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  1. I used to have similar beliefs, subscribing to the ideas of Rev. Thomas Malthus. Since then I have come to realize that there have been a few times in history where the human race should have been too large to sustain itself, but there comes a scientific breakthrough. There is also the trend of seeing most countries having a smaller birth rate once they become more developed. I noticed that people from less developed countries have many children in the hope that at least one will take care of them in their old age. People from more developed countries hope that the thing that will take care of them in their old age will be their : retirement plan, investments/business/assets, or social security. That last one is if there are enough younger people paying into the system so that it could keep going.

    That is what I thought Mike was talking about when he mentioned health care.

    I agree with Mike that I would not know how to control population. Especially when you factor religion. I have also noticed that throughout history the people who advocate for having fewer children often end up with many children. Tolstoy encouraged people to have less children yet he fathered 14 children. Ted Turner has 5 kids (that we know of) yet he has been preaching for decades about how everyone needs to have fewer children.

  2. I have not seen it yet, but was surprised when I went to my grandparents. We were all watching a football game and my mother commented that one of the players long blonde hair looked gross.  I said that maybe he wanted to be Thor. She just interjected with

    "But in the new movie he has short hair!"

    I wonder if she is a closet Thor fan.

  3. I was curious about your views on population. I agree that the subject of population is something that can take a different perspective every twenty years or so. You briefly mentioned population and healthcare but then moved away because you did not want to go into a political tangent. If I were given the topic of overpopulation the first thing that would have come to my mind would be the memory of watching the Captain Planet episode where rats were used as an allegory for too many humans being a problem. Then I would just start thinking of other bad or really awkward ways people have tried to control population.

  4. Mike,

         I found your conclusion to "The Mark of Gideon" to be interesting.  My perspective on population and control is much different from yours and would like you to share more. I realize there may be a good chance I would vehemently disagree but I still want to know and understand your perspective.

  5. JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: I have only finished Phantom Blood and saw a little bit of Battle Tendencies. This feels like one of those stories that shouldn't work but it does. Futurama may be the show that has had the most memes but JoJo is a strong challenger for second place, one of their memes seem to be re-drawing a franchise JoJo style.


  6. On 10/22/2017 at 10:55 AM, Donomark said:

    Call-Out Culture is a terrible thing. Do you know why she was called a racist?

    She was playing Little Red Riding Hood (who was also a werewolf). She would go around asking children if anyone had seen her grandmother. Apparently someone asked her "What color is the grandmothers skin?" She just responded with "white." Even though she is white and she played a 18th century German Little Red Riding Hood, the man who asked her the question was outraged and told her she was racist for not having a black grandmother.

    By that logic, shouldn't all the anime, Godzilla and kung-fu movies I own be racist?

  7. I came across a friend of mine who was crying today. She explained that someone called her a racist. It wasn't until later I realized that she wasn't just crying because she was insulted, she was (is) also terrified of a potential online hate mob. 

  8. Cartoon Network showed some episodes on Toonami during late night Saturdays. It is a Studio Madhouse production, and I have grown to like their work. It is based off of the manga by Hitoshi Iwaaki who was heavily inspired by John Carpenters "The Thing." If it just happens to be on TV and you have nothing better to do, you might enjoy it.

  9. On 6/24/2017 at 4:13 PM, Rjoyadet said:

    Unbreakable : I came in knowing what the twist was and still enjoyed the movie. I loved the imagery like the glossy purple wrapping on the  limited edition comic book, and later Mr. Glass wears purple under a glossy coat and names his gallery "Limited Edition." I wish Bruce Willis was written to be more likeable. Stay tuned for a drawing of Mr. Glass walking alongside Mace Windu, Valentine, Dr. Octopus and Nick Fury.


  10. Sunshine: I would say that my science brain screamed in agony about how in forty years we will have to fly a spaceship full of nukes into the sun in order to restart it. But the art of the movie was so pretty that my science brain was able to tap out in favor of my artistic mind. Although some of the film edits with the villain were jerky and disorienting there was a great use of color. It also had a great score with "Adagio in D Minor" which many people remember as the music that played in KickAss when hit girl came to the rescue. I like my mothers comment near the conclusion of "They are all going to get Rogue One'd."

