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Paris – I miss the days when the circus rolled into town on a sleepy train in the middle of the night rather on luxury private planes and chartered jets in the middle of the day. But then again, this is no ordinary circus, kids. It’s the Climate Circus! Where the folly of group action […]

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The Axis of Obama

 

Kim Jong-Un: “Ready to strike the West at any time”. Picture courtesy of Express.co.uk – Getty Images

Kim Jong-Un claims his country now has full nuclear capabilities. How much of this saber rattling is due to the pusillanimous Iran Deal?

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I am rereading the fine Nothing to Envy, a vivid account of North Koreans’ experience during the late eighties and the nineties.  Detached, lucid prose recounts the horror parade of the nineties famine years from the perspectives of six interviewees who are now blessedly defected to the South.  The coordinated lies, the cruelty, the fear, and the […]

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Let me just get out of the way the fact that I am not well-read on Marx’s ‘Communist Manifesto’ and am not a scholar on Communism.  I have, however, read Jonah Goldberg’s ‘Liberal Fascism’. We often hear from folks in the political middle (so-called independents and moderates) that the left and the right have differing […]

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Does anyone perchance still recall long ago in the mists of antiquity when the Sony hack was considered a big deal? Good times, eh? Anywho, for those still of the mind that this incident may be of some pertinence to themselves or their org I would invite you to review the following presentation by John […]

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Wouldn’t it be weird if Sony ended up making a lot of money from what looks to be a rather mediocre film?    Sony produced Fury, which had a huge promotional budget and a big star, at the cost of 68 mil., and so far they’ve grossed only 84 mil on it.  I doubt Sony planned […]

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“The Interview” Review

 

I can’t help but think of the 2003 Chris Rock movie Head of State. Chris Rock plays a Washington DC alderman who gets talked into running for President and … he wins. Thereby becoming the first black President of the United States. I saw it probably around 2004 and enjoyed it. Then I watched it again in 2010. It played … rather differently.

We don’t just watch a film in a vacuum, as with any piece of art, we view it through the lens of our time and place. A film can play one way when you see it the first time, it can play another way, often very differently, later. I know, for example, that if I were to watch Ghost Dad tonight, I would have a different reaction than if I had watched it a year ago.

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The NorK’s lost their official internet for 9 hours earlier today.  Whatever the equivalent of the Drudge Report the NorK leadership peruses on the web every morning while eating a slave prepared breakfast of spoiled cabbage, Death-toll Highlights, Mortar scores, Daily Kos, they must have missed a few headlines. After laughing with the Rush-read piece by Stephen Miller on […]

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What haven’t you heard about the Sony hack? Work has been blessedly busy for me so I’ve been unable to put together a post on this story as it has developed. Thus I give you some bullet points with references that have been on my mind last few weeks (apologies for the Vox-like character of […]

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Hack Away

 

shutterstock_232080763To the Washington Post’s report on the North Korean hack job (no, the other one), Drudge offers the following headline: “Cancellation sets worrying new precedent for cyber terror.”

Well, sure, it’s “new” in the sense that it just happened. And the attack did take a novel form, combining the data diarrhea of WikiLeaks with jihad’s pointedly obscure threats to silence opposition.

But we are already chock full of precedents, thank you. Cyber attacks from Russia and China over a course of decades have shown the world our response policy: “Pretty please?”

Kim Jong-un to Host 87th Annual Oscars

 

HOLLYWOOD (KCNA) — The Revolutionary Artists Committee of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is happy to announce that His Excellency Kim Jong-un will host the 87th annual Academy Awards. This will be the first time a supreme leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea has led the ceremony, but it most certainly will not be the last.

“All peoples celebrate Dear Leader’s most humble decision to host the Oscars,” said Sony Pictures Chairman and CEO Michael Lynton. “We have witnessed his strength and honor from afar and welcome the divine opportunity to explode our love in his presence. To obey Doctor Leader’s magnanimous offer to host the Oscars is perfect joy, all of his resources and talent coming together on global stage.”

So, Yeah … The Terrorists Won

 

Hollywood, in case you haven’t heard, is a brave place. There’s no adjective the town is fonder of during bouts of self-congratulation. Every film that wanders into liberal erogenous zones of race, class, gender, or sexual orientation is always hailed as courageous, though that’s an odd way to describe material that simply reaffirms an industrywide ideological consensus.

Don’t get me wrong, some of these films are legitimately praiseworthy. I happen to think, for instance, that — unserious and reflexive conservative carping notwithstanding — 12 Years A Slave was actually a harrowing, moving portrayal of the depredations of slavery. But brave? There are few views that command such absolute consensus in modern American society as the notion that the possession of human chattel was a grave sin. The movie wasn’t exactly swimming against the tide.

Kim Jong Un-believable? Sony to ‘Amend’ Rogen Film

 

The-Interview-movieKorea observers no doubt expressed the same disappointment as I did Friday when reading this: “Sony Will Amend Seth Rogen’s The Interview After North Korean Threats.” I’ve been looking forward to a lampooning of the 30ish dictator. He’s got an interest in popular culture that ensures his attention to the movie.

Quick no-spoiler synopsis: The CIA recruits two journalists (Rogen & James Franco) that landed an interview with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un. Their mission: kill Kim. 

I’m actually more bummed about having to wait until December instead of October for the film. In reality, this is not a U.S. backing off in the face of North Korean bombast. Making the movie is a statement in itself.  It’s more about Japan.

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I saw an article tonight as I logged in to check my e-mail. It was about a new video game. A retro, Super Nintendo-style throwback to the 8-bit glory days of “Contra.” A fun, cheeky action game starring the best of all action heroes….Kim Jong-un.  Moneyhorse presents….”Glorious Leader.”  Reading quickly through the article, the game […]

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Please enjoy (if possible) my incoherent rambling as I attempt to find alternate-side parking in my neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York. http://blogright.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Alternate-Side-Parking-1.mp3 This will be a semi-regular, once or twice a week, podcast. Each episode will last approximately as long as it takes for me to find a new parking space. In today’s inaugural episode, […]

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