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    Fire at Notre Dame in Paris

    Of course what is going around now is talk about rebuilding Notre Dame: I have another idea; make it into a museum; restore just enough to make it safe, put in exhibits that feature photos of how it looked, its history etc...., but leave as much of the damage 'as is' (as long as it is safe to do so).This approach would provide a renewed appreciation of all the great collaborative works that remain. This approach would continue to provide mankind with appreciation of how fragile these works are as well as what this work meant to the people of France (and elsewhere), before the tragedy. I've been to Rome a lot and I tend to appreciation the very old 'beat up' monuments more than the restored ones as long as those 'beat up' ones have maintained enough of their structure,,, and Notre Dame has.
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    Recently Watched Romantic Comedies

    While Lamarr is one of the most beautiful actress of any era, her screen persona is rather 'flat'; I.e. she doesn't create a lot of spark. I like her best in photos. Hey, she was in some fine films and gave some good performances but there were other actress that were slightly less beautiful but they had an IT factor that she just doesn't have.
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    Bernie Sanders!

    Any and all proposals are going to 'turn off many voters' since any and all plans will hurt some (e.g. cost more, provide less services), while benefiting others (cost less, provide more services). So from a political POV any ideas are dangerous which is why McConnell and most members of the GOP wish to avoid the topic all together (other then getting rid of the ACA, without any replacement expect incremental proposals (like not allowing insurance companies to deny coverage for pre-existing conditions), that the vast majority of voters don't have issues with.
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    Bernie Sanders!

    One could say the military is another 800 pound gorilla; with the misguided GOP tax plan, and them wanting to increase military spending, the debt and deficit is getting way out of control. In this way the GOP is a fraud; when there is a Dem President the deficit is THE major economic issues, but when the President is member of the GOP,,,,, the deficit is no problem, spending for the military increases (to payback those that helped them get elected), taxes are cut and spending for more useful items decreases. Note: I'm for lower Fed taxes but that means LESS spending and especially military spending.
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    Bernie Sanders!

    I know that Sanders is trying to keep things simple here but what he says make no sense. If one has to pay more in Medicare Taxes, why would one ALSO pay premiums to a for-profit insurance carrier for health insurance coverage? Of course maybe the amount of the MFA tax \ deduction is based on if one is using the MFA insurance plan or a private plan, but it would be difficult to determine what a fair amount would be. In addition there is still that 800 pound gorilla; where does the money come from to cover those NOT retired that are NOT working or NOT earning enough to pay any MFA tax \ deduction.
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    Elizabeth Warren Pres. Candidacy.....

    I agree which is why 'free' college for all is a bad idea; like student loans if for-profit colleges know someone else is footing the bill, that just increases the odds they rip off the 'system'. We see this in other areas; when consumers don't have a stake in the cost, the businesses providing services to these consumers grossly overcharge and \ or provide lower quality services. Note this is why in the workers' comp system, where claimants (employees) by law can't be charged for medical services, there are fee-schedules that determine and cap the cost of care. Also insurance companies (who foot the bill), can deny non-medical related or cosmetic procedures.
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    What Would Be Your Fan Dedication Movie?

    That is a solid choice; hey, and tell him that your T.V. is broken and that is why there is no sound! Ok, that is a little sneaky but my guess is it might enhance his viewing experience.
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    And here is another one;
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    Women respond to misogyny and sexual predators with power

    I recommend you post this on the 'is ACO good or bad for the Dems' thread. I admit I like Pelosi's sense of humor when she dismisses these social-dems. She appears to view them as gnats.
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    Well...we are proud of ourselves.

    Great. I assume I can find a copy on Amazon. I've been wanting to ask you a question related to statistical ranking (I work with actuaries and build statistical models in the insurance field so I love data!): Who are the top-10 actors and actresses over any 3 decade period. E.g. 30 - 50, 40 - 60, 50 - 70, 60 - 80. I use 3 decades because I'm interested in longevity: yea, there have been very 'hot' actors in every decade but many fade, especially after 10 years or so. If I'm not mistaken Glenn Ford would be right at the top for 40 - 60 (or maybe 50 - 70?), since he was very big in the 50s but strong in decades prior and after that. I.e. he was a fan favorite for a very long time. Of course many of the top-10 stars you listed would be in the top 10 for a 3 decade period, but I wonder if any of them would be in the top-10 for two of these: e.g. 40 - 60, and 50 - 70? (which means they were 'strong' for over 4 decades. Hey, I know that this would take work, but I just love this stuff and you do good work.
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    Movie I can only remember by just one scene

    After Tension Cyd was in a few more non-musical roles; The best of these East Side, West Side, also made in 1949, and is a romantic crime drama with Barbara Stanwyck, Van Heflin, James Mason, and Ava Gardner. Cyd as a good part in this film. Cyd did two westerns in 1951 playing an Indian women and a Hispanic one. While she did do a few other non-musical, but since The Band Wagon was such a hit she became known for musicals. Talented lady.
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    George Conway Speaks Up

    Are you so forgiving to Trump? Ha ha. Here is how George looks today; That is FAT, not just a little weight. (neck fat like that is a sign of obesity). Of course all of this is irrelevant to the issue at hand.
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    Bernie Sanders!

