October 31, 2017

Tuesday Overnight Open Thread (10/31/17) Halloween Edition
— Open Blogger


(Happy Halloween! Trust me. It's a treat!)

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World Series Game 6
— Ace

Houston leads the series 3-2 but plays in LA tonight.

(Also see Halloween thread below if you're into that.)

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Halloween Thread
— Ace


Maybe talk about your favorite scary movies, books, and games, the first scary R-rated movie you snuck into to see gore and boobs, and any real-life encounters you've had with the supernatural or Space Aliens.

I talked about my three Encounters With the Unknown on the podcast a couple of years back, starting around 42:00.

Oh by the way, because Friday the 13th -- the Game is a big thing now, I watched some of the Friday the 13th movies, the 2009 remake and then parts 4-6 (the ones with Tommy Jarvis, who's prominent in the game).

Gee willickers, are they awful. A major trope of Friday the 13th is that Jason appears out of literally nowhere.

Seriously nowhere -- sometimes there's plainly nowhere he could be hidden, but a mere camera angle keeps him out of sight from the movie audience. But someone really present in the scene would obviously see him, because they're not limited by a deliberately-restrictive camera angle.

Anyway, apart from it just being dumb how Jason appears right in front of you from no hiding spot, it also destroys the whole suspense part of horror, that you're supposed to anticipate him coming. It's the suspense that makes it scary. Jump-scares without any suspense are just Haunted House goofball tricks.

From what I've seen of the series, they deliberately avoid all that suspense-building and growing fear on the faces of the protagonists as if that's a bad thing, going only for suspense-free jump-scares.

Because you never actually share in the fear of the characters, the franchise seems to be deliberately maneuvering you into rooting for the kills, just to kill the boredom. (And most of these characters are just hateable, so you're predisposed to just wanting them dead.)

But even the murder-gags usually aren't all that innovative. So you're rooting for a murder to stop the boredom but then most of the murders are boring too.

Anyway, just terrible, even by the very low standards of generic slasher movies. I might watch the first and second one tonight to see if the franchise fell from some better beginning.

Or I might just watch the end of my favorite Halloween movie, Halloween III: Season of the Witch. I know it's a weird choice and it sounds like I'm just saying that to be contrarian, and yeah, it's cheap and pretty boring throughout the first half, but the second half has an interesting (and, at the time, novel) Evil Plot and some really good creepiness and scares.


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Here's Some Nonsense
— Ace

Addendum Courtesy of Commenter Bluebell [CBD]

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Steve Kelley

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Now Eight Confirmed Dead in Terror Attack
— Ace

New thread.

A few updates I added late to the last thread:

We have Top Men working on this.

-- Who?!

Top. Men.

#SalonHot25 Flashback: From four days ago -- "If you don't like Muslim trends abroad, get them to America!"

The man is being described as "Middle Eastern," which suggests he's a foreign traveler. The truck was rented, as trucks in Muslim Truck Attacks tend to be.

It will be interesting to see if he came from a country on Trump's travel ban list -- whose operation remains blocked from going into effect by liberal judges.

"Act of Terror," Says NYC's Communist Mayor De Blasio.

Pic of Terrorist:

CNN: He Said "God Is Great."

I'm pretty sure Americans have by now learned at some great misery what "Allahu Akbar" means, and I'm not getting why Jake Tapper thinks he needs to "translate" a direct reference to the Islamic god into a generic god who might be worshipped by anyone.

Not a Traveler?

Or is he?

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Terrorism: "Mass Casualty" Incident in Manhattan As Truck Veers Into Bicycle Path and Mows Down Several Riders; Then Driver Flees While Shooting Two Guns
— Ace

At least six dead and many others presumably wounded. At latest count.

Update: FoxNews now reporting the driver, who totally did this not as a part of any terror attack but just because of a dispute with another trucker, shouted "Allahu Akbar," thus proving conclusively that this is definitely not terrorism but probably Trump's doing #BecauseRussians.

