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Showing posts from January 20, 2019

Defusing the Crisis: A Way Forward for Venezuela

Attempted Coup in Venezuela with Abby Martin, Greg Wilpert, Paul Jay

I, Claudius, BBC Radio Drama, 1985

Kerala Leads the Struggle Against Modi’s Extreme Right Agenda in India

Glenn Greenwald on The Dramatic Scandal Swallowing the Bolsonaro Presidency

More here.

Bulletin of Atomic Scientists: A new abnormal: It is still 2 minutes to midnight

More here.

Bill Black: Decades of Financial Deregulation & Racist Housing Policy Brought Us 2007 Meltdown, with More to Come

Bill Black takes us back a bit in order to illuminate the present.

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Documentary on Wilhelm Furtwängler, German Conductor

Wikipedia. Conducting itself aside, he stayed in Germany during the Nazi period, though he was no supporter. However, he seems to have been somewhat co-opted; it's apparently an ongoing historical controversy.

Oh, here's a dramatization of Furtwängler's denazification process by the US starring Harvey Keitel and Stellan Skarsgård:

The Real News and Democracy Now on the 2019 Venezuela Coup

I believe this counts as a foreign government colluding and meddling in an election and/or regime's rule. No one will care.

I'd like to see how the Trump administration would react if Nancy Pelosi unilaterally declared herself president, claiming that the president and vice president are illegitimate.

Here’s an open letter from seventy academics to the US.

A little reminder of what went down in 2002:

I, Claudius Audiobook, Frederick Davidson, 1994

I Claudius - A BBC Radio Drama, 2010

Very well done, even in the shadow of both the novels and the classic television series.

Cabiria (1914) FULL

An important silent film; more here.

The Eagle of the Ninth, BBC, 1977

Wikipedia on the novel

Sutcliff wrote in a foreword that she created the story from two elements: the disappearance of the Legio IX Hispana (Ninth Legion) from the historical record following an expedition north to deal with Caledonian tribes in 117; and the discovery of a wingless Roman eagle in excavations at Calleva Atrebatum(Silchester). The Museum of Reading, which now houses the Silchester eagle, states that it "is not a legionary eagle but has been immortalized as such by Rosemary Sutcliff".[1] It may originally have formed part of a Jupiter statue in the forum of the Roman town. Sutcliff also assumed that the legion's title of "Hispana" meant that it was raised in Hispania (now Spain and Portugal), but it was probably awarded this title for victories there.
At the time Sutcliff wrote, it was a plausible theory that the unit had been wiped out in Britain during a period of unrest early in the reign of the Emperor Hadrian(AD 117–138).[2] Scholarly opinion…

Kate Aronoff's latest on primarying Henry Cuellar (D-TX, House)

This is how you write a lead paragraph: TWO COMPETING VALUES are at work in a coming primary challenge against oil-and-gas-backed Democrat Henry Cuellar, announced last week by Justice Democrats, the group that recruited Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., to run for office. On the one hand, a new report concluded that if the U.S. proceeds on its current course of drilling — which Cuellar has emphatically supported — humanity will crash through its remaining climate guardrails and risk lurching into apocalyptic warming scenarios.  On the other hand, Cuellar is a really nice guy, and primaries are awfully divisive. Read the rest here for more insight into the priorities of the Deeply Rational Adults in the Room. Boy, are those liberal/democratic socialists a bunch of irresponsible fools, or what? See you at the Harvard Club!