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10 May 2008

The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder, Vincent Bugliosi

Click the title to hear Bugliosi speak about this book: read more here.

Civil War in Lebanon?

Another stage in the upcoming strike on Iran (and/or Syria); a mirror image of the puppet Iraqi government's attack on Sadr City. Anyway, here are some views you might not come across in American elite media, the former US Ambassador Edward Djerejian aside.




More here: A Wild Day in Beirut -- Street Notes from the Hamra District. And the incomparable Robert Fisk, who's apparently ditched ideas of retirement: Hizbollah rules west Beirut in Iran's proxy war with US.

Now, compare those with this typical piece of drivel from the New York Times.

09 May 2008

Conversations With History: Science and History, John Heilbron



I think this is the lecture Heilbron gave at Berkeley when he gave the above interview -- "Physics and History: Links Between Two Cultures Fractured in Modernity."


NOVA: Stephen Jay Gould: This View of Life, 1984

Stephen Jay Gould: This View of Life
What do dinosaurs, a panda's thumb and a peacock's tail have in common? Dr. Stephen Jay Gould, the internationally renowned palentologist and evolutionary theorist, provides some surprising answers in this NOVA profile.
Original broadcast date: 12/18/84
Topic: biography

A human rights crime, Jimmy Carter, Guardian

This Is America: Ralph Nader Interview, 2007

Neocons and the truth: Bitter enemies to the end, Glenn Greenwald

Who said it was the end?

08 May 2008

Beirut to Bosnia: Muslims and the West. A Personal Journey by Robert Fisk of the Independent, 1993

Can you say, "prescient"? "Informed"? "Rational"?

I guess that's why this was shown only once on the Discovery Channel after it was completed. Hmmmm....

Part 1: The Martyr's Smile


Part 2: The Road to Palestine

Part 3: To the Ends of the Earth

The Mechanical Universe: The Harmony of the Spheres

Another WMP file (.asx)...great history of science.

The Mechanical Universe: Kepler to Einstein (Windows Media Player)

The Mechanical Universe on Calculus

Part 1: Derivatives. (Windows Media -- .asx)

Part 2: Integration. (Ditto.)

Best explanation of calculus I've ever seen or read.

D. W. Griffith's Intolerance, 1916

He had a lot to make up for, given his previous film, The Birth of a Nation.


Fritz Lang's Metropolis, 1927

If you have trouble, click the title of this post to go to the Internet Archive page.


Orson Welles Shakespeare Collection

Click the title of this post for the whole lot....

Emak Bakia (1926): Man Ray

(If you have trouble with the embedded video below, click the title of this post to go to the Internet Archive page.)


Full Scalia Torture Interview with Lesley Stahl

Which is more disgusting -- the way Stahl sucks up to this Nazi lawyer, or his answers, especially on torture?

Part 1

Part 2

07 May 2008

Debating the Role of Third Parties in the U.S.

Monty Python's And Now For Something Completely Different

The US Comedy Arts Festival Tribute to Monty Python, 1998

Funniest damn thing once they all sit down and start talking.


Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl

Parrot Sketch Not Included: 20 Years of Monty Python

Ibsen's Hedda Gabler (1963 TV -- Ingrid Bergman)

George Bernard Shaw's Caesar and Cleopatra (1976 TV -- Alec Guinness)

Harold Pinter's The Collection (1976 TV)

With Laurence Olivier, Malcolm McDowell, Alan Bates, and Helen Mirren. Directed by Michael Apted.

Pentagon Targeted Iran for Regime Change after 9/11, Gareth Porter

US: ‘Drug War’ Unjust to African Americans | HRW

06 May 2008

All's Welles: Documentary with Bogdanovich

Chimes At Midnight, Orson Welles, 1965

Blurb:

Chimes at Midnight (aka Falstaff) is a 1965 film directed by Orson Welles based on the character of Sir John Falstaff in Shakespeare.

