Gretchen Felker-Martin’s Manhunt is more human than its critics

Gretchen Felker-Martin’s Manhunt is more human than its critics

The author of the riveting new book discusses maximalism, safety, and Starship Troopers.

By Jordan Darville

April 29, 2022

Gretchen Felker-Martin. Photo via author.


Gretchen Felker-Martin writes horror fiction that sticks with the reader like a plague boil sent by the divine. Her new book Manhunt is stomach-churningly violent, but as with all great horror works, it delivers revelation after revelation of our own nature. “You have to press [the reader’s] face to the fire,” Felker-Martin says over the phone from Massachusetts, “and show them the value in holding it there. Because the things that make us uncomfortable are not necessarily morally meaningful.” From her beginnings as a self-published trans female author and horror film critic to the present day, Felker-Martin has brought a keen understanding of both the genre and the human viciousness that inspires it.


In both quality and content, Manhunt offers remarkable, terrifying, and deeply human new visions. Set in the near future, where a plague has turned all biological males into bloodthirsty monsters, Manhunt follows two trans women, Beth and Fran, who scavenge through the dregs of society. Their task: harvest organs from the roving packs of zombie-men to manufacture the hormones they and the surviving women need. Their biggest threats are not the feral creatures, but other women: gangs of militant TERFs (Trans Exclusionary Radical Feminists) that have seized cities and send death squads to execute trans people in the streets.

The vividness of Manhunt is encapsulated in its sex scenes. A stark contrast to popular modern fiction’s anodyne approach, Manhunt’s fornication is as charged, filthy, complicated, and as multitudinous as the real thing. Trans, fat, and disabled bodies convene together in a celebration of the lesser-seen flesh’s pleasures, depictions that Felker-Martin is aware will chafe even if it isn’t her primary intention. “Me expressing through erotica my feelings about those bodies is inherently political [because] there’s so little fat and trans and disabled sex in any medium,” she says. “People are very afraid of sex in modern art. So I think just by including it at all, I’m de facto pushing back against that, even though that’s not my primary goal. I’m not trying to fight a culture war. I just think that sex is really important.”


Still, the culture war has arrived at Felker-Martin’s door. For years she’s been the subject of vicious attacks from real-life TERFs — mostly online, she tells me, though she has experienced violence in person. It escalated last week when numerous right-wing media outlets discovered Manhunt and its mention of J.K. Rowling. The Harry Potter author became a godhead in TERF circles after writing that pro-trans movements “[seek] to erode ‘woman’ as a political and biological class and offering cover to predators like few before it.” Rowling’s death in Manhunt – killed by an accidental fire at her mansion in Scotland – was either incorrectly reported or wildly decontextualized to paint Felker-Martin as bloodthirsty or bitter in service of a growing anti-trans agenda gripping the United States and beyond.

In reality, Felker-Martin’s book is a glorious slurry of human carnage and richly-earned hope as nuanced as the current moment demands. Earlier this week I got to speak with Felker-Martin about writing Manhunt, the public’s reaction, and creating deeper meaning through maximalism.


The FADER: How have you felt about Manhunt’s reception since its release in February?

Gretchen Felker-Martin: I could not be happier. Honestly. It seems divisive, and I think anything worth reading should be. People are very excited and very repulsed. I mean, the number of other trans women who I’ve heard from talking about how the book puts things on the page that they had never felt comfortable saying out loud, that’s really… All I want is to reach out to people who don’t get to see their own weird little internal flables and complexes in genre and give them a reminder that they’re not alone with those feelings.

How do you see the book fitting into the literary subgenre of gendercide?


I don’t think that it could really exist without the context of The Screwfly Solution and Y: The Last Man, and the gynocratic utopian novels from the second wave of feminism, none of which are particularly good. This genre has been having a moment off and on for 50 years. I do like a lot of these stories [and] I find a lot of value in them as pulp and as thought exercises and all the wonderful things that science fiction and horror can be, but Manhunt is very much firing back at them and saying, “you have a very simplistic view of the world. You don’t really understand the bodies and the gender roles that are the center of your story.”

Can you expand on that?

I think that almost every gendercide story breaks down along chromosomal or hormonal, or sort of nebulous gender lines in a way that reality doesn’t. What’s a man? How do you define a man by behavior or biology? And you’re always going to hit a stumbling block when you try to include everyone who you would think of as a man if you saw them and exclude others [whom] you wouldn’t.

Manhunt tries to get granular about this. And you can’t account for everything as a single author, but I’ve done a lot of reading. And I gave that my best shot. It’s very strange to me that a genre that is all about examining what a gender role is and how gender roles might behave in different sorts of vacuums or absence, doesn’t have a very firm grip on things like what’s a woman, what’s a man. And I think it’s because they don’t have any interest in the internal sense of those things.

I think that when you take a setting like Manhunt in this grizzly, post-apocalyptic world where survival is day-to-day, you have a chance to literalize the anxieties that drive daily trans life.

I wonder if perhaps there was a fear on the author’s part of approaching these concepts and not being able to do it in a way that wasn’t too academic or heady. And I think one of Manhunt’s great accomplishments is that you ask all of these questions in a pulp setting.

It’s like Chesterton said, “literature is a luxury, fiction is a necessity.” I think that pulp gives us how to think about ourselves because it’s so sensual. It’s so rooted in the world. And I mean, I’m a nobody dirt bag from a town of 600 people in New Hampshire. My frame of reference in the world begins in the metaphorical gutter, if not the literal one. And that’s where I try to speak from and to. I don’t know that I could really do a good job doing anything else. I guess my real thought is if you’re afraid of being able to communicate these ideas, why are you writing this book?

When you set out to do anything that by its nature is going to have to include sort of sweeping implicit and explicit statements about the world, you just have to start from the position that you might fuck up really bad, and everyone will get mad at you. That’s fine. It doesn’t really bother me. People have been mad at me as long as I’ve been conscious.

I believe that the best horror has characters that are experiencing magnified and remolded versions of real terrors that people actually face, and Manhunt embodies this. Was the book’s post-apocalyptic setting helpful in exploring the different ways that contemporary trans people feel unsafe?

I think that literalizing the violence that we live with in a way where the experiences of the trans people who are the most vulnerable to transphobic and homophobic violence, that experience becomes the new baseline. Because of course, there are many historical moments in which trans people were exterminated en masse, and then of course you have day-to-day violence, lethal and domestic.

To bring feelings and this awareness of what it’s like to live in a hunted state to an audience, you have to exaggerate. I’m a big fan of maximalism and the art of melodrama, because I think that sometimes when you show something bigger than reality, it’s only then that you’re able to communicate that feeling to another person. Our emotions are much larger than the world around us acknowledges, because of course we don’t live in a cartoon; the world doesn’t reflect our state.

I think that when you take a setting like Manhunt in this grizzly, post-apocalyptic world where survival is day-to-day, you have a chance to literalize the anxieties that drive daily trans life. And that’s a really powerful tool for communication. It’s also, I think, a tool for developing solidarity because it can tell different kinds of trans people, “hey, we’re all sort of laboring under this cloud of ambient misery.”

Politics is who you love and who you’re willing to kill. That’s really it.

That maximalism also applies to how you wrote TERFs in the book. The way that you depicted them, it reminded me of this moment in Starship Troopers: after the human soldiers’ raid on the bug home planet goes awry, the lead general gets fired on TV and is replaced with a Black woman. It captures how institutions can use identity as a mask to conceal the evils they perpetrate.

Absolutely. I was just actually re-watching that movie and showing it to my sibling, and we had a conversation about that exact moment. That is what people mean when they say “optics-only politics.” I remember this God-awful press release from a couple of years ago about how the first woman had just risen to the rank of some type of general in the Marines. And it was just so repulsive to me on so many levels. And I remember seeing all of these women from the armed forces saying, “rah,” and “you go girl,” and it’s like, “oh my God, you’re all fucking insane. You have no conception of feminism as anything other than you want your turn to have your finger on the button that blows up at everyone brown in the entire world.”

That sort of utopian feminism and political lesbianism and other aspects of the second wave of feminism, which would sort of morph and mutate into a modern landscape of TERFdom — which of course now is sort of a blanket term for everything from rabid, vaccine-denying, bizarro parents with trans children that they hate and are afraid of, to actual radical feminists who are whipping up violence against trans people, and use this as a wedge issue — that’s the world that they want. They want to replace men. And if you do that without examining anything underneath it, if you do that without taking white supremacy above the roots, then you get more white supremacy.

There’s a guy who runs an account called Dick Nixon on Twitter, which is this extremely lengthy historical cosplay as President Nixon [that] tries to replicate Nixon’s thought process. And he has this wonderful quote about stupidity and the different types of stupidity that I think about all the time. And one of the types that he lists is the stupidity of the insect or the inbred dog, something that is constricted by its nature to just sort of savage anything you put in front of it, that really doesn’t have any thought process. And it is just this mindless, implacable, stupid eating machine. And that’s TERFs. You talk to them and it’s like banging your head against a brick wall that hates you. There’s nothing going on behind their eyes. They will contradict themselves in the span of a sentence and march on happily.

When I had finished reading Manhunt, I was left feeling just as hopeful by its message as I was repulsed by its violence.

I believe really firmly that trans people and queer people can build the world that they want together. And that even though it’s miserable and it’s endless work and it’s really shoveling shit against the tide in so many different situations, it can be done. And the work is worth doing on its own merits, because what is the point of eking out an existence if nobody loves you? If you aren’t connecting with the people around you? [With] the people who need you and taking care of your community?

I have fuck-all time for a consensus. It’s a trivial issue for people to whom politics is a game of checkers, something to pass the time for people who aren’t smart enough for chess. Politics is who you love and who you’re willing to kill. That’s really it. And I think that if you don’t come to politics willing to fight for what you believe, willing to throw away the idea that consensus and assimilation are necessary end goals, what are you doing?

Manhunt is out now via Tor Nightfire

Megan Thee Stallion details Tory Lanez shooting in first TV interview

Megan Thee Stallion details Tory Lanez shooting in first TV interview
The rapper spoke to “CBS Mornings” host Gayle King.

By Sandra Song

April 24, 2022

Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Glamour

Megan Thee Stallion is opening up about Tory Lanez allegedly shooting her in July 2020.


On Monday’s episode of CBS Mornings, Megan will sit down with co-host Gayle King for her first sit-down interview about the alleged incident, which supposedly occurred while the two were leaving a Hollywood Hills house party.

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In a clip shared by the network on Sunday, the rapper can be seen growing emotional as she begins to talk about the argument that led to Lanez allegedly shooting at her feet.


“I get out of the car and it’s like everything happens so fast, and all I hear is this man screaming,” as Megan recalls. “He said, ‘Dance, bitch.’ and he started shooting. And I’m just like, ‘Oh, my God.’”

According to her, Lanez was “standing up over the window” when he fired a “couple” shots at the ground. However, she also says she “didn’t even want to move” in case she took the “wrong step.”

“But I never put my hands on anybody. I never raised my voice too loud,” she goes on to add. “Like, this was one of them times where it was, like, it shouldn’t have got this crazy.”


Following the alleged shooting, Lanez was arrested and charged with felony assault with a semiautomatic firearm and another felony count of carrying a loaded, unregistered firearm in a vehicle. He is also accused of inflicting “great bodily injury” to Megan, as she was forced to seek medical attention to remove shrapnel embedded into her left foot. If convicted, he faces up to 22 years in prison.

A month after his arrest, Megan took to Instagram Live to confirm Lanez shot before calling him out for getting his team to go to “these blogs, lying and shit.”

Lanez has since pled not guilty and has continued to maintain his innocence, through a statement and lyrics featured on his 2020 album, DAYSTAR. Earlier this month though, he was handcuffed in court after violating an order banning him from publicly talking about the case or Megan.


Watch the clip from Megan’s interview below.

Music megastar @theestallion sits down exclusively with @GayleKing for her first TV interview addressing the 2020 shooting allegedly involving rapper Tory Lanez, Monday on #CBSMornings.

Tory Lanez pleaded not guilty to an assault charge related to the alleged shooting.

— CBS Mornings (@CBSMornings) April 24, 2022

Report: Tiffany Haddish is working on music for film and TV with Beyoncé, Lil Wayne, and more

Report: Tiffany Haddish is working on music for film and TV with Beyoncé, Lil Wayne, and more
In a brief interview, Haddish said she did not want to release music traditionally or tour the songs.

