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Apr 01 08:58

ADL BLASTS JON STEWART’S REPLACEMENT EVEN BEFORE THE SHOW AIRS

Comedy Central stands by Jon Stewart’s replacement Trevor Noah as rightwing sites suggest he has a “Jewish problem.” The real problem is that he is likely to be critical of Israeli militarism.

Since his appointment was announced Monday by Comedy Central, Noah has come under fire for past tweets about Jews and Israel, including one from 2010 that read “South Africans know how to recycle like Israel knows how to be peaceful.”

As I always say; ‘If the sandal fits, wear it!’

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Mar 31 16:01

Google ‘Thought Police’ to rank websites based on their “truth”

In the near future the pro Obama search giant plans to rank websites based on their so-called truthfulness

Mar 30 09:16

At The Age Of 93 Years Died Winner Of Tony Awards, Directed By Gene Saks

Popular director Gene Saks, who worked with the famous ashamed New York creator Neil Simon on Broadway and in the production of movies, has died at 93 years old years. The child of director Daniel said that Gene Saks passed on of pneumonia at his home in East Hampton, New York.

http://whatisusa.info/at-the-age-of-93-years-died-winner-of-tony-award...

Mar 30 08:05

How Scientology controls John Travolta and Tom Cruise, according to ‘Going Clear’

HBO hired 160 lawyers when the network decided to air “Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief,” the two-hour documentary based on Lawrence Wright’s book. This makes sense when you watch the film, directed by Alex Gibney, which aired Sunday night. Ex-Church of Scientology members and officials reveal secrets of the organization, and tell horror stories of psychological and physical abuse during their time in the controversial religion — and after they escaped. (For the record, the church unleashed a series of attack ads against the film and says that it’s “bigoted propaganda” and ” built on falsehoods invented by admitted liars.”)

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One interesting story is how the Church of Scientology intentionally wrecked Tom Cruise's marriage to Nicole Kidman, who was seen as a threat to their control over Cruise, then created a "replacement" girlfriend to lure him back to the church.

Mar 30 08:03

16 Shocking Allegations In Scientology Documentary 'Going Clear'

The Church of Scientology has long been a controversial institution among both the religious community and entertainment business. But the latest documentary from Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney, "Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief," explores the secrets of the organization through interviews with former high-ranking officials and former members in a way never seen before.

Mar 30 03:02

At The Age Of 93 Years Died Winner Of Tony Awards, Directed By Gene Saks

Popular director Gene Saks, who worked with the famous ashamed New York creator Neil Simon on Broadway and in the production of movies, has died at 93 years old years. The child of director Daniel said that Gene Saks passed on of pneumonia at his home in East Hampton, New York.

http://whatisusa.info/at-the-age-of-93-years-died-winner-of-tony-award...

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Mar 27 04:10

It Transmits Live Video From Your Ios Periscope

Twittter acquired Periscope 100 million.

The service live broadcast of Periscope, acquired by Twitter in January for $ 100 million, already has an official app for iOS devices.

Integrated with the micro blogging platform, the service allows streaming from a smartphone looking stomp on a segment initiated by Meerkat, an opponent who managed to grab the attention of users by enabling the creation of live video from an iPhone.

http://whatisusa.info/it-transmits-live-video-from-your-ios-periscope/

Mar 27 03:26

President TripAdvisor: “We Compete With Google”

The American company TripAdvisor Inc. 14 years of the little-known site with tips for travelers and feedback into a business that combines multiple services with annual revenues of more than $ 944 million. The site came up with Harvard graduate, the programmer Stephen Kaufer – today he is the president and CEO of TripAdvisor Inc. In his interview with media, he told company’s plans for the Russian market, and Uber partnership with Facebook and the scheme of earnings TripAdvisor.

http://whatisusa.info/president-tripadvisor-we-compete-with-google/

Mar 26 09:13

33 Strange Facts About America That Most Americans Would Be Shocked To Learn

Did you know that about one-fourth of the entire global prison population is in the United States

Mar 26 05:44

Burger King Hamburger Perfume Sold In Japan

For fans who want to enjoy burgers smell but not necessarily taste the flavor, Burger King has put the scent in a limited edition fragrance.

Burger King announced Friday that the colony flavored burger will be sold only on April 1 and only in Japan.

http://whatisusa.info/burger-king-hamburger-perfume-sold-in-japan/

Mar 26 05:08

Instagram Enters The Segment Apps For Collages

Initially only available for iOS devices.

Instagram enters the segment of mobile applications focused on creating collages with the launch of Layout, initially available for iOS devices, although it seems that is not yet available globally.

