Monday, January 6, 2020

GAIA PORTAL: Celebrations occur within each Hue-Being as the Light enters

Celebrations occur within each Hue-Being as the Light enters
by ÉirePort

Celebrations occur within each Hue-Being as the Light enters.

Desperations are released, and abandoned, for all time.

Human strands are reconfigured to the Hue-Being.

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Truth Outs: Netanyahu
Netanyahu, in apparent stumble, calls Israel 'nuclear power'

(Reuters) - In an apparent slip of the tongue on Sunday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described Israel as a nuclear power before correcting himself with a bashful nod and an embarrassed smile.

Israel is widely believed to have an atomic arsenal but has never confirmed or denied that it has nuclear weapons, maintaining a so-called policy of ambiguity on the issue for decades.

Netanyahu stumbled at the weekly cabinet meeting while reading in Hebrew prepared remarks on a deal with Greece and Cyprus on a subsea gas pipeline.

"The significance of this project is that we are turning Israel into a nuclear power," he said, before quickly correcting himself to say "energy power".

He then paused for a beat, acknowledging his mistake with a smile, and then ploughed on with his comments.

The rare blooper from one of Israel's most polished politicians swiftly proliferated on social media.

Netanyahu is fighting for his political survival in a March 2 vote after two inconclusive elections in April and September. In November, he was indicted on corruption charges, which he denies.

(Writing by Jeffrey Heller; Editing by Maayan Lubell and Frances Kerry)

Netanyahu’s Immunity Election

by Vivian Bercovici

“Mah pitom!?” That was how Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu replied to an Israeli TV anchor when asked if he would seek legal immunity from prosecution for charges of bribery, fraud, and breach of trust.

On a dime, the master communicator, or manipulator–depending on which political camp one supports–deflected the issue, blocking a very seasoned journalist with his verbal jousting.

Many Hebrew expressions defy precise translation, and mah pitom is yet another. Depending on body language, tone, and context, it can mean: condescending, derisive, playful, dismissive. Netanyahu used the very elastic expression to wriggle out of yet another attempt to wrangle him into committing, one way or another, to a clear position on his immunity.

Netanyahu’s mah pitom was the equivalent of a flick of the wrist, combined with: “Are you crazy?” or “How could you even think that?”

The prime minister then proceeded to explain to the interviewer, who he surely sees as yet another member of the leftist Tel-Aviv media cabal conspiring to bring him down, “I haven’t busied myself with such things and don’t intend to.” His body language, impatient tone, and dismissive facial expression said it all: contempt.

As in: “Why would you even ask me such a dumb question?!? Of course, I would never consider such a move. I lead the only democratic nation in the Middle East!”

Now, the last bit he merely implied, as if this persistent probing by the media was yet another silly plot hatched to discredit him.

So, too, Netanyahu alleges, are the trumped-up charges brought against him: baseless. In his view, they’re being promoted by an out-of-control judiciary, state justice establishment, and media. This is how Bibi carries on, dodging any verbal commitment to whether or not he would seek immunity and, even if he did, he would do so only as permitted by law (the parameters of which are fuzzy), and that it would just be for the duration of his tenure as prime minister (which is looking, increasingly, like it might be forever).

And, then, there’s the matter of ethics and the interest of the state. Does it serve the nation to allow a prime minister, fighting criminal charges in court, to continue to hold the highest office? Not only will he be distracted from his critical duties and forced to engage in a trial, but it would taint the integrity of national institutions as well as Israel’s reputation.

Bibi would likely say: “Mah pitom?! Look at what Israel has accomplished in the last decade under my leadership! We have robust relations with our Arab neighbors! We are drawing natural gas and selling it internationally! We continue to enjoy economic prosperity! But no one wants to talk about that! All you want to talk about is immunity!”

In fact, that is pretty much what the prime minister said to the assembled press on Wednesday night, when he interrupted the nightly 8 pm newscast in the first few minutes to tell the nation–hours from a legal deadline for his decision–that he most certainly intended to request immunity.

Say what?

He presented it as a “no big deal” sort of thing. It is both permitted by law and an eminently reasonable and appropriate protection for a sitting prime minister to invoke.

Except that it is not so simple.

Netanyahu’s immunity request must be approved by a majority of Knesset members. It seems that Bibi’s nemesis, Avigdor Lieberman, is withholding his party’s support, making defeat certain. So, then, the “magician” (one of Bibi’s several nicknames) pulls yet another rabbit out of his hat: He arranges for the Knesset Speaker, Likud member Yuli Edelstein, to be “abroad” until the weekend, thus putting the kybosh on the opposition’s efforts to convene a Knesset Committee to discuss the matter and—ergo–pour more oil on the anti-Bibi flames.

For a slew of technical reasons, Edelstein’s lack of availability defers any such Committee hearing until after the March 2 election (the third election within 12 months). So, Netanyahu now has two months to salvage his ability to control the entire darn process. If he pulls off a majority of 61 in the March 2 election, then he has carte blanche to do as he pleases.

Bibi’s supporters stand by their man. These latest manoeuvers have seen him hold firm in the polls. Meaning that, for now, the third election looks like it will result in the same deadlock as the last two. Many observers of this unprecedented mess–even by the rough standards of Israeli politics–are certain that Netanyahu will never raise a white flag. He and his base believe that this is exactly why he must fight; to stamp out the institutional corruption and prejudice that is at the root of these charges brought against him.

