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Stalin: The Kremlin Mountaineer – a most excellent little book

So – I stumbled across Stalin: The Kremlin Mountaineer on Amazon (it’s a Kindle single) and it’s the best book I’ve read on anything Russian, ever, and the first book in a number of years I’ve wished was longer. The single strangest thing I learned was that Collective Farming was inspired by a giant American farm somewhere in the upper Midwest.

My early Mr Robot prediction

I think the big reveal of the show will be that E-Corp/China has somehow conquered death, and people live forever in emulation. Angela will be revealed to be housing the emulation/image of her mom much like Elliot houses his dad. And somehow – being pushed out the window was the cover for implanting the software (or something like that).

Thoughts on Weinstein and power

I think it was Kevin Williamson on his podcast that made the remark that while everyone in Hollywood claims to be scared of Trump, no one has a second thought about insulting him to his face and bring up any negative thing against, whether real or imagined.  No one said anything about Harvey Weinstein for decades.  Which would suggest that he is a larger power in his world than Trump is with the media.

It brings to mind a line from Sin City (distributed by Miramax, aka Weinstein) when the evil Senator Roark says this, thoughtfully put in a graphic.

His fall from grace is quite rapid too.

It also makes you wonder who else occupies these choke points, in the entertainment industry and others that are powerful enough to get away with horrible things with impunity.

Entertainment is probably different enough to make most comparisons useless.  Personal relationships seem to be the coin of the realm, and the work product resists easy quantification, so rumors and allegations  carry more weight there than in say, commercial welding.  Weinstein was in a perfect position to use personal relationships, hence his power I suppose.