Africans Slam The U.N. Over Troop Abuse.

Robert Massimi.

In Central Africa back in 2014, The United Nations became embroiled in a scandal when allegations over rape of women and children by so called peace keepers.

Today, the troops still rape with impunity despite pledges by the socialist organization to end the abuses.

Women tell of the abuses with boy’s as young as 10 years old. Yet the only thing this organization does is give lip service that it is working on correcting it.

Last year ,U.N. officials vowed to improve funding and staffing to address sex abuse cases. The efforts according to Mr. Khare has reduced assaults by 50%, but still, these assaults have been rampet throughout the U.N.’s history.

The U.N. is a socialist organization and has always had the backing of the council on foreign relations, a new world order socialist network who’s lifes mission is to create a one world socialist network to  make people as dependent on there governments as possible.

The U.N. cares little about people , there is little doubt about that.

The U.N. should be closed down.

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Democracies Start Pushing Back Against Chinese Regime Subversion.

Robert Massimi.

The face of subversion of Australia’s politics might be that of Sam Dastyari , formerly a senator representing New South Wales. He resigned on Dec. 12, after details emerged about donations he received from companies owned by Chinese billionaire Huang Xiangmo.

Huang, until recently, was head of of the Sydney- based Australian council for the Promotion of Peaceful Reunification of China., which has ties to the United Front Work Department, a key apparatus for the Chinese regime’s political warfare.

Critics have charged that, in return for money, Dastyari took pro- China positions,including accepting the regime’s attempts to lay claim on the South China Sea.

Among those critics was Australian Prime Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, who said ” Sam Dastyari is a very clear case of somebody who has literally taken money from people closely associated with the Chinese government and, in return for that, has delivered essentially Chinese policy statements”.

The problem for Australia is that this is not an isolated incident, . Thirteen politicians have been caught taking bribes in one year alone from China.

china did not just stop in Australia, New Zealand too has had corrupt politicians who have been bribed and have let China’s influence reek havoc to it’s political systems. Germany has had the Chinese infiltrate by using fake social media accounts trying to infiltrate German political influence.

China relies on “The Art Of War ” by Sun Tzu,  whose writings teach the Chinese that winning a war to subdue one’s enemy is better then fighting costly battles.

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Phantom Threads.

 Robert Massimi.

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‘Phantom Thread’ Is as Elusive as Its Meaningless Title

Daniel Day-Lewis in Phantom Thread.

A hit with New York critics, if not the bewildered public, Paul Thomas Anderson’s odd, elegant romantic drama Phantom Thread has finally opened in cinemas nationwide. Gorgeous camerawork weaves a rich tapestry as the backdrop for this unconventional tale of obsession, desire, and hidden emotions starring Daniel Day-Lewis as a London couturier in the 1950s. Nevertheless, as impeccably made and beautiful to look at as it is, Phantom Thread, under close scrutiny, is a disappointment, as elusive as its meaningless title.                          


PHANTOM THREAD ★
(3/4 stars)
Directed by: Paul Thomas Anderson
Written by: Paul Thomas Anderson
Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lesley Manville, Vicky Krieps
Running time: 131 mins.


In what he proclaims will be his final film, Mr. Day-Lewis plays a neurotic, self-obsessed dress designer named Reynolds Woodcock who gives the word “eccentric” new meaning. Rumored to be based on both Balenciaga and Charles James, Reynolds is a genius with a yard of taffeta, but an empty shell as a man—antisocial, demanding, exasperating and cruel. His only lasting attachment is to his sister Cyril (Lesley Manville), who runs his designing business, dominates his life, and pours his tea. (Earl Grey, probably.)