    I believe we are in agreement; As for my statement about 'a worst problem'; I guess I should have said doesn't address that problem. AND as both of us understand THAT is the major problem. THAT is the 800 lb. gorilla: so in this regard any major changes to the overall US healthcare system and how it is funded needs to address this 'gorilla', or it is a NO go for me. Therefore I can see where my post would be confusing; I don't support MFA 'plans' put out so far by Dems since, as you noted, they are not address that gorilla. Of course the GOP has had no ideas to address the gorilla, and generally no ideas at all for any type of reform (just more hot air, especially by Trump which even Mitch understood).
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    Greatest at over-acting? Ok, just joking; But there are performances in talking pictures where Garbo gives off the vibe of 'I'm acting!!!!', and come off as show-off theater performances. Of course this was true for many MGM films especially in the early 30s, but Garbo combined with this MGM style of film making, comes off as somewhat phony and contrived. BUT, when I see scenes like the visit to the prison scene at the end of Mata Hari (which I just saw when she was SOTM); wow,,,, I said to myself,,, that Garbo is special,,, she is really something, and I understand her massive appeal.
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    What Would Be Your Fan Dedication Movie?

    My fan dedication film would be The Crimson Kimono dedicated to my Japanese mom. This 1959 noir film is set in Little Tokyo in Los Angeles, and features many of the places my mom would take us kids to, so it brings back memories. The film stars James Shigeta and Glenn Corbett as fellow L.A. Police detectives that fall for the same women, Victoria Shaw (who is white). This Samuel Fuller film has an interesting murder mystery that revolves around race relation issues and interracial relationships (which my parents had as well but 'flipped'). Solid movie with good performances.
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    George Conway Speaks Up

    It appears your POV is that the USA deserved 9\11 and that the attack was 100% justified.
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    Solid points; hey, it could be the result of climate change! (ha ha); Most likely it is a combination of balls being "juicer" and a change in how young players approach the game (because increased strike-out can't be explained by a juiced ball). Oh, and what about that Tiger win! I'm not much of a golf fan so even my wife was surprised I was watching golf on Sunday instead of the NBA playoffs. I told her I was pulling for the Italian (my wife is Italian), but I lied, I was pulling for Tiger.
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    Robert Mueller submits Russia report

    Rumor is that release of the Mueller report will be delayed due to climate change.
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    Movie I can only remember by just one scene

    PS: I saw Tension last night on MOVIES-TV Sunday Night Noir; If you want to see Cyd in an early non-musical role this one is it.
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    Home runs and strike outs have been on the increase the last 5 or so years, right? It might not be juiced up balls as much as how younger players are not approaching the game; instead of just just trying to make contact and living with the results, it is go-for-the-fences and thus more home-runs and more strike-outs.
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    Bernie Sanders!

    Medicare-For-All would be payed for by a payroll tax; if the amount taken for a person to cover themselves and their family is less than what that person pays today for a private health insurance plan, than that would be a good plan. As studies have shown the amount should be less because no private for-profit insurance companies. So to me the issue is how coverage is paid for by those NOT subject to a payroll tax; But isn't that the same issue with the ACA and ALL other ideas? Where do the funds come from to cover those that can't pay a premium or Medicare-For-All tax or any to little Fed taxes. Medicare-For-All doesn't make finding funds for those that don't earn income (or enough of one) a worst problem for the overall US healthcare system.
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    Why do some classic movie fans bash newer films?

    Say what, the Sarge being insistent and that makes one exhausting; say it ain't so. (ha ha). But I still love him too.
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    Cincinnati Backlot Submitted!

    I recommend you put this under the 'information' forum. Anyhow, good luck with this endeavor.
  24. I can't remember that far back either if TCM had niche-programming spotlights (series) during their first 3 or so years. But clearly there is more of this type of programming in recent years then there was, say, 10 years ago.
  25. Everything you say in the second paragraph is true as it relates to TCM: So I'm curious related to programming (i.e. the films TCM shows or doesn't show), where TCM has evolved. Note that I don't view TCM not-evolving as a negative. Their mission statement from the get-go was solid and thus didn't need to evolve.

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