the GOP donor class gave Jeb Bush what.... hundreds of millions of dollars. Thats who they thought was going to win and who the Republican base would rally around. Jeb was a decent governor and is brighter than his brother W but he is 100% compliant to that donor class. He's a status quo kind of guy and thats not a horrible thing but he doesn't project an actual personality. All of the other candidates especially trump were more unique and have more passion about what they care about than him. trump is a nationalist that's his thing and it's popular right now because of white working class unemployment and war fatigue.
Right now Europe is getting fed Saddam 2003 type conspiracy theories about Assad, Syrias president. Some of them are probably true but he is the same dictator he was 5 years ago when no one cared. the point is the whole international order and liberal interventionism and so forth. The US is NOT being subject to this barrage.
Rupert Murdoch owns media outlets in both countries why isn't he running all the Assad stuff here? because he knows it will get no traction. The American mood is pulling away from not only the international order but from its own central government. not towards libertarianism as I might hope but to a kind of new regionalism. No one is supporting Bernie Sanders an old socialist blowhard because of his looks or personality or because they want US troops patrolling Damascus. They want to bring their kids to soccer practice, have barbeques, go to work and come home and just tend their gardens. "its whats not there" as they say
APRIL AND THE EXTRAORDINARY WORLD (2015): In an alternate history where technology never advanced past 1870, young April seeks to find her scientist parents, abducted by unknown forces with superior technology. The expertly realized "extraordinary world," founded on Napoleon III's failed experiment to create an army of invulnerable monkeys, is the star of this lovingly dystopian science fantasy adventure; it's not steampunk, it's sootpunk. Dubbed in English with voices of Paul Giamatti, Susan Sarandon, J.K. Simmons, etc. Recommended to fans of Studio Ghibli. 4.5/5.
ANGLEUS (2000): Just before dying, the master of a cult of painters in the Polish mining town of Katowice predicts WWII, Stalin, and the end of the world by a ray shot from Saturn. This surreal evocation of buried spirituality behind the Iron Curtain is hardly coherent and ends with a whimper, but it features some great painterly imagery along the way. 3/5.