MOVIE GUY — Boys State provides fascinating look at America’s political future

first_img But the real power of this film is how it delves into the minds of these young men. These are teenagers who have a budding interest in going into politics when they grow up. Their optimistic views of political service to the country service are inspiring. Then again, some of their jaded thoughts on American politics are also quite distressing.It’s curious that the film draws such divisive reactions. There are some audiences who see the clear-eyed young men in this film and think that there is hope for us yet. Things look rosy if this is an early portrait of our future leaders. Then again, there are others who note that these young men have already learned the power of mudslinging and smear campaigns. I shudder to think of what the future might look like if they are already so adept at playing dirty politics.Any film that can stir up such a range of emotions is obviously very well made. Kudos to the filmmakers who reportedly deployed a half-dozen camera teams in order to cover the sprawling event. And credit them for being smart enough in pre-production to be able to lock onto the major candidates, even though they were unknown students mere days before the event began. It’s not a perfect film. The documentary might have benefitted by showcasing a few other points of view. It should also be noted that, according to my sister, Girls State is where the real drama happens.Perhaps there’s a sequel to come. Either way, Boys State is a fascinating documentary and a thrilling/terrifying look at America’s political future—a must see for anyone who is a political junkie.Boys State is streaming exclusively on Apple TV+. Movie reviews by Sean McBride, “The Movie Guy,” are published each week by Port Arthur Newsmedia and seen weekly on KFDM and Fox4. Sean welcomes your comments via email at [email protected] Boys State is the annual program sponsored by the American Legion where high school students are given a crash course on the American political system. They gather to form a mock legislature and campaign to be elected as the teenage versions of governors, senators and judges.I took part in the program in 1983, and while I recall it being a lot of fun, it didn’t ignite a passion in me for political service. I wonder if things might have been different if I’d attended the Boys State at the center on the new Apple+ documentary.Boys State takes place at the Texas gathering in 2018 and follows a handful of boys as they careen through their mock election process. At its most basic level, this film recreates the tension of a national political race. The filmmakers have been following a handful of the participants, so it’s only natural that we would be invested in the outcome of their campaigns. Boys StateApple TV+Directed by Amanda McBaine and Jesse MossRated PG-13last_img read more

NAFCU, others set record straight on data security

first_imgIn joint letters sent to both the House and Senate yesterday, NAFCU and five other financial trades refuted “misleading and counterproductive” statements being made by retailers about data security breaches in hearings this week.The letters recognized and appreciated the acceptance of responsibility taken on behalf of Target and Neiman Marcus, whose executives have testified before Congress this week on their data breaches. The executives, in their testimony, accepted responsibility and agreed to work with lawmakers and the financial industry to better protect consumers.However, the industry trades also pointed out that many in the retail industry do not appear to share the views expressed by Target and Neiman Marcus and attempt to divert attention and duck responsibility. In an effort to set the record straight, NAFCU and the other financial trades noted the following:In 2013, 77 percent of data breaches occurred at healthcare facilities and other retailers and only 4 percent at financial institutions.Chip-and-pin technology is not a cure-all, as these recent breaches involved intrusions into computer networks of companies. The companies’ internal firewalls were breached, and new card technology could not have prevented that.Currently, it is up to financial institutions to make breach-affected consumers’ whole. They are the ones replacing cards and reimbursing consumers for fraudulent charges and often are not reimbursed themselves. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Legal aid reforms at odds with Cameron’s SME targets