With respect to the version for Android devices, it is expected to be launched in the coming months, according to the company's announcement.

http://whatisusa.info/instagram-enters-the-segment-apps-for-collages/

Mar 26 05:01

Taylor Swift, Harvard And Microsoft Buy .Porn Domains

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The singer Taylor Swift, Microsoft Corp. and Harvard University are among those who are buying domains with suffixes and .adult .porn, as a preventive measure before they are available in a few months.

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN, for its acronym in English) is offering internet addresses with suffixes that go beyond the usual .com and .org, for use by individuals and businesses. While some are in Chinese and other languages ??besides English, could be included .music, .app or, of course, .porn.

http://whatisusa.info/taylor-swift-harvard-and-microsoft-buy-porn-doma...

Mar 26 04:55

Facebook Cleared Its Concept Of Nudity

Facebook wants to help in the fight against Ebola.

Facebook has updated its "community standards" for its 1,400 million users and was very specific as to what is allowed and not on the social network.

For example, Facebook cleared its concept of nudity (images of genitalia, rear fully exposed female breasts and if the nipple is, except the images of women who are breastfeeding or breast with scars after a mastectomy).

http://whatisusa.info/facebook-cleared-its-concept-of-nudity/

Mar 26 04:39

Twitter Faces Gender Discrimination Lawsuit

Twitter continues with growth plans.

A former software engineer at Twitter filed a lawsuit alleging that the firm conducts promotion processes that favor men illegally.

A class action lawsuit was filed in state court of California at San Francisco by the former employee Tina Huang, who claims that the social network only warning certain people about jobs and promotion opportunities, often excluding women.

http://whatisusa.info/twitter-faces-gender-discrimination-lawsuit/

Mar 26 04:26

Facebook Released According To Reminisce

Facebook continues to expand its tools.

Facebook introduced "Today", a new way of seeing everything that has been shared and publications that have been labeled. Only the user can see the page "This day".

Those responsible explain that "our users like to see old photographs and memories they have shared on Facebook, and many of them have told us they like the products and features that put it easier."

http://whatisusa.info/facebook-released-according-to-reminisce/

Mar 24 07:31

Parody: Ted Cruz for President 2016!!!

Okay, this video we made is total parody just like our sham presidential elections are every four years.

“If you want more of the same… I’m Ted Cruz.”

Senator Ted Cruz has officially announced his campaign for president… oooh, gosh diddly, are you excited at all the cheesy electioneering to come?

We decided to make our own Ted Cruz presidential bid video because the one he produced is literally vomit and/or cringe-inducing. Who is buying that ridiculous tripe? Did he actually go get the “In a world” movie trailer guy to do the voice at the end?

Mar 23 08:12

The 7 Funniest C-SPAN Prank Calls [AUDIO]

Mar 22 20:47

Illuminati mistress Madonna appears on Howard Stern Show for first time

Madonna talks openly with Howard

Mar 22 20:11

The 7 Funniest C-SPAN Prank Call Videos

Mar 22 19:49

Her (2013) – A film about the coming end of man

Her is Spike Jonze’s 2013 dystopian love story starring Joaquin Phoenix as Theodore Twombly, a lonely beta male stuck on a failed relationship from years prior, piddling away at a dismal tech job in a vacant megalopolis. In this distincly Apple-esque, 1970s future, Theodore spends his days writing personalized E-greeting cards for others in relationships.

Mar 22 10:19

In Nine Years, Twitter Has Changed Communication In The Digital Age

Twitter has changed the way the world communicates.

Exactly nine years ago, many even imagined we were seeing the birth of one of the most recognized in the digital era media is Twitter.

"In our anniversary number nine, continue to say that Twitter is what it is by its users. After all, it is for you that we as hashtags product feature and success stories as live-tweeting. Today these elements have become part of the culture and customs of each country, "it said through a statement.

http://whatisusa.info/in-nine-years-twitter-has-changed-communication-...

Mar 21 16:01

VIDEO: CNN Fakes Location Report After Brian Williams Discussion

Anderson Cooper admittedly spent two summers in college “interning” for the CIA before he decided, naaah, I wanna go into journalism instead. Just something to keep in mind…

Mar 21 06:58

Jay Leno on political correctness: ‘Being anti-guacamole is not racist!’

"You have no idea what racism is. That’s not racist, you idiot! You moron!"

Mar 20 15:43

Suge Knight collapses after bail set for $25M

Hit head on chair, can't make bail

Mar 20 12:28

Illuminati in the industry exposed

Illuminati broken down in 15 minute montage

Mar 20 09:09

US Propaganda in Korea Exposes American TV as Social Engineering Tool

Tony Cartalucci
Activist Post

When Wired published its article, “The Plot to Free North Korea with Smuggled Episodes of ‘Friends,’” it probably hoped that its impressionable, politically ignorant audience would not pick up on the underlying facts and their implications, and simply see a “cute” anecdote poking fun at the besieged East Asian country while inflating their own sense of unwarranted cultural superiority.

