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  1. oneeyed says:

    There’s also two other short movies on his yt channel. “Firebase” and “Zygote”.

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  2. Holy moly..

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  3. Interesting. Throughout, the mood sound (can’t call it music) is too loud, overwhelming the spoken narration. Economics question: Where do the humans get their plentiful supply of military hardware, flashlight light bulbs and batteries, guns and ammo, acetylene torches, side-of-face microphones, and Texas flags (at 15:35, 16:45)?
    Why the title “Rakka”? This seems to be an alternate spelling of Raqqa, the capital of the Islamic State. Is the human suicide bomber a non-Islamic jihadi?

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    • Replies: @5371
    There's a famous Afrikaans poem called "Raka" about a community destroyed by a primitive and monstrous beast they don't perceive the danger of in time.
    , @üeljang
    "Why the title “Rakka”? This seems to be an alternate spelling of Raqqa, the capital of the Islamic State. Is the human suicide bomber a non-Islamic jihadi?"

    Good question. I have not watched the film yet, but my immediate impression was that the title resembled a Sino-Japanese word that means "fall down, falling down" (落下 rakka < Chinese 落 luò "fall" + 下 xià "down") as in 隕石落下 inseki rakka "meteorite fall, impact event."
    , @bored identity
    bored Answer 1:

    https://militarybases.com/texas/

    ....and/or Sigourney Weaver's basement.



    bored Answer 2 :

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt6990734/ :

    'Rakka' is the English spelling of a Japanese word which can mean 'Fallen' or 'Fall'. It is also an Icelandic word meaning 'Male'. Rakka = 'Fall of Man
    , @Daniel Chieh
    I bet the alien intelligence agency was trying to fund one group of humans against the other, and missed the fact that much of their hardware went to speciesist luddites.
    , @Robard
    The title looks very similar to the title of an epic poem, Raka, which every high school student of Afrikaans literature in South Africa would have encountered. Here is a translation: http://richarddenooy.bookslive.co.za/blog/2010/04/24/how-raka-became-a-sangoma/ The similarity is likely intentional since Blomkamp's mercenary in Elysium sings an Afrikaans nursery song, Siembamba Mamma se Kindjie. It is macabre for a nursery song: Siembamba mother's little child, wring its little neck, throw it in the ditch, step on its head and then its dead.
    , @Hrw-500
    From what I read on IMDB's trivia and I quote. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt6990734/trivia?ref_=tt_trv_trv

    'Rakka' is the English spelling of a Japanese word which can mean 'Fallen' or 'Fall'. It is also an Icelandic word meaning 'Male'. Rakka = 'Fall of Man'

    I wonder if Neill Blomkamp would do an movie adaptation of ones of Tom Kratman's novels like Caliphate?

    , @Patrick Harris
    Could be a reference to Matthew 5:22.
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  4. Interesting. Throughout, the mood sound (can’t call it music) is too loud, overwhelming the spoken narration. Economics question: Where do the humans get their plentiful supply of military hardware, flashlight light bulbs and batteries, guns and ammo, acetylene torches, side-of-face microphones, and Texas flags (at 15:35, 16:45)?

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  5. 5371 says:
    @Mark Spahn (West Seneca, NY)
    Interesting. Throughout, the mood sound (can't call it music) is too loud, overwhelming the spoken narration. Economics question: Where do the humans get their plentiful supply of military hardware, flashlight light bulbs and batteries, guns and ammo, acetylene torches, side-of-face microphones, and Texas flags (at 15:35, 16:45)?
    Why the title "Rakka"? This seems to be an alternate spelling of Raqqa, the capital of the Islamic State. Is the human suicide bomber a non-Islamic jihadi?

    There’s a famous Afrikaans poem called “Raka” about a community destroyed by a primitive and monstrous beast they don’t perceive the danger of in time.

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    http://www.gov.za/about-government/nicolaas-petrus-van-wyk-louw-1906-1970

    Nicolaas Petrus Van Wyk Louw was born in Sutherland, on the western edge of the Great Karoo, on 11 June 1906. He was educated at the South African College School , Cape Town , and the University of Cape Town .

    At 23 he became a lecturer in the university's department of education. In 1949 he was appointed professor of Afrikaans at the Gemeentelijke Universiteit in Amsterdam , returning in 1958 to head the Department of Afrikaans and Dutch at the University of the Witwatersrand , where he remained till his death in 1970.

    During all this time Louw produced one literary work after another, all resounding with his deep love for South Africa . His main preoccupation was the survival and progress of Afrikaans, but at the same time he was not narrow in his vision; although right-wing in his earlier years, like many Afrikaners in the wake of the Anglo-Boer War and subsequent attempts at suppression of Afrikaans culture and language. But he changed as South Africa changed around him.

    He supported language rights for speakers of African languages, and his single most famous work, the epic poem “Raka”, recounts a black hero's desperate struggle against a nightmarish beast to save his people's heritage of language and art – a metaphor as powerful now, in the era of globalisation, as it was then.

    At the same time “Wyk”, as he was widely known, became a leading voice on matters of conscience in the Afrikaans intellectual community. As early as 1952 he was on record as issuing a remarkably percipient warning, in the light of later events, against any tendency for a nation to regard survival per se as more important than the survival of justice.

    Later he criticised, sometimes indirectly and sometimes openly and vehemently, various aspects of the South African government's racial policies, and in 1966 was publicly attacked by the then Prime Minister, Dr Hendrik Verwoerd, for his prophetic stage play Die Pluimsaad Waai Ver .

    Van Wyk Louw is widely regarded as one of South Africa 's foremost literary figures. ...
     
    Interesting. Why the change in spelling?
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  6. It’s War of the Worlds + magic negro.

    I was quite hopeful at the start, I liked the CGI dying cities and alien structures. But everything has been done before. When it comes to films and TV I think I’m suffering from middle-aged ennui much like the character in this ‘bored to death’ sketch from a rather under-rated comedy series by Scottish comedian Armondo Iannucci-

    I think Steve’s idea of Neill Blomkamp is more interesting than the reality. Whatever inspiration he draws from demographic trends is watered down and rendered harmless in the actual films.

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    Actually, in all fairness to Steve and Neill this interview with Blomkamp about Rakka does explain some of the ideas behind the short film, many of which are novel and sound like they would work in a movie-

    https://www.theverge.com/2017/6/14/15802150/neill-blomkamp-experimental-sci-fi-film-rakka-watch-interview
    , @Dave Pinsen
    There's been interesting new stuff in sci-fi novels, but most of it hasn't made it to the screen. The Three Body Problem looks to be an exception, driven by national pride in China, but it's not the kind of novel I'd expect Blomkamp to ever film.
    , @MBlanc46
    A Scottish comedian named Armondo Iannucci?
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  7. El Dato says:

    Oats Studis – Wikipedia

    Where is Gordon Freeman when you need him?

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    He's waiting on J.J. Abrams to get him out of development hell.
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  8. @al gore rhythms
    It's War of the Worlds + magic negro.

    I was quite hopeful at the start, I liked the CGI dying cities and alien structures. But everything has been done before. When it comes to films and TV I think I'm suffering from middle-aged ennui much like the character in this 'bored to death' sketch from a rather under-rated comedy series by Scottish comedian Armondo Iannucci-

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QbvO104irKM

    I think Steve's idea of Neill Blomkamp is more interesting than the reality. Whatever inspiration he draws from demographic trends is watered down and rendered harmless in the actual films.

    Actually, in all fairness to Steve and Neill this interview with Blomkamp about Rakka does explain some of the ideas behind the short film, many of which are novel and sound like they would work in a movie-

    https://www.theverge.com/2017/6/14/15802150/neill-blomkamp-experimental-sci-fi-film-rakka-watch-interview

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    Q. Where did the story [Rakka] come from?

    Blomkamp: The original idea was to make make a science fiction piece that was about an occupying force in a foreign country, and it kind of grew around that. I always wanted to do a science fiction invasion piece that had direct parallels with an occupying force in a country, like the Germans in France, or Americans in Iraq. There's these levels of armed troops that are walking through neighborhoods, and well-built buildings, and local politicians have been turned or manipulated.
     
    There is a plausible deniability thing here, of course.

    What suggests the intended allegory is Islamic/African migrants in Europe / Pro-European Resistance?

    In favor:
    (1) The Eiffel Tower is shown occupied by the aliens.
    (2) White blonde girl is the face of humanity.
    (3) Texas flag used by resistance.
    (4) Puppetized (White) politicians squawk against their own people's interests.
    (5) Human resistance has "developed a brain barrier that protects us from their [aliens'] influence" -- metaphor for Dissident Right politics? -- A key aspect to the Rakka world is that the aliens win not by overwhelming force, but by this mental control. The "brain barrier" allows resistance to be feasible for those few with access to the "brain barrier" devices.

    On point five: The aliens' ability to mentally control humans and get them to act against their own interests can be seen as a metaphor for control of the discourse by forces hostile to the Christian West.
    , @Benjamin I. Espen
    Thanks for the pointer. That interview, and the rest of the linked ones were fascinating.
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  9. üeljang says:
    @Mark Spahn (West Seneca, NY)
    Interesting. Throughout, the mood sound (can't call it music) is too loud, overwhelming the spoken narration. Economics question: Where do the humans get their plentiful supply of military hardware, flashlight light bulbs and batteries, guns and ammo, acetylene torches, side-of-face microphones, and Texas flags (at 15:35, 16:45)?
    Why the title "Rakka"? This seems to be an alternate spelling of Raqqa, the capital of the Islamic State. Is the human suicide bomber a non-Islamic jihadi?

    “Why the title “Rakka”? This seems to be an alternate spelling of Raqqa, the capital of the Islamic State. Is the human suicide bomber a non-Islamic jihadi?”

    Good question. I have not watched the film yet, but my immediate impression was that the title resembled a Sino-Japanese word that means “fall down, falling down” (落下 rakka < Chinese 落 luò “fall” + 下 xià “down”) as in 隕石落下 inseki rakka “meteorite fall, impact event.”

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  10. Romanian says: • Website

    You mean woke af! A very subversive film.

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  11. BB753 says:

    In every one of these modern sci-fi series, the top leader in a post-apocalyptic world turns out to be an old woman. Now, how likely is that?

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    • Replies: @Autochthon
    The Lord Protector Ponse, Prince Kandive the Golden, General Bethlehem, The Deacon, Lord Humungus, The Toecutter, and Immortan Joe disagree (even Aunty Entity had to contend with Master Blaster for supremacy...).

    The jury is out on Commander Toty.

    Your point may well hold for mediocre works about post-apocalyptic devastation: I don't bother to consume those.
    , @Paul Jolliffe
    Oh c'mon man! She's Ellen Ripley! She's Dana Barrett! She's Lt. Tawny Madison!

    If there's one woman on the planet who knows a thing or two about dealing with aliens, it's Sigourney!

    She's great with a pulse rifle, she's got a class - 2 rating with a loader, she was the gatekeeper for Gozer (for awhile), she knows slime, she can go toe-to-toe with the queen-mother in the nest . . . what more do you want?

    If aliens from outer space do invade earth someday, our best defense just might be to have all the hot babes run around with guns! The sight of all those alien jaws dropping in stunned silence would be awesome!

    https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/07/08/7b/07087b6b807c11af872cbaacc1567bdd.jpg
    , @mobi

    In every one of these modern sci-fi series, the top leader in a post-apocalyptic world turns out to be an old woman. Now, how likely is that?
     
    That a feminist matriarchy might find itself post-apocalyptic? Seems most likely of all, to me.
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  12. Too bad about the White woman/Black man duo saving the world cliche. Otherwise great.

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  13. It looks like an Islamized, hence “based”, adaptation of the Resistance videogame series. The cold-loving insect Chimera are changed to globe-warming reptiles, but other plot elements are kept the same and several of the visuals are almost identical.

    -Alien predators who rapidly swarm the earth

    -climate control spires penetrating the clouds, surrounded by spiral hurricane-like cloud formations, and pictured from space

    -conversion centers

    -mind control and “angels”

    -mutant human experiment survivors who lead the battle against the aliens

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    Rakka is how I imagine a Tyranid invasion of Earth would play out.
    , @Romanian
    It was a shame that the Resistance games were console exclusives.

    Another console exclusive title that is "woke" was Killzone, which leaned heavily on the fascist aesthetic to depict a war against (human, but adapted to their environment to become especially pale and sinister) invaders from the planet Helghan. Killzone 2 had the Allies go to Helghan to end the fight. In a monumental example of cuckery, the Allies gave half of the planet Vekta (the casus belli of the first game) to refugees from Helghan, as compensation for the destruction of their planet. Vekta being this paradise world, which now features a huge wall straight down the middle of the largest city, with the Helghans creating a militarized, xenophobic police state on the other side, just like at home. Killzone 4 is about the war that erupts again now that the Helghans have to cross a simple line to try and takeover the planet, instead of the vastness of space.
    , @Kaz
    Where is the Islamized angle?
    , @Dave Pinsen
    Aliens were also changing the earth's climate in The Arrival, except they did so more subtly, by building power plants through corporations.
    , @JohnnyGeo
    I see a lot of John Christopher's Tripod Trilogy.

    https://www.amazon.com/White-Mountains-Tripods-John-Christopher/dp/1481414771
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  14. backup says:

    Wow. This is how the Kurds felt in Kobane.

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  15. Mr. Anon says:

    It looks like it was ripped off from the Kyle Reese / Sarah Conner monologues from the terminator movies.

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  16. @Mark Spahn (West Seneca, NY)
    Interesting. Throughout, the mood sound (can't call it music) is too loud, overwhelming the spoken narration. Economics question: Where do the humans get their plentiful supply of military hardware, flashlight light bulbs and batteries, guns and ammo, acetylene torches, side-of-face microphones, and Texas flags (at 15:35, 16:45)?
    Why the title "Rakka"? This seems to be an alternate spelling of Raqqa, the capital of the Islamic State. Is the human suicide bomber a non-Islamic jihadi?

    bored Answer 1:

    https://militarybases.com/texas/

    ….and/or Sigourney Weaver’s basement.

    bored Answer 2 :

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt6990734/ :

    ‘Rakka’ is the English spelling of a Japanese word which can mean ‘Fallen’ or ‘Fall’. It is also an Icelandic word meaning ‘Male’. Rakka = ‘Fall of Man

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    "‘Rakka’ is the English spelling of a Japanese word which can mean ‘Fallen’ or ‘Fall’. It is also an Icelandic word meaning ‘Male’. Rakka = ‘Fall of Man"

    Ah, thanks for the reminder, Bored Identity. Yes, 落下 rakka means "fall, descend, drop", and 落下傘 rakkasan (literally, "descent umbrella") means "parachute"; see
    http://www.cspa.ca/sites/default/files/library/1483.jpg
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  17. As I understand it this is basically GabeN (Steam) trying to diversify into movie-making. Would be interesting to see if the model works.

    My favorite Oats Studios production to date:

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    • Replies: @El Dato
    Who put Jehovah in charge?

    Does he even have a license for Artificial Life? I doubt it, that guy is a known nutcase.
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  18. @academic gossip
    It looks like an Islamized, hence "based", adaptation of the Resistance videogame series. The cold-loving insect Chimera are changed to globe-warming reptiles, but other plot elements are kept the same and several of the visuals are almost identical.

    -Alien predators who rapidly swarm the earth

    -climate control spires penetrating the clouds, surrounded by spiral hurricane-like cloud formations, and pictured from space

    -conversion centers

    -mind control and "angels"

    -mutant human experiment survivors who lead the battle against the aliens

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOxgUoUU2xE

    Rakka is how I imagine a Tyranid invasion of Earth would play out.

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    • Replies: @Romanian
    Must add Jaegers and Space Marines!
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  19. Anonym says:

    I’ve never seen the Reptilians depicted so… reptilian.

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  20. @Mark Spahn (West Seneca, NY)
    Interesting. Throughout, the mood sound (can't call it music) is too loud, overwhelming the spoken narration. Economics question: Where do the humans get their plentiful supply of military hardware, flashlight light bulbs and batteries, guns and ammo, acetylene torches, side-of-face microphones, and Texas flags (at 15:35, 16:45)?
    Why the title "Rakka"? This seems to be an alternate spelling of Raqqa, the capital of the Islamic State. Is the human suicide bomber a non-Islamic jihadi?

    I bet the alien intelligence agency was trying to fund one group of humans against the other, and missed the fact that much of their hardware went to speciesist luddites.

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    • Replies: @bored identity
    Darn it, Daniel, this was quite dry, witty , and positively hilarious at the same time....
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  21. Hard to get past the motifs of contemporary film-making:

    - Hardnosed female leader
    - Repulsive White male (the arsonist)
    - Magic Negro

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    As to the arsonists, there is a parallel with Stephen King's "The Stand." As I recall from the book, the crazy firebug ended up saving the world by nuking the Antichrist's capital city Las Vegas.
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  22. I wonder if Volume II is going to provide some balance and demonstrate the increase on Earth GDP brought about by the aliens.

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    • Replies: @Altai
    FACT: The higher basal metabolism of the Morpho-Lizards means they consume up to 80% more calories than the average, bland human mammals. Meaning more consumptive demand for our struggling agricultural sector!
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  23. Anon says: • Disclaimer

    Isn’t a Blomkamp a perverted sex act? And if so, could someone give me a tutorial?

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    I always read his name as "Blumpkin".
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  24. @PA (paworldandtimes)
    Hard to get past the motifs of contemporary film-making:

    - Hardnosed female leader
    - Repulsive White male (the arsonist)
    - Magic Negro

    As to the arsonists, there is a parallel with Stephen King’s “The Stand.” As I recall from the book, the crazy firebug ended up saving the world by nuking the Antichrist’s capital city Las Vegas.

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  25. How do you know that the allegory is that the aliens are immigrants as opposed the aliens are planet ruining deplorables?

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  26. Romanian says: • Website
    @academic gossip
    It looks like an Islamized, hence "based", adaptation of the Resistance videogame series. The cold-loving insect Chimera are changed to globe-warming reptiles, but other plot elements are kept the same and several of the visuals are almost identical.

    -Alien predators who rapidly swarm the earth

    -climate control spires penetrating the clouds, surrounded by spiral hurricane-like cloud formations, and pictured from space

    -conversion centers

    -mind control and "angels"

    -mutant human experiment survivors who lead the battle against the aliens

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOxgUoUU2xE

    It was a shame that the Resistance games were console exclusives.

    Another console exclusive title that is “woke” was Killzone, which leaned heavily on the fascist aesthetic to depict a war against (human, but adapted to their environment to become especially pale and sinister) invaders from the planet Helghan. Killzone 2 had the Allies go to Helghan to end the fight. In a monumental example of cuckery, the Allies gave half of the planet Vekta (the casus belli of the first game) to refugees from Helghan, as compensation for the destruction of their planet. Vekta being this paradise world, which now features a huge wall straight down the middle of the largest city, with the Helghans creating a militarized, xenophobic police state on the other side, just like at home. Killzone 4 is about the war that erupts again now that the Helghans have to cross a simple line to try and takeover the planet, instead of the vastness of space.

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    • Replies: @Jack Hanson
    The Helghast/human character was about 10X more interesting than any other character in the first game.
    , @Anatoly Karlin
    Helghans did nothing wrong.

    Hail Helghan!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FoTwxckzErI
    , @Daniel Chieh
    I thought Killzone had some of the best storylines and depictions, both of heroes and villains.
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  27. neutral says:

    How do these short movies get funded, they are released for free and I cannot see how they will thus ever end up making money.

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    Good question.
    , @Don't Look at Me
    Heavy reliance on CGI.
    One expensive actress and a bunch of low paid nobodies.
    Creative use of junk yards as a dystopian future.
    Fill in with Google Earth moving images.
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  28. You will always be a child of two worlds, Steve. The Alexamenos graffito is a mule, not a donkey.

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  29. Kaz says:
    @academic gossip
    It looks like an Islamized, hence "based", adaptation of the Resistance videogame series. The cold-loving insect Chimera are changed to globe-warming reptiles, but other plot elements are kept the same and several of the visuals are almost identical.

    -Alien predators who rapidly swarm the earth

    -climate control spires penetrating the clouds, surrounded by spiral hurricane-like cloud formations, and pictured from space

    -conversion centers

    -mind control and "angels"

    -mutant human experiment survivors who lead the battle against the aliens

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOxgUoUU2xE

    Where is the Islamized angle?

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  30. Altai says:

    Cool to see Steve pick up on this, I posted a comment about it two months ago. It goes way beyond the kind of implicit message in his other stuff. The trailer is even more ‘based’, the blonde girl in the sackcloth reminds me of the Afrikaner squatter camps. A reptillian enemy which can influence and control ones mind? That sounds like some David Icke/Alex Jones stuff and could, of course, be taken as a metaphor for something more realistic…

    OT: New Neill Blomkamp project. Theme is invasion, displacement and fighting to resist. Implicitly white, even a Texas flag. They have an insane ‘fellow human’ saying their new overlords have a nice little reservation set up for them. That shot of the little blonde girl staring into the camera…

    Opening shot has a derelict Eiffel Tower.

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    the blonde girl in the sackcloth reminds me of the Afrikaner squatter camps.
     
    According to the credits her name is Carla Marais, a typical Afrikaner name. Two of the other actors playing militias also have Afrikaans names.
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  31. How is this “based”? It’s merely another alien invasion plot, in the vein of “War of the worlds” and countless 1950s movies. Not very original imo. And totally irrelevant as an allegory for today’s real world issues.
    “Firebase” sounds more interesting as an idea (basically that our world is just a simulation)…but I found its visual and narrative style pretty repellent as well.

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    • Replies: @bomag

    It’s merely another alien invasion plot, in the vein of “War of the worlds” and countless 1950s movies.
     
    They reflect the zeitgeist. War of the Worlds gave us conquering aliens, but humans prevailed through birthright. The ''50s gave us benevolent, superior aliens who would guide us past our mistakes. Today's aliens are not particularly superior; they have ruined their own worlds and are in search of others to consume.
    , @TWS
    Troll
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  32. Altai says:
    @Alec Leamas
    I wonder if Volume II is going to provide some balance and demonstrate the increase on Earth GDP brought about by the aliens.

    FACT: The higher basal metabolism of the Morpho-Lizards means they consume up to 80% more calories than the average, bland human mammals. Meaning more consumptive demand for our struggling agricultural sector!

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    Next thing you know those cunning lizards will be crossing Mexicans with octopi. And then guess what happens?
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  33. So was the ephemeral angel being at the end of the first half an illusion or a second alien species? I wasn’t sure but was leaning towards the second option.

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    Second alien species:

    https://www.theverge.com/2017/6/14/15802150/neill-blomkamp-experimental-sci-fi-film-rakka-watch-interview


    There's a scene where a soldier sees something after his truck is blown up. Was that the superior alien species?

    Yeah. They're floating around in the peripheral edges of our solar system, and they're visualizing what's happening on the Earth by proxy. They live inside some kind of quantum state back in their ship. They’re gathering any organism that they find that can help them think about how to survive the end of the universe. They know it's coming, and they don't want to die.

    The Klum treat this species like a god. However, this intelligent species turned their back on them, but they didn’t do that to humans.
     
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  34. Robard says:
    @Mark Spahn (West Seneca, NY)
    Interesting. Throughout, the mood sound (can't call it music) is too loud, overwhelming the spoken narration. Economics question: Where do the humans get their plentiful supply of military hardware, flashlight light bulbs and batteries, guns and ammo, acetylene torches, side-of-face microphones, and Texas flags (at 15:35, 16:45)?
    Why the title "Rakka"? This seems to be an alternate spelling of Raqqa, the capital of the Islamic State. Is the human suicide bomber a non-Islamic jihadi?

    The title looks very similar to the title of an epic poem, Raka, which every high school student of Afrikaans literature in South Africa would have encountered. Here is a translation: http://richarddenooy.bookslive.co.za/blog/2010/04/24/how-raka-became-a-sangoma/ The similarity is likely intentional since Blomkamp’s mercenary in Elysium sings an Afrikaans nursery song, Siembamba Mamma se Kindjie. It is macabre for a nursery song: Siembamba mother’s little child, wring its little neck, throw it in the ditch, step on its head and then its dead.

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  35. Stealth says:

    The scenes and narration borrow heavily from Terminator 2.