A confirmed bachelor, never married and set in his infuriating ways to the point of madness, he one day meets a shy, working-class waitress named Alma (Vicky Krieps)—nothing special to look at, but a pleasant disposition—and begins a strange personal relationship that seems logical only to director-writer Anderson. Skinny and awkward, her bones are all wrong and she’s too flat-chested to fill his gowns with any commercial oomph, but on his arm and in his designs, Alma feels perfect. Cyril is appalled by Alma’s intrusion into her brother’s organized, fashionable and celebrated life and does everything she can think of to get rid of her. But Alma adapts to luxury and privilege fast, and cleverly wages a female power struggle to gain control of Reynolds. Alma’s taste and opinions are always challenged and discouraged, and Cyril is always right. She knows how to handle her brother. His routine must go uninterrupted, his mood swings tolerated, and under no circumstances must he be subjected to any noises whatsoever during breakfast. Reynolds feels challenged and annoyed, Alma feels suffocated and imprisoned, and Cyril surveys silently with her Giaconda smile.

Until she doesn’t. Reynolds does an uncharacteristic about face, makes Alma his chief model, and marries the interloper.  When Alma makes the fatal mistake of falling in love, everything backfires. In a scheme to bring Reynolds closer by cooking him a special dinner, he flies into an arrogant rage over the flawed preparation of the asparagus. He really is an unbearable and contemptuous lover, but before Alma decides to break away and escape freedom, the ultimate strategy: hoping to win his love another way, through gratitude, Alma wafts through the woods to dig poison mushrooms. She wins, but triumph is only temporary. Reynolds likes the idea of being nursed back to health and wants more. So if a near-death experience can restore the marriage, it’s back to the mushroom patch.

T. Anderson’s movies are never coherent enough to appeal to the mainstream, but this one is so ravishing and meticulous and exquisite that you have no difficulty ignoring its inherent lack of logic. It’s not much of a vehicle to show off Mr.Day-Lewis’ plangent talents, but the way he controls the film with an inner ennui that is positively three-dimensional makes for fascinating acting technique that rivets attention. There isn’t much plot or action, either, and the conclusion is incongruous, but I liked Phantom Thread in spite of its flaws. It’s a contemporary slant on those great Victorian Gothic melodramas from the good old days, like Ivy and Dragonwyck—the kind of thing Gene Tierney used to do in her sleep.  Alas, they made a great more sense than Phantom Thread and stuck with you longer.

‘Phantom Thread’ Is as Elusive as Its Meaningless Title                          

John Lithgow, Stories By Heart. Theater Review.

Robert Massimi.

In theater, there is no better then John Lithgow, some as good, but no better. This is a man who has danced with the NYC Ballet, sung at Carnegie Hall, wrote nine children’s books, written music, been in over 40 movies, 20 Broadway, off Broadway shows.

The play is not for everyone. It is Lithgow telling about his family, who he deeply loves, in Ohio, where his dad runs a theater company, (Shakespearean), and his mother is the stage director. They move throughout the mid west for most of his childhood.

What keeps the family together is a book by W. Summerset Long, called Tellers by Tales, filled with 100 classic tales.

Lithgow tells two stories, one in the first act, the other in the second act. The first act is about a Midwestern barber who loves to gossip. His laugh, facial expressions and comedic timing are impeccable!

The second act shows you why Lithgow is a cut above all the others. He does seven different English accents in the story Uncle Fred Flits by. He moves about the story delivering the timing, the expressions that need to be done to make the show a success, and he does it big time!

What makes “Stories” a success is Lithgows Anglo , Midwest charm. Lithgow is always a refreshing breeze of air when he acts in a forum like this. His play is heartfelt, ingrained in his soul. He tells of when his dad was dying and he went home to take care of him. What kept is dad alive for a year and a half was this book, it made both his parents laugh and reminisce about the old days.

The set was very modest as to portray an intimate evening, just us with John Lithgow.

The lighting was the only complaint, it was difficult to pick up Mr. Lithgow at certain points where he was almost a blur at times.

Go see the master onstage, you will not regret it, two hours of fun, with a lot of laughs and warmth.

Robert M Massimi.

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