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tantric superman

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  1. There are five Nolan movies I enjoyed more than Dark Knight. And four of them came after. Dunkirk isn't nonsensical. It's slow and you don't have to struggle to keep up. I fucking loved Tenet because I didn't even try to keep up.
  2. If my short list is 50, it's in there. https://www.theyshootpictures.com/21stcentury_allfilms_table.php
  3. I was actually directing all of it at you, you whiney, eye rolling fucktard.
  4. Actually, it's just a sliver of guilt, it's well deserved, and it makes me a much stronger and prouder and critical thinker and citizen. I also don't have to lie to myself or belittle other Americans to satisfy some pathetic patriotic dick measuring contest.
  5. Miguel's father isn't Mexican. He's a Honduran living in Mexico. And I hope he is Danny Trejo.
  6. Whole season was worth it just to hear the eagle cry when hawk took off his shirt.
  7. Early on in the pandemic I was looking at infection and death rates a couple of times a day it seemed. Then I just said "fuck it", what's the point. Any particular good links with the cleanest easiest to read US and world graphs? I'm probably less interested in state and local than I am country and world.
  8. Given what he accomplished the arrogance is understandable. Even if you throw out his movie directing career, he did a lot. Great interview with Marc Maron (Good god, Maron is a great interviewer and PB a great interviewee). http://www.wtfpod.com/ This guy just took the bull by the horns and did shit.
  9. Just was watching True Grit yesterday. "Time gets away from us."
  10. One of the best interviews I heard of PB was when he was talking about the tragedy of the lost Magnificent Ambersons. How when Orson Welles original was screened, 90% of the viewers didn't like it and 10% thought it was the greatest movie they had ever seen. And then the studio destroyed Welles original. Guy really loved the movies.
  11. I envy you. LPS is damn beautiful. As much as I liked LPS and Paper Moon, I simply didn't get any of the other PB flicks, other than Mask, which I thought was good but have never wanted to rewatch. PB really knew his stuff and his interviews are great, as was the TCM podcast about him.
  12. Hell, I drove up from Dallas to Nebraska one time. That’s 850 miles. I done that in eight hours.
  13. Saw my allergist today for annual checkup. As we were finishing up I brought up the whole issue of "do you need a vaccine if you just had the virus". And she fucking W-E-N-T-O-F-T! Said the idea that an immunized person would be any more protected or less likely to pass on the virus than someone who just got the COVID, or that someone who has recently had the COVID would increase protection with an immunization is just crazy. She then jumped off of that and went into a rant about how big pharma and the CDC have made it so much harder to do the right thing, which was to immunize everyone once here, and then focus on the rest of the world getting one shot before we worried about boosters. At the very least we should have provided assistance to them in getting their folks immunized with non-Pfizer/Moderna/J&J alternatives. Very disappointed in the current CDC, which seems "more captive and less credible" every day. Doctors -- pretty confident, self-righteous dudes, on the whole.
  14. Taxi Driver. I honestly never noticed the last scene when Travis looks up into his mirror. Holy shit. After I saw that I went on line and read all the interpretations. Good stuff.
