Newsletter Volume 33 Issue 4, Apr 2021
From The Editor
I thought that my Crimes Against Humanity article in the January Newsletter had used extracts from Jason Hickel’s The Divide: A Brief Guide to Global Inequality and its Solutions, to expose some of the worst 20th Century crimes. Until a Jan. 13, 2021 Washington Post article taught me just how naive I had been. See Home Entertainment, CRIME, Even Worse Crimes.
Yes, collectors are still revisiting, and sharing, some of their favourite old films Here are some links to films, from golden oldies to more recent. Some of them are only available for a short time, so get in quick to your favourite category:
“A somewhat mentally handicapped 20-year-old man works as a laborer, but everyone abuses his naiveté. A nice 40-year-old American woman hires him one day and they become close. However, the town and his family see her as predatory.
Director: Michael Pate
Writers: Colleen McCullough (novel), Michael Pate
Stars: Piper Laurie, Mel Gibson, Alwyn Kurts
The Gift of Love by O. Henry — Film – 1978
“A wealthy orphan is dutifully resigned to an arranged-for marriage to a man of “socially acceptable class.” When her heart is captured by a young Swiss immigrant, she struggles between her relative’s expectations and her own wishes.
Director: Don Chaffey
Writers: O. Henry (story “The Gift of the Magi”), Caryl Ledner
Stars: Marie Osmond, Timothy Bottoms, Bethel Leslie
Mahogany (1975) | Romantic Drama Movie | Diana Ross, Billy Dee Williams
“Tracy, an aspiring designer from the slums of Chicago puts herself through fashion school in the hopes of becoming one of the world’s top designers. Her ambition leads her to Rome spurring a choice between the man she loves or her newfound success.
Directors: Berry Gordy, Tony Richardson (uncredited) | 1 more credit »
Writers: John Byrum (screenplay), Toni Amber (story)
Stars: Diana Ross, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Perkins
Nominated for 1 Oscar
Hansel and Gretel VHS 1987 Version
“Based on the fairy tale by The Brothers Grimm. Hansel and Gretel are abandoned after the famine strike in the village and where Hansel and Gretel are later trapped in the deceptively decorated house of the witch Griselda who wishes to fatten Hansel so that he may be baked into a delicious gingerbread treat.
Director: Len Talan
Writers: Jacob Grimm (story), Wilhelm Grimm (story) | 2 more credits »
Stars: David Warner, Hugh Pollard, Nicola Stapleton
Faerie Tale Theatre Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
“Snow White must flee from her evil stepmother. She’s taken in by the lovable seven dwarfs. Will the wicked queen be able to get rid of her rival?
Director: Peter Medak
Writer: Robert C. Jones (teleplay)
Stars: Elizabeth McGovern, Vanessa Redgrave, Rex Smith
Faerie Tale Theatre Little Red Riding Hood Season 2 | Episode 5 1983
“A sheltered but adventurous young woman finds trouble when she encounters a wolf.
Director: Graeme Clifford
Writers: David Wyles (teleplay) (as J. David Wyles), Mark Curtiss (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
Stars: Malcolm McDowell, Mary Steenburgen, Frances Bay
Faerie Tale Theatre The Dancing Princesses
“A king with six daughters who is extremely over protective locks them in their room at night. But for some reason they order shoes from the cobbler practically every day and the king has to pay for them. And when he ask them why, they don’t give him a straight answer. So he sends word that whoever figures out why they need so many shoes, he will have the hand of the daughter of his choice. But so far none have succeeded because they make sure no one can find out. But a soldier upon learning of this decides to find out after being given a cloak that renders him invisible.
Director: Peter Medak
Writer: Maryedith Burrell
Stars: Lesley Ann Warren, Peter Weller, Roy Dotrice
Faerie Tale Theatre The Three Little Pigs
“Three pig brothers. One is narcissistic, one is greedy but the runt is creative and clever. Big bad Buck Wolf is charged with the task of bringing home a pig for dinner. Pretty pink Tina charms them all. Who will survive by their chinny chin chin?