The #SalonHot25 is about to write essays about how to solve the radicalization of Muslims overseas by allowing them to radicalize here in the US. Kind of like parents who let underage teenagers drink at parties at their own homes under Cool Dad supervision.

This New York Times report suggests that these two incidents are actually the same incident, the run-down followed by the truck colliding with another vehicle, then the driver running on foot while shooting.

However, I'm not sure that's what happened. I think it is, but I'm not sure. Stuyvesant High School is in lower Manhattan, on the Hudson River, and the shootings are also reported to be in lower Manhattan. Also, Stuyvesant is on Chambers Street.

Certainly this is similar to the truck run-down attacks we've seen in Europe (those usually followed by attacks on foot with knives), but police say it's not terror-connected, and was prompted by... a dispute between two truck drivers?!

Here is some video from the several sites of the violence:

More video of the path of destruction here, though it's duplicative of a Tweet above. But if you can't see the Tweets, click on this.

Police are saying that the suspect is in custody and there is not believed to be any other suspects at large.

So this seems to be over -- except for the counting of the dead.

Revised: I initially speculated more that this was possibly a terror attack, but have updated to include police claims that this is not terror-related.

Revised Again: Now the police are saying "Shit, maybe this is terrorism."

I guess it's super-important to make the "no terrorism" claim within minutes of the event.

Or maybe this is a white guy, so terrorism is back on the table #BecauseYouKnow.

Update: Charlie Brown's Dildo (a reliable source, if ever there was one) says the collision happened after the vehicular homicides, as a bus driver deliberately crashed into the truck murderer to stop his rampage.

I just heard an interview with someone who sounds rational. This guy may have been driving down the bike path on the West Side from as far north as the 40s. He was stopped by someone driving a school bus who intentionally hit the truck.

One of the witnesses says the guy with the guns was himself being chased -- was the hero bus driver chasing a man armed with two guns? Was he armed himself, or just the gutsiest man who ever lived?

WPIX in New York saying police now leaning towards terrorism. They say this wasn't "road rage." Reporter says whenever it's a rented van, you have to think terrorism.

Video of the Terrorist Murderer:

#SalonHot25 Flashback: From four days ago -- "If you don't like Muslim trends abroad, get them to America!"


We have Top Men working on this.

-- Who?!

Top. Men.

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Matt Damon's and George Clooney's "Suburbicon" is One of the Biggest Flops In Paramount Pictures' History
— Ace

The Weinstein Effect?

Or is it just a crap movie?

Probably a little bit of both.

George Clooney's "Suburbicon" didn’t just struggle at the box office. It sank.

The film this weekend became one of Paramount Pictures' worst performing wide-releases ever, and it marked a new box office low for Clooney as a director and for star Matt Damon.

"Suburbicon," which debuted on 2,045 screens, notched one of the most dismal wide-release debuts in recent years. It earned just $2.8 million at the box office, though it cost $25 million for Black Bear Pictures to produce and $10 million for Paramount Pictures to distribute.


Critics didn't respond well to the mix, either; its Rotten Tomatoes score is just 26 percent fresh.

It's not just the liberals' beloved Aren't Suburban People Just Trash Racists? genre that seems to be in bad odor with the public. It's also their other beloved genre, Aren't Conservatives Destroying the Earth With Their Cars and Racism?, that's also flopping hugely.

Director Dean Devlin's "Geostorm" opened over the weekend, sans critics reviews, to an anemic $13 million. The film reportedly cost up to $140 million.

The Weekly Planet podcast talks about the catastrophe of "Geostorm."

That's not the only enviroxploitation film that's flopped recently, as Christian Toto notes -- so did the Al Gore Inconvenient Truth sequel and the goofy Mother Earth parody "Mother!" Oh, and he says that there's some environmental nuttery in the Blade Runner sequel too, and that also flopped.

