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          Oliver Stone, “Pokemon Go, It is a new level of invasion”   

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          TS264: Charity Events, “Fixer Upper”, Greg Abbott, Guest Dana Tuinier   
This week Bryan tells us all about his family’s evening with Hannibal Lecter in Vegas, while Erin shares her run in with Rachel Zoe at a rich, rich, rich charity event. Also, a controversial Buzzfeed article speculates about the hosts of HGTVs “Fixer Upper” and their views on LGBTQ people due to their support of an evangelical church. and Texas Governor Greg Abbott has finalized his plans that require abortion clinics to bury or cremate fetal remains at the patients expense. Plus guest TV Land Executive Dana Tuinier is here to discuss the time she screamed at Bryan in public, her involvement with The Trevor Project, and being instrumental in bringing Throwing Shade to TV Land. Happy December Honeybunz! Follow Dana on twitter @troubleverydana
          Trump's Appointment to Gender Equality Office Has Hateful Anti-Trans Record    
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Adding to his record of appointing people to posts they are fundamentally unqualified to hold, Donald Trump has named an anti-trans activist as a senior adviser to the office of Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment. Bethany Kozma, who held positions in the White House and Homeland Security under George W. Bush, vehemently opposed guidelines issued by President Obama's administration that advised schools to let trans students use their preferred names and pronouns and use the restrooms and locker rooms that align with their gender identity, Buzzfeed reports. And to Google the woman who will advise on gender equality in the office that is part of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is to uncover a treasure trove of hateful, woefully misguided anti-trans propaganda. 

“A boy claiming gender confusion must now be allowed in the same shower, bathroom, or locker room with my daughter under the president’s transgender policies,” Kozma wrote in a 2016 piece about the Obama administration guidelines. “When I learned that predators could abuse these new policies to hurt children in school lockers, shelters, pool showers, or other vulnerable public places like remote bathrooms in national parks, I realized I had to do something.” 

In a disgusting attempt to equate trans women with sexual predators, Kozma’s story included a video of women sharing their stories of how they were sexually assaulted by cisgender men in spaces like bathrooms and locker rooms. 

While naming Kozma, who clearly doesn’t believe that trans women are equal to cisgender women, as an adviser at the office of Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment is a slap in the face to all women, her position in the office is further complicated by the fact that USAID has a long history of supporting programs that advance LGBT equality around the world, including a program that leverages financial contributions to support “LGBTI human rights and development in 14 countries around the world,” HIV and AIDS prevention efforts, and an initiative to empower Asia’s LGBT people, according to its website.

A spokesperson for USAID said Kozma’s appointment does not mean there has been a change in policy in terms of its commitment to LGBT rights, according to Buzzfeed. 

"USAID is committed to promoting a work environment that is free from sexual-orientation and gender-identity discrimination, in accordance with existing federal law," the spokesperson said. 

But Kozma's anti-trans crusade did not end with her campaign to oppose Obama’s protections for trans students in 2016. Earlier this year she wrote a piece for The Daily Signal (part of the conservative think tank the Heritage Foundation) in which she patted herself on the back for being a part of the movement that she believes helped influence the Trump administration to rescind those protections.  

“Trump’s decisiveness on this issue shows that he cares more about people than political correctness — that all our children deserve a safe and respectful learning environment, not just a very small minority, and that privacy and free speech are rights that American parents hold dear,” Kozma wrote this February. 

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          Trump loves to say media companies are 'failing' — here's how they're actually performing   

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President Donald Trump often labels media companies as "failing." He's taken shots at BuzzFeed during press conferences. He's repeatedly pounded on CNN, and particularly enjoyed that network's recent journalism stumble.

And of course, Trump has hammered the MSNBC show "Morning Joe" this week, causing a political firestorm that has stretched across both parties.

If you follow the advertising business, you'd not be surprised to hear that traditional media business models are under a lot of pressure as consumer consumption habits are going through rapid changes driven by technology.

But here's an ongoing question: are the media companies Trump refers to as failing" actually failing? 

Here's a look at how these companies are performing from an audience and financial perspective.

 

"Failing" CNN

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CNN is a frequent Trump target.

But CNN just enjoyed a 39% jump in it ratings for adults aged 25 to 54, reported Variety.

It's true that a few years ago, CNN was really struggling. But lately all of cable news networks have enjoyed a resurgence, as Ad Age's Anthony Crupi noted recently on Twitter.

Performance- 

Nielsen says that CNN averaged over 1 million viewers during prime time during the second quarter of this year.

Financials-

CNN's parent company Time Warner pulled in  $7.74 billion during its most recent quarter, a jump of 5.8% versus last year, reported Deadline. But ad sales were down for the company's cable networks.



'Low rated' 'Morning Joe'

Morning Joe

This week, President Trump has been in attack mode when it comes to the MSNBC show.

Performance-

"Morning Joe" averaged just under 1 million viewers during the second quarter of this year, according to Nielsen. That's up from roughly 600,000 average viewers a year ago and lands MSNBC just behind Fox News in the morning news race, per Nielsen.

Financials-

MSNBC has been on a recent ratings surge, and SNL Kagan says the network will pull in $267.8 million this year, reports Variety. Parent company NBCUniversal, which is owned by Comcast Corp., pulled in close to $7.9 billion during the first quarter this year, up 14.7% versus the same period last year, reported the Los Angeles Times.



'Failing New York Times'

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President Trump has frequently referred to the New York Times as "failing."

It's true that at the height of the recession, the Times had to borrow money from Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim. But recently, the company has seen a surge in subscriptions and scoops thanks in part to Trump. But there's no question newspapers continue to grapple with a declining circulation and print advertising landscape.

Performance-

The Times' website exceeded 94 million unique users in May, per comScore, a jump of 36% from last year. 

Financials-

The Times reported that it now has over 2.2 million digital-only subscribers. However, print ad revenue slipped 18% during its most recent quarter. Overall revenue landed at $399 million in the first quarter, up 5% versus the same period in 2016.



'Failing pile of garbage' Buzzfeed

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At a press conference earlier this year, Trump referred to BuzzFeed as a "failing pile of garbage."

Performance-

According to comScore, BuzzFeed reached over 80.1 million unique users in May, an increase of 8% from the previous year. BuzzFeed has launched several sub-brands on social media platforms, such as the food-focused Tasty–which boasts of nearly 87 million followers on Facebook. Overall the company says it generates 9 billion views a month across all of its distribution outlets.

Financials-

BuzzFeed has received two rounds of investment from NBCUniversal, putting its valuation at $1.5 billion. The company is projecting $350 million in revenue this year, according to Bloomberg.



#AmazonWashingtonPost

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This past week, President Trump took a shot at the Washington Post and Amazon.

 Actually, Amazon doesn't technically own the Washington Post, founder Jeff Bezos does. 

Performance-

The Washington Post's web traffic exceeded 80.7 million unique users in May, up 28% versus the same month in 2016, according to comScore. The media company has produced a number of big scoops this past year.

Financials-

The company does not report its revenue publicly, but according to Politico Washington Post went on a hiring spree following the 2016 election. 



ABC, CBS, other TV networks

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Trump has labeled several other big TV networks as 'failing' though it's not always clear what he's referring to.

Performance-

CBS has one of the top shows on TV in "The Big Bang Theory," while ABC has a long-running hit in "Scandal."

Financials-

While primetime TV ratings continue to shrink, ABC just reported that it was able to achieve high single-digit rate increases during the recently completed "upfront" ad sales period.

Meanwhile, CBS said that its first quarter revenue was $3.34 billion down from $3.59 billion during the same quarter last year when the network aired the Super Bowl.



Vanity Fair "way down, big trouble, dead"

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Last year, Vanity Fair posted a scathing review of one of President Trump's restaurants, and he did not like it.

There's no doubt that Vanity Fair is facing a tough market for print advertising. Still, the company reported an immediate jump in business following Trump's tweet.

Performance-

Vanity Fair nabbed 13,000 new subscriptions within 24 hours of Trump's social media response, according to Poynter. The magazine says it reeled in 107,460 new subscribers from December of last year through June, a jump of 365% from the same time period the year prior.

Financials-

Parent company Conde Nast is private and does not report revenue data publicly.



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          Valiant Comics at Denver Comic Con   

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Valiant will be rolling deep into Denver Comic Con and they have a lot to check out!

Books: Will be selling specail variant cover of Secret Weapons with art by Katie Cook.

Special Guests at the Valiant Booth to include:
Jodie Houser (Faith)
Fred Van Lente (War Mother, Archer and Armstrong)
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Valiant 101 Panel:  There will be a panel on Friday called Valiant 101 which is meant to be a primer for new readers of the publisher to know where to start.  Toylab Bloggers should be there!


Official Message from Valiant for Denver Comic Con!
From Friday, June 30th to Sunday, July 2nd, Valiant is bringing its cross-country road show to Denver, CO for Denver Comic Con 2017 – and we’re bringing a star-studded line-up of exclusives, programming, and panels for a can’t-miss comics celebration!
All weekend long, join Valiant inside the Colorado Convention Center at booth #1546 to see why Valiant is the award-winning, chart-topping superhero universe to beat with a selection of paperbacks and deluxe hardcovers for critically renowned and award-winning titles including BLOODSHOT REBORNBRITANNIADIVINITY III: STALINVERSEFAITHNINJAKQUANTUM & WOODYSAVAGEX-O MANOWAR (2017) and many more!
And don’t miss the mountains of Valiant merchandise rolling into Denver, including the SECRET WEAPONS #1 DENVER COMIC CON VARIANT, featuring the art of fan-favorite artist Katie Cook (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic)! THE MUST-READ NEW SERIES of the summer from Academy Award-nominated writer Eric Heisserer(Arrival) and visionary artist Raul Allen (WRATH OF THE ETERNAL WARRIOR) with Patricia Martin (BLOODSHOT REBORN) begins here as the technopathic hero Livewire steps into the fore to lead an extraordinary new team of Harbinger Foundation escapees…and reveals a hidden, high-stakes corner of the Valiant Universe never before explored…
Plus: Be sure to visit the all-star Valiant talent that’s charging into Denver Comic Con 2017 all weekend long, including:
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  • Bart Sears (Artist, BLOODSHOT & H.A.R.D. CORPS, UNITY)
  • Fred Van Lente (Writer, WAR MOTHER, ARCHER & ARMSTRONG)
Then: Your official introduction to Valiant’s award-winning pantheon of heroes begins on Friday, June 30th at 2:30 p.m. MST in room #501 for the VALIANT 101: THE STORY STARTS HERE panel presentation! New to the Valiant Universe? Jump on board right here with a concise and fun-filled introduction to the origins and adventures of Valiant’s greatest and most iconic heroes – from BLOODSHOT and DIVINITY to FAITH and HARBINGER RENEGADE to NINJAK and X-O MANOWAR! From The A.V. Club to Buzzfeed and Entertainment Weekly and dozens more, Valiant has been hailed as the premier superhero publisher in comics today… Now, look no further than this panel of Valiant all-stars to find out where to start!
Finally: Get the inside intel on the most devastating conflict to ever disrupt the Valiant Universe on Saturday, July 1st at 2:30 p.m. MST in room #501 for theVALIANT: THE ROAD TO HARBINGER WARS 2 panel presentation! The road to Valiant’s biggest, most ambitious and impactful comic book event of all time starts right here! Jump on board to find out what the future holds for HARBINGER RENEGADE, X-O MANOWAR, BLOODSHOT, FAITH, DIVINITY, NINJAK, and the rest of Valiant’s most powerful heroes… and how the coming of HARBINGER WARS 2 will soon be felt across the entire Valiant Universe!
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          Jonny Sun and Jonathan Zittrain on Joke Tweets, Memes, and Being an Alien Online   
Join Jonny Sun, the author of the popular Twitter account @jonnysun, for a conversation in celebration of his new book “everyone’s a aliebn when ur a aliebn too” by jomny sun (the aliebn). This debut illustrated book is the unforgettable story of a lost, lonely, and confused alien finding friendship, acceptance, and love among the creatures of Earth. Constructed from many of Jonny’s re-contextualized tweets, the book is also a creative thesis on the narrative formats of social media, and a defense of the humanity-fulfilling aspects of social media born out of his experiences on Twitter. About Jonny Jonathan Sun is the author behind @jonnysun. When he isn’t tweeting, he is an architect, designer, engineer, artist, playwright and comedy writer. His work across multiple disciplines broadly addresses narratives of human experience. As a playwright, Jonathan’s work has been performed at the Yale School of Drama, and in Toronto at Hart House Theater and Factory Theater. As an artist and illustrator, his work has been exhibited at MIT, Yale, New Haven ArtSpace, and the University of Toronto. His work has been appeared on NPR, Buzzfeed, Playboy, GQ, and McSweeney’s. In his other life, he is a doctoral student at MIT and Berkman Klein fellow at Harvard. About Jonathan Jonathan Zittrain is the George Bemis Professor of International Law at Harvard Law School and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Professor of Computer Science at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Vice Dean for Library and Information Resources at the Harvard Law School Library, and co-founder of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society. His research interests include battles for control of digital property and content, cryptography, electronic privacy, the roles of intermediaries within Internet architecture, human computing, and the useful and unobtrusive deployment of technology in education. For more on this discussion visit: https://cyber.harvard.edu/events/2017/06/Sun

          "The Carmichael Show" Has Been Canceled After Jerrod Carmichael Announced He's Leaving   

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After three seasons, NBC's The Carmichael Show, a comedy built around Jerrod Carmichael, has been canceled after the stand-up comedian announced he's leaving.

“For three seasons (okay 2.5), I got to make a show that I love with my friends. It’s something I’ve wanted to do since I was 13. Now, I’m excited to go make other things that I love. Thank you to every person who worked on or watched The Carmichael Show,” he said in a statement to Deadline.

In light of Carmichael's exit, NBC and 20th Century Fox, which produces the show, have confirmed it's been canceled. “We are enormously proud of The Carmichael Show and Jerrod's talent and vision to do a classic family sitcom that also taps into issues and relevant stories from the real world," Bob Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment, and Jennifer Salke, president of NBC Entertainment, said in a joint statement. "We thank and salute the cast, crew, and producers — and especially Jerrod — for three critically-acclaimed seasons.”

20th Century Fox TV presidents Jonnie Davis and Howard Kurtzman said in a joint statement: "The Carmichael Show was such a wonderful show that we choose to focus today not on its loss but on the three incredible seasons we had the pleasure to produce. We are thankful to the brilliant Jerrod Carmichael and his talented cast, and to showrunner Danielle Sanchez-Witzel, our fantastic writers and devoted production team. It’s a rarity that a comedy series tackles the social and political issues of the day in such a clever and hilariously funny way. This show was special, and we will miss it."

The news comes weeks after Carmichael took NBC to task for pulling an episode about a mass shooting that was set to air the same day as the Alexandria shooting. “I understand a corporation making that decision, but really, to me, what it says is that you don’t think America is smart enough to handle real dialogue and something that reflects real family conversations and something that feels honest and true and still respects the victims,” he said on Netflix's Chelsea. "To pull that is just criminal. It seems to do a disservice to the viewer, it does a disservice to you, it does a disservice to all of us.”

Season 3 of The Carmichael Show is currently airing on NBC and the series finale is set to air in August.


          People Are Calling One Lyric On Jay-Z's "4:44" Anti-Semitic   

Jay-Z released his 13th album 4:44 on Friday and a certain lyric is being called into question.

Jay-Z released his 13th album 4:44 on Friday and a certain lyric is being called into question.

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On the second track, "The Story of O.J.," Jay-Z says, "You wanna know what's more important than throwin' away money at a strip club? Credit / You ever wonder why Jewish people own all the property in America? This is how they did it."

On the second track, "The Story of O.J.," Jay-Z says, "You wanna know what's more important than throwin' away money at a strip club? Credit / You ever wonder why Jewish people own all the property in America? This is how they did it."

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And one challenged the stereotype.

And one challenged the stereotype.

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Forward.com pointed out that on 2007's "No Hook" off of American Gangster, he says, "Had to get some challah bread so you can holla back. My Jewish lawyer too enjoyed the fruit of letting my cash stack."

Forward.com pointed out that on 2007's "No Hook" off of American Gangster, he says, "Had to get some challah bread so you can holla back. My Jewish lawyer too enjoyed the fruit of letting my cash stack."

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While others noted that in 2006, Jay-Z and Russell Simmons filmed a PSA admonishing those use slurs of any kind. "What's not cool is anti-Semitism. It's a long word for racism. Anti-Semitism and racism are the same thing," Simmons says in the video. "Don't be silent, remember: we are one," Jay-Z adds.

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A representative for Jay-Z did not immediately respond to BuzzFeed News's request for a comment.



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          BuzzFeed’s Ashly Perez: The Secret To Viral Content Starts With A Gut Feeling   

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          Trump loves to say media companies are 'failing' — here's how they're actually performing   

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President Donald Trump often labels media companies as "failing." He's taken shots at BuzzFeed during press conferences. He's repeatedly pounded on CNN, and particularly enjoyed that network's recent journalism stumble.

And of course, Trump has hammered the MSNBC show "Morning Joe" this week, causing a political firestorm that has stretched across both parties.

If you follow the advertising business, you'd not be surprised to hear that traditional media business models are under a lot of pressure as consumer consumption habits are going through rapid changes driven by technology.

But here's an ongoing question: are the media companies Trump refers to as failing" actually failing? 

Here's a look at how these companies are performing from an audience and financial perspective.

 

"Failing" CNN

CNN is a frequent Trump target.

But CNN just enjoyed a 39% jump in it ratings for adults aged 25 to 54, reported Variety.

It's true that a few years ago, CNN was really struggling. But lately all of cable news networks have enjoyed a resurgence, as Ad Age's Anthony Crupi noted recently on Twitter.

Performance- 

Nielsen says that CNN averaged over 1 million viewers during prime time during the second quarter of this year.

Financials-

CNN's parent company Time Warner pulled in  $7.74 billion during its most recent quarter, a jump of 5.8% versus last year, reported Deadline. But ad sales were down for the company's cable networks.



'Low rated' 'Morning Joe'

This week, President Trump has been in attack mode when it comes to the MSNBC show.

Performance-

"Morning Joe" averaged just under 1 million viewers during the second quarter of this year, according to Nielsen. That's up from roughly 600,000 average viewers a year ago and lands MSNBC just behind Fox News in the morning news race, per Nielsen.

Financials-

MSNBC has been on a recent ratings surge, and SNL Kagan says the network will pull in $267.8 million this year, reports Variety. Parent company NBCUniversal, which is owned by Comcast Corp., pulled in close to $7.9 billion during the first quarter this year, up 14.7% versus the same period last year, reported the Los Angeles Times.



'Failing New York Times'

President Trump has frequently referred to the New York Times as "failing."

It's true that at the height of the recession, the Times had to borrow money from Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim. But recently, the company has seen a surge in subscriptions and scoops thanks in part to Trump. But there's no question newspapers continue to grapple with a declining circulation and print advertising landscape.

Performance-

The Times' website exceeded 94 million unique users in May, per comScore, a jump of 36% from last year. 

Financials-

The Times reported that it now has over 2.2 million digital-only subscribers. However, print ad revenue slipped 18% during its most recent quarter. Overall revenue landed at $399 million in the first quarter, up 5% versus the same period in 2016.



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For some reason, pregnancy is associated with eating a lot of cake. There's the "omg we're pregnant" cake, the gender reveal cake, and, last but definitely not least, the baby shower cake. Ah, the baby shower cake. It used to be a sheet cake with some pink or blue piped flowers and a congratulatory message. But not anymore. Now, moms-to-be and their loved ones are taking the baby shower cake to a whole new, extremely literal level.


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          The Future Of Health Care Could Be Humans, Robots — Or Both   

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At the well-funded startup Omada Health, coaches teach patients to prevent diabetes by eating better and exercising. They don’t meet face-to-face, but communicate over the internet — and the coaches are increasingly aided by a machine-learning-powered software that provides cues for interacting with the patients.

Since the San Francisco company was founded in 2011, these coaches were a mix of full- and part-time staffers. But in November, Omada let go of all the part-timers and instructed the remaining coaches to rely more on the software, the company told BuzzFeed News.

CEO Sean Duffy insists that his long-term goal isn’t to replace people with software. “The thesis is that we don’t think we’ll ever be at a point in Omada’s trajectory where we’ll ever take people or coaches out of the equation,” he told BuzzFeed News. “But they’ve got really smart systems to help them.”

Like many other tech-enabled health care services that connect patients with experts — coaches, therapists, nurses, doctors — over video chat, email, and text, Omada is trying to navigate a fundamental shift in labor. People are expensive — at least compared to automated, data-driven chatbots that could give advice and diagnose diseases without needing a salary or a college degree. But bots aren’t nearly as good at holding conversations, perceiving emotions and subtext, and delivering sensitive information like, say, a cancer diagnosis. If they want to grow, startups will have to figure out whether their patients and businesses alike will be best served by man, machine, or some blend of the two.

“There’s a spectrum of totally autonomous machine learning and the other side is totally human-driven,” said Mike McCormick, principal at Comet Labs, a venture capital firm that invests in artificial intelligence startups. “And then there’s every shade of gray in the middle of that.”

The previously unreported cuts at Omada last fall were small, and affected 10 to 12 part-time coaches, according to a spokesperson. It has about 60 to 70 full-time coaches and 250 employees overall. In another set of layoffs that Duffy said were unrelated, the startup also laid off roughly 20 workers last week, saying it “had to focus on Omada’s core business and expertise, while orienting the company for long-term success.” Omada has raised $125 million in venture capital, including $50 million this month in a round led by the health insurer Cigna.

“There’s a spectrum of totally autonomous machine learning and the other side is totally human-driven.”

Duffy said that as Omada has treated more patients and collected more of their data, it’s trained an algorithm to detect important behavioral changes. For example, if a person weighed in on a digital scale every day consistently, then stopped weighing in for three days, the system would flag the coach. It’d then “suggest messages they might send to a participant that might result in an outcome” — in this case, to find out how a person is doing and why they’re skipping weigh-ins, Duffy said.

The CEO was quick to note that the machine isn’t prewriting messages down to the word, but rather suggesting a gist to convey. He said that users could tell when a nominally human-written message is computer-generated, and that this makes them lose trust in the system.

Coaches can also say no. “If we get enough coaches declining these suggestions and saying, ‘That violated my intuition as a human being,’ it trains the system to get better and better and give better and better suggestions,” he said.

The part-timers had access to this technology, but Duffy said that the company benefited more from having full-timers who are constantly involved and invested in improving it.

Omada isn’t the only company exploring how to use AI to improve health care. Startups like Babylon Health, HealthTap, and Remedy are developing chatbots to assess patients’ symptoms. Big Health has an entirely automated program called Sleepio, which stars a cartoon professor and is designed to help people with severe insomnia. But these nascent technologies are too new to definitively prove that machines can improve health more than humans can.

To survive, any kind of virtual health service will have to prove that it can get people to sign up, stay involved, and actually improve their health, said Liz Rockett, director of Kaiser Permanente Ventures, which has invested in both Omada and Big Health. “Doing the work of proving efficacy and reach is the best way to define that line of what works and what doesn’t – including on the question of using coaches in the delivery or having an all-virtual offering,” she wrote in an email to BuzzFeed News.

For now, there are way more people-to-people telemedicine services. Ginger.io initially tried to infer behavioral patterns and mental health problems from passively tracked smartphone data, but switched to a text and video-chat model with human therapists.

So in 5 to 10 years, will patients be more likely to interact with a human or a chatbot when they open up a health app? It’ll largely depend on how high stakes the situation is, McCormick said. You’d want to hear that you have cancer from a trained expert with an extremely high degree of accuracy and emotional sensitivity. But for, say, nutrition coaching, he said, “maybe people are ready now ... It has to be nuanced.”


          These 12 Augmented Reality Experiences On iPhones Already Look Like The Future   

Apple developers are already building experimental AR experiences for iOS 11 and some of them look lit AF.

The next version of iOS, the software that powers your iPhone and iPad, is jam-packed with cool new features, but none of them are as 🔥🔥🔥 as AR.

The next version of iOS, the software that powers your iPhone and iPad, is jam-packed with cool new features, but none of them are as 🔥🔥🔥 as AR.

AR, which stands for augmented reality, superimposes digital objects on the real world around you. Apple is building the tech into iOS 11, which will be available as a free download for most iPhones and iPads this fall.

BuzzFeed News

If you've ever played Pokémon Go, you'll be familiar with the concept.

If you've ever played Pokémon Go, you'll be familiar with the concept.

See how both the Pokémon and the ball look like they're bouncing on that stretch of real-world ground? That's essentially what AR looks like.

Apple

At WWDC, Apple's annual conference for app developers held earlier this month, the company showed off just how sophisticated its AR technology is. Here's what it demoed onstage.

At WWDC, Apple's annual conference for app developers held earlier this month, the company showed off just how sophisticated its AR technology is. Here's what it demoed onstage.

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          Why Everyone Should Give More Than ‘Two Fux’ About Adam Lambert’s New LGBTQ Anthem [Opinion]   

adam lambert two fux

A middle-finger raising, pro-gay live performance at the American Music Awards in 2009 was all it took for singer Adam Lambert — whose bold new single “Two Fux” dropped on Friday — to prove that he didn’t care much about what anyone, including ABC, thought about his openly-gay and proud self.

With that noted, the former theater kid and 35-year-old American Idol icon’s latest single still manages to be both refreshing as a necessary protest song for those whose inner rainbows are often dimmed by an non-understanding, mostly-heterosexual society and as an emotionally enthralling and moving tune for anyone who is just trying to get by in the world without a fuss.

“I’m the center of a crowded room, I might as well be on the moon,” a seemingly forlorn Adam croons during one “Two Fux” verse — before revealing that he actually prefers being left to his own devices as he’s the only one who “gets” who Adam Lambert truly is.

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          »Mad Max: Fury Road«, oder: »What a movie! What a lovely movie!!!« (inkl. »Mad Max« 1-3)   

Letzte Woche besorgte ich mir, in Vorbereitung auf den vierten Teil, die Blu Ray-Box mit den ersten drei ›Mad Max‹-Filmen. Allein schon erfreulich, dass seit den Achtzigern die FSK-Einstufung der ersten beiden Teile überarbeitet wurde, und ich die Filme nun also mit fettem Sound und feinem Bild ungekürzt genießen konnte.

Weniger geil finde ich die dürftige Sonderausstattung der Box. Lediglich Teil 2, »The Road Warrior« bietet eine interessante Kommentartonspur mit Schöpfer & Regiesseur George Miller und Kameramann Dean Semmler, sowie eine ganz nette Einleitung zum Film vom in den USA renommierten Filmkritiker Leonard Martin.

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Den ersten »Mad Max« (1979) sah ich irgendwann in den späten Achtzigern als VHS-Video auf Deutsch, und fand ihn großartig. Ich war damals schon auf dem besten Wege ein von Schopenhauer, Orwell, Lem und Godfrey Reggio (dem Schöpfer der ›Qatsi‹-Filme) geprägter Zivilisations-Pessimist und Querulant zu werden. Folgerichtig erntete der erste »Mad Max« (ganz wie meine anderen frühen SF-Prägungen jener Jahre: »Die Klapperschlange«, »The Thing«, »Alien«, »Blade Runner« und natürlich »Clockwork Orange«) einst wie heute mein affirmatives Kopfnicken, für seine Darstellung einer Welt, die sich mit ihrer Abhängigkeit von fossilen Brennstoffen selbst vergiftet, sowie seiner überzeichneten Darstellung von Männerkult-Irrsinn.

Gefreut hat mich, dass ich nun die australische Originalversion schauen konnte, und ich stellte fest, dass der Film zwar merklich gealtert ist, …

  • (für mich am auffälligsten bei den idyllischen Szenen, wenn Max zusammen mit seiner Frau Jessie eine Picknick-Auszeit nimmt, um nicht schon nach der Hälfte der Story määäd zu werden;
  • vor allem, wenn Max über seine Gefühle spricht, auch wenn ich mit Giggelm verstehen kann, warum Mel Gibson — damals noch ein strahlendes Milchgesicht — u.a. mit dieser Szene, vor allem im Kontrast zum Ende, wo er dann eben grausam Rache nimmt, zu einer neuen Art von Antiheld-Sexsymbol wurde;
  • und auch bei unheimlicher Spannung, wenn Jessie von den bösen Bikern durch den Wald gehetzt wird)

… trotzdem hat für mich weder die Rache- und ›Ich will meine moralische Mitte als anständiger Mensch nicht einbüßen‹-Geschichte an Kraft, noch der Weltenbau einer bröckelnden Zivilisation, die auf den letzten Nanometern des grünen Bereichs vor sich hin krebst, und der entsprechend Anstand, Mitleid und Hoffnung abhanden gekommen sind, ihre beklemmende Eindrücklichkeit eingebüßt.

Nicht zu vergessen das wunderbar durchgeknallte Verhalten des Hauptbösewichts Toecutter (Hugh Keays-Byrne) und seines Motoradclans. Toecutter ist auf originelle Weise zugleich bedrohlich und schräg komisch, z.B. wie er Leute auf äußerst seltsame Art beim Dialog im Gesicht berührt, oder wie er Zeichentrickfigur-gleich ›erschrickt‹, wenn er von einer wehrhaften, alten Frau mit Schrotwumme bedroht wird.

Zugegeben: vielen Szenen merkt man heute das niedrige Budget (das meiste wurde mit Bier bezahlt; das Setting ergab sich größtenteils dadurch, dass George Miller & sein Team kein Geld hatten, um Ortschaften und Straßen absperren zu lassen, oder Drehortmiete zu zahlen, weshalb man auf verlassene, verfallene Bruchbuden und abseitige Landstraßen auswich) dieses Debüts deutlich an — was andererseits aber bedeutet, wie erstaunlich es ist, was für großartige Äktschnszenen die Macher für wenig Kohle zusammengezaubert haben. Die Eröffnungssequenz mit der Polizeihatz auf Nightrider kann immer noch als eine der olympischen Verfolgungsjagdten der Kinogeschichte gelten. Die Musik, auch wenn sie große Suggestionskraft hat, wirkt bisweilen geradezu bizzar altmodisch. Aber immerhin altmodisch-bizzar mit Charakter!

Fazit: Dreckiger, kompakter Racheflick der trotz seines Alters & seines knappen Budgets immer noch beeindruckt. — 7 von 10 Punkten.

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In Folge meines kleinen Blu Ray-Festivals konnte ich eine meiner krassesten SF-Genre-Bildungslücken schließen, denn endlich endlich endlich habe ich »Mad Max: Road Warrior« (1981) gesehen. In den vergangenen Jahrzehnten hätte ich zwar hie und da mal Gelegenheit gehabt, gekürzte Fassungen zu sehen, aber da trotzte und verzichtete ich lieber. Entweder ganz oder gar nicht.

Kein Wunder, dass viele Fans von der ursprünglichen Trio diesen Teil für den Besten halten, denn er bietet alle Pluspunkte des ersten Films und hat sie prächtig weiterentwickelt. Liegt sicherlich vor allem daran, dass George Miller diesmal ein richtiges Budget und mehr Erfahrung hatte. Sein Ziel, sich an der Ästhetik von Stummfilmen zu orientieren und ›visuelle Musik‹ zu schaffen, gelingt hier schon ziemlich gut. Die Texte würzen die Geschichte, sind aber zu deren Verständnis absolut nicht notwendig. Der Film erzählt vor allem mittels stilsicherer Bildkomposition und Schnittfolge, sowie einem diesmal atmosphärisch richtig gut passenden, wuchtigen, bedrohlichen Soundtrack.

Der erste Teil entpuppt sich nun als Prolog, in dem Max mit dem Ringen um seinen Verstand, seinem Verlust desselben nach Ermordung seiner Familie, und seiner Rache an den Rockern noch die Hauptfigur gibt. Ab »Road Warrior« ist er ›nur‹ noch ein durch die Wüstenei der zusammengebrochenen Zivilisation ziehender Wanderer, der in die Konflikte anderer Leute verstrickt wird. Kern der Geschichte ist dabei noch deutlicher die Abhängigkeit von Treibstoff, ohne den es keine Bewegung, kein Fortkommen, keine Flucht vor Bedrohungen oder vor sich selbst gibt.

Ich bin ja sehr skeptisch gegenüber der — vor allem auf Joseph Campell gründenden — Monomythos-Gestaltung kulturindustrieller Narrationen, aber bei »Road Warrior« finde ich es ganz okay, dass es auf der einen Seite ‘nen braven, weiß/pink-gekleideten Raffinerie-Clan mit seinem Sprecher Pappagallo (Mike Preston) — ein idealistischer ›Gutmensch‹ — gibt, der von einer verrohten, größtenteils (denn es gibt einen Fiesling, der ein Pink-Mobile steuert & sich sogar den Bart entsprechend gefärbt hat … wird allerdings bald gegrillt) schwarze Kluft bevorzugenden Punk/Rocker-Horde, unter der Führung von Lord Humungus (Kjell Nielsson), belagert und verfolgt wird. Das simple Strickmuster funktioniert, weil es mit sicheren Händchen für markante Details und originelle Momente inszeniert wurde.

Auch jetzt noch macht »Road Warrior« gute Laune und bietet Spannung, Äktschn, sowie die Kurzweil, sich anhand der Optik von Kulissen, Fahrzeugen, Requisiten und Kostümen den tieferen Weltenbau selbst auszumalen, sprich: der Film ist extrem gut gealtert und zurecht ein Klassiker.

Fazit: Furchterregende Bösewichte und naive Paradies-Sucher, ein cooler Hund, ein gefährlicher, verwilderter Junge und ein Max, der sich widerwillig zu den Guten gesellt. Passt alles. — 9 von 10 Punkten.

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Hab von »Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome« (1985) öfter mal nebenbei Passagen gesehen, aber nie aufmerksamer hingeguckt. Erst jetzt auf Blu Ray die Nerven und Geduld gehabt, den Film aufmerksam von Anfang bis Ende zu gucken (okey, ich hab mir zur Linderung zwischendurch was zum Saufen holen müssen, um das ganze zu erstragen). Strenggenommen: Desto weniger man über diesen Film sagt, desto besser. Meiner Meinung nach gehört der gar nicht zum ›Mad Max‹-Kanon, sondern ist ein Hochstapler. Macht doch voll keinen Sinn, der Schmarrn.

Viele Stimmen meinen, dass die Peter Pan-Gefilde, in die der Films etwa ab der Hälfte abdriftet, voll unpassend sind. Gegen diese Handlungswendung (ja, gegen die damit verbundenen, ideologischen Obertöne) habe ich — theoretisch — gar nix. Dass Max nach seinen schief gelaufenen Verhandlungen in der von Aunty Entity (Tina Turner) kontrollierten Bartertown in die Wüste geschickt wird, dort dann auf einen Stamm ›verwilderter‹ Kindern und Teens trifft und zu deren Messias wird, ist an sich eine interessante Geschichte. Doch im Gegensatz zu den anderen ›Mad Max‹-Filmen ist »Thunderdome« merklich harmloser, die Härte fehlt, und sie fehlt schmerzlich, was dem Weltenbau die Luft rauslässt. Vor allem die Äktschn des letzten Drittels, wenn die Kiddis und Max in Bartertown den Bösen auf die Pelle rücken, sowie die abschließende Autohatz durch die Wüste sind zu unbeschwert, zu glatt, zu easy, und das Markenzeichen der ›Mad Max‹-Filme, lange, gnadenlose Verfolgungsäktschn, kommt viel zu kurz. Statt dessen gibts fröhliche Rutschpartien und ›Ab 12‹-gerechtes Umhaun von bösen Schergen mit Schaufel und Bratpfanne.

Was ist mit dem (für mich unverständlicherweise) als legendär geltenden Thunderdome-Kampf von Max gegen den hühnenhaften Blaster (»Two men enter. One man leaves«)? Selten etwas so Planloses und Lächerliches gesehen … Cartoon-Geräusche wenn die Gummiseile schnalzen!

Am sauersten ist mir allerdings die Musik von Maurice Jarre aufgestoßen. Ab einem gewissen Punkt, wenn Max in der Oase der Kinder erwacht, übernimmt eine verspielt-fröhliche Melodie den Soundtrack, rennt gefühlt auf Dauerwiederholung, und hat zumindest mir die Stimmung gehörig vertüdelt (gar nicht zu reden von Tina Turnes schröcklichen Vor- & Abspann-Songs, die ich im Radio schon furchtbar fand).

Das erste Drittel des Films, vor allem die Audienz von Max bei Aunty Entity und ihrer Crew, ist ziemlich okay und lässt von einem besseren Film träumen … der Rest ist, leider, eher zum Vergessen.

Fazit: Abgesehen von einigen Szenen (vor allem des ersten Drittels) und dem schön gestaltetem Setting der enttäuschendste, weil zu weiche und harmloser Eintrag der Reihe. — 4 von 10 Punkten.

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Und nun also »Mad Max: Fury Road«. Lange her, dass mich die Trailer eines Filmes dermaßen angefixt haben. Lange her, dass ich befürchtet habe, mit zu hochgeschraubten Erwartungen ins Kino zu gehen, und mir eine entsprechend bratzige Enttäuschung einzuhandeln. Doch dieser Kinobesuch war (trotz meiner Abneigung für 3D) für mich wie eine segensreiche Messe.

Egal, wie viele Filme von George Miller man großartig findet (und die beiden »Schweinchen Babe«-Streifen gehören zu meinen Allzeitlieblingen, bieten sie doch Tierfabel-Fantasy auf konkurrenzlos exzellentem Niveau), dass »Fury Road« derartige Begeisterungs- und Debatten-Wellen aufbrausen lässt, und man vielstimmig ein »Diesmal kann man dem Hype glauben« vernimmt, hätte wegen der über 10 Jahre langen Produktionszeit mit ihren zahlreichen Stolperstellen kaum jemand zu hoffen gewagt.

Aber die Beharrlichkeit der Macher, sowie u.a. solch strategisch kluge Entscheidungen, sich nicht von einem fixen Starttermin gängeln zu lassen, sondern solange an dem Film zu pfriemeln, bis er eben perfekt ist, haben dazu geführt, dass wir Zeuge werden, wie ein Film sein Genre eine umfangreiche Frischzellenkur verpasst, und mit geschickten Kombos dringend nötiger Konventionsbrüche aktuelle Denkfaulheits-Moden in die ›Schäm Dich‹-Ecke schickt.

Was ich auch an Hintergrundinfos über die Arbeit und die kreativen Entscheidungen lese, erfüllt mich mit Bewunderung und Zustimmung. Millers eigentlich bevorzugte Version — schwarz/weiß — war dem Studio/Vertrieb zu heikel, also her mit dem Zweitbesten: einer extrem übersättigten Farbskala, bei der man den Eindruck hat, dass in jedem Augenblick gleich Acryl-Masse von der Leinwand trieft.

Dem Weltenbau und Wahn seiner Bewohner angemessen richtet sich der Film an Erwachsene (bei uns ›Ab 16‹, in USA ›Restricted‹), ist entsprechend rau, schnell, überladen, atemlos, und bombardiert sein Publikum mit verstörenden Dingen, heftigem Sound Getöse und bratziger Musik. — Im Kino haben nach der bis zur Titeleinblendung dauernden Eröffnungssequenz, wo ich wohlig geseufzt habe, um mich herum einige Zuschauer gestresst aufgestöhnt.

Noch so eine kluge Entscheidung: Chefin des Schnitts war Millers Lebensgefährten Margaret Sixel (Oscar her für die Dame, zumindest eine Nominierung!), die sich selbst eigentlich für unqualifiziert einschätzte, weil sie keine Äktschmfilm-Erfahrung hatte (worüber man angesichts ihrer Arbeit bei »Schweinchen Babe in der großen Stadt« und den »Happy Feet«-Filmen streiten kann). Genau dieser frische Blick allerdings, sowie der Umstand, dass sie zwei Jahre (!!!) Zeit hatte (10 Stunden Arbeit am Tag, 6 Tage die Woche = ca. 6000 Stunden Arbeit am Schnitt), um 450 Stunden Material mit über 2000 Cuts auf zwei kurzweilige Stunden zu verdichten, machen den Film zu einem gloriosen Fest der Bewegung.

Ich kann gut nachvollziehen, dass der Film manche vor den Kopf stößt, bzw. sie vor lauter ›Wrömm-Wrömm‹, ›Krach-Peng‹, ›Hetz-Hetz-Ächz‹ und ›Ka-Ploink‹ die subtileren Aspekte schlicht an ihnen vorbeigerauscht sind.

Ich wage die hochmütige These: »Fury Road« ist ein Shibboleth-Test, an dem sich zeigt, wer Filme zu lesen, bzw. zu überblicken vermag. — Das Spektakel erdrückt die Handlung, es mangelt daher an Story und Charakterentwicklung? — Weit gefehlt, allerdings werden Handlungs- und Figurenentwicklung eben kaum in fein abgepackten Erklärungswortmeldungen vermittelt, sondern vielmehr mit den Einzelheiten des Weltenbaus, mit Stimmungs- und Stil-Kontrasten, mit Körpersprache und Mimik, sowie vor allem damit, wie die Figuren handeln, wie sich im Laufe des Filmes ihre Konstellationen zueinander und Verhaltensweisen miteinander wandeln.

Die dümmsten Gegenstimmen — ich meine natürlich die jämmerlichen Männerrechtswirrköpfe — bekunden lediglich ihre Unkenntnis (oder unaufmerksame Lesart) der Reihe, wenn sie kritisieren, dass Max ja gar nicht der Hauptheld der Story ist. War er in Teil 2 und 3 auch nicht, und in Teil 1 erst ab dem Zeitpunkt, als der beherztere und charismatischere Polizei-Kumpel, Goose, von den Rockern abgefackelt wurde.

Jeff Vandermeer hat freilich vollkommen Recht, wenn er derartiges Unvermögen, ein Werk fruchtbar zu lesen, exemplarisch übertreibt und entsprechend bemängelt:

Mad Max: Fury Road ist die schlechteste Umsetzung eines Agatha Christie ›Mord in einem verschlossenen, leeren Zimmer‹-Rätsels, das ich je gesehen habe.

Fazit: Ich zitiere meinen nach dem Kinobesuch geschriebenen Tweet.

10 von 10 Punkten.

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10 + + + + + Maßstabsetztendes Meisterwerk; Olympisch.
09 + + + + Überwiegend exzellent; Packend.
08 + + + Bemerkenswert mit leichten Schwächen; Anregend.
07 + + Befriedigendes Handwerk; Kurzweilig.
06 + Unterhaltsam mittelprächtig; Akzeptabel.
Unsichtbare Grenze der absoluten Mittelmäßigkeiten
05 - Brauchbar mittelprächtig; ganz nett, aber insgesamt lau.
04 - - Überwiegend mittelprächtig; Anstrengend bzw. langweilig.
03 - - - Bis auf wenige Momente daneben gegangen; Nervig.
02 - - - - Ziemlich übeles Machwerk; Zeitverschwendung.
01 - - - - - Grottenschlechtes übles Ärgernis; Pathologisch.

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ZUCKERL:

Hier meine Auswahl an Besprechungen, Texten und Videos zu »Mad Mad: Fury Road«.

• Meine Heldin Laurie Penny hat für ›Buzzfeed‹ den Text »Mad Max« Is A Feminist Playbook For Surviving Dystopia (What might happen if women’s rights evaporate has been examined in nightmare detail. »Mad Max: Fury Road« offers a solution) geschrieben.

• Ziemlich begeisterte Reaktion auf Furiosa von Laura (auf Englisch), die mit eineinhalb Armen geboren wurde: My Reaction to Mad Max: Fury Road and the Utter Perfection that is Imperator Furiosa.

