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*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Dec 12th, 2014 at 03:38:54 PM EST
Hungarian masterpiece spotted in Stuart Little film to be auctioned | World news | The Guardian

On Saturday night, the undisputed main attraction will be Róbert Berény's exquisite Sleeping Lady with Black Vase, a previously lost art deco portrait of his second wife, Eta, that was spotted in the background of the children's movie Stuart Little and has shone the international spotlight once again on the Hungarian painter.

Even the film's star, Hugh Laurie, was moved to tweet last week that he had been a "little hurt to discover the foreground performances couldn't hold the attention". "But still," he wrote, "what an honour."

It was art historian Gergely Barki who identified the lost work five years ago after reluctantly switching the film on to appease his bored daughter at Christmas. "It was the best Christmas present for an art historian," he said.

Hungary's stormy 20th century played a part in the scattering of Berény's works - and relatives. Barki, who has rediscovered many of the country's lost paintings, believes the painting is likely to have been sold in 1928 in Hungary "because that was when it was last exhibited and as most of the buyers were Jewish, it probably left the country as a result of the war".

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Dec 12th, 2014 at 03:39:07 PM EST
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Noel Gallagher: 'I'd have eaten Bastille alive in an afternoon' | Music | The Guardian

During an interview for the BBC Master Tapes show, via NME, a member of the audience questioned the Oasis founder about the health of the current British music scene. "You only have to look at the charts, what happened at the end of the 90s, all those bands used to be in the top 10, like us, Manics, Pulp, the Verve, Suede and Blur, and I think bands like that have been marginalised and sidelined," he said. "There's X Factor and all that kind of thing, but you name me the last great band that came out of this country? There's not really been any great bands in the last 10 years."

Specifically lamenting the lack of exciting bands (adding that One Direction were "not a band" but a group), Gallagher said that Arctic Monkeys and Kasabian had done little in the last decade to expand the variety of musicians operating in an increasingly middle-class music industry:

Shame on those two bands for a start because they didn't inspire anybody else. The working classes have not got a voice any more. There doesn't seem to be a noise coming from the council estates, you know what I mean?

I'd have eaten Bastille alive in an afternoon in the 90s, one interview, destroyed, gone, never to be heard of again. Easy, had 'em for breakfast. My bass player summed it up - we're constantly saying: `Where is the next band coming from?' and he rightly says: `Never mind the band, where are the people?'"

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Dec 12th, 2014 at 04:03:03 PM EST
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The sound of the council estates is dubstep, trap and even trance, so it's not a surprise our Noel hasn't heard it, what with his old-fashioned attachment to self-destructive narcissism and guitars.

The dance music charts rarely make it to the mainstream, so if you're not a regular on Beatport you won't know about them.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Sat Dec 13th, 2014 at 06:43:11 AM EST
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He was once a looker, you know.
by IM on Sat Dec 13th, 2014 at 01:24:53 PM EST
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Barack Obama, His Mother, and the CIA   Boiling Frogs Post  H/T Dan Lynch, (FBF)

In his autobiography, Dreams From My Fathers, Barack Obama writes of taking a job at some point after graduating from Columbia University in 1983. He describes his employer as "a consulting house to multinational corporations" in New York City, and his functions as a "research assistant" and "financial writer".

Oddly, Obama doesn't mention the name of his employer. However, a New York Times story of October 30, 2007 identifies the company as Business International Corporation. Equally odd is that the Times did not remind its readers that the newspaper itself had disclosed in 1977 that Business International had provided cover for four CIA employees in various countries between 1955 and 1960.[10]

The British journal, Lobster -- which, despite its incongruous name, is a venerable international publication on intelligence matters -- has reported that Business International was active in the 1980s promoting the candidacy of Washington-favored candidates in Australia and Fiji.[11] In 1987, the CIA overthrew the Fiji government after but one month in office because of its policy of maintaining the island as a nuclear-free zone, meaning that American nuclear-powered or nuclear-weapons-carrying ships could not make port calls.12 After the Fiji coup, the candidate supported by Business International, who was much more amenable to Washington's nuclear desires, was reinstated to power -- R.S.K. Mara was Prime Minister or President of Fiji from 1970 to 2000, except for the one-month break in 1987.  
In his book, not only doesn't Obama mention his employer's name; he fails to say exactly when he worked there, or why he left the job. There may well be no significance to these omissions, but inasmuch as Business International has a long association with the world of intelligence, covert actions, and attempts to penetrate the radical left -- including Students for a Democratic Society (SDS)[13] -- it's reasonable to wonder if the inscrutable Mr. Obama is concealing something about his own association with this world.

See referenced article for numbered links.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sat Dec 13th, 2014 at 07:46:03 AM EST
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Obama's working for Business International is certainly suggestive. His mother's working with CIA-infiltrated organisations, frankly, isn't. How could an American anthropologist work in the Asia-Pacific region at that period without working with CIA-infiltrated organisations? Clearly, not at all.

But the paragraph on the Fiji coup of 1987 is bullshit. Suggested reading. The coup was a personal initiative of its leader, prompted by the election of an ethnic Indian prime minister. Any CIA involvement was marginal at best, and the offhand denial of any indigenous agency in the affair is rather insulting.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Sun Dec 14th, 2014 at 09:01:20 AM EST
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the offhand denial of any indigenous agency in the affair is rather insulting.

...and yet all too frequent in certain circles that think themselves as progressive. Progressive, not to the point of conceiving that the natives may grow restless without the CIA telling them to...

Even though the USA doesn't have the same colonialist past as European nations, paternalism is still alive and well.

by Bernard on Sun Dec 14th, 2014 at 01:35:29 PM EST
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