Alien Invasion

Paul Krugman, Laureate of the Sveriges Riksban...
He warned us.

Recently, Nobel Prize winning and left-wing loon Paul Krugman suggested that an invasion by aliens would jump start the economy.

In an interview with CNN, Krugman cited “a Twilight Zone episode in which scientists fake an alien threat in order to achieve world peace. Well, this time… we’d need it in order to get some fiscal stimulus.” According to Krugman’s tossed-off theory, we’d need a massive buildup to counter the apparently looming invasion. “[If] inflation and budget deficits took secondary place to that, this slump would be over in 18 months.”

And now we have this

Bad news from NASA: If we don’t reduce carbon emissions, the aliens might come and kill us

It may not rank as the most compelling reason to curb greenhouse gases, but reducing our emissions might just save humanity from a pre-emptive alien attack, scientists claim…

The authors warn that extraterrestrials may be wary of civilisations that expand very rapidly, as these may be prone to destroy other life as they grow, just as humans have pushed species to extinction on Earth. In the most extreme scenario, aliens might choose to destroy humanity to protect other civilisations.

“A preemptive strike would be particularly likely in the early phases of our expansion because a civilisation may become increasingly difficult to destroy as it continues to expand. Humanity may just now be entering the period in which its rapid civilisational expansion could be detected by an ETI because our expansion is changing the composition of the Earth’s atmosphere, via greenhouse gas emissions,” the report states.

“Green” aliens might object to the environmental damage humans have caused on Earth and wipe us out to save the planet. “These scenarios give us reason to limit our growth and reduce our impact on global ecosystems. It would be particularly important for us to limit our emissions of greenhouse gases, since atmospheric composition can be observed from other planets,” the authors write.

Is there maybe something the government is not telling us? Should I start checking the basement for pods or building some kind of shelter against heat rays or something?

Thanks to Hot Air and Allahpundit.

 

 

 

 

Fifteen Commandments

It’s not widely known that when Moses came down from Mount Sinai, he originally had fifteen commandments.

Actually Mel Brooks and almost everyone else have gotten it wrong. The Bible describes the tablets on which the commandments.

15 Moses turned and went down the mountain with the two tablets of the covenant law in his hands. They were inscribed on both sides, front and back. 16 The tablets were the work of God; the writing was the writing of God, engraved on the tablets. (Exodus 32:15-16)

10 The LORD gave me two stone tablets inscribed by the finger of God. On them were all the commandments the LORD proclaimed to you on the mountain out of the fire, on the day of the assembly.

11 At the end of the forty days and forty nights, the LORD gave me the two stone tablets, the tablets of the covenant. (Deuteronomy 9:10-11)

Most people picture the two tablets as having some of the commandments written on one and the rest on the other.

 

 

 

 

 

 

But it’s more probable that the two tablets were identical copies. The custom at that time and place was that if two people made an agreement or covenant, two copies were made and each party kept a copy. The ten commandments were a covenant between the Lord and the Israelites. Both copies were kept in the Ark of the Covenant. The clip is still funny, though.

Megamind

We saw the movie Megamind at the Ohio Theater free summer movie yesterday. It was a hilarious spoof of Superman and super hero movies generally, told from the point of view of the super villain Megamind. I would have to say that so far, it is one of Dreamwork‘s best animated films.

Megamind is really, really bad.


And he’s on the highway to Hell.

Grief Counseling for Muggles, Good Grief

From the Washington Times. I liked the Harry Potter books well enough. Perhaps they are not quite in the same league as Shakespeare, but they are entertaining. I liked the movies too and have seen all of them at least once. Somehow, though, I don’t think I will require the services of a grief counselor after the last movie is released.

Fear not, Hogwarts junkies.

Yes, the release of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2” marks the end of a cinematic era — eight films, 10 years, $6 billion and counting in worldwide ticket sales.

But that doesn’t mean your fantasy fix is about to vanish like an invisibility cloak.

Take it from the Trekkies and the ‘Star Wars’ nerds; they’ve been there.

The writer of the article provides several ways to cope with the impending loss, including conventions, fanfic, and generally following the examples of Star Trek and Star Wars fans.

