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Saturday, April 30, 2016

If You Don't Like Milo


Voltaire once famously said that “I disagree with what you have to say, but I will fight to the death for the right to say it.” Well, technically, he didn't say it. College students these days, as most recent surveys show, seem to have the opposite sentiment: “I disagree with what you have to say, and I will hoot and holler like a wild animal and smear my face with blood until you stop saying it.” Voltaire is rolling in his grave at what modern academia has devolved into. Or at least he would if he had said the quote that he didn't say.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

TV Trash: Passions


Can’t really think of anything for a proper Throwback Thursday this week. So here’s Rowdy C celebrating his 200th TV Trash episode with a review of the supernatural soap opera Passions:

Are You A True Hunger Games Fan?


We Americans will spend millions of dollars at the box office to watch a movie about a bow-wielding teenage girl fighting against an oppressive, tyrannical government, and yet we’re set to vote this November for one of two presidential candidates, both of whom reflect the same values as the oppressive, tyrannical government that the young girl fought against.

We Americans will cheer for the fight against tyranny in our entertainment, yet simultaneously vote for and support tyranny in our own government. That is the cognitive dissonance of the average American.

Monday, April 25, 2016

VGM Monday: Sonic Boom


This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Sonic The Hedgehog franchise. So to celebrate, from now and throughout Sonic’s birthday this June, I’m going to be highlighting some of my favorite Sonic music for VGM Monday.

In the mid-90s, I remember strolling through the mall and walking into a toy store to see one of the game demo systems playing the animated intro to Sonic CD. Back then, games didn’t have such animation, let along songs with actual lyrics. So this completely blew my elementary school mind. It was nothing like I had seen before for a video game.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Disney Sunday: My Neighbor Totoro Ride?


If you’re not familiar with Hayao Miyazaki or Studio Ghibli, then you’re either not an anime fan or you're not a human being with a soul. (I’m joking, of course!)

Miyazaki has often been considered to be the Walt Disney of the East; so it only seems fitting that Disney has taken upon itself to import to the West his many animated masterpieces including My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, and Spirited Away.

Of course, other than provide English translations for his films, Disney hasn't done much of anything else with Miyazaki’s work. But what if they utilized his properties more? They’re already utilizing Star Wars and Marvel for all that they're worth, so why not Studio Ghibli? What if, for instance, Disney were to create a theme park attraction based on one of his films?

One Disney theme park designer, John Ramirez, who’s worked on numerous films and attractions, has envisioned such an attraction based on the animated favorite My Neighbor Totoro, and it’s everything that a Miyazaki fan would expect from such a ride:

Daily Stevie: Steven Universe Returns May 12


I’ve seen many trailers for upcoming movies this year. Captain America: Civil War. Star Wars: Rouge One. Suicide Squad. Independence Day: Resurgence. The Ghostbusters Genderbent Reboot.

I'm going to be perfectly honest: none of them have filled me with more anticipation than the recent trailer for the new season of Steven Universe, premiering May 12.

Open-mindedness To BS Isn't A Virtue


"Over the years, as we became less closed-minded and more tolerant of all the right things, like civil rights, somehow, we became indiscriminately tolerant, "You're so judgmental" became a major-league put-down in Anything Goes America - as if being judgmental of crap in the culture is a bad thing." - Bernard Goldberg

I’ll admit that I’m close-minded about many things.

I’m close-minded to the idea that 9/11 was an inside job or that Iraq was hiding WMDs.

That vaccines cause autism or that bleach cures autism.

That GMOs cause cancer or video games cause violent or sexist behavior.

That gun control prevents violent crime or minimum wage hikes create jobs.

That the War on Terror has prevented terror, the War on Drugs has curbed drug abuse, or the War on Poverty has alleviated poverty.

That gun-free zones stop school shootings, drug-free zones stop drug peddling, or border walls stop illegal immigration.

That Scandinavia is a "socialist paradise" or Somalia is a "libertarian dystopia."

That there exists a “War on Christmas” or “War on Women” or “War on Police.”

In short, I’m close-minded to many things for which there is little to no empirical evidence.

I’m close-minded to these things not because I refuse to believe them. I’m more than willing to, but only if there’s sufficient empirical evidence.

Being open-minded doesn’t mean that you’re willing to believe anything. That’s not being open-minded. That’s being gullible.

Open-mindedness is about being willing to consider the evidence and change your beliefs accordingly. But if there’s no evidence, then there's simply no reason to consider anything to the contrary.

