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March 03, 2017

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TimT

Shoes.

Hal

The name is Bond. Shaman Bond.

You know what? It’s all true. Everything that ever scared you, from conspiracy theories to monsters under the bed to ghosties and ghoulies and long-leggity beasties. The only reason they haven’t taken over the world is because my family has always been there to stand in their way. We guard the door, keeping you safe from the big bad wolf, and you never even know our names. Of course, there’s a price to be paid. By us, and by you. The name’s Bond. Shaman Bond. Well, no; actually that’s just my use-name. When your job description involves going one-on-one with creatures of the night on a regular basis, you have to find your humour where you can. My real name is Eddie Drood. Licensed to kick supernatural arse. My family is one of the oldest in England, perhaps the oldest, and we’ve been protecting humanity from the forces of darkness for more centuries than even we care to remember. There are those who say Drood is just a derivation of Druid. The job of a shaman is to protect his tribe from outside threats, and that’s what I used to do. I loved my job. Until it all blew up in my face.


CHAPTER ONE
Everything but a Bunch of Grapes

It started out as just another everyday mission. A certain Very Important Politician, whose face and name you’d recognise, had come, very secretly, to Harley Street in London. Home to some of the most expert, and certainly some of the most expensive, specialised medical care in the whole of the civilised world. This politician, let’s call him Mr. President, and no not the one you’re thinking of, had himself booked into the Hospice of Saint Baphomet under an assumed name after contracting a supernatural venereal disease during a goodwill tour of Thailand. He was stupid enough to slip his handlers’ leash and go looking for a little fun in the backstreet bars of Bangkok, and unlucky enough to end up getting it on with an agent of darkness masquerading as a ladything. As a result of which, Mr. President was now very heavily pregnant with something the very opposite of a love child. I had been ordered to terminate this unnatural pregnancy with extreme prejudice. The offspring was not to be born, or if born, not allowed to run loose in the material world.

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Thing is, Ridley, I think we’ve seen it all before.

Not expecting much from this one.

Spiny Norman

And finally, “Nobody was injured.”

Just a good ol' boy, never meanin' no harm.

Sam

The cement factory is amazing.

David

Shoes.

Thing is, then you’d need the matching bag and coat.

MC

Thing is, Ridley, I think we’ve seen it all before.

Looks beautiful though.

Connor

This.

http://ace.mu.nu/archives/368664.php

David

This.

I wonder, has anyone ever told Mr Alves, or indeed his surgeons, that human beings don’t actually look like that?

David

Looks beautiful though.

Yes, but from what I’ve seen on various film sites, any buzz is fairly muted and low-key. I suspect the problem will be much like that of Prometheus, which I found aggravating. In that, having your characters act like they’ve never seen a horror film or any science fiction tends to undermine any suspension of disbelief. As I said about Prometheus, we, the audience, have seen so many Alien films, and monster films generally, that you just can’t get away with characters arbitrarily choosing to go in unarmed, or ‘scientists’ taking off their helmets in alien atmospheres, or petting face-huggers, or otherwise acting like morons. It jars with the film’s pretensions of intelligence. At times the effect was of sitting through a parody.

Mags

I wonder, has anyone ever told Mr Alves, or indeed his surgeons, that human beings don’t actually look like that?

Pod people!

David

Pod people!

“Run, children, run!”

Ted S., Catskill Mtns., NY, USA

The Indiana University bogus of 1890. Probably not quite safe for work.

On the bright side, I learned that the word "turd" goes back to the 13th century.

David

And at Middlebury College, some invited guests just aren’t allowed at speak.

Behold the intellectual climate created by the left in its own fiefdom.

Captain Nemo

This might be of interest. An interview with a conceptual artist who not only makes things which are funny, but who's also grounded in a sense of reality:

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/meet-the-conceptual-artist-in-revolt-against-the-art-world/19502#.WLlPXXrfWrW

MC

Re: Alien Covenant - yeah I know, but I want to believe... It won't be as scary as that Alves chap.

David

It won’t be as scary as that Alves chap.

He reminds of those animated mannequins from Doctor Who - what were they called, Autons?

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Sounds of Harry Potter

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZtiBYUBGsOk

CJ Nerd

Oh no!

There's a spate of noodle-based microagressions!

SumDumGuy

The Aliens franchise needs to step up its game. Terminator is way ahead of them.

Theophrastus

And in other news:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4275436/Smart-condom-rates-man-s-sexual-performance.html

Hal

Looks beautiful though.

Yes, . . .

Ayup, we've sorted out that it's Ridley Scott---Didn't watch the preview, rather prefer my movies straight up, . . . but . . .

For the step up to coherent plotting from Prometheus and prolly this new one, there will still be Going To The Store and Late For Meeting.

Hal

Edit much?

Experts find mass grave at ex-Catholic orphanage in Ireland

Shawn Pogatchnik, Associated Press

DUBLIN (AP) — A mass grave containing the remains of babies and young children has been discovered at a former Catholic orphanage in Ireland, . . .

