he were honest about them. It’s a really good read—a detailed history about how the federal government since the early 20th century has exploited war to subvert civil liberties in order to preserve their political power and that of their corporate beneficiaries while crushing opposition and dissent.

The last few paragraphs are very pertinent jabs at how the president, despite promising “hope and change”, has offered nothing but the same steady regression towards a totalitarian corporate state:
Given the unique power of the state, it is not enough for leaders to say “trust us, we won’t abuse the data we collect.” History has too many examples of such trust being breached. Our system of government is built on the premise that our liberty cannot depend on the good intentions of those in power; it depends on the law to constrain those in power. And that is why Congress and our courts have rewritten our laws, from the NDAA to the FISA Amendment Act, to strip you of legal protection.

I would not be where I am today were it not for the courage of dissidents like Martin Luther King Jr. who were spied upon by their own government. But I, like Bill Clinton, have sold out those true patriots and gutted those government programs that made possible my own education and ascent into systems of elite power. As president I understand, as do Bill and Hillary, that political power is about us, not about you. I know where power in this country lies. It does not lie with the citizen. It lies with Wall Street and corporate boardrooms. And since my vanity demands that I be famous, wealthy and powerful, I work hard for these centers of power. None of these centers of power want to see any curbs on the security and surveillance state. And so I will make sure there are none.

...The cosmetic reforms I’m proposing today will, I hope, give the American people greater confidence that their rights are being protected, even as our intelligence and law enforcement agencies, along with our courts, continue to eviscerate those rights. I recognize that there are additional issues that require further debate, such as your constitutional right to halt the wholesale capturing and storing of your personal information and correspondence and evidence of your geographical movements. But don’t expect me to help. I sold out long ago.

If MLK Were Alive Today…

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, rather than be like every other blogger and share the video of his “I Have A Dream” speech (which I can’t anyway because it’s copyrighted—even though Dr. King never wanted his speeches copyrighted!), I’d figure I’ll do what I did last year and share this video of his epic speech on The Boondocks:

If Dr. King were alive today, I’m pretty sure he would have plenty of words to say to the black community—and none of them would be kind! He would especially have much to say to President Barack Obama, especially about his foreign policy. Dr. King was opposed to the Vietnam War, and he sure as hell would bitchslap Obama over his liberal use of drones—especially against American citizens.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Miss Willis Responds

If you remember, once upon a time, I wrote an Open Letter to Tiffany Willis in response to an article of hers. Well, it seems as Miss Willis has taken notice of my response one year later and has linked to it on her Facebook page.

What I find surprising is how well received my letter was to her, as she commented that “though his logic is grossly flawed, he's a good writer”. Huh! Very rare do you find someone who not only respectfully disagrees with you, but actually compliments your writing and effort. Very rare indeed.

I wish I could say the same for her followers, who seem to have it in her head that someone like me would only reply to her because we are “jealous” or “butt hurt”, as though trying to engage in a rational discussion is only done out of spite.

The rest is your typical anti-libertarian rhetoric you find in these overtly left-wing discussions. Of particular note are those comments berating libertarians like myself of having an overtly “simplistic” and “binary” while simultaneously describing a false dichotomy between government and corporatism. One such comment:
If it were up to the libertarians,we would have practically no government at all. anarchy would reign and corporate greed would rule even far more than it does now. I am for individual rights. But I do not equate individuals with corporations.
News flash: our government is the biggest it has ever been in our history, and yet the corporations, which would allegedly take over without government, have already taken over. Everything you have feared would happen without government has already happened with it. Turns out corporations benefit most from corporate subsidies, monetary inflation, and regulatory capture created by the government on their behalf. When it comes to corporatism, corporations are merely the symptom. The disease? Well, it seems obvious at this point: government.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Daily Pony: Pony Rap

I recently purchased myself an early birthday present in the form of a Nintendo 3DS and Pokemon X. Originally, I was going to get a black handheld, but the only color they had at Wal-Mart was purple. No big deal! Purple is the color of Twilight Sparkle, so that makes my 3DS--Twilight-licious! :D

So as you can guess, I have been in a Pokemon mood lately. So it's really fitting that this Pokerap parody featuring the ponies was recently created! It obviously doesn't name them all, but something tells me this is a work in progress:

Oh, this really takes me back! I can almost remember playing my copy of Pokemon Red on the Gameboy Color while watching an episode of the original anime. I'm guessing this has an effect on some of you as well?

Friday, January 10, 2014

Pony Recap: Rarity Take Manehattan

Finally, after two seasons, Rarity finally gets another episode—and it was awesome! This episode was by far a better Rarity episode than “Sweet and Elite”, which, if you remember from my Top 5 Best/Worst Episodes list for Season 2, was one of my least favorite episodes that season. This episode more than makes up for it. Here we get to see Rarity’s element at its best, with karma playing an important role.

And no other episode better highlights the new art direction than this one. The new setting of Manhattan is huge and brimming with detail, almost making you feel like your actually there. With an episode about the big city, it’s best to make everything feel big, and this episode does just that.

Perhaps the best part has to be the song. I know many fans really enjoyed “Hearts As Strong As Horses” or “Stop The Bats”, but this is clearly the better song. Its grandiose feel makes it sound almost like a Broadway musical, which is extremely fitting for this episode.

But enough talk. Here is the episode along with my comments on it:

Looks like the Doctor has decided to take a train rather than the Tardis.

Spike, are you really surprised about this?

