Hitsville: The Making of Motown   

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Memory: The Origins of Alien Is a Stomach-Churning Look at the Making of a Classic   

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There are already plenty of deep dives into the making of Ridley Scott's 1979 sci-fi/horror classic Alien, but Memory: The Origins of Alien is an exceedingly deep one indeed. Directed by Alexandre O. Philippe (who took a similarly focused look at Psycho with 78/52: Hitchcock's Shower Scene), Memory opens by foregrounding the life and pulp influences of Dan O'Bannon, Alien's oft-forgotten screenwriter, but as the film progresses, Philippe grows obsessed to the point of tedium with Alien's chestburster scene. (That is a remarkable scene, but the attention lavished on it here comes at the expense of about a dozen other remarkable sequences in Alien.)

Alongside archival interviews with Scott and the late artist H. R. Giger, Memory boasts a dude-heavy lineup of film scholars, filmmakers, and actors, many of whom offer smart contributions (a bit contextualizing Alien alongside other movies of the late 1970s, from Manhattan to MASH, is great), even as others suggest theories that can charitably be described as stretches. (Philippe goes along real hard with one of the latter, to the point of staging an elaborate opening that feels like nothing so much as an Alien fan film.)

Memory never acknowledges the existence of Alien's increasingly lousy sequels (and it barely acknowledges Scott's increasingly lousy prequels), but only one omission is truly unforgivable: While Memory's talking heads are happy to discuss the movie's brutal, discomfiting reflections on gender, hardly anything is said about Sigourney Weaver's Ripley—Alien's unmistakable backbone, and the reason for much of the film's success. Plenty of the clips in Memory feature Ripley, but Weaver herself is MIA, and making an Alien documentary without Weaver is... well, it's about as good of an idea as making any other Alien movie without her.

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Como a lei protege o capital   

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The Code of Capital by Katharina Pistor, por David Murphy (Open Letters Review):
So much discussion around wealth and inequality involves gawking at statistics people don’t understand. Katharina Pistor offers a fascinating argument as to why inequality is increasing, and does so “without having to construct class identities, as Marxists feel compelled to do, or to make heroic assumptions about the rationality of human beings, as rational choice theorists would have it.”  She does not dispute these paradigms (although it isn’t hard to discern where her sympathies lie when you notice her presentation of the concept of capital is informed by people with last names like Polanyi, Harvey, Hobsbawn, Veblen and Stiglitz), rather she argues that “they ignore the central role of law in the making of capital and its protection as private wealth. . . the key to understanding the basis of power and the resulting distribution of wealth lies instead in the process of bestowing legal protection on select assets and to do so as a matter of private, not public, choice.”

          

Young M.A – Herstory in the Making (2019)   

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Artist: Young M.A Album: Herstory in the Making Genre: Hip-Hop Released: 2019 Format: MP3 320Kbps Size: 159 MB Tracklist: 01 – No Mercy (Intro) 02 – Da Come Up 03 – BIG 04 – Kold World 05 – PettyWap 06 – The Lyfestyle 07 – Smoove Kriminal 08 – Stubborn Ass 09 – RNID 10 […]
          

Crystals with various shapes   

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The making of crystals
          

NBA Approval Ratings and the Making of ‘Sonic Boom’ | Group Chat   

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As training camps kick off, Chris and Justin evaluate their perception of some noteworthy teams (1:51). Then Ringer staff writer Jordan Ritter Conn comes on to talk about his new podcast, ‘Sonic Boom: How Seattle Lost Its Team’ (35:43).


Hosts: Chris Ryan, Justin Verrier

Guest: Jordan Ritter Conn


          

HALLOWEEN TALES: "THE NEW WIFE AND THE OLD" PT1   

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((First posted in October2014))


Last year for Halloween I blogged about various New England legends and
folklore, some of which posts I may repost this year. But tonight I was looking
for a new spooky legend and found a poem about a distant cousin written by
another equally distant cousin.

I am a descendant of 10x great grandfather John Moulton and his wife Anne.
One of their other descendants  is my second cousin 9x removed Jonathan
Moulton.  William Richard Cutter says this about him:

(IV) General Jonathan Moulton, son of Jacob Moulton, was born in Hampton, New
Hampshire, June 30, 1726, and died there in 1788, aged sixty-two years. He owned
a large amount of land and was a wealthy man. It was largely through his efforts
that two or three towns in the state were settled, as is told in the "Farmer and
Moore's Gazetteer" of 1823. On November 17, 1763, Moulton borough was granted
to him and sixty-one others by the Masonian proprietors. He had a distinguished
reputation for service in the Indian wars along the northern borders of the new town
before it was settled, in 1763. and many stories are told of his adventures at that time. 

