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    Bernie Sanders! The US establishment thinks Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is too radical – with an impending climate disaster, the worry is she isn't radical enough We should of course fully support democratic socialists: we have to begin with where we are. But my fear is that beneath their concrete welfare state proposals there is nothing, no great project, just a vague idea of more social justice. In the long term, is this enough? Now that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has joined Bernie Sanders as the public face of the left wing of the Democratic Party, with others waiting in the shadows to explode on the US national scene, there is no surprise in the wide scope of reactions to the fact the term “democratic socialism” has gained (limited) acceptability in one of the two US main parties. Republican media predictably spread fear: democratic socialists plan to abolish capitalism, introduce Venezuelan-style state terror and bring poverty, etc. In a more restrained way, centrist Democrats warn about the non-intended catastrophic economic consequences of democratic socialist proposals: how to raise money for universal healthcare, etc? (Incidentally, one should recall here how even the most daring proposals of today’s democratic socialists do not come even close to moderate European social democracy half a century ago – a sign of how the centre of gravity of the entire political field shifted to the right.) Even on the liberal left side of the Democratic Party, there are bad surprises. In the long list of Obama’s endorsements of the Democratic candidates for the mid-term elections (over 80 names), one looks in vain for Ocasio-Cortez. Echoing Nancy Pelosi who stated “I have to say, we’re capitalists, that’s just the way it is”, even the “leftist” Elizabeth Warren declared herself “capitalist to my bones”… The latest – and morally most problematic – fad in this series is the charge of antisemitismaddressed at anyone who deviates to the left from the acceptable left-liberal establishment. Till recently, the label “antisemitism” was used against any critique of the State of Israel and the way it deals with Palestinians; now, it is more and more mobilised to disqualify the left perceived as “too radical”, from Corbyn in the UK to Ocasio-Cortez in the US. Antisemites in one’s own country (Poland, Hungary, Baltic states) are tolerated insofar as they turn into Zionist supporters of the Israeli politics in the West Bank, while leftists who sympathise with the West Bank Palestinians but also warn against the resurgent antisemitism in Europe are denounced at the same time. This rise of the weird figure of antisemitic Zionists is one of the most worrying signs of our decay.
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    TRUDEAU'S CANADA Arrest made in attack on photographer TORONTO - Police in Toronto have made an arrest in an alleged assault on a newspaper photographer in the city's downtown. It happened last Saturday during competing rallies at Nathan Phillips Square, a major public plaza in front of Toronto City Hall. Toronto Sun photographer Stan Behal says one protester lunged at him and hit him in the head. Behal says he decided to file a police complaint because he believes the alleged attack was motivated by growing anti-media sentiment. In a statement Saturday night, police said they had arrested a 29-year-old man from Toronto earlier in the day. Police say Donald Joseph Macleod has been charged with assault and is due in court Wednesday.
  3. I may check out "Going Places" tomorrow. I've never heard of it before but I like some of those 30s musicals so I may like it.
  4. It used to be in the 1001 Movies list too before getting deleted out.
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    My own favs vs.other moviebuffs,etc

