seanw on kweeper Wed, 16 Sep 2020 21:53:55 +0100 Kweeper Joe Rogan Experience #1536 - Edward Snowden Wed, 16 Sep 2020 21:53:55 +0100 seanw 1536 US Naval Portrait of John Coltrane Fri, 04 Sep 2020 23:40:49 +0100 seanw jazz legen john coltrane NASA Astronauts Return Home in SpaceX's Crew Dragon Spacecraft Sun, 02 Aug 2020 00:11:36 +0100 seanw America Wake Up - George Carlin - Pattern Integrity Films Mon, 27 Jul 2020 10:47:14 +0100 seanw Keep It Real Online - Pornography Mon, 22 Jun 2020 23:55:06 +0100 seanw photo by NZ photographer Gerg Simu Here is the original photo by NZ photographer Gerg Simu. It was part of a project to start dialogue about our history, and overcome the familiarity of images of Aboriginal people in chains by reversing the races. The other photos, done for an Opera magazine shoot, do a similar thing, but obviously focus on modern life in the US today. They are both great work but it was wrong to place Gerg Simu's work in with Chris Buck's. It does both artists a disservice. Even worse, they doctored the image. You can see in the original the man on the far right is wearing part of a policeman's uniform. The cropped it, which is pretty bad to change someone's work like that. The actor/model was a member of the Cape York community whose ancestors had been involved in the sort of activities depicted. It is a shame that it is totally out of context. Sat, 20 Jun 2020 01:40:28 +0100 seanw Tour from Space: Inside the SpaceX Crew Dragon Spacecraft on Its Way to the Space Station Tue, 02 Jun 2020 02:54:40 +0100 seanw Departing Space Station Commander Provides Tour of Orbital Laboratory Tue, 02 Jun 2020 02:41:56 +0100 seanw SpaceX Crew Dragon Launch, Docking and Returns to Earth from ISS (International Space Station) Sun, 31 May 2020 00:57:15 +0100 seanw spacex FROM AUSTERITY TO NECROPOLITICS IN PANDEMIC TIMES, EUROPEAN STYLE ‘Vivemos acima das nossas possibilidades’, ‘we lived beyond our means’: thus parroted the neoliberal pundits, explaining the Portuguese crisis of sovereign debt of 2010/2011 as the result of profligate welfare state. Had Portugal actually lived beyond its means, it was definitely not because of its welfare: public debt only skyrocketed once the banks were bailed out and private debt was almost exclusively due to mortgages (that is, to insufficient public investment in housing in the first place). In other words, we know quite well that, being crises structural to capitalism, the crisis of the (South of) the Eurozone was nothing but the inevitable result of uneven development, European style: after all, a single currency zone among fundamentally different economies, absent significant fiscal redistribution, was destined to deepen existing contradictions; and debt-driven growth was the result of reforms pushed by EU regulations in the first place. And yet, the idea that the crisis was the consequence of the Portuguese government and people’s irresponsible behaviours became common sense in early 2010s’ Portugal – making the punishment, that is, austerity, seem fair to the general population, for a few years, at least. Of course, and irrespective of the significant differences in the paths to crisis, this framing was to be deployed against all the Mediterranean beggars (plus the fallen Irish Tiger): the ‘PIIGS’, routing for money – if you search Scholar for ‘PIIGS’, literally thousands of economics articles come out, and it will take quite some time to find one with any critical reflection on the label itself. We know quite well what was the political economy of the labelling: thus framed, the economic crisis became the perfect occasion to double down on uneven development, for instance through the hypocrisy of imposing reforms that liberalised housing and planning in those very countries where, the argument went, dysfunctional planning systems had caused uncontrolled housing bubbles. After few years of economic convergence in the late 1990s and early 2000s, things went back to normal, with the wealthy becoming wealthier, and the poor poorer. Fast forward to early 2020, with Europe being in the midst of the biggest health challenge of the century and the perspective of an economic crisis that may make the one of 2007/2008 seem like a spring rain right before the monsoon – in Portugal, for instance, where, with the applause of the EU, economic rebound was thoroughly dependent on external investment, real estate and tourism, the most likely scenario is