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Federal judge voids former Trvmp Campaign chairman Paul Manafort's plea deal ruling that since he lied to FBI, the Office of the Special Counsel, and the grand jury, multiple times that he as a result can serve the maximum sentence. The judge specifically cited Mr Manafort's lying about his contacts with Konstantin Kilimnik who is on record offering 'best black caviar' to Manafort for info that Russian intell could use. The polling data offered and received was then used to target facebook and twitter users (and the media) with (get this) fake news (about HRC) in the run up to the 2016 election. But this was just one case...
https://www.cnn.com/2019/02/13/politics/paul-manafort-robert-mueller/index.html
What happens when you lie and get caught kids?
One can understand why a buddy of Putin would lie to Americans.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/02/12/russian-oligarch-offers-significant-denial-mueller-probe/
But why would Manafort lie, and so many times?
"I have the best people." - DJT
Why does IMPOTUS lie?
But especially for things there's no reason to lie about?
What are his reasons for lying?

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What happens when you lie and get caught kids?

They make you president.

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Daytona 500 is being televised at 8:00am Monday morning NZ time


Well...it sounds like Monday off :D

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Daytona 500 is being televised at 8:00am Monday morning NZ time


Well...it sounds like Monday off :D

These events really need to be broadcast with Smell-O-Vision and Surround Sound. Maybe 3D for crashes. It's just not the same without the odors and noise.


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It's just not the same without the odors and noise.

My brother used to live near the Laguna Seca Raceway. The best part was the helicopters that would hover there for hours.

Good times...

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Unfortunately taking Monday off is out of the question.....Part of my job is to "pay the boys", no pay Monday, no boys Tuesday.....

Th' sky box will record it for me, NASCAR news in NZ is easy to avoid.....

My cable provider NZ$95.00 a Month for 74 channels of which I browse maybe 12.

My phone/internet provider Spark outbid my cable provider Sky for the upcoming F1 season,
frighteningly Spark's previous attempts at live streaming sports events have had all sorts of problems.

The other worry is Spark have yet to tell us how they are going to broadcast the F1, will we still get all the practice and qualifying sessions and how much will all of this goodness cost.....Happily the so called "ultrafast fibre" has come to the cave, so theoretically I'm ready for anything.

If the marketing genius at Spark, this is NZ there will only be one, if Trevor waits too long, and as the date of race one draws near, (29 days and counting) I could start getting jumpy in the middle of the night and hit the hard stuff, then at two or three in the morning in a drunken moment I could very well weaken, jump the gun and sign up to SKY-F1 UK or F1-TV or whatever and watch it via the internet through the smart TV.....

f@#k you Trevor, you're messing with my melon man.....

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My cable provider NZ$95.00 a Month for 74 channels of which I browse maybe 12.


$95NZ = $68USD

You got the better deal maybe...*
For $68 USD you get Internet plus CBS, NBC, ABC and PBS local networks (which also gets local weather/local news), PLUS a Spanish channel, and some trinket selling channels.

So that's 4 real channels, not 74.

Your ratio of browsing 12 from 74 is about right, when I paid $168USD/$246NZ for 74 channels I used about 12 of them...who the hell watched those other channels anyways?

Oh yeah, the people who drive slow in the passing lane,

life's just goin' by too fast for them...

The nice part is no propaganda channels in the $68 /month group :)


* A factor here is local wage differences may affect things.

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downer mydnyte wrote:
baddy wrote:
Gray_Ghost wrote:
Daytona 500 is being televised at 8:00am Monday morning NZ time


Well...it sounds like Monday off :D

These events really need to be broadcast with Smell-O-Vision and Surround Sound. Maybe 3D for crashes. It's just not the same without the odors and noise.


Well that was pretty crashy...(compilation)

(Hated to see that happen for Jamie's team).

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Trump is throwing some gasoline into the fire in South America, mobilizing his puppets-in-office, by threatening an armed conflict among Brazil, Colombia and Venezuela.

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Trump is throwing some gasoline into the fire in South America, mobilizing his puppets-in-office, by threatening an armed conflict among Brazil, Colombia and Venezuela.


We've been interfering with the world for the benefit of the 1% for decades. Trump is the latest in a long, unbroken chain of opportunistic Republican and Democrat meddlers.

