Tuesday, February 11, 2020

The Oscars and KNIVES OUT


Earlier today, Isaiah's THE WORLD TODAY JUST NUTS "The Ripper" went up.

The ratings for the Oscars went down: Nobody watched.  DEADLINE reports it was the lowest rated Oscar broadcast ever.  Did I watch?  No.

I turned on at the end and caught Joaquin Phoenix's speech where he was talking about forcing a cow to get pregnant and I turned it off right then.  I saw maybe ten seconds and that was ten more than I needed.

I like Joaquin but he won an acting award.  It didn't require a State of the Union speech.  Maybe reflect on the character, or your late brother, or your family or what art means to you?

People are turning off these award shows because of the sermons.  We're all so sick of it.

Earlier today in "The box office," I talked about how KNIVES OUT went back into the top ten last weekend even though it was available for streaming last Friday night.  DEADLINE notes today:

Rian Johnson’s Lionsgate/MRC whodunit Knives Out has sailed past the $300M mark worldwide. It’s the latest milestone for the box office anomaly that is becoming the second-highest-grossing original movie of 2019 behind Us and also whipping Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’s $142.4M stateside.
More amazing: This Thanksgiving release is still in the domestic top 10 at the box office, ranking ninth last weekend in its 11th frame with $2.3M, -11%, at 1,443 theaters with $159M and running for the Ram Bergman-Johnson T-Street production. Knives Out is one of five films in the past year to remain in the top 10 for at least weekends and the first non-Disney film to reach the mark since Universal’s Best Picture Oscar winner Green Book in March.
When the pic’s stateside run concludes, it’s expected to be among the 10 highest-grossing films ever to open over Thanksgiving. Stateside endgame is expected to be $165M. And Knives Out only had one Oscar nomination, for Johnson’s original screenplay (though it got three Golden Globe noms for Best Comedy, Comedy Actress Ana de Armas and Comedy Actor Daniel Craig). Abroad, Knives Out counts $140.9M. The pic set a record for the highest multiple for a Thanksgiving non-animated wide release (2k+ runs) — now approaching 6X. Among all films, it is behind only Disney’s 1995 franchise-starter Toy Story ($222.5M).

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

Tuesday, February 11, 2020.  In the US, the first primary takes place.

Today, in the US, Americans hope for some clarity on where the electorate is leaning for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination.  New Hampshire holds the first primary in the nation. 

Some background.  In 2016, Bernie Sanders won New Hampshire.  Hillary went on to the get the nomination and she carried the stated in the general election,  In 2012, President Barack Obama won New Hampshire, won the nomination and carried the state in the general election.  In 2008, Hillary Clinton won the New Hampshire primary but Barack Obama won the nomination and later carried the state.  In 2004, they went with John Kerry who went on to become the party's presidential nominee.  Kerry also carried the state in the general election.  In 2000, Al Gore won the primary and he went on to win the nomination.  Bully Boy Bush carried the state in the 2000 general election.  In 1996, President Bill Clinton won the primary and won the nomination and carried the state in the general election.  In 1992, Paul Tsongas won the primary but Bill Clinton ended up with the nomination and Bill carried the state in the general election.

We review that for a baseline, yes, but also because some press outlets just flat out lie.

For example, in an unsigned piece at POLITICO from last November, this lie was published: "In 2016, Clinton won New Hampshire by less than 1 point."  Hillary did not carry New Hampshire.  What a lie and what an embarrassment for POLITICO.  From WIKIPEDIA: "The 2016 New Hampshire Democratic presidential primary took place on February 9. As per tradition, it was the first primary and second nominating contest overall to take place in the cycle. Bernie Sanders defeated Hillary Clinton in the primary by a margin of more than 22% in the popular vote. Sanders claimed 15 delegates to Clinton's 9.[1]"

When people talk about how the corporate media is out to get Bernie and how they're out to deny him any victory, that's what they're talking about.  An article lying about Bernie losing New Hampshire to Hillary is exactly what they're talking about.

Who's on the ballot this go round?  Pretty much everyone. 

WIKIPEDIA notes the following made the ballot:

Iowa blew its chance to have any real influence.  Tonight, New Hampshire has a shot.  What's the media saying?


Link to headline article

Listening to CNN right now already saying that it’s not enough for to just win New Hampshire. I’m sorry but these people are delusional. He doesn’t need to radically change the dynamics of the race. If things hold as they are he will win.

Good morning New Hampshire!!! Go vote for Bernie Sanders!!!

As said last night we are at a crossroads in our democracy. Take the path towards justice and compassion.

. is that president.

45 million Americans are drowning in student debt. That isn’t just a statistic — it’s a systemic failure. Our legislation will cancel every penny of the debt that’s keeping young people in poverty.

  • Bernie Sanders is +18 against Trump with Independents. Important considering a large plurality of voters identify as independent over either party, and it’s been that way for years now.

    TODAY is the New Hampshire Primary.

    Post to your favorite moments from the lead up to today. Canvassing pictures, rallies, phonebanking stories, or just post why New Hampshire votes should vote for

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  • In Iraq, the protests continue and the protesters continue to be attacked.

    Replying to 

    These crimes in Iraq, where are the human rights, where is the UN representative? 🇮🇶🇮🇶

    Former movement leader Moqtada al-Sadr has let his militia attack the protesters.  He's also called for segregated protests -- segregated by gender.

    Iraq - protests about gender-mixing ban

    In response to Muqtada Al-Sadr's tweet calling for separating men and women between the sexes
    The slogan of the youth: We Iraqi youth are not the ones who bow to a tweet in Twitter.


    Iraqis laugh at his notions.

    And they look at him and wonder, as he flees to Iran constantly, what kind of marriage does he have?

    The 45-year-old took part in an arranged marriage in 1995.  He's rarely in the same city as his wife and they have no children.  I guess that's the sort of segregation Moqtada practices in his marriage.  Maybe he doesn't like women?  That would explain a 25 year marriage that has produced no children.

    Replying to 

    Muqtada al-Sadr should be included in the list of terrorism, because he sends signals to his followers on Twitter to kill civilians, killing more than 15 civilians only for his three tweets. We hope to close his account on Twitter as well, because he is a terrorist.

    Protesters who claim they were threatened and tortured by Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr’s armed militiamen in Baghdad are fleeing to Erbil to avoid being jailed under Iraq’s counterterrorism law.

    Isaiah will have a comic later today, THIRD goes up with new content shortly.  The following sites updated:

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