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    film colorizing should be re-engaged

    I'm actually warming up to colorization. The colorized version of the Jolly Fellows looks very good. Reminds me a bit of the early two strip technicolor.
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    TRUMPISM IN EUROPE British capital: productivity and profitability In the first quarter of 2018, the UK economy slowed almost to a standstill. It grew by just 0.1% in real terms. This was the lowest growth rate for over five years since a 0.1% contraction in Q4 2012. Household spending rose the least in over three years and business investment shrank the most in nearly three years. The government and the Bank of England have tried to pass this slowdown off as due to bad weather in early 2018. But while acknowledging that bad weather had hit construction and parts of the retail sector, the official statistical agency, ONS, said “its overall impact was limited” and there was also an underlying slowdown in the growth of consumer spending. The UK economy is now growing the slowest of the top G7 capitalist economies, as productivity has slowed to under 1% a year. Indeed, before the 2008-09 economic crisis, Britain’s output per hour worked grew steadily at an annual pace of 2.2% a year. In the decade since 2007, that rate has dropped to 0.2%. If the previous trends had continued, the UK’s national income would be 20% higher than it is today. The ONS points out that the UK has the largest “productivity puzzle” – the difference between post-downturn productivity performance and the pre-downturn trend in the G7; this was 15.6% in 2016, around double the average of 8.7% across the rest of the G7. Indeed, only Italy has experienced a worse productivity performance since 2007 than the UK among the top G7 economies.
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    Racism in Trump's America 'Not animals': Guatemala family mourns niece killed by U.S. Border Patrol GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) - The family of a 19-year-old Guatemalan woman killed by a U.S. border patrol officer called on Friday for the United States to dial-back its rhetoric on migrants, after President Donald Trump described gang members entering the country as “animals.”
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    Why Police Are Hated Naked unarmed black man shot dead by Virginia police in disturbing video (GRAPHIC) Disturbing bodycam footage shows the fatal shooting of an unarmed and naked black man, who seemed to be “mentally unstable,” by a Richmond, Virginia police officer. The incident is currently being investigated. On Friday, Richmond city police published the body camera video showing how an officer used a stun gun and then “lethal force” against 24-year-old Marcus-David Peters. Chief Alfred Durham said that the video was released to provide transparency in relation to the incident that occurred last week.
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    Trump's Biggest Whoppers Trump Picks Anti-Immigration Hard-Liner to Lead Refugee Bureau (Bloomberg) -- President Donald Trump announced plans to nominate a retired foreign service officer affiliated with an organization that critics call an anti-immigrant hate group to run the State Department bureau overseeing refugee protection and resettlement. Ronald Mortensen, whose postings as a diplomat included Chad, Gabon and Australia, was tapped to be assistant secretary of state for the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration, the White House said. Mortensen, whose nomination is likely to spur a confirmation fight in the Senate, backed Trump’s presidential bid and is a vocal opponent of illegal immigration. Attention quickly turned to his current role as a fellow at the Center for Immigration Studies, which the Southern Poverty Law Center classified as a hate group in 2016 for its “repeated circulation of white nationalist and anti-Semitic writers.”
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    ISRAEL MIDDLE EAST NEWS Iraqi Communist Party Headquarters Suffers Bomb Attack The party has recently had electoral victories as part of the Sairoon alliance. The Baghdad headquarters of the Iraqi Communist Party, which is part of the Sairoon alliance that won Iraq's parliamentary election, was targeted by a homemade bomb attack Friday. The explosive devices were thrown into the building's gardens, but did not cause any casualties. A senior party member, Jassim Helfi, said that the attack was a message from those who opposed the Sairoon bloc's push to end corruption and foreign interference in the country.
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    TRUMPISM IN EUROPE Thousands across France protest Macron's 'brutal' policies PARIS Thousands of protesters marched under tight security in eastern Paris on Saturday after French labor unions, left-wing political parties and civil rights groups called for "floods of people" to oppose the economic policies of President Emmanuel Macron. Marches and rallies also were being held in dozens of other French cities as part of the joint action against Macron's policies that organizers consider pro-business and "brutal." At the Paris event, Philippe Martinez, head of leading French union CGT, advised the president to "look out the window of his palace to see real life."
