Tech at Night: A few words on the Playstation 4. A Traitor and the Glenns Greenwald? I should trust THEM?

    Tech at Night

    So, there’s a lot of hype about the Playstation 4 right now. It’s premature to get too hyped up about it though, for a few reasons:

    First, Sony (RIAA and MPAA member) has a much worse track record than Microsoft does about skinning the sheep when it comes to the customers. Note that even as one hand Monday was waving the used games bloody shirt, the other hand was announcing mandatory Playstation Plus. Sony did a masterful job Monday playing to the press and the social media, but you know who else did that? Barack Obama, and we know how much of the hype he lived up to.

    Second, I’m old enough to remember when Sony fanboys were outraged about Xbox 360’s paid Live account requirements, and how Playstation 3 was allegedly better because you got the full feature set built-in with a free PSN account. Well, sometime along the way, PS3 got the same paid account bonuses Xbox 360 had. Funny that. So what happens if Sony changes their mind again, this time about used games, a year or two down the line?

    Third, this is a five year war. Let’s say nothing changes from now. What happens if Microsoft wins the exclusives war because of the used games feature? EA didn’t cancel online passes out of the goodness of their hearts, folks.

    Fourth, I’m also old enough to remember how I was told the last generation was supposed to be a war between Microsoft and Sony, when Nintendo’s innovation won the day. Well, now Sony and Microsoft are all about motion controls, while Nintendo’s shipping a tablet and possibly going online with Pokemon. Too early to declare winners or losers. Again, this is a five year war.

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    The social triangle

    Three great forces shape a society: culture, politics, and economics.  Each of them influences the other. The late Andrew Breitbart famously observed that politics are “downstream” of culture.  In other words, culture shapes political expectations.  People tend to vote in favor of issues and candidates that enjoy cultural approval.  Political commentators often refer to the “Overton window,” which covers the range of “acceptable” positions candidates | Read More »

    Doctors of Death

    “Mengele ran a butcher shop-major surgeries were performed without anesthesia. Once, I witnessed a stomach operation- Mengele was removing pieces from the stomach, but without any anesthetic. Another time, it was a heart that was removed, again without anesthesia. It was horrifying.” -Auschwitz survivor Alex Dekel The trial of Kermit Gosnell, abortion provider, has concluded, and a conviction for multiple murders was rendered. But the atrocities that | Read More »

    Yes, We Are Doomed… But Why?

    This article was originally posted on my personal site: http://rpcforum.comThe stories making the headlines around the country ought to make Americans pretty ashamed of ourselves. We ought to be humbled by our mistakes and failures. We ought to admit where we have gone wrong and be seeking to right the ship and set sail on a true-er course. But no, how do we respond? “America is the greatest nation | Read More »

    Final Thoughts on Redefining Marriage

    If I were to be invited to a masquerade ball or costume party, I think it would be fun to go as Abraham Lincoln. I would get the stovepipe hat and long full beard and practice my speech making voice; reciting the Gettysburg Address until I had it memorized. The other guests at the party would greet me as Mr. President as they smiled and | Read More »

    On Conservatives And Culture

    Well over a year ago while filling in for Glenn Beck I said this on conservatives and culture: Here’s a lesson for conservative artists, too: as Dez Dickerson told me (he played guitar for Prince), be judged on the merit of your work, not because of your ideology. Make your art beyond reproach. Going out and buying crappy art from someone just because they are | Read More »

    On Conservatives And Culture

    Well over a year ago while filling in for Glenn Beck I said this on conservatives and culture: Here’s a lesson for conservative artists, too: as Dez Dickerson told me (he played guitar for Prince), be judged on the merit of your work, not because of your ideology. Make your art beyond reproach. Going out and buying crappy art from someone just because they are | Read More »

    Government, Culture and Freedom

    At the very dawn of our republic, John Adams uttered a prophetic phrase that rings through time to the present age. “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” Often we who love small government forget that culture, that is, “We the People” are the one’s who shape our government first, not | Read More »

    “Hey, Look! Is That Somebody Famous?”

    When Mom and Dad were first married they moved to the “Land of Oz”, (California) and directly to the “Emerald City”, (Los Angeles); home of Hollywood and Beverly Hills, swimming pools and movie stars. In those simpler times, one of their favorite entertainment activities was to drive around Beverly Hills and look for movie stars. Up and down Rodeo Drive, Sunset Boulevard, Santa Monica Boulevard | Read More »

    Political Correctness, Bullying and other BS

    Some lessons need to be learned: You can tell your child a million times, “don’t touch the stove, it’s hot,” or you can tell them once, let them touch it, and they quickly figure it out.  Some will think I am evil, but the fact is it’s effective. Choices are a part of life; the wrong ones will burn you. Traditionally in America, we have | Read More »

    Political Correctness, Bullying and other BS

    Some lessons need to be learned: You can tell your child a million times, “don’t touch the stove, it’s hot,” or you can tell them once, let them touch it, and they quickly figure it out.  Some will think I am evil, but the fact is it’s effective. Choices are a part of life; the wrong ones will burn you. Traditionally in America, we have | Read More »

    Culture or Race?

    “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” On the surface level, Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.’s quote is simple to understand. Our society has used this quote as the pinnacle of expression for civil rights. I would | Read More »

    The Postmodern Vision – Burning Down The House We Live In

    Melati Suryodarmo (b. in 1969 in Surakarta, Indonesia, lives and works in Braunschweig, Germany) performes EXERGIE- Butter dance, an older piece but shown for the first time at Lilith. 20 blocks of butter in a square on the black dance carpet. Suryodarmo enters the space, dressed in a black tight dress and red high heels. She steps on the pieces of butter. She starts to dance to the sound of indonesian shamanistic drums. She dances and falls, hitting the floor hard, rising, and continuously being on the verge of standing, slipping and falling in the butter. After twenty minutes Suryodarmo rises one last time, covered in butter, and leaves the space.

    You Tube Description of “Butter Dance”.

    When Physicist Alan Sokal had finally heard enough of the postmodern intellectual twaddle such as the YouTube video above, he opted to detonate a stupidity bomb that would wipe out the intellectual respect accorded to Postmodern Thought. He wrote a hoax academic paperHe wrote an article entitled “Transgressing the Boundaries: Towards a Transformative Hermeneutics of Quantum Gravity.”

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    It’s All About the Culture

    “A general dissolution of principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy. While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued; but once they lose their virtue then will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first external or internal invader.” – Samuel Adams. In the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary school | Read More »

    An Open Letter to President Obama, About Sandy Hook

    Dear President Obama, While I appreciate your emotion in response to this recent tragedy, make no mistake I believe your tears were real, you’re a father, it hit home I assume. I would like to take this time and ask you to take a serious look at the money behind your presidency, your campaigns. The same people who throw lavish fundraisers, star studded concerts, are | Read More »


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