OMG, Nigel Farage Looks And Laughs Like Vizzini From ‘Princess Bride’

June 26, 2016 by  
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Watching the news about Britain exiting the European Union this week, it was impossible not to see the face of UK Independent Party leader Nigel Farage. He was one of the main proponents of the Brexit movement and clearly took great joy in the poll results.

I couldn’t quite put my finger on it initially, but something looked so familiar about him. Something… inconceivable. My god, that’s it.

UKIP leader Nigel Farage is Vizzini from “The Princess Bride.”

Look.

Look.

Look.

 

You’re welcome, and also, I’m sorry.

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CNN Staff Revolts Over Corey Lewandowski Hire

June 25, 2016 by  
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Ivanka Trump isn’t the only one who doesn’t want Corey Lewandowski around.

Sources told Page Six on Friday that CNN’s “facing a near internal revolt” over Jeff Zucker’s hiring of Lewandowski as an exclusive correspondent for the news network days after he was fired as Donald Trump’s campaign manager.

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Brexit Has Implications For Hillary Clinton And Donald Trump In Upcoming Presidential Election

June 24, 2016 by  
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The decision by Britain’s electorate to leave the European Union will have monumental consequences for the future world order. Ian Bremmer, the respected geopolitical analyst and head of the Eurasia Group consultancy, tweeted thus, “Brexit is the most significant political risk the world has experienced since the Cuban Missile Crisis.” Stock markets are withering, the British currency is plummeting and Prime Minster David Cameron has announced his resignation, as the economic and political aftershocks are only beginning to be comprehended. However, it is the geopolitical tremors that will have the most far-reaching impact globally. That includes the United States, which is in the midst of an increasingly vitriolic and divisive presidential campaign.

What has stunned observers about the outcome of the Brexit campaign is that the referendum’s result ran counter to what the analysts, supposed expert prognosticators and well-compensated pundits had so confidently predicted. The established experts had even convinced supporters of Brexit that they would likely lose the referendum, in the hours before actual voting occurred. That is why bourses across the globe soared, and the British pound reached record highs, until reality radically reversed those trends. The odds-makers clearly were convinced that British voters would choose to remain in the European Union. The actual, unpredicted outcome was an unmitigated defeat for the UK’s political establishment across the political spectrum, and that aspect has the greatest resonance with the battle between Clinton and Trump to succeed Barack Obama as America’s 45th President.

Just as with the Brexit referendum, America’s own class of political consultants and expert commentators for months assessed Donald Trump’s presidential campaign to be a megalomaniacal joke, with no chance of prevailing in the Republican Party’s presidential Primary. When Trump emerged victorious in the GOP presidential selection process before Hillary Clinton had secured the Democratic Party’s nomination, the same experts, rather than being reflective and self-critical, have largely double-downed on failure, and remain steadfast in their prediction that Trump has no realistic possibility of winning November’s presidential election.

Setting aside the occasional diatribes of Trump that tend to obfuscate a cogent analysis of his campaign’s actual strength, it is clear that the political dynamics that led to the stunning vote in the United Kingdom to exit the European Union are also at play in the United States, to the benefit of the real estate mogul. The British electorate revealed itself as being alienated from their nation’s political establishment, with public policy on immigration a crucial driving force in shaping attitudes prior to the Brexit vote. In the U.S. primary campaign, similar forms of disenchantment underpinned Trump’s ability to vanquish his GOP competitors.

In November 2016 American voters will choose between one candidate being the quintessential representative of the discredited and abhorred political establishment, and the other candidate powerfully branded as the ultimate anti-establishment figure. The legion of America’s political experts who, despite evidence that the domestic electorate seeks change in 2016, remain fixed in their view that Trump cannot win, may prove, as with their British counterparts, to have been unduly confident in the validity of their political estimates on the mood of the voters.