What they missed, of course, is the fact that the program peddled by Wired as the work of “the North Korea Strategy Center and its 46-year-old founder, Kang Chol-hwan,” is in fact funded and organized instead by the US State Department...

Mar 20 06:41

Sean Penn ‘thanks’ Dick Cheney — an ‘embittered bacteria of humanity’ — for creating ISIS

“You mentioned Dick Cheney, this kind of, you know, embittered bacteria of humanity,” Penn said. “It’s always a surprise to me to remember that, through bionic technology and so on, this guy’s still here.”

Cheney, who has had five heart attacks since 1978, underwent a heart transplant in 2012.

“But then we have people like Harvey Milk, who were beautiful, brilliant, impactful guys, and, you know – it’s just no good deed will go unpunished, and then you’ve got the Cheneys,” said Penn, who played the slain LGBT rights activist and San Francisco city supervisor. “This is just me musing.”

Penn credited Cheney and his boss for inspiring the brutal Islamic State extremist group sowing terror in the Middle East.

Mar 19 10:09

Awkward: CBS Talking Head Accuses Radio Host Of Being White And Co-Opting Black Culture: “I’m Actually Black”

Ouch. This is actually kinda hard to watch... unless you find it easy to watch video of someone getting their butt handed to them.

Mar 19 10:04

Propaganda Alert: NYT Tries to Make Jeb Bush Look Cool with Puff Piece About Him Meeting Rapper Ludacris

This is not the first time NYT got caught bending over for Jeb Bush and Co. Back in October the outlet wrote the fawning Bush piece, “The Bushes, Led by W., Rally to Make Jeb ‘45’” and, oddly, did not allow comments so no one could rank or comment on the story whatsoever.

Then again, propaganda is one thing, but when it becomes this painfully obvious, it just hurts.

Mar 19 08:23

Celebrities scammed by Madoff

Five years after Bernie Madoff's sentencing, thousands of individual investors, pension funds, corporations and universities who lost big in Bernie Madoff's $50 billion Ponzi scheme are still reeling from the losses.

Mar 19 07:38

Christina Aguilera Praises Unschooler Musician "There's No Teaching What You Do"

Eric Blair
Activist Post

Producers of NBC's The Voice present him as a "shy farm boy," but 15-year-old Sawyer Fredericks' unique folk sound may be aided by something else. He is unschooled.

Sawyer's father runs the Facebook page The Unschool Dad described as "A radical unschooling dad of 5 sharing our journey!"

Although the show never mentions this fact, Christina Aquilera, a judge on the show, made a comment following Fredericks' successful performance in the second round of the show that sort of proves the point of unschooling...

Mar 19 07:10

Jackson Browne - Lives in the Balance

Mar 18 16:53

Universal Music Group Hijacked My Music on YouTube

They have then released the audio-book on CD (fair enough, if they have paid the license fee), but they have also put the audio-book into YouTube’s Content-ID system, which creates a digital audio “fingerprint” of the music, and then proceeds to sniff out any YouTube videos that contain this audio, for the YouTube system to then send a “Copyright notice” to the Youtube video uploader, telling him that his video “contains music owned by UMG”, and then put advertising on the video, for which money is paid to UMG.

One thing would have been to have done this unwittingly, by mistake. But I have “disputed” the claim on YouTube, written an explanation and told them about the origins of this music — then waited the FULL 30 DAYS that the claimant has to process the dispute, only to be told that UMG have reviewed the dispute and UPHELD their claim!

Mar 18 05:59

5 wealthy families who lost their fortunes

You wouldn't think it possible that a family worth millions would blow through all of it. In fact, any number of factors could contribute to a reversal of fortune, whether the decline is swift and sudden or stretched out over six generations. The usual suspects include bad investments, too much debt and overindulgent spending. Meet five well-known rich families who suffered a reversal of fortune.

Mar 17 15:25

Putin May Be Back, But These #WhereIsPutin Tweets Are Still Hilarious

I can’t decide which one is my favorite, the rainbow unicorn or the militarized hummingbird?

Mar 17 10:36

UNIVERSAL MUSIC HIJACKS YOUTUBE VIDEOS OF INDIE ARTIST

Universal Music Group has hijacked several YouTube videos of Bjorn Lynne, an independent musician from Norway. The world's largest music corporation is now running advertisements on videos of music tracks Lynne created, and is refusing to correct the mistake.

Mar 17 10:00

Gilad AND ALL THAT JAZZ- NYC Documentary Film Premier

The New York City Documentary Film Premier, Wednesday March 18th,
7 pm Theatre 80

80 St. Marks Place New York 10003

https://theatre80.wordpress.com/

The film will be introduced by Gilad Atzmon himself who will also take questions from the audience after the screening

Mar 17 09:10

Wondering Why Our Country Is In Trouble? Look No Further

Houston, we have a problem.

