I just stumbled upon Folkways Recordings, a nonprofit record label of the Smithsonian Institution "dedicated to supporting cultural diversity and increased understanding among peoples through the documentation, preservation, and dissemination of sound".
Lots of amazing folk music from around the world.
I read that Roger Ebert called Dirty Harry fascist and gave it 3/5 stars. I watched it and basically agree. It is absolutely blood soaked reactionary copaganda, and on craft, it’s competent 70s action with really wooden performances. The “...well do ya, punk?” soliloquy is a really weird, kinda stiff line reading. One of those things that is remembered as a lot more vibrant than it actually was. I think “cop hunts a serial killer” was a new plot when this came out, but it’s tired now. Skippable.
I think people underestimate the power of internationalism. Whatever your opinions, the ussr and other socialist movements/countries provided a force to counter the American government. The red nemesis played a big part in the passing of laws that both increased material benefits and civil rights here. Just contrast the (still too tepid) New Deal/Great Society era to that after the fall of the Soviets.
**Congress Introduces a Bill That Would Ban Facial Recognition Indefinitely**
"The technology has been proven to discriminate against Black people, and has already been banned in 20 US cities and the state of Vermont."
We are standing still.
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