first_imgReforms to legal aid are at odds with – and could even imperil – the prime minister’s ambition to break big businesses’ stranglehold on government contracts, the Gazette can reveal.Announcing ‘nothing less than a wholesale change in attitude’ David Cameron three years ago committed the government to increasing the proportion of public spending going to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to 25% by 2015. SMEs currently account for just under 20% of the government’s £43.5bn annual spending on procurement.However figures published this week reveal that the Ministry of Justice, which currently accounts for one-fifth of all government spending on SMEs, is heading in the opposite direction to government policy.The ministry’s spending with SMEs fell 3% in 2012/13 compared with the previous year, against an overall rise of 0.4% across Whitehall. The majority of the MoJ’s £1.56bn direct spending with SMEs comes from legal aid contracts, which account for 31% of its total procurement budget.In the Cabinet Office report Making Government More Accessible to SMEs: two years on , the MoJ says: ‘The slight reduction in direct spend with SMEs in 2012/13 represents efficiencies that have been made in procurement expenditure during this financial year.’The department said it is on track to increase spend with SMEs to 38% by 2015.However a Law Society spokesperson said that proposals for price-competitive tendering will shrink SME spend further as contracts go to larger suppliers.‘Legal aid represents about a quarter of all MoJ expenditure, over 90% of it with SMEs. As a direct result of government policy, that expenditure is falling. It is hard to see how the ministry can reconcile this with its confident assertion that in future an even higher proportion of expenditure will be channelled to SMEs,’ he said.The MoJ said it would achieve its 38% target by advertising opportunities over £10,000 on Contracts Finder, the single advertising portal for government opportunities; publish a pipeline of forthcoming opportunities on the MoJ website; remove red tape on tenders and split large requirements into ‘lots’.‘In addition we are about to commence a programme of targeted supplier events for our Rehabilitation Programme to ensure that SMEs are afforded maximum opportunities to participate,’ it said.Join our LinkedIn Legal Aid sub-grouplast_img read more

Security in Brief

first_imgBackground classical music is to be played over the public address systems of 35 London Underground stations maintained by Metronet in an effort to deter people not intending to travel from loitering in the stations. Tests at four District Line stations found that reports of physical and verbal abuse fell by a third when CD players were linked to the ticket hall speakers.Danish Railways is deploying video networking software from Verint Systems Inc on København suburban trains to allow staff to monitor passenger areas.The DVR1A digital video recorder from Dutch firm Bosch Security Systems is a direct replacement for VHS recorders used in security applications. The 80 GB hard disk is equivalent to four tapes, but it is easier to search and avoids the problems associated with moving parts or image degradation.Transport CCTV network specialist CellStack Systems was renamed Telindus Surveillance Solutions late last year, as part of a strategy for expansion into other sectors by the Belgium-based Telindus Group.A 1m yuan intruder alarm system has been installed on Shanghai Metro Line 3, which is also being patrolled by a 12-person security team and two guard dogs following a spate of thefts of signal cables.Barcelona Metro has awarded Gunnebo Entrance Control a contract to provide 63 HiddenGate and six disabled-accessible automatic gates for use on Line 2. The Swedish firm has also won a contract to supply Ascom with 227 turnstiles and 43 accessible gates for use on the Toulouse Metro (RG 2.05 p76).The latest addition to Townscape Products’ range of outdoor benches is the Victoria, a ’sleek and contemporary’ seat in mild steel which features arm rests designed to prevent it being misused by skateboarders.last_img read more

LeBron Brilliant As Usual; Korver, Irving Lift Cavs to Sweep

first_img Related Topics Matt Medley LeBron James continued his dominant 2017 postseason, scoring a game-high 35 points, hitting 5-of-12 three-pointers, in Cleveland’s 109-102 victory over the Toronto Raptors in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals.LeBron has scored 30 or more points in seven of the first eight Playoff games in 2017 and the Cavs are 8-0 through two rounds.While LeBron delivered an ordinary game by his own standards in these Playoffs, it was Kyle Korver coming up big off the bench in the second quarter, scoring 16 points.He finished with 18 on the day, but that second quarter helped Cleveland create some distance heading to halftime.The Raptors stayed in the game until midway through the fourth quarter, when Kyrie Irving took over.After an underwhelming first three games to the series, Irving was dominant in the fourth quarter of Game 4, scoring 11 points in a span of less than three minutes and helping Cleveland jump out to an eight-point lead with four minutes to play.He finished with 27 points and nine assists in the win.DeMar DeRozan (22), Cory Joseph (20) and Serge Ibaka (23) each eclipsed 20 points in the loss with Kyle Lowry injured, but it was to no avail and the Raptors’ season comes to an end.Cleveland awaits the winner of Boston-Washington’s Eastern Conference semifinals series.The Eastern Conference Finals will begin on either May 15 or May 17, depending on if the BOS-WAS series goes seven games.center_img Matt Medley is co-editor at NEO Sports Insiders, covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Indians and high school sports in Northeast Ohio.Follow @MedleyHoops on Twitter for live updates from games.last_img read more