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Movie; Into The Storm

Into The Storm (2014)

If one of the greatest moments of your movie watching life was the movie Twister, or if you loved the TV series The Walking Dead up to the point where the character Sarah Wayne Callies played (Laurie) met her end- or if you need some father-son, we lost mom and we’re gettin’ on but not too hard core catharsis- then here’s your movie. I was only forced to check my phone a couple times for the unnecessary line or comment, but overall it was good entertainment.

The special effects do not let you down, they are definitely awe inspiring. The action only had me asking once- why didn’t they just drive around that tree? So if there as anything else done simply to support the suspense of the story, it was held together well outside of that moment. Suspend your disbelief entirely if you can, because the most of the film employs a hand-held camera, switch back and forth style… and there will be a climactic moment you will ask yourself, if overly observant like myself- uhm, who’s filming right now? But again, you may not and it’s just me.

A simple PG-13 natural disaster action flick built around a simple wholesome family theme, with some comedy relief thrown in for good measure. If you’re taking the kids out for some “holy crap!” movie fun- I say go for it. You might even think about global warming a bit (one line in the movie devoted to the ecologically conscious), or the inspiration for the movie’s subject matter (one or two actual footage of catastrophe’s involving twisters used). But nothing too off putting for the fans of the smash and trash environmental disaster flick to worry about.

Have fun!

 

It snowed in New York?

December 29, 2010 Leave a comment

The city dropped the ball- people in Brooklyn in particular and Staten Island (Staten Island shouldn’t complain- after Jersey Shore they should be glad we didn’t use the island as a snow dump) are in distress.

As you may or may not know I have access to some information about the city’s mood because of my job, and well, those boroughs are well, not happy. Can’t blame them, for whatever reason the response was much less effective than previous times. Of course I suck because I always evaluate all angles, I don’t go across the board and say one thing is right or wrong- and so being big on personal responsibility I do consider the fact that it’s just freaking snow, it can be shoveled, and it does melt- but then you have to be sympathetic to the elderly who depend not only on city services to control the effects of inclement weather- but also the highly ineffective and opportunistic MTA who makes money off of New Yorkers providing transportation as a private company, but seemingly invests absolutely no money of their ever inadequate budget on actual contingency- like having a snow plow or even a budget to hire private contractors if needed- to clear their own routes- god forbid. No, they put the onus on the city, along with charging city employees nearly the entire amount of their fare fees (millions of dollars in revenue). but before I go off on a rant- you have to be sympathetic to the elderly and the infirmed. Their main concern is getting to their health care appointments that sometimes are life dependent, and of course- emergency services being able to reach them. They are in effect, trapped in their homes. In a catastrophe, these are members of the population that are inevitable losses. People who get left behind. They cannot travel, much less, can they run for their lives. Now, this shouldn’t have been a catastrophic event, and this is everyone’s point, because for many people, the conditions were nearly as such.

The Mayor has owned up to the fact that the response was less than effective, and here is where the Mayor, which I support, personally lacks a bit of what New York needs right now.

People want blood. He speaks about accountability, and his business sense though admirable and fiscally effective- is not the Human Resources Politically Correct kind of language people want and need to hear right now. They need to hear “Heads are going to roll”. They need, and want to hear, that the man in charge shares their outrage and that the suffering of the people, is as the suffering of his own children, and that people who are in charge of certain things, will soon feel his wrath on the people’s behalf.

I know, it sounds arcane, but what can I tell you, its the pulse of the people, and although the minority of new Yorkers make the majority of the money and buy the New York Times, most people read the Post and the Daily News, which is dumbed down to a 3rd grade reading level. Needless to say most of them, won’t be reading this blog.

You cannot be a leader of the people, and expect the people to behave as you expect them or want them to- and if you ignore how they behave and pretend it does not exist- you lose public confidence (the equivalent of being overthrown in ancient times). As a leader of the people you have to do what you think is best, but you must speak the language of the people. I’m not running for Prime Minister in Japan without gettin’ my karaoke on.

Anyway…

It’s gray slush time here in New York.

Predictions;

If the weather improves, the snow will melt, if it melts too fast, though no one is saying anything right now, the sewers will overflow- the infrastructure, as the operation structure obviously, is lacking. There will be flooding. Transit will be delayed and cancelled. Elderly and infirmed will be stuck again. The media will swarm, as usual, helping nothing, and creating a public uproar that does no more than waste effort and time.

I… will say, I told you so.

Happy New Year everyone.

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Comment on; Where do you put a Mosque?

August 17, 2010 1 comment

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Answer: You put a Mosque, and for that matter a Church, a Synagogue, a Temple, a friggin Tree people want to pray to on Arbor Day… Anywhere the laws of the land will allow. This is the United States of America and Freedom, as much as humanly possible, is what we stand for.

