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Blogs - Adam Curtis

Blogs - Adam Curtis
THE FILM'S LAUNCH DATE ON BBC iPLAYER IS NOW 25TH JANUARY 2015 Politicians used to have the confidence to tell us stories that made sense of the chaos of world events. But now there are no big stories and politicians react randomly to every new crisis - leaving us bewildered and disorientated. And journalism - that used to tell a grand, unfurling narrative - now also just relays disjointed and often wildly contradictory fragments of information. Events come and go like waves of a fever. We - and the journalists - live in a state of continual delirium, constantly waiting for the next news event to loom out of the fog - and then disappear again, unexplained. And the formats - in news and documentaries - have become so rigid and repetitive that the audiences never really look at them. In the face of this people retreat from journalism and politics. I think this is wrong, sad, and bad for democracy -...

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Showbiz Imagery and Chicanery Harry The Hipster plays downtown Los Angeles click to watch this very rare 1939 Universal comedy Ted Flicker’s creation premieres nice Joan Rivers ad from 1968 Manifest destiny In the 19th century, Manifest Destiny was the widely held belief in the United States that American settlers were destined to expand throughout the continent. Historians have for the most part agreed that there are three basic themes to Manifest Destiny: The special virtues of the American people and their institutions;America's mission to redeem and remake the west in the image of agrarian America;An irresistible destiny to accomplish this essential duty.[1] Historian Frederick Merk says this concept was born out of "A sense of mission to redeem the Old World by high example [...] generated by the potentialities of a new earth for building a new heaven".[2]

ontheroofs In the Chungking Mansions you can find everything: tiny guest houses with just a few rooms for rent, curry cafes, a market on the ground floor, a variety of shops, currency exchange offices, touristic offices, where you can get a Chinese visa. Next to the main entrance, you can always find the Indians and the Pakistanis, offering you to buy some hash, weed or even cocaine. During one of our trips, I decided to check what they will sell, to bate my curiosity.

Tory election strategist Lynton Crosby linked to Malta tax haven Lynton Crosby, whose firm CTF reportedly gets £200,000 a year for working one day a week on the Tory election campaign. Photograph: Tal Cohen/Rex Features David Cameron's election strategist owns and runs an offshore company in Malta, it has been claimed. The link between Lynton Crosby and the tax haven could make uncomfortable reading for the prime minister, who has described legal ploys to avoid tax as morally wrong. Anarcho-Capitalism: So Crazy, It Just Might Work! George Mason University economist, and advocate of anarcho-capitalism, Bryan Caplan explains why details of the ideological history of human attitudes toward methods and techniques of government show that ideas that almost everyone dismisses offhand as nutty and impossible can and in fact have come to dominate our political culture. I mean, you think anarcho-capitalism is crazy? Imagine how people used to react to democracy?

SF Diggers (1966-68, beyond) What is the Digger Archives? First time here? The Overview page explains who the Diggers were (are) and the intent of this site. Dig Deeper into the Scandal Globally, extreme poverty has been halved in 20 years, and could be virtually wiped out by 2030. But much of the progress that has been made is at risk – not because of natural disasters or new diseases, but because of something far more insidious. Analysis by the ONE Campaign suggests that at least $1 trillion is being taken out of developing countries each year through a web of corrupt activity that involves shady deals for natural resources, the use of anonymous shell companies, money laundering and illegal tax evasion. This is not international aid – which is making a tangible difference.

051. Simulation Theory and the Nature of Reality with Physicist and Author, Tom Campbell. - “When the original founding fathers of quantum mechanics were doing these experiments they were really excited… making statements like- ‘if quantum mechanics doesn’t blow your mind, that’s because you don’t understand quantum mechanics.’ They realized this was a really big deal philosophically, (and) scientifically… Then they tried to come up with a good explanation. They couldn’t find one… Now they just blow it off as ‘nobody will ever know… it’s just weird science.’ This My Big Toe theory though, explains it.” -Tom Campbell

Uefa wants 'sports police' Uefa plan to create a dedicated police force to keep order at football across Europe from next season, in response to the recent upsurge in outbreaks of violence in and around stadiums. Uefa president Michel Platini is examining the practicalities of setting up what a senior official of the organisation described as 'a type of European sports police, a way of dealing systematically with the problem'. The outbreaks of trouble last week at Manchester United's game at Roma and Tottenham's visit to Sevilla, and the heavy-handed policing seen at both ties, have prompted fresh thinking about how to prevent and respond to disorder. Details are unclear, but Platini said last month that an initiative was needed to combat the 'people who take football hostage through violence - people who come to matches to destroy, rather than do other things'. The Uefa official said: 'It is over travelling fans that there are concerns over safety, because it is easier to cause trouble abroad than in England.

The pros and cons of newspaper paywalls: a Twitter debate Debates over newspaper paywalls break out all the time, but not all of them involve a former Dow Jones chief executive, a former Wall Street Journal publisher, the current head of the Wall Street Journal‘s digital arm, the president of BuzzFeed and media writers for Bloomberg and All Things Digital. Just such a debate broke out on Sunday, however, and you can check out an edited version of it below (or there’s also a Storify version.) I started things off with a critical tweet about a Bloomberg story by Edmund Lee on how the New York Times paywall was working “better than anyone had guessed,” which I contrasted with a post of mine about the decline in traffic to the NYT site (as measured by comScore) and what appeared to be a corresponding decline in advertising revenue — including digital revenue.

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