Monthly Archives: February 2018

February 20, 2018

The Patriot – John Williams – Inland Valley Symphony

BBC has missed the point of civilisation

To watch Civilisation is to be filled with joy and pride to be a member of that much-maligned species Homo sapiens. To watch Civilisations is to feel confused and a bit irritated.

Kenneth Clark’s Civilisation is one of the glories of television. The series, first broadcast in 1969 on BBC2, is a triumphal progress through the highest achievements of European culture. Clark took civilisation seriously. He delivered long, earnest pieces to camera. He played stretches of classical music for minutes at a time. He offered up endless solemn shots of distinguished churches. Most importantly, he tells you what’s good. And he tells you what’s bad. It’s brilliant.


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Complete Classic Movie: A Long Ride from Hell (1968)

Stars: Steve Reeves, Wayde Preston, Guido Lollobrigida. Mike Sturges and his younger brother, Roy, are sentenced to Yuma Penitentiary on a trumped-up train robbery charge. Both endure cruel treatment before Mike escapes to extract revenge on their enemies.

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The Truth About Black Panther – Stefan Molyneux (Video)

Movie Summary: “After the death of his father, T’Challa returns home to the African nation of Wakanda to take his rightful place as king. When a powerful enemy suddenly reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king — and as Black Panther — gets tested when he’s drawn into a conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people.”

Yale University teaches students ‘counternarratives around whiteness’

Course looks at ‘whiteness’ as ‘culturally constructed and economically incorporated entity’

Yale University is offering a course this semester which aims to help students understand and counteract “whiteness,” exploring such topics as “white imagination,” “white property” and “white speech.”

According to the syllabus for “Constructions of Whiteness” obtained by The College Fix, the English course is an “interdisciplinary approach to examining our understanding of whiteness.”

The class, which is apparently being offered for the first time this semester, discusses “whiteness as a culturally constructed and economically incorporated entity, which touches upon and assigns value to nearly every aspect of American life and culture.”

The goal of the class is to “create a lab for the construction of counternarratives around whiteness in any creative form: play, poem, memoir, etc.,” states the syllabus.

Taught by Professor Claudia Rankine, the class is divided into eight topics: Constructions of Whiteness, White Property, White Masculinity, White Femininity, White Speech, White Prosperity, White Spaces and White Imagination, according to the syllabus.


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Venezuelan refugee crisis could eclipse Syria’s, economist predicts

Around 4 million Venezuelans have fled their country, and the number will keep rising amid a severe shortage of food and cash, according to an economist. He said the outflow will eventually overtake Syria’s, which stands at 5.5 million.

Syria’s civil war has resulted in what’s been dubbed the world’s largest refugee crisis, but another humanitarian calamity may soon surpass it.

The millions of Venezuelans fleeing their turmoil-hit nation could eventually overshadow the number of Syrian refugees, according to an economist.

“The next refugee crisis is not being driven by a violent war but by a socioeconomic disaster of magnitudes hardly seen before,” Dany Bahar, a fellow at think tank the Brookings Institution, said in a Monday note, referring to the South American nation.

About 4 million Venezuelans — over 10 percent of the population — have left the country in search of better living conditions in the last two decades, Bahar said, citing others’ estimates.

In comparison, “the estimates of refugees who left Syria during the war account for about 5 million individuals,” he noted. The latest United Nations data indicates there are currently 5.5 million Syrian refugees.

Bahar said he expects Venzeula’s figure to increase “very rapidly” and eventually exceed that of the Middle Eastern state.


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Germany’s Crisis: Now anti-migrant AfD become second largest party in shock poll (Video)

Germany’s anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD) has overtaken the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) for the first time in a national poll to become the second-strongest party, an Insa survey.

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) gained 2.5 percentage points to reach 32 percent and the AfD was up one percentage point to 16 percent, the weekly poll for mass-selling Bild on Monday.

The SPD fell one percentage point to 15.5 percent.

Nearly five months after the national election, Germany is still without a federal government as the SPD consults its members before embarking on a re-run of their ‘grand coalition’ with Merkel’s conservative bloc.

The election saw Alexander Gauland’s AfD party win seats in parliament for the first time – a political earthquake that followed Mrs Merkel’s 2015 decision to leave open German borders to more than 1 million migrants.

The poll comes as the CDU starts to think about Mrs Merkel’s successor.

German Chancellor Mrs Merkel put forward close ally Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer today to take over as secretary general of her CDU, heeding calls from within the party to inject new blood and groom a successor.


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‘SPOILED!’: Twitter ROASTS U.S. Olympic Skiers After They Bail Out Of Team Competition

America’s top skiers say they won’t participate because there’s no chance of winning a medal.

Twitter users are roasting the U.S. Olympic ski team after stars Lindsey Vonn, Ted Ligety, and Mikaela Shiffrin have refused to participate in a team event scheduled for the last day of Olympic competition because — as Vonn reportedly put it — there was no chance the team was going to medal.

Shifferin, Vonn, and Ligety were each dispatched to the Olympics with high hopes of achievement for the United States’s team, but aside from Shifferin’s single gold medal in the first women’s giant slalom event, the three skiers have had difficulty rising above fifth place. Both Vonn and Ligety performed well below expectations in their events.

Shifferin withdrew from the women’s downhill early Monday morning, claiming that she needed the time to focus on the women’s combined event instead, set to take place Thursday, after a disappointing loss in an earlier Alpine contest.

The Olympic team event was supposed to be the penultimate Alpine ski event at the Olympic games, with 16 teams competing in a “knock-out”-style elimination challenge across skiing disciplines. The purpose of the event, the IOC said, was to take what is generally an individual-focused sport and encourage cooperative participation among members of the same country’s team.


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February 19, 2018

Complete Classic Movie: The Buddy Holly Story (1978)

Stars: Gary Busey, Don Stroud, Charles Martin Smith. The story of the life and career of the early rock and roll singer, from his meteoric rise to stardom, to his marriage and untimely death.

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A Rare Musical Production Number Featuring Anna May Wong