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  36. Bosch says:

    Sigourney Weaver looks pretty great, huh?

    Plot seems more like the videogame Destiny than anything else, which is itself a kind of mishmash of Starcraft and The Book of the New Sun (the aliens there are also upset “angels” are more interested in humanity than themselves).

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  37. rye says:

    These shorts are very reminiscent of anime. Heavy on aesthetics and tech-porn, light on coherent plot and character development. Blomkamp is clearly aiming for the lucrative autist demographic.

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    Autiste, please!
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  38. Hrw-500 says:
    @Mark Spahn (West Seneca, NY)
    Interesting. Throughout, the mood sound (can't call it music) is too loud, overwhelming the spoken narration. Economics question: Where do the humans get their plentiful supply of military hardware, flashlight light bulbs and batteries, guns and ammo, acetylene torches, side-of-face microphones, and Texas flags (at 15:35, 16:45)?
    Why the title "Rakka"? This seems to be an alternate spelling of Raqqa, the capital of the Islamic State. Is the human suicide bomber a non-Islamic jihadi?

    From what I read on IMDB’s trivia and I quote. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt6990734/trivia?ref_=tt_trv_trv

    ‘Rakka’ is the English spelling of a Japanese word which can mean ‘Fallen’ or ‘Fall’. It is also an Icelandic word meaning ‘Male’. Rakka = ‘Fall of Man’

    I wonder if Neill Blomkamp would do an movie adaptation of ones of Tom Kratman’s novels like Caliphate?

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    I lurk at Vox Day's site, and know Kratman from there, and Caliphate is the only one of his books I've read, but it is pretty good. It is definitely a readable and engaging book, and could make a great movie. Kratman is reasonably good at humanizing the characters he despises. You see them as failed humans, not demons, even if their failure is salient.
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  39. @Romanian
    It was a shame that the Resistance games were console exclusives.

    Another console exclusive title that is "woke" was Killzone, which leaned heavily on the fascist aesthetic to depict a war against (human, but adapted to their environment to become especially pale and sinister) invaders from the planet Helghan. Killzone 2 had the Allies go to Helghan to end the fight. In a monumental example of cuckery, the Allies gave half of the planet Vekta (the casus belli of the first game) to refugees from Helghan, as compensation for the destruction of their planet. Vekta being this paradise world, which now features a huge wall straight down the middle of the largest city, with the Helghans creating a militarized, xenophobic police state on the other side, just like at home. Killzone 4 is about the war that erupts again now that the Helghans have to cross a simple line to try and takeover the planet, instead of the vastness of space.

    The Helghast/human character was about 10X more interesting than any other character in the first game.

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  40. El Dato says:
    @Anatoly Karlin
    As I understand it this is basically GabeN (Steam) trying to diversify into movie-making. Would be interesting to see if the model works.

    My favorite Oats Studios production to date:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1_HfhtB5eo

    Who put Jehovah in charge?

    Does he even have a license for Artificial Life? I doubt it, that guy is a known nutcase.

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    I like Arnade's work. I'm suspicious he's more redpilled than he lets on, and holds back in fear of a steep social cost.
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  42. Simon says:

    Surprisingly sophomoric; hard not to simply switch it off. Tired old sci-fi ideas, and an off-putting, pervasive sense of self-pity. But nice visuals.

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    Surprisingly sophomoric; hard not to simply switch it off. Tired old sci-fi ideas, and an off-putting, pervasive sense of self-pity. But nice visuals.
     
    As I've been saying for a few years now, we get CGI and graphics that are top of the line in many movies now, but we don't have screenplays or actors en masse to match it.

    Example: Blade Runner II with Ryan Gosling. He doesn't have the testosterone, or the life experience to belong in that world. He's just soft. What's he know about desperation? What's he know about getting his ass kicked? Has he even been camping? Sometimes committed tenacity can carry a "star" through to be fairly effective in a role that's foreign to his/her sensibilities. Tom Cruise can bulldog his way through roles that would appear to be beyond his reach, and do okay.

    We could name numerous actors and stars from the Boomer age who could, and have played hard-assed characters. Can't name one major american actor from the Millennial crock pot.

    Where are the badass screenwriters? Who's going to write the next "Chinatown," and if successful, who the hell will play the lead? Ryan Gosling?

    Anyway... I feel sorry for the CGI guys in the industry. They're having a renaissance period, but they don't have the material to support, so they kind of waste their talents on these pop shitshows.

    Kind of a tragedy.

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  43. Dwright says:

    Looks like Falling Skies to me.

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    Falling Skies done right.
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  44. Is it just my imagination or do the credits in Oats Studios shorts evince a suspicious degree of “antisemitism”? And the themes — in at least Zygot and Rakka — are rather naked parables of the war between the culture of group integrity and the culture of individual integrity “in the current year”.

    There is a business model here:

    Get a bunch of tech-savvy goy together and goy writers to play around with memes that could go either way in the war. That will motivate the goy to be more creative and demand less in the way of compensation than normally would be required to produce goy memes (contrasted with “The Chronicles of Narnia” which, because it didn’t start with the tech-savvy, had to pay a premium for their special effects). Don’t do feature-length movies. Do shorts as a kind of threat demonstration. Offer something like “Firebase” that isn’t as threatening as an option. Studios can then fund the less threatening short as a feature length, or even take the threatening shorts and load Hollywood writers onto them to make sure the appeal they’d normally have is used to deliver a payload of POZ to their hapless audiences. You know, do things like gratuitously have Sigourney Weaver blow to smithereens blond men she catches raping ingenues — or replacing Sigourney Weaver with Idris Elba and a blond male LGBT side-kick to do it.

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    That is an amazing display of cynicism. I like it.
    , @Matthew Kelly
    I've long had this nagging feeling that the upcoming generations don't have the attention span for feature-length films, so that whole industry will die of neglect. Meanwhile, the hilariously low-fi stuff that "trolls" like Murdoch Murdoch put out on free platforms like YouTube are likely already getting at what you're talking about. (E.g.: https://youtu.be/tx0m2LaPW5E)
    , @Anonymous
    Yeah, this movie looks just like every other alien invasion/body snatchers movie that Jewish Hollywood has been putting out for the past 100 years, but it's really about evil Jewish reptilians because some goys made it.
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  45. sabril says:

    I pretty much lost interest when I saw that the “leader of the resistance” was a Strong Independent Woman.

    I’m so sick and tired of having feminism crammed down my throat every time I watch a television show or a movie. Maybe this afternoon I will re-watch some old sitcoms or action movies.

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  46. Hosswire says:

    White South Africans are all based now.

    Some have just decided to let it show more than others.

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    White South Africans are all based now.
     
    I can assure they are not, white South Africans roughly emulate the same ideological makeup as white Americans, there are conservatives, progressives, marxists, etc. in South Africa, they are not even close to all being based. There will always be a sizable number of progressive Huffington Post, Hillary loving white South Africans, this despite the high crime rate, the ever degrading financial situation, highly corrupt government and the much harder task in avoiding these realities (compared to Germany or Sweden that have just begun their decline).

    This is also why I keep on telling people online in other countries that there absolutely nothing that will ever make white progressives change their minds, there is no major violent event (this includes even a nuclear attack on a big city) and no deterioration in living standards which will ever convince them.

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  47. @Romanian
    It was a shame that the Resistance games were console exclusives.

    Another console exclusive title that is "woke" was Killzone, which leaned heavily on the fascist aesthetic to depict a war against (human, but adapted to their environment to become especially pale and sinister) invaders from the planet Helghan. Killzone 2 had the Allies go to Helghan to end the fight. In a monumental example of cuckery, the Allies gave half of the planet Vekta (the casus belli of the first game) to refugees from Helghan, as compensation for the destruction of their planet. Vekta being this paradise world, which now features a huge wall straight down the middle of the largest city, with the Helghans creating a militarized, xenophobic police state on the other side, just like at home. Killzone 4 is about the war that erupts again now that the Helghans have to cross a simple line to try and takeover the planet, instead of the vastness of space.

    Helghans did nothing wrong.

    Hail Helghan!

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    This speech is better. We can LARP as devotees of the God Emperor himself speaking from the Cherry Blossom Throne on the eve of the Reconquista.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W11s_CL_brM

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NeK691R4N3E

    PS Not a console peasant, so I never got to play any of these games :(
    , @Romanian
    Remember this?

    One vision, one purpose! Peace through power!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kEFMCMpJBpc
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  48. @Romanian
    It was a shame that the Resistance games were console exclusives.

    Another console exclusive title that is "woke" was Killzone, which leaned heavily on the fascist aesthetic to depict a war against (human, but adapted to their environment to become especially pale and sinister) invaders from the planet Helghan. Killzone 2 had the Allies go to Helghan to end the fight. In a monumental example of cuckery, the Allies gave half of the planet Vekta (the casus belli of the first game) to refugees from Helghan, as compensation for the destruction of their planet. Vekta being this paradise world, which now features a huge wall straight down the middle of the largest city, with the Helghans creating a militarized, xenophobic police state on the other side, just like at home. Killzone 4 is about the war that erupts again now that the Helghans have to cross a simple line to try and takeover the planet, instead of the vastness of space.

    I thought Killzone had some of the best storylines and depictions, both of heroes and villains.

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    But nothing beats Legacy of Kain. You can find the whole series as a movie on youtube.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3faOccJsZc
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  49. Josh says:

    What is “based”?

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    Id never heard of it until today but it basically means doing what you like regardless of what other people think.
    , @Lurker
    Based - switched on, clued in, up to speed, down with the program, red pilled etc

    See "Based Stickman"

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8fz1eQvC6k

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTtTk9Uzovs
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  50. Dave Pinsen says: • Website
    @academic gossip
    It looks like an Islamized, hence "based", adaptation of the Resistance videogame series. The cold-loving insect Chimera are changed to globe-warming reptiles, but other plot elements are kept the same and several of the visuals are almost identical.

    -Alien predators who rapidly swarm the earth

    -climate control spires penetrating the clouds, surrounded by spiral hurricane-like cloud formations, and pictured from space

    -conversion centers

    -mind control and "angels"

    -mutant human experiment survivors who lead the battle against the aliens

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOxgUoUU2xE

    Aliens were also changing the earth’s climate in The Arrival, except they did so more subtly, by building power plants through corporations.

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    Aliens were also changing the earth’s climate in The Arrival, except they did so more subtly, by building power plants through corporations.
     
    That was a pretty good movie.
    , @Brutusale
    In Pournelle's and Niven's Footfall, the aliens dropped a barrage of kinetic weapons before they even arrived to facilitate climate change. They liked their weather warm and wet.
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    Aside from the aliens looking like alligator men, I’m not too impressed by this, and I thought District 9 was great. What’s the based aspect here? Is the alien invasion supposed to be a metaphor for 3rd world immigration? Seems unlikely.

    I’m looking forward to seeing the Chinese movie adaptation of the Three Body Problem, if they release one with subtitles. That was more interesting than alligator men, and more subversive too.

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    the Chinese movie adaptation of the Three Body Problem
     
    That’s the name of one of the more gruesome specialties of Cantonese cuisine. It’s basically live canine ‘modified turducken.’ Also called Hercurees Charrenge.
    , @Sandmich
    First off, I'm sure I'm not the first to complain, but I wish this site posted reply comments "inline" with the original comments. It seems technically daunting for what is a homebrew comment system, but Steve's section in particular is very comment driven, what with his posts where he writes more in the comment section than he does in the original post.

    Anyway, I wonder how honest a Chinese made adaptation of Three Body Problem would be since it took a rather dim view of the cultural revolution. Not that an honest adaptation could be found elsewhere. A Chinese acquaintance who read the book said that she had a hard time believing in the big money, suicidal environmentalists. "That", I said "was the easiest part of that book to believe".

    Interesting then that he put lots of left wing themes into his second book so as to avoid (I'm guessing) commie/SJW criticisms. Interesting still that the third and final book was basically a long diatribe against feminism.
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  52. Do you mean ‘based’ in a LilB sense?

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  53. J1234 says:

    Ever since The Day the Earth Stood Still, some Hollywood offerings have tried to convince us that the aliens from space are actually our friends. Most 1950′s movie aliens were evil, though.

    Today, there are still sinister aliens from space in film, but most of the time, aliens are just “misunderstood” and all knowing elites. At least according to Hollywood. I asked my 14 year old son if any of the video games he’s addicted to have misunderstood aliens as a theme, and he said no. They’re all evil and want to destroy Earth. And he says he knows of no other games where aliens are the good guys.

    He could be mistaken or unaware of such games, but the video game industry generally seems to have a very different attitude than the movie industry about xenophilia and PC. It’s my understanding that video games are now a bigger share of the entertainment industry than movies. I’m guessing those two things aren’t unrelated.

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    Have they? They weren't our friends in V or Independence Day.
    , @tsotha
    You can't do a video game with subtle interpersonal conflict. The aliens are always bad in video games because the player has to have something unambiguously bad to shoot.
    , @ATX Hipster

    I asked my 14 year old son if any of the video games he’s addicted to have misunderstood aliens as a theme, and he said no. They’re all evil and want to destroy Earth. And he says he knows of no other games where aliens are the good guys.
     
    He hasn't played Mass Effect. It's a space opera series with every SJW theme conceivable rammed down the player's throat. Issues of xenophobia/racism/prejudice/whatever between humans and aliens are harped on incessantly. There is a race of aliens that basically is a galaxy-traveling Camp of the Saints.

    The player character has a morality scale that moves towards "Paragon" when the player acts in accordance with SJW values.

    There are aliens that want to destroy Earth, but they want to destroy all the alien life in the galaxy too in a Hinduish creation/destruction cycle.

    The Poz is real in the video game industry. Google "gamergate".
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  54. @Mark Spahn (West Seneca, NY)
    Interesting. Throughout, the mood sound (can't call it music) is too loud, overwhelming the spoken narration. Economics question: Where do the humans get their plentiful supply of military hardware, flashlight light bulbs and batteries, guns and ammo, acetylene torches, side-of-face microphones, and Texas flags (at 15:35, 16:45)?
    Why the title "Rakka"? This seems to be an alternate spelling of Raqqa, the capital of the Islamic State. Is the human suicide bomber a non-Islamic jihadi?

    Could be a reference to Matthew 5:22.

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  55. Romanian says: • Website
    @James Bowery
    Is it just my imagination or do the credits in Oats Studios shorts evince a suspicious degree of "antisemitism"? And the themes -- in at least Zygot and Rakka -- are rather naked parables of the war between the culture of group integrity and the culture of individual integrity "in the current year".

    There is a business model here:

    Get a bunch of tech-savvy goy together and goy writers to play around with memes that could go either way in the war. That will motivate the goy to be more creative and demand less in the way of compensation than normally would be required to produce goy memes (contrasted with "The Chronicles of Narnia" which, because it didn't start with the tech-savvy, had to pay a premium for their special effects). Don't do feature-length movies. Do shorts as a kind of threat demonstration. Offer something like "Firebase" that isn't as threatening as an option. Studios can then fund the less threatening short as a feature length, or even take the threatening shorts and load Hollywood writers onto them to make sure the appeal they'd normally have is used to deliver a payload of POZ to their hapless audiences. You know, do things like gratuitously have Sigourney Weaver blow to smithereens blond men she catches raping ingenues -- or replacing Sigourney Weaver with Idris Elba and a blond male LGBT side-kick to do it.

    That is an amazing display of cynicism. I like it.

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  56. Romanian says: • Website
    @Anatoly Karlin
    Helghans did nothing wrong.

    Hail Helghan!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FoTwxckzErI

    This speech is better. We can LARP as devotees of the God Emperor himself speaking from the Cherry Blossom Throne on the eve of the Reconquista.

    PS Not a console peasant, so I never got to play any of these games :(

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    Never played Killzone either being PC master race.

    As with W40k, I just appreciate the aesthetics. :)
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  57. @James Bowery
    Is it just my imagination or do the credits in Oats Studios shorts evince a suspicious degree of "antisemitism"? And the themes -- in at least Zygot and Rakka -- are rather naked parables of the war between the culture of group integrity and the culture of individual integrity "in the current year".

    There is a business model here:

    Get a bunch of tech-savvy goy together and goy writers to play around with memes that could go either way in the war. That will motivate the goy to be more creative and demand less in the way of compensation than normally would be required to produce goy memes (contrasted with "The Chronicles of Narnia" which, because it didn't start with the tech-savvy, had to pay a premium for their special effects). Don't do feature-length movies. Do shorts as a kind of threat demonstration. Offer something like "Firebase" that isn't as threatening as an option. Studios can then fund the less threatening short as a feature length, or even take the threatening shorts and load Hollywood writers onto them to make sure the appeal they'd normally have is used to deliver a payload of POZ to their hapless audiences. You know, do things like gratuitously have Sigourney Weaver blow to smithereens blond men she catches raping ingenues -- or replacing Sigourney Weaver with Idris Elba and a blond male LGBT side-kick to do it.

    I’ve long had this nagging feeling that the upcoming generations don’t have the attention span for feature-length films, so that whole industry will die of neglect. Meanwhile, the hilariously low-fi stuff that “trolls” like Murdoch Murdoch put out on free platforms like YouTube are likely already getting at what you’re talking about. (E.g.: https://youtu.be/tx0m2LaPW5E)

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  58. Romanian says: • Website
    @Anatoly Karlin
    Helghans did nothing wrong.

    Hail Helghan!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FoTwxckzErI

    Remember this?

    One vision, one purpose! Peace through power!

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  59. There is no mention about how much better the alien food in the districts that the aliens moved to is.

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  60. @Dave Pinsen
    Aside from the aliens looking like alligator men, I'm not too impressed by this, and I thought District 9 was great. What's the based aspect here? Is the alien invasion supposed to be a metaphor for 3rd world immigration? Seems unlikely.

    I'm looking forward to seeing the Chinese movie adaptation of the Three Body Problem, if they release one with subtitles. That was more interesting than alligator men, and more subversive too.

    the Chinese movie adaptation of the Three Body Problem

    That’s the name of one of the more gruesome specialties of Cantonese cuisine. It’s basically live canine ‘modified turducken.’ Also called Hercurees Charrenge.

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  61. (For those of you who thought Mr. Sailer mis-spelled “biased”, I find in Urban Dictionary that “based” refers to someone who doesn’t care what other people think of them. FWIW.)

    Yes, that is some “Fatty Boom Boom” level based-ness right there …

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    Google for "Based Stick Man"
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  62. Mr. Anon says:
    @Dave Pinsen
    Aliens were also changing the earth's climate in The Arrival, except they did so more subtly, by building power plants through corporations.

    Aliens were also changing the earth’s climate in The Arrival, except they did so more subtly, by building power plants through corporations.

    That was a pretty good movie.

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  63. Anon says: • Disclaimer

    OT: Tyler Cowen linked to Counter Currents on his blog. Didn’t see that coming…

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  64. This is what happens when you affirmatively further fair housing for residents of District 9.

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    In District 9, they dumped the aliens to live with the blacks. The blacks ate them, traded pet food to them for their tech, etc.They pretty much nailed the black behavior down. They lived in hovels, were stoned to the max and murderous as hell.

    I like one scene where the guy with the battlesuit encounters one of the black thugs abusing the aliens, and initially blows one of his arms off. The black thug is so loaded he doesn't even notice and threatens the guy in the bug battlesuit at which point he blows the black thug up.

    If look closely the protrayal of blacks in that movie was as unPC as can be. It could have never been made in Hollywood.
    , @TWS
    Lol
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  65. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    What do you think about that new Fibbies/reservation mafia/alpha-hunter flick (I forgot the bland title already). I am worried it will be more preachy anti-American spiritualism a la Steven Seagall (ne Siegel?) but when Jeremy Renner trolled on about bullets catching the weak deer I predicted at least one NYC-based movie critic will deem this character “altright”

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  66. Whiskey says: • Website

    Hollywood’s problem is not Jews. Recall that when Jews actually OWNED Hollywood they made films like Yankee Doodle Dandy. Rather, it is the capture of Hollywood by the Richard Florida creative class, the rentiers like say, Joss Whedon or Lena Dunham or most of the writing staff for the late night comedy shows (Harvard grads all).

    An entrepreneurial outfit that faced going out of business or being acquired by ruthless rivals unless they made things actual Americans wanted to see would not act like this. A place operating on past intellectual capital and cronyism and connections to status signal how different they are from the paying customer rubes is exactly what Hollywood is, no different than Big Tech these days.

    Hollywood is basically two hour long commercials for toys that appeal to Chinese consumers, mixed in with anti-White male social status signaling and “diversity” stuff that loses money but makes the gays and women in mid-line positions feel better about themselves. Married to a TV production system that generates low-risk returns at much lower costs though lower returns than “Batman Fights Giant Monsters Alongside Iron Man” toy licensing revenues produce.

    What’s kept Hollywood alive is two things, both of which are vulnerable to legislative action. First, returns on decades old intellectual property, like “the Rifleman” or Bonanza or Streets of San Francisco, which still produce licensing revenues on mostly broadcast outlets like ME-TV or COZI or Antenna-TV, alongside films like the original Star Wars or Jaws. Decades or half a century since they were first produced, these properties still roll in money every week to cover underage transgender hookers and blow for Hollywood execs. Second: the reliance on outside capital particularly Chinese money now to finance the big budget films. [TV is far cheaper, and typically a single episode costs $3-4 million to make and networks/Netflix/Amazon will pay for about $2 million an episode leaving a deficit financing of $22-44 million per season for a TV show that typically if it reaches two seasons can easily cover that cost lifetime for licensing. Consider Veronica Mars, only three seasons, at the time the lowest rated renewed show, still makes money via DVD box sets, the movie, etc. Of course half a billion Chinese kids are not buying Veronica Mars "action figures" aka dolls.]

    Want to kill the Hollywood POZ from status signalling and control of middlemen instead of stockholder owners? Do two things: END copyright holding for corporations after say, ten years. That means anyone can make Star Wars, Superman vs. Batman vs. Fans, Iron Man and Captain America, or anything else big budget movies but more importantly the rights go public domain which means studios can’t milk things made half a century ago to finance their POZ stuff few watch. SECOND END foreign financing period of movies and TV shows. PERIOD.

    IF studios had to go hat in hand to AMERICAN investors they would not be able to insert both Chinese Product Placement and POZ in every single thing they do; since investors would balk and either demand sky-high returns for sky-high risk or simply refuse to lend at all. The Chinese don’t care about gwailo poz, as long as they get various product placements and a heroic Chinese government and military depicted while Americans are bumbling idiots. That’s cause Chinese money pays for it all and in exchange for low rates that’s the price.

    Cut off the royalty money; allow competition for long ago intellectual property (“you didn’t build that”) and forbid foreign financing. These are simple tools to destroy the POZ machine

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    sounds good.
    , @res

    Want to kill the Hollywood POZ from status signalling and control of middlemen instead of stockholder owners? Do two things: END copyright holding for corporations after say, ten years.
     
    Which is why virtually every change in copyright law involves extending the duration, expanding the scope, or conveniences like automatic renewal.

    This graphic summarizes the changes in copyright duration since 1790: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copyright_law_of_the_United_States#Duration_of_copyright

    Detailed copyright law timeline: http://www.arl.org/focus-areas/copyright-ip/2486-copyright-timeline

    I realize you specified corporations, but given that most (all?) of the recent changes have happened at the behest of corporations I think it is clear where the priorities lie.

    TLDR; not bloody likely.
    , @map
    I really don't understand this attack on IP. If a family can own a farm for generations, why can't Disney own Mickey Mouse for generations?

    A better analogy is property taxes. If a family has to pay property taxes on a farm, why shouldn't there be a property tax on IP?
    , @mobi

    Hollywood’s problem is not Jews...

    ...

    ...

    ...
     
    Short version - 'Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain.'
    , @peterike

    Recall that when Jews actually OWNED Hollywood they made films like Yankee Doodle Dandy.

     

    Nonsense. When Jews owned Hollywood they did precisely what one would expect: produced content of ever increasing depravity. It was only when the Hays Code outlawed it that they changed. And as we've seen, as soon as times changed enough to dispense with the Hays Code, they went right back to ever-increasing depravity.

