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Screwball comedy

Screwball comedy is a subgenre of the romantic comedy genre that became popular during the Great Depression, originating in the early 1930s and thriving until the early 1940s. It is known for satirizing the traditional love story. Many secondary characteristics of this genre are similar to film noir, but it distinguishes itself for being characterized by a female that dominates the relationship with the male central character, whose masculinity is challenged; the two engage in a humorous battle of the sexes, a new theme for Hollywood and audiences at the time. What sets the screwball comedy apart from the generic romantic comedy is that "screwball comedy puts its emphasis on a funny spoofing of love, while the more traditional romantic accents love." Other elements of the screwball comedy include fast-paced, overlapping repartee, farcical situations, escapist themes, physical battle of the sexes and masquerade, plot lines involving courtship and marriage. Screwball comedies depict social classes in conflict, as in It Happened One Night and My Man Godfrey.

Some comic plays are described as screwball comedies. Screwball comedy has proved to be one of the most enduring film genres, it Happened One Night, is credited as the first true screwball, though Bombshell starring Jean Harlow preceded it by a year. Although many film scholars agree that its classic period had ended by 1942, elements of the genre have persisted or have been paid homage to in contemporary films. Still more, other film scholars argue. During the Great Depression, there was a general demand for films with a strong social class critique and hopeful, escapist-oriented themes; the screwball format arose as a result of the major film studios' desire to avoid censorship by the enforced Hays Code. In order to incorporate prohibited risqué elements into their plots, filmmakers resorted to handling these elements covertly. Verbal sparring between the sexes served as a stand-in for sexual tension. Though some film scholars, such as William K. Everson argue "screwball comedies were not so much rebelling against the Production Code as they were attacking–and ridiculing– the dull, lifeless respectability that the Code insisted on for family viewing.

The screwball comedy has close links with the theatrical genre of farce, some comic plays are described as screwball comedies. Many elements of the screwball genre can be traced back to such stage plays as Lysistrata by Aristophanes, William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It and A Midsummer Night's Dream and Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest. Other genres with which screwball comedy is associated include slapstick, situation comedy, romantic comedy and bedroom farce. Films definitive of the genre feature farcical situations, a combination of slapstick with fast-paced repartee and show the struggle between economic classes, they generally feature a self-confident and stubborn central female protagonist and a plot involving courtship and marriage or remarriage. These traits can be seen in both It Happened My Man Godfrey; the film critic Andrew Sarris has defined the screwball comedy as "a sex comedy without the sex."Like farce, screwball comedies involve masquerade and disguise in which a character or characters resort to secrecy.

Sometimes screwball comedies feature male characters cross-dressing, further contributing to elements of masquerade. At first, the couple seem mismatched and hostile to each other but overcome their differences in an amusing or entertaining way that leads to romance; this mismatch comes about when the man is of a lower social class than the woman. The final romantic union is planned by the woman from the outset, the man is oblivious to this. In Bringing Up Baby, the woman says to a third party: "He's the man, he doesn't know it, but I am." These pictures offered a kind of cultural escape valve: a safe battleground on which to explore serious issues such as class under a comedic and non-threatening framework. Class issues are a strong component of screwball comedies: the upper class are represented as idle and having difficulty coping with the real world. By contrast, when lower-class people attempt to pass themselves off as upper-class or otherwise insinuate themselves into high society, they are able to do so with relative ease.

Some critics believe that the portrayal of the upper class in It Happened One Night was brought about by the Great Depression, the financially struggling moviegoing public's desire to see the rich upper class taught a lesson in humanity. Another common element of the screwball comedy is fast-talking, witty repartee; this stylistic device did not originate in the genre: it is found in many of the old Hollywood cycles, including gangster films and romantic comedies. Screwball comedies tend to contain ridiculous, farcical situations, such as in Bringing Up Baby, where a couple must take care of a pet leopard during much of the film. Slapstick elements are frequently present, such as the numerous pratfalls Henry Fonda takes in The Lady Eve. One subgenre of screwball is known as the comedy of remarriage, in which characters divorce and remarry one another; some scholars point to this frequent device as evidence of the shift in the American moral c

