Sunday Reads: Soylent Green in 2022

Good morning.

Did you all realize that Soylent Green is supposed to take place in 2022?

Please click on the link below to see the opening montage.

Soylent Green (1973) — (Movie Clip) Opening, The Year 2022

I never knew that this film was set in 2022. I always seem to come into it after the opening sequence…but watching it yesterday, I saw the movie from the very beginning. This is amazing. Check it out…NYC…no visual of the Twin Towers…folks are wearing masks.

As the movie  starts, they talk about 20 million people out of work, homeless people live in their cars and in the hallways, and riots…yeah, even riots in the streets for food!

Please if you have a chance, watch this movie again with a new perspective, it is as if the film is set in a Trumptopia 2022.

I’m telling you, if tRump is re-elected, strawberry jam is going to cost a fortune, women will become “furniture” and people will stand in line for green crackers. Remember, Soylent Green is people!

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Wednesday Reads: Explosion

For the latest updates on Beirut:

https://www.instagram.com/p/CDfAoEcAwQU/?igshid=1wdhcmzpaeefu

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Pulitzer Prize winning photographer @lorenzotug is on the ground for The Post in Beirut, Lebanon and took these photographs following massive explosions that shook the city on Tuesday, injuring and killing hundreds of people. The cause of the early-evening blasts was not immediately clear, but senior officials said it appeared that flammable materials stored in a warehouse had caught fire. One thing that was clear is that crisis-stricken Lebanon, in the throes of a major economic collapse and battling rising numbers of coronavirus infections, is in little position to cope with another disaster, especially on this scale. At least two hospitals were badly damaged in the explosions, and TV footage showed staff evacuating patients to alternative hospitals that were themselves swamped — in the dark, because the city had no electricity. Read our coverage by clicking the link in our bio.

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And, by the way…

Dealing with tRump:

Other bits of news:

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A lot of schools reopened this week and go figure but the pictures seem to show few wearing masks or social distancing. Now it’s just a matter of time until a spike in cases. • #keepschoolssafe #keepschoolsclosed #distancelearning #onlinelearning #virtuallearning #coronavirus #covid19 #publicschool #teachers #teachersofinstagram #guineapigs #wordproblems #lessonplan #school #freelanceartist #digitalart

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On Wednesday, teachers in Georgia’s largest school district returned to elementary, middle and high school campuses to start in-person planning for the fall semester. By the next day, 260 district employees had been barred from entering their schools, either because they tested positive for the coronavirus or had been directly exposed to someone who had. The outbreak has complicated the return to school in Gwinnett County, which this week had the highest number of new coronavirus cases in the state. Across the nation, school districts have been struggling to find the safest, most effective way to return to class this fall. But spiking coronavirus case rates, particularly in the Midwest and South, where outbreaks have been growing rapidly in recent weeks, have complicated the reopening process. States and individual districts have adopted a patchwork of policies governing how schools should shut down when outbreaks spread through classrooms. Georgia has left control over closures up to school districts. Read more by clicking the link in our bio.

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Playtime for clouded leopard cubs Jilian and Paitoon! Toys that dangle, swing and roll are all the rage with these cool cats, which are well-adapted to arboreal life in the forests of Thailand, Nepal, Bangladesh, India, Indonesia and China. This entertaining enrichment serves to sharpen the cubs’ hunting skills, motivate them to explore their habitat, encourage problem solving and offer them choices in how to spend their time. . . . These items are built to be hearty, but over time they wear down after so many teeth and claw marks. You can help replenish some of the cubs’ worn-but-well-loved toys by making a donation to the Enrichment Trunk: https://s.si.edu/3kbeStB. (Link in bio.) On behalf of the cubs, thank you for your generosity! . . . #InternationalCloudedLeopardDay

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Here is something to check out, on the political cartoon front:

Follow that thread.

A few thoughts on the Swan interview:

This thread is spot on…

Be sure to read that thread in full.

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Six years ago today we had a twinkle in our eyes that, well watered with gin and due fucking care and attention, became the Profanity Embroidery Group! Been a bit of a shitty year for a pub-meeting responsible-drinking (ahem) over-huggy very sweary embroidery group – but we are slowly finding our fucking feet again. All being well, might be worth tuning in to You & Yours on Radio 4 tomorrow (Thursday 6th Aug). Might not of course, but that’s up to you – and whatever other shit the world throws up that would be more important than talking sweary sewing HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US!!!!! and here for good measure, is the @rinadraws cartoon which began it all. Fuck the World. . . #pegwhitstable #itsprofanedontcomplain #profanityembroiderygroup #profanityembroidery #sewing #welovefuckingswearing #whitstable #embroiderytherapy #embroideryart #artist #textile #textileart #textileartist #textiletherapy #fuckit #fuckyou #fucktheworld #pissed #gin #mrswinchester #embrioderyandshit

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tRump is a disgusting piece of shit.