I wait for the day when Americans will wake up to how they're being controlled into voteing into office the representatives of the rich in election after election after election... effectively controlled by TV, and the "general consensus" the TV generates.

Many believe it's as a war of the Democrats against Republicans, with no idea it's actually a war of the rich on the poor...

...the same as it's always been.

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Our elections now cost billions of dollars, a multi-billion dollar advertising campaign, and it works.

We only gotta vote them out once... and we get the most richly resourced country on the planet*...we all get peace and security and a future free of financial worry, of course we should, we're wildly productive, in the most richly resourced nation on the planet.

But we have to convince disenchanted non-voters, and "less evil based" voters, that they are not making it better, instead they are the very foundation of the greatest evil mankind has ever seen, (with the ability to destroy the species with accidental nuclear weapons, and/or environmental damage).
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* Productivity has doubled in the last 25 year. That means exactly that we should all be working for 20 hours a week for the same benefits we received 25 years ago....

When I was young, 80% of mom's didn't have to work, and my dad raised 6 kids and had full medical for us all, and full pension. That's not a fantasy story, that's the way it was.

Now both parent's must work 40 hours and more, and medical benefits are drastically reduced, often to nothing, and pensions? There's a laff....

We gave it ALL away to the rich.

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Trump is throwing some gasoline into the fire in South America, mobilizing his puppets-in-office, by threatening an armed conflict among Brazil, Colombia and Venezuela.

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Global world! Global government!

Trump does not want that. He wants to go back to colonialism. Just take over it.


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Eminem Review: Slim Shady blows Wellington away with only NZ show
Kylie Klein-Nixon·23:31, March 2nd 2019

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A medley of 90s and 00s anthems, My Name Is and Slim Shady are all too brief.

REVIEW: The gates open at 5pm ahead of US rap legend Eminem's only New Zealand show and it is all on.

Detroit's finest won't appear for another four hours, but this heaving Wellington crowd doesn't mind the wait. In fact the atmosphere never drops below "feverish and elated" all night.

Each successive act on this impressive hip-hop bill - Boogie, Eminem's Shady Records signing Royce da 5'9", Australia's excellent Hilltop Hoods - is greeted with nothing less than rapture and delight. Appropriate, it's Eminem's Rapture Tour after all.

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Eminem stormed out on stage to Greatest.

The sense that the 46,474 Kiwis gathered at the stadium tonight are going to witness something special is tangible, it drifts above the arena amid the usual fog of weed and vape smoke.

But it's when the sun sinks behind the western hills that the anticipation kicks over into a rolling boil.

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Eminem performed in front of about 45,000 Kiwi fans at Westpac Stadium in Wellington.

"This is not just everyday," says Eminem's biggest fan and Shady Records stable mate, Royse da 5'9", who delivers a blistering set a couple of hours before Detroit's finest takes the stage. "This is historic, it's not every day you get an artist that can fill up a stadium with love like this, so just have a good time."

Damned straight. We're here for "the greatest rapper of all time" and that's what we get.

After a video intro featuring a King Kong-sized Eminem stomping cars and snatching police choppers out of the air, The Real Slim Shady storms out to Greatest. That rolls into Won't Back Down and ode to a serial killer 3AM, before we've even drawn breath to start screaming.

Kill You is next, ending with a literal bang, and we're only five minutes into the show.

Political piss-take White America follows and it is so loud the 40ft screens that flank the massive stage shudder with each beat; the perfect showcase for his pristine machine gun flow.

It's exactly what this amped crowd wants to hear, and the roar that goes up will have the nearby Tinakori Nimbys clutching their pearls.

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Eminem's concert has broken records in Wellington.

What better way to honour the Rap Prince of Pissing Off Rich Folks than that?

Singer Skylar Grey has the unenviable task of singing Beyoncé, Rihanna and Dido's parts in each of Eminem's collaborations with those vocalists. Give that woman a goddamned medal. Who wants to stand in for Beyoncé?

She actually improves on Dido for Stan, though, so there's that.

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Eminem put on an impressive show for the enormous crowd that flocked to Westpac Stadium.

Somehow Eminem makes Stan, which he must have performed 9000 times at this point, sound as fresh as it did the first time I heard it. Dropping "Wellington" in the flow towards the end is a nice tip of the hat that has the crowd frothing.

The sound gets a little fuzzy and for a while it's hard to make out what anyone on stage is saying.