Did you ever wonder why America is in trouble? Maybe it is because people like this vote and select political leaders. This video brings up a valid argument for voters to be tested before they are allowed at the polls.

Mar 16 08:08

Barney Miller: NWO and Trilateral Commission Explained in 2 Minutes by Jeffrey Tambor

In Barney Miller there is a cameo by Jeffrey Tambor blowing the lid on everything - until the laugh track comes in...

In what some may call a deliberate sequence of predictive programming, there is a little remembered scene in the show Barney Miller, where an arrested man is trying to warn people of the true nature of the Trilateral Commission...

Right away, he is painted as a "conspiracy nut" and a crazy man for suggesting a true goal of a one world government and TC's role with Rockefeller calling the shots....

Mar 16 07:55

LEADER OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE REVEALS VAST JEWISH CONSPIRACY

?Many people have claimed that a vast Zionist conspiracy, funded by rich foreign Jews with communist leanings, is manipulating the people through the Zionist owned and controlled media. The purpose of this conspiracy is to overthrow the government and to implement policies which are against the will and the best interest of the people.
The above is an antisemitic slur? An excerpt from the fake Protocols of the Elders of Zion? A Nazi fantasy?

Mar 16 06:33

Jon Voight: Obama ‘Does Not Love Israel’

The Karate Dog star Jon Voight released a video message Sunday, to whatever the demographic for that might be, warning that Obama is an enemy of Israel, and that those seeking a deal with Iran over its nuclear program were, sigh, like Neville Chamberlain.

“I want to see Israel survive and not be overtaken by the madmen of this world,” Voight said. “President Obama does not love Israel. His whole agenda is to control Israel. And this way he can be friends with all of Israel’s enemies…America has not been the same since his presidency.”

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Reader comment: US president's job is not love another country, his job is to serve the interests of the United States at it's best. Love stories are left to Hollywood.
Voigh seems to support Bibi Netanyahu by attacking his opponents, bringing the silly argument that Iran today is the old Nazi Germany .
Voigh is cautioning of another Chamberlain deal with the Nazi, a typical Bibi's propaganda headline sell.

Mar 16 05:52

Minority Report (2002) esoteric analysis – pre-crime is now here!

Spielberg’s Minority Report is now an important film to revisit

Mar 14 09:05

Hollywood War Films, An Instrument of Military Indoctrination: The “American Sniper” Reviewers’ Consensus

Since American Sniper has become one of the “top grossing films of all time”, garnering a few Academy Award nominations and at least one, if trivial, award, there have been even more reviews written about this insidious and insipid strip of celluloid. Unsurprisingly all of them contain the same swill. I had to return to my own review just to see if I had perhaps omitted anything essential or if anyone might have thought in an at least similar direction.

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I question the claim that it was even a box office success. Nobody I know went to see it!

Mar 14 07:15

Facebook Removes Emoji ‘I Feel Fat’

More than 16,000 signatures were collected to remove emoji contrversial.
Besides emoticons expressing optimism, happiness, despair or annoyance to other emotions that are in the list that Facebook provides to express moods, it also adds “feeling fat“.

Facebook decided to replace this emoticon by one whose message is “I feel full” after complaints from “Bodies in Peril”, an organization that promotes respect for diversity body.

http://whatisusa.info/facebook-removes-emoji-i-feel-fat/

Mar 13 11:02

Google Offers A Virtual Tour Of The Everest

Site visitors Street View can scroll through a digital panoramic 360 degrees.

Google introduced a virtual tour of the Everest region in Nepal, which allows observing the conditions of life in one of the most inaccessible places on Earth.

The Street View service offers views of Sagarmatha National Park, where blue ice rivers meander under the snowy peaks, monks play music and breeders yak herds guide by steep stone paths.

Equipped with two cameras with tripod and device 15 goals tailored to the march, Google operators roamed the area walking and took over 45,000 panoramic views of remote villages in the eastern Himalayas inhabited by the Sherpa community.

http://whatisusa.info/google-offers-a-virtual-tour-of-the-everest/

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Mar 12 17:11

Fraud in a Silly Hat

. . . . when asked about similarities others have pointed out between Pharell’s hit song ‘Happy’ and ‘Ain’t That Peculiar’, a Marvin Gaye classic, the family just isn’t thinking about going down that legal road again. At least, not right now.

What other songs has he lifted from other artists?

I have -- since hearing it -- had a somewhat irrational dislike for this song. Both this song and his stupid hat annoy me; the popularity of the song and hat further annoy me.

