Little Lulu: Bargain Counter Attack, an animated short by I. Sparber, 1946

Little Lulu: Bargain Counter Attack, an animated short by I. Sparber, 1946

Little Lulu: Bargain Counter Attack, 1946

An animated short by I. Sparber

“Lulu goes to a department store to exchange her doll for something else. While looking for a new item Lulu manages to terrorize the section manager, ski down the escalators, and cause a Noahic flood in the store.” (IMDB)

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Little Lulu: Cad and Caddy, an animated short by Famous Studios, 1947

Little Lulu: Cad and Caddy, an animated short by Famous Studios, 1947

Little Lulu: Cad and Caddy, 1947

An animated short by Izzy Sparber (as I. Sparber)

“Lulu plans her revenge against a distressed golfer who refuses to give her a lollipop after he promised her one for caddying for him.” (IMDB)

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Running Would Have Broken an Adult Tyrannosaurus Rex’s Legs
“Jurassic Park’s most iconic scenes should have run a little slower, based on new research suggesting our favourite dinosaur, Tyrannosaurus rex, couldn’t manage more than a walk…” (Science Alert)

Scientists Have Reversed Brain Damage in a 2-Year-Old Girl Who Drowned in a Swimming Pool
“Researchers in the US have reported what they believe is a first-of-its-kind reversal of brain damage, after treating a drowned and resuscitated toddler with a combination of oxygen therapies…” (Science Alert)

At Southeast Side vigil for slain 10-year-old, frustration and tears
“The gathering for 10-year-old Gustavo Garcia started as vigils for slain children often do: with a prayer, a plea to “Our Father” for a spirit of unity, and hushed “Amens” from huddled mourners…” (Chicago Tribune)

‘It’s an insane process’: How Trump and Republicans failed on their health care bill
“Vice President Mike Pence arrived at the National Governors Association summer meeting with one mission: to revive support for the flagging GOP plan to rewrite the nation’s health care laws…” (Chicago Tribune)

Venezuelan bishops call for an end to the “inhuman repression”
“Venezuelan bishops called for an end to the “inhuman repression”, urged the government of Nicolas Maduro to hold elections and to dismantle and censure pro-regime civilian armed groups and also addressed the armed forces recalling they must serve the people, not a regime…” (Today Venezuela)

Venezuelans Vote On Sunday As Last Chance To Stop Power Grab by Maduro
“Venezuelans head to the polls Sunday, July 16, in a tense vote that the opposition hopes will mark a watershed — and the government insists means nothing at all…”
(Today Venezuela)

Egypt police trap and kill top militants
“Egyptian police have killed three top ISIS militants in two separate operations, including two caught trying to move to a new hideout on Cairo’s outskirts, the government said Tuesday…” (El Arabiya)

Erdogan to visit Saudi Arabia and Qatar amid Gulf crisis
“Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will this month visit Saudi Arabia and Qatar, which are locked in a deep diplomatic crisis, his office announced Tuesday…” (El Arabiya)

Divisions exposed over £66bn Brexit divorce bill
“Divisions over the UK’s Brexit divorce bill were laid bare on Tuesday as British negotiators pushed back against a mooted €75bn (£66bn) Brexit charge-sheet…” (The Guardian)

Grenfell Tower residents in uproar over failure to distribute donations
“Angry questions were raised at a public meeting on Tuesday over the £20m raised by charities and individual fundraisers for the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire, with residents demanding to know why so little money had been disbursed to affected residents…”
(The Guardian)

Jailed Cameroon journalist named winner of top press freedom prize“Radio France International’s Hausa service journalist Ahmed Abba who was sentenced to 10 years in prison this year by a Cameroon military tribunal has been named the 2017 International Press Freedom Award recipient…” (Africa News)

Kenya elections one of the most expensive in the world
“Kenya is feeling the strain of funding possibly the second most expensive election in the world in the face of falling revenues, public sector wage pressures and emergency spending following a prolonged drought, the country’s Daily Nation reports…”
(Africa News)

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In Memory of George Romero: Watch The Night of the Living Dead

Night of the Living Dead

The Night of the Living Dead, 1968
A film by George A. Romero

Beloved motion picture director George A. Romero passed away today. In tribute to his creative contributions, please enjoy the film that started the zombie craze, and revolutionized the horror genre.

