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February 21, 2020

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pst314

Film criticism.

The Statue of Liberty scene appears only in the Hollywood film. In the original French novel (Pierre Boulle) the Planet of the Apes is not Earth and has not been devastated by a nuclear war but has an advanced ape civilization. The human astronaut escapes the Planet of the Apes, returns to Earth, lands in a recognizable Paris, and is shocked to be greeted by a gorilla.

Darleen

Newtonian.

Darleen

I think I just hurt my forehead on my desk …

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/event/article-7999701/Emma-review-good-jarring-note-hit-lack-ethnic-diversity.html

Farnsworth M Muldoon

For all your coloring needs and a sample page, if you think it may not be for you.

lotocoti

He might do this better than you do too.

MC

@Darleen - and the Daily Mail is considered a conservative newspaper. The UK's leading rightish broadsheet, the Daily Telegraph, is full of similar nonsense. My theory is they refuse to recruit from outside London or pay decent wages, so even conservative newspapers are staffed by midwit woke Millennials.

In other UK news, we are banning log fires: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/02/21/coal-wood-fires-banned-fight-cut-emissions/

For all your coloring needs

The cold embrace of the grave gets more attractive every day.

Liz

Critical Drinker recaps Picard.

STRONG DIVERSE FEMALE CHARACTER!

Pooklord

He has billions, but can't get his hair to look like anything other than a too tight toupee.

David

Morning, all.

STRONG DIVERSE FEMALE CHARACTER!

He does, I think, poke at most of the show’s faults. Its odd priorities.

As someone observes in the YouTube comments, it’s worth spelling out the basic plot. Picard is supposedly on a desperate mission, a race against time, to find a young woman, a female android, or clone or whatever - the writers can’t seem to remember which - before the Romulans discover her and do something terrible that we aren’t at all clear about, and about which it’s therefore difficult to care. And yet, not only is Picard taking his sweet bloody time and endless detours - generally to be berated at length by women and people with browner skin - but we see, from the very start, that the Romulans already know who and where this young woman is, because she’s somehow working on a Romulan-occupied Borg cube, surrounded by Romulans, and is sleeping with a Romulan spy.

In terms of suspense, and like so much else, it doesn’t really work.

Connor

And finally, you may wince when ready.

One question. How?

[+]

'A female serial offender with 390 previous convictions and a man with 291 previous convictions were spared jail sentences last year, official figures have revealed. The woman was given a sentence of one-day detention and the male offender was given an absolute discharge'.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2020/02/20/offender-390-previous-convictions-spared-jail-prosecutions/

Honk!

David

A female serial offender with 390 previous convictions…

Not entirely unrelated.

David

And in happier news.

Via Dicentra.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Nobody said there would be a test.

Have at it, the jokes, they write themselves...

Farnsworth M Muldoon

He does this better than you do.

WTP

And in happier news.

HER DIARY:

Tonight, I thought my husband was acting weird.

We had made plans to meet at a bar to have a drink. I was shopping with
my friends all day long, so I thought he was upset at the fact that I was a
bit late, but he made no comment on it.

Conversation wasn't flowing, so I suggested that we go somewhere quiet
so we could talk. He agreed, but he didn't say much. I asked him what was
wrong; he said, 'Nothing.' I asked him if it was my fault that he was upset. He
said he wasn't upset, that it had nothing to do with me, and not to
worry about it. On the way home, I told him that I loved him. He smiled
slightly, and kept driving. I can't explain his behavior. I don't know why he
didn't say, 'I love you, too.' When we got home, I felt as if I had lost him
completely, as if he wanted nothing to do with me anymore. He just sat
there quietly, and watched TV. He continued to seem distant and absent.

Finally, with silence all around us, I decided to go to bed. About 15
minutes later, he came to bed. To my surprise, he responded to my
caress, and we made love. But I still felt that he was distracted, and his
thoughts were somewhere else. He fell asleep - I cried. I don't know what to do.
I'm almost sure that his thoughts are with someone else. My life is a disaster.

HIS DIARY:

The Gators lost today. But at least I got laid.

SumDumGuy

Turtle of terror.

If only we had banned plastic straws sooner...

