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Algernon Moncrieff

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Michael Moore on Trump, Baseball, and Lying

In the era where the president tells over 15,000 lies in his first three years in office — and continues to be president — what is the lesson to society? It is that TRUTH no longer matters, TRUTH is no longer required. All bets are off. You can now just make shit up. It’s ok. If what you’ve made up has a kernel of “truth” to it, then you’ll have a better chance of fooling the public into thinking you’ve told the truth. It is an era when even good people now can lie, cheat, steal. In Trumps first year, the Houston Astros cheated their way to win baseball’s World Series. In Trump’s second year, the Boston Red Sox did the same thing. By the end of Trump’s third year, the massive disease of dishonesty had spread way beyond professional men’s sports. Wealthy parents (already with a leg up) lied and bribed to get their children into “better” schools.
How do we turn the deception around? One small way would be to strip Houston and Boston of their World Series trophies and give them to the team they cheated to win: the LA Dodgers. They “lost” to the liars—the truth dodgers—in 2017 and 2018. That’s just a start. The real way to fix this pandemic is for each of us to call “BS!” whenever we see it - even if we have to call it on people we like. We hold that power. Everyone please — off the bench!
Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Fri Jan 17, 2020, 02:31 AM (4 replies)

Is it wrong to put the parental lock with a PIN on FOX News on your TV?

Is it wrong if kids could actually more easily watch porn than FOX?

Asking for a friend.
Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Wed Jan 15, 2020, 02:43 AM (23 replies)

Who do you think won tonight?

Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Wed Jan 15, 2020, 02:24 AM (20 replies)

Did you watch the debate tonight?

Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Wed Jan 15, 2020, 02:21 AM (14 replies)

I stand corrected

DUer Celerity pointed out to me that Andrew Yang is not a billionaire. So I checked, and apparently it's not jus me because Forbes published an article entitled "Andrew Yang is Not Nearly As Rich As You'd Think."


So I retract my statement, regret my error, and apologize profoundly.

Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Fri Jan 10, 2020, 06:35 PM (6 replies)

Rick Steves on Iran (From his Facebook page)

Iran: If You're Going to Bomb a Place, You Should Know Its People First

A decade ago, I traveled to Iran to better understand a country with whom we seemed perennially on the verge of war. I came home with a one-hour public television special ("Rick Steves Iran: Yesterday and Today" that attempted to understand the Iranian psyche and humanize the Iranian people. I believe if you’re going to bomb a place, you should know its people first. Even if military force is justified, it should hurt when you kill someone.

Some things just don't change. America is, once again, on the verge of war with Iran. And, just like a decade ago, we are not prepared for that reality. As a nation, we don’t adequately understand Iran. From my travels there, it's clear to me that Americans underestimate both Iran's baggage and its spine.

"Baggage" shapes a country's response to future challenges. In the USA, our baggage includes the fight against socialism during the Cold War and the tragedy of 9/11. Iran’s baggage has to do with incursions from the West. Examples include 1953, when the US and Britain deposed a popular Iranian prime minister (after he nationalized their oil) and replaced him with the Shah; and the 1980s, when--with US funding--Saddam Hussein and Iraq invaded Iran, leaving hundreds of thousands of dead soldiers on Iran’s Western Front.

Iran is a proud and powerful nation of 80 million people--long a leader in its corner of the world. When I was in Tehran filming my TV special, I went to the National Museum of Iran expecting to film art from the great Persian Empire (the “Empires of Empires” ruled centuries before Christ by great leaders like Cyrus, Darius, and Xerxes). I found almost nothing. Apologetically, the curator explained, “You’ll need to go to London or Paris. Iran’s patrimony is in the great museums of Europe.” This is baggage.

The Iranian Revolution of 1979, which deposed the US-friendly Shah, is seen in the USA as a terrible thing. It led to the rise of the ayatollahs and the taking of 52 American hostages (which--speaking of baggage--is why our president recently threatened to bomb 52 targets in Iran). But traveling in Iran, I heard a different narrative: The revolution was a people's uprising in the context of the Cold War, as Iran’s young generation wanted to be neither East nor West (independent from the USA or USSR realms).

If you don’t know Iran (as, I fear, is the case with our country’s decision-makers), it would be easy to underestimate their spine. Filming there, I was impressed by the caliber and the goodness of the people on the street — and haunted by a feeling that we could easily radicalize them with a reckless foreign policy.

I'm no diplomat, and I realize that Iran is a challenging puzzle to solve. It seems we will always be in conflict with Iran, and the answers will never come easy. But surely whatever we do should be built upon a foundation of understanding: We must get to know Iran on its own terms. We would be foolish not to recognize its baggage--and not to appreciate its spine.

My public television special, "Rick Steves Iran: Yesterday and Today," is as timely and important today as it was when we first released it in 2009. Back then, when people asked me why on earth I was making a TV show about Iran, I told them, “I believe if you’re going to bomb a place, you should know its people first.” And I believe that now more than ever.
Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Tue Jan 7, 2020, 07:23 PM (30 replies)

Nora En Pure

Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Sun Jan 5, 2020, 02:04 AM (0 replies)

My two favorite covers of 80s songs

Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Sun Jan 5, 2020, 02:02 AM (1 replies)

BBC News (via MSN): Your questions: Will Soleimani killing cause WW3?

BBC defence and diplomatic correspondent Jonathan Marcus answers your questions about what this action means.

How likely is this to escalate to WW3? - Lewis Alcott

While some have described the killing of Soleimani as "a declaration of war" by the United States against Iran, it is important both not to overstate nor to understate the significance of the moment.

This will not prompt World War Three. The key actors who might be involved in such a conflict, for example Russia and China, are not significant players in this drama.

But this could become a defining moment for the Middle East and for Washington's role in it. A significant Iranian retaliation is to be expected, and this could lead to a cycle of action and reaction that could bring the two countries ever closer to an all-out conflict.

Iran's response might be against US military interests in the region but equally it could be against any US-related target that Iran thinks vulnerable.

Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Fri Jan 3, 2020, 04:21 PM (0 replies)

Who might this Republican Veep be, and when might the pick be made?

Larry Hogan?
John Kascich?
Is he confused about the political affiliation of Senator John Kennedy (R - LA)?

Will he announce at the convention? Once the nomination is wrapped up?
Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Thu Jan 2, 2020, 11:48 PM (16 replies)
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