Monday, March 20, 2006

On the Hot Seat Roast Duck ?????

I have to admire the Ducks courage for doing this segment. Folks maybe somewhat disappointed with this segment. My natural good host instincts are in conflict with my WWE persona. A good host does not cream his guests . However this will be interesting.

The Duck is a staff member at this blog. He is the official troll of this blog. A good troll stimulates articulate points of view from all sides. This 25 questions will be in a much tougher format.

1 What is the real story with your views on Renoir ? Renoir painted women as individuals with excellent use of color. Would you honestly rather look at a Chardin then a Renoir. Dead Fish , Rabbits and fruit painted in several combinations is a bore. Would you honestly rather look at a bowl of fruit or a portrait ?
2 You seem to have a special dislike for Randoids . What are your views on Rand
3 How many Bat Yeor books have you read ?
4 What are your views on Energy Policy ? Is the failure to drill in ANWAR exporting pollution to the third word ?
5 What are your views on KFC and vegetarianism ?
6 What are your views on the Kurds ?
7 Is human capital more important then Natural resources.
8 What are your views on geneticaly altered crops ?
9 What are your views on Falun Gong and Tibet
10 Are Child soldiers the ultimate form of child abuse
11 Do you think the persecution of homosexuals in the third world is a problem.
12 Who is this Manny Ortiz player John Kerry mentions ? What position does he play ?
Do you think Kerry was faking the Red Sox fan bit ?
13 Do hunters and fishermen have cultural rights that should be respected ?
14 Is Louis Farakhan a racist ?
15 Is there a elite snob factor in the art and film community ? Why is there a critical disdain for family films ?
16 Did you watch the movies the Sand Pebles or Planet of the Apes ? Was the social commentary of those films less overt then the ones produced today.
17 What are you thoughts on film adaptations of Broadway musicals ?
18 Have you eaten sea weed in Japanese resturants ?
19 Are the works of Steinbeck and Upton Sinclair dated ?
20 Why has the labor movement gone into retreat ?
21 Should countries with historic ties to the USA like Haiti, the Philipinnes and Liberia be granted special status for trade and immigration ?
22 What are your views on free trade ?
23 Do you see India or China being the next dominant power
24 Which do you prefer Mexican or Greek cuisine
25 Are people who treat their pets like children creepy or quirky ?

23 comments:

Mr. Beamish the Instablepundit said...

#26 - Have you ever misled anyone into believing you're not a moron?

nanc said...

#27 - your favorite comedian. and NO, carol channing does not qualify.

nanc said...

beak - o.t. - have you observed the creature called "weaz" at fpm trying to plug his blog? one has already been censored out! i happened by there - certifiable:

weazlsrevenge.blogspot.com

wonder how long one of us would last over there? i may just have to find out!

Mr. Ducky said...

Baek, I'm touched that you thought to include me. In return I might answer some questions brusquely but I will answer honestly:


1 What is the real story with your views on Renoir ? Renoir painted women as individuals with excellent use of color. Would you honestly rather look at a Chardin then a Renoir. Dead Fish , Rabbits and fruit painted in several combinations is a bore. Would you honestly rather look at a bowl of fruit or a portrait ?

I despise sentimentality in art and value ideas over technique. Painters like Chardin and Courbet expanded the subject matter of painting as well as demonstrating substantial technique. They gave the "comman man", if you will, a place in art.
Renoir did nothing new and his technique was derivative.

2 You seem to have a special dislike for Randoids . What are your views on Rand

Rand is a cult figure who has far more in common with Marxism than you will accept. Both are materialist philosophies that posit a completely knowable physical reality. I don't entirely accept that view.
Rand is basically a communist but substitutes a few winner take all corporations for the politburo.
Her aesthetic theory is absolutely laughable.
In short Beak, there is no need to go back to the age of the robber barons. Laissez-faire has been tried, failed and was responsible for the deaths of hundrds of millions in the World Wars. It was as large a failure as communism.

3 How many Bat Yeor books have you read ?

None. I consider her an agent provacateur, nothing more.

4 What are your views on Energy Policy ? Is the failure to drill in ANWAR exporting pollution to the third word ?

Conservation before exploration. The program the Greens have in place in Germany to convert at least 5% of the homes a year to solar is excellent and I would like something like that in the Northeast where we burn so much oil for heating.

I would ask the government to replace its vehicle fleet with hybrids where appropriate and lead by example.

5 What are your views on KFC and vegetarianism ?

I am a semi vegitarian. I eat very little fried food for health reasons and very little beef for ecological reasons. Beef is an incredibly inefficient food source. Energy per gram of protein required to produce it is high and land use is terrible.
I have no intent to force people to change eating habits but I wish they would educate themselves.
I do eat poultry, eggs, fish and some ham.

