Thursday, December 18, 2014

No, Sony did not surrender

By Donald Sensing

Gizmodo: "Paramount Cancels Team America Screenings Because Everyone's a Coward"

It seems that in the wake of Sony Pictures yanking The Interview from its no-longer-pending Dec. 25 release, some theaters announced they would show Team America instead, which also mocks and brings comedy ruin upon the North Korean gangster regime. Apparently, Paramount, which owns the right to Team America, has put a halt to that.

In the wake of the North Korean victory over American Constitutional rights, a lot of commentators are accusing Sony of surrendering. I beg to differ. It was not Sony who surrendered, it was a number of theater chains.

Sony didn't pull the flick until the three largest theater chains in North America had already dropped it. That's in addition to a large number of other chain that dropped it, too. Altogether, more than 18,000 screens that would have shown the movie suddenly were not.

It costs a studio money just to open a film and to manage it during its run. There are a lot of overhead costs that come into play after the release date. But with no significant number of theaters willing to show the film, paying those costs would just be throwing away money on a movie that now had no hope whatever of even breaking even. Sony made a sound business decision with the rotten facts as they faced them.

It was Carmike, Regal and other chains who surrendered, not Sony. See, "Cowardly U.S. theaters refuse to show 'The Interview' after free speech threats"

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Lose weight, kill a polar bear!

By Donald Sensing

It's bad enough that driving a hydrogen-powered car, which emits only water vapor as exhaust, will kill polar bears by destroying their environment. Now we know that if all two-thirds-plus Americans who have excess avoirdupois decided to lose that weight, the ice caps and glaciers would melt, sea levels would rise and humanity would face oblivion!

As it turns out, when you shed fat it is not metabolized by your body into energy, it is simply breathed out as evil CO2. And that's going to kill us all!

"There is surprising ignorance and confusion about the metabolic process of weight loss," says Professor Andrew Brown, head of the UNSW School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences.

"The correct answer is that most of the mass is breathed out as carbon dioxide. It goes into thin air," says the study's lead author, Ruben Meerman, a physicist and Australian TV science presenter.

In their paper, published in the British Medical Journal today, the authors show that losing 10 kilograms of fat requires 29 kilograms of oxygen to be inhaled and that this metabolic process produces 28 kilograms of carbon dioxide and 11 kilograms of water.
Now, lest you think I jest about global warming and weight loss, the article actually takes the point seriously.
The second most frequently asked question is whether weight loss can cause global warming.

"This reveals troubling misconceptions about global warming which is caused by unlocking the ancient carbon atoms trapped underground in fossilised organisms. The carbon atoms human beings exhale are returning to the atmosphere after just a few months or years trapped in food that was made by a plant," says Mr Meerman, who also presents the science of climate change in high schools around Australia.
Of course he does.

I think anyone carrying excess baggage around his/her middle should get a carbon-sink tax credit. The more pounds you are overweight, the more your credit shall be.

HT: American Digest

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The hidden shame of America

By Donald Sensing

65 Percent of Children Live in Households on Federal Aid Programs

The Census Bureau reported in a study released this week that 65 percent of American children lived in households taking aid from one or more federal program as of the fall of 2011. 
"Almost two-thirds (65 percent) of children," said the Census Bureau, "lived in households that participated in at least one or more of the following government aid programs: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), Medicaid, and the National School Lunch Program." 
How to be dependent on government is now one of the earliest life lessons America is teaching nearly a supermajority of children.
To the Left, this kind of dependency is a feature, not a bug.

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Moderate Muslims identify themselves

By Donald Sensing

The speaker is a Muslim cleric. The audience is entirely Muslim. When asked, the audience denies that they are radicalized. But what do they agree to? See for yourself.

And from 2010: "Vanderbilt chaplain agrees that homosexuals should be killed"

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Electric cars are dirty!

By Donald Sensing

The Associated Press: Your all-electric car may not be so green

Study co-author Julian Marshall, an engineering professor at the University of Minnesota, said it is hard to beat gasoline for public and environmental health. The key is where the electricity comes from. If it comes from coal, the electric cars produce 3.6 times more soot and smog deaths than gas.
Sort of like what I said years ago: Buy a Honda, Kill a Polar Bear!

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Because I like it

By Donald Sensing

Another great shot of "The Last Argument of Kings"

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Detroit Streets, Before And After

By Donald Sensing

These Before And After Shots Captured By Google Maps Will Shock You

Yes, they will.

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Unbroken - A Review

By Donald Sensing

My wife and I went to see the upcoming movie, Unbroken, Thursday evening at an advance showing for pastors, and they even comped the tix. The movie is due to open nationally on Dec. 25.

That the story here is true is remarkable. It is simply a stunning piece of work with no unneeded scenes nor a word of unnecessary dialogue. It will hold your attention every moment. The movie is not overtly religious; title character Louis Zamperini, though raised in a Catholic household, considered himself not to have become a Christian until a few years after the war. (The movie ends with his release from captivity.)

That the movie has no "star" (no major actor-celebrity) and uses actual Japanese actors even for the worst characters (rather than Asian-descended Hollywood pretenders) makes the movie more compelling. The actor playing Zamperini is a Brit. The actor playing "The Bird," a Japanese POW camp commander of shocking brutality, is Japanese pop-artist musician Takamasa Ishihara, who performs under the name of Miyavi. None of these actors are much known the the United States, and the movie is, IMO, all the better for it.

The screenplay is by the Coen brothers and the film was directed by Angelina Jolie. To their credit, they do not shrink from portraying the awful brutality of the Japanese camps. (One percent of American POWs held by the Germans in World War 2 died in captivity. Of Americans held by the Japanese, 40 percent died.) However, the scenes are not bloody.

This is simply an amazing piece of cinema for which I give you my unqualified recommendation.

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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Greenpeace had to destroy the environment in order to save it

By Donald Sensing

The United Nations is holding climate talks in Lima, Peru, featuring delegates from 190 countries. To get their attention, the anti-science extremists of Greenpeace illegally entered a prohibited area adjacent to one of the most famous Nazca Lines.

The activists trampled across the fragile, 1,500-year-old site to install large cloth letters reading: “Time for Change; The Future is Renewable.” 

Peru's government has said it will prosecute those responsible and try to have them punished to the maximum extent of the law, which can include prison for up to six years - which IMO seems a pretty short term for this.
Greenpeace have now issued a fulsome apology, saying they are deeply concerned about any “moral offence” and stating that they will speak to the authorities and explain what really happened.
Because, you see, once the Peruvian government really understands how important Greenpeace is, it will not only drop the charges but actually endorse Greenpeace's vandalism!

This comment at the story is on target:
Historical landmarks, archaeological treasures, storefronts and property rights, none of these things can compare to the importance of my need to express my righteous indignation.
Story: Greenpeace Damages Ancient Nazca Lines; Peru to Prosecute | Ricochet

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