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If 2020 was an Avocado…

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Sunday Reads: The de Havilland Law

On July 26, we lost one of the last remaining connections to the “Golden” era of Hollywood.

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We at TCM are saddened to hear that beloved film icon and one of the last remaining stars of the Golden Age of Hollywood, Olivia de Havilland, has passed away. The two-time Oscar winner leaves behind a staggering and versatile body of work, but her greatest contribution came in court against Warner Brothers, setting a template for labor rights in Hollywood. She won a landmark decision that gave artists creative independence from studios and became known as "De Havilland Law." TCM host Robert Osborne and de Havilland were dear friends. The two spoke over the phone every Sunday for 40 years. He once shared a story with us about a conversation de Havilland had with frequent co-star Errol Flynn. Flynn asked her what she wanted most out of life. She said, "I would like respect for difficult work well done."

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Today, we say goodbye to one of the last leading ladies of the Golden Age of Hollywood. Olivia de Havilland not only leaves behind a versatile body of work but was a champion for labor rights. We are grateful for her on-screen performances and for being a trailblazer off-screen.‬

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Most of the tributes related to Olivia de Havilland obviously mention her role in GWTW, but she had a greater contribution to Hollywood in the form of the de Havilland Law. She sued Warner Brothers and won, allowing Olivia to become a free agent during a time when studios held actors to the contract system.

Read about it here:

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Rest in peace, Olivia de Havilland. The actress who was best known for her role in the 1939 film “Gone with the Wind” passed away this weekend at the age of 104 (Photo: circa 1940).

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If that link up top did not work, here is the TCM Remembers:

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Goodnight to the peerless Olivia de Havilland, who has passed away at the age of 104. Alongside her many indelible contributions in Hollywood, de Havilland's Oscar-winning turn in THE HEIRESS (1949) remains a beautifully devastating, astonishing performance to behold. ❤️

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The Heiress is one of my favorite movies…you can catch it on TCM this August 23rd:

For a full schedule click this link here:

A different star every day, all month. August 1-31

#SummerUnderTheStars

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Heartbreaking to announce that Olivia de Havilland has passed away 💔 Her career spanned more than 50 years and earned her two Academy Awards for Best Actress. In 1943, she took Warner Brothers to court because they added time to her original contract as a penalty for turning down roles. The Supreme Court ruled in her favour and this became known as the De Havilland Law, which loosened the grip studios had on their actors. She was a phenomenal actress and one of my absolute favorites of all time 💔 🌹(July 1, 1916 – July 25, 2020)🌹 – #OliviadeHavilland #OliviadeHavillandOHArg #OldHollywood #ClassicHollywood #Classic #Vintage #Icon #Iconic #1940s #40s #Film #Cinema #Hollywood #Glamour #Fashion #GoldenAge

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Olivia de Havilland was the last of an unprecedented and unmatched period of Hollywood star-making. Rest in peace, legend. #oliviadehavilland

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Olivia de Havilland as a suffragette in the comedy THE STRAWBERRY BLONDE ('41) opposite Rita Hayworth.

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Olivia de Havilland, a two-time Oscar winner and costar of "Gone With the Wind," died Sunday at the age of 104. In her 2005 Proust Questionnaire, the Hollywood icon told V.F.: "I would prefer to live forever in perfect health, but if I must at some time leave this life I would like to do so ensconced on a chaise longue, perfumed, wearing a velvet robe and pearl earrings, with a flute of champagne beside me and having just discovered the answer to the last problem in a British cryptic crossword." Read more at the link in bio. 📸: @gettyimages/@annieleibovitz

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On August 23rd, TCM will celebrate the life and career of Olivia de Havilland with a 24-hour tribute to the legendary actress and champion for labor rights: THE MALE ANIMAL ('42) at 6am ET PRINCESS O'ROURKE ('43) at 8am ET LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA ('62) at 10am ET IN THIS OUR LIFE ('42) at 12pm ET CAPTAIN BLOOD ('35) at 1:45pm ET DODGE CITY ('39) at 4pm ET THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD ('38) at 6pm ET GONE WITH THE WIND ('39) at 8pm ET THE HEIRESS ('49) at 12am ET TO EACH HIS OWN ('46) at 2:15am ET HARD TO GET ('38) at 4:30am ET

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BBC and ITV news headlines from Sunday evening pay tribute to Dame Olivia . . . . . #OliviadeHavilland #bbc #itv #news #gonewiththewind #theheiress #vivienleigh #errolflynn #bettedavis #cinema #hollywood

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What a woman…

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Sunday Reads: This is America

This is Portland.

