National Review didn’t particularly like it, but they didn’t like Ayn Rand or Edward Snowden either. reason magazine (Kurt Loder) liked it better. I give it a solid B as a movie; I’d give its politics at least an A-. Kevin McCarthy said on Fox and Friends Sunday that it was one of the three best movies of the year so far, and urged movie-goers to skip the IMAX or 3D versions (I’d agree, though I did do 3D), and pointed out that the 8 films in the “Avengers” series based on Marvel comix (Thor etc.) have collectively earned $5 billion to date. Tonight the first Captain America movie airs on FX at 5:30 pm eastern (I never saw it so I can’t comment.) I am tempted to offer that if any DC libertarians want to go see it I’d go with them, but it isn’t really good enough for that; though it was good enough that I will now try to catch the first one on cable, at least while I am puttering around the house.
Revenge star Emily VanCamp has a medium size role as the main eye candy after Chris Evans, though Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow remains sexy. Below Sebastian Stan (also cute enough but mainly appears in the film as a killer cyborg), who plays the titular “winter soldier,” waxes philosophical and actually mentions Kurzweil and the singularity – smell him! And discusses Johansson’s other AI type move Her.
Dr. Mazari describe her politics on twitter as:
On behalf of PTI, Central Information Secretary PTI, Shireen Mazari, today issued a strong condemnation of the drone attack on Miranshah last night. She said it showed once again that the US has nothing but contempt for Pakistan’s leadership as it continues to assume these leaders will pay mere lip service to demands of stopping drones when in reality they remain subservient to the US.
This new drone attack is a direct test of the Will of the federal government, Mazari stated. She added that the people of Pakistan expect the Prime Minister to stand up to his commitments on drones as well to fulfilling the APC mandate of stopping drone attacks otherwise it will be clear that the present government is following the same duplicitous approach on drones adopted by the previous government.
Mazari said the PTI was now more than ever before convinced that Nawaz Sharif coming to power through a massively rigged election was part of a larger understanding over acceptance of US diktat – an election NRO.
Mazari asserted that the timing of this latest drone attack, on the eve of the new COAS taking over command, is also a hostile intent message to the military leadership.
Once again the US has shown its utter contempt for the people of Pakistan, the repeated national consensus against drones expressed in Parliamentary and APC resolutions and for the successive democratic political leadership of the country, Mazari concluded.
Michael Grunwald and the moral question of defensive and retaliatory force against statist cheerleaders20 Aug
Time‘s Michael Grunwald is threatening Julian Assange with proposed drone strikes; may Assange take Grunwald out first, sending a drone or hit man to Grunwald’s South Beach (Miami) home, as long as, unlike Grunwald’s hero Obama, he doesn’t also kill Grunwald’s wife Cristina Dominguez and their children?
It’s not hard to find out where he lives. The South Beach property tax records are on line:
CRISTINA DOMINGUEZ LENOX AVE MIAMI BEACH, FL
Here’s a drone’s eye view of his million dollar home, just off Alton.
You can rent one down the block at 1420 Lenox for a little over $5,000 a month.
The Ideology Behind Michael Grunwald’s Repugnant Tweet
We’re all better than we are at our worst moments*.
It is nevertheless worth dwelling on his Tweet a moment longer, because it illuminates a type that is common but seldom pegged in America. You see, Grunwald is a radical ideologue. It’s just that almost no one recognizes it. The label “radical ideologue” is usually used to describe members of the John Birch society or Noam Chomsky. We think of radical ideologues as occupying the far right or left. Lately a lot of people seem to think that The Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald is a radical (often they wrongly conflate the style with which he expresses his views with their substance).
But Grunwald graduated from Harvard, spent a decade at the Washington Post, and now works as a senior correspondent at Time. How radical could someone with that resume possibly be?
That doesn’t mean that he’s a bad guy, or that he shouldn’t be a journalist. But as someone who finds Grunwald’s ideology as problematic and wrongheaded as I’m sure he finds aspects of my worldview, I tire of the fact that people who share it are treated as pragmatic centrists, while their critics, whether on the libertarian right or the civil liberties left, are dismissed as impractical ideologues.
Grunwald’s Tweet took a lot of centrists by surprise, as if it was way beyond the pale. And I think it was!
But it didn’t surprise me.
Read the rest at The Atlantic Wire.