Nuggets of Wisdom

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Make America Hope Again In 2017

Recently finished watching the first season of Supergirl on Netflix. Really love the series, especially the two-part series finale. I felt it had a very uplifting (and perhaps even libertarian) message about the struggle between individuality and conformity, between individualism and collectivism.

I especially loved Supergirl's "Audacity of Hope" speech. It's rather fitting right now, considering how much of a bummer 2016 has been. With everything that has happened last year, it's easy to give up hope. Don't! Keep up the good fight, never give up, and never lose hope.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Adam Smith Destroyed Protectionism

"I have endeavoured to shew, even upon the principles of the commercial system, how unnecessary it is to lay extraordinary restraints upon the importation of goods from those countries with which the balance of trade is supposed to be disadvantageous.

Nothing, however, can be more absurd than this whole doctrine of the balance of trade, upon which, not only these restraints, but almost all the other regulations of commerce are founded. When two places trade with one another, this doctrine supposes that, if the balance be even, neither of them either loses or gains; but if it leans in any degree to one side, that one of them loses and the other gains in proportion to its declension from the exact equilibrium. Both suppositions are false. A trade which is forced by means of bounties and monopolies may be and commonly is disadvantageous to the country in whose favour it is meant to be established, as I shall endeavour to show hereafter. But that trade which, without force or constraint, is naturally and regularly carried on between any two places is always advantageous, though not always equally so, to both...

Monday, December 26, 2016

Rouge One Was A Disappointing Mess (Spoilers!)

(Start Mr. Plinkett impression)

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was the most disappointing thing since the 2008 Star Wars: The Clone Wars movie. I mean, how much more could you possibly f*** up the entire backstory to Star Wars: A New Hope?

And while The Clone Wars eventually led to a somewhat entertaining TV series, the unfortunate reality of Rogue One is that, due to its indirect connection to A New Hope, it will be around. Forever. It will never go away. It can never be undone.

And if you're someone under the age of like, 20, who claims to be one of those "alt-right" Trump supporters who ironically tweeted #BoycottStarWars, and you say the worst thing about this movie is that the main lead has a vagina and the other characters have much darker skin than your own, then I suggest you stop reading this review right now before I carefully explain to you how much of a f***ing racist sexist idiot you are, especially since you wasted your vote on Cheeto Hitler.

So where do I possibly start? Nothing in Rogue One makes any sense at all. It comes off like a script written by a corporate hack wanting to cash in on the Star Wars franchise. It's like J.J. Abrams finished the script in one draft, and they decided to go with it, without anyone saying it made no sense at all, or that it was a stupid, incoherent mess.

I guess at this point who's going to question J.J. or tell him what to do? He controls every aspect of the Star Wars franchise now ever since he successfully brought it back from the dead. He probably got rid of those people that questioned him creatively a long time ago because of that.

I also think that everyone just assumed a new Star Wars movie would be an instant hit, regardless of what the plot was or who the characters were. Really. How hard could it be to screw up? It's like screwing up The Last Airbender: you take the bald kid with the arrow on his head, you give him lines...

(End Mr. Plinkett impression)

Call me unoriginal for ripping off that spiel from Mr. Plinkett's review of The Phantom Menace, but the fact that those very words can easily and appropriately describe the mess that is Rogue One to me speaks volumes about that movie.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Obama Helps Trump Bring On The Nukes

I'm sure most of you have already seen Trump's inane tweet about how he wants America to ramp up its nuclear arsenal until "the world comes to its senses."

Well, while Democrats were busy crowing about how the Angry Cheeto wanted to bring about nuclear winter, Obama silently signed legislation that would permit Trump to do just that:

Is Fake News KILLING the Internet?

If my past three posts are an indicator, yes, yes it is. Film Theory explains why:

Friday, December 23, 2016

Yet Another Fake News Hate Crime Story

Yesterday I discussed three "hate crimes" that were revealed to be fake news stories, and it appears as if there's yet another fake story to add to that post.