    Many of those early films are lost and gone, but the Hays Code was marvelously descriptive and specific in what it prohibited. In other words, this is a list of what was being shown and needed to be stopped -- the Hays Code didn't appear out of the blue sky. Here is some of what it prohibited:

    Pointed profanity – by either title or lip – this includes the words "God", "Lord", "Jesus", "Christ" (unless they be used reverently in connection with proper religious ceremonies), "hell", "damn", "Gawd", and every other profane and vulgar expression however it may be spelled;

    Any licentious or suggestive nudity – in fact or in silhouette; and any lecherous or licentious notice thereof by other characters in the picture;

    The illegal traffic in drugs;

    Any inference of sex perversion;

    White slavery;

    Miscegenation (sex relationships between the white and black races);

    Sex hygiene and venereal diseases;

    Scenes of actual childbirth – in fact or in silhouette;

    Children's sex organs;

    Ridicule of the clergy;

    Willful offense to any nation, race or creed

    Nice list. You can see that many of these themes roared right back as soon as they were able to.

    There was a lot more too, areas that were required to be treated sensitively and with good taste, like the use of the flag, firearms, and so forth.

    , @Neoconned
    Whiskey you catch a lot of shit on these forums but i think you're a genius.

    You're one of the few on here who understands you can destroy something by targeting its finance sources & you understand a lot of the base motivations and urges that drive so much of human incompetence and stupidity
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  67. Rod1963 says:

    Hollywood wants sure things – that means expensive movies based on comic book series(The Avengers, Captain America, Superman, etc). Hollywood also realizes that movies loaded down with CGI don’t need a plot or decent actors. They can target 15-25 year old males who only want action and make serious $$$$

    As Zman pointed out, Hollywood at some point in the future will just release movies that have no real plot or characters, its just CGI orgy of action and violence for 2 hours straight. Fast and Furious already comes close. Just a bunch of buff dudes in fast cars shooting at each other and blowing stuff up. I bet the story people come up with the stories while dumping a grumpy.

    Firebase and Zygote aren’t comics or even novel based. They may find life on cable TV or Amazon. IOW small independents who are willing to take chance. I could see AMC picking up Firebase – after all they have “The Strain” and had “The Last Ship”, it fits the genre they are familiar with.

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    The latest Fast & Furious script is pretty impressive for what it is. The plot ties in with the previously movies, it mostly coheres, it operates according to the franchise's logic, and the movie is entertaining.

    An example of a big budget movie with a bad script was the sequel to Independence Day. There wasn't a whole lot of room in the first movie for a sequel, but the script is just terrible.
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  68. Rod1963 says:
    @Buzz Mohawk
    This is what happens when you affirmatively further fair housing for residents of District 9.

    In District 9, they dumped the aliens to live with the blacks. The blacks ate them, traded pet food to them for their tech, etc.They pretty much nailed the black behavior down. They lived in hovels, were stoned to the max and murderous as hell.

    I like one scene where the guy with the battlesuit encounters one of the black thugs abusing the aliens, and initially blows one of his arms off. The black thug is so loaded he doesn’t even notice and threatens the guy in the bug battlesuit at which point he blows the black thug up.

    If look closely the protrayal of blacks in that movie was as unPC as can be. It could have never been made in Hollywood.

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    Not blacks in general, I think, but Nigerians in particular.
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  69. Funny that the reptile critters can hack into human brains yet somehow lack the much cruder technology to jam the humans’ two-way radios, to track their vehicle convoy, or to find the humans’ base camp.

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    My daddy always said: it's not fair, because it is a movie. I was always confused over why a movie was so exalted (if a comedy) over something like, Laugh - In, or Perry Mason, or whatever. I hated lame dialogue and boring, officy-outcomes. I could smell the bad odor of political correctness, 35 years before ANYONE else in the world was discussing that. As an 18-year-old, I spoke 5 languages, and, was cynical in more than 4. I hate what is going on right now - everyone sucks; all govt is CORRUPT - they all suck.
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    , @Mr. Rational
    Or wear armor, or even clothes.

    And humanity isn't smart enough to ignite the plumes from these methane-emitting constructions to defeat them.

    Who the FUCK is that stupid?!

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  70. Lagertha says:
    @Auntie Analogue
    Funny that the reptile critters can hack into human brains yet somehow lack the much cruder technology to jam the humans' two-way radios, to track their vehicle convoy, or to find the humans' base camp.

    My daddy always said: it’s not fair, because it is a movie. I was always confused over why a movie was so exalted (if a comedy) over something like, Laugh – In, or Perry Mason, or whatever. I hated lame dialogue and boring, officy-outcomes. I could smell the bad odor of political correctness, 35 years before ANYONE else in the world was discussing that. As an 18-year-old, I spoke 5 languages, and, was cynical in more than 4. I hate what is going on right now – everyone sucks; all govt is CORRUPT – they all suck.
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  71. @Auntie Analogue
    Funny that the reptile critters can hack into human brains yet somehow lack the much cruder technology to jam the humans' two-way radios, to track their vehicle convoy, or to find the humans' base camp.

    Or wear armor, or even clothes.

    And humanity isn’t smart enough to ignite the plumes from these methane-emitting constructions to defeat them.

    Who the FUCK is that stupid?!

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    And humanity isn’t smart enough to ignite the plumes from these methane-emitting constructions to defeat them.
     
    Extreme rationality may appeal to autists, but the masses prefer prolonged narrative conflict capped off by a satisfying emotional resolution.
    , @Jack Hanson
    1) Who's going to get close enough to ignite the plumes? There could easily be a tech reason.

    2) Lack of armor could be a cultural component, or no need as they have their own built in armor. Or it just doesn't work against the other aliens that rescued the one guy.

    Not all cultures/tech progress along the same lines. Don't assume that tech progression is linear in this regard. Just because the aliens have great pew pew tech doesn't mean they grok signals.

    Hell, look at the disparity between Russian and US military tech. Two countries with very different doctrine and approaches.

    I'm more annoyed about the lack of a chin strap on THE piece of tech one needs before leaving the wire. I get the plot point aspect but personally thought it was unnecessary in the greater scene (If it bleeds, it can be killed). We know the aliens can mind control. No need to underline that fact via plot idiocy.

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  72. Lagertha says:
    @Whiskey
    Hollywood's problem is not Jews. Recall that when Jews actually OWNED Hollywood they made films like Yankee Doodle Dandy. Rather, it is the capture of Hollywood by the Richard Florida creative class, the rentiers like say, Joss Whedon or Lena Dunham or most of the writing staff for the late night comedy shows (Harvard grads all).

    An entrepreneurial outfit that faced going out of business or being acquired by ruthless rivals unless they made things actual Americans wanted to see would not act like this. A place operating on past intellectual capital and cronyism and connections to status signal how different they are from the paying customer rubes is exactly what Hollywood is, no different than Big Tech these days.

    Hollywood is basically two hour long commercials for toys that appeal to Chinese consumers, mixed in with anti-White male social status signaling and "diversity" stuff that loses money but makes the gays and women in mid-line positions feel better about themselves. Married to a TV production system that generates low-risk returns at much lower costs though lower returns than "Batman Fights Giant Monsters Alongside Iron Man" toy licensing revenues produce.

    What's kept Hollywood alive is two things, both of which are vulnerable to legislative action. First, returns on decades old intellectual property, like "the Rifleman" or Bonanza or Streets of San Francisco, which still produce licensing revenues on mostly broadcast outlets like ME-TV or COZI or Antenna-TV, alongside films like the original Star Wars or Jaws. Decades or half a century since they were first produced, these properties still roll in money every week to cover underage transgender hookers and blow for Hollywood execs. Second: the reliance on outside capital particularly Chinese money now to finance the big budget films. [TV is far cheaper, and typically a single episode costs $3-4 million to make and networks/Netflix/Amazon will pay for about $2 million an episode leaving a deficit financing of $22-44 million per season for a TV show that typically if it reaches two seasons can easily cover that cost lifetime for licensing. Consider Veronica Mars, only three seasons, at the time the lowest rated renewed show, still makes money via DVD box sets, the movie, etc. Of course half a billion Chinese kids are not buying Veronica Mars "action figures" aka dolls.]

    Want to kill the Hollywood POZ from status signalling and control of middlemen instead of stockholder owners? Do two things: END copyright holding for corporations after say, ten years. That means anyone can make Star Wars, Superman vs. Batman vs. Fans, Iron Man and Captain America, or anything else big budget movies but more importantly the rights go public domain which means studios can't milk things made half a century ago to finance their POZ stuff few watch. SECOND END foreign financing period of movies and TV shows. PERIOD.

    IF studios had to go hat in hand to AMERICAN investors they would not be able to insert both Chinese Product Placement and POZ in every single thing they do; since investors would balk and either demand sky-high returns for sky-high risk or simply refuse to lend at all. The Chinese don't care about gwailo poz, as long as they get various product placements and a heroic Chinese government and military depicted while Americans are bumbling idiots. That's cause Chinese money pays for it all and in exchange for low rates that's the price.

    Cut off the royalty money; allow competition for long ago intellectual property ("you didn't build that") and forbid foreign financing. These are simple tools to destroy the POZ machine

    sounds good.

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  73. King Baeksu says: • Website

    The epidermal suit of the aliens shapeshifts intriguingly.

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  74. This isn’t an allegory about immigration in particular. The aliens are globalists/elites who use mass media for mind control and perform IQ-shredder type control experiments (like subjecting children to transgender treatment). The environmental aspect is how they’re reshaping America as a whole to their own benefit but leaving the rest of the country trashed and run down. The resistance is people who see through it and fight back: iSteve may well be one of those mind control blocking hats. And Steve is the guy building bombs in a Slayer jacket.

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    Most of the resistance appear to be surly, unassimilable "deplorables."

    And was it just a coincidence that the soldier who was mind-controlled near the end and shot his fellow black comrade was named "Martinez"?

    My take: If you're white and you grew up in South Africa, you can't help but know the score.
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  75. Dave Pinsen says: • Website
    @neutral
    How do these short movies get funded, they are released for free and I cannot see how they will thus ever end up making money.

    Good question.

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  76. Dave Pinsen says: • Website
    @Rod1963
    In District 9, they dumped the aliens to live with the blacks. The blacks ate them, traded pet food to them for their tech, etc.They pretty much nailed the black behavior down. They lived in hovels, were stoned to the max and murderous as hell.

    I like one scene where the guy with the battlesuit encounters one of the black thugs abusing the aliens, and initially blows one of his arms off. The black thug is so loaded he doesn't even notice and threatens the guy in the bug battlesuit at which point he blows the black thug up.

    If look closely the protrayal of blacks in that movie was as unPC as can be. It could have never been made in Hollywood.

    Not blacks in general, I think, but Nigerians in particular.

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    No, Nigerians were setting up camps in the Shrimp Reservation to exchange bad cat food against magic tech weaponry.

    It was just some good old exploiting of the confused and low-IQ ones.

    Gutrot alcohol, "war economy" or paying with freshly printed "money" are other ways of doing it.
    , @Dave Pinsen
    And to be more precise: Nigerian immigrant gangsters in South Africa, not all Nigerians.
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  77. King Baeksu says: • Website
    @a boy and his dog
    This isn't an allegory about immigration in particular. The aliens are globalists/elites who use mass media for mind control and perform IQ-shredder type control experiments (like subjecting children to transgender treatment). The environmental aspect is how they're reshaping America as a whole to their own benefit but leaving the rest of the country trashed and run down. The resistance is people who see through it and fight back: iSteve may well be one of those mind control blocking hats. And Steve is the guy building bombs in a Slayer jacket.

    Most of the resistance appear to be surly, unassimilable “deplorables.”

    And was it just a coincidence that the soldier who was mind-controlled near the end and shot his fellow black comrade was named “Martinez”?

    My take: If you’re white and you grew up in South Africa, you can’t help but know the score.

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  78. @Daniel Chieh
    I bet the alien intelligence agency was trying to fund one group of humans against the other, and missed the fact that much of their hardware went to speciesist luddites.

    Darn it, Daniel, this was quite dry, witty , and positively hilarious at the same time….

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  79. King Baeksu says: • Website
    @Mr. Rational
    Or wear armor, or even clothes.

    And humanity isn't smart enough to ignite the plumes from these methane-emitting constructions to defeat them.

    Who the FUCK is that stupid?!

    And humanity isn’t smart enough to ignite the plumes from these methane-emitting constructions to defeat them.

    Extreme rationality may appeal to autists, but the masses prefer prolonged narrative conflict capped off by a satisfying emotional resolution.

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  80. @bored identity
    bored Answer 1:

    https://militarybases.com/texas/

    ....and/or Sigourney Weaver's basement.



    bored Answer 2 :

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt6990734/ :

    'Rakka' is the English spelling of a Japanese word which can mean 'Fallen' or 'Fall'. It is also an Icelandic word meaning 'Male'. Rakka = 'Fall of Man

    “‘Rakka’ is the English spelling of a Japanese word which can mean ‘Fallen’ or ‘Fall’. It is also an Icelandic word meaning ‘Male’. Rakka = ‘Fall of Man”

    Ah, thanks for the reminder, Bored Identity. Yes, 落下 rakka means “fall, descend, drop”, and 落下傘 rakkasan (literally, “descent umbrella”) means “parachute”; see

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  81. dr kill says:
    @Altai
    FACT: The higher basal metabolism of the Morpho-Lizards means they consume up to 80% more calories than the average, bland human mammals. Meaning more consumptive demand for our struggling agricultural sector!

    Next thing you know those cunning lizards will be crossing Mexicans with octopi. And then guess what happens?

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    What happens then?


    Well, Rubio, Lindsey, Schumer, and certain freshly mummified maverick, additionally followed by the quire of few dozens Fellow House Traitors, start to chant in unison voice:

    "Give Us Your Tired, Your Poor, Your Huddled Tentacles!"
    , @The Alarmist

    "Next thing you know those cunning lizards will be crossing Mexicans with octopi. And then guess what happens?"
     
    How about crossing octopi with North Africans ... then you get the sort of MRA that Jonathan Revusky can spill > 10k words in these pages denying the existence thereof.
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  82. Dave Pinsen says: • Website
    @al gore rhythms
    It's War of the Worlds + magic negro.

    I was quite hopeful at the start, I liked the CGI dying cities and alien structures. But everything has been done before. When it comes to films and TV I think I'm suffering from middle-aged ennui much like the character in this 'bored to death' sketch from a rather under-rated comedy series by Scottish comedian Armondo Iannucci-

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QbvO104irKM

    I think Steve's idea of Neill Blomkamp is more interesting than the reality. Whatever inspiration he draws from demographic trends is watered down and rendered harmless in the actual films.

    There’s been interesting new stuff in sci-fi novels, but most of it hasn’t made it to the screen. The Three Body Problem looks to be an exception, driven by national pride in China, but it’s not the kind of novel I’d expect Blomkamp to ever film.

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    It does have tech porn close to the end and one could certainly do something with the climatic ending fight between the uplifted alien sympathizers/terrorists and the Chinese special forces.

    It is not, though, the heart of the story.

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  83. Dave Pinsen says: • Website
    @J1234
    Ever since The Day the Earth Stood Still, some Hollywood offerings have tried to convince us that the aliens from space are actually our friends. Most 1950's movie aliens were evil, though.

    Today, there are still sinister aliens from space in film, but most of the time, aliens are just "misunderstood" and all knowing elites. At least according to Hollywood. I asked my 14 year old son if any of the video games he's addicted to have misunderstood aliens as a theme, and he said no. They're all evil and want to destroy Earth. And he says he knows of no other games where aliens are the good guys.

    He could be mistaken or unaware of such games, but the video game industry generally seems to have a very different attitude than the movie industry about xenophilia and PC. It's my understanding that video games are now a bigger share of the entertainment industry than movies. I'm guessing those two things aren't unrelated.

    Have they? They weren’t our friends in V or Independence Day.

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    They weren’t our friends in V or Independence Day.
     
    And many more. Which is why I said:

    Today, there are still sinister aliens from space in film, but most of the time, aliens are just “misunderstood” and all knowing elites.
     
    Too many follow the boring Avatar theme.
    Even Blomkamp's District 9 is described by wiki as a:

    ....story, which explores themes of humanity, xenophobia, and social segregation....
     
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  84. Dave Pinsen says: • Website
    @Rod1963
    Hollywood wants sure things - that means expensive movies based on comic book series(The Avengers, Captain America, Superman, etc). Hollywood also realizes that movies loaded down with CGI don't need a plot or decent actors. They can target 15-25 year old males who only want action and make serious $$$$

    As Zman pointed out, Hollywood at some point in the future will just release movies that have no real plot or characters, its just CGI orgy of action and violence for 2 hours straight. Fast and Furious already comes close. Just a bunch of buff dudes in fast cars shooting at each other and blowing stuff up. I bet the story people come up with the stories while dumping a grumpy.

    Firebase and Zygote aren't comics or even novel based. They may find life on cable TV or Amazon. IOW small independents who are willing to take chance. I could see AMC picking up Firebase - after all they have "The Strain" and had "The Last Ship", it fits the genre they are familiar with.

    The latest Fast & Furious script is pretty impressive for what it is. The plot ties in with the previously movies, it mostly coheres, it operates according to the franchise’s logic, and the movie is entertaining.

    An example of a big budget movie with a bad script was the sequel to Independence Day. There wasn’t a whole lot of room in the first movie for a sequel, but the script is just terrible.

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  85. @dr kill
    Next thing you know those cunning lizards will be crossing Mexicans with octopi. And then guess what happens?

    What happens then?

    Well, Rubio, Lindsey, Schumer, and certain freshly mummified maverick, additionally followed by the quire of few dozens Fellow House Traitors, start to chant in unison voice:

    “Give Us Your Tired, Your Poor, Your Huddled Tentacles!”

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  86. @Josh
    What is "based"?

    Id never heard of it until today but it basically means doing what you like regardless of what other people think.

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  87. Robard says:
    @Altai
    Cool to see Steve pick up on this, I posted a comment about it two months ago. It goes way beyond the kind of implicit message in his other stuff. The trailer is even more 'based', the blonde girl in the sackcloth reminds me of the Afrikaner squatter camps. A reptillian enemy which can influence and control ones mind? That sounds like some David Icke/Alex Jones stuff and could, of course, be taken as a metaphor for something more realistic...

    OT: New Neill Blomkamp project. Theme is invasion, displacement and fighting to resist. Implicitly white, even a Texas flag. They have an insane ‘fellow human’ saying their new overlords have a nice little reservation set up for them. That shot of the little blonde girl staring into the camera…

    Opening shot has a derelict Eiffel Tower.

     

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zoiezEB9n2Q

    the blonde girl in the sackcloth reminds me of the Afrikaner squatter camps.

    According to the credits her name is Carla Marais, a typical Afrikaner name. Two of the other actors playing militias also have Afrikaans names.

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    I had a flashback to bombshell Jessica Marais, who was in presented in her full and ample splendor in the Mad Men rip-off "Magic City", starring Miami in the period of Castro's rise to power. A very iSteve sort of show, cancelled before its time!!!
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  88. @neutral
    How do these short movies get funded, they are released for free and I cannot see how they will thus ever end up making money.

    Heavy reliance on CGI.
    One expensive actress and a bunch of low paid nobodies.
    Creative use of junk yards as a dystopian future.
    Fill in with Google Earth moving images.

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  89. üeljang says:
    @5371
    There's a famous Afrikaans poem called "Raka" about a community destroyed by a primitive and monstrous beast they don't perceive the danger of in time.

    http://www.gov.za/about-government/nicolaas-petrus-van-wyk-louw-1906-1970

    Nicolaas Petrus Van Wyk Louw was born in Sutherland, on the western edge of the Great Karoo, on 11 June 1906. He was educated at the South African College School , Cape Town , and the University of Cape Town .

    At 23 he became a lecturer in the university’s department of education. In 1949 he was appointed professor of Afrikaans at the Gemeentelijke Universiteit in Amsterdam , returning in 1958 to head the Department of Afrikaans and Dutch at the University of the Witwatersrand , where he remained till his death in 1970.

    During all this time Louw produced one literary work after another, all resounding with his deep love for South Africa . His main preoccupation was the survival and progress of Afrikaans, but at the same time he was not narrow in his vision; although right-wing in his earlier years, like many Afrikaners in the wake of the Anglo-Boer War and subsequent attempts at suppression of Afrikaans culture and language. But he changed as South Africa changed around him.

    He supported language rights for speakers of African languages, and his single most famous work, the epic poem “Raka”, recounts a black hero’s desperate struggle against a nightmarish beast to save his people’s heritage of language and art – a metaphor as powerful now, in the era of globalisation, as it was then.

    At the same time “Wyk”, as he was widely known, became a leading voice on matters of conscience in the Afrikaans intellectual community. As early as 1952 he was on record as issuing a remarkably percipient warning, in the light of later events, against any tendency for a nation to regard survival per se as more important than the survival of justice.

    Later he criticised, sometimes indirectly and sometimes openly and vehemently, various aspects of the South African government’s racial policies, and in 1966 was publicly attacked by the then Prime Minister, Dr Hendrik Verwoerd, for his prophetic stage play Die Pluimsaad Waai Ver .

    Van Wyk Louw is widely regarded as one of South Africa ‘s foremost literary figures. …

    Interesting. Why the change in spelling?

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  90. @dr kill
    Next thing you know those cunning lizards will be crossing Mexicans with octopi. And then guess what happens?

    “Next thing you know those cunning lizards will be crossing Mexicans with octopi. And then guess what happens?”

    How about crossing octopi with North Africans … then you get the sort of MRA that Jonathan Revusky can spill > 10k words in these pages denying the existence thereof.

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  91. @Mr. Rational
    Or wear armor, or even clothes.

    And humanity isn't smart enough to ignite the plumes from these methane-emitting constructions to defeat them.

    Who the FUCK is that stupid?!

    1) Who’s going to get close enough to ignite the plumes? There could easily be a tech reason.

    2) Lack of armor could be a cultural component, or no need as they have their own built in armor. Or it just doesn’t work against the other aliens that rescued the one guy.

    Not all cultures/tech progress along the same lines. Don’t assume that tech progression is linear in this regard. Just because the aliens have great pew pew tech doesn’t mean they grok signals.

    Hell, look at the disparity between Russian and US military tech. Two countries with very different doctrine and approaches.

    I’m more annoyed about the lack of a chin strap on THE piece of tech one needs before leaving the wire. I get the plot point aspect but personally thought it was unnecessary in the greater scene (If it bleeds, it can be killed). We know the aliens can mind control. No need to underline that fact via plot idiocy.

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  92. @Dave Pinsen
    There's been interesting new stuff in sci-fi novels, but most of it hasn't made it to the screen. The Three Body Problem looks to be an exception, driven by national pride in China, but it's not the kind of novel I'd expect Blomkamp to ever film.

    It does have tech porn close to the end and one could certainly do something with the climatic ending fight between the uplifted alien sympathizers/terrorists and the Chinese special forces.

    It is not, though, the heart of the story.

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  93. @Jack Hanson
    So was the ephemeral angel being at the end of the first half an illusion or a second alien species? I wasn't sure but was leaning towards the second option.

    Second alien species:

    https://www.theverge.com/2017/6/14/15802150/neill-blomkamp-experimental-sci-fi-film-rakka-watch-interview

    There’s a scene where a soldier sees something after his truck is blown up. Was that the superior alien species?

    Yeah. They’re floating around in the peripheral edges of our solar system, and they’re visualizing what’s happening on the Earth by proxy. They live inside some kind of quantum state back in their ship. They’re gathering any organism that they find that can help them think about how to survive the end of the universe. They know it’s coming, and they don’t want to die.

    The Klum treat this species like a god. However, this intelligent species turned their back on them, but they didn’t do that to humans.

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  94. @BB753
    In every one of these modern sci-fi series, the top leader in a post-apocalyptic world turns out to be an old woman. Now, how likely is that?

    The Lord Protector Ponse, Prince Kandive the Golden, General Bethlehem, The Deacon, Lord Humungus, The Toecutter, and Immortan Joe disagree (even Aunty Entity had to contend with Master Blaster for supremacy…).

    The jury is out on Commander Toty.

    Your point may well hold for mediocre works about post-apocalyptic devastation: I don’t bother to consume those.

