Sunday, June 16, 2024

Disney/Lucasfilm, maybe it's finally time to hear out the fans disappointed with Star Wars

Hey Thor,

If we are being honest, not all the hate toward The Acolyte is due to people thinking the show is poor quality although I am sure that is a major factor.  So many people feel "burned" by previous Disney girl-boss Mary-Sue shows that the moment they heard that it has a female lead and a gay director who made some controversial comments that were taken out of context, they refused to watch the show.  This is what my friends are telling me.  And those who feel so slighted are hyper-critical of it for its wokeness.  People have developed a knee-jerk reaction to anything that looks woke because they lump it all into the same basket as Captain Marvel and Rey.  The fanbase has built up resentment, so maybe the practical thing Disney should do is give us some classical male heroes which is what most people like.  There is still room for female heroes as there always has been. 

This is what happened to "Lightyear" which I thought was a pretty good movie.  Because it has a same-sex couple and a blink-and-you-will-miss-it lesbian kiss, there was a huge boycott campaign promoted by conservative talk show hosts.  The movie bombed because nobody watched it.  I tried to convince my friends to watch it, and they refused thinking it was too controversial.  People are reacting to what they hear instead of watching it and deciding for themselves.

I don't think that The Acolyte is bad.  I don't think that the third episode is bad for not revealing all of its cards.  We were told that the show's point was to have a mystery told from different perspectives.  I look forward to watching how the mystery plays out.  However, the show makes story-telling choices that don't sit well with the general audience. 

The Acolyte has enough of a budget that it could be better, but this leads to my second issue regarding Star Wars fans.  They expect perfection.  TV shows never have the same budget as major movies, and even The Acolyte has a lower budget than The Rise of Skywalker, so I am willing to give TV shows a bit more leeway.  I am just grateful that the show is entertaining even if it is not perfect.  Like you, I want it to be better, but that isn't always possible given the budget.  

For example, there was an outstanding George Lucas movie that was effectively turned into a TV show and nobody complained about the show being inferior even though it was.  The show was a huge hit.  The movie was American Graffiti and the show was Happy Days.

I would feel honored if you would comment on this. 

Best wishes, 

John Coffey

Saturday, June 15, 2024

Maps That Will Change How You See The World Compilation (Parts 1-10)

Why are we funding Harvard?

What REALLY Happens Inside Mainland China?

This is long and three and a half years old, but it is insightful on how oppressive the Chinese Communist Party can be.

'Flesh-eating' bacteria spreads at record rate in Japan

Some Reasons why People Suck

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The data shows the temperature has taken 140 years to go up 1 degree Celsius.  This is relative to a dangerous and deadly cold period in the 1880's.  This slow rate of change shows that there is no climate emergency.  The current rate of change is at most 0.2 degrees per decade. 

We will be running out of most fossil fuels by the year 2100.  Coal will be the last fossil fuel to go.  At the current level of usage, we only have 40 years of oil reserves remaining. 

CO2 is a valuable resource.  It keeps the earth from freezing and it is plant food.  There is a greening of the earth because of it. 

The CO2 level over the last 40 million years has been in a nose dive.  This is because calcifying marine organisms sequester CO2 (indirectly).  The CO2 level got so low during the last period of mass glaciation that it reached 180 parts per million.  This is just barely above the 150 parts per million where all the terrestrial plants die. 

A funny thing happens to the climate roughly every 100,000 years.  The data shows that the temperature will quickly shoot up 8 to 15 degrees, level off for 10,000 years, and then go back down almost as quickly.  Then we get 85 to 90 thousand years of mass glaciation where New York is covered by ice. 

We should already be in the cool-down cycle of the interglacial.  The only thing that has prevented the planet from cooling is those pesky humans who added 150 parts per million CO2 into the atmosphere.  The infrared absorption range of CO2 is much narrower than other gasses like water vapor, and it has already reached 90% of its absorption capacity. 

Climate alarmism is dependent on as-of-yet unproven positive feedback models.  There are many feedbacks, some of which are negative.  There is much controversy over clouds, where common sense would indicate negative feedback to temperature, but the IPCC says the opposite. 

True science looks at data and then comes to a conclusion.  The IPCC does the opposite.  They start with a conclusion and then support that with evidence.  The IPCC refused to hire anyone who did not already believe in catastrophic man-made warming.  This shows their bias.  The IPCC actively suppressed skeptical papers and tried to get skeptical scientists fired.  The head of U.N., António Guterres, was a Socialist Party politician in Portugal, and he routinely makes outrageous statements about the climate that are completely inaccurate. 

