I was asked what the stupidest idea I've heard for a film lately is?
I'd say HEAT 2. I liked HEAT. I wouldn't mind a HEAT 2. But not with Timothee Chalamet. In fact, I can't think of a bigger way to destroy the film. Timothee is not box office. DUNE did not do that well. Around the world, ETERNALS did much better than DUNE did.
Al Pacino is pushing publicly for Timmy to play his character from the original.
Timmy is not a strong enough actor, he's not a strong enough pull at the box office and he's not a strong enough man.
That is what killed DUNE. Little Timmy trying to look like a man when he's an overgrown child.
I'd rather see Joseph Gordon-Levitt play the role. He could nail it down and offer some menace. All Little Timmy can offer is some flourish.
I really do not like it when we reject an actor and Hollywood continues to push them down our throats. Colin Farrell was slammed down our throats and he was awful as a leading man. He's very good as a supporting actor, however.
I wouldn't mind a HEAT 2. But I'd honestly rather it looked forward and not backward. And I'd really love, even more, a film that didn't steal from another film or TV show. You know, something actually creative?
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Going out with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"
But the brother of Mr Assange, Gabriel Shipton, believes the case has “gone on too long” and “could be ended so easily.”
He added in an interview on GB News’ Mark Steyn: “Joe Biden could just drop these charges, move on, just let it go and Julian could walk free.”
It also means all of those entities have a big target on their backs. So let’s do a thought experiment. Let’s say Moscow has engaged in a years-long attempt to catch and imprison the man responsible for publishing a series of massive leaks that proved deeply embarrassing to the Kremlin.
Though he’s not a Russian national, has never lived in the country, nor was he there when he committed his supposed “crime,” the Russian government has taken the radical step of trying to have him extradited to its soil, so it can put him through a trial that’s a foregone conclusion and imprison him for god knows how long — effectively asserting the right to prosecute and jail any journalist anywhere in the world if they happen to publish something that displeases Russia’s ruling elite.
What was it that displeased them? One was the several tranches of secret documents he released about the various wars Moscow has fought in the twenty-first century, revealing war crimes we never knew about, a civilian death toll higher than we thought, and various cover-ups and behind-the-scenes subterfuge. Another was the decades worth of diplomatic cables that gave us unprecedented insight into the workings of Russian and other nations’ foreign policy.
But maybe his greatest crime in the minds of the country’s ruling class was publishing scandalous information about the corruption and political manipulation of one section of the political elite, embarrassing revelations almost certainly fed to him by an adversarial foreign power with its own particular motivations.
The Kremlin has gone to extraordinary lengths to punish these acts of truth-telling, and to deter any future ones. It pressured PayPal to cut off payments to him, gave immunity to a criminal and sex offender if he helped them catch him, and used its assets in the hacker world to attack a foreign government’s websites and create the pretext for its security services to enter the country he was staying in. It eventually forced him to spend seven years in a foreign embassy to avoid capture by Russian authorities, leading to the partial unravelling of his sanity. Once they finally caught him, they promptly imprisoned him without charge for the next three years, some of it spent in solitary confinement, a vicious form of torture. As a result of Moscow’s actions, when he finally showed up to his extradition trial, he struggled to say his name and age, and the extreme stress ultimately caused him to have a stroke.
All for the crime of exposing war crimes and corruption.
Amnesty International has called out the move to extradite Julian:
Responding to the news that the UK Home Secretary Priti Patel has certified Julian Assange’s extradition to the United States to face charges under the Espionage Act, Agnes Callamard, Amnesty International Secretary General said:
“Allowing Julian Assange to be extradited to the US would put him at great risk and sends a chilling message to journalists the world over.”
“If the extradition proceeds, Amnesty International is extremely concerned that Assange faces a high risk of prolonged solitary confinement, which would violate the prohibition on torture or other ill treatment. Diplomatic assurances provided by the US that Assange will not be kept in solitary confinement cannot be taken on face value given previous history.”
“We call on the UK to refrain from extraditing Julian Assange, for the US to drop the charges, and for Assange to be freed.”
Julian Assange is likely to further appeal the extradition on separate grounds that it violates his right to freedom of expression.
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This is also the first year that Iraq's seen Lake Sawa dry up.
These are not good things for the Iraqi people.
And this is only going to get worse in the immediate future.
Another major sandstorm is predicted in the next few days. Iraq's seen these repeatedly this year. People have to go inside. Some that don't make it in time end up hospitalized. Iraq's always had sandstorms but they haven't been as frequent and as massive as the ones this year.
Temperatures are rising and the water is disappearing.
A report from the European Union Institute of Security Studies projects that the number of days when temperatures in Baghdad hit 120 degrees will go from roughly 14 per year to more than 40 over the next two decades.
The study forecasts that the Iraqi capital, which is already seeing longer heat waves each summer and higher peak temperatures, will be one of the places hardest hit by global warming.
Baghdad set a new record high of 125.2 degrees on July 28, 2020. The next day it cooled down to 124.
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