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  95. Dahlia says:

    OT:
    Best chronicler of trans follies and trends, Gallus Mag at GenderTrender, has something that only the Steveosphere could properly appreciate: TransDykes, an off-shoot of Antifa. MGTOW and Antifa had a baby and here she is!
    (Steve, this one is worth it for the pictures alone. But the whole thing is a gold mine.)

    TransDykes are an offshoot of Antifa whose focus is on suppressing the speech of women, mainly lesbians. They participate in regular Antifa flashmobs, sometimes in pastel uniform (“Pastel Bloc”) but also target Women’s Rights events, and Lesbian spaces.

    TransDykes are heterosexual men who identify as transwomen. They consider Lesbianism a form of fascism because female homosexuality excludes male-bodied persons. But any woman who publicly acknowledges the existence of biologically female human beings is their enemy, especially Feminists, who want to abolish, not celebrate, the sex stereotypes that transwomen identify with.

    TransDykes were founded by Scout Tran-Caffee, a class-privileged heterosexual man who grew up in the Silicon Valley before obtaining a Masters Degree in Art in Chicago. After initially embarking on a career as a comic book artist, Scout decided he identified as a transwoman and relocated to the Bay Area, where he started a studio called “Scout’s Artillary” (get it?) where he began marketing trans-identified assault weaponry such as pink and blue baseball bats, axes, and sling shots. Since discovering his true mission, he still occasionally revisits his artistic past to post drunken stick figure comic strips on his Instagram account about the trauma of his thwarted desire to mace lesbians in gay bars.

    She chronicles two Trumpist rallies they crashed and then there’s this:

    Next action by the TransDyke Antifa group was the San Francisco Women’s Strike March on March 7, 2017 in protest of the slogan “The Future Is Female”, which offended the males. They marched under the banner “The Future Is Tire Fires”.

    https://gendertrender.wordpress.com/2017/06/27/transdykes-the-anti-lesbian-antifa/

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    If this is true, can we use 5.56 on these "people" yet?

    I think Jerry Pournelle had a story where the rioting, roadblocking discontents are herded into a stadium, then pelted with defensive grenades.

    Speaking of stadium: Nazi intruder bypasses security, invades Swedish Open tennis court. ‘Hell Seger’ spoken openly, player shaken: “It was not good, it’s not good that such an incident happens,” Ferrer said after the match. “People who streak and just want attention are just a little fun, this is different. For someone saying ‘Heil Hitler’ or so, that’s not normal.”
    , @Dahlia
    I've commented and made a case in the past that we were seeing something new under the sun with regards to trannyism, particularly the hyper-masculine guys who'd fathered children, and just really didn't have a clue as to what it could be. Plastics? Environmental degradation?

    I'm coming around to the idea that internet, easily on-demand pornography is the main culprit.

    I can't help but think of Walt Heyer, an ex-transgender, saying it was mostly about wanting to become what you love, when I read these testimonials. The lesbians have been saying something like this for a long time. Just spending a fraction of a fraction of the time that these gals have been exposed to these guys...the impression is overwhelming.

    It may help explain the uber-masculine/nerd affinity. Sounds outlandish, but recently Ricky Vaughn noted that making people aware of gay behavior in porn didn't trigger a lasting disgust response, but desensitized men to such an extent that they want their women to behave similarly (blow jobs have been normalized in heterosexual relationships now, anal sex on its way).

    The age of the middle-aged that Steve has noticed may just be a coincidence. Or not. Other traits required such as narcissism, but, yeah.

    Dan is a man who has been taking estrogen pills for seven months after discovering his ladygender through porn consumption, strip clubs, and 4Chan.
     
    With link to video
    https://gendertrender.wordpress.com/2017/07/14/dan-the-transwomans-bathroom-dilemma/#comments

    "...we have the recollection of teenage fantasy, describing the author’s erotic dream of having female genitals, and the description of their own or other person’s interaction with this feminised version of the young male they were. The language used is overly sexual, seemingly colloquial to pornography, with the vagina described as a “moist slit”'
     
    http://mirandayardley.com/en/pornography-and-autogynephilia-in-the-narratives-of-adult-transgender-males/
    , @Romanian
    I don't know what world I'm living in anymore.
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  96. JMcG says:

    I agree that Steve’s opinion of Blomkamp is more interesting than the actuality. That short looks to me like an Afghan’s view of the USA.
    We are the ones supposedly warming the earth. We came as harmless liberators and morphed into destroyers with incomprehensible technical advantage. The Texas flags are just meant to spit in the eye of we rednecks. The scene where the alien controls the mind of the rebel is an allegory for the US allied Afghans who help kill their own countrymen. The ships streaking across the sky are stand-ins for F16s. Seems pretty transparent to me.
    I’m not saying I agree with this view, though I do have some sympathy for it. Its long, long past time for us to leave that godforsaken dump. Derbyshire was right. We should have run the taliban out of the place, bombed every mosque into rubble, and left with a warning not to make a peep ever again.
    And I also hate the cliched nice white ladies allying with numinous negroes to save civilization. Its further from the truth than an alien invasion.

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  97. El Dato says:
    @Dahlia
    OT:
    Best chronicler of trans follies and trends, Gallus Mag at GenderTrender, has something that only the Steveosphere could properly appreciate: TransDykes, an off-shoot of Antifa. MGTOW and Antifa had a baby and here she is!
    (Steve, this one is worth it for the pictures alone. But the whole thing is a gold mine.)

    TransDykes are an offshoot of Antifa whose focus is on suppressing the speech of women, mainly lesbians. They participate in regular Antifa flashmobs, sometimes in pastel uniform (“Pastel Bloc”) but also target Women’s Rights events, and Lesbian spaces.

    TransDykes are heterosexual men who identify as transwomen. They consider Lesbianism a form of fascism because female homosexuality excludes male-bodied persons. But any woman who publicly acknowledges the existence of biologically female human beings is their enemy, especially Feminists, who want to abolish, not celebrate, the sex stereotypes that transwomen identify with.
     

    TransDykes were founded by Scout Tran-Caffee, a class-privileged heterosexual man who grew up in the Silicon Valley before obtaining a Masters Degree in Art in Chicago. After initially embarking on a career as a comic book artist, Scout decided he identified as a transwoman and relocated to the Bay Area, where he started a studio called “Scout’s Artillary” (get it?) where he began marketing trans-identified assault weaponry such as pink and blue baseball bats, axes, and sling shots. Since discovering his true mission, he still occasionally revisits his artistic past to post drunken stick figure comic strips on his Instagram account about the trauma of his thwarted desire to mace lesbians in gay bars.
     
    She chronicles two Trumpist rallies they crashed and then there's this:

    Next action by the TransDyke Antifa group was the San Francisco Women’s Strike March on March 7, 2017 in protest of the slogan “The Future Is Female”, which offended the males. They marched under the banner “The Future Is Tire Fires”.
     
    https://gendertrender.wordpress.com/2017/06/27/transdykes-the-anti-lesbian-antifa/

    If this is true, can we use 5.56 on these “people” yet?

    I think Jerry Pournelle had a story where the rioting, roadblocking discontents are herded into a stadium, then pelted with defensive grenades.

    Speaking of stadium: Nazi intruder bypasses security, invades Swedish Open tennis court. ‘Hell Seger’ spoken openly, player shaken: “It was not good, it’s not good that such an incident happens,” Ferrer said after the match. “People who streak and just want attention are just a little fun, this is different. For someone saying ‘Heil Hitler’ or so, that’s not normal.”

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  98. El Dato says:
    @Dave Pinsen
    Not blacks in general, I think, but Nigerians in particular.

    No, Nigerians were setting up camps in the Shrimp Reservation to exchange bad cat food against magic tech weaponry.

    It was just some good old exploiting of the confused and low-IQ ones.

    Gutrot alcohol, “war economy” or paying with freshly printed “money” are other ways of doing it.

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  99. El Dato says:
    @The Only Catholic Unionist
    (For those of you who thought Mr. Sailer mis-spelled "biased", I find in Urban Dictionary that "based" refers to someone who doesn't care what other people think of them. FWIW.)

    Yes, that is some "Fatty Boom Boom" level based-ness right there ...

    Google for “Based Stick Man”

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  100. @BB753
    In every one of these modern sci-fi series, the top leader in a post-apocalyptic world turns out to be an old woman. Now, how likely is that?

    Oh c’mon man! She’s Ellen Ripley! She’s Dana Barrett! She’s Lt. Tawny Madison!

    If there’s one woman on the planet who knows a thing or two about dealing with aliens, it’s Sigourney!

    She’s great with a pulse rifle, she’s got a class – 2 rating with a loader, she was the gatekeeper for Gozer (for awhile), she knows slime, she can go toe-to-toe with the queen-mother in the nest . . . what more do you want?

    If aliens from outer space do invade earth someday, our best defense just might be to have all the hot babes run around with guns! The sight of all those alien jaws dropping in stunned silence would be awesome!

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    I must say Sigourney Weaver was one of the few believable female heroes . Not only in Aliens but in "Galaxy Quest" as well .
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  101. res says:
    @Whiskey
    Hollywood's problem is not Jews. Recall that when Jews actually OWNED Hollywood they made films like Yankee Doodle Dandy. Rather, it is the capture of Hollywood by the Richard Florida creative class, the rentiers like say, Joss Whedon or Lena Dunham or most of the writing staff for the late night comedy shows (Harvard grads all).

    An entrepreneurial outfit that faced going out of business or being acquired by ruthless rivals unless they made things actual Americans wanted to see would not act like this. A place operating on past intellectual capital and cronyism and connections to status signal how different they are from the paying customer rubes is exactly what Hollywood is, no different than Big Tech these days.

    Hollywood is basically two hour long commercials for toys that appeal to Chinese consumers, mixed in with anti-White male social status signaling and "diversity" stuff that loses money but makes the gays and women in mid-line positions feel better about themselves. Married to a TV production system that generates low-risk returns at much lower costs though lower returns than "Batman Fights Giant Monsters Alongside Iron Man" toy licensing revenues produce.

    What's kept Hollywood alive is two things, both of which are vulnerable to legislative action. First, returns on decades old intellectual property, like "the Rifleman" or Bonanza or Streets of San Francisco, which still produce licensing revenues on mostly broadcast outlets like ME-TV or COZI or Antenna-TV, alongside films like the original Star Wars or Jaws. Decades or half a century since they were first produced, these properties still roll in money every week to cover underage transgender hookers and blow for Hollywood execs. Second: the reliance on outside capital particularly Chinese money now to finance the big budget films. [TV is far cheaper, and typically a single episode costs $3-4 million to make and networks/Netflix/Amazon will pay for about $2 million an episode leaving a deficit financing of $22-44 million per season for a TV show that typically if it reaches two seasons can easily cover that cost lifetime for licensing. Consider Veronica Mars, only three seasons, at the time the lowest rated renewed show, still makes money via DVD box sets, the movie, etc. Of course half a billion Chinese kids are not buying Veronica Mars "action figures" aka dolls.]

    Want to kill the Hollywood POZ from status signalling and control of middlemen instead of stockholder owners? Do two things: END copyright holding for corporations after say, ten years. That means anyone can make Star Wars, Superman vs. Batman vs. Fans, Iron Man and Captain America, or anything else big budget movies but more importantly the rights go public domain which means studios can't milk things made half a century ago to finance their POZ stuff few watch. SECOND END foreign financing period of movies and TV shows. PERIOD.

    IF studios had to go hat in hand to AMERICAN investors they would not be able to insert both Chinese Product Placement and POZ in every single thing they do; since investors would balk and either demand sky-high returns for sky-high risk or simply refuse to lend at all. The Chinese don't care about gwailo poz, as long as they get various product placements and a heroic Chinese government and military depicted while Americans are bumbling idiots. That's cause Chinese money pays for it all and in exchange for low rates that's the price.

    Cut off the royalty money; allow competition for long ago intellectual property ("you didn't build that") and forbid foreign financing. These are simple tools to destroy the POZ machine

    Want to kill the Hollywood POZ from status signalling and control of middlemen instead of stockholder owners? Do two things: END copyright holding for corporations after say, ten years.

    Which is why virtually every change in copyright law involves extending the duration, expanding the scope, or conveniences like automatic renewal.

    This graphic summarizes the changes in copyright duration since 1790: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copyright_law_of_the_United_States#Duration_of_copyright

    Detailed copyright law timeline: http://www.arl.org/focus-areas/copyright-ip/2486-copyright-timeline

    I realize you specified corporations, but given that most (all?) of the recent changes have happened at the behest of corporations I think it is clear where the priorities lie.

    TLDR; not bloody likely.

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    I think there was a time when TV actors got residual royalty payments basically forever but the big corporations re-wrote the rules years ago. They buy you out after X number of years or re-runs.

    What's sauce for the goose is, for some reason, not sauce for the gander.

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  102. map says:
    @Whiskey
    Hollywood's problem is not Jews. Recall that when Jews actually OWNED Hollywood they made films like Yankee Doodle Dandy. Rather, it is the capture of Hollywood by the Richard Florida creative class, the rentiers like say, Joss Whedon or Lena Dunham or most of the writing staff for the late night comedy shows (Harvard grads all).

    An entrepreneurial outfit that faced going out of business or being acquired by ruthless rivals unless they made things actual Americans wanted to see would not act like this. A place operating on past intellectual capital and cronyism and connections to status signal how different they are from the paying customer rubes is exactly what Hollywood is, no different than Big Tech these days.

    Hollywood is basically two hour long commercials for toys that appeal to Chinese consumers, mixed in with anti-White male social status signaling and "diversity" stuff that loses money but makes the gays and women in mid-line positions feel better about themselves. Married to a TV production system that generates low-risk returns at much lower costs though lower returns than "Batman Fights Giant Monsters Alongside Iron Man" toy licensing revenues produce.

    What's kept Hollywood alive is two things, both of which are vulnerable to legislative action. First, returns on decades old intellectual property, like "the Rifleman" or Bonanza or Streets of San Francisco, which still produce licensing revenues on mostly broadcast outlets like ME-TV or COZI or Antenna-TV, alongside films like the original Star Wars or Jaws. Decades or half a century since they were first produced, these properties still roll in money every week to cover underage transgender hookers and blow for Hollywood execs. Second: the reliance on outside capital particularly Chinese money now to finance the big budget films. [TV is far cheaper, and typically a single episode costs $3-4 million to make and networks/Netflix/Amazon will pay for about $2 million an episode leaving a deficit financing of $22-44 million per season for a TV show that typically if it reaches two seasons can easily cover that cost lifetime for licensing. Consider Veronica Mars, only three seasons, at the time the lowest rated renewed show, still makes money via DVD box sets, the movie, etc. Of course half a billion Chinese kids are not buying Veronica Mars "action figures" aka dolls.]

    Want to kill the Hollywood POZ from status signalling and control of middlemen instead of stockholder owners? Do two things: END copyright holding for corporations after say, ten years. That means anyone can make Star Wars, Superman vs. Batman vs. Fans, Iron Man and Captain America, or anything else big budget movies but more importantly the rights go public domain which means studios can't milk things made half a century ago to finance their POZ stuff few watch. SECOND END foreign financing period of movies and TV shows. PERIOD.

    IF studios had to go hat in hand to AMERICAN investors they would not be able to insert both Chinese Product Placement and POZ in every single thing they do; since investors would balk and either demand sky-high returns for sky-high risk or simply refuse to lend at all. The Chinese don't care about gwailo poz, as long as they get various product placements and a heroic Chinese government and military depicted while Americans are bumbling idiots. That's cause Chinese money pays for it all and in exchange for low rates that's the price.

    Cut off the royalty money; allow competition for long ago intellectual property ("you didn't build that") and forbid foreign financing. These are simple tools to destroy the POZ machine

    I really don’t understand this attack on IP. If a family can own a farm for generations, why can’t Disney own Mickey Mouse for generations?

    A better analogy is property taxes. If a family has to pay property taxes on a farm, why shouldn’t there be a property tax on IP?

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    Disney continues to invest a lot of money in keeping Mickey Mouse an valuable intellectual property.
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  103. @Romanian
    This speech is better. We can LARP as devotees of the God Emperor himself speaking from the Cherry Blossom Throne on the eve of the Reconquista.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W11s_CL_brM

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NeK691R4N3E

    PS Not a console peasant, so I never got to play any of these games :(

    Never played Killzone either being PC master race.

    As with W40k, I just appreciate the aesthetics. :)

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    One sometimes feels regret at not being able to descend among the console peasants to partake of their simpler joys - auto-aim and console exclusive games. My thumbs hurt whenever I attempt it. And yes to W40k. Have you read Gaunt's Ghosts and the Ciaphas Cain series? The first being a very grimdark military series, and the second being a comedic series with grimdark elements.
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  104. Lurker says:
    @Josh
    What is "based"?

    Based – switched on, clued in, up to speed, down with the program, red pilled etc

    See “Based Stickman”

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    , @Knotnull
    @Lurker no. The other definitions apply to @sailer use of based.
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  105. bomag says:
    @German_reader
    How is this "based"? It's merely another alien invasion plot, in the vein of "War of the worlds" and countless 1950s movies. Not very original imo. And totally irrelevant as an allegory for today's real world issues.
    "Firebase" sounds more interesting as an idea (basically that our world is just a simulation)...but I found its visual and narrative style pretty repellent as well.

    It’s merely another alien invasion plot, in the vein of “War of the worlds” and countless 1950s movies.

    They reflect the zeitgeist. War of the Worlds gave us conquering aliens, but humans prevailed through birthright. The ”50s gave us benevolent, superior aliens who would guide us past our mistakes. Today’s aliens are not particularly superior; they have ruined their own worlds and are in search of others to consume.

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    they have ruined their own worlds and are in search of others to consume.
     
    Not in the ones in Blomkamp's works.
    The main ones in Rakka punish/study humanity because their "gods" are more interested in humanity than them.
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  106. Dahlia says:
    @Dahlia
    OT:
    Best chronicler of trans follies and trends, Gallus Mag at GenderTrender, has something that only the Steveosphere could properly appreciate: TransDykes, an off-shoot of Antifa. MGTOW and Antifa had a baby and here she is!
    (Steve, this one is worth it for the pictures alone. But the whole thing is a gold mine.)

    TransDykes are an offshoot of Antifa whose focus is on suppressing the speech of women, mainly lesbians. They participate in regular Antifa flashmobs, sometimes in pastel uniform (“Pastel Bloc”) but also target Women’s Rights events, and Lesbian spaces.

    TransDykes are heterosexual men who identify as transwomen. They consider Lesbianism a form of fascism because female homosexuality excludes male-bodied persons. But any woman who publicly acknowledges the existence of biologically female human beings is their enemy, especially Feminists, who want to abolish, not celebrate, the sex stereotypes that transwomen identify with.
     

    TransDykes were founded by Scout Tran-Caffee, a class-privileged heterosexual man who grew up in the Silicon Valley before obtaining a Masters Degree in Art in Chicago. After initially embarking on a career as a comic book artist, Scout decided he identified as a transwoman and relocated to the Bay Area, where he started a studio called “Scout’s Artillary” (get it?) where he began marketing trans-identified assault weaponry such as pink and blue baseball bats, axes, and sling shots. Since discovering his true mission, he still occasionally revisits his artistic past to post drunken stick figure comic strips on his Instagram account about the trauma of his thwarted desire to mace lesbians in gay bars.
     
    She chronicles two Trumpist rallies they crashed and then there's this:

    Next action by the TransDyke Antifa group was the San Francisco Women’s Strike March on March 7, 2017 in protest of the slogan “The Future Is Female”, which offended the males. They marched under the banner “The Future Is Tire Fires”.
     
    https://gendertrender.wordpress.com/2017/06/27/transdykes-the-anti-lesbian-antifa/

    I’ve commented and made a case in the past that we were seeing something new under the sun with regards to trannyism, particularly the hyper-masculine guys who’d fathered children, and just really didn’t have a clue as to what it could be. Plastics? Environmental degradation?

    I’m coming around to the idea that internet, easily on-demand pornography is the main culprit.

    I can’t help but think of Walt Heyer, an ex-transgender, saying it was mostly about wanting to become what you love, when I read these testimonials. The lesbians have been saying something like this for a long time. Just spending a fraction of a fraction of the time that these gals have been exposed to these guys…the impression is overwhelming.

    It may help explain the uber-masculine/nerd affinity. Sounds outlandish, but recently Ricky Vaughn noted that making people aware of gay behavior in porn didn’t trigger a lasting disgust response, but desensitized men to such an extent that they want their women to behave similarly (blow jobs have been normalized in heterosexual relationships now, anal sex on its way).

    The age of the middle-aged that Steve has noticed may just be a coincidence. Or not. Other traits required such as narcissism, but, yeah.

    Dan is a man who has been taking estrogen pills for seven months after discovering his ladygender through porn consumption, strip clubs, and 4Chan.

    With link to video

    https://gendertrender.wordpress.com/2017/07/14/dan-the-transwomans-bathroom-dilemma/#comments

    “…we have the recollection of teenage fantasy, describing the author’s erotic dream of having female genitals, and the description of their own or other person’s interaction with this feminised version of the young male they were. The language used is overly sexual, seemingly colloquial to pornography, with the vagina described as a “moist slit”’

    http://mirandayardley.com/en/pornography-and-autogynephilia-in-the-narratives-of-adult-transgender-males/

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    Trannyism, or at least similar sexual dysfunctions, is nothing new. As ably pointed out by Camille Paglia, Sir John Glubb and John Calhoun's mouse utopia experiments, dysfunctions like these tend to predictably recur in rich, aka decadent, periods.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I8BRdwgPChQ
    http://people.uncw.edu/kozloffm/glubb.pdf
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Z760XNy4VM&t

    As to the hyper-masculine "flipping" transsexual, I tend to agree with one of Steve's hypotheses - these tend to be people who trained hard and probably used performance enhancing drugs. Bruce Jenner for one went from 10th place finisher in the '72 Olympics to first place in '76. 'Roids as the drugs of choice back in the '70s, HGH and Co. more recently. When these men get older, the overstressed "male" neural and hormonal circuits fail before the organism fails (aka "dies"). Behavior reverts to the surviving and more baseline but never significantly used neural circuits - female behavior.

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  107. Hail says: • Website
    @al gore rhythms
    Actually, in all fairness to Steve and Neill this interview with Blomkamp about Rakka does explain some of the ideas behind the short film, many of which are novel and sound like they would work in a movie-

    https://www.theverge.com/2017/6/14/15802150/neill-blomkamp-experimental-sci-fi-film-rakka-watch-interview

    Q. Where did the story [Rakka] come from?

    Blomkamp: The original idea was to make make a science fiction piece that was about an occupying force in a foreign country, and it kind of grew around that. I always wanted to do a science fiction invasion piece that had direct parallels with an occupying force in a country, like the Germans in France, or Americans in Iraq. There’s these levels of armed troops that are walking through neighborhoods, and well-built buildings, and local politicians have been turned or manipulated.

    There is a plausible deniability thing here, of course.

    What suggests the intended allegory is Islamic/African migrants in Europe / Pro-European Resistance?

    In favor:
    (1) The Eiffel Tower is shown occupied by the aliens.
    (2) White blonde girl is the face of humanity.
    (3) Texas flag used by resistance.
    (4) Puppetized (White) politicians squawk against their own people’s interests.
    (5) Human resistance has “developed a brain barrier that protects us from their [aliens'] influence” — metaphor for Dissident Right politics? — A key aspect to the Rakka world is that the aliens win not by overwhelming force, but by this mental control. The “brain barrier” allows resistance to be feasible for those few with access to the “brain barrier” devices.

    On point five: The aliens’ ability to mentally control humans and get them to act against their own interests can be seen as a metaphor for control of the discourse by forces hostile to the Christian West.

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    The block quote you shared seems to indicate that Steve is right and most of the commentators are wrong.
    , @Dave Pinsen
    If the aliens can control human minds, why not just do that? That would have made for a subtler and more interesting story: mass shootings being an alien mind control conspiracy.

    As for a sci-fi take on occupation, Battlestar Galactica did that during the Iraq War, with the humans as Iraqis and the Cylons as Americans.
    , @Chrisnonymous

    (5) Human resistance has “developed a brain barrier that protects us from their [aliens'] influence” — metaphor for Dissident Right politics?

