Monthly Archives: January 2010

Evolution

I’ve been reading Darwin recently. I am trying to clarify the answer to this question: In the most advanced scientific understanding today, are evolution’s mutations thought to occur randomly, or is DNA influenced by an organism’s environment and/or experiences to mutate in a specific way needed for optimum survivablility? Does anyone have knowledge on this?

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Recent Zigory Tweets

Here are some of my recent tweets, in reverse order. Go to Twitter and find me under the name Zigory.

A promising candidate in Colorado is Stephen Bailey! http://www.stephenbaileyforcongress.com/ 8:05 AM Jan 10th

Having a Party? Contact me and I’ll draw caricatures of your guests! Samples: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=126135&id=608848095&l=4138bf2600 7:59 AM Jan 10th 

Samples of my cartoons. Contact me if you need artwork done! http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=39543&id=608848095&l=bf591a8f8f 7:55 AM Jan 10th 

See Stossel’s FBN show about Atlas Shrugged on Youtube in six parts! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zy_4RLd9QPE&feature=player_embedded 12:44 PM Jan 8th

All right! The states are fighting back! http://www.resistnet.com/forum/topics/states-fight-back 12:43 PM Jan 8th

If Scott Brown wins we’d have a political earthquake, turning Obama into a lame duck, per Robert Tracinski. http://www.brownforussenate.com/ 6:39 AM Jan 7th This is urgent! To reverse the tide, throw your support to Scott Brown. Donate to Scott Brown!  

Isn’t all this security unnecessary if Israel & USA actually tried to win wars instead of funding enemies? How does Israel avoid unions taking over and ruining security? How do you avoid anti-discrimination lawsuits re eye-contact-evasion profiling? http://bit.ly/5Tp5RD 11:59 PM Jan 4th 

If anyone knows of an agent who seeks new writers (especially TV/film scripts and nonfiction books) Pls write me: zigory@comcast.net. Thanks! 4:11 AM Dec 26th, 2009

Hello everyone! Season’s Greetings! I hope you got what you wanted on Christmas if you celebrate Christmas! I got to watch my happy children 4:09 AM Dec 26th, 2009

This article expresses why I love Thanksgiving. It was my fave as a kid. http://www.csmonitor.com/2009/1125/p09s01-coop.html 5:01 PM Nov 25th, 2009

I  enjoyed HBO Rock Hall of Fame special last night. Two Beatles songs but why no Paul or Ringo? 12:30 PM Nov 30th, 2009

Now is the time. Send “Health Care Is Not A Right” to Senators. Use Morality to stop Health Care Bill: http://fwd4.me/4Uk 11:17 PM Nov 19th, 2009 

Wondering if Christie can make a difference in NJ. Even if he cuts taxes and spending, the Fed undercuts his impact. 6:30 PM Nov 4th, 2009 

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Avatar Review

“Avatar” spoilers follow.

The unoriginal “ideas” in Avatar’s screenplay are such cliched, non-
intellectual, California-Liberal New Age mysticism, that the basic
storyline, minus the physical-peril suspense and special effects,
could read as a satire.

Its references include Native American Mother Earth worship, the
evils of American imperialism, becoming “one” with one’s tribal
ancestors, and the purity of primitivism and its superiority to
industrialization. All of this is presented as if based on biological
and geological reality.

Besides this, as usual with a James Cameron screenplay (see
“Titanic”), the dialogue is trite and the characters are shallow
stereotypes copied from hundreds of previous films and novels.

But most offensive of all is the imagery that is easily interpreted as
anti-American symbolism to leftist and international audiences. An
Earthling general is presented as the stereotype of a tough American
military man, in the mold of Patton. He is presented as evil and
corrupt. The invasion of the Na’vi nation is presented with no
subtlety at all as a war whose purpose is to “steal” the “oil” inside
their planet. (“Unobtainium” is invented to stand in for oil).

At the end, the sight in 3-D of Earth’s (America’s) helicopters
attacking Na’vi aliens (Third Worlders) and burning down their
homes is obvious, heavy handed symbolism, harking back to
Vietnam. It is presented so that the audience roots for the Third
Worlders to defeat the Americans. It’s almost like treasonous
propaganda, created to incite anti-American anger.

A character who abandons Western Civilization to live among the
collectivist Nature Worshippers is shown to be noble and heroic.

I believe and hope the reason most people see the film is to marvel
at the phenomenal technical achievements in visual effects, the
remarkably believable designs of the diverse alien creatures, the
excellent pacing, and the suspenseful scenes of physical peril, which
reflect James Cameron’s true talents.

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