Decoding Shadows in Flight

I just finished reading a more recent Ender’s Game book, from around 2011. This book is about Ender’s father Bean, who is sort of an omnipresent giant. He has three kid geniuses, one of which is Ender. Bean has to live in a cargo bay on the space-ship, and can hardly move due to being too huge and weak, yet he controls the ship through a hub. Bean’s kids have been travelling the speed of light, aging slower than the society they left (which has now forgotten them) in order to find a cure for their issue, which is basically being giants. A lot of snobby whiney six year old genius type arguments fill the early parts of the book, as the characters begin to have good development, through the scope of personal traits. Ender punches and breaks his brother Cincinatus’ (referred to simply as Sargent) nose, to end his dominance over himself and his siblings.

One interesting thing is how the sip has its own sustainable life food supply and garden, using the crew’s waste as fertilizer. The author also does a good job scientifically describing hydro-jet propulsion and a handful of other neat sci-fi concepts. If you saw that film the Martian, you will realize that the part where Matt Damon is growing a garden from his waste was heisted from earlier stories such as this one. Much of the book is written in Illuminati coding, otherwise known as metaphors. The Hive Queen which Ender and his siblings take on represents government and corporate control and programming. Ender alone maintains the belief that the worker class of aliens can survive and have meaning in their lives without the Hive Queen.

The major theme of this book is the enslavement of the individual to the state and whether or not the working class can survive without being directed by a strong dictator of sorts. The author, and the main character Ender, have faith in humanity, so he superimposes that on the alien species in regards to the Hive and its workers. I also assume that when card refers to the clones , he is thinking of them as part of the state’s enforcement apparatus, to be viewed as the strong arm necessary to keep the ranks in file.

Lets take a look at a passage from the book. On page 189 of the hardback, it reads, “Thinking of the workers made him realize that the workers who obeyed the Hive Queen as perfectly as they could, they were slaves. They were her daughters, but she refused to let them have minds of their own.”
Later, a few lines down it says, “they had their own wills, just like humans, but she had the power to force obedience.” I read this as meaning Card thinks we are mostly all debt consumerist debt slaves to the Federal Reserve and Federal Government (the clones), ultimately owned by a handful of wealthy families, including the Queen of England, whose portrait is on roughly half the world’s currency.

On page 231, a society where people are damned if they do and damned if they don’t is described. Work hard, and die from the strain of it. Don’t work, and die of deprivation. An economy so bad that there are no good choices, and everything becomes a Hamlet-like paradox. Card phrases it like this,” Creating the ultimate serfs,” said Cincinnatus. “And the perfect soldiers. They fight and die when she tells them to. If they balk, she’ll cut them off and they die anyway. It is a desperate kind of life for them.” Card hints to us that the only way we can win is to not play the game. To succeed from within the Matrix, one has to find a way to live by one’s own rules, and assert their own will to power, even if you have to bloody someone’s nose, or destroy a whole species to do it once in a while. Because that is the smart thing to do.

New Alice in Chains Song – Meh.

Alice in Chains has released their first new song in five years. I saw them on that previous tour, by the way, and the album was good , however, it lacked aggression. This newest track also lacks aggression, and is rather laid back. The opening riff is like – one note. It promises to build up to something, then doesn’t. The chorus opens up finally with some solid vocal harmonies. However, the guitar is still that laid-back melodic stuff they started doing on Junk (Bury Me Softly), rather than that tuff old school sound from Facelift we all want, like the classic track And We Die Young. As an old fan of this band, I really wish these guys would factor back in more of their metal and hard rock elements, and stay away from trying to be a pure rock band.

I also feel the guitarist shies away from doing an outright guitar solo, which would add balls. That Jerry Cantrell , the old singer, passed away has always taken away a raw, visceral element which I enjoyed about this band, and has left it too polished sounding. Typically, I will still buy the albums from these guys and go to the concert tour, and yet I feel that with some more solos, some more involved riffage, and more aggression, they could really put a dent into the current paradigm in rock. But they never quite live up to the promise of their first three albums.

I would also say that the subject matter of the music video here is probably overthought out, and the effect of it is underwhelming. It starts off with a homeless guy in a bathroom at a laundry-mat , and then involves some dingy girl stealing a rat. At the end she makes out with the bum dude and trades the rat for a cell phone or something. Leaving me thinking – huh??

Recent Marty Friedman Album Shreds

Mainstream heavy metal and hard rock seem to be on the upswing, with some surprisingly good releases over the last year or two. This Marty Friedman album has solid production. Riff wise there is not a lot of repetition at all. The riffs and solos just keep coming. There is an interesting mix of 80s technical /melodic thrash and some neoclassical progressive stuff. His solos have always been fairly complex and virtuosic. The extended solo on the first track calls Malmsteen to mind. The song goes on a long time, and makes it clear the album is mostly for musicians to listen to, for inspiration.