Director: Howard Storm
Writers: Mark Curtiss (teleplay), Rod Ash (teleplay)
Stars: Billy Crystal, Jeff Goldblum, Valerie Perrine
Rapunzel #Shelley? Duvall’s Faerie Tale Theatre
“A sinister witch steals the baby of a simple candlemaker and his wife. Determined to keep the daughter for herself, she locks her up in a tower all alone. Wonders and dangers occur when the girl meets a handsome prince.
Director: Gilbert Cates
Writer: David Wyles (teleplay) (as J. David Wyles)
Stars: Jeff Bridges, Shelley Duvall, Gena Rowlands
Faerie Tale Theatre: Goldilocks and the 3 Bears (1984)
“A spirited young girl disobeys her parents and runs off to the wood for the afternoon. She visits a seemingly empty house, eats from three bowls of porridge, sits in three chairs, wrecking one, then falls asleep in the littlest bed. When caught, she learns an important lesson about respecting other entities’ rights to privacy and another lesson about being truthful.
Director: Gilbert Cates
Writers: Mark Curtiss (teleplay), Rod Ash (teleplay)
Stars: Tatum O’Neal, Hoyt Axton, Alex Karras
Pippi Longstocking (1997) | Full Movie cartoon
“Pippi is a little girl who lives alone in her house, while her father is sailing the seas. With Pippi we meet her horse, her monkey and her two friends Tommy and Anika. Together they go on many journeys through the neighborhood.
Directors: Michael Schaack, Clive Smith (as Clive A. Smith)
Writers: Catharina Stackelberg (screenplay), Astrid Lindgren (novel)
Stars: Catherine O’Hara, Dave Thomas, Melissa Altro
Pot o’ Gold (1941) | Full Movie | James Stewart, Paulette Goddard, Horace Heidt
“Jimmy goes to work with his uncle, the owner of a food factory. Before he gets there, he befriends an Irish family who happens to be his uncle’s worst enemy because of their love for music and in-house band who constantly practices.”
Ladies Who Do (1963) Peggy Mount, Robert Morley, Harry H. Corbett
‘The “Ladies Who Do” are office cleaners. One of them discovers some hot stock tips and they make a fortune. They then make good use of it to save their old neighbourhoods from the wicked developer.
WHEN WE ARE MARRIED
“The Helliwells, the Soppitts, and the Parkers, old friends gathered to celebrate their common silver anniversaries. To their dismay they learn that their marriages may not be valid. On hand are an outrageous housekeeper and a photographer.
Director: Barry Davis
Writer: J.B. Priestley
Stars: Patricia Routledge, Peter Vaughan, Prunella Scales
CARTOONS: Mark David’s ‘chance’ of hitting his target?
By Mark David | 16 April 2021
Dog spelled backwards is God
An Inspector Calls (BBC 2015)
“A mysterious Inspector investigates the wealthy Birling family and their dinner guests following the suicide of a young woman.
Director Aisling Walsh
Writers J.B. Priestley (based on the play by) Helen Edmundson(adapted by)
Stars David Thewlis Lucy Chappell Miranda Richardson
This Sporting Life (1963)
“Despite success on the field, a rising rugby star senses the emerging emptiness of his life as his inner angst begins to materialize through aggression and brutality, so he attempts to woo his landlady in hopes of finding reason to live.
Director: Lindsay Anderson
Writers: David Storey (based on the novel by), David Storey (screenplay)
Stars: Richard Harris, Rachel Roberts, Alan Badel
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 8 nominations
The Hustler | Full HD Movies For Free | Flick Vault 1961
“An up-and-coming pool player plays a long-time champion in a single high-stakes match.
