Yesterday’s McCarthy – our alternate reality

 

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USS Enterprise NCC-1701-C. Image from Wikipedia

 

Guinan: “Families. There should be children on this ship.”
Picard: “What? Children on the Enterprise? Guinan, we’re at war!”
Guinan: “No we’re not! At least we’re not… supposed to be. This is not a ship of war. This is a ship of peace.”

(from “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” episode 63, Yesterday’s Enterprise, February 19, 1990)

 

As the US House Intelligence Committee questions FBI Director James Comey and National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers on the “possible ties” between “associates” of Donald Trump and “agents of the Kremlin,” do you get the feeling that members of the U.S. political class and media are sweeping us into some bizarre reality?

Listen to this interview of Stephen Cohen (professor emeritus of Russian studies, history, and politics at New York University and Princeton University) by John Batchelor, March 22, 2017, on “How the New McCarthyism grows stronger.”

Censorship, be gone gone gone

Tony Turner singing "Harperman"

I’m a bit late with this, but what the heck – call it election ad overload. Still, you, too, can sing-along on September 17 with the Unitarian church hippies (those were the days).

The story according to Maclean’s: “Newsmaker: Tony Turner, the scientist turned ‘Harperman’ star”

“Turner was working as a scientist with Environment Canada, specializing in GPS mapping…. Environment Canada has suspended Turner while investigating his musical fame, suspecting it could violate the public service’s code of ethics.”

Let Valentina play

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Valentina Lisitsa:

Yes, Toronto Symphony is going TO PAY ME NOT TO PLAY because I exercised the right to free speech.
Yes, they will pay my fee but they are going to announce that I will be unable to play and they already found a substitute.
And they even threatened me against saying anything about the cause of the cancellation.

Shostakovich Sonata No. 2 Mov 3 Finale

Update at CTV.

More info at CBC.