Sorrow and Madness is a very fun operatic sounding instrumental which has some slower heavier beats as the song gets going. A very catchy and inspired tune. Overall, the album is sounding much more inspired, and heavier than some of the other solo albums from him I had before, such as Music for Speeding. I have to say , I am honestly impressed with the obvious display of his understanding of music theory, as evidenced by the chord progressions in some of these tunes. I will probably not go on and on reviewing this album , especially since the songs are often over 6 minutes long, and sound more like a movie film score than a traditional album. This is an album I am probably looking to pick up a physical copy of and drive around a lot and listen to.

Bad Samaritan

A little thriller called “Bad Samaritan” slipped into cinemas eight days ago, and it looks like it’s going to close just as quietly. That’s a shame because this is a well-crafted thriller that really does thrill.

It’s about an Irish valet with a hot girlfriend and a nice family who, along with his friend and fellow valet, runs a scam job on the mean and rich by robbing petty things from their homes while their clients are out having a good time. It seems like a great scheme because no one gets hurt, the targets “deserve” it, and only petty things are stolen that these rich jerks don’t need. All goes well until one night, invading mean snob’s house, our hero finds a woman bound and gagged and, if that wasn’t bad enough, a look at other rooms in the house indicate that this man (played by David Tennant of “Doctor Who” and “Jessica Jones” fame) is almost certainly a serial killer. What should our “bad Samaritan” do?

This is a good thriller because screenwriter Brandon Boyce (“Apt Pupil”) and director Dean Devlin (“Geostorm”) are far less interested in gore and jump scares than they are in surprising the audience with unexpected twists and suspense. The film refuses to use a predicable “Don’t Breathe” scenario and instead gives us a surprising cat-and-mouse battle of wits. By the end of the film, we feel like we’ve been through a journey at least worthy of a James Patterson novel and film.

The acting is pretty good down the line in the film, with Tennant being the standout as a psycho who enjoys messing with people’s heads as much as killing them. In that sense, “Bad Samaritan” is a welcome revival of the 1990’s serial killer thriller . It’s not going to be in theaters long, so if you like fun thrillers with smart characters, don’t miss “Bad Samaritan.”

Netflix Hires Obama – Unbelievable!

The Obama-nistas have inked a deal that will let Obama help Netflix with original programming. This obviously sucks, and a backlash has started. After 8 years overlooking Netflix’s monopoly tactics, now its time for the Obamas to be repaid for their bribery. Please allow me to suggest some show concepts which I think the Obamas would do really well with.

A reality show about Michelle’s life as a Tranny I assume would be a big hit with the younger generation, who remain confused, to say the least. 50 Shades of Tranny. Or Real House-Trannies of Washington D.C. Or they could do a Tyler Perry Momma’s House type thing , but with Michael, um I meant Michelle. Or they could have Wheel of Gay Fortune. How to be a Commie Spy. How to be Raised in Indonesia, but not admit it. Hawaii Guy-O. I can think of a lot of big hits. Maybe Gay Empire could work. Tranny boxing. Gay Ink Shop. “I ran. I ran. Iran.” Has a good ring to it. How about ‘My Life as a Closet Muslim’. Or A ‘Sunny Day in Tropico.’

Primus is Still Good These Days

Primus put out a masterpiece last year, which I recently found a copy on cd of at the store:

The first thing you notice when you buy it is that the album cover is hilarious, with little gnomes or goblins. And the back and inside has a bunch of rainbow and gold stuff. The whole album is themed from that, believe it or not. It starts off on a subtle note with subdued bass, guitar, and vocals murmuring funny little things. The music sounds more like a musical than a rock or funk album. Indeed, their previous release where they rearranged Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory took this same approach.

There are many simple, but interesting fretless and stand-up bass played. Les Claypool uses way more sliding techniques than a normal bassist does on these, in order to produce a more interesting and organic tone. He emphasizes the lower-mid range, so that the listener feels his groove in their gut, mashing around like a psychedelic mushroom.

As the songs progress, things turn more towards a Sailing the Seas of Cheese type of sound, where the songs start to take on more of a rock and funk element. A clear Jaco Pastorious influence emerges on the third tracks. Here is a link to Jaco so you can compare:

Driving eight note bass modal playing illuminates these passages, and the drums pick up. The chord changes are interesting, like a good Grateful Dead tune, and with that little bit of twang. Later in the album, some of the songs take a bit long to get into a strong beat, which gets a bit frustrating at times. Song 5 takes almost four minutes to launch the real beat. This is due to a lot of tremolo guitar picking, with the guitar sliding around like a Jimi Hendrix part at Woodstock.

Finally, when the beat comes in Claypool does some cool 12th note styled riff, reminding me of their old hit song ‘My Name is Mud”. Claypool’s vocals have always been very unique and strange. He chirps and almost raps in a weird hillbilly mushroomed out voice. Song 6 is the most impressive song, playing wise. The song starts off with a strong groove from the outset. There are these really cool stops, with bass and drum fills which are unusually intricate and well-timed. The album ends with song 7, which is hilarious. They keep singing “Rainbows Don’t Touch the Ground”, over and over.