Lindsay Ellis von ›Chez Apocalypse‹ bietet einen Mini Canon über alle (zwei) Inkarnationen von Mad Max:

Movie Bob’s Besprechung (Engl.). Wem der Mann zu schnell babbelt — hier die Textversion:

• In Cannes lief »Mad Max: Fury Road« außerhalb des Wettbewerbes. Hier die inforeiche Pressekonferenz:

• Und schließlich Meister George Miller selbst im Gespräch mit ›vice‹:

• Als Kontrastprogramm, hier noch eine wahnsinnig prätentiöse deutsche youtube-Kritik von ›Filmanalyse‹:


          See 10 years of weather in 180 seconds   
This is the ultimate in quick reviews of the weather that was. BuzzFeed notes that you can see Hurricane Katrina at the 45-second mark and Super Storm Sandy at 2 minutes and 50 seconds. The YouTube explanation for this video, posted Monday: NOAA’s GOES-12 satellite was decommissioned on August 16th, 2013 after 3,788 days in
          Mother of God: Two Guys Almost Lost Their Pet Human Child   
We all need to feel sorry for two men who, as Buzzfeed reports, nearly lost custody of the male human child they had bought and paid for, through the unreasonable malice of a rogue judge. The male human child was the byproduct of an otherwise unrelated instance of artificial reproduction in the form of in … Continue reading Mother of God: Two Guys Almost Lost Their Pet Human Child
          Pat Lang — "... To Repeal A War Authorization" Buzzfeed   

Sign of progress.
The present AUMF is a blank check to wage war anywhere and forever. pl [Col. Pat Lang]
Sic Semper Tyrannis
"... To Repeal A War Authorization" Buzzfeed
Col. W. Patrick Lang, US Army (ret.), former military intelligence officer at the US Defense Intelligence Agency

          Ghanaian Startup OMG Digital Recieves $1.1M Funding   
Ghanaian Startup OMG Digital Recieves $1.1M Funding
Ghanaian tech startup, OMG Digital, has announced that the company has closed on Seed Funding of $1.1M having received backing from a number international investors. Backed by the Y-Combinator, the new media company is targeting Africa’s millennial population through shareable and hyper-local pop-culture content, which has seen the startup being dubbed as the ‘Buzzfeed of [&hellip
          連假入出國人次創新高 國境全員出動助旅客疏運   
您知道今年年假,單日有多少人出入境臺灣嗎?經內政部移民署統計,今(105)年在小年夜已達16萬8,940人次,已刷新去(104)年初六14萬4,232人次的紀錄,到了收假日初七入出境人次更攀升到18萬6千人次,創下歷史新高。為讓旅客能順暢通關,國境線上所有同仁犧牲年節假期,加班查驗班機,不論清晨及深夜,都不辭辛勞堅守崗位、為民服務。
隨著國人出國旅遊人數增加,加上兩岸、國際航點持續成長,以及酷鳥、土耳其、濟州及捷星日本等多家航空公司進駐,桃園國際機場104年客運量已突破3,847萬人次大關,與103年的3,580萬人次相較,旅客成長率超過7.45%。
今(105)年春節假期長達9天,趁著連假出國旅遊的國人,加上中港澳等地區一樣過農曆新年的旅客,以及國外媒體從不同角度讚揚到臺灣旅遊的樂趣,例如英國衛報(The Guardian)與美國紐約時報(The New York Times)曾同時將臺灣列入年度必到景點、美國Lifestyle9網站將臺灣列為全球10大最安全國家、CNN旗下旅遊網站CNNGO、全球背包客聖經孤獨星球Lonely Planet網站、美國BuzzFeed網站等都大幅報導,帶動更多國際旅客到臺灣來,致使出入境人數屢屢創新高。
內政部移民署統計今年年假期間(小年夜至初六),我國入出境旅客總數已超過百萬,達到127萬3,153人次,較去年同期115萬2,190人次增加12萬0,963人次,其中最繁忙的臺灣桃園國際機場通關量即有96萬0,803人次,佔全國通關量的75.5%之多。為便利旅客通關,移民署在各主要機場所建置的自動查驗通關系統(e-gate)也發揮其功效,這段期間入境旅客共有7萬4,270人次使用,出境旅客也達到11萬9,166人次使用12秒便捷通關的服務。
去年年假期間,單日入出境旅客人數在年初六達14萬4,232人次,今年則在小年夜已達到16萬8,940人次刷新紀錄,初七收假日入出境人次則達到18萬6千人次,創下歷史新高,其中臺灣桃園國際機場就佔有14萬5千人次。
負責全國各機場及港口旅客入出國證照查驗工作的內政部移民署國境事務大隊,為了讓返鄉過年及出國旅遊的國人及外國旅客通關均能順暢,除了「提升服務效能」也要同時滿足「確保國境安全」兩大目標。國境線上所有同仁犧牲年節假期,查驗清晨及深夜加班機,倍極辛勞。今年另一個連續假期高峰就是4月1日至4月5日的春假期間,共有26萬6,973人次入境及29萬7,818人次出境,雖然對機場港口的移民官們來說又是一項艱鉅的挑戰,內政部移民署全體同仁依然秉持站在民眾的角度用心做好每一項為民服務之理念,以愉悅的心情及態度迎送所有旅客入出國境。
機場大排長龍但秩序良好

          After ignoring Pride Month, Trump appoints anti-trans activist to Gender Equality position   

Just a few days after Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III claimed that his Justice Department will “protect the rights of all transgender persons,” the Trump administration has hired Bethany Kozma, an anti-LGBT activist who fought to restrict bathroom access for trans children, to the office of Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment in the US Agency for International Development.

With just hours left in Pride Month 2017, guess Donald Trump couldn’t help but offer one last F-U to LGBT Americans, after failing to even acknowledge the occasion with a presidential proclamation for the first time since the George W. Bush administration:

In July 2016, Kozma published a post at the Daily Signal, a publication of the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, calling for a national campaign in opposition to the Obama administration's guidance saying transgender students have the right to use bathrooms matching their gender identity. She called the campaign "United We Stand," and made her case against the policy by repeating the unsubstantiated assertion that policies allowing transgender people to access the bathroom matching their gender identity leads to sexual assault.

"To put it simply, a boy claiming gender confusion must now be allowed in the same shower, bathroom, or locker room with my daughter under the president’s transgender policies," she wrote. "When I learned that predators could abuse these new policies to hurt children in school lockers, shelters, pool showers, or other vulnerable public places like remote bathrooms in national parks, I realized I had to do something."

Kozma celebrated Donald Trump ending former President Barack Obama’s guidance earlier this year, writing that "the silent majority must no longer be silent. With Trump, we now have a president who is focused on remedying the lawlessness of the prior administration." Happy Pride from Donald Trump!


          YouTube : une blogueuse tue son petit ami   

Monalisa Perez, une Youtubeuse de 19 ans a été arrêtée lundi 26 juin au soir après avoir tiré sur son petit-ami de 22 ans, Pedro Ruiz, qui est décédé sur le coup. Le jeune couple était en train d’enregistrer une vidéo pour leur chaine YouTube "La Mona Lisa", comme le rapporte BuzzFeed News.
          Great Job, Internet!: Hip millennials taste-test cyanide   

We here at Great Job, Internet! are no strangers to “taste test” videos, wherein game gourmands snack on insects and dangerously hot chicken wings. Hey, we even have a section of The A.V. Club devoted to our gastronomic adventures (yes, bugs were eaten). But every now and then we watch a video that feels just a step or two away from an honest-to-god snuff film, spurring us to wonder just how much we should be enjoying the documentation of what’s undoubtedly going to haunt these people’s intestines far into the foreseeable future. Where is there possibly to go from here?

That brings us to this video, a parody of Buzzfeed-style taste tests from Be Nice To Me Productions. In it, an eager gang of millennials shake off their nerves and dive headfirst into a vile of cyanide (mixed with water, of course).

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          Does the aid industry have a sexual violence problem?   

In July, Megan Nobert publicly told her story of being drugged and raped by a fellow aid worker on a UN base in South Sudan.

Her case ignited discussion about the extent of sexual violence experienced by aid workers in the field, prompting conferences within the sector, online support platforms for those affected, and new research on the subject. 


          Shorties (When Haruki Murakami Met Raymond Carver, The Best Albums of 2017 So Far, and more)   

The Seattle Times examined the time Haruki Murakami met Raymond Carver.


NPR Music, Vulture, and The A.V. Club listed the best albums of 2017 (so far).


Buzzfeed shared an excerpt form Zinzi Clemmons' novel What We Lose.


Stream a new She Keeps Bees song.


Vulture listed the best comics of 2017 (so far).


Drowned in Sound interviewed singer-songwriter Jane Weaver.


The Rumpus interviewed poet Jennifer S. Chang.


The Oxford American shared a new song and essay by guitarist William Tyler.


Ms. recommended poetry and prose collections feminists should read this summer.


Paste profiled singer-songwriter Jillette Johnson.


0s & 1s interviewed author Paul La Farge.


Stream a new song by the National.


Diksha Basu discussed his new novel The Windfall with Weekend Edition.


Stream a new Deerhoof song.


Emma Straub talked books and reading with the New York Times.


Paste listed the best Wilco songs, and SPIN listed the best songs written by frontman Jeff Tweedy.


Newsday and Vulture listed the best books of 2017 (so far).


The Omaha World-Herald and Baltimore City Paper interviewed singer-songwriter Jason Isbell.


HuffPost interviewed author Phillip Lopate.


PopMatters reconsidered the Cure's Pornography album.


Alain Mabancko discussed his favorite books at The Week.


Stream a new CYMBALS track.


Financial Times recommended summer reading.


Kevin Morby visited World Cafe for an interview and live performance.


Vox interviewed author and New York Times books editor Pamela Paul.


Stream a new Mogwai song.


Joyce Carol Oates talked to Salon about her new short fiction collection.


Stream Washed Out's new visual album Mister Mellow.


Bookworm interviewed author Zachary Mason.


NPR Music is streaming Tristen's new album Sneaker Waves.


Literary Hub interviewed poet Charles Simic.


NPR Music is streaming Sarah Jaffe's new album Bad Baby.


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          Reader/Writer Tidbits -- October 11, 2014   


It's "been a minute" since I've shared any tidbits.  In my absence from the blog, I kept coming across interesting articles that I bookmarked. Some of these are from a few weeks back, but hopefully, you'll find them helpful.

NYC is getting a floating library

What I Learned from Screwing Up My Book Cover Design shares author Bryan Hutchinson's insights into the importance of professionally crafted book covers.

A free webinar:  How to Sell 70 Copies of Your Book or eBook a Day

One of things I find interesting as a reader is how people of color are described (and the fact that their skin tone needs describing to begin with).  Thus, this article caught my eye:  If White Characters Were Described Like People of Color in Literature.  It's a bit over the top, but it hammers the point home, certainly opens up the topic for thought and discussion.

Free Alogonkian 16-Part Commercial Novel Writing Program

Not all ebook bestselling authors are living the high life.  My Amazon Bestseller Made Me Nothing

Rights of Writers:  Can I Mention Brand Name Products In My Fiction?

Crowdsourcing new fiction?  Amazon Looking to the Wisdom of Crowds to Find New Authors

The Art of Letting Go:  How I Learned to Stop Procrastinating from Leo Babuta (for those writers like myself who always find something other than writing to do)

10 Rules for Aspiring Women Writers (now that you're over your procrastination)

Nothing Says Over 40 Like Two Spaces After a Period

The 100 Books Facebook Users Love

That's it for now, but I've got plenty more to catch you up on.  In the meantime, I am writing, editing, enjoying the football season, antsy and twitching in anticipation of basketball season, and not baking.  (My summer baking hiatus has been extended until Thanksgiving.  I'm sure that, along with all the walking I've been doing, has contributed greatly to the moderate weight loss I've achieved.)

What's doing in your neck of the woods?  I feel like when I encounter a family member I haven't seen in years.  Time to catch up.

Happy Readin' N Writin'!
          By: Andrei   
PM it was CNN that put it in the public domain that they existed with a breaking news segment full of innuendo and short on facts Buzzfeed responded by publishing the dossier Here is the CCN segment that opened the floodgates https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vKU3_6TZ8W0
          By: Psycho Milt   
It was Buzzfeed that published the allegations. They noted that the allegations were unverified and included some definite errors, and they copped a lot of flak from mainstream journalists for publishing them, for the reasons you mention. From what I've seen, most "proper"news outlets have reported the actual news about the dossier, not printed things they know to be untrue.
          Trump’s ‘No Fly Zone’ Escalates U.S. War    

Trump’s ‘No Fly Zone’ Escalates U.S. War Against Syria

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The lie that the U.S. is fighting Islamic State (ISIS) terrorism in Syria was publicly exploded on June 18 when a U.S. F/A-18 “Super Hornet” fighter jet launched from the George H. W. Bush aircraft carrier shot down a Syrian government aircraft that had attacked ISIS and the Al-Qaida-affiliated Nusra Front forces in Raqqa. The last major “rebel”-held stronghold in Northern Syria and Syria’s sixth largest city, Raqqa is the capital of ISIS’s proclaimed caliphate.
State Department officials asserted that the downing of the Syrian jet was in accord with U.S. policy to operate under its unilaterally established “rules of engagement” that include the “collective self-defense” of its “Syrian partners.” Translated, the quoted phrases amount to a declaration that the U.S. and its imperial allies in Syria will attack any and all forces that seek to interfere with U.S. imperialist objectives.
In addition to its virtual “no fly zone” over the Raqqa region, U.S. generals have set up a similarly “protected” garrison at al-Tanf in southeastern Syria, where its “Syrian partners” and U.S., British and Norwegian advisers are based. Here too, U.S. military tops have warned pro-Assad forces to stay out, having tagged this region with the newly coined euphemism, “zone of deconfliction.”
After the June 18 downing of the Syrian jet fighter, U.S. officials cynically asserted that “The coalition does not seek to fight the Syrian regime, Russian, or pro-regime forces partnered with them, but will not hesitate to defend coalition or partner forces from any threat.”
In the same mid-June timeframe and with the same rationale, U.S. warplanes shot down several Iranian midrange missiles that were targeting the ISIS-controlled oil-rich Deir Al-Zour province in Eastern Syria where ISIS forces surround some 200,000 civilians. These Syrians, according to U.S. policy, are not to be freed from ISIS’s grip by anyone working with the Syrian government. Effectively, ISIS in the area surrounding Deir Al-Zour is protected by the U.S. and its “partners.”
U.S. Contemplates “Stabilization Lite”
This is now the public policy of the U.S., presented in bold outline by several U.S. officials and top imperialist planners and reported in the June 23 NYT under the headline, “U.S. Sends Civilians to Stabilize Recaptured Syrian Areas.” The referenced “civilians” include representatives from the CIA-directed Agency for International Development and representatives from the array of countries that are supporting the U.S. war in Syria. Billions of dollars are to be expended in this effort, not to rebuild Syria, but to insure the stability of the occupying force in the regions the U.S. seeks to establish under its control. A minimum of 1,000 U.S. troops would remain in these “recaptured” regions, according to The Times report, undoubtedly qualitatively more if the U.S. warmakers believe they can further leverage their intervention.
In the same article, Linda Robinson, a senior international policy analyst at the RAND Corporation expressed a note of caution:
“Syria is not a country that we control. This is stabilization light. We do not have, nor do we intend to get, control of the place, which would enable us to move and do these state-building activities.” [My emphasis.]
She added, “What is also very important to understand is what is the tolerance of the Syrian government for the U.S. to go in and do these activities. There have been increasing tensions with the regime, with the Iranians and with the Russians and the possibility that we are backing into a war with the Assad government and its backers.” Needless to say, such a war has been underway for years despite the U.S lie that its illegal, uninvited presence in Syria is to fight ISIS.
On June 8, ten days before the attack on the Syrian jet, U.S. warplanes obliterated an Iranian, pro-Syrian government convoy headed for Raqqa to attack ISIS, Al Qaida and other U.S.-backed forces.
The June 18 attack on the Syrian aircraft was not the first such overt assault since 2011 when the short-lived Syrian Arab Spring was quickly hijacked by covert U.S.–backed terrorist forces aimed at the same “regime change” operation in Syria that the U.S. had previously orchestrated in Iraq, Libya, and Egypt. Since the April 7 U.S. Tomahawk missile attack on the Syrian Shayrat air base – under the pretext of retaliation for the unproven claim that the Assad government used sarin gas U.S. threats and overt attacks on Syrian government forces and its supporters have become routine. [Note: As we go to press a June 25 detailed article refuting President Trump’s accusation that the Syrian government used sarin gas in the town of Khan Sheikhoun in April 2017 has been published on the German online website Welt N24 Politik. Its author, Pulitzer Prize journalist Seymour Hersh, cites several top U.S. military advisers to President Trump as insisting that “This was not a chemical weapons strike.” With full knowledge of the facts that demonstrated that sarin gas was not used by the Assad government, or anyone else, the advisers, note that Trump proceeded to bomb Syria anyway. JM]
The longstanding covert U.S./NATO/Gulf State monarchy regime change war against Syria, wherein billions of dollars have been secretly extended to train and arm virtually all forces that aim to remove the Syrian government, has now become open. The notion that a civil war between competing Syrian factions prevails in Syria is a terrible fraud – one that is employed by both the U.S. government and its bi-partisan propagandists, but also, tragically, by sections of the U.S. left. Syria, as with all poor and oppressed nations is the undeniable victim of a U.S.-orchestrated imperialist attack, little different from the imperialist conflagrations that plague oppressed people and nations around the world – from the Middle East to Africa, Asia and Latin America.
Hillary Clinton’s election time advocacy of a “no fly zone” in Syria – aimed at preventing Syrian and allied forces, including Russia, Iran and the Lebanese-based Hezbollah, from ridding Syria of U.S.-backed forces – has now become President Donald Trump’s official policy.
“Deconfliction” is the new U.S.-invented term to designate the ever-expanding and always changing U.S. “No-Fly zones,” that is, portions of Syria that the U.S. hopes to occupy now to maximize its leverage in a contemplated postwar Syrian negotiated settlement wherein Syria’s future is to be determined not by the Syria people or government but rather by the U.S.-established military relationship of forces on the ground.
As U.S. air war Middle East chief Lt. General Jeffrey Harrington stated, “Every war must come to an end and when it does there will be a negotiated settlement.” In this context, Harrington bragged to the NYT that his success in Syria resided in his efforts to increase the “space” controlled by U.S.-backed forces.
Establishing U.S.  “No Fly Zones”
CBS News reported that on June 6 and again on June 8 when “27 [Syrian] regime vehicles drove within 18 miles of al-Tanf, which breached the [U.S.-declared] 34-mile radius of the army convoy’s operations, U.S. aircraft first attempted to buzz the regime, but when the convoy didn’t turn around, they [the U.S. forces] conducted a strike against some of the vehicles.”
“The rebels being trained at al-Tanf are from a number of Arab rebel groups, referred to by the U.S. as Vetted Syrian Opposition, or VSO, who oppose both the Assad regime and ISIS,” according to the liberal BuzzFeed News. They noted that, “U.S. Special Forces have been increasingly fighting alongside these rebel groups in Southern Syria.”
The Wall Street Journal’s Yaroslav Trofimov reported that, “The U.S. attack at al Tanf is significant not because the U.S. has once again struck Assad’s forces, but because it did so in defense of Syrian rebels.” The same report observed, “Once skeptical about U.S.-backed anti-Assad ‘rebels,’ Trump stated in a 2015 election debate that ‘we have no idea who they are.’” Trump had suggested that they may be ISIS and added that “We can’t be fighting ISIS and fighting Assad.” Today, the U.S. is indeed fighting Assad, directly and indirectly, but its focus on ISIS is more complicated.
A March 31, 2017 NYT article, for example, noted that U.S. forces in Raqqa were attacking ISIS from the North, East and West, but not the South – the implication being that ISIS forces driven in this direction might be useful in assisting the blockade of Syrian forces in the South, that is, in the Deir Al-Zour region. Indeed they were. ISIS forces were allowed to evacuate Raqqa, weapons and military gear in tow, heading south toward Deir Al Zour, near the Iraqi and Jordanian border.
Defense Secretary James “Mad Dog” Mattis noted that “We should not take this U.S. strike [against Assad’s armed forces] as a sign that the U.S. is getting more involved in Syria,” an example of Orwellian doublespeak if ever there was one.
Syria’s Right to Self-Determination
With the Syrian government’s September 2015 request to the Russian and Iranian governments and Hezbollah forces in Lebanon to intervene on its behalf, Syria has retaken large parts of the country that were previously occupied by ISIS and other U.S.-backed forces. Some estimates put that previously occupied figure at two-thirds of the country. Syria, a sovereign nation, has every right to self-determination, that is, to defend itself from imperial attack and seek the support of allies to challenge U.S.-led war and regime change efforts.
Al Udeid is the U.S. Central Command headquarters in the Middle East – the nerve center of its air campaigns in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. It is from Al Udeid that the U.S. conducts its now 16-year war in Afghanistan and its current wars in Iraq and Syria. Al Udeid supplied the air and ground forces in the U.S./NATO “humanitarian war” that destroyed Libya’s infrastructure. U.S.-backed mercenaries from Qatar then proceeded to “liberate” Libya’s capital of Tripoli using the pretext that the Gadhafi government was about to exterminate 50,000 unarmed civilians in Benghazi. British authorities now admit that there was no such threat. Neither did the Sadaam Hussein government have the “weapons of mass destruction” that the U.S. war makers insisted were about to be unleashed on the world.
U.S. General Espouses Policy Objectives
“If the Syrians were going to make a run at our guys, we were going to be in a position to defend them ourselves,” said Lt. General Harrington in a May 23 NYT interview. “Our intent was to be in position to support our guys and get back into fighting ISIS.” The reference to “our guys,” of course, includes NATO and U.S.-financed and abetted terrorist forces aimed at Assad’s removal. There are no other forces in Syria today that operate independently of U.S. imperialism and its coalition partners.
This May 23 article entitled, “Inside the Air War Over Syria: A High Altitude ‘Poker Game,’” offers what The Times calls “a rare glimpse into how the [U.S.] military plans and orchestrates the complex ballet of strike, surveillance and refueling aircraft that keeps the war going around the clock.”
This seemingly endless war has taken a terrible toll on the Syrian people. A respected polling organization – ORB International, which does polling for western nations, including the U.S. government – nevertheless demonstrated that support for the Bashar Assad government and its Iranian allies far exceeds support for the U.S. and its “coalition partners,” including the Free Syrian Army, Al-Qaeda and similar groups. Support for ISIS was miniscule.
Regardless, recognition and defense of Syria’s right to self-determination – an inalienable right of all poor and oppressed nations under imperialist attack or threatened by colonial occupation – is the critical dividing line in the U.S. antiwar movement today. While not taking any position on the Assad government itself, U.S. antiwar organizations like the United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC) are staunch defenders of Syria’s right to self-determination. UNAC unanimously re-affirmed this stance at its recent June 16-18 national conference in Richmond, VA where over 300 activists from 31 states drew up plans for future coordinated, independent, mass mobilizations against U.S. imperialist wars. (See UNAC’s adopted Action Plan at UNACpeace.org.)
The principle of the right of self-determination of oppressed nations has its origins in the worldwide struggles of oppressed people to win their freedom from the world’s chief colonizing and imperialist great powers that had previously divided and re-divided the world and subjected poor and conquered peoples to their rule. The history of the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and Asia is in great part a history of the just struggles of the conquered and occupied nations for freedom and self-determination. Socialists and other democratically minded organizations have traditionally supported all such struggles against imperialist intervention, whether their leadership was socialist, bourgeois nationalist or even downright reactionary. This was the case, for example, when fascist Italy invaded feudal Ethiopia at the beginning of WWII, or more recently when the U.S. invaded Iraq and deposed the Sadaam Hussein government.  (Hussein had previously been a U.S. ally and surrogate when he invaded Iran in 1980 in a six-year war that took the lives of one million Iranians and 800,000 Iraqis.) In all cases, the key criteria for opposition to imperialist war has been the understanding that, freed from direct colonial control, the working masses of these oppressed nations have the best opportunity to deal with their own indigenous oppressors. The resultant weakening and defeat of the imperialist occupier upon its forced withdrawal is an added bonus that factors into any world balance sheet that measures the relationship of forces between imperialist subjugators and their victims.
The right of self-determination includes Syria’s right to call for help from Russia, Iran and others as they see fit. Such support – however equivocal and for whatever opportunist reasons it may be given – can have a significant impact on thwarting U.S. imperialist objectives. As compared to late 2015, much of Syria today is free from the direct control of the forces let loose by U.S. imperialism. It is these forces that are overwhelmingly responsible for the estimated 500,000 Syrians killed, including 100,000 Syrian Army soldiers as well as the 1.5 million Syrian refugees that are today scattered across the Middle East and elsewhere.
This is not to say that the Russia’s or Iran’s primary objective is the liberation of Syria from imperialist control, and certainly not the establishment of a socialist or even democratic Syria. Vladimir Putin’s objectives are simply to use Russian influence in Syria as a bargaining chip to negotiate with the U.S./NATO cabal and win some concessions with regard to NATO’s threatening encirclement of Russia and its imposition of stinging sanctions arising out of Russia’s opposition to the neo-fascist, US/EU-backed coup in Ukraine.
The recent widely televised two-part “Putin Interviews” with filmmaker Oliver Stone revealed Russian perspectives and politics in bold relief when Stone felt compelled to correct Putin’s repeated assertions of friendship with his “U.S. partners.” Stone asked, “How can you repeatedly call the U.S. your partner when it is ever surrounding you with NATO troops and imposing hurtful sanctions?” Putin could only smile and repeat his solidarity and claimed “partnership” with the U.S. while holding out his hopes that peaceful negotiated solutions of their differences would be forthcoming.
Putin, a spokesperson par excellence for a weak and isolated Russian capitalism, basked with Stone in the splendor of his ornate state-owned Russian dacha home, while praising the Russian Orthodox Church, expressing his solidarity with U.S. imperialism’s “fight against terrorism,” and ridiculing the great 1917 Russian Revolution. Putin, who supported the U.S./NATO war that reduced Libya to rubble, lacked the good sense to hide his reactionary social views as he disparaged women and LGBTQI people. No liberating friend of the Syrian masses, Putin seeks a negotiated accommodation with U.S. imperialism. This is similar to other lesser capitalist nations that are increasingly compelled to bend to the dictates of the world’s sole superpower.
Yet Russia’s role in forcing the U.S.-backed armed forces in Syria to retreat cannot be dismissed, if for the sole reason that, absent an overt imperialist conquest, opportunities for future struggle of Syria’s working masses to advance their own interests will be that much greater. Tragically, history does not always offer a clear and straight path to liberation. Absent Russian and Iranian intervention in the Syrian conflict, the likelihood of US/NATO imperial victory would be virtually assured. The alternative to Russian and Iranian support for Syria can only be Syria’s return to imperialist-imposed great power domination or perhaps formal division or incorporation into neighboring states.
Today, Syria’s future rests less on the intentions of Russian or Iranian capitalists than it does on the future emergence of an independent anti-imperialist and socialist force inside Syria that champions the interests of the Syrian working masses and on capacity of antiwar forces in the U.S. and around the world to mobilize millions in the streets demanding “U.S. Out Now!,”  “Self-determination for Syria!” and “Money for Jobs, Not War!” These are the starting points for the mass antiwar movement that can best serve the interests of the Syrian people. In addition to marches, rallies and teach-ins, the economic might of the U.S. working class must be brought to bear. Indeed, the struggles against all U.S. wars abroad and the fight against the ever-intensifying wars against working people at home cannot be separated; in many ways it is the same fight. We must say no to the wars of the one percent both at home and abroad. Not one more dollar, not one more bullet for Washington’s wars! 
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The Texas Supreme Court on Friday threw out a lower-court ruling that said spouses of gay and lesbian public employees are entitled to government-subsidized same-sex marriage benefits. The state's highest civil court unanimously ordered a trial court ...
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          Red Line Republicans   
     The more I study the latter-day Republican Party, the more I'm convinced red is the perfect color for it. Red, as in red zones, is the universal color for danger, which Republicans are constantly reminding us we're in then make their apocalyptic scenarios, for different reasons, self-fulfilling prophecies.
     Red is also symbolic of the old Soviet Union, which Republicans used to revile until the rise of Trump. Now, as far as US-Russo relations are concerned, the Democrats and Republicans have completely switched sides like drunks in a madcap game of Musical Chairs.
     Red also is the token color of rage, the color that drives bulls into a murderous frenzy or the stereotypical red fog that we metaphorically see when we ourselves are in the grip of rage.
     All three of these colors are perfect for a psychopath named Greg Gianforte.
     If you've been paying attention, Gianforte is the New Jersey-born carpetbagger piece of shit who'd gotten elected to Congress last night in a runoff election to replace former Montana Congressman-at-large Ryan Zinke, Donald Trump's pick for Secretary of the Interior. Let's start with what happened on Wednesday the 24th and work our way back:
     Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs was at Gianforte's campaign headquarters just as the candidate was about to make one of his final public appearances before Thursday's election. Jacobs had asked Gianforte a question about the CBO's troubling analysis of the health care bill recently passed in the House and he deflected the question yet again and told Jacobs to talk to his spokesman Shane Scanlon. Less than one second later, Gianforte can be heard grappling with the reporter and screaming at him.
     To show how completely unhinged and blind to optics Gianforte is, he attacked Jacobs in full view of a Fox news crew and other journalists. As horrifying as the tape sounds, what actually happened is much worse- According to Fox reporter Alicia Acuna, the Republican grabbed the Jewish reporter by the neck with both hands, body-slammed him, moved him sideways then began punching him while screaming at him.
     Fox's hosts completely ignored the incident, as if this is supposed to be the norm. In fact, some of them had pressured Acuna into retracting her eyewitness report (to her credit, she didn't, although that didn't stop lying right wing scumbags from saying she did, anyway.).
     Other right wing scumbags like Duncan Hunter of California said Jacobs got what was coming to him. Laura Ingraham, the one who tried to get Acuna to change her story, was basically splitting hairs and trying to make a distinction between what's assault or not depends entirely on what part of a person's neck you grab (Montana law enforcement charged him with misdemeanor assault, although it's difficult to see how grabbing a man's neck with both hands, body-slamming him and punching him isn't felony assault).
     Pedophile Rush Limbaugh, a ghost from the past, called Gianforte "manly" and "studly" for body-slamming the "pajama boy" journalist (which makes the rest of us wonder if Limbaugh has something he'd like to share with the rest of the class while he's just playing out the string of the rest of his contract that surely will not be renewed.).
     This is not new for Republicans. Nearly two and a half years ago, Rep. Michael Grimm threatened to throw a reporter off a balcony after "breaking (him) in half." And we've seen since Trump was still candidate Trump how antagonistic he's been to a press that over the decades had fawned over him and made him a household name. And of course, there was the still-recent example of Dan Heyman, the reporter who tried to ask HHS Secretary Tom Price a question about the AHCA and actually got expelled and arrested by West Virginia authorities.
     And let's not forget the abrupt expulsion of Univision reporter Jorge Ramos during Donald Trump's first presser since Election Day.
     From a purely objective perspective, it's easy to see why Republicans for decades have been antagonistic toward the 4th (and now the 5th) estate. Republicans by and large are furtive scumbags who much prefer to operate in the shadows, well hidden from public scrutiny. They hysterically accuse the very infrequent examples of actual investigative reporting as ambush journalism.
     And it's perhaps this very type of journalism that put Jacobs on Gianforte's baleful radar screen, especially since Jacobs wrote and published last April 28th this piece about Gianforte owning stock in two Russian companies that had been sanctioned by the US government since Putin had annexed the Crimea. "You did this the last time!" Gianforte screamed at Jacobs as he repeatedly punched him in the process of putting him in the hospital.
     Maybe his already thin skin was already rasped when the NY Times had reported earlier this month that the Republican candidate had been caught on tape thanking lobbyists for their work in passing the House health care bill. To hear Gianforte talk, it was as if they'd voted on the bill themselves. Which they practically had.
     This increasingly toxic relationship between the GOP and the press seemingly reached its apotheosis with Gianforte openly and brutally assaulting a reporter who was trying to do his job (then lied about it), in full view of a room full of witnesses, and had his fellow right wing nut jobs excuse his Neanderthal behavior. But was it the apotheosis? One must pay close attention to this deteriorating relationship between Republicans and the press that's supposed to be their watchdog in a supposedly free and democratic society. Republicans are making jokes about murdering the press, such as this one from the Secretary of Homeland Security when Trump was presented with a saber at his whiny commencement address at the Coast Guard Academy.
     Yes, our Homeland Security from the top down perceives the media as a threat to our nation that needs to be liquidated. Trump said so on Twitter. It must be true.
     It's a sad day in a so-called free Democratic Republic that the highest levels of our government coddle dictators like the leaders of Saudi Arabia, Egypt, North Korea and especially Russia while steadily escalating hostilities with the media that is supposed to be its watchdog. And now, we've just elected to Congress a psychopath who attacked and sent a reporter to the hospital (then, again, lied about it) and has to answer to assault charges this June 7th.
     And people are making excuses for him. Overton's Window. Assault, once a crime, is now proof of "manly" and "studly" behavior. Just asking a question of these arrogant douchebags is also asking for it. It wasn't assault, it was self-defense. He spoke too loud. He got too close to me, he grabbed me, Who are you going to believe, me or your lying eyes?
     To say this incident last Wednesday as well as the others I've itemized, is having a chilling effect on the media is soft-pedaling it. But far from having a chilling effect, it ought to energize this lapdog media that will ignore, spin, deny and whitewash anything just for direct access to bullshit. The media at large should be going after these furtive scumbags with hammers and tongs. They hate the media because they have a lot to hide.
     When Adolph Hitler ascended to power 84 years ago, it was not a coup. He was democratically elected by the people of post Wiemar Germany. Though he'd consolidated power with astonishing rapidity (in about 70 days), the Third Reich still did not materialize overnight. He did so by stages, including suppressing the German media and demonizing and expelling from the business anyone who wouldn't get in line with the National Socialist Party's agenda. Before anyone knew it, virtually all 4700 of Germany's newspapers became mere propaganda arms for Hitler and Goebbells. And they were able to do so with the threat of a Communist takeover. Otherism. Fear. There's always a market for it and never goes out of style.
     Incremental stages. Frogs in the boiling water who fool themselves into thinking they can still take it, that the water's not getting too hot. It's not just a case of it possibly happening here. It is happening now as we speak.
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          My friend made a Buzzfeed Parody… "Americans Try Cyanide For The First Time"   
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          "Mainstream media are a bunch of motherfuckers who fail the very people they claim to serve."   

Below Emily Bell looks at the media coverage, or lack of it in the months leading up to the Grenfell Tower fire and poses the question did the local media fail the very people it claims to serve. 
For many of us the national MSM has long been beyond the pale, as to the local it's either click bait, or it’s a free sheet with more adverts than news. Today it increasingly relies on the local authority for a regular income stream via ads and notifications, road closures, planning applications etc, thus it's unlikely to bite the hand which helps feed it.

While there are local blogs and facebook groups which deal with local events, they do not have the resources to do investigative journalism.  As Emily writes below a few minutes on Google will give you a snapshot of how local media has become a hollowed-out commercial shell for an important civic function. 

What this means in reality is locally the fourth estate is not overseeing local government as it did in the past. Local politicians are elected, senior council officials employed but we only hear about them when something tragic comes along. 

That is not to say local authorities are any more cleaner or corrupt than they were in the past, as due to a lack of media scrutiny we simply do not know. From my own experience most local councilers of all parties, and council officials are honest and hard working, doing their best in difficult times to serve the needs of their communities as best as they can. 

But the Fourth Estate is not called that for no reason, it's because it's a vital element of governance and today it is not fulfilling that role adequately.

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Grenfell reflects the accountability vacuum left by crumbling local press by Emily Bell

A day after the Grenfell Tower fire in West London, a Sky News camera crew is talking to writer, film-maker and local resident Ishmahil Blagrove as he delivers a polished exposition on the failings of the media as playing a part in the disaster.
“This is not just a story – this situation has been brewing for years ... You the media, you are the mouthpiece of this government and you make it possible.” Later Blagrove describes the mainstream media as “a bunch of motherfuckers” to a small crowd surrounding him who break into polite applause. Channel 4’s Jon Snow faced an angry group outside Grenfell the same day, asking him where the press was when the fire safety concerns were first raised.
Among the many elements of failure which lead to the unacceptable and avoidable, the failure of accountability reporting on local communities is obvious to anyone who cares to scour the archives. The Grenfell Action Group blog carefully documented their repeated complaints to the council. Other reporting is scarce, and where it exists, hard to find.
Grenfell Action Group blogposts form the most reliable archive of concerns about the area’s social housing, and yet they were unable to make the council act on their behalf. Even in the aftermath of what the group describes as “social murder”, it continues to publish posts on other housing tenants and issues in the area. Inside Housing, the trade publication, has been full of good reporting on safety issues but it has a different constituency and no leverage over local officials.
The causes of the failure of local journalism are well known: commercialism, consolidation, the internet, poor management. The fixes for that, though, cannot be found in an environment which is commercially hostile to small scale accountability journalism, and for that we are all to blame.
The causes of the failure of local journalism are well known: commercialism, consolidation, the internet, poor management. The fixes for that, though, cannot be found in an environment which is commercially hostile to small scale accountability journalism, and for that we are all to blame.
The decline of in-depth reporting about London’s richest borough is a microcosm of what has happened to local journalism in the UK and beyond – the pattern is the same from Kensington to Kentucky.
A few minutes on Google will give you a snapshot of how local media has become a hollowed-out, commercial shell for an important civic function. In 2010 the Fulham and Hammersmith Chronicle launched a Proper Papers Not Propagandacampaign against H&F News, the Hammersmith and Fulham freesheet published by the local council at a cost of £175,000 of taxpayers’ money. Councils using advances in printing technology to cheaply produce professional-looking papers was the second part of a pincer movement on the local press, the first being the loss of advertising to Google’s search advertising.
In 2014, Trinity Mirror closed seven local papers and consolidated three West London titles, including the Fulham and Hammersmith Chronicle, and relaunched one Gazette to cover the territory of three defunct papers.
In truth the detailed coverage of local stories was already difficult for news organisations to maintain, and in some cases the idea of high-quality local reporting had always been a myth. But the evisceration of any sustainable professional journalism at the local level creates both an accountability vacuum and a distance between media and the communities it reports on.
As well as council-owned outlets, a plethora of glossy lifestyle and housing media mop up the advertising revenue not ingested by Facebook or Google. The local publication Kensington, Chelsea & Westminster Today – listed as the only free newspaper in the borough – has no local reporting at all.
As well as council-owned outlets, a plethora of glossy lifestyle and housing media mop up the advertising revenue not ingested by Facebook or Google. The local publication Kensington, Chelsea & Westminster Today – listed as the only free newspaper in the borough – has no local reporting at all.
The “news” site contains no information about its ownership or staff. However, in company filings its editor is listed as Kate Hawthorne, who is also the director of public relations company Hatricks.
The revolution in ground-level local media has never taken off in the way it was meant to. The local blogs run by tenants, activists and other citizens, find themselves isolated and crowded out in clogged social streams, short on attention, funding and traction. Often they rely on the tenacity and unpaid labour of their founders for survival.
As scale has become the sine qua non, choosing between the world and the local street has become the bargain for editors. The Guardian closed its own local city reporting experiment in 2011. The Daily Mail and General Trust sold its local newspapers to expand its global news and entertainment website. New players like Huffington Post and BuzzFeed are globalists not localists. The New York Times is putting more reporters into Europe than onto the local beat. The Washington Post was freed from a local remit and has soared since.
Senior editors are much more likely to be spending time in a departure lounge than a council chamber. Many have never held a reporting job that required them to sit in local courts or civic meetings.
Covering local housing meetings is an unglamorous beat for any journalist; hardly anyone reads your work, almost nobody cares what happens in the meetings, and the pay is extremely low. Yet it is hard to argue there are more civically important jobs for journalism than reporting the daily machinations of local power.
Local reporting serves another function which is seldom discussed. Local journalism should be a pipeline which takes young people from very different backgrounds into the profession of reporting; it ought to provide an access point for people to get to know and understand the importance of accountability coverage by participating in it.
The shallow wisdom of digital editors is often that when nobody reads your story, you are doing it wrong. But the stories worth covering that nobody reads are the fabric of the public record.
The immediate reach of a single story is only half the story. The record of what happens for instance at Kensington and Chelsea committee meetings is for the most part available in PDFs on the council’s website. There is no corresponding public record kept by independent reporters and without the Grenfell Action Group we would know almost nothing of the warning signs that were repeatedly pushed in front of the council.
The rise of vast advertising platforms has sucked money from the market, and the efficiencies have been good for business and bad for journalism. National and international media, who were numerous on the ground after the Grenfell fire, have conspired in creating an attention economy which leaves no room for the unread story.
Coverage of the “quality” of a media outlet often starts with a “how many….” metric about views and shares. There is decreasing correlation between high numbers and quality journalism; when it is set in a social environment, where gimmicks and outrage cause social “sharing”, the opposite is often true.
John Ness, who has been editor in chief of two US-based ventures to make hyperlocal journalism work on the web, Patch and DNAInfo, sees the difficulty of establishing and maintaining independent journalism at local level as feeding into issues of trust and transparency which blight all media.
“I think people increasingly understand that our news ecosystem is broken, to the point where we can’t agree with our neighbours about what news events actually happened the day before. And I think people increasingly understand that the base of that ecosystem, local news, has to be fixed if we’re going to get back to a place where we share the same reality with our neighbours.,” he says.
Ness thinks the route to sustainability resides primarily with people paying more for local media. In the US, communities with high-density populations and engaged citizens have had some success at creating not-for-profit local outlets, like the investigative outlet The Lens in New Orleans, and the veteran Voice of San Diego, or the much larger Texas Tribune in Austin. These remain the exceptions rather than the rule.
The BBC is increasingly the best hope of a route to building sustainable local reporting, but the costs of broadcasting are even less compatible with the scale issues of local stories, and the political penalties for rooting out corruption at council level mitigate the appetite for the mission.
As national and global news outlets in all their many forms continue to flood into the Grenfell story, they will I am sure, unearth and report on the root causes. But the stories which expose the causes of the fire, however they emerge, will not make up for the lack of the stories that might have stopped it in the first place.
The bitter irony of course is that a story read by a thousand people might have had more impact than one seen by 10 million. It is with deep regret and shame that we will never know if that could have been the case. Like Blagrove says, it is not just a story, it has been coming for a long time.

          Comment on Buzzfeed is more likely to regenerate journalism than any number of anxious conferences by Stephen   
One of the big difficulties, as Peretti notes, is trust. If Buzzfeed begins producing investigative pieces, how will the reader react to it being produced by a website known for fluff and how will the hard, original news piece sit beside other pieces about skateboarding cats? Although, I certainly applaud the plan to hire investigative reporters and wish them the very best.
          'Morning Joe' Row Is Fresh Sign of TV's Iron Grip on Trump - New York Times   

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'Morning Joe' Row Is Fresh Sign of TV's Iron Grip on Trump
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President Trump's fractious relationship with the political news media is exemplified by his history with the hosts of “Morning Joe,” Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough. Credit MSNBC. There are a lot of insights to be drawn from the latest media ...
Is this it for Trump?Washington Post
The Trump-Morning Joe Feud Has Twitter Talking, But Were Any Laws Broken?BuzzFeed News
White House threatened Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski with a National Enquirer story, the two allegeLos Angeles Times
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          Health-insurance expansion under the ACA linked to fewer sudden cardiac arrests   

After health insurance was expanded under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), significantly fewer previously uninsured middle-aged people died of sudden cardiac arrest, according to a study conducted in Oregon and published online today in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

As background information in the study points out, previous research has shown that health insurance leads to improved financial security, greater access to preventive medical services and more positive self-perceptions of health. But it’s been unclear if health insurance also has an effect on major health outcomes, such as the incidence of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA).

