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Despite reservations about the film diving deep into the 'White Savior' trope, I went to see The Great Wall.

It's a visually stunning film, but, yes - Damon's character is the lone European/good man among thieves (other Europeans) who also ends up being critical to the plot's resolution. There's no getting around it.

The other character dynamics are also action-movie clichés, including the Clueless Bureaucrat and the Noble Sacrifice.

WETA Workshop did some of the effects work, and Ramin Djawadi (Game of Thrones) composed the score.


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The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!
-- Donald J. Trump, via Twitter

I've spent 30 years working in television news, a career I'm proud of. I grew up watching Walter Cronkite and other anchors who defined the industry - Howard K. Smith, Chet Huntley & David Brinkley.

I watched, with millions of Americans, our nation's triumphs as we landed men on the Moon and saw them return safely to the Earth. I saw our less pleasant moments, as well: the assassinations of John F. Kennedy; his brother, Robert; civil rights icon Martin Luther King, Jr.; the VietNam War; Watergate.

I have been part of the news business through national tragedies like the Challenger and Columbia disasters, through the attacks on 9/11 and at the Boston Marathon. I have seen visits by foreign heads of states and popes. I've been there for earthquakes and devastating fires. I've seen bodies pulled out of the water, and seen Americans beheaded (yes, we cut that down for you folks at home).

And, in a slight tangent, I am a union member. It was union members who stood to on 9/11 - New York's first responders and construction workers - who looked at the debris and said, "Let's get to work."

And that's what journalism is. That's what journalism does. It embodies both the freedom of speech, but of the fourth estate - the press - to allow our democracy a unique and valuable asset, the ability to self-examine, celebrate our triumphs and recognize our shortcomings, together, as one nation, indivisible. Liberty and justice for all follow because we are honest with ourselves, not because we're paying lip service to the Stars & Stripes.

When you are the Commander-in-Chief, it's almost a given that you will have a contentious, if not combative, relationship with the media. Democrat or Republican, it doesn't matter. The press is not there to be your cheerleading section or inflate your ego.

Bawling like a spoiled and ill-mannered child about how the 'fake media' is being grossly unfair to your wealthy, privileged backside and that of your wife, daughter, sons, and cabinet picks doesn't make you look like the leader of the greatest free nation in the world. It makes you look like a spoiled and ill-mannered child desperately seeking approval for pooping in his diaper.

A great nation is unfraid, but it is also honest with itself and with others. If you're running in the opposite direction because you don't like what you're hearing, Mr. Trump, the problem is with you, and not the media.


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Nicholas Kristof's column from the NY Times on questions that we should be asking about Michael Flynn and the Trump Administration. (Senator Chaffetz, this is why your constituents were shouting you down the other day. You're not doing your job.)

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Make America Hate Again.

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BBC and Reuters reporting Flynn has resigned.

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Someone tell the bad guys to stay away from the border until then, okay?


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The 9th District Circuit Court has UPHELD the suspension of the Trump travel ban.

Expect insane 3 AM Tweetery from Dolt 45 blaming the judges for the yet-to-occur Reichstag Fire, Atlanta, and the Bowling Green Massacre.

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This does not engender confidence in the mental stability of the president.

- Denounced the 'New START' treaty, but didn't know what START was.
- Called it 'START-up'.
- The conversation included a digression about Trump's popularity.



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"Mr. Sessions has used the awesome powers of his office in a shabby attempt to intimidate and frighten elderly black voters. For this reprehensible conduct, he should not be rewarded with a federal judgeship. (He) lacks the temperament, fairness, and judgment to be a federal judge. (His conduct) raises serious questions about his commitment to the protection of the voting rights of all American citizens."
-- Coretta Scott King
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Pursuant to the 'National Right to Work' legislation proposed by Rep. Steve 'The GOP is for White People' King ...

Right-to-Work is described as freeing employers to pay you more. But Republicans frown upon increasing the Minimum Wage. Employers like 'Papa John' Schnatter complain about having to pay employees more through healthcare benefits.

More importantly, RTW is a means of side-stepping protections established under collective bargaining practices, including being fired 'for cause' and arbitrary disciplinary action. It can also impact something important called Weingarten Rights.

It is the right, as affirmed by a Supreme Court decision, for union employees to be represented by a shop steward in any meeting or interview that they believe may be disciplinary in nature. This can include performance reviews.

Note that it is the employee's judgment as to whether or not an interview or meeting qualifies as having the potential to result in disciplinary actions, and that employers can and do try to tell union members that the meeting isn't disciplinary, or that they don't need to have a shop steward present.

Right-to-work would call all of this into question. Right-to-work hurts American workers. Don't buy the 'we'll be free to pay you more,' nonsense.

+Icarus Anne Riley +Greg S +Tim Schermerhorn +peter k

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