An iconic horror film exploring a classic topic of horror, the dead rising from the grave to feast upon the living, this cult hit ushered in the modern zombie film, while exploring powerful political and cultural issues, like racism, fear of the unknown, and heroism, in 1960s America.

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Sobaka, a film by Nicholas Mah, 2008

Sobaka, 2008

Sobaka, 2008

A film by Nicholas Mah

“SOBAKA is the thrilling story of a lonely Russian immigrant trying to find the “American dream” in present day Los Angeles. To provide care for his dying sister he works as an assistant to a mysterious and dangerous man, but his desire to achieve something more takes him down a dark and risky path. When a seductive call girl enters his life his world is thrown upside down and the choices he makes may have deadly consequences.” (

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Slashed Dreams (aka Sunburst), a film by James Polakof, 1975

Slashed Dreams (aka Sunburst), a film by James Polakof, 1975

Slashed Dreams, (aka Sunburst), 1975

A film by James Polakof

In this disturbing thriller by James Polakof, “a couple vacationing in the woods is stalked by two rapists.”(IMDB) Starring Peter Hooten, Kathrine Baumann, Ric Carrott

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Rep. Brad Sherman introduces articles of impeachment against Trump
“Los Angeles-area Rep. Brad Sherman has introduced articles of impeachment against President Trump, making good on a promise to move the process forward…”
(Los Angeles Times)

Net neutrality supporters say online rally is just the start of the fight to keep tough FCC rules
“Some of the Web’s biggest names — Amazon, Google, Netflix and Twitter — joined thousands of smaller websites Wednesday in urging users to tell Washington to leave the Internet the way it is…” (Los Angeles Times)

Army thwarted by citizens’ confrontation
“One of the founders of Michoacán’s self-defense movement surfaced yesterday, calling on local citizens to defend themselves against what he called a siege by the Army…”
(Mexico News Daily)

Garbage is piling up as dispute continues
“A highway blockade in Oaxaca that has halted garbage pickup in the city for eight days was lifted last night but only briefly after negotiations failed to produce an accord…”
(Mexico News Daily)

Three Yazidi women freed, 20 others rescued in Mosul
Mosul ( Three Yazidi women, detained by Islamic State, were freed, while other women were found by Tigris River in western Mosul…” (Iraqi News)

China offers Iraq CNY80 mn for reconstruction efforts
“Baghdad ( China is supporting Iraq’s effort to reconstruct cities recaptured from the Islamic State with 80 million Yuans, Beijing’s ambassador to Baghdad declared Wednesday…” (Iraqi News)

The European Motor Sputters to Life
“Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Emmanuel Macron hope to reinvigorate the Franco-German partnership. Yet even as military cooperation moves forward, the two countries are still far apart on eurozone reforms…” (Spiegel Online)

Was the G-20 Summit Really Worth It?“The Hamburg summit is over. Overshadowed by the violence on the streets outside, Angela Merkel and the rest of the G-20 leaders managed to find mini-compromises on major issues. But the question remains: Was it worth it?…” (Spiegel Online)

PM orders inquiry into intimidation of MPs during general election
“Theresa May has ordered an investigation into intimidation experienced by candidates during the last election after a barrage of complaints by MPs about death threats and harassment…” (The Guardian)

New way of reading scans can predict heart attack risk, research finds
“Heart attacks may soon be easier to predict thanks to a method of reading routine heart scans that can pinpoint those most at risk, research suggests…” (The Guardian)

Anti-smog campaign continues in north
“China launched its largest operation to control air pollution in northern regions on Wednesday, using more than 5,600 inspectors to push the areas to meet ambitious pollution reduction targets this year…” (China Daily)

Ozone could turn cities into no-go zones
“The invisible pollutant is rapidly becoming a main cause for concern in many areas of China, as Zheng Jinran reports…” (China Daily)


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