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  1. 4 hours ago, EricJ said:

    As for YouTubeTV...I can hope this will finally convince them that no Internet user who has ever used YouTube has ever had the slightest inclination of paying for it (which includes "Original YouTube programming", and studios offering VOD movies), but I fear that may be too unrealistically optimistic.  :huh:

    YouTube TV also has TV channels though which I suspect is a big draw.

  2. 10 hours ago, hamradio said:

    Nip I thought you knew by religious context NO ONE (INCLUDING THE POPE!) is born innocent, everybody is GUILTY from the stain of sin.  A baby is simply NOT accountable.

    Maybe not from a religious viewpoint but from a deontological one, a child is totally innocent and incapable of being a rational agent too. I see the point he is trying to make. A better question is in this case, why the doctors even revived him instead of leaving him dead? :huh:

  3. 5 hours ago, LawrenceA said:

    I think the issue that makes Sessions' political ad merit contempt by some is that Trump personally insulted Sessions on the public stage, either at his rallies or via tweets, multiple times, referring to him as dumb and a rube, in effect (I don't recall the exact wording and don't feel like looking it up).  To be insulted and humiliated by Trump and then turn around and sing his praises strikes many people as pathetic. Perhaps those people are not the Republicans of Alabama that Sessions is targeting, but everyone's entitled to an opinion. As you say, that's politics in America.

    Contempt is a strong word but it does show the kind of spineless, weak **** he is. Trump is certainly very lucky to have men who kiss his **** like that.

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  4. On 11/9/2019 at 9:56 AM, Sepiatone said:

    JOE cemented my favor for PETER BOYLE as for too long an underappreciated actor.  Not thankfully for his entire career, but for too long a time. As for Sarandon....

    I paid her no mind in Joe, and only count PRETTY BABY and ATLANTIC CITY as movies she did that I can tolerate.  Sorry, but we part on THELMA AND LOUISE, as the best thing in that movie was them driving off that cliff!  ;) 



    Thelma and Louise is like a duller, lamer, more heavy handed version of Badlands or Bonnie and Clyde. I disliked it too.


    Prof Sokolov enjoyed dressing up as Napoleon
    A well-known Russian historian has confessed to murdering his lover, his lawyer says, after he was found in a river with a backpack containing a woman's arms.

    Oleg Sokolov, 63, was drunk and fell into the river as he tried to dispose of body parts, Russian media said.

    Police then found the decapitated body of Anastasia Yeshchenko, 24, at his home in the city of St Petersburg.

    Prof Sokolov is a Napoleon expert who has received France's Légion d'Honneur.

    "He has admitted his guilt," his lawyer Alexander Pochuyev told AFP news agency, adding he regretted what he had done and was now co-operating.

    Prof Sokolov reportedly told police he had killed his lover during an argument and had then sawn off her head, arms and legs.

    He is said to have planned to get rid of the body before publicly taking his own life dressed as Napoleon.

    Mr Pochuyev said Prof Sokolov - who has been receiving hospital treatment for hypothermia - may have been under stress.

    What do we know about the victim?

    Ms Yeshchenko moved to St Petersburg to study from Krasnodar region in southern Russia, and was a postgraduate student at the time of her death.

    "She was quiet, sweet and always the ideal student," an acquaintance told Ria news agency. "Absolutely everyone knew about their relationship."

    She studied French history and co-authored several historical works with Prof Sokolov. The couple enjoyed wearing period costumes, with Prof Sokolov dressing up as Napoleon.

    Russian media report that her mother was a police lieutenant colonel and her father a school PE teacher. She had a brother who once played as a goalkeeper for the national junior football team.

    The papers here are full of details of this murder, the tragic and gruesome tale of a brilliant and beautiful young student shot and dismembered by her 63-year old former professor-turned-lover.

    In these accounts, Oleg Sokolov emerges a historian whose interest in Napoleon bordered on the obsessive. He had a glittering CV as a respected expert on French military history who'd been visiting professor at the Sorbonne. He was also a major figure in the world of historical re-enactment.

    One friend told Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper that he'd organised costume balls and picnics, as well as recreating battles.

    But organisations he's been linked to have now scrubbed his name from their websites.

    Anastasia Yeshchenko's three-year-long affair with the married professor was common knowledge at the university. Friends say she was a top student, highly intelligent, who shared her lover's passion for Napoleonic history. One person described the professor as "eccentric but not aggressive"; others claimed he considered himself Napoleon reincarnate.

    Anastasia's brother told RBK Media that she called him in tears in the early hours of Friday morning, saying the couple had had a furious row sparked by the professor's jealousy. She was planning to spend the night in a student hostel.

    At 01:49 the two spoke again, and Anastasia told her brother she was fine. It was the last anyone heard from her.

    Presentational grey line

    And the suspected killer?

    Students described Prof Sokolov as both a talented lecturer who spoke French and did impressions of Napoleon and as a "freak" who called his lover "Josephine" and asked to be addressed as "Sire", AFP reported.

