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Emmy®-winning live television producer David Hill and Oscar®-nominated producer-director Reginald Hudlin produced the 88th Oscars telecast on Feb. 28, 2016. It was absolutely the worst Academy Awards show in history, from host Chris Rock’s endless “OscarsSoWhite” rants to his hawking Girl Scout Cookies to Vice President Biden showing up to talk about campus rape to the corrupted Best Picture video clips and all the way to the inappropriate orchestral music selections. Hill and Hudlin should be permanently barred from ever producing another show.
Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs had said earlier that she hoped Chris Rock would simply acknowledge the “elephant in the room” and then move on. Instead, Rock rode the elephant in, made it do a song and dance, twirl on its trunk, take a huge dump, throw rotten peanuts at the audience and then finally spout hundreds of gallons of regurgitated bile at them. Not only was this entertainment show not entertaining, it was disgraceful and insulting to all the nominees of every category. And unless they’re all masochists, the attendees, whether members of the Academy or not or job hirers or not, had to sit there smiling and applauding, lest they be perceived as racist.
The only political message that was welcome was winner Leonardo DiCaprio’s pro environment stance. Why? Because if we don’t act now to save the planet and all of its valuable resources, none of us will be around to watch another crappy, vile and insulting Oscar telecast hosted by Chris Rock or anyone else.
As I was reading “The James Bond Songs”, I kept wondering for whom did the authors write this. For die-hard James Bond film fans? No, it’s too stiff and technical for them. For musicians? Perhaps. For film music composers? Definitely. But even then this book is so specific to James Bond songs that they’ve narrowed the niche of readers to those who want to compose James Bond songs themselves.
I found the book tedious, redundant and not the least bit joyful to read as I was hoping. Since it was written by two music professors, I think it essentially belongs in the classroom. For the general public, not so much.
I received my copy in a Goodreads Giveaway and would have loved to have given it a higher rating. Sorry.
Christmas. I never could figure out how celebrating someone else’s birthday equates to buying ourselves presents.
We are but an overpopulated world full of super consumers using every excuse to reward ourselves for no particular reason.
But this picture is very pretty, don’t you think?
Remember when the Occupy Wall Street movement went global? And when we were constantly being bombarded by stories about the institutionalized fraud and scams perpetrated by the big bank mortgage/foreclosure industry and their independent contractor cronies?
How is that the ire of “the 99%” amounted to nothing?
When Senator Bernie Sanders said Wall Street controls Congress, he was right on the money.
The film “99 Homes” effectively dramatizes the foreclosure market at the height of big bank’s greed, circa 2008. I believe it should be required viewing by all members of Congress and the White House. Because, frankly, our lawmakers need a reminder about what the 99% are still facing without proper banking regulations in place.
Starring Michael Shannon and Andrew Garfield, “99 Homes”, released this month, explores how a father (Garfield) struggles to get back the home that his family was evicted from by working for the greedy real estate broker (Shannon) who’s the source of his frustration.
It’s a tightly directed film by Ramin Bahrani, who also wrote the screenplay with Amir Naderi. Laura Dern and Tim Guinee co-star with measured and heart wrenching performances.
My blood boiled as I watched it. Anyone who’s read my Big Bully Bank Case posts will understand. Having been intimately aware of the subject matter, as a result of my extensive research for my case, I could feel my blood pressure skyrocket as I was once again subjected to the devastating truth of how pathetic our banking system is. The film touches on every aspect of the corrupt system.
Garfield’s character, Dennis Nash, loses his home after being told by his mortgage company to miss payments before they will consider refinancing. In the biz, it was called dual tracking, where one department tells the homeowner to deliberately miss payments while a different department is actively on track foreclosing on the homeowner. The bank then goes to court and, with the help of uninformed/corrupt judges, has the poor slug evicted, naming him a trespasser, in the process. In this case it’s Nash. He, along with his son, Connor, effectively played by Noah Lomax, and his mother Lynn (Laura Dern) are forced to move into a nearby motel that’s filled with other similarly affected families. On top of that, with the poor economy, Nash can’t find work in the construction business.
Without getting into too many spoilers, Nash has reason to again bump into realtor Rick Carver (Michael Shannon) who represented the bank during his eviction and he gets slowly sucked into the world of mortgage/foreclosure scams and fraud that is so deeply entrenched in the American banking system.
I was torn apart by the riveting performances of Garfield and Tim Guinee (also a displaced homeowner) as much as I was appreciative of Shannon’s nuanced take on his character of the real estate broker.
Director Ramin Bahrani has made an intensely dramatic film with undertones of a documentary about corruption so systemic and harmful that I would urge everyone to see it and once again rise up and make that Occupy Movement a thing that changes our country for the better.
