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Walt Disney was not an Anti-Semite

Posted by Jean Valjean in Kraggh's Works ♫♪, Apr 28 2017 · 37 views
Disney, Walt Disney, rant

:kaukau: Sadly, the existence of anti-Semites ini the west gives some credibility to unsubstantiated accusations of anti-Semitism in perfectly decent people. Walt Disney is one such person. I'm sure many of you have heard it said that he was an anti-Semite.

This myth particularly frustrates me. I have done Disney-inspired art, and even a portrait of Disney himself. I admire him. He's a great role model for me, and he has influenced my philosophy towards life in general, as well as more specific things such as art and business. I love to associate with this man. I even once grew out a mustache and combed my hair the way he did. I love Walt Disney! I don't want to be the slightest bit ashamed to associate with him.

Some people think I should be ashamed, though. I drew a portrait of Disney once when I was in high school, and one of my teachers shook his head and said, "Anti-Semite." Because of my affinity for Disney, I have been accused of being complicit with anti-Semitism. At worst, I have been accused of actually being an anti-Semite. All because I love Disney!

So let me just get the record straight. First, I'm going to defend myself. I abso-fricki-lutely love Jews. As in, you have no idea. I'm a major semitophile and have gone to Synagogues, talked at length with rabbis, and read Jewish literature extensively. Sometimes I wear a yarmulke when I'm praying. I have dedicated hours and hours to highly meticulous works of Jewish art. So it's completely ridiculous when people look at my art, see that some of it has to do with Disney, and think that I'm anti-Semitic, or even slightly complicit with anti-Semitism.

If Disney was anti-Semitic, then yes, I would be very upset by that. However, not only is there no evidence of that, but there is actually evidence to the contrary. He hired many Jews to work for him, more than even many Jewish-run companies in Hollywood at the time. None of the Jews who worked with him felt that he thought less than them. The head of the modeling department, Joe Grant, even noted that "Some of the most influential people in the studio were Jewish." Disney also donated to many Jewish causes. Such as a Jewish orphanage, a Jewish nursing home, a Jewish college, and so forth. Heck, he even donated to some pretty radical Jewish groups!

So where does this myth come from? Well, Walt was a pretty conservative guy. He believed in good old-fashioned American values, and he was one of those people who didn't want Communists in Hollywood. He associated with many anti-Communist groups of the day. As it happens, one of them, which had no official anti-Semitic stances, happened to have some members who were rumored to have been anti-Semitic in private. That's like saying that I believe that women should always have only secondary roles in movies, just because Steven Spielberg is my favorite director (outside of BFG, all of his movies star males; I always assumed that it was because he was more comfortable with it, but people have rumored that he's sexist). And there you go: that's all you need to accuse one of the most decent guys ever of being like Hitler.

I absolutely hate that character assassination against Walt Disney among people who feel high and mighty for it. What do people possibly stand to benefit from tearing him down like that? I just don't get it. It doesn't make sense to me. Walt Disney is an inspiration and basically the best thing to ever happen to the movie industry. He brought joy and love to children everywhere. He did his best to bring families together. He had many, many ideas for making the world a better place. Nobody should be ashamed of admiring that.



I found hero factory

Posted by Bfahome in You're attacked by a Repair Nektann, Apr 27 2017 · 87 views

I found hero factory Turns out it was on the roadside this whole time.


The Archie Mega Man Comic

Posted by Lab Member 0579 in Mt. Coronet, Apr 27 2017 · 37 views

I finally read it

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I'm sad it was cancelled



Posted by SwagtronYOLO in Designated Tekulo Crying Corner ♡, Apr 26 2017 · 67 views

Blog entry not found.


Apartment Hunt

Posted by Ta-metru_defender in TMD's Creatively Named Blog, Apr 26 2017 · 60 views

My lease ends at the end of May and I'm moving. It's part price, part the mouse hunt of the past couple months, part the six floor walkup, part the uneven floors, part the lack of a sick in the kitchen, part the price, part the fact that my bedroom door doesn't really close properly anymore, and part the price. I'm gonna miss the fire escape and the roof and the location and the apartment, though.

But Mata freaking Nui apartment hunting in New York is rough. I mean, probably not if you have a poopload of money, but I have no massive wealth, being an underemployed recent grad.

Listings are a pain and NO ONE HAS ANY FREAKING FLOORPLANS so we've gotta hoof it out there to investigate.



The Phantom Menace Fight Sucks?

Posted by JAG18 in The JAG18 Stronghold, Apr 25 2017 · 66 views

And not just in terms of everything except choreography.

[Yes I've known about these videos for some time (and I've also seen the video where Obi-Wan Force Speeds straight into the power generator pit), I'm just posting them as food for thought, and no I don't mind if you like this fight or the movie it's from.]


A Thirty Second Random Question

Posted by Toa Smoke Monster in The Island., Apr 24 2017 · 62 views
Random Questions, 32nd

Out of all the past and current video game consoles, which one is your favorite overall?


How I'd Do Bionicle Gen 3

Posted by SPIRIT in SPIRIT's Blog, Apr 23 2017 · 93 views

If Lego put me in charge of doing a solid Bionicle Gen 3 reboot, I'd worldbuild the new island around the theme of renewable energy. It'd be easy to divide by element, and who wouldn't want a generation of youth imagining a cleaner planet?

The setup would be that you've got these robots living on a tropical island with these jury-rigged energy capturing devices that help power their meager villages. Kind of like a rural Star Wars planet.

