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[VIDEO] Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Creepy Drug Scene from Sidney Lumet’s “Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead” (2007)

The film’s title is taken from an Irish blessing:

“…May your glass be ever full. May the roof over your head be always strong. And may you be in heaven half an hour before the devil knows you’re dead…”

Short version, 2 ms 24s. This is the Philip Seymour Hoffman heroin scene from Sidney Lumet‘s “Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead” (2007) It featues Andy Hansen, an accountant, played by Hoffman, making a drug buy in clandestine apartment in a Manhattan high rise. Then being injected, by the dealer, in a quiet bedroom. It’s an erie depiction of a troubled, defeated character, retreating to an exclusive, private, white-collar drug den, high above the city, in the middle of the afternoon…

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Film story summary from Internet Movie Database:

When two brothers organize the robbery of their parents’ jewelry store the job goes horribly wrong, triggering a series of events that sends them, their father and one brother’s wife hurtling towards a shattering climax.

The longer version — 6 ms 55 s —  is here.

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National Republican Congressional Campaign Punks Low-Information Democrat Voters

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(CNN) –  reports:   A warning this election season: If you are searching the Web for information on Democratic congressional candidates, read the fine print.

It may sound deceiving, but Scarpinato insists the well-thought out, well-planned program is pure genius.

At least 15 websites that appear to be official campaign sites for Democratic candidates, are actually the handiwork of the National Republican Congressional Committee.

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In an effort to improve their online efforts this election season, the NRCC’s digital team came up with what the group believes is a great idea: get out the Republican message through fake Democrat sites.

Do Democrats do it, too?

“The idea is people who are looking for information on the candidate, one of the places we all go now is online and so this is a way for folks to find out more about the candidates and information they may not find on the candidate’s own site,” said Daniel Scarpinato, the NRCC’s press secretary.

The NRCC press secretary told us the Republican strategy is cleverer, but that Democrats have done the same thing

The NRCC bought up hundreds of URLs on potential weak Democratic candidates and created sites that mimic the real ones.

It may sound deceiving, but Scarpinato insists the well-thought out, well-planned program is pure genius.

”Well, we are very proud of this program.”

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Labor, Wealth, and Income Redistribution: Barack Obama vs. Abraham Lincoln

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Dylan Farrow Gives First Interiew After New York Times Letter

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“…My intention in writing that piece was to put the truth on paper from a voice that was not able to speak before…”

Francesca Bacardi reports:  For the first time since she penned her letter to the New York Times about the alleged sexual abuse she has accused her adoptive father Woody Allen of, Dylan Farrow has spoken to People about both the charges she has made and the backlash.

[The full interview can be read here]

Farrow’s critics have accused her of writing the letter as a means of sabotaging her father and his career, but she insists this isn’t the case. “I’ve been hearing that a lot,” Farrow told People. “I’m happy to answer that. My intention in writing that piece was to put the truth on paper from a voice that was not able to speak before.”

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’60 Minutes’ to Air 2006 Interview with Dead Celebrity Philip Seymour Hoffman

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The re-edited story will air on “60 Minutes” Feb. 9 on CBS

For VarietyFrancesca Bacardi  reports:  In the wake of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death, “60 Minutes” will rebroadcast a 2006 interview conducted by Steve Kroft in which Hoffman discusses his problems with drug addiction. It will be re-edited to include previously un-broadcast material, including more from the actor about the rehabilitation he underwent as a young man that he credited with saving his life.

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American Idle

Work was supposed to be liberating…

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Now nonwork is

James Taranto writes:  Annie Lowrey, an economics reporter for the New York Times, has an essay in this coming weekend’s Times magazine rebutting what she calls “the policy solution du jour” to the problem of “how to alleviate poverty”–namely, “marriage promotion.” She makes a good case that the argument she’s rebutting is fallacious, then concludes by committing the same fallacy in reverse.

