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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  August 3, 2018

      So Mueller will write a report saying Trump obstructed justice by being mean to him on Twitter. And nothing will happen.

  1. Patzcuaro

     /  August 3, 2018

    Let’s make America Grate again

  2. Alan Wilkinson

     /  August 3, 2018
  3. Gezza

     /  August 3, 2018

    MAGA – Sacha Cohen: Making America Go Ape

    Sacha Baron Cohen is at it again. After tapping into his familiarity with Israel and his fluency in Hebrew to shape previous eccentric personas such as Borat and Bruno, the Jewish comedian has created his most stereotypical Israeli character yet — a grotesque, faux counterterrorism instructor in his new Showtime series Who is America?

    Retired Col. Erran Morad has already managed to dupe former Vice President Dick Cheney into signing a waterboarding kit, convinced former Senate majority leader Trent Lott to endorse a plan to arm kindergartners and caused a Georgia state representative to resign after he shouted racial slurs and exposed his rear end in a supposed self-defense drill against homophobic jihadis.

    Another of those pranked, disgraced Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore, accused Baron Cohen of preying on Israel’s friends in America and seeking to “embarrass, humiliate, and mock” the Jewish state.

    But in Israel — where Baron Cohen’s mother was born and where he spent much time in his youth — people seem to be in on the joke. “The reaction has mostly been astonishment about the accuracy of the portrayal. He really got some of our traits down,” Einav Schiff, a TV critic for the Yediot Ahronot newspaper, said with a chuckle. “Everyone here knows an ‘Erran Morad’ but I haven’t recognised any outrage or embarrassment about the character. It’s mostly been ridicule for these Americans who have fallen for him.”

    It’s that type of lunacy that has mostly tickled Israelis. Besides exposing the prejudices of his targets, Baron Cohen’s humour has also uncovered the fetishised version of Israel that many of its supposed staunch supporters on the religious right believe exists. Nearly all were drawn to the interviews under the guise of a fake pro-Israel award for their support, when in fact all it did was expose their ignorance.

    In practice, most Israelis are secular, gay-friendly and, even with the country’s mandatory military service, have little interest in firearms as recreation. Israeli gun laws are in fact quite stiff and most look at America’s obsession with weapons incredulously.

    Nowhere is that more evident than in Morad’s “kinder-guardian” program segment, in which a string of gun-loving conservatives are fooled into believing Israel arms preschoolers to counter school shootings. More astoundingly, they go on to endorse such child-friendly products like “Puppy Pistol,” ”Gunny Rabbit” and the magical “Uzi-corn.”

    “The intensive three-week Kinderguardian course introduces specially selected children from 12 to 4 years old to pistols, rifles, semi-automatics, and a rudimentary knowledge of mortars,” former republican congressman Joe Walsh says in one segment. “In less than a month — less than a month — a first-grader can become a first-grenade-er.” In a subsequent CNN interview, Walsh admitted he was duped by a program that struck him as fishy. “I’m thinking to myself ‘well this is kind of crazy, but it is Israel and Israel is strong on defense,'” he explained.
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  4. Blazer

     /  August 3, 2018

    New Scientist…who rules the world…

    1. Barclays plc
    2. Capital Group Companies Inc
    3. FMR Corporation
    4. AXA
    5. State Street Corporation
    6. JP Morgan Chase & Co
    7. Legal & General Group plc
    8. Vanguard Group Inc
    9. UBS AG
    10. Merrill Lynch & Co Inc
    11. Wellington Management Co LLP
    12. Deutsche Bank AG
    13. Franklin Resources Inc
    14. Credit Suisse Group
    15. Walton Enterprises LLC
    16. Bank of New York Mellon Corp
    17. Natixis
    18. Goldman Sachs Group Inc
    19. T Rowe Price Group Inc
    20. Legg Mason Inc
    21. Morgan Stanley
    22. Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc
    23. Northern Trust Corporation
    24. Société Générale
    25. Bank of America Corporation
    26. Lloyds TSB Group plc
    27. Invesco plc
    28. Allianz SE 29. TIAA
    30. Old Mutual Public Limited Company
    31. Aviva plc
    32. Schroders plc
    33. Dodge & Cox
    34. Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc*
    35. Sun Life Financial Inc
    36. Standard Life plc
    37. CNCE
    38. Nomura Holdings Inc
    39. The Depository Trust Company
    40. Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance
    41. ING Groep NV
    42. Brandes Investment Partners LP
    43. Unicredito Italiano SPA
    44. Deposit Insurance Corporation of Japan
    45. Vereniging Aegon
    46. BNP Paribas
    47. Affiliated Managers Group Inc
    48. Resona Holdings Inc
    49. Capital Group International Inc
    50. China Petrochemical Group Company

    * Lehman still existed in the 2007 dataset used.