Not Kunal Kamra, the real test for Indian liberals is Sharjeel Imam
“Goebbels was in favour of free speech he liked. So was Stalin. If you’re really in favor of free speech, then you’re in favor of freedom of speech for precisely the views you despise. Otherwise, you’re not in favor of free speech,”
In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures.
For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.
Petraeus replied, “I was born on a Sunday, but it wasn’t last Sunday.
There will be ten people in a room, and when Suleimani walks in he doesn’t come and sit with you. He sits over there on the other side of room, by himself, in a very quiet way. Doesn’t speak, doesn’t comment, just sits and listens. And so of course everyone is thinking only about him.”
“The dark side of the Force is a pathway to many abilities some consider to be unnatural.”
Thus, the endless struggle between Jedi and Sith is over, balance has been restored to the Force, and it’s all thanks to Palpatine’s descendant, along with Palpatine himself. As the man responsible for practically every major plot point of this long, strange story, Palpatine is both the villain, and the twisted hero of this journey.
The Modi government’s decision, therefore, correctly sets an example in enforcement of its immigration laws regardless of status or eminence. It also sends out an important signal to elites who treat India as a land where they can get their way with misrepresentations or concealment of vital facts.
The future of the Force no longer relies on tired tropes or ancient texts but on a young woman without parents, an ex-Stormtrooper, a rebel technician, a stable boy and his broom, and an angry young man struggling to find his place in a crumbling world. And the galaxy is all the better for it.
Let us be plain: this is a government that doesn’t like oil and gas. This is a government that cancels, impedes and regulates into submission every effort to allow the principal industry of a province — and arguably the nation — to continue, thrive or expand.
Most of all, the oilsands produced the one essential product without which every other industry in Canada (or the world) could not function or exist: energy. I have, from the beginning of the war on the oilsands, never understood why a product that everybody uses, every person, household, business and industry — and uses gratefully — to heat homes, travel, produce goods and maintain the economy, should draw down such blistering hostility on the one industry which supplies that product.
This stuff is simulacra of simulacra of simulacra. A diluted tincture of Ralph Lauren, who had himself diluted the glory days of Brooks Brothers, who themselves had stepped on the product of Jermyn Street and Savile Row . . . . But Tommy surely is the null point, the black hole. There must be some Tommy Hilfiger event horizon, beyond which it is impossible to be more derivative, more removed from the source, more devoid of soul.
My sense of the relationship between Vader and the Emperor is that the Emperor is much more powerful… and that Vader is very much intimidated by him. Vader has dignity, but the Emperor in Jedi really has all the power.”
“Everything that has transpired has done so according to my design.” – Emperor Palpatine
They should come up with new forces of growth such as innovation, technology, improving the human capital and attracting more qualified expats to come up with light manufacturing.”
Hollywood is getting hammered on all sides by a deluge of (often mediocre) streaming and VOD content, and their answer is offering, as a prime theatrical attraction intended to be an event movie, something that audiences have specifically & explicitly rejected twice before.
Prior to the his demise, he created the Contingency to destroy the Empire in the event of his death, believing that the Empire did not deserve to survive without its Emperor. As a consequence, the Imperial remnants were further weakened and less able to resist the New Republic during the waning days of the Galactic Civil War. Ultimately, the Empire capitulated the war after the Battle of Jakku in 5 ABY, ending the era founded by Darth Sidious. Following his death, Sidious' legacy became the base of what became the First Order, an hermit state led by Supreme Leader Snoke, who was also a practitioner of the dark side of the Force. The reign of Snoke would untimely end with his death at the hands of his own apprentice and Skywalker's grandson Kylo Ren, who succeeded his master as the new Supreme Leader, desiring to let the past die along the Jedi and the Sith.
Some people regularly make fun of me and make comments like “make Sohi a bus driver again.” They try to diminish my background. Their words don’t upset me — to be frank, I’ve faced much worse in my life.
“Let the past die,” he says. “Kill it, if you have to. That’s the only way to become what you were meant to be.”