SCA occurs when an electrical disturbance in the rhythm of the heartbeat (an arrhythmia) causes the heart to suddenly and unexpectedly stop beating. In about 95 percent of cases, the person dies within minutes, mainly because quick treatment with a defibrillator is not available. SCA is not the same as a heart attack, which occurs when a major artery leading to the heart become blocked. Although both are serious, the heart doesn’t usually stop beating during a heart attack, although a heart attack patient may experience an SCA later, during the recovery period.

SCA is a leading cause of death in the United States, claiming about 350,000 lives each year. That’s about one life every 90 seconds.

Before and after

The current study is based on a comparative analysis of emergency medical services data collected in Multnomah County, Oregon, during a two-year period before the ACA’s insurance expansion mandate went into effect (2011-2012) and a two-year period afterward (2014-2015). The county is home to the city of Portland and has an adult population of about 636,000.

The analysis found that the incidence of sudden cardiac arrest dropped 17 percent among people aged 45 to 64 between 2011-2012 and 2014-2015. The incidence remained unchanged, however, among adults aged 65 and older — a group that has almost universal health coverage under Medicare

Most of the middle-aged adults in the study gained their insurance through Medicaid. Medicaid coverage grew in the county from 7.0 percent before the ACA to 13.5 percent afterward — a 93 percent increase.

“Cardiac arrest is a devastating and under-recognized cause of premature death for both men and women age 45 and older,” said Dr. Eric Stecker, the study’s lead author and a cardiologist at Oregon Health & Science University, in a released statement. “Health insurance allows people to engage in regular medical care, which is crucial for the prevention of cardiovascular disease and the diagnosis and treatment of conditions that can cause cardiac arrest.”

Limitations and implications

The study comes with several caveats, as its authors point out. Most notably, it is observational, which means it can show only an association, not a direct cause-and-effect, between greater access to health insurance and a lower incidence of cardiac arrest. Also, this research was a pilot study. Larger studies involving more diverse populations are needed to confirm its findings.

Still, the study comes on the heels of a review of past studies that have examined the influence of health insurance on various aspects of health. That analysis, published Monday in the Annals of Internal Medicine, concluded that adults who lack health insurance have “poorer health and shortened lives.”

Specifically, the review found that people without health insurance are between 71 percent and 97 percent more likely to die early than those with health insurance. That means that for every 1 million Americans without health insurance, about 1,300 will die prematurely each year

An estimated 28.4 million Americans are currently uninsured, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

Under the Senate Republican bill being considered as a replacement for the ACA, 22 million more people will find themselves without insurance in the next decade, according to an analysis, also released Monday, by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.

FMI: You can read the Oregon study here. The meta-analysis can be found on the website of the Annals of Internal Medicine.


          For Black Queers, Invisibility Is Often the Best Liberation Strategy   

As one of 19 siblings, I grew up with a very particular relationship to the concept of invisibility. My parents did the best they could with what little they had to make all of their children feel as if they mattered—to feel seen. But there is only so much attention poor black parents can give to that many children when the world is intent on taking everything away from them.

As I got older and began to accept my queerness, this feeling of invisibility evolved from a universal fault to a much more complicated experience. Even though I had resented the lack of attention I was afforded growing up, I began to cherish those same moments of solitude—those times where I could build my own queer-friendly communities without fear of having them barreled over by family members working clumsily through their internalized queer antagonism, if they were working through it at all.

While establishing this community, I noticed how so many black queer folks have been forced to do the same—manifesting entire worlds of (often temporary, but always necessary) safety by ourselves, as epitomized in the creation of phenomena like ball culture. At the same time, there remains a constant push from mainstream LGBTQ organizations to increase the “visibility” of these experiences and communities in order to build empathy for and normalize them. But what, if anything, gets barreled over in that process of exposure?

Visibility efforts have long been a staple mainstream queer liberation movements. Projects like the Transgender Day of Visibility and the It Gets Better campaign rely on the same premise, perhaps best exemplified by (white) queer icon Harvey Milk who continuously pressured queer people to “come out”: If only queer folks were seen, and seen more frequently, they would be respected.

These projects are commendable enough on the surface. But in the aftermath of Philando Castile’s shooter being acquitted, even with video evidence and witnesses—after the similar end to many other comparable cases—at some point the question must be asked: Can visibility, based as it is in a notion of shared humanity, work for us if black people aren’t seen as fully human? What if the many campaigns rooted in drawing power from, or even weaponizing visibility, such as the campaign for marriage equality, benefit those most closely associated with humanity under white society (white, male, cisgender and affluent)? What if they do little for black queer communities still ravaged by more pressing concerns like HIV and homelessness epidemics, while also actually reinforcing the violence facing us? What if black queer folks making ourselves “seen” to a hostile state provides yet another opportunity for our bodies to be further criminalized?

In 2015, Bayna-Lehkeim El-Amin, a black queer man, was attacked by Jonathan Snipes, a white gay man, at a Dallas BBQ restaurant in New York City.* The incident escalated when El-Amin allegedly called Snipes and his boyfriend “white faggots” and derided them for “spilling [their] drinks.” Snipes admits to being drunk and hitting El-Amin first (video from the scene corroborates this), but he still pressed charges against the 6-foot, 6-inch tall black man when El-Amin responded by defending himself with a chair.

The judge agreed with the prosecutor that El-Amin was a bully who deserved to be punished for his over-the-top response to the attacks of “these girly men” (prosecutor’s words) after a media campaign framed the incident as “gay-bashing.” In September of last year, El-Amin was sentenced to nine years in prison.

Mitchyll Mora, a founding member of F2L, a volunteer network aiming to support queer and trans people of color facing felony level offenses in New York City, organized around the case to highlight how the media used queerness to humanize Snipes while simultaneously demonizing El-Amin.

“The larger LGBTQ community did not stand with Bayna, they criminalized him,” Mora said. In response to the incident, City Council member Corey Johnson and LGBTQ organizations held an event in Chelsea against anti-gay hate violence, the New York Daily News put Bayna on the front page, and the NYPD, under the guidance of the LGBTQ liaison Tim Duffy, began investigating the incident as a hate crime.

“A slew of articles, many from gay white men, began to surface, often focusing on the size of Bayna's body and using anti-black words like ‘brute’ and other racist descriptions to make him sound monstrous,” Mora explained. Though El-Amin’s queerness was a matter of public record, it did not grant him the same empathy it did for “girly (man)” Snipes.

“Not only is Bayna not straight, he was actively involved in the LGBTQ community in New York City, depended upon, and loved,” Mora continues. “But none of the organizations that had gathered to criminalize Bayna retracted anything. The media that went after him continued to go after him. For these people and organizations supposedly dedicated to protecting all queer folks, there was no concern about Bayna’s safety despite this being such a public manhunt for a queer person.”

Cases like that of Bayna-Lehkeim El-Amin illuminate how, for black queer people, visibility isn’t enough. Even for organizations claiming to protect and defend LGBTQ people, Bayna’s black queerness could not register as in need of defending, especially when in conflict with a white queer person claiming that same victimhood. Bayna’s queerness was visible, but it still failed to elicit empathy. Visibility, as a strategy, relies on empathy, and empathy relies on the idea that we are all similar enough that someone else’s pain can be understood through the understanding of our own.

But what happens when we really are different, and substantially so? What if anti-Blackness ensures that these differences cannot be understood simply by seeing? What if the power of visibility critically depends upon who is doing the seeing?

In 2015, Michael Johnson, a black gay man with developmental disabilities, stood trial for “recklessly exposing” others, mostly white gay men, to HIV. Having gone by the name “Tiger Mandingo” on dating/hookup apps, the case was extremely racialized in the media from the start, as Steven Thrasher exposed in a series for BuzzFeed News. Though experts agree that HIV criminalization laws are both ineffective and harmful to queer communities, LGBTQ organizations failed to rally around the case, and some even supported the prosecution and empathized with the white gay men who pressed charges.

Johnson was initially sentenced to 30 years in prison, but recently had his sentence thrown out due to prosecutorial misconduct. He is currently awaiting a new trial, bail, or plea hearing.

“If Michael Johnson had never been seen as ‘Tiger Mandingo,’ he likely wouldn’t be in jail today,” Thrasher explained to me. “The initial press accounts painted him as a black predator and monster in pretty flat ways. But I would hope our stories at BuzzFeed (and obviously I am extremely biased here) helped by presenting a human picture of him.”

Thrasher argues that there is a crucial difference between becoming visible to audiences who understand the extent of anti-blackness, and becoming visible to those who are still invested in anti-black violence and criminalizing the black body.

“Because BuzzFeed and I have invested significant time and resources into this story, Johnson hasn’t just become more visible and the injustice of his story more known, he’s also gotten tremendous support from advocates,” Thrasher said. “Most notably, many organizations and lawyers worked on his appeal after our stories came out, successfully overturning his 30-year conviction.”

Specific attention to anti-blackness and racial stratification in the afterlife of slavery illuminates the fact that there are some structures, particularly legal structures, that are set up in direct opposition to black life, and therefore to black queer life, too. These structures will “see” black queer life as criminal if they see it at all, and therefore an activism that assumes all visibility is good visibility can never fully embrace black queer people.

If queer liberation movements are to include black queer people, they should reckon with not just the limitations of visibility, but the way certain kinds of visibility reinforce anti-black structures inherently. Instead of constantly pushing for visibility, what would it mean to sometimes embrace invisibility? What is the function of those moments of solitude, those exclusive spaces for black queer people to build our own communities without fear of having them barreled over by those working clumsily through their internalized queer antagonism and anti-blackness?

What does it mean to know that every time black people are “seen” by the state, every time the state “sees” anything, black people are not alive? What would it mean, rather, to be unseen? How do we view each other outside this gaze? What happens when we all step outside it together?

*Correction, June 29, 2017: This post originally misspelled Bayna-Lehkeim El-Amin’s first name. (Return.)

Read more of Outward's Visibility Issue.


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          PERNAMBUCO: Empresários do caso do Jatinho do PSB revelam em Delação que pagaram propina no Rei das Coxinhas   
 

Essa é destaque no Blog da Noelia Brito:

“Matéria publicada pelo BuzzFeed, do repórter Filipe Coutinho, revela que os empresários apontados como encarregados de realizar o recebimento e a "lavagem" dos recursos oriundos de propinas recebidas de empreiteiras por obras públicas da Operação Turbulência, já fizeram suas delações premiadas, como, aliás, já havíamos antecipado aqui mesmo em nosso Blog.

Segundo a matéria do BuzzFeed, as primeiras informações sobre o conteúdo das delações, que promete ser bombástico e atingir mais de 80 políticos, só do Estado de Pernambuco, um dos principais operadores do esquema de lavagem de propinas a políticos a agentes públicos no Nordeste, o empresário João Carlos Lyra, que fez delação após ser alvo das operações Lava Jato e Turbulência,  contou em sua delação que pagou R$ 2 milhões de propina para o então senador Vital do Rêgo, atual ministro do Tribunal de Contas da União.

Os pagamentos das propinas destinadas a Vital do Rego teriam ocorrido durante as eleições de 2014, nas quais foi candidato derrotado ao governo da Paraíba e teriam sido recebidas por Alex Azevedo, secretário de Campina Grande, quando o irmão de Vital do Rego era Prefeito. A propina, que foi paga pela OAS, da qual Lyra se confessou uma espécie de "caixa paralelo", em troca de benefícios na CPI da Petrobras, teve a primeira entrega feita no restaurante "O Rei das Coxinhas", situado na BR-101, entre Goiana-PE e João Pessoa, na Paraíba. O restante da propina foi paga na beira da estrada em Bezerros-PE, num aeroclube e num restaurante dentro de um Shopping, no Recife. As delações dos indiciados da Operação Turbulência foi feita ainda no início do ano, na Procuradoria da República, no Recife.

João Carlos Lyra é investigado, juntamente com o senador Fernando Bezerra Coelho, do PSB e com o empresário Aldo Guedes, no Inquérito 4005, que tramita no Supremo Tribunal Federal, por corrupção e lavagem de dinheiro e foram apontados nas delações da Odebrecht como principais beneficiários do recebimento de propina nas obras contratadas com a construtora no Estado de Pernambuco, juntamente com o já falecido Governador Eduardo Campos. (Com informações do Blog de Noelia Brito. CONFIRA)

O Blog do Carlos Eugênio está a disposição dos citados na matéria registrada originalmente no Blog da Noelia Brito, para publicar as suas versões quanto aos fatos registrados nesta reportagem.

          U of I students denied snow day, spew racist, sexist comments about chancellor via social media   

For the most part, educational institutions have closed their doors due to the extremely cold weather in the midwest. Students attending The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign weren’t so lucky. Upon receiving the following email, some students took to Twitter and voiced their opinions of Chancellor Phyllis M. Wise: From Buzzfeed: Under the #F**kPhyllis hashtag, […]

The post U of I students denied snow day, spew racist, sexist comments about chancellor via social media appeared first on The Black Youth Project.


          CIA Contractors Fired for Stealing Snacks from Vending Machine   
Max Jaeger reports: Some of the nation’s top intelligence minds were fired from the CIA — for hacking a vending machine. The spy group axed several contractors after it discovered they had stolen $3,314.40 in eats from compromised vending machines between fall 2012 and March 2013, according to a report obtained by BuzzFeed News. When […]
             
http://www.buzzfeed.com/leonoraepstein/being-a-writer-expectations-vs-reality

Being A Writer: Expectations Vs. Reality

For everyone who has 20 pages of the next Great American Novel. Or two pages. Any pages, really.posted on 

1. Expectation: Woo-hoo! You’re armed with an MFA and you are going to write the s*%t out of your first book!

Being A Writer: Expectations Vs. Reality

Reality: You don’t actually have anything to write about yet.

Being A Writer: Expectations Vs. Reality

2. Expectation: Once you’ve gotten started, you’ll work on your book nonstop, fueled by creative passion.

Being A Writer: Expectations Vs. Reality

Reality: Your moments of creative passion will come at odd times and may require liquid or food reinforcements.

Reality: Your moments of creative passion will come at odd times and may require liquid or food reinforcements.

3. Expectation: Using a vintage typewriter will turn you into a truly authentic writer.

Being A Writer: Expectations Vs. Reality

Reality: Typewriters are THE WORST.

Being A Writer: Expectations Vs. Reality

4. Expectation: Your technology will never fail you! Your MacBook is your best friend.

Being A Writer: Expectations Vs. Reality

Reality: Let’s talk again the first time you lose your ENTIRE book and NO, YOU DIDN’T BACK UP, thanks for asking.


Washington Post

Why some inside the White House see Trump's media feud as 'winning'
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To President Trump, no place is more comfortable than the middle of a fight. This week had it all: Vicious tweets, nasty nicknames, an entrenched foe in the mainstream media and the reprisal by Trump of one of his favorite roles — the victim. Sure ...
'Morning Joe' Row Is Fresh Sign of TV's Iron Grip on TrumpNew York Times
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          Amazing Money Origami   
A dollar won't get you much these days, unless you're Won Park, whose amazing money origami art is pictured here. Click through to see his sculptures, all made out of dollar bills. (Via Buzzfeed) Continue reading…
          Kremlin Ordered Assassinations On British Soil    

Heidi Blake, BuzzFeed News’ UK Investigations Editor, discusses a recent series by the website that looks into how British authorities have ignored evidence suggesting 14 different people were assassinated on its soil by the Kremlin or the Russian mafia. The series details how UK police ruled out foul play in every case, despite US intelligence agencies sharing information with its British counterparts that tied the deaths to Russia. 


          The Kremlin's Hit List, An American Fugitive In Cuba, Actor-in-Chief Ronald Reagan    

Heidi Blake, BuzzFeed News’ UK Investigations Editor, looks at Kremlin assassinations on British soil. Filmmaker Jamie Kastner and civil rights attorney Margaret Ratner-Kunstler, revisit the case of one of the FBI's most wanted. Pacho Velez and Sierra Pettengill on their all-archival film "The Reagan Show," the story of actor-turned-president's role of a lifetime. Dr. William Reisacher will be here to answer your burning questions about bodily fluids!


          Why some inside the White House see Trump's media feud as 'winning' - Washington Post   

Washington Post

Why some inside the White House see Trump's media feud as 'winning'
Washington Post
To President Trump, no place is more comfortable than the middle of a fight. This week had it all: Vicious tweets, nasty nicknames, an entrenched foe in the mainstream media and the reprisal by Trump of one of his favorite roles — the victim. Sure ...
'Morning Joe' Row Is Fresh Sign of TV's Iron Grip on TrumpNew York Times
The Trump-"Morning Joe" Feud Has Twitter Talking, But Were Any Laws Broken?BuzzFeed News
White House threatened Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski with a National Enquirer story, the two allegeLos Angeles Times
HuffPost -NBCNews.com -Washington Examiner -Salon
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          DeVos Appoints CEO Of A Student Loan Company To Head Federal Aid Agency   
Welcome to this week's edition of our national education news roundup. DeVos appoints current student loan company CEO to head student loan agency Wayne A. Johnson will be the new head of Office of Federal Student Aid after James Runcie abruptly resigned last month, the U.S. Department of Education announced this week. FSA is the agency responsible for administering $1.4 trillion in outstanding student loans from 42 million borrowers, plus other aid programs for millions of college students. As not mentioned in the department's press release, and first reported by BuzzFeed, Johnson is currently the CEO of Reunion Financial Services Corporation, a private student loan company. Liz Hill, press secretary at the U.S. Department of Education, provided NPR with a statement that read in part: "Dr. Johnson has 30 years of experience in the private sector and is going to be a tremendous asset to the Department and to FSA's customers [...] Wayne knows this industry inside and out and has seen
          After ignoring Pride Month, Trump appoints anti-trans activist to Gender Equality position   

Just a few days after Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III claimed that his Justice Department will “protect the rights of all transgender persons,” the Trump administration has hired Bethany Kozma, an anti-LGBT activist who fought to restrict bathroom access for trans children, to the office of Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment in the US Agency for International Development.

With just hours left in Pride Month 2017, guess Donald Trump couldn’t help but offer one last F-U to LGBT Americans, after failing to even acknowledge the occasion with a presidential proclamation for the first time since the George W. Bush administration:

In July 2016, Kozma published a post at the Daily Signal, a publication of the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, calling for a national campaign in opposition to the Obama administration's guidance saying transgender students have the right to use bathrooms matching their gender identity. She called the campaign "United We Stand," and made her case against the policy by repeating the unsubstantiated assertion that policies allowing transgender people to access the bathroom matching their gender identity leads to sexual assault.

"To put it simply, a boy claiming gender confusion must now be allowed in the same shower, bathroom, or locker room with my daughter under the president’s transgender policies," she wrote. "When I learned that predators could abuse these new policies to hurt children in school lockers, shelters, pool showers, or other vulnerable public places like remote bathrooms in national parks, I realized I had to do something."

Kozma celebrated Donald Trump ending former President Barack Obama’s guidance earlier this year, writing that "the silent majority must no longer be silent. With Trump, we now have a president who is focused on remedying the lawlessness of the prior administration." Happy Pride from Donald Trump!


          6月30日(金)のつぶやき その1   

@w_r_sola 06-29のポスト数:1 (うちRT:0)

— SOLA (@w_r_sola) 2017年6月30日 - 00:03

『最後になりましたが、銀座イタリアン事件については、申し訳ありませんでした。』文末に捨て身技が入るあたりは彼らしい。そして不覚にも笑った。いや笑うところじゃないのかもしれないけども。
huffingtonpost.jp/hirotada-otota… @HuffPostJapanさんから

— SOLA (@w_r_sola) 2017年6月30日 - 01:42

実際これは誰かが言い出さないと、それこそ騒ぎにしないと、動かなかった案件だと思う。障害があるが故に受ける制限は、少ないほうがいいに決まってる。

— SOLA (@w_r_sola) 2017年6月30日 - 01:46

リラックスしたい人にオススメのツボと文鳥です。 #文鳥 #buncho pic.twitter.com/jQI27FsqE2

— 文鳥堂中村@2月個展 (@bunchodo) 2017年6月29日 - 13:15

そうか…握ってると眠くなるのはそういうことだったのか…そうか…

— SOLA (@w_r_sola) 2017年6月30日 - 01:47

pic.twitter.com/BknMWl5MWm

— ぼく、シマエナガ。 (@daily_simaenaga) 2017年6月29日 - 21:08

障害者は「差別」に泣き寝入りしないといけないのか?伝説の運動が教えてくれること buzzfeed.com/jp/satoruishid…
“排除は想像力が働かない。被害をうけるのは個人なのに、その顔を想像することができなくなる。個人として街にでて、生きている姿をみせることが排除に抗”…

— Cook⚡秘密入院の話増刷決定詳細ピン留 (@CookDrake) 2017年6月29日 - 16:47

業務でよく郵便書簡を使うのですがちょっと前まで文鳥さん柄だったのですよね。無くなる前に一枚だけ保存用に買っておいたのがこれ。見るたびほっこりしていた文鳥さん書簡。 pic.twitter.com/L5jV6I69c7

— 文/ 新木南生 (@ingwaz_) 2017年6月29日 - 18:08

自転車の無灯火が正面からきて、ぶつかりそうになったとき、
「ライトくらいつけな」
と優しく諭すも
「点けなくても前見えるから」
と回答される。

お前が見えるかどうかじゃねぇ

対向する人から見えるかどうかが重要なんだよ! pic.twitter.com/DaLzw2pvqM

— とも@Decent (@Tomota_1988) 2017年6月28日 - 09:00

日経HR編集部さん、致命的な誤字をやらかしてますよ……… pic.twitter.com/nZRD64tkI0

— 櫛 海月 (@kusikurage) 2017年6月28日 - 17:25

自分が妻の介護をするかもしれないという可能性を1ミリも考えないで何が「家族へのラブレター」なんだろう。 pic.twitter.com/rOBdJyJTrg

— みゅあ (@myua_myua) 2017年6月28日 - 18:16

合理的配慮の具体的な線引きは難しいけど、バリアフリーを目指すべきという理念には誰も異論はないはずで、やり方に賛否あるのはわかるけど問題の本質はそこではなくて、「そこまでやる人がいないと世の中が変わらない」ということこそ我々は恥じるべきなんだと思います。

— 後藤 隆昭@日曜日東イ24a (@ryu_) 2017年6月29日 - 12:41

最後の一文に色々と考えさせられる。

バニラ・エアが燃えている。しかし、木島さんも燃えている - アゴラ agora-web.jp/archives/20269…

— イシゲスズコ (@suminotiger) 2017年6月29日 - 10:07

はい pic.twitter.com/CVktcXM0WE

— わかり手@メンヘラ.jp (@ganbare_zinrui) 2017年6月28日 - 15:09

俺の脳が縦読みと横読みの概念を超越した pic.twitter.com/NFUFKK0zyP

— ゴラァ@JZA81-02RZ (@zzw30_mrs_gora) 2017年6月28日 - 10:09

今日のわくわく挿し餌タイム。スイちゃんは我々の声に反応してご飯の催促をしてくれるようになりました。ささめも挿し餌の監督に出てくるけど、割とうるさいです。 pic.twitter.com/FlO9SR5aaM

— スズメ (@R_murata) 2017年6月29日 - 19:12

こっちのページでもやらかしてるし、これマジで編集者が知らないんじゃないの…… pic.twitter.com/oamkroZHHG

— 櫛 海月 (@kusikurage) 2017年6月28日 - 17:31

バニラエアの件、当事者がバリアフリーの専門家だったことを叩く向きがあるみたいだけど、専門家だからこそあそこまで抵抗して搭乗に至ったし明るみに出たんでしょ。多くの車椅子ユーザーは人知れず諦めたり、健常者社会に「配慮」して事前連絡をしているから問題が起こらないか知られないだけ。

— チキささ (@c_ssk) 2017年6月28日 - 22:26

噛んで確かめる。 pic.twitter.com/AMS7hWKUlv

— 花梨1110 (@karinbird1110) 2017年6月29日 - 18:28

確信犯でしょセブンイレブン pic.twitter.com/fIwnnjH9eN

— パンとハーバル (@knob_shirts) 2017年6月29日 - 13:17

何度もこの話してるけど、昔、憧れの人とやっとデートにこぎつけた時に居酒屋に連れて行かれて。飲んで楽しく話していたら急に「君は合格!こういうところに連れてきて嫌がる女はダメ。金かかるし」と言われてサーっと冷めた。人を試すのサイテーと思った。私の大好きな居酒屋にも失礼って話。

— みお (@miomiopyon) 2017年6月29日 - 13:00

わし飛行機のタラップ上がるのになんも義務なんか果たしてないで。そのまま上がってるで。twitter.com/lala_zet/statu…

— SIVA (@sivaprod) 2017年6月30日 - 00:03

いや実はそこから異論があるみたいですよ。障害者対応が料金転嫁されるのはけしからん、健常者と異なるサービスが必要なら追加料金払えみたいなこと言ってる人がうじゃうじゃいますよ。本当にいい世の中です。 twitter.com/ryu_/status/88…

— ystk (@lawkus) 2017年6月29日 - 14:06

きょう課長と二人で昔のお風呂は自動じゃなかったって話になって、「入る前棒でかき混ぜてた」って一言から、その手応えやお湯の音をワッと思い出して「まぜてた!」「棒で!」「私たち!」「お湯を」「お風呂で!」「入るとき!」「棒で!」みたいな大騒ぎになった。今思うと盛り上がりの理由は不明。

— フラ☆ (@FURASTAR) 2017年6月28日 - 22:11

色覚異常お断り状態を続けていた東京の地下鉄の路線図掲示を1990年に一気に色覚バリアフリーの優等生に変えたのは、眼科医の権威であって当事者の声ではありませんでした。当事者の声は半世紀以上無視されてきました。「穏健なお願い」とやらの無力さは骨身にしみています。

— Hiroyasu Kamo (@kamo_hiroyasu) 2017年6月29日 - 12:22

バニラエアFBのコメント欄に「障害者を差別する最悪航空会社!女が副社長しているから最低なんだよ!」という、障害者を擁護するあまり女性差別をしてしまう最低のコメント見つけた。ウソみたいだろ。実名で書いてるんだぜ…

— 死者の書 (@ChageAndAndoh) 2017年6月29日 - 09:14

バニラエア。ひとまず「差別心の有無は差別と関係ない」「現状を変えようとするスピードや現状を伝えたい相手に応じて選ばれる手段は変わる」「クレームと『運動』は区別すべき」「どのような運動の手法にも不満を抱く人がいるのは必然」「やっかいなのは当事者の分断」「元電通とかはどうでもいい」。

— lessor (@lessor_tw) 2017年6月29日 - 12:58

最高にタイミングが悪い記事でしたなあ。バニラエアが実は、関空・奄美線については「事前に連絡があった車椅子旅客はこれまで断ってきた(搭乗自体を想定していなかった)」ことが報じられたのも今日になってから。『バニラは事前に連絡したら実は… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

— ktgohan@C92金曜た35b(東7 (@ktgohan) 2017年6月29日 - 16:30

院長に呼び出されたら、とある助産師のお産での医者を呼ぶタイミングがひどすぎて、夜中にヅラ当直医をギリギリで呼んだために、ヅラの装着が間に合わず、その医者が大変心を痛められたという愚痴で、それ以来、オペのときの帽子をハゲ隠しにするため当直室に用意されるようになったと。知らんがな…

— タビトラ (@tabitora1013) 2017年6月29日 - 22:04

「『何食べたい?』とデート中に男性から問いかけられた時に、一番モテる回答を答えよ」という問いに対して、「私、吉野家の牛丼って食べたことないから食べてみたいの!付き合ってくれない?」が「正解」であると満場一致で可決されました。女性の皆様方はご査収ください。

— ヨッピー (@yoppymodel) 2017年6月28日 - 23:57
          Fake Story Scandal: How Russia Obsession Led CNN into a Trap   

Fake Story Scandal: How Russia Obsession Led CNN into a Trap
ALEX GORKA | 29.06.2017 | WORLD

Fake Story Scandal: How Russia Obsession Led CNN into a Trap

CNN is in trouble, with its reputation tanking as a result of publishing an article connecting Trump ally and Wall Street financier Anthony Scaramucci, who served on the executive committee of Trump’s transition team, to the $10-billion Russian Direct Investment Fund. The story based on a single antonymous source happened to be a fake. Despite swift retraction of the article, apology published and the following resignation of three veteran journalists, the image of the cable news network has been greatly tarnished.
True, CNN imposed new rules on the stories regarding Russia but it will hardly repair the damage done. The network was on track for record profit of more than $1 billion in 2017. It has been expanding investigative teams while vigorously attacking the US president to be ultimately caught in an anti-Trump trap. «I would encourage everyone in this room and, frankly, everyone across the country, to take a look at it», Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said. «I think if it is accurate, I think it’s a disgrace to all of media, to all of journalism.”
In early January President Donald Trump called CNN «fake news’. The White House refused to send its spokespeople or surrogates onto CNN shows, accusing the network’s reporters of publishing highly-damaging and unverified accusations about the president’s behavior in Russia. Some people believed it was not a smart move because leading news networks, like CNN, have become powerful enough to make politicians, including presidents, do their best to avoid quarrels. It is widely believed that politicians come and go, but media outlets remain. Looks like CNN is on the way to become an exclusion from this rule.
The recent fake story is just another example of the network’s inaccurate reporting and wrongdoings. CNN has been involved in a series of scandals.
It touted the boy called Omran Daqneesh as the face of civilian suffering in Aleppo at a time the city was divided between pro-government and rebel forces and suffered under intensive fighting. CNN anchor Christiane Amanpour used the picture of Daqneesh in her October interview with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to question Russia’s support of Damascus in the Syrian conflict. «That is a war crime, sir», she said showing the photo. The boy resurfaced in world media this month after his family agreed to talk to journalists. His father Mohammad Kheir Daqneesh accused the White Helmets of using his family to produce propaganda.
In March, CNN reported that the FBI had information suggesting President Donald Trump associates «may have coordinated» with Russians on the release of information damaging Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton during the election. «There’s probably more evidence that CNN colluded with the Clinton campaign to give her questions than the Trump campaign gave any kind of collusion», White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer snarked at today’s press briefing, when asked about that report.
In May, comedian Kathy Griffin was fired by CNN for the shocking picture in which she was seen holding a mask of Trump’s bloody, severed head. The same month, CNN anchor Anderson Cooper apologised for ‘crude’ remark to Trump supporter during an interview. This month, CNN had to fire Reza Aslan, the host of a documentary series on the network, for his profane anti-Trump tweets.
The list can go on, there are numerous examples of CNN’s inappropriate behaviour as it is waging attacks against the president and all’s fair in war. CNN belongs to the networks President Trump called «the enemy of the people», addressing the annual Conservative Political Action Conference in February. Obsessed with Trump and «Russia’s threat», CNN has downgraded in front of our eyes into a vulgar, lowbrow network. Step by step it is moving to collapse.
It’s not CNN only. President Trump has said that NBC and ABC reports regarding the administration’s links to Russia have also been biased or untrue. At a time the Senate approved the sweeping anti-Russia sanctions bill to be considered by the House now, somebody «leaked» to Buzzfeed the classified information about the State Secretary Rex Tillerson’s «secret» road map – a plan to improve the relations with Russia. Evidently, the goal was to spur the process of the bill becoming a law and hinder the implementation of the State Secretary’s plans.
The US media are waging an information war in an effort to oust Donald Trump from the White House. That’s where Russia – the country blamed for each and everything going awry in the United States – comes in handy. None of the stories regarding Russia and President Trump has been backed up by anything like solid evidence or facts. Even if only a small part of them were true, impeachment procedures would be launched but nothing like that has happened, except that US media has limited the President’s room for maneuver with endless false stories about Russia.
What if the investigation led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller does not produce any facts to make the media information offensive look like a failed conspiracy to stage a quite coup d’état in the United States? Will those who work in the leading media networks waging the smear campaign and spreading around unconfirmed information be held responsible?
Media attacks negatively affect the prospects for a Putin-Trump meeting during the Russia-US summit to take place on July 7-8 in Hamburg, Germany. The US is no less interested in the positive outcome than Russia. With the troublesome news coming from Syria, tensions running high between Russia and NATO, arms control and non-proliferation regime eroding, and terrorists moving to Africa and the Asia Pacific, as well as a host of other issues on the agenda, the US media do a disservice to their own country by obstructing all attempts to revive the Russia-US dialogue on burning issues of mutual interest. Intensification of media attacks against the president in the days left till the event in Germany is something to be expected. But too much zeal is not always a good thing. Scoop stories attract public attention just for a few days, but a good reputation is hard to win and easy to lose. The CNN fake news scandal is a good illustration of the fact.

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          Fortune may favor the bold… But society favors the lawful.   
(Original, much shorter version published on Boundary Crosser) A friend recently pointed me to the moral alignment test that’s been so popular lately on Reddit and Buzzfeed. At first, it gave me a good chuckle... The post Fortune may favor the bold… But society favors the lawful. appeared first on disinformation.

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          Someone should collect these climate conversion stories   
There may be some useful common thread to how educated people resist climate science for a while, maybe years, and then come around. And it's probably different than what shifts the average voter who spends very little time thinking about the issue.

The excellent science journalist Dan Vergano gives us his conversion story. Short version is he began as a member of the hippie-punching Cold Warrior tribe who reflexively disbelieved in climate change. His self-image as engineer opened the first crack though, when someone he trusted challenged him to check the data and he was educated enough to understand it. Not enough to be convinced though. 

Convinced happened years later as a science journalist, when he applied the "nut test" to professed experts on both sides of the climate issue. The real scientist acknowledged the possibility of being wrong, while the denialist acknowledged none, and the issue was settled for Vergano.

I still find it somewhat perplexing to understand why people go unpersuaded for years by mountains of evidence and then finally change their minds, but this helps a little. Maybe we need a database about how to shake people from their mental frames.

Ironically, I think solutions work the opposite way for most people who spend little time on the issue and are persuaded by certainty and confidence. "The science is settled" is more persuasive to most people (and also true) than "our horde of scientists are still thinking rationally, while the tiny clique on the other side are controlled by irrational certainty and can't be trusted."

You have to understand your audience. Some years ago at my water district when it considered fluoridation, I was annoyed with the pro-fluoride proponents who claimed certainty that fluoridation was safe. The other side was even worse and I sided with fluoridation, but both were using the wrong arguments with me.



Side note:  here's 10 minutes of pretty favorable coverage of the Pope's encyclical on Fox News Sunday. That type of coverage could help given the network it's on. Wallace trots out a version of the Lomborg nonsense about doing something to help the poor other than fixing climate, and I think the bishop flubs his response, but the back and forth is less important than the overall favorable coverage.

          Is there a secret tape of Newt saying shocking things about Trump and Russia?   
This is a long-ish post about anonymous sources.

Many respected mainstream writers have used them. Lately, though, non-mainstream writers have made some very startling claims based (they say) on information from unnamed insiders. And that's a problem.

Consider, for example, the case of Watergate's Deep Throat, the most famous anonymous source of all time. Everyone knows that Throat turned out to be FBI man Mark Felt, who "came out" a few years before his death in 2008. There are solid reasons to suspect that Woodward cultivated other sources whom he has never identified -- sources who worked for a Certain Interesting Agency. (See here, here and here.) Woodward's description of Throat -- a lanky, chain-smoking, hard-drinking "former military man with intellectual proclivities" -- describes Jim Angleton one hell of a lot better than it describes Mark Felt.

The tale of Throat exemplifies one of the main problems with anonymous sourcing: Even after the story has reached a resolution, mysteries may linger. After the Big Reveal, nobody subjected Felt to some much-needed intensive questioning because he was quite elderly.

Still, Woodward and Bernstein were not indulging in "fake news" when they wrote their Throat-based stories (even though Nixon might have used that term if it was in circulation at the time). The famous duo's reportage turned out to be accurate, even if they did keep the Agency in the shadows. They revealed the name of their source to their editor, Ben Bradlee, and reportedly to a few other people (including the remarkable J. Stanley Pottinger).

Most importantly: Woodward and Bernstein worked for a reputable journalistic institution which has never been inclined to publish anything likely to result in a libel case. The WP must be careful because it has sufficiently deep pockets to justify a lawsuit.

The same cannot be said of some of today's storytellers.

Take, for example, this remarkable headline in The Palmer Report, a repository for all of the wilder Trumpgate claims made on any given day:
Report: FBI has recordings of Newt Gingrich setting up Trump-Russia meetings during campaign
A headline like that would raise the eyebrows of anyone not named Mona Lisa. But what is the basis for this claim? It traces back to a writer who goes by the handle Puesto Loco, which, according to Google Translate, means "put out crazy." Not a pseudonym likely to inspire confidence.

Here's his tweet:
JUST IN:
FBI has Sept, 2016 tapes of Newt Gingrich setting up multiple Team Trump/Russia meetings with Kislyak et al. (reliable source)
And here's the photo montage he put together:


Not many hours later, Mr. Loco tweeted another big claim:
Sources tell me there's enough House GOPers who've pledged that if Trump fires Mueller & Ryan interferes rehiring him, Ryan will be ousted.
This assertion also comes with a photo montage:


I wouldn't dismiss the possibility that the Germans "have something" on Trump. But I do have a simple question: What is Merkel's motive for keeping the secrets of Ryan, McConnell and Trump at this stage of the game?

Here's an even better question: Why would we be learning this tidbit from a little-known tweeter who calls himself Puesto Loco? Why would an insider divulge such important material to that guy, and not to the Washington Post or the NYT or even Buzzfeed? It just don't add up!

Here's how Mr. Loco describes himself:
Military Anchor Baby - My Mom never saw the irony in calling me a Son-of-a-Bitch. GOP fascism is destroying my country.
He gives his location as "Florida Central West Coast." (Incidentally, CIA personnel often retire to Central Florida, though usually on the east coast.) Mr. Loco offers another photo montage which bears on the very problem under discussion in this post:


While I'm hardly in a position to dismiss all conspiracy theories, the problems on display here should be obvious:

1. Someone displaying this level of concern about credibility should not have chosen "Puesto Loco" as his nomme-de-net.

2. Although I remain fascinated by her, Louise Mensch has so thoroughly damaged her reputation by this point that even the Palmer Report won't link to her anymore. You can't blame spooks for that situation; she did it to herself. Besides, Mensch loves spooks. She's a spook fangirl.

3. I've read a lot about Allen Dulles. Maybe I'm forgetting something, but I'm pretty sure that he never said anything about demonizing the term "conspiracy theory." However: As any student of the JFK assassination knows, Dulles' CIA pioneered the technique of using sensationalized claims to hide the truth. It is legitimate to suspect that this technique is still in use.

About a week ago, Puesto Loco and Louise Mensch separately offered the same scoop -- a claimed linkage between Paul Ryan and Wikileaks. (I've seen no evidence to back this scenario.) As we've seen, Mr. Loco has risen to the defense of Louise Mensch. And yet, just yesterday, Mensch accused Mr. Loco of being...

Oh hell. Do I even need to say it? This is Louise Mensch we're talking about...
For example puesto loco tweets many true things but is also Russian intelligence.
As are so, so many others. Louise, since you are very free with paranoid accusations, how about one for little ol' me?

Look, I'll help you out. Here's the incontrovertible proof of my perfidy: I've read War and Peace. I like Tarkovsky's films. As a teen, I once traveled 40 miles by bus in the rain to see a double bill of Potemkin and October. I've met Marina Oswald Porter. I picked up a few Russian words from A Clockwork Orange. I occasionally drink vodka. When it comes to heavy metal, I'll take Khatchaturian's Third Symphony over Metallica any day.

(Betcha didn't know that Aram Khatchaturian invented heavy metal in 1947. Someone should re-score that piece for electric guitar instead of organ.)

And yet I don't think that Mensch is a disinformation agent, at least not a witting one.

True, there's a lot of evidence against her: Her friendship with the vile Milo Yiannopoulos, her work for the even viler Rupert Murdoch, her pre-election paranoid fantasias directed at Hillary Clinton, her vaguely pro-Trump pre-election tweets (issued under the name Louise Bagshawe), her membership in the same Tory party that supplies Cambridge Analytica with so many top employees, her generally divisive behavior, and -- of course -- her many unlikely scoops based on intel from nameless insiders who, for some unfathomable reason, would rather talk to her than to (say) Michael Isikoff or Kurt Eichenwald.

One could also cite her propensity to spook-bait fellow anti-Trumpers. Yet this is precisely the factor which inclines me to think that she is sincere: A professional disinformationist would make a greater effort to maintain credibility -- and would strive to be liked.

Hm. I suppose that a similar argument could be made in favor of Puesto Loco. Wouldn't a witting agent be more likely to call himself "Muy cuerdo" or something like that?

And then there's John Schindler, perhaps the best-known of the "spooks against Trump." Surprisingly few people recall this remarkable piece from May 26, in which Schindler discusses a secret meeting between NSA Director Mike Rogers and key employees:
This week’s town hall event, which was broadcast to agency facilities worldwide, was therefore met with surprise and anticipation by the NSA workforce, and Rogers did not disappoint. I have spoken with several NSA officials who witnessed the director’s talk and I’m reporting their firsthand accounts, which corroborate each other, on condition of anonymity.

In his town hall talk, Rogers reportedly admitted that President Trump asked him to discredit the FBI and James Comey, which the admiral flatly refused to do. As Rogers explained, he informed the commander in chief, “I know you won’t like it, but I have to tell what I have seen”—a probable reference to specific intelligence establishing collusion between the Kremlin and Team Trump.

Rogers then added that such SIGINT exists, and it is damning. He stated, “There is no question that we [meaning NSA] have evidence of election involvement and questionable contacts with the Russians.” Although Rogers did not cite the specific intelligence he was referring to, agency officials with direct knowledge have informed me that DIRNSA was obviously referring to a series of SIGINT reports from 2016 based on intercepts of communications between known Russian intelligence officials and key members of Trump’s campaign, in which they discussed methods of damaging Hillary Clinton.

NSA employees walked out of the town hall impressed by the director’s forthright discussion of his interactions with the Trump administration, particularly with how Rogers insisted that he had no desire to “politicize” the situation beyond what the president has already done. America’s spies are unaccustomed to playing partisan politics as Trump has apparently asked them to do, and it appears that the White House’s ham-fisted effort to get NSA to attack the FBI and its credibility was a serious mistake.

It’s therefore high time for the House and Senate intelligence committees to invite Admiral Rogers to talk to them about what transpired with the White House. It’s evident that DIRNSA has something important to say.
Here's the thing: Since Schindler wrote those words, Rogers has testified to Congress. And he played Johnny Tightlips, at least in the open session. If, in the closed session, he had said anything this startling and damning, we probably would have received some indication by now.

I mean, what would be the purpose of continued secrecy? And why the hell would Comey (who supposedly has all of the NSA's juiciest material) keep these SIGINT reports under wraps?

Schindler wants us to believe that a whole bunch of NSA guys and a whole bunch of congressfolk (of both parties) and the former FBI Director have absolutely damning evidence that Trump conspired with Russians. Yet instead of using this evidence, they all prefer to let Trump continue to hang on to the nuclear launch codes.

Does that make sense to you?

Reality Winner revealed that the NSA possesses evidence of Russian interference with our voting systems. We didn't get that from Admiral Rogers. Why not? Keeping a thing like that secret from the American public is, in and of itself, an act of collusion with Russia.

Yes, the NSA is traditionally the most secretive of agencies, and Rogers is no doubt an extremely circumspect individual. I know all that. But I don't care. If Russia has hacked our vote, then we need to know. Period. No excuses. On rare occasions, secrecy is tantamount to complicity.

Here's a more sensible theory: NSA chieftain Mike Rogers, like former DIA chieftain Michael Flynn, is on Team Trump -- which explains why the NSA keeps Trump's dirty secrets. 