Socialism is not palatable to the American people, so the socialists have been pushing false crises to divide and conquer and to give us more government control in incremental steps.  I'm sorry that you have been duped by this mass hysteria. 

Best wishes, 

John Coffey

Thursday, June 6, 2024

Conservatives Must Improve Their Ground Game To Win Big In 2024

He assumes that the Democrats cheated in 2020.  I wish that we had better evidence. There were so many irregularities that it seems likely some cheating took place.  I don't think it changed the result, although Dinesh Desouza pointed out there was enough illegal ballot harvesting in the swing states to sway the election.

The left argues that the Republicans lost all their lawsuits over the election.  This is not true.  About 80% of the cases were dismissed over jurisdiction before going to trial.  In the cases that went to trial, the Republicans won most of them.  The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that Pennsylvania violated its election laws.

Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Why Socialism Always Fails

A pyramid scheme is ultimately unsustainable because it is based on faulty principles. Likewise, collectivism is unsustainable in the long run because it is a flawed theory. Socialism does not work because it is not consistent with fundamental principles of human behavior. The failure of socialism in countries around the world can be traced to one critical defect: it is a system that ignores incentives.

Socialists point to a false sense of victimhood.

Yet, nobody starves to death under capitalism.  There are many programs, public and private, to help the poor and an abundance of food.

Meanwhile,  you have food lines under socialism.

Tuesday, June 4, 2024

Matt Walsh Attacks Voting Rights

Everyone needs to be able to vote so that nobody feels disenfranchised.  Voting is a substitute for war to be able to make political change.

This is a bad look for Republicans.  This take is political suicide.  I'm sure that the left will immediately run with this, and claim that the Republicans want to take away your vote.

News That Will Give You Hope - Part 1

Sunday, June 2, 2024

Donald Trump Found Guilty Of Running For President

Trump Conviction Outrage

There is less outrage on YouTube over Trump's conviction than I expected. It is like the news has died down.

I assume that some people feel like I do, that if the political system is so corrupt that they put Trump in prison for political purposes then it is the end of the Republic. Especially if Trump loses the election because of it. I'm thinking that there should be a secessionist movement.

I don't expect that to happen for a couple of reasons. Maybe not enough people feel as strongly about it, and maybe there are some lines even the political left won't cross. They should at least fear the backlash.

Trump wasn't even my first choice. He is a flawed individual, but such injustice should spark outrage.

I have a suspected a secret plan where Biden pardons Trump, maybe stopping any appeal, but also indebting Trump to Biden and setting a precedent. Biden could also get convicted, especially if the political winds change. Maybe Trump will owe him one.

Best wishes,

John Coffey

The Legal Implications of Trump's Verdict With Harmeet Dhillon

Trump Found Guilty: Ben Shapiro Breaks Down the Verdict

Friday, May 31, 2024

Fwd: 1.2 trillion cost of regulations added in months...1.6 trillion total

he Biden administration has set in motion a wave of new regulations that have already cost the U.S. more than $1 trillion, which equates to thousands of dollars per family, according to a new report from the Job Creators Network.

There have been $1.6 trillion in costs imposed from a total of 923 new federal regulations that have been finalized under President Joe Biden, with $1.2 trillion of those being put in place in just the past few months, according to the JCN. In just the first two years of the Biden administration, new regulations are estimated to have led to an average of almost $10,000 in added future and present costs to American households, which could jump to $60,000 if the trend continues across a two-term presidency. 

EXCLUSIVE: New Report Details Just How Much Regulations Under Biden Have Cost Average Americans | The Daily Caller

Masculinity, responsibility, community

Thursday, May 30, 2024

Ben Shapiro: “Israel’s War is a Just War”

Energy demand explosion while shutting down coal and nuclear

War on the west by the west

Remarkable about face quotes

Last August, I published a letter from reader Marvin Levine that read in part: "I believe Donald Trump is the biggest a–hole that walks the earth … I think his supporters have a screw loose" and "the sane people left in the country should do everything possible to keep him out of the White House." 

Levine now writes again, starting with "Mea culpa" and adds: "While I am still not a big fan of Trump, the last year has been such a disaster that we will not survive another four years of Biden's leadership. The border, the Trump persecutions, the economy and his deteriorating mental and physical state leave us no choice."

Biden has spent his presidency painting Trump as abnormal but his recent antics prove it's the other way around (