But it's all pulled together by the time Royce da 5'9" and Boogie join Mathers on stage for Fast Lane and Rainy Days.

It's clear as a bell when Skylar Grey is called back onto the stage by Mathers' "hype man" Mr Porter. She's accompanied by 20ft balls of flame and graphics of a burning building for Monster, Mathers' collaboration with Rihanna.

A medley of 90s and 00s anthems, My Name Is and Slim Shady are all too brief, but it's all for the good when Mathers leads what sounds like the entire crowd in a Not Afraid sing-a-long that has 90,000 hands in the air.

It's the last song of the night... which means the encore is going to be the single greatest anthem to self-belief penned in the last 20 years (forgive the hyperbole, it's in the air tonight).

Lose Yourself is a hell of a way to say farewell, the perfect high to leave an already stratospheric crowd on.


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https://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/m ... ly-nz-show

READ MORE:
* 10 Eminem hits the Rap God will bring out in Wellington
* Eminem is, almost, in the house: 45,000 fans, biggest event in capital, fans line-up
* Record-breaking numbers of people to flood Wellington for Eminem concert at Westpac Stadium
* Eminem arrives in Wellington for Rapture 2019 concert
* How Eminem should lose himself in Wellington
* Rap superstar Eminem ready to spit lyrics in Wellington for the first time
* Hundreds of Eminem fans who bought tickets could be turned away from Wellington concert

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Sun, sounds and colourful characters flavour favourite Wellington festival
Piers Fuller·19:00, March, 3rd 2019

Eminem might have pulled 46,000 people, but even Slim Shady himself can't hold a candle to Wellington's "totally packed" Newtown Festival.

More than 80,000 people packed into 14 streets in the Wellington suburb, to enjoy music, dancing, cultural performances and shows from Kiwi entertainers Bic Runga and Ria Hall

There were 13 stages and seven activity zones set up, with more than 100 different acts putting them to good use during the beloved Wellington event.

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Shane Hayes enjoyed his time in the sun at the Newtown Festival on Sunday.

Festival director Martin Hanley said it was so "totally packed" that it took him 20 minutes to go 50 metres at one point.

"We've had brilliant weather, well-behaved crowds, everyone had a blast. Bic Runga was amazing, as were our regulars ... it was great."

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A huge crowd turned out on Sunday.

Hanley reckoned the Eminem concert in Wellington the previous night boosted numbers, but said Bic Runga was the big drawcard.

"Laundry Matt" Rutledge of Laundry Bar said the festival was what Wellington was all about.

"Look at these people. What a beautiful city. It's an amazing time. The people of Wellington love to come out and they love to have fun and enjoy themselves. It's pretty epic really. What a place to be. ."

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Craft and food stalls are a mainstay of the event.

Shane Hayes dressed up in Rasta vampire garb for the event and was introducing his brother to some of the more colourful characters of Newtown.

"I'm going from stage, to stage, to stage but I probably should be out in the sun because us vampires don't like it."

The festival is in its 23rd year.It is the largest free music festival and street fair in New Zealand.

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Laundry Matt of Laundry Bar who had set up business for the festival in Newtown for the day.

It was Adam Ward's first time at the festival and he was relaxing in the Bebemos beer garden in the sun with friends.

"We couldn't ask for a better day. Nice culture and the music's been amazing."

Originally from the UK, Ward went to the Eminem concert the night before and he found the festival was the perfect way to chill out the day after.

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Several streets in Newtown hosted the popular festival.

It was also Audra Poasa of Whitby's first time at the festival and he brought along her sister and her 18-month-old daughter Astrid.

"It's got just a really good chilled out atmosphere with heaps of family and kids."

Shopowner Kevin Zeng of Rainbow Bridge said the weather had been good for business.

"We've sold a lot of sunglasses and umbrellas."


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You Say You Want a Revolution?

As they celebrate their 50th anniversary, legendary Czech band Plastic People of the Universe continue to play and live through their music that helped topple communism.

by Megan Sokol and Ioana Caloianu
4 March 2019

"We were not political. But we insisted on playing a certain kind of music, dressing and performing in a certain way," Josef Janicek, keyboard and synthesizer player in the Plastic People of the Universe, once said about the band’s beginnings. Since the setting for the band’s founding was Czechoslovakia, one month after the Soviet Union and its Warsaw Pact allies rolled into the country in August 1968, quashing dissent and the liberating policies of the Prague Spring, the personal quickly became political.