Mar 12 11:06

Terry Pratchett dies aged 66

British fantasy author Sir Terry Pratchett has died aged 66 after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease, his publisher said today.

Mar 11 10:25

What’s On Apple Gold Watch?

Watch The Golden Apple starts at $ 10,000.

One version of the new Apple Watch is made of gold, and has a price ranging from $ 10,000 to $ 17,000 depending on configuration.

Despite the high price, not the most expensive device out there. Smartphones luxury, with limited editions of some gadgets, there has long, reaching much higher than the gold Watch prices.

http://whatisusa.info/whats-on-apple-gold-watch/

Mar 11 09:12

Obama Discovers Leak; Calls Plumber; Enter The “Affordable Plumbing Act”…

Obamacare is nothing more than a socialist scheme that does nothing more than redistribute money away from hard-working successful people and into the hands of the not-so-successful.
While it might sound charitable at first, be wary, for socialism always creates the most horrific results, as this hilarious story about “Troy The Plumber” perfectly illustrates:

Mar 10 16:17

5 Books the Secret Government Hopes You’ll Never Read

There are books that get heavily promoted, wind up on bestseller lists everywhere before the ink has even dried on the pages, and you randomly see everyone at the airport carrying a copy under their arm as if they are being handed out for free with the plane tickets…

And then there are books like the ones on this list that, if the establishment gets its way, you will never so much as lay eyes on.

Mar 10 14:00

How's This for a Little Perspective? NASA Just Released the Largest Picture Ever Taken

NASA's newly released image of the Andromeda galaxy (aka M31) is comprised of 411 Hubble Space Telescope images that span more than 100 million stars and 40,000 light years (as HP notes, "Well, a section of it does anyway..."). According to NASA, it would take more than 600 HD television screens to display the whole image.

Mar 10 12:00

Apple Introduced The New Watch

The company said it may make pre orders and watching the clock in stores from April 10.

Apple introduced its Smart Clock Watch, which represents the entry of the company into a new business segment and is the first device to a new category created for the management of the company Tim Cook.

The company had already advanced enough about the clock, although some critical details were unknown. Yes we knew would have a rectangular touchscreen, to be offered in two sizes (38 and 42 mm) and a choice of materials for the body clock (steel, aluminum, gold) and multiple options straps.

http://whatisusa.info/apple-introduced-the-new-watch/

Mar 10 10:19

BBC suspends 'Top Gear' presenter Jeremy Clarkson

The BBC has suspended Jeremy Clarkson following allegations of a fracas with a Top Gear producer.

The BBC2 show will not be broadcast this Sunday while the BBC investigates the allegation.

Mar 09 07:56

VIDEO: Our False Reality

As long as people remain asleep, those who seek power and control will continue to manipulate and engineer the masses, right down to the structure of our very reality.

Mar 09 07:27

The Lost Boys (1987) — Revelation of satanic ritual abuse?

One of the classic 80s cult films I’ve overlooked and delayed doing an analysis of has been Joel Schumacher’s 1987 Lost Boys

Mar 07 09:35

7 Simple Tricks To Writing The Perfect Tweet

Learn to write the perfect tweet.
We know that a message sent through Twitter cannot be longer than 140 characters, but apart from the length, if you want your followers assess your posts there are other items you have to consider when writing a comment on this social network.

It was the conclusion reached by a group of researchers after analyzing more than 43,000 reviews that it was said, or whether it was worth reading non shared by some of the people who follow on Twitter tweet.

Read More: http://whatisusa.info/7-simple-tricks-to-writing-the-perfect-tweet/

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Mar 06 13:05

Is Your Smartphone Making You Stupid?

Smartphones have made our lives easier and more efficient. They allow us to call people, find directions, and look up virtually anything we want to know within seconds – with a mere touch of the screen.

But are we too reliant on these devices to do things for us? New research indicates that there is a downside to all of this convenience: we are becoming lazier thinkers.

The study, from researchers at the University of Waterloo and published in the journal Computers in Human Behavior, suggests that smartphone users who are intuitive thinkers — more prone to relying on gut feelings and instincts when making decisions — frequently use our device’s search engine rather than our own brainpower.

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Mar 06 02:56

Youtube Users Can Trim Video From Your Mobile

The mobile application Youtube continues to improve.

The website YouTube announced new updates to its Android mobile application with which users can crop videos from your device.

In its official blog, said that with the new tools professional-looking video highlighting only the fragment you want to share is achieved.

Read More: http://whatisusa.info/youtube-users-can-trim-video-from-your-mobile/

Mar 05 17:01

Harrison FordPlane Crashes... Actor Seriously Injured

A small plane piloted by Harrison Ford has crash-landed at an L.A. golf course ... but we're told the actor has survived.