No, I can't prove that theory -- but I can point to this overlooked nugget from Rachel Maddow:
Maddow began her conspiratorial suggestion by first noting how highly publicized Trump’s transition was, specifically when it came to who was coming in and out of the golden elevators. But she noted that nine days after the election, a serving Obama administration official made a surprise visit to Trump Tower. It was Admiral Mike Rogers.

She pointed to an NBC News report that showed Rogers “took a personal day” to visit the president-elect and to an NPR report that Rogers never told the sitting president (aka President Obama) that he was going to meet with Trump. Maddow then seemed to agree with The Wall Street Journal‘s report that Rogers was seeking a promotion to become the Director of National Intelligence (a job that ultimately went to Dan Coats).

Maddow was relishing a WaPo report that came out days later that then-DNI James Clapper and then-Secretary of Defense Ash Carter urged then-President Obama to fire Rogers from the NSA.

Before moving on to Rogers’s testimony, Maddow concluded by saying that this was a “very strange story.”
Indeed! Please note: Maddow's story cannot be reconciled with Schindler's tale, at least not easily.

So: Did Schindler's sources tell him the truth about what Rogers said? What about Mr. Loco's sources? Ms. Mensch's?

The best way to hide a Hershey's Kiss is in a pile of horseshit.
          【社会】バニラ・エアに声をあげた障害者に「クレーマー」、広がるバッシングに疑問の声★20 (thread.length)   
格安航空会社(LCC)のバニラ・エアが、車いすの乗客に自力でタラップを上がらせる対応をとり、謝罪した問題。インターネット上では、バニラ・エアの対応を批判した車いすの男性を「クレーマー」などと非難する声もある。
男性のやり方に問題があったのか? 車いす利用者からは「誰かが声をあげないと変わらなかった問題」との声があがる。【BuzzFeed Japan / 石戸諭】
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バニラ・エアの対応を批判したのは、下半身不随で車いすで生活するバリアフリー研究所代表の木島英登さん。木島さんのサイトや報道によると、このような経緯があった。
木島さんは6月5日、奄美大島から関西空港へ向かう、バニラ・エアの飛行機に乗ろうとしたところ、空港職員に止められた。

奄美空港では、飛行機に搭乗するためには、滑走路から階段を使わなければならない。車いすの木島さんは、5人いた同行者に協力を仰いで、車いすごと担いでもらって搭乗しようとした。そこを空港職員に制止された。
そこで、木島さんは車いすを降りて、腕の力を使ってタラップを一段、一段登って搭乗することになった。

《今後のために、奄美空港の責任者に確認しました。「歩けない人単独は完全NG」。「車いすを担ぐのはNG」。「同行者のお手伝いのもと、階段昇降をできるならOK」とのこと》(木村さんのホームページより) 
木島さんはこの対応を批判し「できる範囲で配慮をする。搭乗を断るのだけは止めて欲しいです」と訴えた。バニラ・エアは対応に問題があったと認めて謝罪。以後は階段昇降機の導入などを決めた。
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■木島さんへの批判

木島さんが「クレーマー」と言われるのは、車いすでの搭乗をバニラ・エアに連絡していなかったからだ。バニラ・エア側は、車いすの利用客に事前に連絡するよう求めていた。
この「ルール」を守らなかったのは木島さんなのに、なぜ航空会社が一方的に非難されるのか、というのが批判する側の言い分だ。

それでは、事前連絡していれば、どうなっていたのか?
毎日新聞によるとバニラ・エアは「関空-奄美線では、自力で歩けない車椅子のお客さまから事前に連絡があった際には搭乗をお断りしていた」と答えている。

つまり、木島さんはたとえ事前連絡をしていたとしても、そもそも飛行機に乗れなかったのだ。
先天性の身体障害があり、義足と車いすで生活する女性が、匿名を条件に、BuzzFeed Newsの取材に答えた。

この女性も、別の車いす利用者から「バニラ・エアで搭乗を断られた」と、聞いたことがあるという。

「マナーとして、事前に連絡が必要だというのもわかります。
しかし、今回のケースで本当に問題なのは事前の連絡をして交渉したところで、搭乗できない可能性が高かったことです。拒否される可能性が高いとわかっていて、事前連絡する人はいませんよね」

女性は、木島さんが今回のような形で声を上げたのは「それ以外になかったからだ」と考える。そうしなければ、車いす利用者がバニラ・エアに乗れるようにはならない、というのが女性の考えだ。

「これは誰かが声をあげないと変わらないケースです。今回も実際に、木島さんが声をあげたことで、やっとやっとバニラ・エア側も対応をした。そして、アシストストレッチャーを導入しました」
バニラ・エアは奄美空港でアシストストレッチャー(座った状態で運ぶ担架)を14日から使用、階段昇降機も29日から導入する。(朝日新聞)
やる気になれば、対策を取ることができた。
「私は今回の木島さんの行動は勇気あるものだったと思います。なんで声をあげた当事者に批判が集まるのかまったくわかりません」

■他の航空会社をつかえばいい?

インターネット上には、格安LCCのバニラ・エア以外の航空会社を使って、奄美に行けばいいではないかという声も上がっていた。
女性はこう反論する。
「他の航空会社があるからそれを使えという声もありますね。しかし、なんで車いすを使っているというだけの理由で、LCCを使うという当たり前の選択肢が排除されないといけないのでしょうか?」
社会には、車いすに限らず、障害者に対してまだ合理性に欠ける対応があること。それが現実であり、本当の問題だという。

※続く

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Пентагон не может установить, в чьи руки попало почти 750 тысяч единиц оружия, направленного армии Афганистана, сообщает в понедельник портал Buzzfeed со ссылкой на доклад специального инспектора США по проектам реконструкции Афганистана Джона Сопко. «Мы очень обеспокоены тем, что оружие, за...
          PRETTY LITTLE LIARS 7x20: Til DeAth Do Us PArt   
PRETTY LITTLE LIARS 7x20: Til DeAth Do Us PArt

Friends, Rosewoodians, countrywomen, lend us your ears!

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Live look at your recappers

We truly thought we would be coming to you today to bury PLL, not to praise it. But if you were as glued to your screens on Tuesday as we were, then you’ll already know: they fucking pulled it off. Not perfectly; not with a bow big enough to cover their many, damaging Charlotte-blunders. But in terms of better-than-LiarLogic™ gAme closure? OH MONA DID THEY EVER DO IT.

The things we wanted—everybody is twins; Mona is redeemed; the Liars loving each other; two hours to work everything out; a fun and as unproblematic-as-possible psychotic A.D.; WILD wedding fashion—we mostly got! The one thing we wanted least—an Ezria wedding—we ALSO got! The thing we never asked for—an exact Season One reboot with Rosewood’s Liars 2.0??—we also somehow got! (Alexis has some deep dive analysis of this one, at least.)

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Do. Not. Jinx. It.

It’s a lot, so we are going to break this down into manageable pieces: the first, plotty half, we’re recapping like normal; the second, more expository half, in Q+A format like we did for the ChArlotte reveal.

We did a monster all-series Awards post on Tuesday evening (written BEFORE the finale), so check that out for the everything not appearing in the finale.

THAT SAID—this finale was bonkers; we've got some totally new (and last!) awards to hand out.

AWARDS

THIS WEEK'S MVP

Look, we always want to give this to Mona, and Spencer DEFINITELY deserves more than a cookie for having the mental wherewithal to swipe Mary’s bobbypins and break her and Ezra out before Alex got back with that axe, and what a perfect opportunity this is for us to use this gif to hand out an award…

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…but honestly?

 

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Jenna, Toby and a danged horse truly won the cup here in the final hour. Sometimes it pays to be blind/blinded by love/horsewitted!

THIS WEEK'S LVP

By the logic above, the LVPs in this final episode just have to be all the non-Spencer Liars. Ladies! You’re not blind! You can hear! Spencer is one of your oldest boon companions! GET A CLUE.

BIGGEST SHOCK/BEST SURPRISE

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We.

Screamed.

BIGGEST NO-DUH

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Rosemary has been calling this since the pilot, and she is NOT going to be quiet in her victory. Sure, Alex didn’t make it onto the scene until after Charlotte fled the US as Vivian Darkbloom, but then again, that’s just Alex’s story. And like Catie said: Alex is a maniac! WHO KNOWS when she really got herself involved??

MOST LIT ALLUSION

Lolololololol…Christopher Paolini, "Without fear, there can be no courage," quoted by Spencer in Mona's snowglobe daydream.

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Yes, the author of epic YA dragon series, Christopher Paolini; you did not hear wrong

THAT'S SO [YOUR TROPE HERE]

Dipping into the fanfic well for this one: find the right twin!

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One of these women is…probably the Emison twins' genetic mom.

Toby's heart did well. 

PREVIOUSLY ON PRETTY LITTLE LIARS

Like, how do you even write a Previously On section for the series finale to THIS show? Literally everything you could possibly imagine plus some weird doll shit you probably COULDN’T imagine brought us here (self-decapitation, anyone?). Besides, you’ve got seven years’ worth of recaps to read if you’d like more than that!

THIS WEEK

…Summit?

We open on the Liars, sitting around a cafe table on Rosewood’s only street corner, drinking iced coffees. In sundresses. At night. It’s hard to concentrate on what they’re actually saying (something about “Vanderwaal original” handbags selling for $1k a pop?), though, because Lucas is literally tap-dancing up and down the street in a white tuxedo. “I can’t believe we never figured out who A was,” Alison says dreamily, as Jenna rides a horse in full circus regalia (both her and the horse) right past them. Of coures, the internet denies us this scene in gif form.

“Do you think we miss A because now our lives are just so boring?” another Liar posits. At this point, we know it’s not real. Probably a dream. Or…even better, a come-to-life scene straight from Mona’s adrenalized hyperreality?

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Ding ding ding! Just then the weather shifts from summer heat to winter cold - two things it’s-always-fall-here Rosewood has never experienced - and snow* starts to fall. The camera pulls up and out and we see that Mona, in her room at the bastion of compassionate, uncompromised healthcare that is Welby, is holding a snowglobe like two inches from her perfect eyeballs.

She smiles at her hyper-adrenalized daydream, but then someone opens the door to her room. Someone tall. Someone in a black hoodie. She drops the snowglobe on the tile, shattering it to pieces. “I never would’ve guessed it was you!” she says, drawing back into a defensive curl in against the wall. “Are you here to kill me?”

Obviously not! But we'll have to wait a year (give or take 8,759.5 hours) to find out.

*Alexis truly wished these snowflakes were actually the embers of Rosewood after the Liars had set it ablaze. Alas.

~*~ ONE YEAR LATER ~*~

Happily Ever After?

We start things off with a bang! And by a bang, we mean a shovel to the back of the head, and by a shovel to the back of the head, we mean, the Liars are all finally “happy” and “safe.”

First up: Ian and Lucy wander the backlot of Pretty Little Liars playing Ezra and Aria touring the backlot of Warner Bros. Studios in LA, marveling at how “their” “book” is about to be made into a movie, then sweeping each other up into a kiss right as a studio tour cart drives by laden with a dozen Snapchat-armed Ezrians. Lucky Leon’s Cupcakes is right offscreen; the building that houses RHS on one side and the RPD on the other is like ten feet behind them. It is simultaneously VERY META, and also the cheapest location shot PLL has done since sending Spencer to “London” and “DC.”

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Would've thrown my phone at them if I'd been on that tour.

Anyway, if your hopes about this ‘ship were up seeing Ezra, at least, ringless even a full year after A.D.’s game ended, sorry: that sweeping kiss? Meant to show us these dolts are definitely still getting married.

Meanwhile, in a house we’re pretending is across the United States but is actually about fourteen feet away, Emily is joyfully feeding the world’s whitest baby…except oh wait! There’s two of them! Emily and Alison had twins, which, we feel the need to point out, don’t technically run in the non-white side of their nontraditional family. HMM. Could Rosewood’s local health/genetic testing center have actually been compromised by a meddling A.D., and the white, blonde, blue-eyed twins actually be Drakes/DiLaurentises? In Catie’s medical/expert PLL-fan opinion, probably (verbatim: “Alexis. This is PLL. When has a blood test ever been real. Mike probably stole the vials and hid them in the woods.”)! Rosemary totally buys that the doctor who performed the blood test was a life-sized doll (if he’s the same fertility doctor Mona and Emily worked over, he’s not even an adult!). Which means, as far as Rosewood twins go, we ought to start taking bets on which of them is an evil mastermind and which will end up murdered (they’re part of Liar Generation 3.0, natch).

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"Just eat it, Grace, Mommy already checked for a note from A!"

Alison comes downstairs and kisses her family goodbye before sneaking off to The Radley to meet up with none other than Wine Mom #3, Pam Fields! “I hate lying to her,” Pam says to Alison. Alison agrees (SINCE WHEN, GIRL??), but assures her that Emily will learn “the truth” soon enough, and promises to always take care of her. It’s pretty vague, but knowing this show, it probably means someone is either 1) dying, 2) pregnant, 3) getting back with a high school lover. Given it’s Alison, maybe all three!

Next up: Spencer! She’s found her riding boots and is back in the saddle (lolz) with none other than Sister Melissa. They bond over their adopted horses until a rogue woodsman appears, backpacked and unbearded. It’s a Wild Toby! He’s been walking around since last we saw him—like literally ::walking around:: confused and lost, hoping to end up somewhere familiar—but he grew up in a one-street town, and the rest of the world has too many options, so he turned his bearded face south and headed right back to Rosewood! Luckily, he’s stumbled into the stables of his ex-girlfriend who seems much happier to welcome him home than we are. Anyway, Bashful the Horse likes him (and literally no one else).

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Bashful back there solving mysteries before they even start.

Alison is still teaching at Rosewood High School, and Addison WhatsHerFace, Rosewood’s least woke lil’ bitch, is still terrorizing everyone around her. Like, we don’t disagree with Ali’s karmic retribution being dealing with every iteration of her each new graduating class can come up with, but shouldn’t Addison’s time in her classroom have been finished last year?? Apparently not. Which is good, because Addison is so terrible she is still calling Ali both by her first name and by “lesbo” and is planting stabbed-up dolls in a hearing-impaired girl’s locker and is saying scads of mocking, politically incorrect things right to Jenna’s blind face, because Jenna works at Rosewood High now, too? Okay, we guess? Jenna is mad fierce swiping Addison’s wrist out of midair as Baby Beast tries to mock her blindness physically, but honestly, unless you’re one of the few people interested in seeing a Pretty Little Liars 2.0 spinoff, It all turns out to be hardly relevant anyway, so we’ll just move on.

Who’s next? Oh, yes, the Marin-Riverses, so happily married in secret that night before Hanna almost got arrested. Turns out, all is not well in paradise! Wedded bliss ended way back when they never left Rosewood because Hanna, the only Liar with a heart tbh, couldn’t bear to leave Mona behind in Welby. So Caleb sold Lucas some fancy software, and used the money to buy the Lucas Loft—even though he, like the rest of the Liars AND ASHLEY, clearly doesn’t share Hanna’s belief that Mona’s worth waiting around for.

In any case, they can’t fight about it now, because Mona is home from Welby! She looks healthy if a little plain (Mona isn’t Mona without bedazzled earrings and shoulder-padded blazers), and she seems sad when she realizes Hanna can’t have dinner with her because she and Caleb are going to Ezria’s bachelor/ette party that evening/overnight. We’re pretty peeved at Hanna for having the forethought to be Mona’s sponsor, but NOT to schedule her return to the world on a night that she could actually be home to BE sponsor. Mona’s fine, though; she’ll just watch a little TV, maybe the All Day Game channel! (We laughed at the idea that Mona watches any TV until she said “game channel,” because, oh, right, she totally would).

Righteous! Party On!

Speaking of that double-batch party, Spencer, new owner of the Lost Woods Resort and world’s biggest overachiever (and also, remember in the pilot how Spencer was Really Into interior design then it was never mentioned again?) has redesigned the Lost Woods to mimic the style of the great cabins of the Adirondacks (settle down, Aria). And sure, half-sister Alison maybe helped but probably not because she has twin infant daughters and Spencer is not great at group projects and tbh, there is only so much Intense Fringe that can be in one room before the room spontaneously combusts.

Anyway, they’re hosting a sweet little bachlor/ette dinner for Ezra and Aria there in the woods, with all their friends except Mona, who saved their literal lives literally a dozen times, but they aren’t alone! Someone is watching them from the bushes!

Not that the Liars+Friends notice—they are too busy embroiling themselves in ‘ship drama.

To wit: Never good at hiding exactly what’s going through her mind, Hanna pines jealously over Ezria’s honeymoon plans, flashing a resentful glance at Caleb as she mutters she never had one. He rolls his eyes like the long-haired rebel hobo teen he once was. Ezra voices that he doesn’t think marriage will be all that hard, which warrants a snort from Emison. “Try having kids, lol, speaking of we have the night away we’re going to have sex byeeee.” (That’s almost verbatim.) Everyone save for Spencer and Toby follow their cue and retire to the cabins. Spencer looks up at Toby through her lashes. “Want to take me back to your room?”

Cut to them playing Scrabble on the bed (throwback!) and Spencer telling him she’s closer than ever to her mom and sister and generally, actually happy (which mom??? which sister??? TIME WILL TELL…OR NOT).

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Mmm, feel that limerence.

This sweet convo is interrupted by a flash of Ezria/Emison sex scenes (respectively, of course) set to a syrupy sweet R&B soundtrack and juxtaposed against Caleb and Hanna bickering, Hanna’s legs up in the air as she lies naked in bed. YUP, this gal’s trying to get knocked up, and if Caleb doesn’t shut his piehole, he’s going to scare her ovaries. Keeping up his entitled teen boy routine, Caleb bitches that his living situation and his sex drive are both at Hanna’s ovulating/Mona-loving whims and he’s tired of it. So yes, this is exactly perfect timing to introduce a baby to the mix.

In her own room, Aria gets a late night phone call and slips out of the room to answer it. “Are you sure?” she asks, as a black hooded figure watches her from the window. Spencer, having left Toby asleep on top of the Scrabble board in his room, finds Aria crying in the living room, sniffling that she can’t marry Ezra after all. We nod our heads enthusiastically, even though we know this is not going to turn out how we hope it will. The Liars convene and try to convince Aria that she has to tell Ezra whatever this horrific secret is, and she needs to do it BEFORE the wedding, but she refuses.

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"I'll steal this motel like I stole that barn."

Outside, the black hooded figure turns and gasp! It’s Melissa! Except she reaches up a gloved hand and pulls off a VERY REALISTIC mask and gasp! It’s Mona! Except she reaches up a gloved hand and pulls off a VERY REA—just kidding, it actually was Mona.

She glances down at her phone, where she’s FaceTiming with A.D. wearing her own face (GIVE US A MONA SNAPCHAT FILTER OR GIVE US DEATH) and talking about Aria’s secret. Just like A.D. forced Aria to do their bidding, they are now forcing Mona to do the same, but Mona refuses to play by the rules.

The Morning After, AKA Then And Now

The next morning, after all the Liars have gone home, Aria breaks a wine glass and dissolves into tears. When Ezra comes running to ask if she’s okay, she starts crying. “I got a confirmation yesterday,” she says, “I can’t have kids.” They move to the couch where Aria apologizes to Ezra for keeping her doctors appointments secret, but he assures her that they will have a family if they want one. “We will adopt, get a surrogate, we’ll do whatever we have to do.”

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Girl, SELL IT.

Relish this moment; it’s the best you’ll get from Ezra for the remainder of this show. Lucy Hale, btw, absolutely kills the emotion in these scenes. Bravo, girlfriend.

In case you’ve been wondering where Mary Drake’s been hiding (you haven’t), we see her escorted into a room at the prison for her supervised visits. She’s shackled at the wrists and ankles and wearing an orange jumpsuit. Spencer waits for her at the table wearing a VISITOR badge, but our TwincerSensors™ are abuzz because this Spencer seems a little too excited, a little too perky, at the sight of Mary. “I’ve missed you sweetheart,” Mary says. “It’s been weeks since your last visit.” They hold hands under the table as Spencer/Twincer tells Mary she needs her help.

Rehearsal Din— WINE MOM MADNESS

Hanna arrives to Ezra and Aria’s rehearsal dinner with Caleb and Mona in tow, the latter of whom raises a few eyebrows. Specifically those of Ashley, Alison and Aria, who has a bit of a bridezilla “you brought her to MY rehearsal dinner” moment. Which, let’s get real, you want a rehearsal dinner free of former foes, maybe try getting married on an island in the Caribbean and not the town where every fourth person has tried to murder you. Hanna, faithful to Mona to the bitter end, tells the girls to freaking chillax and fake it for one night because it’s hard to find a babysitter for someone in their 20s.

At the same time, Ezra and Byron drink scotch and have a ridiculous/regressive conversation about permission and blessings and Aria’s happiness, while Ezra’s mom and Ella fight over cocktail weiners. We’d go into more detail but that’s literally it.

As Ezra’s mom stalks away (hopefully forever), Ashley and Veronica join Ella around the hors d’oeuvres to bitch about Ezra’s mom. “Sometimes I wish we were still in the basement,” Ella admits. “Pam didn’t drink for a year after that,” Ashely counters. #WineMomSpinoff2018

 

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WE WOULD GIVE OUR PINKY TOES TO KNOW.

Wine Mom #3 Pam Fields can’t make the reunion because she’s too busy scheming with Alison across the room, which does not go unnoticed by Emily. But as she attempts to cross the room to find out what’s up, she’s stopped by two high school waitresses, we will assume Mini-Spencer by her glasses and Mini-Emily by her ambiguous ethnicity. Turns out, Mini-Emily is actually Maya’s niece, but that’s all the fan service Maya stans will get this episode. These girls tell Swim Coach Fields that Addison (Mini-Ali) is bullying them, to which Emily preaches long and hard about the importance of not letting the mean girl get them down. Which is frickin’ GOLD coming from the girl who has two babies and a dubious plan to marry the Addison of her generation.

Afterward, everyone’s making their way out to the street, where Toby and Spencer rendezvous. He invites himself to go riding with her Sunday and hints that she played a word that meant “unrequited love” on the Scrabble board after he fell asleep the other night. The way Spencer nervously runs away hints that this is the actual Spencer who is scared to admit her feelings, and not Twincer, who jumps Toby’s bones every time they’re near one another. Meanwhile, Ashley is telling Hanna that Caleb’s right and she should kick Mona to the curb to save her marriage or something. We don’t have too much time to question Ashley’s advice here, as the rest of the Wine Moms sweep her away into Veronica’s Range Rover for a night of WINE MOM MADNESS.

The soon-to-be-newlyweds are choosing to spend their final night as single people apart, so as Ezra walks Aria to her hotel, he asks how long she’s known about the infertility thing, then has the gall to be annoyed that she’d been seeing fertility specialists for weeks without telling him. Sure married people share stuff, but this was about her, not about him. And she was afraid this would be a deal breaker for him. “If you think so little of me, why would you want to marry me?” GREAT QUESTION. We’ve been asking this for many seasons now. Aria tells him she loves him, and he responds with, “I love you too but it’s not really the same thing, is it?” What does that even MEAN? Why is he the WORST? When will it END?

(Answer to all three: who TF knows.)

(Hashtag) Wedding D-DAy

To illustrate how far Alison has fallen from the captivating, complex and alluring teenage nightmare she was when this show began, she is now donning an oversized sweatshirt emblazoned with a pug who is “waiting for the weekend,” and bangs bad enough to prompt Rosemary’s husband to ask if they made her a “middle aged country music singer.” Her transformation into a sad damsel in distress over the course of the show is almost as disappointing as the way they refuse to allow Mona to be the bright and shining star she truly is. Because this person? This person could never both inspire and also strike fear into the hearts of a group of girls, making them love her enough to lie for her while also hating her enough to wish they hadn’t.

When Emily pushes Alison to tell her why she was whispering with Pam, Alison doesn’t even have the energy to lie or pretend to put up a fight (literally the two things she was once best at). Instead she heaves a sigh and digs in her purse, pulling out Emily’s grandmother’s engagement ring. “When I was at my most lonely and unhappy and angry place, you loved me,” she says. “I was an ugly human being, you saw a beautiful soul.” Her proposal is so dang sweet, it manages to melt even our stone cold anti-Emison hearts.

 

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It'd be easier to ~feel~ things if this weren't happening with a Waiting for the Weekend pug sweatshirt backdrop.

Emily says yes, duh.

Speaking of love and marriage and babies (the only three things this cast seems to care about), Caleb is pouting on the couch pretending that a fried chicken informercial is more exciting than impregnating his hot wife. Hanna comes out of the bedroom and sits next to him. “The decisions you make don’t just affect you,” he says. To which Hanna responds all “cool cool cool” and tries to make out with him. She will tell Mona to move out, but it can wait until the morning. Caleb, who must have been half-ghost for the last five years and thus unable to remember anything happening around him, responds, “How much damage could Mona do in one night?”

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Ahahahhahahhahahahhahahahahhahahaa…ah. Caleb, you sweet, precious ghost angel.

In his hotel room, Toby gets out of the shower and digs through a bag while wearing nothing but a towel. Someone knocks at the door, and when Toby answers, Spencer/Twincer barely has time to mutter a joke about room service before she rips off his towel and they have sex.

There’s an immediate and weird cut to Spencer getting out of the shower (again with utterly unwashed hair). Too soon to be “later that night” and also no longer at the hotel, she’s back at the barn, and she starts to hear bad piano music play. But when she walks out to see who it is, Mona appears in a black hoodie. “Déjà vu, bitch,” she says, bafflingly, before punching her right in the face.

Spencer comes to in a strange metal room. It’s like a futuristic prison cell, reminiscent of Charlotte’s Minority Report space station A-Lair from Game Over Charles. Glass panels with little air holes divide the cells, and tunnels connect to other tunnels with tubes of glowing green light outside. It’s all very strange, which is in part because we’re seeing it through Spencer’s eyes as she slowly regains consciousness. She reaches up to rub her head and sees herself reflected in one of the glass panels. But then, as she’s still holding her head, her reflection drops its hand.

 

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CUE INSANE SCREAMING FROM YOUR RECAPPERS.

After Mary Drake, star of A Mother’s Betrayal new on Lifetime!, handcuffs Spencer to the bed in the corner, Twincer stands up and jauntily makes her way inside, sits backwards in a chair, and opens her beautiful mouth. And while Rosemary has always known that Spencer’s evil twin would be end game, she never once expected what came out of that mouth.

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To quote a different pair of American/Cockney adult twins meeting for the first time: 

Alison Hendrix: This one's some kind of lowlife grifter! How do we know she didn't push her?

Sarah Manning: Oi! I already told you... I didn't want to be her. I got stuck! I was running from my own shit.

Alison Hendrix: [Alison sarcastically replies] I can only imagine.

TWINCER IS REAL. SHE’S REAL AND SHE’S BRITISH. And not just any British. We’re talking My Fair Lady/Sarah Manning, lots-of-coal-makin’-lots-of-’eat, Cockney British. Which, since everything that follows, plot-wise, from here is basically Twincer switching off with Mary telling a trapped-Spencer her backstory, while the rest of the Liars gather around Aria to help her get married slash mourn/worry over Ezra, while Toby, Jenna, Mona and Bashful work in tandem to Get Shit Done, means it’s time for the Big ReveAl Q+A!

SECRETS REVEALED

Q: Million-mask question first—WHO IS A.D.?
A:
A.D. = Alex Drake. WHO?!?! WELL. Let us tell you. It turns out that Peter Hastings, He of the Mightiest Libido, didn’t just knock up Mary Drake. He knocked her up twins-style. But he was in such a damn hurry to gather his baby and get the heck out of Radley that fateful night in (apparently) 1934, he didn’t wait around long enough to hear the doctor yelling that baby #2 was on the way. Alex Drake, born to Mary Drake and Peter Hastings and identical twin sister to Spencer, was born in Radley then sold to the highest bidder in exchange for enough travel money to buy Mary a ticket out of there.

Mary claims that Alex was adopted by a rich British family for a brief period of time before they noticed that something was “off” with her and dumped her at the Ambrose Home for Wayward Children, because once again, this story is apparently taking place in 1904 instead of 1994. Seriously. There was no better place in England to take an unwanted infant than something that sounds like the name of a horror movie about baby ghosts? Alex managed to stay in the orphanage until she ran away at age ten, at which point we are to assume that she lived like a little Oliver Twist on the mean streets of London, making her own way as a mouthy bartender until the fateful day one Dr. Wren Kingston, Esq. comes in from the rain and orders a drink from her.

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"Ew me? Oi'm jussa bird wif a braid slinging pints. Mus be da wrong girl innit?"

At first, Wren is as shocked as we are to see the little sister of his former fiancée/the 15-year-old he used to mack on tending bar in a pub, but eventually he manages to put all the fractured plot pieces together and befriend/seduce Alex, then introduce her to Charlotte. Which began the trifecta of crazy evil genius that gets us where we are today.

Q: Where did Alex get the money for all of this?
A:
Charlotte’s misbegotten Carissimi Group funds, which Archer helped requisition by conning Ali after Charlotte’s death.

Q: Who shot Spencer?
A:
Alex shot Spencer; Wren shot Alex to LOOK like Spencer.

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Medically I can’t be down for shooting someone in the shoulder just to make them look like they were shot in the shoulder. - Catie, a real doctor

Honestly it’s not like Spencer was missing half a finger. There are other ways to fake a scar, but the fact that Alex insisted on a matching bullet wound made her a level of looney tunes that was SO EXTRA, and so much more fun to watch than had they chosen a random B-list character to be A.D.

Q: Was Wren ever a ghost?
A:
Yes and no! Not, evidently, all that time we made jokes about it, when Spencer flew off to London to stay with him and Melissa but only ever saw Melissa. But YES, now he is—at least if you consider a diamond compressed from human ashes to be a ghost, which we do. Alex straight up murdered and diamondized her boo, all because he was a reminder of her old life as Alex, and she was ready to move on up into inhabiting Spencer’s life fully!

CHICK. IS. WILD.

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Shine bright like a diamond, Wren.

Sorry, Wren. Maybe you should have adhered to that “first do no harm” oath a bit more often, yeah?

Q: When did Mary find out about/meet Alex?
A:
We honestly have no idea! We spent a lot of time going back and forth, trying to figure out if it was always Spencer visiting Mary until Alex visited her last, or if it was always Alex visiting Mary and Spencer closing that chapter, or if it was sometimes Spencer and sometimes Alex and no one but Alex and Mary knowing. And even if we knew that, did Mary meet Alex before confessing to Tanner/leaving an entire property to Spencer+Ali? If so, when? If not, when?

It is possible that we could rewatch this monster of an episode to figure it out. It is not likely that we will do so until the next time we rewatch the whole series for our Murdercabin Returns podcast, twenty years from now.

Q: Wait, so which Spencers were *for sure* Alex-Spencers, then?
A:
The Spencer who appeared bang-less to Hanna from the torture shed; the Spencer who gave Toby the poetry book and asked him for a kiss; the Spencer who slept with him on The Night Of All The Sex in 7x19 when Tanner was about to close in; the Spencer who ran into Ezra at the airport while arguing with Wren; and the Spencer who looked at a baby photo album with a weird look on her face during 7x08 (about which, Rosemary recapped, “Nothing strikes the viewer as unusual, but Spencer has a very strange look on her face, like she's having A Revelation. What did she figure out about her family? Is she adopted? Is SHE Mary's other baby?”)

If we had to make guesses about which other Spencers were actually Alex but not revealed to us in the finale…we wouldn't even know where to start. Check back in twenty years when we finally get to that podcast!

Q: Who was the sperm donor for Emily’s Ali’s babies?
A:
Well according to Alex, speaking only to the baby and not to anyone whose belief in a lie might benefit her, Wren was. Willingly or not, we’ll never know. We’ll also never know if the eggs really were Emily’s or if they were actually Ali’s or Alex’s, and Alex planted data at the health clinic to make the Liars believe Emily’s worst nightmares to be true. We mean, that headcanon fits the evidence a lot more than the shown canon does, so whether or not that’s what they intended, that’s at least what (me, recapper) Alexis is going to the grave believing.

Q: What in Vanderjesus’ name, then, is the actual, official Liar family tree?
A:
This took literal back-of-the-envelope calculation, but here is what we have:

CHARLOTTE is half-sister to Spencer and Alex by Peter, half-cousin to Ali and Jason by Jessica, and not related to Melissa by blood at all

SPENCER & ALEX are half-sisters to Melissa by Peter, half-sisters to Charlotte by Mary, half-cousins to Ali by Jessica, and both half-sisters AND half-cousins to Jason by Peter and by Jessica

JASON is half-brother AND half-cousin to Spencer & Alex by Peter and by Jessica, half-cousin to Charlotte by Jessica, half-brother to Melissa by Peter on the other side, and half-brother to Ali by Jessica

ALISON is half-sister to Jason by Jessica, half-cousin to Spencer & Alex by Mary and half-cousin to Charlotte, also by Mary, and not related to Melissa by blood at all

MELISSA is half-sister to Spencer & Alex by Peter, half-sister to Jason by Peter, and not related by blood to Ali or Charlotte at all

THE EMISON BABIES are either not related to anyone above (if the blood testing proving Emily’s parentage and Alex’s whispering about Wren’s parentage were true), or are some measure of daughters to Ali/nieces to Jason/second cousins to Spencer, Alex, and Charlotte, or are daughters to Alex/nieces to Spencer, Melissa, Charlotte, and Jason

PETER HASTINGS is patriarchy incarnate.

Q: Does Charlotte’s post-Dollhouse (retch) trickery and almost-betrayal of Alison make any more sense now, with all the pieces together?
A:
Ye-es, in that we now know that Charlotte did find a real (half-)sister to love and be loved by without any of the baggage connections to Rosewood carry, and the stuff with which they made their bond was the stuff of insanity borne by abandonment, so it makes a certain amount of sense that THAT is what Charlotte would have held onto throughout those five years of “therapy,” to also hold on to the one sister who actually knew and loved her for exactly who she was. We doubt even the most skilled, most patient therapist could have disentangled Charlotte from her specific type of brokenness without knowing about the existence of Alex—and we all know Rosewood/Welby are pretty short on even moderately ethical medical providers, let alone rockstar ones.

Still, this does not absolve the show of what its (accidentally and then willfully) anti-trans transgressions. As much as we all wish it were otherwise, Charlotte and Rosewood do not exist in a cultural vacuum, and representation matters.

Q: Where did Mike end up?
A:
Mystic Falls, we guess!

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Don't worry; Mona gave him all the skills he needs to survive those lupine wilds.

Q: How did the Wine Moms escape?
A:
SHHHH! They’ll never tell.

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#WineMomSpinoff2018

Q: How was Sydney involved?
A:
She was a patsy, had been stealing from the bank she worked at (how very Ashley Marin of her), which Alex used as leverage.

Q: How was Jenna involved?
A:
Well, aside from saving Spencer and Ezra’s hides, she was also a patsy leveraged by Alex, although with more of a connection to the Liars, as Alex promised her enough money for yet one more eye surgery.

Q: How was Lucas involved?
A:
He wasn’t!

Q: How was Melissa involved?
A:
She wasn’t!

Q: How was Jason involved?
A:
He wasn’t!

Q: How was Peter involved?
A:
Literally we didn’t think of this question until it came out of our typing fingers. Peter was Alex’s dad, too! One would IMAGINE that one of her very first steps would have been to murder/frame him, but alas, no—it seems like Peter Hastings, even moving Out Of Town permanently, kept some of that ol’ Rosewood Patriarchy magic, and escaped paying for this worst half of his long-ago error, too.

Q: Peter’s influence maybe being contagious aside, why are all these 24-year-old girls so obsessed with having babies?
A:
Another excellent question, and one that baffled Rosemary especially. Is 24 an okay age to have a baby? Sure, we guess. Is it an okay age to be so panicked about having a baby that you prop your legs up against the wall after sex, or make an appointment at the adoption agency THE DAY you get home from your honeymoon? Not so much, we think. We can’t really compare these girls to ourselves at 24 or even other 24 year olds we knew since they have clearly been through events much more traumatic than most experience, but wouldn’t their trauma make them a skoshe hesitant to bring a bunch of babies into this cruel, cruel world? Especially when most of them ARE STILL LIVING in the town that played host to their torture?

We mean, whatever: to each their own. This just seemed like a very strange thing to hone in on for all these specific ladies. Had one of the Liars been baby-obsessed, we’d buy it, but the whole group? Sure there’s a *touch* of suspension of disbelief happening, but even this seems unrealistic.

Q: So did ALL the Liars end up back with their high school bed buddies?
A:
Yes. Which, again, statistically unrealistic.

Q: And now they’re all back in Rosewood? Forever?
A:
Considering that Rosewood is a black hole of seasonless autumnal weather and motorcycle jackets, it appears that way. We don’t actually know if any of the Liars plan to leave Rosewood. Emily and Alison seem pretty cozy with the twins in the DiLaurentis house, working at Rosewood High. Hanna and Caleb now own the Lucas Loft and are living off Caleb’s sweet software money, and though Hanna once had a dubious future as a Fashion Designer, the only plan either of them seem to care about at the moment is Baby Haleb. Spencer and Toby appear to be rekindling their relationship, despite the fact that Toby failed to recognize the not-ness of Spencer's lady parts every time Alex sexually assaulted him (which, we hope, is something he and Spencer will work through carefully and with compassion for one another). And Aria’s only get-out-of-town plans at the moment are her honeymoon in the South of France. Surely of all the Liars, Aria will have reason/will enough to leave this hellscape once she’s making mad bank for her book-turned-movie.

Q: WAIT. I’m still stuck on the mystery-mystery. So how was the RPD/Tanner involved? What happened to Mary and Alex??
A:
Hahahahahaha…they weren’t. Sure Mona SAID she called the cops while the rest of the Liars lost their heads on the race to Toby’s old-new house, and sure a “cop” showed up to “arrest” Alex, but, like always, not one Liar appears to have 1) noticed his French accent or 2) ever thought to follow up on Alex’s criminal case, or Mary Drake’s whereabouts (shame, Spencer!), and not one officer of the RPD ever thought to follow up with the Liars about the same. ROSEWOOD. Y’ALL ALMOST DESERVE EACH OTHER.

Q: Okay, so what happened to Mona?
A:
SO GLAD YOU ASKED. Because our queen Mona DID get out of Rosewood. As a matter of fact, she hightailed it all the way to a creepy, old-timey street in Paris where she runs a creepy, old-timey doll shop while wearing berets and ballet flats. Very on-brand.

And remember that cop that arrested Alex? The one with the weird French accent? Turns out he wasn’t a cop at all, but rather Mona’s petit ami. Where did he come from? How did she meet him? How long can she POSSIBLY have known him, if Wren showed up at Welby a year ago, and she only got sprung back to the real world 48 hours ago? WHO KNOWS. But we do know that on that fateful night, under the fake-ass starlight sky in Alex’s underground bunker, when Mona said she “called 9-1-1” on her way over, what she actually meant was she called her French boyfriend to show up dressed as a cop and haul Mary and Alex away.

And knowing that she is surrounded by buffoons too caught up in their own ridiculous lives to so much as wonder at the fates of anyone other than themselves, Mona managed to smuggle Mary and Alex out of the country to her own underground bunker, under the floors of her Parisian doll shop, where she keeps them behind glass, dressed as dolls locked in an eternal hellish tea-time. She sips her tea and watches them through the glass, and we who had faith in Mona all along sleep well at night knowing that our girl got what she deserved in the end: to win the game.

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Reign on, queen; reign on.

Q: So…is Rosewood actually an allegorical construct?
A:
Funny you should mention! YES. Regarding the noir-ness of PLL’s use of Rosewood as a central character, Alexis wrote this in the Series Awards post:

Raymond Chandler’s subject was Los Angeles, and the anonymous, unrelenting darkness its shiny surface hides; at its best, Pretty Little Liars’ subject has been Rosewood, standing in for all anonymous American small towns, and the unrelenting darkness their quaintness hides.

To quote THE LONG GOODBYE:

Twenty-four hours a day somebody is running, somebody else is trying to catch him. Out there in the night of a thousand crimes people were dying, being maimed, cut by flying glass, crushed against steering wheels or under heavy car tires. People were being beaten, robbed, strangled, raped and murdered. People were hungry, sick, bored, desperate with loneliness or remorse or fear, angry, cruel, feverish, shaken by sobs. A city no worse than others, a city rich and vigorous and full of pride, a city lost and beaten and full of emptiness.

After so many seasons, and so many As, and so many figures of authority blaming the Liars for what all the As have put them through, the truth that the show shows clearest—whether it means to or not—is that there is nothing special at all about these 4-6 girls; nothing special about what they have gone through, nothing special about who they each are, nothing special about how they have endured. THEY, personally, have never truly been the root cause of any of the As’ brokenness. They are just girls, now women, trying to make it through an unfeeling world without suffering too much damage in the process. But in a world where the toxicity of the patriarchy is baked into every interaction, even ones that are private, even ones that are in girls-only spaces and relationships, making it through undamaged isn’t possible. The As torturing the Liars are heightened, unhinged manifestations of the damage girls and women suffer just to grow up, but so are the killers and plots in Chandler’s noirs. Rosewood is just the box that contains it.

Given that many precious minutes, including a full, beat-for-beat replay of That Night from episode 1x01 with Addison Derringer’s Liars 2.0 *after* our Liars said their series farewells to each other and us, and given that the Liars all chose to stay in Rosewood, despite the years of literal torture they experienced there (and the enormity of the world outside of Rosewood), Rosewood being an allegory for all the anonymous, dark small towns in America hiding the same anonymous, dark misogyny that plagues all girls, at all ages…well, it seems pretty darn believable.

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Sorry, Emison twins: we guess we’ll be seeing you in 15 years.

Lingering Questions:  Who is the shady contractor that makes serious bank from building all these underground bunker torture chambers in Rosewood? Who are the actual parents of Emison’s twin babies? Where the heck are Mona’s parents? Why on earth do they think we want to relive this with a spin-off? Didn’t Veronica have cancer? Where is Magic Mike? What about "The Lady In Black is EndgAme" (Wilden's funeral)? HOW DID THE MOMS ESCAPE THE BASEMENT???

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Nothing! That's it. We did it. We got the Liars all the way from sisterhood to amazing independent careers to marriage and babies! THE DREAM.

We also got some really solid friendships with each other, and hope for female-friendship-driven media in the future. 

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No snarky caption, not even in the face of this, Aria's most amazingly ARIA outfit to date, just <3 <3 <3

We love you all. We will miss you.

KISSES,

A(lexis, Rosemary and Catie)

<-- Pretty Little Liars 7x19: Farewell, My Lovely

<-- Pretty Little Liars: 'A' is for All the Awards

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          Americans are going to spend $7 billion on food over July 4 weekend   

Americans are expected to spend $7.1 billion on food over the Fourth of July weekend, the National Retail Federation estimates. Out of the approximately 219 million people anticipated to celebrate Independence Day, more than two-thirds will likely attend a picnic or a cookout.

Last year, Americans spent the most cash on hamburgers, buying $804 million worth of beef, per Nielsen data. Condiments were also big sellers, with $43 million spent on barbecue sauce, $37 million on ketchup, and $25 million on mustard.

A Walmart spokesperson noted to BuzzFeed News that the Fourth of July is "one of the biggest food holidays of the year."


          Apple's delayed AirPods now available to buy online   

Apple is releasing its wire-free Bluetooth AirPods in time for Christmas, skating under the wire juuuuust barely by making them available to order online today with an initial ship date of December 21.

AirPods will also be available in Apple Stores on December 21, Buzzfeed reports. Update: The latest reports say that Apple will start selling the AirPods in stores on Monday, December 19. In addition to Apple Stores, carrier stores and authorized retailers will also be getting shipments next week, according to MacRumors.