6 What are your views on the Kurds ?

The Kurds have spent more time killing each other than being oppressed. Like any distinct culture they are entitled to some self rule. I fear what will happen in Kirkuk when we leave. It's said that asking a Kurd to leave Kirkuk is like asking a Jew to leave Jerusalem (and I support Jewish rule in jerusalem, but not the West Bank).

7 Is human capital more important then Natural resources.

Wealth requires capital, labor and natural resources. Equal value.

8 What are your views on geneticaly altered crops ?

I trust science on this matter. I don't have objections. Haven't thought about it much.

9 What are your views on Falun Gong and Tibet

Tibet is an imperialist travesty. The Chinese should show shame. A good film about oppresion in central asia is the (excellent) silent film "Storm Over Asia".

I know little about Falun Gong and accept the possibility that they are a cult.

10 Are Child soldiers the ultimate form of child abuse

Yes. You can recover from most other forms to a larger degree.

11 Do you think the persecution of homosexuals in the third world is a problem.

No more so than general intolerence and the persecution of women or low caste people. Persecution is a fact of the human condition. The struggle is eternal.

12 Who is this Manny Ortiz player John Kerry mentions ? What position does he play ?

"Manny" is a moonshot who plays left like a cripple, runs the bases like a cementhead but swings a powerful bat.
"Ortiz" is a real nice guy who is a superb clutch player and was very polite and friendly when he gave my niece an autograph.

Do you think Kerry was faking the Red Sox fan bit ?

He doesn't freakin' know Bill Monboquette from Ike Delock. Poseur.

13 Do hunters and fishermen have cultural rights that should be respected ?

Cultural rights? Wouldn't put it that way. I believe there are slob hunters out there (Dick Cheney for example) who make it rough for sporting, skilled hunters. The slobs need to go.
I despise hunters who hunt in managed preserves. Unacceptable.
Legitimate sportsman are a positive force in the ecology.

14 Is Louis Farakhan a racist ?

Extreme. I also believe he isn't very influential.

15 Is there a elite snob factor in the art and film community ? Why is there a critical disdain for family films ?

I do not apologize for understanding film and frankly having an encyclopedic knowledge of film.
Family film? Some of the stuff like "Toy Story" that came out of Pixar is top shelf. I still enjoy Disney and I have a love for the old Republic serials and a very extensive collection.
I also like Italian neorealism, French New Wave, iranian minimalism, Russian montage editing, American silent comedy, American noir, German expressionism and think it should be compulsory for anyone who talks of family values in film to view the complete work of Yasujiro Ozu (a very wise man).

16 Did you watch the movies the Sand Pebles or Planet of the Apes ? Was the social commentary of those films less overt then the ones produced today.

Sand pebbles, yes. Primarily because I enjoy Steve McQueen. Loved his do to business, straight, earthy cop in Bullitt. I think there was an obvious anti-imperialist tone in Sand Pebbles.

Charlton Heston is a no go. I've never bothered with "Planet".

17 What are you thoughts on film adaptations of Broadway musicals ?

I believe they are rarely done well. The stage and film are two different mediums and don't transpose well. One exception would be "Oklahoma" very good primarily due to Agnes DeMille's brilliant choreography.

18 Have you eaten sea weed in Japanese resturants ?
Yes. A very tasty food.

19 Are the works of Steinbeck and Upton Sinclair dated ?

Sinclair is dated muckraking. Steinbeck hits eternal truths. The Grapes of Wrath, In Dubious Battle, Of Mice and Men. They're safe in the canon.

20 Why has the labor movement gone into retreat ?

Low wage workers have no voice, no power and in countries like China, Bangladesh etc. they will be exploited until someone believes human rights are more improtant than a cheap three pack of briefs.
In America it has lost ground primarily because corporations have subtly destroyed it while using the "culture wars" as a political smokescreen. Used to be a man earned a living wage. Now two wages get by. Some progress, huh?

21 Should countries with historic ties to the USA like Haiti, the Philipinnes and Liberia be granted special status for trade and immigration ?

No.

22 What are your views on free trade ?

The Law of One Price. All countries have the same technology, same global access to materials and the determinant in pricing is labor. I do not support trade which merely exploits labor and believe we should be more discriminating about our trading partners.
It's a thorny problem when the balance of trade is so out of balance. We are exporting jobs and depending on other countries savings to pay our bill. Very, very long term dangerous.

23 Do you see India or China being the next dominant power

Depends on whether or not we allow our productive capacity to erode.

24 Which do you prefer Mexican or Greek cuisine.

Greek. Man, I do love stuffed grape leaves. Greek is good from both a taste and health perspective.

