Zap! American officials can destroy foreign firms like gremlins on a screen

WARFARE has been transformed by drones. Using pilotless aircraft armed with precision weapons America can kill its enemies—in, say, the Hindu Kush or Syria—with a click of a mouse. There is a similar shift in economic diplomacy, where Uncle Sam has perfected new weapons that exploit its power over the world’s financial plumbing and over the brainiest parts of the tech industry. In April these weapons were used in anger on big, important firms for the first time. The targets were Rusal, a Russian metals firm, and ZTE, a Chinese electronics company. The results have been devastating—and alarming.

In 1919 Woodrow Wilson called international sanctions a “silent, deadly remedy” and over the next 70 years America deployed them about 70 times, reckons Gary Hufbauer of the Peterson Institute. America achieved its geopolitical objectives only a third of the time, he says. But there was little doubt that it could meet its narrower goal of inflicting pain by halting trade with other countries and by…Continue reading

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President Trump has been staring at a paused television for three hours waiting for the show to resume.

WASHINGTON, DC – President Donald Trump has been sitting in bed, starring at a paused image of the television show “Fox and Friends” for three hours, waiting for the program to continue.

“(Trump) has no idea that the TV is paused. He’s just sitting there watching it, waiting for the people to continue talking,” said head of Trump’s Secret Service detail, Ken Posher. “God, it’s been over three hours now and Trump is just sitting there, in his bed, with his fucking hamburgers, starring at his TV that is paused. Three fucking hours now. Every day we are reminded that Trump is a dumb, dumb man. Historically dumb.”

Early this morning several of Trump’s advisors met with Trump in his bedroom to discuss a development in an international conflict. During the meeting one of the advisors paused the TV.

“We went in to Trump’s bedroom because, well, it was before 11 am so that’s where he was. We had some very serious things to talk to him about,” said Trump Advisor, Wayne Capatch. “He wasn’t paying attention to us because the TV was on so (John) Kelly paused the TV to get Trump’s full attention. That didn’t work very well. (Trump) just paused too, like he was controlled as well. But then he started asking why (the show’s hosts) weren’t talking. Eventually Kelly just tossed the remote back to Trump and we all left the room.”

Since the meeting White House staffers have been looking for the remote to un-pause the TV but they have so far been unable to find it.

“We’ve actually sent several different staffers dressed as housekeeping into Trump’s bedroom to see if we can find the remote but we think Trump is sitting on it so no one touches his remote again,” said Capatch. “(Trump) does that a lot. If he wants to keep something to himself, he sits on it. He thinks that’s the safest place in the world. I mean , it is, because no one wants to dig under his ass, but it gets really bad with candy. (Trump) loves sitting on candy. Then eating the candy. That he’s been sitting on for who knows how long. Fuck, this guy is an idiot.”

When asked if he is hiding the remote, Trump shouts that he is watching his “stories” and to leave him alone.

“I am watching TV! I am watching TV! This is TV time! I’m watching Foxy Friends and it’s my favorite and leave me alone!” said Trump from his bedroom.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said the President is working hard and “deep in thought” while he is starring at the paused screen.

“Yes, I know the President was supposed to leave for a meeting with India’s Prime Minister but he is very busy at the moment thinking about how to make America greater again. That’s his primary concern all the time. He is not just sitting there starring at a paused TV without a single thought going through his head,” said Sanders. “No, he’s thinking about walls and stuff. And immigrants. And, um, foreign…policy?”

Insiders say that staff members are working on a plan to cut power to Trump’s bedroom if the President doesn’t leave his bed soon.

“If that fucking idiot doesn’t come out of his fucking room in the next 20 minutes I’m going to shut down the power and tell him it was Hillary’s fault,” said White House Chief of Staff, John Kelly. “That should get him pissed off enough to get the fuck out of bed. That fucking idiot.”

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HAVING failed to get Rupert Murdoch’s attention before, Brian Roberts, chief executive of Comcast, certainly has it now. On February 27th the American pay-television giant said it would make a £22.1bn ($ 30.7bn) offer for Sky, the European satellite broadcaster, potentially disrupting Disney’s agreed $ 66bn purchase of much of 21st Century Fox.

The surprise announcement comes as Fox, which owns 39% of Sky, is trying to get regulatory approval in Britain for its own purchase of the remaining 61% of the satellite broadcaster, which it would then hand over to Disney after shareholders and regulators approve that deal (perhaps by the end of this year). By putting himself in the middle of that complex transaction, with an all-cash offer 16% richer than that of Fox, Mr Roberts is causing people to wonder what his goal is. He had tried to outbid Disney for Fox’s assets in the autumn, but gave up due to a lack of engagement from Mr Murdoch. He may now only be after Sky, or he may intend to make a still bigger hostile bid to top…Continue reading

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‘Condorito’ Is Hitting The Big Screen Today And Jessica Cediel Voices ‘Yayita’

After ‘la suegra’ gets captured by aliens, Condorito must travel to outer space to save her and win her blessing for her daughter’s hand in marriage. And it’s none other than Jessica Cediel who lends her voice to the character of Yayita, Condorito’s fashionable girlfriend.


Jessica Cediel talked about voicing the character, saying, “I’m the most similar to my character in that we both are hard-working women, she is a family oriented woman, she is a woman who cares about the social causes, like for example the children of the orphanage.”

