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  1. 2 hours ago, jamesjazzguitar said:

    I discussed this with my wife and we agree;  A spouse shouldn't put their spouse in such a difficult and embarrassing position.     While George is 100% right with regards to his views on Trump,   what he is doing is selfish and unloving towards his wife.  


    "Selfish and unloving" :lol:

    He has no obligation to anyone to be nice to Trump. 

  2. 16 minutes ago, Dargo said:

    And yet the ironic thing about all these reporters expressing the thought about so-called "fake news" that "it is extremely dangerous to our democracy", is that that ITSELF is "fake news".

    Evidently, what these reporters DON'T know, or more likely the people who wrote that line for them to mouth on air don't know, is that our country is NOT "a Democracy" in the truest sense of the word, but IS in fact a "REPUBLIC", and where through one form of a democratic process, the citizens vote for others to represent them and their interests in our government.

    Unfortunately, the government isn't like in Plato's Republic where the "Philosopher King" rules over all. Now that would be the perfect world. Though of course, that is a real pipe dream to expect for a government with a truly wise and knowledgeable ruler and one who isn't self-serving, crude and maybe a tad less "Twitter-prone" shall we say. :rolleyes: :lol: 


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  3. 7 minutes ago, LawrenceA said:

    Where did I say that I wanted a "pro-US" view? And I don't even know what "pro-US" means anymore, as the slant of CNN certainly isn't that of the current US government.

    What I meant is that RT has a very noticeable pro-Russia slant whereas CNN has a very noticeable pro-US neoliberal class slant to it. I know RT is not un-biased and I don't pretend otherwise but it's recommended by Chomsky and Jeremy Corbyn so I read it from time to time. 

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  4. 15 hours ago, Sgt_Markoff said:

    it's one of the most ludicrous aspects of 'modern' society. The mind-numbing uniformity of the content and the 'sameness' of all the verbiage; all dished up with canned, faux cheerfulness.


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  5. 31 minutes ago, LawrenceA said:

    Just to clarify, Steele's dossier is bunk because he sourced portions of it (which portions?) from random, anonymous individuals on the internet. And yet, there are multiple threads and posts on this message board stating over and over again that internet "citizen journalists" aka random, anonymous individuals on the internet, are to be trusted more so than traditional "corporate" journalists aka the "MSM".

    Yeah, that makes sense. :lol:

    The wording of the above Russia Today article betrays its bias, as well.

    And I have no dog in this fight, so I'm not "wanting" things to be true or false, one way or the other. 

    CNN also reported on it too if you want a more "pro-US" view on the events.

    Both articles agree on one thing at least that "the most salacious claims in the dossier are still unverified." It should be telling that an "intelligence officer" decided to use a completely unsourced website.

    Also the original RT article includes the actual quotes too so it's not as if it isn't directly sourcing Steele himself.

    Also yes, of course everything is biased. Every last thing has a bias that upholds its power structure like Foucault said. "Power is everywhere because it comes from everywhere."


    Donald Trump has once again lashed out at his political opponents after the ex-spy responsible for the infamous ‘Steele dossier’ admitted that he used an unverified internet post as a source while compiling the dubious document.

    Christopher Steele, the ex-British spy who fueled Russiagate hysteria with his DNC-commissioned opposition research on Donald Trump, admitted during a lawsuit deposition that he relied on unverified information contained in a report publishedby CNN iReport – a now-defunct “user-generated” news site. Stories featured on iReport were submitted by citizen journalists and were not edited, fact-checked, or screened before being published.

    Steele acknowledged under questioning that he had used a July 28, 2009 report published on iReport to substantiate claims he made about internet hosting company Webzilla and its alleged Kremlin ties. However, the former British intel officer insisted that he thought iReport boasted the same thorough journalistic standards as CNN.

    When asked if he understood that content on the site was not generated by CNN reporters, he said, “I do not.” He was then asked: “Do you understand that they have no connection to any CNN reporters?” Steele replied, “I do not.”

    He was pressed further: “Do you understand that CNN iReports are or were nothing more than any random individuals’ assertions on the Internet?” Steele replied: “No, I, obviously, presume that if it is on a CNN site that it has some kind of CNN status. Albeit that it may be an independent person posting on the site.”


    Webzilla is among the list of plaintiffs suing Buzzfeed for defamation, after the media outlet published Steele’s findings in full in January 2017, with a disclaimer that they hadn’t verified it.

    The president, who has long denied the salacious allegations contained in Steele’s report, mocked the former MI6 spy and his Democratic sponsors in a tweet.
    “Report: Christopher Steele backed up his Democrat & Crooked Hillary paid for Fake & Unverified Dossier with information he got from ‘send in watchers’ of low ratings CNN. This is the info that got us the Witch Hunt!” Trump wrote.