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    ISRAEL MIDDLE EAST NEWS After Gaza 'Massacre' Israeli Parliament Proposes Bill to Ban Photographing, Recording Soldiers The bill, which targets Israeli anti-occupation activists, imposes prison sentences on persons charged with recording or photographing Israeli soldiers. Amid worldwide condemnation of Israel’s use of lethal force against Palestinian protesters in Gaza, officials in Israel's parliament have proposed a bill, which would effectively ban the collection of evidence relating to the human rights and other abuses committed by members of the army. The move comes at the same time Israeli government officials announced thousands of new settlement units in the West Bank and mere days after the killing of more than 60 protesters on May 14, the same day the United States moved its embassy to Jerusalem. Overall Israel Defense Force (IDF) have killed at least 116 Palestinians and injured over 12,000 using live ammunition on unarmed protesters, who have participated since March 30 in the “Great March of Return” protests according to newly-released figures from health officials.
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    TRUMPISM IN EUROPE Ireland ends abortion ban as 'quiet revolution' transforms country DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ireland’s prime minister on Saturday hailed the culmination of “a quiet revolution” in what was once one of Europe’s most socially conservative countries after a landslide referendum vote to liberalize highly restrictive laws on abortion.
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    Trump's Biggest Whoppers Trump Signs Orders Cracking Down on Federal Workers' Unions (Bloomberg) -- President Donald Trump signed executive orders restricting the activities of unions that represent many of the U.S. government’s 2.1 million employees, the White House said. One of the three orders signed on Friday limits the amount of official time federal employees can spend on union duties to no more than 25 percent. It also requires the federal government to start charging union members rent for using space in federal buildings, to stop paying employees for the cost of lobbying the federal government, and to more aggressively negotiate union contracts. Trump’s move to curtail the activities of federal unions follows a wave of laws signed by Republican governors over the past decade restricting public-sector collective bargaining and weakening government unions -- moves that conservatives see as helpful in shrinking government and undermining political foes. The nation’s largest federal employee union, the American Federation of Government Employees, endorsed Democrat Hillary Clinton for president in the 2016 contest with Trump. Trump eases firing of federal workers, cracks down on unions WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Friday signed three executive orders designed to make it easier to fire federal government workers and to crack down on the unions that represent them, drawing immediate criticism from a group representing federal employees.
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    Trump and North Korea Korean leaders meet in surprise summit The leaders of North and South Korea have met in the demilitarised border area between the two countries. The meeting is only the second between South Korea's Moon Jae-in and the North's Kim Jong-un. It comes as the two sides continue efforts to put a historic US-North Korea summit back on track. US President Donald Trump cancelled the summit, scheduled to be held in Singapore on 12 June, but later suggested it might still go ahead. The latest talks were held on the northern side of the Panmunjom truce village, between 15:00 and 17:00 local time (06:00 and 08:00 GMT), Mr Moon's office said. "Both leaders exchanged opinions... for the successful holding of the North Korea-US summit," it added, saying that Mr Moon would announce the outcome of the talks on Sunday morning. In Washington, Trump administration spokeswoman Sarah Sanders confirmed that an advance team of White House and Department of State officials would leave for Singapore this weekend, as originally scheduled, to prepare for a possible summit there. Kim Jong-un and South Korean president hammer out US summit plans North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has held a surprise closed-door meeting with his South Korean counterpart over the cancelled summit with US President Donald Trump. The meeting is the second of its kind in two months, with the pair sitting down at a location near the demilitarized zone on the Korean peninsula READ MORE: ‘They’re playing with world peace’: What next for US-North Korea relations? According to Reuters, this latest discussion centered on the on-off summit that was sensationally scrapped by Donald Trump, who cited “tremendous anger and open hostility” displayed by North Korea’s government after they took umbrage at a comment by US Vice-President Mike Pence. During a Fox News interview, Pence suggested that the country could become like Libya if it does not disarm its nuclear weapons. When asked if that was a threat, Pence said it was “more of a fact.”