GDP plummeting by double digits. The first countries to be impacted by the Covid-19 epidemics, Italy and Spain, forced to put their economies in lockdown – economies that have barely recovered from the hangover of the previous crisis – called the EU for the very obvious thing a polity should be doing in times of challenges with this magnitude: socialising risks and costs, by issuing EU-backed debt, infamously dubbed ‘Coronabonds’. During the last several years, progressive, pro-Euro but critical, voices had been arguing that only by socialising debt could an economic union be sustainable in the long run; and thence advocating for ‘Eurobonds’ to be issued. It was precisely through the framing of southern irresponsibility that core economies in the EU, Germany, the Netherlands, Finland – more precisely, their hawkish neoliberal governments of all parties – had fought back: Southerners had been using EU cash on wine and women, after all, reminded us former Dutch minister of Finance and Chair of the Eurogroup Jeroen Dijsselbloem. But let us not fall in the nationalist trap of thinking this is just a matter of Northern versus Southern countries: ‘Portugal ain’t no Greece’, recently said Socialist Prime Minister António Costa, the last in a long list of Portuguese governors of all colours portraying the well-mannered, rule-abiding Portugal in contrast with lazy beggars of the same latitude – discussing the self-orientalism of such a need for distinction is, unfortunately, an endeavour I cannot address in these pages. Irrespective of their attempts at joining the club of the ants, grasshoppers are put back where they belong when the time is ripe; and that is precisely how the ants are fighting back against calls for socialising debt in pandemic times, yet with a new twist. As this time there is no room to claim that the cause of the crisis is to be found in southern irresponsibility, some, like German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz or Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin, felt that just no explanation was needed: ‘we ain’t ready for that’, that is, ‘no way’. But, it was another Dutch minister of Finance, Wopke Hoekstra, to drop the racist the moral card once again: Southerners have not made the reforms that were necessary during the previous crisis, so they have not saved money for this moment, he claimed – except, let us remind, they did all, if not more, the reforms that had been requested during the last round of austerity, and, by the way, much of the cash that they should had been collected through taxes had been rerouting to the Dutch tax heaven. So out of the world were Hoekstra’s words that they pushed that very same António Costa – that is, no comrade of sort – to make what is to be remembered as his boldest discourse ever: ‘[Hoekstra’s] argument is repugnant within an EU framework; yes, just so: re-pug-nant’. Once again, let us not avoid the nationalist argument: for one, Portuguese ultra-liberal Observador, in its comments on Costa’s discourse, concluded that socialists are unmannered beggars. How to interpret this disgraceful drama? Let us start through a political economic lens: never let a serious crisis go to waste, no matter whether the crisis is made up of suffering sovereign debts or a global lockdown caused by a new virus. After all, it is quite some time – and thanks to the likes of Trotsky and Gramsci – that we know that uneven geographical relations are crucial to capitalist development: why would Europe work differently? So no wonder that dominant classes in core countries – parroted, in peripheral countries, by those that Gramsci would had termed ‘organic intellectuals’ with no hesitation – are understanding this new crisis as yet another opportunity to double down on the devaluation of peripheral European economies. But political economy, per se, and even the construction of hegemonic ideas about ants and grasshoppers, cannot encompass the full picture of what we are witnessing in these frantic days. In one of his rare remarks on the relations between Europe and the rest of the world, Michel Foucault had warned us that those very policies used in the colonies would one day come back to the metropolis as a boomerang – indeed, those very austerity measures imposed over Southern European countries in the 2010s had long been tested in the Global South. But what was already in place in the socio-economic sphere was not so