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Conversation with the communist: Ramón Labañino

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In May of 2016 six Cuban heroes came to Moscow for the first time. Five of them are known to the whole world as the Cuban Five. This interview, that Ramon Labanino, Gerardo Hernandez, Antonio Guerrero, Rene Gonzalez and Fernando Gonzalez gave to the representatives of the Russian Free the Cuban 5 Committee – the Red TV and the Workers University, we named “A talk with a communist”. In the course of the discussion the heroes not only answered various questions about their life in Cuba after being released from jail, but also questions that are important for all of the Russian communist movement: on the development of Cuban revolution, reforms, normalization of Cuba-U.S. relations, on the revolutionary movement in the world and resistance to the imperialist reaction. Questions, which they answered as representatives of their country. As communists.

Correspondent: We are happy that all of you, all five, have come to Russia. Welcome on behalf of Russian committee. Frankly we don’t know who you are by the profession besides the fact that you are a hero.

Ramon: To start with we are also happy, because you brought us freedom. That’s why we express thanks and love towards you. Our work always meant the service for the needs of the revolution. From the first day when we came out of the prisons we asked our leader Raul to tell us about our future, latest goals, aims. We are engaged in a lot of political activities. We tell the people about Cuba. We express our gratitude towards comrades and also we explain the current situation in our relations between Cuba and the USA. And we also explain the current situation in view of our elaboration of socialism in Cuba. That is our main political work. I’m economist. And my role in this work is connected with my specialization as an economist.

Correspondent: As an economist, please answer one of our questions. Is it rational in economical sense to separate the private sector in already emerged state monopoly on means of production?

Ramon: No, never, we view it as a negative thing. Our aim is stabilization of socialism. We want to remove the bureaucratic weight from our state. To free it fromt he things, which are not so important. And it should give the state time to completethe tasks, which would serve our socialism. For example ownership of the restaurant. A big part of the profits which the owner gets, come back to the state in the form of taxes. This money could be used later for the free insurance, free public healthcare for the development of our democracy, for defence of the country. But the main aim is the stabilization of our socialism, not the creation of the small private property. We won’t come back to capitalism.

Correspondent: It’s not just a simple question. It’s an important issue for many people in our country. The man, who owns a restaurant, is his owner; does it mean that he has private property?

Ramon: It is his personal property. The society, in the form of socialist state, still has the property on the most important means of production. It means that people would never leave the areas, which are useful for development of the country. For example tourism, production of tobacсo and coffee. oil, research and technological development, biotechnologies. These branches make up 90% of our economy. But the small property, which is personal property as to us: restaurants, cafes, hairdressing saloons does not play an important role in creation of social product. And the things, which are produced in this sphere, are under our permanent control, it serves the needs of our socialism.

Correspondent: I would never ask an economist this question. I’m asking this question a communist. As you know, even small private property brings to frantic changes in consciousness. How are you going to control it?

Ramon: To begin with our population is educated. Many of the people who own sole enterprise, are communists, members of our party. And they understand that their main task is not to grow rich at any cost, but to serve the society. We never forget about ideological work. We always teach people, try to develop their personality. Our party never loses its contact with the people, with masses. It’s the main guaranty of our success. In cases when people might step aside from this course, we might have to control them. We won’t allow them to become capitalists.

Correspondent: Wonderful words. Please tell us about the things which you like most in Russia. Have you been here before?

Ramon: People. And women in particular. And the spirit of peace. The march of the “Immortal regiment” on Victory Day. It was the demonstration of the power, but peaceful power. The power which could stop the wars and violence, which won’t allow imperialists to disturb the peace. And that is veryimportant that we bring this message. Message of peace and of our desire to build a better world. It means also that we are all united. It was always a guarantee of the victory.

Correspondent: In your press-conference you said that you wanted to visit mausoleum. Did you manage to do it?

Ramon: Yes, of course! For the first time it happened in 1988.

Correspondent: Actually we thought that only Antonio Gerrero has visited our country before.

Ramon: Only fifteen days, but I was here by the invitation of our comrades from communist party. And at that time we also were at Mausoleum. Now we think that in comparison to the last time Lenin grew young again. And he was ready to see the triumph of the new revolution. It is the message, that we have in our hearts. Thank you.

Translated by:Natalija Sulejmanova, Andrej Borisov

Roger Goodell Has One Influential Owner in His Corner: John Mara of the Giants

By Jason McIntyre | May 21 2015

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To everyone – myself included – hoping for an owner revolt against bumbling NFL commissioner Roger Goddell, you’re just going to have to keep looking: John Mara of the Giants offered a strong defense of Goodell to the New York Post:

“I’m sure everybody believes there were certain things that maybe could have been done better, but overall, the league did what it was supposed to do,” Mara told The Post. “There was a situation brought to its attention, it has an obligation to investigate it and come up with findings, and the commissioner has the obligation to impose discipline if he thinks it’s necessary. That’s the way it unfolded, and so now we’re moving on.”

The Patriots this week decided they won’t fight the $1 million fine or loss of two draft picks in the wake of the deflated footballs during the AFC Championship game. Conspiracy theorists think because the Patriots decided to deal with the punishment, that meant Tom Brady’s suspension would be lowered from four games to two. Mara disagrees.