TMZ has learned ... Ford was piloting what appears to be a vintage 2-seater fighter plane Thursday ... when something went wrong and he crashed into Penmar golf course in Venice, CA.

We're told Ford suffered multiple gashes to his head and was bleeding. Two doctors who happened to be at the golf course rushed over to treat the actor.

Emergency personnel arrived to the scene a short time later. Ford was transported to a nearby hospital.

72-year-old Ford is a longtime aviator -- piloting planes and helicopters -- and has crashed multiple times in the past.

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Mar 05 08:15

Scorcese’s The Aviator – Howard Hughes, Hollywood & the CIA

I thought we’d take a rest from the usual sci fi/transhumanist series of films I generally focus on and do something a bit different – Martin Scorcese’s 2004 The

Mar 03 14:14

Video: Student Loans Are Like STDs (Everyone Is Catching Them)

Student loan debt is the next big economic sledgehammer that's about to come down on this country...the next big bubble to burst following the housing bubble.

Consider this. Student loan debt is somewhere upwards of $1.3 Trillion in this country these days — and that's just the official government loans, not private lenders, etc. The Congressional Budget Office is estimating that's going to double in the next decade as tuition rises and more people go back and get even more loans, going to grad school in the hope that if they take on even more debt and get another degree, maybe they'll finally be able to get that magical job where they can afford to live to be debt free one day to match it... a condition known these days as "American Dream Syndrome."

Mar 01 07:35

CITIZENFOUR

CITIZENFOUR is a real life thriller, unfolding by the minute, giving audiences unprecedented access to filmmaker Laura Poitras and journalist Glenn Greenwald’s encounters with Edward Snowden in Hong Kong, as he hands over classified documents providing evidence of mass indiscriminate and illegal invasions of privacy by the National Security Agency (NSA).

Poitras had already been working on a film about surveillance for two years when Snowden contacted her, using the name “CITIZENFOUR,” in January 2013. He reached out to her because he knew she had long been a target of government surveillance, stopped at airports numerous times, and had refused to be intimidated. When Snowden revealed he was a high-level analyst driven to expose the massive surveillance of Americans by the NSA, Poitras persuaded him to let her film.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This documentary is currently running on HBO. Claire and I watched it ... twice!

So should you!

Feb 25 10:42

FBI accused Oscar winner Arnon Milchan of selling secret US nuclear tech

Arnon Milchan, the producer of the film 12 Years A Slave, just won an Oscar. However, what is not being reported in Hollywood gossip columns is his alleged life as a secret agent.

Producer Arnon Milchan is a citizen of Israel and has close ties to the leadership of the Israel Labor party. FBI documents also suggest he is a foreign spy who illegally exported US nuclear tech. Arnon Milchan owned a trading company that was allegedly used to smuggle high tech triggering devices for nuclear weapons to Israel. The FBI believes 800 of these triggers were illegally sent to Israel.

Feb 24 07:27

Album Launch – Pizza Express Jazz Club Residency – March 11th-14th

Gilad Atzmon and The Orient House Ensemble will be launching their 8th album "The Whistle Blower" in a four night residency at The Pizza Express Jazz Club in London Soho.

The hardest working jazz band in the UK and one of the leading ensembles in Europe is currently on a 35 date tour in the UK and Europe playing their new music as well as old favourites.

The Orient House Ensemble are celebrating their 15th year in 2015.

Gilad is the saxophonist on the new Pink Floyd album The Endless River.

Feb 23 07:56

Oscars 2015: 'American Sniper' Snubbed Despite Its $400M-Plus Box Office

Clint Eastwood's American Sniper may have hit it big with America's heartland, but it all but struck out at the Academy Awards.

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I question the claim of a huge box office. Hardly anyone around here went to see it.

Feb 12 11:23

Fact: Pandora Pays Songwriters Just 4% of Revenues…

Pandora’s CEO is quite literally banking on a few things. First, that music fans don’t understand recording artists and songwriters are paid differently – so by saying “artists” are treated well, folks will assume everyone is being compensated. Nothing could be further from the truth. While artists and record labels receive a respectable 50% of Pandora’s revenue, songwriters receive only about 4%.

Feb 10 15:36

Star Trek Continues 2015

Feb 05 10:08

Iran – if at first you don’t succeed – try, try again.

I’ve watched for over a decade as Israelis and their minions in the West have tried everything in their power to bring down Iran. Time and again they’ve failed. But their repeated failures haven’t deterred them one bit. I have to hand it to them. They are determined. If at first they don’t succeed, they try and try again. This time, through a young man and his passion for dance.

Other Hollywood films that portray Iranians as violent or intolerant: 300, which depicts King Leonidas and a force of 300 men fighting the Persians at Thermopylae in 480 BC, Brian Gilbert’s 1991 film Not Without My Daughter; and The Wrestler.