much in that of biopolitics: as migrants that have been trying to enter Europe through its southern and eastern borders know, holding – or not – a European passport has long been a strong determinant of one’s chances to literally survive. As the hawks use racist tropes to fight back against mutual support in the face of White corps being taken to crematory by military convoys in Northern Italy, the political economy of Covid-19 reshapes the geography of necropolitics, once again. Once relegated in the colony, the right, for the powers that be, to determine who may live and who may die had already moved right at the border of Fortress Europe. There, the expendability of Black bodies was part and parcel of the construction of a body polity, made up of free movement of people beyond capital, as evoked by German Member of the European Parliament Manfred Weber while congratulating Greece for their actions at the border with Turkey: ‘Greece has protected us’, ‘if we cannot secure our external borders, borders inside Europe will return’. With a global pandemic putting into crisis health systems, like the Italian, among the strongest in the world, while draconian measures destined to wipe out entire sectors of the economies are put in place in the name of defending the populations that are vulnerable to Covid-19, socialising debt has become, right within Europe, a matter of life and death. New and old cleavages articulate to determine the bodies that are expendable or not: age, health conditions, class, but also each country’s capacity to shut down its economy the longer or to buy ventilators. Fortress Europe shattered up in a fragmentation of bodies with different right to live. No, it is no consolation seeing the nemesis of former colonialist Italy, Spain or Portugal being retributed the same money they expended around the Global South. The only lesson, if any, is that in times of late capitalism more and more bodies become expendable, as lines of race and class (and age, and health) explode beyond the North/South divide, becoming every day more fluid, every day more violent. ‘We are all in this together’ has never been less true. I am grateful to Giulia Strippoli and Adam Standring, who read a first version of this essay and, while keeping up with the accelerated rhythms of these frantic times, provided me with ideas and time to better frame my own urgency to write. Wed, 08 Apr 2020 13:11:06 +0100 seanw Hydroxychloroquine: how an unproven drug became Trump’s coronavirus 'miracle cure' | Coronavirus o This weekend, Donald Trump used his daily White House coronavirus briefings to again urge Americans to take hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malaria drug that has not been shown to be safe or effective against Covid-19. “What do you have to lose? Take it,” the president said on Saturday as he boasted that the US had amassed 29m doses of the drug. On Sunday, facing questions from the press about his aggressive promotion of an unproven treatment, he argued against waiting for the completion of clinical trials. “In France, they had a very good test,” he said. “But we don’t have time to go and say, ‘Gee, let’s take a couple of years and test it out, and let’s go and test with the test tubes and the laboratories.’” Meanwhile, Dr Anthony Fauci, the country’s top infectious disease doctor, has repeatedly warned that there is no conclusive evidence to support using the drug. Asked whether it should be considered a treatment for Covid-19, he said on 24 March: “The answer is no.” The story of how hydroxychloroquine was anointed the Trump administration’s miracle drug for the coronavirus pandemic is a distinctly modern tale of misinformation within a global information ecosystem beset by widespread uncertainty, fear, media fragmentation and hyper-partisanship. Belief in the drug’s potential to cure patients infected with the virus followed an extraordinary trajectory from a small study conducted in France (Trump’s “very good test”) to Silicon Valley social media influencers, Fox News and the largest bully pulpit: the White House. Wed, 08 Apr 2020 00:39:04 +0100 seanw coronavirus chloroquine Coronavirus warning for people from black and minority backgrounds as NHS data suggests they are at ..Coronavirus patients from black and ethnic minority backgrounds may be at higher risk of suffering deadly complications of the disease, an NHS report suggests. Despite making up just 13 