“Jyn Erso leads a group of unlikely heroes to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction.” Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters December 16.
Legendary jazz saxophonist Bhumibol Adulyadej is dead at 88 following a series of illnesses.
Strongly influenced by Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet and Benny Carter, Bhumibol specialized in dixieland and New Orleans jazz, and played the clarinet and trumpet as well as the sax. He famously performed with Benny Goodman, Stan Getz, Lionel Hampton, and Benny Carter, but was most renowned for his own compositions, which range from classical Waltzes to traditional Thai music. “But mostly jazz swing,” adds Wikipedia.
Adulyadej was also King of Thailand for 70 years and the world’s longest-reigning monarch.
A stabilizing force in the nation’s politics, he passes his crown to son Maha Vajiralongkorn, “regarded as erratic and virtually incapable of ruling” and who frequently avails himself of the nation’s laws against insulting royalty.
In a televised address to the nation, Prayut Chan-ocha said Thailand would hold a one-year mourning period and that all entertainment functions must be “toned down” for a month. “He is now in heaven and may be looking over Thai citizens from there,” he said of King Bhumibol.
The palace had warned on Sunday that the king’s health was “not stable”.
King Bhumibol was widely respected across Thailand, and thought of by many as semi-divine.
Bhumibol became a rare sight in public before his death. The nation’s strict lese-majeste laws, the BBC writes, mean there will be no public discussion of the succession.
Elizabeth II, queen of the United Kingdom and various other commonwealth nations for 64 years, is now the world’s longest-reigning monarch.
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“The Beatles’ LEGO Yellow Submarine vs. the Sea Monster,” a promo video for The Beatles Yellow Submarine set due out next month. And yes, there’s a Blue Meanie included. The concept for the set came from the LEGO Ideas crowdsourcing program, a submission from a fellow named Kevin Szeto:
“As an amateur musician and songwriter, I have always been drawn to the music of The Beatles,” Szeto wrote. “The creation of the Yellow Submarine model was really my way of showing my affection for The Beatles, as well as trying to pay a small tribute to The Beatles phenomenon. The Yellow Submarine is bright, fun, and colourful, which also made it a good subject to translate into LEGO form.”
Noemi writes, “After closing down Hungary’s largest opposition paper (online archive included) Hungarian Prime Miniter Viktor Orban is steadily and methodically turning back the clock on 27 years of history, steadily edging back towards a dictatorship — except this time with a fascist face. He is testing how far the beleaguered EU will allow him to stretch the boundaries of democracy. This is where the attention of European democratic efforts need to be directed. Not in kindergarten tantrums about sandwich spreads.”
In Five Beliefs That Propel Groups Toward Conflict, published in American Psychologist, a pair of researchers lay out the five beliefs that, when transmitted by leaders to their followers, creates a “group conflict” that propels the group forward.
The standard format for a New York Times lead obit headline goes NAME, AGE, Dies; STATEMENT OF ACCOMPLISHMENT (e.g. “Suzanne Mitchell, 73, Dies; Made Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders a Global Brand.
Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh had thoughts yesterday on the problems faced by Donald Trump, whose campaign for president is falling apart after a recording emerged of him boasting about sexually assaulting women.
RUSH LIMBAUGH: You know what the magic word, the only thing that matters in American sexual mores today is? One thing. You can do anything, the left will promote and understand and tolerate anything, as long as there is one element. Do you know what it is? Consent. If there is consent on both or all three or all four, however many are involved in the sex act, it’s perfectly fine. Whatever it is. But if the left ever senses and smells that there’s no consent in part of the equation then here come the rape police. But consent is the magic key to the left.
It’s tempting to think that somewhere in Limbaugh is a decent man on the precipice of an epiphany: yes, consent is key to understanding rape. Never has it been made clearer what the barrier is: a conservative moral system in which consent is irrelevant.
As Limbaugh is useless at both decency and conservatism, though, we’re left with the toxic sludge his paragraph represents—and all the men like Trump whose behavior it enables.
You could write a dissertation about this paragraph https://t.co/1jdPXF8Y32
— Christopher Hayes (@chrislhayes) October 13, 2016
Last month, Poland’s ultra-right government collaborated with the Catholic Church to progress an extreme abortion law that would have sent doctors who performed operations to save fetuses (or their mothers) to prison.
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Gina Miller, an “investment manager,” has brought a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Brexit referendum, arguing that UK law requires a Parliamentary vote on the matter before the government can act on it.