. . . . The government's commissioner for children, Katherine Zappone, said Friday's findings were "sad and disturbing." She pledged that the children's descendants would be consulted on . . .

FlynPigRanch

"Shoes" She either has a very hairy dog or a Greek husband.

FlynPigRanch

Mr. Alves. My Ken doll looks more natural than him.

dearieme

"She pledged that the children's descendants would be consulted": the Irish joke somehow clings tenuously to life.

Hal

. . . the Irish joke somehow clings tenuously to life.

Back in '97 there was a visit to Cal of a very particular French physicist, where among other occurrences both her parents and her grandparents had been physicists before her.

One of these days I need to go digging through the local library archives to get that day's local newspaper front page just to have a copy, but my definite memory is of reading something to the effect of Curie Ancestor Pushes Women In Science.

Hilton Wroonbatt

"Causality is a game" is great. Mind if I steal that for a song?

Hal

Congressional candidate: Moon-colonizing companies could destroy cities by dropping rocks

One Internet wit posted on Twitter the footage of an astronaut hitting a golf ball on the moon, with the words: “Alan Shepard: FORE! [destroys Leningrad].”
Spiny Norman

Lemurs trippin' balls.

Hal

Lemurs trippin' balls.

Um. Are you referring to Archer tripping balls.avi - YouTube perhaps? It's the first thing that comes up with the most elementary bit of Googlemancy . . .

Hal

Congressional candidate: Moon-colonizing companies could destroy cities by dropping rocks

. . . . and then the additional thought finally notes; who now is running for the House seat in Massachusetts’ 8th District,

Now running. For an election that won't occur until November of 2018.

I had been before, and am now even more extremely fond of the British form of doing all electioneering in one 45 or so day sprint . . .

David

Emailed by Patrick Conroy:

Readers of the higher education press and literature may be forgiven for supposing that there is more research on why there are not more women in STEM fields than there is actual research in the STEM fields themselves… Sara Hottinger, interim dean of arts and humanities and a professor of women’s and gender studies at Keene State College, suggests that the problem may not be with women but with mathematics.

But of course. According to our esteemed lecturer in gender studies, succeeding in mathematics is “so difficult to achieve for those in marginalised groups” – yes, women are marginalised, apparently – because “the ability to reason is constructed within Western culture as masculine,” and as “white,” and therefore “women will have to choose between being good mathematicians or being ‘proper’ women.” In short, if a woman struggles with high-level mathematics, it’s the fault of the patriarchy. And racism.

I can’t help thinking the conclusion was determined well in advance of any actual enquiry.

David

More on the Middlebury College protest-cum-riot, mentioned upthread:

College public safety officers managed to get Professor Allison Stanger and Charles Murray into the administrator’s car. “The protestors then violently set upon the car, rocking it, pounding on it, jumping on and try to prevent it from leaving campus,” said Bill Burger, the college’s vice president for communications and marketing. “At one point a large traffic sign was thrown in front of the car. Public Safety officers were able, finally, to clear the way to allow the vehicle to leave campus,” said Burger. “During this confrontation, one of the demonstrators pulled Professor Stanger’s hair and twisted her neck,” Burger continued. “She was attended to at Porter Hospital later and is wearing a neck brace.”

And note the casual and rather grotesque smearing of Charles Murray as a “white nationalist” using “racist pseudoscience.”

Microbillionaire

It says white nationalist now, David. Edited article, or mental typo?

Bollocks either way, of course.

The article suggests these rioters need to be jailed, which I agree with in principle (also expelled, whipped, and put in the stocks for public mockery) but I think that's going to be hard in practice given the amount of non-cooperation that can be brought to bear by university authorities and the like. One of the other blogs I read proposed instead that the next insufficiently left lecturer of this sort should bring professional private security. When the riot starts, beat the ruddy hell out of the rioters in self-defense.

Then let's see them try to get the ear of the police over "we picked a fight and lost".

David

mental typo?

My bad. Corrected.

The irony being that a researcher who, decades ago, briefly and very cautiously addressed the evidence for group variations in IQ distribution and impulse control ends up being attacked by violent savages.

David

The article suggests these rioters need to be jailed… but I think that’s going to be hard in practice given the amount of non-cooperation that can be brought to bear by university authorities and the like.

Well, I see no reason to suppose that such behaviour, which seems to be escalating in vehemence and frequency, will spontaneously improve or cease to be fashionable without some quite significant external pressure. Those directly responsible, and their faculty cheerleaders, show no sign of becoming ashamed any time soon. If their behaviour and assumptions are to change, it will have to cost them, dearly.

Microbillionaire

If I were to be maximally strict about just how dearly it should cost them, I'd suggest posting military snipers at the university in advance of such lectures, with instructions to shoot any terrorists they see.

You don't even need to stretch the definition of "terrorist" much to catch the rioting students and faculty: they're irregular militants attacking civilians with lethal force for political and ideological gain and intimidation. Then prosecute the organizers for treason.