per cent of the UK population, a third of patients who fall critically ill with COVID-19 are from black, Asian or minority ethnic (BME) groups. The report, by the Intensive Care National Audit and Research Centre, found 14 per cent were Asian, 14 per cent black and 7 per cent described themselves as other. The study of 2,249 patients has raised fears non-white communities could suffer a disproportionate amount of deaths during the pandemic. Ethnic minorities tend to be poorer than the rest of society and are often hit the hardest by disease. Mon, 06 Apr 2020 21:47:44 +0100 seanw coronavirus Boris Johnson is moved to intensive care The Prime Minister (pictured on Thursday evening), who was admitted to St Thomas' Hospital in London last night, was taken to intensive care at 7pm this evening. A Number 10 spokesperson said: 'Since Sunday evening, the Prime Minister has been under the care of doctors at St Thomas' Hospital, in London, after being admitted with persistent symptoms of coronavirus. 'Over the course of this afternoon, the condition of the Prime Minister has worsened and, on the advice of his medical team, he has been moved to the Intensive Care Unit at the hospital. 'The PM has asked Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who is the First Secretary of State, to deputise for him where necessary. 'The PM is receiving excellent care, and thanks all NHS staff for their hard work and dedication.' Mon, 06 Apr 2020 21:41:29 +0100 seanw boris johnson coronavirus Pence announces U.S. trial of anti-malaria drug for coronavirus cases Vice President Mike Pence told a news briefing Sunday hydroxychloroquine will be used in a 3,000-person study at Henry Ford Hospital Detroit to test the effectiveness of the anti-malarial drug in treating novel coronavirus patients. Why it matters: President Trump has touted the drug as a potential game-changer, but there's no conclusive proof that it works in COVID-19 cases, per National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director Anthony Fauci. The trial will be "the first major, definitive study in healthcare workers and first responders of hydroxychloroquine as a preventative medication," noted study organizer William O’Neill, an interventional cardiologist and researcher with Henry Ford Health System, in a statement. Zoom in: The study will "look at whether the drug prevents front-line workers from contracting the virus," according to the statement. Once health care workers and first responders enrolled in the trial provide a blood sample, they'll "receive vials with unidentified, specific pills to take over the next eight weeks," per Henry Ford Health System. These will consist of a once-a-week dose of hydroxychloroquine, a once-a-day dose, or a placebo. Participants won't know which group they're in. Mon, 06 Apr 2020 10:39:36 +0100 seanw chloroquine covid-19 Coronavirus outbreak: Trump says FDA has approved Chloroquine for #COVID-19 testing U.S. President Donald Trump was joined by VP Mike Pence and other Coronavirus Task Force members to hold a briefing on the efforts taken to develop a COVID-19 treatment on Thursday. Trump said that Chloroquine, which is a drug used to treat malaria and severe arthritis, has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to be tested as a possible COVID-19 treatment in clinical trials. At the same briefing, FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn said he didn't want to provide false hope that chloroquine or other drugs could be an effective treatment. There are currently no known treatments for the COVID-19 virus and officials have said a vaccine could take up to 12-18 months. Fri, 20 Mar 2020 01:46:16 +0100 seanw covid-19 coronavirus chloroquine fda Coronavirus Cases: 198,178 Deaths: 7,965 Recovered: 81,729 Coronavirus Cases: 198,178 Deaths: 7,965 Recovered: 81,729 The coronavirus COVID-19 is affecting 165 countries and territories around the world and 1 international conveyance (the Diamond Princess cruise ship harbored in Yokohama, Japan). Wed, 18 Mar 2020 01:00:31 +0100 seanw coronavirus Coronavirus Treatment : Hydroxychloroquine probably better From Elon Musk @elonmusk On Twitter As per @DiderRaoult - the study shows combination of HCQ * Azithromycin is most effective treatment 1 control group (placebo) 1 HCQ group 1 HCQ * Azithromycin group 600 mg HCQ per day after 6 days, 90% of patients tested COVID-19 negative. 