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Thursday, August 27, 2015

The Real Planned Parenthood Scandal Is the Videos Themselves

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Forensic Analysis Shows the Real Planned Parenthood Scandal Is the Videos Themselves

A review finds evidence the sting videos had been "manipulated" and "deceptively edited."

Zoë Carpenter
Even If You Haven't Had an Abortion, You Owe Planned Parenthood

And it's your responsibility to fight back against the war on reproductive rights.


Katha Pollitt

Elizabeth Warren Is a More Interesting Late-Entry Prospect Than Than Joe Biden

If there is a space for another candidate, why limit the speculation to the vice president?


John Nichols

Waiting for the Presidents in New Orleans

George Bush flew over us. Barack Obama sent his deputies. But both eventually landed, and both leave behind plenty more work toward our recovery.


Jarvis Deberry

Missing Home: The Demolition of New Orleans After Katrina

The city has granted more 24,000 demolition permits since Katrina. The Nation partnered with The Lens, a nonprofit newsroom in New Orleans, to explore the fate of those properties.


The Lens, The Nation

Rays of Light in the Shadow of Dark Money

Amid the onslaught of anonymous political donations, some grassroots activists are gearing up for a counteroffensive. Here are five promising strategies for 2016 and beyond.


Alyssa Katz

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Friday, August 21, 2015

Vonnegut by the Dozen: Twelve Pieces by Kurt Vonnegut

Vonnegut strikes me as someone who might appeal to Ethan Sheldon and others who rarely read for pleasure.

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America owes Kurt Vonnegut a debt of gratitude for infusing its culture with his brilliant insight. Vonnegut by the Dozen: Twelve Pieces by Kurt Vonnegut is available in paperback and in digital format for tablets, smartphones and computers.

The author of Mother Night, Player Piano and Slaughterhouse Five used The Nation as one of the outlets for his political writing. The mordantly funny pieces assembled in this collection cover a twenty-year period from 1978 to 1998, when Vonnegut mused about Mark Twain, Eugene V. Debs, Weimar Germany, Jimmy Carter's cabinet, Edwin Meese, Michael Dukakis and more.

His politics were consistently to the left, and after fighting in World War II—which, for all its horrors, he considered a just war—he angrily condemned all of the United States' subsequent wars of choice. His best work, as you will see, deals with ultimate questions.

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Iran Is Not the Greatest Threat to World Peace

NATION DAILY: August 20, 2015

Iran Is Not the Greatest Threat to World Peace

There's a clear way to ensure a nuclear-free Middle East, but Washington is not interested.

Noam Chomsky
The Racist Roots of the GOP's Favorite New Immigration Plan

Birthright citizenship is enshrined in the 14th Amendment, but Donald Trump and other candidates are keeping alive the idea that some Americans should not have equal rights at birth.


Zoë Carpenter

Congress Is Sick of the Secrecy Around TPP

And Senator Sherrod Brown is blocking a key Obama nominee to show it.


George Zornick

Lincoln Chafee Keeps Ripping 'Delusional' Neocons and Democrats Who Compromise With Them

This Democratic contender is skeptical about wars, enthusiastic about diplomacy. And he has a disruptive sense of history.


John Nichols

Defend Planned Parenthood Against Republican Attacks

After anti-choice activists released a misleading video, Republicans are intent on defunding Planned Parenthood—once again putting women's access to much-needed health care at risk.



August 20, 1998: The US Bombs a Suspected Qaeda-Run Chemical Plant in Sudan

"It's not the cigar, stupid. It's the cruise missiles launched to cover the shame."


Richard Kreitner

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#1,829. Gallipoli (1981)

Posted: 20 Aug 2015 02:11 AM PDT

Directed By: Peter Weir

Starring: Mel Gibson, Mark Lee, Bill Kerr

Tag line: "From a place you've never heard of, comes a story you'll never forget"

Trivia: Peter Weir was inspired to make this film after visiting a World War I battle site

Inspired in part by the Battle of the Nek, a World War I skirmish in which 372 Australians were mowed down by Turkish machine gun fire, Peter Weir's Gallipoli is ultimately a story of friendship, following two young men as they embark on a series of adventures that strengthens the bond between them, and a war that threatens to tear them apart.

Western Australia, 1915. After competing against each other in a carnival-sponsored foot race, teenager Archy Hamilton (Mark Lee) and former railroad worker Frank Dunne (Mel Gibson) become fast friends. Eager to do his part in the war, Archy attempts to enlist in the Australian Light Horse Brigade, but is rejected due to his age. When Frank suggests that Archy try his luck again in a new city, they hop a train, then hike 50 miles through the Outback to reach Frank's home town of Perth. Once there, Archy's dreams of joining the Light Horse Brigade are finally realized. As for Frank, who's the son of an Irish immigrant, he never intended to join the military, believing the war should be left to the British. Still, to remain at Archy's side, he also tries to enlist in the Brigade, only to be turned down because he has very little riding experience.

Archy heads off to war, and shortly after Frank bumps into his former co-workers, Bill (Robert Grubb), Barney (Tim McKenzie), and Snowy (David Argue), all of whom are enlisting in the Infantry. Figuring he has nothing better to do, Frank joins along with them, and soon the four are headed to Cairo for basic training. As luck would have it, Archy is also stationed there, and shortly after the two meet up again, they ask Major Barton (Bill Hunter) to allow Frank to transfer to the Light Horse Brigade. Their request is approved, and just in the nick of time, because orders have come through stating the Brigade is to be sent to Gallipoli on the Turkish Peninsula, where they're to take part in a campaign designed to drive the Turks out of the war. But life in the trenches proves difficult, and when the High Command orders an advance, both Archy and Frank find themselves facing a situation they're not entirely prepared for.

Thanks to the international success of movies like Mad Max, Mel Gibson was on his way to becoming a star when he made this film, yet Gallipoli dedicates a fair portion of time to Mark Lee's Archy. In the opening sequences, we watch as Archy trains with his uncle Jack (Bill Kerr) to become a world-class sprinter, and at one point he challenges a farmhand (played by Harold Hopins) to a long-distance race, allowing his opponent to ride on horseback while he himself traverses the rugged terrain in bare feet. Lee brings a quiet optimism to the role of Archy, who's ready to lay down his life for his country. That said, Gibson is excellent as the cynical Frank, and often overshadows his co-star in the scenes they share together. In addition to its fine performances, Gallipoli features a handful of intensely dramatic sequences (like the duo's 50-mile trek across the Outback) and some positively beautiful imagery (a scene where the two friends climb the Great Pyramid of Giza at sunset is absolutely breathtaking), yet it's the final act, set during the war, that offers up the movie's most poignant scenes, including a finale you won't soon forget.

Though it delivers a convincing anti-war message (as do most films that recreate the horrific conditions of WWI trench warfare), Gallipoli is also an entertaining buddy film as well as a rousing tale of adventure. Its conclusion, a powerful, heartbreaking look at a terrible moment in history, is certainly effective, yet is only one aspect of what proves to be an exceptional motion picture.

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Sunday, August 16, 2015

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