Completely ludicrous and not happening any time soon, of course, but I think it's useful to keep in mind just how far these Angry Studies rioters are from the spec sheet for a civilized society. Consider:

One normally tries to relegate the use of violence to professionals. There's an accepted zone of exception for self-defense, and there's a grey zone of other-defense shading into vigilantism, and then there's the lynch mob going after violent criminals which is generally outlawed. Worse yet is a lynch mob going after non-violent criminals, and then there's a stage worse than such lynch mobbing when rioters go after non-criminals who said legal things, aggravated some more on top of that when the thing was said at a place supposedly dedicated to open discourse, and then these rioters are even worse than that again when they're inflicting collateral damage on third parties in Murray's company.

Finally, topping it off, the rioters filled in the rhymes in their kindergarten chants by accusing Murray of legal things that he hadn't even done.

Lisboeta

"Chopsticks sticking straight up into rice or noodles can be seen as offensive in some Asian cultures"

Really? In that case, I would advise "Don't look, Ethel."

David

Finally, topping it off, the rioters filled in the rhymes in their kindergarten chants by accusing Murray of legal things that he hadn’t even done.

The protestors-cum-rioters don’t even seem terribly familiar with Murray’s research and commentary. Apparently, he’s just someone they can ‘other’ and to whom they can attach the usual out-group labels – hence, perversely calling him “sexist,” “racist” and “anti-gay.” (Murray married a Thai woman while in the Peace Corps and was an early advocate of gay marriage, hardly the most obvious markers of a supposedly anti-gay white nationalist.) So far as I can see, the thugs and morons chanting these accusations didn’t care to elaborate or offer any evidence, and as one of Middlebury’s sociology professors noted, “few, if any” of the protestors had ever read Murray’s books.

Having seen and heard a few of his talks and interviews, Charles Murray strikes me as a contender for the most polite man on Earth, and seems both measured and rigorous - often much more so than the people who smear him out of hand. Including, incidentally, one Barack Obama, who, in 1994, dismissed Murray’s book The Bell Curve as “good old-fashioned racism” and something to be “denounced,” while publicly admitting that he hadn’t even read it and wasn’t too familiar with its content. Great role model, Barry.

Another irony being that, if you wanted to find some bigotry and racial zealotry, you’d be much more likely to find it among the so-called protestors - the ones disrupting lectures, throwing themselves on cars and grabbing people’s hair.

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Jonathan

Thing is, Ridley, I think we’ve seen it all before.

That bunch of scruffy looking 40-odd year olds are supposed to be the best and brightest for the future of humanity? It seems unlikely that they'd even be able to reproduce successfully.

I must admit though, that I didn't care for 'Prometheus' when I saw it a the flicks but on seeing it again on TV a couple of years later, it seemed to have improved with age.

Jacob

he’s just someone they can ‘other’ and to whom they can attach the usual out-group labels – hence, perversely calling him “sexist,” “racist” and “anti-gay.” (Murray married a Thai woman while in the Peace Corps and was an early advocate of gay marriage, hardly the most obvious markers of a supposedly anti-gay white nationalist.)

Stop oppressing those poor lefties with your HATE FACTS, David.

David

Stop oppressing those poor lefties with your HATE FACTS, David.

And this is not at all unusual in the world of ‘progressive’ student activism. They’re absurdly, inexcusably ignorant, and when it comes to the facts of the matter, they just don’t seem to care. If it weren’t so culturally and politically corrosive, and so physically hazardous for anyone nearby, it might almost be funny, in a grim kind of way. Whether there are arrests and/or expulsions following this will tell us quite a bit about academia’s ongoing, rapid decay.

George

...the Irish joke somehow clings tenuously to life

Hey, don't blame Zappone on us. She's from Seattle...

lotocoti

I guess The Legacy of Heorot won't make it to the silver screen.
Thanks (and by thanks I mean FU) Ridley.

dicentra

If their behaviour and assumptions are to change, it will have to cost them, dearly.

No cost will be exacted until they cross the line into massacre, wherein the dispersing mob leaves behind multiple conservative corpses at a single event.

I daresay that even a serious maiming won't slow the momentum. The victim will be blamed for being hateful.

dicentra

The causality game reminds me (tangentially) of the keynote address given at the RSA conference this year (network security).

https://www.rsaconference.com/events/us17/downloads-and-media/keynote-symantec

The speaker references an online game wherein random players on the Internet figure out how to fold proteins, and the results are useful to medical research.

dicentra

Here's the game, Foldit: http://fold.it/portal/index.php?q=

There is another game at the site regarding neurons. Looks interesting.

Hal

...the Irish joke somehow clings tenuously to life

Hey, don't blame Zappone on us. She's from Seattle...

Actually, given the quite identical phrasing all over the place, the issue would appear to be Shawn Pogatchnik, Associated Press rather than Zappone . . .

Hal

I guess The Legacy of Heorot won't make it to the silver screen.
Thanks (and by thanks I mean FU) Ridley.

Hmmm??? Why do you state that? There are definite possibilities, why merely look to HollywoodIsh?

David

The Middlebury farce now has its own thread.

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