Cinema’s standards and values have changed—for the better—in ways that have rendered certain films no longer appropriate. What about 1974’s “Blazing Saddles”? (movie still, Gene Wilder and Cleavon Little)
STOP, LOOK, LISTEN!
“Middle East tensions increase..." This was what we all vaguely dreaded when Trump got elected—a loutish action or reaction in the international arena that could pitch us into a war. The killing of Iran’s Gen. Qassem Soleimani in Iraqi territory looks (from here in the cheap seats, at least) like it was done largely to create a distraction in the middle of Trump's impeachment trial, and has been followed up by a series of aggressive tweets that are escalating tensions with both Iran and Iraq.
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We want to make it easy for as many Americans as possible to vote from abroad. I hope they will vote for the Democratic candidate in November, but—and here is where I differ from Mitch McConnell—even if they are unlikely to vote my way, I do not want to stifle their votes or make the process more difficult.
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Authentic frontier gibberish:
Daily Kos: 'Blazing Saddles' and how to beat Trump in 2020 by Ian Reifowitz
The racist villains are not defeated because the non-wealthy racist whites realize that racism is wrong. Racism is defeated when the townspeople realize their bigotry is hurting their own economic interests.
The Daily Beast: Team Trump’s Furious Hunt to Find Out Who ‘Liked’ a Chelsea Clinton Tweet by Erin Banco and Asawin Suebsaeng
Administration staffers were interviewed about whether they had dared to hit the “like” button.
The Guardian: More US voters than ever care about climate – but will they go to the polls? by Emily Holden
The poll compared survey responses to public voter file records. Infrequent voters are more likely than frequent ones to assign a higher importance to climate and the environment. Also, while Donald Trump is unpopular with a majority of Americans, his supporters are the most reliable voters.
Oasis in a food desert:
Food and Wine: This Town Lost Its Only Grocery Store, So the Local Government Opened One by Mike Pomranz
When Baldwin’s only grocery closed, city hall opened a municipal store. It is indistinguishable from any other small-town grocery store, but its eight employees are on the municipal payroll. "We're not trying to make a profit. We're trying to cover our expenses, and keep the store running."
Down on the farm:
Forbes: Why Agriculture’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions Are Almost Always Underestimated by Jeff McMahon
Climate damage from agriculture may be easier to mitigate than pollution from other sectors, because it can be managed with existing technologies.
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