Fast forward 50 years later, to December 2018, where, at popular Prague concert venue Palac Akropolis, it seems like hundreds of Czech celebrities have gathered to see the Plastics. Hard rock fans, intellectuals, and well-known writers such as the postmodernist Jachym Topol, came together to reminisce about the days when such underground music thrived. In keeping with the city’s pub culture, beer was in almost everyone’s hand, parents brought their children, and young men brought their girlfriends. This show was for the ones who survived the communist regime, evaded the censors, and rocked with the Plastic People of the Universe.

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Vratislav Brabenec

But taking another leap back into the past, the Plastic People of the Universe’s core members were Josef Janicek, Milan "Mejla" Hlavsa, Ivan Jirous, and Canadian Paul Wilson, who was teaching English in Prague at that time, with Jirous, a Czech art historian and cultural critic, serving as their artistic manager. Their music was inspired by U.S. musician Frank Zappa, while their name can be traced to a song called “Plastic People” from the “Absolutely Free” album by the Mothers of Invention. Another major inspiration of the band was the Velvet Underground, first for their repertoire, which initially consisted of Velvet songs, and then as a lifeline that allowed them to continue playing after the Plastic People’s official music license was revoked in 1970.

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"The lyrics of the Plastic People include rude expressions and nonsense whose artistic and formal value is absolutely insignificant" was the Czechoslovak Ministry of Culture’s evaluation of the band in a review of its music. That assessment could explain the band’s popularity with the hip, underground youth, as well as why it was frowned-upon in the repressive “normalization” era that followed the Prague Spring.

As a member of the Union Of Artists, Jirous figured out a workaround that ban: he organized lectures on Andy Warhol, and, after talking about the artist for a few minutes, he would invite the band on stage to give the public a feel for the sound of the Velvet Underground in the following hour or two.

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Still, the noose tightened as the musicians were repeatedly arrested throughout the 1970s, and culminated in 1976, when several band members were put on trial after headlining an unofficial music festival in the southern city of Ceske Budejovice.

"They feared us, because it wasn't an organization we were part of, more like a circus of a few thousand people, and they could not manage us,” saxophonist Vratislav Brabenec, who joined the band in the 1970s, told The Guardian. “They could lock students out of school, but what could they do to us? The worst part was in '77, the never-ending interrogations, the constant battering, just making our daily lives hell. We would sometimes sit for two or three interrogations a day. They would carry on from three to 10 hours. They wanted to wear us down.”

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The band also celebrated the anniversary with cake.

A seminal moment in the history of the band, and of Czechoslovakia itself as it later turned out, came when Vaclav Havel – the dissident playwright who became president after the fall of the communist regime – embraced the Plastic People’s cause. Motivated in part by the band’s arrest, Havel and others composed the Charter 77 document, which lambasted the sad state of the country’s human rights record. As Anna Sabatova, one of the document’s signatories, and currently the ombudsman of the Czech Republic, wrote, “the mission of Charter 77 was simple and clear – it fought for the observance of human rights in accordance with the two international charters that Czechoslovakia had ratified.”

In a way, the Plastic People of the Universe’s influence can be summed up in an answer that Havel gave to the Velvet Underground’s Lou Reed, when asked about music’s potential to change the world. “Not in itself, it’s not sufficient in itself. But it can contribute to that significantly in being a part of the awakening of the human spirit.”

Back to that concert at the end of 2018, Havel is gone, and there are dozens of new members within the band. But there is a genuine happiness seeping through the crowd, as writers and former band members came onstage to share their memories of the Plastics, making the event feel like a high school reunion.

Megan Sokol is studying Visual Journalism at Western Washington University. She was a TOL intern this past fall. Ioana Caloianu is a TOL editor. All photos taken by Megan Sokol.

https://www.tol.org/client/article/2826 ... ution.html

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You Say You Want a Revolution?

As they celebrate their 50th anniversary, legendary Czech band Plastic People of the Universe continue to play and live through their music that helped topple communism.

by Megan Sokol and Ioana Caloianu
4 March 2019

"We were not political. But we insisted on playing a certain kind of music, dressing and performing in a certain way," Josef Janicek, keyboard and synthesizer player in the Plastic People of the Universe, once said about the band’s beginnings. Since the setting for the band’s founding was Czechoslovakia, one month after the Soviet Union and its Warsaw Pact allies rolled into the country in August 1968, quashing dissent and the liberating policies of the Prague Spring, the personal quickly became political.