Feb 04 06:40

American Viper -- Are Americans Too Stupid to be Free?

Watching American Sniper was an ordeal. The Clint Eastwood move is a repugnant manipulative psy op that is turning Americans into unthinking killers. Remember, the Nazis were very popular in Germany.

The movie's underlying premise is that soldiers like sniper Chris Kyle were defending home and hearth by murdering, maiming and displacing millions of innocent Iraqis. Courageous Iraqis who defended their country were "savages" who needed to be stopped before they attack the US, as on 9-11.

"If we don't fight them there, we'll have to fight them here," Kyle says. In one scene, Kyle kills a woman and a child who are about to throw a grenade at a convoy. These don't look like terrorists. They look like courageous patriots. - See more at: http://henrymakow.com/2015/02/american-viper.html#sthash.KcKJ3sbi.dpuf

Feb 01 09:54

American Sniper has warped fragile little minds

How does modern propaganda work? How effective is it? Adam blows these issues wide open with an incredible series of man on the street interviews. For the record, this was not a selective group, or even in a particularly conservative or pro-military area. The people you see in this video were the first seven people on the 3rd St Promenade in Santa Monica, California who answered yes to, "Did you see American Sniper? Do you think Chris Kyle is a hero? Would you like to do a quick interview for my YouTube channel?" I was simply seeking a good age and gender variety.

Jan 30 16:46

The MPAA Isn't About Helping Hollywood. It's About Preserving Its Own Need To Exist.

In the past we've discussed the Shirky Principle, named after a statement by Clay Shirky that:

"Institutions will try to preserve the problem to which they are the solution."

In some ways that's a corollary to Upton Sinclair's famous quote:

"It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!"

Jan 30 12:19

My Songs Got 151,781 Plays on YouTube. I Received $10…

By the end of 2013 YouTube made their agreement with Swiss copyright society SUISA and thus finally became open to Swiss authors. By the end of January 2014 I was a YouTube partner and started uploading all my content and my so far 28 videos. But above all I was able to monetize the many third party uploads of my music. Or so I thought because it soon became clear that all my views added to next to nothing in my income reports.

Jan 29 09:31

Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon & Leslie Jones Are Your New Ghostbusters

The all-female cast of the "Ghostbusters" reboot has reportedly been chosen: Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, and "SNL" stars Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon are negotiating to star in the film, which Paul Feig will direct.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Funny how all the feminists who denounced the all-male cast of the original as sexist are silent now that there is an all female cast!

Jan 29 08:46

Hollywood uses ‘American Sniper’ to destroy history & create myth

The moral depravity into which the US is sinking is shown by American Sniper glorifying the exploits of a racist killer receiving six Oscar nominations, whereas ‘Selma’ depicting Martin Luther King’s struggle against racism has been largely ignored.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We saw the same thing back in 2010 when the pro-war movie "Hurt Locker" won six Oscars while the anti-corporate-war "Avatar" was ignored.

Of course, being in the industry, I learned that the Oscars are driven by politics and money when Stargate was removed from the nominations by the Academy's "Blue Ribbon Committee" to clear the way for "Speed" to win the Oscar for visual effects.

Jan 27 09:09

Noam Chomsky: ‘American Sniper’ teaches you to hate the ‘damn savages’ the US murders every day

“‘I hated the damn savages I’d been fighting,’” Chomsky said, quoting Kyle. “‘Savage, despicable, evil — that’s what we were fighting in Iraq. That’s why a lot of people, myself included, called the enemy savages. There was really no other way to describe what we encountered there.’”

Jan 27 09:08

How did this man die, and where did his hands go?

You may be aware of CIA involvement in Hollywood, but how deep does it run?

Supposedly, Devore had a plan to release a screen play which would take the cat out of the bag on the real reason for the American invasion of Panama in 1989.

He was found dead in his car with no hands.

Among other strange circumstances of his death, the hands which were recovered have been detected as being at least 200 years old.

Jan 26 09:12

"I don't give a fuck it's your house": American Sniper's Failure

American Sniper is a film about stupid people who were brainwashed into doing something stupid and it justifies their stupidity so that the stupid people watching can feel good about themselves. See, the one thing you can't separate out from the film is history. It tries to elide over history, but just because it isn't mentioned doesn't mean it isn't there. Because of that, the overwhelming feeling the Rude Pundit had was pity, not pride.

Jan 24 14:02

'American Sniper' - A Review By John Barbour

Clint Eastwood is now by far a much better Director than he is an actor. In the last ten years two of his films rank amongst America's best, 'Grand Tourino' and the under-rated, excellent 'Hereafter.'

In 'American Sniper.' he has kept Directing until he got it wrong. As a film, it fires blanks. As a video game and recruitment poster it is right on target. As a piece of cinematic storytelling, it has absolutely the clumsiest, sloppiest, most gutless ending I have ever seen in a movie.