96% of control group tested positive after 6 days. Wed, 18 Mar 2020 00:56:37 +0100 seanw chloroquine coronavirus hydroxychloroquine Report coronavirus cases Report #coronavirus cases Wed, 18 Mar 2020 00:54:52 +0100 seanw coronavirus <link></link> <description/> <guid></guid> <pubDate>Wed, 18 Mar 2020 00:51:14 +0100</pubDate> <author>seanw</author> <category>chloroquine</category> <category>coronavirus</category> </item> <item> <title>An Effective Treatment for Coronavirus (COVID-19) Presented by: James M. Todaro, MD (Columbia MD, and Gregory J. Rigano, Esq. ( In consultation with Stanford University School of Medicine, UAB School of Medicine and National Academy of Sciences researchers. March 13, 2020 ITALIAN: Recent guidelines from South Korea and China report that chloroquine is an effective antiviral therapeutic treatment against Coronavirus Disease 2019. Use of chloroquine (tablets) is showing favorable outcomes in humans infected with Coronavirus including faster time to recovery and shorter hospital stay. US CDC research shows that chloroquine also has strong potential as a prophylactic (preventative) measure against coronavirus in the lab, while we wait for a vaccine to be developed. Chloroquine is an inexpensive, globally available drug that has been in widespread human use since 1945 against malaria, autoimmune and various other conditions. Tue, 17 Mar 2020 20:59:20 +0100 seanw chloroquine covid-19 coronavirus Photos Of Young Bernie Sanders That Will Blow Your Mind #Bernie-Sanders Mon, 16 Mar 2020 10:13:15 +0100 seanw bernie-sanders Photos Of Young Bernie Sanders That Will Blow Your Mind #Bernie-Sanders Mon, 16 Mar 2020 10:13:15 +0100 seanw bernie-sanders Photos Of Young Bernie Sanders That Will Blow Your Mind #Bernie-Sanders Mon, 16 Mar 2020 10:13:15 +0100 seanw bernie-sanders Photos Of Young Bernie Sanders That Will Blow Your Mind #Bernie-Sanders Mon, 16 Mar 2020 10:13:15 +0100 seanw bernie-sanders Photos Of Young Bernie Sanders That Will Blow Your Mind #Bernie-Sanders Mon, 16 Mar 2020 10:13:15 +0100 seanw bernie-sanders Balcony sing-song for Rome residents trying to stave off coronavirus blues | AFP Sun, 15 Mar 2020 01:58:58 +0100 seanw A 4.1KM asteroid will close-in on Earth in April, NASA has confirmed - Could end human civilisation A 4.1KM asteroid will close-in on Earth in April, NASA has confirmed - Could end human civilisation if it hits our planet An object this big could potentially spell the end of the human race if it strikes the planet. NASA estimates the rock is heading our way at speeds of about 8.7km per second or 19,461mph (31,320kmh). At this rate, the asteroid will close-in on Earth on April 29. When this happens, NASA said the asteroid will make a “close approach” to our planet. According to the Planetary Society, an asteroid bigger than 0.6 miles (1km) across is big enough to threaten global destruction. Tue, 03 Mar 2020 16:58:49 +0100 seanw 'I WAS SO WRONG' - ADMITS DAVID HAYE AS HE REFLECTS ON TYSON FURY'S STUNNING WIN OVER WILDER Mon, 24 Feb 2020 23:02:47 +0100 seanw deontay wilder vs tyson fury 2 John Fury Says Tyson Fury Should Retire Following Victory Over Deontay Wilder Mon, 24 Feb 2020 22:55:07 +0100 seanw deontay wilder vs tyson fury 2 Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury 2 - Full Fight Mon, 24 Feb 2020 21:35:37 +0100 seanw tyson fury deontae wilder deontay wilder vs tyson fury 2 Kobe Bryant is killed in helicopter crash in Calabasas Kobe Bryant, the legendary basketball star who spent 20 years with the Los Angeles Lakers, was killed Sunday when the helicopter he was traveling in crashed and burst into flames Sunday morning amid foggy conditions in the hills above Calabasas, sources told the L.A. Times. The crash occurred shortly before 10 a.m. near Las Virgenes Road, south of Agoura Road, according to a watch commander for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. The crash ignited a brush fire and made it difficult for firefighters and emergency personnel to get to the aircraft, he said. The fire was contained to the crash site, officials said. There were no homes in the area, and no roadways were impacted. Sun, 26 Jan 2020 21:43:35 +0100 seanw kobe bryant Carlos Ghosn Sneaked Out of Japan in Box Used for Audio Gear Former auto titan Carlos Ghosn, packed into a case typically used for concert audio equipment, was sneaked onto a private jet at an airport in Osaka, Japan, late Sunday, according to people familiar with the matter, in what has