    While devout Russiagate disciples insist that the revelation changes nothing, many on social media expressed disbelief that anything in Steele’s dossier could still be taken seriously.

    “Turns out Master Spy Christopher Steele was every bit as careful, conscientious, and meticulous as we thought he was,”Byron York, chief political correspondent for the Washington Examiner, joked.

    Steele’s admission comes amid growing skepticism over the dossier’s key allegations. In December, Michael Isikoff, one of the first journalists to report on the document, conceded that Steele’s central claims were “likely false.”

    Coincidentally, Isikoff’s explosive report on alleged Trump-Russia links was cited extensively by the FBI to secure a warrant to spy on Trump adviser Carter Page.

  7. 1 hour ago, TheCid said:

    I occasionally surf through Moanin' Joe, but seldom watch much of it. His "wide-ranging discussions" tend to be him pontificating, blustering and totally dominating the conversations.  His wife (Mika) can't even hardly get a word in edgewise.

    I catch it from time to time too. It can pretty much be called the "whine about Trump" show because they rarely cover anything else. 

  8. 25 minutes ago, HelenBaby2 said:

    Ben has a magnificent head of hair as does his brother Josh. Must take after their mom’s side because Frank didn’t seem to have that trait. 

    Yeah, I think his hair is pretty nice too. I don't mind it. Also I think he looks a lot like the Russian actor Konstantin Khabensky. :) 


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  9. I listen to whatever soundtrack comes with the film. These movies were usually done with accompaniment and that is the way I watch them. It does annoy me however when composers add completely different music that does not flow with the film. Sometimes the soundtrack used for the film shown on TCM will be too much and I mute it. I prefer when the soundtrack is something soothing and calm like Grieg, Bizet or other romantic era composers that are often selected from.

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    A UN court has rejected an appeal by Bosnian Serb former leader Radovan Karadzic and increased his sentence to life in prison.

    The tribunal on Wednesday ruled that his initial sentence was too light.

    In 2016 Karadzic, 73, was found guilty of genocide and war crimes by a UN tribunal in The Hague and given a 40-year prison sentence.

    He planned the Srebrenica massacre of July 1995 - the worst atrocity in Europe since World War Two.

    Karadzic had said his conviction was based on "rumours". He launched an appeal against his sentence last year, telling judges that the expulsion of Muslims and Croats in the 1990s had been "myths".

    Karadzic, a former psychiatrist, was president of the Bosnian Serb entity Republika Srpska during the Bosnian War in the 1990s.

    But the tribunal rejected the majority of Karadzic's appeal, instead ruling the sentence was too lenient.

    The former leader cannot appeal the tribunal's decision. He sat in the chamber on Wednesday and did not react to the ruling.

    Correspondents say the ruling is likely to be one of the last remaining hearings stemming from the bloody break-up of the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s.

    In its original verdict, the UN tribunal ruled that Karadzic and other leaders were responsible for the "organised and systematic pattern of crimes committed against Bosnian Muslims and Bosnian Croats".

    At Srebrenica, Bosnian Serb soldiers slaughtered nearly 8,000 Muslim men and boys in a "safe area" protected by Dutch peacekeeping forces for the UN.

    Judges also held Karadzic responsible for the siege of Sarajevo, a campaign of shelling and sniping which lasted more than three years and led to the deaths of an estimated 10,000 civilians.

    After the war, Karadzic hid for years masquerading as an expert in alternative medicine before his eventual arrest in Serbia in 2008.

    Former Bosnian Serb army commander Ratko Mladic was sentenced to life in prison on similar charges of war crimes and genocide in November 2017.

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  11. 1 hour ago, TopBilled said:

    Interesting that a company's name was defined by one century...that we were still calling it 20th Century Fox instead of 21st Century Fox.

    Of all the studio names, Universal seems the most futuristic and timeless. There could still be a Universal Studios a thousand years from now.

    The old logo looks pretty futuristic for its day.


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  12. 41 minutes ago, SummerStars said:

    I just thought of something.  Perhaps, in honor of TCM's anniversary this coming month, maybe, just maybe at some point TCM could (and should) do something nostalgic and show some of the original identifications and bumpers from their first year.  For instance, the intro before a movie begins with the jazz musicians and people dancing.  The only "original" bumper from TCM's first year that they still show is the "All Night" one, for movies shown usually after 2:00am. 

    Still, just a thought.

    Yeah and they should really bring back the original Silent Sundays intro. too. :) 

  13. 2 hours ago, Arsan404 said:

    If you have a favorite painting that deserve to be more recognized, please post it.

    My favorite painting of all time is "Blut und Eisen" by German anti-fascist John Heartfield.


    I also like this one by Kazimir malevich entitled "The Knifegrinder."


    Malevich self portrait from 1933.


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