By Jordan Darville

April 20, 2022

Tiffany Haddish. Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images


Tiffany Haddish confirmed that she is working on music in a new interview posted by TMZ, with additional reporting claiming that she’s enlisted Beyoncé, Lil Wayne, and Snoop Dogg for the project.


Speaking from a recording studio, Haddish said that she’s working on “a series of songs” created specifically for use in film and TV shows. It’s a scheme that could see her receive hefty residual checks, as she explains: “Some people want it to be an album, maybe a mixtape,” Haddish says in the video. “Me personally, what I would like is to put them in a series of movies and TV shows so there’s a residual check coming in on a repeated basis so I don’t have to go on tour.”

If you’re interested, you can get a sample of Haddish’s musical prowess right now. She appears on the soundtrack for The Lego Movie 2 and has shared the songs “Too Much,” “Do Our Thing,” and “Baby Daddy (Remix).”


The deputies decided to save the Russians from annoying TV advertising: a problem appeared

At the same time, we may lose television itself

  • "The wolf took pity on the mare – left a tail and a mane. A long time ago, this folk wisdom was invented. And the draft amendments to the Law “On Advertising”, prepared (but not yet submitted) by a group of deputies of the State Duma and turned out to be at the disposal of “MK” by chance, have just been born. But there is a close semantic connection between these two products of intellectual activity. Judge for yourself.


Parliamentarians propose to ban interrupting advertising – including in the form of "creeping line" – any TV shows, including films, broadcast between 18:00 and 23:00. That is, in the so-called prime time – the time of the most active viewing and, accordingly, the highest advertising rates.

As stated in the explanatory note to the document, the Law “On Advertising” already today contains a number of restrictions of this kind. It is forbidden, for example, to insert commercials in religious TV programs and in programs less than 15 minutes long. These TV programs “may be interrupted by sponsored advertising immediately at the beginning and immediately before the end of such TV programs, provided that the total duration of such advertising does not exceed thirty seconds,” the law specifies.

There are other advertising taboos. "Engine of Trade" is not allowed, for example, in TV programs broadcast in accordance with the Law “On the procedure for covering the activities of state authorities in state media”, as well as in any programs on days of mourning officially declared in Russia.

But this is not enough, the authors of the bill are sure. Intrusive advertising, they say, poisons Russians not only sadness, but also joy. According to compassionate parliamentarians, the measure they propose is designed to ensure a good rest for citizens after a hard day's work. With advertising, the authors of the project believe, it will not be possible to relax properly: advertising inserts of citizens are terribly annoying.

It is quite possible to agree with this argument. But everything, as you know, is known in comparison: TV advertising is far from in the first place in the ranking of circumstances that upset Russian citizens today at the end of the working day. Much more Russians, of course, are annoyed by the size of the salary, which is less and less consistent with the price tags in stores.

It would be good for the deputies to first eliminate these really serious reasons for irritation. Otherwise, the hour is uneven, one might get the impression that the deputies are engaged in what is usually called “distracting attention to an unusable object” among specialists in PR and information wars.

Of course, such an impression is unfair. It's just that the Duma members, being unable to eliminate the real socio-economic ulcers, realize their unspent love for the people in the forms that are available to them. But sometimes it's better to chew than to speak and write bills.

In this particular case, concern for citizens risks turning into a disservice. Well, or wolf – if you keep in mind the above proverb. After the adoption of the amendments, the stream of advertising revenues of TV companies, already shrinking before our eyes in the conditions of the crisis, may completely dry up. Of course, the state – and de facto state – TV channels will survive this trouble. And private, commercial, existing solely on advertising revenue, can easily go to the bottom.

However, on state TV, the opportunities for creating and purchasing entertainment content, don’t go to a fortuneteller, will drastically decrease. Will Russians agree to be “entertained” after a hard day's work instead of a host of channels with annoying ads? only the program "Time" with unfading Ekaterina Andreeva and Vladimir Solovyov? It seems unlikely.

And therefore, it would be more appropriate to recall the ever-relevant aphorism of the unforgettable Viktor Stepanovich Chernomyrdin: “Who has itchy hands – scratch elsewhere".


The ruined career of a TV presenter: what is known about Medvedchuk’s wife

Oksana Marchenko is trying to save her husband from the reprisals of the SBU

The wife of Ukrainian politician Viktor Medvedchuk, Oksana Marchenko, is now looking for any opportunity to rescue her husband from the “dungeons of the SBU”. Marchenko hopes that Medvedchuk will be exchanged and taken out of Ukraine, where otherwise he will be punished. Both Medvedchuk himself and the Kiev leadership agree to the exchange, so far Marchenko has not gained success in this direction, but, apparently, she does not intend to give up.

Photo: Social networks

TV presenter Oksana Marchenko married one of the richest businessmen in Ukraine, Viktor Medvedchuk, in 2003. After marriage, she continued her successful career as a TV presenter, publicly remaining aloof from her husband's political and economic affairs.

However, Medvedchuk's political activity after 2014 brought about changes not only for himself, but also for Marchenko. The wife of a politician because of his conditionally “pro-Russian” position became objectionable to a number of television channels, and her career was under the blows of forced layoffs from a number of television projects. Marchenko supported the position of her husband, but continued to distance herself from political activities.

In February 2021, the National Security Council of Ukraine imposed three-year sanctions against Medvedchuk and Marchenko, allegedly for financing “terrorism” in the Donbass, which in Kyiv was seen in the supply of oil products from the Russian Novoshakhtinsky refinery, owned by the spouses. Sanctions blocked family assets in Ukraine. The measure itself was personally approved by Zelensky, who is quite familiar with Marchenko herself.

Sanctions against their own citizens, imposed without trial, served as Marchenko's motive to go into politics, she joined her husband's party — «Opposition platform — For life» (OPLE). Some Ukrainian media predicted Marchenko a successful political career due to her popularity and clean reputation associated with participation in various social projects, but the criminal prosecution of Medvedchuk and the further ban on HLE prevented this from happening.

By the time of his arrest in 2021, Medvedchuk himself did not actually own the business due to personal US sanctions in force since 2014. Marchenko became the beneficiary of dozens of his companies by 2018, who formally owns the property managed by her husband. In the declaration of the deputy Medvedchuk for 2020, it was noted that most of the family's monetary assets (more than € 14 million) lie on Marchenko's account in the Belarusian Absolut Bank. About a hundred companies registered in Bulgaria, Bliz, Russia, Ukraine, as well as Cyprus and the British Virgin Islands are officially registered in the name of Medvedchuk's wife.

Marchenko owned shares in the Ukrainian electric power enterprises Lvivoblenergo, Prykarpattyeoblenergo, and Zaporozhyeoblenergo. In the metallurgy industry, Marchenko owned 17% of Dneprospetsstal, 41% of the Zaporozhye Ferroalloy Plant. Through offshore companies, she held shares in the television companies 1 + 1, 2 + 2, and TET. Due to the sanction, at the moment all of them are “blocked”, as is the very possibility of doing business in Ukraine. Also, now all movable and immovable property of the spouses in the amount of 154 objects has been arrested in the country.

Significant place in the “family business” Medvedchuk is played by oil and gas companies. In Ukraine, in the name of Marchenko, a share in the Odessa transshipment complex, specializing in the transshipment of oil and liquefied gas, is registered. In addition, according to the declaration of Marchenko herself, in 2020 she owned the assets of the Russian companies Yugtrans NZNP; and NZNP Engineering. She also remains the controlling shareholder of the Russian NZNP Trade.

Remaining the beneficiary of the surviving part of Medvedchuk's business, Marchenko continues to express confidence in the rightness and innocence of her husband. According to her statements, Medvedchuk is being tortured by the SBU, and his real whereabouts — unknown.

Marchenko herself left Ukraine on 18 February. The TV presenter explained this by the need for a working trip to Belarus, where work was underway on the next TV project. Marchenko has been in Russia since February 22. Marchenko denies accusations that she and Medvedchuk knew about the imminent start of the Russian special operation, as well as the possible departure of the Ukrainian politician from Ukraine in February this year.


Media: Discovery stops broadcasting TV channels in Russia

The American media company Discovery has decided to temporarily stop all its activities in Russia.

In this regard, on March 9, the broadcast of about 15 of its TV channels is suspended, Variety reports, citing a company statement. .

Among these channels are Animal Planet, Discovery Channel, Eurosport 1 and Eurosport 2.

Earlier, several Western companies announced that they were curtailing their business in Russia. On the eve it became known that the fast food chain McDonald's temporarily closes all its restaurants in our country.


Netflix refused to broadcast Russian federal TV channels

According to Russian law, from March 1, the streaming service was required to include 20 Russian federal channels in the broadcast grid

Netflix will not broadcast the 20 Russian federal TV channels, the mandatory broadcasting of which is required by Russian law starting from March 1. A company representative told Variety magazine about this.

“Given the current situation, we have no plans to add these channels to our service,” — he said.

In December 2021, Roskomnadzor added Netflix to its registry of audiovisual services. Then it became the first foreign service included in this register. The owners of such services must prevent the use of their platform for the commission of criminal offenses, establish age restrictions for content, and comply with Russian media laws, as well as laws on elections and referendums.

As TASS clarified, the head of the Internet Video Association Alexey Byrdin, Netflix would also be required to broadcast 20 federal channels starting from March 2022, when the corresponding article of the Russian law “On Information” comes into force. “The Service will be obliged to comply with the requirements of Art. 10.5 of the Law “On Information”, including its most recent additions— for example, to distribute 20 federal TV channels»,— he noted.

The RKN maintains a register of audiovisual services in accordance with Federal Law No. 87-FZ dated May 1, 2017 “On Amendments to the Federal Law” On Information, Information Technologies and Information Protection. it means a site that distributes audiovisual works on the Internet for a fee or for viewing ads, which is visited by more than 100 thousand users from Russia during the day.

On February 24, a special operation with the participation of the Russian military, announced by Russian President Vladimir Putin, continues in Ukraine. On the same day, rocket and bomb strikes were carried out on military targets on the territory of Ukraine. The Ministry of Defense noted that the troops only strike at military infrastructure, there will be no fire on residential and public buildings.

After the start of the special operation, the Ukrainian authorities severed diplomatic relations with Russia and announced the start of mobilization. Western countries came out in support of Ukraine and began to impose sanctions against Russian politicians, military and businessmen.

Sanctions also affected large Russian banks, including Sberbank, VTB, Sovcombank, Novikombank and Otkritie. . On February 25, the Central Bank warned that Apple Pay and Google Pay services would stop working with cards of banks that fell under sanctions blocking. A few days later, users reported problems with paying with cards of some banks for subscriptions to Netflix and Spotify streaming services.


TV doctor Myasnikov recalled five popular superfoods in the USSR

Doctor and TV presenter Alexander Myasnikov recalled five useful superfoods that were popular in the past, but now almost forgotten: fish oil, hematogen, seaweed, kombucha and apple cider vinegar. He spoke about them in the next issue of the program “About the most important” on the channel “Russia 1”.

Fish oil — this is a very useful product that improves immunity, memory and general health, the doctor recalled. Therefore, in Soviet times, it was given in kindergartens and schools.

Another popular product — hematogen — helps to increase the level of hemoglobin in the blood, as well as relieve fatigue and weakness. In addition, it was very tasty, Myasnikov reminded.

The presenter also spoke about sea kale, which contains a lot of iodine, vitamins and antioxidants, and kombucha, used to improve the functioning of the gastrointestinal tract and nervous system .

The Butchers' fifth superfood was apple cider vinegar. It helps to lose weight, fight dandruff and fever, stabilize blood pressure.

Earlier, Elena Malysheva spoke about bad habits for heart health.


TV presenters Popov and Skabeeva contracted the coronavirus

The 60 Minutes hosts on the TV channel “Russia 1” Evgeny Popov and Olga Skabeeva contracted the coronavirus, the TV presenter said before the start of the program, going live through a video screen.

“Today, for the first time, I will host our favorite program with a positive test. In the morning I was forced to isolate myself. I don't have any symptoms of SARS yet. So I follow the recommendations of the doctors: plenty of fluids and don't panic, », — Popov said.

