Darwin Bio Pic too Controversial for U.S.

14 09 2009

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The new film “Creation” has yet to find a distributor in the United States.

The Telegraph says:

However, US distributors have resolutely passed on a film which will prove hugely divisive in a country where, according to a Gallup poll conducted in February, only 39 per cent of Americans believe in the theory of evolution.

Movieguide.org, an influential site which reviews films from a Christian perspective, described Darwin as the father of eugenics and denounced him as “a racist, a bigot and an 1800s naturalist whose legacy is mass murder”. His “half-baked theory” directly influenced Adolf Hitler and led to “atrocities, crimes against humanity, cloning and genetic engineering”, the site stated.

Wowzers.  Only 39% of Americans believe in evolution?  What is it about education that scares so many Americans?  Maybe it is just easier to believe whatever the book says – typical lazy American idiots.

I hope the movie gets released here because I want to see it.  I also hope it gets released here because that would show that at least one company isn’t too scared of the nut jobs to release a simple bio pic.

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Obama Accomplishes Nothing

14 06 2009

My thoughts exactly almost exactly.





Don Giovanni – The Right Way

24 04 2009

I stumbled upon this video of the final scene from Mozart’s brilliant opera, Don Giovanni.

What I like about this is the gratuitous use of women in bikinis.  That’s what I call opera!





Quote of the Day – Jacques Rivière

7 04 2009

Romanticism aside, there is no other end to pure thought than death.

Jacques Rivière

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Expelled – Ben Stein’s Pro Creationist “Documentary”

22 03 2009

So I got Expelled – No Intelligence Allowed from Netflix.  I’m watching it as I write this.  The beginning is what you would expect, a long and tedious trek to find professors who have been shunned for expressing support of intelligent design.  A lot of ignorance about what evolution actually is, and a lot of pointing out that ID has good points (without ever actually making them so we can judge for ourselves how good they are).  But the best part so far is the long bit about Nazi Germany and eugenics.  What place do the Nazis have in this “documentary”?  Evidently the Nazis became Nazis because they were Darwinists.  Stein also manages to imply that Planned Parenthood is an organization guided by the principles of eugenics!

Stein spends a lot of time talking about how it isn’t the American way to suppress a viewpoint – we are the land of freedom and inclusiveness.  What he never does is make an argument of why we should listen to ID.  What is the evidence?  He says it is just as valid but never bothers to show us why.

And that is because its a bunch of bullshit.





Beyond the Gates – Rwanda Genocide at its Finest

2 03 2009

Last weekend I received the film Beyond the Gates from Netflix.  I watched, I laughed, I cried.  Except for the laughed part.  Based on a true story this film was an amazing eye opener.  No matter how much you know about Rwanda in 1995, what happened there is something you can never really get your mind around.  I highly recomend this film as both a history lesson and a study of what people are capable of.  I don’t know how I missed it when it came out to theatres, but I’m glad that I didn’t miss it on DVD.





1940’s Color Photography

8 09 2008

According to Mental Floss, the Library of Congress has recently uploaded a bunch of photographs to its flickr page.  And evidently there were some color photographs being taken in the early 1940’s.  It is stunning to see that the world wasn’t actually black and white back then.  Take this boilermaker from 1942 for example:

 

Check out the other photos at Mental Floss or browse through the entire collection at the Library of Congress’ Flickr page.