Gerald Fnord
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Nov 20 Gerald Fnord commented on "Mike Pence" Makes 46,000 Donations to Planned Parenthood.
People who start by giving zygotes the rights and respect proper to people will quickly give people only the rights and respect proper to zygotes.
Oct 21 Gerald Fnord commented on Keeping Up with the Joneses Versus Keeping Up with Me.
0.) From the title and an ad, I_assumed_ that this were a send-up of Mr and Mrs Smith at least. How is this on the scale of such parodies? —people seemed to consider Scary Movie good, and I found it aggressively unfunny, so presumably there's a curve, speaking of which….
1.) From the ads, there appear to be at least four breasts in the movie; how many beasts, and how much blood? This appears to be a drive-in movie, so those would be relevant data.
Oct 19 Gerald Fnord commented on Jamie Hook on Boogie Nights: America Fears Cock.
Look at the biographies of any random dozen porn stars from the period covered, and you will likely find everything that happens to the eight or so in this film, making it fairly realistic. What Mr Hook saw as a morality tale I see as simple cause and effect—for example, he neglected to mention that Eddie winds-up in that truck not as retribution for sin but because of coke-fuelled Duning-Krugerism leading to his 0.) believing he can sing and 1.) ditching the person who understands how to make money from his cock.

Mr Hook failed to note (or appreciate) its being nearly continually,if darkly, funny, and well-shot; he misreads the ending badly, not 'happy' but instead 'still we go on'.

Where it is anti-sexual it seems entirely on safe ground, that of sexual attraction's tending to make people stupid, which it routinely does, hence 'infatuation'. As for what it can show and still be allowed to go make money, well, that is the nation's stupidity, not Anderson's.

Also Alfred Molina.
Oct 19 Gerald Fnord commented on What If Donald Trump Were Gay?.
@9:
This is reflected in D.T.'s definitions:

true,adj: good for me
rigged, adj: `I'm not getting something I _want_. '

@11:
> […] regardless of gender or orientaion
…or consent…as long as he stays 'the man'.
I asked an expert on N.Y.C. night-life in the '70s and early '80s if D.T. likely had a transvestite or two in D.T.'s history, and the answer was a firm 'it would fit' —not good evidence at all, that is to say it would fit right into one of the Candidate's speeches as gospel truth.

@12:
Scalzi is well-primed for this, having been a target of the alt-righteous/{Duck Enlightenment} /MRAvers for literal years. Also, he put bacon on a cat.
Aug 27 Gerald Fnord commented on Money Buys Happiness in the Brilliant Equity.
I think it better to say:

Money can buy you happiness.

It's very wrong to say that it never does but wrong to say that it does. Money buys lots of things: medical care, heroin to get high and enjoy it greatly, heroin to get-addicted-to, mutton, beef, trout, oral sex, a good education for a good job that makes you miserable…. My guess is that it greatly increases the chances to he happy, but apart from physical or mathematical truths, we absolutely must never, ever, make overarching unqualified statements.
Aug 27 Gerald Fnord commented on Watch Hillary Clinton Describe "the Steady Stream of Bigotry" that Is Donald Trump's Career.
@5:
No, except for that small bit, the speech was not at all about Trump's 'being mean to [her]' but instead about what a bigoted jerk he is toward some other people in the U.S. and most of the people in the world and his advancement of other such bigoted and anti-Enlightenment trogs.
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Aug 14 Gerald Fnord commented on EOD: Why Millennials Love Hillary Clinton*.
Without tripping the Godwin Alarms:
Reagan was inspiring, Trump is inspiring to several millions, many actually felt inspired by Joseph McCarthy and Huey Long and George Wallace.

F.D.R. and Obama inspired as well, but they were worth voting-for because they could get some if the right things done, or refrain from doing wrong things (defending D.o.M.A., prosecuting the War on Drugs as much as he might have done).

Inspiration can spur to action, but it can turn-off rational and moral thought, and skew perception strongly. We need rational and moral thought, and as close to an objective and complete view of reality, as Serengeti-grade anthropoids can get.

To paraphrase Capt. Willard, 'I wanted a saviour, and for my sins, I got one.'.
Aug 14 Gerald Fnord commented on The Morning News: University of Washington Station Is The Epicenter of Seattle's Transportation Future, Turbulence on a Motherfucking Plane.
I often like Mr Mudede's writing at least a little, but the piece about the motorcyclist sounded, in its sententiousness, like pure Ed Wood Jr.

Pull the string!
Aug 14 Gerald Fnord commented on Science News: What Might Be Worse Than Climate Change? What Kind of Scientist Hates Social Media?.
An academic's job is not to deal with the public beyond teaching any classes as well as possible. Their research will usually make no sense except in context, understanding it and that context requires specialised vocabulary, and the briefness of social media doesn't lend itself to correct explanation[, whereas 140 chars appears to be ideal for Trump-like con-jobs].

I have nothing against tjose academics who can engage with the public and do it well, but it seems very much the same as a pilot's or a surgeon's being and doing similar: great but not essential.