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Hard News: The next four years

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  • WH,

    Sweet Jumping Jesus!

    This is Raphael's Sistine Madonna of 1512, this is a book released by a very different Madonna in 1992, and this is a photograph of Maradona scoring against England in 1986.

    Since Nov 2006 • 752 posts Report Reply

  • Farmer Green, in reply to WH,

    I still prefer the Donny Hathaway live version.

    Lower North Island • Since Nov 2012 • 756 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Well, the "Trump Dossier" story just moved on a bit. The WSJ reports that the key source (whether he knew it or not) looks like it may be Russian Trump booster and "businessman" Sergei Millian.

    The Financial Times covered Millian as a probable intermediary between the Trump campaign and Russian back in November.

    Mother Jones has a useful backgrounder which notes, among many other things:

    Millian seemed delighted to spin for Trump and push the impression he was a Trump insider. During the Republican convention, he told the Daily Beast that Trump was a "powerful, charismatic, and highly intelligent leader with a realistic approach toward Russia." He added, "I, personally, wholeheartedly support his presidential aspirations. It's been a great pleasure representing Mr. Trump's projects in Russia." But weeks later, as the Russia hacking controversy was heating up, Millian, in another exchange with the Daily Beast, downplayed his connection to Trump. And the website reported that after its reporter spoke him, Millian removed mentions of his Trump association from an online biography. It also appears that references to the Trump Organization working with the Russian-American Chamber of Commerce in the USA were at some point scraped from its website.

    The Trump camp is now claiming Trump and Millian have met only once and barely know each other.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22403 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace,

    As predicted the Dakota pipeline is back on the agenda. I think this will remain in the news for a long time as an international focus on the vital issues of climate change and indigenous rights. Unlikely to ever be finished and functioning though. I also think the so-called 'markets' will bounce around as they consider whether they like Trump's policies or not.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 3137 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to WH,

    Stop, hey what's that sound...

    (well, Trump is a kind of 'bluffalo'
    or 'bewilderbeast' at best!)

    Just do what you should Donald...

    Taste this.... (sure ain't Marvin Gaye's plea for sanity in a world gone mad!)

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7630 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic, in reply to David Hood,

    I see Donald Trump has presidentially decreed Jan 20th, the date of his inauguration as "National Patriotic Devotion day"

    "Dear Leader of the Peoples Democratic Republic of Korea, Kim Jong Un, approves of this glorious message from your American fellow traveller!"

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5376 posts Report Reply

  • WH, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Very nice, I like those. This is my favourite Lou Reed song, although this is good too.

    Since Nov 2006 • 752 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to WH,

    this is good too.

    Mr South providing distinctive guitar for Aretha.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4566 posts Report Reply

  • Farmer Green, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    Duane Allman gets a guitar credit on this one ; Dr. John wrote it.

    Lower North Island • Since Nov 2012 • 756 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Farmer Green,

    Duane Allman gets a guitar credit on this one ; Dr. John wrote it.

    I was bemused when the media said Trump used Frank Sinatra's 'My Way' as part of his Inauguraton Ball - so many people have covered that song just as successfully (Elvis for one) and really it was written by Paul Anka, who rarely gets a mention...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7630 posts Report Reply

  • mark taslov,

    "In 1968, Bowie wrote the lyrics “Even a Fool Learns to Love”, set to the music of a 1967 French song “Comme d’habitude”, composed by Claude François and Jacques Revaux. Bowie’s version was never released, but Paul Anka bought the rights to the original French version and rewrote it into “My Way”, the song made famous by Frank Sinatra in a 1969 recording on his album of the same name. The success of the Anka version prompted Bowie to write “Life on Mars?"

    Te Ika-a-Māui • Since Mar 2008 • 2154 posts Report Reply

  • WH, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    Since Nov 2006 • 752 posts Report Reply

  • Rosemary McDonald,

    This is waay too good to be anything other than ‘fake’….badlands-national-park-defies-donald-trumps-orders-then-eerily-deletes-its-climate-change-facts

    With the Trump administration placing a gag order on the Environmental Protection Agency, shutting down its Twitter feed, forcing employees off their individual accounts and dismantling Web pages with climate-change information, Badlands went rogue.

    “Today, the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is higher than at any time in the last 650,000 years,” it declared in one of at least four tweets.

