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Dom DeLuise -- Planet Koozebane - Merdlidops from episode 211 of The Muppet Show.
Hey folks, hope your week finished up well International Politics Overall - Eric Schmidt of Google remarked at the SXSW conference in Austin, Texas how dictators aren’t blocking social media, they’re “infiltrating it” - Russia: These sanctions certainly will backfire and be a “boomerang” for the U.S. and EU; Meanwhile, suspected Russian spyware has been infecting U.S. [...]
Recently, courtesy of People for the American Way’s Right Wing Watch, I read Ohio anti-gay activist Phil Burress make a claim that gay men have “as many as 200 sex partners.” A day later, Burress’ outrageous claim continued to haunt me not only for its inanity but because it brings to focus something which has been dwelling in my mind for a long time in little bits and pieces.
Speaking of the House of Saud…
The most emotionally devastating and artistically gifted scene in Above All Else, John Fiege’s new climate change documentary, comes late in the film. Deep in the night, East Texas landowner David Daniel hikes through the darkness to an environmental activist encampment where he has to deliver bad news. Show More Summary
Are you still hearing, “But they’re just collecting metadata!” when the subject of the NSA’s rampant collection of information about us comes up? There is no such thing as “just metadata.” With enough different data points, your life becomes an open book that a variety of government agencies can examine at will. Show More Summary
SeaWorld is certain to spend a lot of time and energy dismissing Blackfish as a piece of propaganda but the truth is the movie has been devastatingly effective.
While I plan to drop in on a number of other movies if the opportunity arises, here are a few highlights — with a focus on documentary.
Barrett Brown is an internet guy. He may or may not have been involved with web naughty boys Anonymous and most certainly was deeply involved with broad free speech issues online. In 2011 Brown posted a link in a chatroom, pointing to data that was obtained during the late-2011 hack of Stratfor Global Intelligence. The link pointed to the Wikileaks site.
Legal retail marijuana sales are coming, the question is will it start as a limited experiment in a few states or come in a big pent-up national sweep with a change in federal law.
As part of a European parliamentary committee’s inquiry into electronic massive surveillance on the citizens of European Union member states, former NSA contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden provided testimony to the committee. Snowden...Show More Summary
Our only chance to save the middle class is to insist that the Democratic Party and any sane Republicans publicly disavow the failed theories of neoliberalism.
Administrative Law Judge Patrick Geraghty ruled that attempts by the FAA to prevent the use of civilian drones below 400 feet were illegal given there was no administrative rule in place. This ruling opens the door for widespread use of civilian drones for photography, farming, and whatever else anyone wants to do really. Show More Summary
John Jack Anderson has decades of experience as a photojournalist. As part of the Austin Chronicle team, he conducted a long study of Occupy Austin from its first beginnings till the point when it’s activity waned two years later. He...Show More Summary
The Justice Department has reportedly requested that the FBI conduct a criminal investigation into Senate staffers who have been involved in producing a study on the CIA’s rendition, detention and interrogation program, which involved torture.
If Democrats think they can just rely on young voters because they are unlikely to vote for Republicans, they need to remember what happened in 2010 when young people stayed home.
The same day President Obama gave an odd press conference where he claimed he wanted Russia to respect the Ukrainian Constitution as well as the unconstitutional government in power in Kiev, a US guided-missile destroyer headed for the Black Sea. Show More Summary
- Both the U.S. and the EU have placed sanctions on Russia and said Russia should stop; Russia wants the IMF to move on its loan to Ukraine without the U.S. - Juan Cole: "Obama to Netanyahu: Israel faces Int’l Sanctions over 'Permanent...Show More Summary
Well, it’s not like sexual assault issues are a problem in the military or anything.
Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa -- I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know, live at Carré Royal Theater, Amsterdam, 2013.