Allegedly, there was a Jewish family in Pennsylvania who were blamed for the cancellation of an elementary school play, and whom were allegedly forced to leave town after receiving on-line harassment from Breitbart.

Of course, by "allegedly", I mean "not really!"

That #BoycottDelta Prankster Was Worse Than I Thought

Yesterday I briefly discussed Adam Saleh, a young Muslim man who was allegedly kicked off of an airplane for merely speaking Arabic, when, in reality, he was an infamous YouTube prankster who had pulled off similar stunts in the past.

Just after posting my blog post yesterday, I stumbled across a video by Philip DeFranco discussing Saleh, and it turns out he’s worse that we'd all initially thought.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Top Reported Hate Crimes Are Fake News

Ever since Hillary Clinton lost the election, the left-wing noise machine has been blaming “fake news” for her loss. Granted, fake news does exist as a real problem, but the irony is that many of these left-wing rags are the ones guilty of peddling the stuff. Case in point has been their recent fear-mongering over a fake “hate crime” epidemic following Trump's election.

Amazing Atheist Destroys MTV’s Race-Baiting Video

I’m sure most of you are already familiar with that cringe-worthy race-baiting MTV video. You know, the one that pitches "New Year’s resolutions" for “white men”, which pretty much barrels down to “shut-up-and-listen-to-us-condensed-you-and-blame-you-for-everything-wrong-with-our-shallow-lives-for-two-minutes”!

As can be expected, that egregious piece of SJW Buzzfeed-wannabe clickbait received so much backlash for how painfully stupid it was that MTV took it down. So it got knocked down, but it got up again, and nothing’s going to keep it down. (Only it’s been taken down again!)

Pretty much everybody from Paul Joseph Watson to Chris Ray Gun to Philip DeFranco have torn that video a new one. But perhaps my favorite response video came from the Amazing Atheist, especially since it involved him lamenting about how cool MTV used to be back when it played music videos and before it became an SJW propaganda network.

Check it out:

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Want To Hear A Funny Joke?

Brianna Wu is running for public office.

No. But seriously. Brianna Wu, the professional victim who got internet famous bawwing about how she was "harassed" by #GamerGate, only to get buttmad when the FBI revealed there was no credible evidence that she was actually being harassed, wants to run for Congress.

I'd say that I'd take Sarah Palin running for president more seriously, but considering Palin actually had political experience as governor of Alaska, whereas Wu has zero political experience, yes, I actually would take Palin more seriously.

Russia Blocks Tracer's Queer Booty

Unless you've been living under a rock for the past few months, you're probably well aware that Overwatch is the hottest game of the year. The game has since become even hotter now that one of its most popular characters, Tracer, has come out of the closet in a recent tie-in comic.

Now in an ideal world, such news would elicit praise at best and a "meh" at worse. But since we live in a world where the Vice President elect believes that kids can have "teh gay" electrocuted out of them, we obviously don't live in such an ideal world.

As such, this news has unleashed a backlash of faux homophobic outrage, primarily from three groups:

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Love People. Hate The State.

I don't hate cops. I hate a corrupt criminal justice system that allows police officers to kill unarmed citizens with impunity and that imprisons otherwise innocent people for victimless crimes.

I don't hate soldiers. I hate the horror of war that terrorizes the most politically & economically vulnerable among us.

I don't hate teachers. I hate an education system that care less about educating the future generation and more about indoctrinating them into being complacent, obedient servants.

I don't hate the poor. I hate an economic system and welfare state that keeps the poor in poverty and prevents them from making a better living for themselves.

It is precisely because of my love for humanity that I get enraged at unjust systems that prevent people from flourishing and being free.

It's frustrating to see my righteous anger at unjust systems as hatred for individuals, but it's more frustrating to see the oppressed suffer while those maladjusted to injustice remain silent.

I won't be silent. Silence is compliance!