Here's something that's been bothering me this entire season. Seems like the Mane 6 has been crammed into every single episode thus far. I'm not sure if the writers are doing this to ensure that no one's favorite character is left out, but it makes the episodes feel rather overcrowded. Writers, it's okay if you leave out a few characters. They're not always needed, and it's sometimes good to focus on a few rather than force all of them into one story.

Time to play every pony's favorite game this season: is Pinkie pie acting in-character. I have to say she is.

"I could. I do." Cute!

"I love jumping up and down! Wee-hee!" And yes, she is acting in character here, too.

Finally, after three long seasons, we finally have an entire episode set in Manehattan, a city that was slightly featured in AppleJack's flashback in "The Cutie Mark Chronicles." Already, we can see some recognizable landmarks such as the Chrysler Building, though I have no idea what the horsehead on the top of the building is supposed to be. Looks like something you would find on the cover of an Ayn Rand novel (which is ironic, since this is an episode about altruism, which Rand despised.)

And here we have Grand Central station.

This scene is one of many which highlight the improvements of the new art style in this season. There is attention to detail everywhere, making the city setting feel much bigger, as one would expect in a big city. With such attention to detail, there are sure to be hidden references that would take multiple viewings to spot. But I'm sure most of you can spot more than I can.

If you look carefully throughout this episode, you will find many reused character designs, not only from past episodes, but this very episode. Again, it will take many viewings to spot them all, but I'm sure you all can find more than I can.

Cheerilee? When did you arrive in Manehattan? And when did you start wearing pants? LOL!

"Ponies just bursting into song in random places at the drop of a hat? Who does that?" And cue the song!

And finally, after two seasons, we not only get a new Rarity episode, but a new Rarity song, and while it isn't as great as "Being Popular (The Pony Every Pony Should Know)", it does fit the feel of the episode, what with it sounding like a song you would hear from a Broadway musical.

I wonder what a carrot hot dog would taste like?

What is with this episode and season treating Spike like the punching bag of every joke? Didn't we have an entire episode where the moral being shoved in our face was that Spike wasn't just here for comic relief? Hypocritical much?

How do you make change for a jewel? Again, are these things normally used as currency?

Looks like Fancy Pants and Fleur-de-Lis are vacationing in Manehattan, too. (And what is up with that one pony's lips?)

Many bronies have been claiming that these ponies are references to Mad Men. I've never seen the show, so I can't comment on it.

What talent does one have to gain a grumpy cat cutie mark? Sheesh! I hate to be stuck with that.

Look: Applejack is an Apple "Jack"!

Leave it to Rarity to only make it to an important event ten minutes until it starts. This is the same pony who thought she could procrastinate creating her best friend's birthday dress until she was only left with enough time to pass off the half-flanked base as the actual dress.

"The line ends back there, buddy!" I'm not you're friend, buddy!

Sure, guy, go ahead and snub an alicorn princess from taking your cab. I know Twilight was only recently coroneted as a princess, but clearly even now people would recognize her as one, what with her wings and horn.

Looks like Spike got his carrot hot dog back. (Though you have to wonder where it's been. A bird took it. Not sure if it's hygienic to eat now.)

This secretary pony looks and sounds like a blonde Janine from Ghostbusters.

I wouldn't be an episode without a Rarity breakdown.

How exactly did the bellhop manage to make it all the way from the hotel to theater in time.

Prim Hemline seems to be a reference to someone, but I don't know whom. Hey! Don't blame me. I'm not into fashion.

At first, Suri Polomare sounded like she was voiced by Kristen Wiig, who also voices Lola Bunny in The Looney Tunes Show and Lucy from Despicable Me 2, but apparently, she voice by none other than Tabitha St. Germain herself. So, essentially, Rarity is talking to herself. Talk about vocal range!

Hmm. A competitor wants some of your fabric to use on her clothing and you offer to lend her some? Gee, what could possibly go wrong?

Small town filly moves to city to become big fashion designer. Apparently has enough money to hire an assistant to boss around. Logic?

Never imagined that a rough country pony like Applejack would be excited about getting her mane done at a salon.

Might want to be careful there, Rarity, you're hyperventalating. That's not healthy.

I think Rarity should be left alone to wallow in...whatever ponies wallow in.

This moment right here shows how creative Rarity can be at the spur of the moment. That's the sign of a true artist.

Did Rarity ask permission from the hotel to use their sheets and curtains as fabric for her clothing?

Disregarding that this is a fantasy setting, who still uses spinning wheels these days?

"Isn't friendship magic?" Meh, close enough.

"Congragi-pony-lations!" Remind me to use that word more often!

At least Spike is getting a good night's rest. He deserves it.

Tic-tac-toe! Three cameos in a row!

Oh looks, its a bunch of cheap looking costumes made from random trinkets one would hastily put together at the last minute. Clearly this is the height of fashion!

Not sure what the significance of this effect was.

"But Miss, I didn't do anything." Technically, you did relay to her important information. Maybe that's not a compensational task, but...

Return of the wet mane!

How did they get any sleep? It looked as though they were working all night long.

"Yeah, you were pretty rotten!" Best one-liner of the season!

I had guessed that "Hinny of the Hills" was a parody of "Sound of Music", but I can't recall anytime in the musical where the main character was suspended by wire--er, rope.

"I loved it!"

"I mean, it was a'ight!"

Looks like Spike is hurt the most about Rarity being away.

It's official. Coco Pomell is best side character this season!

Considering how Coco managed to imitate Rarity's style perfectly, she seems like a suitable replacement for Rarity.

Not sure how practical multicolored thread is.

Ah, I see what you did there creators. SYMBOLISM!

I want to say that this fake out ending will amount to nothing later on, but considering how the future toy line is called "Rainbow Power," it probably will.