Sunday Reads: “Made in England” and Other Stamps of Approval

8m3GETVPcRkGood Afternoon

Did anyone catch the film Tales of Hoffmann last night? It was on TCM, and unfortunately it is not scheduled for broadcast again anytime soon. I missed it. And that is such a disappointment.

More on this film at the end of the post. The images you see are from that opera/ballet put on film in 1951 and 4K digitally restored by Martin Scorsese in a 2015 release that is being screened in limited engagements worldwide. (A few being in Austin, Nashville, San Francisco, and a couple of more cities in the US, as I said more on this later…)

First, let’s get some newsy links out of the way:

The numbers out of Nepal are shocking:

Nepal quake death toll becomes highest on record; dozens still missing | Reuters

The number of people killed in Nepal by two major earthquakes has surpassed 8,500, making the disaster the deadliest to hit the Himalayan country on record, as rescuers on Sunday searched for dozens of people still missing in remote villages.

A 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit Nepal on April 25, killing thousands and demolishing more than half a million homes, most of them in rural areas cut off from emergency medical care.

A second major quake struck on Tuesday 76 kilometers (47 miles) east of the capital Kathmandu, just as Nepalis were beginning to recover from the previous earthquake.

The death toll from the two quakes now stands at 8,583, the home ministry said on Sunday.

The previous deadliest earthquake to strike the country – in 1934 – killed at least 8,519 in Nepal, as well as thousands more in neighboring India.

Just last night another strong aftershock, if you want to call it that, struck Nepal. Makes you wonder if this is just the few before at big one, by that I mean even larger than the upper 7’s we have already seen.

460_originalTurning to US news: Duke professor: Blacks riot because they’re lazier than Asians and have ‘strange’ un-American names Will this shit ever stop:

A North Carolina professor said over the weekend that he was suspended after he was caught writing in the New York Times comment section that there was a link between the Baltimore riots and “strange” names that black people had instead of having traditional white names.

According to WTVD, Duke University Professor Jerry Hough responded to a New York Timeseditorial titled “How Racism Doomed Baltimore” by suggesting that the author’s attitude was what was “wrong” with the black community.

“[T]he blacks get symbolic recognition in an utterly incompetent mayor who handled this so badly from beginning to end that her resignation would be demanded if she were white,” he wrote. “The blacks get awful editorials like this that tell them to feel sorry for themselves.”

Hough noted that “the Asians” faced discrimination throughout U.S. history: “They didn’t feel sorry for themselves, but worked doubly hard.”

“I am a professor at Duke University,” he admitted. “Every Asian student has a very simple old American first name that symbolizes their desire for integration. Virtually every black has a strange new name that symbolizes their lack of desire for integration.”

Hough added that blacks made the problem worse by refusing to date white people.

“It was appropriate that a Chinese design won the competition for the Martin Luther King state,” he concluded. “King helped them overcome. The blacks followed Malcolm X.”

Oh brother….read the rest of what was said and the reaction at the link.

tales-of-hoffmann-the-1951-003-moira-shearer-dances-in-the-ballet-of-the-enchanted-dragonflyIn other news: Addicting Info – Elitist White Teabagger Pens An Article About What It’s Like To Be Black

Alan Caruba, contributing writer for the fringe right-wing Tea Party News Network, has some pretty impressive credentials. Founder of “The Center for Anxiety,” a conservative propaganda mill, Alan has spent his entire life on the quest for knowledge.

Not the kind of knowledge a contemporary student or scholar craves, mind you; Alan’s quest is for knowledge of how to be as ignorant as humanly possible.

At that he is a complete success. Caruba is a notorious science denier; for years he’s claimed that universities keep the myth alive for the benefit of…who knows who. He’s also a proponent of all things biblical, and he hates the LGBT community with a passion because he’s so much better than them.

The list goes on, straight down the lines of the fringe right.  Alan Caruba is a holier than thou myth junkie whose views are appreciated by knuckle-dragging nitwits across America.

It’s no wonder he writes for the number one publication of the Tea Party.

6a00e55290e7c4883301b7c748f65b970b-800wiYou ready for it? There are a lot of misleading and flat out wrong…go and take a look.

That should put you in the mood for…

Op/ed via NYT:  Housing Apartheid, American Style – NYTimes.com

and

A long read via HuffPo: 61 Years After Brown v. Board Of Education, Many Schools Remain Separate And Unequal

So as you take time to read those, let’s segue to a segment from John Oliver, on the current situation in US Education:

American students face a ridiculous amount of testing. John Oliver explains how standardized tests impact school funding, the achievement gap, how often kids are expected to throw up.