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 1951

    From the foreign editions- Miss Julie, Alf Sjoberg, Swedish Edition One Summer of Happiness, Arne Mattson, Swedish Edition Bitter Bread, Grigoris Grigoriou, Greek Edition Rovaniemen markkinoilla, Jorma Nortimo, Finnish Edition
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 1951

    My list from 1951- 1.) Miss Julie, Alf Sjoberg, Sweden 2.)The Idiot, Akira Kurosawa, Japan
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    From around the galaxy Mussels test positive for opioids in Seattle's Puget Sound Scientists at the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife have found that mussels in Seattle's waters are testing positive for opioids. The finding suggests "a lot of people" are taking oxycodone in the Puget Sound, researchers say. Scientists used mussels as a way to test pollution in Seattle's waters and discovered high enough oxycodone levels for the shellfish to test positive. Mussels do not metabolise opioids, but some fish can become addicted. Mussels are filter-feeders, which means they filter water for nutrients to nourish themselves. In the process, they end up storing pollutants in their tissues, which makes them a prime indicator species. State researchers distributed clean mussels around the Puget Sound and extracted them months later to test the waters. Of the 18 locations scientists used, three showed traces of oxycodone. The drug traces were not enough to get any humans high from consumption, but enough to indicate a problem, officials said.
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    Trump's Biggest Whoppers Trump Fundraiser Claims Qatar Used U.S. Firm in Hacking Elliott Broidy, a top fund-raiser to President Donald Trump who claimed his computers were hacked and emails leaked in actions sponsored by Qatar, now asserts that the actual hacks were coordinated by a U.S. company linked to a former CIA spy. Broidy amended his lawsuit against Qatar to claim that a U.S.-based security firm, Global Risk Advisors, introduced Qatar to “cyber mercenaries” who executed the hack. The alleged hackers include Omniscope Ltd., a U.K.-based security and intelligence firm, according to the complaint filed Thursday in federal court in Los Angeles. Two Qataris -- including the brother of Qatar’s emir -- were named as defendants and also played a role in the attack on Broidy’s firm in Los Angeles, Broidy Capital Management, according to the revised complaint.
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    TRUMPISM IN EUROPE Spanish Opposition Plans No-Confidence Vote for Rajoy, Sources Say Spain’s biggest opposition party, the Socialists registered a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy after his former aides were convicted of running a multimillion-euro corruption racket inside the party on his watch. Socialist leader Pedro Sanchez held talked to members to the party’s federal committee last night before deciding to submit the proposal, a press officer for the group said Friday. Sanchez was scheduled to chair an emergency meeting of the decision-making body at 11 a.m. Madrid time on Friday and is due to make a statement at 12.30 p.m. when it ends. Rajoy’s government is on the ropes after the National Court ruled Thursday that former party officials had operated an illegal slush fund that helped finance election campaigns as well as amassing almost 50 million euros ($59 million) in a Swiss bank account for the former treasurer, Luis Barcenas.
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    America's Gun Culture...

    I think that's definitely part of it and another is these shooters have seen the fear these shootings have put in the media and population and now they want to recreate this for themselves. They finally want the power and fear.
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    & then there's the rest of the WORLD... Police find $28m cash in raids linked to Malaysia ex-PM Najib Malaysian police say they found $28.6m (£21.3m) in cash stuffed in bags during a search of several apartments linked to ousted leader Najib Razak. The raids were related to an investigation into state development fund 1MDB, from which billions of dollars were allegedly stolen. Mr Najib himself was accused of pocketed $700m, but was cleared of wrongdoing by Malaysian authorities. His political party has said the cash found by police is campaign funds. United Malays National Organisation (Umno) said it included party contributions and money left over after Mr Najib's shock election loss to his former ally Mahathir Mohammad this month.
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    & then there's the rest of the WORLD... Philippines: Exiled Maoist Leader Ready to Return for Peace Talks Jose Maria Sison is the founder and leader of the Communist Party of the Philippines. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said he had invited Jose Maria Sison, a self-exiled Communist rebel leader, back to the country for “make or break” peace talks. The head of state affirmed that, despite attempts to declare Maria Sison a terrorist, he would be allowed to leave the country after the negotiations. “He has agreed, and I gave him a window of two months, very small,” Duterte said, adding that “I will see to it and will personally escort him to the airport.” He vowed to bring Maria Sison to the airport regardless of the outcome of the negotiations so that he may return to the Netherlands.
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    & then there's the rest of the WORLD... Brazil fuel protests: Drivers to clear roads over army threat One of the main groups behind a fuel strike paralysing Brazil has told truckers to clear roads after President Temer threatened to send in the army. The Abcam drivers' association said the threat of force was "lamentable" and said it feared for its members' safety. Earlier Mr Temer said a "radical minority" had rejected an agreement reached on Thursday and was holding the population hostage. Diesel prices in Brazil have nearly doubled since 2016. The strike has brought the country to a standstill, with queues at petrol stations, airports running out of fuel and supermarket shelves empty.
