Sunday Respite – Twin Peaks returns May 21st!

Twin Peaks season three debuts on May 21st. Here are a couple of clips.The good news is that over 200 of the original cast members will appear again including Agent Cooper. Season one and two plus Fire Walk With Me (avoid) is available on Netflix. I binged watched a bunch of episodes last night just to get in the mood. What was weird was hearing Laura Palmer say in one of the episodes that she would be back in Twenty-five years. A bit more than twenty-five years have gone by since we heard “a damn fine cup of coffee,” and of course we know about all that pie Special Agent Cooper downs.The music is haunting and effective and conveying the moodiness of the town called Twin Peaks and its happenings. I was happy to learn that you can stream the program directly via Show Time and bypass those nasty cable companies. Here is from Cnet as including a bit of history if you need or want a refresher:

Though the new Showtime series is set to debut in less than a month, fans are still anxiously waiting more peeks into “Twin Peaks.”

We already know the show will feature familiar characters such as Agent Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan), Audrey Horne (Sherilyn Fenn), Shelly Johnson (Madchen Amick), FBI Regional Bureau Chief Gordon Cole (David Lynch), Deputy Hawk (Michael Horse), Bobby Briggs (Dana Ashbrook), Deputy Andy Brennan (Harry Goaz), James Hurley (James Marshall), Denise/Dennis Bryson (David Duchovny) and Doctor Jacoby (Russ Tamblyn). Here’s hoping Showtime gives us a look soon at some of the new cast members, who include actors Laura Dern, Monica Bellucci, Ashley Judd and Nine Inch Nails front man Trent Reznor.

“Twin Peaks” — the 18-hour limited event series on Showtime — is scheduled to debut with a two-hour premiere on May 21 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

More at CNET

The Intro of Twin Peaks (1990)

The history of Twin Peaks

Netflix- their secret codes- now you can find thousands of hidden movies

For any Netflix junkie, here is the list for you. I found this over at The Telegraph UK. The list may not be as specific as to the U.S. Book mark the page and don’t worry about codes. Not the complete list but a good start. When Netflix first came out it was easy to find the top whatever films. Now it is once more easy to find them. Something a bit different for a Saturday. Other articles of interest:

Netflix Everywhere Comparisons

Netflix’s incredibly niche, personalised subgenres have long captivated movie nerds, from “Steamy Crime Movies from the 1970s” to “Period Pieces About Royalty Based on Real Life”.

The genres, based on a complicated algorithm that uses reams of data about users’ viewing habits to recommend exactly what a particular user is into, number in the tens of thousands.

How it works

If you’re logged into Netflix, enter http://www.netflix.com/browse/genre/XXXX  but

“XXXX” is a series of digits – 1089 is “Mind-bending Movies”, for example; while 354 is “Movies Starring Matthew McConaughey” – currently a genre of one film.

Not all numbers will result in a subgenre, and given Netflix’s ever-changing algorithms, they might move around every now and then, while there may be regional differences meaning that some codes don’t work.

Codes for the main genres are available Here

Here are links to a list of even more.

NetFlix streaming by alternate genres (main list)

Huma Abedin’s relatives under indictment – first we get the low hanging fruit

First we go after the low hanging fruit. Then? The one most enjoyable point made in

All those whispers

this piece is:

While the FBI has closed its espionage investigation into Clinton’s unsecured private email server, its public corruption investigation into the Clinton Foundation remains open.

… the U.S. Justice Department has been actively prosecuting two other Abedin family members.

Huma’s indicted first cousin Omar Amanat

Records show that her first cousin, Omar Amanat, is under federal indictment for cheating investors in Kit Digital Inc. of millions of dollars between 2009 and 2012, forcing the tech start-up to go bankrupt in 2013. He has been placed under house arrest as he awaits trial, which is scheduled for Oct. 2.

Another Abedin cousin, Irfan Amanat, is under indictment in the same case. He was arrested in December after returning to the U.S. from the United Arab Emirates.

