M is an experimental film from Finnish singer Anna Eriksson.

It’s kind of fun to read the reviews of this film and see the reviewers struggle to find euphemisms for “total gibberish.” In theory, it is a film about Marilyn Monroe, but it approaches the subject through surrealism. Particularly distracting is the fact that all of the “Hollywood” characters can’t really produce any sounds like the English of a native speaker, although they try with hilarious effect. It sounds like Borat did all the voices. One reviewer commented: “As the oddities keep on mounting, the only thing missing is another Red Room and a dwarf talking backwards.”

There is supposed to be a monumental amount of nudity in the film, but this trailer is all we have seen so far because there is no Blu-Ray and the film has not been released commercially after its festival screenings. (IMDb says it was released theatrically in Finland.)

Vicious (and totally justified) attacks.

The real reason he resigned is, of course, that the Democrats will take over the House, and the Republicans will no longer be able to block the investigations of him. In the past month or so, even his own department has turned over a report on him to the Justice department, so if his own subordinates think he’s a criminal, you can imagine what the Democrats in Congress will do.

There is no reason for environmentalists to rejoice. Zinke will be replaced, at least temporarily, by David Bernhardt, who basically is Zinke without the scandals, and with even less regard for the “interior.” He used to be a lobbyist for the fossil fuels industry.

You have to love Trump’s comments. Even Trump could not find anything positive to say, tweeting that Zinke “accomplished much during his tenure,” a comment that also could be applied to Hitler or Caligula.

If you said “honesty,” the chances are that you are not a Republican.

The share of Republicans who say honesty is extremely important has fallen to 49 percent.”

This same stat for Republicans was 71% in 2007. The comparable stat for Democrats and independents has stayed exactly the same since 2007! Why have Republicans changed? Pretty obvious. I think you can blame one specific person. It’s kind of interesting to see how Trump apologists have adapted to reality. At first, they defended Trump’s crazy and obviously false claims, but there is now a new dynamic in play – they admit Trump is a serial liar, and they don’t care.

But take party affiliation out of the analysis and just look at people in general, and the results are fascinating. Without being told who made the false claim, people are more likely to believe a false, wild-eyed assertion by Elizabeth Warren than by Trump.

I guess that Trump’s lies have been generally exposed by the media, but the fact-checkers kind of ignore Warren, so her lies are not universally known to be false. They gave one example of a Warren claim. I was able to identify it as false because it’s so preposterous, but I have never seen it formally debunked. In contrast, the media outlets tend to jump on every single misstatement Trump makes, so I have seen all the counter-arguments to all of his claims. Does that mean the media are biased? Well, maybe. Nobody can ever claim total objectivity. But of course Warren is not the President, and far more intense scrutiny comes with that position.

By the way, I hesitated over the adjective “preposterous” in that paragraph. Something to mull over: should the adjective for an absurdly and obviously inaccurate claim be “Trumpian”?

Another interesting finding: Trump himself is often a victim of the “boy who cried wolf” syndrome – people assume his completely accurate claims are just more of his lies! “Trump often accurately says that the U.S. unemployment rate is at its lowest level in roughly 50 years, but less than half of adults, 47 percent, believe this is true.”

Don’t let people name your boat, bridge or elementary school. Or anything else.

“Schooly McSchoolface Elementary, Harambe’s Elementary, Not Pine Ridge Elementary and The Money Pit … as well as a few submissions named after dictators, such as the Osama Bin Laden Memorial School for the Gifted and Kim Jong Un Elementary. One fan of the TV sitcom ‘The Office’ submitted Dwight Schrute Elementary.”

Pete’s mental health issues are well-known and self-confessed


From everything I have seen and heard, Pete is an exceptionally forthright and kind-hearted person. In a cold, callous business that makes him somebody to be treasured and nurtured.

He’s also naturally funny. He made me laugh out loud when talking about Kanye’s bizarre, rambling post-show rant at SNL: “Yeah Kanye is a genius, but he’s just a MUSICAL genius. Just like Joey Chestnut is a genius at eating hot dogs, but we don’t want to hear his opinions about non-hot-dog-related matters.”