become one of the corporate world’s most stunning cases of bail jumping. His escape from Japan, where he was fighting charges of financial crime stemming from his time at the top of Nissan Motor Co. and Renault SA, was months in the making, according to people familiar with the matter, and was put in... Sat, 04 Jan 2020 20:02:31 +0100 seanw carlos ghosn Tasnim releases an image of the US strike in Iraq, showing Qassem Suleimanei's ring Tasnim releases an image taken in the aftermath of the US strike in #Iraq, purportedly showing Suleimanei's ring Fri, 03 Jan 2020 07:53:14 +0100 seanw iran qassem suleimanei iraq Iranian official vows retaliation against the United States following the killing of Qassem Soleiman >> Update Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis was killed along with Top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, in U.S. airstrike in Baghdad It’s possible that the most important strategic event of 2020 in the Middle East occurred a few days before the year even began. The United States attacked the pro-Iranian Shi’ite Kataib Hezbollah militia early Sunday morning. American drones hit five targets of the militia in western Iraq and eastern Syria. A Pentagon spokesman said 25 militia members were killed. It was a massive attack, and one of the largest by the United States in the region in the past year. The question that interests most of the actors operating in the region at the moment – including, and maybe especially Israel – is whether the attack points to a change in U.S. policy. Fri, 03 Jan 2020 06:19:04 +0100 seanw iran qassem suleimani Killing Iran’s Qassem Suleimani changes the game in the Middle East On Thursday night, the Pentagon announced that the United States killed Maj. Gen. Qassem Suleimani, the head of Iran’s paramilitary forces, in an airstrike in Iraq “at the direction of the President.” The strike that took out Suleimani also reportedly killed the leader of Kataib Hezbollah, an Iranian proxy militia in Iraq that has repeatedly attacked US and allied forces and recently launched rockets at a US military base. Those attacks killed an American contractor, which led the United States to respond and kill 25 operatives in attacks in Iraq and Syria. In separate operations, US forces have also captured and arrested leaders of other important Iraqi militias with close ties to Iran. Kataib Hezbollah is one of the most important pro-Iranian Shi’ite militias operating in Iraq. The group accepts the religious legal authority of Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and the principle of “Velayat-e Faqih,” the supreme rule of the Islamic jurist. This is the guiding principle of the Iranian political system, according to which the political ruler is also the senior religious leader. The militia’s political ideology is expressed in its extreme opposition to the United States, the West in general, and Israel. Fri, 03 Jan 2020 06:14:37 +0100 seanw iran qassem suleimani NASA Live: Earth Views from the Space Station Fri, 13 Dec 2019 22:41:04 +0100 seanw Sweden Drops Investigation of Julian Assange. Thu, 21 Nov 2019 00:13:29 +0100 seanw julian assange At This Techno Club, the Party Is Political : Bassiani, a techno club in Tbilisi, Georgia Inside Bassiani. Photography is forbidden and bouncers put stickers over guests’ cellphone cameras; The New York Times was allowed in before guests arrived. Georgia, which was part of the Soviet Union until 1991, is a conservative society and tensions around L.G.B.T. visibility are running high as Tbilisi, its capital, prepares to hold its first Pride celebration in June. Sat, 09 Nov 2019 13:41:16 +0100 seanw georgia tbilisi At This Techno Club, the Party Is Political : Bassiani, a techno club in Tbilisi, Georgia Inside Bassiani. Photography is forbidden and bouncers put stickers over guests’ cellphone cameras; The New York Times was allowed in before guests arrived. Georgia, which was part of the Soviet Union until 1991, is a conservative society and tensions around L.G.B.T. visibility are running high as Tbilisi, its capital, prepares to hold its first Pride celebration in June. Sat, 09 Nov 2019 13:41:16 +0100 seanw georgia tbilisi At This Techno Club, the Party Is Political : Bassiani, a techno club in Tbilisi, Georgia Inside Bassiani. Photography is forbidden and bouncers put stickers over guests’ cellphone cameras; The New York Times was allowed in before guests arrived. Georgia, which