Prosecutors say Omar Amanat illegally diverted millions of dollars from investments in Kit Digital “for his personal use,” including “luxury properties in Manhattan.” He “never disclosed these misappropriations to investors,” who were misled about the value of the company by false balance sheets. He has pleaded not guilty.

Moreover, Kit Digital appears in State Department emails sent to Abedin from Amanat and a business partner. In June 2009, not long after starting Kit Digital and just months after his cousin was named deputy chief of staff to Secretary of State Clinton, Amanat helped his business partner solicit Abedin for State favors on behalf of Soliya Inc., which was in partnership with Kit Digital. Summit Entertainment, a film company Amanat held a controlling stake in at the time, also stood to benefit.

In May 2010, Clinton helped Soliya get access to U.N. funding by making the U.S. a participant in a U.N. high-tech media initiative called the Alliance of Civilizations. Then in October 2010, the State Department directly awarded Soliya $1.25 million for a media technology project.

“Huma helped Omar make KIT appear more valuable because of its association with the Alliance of Civilizations, which was approved by Hillary and funded in part by U.S. grants,” said an attorney familiar with the case. “This helped Omar raise money for KIT, which he and his brother misappropriated for other purposes. Approximately $6 million has vanished.”

Amanat took KIT Digital public in August 2009.

At the time, Amanat, known as a “serial swindler,” was in personal bankruptcy and being sued by other investors. Despite his reputation, he still managed to gain special access to the government thanks to his ties to his well-positioned cousin and the Clinton Foundation.

Records show that Amanat and several other family members and related charities have together donated as much as $1.2 million to the Clinton Foundation and Clinton Global Initiative, as well as the Clinton Health Access Initiative.

While the FBI has closed its espionage investigation into Clinton’s unsecured private email server, its public corruption investigation into the Clinton Foundation remains open. It’s not clear if this still-active probe overlaps with the Amanat fraud investigation. However, investigators reportedly continue to look into alleged “pay-for-play” schemes involving the Clinton State Department and the Clinton Foundation and its wealthy donors, as well as entities that paid the Clintons millions of dollars in speaking fees.

Read more at WND

Bill Nye, the eugenics guy, says lets penalize families with ‘extra kids’

Bill Nye the science guy gives me a bit of PTSD. A flashback to the days of the old “Red China” days when they had their plans of destroying any aspect of culture. Purging it of thousands of years of history. We are doing that quite well without Bill. But now he moves on to Eugenics. Western Civilization is already looking at the specter of a declining birth rate that dooms itself to annihilation. Bill Nye has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. Period. That is it. But this will be the new indoctrination for us and here is when it began. Here we go:

The Internet is rightly mocking the complete disaster that is the Rachel Bloom “My Sex Junk” video that is part of the new Netflix series, “Bill Nye Saves the World.” As bad as that is (it is BAD), another portion of the series is even worse. The 13th and final installment is titled “Earth’s People Problem,” and with a name like that, you know we could be in for some ideas that border on eugenics.

The 26-minute episode starts off in fairly inoffensive fashion. Following an intro that demonstrates how human consumption is like sponges soaking up water, Nye explains how women who have access to educational and professional opportunities tend to have fewer children.

Let’s Reconsider…Forced Sterilization?

The fight against climate change, Nye’s most passionate cause, is brought up by Rieder, who notes that children in developed countries use 160 times more resources than children in the developing world. This is where the creepy totalitarianism of the environmental movement starts to show itself. Nye asks, bluntly, “Should we have policies that penalize people for having extra kids in the developed world?”

Extra kids. These d-mn people and their existence, am I right? Nye (who, again, decided we all needed to see that abomination from Bloom) is wise enough to set limits on humanity. This whole concept and the ease with which he discusses it is so frightening and evil that I am genuinely appalled at Netflix’s decision to air it.

Rieder says we should “at least consider” a form of punishment for people who have these Extra Kids (TM). Nye impatiently responds that “consider means do it.” Snow, to her credit, jumps in and takes issue with the idea that “we do anything to incentivize fewer children or more children.” Benfield notes the history of compulsory sterilization in America, a practice that was in place as recently as the 1970s. The issue was not come at from a position of justice in the past, she adds. But this time will be different, I guess?

