In Bad Blood, John Carreyrou charts the rise and fall of Theranos, a Silicon Valley start-up that achieved rock star status, and billions in valuation due, in no small part, to its founder, the young, charismatic and photogenic Elizabeth Holmes. The uncritical, deeply unserious press turned her into a feminist superstar because, well, she fit a preferred narrative.
Movies are the most powerful tools of social and political propaganda the world has ever known. Consider: America wins wars only when Hollywood supports the conflict and puts itself squarely behind America’s war effort. During World War II, every studio in Hollywood backed the Allied effort against the Axis. Hollywood stars enlisted for active duty, raised money for war bonds, toured and entertained our troops, and the studios produced films that went all out for freedom and liberty against the tyranny of Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan. Hollywood played a huge role in America’s victory.
Contrast Vietnam. Hollywood, overwhelmingly anti-war, produced a series of movies that undermined the American effort against the spread of communism in Southeast Asia. Hollywood knew that with a few clever, glossy films (most notably “Coming Home” (’78), starring Jane Fonda and Jon Voight) and their carefully-manufactured anti-war narratives, it could undermine American foreign policy and turn heroic GIs into psychotic baby-killers. America lost Vietnam.
In our times, Hollywood produced several high profile movies that argued against America’s military conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Not one of the films was profitable, but the damage was done. America withdrew from both fronts. IslamoNazis filled the vacuum — and Hollywood will never take notice or assume any responsibility for the chaos and mass murder it helped to create.
This is a brilliant look at the BDS movement in Ireland, which is, in reality, Jew-hatred repackaged.
As they hacked and stabbed the Jews, the two PalNazi attackers shouted, “Allahu akbar” — which means, correctly translated: “Our god is greater than your god.”
Among the prayers the martyred men recited is: “Blessed are you, Lord our God, King of the universe, who gives strength to the weary.”
When a few Marines urinated on the bodies of dead Taliban terrorists in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan, the outcry from the the chattering classes was immediate and very loud.
Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta condemned the battlefield action as “utterly deplorable.”
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton expressed “total dismay.”
That two senior American government officials even commented on such a minor incident is evidence that the Obama administration is in perpetual appeasement and apology mode to the world’s most deplorable players.