Monday, February 27, 2017
Azhar Usman. With his previous appearance on our show remaining an audience favorite even two years later, we've been hoping for a return engagement, and Azhar didn't disappoint, having built up quite a backlog of things to discuss and comment on, including some thoughts on our current politics and how language is the key to the future. He also offers a window into some of the exciting projects he has coming up in the near future (including the all-new Amazon Prime series Patriot), and much more. Check out the show at the embed below or at this link. As always, send any questions or comments to email@example.com, or at our Facebook page.
Sunday, February 26, 2017
However, since we were headed back to Saudi Arabia in a few weeks I wouldn't find out until the following year that Visionaries had already come -- and gone. Like both of its Hasbro contemporaries (which were still continuing along), the marketing for Visionaries was built around the three-pronged approach of a Hasbro action figure line, a Marvel comic book, and an animated series from Marvel and Hasbro's own Sunbow Productions. The show premiered in syndication in September '87, and here's what the intro looked like:
Thursday, February 23, 2017
Rumana Ahmed, who joined the National Security Council under President Obama, discusses her eight days as a Muslim working in Donald Trump's White House before finally resigning. An incredibly poignant -- and deeply disturbing -- piece about the people currently manning the levers of our country's soft and hard power. Here's a snippet:
The evening before I left, bidding farewell to some of my colleagues, many of whom have also since left, I notified Trump’s senior NSC communications advisor, Michael Anton, of my departure, since we shared an office. His initial surprise, asking whether I was leaving government entirely, was followed by silence––almost in caution, not asking why. I told him anyway.
I told him I had to leave because it was an insult walking into this country’s most historic building every day under an administration that is working against and vilifying everything I stand for as an American and as a Muslim. I told him that the administration was attacking the basic tenets of democracy. I told him that I hoped that they and those in Congress were prepared to take responsibility for all the consequences that would attend their decisions.
He looked at me and said nothing.
It was only later that I learned he authored an essay under a pseudonym, extolling the virtues of authoritarianism and attacking diversity as a “weakness,” and Islam as “incompatible with the modern West.”Much more at the link, and all of it is worth a read.
Here's Jonathan Chait with more, and if you're not irked by this, boy, you should be.
which Zaki enjoyed more than most). In addition, listen to Zaki discuss the new romantic comedy Their Finest with its co-star, the delightfully droll Bill Nighy. After that, it's on to headlines, including the tumult behind DC/WB's The Batman, with star Ben Affleck dropping out of the director's chair, and our thoughts on the new trailer for King Arthur: Legend of the Sword. But that's not all, there's also the usual Listener Letters and Star Wars news you've come to expect! Lots to listen for, and you can hear it all all via the embed below, or at iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play. As always, please hit "like" on our Facebook page, and send any questions or comments to MovieFilmPodcast@gmail.com.
Monday, February 20, 2017
Abigail Hauslohner at The Washington Post that lays out how hardcore twisted these folks are, and how their vision of a "pure" America is one without Muslims. Any Muslims.
Sunday, February 19, 2017
Friday, February 17, 2017
PHILADELPHIA—Stressing the importance of hearing all sides of a story, open-minded man Brendan Kelly told reporters Friday that he always tries to get his news from a variety of Facebook friends. “For a long time, I’d just get news from my buddy Mark, but then I realized how much I was closing myself off to other perspectives,” said Kelly, adding that it is all too easy to get caught up in narrow ways of thinking, and that he now seeks out at least three or four of his friends’ posts on any given topic to ensure he’s getting the full picture. “I’ll check out high school friends, college friends, work friends—it’s important to get a good mix. I’d be doing myself a real disservice if I blindly believed claims my friend Kevin made without at least trying to verify them with comments from Heather or Dan. You can’t just accept whatever’s fed to you, you know?” Kelly went on to say that while it was essential to get his news from a variety of Facebook friends, it was equally important to avoid obviously fringe sources such as Doug.
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Glenn McCoy in response to the furor over Betsy DeVos being confirmed as Secretary of Education. I guess it's what passes for biting social commentary over in right wing world. I'll take "False Equivalences" for 500, Alex.
Sunday, February 12, 2017
this extended interview with Rolling Stone as the Brit comedian ponders his program's role under the new order, and whether he'll even get to stay in the country given that he's here on a Green Card.
Michael Sifry at The Nation of Bannon's long record of public statements and pronouncements, and feel a chill travel down your spine.
The plot is devoid of the usual spacial anomalies and time-space distortions the Enterprise would typically encounter, and instead presents a moral quandary for guest star Wil Wheaton as Starfleet Cadet Wesley Crusher. This particular portion, coming in the third act, really shows off the show at its best. It's a vid that I show regularly in my Public Speaking classes not only for its exemplifying the uses of Ethos, Logos, and Pathos in persuasion, but also the underlying lesson about the importance of truth-telling in any context:
Tuesday, February 07, 2017
Jonathan Chait has some thoughts.
Sunday, February 05, 2017
The @GOP's 2017 "accomplishments" read like a list of things the Legion of Doom does after shooting the Super Friends into space. pic.twitter.com/NvqHF6cMit— Zaki Hasan (@zakiscorner) February 5, 2017
Wednesday, February 01, 2017
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