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le 05 juillet 2018

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How about that - my internet finally works...

Posted on 2018.07.05 at 00:41
It's very humid here - along w/ high temps. I had wine today and my only accomplishment was at the end of the day: I re-watched Slumdog Millionaire. I have to say, this really is one of the greatest movies of all time. Yes? I forgot about the dance at the end, so I was pleasantly surprised. Plus it is a great piece of MX, which I use in mixes. Boyle is an Irish name - hmmm... I've seen other great movies w/ Dev Patel: "The Road Within," "Lion," etc. "Lion" has some similarities to Slumdog, involving Indian slums, trains, and searching to find an important female. They threw in what's-her-name...?! just to make that movie officially Australian.

I am possibly going shopping Friday. That means a greater-than-normal amount of wine lately.

I can't open my fridge because it is not coping with the weather. All this air-conditioning is getting pretty expensive. But I am happy that my dog no longer has to suffer another tortuous summer. Neither of us is in danger of heat-death any longer. "God is great!"

That's another thing about the movie. Serendipity. Coincidence. Magic. Origami. Brought out in the midst of chaos. That's what makes it true.

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Can Bees Help Save Elephants From Train Strikes?

Posted on 2018.07.05 at 11:41

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Legendary anchor Ed Schultz dead at 64

Posted on 2018.07.05 at 13:44
Legendary anchor Ed Schultz dead at 64 - https://www.rt.com/usa/431834-anchor-ed-schultz-dead/

Ed Schultz, host of ‘News with Ed’ on RT America, passed away on July 5 at his home in Washington, DC. The veteran radio and television broadcaster was 64.

This announcement comes as a shock to all of us.

Ed worked for decades as a prominent sports and political radio commentator and personality in the upper Midwest. After several years as one of the most watched anchormen on MSNBC Ed moved to RT America in January of 2016. “The News with Ed Schultz”aired weeknights from Monday – Thursday at 8 PM Eastern Time. Ed’s broadcast was the flagship show at RT.

“We are devastated by the news of the sudden death of our brilliant anchor, one of the best TV-Journalists in America, Ed Schultz," said RT Editor in Chief Margarita Simonyan.

Thomas Paine’s Truth-to-Power Message in 1776

At age 37, Thomas Paine carried more baggage than most travelers who had immigrated from England. Even before our nation came into being, he embodied the words of novelist Alfredo Véa: “America is best seen through the eyes of an immigrant.” A trail of debts and bankruptcy nagged him, the legacy of dismissals from government appointments as a tax collector, a failed career as a stay-maker and shopkeeper, and two childless marriages that had unraveled. His first wife died tragically in labor with her first child; his second marriage dissolved into a loveless business arrangement that collapsed, as well. The couple separated, Paine sold off his possessions to avoid debtor’s prison, and then he disappeared into London, haunting the taverns, attending lectures on science and philosophy, and plotting his departure to the New World. There was a genius about Paine, who had been esteemed by fellow excise men and welcomed into the political parlors, that could not find a door of opportunity in England.

Paine had arrived at the Philadelphia docks in 1774 on a stretcher in a virtual coma, having fallen ill from typhoid on the ship from England. A letter of introduction from Benjamin Franklin, who had briefly met him in London, ensured his safe passage to a house of recovery. Within a short time, Paine turned his own personal reinvention in the upheaval of the colonies into a reinvention of America’s destiny, as well. After a floundering attempt to tutor children, he found work at a new magazine.

Paine, of course, did not emerge out of a vacuum of rebellion. His adopted home of Philadelphia struggled over its own power shift to an emerging radical faction. In the years after the Stamp Act of 1765, according to historian R. A. Ryerson, as various factions squabbled over tactics, a new resistance movement came of age in Philadelphia. Drawn from a broader assortment of mechanics and laborers, movement leaders felt that “neither the city’s merchants as a body, nor any established elite, nor any branch of the provincial government would go far to defend them.”

More: Common Sense!

101: Thomas Paine was one of the most influential people in history. He is one of my heroes. If my life had turned out the way it should have, I would have written a Broadway hip-hop musical called, "Growing Paines." Note two things, however, Sometimes the idea of, "common sense," can be a reckless, feckless thing, as Trump's sort of populism suggests. Sometimes, for example, what the democratic mob says is, "common sense," might in fact be something anti-science and/or pro-coirporate, as we so often see with the Libertarians. You can even find that common sense, "skepticism," may sit on its laurels like atheism or anarchism, and SNOPE this or that, when in fact, they are SNOPING the truth.

Another thing to point out is that Paine and his gang were crusading against the Monarchy. In fact, monarchy may not be so inherently corrupt, as it may be when it is in bed with large corporations. Indeed, it was more the big trading companies, chartered by the monarchy, serving the monarchy and themselves, that the American revolutionaries were opposing, and rightfully so. Today, corporations are chartered by our so-called democratic States, yet they are given ample leeway, under a false doctrine of, "fiduciary responsibility," to their stockholders and CEO, above the full needs of citizens, customers, and even local or regional governments. Today, predominating corporations ally themselves even beyond the government of the USA, but take the cheapest route, which is the route of globalisation. To a globalised elite, a new kind of monarchy, many coporations are now in bed. Therefore, it is important to recognise where the Paine gang was truly coming from, as it is very relevant to today.

Bernie Sanders Calls To Abolish Immigration System, Restructure ICE

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News of the World

Posted on 2018.07.05 at 23:26
Starting with India...

Saved from a pitiful death: Starving wolf is rescued after group of friends find it with its head trapped in a plastic container

Goa brings in 'no-selfie zones' on coast after spate of deaths

The India WhatsApp video driving people to murder

Who can stop India WhatsApp lynchings?

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Mega link post coming up, featuring Australia, where a primitive form of English is spoken...

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