Disaster movie weekend

CHANGSHA, CHINA — Unlike my last trip to the vicinity of Changsha, this one was not fraught with peril. The disasters were limited to the movies I watched. Our bus screened two mega-disaster movies, the American 2012 and the Thai copycat version 2022: The Great Tsunami. (It goes without saying both were pirated copies.) And, before I fell asleep in my hotel Saturday night, I watched that classic star-studded extravaganza, The Towering Inferno, with dialogue dubbed into Chinese, of course. Disaster movies are just really stupid, you know? It makes no difference when or where they are made. They’re just mindless entertainment. Let’s start with Roland Emmerich’s 2012. As soon as heard the Important Scientist announce ominously that a massive solar flare had sent a storm of neutrinos toward Earth, and these neutrinos for the first time ever (Now with new cleaning power!) were interacting with matter, I knew the rest of the movie would be, scientifically, a stinker. I was not disappointed. Physics mini-lesson: Yes, the Sun produces neutrinos. Lots of neutrinos. They are a product of nuclear fusion, the gift that keeps on giving us heat and light from that yellow ball in the sky. The sun has ...

James Dobson, the serpent’s traveling companion

JISHOU, HUNAN — James Dobson and his Focus on the Family have to be among the lowest creatures in God’s kingdom, right alongside that serpent that tempted Adam and Eve. Dobson’s FOTF Political Action Group released a fictional letter today “from the future,” alleging that four years of an Obama administration will pack the Supreme Court with far-left liberals, restrict religious freedoms, raise taxes, collude with Communists, and practically invite terrorists to bomb the USA. The usual FOTF hot buttons are there, too: homosexuality, abortions and pornography. They will all reach epidemic proportions if Obama is elected, the letter says. It closes with an accusation that the evangelicals who voted for Obama in 2008, abandoning John McCain, were basically backsliders. Yep, nothing like adding good old Christian guilt to a dishful of fear. Many people thought he sounded so thoughtful, so reasonable. And during the campaign, after he had won the Democratic nomination, he seemed to be moving to the center in his speeches, moving away from his far-Left record. No one thought he would enact such a far-Left, extreme liberal agenda. But the record was all there for anyone to see. The agenda of the ACLU, the agenda of ...
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