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        Who remembers the 1956 science fiction classic, Academy Award-nominated film, Forbidden Planet, featuring the likes of Walter Pidgeon and Robby the Robot? To the sci-fi aficionado, it was in a league of its own and according to Gene Roddenberry an inspiration for the Star Trek franchise.Do you remember the monster in this film? Of horrible appearance and temperament, his shape only appeared as an outline as he moved against powerful "disintegrator beams." He was unstoppable and vanished only when the Walter Pidgeon character finally died.Our heroes came upon a planet with an extraordinarily advanced civilization that mysteriously disappeared without a scratch 200,000 years earlier, with all its advanced machines still working. The crew couldn't figure out what became of it, until the invisible monster began manifesting himself to them.Having juiced up his brain to the max using the ancient civilization's brain-enhancing machine, a crew member reveals his discovery just before dying from the procedure: "It's monsters from the Id!" he proclaims.Well, one way to look at the circus on the Republican side of the emerging presidential election campaign is to think of it in Forbidden Planet terms: yes, a "monster from the Id" has returned. Donald Trump represents the collective unconsciousness of what has become of the Republican Party. Like the monster in the film, he is threatening to destroy everything in his path.The "Id" in Latin means the "It." The construct was conceived by the psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud, and was called the "shadow" by Carl Jung, who extended its application to the notion of "collective unconsciousness" of an entire culture.The point here is that Donald Trump does not stand apart from his many opponents seeking the Republican presidential nomination. On the contrary, he is their collective unconsciousness. Everything he stands for is what today's Tea Party-infused Republican Party has become.Scratch Jeb Bush, scratch Lindsey Graham, or Marco Rubio, or Scott Walker, get them a little pissed, and they all come out raging and whining like little Donald Trumps. On policy issues, like immigration, woman's health, deregulation of Wall Street, screwing the 99 percent in deference to the one percent of the wealthiest, and perpetual war in the Middle East, they're all virtually identical. They're all their own Donald Trump nightmare.When they wake up and look the menacing Donald Trump monster in the face, they see themselves. While they're railing against Trump's manner and his seeming relentless intent to bully and insult just about everybody, they must see that they are he and vice-versa. He is their collective Id raging away.The Id, as the experts explain, is a psychological construct that corresponds to the raging state of consciousness of the newborn, the elementary basis of the subconscious mind that seeks only instant gratification without regard for anything else. It represents the "tendency to seek immediate gratification of any impulse." It "knows no good or evil, has no morality." It is composed of a " set of uncoordinated instinctual trends," a "cauldron full of seething expectations," and so on. All very Donald Trump.Insofar as Donald Trump is this collective Id of the current Republican Party, there is no way his opponents can make him go away. The more they attack him, the more they energize him. They are stuck with him.So, like the dystopian, doomsday themes of so much science fiction these days, that Forbidden Planet took to the highest level by positing the more advanced a population becomes the more the seeds of its own destruction are empowered in its collective unconsciousness, the outcome for the present Republican Party is dim. As it cannot contain its raging collective Id, Donald Trump will not be going away.The only way to alter this inevitability would be for one or more of the GOP candidates to begin repudiating the content of their collective mindset. Who's going to stake their campaign on reasonable alternatives to the GOP madness? Does anyone have the courage, the moral suasion? Otherwise, it will be left to someone from beyond their collective walls to surely do it. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.


