Watched Occupation (2018)

This plays like a cross between Red Dawn (1984 & 2012) and Independence Day (1996). Aliens invaders are resisted by a bunch of misfits. All too easily resolved.

Prohibition hurts the environment

An answer prompted by Mike Power’s article in Vice: Getting High Is Damaging the Planet – But Mostly Because of Prohibition

It is no surprise that illegal drug production causes environmental problems. Prohibition is an act of alienation. It’s a policy that only makes sense when seen as justification for ever more intrusive policing strategy.

I would argue that prohibition has corrupted our relationship with drugs. Think about that for a moment. Every culture has a sacred substance, a drug that offers users a state of grace. How different is dropping a pill and dancing all night, from smoking peyote by the indigenous peoples of south America. I would say the only difference is location. When someone says they’re high, what do they mean? I’d say they’re referring to the heightened sate of being they’re experiencing. They’re seeing and feeling things at a heightened level. If you were being unkind, you’d call it escaping, otherwise you might think of it as seeking.

Prohibiting needs to be stopped because we need to reestablish a healthy, considered, relationship with drugs. One that sees drugs in context both socially and environmentally.

Leave have faith

This is an intelligent unpicking of BJ’s lies by @UKLabour. The problem I fear is that we’re not dealing with intelligence, or logic, or even truth. We are dealing with belief. We’re dealing with faith.

Leave have faith, despite all the evidence, that leaving the EU is the right thing to do. For me faith is just a short bus journey to Zealot Town. I have no idea how to counter their belief. They don’t listen to reason.

Despite their best efforts I have no desire to make them my enemy. But that’s what I am. I am other. A none believer. And not to believe, not to have faith, is heresy. I can live with being a heretic. But no amount of faith will put food on the table, or pay my rent.

The Conversation: Armand D’Angour: Socrates in love: how the ideas of this woman are at the root of Western philosophy

This is just another example of the phrase that may or may not have been said by Napoleon Bonaparte.

What is history but a fable agreed upon?

QI

It’s not hard to see how or why patriarchy has marginalise Aspasia of Miletus.

Interestingly the website Quote Investigator: QI, who investigate the source of quotes, attributes it to someone else. Ironic.

Open Culture: Ayun Halliday: Nigerian Teenagers Are Making Slick Sci Fi Films With Their Smartphones

This is both interesting, and a little worrying. It’s great for these filmmakers. They’re making films. They’re exhibiting their talents, and learning their craft. It’s getting them noticed. How long before someone comes along, and gives them a budget, lets them make something bigger? My worry is, this kind of filmmaking doesn’t automatically translate. How many times has a great passion project been the last we ever see of a filmmaker? I can think of a few more talents, who’s work seemed to suffer when they were given a budget. They didn’t know what to do with the money. It’s as if the energy needed to make the passion project gets lost. The pressures of making no budget films are not the same as making something where you’re responsible to someone else. These young men need professional mentoring if they’re going to progress. But with the right care and guidance, they could be the next Spielberg. Remember he started out making war movies on 8mm film when he was a kid.

A secondary worry for me is the pressure this kind of work puts on those who are trying to be an industry professional. How can anyone make a living from projects like this? It’s not a sustainable model. It’s great that people can make a film with only their enthusiasm. It doesn’t bode well for those who need to make a living from the industry. This model is being repeated around the world. Enthusiastic individuals enticing (and or exploiting) other enthusiastic individuals to work for nothing. I’ve been on the wrong side of that equation once too often. It hurts, and can be hard to recover from.