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Apropos of nothing ..

and I'm sure this tactic was unique to Venezuela. Not against Evo Morales in Bolivia or other Central American governments...



Series Finale

I'll admit to giving up on the show after the first few episodes. So I just got around to watching the last couple of seasons on dvd. Aaron Sorkin's dvd commentary on the series finale kind of tied everything together.

Big thumbs up to the way the series evolved.

Trump's: "Home Alone 2: Lost in New York" meltdown..

Given the most recent Trump meltdown (over the CBC deleting his scene in Home Alone 2) here's a piece from The Hill ...

Wikipedia page for 'Home Alone 2' was edited to call Trump the film's first cast member to be impeached

BY ARIS FOLLEY - 12/22/19 10:49 AM EST

The Wikipedia page for “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York” was briefly altered earlier this week to note the impeachment of President Trump, who made a cameo in the 1992 film.

According the page’s revision history, an edit was added toward the top of the page on Friday, reading: “On December 18th, 2019 Donald Trump became the first cast member from Home Alone 2 to be impeached by the U.S. House of Representatives.”

The edit did not go unnoticed on social media.


Prior to his entrance into politics Trump had made several cameos in films as a celebrity real-estate mogul. He appeared in Home Alone 2 briefly to give directions to the film’s main character, Kevin McCallister, in the Plaza Hotel, which at the time was owned by Trump.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter in 2017, Matt Damon said Trump would allow films to be shot in his buildings as long as he got a part in the project.

“The deal was that if you wanted to shoot in one of his buildings, you had to write him in a part. [Director] Martin Brest had to write something in Scent of a Woman — and the whole crew was in on it,” he said.

“You have to waste an hour of your day with a bullshit shot: Donald Trump walks in and Al Pacino’s like, ‘Hello, Mr. Trump!’ — you had to call him by name — and then he exits,” he added. “You waste a little time so that you can get the permit, and then you can cut the scene out. But I guess in Home Alone 2 they left it in.”



Everything Wrong With Home Alone 2: Lost In New York

Trump Fires Back at Home Alone Snub: 'The Movie Will Never Be the Same'


This American Life

Alex in Wonderland





How Artificial Intelligence is Totally Changing Everything



ICE set up a fake university in metro Detroit

ICE set up a fake university in metro Detroit and "accredited" it to entice foreign-born students to attend the school.

It has since arrested 250 people. Many have been deported.



Venezuela and Iran are not out of the woods yet either..




Cambridge Analytica

In one of the segments they caution that Cambridge Analytica was child's play compared to how sophisticated AI has become and continues to evolve.

Let's hope that forewarned is forearmed...





Worse than Watergate (and Ukraine)

Trump’s Retribution Against the Washington Post Owner Is His Gravest Abuse of Power

By Jonathan Chait

The saga of President Trump’s reprisals against Amazon has lurked on the margin of the news, largely overshadowed by the Ukraine scandal. Late Thursday night, Amazon revealed it had filed a protest in federal court of a Pentagon decision to deny it a $10 billion cloud-computing contract, the most recent piecemeal iteration of a saga that attracted precious little media attention even before the Ukraine scandal obscured it.

Yet the story here is almost certainly a massive scandal, probably more significant than the Ukraine scandal that spurred impeachment proceedings. Trump improperly used government policy to punish the owner of an independent newspaper as retribution for critical coverage. It resembles the Ukraine scandal because it is a flagrant abuse of power, and has been hiding in plain sight for months (as the Ukraine scandal did, until a whistle-blower report leaked in September). The scale of the abuse, though, is far more serious, because it is a concrete manifestation of Trump’s authoritarian ambitions.

Coverage of this story has implicitly extended Trump the benefit of the doubt by treating his hatred of Amazon’s owner and the Defense Department’s decision to spurn Amazon as presumably disconnected. There is not yet any smoking gun proof that Trump interfered improperly. It is possible, however unlikely, that the Pentagon acted completely at arm’s length from any political consideration, and the result just happened to comport with Trump’s desire to punish Jeff Bezos.

But even the appearance of impropriety ought to amount to a far larger scandal than it has been treated so far. The external evidence alone is incredibly damning, sufficient on its own to constitute an impeachable offense. ...

[much more]


The Orgeron Effect

I'm a Michigan man but you gotta love Coach O ...


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