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Anthony Bourdain in Quebec

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The fifth episode of the first season was the least political episode so far. The focus was almost entirely on the food, except for a three-minute history of why the Province of Quebec speaks French.

Quebec doesn’t seem like a very exotic place to go, but the catch is that Bourdain goes during the winter, a season when regular tourists stay far away.

Bourdain mostly hangs out with some Quebecois chefs. These guys are gourmet cooks, but they are also prole. They go ice fishing, trap beaver, play ice hockey, and they have prole body types. In other words, they are fat. And of course they are fat, they do eat mass quantities of fatty foods. The big mystery is how Anthony Bourdain stayed so lean.

This episode is not for those who are afraid of cholesterol. Or those afraid of unkosher food. If you need to know why you shouldn’t be a kosher Jew, you need to watch this episode. Just about everything has cheese or cream mixed with meat, and most of the meats are unkosher. Bourdain eats normal unkosher meats like shellfish and pork, of course, but much weirder things like horse and beaver. The beaver stew looked pretty interesting. The horse tartare: that doesn’t sound very appetizing, or very safe either. But Anthony Bourdain ate it!

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June 16, 2018 at EDT pm

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Anthony Bourdain goes to Libya

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This is the fourth episode of Parts Unknown, and it takes place shortly after the fall of Gaddafi.

I didn’t like this episode. It was too political, too much about Bourdain celebrating the end of Gaddafi and the alleged “freedom” that Libyans could now enjoy. Looking back six years, an honest appraisement of the situation is that the average Libyan was much better off under Gaddafi. There was free healthcare and education, no sectarian violence, hardly anyone went hungry. It was a functioning socialist country. Post-Gaddafi Libya has been a never-ending civil war with rising Islamic extremism. I say that Anthony Bourdain was dead wrong in his optimism. The pessimism of commenters at alt-right blogs was dead on the money.

Leaving politics aside, Bourdain ate at a fast food restaurant that was an imitation of Kentucky Fried Chicken, and he ate a breakfast that was some batter with an egg in it that was deep fried, kind of like a combination of a donut and an egg sandwich. Bourdain is cool for not worrying about fat or cholesterol.

Bourdain attends a barbecue where a live goat is brought in and it’s slaughtered and butchered on the spot! Wow, I envy him for eating meat fresher than I will ever experience in the United States. If you tried to have a barbecue like that here, there would probably be a bunch of pansy vegans protesting the “cruelty” to the goat. Plus half of even the meat-eating guests would still be grossed out be seeing where the meet actually comes from.

Another thing I noticed is the camaraderie that men have in a sex-segregated culture. Eating out is an activity for men to do with other men, it’s not for women. And the men seem to have a good time together. Maybe Islam isn’t so bad as long as it’s not taken to crazy extremes?

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June 14, 2018 at EDT am

Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown

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I watched the first three episodes on Netflix. (And there’s some good news here, Netflix has extended the series and it will not disappear from Netflix on Saturday as originally scheduled!)

Bourdain’s goal appears to be to go to places where tourists would never go. Not normal tourists, and not even SWPL hipster tourists. Bourdain is a genial fellow who’s fun to watch, and he happily eats anything put in front of him and finds something good to say about it, which separates him from SWPLs. Bourdain eats all sorts of fried fatty foods that SWPLs think would cause them to get a heart attack in seconds.

There was only one scene where I think that he didn’t happily eat something. In a tiny Indian village in the very northeast tip of Columbia, he’s served a breakfast of fried goat intestines and goat hearts, and I didn’t actually see him put a piece of intestine or heart into his mouth, and he didn’t say how delicious it was like he normally does, even though his travelling companion heartily enjoyed the breakfast.

In the second episode, he visits Koreatown in Los Angeles. Here’s a place that’s easily accessible to American tourists, but no tourist would ever go there, thus it’s still a part unknown. It’s a really ugly place, full of cheap restaurants in ugly strip malls serving Korean food seldom eaten by white people. And a Sizzler. A Korean artist takes him to the Sizzler. I believe the point of the meal was that the Sizzler was for Koreans the first taste of American food, and Koreans loved the all-you-can eat salad bar because Koreans are cheap. Anthony Bourdain had no problem eating cheap chain-restaurant food that a SWPL would never dare put in his mouth.

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June 13, 2018 at EDT pm

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Northern Exposure season 2 finale

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What a difference 27 years makes! Today, this episode would be harshly condemned for “homophobia,” but in 1991, they thought they were being edgy and progressive by showing a gay couple on network TV.