Doubtless his service against the Ossipee Indians was the principal reason of placing 
him at the head of the grantees. Through his efforts the grant for New Hampton was 
obtained from Governor Wentworth. It is said he obtained it by presenting the governor 
with an ox weighing one thousand four hundred pounds, which he drove to Portsmouth 
and for which he refused money, saying he preferred the charter to the land which he 
named New Hampton. The town of Centre Harbor was formed from a part of his grant 
called Moultonborough Addition. He was known as a fearless commander, and although
his reticence and dignified bearing aroused the displeasure of some, he must have been 
thoroughly trustworthy and competent to be intrusted with such important commissions 
as were placed in his hands. He served many years in the legislature. He was a shrewd 
business man, ahead of his time in many ways. The poet Whittier has made him the hero 
of his poem, "The New Wife and the Old." S. A. Drake, in his "New England Legends and
 Folk Lore," has written an amusing story founded on the legend of Jonathan Moulton 
and the Devil...
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New England Families, Genealogical and Memorial: A Record of the Achievements of Her People in the Making of Commonwealths and the Founding of a Nation, Volume 4 (Google eBook) Lewis historical publishing Company, 1915


Cutter then includes Drake's story about the Devil which is long so I won't include
it here, but there is this added by Drake at the end of it:

Another legend runs to the effect that upon the death of his wife—as evil report would have it— under very suspicious circumstances, the General paid court to a young woman who had been companion of his deceased spouse. They were married. In the middle of the night the young bride awoke with a start. She felt an invisible hand trying to take off from her finger the wedding-ring that had once belonged to the dead and buried Mrs. Moulton. Shrieking with fright, she jumped out of bed, thus awakening her husband, who tried in vain to calm her fears. Candles were lighted and search was made for the ring: but as it could never be found again, the ghostly visitor was supposed to have carried it away with her. This story is the same that is told by Whittier in the New Wife and the Old.- p2305

So of course when I read that John Greenleaf Whittier has written a poem about the
story of the two wives, I had to look for a copy of it. I found one, and I'll share it
with you in the next blogpost.
          

52 ANCESTORS IN 52 WEEKS 2019 WEEK 40: WILLIAM HASKELL JR OF GLOUCESTER, MA.   

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8x great grandfather William Haskell Jr. diversified and did quite well at it. He had two mills along with his farm and quite a bunch of acres of land, most of it salt marsh. He also owned four beehives which are mentioned in the estate inventory.

Here's a short sketch from William Richard Cutter:

II) William (2) Haskell, eldest child of William (1) and Mary Haskell, was born August 26, 1644, in Gloucester, and operated grist and saw mills in that part of the town now Rockport. He died June 5, 1708, and his estate was inventoried at six hundred sixty-six pounds, most of it going to his eldest son William. He married, July 3, 1667, Mary, daughter of William and Mary Brown, known as Mary Walker, from her stepfather, Henry Walker. She was born 1649, and died November 12, 1715. Children: Mary, born April 29, 1668; William, November 6, 1670; Joseph, April 20, 1673 ; Abigail, March 2,1675 ; Henry, April 2, 1678: Andrew, July 27, 1680; Lydia, September 4, 1681 ; Sarah, February 26, 1684, died 1691 ; Elizabeth, April 5, 1686; Hannah, October 30, 1688; Jacob, mentioned below; Sarah, September 11, 1692.p442

New England Families, Genealogical and Memorial: A Record of the Achievements of Her People in the Making of Commonwealths and the Founding of a Nation, Volume 1  Lewis Historical Publishing Company,  N.Y., N.Y.1915

William died at Gloucester, Ma. sometime before 12Aug 1708 when his will was filed. I've found his Probate file at AmericanAncestors.org and it's on my long list of things to be transcribed.
          

The book is out!    

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The new book is out!

Tradition and Influence in Anglo-Saxon Literature: An Evolutionary, Cognitivist Approach.

This book was more years in the making than I like to think about.  I would never have finished it if it weren't for the unexpected help of Jack Zipes, who, in a kind of Tolkienian eucatastrophe, swooped in right when things were most dire.


