Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Agnes Varda should have won

 Did you see the Oscars?
What did you think?
Isaiah's THE WORLD TODAY JUST NUTS "Oscars So Full Of It" covered one of the biggest thefts.
Agnes Varda has been making documentaries since 1956 or so.  She’s known the world round.  I knew of her in the sixties.  She was experimental and poetic.  She had her own style.
And she deserved to win.
Instead, she lost to what was little more than a glorified episode of DATELINE.
Ava and C.I. attended the Oscars.  They write about it in “MEDIA: Male norms, Russia hate and lots of excuses...” which was not the plan.  They intended to have their piece on THE DETOUR posted.  But they were so appalled that they ended up writing about the Oscars and it is hard hitting and hilarious:
If Ashely once co-carried a hit, that put her ahead of Annabella.

The extreme cosmetic surgery probably left some wondering who Annabella was?

That's fine, that confusion has been the reality for Annabella throughout her career.

Even in Nancy Savoca's TRUE LOVE, Annabella was upstaged (by Ron Eldard) and, as everyone knows, Rebecca De Mornay stormed off with the film THE HAND THAT ROCKS THE CRADLE.  Though Ronan Farrow -- in his typical dishonest manner -- called Annabella a "star" in THE NEW YORKER, she was never a star.  For a film or two, she was a leading actress.

A star delivers not just a performance, a star delivers ticket buyers.  A star carries a film.

Annabella was never a star.

She was a leading actress -- in bulls**t like the 'erotica thriller' WHISPERS IN THE DARK (a whopping $11 million in ticket sales in 1992).

She'd like to act again and, if PIXAR can make TOY STORY, some studio has to be able to make MADAM TUSSAUD and employ Annabella, Ashley and all the other actresses and actors whose faces can no longer register emotion due to addictions to botox, fillers, Restylane, et al.

We were pulled away from that fantasy casting as a woman declared that "the changes we are witnessing are being driven by a powerful sound," we had to wonder if she meant the muzak pumped into the office of plastic surgeons?
That is a taste.
This article says viewership was down.
Not surprised.
I want a celebration of film.
I am sick of the whining.  I am sick of politics.  I wanted a celebration of film.  I did not see that on TV last night.
In fact, the series of seconds of films – for Best Actress, for example – was insulting.  Jane Fonda gave the best performance of the 20th century in KLUTE and won for it but in the montage it was nothing but a glance, a shot of Jane glancing, not a line of dialogue, nothing.

This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"

Monday, March 5, 2018.  Iraq War Hawk Dianne Feinstein faces a challenge from Kevin de Leon, AUSTRALIA's ABC talks Iraq, whistle-blower Katherine Gunn speaks with RT, and much more.

Starting with California, the leader of the state Senate is Kevin de Leon and he's running for the US Senate.

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  • The seat Kevin is running for is currently held by Dianne Feinstein.

    We'll go slowly one more time since outsiders can't seem to shut the f**k up about our election.  (I do not endorse in races that I can't vote in.  I am not the world buttinsky that Alyssa Milano, for example, is.) 

    In our state, there will be a primary in June.  The top two vote getters -- regardless of party -- will then advance to the general election in November.

    As of this moment, if the primary was held today, it would be Kevin and Dianne.

    But idiots from New York -- well, she's from Canada which is even more reason for her to shut up about my state's election -- don't seem to understand that reality and see Kevin 'daring' to run as meaning Dianne could lose to a Republican come November.

    That's not going to happen.

    Idiots, stay in your own states.  It's not your business how we conduct our elections in the state of California.

    Ed O'Keefe (WASHINGTON POST) reports:

    At a White House summit on gun violence this past week, Trump urged Republicans and Democrats to include Feinstein’s priorities in any legislation, even suggesting including her long-sought bid to restore a ban on assault weapons. Sitting at his side, she gleefully clasped her hands.
    Any cooperation with Trump, even a good-faith effort on immigration or gun control, is anathema to California Democrats, who see themselves as the vanguard of the resistance movement. Last weekend, the California Democratic Party declined to endorse Feinstein’s reelection bid and cast more ballots for state Sen. Kevin de León, who has launched the best-organized primary challenge to her since she won her seat in 1992.
    The rebuke was a political blow to Feinstein, with Democrats clamoring for a next-generation senator with a more liberal record. At 84, Feinstein is the oldest U.S. senator, the first time a woman has reached that status, and at times on Capitol Hill she has struggled in fast-paced interactions with reporters, misspeaking or forcing staff to explain what she meant.

    Dianne, Californians remember, was also very cozy with Bully Boy Bush.  Her coziness, we remember, led her to support the Iraq War.

    Thanks for that, Dianne.  Your hands are soaked in blood forever as a result.

    Dianne, as Ed notes, was elected in 1992.

    Dianne will turn 85 this June.  Were she to be re-elected, she'd be 91 when her term ended.

    So Dianne's going down this election cycle or the next.

    Californians -- unlike Canadians living in NYC and boasting of their failed 'art' gallery -- grasp that Dianne is seriously out of touch with the state and its voters.

    Kevin might very well be 'too left' to run for US President.  He might not be.

    But California is a left state and he is aligned with our interest.  Dianne is not.

    Dianne is not elected by the voters of California to represent the center-right of Reagan Democrats.

    She's elected to represent the voters of California and, yes, we are left.

