Via THENUMBERS.COM, here's the weekend box office:
|(1)||Black Adam||Warner Bros.||$18,271,625||-33%||3,985||-417||$4,585||$137,117,326||3|
|2||N||One Piece Film: Red||Crunchyroll||$9,323,267||2,367||$3,939||$9,323,267||1|
|3||(2)||Ticket to Paradise||Universal||$8,546,985||-13%||4,066||+374||$2,102||$46,771,105||3|
|5||(3)||Prey for the Devil||Lionsgate||$3,893,288||-46%||2,980||n/c||$1,306||$13,661,998||2|
|6||(7)||Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile||Sony Pictures||$3,367,758||+23%||3,005||-130||$1,121||$36,574,626||5|
|7||(-)||The Banshees of Inisherin||Searchlight …||$2,056,919||+284%||895||+837||$2,298||$3,090,021||3|
|10||(8)||Terrifier 2||Iconic Relea…||$1,130,625||-41%||1,245||-305||$908||$9,768,975||5|
TILL is a bomb. Even when it has 2,000 theaters it can't make money.
I said it before and I'll say it again. To Black America, this is ancient history. To Whoopi, it was her childhood. She needs to get with the times. We need films about George Floyd. We're tired of your Babyboom nonsense of back in the day. Time does move on, try to move on with it.
I won't be watching next year's Oscars. I can't stand Jimmy Kimmel and can't believe anyone was stupid enough to bring him back. The sexism and racism of late night is how you end up with Jimmy Fallon hosting the Oscars. I'd rather see Whoopi and that's not meant as an insult to her. But if ABC just wants to use their own in house talent, I'd rather see Whoopi. Jimmy Kimmel is not funny and he doesn't represent me.
ABC keeps pimping White boy Jimmy apparently refusing to grasp that the world's long moved past the need for a White male host.
Going out with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"
Any electoral success for the Republicans is due entirely to the reactionary and bankrupt policies of the Democratic Party and the impasse for the working class created by the two-party monopoly.
What have been the main “achievements” of the Democratic Party during the past two years, when it controlled the White House and both houses of Congress?
The central preoccupation of the Biden administration has been the prosecution of the war against Russia in Ukraine, which has the full support of the entire Democratic Party. This was reinforced two weeks ago when 30 liberal Democrats sent a letter to the White House pleading for a negotiated settlement with Russia rather than continuing to escalate the risk of nuclear war.
Within 24 hours, after a massive backlash within the political establishment, the letter was withdrawn and the leader of the “Progressive Caucus” issued a humiliating apology, reaffirming the group’s support for prosecuting the war until “victory.”
Inflation is skyrocketing and working class living standards are being slashed. The Federal Reserve is pursuing a deliberate policy of increasing unemployment through the raising of interest rates in an effort to use social misery as a bludgeon against demands for wage increases.
In two years in office, the Democrats have done nothing to improve the conditions of the vast majority of the population. The White House dropped any push for voting rights legislation. It did nothing to protect the rights of immigrants, instead stepping up the deportation and exclusion of asylum seekers to record levels, beyond even the level of the Trump administration. It regards women’s right to abortion as a means of motivating people to vote, while refusing to defend it in practice.
And, confronted with a party that sought to overturn the 2020 election and block Biden’s own inauguration through the methods of coup and political assassination, the Democrats have shielded the Republican Party.
Nearly two years after the coup attempt, neither Trump nor any of his top co-conspirators has been prosecuted. There has been no serious investigation into the January 6 conspiracy or the social and political forces behind it.
Since Biden’s speech last Wednesday, warning that Trump and his allies represent a dire threat to democracy, he and other leading Democrats have turned the declaration that “democracy is on the ballot” into a hollow sound bite.
The differences between the Democrats and the Republicans, however bitter and intense, are entirely tactical.
In domestic policy, the Democrats seek to use the trade union apparatus to suppress the working class, while employing the demagogues of identity politics to split the working class along race and gender lines. The Republicans wish to dispense with the unions, which are rapidly losing their ability to hold back the class struggle, and proceed directly to the deployment of the police and military violence.
On the fundamental question of which class they serve, the Democrats and Republicans are united. They are different components of a two-party system of capitalist-imperialist reaction.
Among the wounded is Major General Kadhim Bohan, head of the Iraqi civil defense directorate, while twelve other people who were trapped inside the building remain unaccounted for. Search parties continue in their search for the missing, according to Brigadier General Qusai Younis, head of Baghdad's al-Rusafa Civil Defense
The cause of the fire is still unknown.
The building houses large stores of perfumes and household items.
The huge blaze required the deployment of sixty civil defense teams and more than 50 firefighting vehicles, in an operation that took up to 10 hours according to Younis.
After a year-long crisis in Iraq triggered by contested elections, Iraq finally has a government headed by Prime Minister Mohammed Shia’ al-Sudani. While this ends the political impasse, it’s unclear whether his new cabinet will bring about change or usher in more of the same.
Al-Sudani is backed by the Coordination Framework, an alliance of powerful pro-Iran Shi’a factions that holds 138 out of 329 seats in parliament. The Shi’a cleric Muqtada al-Sadr’s Sadrist movement that won a plurality of parliamentary seats in the October 2021 elections played no part in picking either the prime minister or the new president — a first since Iraq’s democratic transition, which does not bode well for a government that now effectively lacks legitimacy.
The new government will also need to fend off the sporadic but persistent protests that have swayed the country since October 2019 and are likely to regain momentum. These demonstrations, which forced the resignation of the government of Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi in 2019 and prompted an early election, reflect public frustration with long-unaddressed demands. Over the past three years, a coalition of protestors, activists and youth-led entities has since formed to push the government to address the country’s dysfunction through changes in the political system.
Outrage over corruption continues to be the major driver for the demand for reform of a power-sharing system that divides government posts among Iraq’s communities and fuels patronage-based abuse. It has not gone unnoticed that the new government has formed using the same methods and tactics and the same parties that have dominated Iraqi politics since 2005. Citizens may well ask, why should corruption change if the system that produces it has not? The latest corruption scandal at the Ministry of Finance involving the theft of $2.5 billion from the tax authority could implicate many who enjoy the support of powerful political parties in Iraq, including those backing the prime minister.
The new bill, titled Serving the Flag, has been drafted by the Iraqi parliament’s security and defense committee and proposes assigning all Iraqi men between the ages of 18 to 35, with limited exceptions, to mandatory military duty, according to the deputy-chairman of the parliamentary committee Sagvan Sindi.
The length of the service differs based on the academic level of the recruited, Sindi added. The draft compels secondary school graduates to 18 months of military service, preparatory school graduates to 12 months, university and institute graduates to 9 months, master’s graduates to 6 months, and doctorate graduates to 3 months.
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