Friday, June 24, 2016

Comics this week

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #8- Everyone has assumed that Lunella’s superpower is her intelligence but after getting infected by the Inhuman mist, we see her true powers and why this series is called Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur! One thing I truly enjoy about this issue is the fascinating friendship that develops between Lunella and her pet dinosaur. Writer Amy Reeder and Brandon Montclare need to develop that further. It’s the best part of the issue.

Ms. Marvel #8- Willow Wilson has been the writer of Ms. Marvel since the start and her knowledge and deft hands show in this issue which looks like the beginning of a pivotal chapter in Kamala's ongoing story. Kamala’s hero-worship of Carol Danver has been evident from the start but what will happen if Kamala got a different point-of-view from Captain Marvel? Guess it’s time for Kamala to grow up as a hero.

Rai #14- I must I am digging all these 4001 tie-ins of Rai. Much like #13, this issue show a past Rai and her (yes, it’s a her) relationship with Father. The story by Matt Kindt and art from CAFU make this issue a standout as we get an informative snapshot of not only Rai but Father as well. The idea that Father’s decision to change his Rais is due to the needs of the ever changing nature of human society is intriguing to say the least. I hope we get more stories like this in the future. It’s a masterpiece. 

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Crazy Ban

I have been ignoring this issue because I never thought it would happen. However since it looks like it is going to happen, I have to say this; the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) mission to ban Russian track and field athletes from competing in the Rio Olympics 2016 is just plain stupid! 

What nonsense is this about banning athletes who has never ever being caught doping? American sprinter Justin Gatlin had been caught twice for doping but he's allowed in Rio but the greatest female pole vaulter in history, Russian Yelena Isinbayeva (who has ever even been accused of doping), is not? What sense does that makes? 

If the IOC and the athletics' governing body the IAAF says that they don't trust the Russians' anti-doping program, well I say most people in the world don't trust the fact that Justin Gatlin is free of doping. Does that mean they can ban Gatlin without cause? No?

Then how can they ban Russians' athletes? The more this play out, the more it sounds like a political hit job on Russia. I hope for the sake of the IOC, they cancel this ban. It's a crazy decision.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Not Worth It

Today in The New Paper, the front pages was filled with a story about Singaporeans who got into serious money troubles after buying a car. Basically, they were doing well. So they decide to buy a car...and then they became poor.

Seriously, how is this news? I have been saying this for years on this blog that a car in Singapore make no financial sense. The COE for a car in Singapore is between $40,000 to $60,000. Outside that, there's the registration fee which will depend on the car you buy. Even a small car will put you back $20,000 at least in Singapore.

That's $70,000+, and that's just to get the car. You still have to count in the Road Tax, the insurance, the season parking, and petrol. All for just 10 years because that's how long the COE will last. Renewal of the COE will cost you another $40,000+.

So of course buying a car in Singapore makes no financial sense. It's designed not to. Take public transport please; having a car in Singapore is just not worth it.  

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Comics this week

Justice League #51- After the heavy Darkseid War, writer Dan Abnett went for some light-hearted fare this issue. This issue show the first meeting between the Justice League and Robin. I suspect this is mostly used to promote the new Titans series but you know what? I dig this issue. This is a fun issue that showed the team fighting together against multiple threats, and winning via good strategy and teamwork. Nowhere as important as anything that happened in the Darkseid War, but still a very good issue.

Spider-Gwen #9- Taking place immediately after the events in the Spider-Women crossover, this issue shows a depress Gwen Stacy questioning her place in the world. From the first moment we saw her, Spider-Gwen already has her powers and I have to admit writer Jason Latour’s take on the fallout of Gwen losing her powers is very good. Despite the problems that come with her powers, in many ways those powers are what defined Gwen Stacy for us readers; even more so than they ever did with Peter Parker because we had never once seen her without her powers.  So we can understand Gwen’s fear of losing them. If Latour play this right, this could be the beginning of a very good arc.   

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

The Russian Warning

With Euro 2016 underway, the big news overshadowing the football is the fighting in the streets of France. For 3 days before the game between Russia and England, English fans had been fighting in the streets of Marseille.

So to the surprise of no one, on the days of the game between Russia and England, trouble erupted between English and Russian fans. Hundreds of Russian fans charged through a flimsy security cordon at the Stade Velodrome following the final whistle in the 1-1 draw to attack England fans and UEFA just handed the Russian Football Union a suspended disqualification from Euro 2016 and a fine of €150,000. This means Russia will be kicked out of Euro 2016 if their fans cause problems inside the stadium again.

I have to ask this; what about England?

I mean I’m no fan of Russia but their fans caused trouble for 1 day. English fans have been causing trouble for 3! Somehow UEFA say because they cause problems inside the stadium, Russia can be thrown out. However, doesn’t that mean 3 days of violence by English fans on the streets of the host nation means less than the 1 day of violence in a football stadium?

Sorry UFEA but I don’t buy that. Not that I want any team to be kicked out but if you are going to issue this warning to Russia, you need to do the same thing to England. It is only fair. Their fans had been causing much more problems in France than the Russian fans.   

Monday, June 13, 2016

Gun Control In America

I have a question, but before I asked it I have to give you some background. 

On Sunday, 29-year-old Omar Mateen, a Muslim American of Afghan descent, went into a gay nightclub in Florida and began shooting. Before he was killed by police, Omar had killed 50 people and injured another 55. 

From reports I read, there are doubts whether Omar was inspired by Islamist extremism, was homophobic, or whether a combination of both caused him to do what he did. His ex-wife had said he was bipolar and had a history of steroid use, so he might just have been mentally ill. No matter the reason, one thing is without doubt. 

Omar Mateen would not have been able to kill and injured so many people if he did not have access to an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle. 

I have to ask why are such guns allowed in American society. An AR-15 is an assault rifle and as of 2012, there are an estimated 2.5-3.7 million rifles from the AR-15 family in civilian use in the United States. That is just ridiculous. Some armies in the world probably wouldn't have anywhere near 3.7 million rifles in their armouries.

Simple common sense tells you that if Omar did not have access to guns, he would not have been able to cause as much damage as he did. So back to my question, 

"Why is there still a debate about stricter gun control in America?" 

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Comics this week

Birthright #16- After a small break, writer Joshua Williamson is back and he immediately goes to addressing the big reveal last issue of Mikey’s grandfather being Sameal, one of the Mages he was sent back to kill. Outside that, the story progress on several other fronts with the relationships of the Mages and the reveal of Brennan’s powers taking most of the issue. A good return for Birthright, hope Williamson can keep this up.

Injection #10- With this issue, writer Warren Ellis’ arc of Vivek Headland is over. Honestly, the ending of the arc was kind of anti-climatic. A series of talking heads with an ending that…well, left a lot to be desired. However, the ending with Robin Morel looks very promising. Too bad the series is taking another hiatus…