    I'm not sure what all the dollar signs are supposed to mean. That part really confuses me.
  6. A BRIEF POST-SCRIPT ON THE CASE OF AVITAL RONELL BY SLAVOJ ŽIŽEK 0 COMMENT 2 LOVED Now that the (select) details of the accusation against Avital Ronell have become public, some journalists and friends (or, rather, “friends”) asked me: do you still stand by your support for her? My immediate reaction to this question is: do youstill believe in Avital’s guilt? If you do, then we don’t live in the same world. I didn’t learn anything new in the now available data, so there is nothing that should make me change my stance. From my perspective, two things immediately strike the eye in the latest stage of this affair. First is the breathtakingly biased reporting in the big (and not so big) media. Not only were my (and others’) texts defending Avital serially rejected (I was only able to publish mine in The Philosophical Salon), but also the letter of support signed by 120 of her students went unreported – a clear indication where the power resides in this case. The way the media covered the affair follows a certain pattern. Here is the title of the report in The Sunday Times: “Groping professor Avital Ronell and her ‘cuddly’ Nimrod Reitman see kisses go toxic,” where the specific accusation of “groping” which was not accepted by the court is highlighted as a fact. Later, it is usually mentioned that Avital denies this accusation, but this denial is itself relativized, as in the report in Salon which first highlights the accuser’s statement: “’She put my hands onto her breasts, and was pressing herself — her buttocks — onto my crotch,’ he said. ‘She was kissing me, kissing my hands, kissing my torso.’ That evening, a similar scene played out again, he said.” The report then goes on: “Ronell has denied that any such incidents occurred, and NYU’s investigation did not sustain Reitman’s allegations of sexual abuse and stalking, largely because there were no witnesses and no physical evidence. (A familiar outcome, let us note, for many women who make similar claims.) His claim of harassment was sustained, based on a lengthy pattern of emails in which Ronell addressed him with sexualized pet names like ‘baby love angel’ or ‘****-er spaniel,’ or described her desire to kiss him or cuddle up together on her sofa.” So, Ronell’s denial is duly noted, but then it is immediately devalued: there were no witnesses or physical evidence, so it is his word against hers, and sowing doubt in the victim’s report is the usual strategy of harassers and their defenders. In short, the message is clear: although Avital denies it, we all know the accusations are true… But what about the “lengthy pattern of emails in which Ronell addressed him with sexualized pet names like ‘baby love angel’ or ‘****-er spaniel,’ or described her desire to kiss him or cuddle up together on her sofa”? Well, the first thing to do here is to situate these emails in their true “pattern,” which is provided by the entire corpus of messages, i.e., to include also his messages to her which, as we are getting to now, constantly use the same language: “Just sending you infinite kisses and love. Thank you for your being my most precious blessing”; “Mon Avital, beloved and special one”; “Sending you infinite love, kisses and devotion,” etc. etc. The eccentric pattern was followed by both parties involved, and when the accuser claims he “acquiesced because he did not want to anger his supervisor,” this is simply not convincing enough to explain his language. He didn’t just tolerate her messages, but was fully caught in the spiral of mutually reinforcing their tone.
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 1963

    Yeah, it had some funny jokes but it definitely wasn't their best episode.
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    Racism in Trump's America

    On Heidegger and antisemitism and going forward today. HEIDEGGER’S ETERNAL TRIANGLE On July 20, 2014, I published a small article titled “A Fight for the Right to Read Heidegger” in “The Stone” column of the New York Times. Predictably enough, given a long buildup of controversies aimed at delegitimizing Heidegger, my argument concerning a profound disconnect between his anti-Semitic prejudice and his philosophy gave rise to hundreds of comments, some of them vitriol-filled. Among these, one stood out for me, its concluding sentences reading: “Not only language but thought takes a holiday when we come to Heidegger. Beware, he still stalks the world.” I asked myself upon scanning through these lines: Where else but on holiday—vacated of or vacationing away from pragmatic, instrumental concerns—does thought truly think and language speak? The holiday in question is not necessarily a beach vacation (and there is nothing reprehensible about taking a beach vacation!) but a more general release to and for the possible and its play, which is only the province of phenomenology insofar as it is an exemplar of thinking. Then there is the issue of the world. It is ironic, to say the least, to accuse of stalking the world a philosopher who has given us a renewed appreciation of this originally theological term, dissociated it from “global” affairs, and handed it over to secular, existential, and ecological considerations. Finally, a warning: “Beware, he still stalks the world!” Still—in the twenty-first century, well after his death! Beware: Heidegger is a specter, akin to the specter of communism that has made its bombastic appearance in the first lines of Marx and Engels’s Communist Manifesto. Which world does he haunt? Or, better, whose world? That of a technocratic stricture, where possibilities are unlimited so long as they are indexed to “technological innovation”? That of unremitting calculation and quantification, insinuating the phenomenology of capital into the fabric of life (and death)? That of the expanding worldlessness, where—devalorized, leveled down, and homogenized—the place becomes a passage on the way to nowhere? (To be sure, nowhere is always the final destination, but one can travel there slowly or quickly, taking one’s time or squandering it, veering off to unexpected detours or running into it head-on, caring for the beings one encounters along the way or dragging them along indiscriminately as if in a bottom-trawling net toward an end that is not theirs . . .)
  9. So Sean Spicer wrote this in response to the "colluding" press.
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    & then there's the rest of the WORLD...