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“Economists have done studies showing that if you snapped your fingers and suddenly all the country’s poor, unmarried partners were hitched . . . the poverty rate would drop,” a catchy if imprecise way of saying that there is a strong correlation between marriage and prosperity. “It’s a rare policy solution that data-crunching geeks and Bible-thumping crusaders can agree on,” she writes. “Unfortunately, there might not be much that Washington can actually do about it.” Read the rest of this entry »


Massive Worldwide Response to Inspiration Mars Student Design Contest

[Image: Inspiration Mars]

Image: Inspiration Mars

M Stoltz reports:  The Mars Society’s Inspiration Mars International Student Design Competition has drawn a massive worldwide response. As of the January 31, 2014 deadline, letters of intent to compete have been received from 38 teams representing 56 universities in 15 countries.

Nations represented include the United States, Canada, Russia, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Italy, the United Kingdom, Portugal, Poland, Mauritius, India, Bangladesh, Japan and Colombia.

A sampling of some of the institutions signed up to participate include: John Hopkins University, St. Petersburg State Polytechnical University, Ohio State University, Warsaw University of Technology, University of Notre Dame, Indira Gandhi National Open University, York University, International Space University, Purdue University, Islamic University of Technology, University of Stuttgart, Keio University, and University of Glasgow. To view a complete list of participating schools, please click here.

The Inspiration Mars International Student Design Competition was officially announced during the 16th Annual International Mars Society Convention held in Boulder, Colorado in August 2013. The contest is open to university engineering student teams from around the world.

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Film: Reissuing an Italian Renaissance

Pierre Clémenti and Britt Ekland find refuge in a church in “I Cannibali,” one of a series of 1960s and 1970s films from Italy released on Blu-ray by Raro Video. Raro Video

Pierre Clémenti and Britt Ekland find refuge in a church in “I Cannibali,” one of a series of 1960s and 1970s films from Italy released on Blu-ray by Raro Video.

Sophoclean Hippies in Liliana Cavani’s ‘I Cannibali’ 

J. Hoberman  writes:  Once upon a time, in the decades after World War II, there were four cinematic superpowers: the United States, France, Japan and Italy. The last was hardly the least.

[Order I cannibali [Blu-ray] at Amazon]

Having rebooted its national cinema with neo-Realism, the Italian movie industry regularly produced international stars and stellar auteurs, while exporting a number of popular genres, including the sword-and-sandal peplum, the blood-drenched giallo, the saucy commedia all’italiana and, especially, the mode known here as the spaghetti western.

“I Cannibali” (1970), a variation on Sophocles’ “Antigone” directed by Liliana Cavani, presents a repressive, military-dominated society in which young people are victimized as enemies of the state.

“I Cannibali” (1970), a variation on Sophocles’ “Antigone” directed by Liliana Cavani, presents a repressive, military-dominated society in which young people are victimized as enemies of the state.

The glory that was Rome faded by the mid-’70s, but over the past few years, the Minneapolis company Raro Video has established a niche by issuing forgotten or unreleased curiosities, as well as major works, of classic Italian cinema in high-quality Blu-ray. The most recent, Liliana Cavani’s 1970 “I Cannibali” (“The Cannibals,” also known in English as “The Year of the Cannibals”), is more oddity than masterpiece. But it’s a fascinating one.

The New Left was in full flower and Italy in turmoil in early 1969, when Ms. Cavani, then a director of historical TV movies, decided to produce a modern-day version of Sophocles’ “Antigone,” shooting her film in the center of Milan without official permission, according to the interview included on the Blu-ray.

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The Real Reason Republicans Don’t Trust Immigration Reform

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Reagan’s amnesty didn’t work

The Daily Caller‘s W. James Antle III writes:  House Speaker John Boehner says it will be tough to get Republicans to vote for “comprehensive immigration reform” as long as they don’t trust President Obama “to enforce the law the way it was written.”

This comes just a day after Idaho Republican Rep. Raul Labrador said advancing such legislation “should” — not “could” — “cost [Boehner] his speakership.”

Republican distrust of Obama is certainly part of the problem. But House Republicans have been hostile to immigration bills of this type since at least 2006, even when they passed a Republican-controlled Senate.

They trusted George W. Bush even when he began to sound like Baghdad Bob about Iraq and they supported John McCain as their presidential nominee in 2008, but still didn’t like this brand of immigration reform.