1983 Campeonato Carioca

The 1983 edition of the Campeonato Carioca kicked off on July 2, 1983 and ended on December 14, 1983. It is the official tournament organized by FFERJ (Federação de Futebol do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, or Rio de Janeiro State Football Federation. Only clubs based in the Rio de Janeiro State are allowed to play. Twelve teams contested this edition. Fluminense won the title for the 25th time. São Cristóvão and Bonsucesso were relegated; the tournament would be divided in three stages: Taça Guanabara: The twelve teams all played in a single round-robin format against each other. The champions qualified to the Final phase. Taça Rio: The twelve teams all played in a single round-robin format against each other; the champions qualified to the Final phase. Final phase: The champions of the two stages, plus the team with the best overall record would play that phase; each team played in a single round-robin format against each other and the team with the most points won the title

Yves-Matthieu Dafreville

Yves-Matthieu Dafreville is a French judoka, who played for the middleweight category. He is a member of the Levallois Sporting Club in Levallois-Perret, is coached and trained by Patrick Rosso and Stéphane Fremont. Dafreville represented France at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, where he competed for the men's middleweight class, he defeated Cuba's Asley González, Italy's Roberto Meloni, Brazil's Eduardo Santos in the preliminaries, before losing out the semi-final match, with an ippon and a kata guruma, to Algeria's Amar Benikhlef. Because Benikhlef advanced further into the final match against Georgia's Irakli Tsirekidze, Dafreville automatically qualified for the bronze medal game, where he narrowly lost the medal to Egypt's Hesham Mesbah, who scored an ippon and a Te Guruma, at one minute and twenty-nine seconds. Sports reference Yves-Matthieu Dafreville at JudoInside.com Profile – Judo Inside Profile – French Olympic Committee NBC Olympics Profile

John Maxwell Hamilton

John Maxwell Hamilton has been a journalist, public servant, educator. He is the Hopkins P. Breazeale Professor in Manship School of Mass Communication, Louisiana State University, a Global Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D. C. and a senior associate at the Center for International Studies. As a journalist, Hamilton reported in the United States and abroad for the Milwaukee Journal, the Christian Science Monitor, ABC radio, he was a longtime commentator for MarketPlace, broadcast nationally by Public Radio International. His work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Foreign Affairs, The Nation, among other publications. In government, Hamilton oversaw nuclear non-proliferation issues for the House Foreign Affairs Committee, served in the State Department during the Carter administration as special assistant to the head of the U. S. foreign aid program in Asia, managed a World Bank program to educate Americans about economic development.

He served in Vietnam as a Marine Corps platoon commander and in Okinawa as a reconnaissance company commander. In his twenty years as an LSU administrator, Hamilton was founding dean of the Manship School and the university's executive vice-chancellor and provost. While he was dean, the Manship School created a doctoral degree devoted to media and public affairs, launched the Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs and a related opinion research facility; the number of majors more than doubled as did the size of the staff. Hamilton serves on the board of the International Center for Journalists. With Tom Rosenstiel, he co-chairs the American Press Institute Research Advisory Group, organized to develop academic research useful to journalists. In the 1980s, Hamilton established a foreign news project for the Society of Professional Journalists and for the American Society of Newspaper editors; the National Journal said in the 1980s that Hamilton shaped public opinion about the complexity of U.

S.-Third World relations "more than any other single journalist." For many years, Hamilton was on the board of the Lamar Corporation, the largest outdoor advertising company in the United States. Hamilton is editor of many more, his most recent book, appearing in 2020, is Manipulating the Masses: Woodrow Wilson and the Birth of American Propaganda. Slate interviewed Hamilton to discuss his book on American newsgathering abroad, Journalism's Roving Eye; the book won the Goldsmith Prize, among other awards. Hamilton received the Freedom Forum's Administrator of the Year Award in 2003, he has received funding among others. In 2002 he was a Shorenstein Fellow at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, he has served twice as a Pulitzer Prize jurist. Hamilton is a member of the Council of Foreign Relations, the Overseas Press Club, the Metropolitan Club of Washington. Hamilton earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in journalism from Marquette and Boston University and a doctorate in American Civilization from George Washington University.