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    Donald Trump Collects Fees Insisting 'This Is Not A Fundraiser' - Huffington Post 1 hour ago

        NORWOOD, Mass. (AP) — Donald Trump held a $100-per-person campaign event — which he repeatedly insisted wasn't a fundraiser — outside of Boston on Friday evening as he backpedaled on his previous pledge not to accept contributions for his campaign. "This Is not a fundraiser tonight, just so you understand," Trump told reporters at the sprawling Norwood property owned by local car dealership owner Ernie Boch Jr. A combination of die-hard fans and those curious to see the spectacle were treated to food from chef Tony Ambrose and a live cover band, in addition to a speech from the billionaire businessman and Republican candidate.   Hungry? This is the cake at tonight's Trump fundraiser in Massachusetts. @abcpolitics pic.twitter.com/ZlEvBG7HGp— Shushannah Walshe (@shushwalshe) August 28, 2015   Trump said the money raised was only being used to offset the costs of the event and said people attending could choose to pay whatever they wanted. That's despite multiple signs that were posted at the property's entrance telling those arriving, "Please have cash ready or make checks payable to: Donald J. Trump for President, Inc." and "Entry Fee $100 Per Person." The event comes as Trump has reversed course on his early pledge to self-fund his campaign entirely. "I don't need anybody's money," he said in his announcement speech, declaring: "I'm using my own money. I'm not using the lobbyists. I'm not using donors. I don't care. I'm really rich." But Trump's tone has changed in recent weeks as he's warmed to the idea, adding a contributions page to his website and attending a fundraiser held by a super PAC supporting his candidacy. "I actually like the idea of investing in a campaign," he told CBS' "Face the Nation" Sunday. "But it has to be no strings attached."   "Nobody loves Hispanics like I do." Trump speaking at fundraiser near Boston. Watch @CNN: http://t.co/OeNACklVJq pic.twitter.com/xnhFv7e04Y— OutFrontCNN (@OutFrontCNN) August 28, 2015   Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski said earlier Friday the campaign had received tens of thousands in small-dollar donations in the last eight weeks from people eager to contribute to Trump's effort. But he said the campaign had not made any efforts to solicit money and said contributions would remain "a very small portion" of the campaign's funds. Boch said the event had "started out as a fundraiser because (that's) the usual thing for candidates." But Boch added: "It wasn't like that with Mr. Trump. He likes the idea of having people come in. So the money was not what he was interested in." Speaking to attendees under a giant tent on Boch's yard later in the event, Trump continued to boast about all the contributions he claims he's turned down. "I feel a little bit like, 'What's going on?'" he said. "We're turning down millions of dollars." He also launched into a personal attack against Huma Abedin, a top aide to Democratic front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton, who has recently been swept up in the controversy over Clinton's use of a private email server while she was secretary of state.     Trump, mispronouncing Abedin's first name as "Uma," suggested Abedin had shared classified information with her husband, former New York Rep. Anthony Weiner, who resigned after sending explicit images of himself to women he'd met online. Trump called Weiner a "perv," and "one of the great sleazebags of our time."   Trump called Weiner a "perv" & "sleazebag" & suggested Huma Abedin told him classified info. Clinton camp hits back: pic.twitter.com/dXDwCHNLji— Jennifer Epstein (@jeneps) August 29, 2015   Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill responded with a statement saying, "Trump has spent the summer saying offensive things about women, but there is no place for patently false, personal attacks towards a staff member." "He should be ashamed of himself, and others in his own party should take a moment to stand up to him and draw the line for once," Merrill said. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

    Friday Talking Points -- Every Sulfurous Belch - Huffington Post 2 hours ago

        OK, I fully admit I stole that title. Well, maybe not "stole," since I'm about to give it proper credit, but it certainly wasn't my own original idea. The line comes from George Will, and (of course) refers to Donald Trump. Part of the fun for Democrats this summer has been watching the angst of serious-minded conservative columnists as they realize how large a portion of the Republican base doesn't really care what serious-minded conservatives inside the Beltway think about much of anything. Will was the best (but by no means only) example of this last week, as he started his column off with a real humdinger of an opening paragraph:Every sulfurous belch from the molten interior of the volcanic Trump phenomenon injures the chances of a Republican presidency. After Donald Trump finishes plastering a snarling face on conservatism, any Republican nominee will face a dauntingly steep climb to reach even the paltry numbers that doomed Mitt Romney.Ah, c'mon George... tell us how you really feel about Trump! Heh.The entire Trump phenomenon reminds me of a basic rule from the world of magical/fantasy fiction. It's not quite