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Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Frank Zappa Explains Trickle Up Economics

Filed under: Economics — Tags: , , — mikewb1971 @ 3:59 AM (03:59)


NOTES

  1. Reposted –
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    2. Libertarian Party –
      1. New MexicoBlog / FB page / FB group
      2. Bernalillo County, New MexicoBlog / FB page / FB group
    3. Albuquerque Liberty Forum Facebook page
    4. Extropy Unbound Facebook page
    5. The Weekly Sedition Facebook page
    6. New Mexico Libertarians Facebook group
    7. The Libertarian Enterprise Facebook group
    8. The Coiled Serpent: A Virtual Tavern Facebook group

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Thursday, 21 January 2016

DC and Marvel, Dumping on Their Dinner Plates

Filed under: Media, Reading, Viewing — Tags: , , , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 8:04 PM (20:04)

Skimming through my Facebook feed, I found the following:

Cosmic Book News: Comic Book Retailers Sound Off On DC & Marvel As Sales Drop

Basically, the author explains how DC and Marvel are running their superhero franchises into the ground, and possibly poisoning that particular well for any other publishers, as well.

The interesting thing is that McGloin attributes this to Marvel and DC offering their same titles in both still-pictures-comic format as well as in audiovisual form (movies and television), when both Marvel and DC were letting their franchises be made into movies and TV shows back in the 1950s and 1960s.

Rather, I suspect that we’re seeing the same sort of thing that happened in the mid-1990s, when Marvel began rebooting its franchises (I remember them starting to playing these games with the X-Men in 1994.) and putting out multiple versions of the same issue, with different “collector edition” covers (especially the foil-covered ones!).

Big Bang Comics in Ireland put it rather succintly:

And I’ve heard the tired line before “justifying” the periodic reboots from these clowns:

These characters are so endearing and established . . .

To me, that’s equivocation for “we’re too lazy to develop any new characters.”

Case in point — the Star Trek franchise.

Back in 1985 and 1986, Gene Roddenberry and associates were working on bringing Star Trek back to television, but Paramount wasn’t keen on paying the higher salaries that the 1960s Original Series could command. So they went with a cast of actors not known for being in the science fiction genre. Rather than trying to cast these actors in the roles of the Original Series, Roddenberry created a whole new cast, ship, etc.

Did it pay off for Roddenberry and Paramount? I’d say so. The Next Generation ran for SEVEN seasons, as compared to The Original SeriesTHREE seasons.

Even better — The Next Generation had two series spun off from it (Deep Space Nine and Voyager), each of which had a cast separate from The Next Generation, and each of which ran for seven seasons.

Hell, the prequel series to the franchise (Enterprise) ran for four seasons.

When Paramount / CBS (whoever owns the franchise at this point) did decide to reboot it in 2008 and “bring back the original characters” with new actors, they wrote the script in such a way that picked up from previous endeavours, instead of simply blowing them off wholesale.

Brian Hibbs at Comic Book Resources has this to say:

We have to be mindful that the marketplace is changing, and that we have to change with it. I see a market that is moving away from line-driven buying, that is growing tired of the constant cycle of relaunch and reboot, that has far more options for their time and mindshare than ever before, and that can meet their craving for superhero material increasingly in other media. And that has, most dangerously, had their long-standing habits interrupted by their very pushers.

So far, the ONLY franchise reboot that I’ve seen that was significantly better than the original was the Battlestar Galactica remake of 2003-2009.

So far, out of all of the superhero titles currently published by DC and Marvel, the only one that does anything for me any more is Injustice: Gods Among Us. That’s because when someone gets killed, the writers try to avoid coming up with some cockamamie excuse to resurrect the character(s).

It seems to me that the executives at DC and Marvel assume their customer base to be composed of idiots who will buy into anything with their (the executives’) stamp of approval upon it.

Basically, this is the same sort of logic that Heckler & Koch GmbH used when they pitched their neutered version of their G-36 (the infamous flop called the SL8) — they figured that the HK fanboys (I’m guilty of being a bit of one myself back in the 1990s) would shell out hard cash for anything with a red “HK” stamped on one side of the stock or pistol grip. If that wasn’t a miscalculation, I don’t know what does qualify as one.

Will this endless cycle of reboot and remake ultimately bring down the DC and Marvel movie and television businesses, too?

Should I even care?