  11. The Mind of Terror, Tass Saada : The book begins in late 2001 where a neighbor tells the FBI that the Palestinian immigrant knows Osama Bin Laden. When he is questioned he explains that he does not know Osama Bin Laden, only that they met once years ago. He then talks about living life as a Muslim and what someone who would grow up to be a sniper for Yasser Arafat would be raised to believe. He gives advice on how to politely talk to Muslims in order to grow friendship and understanding.  A good part of the book is a sales pitch to help fund his interfaith school. Although I have not given any money, I enjoyed the stories. One that especially stuck in my mind was when the faculty had a spa day and came across a recently widowed woman who shared that she spent years imprisoned in her household and this was her first step of freedom.

    The Stainless Steel Rat, Harry Harrison A super criminal in space. Some parts are clearly dated but that does not detract from the overall timeless charm of a theif who ends up helping the everyman, much to the detriment of the royalty and/or the obscenely wealthy . I have only read the prequel so I do not know if the rats version of Irene Adler, Angelina, ever comes back. If there was ever a movie, there could only be one song that comes to mind.

    Books read: fewer than Hannah.

  12. 6 hours ago, Dread said:

    The revise and expanded is what I'm reading but I don't know what's new and what isn't other than the last chunk.

    The author is burying TNA as well. Pretty brutal.

    Edit: so the end is just listing all the stupid shit that TNA did.

    Most of the parts involving TNA, as well as the "Lesson not Learned" segments.

  13. Dark City : The man that lent the movie to me suggested that I mute the movie until you get to the scene of Kiefer Sutherland looking at his watch. I did and having the exposition dump muted dramatically increased the quality of the movie. I did not expect to love this movie as much as I did. I love that a 90's dark movie had a predominately 1940's noir theme, good idea casting Jennifer Connelly as the female lead. It was nice seeing Rufus Sewell playing the hero for once. This movie was great!

    eXistenZ : My first David Cronenberg movie.  All throughout the movie there are hints of the big reveal at the end. I found the commentary on religion interesting, maybe because it wasn't blatant and can be interpreted in different ways. There effects were great in the fact that they were queasy but you couldn't look away. There was even a psych out moment in the end where you think you are witnessing more body horror but it turns out to be an unconventional way of concealing weapons.

  14. Seeking Allah, finding Jesus: A devout Muslim Encounters Christianity by Nabeel Qureshi  Nabeel goes in a direction that is the opposite of almost every convert, or apostate I have come across. Instead of looking back with anger, Nabeel talks about his life as a Muslim with much joy and it is clear that he loves his family very much. This gave me a much better understanding of the thoughts that go through a young Muslim man in every day life. For example instead of a right - wrong mentality there is more of a pride - shame mentality. The books conclusion was difficult when he tells his parents that he is a Christian despite knowing the fact that they will be heartbroken. I was a little heartbroken when he mentions that his parents did not attend his wedding.

    The Death of WCW, by R.D. Reynolds and Bryan Alvarez Anyone who has read my previous posts (good heavens! 980 already!?!) know that I have very limited experience with professional wrestling. So when people say that this is a book that even people who don't like wrestling can enjoy, they aren't kidding. The book chronicles the purchase of WCW by Ted Turner, the creation of the N.W.O., and a lot of the bad ideas that led to the titular death of World Championship Wrestling. Most reprints come with a afterword or an additional chapter. This book does one better by peppering the book with "lesson not learned" anecdotes. Bryan Alvarez narration of the book was amazing due to the fact that he knew when to be sarcastic and serious. like once he says "lesson not learned, no wait.... lesson learned!" Also the beginning and end teases a sequel focusing on TNA.

    All You Zombies by Robert A. Heinlein  Never judge a book by its cover. I thought All You Zombies was going to feature zombies. Instead there was a story about identity involving time travel paradoxes, seducing yourself, kidnapping your younger self and reassignment surgery. I can see how David Gerrold used this concept for his novel "The Man Who Folded Himself" but I was happy to find that it did not end with the main character becoming obsessed with the day and place he would eventually die.

    Cracking the Millionaire code by Mark Victor Hansen and Robert G. Allen Quite bland and generic. At times I could not tell whether I was listening to a self help book or a parody of a self help book.

  15. Unbreakable : I came in knowing what the twist was and still enjoyed the movie. I loved the imagery like the glossy purple wrapping on the  limited edition comic book, and later Mr. Glass wears purple under a glossy coat and names his gallery "Limited Edition." I wish Bruce Willis was written to be more likeable. Stay tuned for a drawing of Mr. Glass walking alongside Mace Windu, Valentine, Dr. Octopus and Nick Fury.

  16. Hey Will, I was curious are you the only person in your circle of friends who goes to the drive-in. I often go to mine and any time a friend is coming along is after I have invited them. The one I go to has a Sega Daytona machine, I think I spend as much on quarters for turns as I do for tickets.