Well, what do you expect, after all that standardized testing…you go to college, right?

Then what happens?

The Tales of Hoffmann (1951) Balle-4Want a job before graduating college? Study technology, and be a man | www.ajc.com

Having a job in hand prior to commencement is a coveted security blanket, but not an easy one to land.

Still, some groups of college seniors and grad students have a better statistical chance of getting one before they enter the real world, according to a new survey.

Being a techie male puts you in the best position, says the annual Career Insight Survey from the career network AfterCollege.

Just 14 percent of college seniors have a job locked up before graduation this year, according to the findings, and only 13 percent of graduate students do.

But, among technology students, 28 percent have jobs in place. That’s far better than business students at 18 percent and life sciences students at 15 percent.

Meanwhile, 18 percent of men have a job being held for them compared to just 11 percent of women students.

“What’s particularly shocking this year is the clear discrepancy in job hunt success based on gender and area of study,” said Roberto Angulo, AfterCollege CEO.

This is particularly shocking?

Pffft….

More links…quick like:

The Right Baits the Left to Turn Against Hillary Clinton – NYTimes.com

I hope this Blue Bell situation gets settled soon, but it looks like it is not: Blue Bell Creameries lays off 1,450 employees due to listeria outbreak

Xmas gifts - The Tales of HoffmannCheck it out, gays get rights before women do in Ireland. Sorry, I am so happy for this but it still stings a bit…Ireland appears set to say ‘yes’ in gay marriage vote – Al Jazeera English

The same-sex marriage referendum has transformed Ireland before it’s even begun | Una Mullally | Comment is free | The Guardian

However here in the States, Cruz needs to shut the fuck up: Addicting Info – Ted Cruz: Gay Marriage Is The ‘Greatest Threat To Religion In American History’

I can tell him where he can stick his threat to Religion too…

There is an interesting story here: Daughters of Diaspora | Al Jazeera America

Shaped by the decisions their mothers made, two cousins grapple with assimilation in both the U.S. and France

f0a581c69a1a6393ca31694449607031RIP: Elisabeth Bing, ‘Mother of Lamaze,’ Dies at 100 – NYTimes.com

It seems this first is a long time coming: Juana Garcia, first female NY Water Taxi captain, takes helm – NY Daily News

As a call back to Emma Watson’s He for She Campaign: Salma Hayek Speaks Out on Hollywood’s Failures to Women

And while we are on the subject of Hollywood and women: Why Peggy Olson is the biggest badass on Mad Men

What is Mad Men really about? The series opens (“Smoke Gets in your Eyes”) with handsome, duplicitous, womanizing, alcoholic Donald Draper (or Dick Whitman) alone in a bar, observing patrons through smoke, seated exactly like the opaque window-jumper from the series credits.

However, the unique event which propels the first episode, and the brilliant series that follows, is Peggy Olson’s first day of employment at Sterling Cooper. And what a remarkable day it is. What begins with an awkward elevator ride with Ken Cosgrove (version 1.0), leads Peggy to personal and professional life lessons from Joan Holloway (later Harris), who sends her to a condescending, slut-shaming (and probably ex-lover) gynecologist where she scores her first birth control prescription. From there, we witness a terse Don Draper rebuff Peggy in a cringeworthy exchange, and watch her momentous day end as she guides drunk vulture Pete Campbell into her apartment for a one-night stand.

If you ever want to read a good analyses of Mad Men and the relationship of costumes to characters, go to TLo:

Mad Style | Tom & Lorenzo Fabulous & Opinionated

You will not be sorry….take a look at how they described the last time we saw Peggy, which touches on that first episode of Mad Men:

Cue the rockstar entrance:

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Everyone out of my way. It’s my first day on my new job.

No perfectly put-together and professional suits here. She went for a sassy little dress (complete with a row of Pussy Power buttons) instead because Roger Sterling gave her permission to stop worrying about what others think of her. And of course, it’s got her signature power color, that mustard yellow, which has been a consistent motif for her going all the way back to Day One of her career:

 

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Kick ass, Peggy. Kick ass.

And as Peggy navigates the tight hallways of McCann Erickson and embraces her future …

 

Mad-Men-Season-7-Episode-12-Mad-Style-Costumes-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (33)Don’s in as wide open a space as possible, with no idea of what is future’s going to be. We noted before that each final shot of this season has Don stationary, while the camera moves away from him, but this time he’s moving away from the camera himself. It feels less like things are being stripped away from him and more like he’s deliberately running away.