    On point five: The aliens’ ability to mentally control humans and get them to act against their own interests can be seen as a metaphor for control of the discourse by forces hostile to the Christian West.
     
    You're over-thinking this. It's lizard men and tin foil hats protecting people against mind control. These are two of the best-known conspiracy theory tropes.
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  108. mobi says:
    @BB753
    In every one of these modern sci-fi series, the top leader in a post-apocalyptic world turns out to be an old woman. Now, how likely is that?

    In every one of these modern sci-fi series, the top leader in a post-apocalyptic world turns out to be an old woman. Now, how likely is that?

    That a feminist matriarchy might find itself post-apocalyptic? Seems most likely of all, to me.

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  109. mobi says:

    Wouldn’t Elysium be a solid refutation of the speculation that Blomkamp is, in any way, ‘woke’?

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  110. anonymous says: • Website • Disclaimer

    OT: The future for Africa looks bright, despie the lies that Steve’s been telling you. A declation from Professor Jess Auerbach [IIRC "auerbach" is isiZulu "woman with skin as dark as night"] of the Social Science Faculty at the at the new African Leadership University in Mauritius:

    What a new university in Africa is doing to decolonise social sciences
    Jess Auerbach

    20 July, 2017

    It’s not often that you get to create a new university from scratch: space, staff – and curriculum. But that’s exactly what we’re doing in Mauritius, at one of Africa’s newest higher education institutions. And decoloniality is central to our work.

    I am a member of the Social Science Faculty at the African Leadership University. Part of our task is to build a canon, knowledge, and a way of knowing. This is happening against the backdrop of a movement by South African students to decolonise their universities; Black Lives Matter protests in the United States; and in the context of a much deeper history of national reimagination across Africa and the world.

    With this history in mind our faculty is working towards what we consider a decolonial social science curriculum. We’ve adopted seven commitments to help us meet this goal, and which we hope will shift educational discourse in a more equitable and representative direction.

    Seven commitments
    #1: By 2019, everything we assign our students will be open source
    Like most institutions of higher education in Africa (and across much of the world) ALU’s library is limited. Students often deal with this by flouting copyright and piracy laws and illegally downloading material. We don’t want to train our students to become habitual law breakers. Nor do we want them to accept second-tier access to commodified knowledge.

    Our aspiration is that by 2019 everything we assign in our programme will be open source. This will be achieved by building relationships with publishers, writers and industry leaders, and negotiating partnerships for equitable access to knowledge. This will ensure that a new generation of thinkers is equipped with the analytic tools they need.

    It will also move towards undoing centuries of knowledge extraction from Africa to the world that has too often taken place with little benefit to the continent itself.

    Read the rest HERE.

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    Is Mauritius in Africa? It's 1200 miles from the continent of Africa.

    By the way, the idea of using free reading materials instead of charging students an arm and a leg for textbooks sounds pretty good to me.

    , @Steve Sailer
    Is Mauritius in Africa? It's 1200 miles from the continent of Africa.

    By the way, the idea of using free reading materials instead of charging students an arm and a leg for textbooks sounds pretty good to me.

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  111. mobi says:
    @Whiskey
    Hollywood's problem is not Jews. Recall that when Jews actually OWNED Hollywood they made films like Yankee Doodle Dandy. Rather, it is the capture of Hollywood by the Richard Florida creative class, the rentiers like say, Joss Whedon or Lena Dunham or most of the writing staff for the late night comedy shows (Harvard grads all).

    An entrepreneurial outfit that faced going out of business or being acquired by ruthless rivals unless they made things actual Americans wanted to see would not act like this. A place operating on past intellectual capital and cronyism and connections to status signal how different they are from the paying customer rubes is exactly what Hollywood is, no different than Big Tech these days.

    Hollywood is basically two hour long commercials for toys that appeal to Chinese consumers, mixed in with anti-White male social status signaling and "diversity" stuff that loses money but makes the gays and women in mid-line positions feel better about themselves. Married to a TV production system that generates low-risk returns at much lower costs though lower returns than "Batman Fights Giant Monsters Alongside Iron Man" toy licensing revenues produce.

    What's kept Hollywood alive is two things, both of which are vulnerable to legislative action. First, returns on decades old intellectual property, like "the Rifleman" or Bonanza or Streets of San Francisco, which still produce licensing revenues on mostly broadcast outlets like ME-TV or COZI or Antenna-TV, alongside films like the original Star Wars or Jaws. Decades or half a century since they were first produced, these properties still roll in money every week to cover underage transgender hookers and blow for Hollywood execs. Second: the reliance on outside capital particularly Chinese money now to finance the big budget films. [TV is far cheaper, and typically a single episode costs $3-4 million to make and networks/Netflix/Amazon will pay for about $2 million an episode leaving a deficit financing of $22-44 million per season for a TV show that typically if it reaches two seasons can easily cover that cost lifetime for licensing. Consider Veronica Mars, only three seasons, at the time the lowest rated renewed show, still makes money via DVD box sets, the movie, etc. Of course half a billion Chinese kids are not buying Veronica Mars "action figures" aka dolls.]

    Want to kill the Hollywood POZ from status signalling and control of middlemen instead of stockholder owners? Do two things: END copyright holding for corporations after say, ten years. That means anyone can make Star Wars, Superman vs. Batman vs. Fans, Iron Man and Captain America, or anything else big budget movies but more importantly the rights go public domain which means studios can't milk things made half a century ago to finance their POZ stuff few watch. SECOND END foreign financing period of movies and TV shows. PERIOD.

    IF studios had to go hat in hand to AMERICAN investors they would not be able to insert both Chinese Product Placement and POZ in every single thing they do; since investors would balk and either demand sky-high returns for sky-high risk or simply refuse to lend at all. The Chinese don't care about gwailo poz, as long as they get various product placements and a heroic Chinese government and military depicted while Americans are bumbling idiots. That's cause Chinese money pays for it all and in exchange for low rates that's the price.

    Cut off the royalty money; allow competition for long ago intellectual property ("you didn't build that") and forbid foreign financing. These are simple tools to destroy the POZ machine

    Hollywood’s problem is not Jews…

    Short version – ‘Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain.’

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  112. Knotnull says:
    @Lurker
    Based - switched on, clued in, up to speed, down with the program, red pilled etc

    See "Based Stickman"

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8fz1eQvC6k

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTtTk9Uzovs

    no. The other definitions apply to @sailer use of based.

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  113. Knotnull says:
    @Lurker
    Based - switched on, clued in, up to speed, down with the program, red pilled etc

    See "Based Stickman"

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8fz1eQvC6k

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTtTk9Uzovs

    no. The other definitions apply to @sailer use of based.

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  114. Knotnull says:

    Is the use of the word based based upon @sailer desire to confuse and/or conflate so as to increase the number of posts due to misunderstanding of his intent?

    Also what is POZ? Is that another attempt to create a new TLA (three letter acronym)?

    Maybe all words that have low usage on the entire website should have a definition linked to them.

    Regarding the article….
    Blomkamp states clearly what Oats Studios intentions are with these shorts. He doesn’t like the Hollyweird model of film making so he’s trying something different. He seeks to avoid focus groups and whatever other nonsense used by Hollyweird to decide on what does or doesn’t get made. Those hoops eventually kill off creativity.

    These films are a creative outlet and are tests to see what sticks. Also you can buy the digital assets for the short films at store.steampowered.com and they hope to raise some money there. But that seems like a long shot and so far not a profit center.

    At least he’s trying to do something outside the Hollyweird machine. Robert Rodriguez took an alternate route too.

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    You can look all this stuff up on the Urban Dictionary, but "Poz" = "gay". Etymology is from HIV positive.
    , @Lurker

    Also what is POZ? Is that another attempt to create a new TLA (three letter acronym)?
     
    POZ as in HIV+.

    Pozzing is passing on the virus. But now has come to mean the forcing of The Agenda™ into every aspect of the culture. Pretending Bruce Jenner is a woman, BMWF couples all over advertising, white male doofus - the same. Dr Who turning into a woman - that's all pozzing. POZ.
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  115. tsotha says:
    @J1234
    Ever since The Day the Earth Stood Still, some Hollywood offerings have tried to convince us that the aliens from space are actually our friends. Most 1950's movie aliens were evil, though.

    Today, there are still sinister aliens from space in film, but most of the time, aliens are just "misunderstood" and all knowing elites. At least according to Hollywood. I asked my 14 year old son if any of the video games he's addicted to have misunderstood aliens as a theme, and he said no. They're all evil and want to destroy Earth. And he says he knows of no other games where aliens are the good guys.

    He could be mistaken or unaware of such games, but the video game industry generally seems to have a very different attitude than the movie industry about xenophilia and PC. It's my understanding that video games are now a bigger share of the entertainment industry than movies. I'm guessing those two things aren't unrelated.

    You can’t do a video game with subtle interpersonal conflict. The aliens are always bad in video games because the player has to have something unambiguously bad to shoot.

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    You can’t do a video game with subtle interpersonal conflict. The aliens are always bad in video games because the player has to have something unambiguously bad to shoot.
     
    Which might just explain the popularity of video games.
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  116. neutral says:
    @Hosswire
    White South Africans are all based now.

    Some have just decided to let it show more than others.

    White South Africans are all based now.

    I can assure they are not, white South Africans roughly emulate the same ideological makeup as white Americans, there are conservatives, progressives, marxists, etc. in South Africa, they are not even close to all being based. There will always be a sizable number of progressive Huffington Post, Hillary loving white South Africans, this despite the high crime rate, the ever degrading financial situation, highly corrupt government and the much harder task in avoiding these realities (compared to Germany or Sweden that have just begun their decline).

    This is also why I keep on telling people online in other countries that there absolutely nothing that will ever make white progressives change their minds, there is no major violent event (this includes even a nuclear attack on a big city) and no deterioration in living standards which will ever convince them.

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    Yes, I have met a bunch of South Africans and this matches my experience.

    While some of them are "based" or "woke" some are not.

    The White South African women, in particular, seem to hold on to the SJW explanation for the sky high rate of crime and social dysfunction. It is the legacy of racism don't you know!

    I agree that nothing will wake these people up, because while they admit that South African has become a Hell hole they still seem to believe that it is all completely a legacy of racism. Blacks have no agency at all! Their explanations are a maddening combination of extreme racism and paternalism(Blacks don't have agency) and suicidal altruism (Oh well we Whites must pay or atone for our sins).

    However, my sense is that all of the White South Africans, even the SW types, I have met (with a few exceptions for very wealthy ones that live in isolated gated communities and have homes abroad to escape to) want to get out because they fear for their safety. In fact they have openly expressed this interest in leaving to me more or less.

    I do think that there are events that will wake people up. I woke up in my early twenties (I am Steve's age),after seeing the unfair discrimination against poor working class Whites in favor of minorities in the USA. Some people, for instance Steve and Trump's speechwriter Mr. Miller, seem like they were woke and based when they were born. Didn't Steve get a letter published in the National Review when he was a kid?

    However, I agree that some SW types are sadly completely unreachable....and like you said even a nuclear attack or some other terrible event would not get them to change their minds about the need for more diversity and other SW type things.
    , @Dan Hayes
    neutral:

    Do the Boer and English ancestored South Africans differ in their perceptions of reality?

    I do not know much about SA but I'm under the impression that the English populace always tried to triangulate themselves between the Blacks and the Boers.
    , @Cloudbuster
    I was rather startled to discover that conservative blogger Kim du Toit, despite his acknowledgement of the ongoing deterioration in South Africa, stands behind his youthful anti-apartheid activism -- you can still practically hear the sneer in his tone when he mentions apartheid.

    He was raised in South Africa in a pretty aristocratic environment, from what I can tell, and had the luxury of being able to leave South Africa behind.

    I don't see how he can look at what is happening to whites in South Africa now and still justify helping end apartheid, especially since he didn't have to suffer the consequences of his preferences.
    , @Ralph Highroller
    Depends which white South Africans.

    Afrikaners are generally pretty conservative and Woke. They have a long, proud history and are the most threatened by the changes sweeping South Africa.

    British South Africans are a different bunch. Many are very liberal and some even actively helped to bring down apartheid. A lot of them retained British citizenship and have fled SA since the end of white rule.

    I know one lovely Anglo South African journalist who campaigned against apartheid back in the day but moved to Australia in the 1990s. Being a good liberal, she refuses to publicly admit that ANC rule has been an unmitigated disaster but the fact she left black-run SA as soon as she could speaks volumes.
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  117. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer
    @Anon
    Isn't a Blomkamp a perverted sex act? And if so, could someone give me a tutorial?

    I always read his name as “Blumpkin”.

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  118. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer
    @James Bowery
    Is it just my imagination or do the credits in Oats Studios shorts evince a suspicious degree of "antisemitism"? And the themes -- in at least Zygot and Rakka -- are rather naked parables of the war between the culture of group integrity and the culture of individual integrity "in the current year".

    There is a business model here:

    Get a bunch of tech-savvy goy together and goy writers to play around with memes that could go either way in the war. That will motivate the goy to be more creative and demand less in the way of compensation than normally would be required to produce goy memes (contrasted with "The Chronicles of Narnia" which, because it didn't start with the tech-savvy, had to pay a premium for their special effects). Don't do feature-length movies. Do shorts as a kind of threat demonstration. Offer something like "Firebase" that isn't as threatening as an option. Studios can then fund the less threatening short as a feature length, or even take the threatening shorts and load Hollywood writers onto them to make sure the appeal they'd normally have is used to deliver a payload of POZ to their hapless audiences. You know, do things like gratuitously have Sigourney Weaver blow to smithereens blond men she catches raping ingenues -- or replacing Sigourney Weaver with Idris Elba and a blond male LGBT side-kick to do it.

    Yeah, this movie looks just like every other alien invasion/body snatchers movie that Jewish Hollywood has been putting out for the past 100 years, but it’s really about evil Jewish reptilians because some goys made it.

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    You really _are_ dim, aren't you?
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  119. Lurker says:
    @res

    Want to kill the Hollywood POZ from status signalling and control of middlemen instead of stockholder owners? Do two things: END copyright holding for corporations after say, ten years.
     
    Which is why virtually every change in copyright law involves extending the duration, expanding the scope, or conveniences like automatic renewal.

    This graphic summarizes the changes in copyright duration since 1790: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copyright_law_of_the_United_States#Duration_of_copyright

    Detailed copyright law timeline: http://www.arl.org/focus-areas/copyright-ip/2486-copyright-timeline

    I realize you specified corporations, but given that most (all?) of the recent changes have happened at the behest of corporations I think it is clear where the priorities lie.

    TLDR; not bloody likely.

    I think there was a time when TV actors got residual royalty payments basically forever but the big corporations re-wrote the rules years ago. They buy you out after X number of years or re-runs.

    What’s sauce for the goose is, for some reason, not sauce for the gander.

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  120. Moshe says:
    @Hail

    Q. Where did the story [Rakka] come from?

    Blomkamp: The original idea was to make make a science fiction piece that was about an occupying force in a foreign country, and it kind of grew around that. I always wanted to do a science fiction invasion piece that had direct parallels with an occupying force in a country, like the Germans in France, or Americans in Iraq. There's these levels of armed troops that are walking through neighborhoods, and well-built buildings, and local politicians have been turned or manipulated.
     
    There is a plausible deniability thing here, of course.

    What suggests the intended allegory is Islamic/African migrants in Europe / Pro-European Resistance?

    In favor:
    (1) The Eiffel Tower is shown occupied by the aliens.
    (2) White blonde girl is the face of humanity.
    (3) Texas flag used by resistance.
    (4) Puppetized (White) politicians squawk against their own people's interests.
    (5) Human resistance has "developed a brain barrier that protects us from their [aliens'] influence" -- metaphor for Dissident Right politics? -- A key aspect to the Rakka world is that the aliens win not by overwhelming force, but by this mental control. The "brain barrier" allows resistance to be feasible for those few with access to the "brain barrier" devices.

    On point five: The aliens' ability to mentally control humans and get them to act against their own interests can be seen as a metaphor for control of the discourse by forces hostile to the Christian West.

    The block quote you shared seems to indicate that Steve is right and most of the commentators are wrong.

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    Blomkamp'a YouTube has videos showing Air Force One made up like a stratofortress with gunturrets, etc. I think it's pretty clear he sees the US as an aggressor.
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  121. peterike says:
    @Whiskey
    Hollywood's problem is not Jews. Recall that when Jews actually OWNED Hollywood they made films like Yankee Doodle Dandy. Rather, it is the capture of Hollywood by the Richard Florida creative class, the rentiers like say, Joss Whedon or Lena Dunham or most of the writing staff for the late night comedy shows (Harvard grads all).

    An entrepreneurial outfit that faced going out of business or being acquired by ruthless rivals unless they made things actual Americans wanted to see would not act like this. A place operating on past intellectual capital and cronyism and connections to status signal how different they are from the paying customer rubes is exactly what Hollywood is, no different than Big Tech these days.

    Hollywood is basically two hour long commercials for toys that appeal to Chinese consumers, mixed in with anti-White male social status signaling and "diversity" stuff that loses money but makes the gays and women in mid-line positions feel better about themselves. Married to a TV production system that generates low-risk returns at much lower costs though lower returns than "Batman Fights Giant Monsters Alongside Iron Man" toy licensing revenues produce.

    What's kept Hollywood alive is two things, both of which are vulnerable to legislative action. First, returns on decades old intellectual property, like "the Rifleman" or Bonanza or Streets of San Francisco, which still produce licensing revenues on mostly broadcast outlets like ME-TV or COZI or Antenna-TV, alongside films like the original Star Wars or Jaws. Decades or half a century since they were first produced, these properties still roll in money every week to cover underage transgender hookers and blow for Hollywood execs. Second: the reliance on outside capital particularly Chinese money now to finance the big budget films. [TV is far cheaper, and typically a single episode costs $3-4 million to make and networks/Netflix/Amazon will pay for about $2 million an episode leaving a deficit financing of $22-44 million per season for a TV show that typically if it reaches two seasons can easily cover that cost lifetime for licensing. Consider Veronica Mars, only three seasons, at the time the lowest rated renewed show, still makes money via DVD box sets, the movie, etc. Of course half a billion Chinese kids are not buying Veronica Mars "action figures" aka dolls.]

    Want to kill the Hollywood POZ from status signalling and control of middlemen instead of stockholder owners? Do two things: END copyright holding for corporations after say, ten years. That means anyone can make Star Wars, Superman vs. Batman vs. Fans, Iron Man and Captain America, or anything else big budget movies but more importantly the rights go public domain which means studios can't milk things made half a century ago to finance their POZ stuff few watch. SECOND END foreign financing period of movies and TV shows. PERIOD.

    IF studios had to go hat in hand to AMERICAN investors they would not be able to insert both Chinese Product Placement and POZ in every single thing they do; since investors would balk and either demand sky-high returns for sky-high risk or simply refuse to lend at all. The Chinese don't care about gwailo poz, as long as they get various product placements and a heroic Chinese government and military depicted while Americans are bumbling idiots. That's cause Chinese money pays for it all and in exchange for low rates that's the price.

    Cut off the royalty money; allow competition for long ago intellectual property ("you didn't build that") and forbid foreign financing. These are simple tools to destroy the POZ machine

    Recall that when Jews actually OWNED Hollywood they made films like Yankee Doodle Dandy.

    Nonsense. When Jews owned Hollywood they did precisely what one would expect: produced content of ever increasing depravity. It was only when the Hays Code outlawed it that they changed. And as we’ve seen, as soon as times changed enough to dispense with the Hays Code, they went right back to ever-increasing depravity.

    Many of those early films are lost and gone, but the Hays Code was marvelously descriptive and specific in what it prohibited. In other words, this is a list of what was being shown and needed to be stopped — the Hays Code didn’t appear out of the blue sky. Here is some of what it prohibited:

    Pointed profanity – by either title or lip – this includes the words “God”, “Lord”, “Jesus”, “Christ” (unless they be used reverently in connection with proper religious ceremonies), “hell”, “damn”, “Gawd”, and every other profane and vulgar expression however it may be spelled;

    Any licentious or suggestive nudity – in fact or in silhouette; and any lecherous or licentious notice thereof by other characters in the picture;

    The illegal traffic in drugs;

    Any inference of sex perversion;

    White slavery;

    Miscegenation (sex relationships between the white and black races);

    Sex hygiene and venereal diseases;

    Scenes of actual childbirth – in fact or in silhouette;

    Children’s sex organs;

    Ridicule of the clergy;

    Willful offense to any nation, race or creed

    Nice list. You can see that many of these themes roared right back as soon as they were able to.

    There was a lot more too, areas that were required to be treated sensitively and with good taste, like the use of the flag, firearms, and so forth.

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  122. J1234 says:
    @Dave Pinsen
    Have they? They weren't our friends in V or Independence Day.

    They weren’t our friends in V or Independence Day.

    And many more. Which is why I said:

    Today, there are still sinister aliens from space in film, but most of the time, aliens are just “misunderstood” and all knowing elites.

    Too many follow the boring Avatar theme.
    Even Blomkamp’s District 9 is described by wiki as a:

    ….story, which explores themes of humanity, xenophobia, and social segregation….

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  123. J1234 says:
    @tsotha
    You can't do a video game with subtle interpersonal conflict. The aliens are always bad in video games because the player has to have something unambiguously bad to shoot.

    You can’t do a video game with subtle interpersonal conflict. The aliens are always bad in video games because the player has to have something unambiguously bad to shoot.

    Which might just explain the popularity of video games.

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    Except it's wrong.
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  124. @Anonymous
    Yeah, this movie looks just like every other alien invasion/body snatchers movie that Jewish Hollywood has been putting out for the past 100 years, but it's really about evil Jewish reptilians because some goys made it.

    You really _are_ dim, aren’t you?

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    Evidently, I'm not as bright as you are. After all, you're the genius who had the incredible insight to sit through the credits and discover that it was made by goys and therefore is really about evil Jewish reptilians, even though it's like every alien invasion/body snatchers movie that Jewish filmmakers have been making in Hollywood for decades.
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  125. Dave Pinsen says: • Website
    @Hail

    Q. Where did the story [Rakka] come from?

    Blomkamp: The original idea was to make make a science fiction piece that was about an occupying force in a foreign country, and it kind of grew around that. I always wanted to do a science fiction invasion piece that had direct parallels with an occupying force in a country, like the Germans in France, or Americans in Iraq. There's these levels of armed troops that are walking through neighborhoods, and well-built buildings, and local politicians have been turned or manipulated.
     
    There is a plausible deniability thing here, of course.

    What suggests the intended allegory is Islamic/African migrants in Europe / Pro-European Resistance?

    In favor:
    (1) The Eiffel Tower is shown occupied by the aliens.
    (2) White blonde girl is the face of humanity.
    (3) Texas flag used by resistance.
    (4) Puppetized (White) politicians squawk against their own people's interests.
    (5) Human resistance has "developed a brain barrier that protects us from their [aliens'] influence" -- metaphor for Dissident Right politics? -- A key aspect to the Rakka world is that the aliens win not by overwhelming force, but by this mental control. The "brain barrier" allows resistance to be feasible for those few with access to the "brain barrier" devices.

    On point five: The aliens' ability to mentally control humans and get them to act against their own interests can be seen as a metaphor for control of the discourse by forces hostile to the Christian West.

    If the aliens can control human minds, why not just do that? That would have made for a subtler and more interesting story: mass shootings being an alien mind control conspiracy.

    As for a sci-fi take on occupation, Battlestar Galactica did that during the Iraq War, with the humans as Iraqis and the Cylons as Americans.

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    If the aliens can control human minds, why not just do that?
     
    From what I took away from it, they can only control some humans' minds.

    Other humans are apparently immune, to some degree, and can augment their immunity with the "brain barriers" they have created (if Steve is right, the "brain barriers" may be a metaphor for the politics of radical rejection of ethnomasochism and xenophilia that have enslaved the minds of the passive majority in the West).
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  126. Dave Pinsen says: • Website
    @Knotnull
    Is the use of the word based based upon @sailer desire to confuse and/or conflate so as to increase the number of posts due to misunderstanding of his intent?


    Also what is POZ? Is that another attempt to create a new TLA (three letter acronym)?

    Maybe all words that have low usage on the entire website should have a definition linked to them.