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          Republican candidate: Evolution false because chimps can’t talk   
The Republican nominee for lieutenant governor in Virginia believes that biological evolution is false because chimpanzees cannot speak like humans do. BuzzFeed revealed on Tuesday that E.W. Jackson made the claim in Ten Commandments to an Extraordinary Life, a book he published in 2008. In the book...
          'Morning Joe' Row Is Fresh Sign of TV's Iron Grip on Trump - New York Times   

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          Alain Mabanckou’s six favorite books, the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter, and more   
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News, Reviews, and Interviews

The 2017 Lambda Literary Writers Workshop Retreat fellows have been announced. The annual retreat for emerging LGBTQ voices was established in 2007 and is a one-week immersive writing program.

In partnership with the It Gets Better Project, Story Corps shares Patrick Haggerty’s story “The Saint of Dry Creek,” which was the 2016 Sundance Film Festival selection.

A new PEW Research Center study has unveiled that millennials are the most likely generation of Americans to use public libraries.

Restless Books was named Foreword Reviews’ Publisher of the Year! Restless Books publisher Ilan Stavans is a frequent WLT contributor who most recently translated two poems by Óscar Hahn.

It was announced this week that Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo is in critical condition and on medical parole with a terminal illness. Joanne Leedom-Ackerman reflects upon China’s imprisonment of this courageous thinker.

Sherman Alexie shares with Buzzfeed what it’s like to not be “the kind of Indian that’s expected” and how President Trump treats the entire country like a reservation.

The Millions details Valeria Luiselli’s unique translation challenge in recording the stories of children seeking sanctuary in the US. Her book Tell Me How It Ends is her attempt to record, in English, what didn’t get translated in these children’s stories.

Children’s authors Andrea Beaty, Cece Bell, Betsy Bird, Erica Perl, and Rita Williams-Garcia weigh in on overcoming the “unfunny women” stereotype and recommend humorous books for middle-grade readers.

Via The Week, Alain Mabanckou lists his six favorite books, and yes, a work of James Baldwin’s (Giovanni’s Room) is among them. You can read an overview of Mabanckou’s spectacular yet “anxious” tribute to Baldwin on the WLT website.

Writer and translator Daniel Hahn is donating half of his winnings from the International Dublin Literary Award to establish a new prize for debut literary translation.

                                                             

Fun Finds and Inspiration

Alejandro Jodorowsky’s Endless Poetry tells the story of his years spent as an aspiring poet in Chile in the 1940s. The film debuts in theaters July 14 and you can watch a trailer on YouTube.

This week marked Harry Potter’s 20th anniversary—the first book went on sale in the UK 20 years ago on June 26. To celebrate, you can listen to Harry Potter’s NPR debut, follow in J.K. Rowling’s footsteps in a Harry Potter guide to Edinburgh, or head over to Pottermore to discover your Patronus and get sorted into your Hogwarts house.

Thinking of going to Florida for a summer vacation? Take this literary walking tour of Key West that features former homes and favorites haunts of writers including Neustadt Prize laureate Elizabeth Bishop, Robert Frost, Ernest Hemingway, and more.


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          Obama to emphasize executive action in State of the Union   

President Obama works on a draft of his State of the Union address in the Oval Office Monday at the White House. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images

Fresh off his 2012 re-election victory and second inaugural, with approval ratings above 50 percent, President Barack Obama used his State of the Union address last year to call for bold action on issues such as tax reform, climate change, gun control legislation and immigration reform.

Now, a week into the sixth year of his presidency, with polls revealing an intense pessimism about the direction of the country and dwindling faith in its leaders, Mr. Obama is expected to steer clear of far-reaching goals and focus instead on what can be achieved — through the legislative process, or, if need be, unilateral action.

The president signaled that change in approach during a Cabinet meeting two weeks ago, saying he did not intend to wait for Congress to act in order to move forward with his agenda of economic mobility and income inequality. “I’ve got a pen, and I’ve got a phone,” the president said at the time.

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It’s a message his aides have hammered home in the days leading up to Tuesday’s speech. “You can be sure that the president fully intends to use his executive authority to use the unique powers of the office to make progress on economic opportunity,” White House press secretary Jay Carney told reporters Monday.

The administration gave an early sign of what to expect Tuesday night, feeding reports the president plans to take executive action requiring that some federal contract workers, such as janitors and construction workers, be paid at least $10.10 an hour. The New York Times’ Peter Baker has the details:

The order, which Mr. Obama will highlight in his annual State of the Union address on Tuesday night, is meant to underscore an increasing willingness by the president to bypass Congress if lawmakers continue to resist his agenda, aides said. After a year in which most of his legislative priorities went nowhere, Mr. Obama is seeking ways to make progress without cooperation on Capitol Hill.

The minimum wage provides an example of what he has in mind. Mr. Obama called on Congress during last year’s State of the Union address to raise the minimum wage for workers across the board, only to watch the idea languish on Capitol Hill, where opponents argued it would hurt business and stifle job creation. With prospects for congressional action still slim, Mr. Obama is using the executive order covering federal contractors to go as far as he can go on his own.

The president’s executive action game plan does carry the risk of inflaming tensions with congressional Republicans already frustrated by the administration’s handling of relations with lawmakers.

Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., the vice chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, blasted the strategy on Monday’s NewsHour. “That’s giving up on the Congress, but more importantly, it’s giving up on the Constitution,” Blunt said. “The president needs to lead us out of this, rather than to be the person who says, nothing can be done about this, so I’m just going to do what I can do by myself.”

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The president will also have to overcome the challenge of a public that has become increasingly worried about the direction of the country.

According to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.pdf), 63 percent of Americans believe the country is on the wrong track.

NBC’s Mark Murray highlights another finding from the survey:

In more tough numbers for the president, only a combined 40 percent say they are “optimistic and confident” or “satisfied and hopeful” about the president’s remaining time in office. By contrast, a combined 59 percent say they are “uncertain and wondering” or “pessimistic and worried.”

If there is a silver lining for the president, it is that Congress is held in even lower regard, with just a 13 percent approval rating. A majority of respondents (51 percent) also said they believed Republicans are too inflexible in their negotiations with the president.

The poll also found solid support for Mr. Obama’s priorities, including access to preschool education, closing corporate tax loopholes and raising the minimum wage, giving him a base on which to build support for his agenda. The president will begin that push Tuesday night, and take his message on the road for a two-day swing through Maryland, Wisconsin, Tennessee and Pennsylvania starting Wednesday.

LINE ITEMS

  • House Speaker John Boehner is expected to issue a list of extensive immigration principles Wednesday at a three-day GOP retreat in Maryland. Despite pushback from some conservatives, the House Republican leadership’s plan will include a path to legal status for illegal immigrants in the country, the New York Times reports.
  • Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Monday that her biggest regret during the four years she served as the nation’s top diplomat was the death of four Americans in the terror attack on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya.
  • The lawmakers negotiating the long-awaited farm bill have reached a deal. It preserves most food stamp programs and farm subsidies and could come to a vote on Wednesday.
  • GOP Senators released new legislation that would repeal the Affordable Care Act to bring health care under state control.
  • Politico rounds up more of the president and first lady’s guests for the State of the Union. They include the CEO of General Motors, Mary Barra, an immigrant who is eligible for deferred action from deportation, and Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear.
  • Roll Call’s Meredith Shiner profiled Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Il., who is seeking re-election in 2016.
  • Florida could be the next state to legalize medical marijuana. On Monday the Florida Supreme Court allowed an initiative legalizing medical marijuana to appear on the ballot in November.
  • Clay Pell, grandson of the late Sen. Claiborne Pell, is expected to formally announce his campaign for governor of Rhode Island on Tuesday. The 32-year-old Democrat is married to former Olympic figure skater Michelle Kwan.
  • Former Virginia GOP Sen. John Warner endorsed Democratic Sen. Mark Warner’s re-election bid Monday, dealing a blow to Republican candidate Ed Gillespie, who recently launched his campaign.
  • Fixing the economy is at the top of Americans’ to-do list for Congress, a Pew Research Center survey showed Monday. NewsHour Desk Assistant Zachary Treu rounded up the survey’s highlights.
  • Mr. Obama is relatively unpopular in states that will be key for Democratic Senate candidates in 2014, such as Montana, Arkansas and Alaska, a Gallup poll found. While the president is most popular in Hawaii, D.C. and Maryland, he is least popular in Wyoming, West Virginia and Utah.
  • N.J. Gov. Chris Christie’s support from political moderates has suffered a serious blow since recent revelations about his administration’s involvement in closing lanes on the George Washington Bridge. The 44 percent favorability from moderates he enjoyed in October has been cut in half, according to the latest Wall Street Journal/NBC poll.
  • Reid Wilson of the Washington Post writes how Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad has quietly pushed for the state’s top female leaders to become Iowa’s first woman sent to Congress.
  • New York Times Gotham columnist Michael Powell hears from the artist whom New Jersey Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno accused of contract fraud.
  • Rep. Bill Pascrell, D-N.J., is bringing Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich to the State of the Union, although Pascrell said the invitation has nothing to do with the bridge scandal that has made Sokolich famous. Sokolich actually endorsed Pascrell’s opponent, Steve Rothman, in his 2012 primary.
  • Politico’s John Aloysius Farrell looks at the ill-fated responses to the president’s annual address, known as “The State of the Union Curse.”
  • The Senate Majority PAC has purchased $225,000 in television ads to maintain retiring Democrat Sen. Tom Harkin’s seat in Iowa. Congressman Bruce Braley, who is running to replace Harkin, has been the subject of many negative ads run by the teams of six GOP candidates.

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          Trump's newest nasty tweet claims TV host was bleeding from facelift - AppsforPCdaily   

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          Things To Know If You’re Having A Mental Health Crisis   
Whether you’re currently in a crisis or dealing with an escalating mental health issue, seeking out help can be anxiety-inducing — especially if you’ve heard some horror stories. Coolmilo / Getty Images For example, in a recently published piece, BuzzFeed News investigated America’s largest psychiatric chain, Universal Health Services (UHS), and how some current and […]
          Why One Boob Is Sometimes Bigger Than The Other?   
Boobs are like snowflakes. No two are exactly alike. Anna Borges / Via buzzfeed.com So if you’ve ever wondered why one of your breasts is a little bigger or perkier than the other, you’re in good company. In fact, literally everyone has some level of variation up there. “One hundred percent of women have breast […]
          Trump Administration Appoints Anti-Transgender Activist To Gender Equality Post   
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          Everyone's Losing It Over This Woman's Incredible Underwater Maternity Shoot   

Maternity shoots keep getting crazier, and we love it. This latest example will be hard to top: a woman named Keshona Miles tweeted a photo of her aunt Jasmine's maternity shoot in June, and it went viral because, well, just look at it:

Jasmine took the fervor for underwater maternity shoots, sprinkled in some Beyoncé inspo, added a gender reveal, and got her fiancé Marcus to crouch underwater with her. This is expectant mom goals.

At first the people responding to Miles's tweet didn't even realize how many layers to this image there were to peal back:


But don't worry, if someone challenge's Beyoncé's crown, a fan steps in quick:

Most people are just totally blown away by the effort Jasmine and Marcus put into their shoot. BuzzFeed News spoke to Jasmine, and she said she'd shut down her Twitter account, but reopened it when she found out about the response her niece's tweet was getting.

"I had never in life seen a response to something that my fiancé and I considered so 'normal'," she said.

Okay, this photo is fantastic, but it's not "normal." That's why it's great!

Jasmine reposted the image to her own account as well, and answered a few questions on Miles's thread, saying she and Marcus were underwater for 5.5 hours and that the blue was intended to express they were having a boy.

But we still haven't heard much from Marcus for some reason....


          Germany Just Legalized Same-Sex Marriage And People Are Thrilled For Good News   

2017 isn't even half over and it's already felt like a pretty rough year. Frankly, we're all starved for good news, and some has finally come. Germany's Parliament just voted to legalize same-sex marriage in a total landslide. And they got in in before Pride Month ended!

BuzzFeed News reports that the bill legalizing same-sex marriage, which will grant full marital rights to gay and lesbian couples and allow them to adopt children, passed with a vote of  393 votes to 226. A lot of conservative MPs voted in favor of the bill. Unfortunately, Chancellor Angela Merkel voted against the change, citing her personal beliefs, but it seems like she has accepted the decision of Parliament.

“For me, marriage as it’s meant in the constitution is marriage between a man and a woman, and that’s why I voted against today," Merkel said after the vote. "It was a long, intense, and emotionally touching debate. That’s true for me personally as well. That’s why I hope that with this vote we were able to create not only mutual respect between the different positions, but also a bit more peace and unity in society.”

In fact, Merkel has long resisted allowing a vote on the issue to take place at all, but she was recently invited to have dinner at the house of a lesbian couple who were fostering eight children. Merkel was so moved by their work, she made comments about how gay couples should be allowed to adopt, which other politicians used to force the matter into a vote this week before the Parliamentary session ended.

Now, we celebrate:

Welcome to the right side of history, indeed. We're all clinging to it as hard as we can!


          6/30/2017: REPORT ON BUSINESS: Shopify joins forces with BuzzFeed   

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          CoasterRadio.com #1125 - Virtual Reality Knott's Boysenberries   

Knotts Berry Farm is a hotbed of activity this week! We're joined by Knotts Berry Farms' Director of Digital Marketing, Brad Jashinsky who tells us all about it!

They just unveiled their new VR Showdown in Ghostown... a new VR game that takes guests on a time traveling adventure to visit a futuristic version of Knott’s western town of Calico.

They also took part in an innovative video shoot wirth Buzzfeed, Google and YouTube. Two first-time coaster riders were put on Xcelerator and given the ride of their lives... and we got to witness it in ultra high def 360 video.

And this week, Knotts is holding an auction of some of their most historic items... and you have a change to bid on all of it!

We also talk more about the 2017 CoasterRadio.com Meet-Up at Carowinds on Sunday, May 28th and tell you how to sign up!

Thanks for listening to CoasterRadio.com!


          CoasterRadio.com #734 - Summer Insanity!   

As Summer 2013 rolls along, there's a lot to get excited about! (And we talk about a lot of it on this week's show!)

For instance, Busch Gardens Tampa just unveiled plans for their new 2014 attraction... it's a 335-feet tall drop tower named "Falcon's Fury."

The new ride will drop riders at 60-mph, but with a new twist.  The riders' seats will pivot 90 degrees so that they are facing straight down! INSANE!

We'll also take a look at the new fast-food area themed to the long running animated series "The Simpsons" that just opened at Universal Studios Florida.  Will it be worth the price of admission to visit Moe's Tavern to have a pint of Duff Beer?

We also have LIVE TRIP REPORTS from the newly refurbished Timber Mountain Log Ride at Knotts Berry Farm and the crazy new roller coaster at Alton Towers, "The Smiler."  The English ride has 14-inversions! INSANE!

Finally, we talk with Steve VanDis from Indigo Films.  He's the Co-Executive Producer for the popular Travel Channel show "Insane Coaster Wars: World Domination."

We'll talk to him about what we can expect during this season of the show and what it's like to shoot a complicated TV program in some of the world's best known parks.

Check out all of the show notes and links in our new interactive ZEEN - "In Styleee!" It's brand new for Season Seven!


          Trump’s Lawyers Planned to Retaliate Against Comey for Leaking. Their Rationale for Deciding Against It Is Revealing.   

Earlier this month, multiple news outlets reported that the president’s personal lawyer Marc Kasowitz was planning to file a misconduct complaint against former FBI Director James Comey. This news came after Comey testified in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee that he’d leaked information to the press about a private conversation he’d had with Donald Trump while serving as FBI director. According to the reports, Kasowitz would be asking the Justice Department’s Office of the Inspector General to investigate Comey’s conduct, and he’d be doing so in a matter of days.

The possibility that Comey would face retaliation from the Trump team prompted some chin-scratching among DOJ watchers: Was there any way he could actually get in trouble, given that there was nothing illegal about what he’d done and that he’d already been fired from his job? The notion seemed absurd on its face: Though Comey had been FBI director when he had his conversation with Trump, he was a private citizen by the time he leaked the memo in which he documented that conversation. To justify filing his complaint with the DOJ’s inspector general, Kasowitz would have to argue that DOJ had jurisdiction over its former employees even after they no longer worked there. On the other hand, the IG’s office does have a history of calling out misconduct by former employees—as recently as May 16, it had completed a report about a former U.S. attorney who had engaged in an extramarital affair with a subordinate while in office. If Comey had broken some internal Justice Department rule against sharing information with reporters, could he be the subject of an embarrassing (though probably toothless) report months or years down the line?

Predictably enough, this question has turned out to be purely academic. On Wednesday, Yahoo and Bloomberg News confirmed that Kasowitz would not be filing a complaint against Comey after all, at least for the time being. Bloomberg cited an anonymous source who explained that Kasowitz had decided to hold his fire as a “professional courtesy” to Robert Mueller, the special counsel in charge of the Russia investigation. According to a source who spoke to Yahoo, the filing of the complaint had been delayed “out of deference to Mueller to let him do his job,” and out of concern that it “might antagonize Mueller and potentially backfire on the president.”

There’s an argument to be made that we shouldn’t spend any time pondering the administration’s lack of follow-through. The threat of an IG complaint was nothing more than headline-grabbing saber-rattling, and the retreat was just the latest example of Trump and his people failing to back up their tough talk—the equivalent of a bully giving up in the middle of a fight and blaming it on his heart problems. But the Trump team’s stated rationale for not following through with the IG complaint is revealing. In framing it as a show of respect for Mueller, they have both insulted him and exposed their own blinkered, petty sense of right and wrong.

Mueller is known inside and outside the FBI as an apolitical operator—a man who doesn’t let personal or partisan considerations influence his thinking. The implication that he’d respond to an IG complaint against Comey by going after Trump more zealously is that Mueller would set aside his integrity to protect his friend—Mueller and Comey worked together in the George W. Bush administration—and punish the president.

Trump is a transactional person, someone who believes it’s proper to favor those who do him good turns and punish those who get in his way. (Just Thursday morning, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders reminded Fox News, “This is a president who fights fire with fire … [he] isn’t going to sit back and not push back.”) It’s a worldview that doesn’t allow for the possibility that people can make choices that aren’t informed by the same corrupt calculus—that someone like Mueller could be uninterested in hitting back just because he feels personally affronted. It also doesn’t allow for the possibility that Mueller would have more serious things to think about than some frivolous IG complaint.

We don’t know who it was that talked to Yahoo and Bloomberg about Kasowitz’s decision not to file the complaint. But if what they said is an accurate reflection of how Trump’s lawyers are thinking about their client’s predicament, it suggests they still have no sense of who and what they’re up against.


          The Trump Administration Is Already Botching Its Rollout of the Second Travel Ban   

The rollout of Donald Trump’s second travel ban is already poised to cause chaos.

On Wednesday night, the State Department sent a cable to American embassies and consulates laying out guidelines for the implementation of the executive order. The cable purported to interpret a Supreme Court decision holding that foreign nationals who have “a credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States” must be exempted from the ban. All other citizens of the six Muslim-majority countries listed in the executive order will be barred from entering the United States for 90 days, and the refugee resettlement program will be suspended for 120 days. The order takes effect at 8 p.m. EDT on Thursday.

According to the State Department, this “bona fide relationship” rule encompasses parents, parents-in-law, spouses, children, adult children, sons- and daughters-in law, and siblings (whole or half). It does not include “grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, brothers-in-laws and sisters-in-law, fiancés and any other ‘extended’ family members.”

In interpreting “bona fide relationship” so narrowly, the Trump administration is capitalizing on an ambiguity in the Supreme Court’s decision. The justices declared that foreign nationals with a “close familial relationship” in the U.S. were exempted from the ban—but did not explain who, exactly, fell into its newly minted exemption.

Even in light of this minimal guidance, the State Department’s rules seem to be unduly stringent. The Supreme Court clarified that “a foreign national who wishes to enter the United States to live with or visit … [his] mother-in-law … clearly has such a relationship.” (Emphasis mine.) As civil rights attorney Amir Ali points out, it is difficult to believe that a mother-in-law “clearly” qualifies as a “close familial relationship” while a grandparent or cousin does not. Under the Trump administration’s guidelines, a foreign national must be exempted from the ban if she wishes to visit her estranged half-sister—but not if she wants to see a grandparent who raised her. This arbitrary line-drawing will almost certainly spur a new round of court challenges.

Equally troubling is the Trump administration’s effort to conceal information about the execution of the ban. The State Department did not publicly release its new rules and refuses to comment on them, describing the cable as “internal Department communications.” Thus, the administration has not yet announced to the public that the order will take effect in a matter of hours. As BuzzFeed’s Chris Geidner has noted, this rush to implement the order with maximum secrecy suggests that the Trump administration is avoiding pre-enforcement litigation, delaying lawsuits until the ban takes effect. This strategy reduces the probability that a court will force the government to broaden its exemptions before it can even begin enforcing the order.*

Once again, it is Groundhog Day in travel town. The liberty of thousands is at stake. And as of Thursday morning, the Trump administration is doing everything it can to maximize the mayhem, confusion, and civil rights abuse that will result from the implementation of this needlessly cruel policy.

*Correction, June 29, 2017: This post originally stated that Customs and Border Protection officers might once again detain and deport individuals targeted by the ban. The State Department’s implementation instructions should prevent CBP from deporting current visa-holders.

*Update, June 29, 2017: This post has been updated with additional analysis about the secrecy and speed of the guidance.


          Mark Zuckerberg Moves to the Mission District   

We sure have been seeing a lot of Facebook's billionaire “I'm CEO, Bitch” living the slow food high life in our fine neighborhood this past year.  From sunny days in Dolores Park, to late-night beer and burrito outings at Phone Booth and Farolito (with a little line-standing at the chosen foodie hot spot Wise Sons mixed in), it seems Mark has been trying to fancy himself as a pure blood poor person.

It has led us to wonder if he is trying to reinvent himself as a “Mission hipster” and others to declare the Mission as “the neighborhood Facebook built.”  It's even spawned some fantastical rumors among neighborhood chatterers that he might be living part-time in La Lengua.

Well, it seems as though the rumors might be more than that, as BuzzFeed's Reyhan Harmanci reports on the claims that Zuckerberg has made the Mission his new home (under the bold headline, “The Heart Of Silicon Valley Is Now In The Mission”, no less):

The techies' migration from suburban Palo Alto to the charmingly gritty — and once less charmingly gritty — urban neighborhood has come in waves, but really settled in this summer when the scene's low-profile king, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, began being spotted around a house at the edge of the Mission, near Noe Valley. But his arrival here, and his cohort's, isn't just a real estate choice: it marks the merger of tech culture and culture at large, a new hybrid in a neighborhood and a city whose key industry used to stand a bit apart. The first tech boom, of the late '90s, brought an influx of new people in the Mission — but it's hard to imagine that the hardcore engineers would have been happy with, say, the level of gang violence and messy artist warehouses a decade ago.

Now, with most of the rough edges sanded off of the previously-poor district, the tech guys are the Mission's mascots, the cool kids. Love it or hate it, the musicians and weirdos who won the neighborhood its hip reputation in the first place have mostly grown-up, fled to Oakland or both. The street artist [movement] “Mission School,” led by figures like Barry McGee and Chris Johanson, is dead.

But Zuckerberg spends time on Dolores Street, often walking his dog, and his part-time residence (he also has a much-photographed home in Palo Alto) is an open secret in the neighborhood. Though residents wondered at first about rather sizable security detail parked in a quiet corner, it appears to be paying some unexpected dividends: apparently a private security guy chased down a would-be burglar recently.

The move makes sense, especially given that Valencia Street pretty much looks like downtown Palo Alto anyway.  But one big question remains: will he be taking the Facebook bus or driving to work?

(Oh, and welcome to the neighborhood, Mark!)

[BuzzFeed]


          When dreams do (or don’t) come true, what will you do?   

Each year, the days and weeks surrounding graduation serve as a time to reflect.  For our Hofstra seniors, you may be thinking about who you were when you began your studies at Hofstra and comparing those feelings and goals to the ones you have now.  Some of you may be right on the same trajectory, whilst others’ journeys took some turns along the way to get to where you are.  We know that not everyone ends up pursuing the career path they always dreamed they would; a couple weeks ago, I read this article where a photography student in India captured beautifully the contrast between people’s dream jobs and the occupations they now hold.  When shift happens, as it often does, how do we look back on those dreams and try to keep them alive?

When we work with students here at the Career Center, oftentimes a question we ask is “if there were no barriers, what would be your dream career?”  The answers we hear vary, as you may expect, but it’s in those answers where we can start to talk about what you would truly value in a career, even if it’s not what you thought it was. Think about what you thought you wanted to be; how close is it to what you’re currently or thinking of pursuing? If your answer is “No,” are there elements of that dream that are evident in what you’re doing now either professionally or personally? We find that the answer moves a lot closer to the “Yes” column; even though we may not achieve that goal professionally in the way we thought, we still retain some aspect in our lives because it brings us fulfillment.

I’ll play; when I was younger, I wanted to be a baseball player – more specifically the first baseman (basewoman?) for the New York Yankees.  That didn’t happen for me (though I’d love for you to picture me writing this blog from the clubhouse), but baseball is still a huge part of my life.  In fact, if I weren’t in the role I have now, I would probably be trying to work in baseball in some capacity in scouting, recruitment, or statistics.  The elements of teamwork, leadership, and determination that are prevalent in a career in professional sports are the same characteristics that help me succeed in my role here at Hofstra – I encourage you to think of what those traits are for you!

No matter how closely related (or not) they are, if you’d like to talk about how your dream can be part of your reality, come visit us. This is true even if you’re graduating come the 21st; you will still have access to Career Center services for a year post-graduation.

Dream on,
Amy

Amy Smith, Associate Director of External Relations

          Trump Administration Appoints Anti-Transgender Activist To Gender Equality Post   
Trump Administration Appoints Anti-Transgender Activist To Gender Equality Post
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          Protesters Face 80 Years as US Attorney Brings Unprecedented Mass Felony Charges   

From Unicorn Riot

Washington, DC – Dozens of the over two hundred people arrested protesting President Trump’s inauguration on January 20 (‘J20’) have appeared in court over the last two weeks.

(Content Advisory: Sexual Assault)

The arrests took place on the morning of January 20 during an ‘anti-capitalist/anti-fascist’ march, which traveled approximately sixteen blocks, during which police attacked protesters, medics, journalists, and bystanders with chemical weapons, batons, and concussion/flashbang grenades. Several corporate store windows were broken, and there was a melee as part of the crowd was able to charge through police lines to escape the mass arrest as officers began to move into a ‘kettle’ formation, eventually arresting every person in the vicinity.

The American Civil Liberties Union recently filed a lawsuit against DC police over constitutional, civil, and human rights violations carried out by local and federal authorities during the mass arrest. Everyone in the mass arrest was detained outdoors for six hours without access to food, water, or restrooms; one arrestee described the experience as “like being in a cattle car.” The lawsuit states that ‘One of the MPD officers, Defendant Officer John Doe 96, made clear to the detainees that no toilets would be made available by stating in response to one detainee’s request that she should “shit [her] pants” to prove she needed a toilet.’

One of the journalists arrested, Shay Horse, told Democracy Now! “I felt like they were using molestation and rape as punishment. They used those tactics to inflict pain and misery on people who are supposed to be innocent until proven guilty.” The lawsuit describes, among other physical and sexual abuse, that officers laughed while rectal searches were being performed, fondled arrestees’ testicles, did not change gloves while moving from one individual to the next performing anal searches, and “manual rectal searches were performed in the presence of several other detainees and approximately five to ten other MPD officers, including at least one or two female officers.”

Observers from the Washington, DC Office of Police Complaints (OPC) who were present on January 20 say that the police attacked protesters and bystanders violently and without warning. The OPC released a damning report which details how DC Metro Police (MPD) violated their own policies that day:

“When MPD corralled people, at 12th and L Streets, [the protesters] were not allowed to leave. In addition, there is no indication in witness reports, nor any observations by OPC monitors, that any warnings were given either before or after the police line cordoned off those who were later arrested… [pepper] spray was deployed to move the crowd, without warnings, and in many instances it was used on people who were simply standing in the wrong place…a verbal command to step back should have preceded the use of the weapon, and that would have been sufficient to move the crowd.”DC Office of Police Complaints

Washington DC’s city council has already allocated $150,000 for an official investigation into police misconduct on inauguration day.

In February a federal grand jury returned a felony riot indictment on everyone who was mass arrested after DC police surrounded and ‘kettled’ the anti-capitalist/anti-fascist march along with everyone else in the vicinity. The first indictment threatened sentences of up to ten years for 214 individuals swept up in the kettle, with charges against some reporters and legal observers later dropped (some reporters still face charges.)

On April 27, a new superseding indictment was issued, adding several more felony charges to all defendants, who now face potential sentences of up to 80 years. All defendants, including the majority of whom who have had little to no evidence presented against them, face felony counts of Inciting or Urging to Riot, Rioting, Conspiracy to Riot, and five counts of Destruction of Property. While the indictment mentions a few individuals specifically accused of breaking windows and throwing objects at officers, it mostly invokes the collective guilt of the entire crowd based only on their presence at an anarchist protest, at times citing protest chants or black clothing as evidence of ‘conspiracy.’ The various counts of property damage brought against everyone in the indictment include a limousine destroyed hours after the mass arrest was already underway.


Limousine destroyed on January 20 after the mass arrest, that the government claims those in the mass arrest are responsible for.

The unprecedented mass felony case against inauguration day protesters is being brought by the US Attorney’s Office (USAO), which answers to Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Civil liberties advocates have objected to USAO prosecuting the case against anti-Trump protests on behalf on the Trump administration, as opposed to leaving the case to local D.C. prosecutors. The prosecution is being overseen by Assistant US Attorney Jennifer Kerkhoff, a former corporate lawyer who once donated to the Bush-Cheney campaign, and Assistant US Attorney John Borchert. Kerkhoff and Borchert work under Channing Phillips, the US Attorney for the District of Columbia.

DC Metro Police Chief Peter Newsham, who oversaw the January 20 mass arrest and recently settled a lawsuit for a similar 2002 protest mass arrest, is still involved in the case, according to a recent Department of Justice press release. Also involved is DC police Detective Greggory Pemberton, the lead detective on the raid of the home of a protest organizer named in the superseding indictment. Pemberton serves as local treasurer for the Fraternal Order of Police, a right-wing police union which endorsed Donald Trump for president.

The most recent hearings were primarily concerned with scheduling trials, as well as status hearings and motions hearings taking place before trials. Defense attorneys had filed motions to dismiss the superseding indictment, as well as to disclose instructions given to the grand jury which returned the superseding indictment; these motions will be discussed at hearings in July.

Status hearings regarding the use of data from protester’s phones taken by police were set for October 6, October 13, and October 27 of this year. The government agreed to comply with Judge Lynn Leibovitz’s request to release all cell phone data to defendants by July 5. Comments made at hearings indicate police and prosecutors may have been assisted by the Israeli firm Cellebrite to hack into protester’s phones. The defense also made a motion to instruct the government to not destroy any evidence in the case; this motion was granted.

Also discussed in the hearings were difficulties with the court’s e-filing system. Defense attorneys were told they had to send any motions to each other individual defense attorney, which some pointed out was no easy task as the format of the government’s case forces each of the over two hundred defendants to have their own counsel. One defense lawyer requested that the court provide a written record of Judge Leibovitz’s oral instructions, as they were unable to attend in person each of the many hearings potentially relevant to their client’s defense. Judge Leibovitz explicitly refused, saying, “That’s not happening. I’m not doing that.”

Counsel for Alexei Wood, who livestreamed the entire march leading up to the mass arrest, brought up first amendment issues in his client’s case. He indicated that he may seek to separate Wood’s case from the other defendants, since the nature of Wood being arrested while livestreaming means that clear video evidence exists as to what he was doing the entire time. (Independent journalist Aaron Cantu also still faces felony charges under the superseding indictment.)

Wood, along with other defendants who insist on exercising their right to a speedy trial, now has a scheduled trial date of November 20, the first trial of inauguration day protesters set to take place. Other defendants have trial dates in December and scattered throughout 2018.

The government’s case so far appeared to hinge on separating defendants into four different groups with different trial scheduling, which would allow the US Attorney’s Office to bring defendants with more evidence against them to trial first as they attempt to build the other cases for later trials. This strategy appears to have partially failed as those in Group 4, whose guilt the government asserts based only on their presence at the protest, are now among those first to go to trial.

Some evidence, including police body camera footage, has already been given to some defense counsel by the government through discovery. Assistant US Attorney Jennifer Kerkhoff expressed anger in court after body camera footage showing police attacking demonstrators appeared in an article by the The Indypendent.

Kerkoff introduced a motion to forbid defendants from sharing any discovery video under threat of being held in contempt of court, a measure which could prevent evidence from being gathered for future civil suits. The motion was not ruled on but is expected to be granted or denied by Judge Leibovitz at a hearing next month.

The piling on of additional felony charges to all defendants appears to be an attempt to coerce those arrested into signing plea deals instead of going to trial. Several defendants have signed non-cooperating plea deals for misdemeanor riot charges in exchange for a suspended sentence, probation, and community service. Over half of those named in the indictment have signed a statement of unity pledging to not cooperate with prosecutors against their co-defendants. Dane Powell, who plead guilty to felony rioting and felony assault on a police officer, has a sentencing hearing on July 7. He faces a statutory maximum of 10 years in prison and a $25,000 fine, or both.

On Sunday, June 25, a coalition of local groups, including DC Legal Posse (who helps coordinate support for J20 arrestees) held a ‘speakout against fascism and state repression’ outside DC Metro Police headquarters.

With a legal battle expected to last over another year, both the prosecuting attorneys, defense lawyers and supporters of those arrested are strategizing for the many months ahead.

Defendants and supporters are standing strong in the face of this outrageous and continued repression. We will keep fighting until everyone is free. – Sam Menefee-Libey, DC Legal Posse

When asked for comment, William Miller of the US Attorneys’ Office for DC said he could not remark on an ongoing case.

Earlier this month we caught up with Chicago-based J20 arrestee Olivia to speak with her about the case. Watch the full interview below:


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          Comment on Linkspam: June 30th, 2017 by jess   
So, Buzzfeed has a couple of 'add yours- type articles on asexuality, with quite a few comments from a-spec people. The first link actually includes a survey you can take anonymously, which I'm glad for, as I'm uncomfortable using my Facebook account to comment on Buzzfeed. https://www.buzzfeed.com/skarlan/what-do-you-want-people-to-know-about-being-asexual?utm_term=.uc5LzkZWd#.rfW0d9Zw3 https://www.buzzfeed.com/skarlan/ace-on-the-case?utm_term=.gf2AB0Yej#.pcdwPq605
          People Try Weird Celebrity Beauty Hacks   

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          The Most Common Burger Mistakes People Make On The BBQ   
&nbsp; BuzzFeed just put out a list of the most common burger mistakes made at barbecues. I thought I was the grill master, but I found a few things here that I apparently have been doing wrong. Check out these 7 common burger mistakes...I'm willing to bet you are also guilty of at least one: Continue reading…
          'Morning Joe' Hosts and Trump Bring National Enquirer Into Their Feud - New York Times   

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'Morning Joe' Hosts and Trump Bring National Enquirer Into Their Feud
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          "The Founder Of The Disastrous Fyre Festival Has Been Arrested And Charged With Fraud"   
"Prosecutors allege that McFarland ultimately used false information to get at least two people to invest about $1.2 million in his company Fyre Media."
          Bloomberg: Through the Looking Glass   
When reporters become the story, you have something worth reading about. Late last week, multiple media sources revealed that Bloomberg news reporters had accessed information about customer usage of the Bloomberg financial terminal. The New York Times covers it this morning here; earlier reporting is summarized by Buzzfeed here. One of the first Bloomberg customers […]
          'Morning Joe' Hosts and Trump Bring National Enquirer Into Their Feud - New York Times   

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'Morning Joe' Hosts and Trump Bring National Enquirer Into Their Feud
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          Fyre Festival Organizer Charged With Wire Fraud - New York Times   

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          Return values    
This is a tale of two algorithms.

Every now and then, someone publishes a piece of crossover writing that blows me away. Last week, Claudia Lo at Rock Paper Shotgun examined the algorithms behind relationship simulation in the indie game Rimworld by decompiling its code:

The question we're asking is, 'what are the stories that RimWorld is already telling?' Yes, making a game is a lot of work, and maybe these numbers were just thrown in without too much thought as to how they'd influence the game. But what kind of system is being designed, that in order to 'just make it work', you wind up with a system where there will never be bisexual men? Or where all women, across the board, are eight times less likely to initiate romance?

I want to take a moment to admire Lo's writing, which takes a difficult technical subject (bias in object-oriented simulation code) and explains it in a way that's both readable and ultimately damning to its subject. It's a calm dissection of how stereotypes can get encoded (literally!) into entertainment, and even goes out of its way to be generous to the developer. I haven't talked much about games journalism in the last few years, but this is the kind of work I wish I'd thought to do when I was still writing.

In short, Lo notes that the code for Rimworld combines sexuality, gender, age, and emotional modeling in a way that's more than a little unsettling: women in the game are all bisexual and may be attracted to much older partners, while men have a narrower (and notably younger) attraction range. The game also models penalties for rejection, but not for being harassed, which leaves players trying to solve bizarre problems like "attractive lesbians that destroy community morale."

Part of what makes Lo's story interesting is how deeply this particular simulation reflects not just general social biases, but the particular biases of its developer. It took a lot more work to encode a complex, weighted system of asymmetrical attraction than it would to just use the same basic algorithm for everyone. Someone planned this very carefully — in fact, since the developer jumped into the comments on the piece with a pseudoscientific rant about the non-existence of bisexual men, we know that he's thought way too much about it. He's really invested in this view of "how people are," and very upset that anyone would think that it's just the slightest bit unrealistic or ignorant.

Keep that in mind when reading Pro Publica's investigation into Facebook ad preferences, in which advertisers can target ads toward (or against) particular "ethnic affinities" in violation of federal laws against discrimination in housing and other services. "Affinity" is Facebook's term, a way of hiding behind "we're not actually discriminating on race." Even for the blinkered Silicon Valley, it's astonishing that nobody thought about the ways that this could be misapplied.

The existence of these affinities may be confusing, since Facebook never actually asks about your ethnicity when setting up a profile. Instead, it generates this metadata based on some kind of machine-learning process as you use the service. As is typical for Facebook, this is not only a very bad idea, it's also very badly implemented. I know this myself: Facebook thinks I have an ethnic affinity of "African-American (US)," probably because my friend group via Urban Artistry is largely black, even though I am one of the whitest people in America (there doesn't seem to be an "Ethnic Affinity: White" tag, maybe because that's considered the default setting).

Both Facebook and Rimworld are examples of programming real-world bias into technology, but of the two it's probably Facebook that bothers me more. For the game, a developer very intentionally designed this system, and is clear about his reasons for doing so. But in Facebook's case, this behavior is partially emergent, which gives it deniability. There's no source code that we can decompile, either because it's hidden away on Facebook's servers or because it's the output of a long, machine-generated process and even Facebook can't directly "read" it. The only way to discover these problems is indirectly — such as how some news organizations are trying to collect and analyze Facebook's political ads via user reporting tools.

As more and more of the world becomes data-driven, it's easy to see how emergent behavior could reinforce existing biases if not carefully checked and guarded. When the behavior in question is Pokemon Go redlining, maybe it's not such a big deal, but when it becomes housing — or job opportunities, or access/pricing for services — the effects will be far more serious. Class action lawsuits are a reasonable start, but I think it may be time to consider stronger regulation on what personal data companies can maintain and utilize (granted, I don't have any good answers as to what that regulation would look like). After all, it's pretty clear that tech won't regulate itself.


Addendum: on journalism and public policy

I'm posting this the night before Election Day in the USA. Like a lot of newsrooms, The Seattle Times has a strict non-partisan policy for its journalists, so I can tell you to vote (please do! it's important!), but I can't tell you how I think you should vote or how I voted, and I'm discouraged from taking part in public activities that would signal bias, such as caucusing for either party. It's a condition of my employment at the paper.

Here's what I think is funny: in the post above, I lay out a strong but (I think) reasoned argument for public policy around the use of personal data. While I'm not particularly well-sourced compared to the journalists at Pro Publica, I am one of the few people at the Times who can speak knowledgeably about how databases are stored and interact. I can make this argument to you, and feel like it carries some authority behind it.

But I can only make that argument because our political parties do not (yet) have any coherent preference on how personal data should be treated. If, at some point, the use of personal data was to become politicized by one side or another, I'd no longer be free to share this argument with you — the merits of my position wouldn't have changed, nor would my expertise, but I'd no longer be considered "objective" or "unbiased."

The idea that reporters do not have opinions, or can only have opinions as long as the subjects don't matter, seems self-evidently silly to me. Data privacy is a useful thought experiment: in this case, I'm safe as long as the government never gets its act together. If that seems like a terrible way to run the fourth estate — indeed, if this sounds like a recipe for the proliferation of fact-free publishing outlets encouraged by the malicious inattention of Facebook — I can't disagree. But to tie this to my original point, however this election turns out, I think a lot of journalists are going to need to ask themselves some hard questions about the value of "objectivity" in an algorithm-powered media universe.

          Reading for the Fourth, on TODAY   
The Today Show rounded up their regular group of book recommenders, BuzzFeed Books Editor Issac Fitzgerald , author and recent book store owner, Emma Straub and thriller writer Brad Thor, to suggest books to read over the holiday. Click here for the full list of picks.
          Quicken Loans named third best company to work for if you're a millennial   

Perhaps that meme of Congresswoman Maxine Waters expressing her love for millennials should be changed with Dan Gilbert's face instead? That's because Gilbert's Quicken Loans was just named by Fortune as the third best workplace for millennials.…
          2015   
Hi! I guess this is now just a place for updates. Most of my work now is on Rookie and I update my Twitter & Instagram with other stuff I've been up to.


Rookie Yearbook Four, the print edition of our fourth year, comes out October 20: 352 pages of beautiful writing and art by young people, plus print-only contributions from people like Amandla Stenberg, Kiernan Shipka, Jazz Jennings, Dev Hynes of Blood Orange, Emma Roberts, Sarah Paulson, Charli XCX, DeJ Loaf, Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend, Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine, Donna Tartt, Shamir, Chloe of Kitten, Rashida Jones, Tracee Ellis Ross, Joy Williams, Hayley Williams of Paramore, Lorde, Tyler Ford, Ariana Grande, Edward Droste of Grizzly Bear, Solange, and Willow Smith. WHEW. See also: stickers, posters, a cut-out diorama and banner, ET CETERA FOREVER. I've never been able to choose a favorite Rookie Yearbook until now. It is our final one (senior year!) and I can't wait for Rookies THE WORLD OVER to see it. (Mr. Burns laugh, but in the name of good things like self-esteem and creativity.)

I'm also doing a tour for the book, reading from the book with local Rookies and signing copies. You! should! come!


More exciting Rookie news: After four years, we have our own office. We also launched a redesign of the site that makes me feel warm and fuzzy.


Acting-wise: This Is Our Youth closed in January. Starting in February, I will play Mary Warren in a 20-week run of The Crucible on Broadway. I was also in an episode of Scream Queens that airs this fall.

Writing: I interviewed Taylor Swift for the cover of ELLE, guest-edited a section of the July/August issue of Poetry Magazine, and guest-edited a Rookie section of the October issue of Nylon. So many talented people of all kinds are featured in both, so take a look! I also wrote the introduction to Petra Collins' book, Babe, which showcases the work of many of my favorite artists.

Here are some recent Rookie editor's letters I am proud of: Acting Out, Trust, Both Sides Now, Give + Take. This is a list of some of my favorite longreads (and long-listens, and long-watches) on the internet.

Podcasts: I talked about my favorite episode of Freaks and Geeks on Rerun, and discussed teenage loneliness on Dear Sugar.