Asimov's "three laws of robotics," but it's still been used my many authors who write about wizards casting dangerous spells. The rule of thumb among wizards? "Do not call up that which you cannot put down." Don't summon demons or otherworldly forces if you're not strong enough to defeat them, in other words.You can probably see where I'm going with this, in relation to Donald Trump. The Republican Party has called up a force of nature that it is, quite obviously, completely incapable of controlling or defeating. Hey, couldn't have happened to a nicer political party! All those decades of dog-whistle language, coded references, and wink-wink-nudge-nudge that the Republican Party has benefited from are now coming home to roost.George Will isn't the only one freaking out by this new reality. Bill Kristol, who is famously always wrong about pretty much everything, wrote a column this week proposing eight or nine new candidates for the Republican presidential race (the most absurd: Samuel Alito). Because, obviously, seventeen is not enough. Frank Luntz, famous Republican pollster and spin doctor, held a focus group of Trump supporters which left him (according to his own statement) weak in the knees, with his legs all a-tremble.Of course, not everyone is horrified at Trump's success. He just picked up the endorsement of David Duke, for whatever that's worth. Trump also tossed out Jorge Ramos from a press conference, and called two of his supporters "passionate" after they beat a homeless man with metal pipes, in support of Trump's position on immigrants. All the while, Trump's numbers continue to improve in the polls, where he's now edging towards 30 percent of all Republican primary voters. If he manages to top 35 percent, then he may become absolutely unstoppable (much to serious-minded conservatives' collective dismay).Some Republicans are now even contemplating rigging the primary so Trump's name doesn't appear on their state's ballots. As usual, when Republicans can't win at the polls, their fallback position is to cheat. State-level party bigwigs in Virginia and North Carolina are considering taking this route, and South Carolina already has the rule the others are contemplating -- every Republican candidate must sign a "loyalty oath" to support the party's eventual nominee and not run as an independent in the general election, or their name doesn't appear on the primary election ballot. Obviously, these sorts of pledges are utterly unenforceable, so it'll be interesting to see how Trump plays it. But the mere fact that the state-level party honchos are even considering this sort of thing is an accurate measure of the desperation which exists among establishment Republicans right now.Trump continues to roil the Republican waters on the immigration issue. The other GOP candidates are being exposed as complete cowards when it comes to reacting to Trump's grand "ship them all home" plan. Scott Walker probably stumbled the worst, as he floundered around for days trying to figure out his stance on the Fourteenth Amendment. He was for changing it, against changing it, and tried to brush the entire question off; none of which made him seem even one tiny iota presidential.Jeb! Bush thought he might tap into some of the Trump anger by tossing around the term "anchor babies," which was almost as spectacular a failure as Walker's vacillation. Jeb! then tried to explain that anchor babies were really more of an Asian problem, thereby offending two minority demographics at once. Boy, it's fun to watch the Republican "minority outreach" effort in action, isn't it? As George Will so accurately predicted (most especially on Latino and Asian vote percentages), Republicans "face a dauntingly steep climb to reach even the paltry numbers that doomed Mitt Romney." Jeb! also (you just cannot make this stuff up, folks!) marked the ten-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina by releasing a new ad this week showing Jeb! standing right next to Mike "Heckuva Job" Brown, the disgraced former head of FEMA who fiddled while New Orleans drowned. As the image is shown, Bush intones: "We have the best emergency response team on the ground, in the country, and in the world." Heckuva job, Brownie!Over on the Democratic side of the race, there was an explosion of interest in a new candidate that might be labeled "Bidenpalooza." Joe's obviously seriously considering a run, and the Wall Street Journal even reported he is currently leaning towards throwing his hat in the ring. Don't expect an announcement any time soon, though, as Biden says he'll make a decision by the end of next month.Bernie Sanders got a front-page story in the New York Times this week. Of course, being the mainstream media and all, it was a total hit piece full of the snarkiest language possible. It absolutely ignored Bernie's entire message and platform (of course), and absolutely refused to analyze why so many people are flocking to support him. Cornel West just endorsed Bernie's candidacy this week, but very few political reporters noticed, since it doesn't fit in with their "only white liberals support Sanders" go-to storyline.That's enough from the campaign trail for one week. In other fun news, the oldest message-in-a-bottle ever was returned to its sender recently, after a journey of more than a century. A British scientific group sent out a thousand postcards in bottles from 1904 through 1906, to study the