Boy is John Mara going to be disappointed when super-lawyer Jeffrey Kessler works his magic and Tom Brady is suiting up in the season opener against Pittsburgh in September. [via NY Post]

Best Of Rock’n’Roll (2013)

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Вокалист: VA
Название сборника: Best Of Rock’n’Roll (2013)
Жанр,стиль: Rock, Rock’n’Roll
Год релиза: 2013
Треки: 100
Качество|Аудио: mp3 | 192 kbps
Время звучания: 07:17:21
Размер архива: 697 MB

01. Pete Townsend — Rough Boys
02. Bob Dylan — Knockin on Heavens door
03. The Beatles — Ballad Of John And Yoko
04. The Eagles — Lyin’ Eyes
05. Foghat — Slow Ride
06. The Doors — The End
07. Pink Floyd — Speak to Me-Breathe in the Air
08. Cheap Trick — Dream Police
09. Eric Clapton — Layla (Unplugged)
10. ZZ Top — Gimme All Your Lovin’
11. Bob Seger — Turn The Page
12. Thunderclap Newman — Something In The Air
13. Supertramp — Goodbye Stranger
14. Moody Blues — The Voice
15. Golden Earing — Twilight Zone
16. John Fogerty — The Old Man Down The Road
17. The Beatles — Glass Onion
18. Jethro Tull — Bungle In The Jungle
19. Grateful Dead — Sugar Magnolia
20. The Rolling Stones — Waiting On A Friend
21. Dr. John — Right Place Wrong Time
22. Canned Heat — On The Road Again
23. The Eagles — One Of These Nights
24. Santana — Black Magic Woman
25. Chambers Brothers — Time Has Come Today
26. Crosby, Stills & Nash — Helplessly Hoping
27. Neil Young — Southern Man
28. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers — Free Fallin’
29. The Rolling Stones — Let It Bleed
30. Peter Gabriel — Sledgehammer
31. Sugarloaf — Green Eyed Lady
32. Hollies — Bus Stop
33. Eric Clapton — Forever Man
34. Warren Zevon — Werewolves Of London
35. Creedence Clearwater Revival — Susie Q
36. Sly And The Family Stone — Dance To The Music
37. Ozzy Osbourne — Crazy Train
38. Amboy Dukes — Journey To The Center Of The Mind
39. David Bowie — Rebel Rebel
40. Lovin’ Spoonful — Summer In The City
41. Robert Palmer — Addicted To Love
42. Santana — Evil Ways
43. Bob Seger — Old Time Rock & Roll
44. The Beatles — I Should Have Known Better
45. Humble Pie — Thirty Days In The Hole
46. Kingsmen — Louie Louie
47. Ten Years After — I’d Love To Change The World
48. Joe Cocker — The Letter
49. Bob Dylan — Rainy Day Women #12 & 35
50. George Thorogood — Move It On Over
51. The Who — Substitute
52. Peter Frampton — Do You Feel Like We Do
53. America — Horse With No Name
54. Elton John — Madman Across The Water
55. Neil Young — Keep on Rocking in the Free World
56. Deep Purple — Highway Star
57. Bad Company — Bad Company
58. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers — Refugee
59. The Doors — Twentieth Century Fox
60. The Cars — My Best Friend’s Girl
61. Grateful Dead — Friend Of The Devil
62. Cream — Badge
63. Jethro Tull — Cross-Eyed Mary
64. Animals — It’s My Life
65. Electric Light Orchestra — Strange Magic
66. Blue Oyster Cult — Burnin’ For You
67. Traffic — John Barleycorn Must Die
68. Focus — Hocus Pocus
69. Boston — Peace Of Mind
70. Rick Derringer — Rock and Roll Hoochie Koo
71. Thin Lizzy — The Boys Are Back In Town
72. The Rolling Stones — Mother’s Little Helper
73. Van Halen — Dance The Night Away
74. Peter Gabriel — In Your Eyes
75. U2 — Sunday Bloody Sunday
76. The Beatles — Norwegian Wood
77. Rod Stewart — You Wear It Well
78. Bob Dylan — Just Like A Woman
79. Stephen Stills — Love the One You’re With
80. Led Zeppelin — Dy’er Ma’ker
81. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers — I Won’t Back Down
82. Van Morrison — Wild Night
83. The Rolling Stones — Beast Of Burden
84. Mott The Hoople — All The Young Dudes
85. Queen — Tie Your Mother Down
86. Dire Straits — So Far Away
87. Steve Miller Band — The Joker
88. The Beatles — Please Please Me
89. Peter Frampton — Baby, I Love Your Way
90. Bruce Springsteen — Spirit in the night
91. Outlaws — Green Grass & High Tides
92. Allman Brothers Band — Melissa
93. Creedence Clearwater Revival — Up Around The Bend
94. Norman Greenbaum — Spirit in the Sky
95. Led Zeppelin — All My Love
96. Crosby, Stills & Nash — Wooden Ships
97. The Beatles — Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
98. Jethro Tull — Living In The Past
99. Deep Purple — Woman From Tokyo
100. Foreigner — Cold As Ice

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Текст песни(слова) PSY — Napal Baji lyrics [가사]

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Pun-wi-gi sal-lyŏ ŏ-mŏ sa-ram sal-lyŏ
Let’s give it up
live it up baby
Na-p’al-ba-ji

Se-sang-i na-rŭl mwŏ-ra p’an-dan-hae-do
Kŭ-nyang sa-nŭn ‘gŏ-ya saeng-gin dae-ro

Na-p’al-ba-ji-rŭl rip-ko-sŏ
Tchak-ta-ri-rŭl chip-ko-sŏ
Han-tchok ta-ri-rŭl ttŏl-myŏn-sŏ
Kŏn-dŭl-gŏn-dŭl gŏ-ri-myŏn-sŏ

Mŏn-nit-chin an-ch’i-man ‘ga-kkŭm mŏt-chi-ji na
Ut-kin nom-i-ji-man u-sŭp-chin an-ch’i na’