Director: Robert Rossen
Writers: Sidney Carroll (screenplay) (as Sydney Carroll), Robert Rossen (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Stars: Paul Newman, Jackie Gleason, Piper Laurie
Won 2 Oscars. Another 11 wins & 20 nominations
All Passion Spent (1986)
All Passion Spent Episode 1
“After a lifetime in the spotlight, Lady Slane, the 85 year old wife of a recently deceased politician is allowed to shed her public persona and retreat to a cottage in the Hampstead countryside. Rediscovering her identity is no easy task with family members constantly meddling in her affairs. Brilliantly adapted from Vita Sackville-West’s classic novel, this masterpiece was nominated for four BAFTA.
Stars: Wendy Hiller, Harry Andrews, Maurice Denham
All Passion Spent Episode 2
All Passion Spent Episode 3 of 3
Hawaii (1966) Julie Andrews, Max von Sydow, Richard Harris. Drama
“An American missionary and his wife travel to the exotic island kingdom of Hawaii, intent on converting the natives. But the clash between the two cultures is too great and instead of understanding there comes tragedy.
Director: George Roy Hill
Writers: James A. Michener (novel), Dalton Trumbo (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Stars: Julie Andrews, Max von Sydow, Richard Harris
Nominated for 7 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations
Crazy Heart (2009)// Jeff Bridges, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Colin Farrell HD Movie
“A faded country music musician is forced to reassess his dysfunctional life during a doomed romance that also inspires him.
Director: Scott Cooper
Writers: Scott Cooper, Thomas Cobb (novel)
Stars: Jeff Bridges, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Colin Farrell
Won 2 Oscars. Another 37 wins & 33 nominations
Death in Venice (1971)
“While recovering in Venice, sickly Composer Gustav von Aschenbach becomes dangerously fixated with teenager Tadzio.
Director: Luchino Visconti
Writers: Thomas Mann (novel), Luchino Visconti (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Romolo Valli, Mark Burns
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 18 wins & 6 nominations
The Conformist (1970) R 8.0 English subtitles
“A weak-willed Italian man becomes a fascist flunky who goes abroad to arrange the assassination of his old teacher, now a political dissident.
Director: Bernardo Bertolucci
Writers: Alberto Moravia (novel), Bernardo Bertolucci (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Stars: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Stefania Sandrelli, Gastone Moschin
Playhouse 90: Judgement at Nuremberg (CBS, 1959) Has old adverts between Acts (e.g. Camel cigarettes)
“In 1948, an American court in occupied Germany tries four Nazis judged for war crimes.
Director: Stanley Kramer
Writers: Abby Mann, Abby Mann (based on his original story by)
Stars: Spencer Tracy, Burt Lancaster, Richard Widmark
Top Rated Movies #146 | Won 2 Oscars. Another 14 wins & 25 nominations
The Fixer (1998) Jon Voight – Crime Drama HD
“Jack Killoran is a lawyer who can ‘fix’ any situation for his wealthy clients, usually by bribing or blackmailing corrupt officials. Killoran runs afoul of some of his clients when he has a crisis of conscience after miraculously surviving a riding accident.
Director: Charles Robert Carner
Writer: Charles Robert Carner
Stars: Jon Voight, Brenda Bakke, J.J. Johnston
Capricorn One (1977) Elliott Gould, James Brolin, Brenda Vaccaro, Sam Waterston, O.J. Simpson, Hal Holbrook, Karen Black, Telly Savalas
“A NASA Mars mission won’t work, and its funding is endangered, so they decide to fake it just this once. But then they have to keep the secret.”
The Old Man Who Cried Wolf (TV Movie 1970)
“Emile Pulska is visiting his old friend Abe Stillman. During the visit they are attacked and Emile is struck senseless. When he wakes up he is told that Abe is dead, dead by natural causes,… See full summary »
Director: Walter Grauman
Writers: Luther Davis (teleplay), Arnold Horwitt (story)
Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Martin Balsam, Diane Baker
Forgotten TV Mini Series 1999 3 Episodes
“Ben Turner is living an idyllic life in the sleepy English countryside. Happily married and father to a six-year-old daughter, things couldn’t be better until a dark reminder from his past turns up in the morning mail.
