Technology And The Ruling Party

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“Power tends to corrupt,” said Lord Acton, “and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men.”

The sexism needs updating but the sentiment remains true. That’s been all too obvious this week, during which the powers that be did their damnedest to protect their once-secret surveillance programs…while the NSA responded to Freedom Of Information Act requests with the claim “There’s no central method to search [internal NSA emails] at this time.”

The black-comedy message is clear: surveillance is something that the powerful do to the powerless, in their own perfect secrecy. Two-way transparency is but a pipe dream in the minds of civil libertarians. Which puts me in mind of science-fiction guru Charles Stross’s recent…

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Fashion Feed : Daft Punk and Karlie Kloss in NYC for Vogue USA

Benim aklımda bundan daha iyi bir düzine çekim kurgusu var itiraf edeyim ki:))

They look amazingly impossible:)

The F Words

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I love it whenever I see the synergy between fashion and music. Like the latest cool editorial by Vogue August 2013 issue.

Photographed by Craig McDean, Karlie Kloss teams up with Daft Punk to prove just how inspired a night on the town on New York can be with the new era of how evening wear should be. Fashion forward indeed.

Watch the Behind-The-Scene video of Daft Punk and Karlie Kloss on the set of their Vogue fashion shoot.

Behind-The-Scene Video

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Sources: Vogue

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‘Blue Jasmine’: A Woody Allen Woman Under the Influence

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She walks, talks and looks money, and behaves as if she still had it. Didn’t she fly first-class from New York City to San Francisco? Yet Jasmine (Cate Blanchett) is broke. Her husband Hal (Alec Baldwin), a financial wizard who tumbled into Bernie Madoff ignominy, had cheated his investors with some sleazy pyramid schemes and his wife with every other female in sight. Now she must take refuge with her Bay Area sister Ginger (Sally Hawkins), for she has lost her husband, her home and her standing. All that remains is the upper-class fiction — Jasmine — that the college girl named Jeanette created, decades ago, to impress Hal. She hangs on to that persona from force of habit, and because it’s all she knows.

In a productive career as writer-director that now numbers 44 feature films in 44 years, Woody Allen has made comedies (the early…

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Bullock, Clooney to open 70th Venice Film Festival

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ROME – The Venice Film festival will launch with a bang this year as the techno-thriller Gravity starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as astronauts stranded in outer space opens the 70th edition of the world’s oldest festival, organizers announced Thursday.

Twenty films will vie for the coveted Golden Lion, including Terry Gilliam’s The Zero Theorem starring Christoph Waltz and Matt Damon, Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin featuring Scarlett Johansson, Stephen Frears’ Philomena with Judi Dench and Joe starring Nicolas Cage.

Representing Canada, Xavier Dolan’s Tom a la Ferme also earned a spot in the prestigious competition.

Gravity is among 17 films showing out of competition in the festival that runs from Aug. 28 to Sept. 7.

The festival lineup is strong on auteur films but light on film fest blockbusters, a delicate point for festival organizers competing with Cannes, which shows in the spring, and Toronto, which overlaps…

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