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    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    Yeah, or George Conway.
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    TCM Premieres

    The audio to Devi/ Goddess was extremely poor quality unfortunately. It sounded like a bunch of dog barking was recorded over the speaking.
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    I think Tracey Ullman really looks a bit like Theresa May.
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    Is Criticizing Israel Anti-Semitic.? Zizek: Labeling BDS ‘anti-Semitic’ desecrates the Holocaust in order to legitimize apartheid The (rather clumsy) irony of the ad is clear: Shaked’s left-liberal critics attack her for (what they perceive as) the fascist elements in her program (and in the measures enforced by her ministry). But in her reply to these critics, she ironically assumes the term ‘fascist,’ while the voice lists her actual measures which are democratic. Although Shaked tried to overcome Netanyahu from the right, Netanyahu took the same path in his statements on Instagram where, after asserting that all citizens of Israel, including Arabs, had equal rights, he added: “Israel is not a state of all its citizens.” This referred to the controversial law passed last year declaring Israel to be the nation state of the Jewish people. Yet, we would come closer to truth if we simply turned Shaked’s ad on its head – she instead sprays herself with a perfume called “democracy” while a narrator enumerates her achievements: the apartheid system with second-class citizens, leaving more than a million of Palestinians in a legal limbo, bombings of civilians… and then a passer-by (not Shaked herself) comments: “Smells like Fascism to me.” The true political goal of the ongoing campaign against BDS is to legitimize the stance shared by Shaked and Netanyahu. Our answer to all those who support this campaign should thus be: those who are not ready to criticize the apartheid politics of the state of Israel should also keep silent about the possible excesses of BDS. - referencing/ criticizing this Israeli political ad
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    Racism in Trump's America

    They should put William James on the bill.
  6. Yeah and making a literal bulldozer out of players is also cheating. You have to have a suspension of disbelief.
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 2001

    1. Cowboy Bebop: the Movie, Shinichirō Watanabe, Japan 2. Y Tu Mama Tambien, Alfonso Cuaron, Mexico 3. Amelie, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, France 4. Gone Is the One Who Held Me Dearest in the World, Liwen Ma, China 5. Spirited Away, Hayao Miyazaki, Japan 6. The Party, Saman Moghadam, Iran 7. Nowhere In Africa, Caroline Link, Germany From the foreign editions- The Only Journey of His Life, Lakis Papastathis, Greek edition
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    Lincoln’s Doctor’s Dog

    Lincoln brings the dog to a meeting of bickering politicians and the puppy warms their hearts and they stop bickering and get along. The episode is available ON DEMAND if you would like to finish it. It is quite a good episode though I thought the musical interlude was a bit jarring.
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    Four in 10 Americans Embrace Some Form of Socialism

    FDR was absolutely not a Socialist. Socialism is like Castro and Honecker. Roosevelt was really more of a Keynesian.
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    Who else likes JENNA MALONE?

    Well I'm not sure about "OSBO" but Jenna Malone seems nice.
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    Four in 10 Americans Embrace Some Form of Socialism

    "Socialism is when the government does stuff"
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    The Triumph of Donald Trump

    I'm genuinely surprised Trump has never called him "Butt .Plug." Though that nickname may be too obvious even for him.
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    Harry Langdon?

    He was an okay actor. My favorite of his might be the King (though that is really more because of Thelma Todd ).
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    The Dream Donald Trump MOW

    Really? To me, the long nose, cheek and face shape look extremely similar.
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    The Dream Donald Trump MOW

    Bring Virginia Woolf back from the dead to play AOC.
  16. The only Vietnam war films that TCM usually shows are the Deer Hunter and occasionally Good Morning, Vietnam. Yeah, they could show From 5 PM to 5 AM. That one is on YouTube with English subtitles and I assume it is public domain (probably).
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    The First Film That Comes to Mind...

    Some Like it Hot Next: a train
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    TRUMPISM IN EUROPE Dutch minister resigns over asylum-seeker crime report The Dutch migration minister has quit after coming under fire over how crimes involving asylum-seekers were reported. Mark Harbers' ministry placed offenses such as sexual assault and murder under the term "other." The Netherlands' migration minister, Mark Harbers (pictured), resigned on Tuesday following an outcry over a report which appeared to downplay crime statistics in relation to asylum-seekers. Harbers presented a report to the Dutch parliament that included information on crimes committed by asylum-seekers. Various misdemeanors, such as shoplifting, had their own separate categories but serious crimes such as sexual assault, murder and manslaughter were placed under the category "other." During a parliamentary discussion, the politician stated he had offered his resignation. He took "total responsibility" for not correctly informing the chamber but said it was "not deliberate." Harbers' fall comes amid a mini-crisis for the center-right Prime Minister Mark Rutte as he tries to stave off a surge for euroskeptic and anti-immigration parties who look set to make gains across the continent in European elections on Thursday. Rutte tweeted saying though he "respected" Harbers' decision to quit, it was "incredibly regrettable that the cabinet must say goodbye to such a talented and committed liberal."
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    Elizabeth Warren Pres. Candidacy.....

