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Trump is the star of his own movie. Here’s a review. – The Washington Post

Suspend disbelief as you watch a Trump-Putin-Exxon alliance unfold.

Source: Trump is the star of his own movie. Here’s a review. – The Washington Post

 

 Opinion writer December 13 at 8:02 PM

In the Trump movie now playing in the American theater, connecting all the dots requires the artistry of a mapmaker and the insight of a psychic.

Or, perhaps, the critical eye of a movie reviewer.

The leading man, President-elect Donald Trump, is gradually revealing himself to be a hybrid of Daniel Plainview (“There Will Be Blood”), Keyser Soze (“The Usual Suspects”) and Gordon Gekko (“Wall Street”) — each a Machiavellian, sociopathic narcissist bent on reshaping the world in his own image.

Not to put too fine a point on it.

Whomever people thought they were voting for, sayonara to all that. The Trump of Fifth Avenue has returned to his palace. He’s the star of his own movie, and everyone else, especially the Republican base he so skillfully seduced, is mere crowd scenery. Sorry.

Fake News Writer Finally Realizes Americans Take Fake News Seriously: ‘It’s Scary’ – Houston Chronicle

Fake News Writer Finally Realizes Americans Take Fake News Seriously: ‘It’s Scary’ Paul Horner, 38, has been writing completely made-up news on his “satire” site abcnews.com.co (which even uses a logo designed to mimic the real ABC News logo) for year. […] he is just now realizing the damage fake news disguised as real news can do. John Oliver Slams Facebook News Feed’s ‘Cesspool of Nonsense’ During Election (Video) If you’re wondering why Horner would even write such a thing — and are perhaps even more puzzled as to why he’d create an ad on Craigslist, which essentially validates his claim in the eyes of any amateur fact checker — it’s because Trump supporters “were under the belief that people were getting paid to protest at their rallies,” he says. Capitol Hill Shooter Identified as Right-Wing Extremist and “Fireman Suspended & Jailed By Atheist Mayor For Praying At Scene Of Fire”, and that he makes about $10,000 a month from Google AdSense. Democrats Believe Facebook Contributed to Hillary Clinton’s Loss To Donald Trump Google says it will no longer allow companies that run fake news to use its online advertising service. Horner said he hopes his sites don’t get lumped in with “total BS sites,” because despite his recent epiphany that people are taking his disinformation as fact, he still plans on continuing to write it. Satire is defined as the use of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people’s stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues. Sacha Baron Cohen’s “Borat,” for example, wasn’t a comedy designed to make movie theater audiences think his character was real, but rather he used the fake character to illuminate very real racism and stupidity plaguing the country. “Obama Signs Executive Order Declaring Investigation Into Election Results; Revote Planned For Dec. 19th,” isn’t clever commentary on the truth.

Source: Fake News Writer Finally Realizes Americans Take Fake News Seriously: ‘It’s Scary’ – Houston Chronicle

It’s back: Rock Band 4 will hit shelves in 2015 – CSMonitor.com

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Harmonix has announced it will release Rock Band 4 for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 sometime this year.

By Tess Danielson, Staff Writer MARCH 5, 2015

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After a five-year hiatus from its popular series, Harmonix has unveiled a new version of its once wildly popular music game, Rock Band. This fourth installment in the series will hit shelves sometime this year for Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

As Daniel Sussman, Rock Band 4’s lead developer, spoke to reporter after reporter after reporter on the nostalgic game and its plastic instruments, his message was clear: loyal consumers come first.

“Well, there’s an element of Rock Band as a platform, the investment people have made in Rock Band and in their connection to Rock Band, regardless of whatever we’re doing that’s new,” Mr. Sussman, said in an interview with The Verge. “There’s a lot of new stuff, but we really want to make sure we’re being respectful of the financial investment people have made.”

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Rather than plan out Rock Band 5, 6, and 7, Harmonix plans to turn Rock Band 4 into an ever-renewing platform. The upcoming game will get updates for new features and songs, which will save customers from needing to repurchase software or devices over and over again.

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Though Harmonix enlisted Mad Catz to develop a new guitar, drum set, and microphone, which will be similar to the old models, Sussman said the company is working hard to make sure that those who saved their plastic instruments will be able to use those models with the new version. Sussman went on to tell The Verge that the company is not interested in up-selling new controllers by allowing those with the latest hardware to get a “better score than the old stuff.”

“We are actively engaged with Sony and Microsoft to support PS3 controllers on the PS4 and Xbox 360 controllers on the Xbox One,” Sussman told GameSpot. “It’s tough because a lot of the implementation is out of our control. You’re dealing with radio chips and technology that fundamentally changed between one console and the next. There is some policy we need to work through as well as some nifty engineering we have to work through, which we are.”

The Rock Band 4 crew is also working to make sure previously purchased songs will transfer to the new version.

“There are a lot of people that have bought lots of songs already, and to those folks, we want to make sure your library of songs on the PS3 will carry forward to the PS4 and same on the Xbox 360 to the Xbox One,” Sussman says, but made sure to highlight that this was not a cross-platform deal. “I wouldn’t put the stake through that, but that’s the one that would take a lot of support from Microsoft and Sony, and frankly that’s a political rat’s nest. I don’t see it.”

Rock Band 4 will also be losing a few features, as Sussman told Wired. The “Pro” guitar mode for advanced players, which allowed a user to plug in real instruments and play along, is out, as well as the keyboard controller released with Rock Band 3.

“The sprawl that was Rock Band 3 actually splintered the audience in a lot of ways,” Sussman told Wired. “One of the words we’re using to describe our approach [for] Rock Band 4 is ‘focus’…. We’re very much dialed on guitar, drum, bass, vocals.”