    Regarding the article....
    Blomkamp states clearly what Oats Studios intentions are with these shorts. He doesn't like the Hollyweird model of film making so he's trying something different. He seeks to avoid focus groups and whatever other nonsense used by Hollyweird to decide on what does or doesn't get made. Those hoops eventually kill off creativity.

    These films are a creative outlet and are tests to see what sticks. Also you can buy the digital assets for the short films at store.steampowered.com and they hope to raise some money there. But that seems like a long shot and so far not a profit center.

    At least he's trying to do something outside the Hollyweird machine. Robert Rodriguez took an alternate route too.

    You can look all this stuff up on the Urban Dictionary, but “Poz” = “gay”. Etymology is from HIV positive.

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    You can look all this stuff up on the Urban Dictionary, but “Poz” = “gay”. Etymology is from HIV positive.
     
    The etymology is correct, but the meaning is more like disease or symptoms of societal disease, as would result from societal infection by an agent like HIV.
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  127. Dave Pinsen says: • Website
    @Dave Pinsen
    Not blacks in general, I think, but Nigerians in particular.

    And to be more precise: Nigerian immigrant gangsters in South Africa, not all Nigerians.

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    It causes some b-hurt among Nigerian commenters (and the many Nigerian widows and children asking for your help to shift 1 million dollar (1'000'000 USD) in cash)
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  128. El Dato says:
    @Dave Pinsen
    And to be more precise: Nigerian immigrant gangsters in South Africa, not all Nigerians.

    It causes some b-hurt among Nigerian commenters (and the many Nigerian widows and children asking for your help to shift 1 million dollar (1’000’000 USD) in cash)

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    Can we please stop using "butthurt" at iSteve?

    This goes for everyone...
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  129. TWS says:
    @German_reader
    How is this "based"? It's merely another alien invasion plot, in the vein of "War of the worlds" and countless 1950s movies. Not very original imo. And totally irrelevant as an allegory for today's real world issues.
    "Firebase" sounds more interesting as an idea (basically that our world is just a simulation)...but I found its visual and narrative style pretty repellent as well.

    Troll

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  130. TWS says:
    @Buzz Mohawk
    This is what happens when you affirmatively further fair housing for residents of District 9.

    Lol

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  131. Seneca says:
    @neutral

    White South Africans are all based now.
     
    I can assure they are not, white South Africans roughly emulate the same ideological makeup as white Americans, there are conservatives, progressives, marxists, etc. in South Africa, they are not even close to all being based. There will always be a sizable number of progressive Huffington Post, Hillary loving white South Africans, this despite the high crime rate, the ever degrading financial situation, highly corrupt government and the much harder task in avoiding these realities (compared to Germany or Sweden that have just begun their decline).

    This is also why I keep on telling people online in other countries that there absolutely nothing that will ever make white progressives change their minds, there is no major violent event (this includes even a nuclear attack on a big city) and no deterioration in living standards which will ever convince them.

    Yes, I have met a bunch of South Africans and this matches my experience.

    While some of them are “based” or “woke” some are not.

    The White South African women, in particular, seem to hold on to the SJW explanation for the sky high rate of crime and social dysfunction. It is the legacy of racism don’t you know!

    I agree that nothing will wake these people up, because while they admit that South African has become a Hell hole they still seem to believe that it is all completely a legacy of racism. Blacks have no agency at all! Their explanations are a maddening combination of extreme racism and paternalism(Blacks don’t have agency) and suicidal altruism (Oh well we Whites must pay or atone for our sins).

    However, my sense is that all of the White South Africans, even the SW types, I have met (with a few exceptions for very wealthy ones that live in isolated gated communities and have homes abroad to escape to) want to get out because they fear for their safety. In fact they have openly expressed this interest in leaving to me more or less.

    I do think that there are events that will wake people up. I woke up in my early twenties (I am Steve’s age),after seeing the unfair discrimination against poor working class Whites in favor of minorities in the USA. Some people, for instance Steve and Trump’s speechwriter Mr. Miller, seem like they were woke and based when they were born. Didn’t Steve get a letter published in the National Review when he was a kid?

    However, I agree that some SW types are sadly completely unreachable….and like you said even a nuclear attack or some other terrible event would not get them to change their minds about the need for more diversity and other SW type things.

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    However, I agree that some SW types are sadly completely unreachable….and like you said even a nuclear attack or some other terrible event would not get them to change their minds about the need for more diversity and other SW type things.
     
    It's quite possible that SJW type thoughts are limited to particular generations. The alt-right has a whole bunch of 19 year olds reacting to their SJW lite, feminist Moms. The next generation never has that sort of investment into their parent's high ideals, especially if it seems like they're paying the price for them.

    Science has the same problem. A generation or two will latch onto basically a completely crazy idea, which they will hold to their graves. The next generation will look at the situation and think "Uh, that's crazy" and will correct the situation. Then will then develop their own completely crazy idea in some other area and hold that to their graves, thus continuing the bad idea cycle of life.
    , @Anon

    However, my sense is that all of the White South Africans, even the SW types, I have met (with a few exceptions for very wealthy ones that live in isolated gated communities and have homes abroad to escape to) want to get out because they fear for their safety. In fact they have openly expressed this interest in leaving to me more or less.
     
    The true "Get Out"?
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  132. Brutusale says:
    @Dave Pinsen
    Aliens were also changing the earth's climate in The Arrival, except they did so more subtly, by building power plants through corporations.

    In Pournelle’s and Niven’s Footfall, the aliens dropped a barrage of kinetic weapons before they even arrived to facilitate climate change. They liked their weather warm and wet.

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  133. L Woods says:

    Yeah, not really seeing the ‘baseness’ here — likening it to an immigration allegory is seriously reaching IMO.

    If Blomkamp is right wing, he’s of a very peculiar ultra-defeatist sort. More likely, he’s so far to the left that even with a certain un-PC penchant for Noticing that may make him appear sympathetic to the right, he still imbibes the kool-aid.

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  134. Neoconned says:
    @Whiskey
    Hollywood's problem is not Jews. Recall that when Jews actually OWNED Hollywood they made films like Yankee Doodle Dandy. Rather, it is the capture of Hollywood by the Richard Florida creative class, the rentiers like say, Joss Whedon or Lena Dunham or most of the writing staff for the late night comedy shows (Harvard grads all).

    An entrepreneurial outfit that faced going out of business or being acquired by ruthless rivals unless they made things actual Americans wanted to see would not act like this. A place operating on past intellectual capital and cronyism and connections to status signal how different they are from the paying customer rubes is exactly what Hollywood is, no different than Big Tech these days.

    Hollywood is basically two hour long commercials for toys that appeal to Chinese consumers, mixed in with anti-White male social status signaling and "diversity" stuff that loses money but makes the gays and women in mid-line positions feel better about themselves. Married to a TV production system that generates low-risk returns at much lower costs though lower returns than "Batman Fights Giant Monsters Alongside Iron Man" toy licensing revenues produce.

    What's kept Hollywood alive is two things, both of which are vulnerable to legislative action. First, returns on decades old intellectual property, like "the Rifleman" or Bonanza or Streets of San Francisco, which still produce licensing revenues on mostly broadcast outlets like ME-TV or COZI or Antenna-TV, alongside films like the original Star Wars or Jaws. Decades or half a century since they were first produced, these properties still roll in money every week to cover underage transgender hookers and blow for Hollywood execs. Second: the reliance on outside capital particularly Chinese money now to finance the big budget films. [TV is far cheaper, and typically a single episode costs $3-4 million to make and networks/Netflix/Amazon will pay for about $2 million an episode leaving a deficit financing of $22-44 million per season for a TV show that typically if it reaches two seasons can easily cover that cost lifetime for licensing. Consider Veronica Mars, only three seasons, at the time the lowest rated renewed show, still makes money via DVD box sets, the movie, etc. Of course half a billion Chinese kids are not buying Veronica Mars "action figures" aka dolls.]

    Want to kill the Hollywood POZ from status signalling and control of middlemen instead of stockholder owners? Do two things: END copyright holding for corporations after say, ten years. That means anyone can make Star Wars, Superman vs. Batman vs. Fans, Iron Man and Captain America, or anything else big budget movies but more importantly the rights go public domain which means studios can't milk things made half a century ago to finance their POZ stuff few watch. SECOND END foreign financing period of movies and TV shows. PERIOD.

    IF studios had to go hat in hand to AMERICAN investors they would not be able to insert both Chinese Product Placement and POZ in every single thing they do; since investors would balk and either demand sky-high returns for sky-high risk or simply refuse to lend at all. The Chinese don't care about gwailo poz, as long as they get various product placements and a heroic Chinese government and military depicted while Americans are bumbling idiots. That's cause Chinese money pays for it all and in exchange for low rates that's the price.

    Cut off the royalty money; allow competition for long ago intellectual property ("you didn't build that") and forbid foreign financing. These are simple tools to destroy the POZ machine

    Whiskey you catch a lot of shit on these forums but i think you’re a genius.

    You’re one of the few on here who understands you can destroy something by targeting its finance sources & you understand a lot of the base motivations and urges that drive so much of human incompetence and stupidity

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  135. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer
    @James Bowery
    You really _are_ dim, aren't you?

    Evidently, I’m not as bright as you are. After all, you’re the genius who had the incredible insight to sit through the credits and discover that it was made by goys and therefore is really about evil Jewish reptilians, even though it’s like every alien invasion/body snatchers movie that Jewish filmmakers have been making in Hollywood for decades.

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  136. Dan Hayes says:
    @neutral

    White South Africans are all based now.
     
    I can assure they are not, white South Africans roughly emulate the same ideological makeup as white Americans, there are conservatives, progressives, marxists, etc. in South Africa, they are not even close to all being based. There will always be a sizable number of progressive Huffington Post, Hillary loving white South Africans, this despite the high crime rate, the ever degrading financial situation, highly corrupt government and the much harder task in avoiding these realities (compared to Germany or Sweden that have just begun their decline).

    This is also why I keep on telling people online in other countries that there absolutely nothing that will ever make white progressives change their minds, there is no major violent event (this includes even a nuclear attack on a big city) and no deterioration in living standards which will ever convince them.

    neutral:

    Do the Boer and English ancestored South Africans differ in their perceptions of reality?

    I do not know much about SA but I’m under the impression that the English populace always tried to triangulate themselves between the Blacks and the Boers.

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    Not that much as most here would probably guess. There do tend to be more Afrikaners that are less prone to be SJW types, because there are more that live in dangerous rural areas and they are a bit more close knit as a community, but it is not a gaping difference. If you are an Afrikaner and you work in the corporate world, you have to believe in the "correct" things or else you will find trouble fast.
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  137. AM says:
    @Seneca
    Yes, I have met a bunch of South Africans and this matches my experience.

    While some of them are "based" or "woke" some are not.

    The White South African women, in particular, seem to hold on to the SJW explanation for the sky high rate of crime and social dysfunction. It is the legacy of racism don't you know!

    I agree that nothing will wake these people up, because while they admit that South African has become a Hell hole they still seem to believe that it is all completely a legacy of racism. Blacks have no agency at all! Their explanations are a maddening combination of extreme racism and paternalism(Blacks don't have agency) and suicidal altruism (Oh well we Whites must pay or atone for our sins).

    However, my sense is that all of the White South Africans, even the SW types, I have met (with a few exceptions for very wealthy ones that live in isolated gated communities and have homes abroad to escape to) want to get out because they fear for their safety. In fact they have openly expressed this interest in leaving to me more or less.

    I do think that there are events that will wake people up. I woke up in my early twenties (I am Steve's age),after seeing the unfair discrimination against poor working class Whites in favor of minorities in the USA. Some people, for instance Steve and Trump's speechwriter Mr. Miller, seem like they were woke and based when they were born. Didn't Steve get a letter published in the National Review when he was a kid?

    However, I agree that some SW types are sadly completely unreachable....and like you said even a nuclear attack or some other terrible event would not get them to change their minds about the need for more diversity and other SW type things.

    However, I agree that some SW types are sadly completely unreachable….and like you said even a nuclear attack or some other terrible event would not get them to change their minds about the need for more diversity and other SW type things.

    It’s quite possible that SJW type thoughts are limited to particular generations. The alt-right has a whole bunch of 19 year olds reacting to their SJW lite, feminist Moms. The next generation never has that sort of investment into their parent’s high ideals, especially if it seems like they’re paying the price for them.

    Science has the same problem. A generation or two will latch onto basically a completely crazy idea, which they will hold to their graves. The next generation will look at the situation and think “Uh, that’s crazy” and will correct the situation. Then will then develop their own completely crazy idea in some other area and hold that to their graves, thus continuing the bad idea cycle of life.

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    "A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it."

    Max Planck

    Also by Planck : "Truth never triumphs—its opponents just die out."
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  138. angler says:
    @Simon
    Surprisingly sophomoric; hard not to simply switch it off. Tired old sci-fi ideas, and an off-putting, pervasive sense of self-pity. But nice visuals.

    Surprisingly sophomoric; hard not to simply switch it off. Tired old sci-fi ideas, and an off-putting, pervasive sense of self-pity. But nice visuals.

    As I’ve been saying for a few years now, we get CGI and graphics that are top of the line in many movies now, but we don’t have screenplays or actors en masse to match it.

    Example: Blade Runner II with Ryan Gosling. He doesn’t have the testosterone, or the life experience to belong in that world. He’s just soft. What’s he know about desperation? What’s he know about getting his ass kicked? Has he even been camping? Sometimes committed tenacity can carry a “star” through to be fairly effective in a role that’s foreign to his/her sensibilities. Tom Cruise can bulldog his way through roles that would appear to be beyond his reach, and do okay.

    We could name numerous actors and stars from the Boomer age who could, and have played hard-assed characters. Can’t name one major american actor from the Millennial crock pot.

    Where are the badass screenwriters? Who’s going to write the next “Chinatown,” and if successful, who the hell will play the lead? Ryan Gosling?

    Anyway… I feel sorry for the CGI guys in the industry. They’re having a renaissance period, but they don’t have the material to support, so they kind of waste their talents on these pop shitshows.

    Kind of a tragedy.

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  139. Anon says: • Disclaimer
    @bomag

    It’s merely another alien invasion plot, in the vein of “War of the worlds” and countless 1950s movies.
     
    They reflect the zeitgeist. War of the Worlds gave us conquering aliens, but humans prevailed through birthright. The ''50s gave us benevolent, superior aliens who would guide us past our mistakes. Today's aliens are not particularly superior; they have ruined their own worlds and are in search of others to consume.

    they have ruined their own worlds and are in search of others to consume.

    Not in the ones in Blomkamp’s works.
    The main ones in Rakka punish/study humanity because their “gods” are more interested in humanity than them.

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  140. Anon says: • Disclaimer
    @Seneca
    Yes, I have met a bunch of South Africans and this matches my experience.

    While some of them are "based" or "woke" some are not.

    The White South African women, in particular, seem to hold on to the SJW explanation for the sky high rate of crime and social dysfunction. It is the legacy of racism don't you know!

    I agree that nothing will wake these people up, because while they admit that South African has become a Hell hole they still seem to believe that it is all completely a legacy of racism. Blacks have no agency at all! Their explanations are a maddening combination of extreme racism and paternalism(Blacks don't have agency) and suicidal altruism (Oh well we Whites must pay or atone for our sins).

    However, my sense is that all of the White South Africans, even the SW types, I have met (with a few exceptions for very wealthy ones that live in isolated gated communities and have homes abroad to escape to) want to get out because they fear for their safety. In fact they have openly expressed this interest in leaving to me more or less.

    I do think that there are events that will wake people up. I woke up in my early twenties (I am Steve's age),after seeing the unfair discrimination against poor working class Whites in favor of minorities in the USA. Some people, for instance Steve and Trump's speechwriter Mr. Miller, seem like they were woke and based when they were born. Didn't Steve get a letter published in the National Review when he was a kid?

    However, I agree that some SW types are sadly completely unreachable....and like you said even a nuclear attack or some other terrible event would not get them to change their minds about the need for more diversity and other SW type things.

    However, my sense is that all of the White South Africans, even the SW types, I have met (with a few exceptions for very wealthy ones that live in isolated gated communities and have homes abroad to escape to) want to get out because they fear for their safety. In fact they have openly expressed this interest in leaving to me more or less.

    The true “Get Out”?

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  141. @Dwright
    Looks like Falling Skies to me.

    Falling Skies done right.

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  142. @Hail

    Q. Where did the story [Rakka] come from?

    Blomkamp: The original idea was to make make a science fiction piece that was about an occupying force in a foreign country, and it kind of grew around that. I always wanted to do a science fiction invasion piece that had direct parallels with an occupying force in a country, like the Germans in France, or Americans in Iraq. There's these levels of armed troops that are walking through neighborhoods, and well-built buildings, and local politicians have been turned or manipulated.
     
    There is a plausible deniability thing here, of course.

    What suggests the intended allegory is Islamic/African migrants in Europe / Pro-European Resistance?

    In favor:
    (1) The Eiffel Tower is shown occupied by the aliens.
    (2) White blonde girl is the face of humanity.
    (3) Texas flag used by resistance.
    (4) Puppetized (White) politicians squawk against their own people's interests.
    (5) Human resistance has "developed a brain barrier that protects us from their [aliens'] influence" -- metaphor for Dissident Right politics? -- A key aspect to the Rakka world is that the aliens win not by overwhelming force, but by this mental control. The "brain barrier" allows resistance to be feasible for those few with access to the "brain barrier" devices.

    On point five: The aliens' ability to mentally control humans and get them to act against their own interests can be seen as a metaphor for control of the discourse by forces hostile to the Christian West.

    (5) Human resistance has “developed a brain barrier that protects us from their [aliens'] influence” — metaphor for Dissident Right politics?

    On point five: The aliens’ ability to mentally control humans and get them to act against their own interests can be seen as a metaphor for control of the discourse by forces hostile to the Christian West.

    You’re over-thinking this. It’s lizard men and tin foil hats protecting people against mind control. These are two of the best-known conspiracy theory tropes.

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  143. @Moshe
    The block quote you shared seems to indicate that Steve is right and most of the commentators are wrong.

    Blomkamp’a YouTube has videos showing Air Force One made up like a stratofortress with gunturrets, etc. I think it’s pretty clear he sees the US as an aggressor.

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  144. @El Dato
    It causes some b-hurt among Nigerian commenters (and the many Nigerian widows and children asking for your help to shift 1 million dollar (1'000'000 USD) in cash)

    Can we please stop using “butthurt” at iSteve?

    This goes for everyone…

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  145. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer
    @Hrw-500
    From what I read on IMDB's trivia and I quote. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt6990734/trivia?ref_=tt_trv_trv

    'Rakka' is the English spelling of a Japanese word which can mean 'Fallen' or 'Fall'. It is also an Icelandic word meaning 'Male'. Rakka = 'Fall of Man'

    I wonder if Neill Blomkamp would do an movie adaptation of ones of Tom Kratman's novels like Caliphate?

    I lurk at Vox Day’s site, and know Kratman from there, and Caliphate is the only one of his books I’ve read, but it is pretty good. It is definitely a readable and engaging book, and could make a great movie. Kratman is reasonably good at humanizing the characters he despises. You see them as failed humans, not demons, even if their failure is salient.

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    Kratman had a very interesting weekly political blog at everyjoe on military issues, but touching on immigration, Mexican revanchism, magic dirt, insurgencies etc. I learned a lot there and he was entertaining too.

    http://www.everyjoe.com/author/tomkratman/

    He is not a White Nationalist, but rather a citizenist, however he is very unsqueamish about conflict. His wife is Panamanian, but he's not soft enough to develop Fred Reed's blindspots.

    You should read his book, which is currently free at the Baen site and on Amazon too, I think, A State of Disobedience, about a Texan revolt during the Presidency of a Hillary stand-in.

    However, his Carrera series is really good. The premise is wildly unbelievable (col0nizing a planet with every ethnic group, eventually recreating the same nations and geopolitical and geocultural dynamics as on Earth, now with the Federation of Columbia, the Tauran Union, war in Sumer, Columbian interference in Balboa, a Panama clone etc) and the characterization is light, but it really pumps up the testosterone and is an amazingly good entry book into the organization of a modern army. I commented on his blog a few times to get him to write in the Dacians, noble soldiers on a shoe-string military budget located in the ass-end of Taurus, laboring under the soft tyranny of the Tauran Union, and make them die gallantly against Carrera's Legion or even join them.
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  146. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    I think they had a big falling out with Neil B. after Chappie, but Die Antwoord is a great band for iSteve readers with serious multi-culti sympathies!

    It is quite possible that I’ve posted links to them before, but…

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  147. Bloomkamp’s film Elysium was maybe the most “based” science fiction film I’ve seen since Blade Runner. The future Los Angeles was depicted as a dirty, poverty stricken hellhole where people spoke a heavily Spanish influenced English. They actually filmed the future Los Angeles in Mexico City. And then having the wealthy have their own space habitat away from the poor masses of earth was genius. The movie had a bad overall story, however.

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    Bloomkamp’s film Elysium was maybe the most “based” science fiction film I’ve seen since Blade Runner. The future Los Angeles was depicted as a dirty, poverty stricken hellhole where people spoke a heavily Spanish influenced English. They actually filmed the future Los Angeles in Mexico City. And then having the wealthy have their own space habitat away from the poor masses of earth was genius. The movie had a bad overall story, however.
     
    But the un-based make no effort to deny the squalid living conditions of most of the brown peoples In fact, to them, it will always be evidence of the cold, selfish, predatory nature of white people.

    The gist of the movie was exactly that - 'cold, selfish white people seeking to keep out innocent brown children who only want to improve their lot'.

    It was a pretty transparent attempt to browbeat in favour of open borders.

    (Ok, I'll confess, I couldn't stomach getting through the entire thing, but enough to get the point)

    And Blomkamp probably sees himself as a refugee of sorts.

    I still don't see it.

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  148. @anonymous
    OT: The future for Africa looks bright, despie the lies that Steve's been telling you. A declation from Professor Jess Auerbach [IIRC "auerbach" is isiZulu "woman with skin as dark as night"] of the Social Science Faculty at the at the new African Leadership University in Mauritius:

    What a new university in Africa is doing to decolonise social sciences
    Jess Auerbach

    20 July, 2017

    It’s not often that you get to create a new university from scratch: space, staff – and curriculum. But that’s exactly what we’re doing in Mauritius, at one of Africa’s newest higher education institutions. And decoloniality is central to our work.

    I am a member of the Social Science Faculty at the African Leadership University. Part of our task is to build a canon, knowledge, and a way of knowing. This is happening against the backdrop of a movement by South African students to decolonise their universities; Black Lives Matter protests in the United States; and in the context of a much deeper history of national reimagination across Africa and the world.

    With this history in mind our faculty is working towards what we consider a decolonial social science curriculum. We’ve adopted seven commitments to help us meet this goal, and which we hope will shift educational discourse in a more equitable and representative direction.

    Seven commitments
    #1: By 2019, everything we assign our students will be open source
    Like most institutions of higher education in Africa (and across much of the world) ALU’s library is limited. Students often deal with this by flouting copyright and piracy laws and illegally downloading material. We don’t want to train our students to become habitual law breakers. Nor do we want them to accept second-tier access to commodified knowledge.

    Our aspiration is that by 2019 everything we assign in our programme will be open source. This will be achieved by building relationships with publishers, writers and industry leaders, and negotiating partnerships for equitable access to knowledge. This will ensure that a new generation of thinkers is equipped with the analytic tools they need.

    It will also move towards undoing centuries of knowledge extraction from Africa to the world that has too often taken place with little benefit to the continent itself.
     
    Read the rest HERE.

    Is Mauritius in Africa? It’s 1200 miles from the continent of Africa.

    By the way, the idea of using free reading materials instead of charging students an arm and a leg for textbooks sounds pretty good to me.

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    The textbook industry is in the early stages of what happened to the music industry with Napster. It seems like hardly anybody is actually buying textbooks anymore. Lots of professors openly suggest students google for the PDF rather than shell out $300+.