The cover was designed by Wheaton students Leah Smith and Amira Pualwan. From it people of a particular age may be able to guess at what album I most overplayed in the summer of 1982.
          

10/8/2019: NATIONAL: Assembly passes construction bill   

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THE National Assembly unanimously approved the Draft Law on Construction on Monday. It is meant to strengthen the management of building projects and consists of 22 chapters and 111 articles. The draft law has been years in the making with technical...
          

Wicked Sex With Jessica Drake   

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SEXUAL FANTASIES, ORGASM COACHING & THE MAKING OF A PORN STAR. Adult actress, director & sex educator Jessica Drake teaches Sandra about porn sex. TOPICS: Anal Sex, Special Doggy, Porn Set Foreplay, Cadbury Eggs, Deep Throating Secrets, Creating "Guide to Wicked Sex," Secrets to Success and the Business Behind the Naughty Business. Oh, and Botox. Jessica Drake is one of adult film’s most celebrated actresses, Wicked Pictures contract star jessica drake is making her mark as a sex educator by combining her passion for teaching sexual responsibility with her goal of helping couples discover their erotic potential. Uniting a lifetime of study with a decade’s worth of experiential research, this charming Texan is sharing her expertise with audiences around the globe in jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex.   Follow @SexNerdSandra on Twitter! And visit Sex Nerd Sandra's Facebook page for more sexy nerdiness!
          

Sex at the Movies - "The Sessions"   

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SEX SURROGACY, DISABILITY & JUICY BEHIND-THE-SCENES DETAILS! "The Sessions" writer/director/powerhouse Ben Lewin & sex surrogate Cheryl Cohen Greene talk live on-stage with Sandra on the making of the movie, with a special after-interview with Cheryl on the ins & outs of her hands-on work. TOPICS: Funding the film, Being "Differently Abled," Cheryl's relationships, How to Find a Sex Surrogate, Lots of Film Making Talk, John Hawkes, Helen Hunt, Sandra's William H Macy Crush & the Difference Between a Sex Surrogate & "a Hooker."  Cheryl Cohen Greene is a Certified Sexologist, with a doctorate in Human Sexuality, a 20 year member of the San Francisco Sex Information Training Staff, and have been a surrogate partner for over 30 years. I have helped hundreds of men, women and couples overcome the most common obstacles to good sex and deep intimacy. As a surrogate partner I take a hands-on approach to addressing anxiety, body-image issues, sexual dysfunction, communication difficulties, and other common problems that hinder intimacy. I am also an expert on alternative sexual lifestyles and safer sex. I have appeared on Larry King Live and other major media and have spoken at events, conferences, and colleges across the country. Ben Lewin's career as a writer and director is spread across three continents and includes award-winning documentaries, feature films, TV movies, mini-series and episodic programs. Born in Poland in 1946, he migrated to Australia with his family in 1949. As a young man, Lewin showed great passion for photography and creative writing, and also studied and practiced law. His breakthrough project as a writer/director was The Case of Cruelty to Prawns, a comedy-drama that won the Best Television Film Award at the prestigious Melbourne Film Festival. Ben Lewin is best known in the US as the writer and director of comedy features; Paperback Romance, a love story about slightly damaged people starring Anthony LaPaglia and Gia Carrides, and the messianic farce The Favor, the Watch and the Very Big Fish, starring Bob Hoskins, Jeff Goldblum and Natasha Richardson. 
          

