last night the cannes film festival celebrated its 70th anniversary. the highlight of the oscar-like event was the redcarpet event. the finale being some of the greatest living filmmakers who have won the palm d’or. viewers got to watch roman polanski take selfies with his iphone. and get this, david lynch was the only american to turn up. copolla, the cohen brothers, tarantino, michael moore and scorsese were all MIA. photos are forever and in 50 years david lynch’s descendants will have photographic proof that he was the greatest american filmmaker of the 20th century.
Archive for May, 2017
trump wants to cut loads of money from anti-poverty programs that many of the working poor and poor in rural areas rely on to subsist. In return his homies on wallstreet will get tax cuts and the elimination of inheritance tax. the poor always pay as they do not have the money to stay in trump tower and get a 200K membership to trump’s private club. they also paid in the usa under bill clinton when he signed the welfare reform bill setting a lifetime limit of 5 years on receiving social welfare.
emmanuel macron becomes france’s president. live on France 24 live in english:
in france production sites had to be stopped today due to a cyber attack.
everything has already been said about the worldwide ransomware hack. but this video says it best. why is the UK’s NHS running windows xp? why do large orgs take years to upgrade their operating systems? why are so many people who are adverse to change and do not believe in life long learning running IT departments? why are IT budgets continuously cut. i worked in an IT dept for a subsidiary of a well known multi-national. we had 4 people on helpdesk for 300 employees. and one office had 3 people for 500–one of whom worked part-time.
according to la figaro, a center-right newspaper in france, the en marche party has suspended and decided not to run their candidate for a legislative position for charente-maritime’s 5th district after discovering his alleged anti-zionist tweets. christian gerin is (was) a television producer. according to la figaro someone pointed out gerin had tweeted and/or retweeted a tweet that supported BDS–an organization/movement that pushes divestment from israel.
last week former FBI director (now former FBI director) james comey, jr testified before congress. you can watch all 7 hours of the video on cspan.org.
sally yates, former attorney general warned donald trump and the trump administration about former national security adviser michael flynn. you can watch the video here. we think that trump fired comey to distract from this testimony and the investigation around the 2016 presidential election.
in the USA congress, the chairman of the house oversight committee has asked the justice department to investigate the firing of FBI director james comey. when the richard nixon white house fired the special prosecutor archibald coxspecial prosecutor archibald cox investigating the watergate breakin in 1973, they too were within their rights legally. but this began the slow drum beat of scrutiny.
US president donald trump opened pandora’s box by firing FBI director james comey. for those of you who are X-Files fans it sounds like a mystery for scully and mulder. we here at a blog about whatever initially thought that the obama administration tried to tie the incoming trump administration to manchurian candidate type stuff relating to russia for partisan reasons. this would sew doubts in the minds of the electorate about a president entering office with less than 50% of the popular vote. so essentially a man without a mandate. –thereby helping to ensure that trump would not win re-election in 2020. we don’t necessarily think that the obama administration thought they would find all sorts of gummi bears and lollipops. we don’t think comey’s firing one day after an old quote from 2014 surfaced from eric trump saying the trump organization had all the money they needed from russia for their golf courses, was a coincidence.
former national security adviser mike flynn was an obvious target, given that obama had previously fired flynn and it was public knowledge that he had been to russia and appeared on the russian government owned channel Russian Today (recently rebranded as RT). just go on youtube and have a look.
we think the aim of the DEMs was to distract trump for the next 3.5 years. but now the perception is that the trump administration is hiding something. and like the washington posts writes, even republicans who have consistently been willing to stand up for trump are now reluctant.
all US politicians know the history of the watergate scandals. as do all americans with a high school education. a seemingly innocuous office break in that lead to the first resignation of a sitting US president. along the way a special prosecutor was fired by nixon flunkie robert bork–who came to regret this about 10 years later when he was nominated for a lifetime seat on the US supreme court. robert bork’s congressional hearing and failed nomination proved that just because your boss tells you to do something, doesn’t mean you actually should do it. consumer rights activist ralph nader filed a lawsuit challenging the firing of the special prosecutor who was investigating US president nixon and what became known as watergate. the courts ruled the firing illegal. we wonder what is waiting in the wings for donald trump. we’re pretty sure it’s president mike pence.