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The Informant!

Was never sure exactly what was happening. It is essentially in the form of a documentary, ruled by dialog and Matt Damon’s voice-overs. Matt is a very convincing character actor. Never sure whether to laugh at him or with him. Polite or awkward chuckles much more often than laugh-out-loud moments. Thick irony, someone being so intelligent and so clueless at once. He seems to honestly believe he is a hero in a movie, like Tom Cruise in “The Firm”; playing at being such a character is discordant with real life.

I imagine this will be more funny the second time than the first, if I ever get around to watching it again. But in my opinion, it was a dud as a date movie.

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Child Marriage Is Child Abuse

http://www.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/09/14/yemen.childbirth.death/index.html

A 12-year-old Yemeni girl, who was forced into marriage, died during a painful childbirth that also killed her baby, a children’s rights group said Monday.
Nujood Ali was also forced into an arranged marriage. She made headlines in 2008 when she divorced at 10.

Fawziya Ammodi struggled for three days in labor, before dying of severe bleeding…