En cuanto al primer encuentro entre John Carpenter y Donald Pleasance/Doctor Loomis:

DEADLINE: And financial pressures are what landed you a great actor like Donald Pleasence, who wasn’t your first choice but went on to make Dr. Loomis an iconic character.
CARPENTER: Wonderful man! I loved Donald a great deal. We were going to start the movie in a week or two, and he came to Los Angeles and I met him for lunch. He said, “I don’t know why I’m in this movie, and I don’t know who my character is.’ I was terrified. I hadn’t dealt with such an established movie actor, and I was a big fan of his work. He said, ‘The only reason I’m doing this movie is because I have alimony to pay, and my daughter in England is in a rock ‘n’ roll group and she said the music that you did for Assault On Precinct 13 is cool.’ But it turned out great.

John Carpenter Q&A: Why ‘Halloween’ Didn’t Need Sequels & What Scares The Master Of Horror.

Roma, nido de víboras reaccionarias. O no.


Aquellos que denuncian un perfil liberal en las comunicaciones vaticanas harían bien en tomar en consideración, si no lo hacen ya, los nombres que componen el departamento de prensa y la portavocía de la Santa Sede. En la imagen, Thomas Rosica, primero por la derecha, cuyas debilidades y deslealtades pueden identificarse en Same-sex “marriage” advocate Gregory Baum lauded by Canadian Catholic media.

Visto lo visto, no tiene nada de sorprendente que Rosica haya retuiteado precisamente esto:


(Enlace del tweet: What Catholic conservatives need from the Synod — and Pope Francis.) Puede que retweet y endorsement no sean necesariamente sinónimos, pero, en este caso, tú y yo sabemos la verdad.


“Catholicism, Sex, and Marriage | R. R. Reno | First Things”

The liberal commentariat’s persistent strategy is to describe Catholicism as “rigid” about sex, when in fact what they simply disagree with the Church’s teaching. This is a typical liberal strategy.

The first thing to say is that the Synod seems to be infected with an emotivist, subjectivist, and therapeutic tone. There are exhortations to “listening,” and lots of calls for more “dialog.”

I experienced this sort of rhetoric as an Episcopalian, and I can report that it’s consistently used by authoritarian liberals to silence anyone who dares to speak about the truth. To do so “shuts down dialogue.” Truth-talk is “rigid” and “ignores human complexity.” And so I say to the bishops, beware. The dictatorship of relativism has a bureaucratic vocabulary that’s finding its way into the Synod.

Negritas añadidas para conectar con el siguiente tweet de Paloma Gª Ovejero (corresponsal de la cadena COPE en Italia y el Vaticano):


The second thing to say is that the discussion seems to want something impossible: ideals without judgments, goals without rules, principles without “discrimination.” This reflects the incoherence of modern liberal culture, which is also finding its way into the Synod.

Paragraph 46 exemplifies. The topic is the one that generated the most controversy before the Synod: the status of divorced and remarried Catholics. We read that their situation requires “careful discernment”—certainly true. But the document continues by insisting that pastoral respect for them as children of God (my language) should “avoid any language or behavior that might make them feel discriminated against.”

How is this possible? Wouldn’t the mere recitation of Mark 10:11 make a divorced and remarried person feel discriminated against?

The misstep here is very, very significant. Paragraph 46 makes our feelings the criterion of the Church’s pastoral ministry.


No, no lo somos, pero, ¡dos kilos!

¡Somos bacterias!

Casi dos kilos de tu propio peso son bacterias. En tu cuerpo tienes 10 veces más bacterias que células propias, más de 10.000 especies bacterianas distintas. La bacteria más abundante de todas en nuestro cuerpo es Streptococcus. La mayor diversidad de bacterias la tienes en el intestino y en la boca. Existe cada vez más evidencia de la relación entre tus bacterias y tu estado de salud, entre la microbiota y varias enfermedades. Tu salud depende de tus bacterias.

Vía Una docena de razones por las que los microbios son importantes.


Entrevistador: ¿Cuándo se fue? [Sobre el fallecimiento de la madre de Santiago Segura.]

Santiago Segura: Tuvo un cáncer de estómago hace tres años.

E: Es dura esa muerte, la mía también se fue por esa enfermedad…

SS: Tenía 64 y me pareció que le habían robado 20 años.

E: Ha hecho un cálculo similar al mío… Es mucha vida.

SS: Sientes que es un robo. Pensé: «Me he quedado huérfano»… Hay una sensación de orfandad. Una vez que desaparece tu madre ya a nadie le importas realmente. Puedes tener amigos, familia, pero tu madre es realmente la única persona a la que, cuando vas de viaje, le importa si has llegado bien.

E: Cuando hay una relación así de sana y formidable, pasas del amor a sentirte desvalido…

SS: Tan desvalido como para pensar qué sentido tiene todo. Es una relación difícilmente reproducible. Era la fan incondicional, siempre orgullosa de ti. La relación madre e hijo es una cosa maravillosa.

Negritas añadidas, aunque creo que se equivoca cuando dice que «es una relación difícilmente reproducible». Bueno, me parece que no es reproducible en absoluto, Santiago.


Siempre con el Apocalipsis a cuestas…

Y yo sin arrepentirme de mis pecados. (La ironía reside en que, en lo que a mí concierne, no tiene nada de gracioso. Es sólo que mi ingenio me puede. (Esto fue sarcasmo, claro.))


O eso, o el ébola nos come antes, lo que ocurra primero:

The most arresting is a piece published last week in the journal Eurosurveillance, which is the peer-reviewed publication of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (the EU’s Stockholm-based version of the US CDC). The piece is an attempt to assess mathematically how the epidemic is growing, by using case reports to determine the “reproductive number.” (Note for non-epidemiology geeks: The basic reproductive number — usually shorted to R0 or “R-nought” — expresses how many cases of disease are likely to be caused by any one infected person. An R0 of less than 1 means an outbreak will die out; an R0 of more than 1 means an outbreak can be expected to increase. If you saw the movie Contagion, this is what Kate Winslet stood up and wrote on a whiteboard early in the film.)

The Eurosurveillance paper, by two researchers from the University of Tokyo and Arizona State University, attempts to derive what the reproductive rate has been in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. (Note for actual epidemiology geeks: The calculation is for the effective reproductive number, pegged to a point in time, hence actually Rt.) They come up with an R of at least 1, and in some cases 2; that is, at certain points, sick persons have caused disease in two others.

Sigue el horror (que conviene tomarse con calma). Vía.