North Vs. South   

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Last night, from 8pm-midnight on KJHK 90.7FM, I played some of the finest music representing next weekend's North Vs. South Music Festival. The brainchild of legendary songwriter Mike McCoy, the festival is a means of bringing together friends old and new. Austin, Texas and Minneapolis, Minnesota have produced numerous quality rock and roll groups in the last 20-50 years. All is showcased here on neutral ground in Lawrence, KS annually. The best from north and south perform live on the anniversary of Quantrill's raid on Lawrence in 1863. This year's festival takes place August 16-18 at Louise's Upstairs, the Replay Lounge, the Replay Lounge patio and the Jackpot Saloon. I spun music from this and past year's performers. Listen for stuff from Honeywagen, the Bitter Spills, Grand Champeen, Kruddler, the Rockland Eagles, the New Vintage, the Meat Purveyors, the Brannock Device, the Red Flags, Chooglin', Pong, Ben Hayter & the Ex-Rays, the Undesirables, Charlie Parr, God's Favorite Band, Truck Stop Love, and many more. Playlist: Kruddler Beer and a Half Tuesday Night Lie Kruddler Terms of Engagement They're Here Rockland Eagles Steve Austin Rock! Fight! Win! the Bitter Spills I Saw the Light Sing Folk Songs Vol. 3 the Meat Purveyors Round and Round All Relationships Are Doomed to Fail the New Vintage War On Brains The New Vintage Honeywagen Bleeding Payday the Red Flags 1972 The Red Flags Chooglin' Take Mine Down Chooglin' Grand Champeen Nothin' On Me Battle Cry For Help Ben Hayter & the Ex-Rays Glitter Girls Ben Hayter & the Ex-Rays the Undesirables Devil Caught My Tongue World Wide Web the Brannock Device One Hell of a Shortcut Live On KJHK 10/1/99 the Brannock Device Dowsers '98 Live On KJHK 10/1/99 the Brannock Device Where the Hell Is Johnny Vic? Live On KJHK 10/1/99 the Brannock Device John Henry's Hammer Live On KJHK 10/1/99 the Brannock Device Monument Live On KJHK 10/1/99 Charlie Parr Worried Blues King Earl the Afterparty Candy Girl The Afterparty God's Favorite Band History in the Making Down to the Filter God's Favorite Band The Man Who Holds the Cans In Through the Outhouse Truck Stop Love How I Spent My Summer Vacation How I Spent My Summer Vacation Truck Stop Love Stagnation Truck Stop Love Dead Girls Ruin Everything All Is Forgotten What A Perfect Ending Cher UK BaBaBaBaBa Berdella Mr. Marco's V7 Shanty / Cirrhosis Sandoval split
          

Copper Vintage Necklace Trailer Airstream Camper RV Travel Necklace Road Trip Upcycled Copper Art Jewelry Hand stamped Carved Gypsy Bohemian by LostCoastArts   

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Copper Vintage Necklace Trailer Airstream Camper RV Travel Necklace Road Trip Upcycled Copper Art Jewelry Hand stamped Carved Gypsy Bohemian

This is a 1 1/2"x1 1/4" copper square pendant. Hand stamped, carved recycled copper. Hand cut, annealed, shaped, and hammered made by lostcoastarts. I solder a sterling silver large jump ring so it can be added to a chain or keychain ring. I then dip this in a sealer so the beautiful copper finish stays bright and beautiful. It comes with a sterling siver 18" rope chain. This is a is a fun, beautiful gift for that traveling gypsy, Grandmother, pet owner. This can also be made into a keychain. I can add a personalized name just convo me.
These can be personalized with many different stampings. Just convo me. I have a running horse, peace sign, stars. flowers, sugar skull, etc.

Please allow a few days for the making of these beauties as I do work full time besides my love of jewelry design.
Benefits of Wearing Copper
Copper emits Positive ions, can stimulate the flow of energy and hence move Psychic or mental energies thereby helping the wearer overcome lethargic tendencies, resulting in a more vitalized person with amplified thoughts. They also attribute powers of communication, channeling, cleansing, and purification, increasing self-esteem and freeing the wearer of mental burdens.

Copper use has been used for centuries as a healing agent. People who believe in its power esteem it as a very powerful assistant with Arthritic and Rheumatic diseases, but also look to it for its healing properties in improving the circulation of blood, increasing energy, detoxification, reducing inflammation, stabilizing metabolism and improving oxygen use.

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Copper Heart Friends Keychain Partners In Crime Biker Jewelry Best Bitches Friends Gifts by LostCoastArts   

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Bestfriend Recycled Copper Keychain ,Hand Stamped, Great Gift Made Bohemian Beauties Best Bitches Accessories
1 key chain

This is a 1" Handstamped recycled copper heart keychain made by lostcoastarts is a fun, beautiful gift for that BFF. I will make a listing for 2 keychains, or a necklaces if you want 2 one for you and one for your bff.

Please allow a few days for the making of these beauties as I do work full time besides my love of jewelry design.

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https://www.etsy.com/listing/111310947/peacock-feather-earrings-long-bohemian?ref=correlated_featured
https://www.etsy.com/listing/104471754/feather-peacock-earrings-natural


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Copper Earrings, Handmade, Heart Stamped, Silver custom Made Bohemian Beauties Recycled Copper bohemian Beauties


          

A Breezy Look At The Making Of A Blaxploitation Classic: 'Dolemite Is My Name'    

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In this 'buoyant but slight' Netflix film, Eddie Murphy plays comic Rudy Ray Moore, who found blaxploitation stardom in the persona of the swaggering Dolemite.
          