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Happy Birthday Ronald Reagan

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Over at Human EventsTeresa Mull suggests Five Ways to Celebrate Ronald Reagan’s Birthday.

UPDATE: It’s also Bob Marley’s birthday. Just ask Rob Ford.


BREAKING: RUSSIA YOGURT CRACKDOWN

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(AP) — U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) is calling on the Russian government to allow Chobani Greek yogurt to be delivered to Sochi for U.S. Olympic athletes and NBC Studios employees.

Chobani Forbidden Entry into Russia

Schumer said Tuesday that a shipment of Chobani yogurt is being held up at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey because of “unattainable” Russian Customs certifications.

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[VIDEO] ゴリラは脱出! Tokyo Zoo Captures ‘Escaped Gorilla’ in Emergency Drill

A Japanese zoo staged an emergency response training exercise on Thursday, simulating a scenario in which the zoo’s gorillas escape following an earthquake

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Dressed in a gorilla-like costume, one member of staff runs through the zoo before being overwhelmed by other zoo workers with nets and ‘sedated’.

More than 150 members of staff were joined by members of local police and fire departments during the escape drill at Ueno Zoo in Tokyo.

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Photos Debunk Key Anti-Fracking Claim

In this June 15, 2010 photo, filmmaker Josh Fox poses along a stream running through his property in Milanville, Pa. Fox's new documentary, "Gasland," takes on the natural gas drilling industry. (AP Photo/Michael Rubinkam)

In this June 15, 2010 photo, filmmaker Josh Fox poses along a stream running through his property in Milanville, Pa. Fox’s new documentary, “Gasland,” takes on the natural gas drilling industry. (AP Photo/Michael Rubinkam)

 reports:  Newly released photos of a flaming water well have renewed skepticism of claims by environmental activists and federal regulators that hydraulic fracturing made drinking water supplies in Parker County, Texas, flammable.

The 2005 photos show that drinking water in the area contained sufficiently high methane concentrations to be ignited years before a company blamed by environmentalists for water contamination began drilling in the area.

The Environmental Protection Agency in December 2010 issued an endangerment order against Range Resources, saying the oil and gas company either caused or contributed to groundwater contamination in Parker County.

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Toilets of Sochi

Tumblr has a page dedicated to Toilets of Sochi. We admire dedication.

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Note: punditfromanotherplanet has a tumblr page, too. (the links lead back to here) Visit our Tumblr Chop Shop for a kaleidoscopic archive of cross-posts.


[VIDEO] Romney Responds to Rumors He Might Run Again

 “I’ve had my turn…it’s time for someone else to do it.”

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GI Joe, World’s First Action Figure, Turns 50

This Jan. 31, 2014 photo shows Tuskegee Airmen G.I. Joe action figures in a display at the New York State Military Museum in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. A half-century after the 12-inch doll was introduced at a New York City toy fair, the iconic action figure is being celebrated by collectors with a display at the military museum, while the toy's maker plans other anniversary events to be announced later this month. Photo By Mike Groll/AP

This Jan. 31, 2014 photo shows Tuskegee Airmen G.I. Joe action figures in a display at the New York State Military Museum in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. A half-century after the 12-inch doll was introduced at a New York City toy fair.  Photo By Mike Groll/AP

Gi Joe Commander 8AP- Chris Carola reports:  The birthday of what’s called the world’s first action figure is being celebrated this month by collectors and the toy maker that introduced it just before the nation plunged into the quagmire that would become the Vietnam War — a storm it seems to have weathered pretty well.

Since Hasbro brought it to the world’s attention at the annual toy fair in New York City in early 1964, G.I. Joe has undergone many changes, some the result of shifts in public sentiment for military-themed toys, others dictated by the marketplace.

Still, whether it’s the original “movable fighting man” decked out in the uniforms of the four branches of the U.S. military, or today’s scaled-down products, G.I. Joe remains a popular brand.”Joe stood for everything that was meant to be good: fighting evil, doing what’s right for people,” said Alan Hassenfeld, the 65-year-old former CEO for Pawtucket, R.I.-based Hasbro Inc., whose father, Merrill, oversaw G.I. Joe’s development in 1963.

