Thursday, February 16, 2017

"Blindspot" episode on NBC highlights radioactivity dispersion device risk, even from domestic revolutionaries


I’m not a big fan of Blindspot, an NBC domestic  spy series based on an unidentified tattooed woman (Jaimie Alexander) found in Times Square.

But an episode Wednesday night, “Borrow or Rob”, did hit a lot of major risks.  A cabal based on a college fraternity seems to have developed a mathematical algorithm to calculate the best day to start world revolution.


The revolution apparently includes ruining the real estate values of much of America with dirty bombs.  It’s an idea that sounds chillingly plausible.  Donald Trump, given his real estate career centered on property rights and "air rights",  would have more incentive to “keep us safe” from such an idea than anyone else.  But this scheme seems to be domestic and based on 70s style terror, not foreign. Immigration bans would be irrelevant.

The “cult”, for what it was worth, with the pinko gowns, rather reminded me of the 1999 film “Eyes Wide Shut”.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

"End Day": a scientist creating a strangelet is taken through three other ways to end the world first


The BBC TV film “End Day” (2005, written and directed by Gareth Edwards), in 48 minutes, covers four ways civilization could come to an end.

A scientist (Bill McGuire) gets up in his London condo and heads for the airport to New York.  Once he gets there, he will turn a key on a particle accelerator (it’s actually in Switzerland) that, it turns out, creates a strangelet that consumes the Earth and converts it to grey goo. The film does mention the idea of a microscopic black hole, which would evaporate (as Hawking radiation).

But the first three acts reenact three other possibilities:  They’re all handled in pretty cornball fashion. In each case, the scientist tries to fly to NYC.

One is that the Cumbre Vieja volcano in the Canary Islands splits in half, with an underwater landslide that sends a 500-foot tsunami toward the East Coast.  That’s high enough to topple the skyscrapers in New York, and it would go much farther than three miles inland.

A second scenario is that a huge asteroid hits Berlin, preceded by meteor storms.  Attempts to blow it up with nuclear weapons fail (even with Trump as president).  The disasters are narrated dispassionately by a BBC news anchor who shows no emotion.



The other idea is that a 1918-style bird flu suddenly spreads by air travel from the far East.

The film is available on Instant Play with Netflix subscription.

Wikipedia attribution link for Aceh 2004 Indonesia tsunami VCSA 2.0 unde CCSA 2.0 byr Aus AID.  

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

"Passports in the Shadows": CNN reports bust of Venezuelan passport fraud in Iraq


AC360 tonight had a 10 minute report, “Passports in the Shadows”, involving massive fraud with Venezuelan passports issued in Iraq, which might have been used anywhere in Europe by terrorists.

Although the FBI office in Madrid was aware of this (the interview with the whistleblower was conducted in Spain), it seems that CNN uncovered this story.  Donald Trump is so critical of the media, but this time CNN helped him out with a major terror bust.

Will Venezuela be placed under travel restrictions?  How would Obama or Hillary Clinton react to this story (or how would Anderson Cooper himself were he president).  Maybe the liberal Democrats know more about terror than Trump gives them credit for.

Wikipedia attribution link for picture of Baghdad red zone.  p.d. by Robert Smith.

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Milo Yiannopoulos explains how left-wing civil disorder threatens to shut down free speech


Milo Yiannopoulos gets interviewed by Tucker Carlson about the Berkeley Riots.  His event was canceled by effectively a "heckler's veto".
 


There are many rumors.  For example, the rioters were not students but outside agitators from a Symboniese-like Left.

Milo points out that university officials complained about Trump’s tweet threatening to cut off funding, but not about the rioting itself.

Here’s another Milo video explaining why Hillary lost


Saturday, February 04, 2017

Steve Bannon has a script for "Islamic States of America"


Steve Bannon had plans for a film “Islamic States of America” as far back as 2004, and had written the screenplay in something like FinalDraft, according to a Washington Post story, front page, Saturday morning, by Matea Gold, link here.
 


Bannon seems to imagine a cultural laxness and lack of social cohesion and drop in resilience that allows an enemy to destroy society, probably more gradually than in many other accounts (such as witn WMD or EMP attacks).

Bannon seems obsessed with “the other” indeed.

Yet, at an individual level, his idea that capitalism should be tempered with some sort of faith, since pure individualistic intellect can rationalize anything, makes some moral sense.  It’s the magical thinking, the invoking of holy wars and crusades and personification of Satan and the like that is scary.  That gets way beyond individual personal responsibility and speaks to the durability of the group.

Steve Bannon has produced a lot of right-wing films, and directed some, such as “Occupy Unmasked”, which I have reviewed on Wordpress.

It sounds like Bannon thinks that writing an Executive Order is like writing a screenplay: in your imagination, you can hurt people (like in "The Town").

But Bannon’s influence on Trump is indeed alarming.

Sunday, January 08, 2017

"The Jihadis Next Door": British filmmaker interviews some of the UK's most notorious radical Islamists


In the Channel 4 short (46 documentary) “The Jihadis Next Door” (20160, British filmmaker Jamie Roberts interviews a fundamentalist radical preacher Abu Haleema, and bouncy castle salesman Abu Rumaysah now one of the world’s most wanted men.  He also explores the possibility of similarity of one of the men’s voices to “Jihadi John” in the ISIS beheadings.



Both men (it’s hard to tell them apart) espouse the idea that Britain should live under Sharia law.  They claim everyone will live well if obedient to Allah, but people who refuse will have their property and lives taken from them by force.  The preacher is pretty blunt about this.  He also claims civilians deserve to be treated as  combatants, because individual Muslims in the Middle East are attacked by the British.

There is a major descriptive link for the film here.
 
Toward the end, the documentary shows a brief clip in Paris after the November 13, 2015 attacks.
 
You get the feeling that combativeness of radical Islam is driven in part by a desire not to deal with people “as they are”.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Geert Wilders's short film "Fitna"


Here is an embed of Geert Wilder’s 17-minute short film “Fitna”. The word means “temptation”, or "division or disagreement among the people".  The film is actually directed by Scarlet Pimpernel.


Wilder is a controversial right-wing politician in the Netherlands.  The film is controversial in the Netherlands.

Wikipedia has a detailed article naming all the Sura and describing the legal action in Europe that resulted, including copyright infringement over the Jyllands Posten cartoon images.

The film opens with shots of the 9/11 attacks and has gruesome footage of many other attacks in Europe.  Toward the end, it emphasizes attacks on gays, as well as intolerance of democracy or unbelief.

The film mentions Salman Rushdie, and Theo van Gogh (who as "assassinated" in 2004 over his film "Submission").

But of course the film can be said to depict only the most radical forms of Islam.

The film uses music from Edvard Grieg's "Peer Gynt".

I looked up the film after watching Bill Weir's interview with Wilders on his "Wonder List" show for CNN (see TV blog).