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Date: 2015-02-28 19:15
Subject: "CAMBRIDGE SPIES" (2003) Review
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"CAMBRIDGE SPIES" (2003) Review

There have been a great deal of movies, plays and television productions about four of the five former Cambridge University students who became spies for the Soviet Union. One of the more recent productions turned out to be BBC's four-part television miniseries called "CAMBRIDGE SPIES". Read more... )

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Date: 2015-02-26 11:59
Subject: "FAST AND FURIOUS 6" (2013) Photo Gallery
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Below are images from "FAST AND FURIOUS 6", the sixth entry in the FAST AND FURIOUS franchise. Directed by Justin Lin, the movie stars Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Luke Evans and Michelle Rodriguez: Read more... )

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Date: 2015-02-25 14:09
Subject: The Great "ONCE UPON A TIME" Costume Gallery
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Below is a gallery featuring the costumes designed by Eduardo Castro for the first two seasons of the ABC series, "ONCE UPON A TIME". Do not expect to find Jennifer Morrison, Jared S. Gilmore, Eion Bailey or others performers not featured in any of the Fairy Tale Land flashback sequences: Read more... )

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Maureen Lycaon
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Date: 2015-02-23 12:40
Subject: The best article I've seen on Daesh/ISIS/ISIL/whatever you want to call the genocidal scum
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What ISIS Really Wants

The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths. It is a religious group with carefully considered beliefs, among them that it is a key agent of the coming apocalypse. Here’s what that means for its strategy—and for how to stop it.


Thoughts:

First, to really understand ISIS at a deeper level than “they’re a bunch of fundie psychos”, this article is required reading.

Second: these are not urban guerrilla/terrorists with decentralized leadership like Al Qaeda was. They’re organized with a strict top-down hierarchy. That makes them more vulnerable.

Third: these two paragraphs are, I think, the money shots:

Given everything we know about the Islamic State, continuing to slowly bleed it, through air strikes and proxy warfare, appears the best of bad military options. Neither the Kurds nor the Shia will ever subdue and control the whole Sunni heartland of Syria and Iraq - - they are hated there, and have no appetite for such an adventure anyway. But they can keep the Islamic State from fulfilling its duty to expand. And with every month that it fails to expand, it resembles less the conquering state of the Prophet Muhammad than yet another Middle Eastern government failing to bring prosperity to its people… .

Properly contained, the Islamic State is likely to be its own undoing. No country is its ally, and its ideology ensures that this will remain the case. The land it controls, while expansive, is mostly uninhabited and poor. As it stagnates or slowly shrinks, its claim that it is the engine of God’s will and the agent of apocalypse will weaken, and fewer believers will arrive. And as more reports of misery within it leak out, radical Islamist movements elsewhere will be discredited: No one has tried harder to implement strict Sharia by violence. This is what it looks like.


Fourth: Because they expect the ultimate apocalypse at the strategically useless small town of Dabiq, a military defeat there would destroy their credibility with other Muslim extremists.

One way to un-cast the Islamic State’s spell over its adherents would be to overpower it militarily and occupy the parts of Syria and Iraq now under caliphate rule. Al‑Qaeda is ineradicable because it can survive, cockroach-like, by going underground. The Islamic State cannot. If it loses its grip on its territory in Syria and Iraq, it will cease to be a caliphate. Caliphates cannot exist as underground movements, because territorial authority is a requirement: take away its command of territory, and all those oaths of allegiance are no longer binding… . If the United States were to invade, the Islamic State’s obsession with battle at Dabiq suggests that it might send vast resources there, as if in a conventional battle. If the state musters at Dabiq in full force, only to be routed, it might never recover.


Fifth: Still, it would be best if Middle Eastern armies, not American troops, were to handle any armed invasion of ISIS’ territory.

Sadly, given our demented foreign policy at this point, I fully expect the US to do exactly the wrong thing at this point. But at least here there are two clear right things that ISIS’ enemies could do.

It is still worth your while to read the whole thing.

