21/01 – 27/01 incl. The Fall of Star Wars, Global Warming and Islam

news on the march

Welcome to Monday’s News on the March – The week that was in my digital world.

I’m coming out of my month long hibernation to resume my posting routine. I don’t know how astute I will be maintaining it because I want to do a lot of traveling this year. I’ll just play it by ear for now. I hope you all had a great festive season and bright start to the new year.

 Movie review and analysis at The Critical Drinker:

I wish I could commence 2020 with a happy story, but I’m afraid this one isn’t. I’m incensed with what Disney has done with the Star Wars saga and I think the Critical Drinker’s take on it aligns with my thoughts about this horrendous post trilogy. I’d even go so far to say I do not consider these post trilogy episodes part of the Star Wars cannon since they are so abhorrent and most dishearteningly – disrespectful to the original story arc, lore and characters.  ..….… (Watch entire review part 1).

Video presentation at the Independent Institute:

As we get inundated with dire news stories regarding global warming and climate change, I have been investigating to find conclusive evidence about the human element / contribution (CO2) to climate change and frankly I just can’t find any.

At this special event, geoscientist and astrophysicist Willie Soon separates fact from fiction in the global warming debate. He explains why the forecasts from CO2 climate models have been so wrong—and why solar influences on clouds, oceans, and wind drive climate change, not CO2 emissions. Stanford University physicist Elliott Bloom then comments. “The whole point of science is to question accepted dogmas. For that reason, I respect Willie Soon as a good scientist and a courageous citizen.” —Freeman J. Dyson, Professor Emeritus of Physics, Institute for Advanced Study; Templeton Prize LaureateWatch entire presentation

Poem by Theodora Goss:

One day, it may be time
to dismantle your house.

Yes, the one you built so carefully
of brick, remembering the third pig
in the fairy tale, to be storm-proof
and wolf-proof, to stand
for a hundred years. The house
you thought you would retire in,
perhaps die in....
(Read entire poem)

Video documentary for television Channel 4 by Tom Holland at Odon Lafontaine:

1400 years ago armies of nomads swept out of the Arabian desert and conquered half the world. Today their descendants tell an extraordinary story. They say that God sent them a prophet, Mohammad. And that God then gave them an empire. But is it really true? Not everyone is so sure. The Muslim conquests were one of the most decisive events in history. But were the arabs in the 7th century, really Muslim?  .…....…. (Watch full documentary)

Short story by the Intellectual Shaman:

I was cleaning up at the end of the work day.
“How’s it goin?” The janitor asked.
“Not bad, and yourself?”
“I can’t complain.”
He had a goatee, a pot belly, and intelligent eyes.
He was interesting. I don’t know why janitors are interesting.
Maybe they have nothing to hide. They seem real…
...….(Read entire short story)

news on the march the end

“The more I live, the more I learn. The more I learn, the more I realize, the less I know.”- Michel Legrand

Posted in Movies and TV, News, Science
18 comments on “21/01 – 27/01 incl. The Fall of Star Wars, Global Warming and Islam
  1. ashok says:

    Happy travels my friend

  2. badfinger20 says:

    Good to see you back again Matt! I haven’t seen the Star Wars yet…I’ll wait til it comes out now on BluRay. That doesn’t look too promising.
    I did see 1917…I liked it a lot.

    • I’m going to see 1917 this afternoon in fact. I can’t wait since I’ve read so many good things about it.

      • badfinger20 says:

        The way they shot the movie is wonderful…I belive you will like it.

      • Yeh, I reckon so. Cheers buddy. I hope life is treating you well.

      • badfinger20 says:

        Yes it is… My blogging may go down soon to a trickle. I have a job offer that I’m going to take and I’m not sure how much that will cut into my time. I should have more but not as much through the day.

      • I just got back from seeing 1917. Mate, I was pretty disappointed. Many consider it to be one of the best movies of the last year and considered by some as one of the greatest ever wars movies ever made. Ummm. What! lol
        When I review ‘the Australian movie Gallipoli on Friday, I’ll go into why I left the cinema today a little cold. Tomorrow is a special midday screening of Ford vs Ferrari. I didn’t get to see it in its initial release. I already snapped up tickets to see that tomorrow.

        Congratulations on your new job offer. You must be over the moon! I hope it doesn’t eat away too much of your blogging time. I’m already starting to feel the trickling down effect with my blog. My priorities have been shifting of late.

      • badfinger20 says:

        Yea some people do but I never thought it was the best movie of the year… but it was enjoyable to me. The cinematography I loved and minimum cuts. I think the way they filmed it…tracking the character like that…that was the most interesting thing. It was a good story…not much action though.

        Yes I am…I’m not getting my hopes up until everything is done.

      • The minimum cuts and character tracking didn’t do it for me. Also, overall the movie seemed to lack ‘character’, ‘grit’ and ‘scope’ for me which I’ll explain further in my Friday post. But each to his own buddy.

        I saw Ford vs Ferrari which was pretty good. Once again not as good as I was expecting given the outpouring of high praise. But well worth seeing.

      • badfinger20 says:

        I’ve watched Le Mans that I heard is something like that one with Steve McQueen.

      • I haven’t seen that one you mentioned. I must admit I’m not that much of a car aficionada guy so that might explain why I wasn’t blown away by it.

      • badfinger20 says:

        It’s a good McQueen movie but not his best.

      • I’ve seen Bullet I believe it’s called, but I remember next to nothing about it.

      • badfinger20 says:

        I have to say I love the green Mustang in that one. I would say The Great Escape was his best.

      • Yeh, that’s right the Great Escape was excellent. Saw it countless times as a kid. And of course Leonardo de Caprio did his fill in part for that in Tarantino’s movie. Hehe.

      • badfinger20 says:

        That is right… I forgot about that.
        McQueen had a great presence about him.

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