currents in the North Sea. A couple just found one on a German island, and sent the postcard back to the group (which still exists). The Marine Biological Association made good on the century-old promise on the card, and sent a reward of one old shilling to the couple for returning the postcard. I don't really have any reason for including this story, but it did make me smile, in an otherwise Trump-filled week. Maybe Sting or The Police can write a song about it, or something! We're changing the title of this award this week, because they're not technically Democrats. So we're handing out the Most Impressive Activist Group Of The Week to Neighborhood Legislature, for their amusing and entirely appropriate political theater in California. From the story:A group of protesters in California took a stand against the influence of money in politics Wednesday by imagining what it would look like if lawmakers had to publicly advertise their campaign donors on their clothes à la professional stock car drivers.The protesters placed cardboard cutouts of all 120 California state lawmakers and Gov. Jerry Brown (D) in front of the state capitol in Sacramento. Each legislator wore the logos of the corporations that back them in the style of NASCAR drivers' brand-filled uniforms.The photos alone are worth clicking that link to see.We've long been an advocate of this idea, although we certainly can't claim to have thought it up ourselves. As far back as FTP [189] (scroll down to Talking Point 7), we've been big fans of plastering donor logos on congresscritters and other politicians. If America is going to be run by bribery, the least we should be able to do is see who is forking over all that money to buy the politicians!For taking this idea and running with it, and for an absolute brilliant piece of political theater, the Neighborhood Legislature is hereby awarded the Most Impressive Activist Group Of The Week. This is one of those ideas we truly wish would go viral, on a national level.[Congratulate Neighborhood Legislature on their official webpage, to let them know you appreciate their excellent stunt.] Before we get to the main award, we do have one (Dis-)Honorable Mention this week, for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, for waging a silly war on boobies. Laws banning topless women from appearing in public were changed a while back in New York, and some enterprising women are using their newfound right to bare their breasts in Times Square. Among the people dressed in Elmo suits or dressed as Captain America, there are now women wearing nothing but a thong and body paint. All of these folks are there for the same reason: to separate the tourists from their money. Charging ten bucks (or whatever the traffic will bear) to appear in a photo has long been a tradition in Times Square, so this is really nothing new.Now, Times Square does have an even older history of being a sex district with triple-X theaters and whatnot, which was all cleaned up (so as not to scare the tourists) a while back. In other words, Bill de Blasio wanting to ban topless women from Times Square isn't happening in a vacuum. He doesn't want a return to the "bad old days," but at the same time he seems to be overreacting to the perceived problem. If Hizzoner truly does want to end this practice, there's really only one acceptable way to do so: change the law back. Ban boobies everywhere. This, however, might be a political problem for him.In fact, the whole fracas really nothing short of knee-jerk "Won't someone think of the children!!!" overreach. You know what? I bet children who see a painted lady's chest won't actually be as traumatized as all the pearl-clutchers think. Bill de Blasio should have stayed out of this fight, which is why he earns a (Dis-)Honorable Mention this week.But, for the second week in a row, Hillary Clinton is the recipient of our Most Disappointing Democrat Of The Week this week. Clinton, like all presidential candidates these days, is struggling to be heard among the thousands of "Did you hear what Trump just said?" stories. So she apparently thought she'd use some shocking language of her own, and compared her political opponents to terrorists, because (by her logic) they both treat women badly.Where to begin? First, there are hard lines in politics that should never be crossed. You don't call someone a traitor, for instance, under any circumstances short of them being legally accused of actually selling the country out. Another of these rules is that you don't call a political opponent a terrorist. Clinton crossed that line, almost flippantly.Did Clinton have a point to make? Yes she did. Planned Parenthood and abortion are about to be the focus of an enormous political battle in Washington -- one that might even result in another government shutdown. The battle has already been joined, and it is going to get fierce next month. Clinton was jumping in to this fray in an admirable fashion, rather than waiting on the sidelines and mouthing vague platitudes. She's always been a champion for women's rights, so it is entirely within her wheelhouse.Even so, Clinton went too far. This is American politics, folks, and terrorist groups aren't a part of it. The Taliban is not on any American ballot, to put it another way. While there are indeed many groups and countries around the world with horrendous records on women's rights, it really has no bearing on domestic