"We never had any illusions as to who we are dealing with. It was clear to us that after the Cold War ended, Washington and its NATO satellites sought total hegemony and wanted to resolve their own development challenges at the expense of others." -- Sergey Lavrov's article for Razvedchik news magazine (24/3/2023)

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Woke activists today often like to hearken back to nostalgic media from the 1960s; what they consider the golden era or genesis moment of far-left movements in British and US history.  These were the days when being a progressive was considered "counter-culture" and cool, with every major rock star and celebrity tapping into youth angst and hippie philosophy.  The progressive shift led to considerable social instability in the 1970s.

Country music megastar Jason Aldean’s smash-hit single “Try That in a Small Town” was that rare anthem — a work of pop culture that captured a volatile political moment with such force and clarity that it became a flashpoint for heated debate, media gamesmanship, and rampant projection — mostly on the part of the angry left, which accused the song of being racist. In other words, “Try That in a Small Town” took on a life of its own, well beyond anything its creators could have foreseen.

In June 1867, James Glaisher, an English astronomer and meteorologist, and an avid balloonist, was floating over Paris in a balloon when he entered an area of dense cloud:

This was not the first time Glaisher had heard music while flying through the clouds. Five years ago, Glaisher took off in a balloon over the city of Wolverhampton, England. At an altitude of 12,700 feet, he clearly heard a band playing music.

Tyler Perry took one look at Sora and realized that everything was about to change in the world of Hollywood.

In case you missed it, Sora is a new AI video technology that looks really, really, really good.

European Broadcasting Union said it had conducted a review and decided late last year that Israel could participate [GETTY]

Israel can compete in this year's Eurovision Song Contest, organisers confirmed on Thursday, again rejecting calls for it to be excluded over the Gaza war like Russia was after invading Ukraine.