BOU 24 – Horror Movies That Are Strangely Inspiring

BOU 24 – Horror Movies That Are Strangely Inspiring

Photo from Whitney Moore’s Twitter.

We begin this show with a surprise announcement — Whitney Moore has agreed to be on the show!

Special thanks to authors Garrett Robinson and Z.C. Bolger who harassed tweeted to Birdemic on Twitter and got the ball rolling.

Surprisingly, Whitney agreed to be on our next episode, though we’re still not certain if she’ll hear the show and change her mind…

or file restraining orders against us.

After half an hour of Birdemic discussion, we got briefly on topic, talking about horror movies which inspire, but that was quickly derailed with talk of everything from gun control to zombies to writing.

See you next week with our special guest, Whitney Moore! 

To view the video version of this episode, go to: Better Off Undead #24 – Horror Movies that are Strangely Inspiring

6 Comments

  1. Interesting episode. I am looking forward to hearing your show with Whitney Moore. Birdemic is a great muse for your podcasting genius.

    I think I need to call into the “Garrett Anger Hotline” to express my son’s disappointment over you not reading the comment you claimed you would read (http://betteroffundeadshow.com/22/#comment-545). I will try to explain that disappointment is simply part of the show’s ethos. (Right after I am able to explain ethos.)

    I am happy you raised the topic of gun control, though I am a bit surprised by your views. I believe that laws can not be used to disarm bad guys, only good. The issue is really more about rights vs. permissions than than about guns. More detail here http://growingliberty.com/gun-control-kiss-your-rights-goodbye

    Perhaps you could write a story about a zombie apocalypse where humans struggle to survive and are finally saved when a law is passed outlawing zombie aggression. Hmmm. Maybe I will give it a shot myself…. Any experienced writer looking for a writing partner for a short project?

    Keep up the good work.

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    • As I stated in the podcast, I see BOTH sides of the issue of gun laws.

      I’ve my personal reasons and experiences for thinking that guns are a bit too easy to get, including the murder of one of my closest friends when I was younger.

      I DO feel that people ought to be able to have guns to defend themselves, though.

      Where I disagree is this whole argument that people ought to be able to buy high magazine counts, and semi-automatic weapons. Why would anyone need semi-automatic weapons to defend themselves? Every gun person I’ve talked to keeps a shotgun or pistol (or both) for home defense, and would never use something like an AR-15.

      Some are opposed to ANY regulation whatsoever. And when you ask why, they pose these silly arguments about needing to protect themselves from Obama coming to take their guns, which is silly — a fear drummed up to SELL MORE FEAR AND WEAPONS.

      Firstly, a strict reading of the Second Amendment provides for people to bear arms to SUPPORT state militias, something which don’t even exist any longer.

      Secondly, do you REALLY think you could EVER have enough weapons to fight the government if they REALY WANTED to come and get your guns? Let’s be real here. If they want your guns, they will come and get them and there’s not a damned thing anyone can do about it other than go down fighting.

      Secondly, even if you interpret the Second Amendment to say everyone can have anything forever and ever, Amen, this was written at a time when people had muskets, not assault rifles which could shoot down whole classrooms of children. And to say that people having guns would somehow stop these shootings, I ask you this — how many mass shooting sprees have EVER been stopped by one person with a gun? Or armed police, of which there were at Newtown AND Columbine?

      We could hire more cops or security? But that would be a LOT of tax money, and we all know how Americans feel about taxes. Hell, people don’t even want to pay teachers what they’re worth, you think they’re going to pay the tremendous costs to secure all schools?

      Lastly, the Constitution is a living, breathing document (hence the Amendments), subject to changes in the times, not some sacrosanct untouchable document that people have no voice in the shaping of. To make some minor changes to

      Whatever the case, it doesn’t matter what I think. This is a complex issue involving complex multi-faceted solutions.

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      • “As I stated in the podcast, I see BOTH sides of the issue of gun laws.”
        True. I concede that.

        “Some are opposed to ANY regulation whatsoever.”
        I agree. The second amendment says that the right shall not be in infringed, which means that the federal government simply does not have the power to infringe/regulate that right of the people. It is not for me or the federal government to weigh in on why or if somebody needs one weapon or another.

        You bring up the militia argument as well. . . A militia is a group of regular people (not military, not government, not police) who get together to protect each other and their freedom. Perhaps these people feel they can best protect each other with a particular type of firearm… Again not my place to interfere with their rights.

        “Secondly, do you REALLY think you could EVER have enough weapons to fight the government if they REALY WANTED to come and get your guns? Let’s be real here. If they want your guns, they will come and get them and there’s not a damned thing anyone can do about it other than go down fighting.”
        The government exists to protect my rights and may only legitimately operate inside the powers and restrictions defined by the constitution. It uses people to execute its force and those people have sworn an oath to defend the constitution (to defend those restrictions) “against all enemies, foreign and domestic”. One need not defend against “the government”, but rather only those operating outside their oath, powers and duties. There are good people in “the government” too, such as the Oath Keepers (http://oathkeepers.org/oath/). So is it possible for good to triumph over evil? Should one give up because somebody claims they “underestimate the power of the Dark Side”?

        “This is a complex issue involving complex multi-faceted solutions.”
        I think that most people are focusing on solutions without first defining and agreeing on the nature of the problem.

        “Whatever the case, it doesn’t matter what I think.”
        It matters to me. I like and respect that you share what you think, even if we may not totally agree.

        I still think that outlawing zombie aggression would be a fun story element to explore. 🙂

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        • I live outside of the US, and have lived in multiple countries with very strict gun laws. The US has both ridiculous gun laws and culture.

          I don’t really want to get into it, but in my opinion there is no need for anyone living in a major town or city to have a gun. The whole “protection” thing is ridiculous. The police are their to protect, and if there were no guns in the first place, there would be no need for anyone to protect themselves.

          I currently live in Australia, and they banned semi-automatic weapons for public sale after a massacre going back several years.

          While there are still shootings, there is no where near the issues that the US has, this is the same for most countries, like the UK as noted by Dave on the podcast.

          There is an argument for rural people, e.g. farmers to have some rifles or weapons they require for putting down animals or other relevant things.

          There is no legitimate argument for someone living in a city having a semi-automatic weapon, ever.

          I think honestly there is too much damage already done in the US, the gun culture is already too engrained and the silly ‘right to bear arms” part of everyones ‘rights’. The guns will stay, but they should and hopefully will ban semi-automatic weapons in the near future.

          Anyway, good podcast with content of a more serious nature I didn’t expect. Looking forward to Whitney next week.

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    • OH FUCK!!!! Wow. We’ve gotta help him raise $200,000!! Wow, thanks, G.Y.!

      Reply

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