Waking Up with Sam Harris #102 – Is Buddhism True? (with Robert Wright)…


Date: October 31, 2017

01) Waking Up with Sam Harris #102 – Is Buddhism True? (with Robert Wright)


“In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Robert Wright about his book Why Buddhism is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment.

Robert Wright is the New York Times bestselling author of The Evolution of God (a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize), Nonzero, The Moral Animal, Three Scientists and their Gods (a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award). He is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of the widely respected Bloggingheads.tv and MeaningofLife.tv. He has written for The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New York Times, Time, Slate, and The New Republic. He has taught at the University of Pennsylvania and at Princeton University, where he also created the popular online course Buddhism and Modern Psychology. He is currently Visiting Professor of Science and Religion at Union Theological Seminary in New York. His most recent book is Why Buddhism is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment.

Twitter: @robertwrighter “

The War of the Worlds…


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Date: October 31, 2017

01) Librivox: The War of the Worlds

“Librivox recording of The War of the Worlds, by H. G. Wells.

H. G. Wells wrote The War of the Worlds in 1898, when there was much speculation about life on the planet Mars. The book is considered to be one of the first science fiction novels. In the story, an English gentleman narrates the events of a violent and fast paced Martian invasion.

The frightening images of people fleeing from gigantic tripod machines and the prospect of life under Martial rule have served as a bottomless well of inspiration for popular culture. The novel has served as a template for many derivative or inspired works, including comics, countless books, a tv series, several films, a bestselling musical, and the famous Orson Wells broadcast. Overall, The War of the Worlds has become an early milestone in and inspiration for the invasion genre.

The novel demonstrates Wells’ typical pessimistic outlook on human nature and offers a good deal of critisism on society and people’s ignorance and vanity. The War of the Worlds can be read as an indictment of European colonial actions around the globe at that time – with which the injustice of the Martian invasion can be compared. Wells has since been credited with predicting quite a number of technologies, such as laser-like rays, industrial robot-like machines, and chemical-warfare.
(Summary by Stephan Möbius and Annie Coleman)”

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How Kubrick Adapted The Shining into a Cinematic Masterpiece…


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Date: October 30, 2017

01) Screenwriting – How Kubrick Adapted The Shining into a Cinematic Masterpiece


“Whenever I think of The Shining, I’m always amazed by the sheer number of iconic moments in a single movie. So, I wanted to take a look at the writing process and see how we ended up with such a masterpiece of cinema. Now, there have been plenty of great videos on The Shining as well as videos specifically about the script, but I want to go deeper. What exactly is happening from a storytelling perspective?

What was it like to collaborate with Kubrick on this screenplay? How did the movie wind up so different than Stephen Kings original novel? How close did they stick to the screenplay during production? What were Kubricks thoughts on horror? All that and more on this episode of Making Film…”

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The Real Dracula – Vlad The Impaler…


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Date: October 28, 2017

01) The Real Dracula – Vlad The Impaler


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“Vlad III, Prince of Wallachia (1431–1476/77), was a member of the House of Dr?cule?ti, a branch of the House of Basarab, also known, using his patronymic, as (Vlad) Dr?culea or (Vlad) Dracula. He was posthumously dubbed Vlad the Impaler, and was a three-time Voivode of Wallachia, ruling mainly from 1456 to 1462, the period of the incipient Ottoman conquest of the Balkans. His father, Vlad II Dracul, was a member of the Order of the Dragon, which was founded to protect Christianity in Eastern Europe. Vlad III is revered as a folk hero in Romania as well as other parts of Europe for his protection of the Romanian population both south and north of the Danube. A significant number of Romanian and Bulgarian common folk and remaining boyars moved north of the Danube to Wallachia, recognized his leadership and settled there following his raids on the Ottomans.”


Since this selection was gone before this post got published…here is a fun consolation.

WTF HAPPENED TO HELLRAISER?:

I liked the first two Hellraiser movies, even if they are a bit dated…

…Everything following those is pretty bad. I haven’t watched every single one, yet…but, I have the six pack of all the bad ones…and what I’ve seen, I can only ask the question…”Why?”…

They could have done something decent with this franchise.

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AN OPEN SECRET. Official PG-13 version…


Date: October 28, 2017

01) AN OPEN SECRET. Official PG-13 version.


https://vimeo.com/142444429

“In light of the long awaited revelations of sexual abuse in Hollywood finally being reported ESPONDA PRODUCTIONS presents AN OPEN SECRET for free for a limited time . A film about the sexual abuse of children in the entertainment industry in Hollywood. Please support our efforts of raising awareness by sharing with your friends and colleagues. “

Conservative Sues YouTube For ‘Censoring’ Right-Wing Videos…


Date: October 27, 2017

01) Conservative Sues YouTube For ‘Censoring’ Right-Wing Videos


“Read More At:
http://thehill.com/policy/technology/356966-prageru-sues-google-youtube-for-censoring-conservative-videos

Kyle is correct…in that YouTube is targeting smaller media, across the board.

“Conservatives” are not singled out…and they’re living in a fantasy world, if they think that they are.

…I do still go back to my previously mentioned support of Dennis, however…because it is high time that Google/YouTube finally started facing concrete pushback, for it’s foul practices.

Google is one of those strange cases…where, effectively…they hold all this insane amount of power, over a public utility, really…And they have this history of throwing their weight around, treating the small people like crap…mucking up the internet…

…It’s absolutely atrocious, what they are doing to the YouTube population…the people who literally built YouTube, and made it a success…

As a company…they deserve to face a mortal consequence for this treachery, alone.

I believe it’s gotten to the point…where the U.S. government is justified in stepping in, and breaking up Google…Because Google has become way too powerful and abusive.

This wont happen, however…because Google is their unofficial lap dog.

Regardless of how likely the success…I appreciate seeing people file law suits against Google…It is one way of taking a stand, and fighting back.

It’s Officially Time to Freak Out About Trump and North Korea…


Date: October 27, 2017

01) It’s Officially Time to Freak Out About Trump and North Korea


“President Trump claims that—in spite of him constantly threatening North Korea on Twitter—he’s actually trying to pursue a diplomatic solution, and he’s working cooperatively with China to do that. The problem, however, is that his administration has quietly taken serious steps to escalate tensions in a terrifying way. In this segment we’ll discuss how that’s the case, and why it may be time to start breaking out.

Sources:
https://twitter.com/W7VOA/status/921554906510712837
https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/10/23/trump-hysterics-continue-us-moves-put-nuclear-b-52s-24-hour-alert