H/T Kevin Tuma


NOTES

  1. Approximate reading level – 13.0
  2. Reposted –
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Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Helloween — My God-Given Right (Official Video)

Filed under: Fun, Listening, Media, Philosophy, Principles, Resistance, Self-Defense, Viewing — Tags: , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 2:55 AM (02:55)

Why should I wait, what is left there for me?
I come to claim
To win the game
Why should I plea for my fair and right move?
I come to play
I come to stay

I don’t wanna bitch around no more
I don’t wanna stand back anymore

It’s my god-given right
To stand and fight
For what I like
It’s my god-given brain
That cried in pain
Would I resign
There’s nothing to gain
If I would restrain
There’s nothing to find
If I stay behind
It’s my right
My god-given right

Why should I lose if I am meant to win?
I know I can
I’ve got a plan
All that they told me is right and so wrong
I went through schools
Found my own rules

I don’t wanna bitch around no more
I don’t wanna stand back anymore

It’s my god-given right
To stand and fight
For what I like
It’s my god-given brain
That cried in pain
Would I resign
There’s nothing to gain
If I would restrain
There’s nothing to find
If I stay behind
It’s my right

My god-given right
It’s my god-given right
My god-given right
It’s my god-given right

It’s my god-given right
To stand and fight
For what I like
It’s my god-given brain
That cried in pain
Would I resign
There’s nothing to gain
If I would restrain
There’s nothing to find
If I stay behind
It’s my right
My god-given right


The site blabbermouth.net[1] quotes Oliver Sommer, who directed the video for the title track:

“The story tells itself with the first look on the artwork: it seems to be a film still and you only have to press the ‘play’ button. So the female protagonist flees – reminiscences to different (post)apocalyptic films and stories are deliberated – from an army of robotic pumpkin soldiers through an empty world. On the other side, the band performs in frightfully beautiful, rocked out ambience. When the tough girl realizes that she won’t escape, she turns around and kills her chasers with a grenade which looks like the torch from the Statue of Liberty . . . It is immersed in snow on the cover artwork and in sand in the clip.”

I’m wondering if I’m the only one who notices that the “pumpkin soldiers” bear a slight resemblance to Imperial Stormtroopers from the Star Wars franchise . . . ?

And don’t get on my case about the tactical idiocies (cover and concealment? what’s that?) in this one — it’s a music video made by Europeans, fer Chrissakes.


FOR FURTHER REFERENCE

  1. DuckDuckGo search — HELLOWEEN – My God-Given Right lyrics
  2. Wikipedia page for Helloween
  3. Wikipedia page for My God-Given Right

NOTES

  1. HELLOWEEN: First Part Of ‘My God-Given Right’ Track-By-Track Breakdown
  2. Approximate reading level – 11.4
  3. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – Diaspora* / Ello / Facebook / Google Plus / MeetMe / Tagged / Twitter
    2. The Weekly SeditionWordPress

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Monday, 18 March 2013

Sir Mix-A-Lot: No Holds Barred

“No Holds Barred” by Sir Mix-A-Lot

“The police, urge people, to keep their guns locked up and unloaded”
“Congress today, seems on the verge of approving gun control”

[Verse One: Sir Mix-A-Lot]
It’s, time to fight back cause the new jack black macks
ain’t did SHIT about that, whack, jackin
And I’m packin
Cause I’m down for the bank I’m stackin
And in a straight up brawl I’ll mall alla y’all
Ya try to crawl for Tylenol and I install
big fists in your face, the blow is well placed
Spray ’em with mace in case mace is his taste
Throw up the dogs, the competition is fogged
Cause he was smokin the yang, iced and drink the 8-ball
Drunk, stumblin, threw him with the lean
I sweep him, then attack the spleen
Play the congas on his backbone
He’s funk baritone until I twisted his dome
Creep up on my house and try to roll me up?
And got STUCK IN THE GUT with a black, Glock
And he starts to wobble
Self-defense is what I’m claimin’, let’s squabble
I pick up a pipe to take plenty of quick swipes
One grazed his dome and sliced his eye whites
I don’t give a DAMN bout a stupid ass burgular
It’s all circular
The dope dealer sells dope to the dope smoker
The smoker breaks in and tries to choke ya
But I ain’t the one to run from ya son
This is MY HOUSE, and it’s FULLA GUNS!
I’m down for mine and my choke is nice and hard
When you jack the boss there ain’t no holds barred!