By going back in time and watching old TV shows we can see how the gaystream media had a many-decades plan to normalize homosexuality. It began with Three’s Company, a show which didn’t even have an actual gay character in it, and in fact didn’t even have any nonmarital sex as far as I know. Jack, Chrissy and Janet were apparently virgins.

In this episode of Northern Exposure, Maurice Minnifield, the homophobic patriarch of the town, tries to give away all of his gourmet cooking gadgets and collection of Broadway show-tunes vinyl records to Chris after a homosexual couple has dinner at his house and bonds with him over their mutual appreciation for those things. And here the people behind this episode inadvertently demonstrate one of the downsides of normalizing homosexuality, it has had the effect of chasing away straight men from hobbies that are considered gay.

The reason why liberals always win and conservatives always lose is because liberals control the media. Only when conservatives start producing good TV shows that people want to watch, only then can they take back America and the world.

27 years of this stuff, and I still felt ickiness watching the final scene where the two gay men slow dance together at Holling’s bar.

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By the way, this was only one of three storylines in this episode. Shelly envies older women because they have more in common with Holling, and a minor character dies in an absurd manner.

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June 2, 2018 at EDT pm

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The Americans series finale

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MASSIVE spoilers!

Don’t read until after you have watched!

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May 31, 2018 at EDT pm

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Roseanne Barr vs. Roman Polanski

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Roman Polanski, a fugitive from justice and a rapist, has always been welcomed by Hollywood and even recognized at the Oscars.

Roseanne Barr makes one dumb tweet, which she retracted, no one was raped or anything like that, but her body of work is now banned from all streaming services and she will never work in show biz again.

If Roseanne Barr were a gentile, the anti-Semites would be saying that it was a Jewish thing, but Roseanne Barr is ALSO Jewish, so it has nothing to do with Roman Polanski being Jewish and Roseanne not being Jewish.

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The answer is that racism is considered the most evil thing in the world. Not only more evil than rape, but more evil than murder. Consider that Roseanne Barr is now hated a lot more than O.J. Simpson who murdered two people.

It’s considered a legal loophole that racists can’t be put in jail, but society will make sure to punish racists by destroying their careers and making sure they can never work again. Without any trial and without any notion that people are presumed innocent until proven guilty. Racists are guilty until proven innocent.

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May 31, 2018 at EDT am

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Roseanne’s hit show is canceled

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It’s not something I personally watched, or was ever interested in watching, but it seemed like it was profitable for ABC.

Now canceled because of a now-deleted Twitter post where Roseanne wrote “muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj.” With “vj” being an abbreviation for Valerie Jarett. I think she was responding to another post.

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May 29, 2018 at EDT pm

Astronaut groupies

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In Northern Exposure S02E04, an astronaut groupie pays a visit/booty call to Maurice.

I thought it was just made up, but then I did a Google search and found this:

While the wives stayed in Texas, the astronauts misbehaved in Florida’s Cape Canaveral, which became an “off-limits playground” filled with astro-groupies that they nicknamed “Cape Cookies.” Groupies took the form of stewardesses, hotel clerks, and waitresses and seemed to “magically appear” wherever the astronauts did. At one point, two women even “dropped to their knees as the group entered, prostrating themselves before the astronauts.”

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May 26, 2018 at EDT pm

Northern Exposure, S01E08 and S02E01

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In the last episode of the first season, we see the first black person in Cicely. And the first thing that Ed (the young Indian guy who follows Joel around) says to him is “you’re black.”

Of course, no one was racist to the black guy in any way, but in 1990 a TV show could at least acknowledge a character’s blackness, and that he was out of place in Alaska. It’s not like in the Netflix remake of Lost in Space where the otherwise white Robinson family mysteriously has black daughter, and no one even notices.

And then in the first episode of the second season, Joel gets a Dear John letter from his fiancée, who says she moved to flyover country to marry a much older gentile man. It’s interesting how this series keeps pushing the idea of May-December relationships.

Also, Holling buys a satellite dish, and Shelly becomes addicted to watching television. I thought that was an interesting plot that would never happen today because everyone is already addicted to their smartphones. Satellite TV would be boring compared to instant streaming and video games and social media.

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May 25, 2018 at EDT am

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The Americans, penultimate episode


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May 24, 2018 at EDT pm

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