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Look Whos Back – Movie recommendation

February 23rd, 2017 by Bruce Charlton

An English language version of Er ist wieder da/ looks whos back of the above brilliant and striking cover art caught my attention in a bookshop a couple of years ago – and I bought it on the basis that it has been a sensational best-seller in Germany (I have a considerable interest in German culture and literature, and my brother and my wife’s brother both have German wives).

The premise is that somehow Hitler is time-shifted to modern Germany, just as he was when he died; and has to make sense of it all. And Germany also has to make sense of him – which they do by assuming he is some kind of satirical comedian who never drops his impersonation.

It was quite intriguing, but I didn’t manage to get through much of the book. However I was interested enough to give the subtitled movie a try – when I discovered it was available on Netflix. The movie had been as successful in Gewrmany as the book – being the number one box office for a while.

I would highly recommend the movie as extremely thought-provoking and also at times very funny (his encounters with daytime TV, the internet, as a chat show guest etc.) – despite that it is overlong and sags in several points (the improvised sections – which I mostly skipped).

But the scripted sections of the movie were fascinating – the tone shifts back and forth between sympathetic and horrified, between making clear Hitler’s broad, powerful democratic appeal and personal fascination, and the terrible, disgusting quality of his doctrines and actions. I found myself caught by a hook, pulled back and forth, but unable to squirm free.

The result was, I found, a very complex and fascinating argument which has stayed in my mind for several days – indeed, there haven’t been many recent movies which I found so interesting.

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February 23rd, 2017 13:03:34

Something Something Ajax

February 23rd, 2017 by G.

When you’re an Assyrian-bearded manly man like me, you can just about summon up enough courage to read a romance novel. (more…)

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February 23rd, 2017 09:16:39

Whence Pepe?

February 23rd, 2017 by MC

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I have a theory about the rise of the Alt Right. Or maybe that’s too specific: I have a theory about why the American Right has become considerably more verbally aggressive, politically incorrect, and nationalistic over the last 2-4 years, a phenomenon that encompasses Trump and Trumpism, the Alt Right, the rise of Breitbart and Steve Bannon, etc. (more…)

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February 23rd, 2017 02:12:54

Agency is Awesome

February 22nd, 2017 by G.

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If you’ve ever taken on some small project–going to the temple, ticking off a list of chores, reducing your food budget for the month– and seen it through despite friction and your own fatigue, one thing will be obvious: agency is awesome.  It feels great to set your mind to something and then do it. (more…)

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February 22nd, 2017 08:18:42

Real Christianity is Contagious

February 21st, 2017 by G.

The way that can be said is not the true way.

Neal A. Maxwell is a mine.  Every sentence is a sermon.  (more…)

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February 21st, 2017 08:30:35

Free ebook: Thomas Merton – A Life Inspired.

February 20th, 2017 by Bookslinger

Free for a day or so at Amazon.  By Wyatt North.  I haven’t read it yet, but just wanted to alert others. (more…)

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February 20th, 2017 11:45:23

Submission

February 20th, 2017 by G.

I ran across a conference talk from 2015 yesterday, from an African general authority.  Be Fruitful, Multiply, and Subdue the Earth. Excellent talk.  But what caught my eye was the shameless un-PC of the title.

Of course, the scriptures make no effort to be PC, and Africans very little.  (more…)

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February 20th, 2017 07:35:58

Too Young to Work

February 20th, 2017 by G.

On the sweetness of Mormon life. (more…)

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February 20th, 2017 07:21:18

Worlds without Number

February 17th, 2017 by Zen

Now, lest we spend all our time on pessimism and trouble, (ahem, a recent lesson in church), I would like to share this:

It is fascinating enough for us to image exoplanets. But here is an example of exoplanets, imaged moving in their orbits.

Further images of other worlds.

And some Hugh Nibley lecturing on Cosmology and the plurality of worlds (I, II) in the Scriptures and ancient literature. The entire series is worth listening to.

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February 17th, 2017 21:43:17

Rome Burns and we are all holding Flamethrowers

February 17th, 2017 by Zen

At least Nero only fiddled.

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February 17th, 2017 21:18:27

The Internet of Things

February 16th, 2017 by G.

“I say, Jeeves,” I said, bounding into the room.  “I have a perfectly fruity idea.  A fellow at the Drones was telling me all about the internet of things.  It’s ripping.  We install it here at the flat and when you go off to do your annual shrimping down at thingummy beach, why, its almost like I will be having an cyber-valet.”

Jeeves did not skip gaily about the room.  He was not exactly gruntled.  If he did not technically give me the nolle prosequi, he came near as toucher.

“I venture to suggest, sir,” he said, “that you may be laboring under an misapprehension.”  As he explained it, the dashed internet of  things did not absolutely mix you a stiff brandy-and-s when it saw you drag in rather down in the dumpsish.  It seems the jolly ol’ setup is rather more in the wheelhouse of ordering you laundry detergent if it overhears you talking about Soapy Sid, or conveying your private conversations to fellows in the Punjab so they can better tailor advertisements to the tastes of Sahib.  Not to mention the hacker chappies, who sound rather like blighters.

“Jeeves,” I said magnanimously, raising my hand, “say no more about it.  If it not absolutely awsomesauce, I will forswear it.  Take it away and give it to the deserving poor.”

 

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February 16th, 2017 15:40:46

Superstition

February 15th, 2017 by Patrick Henry

Romans were notoriously superstitious.  They sought for auguries and omens.  By our lights, the result should have been poverty and failure.  On the contrary–they rolled. (more…)

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February 15th, 2017 22:14:40

Elites without Kids

February 15th, 2017 by Patrick Henry

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That is a population pyramid.  I picked it randomly.  There are lots of places that look the same.  Spain and Slovenia and Singapore and China and lots of places here in America. (more…)

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February 15th, 2017 07:45:16

The Symbol of Our Worship

February 14th, 2017 by G.

He then asked: “If you do not use the cross, what is the symbol of your religion?”

I replied that the lives of our people must become the only meaningful expression of our faith and, in fact, therefore, the symbol of our worship.

thus Gordon B. Hinckley, from the Sunday morning session of the April 1975 General Conference. This anecdote was meaningful to him, and he brought it up more than once later.

We of course must be those symbols ourselves. But we must also surround ourselves with saints. Surround ourselves with symbols of Christ. It lifts up the soul.

Other Posts from the Sunday Morning Session of the April 1975 General Conference

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February 14th, 2017 08:30:23

Predictions for the Next Couple of Years

February 13th, 2017 by Patrick Henry

The media has already mostly spent the last of its credibility openly throwing aside old norms to attack Trump. The effort failed and has failed. (more…)

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February 13th, 2017 15:30:41