He clarified that his wife and co-host Olga also had a positive test. Both are vaccinated, so they assume that the disease will pass in a mild form. 

Later, the TV presenter explained to RIA Novosti that he was in isolation at the hotel, and Skabeeva — at home.

“There are two of us, and it is clear that at some point both should have been hooked. So it got hooked in the second year, I almost said war, in the second year of the coronavirus, — he said.

Earlier, the governor of the Krasnoyarsk Territory, Alexander Uss, contracted the coronavirus. He had to stay in the hospital for several days. He is now completely healthy.


TV presenter Gordon announced that she got married for the third time

TV presenter and lawyer Ekaterina Gordon got married for the third time, the wedding took place on January 19 in Moscow. The star announced this on her Instagram channel.

“For the first time in my life, I didn’t get married in a week”… and a year later… I do not want to give any recommendations: I do not know how to. It is necessary for the heart, it is necessary for love… if the head works at the same time, then this is excellent, — she said.

Gordon clarified that before the wedding, the couple did not draw up a marriage contract. Last fall, she said that she had been dating her chosen one for several years.

The 41-year-old TV presenter married 34-year-old Ukrainian businessman Viktor Harkhalis. His company supplies musical instruments to Russia.

Previously, Gordon was married twice — for Alexander Gordon (2000-2006) and Sergey Zhorin (2011-2012). She has two sons: Daniil and Seraphim.

It was previously reported that Joseph Prigogine's daughter Danae is going to get married.


Ukrainian squid game: oligarchs Akhmetov and Kolomoisky started a battle

Zelensky is in the center of the battle

Akhmetov, Kolomoisky, Medvedchuk and Pinchuk – the names of Ukrainian oligarchs, probably every Russian already knows. In the past year, their fates have changed a lot. All these big people now have very different, but noticeable and systemic problems.


“Traitor” Medvedchuk and the deflated Pinchuk

Viktor Medvedchuk at the beginning of the year lost his three top-rated TV news channels, and with them most of his personal political rating and influence. Since 2014, Medvedchuk has been under US sanctions (he was included in the general list of sanctions with the Russians for Crimea), and since then has not officially owned any significant business, and he spent most of 2021 under house arrest as part of the charge of “high treason “.

Medvedchuk's treason, according to investigators, was that he participated in a scheme for supplying Ukrainian coal from non-government-controlled territories to Ukrainian thermal power plants, which at the beginning of the conflict in Donbass could still operate exclusively on Donbass anthracite. In organizing these numerous supplies of coal and, accordingly, “betrayal of the homeland” in 2014-2017, the relevant Ukrainian minister for the fuel and energy complex and, of course, the country's president, Petro Poroshenko, took part.

Victor Medvedchuk. Photo:

Suspicion of “treason” as part of a “stable criminal group” is already awaiting the fifth president of Ukraine in Kiev, while Petr Alekseevich visits Turkey, Poland and other countries where they are ready to talk to him.

A blow to the leader of his own party and faction in parliament, the de facto owner of two national TV channels and the Roshen candy corporation, Petro Poroshenko, is the next step in the personal “fight against oligarchs” by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. An attempt to put Poroshenko in prison is expected to take place throughout 2022 in Ukraine. Having rolled abroad from the summons to the prosecutor's office until mid-January, Poroshenko showed great political wisdom – Ukrainians are reluctant to go out to protests on Christmas and New Year's, their entire political strategy in these two weeks fits into four words: “Let's go after the holidays!” p>

With Viktor Pinchuk, Vladimir Zelensky does not fight so hard. Pinchuk himself carefully went to the periphery of the political life of Ukraine. His pool of TV channels is financed very badly, Pinchuk's three channels now have common studios, teams have joined forces, reduced people and are waiting for better times. There is no influential party or faction that would be associated with Pinchuk and is not yet expected. His TV channels try not to scold the incumbent once again.

Victor Pinchuk. Photo: David Shankbone

Clash of the Titans

Rinat Akhmetov and Igor Kolomoisky are two powerful Ukrainian “immortal” oligarchs, of which, according to the plot of the great series, in the end only one should remain alive.

Resignation from the post of speaker of parliament, a former friend and head of the campaign headquarters of Volodymyr Zelensky Dmitry Razumkov is a kind of watershed, which emphasized and highlighted for the public the unexpectedly bright struggle of the sixth Ukrainian president with the first Ukrainian oligarch.

With the resignation of Razumkov, Zelensky finally did not have a mono-majority in parliament – his Servant of the People faction was divided and now practically does not generate the necessary majority of 226 votes on any issue. Two deputy groups help to make decisions – “For Maybutne” (For the future) and “Trust”.

The deputy group “For Maybutne” is completely controlled by Igor Kolomoisky, “Trust” is also controlled by him, but on shares with Arsen Avakov and a whole pool of new Ukrainian oligarchs from agriculture.

So now, without Kolomoisky, Vladimir Zelensky cannot pass a single decision in parliament. In the emotional and irrational desire of Zelensky to overthrow the self-appointed speaker of the Verkhovna Rada, Igor Kolomoisky helped the President of Ukraine and probably received his non-public preferences from the state in return.

In turn, MK sources claim that the demand to vote for Razumkov's resignation was the last straw that overflowed the cup of Rinat Akhmetov's patience. The deputies, who are associated with Akhmetov, formed the backbone of the former speaker's parliamentary interfactional association “Reasonable Politics”. Now Razumkov and his hypothetical party not only have solid ratings in the region of 8-10%, but have this support due to the fall in support of the Servant of the People party and the current president of Ukraine.

Two big Ukrainian oligarchs have made their opposite bets for 2022 are on and against President Zelensky.

It is worth taking a closer look at what starting positions both the Donetsk and Dnepropetrovsk armies are entering into a completely new fight for them.

Love and hatred for Akhmetov

Rinat Akhmetov controls 35% of Ukraine's GDP, he proudly calls himself an investor and does not like the word “oligarch” very much. He is distinguished by the ability to select the best management for his business and to fully trust the day-to-day management of companies to his directors. Akhmetov is credited with the phrase that in any business he is the stupidest, and the same former owner of the Industrial Union of Donbass, Sergei Taruta, is the smartest, and that is why their positions and incomes in the end are so different now.

< p>Akhmetov's companies Metinvest and DTEK control most of the Ukrainian metallurgy and thermal power generation. Last year for Rinat Akhmetov was super successful – prices for iron ore and metal soared up along with electricity, while the oligarch owns full technological chains – from coal and ore mining to coke production, and metal – he does not buy anything at increased prices. p>

Its numerous TPPs dictate the rules on the Ukrainian market, the exit of some power plants for scheduled repairs simply bring down the power system, and no one in the government really understands whether the power plant blocks need to be taken out of work or is this political pressure on Zelensky.

The energy crisis of the coming winter is the main problem of the current president of Ukraine. Thermal power plants of Akhmetov are the key link in the problem. They do not seem to have the necessary coal reserves, but at the same time large volumes of fuel, which are now being transported by sea to Ukraine, all belong to DTEK. Rinat Akhmetov clearly shows the inexperienced president of the actors that it is necessary to negotiate with such big businessmen as he, and not fight.

Is Vladimir Zelensky at war with Rinat Akhmetov? This is a huge question. All laws and anti-oligarchic rhetoric of the President of Ukraine are not supported by real content. Akhmetov's business has always been based on the exclusion of large international and Russian players from the outside through political influence on the Ukrainian market and control over prices for rail transportation, taxation and the work of the Antimonopoly Committee within the country.

The current increase in railway tariffs did not affect the increased revenues of Akhmetov's companies in any way, the Antimonopoly Committee still does not point out the monopoly position of the oligarch's business, and the new laws and Zelensky's loud statements about an increase in the “rent for the subsoil” ended in a big puff – next year Akhmetov's companies pay taxes even slightly less than this. The export of ore, one of the important items of the oligarch's income, did not receive the promised increased taxes.

Rinat Akhmetov. Photo: Komul

At the same time, Rinat Akhmetov's business lives and develops due to international lending – at the moment, the debt of the oligarch's companies is estimated at $ 6.5 billion. But even Zelensky's toothless anti-oligarchic law promises to create a kind of “register of oligarchs”, just getting into this register of Akhmetov will dramatically complicate servicing this debt.

One ill-considered empty statement by Vladimir Zelensky about an imminent coup d'etat, into which unknown participants are trying to drag Akhmetov, brought down the prices of Eurobonds of his companies by 11%! According to the President of Ukraine, the SBU could not even open a criminal case, it was based on a printout of private conversations of some three elderly retired Ministry of Internal Affairs from Crimea, and the shares of the largest Ukrainian companies have already fallen in price by billions.

There is no respect in this, the conflict has moved on to personal relationships. Rinat Akhmetov has invested decades and hundreds of millions of dollars in whitening his reputation, becoming a respected investor and president of a successful European football club; he simply cannot stomach his participation in coups d'etat.

For the first time in many years, Akhmetov made a public political statement in which he called the words of the Ukrainian president “nonsense”. The Donetsk oligarch is not only the largest player in the economy, his two TV channels, TRK Ukraina and Ukraine 24, are now the most popular in Ukraine, both in general and in the news segment. Savik Shuster's political show at the Ukraina TV and Radio Broadcasting Company is four times ahead of its competitors in terms of views.

All these men are now crushing the support of Vladimir Zelensky with incredible zeal, asking hundreds of uncomfortable questions for the authorities every day and giving a tribune to any opposition. Vladimir Zelensky's rating in December fell below 20% for the first time, but he is still the first on this list of candidates for the next term in the first seat in the country. Nobody understands yet how this fight between the first person and the first businessman of Ukraine will end.

Unsinkable Kolomoisky

And what about Kolomoisky? His channel 1 + 1 is just boycotted by the party “European Solidarity” of Petro Poroshenko, while the TV channel has dropped to 4th place in the national rating, and “New Years Quarter”, where Vladimir Zelensky and his wife and the head of the President's Office Andriy Yermak will appear, is unlikely to be in this year's main New Year's program.

For Igor Kolomoisky, there are no valuable assets and the concept of reputation – he can burn them at any time for the sake of more money. Its influence on Zelenskiy is difficult to overestimate and its boundaries are even more difficult to understand. Former head of the Office of President Zelensky Andriy Bogdan in a recent interview said that Kolomoisky was behind his resignation, who determined and now determines the fate of up to 50% of the posts of ministers of the Ukrainian government.

What does it convert to? Personal safety and money from public companies. In 2019, Kolomoisky's management entered the state-owned company Centrenergo. The current energy crisis and his handiwork – the company has no money, coal reserves for the winter, but has difficulties with international lending. It is precisely Kolomoisky who is credited with the slogan: “Only cowards pay debts!” In fact, more than 50% of Ukrnafta's shares belong to the state-owned Naftogaz, while Kolomoisky has slightly more than 40%, but the reality is that from all such state-owned companies, the income goes to the oligarch, and the losses remain to the state.

< p>Kolomoisky also has a private business, but for some reason he also enjoys state support. The funniest story with electricity. Ukraine does not have enough of it, and it buys from 700 to 1000 megawatts per day from Belarus. This energy is consumed by one Kolomoisky plant – the Zaporizhzhya Ferroalloy Plant – which is currently hosting the country's largest cryptocurrency mining farm.

But the main acquisition of Igor Kolomoisky from the president close to him is personal safety. The story with Privatbank, when the state was forced to nationalize the largest commercial bank in Ukraine in order to close the hole of $ 3.5 billion (a target loan of 100 billion hryvnia was given by the IMF), cannot be hushed up. It depends on Zelensky whether the state of Ukraine will actively behave in the courts against Kolomoisky. After all, the state-owned Privatbank, even under Poroshenko, initiated a case in the Chancellor Court of Delaware (USA) against Igor Kolomoisky and Gennady Bogolyubov, demanding compensation for losses in the amount of about $ 622.8 million, which, according to the bank, he suffered as a result of illegal actions of former owners

It also depends on Zelensky whether the oligarch will be extradited at the request of the American law enforcement system. The FBI has been investigating Kolomoisky for a long time.

Igor Kolomoisky has three passports – Israel, Cyprus and Ukraine. Israel and Cyprus have extradition agreements with the United States, but Ukraine does not. The United States imposed sanctions on Igor Kolomoisky, and Vladimir Zelensky does not even name his name once again. And Kolomoisky moved to Kiev from Israel in May 2019 – a few days before the inauguration of Volodymyr Zelensky.