Buttressed by Snoke and the peevish bureaucrat General Hux (a vampiric, delightful Domhnall Gleeson), Kylo Ren is a rare creation: unfinished evil. When he finally faces down the omega to his alpha in the final showdown with Rey, he fights through a wound he’s suffered by bashing it with his own fist, as if pain could stem pain. He’s a child, a brat trying to be a man. Rey wins, and the two are divided by a chasm in an exploding satellite, the two poles of this story widening just as they were finally getting close. That final battle is the best scene in Abrams’s movie, not least because of that striking image when Rey calls Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber to her hand with the Force and illuminates her face with that blue laser. By movie’s end, it’s clear that Daisy Ridley will animate the future of Star Wars, but Adam Driver—sweating and simpering his way through defeat—will be the worthy adversary, wounded and maddened by everything that opposes him.
The senior journalist also alleged that Sibal and his wife wanted to use Prime Minister Narendra Modi "as an excuse" to sack staff because he did not let the channel run.
"But to be absolutely blunt. Government of India (GOI) has done nothing. Husband and wife have not faced staff, went on holiday to london, while shutting shop, prompting me to call him Mallya (sic)," Dutt tweeted, referring to fugitive offender Vijay Mallya.
“People think they have a level of privacy they don’t. Why don’t they give me a choice? Let me pay a certain amount, and you’ll keep my data more secure and private then everybody else handing it to advertisers.”
3) Snoke is... Palpatine!
Why it’s possible: Because Palpatine spent ages trying to find a way to cheat death like his master—plus, as Collider points out, Snoke bears a passing resemblance to Ralph McQuarrie’s original Palpatine concept art, and the character’s theme music is more than a little similar to the theme used for Snoke.
Why it’s silly: Because when you think about it, Palpatine didn’t just fall down a giant shaft in the Death Star II, the Death Star II promptly exploded shortly after. If the fall didn’t do him in, being vaporized into itty bitty Palpatine-molecules did—with or without some mysterious ability to cheat death.
because it’s virtually impossible to build a competitor. Even Microsoft couldn’t do it!
I’m quite fond of Alberta. That’s where I want to stay.
“More and more, there is a sense of futility,” said Anson Chan, the second-highest official in the Hong Kong government in the years before and after the handover to Chinese rule. She blames Beijing’s interference for the city’s woes. “We have this enormous giant at our doorstep,” she said, “and the rest of the world does not seem to question whatever the enormous giant does.”
“He completely listens to what other people have to say. We have had very heated discussions. If someone says anything off-hand in our group, he is taken care of in the most ruthless manner. We are in a space like that. We all want to grow and evolve and be better human beings. We should do it selfishly, fine tune our emotions and reactions in our relationship which will in turn help us as artistes,” says Kallingal.
Tyrion argued, had a history of cruelty. “Everywhere she goes, evil men die and we cheer for it,” he said. “And she grows more powerful and more sure that she is good and right.” Who created this monster? Dear viewer, it was us.
In spite of a hostile mainstream media, he was supremely adept at using the media and its influence to expand his audience. In the last five years of his stint, he has adroitly controlled the narrative, confident that as long as he remains popular and fetches eyeballs, mainstream media and TV channels would have little option but to give him the space and the play. His Diwali interactions with the media in New Delhi, for instance, were aimed at reaching out to the foot soldiers, aware that selfies would pop up instantly on social media such as Facebook and Twitter, irrespective of their public position of acute disdain for the man. That served him two ways. One, to bond with the reporters and develop a constituency of friendly personnel that would not be biased in reportage. Two, to send a direct message to the higher elite in the profession that he would not take bias lying down.
Rahul Gandhi has paid a catastrophic price for his vicious attacks on Modi, and in particular, for accusing him of corruption. The voter was not ready to accept this charge. Worse, this charge was being made by a dynast whose family album is full of characters like Quattrocchi, the middleman of the Bofors deal.
No one found Rahul Gandhi winking at anyone on May 23rd.
It’s not yet clear if the money will end up being used for border security. But for travelers hoping to avoid contributing to the growing pile of loose change, Farbstein has some advice: When taking things out of your pocket, immediately drop them into your carry-on.
“The North will remain an independent kingdom, as it was for thousands of years,” Sansa says. Bran nods silently.
Daenerys has certainly used “Dracarys” to punish plenty of people during her reign. But, up until the sack of King’s Landing, she always gave some compelling reason for doing so.