Then, there is the matter of imminent criminal charges to be brought against two other sitting cabinet ministers, who are key elements in this unbreakable right-wing “bloc.” Should Bibi get immunity, chances are that Yakov Litzman and Aryeh Deri, leaders of the two ultra-orthodox parties commandin seats combined in the Knesset, will also avoid prosecution. And that is a mighty powerful reason for them to support this immunity brinksmanship
As Deri’s new campaign posters Israel proclaim: “Aryeh needs a strong Bibi!”

Indeed. But query whether “Aryeh’s needs” jibe with those of the country.

Vivian Bercovici served as Canada’s ambassador to Israel from 2014 to 2016. She is a lawyer and consultant and resides in Tel Aviv.

Truth Outs: Ricky Gervais Golden Globe Monologue

Terran note: Ever get the feeling you're watching the sequel to the movie "Liar Liar" where everyone can only tell the truth? 

Ricky Gervais' Golden Globe Monologue

Hello and welcome to the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards, live from the Beverly Hilton Hotel here in Los Angeles. I’m Ricky Gervais, thank you.

You’ll be pleased to know this is the last time I’m hosting these awards, so I don’t care anymore. I’m joking. I never did. I’m joking, I never did. NBC clearly don’t care either — fifth time. I mean, Kevin Heart was fired from the Oscars for some offensive tweets — hello.

Lucky for me, the Hollywood Foreign Press can barely speak English and they’ve no idea what Twitter is, so I got offered this gig by fax. Let’s go out with a bang, let’s have a laugh at your expense. Remember, they’re just jokes. We’re all gonna die soon and there’s no sequel, so remember that.

But you all look lovely all dolled up. You came here in your limos. I came here in a limo tonight and the license plate was made by Felicity Huffman. No, shush.

It’s her daughter I feel sorry for. OK? That must be the most embarrassing thing that’s ever happened to her. And her dad was in Wild Hogs. Lots of big celebrities here tonight. Legends. Icons.

This table alone — Al Pacino, Robert DeNiro … Baby Yoda. Oh, that’s Joe Pesci, sorry. I love you man. Don’t have me whacked. But tonight isn’t just about the people in front of the camera. In this room are some of the most important Tv and film executives in the world. People from every background.

They all have one thing in common. They’re all terrified of Ronan Farrow. He’s coming for ya. Talking of all you perverts, it was a big year for pedophile movies. Surviving R. Kelly, Leaving Neverland, Two Popes.

Shut up. Shut up. I don’t care. I don’t care. Many talented people of color were snubbed in major categories. Unfortunately, there’s nothing we can do about that.

Hollywood Foreign press are all very racist. Fifth time. So. We were going to do an In-Memoriam this year, but when I saw the list of people who died, it wasn’t diverse enough. No, it was mostly white people and I thought, nah, not on my watch. Maybe next year. Let’s see what happens.

No one cares about movies anymore. No one goes to cinema, no one really watches network TV. Everyone is watching Netflix. This show should just be me coming out, going, "Well done Netflix. You win. Everything. Good night."

But no, we got to drag it out for three hours. You could binge-watch the entire first season of Afterlife instead of watching this show. That’s a show about a man who wants to kill himself cause his wife dies of cancer and it’s still more fun than this. Spoiler alert, season two is on the way so in the end he obviously didn’t kill himself. Just like Jeffrey Epstein. Shut up. I know he’s your friend but I don’t care.

Seriously most films are awful. Lazy. Remakes, sequels. I’ve heard a rumor there might be a sequel to Sophie’s Choice. I mean, that would just be Meryl just going, "Well, it’s gotta be this one then."

All the best actors have jumped to Netflix, HBO. And the actors who just do Hollywood movies now do fantasy adventure nonsense. They wear masks and capes and really tight costumes. Their job isn’t acting anymore. It’s going to the gym twice a day and taking steroids, really. Have we got an award for most ripped junky? No point, we’d know who’d win that.

Martin Scorsese made the news for his controversial comments about the Marvel franchise. He said they’re not real cinema and they remind him about theme parks. I agree. Although I don’t know what he’s doing hanging around theme parks. He’s not big enough to go on the rides. He’s tiny.

The Irishman was amazing. It was amazing. It was great. Long, but amazing. It wasn’t the only epic movie. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood nearly three hours long. Leonardo DiCarpio attended the premiere and by the end his date was too old for him. Even Prince Andrew was like, “Come on, Leo, mate.You’re nearly fifty-something.”

The world got to see James Cordon as a fat pussy. He was also in the movie cats. No one saw that movie. And the reviews, shocking. I saw one that said this is the worst thing to happen to cats since dogs. But Dame Judi Dench defended the film saying it was the film she was born to play because she loves nothing better than plunking herself down on the carpet, lifting her leg and licking her ass. (Coughs) Hairball. She’s old school.

It’s the last time, who cares.

Apple roared into the TV game with The Morning Show, a superb drama about the importance of dignity and doing the right thing, made by a company that runs sweatshops in China. Well, you say you’re woke but the companies you work for in China — unbelievable... Apple, Amazon, Disney — if Isis was starting a streaming service you’d call your agent, wouldn’t ya?

So if you do win an award tonight, don’t use it as a platform to make a political speech. You’re in no position to lecture the public about anything. You know nothing about the real world. Most of you spent less time in school than Greta Thumberg.

So if you win, come up accept your little award, thank your agent, and your god and fuck off. It’s already three hours long. Right, let’s do the first award. The first award?

Dick Clark Productions, which produces the Golden Globes, shares a parent company with The Hollywood Reporter.