Sussman went on to tell The Verge, “This is not a game that we want to jam down anyone’s throat; we want to make sure that there is a receptive audience, that people are excited to come back to this thing and to see what we’re doing.”

via It’s back: Rock Band 4 will hit shelves in 2015 – CSMonitor.com.

Hitler appeased at Munich – Sep 30, 1938 – HISTORY.com

Hitler appeased at Munich – Sep 30, 1938 – HISTORY.com.

Since it was mentioned in the Bibi Speech for your convenience = the relevant material

Hitler appeased at Munich

On this day in 1938, Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, French Premier Edouard Daladier, and British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain sign the Munich Pact, which seals the fate of Czechoslovakia, virtually handing it over to Germany in the name of peace. Upon return to Britain, Chamberlain would declare that the meeting had achieved “peace in our time.”

Although the agreement was to give into Hitler’s hands only the Sudentenland, that part of Czechoslovakia where 3 million ethnic Germans lived, it also handed over to the Nazi war machine 66 percent of Czechoslovakia’s coal, 70 percent of its iron and steel, and 70 percent of its electrical power. It also left the Czech nation open to complete domination by Germany. In short, the Munich Pact sacrificed the autonomy of Czechoslovakia on the altar of short-term peace-very short term. The terrorized Czech government was eventually forced to surrender the western provinces of Bohemia and Moravia (which became a protectorate of Germany) and finally Slovakia and the Carpathian Ukraine. In each of these partitioned regions, Germany set up puppet, pro-Nazi regimes that served the military and political ends of Adolf Hitler. By the time of the invasion of Poland in September 1939, the nation called “Czechoslovakia” no longer existed.

It was Neville Chamberlain who would be best remembered as the champion of the Munich Pact, having met privately with Hitler at Berchtesgaden, the dictator’s mountaintop retreat, before the Munich conference. Chamberlain, convinced that Hitler’s territorial demands were not unreasonable (and that Hitler was a “gentleman”), persuaded the French to join him in pressuring Czechoslovakia to submit to the Fuhrer’s demands. Upon Hitler’s invasion of Poland a year later, Chamberlain was put in the embarrassing situation of announcing that a “state of war” existed between Germany and Britain. By the time Hitler occupied Norway and Denmark, Chamberlain was finished as a credible leader. “Depart, I say, and let us have done with you!” one member of Parliament said to him, quoting Oliver Cromwell. Winston Churchill would succeed him as prime minister soon afterwards.

Legal pot in Colorado: One year in, the state’s experiment with retail marijuana has been a sweeping success.

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One year in, Colorado’s experiment with retail marijuana has been a sweeping success.

By Josh Voorhees

Raking in the green: Customers shop for “Green Friday” deals at the Grass Station marijuana shop on Black Friday in Denver on Nov. 28, 2014.

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Legal retail weed in Colorado turned one year old this month. While legalization remains more experimental than established at this point, the early returns make a compelling case that the first year was a sweeping regulatory success in the Rocky Mountain State.

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New ‘Force Awakens’ Concept Art Really Makes It Look Like One ‘Star Wars’ Character Will Make A Comback

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i was kinda thinking it might be like a silence of the lambs comeback- scary sith new guy digs up vaders relic so HE can wear it- it puts the vader on its skin or else it gets the hose again.

New ‘Force Awakens’ Concept Art Really Makes It Look Like One ‘Star Wars’ Character Will Make A Comback

Outside of the Episode VII cast and crew, nobody’s quite certain who or what is going to show up in the next Star Wars movie. New concept art that’s supposedly leaked from the film, though, points to the return of one major character in The Force Awakens, and it’s the sort of resurrection that could turn fans’ expectations for the next trilogy upside down.

By now, two things should go without saying for this kind of post. First, of course, is that this is all conjecture, with occasionally unreliable outlets posting supposed leaks from even more unreliable sources. Second, which should be even more obvious, is that you should stop reading right about now if you want to roll into The Force Awakens spoiler-free.

Those things said, the last few days have seen an uptick in reports that a major Star Wars character was going to make a surprise return in Episode VII. Namely, one Darth Vader. Last week, a selfie from Warwick Davis showed the diminutive actor in front of what appeared to be a Darth Vader costume on set, kicking off yet another round of speculation that Vader would be appearing in some form or another in The Force Awakens.

This bit of purportedly leaked concept art has some speculating that Star Wars: Episode VII might feature a return by Darth Vader. Image via Millennium Falcon.

Now, though, some purported concept art has leaked via Millennium Falcon, entitled “Vader & Flametroopers.” The concept art shows the silhouette of a character that looks remarkably similar to the classic Star Wars villain, as well as the outlines of several Stormtroopers who have apparently set fire to a village.

Does it mean that Vader is a surefire guarantee to make a comeback in Episode VII? That’s a bit hard to call. As IB Times notes, Vader could be simply a stand-in for another character in that concept art, as The Force Awakens is already rumored to have its own iconic villain ready to take the screen. It would be risky for J.J. Abrams and crew to simply cast off the legacy of Vader’s death in the original Star Wars trilogy just to bring him back for The Force Awakens.

Alternatively, Vader could well appear in Episode VII in the form of a flashback or a vision, and that could explain the new concept art. Given how tight-lipped everyone on the production has been so far, though, it’s unlikely that we’ll have any real clue what role – if any – that Vader will play in The Force Awakens before the new Star Wars movie takes the screen.

via New ‘Force Awakens’ Concept Art Really Makes It Look Like One ‘Star Wars’ Character Will Make A Comback.

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