Betty Boop: Baby Be Good, 1935
An animated short by Dave Fleischer
“Betty Boop tells naughty Little Jimmy a corrective fairy tale (with herself as fairy). Part of the action is replayed in reverse.” (IMDB)
A film by Archie Mayo
“Through hypnotism and telepathic mind control, a sinister music maestro controls the singing voice, but not the heart, of the woman he loves.” (IMDB)
Call the exorcist: pope tells priests to consult experts in casting out demons
“Pope Francis has advised priests who hear troubled confessions from parishioners to not hesitate to call on the services of an exorcist.
A good confessor has to be very discerning, particularly when he has to deal with “real spiritual disorders”, the 80-year-old pontiff told priests at a Vatican training seminar on the art of hearing believers recount their sins…” (The Guardian)
Basque separatist group Eta announces plan to lay down all weapons
“Six years after renouncing violence in its long and bloody pursuit of a Basque homeland, the militant separatist group Eta has announced it will lay down all arms by early next month…” (The Guardian)
Secret Service Agent’s Laptop Stolen From Car in New York City
“A U.S. Secret Service agent has had a laptop stolen from her car in New York City.
The Secret Service said Friday that the laptop contains “multiple layers of security,” including disk encryption, and doesn’t carry classified information. The agency wouldn’t comment further…” (Time)
President Trump Is Blaming North Korea for ‘Behaving Very Badly’
“President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Friday morning to criticize North Korea during a moment of heightened tensions between the two countries, accusing the hermit kingdom and nuclear power of “playing” the United States…” (Time)
60% of engineering graduates unemployed
“NEW DELHI: More than 60% of the eight lakh engineers graduating from technical institutions across the country every year remain unemployed, according to the All India Council for Technical Education…” (The Times of India)
China to ‘authorise’ Pakistan to build missiles, tanks, FC-1 Xiaolong combat aircraft
“NEW DELHI: Beijing was furious with India last year for launching Agni V, but now it plans to build ballistic, cruise, anti-aircraft and anti-ship missiles with “all-weather friend” Pakistan, China’s state-run media reported…” (The Times of India)
Germany vows legal action if Trump taxes imports
“Germany could take the United States to court if Washington goes ahead with plans to tax imports, Economy Minister Brigitte Zypries said Friday, hours before Chancellor Angela Merkel’s first meeting with Donald Trump…” (The Local)
How Merkel will try and win over Trump in Washington
“On her first face-to-face meet with Donald Trump at the White House this Friday, Angela Merkel will seek to talk the President’s language, argues Jörg Luyken…” (The Local)
‘No strategic patience for NK anymore’
“U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson declared an end to the Barack Obama administration’s policy of strategic patience in dealing with North Korea, Friday, vowing to explore all options including harsher sanctions and military action…” (The Korea Times)
Killer whale mother and calf sighted off east coast
“A killer whale mother and calf were seen in Korea’s East Sea, the National Institute of Fisheries Science (NIFS) said Friday.
The whales were observed near Uljin, North Gyeongsang Province, Wednesday, according to the institute…” (The Korea Times)
Photo: Casa Rosada (Argentina Presidency of the Nation) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Ongoing coverage of the first meeting between these two world leaders, with a joint press conference at 1:20 pm, EST.
Our latest volunteer, Jenny, is a lover of the arts, especially music, a hopeless liberal, existentialist, wife and Mom. Here’s her take on rebuilding the Middle East, in the spirit of the post WWII era.
Will there be a Marshall Plan for the Middle East? The Second World War destroyed much of Europe leaving its historic cities in ruin. Thanks to the vision of General George C. Marshall and Democratic President Harry S. Thruman the United States infused 12 Billion Dollars in the European Recovery Program to rebuild the architectural wonders of cathedrals and other historical structures reproducing cities that were left in annihilation. In addition, modern transportation systems were constructed and financial aid was used to help struggling economies work their way back into healthy thriving democracies.