Man-ni an ‘ga-ji
Na wŏl-lae mat kan nom-i-ni-kka
Ol-gul tu-kkŏp-chi-man ji-gap-to du-kkŏp-chi na’

Nae shin-ba-rŭn ‘gwang-i na-ji
Nae yŏ-ja-nŭn ssam-ppa-k’a-ji
Nae ŏ-kkae ppong dŭ-rŏ-ga-ji
Nae ba-ji-nŭn na-p’al-ba-ji

Na-p’al-ba-ji e-he-ra-di-ya
Na-p’al-la-p’al-la-p’al
Na-p’al-ba-ji e-he-ra-di-ya
Na-p’al-la-p’al-la-p’al

Pam-sae-go dal-lyŏ a-mu-do mot mal-lyŏ
Everybody nal-la-ri-dŭ-rŭi p’a-t’i
Pun-wi-gi sal-lyŏ ŏ-mŏ sa-ram sal-lyŏ
Let’s give it up
Live it up baby
Na-p’al-ba-ji

Ae-ssŭn-da-go an-doel ge doe-ji a-na
Kŏk-chŏng-ŭn nyŏp-chip kae-na jwŏ-bŏ-ryŏ
E-nŏ-ji mo-a mo-a-sŏ
P’a-do han-jan dol-li-go
Shin-na-myŏn hŏ-ri dol-li-go would u shut up and let it go

T’ŭl-lin ‘ge a-ni-ya da-rŭn ‘gŏt-ppun-i-ya
P’an-da-nŭl ha-ji-ma gŭ-nyang nŭ-kki-ra-ni-kka
Ta-rŭ-da-go t’ŭl-li-da-go
Ha-ji-mal-lan mal-ssŭm-i-ya
Im-ma im-ma ha-ji-ma
Tŭn-nŭn im-ma gi-bun na-ppa im-ma

Nae shin-ba-rŭn ‘gwang-i na-ji
Nae yŏ-ja-nŭn ssam-ppa-k’a-ji
Nae ŏ-kkae ppong dŭ-rŏ-ga-ji
Nae ba-ji-nŭn na-p’al-ba-ji

Na-p’al-ba-ji e-he-ra-di-ya
Na-p’al-la-p’al-la-p’al
Na-p’al-ba-ji e-he-ra-di-ya
Na-p’al-la-p’al-la-p’al

Pam-sae-go dal-lyŏ a-mu-do mot mal-lyŏ
Everybody nal-la-ri-dŭ-rŭi p’a-t’i
Pun-wi-gi sal-lyŏ ŏ-mŏ sa-ram sal-lyŏ
Let’s give it up
Live it up baby
Na-p’al-ba-ji
Na-p’al-ba-ji

I-p’al-ch’ŏng-ch’un i-p’an-sa-p’an do-gae-gŏ-ryun-mo jung-e
Mo a-ni-myŏn do Let’s go
I-p’al-ch’ŏng-ch’un i-p’an-sa-p’an do-gae-gŏ-ryun-mo jung-e
Mo a-ni-myŏn do Let’s go
To-gae-gŏ-ryun-mo jung-e
Mo a-ni-myŏn do Let’s go
Nae ba-ji-nŭn na-p’al-ba-ji

Na-p’al-ba-ji e-he-ra-di-ya
Na-p’al-la-p’al-la-p’al
Na-p’al-ba-ji e-he-ra-di-ya
Na-p’al-la-p’al-la-p’al

Pam-sae-go dal-lyŏ a-mu-do mot mal-lyŏ
Everybody nal-la-ri-dŭ-rŭi p’a-t’i
Pun-wi-gi sal-lyŏ ŏ-mŏ sa-ram sal-lyŏ
Let’s give it up
Live it up baby
Na-p’al-ba-ji

Break the ice!
Oh Save my life!
Let’s give it up live up baby
I’m I’m the bell-bottoms

No matter how people judge me
I just live my life in my own way

Wearing the bell-bottoms
Leaning on one foot
Shaking my leg
Swaggering

I’m not handsome but sometimes I’m cool
I’m a funny guy but I’m not a guy to be trifled with

I never become crazy
Cuz I’m already crazy
I’m not only shameless but I’m rich

My shoes are polished
My girl is hot
My shoulders are up
My pants are bell-bottoms

Bell-bottoms e-he-ra-di-ya
Bell Bell Bell
Bell-bottoms e-he-ra-di-ya
Bell Bell Bell

Drink up all night Nobody can stop me
Everybody, the party of punks
Break the ice! Oh Save my life!
Let’s give it up
live up baby!
Bell-bottoms

Even if you try hard, things that are
Supposed not to work won’t work
Blow off your concerns
Collect your energy
Drink up Poktanju
Dance if excited
Would u shut up and let it go

It’s not wrong, just different
Don’t judge it, just feel it
Don’t tell that it’s wrong when it’s just different
Don’t do that dude
I feel upset dude

My shoes are polished
My girl is hot
My shoulders are up
My pants are bell-bottoms
Bell-bottoms e-he-ra-di-ya
Bell Bell Bell
Bell-bottoms e-he-ra-di-ya
Bell Bell Bell

Drink up all night Nobody can stop me
Everybody, the party of punks
Break the ice! Oh Save my life!
Let’s give it up
live up baby!
Bell-bottoms
Bell-bottoms

Sweet sixteen, take a gambler’s chance, among the do-gae-geo-ryun-mo
It’s all or nothing Let’s go
Sweet sixteen, take a gambler’s chance, among the do-gae-geo-ryun-mo
It’s all or nothing Let’s go
among the do-gae-geo-ryun-mo
It’s all or nothing Let’s go
My pants are bell-bottoms

