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    Guy Gavriel Kay

    For me, A Brightness Long Ago was a thin gruel of reading experience, as well as an unsparked recycling of previous characters and plots and subplots, particularly out of Tigana, his 'real' first novel, at least his first novel for adults. But that's my opinion, and so many see it differently, which is fine.
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    Watch, Watched, Watching: Midsommar Night Blues

    You know what would actually make Succession a worth while show? Showing down the line Siobhan "Shiv" Roy becoming a procurer of victims for a pedophiles the way Ghislaine Noelle Marion Maxwell did for Epstein et al. as the only solution to keeping her lifestyle when daddy ends up giving it to the boys after all, or after dad's dead, the boys gang together to take it from her, like the sons of Ghenghis Khan did to take from their sister(s) the kingdoms he gave them.
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    Watch, Watched, Watching: Midsommar Night Blues

    This is a brilliant series, in every way!
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    U.S. Politics: Moscow Mitch

    So. It seems there may be a nationwide stop to the customs agents' computer system. Everyone coming into the country is standing in long, endless lines at JFK, Dulles, etc., as customs agents process by hand. Seems to be a hack of some kind. He's destroying in one way and another every damned system in the country. Nothing but a smoking ruin is going to be left.
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    International Thread 3

    He's an ignorant, insane sadistic narcissist, who is suffering from a host of mental and emotional disorders that drive him to the destruction of the entire world and everything in it, while believing that everyone loves him and admires him as the hero par excellence, and those who might possible disagree with him should be killed. See, also: "How 'world leaders' destroyed the global economy." https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/15/opinion/recession-stock-market.html? ~~~~~~~ Nearly two years ago, Cuba began to do serious planning for the rising sea levels, as we see in this article from January, 2018, but it had been making plans and doing studies before that. "Cuba embarks on a 100-year plan to protect itself from climate change" https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/01/cuba-embarks-100-year-plan-protect-itself-climate-change? Of course, the initial work included fund-raising from nations well disposed to the efforts. And this was before the global white supremacist and destruction of everything unleashed by the US election of 2016.
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    U.S. Politics: Moscow Mitch

    Everywhere in my city, where latinx workers have been omnipresent, including China Town, and the omnipresent Korean produce and convenience stores, are "HELP WANTED!!!!!!" signs. These are places where we never saw public signs for help wanted. It was all word of mouth, presumably, which was all that was needed.
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    UK Politics: It's Life Pfeffel but not as we know it

    How 'world leaders' destroyed the global economy: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/15/opinion/recession-stock-market.html?
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    U.S. Politics: Moscow Mitch

    The hate-filled, white supremacist etc. wreckage of everything goes back to Gamergate. "How an Online Mob Created a Playbook for a Culture War" https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/08/15/opinion/what-is-gamergate.html It's interactive and has several contributors. Also -- the jittery animated graphics framing the text make it hard on the eyes -- ugly painful and distracting. Ugh. ~~~~~~~~~~~~ Plus how 'world leaders' destroyed the global economy. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/15/opinion/recession-stock-market.html? ~~~~~~~~~ Frank Rich agrees. "From Trump Boom to Trump Gloom The smart money thinks Trumponomics is a flop." By Paul Krugman https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/15/opinion/trump-economy.html?
  9. New development in the amazilla Blood and Treasure CBS (single) season prime streaming: NOW the pay-for-veiw, final episode, is available again, without a fee. And >!< -- it is the HD version. What is going on?
  10. Amazilla really PUSHES the pay for view program, rather than providing content that is worth watching. They have so much as described above -- a season or two, then pay for the others. Midsomer Murders is one of those. I read this AM on Deadline that Amazon Prime streaming had been going down for the last 2 - 3 days. Help lines etc. were all swamped. Nobody knows a thing about what was happening or going on.
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    International Thread 3

    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/15/world/middleeast/trump-israel-omar-tlaib.html? Yet tvillain has no problem with China mainland going after the protesters in Hong Kong. So like him.
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    U.S. Politics: Moscow Mitch

    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/15/world/middleeast/trump-israel-omar-tlaib.html? Yet, tvillain has no problem with China mainland going after the protesters in Hong Kong. So like him.
  13. No, because I had watched the 11th episode and expected to watch 12 -- and there it was, the notification that I had to pay for it. Mildly amusing, but trust me, Blood and Treasure wasn't at all worth paying for the final episode.
  14. Here's a new, corrupt, gouging strategy from amazllia prime, that I, at least, haven't encountered previously -- but there's not a lot to watch on amazon prime anyway. I picked up on a CBS series titled Blood and Treasure (terrible title, just for starters -- can never remember it). It was reliably, mildly entertaining, in the mode of White Collar, but still, global location porn, if you know what I mean, and just fine for the cooking dinner plus wine time of the day. Blood and Treasure is advertised all the way through as an amazon prime show, i.e., amazon prime subscribers get to watch it without paying anything more than the subscription. Guess what? Get to the final episode, episode 12, and suddenly one must pay to see it. OK. WTF, amazilla?????? Think this is going to happen with their big gambles on Tolkien, etc. -- at a certain point, suddenly subscribers who have come for this specifically, at the crucial points, are going to be withheld those crucial episodes unless they pay MORE?
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    U.S. Politics: Moscow Mitch

    A big part of the global economic condition is that the obscenely wealthy aren't investing in anything except real estate, and making the global housing crisis ever worse.
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    Watch, Watched, Watching: Midsommar Night Blues