Today those same democratic nations are threatened by an unparalleled influx of desperate refugees fleeing from man’s latest devastation. The Iraq War waged on a false premise by Republican Neo-Cons has led to the utter destruction of many ancient mid-eastern cities and the surrounding countryside, loss of thousands of innocent lives of men, women and children and the end of an ancient cultural world. A larger US military budget and an increase in the threat of warfare which is now being proposed will never be the final solution.
Who then will suggest a Marshall Plan to restore the countries and peoples of the Middle East? Certainly not the President Trump Presidency with its strident slogan of “America First”! The demonizing of government service and government programs over the last three decades by American conservatives offers no real hope of opportunity for the poor and middle class of our land, but even less hope for relieving the misery of Iraq, Afghanistan, Lybia, Syria, Sudan and Yeman. With what ease modern nations can use technology to destroy one another, but what nation will rise up to support a new Marshall Plan to restore the nations of the Middle East and stop the need for mass migrations of war-weary peoples?
Photo: See page for author [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
A film by Lewis Allen
“In the city of Suddenly, three gangsters trap the Benson family in their own house, on the top of a hill nearby the railroad station, with the intention of killing the president of the USA.” (IMDB)
Terror by Night, 1946
A film by Roy William Neill
“When the fabled Star of Rhodesia diamond is stolen on a London to Edinburgh train and the son of its owner is murdered, Sherlock Holmes must discover which of his suspicious fellow passengers is responsible.” (IMDB)
Ryan, Senate Intel committee see no evidence of Trump wiretap
“The speaker of the House, the Senate Intelligence Committee chairman and the ranking Democrat on the committee said Thursday that they’ve seen no evidence of President Donald Trump’s accusation that he was wiretapped last year by his predecessor…” (CNN)
Dad’s case of strep throat leads to amputations
“A Michigan man is feeling grateful after surviving a strep throat infection that led to amputations of parts of his hands and feet and nearly cost his life…” (CNN)
Letter bomb that exploded at Paris IMF office was sent from Greece
“A letter bomb that was dispatched to the headquarters of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Paris and blew up on Thursday, injuring the employee who opened it, was sent from Greece, the Greek public order minister has said…” (The Guardian)
BBC crew and tourists injured in lava explosion on Mount Etna
“BBC crew members were among 10 people injured when lava flow triggered an explosion as it came into contact with snow on Mount Etna in Sicily on Thursday…” (The Guardian)
Germany and China to ‘fight together’ for free trade, says Merke
“Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese President Xi Jinping Thursday stressed their commitment to free trade ahead of a G20 finance ministers’ meeting set to be dominated by debate on protectionism…” (The Local)
Eight in ten Germans think the EU needs to be reformed
“What most Germans can agree upon is that the EU cannot stay as it is. But when it comes to how change should look, views differ sharply…” (The Local)
Uganda admits security forces killed over 100 people in palace raid in November
“Uganda has acknowledged that its security forces killed more than 100 people in an assault on a tribal leader’s palace last year.
The revelation comes after Human Rights Watch on Wednesday called for an independent and impartial fact-finding mission with international expertise saying that it was one of the bloodiest day of the region’s cultural institution…” (Africa News)
South African opposition figure probed by own party after colonialism tweet
“Former South African main opposition leader Helen Zille will face a disciplinary process by her Democratic Alliance (DA) party after saying on Twitter on Thursday that the legacy of colonialism was not all negative…” (Africa News)
We Can Now Harness the Tardigrade’s Strangest Superpower – and Give It to Other Organisms
“Tiny tardigrades – also known as water bears and moss piglets – have many strange properties, including being able to withstand huge amounts of radiation, temperatures ranging from 150°C (302°F) to near absolute zero, and pressures six times greater than in the deepest ocean trenches…” (Science Alert)
Type 2 Diabetes Has Been “Reversed” in 40% of Patients for 3 Months
“Type 2 diabetes is generally considered to be a chronic health condition that can’t be cured once it develops, and can only be managed with a combination of medication and healthy living – assisted by gastric band (bariatric) surgery in some cases…” (Science Alert)
The Song of the Birds, 1935
An animated short by Dave Fleischer
“A destructive little boy with an air rifle shoots a baby bird and is mortified when the bird’s parents, and all the other birds, go into mourning.” (IMDB)