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Politics, Government & The Law / Re: News you DID need
« Last post by random axe on March 17, 2018, 04:56:31 PM »
Yes, "Libertarians", and why people don't take them seriously:

Libertarian candidate for US Senate proposes giving homeless people shotguns

“Frankly I think the ideal weapon would be a pistol,” he told the Guardian, “but due to the licensing requirements in the state we’re going to have a hard enough time getting homeless people shotguns as it is."

Ellison, a former soldier who has served in Iraq, said he decided to run for office “just to try and make a difference”.

The homeless people would not be forced to carry pump-action shotguns, Ellison said.

“The first thing that we’re gonna do is ask them if they think this is something that would benefit them. We’re certainly not trying to force anything on anybody.”

Ammunition would be provided with the shotguns, probably in five- or six-shell magazines, Ellison said.

More shells would be provided if the owners legitimately used their guns to defend themselves, however, if people spent their ammunition “shooting cans in somebody’s private property” then they would not be given more shells.

Ellison said he did not think the plan was dangerous.

Here in Michigan, I might add.

It's possible (per the article) that he's trying a little incoherently to make a satirical point about the police being excessively armed, but . . . if so, he's not doing a good job.  I've seen three articles about him, and he just sounds like a loon.
Arts & Entertainment / Re: Random Reviews
« Last post by random axe on March 16, 2018, 01:51:01 PM »
I finally saw Kiltro, a 2006 Chilean kung fu film from the same people (largely) who did Mirageman and Mandrill (which unfortunately I've still only seen half of).  It's probably the most accessible of the three.  If a Chilean Tarantino had made a kung fu semi-parody, this might be it, and it's pretty fantastic.

The hulking Marko Zaror -- allegedly 6'2", but he often looks closer to 7' -- plays a street tough in love with a girl.  Their ages aren't clear; they might be in high school, or he might be older than she is, or maybe she's in college.  She's played by a Chilean actress / model / musician named Caterina Jadresic, who looks like an Andean fairy princess raised in Tokyo and who steals a lot of scenes by moving her eyes in hypnotic fashions.

Complications set in.  The girl doesn't like him because he's kind of a dumb violent schmoe.  Then a super-assassin from out of the past shows up and starts killing people in the neighborhood, and he also goes after the girl's father, a Korean martial arts teacher, and we learn there's a whole multi-generational revenge thing going on. 

Is Zaror the Chosen One, more or less?  Can he find a lost kung fu guru and train to become a super-bad-ass?  Are there jokes?  Is the fighting pretty amusing?  Is most of the blood intentionally cartoonish CGI, because this is a pulp story and not meant to be truly gruesome?

Yes.  Yes, indeed.  There's a bunch of stuff that's film jokes, Chilean jokes, whatever.  Doesn't matter.  When the film is just bizarre, it's charmingly bizarre.  I recommend it.  :thumbsup:
Arts & Entertainment / Re: Small Screen / Big Screen
« Last post by mo on March 16, 2018, 09:55:36 AM »
And then I watched a few more episodes with mixed results, so I'm not quite as positive as I was. Black Museum was real disappointing. It had some decent ideas in it, including a Penn Jillette story embedded within the episode, but it was really predictable and the narration was cheesy and reminiscent of a bad episode of Tales from the Dark Side.

Metalhead was pretty awesome though.
Arts & Entertainment / Re: Small Screen / Big Screen
« Last post by mo on March 15, 2018, 08:37:08 AM »
I tried:

Black Mirror - Something's wrong with this show, and I'm hard-pressed to say what it is.  It's, OK, it's an edgier technology-and-futurism-themed Twilight Zone kind of thing, basically.  The theme seems to get too narrow, but beyond that . . . something's wrong in the tone or the pacing or somewhere.  There are some really nifty bits and ideas, but the episodes feel like they're maybe 50% too long, or something.  The good bits are good enough to make the overall effect a disappointment.

I can't quite figure out what the show needs to fix it, though.

I've been binging this, and The Twilight Zone is exactly what I was going to compare it to. I'm glad you've already covered it, because I mostly agree. It could stand some major editing, but that drawn-out dreariness does add some kind of quality to it that is not out of place with the theme. I can easily overlook that aspect for the first show in... almost 60 years (?!) that compares to The Twilight Zone.

I just realized that I watched season one, and then Netflix jumped to the 4th season, which I have almost finished.

I liked that "Fifteen Million Merits" ended without explaining about the cycle machines, but the references back to that episode from "Crocodile" seemed like they were two different worlds. "Crocodile" seemed like our current world, with the exception of the "recallers". "Fifteen Million Merits" seemed like a world much further in the future. It's kind of bugging me, wondering if I missed something or if it was a mistake on their part.
General Discussion / Re: Beers and Booze
« Last post by Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on March 12, 2018, 01:42:04 PM »
infact I used to mix some pretty darn good pisco sours back in the day.  :D

Good person to know. That is an advanced skill. :D
General Discussion / Re: Beers and Booze
« Last post by random axe on March 11, 2018, 11:03:26 AM »
Story of my life.
General Discussion / Re: Beers and Booze
« Last post by mo on March 11, 2018, 08:56:17 AM »
He should make an excellent test subject for experimentation.
General Discussion / Re: Beers and Booze
« Last post by stormneedle on March 10, 2018, 10:34:28 PM »
Skill refresh time!
General Discussion / Re: Beers and Booze
« Last post by tangerine on March 10, 2018, 08:43:28 PM »
There are NO Peruvian/Chilean restaurants anywhere NEAR my-and-Axe's-land, but I do know where to buy good pisco  8) (Axe -- it's the liquor store near the highway, S of my workplace -- the place I keep telling you we should go to) and infact I used to mix some pretty darn good pisco sours back in the day.  :D
Arts & Entertainment / Re: Random Reviews
« Last post by mo on March 10, 2018, 05:17:08 PM »
The article I read about the streaming date of Wonder Woman basically said they weren't finished milking it yet.

I think I'll still just stick with the streaming service only, especially since I have no functional dvd player at the moment.
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