 

Seriously, their work on these Mad Style reviews is excellent. I think I will miss it just about as much as the show itself…which airs the final episode tonight.

Okay, more quick links, on Cuba:

12TALESJP-articleLargeCuba a wonderful, eye-opening experience – LA Times

Travel to Cuba – Los Angeles Times

[Postcard] | Kid Chocolate’s Place, by Jason Novak | Harper’s Magazine

On England:

Visitors enjoy Canterbury cathedral’s celebrated stained glass at ground level | Culture | The Guardian

Ben Latham-Jones acquires Ealing Studios Entertainment | Deadline

Ben Latham-Jones has fully acquired Ealing Studios Entertainment, the production entity of the iconic London-based studio, it was announced today. Latham-Jones, a former creative director for Fox, will take over the role of head of studio from Barnaby Thompson, who will now segue into focusing on directing. Thompson will retain his shares in Ealing Studios Operations, which runs the stages and facilities side of the business, alongside partners Harry Handelsman and Uri Fruchtmann.

19Latham-Jones hopes to turn Ealing into a hub of British filmmaking excellence, recalling its heyday under legendary exec Michael Balcon, who was responsible for classics including The Ladykillers and Kind Hearts and Coronets

Which brings me full circle back to the film The Tales of Hoffmann…

The Tales of Hoffmann review – Powell and Pressburger’s other magic ballet film | Film | The Guardian

“Made in England” is how Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger finally stamped their unworldly, otherworldly Tales of Hoffmann from 1951, an adaptation of the Jacques Offenbach opera, which is now on rerelease. It actually negated English and British cinema’s reputation for stolid realism. This is a hothouse flower of pure orchidaceous strangeness, enclosed in the studio’s artificial universe, fusing cinema, opera and ballet. It is sensual, macabre, dreamlike and enigmatic: like Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. In his autobiography, Powell recalls talking to a United Lead Michael Powell Emeric Pressburger Tales of Hoffmann 4K Restoration HD still 15Artists executive after the New York premiere, who said to him, wonderingly: “Micky, I wish it were possible to make films like that … ” A revealing choice of words. It was as if what this executive thought he had seen was some kind of miraculous film that he still did not believe was “possible” in any sense. Robert Rounseville is the famous poet Hoffmann, in love with a dancer, played by Moira Shearer. Hoffmann regales tavern drinkers with tales of his three former loves: Olympia, Giulietta and Antonia – an automaton, a courtesan and an invalid, three different manifestations of love’s dangerous, seductive power. In each case Robert Helpmann plays the dark nemesis figure, with his extraordinary, skull-like face. You might compare this to the 1948 Powell and Pressburger film The Red Shoes, though in many ways it is even more hallucinatory.

‘The Tales of Hoffmann,’ Newly Restored, Opens at Film Forum – NYTimes.com

Admirers and detractors of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s film “The Tales of Hoffmann,” from Offenbach’s opera, are equally vociferous. The newly restored edition, playing at Film Forum Friday through next Thursday, reminds us why. This 1951 film belongs to a bewildering number of categories. It’s lip-sync opera, multilayered meta-theater (indeed, a dizzyingly baroque exercise in overt artifice), kitsch extravaganza of luridly colored design (by Hein Heckroth) and keenly musical ballet.

6a00e55290e7c4883301b8d0d253ce970c-800wiAnd what’s more, it’s an over-the-top example of 1950s neo-Romanticism tipping over into surrealism; it’s not merely Anglophone but terminally English (the ostentatious quaintness of several accents is its most dated feature); it’s steeped in ideas from Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes (the femme fatale entrancing the hero, the dolls whose poignancy and vivacity raise questions about reality); and it’s an audacious essay in film fantasy, sui generis in its inventions and its splicing of different arts.

I think the next sentence best describes this film:

I love it except when I don’t. It’s crazy, twee, camp, exhilarating, trite, bold.

“Tales of Hoffmann” followed the success of Powell and Pressburger’s “The Red Shoes,” and again its dance heroine is Moira Shearer. Though “Hoffmann” doesn’t have the obsessive fervor of “The Red Shoes,” it’s a much better demonstration of Shearer’s dancing. (She was often the first to say so.) She’s again teamed with the dance-mime stars Léonide Massine and Robert Helpmann; we also see again the ballerina Ludmilla Tcherina.

talesofhoffmannstella_vd_188x141_121820081113Watching it again after many years, I’m startled to see just how pervaded by dance and choreography it is. Sometimes in small, scarcely dance moments, it captures the alchemy of movement meeting music better than anything in “Red Shoes.” No wonder: The choreographer is Frederick Ashton, one of the most tellingly musical choreographers of all time, and the conductor is Thomas Beecham, experienced in working with dance since the Diaghilev Ballets Russes, and with long experience with this opera. (His rhythmic élan is a source of life from the very opening bars.) Ashton also gives the film’s best performances, though only in supporting roles.

