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Buster Keaton is “The Goat.” More info about the silent short at the clickie: https://open.substack.com/pub/martiniambassador/p/buster-keaton-is-the-goat

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Mar 13Liked by Martini Glambassador

The best slow train wreck I ever watched coming. Thank you.

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Mar 13Liked by Martini Glambassador

The treasures, particularly the silent films, waiting to be discovered at The Internet Archive are many. Thanks for showcasing one of those great finds.

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I just love how you always give a shoutout to The Internet Archive! It's a truly wonderful resource, and I'm so grateful you told me about it.

https://archive.org/

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The Prelingers are terrific, and their library has walk-in hours several times a week.

And in timely news, they'll be doing their "Lost Landscapes of San Francisco" show this coming Monday, March 18, if you're in the area:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lost-landscapes-of-san-francisco-the-city-and-bay-in-motion-tickets-857313075487

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As always, you are very welcome.

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Mar 13Liked by Martini Glambassador

Thanks for this one!

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What? Not Lewis? The French are disgusted.

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🙂‍↔️

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Mar 13Liked by Martini Glambassador

I love Chaplin, but Keaton was THE greatest silent film comedian. Hands down.

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I could watch Buster Keaton films for hours and NEVER get bored with them. The man was a unequivocal genius.

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Agree. He was behind the scenes in the careers of a number of sound film comedians,

Including Red Skelton. His gravelly voice precluded much success in sound films, but he stayed active in one way or another until his death.

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Lloyd was very good, too.

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Lloyd is an art vs artist thing for me. I absolutely adore his comedies but he was a pretty vile person evidently.

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Damn. I was hoping there’d be cupcakes

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I once, years ago, got sucked into reading about and watching videos of Japanese parents fixing up healthy and creative bento box lunches. Took me about a week to escape the allure

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If you haven’t watched John Oliver’s show on how Boeing abandoned quality for stock buy backs, you definitely should.

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My local paper's business page had a story about Walmart changing their self-checkout practices.

Walmart has something called Walmart+ (I assume it's something to do with an app) that costs $12.95/month and provides all sorts of benefits and perks. Walmart+ members and grocery delivery drivers will be the only ones allowed to use self-checkout.

Everyone thought they were going to save all these labor costs with self-checkout. Hee. Hee.

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I never use the self check and I was happy to hear a customer who was being directed to self check announce that she was from a union family and would never do tat since was merely stealing jobs.

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Mar 13·edited Mar 13

Charlotte Martin playlist of an instrumental album I did not know existed!

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=OLAK5uy_nznXgrKdpeTBtH5X0Z_Z_R_C55iff_6fg

She is so great.

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'Trix, the San Francisco Standard is funded by VC billionaire Micheal Moritz, and neither him nor the rag he funds is exactly subtle about their public push to criminalize homelessness in San Francisco. Which you should have suspected in a story about brazen shoplifting in that city. That manufactured "scandal" has been going there since the pandemic. Hell, Robyn has posted several times about it right here.

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I don't think it's manufactured at all. Robyn has posted about the disconnect between what the big chains say is their losses in theft -- no higher than it ever was -- and the fact that they don't want to hire people/have losses because of VC funding and are blaming it on the frankly very easy to blame it on mass brazen shoplifting events, because that kind of social breakdown is scary to people.

But do you think the ice cream guy is just lying? That it's not happening, and everything's all totally fine? I really disagree!

Those billionaires might want to criminalize homelessness, but what do we do about people just trying to do their jobs and live their days? This is from Denver a couple years ago; same topic. What do you do for these people? https://boingboing.net/2022/06/08/the-washingon-post-rode-with-this-denver-bus-driver-on-a-route-through-the-mouth-of-hell.html

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I don't think the ice cream guy is lying. But I definitely get an amused/don't care that much vibe from his actual quotes. He keeps basic chocolate in his carry-out freezer just because, but even a quick perusal of his reviews shows that his joint is beloved because of the weird and wacky flavors he offers....and also too, he's making money hand over fist.

This particular theft exists, no question...one review even mentions it. But I think the outrage is entirely manufactured by the Standard. Everybody else seems to be okay with the homeless guy sticking a pint of low-appeal Choco under his coat during the busy times. Charity, ya know?

