These things are really pretty simple – they just look complicated

Sydney Pollack, 73; Oscar-winning director and producer

“He is never satisfied. . . . His passion is contagious. It inspires everyone around him to dig a little deeper,” Roizman said.

George Clooney, who starred with Pollack in “Michael Clayton,” said: “Sydney made the world a little better, movies a little better and even dinner a little better. A tip of the hat to a class act. He’ll be missed terribly.”

Three Days of the Condor is one of my favorite movies. Its odd that a political thriller with all the melodrama, secrets, lies and conspiracies seems tame when compared to current realities. Havana was on cable just last month. The style even though made in 1990 about the Cuban revolution seems almost leisurely compared with the films of the last few years as does Out of Africa. Those pictures could get made today, but the studios would probably insist Pollack pick up the pacing, audiences seem to have less patience for slowly unfolding narratives. Pollack was up to delivering on that kind of style, the Interpreter (2005) had a tension that started from the first few minutes and barely let up until the end.

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Iraq War May Have Increased Energy Costs Worldwide by a Staggering $6 Trillion

The invasion of Iraq by Britain and the US has trebled the price of oil, according to a leading expert, costing the world a staggering $6 trillion in higher energy prices alone.

The oil economist Dr Mamdouh Salameh, who advises both the World Bank and the UN Industrial Development Organisation (Unido), told The Independent on Sunday that the price of oil would now be no more than $40 a barrel, less than a third of the record $135 a barrel reached last week, if it had not been for the Iraq war.

Goldman Sachs predicts that the price of oil will reach $200 a barrel.

Dr Salameh told the all-party parliamentary group on peak oil last month that Iraq had offered the United States a deal, three years before the war, that would have opened up 10 new giant oil fields on “generous” terms in return for the lifting of sanctions. “This would certainly have prevented the steep rise of the oil price,” he said. “But the US had a different idea. It planned to occupy Iraq and annex its oil.”

The occupation of Iraq was a terrible mistake on both a moral and financial level. Violence in Iraq has subsided somewhat in the last few weeks with the dead enders yelling you see what a great success this has all been; much like an arsonist claiming he isn’t all bad because only nine tenths of your house burned down. Cost, benefits and priorities in national security have all been thrown out the window replaced with childish emotional appeals.

Former California prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi wants President Bush charged with murder.

Former California prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi wants President Bush charged with murder.

Bugliosi – who in the early 1970s successfully prosecuted Charles Manson for the murder of Sharon Tate and six others – lays out his case against Bush in The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder (Perseus Books, 2008).

The book will hit book stores tomorrow – Tuesday May 27, 2008.

“My motivation for writing this book is simple – to bring about justice,” Bugliosi says in a video posted on the book’s web site (

“George Bush has gotten away with murder – thousands of murders,” Bugliosi says. “And no one is doing anything about it. The American people can’t let him do this.”

Bugliosi wants one or more of the fifty state attorneys general or one of the nation’s hundreds of district attorneys to step up and prosecute Bush for murder.

I always thought it was a shame that Bugliosi wasn’t the prosecutor in the O.J. Simpson case. OJ would be rotting in jail now here he belongs. Prosecuting Bush? Good luck with that as they say. The rich and powerful are difficult to bring to justice especially the Bush family who have been clever about keeping their tracks covered,  Dirty Tricks, Patrician Style. That article has a sad irony to it now as John McCain obviously decided that if it takes gutter level rhetoric to win then that is what he’ll do, Stay Classy, John McCain

On a day in which most people tried to put politics aside and honor those who have given their lives in service to this country, the always “civil” and “respectful” John McCain had this to say:

Obama, McCain said, “really has no experience or knowledge or judgment about the issue of Iraq and he has wanted to surrender for a long time.”

McCain doesn’t mind in the least if your son or daughter dies for a war based on lies, nor does he mind if they get paid less then the corporate soldiers from Blackwater and he sure as heck isn’t going to give those dying for politics, not the defense of the nation, one more penny in benefits, Conservatives Spend Memorial Day Weekend Explaining Their Opposition To GI Bill

Two of the White House’s key Senate allies — Ted Stevens and John McCain — have been disingenuously spewing misinformation about the GI Bill this weekend. Stevens warned of a “mass exodus” from the military if the 21st Century GI Bill goes into law. Similarly, McCain said today that the Webb GI Bill “would hurt the military and our country very badly.”

As ThinkProgress has previously noted, these fear-mongering claims about the GI Bill have little basis in reality. A recent CBO report showed that any loss in reenlistment rates is entirely made up for by increased military recruits.

The NYT editorial correctly notes, “[A]s a long-term investment in human capital, in education and job training, there is no good argument against an expanded, generous G.I. Bill.” But that won’t stop far-right conservatives from offering bad excuses, even on Memorial Day.

McCain does officially meet the criteria to be the nest Republican president. He has ditched the concept of duty, honor country in exchange for money, power and lies.

Dr. Lappe: We have people to service these machines.
Joe Turner: These things are really pretty simple – they just look complicated.
Dr. Lappe: Mr. Turner, I wonder if you’re entirely happy here.
Joe Turner: Within obvious limits, yes sir.
Dr. Lappe: Obvious limits?
Joe Turner: It bothers me that I can’t tell people what I do.
Dr. Lappe: Why is it taking you so long to accept that?
Joe Turner: Well, I actually trust a few people. That’s a problem.

from Three Days of the Condor (1975)