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Embattled GOP Senator Throws Trump Under The Bus In New Ad

June 23, 2016 by  
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Just over two weeks ago, Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) made news when he became the first of his Republican legislative colleagues to rescind a previously extended endorsement of presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump. Now, as Politico’s Kevin Robillard reports, he’s set to become another famous first in the Trump era: 

Mark Kirk is the first GOP incumbent to air an ad attacking Trump: https://t.co/tMqgZZUEdI The real Q: Will he be the last?

— Kevin Robillard (@PoliticoKevin) June 23, 2016

The Chicago Tribune confirms that this 30-second spot will be part of a large ad buy — to the tune of “about $230,000 in broadcast time for the weeklong buy and another $35,520 in cable TV time in Chicago.”

The ad, titled “Even More,” aims to present Kirk as an independent-minded, bipartisan legislator. Among other things, it points to his pro-choice bona fides and his support for a Senate hearing on President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland.

But most notably, it takes great care to mention his opposition to Trump. Over a parade of floating headlines, the ad’s narrator intones, “And Mark Kirk bucked his party to say that Donald Trump is not fit to be commander-in-chief.”

There’s another politician who is conspicuously not named in the ad — Kirk’s opponent in his re-election bid, Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.). In 2010, Kirk squeaked out a win over then-Illinois State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias to reach the Senate. Duckworth is a bona fide political superstar — albeit one who is currently dogged by a civil lawsuit alleging various ethics violations.

There aren’t likely to be many Republican incumbents — especially vulnerable incumbents – who openly disparage their party’s nominee in this fashion. However, the particulars of Kirk’s race — deep blue state, popular Democratic opponent, incumbent who won by a thin margin in a wave election — probably make slagging Trump in public an essential part of the calculus.

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Abigail Meisel: Open Letter To A Hunter From A Blue Stater

June 23, 2016 by  
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We get it. You love to rise before dawn and head out to your hunt club, or sit in your blind in the freezing autumn darkness. There’s no joy like watching your Lab leap into your duck-hunting boat as you motor out onto the lake.

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We Helped The Internet Prepare For Its #JobInterviewAtTrumpCampaignHQ

June 22, 2016 by  
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With all the drama going on in the Trump campaign – specifically Corey Lewandowski being fired – we thought it might be a good idea to help the scores of people who will undoubtedly be clawing for a job on Trump’s team. 

Just think of the perks!

  • The best wall coverage of any insurance plan
  • Working with people just like you only like you
  • Working anonymously in spiffy white uniforms and hats
  • That rewarding sense that you’re part of Earth’s last generation something big

Here are the best of the best offerings from this week’s hashtag game, #JobInterviewAtTrumpCampaignHQ.

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Courtney M. Soliday: Binge-Watch This ‘WIRED’ Cybersecurity Series in 39 Minutes

June 22, 2016 by  
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Remember that June-2013-Edward-Snowden-PRISM-4th-Amendment thing?
Think “Archer” meets “Mr. Robot.” On June 21, 2013, the first WIRED Magazine scripte…

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For Belly Laughs, Hispanics Turn To ‘El Chavo’

June 21, 2016 by  
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Sitcom is the most popular Spanish-language comedy in the U.S. and worldwide.

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This article is part of an ongoing Media Life series entitled “Catching the next big wave: Hispanic media.” You can read previous stories by clicking here.

In the courtyard of a housing project, an orphan squats next to the barrel where he sleeps at night. Wearing a green-checkered cap with flaps covering his ears, the boy daydreams about toys he’ll never have. With a sigh, he pulls out an old-fashioned cup-and-ball — made of stick, tin can and string — and begins to play.

Sad story? Actually, no.

The scene is from “El chavo del ocho” (“The Kid from 8″), the most popular sitcom in U.S. Hispanic and Latin American television history and the top-ranked comedy in the Hispanic market today.

If you want to understand fundamentals of Spanish-language TV-and just how different they are from English-language TV-look no further than “El chavo del ocho.”

“El chavo” is one quirky TV show.

