[x]Blackmoor Vituperative

Wednesday, 2018-09-12

Science isn’t an object

Filed under: Nature,Science — bblackmoor @ 09:46

Fun fact: “science” isn’t an object that can be banned. “Science” is a method of observing the world and understanding it. It’s not infallible, because humans are not infallible, but one of the best aspects of the “scientific method” is it is self-correcting, like shooting an arrow closer and closer to the bull’s eye on a target. Banning “science” doesn’t move the target, it just means your arrow will miss it. And the target, of course, is the real world.

North Carolina didn't like science on sea levels … so passed a law against it

In 2012, the state now in the path of Hurricane Florence reacted to a prediction by its Coastal Resources Commission that sea levels could rise by 39in over the next century by passing a law that banned policies based on such forecasts.

The legislation drew ridicule, including a mocking segment by comedian Stephen Colbert, who said: “If your science gives you a result you don’t like, pass a law saying the result is illegal. Problem solved.”

North Carolina has a long, low-lying coastline and is considered one of the US areas most vulnerable to rising sea levels.

But dire predictions alarmed coastal developers and their allies, who said they did not believe the rise in sea level would be as bad as the worst models predicted and said such forecasts could unnecessarily hurt property values and drive up insurance costs.

As a result, the state’s official policy, rather than adapting to the worst potential effects of climate change, has been to assume it simply won’t be that bad. Instead of forecasts, it has mandated predictions based on historical data on sea level rise.

“The science panel used one model, the most extreme in the world,” Pat McElraft, the sponsor of the 2012 bill, said at the time, according to Reuters. “They need to use some science that we can all trust when we start making laws in North Carolina that affect property values on the coast.”

The Guardian 2018-09-12

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Saturday, 2018-09-08

Criticizing the wallpaper on the Titanic

Filed under: Philosophy,Politics,Society — bblackmoor @ 12:41

Pick big fights with your enemies, not small fights with your friends. “Micro aggression” is nonsense, when there is macro aggression to worry about, and there is no such thing as “cultural appropriation”. Culture spreads and changes, or it stagnates and dies — there is no third choice.

There is too much at stake for us to get distracted by pettiness. Don’t be the wanker criticizing the wallpaper on the Titanic.

Monday, 2018-09-03

Deadpool 2 (2018)

Filed under: Comics,Movies — bblackmoor @ 17:21

I am not a fan of Deadpool, the comicbook character. I think he makes any comic worse with his appearance. However, I have enjoyed the two Deadpool movies more than the last several non-Deadpool Marvel and DC (and Star Wars) movies.

Does that seem right to you?

Deadpool 2 (2018)

Tuesday, 2018-08-28

Copyright is not a moral absolute

Filed under: Art,Books,Intellectual Property,Music — bblackmoor @ 11:36

People act like copyright is this intrinsic moral law of the universe. It’s not. It’s new. And it very clearly has become a tool to allow huge corporations to annex our shared culture, depriving future generations of what is rightfully theirs. People who shill for copyright are not much different than the polluters who want to keep pumping carbon into the air regardless of the effects it has on future generations — effects which are already very much apparent. It is, at best, grievously short-sighted.

loss of the public domain 2014

Saturday, 2018-08-25

Watchmen: The Ultimate Cut (2009)

Filed under: Comics,Movies — bblackmoor @ 20:59

Tonight’s entertainment was “Watchmen: The Ultimate Cut” (2009), which is basically the Director’s Cut spliced with a bunch of cartoons. I have two thoughts about this. First, it’s a good movie, and as far as I know, it’s the only good movie Zach Snyder has ever directed. Second, the cartoons added nothing, so if you have a choice between this and the Director’s Cut, choose the Director’s Cut.

Watchmen (2009)

Avengers: Infinity Glove (2018)

Filed under: Movies — bblackmoor @ 13:53

Just finished watching the “Avengers Infinity Glove” (2018). Wow. That was the dumbest superhero movie I’ve seen in a very long time. Even dumber than the Justice League movie (although it’s basically the same movie). What the villain does is dumb. Why he’s doing it is dumb. What the heroes do is dumb. It’s just two solid hours of dumb.

I guess Disney/Marvel is in a slump. They’ve gone from great movies like “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and “The Force Awakens” to crap like “The Lost Jedi” and this. I think it’s time to give these franchises a decade to cool off, and then start over from scratch.

And wow do Don Cheadle and Robert Downey Jr. look old, or what.

Sunday, 2018-08-12

“Watership Down” is a post-apocalypse movie

Filed under: Movies — bblackmoor @ 19:55

Observation: post-apocalypse movies are all adaptations of the 1972 novel “Watership Down” by Richard Adams.

Watership Down

Tuesday, 2018-07-31

Westworld Recaptcha

Filed under: Humour,Television,The Internet — bblackmoor @ 17:09

westworld recaptcha

Welcome to your cyberpunk dystopia

Filed under: Society,Work — bblackmoor @ 16:42

We’ve created the cyberpunk dystopia which used to be fiction.

Key points:

  • Decline in wages is directly aligned with decline in unions.
  • Top 10% larger share of revenue/wages is inversely proportional to declining union membership.
  • There isn’t a lack of jobs. There is a lack of full-time, good paying jobs. There are a lot of contract and part time workers who can’t seem to get a fair shot at full time employment. And despite the low unemployment rate, employers aren’t relaxing their strict requirements for the full time jobs, for the most part.

Source: “Almost 80% of US workers live from paycheck to paycheck. Here’s why.” , Robert Reich. The Guardian. 2018-07-29.

Tuesday, 2018-07-24

The strange case of Stewart Moss and Bradford Dillman

Filed under: Movies,Television — bblackmoor @ 12:51

From the files of… IT’S THE SAME GUY! We bring you the case of Stewart Moss and Bradford Dillman. We saw ONE of these men playing a Kelvan on the original Star Trek. Which of them was it? YOU make the call!

Bradford Dillman and Stewart Moss

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