In short, this is a really strange and enchanting album. While not perfect, it manages to maintain your attention the entire time. The main thing to buy this album for is the originality and lucky charm of the album. That, and the awesome artwork and theme.

Traffik: A Good Exploitation Flick

A little movie called “Traffik” slipped into movie theaters a few weeks ago. While not the greatest movie in the world, it’s a lot better than you would think. Based on true events involving sex trafficking in Northern California, the film is about a young black couple (played by Omar Epps and star Paula Patton) who pick the EXACT wrong place to go to for a romantic getaway. Although they were hoping to have fun and solidify their relationship, instead they end up in the middle of a gigantic conspiracy.

See the trailer here:

It doesn’t help that Epps’s brother and his fiancĂ© show up and have a fight with the local Hells Angels chapter. When Patton discovers that a young woman has slipped her a phone and possibly a password that gives her a gateway to evil, she decides to use her desire for justice as an excuse to do a lot of stupid horror movie things. Her boyfriend and his brother and his fiancĂ© are all even dumber, fighting and carrying on while death looms nearby.

The film is best viewed as a racially flipped “Deliverance” or “Straw Dogs,” where now black people have to face up to a white trash nightmare. In this case, the nightmare includes a motorcycle gang that answers to William Fichtner, a white trash, understaffed police department led by Missi Pyle, and a trafficking scheme too big for the movie to really deal with. If you’re looking for serious thriller about sex trafficking, “Traffik” fails because it just can’t be taken that seriously. If, on the other and, you want a rousing thriller where you can yell at the screen, “Traffik” delivers.

The actors are convincing, the pace is fast, and the film is exciting. As guilty pleasure thrillers go, this is a pretty good one. At bargain matinee prices, this is worth seeing! You just have to filter out those couple of BET video make out scenes though. But try out this bizarre mix of Sons of Anarchy, crossed with a BET video, and a touch of Chainsaw Massacre (at the wrong gas station in the wrong town). The bad guys are super eager to kill everyone, and this movie has a high body count. William Fichtner excels as the nemesis. He was also previously great in Drive Angry. This film is worth seeing for his performance alone.

Democrats Slip into Political Trap

Dems complaining about Cohen taking $ just opened a big can of worms for them. Where did they get Cohen’s bank info from – Mueller? Mueller was not supposed to even look at the evidence seized in Cohen’s office until special magistrate does first, therefor Mueller committed 2 crimes right there, and Avenetti at least 1 crime. Also, by complaining about Cohen using influence to gain $1.5 million or so , the left has foolishly walked into a trap , since this re-opens questions as to why the Clintons were able to reap hundreds of millions personally through their own foundation in pay to play schemes.

Also , the money Cohen took did not buy any influence, as evidenced by the failed AT&T merger, whereas with the Clintons it was just the opposite, going all the way back to Loral Space in the 90s elections, but continuing through Uranium One and many other schemes the Clintons did until they lost the presidential. I would add that many Swampers have been canned or retired disgracefully lately. Prosecutions following the IG report could very well be eminent. The right has simply waited for the left to ensnare themselves, and is preferring to counterpunch – Trump style (for the win).

Sexbots Need More Animatronics

The second generation of sexbots is soon approaching. A company in China is creating sex robots with some animatronics in the facial features. And their second batch will have arms that are robotic too. The problem is the body is still going to lie there like a dead fish. Whereas, most men want a woman who will also ride them on top etc. The price tag is not terrible, at roughly 3k British Pounds. I assume it is not completely finished or ready for sale yet, since she only has a bust at this point, but no arms or legs. She speaks only Mandarin at this point, which sucks. By using more animatronics, the sexbots will become increasing realistic in the future. Men also want their sexbot to strip and pole dance for them, as well as cook them a steak and get them a beer (plus clean the house too – and laundry). Using a Siri like type of AI is also on the horizon according the company execs. See the full story here:

How Trump Can Serve Three Terms

Prepare to get Machiavellian. Here is the ultimate foolproof impeachment defense to the Mueller witch-hunt:

1) Fire Mueller, Rosenstein, and Sessions
2) Announce that any impeachment proceedings would be met by temporarily resigning for Pence pardon (blanket alleviation of any criminal liability from witch hunt).
3) Announce that Trump’s first term will not count as a complete term, therefor Trump will run again and win, in both 2020 and 2024.

In short , due to the shenanigans of the left, Trump will basically be in office for three terms , more or less, instead of two.

Meanwhile, Pence will be the left’s worst nightmare for the next two and a half years, especially on social issues such as abortion. Trump can be brought back on as advisor to Pence immediately meanwhile, and be running the country , but without the official title or legal liability.