I'm also in a campaign for Clinique in which I talk about confidence and creativity, my two favorite things/biggest sources of anxiety ♡♡♡

The 2016 Pirelli calendar is of clothed women with a variety of achievements, and I am stoked to be one of them, in intimidatingly good company. Here is a behind-the-scenes photo from the shoot with Annie Leibovitz, in which I am wearing my soul in sweatshirt form: GIRLS AT NIGHT ON THE INTERNET.



          Conservative Site Heat Street Will Close   
News Corp's conservative digital media site Heat Street is folding in August, the company told BuzzFeed News on Thursday. ... The Murdoch-owned outlet launched last year and was originally led by former Tory MP Louise Mensch and Noah Kotch, who recently decamped to head up Fox News' digital efforts. Mensch separated from the outlet late last year.
          【社会】バニラ・エアに声をあげた障害者に「クレーマー」、広がるバッシングに疑問の声★21 (thread.length)   
格安航空会社(LCC)のバニラ・エアが、車いすの乗客に自力でタラップを上がらせる対応をとり、謝罪した問題。インターネット上では、バニラ・エアの対応を批判した車いすの男性を「クレーマー」などと非難する声もある。
男性のやり方に問題があったのか? 車いす利用者からは「誰かが声をあげないと変わらなかった問題」との声があがる。【BuzzFeed Japan / 石戸諭】
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バニラ・エアの対応を批判したのは、下半身不随で車いすで生活するバリアフリー研究所代表の木島英登さん。木島さんのサイトや報道によると、このような経緯があった。
木島さんは6月5日、奄美大島から関西空港へ向かう、バニラ・エアの飛行機に乗ろうとしたところ、空港職員に止められた。

奄美空港では、飛行機に搭乗するためには、滑走路から階段を使わなければならない。車いすの木島さんは、5人いた同行者に協力を仰いで、車いすごと担いでもらって搭乗しようとした。そこを空港職員に制止された。
そこで、木島さんは車いすを降りて、腕の力を使ってタラップを一段、一段登って搭乗することになった。

《今後のために、奄美空港の責任者に確認しました。「歩けない人単独は完全NG」。「車いすを担ぐのはNG」。「同行者のお手伝いのもと、階段昇降をできるならOK」とのこと》(木村さんのホームページより) 
木島さんはこの対応を批判し「できる範囲で配慮をする。搭乗を断るのだけは止めて欲しいです」と訴えた。バニラ・エアは対応に問題があったと認めて謝罪。以後は階段昇降機の導入などを決めた。
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■木島さんへの批判

木島さんが「クレーマー」と言われるのは、車いすでの搭乗をバニラ・エアに連絡していなかったからだ。バニラ・エア側は、車いすの利用客に事前に連絡するよう求めていた。
この「ルール」を守らなかったのは木島さんなのに、なぜ航空会社が一方的に非難されるのか、というのが批判する側の言い分だ。

それでは、事前連絡していれば、どうなっていたのか?
毎日新聞によるとバニラ・エアは「関空-奄美線では、自力で歩けない車椅子のお客さまから事前に連絡があった際には搭乗をお断りしていた」と答えている。

つまり、木島さんはたとえ事前連絡をしていたとしても、そもそも飛行機に乗れなかったのだ。
先天性の身体障害があり、義足と車いすで生活する女性が、匿名を条件に、BuzzFeed Newsの取材に答えた。

この女性も、別の車いす利用者から「バニラ・エアで搭乗を断られた」と、聞いたことがあるという。

「マナーとして、事前に連絡が必要だというのもわかります。
しかし、今回のケースで本当に問題なのは事前の連絡をして交渉したところで、搭乗できない可能性が高かったことです。拒否される可能性が高いとわかっていて、事前連絡する人はいませんよね」

女性は、木島さんが今回のような形で声を上げたのは「それ以外になかったからだ」と考える。そうしなければ、車いす利用者がバニラ・エアに乗れるようにはならない、というのが女性の考えだ。

「これは誰かが声をあげないと変わらないケースです。今回も実際に、木島さんが声をあげたことで、やっとやっとバニラ・エア側も対応をした。そして、アシストストレッチャーを導入しました」
バニラ・エアは奄美空港でアシストストレッチャー(座った状態で運ぶ担架)を14日から使用、階段昇降機も29日から導入する。(朝日新聞)
やる気になれば、対策を取ることができた。
「私は今回の木島さんの行動は勇気あるものだったと思います。なんで声をあげた当事者に批判が集まるのかまったくわかりません」

■他の航空会社をつかえばいい?

インターネット上には、格安LCCのバニラ・エア以外の航空会社を使って、奄美に行けばいいではないかという声も上がっていた。
女性はこう反論する。
「他の航空会社があるからそれを使えという声もありますね。しかし、なんで車いすを使っているというだけの理由で、LCCを使うという当たり前の選択肢が排除されないといけないのでしょうか?」
社会には、車いすに限らず、障害者に対してまだ合理性に欠ける対応があること。それが現実であり、本当の問題だという。

※続く

配信 2017/06/29 18:01
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https://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20170629-00010003-bfj-soci&p=1

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          "I'm Fat, But I'm Not..." The Buzzfeed Video That is Challengeing Fat Stereotypes   

Buzzfeed recently released a video called, "I Fat, But I'm Not..." challenges the stereotypes associated with overweight people. In the video you see young individuals discuss how they don't struggle with their weight. In fact, they talk about how they lead healthier and active lives like any other thin or fit person.



 
The video sheds light on a growing problem in the fitness and health industry; the image associated with health and fitness today. What discourages a lot of people from starting their weight loss journey is that they associate the idea of being healthy with being thin.

If you type in "fitness" or "weight loss" into Pinterest, or just Google it, you will find a barrage of images showing you how to get the body  of an Olympian or Supermodel. (Like the photo shown here.

 Some go as far as starving themselves trying to reach that perfect body without realizing that the body needs to metabolize in order for weight loss to begin.

One girl from the video put it best that her body does not metabolize fast enough, even though her friends, who are skinnier than her, eat more than her. 

This video sheds light on the issue of fat stereotypes and shows a different side of the health and fitness industry through people who do not fit industry standards. Check it out and let us know if you agree with the message I Am Fat, But I'm Not... is trying to project.
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          How Antoine Griezmann Became the Internet’s Boyfriend   

A version of this story originally appeared on our sister site Slate.fr. The story has been translated and lightly edited.

At the moment, he’s the best goal scorer at Euro 2016. His six big moments—his liberating header against Albania, his two goals against Ireland, his chip against Iceland, and his brace against Germany—will be talked about for a long time. But above all, Antoine Griezmann has succeeded in meeting a rare challenge for a soccer player: He has inspired unity in the heart of the French public. The passion between the player and his fans is such that he’s become what’s known as “the internet’s boyfriend.”

At the beginning of the year, we explained this particular concept, wherein some segment of the internet decides to make a star into their chouchou, their beloved. In the past, actors like Oscar Isaac, Idris Elba, Tom Hiddleston and Benedict Cumberbatch have successfully made it past the first date. This is the story of how the French striker, scarcely 25 years old, has joined this very exclusive club.

It must be said that even before the beginning of the competition, Grizou cut a sympathetic figure. Last March, a poll in French sports newspaper L’Equipe classified him as the second-favorite French soccer player after goalie Hugo Lloris.* The whole public sees him as a gifted player, and a nice guy.

Confirming his image as the “ideal son-in-law”

The articles published just before the Euros bolstered this good image. Le Monde called him the “ideal son-in-law” on the cover and did not exhaust its elegies in the subsequent pages. “He corresponds to the current hopes of the French public, which has had enough of the ‘star system.’ He has the image of a talented player, but simple, happy to play, who knows to put himself in the service of the team, who makes others play better but doesn’t expect them to play for him,” Vincent Chaudel, an expert in sports marketing, explained to the paper.

In effect, the smooth image that Griezmann circulates clashes with the flash of his teammate Karim Benzema, who’s still bogged down in a sex-tape blackmail scandal. His stature as a father and loving partner are given a prominent place in the Le Monde article, and have been, more generally, in the tabloids for months.

Snapchat filters, jokes on Vine, and memes on Twitter

After having cemented his status as the ideal son-in-law, husband, and father, the next step to becoming the internet’s boyfriend consists is making us laugh. For that, Griezmann took to nearly every form of social media.

Unlike French defender Patrice Evra, who posts a lot on Instagram but has only tweeted once, “Grizou” is hyperactive. These past few weeks, we’ve seen him publish content on Snapchat and Instagram, garnering millions of likes each time. With Snapchat filters and Vines, he doesn’t hesitate to make a joke at his own expense, even if the gags are a little annoying sometimes. It’s not an accident that he’s the French footballer with the most Twitter followers.

The apex of this self-deprecating humor came the day after the match against Iceland. Using the hashtag #FaisGlisserTonGrizi, numerous users hijacked the photo of the player where he’s shown sliding on his stomach in celebration. Though the tone was gently mocking, Griezmann decided to publish some of these collages on his account—and laugh at them. It was just like the enthusiasm produced by his celebration after scoring against Ireland—a dance inspired by the rapper Drake, himself the victim of memes. It was a strong move in the sense that few soccer players can take a joke and laugh at the ones they provoke.

Excellent player, super husband, good guy, we could stop there. But the internet promoted Griezmann to the rank of boyfriend thanks to one decisive factor: fantasy.

“Antoine deep-throats a banana”

It all begins with the butt. On the internet, among the thousands of exultant love letters for the striker (notably, after each of his goals), there are hundreds that don’t stop with a simple heart emoji. Using the hashtag #lesfessesdegriezmann, numerous tweets mention the butt, with photos attached, that has fed the fantasies of countless fans.

The sites Buzzfeed and Uproxx have written whole articles about it. But that’s not all. A quick search for “Fuck me Griezmann,” for example, is full of results, some of them quite funny. Some fearless people address themselves to the striker directly.

Of course, the title of The Internet's Boyfriend could not be complete without a good dose of fan fiction, an experience to which all Internet celebrities are entitled. During the match against Iceland, the journalist Lucie Ronfaut found several of these on the site “Archive of Our Own,” where Griezmann’s name appeared a number of times.

In “A New Life,” user BlueGlitter tells the story of Antoine’s arrival at his club Atletico Madrid. After a timid beginning, the story takes a new turn when Grizi finds love in the arms of his teammate and roommate Koke, a Spanish midfielder.

Antoine deep-throated the banana until most of it disappeared in his mouth, than he pulled it from his mouth with a pop. He licked his lips again, savoring the sugary taste, then bit delicately on the end of the banana, chewed it, swallowed it softly and slowly opened his eyes to see Koke and his big open mouth.

On Quotev, @yourmasterpiece imagines a relationship between the Frenchman and Brazilian striker Neymar. More of the same on Wattpad, another popular fanfic site, where the player’s name appears in 273 stories—for comparison, French striker Karim Benzema is in 26, striker Olivier Giroud in 58, and the legendary Zinedine Zidane in 86. In “To the Stars …” a certain ManonGrizi tells the story of the passion between Giroud’s younger sister and Griezmann:

I couldn’t tell you how long that kiss lasted, because for me, kisses with Antoine made me forget everything around me. It made me forget the whole universe, because he was now my universe.

This story is 47 chapters long and has been viewed more than 104,000 times. In itself, to be a fanfic character isn’t unusual. What’s new here is that it’s a French footballer, not an American singer or a British actor, and he’s nourishing fantasies beyond our borders.

Antoine Griezmann has thus passed the test of internet boyfriend with flying colors, and this strange relationship, which is great for his image, will grow in intensity if Les Bleus win the Euro Cup.

Read more Slate coverage of Euro 2016.

*Correction, July 8, 2016: This post originally misspelled Hugo Lloris' last name.


          Sepp Blatter Is the King of World Cup Jerks   

Longtime FIFA President Sepp Blatter announced his resignation on Tuesday, nearly a week after arrests over allegations of systemic bribery and corruption in the organization. In 2014 following the World Cup, we detailed Blatter’s lengthy rap sheet of corruption allegations and his general awfulness. The post is reprinted below:

Even though the World Cup is over, the World Cup Jerk Watch series would not be complete without one final jerk, the biggest in all of soccer, and perhaps the entire world of sports.

Name: Sepp Blatter

Home country: Switzerland

Known for: Sexism, homophobia, denying the existence of racism in soccer, building giant stadiums where they don’t belong on the dime of poor communities, running an endemically corrupt organization for decades like a dictator.

Why he might be a jerk: Too many reasons to count. Let’s start with two: sexism and corruption. When Blatter was asked by a female reporter on Monday about his organization’s blatant history of corruption, he shut her down with the churlish and disrespectful, “Listen, lady, when you speak about corruption, then you have to present evidence.”

She might have responded by listing the seemingly unending litany of corruption allegations against the organization Blatter has run since 1998 and has been an official at since 1975. She could have started with this just-ended World Cup and the police allegations of an illegal ticket sales scheme by FIFA’s ticketing and hospitality partner, a company in which Blatter’s nephew has a minority stake. Blatter presided over the decision to hand the £342 million contract to his nephew’s company back in 2007, and it wasn’t the first time he was alleged to have funneled cash to that particular family member.

Then there are the allegations that a now disgraced Qatari ex-soccer official spent millions to influence the decision to hand Qatar the 2022 World Cup despite its history of human rights abuses, lack of infrastructure, and dangerous heat levels. Former U.S. Attorney Michael Garcia is currently doing an internal investigation for FIFA of how that tournament was awarded, and is expected to file a report in the coming weeks.

Perhaps it’s just a crazy coincidence, but Blatter has a long history of seeing corrupt former loyalists fall by the wayside the moment they threaten his rule. That Qatari ex-official, for one, was a former Blatter ally who was alleged to have used bribes to help secure Blatter’s controversial first election as FIFA president in 1998. Mohamed bin Hammam only fell from grace, and was banned from international soccer for life, after challenging Blatter’s presidency on an anti-corruption platform in 2011. The same thing happened to notoriously corrupt FIFA official and former Blatter ally Jack Warner after he backed bin Hammam’s bid. (CONCACAF official Chuck Blazer is another formerly close ally of Blatter who was undone by corruption charges.)

In 2002, Blatter was accused by FIFA’s then secretary general and erstwhile ally Michel Zen-Ruffinen of losing the organization $500 million through financial mismanagement, corruption, and cronyism. Zen-Ruffinen also testified that Blatter had paid a FIFA referee named Lucien Bouchardeau $25,000 and promised him $25,000 more for information on a Somali soccer official, Farah Addo, who had accused Blatter of bribery in his first election bid. Blatter didn’t deny the payment but said at the time he was doing it out of the goodness of his heart. "Because of Addo, Bouchardeau has been left out in the cold in Africa. He said to me with tears in his eyes that he was a poor devil and had nothing left. So I gave him $25,000 of my own money," Blatter said. "I'm too good a person."

After Blatter won his subsequent re-election campaign, which coincided with the secretary general’s charges, Zen-Ruffinen was removed from his FIFA post. Eight years later, Zen-Ruffinen was caught on tape saying he could influence the World Cup votes for a fee, and that three FIFA executive committee officials could be paid off, one “with the ladies and not with money."

As mentioned, his original election in 1998 was marred by corruption allegations. As Franklin Foer wrote in Slate 12 years ago:

Blatter only triumphed after a bit of help from the emir of Qatar, who lent him a jet so that he could canvass the globe and stump for votes. (According to the London  Daily Mail, Muammar Qaddafi sponsored another whistle-stop tour.) The  Daily Mail also uncovered millions in donations from other Arabian princes, which he lavished on even more FIFA voters. A Somali soccer official testified that Blatter supporters offered him $100,000 and handed other African soccer officials brown envelopes stuffed with cash. Blatter's defense is that he merely doled out cash advances to aid poor countries.

Blatter’s pattern has always been to indignantly deny corruption until evidence was presented, then to say that no laws had been broken, then to promise to fight back against corruption, then when the latest affair has blown over, to return to the truculent claim that there is no corruption in FIFA.

Between 2010 and 2013, half of FIFA’s 24-strong executive committee was accused of some form of corruption, five were forced to resign, and one was banned for life. In 1999, Blatter reassured the world about his soon-to-be-disgraced cabinet: “I can't speak about everyone's sense of morality but, for the 24 members of a committee I have the honor to direct, I can say they have all taken a sort of ethical oath.”

Blatter’s history of at the very least abetting corruption stretches back to before he was FIFA president, when he was secretary general under his now disgraced mentor João Havelange. The former FIFA president Havelange was found to have accepted millions of dollars in bribes over the course of his tenure. One year before his first election, a million dollar bribe meant for Havelange crossed Blatter’s desk, and he did nothing to report it or prevent it. Blatter said he hadn’t done anything wrong, because the commissions were not illegal at the time they were doled out. "You can't judge the past on the basis of today's standards," he said. "Otherwise it would end up with moral justice."

FIFA’s corruption has direct consequences in the real world. In South Africa, hundreds of millions of dollars were spent on white elephant stadiums that have rarely been used following the 2010 World Cup in a country where more than half of its children were living in poverty as of 2012. Multiple local officials in that country were reported to have been murdered, allegedly for whistle-blowing or other involvement in stadium fraud.

In Brazil, a $300 million, 40,000-plus seat stadium was built in the middle of the Amazon rainforest where potential post-Cup audiences of that size just don’t exist. That’s probably one reason why a majority of Brazilians opposed hosting this World Cup, saying the more than $11 billion price tag could be better spent on public services.

In Qatar, meanwhile, on top of the bribery claims, hundreds of migrant workers have died working on infrastructure and constructions projects since the country was awarded the tournament and 4,000 are projected to die by 2022 at the current rate. That’s not to mention the country’s homophobic laws or those of 2018 World Cup hosts Russia, for that matter.

Gay sex is actually punishable by up to seven years in prison in Qatar. When Blatter was asked about such anti-gay policies, he joked, “I would say they should refrain from any sexual activities.” That brings me to Blatter’s aforementioned sexism, which is tied to that wonderful sense of humor of his. In 2004, he suggested women’s soccer would improve if the players would just dress sexier. “Let the women play in more feminine clothes like they do in volleyball," he said. "They could, for example, have tighter shorts. Female players are pretty, if you excuse me for saying so.”

That’s probably the worst thing he’s said about women, but it’s a close call. In 2013, he called a female candidate for FIFA’s executive committee “good and good looking.” When FIFA made a historic appointment of the first female member of the executive committee to receive a full four-year term, which only happened last year, he put his foot in his mouth again. “Are there ladies in the room? Say something! You are always speaking at home, now you can speak here,” he joked.

He’s also a dolt when it comes to racism. In 2011, after racial abuse charges against another World Cup jerk, Blatter said that “there is no racism” on the pitch and that players should handle such disputes “with a handshake.”

Blatter’s well-documented jerkiness has inspired significant public backlash. Whenever he makes a public appearance now, he’s booed. Lily Allen recently dedicated a rendition of her song “Fuck You” to Blatter (the lyrics actually worked surprisingly well).* Other pop musicians have written entire songs dedicated to his awfulness.

Blatter attempted to combat all this negative publicity with one of the most poorly thought-out propaganda ideas in history. FIFA paid for the vast majority of a $32 million hagiographic film called United Passions, starring Tim Roth as Blatter, Gérard Depardieu as World Cup creator Jules Rimet, and Sam Neill as Blatter’s mentor, the exceedingly corrupt Havelange. The trailer for that film, which has yet to see a worldwide release, features the Blatter character saying, “Everything I've done up until this point has been for the good of football.” It takes a pretty big jerk to make a big-budget movie devoted largely to the premise that you’re not a jerk!

Why he might not be a jerk: I’m drawing a blank here. Sometimes the stupid things he says are funny—for instance, when he said that there should be an interplanetary World Cup. He also makes a fool of himself constantly. Like the time he fell flat on his face, or the time he showed off his terrible dance moves, or the time he interrupted a moment of silence for Nelson Mandela. Sometimes, Blatter comes off more as a pitiful human being than a jerk. But the feeling passes rather quickly.

Jerk Score: 3 out of 3 for style, for simultaneously dancing and leering like a creepy uncle. 3 out of 3 for technique, because he’s never been caught taking his own bribe. 3 out of 3 for consistency, for planning to run for a fifth term as FIFA president after promising to quit. And 1 out of 1 in the category of “Inspiring Pop Musicians to Devote Entire Songs to How Much They Hate You.” 10 out of 10 for Sepp Blatter.

Previously on World Cup Jerk Watch:

Is Uruguay's Luis Suárez Horribly Entertaining or Just Horrible?
Why You Hate Cristiano Ronaldo
Mario Balotelli Is the Paul Bunyan of International Soccer
Is U.S. Coach Jürgen Klinsmann Maybe a Little Jerky?
Is Arjen Robben a Jerk, or Does He Just Suffer From Jerk Face Syndrome?

*Correction, July 15, 2014: This post originally misspelled the first name of pop star Lily Allen.


          How to Follow Soccer Now that the World Cup Is Over   

The World Cup is over, and the quadrennial outbreak of American soccer fever is slowly subsiding. In the aftermath of the most-popular soccer tournament in U.S. history, though, there are signs that some are sticking with the sport. There’s been a post–World Cup spike in Major League Soccer viewership, according to ESPN, and MLS streaming packages are reportedly up 300 percent. If you’re still feeling that soccer itch but don’t how to scratch it, here are the many ways to keep up on the sport between now and 2018.

The obvious place to start is the already-underway MLS season. There are 15 American metropolises with teams, and new franchises are coming to Orlando and New York next season and to Atlanta in 2017. If your city doesn’t have a team, or you’re more into fair-weather fandom, we suggest you get behind the league-leading Seattle Sounders, who drew 64,000 fans to their first post–World Cup match. The Sounders feature two of the best American players in Clint Dempsey and DeAndre Yedlin, along with former Inter Milan and Nigeria striker Obafemi Martins. Several of their upcoming games are on ESPN2, NBC, and NBC Sports Network, but outside of Seattle you’ll need an MLS Direct Kick or MLS Live package to get more of the team's games.

MLS features 10 players from the U.S. World Cup squad, plus stars like Landon Donovan (L.A. Galaxy), former England and Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe (Toronto F.C.), France and Arsenal legend Thierry Henry (New York Red Bulls), Ireland’s Robbie Keane (L.A. Galaxy), and the guy who scored the best goal of this last World Cup, Australia’s Tim Cahill (New York Red Bulls). Expansion franchise New York City FC has already signed Spain’s David Villa and is about to sign England’s Frank Lampard. Orlando F.C., meanwhile, signed Kaka—the last Ballon d'Or winner who’s not Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo—and is reportedly on the verge of signing his former Brazil teammate Robinho.

All of these players have something in common: They’re over the hill. Aside from the Americans, these guys either didn’t play at the World Cup, or their teams were non-factors—the talent level just doesn’t come close to what you will see at a World Cup. But you already knew that.

The good news is that the World Cup isn’t the highest-quality soccer competition in the world. Though nothing can match the World Cup in terms of sheer spectacle, you’ll find better skill and teamwork in the Champions League, which pits Europe’s best clubs against one another. Some of the best players in the world who didn’t make the World Cup, like Wales and Real Madrid speed demon Gareth Bale and Sweden great Zlatan Ibrahimović (Paris Saint-Germain), do play in the Champions League. And unlike the World Cup, it happens every year.

Similar to the World Cup, the Champions League has a points-ranked group phase followed by an elimination tournament. The schedule for this year’s group stage matches will be announced on Aug. 28, and the games begin on Sept. 16. That’s followed by the round of 16, quarterfinals, and semifinals, and then the final on June 6, 2015 in Berlin. (Cristiano Ronaldo’s Real Madrid won the Champions League title last season in a thrilling all-Madrid final against Atlético.) Unfortunately, Champions League games generally happen on Tuesday and Wednesday evening, which means Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon for U.S.-based fans. Fortunately, they typically air on Fox Sports 1, are easily recorded, and it’s a lot easier to avoid spoilers during Champions League than during the World Cup.

Europe’s best teams are now busy bolstering their rosters during the summer transfer window, which is like NBA free agency on steroids.  Some of the top players from the World Cup have already moved to different clubs. Those transactions include Chile’s Alexis Sanchez joining Arsenal from Barcelona, Spain’s Cesc Fàbregas and Diego Costa joining Chelsea from Barcelona and Atlético Madrid respectively, Uruguay’s Luis Suarez moving to Barcelona from Liverpool, Brazil’s David Luiz moving from Chelsea to Paris Saint-Germain, Colombia’s golden boot winner James Rodríguez set to complete a move from Monaco to Real Madrid, and Germany’s Toni Kroos having joined Real Madrid from Bayern Munich. And there are still some huge names that are likely to move including Chile’s Arturo Vidal (Juventus), Germany’s Sami Khedira (Real Madrid), Argentina’s Ángel di María (Real Madrid), and Uruguay’s Edinson Cavani (Paris Saint-Germain).

The teams in the Champions League come from all over Europe, but the last 10 finals have exclusively featured clubs from Spain, England, Italy, and Germany, the four best domestic leagues in the world. Those domestic competitions—which take place simultaneous to the Champions League—feature between 34-and 38-game seasons. The team with the highest points total at the end of the season is the champion. Because there are no playoffs, the results can be anti-climactic. Last season, Bayern Munich won the German title with seven games left to play and Juventus won the Italian title with three matches left to play—but the Spanish and English championships both came down to the final match-day. (If you love playoffs, MLS has got them. And the format is very confusing.)

There are plenty of ways to pick a favorite club, none of them wrong for an American. If you liked World Cup champions Germany or American wunderkind Julian Green, you should root for Bayern Munich. If you like New York Yankees-style teams of superstars assembled by the mega-wealthy, then Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain, and Chelsea are the way to go (Chelsea is also managed by the most interesting man in soccer). Arsenal is coming off of its first trophy in nine years, and has a recent reputation of playing the most open, exciting soccer in England under manager Arsène Wenger. Manchester United and Liverpool are the two teams with the richest history in the English game. Real Madrid with Ronaldo, Bale, and eventually James Rodríguez, and Barcelona with Messi, Neymar, and Suarez will have the most collective attacking talent in the world next season.

You can watch the Premier League on Saturday and Sunday mornings on NBC Sports Network and NBC, the German Bundesliga on GolTV, and the Spanish, Italian, and French leagues on beIN Sports.

If you don’t care about club soccer and just want international rivalries, there are plenty of those in store. The Women’s World Cup kicks off in Canada next summer with the U.S. qualifying campaign scheduled to begin this October. The Americans came achingly close to winning the title in 2011. They haven’t won the tournament since 1999, but should be among the favorites.

Euro 2016 in France will feature many of the best teams from the World Cup, including reigning world champion Germany. The past three World Cup champions have come from Europe, and that’s where the most concentrated international talent is. Qualifying for that tournament begins this September.

What’s next for the U.S. men? The team’s next international friendly is Sept. 3 against the Czech Republic and the Gold Cup—a competition among teams in North America, Central America, and the Caribbean—begins just 10 months after that. In 2016, the Copa America—usually a South American competition—will be contested on U.S. soil for the first time ever. The Americans could face Suarez’s Uruguay, Messi’s Argentina, Rodríguez’s Colombia, and Neymar’s Brazil. That tournament is the region’s most prestigious event, and the chance to win at home could make for World Cup levels of excitement. CONCACAF isn’t releasing the schedule for 2018 World Cup qualifiers until the end of August. But in the last cycle the U.S. campaign didn’t kick off until the third round of qualifying between June and October of 2012, which would mean their World Cup 2018 campaign probably wouldn’t get started until after Copa America. The next men's World Cup is supposed to begin on June 8, 2018 in Russia, but a lot of people are not happy about that.

That wraps up our World Cup coverage this year on The Spot. Until next time, thank you for reading!


          By: Fuzzgun   
You're seriously covering this? Make up your mind: you're either a serious news source that focuses on important developments and trends...or you're BuzzFeed. You can't have it both ways, and I suspect I speak for many when i say that we don't *want* it both ways. This is getting really frustrating, and if you're not careful some enterprising (serious) journalists are gonna eat your lunch, take all your traffic, and leave you in the dark crafting yet another post about some dumb, vaguely music-related minutiea. C'mon - you can do better.
          This Report Says It's "Highly Possible" Scotland Is About To Enter A Recession   
This Report Says It's "Highly Possible" Scotland Is About To Enter A Recession
Scotland's economy is on the brink of recession and will take a "sharp turn for the worse" if the Brexit negotiations go badly, according to a new report ...

          "Texas Supreme Court: No inherent right to gay marriage benefits."   
"Texas Supreme Court: No inherent right to gay marriage benefits." Chuck Lindell of The Austin American-Statesman has this report.

Lauren McGaughy of The Dallas Morning News reports that "Texas Supreme Court rules gay couples not guaranteed spousal benefits."

Rebecca Elliott of The Houston Chronicle reports that "Paxton cheers Texas Supreme Court ruling on same-sex benefits."

Alexa Ura of The Houston Chronicle reports that "Texas Supreme Court throws out ruling that favored same-sex marriage benefits."

Jim Vertuno of The Associated Press reports that "Texas court questions right of benefits for gay spouses."

Jon Herskovitz of Reuters reports that "Top Texas court sides against same-sex couple marriage benefits."

Dominic Holden of BuzzFeed News reports that "Texas Supreme Court Says It's Still Not Clear What Rights Same-Sex Couples Have."

And in commentary, online at Slate, Mark Joseph Stern has a jurisprudence essay titled "Texas Messes With Marriage Equality: The state Supreme Court's refusal to extend state spousal benefits to same-sex couples is an insidious attempt to defy Obergefell v. Hodges."

You can access Friday's unanimous ruling of the Supreme Court of Texas at this link.

          "Here's why US Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts was in Lancaster this morning"   
"Here's why US Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts was in Lancaster this morning": Heather Stauffer of LNP has this report.

Mark Scolforo of The Associated Press has a report headlined "Can mention of Kim K help make legal point? Roberts says yes."

And Zoe Tillman of BuzzFeed News reports that "Facing A Room Of Judges, Chief Justice John Roberts Steers Clear Of Trump."

          This Response Shows a Major Problem With Entitlement and Plus-Size People's Bodies   

Flying is becoming an increasingly less comfortable mode of travel, and as one woman's story reveals, it can be even worse if you're plus-sized.

 

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Natalie Hage, a self-described "fat lady, influencer, and dog mom" shared her story of an uncomfortable recent flight she took. And the reason was solely due to the body shaming she experienced from the man sitting next to her.

She captured the incident in photos, which she posted to her Instagram, as well as a video, which she posted to Facebook.

"I'm shaking right now," her Instagram post begins.

 

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Hage explained that she was on an American Air flight to Los Angeles. As, Revelist reported, she was, ironically, on her way to a "body-positive photoshoot" when the incident occurred.

"I paid almost $70 extra for this seat i'm in because i know i need a little extra leg room," she wrote. "I'm extremely flight anxious but there were only middle seats available so i had to take what i could get."

As soon as I sat down, the gentleman on my left began LOUDLY huffing, sighing, and readjusting himself in his seat. 

She continued:

"I see him furiously texting and then purposefully turning the phone away from me. so, naturally next time he texts, i take a look. 

The texts were about me and i'm almost positive he took photos of me. 

Not only were the texts about me, but they were really mean and ugly, with even the recipient named 'linda' chiming back with shaming retorts...someone who can't even see the situation.

If you can't read the texts, it says 'hopefully she didn't have any mexican food' and his response is 'i think she ate a mexican'. then he proceeds to say he's leaving a 'neck mark on the window' because he's so smashed against the wall. from the photos, you can see i'm not in his space. he's even taken over both arm rests on purpose, coming to my space and digging his elbows into my side...which is in my seat. his next text to her was 'if the news reports a DFW airbus a321 leaving the runway without rotating, that would be my flight.'

another i see later? 'if these seats don't hold, it's not going to matter.' and that's just a few of them. there were several more."

At first, Hage writes she simply tried to "crumple" herself "into a ball, trying not to bother."  

Eventually, she decided to confront him, which she captured on video:

 

 

She introduces herself, and he sounds friendly—at first. Then she says, "I couldn't help but notice that before we took off, you were sending really horrible text messages about me to somebody."

When he tries to deny it she says, "I have photos, yes you were." She reads them off to him. That's when he says, "I was drinking, and I apologize. I apologize. You got me. I was drinking, and I apologize."

"Do you normally like to make fun of fat people?" she asks. "Is that something you do?" He doesn't answer and instead says, "I gave you part of my table."

"I didn't want part of your table," she responds. "You made me feel so uncomfortable to exist in this seat that I didn't want anything from you." That's when the man says, "in fairness, you probably shouldn't be sitting in an exit row seat. When they ask if you're willing and capable to assist people in getting off the airplane in an emergency, do you honestly think you are?"

Hage says she works out and "you know nothing about me from the size of my body." She then asks him if he's a doctor. When he says "that's none of your business," Hage snaps back, "my body is also none of your business."

"This is a fat person's daily reality and not just on a plane," Hages noted to her Instagram followers.

It's this kind of interaction that photographer Haley Morris-Cafiero aimed to capture in her series of photos titled "Wait Watchers" in which she set up a camera near where she was sitting or standing to photograph the public's reactions to her "existing" in a public space.

And though Hages and Morris-Cafiero have illuminated that these incidents happen "not just on a plane," flying often seems to be a locus point for these incidents. Many other plus-sized people (especially women) have reported it's not comfortable—not only physically, but mentally—to "fly while fat."

Animator Stacy Bias made a short animated film "Flying While Fat" to show exactly what it's like.

Flying While Fat

As Bias explained to BuzzFeed news, "Trust that when you’re next to a fat person on a plane, they are significantly less comfortable than you are and are likely doing everything in their power to minimize their impact on you."

It's advice that can be applied to all public spaces. As Hages wrote on her Instagram post: 

"This is on a bus, standing in line at the grocery store, at a concert, on the internet. You can be completely in your own space, not bothering anyone, and people will still fuck with you and try to hurt you. All you can do is know you haven't done anything wrong just by existing and to move on."


          Facebook tipped in video deal with Vox Media and more   
Facebook is rumored to be launching its own video service, one that will compete with things like Snapchat and YouTube, and it has just signed a deal with several big media companies as part of this. Such information comes from recently surfaced sources stating Facebook has penned a deal with Vox Media, Group Nine Media, ATTN, BuzzFeed and more. Content … Continue reading
          100 Days of the Resistance: One Action for Every Day of Trump's Presidency   
From the Women's March to rogue Twitter accounts, US citizens are fighting back one day at a time. by Stranger Staff

Day 1: More people seem to protest than attend Donald Trump's inauguration. The stands in DC, normally filled with fans, are eerily empty. A limo is set on fire. Also: White nationalist Richard Spencer is punched during an interview near the inauguration.

Day 2: More than three million people wear pussy hats and attend the Women's Marches around the world. In Seattle, 175,000 people march, the biggest protest in the history of the city.

Day 3: The euphoria of the previous day has dwindled. People realize that Trump is actually fucking president. They start drinking all the beer in the house until they've finished that and then move on to the whiskey.

Day 4: White House staffers begin leaking to the press.

Day 5: For the past few days, a mysterious pirate-radio broadcast has been interrupting radio signals across the country—an oldies station in Texas, a community radio station in Kentucky, and others in Indiana and South Carolina, including local Voice of Vashon's 101.9 FM—airing (the uncensored version of) YG and Nipsey Hussle's "Fuck Donald Trump" continuously on repeat.

Day 6: Six days in. Drinking all the vodka in the universe.

Day 7: @RoguePOTUSStaff, an anonymous Twitter account claiming to be "the unofficial resistance team inside the White House" sends its first tweet: "Pres. Trump is already making waves at the office. Wants to be 'the President who will be remembered as a King.' His words, not ours."

Day 8: Dozens more "rogue" accounts show up on Twitter, people somehow believe they are all real, Twitter becomes an even more insufferable website than it already was.

Day 9: Fueled by rage (and possibly by post-inauguration binge drinking), more than 3,000 protesters demonstrate at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport after six people were detained in response to Trump's first executive order, which sought to ban refugees and immigrants from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen—all Muslim-majority countries—from coming into the United States.

Day 10: Amid protests over Trump's travel ban, the American Civil Liberties Union announces that it received a record $24 million in donations over a single weekend. In just January alone, the organization saw a 1,900 percent increase in donations from the same month in 2016.

Day 11: Washington becomes the first state to sue Trump over the Muslim-majority country travel ban, arguing it's unconstitutional. In doing this, Washington State attorney general Bob Ferguson becomes a national heartthrob.

Day 12: It has been only 12 days of the Trump presidency, and everyone we know has aged 1,000 years.

Day 13: Everyone is talking about the Budweiser pro-immigration ad. Set in the 19th century, it has a young German man arriving in the US. He gets yelled at by drunk Americans, who want him to go back to his country. He doesn't listen to them and instead settles in the heartland and starts a brewery that will grow into a massive corporation that creates lots of American jobs. The commercial made it clear that corporate America does not like the Muslim ban.

Day 14: Utah congressman Jason Chaffetz's proposed bill HR 621—which aimed to sell off 3.3 million acres of federally-owned land—is withdrawn due to public outcry and backlash from hunters, sportsmen, and conservationists on both the left and the right. Turns out, people don't like the idea of privatizing public land.

Day 15: Washington proves that we aren't going to take any unconstitutional bullshit when Seattle-based US District judge James Robart grants Washington attorney general Bob Ferguson's request for a temporary restraining order against Trump's (first) Muslim-nation travel ban, prohibiting federal employees from enforcing it and spurring collective 'Fuck yeahs!' and high-fives around the nation.

Day 16: Former Chumbawamba member Danbert Nobacon—now living in Twisp, Washington—pens an anti-Trump song titled "Revolution 9.01" that champions science and disdains the incoming ignoramus-in-chief. It's off his Stardust to Darwinstuffalbum, which you can buy now.

Day 17: The New England Patriots win a big sports game, which, because of tradition, grants them access to the White House. But shortly after their victory, six Patriots players announce they won't be attending the visit for political reasons. When the visit happens in April, more than two dozen players skip.

Also: Melissa McCarthy plays Sean Spicer and it enrages Trump, who more than anything hates that a woman has portrayed his moronic press secretary.

Day 18: Ninety-seven companies—including Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, and Twitter—file an amicus brief opposing Trump's travel ban.

Day 19: Two sterling indie-rock comps from the Northwest—Battle Hymns

out of Portland and SAD! A Barsuk Compilation for the ACLUout of Seattle—come out, earnestly striving to raise funds for organizations (Planned Parenthood and the ACLU) necessary in the fight to thwart Trumpism.

Day 20: Rosie O'Donnell impersonator Sean Spicer says that Nordstrom dropping Ivanka Trump's brand of shoes and handbags is an attack on the president, erasing whatever little respect anyone had left for him.

Day 21: The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals refuses to reinstate Trump's travel ban, writing a stinging rebuttal of the idea that the judiciary has no role in mitigating presidential power. Trump tweets: "SEE YOU IN COURT!" to the court.

Day 22: Protesters in DC block newly appointed secretary of education Betsy DeVos from entering a public school. "Shame, shame," they shout as DeVos drives away in a black SUV. No bears were sighted at the demonstration

Day 23: Protesters gather at Cal Anderson Park (and across the country) for an LGBTQ Solidarity Rally after word that an executive order is in the works aiming to allow organizations to use religious beliefs to deny services to gay and transgender people.

Day 24: Seattleites hold the Seattle-esty event ever by flocking to Optimism Brewing on Capitol Hill to send Valentine's Day–themed postcards expressing their values to their political representatives.

Day 25: Michael Flynn quits as the national security adviser just before midnight. He had admitted to misleading VP Mike Pence regarding contacts with a Russian envoy.

Day 26: Love is dead, but the Resistance isn't.

Day 27: Victory! A Trump cabinet member goes poof! Andrew Puzder withdraws as labor secretary nominee after Mitch McConnell says the Republicans will withhold support for the CEO of CKE Restaurants (which owns Hardee's and Carl's Jr. fast-food chains) after Puzder came under fire for allegedly hiring an undocumented immigrant.

Day 28: Across America and in Seattle, workers take the day off for A Day Without an Immigrant. Some restaurants close in solidarity.

Day 29: The White House sends out a very slanted e-mail questionnaire, "Mainstream Media Accountability," about "media bias." Non Trump supporters fill out the form and troll him.

Day 30: Don Lemon grows balls, stands up to Trump defender/commentator Paris Dennard, tells him to shut it on referring to reporting on Trump and Mar-a-Lago as "fake news."

Day 31: Nation realizes it's barely been a month since Trump was inaugurated. Doesn't get out of bed.

Day 32: Milo Yiannopoulos is booted from his keynote speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference. Old interviews on YouTube resurface of him talking about how he thinks sex between older men and younger boys is A-okay. Cue sudden conservative outrage.

Day 33: Stranger

staffers pick at the stale leftovers of Heidi Groover's birthday sheet cake, which had Alex Jones's (of Infowars) face printed on it. He was crying.

Also: Milo Yiannopoulos resigns as editor of Breitbart. Other conservatives, including Richard Spencer, have turned on him, deciding that racist and sexist remarks are fine, but man-boy love is a bridge too far. Milo goes into exile.

Day 34: The Washington Post has no chill and changes its motto to "Democracy Dies in Darkness."

Day 35: Trump gives his first address to Congress to some fanfare, but Lindsey Graham says Trump's draconian budget cuts will be DOA.

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Also: In response to Congressman Dave Reichert's (WA-8) failure to hold public meetings for his constituents, silver-haired boomers and youthful residents of the district hold the first of many protests outside Reichert's Issaquah office. A mandola player leads the crowd of 100 in song: "Hangin' around his office in town, / waitin' for my congressman. / Just wanted to tell him my concerns, / what I want from Washington. But I can tell you now, Dave's not here, / he sure don't want to listen to me."

Day 36: Leaked details of the Republicans' Obamacare replacement plan reveal that said plan would cover fewer people, despite Trump's promise that, somehow, everybody would have insurance. This foreshadows weeks of town-hall meetings with angry constituents who need Obamacare to, you know, live.

Day 37: Even Fox News anchor Shepard Smith belatedly realizes that the administration his network elected into office is dangerously incompetent, or incompetently dangerous. After White House press secretary Sean Spicer bars CNN, Buzzfeed, Politico, the Hill, the BBC, and the LA Times

from a White House press gaggle, Smith defends CNN on air.

Day 38: During the Oscars, the New York Times

runs an ad titled "The Truth Is Hard." Also, some celebs air their feelings about the ad's target audience, a man who almost certainly watches the ceremony from the comfort of his own bathrobe.

Day 39: Noble defender of civil liberties George W. Bush tells NBC's Matt Lauer that the media is "indispensable to democracy." This from the former president whose administration leaked bad intelligence to the New York Times' Judith Miller, who printed said intelligence, intelligence that would be used to justify the invasion of Iraq. Yanks!

Day 40: The sixth iteration of #ResistTrumpTuesday kicks off outside the Federal Building in downtown Seattle. For the first 100 days of Trump's reign, a group of resisters led by local Indivisible chapters hold mid-morning rallies before heading up to the offices of Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell. In groups of four or five, organizers then meet with congressional staff in order to praise the senators for correct action or encourage them to stand firm against Trump's agenda.

Day 41: Sixty-one police chiefs and sheriffs from all over the country—including deep red states Trump won—tell the administration in a letter that they refuse to turn their precincts into mini ICE enforcement agencies.

Day 42: Attorney General Jeff Sessions temporarily joins the Resistance by recusing himself from the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. This comes after the revelation that Sessions met with the Russian ambassador during the run-up to the election. Wow, Jeff! Stick it to the man!!!!

Day 43: Briefly considered calling Trump "45," but didn't want to sully the reputation of those little vinyl records that people care about for some reason.