Fast forward 50 years later, to December 2018, where, at popular Prague concert venue Palac Akropolis, it seems like hundreds of Czech celebrities have gathered to see the Plastics. Hard rock fans, intellectuals, and well-known writers such as the postmodernist Jachym Topol, came together to reminisce about the days when such underground music thrived. In keeping with the city’s pub culture, beer was in almost everyone’s hand, parents brought their children, and young men brought their girlfriends. This show was for the ones who survived the communist regime, evaded the censors, and rocked with the Plastic People of the Universe.

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Vratislav Brabenec

But taking another leap back into the past, the Plastic People of the Universe’s core members were Josef Janicek, Milan "Mejla" Hlavsa, Ivan Jirous, and Canadian Paul Wilson, who was teaching English in Prague at that time, with Jirous, a Czech art historian and cultural critic, serving as their artistic manager. Their music was inspired by U.S. musician Frank Zappa, while their name can be traced to a song called “Plastic People” from the “Absolutely Free” album by the Mothers of Invention. Another major inspiration of the band was the Velvet Underground, first for their repertoire, which initially consisted of Velvet songs, and then as a lifeline that allowed them to continue playing after the Plastic People’s official music license was revoked in 1970.

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The band during the concert

"The lyrics of the Plastic People include rude expressions and nonsense whose artistic and formal value is absolutely insignificant" was the Czechoslovak Ministry of Culture’s evaluation of the band in a review of its music. That assessment could explain the band’s popularity with the hip, underground youth, as well as why it was frowned-upon in the repressive “normalization” era that followed the Prague Spring.

As a member of the Union Of Artists, Jirous figured out a workaround that ban: he organized lectures on Andy Warhol, and, after talking about the artist for a few minutes, he would invite the band on stage to give the public a feel for the sound of the Velvet Underground in the following hour or two.

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The Plastic People of the Universe

Still, the noose tightened as the musicians were repeatedly arrested throughout the 1970s, and culminated in 1976, when several band members were put on trial after headlining an unofficial music festival in the southern city of Ceske Budejovice.

"They feared us, because it wasn't an organization we were part of, more like a circus of a few thousand people, and they could not manage us,” saxophonist Vratislav Brabenec, who joined the band in the 1970s, told The Guardian. “They could lock students out of school, but what could they do to us? The worst part was in '77, the never-ending interrogations, the constant battering, just making our daily lives hell. We would sometimes sit for two or three interrogations a day. They would carry on from three to 10 hours. They wanted to wear us down.”

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The band also celebrated the anniversary with cake.

A seminal moment in the history of the band, and of Czechoslovakia itself as it later turned out, came when Vaclav Havel – the dissident playwright who became president after the fall of the communist regime – embraced the Plastic People’s cause. Motivated in part by the band’s arrest, Havel and others composed the Charter 77 document, which lambasted the sad state of the country’s human rights record. As Anna Sabatova, one of the document’s signatories, and currently the ombudsman of the Czech Republic, wrote, “the mission of Charter 77 was simple and clear – it fought for the observance of human rights in accordance with the two international charters that Czechoslovakia had ratified.”

In a way, the Plastic People of the Universe’s influence can be summed up in an answer that Havel gave to the Velvet Underground’s Lou Reed, when asked about music’s potential to change the world. “Not in itself, it’s not sufficient in itself. But it can contribute to that significantly in being a part of the awakening of the human spirit.”

Back to that concert at the end of 2018, Havel is gone, and there are dozens of new members within the band. But there is a genuine happiness seeping through the crowd, as writers and former band members came onstage to share their memories of the Plastics, making the event feel like a high school reunion.

Megan Sokol is studying Visual Journalism at Western Washington University. She was a TOL intern this past fall. Ioana Caloianu is a TOL editor. All photos taken by Megan Sokol.

https://www.tol.org/client/article/2826 ... ution.html


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Gray_Ghost wrote:
You Say You Want a Revolution?