The script contains text from five Shakespeare plays, primarily Henry IV, Part 1 and Henry IV, Part 2, but also Richard II, Henry V, and The Merry Wives of Windsor. The film's narration, spoken by Ralph Richardson, is taken from the chronicler Holinshed.

The film was nominated (in 1968) for a BAFTA film award for Welles as Best Foreign Actor. At the Cannes Film Festival Welles was nominated (in 1966) for the Golden Palm Award and won the 20th Anniversary Prize and the Technical Grand Prize. In Spain it won (in 1966) the Citizens Writers Circle Award for Best Film.

Welles held this film in high regard and considered it along with The Trial his best work, he said in 1982 "If I wanted to get into heaven on the basis of one movie, that's the one I'd offer up". Many critics, including Peter Bogdanovich and Jonathan Rosenbaum, also consider it Welles's finest work. The scene depicting the Battle of Shrewsbury has been particularly admired, serving as an inspiration for movies like Braveheart and Saving Private Ryan.

Due to complications concerning the film's ownership, Chimes at Midnight remains unavailable in the United States. It is most readily available as an import DVD from Brazil.


Orson Welles' Vienna, Late 'Sixties....

Noam Chomsky, Class War: The Attack On Working People, 1998

Monsanto’s Harvest of Fear, Vanity Fair, May 2008

Follows up on this story. Blurb:

Monsanto already dominates America’s food chain with its genetically modified seeds. Now it has targeted milk production. Just as frightening as the corporation’s tactics -- ruthless legal battles against small farmers -- is its decades-long history of toxic contamination.
More here from the authors of the story....

The Gospel of Consumption: And the better future we left behind, Jeffrey Kaplan, Orion Magazine

Jesus Made Me Puke: Matt Taibbi Undercover with the Christian Right

Fun with John Hagee. He's white, so it's no big deal that McCain loves him.

Selling the War with Iran, Nir Rosen, 5/1/08

And, just on cue, Michael Gordon from the NYT publishes yet another unsourced article, soon to be -- coincidentally -- taken up by John Bolton, et al.

05 May 2008

The Mercury Theatre on the Air

Click the title of the post for a ton of good radio...including Welles' radio version of Dracula and The Magnificent Ambersons.
The finest radio drama of the 1930’s was The Mercury Theatre on the Air, a show featuring the acclaimed New York drama company founded by Orson Welles and John Houseman. In its brief run, it featured an impressive array of talents, including Agnes Moorehead, Bernard Herrmann, and George Coulouris. The show is famous for its notorious War of the Worlds broadcast, but the other shows in the series are relatively unknown. This site has many of the surviving shows, and will eventually have all of them.

The show first broadcast on CBS and CBC in July 1938. It ran without a sponsor until December of that year, when it was picked up by Campbell’s Soup and renamed The Campbell Playhouse. All of the surviving Mercury Theatre shows are available from this page in RealAudio format (some are also in MP3 format). There are several Campbell Playhouse episodes available here as well, in both RealAudio and MP3 formats; the rest are being added gradually.

A Whole Bunch of Welles Interviews (Audio)

1955 Orson Welles Sketchbook
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Interviews:
1955 Ed Murrow
1960 Bernard Braden (Part 1)
1962 Hew Wheldon
1965 Patrick Watson
1966 Maysles Brothers
1971 Dick Cavett
1974 Michael Parkinson
1979 Yugoslavian TV Interview
1980 Leslie Megahey
Part 1
Part 2

Part 3

1977 The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

1979 Filming Othello
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

Lost In La Mancha, Documentary on the (so far) Gilliam Film-to-Be

Noam Chomsky, An American Addiction: Drugs, Guerillas, and Counterinsurgency in US Intervention in Colombia, 2001


WMD Blues: New Video from Thus Spoke The Spectacle

04 May 2008

Noam Chomsky at the Google Cambridge Office, April 22, 2008