Being open-minded to unfounded BS is not a virtue, and being close-minded to BS is not a vice.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Shameless Plug Saturday: Lloyd The Cat


I’m sure most of you are already familiar with The Cinema Snob. How can you not be when he’s one of the major reviewers on Channel Awesome next to The Nostalgia Critic and Linkara? His specialty is reviewing obscure films (mostly grindhouse and vintage porno movies) while making even more obscure movie references with a heavy dose of sarcasm. (Seriously, most of the references he makes goes right over my head!)

If you’re a fan of his reviews, you probably know that the Cinema Snob, Brad Jones, owns a cat named Lloyd who sometimes makes brief appearances in his videos. Apparently Brad and his fans love Lloyd so much that he decided to turn him into the star of his own animated series, Lloyd.

Friday, April 22, 2016

The Only Climate Change "Denial"


Both artic and antarctic ice has been increasing rather than decreasing within the past few years, and yet “global warming” is real because Al Gore made a (debunked) documentary?

Thursday, April 21, 2016

R.I.P. Prince (1958-2016)


Prince recently passed away at the ripe age of 57. I admit that I was never really a big fan of his, but being the big 90s kid that I am, there are two 90s moments that I remember him the most from.

The first was the raunchy "finger Prince" gag from Animaniacs, and the second was his appearance on Muppets Tonight:

Throwback Thursday: The Lead Police


Lead may have been banned back in 1978, but even long after the ban, lead continued to remain a health hazard within the paint and plumbing of older buildings.

Lead poisoning continued to remain such a threat that, nearly 20 years after the ban, the Children’s Television Workshop produced a Sesame Street special to warn young children about it.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

If Obama Were A White Republican


If Obama were a white Republican, Democrats would hate him for killing more Muslims and deporting more Mexicans than Bush, prosecuting more whistleblowers than any previous president, allowing the bombing of a hospital filled with sick and dying patients, and having the worst economic recovery of all time.

But he's neither white nor Republican, so of course Democrats think he's the greatest thing since chocolate cake. Or FDR.

Monday, April 18, 2016

VGM Monday: Sonic 3 Special Stage


This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Sonic The Hedgehog franchise. So to celebrate, from now and throughout Sonic’s birthday this June, I’m going to be highlighting some of my favorite Sonic music for VGM Monday.

During the Sega Genesis era, the Sonic the Hedgehog games had Special Stages in which players would play a mini-game in order to obtain one of the seven Chaos Emeralds.

The music for those stages were great, but the greatest of them all, hands down, had to be the Special Stage music for the third installment, Sonic the Hedgehog 3.

Five Stupid Things About Taxes (REPOST)


Hey, it’s Tax Day! Have you been a good little statist and paid your “fair share” in taxes yet? Remember, taxation isn’t theft! Not paying your taxes is theft, and the government needs to steal ten percent of your income in order to teach other people not to steal. Either way, here's Five Stupid Things About Taxes (as inspired by Steve Shives).

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Disney Sunday: Jungle Book Honest Trailer


I’m going to be perfectly honest: I never really cared for The Jungle Book. I remembered watching it as a little kid and being completely bored by it.

Okay, maybe that’s a slight exaggeration. I do remember enjoying the songs “Bare Necessities” and, to a lesser extent, “I Want To Be Like You.” But everything else was rather, “Meh!”

The characters were unmemorable, the story was tedious, and the pacing was slow to the point where it put you into a deeper sleep than Kaa’s hypnotic stare. So I’m not racing out to see the new live-action movie anytime soon. Or ever!

If you want a better understanding of why I don’t care for the movie, I’d suggest watching the Honest Trailer for it, which perfectly encapsulates my sentiments towards the movie precisely: It’s an animated classic that will get "Bare Necessities" stuck in your head, and have you struggling to remember anything else!

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Just Look Away!


Oh, you don’t like how Trump wants to kick out the Mexicans and kill the Muslims? Tell me how upset you've been that Obama has kicked out more Mexicans and killed more Muslims than had the last president. Or are you more upset that Trump’s name was scribbled in chalk on your campus?

Oh, and don’t try to hand wave away Obama’s faults by claiming that he saved the economy, because he didn't. Imma let you finish, but Obama has had the worst economic recovery of all time!

Friday, April 15, 2016

Fan Art Friday: Guess Those Characters!


Since I've forgotten to create a Throwback Thursday post for this week, I've decided to make up for it with this week's Fan Art Friday by showcasing fan art of characters that time has since forgotten.

Most fan art tends to be of popular series, both past and present. But once in a blue moon, fan art will appear of a series or franchise that has all but faded into obscurity.

Below are five pieces of fan art of such obscure nostalgic characters. If you grew up in the late 80s or early 90s, you may very well recognize them.