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What people have said about “The 231 Club“: Here are some EXCERPTS of reviews:
“The 231 Club is an interesting and well told story about how one man became a subcontractor for the CIA during the late 1970s when the organization based many of its operations in Central and South America. As J Bartell tells it, this is not a story that discusses statistics and details but rather one that explores emotions and circumstances. It really reads like an exciting adventure tale.”
“The “231 Club” is an almost unbelievable story…how could this stuff be true? But, it is a great example of how truth really can be stranger than fiction. The author describes activities and scenes from his past as a CIA black operations contractor; and these stories will make your head shake and your stomach curl. His style is direct, first person and clear as a bell; he was instructed to “take out” these people by the US government in the crazy cold war days, and his team did just that in various countries and in various ways.”
“Forcefully written and easy to read, The 231 Club still left me with conflicting emotions of sadness that J went through this ordeal for so many years but, at the same time, relieved that I now know what happened to him.”
“It is rare for me to start a book and read the whole story in one sitting, but I could not put this one down. I was so amazed that a licensed psychotherapist and hypnotherapist, who was so successful at helping people, became a sanctioned assassin, that I purchased a book for myself and a 2nd one for loan. This memoir is a fascinating and probably a very honest account of the author’s experiences and how they altered his entire life. I rate this book a 5+++++. It is not only a very action filled story, but it made me look at the fact that the choices that we make in our lives affect our very souls.”
The U.S. government is constantly telling us to get out and VOTE. It’s a farce. The aim is to get Americans to buy into the LIE that their vote matters. Why do I say this? Because everything the government does is designed to make our votes NOT matter in the slightest. Here’s why:
Campaign Financing Reform
Congress will never ratify true campaign financing reform. It’s against THEIR interests to do so. They want free money and lots of it pouring into their campaign war chests at all times and they’ve even made laws protecting their right to use that political money for personal use.
The Supreme Court ruled in 2010 (Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission) that corporations are people with free speech rights and their free speech equates to donating tons of money into political campaigns with zero accountability.
Ralph Nader, a lawyer who placed third in the popular vote in the presidential elections of 2000, 2004, and 2008, condemned the ruling, saying that “With this decision, corporations can now directly pour vast amounts of corporate money, through independent expenditures, into the electoral swamp already flooded with corporate campaign PAC contribution dollars.”
Sanda Everette, co-chair of the Green Party, stated that “The ruling especially hurts the ability of parties that don’t accept corporate contributions, like the Green Party, to compete.” Another Green Party officer, Rich Whitney, stated “In a transparently political decision, a majority of the US Supreme Court overturned its own recent precedent and paid tribute to the giant corporate interests that already wield tremendous power over our political process and political speech.”
Redistricting, better known as gerrymandering, the definition of which is manipulating the boundaries of an electoral constituency to establish a political advantage for a particular party or group . Electoral districts are routinely redrawn to change the voter demographic. This has been going on for many years.
Discouraging or preventing people from exercising the right to vote. Voter suppression techniques include voter caging (challenging the registration status of voters), intimidation of voters at polling places and felony disenfranchisement. Research has shown that suppression of voters has become an integral part of politics for both liberals and conservatives in the USA and across the Western World.
Voting Rights Act
In 2013 the Supreme Court invalidated an integral part of the landmark 1965 Voting Rights Act. The justices ruled Congress has been using obsolete information in continuing to require nine states with a history of racial discrimination to obtain federal approval for changes to voting rules. In recent years, Democrats have accused Republicans at the state level of enacting measures including congressional redistricting and voter identification laws to suppress the vote of minority groups likely to support Democratic candidates.
Election Day Run Around
And lastly, or maybe firstly — how about the fact that while many countries make their election days a national holiday, we in America must try to squeeze in waiting in line to vote (and in some places, very long lines) during a regular work day while we have myriad other things to do including caring for ourselves, our children, ill relatives and so forth.
Americans should en masse NOT vote. Nobody should go to the polls. That way we’ll be telling our politicians that we actually noticed the wool they’ve been pulling over our eyes all these years. The only people going to the polls would be the CEOs voting for their CORPORATE “first amendment” rights at the expense of everyone else’s. That’s what they do anyway. Maybe then our bullshitting politicians will get the hint that their asses are on the line.
I originally posted this article to another blog on November 2, 2014 – it belongs here.
(I originally posted this article to another blog on October 31, 2014. It belongs here.)
Two days ago President Obama proclaimed that the United States would lead in the fight against Ebola. That sounds nice, but the U.S. can’t even lead its way into the 21st century. America – the land of greed, stupidity and hypocrisy.
We have a Congress of do-nothings except for when they want to boost their own salaries, take extended vacations and so called business travel jaunts to exotic places, grant themselves benefits like generous health insurance and numerous freebies, give themselves the ability to engage in insider trading … and the list goes on and on.