Ta-Koro: Geo thermal. Village built by a volcano. No brainer.

Ko-Koro: Hydro electric. There isn't a lot you can do with ice, but you can do a lot with mountains. Waterfalls, dams, that sort of thing. That being said, you'd have to make the Ko-Matoran more of a mountain people than an ice people.

Ga-Koro: Wave power. This is totally a thing (look it up). You've got these generators on the ocean that turn the movement of waves into power. Plus Ko-Koro doesn't have anything else that makes sense, so had to give them hydro.

Onu-Koro: Nuclear power (or at least something similar). An almost endless power source that you can just dig up from the ground. Remind anyone of lightstones?

Le-Koro: Solar power. Let's double down on the jungle theme here and back off on the air theme. Jungle is a fine element. Plants grow using solar power. Plus Ta-Koro already had geothermal so someone needed to take solar.

Po-Koro: Wind power. Stone was a dumb element anyway. Make Le-Koro be about plants and let Po-Koro be a big windy field with windmills all over the place.

Regardless of what Lego does end up doing, it would be nice if we got a bit more worldbuilding for Gen 3 than we did for Gen 2.

How would you worldbuild for Gen 3?



Posted by Paleo in PaleoBlog, Apr 22 2017 · 55 views
Season 2 finale, !!!

DISCLAIMER: This show isn't exactly compliant with BZP content rules.

The Expanse aired its season 2 finale on Wednesday and I finally got around to watching it. AND IT WAS AMAZING. Truly one of my all time favorite shows (think Game of Thrones in space, and with a lot more science).

Season 1 is available on Amazon prime, and I'm pretty sure the entire second season is available on the Syfy website.

So what are you waiting for!


Guardians of the Product Placement

Posted by Hordaki in Presumably Coherent Ramblings, Apr 21 2017 · 62 views
Film, Marvel

It's funny how three years ago, hardly anyone knew about the Guardians of the Galaxy and nobody expected it to be a hit. And now I just saw Geico, Hanes, and Ford all run commercials about them. Groot was hanging out with the Gecko and underwear will help you save the universe.

Hollywood is weird.


Anniversary AMA

Posted by ChocolateFrogs in Scientific Progress Goes "Boink", Apr 18 2017 · 94 views

Almost let this slip by... but my BZPower anniversary is here! I've been on BZPower for more than half my life. Wow!

So, ask me anything.

-CF :kakama:


Games and Trivia

Posted by Valendale in The Frozen Mirror, Apr 18 2017 · 57 views

I'm hosting a mafia game by that name right now.

We've got several open spots, so come on down and play.



Posted by Gravelord NiToaD in Terrible Things for a ToaDally Low Cost, Apr 15 2017 · 63 views

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lol inactivity


nintendo direct

Posted by Voltex in Breath of the Wild, Apr 12 2017 · 80 views

i officially give up on even attempting to collect all of the amiibo

13 new amiibo announced today, including player 2 versions of smash amiibo, which means a switch port is likely (as well as additional player 2 versions), it's just too much

it will remain a dream and i'll still collect, but there's no way i'll manage to get them all


direct and to the point

Posted by Monado Girl in Beyond the Blue Sky, Apr 12 2017 · 82 views

5/10 nintendo direct

the splatoon stuff made it a 10/10

the arms stuff made me interested in arms, unlike before

but the lack of XB2 info docked it 5 points. try again next time, nintendo.

seriously though, spla2oon is looking GREAT so far. love that new game mode. and ARMS is looking less like a cool tech demo and more like something worth buying.


Thesis Submitted

Posted by Akano in Akano's Blog, Apr 11 2017 · 108 views

Six years, four papers, and 179 pages later, I have submitted my Ph.D. thesis.

Now I have to defend it. But first, STRESS RELIEF VIA VIDEO GAMES!

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Benifits of Fluency in the Matoran Alphabet

Posted by JMSOG in Odd Thoughts by JMSOG, Apr 11 2017 · 91 views

Benifits of Fluency in the Matoran Alphabet So, this might not work for everyone, but it works great for me.

I recently figured out that I can fluently write in the matoran alphabet, and read it nearly fluently. Since I'm a college student, and happen to have a less-difficult class right now (It's a music history course, and the first 3 weeks have been mostly teaching the rest of the class basic music theory that I already know), I decided to test out note taking in matoran.

My memorization has skyrocketed. Because the letters are so complex, I'm forced to spend more time thinking about what it is I'm writing, which is the whole point of note taking anyway.

Plus, I'm a person who really doesn't like handwriting anything, but I've found this alphabet really nice to write with. I recommend it.

EDIT: the number 6 at the top of the page is the wrong way to write the number 6. I know.



Posted by Xaeraz in Tim Mcgraw's What if? TRUCKS: fates, Apr 11 2017 · 42 views

very excited


Unorthodox G1-G2 connection hypothesis

Posted by Mask Maker Pulse Vatten in The Ancient City, Apr 11 2017 · 94 views

Mata Nui (island) was on a planet with very few other islands, and was meant as camouflage.

Okoto was also on a planet with very few other islands.

Mata Nui (giant robot) crushed Okoto when he crashed into Aqua Magna. Mata Nui (island) took on traits of Okoto in an attempt to blend in.


Scheduled Update

Posted by Windseeker in Wind's Weblog, Apr 09 2017 · 130 views

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I'm still cute, honestly.

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