    Wow, now THIS is powerful! ‘Written by men’: AOC, Elizabeth Warren rip ‘Game of Thrones’ ending Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Elizabeth Warren complained about the ending of “Game of Thrones” in a video posted online Tuesday. The two politicians railed against the male-centric plot and the portrayal of “emotional” women in the resolution of the epic HBO drama. “I feel like we were getting so close to having this ending with just women running the world,” Ocasio-Cortez said about the final season. “And then the last two episodes, it’s like, ‘Oh, they’re too emotional.’ It’s like, ugh, this was written by men!” Warren, who was a huge fan of the dragon-riding Daenerys Targaryen, said she switched allegiances to Sansa Stark, who fell short of achieving the ultimate goal. “Sansa, who already is Queen of the North, thank you very much, she walks away saying ‘I’ll still be Queen of the North,'” Warren mused. “C’mon Sansa! Go for the big one.” In the show’s finale, Bran Stark — a crippled boy who sees into the future — became the ruler of the six kingdoms. Daenerys Targaryen went mad and Arya Stark sailed into the unknown. Ocasio-Cortez ended the segment by joking that HBO needed some “feminist analysis.”
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    72 hour Memorial day marathon neutered to 1 day?

    Yeah or Maitresse shown twice in a row.
  21. Yeah, they used the 2014 restoration.
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    SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY , NATURE & HISTORY In Superintelligence, a state-of-the-art book on the dangers of machine intelligence, Nick Bostrom reminds us that horses “became obsolete” roughly one hundred years ago. Horses are, of course, not obsolete in natural or metaphysical terms. But what Bostrom means – and he is right in this – is that (literal) horsepower has no structural value in fossil-fuel economies. Between 1920 and 1950, horses lost a status they had held in human societies since prehistoric times. Virtually overnight, they went from being a system-powering necessity to a class-signaling luxury. Cars displaced horses, which is to say, machines displaced living beings. From Leningrad to Los Angeles, the shift was signaled by a catastrophic fall in horse populations. “In the United States,” Bostrom reports, “there were about 26 million horses in 1915. By the early 1950s, 2 million remained.” The fate of horses in the twentieth century, warns Bostrom, might well prefigure the fate of humans in the twenty-first. It is entirely conceivable, he argues in Superintelligence, that “biological humans” (as he calls us) might soon be “outclassed” by machine intelligences, as horses were outpaced by cars. Bostrom seems not to know it, but this is the exact intuition that inspired The Glass Bees, a 1957 novel by one of Germany’s most formidable right-wing intellectuals, Ernst Jünger. Throughout this futurist tour de force, Jünger’s narrator – a disgraced cavalry officer, and, by the novel’s end, a tech consultant – broods over the disappearance of horses. For Jünger, the disappearance of horses in late-industrial society is emblematic of a new era (we could call it the “Machinocene”) when machine systems outmaneuver and displace natural beings. Jünger reasons that this machine-driven march of obsolescence will not halt at the horses. It will inevitably reach us. If we can trust Jünger’s intuition, then the much-hyped Anthropocene is a misnomer. It cannot be right to use the Greek word for humankind (anthropos) to name an age in which machines seem poised to threaten humans “in the way of whales and horses” (as Jünger puts it). The Glass Bees is a vivid conjuration of a near-future , a vaguely steam-punk Machinocene, in which Jünger anticipates several of Bostrom’s worries with uncanny precision. Take the insectoids that give Jünger’s novel its title, a swarm of “glass bees” that move (but do not live) in a garden behind the manor house (once a monastery) owned by a tech-industrialist named Giacomo Zapparoni. Jünger’s narrator realizes that a single glass bee could extract more nectar in one day than a swarm of real bees could in one year. This is the “tangible utility” of glass bees. But their menace lies in their utility. For he then notices that Zapparoni’s bees, unlike those of natural hives, “ruthlessly sucked out the flowers and ravished them.” For Jünger, the glass bees represent what Bostrom calls the optimization power of machines. Glass bees disrupt life in a garden precisely because they optimize bees’ nectar-sucking function. Wherever Zapparoni’s robots hive, “a failure of crops, and ultimately a desert,” Jünger predicts, are sure to follow.

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