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Voici la troisième saison de Line of Duty, diffusée sur BBC Two.

Line of Duty saison 3 photo

Après Lenny James dans la première saison puis Keeley Hawes dans la seconde saison, c’est au tour de Daniel Mays d’être le principal suspect d’une investigation dirigée par la brigade anticorruption.

Mays incarne le sergent Danny Waldron, leader d’une unité d’intervention rapide dont le comportement imprévisible fait de lui un danger pour ses collègues et les suspects. La brigade anticorruption est alors appelée pour enquêter sur ses actions et ils pourraient à leur tour se trouver en difficultés.

Martin Compston (DS Steve Arnott), Vicky McClure (DC Kate Fleming) et Adrian Dunbar (Ted Hastings) sont tous les trois de retour cette saison, qui est filmée à Belfast, en Irlande du Nord.

Voici la seconde saison de Line of Duty, diffusée sur la BBC.

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Un convoi de police est pris dans une violente embuscade : un témoin sous protection est grièvement blessé et trois policiers sont tués à l’exception de l’inspecteur Lindsay Denton, qui a organisé l’opération dans un délai très court et qui n’a mis au courant que son chef, Mike Dryden.

Des preuves suggèrent qu’une source proche de la police pourrait avoir fuité des informations sur le parcours du convoi. Mike Dryden, chef en charge de l’unité, est chargé de mener l’enquête. Georgia Trotman mène l’interrogation et est choquée de constater que Lindsay est traitée comme un suspect par les hommes de son équipe – même ses finances sont épluchées.

Lindsay est transférée au service des personnes disparues. Kate la suit jusqu’à la maison de retraite où vit sa mère et apprend qu’elle a appelé l’hopital depuis une cabine téléphonique. Georgia et Steve foncent vers l’hôpital alors que quelqu’un est en train de tuer le témoin…

Cette seconde saison a remporté l’adhésion de la critique comme du public et la BBC a d’ores et déjà commandé deux saisons supplémentaires.

La BBC lance sa nouvelle série criminelle, Line of Duty.

Line Of Duty est une série dramatique qui traite de la corruption policière. Après un raid contre-terroriste qui tourne mal, le sergent-détective Steve Arnott refuse d’étouffer l’affaire.

Mis à l’écart par ses collègues, il est transféré dans une unité anti-corruption, AC-12, dirigée par le super-intendant Ted Hastings.

Et voici la seconde saison de Braquo, diffusée sur Canal+ après deux ans d’attente interminable.

Le bouillant Théo Vachewski (Nicolas Duvauchelle), le musculeux Walter Morlighem (Joseph Malerba) et l’endurcie Roxane Delgado (Karole Rocher), tous membres du SRPJ 92 conduit par Eddy Caplan (Jean-Hugues Anglade), sont jetés en prison pour avoir vengé dans le sang la mort du commandant Rossi.

Une special request de circonstance : la première saison de Braquo, diffusée en 2009 sur Canal+.

Suite à la condamnation injuste et au suicide de leur chef de groupe, trois flics de la PJ ont la tentation de franchir la ligne rouge.

Faisant ainsi front à la machine administrative qui, par son inertie et son indifférence, a conduit leur ami jusqu’à la mort.

Harcelés par l’IGS, ils tournent définitivement le dos aux règles établies et à leurs illusions ; ces trois flics adoptent un mode de vie hors norme régi par l’adrénaline, la prise de risque, les coups bas, l’argent, le sang et la mort…

Chaque pas supplémentaire fait sur le territoire des voyous rend plus difficile le retour en arrière.

The Chicago Code est une nouvelle série policière de Shawn Ryan (The Shield) diffusée sur FOX.

Teresa Colvin, la première femme superintendant de la police de Chicago, milite pour la création d’une équipe dédiée à la corruption de la ville pour enquêter sur Alderman Ronin Gibbons, un magnat du bâtiment qui se tourne vers la politique.

Pendant ce temps, l’ex-équipier de Colvin et l’un des vétérans du département de police de Chicago, Jarek Wysocki, enquête sur un meurtre mystérieux dans Grant Park avec sa nouvelle équipière Caleb Evers. Sous la protection de Jarek, il y a aussi sa nièce Vonda Wysocki, son équipier Isaac Joiner et Liam Hennessey, un malfrat irlandais qui se mèle au monde gris du crime local.

