Hateful Eight – Tarantino now dead to me

The Hateful Eight (informally titled The H8ful Eight and The Hateful 8 in some marketing materials) is a 2015 American western mystery film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino.

It stars Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason LeighWalton Goggins, Demián Bichir, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, and Bruce Dern as eight strangers who seek refuge from a blizzard in a stagecoach stopover some time after the American Civil War.

Click PLAY or watch a trailer on YouTube.

I’ve liked all previous Tarantino films. And liked Samuel Jackson in 6 of those eight.

But Tarantino relies too much on ultra-violence. Hateful Eight seems to have no purpose other than violence.

I’m boycotting all future Tarantino films.

Bill Maher Isn’t the Only One Who Misunderstands Religion

NY Times Opinion page:

Reza Aslan, a professor of creative writing at the University of California, Riverside, is the author, most recently, of “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth.”

… On one hand, people of faith are far too eager to distance themselves from extremists in their community, often denying that religious violence has any religious motivation whatsoever. This is especially true of Muslims, who often glibly dismiss those who commit acts of terror in the name of Islam as “not really Muslim.”

On the other, critics of religion tend to exhibit an inability to understand religion outside of its absolutist connotations. They scour holy texts for bits of savagery and point to extreme examples of religious bigotry, of which there are too many, to generalize about the causes of oppression throughout the world. …

… The same Bible that commands Jews to “love your neighbor as yourself” (Leviticus 19:18) also exhorts them to “kill every man and woman, child and infant, ox and sheep, camel and donkey,” who worship any other God (1 Sam. 15:3). …

The same Jesus Christ who told his disciples to “turn the other cheek” (Matthew 5:39) also told them that he had “not come to bring peace but the sword” (Matthew 10:34), and that “he who does not have a sword should sell his cloak and buy one” (Luke 22:36).

The same Quran that warns believers “if you kill one person it is as though you have killed all of humanity” (5:32) also commands them to “slay the idolaters wherever you find them” (9:5). …

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Well stated. Don’t blame all Christians for the extremist hate of the Westboro Baptist Church, for example.

Bill Maher is dead to me. He’s not all bad, but I’ve never bought his schtick in the past. I’ll boycott anything Maher from here on in.


Pro American sport DEAD to me

I don’t watch much Pro American sport in any case. But news in recent weeks motivates quitting NFL, NBA and MLB completely. There’s too much monopoly, money and “tradition” for Pro sport to evolve for the better. Pro sport is DEAD to ME. 😦

Devaluing of women by big-time sports must stop

boycott-nfl-model-with-black-eye-ray-rice-controversy-the-jasmine-brandNFL BOYCOTT

Sadly, revoking the NFL Tax Exemption wouldn’t bring in much revenue. The NFL has  plenty of lobbyists buying off Congress.

I’m going to end up supporting only athletes who are underpaid, none who are overpaid. 😦

Even as the league is under fire for its handling of domestic abuse, one of its biggest problems remains on the field. New NFL estimates project that up to a third of all retired players could develop some form of long-term cognitive problem — such as Alzheimer’s disease or dementia — due to head injuries suffered in games.

Frontline –The NFL’s Concussion Problem Still Has Not Gone Away

NHL is Pro Canadian sport, of course. 🙂



dailymail.co.uk is DEAD to me

I’m boycotting.

The Mail Online is by some measures the world’s most popular online newspaper. It is also shameless—a grotesque compendium of sensational tabloid stories, unverified viral memes, anonymously sourced gossip, thinly veiled sexism, prurient clickbait, and hypocritical moralizing.

Clooney explains why I’m boycotting:

I’m, of course, used to the Daily Mail making up stories—they do it several times a week—and I don’t care. If they fabricate stories of Amal being pregnant, or that the marriage will take place on the set of Downton Abbey, or that I’m running for office, or any number of idiotic stories that they sit at their computers and invent, I don’t care.

But this lie involves larger issues. The irresponsibility, in this day and age, to exploit religious differences where none exist, is at the very least negligent and more appropriately dangerous. We have family members all over the world, and the idea that someone would inflame any part of that world for the sole reason of selling papers should be criminal.

George Clooney Is Right About the Daily Mail

Lonely Planet soon DEAD to me?

I love Lonely Planet.

But not — perhaps — for much longer.

The end of guide books? Lonely Planet lays off one-third of editorial staff


Venerable travel guide brand Lonely Planet, which has bounced from owner to owner in recent years, just announced some bad news: They’re slashing staff on three continents and getting rid of much of their content staff. Almost 100 jobs were slashed in Melbourne, Australia alone, and additional layoffs were made at Lonely Planet’s London and Oakland offices. …

Update: According to an email from a Lonely Planet publicist, “Print will continue to be part of the mix” for the company.


They say they’ll switch to more digital format, more user generated content.

The time’s not right. Yet.

Show me a worthy digital alternative to a Lonely Planet guidebook?

Lance Armstrong: Cheating Scumbag

I wasn’t all that big a Tour de France fan.

Not like Dave Adlard.

Dave relates with and concurs with this missive from a real hero, Alastair Humphreys:

Lance Armstrong broke my heart. Or a tiny little bit of it, anyway. …

Then when Lance gave Ullrich “the look” on Alpe d’Huez on 2001 I was completely smitten. Shortly after that I set off to cycle round the world. I thought of Lance often. When I was struggling up long mountain passes I’d get up out of the saddle, give my imaginary opponents “the look” and put on a sprint. …

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Through all the years of allegations about Lance’s drug use I defended him strongly. I secretly suspected that he might be up to something. But I hoped -I really hoped- that he was clean. That he was the inspirational figure he always loudly proclaimed himself to be. He passed hundreds of tests. I wanted to believe. So I believed. I felt sorry for all the cynics. Sorry they couldn’t believe in miracles. …

The only regret Lance Armstrong appears to feel, since he was left with no option but to admit to having cheated in every single one of his Tour victories, is that he got caught.

Cheating was one thing. Showing no remorse is another. …

Lance Armstrong: Cheating Scumbag

All true.

But I have to add the usual disclaimer. The Cheating Scumbag is a superb athlete. I would love to have seen what he could have done without the drugs.