X-Men Review: Days of… Typical Summer Blockbuster

Several years ago, X3, the third installment of the X-men series, was kind of a disappointment.  The first two movies weren’t exactly grand either, but that third movie felt like a dud and a poor ending to the trilogy.  The next couple of Wolverine movies didn’t improve things and brought in some bizarre inconsistencies (yeah, I guess Wolverine got a stupid amnesia bullet, but why the heck does Sabretooth not seem to recognize his bro in the first movie?).  Before this last Wolverine movie, there was a somewhat promising reboot in X-Men: First Class… except it wasn’t a reboot but a prequel that brought in so many plot inconsistencies that entire articles have been written on it.  I’m not talking about small inconsistencies that only nitpicky jerks like me harp on; I’m talking about glaring contradictions that a five year old would rightly wonder about.  I won’t rehash all of them here, but suffice it to say, the problems are so bad that one questions if the writers of each X-men movie bothered to even watch the other ones.  Even Bryan Singer sheepishly just said that he hoped people would just forget about the contradictions and simply enjoy the new movie.

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On the Inheritable Nature of Homosexual Relationships: Bad Arguments from Science and Unjustified Presumptions

As many know, Brendan Eich, former CEO of Mozilla Firefox, “voluntarily” resigned recently from his position due to the backlash over his contribution to the campaign for California’s Proposition 8, the constitutional amendment to define marriage as between a man and a woman.  Eich had been a committed employee since the founding of the company, never did anything at work that would constitute as being discriminatory, and even promised that he would not change any of Mozilla’s policies.  That was not enough; this created a firestorm, spearheaded by dating site OKcupid, that basically pressured Mozilla to push him out.  Mozilla’s statement after the incident was just slightly ironic, and here is just one part:

We have employees with a wide diversity of views. Our culture of openness extends to encouraging staff and community to share their beliefs and opinions in public. This is meant to distinguish Mozilla from most organizations and hold us to a higher standard. But this time we failed to listen, to engage, and to be guided by our community.

Indeed, what a culture of openness and diversity.  Perhaps even more ironic was OKCupid’s Rudder’s contention: “Our goal was to raise awareness. We don’t want [Mozilla CEO Eich] to lose his job or anything.” Really?  Here’s the quote that was on their website during this time:

Those who seek to deny love and instead enforce misery, shame and frustration are our enemies, and we wish them nothing but failure.

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