Monday, July 16, 2018

"Trump Bites": animated short film from NYTimes resembles a YouTube gay kissing video



Here’s a 3-part short animated film by the New York Times, “Trump Bites”. One part of it is "Trump and Putin: A Love Story". 
  
  
The main link for all three episodes is here. Does this movie come from Annapurna Pictures? 

Twitter also has it, here.

I think it belongs on this blog to be sure. It’s rather funny to see animated video making Trump and Putin lovers like from “Next Door Mates” on YouTube. 

Putin kills journalists, even overseas. “I think our country does a lot of killing too.”  Sure, ask David Hogg.
  
Putin, by the way, has no body hair; his chest is frankly womanish.  Otherwise the chest work in the film could matter. Yet he started it all off by supporting the Russian anti-gay propaganda law in 2013, before the Sochi olympics in 2014. "Leave the kids alone" he said.  Make sure I get enough Russian  babies is what he really meant. 

Thursday, July 05, 2018

Inside North Korea's Luxury Ski Resort (NatGeo short film with a British snowboarder)



This Is What It’s Like Inside North Korea’s Luxury Ski Resort”, narrated by Jamie Barrow (from the UK), from National Geographic and Uri Pictures (13 min), short film:.

  
Americans are right now forbidden to travel to the DPRK, which is just as well for me as a controversial and “dangerous” blogger who wouldn’t get out. And North Korea is a (non-Muslim) country on Trump’s Travel Ban 3.0.
  
But early 2017 Jamie, an accomplished skier and snowboarder (rather like Shaun White) got to go from England via a visit to China first. The film, however, for the first half, focuses mostly on Pyongyang and the guided tour, and the isolated hotel (where Warmbier got in trouble);  the privileged class in this hyper-Communist (actually fascist monarchy) state enjoys luxury with not many people around.  The film shows an unusual wide-screen array of the city and the journey to the ski resort, which is luxurious but isolated, with few people around.
  
Jamie was actually expected to place flowers at a monument to the glory of their leader Kim Jong Un (or maybe his deceased father).
  
I can remember during Basic Training in the Army, feeling a little envy for those in “power”.
  
Wikipedia attribution link for photo by Laika Ac, CCSA 2.0.  

Friday, June 15, 2018

"Rocks Under I-95 Present Odd, and Scary Threat to Power Grid"



Here’s a 90-second short film on Bloomberg Tic-Toc with Brian Sullivan, warning of a geomagnetic storm coming from a Carrington-style coronal mass ejection, here
  
Curiously, the link on Bloomberg doesn’t have the film; only the Twitter post does. 

The idea is that old rocks under the Northeast (more or less under I-95) would reflect a magnetic pulse and cause a second hit on the power grid.
  
A similar effect would happen with an E3 level high altitude nuclear blast.

Thursday, June 07, 2018

"Where Can North Korea's Missiles Reach?": Australian public broadcast reviews before Singapore talks



Where Can North Korea’s Missiles Reach?” Now, that is. 
  
Even as the summit in Singapore approaches, and we hope goes through, it’s good to review the inventory of DPRK missiles.

  
This animated film comes from Australian ABC, which is publicly funded.
  
The announcer does explain that the longest range DPRK missiles are largely untested, despite the alarming reports in late 2017. The short and intermediate missiles are considered well tested and the satellites less reliable.   Submarines work only from a distance of about 1200 miles from DPRK. 

The report does not mention EMP. 
  
There have been reports that the North Koreans may have faked the destruction of their site last week for reporters.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

"Yellowstone Preparing to Blow!" : the doomsday community isn't ready



Red alert!  Like in Special Training Company in the Army.
  
  
Yellowstone Preparing to Blow!  Scientists Reveal”, a one hour documentary comes from PlanetX Today.

I remember hearing the hype about this on an Outwoods hike in Minnesota back in 1999 from a geology professor at the “U” on the East Bank.  It would wipe out civilization, at least in the US for the eastern three fourths.  Can the doomsday preppers handle it?  Even the bobcats will have trouble surviving. 

What’s going on in Hawaii is nothing, except for the homeowners.  There is no volcano insurance.  Why do people build homes there?
  
Yellowstone blows every 600000 years, farther east each time.  We’re due.

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

"Blackout in Puerto Rico" on PBS Frontline


PBS Frontline aired “Blackout in Puerto Rico” (as Season 36, Episode 10) on Tuesday May 1. 
  
The documentary showed the ubiquitous destruction from Hurricane Maria, a Category 5 Hurricane in September 2017. 
  

But the recovery was complicated by several factors.  First, FEMA was already hampered by Irma, and the Virgin Islands.

But mainly Puerto Rico’s infrastructure was in poor shape, with power plants rusty and not maintained.  Much of this has to do with a ponzi-like bond trading scheme, which managed to get reinvented even after the first threat of default in 2013.  Part of this has to do with the fact that the US has always regarded Puerto Rico as a “possession” or property (a territory) and has not given residents full rights.

The New York Times has a big article  (James Granz and Frsnces Robles) May 7 on Puerto's recurring blackouts and poor infrastructure. 






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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Gay short film predicated on Craigslist ads could not make sense now, given FOSTA


Well, the situation depicted in this soft-R short “Threesome” *Next Door Mates) is probably not possible now, given the passage of FOSTA, 
  
A male couple advertises on Craigslist for a “housemate” (or, explicitly, "houseboy"), who arrives and agrees to “start work”.  That has some obligations. But now the ad could never have been placed (even if the applicant is over 21).


Theoretically, this would have been seen in violation of FOSTA.

The little film does seem to demand a sequel.  Is that an electric razor on the coffee table in front of the action, or just a phone?  The film seems to have a disturbing Nietzchean undertone. 

Censorship is a threat to freedom.
  
And a visit to Backpage shows it has been taken down.