In related don't-want-this news:

Netflix has decided to suspend production of House of Cards' last season as they look into the Spacey matter. Previously they had announced the show would be cancelled after the completion of the sixth season; now that seems up in the air.

Oh, and Andy Dick has been fired from a movie over complaints of recent sexual harassment.

Andy Dick has been dropped from the independent feature film Raising Buchanan following accusations of sexual harassment and misconduct on set.

The Hollywood Reporter was not able to reach any of the alleged victims, however, two sources detailed Dick’s inappropriate behavior, which included groping people's genitals, unwanted kissing/licking and sexual propositions of at least four members of the production. It's unclear if those involved were actors or crew.

In what's looking like a pattern in these cases, he denies the most serious claims while allowing some of the less serious stuff might have happened:

Though the 51-year-old actor denies he groped anyone, he does admit to other inappropriate behavior: "I might have kissed somebody on the cheek to say goodbye and then licked them. That's my thing."

And topless female protesters protest the opening of Roman Polanski exhibit in France, saying that Polanski should be given a Caesar (the French Oscar) for rape. This as another allegation of underage rape is leveled against Polanski.

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Lulz: Tony Podesta's Law Firm Sends a Threatening Letter to Tucker Carlson, Threatening Suit and Even Threatening a "Copyright Action" if He Reads the Letter On the Air; He Reads the Letter On the Air
— Ace

I'm sure Jake Tapper will go into his typical theatrics about this effort of politicos caught in the Mueller probe attacking the sanctity of the press.

Video at the link.

As the Bible says, "You can't cuck the Tuck."

(New American Dirtbag translation.)

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North Korea's Underground Test Site Collapses, Killing 200
— Ace

Some good news.

Remember after that last nuclear test in September, the one which measured 6.3 on the Richter scale, there was a secondary earthquake about 8 minutes later. Experts suggested that was the result of an underground collapse following the blast. The mountain under which North Korea had set off the 100 kiloton nuke was literally falling apart.

Today, Japanese media is reporting that there was another big collapse earlier this month, with a tunnel under the mountain caving in and killing 100 workers. Another 100 workers were sent in to get them and they were killed by another collapse.

This is being speculated to be something called "tired mountain syndrome" (seriously), which used to happen to Soviet underground nuke test facilities too.

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The Morning Rant: J.V. Edition
— Open Blogger


Israel must be a really bad place. Worse than North Korea or Iran or Myanmar or Sudan or Venezuela. I mean, they let gays live, and let Arabs vote, and even allow churches and mosques. And worst of all, they have plenty of food, and free speech too! I can see why the world wants to fling poo at them.
Israeli Judo Champion Wins Gold In Abu Dhabi, Which Won't Acknowledge Israel. So He Sings Israeli National Anthem Himself.
When Tal Flicker, the Israeli judo champion, won the gold medal in Abu Dhabi, which refused to play the Israeli national anthem or display the flag of Israel, and played the theme of the International Judo Federation instead, he decided he would protest in the only way left to him: he quietly sang the Israeli national anthem himself.

Those of you who have been to Israel understand that the most fervent desire of most Israelis is to have a good life; peaceful and productive and interesting. The idea that Israel fixates on the "Palestinian problem" is laughable. What they want is security and peace. That the world not only does not recognize this, but actively pursues policies that marginalize a vibrant pluralistic democracy, simply because it is Jewish, makes a mockery of the platitudes often spoken about the Holocaust. They are just pissed that Hitler wasn't more successful. more...

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Mid-Morning Open Thread
— Open Blogger

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The Political Lady
James Tissot

This is one of those artworks that really needs to be seen up close. Take a look at a few of the faces....