Best to read the rest of the review at the link.

Other reviews of the film here, if you have access:

h10Classic film of the week: The Tales of Hoffmann (1951) | The Times

Three Lovers Lost: On ‘The Tales of Hoffmann’ – WSJ

Review: 1951’s ‘The Tales of Hoffmann’ is a triumph of cinematic art – LA Times

Opera Fresh: Classic “Tales Of Hoffmann” Film Gets New Life With 4K Restoration

moviemorlocks.com – NYFF: The Tales of Hoffmann (1951)

Video clips here: Videos for The Tales of Hoffmann

There are three at that link.

And….the trailer:

But what I want to really share, is the significance of the film….

h11Schoonmaker, Scorsese on Powell and Pressburger’s ‘Tales of Hoffmann’ | Variety

This week, Camerimage film festival presents a retrospective of the films of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. Last month at the Lumière Festival, Thelma Schoonmaker, the three-time Oscar winning editor and Powell’s widow, spoke about “The Tales of Hoffmann,” Powell and Pressburger’s 1951 adaptation of Jacques Offenbach’s opera, which is one of the films screening at Camerimage.

Martin Scorsese has influenced generations of new filmmakers. But who and what films influenced Scorsese? One front-runner: “The Tales of Hoffmann,” Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s 1951 adaptation of Jacques Offenbach’s opera, which liberated the duo from the constraints of early 1950s’ sound cinema.

In a video presentation made for and screened at the Lyon Lumière Festival in October, Scorsese admitted that he became “rather obsessed” by the movie.

hoffmann1That could be an understatement. Attending Lyon, Thelma Schoonmaker, Scorsese’s three-time Oscar winning editor and Powell’s widow, took a captivated audience through the film, shot in only 17 days, its singularity and huge impact on not only Scorsese but also George Romero. Cecil B. DeMille was another large admirer. Bertrand Tavernier pointed to “Blade Runner” as just one movie that channeled “Tales.”

It is fascinating.  Read more…at the link.

Another look here:

An even more enchanting ‘Tales of Hoffmann’ after restoration – LA Times

Martin Scorsese said it was a big influence on his films “Taxi Driver” and “Raging Bull.” George Romero, director of the seminal zombie thriller “Night of the Living Dead,” said it was the reason he became a filmmaker.

the-tales-of-hoffmann-4-600x437The “it” in question is Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s Technicolor masterpiece “The Tales of Hoffmann,” which has entranced and influenced filmmakers since its release in 1951.

“Ten Commandments” director Cecil B. DeMille wrote the British filmmakers in 1952, telling Powell and Pressburger: “For the first time in my life I was treated to Grand Opera where the beauty, power and scope of the music was equally matched by the visual presentation.”

[…]

” ‘Tales of Hoffmann’ was a daring and bold thing to try,” said Margaret Bodde, executive director of the Film Foundation, which Scorsese began 25 years ago to preserve and restore motion pictures. “The film is like an experimental film. If you read the description of the production, you wouldn’t have imagined it would have come out as well. It holds your interest in a way that you wouldn’t imagine a film like this would. ”

Now, 64 years after its initial release, “Tales of Hoffmann” has been digitally restored by the Film Foundation and the BFI National Archive in association with Studiocanal. Scorsese, Schoonmaker and Ned Price, vice president of mastering for Warner Bros. technical operations, supervised the restoration work, which was completed by Warner Bros. Motion Picture Imaging.

This restoration, which opens Friday for a weeklong run at Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theatre in Los Angeles, brings out all the detail in Hein Heckroth’s lush production and costume design and Christopher Challis’ vivid Technicolor cinematography. The new version also includes six minutes of footage that was cut before its original release, as well as an epilogue.

tales-of-hoffmann-the-1951-007-robert-helpmann-ludmilla-tcherina-in-act-iiThe original 35-millimeter Technicolor three-strip nitrate camera negative and 35-millimeter original soundtrack negative from the British Film Institute vaults were used for the restoration. The material for the added footage was also discovered at BFI.