As they celebrate their 50th anniversary, legendary Czech band Plastic People of the Universe continue to play and live through their music that helped topple communism.

by Megan Sokol and Ioana Caloianu
4 March 2019

"We were not political. But we insisted on playing a certain kind of music, dressing and performing in a certain way," Josef Janicek, keyboard and synthesizer player in the Plastic People of the Universe, once said about the band’s beginnings. Since the setting for the band’s founding was Czechoslovakia, one month after the Soviet Union and its Warsaw Pact allies rolled into the country in August 1968, quashing dissent and the liberating policies of the Prague Spring, the personal quickly became political.

Fast forward 50 years later, to December 2018, where, at popular Prague concert venue Palac Akropolis, it seems like hundreds of Czech celebrities have gathered to see the Plastics. Hard rock fans, intellectuals, and well-known writers such as the postmodernist Jachym Topol, came together to reminisce about the days when such underground music thrived. In keeping with the city’s pub culture, beer was in almost everyone’s hand, parents brought their children, and young men brought their girlfriends. This show was for the ones who survived the communist regime, evaded the censors, and rocked with the Plastic People of the Universe.

Image
Vratislav Brabenec

But taking another leap back into the past, the Plastic People of the Universe’s core members were Josef Janicek, Milan "Mejla" Hlavsa, Ivan Jirous, and Canadian Paul Wilson, who was teaching English in Prague at that time, with Jirous, a Czech art historian and cultural critic, serving as their artistic manager. Their music was inspired by U.S. musician Frank Zappa, while their name can be traced to a song called “Plastic People” from the “Absolutely Free” album by the Mothers of Invention. Another major inspiration of the band was the Velvet Underground, first for their repertoire, which initially consisted of Velvet songs, and then as a lifeline that allowed them to continue playing after the Plastic People’s official music license was revoked in 1970.

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The band during the concert

"The lyrics of the Plastic People include rude expressions and nonsense whose artistic and formal value is absolutely insignificant" was the Czechoslovak Ministry of Culture’s evaluation of the band in a review of its music. That assessment could explain the band’s popularity with the hip, underground youth, as well as why it was frowned-upon in the repressive “normalization” era that followed the Prague Spring.

As a member of the Union Of Artists, Jirous figured out a workaround that ban: he organized lectures on Andy Warhol, and, after talking about the artist for a few minutes, he would invite the band on stage to give the public a feel for the sound of the Velvet Underground in the following hour or two.

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The Plastic People of the Universe

Still, the noose tightened as the musicians were repeatedly arrested throughout the 1970s, and culminated in 1976, when several band members were put on trial after headlining an unofficial music festival in the southern city of Ceske Budejovice.

"They feared us, because it wasn't an organization we were part of, more like a circus of a few thousand people, and they could not manage us,” saxophonist Vratislav Brabenec, who joined the band in the 1970s, told The Guardian. “They could lock students out of school, but what could they do to us? The worst part was in '77, the never-ending interrogations, the constant battering, just making our daily lives hell. We would sometimes sit for two or three interrogations a day. They would carry on from three to 10 hours. They wanted to wear us down.”

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The band also celebrated the anniversary with cake.

A seminal moment in the history of the band, and of Czechoslovakia itself as it later turned out, came when Vaclav Havel – the dissident playwright who became president after the fall of the communist regime – embraced the Plastic People’s cause. Motivated in part by the band’s arrest, Havel and others composed the Charter 77 document, which lambasted the sad state of the country’s human rights record. As Anna Sabatova, one of the document’s signatories, and currently the ombudsman of the Czech Republic, wrote, “the mission of Charter 77 was simple and clear – it fought for the observance of human rights in accordance with the two international charters that Czechoslovakia had ratified.”

In a way, the Plastic People of the Universe’s influence can be summed up in an answer that Havel gave to the Velvet Underground’s Lou Reed, when asked about music’s potential to change the world. “Not in itself, it’s not sufficient in itself. But it can contribute to that significantly in being a part of the awakening of the human spirit.”

Back to that concert at the end of 2018, Havel is gone, and there are dozens of new members within the band. But there is a genuine happiness seeping through the crowd, as writers and former band members came onstage to share their memories of the Plastics, making the event feel like a high school reunion.

Megan Sokol is studying Visual Journalism at Western Washington University. She was a TOL intern this past fall. Ioana Caloianu is a TOL editor. All photos taken by Megan Sokol.

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By Mauricio Savarese and Peter Prengaman | AP
March 6 at 12:48 PM

RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has aroused outrage by sharing a video on Twitter that shows one man urinating on the head of another man.