Case in point? In “Potter,” the fictional students of the fictional Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry play a fictional game called quidditch, in which wizards fly around on broomsticks and toss balls through hoops. On actual American college campuses, actual students play a version of the game in which they toss balls through hoops and run around with broomsticks between their legs. Alas, nobody flies. All of which would seem stranger if “Star Wars” hadn’t already inspired a real-life Jedi religion, the way the Klingons of “Star Trek,” a race of warrior aliens, have inspired the creation of a viable language.

“They spoke Klingon on the show ‘Frasier,’” Mr. Frazetti said. “Shakespeare and the Bible have been translated into it. There’s an actual Klingon language institute in Pennsylvania.”

Or, we could act like grown-ups for a change. I mean, come on people, there is a real world out there.

 

By the way, Laura Ingraham has this gem from her new book, “Of Thee I Zing

Unless you’ve been contacted by the film’s casting director, there is no reason for you ever to come to a movie in costume. We don’t think you’re cute. We don’t think you’re artistic. We do think you’re a nerd. And the moment you leave the protective company of the other crazy people at the cineplex, you look like a complete idiot. The robe and the wand are not working for you.

Oh, and the last time I checked, Harry Potter was not 300 pounds, 40, or balding.

Quite so.

Mr. Spock Brings Peace to the Middle-East

From the BBC and Best of the Web. Leonard Nimoy aka Mr. Spock has weighed in on his solution to the intractable problem of the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.

In an open letter published on the website of the non-governmental organisation, Americans for Peace Now, Mr Nimoy explains his support for a two-state solution.

He makes reference to his experience on the fictional Starship Enterprise to help express his views.

He characterises this as “a secure democratic Israel as the Jewish State alongside an independent Palestinian state”.

The 80-year-old actor argues that the two-state solution “is still critical in this region for both Israel and the Palestinian people“.

To illustrate his assertions that “the time for recriminations is over” and that “assigning blame over all priorities is self-defeating”, Mr Nimoy describes an early Star Trek episode entitled, Let That Be Your Last Battlefield.

“Two men, half black, half white, are the last survivors of their peoples who have been at war with each other for thousands of years, yet the Enterprise crew could find no differences separating these two raging men,” he says.

“But the antagonists were keenly aware of their differences – one man was white on the right side, the other was black on the right side. And they were prepared to battle to the death to defend the memory of their people who died from the atrocities committed by the other.”

The actor goes on that he does not mean “to belittle the very real issues that divide Israelis and Palestinians”. However, he says, the fictitious scenario shows that “myth can be a snare”.

That’s all very well and he has a point, but I wish he would explain all that to the Palestinians. They seem to be the ones most interested in assigning blame and keeping the conflict going. The conflict would be over if they would just admit that Israel has a right to exist and actually negotiate in good faith. Until that happens there is not going to be peace.

Rio

We just got back from seeing Rio. It was fairly good, better than most family movies, with some really funny parts and the obligatory happy ending. The main character is Blu, a macaw who has lived his whole life as a pet and so doesn’t know how to fly. He turns out to be the last male of his species and is taken to Rio to mate with the last female. In the ensuing adventures he learns to fly and become more self-reliant.

Here is the trailer.

Glen or Glenda

We watched Ed Wood’s movie “Glen or Glenda” last week. The consensus is that it was even worse than “Plan 9 from Outer Space”, simply because there were parts of “Glen or Glenda” that simple didn’t make sense. “Plan 9” at least had something like a coherent plot. “Glen or Glenda” was just confusing.

I think I know what Ed Wood was attempting. He wanted to make a plea for tolerance for transvestites or cross dressers, who practice a harmless perversion. He used his own experiences to make a semi-autobiographical picture. Unfortunately this was not the movie he was commissioned to make. He was supposed to be making a fictionalized movie about Christine Jorgensen, the first person widely known to have had a “sex  change” operation. To satisfy his producer, Wood tacked on a second story about a man who changed his sex. He also included a confusing semi-pornographic dream sequence. Bela Lugosi played a narrator of sorts, although his narrations had little to do with the film. The result of all of this was simply a mess.

Manos: The Hands of Fate

We watched Manos:The Hands of Fate this evening. While I cannot say that it is the worst movie ever made, I haven’t seen every movie, it certainly must come close. The technical ineptitude of this film cannot be believed. The plot is incoherent. There are continuity problems. The dialog was dubbed afterwards because the camera didn’t record sound, etc.