Bell-bottoms e-he-ra-di-ya
Bell Bell Bell
Bell-bottoms e-he-ra-di-ya
Bell Bell Bell

Drink up all night Nobody can stop me
Everybody, the party of punks
Break the ice! Oh Save my life!
Let’s give it up
live up baby!
Bell-bottoms

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Перевод песни I don’t wanna die (Hollywood Undead)

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I don’t wanna die

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Я не хочу умирать

I don’t wanna die, I don’t wanna die
I don’t wanna die, so you’re gonna have to
I don’t wanna die, I don’t wanna die
No, I don’t wanna die, so you’re gonna have to
Blood is getting harder, body’s getting colder
I told you once, I’m the only one who holds her
I don’t wanna die, I don’t wanna die
I don’t wanna die, so you’re gonna have to

I look inside of myself and try to find someone else
Someone who’s willing to die as to watch you crying for help
I know that blood will be spilled, and if you won’t, then I will
My grave will never be filled, it’s either kill or be killed
So let heaven be told that some may come, some may go
When I’ll end up? I don’t know, but I ain’t dying alone
I keep on askind the question «Can I be saved by confession?»
You see this blood on my hands, at least they’re still reaching to heaven
I gotta pick up the pieces, I gotta bury ’em deep
And when you look in my eyes, I’ll be the last thing you see

I don’t wanna die, I don’t wanna die
I don’t wanna die, so you’re gonna have to
I don’t wanna die, I don’t wanna die
No, I don’t wanna die, so you’re gonna have to
Blood is getting harder, body’s getting colder
I told you once, I’m the only one who holds her
I don’t wanna die, I don’t wanna die
I don’t wanna die, so you’re gonna have to

Words turn into blood, and the blood keeps on pouring
From every pour I wipe it off ’cause it just could be the moment
Now someone’s gotta die, and I’m my only opponent
‘Cause I won’t watch my baby cry, so I keep on just going
Am I a man or a beast? It’s Mother Nature at least
Watch humanity cease ’cause it’s a human desease
You gotta kill when you gotta kill, yeah, that’s what they say
And can’t go against God’s will, you better pray
‘Cause I’m an angel, a demon, yeah, I’m hell and I’m heaven
I’m everything you couldn’t be, now you believe in a devil?
I gotta pick up the pieces, I gotta bury ’em deep
And when the dirt hits the coffin, just go to sleep

I don’t wanna die, I don’t wanna die
I don’t wanna die, so you’re gonna have to
I don’t wanna die, I don’t wanna die
No, I don’t wanna die, so you’re gonna have to
Blood is getting harder, body’s getting colder
I told you once, I’m the only one who holds her
I don’t wanna die, I don’t wanna die
I don’t wanna die.

Now that I see, I see you buried six feet below
Another life goes into the night
I couldn’t let ’em breathe ’cause I didn’t wanna die
Now that I see, I see you buried six feet below
It’s not alright, can you hear me as I cry?
I couldn’t let you live ’cause I didn’t wanna die

I don’t wanna die, I don’t wanna die
I don’t wanna die.

I don’t wanna die, I don’t wanna die
I don’t wanna die, so you’re gonna have to
I don’t wanna die, I don’t wanna die
No, I don’t wanna die, so you’re gonna have to
Blood is getting harder, body’s getting colder
I told you once, I’m the only one who holds her
I don’t wanna die, I don’t wanna die
I don’t wanna die, so you’re gonna have to

I don’t wanna die
(So you’re gonna have to)
I don’t wanna die
(You didn’t have to die)

Я не хочу умирать, я не хочу умирать
Я не хочу умирать, поэтому придётся тебе
Я не хочу умирать, я не хочу умирать
Нет, я не хочу умирать, поэтому придётся тебе
Кровь сворачивается, тело холодеет
Я говорил тебе однажды, что я единственный, кто держит её
Я не хочу умирать, я не хочу умирать
Я не хочу умирать, поэтому придётся тебе

Я заглядываю в себя и пытаюсь найти кого-нибудь ещё
Кого-нибудь, кто желает как умереть,так и смотреть, как ты кричишь о помощи
Я знаю, что прольётся кровь, и если не твоя, то моя
Моя могила никогда не будет заполнена, тут или убить или быть убитым
И позволь сказать небесам, что кто-то может прийти, а кто-то — уйти
Когда я скончаюсь? Я не знаю, но я не буду умирать в одиночестве
Я продолжаю задавать вопрос «Спасёт ли меня исповедь?»
Ты видишь кровь на моих руках, по крайней мере, они всё ещё тянутся к небесам
Я должен собрать все части, должен глубоко похоронить их
И когда ты посмотришь в мои глаза, я буду последним, кого ты увидишь

Я не хочу умирать, я не хочу умирать
Я не хочу умирать, поэтому придётся тебе
Я не хочу умирать, я не хочу умирать
Нет, я не хочу умирать, поэтому придётся тебе
Кровь сворачивается, тело холодеет
Я говорил тебе однажды, что я единственный, кто держит её
Я не хочу умирать, я не хочу умирать
Я не хочу умирать, поэтому придётся тебе

Слова превращаются в кровь, и она продолжает литься
С каждой каплей я стираю её, потому что это мог быть тот самый момент
Сейчас кто-то должен умереть, и я свой единственный враг
Я не буду смотреть, как плачет моя малышка, поэтому просто продолжаю идти
Человек ли я или монстр? По крайней мере, это всё Мать Природа
Смотри, как человечество прекращает своё существование, ибо это человеческая болезнь
Ты должен убивать, когда должен, да, это то, что они говорят
И я не могу идти против воли Бога, лучше молись
Потому что я ангел, демон, да, я есть ад, и я есть рай
Я есть всё, чем ты быть не мог, сейчас ты веришь в дьявола?
Я должен собрать все части, должен глубоко похоронить их
И когда земля ударяется о гроб, просто засыпай

Я не хочу умирать, я не хочу умирать
Я не хочу умирать, поэтому придётся тебе
Я не хочу умирать, я не хочу умирать
Нет, я не хочу умирать, поэтому придётся тебе
Кровь сворачивается, тело холодеет
Я говорил тебе однажды, что я единственный, кто держит её
Я не хочу умирать, я не хочу умирать
Я не хочу умирать.

