Tuesday, November 21, 2017

"War on Boys": animated video shared by Milo, from PragerU

Here’s a five-minute Facbook videoBeing a Normal Boy Is a Serious Liability in Today’s Classroom”, shared by Milo Yiannopoulos.  It seems to be part of a group “War on Boys”.'

True the school systems have skewed reading programs and behavioral expectations that make boys into “defective girls”.  One is reminded of a book by Patricia Sexton in the 1970s, “Men of Steel and Velvet”.  This gets into George Gilder territory.

The video maintains boys will learn reading if shown action stories.  (But some boys are drawn quickly to science.)  It was critical of “contemplative poetry” in many high school English curricula.

It also says school need to end zero-tolerance policies.  A seven-year-old boy was expelled for chewing a popsicle into the shape of a toy gun.

It also wants to bring back recess – daytime physical activity in the real world, away from screens or video.  

Friday, November 17, 2017

"Husky Dog Adopts Stray Cat, Saving her Life" : mammalian moms really adopt other people's children

Husky Dog Adopts Stray Cat, Saving Her Life” (7 min), from The DoDo. 

Mammalian moms will take of the young of other species.  A NatGeo film showed a leopard taking care of a stray baby baboon. NatGeo has an article on the topic discussing dolphins. 

But in this little story, it was the maternal attention from a female Siberian husky that gave a kitten, found at the age of  two weeks, the will to thrive and live. 

Thursday, November 16, 2017

"In the Stable": short gay film from France stresses "cis male" values with some subtlety

Here is a tender gay short film “In the Stable” apparently set in the countryside in France.

The young man in the formal shirt riding the horse will exploit his clean-cut appearance.

Sometimes “less” means more erotic.  You don’t need to show very much.  Theoretically, this film would stay in the PG-13 territory.

But there is no question, this film appeals to (white) “cis male” gay values, which have suddenly become morally controversial on the far left, as they indirectly oppress people who are less physically perfect.  This presents the ultimate upward affiliation trip. Milo would like this film. 
Note the music, the quiet section of Rossini’s “William Tell” Overture. 

Monday, November 13, 2017

"Charlottesville: Our Streets" premiers at the Virginia Film Festival

While I don’t usually post reviews of films I haven’t seen yet, I have invited guest reviews on a Wordpress blog, and today I wanted to share Rick Sincere’s review of “Charlottesville: Our Streets”, a documentary shown Sunday Nov. 12 at the Virginia Film Festival in Charlottesville. 
Here is the panel discussion:

Here is Rick’s review, at Bearing Drift. The film is directed by Jackson Landers and Brian Wimer, and may be viewed as a work still being completed. Rick has the review on his own site here.
Landers also wrote the script.  This is record time for shooting a documentary on an event with some catastrophic results (one death), as well as a shock to many people (like me) who had not taken seriously the idea that “white supremacists” had been “organizing”.

I did attend Charlottesville gay pride on Sept. 16, a much happier event, and much “nicer” people. Nearby, a half-mile away. the Robert E. Lee statue had already been covered. 

The Washington Post has a detailed prospective article on the film Nov. 12 by Joe Helm here
The filmmakers tell me on Facebook that they are looking for distribution channels, for both theatrical showing and DVD / streaming.  I wonder if there will be a push for sponsors for screenings (in homes, schools, condo rooms, etc).  I expect to see the film as soon as it is available and provide my own detailed review on Wordpress.  I would think this film would become a big draw in the indie documentary market. 

Sunday, November 12, 2017

"Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent": biography of the creator of "California cuisine"

Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent” (103 min), directed by Lydia Tenaglia, narrated by Anthony Bourdain, aired on Sunday, November 12, 2017 under CNN Films. It had appeared at Tribeca in 2017 and was originally distributed by The Orchard. 

Near the end, Jeremiah, around 75, says “I don’t trust human beings, but human beings do wondrous things.” All artists are lonely.

The film is a biography of the inventor of California cuisine” (not exactly the O.C.) and originated the cult of the “celebrity chef”.

The early part of the film presents his private school upbringing in England and his closet life as a gay man, a contemporary of me.

Jeremiah was cut off at age 30 and had to get a job (so I guess he had privilege) but quickly proved himself in California OJT,

He opened numerous restaurants, in San Francisco (the Star) and Hong Kong.
He would live in the Philippines before moving to New York to manage the Tavern on the Green.

It can also be rented from YouTube movies for $3.99. 

Thursday, November 09, 2017

Vox: "Harassment is Breaking Twitter's Free Speech Experiment"

Harassment is Breaking Twitter’s Free Speech Experiment” is a rather disturbing video by Vox Media narrated by Carlos Maza (who is indeed super “attractive”).

Carlos explains how both Twitter and the earlier Blogger were conceived as open free speech flatforms that would enrich public debate by the lack of pre-censorship and gatekeepers.

But Twitter, particularly, has found that the bullies want to rule the roost by intimidating the “weak”. And there are new concerns about foreign manipulation (fake news) and recruiting (as by ISIS).

Not mentioned is the threat (like from the Backpage controversy) to Section 230, which would protect platforms like Twitter from downstream liability for defamation.

Some activists maintain that specific groups (neo-Nazi’s) should not be allowed to be on platforms at all because of the specific (based on history) political threat they pose to certain protected groups.  

Sunday, November 05, 2017

"The Most Advanced Civilization in the Universe" may account for The Great Void

The Most Advanced Civilization in the Universe” by Aperture (9 min).

This little film presents the Kardashev Scale, proposed by Carl Sagan, classifying civilizations by how much energy they can harness.


Earth rates 0.72 on the scale, not even a Type 1 (controlling the energy on its own planet).  A Type 2 can handle a whole solar system and might build a Dyson’s sphere. A Type 3 can control a whole galaxy.  The presence of “The Great Void” may indicate the presence of a Type 3 civilization.