LEFTOVERS FROM 2019

The Best Movies of 2019
Every year, my first blog in the New Year has been the movies I enjoyed the most in the previous year.

This year I’ve only had four so I couldn’t devote a whole blog to the subject; usually we have eight or 10 movies. Movies for adults are getting scarce; oh well, less support I’ll give to Hollywood.

Official Secrets is the story of Katherine Gun (Keira Knightly), a Brit intelligence specialist who handles routine classified info and comes across a memo from the NSA (US) asking the Brits to join the US in collecting compromising info on UN Secretary Council members in order to blackmail them in favor of an invasion of Iraq.

Feeling this was an unjust war, she leaks this memo to activist anti-war journalist. She confesses to the authorities. The article creates quite a stir and is defended by Ralph Fiennes in an outstanding performance.

It’s a good flic!

Fast & Furious is a fast-paced, remarkable, true story of the visionary car designer Carol Shelby (Matt Damon) and the fearless Brit car driver Ken Miles (Christian Bale) who together bottled corporate interference, the laws of physics and their own personal demons to build a revolutionary race car for the Ford Motor Company and take on the dominating race cars of Enzo Ferrari at the 24 hours of Le Mans in 1966.

Dark Waters, inspired by a true story, a tenacious attorney, Mark Ruffalo, uncovers a dark secret that connects a growing number of unexplained deaths caused by one of the world’s largest corporations. In the process, he risks everything—his future, his family and his own life to explore the truth.

Well done!

The Farewell. The film follows a Chinese family who, when they discover their beloved grandmother has only a short while left to live, decide to keep her in the dark and schedule an impromptu wedding to gather before she passes. Billi, feeling like a fish out of water in her home county, struggles with the family’s decision to hide the truth from her grandmother.

Terrific on all accounts!

Hope 2020 will be better for adult movies

*****

Iran Drone Strike Signals Significant Escalation in Mideast Tensions

President Trump says he ordered the drone strike that killed Iran’s top military leader, General Qassem Soleimani, top planner of Iran’s misdeeds in the Middle East, to avoid a war.
Trump’s action, apparently supported by his military advisors, will raise the level of intercourse between the US and Iran. No one is sure how that will evolve.

Soleimani’s influence has already begun to fade but Iran will try to make the most of it.

*****

Americans waited two years for the Mueller report, then they couldn’t agree on what it said.

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Trips I Didn’t Get To Take

If you’ve been following our blogs, you know we’ve traveled quite a bit. Gabriele and I have been in over 80 small countries and in seven continents.
Because of some health and physical issues, my traveling days are over.

Here’s the list of places I still wanted to travel to:

• Suez Canal
• Israel (Return)
• Jordan (Petra)
• Turkey (expanded)
• Nepal
• Britain
• Tibet
• Northern Lights
• Northwest Passage
• New Guinea
• Montevideo, Uruguay
• Madagascar
• N.E. Canada

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The political left has gone to great lengths to force corporations to defund conservative and libertarian organizations and we’ve responded in kind.

Six corporations—Ford, ConocoPhillips, John Deere, GM, BP and Caterpillar—withdrew from the U.S. Climate Partnership, a corporate-green alliance pushing climate change regulations, after we convinced them that we’d make their continued membership controversial and costly for them.

John Deere & Company withdrew its membership for USCAP immediately after we launched a month-long advertising campaign on local television over its membership.

Stories about the ads appeared in its local press, including the Des Moines Register, Quad-City Times, and Dubuque Telegraph Herald, and also in the national media.

This negative press coverage was sufficient to force Deere to cry uncle.

Caterpillar dropped its membership after we recruited major Caterpillar customers to vow to stop purchasing the company’s products unless it stopped supporting cap-and-trade and funding USCAP.

The six withdrawals from USCAP were very significant. They meant that the group lost $600,000 in fees EVERY YEAR. The blow was so severe that soon after USCAP closed.

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So how did all this press corruption happen?

In 1983, 50 companies controlled 90 percent of the American media. Today, six conglomerates control the same 90 percent. They are National Amusements (CBS, MTV, BET, on and on), Disney (ABC, ESPN, Marvel, on and one), TimeWarner (CNN, HBO, TBS, on and on), Comcast (NBC, Dreamworks, Universal, on and on), 21 Century Newscorp (Fox, NatGeo, FX, on and on) and Sony.

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Don’t think outside the box…think like there is no box.

Death leaves a heart ache no one can heal.
Love leaves a memory no one can steal.

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