Jan 24 10:52

Bill Maher takes a shot at ‘American Sniper’ for glorifying ‘psychopath patriot’ Chris Kyle

Bill Maher blasted Clint Eastwood’s film American Sniper during the Real Time panel discussion on Friday, comparing it unfavorably to Kathryn Bigelow’s Oscar-winning The Hurt Locker.

“Hurt Locker made $17 million, because it was a little ambiguous. And thoughtful,” Maher said. “And this one is just ‘American hero, he’s a psychopath patriot and we love him.’”

Maher also criticized the subject of Eastwood’s movie, Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, and his statements in his autobiography regarding killing Iraqi “savages.”

Jan 23 09:58

American Sniper’s Patriot Porn & Celebration of Psychopathy

Abby Martin interviews independent journalist, Rania Khalek, about the new film ‘American Sniper’ and why it’s such a controversial choice to receive a Best Picture Oscar nomination.

Jan 23 09:17

DreamWorks stock slumps 13%, analysts adopt cautious tone

Shares of DreamWorks Animation fell close to 13% in pre-market trade Friday as investors reacted to a new strategic plan that calls for the slicing of 500 jobs, or 18% of its workforce, and the scaling back of original filmmaking.

Jan 22 12:12

Dirty Harry Goes To Iraq

Back in 1979, reviewers liked to point out that Francis Ford Coppola’s Vietnam epic Apocalypse Now was so plagued with difficulty and confusion (the star suffered a heart attack during shooting and a devastating typhoon destroyed all the sets) that the making of the film paralleled the reality of the Vietnam War itself.

A similar observation might be made of Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper about Iraq. Like the Iraq War itself, Eastwood’s movie begins by exploiting a historically inaccurate delusion and, then, sustains itself for two hours on the mission to protect US soldiers against the insurgency that arose in opposition to the US invasion and occupation based on the initial delusion.

Jan 22 10:33

'American Sniper' Is Almost Too Dumb to Criticize

I saw American Sniper last night, and hated it slightly less than I expected to. Like most Clint Eastwood movies – and I like Clint Eastwood movies for the most part – it's a simple, well-lit little fairy tale with the nutritional value of a fortune cookie that serves up a neatly-arranged helping of cheers and tears for target audiences, and panics at the thought of embracing more than one or two ideas at any time.

Jan 22 08:54

TOP GEAR - Patagonia Special, Part 2

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This video is only viewable in the UK, but I linked to it anyway in order to make this comment.

There are very few shows I call myself a fan of, but TOP GEAR is definitely one of them. I figure I will have arrived when I get to take the reasonably-priced car around the track. :)

So, I tuned in for the season premier, a two-part adventure across Patagonia, starting with a visit to one of Butch Cassidy's actual hiding places, and ending, rather dramatically, with an aborted plane to hold a car soccer match in Tierra Del Fuego.

Now, having worked in film and TV I assume that much of the "peril" faced by the presenters is contrived, but I do wonder at some of the risks the producers seem to take, such as sending men of that age to dangerously high altitudes during the episode where they drove across the Atacama Desert (that trip into the high atmosphere was also aborted). And in the Patagonia special, James May did get thrown from a horse and cracked three ribs, but soldiered on for the rest of the show.

But apparently the show's producers forgot that the people of nations one makes war on take a long time to get over such insults, and the locals still have hard feelings regarding that little episode in the Falkland Islands a while back. It didn't help that one of the cars being driven had a license plate that seemed to refer to the war. TOP GEAR producers insist it was just a coincidence; the Argentinians thought otherwise, and basically chased the show out of town, indeed out of the country, with riots that severely damaged all the vehicles of their production and injured members of the crew.

It makes for great television, but it should serve as a reminder that the people in all these nations abused by Great Britain, or for that matter the United States, do not "forgive and forget" all that easily, nor do they hate us just for our freedoms!

Jan 21 11:14

The Pseudo-Courage of Chris Kyle

American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History, the ghost-written memoir for which Kyle claims primary authorship, offers convincing testimony that Kyle not only failed to display genuine courage in Iraq, but was incapable of recognizing it when it was exhibited by desperate patriots seeking to evict the armed foreigners who had invaded and occupied their country.

The insurgents who fought the American invasion (and the few “allied” troops representing governments that had been bribed or brow-beaten into collaborating in that crime) were sub-human “savages” and “cowards,” according to Kyle.

“Savage, despicable evil,” writes Kyle. “That’s what we were fighting in Iraq…. People ask me all the time, `How many people have you killed?’... The number is not important to me. I only wish I had killed more. Not for bragging rights, but because I believe the world is a better place without savages out there taking American lives.”

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