    More Mark Ames‏Verified account @MarkAmesExiled FollowFollow @MarkAmesExiled Mark Ames Retweeted Arutz Sheva Ukraine has done the equivalent of Germany changing its official Wehrmacht salute back to "Heil Hitler—Sieg Heil" Congratulations to NATO, Washington think-tank flaks, and all the little Nazis who made this EuroMaidan possible. Mark Ames added, Arutz Sheva @ArutzSheva_En Nazi collaborator greeting becomes official Ukraine army salute$Fw 11:15 AM - 17 Aug 2018
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    Free speech concern Facebook flat-out 'lies' about how many people can see its ads – lawsuit 'Made-up PR numbers' used by social giant to exaggerate online advertising audience Facebook brags it has a massive real audience, estimated to be about 2.23bn monthly users and 1.47bn daily users after culling more than 1.27bn fake accounts. However, the social networking giant's math is being challenged in a lawsuit that claims this reach is exaggerated, thereby defrauding advertisers. In other words, it is alleged not quite as many eyeballs are seeing Facebook's ads as its salespeople charge for. In a complaint filed on Wednesday in a US district court in Oakland, California, plaintiffs Danielle Singer and her company Project Therapy, LLC claim the Potential Reach and Estimated Daily Reach figures that Facebook provides to advertisers are wildly inflated. As an example, the complaint claims that Facebook’s purported Potential Reach among 18-to-34-year-olds in each US state is greater the actual population of 18-to-34-year-olds in each of those states. "Based on a combination of publicly available research and Plaintiffs' own analysis, among 18-34 years-olds in Chicago, for example, Facebook asserted its Potential Reach was approximately 4 times (400 per cent) higher than the number of real 18-34 year-olds with Facebook accounts in Chicago," the complaint states.
  12. Also coming on tomorrow 8/19 at 10 PM is one of my favorite Gershwin musicals Girl Crazy. I really recommend it.
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    Pope Francis? Catholic League On Predatory Priests: It’s Not Rape If The Child Isn’t Penetrated Catholic League president Bill Donohue defends predatory priests by claiming it’s not rape if the child isn’t penetrated. In a bizarre, insensitive, and outrageous post, Bill Donohue, president of the very conservative Catholic League, attacked the recent grand jury report documenting the rape and sexual abuse of over a 1,000 children by hundreds of Catholic priests in Pennsylvania. Donohue called the report released by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court an “obscene lie” while defending the Catholic Church and their deplorable record of covering up and enabling the rape and sexual abuse of children by predatory priests. In his post titled “Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report Debunked,” Donohue desperately tries to minimize the findings of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, and in so doing Donohue reveals the profound poverty of both his intellect and his character. At one point in the deplorable post Donohue has the audacity to claim that the statement “the priests raped their victims” is actually a “myth,” writing: Attempting to justify his assertion that the claim that “the priests raped their victims” is a “myth,” Donohue writes:
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 1963

    From the foreign editions- Les Tontons Flingeurs, Georges Lautner, French edition Mélodie en sous-sol, Henri Verneuil, French edition Ta kokkina fanaria, Vasilis Georgiadis, Greek edition Als twee druppels water, Fons Rademakers, Dutch edition Raven's End, Bo Widerberg, Swedish edition
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 1963

    My top FF films of 1963 8 1/2, Federico Fellini, Italy Contempt, Jean-Luc Godard, France Duke Bluebeard's Castle, Michael Powell, West Germany Winter Light, Ingmar Bergman, Sweden The Leopard, Luchino Visconti, Italy Les Carabiniers, Jean-Luc Godard, France High and Low, Akira Kurosawa, Japan Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, Vittorio De Sica, Italy Le Petit Soldat, Jean-Luc Godard, France Hands Over the City, Francesco Rosi, Italy The Fiances, Ermanno Olmi, Italy The Silence, Ingmar Bergman, Sweden Sandokan the Great, Umberto Lenzi, Italy An Actor’s Revenge, Kon Ichikawa, Japan La bandida, Roberto Rodríguez, Mexico
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    October 2018 schedule is up

    One movie that interests me that I noticed is the Bastard. I've never seen this Kinski film before and I hope it's interesting.
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    Locating current premieres