Day 44: Double-checked the plaque at the base of the Statue of Liberty, mother of exiles, as Trump signs a new executive order banning immigration from six Muslim-majority countries.

Day 45: Responding to Trump's lie about President Obama putting "wiretaps" on his phone, former director of national intelligence James Clapper flatly denies any such monitoring.

Day 46: Nation takes day off work, goes to a spa. Decides they are worth it.

Day 47: Standing in the lobby of Trump Tower, Jeff Bergman reads from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "Letter from Birmingham Jail." The arts administrator and inadvertent activist began solitary read-ins at the tower during his lunch hour, and has now formed a group called Learn as Protest and a syllabus. On the list: Rebecca Solnit's Hope in the Dark, Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States, and Hannah Arendt's The Origins of Totalitarianism, among others.

Day 48: Organizers with the Women's March dub this International Women's Day "A Day Without a Woman." Women are encouraged to eschew paid and unpaid work to show the might of the women's workforce. Those who can't afford to take the day off work are encouraged to wear red in solidarity and to support women- and minority-owned businesses. Scores of think pieces are written about the privilege of skipping a day of work.

Day 49: Trumpcare passes through the House Ways and Means Committee. The Resistance begins to seriously worry about its health.

Day 50: One month after Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell silenced Senator Elizabeth Warren's speech criticizing Attorney General Jeff Sessions, impassioned members of the Resistance are still getting "Nevertheless, she persisted" stick-n-poke tattoos.

Day 51: Today is Sydney Brownstone's birthday. She does not cry in public.

Day 52: After Trump moves to purge Obama-era US attorneys, New York's Preet Bharara refuses to submit his resignation. Shortly after, Bharara gets fired.

Day 53: The GOP's replacement for the Affordable Care Act gets eviscerated by the Congressional Budget Office. It finds that 24 million people would lose insurance under the GOP's plan.

Day 54: Rachel Maddow's scoop on Trump's tax returns is met with criticism. Maddow loves a long lead, and people unaccustomed to her show whined about the 25-minute wind-up to the less-than-blockbuster findings, which were from a 2005 return. While more complete than the previous leak from the 1990s, it still didn't reveal the full extent of Trump's possible financial and political entanglements.

Day 55: Trump survives his first Ides of March.

Day 56: A Hawaiian federal judge freezes Trump's travel ban. It is also shut down in Maryland.

Day 57: Northwest Film Forum and film distribution company Abramorama announce "The Seventh Art Stand," a film series featuring movies from countries affected by the travel ban, to screen in more than 30 venues across the country. Included is The Salesmanby Asghar Farhadi, an Iranian filmmaker who won an Oscar in February but did not attend, issuing a statement that said: "Dividing the world into the 'us' and 'our enemies' categories creates fears... Filmmakers can turn their cameras to capture shared human qualities and break stereotypes of various nationalities and religions. They create empathy between us and others. An empathy which we need today more than ever."

Day 58: Took ecstasy and went dancing at Re-bar.

Day 59: The deputy director of the NSA mocks Trump's claims that England had anything to do with "spying." Calls the assertion "just crazy."

Day 60: The left cheers when FBI director James Comey tells the House Intelligence Committee that the FBI has found no evidence of Obama wiretapping the Trump Towers but it is investigating connections between Trump and Russia.

Day 61: Liberals wake up in bed next to the House Freedom Caucus, who vow not to vote for Trumpcare/Ryancare unless more benefits are removed from the bill.

Day 62: Trump and Ryan slash more benefits from the AHCA in an attempt to appease the Freedom Caucus, but they remain unmoved. You cannot kick enough people off of health care to satisfy this recalcitrant bunch of Tea Partyers. Meanwhile, Democrats say the bill has no chance in the Senate. Many credit their new, steely spines to calls from constituents.

Day 63: As a cocktail of one part national resistance and two parts Republican Party infighting threatens to kill the GOP plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, Washington's own congressman Dave Reichert (R-Auburn) appears to get cold feet. Though Reichert is one of few Republicans who has already voted for the bill, his spokesperson tells the Seattle Timeshe's undecided the day before a final vote is expected.

Day 64: Trumpcare/Ryancare is dead. After it becomes clear the bill doesn't have the votes to pass, House leadership pulls it, delivering Trump an embarrassing defeat and saving insurance coverage for millions.

Day 65: An estimated 8,000 people in Moscow protest against corruption and Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin, the president of the Russian Federation. Some commentators even wonder if the man who runs the White House, Putin, is facing his Arab Spring or Green Revolution.

Day 66: In an attempt to shine a light on the shadowy figures visiting Trump at the White House and the "winter White House," Democrats introduce the adorably titled "Mar-a-Lago Act," an acronym for "Making Access Records Available to Lead American Government Openness Act."

Day 67: The Resistance's target shifts as Jared Kushner becomes president of the United States of America. As head of the "White House Office of American Innovation," Kushner is suddenly in charge of fixing America's opioid crisis, dealing with China on trade, brokering peace between Israel and Palestine, overseeing Trump's internal personnel, and criminal justice reform.

Day 68: Millions briefly consider giving up porn in response to the passage of a bill that allows internet providers to sell a client's browsing history to advertisers. Though the bill is complete bullshit, it would have been "nice" if lawmakers waited one more day to pass it. ;)

Day 69: Seattle sues Trump. After Attorney General Jeff Sessions blasts "sanctuary" cities and counties, and the Trump administration threatens to strip funding from those jurisdictions, Seattle mayor Ed Murray and the city attorney announce a lawsuit against the Feds. In making their announcement, city leaders focus on Sessions's claims that cities and counties that label themselves "sanctuaries" for undocumented immigrants make the country less safe. "We know, anecdotally, just from what people themselves have told us, that they don't want to come forward because they're afraid, and they know other people in the community who won't come forward and report crimes because of fear," Deputy Chief of Police Carmen Best told The Stranger. A decision has not yet been reached in the case.

Day 70: Former national security adviser Michael Flynn offers to testify in exchange for immunity. Some people think this is a huge deal.

Day 71: Michael Cox, a Bainbridge Island resident, resigns from the Environmental Protection Agency after serving as a climate-change adviser for the Pacific Northwest region for nearly 30 years. In a letter to Trump-appointed EPA head Scott Pruitt, Cox cited proposed budget cuts and climate-change denial within the department as his reasons for leaving.

Day 72: The NYT's Nicholas Kristof points out in his excellent post "In Trump Country, Shock at Trump Budget Cuts but Still Loyalty" that there is no real hope for Trump voters, many of whom live in rural areas. They still support him, still believe he is going to return greatness to them and their America, even as he is threatening to deprive these supporters of life-improving and even life-saving federal services. The Resistance needs to be sober to this fact and move on.

Day 73: A poster that says "!NO¡ ¡A EXPULSAR AL REGIMEN DE TRUMP Y PENCE!" is spotted on First Hill.

Day 74: Senate Democrats officially gather the 41 votes needed to filibuster the Supreme Court nomination of Neil Gorsuch, an extremely conservative jurist who consistently favors corporations over human beings in lawsuits.

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Day 75: Democratic Socialists of America reaches 20,000 members.

Day 76: Two things today: One, Stephen Bannon, the lord of darkness, gets booted out of the Principals Committee of the US National Security Council. Two, many on the left spend the day panning and blasting a Pepsi ad that shows Kendall Jenner joining a Black Lives Matter–type protest, and then leaving it to give a Pepsi to a cop who is preparing to crack some millennial skulls. The cop accepts the Pepsi, takes a sip, and everything is solved.

Day 77: It's the first day of class for students of the Resistance School, founded by a group of Harvard graduate students to teach the art of taking a stand against Trump. Classes include how to mobilize your community, communicating political advocacy, and how to sustain the Resistance in the long term. More than 200 students show up for the class on campus, while 15,000 people from 50 states and 20 countries tune in via the livestream.

Day 78: After months of complaints about bots and fake news, Facebook finally does something about it and posts "fake news tips" at the top of its users' feeds.

Day 79: The radical left and alt-right unite in their opposition to Trump's strikes on Syria. Well, at least until they meet in the same spot. In another test of our perception of reality, white nationalist Richard Spencer adds a Syrian flag to his Twitter bio and leads an anti-bombing protest in front of the White House. He's met by antifascists who throw glitter in his face and attempt to pull him out of a cab.

Day 80: Alec Baldwin's SNLskit of Trump meeting his supporters and shitting on them is circulated on social media.

Day 81: About 100 immigrant detainees at Tacoma Northwest Detention Center launch a hunger strike to protest conditions at the lockup, which has seen a surge in inmates since the Trump administration implemented a plan to ramp up deportations. That number would grow to 750 within three days, according to activists.

Day 82: A Kansas special election nearly flips for the Democrats. The close race had Republicans panicking, with Trump and Pence flying in to hold impromptu rallies.

Day 83: The first protest in space (as we know it) occurs when the Autonomous Space Agency Network (ASAN) tapes a printed tweet to a weather balloon. The tweet is based on a remark made by Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell, who said: "From out there on the moon, international politics look so petty. You want to grab a politician by the scruff of the neck and drag him a quarter of a million miles out and say, 'Look at that, you son of a bitch.'"

Day 84: After Seattle filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration, Portland follows suit and sues over withholding grants from sanctuary cities. Portland mayor Ted Wheeler tells the Oregonian: "Five years ago, I never would have envisioned myself suing a president of the United States on an issue that I believe is an issue of morality, and yet here we are. It's very important that we're taking this action."

Day 85: Hundreds of Jewish activists hold a Passover "Seder in the Streets" rally in New York City to call attention to the city's policing policies and to force Mayor Bill de Blasio to "give New Yorkers a real sanctuary city," in the words of a protester. Six were arrested.

Day 86: Dan Savage's ITMFA (Impeach the Motherfucker Already) raises $100,000 for the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, and the International Refugee Assistance Project. Also, people across the US take to the streets in support of the national Tax March movement. They demand to see Trump's tax returns and for the country to adopt a fairer tax system.

Day 87: We turn off push notifications from @RealDonaldTrump.

Day 88: Teen Vogue, a newly woke magazine in the age of Trump, reports that Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos's pick for acting head of the department's Office for Civil Rights, Candice Jackson, is not only a woman who once claimed that she was discriminated against because she is white but also "dismissed those who have accused Donald Trump of sexual violence as 'fake victims.'" She is a piece of work.

Day 89: Upstart Jon Ossoff nearly wins his House race in Georgia outright. He's just short, but he forces a run-off in June, giving Democrats another opening to flip the House.

Day 90: Another one bites the dust: Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), the "powerful" Republican congressman, announces he won't run for reelection in 2018. #Winning. Also: Bill O'Reilly gets fired from Fox News.

Day 91: After two hopeful political events, Democrats roll a fat blunt and celebrate on 4/20.

Day 92: Trump is still sucking at the polls with a 39 percent approval rating.

Day 93: Hundreds of thousands of people around the country fill the streets for the March for Science. Trump once called climate change a myth created by China.

Day 94: Badass writer Ijeoma Olou hosts "This Is What Resistance Looks Like" at Northwest Film Forum. Presenting "short films, political talks, and comedy with Seattle movers and shakers like mayoral candidate/activist/poet/boxer Nikkita Oliver and local-politics-related humorist Brett Hamil."

Day 95: California Democratic US representative Ted Lieu calls Attorney General Jeff Sessions a racist and a liar.

Day 96: After two California jurisdictions sue the Trump administration for withholding funds from sanctuary cities, a US District judge halts Trump's executive order blocking funding.

Day 97: "Let's Make America Gay Again!" is held at Coastal Kitchen. "Coastal Kitchen will join in the 'Decline to Sign' effort, which exhorts citizens not to support I-1552, a proposed initiative that would impose hardships on trans people trying to use public bathrooms."

Day 98: The Factory hosts a benefit for Planned Parenthood: "Stand with PP Poster Show" featuring "14 prints by artists who have depicted how the sexual-health organization benefits everyone."

Day 99: "SLAY: A Hiphop Party for LGBT+, POC, and Open-Minded People" is held at Chop Suey.

Day 100: Trump is impeached. (Not yet, but we won't stop trying.) recommended

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          Facebook's Secret Censorship Rules Protect White Men but Not Black Children From Hate Speech   

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks at the Facebook Developer Conference in San Jose, California, April 18, 2017. (Photo: Anthony Quintano)Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks at the Facebook Developer Conference in San Jose, California, April 18, 2017. (Photo: Anthony Quintano)

In the wake of a terrorist attack in London earlier this month, a US congressman wrote a Facebook post in which he called for the slaughter of "radicalized" Muslims. "Hunt them, identify them, and kill them," declared US Rep. Clay Higgins, a Louisiana Republican. "Kill them all. For the sake of all that is good and righteous. Kill them all."

Higgins' plea for violent revenge went untouched by Facebook workers who scour the social network deleting offensive speech.

But a May posting on Facebook by Boston poet and Black Lives Matter activist Didi Delgado drew a different response.

"All white people are racist. Start from this reference point, or you've already failed," Delgado wrote. The post was removed and her Facebook account was disabled for seven days.

A trove of internal documents reviewed by ProPublica sheds new light on the secret guidelines that Facebook's censors use to distinguish between hate speech and legitimate political expression. The documents reveal the rationale behind seemingly inconsistent decisions. For instance, Higgins' incitement to violence passed muster because it targeted a specific sub-group of Muslims -- those that are "radicalized" -- while Delgado's post was deleted for attacking whites in general.

Over the past decade, the company has developed hundreds of rules, drawing elaborate distinctions between what should and shouldn't be allowed, in an effort to make the site a safe place for its nearly 2 billion users. The issue of how Facebook monitors this content has become increasingly prominent in recent months, with the rise of "fake news" -- fabricated stories that circulated on Facebook like "Pope Francis Shocks the World, Endorses Donald Trump For President, Releases Statement" -- and growing concern that terrorists are using social media for recruitment.

While Facebook was credited during the 2010-2011 "Arab Spring" with facilitating uprisings against authoritarian regimes, the documents suggest that, at least in some instances, the company's hate-speech rules tend to favor elites and governments over grassroots activists and racial minorities. In so doing, they serve the business interests of the global company, which relies on national governments not to block its service to their citizens.

One Facebook rule, which is cited in the documents but that the company said is no longer in effect, banned posts that praise the use of "violence to resist occupation of an internationally recognized state." The company's workforce of human censors, known as content reviewers, has deleted posts by activists and journalists in disputed territories such as Palestine, Kashmir, Crimea and Western Sahara.

One document trains content reviewers on how to apply the company's global hate speech algorithm. The slide identifies three groups: female drivers, black children and white men. It asks: Which group is protected from hate speech? The correct answer: white men.

The reason is that Facebook deletes curses, slurs, calls for violence and several other types of attacks only when they are directed at "protected categories" -- based on race, sex, gender identity, religious affiliation, national origin, ethnicity, sexual orientation and serious disability/disease. It gives users broader latitude when they write about "subsets" of protected categories. White men are considered a group because both traits are protected, while female drivers and black children, like radicalized Muslims, are subsets, because one of their characteristics is not protected.

Behind this seemingly arcane distinction lies a broader philosophy. Unlike American law, which permits preferences such as affirmative action for racial minorities and women for the sake of diversity or redressing discrimination, Facebook's algorithm is designed to defend all races and genders equally.

"Sadly," the rules are "incorporating this color-blindness idea which is not in the spirit of why we have equal protection," said Danielle Citron, a law professor and expert on information privacy at the University of Maryland. This approach, she added, will "protect the people who least need it and take it away from those who really need it."

But Facebook says its goal is different -- to apply consistent standards worldwide. "The policies do not always lead to perfect outcomes," said Monika Bickert, head of global policy management at Facebook. "That is the reality of having policies that apply to a global community where people around the world are going to have very different ideas about what is OK to share."

Facebook's rules constitute a legal world of their own. They stand in sharp contrast to the United States' First Amendment protections of free speech, which courts have interpreted to allow exactly the sort of speech and writing censored by the company's hate speech algorithm. But they also differ -- for example, in permitting postings that deny the Holocaust -- from more restrictive European standards.

The company has long had programs to remove obviously offensive material like child pornography from its stream of images and commentary. Recent articles in the Guardian and Süddeutsche Zeitung have detailed the difficult choices that Facebook faces regarding whether to delete posts containing graphic violence, child abuse, revenge porn and self-mutilation.

The challenge of policing political expression is even more complex. The documents reviewed by ProPublica indicate, for example, that Donald Trump's posts about his campaign proposal to ban Muslim immigration to the United States violated the company's written policies against "calls for exclusion" of a protected group. As The Wall Street Journal reported last year, Facebook exempted Trump's statements from its policies at the order of Mark Zuckerberg, the company's founder and chief executive.

The company recently pledged to nearly double its army of censors to 7,500, up from 4,500, in response to criticism of a video posting of a murder. Their work amounts to what may well be the most far-reaching global censorship operation in history. It is also the least accountable: Facebook does not publish the rules it uses to determine what content to allow and what to delete.

Users whose posts are removed are not usually told what rule they have broken, and they cannot generally appeal Facebook's decision. Appeals are currently only available to people whose profile, group or page is removed.

The company has begun exploring adding an appeals process for people who have individual pieces of content deleted, according to Bickert. "I'll be the first to say that we're not perfect every time," she said.

***

Facebook is not required by US law to censor content. A 1996 federal law gave most tech companies, including Facebook, legal immunity for the content users post on their services. The law, section 230 of the Telecommunications Act, was passed after Prodigy was sued and held liable for defamation for a post written by a user on a computer message board.

The law freed up online publishers to host online forums without having to legally vet each piece of content before posting it, the way that a news outlet would evaluate an article before publishing it. But early tech companies soon realized that they still needed to supervise their chat rooms to prevent bullying and abuse that could drive away users.

America Online convinced thousands of volunteers to police its chat rooms in exchange for free access to its service. But as more of the world connected to the internet, the job of policing became more difficult and companies started hiring workers to focus on it exclusively. Thus the job of content moderator -- now often called content reviewer -- was born.

In 2004, attorney Nicole Wong joined Google and persuaded the company to hire its first-ever team of reviewers, who responded to complaints and reported to the legal department. Google needed "a rational set of policies and people who were trained to handle requests," for its online forum called Groups, she said.

Google's purchase of YouTube in 2006 made deciding what content was appropriate even more urgent. "Because it was visual, it was universal," Wong said.

While Google wanted to be as permissive as possible, she said, it soon had to contend with controversies such as a video mocking the King of Thailand, which violated Thailand's laws against insulting the king. Wong visited Thailand and was impressed by the nation's reverence for its monarch, so she reluctantly agreed to block the video -- but only for computers located in Thailand.

Since then, selectively banning content by geography -- called "geo-blocking" -- has become a more common request from governments. "I don't love traveling this road of geo-blocking," Wong said, but "it's ended up being a decision that allows companies like Google to operate in a lot of different places."

For social networks like Facebook, however, geo-blocking is difficult because of the way posts are shared with friends across national boundaries. If Facebook geo-blocks a user's post, it would only appear in the news feeds of friends who live in countries where the geo-blocking prohibition doesn't apply. That can make international conversations frustrating, with bits of the exchange hidden from some participants.

As a result, Facebook has long tried to avoid using geography-specific rules when possible, according to people familiar with the company's thinking. However, it does geo-block in some instances, such as when it complied with a request from France to restrict access within its borders to a photo taken after the Nov. 13, 2015, terrorist attack at the Bataclan concert hall in Paris.

Bickert said Facebook takes into consideration the laws in countries where it operates, but doesn't always remove content at a government's request. "If there is something that violates a country's law but does not violate our standards," Bickert said, "we look at who is making that request: Is it the appropriate authority? Then we check to see if it actually violates the law. Sometimes we will make that content unavailable in that country only."

Facebook's goal is to create global rules. "We want to make sure that people are able to communicate in a borderless way," Bickert said.

***

Founded in 2004, Facebook began as a social network for college students. As it spread beyond campus, Facebook began to use content moderation as a way to compete with the other leading social network of that era, MySpace.

MySpace had positioned itself as the nightclub of the social networking world, offering profile pages that users could decorate with online glitter, colorful layouts and streaming music. It didn't require members to provide their real names and was home to plenty of nude and scantily clad photographs. And it was being investigated by law-enforcement agents across the country who worried it was being used by sexual predators to prey on children. (In a settlement with 49 state attorneys general, MySpace later agreed to strengthen protections for younger users.)

By comparison, Facebook was the buttoned-down Ivy League social network -- all cool grays and blues. Real names and university affiliations were required. Chris Kelly, who joined Facebook in 2005 and was its first general counsel, said he wanted to make sure Facebook didn't end up in law enforcement's crosshairs, like MySpace.

"We were really aggressive about saying we are a no-nudity platform," he said.

The company also began to tackle hate speech. "We drew some difficult lines while I was there -- Holocaust denial being the most prominent," Kelly said. After an internal debate, the company decided to allow Holocaust denials but reaffirmed its ban on group-based bias, which included anti-Semitism. Since Holocaust denial and anti-Semitism frequently went together, he said, the perpetrators were often suspended regardless.

"I've always been a pragmatist on this stuff," said Kelly, who left Facebook in 2010. "Even if you take the most extreme First Amendment positions, there are still limits on speech."

By 2008, the company had begun expanding internationally but its censorship rulebook was still just a single page with a list of material to be excised, such as images of nudity and Hitler. "At the bottom of the page it said, 'Take down anything else that makes you feel uncomfortable,'" said Dave Willner, who joined Facebook's content team that year.

Willner, who reviewed about 15,000 photos a day, soon found the rules were not rigorous enough. He and some colleagues worked to develop a coherent philosophy underpinning the rules, while refining the rules themselves. Soon he was promoted to head the content policy team.

By the time he left Facebook in 2013, Willner had shepherded a 15,000-word rulebook that remains the basis for many of Facebook's content standards today.

"There is no path that makes people happy," Willner said. "All the rules are mildly upsetting." Because of the volume of decisions -- many millions per day -- the approach is "more utilitarian than we are used to in our justice system," he said. "It's fundamentally not rights-oriented."

Willner's then-boss, Jud Hoffman, who has since left Facebook, said that the rules were based on Facebook's mission of "making the world more open and connected." Openness implies a bias toward allowing people to write or post what they want, he said.

But Hoffman said the team also relied on the principle of harm articulated by John Stuart Mill, a 19th-century English political philosopher. It states "that the only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others." That led to the development of Facebook's "credible threat" standard, which bans posts that describe specific actions that could threaten others, but allows threats that are not likely to be carried out.

Eventually, however, Hoffman said "we found that limiting it to physical harm wasn't sufficient, so we started exploring how free expression societies deal with this."

The rules developed considerable nuance. There is a ban against pictures of Pepe the Frog, a cartoon character often used by "alt-right" white supremacists to perpetrate racist memes, but swastikas are allowed under a rule that permits the "display [of] hate symbols for political messaging." In the documents examined by ProPublica, which are used to train content reviewers, this rule is illustrated with a picture of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg that has been manipulated to apply a swastika to his sleeve.

The documents state that Facebook relies, in part, on the US State Department's list of designated terrorist organizations, which includes groups such as al-Qaida, the Taliban and Boko Haram. But not all groups deemed terrorist by one country or another are included: A recent investigation by the Pakistan newspaper Dawn found that 41 of the 64 terrorist groups banned in Pakistan were operational on Facebook.

There is also a secret list, referred to but not included in the documents, of groups designated as hate organizations that are banned from Facebook. That list apparently doesn't include many Holocaust denial and white supremacist sites that are up on Facebook to this day, such as a group called "Alt-Reich Nation." A member of that group was recently charged with murdering a black college student in Maryland.

As the rules have multiplied, so have exceptions to them. Facebook's decision not to protect subsets of protected groups arose because some subgroups such as "female drivers" didn't seem especially sensitive. The default position was to allow free speech, according to a person familiar with the decision-making.

After the wave of Syrian immigrants began arriving in Europe, Facebook added a special "quasi-protected" category for migrants, according to the documents. They are only protected against calls for violence and dehumanizing generalizations, but not against calls for exclusion and degrading generalizations that are not dehumanizing. So, according to one document, migrants can be referred to as "filthy" but not called "filth." They cannot be likened to filth or disease "when the comparison is in the noun form," the document explains.

Facebook also added an exception to its ban against advocating for anyone to be sent to a concentration camp. "Nazis should be sent to a concentration camp," is allowed, the documents state, because Nazis themselves are a hate group.

***

The rule against posts that support violent resistance against a foreign occupier was developed because "we didn't want to be in a position of deciding who is a freedom fighter," Willner said. Facebook has since dropped the provision and revised its definition of terrorism to include nongovernmental organizations that carry out premeditated violence "to achieve a political, religious or ideological aim," according to a person familiar with the rules.

The Facebook policy appears to have had repercussions in many of the at least two dozen disputed territories around the world. When Russia occupied Crimea in March 2014, many Ukrainians experienced a surge in Facebook banning posts and suspending profiles. Facebook's director of policy for the region, Thomas Myrup Kristensen, acknowledged at the time that it "found a small number of accounts where we had incorrectly removed content. In each case, this was due to language that appeared to be hate speech but was being used in an ironic way. In these cases, we have restored the content."

Katerina Zolotareva, 34, a Kiev-based Ukrainian working in communications, has been blocked so often that she runs four accounts under her name. Although she supported the "Euromaidan" protests in February 2014 that antagonized Russia, spurring its military intervention in Crimea, she doesn't believe that Facebook took sides in the conflict. "There is war in almost every field of Ukrainian life," she says, "and when war starts, it also starts on Facebook."

In Western Sahara, a disputed territory occupied by Morocco, a group of journalists called Equipe Media say their account was disabled by Facebook, their primary way to reach the outside world. They had to open a new account, which remains active.

"We feel we have never posted anything against any law," said Mohammed Mayarah, the group's general coordinator. "We are a group of media activists. We have the aim to break the Moroccan media blockade imposed since it invaded and occupied Western Sahara."

In Israel, which captured territory from its neighbors in a 1967 war and has occupied it since, Palestinian groups are blocked so often that they have their own hashtag, #FbCensorsPalestine, for it. Last year, for instance, Facebook blocked the accounts of several editors for two leading Palestinian media outlets from the West Bank -- Quds News Network and Sheebab News Agency. After a couple of days, Facebook apologized and un-blocked the journalists' accounts. Earlier this year, Facebook blocked the account of Fatah, the Palestinian Authority's ruling party -- then un-blocked it and apologized.

Last year India cracked down on protesters in Kashmir, shooting pellet guns at them and shutting off cellphone service. Local insurgents are seeking autonomy for Kashmir, which is also caught in a territorial tussle between India and Pakistan. Posts of Kashmir activists were being deleted, and members of a group called the Kashmir Solidarity Network found that all of their Facebook accounts had been blocked on the same day.

Ather Zia, a member of the network and a professor of anthropology at the University of Northern Colorado, said that Facebook restored her account without explanation after two weeks. "We do not trust Facebook any more," she said. "I use Facebook, but it's almost this idea that we will be able to create awareness but then we might not be on it for long."

***

The rules are one thing. How they're applied is another. Bickert said Facebook conducts weekly audits of every single content reviewer's work to ensure that its rules are being followed consistently. But critics say that reviewers, who have to decide on each post within seconds, may vary in both interpretation and vigilance.

Facebook users who don't mince words in criticizing racism and police killings of racial minorities say that their posts are often taken down. Two years ago, Stacey Patton, a journalism professor at historically black Morgan State University in Baltimore, posed a provocative question on her Facebook page. She asked why "it's not a crime when White freelance vigilantes and agents of 'the state' are serial killers of unarmed Black people, but when Black people kill each other then we are 'animals' or 'criminals.'"

Although it doesn't appear to violate Facebook's policies against hate speech, her post was immediately removed, and her account was disabled for three days. Facebook didn't tell her why. "My posts get deleted about once a month," said Patton, who often writes about racial issues. She said she also is frequently put in Facebook "jail" -- locked out of her account for a period of time after a posting that breaks the rules.

"It's such emotional violence," Patton said. "Particularly as a black person, we're always having these discussions about mass incarceration, and then here's this fiber-optic space where you can express yourself. Then you say something that some anonymous person doesn't like and then you're in 'jail.'"

Didi Delgado, whose post stating that "white people are racist" was deleted, has been banned from Facebook so often that she has set up an account on another service called Patreon, where she posts the content that Facebook suppressed. In May, she deplored the increasingly common Facebook censorship of black activists in an article for Medium titled "Mark Zuckerberg Hates Black People."

Facebook also locked out Leslie Mac, a Michigan resident who runs a service called SafetyPinBox where subscribers contribute financially to "the fight for black liberation," according to her site. Her offense was writing a post stating "White folks. When racism happens in public -- YOUR SILENCE IS VIOLENCE."

The post does not appear to violate Facebook's policies. Facebook apologized and restored her account after TechCrunch wrote an article about Mac's punishment. Since then, Mac has written many other outspoken posts. But, "I have not had a single peep from Facebook," she said, while "not a single one of my black female friends who write about race or social justice have not been banned."

"My takeaway from the whole thing is: If you get publicity, they clean it right up," Mac said. Even so, like most of her friends, she maintains a separate Facebook account in case her main account gets blocked again.

Negative publicity has spurred other Facebook turnabouts as well. Consider the example of the iconic news photograph of a young naked girl running from a napalm bomb during the Vietnam War. Kate Klonick, a Ph.D. candidate at Yale Law School who has spent two years studying censorship operations at tech companies, said the photo had likely been deleted by Facebook thousands of times for violating its ban on nudity.

But last year, Facebook reversed itself after Norway's leading newspaper published a front-page open letter to Zuckerberg accusing him of "abusing his power" by deleting the photo from the newspaper's Facebook account.

Klonick said that while she admires Facebook's dedication to policing content on its website, she fears it is evolving into a place where celebrities, world leaders and other important people "are disproportionately the people who have the power to update the rules."

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In December 2015, a month after terrorist attacks in Paris killed 130 people, the European Union began pressuring tech companies to work harder to prevent the spread of violent extremism online.

After a year of negotiations, Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube agreed to the European Union's hate speech code of conduct, which commits them to review and remove the majority of valid complaints about illegal content within 24 hours and to be audited by European regulators. The first audit, in December, found that the companies were only reviewing 40 percent of hate speech within 24 hours, and only removing 28 percent of it. Since then, the tech companies have shortened their response times to reports of hate speech and increased the amount of content they are deleting, prompting criticism from free-speech advocates that too much is being censored.

Now the German government is considering legislation that would allow social networks such as Facebook to be fined up to 50 million euros if they don't remove hate speech and fake news quickly enough. Facebook recently posted an article assuring German lawmakers that it is deleting about 15,000 hate speech posts a month. Worldwide, over the last two months, Facebook deleted about 66,000 hate speech posts per week, vice president Richard Allan said in a statement Tuesday on the company's site.

Among posts that Facebook didn't delete were Donald Trump's comments on Muslims. Days after the Paris attacks, Trump, then running for president, posted on Facebook "calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what is going on."

Candidate Trump's posting -- which has come back to haunt him in court decisions voiding his proposed travel ban -- appeared to violate Facebook's rules against "calls for exclusion" of a protected religious group. Zuckerberg decided to allow it because it was part of the political discourse, according to people familiar with the situation.

However, one person close to Facebook's decision-making said Trump may also have benefited from the exception for sub-groups. A Muslim ban could be interpreted as being directed against a sub-group, Muslim immigrants, and thus might not qualify as hate speech against a protected category.


          FN : dédiabolisation et amnésie (81 réponses)   
Le danger provisoirement écarté, on parle moins du FN, sinon pour tenir la chronique familiale de ses cercles dirigeants (Marine est-elle usée ? Pourquoi Marion boude-t-elle ? Etc). Raison de plus pour saluer le travail de Buzzfeed, qui a scruté les comptes Facebook de 573 candidats FN aux législatives, à la recherche des ignominies antisémites, islamophobes, homophobes, ou tout simplement racistes. Et la moisson a été bonne. Les six journalistes du site détachés sur le sujet en ont retenu cent. Ils les passent en revue. De tout ce catalogue des horreurs, je n'en citerai aucune, car il faudrait alors les citer toutes. Mais il est à disposition.
Sans doute tout n'est-il pas équivalent. Un commentaire laissé sur une page par un internaute, un vieux "like", un statut récent posté par le titulaire du compte lui-même, un statut isolé ou une obsession : non, tout n'est pas d'une égale gravité. Mais la masse parle d'elle-même. Elle dit assez clairement...
          Politics with Alice Workman   
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          Jay-Z Just Admitted To Cheating On Beyoncé   

Last night, Jay Z took the world by storm by dropping his new album, 4:44, exclusively on TIDAL streaming service. This new album is especially important because it tackles some of his most personal dilemmas, such as his mother announcing she is gay, and his infidelity behind Beyoncé's back.

 

[Photos: Spalsh]

In the title track to Jay Z's album, he validates the cheating rumors in the lines "I apologize/Often womanized/Took for my child to be born to see through a woman's eyes." He went on to say, "You mature faster than me, I wasn't ready"; "Like the men before me, I cut off my nose to spite my face"; and the most hearbreaking parts, "I suck at love"; "It took too long for this song/I don't deserve you."

For those of you who aren't aware, rumors of Jay Z cheating on Beyoncé have been spreading around for years. From Rihanna to fashion designer Rachel Roy, there have been tons of claims of Jay Z's infidelity to her, and fans were definitely not happy about it.

Rumors of his infidelity only seemed to get more blown up when the infamous elevator debacle between Jay and Solange Knowles, singer and Beyoncé's sister, occurred.

Beyoncé has never addressed the rumors in a straight-froward manner, but has definitely thrown some shade about it. Her most recent album, Lemonade, seemed like an ode to Jay Z's infidelity, and most fans believed the "Becky with the good hair" she referrs to in the track, "Sorry," is a dig at Rachel Roy. Many people are assuming that Jay-Z's new record is a response to his wife's powerful album, but there have been no confirmations of this yet. Hopefully things work out for the best between these two, who just had twins earlier this month.

 

Do you guys think things will work out for Beyoncé and Jay Z? Tell us in the comments below!


          Friday News Roundup - International   
With guest host Indira Lakshmanan . A curious warning from the White House to Syria about further use of chemical weapons was just one of the big global news stories this week. In Latin America, Brazil and Venezuela face crises of government. Chinas Xi Jinping pays a first visit to Hong Kong as president. And a top aide to the Pope is charged with sexual assault. GUESTS James Kitfield , Senior fellow, Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress; contributing writer, Atlantic Media; author of Twilight Warriors: The Soldiers, Spies and Special Agents Who Are Revolutionizing the American Way of War Nancy Youssef , National security correspondent, BuzzFeed Brian Winter , Editor-in-chief, Americas Quarterly and vice president of the Americas Society/Council of the Americas For more, visit . 2017 WAMU 88.5 American University Radio. Copyright 2017 WAMU 88.5. To see more, visit WAMU 88.5 .
          Why ‘viral mills’ like Buzzfeed & Upworthy are content marketing at its worst   

Business Insider -- as well as Buzzfeed, Upworthy, and a growing number of others -- definitely show impressive traffic numbers, but are they a good indicator of a successful business?


          On eve of deadline, Pentagon delays plan to allow transgender recruits by 6 months - Washington Post   

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          2008 video shows Gingrich backing healthcare mandate   
A new video discovered by BuzzFeed shows that Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich continued to vigorously support the idea of an individual mandate as late as 2008.
          CNN punished three journalists for missteps on a Trump-Russia story. Did it overreact? - Washington Post   
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          Joe Scarborough & Mika Brzezinski Coverage - nationalenquirer.com   
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          5 iconic moments of 2014   

Best moments in 2014

2014 has been one heck of a year, so I thought I'd share with you what I believe to be the most iconic moments in 2014.

1. Luptia Nyong'o made Hollywood realise Black is beautiful. 

This lady is killing the game! In 2014 she  won Critics Choice Awards Best Supporting Actress award, she scored the cover of People's "Most Beautiful" issue making her the second black woman (after Beyonce in 2012) to appear on the front cover of the magazine,  at the Essence magazine Black Woman in Hollywood Breakthrough Award And delivered an amazing speech about how long it took her to realise the beauty of her own skin . This lady has changed the destiny for many women of colour and i look forward to seeign what else she'll be achieving in years to come.

Luptia Nyong'o - 5 iconic moments

2. A Black James Bond

Rumours that Idris Elba could be the next James Bond made my year! Some of the Hollywood big wigs haven't reacted too well to the news, but its made me smile! There's even a Facebook Fan page which has gathered over 32,000 likes. I'm a James Bond fab and Idris Elba fan so this would make the perfect combination.

Idris as James Bond

3. The passing of an incon Maya Angelou  

The amazing American author, poet, dancer, actress and singer passed away 28th May 2014. There was nothing this woman couldn't do,she was a civil rights activist, a poet, a singer and actress, a writer and so much more. Through who her beautiful poetry, this woman taught me to love myself...

"You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may tread me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I'll rise."


Maya Angelou - 2014 iconic moments

4. Malala Yousafzai is one young lady from who rocks! 

Now living in Birmingham (UK) she became the youngest person in the world in 2014 to recieve the Nobel Peace Prize. She stood up to the Taliban by campaigning for the rights of all children to remain in education. But unfortuanetly was shot in the head by the Taliban for her campaigning work. She recieved the Nobel Peace Prize for all her hard work and autobiography "I Am Malala" which was released last year.

5. Celebrities, atheletes came together to take a stand 

Innocent people have been dying at the hands of police brutality  for years, but following the increased number of unarmed black men and boys getting killed by police during 2014, everyone had enough! 
  1. Unarmed Ezell Ford was fatally shot and killed by Cops during August 2014
  2. 12 year old Tamir Rice was fatally shot by cops November 2014
  3. Unarmed  John Crawford lll was killed during August 2012
  4. Unarmed black teenager called  Michael Brown in Ferguson,  was fatally killed
  5. Unarmed father of-six, Eric Garner was killed in July 2014

I'm always complaning that celebrities could be using their influence to spread positive messages and In 2014 that happened. 


Missouri police officer Darren Wilson
Many figures in music chose to use their influence to address the killings of unarmed black men by police officers.  Artists like Tyrese,  Talib Kweli, Jeezy and J. Cole went down to the city to assist residents in person, Common held a moment of silence at the VMAs and Erykah Badu and many others voiced their support over social media. I dont recall seeing this many celebrities coming to gether to spread one message  and echoed the importance of strength in numbers


Wale,Chris Brown, Nelly, LiL Mama and Bow Wow hold up their hands in support of the protests

Tyrese with his daughter at a rally
I'd love to know what do you think were the most inconic things to happen in 2014?

          “可愛すぎる売り子”ほのか、勉強苦手だったけど…   

“可愛すぎる売り子”ことモデルでタレントのほのか(21歳)が、1週間の中で気になったニュースを紹介する「ほのトピ」。今回のラインアップは次の通りです。[1]おすすめ花火大会ベスト5(BuzzFeed)https://www.buzzfeed.com/jp/masayainoue/tokyo-fireworks-summer-2017 7月に入り、本格的な夏もすぐそこ。女性向けサイト「OZmall」が、東京・関東の花火大会に関するアンケート調査を行い、その結果を発表しました。3位は「川崎市制記念多摩川花火大会」、2位は「神宮外苑花火大 全文
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          BUZZFEED RESPONDS TO ME AND CALLS ANYONE WATCHING ME Anime Losers   

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Hey, Im Leafy If you dont like satire content, probably not the place for you.
100 Likes and Ill save Buzzfeed. ��� YOUTUBE VS HACKERS - ��� Here are some of my links if you want to follow them .
Im pretty sure, this woman is the final boss of YouTube. (LEAVE A LIKE IF YOU ENJOYED!!) ♥ Watch This Meme - ♥ .

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          BUZZFEED RESPONDS TO ME AND CALLS ANYONE WATCHING ME Anime Losers   

Buzzfeed gets mad. Leave a like if you enjoyed!! ♥ HACKED - ♥ Here are some of my links, if you want to follow them Shirts .
Hey, Im Leafy If you dont like satire content, probably not the place for you.
100 Likes and Ill save Buzzfeed. ��� YOUTUBE VS HACKERS - ��� Here are some of my links if you want to follow them .
Im pretty sure, this woman is the final boss of YouTube. (LEAVE A LIKE IF YOU ENJOYED!!) ♥ Watch This Meme - ♥ .

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          BuzzFeed subpoenas feds for Trump dossier info - POLITICO   
Politico reports; Media outlet seeks to use Russian tech executive’s libel suit to seek records from spy agencies.
          バニラ・エアに声をあげた障害者に「クレーマー」、広がるバッシングに疑問の声 (BuzzFeed Japan) | Twitter速報ニュース(2017/06/29)   
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          IN THE GRAND SCHEME   

IN THE GRAND SCHEME

IN THE GRAND SCHEME by cappvccino on Polyvore.com

love makes the world go round // jennifer lopez and lin-manuel miranda well hi i dunno know if any of you watched the today show this morning, but i was hesitant to buy this song because though i feel very strongly about the cause, im not a big fan of j.lo’s music, but the interview this morning totally convinced me. this song does make me cry when i listen to the lyrics. if you don’t know, 100% of the proceeds go to the victims and families of the orlando pulse shooting. anywho i started a new sketchbook yesterday, and im super excited to see where it goes. i also got to try out my new metallic watercolors which was super exciting im a bit sleepy so im gonna sign off here all the love. x -tali DATE; O7.11.16 TIME; 10:36 qotd; how have you done something good for yourself today? account you should follow because it’s mine; @talis-ramble-account fandom news; HAMILTON https://www.buzzfeed.com/davidmack/teach-em-how-to-say-goodbye?utm_term=.loya7a10w#.euKqJqKWa STATS FOLLOWERS; 9,866 VIEWS; 467,830 LIKES; 74,611


          Very Good Dog Supports the Fine Arts by Casually Crashing Orchestra Concert   

Who among us hasn't longed for a glamorous night out to the orchestra? This particularly cultured dog wasn't waiting for any humans to provide the classy entertainment his sophisticated heart desired, instead taking matters into his own hands by crashing the June 27 performance of the Vienna Chamber Orchestra. He inadvertently became the star of the production, saddling up to one very lucky musician and charming the socks off of the whole audience with his genuine appreciation for the fine arts. Here's hoping this very good pup gets the season tickets he deserves.


          Drame: Une jeune américaine enceinte de 19 ans tue son petit-ami en réalisant une vidéo pour sa chaîne YouTube    

Deux youtubeurs américains ont tourné la vidéo de trop lundi dernier.

Monalisa Perez, 19 ans, enceinte et en quête de notoriété, a abattu son copain Pedro Perez, âgé de 22 ans, lors de l'enregistrement d'une vidéo, rapporte le site Buzzfeed.

Le couple tournait une vidéo dans laquelle Monalisa devait tirer au niveau de la poitrine de Pedro, seulement protégé par un livre.

La balle a traversé le livre et tué le jeune homme. Il est mort sur le coup malgré les tentatives de réanimation engagées par les secours. 

Monalisa Perez a été accusée d'homicide involontaire, un crime puni de 10 ans de prison aux États-Unis et/ou une amende de 20.000 $.

La jeune femme de 19 ans, qui a déjà une fille de trois ans avec Pedro Perez, a raconté à la police toutes les circonstances du drame. 

Elle a été libérée après avoir payé une caution en espèces de 7.000 dollars et ne peut plus posséder d'armes à feu.

Elle porte également un bracelet électronique.

Sur leur chaîne YouTube, on peut voir le type de farces réalisées par les deux jeunes adultes : cacher du piment dans un sandwich, mettre de la poudre pour bébé sur un beignet...

La mort de Pedro Perez a été filmée par les deux caméras du couple, qui ont été saisies par la police pour les besoins de l'enquête.