was part of the Soviet Union until 1991, is a conservative society and tensions around L.G.B.T. visibility are running high as Tbilisi, its capital, prepares to hold its first Pride celebration in June. Sat, 09 Nov 2019 13:41:16 +0100 seanw georgia tbilisi At This Techno Club, the Party Is Political : Bassiani, a techno club in Tbilisi, Georgia Inside Bassiani. Photography is forbidden and bouncers put stickers over guests’ cellphone cameras; The New York Times was allowed in before guests arrived. Georgia, which was part of the Soviet Union until 1991, is a conservative society and tensions around L.G.B.T. visibility are running high as Tbilisi, its capital, prepares to hold its first Pride celebration in June. Sat, 09 Nov 2019 13:41:16 +0100 seanw georgia tbilisi At This Techno Club, the Party Is Political : Bassiani, a techno club in Tbilisi, Georgia Inside Bassiani. Photography is forbidden and bouncers put stickers over guests’ cellphone cameras; The New York Times was allowed in before guests arrived. Georgia, which was part of the Soviet Union until 1991, is a conservative society and tensions around L.G.B.T. visibility are running high as Tbilisi, its capital, prepares to hold its first Pride celebration in June. Sat, 09 Nov 2019 13:41:16 +0100 seanw georgia tbilisi French ex-model accuses Polanski of raping her as a teen A French former model and actress on Friday accused Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski, whose new film on the persecution of French Jewish army officer Alfred Dreyfus premieres next week, of raping her in a Swiss ski resort when she was a teenager. It is the latest accusation against the 86-year-old Polish-born director who fled to France in 1978 from the US after admitting the statutory rape of a 13-year-old girl. Valentine Monnier told Le Parisien newspaper that the alleged rape occurred in 1975 when she was 18 at Polanski's chalet in Gstaad. "I had no links with him, neither personal nor professional, and hardly knew him," Monnier, a former model who worked in New York, said. She said the alleged rape was "extremely violent", adding: "He pummelled me until I gave in and then raped me, making me do all sorts of things." Monnier said she recounted what had happened to her that very night to two women who were also staying in Polanski's chalet: her best friend and another woman who became Polanski's girlfriend for four years. Sat, 09 Nov 2019 08:16:53 +0100 seanw polanski Foreigner Balls On A NYC Hooper Like A Boss (SCHOOLS HIM) Sat, 26 Oct 2019 13:22:55 +0100 seanw A Racist in the White House On November 4, 2008, Barack Obama beat John McCain by nine and a half million votes and became the country’s first African-American President. In 2016, Donald Trump, an unapologetic racist, lost the popular ballot by three million votes but, thanks to the antediluvian rules that still govern our voting system, succeeded Obama in the Oval Office. Understanding the role of racism and its persistence in this dismal pivot will be as central to our understanding of our times as it was to our understanding of Reconstruction. What’s curious is just how many people have resisted seeing squarely Trump’s racism, his shrewd exploitation of animosity, hatred, and division for political advantage. Trump is hardly a man of subtle concealment. W. E. B. Du Bois wrote that Andrew Johnson’s unwillingness to enact policies to give freedmen land, a decent education, or voting rights resided, first and foremost, in “his inability to picture Negroes as men.” Trump’s hostility toward minorities and his capacity to signal that hostility to others has never been a secret. This quality is central to his politics and his appeal. The biography is plain. As real-estate developers in the nineteen-seventies, Trump and his father did what they could to keep people of color out of their buildings in Brooklyn and Queens. These slimy stratagems attracted the attention of the Department of Justice. As a tabloid bigmouth eager to enhance his peculiar brand of outrageous celebrity, Trump paid for ad space in the New York papers to call for the execution of the so-called Central Park Five. Long after they were vindicated and given a collective award of forty-one million dollars, Trump refused to apologize or reconsider. Trump always made a point of forming “friendships” with Don King, Mike Tyson, and a few other black celebrities, but the fraud was obvious. As Kip Brown, a driver