    Season 2, Sacred Games, is up on netflix right now. I think it was released at noon today.
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    Watch, Watched, Watching: Midsommar Night Blues

    Not only are the characters the most unattractive in terms of the personalities and who they are. As well as being 100% unsympathetic on the inside -- on the outside they are about the most unattractive people ever seen on a television set centering the luxe life of the obscenely wealthy. They can't even dress right. My god the characters have terrible clothes sense. It's all so appropriate for who these disgusting people are that being portrayed on screen. There are NO redeeming traits or actions on the part of a single one of them. This is reflected also in the very choppy unpleasant camera work too. It's gotta take some guts, maybe? to make a series this unpleasant. Or, maybe not, as the critics seem to love it. I actually don't love it. I may well not watch it anymore. There's nothing to be got out of it, yanno? Not even entertainment as they are so unattached to the world that the rest of live in, 24/7. Lust for power and envy of others are the only motivations -- plus, of course, the cruelties they can so casually dish out to the rest of us.
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    Watch, Watched, Watching: Midsommar Night Blues

    For me, Derry Girls is splendidly balanced by the new HBO comedy series, Black Lady Comedy Sketch Show. https://www.wired.com/story/black-lady-sketch-show-tv-comedy/ I love Derry Girls and I love this too. Big differences though -- Derry Girls are girls, very young girls, who we can see on netflix. Black Lady Comedy Sketch are adult 'ladies', who we can see on HBO. Both are utterly nutz, both are utterly cultural-social embedded, both just crack me up -- and not much can do that these days.
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    U.S. Politics: Moscow Mitch

    http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2019/08/betting-markets-see-warren-as-likeliest-democratic-nominee.html
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    U.S. Politics: Moscow Mitch

    Recuse! Recuse! Recuse yourself!
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    The Deuce

    The new Simon and Pelecanos HBO series, The Deuce, even its first episode which went out Sunday, has received nearly unanimous praise from the television critics. Here's a sample: https://www.vox.com/culture/2017/9/8/16271090/the-deuce-review-hbo-james-franco Oddly though, hundreds of laymen viewers, even though they hadn't seen it yet, already hate it, judging by the hundreds of angry comments they left at yesterday's UK Guardian interview with Simon: https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2017/sep/10/david-simon-george-pelecanos-the-deuce-pornography-drama-interview-the-wire Ah, it's not The Wire, but then, nothing else is The Wire. Maybe not even The Wire.
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    U.S. Politics: Moscow Mitch

    Seeing stories in many places that the Dems are actually in the process of the process to begin impeachment. Even Nadler says so. https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/08/09/impeachment-inquiry-trump-has-feared-is-here/ Also seeing more stories show up about Warren on a regular basis these last 7 - 10 days. http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2019/08/surging-in-polls-warren-has-clear-path-to-the-nomination.html https://www.politico.com/story/2019/08/07/elizabeth-warren-nevada-democrats-2020-1449938 Drove upstate today. We are the sorts who always explore the radio bands -- and have Sirius too -- when driving. Unless it were a music program one literally could not get away from tvillain's voice and his name. I do not recall ANY president being this omnipresent in the media 24/7, no matter whether so called right, left or neutral. Nobody anywhere talks about anything else. It's horrible. Gonna go off media all together for this weekend I think. A head cleanse ... man, I'm jonesing now to get back to Cuba where one's head really does get the garbage cleaned out. But Cuba too is getting more and more connected every couple of months.
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    u.s. politics: sundowning on the american empire

    Ay-up. Ain't woke, never been woke, won't ever be woke. Work in the real world.
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    u.s. politics: sundowning on the american empire

    Kiddos, you all that are all about the stats: the point is that higher education students hate reading books or any print materials and use the libraries as cafeterias. Which is very bad for the future of information and learning. Got a problem, take it up with the administration.
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    u.s. politics: sundowning on the american empire

    Asian students who are not Asian American, which is what I am talking about here -- let me break it down. Average tuition for undergrad at our school is over $51,000 a year, and that's just the basic cost. That isn't covering food, books, generally even housing, or much of anything else. Cost of living can easily come to over $70,000 per academic year. It costs even more for the science and tech and medical programs. (Our Law School is a separate thing all together -- as is its library.) Every school keeps records of their enrollment, and break it down as to who is enrolled, from where, and how that student is paid for (just as the library keeps track of its users). This is equally true for the smallest community public college too -- but those schools won't be hosting, by and large, kids from wealthy families from other countries. The average Asian student from outside the USA -- of which we have a very high number in our enrollment (as well as from Africa, South America and also the middle east, such as Saudi Arabia), are majority enrolled in STEM programs. Back in the 90's the South Koreans and the Chinese were very much the largest part of the nuclear engineering program -- and those did have state support, particularly if they could graduate into the graduate programs. Not so much in the aughts, but the last two years, with tvillain's ridiculous flirtation with North Korea and the expansion again of its nuclear military program, we saw enrollment from Korean spike again. Another change, btw, in the 80's and 90's Turkey did a full state support of students who passed all their tests and qualifications to come to our school and study (interestingly, they enrolled mostly in journalism and creative writing programs -- as did the female students from India). That stopped with the new regime in which Turkey's been going after intellectuals, academics and the press, as it moved out of the secular reforms. Also, our university has campuses and programs all over the world, including in all the oil rich Middle Eastern countries, all through Asia, from India to Mongolia. But it pulled out of Indonesia after the pograms there against Muslims in 2017, as it had to do in Syria and some other of these nations. In the meantime I'm readu for the Mongols to rise again.
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