Can you guess who they are? Leave your guesses in the comments below, and we'll provide the answers next week:

Why The Swiss Are Happier Than Americans


Based on this insipid meme which claims that Denmark is allegedly "the happiest country in the world", despite paradoxically having so many unhappy traits—high alcoholism, high anti-depressant use, high cancer rates, high suicide rates, high divorce rates—and despite this meme and its claims having been thoroughly debunked.

Last year, Switzerland managed to displace Denmark as the new happiest country. Denmark has since regained its "happiest country" status as of this year, but that doesn't mean we still can't learn a thing or two from the Swiss and their successful “libertarian” policies.

Yes, while Denmark has been praised as a "socialist paradise", even though it's not, Switzerland is an actual "libertarian utopia" with libertarian policies concerning minimum wage, taxation, healthcare, drug legalization, gun rights, and economic freedom. No big surprise then that it was once considered the happiest country on earth, as it has the freest people, both socially and economically.

Here are "9 Reasons Libertarians Should Love Switzerland" according to Corey Iacono from the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE):

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Cops Are The Real Thugs


Yes, it's true: cops have killed more people than terrorists and have robbed more people than criminal thugs—and yet we're supposed to be more afraid of terrorists and thugs?

I'm not sure what's more head shaking: "conservatives" who insist that police can do no wrong and that there's an active "war on cops" in this country, or "liberals" who despise police brutality yet assume that cops should be allowed to unionize and be the only people in society to bear arms.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Obama Be Repeatin' History


What caused the housing bubble and economic recession? Statists claim it was massive deregulation under the Bush Administration, especially with the repeal of Glass-Stegall (which actually occurred under Clinton). However, not only do most economists agree that the Glass-Stegall repeal was not responsible, but overall regulation had been increasing rather than decreasing over the past few decades preceding the recession.

So what did cause the housing bubble? There are two main culprits. The first was the Community Reinvestment Act of 1977, which required banks to lend loans to individuals from low-income areas. The second was the Federal Reserve, which, under Alan Greenspan, and later Ben Bernanke, in an attempt to correct a previous recession, artificially lowered federal interest rates to as low as 1% as to allow more people to buy homes.

In other words, banks were forced to provide loans to poor people to buy houses they couldn’t afford and at rates that were lower than normal market value. Most economically-minded individuals such as Ron Paul and Peter Schiff claimed that these policies would only do more harm than good, while mainstream "economists" such as Paul Krugman insisted that these policies were necessary, even insisting that we needed "to create a housing bubble to replace the Nasdaq bubble."

Predictably enough (to everyone but Greenspan, Bernanke, or Krugman), the same people who couldn’t afford their new houses in the first place had problems paying off their home loans. (Seriously, who could have saw this coming--other than the people who saw it coming?!)

To prevent this housing bubble from inflating any further, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac took it upon themselves to absorb most of the bad loans. Most of the people in charge remained in denial of the problem. Greenspan insisted that there was no housing bubble (which there was!), while Barney Frank, Chair of the House Financial Services Committee, insisted that everything was under control (which it wasn't!).

Inevitably, in 2008, the housing bubble burst, taking out the economy with it. The American people lost their homes, their jobs, and even their life savings. Nearly eight years later, the economy has barely recovered, the politicians responsible for this mess have yet to face any consequences for their reckless decisions and actions, and our dear leader, Barack Obama, in his infinite wisdom, is set to force banks to make home loans to people with weaker credit.

Sigh! Once again, rather than learn from our mistakes, we are only set to repeat them.

Back To The Future Quickly Becoming Reality


When October 21, 2015 arrived last year, many Back to the Future fans were disappointed that none of the cool gadgets in the movie existed in real life. Where were the self-tying shoes? Where were the flying cars? But most importantly of all, where were the hoverboards?

"Where are muh hoverboards," they cried. "I want muh hoverboard!"

Since then, most of that futuristic tech have come out in development. Nike will be releasing self-tying shoes by the end of the year, and flying cars will be available as soon as next year!

"B-b-but where are muh hoverboards?" I still hear you cry. "I want muh hoverboard!"

Here's your hoverboard, fanboys:

Monday, April 11, 2016

VGM Monday: Green Hill Zone


This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Sonic The Hedgehog franchise. So to celebrate, from now and throughout Sonic’s birthday this June, I’m going to be highlighting some of my favorite Sonic music for VGM Monday.

What better way to start out this special series than with the very first music from the very first level of the very first Sonic game? Of course, I’m talking about Green Hill Zone.

Switzerland: Libertarian Paradise


Based on this insipid meme which claims that Denmark is allegedly "the happiest country in the world", despite paradoxically having so many unhappy traits—high alcoholism, high anti-depressant use, high cancer rates, high suicide rates, high divorce rates—and despite this meme and its claims having been thoroughly debunked.