Voici la première saison de Boardwalk Empire, diffusée sur HBO et basée sur le livre de Nelson Johnson qui s’intitule Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times and Corruption of Atlantic City. Cette série raconte l’histoire d’Atlantic City, cité du jeu et du vice.

Nous sommes à Atlantic City, au début de la Prohibition. Enoch “Nucky” Thompson (Steve Buscemi) fait une vente d’alcool illégal en visitant Arnold Rothstein, gangster de New York, et s’intéresse à une mère au foyer qui a un mari qui abuse d’elle.

Pendant ce temps, Jimmy Darmody (Michael Pitt), vétéran de la première guerre mondiale et protégé de Thomson, rencontre un jeune et violent criminel du nom d’Al Capone.

Le problème : un layout vide

Cela fait plusieurs mois que SAM Broadcaster a un comportement étrange : à chaque fois que je le lance, le plan de travail est complètement vide. Pas de consoles, pas de contrôles… bref, l’écran est vide et je suis obligé de charger le plan de travail manuellement en cliquant sur Layout > Size 1024 x 768 > Default. Et tout cela est arrivé à cause d’un plantage de l’application, en décembre 2007.

Ce week-end, en lançant comme souvent Thunderstruck Radio, SAM Broadcaster ne voulait plus jouer aucune chanson : la file d’attente (Queue list) était vierge, sans aucune possibilité de la remplir. ‘Nous voilà bien’ me dis-je alors intérieurement. En basculant sur les différents bureaux de SAM, le gestionnaire d’évènements (event log) m’a appris pourquoi plus rien ne fonctionnait comme avant :

Corruption de la table MySQL

La ligne qui nous intéresse est celle-ci :

Can’t open file : ‘queuelist.MYI’. (errno : 145)

Introduction

You cannot really rely on newspaper articles. Recently, it featured the confessions of repenting organized crime members, i.e. the distort truth for their own interests. The police distorted the figures to get credit and money from the Federal Government.

Organized crime was considered as a kind of un-American activity. Since more gangsters were ethnics (Jews, Russians, etc), calling them “un-American” was a way of dismissing American roots.

In Scarface, the motto “the world is yours” highlights the ironic vision between the American Dream and the gangsters.

The structure of organized crime is that of a bureaucratic and corporate model. It looks like a company organic line, with a complex hierarchy and a division of labor.

Responsibilities are carried out in an impersonal manner and the function is more important than the person.

Organized crime is a mirror of monopoly capitalism and from earlier gangster movies, it is considered as a business.

In Asphalt Jungle, “crime is just a left-handed form of human endeavor”.

The difference between organized crime and any corporation is that you cannot use written support: it relies on secrecy and personal networks.

Organized crime before prohibition

The first gangs appeared in the mid 19th century in big cities, in ethnic districts. These gangs were born out of one major contradiction in the United States: opportunity for all and equality for all – and real practice of this combination (the discrimination against foreigners: Jews, Catholics, Russians, Polish…)

The West was usually not an option in 1890 for it was closed. Eastern cities like Chicago were cities where ghettos had formed.

There was a regulated competition in poor ghettos and knowing a gang member was a good way to get a job.

There were different levels: the federal level, the city level and the county level. Each level has a strong degree of independence. One county could decide to stay dry (without alcohol) where another would be wet.

Police forces in the 1920’s

Almost no state police at the time. The Federal agencies were weak until the 1930’s. The police jobs were distributed this way: if you were given a job by a Democrat party, you would vote Democrat and influence other people to vote as such.

Pre-Prohibition Organized Crime

Since the end of the Civil War, American capitalism gave rise to monopoly capitalism, through horizontal integration (the bigger ones buy smaller ones and merge) and vertical integration (one company controlling several parts of a business: manufacturing or raw materials, distribution, selling…).

It is characterized by fierce competition: end of productive power, spreading of false rumors on the stock market and the taking advantage of it.

Newspaper magnate R. Hearst hired gangsters to buy his newspaper and convince others to buy them. C. Vanderbilt started a civil war to get control of the canal of Panama to protect his own interests.

