Friday, February 24, 2012

A Potpourri of Mental Diarrhea - February 24th, 2012

It's Friday and I'm bored. Enjoy this Potpourri of Mental Diarrhea!
  • Star Wars Episode 7 - Drone Wars
    • A February 17th article in the New York Times details a bill signed into law by President Obama that compels the Federal Aviation Commission (FAA) to expand the use of drones in American air space by September 30th, 2015.
    • The drones would be used for commercial purposes such as crop dusting and Hollywood movie shoots but could also see expanded use by state and local law enforcement officials.
    • Drones are currently being used by CIA and other military branches for surveillance and air-to-ground missile attacks in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Libya (that we know of)
    • Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski, National Security Advisor during the Carter Administration and a founder/member of three of the most august think-tanks in human history - The Bilderberg Group, the Trilateral Commission, and the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), has stated unequivocally in his writings that the interim goal in regionalization (European Union, North American Union) while long-term goal is globalization under one-world government. there are many steps that have taken course over the past 500 years leading up to the current era. One of those steps is the expansion of surveillance by the state. Brzezinski states:
      • "The technetronic era involves the gradual appearance of a more controlled society. Such a society would be dominated by an elite, unrestrained by traditional values. Soon it will be possible to assert almost continuous surveillance over every citizen and maintain up-to-date complete files containing even the most personal information about the citizen. These files will be subject to instantaneous retrieval by the authorities." –
      • Between Two Ages: America’s Role in the Technetronic Era, 1970
  • Ryan Braun's Brawn
    • Milwaukee Brewers MVP outfielder Ryan Braun won an appeal, which overturns the 50-game suspension he was facing in 2012 for testing positive for a banned substance that elevated his testosterone levels. Braun's camp cited a prescription drug that he used for a private medical reason for the positive test.
    • This is the first time since Major League Baseball introduced a comprehensive Performace Enhancing Drug (PED) testing program that a player has successfully appealed a suspension.
    • The suspension was overturned due to the finding that Braun's urine samples were not handled properly as defined by MLB's testing program guidelines. The fact of the matter is that Braun still tested positive for a banned substance.
    • This may be an instance of Braun winning in the courts but losing in the court of public opinion. Americans have short memories. If Braun puts up numbers commensurate with his first 5-years in the big leagues, his defense may be substantiated. However, if there is a significant drop off in his stats, especially his power numbers, the cloud of doubt may very well loom over Braun for the remainder of his career.
  • And the Academy Award goes to...
    • Best Actress - Viola Davis will likely become only the 2nd African-American woman to win a Best Actress Academy Award for her stellar leading role in The Help. To many in black culture, it appears that the ticket to the Best Actor/Actress award for black actors/actresses can only be purchased by portraying stereotypical roles. See what Viola Davis has to say about this notion.
    • Best Actress in a Supporting Role - Octavia Spencer could make this a clean sweep for The Help at the 2012 Academy Awards. Spencer would be the 5th African-American Actress to be honored with this award.
    • Best Actor - The experts say that George Clooney has a chance to snag this award for his performance in The Descendants. I didn't see the movie and have no plans to so I'll take their word for it.
    • Best Actor in a Supporting Role - MTV says that Christopher Plummer is a shoo-in to receive this honor for his role in "Beginners". Once again, I will take their word for it.
    • Best Film - Proving once again that what comes around goes around, black and white silent film "The Artist" is expected to nap best film honors for 2012 with Director Michel Hazanavicius taking Best Director Honors.
    • Now that I'm done with Academy Award predictions, can I have my man card back?
  • 2012 NBA All-Star Game
    • Sprint NBA All-Star Celebrity Game - Whatever team Common is on has a chance to win...unless Justin Beiber shows up to defend his MVP!
    • Foot Locker Three-Point Contest - I'm going to take a flyer on this one and take Ryan Anderson of the hometown Orlando Magic to upset defending champion James Jones of the Miami Heat.
    • 2012 Sprite Slam Dunk Contest - This event has lost a great deal of its luster due in large part to the inability of the NBA to provide adequate incentives for superstars such as LeBron James and Blake Griffin to participate year after year the way that Michael Jordan and Dominque Wilkins did in the mid to late 80s. Alas, we will be blessed with the likes of Derrick Williams, Paul George, Jeremy Evans and Chase Budinger. Who? I know, right! I like the potential of Derrick Williams but, in the end, the uncanny leaping ability of former volleyball player Chase Budinger will shock the crowd into submission.
    • 61st NBA All Star Game - The East and West All-Stars have alternated victories over the last 5-Years. I expect the pattern to hold, with the East All-Stars prevailing 151-147. Dwight Howard will be named the All-Star MVP en route to becoming one of very few players to win the All-Star game MVP for one conference before being traded to the other conference in the same season.
    • No, I didn't forget about Jeremy Lin. He's gotten enough press in this blog and throughout the national media so I will give him what he needs most at this time - a mental and physical break.

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