Hangeul Day 2019   

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Hangeul Day 2019

Date: October 9, 2019

Today’s animated Doodle, created by Seoul-based guest artists Yunho Lee and Kangin Kim of Studio Kimgarden to reflect a merging of Hangeul and English, celebrates Hangeul Proclamation Day in Korea. Locally known as Hangulnal, or 한글날, it is the world’s only national holiday that honors an alphabet.

Designed in the 1440s by a royal committee convened by King Sejong the Great, Hangeul would change Korean society in a big way. Koreans once used Chinese characters, and the writing system was so complicated that access to education was confined to society’s elite. Hangeul was designed to be easy to learn. Consonants are drawn to mimic the shape of the mouth when making a particular sound while vowels are based on combinations of three elements: a dot symbolizing the sun in the sky, a line symbolizing a human being, and a horizontal line symbolizing the earth. 

As a result of these improvements, literacy rates increased throughout Korea. Despite some resistance—a 16th-century king actually banned Hangeul for a time to preserve the status of the elite class—the language grew in popularity. Today, Hangeul is Korea’s official written language, with a national holiday in its honor.

Many people celebrate Hangeul Day by visiting the museum of King Sejong which is located near Gyeongbok Palace in Seoul. A large golden statue of King Sejong stands there in honor of a leader remembered for his contributions to education for all.

Happy Hangeul Day!

 


 

Guest Artist Q&A with Studio Kimgarden

Today's Doodle was created by Seoul-based guest artists Yunho Lee and Kangin Kim of
Studio Kimgarden. Below they share their thoughts on the making of the Doodle:

 

Q: Why was this topic meaningful to you personally?

A: It's interesting to express the face of "Google" that we use every day in two languages we use every day.

 

Q: What were your first thoughts when you were approached about the project?

A: There are many curves in the form of Hangul, but there are only straight lines in the word Google, which is written “구글” in Korean. And there are many curves in "Google" when written in English. So we wondered how the structure of "구글" and "Google" could look similar.

 

Q: Did you draw inspiration from anything in particular for this Doodle?

A: We collect various items related to typography (letter block, stencil template, metal type...). Among them, letter blocks were used as reference for this project. The blocks are usually very colorful, so we could put the colors of the Google logo on the block-shaped letters.

 

Q: What message do you hope people take away from your Doodle?

A: We hope that people will have fun playing with "Google"-shaped blocks written in two languages.

 


 

Early concepts of the Doodle

 

Location: South Korea

Tags: Hangul, language, National Holiday, Guest Artist, Animation, alphabet, Korea


          

Brazilian Boxer Davi Eliasquevici Is Sexy As Hell   

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thumbHappy Tuesday guys! Well, isn’t this week exciting already. If you’re a news junkie like me you know what I mean, for everyone else, you might want to pay a little bit of attention to history in the making 😉 But, even with everything going on, we need a little distraction, and what better way to distract you for a...

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U.S. Blacklists Eight Chinese Tech Companies on Rights Violations   

