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Musical Sunday 34

Posted: April 27, 2014 in -
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Posted: April 26, 2014 in -
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The shit this woman says is priceless…

 

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The Citizens Committee on Benghazi released its interim findings on April 22, 2014 in Washington. Pictured are (L-R) Clare Lopez, Admiral (Ret.) Chuck Kubic, Admiral (Ret.) James ‘Ace’ Lyons, former CIA officer Wayne Simmons and civil rights attorney John Clarke

 

‘The White House and senior Congressional members,’ the group wrote in an interim report released Tuesday, ‘deliberately and knowingly pursued a policy that provided material support to terrorist organizations in order to topple a ruler [Muammar Gaddafi] who had been working closely with the West actively to suppress al-Qaeda.’

‘Some look at it as treason,’ said Wayne Simmons, a former CIA officer who participated in the commission’s research.”

UK DAILY MAIL:
Benghazi attack could have been prevented if US hadn’t ‘switched sides in the War on Terror’ and allowed $500 MILLION of weapons to reach al-Qaeda militants, reveals damning report

 

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Awesome satire from the annals of British deviance, found by Dangerous Minds.

 

 

 

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Scholastic Books is now selling access to your children’s minds.

Scholastic and Big Coal Team Up to Bamboozle 4th Graders

 

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Big news today out of The Hague and San Francisco. The Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) has filed unprecedented lawsuits against all nine nuclear-armed nations for their failure to negotiate in good faith for nuclear disarmament, as required under the Non-Proliferation Treaty. The suits were filed against all nine nations at the International Court of Justice, with an additional complaint against the United States filed in U.S. Federal District Court.

The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation applauds the courage of the RMI’s leaders in bringing lawsuits against the nuclear-armed nations. The people of the RMI continue to suffer today from U.S. nuclear weapon tests that took place on their territory in the 1940s and 1950s, and they want to ensure that such devastation – or worse – is never brought on anyone ever again.

NAPF is playing a key role in the Nuclear Zero Lawsuits campaign…

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Mexican Grindhouse

Critics are polarized over this one. It’s been on my Netflix queue since it released, and I finally got around to it. There are pluses and minuses here. On the one hand they took it seriously, with a budget, shot on film, a number of locations and an unconventional story. On the other, it feels confined and constrained anyway with a couple of self-indulgent drawn out, slow scenes at the beginning that scream “I’m an Auteur!”

The family is perhaps not so believable either, a bit too fantastical in their interpersonal relationships.  They seemed stilted and scripted. What sticks out as exceptional is the greater meaning they seem to represent: the old ways vs. the modern. The family is a throwback to Mexican Indian savages, with cannibal rituals that survive in the shadows. Good idea, but it seemed more influenced by American slasher gore than by any anthropological exploration of people on the fringes.

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The characters are simple, way too simple. Their crimes are blundering and incompetent, surely unrealistic in their sheer incompetence. How does a cannibal family survive that long with such poor hunting skills?

In the end it seems to be a nasty statement about eradicating the primitives and their ways. Not that the modern forces are any more competent. The police are fools as well. Everyone is poorly skilled and blundering about in this world. I’m not sure the makers have a very positive view of humanity at all.

Poverty plays a background role.  The family ends up in dire economic straits at the film’s inception.  They live in a bare hovel.  Even their victims are mostly poor, from street kids to streetwalker whores.  What’s more the police are motivated to solve the case to get a bonus and a promotion.  Is poverty a motivator for the cannibalism?  Not so much, it turns out.  They aren’t hunting to have enough to eat, but for a religious ritual that needs to occur before a time deadline.

It is what it is.  The story lingers about the next day, and so maybe there’s more to ponder.

We Are What We Are inspired a US remake as well, which raked in some higher scores over at the Tomato site.  Maybe it’s worth a look.

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Anyone who used to hang around the video store has probably already seen this twisted take on the 60s.

 

Gotta say I preferred Dirty Duck though. But hold on, there’s more.  I was a bit nervous even clicking on this one.  Talk about exploitation, now I have to find a copy of this and see for myself…

 

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How quick the US imperial media promotes the flimsiest lies against the official enemies, and how nakedly dishonest the State Dept. appears daily…

 

The blatant hypocrisy when they attack Russia with baseless claims on the front page — and then later quietly admit they are full of shit on page 9, this is the yellow journalism business.  It is not an aberration.  They have promoted pro Jihadist propaganda from Syria for three years now and anti-Russian / pro neo-nazi Ukraine coup propaganda since last year.  This dangerous game must not push us into World War.

Stop believing corporate media war propaganda!

If you stop being so fucking ignorant and gullible, then they can’t drum up their next wars of aggression.

Media is a two way street.  Just because they print it doesn’t mean you have to accept it without corroboration.

 

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PETITION TO NPR

 

It might surprise you that one of NPR’s biggest corporate sponsors is the American Natural Gas Alliance, a front group for some of the worst polluters in America.* (MORE)