Stars Paul McGann Amanda Burton Zara Turner”
By Ted Smillie, February 23rd, 2021
I thought that my Crimes Against Humanity article in the January Newsletter had used extracts from Jason Hickel’s The Divide: A Brief Guide to Global Inequality and its Solutions, to expose some of the worst 20th Century crimes. Until a Jan. 13, 2021 Washington Post article taught me just how naive I had been.
Some key points from The Divide were:
Page 15 (data provided by Eric Holt Gimenez, agroecologist, political economist, lecturer and author).
“Today there are about 800 million hungry people, even by the most conservative estimates. More realistic estimates put the figure at around 2 billion – nearly a third of all humanity. It is hard to imagine a greater symbol of failure than rising hunger, especially given that we already produce more than enough food each year to feed all 7 billion of the world’s people, with plenty left over for another 3 billion.”
The Poverty Gap
P16 (data provided by R Lahoti and S Reddy )
“…..And in early 2017, as the World Economic Forum met in Davos, Oxfam announced that the richest eight people had as much wealth as the poorest 3.6 billion.”
The Age of the Coup
“Iran’s democratically elected leader, Mohammad Mossadegh, had become a stalwart of the developmentalist movement…. As prime minister, he introduced unemployment compensation and benefits for sick and injured workers. He abolished forced agricultural labour. He raised taxes on the rich to fund rural development projects. And, most famously, he sought to renegotiate ownership of the country’s oil reserves, which at that point were controlled by the British-owned Anglo-Iranian Oil Company, now BP. When the Company refused to cooperate with an audit of its accounts, the Iranian Parliament voted unanimously to nationalise the company’s assets…. But it enraged the British government, which quickly turned to the United States for assistance. ….First, they bribed politicians to whip up anti-government sentiment and paid demonstrators to take to the streets to create the false impression that Mossadegh was unpopular. Then they convinced the military to depose Mossadegh and hand power over to the Shah of Iran. It worked: the coup in August 1953 toppled Mossadegh and the Shah assumed power as an absolute monarch alongside a military government. He governed Iran for the next twenty-six years, most of that time with US support and with policies that were friendly to the Western oil companies – just as in Saudi Arabia.”
P120 “After gaining independence from Dutch rule, the leader of Indonesia’s nationalist struggle, Sukarno… protected the economy from cheap foreign imports, redistributed wealth to the poor and evicted the IMF and the World Bank…. When the CIA made it clear that they would back a coup, General Suharto – who was upset with President Sukarno for supporting policies that undermined the military’s power – offered to lead it.
In 1965, with the aid of weapons and intelligence from the United States, Suharto hunted down and killed between 500,000 and a million of Sukarno’s supporters in one of the worst mass murders of the 20th century.”
P130 “At the time (1970), much of Chile’s population was still mired in extreme poverty, while a small elite controlled most of the country’s vast land and wealth. Allende was lifted to power on his promise of a fairer society: better wages, public education, healthcare, housing and fairer rents….
By 1973, Allende was still in power….The US …. resorted to the tactic they had used in Guatemala and Indonesia – the good old-fashioned coup. It was executed on 11 September 1973…. British-made bombers – sent on the order of the CIA – came in low over the rooftops of Santiago and pounded the presidential palace with mortars and missiles… putting an end to Salvator Allende and the hopes of his people”
Yes, Jason Hickel’s The Divide: A Brief Guide to Global Inequality and its Solutions is a startling exposure of 20th Century crimes, but the Jan. 13, 2021 Washington Post article points to a bigger global breakdown of democracy, see extracts and links below:
The Washington Post
Wealthy bankers and businessmen plotted to overthrow FDR. A retired general foiled it.