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U.S. Blacklists Eight Chinese Tech Companies on Rights Violations(Bloomberg) -- Terms of Trade is a daily newsletter that untangles a world embroiled in trade wars. Sign up here. The Trump administration placed eight Chinese technology giants on a U.S. blacklist on Monday, accusing them of being implicated in human rights violations against Muslim minorities in the country’s far-western region of Xinjiang.The companies include two video surveillance companies -- Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology Co. and Zhejiang Dahua Technology Co. -- that by some accounts control as much as a third of the global market for video surveillance and have cameras all over the world. Also targeted were SenseTime Group Ltd. -- the world’s most valuable artificial intelligence startup -- and fellow AI giant Megvii Technology Ltd., which is said to be aiming to raise up to $1 billion in a Hong Kong initial public offering. Backed by Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., the pair are at the forefront of China’s ambition to dominate AI in coming years.The move, which was announced after U.S. markets closed, came on the same day negotiators from the U.S. and China began working-level preparations for high-level talks due to begin Thursday in Washington. Entities on the list are prohibited from doing business with American companies without being granted a U.S. government license, though some have maintained relationships with banned companies through international subsidiaries. Hikvision and Dahua were suspended from trading Tuesday but iFlytek Co., one of the eight singled out, slid as much as 3.1% in Shenzhen.“Specifically, these entities have been implicated in human rights violations and abuses in the implementation of China’s campaign of repression, mass arbitrary detention, and high-technology surveillance against Uighurs, Kazakhs, and other members of Muslim minority groups” in Xinjiang, the U.S. Commerce Department said in a federal register notice published Monday.The move, first reported by Reuters, takes President Donald Trump’s economic war against China in a new direction, marking the first time his administration has cited human rights as a reason for action. Past moves to blacklist companies such as Huawei Technologies Co. have been taken on national security grounds. The president’s tariff war against Beijing, meanwhile, has been fought over issues such as intellectual property theft and control of technology as well as China’s broader industrial policy.SenseTime, Dahua and Megvii weren’t immediately available for comment outside of normal business hours. China’s Ministry of Commerce didn’t immediately respond to a faxed request for comment.“Hikvision strongly opposes today’s decision by the U.S. government and it will hamper efforts by global companies to improve human rights around the world,” the company said in a statement. “Punishing Hikvision, despite these engagements, will deter global companies from communicating with the U.S. government, hurt Hikvision’s U.S. businesses partners and negatively impact the U.S. economy.”It also comes as Trump faces growing pressure at home to support pro-democracy protests in the Chinese-controlled territory of Hong Kong. On Monday, Trump said he was hoping for a “humane solution” in a city where protests have grown increasingly violent.“They even have signs, ‘Make China Great Again,’ ‘Make Hong Kong Great Again,’” he told reporters. “They have tremendous signage.”None of the other companies had immediate comment. Some of the firms added to the list trade on Chinese exchanges, which weren’t open yet when the announcement was made in the U.S.What Our Economists Say:“With growth fading, the U.S. and China could both use at least a reprieve from trade tensions. A mini-deal was mooted. It now looks less likely.”\--Bloomberg Economics Chief Economist Tom OrlikRead the full analysis hereThe news broke just as Trump was attending the signing of a partial trade agreement with Japan and predicting a big week of talks with China.“We think there’s a chance that we could do something very substantial,” he told reporters of the China talks. “I think they’re coming to make a deal, we’ll see whether or not a deal can be made.”A Commerce Department spokesman said “today’s action is unrelated to the trade negotiations.”Besides Hikvision and Dahua, the companies put on the blacklist include artificial intelligence companies iFlytek, Megvii, SenseTime and Yitu Technologies.Also included are Xiamen Meiya Pico Information Co. Ltd, which bills itself as an “expert in digital forensics and cybersecurity in China,” according to its website, and Shanghai-based Yixin Science and Technology, a supplier of micro and nano fabrication equipment.IPO PlansThe ban complicates a planned initial public offering for Megvii. The company filed in August to go public in Hong Kong. The terms and timing of a listing weren’t disclosed, but people familiar with the company’s plans have said it’s seeking to raise as much as $1 billion. SenseTime lists Nvidia Corp. and Qualcomm Inc. among more than 700 global partners. Nvidia declined to comment, and Qualcomm didn’t immediately have a comment.Four of the eight companies put on the blacklist are already publicly traded in China. Dahua’s shares have risen 17% in the past year, while Hikvision is up 12.4%. iFlytek has gained 11.5% and Xiamen Meiya Pico Information has climbed 7.9%.When Huawei became the most prominent target for Trump administration export restrictions, its U.S. suppliers initially cut off contact with the Chinese technology company. After looking at the rules more closely, companies such as Intel Corp., Micron Technology Inc. and Qualcomm resumed at least partial supply.Human RightsThey have subsequently argued in Washington that blanket bans don’t have the targeted effect that the entity listings are intended to achieve because many of the products they supply to Chinese companies are readily available from their overseas competitors.A request for comment from the Chinese embassy in Washington wasn’t immediately returned.The move targets Chinese surveillance companies involved in the crackdown in Xinjiang, where as many as a million Uighur Muslims have been placed in mass detention camps, prompting criticism from around the world.“The U.S. government and Department of Commerce cannot and will not tolerate the brutal suppression of ethnic minorities within China,” said Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross said in a statement on Monday. “This action will ensure that our technologies, fostered in an environment of individual liberty and free enterprise, are not used to repress defenseless minority populations.”The blacklisting of these firms has been long in the making and national security advisers for months have been pushing for the president to move forward on the plan. But the timing is highly provocative, coming just days before China’s Vice Premier Liu He is schedule to arrive in Washington for high-stakes trade talks being watched by financial markets around the world.The White House in May had readied the sanctions package for surveillance technology companies accused of human rights violations but decided to hold back because of the ongoing trade negotiations.The Trump administration in June again considered the sanctions and had planned to roll them out with a human rights speech by Vice President Mike Pence on the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, Bloomberg has reported. The speech was postponed indefinitely -- at the request of Chinese officials -- so that Trump could secure a meeting with Chinese leader Xi Jinping at the Group of 20 summit in Osaka.Also to be placed on the Commerce Department’s “entity list” are the Xinjiang region’s public security bureau and 18 other municipal and county public security bureaus as well as the province’s police college.(Updates with share action from the third paragraph.)\--With assistance from Jennifer A. Dlouhy, Justin Sink, Ian King, Candy Cheng, Michael Hytha, Mark Milian, Edwin Chan and James Mayger.To contact the reporters on this story: Shawn Donnan in Washington at sdonnan@bloomberg.net;Jenny Leonard in Washington at jleonard67@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Margaret Collins at mcollins45@bloomberg.net, Sarah McGregor, Robert JamesonFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



