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.
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!
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)
February 10, 2016
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.