Honesty and Integrity

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

(Cartoonist - Matt Davies)

In other news, the Trump regime claimed no U.S. troops were harmed when Iran launched a retaliatory strike on al-Asad air base in Iraq, but DefenseOne first reported this morning that 11 service members were transported to treat traumatic brain injury

Meanwhile, analysts at Bank of America say they expect Boeing will eat another $20 billion write-down later this month as the fallout from the 737 Max failure continues. Boeing also said today they found another flaw in the 737 Max software which could add months to recovery time.

Finally, the Brazilian government is removing Culture Secretary Roberto Alvim from his post because he straight up quoted Hitler's propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels in a speech broadcast yesterday.

The video, released on Thursday announcing national prizes to revitalize the arts in Brazil, quickly went viral, attracting outrage due to its at times word-for-word similarity to Goebbels. [...]

Alvim, a theater director appointed last year by far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, announced the prize as music played in the background from a Wagner opera, Hitler’s favorite music.

“Brazilian art of the next decade will be heroic and it will be national... and imperative because it will be rooted in the urgent aspirations of our people, or it will be nothing,” Alvim said in the video.

Goebbels, Hitler’s notorious ideologue, told theater directors during the Nazi regime that: “German art of the next decade will be heroic, will be wildly romantic, will be objective and free of sentimentality, will be national with great pathos and equally imperative and binding, or else it will be nothing.”

Alvim said on Facebook the use of the same phrase was a “rhetorical coincidence,” adding he would never quote Goebbels.

But the phrase itself is perfect: heroism and the aspiration of the people is what we want to see in national art,” he said.

Of course, he would never quote Goebbels, unless what Goebbels said was "perfect."

Today is my oldest niece's 11th birthday so I'm signing off early to get ready to leave for a little get-together. Have a good weekend we'll back here on Tuesday.

  • muselet

    • In fairness, symptoms of concussion sometimes take time to appear. Of course, this is the Trump administration we’re talking about, so Donald Trump’s initial crowing about zero casualties was probably a lie.

    • Boeing is on the ropes. An infusion of metric tonnes of large-denomination banknotes plus a top-to-bottom reshuffle of management will be necessary to save the company (although only the former will happen).

    • On the one hand, wo de ma he ta de fong kung de wai sheng dou! Who quotes Joseph Goebbels in this day and age (“rhetorical coincidence,” my arse)? On the other hand, it seems out of character for Jair Bolsonaro to remove Roberto Alvim for it.

    • Happy birthday to your niece, Ashby.

    • This is what happens when you put two slightly barmy engineers to work on a silly project (luckily, no one was injured):

    Have a good weekend, all.


    • Tony Lavely

      I have to agree, the lack of injury wasn’t part of the design from the beginning. But fun! Thanks!

  • Aynwrong

    Eleven soldiers suffered traumatic brain injury from a missile attack and the Trump administration didn’t inform the public or are so dazzlingly incompetent they just didn’t know. And the party of Scientology patriotism couldn’t care less.

    Goebbels. Fucking Goebbels. Unreal.

    Happy birthday to the niece JM and have a great weekend. Everyone else too.