May 23rd, 2008

Chris Keeley

War, Inc. -. is set in the future, when the fictional desert

War, Inc

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0884224/

Cast

 (Credited cast)

John Cusack... Brand Hauser

Joan Cusack... Marsha Dillon

Marisa Tomei... Natalie Hegalhuzen

Hilary Duff... Yonica Babyyeah

Ben Kingsley... Walken
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Dan Aykroyd... The Vice President

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War,_Inc.

War Inc. is set in the future, when the fictional desert country of Turagistan is torn by a riot after a private corporation, Tamerlane, owned by the former Vice President of the United States (Dan Aykroyd), has taken over the whole state. Brand Hauser (John Cusack), a hit man who suppresses his emotions by gobbling down hot sauce, is hired by the corporation's head to kill the CEO of their competitors. To do this, he has to have a cover-up which is in the form of a gala wedding by the outrageous Central Asian Superstar Yonica Babyyeah (Hilary Duff). Everything changes when the ruthless killer finds himself head-over-heels in love with a sexy reporter (Marisa Tomei).

  • John Cusack - Brand Hauser
  • Hilary Duff - Yonica Babyyeah
  • Marisa Tomei - Natalie Hegalhuzen
  • Joan Cusack - Marsha
  • Ben Kingsley - Walken
  • Ben Cross - Medusa Hair
  • Shirly Brener - Hauser's Wife
  • Montel Williams - GuideStar
  • Ned Bellamy - Zubleh / Ooq-Yu-Fay Taqnufmini
  • Sergej Trifunović - Ooq-Mi-Fay Taqnufmini
  • Doug Dearth - Geoff
  • Lyubomir Neikov - Omar

  • Chris Keeley

    'War, Inc.'

    'War, Inc.'

    John Cusack and Marisa Tomei make the satire work.By Carina Chocano
    Times Movie Critic

    May 23, 2008

    WHEN POLITICS and culture satirize themselves, what is there left for satire to do? This is the problem faced by "War, Inc.," a broad lampooning of political corruption and war profiteering co-written by John Cusack (who also stars and produces) with novelist Mark Leyner and screenwriter Jeremy Pikser, who deal with it by putting their thinly veiled Dick Cheney stand-in on the toilet and the video phone at the same time.

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    Chris Keeley

    A Pentagon audit of $8.2 billion in American taxpayer money spent by the United States Army on contr

    A Pentagon audit of $8.2 billion in American taxpayer money spent by the United States Army on contractors in Iraq has found that almost none of the payments followed federal rules and that in some cases, contracts worth millions of dollars were paid for despite little or no record of what, if anything, was received.

    Iraq Spending Ignored Rules, Pentagon Says

    A Pentagon audit of $8.2 billion in American taxpayer money spent by the United States Army on contractors in Iraq has found that almost none of the payments followed federal rules and that in some cases, contracts worth millions of dollars were paid for despite little or no record of what, if anything, was received.

    The audit also found a sometimes stunning lack of accountability in the way the United States military spent some $1.8 billion in seized or frozen Iraqi assets, which in the early phases of the conflict were often doled out in stacks or pallets of cash. The audit was released Thursday in tandem with a Congressional hearing on the payments.

    In one case, according to documents displayed by Pentagon auditors at the hearing before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, a cash payment of $320.8 million in Iraqi money was authorized on the basis of a single signature and the words “Iraqi Salary Payment” on an invoice. In another, $11.1 million of taxpayer money was paid to IAP, an American contractor, on the basis of a voucher with no indication of what was delivered.

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    Chris Keeley

    Falsification of intelligence?

    From Ray Close
    Date: Fri, May 23, 2008 at 9:18 AM
    Subject: Falsification of intelligence?
    To: undisclosed-recipients


    Over the past weeks and months, there has been a continuing flow of half-baked claims by Bush administration spokespersons that Iranian covert supply of lethal weapons to Iraqi militants has contributed directly to the deaths of many American service personnel in Iraq. Sometimes, news stories on the subject have consisted primarily of drum-rolls of hype, building expectations that dramatic revelations would soon be forthcoming.  In the event, however, very little has ever been produced that substantiates assertions of a direct connection between Iranian covert support to Iraqi militants and significant loss of American life. 

    There have recently been two excellent articles on this subject written by U.S. observers:  one by historian and national security policy analyst Gareth Porter entitled "Where Are Those Iranian Weapons in Iraq?", and an equally perceptive and informative follow-up commentary by Professor William Beeman of the University of Minnesota.  (I would be happy to supply links to these pieces for anyone who wants to have their full texts.  Just drop me a note.)

    The simple fact is that persistent assertions by the USG of direct Iranian responsibility for killing large numbers of American soldiers in Iraq have lacked credibility.

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    Chris Keeley

    If we are stuck and cannot find it in our hearts to forgive, let us be willing to be willing to be w

    If we are stuck and cannot find it in our hearts to forgive, let us be willing to be willing to be willing to forgive." — Diane Harmony, from 'five gifts for an Abundant life"


    Sometimes our pain is so severe we cannot even process it, much less let it go. It's as if forgiveness is occupying the third floor of the house while our hearts are living in the basement. We have to climb the stairs before we can forgive. The steps are formed by willingness.

    "May you always understand that forgiveness is reached through willingness."
    Chris Keeley

    Overcoming hidden discrimination in Japan, a surprising photo gallery

    Overcoming hidden discrimination in Japan, a surprising photo gallery
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    Andy says:
    GlobalCompassion.com is featuring a gallery of photographs by award winning photographer Masaru Goto. The photos are portraits of Japanese people with a surprising twist. The subjects are Burakumin, a nearly invisible (yet identifiable) group of Japanese people. They are the remnant of a caste system that passed away long ago but remains in the cultural memory. Their ancestors were the untouchables -- people who worked with dead animals (tanners and butchers). Despite being racially and ethnically Japanese through and through, the "people of the buraku" still face discrimination today.
    Link 

    http://www.globalcompassion.com/2008/05/19/masaru-goto/
    Chris Keeley

    “I am not an artist, and I never intended to be one,” he wrote in the 1992 book “Cornell Capa: Photo

    “I am not an artist, and I never intended to be one,” he wrote in the 1992 book “Cornell Capa: Photographs.” “I hope I have made some good photographs, but what I really hope is that I have done some good photo stories with memorable images that make a point, and, perhaps, even make a difference.” 

    http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2008/05/23/arts/0523-CAPA_index.html





    May 24, 2008

    Cornell Capa, Photographer, Is Dead

    Cornell Capa, who founded the International Center of Photography in New York after a long and distinguished career as a photojournalist, first on the staff of Life magazine and then as a member of Magnum Photos, died Friday at his home in Manhattan. He was 90.

    His death, of natural causes, was announced by Phyllis Levine, communications director at the International Center of Photography in Manhattan.

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