Hard News by Russell Brown

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Hard News: The next four years

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  • nzlemming,

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2935 posts Report Reply

  • mark taslov, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Paul Anka's 'My Way'

    Which shares motifs with Charles Dumont and Michel Vaucaire's 'Non, je ne regrette rien'

    Te Ika-a-Māui • Since Mar 2008 • 2281 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming,

    Unbelievable. Republicans just voted down a bill that would "affirm that the Nazi regime targeted the Jewish people in its perpetration of the Holocaust" and condemn Trump's Holocaust Day statement. Talk about tribal politics. Won't sit too well with AIPAC...


    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2935 posts Report Reply

  • WH,

    F. Scott Fitzgerald once wrote:

    in a real dark night of the soul it is always three o’clock in the morning, day after day.

    South Korea. China. The Philippines. Cuba. Ghana. Germany.

    Mary Lincoln, Nancy Reagan and a very odd phone call reportedly placed by Donald Trump.

    Although this piece about John Key seems to be some kind of joke, the topic has come up more than you might think.

    Since Nov 2006 • 797 posts Report Reply

  • mark taslov, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Applied to politics, the people who think that “interesting times” are interesting, probably aren’t thinking of the people for whom even minor extra difficulties could be enough to sink them.

    I did mean it in the Chinese proverb sense :-)

    One hope I have in this “post truth” era, is that people might begin to more deeply question some of the "truths" we habitually and culturally perpetuate:

    Despite being widely attributed as a Chinese curse, there is no equivalent expression in Chinese.[2] The nearest related Chinese expression is “寧為太平犬,莫做亂離人” (nìng wéi tàipíng quǎn, mò zuò luàn lí rén), which is usually translated as “Better to be a dog in a peaceful time, than to be a human in a chaotic (warring) period."

    Trump’s more or less unpresidented spurning of the protocols of US patriotism:

    "There are a lot of killers. We have a lot of killers,” Trump said. “Well, you think our country is so innocent?"

    immediately reminded me of Katharine’s prediction on page 5:

    I have an uneasy feeling he might be a Pres that decides to deliver an ugly truth about certain things. He seems to have made a point of painting a very dismal picture of the more recent Washington establishment – I could see him using the office now to prove it to the people.

    Te Ika-a-Māui • Since Mar 2008 • 2281 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming,

    A propos of nothing much in this thread except He Who Must Not Be Named being called one, can I recommend to you this delightful article about the linguistics of shitgibbon as an insult? It's worth thinking about, considering how many times portmanteau terms are nominated as WOTY.

    Edit: See https://stronglang.wordpress.com/2017/02/09/the-rise-of-the-shitgibbon/ as well. Apparently, it's known as flyting.

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2935 posts Report Reply

  • WH,

    I went looking for this (which is pretty good I reckon) and came across this.

    Since Nov 2006 • 797 posts Report Reply

  • andin, in reply to WH,

    Yep and there's all manner of madness like...

    Bannon now seems to be trying to bring about the Fourth Turning,

    Bannon is convinced he see's method in the madness, Nah.
    He's just projecting his madness into everything making it full blown methodical insanity.

    raglan • Since Mar 2007 • 1890 posts Report Reply

  • andin,

    More importantly Al Jarreau has died. His brand of smooth soul may not be to everyones taste, it was beautiful, especially when he did his scat vocal interlude's. RIP

    raglan • Since Mar 2007 • 1890 posts Report Reply

  • WH,

    I understand your point of view.

    Since Nov 2006 • 797 posts Report Reply

  • Neil,

    A Trump appointee lying about contacts with Russia is not evidence that the Trump admin has had clandestine contact with Putin.

    It is evidence that the Deep State is trying to distract us from Chelsea Clinton's tweets advocating war against Iran.

    Anway, I was right and progressives and Hillary caused Trump. ELITES SQUAWK ELITES SQUAWK

    Yours, GG

    Since Nov 2016 • 380 posts Report Reply

  • andin, in reply to Neil,

    The sun must be shining where you are? you giving a speech by any chance? Check for rain or FO

    raglan • Since Mar 2007 • 1890 posts Report Reply

  • Neil, in reply to andin,

    I'm parodying not very subtly the disturbing intent-driven phenomenon of well financed people claiming to be against Trump and Putin but who campaigned against Hillary Clinton and who continue to attack people who are actually opposing Trump and Putin.

    Since Nov 2016 • 380 posts Report Reply

  • WH,

    This is Slate’s interesting take on ESPN’s in-game estimate that the Falcons were 99.8% likely to win Super Bowl LI. While the statistical gizmos tend to be a little over-confident, the end result was still very unusual:

    Because these kinds of comebacks are so rare, Burke told me, it’s very difficult for him to benchmark his model with real NFL data. When sample sizes are smaller, we can be a lot less confident about the predictions we derive from those samples. Based on the evidence we do have and our knowledge of how many points a touchdown is worth, we know the Patriots’ victory in Super Bowl LI was extremely unlikely. It feels like faux precision, however, to say the Falcons were a 99.8 percent favorite with six minutes left to play in the third quarter.