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    ISRAEL MIDDLE EAST NEWS Israel reportedly just launched missile attack near Homs in Syria Israel reportedly launched missiles at a military airport near Homs in Syria on Thursday. Al-Qusayr is an Iranian Revolutionary Guard and Hezbollah stronghold. Syrian state media said a military airport near Homs had come under missile attack, which was repelled by its air defense systems, on Thursday. "One of our military airports in the central region was exposed to hostile missile aggression, and our air defense systems confronted the attack and prevented it from achieving its aim," state news agency SANA said. Charles Lister, a senior fellow at the Middle East Institute, tweeted that there were reports of "possible #Israel airstrikes underway targeting the Al-Dhaba'a Airbase near Al-Qusayr in #Homs, #Syria."
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    America's Gun Culture... Student and teacher injured, suspect in custody after shooting at middle school in Noblesville, Indiana, police say A student is in custody after a shooting at a middle school in Noblesville, Indiana. One student and one teacher were taken to nearby hospitals, though their conditions remain unclear. A teacher swatted the gun out of the shooter's hand when he entered a classroom, potentially saving students' lives, a seventh-grader told news outlets. Authorities also acknowledged that a "secondary threat" was made at Noblesville High School. One student and one teacher were injured in a shooting at Noblesville West Middle School in Indiana on Friday, authorities said. A male student believed to be the shooter is in custody, the Noblesville police chief, Kevin Jowitt, said at a news conference. The student had asked to be excused from his class, left the room, then returned armed with two handguns and opened fire, Jowitt said. Police received the first emergency call at 9:06 a.m. local time. Jowitt didn't clarify what happened next but said that the situation was resolved "extremely quickly" and that the student was taken into custody. The student victim was taken to Riley Hospital for Children, and the teacher was brought to Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital, a spokeswoman for Indiana University Health named Danielle Sirilla told The Associated Press. Their conditions are unclear.
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    TRUMPISM IN EUROPE Irish abortion referendum: Exit polls suggest landslide for repeal Exit polls published after Ireland's referendum on abortion suggest a large vote in favour of liberalising the law. Polls by The Irish Times and RTE suggest about 69% voted to repeal a part of the constitution that effectively bans terminations. Taoiseach (prime minister) Leo Varadkar, who supported the reforms, said it looked as if the country was about to "make history". Official counting of votes will begin at 09:00 local time. Those taking part in Friday's referendum were asked whether they wanted to repeal or retain a part of the constitution known as the Eighth Amendment, which says an unborn child has the same right to life as a pregnant woman. Broadcaster RTE's exit poll suggested 69.4% in favour of the Yes side and 30.6% for No. In Dublin, 79% of people voted for repeal, according to the RTE poll. An exit poll released by The Irish Times points to 68% Yes to 32% for No.
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    TRUDEAU'S CANADA Homemade Bomb Explodes in Toronto Suburb Restaurant, Wounding 15 Toronto (AP) -- An explosion caused by a homemade bomb ripped through an Indian restaurant where children were present for family parties at a mall in the Toronto suburb of Mississauga, wounding 15 people, Canadian police said. Police said Friday two suspects with their faces covered to conceal their identity entered the Bombay Bhel restaurant late Thursday, dropped the improvised explosive device and fled. Peel Regional Sergeant Matt Bertram said an object resembling a pail or paint can was carried into the restaurant by one of the suspects in his hand. "There is no indication that this is a terrorism act. There is no indication that this is a hate crime at this time. We haven't ruled anything out as we start our investigation," said Peel Regional Police Chief Jennifer Evans. "Every police resource is being used right now to locate the people responsible for this horrendous act." Officials said three Indian-Canadians suffered critical injuries and were taken to the hospital while the remaining 12 victims suffered what Evans described as minor and superficial injuries. Police later updated the condition of the three critically injured patients to stable. The ages of the injured range from 23 to 69. Children under the age of 10 were present but were not hurt.
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    Classical Music

    It was Rosa Luxemburg. Before that it was supposed to be a funny pic of Zizek from his movie review of John Carpenter's They Live where he says "I already am eating from the trash can all the time" but the text wasn't big enough so I changed it.

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