Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Durbin, Duckworth not among Democrat lawmakers donating money from Franken's PAC, state GOP says

Durbin, Duckworth not among Democrat lawmakers donating money from Franken's PAC, state GOP says: The waning months of 2017 have seen a rash of sexual harassment allegations surfacing, and U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) is one of the more recent notable people to have these allegations brought against them.

Stefan Zweig, born #OnThisDay in 1881 #TuesdayThoughts

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Wołyń/Volhynia (2016) Trailer (english subtitles)

Another brutal one the slaughter between Poles and Ukrainians in Galicia in 1944. Wikipedia has the best info on it. It's pretty staggering thing to watch. Left me numb.


Prisoners of the Caucasus (English subtitles) / Кавказские пленники 2002

More essay than documentary on Russia's War in Chechnya.

Come and See Trailer (with music): 1985 Soviet Film

I cut the cable some time ago and just stream things now. Mostly foreign movies from YouTube. This was a 1985 Soviet film on the German occupation of Belorussia. I think it's the most brutal movie I've every wathed. Wikipedia quotes an interview with the Director Elem Klimov,
The 40th anniversary of the Great Victory was approaching. The management had to be given something topical. I had been reading and rereading the book I Am from the Burning Village, which consisted of the first-hand accounts of people who miraculously survived the horrors of the fascist genocide in Belorussia. Many of them were still alive then, and Belorussians managed to record some of their memories onto film. I will never forget the face and eyes of one peasant, and his quiet recollection about how his whole village had been herded into a church, and how just before they were about to be burned, an officer of the Sonderkommando gave them the offer: "Whoever has no children can leave". And he couldn't take it, he left, and left behind his wife and little kids... or about how another village was burned: the adults were all herded into a barn, but the children were left behind. And later, the drunk men surrounded them with sheepdogs and let the dogs tear the children to pieces. 
And then I thought: the world doesn't know about Khatyn! They know about Katyn, about the massacre of the Polish officers there. But they don't know about Belorussia. Even though more than 600 villages were burned there! 
And I decided to make a film about this tragedy. I perfectly understood that the film would end up a harsh one. I decided that the central role of the village lad Florya would not be played by a professional actor, who upon immersion into a difficult role could have protected himself psychologically with his accumulated acting experience, technique and skill. I wanted to find a simple boy fourteen years of age. We had to prepare him for the most difficult experiences, then capture them on film. And at the same time, we had to protect him from the stresses so that he wasn't left in the loony bin after filming was over, but was returned to his mother alive and healthy. Fortunately, with Lyosha Kravchenko, who played Florya and who later became a good actor, everything went smoothly. 
I understood that this would be a very brutal film and that it was unlikely that people would be able to watch it. I told this to my screenplay coauthor, the writer Ales Adamovich. But he replied: "Let them not watch it, then. This is something we must leave after us. As evidence of war, and as a plea for peace."
The full movie link is available at the end of this trailer. Prepare yourself if you chose to watch.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Full transcript: Jeanne Ives interview

Full transcript: Jeanne Ives interview: DECATUR, Ill. (WCIA) -- The following is a transcript of Republican primary gubernatorial candidate Rep. Jeanne Ives' remarks made on Tuesday during an interview with WCIA Capitol Bureau Chief Mark Maxwell.

Good interview although why in the world anyone should give a hoot about any Politician's views on divine punishment beyond me.  Get real here Mark... this is Illinois; not some Seminary.

Carter's Role in Zimbabwe - The New York Sun

Least we forget the guy who helped give Zimbabwe Mugabe.

Carter's Role in Zimbabwe - The New York Sun