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  1. This might be a fun and quite engaging thread. My favourite is the Donald claiming that he could see thousands of Muslims taking to the streets in New Jersey from his office tower on 9/11 to celebrate the World Trade Center attack. He never completely walked that one back. It sort of became metaphorically speaking at some point. Personally, I think this alone should have disqualified him from running for President of the United States. It was so hateful and inflammatory and so not true.
  2. I would be hard pressed to pick anything tomorrow! But perhaps this thread can include anyone and everyone's idea as to what might be worthwhile to catch the next day.
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    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    Usually you get a few free reads per month. It is not an easy article to cherry-pick but I'll try The Fix Analysis Here are the next shoes to drop in the Trump-Ukraine scandal So what do we need to find out next? The first big question involves an aide who figures prominently in Taylor’s narrative: Tim Morrison, the head of the White House National Security Council’s Eurasia desk. In arguably the most significant disclosure by Taylor, Morrison allegedly told him that Sondland had relayed an explicit quid pro quo to a top aide to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Andriy Yermak. ... Another key element is what Sondland might say from here on out. As I noted in my takeaways post, there appear to be major discrepancies between what he said in his testimony last week and what Taylor said Tuesday. A key example: Sondland said, “I recall no discussions with any State Department or White House official about former vice president Biden or his son, nor do I recall taking part in any effort to encourage an investigation into the Bidens." Compare that to Taylor’s hearing about Morrison’s version of events, and it’s difficult to square them. ... Once we go beyond Taylor’s testimony, there is the matter of the White House transcript of that Trump-Zelensky call. There continue to be unanswered questionsabout whether it was the full picture, with ellipses coming at key junctures when Trump was talking about the investigations mentioned above. We knew that it was a rough transcript based upon notes taken by those listening in on the call, but there are some indications and suggestions that there might be a word-for-word transcript somewhere. And one last timely and potentially major matter is what happens next with Giuliani. There have been mixed messages about whether he is under investigation and if so, for what, after two business associates of his, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, were indicted recently. Republicans, including Trump, have distanced themselves from Giuliani, perhaps worried about how brazen he might have been in this whole time frame. We’ve already seen what happened when one of Trump’s personal lawyers got into trouble (see: Cohen, Michael); it’s not difficult to think what might happen if Giuliani is truly in hot water.
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    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    Every State deserves its own Trump wall ... including Hawaii.
  5. The 2016 winner of the Japan Blue Ribbon Award was … Shin Gojira (2016) Hideaki Anno, Shinji Higuchi, Japan
  6. Your Top Foreign Language Films Hello everyone. I enjoyed posting the ’Your Favourite Performances of…’ each week so I thought this might be an interesting carry-on. The main purpose of this and the performances thread was to gather lists of recommended films. For this thread you are simply to consider the overall film. Hopefully there will be some discussion about them too. The format for listing the films should be like this …. 1. Day for Night (1973) Francois Truffaut, France. Lots of films are co-produced by many countries. I usually just try to pick one representative. The predominant language or the nationality of the director may be the best judge. I ask only a few things of participants. First, to wait until I have changed the year of the thread before posting your own choices. Second, to go by the generally accepted theatrical release date of a film rather than the year it was released in North America or nominated for an Oscar. The imdb and wikipedia are pretty good sources for these initial release dates. Film festivals and most premieres count as release dates. I have my own rule of thumb when it comes to films that have been banned from public release for many years. The Soviet block countries had a habit of doing this. In these instances I use the date the film was completed. Films simply shot in a foreign country do not qualify. Orson Welles made a lot of films in Europe but they were in the English language. Similarly, Antonioni’s The Passenger (1975) with Jack Nicholson is an English language film. I would think that films like The Longest Day or Tora Tora Tora or Last Tango In Paris which have big segments in a foreign language would not qualify as they are primarily English language films. Sergio Leone’s westerns with Eastwood would be English language films as the main cast performed the film in English. And The Artist (2011) is too cute to qualify. If you are like me, you probably try to avoid dubbed versions of foreign films but in some instances they are the only ones available to us. I’ll leave it up to you to decide whether or not to include them but you might mention if the versions you screened were dubbed. There really isn’t a limit to the number of films one can list but remember they are supposed to be “favourites.” That can mean different things to different people. Excellent films are usually my favourites. Please list them in your preference, i.e., number 1 through 10 and runner-ups. As in the performance thread at the end of each decade I will do a recap of the number one choices and then call for choices of the best foreign language film of the decade. We generally try to avoid short subjects or television movies. But, as in the case of Ingmar Bergman’s Scenes From a Marriage many foreign tv movies have also had theatrical releases or played in film festivals. Those films are fair game. A film should be at least 40 minutes in length to qualify as a feature film in this thread. This time I am going to start with films prior to 1920 for a week then after that films from the 1920’s for three weeks. After that we will go year-by-year doing one year per week. Saturdays will usually be the turn over day for new posts. For the silent films, and countries like Japan which were still making them in the early thirties, qualifying films should come from non-English speaking countries. It may take a little while for this thread to gain some steam. Personally, I have not seen very many foreign films in the 1930’s. But in prepping some of this I have noticed that when going year-by-year one gets a greater appreciation of the careers of some of the directors and a greater focus on their films. I plan on mentioning films that have won major awards in foreign countries or film festivals. But as you are no doubt aware they often win these awards years after their initial release dates in their own countries. This could get very messy. I will endeavour to mention the awards a 1967 film has won while we are on 1967, etc. You don’t have to have seen many to participate. Just have a favourite.
  7. Italy’s Nastro d’Argento Film Journalists 2015/16 Best Picture winners included … Like Crazy (2016) Paolo Virzi, Italy
  8. The 2016 Danish Bodil Award for Best Picture went to … In the Blood (2016) Rasmus Heisterberg, Denmark
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    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    "You don't want to elect a President who is going to be under investigation." - Donald J. Trump. He warned everyone. But did they listen? The lawyers are happy. Jobs! Jobs! Jobs!
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    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    This is a very interesting quick read ... Here are the next shoes to drop in the Trump-Ukraine scandal Analysis ● By Aaron Blake ● Read more »
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    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    This article points to Bill Barr's role in helming the attempt to blame the 2016 election hack on Ukraine and to exonerate Russia. The Plum Line Opinion An overlooked Bill Taylor revelation hints at worse to come from Trump
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    Trump vs Turkey & Kurdish allies....

