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  1. FUTILITY Wilfred Owen Move him into the sun— Gently its touch awoke him once, At home, whispering of fields unsown. Always it woke him, even in France, Until this morning and this snow. If anything might rouse him now The kind old sun will know. Think how it wakes the seeds— Woke, once, the clays of a cold star. Are limbs so dear-achieved, are sides Full-nerved,—still warm,—too hard to stir? Was it for this the clay grew tall? —O what made fatuous sunbeams toil To break earth's sleep at all?
  2. Marnie the Opera

    Seeing this next week. It opened last night to mixed reviews, but I'm looking forward to it.
  3. Germany supplants US as the country with the best global reputation We were #1. Now we are #6. http://edition.cnn.com/2017/11/17/world/nation-brand-ranking-trnd/index.html
  4. Destry Rides Again (1939)

    Saw Follies last night. I liked it. It's not one of my favorite shows, but I thought the cast was excellent (for the most part) and the production was stupendous. You could not create that sort of production -- huge cast and production values -- on Broadway at the moment. You need a theater like the National Theatre, which is partly subsidized. The lack of interval -- which was the original intent -- makes the plot more cohesive, but it also makes for longeurs toward the latter part of the show. Some cuts would have been appropriate. Janie Dee as Phyllis was my favorite. The actor who played Buddy was also excellent.
  5. To Any Dead Officer BY SIEGFRIED SASSOON Well, how are things in Heaven? I wish you’d say, Because I’d like to know that you’re all right. Tell me, have you found everlasting day, Or been sucked in by everlasting night? For when I shut my eyes your face shows plain; I hear you make some cheery old remark— I can rebuild you in my brain, Though you’ve gone out patrolling in the dark. You hated tours of trenches; you were proud Of nothing more than having good years to spend; Longed to get home and join the careless crowd Of chaps who work in peace with Time for friend. That’s all washed out now. You’re beyond the wire: No earthly chance can send you crawling back; You’ve finished with machine-gun fire— Knocked over in a hopeless dud-attack. Somehow I always thought you’d get done in, Because you were so desperate keen to live: You were all out to try and save your skin, Well knowing how much the world had got to give. You joked at shells and talked the usual “shop,” Stuck to your dirty job and did it fine: With “Jesus Christ! when will it stop? Three years ... It’s hell unless we break their line.” So when they told me you’d been left for dead I wouldn’t believe them, feeling it must be true. Next week the bloody Roll of Honour said “Wounded and missing”—(That’s the thing to do When lads are left in shell-holes dying slow, With nothing but blank sky and wounds that ache, Moaning for water till they know It’s night, and then it’s not worth while to wake!) Good-bye, old lad! Remember me to God, And tell Him that our politicians swear They won’t give in till Prussian Rule’s been trod Under the Heel of England ... Are you there? ... Yes ... and the war won’t end for at least two years; But we’ve got stacks of men ... I’m blind with tears, Staring into the dark. Cheero! I wish they’d killed you in a decent show.
  6. One of the greats, an intelligent, decent human being as well as a gossip columnist. http://www.cnn.com/2017/11/12/us/liz-smith-obit/index.html
  7. Silent Film Ideas

    Given your name, Bob, you might be interested in the excellent and exciting The Indian Tomb, parts I and I (1921):
  8. America, I apologize for the South's hypocrisy "As a native Southerner, I'd like to apologize to the rest of the country. My region repeatedly claims that we place God above all else, but our actions tell a different story, especially when we mix religion, politics and the mistreatment of women and girls. We have politicians who feel no compunction, even, misusing the story of a sacred virgin birth to ignore child molestation." http://www.cnn.com/2017/11/10/opinions/i-apologize-for-the-souths-hypocrisy-bailey/index.html
  9. Interesting comments from 538. Because of his record in Alabama, although Moore was ahead, he was not doing that well even before the latest accusations. A Fox News poll shows the Democrat carrying independent voters even though Trump won them handily. (The current Opinion Savvy poll, surveying all voters, shows a tie.) Where did the race stand before the Post story? The five most recent public pollsters to survey the race — all before Thursday’s allegations — found, on average, Moore ahead of his Democratic opponent, Doug Jones, 48 percent to 42 percent. That sounds like a pretty decent lead until you realize that President Trump won Alabama by 28 points in 2016. Why was Moore underperforming? Alabama is a ruby-red state, but Moore has a had a long and controversialrecord there — which might explain why he’s not doing as well as you might expect for a Republican. Polls differ a bit on why Moore has been struggling, but they all agree that he’s having trouble with voters who don’t identify as evangelical. (Moore has been doing fine among Alabama’s heavily evangelical Republican base.) Hillary Clinton won non-evangelical voters in Alabama by 12 percentage points in 2016, according to the Cooperative Congressional Election Study. But Moore is doing much worse than Trump did among that group. Jones was leading Moore among non-evangelical voters by around 40 points, according to a JMC Analytics and Polling survey and an Opinion Savvy poll. Another weakness for Moore? Alabama’s independent voters. Both a Fox News poll and the Opinion Savvy poll have Jones winning independents even though Trump carried them in Alabama by 49 percentage points according to the CCES. It’s possible that Moore has already lost the Alabama voters who would have been most likely to abandon him in light of the Post story. That said, the Fox News poll found that 42 percent of Moore’s supporters had reservations about him, so either they’ve made their peace voting for a candidate they see as flawed or they already have one foot out the door and the Post story could send them the rest of the way.
  10. Right-wing Senator Mike Lee (Utah) has withdrawn his support from Roy Moore. Lee was one of the few senators who supported Moore in the Republican primary against Luther Strange, making the withdrawal of Lee's endorsement particularly troubling for Moore.
  11. re: Forum Update 10/17/2017

    I must say, I do like the "sad" emoji, because it's the perfect response to your post! So that's something good about the new design.
  12. re: Forum Update 10/17/2017

    Sounds like we need Alan Turing to sort this out.
  13. re: Forum Update 10/17/2017

    There is a "Sort by" button on the upper right within each subject category (e.g. "General Discussions"), where you can customize how the material is presented to you at that level. That should mean such functionality should also be available within any given thread.
  14. Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    It doesn't surprise me that Alabama Republicans are defending him. After all, that's part of what Deplorables do: defend sex offenders.
  15. Destry Rides Again (1939)

    I'm going to the current revival of Follies at the National Theatre in London next week. https://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/shows/follies

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