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Ingmar Bergman, Cinematic Philosopher | Irving Singer

Or, "I mean, I loved it at Radcliffe, but..." A very interesting point: Singer groups Welles' The Trial, Bergman's The Silence, and Antonioni's L'avventura together in interesting ways. Hadn't thought of it that way; seen 'em all.

From MITWorld:
ABOUT THE LECTURE:
His latest book, Ingmar Bergman, Cinematic Philosopher, came about quite accidentally, Irving Singer recounts. Singer was writing a book about several filmmakers, and discovered, when starting on the Bergman chapter, that the filmmaker had directed dozens of movies. Singer set out to explore this oeuvre – no easy task, since only the most recognizable titles are to be found at Netflix or the public library.

Thus began Singer’s ardent exploration of Bergman, and his appreciation of Bergman’s genius. “He created a new art form by combining his talents as a man of the theater, cinema and TV,” says Singer. In this lecture, he discusses how Bergman used philosophical ideas “in an extended sense” -- n…

Israel's Tehran connection: Israel, while supposedly observing an ironclad boycott of all things Iranian, is happily buying Iranian oil

Thus, a long friendship continues. This isn't sarcasm: Iran, Israel, and the US have worked together for decades; see Trita Parsi's book (search for it on this blog). For example, Iran-Contra.

But maybe some of the Israeli and US warmongers will have to find another justification for their actions, now that it's clear the Israelis have been breaking their own boycott.

Secret US plan for military future in Iraq

From The Guardian:
A confidential draft agreement covering the future of US forces in Iraq, passed to the Guardian, shows that provision is being made for an open-ended military presence in the country.The draft strategic framework agreement between the US and Iraqi governments, dated March 7 and marked "secret" and "sensitive", is intended to replace the existing UN mandate and authorises the US to "conduct military operations in Iraq and to detain individuals when necessary for imperative reasons of security" without time limit.The authorisation is described as "temporary" and the agreement says the US "does not desire permanent bases or a permanent military presence in Iraq". But the absence of a time limit or restrictions on the US and other coalition forces - including the British - in the country means it is likely to be strongly opposed in Iraq and the US.Iraqi critics point out that the agreement contains no limits on numbers of…

Why Red Sox Fans Rule

Zogby Poll: McCain Bests Both Obama, Clinton in 3-Way General Election Tests: Independent candidate Ralph Nader wins 5%, taking more support from Demz

From Zogby, March 15th. Now, if the Democrats were more interested in winning than in serving their corporate masters, they'd do the obvious electoral-politics thing: steal at least some of Nader's issues to grab his constituency -- obviously, those that don't alienate the base, which equals exactly none. And imagine how many ex-Paul voters and other potential voters who are understandably disgusted, such as my 92-year-old, FDR-liberal grandmother, who is not voting for the first time ever, would jump on a real Democratic ticket?

So, why doesn't it happen? I leave that to you to figure out.

Obama advisor recommends keeping 60,000 to 80,000 troops in Iraq through 2010

Unlike the candidate's promise, which was worthless, as it ignored bases, contractors, the air war, etc.

Big shock. Here's the actual paper, from CNAS. Will Obama's supporters put serious pressure on the candidate, or will they stay on-message? A case-by-case situation, clearly, but let's not kid ourselves that Obama is the "peace candidate."

Disgusting.

I don't mention Hillary's identical hypocrisy, noted in the article linked in the post title, because there is no fantasy about her, as opposed to Obama, except among the true Kool-Aid drinkers.

Betray-Us Ready to Announce Causus Belli Against Iran

It's all going exactly as predicted by those with the ability to seek out and face reality. As usual, Information Clearing House is right on top of it:
Iran joined militias in battle for BasraBritish fear US commander is beating the drum for Iran strikesPetraeus Testimony Next Week Will Signal Iran Attack Think Hillary, McCain, or Obama will let out a peep? Right. This is what happens when you don't impeach war-criminal fascists.