Protecting the positions of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is also a personal matter of the oligarch Igor Kolomoisky. And it turns out that there are only two big Ukrainian oligarchs left, and their purely personal interests in relation to the authorities are opposite. The coming 2022 will not be boring in Kiev.


Zhugderdemidiin is on the air. What was shown on TV on New Year’s Eve 40 years ago?

Plot World history with Andrey Sidorchik

In the cartoon Winter in Prostokvashino, released in the mid-1980s, postman Pechkin said: “ In our time, the main decoration of the New Year's table is what? TV! '' Indeed, for Soviet citizens of that era, he was both entertainment and a window to the world.

The last year of the era

On December 31 and January 1, the TV in every Soviet apartment turned into a festive attribute, under which they cut salads, raised glasses of champagne, and danced, and suffered a headache after a stormy fabulous night of the change of years.

I must say that in the early 1980s, the majority of the population of the USSR had little choice. In the best case, one could count on two all-Union TV programs, as well as in some places on a local studio. But many could tune the TV set to only one program, which, accordingly, received 100% of the viewer's attention in the region.

But what exactly did Soviet citizens watch on New Year's holidays exactly 40 years ago? Thanks to the TV program on December 31, 1981 and January 1, 1982, we will take an excursion into the past.

Without knowing it, the Soviet people entered the last year of the era & mdash; & nbsp; at the end of 1982 will die < strong> Leonid Brezhnev , who led the state for 18 years. But that the most stable period in the history of the USSR is coming to an end & nbsp; and it will soon be remembered with nostalgia, then no one could have imagined.

Exercise and a film about astronauts

December 31 was a working day, and therefore the broadcast of the First TV Program of the USSR opened everyday with & mdash; & nbsp; repetition of the evening edition of the Vremya program. at 8:00. After the political information, the audience was offered a 25-minute morning gymnastics. There was not even a trace of aerobics: dressed in standard sports shorts and T-shirts, the comrades performed exercises to the accompaniment of a pianist. It all ended with the remark: “ Go to water procedures! ''

As a rule, this concerned either schoolchildren who had gone on winter holidays the day before, but pensioners & mdash; & nbsp; the rest were already on their own by nine o'clock in the morning. workplaces.

For those who stayed at home, at 9:05 am, a concert by the Snow Rainbow children's art groups awaited. At 9:35 am, viewers were offered documentaries about the flights of cosmonauts from the socialist countries. In 1981, there were two of those & mdash; & nbsp; in March at “ Soyuz-39 '' along with Vladimir Dzhanikbekov a representative of Mongolia Zhugderdemidiin Gurragcha went into orbit, and in May on Soyuz-40; Romanian Dumitru Dorin Prunariu flew with Leonid Popov .

Having received satisfaction from the successes of socialism in space exploration, the audience at 10:20 went to ballet. Swan Lake will become a symbol of coups d'état ten years later, and on December 31, 1981, another ballet of the Bolshoi Theater was shown & mdash; & nbsp; & quot; The Nutcracker & quot ;.

In the New Year & mdash; & nbsp; with academician Kapitsa!

< p> At 12:15 p.m., a program for youth “ Start to Life '' went on the air, followed by a 10-minute concert of the orchestra of symphonic and pop music, after which the “ film '' & nbsp; children '' was offered: a picture of the director Oleg Erishev “ The life and adventures of four friends. ''

Filmed in the 1980s, the tape about the adventures of the shepherd Fram, the Airedale Bubrik, the mongrel Toshka and the cat Traffic light was very popular at that time. Voice acting of dogs and cats with the voices of people before the appearance of the program “ My own director '' was a rarity that attracted attention.

At 15:15, a film-concert was shown with the participation of the State Choreographic Ensemble “ Berezka ''. This ensemble was a real brand of the Soviet Union along with ballet, circus and Aleksandrov choir. Birch She constantly toured abroad, and it was very difficult to get to the concert of the ensemble. So it was very nice to see him on TV on New Year's Eve.

At 4:45 pm, academician Sergey Petrovich Kapitsa , the most popular scientist in the country, on the Obvious & nbsp; Incredible told the citizens about the next scientific riddles. Speculation on topics like the “ Kyshtym dwarf '' or 'Dyatlov pass' Kapitsa could not stand the spirit, being engaged in the real popularization of science. For this reason, in the 1990s, from Channel One he was asked. Sergei Petrovich himself spoke about it in an interview like this: “ Channel One '' demanded that, firstly, I smash Soviet science and, secondly, do not object to any & nbsp; pseudoscience. I refused categorically. Then I was kicked out of there … What political attitudes they had can be seen from the results of their activities. This is an intellectual defeat of Russia. Otherwise, I could not characterize their activities. ''

At the end of 1981, no one could imagine such a turn in a nightmare …

Children's drawings and a meeting with the world champion

At 17:50, the 40-minute Winter's Tale concert went on the air.

At 6:30 pm, it was time to broadcast “ In every picture there is & nbsp; sun. '' During it, children’s drawings sent to television were shown and excerpts from their letters were read. At the present time, everything was incredibly simple and naive: no struggle for prizes, no attempts to get ahead of someone. Just pictures of the guys, created from the heart.

At 18:45, when citizens returning from work rushed to conjure over jellied meat, salads and herring “ under a fur coat '', the Today in the World program began. The 25-minute review talked about how great the socialist countries live and how disgusting the animal grin of capital is. 40 years later, we can say that the observers embellished life under socialism, but they spoke the pure truth about capitalism.

At 19:10, the New Year's Eve continued with a meeting with the world chess champion Anatoly Karpov … In November 1981 in Italian Merano Karpov he confidently defeated Viktor Korchnoi & mdash; & nbsp; 6: 2, retaining the champion crown. At that time, this success in the USSR was considered significant, so the appearance of Karpov on New Year's air was absolutely justified.

Forty years ago, they also loved the “ figurine ''

At 19:50, they demonstrated a concert of the country's artistic groups called “ My Motherland. '' The short film Zigzag aired at 20:35 directed by Valery Fedoseev . A small New Year's fairy tale for adults with the participation of Natalia Saiko, Vladimir Grammatikov and Valentina Telichkina , of course, she could not interrupt the success of Irony of Fate, but she gathered her viewer.

At 21:00 the New Year's release of the Vremya program began. It told about the achievements of the country for the year, about how and where they celebrate the New Year. And in general, due to the holiday, there was less officialdom in the main news program of the USSR.

At 9:35 p.m., the “ Fun Cartoon Concert '' was shown, followed by the “ Ice Ball '' with the participation of figure skating masters. It is interesting that the tastes of the public over four decades in this regard have not changed & mdash; & nbsp; both then and now figure skating in our country was on a special account.

At 11:10 pm, the half-hour performance of the circus masters began, and at 11:40 pm the documentary “ My Country ''. It reflected the main events that took place in the USSR in 1981.

Instead of Brezhnev, the announcer Kirillov congratulated, and the most persistent waited for the “ forbidden ''

At 11:50 pm, it was time for a program called Happy New Year, Comrades! Congratulations to the Soviet people. The announcer Igor Kirillov was instructed to read the text, since Leonid Ilyich's physical form left much to be desired.

After the Chimes died down and the glasses of champagne rang out, the Blue Light began. featuring the best artists of the country.

For most of the three and a half hour show, the holiday was over. The stronger ones joined the Ballroom at 3:30, and the sweetest was served at 4:00, called Bandstand Melodies and Rhythms. At the end of New Year's Eve, semi-banned Western pop music was allowed on the air, and then those who still had the strength to start a complete separation.

New Year's morning to the ensemble of cymbalists

It is clear that only children and staunch teetotalers could see the morning broadcast on January 1, 1982. After the morning news at 8:00, everyone could listen to a concert by the ensemble of cymbalists of the Belarusian State Conservatory.

At 8:50, children who were driven away by sleeping parents could dispel boredom with the movie almanac Zvezdochka. Then, after the half-hour documentary film “ Vyatskiye Vyatki '', there was a program of cartoons.

At 10:55, the children's programs were diluted with the concert “ Creativity of the Nations of the World '', and then the incredibly popular program in the USSR began “ Visiting a Fairy Tale ''. True, the film “ Nemukhin Musicians '' director Maria Muat , shown on New Year's Eve 40 years ago, today, alas, few people remember.

At 13:00, the exemplary brass band of the USSR Ministry of Railways was brought down on the honking heads of the celebrants … After 20 minutes, the air was broadcast to Cuban television, which for an hour was vigorously celebrating the 23rd anniversary of the victory of the Cuban Revolution.

'Carnival Night' and 'Song of the Year'

At 2:20 pm it was time for poetry. Poems by Russian and Soviet poets were combined into the Winter Study program. At 14:50, the Soviet citizens finally awakened were delighted with a concert by the laureates of the IV International Ballet Competition in Moscow.

Contrary to current ideas, “ Irony of Fate '' then they didn't show it every year. But another comedy by Eldar Ryazanov appeared on the air & mdash; & nbsp; at 15:50, the broadcast of Carnival Night began.

At 17:05, viewers could see the Soviet Union through the eyes of foreign guests, and then the film-concert With a Kind Smile.

At 18:15, the second came out after Blue Light. hit of the Soviet New Year holidays & mdash; & nbsp; “ Song of the Year ''. In this case, respectively, “ Song-81 ''. On January 1, 1982, viewers could hear “ Parents' House '' performed by Lev Leshchenko , “ The Bird of Happiness ''; Nikolai Hnatyuk , “ Maestro '' from Alla Pugacheva , “ I live with my grandmother '' performed by VIA “ Verasy '' and much more.

Premiere with heart-beating Kostalevsky

After the release of the program “ Time '' Soviet TV presented the premiere of & mdash; & nbsp; a two-part film directed by Viktor Titov “ Vacation at your own expense. '' In this Soviet-Hungarian film, the favorite of Soviet women Igor Kostalevsky appeared in the form of a narcissistic handsome man who neglects the feelings of an ardent provincial woman, ready to do the impossible for him.

As a result, the Hungarian becomes the true knight of the girl Katya. Laszlo, who comes for her to distant Vekhneyarsk.

The film with the participation of Alexander Shirvindt, Lyudmila Gurchenko, Vladimir Basov, Liya Akhedzhakova, Igor Yasulovich is still popular among the older and middle generation of Russians.

New Year's holidays in the USSR were short & mdash; & nbsp; On January 2, severe weekdays began with exercises under the piano.


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He ran away to Lukashenka. Polish soldier asked for asylum in Belarus

The Polish-Belarusian confrontation on the & nbsp; border, associated with the & nbsp; migration crisis, has received a new, rather unexpected turn. A soldier of the Polish army from the & nbsp; number of the contingent involved in & nbsp; strengthening the border guard from & nbsp; migrants went over to & nbsp; the Belarusian side.

“A soldier was stopped in the & nbsp; border strip”

& laquo; On December 16 & nbsp; at & nbsp; 17: 50 near the Belarusian-Polish border at the & nbsp; section of the Tushemlya frontier post of the Grodno border group, a Belarusian border guard in the & nbsp; border strip stopped a serviceman of the Polish Armed Forces Chechko Emil Born in 1996, & nbsp; & mdash; said in the & nbsp; message posted on the & nbsp; official website of the State Border Committee of the Republic of Belarus, & nbsp; & mdash; The man said that he was a serviceman of the 11 & nbsp; Mazurian Artillery Regiment of the 16 & nbsp; Pomeranian Mechanized Division named after King Casimir, parts of which were transferred to ensure the protection of the border with & nbsp; Belarus during & nbsp; the period of the state of emergency on & nbsp; border territories of Poland. In & nbsp; in connection with & nbsp; disagreement with & nbsp; the policy of Poland regarding the migration crisis and & nbsp; practice of inhumane treatment of refugees, the soldier asked for political asylum in the & nbsp; Republic of Belarus & raquo ;.

The headquarters of the 16th mechanized division of the Troops & nbsp; the city of Olsztyn in the north of Poland. The & nbsp; composition of the division includes the 16th command battalion, 9th armored cavalry brigade, 15th and & nbsp; 20th mechanized brigades, 15th air defense regiment, 16th rear regiment, and & nbsp; also 11th artillery regiment, in & nbsp ; which and & nbsp; served Emil Chechko.

