HARRISON FORD'S ADVICE TO DONALD TRUMP
As NBC News reported, last week Donald Trump mentioned the 1997 film, Air Force One in an interview with The New York Times:
“My favorite was Harrison Ford on the plane,” Trump said. “I love Harrison Ford — and not just because he rents my properties. He stood up for America.”
In Australia this week to promote his latest Star Wars movie, Ford was asked about Trump's reference to him. Here's his answer:
MATT TAIBBI ON TRUMP
One more Trump item because this one is so good. Rolling Stone contributor Matt Taibbi wrote this week that as much as some news people are having second thoughts about having promoted Donald Trump so effectively, there is no going back now.
”The time to start worrying about the consequences of our editorial decision was before we raised a generation of people who get all their information from television...
“Trump does have something very much in common with everybody else. He watches TV. That's his primary experience with reality, and just like most of his voters, he doesn't realize that it's a distorted picture.
“If you got all your information from TV and movies, you'd have some pretty dumb ideas. You'd be convinced blowing stuff up works, because it always does in our movies. You'd have no empathy for the poor, because there are no poor people in American movies and TV...
“Politically, you'd have no ability to grasp nuance or complexity, since there is none in the mainstream political discussion.”
There IS “nuance and complexity” in the rest of Taibbi's essay and it makes a lot of sense to me. You can read the entire essay at Rolling Stone.
LEONARDO DA VINCI AT JAPAN ROBOT EXHIBITION
Here is a short follow-on from our discussion yesterday of eldercare robots. This report is from the biennial robot exhibition in Tokyo that took place during the first week of December.
You can find photos here of a dozen or more different kinds of robots from the exhibition.
THE BEST CARD TRICK EVER
Well, maybe not but close enough for me this week. The magician is Dave Cremin and this was recorded in 2011:
BEHIND THE SCENES WITH PROFESSIONAL WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHERS
Just as I always suspected, the best wildlife photographs are the ones they don't show us. Here are three examples:
Thank Sunday's Elder Music producer, Peter Tibbles for this. There are a slew more spectacular, funny or fascinating photos of this series at Bored Panda.
EAGLES OF DEATH METAL RETURN TO PARIS
The American band Eagles of Death Metal were playing at the Bataclan nightclub last month when 89 people were murdered there by ISIS jihadists. Among the victims were the band's merchandising manager Nick Alexander and three employees of their record label.
Last Monday another American Band, U2, was performing in Paris:
”Rock fans in Paris saw the emotional return of the Eagles of Death Metal on Monday night, when they joined U2 on stage in a show of unity and support after the terror attacks in the city last month, [reported the Guardian].
“'They were robbed of their stage three weeks ago and we would like to offer them ours tonight,' U2 frontman Bono said as he welcomed them on.”
Here is a short news report of the event. (The longer speech by Bono I wanted to show you has been removed.)
EDEKA CHRISTMAS COMMERCIAL
Last Saturday the British Sainsbury's Christmas advert was featured here. This week we have the annual holiday commercial from a German supermarket chain, Edeka. Therre has been a lot of controversy about it. Take a look:
Some say it is emotional blackmail. The Today Show on NBC spent an entire segment on it. Co-host Savannah Guthrie said, “That is the worst thing I’ve ever, ever seen...Oh, it’s morbid."
You can read more about the strong responses here. What do you think?
REPUBLICAN IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE
There cannot be many among us who are not familiar with the Christmas classic starring Jimmy Stewart, It's a Wonderful Life. Knowing the movie nearly by heart makes this such a delicious piece of work. Thank my friend Jim Stone for it and enjoy:
RUSSIAN ORTHODOX PRIESTS' CAT CALENDAR
A bunch (well, 12) of bearded Russian Orthodox priests have posed with their kitties for a glossy 2016 calendar. It was
”...put together by an Orthodox news website [of] 12 smiling priests in dark robes relaxing with their cats — sitting side-by-side on the sofa, or having the pet sprawled on their chest or draped round their shoulders.
“It is the first calendar to depict priests in such a style, according to one of the creators, Ksenia Luchenko, a journalist at the Pravmir website who came up with the idea...
“Religious-themed calendars usually just depict holy icons. The calendar is not officially endorsed by the Russian Orthodox Church.”
Here is one example - Russian Orthodox priest Sergei Kruglov and his cat Shurik for the months of August.
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