• MARTIN SCORSESE: ‘CINEMA IS GONE’

    Few today are making movies with the scope and ambition of “Silence” – a fact, he grants, that makes him feel like one of the last of a dying breed in today’s film industry.

    “Cinema is gone,” Scorsese says. “The cinema I grew up with and that I’m making, it’s gone.”

    “The theater will always be there for that communal experience, there’s no doubt. But what kind of experience is it going to be?” he continues. “Is it always going to be a theme-park movie? I sound like an old man, which I am. The big screen for us in the ’50s, you go from Westerns to ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ to the special experience of ‘2001’ in 1968. The experience of seeing ‘Vertigo’ and ‘The Searchers’ in VistaVision.”

    Scorsese points to the proliferation of images and the overreliance on superficial techniques as trends that have diminished the power of cinema to younger audiences. “It should matter to your life,” he says. “Unfortunately the latest generations don’t know that it mattered so much.”

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  • Makin’ It – Something For Ma (Rare Episode From 1970s Disco Themed Sitcom)

    Here is an episode from the short-lived comedy adventure series Makin’ It, described as a loose TV version of the disco blockbuster film Saturday Night Fever starring David Naughton (who also had a hit record with the title theme song), Greg Antonacci, Denise Miller, and Ellen Travolta. In this episode, Tony is invited by Billy to Dorothy’s birthday party, but isn’t sure to attend thanks to a tiff with his father. This series lasted just nine episodes in early 1979.


  • Delete yourself from the internet by pressing this button

    The internet can be a beautiful and horrible place at the same time, and it isn’t weird to sometimes feel like you want to leave — there’s wasn’t an easy way out, until now.

    Swedish developers Wille Dahlbo and Linus Unnebäck created Deseat.me, which offers a way to wipe your entire existence off the internet in a few clicks.

    When logging into the website with a Google account it scans for apps and services you’ve created an account for, and creates a list of them with easy delete links.

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  • Businesses brace for Trump decision on H-1B visas in wake of Sessions pick

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    President-elect Donald Trump’s policies on illegal immigration, particularly on the border wall and cracking down on sanctuary cities, were at the center of his election campaign. Now, advocates of immigration restriction are hoping for reform to H-1B visas that they say are hurting American workers.

    The H-1B is a temporary, non-immigrant visa, currently capped at 85,000 visas a year, that allows employers to hire skilled, specialty workers on a temporary basis — particularly scientists, engineers, or computer programmers.

    However, critics say that the system is rife with abuse, and is no longer a limited short-term program to help employers with unexpected labor shortages in niche areas, and has instead become a way to push out American workers in favor of cheap foreign labor.

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  • “Exorcist” Director William Friedkin Attends an ACTUAL Exorcism

    Sunday morning, May 1 of this year, was Father Amorth’s 91st birthday, but he had no plans to celebrate. He awoke just after dawn, said his usual morning prayers and one to Joseph of Cupertino, a 17th-century saint, and another to the late Father Candido Amantini, his mentor. Clutching a walking aid, he shuffled from his cell-like room to the dining room on the third floor of the Paulist Fathers residence, south of Rome’s historic center.

    After his usual breakfast of caffè latte and biscotti, Father Amorth returned to his room, which had a tall window, a hospital bed, two chairs, and a wooden desk cluttered with pictures of the Virgin Mary and Padre Pio, a priest-mystic who experienced stigmata—bleeding wounds, corresponding to those inflicted on Jesus Christ on the Cross. For the next six hours, Father Amorth reviewed the mail requesting his services from around the world. Each letter contained tragic questions and appeals from people who knew Amorth only by name and reputation. He answered the letters, writing with a fountain pen, licking the envelopes and stamps himself. At two P.M., he knelt again to pray, then arose with difficulty, took up his walking aid, and made his way to an elevator, which took him to the first floor, where the small room dedicated to his work was located. The hallway was empty and dark. Whispering voices and footsteps could be heard, as from a tomb.

    His old adversary was waiting.

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  • Bitcoin not money, Miami judge rules in dismissing laundering charges

    A Miami-Dade judge ruled Monday that Bitcoin is not actually money, a decision hailed by proponents of the virtual currency that has become popular across the world.

    In a case closely watched in financial and tech circles, the judge threw out the felony charges against website designer Michell Espinoza, who had been charged with illegally transmitting and laundering $1,500 worth of Bitcoins. He sold them to undercover detectives who told him they wanted to use the money to buy stolen credit-card numbers.

    But Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Teresa Mary Pooler ruled that Bitcoin was not backed by any government or bank, and was not “tangible wealth” and “cannot be hidden under a mattress like cash and gold bars.”

    “The court is not an expert in economics; however, it is very clear, even to someone with limited knowledge in the area, the Bitcoin has a long way to go before it the equivalent of money,” Pooler wrote in an eight-page order.

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  • Employee Extinction? The Rise of Contract, Temp Workers in Business

    Employee Extinction? The Rise of Contract, Temp Workers in Business

    In the future, will employees become extinct? All over the world, from the United States to Japan, businesses of all sizes – corporations and small enterprises – are gradually phasing out the employee.

    Contractual workers are becoming the norm, while firms are taking on freelancers.

    Crowdsourcing the New Reality in Labor Market

    Uber is the latest sensation in the marketplace.

    The ride-sharing app allows consumers to save money on transportation, while the drivers earn a little bit of extra cash.

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