ComputerLabRat

It’s all in the ankles.

Holy heck - that was amazing!!! I did not know they played with their feet, too. Thanks, David, you sent me down a rabbit hole there - went through some of that guy's videos. He even plays Ride of the Valkyries on one of those beasts.

But that's all composed, built, played by evil western white men, and so all that awesomeness and beauty is wrong and bad and should be destroyed.
I don't understand why we can't have western lit and civ and music, and also explore other cultures' lit and civ and music. Don't have to like it, but at least be aware of it? Learn some of it? Isn't that what Liberal Arts was supposed to be - well-rounded?

I guess the regrooving didn't take.

David

You and what army?

Darleen

Have at it, the jokes, they write themselves...

You will note that it is Unionista Lorena Gonzalez, the legislative critter behind AB5 (ban freelancing) that wrote THIS bill, too. If you're not a state approved employer, you're an employee. As Lorena says "there will be no 3rd classification of workers".

IOW: All your income are belong to us.

Steve E

In other UK news, we are banning log fires: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/02/21/coal-wood-fires-banned-fight-cut-emissions/

I wonder if that applies to the wood pellets they're burning to generate electricity. It ony supplies 5.3% of electricity. I'm sure that won't be missed.

Steve E

Nobody said there would be a test.

I'd love to see the WHMIS training for that.

Sam

All your income are belong to us.

The sooner the general population - including centrists and conservatives - understands that modern socialists are not well-meaning (but misguided), or that they "just want to help" some people, or are simply ignorant about basic economics, but rather are power-mad pieces of human garbage, the better.

Bernie Sanders isn't flip-flopping on prior positions, he isn't "genuine" but weak, he isn't an idealist who's followers have gone too far...no, he is a slimy, craven weasel who wants power and money for himself, moreso than your average pol even.

Don't bother explaining taxing billionaires will pay for only __ % of the Green New Deal, or that supply and demand still exists within healthcare transactions, or that such-and-such initiative resulted in misery and death when tried elsewhere...a no-sh!t socialists does not care. They don't want your income, your 401(k), your house, your children - they want ALL OF IT.

/unexpected rant over, if you made it this far please follow the link for your free cookie.

Sam

Forbidden love.

Isn't that how we got the corona virus?

Sam

Dissonance detected.

Rafi

In terms of suspense, and like so much else, it doesn’t really work.

That. I've given up on it.

David

I’ve given up on it.

Maybe episode five, which I’ll watch tomorrow, will be better. Though at this stage I can’t muster much enthusiasm. Thing is, if you want to generate intrigue and suspense – if you want to make your drama series dramatic and keep people watching – then you generally have to define the stakes, with a countdown or deadline of some kind, and thereby a sense of urgency. There has to be some narrative momentum. Picard hasn’t yet come close to doing any of this.

Instead, the protagonists’ objective is fuzzy and unclear, with the plotting often feeling both inert and convoluted. The nature of the threat and the villains’ intentions are also unclear, making no real impression. And as noted previously, the two main threads of the plot – Picard’s slow-motion ‘quest’ and whatever’s meant to be happening on the Borg cube (very, very slowly) don’t seem to interact in any obvious way. Events in one thread of the story should ideally have bearing on the other - a new complication or some added urgency. But instead we get Harry Treadaway, our effete emo-Romulan, sliding down corridors in his socks.

And if you’re going to do away with the franchise’s traditional feelgood tone, its cheesy optimism, and instead give everything an air of sourness, recrimination and failure, then you need to at least make the story exciting. But I don’t think anyone could honestly say that the series is gripping.

Darleen

Attention, everyone! California Governor Gavin Newsom has solved homelessness.

Nobel Prize in the works.

H

Maybe episode five, which I’ll watch tomorrow, will be better.

Don't count on it

Farnsworth M Muldoon

..no, he is a slimy, craven weasel who wants power and money for himself, moreso than your average pol even.

Why would you ever think that ?

Related...

Sam

Related...

Looks like he(?) fell asleep and got summercamp'd at the Renaissance Fair. Poor kid, though "POPS" here will surely drive xer to be a lifelong Republican.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

...Gavin Newsom has solved homelessness.