    The war in Syria had nothing to do with the Arab Spring that happened there? You blame that on globalists as well? And I'm glad that you are comforted as Trump is by Erdogan and Putin's word on the matter.
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    Elizabeth Warren Pres. Candidacy.....

    I have never in my life heard any Canadian or person from Great Britain say that they wish that they had a health care system like that in the Untied States.
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    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    ‘Pottymouth’: Trump presides over a coarsening of American politics By Ashley Parker and Philip Rucker ● Read more »
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    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    A thorough, revolting history of Trump’s behavior toward women Review ● By Robin Givhan ● Read more »
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    Elizabeth Warren Pres. Candidacy.....

    It would be political suicide for any politician to take away the health care systems that exist in Canada and Europe. That's one way of looking at how happy people are with their health care. And of course you can have private insurance, be it through your union or self-paid if you so desire. It tops up what is available to every citizen as a right. So you can get private care if you wish to pay for it. You are likely seeing the same doctors but you can get private rooms, etc.
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    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty) Trump administration sought billions of dollars in cuts to programs aimed at fighting corruption in Ukraine and elsewhere Democrats have slammed White House insistence that Trump was focused on corruption — not Bidens — when he blocked Ukraine aid funds. By Erica Werner ● Read more »
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    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    This has already been debunked. The Ukrainians figured it out from a politico report before the infamous phone call, per Taylor's opening statement. But this is the GOP's latest talking point. Brainless Congressman Sean Duffy reiterated it on CNN this morning.
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    In a flash, Boris Johnson’s working majority in Britain’s Parliament is now just one seat By William Booth ● Read more »
  20. The 2017 Argentinian Film Critics Association Best Foreign Film Award winners included … Aquarius (2016) Kleber Mendoca Filho, Brazil
  21. The 2016 Broadcast Critics Foreign Film …. Elle (2016) Paul Verhoeven, France **** Toni Erdmann (2016) Maren Ade, Germany The Handmaiden (2016) Chan-wook Park, South Korea Julieta (2016) Pedro Almodovar, Spain The Salesman (2016) Asghar Farhadi, Iran Neruda (2016) Pablo Larrain, Chile
  22. The 2016 Washington DC Film Critics Association Best Foreign Film … Elle (2016) Paul Verhoeven, France **** The Salesman (2016) Asghar Farhadi, Iran Julieta (2016) Pedro Almodovar, Spain Toni Erdmann (2016) Maren Ade, Germany The Handmaiden (2016) Chan-wook Park, South Korea
  23. Nominated for the 2016 Toronto Film Critics Association Best Picture Award and winner of the Best Foreign Film Award … Toni Erdmann (2016) Maren Ade, Germany
  24. The winner of the 2016 London Critics Circle Foreign Language Film Award was …. Toni Erdmann (2016) Maren Ade, Germany The winner of the 2017 London Critics Circle Foreign Language Film Award was …. Elle (2016) Paul Verhoeven, France

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