I’ll continue this rant on my own blog…

I happen to work for The City of New York in a capacity that affords me the unfortunate privilege to have the opinions of New Yorkers and now with this Mosque debate- any jerk off who has an opinion outside of our city- thrown at me. I have to hear all of it. In the last months, there has been a grand total of three… that’s THREE supportive opinions I have heard regarding this matter- the rest are from people who for all my ability to try and extend my understanding- simply put- need something to hate.

I have had enough time to think of all this. I have heard enough. I have spoken to parents of soldiers both alive and dead. I have spoken to parents and friends of those who died and those who worked at the 9-11 site. For them I feel remorse, of course, but no amount of loss is an excuse for uninformed irrationality- to put it nicely.

I have spoken to the crack pots who dont have anything else better to do but stick their noses in anything the media tells them they should care about. I have spoken to all of these people from all around the country.

Few of them can contain their rage to express themselves in a rational way. Most want to yell at whomever they get on the phone. One bordered on threatening terrorism himself. Most, have southern accents. Most, make the ignorant assumption that the Mayor of New York has the power of a King and that by his decree he has “allowed” this to occur. Those in particular I regard as Idiots.

But again, most just want to hate. The same emotion that fueled those who supposedly flew planes into the towers that morning.

I work here in the area. I was going to school at the foot of the WTC. I was, if not for my genuine disdain for Math Class, supposed to be there that morning. I worked at a school shortly there after- again, at the foot of the WTC, where an entire dorm room floor wall was covered with the names of those students and family of students and faculty that were lost that day.

I come to work every day- tolerant of the tourists holding their maps, looking for “the hole”.

It’s a tourist attraction to people. This, is nauseating to me. There isnt a god damned day I dont feel a sadness inside for what happened here. I see it- every- fucking- day.

So when I hear everybody and their mother think they have a qualified opinion on what goes on here in New York in relevance to the World Trade Center- you can imagine what I feel.

Yet, I tolerate you.

You, who would be no better than Jim Crowe or Hitler and take people’s rights away simply because you have the need… the NEED to hate.

I have to leave this job. I have seen too much of what the general public is like, and honestly, it’s killed my faith in mankind, and even American Ideals.

This country is filled with corruption and bigotry. People, who even if we do have the worst ecducational system in the world, should know better, should recognize that NONE OF US COME FROM THIS LAND! They don’t have the basic kindness and common sense to ever allow me to think this world will be a better place.

Honestly, I’m ok with not having kids now that I’ve worked here, and heard all of you people and your “opinions”.

No one, not one organization in the world, has stepped up to say, when they do build the Mosque, we will come to help. We will lay brick and mortar with you in the name of Peace and for the end of violence and aggression between the faiths of this world.

That, is truly sad.

I’m reading America’s Hidden History by Kenneth C. Davis right now, and in the first few pages alone, I’ve learned the fact that most of history’s conflict, has alwys been about religion. World wide.

I am of no faith, but support any theology that gives people comfort- and no theology that looks to convert or to keep people from their own choice.

I thought once the Bush administration left office, I could be proud to be an American again… but I see that isn’t going to happen. There are just too many hateful bigoted stupid ignorant people in this country and I can’t defend you anymore.

Thanks, all of you.

Thanks for ruining what could have been a wonderful country.

And in a way, maybe thats how we should deal with you. Let you have the country and let you run it into the ground with your hate. When you get yourselves destroyed, we, the peaceful intelligent and tolerant people can come back and be better off.

Change is good they say?

Well let’s see how this change in theme works out. I liked Hemmingway. It was dark and serious like me. But this one caught my eye today. Lets see what happens.

The Road. Movie, based on book by Cormac McCarthy; Lessons learned.

Lessons Learned…

1. The end is near.

2. Ya better be ready. In every way.

3. Women are quitters. If y’can’t keep them comfortable, they kill themselves.

4. Men are stubborn, and don’t kill themselves when they probably should.

5. If you have an attachment to supposed “good” things, such as benevolence to others, generosity, kindness to others… you’ll have a harder time surviving in a world without laws and government to protect you- than one who is selfish and self serving.

6. The apocalypse (non-religious), will not be pretty in any way, back to lesson #2.

Seriously though, I’m sure, as is always the case, there is a lot more in the book. So hints the Wiki page with the reference to a newborn being roasted on a spit.

My thoughts are if that’s what’s going on in CM’s mind, he should maybe pick up the paint brush and give Geiger and Manson a run for their money.

