Excellent science fiction

February 12, 2016

I need to report. I loved Predestination! What an elegant time-warped film. I don’t want to say anything else, except that it inspired more thinking about a movie than I’d done since watching the elegant dream-warped Inception a few years ago. I saw that one twice and I still don’t think I caught everything. Same with Predestination—I probably need to see it again because there are a couple things I’m not clear on. Clues I must have missed.

Okay, today I watched another good one. Not as complex, and much more romantic, but still excellent science fiction: The Adjustment Bureau, based on a story by one of my favorite writers, Philip K. Dick. Great cast, too, including Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, Anthony Mackie, and John Slattery.
Next in the queue: Sleep Dealer, next week sometime.


I saw a Thing yesterday

February 12, 2016

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America needs a “Bernie Doctrine”: How Sanders’ foreign policy weakness could become a game-changing strength – Salon.com

February 11, 2016

Not to make a virtue of ignorance, but there is a certain savvy to Sanders’ refusal to allow foreign policy to dominate a debate that too often comes down to being for or against us, and loving our troops versus appeasing our enemies.

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Hope again

February 11, 2016

Politics! Election-year tractor beam? Yes, I’m feeling a bit of the Bern. When my blog (the original ~fletk one) was very young, back in 2000, I was a Ralph Nader fanboy. I posted a bunch of pro-Nader stuff and voted for him. I would still vote for him. I believe in voting my conscience, not for “electability.”  But I guess between the stolen 2000 election, the disheartening anti-Nader backlash of more mainstream Democrat types and the suspicious quick collapse of the towers, I lost hope and became a cynical boy. The election of Barack Obama brought back some hope—a lot of hope, actually! Yes we can! But once he got into office, his quick turnaround on “transparency” and his obvious bedding down with big corporations and the spook community soon had me in cynic mode again. Betrayal! I had to admit he was just another face—even with the welcome change in hue and style—just another face on the monstrous machine eating us alive. What I’m trying to say is that you might be seeing more politics on this blog for awhile. Bernie Sanders has given me hope again, damn it! I’m really really tired of Democrats sucking up to big money, big pharma, big oil, big military, and big surveillance, while abandoning core social values. Fuck ‘em!


Hillary’s Superdelegate Coup Just Confirms to Millennials: The System Is Rigged | HuffPo Blog

February 10, 2016

The more the Millennials (and my people, Gen-X) learn about this, the more convinced they will be that the system is rigged and the current crop of establishment Democrats want to keep it that way. That leads to more popular votes and mortal delegates for Bernie and forces Superdelegates to re-evaluate whether they want to go against the people or go against the Clinton Dynasty.

Link (Russ Belville on The Blog at Huffington Post)


Oregon Democrat Superdelegates

February 10, 2016

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Oregon’s Democrat “superdelegates” and the candidate they’re supporting. (In contrast, Republican superdelegates must vote for the candidate who won their state primary.) Source: Wikipedia.


Why Bernie is beating Hillary – CNN.com

February 10, 2016

It is extraordinarily difficult to imagine that a democratic socialist could win a general election in the post-Ronald Reagan era. But Sanders’ political appeal is based on much more than the thrill of an anti-establishment insurgent or some unexpected love affair of millennials with a Brooklyn socialist. Part of what has given Sanders his strength is how mainstream many of his standard political arguments are. If one listens to what he has been saying, it is possible to see that Sanders is not that radical at all. In many respects, his campaign directly addresses fundamental concerns that a wide range of Americans have about their future.

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