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    US Politics: Sit Up Straight and Show Some Respect

    It turns out the Sadist-In-Chief and his corrupt, criminal treasonous crew have been sending kids to NYC shelters without telling anyone in NY housing authorities or administration. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/20/nyregion/children-separated-border-new-york.html?
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    US Politics: Sit Up Straight and Show Some Respect

    Also, this morning one of the public radio programs hosted some local elected representatives who are about to start a tour of what they hope will be eye witness visits to these gulags for minors, toddlers and babies. One of them mentioned that the photos released by the current keptocracy sadists tended to be of teenage boys, with the subliminal message that they were or soon would be gangsters. But even worse, there are strange reports of many missing teenage girls that nobody has any idea of where they are, or who took them == other than they being separated out in the middle of the night and taken away.
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    US Politics: Sit Up Straight and Show Some Respect

    That's -- weird. He claimed that a big reason he divorced his first wife for Marla is that her aging breasts were distasteful. Then she got implants, and he hated the way they felt. They didn't do her any good, he laughed, on his way to the pre-nump with younger wife #2.
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    US Politics: Sit Up Straight and Show Some Respect

    It's a long stretch between drafting, passing and orange agent signing that EO. How many times he's reversed his reversed reversals? I can't even begin to count them. He'll claim someone(s / Dems) stabbed him the back so this is what they get (promising a wall).
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    US Politics: Sit Up Straight and Show Some Respect

    So damned sick of the media blahblahblah repeating without comment that "These people are breaking the law so we are justified doing whatever we wan to uphold the rule of law." These people ARE NOT BREAKING ANY LAWS. They are at the border seeking asylum. This is legal by all sorts of provisions and even concords that the US instigated even frackin' 70 years ago! Yet their boundless lying hypocrisy sends them to eat in restaurants that serve Mexican cuisine. Damn betcha they get jeered. Assholes. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-44550252 https://www.cnn.com/2018/06/20/politics/kirstjen-nielsen-mexican-restaurant-protest/index.html How can these people prevent themselves from slitting their wrists in shame as to what they are and what they've done to this country. HOW CAN 45% of the country LOVE THIS? We are a nation of sadistic, insane assholes. Hope they enjoy paying a whole more for their dishwashers and smart phones on which they troll endlessly.
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    US Politics: Sit Up Straight and Show Some Respect

    The days of Jackson have returned: the trail of tears and a wrecking ball to the economy. But this goes even further as it's a wrecking ball on our national security as well. Why hasn't this jerk and his ugly mean corrupt band been fired already? Kidnapping children is terrorism, left, right and center. Kidnapping children, holding them hostage, to get his ugly stupid wall built so he can have a billboard of one thing he did. He hasn't accomplished one single thing. What he's done is destroy. Not the same.
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    US Politics: Sit Up Straight and Show Some Respect

    Where fall in this extraordinarily thin theoreticism the facts of hundreds of years of colonialism, extraction of resources for the good of a limited number, genocides and slavery, and now climate change due to the massive extractions of carbon resources and releasing them into the atmosphere by the smaller groups of people that you so kindly refer to as the dominants?
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    US Politics: Sit Up Straight and Show Some Respect

    So are the orange's people re-instating Reagan's Star Wars program? https://www.politico.com/story/2017/03/president-reagan-calls-for-launching-star-wars-initiative-march-23-1983-236259
  9. Ah -- at first the radio said Newark. I should have checked more, but I've taken a break pretty much from the news most of Sunday and today. However, to poo-poo a shooting at a public art event because there are other incidents in the territory isn't fair or right either. It's still all about the easy availability of guns. The new governor of NJ, to much ballyhoo just signed tougher gun laws last week, Wednesday, (the 13th). I've been waiting and waiting though for the gang-connection thing to be drumbeated in D.C. and everywhere. It's also possible that http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2018/06/art_all_night_trenton_shooting.html
  10. It wasn't a school with worthy white and / or well-off kids as victims, but a 24-hour FREE art festival in NEWARK, NEW JERSEY, with lots and lots and lots of black attendees, with their children, and only one person was killed, though 20 were wounded, and everyone else was terrified nearly to death. So, really, what does this matter.
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    US Politics: Sit Up Straight and Show Some Respect

