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Tina Turner and the Ikettes with Frank Zappa Singing Backup Vocals

Posted by BeyondGeography | Thu May 25, 2023, 10:15 AM (5 replies)

Martin Amis has died

He was brilliant and funny. Reading “Money” was one of the first things that made the 80s bearable for me. He also wrote London Fields and Time’s Arrow, among many other things.

Posted by BeyondGeography | Sat May 20, 2023, 09:01 PM (5 replies)

Re. Ukraine at G7: "Things are moving really fast in Japan. Faster even than we had dared hope."

US to back fighter jet training for Ukrainian pilots, official says

The US will back a joint international effort to train Ukrainian pilots to fly F-16 and other modern fighter jets, according to a western official.

Joe Biden has already informed fellow leaders attending a G7 summit in Japan of his decision, the official said. The training will begin in the next few weeks at an unspecified site in Europe and will take a few months to complete. Such training would be a prerequisite to the transfer to Kyiv of F-16s and other western warplanes.

The decision represents a dramatic shift in stance by Washington, which had previously presented the supply of F16s to Ukraine as unfeasible. The speed of the U-turn took some allies by surprise.

There had been reports that the US would give a green light for other states to make preparations to supply western fighter jets, but even close allies did not expect Biden to support direct US involvement in a training programme.

“Things are moving really fast in Japan. Faster even than we had dared hoped,” one European diplomat said.

More at https://www.theguardian.com/world/2023/may/19/us-indicates-will-not-block-european-countries-export-f-16-jets-ukraine?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other
Posted by BeyondGeography | Fri May 19, 2023, 11:37 AM (0 replies)

E. Jean Carroll, lawyer talk court victory against Trump - GMA

Posted by BeyondGeography | Wed May 10, 2023, 07:52 AM (2 replies)

Charlie Sykes: Try to imagine Trump surviving in any other segment of our society

And yet…


…No publicly traded company would consider naming Trump to an executive position, or even to a position on its board. None of his billionaire friends would trust him with their money. Even in our debased political culture, the cascade of rape allegations and indictments would force Trump’s resignation as a senator, governor, or legislator.

Trump would not be allowed to own an NFL, NBA, or MLB team, and no one would even think of giving him a management job at a local Burger King. It’s impossible to imagine him being given any position of authority at any school or university in the United States.

…At this point, the Senate would be unlikely to confirm Trump’s appointment to any other position of trust. Someone with Trump’s character would not be granted a security clearance at any level of government. We wouldn’t let the man babysit our children or even walk the dog. We would definitely not buy a used car from the guy. But we might give him back the nuclear codes and control over the military, the FBI, the CIA, the IRS, and the Department of Justice. Americans might make him, once again, the face of America.

…After the release of the Access Hollywood tape, the GOP decided that character did not, after all, matter. Seven years later, neither the indictments for paying hush money to a porn star nor the accusations of assault—and rape—are disqualifying for Republican voters. In the 2024 contest for the presidency, they hardly even register.

Posted by BeyondGeography | Fri May 5, 2023, 02:08 PM (13 replies)
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