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On “Open Thread

Alright, DOFP makes a little more sense, as does the presence of Trask at the Paris Peace Talks, I guess it makes him akin to the Red Skull, aka Schmidt, a scientist with transnational ambitions, the second time line, which actually brings the mutants to world attention, paradox raises it's head though,

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It seems they are going for what the League of Extraordinary Gentleman, might have been if it had been any good as a teleplay

EW had a piece explaining the paradoxes in DOFP, namely the first two films seem to happen because of this one, and X3 goes the way of the last Raimi Spiderman effort,

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Click on the main link, it's like the Onion but with less wit,

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I know Eva Green, but I can't afford those channels, I'll catch a snippet here and there, as with Homeland,

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One roots for Tony Stark, even though he carries a weapon of medium destruction, but at each part of the series, one confronts his opposite, a tycoon, Stane, a criminal, Vanko, and Guy Pierce's character, all amoral creatures,

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A superhero is by their nature a deus ex machina, a supervillain like Zod or Magneto, offers the prospect of amorality tied to great power, the Winter Soldier, being a super soldier, comes close to that problem, Lex Luthor, certainly in his Hackman incarnation, is a parody of the American tycoon, who uses technical means, to dark ends,

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I guess this fits the other thread, not as much category error as that Tablet piece, but quite nearly;

http://www.themillions.com/2014/05/the-survivor-on-magneto-x-men-and-the-holocaust.html

it is this aspect of the X Men that troubles you?

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the 'Jump the Shark' element, is likely the level of technology in 1973, that would make the Sentinels a little difficult to pull off,

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This last, positing the Paris Peace Talks, as the fulcrum where the whole of history rests, is a bit of a stretch, it's interesting how Mystique becomes the equivalent of a Narodnik, and the consequences she unleashes,

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Watchmen was quite grim, 'First Class' was entertaining, because it styled itself inpart as a spy film, with Kevin Bacon doing a decent
Bond Villain, January Jones was one of the weaker elements, as for
DOFP, it embraces the opposite of the Terminator paradox, an action in the president, triggers the dystopian future,

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So democracy is putting Conyers on the ballot, even if he doesn't
qualify

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the French Krugman turns out not to be all that, re the Financial Times.

Back when this was a fun blog, one might have speculated on the time travel aspects of 'Days of Future Past'

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I would say, Britain is becoming less democratic, as more of it is ruled by decrees, from the EU, although the UKIP might reverse that.

By the way, the new X Men, setting the fulcrum point in the '73 Paris Peace Talks,' jumps a mutant,

On “The Hebraic Heidegger (Another Discussion Not To Be Held)

Now one recalls however, the Second International's attack on the Social Democrats as Social Fascists, this knocked them out of contention in the post Bruening coalition government, which ultimately yielded to the Nazis, which is ironic how the Communist then painted themselves as 'premature antifascists' since they had enabled the Nazis rise to power,

On “Scrapheap 2014.05.12 – People like Bundy, Eich, Sterling, Robertson, Deen, and Spinoza

I picked it up second hand, in a supermarket sale, as a paperback, I'm still kind of traditional that way,

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Did you ever get around to that comparative tale, of late 18th political developments, the Great Upheaval, it shows how despite some close calls, the US was able to ignite a liberty revolution, whereas the French, lapsed into tyranny, Committee of Public Safety, and Catherina only tasted the enlightenment and Russia returned to repression in short order,

On “one cheer for TNR’s re-re-design

I think the problem with Herbert Croly's publication is content, not appearance, after a poor start, Ioffe has been pretty good on Russia, Snyder on the greater region, but it's hard to think of a writer that stands out, in recent past, and journolisters like Schrieber don't count,

On “Scrapheap 2014.05.12 – People like Bundy, Eich, Sterling, Robertson, Deen, and Spinoza

Actually, before I heard of Pestritto, I see it from the classically liberal perspective, which got such short shrift in Bismarck's Germany, along with List, Wagner and Schmoller, re
Caldwell's bio of Hayek, a Lockean view, ultimately the German philosophers you can Nietzche and Schopenhaer, evinced such a negative and ultimately wrong view of human nature, it's not an
accident that shrunken societies arose from that environment,

On “Open Thread

this is what happens when wars against the family, consequently, what is left, the id, particularly the male id, what happens in the state of nature, to females in that circumstance?

On “Scrapheap 2014.05.12 – People like Bundy, Eich, Sterling, Robertson, Deen, and Spinoza

I would beg to differ with Hegel, liberty and tyranny do not coexist, like matter and antimatter they explode, the dialectic does not work, the problem with Fukuyama, pre marxist philosophies were a problem, note Solovviev, in Bely's Petersburg

On ““the belief that gay people are evil”

On the wider point of the state vs. liberty, Person of Interest, has been examining it, from an interesting angle, last season, a
anarchist group, called Vigilance, arose, against the various data mining organizations, one of them is called Decima, well it turned out in the season finale, that the latter group had brought the former into being, as the scapegoat for a terrorist outrage, they
had themselves perpetrated, in order to sanction another more interactive outfit, not unlike the helicarriers in the last Captain America film,

On “Scrapheap 2014.05.12 – People like Bundy, Eich, Sterling, Robertson, Deen, and Spinoza

Well libertarian or progressive side of the regime, they have little of the former, in fact community organizing must by it's very nature eschew the former, how else 'to rub raw, the sources of discontent' Sterling I don't care for, apparently his deeds were not significant to stop receiving his danegeld, Eich, a real thought criminal, supported Tom McClintock, a sign of his clear
recidivism,

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Paul pere has much stupider things, so feeding the crocodile won't help Rand, even though he has an argument re the Drug War, But on the Trayvon matter, many made a fool of themselves, chief among them Spike Lee, the New Black Panther Party, our version of Boko Haram, similarly can we forget the Dorner groupies, the followers of a homicidal cop,

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No, Sterling paid the danegeld, and that protected him, for a time,
Dean was induced to make some remarks, that were outside the scope of a nuisance suit, interestingly she was as fervent a supporter of Obama as any member of the Sirius cybernetic corporation, Robertson,
had an unpolitic but not unremarkable expression, acceptable for some religions and enterprises but not others, Your category error re Bundy, is already wellknown, but one can add another to the mix,
Nicholas Wade formerly of the New York Times,

On “Open Thread

Really Dugin's Eurasian framework isn't fascism lite, somewhat like
Kolchak had be assumed power, Ukrainian politics have always been
'interesting' in the Chinese sense of the word, populists in Hungary and other places, who are generally pro Volodya,

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