Monday, December 19, 2016

No Shock That #DumpStarWars Failed

Rouge One premiered over the weekend, and to no one's surprise, the movie blew up the box office like the Death Star. Was there any doubt that it would? This is a Star Wars movie, after all. Even the prequels did well in theaters, and butt hurt fanboys pretend that those films don't real!

So it should come as no surprise that the movie did well. Or at least it shouldn't be a surprise to anyone who isn't a butt hurt neo-Nazi who tried to boycott the movie.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Disney Sunday: Can Disney Pull Off A Cinematic Universe?

About two weeks ago, I watched Moana. It was awesome. Perhaps not as awesome as Frozen, but clearly awesome enough to surpass Frozen’s Thanksgiving weekend record.

Perhaps what intrigued me the most about Disney’s newest film was something I learned before watching it. Prior to leaving for the cinema, I heard that the movie would include an end credits scene.

Like everyone else, when I think of an end credit scene, I think of those at the end of Marvel movies--you know, the ones that hint at future movies? This had me wondering about what Moana’s end credit scene would reveal.

Would it be a sequel? Was Disney so confident about Moana’s success that they planned out the sequel before the first movie was even released? Or could it be something even bigger? Were we going to receive a glimpse of a potential Disney cinematic universe?

No spoilers, but the actual end credit scene revealed none of that. Even then, it really had me wondering: could Disney actually pull off its own cinematic universe?

Friday, December 16, 2016

Fan Art Friday: Moana Madness

I recently had the opportunity to watch Moana. Was it better than Frozen? No. Was it a great movie? Oh, heck yes! In fact, if you haven't watched it yet, drop what you're doing right now, go to your nearest theater, and watch it. It. Is. That. Good!

Above all else, the artwork was gorgeous (especially when it came to animating the water, of all things). So it's no surprise that it inspired equally-gorgeous fan art. Here's just a few:

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Daily Stevie: How To Catch Rose Quarticus

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It’s been forever since I shared anything Steven Universe-related. So Imma share me some fan art about the best song of the year! Aw yeah, that's my jam!

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

AlterNet Spreads Fake News

Before you ask, yes, those AlterNet headlines are sadly real:
If you log onto AlterNet, chances are you'll be greeted with a pop-up warning you to "not let fake news destroy our democracy."

Somehow a "news" site that spreads misinformation and pseudoscience about GMOs, cell phones, wireless internet, modern medicine, and, of all things, toothpaste, has no place railing against "fake news."

AlterNet warning about “fake news” as a "threat to democracy" is akin to a flesh-eating bacteria warning how the cold virus is a threat to public health.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

No, Amazon Go Won’t "Terk Er Jerbs"!

Earlier this week, Amazon announced that it will be opening Amazon Go, a proposed nationwide chain that promises no lines and no checkout. Thanks to the wonders of new technology, customers will grant themselves entry with the Amazon app on their mobile device, select whatever items they want, and simply leave while having their transactions automatically deducted from their account.

Upon hearing this news, I had two simultaneous feelings: first, a sense of childlike wonder upon learning how technological progress has taken us to this point where stores no longer require even self-checkouts.

Alas, I also felt a sick knot in my stomach knowing that there would be a knee-jerk backlash against said progress. Luddites would most certainly feign faux outrage about how these “new-fangled machines” will end up “stealing” jobs from poor innocent cashiers--never mind that these stores will still require employees to restock and tend to the store!

Sure enough, if you glance at the comment section of any news story discussing Amazon Go, you'll see plenty of comments along the lines of "dey terk er jerbs!" And sure enough, we already have think pieces and political cronies accusing Amazon Go of trying to "terk er jerbs!"

With any news concerning any great leap forward in technology, be it with self-checkouts or self-driving cars, the cries of machines “terking er jerbs” soon follow.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Martin Shkreli’s $150 Drug Made By Kids For Only $2

I’m sure most of you are familiar with Martin Shkreli, the young scumf**k of a CEO who charged $750 for Daraprim, a life-saving drug used for treating malaria patients.

Turns out that Australian high school students were able to recreate the exact same drug for only two dollars!