    A move towards some kind of reasonably priced textbook subscription service would make a lot of sense, although I'm not aware of any such service yet.
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  149. @anonymous
    OT: The future for Africa looks bright, despie the lies that Steve's been telling you. A declation from Professor Jess Auerbach [IIRC "auerbach" is isiZulu "woman with skin as dark as night"] of the Social Science Faculty at the at the new African Leadership University in Mauritius:

    What a new university in Africa is doing to decolonise social sciences
    Jess Auerbach

    20 July, 2017

    It’s not often that you get to create a new university from scratch: space, staff – and curriculum. But that’s exactly what we’re doing in Mauritius, at one of Africa’s newest higher education institutions. And decoloniality is central to our work.

    I am a member of the Social Science Faculty at the African Leadership University. Part of our task is to build a canon, knowledge, and a way of knowing. This is happening against the backdrop of a movement by South African students to decolonise their universities; Black Lives Matter protests in the United States; and in the context of a much deeper history of national reimagination across Africa and the world.

    With this history in mind our faculty is working towards what we consider a decolonial social science curriculum. We’ve adopted seven commitments to help us meet this goal, and which we hope will shift educational discourse in a more equitable and representative direction.

    Seven commitments
    #1: By 2019, everything we assign our students will be open source
    Like most institutions of higher education in Africa (and across much of the world) ALU’s library is limited. Students often deal with this by flouting copyright and piracy laws and illegally downloading material. We don’t want to train our students to become habitual law breakers. Nor do we want them to accept second-tier access to commodified knowledge.

    Our aspiration is that by 2019 everything we assign in our programme will be open source. This will be achieved by building relationships with publishers, writers and industry leaders, and negotiating partnerships for equitable access to knowledge. This will ensure that a new generation of thinkers is equipped with the analytic tools they need.

    It will also move towards undoing centuries of knowledge extraction from Africa to the world that has too often taken place with little benefit to the continent itself.
     
    Read the rest HERE.

    Is Mauritius in Africa? It’s 1200 miles from the continent of Africa.

    By the way, the idea of using free reading materials instead of charging students an arm and a leg for textbooks sounds pretty good to me.

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  150. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer
    @Chrisnonymous
    Blomkamp'a YouTube has videos showing Air Force One made up like a stratofortress with gunturrets, etc. I think it's pretty clear he sees the US as an aggressor.

    I don’t think it is unreasonable for an Afrikaner to see the US as an aggressor.

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  151. @map
    I really don't understand this attack on IP. If a family can own a farm for generations, why can't Disney own Mickey Mouse for generations?

    A better analogy is property taxes. If a family has to pay property taxes on a farm, why shouldn't there be a property tax on IP?

    Disney continues to invest a lot of money in keeping Mickey Mouse an valuable intellectual property.

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    Disney definitely provides the money and lobbyists at the moment, but the idea of a super-long copyright goes back to Victor Hugo, who wanted to ensure that an author's descendants benefited from royalties on their work. I doubt that Hugo would have been that interested in defending a nearly unlimited corporate copyright, but his ideas inadvertently provided the legal foundation for it.
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  152. NickG says:

    Seems likely Renaud Camus was a technical adviser in the making of.

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  153. @El Dato
    Oats Studis - Wikipedia

    Where is Gordon Freeman when you need him?

    He’s waiting on J.J. Abrams to get him out of development hell.

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  154. @J1234
    Ever since The Day the Earth Stood Still, some Hollywood offerings have tried to convince us that the aliens from space are actually our friends. Most 1950's movie aliens were evil, though.

    Today, there are still sinister aliens from space in film, but most of the time, aliens are just "misunderstood" and all knowing elites. At least according to Hollywood. I asked my 14 year old son if any of the video games he's addicted to have misunderstood aliens as a theme, and he said no. They're all evil and want to destroy Earth. And he says he knows of no other games where aliens are the good guys.

    He could be mistaken or unaware of such games, but the video game industry generally seems to have a very different attitude than the movie industry about xenophilia and PC. It's my understanding that video games are now a bigger share of the entertainment industry than movies. I'm guessing those two things aren't unrelated.

    I asked my 14 year old son if any of the video games he’s addicted to have misunderstood aliens as a theme, and he said no. They’re all evil and want to destroy Earth. And he says he knows of no other games where aliens are the good guys.

    He hasn’t played Mass Effect. It’s a space opera series with every SJW theme conceivable rammed down the player’s throat. Issues of xenophobia/racism/prejudice/whatever between humans and aliens are harped on incessantly. There is a race of aliens that basically is a galaxy-traveling Camp of the Saints.

    The player character has a morality scale that moves towards “Paragon” when the player acts in accordance with SJW values.

    There are aliens that want to destroy Earth, but they want to destroy all the alien life in the galaxy too in a Hinduish creation/destruction cycle.

    The Poz is real in the video game industry. Google “gamergate”.

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    You're overexaggerating to the point of hysteria.

    Mass Effect didn't have anything resembling "SJW" themes until the third one, and even that was limited to Shepard deciding he actually was gay afteralll.

    A lot of the ball dropping/shotty story can be explained by the lead writer locking everyone else out of the process and playing internal politics to push through his "good ideas".

    The idea that Paragon/Renegade was SJW is silly. Paragon was always aimed towards more of what a classical hero was, while Renegade was the anti-hero bent. There was absolutely nothing stopping you from pushing a humanity first agenda.

    Finally, I assume you're talking about the Quarians as Camp of the Saints? If anything, they underlime the dangers of having a serf class around. Their robotic creations become self aware, and when the Quarians decide to try and destroy them they get pushed out of their honeworlds and lose their immune systems from ship board living.

    The Legion arc is probably one of the best existential / religious storylines in SF, with "Does this unit have a soul?" as a poignant last word. Not something you typically see where fedora tipping atheism is the common response to such a theme.

    Thanks for making me write an explainer gayer than anything on Vox for vidya gaems, jerk.

    , @Romanian
    And way too much interspecies sex, including of the chitinous exoskeleton variety if you are daring enough. I did like the aesthetics of the game, though. Haven't played the latest one. Too busy and I heard it sucks.
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  155. @Lugash
    https://twitter.com/Chris_arnade/status/888404550322933760

    I like Arnade’s work. I’m suspicious he’s more redpilled than he lets on, and holds back in fear of a steep social cost.

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  156. @J1234

    You can’t do a video game with subtle interpersonal conflict. The aliens are always bad in video games because the player has to have something unambiguously bad to shoot.
     
    Which might just explain the popularity of video games.

    Except it’s wrong.

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  157. @Steve Sailer
    Is Mauritius in Africa? It's 1200 miles from the continent of Africa.

    By the way, the idea of using free reading materials instead of charging students an arm and a leg for textbooks sounds pretty good to me.

    The textbook industry is in the early stages of what happened to the music industry with Napster. It seems like hardly anybody is actually buying textbooks anymore. Lots of professors openly suggest students google for the PDF rather than shell out $300+.

    A move towards some kind of reasonably priced textbook subscription service would make a lot of sense, although I’m not aware of any such service yet.

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  158. neutral says:
    @Dan Hayes
    neutral:

    Do the Boer and English ancestored South Africans differ in their perceptions of reality?

    I do not know much about SA but I'm under the impression that the English populace always tried to triangulate themselves between the Blacks and the Boers.

    Not that much as most here would probably guess. There do tend to be more Afrikaners that are less prone to be SJW types, because there are more that live in dangerous rural areas and they are a bit more close knit as a community, but it is not a gaping difference. If you are an Afrikaner and you work in the corporate world, you have to believe in the “correct” things or else you will find trouble fast.

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    neutral,

    Thank you for your thoughtful but depressing response.

    Depressing in the sense that even the Boers for the most part refuse or are unwilling to accept reality.
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  159. @ATX Hipster

    I asked my 14 year old son if any of the video games he’s addicted to have misunderstood aliens as a theme, and he said no. They’re all evil and want to destroy Earth. And he says he knows of no other games where aliens are the good guys.
     
    He hasn't played Mass Effect. It's a space opera series with every SJW theme conceivable rammed down the player's throat. Issues of xenophobia/racism/prejudice/whatever between humans and aliens are harped on incessantly. There is a race of aliens that basically is a galaxy-traveling Camp of the Saints.

    The player character has a morality scale that moves towards "Paragon" when the player acts in accordance with SJW values.

    There are aliens that want to destroy Earth, but they want to destroy all the alien life in the galaxy too in a Hinduish creation/destruction cycle.

    The Poz is real in the video game industry. Google "gamergate".

    You’re overexaggerating to the point of hysteria.

    Mass Effect didn’t have anything resembling “SJW” themes until the third one, and even that was limited to Shepard deciding he actually was gay afteralll.

    A lot of the ball dropping/shotty story can be explained by the lead writer locking everyone else out of the process and playing internal politics to push through his “good ideas”.

    The idea that Paragon/Renegade was SJW is silly. Paragon was always aimed towards more of what a classical hero was, while Renegade was the anti-hero bent. There was absolutely nothing stopping you from pushing a humanity first agenda.

    Finally, I assume you’re talking about the Quarians as Camp of the Saints? If anything, they underlime the dangers of having a serf class around. Their robotic creations become self aware, and when the Quarians decide to try and destroy them they get pushed out of their honeworlds and lose their immune systems from ship board living.

    The Legion arc is probably one of the best existential / religious storylines in SF, with “Does this unit have a soul?” as a poignant last word. Not something you typically see where fedora tipping atheism is the common response to such a theme.

    Thanks for making me write an explainer gayer than anything on Vox for vidya gaems, jerk.

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    You’re overexaggerating to the point of hysteria.
     
    What do you want from me? ME1 was one of my favorite games and getting two garbage sequels was frustrating.

    Mass Effect didn’t have anything resembling “SJW” themes until the third one
     
    The subplot in ME2 where the "moral" choice is to cure the Krogan genophage. The Illusive Man/"Racism is bad!"

    and even that was limited to Shepard deciding he actually was gay afteralll.
     
    Did that actually happen? I didn't finish ME3.


    A lot of the ball dropping/shotty story can be explained by the lead writer locking everyone else out of the process and playing internal politics to push through his “good ideas”.
     
    I didn't know about that. Bioware has a history of being lazy about that stuff though - the plots of ME and Dragon Age are virtually identical.

    Fair point wrt the Quarians - I'd forgotten about the Geth connection there. I don't think I stuck with ME3 long enough to see the Legion storyline play out.
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  160. JohnnyGeo says:
    @academic gossip
    It looks like an Islamized, hence "based", adaptation of the Resistance videogame series. The cold-loving insect Chimera are changed to globe-warming reptiles, but other plot elements are kept the same and several of the visuals are almost identical.

    -Alien predators who rapidly swarm the earth

    -climate control spires penetrating the clouds, surrounded by spiral hurricane-like cloud formations, and pictured from space

    -conversion centers

    -mind control and "angels"

    -mutant human experiment survivors who lead the battle against the aliens

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOxgUoUU2xE

    I see a lot of John Christopher’s Tripod Trilogy.

    https://www.amazon.com/White-Mountains-Tripods-John-Christopher/dp/1481414771

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  161. Romanian says: • Website
    @Anatoly Karlin
    Rakka is how I imagine a Tyranid invasion of Earth would play out.

    Must add Jaegers and Space Marines!

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  162. Romanian says: • Website
    @Robard

    the blonde girl in the sackcloth reminds me of the Afrikaner squatter camps.
     
    According to the credits her name is Carla Marais, a typical Afrikaner name. Two of the other actors playing militias also have Afrikaans names.

    I had a flashback to bombshell Jessica Marais, who was in presented in her full and ample splendor in the Mad Men rip-off “Magic City”, starring Miami in the period of Castro’s rise to power. A very iSteve sort of show, cancelled before its time!!!

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    Just looked her up and it turns out she was born in Johannesburg whence her parents emigrated to Canada. Young Clara is actually her sister.
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  163. Romanian says: • Website
    @rye
    These shorts are very reminiscent of anime. Heavy on aesthetics and tech-porn, light on coherent plot and character development. Blomkamp is clearly aiming for the lucrative autist demographic.

    Autiste, please!

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  164. Romanian says: • Website
    @Anonymous
    I lurk at Vox Day's site, and know Kratman from there, and Caliphate is the only one of his books I've read, but it is pretty good. It is definitely a readable and engaging book, and could make a great movie. Kratman is reasonably good at humanizing the characters he despises. You see them as failed humans, not demons, even if their failure is salient.

    Kratman had a very interesting weekly political blog at everyjoe on military issues, but touching on immigration, Mexican revanchism, magic dirt, insurgencies etc. I learned a lot there and he was entertaining too.

    http://www.everyjoe.com/author/tomkratman/

    He is not a White Nationalist, but rather a citizenist, however he is very unsqueamish about conflict. His wife is Panamanian, but he’s not soft enough to develop Fred Reed’s blindspots.

    You should read his book, which is currently free at the Baen site and on Amazon too, I think, A State of Disobedience, about a Texan revolt during the Presidency of a Hillary stand-in.

    However, his Carrera series is really good. The premise is wildly unbelievable (col0nizing a planet with every ethnic group, eventually recreating the same nations and geopolitical and geocultural dynamics as on Earth, now with the Federation of Columbia, the Tauran Union, war in Sumer, Columbian interference in Balboa, a Panama clone etc) and the characterization is light, but it really pumps up the testosterone and is an amazingly good entry book into the organization of a modern army. I commented on his blog a few times to get him to write in the Dacians, noble soldiers on a shoe-string military budget located in the ass-end of Taurus, laboring under the soft tyranny of the Tauran Union, and make them die gallantly against Carrera’s Legion or even join them.

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  165. Romanian says: • Website
    @Daniel Chieh
    I thought Killzone had some of the best storylines and depictions, both of heroes and villains.

    But nothing beats Legacy of Kain. You can find the whole series as a movie on youtube.

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  166. Romanian says: • Website
    @ATX Hipster

    I asked my 14 year old son if any of the video games he’s addicted to have misunderstood aliens as a theme, and he said no. They’re all evil and want to destroy Earth. And he says he knows of no other games where aliens are the good guys.
     
    He hasn't played Mass Effect. It's a space opera series with every SJW theme conceivable rammed down the player's throat. Issues of xenophobia/racism/prejudice/whatever between humans and aliens are harped on incessantly. There is a race of aliens that basically is a galaxy-traveling Camp of the Saints.

    The player character has a morality scale that moves towards "Paragon" when the player acts in accordance with SJW values.

    There are aliens that want to destroy Earth, but they want to destroy all the alien life in the galaxy too in a Hinduish creation/destruction cycle.

    The Poz is real in the video game industry. Google "gamergate".

    And way too much interspecies sex, including of the chitinous exoskeleton variety if you are daring enough. I did like the aesthetics of the game, though. Haven’t played the latest one. Too busy and I heard it sucks.

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    Yeah I like the series' aesthetic and world a lot. Despite my griping above, I was tempted to try out Andromeda.

    I thought the interspecies sex in ME was a little much until I read Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand. ME seems pretty tame by comparison.
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  167. Romanian says: • Website
    @Dahlia
    OT:
    Best chronicler of trans follies and trends, Gallus Mag at GenderTrender, has something that only the Steveosphere could properly appreciate: TransDykes, an off-shoot of Antifa. MGTOW and Antifa had a baby and here she is!
    (Steve, this one is worth it for the pictures alone. But the whole thing is a gold mine.)

    TransDykes are an offshoot of Antifa whose focus is on suppressing the speech of women, mainly lesbians. They participate in regular Antifa flashmobs, sometimes in pastel uniform (“Pastel Bloc”) but also target Women’s Rights events, and Lesbian spaces.

    TransDykes are heterosexual men who identify as transwomen. They consider Lesbianism a form of fascism because female homosexuality excludes male-bodied persons. But any woman who publicly acknowledges the existence of biologically female human beings is their enemy, especially Feminists, who want to abolish, not celebrate, the sex stereotypes that transwomen identify with.
     

    TransDykes were founded by Scout Tran-Caffee, a class-privileged heterosexual man who grew up in the Silicon Valley before obtaining a Masters Degree in Art in Chicago. After initially embarking on a career as a comic book artist, Scout decided he identified as a transwoman and relocated to the Bay Area, where he started a studio called “Scout’s Artillary” (get it?) where he began marketing trans-identified assault weaponry such as pink and blue baseball bats, axes, and sling shots. Since discovering his true mission, he still occasionally revisits his artistic past to post drunken stick figure comic strips on his Instagram account about the trauma of his thwarted desire to mace lesbians in gay bars.
     
    She chronicles two Trumpist rallies they crashed and then there's this:

    Next action by the TransDyke Antifa group was the San Francisco Women’s Strike March on March 7, 2017 in protest of the slogan “The Future Is Female”, which offended the males. They marched under the banner “The Future Is Tire Fires”.
     
    https://gendertrender.wordpress.com/2017/06/27/transdykes-the-anti-lesbian-antifa/

    I don’t know what world I’m living in anymore.

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  168. Romanian says: • Website
    @Anatoly Karlin
    Never played Killzone either being PC master race.

    As with W40k, I just appreciate the aesthetics. :)

    One sometimes feels regret at not being able to descend among the console peasants to partake of their simpler joys – auto-aim and console exclusive games. My thumbs hurt whenever I attempt it. And yes to W40k. Have you read Gaunt’s Ghosts and the Ciaphas Cain series? The first being a very grimdark military series, and the second being a comedic series with grimdark elements.

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  169. Lurker says:
    @Knotnull
    Is the use of the word based based upon @sailer desire to confuse and/or conflate so as to increase the number of posts due to misunderstanding of his intent?


    Also what is POZ? Is that another attempt to create a new TLA (three letter acronym)?

    Maybe all words that have low usage on the entire website should have a definition linked to them.



    Regarding the article....
    Blomkamp states clearly what Oats Studios intentions are with these shorts. He doesn't like the Hollyweird model of film making so he's trying something different. He seeks to avoid focus groups and whatever other nonsense used by Hollyweird to decide on what does or doesn't get made. Those hoops eventually kill off creativity.

    These films are a creative outlet and are tests to see what sticks. Also you can buy the digital assets for the short films at store.steampowered.com and they hope to raise some money there. But that seems like a long shot and so far not a profit center.

    At least he's trying to do something outside the Hollyweird machine. Robert Rodriguez took an alternate route too.

    Also what is POZ? Is that another attempt to create a new TLA (three letter acronym)?

    POZ as in HIV+.

    Pozzing is passing on the virus. But now has come to mean the forcing of The Agenda™ into every aspect of the culture. Pretending Bruce Jenner is a woman, BMWF couples all over advertising, white male doofus – the same. Dr Who turning into a woman – that’s all pozzing. POZ.

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  170. MarcB. says:

    Although it’s been apparent to me that Blomkamp was based ever since District 9, leftist taste-makers still see his work (Elysium) through their own political/cultural lens. They assume that he is one of them, despite the fact that he is a South African refugee whose family fled to Canada. They put 2 + 2 together and yet somehow get 5.

    The tropes he plays along with strike me as the go along-get along variety required to produce movies these days. Blacks did the same thing during the early to mid 2oth Century. These have become an inside joke within various groups of film aficionados, similar to the fat dumb guy/hot smart wife coupling on TV shows of the early 2000′s. There is a suspicion that when these new stock characters are portrayed in an overly-earnest or cartoonish manner within a serious film, the directors are mocking the formula.

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  171. Hail says: • Website
    @Chrisnonymous

    (5) Human resistance has “developed a brain barrier that protects us from their [aliens'] influence” — metaphor for Dissident Right politics?

    On point five: The aliens’ ability to mentally control humans and get them to act against their own interests can be seen as a metaphor for control of the discourse by forces hostile to the Christian West.
     
    You're over-thinking this. It's lizard men and tin foil hats protecting people against mind control. These are two of the best-known conspiracy theory tropes.

    Is flying the Texas flag a conspiracy theory movie trope?

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  172. Hail says: • Website
    @Dave Pinsen
    If the aliens can control human minds, why not just do that? That would have made for a subtler and more interesting story: mass shootings being an alien mind control conspiracy.

    As for a sci-fi take on occupation, Battlestar Galactica did that during the Iraq War, with the humans as Iraqis and the Cylons as Americans.

    If the aliens can control human minds, why not just do that?

    From what I took away from it, they can only control some humans’ minds.

    Other humans are apparently immune, to some degree, and can augment their immunity with the “brain barriers” they have created (if Steve is right, the “brain barriers” may be a metaphor for the politics of radical rejection of ethnomasochism and xenophilia that have enslaved the minds of the passive majority in the West).

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    How about there being something about Muslims, some essential goodness, that makes them vulnerable to alien mind control? So the problem isn't Islam, but aliens essentially "hijacking a great religion", in W's phrase.
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  173. Dan Hayes says:
    @neutral
    Not that much as most here would probably guess. There do tend to be more Afrikaners that are less prone to be SJW types, because there are more that live in dangerous rural areas and they are a bit more close knit as a community, but it is not a gaping difference. If you are an Afrikaner and you work in the corporate world, you have to believe in the "correct" things or else you will find trouble fast.

    neutral,

    Thank you for your thoughtful but depressing response.

    Depressing in the sense that even the Boers for the most part refuse or are unwilling to accept reality.

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  174. BB753 says:

    Woke South Africans all left the country 15 years ago. At about that time, I met a white South African girl in England who was trying hard to conceal her accent and origin among her friends and co-workers, as if somehow being an expatriate white South African were a shameful condition. Once she realized I wasn’t a leftist and sympathetic to her plight, she told me in hushed tones that her country would end up badly under black rule. She said she wasn’t going back. Not with an ANC majority. Curiously, she was an English South African. Under Blairite rule, she had to keep a low profile.
    Lefties have become even crazier and irrational since those days. Most Labour voters were still racial realists then. “Enoch Powell was right!” as an old-school Geordie Labour voter friend of mine used to say. He was cool with Blacks, who were scarce in his area, but hated “money-grabbing Pakis”.

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  175. @neutral

    White South Africans are all based now.
     
    I can assure they are not, white South Africans roughly emulate the same ideological makeup as white Americans, there are conservatives, progressives, marxists, etc. in South Africa, they are not even close to all being based. There will always be a sizable number of progressive Huffington Post, Hillary loving white South Africans, this despite the high crime rate, the ever degrading financial situation, highly corrupt government and the much harder task in avoiding these realities (compared to Germany or Sweden that have just begun their decline).

    This is also why I keep on telling people online in other countries that there absolutely nothing that will ever make white progressives change their minds, there is no major violent event (this includes even a nuclear attack on a big city) and no deterioration in living standards which will ever convince them.

    I was rather startled to discover that conservative blogger Kim du Toit, despite his acknowledgement of the ongoing deterioration in South Africa, stands behind his youthful anti-apartheid activism — you can still practically hear the sneer in his tone when he mentions apartheid.

    He was raised in South Africa in a pretty aristocratic environment, from what I can tell, and had the luxury of being able to leave South Africa behind.

    I don’t see how he can look at what is happening to whites in South Africa now and still justify helping end apartheid, especially since he didn’t have to suffer the consequences of his preferences.

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    You answered your own question. Apartheid made life livable for non-aristocratic whites who can't afford to live in fortified compounds with combat-ready private security, thus diminishing the relative perquisites of privilege. What could be more loathsome than that?
    , @Lurker
    Sadly he just turns out to be another patriotard/cuck/alt-lite type. He wants to be a tough guy but strictly within the parameters laid down by cultural Marxism.

    Thus he watched old South Africa die, helped it to die in fact. And he will help the US to die too.

    Useless.

    , @ben tillman

    I was rather startled to discover that conservative blogger Kim du Toit, despite his acknowledgement of the ongoing deterioration in South Africa, stands behind his youthful anti-apartheid activism — you can still practically hear the sneer in his tone when he mentions apartheid.
     
    Then he's not conservative.
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  176. Robard says:
    @Romanian
    I had a flashback to bombshell Jessica Marais, who was in presented in her full and ample splendor in the Mad Men rip-off "Magic City", starring Miami in the period of Castro's rise to power. A very iSteve sort of show, cancelled before its time!!!

    Just looked her up and it turns out she was born in Johannesburg whence her parents emigrated to Canada. Young Clara is actually her sister.

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    Small world. She has some excellent genes, then, though her sister could not beat Elene Satine in the looks department, imho (a Georgian noblewoman of the Caucasus variety, not US South).
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  177. Romanian says: • Website
    @Robard
    Just looked her up and it turns out she was born in Johannesburg whence her parents emigrated to Canada. Young Clara is actually her sister.

