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NY Assemblywoman Grace Meng tours the  NYCHA Bland Houses in Flushing. (Jeff Bachner/for New York Daily News)

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New York Assemblywoman Grace Meng has come under attack by Republican City Councilman and Congressional candidate Dan Halloran, who ahs accused her of having dual citizenship, which she does not, and being “sympathetic to China.”

Halloran vs. Meng is getting nasty.

Republican City Councilman and Congressional candidate Dan Halloran – fresh off a politically-charged visit to Israel – is blasting his Democratic opponent Grace Meng for running a campaign of “ethnocentrism” based on her Chinese roots.

Meng “has been sympathetic to the Chinese, and she’s touted her strong Chinese history as being the reason she’s the appropriate candidate to represent the Chinese people in New York,” Halloran said an interview with The Times of Israel.

Halloran described himself as a candidate who reaches out to all ethnic groups and called the Queens-born Meng a “Chinese National” in the interview and suggested she has dual citizenship.

Meng, in fact, does not have dual citizenship.

“China is the biggest obstacle to Israel in the United Nations,” he said.

Meng’s camp shot back, saying Halloran is employing the same anti-Asian tactics he used in his 2009 City Council race against Democratic candidate Kevin Kim.

“True to form, Dan Halloran has abandoned the issues in favor of a campaign rooted in bigotry, fear and lies – a desperate approach for a Tea Party Republican who cannot otherwise win on the issues,” said Meng campaign spokesman Austin Finan.

“The xenophobic undertones and outright racism found in Mr. Halloran’s words is appalling and offensive – not only to Grace Meng, but to her diverse group of tens of thousands of supporters who reside in every corner of the district,” he said.

Israel has been a key issue in the battle for retiring U.S Rep. Gary Ackerman’s seat in the redrawn Sixth Congressional district.

While the sprawling district – which reached from Bayside to Maspeth – has a large Asian population, it also includes a key Jewish population in Forest Hills and Kew Gardens Hills.

Halloran spokesman Steven Stites fired back that Meng’s “faux outrage is utterly hypocritical.”

While he refused to comment specifically about Halloran’s statements in the piece, Stites accused Meng’s campaign of using “racially divisive tactics” and recruiting a Jewish candidate to divide the Jewish vote in the primary.

Meng’s campaign has denied those charges.

 

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Of GOP Councilman Dan Halloran’s accusations, Meng’s spokesman says, “True to form, Dan Halloran has abandoned the issues in favor of a campaign rooted in bigotry, fear and lies.”

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note:  I am currently under 35

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(Reuters) – Comforting news for anyone over the age of 35, scientists have worked out that modern pop music really is louder and does all sound the same.

Researchers in Spain used a huge archive known as the Million Song Dataset, which breaks down audio and lyrical content into data that can be crunched, to study pop songs from 1955 to 2010.

A team led by artificial intelligence specialist Joan Serra at the Spanish National Research Council ran music from the last 50 years through some complex algorithms and found that pop songs have become intrinsically louder and more bland in terms of the chords, melodies and types of sound used.

“We found evidence of a progressive homogenization of the musical discourse,” Serra told Reuters. “In particular, we obtained numerical indicators that the diversity of transitions between note combinations – roughly speaking chords plus melodies – has consistently diminished in the last 50 years.”

They also found the so-called timbre palette has become poorer. The same note played at the same volume on, say, a piano and a guitar is said to have a different timbre, so the researchers found modern pop has a more limited variety of sounds.

Intrinsic loudness is the volume baked into a song when it is recorded, which can make it sound louder than others even at the same volume setting on an amplifier.

The music industry has long been accused of ramping up the volume at which songs are recorded in a ‘loudness war’ but Serra says this is the first time it has been properly measured using a large database.

The study, which appears in the journal Scientific Reports, offers a handy recipe for musicians in a creative drought.

Old tunes re-recorded with increased loudness, simpler chord progressions and different instruments could sound new and fashionable. The Rolling Stones in their 50th anniversary year should take note.

(Reporting by Chris Wickham)

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Based on the true life events of the 2004 tsunami that devastated South East Asia and killed over 200,000 people, Hollywood has decided to make a film called The Impossible that stars Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts as wealthy European tourists caught in the disaster. If I can summarize this film in a nutshell, it would be: “A touching film starring white people who survive while seeing the poor dying brown people around them and realize how fragile life is.”

As usual, there is the trend that with white actors in leading roles about saving non-white people in disastrous situations, you have a guaranteed major distribution. However, if it’s from the perspective of the non-white folks that are afflicted, it is typically relegated to art house statuses and ethnic film festivals.

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Documentary film about a linguist and a Catholic priest, who search for and find the origins of Christianity and the real historical Jesus: Julius Caesar.

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The war on East Asians continues:

Question:  Who makes a movie to pay homage to Japanese giant monster films and only hire one Asian (Japanese) Actress?

Answer: racist Hollywood

 

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Pacific rim (2013) according to the racist makers is supposed to be a homage to Japanese Giant monster films. Typical of racist Hollywood they can’t bother to hire more than one qualified Japanese actors and actresses. They only hire one Asian actress, a Japanese actress Rinko Kikuchi. a white German Mexican actor Clifton Craig Collins, Jr  is playing a character called “Tendo Choi”. Tendo is a Japanese family name, the Choi name is both a Chinese and a Korean family name. only in racist Hollywood can white actors use Asian names. The racist brothers(WB) tried that shtick in their Akira remake which they only call for white men in their casting calls portray the Japanese leads and use the Japanese names, this overt racist action causes public anger and outrage which caused the racist brothers to cancel or shelved the Akira remake project.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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