Posts Tagged ‘civilization’

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Here’s How NASA Thinks Society Will Collapse

Elites grow and consume too much, resulting in a famine among Commoners that eventually causes the collapse of society.”

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Canadian ISIS member calls for attacks against his country
So how did we get to this fucked up state of the world?

It’s a long story, and you’re in it too. It’s the story of empires, oil barons, tolerating Wahabbi psychopaths, useful false flag terror, infinite war, control, surveillance and the death of morality. And I just don’t have time to do it justice right now.

When Ronald Ray-Gun ripped the solar panels off of the White House all of this became pre-ordained. It all became inevitable, collapse, industrial contamination of the ecosphere, the propping up of the oil sheikhs and the exploitation of cultural differences for the profits of warmongers.

Orwell called it.

If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face – forever.

That’s not just because of the scum in charge, but because of the rabble who cheer them on. That’s the system. How do you fit in?

They will always be able to find a handful of religious nut jobs to blow something up and to seize more power and control as a result. Even in Canada. The world is burning fast now, and there are no viable solutions to this atrocious state we find ourselves in. The neocon warmongers are winning. They have the world dancing to their tune.

It’s a dark fucking age, people. And growing darker.

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This is truly scary shit that I hadn’t heard about.  The “Permian Extinction” resulted from a massive volcanic release that warmed the earth by 6 degrees Celsius.  That warming led to massive releases of methane from the oceans and permafrost which doubled the temperature gain, killing off 95% of species on earth.

Scientists say we are already at the same levels of carbon release as that volcano.

 

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Trek v. Trek:  Who comes out on top?

Having been impressed by the latest Trek through the galaxy, Into Darkness, I came back and re-watched Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.  Both films are watchable, but the 1982 effort is really starting to show its age.

Now I know some nerds will be trying to hack the site and cause Khan-like havoc with my life for saying it, but Wrath of Khan, by comparison, isn’t really very good.  It reeks of old Hollywood, over the top lines, swelling orchestra, overly-hyped shots of space models, and some sub-par acting.  I mean, let’s get real here.  The actors may be loved and cherished, but beginning with James T. Kirk himself, the acting can send shivers down your spine.  The one-off supporting cast (son of Kirk?) are similarly second rate.  For performances, the new film stands head and shoulders above the original.  Even Ricardo Montalban (Khan) turns in a heartfelt but poorly scripted and staged effort.  His Shakespeare quotes from the bowels of hell routine inspire more laughter than any other emotion.

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Wrath’s clunky plot is hard to ignore, when Chekov and his captain could easily beam back up the moment Chekov discovers that he’s on Khan’s crashed ship.  Instead, they opt to go outside again and face the Khan contingent.  Still, they have time to beam up, but a quick cut erases that obvious solution.  Also, it’s absurd that anyone could survive on that hostile planet for more than a few months.  There’s no water.

Now if I’m going to nitpick stupid plot choices I may as well point out that in the new film (Into Darkness) we have a similar absurdity (or three) that deserves mention.  As Khan’s little fighter ship spins out of control, outside of Starfleet headquarters on Earth, we are supposed to believe that before hitting the ground Khan was able to beam himself accurately to another galaxy in Klingon controlled space!  Two seconds of contemplation renders that laughable as well.

But the new film makes up for its sins with a lot of bang for the buck.  More story, more humor, more interesting scenarios, more movie.  The new film feels like two movies compared to the old.  It’s also a hell of a lot funnier.  Into Darkness functions as a comedy as much as a drama, with slick references and inside jokes coming almost constantly.  Wrath, in contrast, contains long boring dead spots.  The first film could be seen as a blueprint for the second to expand on.

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The younger, sexier cast is also relevant.  In Wrath, we have an aging Kirk rotting away and waiting to die, longing to fly on a spaceship again.  In the new version, we have a false-flag covert setup.  Much more interesting on its face.  The warmongers position themselves as the enemies of The Federation, even though they essentially run it!  Count me in.

The new film’s plot, with Khan a wildcard, a partnership to defeat the greater evil, leads to better drama and more internal conflict.  The reversal of Kirk and Spock is also interesting, as we’ve already seen Spock’s ultimate sacrifice – which was the best part of the Wrath film – but now Kirk is constantly playing catch-up to his own legend.  He has to prove himself time and again, and the odds are always stacked nowadays against him.

Lastly, Star Trek Into Darkness brings out its theme about the values we hold dear and which form the foundation of civilization.  This powerful guiding principle of the story sews it satisfyingly together, giving it a consistency that Wrath of Khan just doesn’t share.  Into Darkness is a superior film in nearly every conceivable measure.

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Well I was pleasantly surprised by this one, certainly a great popcorn movie, more comedy than drama.  But, I was wrong on which direction they were heading from the initial teasers.  Seems JJ and crew managed to pull it off, and even left some simmering issues to ponder over.  Thumbs are up (thanks Roger Ebert, maybe I’ll use this distinction in the future).

So, let’s get spoiling!

But wait – a lot of my gripes are just sort of dumb scenes, perhaps hastily written in order to milk the character developments that occur later on.  I get that.  It’s more Fi than Sci.  As a space comedy it’s up there with Spaceballs and Galaxy Quest, and so the added perspective on war and vengeance is delivered with even more resonance.

 

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I hadn’t bothered with this film due to some reviews going around, which seem a bit petty now.  This is actually a decent sci-fi vampire story.  The look of it is noir futuristic, like Gattaca and Brazil, even a touch of Ultraviolet, not to suggest anyone should bother watching Ultraviolet.  But it is stylish, and they squeezed a lot out of an indie production.

The ideas resonate, even if we have seen most of them before.  In Daybreakers nearly everyone is a vampire, well anyone who is someone. The humans are mostly in the factory farms of blood. The big problem is that the humans are nearly gone for good, and there’s just no substitute for the real thing yet.  Societal collapse is imminent, that’s vampire society collapse.

Ethan Hawke is a scientist/vampire working on creating an artificial blood, but tests are unsuccessful.  Worse, those who can’t get blood devolve into feral monsters, sprouting wings and gruesome deformities.  These subterranean bat like creatures infest the sewers.  Things are not well in Wellville.

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And so I’ve told you enough.  When I noticed Willem Dafoe was involved that was enough for me.

Like more modern vampire stories there are subtleties and conflicts that aren’t strictly humans against vampires.  Lines are blurred, reminiscent of Blade, Underworld and other bloodsucker dramas.  The treatment is half science fiction and half horror.