    Small world. She has some excellent genes, then, though her sister could not beat Elene Satine in the looks department, imho (a Georgian noblewoman of the Caucasus variety, not US South).

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  178. Sandmich says:
    @Dave Pinsen
    Aside from the aliens looking like alligator men, I'm not too impressed by this, and I thought District 9 was great. What's the based aspect here? Is the alien invasion supposed to be a metaphor for 3rd world immigration? Seems unlikely.

    I'm looking forward to seeing the Chinese movie adaptation of the Three Body Problem, if they release one with subtitles. That was more interesting than alligator men, and more subversive too.

    First off, I’m sure I’m not the first to complain, but I wish this site posted reply comments “inline” with the original comments. It seems technically daunting for what is a homebrew comment system, but Steve’s section in particular is very comment driven, what with his posts where he writes more in the comment section than he does in the original post.

    Anyway, I wonder how honest a Chinese made adaptation of Three Body Problem would be since it took a rather dim view of the cultural revolution. Not that an honest adaptation could be found elsewhere. A Chinese acquaintance who read the book said that she had a hard time believing in the big money, suicidal environmentalists. “That”, I said “was the easiest part of that book to believe”.

    Interesting then that he put lots of left wing themes into his second book so as to avoid (I’m guessing) commie/SJW criticisms. Interesting still that the third and final book was basically a long diatribe against feminism.

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  179. mobi says:
    @Sal Paradise
    Bloomkamp's film Elysium was maybe the most "based" science fiction film I've seen since Blade Runner. The future Los Angeles was depicted as a dirty, poverty stricken hellhole where people spoke a heavily Spanish influenced English. They actually filmed the future Los Angeles in Mexico City. And then having the wealthy have their own space habitat away from the poor masses of earth was genius. The movie had a bad overall story, however.

    Bloomkamp’s film Elysium was maybe the most “based” science fiction film I’ve seen since Blade Runner. The future Los Angeles was depicted as a dirty, poverty stricken hellhole where people spoke a heavily Spanish influenced English. They actually filmed the future Los Angeles in Mexico City. And then having the wealthy have their own space habitat away from the poor masses of earth was genius. The movie had a bad overall story, however.

    But the un-based make no effort to deny the squalid living conditions of most of the brown peoples In fact, to them, it will always be evidence of the cold, selfish, predatory nature of white people.

    The gist of the movie was exactly that – ‘cold, selfish white people seeking to keep out innocent brown children who only want to improve their lot’.

    It was a pretty transparent attempt to browbeat in favour of open borders.

    (Ok, I’ll confess, I couldn’t stomach getting through the entire thing, but enough to get the point)

    And Blomkamp probably sees himself as a refugee of sorts.

    I still don’t see it.

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    If you truly don't think Neil Bloomkamp is "based", why would he make the future Los Angeles look like the worst parts of modern-day Mexico City?

    Compare that to the ridiculous future depiction of Los Angeles by Spike Jonze in the movie "Her". His future Los Angeles is mainly white, affluent, with little crime, nice new skyscrapers and a high-end subway system.

    , @Chrisnonymous
    I think everyone's stuck trying to figure out if Blomkamp is for or against alt-rightish themes. It's possible that he sees truth on both sides and tries to make sci fi that reflects how he sees the world. Eg, maybe he thinks Mexicans will turn LA into a hellhole and that whites are cold and selfish.
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  180. @al gore rhythms
    Actually, in all fairness to Steve and Neill this interview with Blomkamp about Rakka does explain some of the ideas behind the short film, many of which are novel and sound like they would work in a movie-

    https://www.theverge.com/2017/6/14/15802150/neill-blomkamp-experimental-sci-fi-film-rakka-watch-interview

    Thanks for the pointer. That interview, and the rest of the linked ones were fascinating.

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  181. MBlanc46 says:
    @al gore rhythms
    It's War of the Worlds + magic negro.

    I was quite hopeful at the start, I liked the CGI dying cities and alien structures. But everything has been done before. When it comes to films and TV I think I'm suffering from middle-aged ennui much like the character in this 'bored to death' sketch from a rather under-rated comedy series by Scottish comedian Armondo Iannucci-

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QbvO104irKM

    I think Steve's idea of Neill Blomkamp is more interesting than the reality. Whatever inspiration he draws from demographic trends is watered down and rendered harmless in the actual films.

    A Scottish comedian named Armondo Iannucci?

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    He's pretty "based". Veep is actually quite tame compared to In the loop.
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  182. @Steve Sailer
    Disney continues to invest a lot of money in keeping Mickey Mouse an valuable intellectual property.

    Disney definitely provides the money and lobbyists at the moment, but the idea of a super-long copyright goes back to Victor Hugo, who wanted to ensure that an author’s descendants benefited from royalties on their work. I doubt that Hugo would have been that interested in defending a nearly unlimited corporate copyright, but his ideas inadvertently provided the legal foundation for it.

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  183. Dave Pinsen says: • Website
    @Hail

    If the aliens can control human minds, why not just do that?
     
    From what I took away from it, they can only control some humans' minds.

    Other humans are apparently immune, to some degree, and can augment their immunity with the "brain barriers" they have created (if Steve is right, the "brain barriers" may be a metaphor for the politics of radical rejection of ethnomasochism and xenophilia that have enslaved the minds of the passive majority in the West).

    How about there being something about Muslims, some essential goodness, that makes them vulnerable to alien mind control? So the problem isn’t Islam, but aliens essentially “hijacking a great religion”, in W’s phrase.

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  184. L Woods says:
    @Cloudbuster
    I was rather startled to discover that conservative blogger Kim du Toit, despite his acknowledgement of the ongoing deterioration in South Africa, stands behind his youthful anti-apartheid activism -- you can still practically hear the sneer in his tone when he mentions apartheid.

    He was raised in South Africa in a pretty aristocratic environment, from what I can tell, and had the luxury of being able to leave South Africa behind.

    I don't see how he can look at what is happening to whites in South Africa now and still justify helping end apartheid, especially since he didn't have to suffer the consequences of his preferences.

    You answered your own question. Apartheid made life livable for non-aristocratic whites who can’t afford to live in fortified compounds with combat-ready private security, thus diminishing the relative perquisites of privilege. What could be more loathsome than that?

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  185. @Jack Hanson
    You're overexaggerating to the point of hysteria.

    Mass Effect didn't have anything resembling "SJW" themes until the third one, and even that was limited to Shepard deciding he actually was gay afteralll.

    A lot of the ball dropping/shotty story can be explained by the lead writer locking everyone else out of the process and playing internal politics to push through his "good ideas".

    The idea that Paragon/Renegade was SJW is silly. Paragon was always aimed towards more of what a classical hero was, while Renegade was the anti-hero bent. There was absolutely nothing stopping you from pushing a humanity first agenda.

    Finally, I assume you're talking about the Quarians as Camp of the Saints? If anything, they underlime the dangers of having a serf class around. Their robotic creations become self aware, and when the Quarians decide to try and destroy them they get pushed out of their honeworlds and lose their immune systems from ship board living.

    The Legion arc is probably one of the best existential / religious storylines in SF, with "Does this unit have a soul?" as a poignant last word. Not something you typically see where fedora tipping atheism is the common response to such a theme.

    Thanks for making me write an explainer gayer than anything on Vox for vidya gaems, jerk.

    You’re overexaggerating to the point of hysteria.

    What do you want from me? ME1 was one of my favorite games and getting two garbage sequels was frustrating.

    Mass Effect didn’t have anything resembling “SJW” themes until the third one

    The subplot in ME2 where the “moral” choice is to cure the Krogan genophage. The Illusive Man/”Racism is bad!”

    and even that was limited to Shepard deciding he actually was gay afteralll.

    Did that actually happen? I didn’t finish ME3.

    A lot of the ball dropping/shotty story can be explained by the lead writer locking everyone else out of the process and playing internal politics to push through his “good ideas”.

    I didn’t know about that. Bioware has a history of being lazy about that stuff though – the plots of ME and Dragon Age are virtually identical.

    Fair point wrt the Quarians – I’d forgotten about the Geth connection there. I don’t think I stuck with ME3 long enough to see the Legion storyline play out.

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    ME 2 with the DLCs was the better one IMHO, despite not having the open roaming planet exploration except in a few missions. ME3 went below ME1, and the laughable endings just sealed it for me. No genophage cure for me, lol. I was throwing money at the screen for a delivery of the real thing. ME Andromeda had a really weird premise. I liked how the wiped the slate clean by launching before the ME3 conclusion, but I found it really odd how they made a multicultural Babylon on the Nexus ship and were surprised when it went to hell at the first sign of trouble. At least the Ark Ships were monospecies and were specifically designed to settle new homeworlds for the species, though the Illusive Man connection is pretty weird given the kumbaya nature of the Initiative.

    Anyway, my take on the gaming thing is that, with the pozzing of movies, they are the main visual medium for exploring interesting themes, even when the producer sprinkles some poz on top. The tools are now cheap enough that compelling games can be made on a shoestring budget by a small team and get enough exposure to become hits. The Witcher 3 was masterpiece level, and thoroughly unpozzed. And the fandom has actively struck back against the SJWs. I am a bit biased - I would love to have my own studio making city building simulators like Zeus/Caesar on the side.

    PS Shoehorning a transgender character in ME:Andromeda then grovelling to the SJWs when they took umbrage at the obvious tokenism and one-dimensionalism of the character was delicious.

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  186. @Romanian
    And way too much interspecies sex, including of the chitinous exoskeleton variety if you are daring enough. I did like the aesthetics of the game, though. Haven't played the latest one. Too busy and I heard it sucks.

    Yeah I like the series’ aesthetic and world a lot. Despite my griping above, I was tempted to try out Andromeda.

    I thought the interspecies sex in ME was a little much until I read Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand. ME seems pretty tame by comparison.

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  187. Romanian says: • Website
    @MBlanc46
    A Scottish comedian named Armondo Iannucci?

    He’s pretty “based”. Veep is actually quite tame compared to In the loop.

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  188. Romanian says: • Website
    @ATX Hipster

    You’re overexaggerating to the point of hysteria.
     
    What do you want from me? ME1 was one of my favorite games and getting two garbage sequels was frustrating.

    Mass Effect didn’t have anything resembling “SJW” themes until the third one
     
    The subplot in ME2 where the "moral" choice is to cure the Krogan genophage. The Illusive Man/"Racism is bad!"

    and even that was limited to Shepard deciding he actually was gay afteralll.
     
    Did that actually happen? I didn't finish ME3.


    A lot of the ball dropping/shotty story can be explained by the lead writer locking everyone else out of the process and playing internal politics to push through his “good ideas”.
     
    I didn't know about that. Bioware has a history of being lazy about that stuff though - the plots of ME and Dragon Age are virtually identical.

    Fair point wrt the Quarians - I'd forgotten about the Geth connection there. I don't think I stuck with ME3 long enough to see the Legion storyline play out.

    ME 2 with the DLCs was the better one IMHO, despite not having the open roaming planet exploration except in a few missions. ME3 went below ME1, and the laughable endings just sealed it for me. No genophage cure for me, lol. I was throwing money at the screen for a delivery of the real thing. ME Andromeda had a really weird premise. I liked how the wiped the slate clean by launching before the ME3 conclusion, but I found it really odd how they made a multicultural Babylon on the Nexus ship and were surprised when it went to hell at the first sign of trouble. At least the Ark Ships were monospecies and were specifically designed to settle new homeworlds for the species, though the Illusive Man connection is pretty weird given the kumbaya nature of the Initiative.

    Anyway, my take on the gaming thing is that, with the pozzing of movies, they are the main visual medium for exploring interesting themes, even when the producer sprinkles some poz on top. The tools are now cheap enough that compelling games can be made on a shoestring budget by a small team and get enough exposure to become hits. The Witcher 3 was masterpiece level, and thoroughly unpozzed. And the fandom has actively struck back against the SJWs. I am a bit biased – I would love to have my own studio making city building simulators like Zeus/Caesar on the side.

    PS Shoehorning a transgender character in ME:Andromeda then grovelling to the SJWs when they took umbrage at the obvious tokenism and one-dimensionalism of the character was delicious.

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  189. donut says:
    @AM

    However, I agree that some SW types are sadly completely unreachable….and like you said even a nuclear attack or some other terrible event would not get them to change their minds about the need for more diversity and other SW type things.
     
    It's quite possible that SJW type thoughts are limited to particular generations. The alt-right has a whole bunch of 19 year olds reacting to their SJW lite, feminist Moms. The next generation never has that sort of investment into their parent's high ideals, especially if it seems like they're paying the price for them.

    Science has the same problem. A generation or two will latch onto basically a completely crazy idea, which they will hold to their graves. The next generation will look at the situation and think "Uh, that's crazy" and will correct the situation. Then will then develop their own completely crazy idea in some other area and hold that to their graves, thus continuing the bad idea cycle of life.

    “A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.”

    Max Planck

    Also by Planck : “Truth never triumphs—its opponents just die out.”

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  190. Lurker says:
    @Cloudbuster
    I was rather startled to discover that conservative blogger Kim du Toit, despite his acknowledgement of the ongoing deterioration in South Africa, stands behind his youthful anti-apartheid activism -- you can still practically hear the sneer in his tone when he mentions apartheid.

    He was raised in South Africa in a pretty aristocratic environment, from what I can tell, and had the luxury of being able to leave South Africa behind.

    I don't see how he can look at what is happening to whites in South Africa now and still justify helping end apartheid, especially since he didn't have to suffer the consequences of his preferences.

    Sadly he just turns out to be another patriotard/cuck/alt-lite type. He wants to be a tough guy but strictly within the parameters laid down by cultural Marxism.

    Thus he watched old South Africa die, helped it to die in fact. And he will help the US to die too.

    Useless.

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  191. @neutral

    White South Africans are all based now.
     
    I can assure they are not, white South Africans roughly emulate the same ideological makeup as white Americans, there are conservatives, progressives, marxists, etc. in South Africa, they are not even close to all being based. There will always be a sizable number of progressive Huffington Post, Hillary loving white South Africans, this despite the high crime rate, the ever degrading financial situation, highly corrupt government and the much harder task in avoiding these realities (compared to Germany or Sweden that have just begun their decline).

    This is also why I keep on telling people online in other countries that there absolutely nothing that will ever make white progressives change their minds, there is no major violent event (this includes even a nuclear attack on a big city) and no deterioration in living standards which will ever convince them.

    Depends which white South Africans.

    Afrikaners are generally pretty conservative and Woke. They have a long, proud history and are the most threatened by the changes sweeping South Africa.

    British South Africans are a different bunch. Many are very liberal and some even actively helped to bring down apartheid. A lot of them retained British citizenship and have fled SA since the end of white rule.

    I know one lovely Anglo South African journalist who campaigned against apartheid back in the day but moved to Australia in the 1990s. Being a good liberal, she refuses to publicly admit that ANC rule has been an unmitigated disaster but the fact she left black-run SA as soon as she could speaks volumes.

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  192. @Dave Pinsen
    You can look all this stuff up on the Urban Dictionary, but "Poz" = "gay". Etymology is from HIV positive.

    You can look all this stuff up on the Urban Dictionary, but “Poz” = “gay”. Etymology is from HIV positive.

    The etymology is correct, but the meaning is more like disease or symptoms of societal disease, as would result from societal infection by an agent like HIV.

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  193. Except his big “apartheid allegory”, District 9, was crap.

    Because the invaders end up being the victims, confined to special areas, treated as inferior etc.

    In that scenario, the aliens are the blacks and not the Boers, which is allegorically upside down.

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    I think you need to read Steve's article. He doesn't think it was an apartheid allegory, and the interviews with Blomkamp make clear it's not that simple.
    , @Anon
    Aliens in District 9 were not invaders, but stranded people.
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  194. @mobi

    Bloomkamp’s film Elysium was maybe the most “based” science fiction film I’ve seen since Blade Runner. The future Los Angeles was depicted as a dirty, poverty stricken hellhole where people spoke a heavily Spanish influenced English. They actually filmed the future Los Angeles in Mexico City. And then having the wealthy have their own space habitat away from the poor masses of earth was genius. The movie had a bad overall story, however.
     
    But the un-based make no effort to deny the squalid living conditions of most of the brown peoples In fact, to them, it will always be evidence of the cold, selfish, predatory nature of white people.

    The gist of the movie was exactly that - 'cold, selfish white people seeking to keep out innocent brown children who only want to improve their lot'.

    It was a pretty transparent attempt to browbeat in favour of open borders.

    (Ok, I'll confess, I couldn't stomach getting through the entire thing, but enough to get the point)

    And Blomkamp probably sees himself as a refugee of sorts.

    I still don't see it.

    If you truly don’t think Neil Bloomkamp is “based”, why would he make the future Los Angeles look like the worst parts of modern-day Mexico City?

    Compare that to the ridiculous future depiction of Los Angeles by Spike Jonze in the movie “Her”. His future Los Angeles is mainly white, affluent, with little crime, nice new skyscrapers and a high-end subway system.

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    [Spike Jonze’s] future Los Angeles is mainly white, affluent, with little crime, nice new skyscrapers and a high-end subway system.
     
    Richard Spencer would approve.

    If Blomkamp and Jonze’s respective ‘auteur’ cinematic milieus demonstrate revealed preference, Jonze’s vision is arguably the based one in an alt-right sense.
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  195. @Cloudbuster
    I was rather startled to discover that conservative blogger Kim du Toit, despite his acknowledgement of the ongoing deterioration in South Africa, stands behind his youthful anti-apartheid activism -- you can still practically hear the sneer in his tone when he mentions apartheid.

    He was raised in South Africa in a pretty aristocratic environment, from what I can tell, and had the luxury of being able to leave South Africa behind.

    I don't see how he can look at what is happening to whites in South Africa now and still justify helping end apartheid, especially since he didn't have to suffer the consequences of his preferences.

    I was rather startled to discover that conservative blogger Kim du Toit, despite his acknowledgement of the ongoing deterioration in South Africa, stands behind his youthful anti-apartheid activism — you can still practically hear the sneer in his tone when he mentions apartheid.

    Then he’s not conservative.

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  196. @mobi

    Bloomkamp’s film Elysium was maybe the most “based” science fiction film I’ve seen since Blade Runner. The future Los Angeles was depicted as a dirty, poverty stricken hellhole where people spoke a heavily Spanish influenced English. They actually filmed the future Los Angeles in Mexico City. And then having the wealthy have their own space habitat away from the poor masses of earth was genius. The movie had a bad overall story, however.
     
    But the un-based make no effort to deny the squalid living conditions of most of the brown peoples In fact, to them, it will always be evidence of the cold, selfish, predatory nature of white people.

    The gist of the movie was exactly that - 'cold, selfish white people seeking to keep out innocent brown children who only want to improve their lot'.

    It was a pretty transparent attempt to browbeat in favour of open borders.

    (Ok, I'll confess, I couldn't stomach getting through the entire thing, but enough to get the point)

    And Blomkamp probably sees himself as a refugee of sorts.

    I still don't see it.

    I think everyone’s stuck trying to figure out if Blomkamp is for or against alt-rightish themes. It’s possible that he sees truth on both sides and tries to make sci fi that reflects how he sees the world. Eg, maybe he thinks Mexicans will turn LA into a hellhole and that whites are cold and selfish.

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  197. @Kathy Shaidle
    Except his big "apartheid allegory", District 9, was crap.

    Because the invaders end up being the victims, confined to special areas, treated as inferior etc.

    In that scenario, the aliens are the blacks and not the Boers, which is allegorically upside down.

    I think you need to read Steve’s article. He doesn’t think it was an apartheid allegory, and the interviews with Blomkamp make clear it’s not that simple.

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  198. Anon says: • Disclaimer
    @Kathy Shaidle
    Except his big "apartheid allegory", District 9, was crap.

    Because the invaders end up being the victims, confined to special areas, treated as inferior etc.

    In that scenario, the aliens are the blacks and not the Boers, which is allegorically upside down.

    Aliens in District 9 were not invaders, but stranded people.

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  199. @Sal Paradise
    If you truly don't think Neil Bloomkamp is "based", why would he make the future Los Angeles look like the worst parts of modern-day Mexico City?

    Compare that to the ridiculous future depiction of Los Angeles by Spike Jonze in the movie "Her". His future Los Angeles is mainly white, affluent, with little crime, nice new skyscrapers and a high-end subway system.

    [Spike Jonze’s] future Los Angeles is mainly white, affluent, with little crime, nice new skyscrapers and a high-end subway system.

    Richard Spencer would approve.

    If Blomkamp and Jonze’s respective ‘auteur’ cinematic milieus demonstrate revealed preference, Jonze’s vision is arguably the based one in an alt-right sense.

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  200. DJohn1 says:
    @Dahlia
    I've commented and made a case in the past that we were seeing something new under the sun with regards to trannyism, particularly the hyper-masculine guys who'd fathered children, and just really didn't have a clue as to what it could be. Plastics? Environmental degradation?

    I'm coming around to the idea that internet, easily on-demand pornography is the main culprit.

    I can't help but think of Walt Heyer, an ex-transgender, saying it was mostly about wanting to become what you love, when I read these testimonials. The lesbians have been saying something like this for a long time. Just spending a fraction of a fraction of the time that these gals have been exposed to these guys...the impression is overwhelming.

    It may help explain the uber-masculine/nerd affinity. Sounds outlandish, but recently Ricky Vaughn noted that making people aware of gay behavior in porn didn't trigger a lasting disgust response, but desensitized men to such an extent that they want their women to behave similarly (blow jobs have been normalized in heterosexual relationships now, anal sex on its way).

    The age of the middle-aged that Steve has noticed may just be a coincidence. Or not. Other traits required such as narcissism, but, yeah.

    Dan is a man who has been taking estrogen pills for seven months after discovering his ladygender through porn consumption, strip clubs, and 4Chan.
     
    With link to video
    https://gendertrender.wordpress.com/2017/07/14/dan-the-transwomans-bathroom-dilemma/#comments

    "...we have the recollection of teenage fantasy, describing the author’s erotic dream of having female genitals, and the description of their own or other person’s interaction with this feminised version of the young male they were. The language used is overly sexual, seemingly colloquial to pornography, with the vagina described as a “moist slit”'
     
    http://mirandayardley.com/en/pornography-and-autogynephilia-in-the-narratives-of-adult-transgender-males/

    Trannyism, or at least similar sexual dysfunctions, is nothing new. As ably pointed out by Camille Paglia, Sir John Glubb and John Calhoun’s mouse utopia experiments, dysfunctions like these tend to predictably recur in rich, aka decadent, periods.

    http://people.uncw.edu/kozloffm/glubb.pdf

    As to the hyper-masculine “flipping” transsexual, I tend to agree with one of Steve’s hypotheses – these tend to be people who trained hard and probably used performance enhancing drugs. Bruce Jenner for one went from 10th place finisher in the ’72 Olympics to first place in ’76. ‘Roids as the drugs of choice back in the ’70s, HGH and Co. more recently. When these men get older, the overstressed “male” neural and hormonal circuits fail before the organism fails (aka “dies”). Behavior reverts to the surviving and more baseline but never significantly used neural circuits – female behavior.

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  201. donut says:
    @Paul Jolliffe
    Oh c'mon man! She's Ellen Ripley! She's Dana Barrett! She's Lt. Tawny Madison!

    If there's one woman on the planet who knows a thing or two about dealing with aliens, it's Sigourney!

    She's great with a pulse rifle, she's got a class - 2 rating with a loader, she was the gatekeeper for Gozer (for awhile), she knows slime, she can go toe-to-toe with the queen-mother in the nest . . . what more do you want?

    If aliens from outer space do invade earth someday, our best defense just might be to have all the hot babes run around with guns! The sight of all those alien jaws dropping in stunned silence would be awesome!

    https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/07/08/7b/07087b6b807c11af872cbaacc1567bdd.jpg

    I must say Sigourney Weaver was one of the few believable female heroes . Not only in Aliens but in “Galaxy Quest” as well .

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  202. MEH 0910 says:

    Oats Studios – Volume 1 – Kapture: Fluke
    Published on Aug 3, 2017
    Welcome to Kapture Technologies, where Gary and Jeff test the latest new gadgets.

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