*Michael Jackson’s Estate Urges Probe into ‘Digraceful’ Doc’s Accusers:
Michael Jackson’s estate is calling HBO’s decision to air a documentary that includes allegations from two men that the superstar molested them “disgraceful” and is urging the cable network to further investigate their backgrounds.
The 10-page letter released Friday offers a meeting with HBO executives to try to discredit the stories of the two men featured in the documentary “Leaving Neverland,” Wade Robson and James Safechuck. The estate contends the men are lying and court filings and story inconsistencies prove that.
The letter, written by estate attorney Howard Weitzman, assails the documentary for focusing solely on Robson and Safechuck’s stories and not interviewing anyone from Jackson’s family, his estate or others who knew him. It states Robson had sought work on a Jackson-themed Cirque du Soleil show and raised the molestation allegations only after he wasn’t hired.
*Victims of Socialism in Venezuela Warn U.S.: ‘Don’t Fall for It,’ ‘People are Eating from Trash Bags’:
Victims of Venezuelan socialism who have come to Americarecently attended a Venezuela Freedom Rally in Washington, D.C., where Campus Reform asked them for their message to Americans who support socialism. “Bernie Sanders is your enemy. Do not ever, ever get involved with this individual or any of the other socialists,” one man who escaped Venezuelan socialism warned. “People are eating from trash bags in the streets,” one woman said. “In Venezuela, there is no food, no medicine, education. No, nothing, nothing,” another woman added.
Others warned Americans not to fall for socialism’s false promises, and to beware its gradual usurpation of citizens’ freedoms:
• “It is not a game, it is not the route to go, it is not possible, it is not feasible, don’t fall for it.”
• “It doesn’t work the way the book says… socialism is too good to be true.”
• “It’s a gradual process, over time, little by little, power is taken away from the people.”
• “People always talk about the Nazis and stuff like that, but nobody talks about socialism and communism.”
• “For me, it’s kind of an insult to the Venezuelan people, who have been protesting for years.”
One former Venezuelan summed up their comments, declaring that America became the best country on Earth by rejecting all things socialist:
“This is a beautiful country, it’s the best in the world, it’s the most powerful – and we didn’t get there with socialism or anything close to that.”
*Woody Allen: Amazon Screwed Me Over Molestation Allegations …I’m Suing for $68 Million!:
Woody Allen says Amazon Studios got cold feet, and backed out of a movie deal … all over the old molestation allegations about him and his stepdaughter — and now he wants MAJOR payback. Woody filed a lawsuit Thursday against the studio for at least $68 million! In the suit, he says Amazon was all in, as of Aug. 2017, to distribute his movie, “A Rainy Day in New York” … starring Selena Gomez and Timothee Chalamet.
The movie was shot, edited and ready for release — but according to the suit, Amazon backed out in June 2018. Woody says he demanded an explanation, and the studio would only say it was due “renewed allegations” and Woody’s “controversial comments.” He says Amazon never spelled it out for him, but Woody thinks it’s related to a “25 year old, baseless allegation” he had molested he and Mia Farrow‘s adopted daughter, Dylan. Woody’s suing Amazon for breach of contract and damages.
*Drag Queen Story Time for Kids at Philadelphia-Area Library
A story time event at a Lansdale, PA., library that was organized by drag queens was the target of protests on Saturday. Counter-protesters also turned out in support of the story hour.
The event, called “Drag Queen Story Fun Time with Annie,” featured a drag queen named Annie Christ – which can be interpreted to mean the anti-Christ, a local Fox affiliate reported.
She read from the book, “Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed” by Mo Willems. The Pennsylvania Pastors Network protested the event, saying Annie Christ is “clearly attacking Christianity by wearing satanic symbols. They pointed out the drag queen also performs lewd sexually charged nightclub shows and shouldn’t have been allowed to present a story time for children,” CBN News reported.
*OH COME ON – Gucci Apologizes for ‘Blackface’ Turtleneck:
Gucci has apologized for selling a sweater after people pointed out that its design looked like blackface. The top, which has now been pulled from the fashion house’s online and physical stores, is a black turtleneck that can be pulled up over the bottom half of the face to reveal oversize red lips. In a tweet sent late Tuesday, the company said it “deeply apologizes for the offense caused by the wool balaclava jumper,” and added: “We are fully committed to increasing diversity throughout our organization and turning this incident into a powerful learning moment for the Gucci team and beyond.”
Film producer and media personality Tariq Nasheed said the apology wasn’t good enough, writing: “So Gucci puts out a sweater that looks like blackface… On Black History Month… And then issues an apology because they didn’t know that blackface images are racist.”
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In 1900, there were two great philosophers working side by side at Harvard, William James and Josiah Royce. James was from an eminent Boston family and had all the grace, brilliance and sophistication that his class aspired to. Royce, as the historian Allen Guelzopoints out, was the first major American philosopher born west of the Mississippi. His parents were Forty-Niners who moved to California but failed to find gold. He grew up in squalor, was stocky, lonely and probably knew more about despair and the brooding shadows that can come in life.
James and Royce admired and learned from each other, but their philosophies were different, too. James was pragmatic and tough-minded, looking for empirical truth. Royce was more idealistic and tender-minded, more spiritual and abstract.
They differed on the individual’s role in society. As David Lamberth of Harvard notes, James’s emphasis was on tolerance. We live in a pluralistic society and we each know only a fragment of the truth. People should give one another enough social space so they can be themselves. For Royce the good life meant tightly binding yourself to others — giving yourself away with others for the sake of a noble cause. Tolerance is not enough.
James’s influence is now enormous — deservedly so. Royce is almost entirely forgotten. And yet I would say that Royce is the philosopher we need today. In an age of division, fragmentation and isolation, Royce is the philosopher we don’t know we have. He is the philosopher of binding and connection.
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The tribal tensions in America made Roger Stone’s favorite tricks easier than ever; he didn’t have to operate in the shadows. He wore a T-shirt with Bill Clinton and the word “Rape” at 2016 campaign rallies. As Stone boasted in the documentary, his “slash-and-burn” tactics “are now in vogue.”Trump has had periods of estrangement with Stone. In 2008, in an interview with The New Yorker, he called the strategist “a stone-cold loser,” a state Trump himself has been relegated to this past week, courtesy of Nancy Pelosi.
Stone will not go gently. When he is asked about the tattoo of Nixon, he says he got it to remind himself, “A man is not finished when he is defeated; he is only finished when he quits.” At the moment, though, dogged by Mueller, Stone and Manafort are the dog’s breakfast. The pair has given practicing the dark arts a bad name.
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