    He was also a member of France's Institute of Social Science, Economics and Politics (Issep), which on Saturday said it had removed him from his position on its scientific committee.

    "We learn with horror... the atrocious crime of which Oleg Sokolov is guilty," it said in a statement.

    "We could never imagine that he could commit such an odious act," the statement added.

    Issep was founded by Marion Maréchal, the niece of far-right National Rally party leader Marine Le Pen and a former lawmaker for the far-right National Front party.


    You were born in Nazi Germany, but your childhood was largely spent in the GDR. Do you remember any formative moments or personalities in your childhood that made you say, “Yes, I am a socialist and I stand with this state”?


    I was eight years old when the war ended. My mother’s first husband fell in World War I, and her second husband, my father, in World War II. Of course, that influenced her greatly. She was an apolitical woman, neither for socialism nor against it. But the fact that war had so greatly interfered in the family’s life made peace the decisive issue for her.

    My political memory goes back to a large poster put up by the Soviet occupation forces when I was a child. There was a big picture of Stalin, and below it the words, “The Hitlers come and go, but the German people, the German state, remain.” As a boy I found these words somehow compelling. In Germany, everything was down — no one knew exactly how things could go on. Of course, when you quote Stalin you are easily insulted as a Stalinist. But what he said wasn’t wrong — and he was, after all, the supreme representative of the Soviet Union.

    It helped that there was a Soviet interpreter staying nearby at the military command center at Britnitz-Dammgarten, who sometimes brought me food after work in the evening. One time we sat on the steps of his house and he sang a melody. And suddenly he said, sing along! I knew neither the melody nor the lyrics — he was quite indignant and said, “That’s Goethe’s Heidenröslein!” That was a decisive moment for me. I did not meet Goethe and Heidenröslein in German classes taught by a German, but thanks to a Russian in a Soviet uniform.

    These things impressed me and gradually introduced me to activity, even though I was only ten years old. The Free German Youth (FDJ) founded in 1946 was only open to over-fourteens, but with my mother’s blessing I went to the meetings and participated in the events of the FDJ, where we learned different songs and talked about politics. Then, as a school student, I became the class wall newspaper editor.

    So, I was growing into political functions. But in 1947 my mother took me to Westerland on the island of Sylt, in the West. The war had brought my sister there, because her husband had served in the Navy. My sister wanted my mother and me to stay there, but one day — I don’t know what caused it — my mother said, “We’re leaving — the Nazis are still in charge here.” In a sense, she decided to move me from the West back to the East. For that I have long been grateful, because otherwise my life would have played out differently.

    In the GDR, I went through all the levels that one could have, from wall newspaper editor to president of the State Council. That’s why I usually feel a bit hurt when Western politicians or whoever talk about “the GDR big wigs.” I was neither born into such a role, nor did I ever feel like one.


    Wolf's Call, Anontin Baudry, France - A rogue submarine plans on nuking Russia and starting WWIII which the team have to stop. Of course, like all cheesy action thrillers they will have to be willing to sacrifice themselves. The plot is rather dumb and convoluted but it's a fun film. Lots of CG effects that leave much to be desired. This stars Omar Sy of "Intouchables" fame.


    The Leader, Zhong Jun, China - rather dull anime on the early life of Karl Marx. Really boring and doesn't include anything interesting that you couldn't just briefly read on the Wiki page. The animation was also mostly CGI which I hate. It's even worse that the trailer made it appear it would be traditional hand-drawn. Just watch the French movie if you want to know more about this section of history.

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  8. 9 hours ago, LawrenceA said:

    That sounds strange. I'm guessing you checked for scratches, scuffs or blemishes on the disc. Even a single speck can cause issues. It seems odd that it would play the film fine but not the extras. It's also possible that the disc is simply defective. It's rare, but it happens. Have you tried any other discs?

    Yeah, I checked for blemishes and I couldn't find anything. I played Downhill and it worked fine but the "chapters" option didn't work. The "chapters" and "supplements" didn't work on either DVD. Tomorrow, I'll buy Ugetsu and see how that works and if something's wrong I'll bring the DVD player back to the store. I think the problem might be with the DVD though as I remember it not working on the old player either.

  9. So I finally bought a new DVD player and put in my Criterion DVD of the Lodger and it wouldn't let me access the documentaries and interviews under 'supplements'. :angry: I hope I don't have to go buy a new DVD player. The Criterion sale is this month and I plan on getting Ugetsu Monogatari. I really hope I don't have the same problem with that. That would be annoying. 

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  10. 22 hours ago, hamradio said:

    Got to love a Russian whom proclaims...




    Remember the BS rhetoric Reagan was going to START a nuclear war?

    Mikhail Gorbachev was the best leader the former Soviet Union ever had.  If only a person like Gorbachev came earlier on the scene but doubt the hardliners would had let him gone far as reforms.

    Gorbachev is against both Russia's nukes and the US's. I think he's right that the current atmosphere is a "chilly war."

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