I watch these kinds of movies and it goes through my mind what I would do… I wouldn’t, if dragging around a young son, be walking up to houses I haven’t thoroughly scouted out- we’re talking watching the house until nightfall. You’re in a rush? Where do you have to be? All appointments have been cancelled due to the apocalypse. You’re hungry? Hmm, gonna be less hungry in a few hours? Less hungrier when you’re watching them hack your kid to bits and offering you a bit of son-bacon? No. You dig in and watch. You do what you do right, because you have no second chances and the cost of failure is too high to even consider.

I wouldn’t, once in those houses, be scurrying about raising a ruckus searching for a tool to open a locked cellar, without searching the entire house for signs of cannibalism, if I am aware this is what people are engaging in. If you see signs, you KNOW what’s down there- and you also know you didn’t wait and watch long enough- and it’s time to go. Now.

I wonder too who these movies are made about? Who are these books written about? I’d like to think I’d be less inept in dire circumstances. Is this the average Joe? Is this the author? Are most people THAT passive? How does he not have more than one gun? I’d have had at LEAST one just having a pregnant wife BEFORE the apocalypse. The kid was five years old or more when the wife decided to take a walk… you DIDN’T have time to acquire yourself some traveling security? There wasn’t a what-if lightbulb flickering in your head somewhere? With that kind of time I’d of had gone out, gotten myself a suitable truck or bus, fortified it, loaded it up with fuel, weapons and supplies, maybe gotten a neighbor or two to join  the team (gotta think about the kid’s chances at procreating too), and been ready for when the time comes we stop sitting around on our asses waiting for the establishment to respond.

You watch this kind of thing, and you think this way, and then you understand why the lady, mother of a child, decides to eat it. This guy is just sitting around waiting saying I love you baby- I mean really? Come on? I love you isnt going to feed or protect the family.

But then again, I do think that for all one can be prepared for the fall of civilization- the irony will be that the environment that affords you that likely honest evaluation is likely the very reason you’ll never even get the chance to prove it.

I live in New York.

If it’s a man made catastrophe that brings about the end of the world as we know it- I’m already dead.

If it’s a natural disaster- this is a coastal city in the north east. What are the chances I’m drowned under a tsunami or something?

All I’m saying is… when it’s on, you get up and you go. Get the shit you’re gonna need to survive, if you don’t already have it.

In respect to suicide and mass hysteria, over confidence in religion and government, these kinds of movies all share a similar opinion I agree with.

In fact, for me at least- it doesn’t take a cataclism for me to say what these movies say about those subjects. Most people are idiots, when the fit hits the shan smart or not you’ll realize it’s really just a personal choice whether you want to stay among the living or not and most- probably won’t have the faith in either themselves, government or their god to stick it out anyway.

Lucky it’s just a movie huh?

Come to think of it when the world shits on itself, I would head right to the nearest Starbucks, seize it, fortify it, and when the dust settles, make a killing on bartering for cinnamon dolce lattes.

HNIC here I come.

Why?

June 23, 2010 Comments off

Why is it in a person’s custom to introduce themselves to an anonymous someone answering a phone in an office somewhere?

If you’re calling an individual in some rergard- it’s understandable, necessary and polite… but if you’re calling a public office or a business, such as a customer service center and you’re not required to identify your account- then why are you stating your name?

Who cares who the fuck you are?

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Why when you give someone exactly what they are looking for- because you know what they need, since it’s your job to recognize their needs as soon as they state them clearly- do those people question your determination- if they came to you for the answer they couldn’t figure out for themselves in the first place?

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Why are most people opposed to clear communication? Why must they find the path most complicated towards reaching their goal- when communicating?

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Why can’t most people just recognize, and answer, a Yes or No question when asked?

Why must they respond with a story? An elaboration on details that if they were of any consequence – you would’nt have had to interrupt them with a Yes or No question.

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Why can’t people learn to simply ask for what they want in a direct way? Why must people approach the attaining of information by telling you a story? Is this some ghetto form of communication I simply do not comprehend?

Why must I interrupt a “story” and ask- “What are you looking for?” – “What can I help you with?” – “Who do you want to speak to!?”??

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These questions plague my mind every single god damned day, before and after I pick up the phone at work, several, and I mean several times- throughout the day.

People are generally stupid it seems. They clog their lives with unecessary irrelevant habits and customs preventing them from acheiving their goals, by preventing them from their own clarity of thought.

This, is the first and foremost reason I sincerely believe mankind is doomed to eventual extinction.

Most, are stupid in these ways and are followers who need to be led, but leaders are corrupt. Greed for money and power ruin any possibility of the evolutionary advancement of the human race.