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The Morning Report 10/31/17
— Open Blogger


Good morning kids. Obviously the indictment of Paul Manafort et al by Robert Mueller's sham of a mockery of a joke of two mockeries of a sham kangaroo court inquest is in the lead. The salient points to remember are manifold (not Manafort):

  • Manafort has been charged for things he did well before he was with the Trump campaign
  • What he did is not only not uncommon, but people have been charged only a handful of times over the past 20 years and longer
  • See the link to "Flashback," which begs the question of who tipped the Podestas off?
  • Why have they not been charged with anything?
  • The indictments are a cheap tactic to get Manafort et al to rat out PDT for anything - even jaywalking in Death Valley - if they think it can derail his presidency
  • And I can go on and on, as I'm sure all of you can, which I guess is the point of this post, n'est ce pas? The whole thing stinks on ice. I do not think for a second that Mueller and his team of hacks and shysters will do anything that will implicate the Clintons, Obama and the Left/Dems in general. Considering who they are and their political pedigree, they are there to do exactly the opposite. In fact, a caller on Limbaugh's show yesterday said what I am fearing/suspecting; while all of this is going on and as each day passes that an official DoJ investigation of Hillary, Obama, Lynch, Holder etc. is not happening, much of the evidence of what they have done will wind up wiped, "like with a cloth." And if I have to ask yet again where in the hell is Jeff Sessions, I may vomit.

    Meanwhile there is other news. A hack judge has halted PDT's legal ban on mentally-ill transgendered people from military service, crooked Democrat Senator Robert Menendez loses a bid to have his charges dropped, John "gin-blossom" Boehner lifted his head off the bar long enough to belch out an obscenity-laced tirade at Jim Jordan and the conservatives and lastly some freak named Tom Bloke is evidently a leader in the so-called "Antifa" movement and he has openly threatened violence on November 4th. Considering that Antifa is in fact a terrorist organization that has a proven track record of violence, that they have recently been connected with ISIS, that a Dick Durbin-connected terrorist was shot and killed in a mass assassination attempt against GOP lawmakers and that the Mandalay Bay shooting has all but disappeared from the headlines with many disturbing questions yet to be answered, I'd say that we laugh at that momzer at our own risk. Frankly, if G-d forbid anything happens on November 4th, he should be arrested, tried and convicted for insurrection and hanged. He and Bowe Bergdahl can share a rope.

    Anyway, links from around the world, across the nation and up your street. Have a better one and remain blessed.

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    October 30, 2017

    Monday Overnight Open Thread (10/30/17)
    — Open Blogger

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    (In the city)


    Quotes of The Day

    Quote I

    Mitt Romney is a deeply religious man, and he is no doubt familiar with the story of the Israelites who fell down and worshipped the golden calf in spite of Moses’s best efforts. Republicans, being not so grand, have been seduced by Donald Trump’s gold-plated toilet — as sure a sign of the times as we have ever seen. Kevin D. Williamson

    I guess Shit would know what a toilet is.

    Quote II

    Any authentic work of art must start an argument between the artist and his audience. Rebecca West

    Wait until CBD sees this.

    Quote III

    “Seriously, I don’t feel I should have to justify my existence. Is there really no place for us in the world? Surely happiness is worth something.” Frank Stephens

    Quote IV

    The objective I propose is quite simple to state: to foster the infrastructure of democracy – the system of a free press, unions, political parties, universities – which allows a people to choose their own way, to develop their own culture, to reconcile their own differences through peaceful means.

    This is not cultural imperialism: it is providing the means for genuine self-determination and protection for diversity. Democracy already flourishes in countries with very different cultures and historical experiences. It would be cultural condescension, or worse, to say that any people prefer dictatorship to democracy. Who would voluntarily choose not to have the right to vote, decide to purchase government propaganda handouts instead of independent newspapers, prefer government to worker-controlled unions, opt for land to be owned by the state instead of those who till it, want government repression of religious liberty, a single political party instead of a free choice, a rigid cultural orthodoxy instead of democratic tolerance and diversity? Ronald Reagan


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    I've Seen The Future of Fake News and It's Terrifying [Warden]
    — Open Blogger

    Could someone type a sentence into their computer and make those words come of your mouth?