Those involved with the Film Foundation Technicolor restorations of Powell-Pressburger’s “The Red Shoes” and “The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp” from 1943 had to contend with mold on the original negatives. But that wasn’t the case with “Tales of Hoffmann.”

“It was in quite good condition,” Price said. “We dealt with the normal shrinkage, which is inevitable with film. Over time, they lose moisture. They shrink and they warp differently. But we aligned the three strips, and they matched perfectly.”

Schoonmaker, who also supervised the restoration of “Red Shoes” and “Blimp,” said the team was “very lucky that we could concentrate on the color and the detail instead of having to spend a lot of money on cracks and mold and dirt.”

Hoffmann3For years, fans of the film have talked about missing footage, Schoonmaker said.

“Scorsese and I didn’t know what that was,” she said. “Finally, when we started getting all the elements together, the woman at the British Film Institute scoured the vaults and found the missing six minutes.”

Read more about the restored footage…

You can still catch this film on the big screen.

Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger – Pure Genius

Look on that page for scheduled screenings of this film and other Powell and Pressburger films.

m3005Events & Excursions– Portland, San Diego, Berkley…Albuquerque…Austin, go and check it out.

It is exciting because The Tales of Hoffmann is being shown in Nashville May 29th through June 4th…hopefully I can get up there to see it with my mom and Bebe…anyway, just be sure to see if you are lucky enough to be near a screening.

Well, this is a long thread for sure. Thanks to Boston Boomer who wrote all the threads this week, you sure are a hell of a trooper, super woman.

This is an open thread…yeah.


22 Comments on “Sunday Reads: “Made in England” and Other Stamps of Approval”

  1. Beata says:

    Thank you for this post, JJ. I always enjoy it when you write about dance. I watched both “The Red Shoes” and “Tales of Hoffmann” on TCM last night. “Tales of Hoffmann” is an amazing film; there is really no other film quite like it. It’s crazy, dreamlike, surreal, and all the other adjectives mentioned in your post.

    I hope you get to see the restored version. Please give us a write-up about it if you can.

  2. ANonOMouse says:

    “Ted Cruz: Gay Marriage Is The ‘Greatest Threat To Religion In American History’”

    Hey, we’ve been blamed for everything in the past few weeks. Earthquakes, droughts, train derailments, now we’re going to destroy his religion? I wish I had the power to take out religion, I’d swing the bat in the blink of an eye if I had it.

  3. ANonOMouse says:

    And Big Gulp trips over the same question that Jeb Bush tripped over last week. You gotta love the riders in the GOP Clown Car.

    • Beata says:

      “And the wheels on the Clown Car go round and round, round and round, round and round…”

      I already suffer from vertigo. That interview was painful to listen to.

      • bostonboomer says:

        What a dipshit. It wasn’t a mistake because there was mistaken intelligence? That’s a mistake. Rubio is a moron.

  4. NW Luna says:

    “What’s particularly shocking this year is the clear discrepancy in job hunt success based on gender and area of study,”

    Sigh. So somebody finally woke up to this fact? I agree, JJ, pfft. I suppose it’s a tiny advance, though.

  5. RalphB says:

    WSJ link is behind the paywall but because it’s the WSJ you can be sure these will be the least controversial donors possible. Guess it’s a start but hey, let’s have another Clinton speech story.

    PoliticalWire: Bush Donor Network Springs to Life

    The Wall Street Journal “identified 326 donors who hosted fundraisers this year for Mr. Bush’s super PAC, based on invitations and news reports compiled by the Sunlight Foundation, a nonpartisan government watchdog.”

    “One in five were either members of the ‘Team 100,’ those who raised at least $100,000 for the Republican National Committee during George H.W. Bush’s 1988 presidential campaign—or ‘Pioneers’ or ‘Rangers,’ who collected at least $100,000 or $200,000 for George W. Bush’s national campaigns.”

    “Nearly a quarter worked in at least one of the Bush White Houses or received a presidential appointment; 24 were tapped by Mr. Bush’s father or brother to serve as ambassadors; 46 worked in Mr. Bush’s administration in Florida or were appointed to advisory boards. A number of donors belong to more than one of these categories.”

  6. bostonboomer says:

    Texas news:

    Sunday Biker Gang Shooting Leaves Nine Dead, 16 Injured.

    WACO: (May 17, 2015) Three rival motorcycle gangs turned a local restaurant into a shooting gallery Sunday afternoon and when the gunfire was over, nine people were dead and 17 were injured..