By Gillian Brockell Jan. 13, 2021
“Two startling events that have been largely ignored by historians frame Sally Denton’s swift, tense narrative of a year of fear: anarchist Giuseppe Zangara’s assassination attempt on Roosevelt, and a plutocrats’ plot to overthrow the government that would come to be known as the Wall Street Putsch. The Plots Against the President throws light on the darkest chapter of the Depression and the moments when the fate of the American republic hung in the balance.
During the committee hearings Butler testified that Gerald C. MacGuire attempted to recruit him to lead a coup, promising him an army of 500,000 men for a march on Washington, D.C., and financial backing. Butler testified that the pretext for the coup would be that the president’s health was failing. ….. Given a successful coup, Butler said that the plan was for him to have held near-absolute power in the newly created position of “Secretary of General Affairs”, while Roosevelt would have assumed a figurehead role.
The Business Plot (also called The White House Putsch) was a political conspiracy in 1933 in the United States to overthrow the government of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and install a dictator. Retired Marine Corps Major General Smedley Butler asserted that wealthy businessmen were plotting to create a fascist veterans’ organization with Butler as its leader and use it in a coup d’état to overthrow Roosevelt. In 1934, Butler testified under oath before the United States House of Representatives Special Committee on Un-American Activities ….By 1933, Butler started denouncing capitalism and bankers, going on to explain that for 33 years he had been a “high-class muscle man” for Wall Street, the bankers and big business, labeling himself as a “racketeer for Capitalism”.
Who Was That Man?
The Plots Against the President: FDR, A Nation in Crisis, and the Rise of the American Right Hardcover – January 10, 2012
“In this clip from Dec. 28, 1935, Gen. Smedley Butler describes a “facist plot” to overthrow President Franklin D. Roosevelt and seize the government. (Universal Studios)”
War is a Racket: The Antiwar Classic by America’s Most Decorated Soldier
“General Smedley Butler’s frank book shows how American war efforts were animated by big-business interests. This extraordinary argument against war by an unexpected proponent is relevant now more than ever.
Originally printed in 1935, War Is a Racket is General Smedley Butler’s frank speech describing his role as a soldier as nothing more than serving as a puppet for big-business interests. In addition to photos from the notorious 1932 anti-war book The Horror of It by Frederick A. Barber, this book includes two never-before-published anti-interventionist essays by General Butler. The introduction discusses why General Butler went against the corporate war machine and how he exposed a fascist coup d’etat plot against President Franklin Roosevelt. Widely appreciated and referenced by left- and right-wingers alike, this is an extraordinary argument against war – more relevant now than ever.”
Ask yourself, as I did, why was The White House Putsch absent from our history lessons, and is still absent for our kids and grandkids? 500,000 men marching on Washington, D.C., foiled by one man?
Why have we never heard of Major General Smedley Butler, who “had received 16 medals, five for heroism. He is one of 19 men to receive the Medal of Honor twice, one of three to be awarded both the Marine Corps Brevet Medal (along with Wendell Neville and David Porter) and the Medal of Honor, and the only Marine to be awarded the Brevet Medal and two Medals of Honor, all for separate actions.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smedley_Butler ?
It is no coincidence that I was impressed by this 2005 TV Movie:
The Girl in the Café (TV Movie 2005)
“Lawrence, an aging, lonely civil servant falls for Gina, an enigmatic young woman. When he takes her to the G8 Summit in Reykjavik, however, their bond is tested by Lawrence’s professional obligations.
Director: David Yates
Writer: Richard Curtis
Stars: Bill Nighy, Kelly Macdonald, Meneka Das
Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 6 wins & 17 nominations
For other examples of deliberate global financial misconduct, check out Barbarians at the Gate (1993) and Inside Job (2010) in the DOCUMENTARY section
Breaker Morant 1980 Edward Woodward Bryan Brown Lewis Fitz-Gerald Full Movie
“Three Australian lieutenants are court martialed for executing prisoners as a way of deflecting attention from war crimes committed by their superior officers.
