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Miyazaki’s Banality of Evil?

I’m going to be in the minority and say that The Wind Rises is a shame. It’s a shame that this will be Hayao Miyazaki’s final film. Perhaps there is more here than one can appreciate in one viewing. I’m not certain, but it feels like a disjointed experience.

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The main character is a weapon designer, helping the empire of Japan enter the industrial murder age, just prior to World War Two. This is not a problem for him in the slightest. He just wants to design the best airplanes, despite what they are used for, such as bombing China or wherever. There is a complete disconnect, and World War Two itself is presented only in detached dream settings. It is simply a byproduct of the art of airplane design. The world may go up in flames elsewhere, but the planes are beautiful. It is this…

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The big story: vaccine propaganda has convinced “parents” to change their beliefs.

The actual issue of vaccine safety, and what exactly is in them, is completely irrelevant. Time Magazine, UPI and a bunch of corporate mouthpieces (many which don’t allow comments) have made the story about polling the general public, rather than that product/brand they are purporting to sell: “Science.”

Yes “Science” is Brand One. So says Time Rag.

Science, which has never sought to be a popularity contest, is winning this one all the same.

“Science” is now opinion polling. Because that’s where true scientific validity comes from, right? The only alternative, according to the corporate thugs, is to be an evil “Anti-Vaxxer.”  One is even provided, in a staged mock-up of a police lineup, a criminal! Don’t be like the evil “anti-vaxxer.” Join the “science” brigade and take your shots unquestioningly. Jab your infant with whatever we tell you to inject, or mandate by force of law. You have no choice, and you have no say in the matter–unless you agree with us in a poll that is.

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Real scientists aren’t so cut and dry about what the pharmaceutical industry and its ignorant lapdogs in government and media are shoveling. Unlike Time and UPI, I post actual studies, actual evidence and note the details that matter.

Does it matter to you if you newborn is dosed with aluminum and mercury? These metals have long term risk, and are clearly toxic. Why are they in the vaccines in the first place? Why aren’t they being removed and banned?

The vaccine industry in the USA is completely protected from damages. You cannot sue them, since the 1980s, and the US government serves as a buffer, or perhaps as a protection racket, to keep pharmaceutical giants unaccountable to their victims. The US media’s whitewashing of the vaccine issue reports none of this, and instead relies on statements from people like comedian Jim Carrey (Time again). This is propaganda, not investigation. The journalistic malfeasance of these rags is glaring.

Here is some of the actual recent news regarding problems with vaccines:

Tens of thousands of teen girls suffer serious illnesses after HPV cervical cancer jab. We didn’t hear about that one in the US. Also in the UK it was reported that the Swine Flu vaccine, “Pandemrix, can cause narcolepsy and cataplexy in about one in 16,000 people, and many more are expected to come forward with the symptoms.”

Here in the US we see the federal government omitting “Recent Vaccine Injury Data From Website,” in an apparent cover-up of inconvenient facts. What’s being covered-up?

“Since January of 2014, the number of flu vaccine cases conceded by the government is more than double the previous eight years combined.”

But we’ve just touched the tip of the iceberg. Aluminum, a widely used component of numerous vaccines, carries potential neurological risks. The Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry recently published that, “Efforts should be made to reduce Al exposure from vaccines.” You wouldn’t learn this from Time, although it is clearly not difficult to locate the study. There’s that pesky buzzword “science” again. Time is not a science journal, never was, never will be. So why do so many Americans get their science from a non-science rag with an agenda to push?

Nowhere in Time will you read about the class action lawsuit against Merck for lying and falsifying the results of its mumps vaccine.

Merck has known for a decade that its mumps vaccine is “far less effective” than it tells the government, and it falsified test results and sold millions of doses of “questionable efficacy,” flooding and monopolizing the market, a primary caregiver claims in a federal antitrust class action.

We’ve not even touched upon the controversy over mercury, and the standards that allow massive relative doses of this toxic metal to be injected into the tiniest of humans. Some headway was made to eliminate Thimerosal, a preservative. But it remains in numerous vaccines today. The FDA, which describes Thimerosal as “50% mercury by weight,” goes on to note some worst case scenarios from exposures to the preservative:

“These studies reported local necrosis, acute hemolysis, disseminated intravascular coagulation, acute renal tubular necrosis, and central nervous system injury including obtundation, coma, and death.”

This is what the corporate state would mandate you inject into your newborn baby. If you want a second opinion then you are demonized in the mainstream press.

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The recent change in general public perception, the result of much perception management and well funded propaganda comes as the power of government is being twisted to force the public to accept mandatory shots. It’s a direct assault on the fundamental right to say “no,” on medical consent. These are the practices of a fascist regime, not of a free society. The Sacramento Bee exposed the massive influx of bribes to politicians prior to California’s vote on mandatory vaccination.

Industry gave more than $2 million to current lawmakers in 2013-14

Pharmaceutical industry advertising keeps rags like Time afloat. Large ads for pills, legalized drug pushing essentially, are a major factor to keep them in business. These structural ties cannot be ignored when discussing obvious slant and bias in their so-called reporting. The editors of journals like Time are not impartial, and they are not scientists. They are employed to present a certain slant on issues, and their lack of basic scientific curiosity is both striking and anti-scientific. Science is an investigation of the evidence, not a hamfisted exercise in demonization and ridicule.

