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Monthly Archives: October 2009

Holywood Today: Report from an Ideological Frontline

by Slavoj Žižekfrom LACAN.COM Ideology in Hollywood? Let’s begin, quite arbitrarily, with Michael Apted’s Enigma (2001, scenario by Tom Stoppard, based on the novel by Robert Harris), which takes place in 1943, among the cryptanalysts at Bletchley Park working day and night to crack the German “Enigma” code. They are rejoined by Tom Jericho, a troubled [...]
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Slavoj Žižek – Democracy Now! October 15. 2009

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Three Possible Explanations From the Nobel Committee

by Calvin Trillinfrom THE NATION 1. Don’t be surprised. Don’t gasp. Don’t faint. We’ve simply said, “George Bush he ain’t.” 2. The prize diplomacy can reap’ll Prevent this guy from bombing people. 3. Since Henry Kissinger has won, You know that this is all in fun.
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Goldman Sachs reignites pay row with 46% rise

from THE TIMES Workers at Goldman Sachs have racked up an average $527,192 (£324,607) in salary and bonuses so far this year after the American investment bank made a $3.1 billion profit in the third quarter. Average pay for staff at the group, which employs around 5,500 staff in London, is 46 per cent higher compared to [...]
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Obama’s Delusion

by David Bromwichfrom the LONDON REVIEW OF BOOKS Long before he became president, there were signs in Barack Obama of a tendency to promise things easily and compromise often. He broke a campaign vow to filibuster a bill that immunised telecom outfits against prosecution for the assistance they gave to domestic spying. He kept his promise [...]
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How messy it all is

by David Runcimanfrom the LONDON REVIEW OF BOOKS The Spirit Level: Why More Equal Societies Almost Always Do Better by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett The argument of this fascinating and deeply provoking book is easy to summarise: among rich countries, the more unequal ones do worse according to almost every quality of life indicator you can [...]
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The Face of Bach

Forensic artists at the University of Dundee have recreated the face of Johan Sebastian Bach, one of the world’s greatest composers. The Centre for Forensic and Medical Art at Dundee, led by Dr Caroline Wilkinson, was commissioned by the Bachhaus Museum in Germany to recreate the face of Bach, who only once sat for a painted [...]
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War and Peace Prizes

by Howard Zinnfrom THE GUARDIAN I was dismayed when I heard Barack Obama was given the Nobel peace prize. A shock, really, to think that a president carrying on two wars would be given a peace prize. Until I recalled that Woodrow Wilson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Henry Kissinger had all received Nobel peace prizes. The Nobel [...]
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Nobel Surprise

by Hendrik Hertzbergfrom THE NEW YORKER If President Obama really had to get a gift postmarked Scandinavia this month, he would probably, on the whole, have preferred the Olympics. At least at the Olympics the judges wait till after the race to give you the gold medal. They don’t force it on you while you’re still [...]
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"We're Number 37"

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Know Your Ally: Britain

An incredible propaganda film narrated by Walter Huston and produced by the United States War Department and Signal Corp to inspire Anglo-American solidarity during WWII. [youtube=]
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From Tariq Ali’s forthcoming "The Idea of Communism"

The Central Committee instructed Marx to produce a manifesto. A few months later, the document was still not forthcoming and a slightly tetchy triumvirate – consisting of Citizens Karl Schapper, Heinrich Bauer and Joseph Moll – despatched a warning note to the author on behalf of the Committee: ‘The Central Committee [in London] hereby directs the [...]
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2009 Nobel Prize for Literature

from GRANTA Herta Müller, the Romanian-born German novelist and essayist, has won the 2009 Nobel Prize for Literature. Müller, fifty-six, is internationally renowned for her portrayal of life under dictatorship. Announcing the 2009 award, the Swedish Academy praised Müller, ‘who, with the concentration of poetry and the frankness of prose, depicts the landscape of the dispossessed’. Müller’s [...]
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Fox on Patriot: A Video Fisking!

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Q&A: Berlusconi v the courts

from the BBC Italy’s top court has ruled that a law that granted Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and other top officials immunity from prosecution while in office is unconstitutional. The ruling means that trials against Mr Berlusconi could resume. What was the immunity law? Read more
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Executive Immunity Suffers Another Setback

by Scott Horton Is an Italian law that grants senior officials of the government immunity from criminal prosecution during the time they serve in office consistent with the Italian Constitution’s guarantee that all citizens are equal before the law? The Italian Constitutional Court answered that question yesterday with a decisive “no.” It concluded that senior officials [...]
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Whisper This: Here Comes Stimulus 2.1

by John Cassidyfrom THE NEW YORKER As expected, last week’s poor job report has generated calls for another stimulus package, with Paul Krugman and congressional Democrats in swing districts arguing that the existing measure is inadequate. Robert Gibbs, the White House press secretary, said earlier this week that there were “no plans” for another stimulus bill, [...]
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Profits for Buyout Firms as Company Debt Soared

by Julie Cresswellfrom THE NEW YORK TIMES For most of the 133 years since its founding in a small city in Wisconsin, the Simmons Bedding Company enjoyed an illustrious history. Presidents have slumbered on its mattresses aboard Air Force One. Dignitaries have slept on them in the Lincoln Bedroom. Its advertisements have featured Henry Ford and H. [...]
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The Battle of Algiers

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The Trap 1 – F**k You Buddy

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