Archive for the ‘Person’ Category

Paranoid and Delusional


(Independent) – May Bulman:

Donald Trump has ‘dangerous mental illness’, say psychiatry experts at Yale conference. …

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Paranoid tweeting

The Most Powerful Man in Berlin


(Economist::Kaffeeklatsch) – J.C.:

Who is Peter Altmaier and why does he matter? …

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Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel and Kanzleramtsminister Peter Altmaier

Queen of Science Fiction


(Guardian Film) – Vanessa Thorpe:

With her role as a cyborg in Ghost in the Shell, Scarlett Johansson has sealed her position as our favourite space invader. …

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Ghost in the Shell, 2017 film

Daniel Dennett’s Science of the Soul


(NewYorker::Profiles) – Joshua Rothman:

Daniel Dennett’s naturalistic account of consciousness draws some people in and puts others off. “There ain’t no magic here,” he says. “Just stage magic.” …

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Daniel C. Dennett: From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of Minds

Introduction to Meslier


(FTB stderr) – Marcus Ranum:

It must have been very painful for Meslier to have this stuff in his head and be part of the machinery of religious exploitation.

“Thus man was, and always remained, a child without experience, a slave without courage, a loggerhead who feared to reason, and who could never escape from the labyrinth into which his ancestors had misled him; he felt compelled to groan under the yoke of his Gods, of whom he knew nothing except the fabulous accounts of their ministers.”

That was written by a minister. He must have been racked with pain and shame and embarrassment, and chose to keep it secret his whole life. …

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Jean Meslier

Personal Shopper


(Guardian Film) – Peter Bradshaw:

Kristen Stewart is outstanding as a haunted fashion-biz assistant in Olivier Assayas’s enigmatic ghost story and quarterlife character study. …

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Personal Shopper

Mad Dog Mattis


(The Intercept) – Mehdi Hasan:

Did you know that the Trump administration almost went to war with Iran at the start of February?

It was only thanks to what Mattis’s commander in chief has called “illegal leaks” that the operation was (at least temporarily) set aside and military action between the United States and Iran was averted. …

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James Mattis

Who’s a Good Boy?


(FTB) – Mano Singham:

Apparently Donald Trump’s campaign advisors had supposedly ‘cracked the code’ for keeping him off Twitter and are passing on the idea to the White House staff. They believe that he feels compelled to tweet when he thinks he is being criticized for something, and so they seek out praise of him by looking on friendly sites like Fox, Breitbart, Daily Caller, Washington Times, and Infowars and feeding those comments to him. …

The president of the USA is a toddler who needs constant watching over so that he does not get into trouble. Reassuring, isn’t it? …

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Grumpy Donald Trump

Léa Seydoux


(Guardian Film) – Will Lawrence:

She is the darling of independent French cinema who’s also been a Bond girl. On the eve of her latest film – and as she becomes a mother for the first time – she tells how she balances her crippling anxiety with an exhibitionist streak. …

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Léa Seydoux

Trump Mentally Unfit to Be President


(The Independent) – Katie Forster:

We fear that too much is at stake to be silent any longer”, say psychiatrists. …

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Donald Trump venting