Monday, August 21, 2017

"MILO Meets James Damore" turns out to be a real feature movie

MILO Meets James Damore, Author of the Google Memo” turns out to be a nice 62-minute interview film. I am reminded of "My Dinner with Andre".  

Milo does most of the talking.  Damore’s answers tend to be brief.  Both have an appealing physical presence for the interview, which I believe was shot in a New York City hotel.

Very early Milo talks about punditry and his own role as a provocateur.  Some people give their opinions for a living. That is what I am trying to do in retirement (or, as in a baseball game, “in relief”). 

Toward the end, Milo asks if tech companies (starting by kicking off Daily Stormer) are going to “snitch” on politically incorrect pundits and try to drive them off.  Milo says that that now speakers have to “pay their dues to the social justice industry.” 

The interview explains how Damore’s “manifesto” was stripped of some of its references before its circulation on the web, to make it appear more prejudiced (when it is not).

Milo also said that Google search results are biased deliberately toward diversity when presenting people, rather than by mere notability (as Wikipedia defines the idea).

Milo also explored the idea that Trump won the election because the “elitist” Left kept trying to drag everyone into its own bubble.  He noted that many Republican voters live in rural areas and are less interested in tech and live the way we did before the Internet. 

The tone of the remarks in the interview tended to resemble those of my third “Do Ask Do Tell” book, especially the “Epilogue” of the non-fiction part.  I tend to see the right to be heard in terms of individualized karma, not in terms of (an oppressed) group membership.

Where will Danore go to work?  Wikileaks?  Breitbart?  Will Milo be invited back to Breitbart now that Bannon has returned? 

Sunday, August 20, 2017

"Washington Fiddles While a Debt Ceiling Crisis Looms": video consists mostly of charts -- but Sept. 29, 2017 can be doomsday

Washington Fiddles While a Debt-Ceiling Crisis Looms”, posted by Manec074 in mid-July 2017, warns about the current looming deadline on Congress’s raising the debt ceiling, by Friday, September 29, 2017.

To say the least, the Trump Administration is completely distracted.  Steve Mnuchin, the current Treasury secretary, has been pressured to resign by his Yale crowd over Trump’s recent insensitivity on race.  Mnuchin has argued that Congress should get this done without a partisan poltical fight or bickering.
There is another rambling video by Alice Lake that goes into this, but tangentially.  Interesting here is the discussion of housing costs in San Francisco, where workers pay $1900 a month to live in communal bunk-bed housing, almost like in China.  

Friday, August 18, 2017

"Did Political Correctness Cause Fascism in the US?" looks at "Kill All Normies" and "Capitalist Realism"

“Did Political Correctness Cause Fascism in the US?” by Zero Books, challenges a view that Angela Nagle’s “Kill All Normies” makes such a claim.  It does get into the idea that modernity leaves a lot of young men behind as individuals, so some will try to look to authoritarian structures to give meaning and make everybody play.

The short film presents a clip from “West Side Story” and then presents the arguments from Mark Fisher’s “Capitalist Realism”.  Finally, it talks about realism in turns of the two sides of a spinning coin as a whole, rather like the thimble in “Inception”. 

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

"Titan: Possibility of Life" and it may be vaguely like earthly jellyfish

Titan: Possibility of Life” is an engaging 2017 documentary (43 minutes) by Aerospace Engineering.

The film shows the internal structure of Titan which, like Europa, has am underwater ocean. But the now famous thick atmosphere, with a surface of lakes and mountains that can erupt with ammonia water, is explained by violence in the Solar System about 4 billion years as outer planet orbits expanded, throwing a lot of objects into the atmosphere of Titan (as well as Earth).

The chemistry of the atmosphere is explained, as an organic chemistry lesson.  A post-doc fellow proposes how protein chains could develop and organize themselves into a helix similar to DNA.  
Then a proposal for metabolism is suggested, where energy is released by hydrogen reacting with acetylene. Indeed, there are studies suggest this chemistry might enclose a cellular structure.  One scientist suggests that life forms on Titan might be like large sheets of paper with little suckers to get food from the environment, maybe analogous a little bit to jellyfish on Earth (not exactly “Free Fish).

The film presents a lake of host asphalt in Trinidad that may 

NASA picture of Titan's structure, Wikipedia link

Saturday, August 12, 2017

"Unbelievably Strange Planets in Space" include Titan

Unbelievably Strange Planets in Space” by Ridddle, starts out by exploring some very hot planets, including a couple where it rains glass, and where winds are many multiples of the speed of sound. 

It explores some hot Jupiters, and planets with multiple suns, and a planet around a blue giant, before it suddenly switches gears and looks at the practice of “BARE” air surfing, and then imagines moving to Titan.

In a reducing atmosphere, acetylene would be the fuel of choice, and cities or space stations might float in the thick atmosphere because of low gravity (1/7 of Earth).  But it also proposes a rail transit system.

Actually, it might be possible to building floating cities around Venus, because 30 miles altitude the temperatures are Earth-like.  Get over surface-ism.

Wikipedia link for NASA p.d. chart of Kepler exoplanets. 

Friday, August 11, 2017

"Mysterious Activity on Saturn's Moon Titan": group claims military-style building spotted on surface

SecureTeam10 presents "Mysterious Activity on Saturn’s Moon Titan" (10 min)

The film shows a small isthmus in Titan’s second largest methane lake, which disappears and reappears.

Later (at 7:36) the film shows what looks like man-made military buildings, square shaped, on one of the plains near a lake, claiming aliens built them, and then it shows images of cylindrical UFO’s called “RingMakers” around Saturn.

Astronomers have found vinyl cyanide on Titan, which is capable of making cell membranes, as explained here in Popular Mechanics.

Russians claim to have made an artificial cell which can self-replicate with this kind of membrane and various other methyl compounds (like crystal meth) without water.

The video mentions the film “Oblivion” (4/23/2013) as where Earthlings fled to.

Wikipedia attribution link for Titan-Earth Polar Clouds, p.d., NASA 

Thursday, August 10, 2017

"Is VidAngel Legal?" I think this does belong in DC Shorts

"Is VidAngel Legal?" is indeed an interesting meta-short film "about" legal skullduggery in Hollywood.

Here is the company's own version of the legal fight with Hollywood.

The narrative involves a "secret" contract in Hollywood to block all user filtering, which was apparently discovered by North Korea's Sony Pictures hack;  there followed Congress's "Family Movie Act" which tried to make the service (for parents to filter objectionable content from movies) legal.

See also my "filering Internet content" blog for coordinated post (see Blogger profile). It's conceivable that VidAngel's legal issues could become relevant in the fight against Section 230 motivated by the Backpage controversy.