politics.A final point: almost all American politicians are gigantic flaming hypocrites on the issue of women's rights around the world, including not only Hillary Clinton but everyone else running for the presidency as well. If we really want to get up on our high horse about the way the Islamic State treats women, then it would require us (if we're not going to be gigantic flaming hypocrites) to immediately suspend all ties with Saudi Arabia. The Saudis execute people by publicly beheading them, after all, and women in their country are not even allowed to do simple things like driving on their own. They're about to have an election where -- for the first time ever -- women will be allowed to vote. If our gold standard for who America remains friends with is that women's rights be respected, then our relationship with Saudi Arabia would be the first to go. If Hillary Clinton -- or anyone else for that matter -- speaks disparagingly about how terrorists treat women, then we would really like to hear someone ask her what her Saudi policy would be.So for multiple reasons, Hillary linking her political opponents with terrorists was more than a little disappointing. Just because Trump is sucking all the oxygen out of the room right now does not mean Democrats should be stooping to his level (or even lower). Clinton can fight for women's rights as fervently as possible without making such odious comparisons. She needs to back down on this one, but for now it has earned her another Most Disappointing Democrat Of The Week award.[Hillary Clinton is a private citizen, and our longstanding policy is not to provide contact information for candidate websites, so you'll have to search her contact info out yourself, sorry.] Volume 359 (8/28/15)It's still the Silly Season in Washington, so we don't have a whole lot of substantive political talking points this week. When Congress returns, we're in for a number of high-profile fights, but until then we're just making do with what we've got. Just to warn everyone in advance.    Making America GrateEvery so often, we are so struck by a clever turn of phrase that we have to give it a standalone talking point. This is one of those times, as Jonathan Capehart of the Washington Post ran an article this week under the best headline we've yet seen to describe the Trump phenomenon -- a play on Trump's own campaign slogan. It's a cheap pun, but that doesn't make it any less funny:How Donald Trump Makes America Grate    From denial to angerThis framing of the Trump situation is likely going to appear again and again, but Eugene Robinson of the Washington Post gets credit for being the first to point it out."The Republican Party seems to be destined to go through the classic 'five stages of grief' as they come to grips with Donald Trump's success. Most establishment Republicans are still in the first stage, denial. Some have already moved on to anger -- the second stage. I mean, did you read George Will's 'every sulfurous belch' column this week? The third stage is going to be problematic, since it is bargaining -- and Trump is a notoriously tough bargainer. This will inevitably lead to depression, and sooner or later to the final stage, acceptance. You might call it the grief of watching the Republican Party die, right in front of their eyes."    Strong growthThis is one to hit Jeb! with, in particular."Jeb Bush is running on a promise to achieve four percent growth in America's economy. I wonder if he saw the most recent numbers, which showed the economy grew 3.7 percent in the second quarter of this year? Seems like President Obama's doing almost as well as what Bush is promising, which reminds me of Mitt Romney's promise to get unemployment down to six percent before 2016. Remember that one? Obama managed to achieve that in about half the time Romney promised. Seems like Republicans can't even promise they'll handle the American economy as well as Democrats routinely do in the real world."    $200 million and countingData to use in other state-level legalization fights."Colorado and Washington have so far taken in over two hundred million dollars in marijuana tax revenue. We don't yet have data for Alaska and Oregon, but you can bet they're raking in millions as well. By legalizing recreational marijuana use, these states have turned a big drag on their state budgets -- policing, prisons, clogged courtrooms, and all the rest of it -- into a huge asset. I'm sure there are other state governments out there who are paying attention. The success of legalization continues to benefit the states which have implemented it. $200 million ain't exactly pocket change."    President Barack Obama HighwayThis is going to be lots of fun for Democrats, for years to come."I see that Riviera Beach, Florida just voted to change the name of a road from 'Old Dixie Highway' to 'President Barack Obama Highway.' Personally, I can't think of a better way to get rid of institutionalized racist memorials than to rename them after the first African-American president. In fact, I would bet that after Obama's term in office ends, there will be a lot more things named after him all across America. Call it the revenge of Democrats after the orgy of naming so many things after Ronald Reagan a few years back."    