Director: Bruce Beresford
Writers: Jonathan Hardy (screenplay by), David Stevens (screenplay by) | 4 more credits »
Stars: Edward Woodward, Jack Thompson, John Waters
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 13 wins & 7 nominations
Attack Force Z (1981)
“A group of Australian commandos launch a secret mission against Japanese forces in World War II.
Director: Tim Burstall
Writer: Roger Marshall
Stars: John Phillip Law, Mel Gibson, Sam Neill
The Heat of the Day (TV Movie 1990)
“In World War II England, a woman is approached by a man claiming to work as an intelligence agent who has found out her lover is a spy. He promises to not arrest him if she’ll have a relationship with him.
Director: Christopher Morahan
Writers: Elizabeth Bowen (novel), Harold Pinter
Stars: Michael Gambon, Patricia Hodge, Michael York
Man With The Gun 1955 Western Robert Mitchum Jan Sterling Karen Sharpe (Ends at 1.24.05, then adverts)
“When a notorious tough ‘town tamer’ is hired by the citizenry to rid of the gunmen driving them off their land, he finds the local saloon madam to be an old friend.
Director: Richard Wilson
Writers: N.B. Stone Jr. (story and screenplay), Richard Wilson (story and screenplay)
Stars: Robert Mitchum, Jan Sterling, Karen Sharpe
Top Gun 1955 Western Sterling Hayden William Bishop Karin Booth (Ends at 1.14.03, then adverts}
“A gunslinger returns to his hometown to warn of an impending outlaw gang attack, but he’s met with hatred and fear for his previous killings.
Director: Ray Nazarro
Writers: Steve Fisher (story and screenplay), Richard Schayer (screenplay)
Stars: Sterling Hayden, William Bishop, Karin Booth
Young Fury 1964 Western Rory Calhoun Virginia Mayo Lon Chaney
“With the Dawson gang on his trail, gunslinger Clint McCoy returns to his hometown where he finds his old farm abandoned, his wife in charge of a saloon and his son in charge of a group of young thugs.
Director: Christian Nyby
Writers: Steve Fisher (screenplay), Steve Fisher (story) | 1 more credit »
Stars: Rory Calhoun, Virginia Mayo, William Bendix
Boomerang!  Dana Andrews, Lee J. Cobb, Jane Wyatt
“Boomerang! is a 1947 American film based on the true story of a vagrant who was accused of murder by an incompetent police force, only to be found not guilty through the efforts of the prosecutor. It stars Dana Andrews, Lee J. Cobb, Karl Malden, Arthur Kennedy and Jane Wyatt.
The film was directed by Elia Kazan, based on a story (written by Fulton Oursler, credited as “Anthony Abbot”) in Reader’s Digest and was shot largely in Stamford, Connecticut after Kazan was denied permission to film in Bridgeport, Connecticut, where the actual events occurred This semi documentary also contains voice-overs by Reed Hadley. The film was entered into the 1947 Cannes Film Festival.”
QESP Editor’s Note: MARIA POPOVA discusses
“The gardener digs in another time, without past or future, beginning or end… Here is the Amen beyond the prayer,” Derek Jarman wrote as he grieved his dying friends, faced his own death, and contemplated art, mortality, and resistance while planting a garden between an old lighthouse and a new nuclear plant on a barren shingled shore.
Jarman is one of the artists whom Olivia Laing profiles and celebrates in Funny Weather: Art in an Emergency (public library) — her superb collection of meditations on art, activism, and our search for meaning, drawing on the lives of artists whose vision has changed the way we see the world, ourselves, and others.
“A comatose hospital patient harasses and kills through his powers of telekinesis to claim his private nurse as his own.
Director: Richard Franklin
Writer: Everett De Roche (screenplay) (as Everett de Roche)
Stars: Susan Penhaligon, Robert Helpmann, Rod Mullinar
The Cars That Ate Paris (1974) – (Comedy, Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi)
“The small town of Paris, Australia deliberately causes car accidents, then sells/salvages all valuables from the wrecks as a means of economy.