Hollywood used the practice called “blind booking” (or “block booking”) to be sure to control the distribution of their films. If a distributor wanted one film, it had to buy the whole stock. This gave rise to the Anti-Trust Act to prevent complete monopoly.

In the Chicago beer war, the means were slightly more violent but the aims were the same: to get the monopoly. As Al Capone put it: “I’m just a businessman, I provide what people need”.

The Prohibition: struggle for a definition of America

The Prohibition was initiated by nativistic desires. We could define nativism as:

  • a reaction to the changing patterns of immigration.
  • industrialization and urbanization.
  • changing moves.

A – Reaction to the changing patterns of immigration

Around the 1880s-1890s, people from Poland, Czechoslovakia, Eastern Europe arrived in America. This did not please the “older” Americans.

The USA was a protestant country and the Ku-Klux-Klan accused the immigrants of all the wrongs.

B – Industrialization and urbanization

The first American dream saw America as a land of morality. The urban way of life was a shift from an economy of scarcity to the beginning of the consumer society in the 1920’s, with credits for cars, telephone, entertainments…

Cinema was a symbol between a new technology and a new way of life based on consumption. Money is here to be spent. Pleasure is worthwhile (cinema, cabaret, jazz).

The “Roaring Twenties” were a huge part of the young Americans. New types of sexual values: the “flapper” is the new 1920’s woman. (Note: the woman was the cornerstone of morality). Censorship first applied to gangster movies and to the movies describing this new sexuality.

C – Changing moves

The Prohibition is an attempt to give back America its morality.

The immigrants were associated with people who drank Italian wine, Irish beer.. After World War I, the enemy was Germany: drinking beer was unpatriotic.

The saloon was not only a place to drink but also a place of social life and a center of vice (prostitutes).

Alcohol became the segregation line between the Americans and the undesirable (the immigrants).

It was also based on scientific data: eugenics (the idea of improving the race), and the idea of preventing alcohol from ruining the future generations.

Henry Ford said it would improve the efficiency of his workers (even before the Prohibition, he used to check his workers, even at home !).

Creation of women’s movements to prevent abuse and violence at home. 1874 saw the creation of the Woman Christian Temperance Union (WCTV). The Anti-Saloon League was created.

Prohibitionists were not a majority and yet they manages to impose their will to the nation.

The real Prohibition came about on the 16th of January 1919 with the ratification of the 18th Amendment by 36 states.

In 1920, the Volstead Act prohibited the sale of all intoxicating beverages (more than 0.5% of alcohol), with the exception of the beverage needed for medical purposes.

The consumption of alcohol at home was not prohibited but its manufacturing, distribution was.

This was not a popular law and people tried to drink all the more. Since the supply of alcohol was banned, they had to find other ways: by making alcohol illegal, it made it more desirable.

The speakeasies were clandestine bars where you could buy alcohol. The Roaring Twenties were the age of jazz, alcohol, and sexual liberation.

Repression was made difficult by the widespread corruption at every level. Politicians were corrupted, especially at the Prohibition bureau.

Basically, Prohibition made things go from bad to worse. Gangsters were able to intimidate witnesses and to avoid going to prison. In 1920, there were 6.8 murders for 1000 people. In 1933, there were 9.7 murders for 1000 people.

The gangsters had a popular image: they were businessmen providing the people with what they needed. They were considered as men who made it and embodied the American Dream, especially in the period of depression of the 1930’s.

The Prohibition increased enormously the power of gangsters. There was an economic mutation: the alcohol being banned, the prices went up and there were high risks in running an alcohol shop.

Legal businessmen stopped their production, except for medicine or for non-alcoholic beers (inferior to 0.5% alcohol). The thing is that before the removing of alcohol, you had alcoholic beers…

It became a highly lucrative system for gangsters, much more important than prostitution or gambling. It was an expensive investment but it produced high revenues. You had to import your alcohol and hire people to protect it. Al Capone for instance hired 700 gunmen. Organized crime became very influential.

A way of getting alcohol was to hi-jack federal reserves or stealing ale before the alcohol was removed, or alcohol destined to medicine use.