This is America.

That image was found in a tweet from:

I will add a few threads that you must take some time with today:

Follow @pdxzane for updates in Portland…reporter for the Portland Tribune.

Here are a few tweets, but I suggest you go to the link above and scroll through the feed.

Another thread from Portland…

And another:

Meanwhile:

I want to end this with Quinn Cummings…take the time to read this thread.

Please continue that thread at the link above…

Good morning, take care today…


Wednesday Reads: Bear with me.

Jusepe de Ribera, Mary Magdalene in meditation, 1623

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Mary Magdalene with a night light, 1635 Georges de la Tour (1593-1652)

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Today is the feast day of Mary Magdalene…Patron Saint of Women.

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Various Medieval Mary Magdalene… I always thought of her as a perceived primordial goddess being… with her depiction of hair as an overwhelming quality to her nature. A wildness…With this respected display she develops a naturalized appearance compared to the idealized human forms drawn during the same time. She is more three dimensional instead for the two dimension flat Medieval expression. She is part of nature and more real and alive. #orderofthedove #templeofmary #marymagdalene

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More Mary Magdalene… #orderofthedove #templeofmary #walkingwithmary

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Moving on…

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Photo by @joshirwandi The body of a suspected COVID-19 victim lies in an Indonesian hospital. After the patient died, nurses wrapped the body in layers of plastic and applied disinfectant to help prevent the spread of the virus. I took this photograph to raise awareness of the danger of coronavirus, to appreciate the work of the medical staff in Indonesia and around the world who risk their lives to save ours, and to remember that we must remain steadfast and united in the face of this pandemic of our lifetime. This image was published in Nat Geo’s August cover story on how past pandemics have left their mark. This work was created with the National Geographic Society COVID-19 Emergency Fund and @forhannafoundation Young Talent Grant. Click the link in bio to read more about the image. To see more of my work follow @joshirwandi.

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The connection between images of wrapped bodies is purposeful…it was like a bomb in my head last night.

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They’re called tyranny pads, Trevor. #goonsquad #thedailydon

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Literal devil. I am now registered to vote in Massachusetts and have ordered my mail-in ballot. I hope to be in DC for November. #FuckTrump

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From the halls of Montezuma to The shores of Portlandia! We shall fight our nation’s battles on the streets and in TV #trump #PortlandProtest #portland

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🙅🏻‍♀️

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Beware! The #coronavirus super villain is out there! You don’t need to run. You don’t need to hide. You don’t need to be scared. All you need to do is WEAR A FACE MASK! #MeVsCOVID19 #COVID19

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Is it strange, there are zero public service announcements like this floating around the US?

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2020 Romance #klanchowder #turdreich #thedailydon

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No coded messages or secret sex dens in the basement of a DC pizza parlor, just good old fashioned #sexuaharassment, #sextrafficking, and #retatiation at #FoxNews. No wonder they are too busy to report about the Coronavirus.

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A couple of links showing perfection:

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Incredible Leonid Sarafanov in “La Bayadere” 😍 Wait for it..💥💥💥

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Daniel Goldsmith 💫 Dancer with Royal Swedish Ballet. #balletdanseur 📸 @panilssonphotography . #ballet #ballerina #balanchine #maledancer #pointshoes #tututuesday #yagp #prixdelausanne #model #fashion  #bolshoi #danza #danzaclasica #bolshoitheatre #dance #classicalballet #mariinskyballet #bolshoiballet #viralvideos #vaganova #mariinsky #russianballerinas #большойбалет #большой #балет #Большойтеатр #paballet #sfballet #balletdemonterrey

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Featuring @balletluisf ✨✨ 📷 @alinnevolpato

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That last one, magnificence.

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Don't be a red shirt.

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The way that bear puts his paw up to catch the door…he must be an expert!

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