No holds barred
No holds barred
No holds barred

[Verse Two: Sir Mix-A-Lot]
I’m crushin most hoods like katydids
I’m pleadin guilty for the damage I did
This ain’t about random violence
The (?) crept into my house, FUCK SILENCE
Now most punks wanna run for the stun gun
Fuck a stun gun, I got the big one
Forty-four mag, automatic, CHROME
Mercury-tipped bullets, melt the dome
It’s the 1990’s, and crack is
talkin to the criminals, ever so subliminal
Some crackhead wants Mix-A-Lot dead
A jack move instead, another fool bled
I can’t cry cause my tears are nearly froze
My interior’s cold, it posess my soul
I’m on the paranoid tip
And each of my socks got a clip!
When my house got robbed, a top notch job
Cops laughed while my mom just sobbed
9-1-1 only works for the rich ones
So I collect GUNS!
So step right through if you’re down for the wrong move
Most crews are moved by my twelve gauge BOOM!
How can I love when I gotta
protect my neck from a punk suspect?
Gun control – I ain’t wit it
They banned the AK and any fool can STILL get it
The innocent have been beaten, bruised and scarred
But for this citizen, there ain’t no holds barred

“It is an absolute infringement on my second amendment rights”
No holds barred
“When is this attack on gun owners going to end?”
No holds barred
“Education, versus restriction”

[Verse Three: Sir Mix-A-Lot]
Hypothetical situation
Gun control starts sweepin the nation
Now you got a bunch of unarmed innocent victims
Gettin FUCKED by the system
Sittin at home with a butter knife, huh
Any fool could rape your wife
So what’s up when the criminals can’t be stopped?
The only one with guns are the COPS
But it’s hard for a brother to trust police
Huh, so the shit don’t cease
So I go downtown to buy a hot gun
I hated criminals, and now I’m one
Because I bought a gat to protect my house
The cops wanna bust me out?
So it’s illegal to protect yourself?
Hell, you either get killed, or you in jail
So when you vote
You better think about what I just wrote
And FUCK writin a note to yo’ Congressman!
You got the fool hired
Now help get the fool fired
A scary scenario
And I put it in your stereo
So when a fool tries to run up on my car
R.I.P., no holds barred

No holds barred

No holds barred

“They take aim, at the law abiding citizen, instead of the criminal”
[*applause*]


NOTES

  1. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs – Xanga

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Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Frank Turner — Sons of Liberty

Filed under: Listening, Philosophy, Politics — Tags: , , , — mikewb1971 @ 12:34 PM (12:34)

Current mood: excited

Here’s the lyrics, for those inclined to sing along –

Once an honest man could go from sunrise to its set
without encountering agents of his state or government.
But a sorry cloud of tyranny has fallen across the land,
brought on by the hollow men, who did not understand
that for centuries our forefathers have fought and often died
to keep themselves unto themselves, to fight the rising tide,
and that if in the smallest battles we surrender to the state,
we enter in a darkness whence we never shall escape.

When they raise their hands up our lives to possess,
to know our souls, to drag us down, we’ll resist.

Watt Tyler led the people in 1381
to meet the king at Smithfield to issue this demand:
that Winchester’s should be the only law across the land,
the law of old King Alfred’s time, of free and honest men.
Because the people then they understood what we have since forgot:
that government will only work for its own benefit.
And I’d rather stand up naked against the elements alone
than give the hollow men the right to enter in my home.

When they raise their hands up our lives to possess,
to know our souls, to drag us down, we’ll resist.

Stand up sons of liberty and fight for what you own.
Stand up sons of liberty and fight, fight for your homes.
[4X]

So if ever a man should ask you for your business, or your name,
tell him to go and fuck himself, tell his friends to do the same.
Because a man who’d trade his liberty for a safe and dreamless sleep
doesn’t deserve the both of them, and neither shall he keep.

Thanks to The Devil’s Kitchen for the tip-off!


NOTES

  1. Reposted –
    1. NMPolitics.org


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Saturday, 18 August 2012

SF vs. Fantasy (and Horror, too!)

Filed under: Media, Philosophy, Principles, Reading, Viewing — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 2:33 AM (02:33)

Current mood: cynical

Recently I read Tomorrow, the Stars, which was edited by Robert A. Heinlein (at least in part – in the preface, he says that Truman Tailey. Judith Merrill, Frederick Pohl and Walter Bradbury helped out there). In that preface, Heinlein mentions a significant difference between science fiction and fantasy

From page 8 of the Berkeley Medallion Edition (15th printing – June, 1967)

“Science fiction is sometimes miscalled ‘escape literature,’ a mistake arising from a profound misconception of its nature and caused by identifying it with fantasy. Science fiction and fantasy are as different as Karl Marx and Groucho Marx. Fantasy is constructed by either denying the real world in toto or at least making a prime basis of the story one or more admittedly false premise – fairies, talking mules, trips through a looking glass, vampires, seacoast Bohemia, Mickey Mouse.”

In the next few sentences of that same paragraph, Heinlein sets out what distinguishes science fiction from fantasy (and horror, as well). Again, from page 8

“But science fiction, no matter how fantastic its content may seem, always accepts all of the real world and the entire body of human knowledge as the framework for the fictional speculation.”

Back in 2003, I was hanging out at Bubonicon 35 with L. Neil Smith, who summed it up very well

In science fiction, the universe is knowable and people can figure it out.