    The premieres should also be listed as "TCM Presents" on the schedule. For example, the movie on right now is a premiere and has that genre listed on the schedule.
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    *A to Z of Movies*

    Any Old Port!
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    Police Force abuses? The eminently hackable police bodycam Josh Mitchell's Defcon presentation analyzes the security of five popular brands of police bodycams (Vievu, Patrol Eyes, Fire Cam, Digital Ally, and CeeSc) and reveals that they are universally terrible, though the Digital Ally models are the least bad of the batch, as Wired's Lily Hay Newman reports. All the devices use predictable network addresses that can be used to remotely sense and identify the cameras when they switch on. Attackers could pinpoint intense police activity by watching for groups of cameras that all switch on at the same place and time. None of the devices use code-signing, making them typical of garbagey Internet of **** devices. That means that attackers can slip arbitrary code into them. And none of them cryptographically sign the video they take, which would be a relatively strong way of detecting tampering by police officers, their departments, or criminals. There's tons more. Some of the devices can form ad-hoc wifi networks to bridge in other devices, but they don't authenticate these sign-ons, so you can just connect with a laptop and start raiding the network for accessible filesystems and gank or alter videos, or just drop malware on them.
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    I'm not inherently against the idea of remaking the film but I don't recognize many of the actors in it.
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    From around the galaxy

    Homer's definitely spent too much time at the nuclear plant!
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    The First Film That Comes to Mind...

    His Girl Friday Next: spaghetti western
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    From around the galaxy NASA’S AMAZING WAKE-UP PLAYLIST ISN’T ENOUGH TO ROUSE OPPORTUNITY THE MARS ROVER On August 4, NASA engineers played Wham!’s “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” in an attempt to wake up Opportunity, a rover on Mars that has been radio silent for months. But even the lively spirits of George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley failed to stir the rover, and NASA has been playing a different song each day ever since, in the hopes that Opportunity will soon say something back. “We’ll just keep playing until she talks to us,” Michael Staab, an engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory who helped jump-start the initiative, told The website then compiled a Spotify playlist of the songs that have been played, or will be, to Opportunity. SPOTIFY Don’t leave me hanging on like a yo-yo. The songs range from uplifting tunes such as The Beatle’s “Here Comes the Sun” to motivational anthems such as Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive.” NASA, which is known for its quirky social media strategy, used to play wake-up songs for the rover when it first landed in 2004, but the tradition has faded over the course of 14 years.
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    ISRAEL MIDDLE EAST NEWS Netanyahu Declares Israel’s Readiness to Join Saudi-Led Bloody War on Yemen Netanyahu has shown his willingness to use Iran’s fabled presence as a pretext for military action anywhere in the region, particularly when the true motives for military escalation would prove more difficult to justify. FacebookTwitterRedditEmailMore8.5K HAIFA, ISRAEL — On Wednesday, during a speech at a naval parade in Haifa, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threatened to deploy the Israeli military to Yemen if the country’s resistance movement blocks the Bab al-Mandab Strait on Yemen’s western coast. The strait, the geostrategic position of which was arguably the reason for the Saudi Arabian-led coalition war against Yemen in the first place, connects the Red Sea to the Arabian Sea and has the potential to be used as a “chokepoint” on global oil trade. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, an average of 4.8 million barrels of oil pass through the strait every day. Israel’s concern comes a week after Saudi Arabia temporarily suspended oil shipments through the strait after Yemen resistance fighters attacked two Saudi vessels in the waterway. The Saudis have asserted that the vessel were oil tankers while Yemen’s government has claimed that they were Saudi warships. Some analysts warned at the time that the temporary suspension, and the associated rise in oil prices, could provoke an escalation of the conflict by spurring increased involvement from foreign powers seeking to assist the Saudi-led coalition in the three-year-long conflict. Netanyahu — falsely claiming that the Houthi rebels, who comprise a major part of the Yemeni resistance movement Ansarullah, are working at Iran’s behest — stated that: Netanyahu’s comments were echoed by Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, who, speaking at the same event, claimed to have “recently heard of threats to harm Israeli ships in the Red Sea,” though he gave no further details.
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    *A to Z of Movies*

    Never Weaken

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