The regiment's permanent base is the settlement of Vengorzhevo & nbsp; & mdash; a popular city with & nbsp; tourists not far from the & nbsp; border with & nbsp; Kaliningrad region of Russia. The artillery unit entered the & nbsp; number of forces that the Polish command used in & nbsp; operations against migrants on the & nbsp; border with & nbsp; Belarus.

'No serviceman was detected'

Journalist of the TV channel “ Belarus & nbsp; 1 '' Ksenia Lebedeva published a photo taken during an interview with a serviceman. “ I talked to & nbsp; Emil. Wait for exclusive & raquo;, & nbsp; & mdash; She reported.

In & nbsp; within a few hours after the State Border Committee of the Republic of Belarus officially announced the & nbsp; transition of a Polish serviceman to the & nbsp; territory of the country and & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; his appeal on & nbsp; about granting political asylum, the Ministry of Defense of Poland kept silence.

The headquarters of the 16th mechanized division had to take the rap. Initially, a message appeared on Twitter of the unit about the & nbsp; death of a soldier of the 11th Artillery Regiment, which was then hastily removed.

Then they published a message, which they adhere to and & nbsp; now: “ While completing tasks on the & nbsp; border, the absence of a soldier of the 16th mechanized division was discovered. Immediately, a large-scale search operation was undertaken, & nbsp; which involved the military and & nbsp; all operating at the & nbsp; border of the service. The investigation continues. '' Media information about & nbsp; alleged escape of a soldier in & nbsp; Belarus & raquo;, & nbsp; & mdash; said in the & nbsp; statement.

Escape from under the minister's nose

It looked rather ridiculous against the & nbsp; background of a photo published by a Belarusian journalist with a & nbsp; soldier, and & nbsp; also the words about & nbsp; that the defector had already given an interview. But, obviously, official Warsaw now needs time to work out a line of conduct in the & nbsp; current situation.

It is known that Chechko is not a rookie. Judging by & nbsp; his dated photographs, he & nbsp; served in the & nbsp; Polish Army for no less than two years.

Polish edition “ Gazeta Wyborcza '' writes: “ The escape took place almost at & nbsp; the same time when Minister of National Defense Mariusz Blaszczak was in & nbsp; Sokolka, about & nbsp; ten kilometers from & nbsp; the Polish-Belarusian border. In the & nbsp; area of ​​the famous local sanctuary, he handed over new command vehicles to the 16th division. ''

That & nbsp; is actually a Polish soldier left literally from under the nose of his own Minister of Defense. It is now incredibly difficult to hold a blow to the Polish security forces who spoke about the & nbsp; unity of the ranks against the & nbsp; background of the “ hybrid aggression of Belarus and & nbsp; Russia ''. Because of this and & nbsp; there is a denial of the obvious.

The account of the Polish Ministry of Defense quotes the words of the commander of the 16th division, General Krzysztowa Radomski: “ I do not & nbsp; confirm information about & nbsp; that a soldier escaped. ''

“They just don't & nbsp; want to admit that the soldier escaped”

However, it was not possible to avoid recognizing the obvious. RMF24 & nbsp; reported: “ The soldier left his pistol in the & nbsp; unit. Then he & nbsp; went over to the & nbsp; Belarusian side and & nbsp; was detained in the & nbsp; border strip. Co-workers described the fugitive as problematic. He had a few days before the & nbsp; end of his service.

Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak, who came to & nbsp; after the first shock, wrote on the & nbsp; social network: & nbsp; the soldier who disappeared yesterday had serious problems with & nbsp; the law, and & nbsp; he & nbsp; filed an application for & nbsp; dismissal from the army. & Nbsp; It was & nbsp; was mistakenly directed to the & nbsp; service on the & nbsp; border. I & nbsp; already demanded an explanation of who is to blame. ''

“ I & nbsp; deserted through the barbed wire, tore my pants and & nbsp; hurt my hand, & nbsp; & mdash; told in the meantime on the & nbsp; air of the TV channel & bdquo; Belarus & nbsp; 1 & ldquo; Emil Chechko himself, & nbsp; & mdash; They just don't & nbsp; want to admit that the soldier has escaped. The only thing in & nbsp; their & nbsp; powers & nbsp; & mdash; to make & nbsp; me the worst person, to tell that I & nbsp; created problems. ” p>

'Was under the influence of marijuana'

Realizing that Chechko's revelations could have devastating consequences for the ruling Law and Justice party in & nbsp; Poland, the official Warsaw began to publish information that should prove that a soldier of the Polish Army & nbsp; & mdash; standing on the border & nbsp; just a criminal.

“Gazeta Vyborcha” reports: “ According to & nbsp; unofficial information, this serviceman was arrested on & nbsp; last Saturday in & nbsp; Gizhytsko for & nbsp; drunk driving, & nbsp; he had almost 1.5 ppm and & nbsp; he was under the influence of marijuana. After this event, he & nbsp; returned to & nbsp; service on the & nbsp; Polish-Belarusian border.

How is this possible, you ask? But & nbsp; is not the & nbsp; limit & nbsp; & mdash; the panicked Polish minister Blaszczak wrote that Chechko … resigned from the & nbsp; army. How does all this fit with & nbsp; data published by the Polish security forces earlier? Yes & nbsp; no way. In the & nbsp; conditions of the prevailing panic, it is impossible to save face from the officials and & nbsp; generals.

“ Lukashenko beats Blaszczak as a 3-year-old child ''

Meanwhile, the Poles are actively discussing what happened in social networks:

“ The boy was too decent to take part in & nbsp; criminal activities & nbsp; Rights & & nbsp; Justice & quot;

He & nbsp; chose an easier mode '

' Super! I 'admire courage'

'Lukashenko beats Blashchak as a 3-year-old child'

'Our party is following the right line'

'Oh. Cool. Understand. But & nbsp; why in & nbsp; Belarus? & Raquo;

It's too early to put an end to this story. Surely from both sides we will & nbsp; hear a lot more interesting things.


Turnstile tear through TV debut on Seth Meyers

Turnstile tear through TV debut on Seth Meyers
The punk fusion band played “Mystery” and “T.L.C. (Turnstile Love Connection)” from their August 2021 album, Glow On.

By Raphael Helfand

December 16, 2021

Turnstile made their TV debut last night, performing “Mystery” and “T.L.C. (Turnstile Love Connection)” on Late Night With Seth Meyers. “Mystery” is the opener of their third studio LP — and our 14th favorite album of 2021 — August’s Glow On. “T.L.C.” is from later on the album. Lead singer Brendan Yates spoke to The FADER about the isolation that inspired the record shortly after its release. And last month, the Baltimore band announced the Turnstile Love Connection North American tour, which kicks off on the west coast in February.


Formed in 2010, Turnstile has long been a cult favorite, beloved especially by younger hardcore heads for bringing an omnivorous sonic palate and a refreshingly un-self-serious energy to the form. Most fans did not have a late-night television appearance on the band’s 2021 bingo card, but Glow On launched them into mainstream awareness, allowing them to bring their riveting live show to the public eye.

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On Seth Meyers, they tear through the two tracks in 30 seconds less than their combined run time on the album, never stopping for a moment to catch their collective breath. Watch the set above and view Turnstile’s upcoming tour dates below.


The Turnstile Love Connection Tour 2022

2/23 – San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom
2/24 – Los Angeles, CA – The Novo
4/26 – Englewood, CO – Gothic Theatre
4/27 – Salt Lake City, UT – Soundwell
4/29 – Vancouver, BC – The Rickshaw Theatre
4/30 – Seattle, WA – The Showbox
5/2 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
5/4 – Albuquerque, NM – El Rey Theatre
5/6 – Austin, TX – Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater
5/7 – Dallas, TX – Amplified Live
5/9 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
5/10 – Nashville, TN – Brooklyn Bowl
5/12 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
5/13 – Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theater
5/14 – Lawrence, KS – The Granada Theater**
5/17 – Detroit, MI – Majestic Theatre
5/18 – Cleveland, OH – Agora Theatre
5/19 – Toronto, ON – The Phoenix Concert Theatre
5/21 – Worcester, MA – Palladium
5/23 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel
5/24 – Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore Philadelphia
5/26 – Washington, DC- 9:30 Club

**No Ceremony


Leadership responsibility. Experts on the role of influencers in solving social problems

December 3 at the site of the International Forum of Civil Participation #MYVMESTE “ Russian Media Group '' held a plenary session on Popularity as a Tool for Solving Social Problems. It became part of the holding's partnership with the # WEVMESTE All-Russian Mutual Aid Campaign.

# WEVMESTE & ndash; This is a large-scale all-Russian action of mutual assistance, created to support the elderly and people with limited mobility, as well as doctors, employees of social institutions of NGOs and others in need of the difficult period of the COVID-19 pandemic. Russian Media Group, for which the ESG agenda and the topic of social responsibility became key in 2021, actively joined the project.

In the plenary session held by the Russian Media Group singer, TV presenter Anna Sedokova, Soviet and Russian TV journalist Alexander Gurnov, general director of VTsIOM Valery Fedorov, radio and TV presenter Alla Dovlatova, general director of the ANO Center for the Development of Cultural Initiatives, head of the Tavrida art cluster Sergey Pershin, director of new business development, Sbermarketing Gabriel Gordeev, actress and TV presenter Elena Borshcheva. The discussion was moderated by the Managing Director of the Russian Media Group. Dmitry Mednikov. & nbsp;

Understanding its social responsibility as a media, Russian Media Group actively raises the topic of the role of opinion leaders in the formation of public culture and worldview of the audience.

The panellists discussed the nature of popularity, what responsibility it imposes on opinion leaders, and how much the structure of influencer has changed in connection with the emergence of social networks.

“ Why do we imitate celebrities, listen to them? & ndash; the discussion was opened by VTsIOM General Director Valery Fedorov … & ndash; A person wants to be loved and successful. And the attractive images of the people we see on the screens show us those who have succeeded, who have independence, their own opinion. And the audience has a desire to repeat the actions of celebrities, the romanticization of these actions. In addition, influencers & ndash; they are living real people, not abstract institutions, and this inspires confidence. And we are faced with the question: how to include celebrity in socially useful affairs? ''

Influence of influencers on youth

As Valery Fedorov noted, many people try to become an opinion maker for the sake of monetization, which, however, turns influencer into a marketable product and creates the risk of devaluation of their personal brand. The need to restore the image of independence and independence – the first incentive for a leader of public opinion to do good deeds. & nbsp;

The General Director of VTsIOM also spoke about the important role of influencers in initiating an intense discussion about new complex phenomena, to which society does not have an unambiguous attitude.

“ In England, the monarchy personifies integrity, & ndash; told about the example of Britain Soviet and Russian TV journalist Alexander Gurnov. & nbsp; & ndash; They will go to fight for her, she is a symbol of the country's inviolability. And influence through trust is more important than influence through noise, hype. And to gain trust & ndash; the main thing is not to lie. “

” Our traditions are very rich, but there are problems with ethics and aesthetics, ” took the floor general & nbsp; director of ANO “ Center for the Development of Cultural Initiatives '', head of the art cluster “ Tavrida '' Sergey Pershin. & ndash; There is something in us that makes us follow the principles of the international. Destroy to the ground and build a new world on the rubble. But this leads to zeroing, mangles ethics and aesthetics. And a great responsibility lies with public people, who must find the time to broadcast certain values ​​and attitudes. ''

“ In Tavrida '' now the largest cluster for creative youth is being created, & ndash; told the managing director of the Russian Media Group Dmitry Mednikov … & ndash; Everything that we are discussing now is concentrated there. And next year we are planning to hold our largest “ Music Casting '' there.

“ If you are endowed with such a responsibility as popularity, you have to think every day if you are doing everything right, & ndash; the presenter of “ Russian Radio '' shared her look Alla Dovlatova . & ndash; As Vyacheslav Fetisov said : if your poster is hanging in a child's room, no negative about you should come out into the public space. Yes, today young guys respect someone who earns a lot and looks for positive traits in him, he gets a credit of trust. We can probably guide our children. But young people want to see not a system of prohibitions, but a system of reward. ''

“Children choose for themselves what they like and what & ndash; no. And they can figure it out without our help, & ndash; singer Anna Sedokova agreed with the radio host . & ndash; Social media is of enormous importance today. When I was growing up, in order to show the song to the producer, I had to go to Moscow and watch the Kremlin. And now, when Valeria has a new song, you play it on the piano, mark Valeria & ndash; and if you are talented, Joseph Prigogine sees you. Modern digitalization has reduced the distance. ” The radio host and the singer hugged in a gesture of reconciliation, reminding the audience of the importance of weighing every word when you are a public person.