Maybe Amazon will step inThis one is pretty funny."Among the many creative uses of drone aircraft we can now add their use to deliver banned things inside prison walls. An attempt was made in Maryland recently to fly in some drugs and pornography aboard a drone. While this attempt was foiled, it seems such an obvious use of new technology that we'll likely see more and more of these attempts in the near future. How exactly are the cops going to keep the skies over prisons clear of drones? Skeet shooting?"    Jade Helm invasion a total flopThis qualifies as rubbing salt in the wound, really."I notice that the predicted invasion of Texas by the United States military seems not to have materialized. It wasn't so long ago that the Texas governor was issuing dire warnings of the nefarious intent of America's own military in carrying out an exercise called 'Jade Helm 15,' which did nothing but stoke paranoid delusions within the state. Well, the summer's drawing to a close and I still haven't seen one headline about the Army taking over Texas, or confiscating everyone's guns, or rounding up its citizens for concentration camps, or any of the rest of the nonsense the rightwingers were spouting not so long ago. If Jade Helm really was a planned invasion of Texas, I have to say it's been a total flop so far." Chris Weigant blogs at: Follow Chris on Twitter: @ChrisWeigantBecome a fan of Chris on Huffington PostFull archives of FTP columns: FridayTalkingPoints.comAll-time award winners leaderboard, by rank  -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

    The Trump Monster from the GOP's Id - Huffington Post 2 hours ago

        Who remembers the 1956 science fiction classic, Academy Award-nominated film, Forbidden Planet, featuring the likes of Walter Pidgeon and Robby the Robot? To the sci-fi aficionado, it was in a league of its own and according to Gene Roddenberry an inspiration for the Star Trek franchise.Do you remember the monster in this film? Of horrible appearance and temperament, his shape only appeared as an outline as he moved against powerful "disintegrator beams." He was unstoppable and vanished only when the Walter Pidgeon character finally died.Our heroes came upon a planet with an extraordinarily advanced civilization that mysteriously disappeared without a scratch 200,000 years earlier, with all its advanced machines still working. The crew couldn't figure out what became of it, until the invisible monster began manifesting himself to them.Having juiced up his brain to the max using the ancient civilization's brain-enhancing machine, a crew member reveals his discovery just before dying from the procedure: "It's monsters from the Id!" he proclaims.Well, one way to look at the circus on the Republican side of the emerging presidential election campaign is to think of it in Forbidden Planet terms: yes, a "monster from the Id" has returned. Donald Trump represents the collective unconsciousness of what has become of the Republican Party. Like the monster in the film, he is threatening to destroy everything in his path.The "Id" in Latin means the "It." The construct was conceived by the psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud, and was called the "shadow" by Carl Jung, who extended its application to the notion of "collective unconsciousness" of an entire culture.The point here is that Donald Trump does not stand apart from his many opponents seeking the Republican presidential nomination. On the contrary, he is their collective unconsciousness. Everything he stands for is what today's Tea Party-infused Republican Party has become.Scratch Jeb Bush, scratch Lindsey Graham, or Marco Rubio, or Scott Walker, get them a little pissed, and they all come out raging and whining like little Donald Trumps. On policy issues, like immigration, woman's health, deregulation of Wall Street, screwing the 99 percent in deference to the one percent of the wealthiest, and perpetual war in the Middle East, they're all virtually identical. They're all their own Donald Trump nightmare.When they wake up and look the menacing Donald Trump monster in the face, they see themselves. While they're railing against Trump's manner and his seeming relentless intent to bully and insult just about everybody, they must see that they are he and vice-versa. He is their collective Id raging away.The Id, as the experts explain, is a psychological construct that corresponds to the raging state of consciousness of the newborn, the elementary basis of the subconscious mind that seeks only instant gratification without regard for anything else. It represents the "tendency to seek immediate gratification of any impulse." It "knows no good or evil, has no morality." It is composed of a " set of uncoordinated instinctual trends," a "cauldron full of seething expectations," and so on. All very Donald Trump.Insofar as Donald Trump is this collective Id of the current Republican Party, there is no way his opponents can make him go away. The more they attack him, the more they energize him. They are stuck with him.So, like the dystopian, doomsday themes of so much science fiction these days, that Forbidden Planet took to the highest level by positing the more advanced a population becomes the more the seeds of its own destruction are empowered in its collective unconsciousness, the outcome for the present Republican Party is dim. As it cannot contain its raging collective Id, Donald Trump will not be going away.The only way to alter this inevitability would be for one or more of the GOP candidates to begin repudiating the content of their collective mindset. Who's going to stake their campaign on reasonable alternatives to the GOP madness? Does anyone have the courage, the moral suasion? Otherwise, it will be left to someone from beyond their collective walls to surely do it. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