    As the author points out, a comeback from 25 points or more down has only happened on a handful of occasions in the history of the NFL. As far as I can tell, it’s happened five times in something like thirteen thousand regular season matches, or in about 0.05% of regular games.

    All in all, an unlikely way to see off a season of unusual sporting results.

    Since Nov 2006 • 797 posts Report Reply

  • WH,

    This is Akhil Suhas’ short film of his trip around New Zealand.

    Since Nov 2006 • 797 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    One thing leads to another...
    I've just been reading through Christopher Fowler's 'Bryant and May' series - highly recommended for the inner polymath and fact hoarder - a comment at his website lead me to this marvellous piece of Live New Yorker copy editing...
    WATCH: Andrew Boynton copy-edits recent speeches by Donald Trump.
    the video is at the bottom of the linked RomCom in the Age of Trump piece.

    Should be live on television, I could watch for hours, as he just cuts away the crazy....

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7948 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Campbell,

    I've found a new way to think about the ongoing range war between Trump and the press over the nature of reality .... Every time you hear a question about whether something Trump has said is true substitute "is wearing no clothes"

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2622 posts Report Reply

  • Katharine Moody, in reply to Paul Campbell,

    And remember who “the press” are:


    Universal Pictures
    Focus Features
    USA Network
    The Weather Channel
    Golf Channel
    Esquire Network
    Universal HD
    Comcast SportsNet
    Universal Parks & Resorts
    Universal Studio Home Video

    The Walt Disney Company

    ABC Television Network
    The Disney Channel
    Marvel Entertainment
    Walt Disney Pictures
    Pixar Animation Studios
    Disney Mobile
    Disney Consumer Products
    Interactive Media
    Disney Theme Parks
    Disney Records
    Hollywood Records
    Miramax Films
    Touchstone Pictures

    News Corporation

    Fox Broadcasting Company
    Fox News Channel
    Fox Business Network
    Fox Sports 1
    Fox Sports 2
    National Geographic
    Nat Geo Wild
    FX Movie Channel
    Fox Sports Networks
    The Wall Street Journal
    The New York Post
    20th Century Fox
    Fox Searchlight Pictures
    Blue Sky Studios

    Time Warner

    The CW
    Cartoon Network
    NBA TV
    Turner Classic Movies
    Warner Bros.
    Castle Rock
    DC Comics
    Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
    New Line Cinema
    Sports Illustrated
    Marie Claire
    People Magazine


    Comedy Central
    Paramount Pictures
    Paramount Home Entertainment
    Country Music Television (CMT)
    Spike TV
    The Movie Channel
    TV Land

    CBS Corporation

    CBS Television Network
    The CW (along with Time Warner)
    CBS Sports Network
    CBS Radio, Inc.
    CBS Television Studios
    Simon & Schuster
    Infinity Broadcasting
    Westwood One Radio Network

    Wellington • Since Sep 2014 • 798 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Katharine Moody,

    And remember who “the press” are:

    Strictly speaking this list is ‘the Media’
    and leaves many of 'the Press' out
    The Washington Post
    The New York Times
    The Guardian
    The Independent

    (and The ODT )
    all have different ownership models
    (Family business, Russian oligarch, cooperatives, etc)

    not to mention Condé Nast’s stable of publications….

    plus many more I have forgotten I'm sure

    ;- )

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7948 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    IIRC the Washington Post is now majority owned by Jeff Bezos of Amazon.com fame, and the NYT's single biggest shareholder is Carlos Slim. You can also add Tribune Media (owner of the LA Times and Chicago Tribune).

    Of the major media networks listed by Katharine above, only NewsCorp seems to have a newspaper division. The anti-trust law experts should be taking a good look at it.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5439 posts Report Reply

  • Alfie,


    Swedish 3D artist Anders Ryttar created this cute take on Trumpet's bizarre handshake.


    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1436 posts Report Reply

  • Katharine Moody, in reply to Kumara Republic,

    Also important to look at where Americans get their news from;


    Wellington • Since Sep 2014 • 798 posts Report Reply

  • Katharine Moody,

    Hilarious - so the President who is so concerned to warn his public about fake news about his administration, repeats some fake news about someone else's administration;


    Even more hilarious that Fox wasn't included in his tweets about fake news;


    Oh what a tangled web....

    Wellington • Since Sep 2014 • 798 posts Report Reply

  • Jeremy Andrew,

    If you don't think that what didn't happen yesterday in Sweden can't not happen here, you better think again!

    Hamiltron - City of the F… • Since Nov 2006 • 900 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming,

    So this happened.

    For reference, Paris Dennard describes himself as a "GOP political commentator and consultant with over a decade of private and public sector experience on all levels of politics and public relations. In addition to his political background, for the past 20 years he has provided brand and image consulting and worked in the W. Bush White House

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2935 posts Report Reply

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