So, if you’re scoring at home, that leaves China’s maternity laws and their recently ended one-child policy as the key points from this half hour of science televangelism. As Calandrelli says, it’s time for America to “catch up.” With China.

Yeesh. The program had eight minutes left that I couldn’t watch even if I tried.

The Federalist

Is Ann Coulter on a suicide mission as she goes to Berkeley?UPDATE: Cancels

UPDATE: Ann backs out. YAF backs out, no one would insure her security.  Maybe this tells us why.

April 26 (Reuters) – Conservative commentator Ann Coulter has canceled her speech planned for this week at the University of California’s Berkeley campus after a dispute with university officials, who feared violent protests, over whether a safe venue could be found.

“There will be no speech,” she wrote in an email to Reuters on Wednesday, saying two conservative groups sponsoring her speech were no longer supporting her. “I looked over my shoulder and my allies had joined the other team,” she wrote. (Reporting by Mark Hosenball in Washington and Jonathan Allen in New York)

Ann Coulter Says She Will Pull Out of Speech at Berkeley – The New …

Ann Coulter has said she still is planning to rumble. No doubt will face the anarchists and Commies on Thursday as she goes to Berkeley. Since the YAF pulled out support, she has indicated she will speak where she can. Around 6:00 pm. Thursday. If she goes to Sproul Plaza, this will be the site of the early 1970’s violence that many of us remember. Add to the mix that it has been reported that the  Oath Keepers | Oath Keepers on showing up for her security. The Berkeley police said that they have no plans to protect her. Clearly an order to stand down was given at the last unrest. Could this be the start of the second “shot heard round the world?” Here we go:

Oath Keepers

Young America’s Foundation (YAF) has pulled out of Ann Coulter’s Thursday event at UC Berkeley, blaming the college for allowing left-wing extremists to terrorize conservatives on campus.

The University of California at Berkeley is bracing for massive protests and potential violence in an open, public space known as Sproul Plaza after hearing that conservative commentator Ann Coulter plans to give a speech there Thursday.

The state flagship university has become ground zero for an intense confrontation between the far left and the far right since Donald Trump’s election in November, with some protesters trying to stop controversial speakers from appearing on campus and others objecting that such actions violate their right to free speech. Some of the clashes have devolved into riots, leaving the school and city to struggle with how best to balance the free exchange of ideas with community safety.

In February — and twice more since then — masked protesters turned demonstrations over the boundary between free speech and hate speech into violent confrontations, setting fires, causing injuries and leaving hundreds of thousands of dollars of property damage in their wake.

“The character of that attack on campus was unprecedented,” UC-Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks said Tuesday.

Coulter said in an email late Tuesday night that she plans to arrive at Berkeley sometime after 6 p.m. on Thursday. She said she is still hopeful that Berkeley will provide “an appropriate room” for the event and that she is still unsure when and where she will speak. College Republicans had been discussing the possibility of Sproul Plaza for Coulter’s speech since the university canceled Thursday’s planned event and so far has declined to provide a venue for it on that day. More at Washington Post

“When Young America’s Foundation confirmed Ann Coulter would speak at UC-Berkeley as part of YAF’s nationwide campus lecture program on April 27, we assumed UC Berkeley would take all steps necessary

 “As of 4:00 p.m. today, Young America’s Foundation will not be moving forward with an event at Berkeley on April 27 due to the lack of assurances for protections from foreseeable violence from unrestrained leftist agitators,” they continued. “Berkeley should be ashamed for creating this hostile atmosphere.”
Breitbart

Why the Clintons just won’t go away

I am tired of my twitter feed getting clogged up with the latest absurd tweets coming from Chelsea. For some reason, people seems to think I should read them. I read this excellent post that answers much of why the Clintons just don’t-won’t go away. Worse why Chelsea is a non-stop media trove of useless information. Here is some of it from Vanity Fair:

In Vanity Fair, T.A. Frank exhorts elite American liberals in the strongest possible terms to resist their obvious temptation to turn Chelsea Clinton into a political item:

PLEASE, GOD, STOP CHELSEA CLINTON FROM WHATEVER SHE IS DOING
The last thing the left needs is the third iteration of a failed political dynasty.