    I, for one, have been wondering and wondering about this, since the report was released. What the Justice FBI report buried, and the news media plays right along with it: https://www.salon.com/2018/06/18/heres-whats-buried-beneath-that-fbi-report-how-rogue-agents-sabotaged-the-clinton-campaign/
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    US Politics: Sit Up Straight and Show Some Respect

    As long as the orange insanity is in charge, along with all his corrupt and cray-cray cronies and enablers and cheerers on -- we'll probably get kicked out due to considerations of their own safety. Let us all left here in the continental USA pray for our survival -- which won't last long, no matter who we are. In the meantime, this is a long read, but a useful one for evaluating the ever changing, ever added to narratives about our ongoing, ever escalating crisis - crises. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/book-party/wp/2018/06/15/feature/books-on-the-russia-scandal-focus-on-the-news-what-they-need-is-more-history/? In the end though, I would argue that even more and deeper history is needed to evaluate in a useful way what we think we know now and when we thought we knew it, and for that a grand place to begin is the multi-award winning and very long and easily read, always exciting The Romanovs: 1613 - 1918 by Simon Montefiore.
  13. This week I completed the first season of Taboo. It was one of the most immersive, ah-hem, series I've seen in a while. Water imagery, drowning imagery, along with that of dead who sing their siren songs, everywhere. So very Kongo -- people always crossing that kalunga line, which is the water, between the land of the living and the land of the dead -- which is why Delaney knows all. He's crossed and re-crossed that line so many times. This reference to his years of enslavement in Africa is just brilliant writing. It doesn't matter if the watcher knows these things, but if the watcher does know about Kongo religion and practices, it adds a great deal -- particularly to appreciation of the writers. Very different from what was described by the many people who disliked it to some and generally greater degree when it aired last year. Why so many viewers thought that nothing happened during most of it, I don't understand, but then a lot of people say the same thing about season 2 of Jessica Jones (another of the best in a while), which I don't understand either. Maybe I would criticize Tom Hardy's delivery as Delaney as being too much like that of Cillian Murphy as Thomas Shelby in Peaky Blinders (one of my all time favorite series, due no little to Cillian Murphy and his Shelby. For those who haven't seen it, in Peaky Blinders, for two seasons, Hardy and Murphy played frenemies, though the enmity as well as the helping hands, were all business, which both of them understood. In Taboo Hardy keeps the grunt, he keeps the low, throaty voice that is hard to hear, never raising its volume, and getting slower and more quiet the more dangerous and angry he is. This latter is shared with both his character Alfie Solomons in Peaky Blinders, and with Murphy's Shelby -- but Murphy started it, in the two seasons before Alfie showed up. Delaney also has that long stare into the distance and the future (during which he's presumably communing with the dead) that Shelby has. There were occasions when I thought I'd been catapulted up the time line to Peaky Blinders. Both of the actors and their characters present such physical restraint and self-control, even while drinking themselves blind -- and both are capable of the most extreme violence and ordering others to commit violence. The difference between Taboo's Delaney though, and the Peaky Blinders guys -- this was business and business only for them. Not so for Delaney. This feels a lot more Count of Monte Cristo than business or organized crime -- and this is the Count's era, after all. From Wiki: One does wish That the show found the viewers to appreciate it via BBC Player allowed a second season. And it has picked up 6 Bafta nominations:
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    US Politics: Sit Up Straight and Show Some Respect

    And the pathetic attempt ignores what the orange dumbster said about the people at the G7 in Canada -- about the prime minister of Canada,. which he ran out early from because his buddy Putin to suck up to the dictator of NK. What he's doing is corrupt, criminal and every other crime one can think of. BUT! beyond all that, what he is doing is treason. He's destroying the autonomy and law of the USA.\
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    US Politics: Sit Up Straight and Show Some Respect

