Trump’s alleged screw-up with the Russians reveals yet again what we have learned many times in the last four months: The successful operation of our government assumes a minimally competent Chief Executive that we now lack. Everyone else in the Executive Branch can be disciplined or fired or worse when they screw up by, say, revealing classified information or lying about some important public policy issue. But the President cannot be fired; we are stuck with him for 3-1/2 more years unless he is impeached, which remains a long-shot.

Source: Bombshell: Initial Thoughts on the Washington Post’s Game-Changing Story

As David Brin keeps pointing out: who benefits? The leak may well come from the Russians themselves. Trump is set to meet the NATO brass soon, and he basically just told them “I cannot be trusted”. Europe must no decide how NATO proceeds, absent its arguably most important member.

Update: I stand corrected.

16.05.2017 • Permalink

Not going to lie: this looks excellent. Hope it lives up to expectations.

08.05.2017 • Permalink

[W]hen Kenny G decided that it was appropriate for him to defile the music of the man who is probably the greatest jazz musician that has ever lived by spewing his lame-ass, jive, pseudo bluesy, out-of-tune, noodling, wimped out, fucked up playing all over one of the great Louis’s tracks (even one of his lesser ones), he did something that I would not have imagined possible. He, in one move, through his unbelievably pretentious and calloused musical decision to embark on this most cynical of musical paths, shit all over the graves of all the musicians past and present who have risked their lives by going out there on the road for years and years developing their own music inspired by the standards of grace that Louis Armstrong brought to every single note he played over an amazing lifetime as a musician.

Pat Metheny on Kenny G. Vicious.

04.05.2017 • Permalink
Still from In a Lonely Place (1950)

In a Lonely Place (1950)

Denne var ganske annerledes enn forventet; Bogart spiller en mordmistenkt skribent som viser seg å være en riktig utrivelig fyr. Selv om han er «helten», begynner man å stusse på om anklagen mot ham er falsk eller ikke. Bogart er jo mest kjent for sine (anti)helteroller, så det er artig å se ham omfavne skyggesiden fullt ut. In a Lonely Place er egentlig en kjærlighetshistorie forkledd som krim, og at filmen stiller spørsmål ved romantikken rundt «tough guys» gjør den unektelig interessant. Spennende er det uansett, og tidvis direkte guffent – det lettelsens sukk men eventuelt slipper ut ved filmens slutt, er på relativt grunnlag.

  • Regi: Nicholas Ray
  • Med: Humphrey Bogart, Gloria Grahame
04.05.2017 • Permalink

Though I have grown a bit weary of the endless mashups that pop up on the Internet, I’m not averse to good ones. They’re easy to get wrong, ut the best ones juxtapose unlikely sources and somehow make it work. Palette-Swap Ninja’s Princess Leia’s Stolen Death Star Plans is especially ambitious, combining A New Hope with the entire Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band. The entire opus can be watched on YouTube, and the music can be downloaded on their site.

02.05.2017 • Permalink