Cakes da Killa is making music for himself again

Cakes da Killa is making music for himself again

“It’s something of your heart and of your mind and your soul. But I also don’t give a fuck.”

By Alex Robert Ross

October 28, 2022

Cakes da Killa’s new album was almost ready three years ago. A mellower take on hip-house, an album less invested in the naked thud of the club than the inner monologue of the artist on the dancefloor, it was, the New Jersey-born rapper says now, the end of him “giving a fuck” about how he was supposed to sound or act.


But then the lockdowns hit, the clubs shut down, and he thought about the album differently. A decade into his career, Cakes, born Rashard Bradshaw, wanted to make a statement with his second proper album, something that could set him apart from the “queer rap” tag that had followed him around since he broke through. A pandemic didn’t feel like the right time.

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Besides, Svengali wasn’t what he or his audience needed. “I was already crying enough at home,” he says. “I didn’t want to go and be crying in a booth.” His focus shifted. He started working with the producer Proper Villains on harder club tracks, music for people who were “partying in their bathrooms and partying on their roofs.” The two EPs they released — Muvaland (2020) and Muvaland vol. 2 (2021) — contained some of Cakes’s most intense and energetic music. His process changed too. For the first time in his adult life, he got a 9-to-5 job, a less-than-perfect scenario he plays out hilariously in his semi-autobiographical short film Visibility Sucks, released last summer.

But even when he wasn’t actively working on it, Svengali remained his priority. Finally out today via TOKiMONSTA’s Young Art label, it dextrously traces the jagged arc of a fraught relationship over house beats built more for headphones than dancefloors. The album grows around the hook in the title track: “I know you’re touching me / But are you feeling me?” As Cakes told me on The FADER Interview live on Amp earlier this week, it’s a sentiment that goes far beyond interpersonal relationships.


This Q&A has been edited and condensed from an episode of The FADER Interview live on Amp.


You’ve been sitting on Svengali for three years. How does your relationship with the music change in that time?

It kind of got better! Through all those years, I still liked it, I didn’t hate it completely. We felt like what we had was something of quality.

Did knowing that you’d finished Svengali — an album that’s lyrically and sonically much mellower — change the way you approached the Muvaland projects? Were you able to more fully commit to that more naked, heavy, house sound?

Maybe, but it wasn’t that calculated. I knew this music was going to be drastically different, I just had to put the project on the shelf for a little bit and revisit it when I had the time to, because it just was too special. I could have just dropped the record during the pandemic, but it wouldn’t have felt fun for me. That’s why I decided to write something down that was fresh and more upbeat. That’s kind of the energy I wanted to be in.

It just grew from one song to another song to a full body of work. Basically, I wanted this to be me having a moment where I can finally establish myself outside of “queer rap.” I could put something that was genuinely me, that covered everything about myself creatively. I could present myself to the world.


You’ve had to answer so many questions about queer rap throughout your career, it’s interesting that you’d say spontaneously that you want to establish yourself outside of it.

Obviously, that identity will always be intertwined with my music, because I talk about it. It’s not something that should be avoided. I think visibility is great. It was just coming to a point where that’s all the media was talking about. It wasn’t how talented I was or how creative I was or how well I rapped. I think at some points it overshadows the talent, and the work that I put into my art.

The world and the industry have changed in that regard since you got onto the scene.

Yes, back during the black-and-white era.

The way that queer music is received and written about and consumed is different, but has that been a double-edged sword? In some sense things are more open, but it makes people quick to pigeonhole art.

Right. I think it’s great that we’re in a society now where we can have people like Saucy Santana and Lil Nas X break through the glass ceiling that I’ve dealt with for so long in my career. But I just stay true to myself and make the art that I like to make. I mean, if that glass ceiling was never shattered, would I still be making music? Probably, because it’s a thing that I do for myself creatively. But yeah, the landscape of the music industry is completely different from how it was when I first started, and I think it could still get better.




If you could pinpoint one way to make it better, what would it be?

