Fact Checker Position Open At Details
is a big supporter of the free press. But when you start taking
3 bucks from us in exchange for disinformation, it's time we start
free-pressing our foot up your ass.
In the October issue of Details, some genius decided to
recycle the old Entertainment Weekly bit of listing what
they've "learned" from the movies. Besides citing feudal law garnered
from Braveheart and the power of tetrodotoxin as taught by
Wes Craven, they also boast of their knowledge of NORAD defense
conditions thanks to the creators of the movie War Games
It's one thing to learn from art. It's another not to bother to
see if what you are "learning" has any accuracy whatsoever. As any
monkey with a DVD player can tell you, the actual scale of defense
conditions goes from, Defcom 1 (peace-time condition) to Defcon
5 (kiss your ass goodbye). This comes courtesy of the filmmakers'
(Lawrence Lasker, Walter E. Parkes, John Badham) mouths. Here is
Parkes: You know, we had to guess about the Defcons and we guessed
Lasker: We initially went the wrong direction.
Parkes: No, uh. The way the movies shows it goes five to one is
actually contrary to the fact. It goes from one to five.
Badham: Oops. Ha ha.
Badham: Oop, how embarrassing. It goes from one to five. We got
Parkes: A countdown made sense to me.