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Ian Robinson’s Weekly Digest 27th June 2021

Earth in Space
2000 star systems could have planets that could see Earth pass in from of the Sun

Here’s the 27th June edition of my weekly post. Half the year is gone already! I’ve lost track of time. Days, weeks, and months have all melded into one thing in my head. Anyway, I’m planning on starting to go back to the cinema and do other things out in the world from the 1st of July. So future weekly posts should start to get mini film reviews and stuff again from next weeks.

This week’s post has six article pointers and seven new music releases. As usual, you can get me on Twitter to discuss anything in this post.

https://www.getrevue.co/profile/ianrobinson/issues/ian-robinson-s-weekly-digest-27th-june-2021-665660

Ian Robinson’s Weekly Digest – 9th May 2021

Sound engineer at a mixing desk
Sound recording studio mixing desk, sound engineer or music producer working at new song

Another music heavy weekly post. There has been a lot of good music releases in there last few weeks. A silver lining of musicians not being able to tour? Who knows. In any event, it’s great! This weeks post also has seven other items if the music doesn’t interest you.

https://www.getrevue.co/profile/ianrobinson/issues/ian-robinson-s-weekly-digest-9th-may-2021-592028

 

The return of American fascism

Fascinating article by Sarah Churchwell in The New Statesman on the history of American dalliances with fascism in art and in reality. Some excepts below. But read the whole thing. Its a marvellous piece of writing. 

In June 2020, as millions of Americans protested against systemic racial injustice following the murder of George Floyd – a killing described by many as a modern lynching – the proposal that some military bases be renamed after someone other than white supremacists prompted a tirade from Trump. He tweeted that they were “Monumental and very Powerful Bases”, “Magnificent and Fabled Military Installations” that “have become part of a Great American Heritage”, a “history of Winning, Victory, and Freedom” – in brazen denial of the fact that they had started a war over slavery and lost. Thus for “Winning, Victory, and Freedom”, we must read “losing, defeat, and slavery”, while remembering the importance of the big lie to the Nazi propaganda machine.

Sarah Churchwell

In the 2020 presidential election the cult of the leader has also, for the first time in American history, been codified in the official ­platform of the Republican Party, which promises only to “continue to enthusiastically support the president’s America-first agenda” regardless of what that agenda might be. The Republicans’ current stated allegiance is not to the United States of America, but only to their own “modern Caesar”: in Trump they trust.

Sarah Churchwell