We need to outlaw reality TV. I don’t know if I would ban reality TV or social media more.

I owe my whole career to social media. I would never have been able to record in the studio and put out a record if it wasn’t for SoundCloud and Tumblr. But that accessibility causes so much white noise. Artists no longer have longevity. They’re the hot flavor of the moment and then they’re gone. I’m trying to really establish myself as someone that has staying power and something unique to say.

What about reality TV?

Reality TV becomes a kind of pipeline. Before artists were actually of the culture, or they went to school for something. Now it’s like you need to create your own fan base, your own following, and then decide what to do with it. A lot of the time people are just getting famous for fame’s sake, which has always been part of our culture, but now these people that are just famous for fame’s sake are now dropping skincare lines, or they are models, DJ’s, or rappers. You can’t take up all the creative jobs just because you have this following. What is your actual thing? But you know, the root of it is just people wanting to make as much money as they can.

To use this word in a different way to how you were using it before, it’s this need for constant visibility. You have to constantly be selling yourself.

Which has always been a part of the game, but it becomes way more draining when the market is your phone and the market is constantly booming and there’s always something new. We know too much about celebrities. Why do I feel like I’m in a throuple with Will Smith and Jada, and I’ve never even met them? That level of exposure is something that hasn’t really happened before in pop culture, this constant microscope that celebs are under. And a lot of these new celebs that are coming in, they feel obligated to feed machines in ways that I feel are very unhealthy.


It’s not feeding the attention economy in that way, but Svengali is a much more intimate album. Do you feel any nerves about opening yourself up like that in public?

There’s nerves associated with releasing anything that you care about, because it’s something that you put time into, it’s something of your heart and of your mind and your soul. But I also don’t give a fuck. So, as creatively stimulating and fulfilling as it is, I make my music for me and hope someone likes it.

There’s a line on the title track that feels like the album in microcosm, where you say, “You’re feeling me, but are you feeling me?” This album obviously traces the arc of a romantic relationship, but does that line also speak to the way you interact with your audience?

Yeah. On the surface level, it’s a breakup between a person or multiple people. But, in all honesty, when I was writing this, I was also moving to Georgia, so it was like I was breaking up with New York, which was the only reality that I knew. I was also breaking up with my sense of freedom, or having my grips on where my career was going at the time. There were a lot of heartbreaks in different metaphorical ways. But that’s what the whole journey is about.


What is known about partial mobilization in Russia

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Announcement of partial mobilization

President Vladimir Putin on the morning of September 21 announced a partial mobilization. The corresponding decree is published on the Kremlin website.

According to the document:

  • those called up for military service by mobilization have the status of servicemen serving under a contract ;
  • the level of salaries of the mobilized corresponds to the salaries of military personnel serving under the contract;
  • contracts for military service continue to be valid until the end of the partial mobilization period;
  • the grounds for dismissal from military service are the achievement of the age limit for military service, the state of health (in connection with the recognition by the military conscription commission as unfit for military service), the entry into force of a court verdict imposing a sentence of imprisonment;
  • Citizens working in organizations of the military-industrial complex receive the right to deferment from conscription for mobilization.

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  • to finance the partial mobilization activities;

  • take the necessary measures to meet the needs of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, other troops, military formations and bodies during the period of partial mobilization;

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  • Superior officials of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation ensure that citizens are called up for military service for mobilization in the number and within the time limits determined by the Ministry of Defense for each constituent entity.

  • Paragraph 7 of the decree is missing in the published version. Later, presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov explained that it refers to the number of mobilized, which was named by Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu.

  • The document entered into force from the moment of publication

Sergey Shoigu explained who is subject to conscription under conditions of partial mobilization

Following the president's address, federal TV channels showed an interview with Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, who explained what measures would be taken after the signing of the presidential decree.

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The head of the military department estimated the total number of reservists at 25 million people. Now, according to him, about 300 thousand people, that is, 1.1% of the mobilization resource, will fall under partial mobilization.

Shoigu explained that we are talking about people who are in reserve and:

  • served in the army;
  • have combat experience;
  • they have military registration specialties that are necessary in the troops (Shoigu did not specify their list).

The head of the military department noted that they are not subject to mobilization :

  • students;
  • conscripts.

How to find out your military specialty and registration category

The code of the military specialty, military rank, the category of registration of those in the reserve are indicated in the military ID in the paragraphs “service in the reserve”, as well as in the insert “mobilization order”.

What does the law say about mobilization

Mobilization activities in Russia are regulated by the federal law “On mobilization training and mobilization in the Russian Federation”, which was signed by President Boris Yeltsin in 1997. In particular, it contains requirementsto citizens during the period of mobilization:

  • to appear on the call of military commissariats, federal executive bodies with a reserve, to determine their purpose during the period of mobilization;
  • to citizens who are in the military registration, from the moment the mobilization is announced, it is forbidden to leave the place of residence without the permission of the military commissariats, federal executive bodies that have a reserve.

Conscription for military service for mobilization subject tocitizens in the reserve who do not have the right to deferment from conscription for military service for mobilization. Deferred call for mobilization in accordance with the law applies to citizens:

  • booked in the manner determined by the government of the Russian Federation;
  • recognized as temporarily unfit to military service for health reasons— for up to six months;
  • engaged in constant care for a father, mother, wife, husband, sibling, sister, grandfather, grandmother or adoptive parent who, for health reasons, in accordance with the conclusion of the federal institution of medical and social expertise, in outside permanent care (assistance, supervision) or who are disabled Group I;
  • who are the guardian or guardian of a minor sibling and (or) a minor sibling in the absence of other persons legally required to support these citizens;
  • having four or more dependent children under the age of 16, or having one or more dependent children under the age of 16 without a mother;
  • having a wife who is at least 22 weeks pregnant, and having three dependent children under the age of 16;
  • deputies of the State Duma and members of the Federation Council.

Creation of mobilization commissions

In accordance with the law, federal government bodies that have mobilization tasks create mobilization bodies to organize mobilization preparation and mobilization activities and control their implementation.

So, for example, on Monday morning, the draft commission for partial mobilization was organized in St. Petersburg. It was headed by Governor Alexander Beglov. The city's military commissar Sergei Kachkovsky was appointed his deputy. The heads of many other regions announced the creation of commissions.

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Gutsy is the TV show where Hillary Clinton talks about hearing Megan The Stallion’s “WAP”

Gutsy is the TV show where Hillary Clinton talks about hearing Megan The Stallion’s “WAP”
Watch a clip from the new Apple TV+ docuseries now.

By David Renshaw

September 12, 2022


Gutsy is the new Apple TV+ docuseries in which Hillary Clinton and her daughter Chelsea travel across the country together, stopping off to speak with trailblazing women who join them along the way. Their guests include Kim Kardashian, Goldie Hawn, Amy Schumer, and Gloria Steinem as well as Megan Thee Stallion. It is the involvement of the latter that has gifted the world with Hillary Clinton talking about “WAP.” Whatever peak TV is, this ain’t it.


Megan, Hillary, and Chelsea chat while painting together with Hillary saying: “Chelsea follows rap music. She has ever since she was a little girl. But I kind of came to awareness of you with the Cardi B ‘WAP.’” Chelsea adds: “It’s great to see women be so kind of fierce.”

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Speaking to People while promoting the series, Hillary said she didn’t initially know what to make of “WAP” “because I’m of a much different generation,” but that she “admired the audacity and the kind of agency that both of those young women were exhibiting, ‘Here I am. Here’s what I want to say, and either like it or not.’ I did respond to that,” she said.


Check out the clip from Gutsy below.

Hillary Clinton and her daughter Chelsea Clinton talk about “WAP” with Megan thee Stallion. #GUTSY

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Streaming now on @AppleTVPlus.

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Patrushev proposed to protect Karelia from outside influence with the help of TV and communications

To stop “the spread of destructive foreign information influence on the local population”, it is necessary to provide the region bordering Finland with stable mobile communications and Russian TV, the Security Council Secretary believes

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In connection with the entry into NATO of Sweden and Finland, it is necessary to limit the possibilities of foreign influence in Karelia and improve socio-economic development in the border areas, Secretary of the Russian Security Council Nikolai Patrushev said at a meeting in Petrozavodsk on the economic security of the region, TASS reports.

< p>“In order to prevent the spread of destructive foreign informational influence on the local population, ensure stable mobile communications and Russian television broadcasting”,— he said.

Patrushev added that against the background of the current geopolitical conditions, in particular, the accession of Finland and Sweden to NATO, it is necessary to pay special attention to the socio-economic development of the border and Arctic regions of the republic.

Finland and Sweden applied to join NATO in mid-May amid the Russian military operation in Ukraine. At the end of June, the countries received an invitation from the alliance to join the bloc, their entry must be approved by all 30 countries— NATO members. In early July, Helsinki and Stockholm signed protocols on joining the bloc.

President Vladimir Putin said at the end of June that Russia was not worried about the possible entry of Finland and Sweden into NATO, but “in the event that military contingents and infrastructure are deployed there” Moscow will have to answer “mirror” and “create the same threats to the territories from which the threats are created” For Russia. Deputy Chairman of the Security Council Dmitry Medvedev later noted that now the border of Karelia with Finland is becoming the border of Russia with NATO, and warned that the Russian side would react symmetrically to the accession of Finland and Sweden to the alliance.

In early July, the mayor of the city of Lappeenranta in the province of South Karelia near Finland's border with Russia, Kimmo Järva, proposed a local airport to host a NATO base. The Kremlin, commenting on these words, recalled that Putin had already assessed such actions.

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The Weeknd shares a second look at his new TV show The Idol

The Weeknd shares a second look at his new TV show The Idol
Lily-Rose Depp stars alongside Abel Tesfaye in the forthcoming HBO Max series.

By David Renshaw

August 22, 2022

The Weeknd has dropped another teaser ahead of the launch of his HBO Max series The Idol, due to launch later this year. The Weeknd, a.k.a. Abel Tesfaye, stars in the show alongside Lily-Rose Depp. The new trailer shows the pair, him an club owner/cult leader and her an aspiring singer, embracing the seedy underbelly of the LA nightlife and music industry. Check it out above.


A release date for The Idol is currently unknown. The latest trailer lists a number of guest stars appearing on the show, including Dan Levy, Hari Nef, Hank Azaria, Troye Sivan, Susanna Son, BLACKPINK star Jennie, Mike Dean, Rachel Sennott, and Moses Sumney.

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The Weeknd is currently on the road on a North American tour in support of his 2022 album Dawn FM.


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Died former commander of “Alpha”, who participated in the storming of the TV tower in Vilnius

Mikhail Golovatov, who commanded Alpha during the assault on the television center in Vilnius in 1991, died at the age of 73. In Lithuania, he was sentenced in absentia to 12 years in prison. The former military man did not admit his guilt< source srcset=" 1200w" type="image/webp" media="(min-resolution: 192dpi) " >

Mikhail Golovatov

The former commander of the Alpha special unit, retired colonel Mikhail Golovatov, who participated in the assault on the TV tower in Vilnius in 1991, died at the age of 72, according to the website of the council of the international association of veterans of this unit.

< p>Clashes between the Soviet military and supporters of Lithuanian independence took place in January 1991— Lithuania declared independence in 1990. The most famous were the clashes near the television center in Vilnius on January 11-13. Then the Soviet military, with the support of the Alpha group stormed the television center, during which 13 supporters of Lithuanian independence were killed and about 700 people were injured.

The Lithuanian prosecutor's office claims that the people who died at the Vilnius TV tower were killed by Soviet soldiers. Participants in the events from the Soviet side pointed out that it was a provocation, and fire was fired at the residents from the roofs of houses.

Golovatov in 1991-1992 commanded the group “A” FSB Special Purpose Center and participated in the assault on the TV tower.

In July 2011, Golovatov was arrested in Vienna. By that time, he was put on the European wanted list at the request of Lithuania as part of the case of the storming of the Vilnius TV tower. But less than a day later, the former military man was released. Austria then stated that it did not have enough data to transfer the suspect to Lithuania. Vienna's decision was criticized in Vilnius and the European Commission.

In March 2019, the Vilnius District Court found guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity in the case of the January events of 1991, former USSR Minister of Defense Dmitry Yazov and Golovatov. The first was sentenced in absentia to ten years in prison, Golovatov— to 12. In February 2020, Yazov, the last surviving marshal of the Soviet Union, died after a long illness.

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Russian authorities declared that the trial in Vilnius was being conducted in violation of the norms of international and Lithuanian criminal law, and the defendants were accused under articles that did not exist during the events of 1991. In 2018, the Investigative Committee of Russia opened a case against Lithuanian prosecutors and judges in connection with the prosecution of innocent people in the case of the events in Vilnius in 1991.

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Billie Eilish shares surprise songs “TV” and “The 30th”

Billie Eilish shares surprise songs “TV” and “The 30th”
Eilish premiered “TV” last month at a U.K. show. “The 30th” is brand new.

By Raphael Helfand

July 21, 2022

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Billie Eilish has shared two new singles, “TV” and “The 30th.” Both went live on digital streaming platforms today at noon without warning, packaged as an extremely short EP titled Guitar Songs. True to the project’s title, both are acoustic, singer-songwriter cuts.


“TV” was teased six weeks ago when Eilish played it at a UK stop on her sold-out, ongoing Happier Than Ever tour. “We haven’t played a new song live before it’s out since 2017 or 2018,” she told fans before she and her brother FINNEAS debuted the track for a packed AO Arena in Manchester. The studio version closes with a live singalong from the show.

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“The 30th,” on the other hand, is brand new. Over a simple, fingerpicked guitar line, Eilish recounts a traumatic tale that begins with a car accident and and traces a narrative circle from the ambulance to the hospital and then back to the initial incident.


“We wrote that on December 30th, and that was actually the first song that we had written since Happier Than Ever,” she told Apple Music 1’s Zane Lowe on his latest Apple Music 1 show. “That’s why it’s called ‘The 30th,’ because something happened on November 30th and it had just been the most indescribable thing to have to witness and experience. I had been writing down all these thoughts that I was having. I was with FINNEAS, and I was like, ‘I’m sorry, I don’t know what you were planning on doing, but we need to write this song about this right now,’ and we did.

Watch the official lyric videos for both new songs below.


Sam Gendel treads his own path

Sam Gendel treads his own path

We spoke with the composer about crafting behemoth albums, his unexpected love of YouTube vlogs, and the time he found himself performing for 50,000 Red Hot Chili Peppers fans in Milan.

By David Renshaw

July 19, 2022

To be a fan of Sam Gendel is to give yourself over to a relentless wave of music. The 35-year-old Los Angeles-based saxophonist released his latest album Superstore last month and its title reflects its comprehensive nature: chances are you will find what you need in at least one of its 34 tracks.


Compared to last year’s 52-song, 224-minute epic Fresh Bread, however, it’s positively novella-like in its brevity. In total Gendel has released nine albums since the start of 2021, with Superstore following the curious Live A Little, an experimental pop album he made in collaboration with his 12-year-old sister-in-law Antonia Cytrynowicz. Prior to this he released Satin Doll, an album of jazz standards reworked through a psychedelic hip-hop lens, and performed live as part of both Moses Sumney and Perfume Genius’s band. Since this interview he has announced blueblue, another solo full-length due on October 14.

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If Gendel’s place in the musical landscape feels hard to pin down then Superstore doesn’t want to provide many helpful location details. It’s a fascinating and loose set of ideas that sprout and dissipate at will, boasting a singular ambiance and a beat tape-like approach to structure and length. In conversation, Gendel stays true to this unknowable image, seemingly in love with music and yet alienated from it at the same time. He grew up listening to jazz but isn’t keen on being labeled a jazz musician while efforts to pin him down on specific rap influences fall by the wayside.


During our hour-long conversation, though, a couple of things become clear. Gendel is truly following his own path and doesn’t feel any pressure to work in anything like traditional methods. Whether we are talking about his feelings about the current health of the jazz world (he’s not a fan) or the idea of following his experimental peers into Hollywood and scoring a movie, he remains unmoved. “I just hate middlemen,” he says at one point, in relation to his fear of movie producers. That absence of outside influence is key to Gendel and his music.

There is no music industry guidebook that would advise you to release an album longer than two Marvel movies, nor that improvising a full album with a child will reap great rewards. It’s only by shunning outside voices that he can be left to let his voice come through untarnished or misshapen. It’s to his credit that his work rarely, if ever, feels indulgent or self-satisfied. More like a real-time pursuit of ideas and what feels exciting in the moment. Superstore, in that regard, is an ironic title. Gendel knows that what he’s selling isn’t for mass distribution.


THE FADER: How do you go about putting together a 34-track album like Superstore?

It’s pretty simple. If I finish a piece of music it naturally has its shape or form and aggregate things as they inform me where they want to be. This batch of music all relates, in some way, to my ears. I end up dragging them into one folder and at some point, it feels like that’s the statement and it’s done.

When do you know an album is done?


That’s the part that is hard to predict. You would think that you could do that endlessly but I eventually wake up one day and say, ‘OK. Enough is enough’ and put the kibosh on it. You stop following the ideas after a certain point.

Would you ever consider ditching the album format and just having something like a playlist that you update with new music?


My girlfriend and I watch a lot of vlogs as a sort of cultural study, it seems, and that process you describe is more akin to their way of working. You’re constantly creating in a symbiotic relationship with whoever is consuming it. Music might get to that point. It already is for some people, I guess. Eventually, everyone will have their own channel and it’ll be the TV of humanity. You’ll either be making playlists or just have drones flying around you filming you 24 hours a day, endlessly streaming your life. I still like the album form though. I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t like it but if something else comes along then I’m down for it.

Do you have people around you trying in vain to put you on a more traditional path?

Anyone who had an interest in that gave up a long time ago. It ain’t gonna happen. I’m more interested in throwing ideas out and seeing where the ceiling is. I haven’t hit it yet. Putting out a “normal” album just doesn’t work for me, if it did I’d be doing it. There’s such a limited way of looking at humans sharing things. It’s all made up! I just do what naturally comes to my mind. I don’t have the fear anymore. I just do it and say, ‘This is the thing.’ Luckily people understand and are down to help me achieve that.


Even the greatest jazz musicians in history would say, ‘it’s either good or it’s not.’ That still applies, especially in this age of music. Right now I’m much more drawn to the things I don’t understand

You mentioned vlogs earlier, have you comes across your music on TikTok at all?


No. I wouldn’t know, I hate TikTok and wish it would go away. On the vlogs though they all use this royalty-free music licensing service called Epidemic Sound. It’s the funniest thing ever. We talk about trolling it and uploading some music to see if any vloggers use it. Over time, though, the music is getting more and more similar to regular pop productions. They sound like they take so much time to make and they’re uploading them to a platform for vloggers to use for free. It’s kind of insane to see the convergence of things and the way the goal now is to have your music used for something. I don’t relate but it’s amazing to watch.

One of the main things that attracted me to your music was picking up on a sense of humor in some of the songs and, particularly, in the videos. How important is humor to what you do?

As soon as I open my mouth I feel like I’ll fall short here but what you just said means a lot to me. I just don’t know how to speak because, as soon as I do, it’s over.


What is your relationship to jazz at this stage? You’ve released albums through traditional labels like Nonesuch but I’ve also seen interviews where you have distanced yourself from the genre tag. Do you mind when people call you a jazz artist?

I guess it’s just another part of the history of music. I got caught by jazz at an early age so it’s where I was led by my mind and my ear. It just happened outside of my understanding, it just happened. Jazz is just a language within another broader language. I’m a curious person and music offers up endless possibilities for me. I guess I can’t escape jazz. It’s what hits people first and they hear what they hear. I hope people stop thinking that way. You either like it or you don’t. Even the greatest jazz musicians in history would say, ‘it’s either good or it’s not.’ That still applies, especially in this age of music. Right now I’m much more drawn to the things I don’t understand. I don’t need to hear endless saxophone solos these days.

This album and your last record, Fresh Bread, play a lot like a rap producer’s beat tape. What’s your relationship to hip-hop? Was it big for you growing up?


I listen to a lot of rap and have done for decades. It’s just like jazz, it’s another dialect that I was drawn to from a young age. Whatever tools you get from being immersed in that becomes a part of your vocabulary. There’s no real specific ideas there, though. It’s just what hits my brain and ends up happening. I really don’t know how things find their way into my brain. It’s a big mystery to me.

Last year your song “BOA,” which you released alongside Sam Wilkes, was used prominently in the Netflix movie Malcolm & Marie. How did it feel to have your music recontextualised in that way?


I’m all for it. I think it was cool, and I like what they did with it. It was not what I expected would ever happen with that song but I was very grateful. Any time someone enjoys listening to my music I think, ‘Woah, that’s crazy.’ I truly have no idea how they found “BOA” but they approached me and explained how it would be used and I thought it sounded interesting.

Do you have any ambition to work in film or TV? Lots of musicians are hired to score movies now…

I could not see someone who makes movies or television hiring someone like me. The little I have seen of that world it seems that you have to be ready for that. They don’t have to be ready for you, you have to be ready for them. That’s cool but it takes a certain kind of person and that’s not me. I would do something with a singular vision, where it’s clear that my music is the inevitable endpoint for the project. That kind of unique experience is the only way it could happen and I don’t anticipate it happening at all.


When I was doing some research for this interview I saw that you once opened for Red Hot Chili Peppers with your former band, Knower. What are your memories of being on the road with those guys?

It was so funny. We played for 50,000 people in Rome and Milan. That kind of stuff doesn’t phase me, though. If there are that many people in front of you there may as well be none. It’s just a sea of heads. With that crew we just go wild, I was losing my voice every night screaming into my sax. We just didn’t care at all. Our experience is so intimate, those shows felt like we were rehearsing at home.

It was crazy too, because I had to fly to L.A. to play a festival show with Moses Sumney. I literally flew from Italy to L.A., played a show, and then flew straight back. It was totally psychotic. I was there for 12 hours, turned around and flew back.

You have a pretty busy schedule of festival dates coming up this summer. What’s your live show like right now?


I don’t play live very much, I just play with other people. That’s how I prefer it. I dread playing solo shows right up until I get on stage. For some reason performing has lost its luster for me, I’m much more content making music at home I like the slowness of that. Once I’m in the middle of a show, though, I’m all in. I just get debilitatingly nervous beforehand. I don’t know why.

The live show will always be new stuff, though. There are older things I’ll touch on but I’ll do them in a way based on the current mindset. That’s the only way I know how.


Watch the first trailer for The Weeknd’s “sick and twisted” TV show The Idol

Watch the first trailer for The Weeknd’s “sick and twisted” TV show The Idol
Lily-Rose Depp will star alongside Abel Tesfaye in the upcoming HBO Max series.

By David Renshaw

July 18, 2022

The Weeknd has shared a teaser trailer for The Idol, an upcoming HBO Max show described as portraying “the sleaziest love story in all of Hollywood.” The Weekend, a.k.a. Abel Tesfaye, created the series alongside Euphoria showrunner Sam Levinson. He takes a lead role as a Los Angeles club owner and cult leader who takes a young singer (Lily-Rose Depp) under his wing. Check out the trailer above.