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United States Post Office (Champaign, Illinois)

The U. S. Post Office, now known as the Springer Cultural Center, is a historic government building located at Randolph and Church Streets in Champaign, Illinois. Built in 1905, the building served as Champaign's post office; the office of Supervising Architect James Knox Taylor designed the Beaux-Arts building. The brick building features extensive terra cotta ornamentation; the front facade has four pairs of Ionic pilasters separating two sets of windows. A frieze reading "UNITED STATES POST OFFICE" and a dentillated cornice run above the pilasters. A balustrade runs along the front edge of the roof. In 1966, the post office was converted to a federal building; the building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976. It was deeded to the Champaign Park District in 1991. List of United States Post Offices

Our Posthuman Future

Our Posthuman Future: Consequences of the Biotechnology Revolution is a 2002 book by Francis Fukuyama. In it, he discusses the potential threat to liberal democracy that use of new and emerging biotechnologies for transhumanist ends poses. Fukuyama defines human nature as "the sum of the behavior and characteristics that are typical of the human species, arising from genetics rather than environmental factors." The "typicality" is further defined as a statistical phenomenon of the usual distribution of measured parameters describing human characteristics, such the normal distribution of height or intellectual quotient. The author recognizes that distinguishing "pathological" from "normal" is difficult, but insists that drawing the line between the two is not only possible, but is achieved by regulatory agencies through a legislative process. "It has seemed to me that the only people who can argue that there is no difference in principle between disease and health are those who have never been sick: if you have a virus or fracture your leg, you know well that something is wrong."

Possession of moral choice, human language, sociability, emotions and consciousness constitute distinguishing qualities that differentiate humans from animals. Fukuyama refers to the irreducible totality of these qualities as "Factor X", "the complex whole" as opposed to "the sum of simple parts", which forms the foundation of human dignity. Moreover, he believes that "every member of the human species possesses a genetic endowment that allows him or her to become a whole human being, an endowment that distinguishes a human in essence from other types of creatures." Thus, he squarely places the source of human dignity in human genetics providing the argument against unregulated modification of human germline cells. Fukuyama argues that the moral status of human embryos is higher than that of human cells or human tissues because they possess "the potential to become a full human being." He concludes that "it is therefore reasonable, on non-religious grounds, to question whether researchers should be free to create and destroy human embryos at will."

Francis Fukuyama argues that informed discussion of human rights requires understanding of human purposes, which themselves rest on a concept of human nature and human dignity. Therefore, biotechnology targeting human nature will affect the discourse of values and politics, he provides several arguments to defend his human nature-based theory of rights: Classic philosophical accounts by Socrates and Plato argue for the existence of human nature. Fukuyama believes that these classic accounts are too dismissed by "thoughtless contemporary commentators sneer at Plato's "simplistic" psychology"; the Fallacy of "Naturalistic Fallacy". In response to the assertion that moral obligations cannot be derived from the observation of natural world, Fukuyama demonstrates that humans use emotions to prioritize values. For example, the fear of violent death produces the basic right of life, which some will consider a value higher than the freedom of religion. Inconsistencies in the views of libertarian legal theorists, John Rawls and Ronald Dworkin.

For example, Fukuyama shows that John Rawls in "A Theory of Justice", appeals to apparent observations of human nature, such as genetically programmed social reciprocity. Ronald Dworkin, on the other hand appears to make assumptions about human nature: the existence of distinct natural human potential that can develop over time, efforts needed to cultivate this potential, desirable choices of an individual regarding her potential; some decisions by the US Supreme Court "suggest priorities among the wide variety of human desires and purposes." For example, Fukuyama suggests that the US Supreme Court decision Casey vs. Planned Parenthood defends "moral autonomy as the most important human right." Values make collective action possible. "Human beings find great satisfaction in the fact that values and norms are shared. Solipsistically held values defeat their own purpose and lead to a dysfunctional society in which people are unable to work together for common ends." Political history reveals the failure of political regimes.

For example, Fukuyama concludes that the ultimate failure of communism was caused by its "failure to respect the natural inclination to favor kin and private property." Fukuyama recognizes that translation of human nature into rights is difficult, but possible through a rational discussion of human ends. In his opinion, control of biotechnology is a political necessity. "Countries must regulate the development and use of technology politically, setting up institutions that will discriminate between those technological advances that promote human flourishing, those that pose a threat to human dignity and well-being". He rejects the idea that "theology, philosophy, or politics" should not influence the scientific process, because "science by itself cannot establish the ends to which it is put." "Nazi doctors who injected concentration camp victims with infection agents... were in fact legitimate scientists who gathered real data that could be put to good use." Therefore, morality is needed to establish the end of science and the technology that science produces, pronounce on whether those ends are good or bad."

Political process that could decide on the legitimate uses of science is enabled by a democratically constituted political community acting through elected and scientifically informed representatives. Fukuyama rejects the notion. Nuclear weapons, nuclear power, ballistic missiles and chemical warfare, illegal human organ trade, neuropharmacological drugs, genetically mo