          

Ernie Lane   

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In the pioneering years of the Queensland labour movement, Ernest Henry Lane was one of the fieriest firebrands of them all. Yet he was shipped to Brisbane in 1884 as a model immigrant, an industrious young man who carried the convictions of a childhood steeped in loyalty to Queen and empire. So, what went wrong? In this talk, John Oxley Library Fellow Dr Jeff Rickertt delves into the turbulent world of colonial labour politics to explain the making of Ernie Lane as one of the nation’s most resolute rebels.

Dr Rickertt is a Brisbane historian with an abiding interest in the State’s rebels and radicals. He was a contributor to and assistant editor of Radical Brisbane: An Unruly History and is co-editor of the Queensland Journal of Labour History. As the 2010 John Oxley Library Fellow, Dr Rickertt was working on a political biography of Ernest Henry Lane.

Speaker: Dr Jeff Rickertt
When: Wed 20 July, 12:30pm
Where: slq Auditorium 2, level 2, State Library of Queensland
Duration: 00:57:03 minutes


          

Memory: The Origins of Alien Is a Stomach-Churning Look at the Making of a Classic   

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by Erik Henriksen
A sketch from Memory: The Origins of Alien, which is currently screening at Grand Illusion
A sketch from Memory: The Origins of Alien, which is currently screening at Grand Illusion Sundance Institute

There are already plenty of deep dives into the making of Ridley Scott's 1979 sci-fi/horror classic Alien, but Memory: The Origins of Alien is an exceedingly deep one indeed. Directed by Alexandre O. Philippe (who took a similarly focused look at Psycho with 78/52: Hitchcock's Shower Scene), Memory opens by foregrounding the life and pulp influences of Dan O'Bannon, Alien's oft-forgotten screenwriter, but as the film progresses, Philippe grows obsessed to the point of tedium with Alien's chestburster scene. (That is a remarkable scene, but the attention lavished on it here comes at the expense of about a dozen other remarkable sequences in Alien.)

Alongside archival interviews with Scott and the late artist H. R. Giger, Memory boasts a dude-heavy lineup of film scholars, filmmakers, and actors, many of whom offer smart contributions (a bit contextualizing Alien alongside other movies of the late 1970s, from Manhattan to MASH, is great), even as others suggest theories that can charitably be described as stretches. (Philippe goes along real hard with one of the latter, to the point of staging an elaborate opening that feels like nothing so much as an Alien fan film.)

Memory never acknowledges the existence of Alien's increasingly lousy sequels (and it barely acknowledges Scott's increasingly lousy prequels), but only one omission is truly unforgivable: While Memory's talking heads are happy to discuss the movie's brutal, discomfiting reflections on gender, hardly anything is said about Sigourney Weaver's Ripley—Alien's unmistakable backbone, and the reason for much of the film's success. Plenty of the clips in Memory feature Ripley, but Weaver herself is MIA, and making an Alien documentary without Weaver is... well, it's about as good of an idea as making any other Alien movie without her.

Memory: The Origins of Alien is screening now through October 10 at Grand Illusion Cinema.

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