25 Are people who treat their pets like children creepy or quirky ?

Lonely.

nanc said...

#28 - how do you feel about the singer barely amanilow?

otherwise a pretty darned good interview plucky!

beakerkin said...

Those were better responses then I anticipated. I am glad we agree on question ten.

I still have problems with some out there who are against giving military people immigration benefits.

American Crusader said...

I completely disagree with both of you over question 10.
Children being sold as sex slaves has to be the most insidious form of child abuse. Even if they manage to survive, they will be scarred forever and possible sex offenders themselves.
As far as beef not being an efficient food source, you should try cooking it first. Most evolutionary theories point to the dramatic increase in protein to be a major catalyst for brain growth and cooked meat in particular.
Question 21...complete agreement.
A lot of interesting and well thought out answers ducky.

nanc said...

when are you interviewing fern? coded: ask him if he has his socks on the right feet!

Robert Bayn said...

11 Do you think the persecution of homosexuals in the third world is a problem.

No more so than general intolerence and the persecution of women or low caste people. Persecution is a fact of the human condition. The struggle is eternal.



So wrong on this one, thier is a difference between nations that deny equal human rights for homosexuals, and nations that give them the death penalty like Iran, Saudi, UAE, the list goes on and on, Death for homosexuals is a "Fred Phelps Disease".

American on the other hand, does have a long way to go in equality for people who live a different lifestyle, but are harming no one, but their is a big difference between US and Islamic communist nations that put people to death for their sexuality.

beakerkin said...

Rob

You have to give the Duck credit. Some of those questions were not easy. He came out much better then expected.

However as a host I can not beat the tar out of a guest like I can on a thread.

I am going to see if Drumaster can put me on the Hotseat. If he is not up to it I will ask Warren to host a spot on Long Range.

American Crusader has the next spot

Kyle said...

Well, Ducky you surprised me, Your responses did not seem so "out there" which begs the question of why they seem that way in so many of your other postings?

nanc said...

kyle - are you going to take the hot seat?

Robert Bayn said...

Well, Ducky you surprised me, Your responses did not seem so "out there" which begs the question of why they seem that way in so many of your other postings?

Maybe this proves my point that some of duckys responces are just to rile the righties up.

American Crusader said...

looking forward to it. Actually following ducky is going to be challenging. He is a pretty intelligent person. Just misguided.

Jason_Pappas said...

Agreed on Steinbeck and Sinclair.

LASunsett said...

Ducky,

Did you like the film, Chariots Of Fire? If so, did you think it deserved an Ocsar? If you didn't, which film do you think should've won it? What do you feel was the underlying message?

Always On Watch said...

I've been missing out most of yesterday and today. Computer issues.

Steinbeck hits eternal truths.

My favorite modern author!

25 Are people who treat their pets like children creepy or quirky ?

Lonely.


Not necessarily. Most are, I think. But some of us (myself at times) think that pets are a comfort. Also, petting a mammal actually lowers blood pressure--a problem I've developed. Petting my cats sure beats taking pills.


Crusader: He is a pretty intelligent person.

High IQ, IMO. But sometimes emotionalism overcomes that.

Anyway, I enjoyed reading this interview.

Mad Zionist said...

I like scratching myself while drinking beer and watching football. That Q/A was way too pretentious from this far out in the cheap seats.

nanc said...

madze - next time get in touch with one of the scalpers!

Mr. Ducky said...

Well LASUNSET, in regard to Chariots of Fire. An interesting film that for me worked on the theme that we come to inspiration for many reasons and certainly the divine is one.

The soundtrack sucked the gaspipe.

Did it deserve the nomination? No and certainly not over "Reds". That was a great effort by Beatty. It had some weak points but that is going to happen when a film spans so much time using several styles. He did a hell of a good job demonstrating the difference between an economic system and a government. They are not synonomous. I'm not advocating for anything here other than the statement that Beatty dealt with an important idea in a fresh, engaging and informative fashion and I call that good filmmaking.

Freedomnow said...

Well the fact that you are an art snob and film fascist was not surprising, but a good interview nevertheless.

Cheers

LASunsett said...

Ducky,

I thought the film went further than just the inspiration part that you mentioned. I thought it contrasted the motivations of both the Christian and the Jewish runners, quite well.

Other than the theme song, I have to say I agree with you on the rest of the soundtrack.

As for Reds, I tried to watch it several times and just found it long, boring, and slow. I was much younger back then and more hyper than I am now, so sitting through a 3-4 hour movie was tough. (As opposed to say, Braveheart.)

nanc said...

braveheart is my all-time favorite epic-type movie. powerful.