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  1. The Immortal, the spin-off from Gommorah, set in Latvia, featuring Ciro, is up on HBO Max now. Here's a review, or whatever this is called, of the film: https://www.vogue.com/article/the-immortal-hbo-max-trailer Highly favorable.
  2. There are so many, some of whom post here regularly, who have been proven wrong about everything they've stated about the spread of Covid, who can get it, the hooey of herd immunity, and all the rest, so one pays no attention to anything These Sorts say, no matter how angry and abusive They want to be! OTOH I wish I had been always wrong with what I've feared and warned about spread and consequences. But I haven't.
  3. Cases up again these last two days in the UK, along with a drop in testing, after a drop in numbers of new ones over a few days.
  4. I doubt the first, because history teaches us otherwise, almost always in all times and places, when it comes to the higher levels of power. As for the second, you might like to read The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris (2021) as to how it plays out with these corps and diversity, no matter what They say.
  5. If you read the ND papers They are slavering over how to divvy and spend the booty.
  6. It's partly about refusing to understand requests to 'defund the police' means "a completely logical proposal that, in most cases, is not about abolition of the police force but the reallocation of funds from the police to social services. But there is no use or need." ‘The Lost Cause’ Is Back' by Charles Blow https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/28/opinion/republicans-race-debate.html?
  7. How? Corporate culture is still vastly dominated by rich white male culture. Even unions are so dominated.
  8. Yet another highly positive review of The Green Knight: https://www.washingtonpost.com/goingoutguide/movies/the-green-knight-movie-review/2021/07/28/bcddd3b0-ecca-11eb-97a0-a09d10181e36_story.html ETA later today -- the media, even NPR -- is lit with spots and praise for The Green Knight -- it does open this weekend, but one might not be expecting this kind of attention for this kind of film. I won't be going into a theater, not with Delta all over the place. But I'll appreciate all the more whenever it shows up on HBO or whereever.
  9. https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/olympics/2021/07/29/simone-biles-larry-nassar-fbi/ Fortunately, some have come to reverse their initial attitude about Bile's taking herself out of the competition: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/07/28/simone-biles-diana-nyad-olympics-gymnastics-withdrawal/ Then, the financial debt the people have to pay -- and pay in so many ways, particularly in cuts to essential services. https://www.insidethegames.biz/articles/1029327/british-charity-blast-government-for-failure-to-repay-london-2012-olympic-debt https://www.cfr.org/backgrounder/economics-hosting-olympic-games https://www.investopedia.com/news/who-actually-pays-olympics/ https://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/28/sports/before-the-london-games-the-grumbling-about-money.html There has been so much reporting about this in the 21st century it is astonishing that some think it's not and never has been a problem for any cities, or even for the athletes. Nor have we even touched upon the relentless drugging scandals that have emerged in every Olympics since the 90's -- as in the other global sports competition. It's disheartening to see people I respected casually handwave away relentless sexual abuse with the word 'random event.' Evidently admitting sexual abuse, drugging, and financial shenanigans-for-the-profit-of-few, are actually how their entertainment is provided. Like tRumpisters with the NFL players and the pandemic. This is a mindset that doesn't respond to research, thus continuing the discussion is wasted time and effort.
  10. Yes. To say 'random example of people behaving badly' ignores that this is fairly systemic throughout -- not at all confined to the US. And yes, a lot of cities are choosing not to have the Olympics absolutely, leaving the countries / cities asking for it those who are fairly rotten to their populations and always have been, like the authoritarian cruel racist rulers of places like Brasil. Or places who still somehow think hosting an Olympics provides global cachet and status and respect.
  11. I did not contradict myself. NYC at that time had a council that represented 'their' people, and stopped it. We also had a vote on it -- he forced a referendum vote on it three times, and lost each time. Then tried to go around that. By that time, as I said, and you ignored, cities learned what a toll having the Olympics left a hosting venue in terms of everything from debt and literally financial losses -- the revenue never made back what they spent, and it had to be paid for by somebody, and guess who that was? Paid for by loss and cut-backs of all kinds of essential services from teachers, to libraries to mental health programs, you name it. Simone Biles is among those generations of gymnasts abused by Larry Nassar -- who is still in prison, thank goodness, and I hope he never gets out. https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/simone-biles-says-she-was-molested-gymnastics-doctor-larry-nassar-n837806 But the point here is that Biles is the ONLY one of those girls who continued on to a competition career. THE ONLY ONE. This is what this shyte does to people. The layers and levels of abuse and corruption isn't confined in the least or maybe even the most to greedy 0.001%ers to get even more for themselves via land development deals and other contracts.
  12. Here's hoping you get through this and recover quickly.
  13. Both governor and mayor are telling us to mask up again in public spaces. Not just NY state, but NJ too. Jerkwaddies won't, you know, and I know. Particularly those who don't live here. They have also, as mentioned, now mandated vaccination for all public employees or constant testing. This may be the canary in the mine shaft: https://gothamist.com/arts-entertainment/nyc-homecoming-concert-2021-lineup "Here's The Lineup For NYC's "Homecoming" Concert, Vaccine Required To Attend" Under 40's are deeply disappointed with the acts offered, btw. Honestly, the acts are indeed all old, when not downright elderly.
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