Snip…

…..The answer is that even though Hillary Clinton lost two elections, the Clinton machine—the one the family has been building ever since Bill left office in 2001—is still very much in place. Walter Russell Mead described it like this during the 2016 primaries: “The machine gathers the cash that provides perches and incomes to Clinton loyalists; the loyalists keep the publicity machine pumping, keep the networks of contacts and patronage refreshed throughout the vast Clinton network, and staff what amounts to a permanent campaign. This is what party machines used to do: provide incomes for the army of operatives who would jump into action to make sure the machine stayed in office.”

The loyalists who make up this apparatus want—or even need—for the gears to keep spinning. And for that, the machine needs to offer the promise of future influence. Otherwise, donations to the Clinton Foundation would dry up; speaking engagements would become less lucrative; Clinton-backed spin organizations would wither; and dozens of jobs would disappear. All this is to say that the strange persistence of Chelsea boosterism does not come out of nowhere; it is the product of a supremely well-organized political organization revving its engines. And it will not be shut down voluntarily.

H/T: American Interest

How Did NY Gov. Cuomo Make $783,000 From A Book That Sold Only 3,200 Copies?

Another righteous politician that needs to be in jail, instead of  being able to run for re-election in November. A possible Governor seat pick up for the GOP. Whats so fascinating is News Corp’s hand in the dirty little business of payoffs. Recall an earlier post of B-ville:

Gov. Cuomo has a message for conservative Republicans — you don’t belong in New York.

Cuomo said Friday that members of the GOP with “extreme” views are creating an identity crisis for their party and represent a bigger worry than Democrats such as himself.
“Their problem isn’t me and the Democrats; their problem is themselves,” the governor said on Albany’s The Capitol Pressroom radio show. Ed: (In other words, rinos are O.K.)

More:

Cuomo’s Office Hobbled Ethics Inquiries by Moreland Commission …

An investigation has found that Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s aides deeply compromised the New York State panel’s work…

Ultimately, Mr. Cuomo abruptly disbanded the commission halfway through what he had indicated would be an 18-month life.

Leaders of the Moreland Commission, front row, from left: Kathleen M. Rice, Milton L. Williams Jr. and William J. Fitzpatrick, the panel’s co-chairs, and Regina M. Calcaterra, its executive director. Credit Michael Nagle for The New York Times

But the latest:

Fox News Channel parent News Corporation may be wrapped up in the sexual harassment accusations surrounding host Bill O’Reilly, but the company is facing another long-running scandal involving what appear to be exuberant payments to a Democrat — payments that occurred even as News Corp. was lobbying the New York State executive branch, which Gov. Andrew Cuomo oversees.

The New York governor, whose memoir was published by the News Corp.-owned HarperCollins in 2014, saw his gross income more than double last year, to $417,748 for 2016 (from $196,243 the year before), the Buffalo News reported Tuesday.

Cuomo attributed $218,100 of that increase to sales of his memoir, “All Things Possible: Setbacks and Successes in Politics and Life.”

In 2015, the governor reportedly earned zero income from book sales and in the nearly three years that it’s been on the market, it has sold just 3,200 copies. But Cuomo, the Buffalo News found, reported that he received a total of $783,000 from HarperCollins in book sales over the past three years,  a number that would translate to royalty payments of nearly $244.69 per copy. On Wednesday, the book was selling on Amazon for $13.05.

News Corp., in the meantime, was registered as a lobbying client as recently as December 2016, according to the New York State government lobbying database. The mass media company, created and headed by Executive Chairman and former CEO Rupert Murdoch, has a long history of lobbying Cuomo’s office for the passage of bills beneficial to its businesses, as previously reported by IBT.

Read more at IBTimes

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