Bolsonaro made the post Tuesday night criticizing Carnival. Many conservatives detest Brazil’s Carnival celebrations, seeing them as heathen. And the far-right president himself was one of the main targets of revelers’ mockery this week’s Carnival, a time when samba schools and organizers of thousands of street parties traditionally take politicians to task.

Bolsonaro’s post included video of a Sao Paulo street party in which a man wearing a jockstrap touches himself sexually, then lowers his head while another man urinates on him.

Bolsonaro wrote, “I feel uncomfortable showing it, but we have to expose the truth for the population to know and always make its priorities.”

“This is what many street parties in Brazil’s Carnival have become. Comment and draw your conclusions,” he added.

The tweet quickly garnered tens of thousands of comments, many sharply critical of the post.

“You need medical help urgently,” tweeted journalist Fabio Pannunzio, who said his 6-year-old granddaughter and other children saw the post.

Others jumped in to defend Bolsonaro, arguing that children shouldn’t be allowed on Twitter anyway and that the president was just showing how debased Carnival celebrations had become.

Some users said they were reporting the Brazilian president’s post for allegedly violating Twitter’s rules, but the post remained in Bolsonaro’s timeline Wednesday afternoon.

Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment Wednesday.

The tweets underscored one of the tactics that helped get Bolsonaro elected: stoking cultural wars.

As a congressman for 28 years, Bolsonaro frequently made disparaging comments about gays, women, indigenous groups and blacks.

While such comments always draw sharp criticism, they also garner Bolsonaro attention and feed the leader’s narrative as being somebody unencumbered by questions of political correctness.

Brazil’s Carnival is famed for an anything-goes atmosphere, and Sao Paulo alone had more than 500 street parties, called “blocos,” during Carnival. Many such parties nationwide involve heavy drinking, dancing and people in scant clothing.

On Wednesday Bolsonaro posted another tweet that seemed to taunt his critics: “What is a golden shower?” he wrote.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/the_americas/brazils-bolsonaro-posts-obscene-carnival-video-stirs-anger/2019/03/06/4da7ad36-401f-11e9-85ad-779ef05fd9d8_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.292e2dfdc706

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Bolsonaro Makes Generals Uneasy With Statement About Their Role In Democracy

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​A strange statement made by president Jair Bolsonaro about the Armed Forces brought uneasiness to generals within his inner circle, who tied [sic] to do damage control in one more controversy from the president this week.

Earlier, on Tuesday, Bolsonaro had already brought unwanted attention to himself by tweeting a pornographic video and criticizing Carnaval, one of Brazil's biggest popular festivities [aka peegate].

On Thursday morning (7th), Bolsonaro attended an event at the Brazilian Marines Corps headquarters in Rio, and during his speech, he said: "This mission will be accomplished hand in hand with the people who hold family values in Brazil, those who love their country, who respect their families, those who want us close to countries with similar ideologies, those who love democracy. And democracy and freedom only happen when the Armed Forces allow them to exist."

The statement displeased many senior cabinet officers who belong to the Armed Forces and other high ranking officials -- eight out of Bolsonaro's 22 ministers are servicemen.

Left-wing politicians from PT and PSOL also immediately took to social media to criticize the speech, seen by them as an admission that Bolsonaro think that democracy only happens when the Army intervenes.

For the administration's "military wing," however, saw issues with Bolsonaro saying that democracy happens "when the Armed Forces allow," meaning the Armey [sic] has the discretion to decide when to act, but that is not granted by the Brazilian Constitution.

But they also think that the most problematic part is when the president mentions people who hold family values and share his ideologies, for then to add the comment on the Armed Forces. With that comment, Bolsonaro made it look like that the Armed Forces are ready to fight those who disagree with him, which he sees as adversaries.

Bolsonaro's public mishaps are starting to shake investors' confidence in his administration. Inside the Brazilian Congress, many think that the president will have to either choose to be open to political negotiations or he will need to face the fact that his term will be a bumpy one.

In the last couple of days, bankers and financial brokers personally sought political parties inside Bolsonaro's base to ask what are the chances for the Social Security reform to move forward. What they heard was not encouraging.

Translated by NATASHA MADOV

https://www1.folha.uol.com.br/internacional/en/brazil/2019/03/bolsonaro-makes-generals-uneasy-with-statement-about-their-role-in-democracy.shtml

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