    Literally? No. Could they make someone else believe you said those words through digital manipulation? Yes. The technology is already here and it's coming to consumers soon.

    I recently listened to a Radiolab podcast that revealed some new audio and visual technology that is certain to make divining the truth even more difficult in a digital media landscape that's already saturated with propaganda.

    Radiolab is an excellent podcast--one of my favorites--but it's produced with a left leaning worldview so that all of the nefarious possibilities stemming from this technology coming to to the producers' and hosts' minds are, of course, Trump related.

    While this is an eye rolling annoyance, I do encourage you to listen to the podcast because they're dead right in their broader concerns, even while being somewhat narrow minded in the particulars.

    The first bit of technology that Radiolab features is a piece of audio software still under development by Adobe. For those of you who don't play around with digital imagery, Adobe is the market leader for audio and video editing software. They are the creators of Photoshop and a handful of other complimentary programs.

    Recently, they've built a program that can replicate your speech patterns and tone almost precisely so long as they're able to capture at least 40 minutes of your speech (20 minutes for sub-optimal results). According to Adobe, within these 40 minutes you will produce every phonetic combination that their algorithm needs to reproduce the entire English language in your voice. The program accomplishes this by slicing, dicing and reassembling the speech that they've capture from you.

    Recently, Adobe presented this technology at a tradeshow. The results are hair raising. With the required 40 minutes of recorded speech, they can literally type whatever they want into the program and reproduce it in the speaker's own words.


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    Poll: Americans Becoming Distrustful of Big Tech
    — Ace

    Okay, that's an Onion parody of Amazon's new proposal whereby you give them an electronic key to your house so they can walk in and deliver your packages to the inside of your home, and maybe take your children for their fabrication plants in Singapore.

    But people are turning on Big Tech. Time for some regulation and forced break-ups, I say.

    Huge corporations that propagandize for socialist control should get the first taste of it themselves.

    Americans are starting to sour on some of the biggest tech companies in the U.S., according to a poll by the tech outlet The Verge.

    Many Facebook users, for example, don’t believe the social media company properly handles data, with roughly 30 percent of respondents saying they either "greatly distrust" or "somewhat distrust" it with their personal information. Almost an equal number of participants of the study said the same of Twitter....

    Furthermore, most people who don't use Facebook said they don't trust it.....

    All I know is, the #NewRule says that if something makes you feel #Unsafe, you make it illegal.

    Just sayin'.

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    Matt Lauer, NBC Insiders Rip Megyn Kelly's Ratings
    — Ace

    #MegynMoments are fewer and fewer these days.

    When an industry insider remarked to Lauer last week that celebrities are being advised to avoid Kelly's "Megyn Kelly Today" -- amid ratings struggles and awkward snafus with famous guests-- a Page Six spy overheard Lauer reply that he "gets it," adding, "It's a big problem for them," meaning Kelly's show. Insiders were stunned that the veteran "Today" host didn't try to defend his new colleague.


    "This week was the lowest Kathie and Hoda have rated since 2010," said a source. "It keeps getting worse. Megyn is killing them. It is a real problem and no one wants to book Megyn's show," the insider said. Another source added, "They can keep telling you about all the lunches they’re taking her to, but it's not helping the ratings."

    NBC is said to be considering a name change to de-emphasize Kelly's role on the show. They are considering calling it Ratings Poison Featuring Megyn Kelly.

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    Brit Hume Argues With Bill Kristol and His Minion Stephen Hayes Over Kristol's Slur of Political Rivals as "Collaborators"
    — Ace

    Bill Kristol, who's always been a vicious little twat, divides the world between the noble "dissenters" (his crew) and "collaborators" (people who disagree with him and his crew).