Some people tried to produce their own whiskey, mixed with turpentine but it was so toxic that people could die from it (!). Vertical integration controlled the importation and production of alcohol. Organized crime was first local and then became a wider organization thanks to syndication.

The Prohibition increased criminality. Organized crime in the United States was not imported.

Capone’s gang ruled part of Chicago and when it became too hot, it moved to Cicero. This control was so important that Capone was able to impose mayors.

Sommaire de la série Organized Crime in America during the Prohibition (1929-1951)

  1. Evolution of Organized Crime
  2. Organized Crime : Expression and Repression
  3. Organized Crime and the Prohibition
  4. Organized Crime in America
  5. Organized Crime: Repression and Censorship

Boondock Saints[Enter Connor, Murphy and Il Duce into the court room – armed. They make the mobster kneel in front of the audience.]

Connor (Sean Patrick Flanery) : Now you will receive us !
Murphy (Norman Reedus) : We do not ask for your poor, or your hungry.
Connor : We do not want your tired and sick.
Murphy : It is your corrupt we claim.
Connor : It is your evil that will be sought by us.
Murphy : With every breath, we shall hunt them down.
Connor : Each day we will spill their blood, ’til it rains down from the skies !
Murphy : Do not kill. Do not rape. Do not steal. These are principles which every man of every faith can embrace.
Connor : These are not polite suggestions, these are codes of behaviour, and those of you that ignore them will pay the dearest cost.
Murphy : There are varying degrees of evil. We urge you lesser forms of filth, not to push the bounds and cross over, into true corruption, into our domain.
Connor : For if you do, one day you will look behind you and you will see we three, and on that day you will reap it !
Murphy : And we will send you to whatever god you wish.

Connor, Murphy, Il Duce (Billy Connolly) : And shepherds we shall be, for thee my Lord for thee, Power hath descended forth from thy hand, that our feet may swiftly carry out thy command, we shall flow a river forth to thee, and teeming with souls shall it ever be.

Il Duce : In nomine patris…
Connor : … et filii…
[All cock their guns]
Murphy : … et spiritus sancti.
[Gunshots]

– From The Boondock Saints

You bad MF !!!Bon, rien ne va plus sur le PC que j’utilise à Nantes, celui de mon padre en fait… ce qui est encore plus problématique. La cause de la corruption du profil principal de WinXP reste inconnue : je rentre hier soir des Alpes après 11 heures de route, lance le micro, McAfee se met à jour tout comme Windows Update. Deux heures plus tard, la machine se met en veille, chose qui ne lui arrive jamais. Je l’éteins donc et la rallume ce matin, obtenant ce mystérieux message occulte : “Windows est incapable d’ouvrir le profil principal… fichiers manquants ou corrompus… fichier n’a pu être ajouté à la base de registre“. Wow, super pratique ce diagnostique : on sait que ça ne marche pas mais aucune raison évoquée. Donc, si jamais cela vous arrive (apparemment ce ne serait pas si rare que cela…), voici quelques petits conseils :

  1. ouvrez une session temporaire avec un autre compte que vous aurez sans doute à créer (Panneau de configuration > comptes utilisateurs) et ajoutez un troisième compte pour sauvegarder vos fichiers
  2. dans les options de l’explorateur, affichez les fichiers cachés/protégés (Explorateur > Outils > Options > Affichage)
  3. Copiez les fichiers C:\Documents and Settings\***compte_foireux*** vers C:\Documents and Settings\***nouveau_compte*** sauf les trois fichiers ntuser.*
  4. Si vous avez de la chance, cela fonctionnera avec le compte vers lequel vous avez copié vos données. Sinon, mieux vaut copier uniquement les fichiers/répertoire qui sont primordiaux pour vous (raccourcis du bureau, profils des applications…).

Personnellement, cela m’a pris environ 6 comptes différents pour retrouver un système stable. J’ai copié le contenu du bureau, les raccourcis et mon profil Firefox – ce qui constitue pour moi l’essentiel. Dès que j’ajoute autre chose, bam ! cela foire de nouveau. J’ai même perdu les drivers de ma carte graphique dans une série de reboots sauvages imposés par cet OS de brin. Merci WinXP de nous rappeler pourquoi on devrait t’abandonner sur une aire d’autoroute en partant en vacances…