Что я сейчас вижу, я вижу тебя в гробу
Ещё одна жизнь уходит в ночь
Я не мог позволить им дышать, потому что не хотел умирать
Что я сейчас вижу, я вижу тебя в гробу
Ничего не в порядке, слышишь ли ты, как я плачу?
Я не мог позволить тебе жить, потому что не хотел умирать

Я не хочу умирать, я не хочу умирать
Я не хочу умирать.

Я не хочу умирать, я не хочу умирать
Я не хочу умирать, поэтому придётся тебе
Я не хочу умирать, я не хочу умирать
Нет, я не хочу умирать, поэтому придётся тебе
Кровь сворачивается, тело холодеет
Я говорил тебе однажды, что я единственный, кто держит её
Я не хочу умирать, я не хочу умирать
Я не хочу умирать, поэтому придётся тебе

Я не хочу умирать
(Поэтому придётся тебе )
Я не хочу умирать
(Ты не обязан умирать)

Super PACs’ influence to rise in push for White House

Washington — When Hillary Rodham Clinton takes the stage at fundraisers thrown by a group that wants to elect her president, she’s not presented as a White House candidate. She’s a “special guest.”

When Jeb Bush raises money for a group preparing to run major parts of his all-but-certain presidential campaign, he doesn’t ask for the cash himself.

And the hundreds of millions these groups will raise? They have to spend it without talking strategy with the candidates and campaigns they support.

The groups are called super PACs, and their influence in selecting the next president will be without precedent. Born out of two Supreme Court decisions in 2010, they are governed by rules some see as a game of winks and nods, enforced by an agency bedeviled by partisan gridlock.

As with most things in Washington, there’s not even agreement on whether they are a problem to solve, or are a solution to celebrate.

“What’s really going on largely is a breakdown of the enforcement system of the campaign finance laws,” says Craig Holman of the left-leaning consumer group Public Citizen. “The Federal Election Commission is just broken.”

Counters David Keating of the right-leaning Center for Competitive Politics, “I think this is overblown. The line has been drawn: It’s the First Amendment. So if people want to speak, let them.”

The primary benefit for campaigns of the super PACs is that they can raise and spend unlimited amounts of money to advocate for and against candidates, with only a few rules holding them back.

Among the rules is a ban on campaigns and super PACs working together. They cannot discuss political strategy or share key information such as internal polling. While candidates can attend super PAC events, they cannot technically ask for the unlimited donations that make the groups such a powerful force.

“Most of these super PACs that are going to be spending millions of dollars, I think they have a good understanding of what the law is,” Keating said.

But even should they break the rules, there are questions about what price they might pay. The six commissioners of the Federal Election Commission are split evenly between Republicans and Democrats, and they have only once cited someone for breaking the rules. In February, the campaign manager for a failed Virginia Republican congressional candidate pleaded guilty to funneling money illegally from a super PAC to bolster his campaign.

Clinton has decried the existence of “unaccounted money” in politics and has suggested a constitutional amendment to overturn the case that helped usher in the new system. Yet during a California fundraising trip last week, she took her first steps to embrace Priorities USA Action, a Democratic super PAC that helped support President Barack Obama in 2012.

Like other candidates, Clinton cannot legally ask donors to give more than $5,000 to the group. But she can appear as a “special guest.” Her husband, former President Bill Clinton, has headlined Priorities events in the past.

On the Republican side, Bush is taking it even further.

The former Florida governor is preparing to delegate many of the operations of his expected campaign to his allied Right to Rise super PAC, using the group to produce campaign ads, conduct voter data analysis and run get-out-the-vote efforts.

Mike Murphy, one of Bush’s closest political advisers, is expected to lead the super PAC and is intimately involved in Bush’s current operation, where he guides staffing decisions, courts donors and shapes political strategy. Bush takes care to say he’s not yet a candidate, allowing him to work with Murphy and the super PAC in a way that won’t be allowed once he’s in the race.

A dozen White House prospects are already benefiting from allied super PACs, which are frequently led by former political advisers and business partners.

For example, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul will benefit from a super PAC run by his former campaign manager, who is also married to Paul’s niece. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s college roommate is working prominently in a network of four allied super PACs, while a longtime friend and financial backer, Dathan Voelter, is the treasurer. Voelter said the pro-Cruz groups have already raised more than $31 million.

During his run for re-election in 2012, Obama never really warmed up to the super PAC world and the group supporting him, Priorities USA Action. Clinton and her allies have taken steps recently to strengthen it.

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Street Fighter DVD Review

26 January, 2009

The 1994 Van Damme version is back, and it’s just as craptacular as you remember.

Bad movies come and bad movies go. They’re in the theater one week and on DVD the next, destined to linger in the bargain bin until they’re forgotten even (maybe especially) by the people who worked on them. But spectacularly bad movies, the ones that fail on a grand scale, now that’s the stuff of pop-culture legend. Take the 1994 live-action adaptation of Street Fighter (not to be confused with the animated feature or the new upcoming live-action film Legend of Chun Li). Starring a laughably miscast Jean-Claude Van Damme as all-American Army colonel William Guile and a frail Raul Julia in his final role as mad dictator General M. Bison, the film attempts to be clever, unexpected and thrilling. And while it ends up being none of those things, at least it’s a somewhat enjoyable disaster.

