Swiftstryker, The Contributor
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Recent PostsSwift's thread of rants. on 10/18/2021 3:50:32 AM
For that matter, aren't we also getting to the point where Hollywood is getting outpaced by the likes of Georgia and China as well? Marketing hasn't been Hollywood's strongest suit for the past 10 years with summary-trailers, mostly floppy movies, and a huge leaning for 80's-90's directors (which can only produce so many different types of movies until people become sick of it), etc.
And while Hollywood holds an incredible amount of soft power outside of the US, one has to wonder whether or not the associated risks with aging directors, producers, actors, and actresses can keep up with the benefits at the going rate. Sure, there's plenty of laws and lawyers to keep Hollywood's current state safe from encroaching hands (you know, people that would gladly take the IP of a film flop and make a better crack at it in series format over film), but with the rise of consumption of digital media and non-traditional filming sets (looking back at you, Georgia), why wouldn't new film-makers want to jump ship for shallower waters?
Swift's thread of rants. on 10/18/2021 3:38:19 AM
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You know, I was going to do a whole rant post, but this video sums up the point decently. Way too many financial types are taking lead roles in industries where a marketing / operations management type would be better suited to meeting the logistical / PR needs of entertainment companies. You could extend this idea to Disney nowadays, which copycats Netflix and Hulu for a subscription service to (mostly) mediocre shows. Sure, it's nice to be able to own your own streaming platform so you can capture revenue directly, but if you're Disney and your specialty is in acquiring and refining IPs to be extremely marketable, why go through the effort of creating a whole new infrastructure on content that will be throttled by your own creative output? Sure, your barrier to entry will be lower, but now you'll have increased demands by quantitative and qualitive output. And, given the horrid state of Marvel Comics (upon which the MCU is based on), how can there be any more desirable comics if full creativity isn't given to the authors?
Not that I'm a fan of DC; their works feel just as monolithic with excessively dark storywriting (an undying trend since the 90's), but I wonder if there's a critical point at which Disney might end up stepping on the toe of some anti-trust law.
Swift's thread of rants. on 10/3/2021 5:38:53 AM
So yeah, apparently the US Army had a policy to not combat boy-raping gangs within the Afghan military. Gee, I wonder how a whole new generation of Taliban could rise when Afghan was getting oh-so secured...
Swift's thread of rants. on 8/17/2021 7:00:26 AM
To the FBI / HomeSec / CIA / NSA agents watching, just remember:
This is the first and last time anyone in the Taliban gets to drive something that isn't a Toyota Hilux. Have a little heart.
Swift's thread of rants. on 8/17/2021 6:59:04 AM
Swift's thread of rants. on 8/16/2021 7:00:52 PM
Swift's thread of rants. on 8/16/2021 6:55:20 AM
So here we have a shitty San Fran journalist that correctly tallies up SoCal votes for the Newsom recall in the order of LA, OC, and San Diego. SoCal, the fucking prime cash cow of California (and the largest source of these votes) is disregarded by said journalist simply based on the fact that a measly 9400 votes came from SanFran.
So obviously, Toilet City™ should be voting against this recall out of some kind of loyalty to a governor that locked down the city and closed most of the small businesses there, and possibly there is a chance that his replacement will do worse (even though it's really the legislative body that has consistently fought for higher taxes, shitty and slow projects, and the phasing out of actually helpful infrastructure). Right?
Or you know, they could actually make a decision to vote for somebody that might make a fucking difference because of their background in the legislative side of things...
Anyway, our shitty journalist was a guest writer, meaning that she's been flapping her gums for no reason other than to ride on the coattails of an existing publication (in this case, the SF Examiner). No well-known articles, no investigative journalism, just distractive pieces on "ethnic perspectives" on local businesses...
And I have to fucking wonder how many hacks like her there are in similarly-sized small-news corps.
Swift's thread of rants. on 8/16/2021 6:25:48 AM
Hi guys, welcome to the any% Afghanistan conquered, world-record speedrun. Today, we'll be filling in the power vacuum left by the US military in under three months using the Toyota and scavenger strategy, which involves mass-producing Hilux pickups to be converted into personnel carriers to capture as much abandoned US equipment and land as possible...
Swift's thread of rants. on 8/15/2021 8:20:45 PM
Instead of bitching and moaning that climate change was the cause of a slew of floods, maybe fucking realize that the hamfisted mass production of dams had been amplifying river flows due to improper output control and maintenance. Nevermind the shitty "sponge cities" that lacked the necessary water table infrastructure, it's the fact that China is more into showmanship of its infrastructure in the same way USA likes to flex its military.
Power generation is no easy feat, sure, but rapid development isn't possible if it's done wrong. It's more expensive to retrofit old infrastructure / technology than to tear it down and start over, which wouldn't have happened in the first place if widespread corruption didn't allow for shoddy / small-scale dams to be put all over the damn place. If dams were of the correct capacity and had good backup measures for flood and dry periods (such as additional canals) maybe your rivers wouldn't fucking dry up or overflow so often.
Swift's thread of rants. on 8/11/2021 5:41:47 PM
Off the top of my head, it could include the possibility that the US provides support in the Yemeni conflict (but really, any North-African or Central Asian conflict) beyond that of supplying equipment. Conducting military operations in developing nations that haven't even thought about opposing the US seems to be a pastime of ours as of late.
Or you know, it could be the possibility that we're the ones shipping in all the Thai femboys into the Saudi harems.