Director: Peter Weir
Writers: Peter Weir (screenplay), Peter Weir (story) | 2 more credits »
Stars: Terry Camilleri, John Meillon, Kevin Miles
BARBARIANS AT THE GATE-story of ROSS JOHNSON-nabisco takeover
Barbarians at the Gate (1993)
“The president of a major tobacco company decides to buy the company himself, but a bidding war ensues as other companies make their own offers.
Director: Glenn Jordan
Writers: Bryan Burrough (book), John Helyar (book) | 1 more credit »
Stars: James Garner, Jonathan Pryce, Peter Riegert
Won 2 Golden Globes. Another 6 wins & 16 nominations
Inside Job (2010 Full Documentary Movie)
“Takes a closer look at what brought about the 2008 financial meltdown.
Director: Charles Ferguson
Writers: Charles Ferguson, Chad Beck (co-writer) | 1 more credit »
Stars: Matt Damon, Gylfi Zoega, Andri Snær Magnason
Won 1 Oscar. Another 7 wins & 27 nominations
Danielle Cable: Eyewitness (TV Movie 2003)
“Dramatisation of the real-life road-rage killing in 1996 of Stephen Cameron by Kenneth Noye, who was also implicated in the Brinks Mat bullion robbery and the murder of a policeman. The only witness to the killing of Stephen Cameron was his fiancée, Danielle Cable, who was forced to change her identity after giving the evidence which convicted Noye.
Director Adrian Shergold
Writers Terry Winsor, Kate Brooke
Stars Joanne Froggatt, Bill Paterson, Lindsey Coulson
– (QESP Editor’s Note: If anyone has a favourite old film to share, send the link to me at [email protected] . Thanks, Ted )
A list of things Peter Dutton says we shouldn’t talk about to avoid being threatened with defamation
It seems that Dutton can dish it out, but he can’t take it.
AMBER SCHULTZ APR 08, 2021
Women in Australia confront sexist politics
More and more women are describing Parliament House as a sexist backwater. A staff member’s accusation of rape — in a minister’s office, no less — was the catalyst.
Secret documents show department inserted chapter into NDIS review
By Rob Harris April 6, 2021
Cryptocurrency Maturity Profile (CMP)
Impact of Cryptocurrency Adoption on Government Report
The way the world exchanges value is changing. We are witnessing a rapidly growing phenomenon in the world of cryptocurrencies. Consider the fact that cryptocurrencies in just one decade have grown from a novel concept to hundreds of billions of dollars in market capitalization. Another way to measure this amazing trend is to consider the total market capitalization of cryptocurrency has reached U$1 trillion1. Cryptocurrency is trending toward total market capitalization of the world’s largest technology companies (Alphabet U$1.2 trillion, Microsoft U$1.7 trillion2). If this trend continues, there is no doubt that the future of money, law, and governance will change forever.
But what will this mean for governments?
NFTs Weren’t Supposed to End Like This
When we invented non-fungible tokens, we were trying to protect artists. But tech-world opportunism has struck again.
APRIL 2, 2021 Anil Dash CEO of Glitch
“The only thing we’d wanted to do was ensure that artists could make some money and have control over their work. Back in May 2014, I was paired up with the artist Kevin McCoy at Seven on Seven, an annual event in New York City designed to spark new ideas by connecting technologists and artists. I wasn’t sure which one I was supposed to be; McCoy and his wife, Jennifer, were already renowned for their collaborative digital art, and he was better at coding than I was….”
“The system of verifiably unique digital artworks that we demonstrated that day in 2014 is now making headlines in the form of non-fungible tokens, or NFTs, and it’s the basis of a billion-dollar market. Head-spinning prices are now being paid for artworks that, just a few months ago, would have been mere curiosities. Last week, Kevin Roose, a technology writer for The New York Times, offered a digital image of his column for sale in a charity auction, and a pseudonymous buyer paid the equivalent of $560,000 in cryptocurrency for it. “
NFTs Are Shaking Up the Art World.