We have a government where all Republican candidates for President proclaim themselves to believe in the literal interpretation of the bible at the expense of science based evolution. They’re a group of climate deniers who believe women have fewer rights than men and gays have fewer rights than anyone else and they make sure to put those anachronistic views into law by refusing to pass legislation that stops them dead in their tracks. As a nation, women’s rights to safe abortions and family planning are attacked daily. We have no Death with Dignity statutes. Our medical system sucks and is behind most technologically advanced countries. Our education system sucks and places close to the bottom as well.
Lead on Ebola? Just like our country led in Iraq and Afghanistan? Our government lost many millions of tax payer dollars (in cash) in Iraq and has never been accountable for anything. We fought the terrorist Taliban in Afghanistan, the very same people we supplied weapons to thirty five years earlier. But we don’t ever discuss that. And now we’re supplying weapons in Syria to people who will most likely turn around and use them against us some years down the line.
Our government has wasted millions of dollars in military equipment in those countries and we don’t really want to discuss that too much either although the excuse the military gives is that it would be too expensive to ship the stuff home. Our government didn’t have any problem shipping the stuff to those countries in the first place so how is it suddenly too expensive to bring it back home? They would rather just leave equipment behind so our enemies can make good use of it. Perhaps the locals will turn the tanks and Humvees into porta potties or line them up end to end to create new bridges or maybe just rent them out to be turned into studio apartments. That’s only after the equipment becomes useless as weapons.
Why should the U.S. have to lead at all? If anyone should lead it would be the group Doctors Without Borders since they’ve been treating victims of the disease for about seven years now. Europe isn’t exactly broken. Let those nations take the lead on something, anything! Just send money? We always do. Even when our own people go hungry, homeless and without medical treatment. People in central California don’t even have water in their homes as a result of a 4-year long drought. Where is government planning when it’s really needed?
The hypocrisy of America is that we are a free nation where everyone prospers. We like to think of ourselves as technologically advanced and yet we can no longer get ourselves to the International Space Station, instead, having to rely on the Russians. We are backward socially. We allow close minded morons to make decisions because majority rules and the majority appears to be close minded religious conservatives and those who think corporate interests and profits are worth more than any group of individuals who work hard and long to make those corporations profitable in the first place.
We don’t lead. We slack back and throw up our hands and say “Oh well” … and … “God bless America.”
Ten Banned Foods that Every American Should Stop Eating. Click HERE for infographic. (Courtesy Mercola.com) From the list, you’ll see that the European Union and even China, Russia, Australia, New Zealand and Canada ban some of the shit being forced down Americans’ throats by our government and the corporations controlling it.
For The 231 Club, a New CIA Memoir, It’s About the Thought Process Behind the Path To the Unknown
The Journey From Therapist to CIA Courier and Sanctioned Kills
LOS ANGELES: After a successful therapist is recruited to become a courier for the CIA, his ordered world descends down a dark path leading to sanctioned kills and questioned loyalties, forever altering his concept of self and country. This is the true story of J Bartell in a newly published book by Bijou Entertainment.
The 231 Club encompasses intriguing personalities, an examination of the psyche behind the storyteller, exciting and unique espionage adventures at a time when wits were at play more than gadgets. It dissects how one man with a great career and fulfilling life takes a radical detour which turns his whole world upside down.
J Bartell was an instructor, lecturer and chief of staff of a large California-based therapy institute whose clients included people from all walks of life. But it was his worldwide travels on behalf of affluent clients, including heads-of-state, that put him on the radar of the CIA.
What started out as simple courier work eventually lead to J Bartell becoming part of a small group that handled off-book assignments, meaning no record, so there’s plausible deniability.
The group, an extension of the CIA’s black ops division referred to as Executive Action which was created in the 1950s, consisted of Bartell, his CIA handler Chauncey Holt and former U.S. Marine, Michael Harries, best known for having created the famous Harries Flashlight Technique used by law enforcement around the world for handling arms in low-light conditions.
What’s interesting about J Bartell’s decision to move forward was how he explored his options and even thought about the importance of the work and how it could possibly affect people’s lives if he didn’t act to help rid the world of “bad guys”.
As a result of his increased involvement, Bartell experienced everything from weapons deals and covert training missions to helping ruthless killers, hiding behind positions of power, get their due.
On the subject of his black ops assignments, J was previously interviewed by award winning investigative reporter Judd McIlvain, a winner of eight golden mike awards and two Emmy Awards and award winning investigative journalist/crime reporter Peter R. de Vries of the Netherlands.
The significance of the book’s title is that once J Bartell becomes truly engaged in black ops, his handler Chauncey Holt welcomed him into The 231 Club — 231 being the name of the gun powder for their weapon of choice, the 45 caliber Colt 1911.
J Bartell wrote The 231 Club with Ginger Marin, a former writer/producer with NBC News, New York. Read more at 231club.com
Watch video interviews by author J Bartell by visiting his YouTube Channel.
Visit Ginger Marin’s Author Page on AMAZON.COM