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Have you ever seen such a loverly bunch of coconuts?

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Speaking of making lunch, one of the goddaughters has caught some kind of a cooking virus and is now sending me daily photos of the things she's been cooking up. She's cooked for everyone she knows, and I get the impression that she's almost at the point of hauling total strangers off the street to eat what she's made. Judging from the photos of the food, they would be lucky strangers. Yesterday she made a gorgeous round Hachis Parmentièr (French thing using leftover meat that's been chopped up and baked under a bed of mashed potatoes, which is a great French way of using up meat leftovers).

There's hope yet that she'll drop out of her business-oriented university and do something creative.

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Mar 13·edited Mar 13

So last night I saw a slightly lowered, with aftermarket but subtle wheels, bright yellow Pontiac Aztek. I did not know that was a thing, but I know that they were available with a V6, and now I really want one. It was the subtlety of the absurd that made me gawp.

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I've never driven a Tesla, but the drscription at the link makes it sound absolutely terrifying.

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I nasal-sprayed my CBD mail order liquid and I am starting to think that I got ripped off.

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Well fuck, something cleared out my lower-right sinus...

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What is this miracle liquid?

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"cholera has resurfaced, while gangs have terrorized the population with systematic rape, indiscriminate kidnapping and mass killing."

Jesus Christ. Their leader is a former police chief, whose nom de guerre is "Barbecue". I'm not sure I want to know how he came to be known by it.

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Yup. Welcome to EveryTown America. Be gone by sunset, you commie..!

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Having read about Ben Shapiro's take on old people (worthless if they aren't slaving away for the Man), the GOP's take on old people (Joe Biden is OLD!), and Tesla's implied take on old people (LOL can't learn this shitty instrument panel) I get your message, GOP: we're worthless. Bite me.

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[They misspelled “Damien Hirst”]

Ooh- burn!

Fun fact- there's only two kinds of crime ring in Thunder Bay: art forgery and meth.

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Y’all. I’ve been searching for MSM coverage - any coverage - of the fact that Robert Hur gratuitously smeared Joe Biden’s cognitive abilities by claiming, in his report, that Biden couldn’t recall the date of his son Beau’s death, even within a period of “several years.” In his press conference after the report was released, Joe was obviously most upset by that claim.

Hur’s claim was a lie; a DEM Congresswoman called him out on the lie based on the interview transcript released yesterday. For reference, Beau Biden died May 30, 2015.

The relevant portion of the exchange is on pages 82-83 of the transcript below. This exchange occurred after Biden explained in detail the layout of his Delaware home, and where various file cabinets and bookshelves were located - to which Hur remarked that Biden appeared to have a “photographic” recall on p. 47, a detail not included in the report. Likewise, it was after Biden answered other questions about the handling of documents during his Vice Presidency.

Hur then moved on to another home Biden rented after he left office. Biden begins by clarifying what time frame Hur was referring to - 2017? Hur answers in the affirmative, although it’s clear from the transcript that Biden is still focused on his last 2 years as VP (2015-2016). That’s when Biden brings up the fact his son Beau was dying, and then he mentions that some people were encouraging him to run for President, but that Obama thought “she” (obviously Hillary) had a better shot at winning. Biden then asks aloud when Beau died, and immediately answers his own question: May 30. So even though Hur had just moved on to questions about 2017, Biden was still talking about when he was VP in 2015.

For Hur to state in his report that Joe Biden had a poor memory and couldn’t recall the date of his son Beau’s death, even within a period of several years, is just bullshit. Biden quickly recalled the exact month and day, but he was talking about 2015 and not 2017 (which is within several years).

And yet… crickets by the MSM on this point.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/documents/bc7aadda-757b-4b92-b17a-77a77a907674.pdf?itid=lk_inline_manual_3

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Mar 13·edited Mar 13

The only function of the MSM is to trigger white rage, so that they vote for Republinazis that cut taxes for their billionaire oligarch owners.

They want $hitler installed as a dicktator.

The punchline is that they're gonna be the first ones up against the wall once $hitler and his grotesque MAGAt trash seize power. I just hope it's televised.

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