    Scoring Big With Prolific Young Film Composer Giona Ostinelli - Huffington Post 4 hours ago

        Like many, I can get obsessive about film music. But long gone are Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Henry Mancini, even John Barry and the astounding Jerry Goldsmith. We just lost the often excellent James Horner. Meanwhile, John Williams is kinda busy with some little Disney project with lightsabers in it. And upstarts like Anne Dudley, Danny Elfman, Herbie Hancock and Hans Zimmer have become established elders. Thus do I scan the horizon for fresh talent. Giona Ostinelli Currently my ear has landed upon Giona Ostinelli, a Swiss composer working in Hollywood, a mere 29 years old but with an impressive 25 feature films to his credit, plus assorted short films (over 30 during just nine months studying at USC!) and new-media projects. You can hear Giona's work this week in POD, a horror shocker by director Mickey Keating, opening in 10 cities and via VOD. While POD -- POD on VOD, that's catchy -- showcases Giona's gift for eerie tension-building, it wasn't until I visited his studio that the delightful diversity of the young composer's palette was revealed. He began by screening and playing his upbeat, aw-shucks, orchestral opening for Arnold Grossman's The Boat Builder (starring Christopher Lloyd) -- and I was like, wait, you're the same guy? You're not about just one screechy-spooky note? "With POD, for the ending, I wrote this piece for a choir," explains Giona of his efficient 2 1/2-week process of scoring the horror, "and Mickey didn't know what was going to happen. I didn't know either, because I got to the end of the movie, and I was sick and tired of hearing my sounds, I wanted something different! So I said, 'how about a choir?' I sent it to Mickey, I said, 'Mickey, you're allowed to hate me for what I've done with the ending -- because it's totally different from the rest.' So I sent it to him, and he was like, 'that's an awesome surprise!' He didn't expect it, and it worked great." Talking POD Indeed, viewing POD -- which is not unlike a meaner, scarier, extended X-Files episode (two siblings check on their brother in a secluded Maine house: and what they find ain't pretty) -- one does not sit around thinking "choir" -- and right away, that's the aura of Giona: an innovator. He seems to have "surprise" coded into his DNA. I ask about scoring horror -- does the director impose certain obligatory stings and so forth? "He always invites me to his place," says Giona of Mickey, "to his editing bay, and then he shows me the film. He's like, 'Here's my idea, roughly, how it is -- just take it, and surprise me!' So I was working on it, and he has these flashbacks, and I was like, 'Why don't we try to do something cool?' I know that sound design is going to cover that, to a certain extent -- but when I watch a film, and I see that type of thing, I would like it to be pressing! (Giona makes a disturbing mouth noise) So I was like, why not take the chance and do it?" Mickey Keating and Giona Ostinelli This attitude serves Giona well -- he takes the chance and does it -- and he and I enthuse over our love of Dave Grusin's winning score for The Goonies: which, it turns out, inspired us both to rush headlong toward the arts. Heh. "I remember, when I was a kid, saying, 'I want to do this!'" gushes Giona. "I started playing drums when I was five, piano when I was almost nine, doing choir when I was 16, playing in many bands -- metal bands, rock bands, blues bands, jazz trio -- you can see in the types of films I do, I always do different genres. (laughs) I always wanted to do film music, but growing up in Switzerland, it's not a career choice. In Switzerland you either become a banker, a lawyer, or a doctor." Or Jung, I add (though that job application proves fairly stringent). "Or a watchmaker!" adds Giona's concert-pianist partner -- and we all grin knowingly: watches -- how 20th-century! I elicit a laugh from Giona by imitating the beloved Danny Elfman style (conveniently: "Oompa-Loompa, Oompa-Loompa..."), and he admits he's a big soundtrack buff, raving up Thomas Newman: "His sounds are so amazing," he says, emphasizing Saving Mr. Banks, "but for some reason, I love tons of his scores, but that one! Thomas Newman, you listen to him, it's very simple, and it sounds great. Then you go to Hans Zimmer, he has 200 tracks, it sounds great -- a completely different style." Giona is practically gasping as he enthuses: "I like listening to scores, and I buy so many! How did they get this sound?!" Giona Ostinelli's Soundcloud On cue, Mickey shows up to join his composer (see videos for the guys in action), and the two rave up their partnership on POD but also Ritual (2013) and the forthcoming Darling (2015). "We've known each other for so long," says the world-weary 25-year-old, "that the whole process is really creative. I feel like so much of the process of working with composers and editors, there's this learning curve. But me and Giona can just riff back and forth." "And also, the cool thing about Mickey," adds Giona, "not many people do this, but working