“ The audience loves you or does not love you, but treats you as a kind of trigger when it is necessary to make a decision , for example to buy something, & ndash; says Director of New Business Development Sbermarketing Gabriel Gordeev. & ndash; You need to understand that any of your words in social networks work for a long time and can “ backfire '' and after 10 years. ''
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Can a lie detector be tricked? Everything you didn’t know about the polygraph spoke with forensic expert, polygraph examiner Dmitry Zinoviev and found out what kind of people turn to the help of a lie detector, and whether it is possible to deceive him.

Nadezhda Uvarova, AIF: Dmitry, who are they & mdash; your clients? & nbsp;

Dmitry Zinoviev: & nbsp; For research using a polygraph, investigating authorities and courts apply to & ndash; those whose competence is to establish truth and justice. And also employers who need to either select and screen candidates for the position, or conduct an internal investigation of significant events: theft, malpractice, disclosure of confidential information. Basically & nbsp; checks for the presence of various kinds of addictions, involvement in some types of crimes. Ordinary people also come when they select personnel to work in the house, on suspicion of adultery. Or if a child over 14 years of age is suspected of having addictions. Also, a polygraph may be required when entering military service.

It is important to say here that voluntary consent to verification is mandatory. Without this consent, the polygraph procedure will not be carried out. Also, you cannot carry out the procedure in relation to children under & nbsp; 14 years old, people with mental illness or disorders, with cardiovascular or respiratory diseases in the acute stage, as well as pregnant women.

For each call & mdash; & nbsp; history, which is to be clarified using the results of the polygraph examiner's work. Somewhere big money and the company's success are at stake, somewhere personal safety and comfort. But & nbsp; in general & nbsp; at the center is always human life.

& mdash; & nbsp; Does the detector have one hundred percent correct result?

& mdash; & nbsp; Science claims : The accuracy of the result ranges from 85% to 95%. Obviously, the results of a polygraph are more accurate than checking a job seeker or household helper using his natal chart or horoscope of the zodiac sign.

& mdash; & nbsp; How is the testing process going? Like on TV, fast and easy?

& mdash; & nbsp; Each research begins with a stage called the pre-test conversation. We establish contact, adapt the subject to the environment, clarify the person's condition and explain the testing procedure and rules. If a person agrees to be tested, then we talk about biography, health, hobbies, recall the topic of the research (what questions will be asked about). This conversation helps to relieve tension, relieve feelings of fear. After that, the polygraph examiner discusses the topics of the questions with the expert so that they are understandable and do not cause unexpected reactions: anger, surprise, misunderstanding. Then the specialist explains the procedure itself: during the polygraph test, all questions are asked only after a preliminary discussion; tests are voiced several times (from 3 to 5), the questions will be the same, but in a different order. Usually, during testing, several tests are presented, consisting of 5-15 questions, and all of them are discussed in advance with the subject. Then, instructions are given on the procedure for conducting polygraph testing, the polygraph examiner installs the sensors on the body and presents an introductory test, the questions of which were previously discussed. They must be answered clearly: yes or no. After each test, a break is taken for 1 to 2 minutes. During the test, the subject should get comfortable, sit quietly. A break is announced to satisfy natural needs so as not to overwork the person and not distort his reactions for the polygraph.

The entire testing procedure takes place using audio and video recording. This is necessary to record the study and its results. & Nbsp;

& mdash; How long does the testing process take?

& mdash; The optimal duration of the procedure is from 2 to 4 hours, on average about 2.5 hours.

If the research concerns a large volume of tasks, then it is carried out in stages on different days. The ideal conditions for polygraph testing are considered to be the morning after quality sleep and a light breakfast of the subject.

& mdash; & nbsp; How much does the service cost for the customer?

& mdash; & nbsp ; The cost of the study varies depending on the tasks: their number, volume, as well as the status of the polygraph examiner & mdash; & nbsp; expert or specialist. On average, research costs about 30,000 rubles.

& mdash; & nbsp; Which tests are the most difficult for you?

& mdash; & nbsp; The worst category of cases & mdash; & nbsp; cases of child abuse. But fear is replaced by a desire to help the investigating authorities and the court to sort out this case and find the truth. It is also difficult to seek the truth when people, after a while, change their testimony to the opposite. And here polygraph testing comes to the rescue, which can be combined with psychological and linguistic research. After one of these studies, my colleagues and I saw an expert on one of the TV shows, where he tried to prove that he had slandered an acquaintance who had been convicted of a crime. Although the research carried out indicated the involvement of the convicted person in the crime.

& mdash; & nbsp; Were there any funny stories?

& mdash; & nbsp; From a curious, I recall the following case: a woman asked for a polygraph test, whose husband found a video on a famous porn site allegedly with her participation in the interior of their apartment. In the video, the woman's face was not visible, only her body with her partner. But the curbstone in the corner and the color of the walls of the room in which the action took place became a reinforced concrete argument for the husband of the customer. The woman could not independently convince her husband of her innocence, and our experts in video technical expertise could not convince him either. Therefore, she applied for a polygraph test and was able to prove to her husband that the porn actress was not her. We do not know how their family life developed, but they left us holding hands.

Quite often, polygraph examiners are asked to investigate thefts. And sometimes it is enough for the security service of an organization to get our consent to research in order to uncover a whole chain of thefts: people themselves tell the truth, knowing that it will be revealed anyway. In this way, we have helped several businesses preserve their money and reputation.

I remember a case related to the investigation of the disappearance of a pet. The family was very worried that their dear dog was gone. Therefore, all family members were ready to undergo a polygraph. As a result, it turned out that the grandmother of the family knew about the disappearance of the pet. Subsequently, the customers said that they found the dog in one of the dog shelters.

& mdash; & nbsp; Are the subjects deceiving?

& mdash; & nbsp; I am always impressed by the dissonance of appearance and personality. For example, a person is being interviewed for an important position in a large company. Looks pretty decent, well-groomed. And during the study it turns out that he has long been addicted to alcohol or drugs. With this addiction, the interview does not end in his favor. It's always sad that addictions are destroying someone's dream.

There was one story that our company calls the Button Puncture. A large corporation was looking for a top manager. During the interview, the polygraph examiner had to ask questions from the HR department. But, as expected, control questions are asked first, to which the answer is known, in order to calibrate the equipment and set control points. At this moment, the polygraph recorded absolutely inadequate reactions. At first I thought it was a hardware problem, but some of the answers were fixing as they should & nbsp; under standard procedure. Then I asked the question head-on, is the candidate trying to deceive us by using an object that causes pain? And he explained: if he decided to use a movie trick such as a button in a boot under the heel, then without practice it will not work. To deceive, you need control of pain, pulse, knowledge of how to apply pressure, so that the polygraph would consider it a normal reaction, and most importantly – & mdash; repeated workouts, where every mistake is recorded, and then the person tries again and again. As a result, & nbsp; the subject gave a really honest answer: “ Yes, this is a button, sorry, in the movies it seemed easier than it really is. '' He did not receive the position. Although, as the employee of the company who was present at the interview later admitted, this candidate was one of the best. And if not for an attempt at deception, he had every chance. Since then, the “ Puncture on the button '' makes you smile.

& mdash; & nbsp; Dmitry, how widespread is the use of a polygraph in our country?

& mdash; & nbsp; The use of a polygraph is most common in operational-search work, during which the main circumstances of crimes are established. Courts also often turn to such studies in case of conflicting evidence or suspicions of a slander, the compulsion of this testimony. I think that the practice of using polygraph research will expand along with the growth of confidence in such examinations.

& mdash; & nbsp; Do courts accept the assessment of a polygraph examination as evidence?

& mdash; & nbsp; Courts certainly accept the opinions of polygraph examiners as admissible evidence.

However, you need to understand that in the course of the trial, the body of evidence is assessed. That is, it is extremely rare that everything happens like in a movie: a court participant came, slammed on the table with the conclusion of a polygraph examiner, and that's it, the course of the case turned upside down.

& mdash; & nbsp; So is it possible to deceive lie detector?

& mdash; & nbsp; The device itself cannot be deceived, but it is quite possible to try to deceive a specialist. It should be understood that psychophysiological studies using a polygraph have been carried out for a long time, therefore all methods of counteraction (this is how they are methodically called) are described in the methodological literature. The effectiveness of methods to deceive a polygraph depends on many factors: on the technique used by the polygraph examiner, the personal qualities of the subject, the qualifications of the specialist.

There are mental (self-hypnosis, thought transfer), physical (muscle contraction, changes in breathing), physiological (lack of sleep, physical activity before the study), pharmacological ways of counteracting the PFI procedure (psychophysiological studies). All these methods are ineffective against most proven research methods and are always detected by experienced polygraph examiners. Therefore, I believe that it is almost impossible to deceive a qualified polygraph examiner and distort the results of a polygraph test.

& mdash; & nbsp; Where do they study to be a polygraph examiner?

& mdash; & nbsp; Basically & nbsp; become polygraph examiners after professional retraining. This specialized knowledge can be acquired in a variety of institutions, from departmental to private. After completing the training, the future polygraph examiner can receive a specialty bearing different names, but of the same content & mdash; a specialist in the field of application of methods of applied psychophysiology in order to assess the reliability of information provided by a person. And the expert specialty necessary for the production of forensic examinations is called “ Psychophysiological research in relation to a person using a polygraph. '' Also, a polygraph examiner can be awarded the qualification “ Forensic expert for conducting psychophysiological research using a polygraph. ''


Jadakiss Told Naomi Asaka He Wants A Collaboration With Cordae

Jada Kiss says he wants to collaborate with Cordae.

Could a generation-crossover hip-hop track be in the cards for Cordae and Jadakiss? While there is no solid answer to that question just yet, Jada seized the opportunity to put his wishes out there when he ran into tennis superstar and Cordae’s current girlfriend Naomi Osaka recently. As he exited the building, the seasoned rapper showered Osaka with compliments and asked her to pass on a message for him.

“You’re incredible. I love you,” Jadakiss told Naomi. “Let Cordae know that he gotta get one with Kiss for my bucket list,” he added. The tennis star smiled at the rapper and thanked him for his compliment but made no promises to deliver his request. Of course, by now, the video clip that was shared by DJ Akademiks and has been making the rounds online has a greater chance of being seen by Cordae firsthand, allowing him to respond if he is so inclined.

Cordae is having an incredible run as a young artist in his early career. The former YBN rapper has notably gained recognition from some of the most famous rap veterans still in the game, including Eminem and Lil Wayne. His freshman studio album Lost Boy was released by Atlantic Records and Art@War in 2019 and was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Rap Album.

It also spawned his hit song “Bad Idea,” which was nominated for Best Rap Song. Later in 2020, the rapper earned his first No. 1 hit with “Gifted” featuring Roddy Ricch, and the following year he made his TV show debut in The CW network’s TV drama All American.

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Though the interaction between Jadakiss and Naomi Osaka was kept short, it was enough to get fans buzzing online about the possible collaboration between the two Grammy-nominated rappers. Cordae has mentioned on a few occasions that he can be instrumental in bridging the generational gap in old and new school hip-hop due to his understanding of both and his musical background. Already Cordae has collaborated with the likes of Nas, Eminem, Busta Rhymes, and more. Could Jadakiss be next on that list?

