Tuesday, June 27, 2017

2017 in film songs

That's Ariana Grande and John Legend performing the song "Beauty & the Beast" from the 2017 film of the same name.

I was wondering what might get nominated for Best Song at next year's Academy Awards and so I went to BILLBOARD's soundtracks chart.

The number one?

2016's MOANA.  So forget songs from it.

Number two?

The 'mix tape' from the new GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY (there may be one new song on it but most of it is from the 70s -- like Fleetwood Mac's "The Chain"), so forget it.

Number 3 is 2016's TROLLS, so forget it.

Number four is BEAUTY AND THE BEAST and it's the first one that's from 2017.

There's not much in the top ten for 2017, check it out.

I'm wondering what, besides BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, stands a chance at a nomination?

And I'm willing to bet B&TB gets two nominations for best song -- the above and Celine Dion's "How Does A Moment Last Forever."

Going out with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"

Tuesday, June 27, 2017.  Chaos and violence continue, Tony Blair's biggest groupie continues to throb for the War Hawk, and much more.

Drone video shows the immense destruction as civilians flee ISIS in Mosul, Iraq

Day 247 of The Mosul Slog.

Yes, it still drags on.

IS counterattacks in retaken parts of Mosul stall Iraq push


247 days and counting.

And it was supposed to be over in weeks (not by the end of 2016 as REUTERS maintains here).

247 days.

: Iraqi PM al-Abadi is expected to announce victory in Mosul within hours.

He can announce it in five seconds, won't change the fact that this operation took 247 days.

Nor will it change the fact that Mosul is destroyed from US-led coalition bombings.

Would he have done that to a Shi'ite majority city?

Of course not.

In war squeezed amongst the bombs and bullets are little bodies

SO many look the other way as the destruction continues.


David Traynier Ⓥ Retweeted John Rentoul
Not as dark as the skies over Iraq in 2003.
David Traynier Ⓥ added,

John Rentoul is a propagandist who writes for THE INDEPENDENT.

He whored for Tony Blair before the start of the Iraq War and all the way to this very day.

There's no accountability.

He's held to no standard.

And that's part of the problem.

That's in England.

In the US, MOTHER JONES hires pro-war pundits who promoted the Iraq War.

There was no accountability on any level.

And the lesson was: Look the other way.

Which is what happened on so many levels.

The DNC spent the last election cycle trying to bully and push around young people.

What they didn't get was that it's easy for old whores to look the other way but the young were not going to do the same.

We saw it on campus after campus in the last years.

We saw the young people turning against so-called 'independent media' that were nothing but propaganda mills for the Democratic Party.

This should be a time for independent media to flourish but it whored out.

Whether we're talking THE NATION or PACIFICA RADIO, they whored out.

And we spent many years warning that the young were watching.

The Iraq War demonstrated many things and it surely destroyed faith in corporate media.

But, as the years passed, it also demonstrated that so-called independent media was no better.

Norman Solomon thinks he can sneak back in.

He's laughed at on campuses, he's the punchline to a dirty joke.

They had professors who used his book on war or referenced Norman's 'activism.'

But that was long ago.

And he went into hiding when Barack Obama was president.

Eight years as the Iraq War raged.

How stupid does a Norman Solomon think people are?

And while some older people will go along, the enthusiasm and passion of the youth will not play.

They haven't been co-opted and beaten down for years the way so many have.

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