    We deserve someone who represents us.

    We also deserve someone who knows what's going on in the world and doesn't depend on her staff to correct what she said or wipe up the urine stains in whatever chair she just abandoned (how very Louella Parsons of her).

    We need a change.

    A War Hawk does not represent us.

    An 85-year-old does not represent us (the median age in California is 36.4).

    At her age, it's time to step aside before she dies in office and we're stuck -- Californians, not Canadians living in NYC -- with the bill for a special election.

    85.  I get it, she's hideous.  No one -- not even her family -- wants to spend time with her so she plans to die a senator to avoid the emptiness that would otherwise face her.

    But we deserve better and it's time to retire Dianne.

    Turning to Iraq . . .

    "Well you've heard something that I haven't."

    In the words of Diana Ross, "Say it, say it again,"  Michael Ware.

    Ware is an Australian journalist who covered Iraq for many outlets -- including CNN.  Sunday morning, Ware appeared on Australia's ABC program SUNDAY EXTRA.

    Hugh Riminton: There's Iraq to talk about.  Syria.  Afghanistan.  Let's talk about Iraq.  That's where the good news is.

    Michael Ware:  Is it?  Really?

    Hugh Riminton:  What is the good news?

    Michael Ware: Well you've heard something that I haven't.  Well I mean, essentially, look -- Iraq has not operated well -- in inverted commas ['well'] in terms of its people.  That's in terms of the delivery of services and basically being able to sleep safe in your house at night.  With the heavy caveat "as long as you weren't a political enemy," Iraq has not been so safe since Saddam.  We destabilized Iraq where it got to the point where there was a running joke in the first 'democratic election' so that if Saddam, who was then a prisoner, had run, he probably would have won.  So we've seen incredible destabilization of that ancient culture there since our invasion and now it's finally finding its footing again and it's obviously doing so as an Iranian-proxy state. But the current prime minister is one of the most savy I think they've had for awhile and so 

    [Crosstalk, no listener should be subjected to -- the host needs to let the guest make the point, basic rule in broadcast journalism.  His inability to follow that rule goes to 's efforts at propagandizing.]

    Hugh Riminton: [. . .] is that they've beaten IS [the Islamic State].

    Michael Ware: Well that's not true. But, in effect, they've denied them most Iraq territory.

    Hugh Riminton: Well there have been warnings from the US military commander on the ground or the most senior military guy still in Iraq from the US saying that they still -- that they might have defeated in the battle space IS retaking Mosul and so on but unless this Shia majority figures out some accommodation with Sunnis -- it gives them a place in modern Iraq -- then there will just be another IS, there'll be another al Qaeda in Iraq --

    Michael Ware:  Of course there will.  

    Hugh Riminton: -- another Sunni insurgency arising.

    Michael Ware: Of course there will. I mean, it looks good on the surface.  As I say, best since Saddam.  But when you look beneath the surface, it really wasn't pleasant for a lot of people under Saddam.  So, yes, for our listeners, in Islam, it's roughly akin to Catholic and Protestant -- Sunni and Shia.  And right now the Protestants, the Shia, are in control and have been since we invaded.  We gave control to the Shia and, therefore, directly and indirectly to the Iranian.  

    Hugh Riminton: Well that's the democratic reality, isn't it?  There are more Shia than there are Sunnis?

    Michael Ware: It's a majority Shia population so you would expect to have a Shia dominated government but they've been very, very well guided in ways to consolidate power -- within first the office of the prime minister and then within separate security forces and now we have legitimate paramilitary [the militias].  So that's like having legitimate religious outlaw motorcycle clubs that another government backs that you unleash on South Wales from Queensland, for example.  So, yes, all that's deeply entrenched and for now it's holding things together.  But as long as they keep denying their Catholic or Sunni population -- which they do -- then, yes, this will never, ever change.  And quite frankly, it's all our own fault.  Post WWI we created this and we shouldn't be surprised that it's never going to settle down. 

    Hugh Riminton: Well that was the positive aspect of it, Michael --

    Michael Ware: Yeah, where's the upside?

    Where is the upside, indeed?

    Let's note again,  Sunday morning, Ware appeared on Australia's ABC program SUNDAY EXTRA.
    Whereas next Sunday on the US' ABC program THIS WEEK, they'll have James Comey -- the man who Hillary Clinton says cost her the election.  They'll have anyone, in fact, as long as they can avoid addressing Iraq.
    Sunday on RT's GOING UNDERGROUND, they could address Iraq and did with whistle-blower Katherine Gunn.

    But don't expect the US television media to cover Iraq.  Did they ever tell the story of Katherine Gunn?  Whatever will they do when the Keira Knightley movie comes out?  Pretend no one in the world ever discussed Katherine's whistle-blowing?

    Maybe they'll just ignore it all over again?

    Saeed and Simba, a pair of lions rescued from Syria and Iraq, have been saved from war, and now relocated to a sanctuary in South Africa.

    Yes, we care about animals.

    Around the world, we care about animals.

    Saeed and Simba are "rescued from Syria and Iraq, have been saved from war."

    A real shame there's no rush to rescue the Iraqi people -- but, hey, at least ABC NEWS (US) admits that the Iraq War continues.

    Isaiah's THE WORLD TODAY JUST NUTS "Oscars So Full Of It" went up Sunday.  New content at THIRD: