1. David Edelstein reviews Transformers 4 and another apocalyptic action movie, Snowpiercer, by South Korean director Bong Joon-Ho:

Based on a French graphic novel, it’s set on a long, long, long train carrying the frozen Earth’s only survivors after an attempt to stop global warming backfires spectacularly. The problem is, the population is cruelly sub-divided. The Richie Riches lead lives of luxury in front, while the back cars are filled with ragged proles forced to eat protein mush and watch as, seemingly at random, soldiers drag off their children… 
The action scenes in Snowpiercer are choppy and gracelesss, and many of the actors ham it up. But the combination of B-movie tackiness and broad social satire is strangely potent. As the rebels push through more and more surreal settings—greenhouses, schoolrooms, health spas—and rebels fall by the wayside—shot, stabbed, disemboweled—the film is like a class warfare version of The Poseidon Adventure.  

Still of Tilda Swinton and cast from Snowpiercer View in High-Res

    David Edelstein reviews Transformers 4 and another apocalyptic action movie, Snowpiercer, by South Korean director Bong Joon-Ho:

    Based on a French graphic novel, it’s set on a long, long, long train carrying the frozen Earth’s only survivors after an attempt to stop global warming backfires spectacularly. The problem is, the population is cruelly sub-divided. The Richie Riches lead lives of luxury in front, while the back cars are filled with ragged proles forced to eat protein mush and watch as, seemingly at random, soldiers drag off their children…

    The action scenes in Snowpiercer are choppy and gracelesss, and many of the actors ham it up. But the combination of B-movie tackiness and broad social satire is strangely potent. As the rebels push through more and more surreal settings—greenhouses, schoolrooms, health spas—and rebels fall by the wayside—shot, stabbed, disemboweled—the film is like a class warfare version of The Poseidon Adventure.  

    Still of Tilda Swinton and cast from Snowpiercer

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  1. One of the big deals that ExxonMobil has announced in the past year involves access to the Russian Arctic, where it is partnered with a Russian firm to access many billions of dollars worth of reserves involving big investments ExxonMobil would make north of the Arctic Circle. Why is that oil accessible? It’s because sea ice is melting in the Arctic. Global warming may, in fact, unlock enormous opportunities for oil companies.

    — As ExxonMobil attacked global warming publicly, geologists working within ExxonMobil were examining how a warmer Earth — resulting from global warming — could create new business opportunities for ExxonMobil.

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  1. This not only borrowed from some of the tactics that the tobacco industry had used to delay public understanding of the dangers of smoking, in some cases there were even overlaps of individuals and groups that were engaged in this communications campaign. A lot of corporate America opposed the Kyoto Accords. But only a small set of companies did what Exxon did which was to really go after the science as aggressively as they did.

    — On today’s Fresh Air, investigative journalist Steve Coll explains how ExxonMobil has used its money and power to wield significant influence in Washington, D.C. concerning issues like climate change.

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