[The Ultimate Guide to G.I. Joe 1982-1994: Identification and Price Guide (Ultimate Guide to G.I. Joe 1982-1994: Identification & Price Guide) from Amazon]

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Dancing in the Nuclear Dark

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How will we know when Iran sprints toward a bomb?

Bret Stephens writes:  Where do federal government reports go once they’ve been published and (lightly) chewed over by second-tier officials, congressional staffers and think-tank wonks? I picture them being packed into crates and stored in some vast warehouse, like the Ark of the Covenant in the last scene of “Indiana Jones.”

Every now and again, however, some of these reports are worth rescuing from premature burial.

So it is with the “Assessment of Nuclear Monitoring and Verification Technologies,” the soporific title given to a report published last month by the Pentagon’s Defense Science Board. The report is long on phrases like “adaptable holistic methodologies” and “institutionalized interagency planning processes.” But at its heart it makes three timely and terrifying claims.

First, we are entering a second nuclear age.

Second, the history of nuclear proliferation is no guide to the future.

Third, our ability to detect nuclear breakout—the point at which a regime decides to go for a bomb—is not good.

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Reverse Wedgie: Texas Gov Candidate Wendy Davis Now Supports Open Carry Law

wendy-DGubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis has joined her top Republican rival in supporting a proposed “open carry” law. It would allow people with concealed handgun licenses to wear a pistol on their hip, in full view, while in public.

“We’ve gone from pink sneakers to red meat in a matter of months. Incredible.”

 — Charles C. W. Cooke

Davis has said she supports expanding gun rights in Texas. But in a statement to The Associated Press, she said that includes open-carry — a position that puts her at odds with her own party but could keep her from alienating gun rights advocates in a deeply conservative a state where the Second Amendment is sacrosanct.

Davis’ position now aligns her with her Republican gubernatorial rival, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, marking her latest effort to eliminate it as a wedge issue in the campaign.

In NRO’s The Corner this morning, Charles C. W. Cooke notes:

This is remarkable, the latest in a string of rightward moves that must have the more honest among Davis’s backers wondering why they’re bothering. Thus far, their candidate has: dropped from her website all mention of abortion, the very thing that made her famous; started to describe herself as “pro-life” in the vain hope that voters might not notice; and, worried at how she might be portrayed, taken to walking around campaign events carrying a shotgun and talking like Yosemite Sam. The policy shifts, too, have been remarkable. As her star fades and her numbers sting, Davis sounds more and more conservative, railing against state income taxes that would increase funding for public schools and promising to expand the areas in which residents could conceal-carry pistols.

But open carry? We’ve gone from pink sneakers to red meat in a matter of months. Incredible.

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The state senator from Fort Worth said such a law should allow private property owners to determine whether weapons could be openly carried on their property. She also said background checks and training requirements would “help ensure that only mentally stable, law-abiding citizens may carry, whether concealed or open.”

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But her party and influential Democratic colleagues, including a fellow state senator running for lieutenant governor, disagree.

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Grey Lady Down part 2: New York Times Profit Falls 12%; Print, Digital Revenues Still Falling

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Joel. B. Pollak writes:  The New York Times announced Thursday that operating profits had fallen 12% in the fourth quarter of 2013 compared to the same period a year before.

[See Gray Lady Down: What the Decline and Fall of the New York Times Means for America at Amazon]

Earnings per share dropped by roughly two-thirds, from $0.76 to $0.24. Total revenues were down 5.2% and advertising revenues were down 6.3%, with print advertising revenues falling by 7.0% and digital by 4.3% over 2013…

Recall from our previous post, citing a New York Observer report, internal dissent at the NYT has “reached the boiling point”. The complaints—collected in interviews with more than two dozen current and former Times staffers—include reporters expressing frustration at the editorial page’s decline:

“As for the columnists, Friedman is the worst. He hasn’t had an original thought in 20 years; he’s an embarrassment. He’s perceived as an idiot who has been wrong about every major issue for 20 years…”

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