    Good question to ask him and Hayes: Has the Weekly Standard ever fired someone for being insufficiently anti-Trump -- that is, have the so-called "dissenters" ever purged someone dissenting from their conspiracy-besotted Twitter-obsessed worldview?

    It's worth asking them. I keep asking them, and they keep on not answering.

    Sean Davis lays into this dessicated foppish nepot:

    I don't know what this meant, but it's probably true:

    All I know is that the same clique calling for a purge before the election are now whining that mean bullies are trying to silence #TheResistance.

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    Kevin Spacey Accused of Sexual Harassment by Male Actor; Cops to a Plea of "Gay";
    Netflix Pulls Plug

    — Ace

    Spacey is being attacked by other gay actors for allegedly conflating the charge of sexual harassment/assault with just being gay.

    Rapp, best known for starring in "Rent," said in an interview on Sunday that he was a teenager when Spacey made a sexual advance toward him and pushed him down on a bed.

    Official Wanda Sykes ✔@iamwandasykes
    No no no no no! You do not get to “choose” to hide under the rainbow! Kick rocks! https://twitter.com/kevinspacey/status/924848412842971136 …
    1:54 AM - Oct 30, 2017

    O'Donnell tweeted to Spacey on Monday, "u don't remember the incident - 30 years ago? - f--k u kevin - like Harvey we all knew about u - I hope more men come forward."

    Comedian Wanda Sykes, who is a lesbian and outspoken member of the LGBT community, also sounded off on Spacey on Twitter early Monday saying that he can’t "'choose' to hide under the rainbow."

    Spacey said he has had relationships with both men and women throughout his life and chooses "now to live as a gay man."

    Here's Spacey's statement about the charge, in which he claims he doesn't remember the incident, but if it did happen he was drunk, and also, he's gay and please respect his privacy.

    A bit Jim McGreevey-ish. The former NJ governor was accused of diverting money to an unqualified male staffer he was having a gay affair with, and his press conference basically said "If I'm guilty of anything, it's of being very proud to be a Gay American." Not really what you were being accused of, dude.

    Even George Takei criticized Spacey.

    Netflix has announced that they're pulling the plug on Spacey's silly soap opera House of Cards, though they'll show the sixth (and now last) season.

    So just one more burst of three or four weeks of having to listen or read people squeeing about this show.

    In more Weinstein-esque news, Corey Feldman says he'll finally name names in a film about Hollywood pedophilia -- but it'll take $10 million.

    He also told Lauer he already gave the names to the Santa Barbara Police Department in 1993 when they questioned him about Michael Jackson.

    "I sat down and I gave them the names," Feldman told Lauer adding that Jackson is innocent. "They're on record. They have all this information."

    Why $10 million for something that can be done on a handheld prosumer camera in a couple of weekends of interviews, a few weeks of collecting B-roll footage of the accused and old reports about pedophilia, and basically be done and over in three months at a cost of no more than $100,000? I don't know.

    Update: In 2013, Seth McFarlane, as you probably know, cracked a joke about female Oscar Nominees no longer having to pretend they were sexually attracted to Harvey Weinstein.

    In an old Family Guy episode, a naked Stewie runs about shouting "Help! I've escaped from Kevin Spacey's basement! Help me!"

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    Not a Joke: Shockingly, Buzzfeed "Men" Test Low In Testosterone Levels
    — Ace

    Apparently low IQ levels as well.

    Skip to 1:20 to see the start of the segment about testing for testosterone.

    The segment failed to note that three of the four guys were low-t and the fourth, while in normal range, was on the low side of normal.

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    Tony Podesta Steps Down from Position at Russia-Connected Podesta Group; Hillary Chummed Around With Podesta and Syd Blumenthal This Weekend; WH Briefing Upcoming
    — Ace

    Isn't it interesting that Hillary was meeting with Tony Podesta like Loretta Lynch met with Bill Clinton?

    Live video of Huckabee-Sanders' briefing.

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