They May Be Warming the Planet, Too.
Making the digital artworks requires colossal amounts of computing power, and that means greenhouse gases.
By Hiroko Tabuchi
|Ohio State University. “DNA robots designed in minutes instead of days: New software will allow creation of more complex devices.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 19 April 2021. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/04/210419135731.htm
Scientists Design First System to Help Film Scriptwriters Produce Storylines with Best Chance of Box-Office Success
Universidad de Granada (Spain)
April 5, 2021
‘Scientists at Spain’s universities of Granada (UGR) and Cádiz analyzed tropes of movie storylines and designed the first computer system to help screenwriters compose storylines with optimal chances of scoring with audiences. The team analyzed over 25,000 tropes associated with 10,766 films, and devised a methodology to understand how tropes operate, visually represent their interrelationships and roles in different genres, and infer which combinations might be most successful. The researchers used UGR’s TropeScraper software to scour the TVTropes database for tropes used in films, then mapped each film’s user rating and popularity based on the IMDb website. Network analysis rated tropes’ popularity, their status as transversal (general or basic) across all films or specific/specialized, and whether they were gaining or losing relevance. UGC’s Pablo García-Sánchez said, “Depending on the combination and design of the actions based the tropes, we can now broadly ascertain the level of interest each kind of storyline is likely to generate.”’
THOSE ASS HOLES
Nikola Tesla: 5G network could realise his dream of wireless electricity, a century after experiments failed
April 9, 2021
Authors Elena Gaura, Associate Dean for Research, Coventry University
James Peter Brusey, Professor of Computer Science, Coventry University
James Peter Brusey receives funding from EU Horizon 2020 as part of the DOMUS project.
Elena Gaura does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment.
“At the height of his career, the pioneering electrical engineer Nikola Tesla became obsessed with an idea. He theorised that electricity could be transmitted wirelessly through the air at long distances – either via a series of strategically positioned towers, or hopping across a system of suspended balloons.
Things didn’t go to plan, and Tesla’s ambitions for a wireless global electricity supply were never realised. But the theory itself wasn’t disproved: it would have simply required an extraordinary amount of power, much of which would have been wasted.
Now, a research paper has suggested that the architects of the 5G network may have unwittingly built what Tesla failed to construct at the turn of the twentieth century: a “wireless power grid” that could be adapted to charge or power small devices embedded in cars, homes, workplaces and factories.”
CNRS. “More than 5,000 tons of extraterrestrial dust fall to Earth each year.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 8 April 2021. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/04/210408131503.htm
Featured ACM Member: Alison Clear
“Alison Clear is an Associate Professor at Eastern Institute of Technology in Auckland, New Zealand. Her research interests include computing curriculum development, women in information technology, and information and communications technologies for development (ICT 4D), an effort that aims to bridge the divide between technological “haves” and “have nots” based on factors such as demographics or geography.”
3 doses, then 1 each year: why Pfizer, not AstraZeneca, is the best bet for the long haul
Nathan Bartlett, University of Newcastle, April 20, 2021
“Our best long-term strategy is to rely on the mRNA vaccines like Pfizer and Moderna.”
Why “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” Matters in a Post-Pandemic World
By Eric MuellerLast Updated Apr 10, 2021
50 Unsung Business Heroes
Founder – All That Counts
“Helping her local business community is an important part of the philosophy that governs All That Counts, and Lielette believes it’s vital”
ACOSM 2020: Responsible Business Conduct
ACOSM 2020 has been postponed due to COVID-19. A new date will be advised when the restrictions have been lifted.
Quote of the Day
I would like to die on Mars. Just not on impact. – Elon Musk
Quote from Yesteryear
“If you’re going to try, go all the way. There is no other feeling like that. You will be alone with the gods, and the nights will flame with fire. You will ride life straight to perfect laughter. It’s the only good fight there is.” — Charles Bukowski