who worked at one of Trump’s casinos in Atlantic City, told Nick Paumgarten in The New Yorker, “When Donald and Ivana came to the casino, the bosses would order all the black people off the floor. . . . I was a teen-ager, but I remember it: they put us all in the back.” The foundational cause of Trump’s fledgling political career was not tax policy or the nuclear deal with Iran; it was the promotion of “birtherism,” the conspiracy theory that Obama was lying about his citizenship and place of origin. After the election, a ban on Muslim immigration was among Trump’s top priorities. His ongoing cruelties directed at men, women, and children at the southern border is a naked attempt to strike fear into would-be migrants throughout Mexico and Central America and to arouse the approval of white voters. The President’s views are clear: black athletes who dare to protest police violence are “sons of bitches”; African countries are “shitholes”; and there are some “fine people” among the bigoted thugs who carried tiki torches and chanted “Blood and soil” and “Jews will not replace us” in Charlottesville. Just last week, the President invited to the White House leading members of the far-right social-media crowd, including one “Carpe Donktum,” who recently made a nasty altered video of Joe Biden; Bill Mitchell, who ladles out the latest QAnon conspiracy theories; the oppo-research operative James O’Keefe III; and Ali Alexander, who, like the President’s own son, recently shared a tweet that called into question Kamala Harris’s racial background. A sterling bunch. At the meeting, Trump expressed the full knowledge that cyber-fuelled hatred and racism had helped him win the election. He honored the group with a White House invitation in the hopes that it will be there for him again in 2020. “The crap you think of is unbelievable!” he told them in bemused admiration. These were his people. And, like a self-infatuated child, Trump said of his own tweets, “I used to watch it like a rocket ship when I put out a beauty.” Over the weekend, Trump put out a beauty, telling his sixty million Twitter followers that four members of Congress—Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Rashida Tlaib—four Democrats on the left, four women of color, should “go back” to the countries “from which they came” if they were going to keep on criticizing him. This was a threat of the ugliest variety, and one with a malodorous history. And a President of the United States was making it. At a press conference Monday, Ocasio-Cortez said that when she visited Washington, D.C., as a girl, her father showed her the Capitol, the reflecting pool, the Lincoln Memorial, and other sites of American democracy and told her, “This belongs to all of us.” “This weekend that very notion was challenged,” Ocasio-Cortez said. This was precisely the point: Trump was saying that these four women of color did not belong. He would never have said something similarly threatening to a white critic. In his conception of American-ness, white people belong; the rest are contingent. Tue, 06 Aug 2019 11:06:04 +0100 seanw Arnold Schwarzenegger gets attacked in South Africa Sun, 19 May 2019 12:23:23 +0100 seanw Pochettino in tears! Incredible scenes as Spurs reach Champions League final! Thu, 09 May 2019 01:30:51 +0100 seanw Pussy Riot Member Veronika Nikulshina Arrested in Moscow Pussy Riot member Veronika Nikulshina has been taken into police custody in Moscow, their representative confirms to press. She was detained along with Alexey Yershov and Maxim Karnaukhov, who head the Russian theatre company Teatr Na Vynos. They have since been released from police custody, the Associated Press reports. Pussy Riot issued the following statement to press: Right at the exit from their apartment Nika, Alexey and Maxim were arrested before going to the “Golden Mask” theatre award at the Bolshoi theatre, the main theatre award in Russia where all 3 were officially nominated and invited. Police said they need to take them them in for a certain check up. Wed, 17 Apr 2019 02:21:32 +0100 seanw pussy riot Notre Dame: Blaze engulfs medieval icon A symbol of so many things – France, Europe, Western civilisation, Christian history and more. Really a terrible loss. Let's hope much is saved. Viva la France 🇦🇺🇫🇷 Tue, 16 Apr 2019 06:42:23 +0100 seanw notre dame de paris LAPD on suspect, motive in Nipsey Hussle shooting Wed, 03 Apr 2019 13:33:33 +0100 seanw