The message we are to receive today is: Trust Big Pharma. They pay our bills. They’re good people. They are the embodiment of “science.” Anyone who disagrees is an “anti-vaxxer” and to be stoned.

Clearly it’s a propaganda offensive, not a scientific one.

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You boys done lost the Civil War, oh, long about a hunderd fifty years gone now. 150, and you still cling to that damned seditious rag like ants on an ice cream cone that hit the dirt and melts into the soil, slowly turning to a sticky, filthy mush.

You know a lot a shit transpired over that century and a half, a lot indeed. Science done figgered out that them “darkies” is just as smart as you and yours, more so if you neglect your own intellectual development. And who’s fault is that? Surely not the Mexicans, the blacks or the Lithuanians. God them Lithuanians are takin’ over everything. Where was I?

Oh yeah: inbreeding. Perhaps not the literal kind, but the intellectual, stunted inbreeding of those who cling to antiquated, outdated and frankly immoral concepts of racial superiority, these are an embarrassment to the nation, frankly. Not much different than radical Islamic ISIS types: they just have different irrational biases. That’s all. Swap one set of crazy beliefs for another, add violence, stir.

And this stirring has got to stop. Take a look at what you’re trying to get the rest of us to accept. More Americans died in that not so Civil War than in any other conflict, including WW2. It’s 2015, and your 16th century paradigm just doesn’t fly anymore. Slavery bit the dust, as well it should. No amount of ugly–and it is fucking butt ugly–ranting and raving about the Confederacy is going to change that. Move on, Bubba, Jethro, whatever the fuck you call yourself. There’s a new world to study and to understand. We ain’t gonna rehash the one from 150 years ago. That’s just too stupid to even argue about.

The world changed, and you need to change with it.

 

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Yes I did give George Miller the benefit. For the first hour I might have said something like: ‘Miller is one of a handful of guys in the world who should be allowed to make action movies.’

The film opens with breathtaking sequences, an apocalyptic cult world that amps up everything we’ve seen before to new heights. When Furiosa takes off on her dash to escape the insanity, it’s a welcome twist and completely understandable.

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Charlize was great, fitting right into this post-civilization, but bringing a tender, feminine humanity to contrast against much of what happens.

All I can say about Tom Hardy is that he’s no Mel Gibson. Part of that has to do with his hulking presence, too much muscle. He isn’t given much to play after the opening rallies. He’s silenced and other actors take center stage. Max is a pawn, and the events carry him along for the most part. This is the Mad Max formula. Max is always an outsider caught up in the survival struggles of others, but destined to wander the desert wastelands alone in his madness.

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It seemed we would get a bigger taste of Max’s madness this time. Flashes of characters dead and gone haunt him, disrupt him, and cripple him. It looked like these ghostly flashbacks would be building to something, but they became repetitive with all the focus turned toward giant action sequences rather than any progress with Max’s insanity. It felt like a loose end that never developed.

Miller’s innovations, The Road Warrior on crack, were primarily in the area of tactics and stunts. The story initially went on its own path, only to become predictable by the third act. For that reason I could fault Miller for running out of Guzzoline before reaching the next level.

My audience, an almost packed house in N. California, froze at closing credits. Were they going to applaud? Tense seconds passed. People rose up. Silence mostly. A couple of smarmy jibes. A handful of us remained seated through the several thousand names, content to relax and avoid any exertion after such a kinetic experience.

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I’m a bit stunned that 98% of critics have applauded, outstripping audiences at 92% today on Rotten Tomatoes. The initial immersion into Miller’s cult scavenger civilization leaves such a strong impression, and it’s been decades since Max has roamed the desert wastelands. People are craving more. So there you have it.

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The economics game is rigged from top to bottom. Having been force-fed this crap for years now, at university, it’s clear that schizophrenia is at the heart of the endeavor.

Economists, such as those who pen the overpriced textbooks, all concede that there are major problems: pollution, global warming, resource depletion, etc.

However, every single one of them prays on the altar of “Growth.”

Everything they do, everything they recommend, everything they dress up in pseudo-scientific justification is in the service of unlimited “growth.”

The word “growth” is the very cornerstone of our failing paradigm. Infinite growth is cancer. Cancerous expansion is what these people preach, these high priests of Globalization. It is the basis for their world view, despite the monumental problems directly caused by this growth.

While lamenting the gobbling up of the world’s arable lands, the over-fishing of its seas, and the rising thermostat, nearly everything discussed by these people concerns how to do more of it, not less.

That’s schizophrenia, and that’s what has gotten us here. So, this Earth Day say “Fuck you” to an economist. At least you’ll feel a bit better as we sink together into the hell flames.

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I had forgotten that I’d already seen this years ago, which usually doesn’t portend a positive review. In this case, we have the exception. Underrated genius I’ll call it.

This elite high school satire / black comedy is in the nasty genre of films like Heathers, Cruel Intentions, To Die For, andAmerican Psycho. With a deliberate, formalist approach to the cinematography and sound, it begins like a dark fairy tale.

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With a disturbed Evan Rachel Wood the main character I couldn’t possibly look away. Ms. Wood is so stunningly gorgeous and talented that I’ve simply loved every role she’s ever inhabited. This time she plays a sociopath who takes a new Middle Eastern girl under her wing and shows her the lay of the elite landscape.

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Wood’s family has money, but not the prestige of many of the other high-powered teens at the academy. She’s…

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