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No underwear, no brain May 29, 2008

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Sharon Stone: an attractive woman, a decent actress, and apparently a brain not much used. Once famous for a hot scene in the movie hit Basic Instinct (see picture, right), she is more infamous today for having blamed the recent earthquake which killed 80,000 in China on the repressive action of chinese government in Tibet. Stone is quoted calling “interesting” the earthquake, and likening it to a “divine punishment” in a interview she gave in Cannes, published on Hollywood Scoop. A result of bad karma.

Her interview is of course causing outrage in China. Her movies are being withdrawn from circulation there, and some trouble is awaiting the brand of cosmetics she is testimonial of. I am brought to compare Sharon Stone to Tom Cruise: two superstars, two deranged minds. Fortunately, there’s still decent people like Sean Penn there.

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1. Thomas Larsson - May 29, 2008

Here is a more up-to-date picture of Stone, when she was talking about aids at Karolinska institute (which hands out a Nobel prize) this Monday. “During the past 20 years the actress has actively been working with informing about aids and
collecting money for research.”

2. goffredo - May 29, 2008

Unlike Cruise and Penn, Stone has a very high IQ and enrolled in college at the age of 15. Cruise did not even complete High School. That Stone said a stupid and inhuman thing does not suprise me nearly as much as I would be surprised to hear from Cruise something, anything, intelligent.

Jeff

p.s. Sean Penn is, in my opinion, a jerk.

3. Chris Oakley - May 29, 2008

I agree that Sharon Stone – however crazy – is actually quite intelligent, and maybe too intelligent to be a great actress. Contrarian that I am, I thought the second “Basic Instinct” movie was a lot better than the first. Why? Easy – Michael Douglas was not in it! Having detectives that actually looked and acted the part worked much better in building up the mystique around SS’s character than having a superstar on an ego ride. And SS – though in her late 40’s -still looked hot.

4. dorigo - May 29, 2008

Jeff, the IQ of Sharon Stone does not impresses me, despite I agree that she is an intelligent woman, if and when she uses her brain (not this time). The IQ is something that has really little value in the opinion I make of a person’s intelligence.

Ah, btw, mine is above 160, but to me it is a number as meaningful as the length of my penis. Much more significant, in my opinion, are my programming skills, my verbal ability, my musical education, and my chess strength. On the dark side, I am extremely gullible, I have trouble socializing, and I have a lousy memory.

Cheers,
T.

5. dorigo - May 29, 2008

Thomas, thanks for pointing out that link. Indeed, these hollywood stars feel the need to do something good with their image and their money, as soon as they lose interest in slutting around! [Good grief, I hope JoAnne Hewett and the CV crew do not read this😉 I am kidding you bigots, ok ? And mind you, I am talking of men too! ]

Cheers,
T.

6. dorigo - May 29, 2008

Chris, I haven’t seen the movie, but if you ask me, I’d take her now as much as I would have taken her 20 years ago. Some women just do not age – or they do it so well one does not even realize it.

Cheers,
T.

7. Guess Who - May 29, 2008

TD, I think you underestimate SS. She’s a 50 year old, former leading lady — and she’s topping the world news (and your blog)! Priceless publicity, and it only cost her a few well chosen words. So the Chinese won’t be watching her movies for a while, until they forget the whole thing? Big deal, it’s not likely she ever saw or would see any revenue from the copyright infingement capital of the world anyway.

8. Chris Oakley - May 30, 2008

Tommaso, just as matter of interest, while you’re “taking” Sharon Stone, what would your wife do? Hold the the video camera?

9. Ed Darrell - May 30, 2008

I think the Chinese are just a bit sensitive on this point. In the interview, she said that while she originally thought the quake might be an issue of karma, she was moved by the stories of the people affected to a different conclusion — and she ended with a plea for aid.

Fundamentalist Buddhists (!?!) might take exception to her rejection of karma; I think the others are over-reacting. Don’t they have landslides to dig out from, or something? Do Sharon Stone’s views on karma and Chinese earthquakes really merit anything more than a grimace?

I think we should tell the Stone critics to “Get a grip, people.” Stone is right, at heart: What’s the proper reaction when a natural disaster strikes a country ruled by a totalitarian, human-rights-repressing government? You think it’s an easy question? There are 130,000 bodies in Myanmar right now offering evidence of the salience of the question.

10. dorigo - May 30, 2008

Ok, so we have narrowed the matter down to three main theories: according to one, it was a mindless slip, which shows she’s misguided in the way she thinks at causes and effects; according to another, she’s cunning and did it on purpose to increase her visibility. In a third, she’s rightly attacking a repressive regime.

Let me say we should not put mikes in front of these people just because they look good in a movie or two: it is, after all, just a way of exploiting fame for a purpose. Regardless of the latter being selling copies of a gossip magazine, or a more just cause, it shows we have no better ways. I am only half-happy to see Stone campaigning against AIDS and Diana go after land mines: it sucks because it shows in what dire straits we are.