with Mickey is like family. It's always the same editor, same sound designer, same cinematographer, and we all know each other. It's so cool! You feel part of a family, and you're not afraid to experiment." "Yeah, it's great," agrees Mickey. "And I mean, it really helps create a process. It doesn't seem so formal. The movies are all sort of hand-made and home-grown, and that's what's exciting about them." Talking Darling "I'm finishing Darling, and Mickey's finishing editing Carnage Park," chimes in Giona, contrasting both the visuals and sounds of the former (lensed in New York), and the latter (lensed in the California desert). "What's great about it is they're such different films," adds Mickey. "Darling's so weird, but classical and ambient, and Carnage Park's like a Peckinpah western with the sensibilities of Texas Chainsaw Massacre and stuff. So they're all different subgenres of horror, and it's so cool to be able to have somebody who can just do it all!" Mickey gestures to his friend, Giona. "I'm sure that if I wouldn't try to push myself," sums up Giona, "to do drama, to do comedies, dark comedies, trying to do a romantic film or Christmas film--" "Two Christmas films," I remind him. "--two Christmas films. If I wouldn't try to push myself, and go to places that I'm afraid of, that I'm not comfortable in, then I wouldn't be so good even in the horror genre. But because I always try to explore as much as possible, then everything becomes useful." POD is now playing in select theaters, and on VOD. Photos courtesy of Giona Ostinelli unless noted Videos by Gregory Giona Ostinelli Official Site -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

    New Artist Reviews: Kiravell - Huffington Post 4 hours ago

        Traveling can evoke innovations and creations unlike any other muse. The inundation of new interactions, challenges, textures, tastes, sights, smells and sounds awaken the spirit. Singer, songwriter, and healer, Meniyka Kiravell, has dipped the quill of her mind into the bottomless inkwell of travel. With her quill dripping in inspiration, she created the album Vaudevellia! Growing up just outside of Detroit, Michigan, she immersed herself in fantasy books and tall tales which bore a love of storytelling and theater. It was not until her time spent at The University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, however, that she discovered her love and talent for music. Playing in a number of indie bands as well as DJing on her college radio station, she found a passion for many genres of music, constantly exploring new sonic landscapes. "I was into everything I could get my hands on," says Kiravell. "I'd rock Alice Coltrane one minute and Tchaikovsky the next." With the seed of music already planted in her mind, she left her Midwestern home to see the world. Over the course of a decade, she visited over 40 countries, surfing azure seas, broadening her musical influences, and discovering healing techniques from various cultures. She began using her newfound knowledge of healing on herself and experienced successful results. Kiravell eventually settled and found a home in Australia and planned to establish a residency there when her mother fell ill with crippling migraines. When she returned to the U.S., Kiravell employed the healing techniques she had learned on her travels, including Bowen Bodywork, and cured her mother's ailment. Re-connecting with her family through healing became a great inspiration for Kiravell, infusing her spirit with a fresh perspective. Her healing capabilities paired with the sonic discoveries of travel, nourished the musical seed in her mind which soon flourished into Vaudevellia! Translating her experiences into sound, the largely jazz-based Vaudevellia! takes the listener on a journey through Kiravell's personal life story. Now established in San Diego, Kiravell's debut release is also infused with many elements of the world music she experienced on her travels. Her poetic and poignant lyrics describe the cosmic perspective in which she sees the world around her. It is apparent in this album that Kiravell approaches her music with appreciation, humility and an open heart. Playing piano, keys and strings, the opening track "Pache Mama" is a song of reverence for the South American goddess of earth and time, Pachamama. Using worldly percussion and rhythm, the mind is transported to the lush valleys and verdant rainforests of the South American landscape. Releasing all the songs on the album separately, Kiravell included unique album art and a written vignette about her intentions and motivations behind each track. Vaudevellia! is a well-crafted musical experience that is both humble and extraordinary. Her tales do not preach or teach, and yet somehow we learn from listening. Kiravell expresses her love for all things creative and hopes that this album will be received in the same way. Website: www.kiravellmusic.com Bandcamp: https://kiravell.bandcamp.com/ Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/kiravell Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/kiravell Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kiravell -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.


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    St. Louis aldermen give final approval to $11 minimum wage by 2018 - Biz Journal - St Louis 5 hours ago

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