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McFly – Room On The Third Floor Lyrics

Room on the third floor
Not what we asked for
I’m not tired enough to sleep
One bed is broken,
Next room is smoking,
Air conditioning’s stuck on heat.
Outside it’s raining,
Hear the guest upstairs complaining bout the room that’s got the TV too loud,
‘Cos its times like these remind me
That I gotta keep my feet on the ground

Wake up early
Round 7:30
Housekeeping knocking on my door
Do not disturb sign
The back of her mind
I must’ve left it on the floor

My eyes are hurting
The cheap nylon curtains
Let the sunlight creep in through from the clouds

Cos at times like these remind me
That I gotta keep my feet on the ground

Na na na na
Na na na naaaa
Na na na na
Na na na naaa

‘Cos its times like these remind me
‘Cos its times like these remind me
‘Cos its times like these remind me
That I gotta keep my feet on the ground

Na na na na
Na na na naaa
Na na na na
Na na na naaa

‘Cos its times like these remind me
(Times like these remind me)
‘Cos its times like these remind me
(Times like these remind me)
Cos its times like these remind me
That I gotta keep my feet on the ground

Roger Waters – Is This The Life We Really Want? Lyrics

So, as an example, you’re CNN
I mean it’s story, after story, after story is bad
I won, I won
And the other thing, chaos, there’s zero chaos
We are running, this is a fine-tuned mach

The goose has gotten fat
On caviar in fancy bars
And subprime loans
And broken homes
Is this the life, the holy grail?
It’s not enough that we succeed
We still need others to fail

Fear, fear drives the mills of modern man
Fear keeps us all in line
Fear of all those foreigners
Fear of all their crimes
Is this the life we really want? (want, want, want, want)
It surely must be so
For this is a democracy and what we all say goes

And every time a student is run over by a tank
And every time a pirate’s dog is forced to walk the plank
Every time a Russian bride is advertised for sale
And every time a journalist is left to rot in jail
Every time a young girl’s life is casually spent
And every time a nincompoop becomes the president
Every time somebody dies reaching for their keys

And every time that Greenland falls in the f*cking sea is because
All of us, the blacks and whites
Chicanos, Asians, every type of ethnic group
Even folks from Guadeloupe, the old, the young
Toothless hags, super models, actors, fags, bleeding hearts
Football stars, men in bars, washerwomen, tailors, tarts
Grandmas, grandpas, uncles, aunts
Friends, relations, homeless tramps
Clerics, truckers, cleaning ladies
Ants, maybe not ants
Why not ants?
Well because it’s true
The ants don’t have enough IQ to differentiate between
The pain that other people feel
And well, for instance, cutting leaves
Or crawling across windowsills in search of open treacle tins
So, like the ants, are we just dumb?
Is that why we don’t feel or see?
Or are we all just numbed out on reality TV?

So, every time the curtain falls
Every time the curtain falls on some forgotten life
It is because we all stood by, silent and indifferent
It’s normal

Baby Keem & Kendrick Lamar – ​range brothers Lyrics

[Part I]

[Verse: Baby Keem]
Bad bitch, pardon me, I say, “What’s up?”
Educated, so I put her in the cut
I need a girlfriend, I need a girlfriend
Two hoes and I think I did too much
I got two phones and I don’t know who to trust
I need a girlfriend, I need a girlfriend
Bet that girlfriend lonely, introduce her to my humor
It’s a lot of bitches that they sent home in their Uber
Uh, high-profile niggas in my circle dodgin’ rumors
I been tucked away dodgin’ bless, duckin’ maneuvers

[Part II]

[Chorus: Baby Keem]
Huh? Okay, you say you not ready
Okay, okay, comin’ in heavy
Okay, they ain’t in shape, I’m petty, okay, okay
Okay, y’all be on E, un-leady
Okay, okay, hold the confetti
Okay, okay, you say you not ready

[Post-Chorus: Baby Keem]
They wanna bite the hand that try to feed them prudes
You cannot hidе behind the shades, I see right through it
You ain’t stand up on your word, thеn you’s a fool
They’re not, chea, they’re not, chea, they’re not bool

[Verse 1: Baby Keem]
I be wanna see me whole gang on TV, pg my Rollie
Turnin’ out tops and the tall bitches, that remind me of the old days
Sneakin’ in hoes with the backstage pass
What they all in, huh, for the poet? Huh?
I’m a young poetin’ nigga, I just go at it, nigga
I’m a whore at it, nigga
You could ask my mama, we poetic, nigga
I was raised in the projects, we could go at it, nigga
I can’t waste no time on a co-edded, nigga
Bro-code, me an’ Dad count through seven figures
Raised around bottles and dope fiends
On a high since the day I turned sixteen
747, I’m starin’ at plane wings
Prayin’ the Lord’s seen, Grandma prayin’ for me (Ayy)

[Chorus: Baby Keem]
Huh? Okay, you say you not ready
Okay, okay, comin’ in heavy
Okay, they ain’t in shape, I’m petty, okay, okay
Okay, y’all be on E, un-leady
Okay, okay, hold the confetti
Okay, okay, just say you not ready

[Post-Chorus: Baby Keem]
They wanna bite the hand that try to feed them prudes
You cannot hide behind the shades, I see right through it
You ain’t stand up on your word, then you’s a fool
They’re not, chea, they’re not, chea, they’re not bool

[Verse 2: Kendrick Lamar & Baby Keem]
Everybody wanna be great but the work don’t relate him to life
Be mistakin’ the truth, nigga
I remember bankin’ with Chase, like four-hundred K
Starin’ at it, I don’t know what to do, nigga
Now I look at money like a resource
Every contract gotta put my kid’s family in school
Health and wealth, goin’ deep for it, do right for my next life
And he get some too
I remember roaches, momma lost focus
I was at home, no lights, no food
Heard that the joke is, “Hykeem broken”
Head to the ground when I walk in school
Goin’ through the motions, mad impulsive
Granny, I won’t abide by the rules
I shall reside with advisers to boom
Fuck that, booman, let me get some too
Life ain’t always about your name in they mouth
And the cars and the clothes and the jewels (Jewels, oh)
Every lil’ bitch that’s born looking like soft porn
Only meant for your ego to bruise (Bruise, oh)
Bet when the hoes get bored and the points ain’t score
You gone live in this world confused (‘Fused, woo)
Every day the hate restored and the faith get short
Fuck that, let me get some too
Nigga, my livelihood was understood
That the roof I’m in not bool
Nigga, the shoes I fill are huge
Keem, wanna share that ho? Bro move
Nigga wanna fake sneak diss
‘Cause I fucked his bitch in a black hatchback
I front in the pics when the heart don’t match
Take care of the kids, gotta go where they at, ayy

[Part III]

[Chorus: Kendrick Lamar]
Hold on, let’s get this shit, let’s get this shit
Let’s get this shit, let’s, hmm
Top of the mornin’, top of the mornin’, top of the mornin’
Top of the mornin’, top of the mornin’
Top of the mornin’, top of the mornin’
Hold on, let’s get this shit, let’s get this shit
Let’s get this shit, let’s, hmm (Like what these niggas on, like?)

[Verse: Baby Keem & Kendrick Lamar]
Ain’t shit changed, still fuckin’ and rappin’
Two bad bitches here, Cartier glasses, huh
Her friend got pornography habits (Give me that bitch, but, sir)
Rollie gang, Rollie gang, Rollie gang (pgLang, fool)
Hundred thousand on her, she know she gang (She’s hot)
Rover gang, Rover gang, Rover gang (Rover gang)
Range brothers out the roof, we’re not the Wayans (We’re not the Wayans)
Bitch, I hate to tell the truth, we’re not the same (He’s Baby Keem)
I’m with my Rover brother and we’re runnin’ game (A Range Rover)
Whippin’ rubber bands on the meatloaf
Overseas, tidy up for me ‘fore I get home
Take one, take two, take three, heave it
Stop hidin’ comments under your sleeve, nigga, believe it
Why your boyfriend keep on lookin’ for me, is he Jesus?

[Chorus: Kendrick Lamar]
Let’s get this shit, let’s get this shit
Let’s get this shit, let’s, hmm
Top of the mornin’, top of the mornin’, top of the mornin’
Top of the mornin’, top of the mornin’
Top of the mornin’, top of the mornin’
Hold on, let’s get this shit, let’s get this shit
Let’s get this shit, let’s, hmm

Rod Wave – Already Won Lyrics (feat. Lil Durk)

[Intro: Rod Wave]
Uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, woah
Uh, uh, uh, uh, yeah (Will A Fool), uh

[Verse 1: Rod Wave]
My ex had told my my cousin I’m a superstar
‘Cause all around the world they know who we are
Running behind that money got me missing my bed
Chasing after that paper, I’ll sleep when I’m dead
Back to back doing shows, I caught a jet to that bag
Just in case it get rainy when I check the forecast
I put the money in the floor ’cause I’m too scared to go back
It took an hour and a half to count a million in cash
Tell me why she blowing up my cellular
Gotta see if I can fit you in my schedule
You should’ve listened when I told you I wasn’t regular
‘Cause now I’m gone, we cross thе globe with all this flexing stuff
Hopping on and off jets and stuff

[Chorus: Rod Wave]
Phonе ring on the way to the show
Sister called me, said she heard me on the radio, uh
Auntie called me, say she saw me on the TV screen
She’s proud of me and happy that I’m chasing dreams
Even at your best
Never knew it’d come to this
You know often, I get so lost in my thoughts just thinking ’bout losses
And I remember where I come from, I already won
Already won, already won
You already won, yeah, yeah, you already won
[Verse 2: Lil Durk]
I’m not a regular-degular, she telling my business, you niggas be letting her
I just be telling her love me, just give me some time, fit me in your schedule

I wanna spoil you, I wanna wife you, I want you to keep being sexual
All of these bitches be on me in videos, I keep it professional
I’m on the road for a minute, some cities ain’t got no service
You know you already won, deep talks, you ain’t gotta be nervous
I text you late on the e-way, I found myself keep swervin’
I found myself off Perkys, I found myself keep purgin’
(For sure, for sure) Do I love you?
(For sure, for sure) Am I for you?
(For sure, for sure) She want for sure (For sure)
I hold in shit that hurt me bad so you won’t think I’m weak
I stay up late to think ’bout us, she think I’m sleep

[Chorus: Rod Wave]
Phone ring on the way to the show
Sister called me, said she heard me on the radio, uh
Auntie called me, say she saw me on the TV screen
She’s proud of me and happy that I’m chasing dreams
Even at your best
Never knew it’d come to this
You know often, I get so lost in my thoughts just thinking ’bout losses
And I remember where I come from, I already won
(I can’t really look at this shit halfway empty when it’s halfway full)
Already won, already won (I take everything that come with this life)
You already won, yeah, yeah, you already won (For sure, already won)
Already won
Already won, already won

Elle Varner – Number One Song Lyrics

Tick-tock and my brain won’t stop
It’s like, twenty-four-seven on my mantel clock
When I’m walkin’ the street, when I’m at my job
When I’m in the gym, when I’m in my car
While I’m out with my friends, when I take out the trash
When I’m makin’ my bread, is it takin’ a class?
When I’m watchin’ a show on a TV screen
There’s always somethin’ there to remind me

And though I try to keep it secret
Clearly everyone can see that

I probably think about you all day long
Stuck in my head like a number-one song
Stuck in my dreams, it’s a nightmare sometimes
I’ll probably think of you the rest of my life
I think about you when the sun goes down
Over again like a merry-go-round
Stuck in my heart like a knife through my chest
Gonna think of you ’til you say yes

‘Til you say yes, ’til you say yes
I’ll probably think of you

All night, ’til the break of dawn
First I stare at the floor, then I stare at my phone
Then I check, double-check if you gave me a call
When I know good and well that you haven’t at all
And I don’t care if I’m losin’ my mind
The way I see, I got nothin’ but time
I got nothin’ to lose but all of my pride
I’m hidin’ the pain in the back of my smile

Though I try to keep it secret
Clearly everyone can see that

I probably think about you all day long
Stuck in my head like a number-one song
Stuck in my dreams, it’s a nightmare sometimes
I’ll probably think of you the rest of my life
I think about you when the sun goes down
Over again like a merry-go-round
Stuck in my heart like a knife through my chest
Gonna think of you ’til you say yes

‘Til you say yes, ’til you say yes, whoa

I’ll probably think of you, mm

Yeah, I don’t wanna miss this chance
To put my love in your hands
I just need a moonlit plan
For you to know what I mean
‘Cause you don’t ever see my signs
Always read between the lines
Got me goin’ outta my mind

(I think about you, ooh, I think about you)
Whoa, whoa, whoa, ooh, number one song
(I think about you, ooh, I think about you)
Ooh, I’m goin’ outta my mind
(I think about you, ooh, I think about you)
I’m thinkin’ about you
(I think about you, ooh, I think about you)
Think about you
(I think about you, ooh, I think about you)
I’m thinkin’ about you
(I think about you, ooh, I think about you)
Like a number one song
(I think about you, ooh, I think about you)

I probably think about you all day long
Stuck in my head like a number-one song
Stuck in my dreams, it’s a nightmare sometimes (Sometimes)
I’ll probably think of you the rest of my life
I think about you when the sun goes down (Goes down)
Over again like a merry-go-round
Stuck in my heart like a knife through my chest (My chest)
Gonna think of you ’til you say yes

‘Til you say yes, ’til you say yes
Whoa-oh, oh

I think about, I think about
(I think about you, ooh, I think about you)
(I think about you, ooh, I think about you)
Yeah, baby, I think about you
(I think about you, ooh, I think about you)
(I think about you, ooh, I think about you)
(I think about you, ooh, I think about you)
(I think about you, ooh, I think about you)
(I think about you, ooh, I think about you)
(I think about you, ooh, I think about you)

Recording Academy to use inclusion rider for 2022 Grammys

Recording Academy to use inclusion rider for 2022 Grammys
The details of the rider will be released to the public this fall.