Thus my conclusion that the books in the genre of sword-and-sorcery fantasy belong together with the horror books, if anywhere, rather than with the science-fiction books.

In my view, fantasy and horror stories are more mature versions of fairy tales and campfire ghost stories.

And why do I often feel as though I’m the only one that sees most of the cast of the typical horror movie as complete idiots, simply begging to be slaughtered at whim by the monster or slasher or demon?


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Sunday, 22 May 2011

Mr Big Dick by Schooly D — Video and Lyrics

Filed under: Dark Side, Humor, Listening, Media — Tags: , , , — mikewb1971 @ 4:04 AM (04:04)

Current mood: amused, bored

SCHOOLLY D – MR Big Dick by DaDDy_sHug_1972

Lyrics to Mr. Big Dick

All right Mr. Big Dick

Schoolly, I got to tell you, you get the best ass I ever done seen
You got it to a total science

Yeah man, we here tonight, we gonna talk about something
Get straight to the point, some of us were talkin about it
Straight to the tip

1 – 2 – 3 . . .

Mr. Big Dick . . . who do you think you are?
Mr. Big Dick . . . who do you think you are?
Mr. Big Dick . . . who do you think you are?
Mr. Big Dick . . . who do you think you are?

Hey Schoolly, tell me about your dick, talk about your dick
Come on tell me about it. I want to hear about your dick

Um, lookin at my dick it’s about that long
For me to really answer it I’m a need another song

Say some brothers who don’t realize
That Mr. Big Dick is always on the rise
To look at mine you need four eyes
Why? Because of the size
Me and Mr. Big Dick go everywhere together
In the cold the hot any weather
On the ave I always will hold it
When it get big sometimes I will fold it
All you girls with the big booties
It is my duty to fuck you cutie
Don’t be shy and don’t be slick
Cause that’s the big question

Mr. Big Dick . . . who do you think you are?
Mr. Big Dick . . . who do you think you are?
Mr. Big Dick . . . who do you think you are?
Mr. Big Dick . . . who do you think you are?

I was sittin in my Lincoln thinkin and stinkin
See a young lady and my eyes start blinkin
I say hey lady, you need a ride
Before I finish, she jumped inside
Lights in and I bust a nut
As I look at them thighs and the big fat butt
I looked a little closer and checked out her face
I said damn Schoolly man what a disgrace
I got this fat bitch in my ride
I see my old money and I wanted to hide
He laughed so hard he wanted to die
I said you suckin dick, she jumped inside
Took the girl for a ride out in the park
Way way way way back in the dark
I said now listen baby, act real flirty
Get in the back and get your knees dirty
Don’t act shy and act real slick
Cause that’s the big question

Mr. Big Dick . . . who do you think you are?
Mr. Big Dick . . . who do you think you are?
Mr. Big Dick . . . who do you think you are?
Mr. Big Dick . . . who do you think you are?

People say I’m vulgar they just don’t get it
They’d rather have me stand on stage then try to rig it
I’d rather meet a honey, pull out all my money
Get back and say something funny
Like don’t act shy, don’t act slick
Cause that’s the big question

Mr. Big Dick . . . who do you think you are?
Mr. Big Dick . . . who do you think you are?
Mr. Big Dick . . . who do you think you are?
Mr. Big Dick . . . who do you think you are?


NOTES

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Saturday, 25 December 2010

Books, Movies and TV Shows

Filed under: Media, Reading, Viewing — Tags: , , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 8:59 PM (20:59)

Re: What’s a book, movie or television show you think more people should know about?

Book – The Probability Broach (the complete graphic novel version)

Movie – V for Vendetta (also the book)

TV Show – Babylon 5

I just answered this Featured Question; you can answer it too!


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Friday, 10 December 2010

“BEER!” by Psychostick

Filed under: Dark Side, Food and Drink, Fun, Humor, Life, Listening, Media, Viewing — Tags: , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 4:47 AM (04:47)

amused, cheerful


NOTES

  1. Reposted –
    1. Darth Mike – Xanga

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Saturday, 24 July 2010

Comic-Con vs. Fred Phelps

Filed under: Life, Philosophy — Tags: , , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 12:59 AM (00:59)

Current mood: amused, annoyed cranky

I found this on Facebook —

Nerds vs. the Westboro Baptist Church, Super Heroes vs. the Westboro Baptist Church

Doesn’t Fred Phelps have anything better to do with his time than this inanity? Really.


NOTES

  1. Reposted —
    1. KCUF Media — Blogspot / Myspace / Xanga
    2. Mike Blessing for State Representative / The BTPNM Blog / The LPNM Blog

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