No one knows El chavo’s name — it’s never once uttered.

The title character, the young boy, is played by a middle-aged man, Roberto Gómez Bolaños, known to fans simply as Chesperito, a derivative of Shakespearito (“Little Shakespeare”).

Whenever the little boy gets scared, he becomes immobile, his left arm drooping, his right arm splayed outward. To be revived, he must be splashed in the face with cold water.

But here’s what’s most interesting. There have been no new episodes of the sitcom since 1980. It debuted in 1971, and production stopped nine years later.

Yet it’s a true phenomenon, dubbed into more than 50 languages. Repeats of the show pull an estimated global audience of 91 million viewers daily.

In the U.S., “El chavo” is everywhere. If you include episodes from an animated follow-up series, an astounding 31 shows air weekly among the combined Univisión, UniMás and Galavisión networks. Another 18 half hours of the variety show “Chesperito,” which regularly feature “El chavo” skits until 1992, appear each week on Galavisión’s screen.

But surprisingly the show is no ratings monster. Neither it — nor any comedy — regularly appears in the Spanish-language Nielsen top 20.

Comedy plays a much smaller role in the U.S. Spanish-language TV market.

When they want laughs, U.S. Latinos are more likely to turn to English TV, with shows such as “The Big Bang Theory” and “Modern Family” regularly appearing among the top Hispanic English-language viewing rankers.

The scarcity of sitcoms on U.S. Hispanic TV is due in part to the industry’s cost structure. Dramas, particularly telenovelas, are a surer bet for amassing blockbuster ratings and generating advertising revenue.

But another factor is cultural. Spanish-language dramas–with their suspense, violence and sex — can cut through language and cultural differences to capture the attention of U.S. Hispanics.

Not so comedy. Humor often relies on cultural cues and wordplay. What’s funny to Mexican-Americans might not resonate in the exactly the same way with Latinos of Caribbean or South American descent.

“El chavo del ocho” succeeds because it’s physical comedy, really slapstick. Slapstick, when done right, is universal. Gómez Bolaños, who not only stars in but created and directed the show, has said he was inspired by the work of comedians like Laurel and Hardy.

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“El chavo del ocho” has also endured because of its innocence. Much like Charlie Chaplin’s “The Tramp,” the character of “El chavo” is beloved from Argentina to the Philippines.

“El chavo” brings the whole family together. Grandma can remember watching it back home in Ecuador (or Mexico, Peru, Argentina, etc.) Parents can wax about seeing it on Univisión when they were young. Kids in the family can appreciate the show’s goofy, “Simpsons”-like humor.

But ultimately, the success of “El chavo” rests in its ability to make audiences laugh about life’s hardships and miseries. Gómez Bolaños has said he wanted to “reach everyone, but especially the humble people, those who needed to be reached more than anyone else.”

Gómez Bolaños died in 2014. For his funeral his body was placed in a glass box for all to see and driven through the streets of Mexico City. The only other person accorded such a procession was Pope John Paul II in 1979.

At the comic’s memorial service at Azteca Olympic Stadium, which seats nearly 100,000, mourners threw flowers. Many were dressed as the little boy in the green-checkered cap.

Court Stroud is a writer and a longtime media executive who has worked for companies such as Univisión, Telemundo and several digital startups. He most recently served as Azteca América’s EVP of network sales and digital. Stroud holds degrees from UT-Austin and the Harvard Business School. Follow him on Twitter: @CourtStroudNYC

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Rob Taub: Trump’s America – The Complete Loser’s Guide

June 21, 2016 by  
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While I find it truly remarkable that Donald Trump is the republican nominee for President of the United States, I think it’s even more amazing that S…

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Shivansh Chaudhary: 5 Reasons Why Traveling Is A Waste Of Time

June 21, 2016 by  
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Having wasted so much time on all of these activities in the past few weeks, I clearly can tell you how traveling can be an utter waste of time!

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