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Date: 2015-02-22 10:13
Subject: "THE THIN MAN" (1934) Review
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"THE THIN MAN" (1934) Review

Between 1934 and 1947, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) released at least six movies based upon the characters created by detective novelist, Dashiell Hammett. The first and one of the two best was 1934’s "THE THIN MAN", based upon Hammet’s novel that was also released in 1934. Read more... )

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Date: 2015-02-22 00:34
Subject: "STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS" (2013) Photo Gallery
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Below are images from the new STAR TREK film called "STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS". Directed by J.J. Abrams, the movie stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and Benedict Cumberbatch: Read more... )

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Maureen Lycaon
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Date: 2015-02-20 10:46
Subject: Roman Aristocrats in Barbarian Gaul -- conclusions
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As I said earlier, this book is not mind-blowing. Not unless you have the common misconception that barbarians simply swept into Europe like a tsunami, relentlessly slaughtered all the Romans and burned everything to the ground. In point of fact, it was more complex than that.

When the barbarians did loot, kill and burn, it was when they first invaded a district. Once they settled down to stay, the violence dwindled. And sometimes they didn't even bother with the initial pillaging and burning. At least in Gaul, the first wave of barbarians (Burgundians, Lombards and the like) more or less infiltrated into what had been a purely Romano-Celtic region, as the waning Roman empire lost the ability to keep its borders sealed. Think sort of like Mexicans infiltrating (more accurately, recolonizing) the American Southwest. They aren't shooting, looting, and burning their way in in an avalanche of fire and blood (no matter what California Republicans tell you); instead, they're simply crossing the border, taking jobs, often becoming US citizens, and settling here in numbers too large to really be kept out, and now Anglos are becoming a minority. It was a lot like that in Gaul, a lot of the time.

By the time of the fifth century AD (that's 400 AD and later, folks), the power of the barbarians nearly matched that of Imperial Rome in Gaul. The Roman aristocrats had to make some adjustments if they wanted to survive, and many did. I've written already about how the Roman boni coped with the barbarians.

By the sixth century, a hundred years later, a barbarian emperor deposed the Roman Italian emperor, and all Imperial control over Gaul disappeared. The Roman aristocrats were on their own, to sink or swim. Surprisingly, it looks like many of them managed to swim. "There rarely was any sense of panic or despair, or any feeling that things were out of control" (p. xii, in the preface).

They continued to study and write literature and to seek church office, but they also began to lose their identity as Romans. In the fifth century, laws punished Romans who intermarried with barbarians. By the sixth century, people in the same family might have both Roman and "barbarian" names.

Roman rhetoric about the barbarians had to change as well. It did. During the fifth century they refused to mingle with uncivilized "barbarians". By the sixth century, this had to change -- and even the Germanic people began to accept their changed definitions of "barbarian". "In the Burgundian code, for example, 'Romans' and 'Burgundians' have roughly equal status -- but both are contrasted to the more ignoble 'barbarians'" (p. 136). Romans and Burgundians together now considered themselves the "civilized" people.

Meanwhile, the Roman boni picked up some uncivilized habits from their neighbors. The barbarians had always settled many legal disputes with swords and axes, and the author cites one historical account after another of sixth-century Roman aristocrats turning to violence to settle their own disputes. This had been almost unheard of a hundred years before.

So in the end, the aristocrats were not wiped out. They mingled with the barbarians until the two became one. On rare occasions, the ruling class (or a portion of it) does survive a civilization's collapse -- but not unchanged.

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Date: 2015-02-20 08:30
Subject: Coronation Chicken
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Below is a small article about a dish that was created in the early 1950s called Coronation Chicken. I first learned about the recipe while watching a "SUPERSIZERS" episode about the 1950s: Read more... )

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felaries65
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Date: 2015-02-17 14:05
Subject: "EL DORADO WEST" [PG] - Chapter Three
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The following is Chapter Three of my story about a pair of free black siblings making the journey to California in 1849: Read more... )

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Date: 2015-02-16 22:03
Subject: "IRON MAN 3" (2013) Review
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"IRON MAN 3" (2013) Review

One would think after the release of last year's "THE AVENGERS", Marvel Studios would call it quits on its saga about the team of superheroes who foiled an alien invasion in said movie. But the "THE AVENGERS" opened the possibility of a new threat to Earth, paving the way for a new slew of stories for the costumed Avengers. Read more... )

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felaries65
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Date: 2015-02-15 22:51
Subject: "THE AMERICANS" Season One (2013) Photo Gallery
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Below are images from Season One of "THE AMERICANS", the new FX television drama. Created by Joe Weisberg, the series stars Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys: Read more... )

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