Guile and M. Bison are joined by the rest of the lineup from the second game in the franchise, Street Fighter II. Over the course of the film, we’re introduced to Chun Li (Ming-Na Wen — before she dropped the Wen), Balrog (Grand L. Bush), E. Honda (Peter Tuiasosopo), Cammy (Kylie Minogue), Vega (Jay Tavare), Ken Masters (Damian Chapa), Ryu Hoshi (Byron Mann), Sagat (Wes Studi), and eventually even Blanka (through a scientific experiment on a captured soldier). At the beginning of the film, many of the characters appear to be nothing like their game counterparts (Chun Li is a reporter, Ken and Ryu are con men pretending to be arms dealers), but by the end of it, they all more closely resemble the source material.

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Set in the fictional Southeast-Asian city of Shadaloo, the story (such as it is) kicks off when Bison announces on TV that he has kidnapped a group of workers from the Allied Nations and is holding them hostage for a ransom of $22 billion. Col. Guile and his AN forces mount a rescue attempt, while at the same time, Chun Li attempts to infiltrate Bison’s lair to resolve her own personal vendetta, and Ken and Ryu act as double agents within Bison’s organization. There are a number of plot threads weaving in and out of each other, but none of that ultimately matters when all you’re waiting for is the fighting to start. In the meantime, there are broad speeches, corny jokes and moments where you just want to shout at the screen (like when characters just stand in a room looking around while it fills up with toxic gas). And once the combat starts, the story is basically put on hold as everyone fights their way out of Bison’s compound.

Julia has some of the best lines — when speaking about his model city Bisonopolis, he says, «I think the food court should be larger. All the big franchises will want in.» — and leaves no scenery unchewed, despite his clearly failing health (he died before the movie was released). His skeletal appearance wouldn’t be so problematic if he didn’t have to square off in hand-to-hand combat with Van Damme by the end of the film. As the big boss, you want to believe that Bison poses at least some kind of threat to the far more agile and muscular hero, but watching Guile just wail on him almost makes you have some sympathy for the man. Almost. The fights (none of which actually take place in a street, as the title would seem to suggest) are very stagey, incorporating familiar moves from the game, making no attempt at realism or true jeopardy for the characters.

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Writer-turned-director Steven de Souza makes his directorial debut here, after scripting some pretty successful films including 48 Hours and Die Hard. His inexperience behind the camera is evident in the low production values, cheesy costumes, flimsy sets and uneven tone that ventures too often into the realm of slapstick. It’s rarely funny when it’s supposed to be, and often unintentionally hilarious when it’s not. But to be fair, that’s not all de Sauza’s fault. Some of the dialogue might have been funny had the punchlines not been botched by Van Damme’s awkward accent and flat delivery.

I’d argue that De Souza owes a debt of gratitude to Uwe Boll, who showed the world just how atrocious straightforward videogame adaptations can be. Compared to a waste of celluloid like Alone in the Dark, Street Fighter looks like a work of artistic genius. That doesn’t excuse the film’s many, many flaws, but it’s not an excruciating mess either. Finally, there’s the incalculable nostalgia factor for those of a certain age who saw this as teenagers during its original theatrical run. There’s bound to be some warm feelings of association there, and those feelings may have little to do with the quality (or lack of same) of the film itself.

Video and Presentation
The 2.35:1 widescreen picture is far less dated than anything in the film itself. The biggest problem is the middling contrast, which leaves a lot of scenes looking muddled, as though they’re steeped in a misty fog. You won’t find any deep blacks or blinding white here, but at least the transfer is relatively clean and free of blemishes. Some scenes are more vivid than others, like the ending, which unfolds under a robin’s-egg blue sky. It’s not a perfect image, but there are plenty of more recent films which don’t look half as good.

Languages and Audio
The audio on this disc is presented in 5.1 Dolby Digital surround sound in English, French and Spanish. There are also optional subtitles in Spanish, French and English SDH. Street Fighter has a distinctive sound design, utilizing overly exaggerated and stylized effects inspired by the videogame. These come across well in this mix, without crowding the dialogue or musical score. The are a lot of directional effects and nearly constant activity in the surround channels. The bass is a little underpowered and probably won’t be shaking your walls or floors, but overall it’s not a bad presentation for an older title.

Extras and Packaging

This single-disc «Extreme Edition» comes in a standard black case with new cover art featuring portraits of Van Damme and Julia and a couple of action scenes from the film. It still looks pretty amateur, but maybe that’s the look they were going for.

The full list of special features includes:

  • Street Fighter IV Game Trailers
  • Street Fighter IV Anime Trailer
  • The Making of Street Fighter
  • Outtakes
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Storyboard Sequences
  • Videogame Sequences
  • Cyberwalk
  • Archives
  • Feature Commentary with Director Steven de Souza

The special features section doesn’t shy away from the film’s videogame roots, though it makes no mention of the new Street Fighter film due out this year. There are two trailers for the next Street Fighter game and a trailer for the anime series (all of which have been previously released).

The «making-of» segment is a vintage piece narrated in a style that’s become a little dated these days. The actors give interviews on the set or in their dressing rooms, talking about their characters, the stunts they performed and the general experiences making the film. There’s also behind the scenes footage so you can see them at work.

