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An apparent Epicurean is shocked to realize that he might have been wrong about materialism!

For this record, this blog is on the side of the Platonists!

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Let us hope that Chuck Dixon can overwhelm Vox Day in the “Alt Hero” writing

Castalia House will produce three more 48-page volumes of Alt★Hero. All three volumes will be written by Chuck Dixon, the comic book writer who is famous for his well-regarded work on the Punisher for Marvel, and on Batman, Nightwing and Robin for DC Comics. He is the co-creator of the character Bane.

https://freestartr.com/project/althero/

Alt★Hero is a world not too terribly different than our own. It is a world where the Wehrmacht generals overthrew Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party in 1939, and where the first atomic bomb was dropped on the order of Reichskanzler Jodl on Soviet territory in 1944, leading to the fall of the Soviet Union in 1956. It is a world where Japan attacked Australia instead of Pearl Harbor and China occupies the Korean Peninsula. It is a world of four superpowers, where the European Union rivals the United States of America for wealth and influence, and where China and Russia possess the two most formidable militaries on the planet.

And Alt★Hero is a world of newly discovered superhumans.

I will read it before I pronounce whether it’s good or bad.

In general, I am not a big fan of superhero stories.

This does lead to an interesting comparison of superhero stories and horror stories, however.
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Noa Jansma takes selfies when she DOESN’T feel physically threatened (and ultimately, Western individualism appears to be doomed)

Noa Jansma is a pretty girl who gets a lot of undesired attention from strangers. However, in most cases, she doesn’t feel threatened, just insulted. So she takes selfies with these men, which they almost always misinterpret as approval.

I don’t think Jansma is being entirely honest about the situation. This seems to be a bit like a sting operation. The men in question are stupid enough to honestly think that taking a selfie with someone is a sign of friendliness, rather than an attempt to set up legal action.

It’s easy to resent Noa Jansma. She is 20 and obviously proud of her looks, and she has the habit of taking selfies.  (A lot of people resent people who take selfies, especially if they are young and appear to be vain about their prettiness.) In the long run, however, while I don’t like her methods, I have to admit that Jansma is drawing attention to a social problem that will need fixing sooner or later. Unfortunately, I think the people who will attempt to fix it will make it much worse.


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Die, Hollywood, Die!

Even before this catastrophic Labor Day weekend is factored in (more on this below), the domestic 2017 box office is in hideous shape. This year is –6.3% behind 2016 and continues to fall behind 2015, 2013, and 2012.

If you figure in inflation, those numbers are even worse. For example, in 2012 the average ticket cost $7.96. Today it is almost a full dollar more at $8.89. Yeah, things are that bad and will look even worse on Tuesday.

With no apparent faith in their own product, this is the first Labor Day in 25 years where a new title has not been released on more than 1,000 screens. Over this weekend last year, the box office hauled in nearly $130 million. This year will do about a third of that.
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Lesbians don’t ruin everything. Lolis don’t ruin everything. But Princess Principal has steampunk/dieselpunk loli lesbians, and I refuse to watch that.

I don’t hate lesbians. I don’t hate lolis. But I can’t suspend my disbelief far enough to get excited about loli lesbians.

I was a little suspicious when I saw the basic character design. The girls range from barely pubescent to 20 years old, and they all have too-good-to-be-true bodies that don’t even look human. Re-L Mayer was also too good to be true, but at least she looked like a supermodel version of the singer from Evanescence.

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Boxing is rigged

A boxing promoter who had been working on the upcoming Mayweather-McGregor bout, was found dead within hours of warning the fight is fixed.

Barry Gibson was found dead in his hometown of Washington D.C. in what has the hallmarks of an execution-style killing, hours after blowing the lid on the Mayweather-McGregor fight backstage at a press conference in Toronto, Canada.

Early reports claim the 45-year-old was found shot dead in his Jeep, along with one other man, believed to be a colleague.

Gibson, a PR executive, had been working alongside Mayweather Promotions as well as McGregor Sports & Entertainment on promoting Saturday’s prize fight between the pair. However Gibson went “off-script” in Toronto and was removed from the premises by security staff, but not before publicly criticizing the pair.

According to Gibson, Mayweather and McGregor have organized a “fixed fight” that will earn them both record pay packets and hundreds of millions for broadcasters, but will send jaded boxing fans home disappointed.

“This is the biggest scam in boxing history,” Gibson said in Toronto, according to reports. “I’m telling you now there is more than a gentleman’s agreement between these two assholes. The fight is already completely scripted out.”
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Sometimes resilience is not what you need

The Dark Side of Resilience

AUGUST 16, 2017