A release date for The Idol is currently unknown. The show has announced an extensive cast, however, with Rachel Sennott, Troye Sivan, Debby Ryan, Blackpink’s Jennie, Anne Heche, TV on the Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe, and Hari Nef among those confirmed to appear.

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The Weeknd is currently on the road on a North American tour in support of Dawn FM. Doja Cat was originally due to open on the tour but pulled out and was replaced by Kaytranada and Snoh Aalegrah.


TV doctor Myasnikov doubted that Muscovites would wear masks again

According to the TV presenter, the question of whether there will be panic due to the approaching “flash” COVID-19 will depend on the frequency of broadcasts of the topic in the media.

Myasnikov noted that people are simply not up to wearing masks now.

“Today, masks no one has been helped yet. The vaccine is not very effective in preventing the spread of the disease. The new strains are more contagious than the previous ones, but they are mild,” the specialist said.

He does not exclude that the authorities will again have to introduce restrictive measures and make them more stringent.

Earlier, the social complex of Moscow recommended that residents of the city wear masks in public places and undergo revaccination against COVID-19.

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TV presenter Myasnikov spoke about the meeting with doctors in the LPR

Russian doctor and TV presenter Alexander Myasnikov, together with a team of Moscow doctors, arrived in the city of Stakhanov, Luhansk People's Republic, the press service of the city administration reports on the Telegram channel.

He highly appreciated the professionalism surgeons and traumatologists working in the hospital. According to him, they have to deal with difficult cases every day, but they successfully cope with them.

“I admire the professional level of local doctors, primarily surgeons and traumatologists. Stakhanov's doctors are at the limit of their ability to provide assistance to wounded soldiers. Basically, these are mine-explosive injuries. I must say that the resilience of these people, their sensitivity, professionalism is amazing, », — he noted.

The city administration added that Myasnikov talked with a team of doctors in the Stakhanovskaya central city multidisciplinary hospital, visited the intensive care, trauma and surgical departments. He arrived in Lugansk on July 8, along with a group of Russian doctors to support local colleagues.

Earlier, the head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, announced that a branch of the Akhmat hospital would open in the LPR. with equipment and medicines.

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Where and when will a lecture on bad habits in a big city take place in Moscow?

11 June at 16:00 in the Fili summer cinema for everyone there will be a lecture “Sex, drugs and rock and roll. Bad habits and their price in the big city». This was reported on the website of the Healthy Moscow project.

Who will give the lecture?

The lecture will be given by the chief psychiatrist-narcologist of Moscow and Russia Evgeny Bryunov and chief dermatovenereologist and cosmetologist of Moscow and Russia Nikolai Potekaev. The experts will also answer questions from the audience.

The discussion will be moderated by Comedy Club resident, stand-up comedian and TV presenter Andrey Beburishviliwho will share his personal experience and help the audience get answers to exciting questions.

“Together we will discuss why alcohol is harmful and what organs it affects the most, how often it can be consumed without severe harm to health. We will find out whether it is even possible to minimize the harm from drinking alcoholic beverages, than to have a snack, what you should definitely not do during a feast and how to quickly recover after a party. Let's answer the main question — where is the very line between “normal” consumption and  sickness?" — the curators of the project note.

Also, the lecture will discuss «new and popular ways of using nicotine»; talk about whether it is as harmless as it seems. Listeners will learn if there is amount of nicotine that is not harmful to health.

“And, of course, we will discuss sensitive issues” & mdash; how to have a sexual life without negative health consequences, is whether the course of venereal diseases is asymptomatic and what complaints exactly should alert», — the organizers added.

The event will be held within the lecture hall "Healthy Moscow" — this is a cycle of ten open meetings and discussions with the participation of doctors, nutritionists, scientists, psychologists, with whom famous TV presenters and actors talk.

The first lecture within the project was held on 5 June. Muscovites discussed with experts whether should go to doctor if there are no symptoms of the disease and how to recognize alarming body signals.

How to get to the lecture?

To participate the lecture will require free registration ( The lecture will be held at the address: Fili park, summer cinema (Bolshaya Filevskaya St., 22, building 8).


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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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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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