    How in the world are we the people still allowing this insane person who humiliates the US every single moment of the day to stay in the White House? I really don't understand it. No one else who demonstrated even the smallest percentage of the actions and declarations that this person has would still be in the Oval Office. Talk about the nation snoozing while all the conditions were put in place -- whatever they are, whether Russia's strategies and financial support to divide us in every possible way and mess with the election process, or social media or anything else. And of course, anyone who was paying attention and putting out warnings was laughed at as a conspiracy dumb bell. Nor do I understand how Russia is allowed to host the World Cup when exposed for massively corrupting FIFA. Really, why would anyone want to watch this fake show of good sporting?
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    Watch, Watched, Watching: The Prequel

    I love the Dynasty reboot. Inever saw the first version, or any of those other trashy tv night time soap / melodrama rich people fantasy series like Dallas, but it probably doesn't matter. The only thing I've seen as bonkers as Dynasty is The Magicians, though it's bonkers in a quite different mode, its manner isn't really as different as one might think.
  17. Manafort goes to jail: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/15/us/politics/manafort-bail-revoked-jail.html
  18. There's this other foundational fact, which is almost all family fortunes are created by their founders -- if not performing outright crimes, though often they do -- by performing and investing in extremely questionable actions at the expense of other people, terrible expense. Think for instance of all those fortunes founded on the African slave trade -- and how the African slave trade was also instrumental in families keeping and / or expanding their fortunes. The Royal African Company was founded by King Charles II and his cohorts because the privy purse was always empty due to his spend thrift ways, his mistresses and bastards. Additionally, his Portuguese wife's dowry and fortune, which included entire cities in the west of India, was also all about slaving and slave trading. Other well-known fortunessuch as the Brown Brothers who founded Brown University also came out of slaving (though in their case one brother was a slave trader and the other was an abolitionist). In fact, the entire prosperity of that damned city of Liverpool, and much of Bristol's, London's, Edinburg's and Glasgow's -- not to mention NYC's, Charleston's and Richmonds, among many many many others. And then, of course there is that peculiar USian worship of gangsters who make fortunes, as in our still adoring the mythical Corleone family -- who only did anything because of "the family."' Quite like tv's Dynasty blathering on about the family every other sentence while committing the most heinous acts. As Honore de Balzac so famously declared: "Behind every great fortune lies a great crime."
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    Trailer Thread V

    I am very much looking forward to this, Sacred Games, netflix original, July 6th. I loved the novel (large parts of which look to have been jettisoned, for probably understandable reasons -- the book is huge).
  20. Why hasn't NPR or the NY Times or the WaPo reported on this? This AM the lead on the WaPo online edition was NYC suing the dumbster's 'charity' for malfeasance. In seconds that changed as BREAKING NEWS! announced that the anticipated Justice Report including an FBI agent's text that stated Trump's election had to be stopped -- and this became the lead story, with the law suit demoted way down the screen. Yet They insist the media is against him.
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    HBO has ordered prequel series

    If the seemingly likely acquisition of Time-Warner, which owns HBO, by AT&T goes through, what effect, if any, will this have on the GOT prequel(s)? https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/14/business/media/att-handle-hbo.html?
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    Unpopular Opinions, Part Deux

    Talk of unpopular opinions -- my take is that season 2 of The Wire is the greatest tv ever. Well, maybe by now, there are other candidates. But nothing wrote the epitaph of the USA better than season 2 of The Wire. "Once this country made things that we sold all the world. Now it's about putting your hand in another guy's pocket."
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    Watch, Watched, Watching: The Prequel

    Due to a rec I made above in this thread, I just re-watched American Gangster (2008) for maybe the fourth time. This time the dvd* provided the extended version, so I went for it. This film not only held up but the extended version didn't slow down anything. ------------------ * I'd thought American Gangster was available streaming from netflix, but no, not now -- now it's dvd only (I have both services -- as well as amazon prime, which so far isn't giving me much that netflix hasn't).
  24. Well, I dunno. You all do know why Texas wasn't split into 4 - 5 states as the Southerners wanted during the discussion of Texas joining the US as a state? You know why Texas went for it too, yah? And the arguments about making California several states back during the epic battle for it becoming a state?
  25. https://www.salon.com/2018/06/13/psychologist-john-gartner-on-trumps-behavior-its-a-coup-thats-not-moving-slowly-anymore/
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