A long preview for the coming season
I’ve been trying to find a way to match my free time with some interview subjects so thats why there hasn’t been a new interview since last week. But I’m also thinking of doing some podcasts on writing theory as well so look for them under my Hudcasts. You can always click the microphone image to the side to see all of the Hudcasts to date.
Looks like an honest movie for a change about drugs. The fact is the war on drugs is a failure and like prohibition it only empowers organized crime and corrupts law enforcement and politicians. The underground economy is massive and its money is everywhere. The police state we now have in America is out of control. We have more people in prison than any nation on earth and cops are running around with machine guns in a lot of cities. The lawlessness in many places is beyond the pale. Cartels are making huge inroads in America. Push is going to come to shove real soon. No way around it.
My favorite libertarian judge talks about the Obamacare decision and the future of liberty.
Michio Kaku gives an excellent explanation of Physics to the layman. There are commercials alas, but its really good., I just wish he followed his own advice. When he talks about how scientific theories are rejected, AGW should be laughed at instead of propped up by people like him. Still, its a good lecture.
Also, check out his must see science videos.
Joe Kubert died today. He was 85. One of the great masters of comics art and a staple at DC Comics. I have a lot of memories of his work growing up. I didn’t appreciate his art when I was a kid but I grew to appreciate it as I got older. His Kubert school trained a lot of comics professionals over the years, some of them are friends of mine. He was a great gut from all accounts. I only met hi once but he was very warm and friendly to me and offered to let me do a class at his school if I ever visited, which was really nice of him.
I wish I had taken him up on the offer. Anyway, the world of comics has lost another great artist.
Steve Bissette was going to do a interview on Wednesday but he will be at the Kubert funeral. We’re hoping to talk on Thursday. He can tell us all about it.
I’ll be talking to comics artist Steve Bissette about all sorts of good stuff early this week. Look for it here.
A decent Batman fan fim that takes place between the Dark Knight and the Dark Knight Rises. Featuring the Riddler, Scarface and Zzazz
There are two stories today that deserve attention more than who Mitt Romney picked for Vice president. They reveal two extremely disturbing events that the media has mostly ignored.
First, the president signed a bill that removed senate confirmations for some presidential appointees. This guts an important part of the checks and balances in our constitution and gives further power to the executive branch, which has already proven itself to be out of control. Basically, the president can now appoint people to major posts effecting important parts of the economy and state without anyone being able to say no. Not just this president, but future presidents. So lets say you think Obama is a great president, well if he loses in November, Romney will be able to appoint people without the Democrats being able to say no. A system of checks and balances helps curtail abuses of power. But this administration has worked very hard to circumvent those as much as possible.
Secondly, there’s the wikileaks revelation that the US government has developed a system called Trapwire, which links surveillance cams around the country to a system that does facial recognition and gives feds the power to find someone and arrest them for “suspicious behavior”. What could go wrong?
..those spooky new “circular” dark globe cameras installed in your neighborhood park, town, or city—they aren’t just passively monitoring. They’re plugged into Trapwire and they are potentially monitoring every single person via facial recognition.
In related news, the Obama administration is fighting in federal court this week for the ability to imprison American citizens under NDAA’s indefinite detention provisions—and anyone else—without charge or trial, on suspicion alone.
So we have a government which does things like demonize its critics, even starts criminal investigations against donors to presidential opponents. Which does everything they can think of to undermine the checks and balances that are meant to thwart tyrannical leaders. Whether you like this president or not, these are two items that will make it a lot easier for future leaders to abuse the system. We don’t need this at all.
Tonight I talk to Award Winning Comics legend Howard Chaykin. We discuss the industry, jazz music, commercial illustrators, digital comics and the importance of a work ethic. Howard is as always a straight shooter and it was a pleasure to talk to him.
Howard’s latest book is Black Kiss 2 on sale now from Image Comics.
It’s all about the money. Dr. Michio Kaku actually believes in man made Global Warming, so perhaps he is unaware of the irony here. But AGW didn’t become a “crisis” in the minds of scientists until after the cold war funding dried up. Gee, what a coincidence.
Everything is based on something and when politicians and scientists all start making wild claims that aren’t supported by reality, follow the money.
I’ll be interviewing the great Howard Chaykin on Friday for the Hudcast. I have some other cool people lined up like James Robinson, Jim Valentino, Brian Bendis, etc. So keep checking the site or sign up for our mailing list at the link off to the right.