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Movie review: 'The Boxtrolls'

It's hard to say what audience the makers of "The Boxtrolls" were aiming for.  Judging by the box office returns, they seem to be having a bit of trouble finding one.  It's a stunning achievement in stop-motion animation, but its sensibilities seem guaranteed to keep it walled off as a cult film.   Oct 8, 2014 3:12 PM PT

'Twin Peaks' returns

The Internet is buzzing about something that it would have buzzed about 25 years ago, if social media had existed in anything like their current form, as Deadline Hollywood reports that "Twin Peaks" is coming back: Oct 7, 2014 8:58 AM PT

Help wanted, but we're not hiring

Unemployment reports are complicated, and it really takes an extra two months to process all the data and nail the figures down - that's why significant "adjustments" to the last two reports are so often announced by the Bureau of Labor Statistics when each monthly report is issued.  Naturally, the media completely lost interest in the nuances of unemployment reports when its primary mission became spinning Barack Obama's awful economy for years on end.  The reason most people are familiar with the derogatory term "burger-flipper job" is because the press made a huge deal about diving deep into solid Bush-era job reports and hunting for dark clouds among the silver lining... but these days they can scarcely be bothered to mention that a major, and often the sole, reason for the headline unemployment rate holding steady or dipping slightly is because huge numbers of job-seekers gave up and abandoned the workforce entirely.   Oct 7, 2014 8:26 AM PT

The Church of Global Warming demands a more primitive lifestyle

You'd need a heart of stone not to laugh at climate change cultist Eric Holthaus sobbing (literally) over the latest tract from the Church of Global Warming and deciding to do his bit to encourage a more primitive lifestyle by swearing off air travel for a year.  As you read this, remember the one "consensus" that none of these loons can refute: the consensus of reality itself, where there hasn't been any "climate change" for the past 19 years, and polar ice is hitting record levels, exactly the way absolutely none of their vaunted computer models predicted: Oct 5, 2014 6:14 AM PT

Why the Ineptocracy is Always Broke

I've probably got enough material from various contributors to put together a symposium on the utterly stupid behavior of supposedly super-intelligent government.  Let me loop David Harsanyi at The Federalist in to make one more point about the Ineptocracy: the system deliberately moves inept people to the top, where they perpetually claim their gigantic billion-dollar agencies are broke.   Oct 4, 2014 8:38 AM PT

The skewed priorities of border security

As the story unfolded of how Ebola carrier Thomas Duncan waltzed right through every layer of protection the U.S. government has erected against contagion - the very same barriers Barack Obama was touting as nigh-infallible just a few weeks ago, which should have been all the warning we needed that disaster was afoot - I found myself thinking of an anecdote Mark Steyn told recently of U.S. border security cracking down on bagpipe players inbound from Canada.  Steyn, naturally, made the same association in his latest post: Oct 4, 2014 8:07 AM PT

First Citizen of the Ineptocracy

The more I reflect on the denouement of the Neil deGrasse Tyson phony-quotes saga, the more I'm convinced he would be the perfect First Citizen of the Ineptocracy.  In this sad-trombone age of massive faceplants - more money and power centralized than ever before, in the hands of an alleged "elite" that can't do anything right - the value placed on credentials over performance has never been greater. Oct 3, 2014 10:56 AM PT

Man vs. machine: the strange death of Air France Flight 447

After a day of consuming increasingly disturbing Ebola news, how about an entirely different sort of horror story?  William Langeswiesche at Vanity Fair has an extensive, methodical, and terrifying account of the Air France Flight 447 crash from 2009, which resulted in 228 fatalities.  He argues it's the most significant airline disaster of recent years, as it spotlights the point at which automated systems fail, and pilots accustomed to using those systems can't cope with the confusing mass of data flung at them by previously helpful systems. Oct 2, 2014 2:51 PM PT

Neil deGrasse Tyson finally kinda sorta admits he got that Bush quote wrong

After imperiously declaring that his infallible mind-powers override objective reality, scientist/entertainer Neil deGrasse Tyson finally got around to admitting he's been misrepresenting the allegedly intolerant and stupid George Bush quote he's been deploying during seminars for years. Oct 2, 2014 1:29 PM PT


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