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Showing posts from December 30, 2018

Lawrence and Arabia, BBC Omnibus, 1986

This documentary is excellent, and a good addition and corrective to both the Lean film and The Seven Pillars of Wisdom. Both of which, by the way, I consider first-rate. The film is one of the couple-dozen best ever made; the memoir is a fine work of literature in all (positive) senses. But they are neither flawless.

With Edward Said, Lawrence's brother (A. W.), and others, including the real grown-up-man version of Anthony Quinn's son in the film--which is surreal.

Here's the link.

Jonathan Cook: Labour and anti-Semitism in 2018: The truth behind the relentless smear campaign against Corbyn

Liberals will never give up the racism/sexism/antisemitism weapon--applied falsely, and knowingly so--because they cannot combat the left on most policy issues, with which the mass of the population generally agrees, whether they think themselves "left" or not.

Another fine essay by Cook, whom you should read regularly right here.

And here's a useful playlist in which Cook reveals the reality of Israeli occupation.

Bill Curry on the Government Shutdown, The Real News

Trump, let it not be forgotten, is a full-on fascist. The Democrats will forget, and they will cave.

More here.

Reporter William Arkin’s Resignation Letter from MSNBC/NBC

This is the really-existing media:
January 4 is my last day at NBC News and I’d like to say goodbye to my friends, hopefully not for good. This isn’t the first time I’ve left NBC, but this time the parting is more bittersweet, the world and the state of journalism in tandem crisis. My expertise, though seeming to be all the more central to the challenges and dangers we face, also seems to be less valued at the moment. And I find myself completely out of synch with the network, being neither a day-to-day reporter nor interested in the Trump circus. I first started my association with NBC 30 years ago, feeding Cold War stories to Bob Windrem and Fred Francis at the Pentagon. I became an on-air analyst during the 1999 Kosovo War, continuing to work thereafter with Nightly News, delighting and oftentimes annoying in my peculiar position of being a mere civilian amongst THE GENERALS and former government officials. A scholar at heart, I also found myself an often lone voice that was anti-nuc…



This is what I got for my $1250--as expected, of course.

This is a letter to the progressive base, frankly. Here's the letter:

Dear Base:

Fuck off and die.

Love, The Corporate Democrats.

That's about the size of it. Austerity and reaching across the aisle. A grand total of two Democrats are on record with opposing it. The rest are assuming the position: on their knees, mouths open for corporate cash injections.

And all the Ivy types will presume that nothing can get done because of Whiteness or some shit like that. Oh, and Bernie delenda est.

Why Are People Talking About Socialism? - with Paul Jay

The Commandeering of the USS Fitzgerald: A Tale of War Industry Greed, Brown War Watch

A good blog from a bunch of grad students at Brown University.

Here's today's sordid story.

Yeah, there's no money for free public college, universal healthcare, a Green New Deal. None whatsoever.

Billionaires Shouldn’t Control Artificial Intelligence - Lester Earnest ...

Climate change and the migrant caravan

Greenwald: Five Weeks After the Guardian’s Viral Blockbuster Assange/Manafort Scoop, No Evidence Has Emerged – Just Stonewalling

The sordid story of the incapacity of Luke Harding (pictured below) for actual journalism deepens.

Read about all the news that's fit to print in the Guardian, a paper that does good work sometimes, when it's not clickbaiting.

When you fuck up, admit it. Fix it. Move on. Or, if you prefer, listen to the PR whores and cover it all up, destroying your credibility forever.

As in:

"In lieu of addressing the increasingly embarrassing scandal, the Guardian’s top editors and reporters on this story have practically gone into hiding, ignoring all requests for comment and referring journalists to a corporate PR official who provides a statement that is as vague and bureaucratic as it is nonresponsive. It’s easier to get a substantive comment from the NSA than it is from the Guardian on this story."

Benedict Anderson About Nationalism (In mijn vaders huis, 1994)

Intro in Dutch; interview in English.

More here:

Vidal in Venice, 1985

Better sound; equally good content.

Dig et vous.

Anthony Burgess: Rome (1978)

Again, crappy sound, but great content.

Peter Ustinov: Leningrad (1978)

Crappy sound; good content.

NAFTA at 25: A New Beginning?

On the Trumpized NAFTA with Lori Wallach of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch.

Playlist here.

Here's her report on the old NAFTA; here's her view of the new NAFTA. And the Nation is so annoying with their pop-up blocker blocking, here it is:

The Battle Over NAFTA 2.0 Has Just BegunProgressives must fight strategically to improve it—if they don’t, the consequences could be devastating.By Lori Wallach December 21, 2018 After over a year of renegotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement by the United States, Canada, and Mexico, the NAFTA 2.0 text signed on November 30 revealed improvements for which progressives have long campaigned, the addition of damaging terms that we oppose, and critical unfinished business.
It’s no surprise that the administrations of Donald Trump, Justin Trudeau, and Enrique Peña Nieto failed to deliver a transformational replacement for the corporate-rigged trade-pact model that NAFTA hatched in the early 1990s. But if progressives secure swift…

The Roots of Venezuela's Crisis with Greg Wilpert and Steve Ellner

They're sympathetic to Venezuela, so you'll get a different angle here.

Info on these two dudes: Ellner; Wilpert.


Transcript to part 1; transcript to part 2.

DOD Criterion for Success: Spend all Your Money by Year End - Lester Ear...

Medicare for All is a Fight to Democratize the Economy

Japan: Spirit and Form, NHK

A history of Japanese art, if not of the culture itself, by Shūichi Katō, one of the leading Japanese public intellectuals of the twentieth century.

More info if you click on the book here, especially the front cover.

Here's the playlist on YouTube.

Shinto: Nature, Gods, and Man in Japan (1977)

Medicare for All - How Can We Pay for It?

And the study itself.