There is no talking sense to most people. Instead of trying to get to a higher point- a point of progression- a mutual advanced understanding- all most people want to do is make it an arguement, and win that arguement- so they feel like they accomplished something- even if in accomplishing it- they held up their own advancement- and especially if they held up yours.

Misery, loves company they say. And the human race, however benevolent or gracious they may think they are- are miserable.

I’m for the closing of this chapter in the history of existence. This human thing is a failure.

Expectations of Failure.

Have you ever had a professor who you thought “no matter what I do- this fucker is going to fail me”? Like he was waiting for it. no matter what you came up with, this guy was waiting for the opportunity to pounce on whatever flaw they could find- because there will be one, always, since we’re human. Some of us have had relationships like this, where that significant other was always unsatisfied, no matter what you do- they would find something wrong with it.

In the professor/ student situation- it wasn’t like the unhappy professor could have tried to help you to achieve satisfactory work could they? it’s like they needed to hang back and wait for that satisfying feeling of putting you down in some way. Mr. Know-It-Alls that they are.

In the case of a relationship the same holds true, with a hostile sense of course, since it seems a personal vendetta.

At some point in both relationships though, I would hope the student or well-meaning significant other take a step back and say you know what? Fuck you. Either grab a row or get the fuck off the boat.

This is what our President needs to do.

I’m tired of waking up and reading how the press was sitting back waiting for the President to make his speech or make his statement or whatever he did next- and they found this fault and that fault and bla-bla-bla- Press, you’re starting to look like a bunch of unhappy bigoted bitches who can’t lift a finger to help the situation- but LOVE to criticize the man in charge who has to do the job. You don’t want to COME OUT and say the N… can’t do it, but god damned you fuckers are sure IMPLYING that’s your opinion every single god damned day.

What’s worse is- the man seems to care about you implying it.

I think it was completely wrong of Obama to cow-tow to the bigoted insecure people who questioned his methods and needed baby sitter hand holding at the beginning of the BP Oil Spill.

I watch the coverage and wonder if they feel any sense of shame? I feel sorry for this President who is forced to try to be a good-black President for what seems to be fear of being called a bad-black President.  When if you who have something to say- get on the fucking ticket and either take care of yourselves emotionally, not whining about “oh the president doesn’t love me”, or you in the press use some insight instead of that Professor who hates me or the girlfriend who is never happy attitude- and HELP the country understand the responsibility of the Office of the President instead of drumming up the bigot’s need to criticize what they can never understand- then maybe the Prez can feel free to do his fucking job the way he needs to do it instead of having to jump when you say jump.

If this President has failed at anything it’s been not putting all you assholes in your place. And isn’t it funny- it’s the critics who are using “the race card” these days to try and manipulate the Office of the President of the United States.

Am I failing to make my argument in some way?

Because if I am I can always just fall back on the default “you wouldn’t be saying this shit if he was white”- and its funny how that always seems to fit.

Wait till we have a President of Latin American descent- Then we’ll have a representation that will certainly put the press in their right place.

Thank you Daily Beast Cheat Sheet for setting me off. I would rather not be giving a shit.

I know – I know – If it’s not going to be the President (Bush) making me ashamed to be an American, it’s going to be the people when the President is other than white.

I know – I know – we have one of the worst educational systems in the world here on our land- and we have the double edged sword of freedom of speech and religion that make it so zealots and bigots and fanatics have to be tolerated- and most times its the combination of all of those factors that make for the most laughable if not for being so fucking scary examples of how human life maybe isn’t so precious all the time because it can go so wrong when you let EVERYONE just go on breathing even though they’re certainly acting like they don’t appreciate the life they have in the diverse world they’ve been gifted living in…

Yes, I know those factors have alot if not everything to do with the abhorrent stupidity one has to witness in this country and I should be more understanding- but it’s just fucking sad that in my life time I won’t get to see certain things that would come of progress- simply because mankind is busy wasting it’s time expressing and listening to expressions of this kind that do just that- simply waste fucking time- distact from things, and prevent a team effort to solve the problem.

What should the President have done?

Blame the terrorists for the oil spill? Then you assholes would be raising flags in support of anything and everything he would ask you to do- like going to war with a couple countries maybe?

Hey, it worked for his predecessor- right? 

You should be ashamed of yourselves.

An asshole idiot becomes president and you let him get away with everything under the sun- but a smart guy gets in office and you dicks cant do a damn thing but criticize.

It’s easy to pick on the smart guy I guess. When the criminal we had for eight years before that was just an unpredictable dumb ass with a big stick.

Everyone is just the scared neighbor who minds his business and keeps his mouth shut when it came to Bush. But now that Obama’s in town, you’re all brave & shit.

Cowards.