  15. Those boys come from good stock. I always find myself rooting for them.
  16. Comic sans: We’re in an acrimonious period of partisan tribalism and have been for some time. Both parties are guilty of overwrought denunciations of their political opponents. My criticisms are often aimed at Democrats; on the anniversary of Jan. 6, I’m addressing squarely those Republicans who for a year have excused the actions of the rioters who stormed the Capitol, disrupted Congress as it received the Electoral College’s results, and violently attempted to overturn the election. These apologists say those who stormed the Capitol were innocent patriots, tourists visiting the seat of the national government to petition their elected representatives peacefully. We’re told that these harmless, ordinary Americans are being persecuted as political prisoners Let’s stipulate that while the thousands who went to the Capitol a year ago were wrong to insist the election was stolen, most weren’t violent as they exercised their First Amendment rights to gather peacefully on the Mall—just as I had seen liberals gather to protest both inaugurations of President George W. Bush. But last year there were several thousand protesters willing to use force to disrupt Congress in its constitutional duty to receive and certify the electoral vote. Some went to Washington with that purpose in mind. Others were swept up in the moment’s savagery, led astray by stronger wills with dangerous motives. The leaders of this group were intent on committing violence, some having planned to do so for weeks. Many wore tactical gear. Some came armed with chemical agents, flagpoles, batons and sticks. They broke through barricades and assaulted approximately 140 police officers, in some cases with an officer’s own shield or gear. They smashed doors and windows, illegally entered the Capitol, ransacked offices and searched for leaders of Congress, and made dire threats about what would happen if they found them. More than 725 people have been charged so far, and law enforcement is searching for hundreds more suspects who appear on video or social media, some recorded attacking police officers. At least 163 people have pleaded guilty, and 71 have been sentenced. Only one defendant’s charges have been dismissed. Many of the most serious trials have yet to be held, as lawyers prepare defenses or negotiate plea deals. So, on this anniversary, here’s a simple thought experiment: What if the other side had done it? What if in early January 2017, Democrats similarly attired and armed had stormed the Capitol and attempted to keep Congress from receiving the Electoral College results for the 2016 presidential election? What if Democrats claimed that Donald Trump’s razor-thin victories in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin resulted from extensive voter fraud and should be rejected, despite having failed to establish in a single court that extensive fraud had actually occurred? What if some of these Democrats breached the Capitol defenses and threatened violence against the Republican speaker, Paul Ryan, and Republican Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell ? What if they insisted that in his role as Senate president then-Vice President Joe Biden had sole authority to seat Hillary Clinton’s electors from any contested states and thereby hand her the presidency? If this happened, would some of my fellow Republicans have accepted it as merely a protest? Would they have called patriots those charged with violent acts against our country, its laws and Constitution? Would they have accepted such extralegal means to change the outcome of a presidential election? No they would not. I’m certain of that. If Democrats had done what some Trump supporters did on that violent Jan. 6, Republicans would have criticized them mercilessly and been right to do so. Republicans would have torched any high official who encouraged violence or stood mute while it was waged and been right to do so. Republicans would have demanded an investigation to find who was responsible for the violence and been right to do so. To move beyond Jan. 6, 2021, we must put country ahead of party. For Democrats, that means resisting their leadership’s petty habit of aggravating partisan fault lines by indiscriminately condemning all who came to Washington that day. We Republicans have a heavier burden. I’ve been a Republican my entire life, and believe in what the Republican Party, at its best, has represented for decades. There can be no soft-pedaling what happened and no absolution for those who planned, encouraged and aided the attempt to overthrow our democracy. Love of country demands nothing less. That’s true patriotism. Mr. Rove helped organize the political-action committee American Crossroads and is author of “The Triumph of William McKinley” (Simon & Schuster, 2015).
  17. I just had a great conversations with two little white kids down the street who are home schooled, and taking a break. They aren't scared of me, despite my meskiness. The are awesome kids. I'm for propping up the public schools and not for demonizing home schooling. Virtual learning is par for the course for home schoolers. Virtual learning is "doable" for parochial and private schools. Public schools have issues with virtual learning, and the more virtual learning they do, the worse they look. That's a cost that has to be factored in.
  18. I posted that it was unlikely that such a law was passed, and yet you asked me what that law would do and on what basis it would be passed. I did so, and then you said it had no utility, but admitted it might "clear things up a bit". And then you argue that there is no way it would be passed, which is what I posited in the first place. It wasn't a particularly interesting exercise. I'm an employment lawyer, and some clear federal direction that was quickly okayed by the courts would have made things much easier for companies like mine going forward, because we could have relied on such mandates as sound defenses in the face of the large number of employees who would have opposed the moves. I'll just accept your argument that all the angst of companies trying to deal with pandemic issues in the past couple of years was wasted time, that we could have been as absolutely over the top in our mandates in all 50 states with virtually no repercussions, we can move on.
  19. Fine with me. Although it's still important to understand the efficacy of vaccinations (vs. acquired immunity as well). And for a political standpoint, I think government agencies would be well served to be thinking about the signposts that might cause them to alter their policy. I think "annual death total" is a great measuring post.
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