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Vanishing Waves – My Review

Posted: May 25, 2016 in -

J. Giambrone

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My standards are higher than most. When it comes to sci-fi I want complete believability, or else it’s just fantasy (yawn).

The good news is that Vanishing Waves has a decent level of plausibility, and it’s maintained throughout. It’s not a perfect film however. I found several things wanting, but first I must digress.

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I wrote a script about a coma patient interacting with the outside, back in the mid 90s. Doing so I had to confront the limitations of the film medium, and that the newly evolving CGI could simulate dream consciousness by making the surfaces and objects amorphous, shifting and unstable.

Vanishing Waves begins its journey with this consideration in mind. In the world of dreams nothing is like a filmed location. Nothing is solid. Nothing remains for a stretch of time, because it doesn’t exist. These are only representations of ideas, the cursory details of an experience…

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Albuquerque Chaos: Anti-Tump rally explodes in hectic street battles (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

 

The right-wing demagogues are loving the chance to paint protesters as the problem. Alex Jones has been on a Jihad for months trying to smear Bernie Sanders with guilt by association. Jones has gone off the deep end and become a frothing hate-monger.

What’s more these incidents allow right wingers to paint themselves as VICTIMS, if you can believe it. Armed, ranting, raving, racist assholes are the true victims in America, so they claim.

The lurch toward fascism is very real. Many millions of Trump supporters are fed a constant diet of victim complex garbage in this bid to seize power.

We may be facing some seriously dark times ahead, no matter what happens in November.

 

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James Corbett:

 

James Corbett can uncover all of that detail, but where’s the rest of the media? MIA.

 

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Radio segment on the limited hangout…

RUSS BAKER GOES IN-DEPTH ON THE ‘28 PAGES

Also:

What the 28 pages mean.

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‘Hollywood in the grip of child abuse scandal similar to Jimmy Savile’

“It was all organised.

“There are a lot of vipers in this industry, people who only have their own interests in mind.

“There is a darkness in the underbelly – if you can imagine it, it’s probably happened.”

 

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See part one here.

The interview with Roger Waters and the producer of Occupation of the American Mind completes:

 

 

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From the You’ve Got To Be Fucking Kidding Me / Arrest Obama Files…

McClatchy:

Syrian rebel whose group is linked to al Qaida visited U.S.

A senior figure from a Syrian rebel group with links to al Qaida was allowed into the United States for a brief visit, raising questions about how much the Obama administration will compromise in the search for partners in the conflict.

 

If you haven’t read my piece Why ISIS Exists: The Double Game you should probably do so now.
A Syrian opposition official with knowledge of the matter said it shouldn’t have been surprising that he was allowed entry because Ahrar al Sham is not among U.S.-designated terrorist groups.

 

Well, look at that. Al Qaeda partner group isn’t listed.  Washington’s buddies:

Ahrar al-Sham’s apocalyptic vision for Syria and beyond

 

They think you’re stupid. Perhaps you are.

 

 

On May 12, at dawn, members of Al Nusra and an allied Syrian rebel group known as Ahrar al-Sham stormed the Alawite village of Al-Zahraa, reportedly killing 19 people and abducting 120 others. In typical Salafist fashion, Ahrar al-Sham then posted a grisly YouTube video showing jihadis chanting Allahu akbar – “God is great” – and pointing in triumph to a bloody female body sprawled across the floor.

 

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by John Kiriakou, Reader Supported News

Vice News’s Jason Leopoldreported recently that the CIA’s Office of Public Affairs (OPA) provided “support” to a variety of Hollywood films, like Argo and Zero Dark Thirty; television series like Covert Affairs and Top Chef; documentaries; and even novels like Richard Patterson’s The Devil’s Light. Leopold said that the nature of the support is largely unknown because the CIA did not keep records of all of its meetings. A declassified CIA Inspector General’s report said, “OPA and other CIA employees did not always comply with Agency regulations intended to prevent the release of classified information during their interactions with entertainment industry representatives.”

Therein lies one of the problems with the relationship between the CIA and Hollywood. There’s little-to-no oversight. And when rules and laws are broken, nobody has to pay the piper.

In 2015, Vice reported that aseparate CIA Inspector General’s report found that former Director Leon Panetta “allegedly disclosed classified information” when speaking with Zero Dark Thirty writer Mark Boal, and that Panetta disclosed additional classified information to director Kathryn Bigelow. An even earlier Inspector General’s report detailed “Potential Ethics Violations Involving Film Producers” Bigelow and Boal, and said that CIA officers had accepted gifts from the two, including watches, restaurant meals, and tickets to the movie premiere, all of which went unreported. Presumably, this was in exchange for cooperating on the film.

CIA employees taking gifts from Hollywood producers for apparently giving them, in the case of Zero Dark Thirty, classified briefings on the bin Laden raid and then not reporting the gifts in their ethics filings is bad enough. The CIA director leaking classified information with impunity to the producers is worse. Indeed, it is a direct violation of the Obama administration’s definition of espionage: “Providing national defense information to any person not entitled to receive it.” That definition came directly from the judge in my case, when I was charged with espionage for blowing the whistle on the CIA’s torture program.

But the worst, the most insidious, thing here is that the end result of the CIA’s cooperation with Hollywood and others in the entertainment industry is that it results in the propagandizing of the American people. That was illegal, until recently.

In the 1950s, the CIA initiated “Operation Mockingbird,” a long-term operation whereby the Agency planted articles in the American press. At the height of the program, some 25 major U.S. news outlets willingly published CIA propaganda meant for the American people.

That was outlawed in the immediate aftermath of the Church Committee hearings. Over time, many Americans forgot that the CIA had tried to influence them subversively. Indeed, many in Congress later said that the ban on propagandizing the American people was so that official outlets like the Voice of America and Radio and TV Marti could not be broadcast to Americans.

But that all changed on July 2, 2013, with the passage of the Smith-Mundt Modernization Act of 2012, which passed as part of the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act. The new law allows a wide variety of propaganda meant for Americans. That includes CIA support for Hollywood.

Does this presage a period of television shows like The F.B.I., a series that ran from 1965-1974 and which had each episode personally approved by J. Edgar Hoover? Will Hollywood not be permitted to make movies or series critical of the Agency? Do we want John Brennan to be the guy who decides what we get to see?

Congress must re-implement the Smith-Mundt Act, the original one, and keep the government out of our movie theaters and televisions. Propaganda is a malicious force. It has no business in American society.


Reader Supported News is the Publication of Origin for this work. Permission to republish is freely granted with credit and a link back to Reader Supported News.

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World in Action: The Shrinking World of L. Ron Hubbard (1968)

WHAT KIND OF PERSON IS DUMB ENOUGH TO BECOME A SCIENTOLOGIST?

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Roger Waters narrates a new documentary about Israel/Palestine.

 

 

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Noam Chomsky is a slippery character.

1. Chomsky just now admits, after five years of mass murder:

“[stopping weapons] to the monstrous ISIS, which has been getting support tacitly through Turkey, through—to the al-Nusra Front, which is hardly different, has just the—the al-Qaeda affiliate, technically broke from it, but actually the al-Qaeda affiliate, which is now planning its own—some sort of emirate, getting arms from our allies, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

2. Previously he was spinning the situation differently.

What changed? Is he reading my pieces? Worried about his loss of credibility and his legacy?

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