Last year, Switzerland managed to displace Denmark as the new happiest country. Denmark has since regained its "happiest country" status as of this year, but that doesn't mean we still can't learn a thing or two from the Swiss and their successful “libertarian” policies.

Yes, while Denmark has been praised as a "socialist paradise", even though it's not, Switzerland is an actual "libertarian utopia" with libertarian policies concerning minimum wage, taxation, healthcare, drug legalization, gun rights, and economic freedom. No big surprise then that it was once considered the happiest country on earth, as it has the freest people, both socially and economically.

Here are "9 Reasons Libertarians Should Love Switzerland" according to Corey Iacono from the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE):

Sunday, April 10, 2016

#ResistCapitalism LOL!


Yes, #ResistCapitalism is trending on Twitter once again. Yes, the tweets are just as insipid as the first time the hashtag trended. And yes, the blatant hypocrisy and economic ignorance is just as blatant and ignorant. Need I say anymore?

Disney Sunday: Is Zootopia About Crack?


If you've seen Zootopia, you know that Disney's newest animated movie, despite being about cute talking animals, manages to tackle mature real world subjects such as prejudice and discrimination.

But did you know that the movie also serves as an allegory for the crack epidemic and how it was manufactured by the federal government to suppress the black community?

Well, chances are you were too busy being distracted by the cute antics of Nick and Judy to notice that. Fortunately, Film Theory made an excellent video with a very compelling case about how the movie is about crack, Jack, and that ain't whack:

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Daily Pony: Happy National Unicorn Day


Today's National Unicorn Day. Let's celebrate with our favorite unicorn alicorn princesses! They still count as unicorns, right? Right?!

Anyway, let us know who your favorite unicorn is. Is it Rarity? Twilight Sparkle? Sunset Shimmer? Starlight Glimmer? Lyra? Anypony else? Perhaps some pony from a franchise other than MLP? Let us know in the comments! :D

Why Is Switzerland The Happiest Country? REDUX


Based on this insipid meme which claims that Denmark is allegedly "the happiest country in the world", despite paradoxically having so many unhappy traits—high alcoholism, high anti-depressant use, high cancer rates, high suicide rates, high divorce rates—and despite this meme and its claims having been thoroughly debunked.

Last year, Switzerland managed to displace Denmark as the new happiest country. Denmark has since regained its "happiest country" status as of this year, but that doesn't mean we still can't learn a thing or two from the Swiss and their successful “libertarian” policies.

Yes, while Denmark has been praised as a "socialist paradise", even though it's not, Switzerland is an actual "libertarian utopia" with libertarian policies concerning minimum wage, taxation, healthcare, drug legalization, gun rights, and economic freedom. No big surprise then that it was once considered the happiest country on earth, as it has the freest people, both socially and economically.

Here are "9 Reasons Libertarians Should Love Switzerland" according to Corey Iacono from the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE):

Friday, April 8, 2016

Fan Art Friday: Going Wild For Zootopia II


It's been a month since Zootopia was released, and its reviews and box office sales are just as strong as ever--which is more than you can say for other "blockbuster" movies! Even greater is the fan art. So here's another Fan Art Friday showcasing even more Zootopia fan art.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Throwback Thursday: Living Books


Back in my day, adults came up with "interesting" (if not counter-productive) ways to inspire children to read. Many television shows had the obligatory “read more books” episode, and there were even entire shows like Reading Rainbow and Between the Lions created to inspire children to read. But perhaps the most creative method by far for getting more kids to read were Living Books.

Why People Laugh At American College Students


While Icelanders are protesting their prime minister for hoarding millions in undisclosed assets in an offshore bank account, American college students are protesting their own colleges after their feelings were hurt by Donald Trump's name being scribbled in chalk. This is why people laugh at American college students.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

The Chalkening II: Electric Boogaloo


You’d recall last week when I wrote a blog post about how students at Emory College became “triggered” after discovering the phrase “Trump 2016” scribbled in chalk all over their campus, to the point where they staged a protest and demanded emergency funds for counseling.

Turns out that yet another college had a similar experience with chalk drawing “microaggressions”—and if you thought the first college chalk freakout was bad, this one is much worse.

Friday, April 1, 2016

I’m A Feminist Now (Because Rationality Is Oppressive)


Everyone, I have big news. This will be good news for me, but not-so-good news for you all. After many years of berating feminism and social justice here on my blog, I have made the bold decision to drink the SJW Kool-Aid, trade my fedora in for a pair of pink panties, and become a self-hating male ally for feminist social justice. You may consider this decision to be quite irrational—and it is!—but that doesn’t matters. Because as I recently learned, it’s actually quite irrational to demand rationalism in social justice.