Jessica did the casting via Skype and says she was super nervous. To prepare for this role, she didn’t have to change her tone of voice but did have to tone her Colombian accent down so the film could get broadcast worldwide.

“I gave this performance my soul, life, and heart,” Cediel said in an interview. Condorito is a Chilean comic cartoon series which became the equivalent of what Garfield, Peanuts and Calvin and Hobbes in Latin America.


It reached peak popularity in the 80’s when a series of animated mini-episodes got released. There had always been plans to broadcast it on the big screen, but the opportunity did not show itself until years later.

In 2017 “Condorito: La Pelicula” premiered in Latin America, breaking box office records in Mexico, Chile, Peru and Colombia and the movie is set to arrive in the United States today. Fans of all ages will get to appreciate CGI animated Yayita, Condorito’s rival, Pepe Cortisona, and his nephew, Chicky.


Jessica Cediel extended the invitation for all the United States to enjoy the film, saying, “Please don’t miss Condorito in national premiere on January 12th in all movie theaters. A film of truth for all generations, from grandparents to the little ones in the home, I promise that you will go and will have fun.”

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Here’s What It Takes to Turn a Museum into a Movie Screen

Most evenings, as the sun sets on the bustling National Mall, the tourists scatter, the food trucks drive off, and all goes quiet as the museums close. But every so often after dark, they become lively works of art in their own right. On October 14, the façade of the newly renovated Freer Gallery of Art was alight with a short projection-mapped film, A Perfect Harmony, that highlights the history, culture, and artwork that define the collections.

The installation was part of a weekend-long Smithsonian festival titled “IlluminAsia”—which featured Asian food markets, art and cooking demonstrations and music by the Silk Road Ensemble—to mark the museum’s re-opening. For 22 months, the shuttered building has been undergoing some much needed, largely behind-the-scenes upgrading of its infrastructure and refurbishing of its galleries.

Nestled on the National Mall, near the Smithsonian Castle, the Freer Gallery is home to the country’s acclaimed collection of Asian art, seemingly incongruously housed in an Italian palazzo building. But to Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), who donated his extensive collection to the United States and designed the museum to showcase it, these disparate elements dovetail flawlessly.

A follower of the Aesthetic movement, “Freer had this conception of beauty that transcended cultures,” explains Thomas Wide, assistant director of special projects at Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. As collector, designer, founder and financier, Freer was immersed in the creation and stewardship of the museum’s creation. He proposed the museum in 1906 and helped design it, but he didn’t live to see the opening in 1923.

The film’s title, A Perfect Harmony, comes from a letter by artist Dwight William Tryon to Freer. As Lee Glazer, the museum’s associate curator of American art explains, Freer liked to “develop unexpected cross-cultural connections [and] comparisons” by placing diverse objects together. By doing so, Wide says, he was able to find “harmony in this collection of American and Asian art, across culture, across time and place.”

The animation in A Perfect Harmony traces the life of the wealthy railroad industry magnate, who hailed from Detroit, Michigan, and became a patron and friend to James Abbott McNeill Whistler. It was Whistler, an artist whose work was inspired by Japanese and Chinese art, who first sparked Freer’s interest in Asian art.

The film explores the Freer’s extensive and unusual travels across Egypt, Japan and China, and his acquisition of more than 9,000 artworks and antiquities along the way. Highlighting the breadth of the collection, the exterior of the museum was draped with images of the artworks in the Freer and Sackler Galleries, including Whistler’s famed Peacock Room and land- and seascapes by Katsushika Hokusai and Tawaraya Sotatsu, as well as Chinese jades, Southern Indian bronzes, Egyptian glass and Persian lapis lazuli.

The intricate process of projection mapping in A Perfect Harmony involved scanning the building and using a 3D model of it as the basis of the animation. The animators used specialized computer software and multiple video projectors to display the film on an irregular surface—in this case, the Freer’s granite exterior.

Over the years, other museums on the Mall have become canvases for projection-mapping projects. In spring of 2012, artist Doug Aitken broadcast a pop music-based piece SONG 1 onto the curved facade of the Hirshhorn building, and, a year before it officially opened in fall of 2016, the five-story exterior of the National Museum of African American History and Culture became a movie screen for a historical video projection by the critically-acclaimed documentary filmmaker Stanley J. Nelson.

Behind the Freer’s rich visual feat was project director Richard Slaney and about a dozen animators, designers and sound designers from the UK-based studio 59 Productions, best known for its projection mapping projects at the 2012 London Olympics and for the play War Horse.

Slaney and his crew integrated the building so thoroughly in the film that they were able to animate each of its individual bricks and even transform the museum into completely different structures. On the night of the presentation, the audience caught a glimpse of an Isfahani courtyard and a Japanese temple mystically summoned to the National Mall.

In creating the film for the Freer|Sackler, Slaney and his team poured over the extensive archives and artworks to explore “what this collection means today and going forward.” At their heart of the installation, Slaney explains, is highlighting the Galleries as “a space for thinking differently, for being inspired by Asian cultures, for embracing different cultures.”

By donating his collection and constructing a space for Americans to enjoy it, Freer offered “a great democratic act on his part,” Wide says. “And I think the other part of that democratic act was to help people see beauty, to stimulate a way of seeing that Freer found in his own life very therapeutic, powerful, meaningful.”

UPDATE 10/20/1017: This article now includes images of the projection-mapped film, A Perfect Harmony.

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