There are two deleted scenes here. The first one shows Ming-Na arriving in Shadaloo, dressed up in a wig, scarf and sunglasses and meeting Balrog and Honda. Her appearance in this scene is more sophisticated than any of her other looks in the film, but it does slightly undermine the surprise reveal of her true motivations later on. Ming-Na also appears in the second scene, along with Minogue. They have a brief fight, which is really something to behold. It’s a shame this one didn’t make it into the film.

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The storyboards cover two sequences in the film — the board room and the prison break. This feature is basically a slide show of rough drawings mapping out the shots so the director had something to go by when making the film. There’s no music or sound to accompany the images, but they pretty much speak for themselves. But be warned that there are a lot of them, and they get boring pretty quickly.

The videogame sequences are taken from Super Street Fighter II and the Street Fighter Movie Game. This feature is pretty self-explanatory, but the footage is briefer than you’d expect. The first one shows just under half a minute of an in-game fight between Guile and Bison. The second has the same two characters (this time using the likenesses of Van Damme and Julia) and runs about 45 seconds. Don’t run to the kitchen or bathroom while these are playing or you might miss them entirely.

The outtakes section features about three more minutes of footage of the actors on the set filming scenes that were cut from the film. You can see Van Damme choreographing fights behind the scenes and de Souza giving direction on the set. The material here isn’t from the film itself, and probably could have been folded into the making-of segment.

The enigmatically titled «Cyberwalk» offers a training manual of sorts for recruits to Bison’s army. It includes motivational posters, which are kind of cool looking, and some translations for the language Shadoti, which is allegedly spoken by all of Bison’s troops (it’s actually Esperanto). There’s a lot of text to read in these features, but there are handy translations for phrases like, «Am I late for the book burning?» («Cu mi malfruas por bruigi libron?»). There’s more legitimate humor in this segment than anything in the film.

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In the archives, you’ll find publicity stills, another game trailer, concept drawings, more interviews from the set, ad campaigns and information about trading cards and toys based on the film. What you won’t find here, and it’s a big disappointment, is the film’s original theatrical trailer. For some reason it was omitted from the features, though it was the first thing I went looking for when I started digging into them.

In his commentary, de Souza talks about the film with such complete earnestness you have to wonder if maybe he does take himself a little too seriously (though the film itself is evidence to the contrary). Based on some of his comments (like the fact that his videogame Cadillacs and Dinosours had just come out), it seems as though this commentary was not recently recorded, so it’s hard to say whether time has given him any insight on the project. He talks about the logistics of the production (which was shot in Thailand and Australia) and some of the challenges of adapting it to film. Apparently, his directive was to include all 16 characters from the game, which was no easy task.

Along the way, he rants against those who have accused videogames and movies for inspiring violence, but there is no open defense of the film or any indication that he’s aware of any of the widespread criticism or general mocking the film has received since its release. Among the tidbits he does share is the fact that he wrote the inspirational song for Bison’s troops in Esperanto and that Van Damme delivered his motivational speech (shot in one take) on the 40th anniversary of D-Day. It’s not a boring track, to be sure, but there are some gaping holes in the discussion and it’s not quite as satisfying as it could be.

Also missing is any recent input from any of the actors involved, from Van Damme on down. It would have been cool to hear what they think of the film and its cult status now, and whether they still stand by it 15 years later.

Flashback Filmfare: Words from the heart

by Filmfare | January 18, 2014, 12:06 PM IST

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The Filmfare Awards are popularly referred to as the Oscars of the Hindi film industry and that honour exists because Filmfare is the pioneer in recognising and awarding the best talent in the industry. Receiving a Filmfare trophy is the stuff dreams are made of for even the biggest superstars. Holding the lovely black lady can be the most special feeling in the world. Amidst all the emotional turmoil and nervousness, the best of actors gingerly convey their acceptance speeches that are heartfelt, touching and very precious. Here are a few memorable ones.

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Shah Rukh Khan
Outstanding Debut of the Year — Deewana (1993)

Shah Rukh Khan might be the biggest superstar of our times, but rewind 17 years ago and the name SRK wasn’t as big as it is today. But the man was just as endearing. Accepting his first Filmfare Award the then future superstar left an indelible mark. Excerpts:

«The first time I got a medal in school, which was in the third grade, I came running home to show it to my mother. I was very excited. It was very sad. She wasn’t there. The first time I’m getting a major award in the film industry, she’s still not here. This one goes out to her. This one’s for you, mum.»

Shah Rukh then raised his trophy and looked towards the sky. The emotions ran high.

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Shekhar Kapur
Critics’ Award for Best Film — Bandit Queen (1995)

Accepting a Filmfare Award can not only be a matter of personal achievement but a ground for political satire as well. A handcuffed Shekhar Kapur showed up on stage to receive his award for Bandit Queen. His acceptance speech was brief but precise. Excerpts:

«Sometimes the Oscars are not enough. Sometimes the Oscars don’t matter. Sometimes a film is far greater than the Oscars, far more important.»