By Sajae Elder

August 04, 2021

Gabriel Bouys/AFP via Getty Images.


The Recording Academy announced today that the production of its next awards show will come with an inclusion rider, in an effort to ensure equity and diversity in future ceremonies. As part of their #ChangeMusic initiative, the rider was created in partnership with Color of Change released to the public on September 16.


Typically used in the film and TV industries to make sure the cast and crew are diverse, The rider will call for the Recording Academy to “recruit, audition, interview, and hire on-stage and off-stage people who have been historically and systematically excluded from the industry,” according to a press release.

“We’re honored to work alongside Color of Change and the Inclusion Rider’s esteemed co-authors as we take this monumental step to ensure equitable industry standards that support a more diverse and inclusive music community,” said Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason Jr. “As the Academy continues its transformational journey, diversifying our industry is at the core of every decision we make. We’re dedicated to fostering an environment of inclusion industry-wide and hope that our efforts set an example for our peers in the music community.”


Earlier this year, The Weeknd vowed to boycott the awards going forward, claiming corruption after his 2020 album After Hours was snubbed. “Because of the secret committees, I will no longer allow my label to submit my music to the Grammys,” he said in an interview with The New York Times at the time. The academy says it has since dropped the anonymous committees.

Travis Scott signs movie production deal with A24, teases Utopia film

Travis Scott signs movie production deal with A24, teases Utopia film
A film titled after his forthcoming album is on the way.

By Jordan Darville

August 02, 2021

Travis Scott. Photo via Epic Records.


McDonald’s, Reese’s Puffs, Nike, Nerf, Fortnite — Travis Scott is no stranger to attaching himself with brands for lucrative collaborations. On Monday, Variety announced yet another Scott collaboration, this time with independent film/TV company A24. Scott’s company Cactus Jack and A24 have signed a production deal for a series of films, including one that shares a title with Scott’s upcoming album Utopia.


A24’s Twitter account teased the Utopia film, tweeting out a picture of a film script bearing Scott’s name. The title is partially redacted, but appears to Utopia, the name of Scott’s forthcoming album.

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— A24 (@A24) August 2, 2021

A24 is the company behind acclaimed films such as Hereditary, Moonlight, Uncut Gems and The Florida Project, and has produced the TV series Ramy, Euphoria and Ziwe.


How producer Knxwledge sets the mood on HBO’s PAUSE with Sam Jay

How producer Knxwledge sets the mood on HBO’s PAUSE with Sam Jay
“There’s a different feel about every 2 minutes with this show. I had to keep it groovy.”


June 21, 2021

Knxwledge. by Theo Jemison.


A beat tape mainstay since the late aughts, Knxwledge has built an almost cult-like fanbase not only wiith his own releases, but working with artists like Kendrick Lamar, Griselda’s Westside Gunn, and alongside Anderson. Paak as the producing half of NxWorries. The producer is known for dropping new music at an almost breakneck pace, mainly on Bandcamp, including last year’s 1988 and mixtapes like WT_PRT15 along with dozens of others. With over 100 projects under his belt, it’s almost surprising that his production—often sample-heavy, slow-grooving, mood-setting vibes—hasn’t found its way into the film and TV realm more often.

Today, his music finds anoher home on HBO’s latest comedy series PAUSE with Sam Jay, setting the tone for the laid-back show. The FADER caught up with producer Knxwledge to find out how he connected with comedian Sam Jay, and how his work fits into the dynamic of the show.

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The FADER: You’ve had music on TV shows like Insecure before, but how different was the experience of scoring from working on your own music?

I think Issa was just a fan of Nxwrries and picked that joint. [With PAUSE], this time was a lot different. Even though I wasn’t on set with them, I was able to get a feel for everything just lining up the episodes in my DAW and feeling things out. Shoutout Ableton Live. I definitely need to hit them up and let them know it’s a movie/show DAW now.

How was your approach to scoring the show different from how you approach creating an album or EP?

The process was very different. For this, I’m able to pull things from a large catalog of loops, tracks, and feels from over the years. Blessed to be able to have such a catalog.

Did Sam Jay give you any guidance about creating the score or did she kind of trust you to just bring what you already do into the fold?

Not at all! We respected each other for our work and then just got to it. It’s a blessing of an opportunity. I have to thank Sam, Zack, and HBO for that one. Y’all know where to look for the steady heat.

What kind of mood did you want to create with each episode?

Each episode has a different feeling. There’s a different feel about every 2 minutes with this show. So many great conversations, some of which don’t get discussed often. I had to keep it groovy.

PAUSE with Sam Jay airs on HBO Fridays at 9, and streams on HBO Max.

Nothing,nowhere. – Blood Lyrics (feat. KennyHoopla & JUDGE)

[Verse 1: nothing,nowhere.]
Razors on the dashboard
Sneaking in the backdoor
Don't wanna, but I can't stop
Maybe I will when I get caught, yeah
Blood on the seats now
Speeding, going downtown
Now I'm on the TV
And I want you to see me

[Pre-Chorus: nothing,nowhere.]
I know, I know, I know I need to stop
I know I need to stop (I know I need to stop)

[Chorus: nothing,nowhere.]
I know, I know, I know I need to stop
But I cannot, 'cause baby, you're my drug
And now I'm stuck, now I've got your blood on my hands
Blood on my hands
I know, I know, I know I need to stop
But I cannot, 'cause baby, you're my drug
And now I'm stuck, now I've got your blood on my hands
Blood on my hands

[Bridge: nothing,nowhere.]
(Now I've got your blood on my hands)
(Blood on my hands)
(Now I've got your blood on my hands)
(Blood on my hands)
[Verse 2: KennyHoopla]
See the city at night, licking your lips
Know exactly what you want, just how you wanna get it

I was staring in this mirror since the clock hit ten
Loose lips sink ships, so your smile locked in
This is something you can't sleep off
My love was with a Molotov
Pierce my skin, prove I'm not gone
I know we all somewhere

[Pre-Chorus: nothing,nowhere. & KennyHoopla]
I know, I know, I know I need to stop
I know I need to stop (This is something you can't sleep off)

[Chorus: nothing,nowhere.]
I know, I know, I know I need to stop
But I cannot, 'cause baby, you're my drug
And now I'm stuck, now I've got your blood on my hands
Blood on my hands
I know, I know, I know I need to stop
But I cannot, 'cause baby, you're my drug
And now I'm stuck, now I've got your blood on my hands
Blood on my hands

[Outro: nothing,nowhere.]
I know, I know, I know I need to stop
But I cannot, 'cause baby, you're my drug
And now I'm stuck, now I've got your blood on my hands
Blood on my hands

Tabby – Rosegold Lyrics

[Verse 1]
Your energy like TV static
And you’re mad at me when you see me dancing
I’m too old school to align the planets
That’s retrograde, my data ran out
So if you’re trying to reach me, I’m not around, it’s your own
A spoon full of sugar helps that shit go down (That shit go down)
Don’t come at me with same old, same olds (Ohh)
Tables have spun (Ohh)
We both got sprung (Ohh)
Knew we were drunk
Picked our poison (Ohh)
Boy forget what was (Ohh)
I know, my bad
Sorry I can’t

[Hook 1]
Get a hold of myself (Hey)
When you do your damn thing
And you’re well aware
But love actin' innocent
Got your queen robes on
I see everything (See everything)
Rosegold around your neck
Rosegold between your legs
[Verse 2]
Hold up
Did it need to go like this?
I’m just tryna figure out
The moment this all flipped (Hey), yeah
This that photosynthesis
But two can play at that game, pull the cords and then just dip

f*ck around with potions
Baby, I’ll make you a mix
Cassette to take with you the closer you get to that trip
You bound to take like Ye with Kim, that motorcycle shift
Akira, that motorcycle shift

[Hook 2]
Get a hold of yourself
When you’re in your damn head
And you’re well aware
But love actin' innocent (Actin' innocent)
Got your king robes on (King robes on)
They see everything
Rosegold around her neck
Nothing between your legs, ooh
Ooh, rosegold
Ooh, rosegold
Rosegold only thing that we wearin'
Rosegold only thing that we wearin'
Rosegold only thing that we wearin'
Rosegold only thing that we wearin' (Hey)
Baby, rosegold only thing that we wearin'
Rosegold only thing that we, that we
Rosegold only thing that we wearin'

Grouplove – Deadline Lyrics

Lying on the pavement
I'm looking at my old house
I'm thinking 'bout my basement
And how I got all burned out

All my life
All my life
All my life lost
I'm alive
I'm alive
I'm alive
I'm a lost cause
You got me always thinking about

Everybody's got a place they like to go
I'll never never never make it on my own
I get the feeling that you wanna lose control
And you know that I'll go there with you
Everybody's got a place they like to hide

I think I lost my teeth down the street come marry me
I'm gonna smash my face in the cake and cеlebrate

I'm turning off the TV
Wish I had a bеdtime
God I miss my family
Living on a deadline
All my life
All my life
All my life lost
I'm alive
I'm alive
I'm alive
I'm a lost cause
You got me always thinking about

Everybody's got a place they like to go
I'll never never never make it on my own
I get the feeling that you wanna lose control
And you know that I'll go there with you

Everybody's got a place they like to hide
I think I lost my teeth down the street come marry me
I'm gonna smash my face in the cake and celebrate

Taste that medicine
Tell me what we do again
Cause I've been searching my soul
It's feeling like it's only getting colder and colder within
I'm trying to find my way back to where I begin

All my life
All my life
All my life lost I'm alive
I'm alive
I'm alive
A lost cause
Everybody's got a place they like to go
I'll never never never make it on my own
I get the feeling that you wanna lose control
And you know that I'll go there with you
Everybody's got a place they like to go
I'll never never never make it on my own
I get the feeling that you wanna lose control
And you know that I'll go there with you
Everybody's got a place they like to hide

I think I lost my teeth down the street come marry me
I'm gonna smash my face in the cake and celebrate

Akir – The Initiation Lyrics

Yo what you got for me man?
Yeah I got that red, black and green for you baby
C’mon c’mon c’mon, give it to me, I need it now
Got that good shit
C’mon, I need somethin now
Make you really right

[Abiodun Oyewole:]
We were strung out, on revolution
Filled up the syringe with Mao and Marx and Malcolm and Finot
And OD’d, on the possibility of change
We could knock you out with our afros
Stop bullets with our dashikis
Beep beep, bang bang, ungawa, black powerrr
A change is comin, and nothin could stop it
We got hiiiiiiiiigh on blackness
Held our black fists up, and told the devil to suck
And made a commitment to disrupt the world
Kill a cop a day, give white girls no play
Make America pay for all her wicked ways

The shit was on, then it was gone
Just like an episode on TV
It got cancelled, and there was nothing to see
Panthers were turned into little p*ssycats
Revolution was commercialized, and had nothing to do with black
Crossovers in music, in clothes, in styles and sex
Became the norm, for what was comin next
But we never stopped makin babies
They came out breathin the vapors, of an aborted revolution
And all the failed capers, and the few who were escapers became stories
Some of us wanted to forget
So the sons of guns and the daughters of black order
Hopped into what was hip
And skipped over the scattered remains
Of a would-be revolution, turned into a game

Yeah, this is our legacy