Cheers,
T.

11. dorigo - May 30, 2008

Chris, well… First of all, my wife does not read my blog😉
Second, it was an abstract reasoning… Third, if I dated Sharon Stone, nobody would ever know ha ha!
Cheers,
T.

12. nc - June 1, 2008

If Sharon Stone says that the Chinese earthquake is divine punishment for the Chinese government’s actions in Tibet, I think it’s effective anti-Chinese government propaganda. The purpose of propaganda is to throw a lot of mud, only a little of which needs to stick to the target in order to have the right effect.

Seeing that so many people in the world are religious zealots, Stone’s appeal to religious superstition is a stroke of genius. This has nothing to do with whether there really is a God or whether such an entity would seek a crazy type revenge against the Chinese dictatorial communist government for its actions in Tibet by killing a lot of innocent Chinese people in an earthquake.

13. dorigo - June 2, 2008

Ok NC, but I am reluctant to call “stroke of genius” such an use of people stupidity and superstition. If I were a non-religious, non-superstitious chinese who lost a relative (and there’s tens of thousands out there), I would be doubly outraged.

Cheers,
T.

14. luca - June 2, 2008

Tommaso Tommaso.
You do not belive in the h-index, but your h-index is above 33.
You do not belive in the IQ, but your IQ is above 160.
Just a bit of psychology:
what were your marks at the laurea degree?

Cheers (please, change it sometimes),
L.

15. dorigo - June 2, 2008

106/110

And, believe it or not, I think it is a better indicator of one’s mastery of Physics (but not of one’s potential for improvement!)

Cheers,
T.

16. Tony Smith - June 13, 2008

According to a hollywoodreporter.com article dated 27 May 2008 by Karen Chu, Sharon Stone said:
“… “I’m not happy about the way the Chinese are treating the Tibetans … And then this earthquake and all this stuff happened, and then I thought, is that karma? When you’re not nice that the bad things happen to you? …”.

No matter what you think of karma,
there is some connection between the quake and Tibet.
A U.S. Geological Survey web page at earthquake.usgs.gov said:
“… The earthquake reflects tectonic stresses resulting from the convergence of crustal material slowly moving from the high Tibetan Plateau, to the west, against strong crust underlying the Sichuan Basin and southeastern China. …”
so physically the quake is a result of conflict between Tibet and China.

Whether geology is connected to the people living there may not be clear, but it is interesting (i.e., do Vesuvius and Etna correspond to Neapolitan and Sicilian personalities?).

A karmic link might also be discussed in the context of:
a 16 May 2008 New York Time article by William J. Broad that said:
“… North in a… rugged and inaccessible region, nuclear experts said, China maintains a hidden complex of large tunnels in the side of a mountain where it stores nuclear arms.
“It’s very close to the epicenter,” said one specialist, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because, to the best of his knowledge, the exact location of the secret complex had never been publicly disclosed. …”
and
a 23 May 2008 DEBKAfile article that said:
“… Eleven days after the 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck western China, vice environment minister Wu Xiaoqing first revealed Friday, May 23, that 50 hazardous radioactive sources have been located – 35 recovered and controlled; “three more buried in rubble and 12 in dangerous buildings. …”
and
a 3 June 2008 Epoch Times article that said:
“… Boxun News, a Chinese-language Web site based outside China, reported that an unnamed expert has claimed that there was a nuclear explosion near the epicenter of the Sichuan earthquake, based on witness reports and the discovery of concrete rubble believed to have come from an underground military installation. The news of this nuclear explosion has raised questions about the cause of the earthquake.
Mr. He, a local resident, stated that when the earthquake occurred on May 12, people saw something erupt from the top of a mountain next to the valley, “It looked like toothpaste being squeezed out,” said He. “No, it wasn’t [magma]. It was these concrete pieces. The eruption lasted about three minutes.”
According to a China News Services (CNS) report on May 31, 2008, paramedics from People’s Liberation Army (PLA) hospitals and psychologists from Beijing onsite May 23 found concrete debris at the bottom of a valley near the epicenter. The half-mile-wide valley was covered with debris 10 – 20 inches thick, covering the valley floor for almost 1.5 miles. … The thickness of the concrete pieces seemed to match that used in China’s underground military bases, according to Boxun’s expert. … other experts referenced by Boxun withheld judgment as to whether the explosion caused the earthquake or the earthquake the explosion. …”.

Tony Smith

PS – Please feel free to ignore what I say, since my IQ is less than 110 and I failed a 3-day closed book Georgia Tech physics grad school comprehensive exam. On the other hand, at Princeton where exams were open book, my math AB was summa cum laude. Go figure.


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