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Nana Patekar
Best Actor Award — Krantiveer (1995)

It was the rarest of occasions when Nana Patekar won the Best Actor Award and the man known for his flaring temper came across as humble and gentle. He chose to break the tradition and thanked those present in Hindi. Translated excerpts of his speech:

«I know I don’t look like an actor. I have the appearance of a labourer, yet I have received this award today. I am happy that today I am one of you. Until now, I used to feel a Filmfare Award could be bought. Now that I’ve received one, I know they can’t be bought. Everyone thinks the same. If you don’t win it, you end up saying they must have bought it. What can we do? After all, we’re only human…»

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Sunil Dutt
Lifetime Achievement Award (1996)

Winning a Filmfare Award can sometimes bring film families closer. An emotional Sunil Dutt won the Lifetime Achievement Award in 1996 and he had his trophy handed to him by son Sanjay Dutt. Dutt was overwhelmed by Filmfare’s support for his son Sanjay, who was in jail the year before. Excerpts:

«My daughters told me not to make a long speech. Socha na tha ki ayega yeh din bhi kabhi, ek baar hum mile hain, zara muskura toh lein. (I’d never thought this day would arrive. We’ve met for once, now lets just smile)” He gave son Sanjay a long hug. He went on to thank Filmfare, The Times of India and the film industry, “Last year you remembered us. I watched on television that you all rememb ered my son when he was in jail. And at that time I realised we are not alone…»

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Dharmendra
Lifetime Achievement Award (1997)

In what was perhaps the longest speech in the history of film awards, Dharmendra thanked Filmfare and every person associated with his career at great length. A sentimental Dharmendra could not soak in enough of his first Filmfare Award. Excerpts:

«I’ve longed for this Filmfare trophy for 37 years. but it always evaded me. Every year, I’d stitch a new suit and buy a matching tie in the hope that I’d be called to receive a trophy. then after a few years I gave up. I decided that I would attend the function wearing a T-shirt and shorts. ya kachcha pahen ke chala jaaonga (or I would just wear underwear).»

Dharmendra’s humbleness came to the fore when he accepted his trophy with grace from Dilip Kumar and Saira Banu and said, “By giving me this award, Filmfare has more than made up for all the trophies I missed out on. In this one trophy I can see 15 awards. ”

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Karan Johar
Best Director — Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1999)

A stout and young Karan Johar accepted his first Filmfare Award for his debut directorial endeavour. Naturally, the never-before-seen filmmaker was beaming with a lot of nervous energy. His emotions could be sensed in his voice. Excerpts:

«Ever since I can remember I have dreamt of being here in front of all the people I have grown up watching. I figured that if I wanted my dream to come true I would have to be a compere because I never really thought I would turn director. But today when I am holding this beautiful lady in my hands, I have realised that all those years I practised this speech in front of my bedroom and bathroom mirror have not gone to waste because even an impossible dream can come true…»

Karan reserved a special thanks for people he called his four pillars of support – Shah Rukh Khan, Gauri Khan, Aditya Chopra and his parents.

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Sanjay Dutt
Best Actor Award — Vaastav (2000)

First awards are always the most special and like Dharmendra, Sanjay Dutt too got his first award after waiting for almost two decades. Sanjay was so overwhelmed that he took some time to gather himself and thank those who made Vaastav a success. Excerpts:

«Bees saal ke baad mila toh sahi (20 years later, but at least I got it). I would like to thank my family, my sisters Anju and Priya and Bunty (Kumar Gaurav) for all their support. I thank my beautiful wife (Rhea Pillai) for standing by me through Vaastav. Thanks to my father who I love so much, I know he’ll watch this on TV. I love you dad…»

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REKHA
Lifetime Achievement Award (2003)

The inimitable Rekha won the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003 and she proved there’s more to her than eternal beauty; she proved that her memory was elephantine. Rekha managed to thank everyone and anyone who ever contributed to her career and her insights were the perfect blend of respect and spice. Excerpts:

«I’d like to thank Mohan Sehgal for believing in me and signing me for Sawan Bhadon even though I didn’t know a word of Hindi! Sunil Dutt for being the actor’s director and a genuine, genuine human being. Dutt saab, I still treasure the 101 rupees you gave me, you know, after your favourite tricks…Raj Kapoor for being my greatest critic. Every time I went up to him and said, ‘Papa, shot kaisa laga? Theek tha na?’ He would say, ‘Arre chhokri, you could do a lot better than that.’Umesh Mehra for Khiladiyon Ke Khiladi. When he said to me, ‘Negative’. I was like, ‘Negative? Me? Are you sure?’ He was like, ‘Ma’am, after three decades of movies, you can do any role…’Meena Kumari for calling me namkeen and saying ‘Namkeen meethe se zyaada khaya jaata hai.’ Hemaji, for her devotion to dance and making me doubly proud to be a South Indian.And finally, finally, I’d like to dedicate this award to my appa, my dad… I am who I am because of you pa, because of only you… And now, to my creator, my guardian angel… Amma, this one is for you too.»

Rekha ended on a witty note when she ended her marathon of thanks with, “See that was quick.”

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Rishi Kapoor
Lifetime Achievement Award (2008)

Rishi Kapoor seemed ecstatic and soaring over the heavens when he won the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008. For Kapoor, the most important thanks was for his grandfather Prithviraj Kapoor and his family. But, the romantic inside Kapoor came to the fore when he thanked his better half Neetu, with numb eyes. Excerpts:

«Ladies and gentlemen, a person who gave up her career at the tender age of 21, a flourishing career to marry me, the one and only, my wife Neetu. Thank you Neetu for really supporting me in making my career. Thank you for making my home. Thank you for looking after my children. Most of this actually belongs to you…»

A beaming Neetu Kapoor joined him onstage and Rishi looked to fly her to the moon and back.

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Farhan Akhtar
Best Newcomer (Male) (2009)

Farhan Akhtar won his first acting award when he was adjudged the Best Newcomer (Male). Farhan recalled when he first laid hands on a Filmfare trophy. Excerpts:

«I went to Salim Khan’s house before the awards and he gave me one of his Filmfare trophies since he liked my performance a lot. Having already got a trophy, I would like to dedicate this one to Abhishek Kapoor, the director of Rock On!!»

A few minutes later it was Arjun Rampal’s turn to came on stage and accept his trophy for Rock On!! and Rampal said, “Abhishek I am not going to dedicate this award to you since you already have Farhan’s.”

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