Doctors should be able to write prescriptions for housing...

Well, where I come from, it only takes two docs to sign off on a commitment order, so that is pretty much the same thing, not that I have anyone in mind, of course.

BrassG

I think I just hurt my forehead on my desk...

Heh. A Jane Austen novel that's full of rich white people? The deuce you say!

Steve E

Nobel Prize in the works.

I was thinking more like a trip to "the barber".

Madame Dufarge wouldn't put up with that merde.

james

I was on a Portuguese Airlines flight last week, picked up the inflight magazine and opened it on this article.

I don't think that inflight magazines do satire intentionally.

http://upmagazine-tap.com/en/#rita-sobral-sao-paulo-eng

(I didn't read any more- why ruin the start of a short holiday?)

BlokeInAShed

Via Brian Micklethwait something that may be better than F1
(I enjoyed it more with the sound off - I don't think it needs a commentator)

Squires

It ony supplies 5.3% of electricity. I'm sure that won't be missed.

You know who needs electricity and heat? Old people, and babies.

Well, have we got a solution to the former for you:

https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2020/02/britains_health_services_will_not_give_nonemergency_care_to_nonwoke_people.html

Steve E

*Defarge* not *Dufarge*

Was typing and making dinner at the same time.

Hal

Come on baby light me on fire: McDonald's to sell 'Quarter Pounder' scented candles

Because the human condition isn't harrowing enough

mark

Well done, sir.

Heaven's, a button. I wonder what it does...

JuliaM

Hal: "Because the human condition isn't harrowing enough"

Gwyneth Paltrow could not be reached for comment...

David

I wonder what it does...

Bless you, sir. May you be spared the routine aggravations of pretty much any Microsoft Windows update.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Well, allrighty, then.

“I want to tell you exactly the kind of vice president I want: Someone who will be in this fight alongside me for your families. Someone who feels this fight passionately—and who brings his, her, or their own energy to get it done,” Warren wrote.

So much pandering, so little time.

sk60

Maybe episode five, which I’ll watch tomorrow, will be better.

*Narrator voice* It did not get better.

David

*Narrator voice* It did not get better.

You’re now the fourth person to tell me that. I may have to recalibrate my expectations downwards again.

David

*Narrator voice* It did not get better.

A YouTuber named The Script Doctor has pointed out how the unseen backstory – the destruction of Romulus, the question of whether to help rivals, worlds threatening to leave the Federation, an android uprising, etc – sounds more interesting, and more ripe with potential, than anything in the actual story being offered to us. (He also has several videos in which he briskly explains how to rewrite the existing episodes to be better paced, more coherent and generally less meh.)

pst314

In other UK news, we are banning log fires

Key quote: "The government is keen to be seen at the forefront of global efforts to tackle climate change and air pollution."

Much of what our Betters do is about image and to hell with what really matters.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Oopsie.

David

Oopsie.

Classy gal.

Squires

Much of what our Betters do is about image and to hell with what really matters.

https://legalinsurrection.com/2020/02/under-new-law-cambridge-ma-police-cant-arrest-illegal-immigrants-for-driving-without-a-license/

Hal

Oopsie.

Firefighters said they did not know what happened to the gopher.
Hal

A YouTuber named The Script Doctor has pointed out how the unseen backstory . . . .

An educated guess is of the storytelling complications of when to reveal that the more ditzy than thou doctor is a member of Section 31, which has been chasing the Tal Shiar ever since the latter targeted the androids on Mars by way of double agents in Starfleet . . .

. . . . and an overall thought is that while the pacing is indeed being on the level of Le Carre, he quite prolly would have handled the storytelling a bit better. Mebbe.

Runcie Balspune

The real reason I'd buy a missile silo in Benson, Arizona
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0j-MzxDad2c

Daniel Ream

more interesting, and more ripe with potential, than anything in the actual story being offered

They're not offering you a story, they're offering you an agenda. The story's just the carrier, and therefore less important.

David

They’re not offering you a story, they’re offering you an agenda. The story’s just the carrier, and therefore less important.

That might explain the apparent indifference to things not being done half as well as they could be.

David

[ Watches Picard episode five. ]

Something happened, at last. But, no, it did not get better.

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