    “Today, the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is higher than at any time in the last 650,000 years,” it declared in one of at least four tweets.

    Admirers went nuts. They created a hashtag, #Badasslands, in an ode to the defiance and dubbed the park Breaking Badlands after the TV show "Breaking Bad."

    Another tune, methinks, to soothe…

    You couldn’t make this shit up….

    Waikato, or on the road • Since Apr 2014 • 1322 posts Report Reply

  • Farmer Green, in reply to Rosemary McDonald,

    You couldn’t make this shit up….

    That's the question still , isn't it? Can you still make shit up? And if you get called on it , replace with new shit, which is lapped up as greedily as the last lot?
    Karl Rove seemed to be confident.
    Did Joe Sixpack , somewhere , say :- " I'm not seeing it" ?
    The Emperor's New Clothes. There's no going back.

    http://www.unz.com/article/karl-roves-prophecy/
    And so . . . . Trump.

    Lower North Island • Since Nov 2012 • 756 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Farmer Green,

    Can you still make shit up?

    The Minitrue will explain all in the finest Newspeak
    and drop everything else in the Memory hole.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/americas/88755124/trump-administration-issues-media-blackout-on-environmental-agencies

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7630 posts Report Reply

  • andin, in reply to Farmer Green,

    Can you still make shit up?

    Thats the problem Trump& co are making shit up and passing it off as fact/reality/truth whatever they want to call it.
    And using their positions to enforce it.
    On a personal level this kind of behaviour (all too human) does any real or long lasting damage. But in the positions they occupy it is dangerous in so many way.

    raglan • Since Mar 2007 • 1697 posts Report Reply

  • Farmer Green, in reply to andin,

    But my question is whether it is still possible to get away with that, or is it the case that Joe Sixpack now believes nobody?

    Lower North Island • Since Nov 2012 • 756 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming, in reply to Farmer Green,

    They would revert to the last draft agreed by the founding group

    I don't know if they could do that. I suspect not, as the ground has changed under them. The problem, even for the P4 nations, is not knowing what the Orange Elephant in the room will do next, because it doesn't know either.

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2890 posts Report Reply

  • mark taslov, in reply to Farmer Green,

    But my question is whether it is still possible to get away with that, or is it the case that Joe Sixpack now believes nobody?

    Human’s are so mind-numbingly conformist that it doesn’t matter much what Joe believes, that’s Joe’s thing. As long as the freemartins don’t start busting out their Woody Guthrie LPs, everyone’s schedules are full.

    Te Ika-a-Māui • Since Mar 2008 • 2154 posts Report Reply

  • Farmer Green,

    Where I come from , a freemartin is a female of a set of twins, with confused hormonal status.

    Lower North Island • Since Nov 2012 • 756 posts Report Reply

  • mark taslov, in reply to Farmer Green,

    We must come from a very similar place * it’s strange how fluid things are compared to how black and white they’re so often portrayed and readily consumed despite our perception of three dimensions.

    Te Ika-a-Māui • Since Mar 2008 • 2154 posts Report Reply

  • william blake,

    Don’t be stoopid be a smartie, come on join the natzi pardy.

    Since Mar 2010 • 363 posts Report Reply

  • andin, in reply to Farmer Green,

    Get away with what?

    raglan • Since Mar 2007 • 1697 posts Report Reply

  • Simon Grigg, in reply to mark taslov,

    but Paul Anka bought the rights to the original French version and rewrote it into “My Way”, the song made famous by Frank Sinatra in a 1969 recording on his album of the same name.

    Sinatra's producer Sonny Burke and his A&R guy Jimmy Bowen heard the song Anka was pitching and knew it was a smash. Sinatra hated it but needed a hit so he recorded it reluctantly – in one late night take (as was oft his way). It was, of course, a smash but Sinatra hated it all his life and would at times tell audiences so, explaining that he had to reluctantly sing it because it was so big.

    If wasn't from the album of the same name, though - the album was quickly constructed around the song after it was a hit, to cash in. It worked.

    Just another klong... • Since Nov 2006 • 3276 posts Report Reply

  • mark taslov, in reply to Simon Grigg,

    Thanks for that Simon, good info!

    Te Ika-a-Māui • Since Mar 2008 • 2154 posts Report Reply

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