    Waco police Sunday afternoon, assisted by Department of Public Safety troopers, police officers from several cities and deputies from the McLennan County Sheriff’s Office were surrounding the Twin Peaks Restaurant, in the Central Texas Market Place after several people were reported shot during a rival motorcycle gang fight, Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said.

    Police and troopers were in the parking lot trying to secure the area and protect citizens when a fight broke out inside the restaurant and spilled into the parking lot.

    Swanton said the fight quickly escalated from fists and feet to chains, clubs and knives, then to gunfire.

    Gang members were shooting at each other and officers at the scene fired their weapons, as well, Swanton said.

    With video.

    • ANonOMouse says:

      That’s wild. Isn’t TX the State where politicians are accusing Obama of preparing to send in Troops and erecting FEMA camps? Sounds like they could use some help from the Armed Forces.

    • Fannie says:

      Oh hell yeah, the chief of police in Waco, said they had it contained, because they knew this was going to happen. What the fuck is that what they call containment, 9 dead, and many injured?

      Then this morning, Texas legislators are passing an expanded gun bill. Oh hell, yeah, every Texas will be allow to turn their homes into a command center, and to hell with Obama’s plan to take military vehicles away. Every Texan can buy a vehicle, and use that to for their command center.

      Somebody better fence them Texans in.

  7. bostonboomer says:

    From Massachusetts, lessons on gay marriage — and divorce

    BOSTON — Same-sex marriage is so last decade in Massachusetts. These days, the earliest pioneers in gay and lesbian matrimony are demonstrating how to raise kids, retire — even divorce.

    As the Supreme Court wrestles with what its chief justice last month labeled a redefinition of marriage, the couples who successfully challenged the Bay State’s ban on gay marriage in 2003 are juggling work and retirement, raising kids who turn down Ivy League colleges and holding joyful family reunions.

    Their “family,” in this case, includes the 14 original plaintiffs in Goodridge v. Department of Public Health and their children — a generation that, according to opponents of same-sex marriage, is bound to suffer from the absence of biological, two-parent, opposite-sex households.

  8. bostonboomer says:

    CNN: Obama will restrict grenade launchers, military equipment from local police.

    Washington (CNN)The Obama administration plans to prohibit federal agencies from providing to local cops certain kinds of military equipment such as grenade launchers, high-caliber weapons and bayonets, in the wake of controversy over a “militarized” police response to unrest last summer in Ferguson, Missouri.

    The new prohibitions are part of an executive order President Barack Obama issued for federal agencies to review the types of equipment they provide to local and state police.

    Obama plans to travel Monday to Camden, N.J., to highlight crime reduction and community policing tactics that the administration hopes can be a model around the country. A spate of officer-involved shootings and the deaths of African-Americans in confrontations with police has made policing an issue the administration is forced to grapple with.

    • NW Luna says:

      WTF? Local cops have grenade launchers? So this is what our country has come to.

      • Fannie says:

        All the officers are saying they need them since so many people in this country have guns, and AK 47’s. Wonder where they were when our President was trying to past laws to curb guns, not take them away but curb them.. Most of the officers belong to NRA, and support that organization to the tilt.

        How many NRA members headed to Bundy’s in Nevada, and whipped out their weapons, and no body stopped them.

    • Fannie says:

      You should see the command centers they drive all over this state. Big ass black and white “Idaho Command Centers”.

  9. NW Luna says:

    Fossil fuels subsidised by $10M every minute, says IMF

    Fossil fuel companies are benefitting from global subsidies of $5.3tn (£3.4tn) a year, equivalent to $10m every minute of every day, according to a startling new estimate by the International Monetary Fund.

    The IMF calls the revelation “shocking” and says the figure is an “extremely robust” estimate of the true cost of fossil fuels. The $5.3tn subsidy estimated for 2015 is greater than the total health spending of all the world’s governments.

    The vast sum is largely due to polluters not paying the costs imposed on governments by the burning of coal, oil and gas. These include the harm caused to local populations by air pollution as well as to people across the globe affected by the floods, droughts and storms being driven by climate change.

    Lord Nicholas Stern, an eminent climate economist at the London School of Economics, said: “This very important analysis shatters the myth that fossil fuels are cheap by showing just how huge their real costs are. There is no justification for these enormous subsidies for fossil fuels, which distort markets and damages economies, particularly in poorer countries.

    • RalphB says:

      That was plain shocking to me. Corporate welfare on that scale is insane!

      • NW Luna says:

        Yeah. And if the IMF says it’s “shocking”, it’s got to be a lot worse than they are letting on. Filthy leeches.