Leur fille de trois ans, Aaliyah, aurait été présente lors de la fusillade précise Buzzfeed.

Mais, le plus effroyable peut encore se lire sur le compte Twitter de la jeune femme.

Quelques heures avant le drame, Monalisa Perez a tweeté : "On s'apprête à réaliser une vidéo plus dangereuse que jamais. C'est son idée, pas la mienne"

"Ils étaient amoureux, ils s'aimaient (...) C'était juste une farce qui a mal tourné. Cela n'aurait pas dû se produire comme ça", a déclaré la tante du jeune défunt. 


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          On eve of deadline, Pentagon delays plan to allow transgender recruits by 6 months - Washington Post   

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          【社会】バニラ・エアに声をあげた障害者に「クレーマー」、広がるバッシングに疑問の声★22 (thread.length)   
格安航空会社(LCC)のバニラ・エアが、車いすの乗客に自力でタラップを上がらせる対応をとり、謝罪した問題。インターネット上では、バニラ・エアの対応を批判した車いすの男性を「クレーマー」などと非難する声もある。
男性のやり方に問題があったのか? 車いす利用者からは「誰かが声をあげないと変わらなかった問題」との声があがる。【BuzzFeed Japan / 石戸諭】
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バニラ・エアの対応を批判したのは、下半身不随で車いすで生活するバリアフリー研究所代表の木島英登さん。木島さんのサイトや報道によると、このような経緯があった。
木島さんは6月5日、奄美大島から関西空港へ向かう、バニラ・エアの飛行機に乗ろうとしたところ、空港職員に止められた。

奄美空港では、飛行機に搭乗するためには、滑走路から階段を使わなければならない。車いすの木島さんは、5人いた同行者に協力を仰いで、車いすごと担いでもらって搭乗しようとした。そこを空港職員に制止された。
そこで、木島さんは車いすを降りて、腕の力を使ってタラップを一段、一段登って搭乗することになった。

《今後のために、奄美空港の責任者に確認しました。「歩けない人単独は完全NG」。「車いすを担ぐのはNG」。「同行者のお手伝いのもと、階段昇降をできるならOK」とのこと》(木村さんのホームページより) 
木島さんはこの対応を批判し「できる範囲で配慮をする。搭乗を断るのだけは止めて欲しいです」と訴えた。バニラ・エアは対応に問題があったと認めて謝罪。以後は階段昇降機の導入などを決めた。
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■木島さんへの批判

木島さんが「クレーマー」と言われるのは、車いすでの搭乗をバニラ・エアに連絡していなかったからだ。バニラ・エア側は、車いすの利用客に事前に連絡するよう求めていた。
この「ルール」を守らなかったのは木島さんなのに、なぜ航空会社が一方的に非難されるのか、というのが批判する側の言い分だ。

それでは、事前連絡していれば、どうなっていたのか?
毎日新聞によるとバニラ・エアは「関空-奄美線では、自力で歩けない車椅子のお客さまから事前に連絡があった際には搭乗をお断りしていた」と答えている。

つまり、木島さんはたとえ事前連絡をしていたとしても、そもそも飛行機に乗れなかったのだ。
先天性の身体障害があり、義足と車いすで生活する女性が、匿名を条件に、BuzzFeed Newsの取材に答えた。

この女性も、別の車いす利用者から「バニラ・エアで搭乗を断られた」と、聞いたことがあるという。

「マナーとして、事前に連絡が必要だというのもわかります。
しかし、今回のケースで本当に問題なのは事前の連絡をして交渉したところで、搭乗できない可能性が高かったことです。拒否される可能性が高いとわかっていて、事前連絡する人はいませんよね」

女性は、木島さんが今回のような形で声を上げたのは「それ以外になかったからだ」と考える。そうしなければ、車いす利用者がバニラ・エアに乗れるようにはならない、というのが女性の考えだ。

「これは誰かが声をあげないと変わらないケースです。今回も実際に、木島さんが声をあげたことで、やっとやっとバニラ・エア側も対応をした。そして、アシストストレッチャーを導入しました」
バニラ・エアは奄美空港でアシストストレッチャー(座った状態で運ぶ担架)を14日から使用、階段昇降機も29日から導入する。(朝日新聞)
やる気になれば、対策を取ることができた。
「私は今回の木島さんの行動は勇気あるものだったと思います。なんで声をあげた当事者に批判が集まるのかまったくわかりません」

■他の航空会社をつかえばいい?

インターネット上には、格安LCCのバニラ・エア以外の航空会社を使って、奄美に行けばいいではないかという声も上がっていた。
女性はこう反論する。
「他の航空会社があるからそれを使えという声もありますね。しかし、なんで車いすを使っているというだけの理由で、LCCを使うという当たり前の選択肢が排除されないといけないのでしょうか?」
社会には、車いすに限らず、障害者に対してまだ合理性に欠ける対応があること。それが現実であり、本当の問題だという。

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配信 2017/06/29 18:01
BuzzFeed Japan 全文はソース先で
https://www.buzzfeed.com/jp/satoruishido/20170629?utm_term=.ltYr5wLo5#.gi4vxjzax
https://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20170629-00010003-bfj-soci&p=1

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          On eve of deadline, Pentagon delays plan to allow transgender recruits by 6 months - Washington Post   

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          Pregnant Women in New Hampshire Almost Got to Murder Freely ... Due to Grammatical Error   
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Every hormonal mom-to-be's dream almost came true in New Hampshire recently when a bill was nearly passed that would have allowed pregnant women to legally commit murder ... with no consequences. But don't start planning your homicidal spree just yet: As appealing an idea as this might be (particularly if you've just lost a seat on the subway to a manspreader or been asked whether you're carrying twins when you're definitely not), the barbaric proposal turned out to be nothing more than a clerical error on the part of state legislators -- an error which caused some confusion, nonetheless.

The bill in question, Senate Bill 66, was cleared by Republican lawmakers in both the House and the Senate, and would define a fetus as a person after 20 weeks in the case of a homicide. These so-called "fetal homicide laws" exist in 38 states and ostensibly function to protect pregnant women and their unborn children (because a fetus could be considered a victim of manslaughter), but opponents argue that they threaten women's reproductive rights by giving a fetus legal protection. In addition, New Hampshire Democrats felt this bill was pointless because there's already a statute in place enhancing felony penalties when a crime against a pregnant woman results in miscarriage or stillbirth.

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In an effort to appease detractors of the bill, Republicans added some amendments making sure that abortion doctors and women seeking abortions wouldn't be prosecuted. So far so good -- except, here's the wording they used:

"Any act committed by the pregnant woman: Any act committed at the request or direction of the pregnant woman or for the benefit of the pregnant woman," and any act committed by a doctor wouldn't apply "in cases of second-degree murder, manslaughter, negligent homicide, or causing or aiding suicide."

Granted, that paragraph is a little confusing, but basically it translates to this: Any pregnant woman can commit pretty much any kind of murder and it would be totally cool. Or, as Republican Rep. JR Hoell explained it to the Concord Monitor:

"The bill as drafted allows for physician-assisted suicide and allows a pregnant woman to commit homicide without consequences."

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Kinda sounds like the plot of a twisted post-apocalyptic horror movie ... a twisted post-apocalyptic horror movie we really wanna see, that is. But it was not to be: Rational minds prevailed, and the passage's pro-murder subtext was fixed. The bill has since been sent to Republican governor Chris Sununu, who will likely sign it into law.

So strangers who reach out to touch pregnant women's bellies are safe once again in New Hampshire ... at least until the next careless copyediting mistake.


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          Nordkorea: Zwei Aussagen von Donald Trump und Südkoreas Präsident zeigen, wie unterschiedlich sie den Konflikt bewerten   
  • Südkoreas Staatschef Moon Jae-In besuchte am Freitag Donald Trump in den USA

  • Bei der Pressekonferenz der Staatschefs ging es vor allem um die Bedrohung durch Nordkorea

  • Moon und Trump sprachen beide von einer "entschlossenen Antwort" an das Kim-Regime - meinten damit aber sehr unterschiedliche Dinge


Krieg verbindet. Auch, wenn er lange zurückliegt.

Vor 67 Jahren zogen Südkorea und die USA gegen Nordkorea und China in den Kampf. Südkorea wurde befreit, Nordkorea blieb bestehen - und auch fast sieben Jahrzehnte später schweißt diese Erfahrung Seoul und Washington zusammen.

"Unsere Partnerschaft wurde in den Feuern des Krieges geschmiedet", sagte US-Präsident Donald Trump am Freitag, beim Staatsbesuch von Südkoreas Präsident Moon Jae-In in Washington, pathetisch. Südkorea und die USA, das sei eine Allianz, die in einer sehr gefährlichen Gegend der Welt einen Pfeiler des Friedens bilde.

Sowohl Trump als auch Moon attackierten in der Folge Nordkorea. Beide Staatschefs forderten ein härteres Vorgehen gegen das Regime des Diktators Kim Jong-Un. Doch an zwei Aussagen während der gemeinsamen Pressekonferenz ließ sich erkennen, dass sich Trump und Moon darunter etwas ganz Unterschiedliches vorstellen.

"Entschlossene Antwort" auf Nordkoreas Drohungen



So sagten der US-Präsident und Südkoreas Regierungschef fast wortgleich, dass sie den Drohungen aus Nordkorea eine "entschlossene Antwort" entgegensetzen würden.

Das hieß bei beiden: Sanktionen durchzusetzen und Abschreckungsmaßnahmen durch eine stärke Präsenz der Sicherheitskräfte auf der koreanischen Halbinsel zu vollziehen.

Das gemeinsam ausgesprochene Ziel: Frieden, Stabilität, Wohlstand.

Fast schien es so, als hätte es gereicht, wenn nur einer der Staatschef seine Rede gehalten hätte - wären da nicht zwei Aussagen von Moon und Trump gewesen, die verdeutlichen, wie unterschiedlich sie über die Nordkorea-Krise denken.

"Abgelegte Zurückhaltung" oder "Dialog über Menschenrechte"



Bei Trump war der entscheidende Moment dieser: "Die Ära der strategischen Zurückhaltung gegenüber dem nordkoreanischen Regime ist gescheitert. Seit Jahren. Und ganz ehrlich: Diese Zurückhaltung ist nun vorbei."




Ein klares Signal an Nordkorea und die Welt, dass die USA unter Umständen bereit sind, eine militärische Lösung des Konflikts zu versuchen. "Unsere Ziele sind Frieden, Stabilität und Wohlstand in der Region", sagte Trump zwar, fügte aber mahnend hinzu: "Die USA werden sich immer zu verteidigen wissen. Immer."

Ganz anders Moon. Auch er warnte das Kim-Regime, es solle Südkorea und die USA nicht unterschätzen. Doch drohte er nicht mit Krieg, sondern forderte Pjöngjang dazu auf, "sofort zurück an den Verhandlungstisch zu kommen."

"Als ehemaliger Anwalt für Menschenrechte weiß ich sehr genau, wie wichtig diese als fundamentale Wertgrundlage für die Menschheit sind", sagte Moon. "Wir werden mit der Weltgemeinschaft zusammenarbeiten, um die Menschenrechte in Nordkorea zu fördern."

Sonnenscheinpolitik statt aggressivem Vorgehen



Moon steht damit Beispielhaft für das Empfinden seiner Landsleute gegenüber ihrem unliebsamen Nachbarn im Norden.

Die Südkoreaner hätten keine Angst vor Kim Jong-Un und seinen Raketen, schrieb unlängst Dohoon Kim, Chefredakteur der südkoreanischen Huffington Post lakonisch. "Stattdessen denken wir uns: Bei unseren Nachbarn im Norden wird wohl mal wieder der Reis knapp und sie wollen, dass wir etwas spenden."

Und so hat Moon schon nach seiner Amtseinführung vor etwa einem Monat angekündigt, auf Nordkorea zugehen zu wollen, statt Kim mit aggressiven Drohgebärden zu provozieren.

Sonnenscheinpolitik nennen sie das in Südkorea: Dialog und Diplomatie, hart, aber konstruktiv, mit Blick auf die Menschenrechte. Mit dem Säbelrasseln der USA hat dieses Vorgehen nur wenig gemeinsam.

Denn die Südkoreaner wissen wie wohl kaum ein anderes Volk: Krieg verbindet - aber vor allem entzweit er auch.

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          팩트체크/ 트럼프의 꼼수… TIME지 표지 모델, 알고 보니 가짜였다   
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▲도널드 트럼프 미국 대통령은 미국 전역에 여러개의 골프 리조트를 갖고 있다. ▲이중 아일랜드 섬, 콜로라도, 버지니아, 플로리다주 등에 있는 골프 리조트에는 트럼프 본인이 모델로 등장한 2009년 3월 1일자 타임지 표지가 액자에 걸려 전시돼 있다. ▲이게 가짜라는 사실이 워싱턴포스트 취재 결과 27일 드러났다. 



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도널드 트럼프 미국 대통령은 갑부다. 아일랜드 섬을 포함해 미국 콜로라도주, 버지니아주, 플로리다주 등에 골프 리조트도 갖고 있다. 플로리다 리조트는 유명한 호화 휴양지 ‘마라라고’(Mar-a-Lago). 트럼프는 이곳에 시진핑 중국 국가주석과 아베 일본 총리를 초대한 적도 있다. 

이들 골프 리조트에는 트럼프 자신의 얼굴을 모델로 한 타임(TIME)지 표지가 액자로 걸려 전시돼 있다. 그런데 이 표지가 가짜라는 사실이 27일(현지시각) 워싱턴포스트 취재로 드러났다. 



가짜 타임지 표지. photo=businessinsider.com


트럼프 리조트에 걸려 있는 이상한 타임지 표지

타임지 표지에서 트럼프 대통령은 팔짱을 끼고 근엄한 표정을 짓고 있다. 표지 제목에는 “트럼프가 모든 전면을 장식하고 있다… TV에서조차도!(TRUMP IS HITTING ON ALL FRONTS… EVEN TV!) 라는 헤드라인이 붙어 있다. 

표지 왼쪽 하단에는 “‘어프렌티스(Apprentice·견습생)’가 히트를 쳤다!”는 문구가 있다. ‘어프렌티스’는 트럼프 대통령이 2004년부터 2015년까지 진행했던 리얼리티 TV쇼의 이름이다. 또 오른쪽에는 “오바마의 다음 행동: 그가 의료보험료를 억제할 수 있을까?” “당신의 재산에 문제는 없나? 진단해보자” “지구 온난화: 멸종의 새 시대” 등의 기사 제목이 달려 있다. 

이 표지에서 이상한 점을 워싱턴포스트가 지적했다. △타임지 표지를 감싸고 있는 빨간색 테두리가 실제 타임지 표지보다 얇다는 점 △실제 표지에는 테두리 안쪽에 흰색 선이 있는데, 이 표지에는 없다는 점 △이 표지에는 기사 제목이 오른쪽이나 왼쪽에 배열돼 있는데, 실제 타임지 표지 제목은 위쪽에 배열돼있다는 점 등이다. 

그럼에도 불구하고 이 표지에는 진짜 타임지처럼 바코드까지 인쇄돼 있다. 그런에 이 바코드는 인터넷에 돌아다니는 가짜 바코드와 똑같다고 한다. 워싱턴포스트는 “페루에서 활동하는 한 그래픽 디자이너가 가짜 타임지 표지를 만드는 방법을 블로그에 설명했는데, 여기에 나와 있는 바코드가 (트럼프 골프 리조트에 걸린) 문제의 표지 속 바코드와 일치한다”고 보도했다. 버즈피드는 28일 “바코드를 찍어보니 노래방 소프트웨어가 검색됐다”고 빈정댔다. 

바코드 찍어보니 ‘노래방 소프트웨어’ 

결정적인 것은 발행일자였다. 이 표지에는 발행일자가 ‘2009년 3월 1일’로 나와 있다. 그런데 진짜 타임지는 이날 발행된 적이 없다. 타임지는 그 다음날인 2009년 3월 2일에 발행됐는데, 당시 표지모델은 영화 ‘타이타닉’의 여주인공 케이트 윈슬렛이었다. 

워싱턴포스트는 나아가 “2009년에는 트럼프가 타임지 표지를 장식한 적이 없다”고 보도했다. 2009년 3월 1일은 트럼프가 진행하는 어프렌티스의 8번째 시즌이 방영되기 시작한 날이다. 

타임지를 발행하는 미국 타임사의 케리 차카(Kerri Chyka) 대변인은 워싱턴포스트에 이메일을 보내 “문제의 표지가 진짜가 아니라고 확신할 수 있다”고 쐐기를 박았다. 이후 타임사는 트럼프의 가족기업인 트럼프 그룹(Trump Organization)에 표지를 내려줄 것을 부탁했다. 


트럼프 대통령이 표지모델로 나선 진짜 타임지. photo=media3.s-nbcnews.com



타임지는 그날 발행된 적이 없다

이 가짜 표지를 누가, 왜 만들었는지는 밝혀지지 않았다. 워싱턴포스트는 “가짜 표지가 트럼프 대통령의 골프 리조트 중 최소 4곳에 걸려있는 것을 확인했다”고 보도했다. 해당 리조트는 아일랜드 섬을 포함해 미국 콜로라도주, 버지니아주, 플로리다주 등에 있다. 

트럼프 대통령이 타임지와 인연이 없는 것은 아니다. 트럼프는 1989년 1월 16일자 타임지의 표지를 처음으로 장식했다. 이는 타임지 홈페이지에서 확인할 수 있다. 

뉴스위크는 “트럼프가 타임지의 표지모델로 나선 것은 총 11번”이라고 27일 보도했다. 역대 미국 대통령 가운데 타임지의 표지에 가장 많이 등장한 사람은 37대 대통령인 리처드 닉슨으로, 총 55번 등장했다. 




팩트올은 기자들이 만든 첫 비영리언론으로, 상업광고를 받지 않습니다. 정직한 기자들의 ‘전국 네트워크’를 추진하고 있습니다. 



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          10 cosas a tener en cuenta para los Globos de Oro 2017    

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Esta noche, a las 2 de la madrugada (hora española) se celebra la 74ª edición de los Globos de Oro, los premios de la HFPA, la Asociación de Prensa Extranjera de Hollywood. La cadena encargada de retransmitirlos en Estados Unidos es NBC, mientras que en España se verán en Movistar Estrenos. Como sabéis, los Globos de Oro reconocen tanto películas como series, y la parte televisiva de la gala la comentaremos en nuestro perfil de Twitter.

¿Quiénes son los favoritos para llevarse las estatuillas? ¿Seguirán los Globos renovando a sus ganadores, sobre todo en la categoría de comedia? ¿Repetirá 'Juego de tronos' su victoria de los Emmy? ¿Y cuántos premios sumará 'The people vs OJ Simpson')? Para prepararnos para la gala de esta noche, nada mejor que repasar estas 10 cosas a tener en cuenta.

'The Crown', ¿la rival de 'Juego de tronos'?

En bastantes lugares se da a 'The Crown' como la gran favorita para llevarse el premio a mejor serie de drama, desbancando a la ganadora del año pasado, 'Mr. Robot', e imponiéndose a 'Juego de tronos' y sus dos Emmy consecutivos en esa categoría. The Hollywood Reporter cree, por ejemplo, que la combinación de estreno, aire de prestigio y solemnidad del tema (la subida al trono de la reina Isabel II de Inglaterra) serán suficientes para que los supuestos 100 millones de dólares que ha costado la primera temporada se traduzcan en más galardones para Netflix.

The CW contra HBO

Bloom Rae

La categoría de actriz de comedia presenta una muy curiosa división de candidatas. Descontando a Tracee Ellis Ross, nominada por una serie de ABC como 'Black-ish', las otras cuatro nominadas se dividen equitativamente entre The CW y HBO. Por parte de la primera están las dos últimas vencedoras en esta categoría, Gina Rodríguez ('Jane the virgin') y Rachel Bloom ('Crazy ex-girlfriend'), y por parte de HBO está una debutante como Issa Rae ('Insecure') y una veterana como Sarah Jessica Parker ('Divorce'), que ya ganó en su momento cuatro Globos por 'Sexo en Nueva York'. No sería nada extraño que se llevara el quinto.

El "inofensivo" Jimmy Fallon

El presentador de la gala es, este año, Jimmy Fallon, presentador de 'The Tonight Show', y alguien que garantiza que los chistes van a ser mucho más amables que los de Ricky Gervais del año pasado, o los de Amy Poehler y Tina Fey en las tres ediciones anteriores. Sin embargo, Fallon acarrea con él la controversia de su entrevista a Donald Trump durante la campaña electoral, aquella en la que no le preguntó por ninguna de sus declaraciones polémicas y acabó despeinándolo.

La sombra de Donald Trump

Apprentice

Precisamente, la relación de Trump con NBC, la cadena que emite los Globos de Oro, va a hacer que la gala vaya a ser seguida con mayor atención de la habitual. El multimillonario tomará posesión de su cargo como presidente de Estados Unidos el próximo día 20, y lo hará sin haber aclarado del todo su relación con 'The celebrity apprentice', el reality show que presentó hasta el año pasado y que estrenó esta semana su nueva temporada, con Arnold Schwarzenegger al frente. NBC ha recibido muchas críticas por su relación con Trump, y su emisión de los Globos de Oro no se va a librar del escrutinio.

In Memoriam, por primera vez

Los Globos de Oro eran una de las pocas ceremonias de entrega de premios que no incluía un segmento In Memoriam, en recuerdo de los fallecidos en el año anterior. Sin embargo, la cantidad de personas importantes para Hollywood muertas en 2016 y, en concreto, los fallecimientos en días consecutivos de Carrie Fisher y su madre, Debbie Reynolds, han llevado a la HFPA a añadir este homenaje por primera vez.

¿Unos Globos musicales?

Los Globos de Oro dividen sus categorías, tanto en cine como en televisión, en drama y comedia o musical, pero su gala no suele incluir demasiada música. Este año, sin embargo, eso puede cambiar por una confluencia de circunstancias. Una de ellas es el dominio en las nominaciones de cine de 'La La Land', el musical con Ryan Gosling y Emma Stone que es el favorito de los críticos; la otra es contar con Jimmy Fallon como presentador, que es conocido por sus imitaciones musicales, y la tercera es la posibilidad de que el homenaje a Debbie Reynolds vaya por el lado musical por su presencia en 'Cantando bajo la lluvia'.

La importancia de las estrellas

Cada vez que hablamos de los Globos de Oro mencionamos siempre lo mucho que les gusta premiar a grandes estrellas, todavía más si se pasan a la televisión. El galardón a mejor secundaria de Lady Gaga por 'American Horror Story: Hotel' es uno de los ejemplos más claros de los últimos años. En esta 74ª edición, esa querencia por el star-system señala como favoritos a Billy Bob Thornton (por 'Goliath'), a Nick Nolte (por 'Graves') y, muy especialmente, a Winona Ryder, cuyo papel en 'Stranger things' podría ser considerado hasta un regreso triunfal a Hollywood. Lo tiene todo.

"Repetidores" y debutantes

Americans

Es cierto que a los Globos de Oro les encanta premiar a series de estreno y caras nuevas, pero también pueden entrar en la inercia de repetir ganadores todos los años que haga falta. En ese aspecto, en la gala de esta noche hay varios candidatos que "defienden" su victoria de 2016, como las series 'Mozart in the jungle' y 'Mr. Robot', Gael García Bernal, Rachel Bloom y Christian Slater. Estrenos como 'The Crown' y 'Atlanta' podrían sucederles, y podría ser que Keri Russell y Matthew Rhys hicieran buenas también las primeras nominaciones a los Globos que ha recibido 'The Americans', en su cuarta temporada. Russell ya se llevó uno en 1999, por 'Felicity'.

¿El año de Netflix?

Robin Wright y Kevin Spacey dieron, en 2014 y 2015, sendos Globos de Oro en actores de drama a Netflix por su trabajo en 'House of cards', pero a la plataforma de streming le falta ganar el premio en las categorías de mejor serie. Ahí, Amazon le lleva ventaja gracias a 'Transparent' y 'Mozart in the jungle'. Este año, también tiene más nominaciones totales (cinco frente a cuatro), pero es posible que sea Netflix la que consiga llevarse el Globo a mejor drama gracias a 'The Crown', si 'Westworld' o 'Juego de tronos' no inclinan la balanza a favor de HBO.

Las posibles sorpresas

Nightmanager

La HFPA, a veces, es dada a las sorpresas, a elegir ganadores que apenas han contado en otras entregas de premios o que, en un principio, parecían no tener nada que hacer frente a los grandes favoritos. En ese aspecto, no habría que subestimar las opciones de que 'El infiltrado' agüe la fiesta de 'The people vs OJ Simpson' en las categorías de miniseries y tv movies, que Donald Glover y 'Atlanta' se alcen como vencedores en las de comedia o que 'This is us' haga valer su condición de fenómeno de la temporada y rasque varios premios. Con los Globos de Oro nunca se sabe.

En ¡Vaya Tele! | Globos de Oro 2017: 'This is us' y 'Westworld' entran con fuerza en las nominaciones


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          We Resist: Day 162   
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One of the difficulties in resisting the Trump administration, the Republican Congressional majority, and Republican state legislatures is keeping on top of the sheer number of horrors, indignities, and normalization of the aggressively abnormal that they unleash every single day.

So here is a daily thread for all of us to share all the things that are going on, thus crowdsourcing a daily compendium of the onslaught of conservative erosion of our rights and our very democracy.

Stay engaged. Stay vigilant. Resist.

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Here are some things in the news today:

Earlier today by me: Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough Disclose That Donald Trump Has Been Trying to Blackmail Them and Our Democracy Is at Grave Risk.

REMINDER: KEEP CALLING YOUR SENATORS TO TELL THEM TO VOTE NO ON TRUMPCARE.

This morning, Donald Trump, evidently frustrated with his party's inability to pass comprehensive healthcare legislation in the tiny window of his short attention span, tweeted this shit:


At Politico, Jennifer Haberkorn reports: "Repealing the health law without a replacement would kick about 18 million Americans off of health coverage in the first year — and reach 26 million a few years later, according to a CBO analysis of a 2015 bill to repeal the health law without a replacement."

As part of his morning tweetshitz, he also dropped this turd:


Well, it turns out he was just taking credit for a task force that "will include Chicago police officers, federal agents, Illinois state troopers, 'intelligence analysts,' and state and federal prosecutors. ...Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said in the press release that the task force 'will significantly help our police officers stem the flow of illegal guns and create a culture of accountability for the small subset of individuals and gangs who disproportionately drive violence in our city.'"

You know, if Trump actually cared about the gun violence in Chicago, he could take a look at the gun laws in Indiana, the state his veep Mike Pence used to run, since: "According to the FBI, roughly 60% of guns used in crimes in Illinois were from out of state. The overwhelming number of those guns flow into Illinois from states that have much less restrictive gun laws. Most of those out of state guns came from Indiana."

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Mike Allen and Jonathan Swan at Axios: Trump Overrules Cabinet, Plots Global Trade War. "With the political world distracted by [Donald] Trump's media wars, one of the most consequential and contentious internal debates of his presidency unfolded during a tense meeting Monday in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, administration sources tell Axios. The outcome, with a potentially profound effect on U.S. economic and foreign policy, will be decided in coming days. With more than 20 top officials present, including Trump and Vice President Pence, the president and a small band of America First advisers made it clear they're hell-bent on imposing tariffs — potentially in the 20% range — on steel, and likely other imports. ...One official estimated the sentiment in the room as 22 against and 3 in favor — but since one of the three is named Donald Trump, it was case closed. No decision has been made, but the President is leaning towards imposing tariffs, despite opposition from nearly all his Cabinet." Holy shit.

I can't put this any more plainly: Trump is literally contemplating destroying the U.S. economy and fucking over our major trading partners and national security allies in order to please his base with a talking point so they'll keep showing up at his Make America Clap Again rallies.

He will ruin countless lives in pursuit of adoration from know-nothings (who would themselves be devastated by this decision) because of his insatiable ego.

Fuhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhk.

Kimberly Dozier at the Daily Beast: Spies Fear Trump's First Meeting with Putin. "Moscow believes its leader, ex-spy master Vladimir Putin, can extract major concessions from [Donald] Trump when the two meet for the first time next week, European officials tell The Daily Beast. The officials say their intelligence indicates Putin thinks he can outmaneuver Trump at the G-20 summit, playing on promises of cooperation on areas like counter-terrorism to win concessions like a reduction in the raft of sanctions against Russia. ...Their misgivings highlight concern that Trump's inexperience and Putin's ability to flatter will slowly degrade the U.S. alliance with Europe over time, and boost Moscow back to near-superpower status while extracting no changes to its aggressive, expansionist behavior." Everything is fine. *gulp*

Joel Schectman, Dustin Volz, and Jack Stubbs at Reuters: Despite Hacking Charges, U.S. Tech Industry Fought to Keep Ties to Russia Spy Service. "New U.S. sanctions put in place by former President Barack Obama last December — part of a broad suite of actions taken in response to Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 presidential election — had made it a crime for American companies to have any business relationship with the FSB, or Federal Security Service. ...Under a little-understood arrangement, the FSB doubles as a regulator charged with approving the import to Russia of almost all technology that contains encryption... Worried about the sales impact, business industry groups...contacted U.S. officials at the American embassy in Moscow and the Treasury, State, and Commerce departments... The sanctions would have meant the Russian market was 'dead for U.S. electronics' said Alexis Rodzianko, president of the American Chamber of Commerce in Russia, who argued against the new restrictions. 'Every second Russian has an iPhone, iPad, so they would all switch to Samsungs,' he said." Oh.

AP: Donald Trump Threatened with Subpoena over Comey 'Tapes'. "Bipartisan leaders on the House intelligence committee are threatening a subpoena if the White House does not clarify whether any recordings, memoranda, or other documents exist of Donald Trump's meetings with fired FBI director James Comey. ...In a 23 June letter, the White House responded to the committee request by referring to Trump's tweets. ...A letter Thursday from Republican congressman Mike Conaway of Texas, who is leading the Russia investigation, and Democratic congressman Adam Schiff of California says Trump's Twitter statement 'stops short of clarifying' whether the White House has any tapes or documents. Conaway and Schiff said in a statement that the letter makes clear that should the White House not respond fully, 'the committee will consider using compulsory process to ensure a satisfactory response.'" Damn.

[Content Note: Misogyny] Tara Palmeri at Politico: White House Council for Women and Girls Goes Dark Under Trump. "When President George W. Bush took office, he quickly and quietly disbanded President Bill Clinton's Office for Women's Initiatives and Outreach — and now President Donald Trump appears to be doing the same thing to President Barack Obama's White House Council on Women and Girls. The council, created by Obama in 2009 to monitor the impact of policy changes and liaise with women's groups has been defunct while the Trump administration evaluates whether to keep it, according to three senior White House officials. 'We want the input of the various agencies to understand the assets they have so that we make this office additive, not redundant,' said White House spokeswoman Hope Hicks." FUCK YOU.

[CN: Trans hatred] J. Lester Feder at BuzzFeed: Trump Administration Appoints Anti-Transgender Activist to Gender Equality Post. "The Trump administration has appointed an activist who led a campaign to restrict bathroom access for transgender students to the office of Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment in the US Agency for International Development. Bethany Kozma's title is senior adviser for women's empowerment, according to an agency spokesperson. ...In 2016, she launched a campaign to oppose the Obama administration's guidance to public schools that said transgender students have the right to use facilities matching their gender identity; the guidance was withdrawn by the Trump administration in February." Goddammit I hate this administration.

Emily Holden at E&E News: Pruitt Will Launch Program to 'Critique' Climate Science. "U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is leading a formal initiative to challenge mainstream climate science using a 'back-and-forth critique' by government-recruited experts, according to a senior administration official. The program will use 'red team, blue team' exercises to conduct an 'at-length evaluation of U.S. climate science,' the official said, referring to a concept developed by the military to identify vulnerabilities in field operations. ...The disclosure follows the administration's suggestions over several days that it supports reviewing climate science outside the normal peer-review process used by scientists. This is the first time agency officials acknowledged that Pruitt has begun that process. The source said Energy Secretary Rick Perry also favors the review." What. The. Fuck.

Oliver Milman at the Guardian: Trump Called 'Threat to Every Coastline' as He Pushes Ocean Drilling Plan. "Environmentalists have condemned Donald Trump as a 'threat to every ocean and coastline in the country,' after the president pushed forward plans to expand oil and gas drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic oceans as part of what he called a new era of 'American energy dominance.' The Trump administration has taken the first steps to rewrite a five-year plan, put in place under Barack Obama, that banned drilling along the Atlantic seaboard and in large swaths of the Arctic. The interior department is opening a 45-day public comment period for a new plan that it says will help grow the economy." Oh.

[CN: Islamophobia] Kenrya Rankin at Colorlines: Who Will Be Allowed into the U.S. Now That the 'Muslim Ban' Is in Effect? "Per the New York Times, the Trump Administration defines acceptable foreign nationals as those with the following family members in the United States: 'a parent (including parent-in-law), spouse, child, adult son or daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, sibling, whether whole or half. This includes step relationships.' According to the guidelines, if refugees and visitors from the banned countries can demonstrate one of these relationships, they will be admitted. The guidelines do not allow for the entry of 'grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, brothers-in-laws and sisters-in-law, fiancés and any other 'extended' family members.'" Awful.

Jeva Lange at the Week: Leaked Audio from Trump's Re-election Fundraiser Catches the President Threatening to Sue CNN. "'It's a shame what they've done to the name CNN, that I can tell you,' Trump told the crowd. 'But as far as I'm concerned, I love it. If anybody's a lawyer in the house and thinks I have a good lawsuit — I feel like we do. Wouldn't that be fun?' ...Trump also slammed CNN's staff as being 'horrible human beings' and gloated, 'Boy, did CNN get killed over the last few days,' a reference to three reporters resigning over a story that did not meet CNN's editorial standards." Fucking hell. The only thing on which this guy can sustain focus is his vendettas.

What have you been reading that we need to resist today?
          These 11 Augmented Reality Experiences On iPhones Already Look Like The Future   

Apple developers are already building experimental AR experiences for iOS 11 and some of them look lit AF.

The next version of iOS, the software that powers your iPhone and iPad, is jam-packed with cool new features, but none of them are as 🔥🔥🔥 as AR.

The next version of iOS, the software that powers your iPhone and iPad, is jam-packed with cool new features, but none of them are as 🔥🔥🔥 as AR.

AR, which stands for Augmented Reality, superimposes digital objects on the real world around you. Apple is building the tech into iOS 11, which will be available as a free download for most iPhones and iPads this fall.

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If you've ever played Pokémon Go, you'll be familiar with the concept.

If you've ever played Pokémon Go, you'll be familiar with the concept.

See how both the Pokémon and the ball look like they're bouncing on that stretch of real-world ground? That's essentially what AR looks like.

Apple

At WWDC, Apple's annual conference for app developers held earlier this month, the company showed off just how sophisticated its AR technology is. Here's what it demoed on stage.

At WWDC, Apple's annual conference for app developers held earlier this month, the company showed off just how sophisticated its AR technology is. Here's what it demoed on stage.

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          Receptionist (Concierge) - BuzzFeed - Los Angeles, CA   
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          Fortune may favor the bold… But society favors the lawful.   

(Original, much shorter version published on Boundary Crosser) A friend recently pointed me to the moral alignment test that’s been so popular lately on Reddit and Buzzfeed. At first, it gave me a good chuckle...

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          BuzzFeed subpoenas federal agencies for details of probe into Trump-Russia dossier, as part of discovery in libel suit filed by tech exec Aleksej Gubarev (Josh Gerstein/Politico)   

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BuzzFeed subpoenas federal agencies for details of probe into Trump-Russia dossier, as part of discovery in libel suit filed by tech exec Aleksej Gubarev  —  Media outlet seeks to use Russian tech executive's libel suit to seek records from spy agencies.  —  Add this surprising entry …


              
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          BuzzFeed subpoenas feds for Trump dossier info   
Media outlet seeks to use Russian tech executive’s libel suit to seek records from spy agencies.
          Media outlet issues subpoena for Trump-Russia documents   

BuzzFeed, the media outlet who published the unverified intelligence dossier about Donald Trump in January, has now filed subpoenas for more details regarding Trump and the Russians. BuzzFeed is facing a libel suit from Alekseij Gubarev, a Russian technology official, over their decision to publish the dossier, as his name and two of his companies were mentioned in the document. BuzzFeed later blacked out his name from the document, but the original had already been circulating for several weeks. Thursday, BuzzFeed sent demands to the CIA, the FBI and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, requesting details on

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          CIA asset   
"Syria - These Maps Show A Year Of Progress"

"Bizarre Tanker Cooperation Prompts Questions If Qatar, Saudi Feud Is Staged".  "Qatar Looks to Iran and Iraq".  Unless Salman does something really, really stupid - and doing something really, really stupid is his defining characteristic - this is going to turn out to be a splendid mistake for the Saudis.

"Hacked Email Shows UAE Ambassador Lobbying The Obama White House On Yemen War".  The hilarious part is that the ambassador was absolutely correct that any connection to Human Rights Watch whatsoever utterly impugned the credibility of the reporter.

"Ex-Weapons Inspector: Trump’s Sarin Claims Built on ‘Lie’".

"Media’s Propaganda War on Syria in Full Flow".  The Jew-controlled media is impressive.  It is amazing how they all lie simultaneously, and never, ever make the mistake of telling the truth.  It is like watching a huge school of fish simultaneously shifting and turning through the sea.

"The Case of Syria and the Bleeding Women" (St. Clair).  Trump is very loyal to his friends.  Nobody wants to say it, but Mika was extremely close to Trump and Melania, and I believe Trump lashed out as he feared Mika was trying to talk Melania into leaving him.  Of course, Trump's big betrayal, in the world of entertainment, is publicly outing a face lift. I also think St. Clair should be more charitable to Trump, who actually seems to be the only thin reed holding his crazed staffers and cabinet and their Khazar masters back from starting WWIII.

"New York Times: We lied about Russian cyberattacks" (Alexis).

"Vice Retracts Articles About Donald Trump’s Animatronic Robot at Disney World".

"LOL: Wife Of (((Bernie Sanders))) Tried To Evict Disabled Home Residents From Property Acquired By Bank Fraud".  This story is getting almost comically bad.

Britain faces its most serious crisis in its history:  "Wimbledon warns supporters against political chants and slogans amid fears of outbreak of Corbynism".

"Amazon pulls blank ‘History of Palestinian People’ — which aims to dehumanize in order to subjugate".  Constant and insistent and irritating Khazar supremacist gloating doesn't advance the cause of Zionism, but they can't help themselves.

It is a good sign when the Khazars start to whine about the failures in the fine art of gentile herding.

"Venezuela: Right Wing Accelerates Coup Plans".  It is rather important that Maduro makes it to the end of July, and Evil doesn't win.

"How Accidental are America’s Accidental Civilian Killings Across the Middle East?" (van Buren):
"Among the insights gained was the need for incendiary devices to be made much heavier than originally thought. Japanese homes typically had tile roofs. The early devices tended to bounce right off. A heavier device would break through the tile and ignite inside the structure, creating a much more effective fire."

Nukes were just the biggest and most efficient anti-civilian incendiary devices they could find.

""... To Repeal A War Authorization" Buzzfeed" (Lang).  It is ridiculous that this AUMF is just lying around, waiting for a President to pick it up whenever his Khazar masters demand another War For The Jews.

"Doped Up Nation" (Dinh).  "Michigan Has More Annual Opioid Prescriptions Than People".  "Oklahoma AG sues drug manufacturers over opioid addiction".

"Canada and Its Ukrainian Nazi Collaborators: Chrystia Freeland’s Family Lie Grows Bigger and Blacker".  Grandpapa was literally a Project Paperclip rat on the end of a ratline, so the Nazi family connection is probably less important than the CIA family connection.  How did Freeland move up to be so powerful, and who does she really work for?





          What I Read on the Internet #25   
10 Awesome links from around the WWW, covering fashion, food, recycling, DIY, blogging and writing





10 Trends that are "IN" for Summer - And 5 that are "Out" - #11, 12, 14 & 15 are sad news for me

How Shopping On A Budget Changed My Style - "More surprising than that, though, is how shopping thrift did more for unearthing my true style than shopping fast trends ever did."

D.I.Y. Ikea Signe Rug Tote Bag - Ahah I even have that rug

41 Best Cauliflower Recipes of All Time

Our Perfect Veggie Burger

What Do People Want to Read About? - On blogs that is...

Amazing Things You Can Do With Coffee Grounds

Homemade Toothpase Recipes

The Oatmeal - How to use a Semicolon 

15 Free Web Apps for Writers




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          Episode 54: Pro Exorcist Circuit    
Oreo sees support, but also backlash and boycott, for gay pride rainbow cookie[http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/oreo-sees-support-backlash-boycott-gay-pride-rainbow-cookie-article-1.1103369] Texas GOP Platform Calls For A Return To Racial Discrimination And Intolerance[http://www.addictinginfo.org/2012/06/27/texas-gop-platform-calls-for-a-return-to-racial-discrimination-and-intolerance/] Rape Victim Can Sue for Denied Contraception [http://www.courthousenews.com/2012/06/25/47785.htm] People Who Say They're Moving To Canada Because Of ObamaCare[http://www.buzzfeed.com/daves4/people-moving-to-canada-because-of-obamacare] EGYPTIAN PRESIDENT MOHAMMED MORSI: “JIHAD IS OUR PATH & DEATH IN THE NAME OF ALLAH IS OUR GOAL”[http://www.humanevents.com/2012/06/24/egyptian-president-mohammed-morsi-jihad-is-our-path-death-name-allah-is-our-goal/] Amateur Exorcist Stabs Wife to Death, Streaks[http://en.rian.ru/russia/20120628/174291406.html] Clips: Carl Sagan Cosmos, The Simpsons, Jesus Camp Visit our Website at http://dissonancepod.com for more info.  
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          Miss Cellania's Links   
George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four. The story behind the political dystopian novel everyone knows.

The Neighborhood Inside a Building.  D.C.’s massive Woodner apartment building is a microcosm of a changing city. (via Digg)

The 5 Most Annoying Things to Say During an Argument. You see these all the time, and they aren't helping. 

The True, Top-Secret Story of Trump's Presidency, by Tom the Dancing Bug. If only it were this simple.

8 Ways to Get Weird in Seattle. Places to go and things to do to get the most out of your visit to the city.

The World's Oldest Known Temple Was Home to a ‘Skull Cult.’ The residents of Göbekli Tepe were carving on human skulls thousands of years ago.

Why Do Planes Still Have Ashtrays? Believe it or not, they are required equipment.

When the Beast of Gévaudan Terrorized France. Beginning in 1764, the people of the French region of Gévaudan suffered 100 deaths and nearly 300 injuries attributed to a unknown beast.

29 Mind-blowing Banana Facts. You may think you know a lot about bananas, but you'll learn more in this list.

Kat Wagner of McMansion Hell received a Cease and Desist order from Zillow, but the EFF (Eectronic Frontier Foundation) came to her legal rescue.
          #101 The Red Pill: el documental subterráneo que muestra la opresión que sufre el hombre en la sociedad moderna   

#37 Sin meterme en si lo que se dice es verdad o no. Buzzfeed es al periodismo lo que el McDonald's a la alimentación.

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          Just a little update on where I have been…   
Hi all! I admit I have been a bit of a blogging ghost recently but I am back now and excited to fill you all in on what I’ve been up to. Apart from procrastinating on BuzzFeed, my days have been pretty productive and I’ve *drum-roll* started my grad scheme applications! A few have opened […]
          Dow Jones folding Heat Street into MarketWatch   
News Corp.’s conservative digital media site Heat Street is folding in August into personal finance and business news site MarketWatch.com, reports Steven Perlberg of BuzzFeed. Perlberg writes, “Heat Street, which has about 15 employees, launched as...
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          Hong Kong residents march to defend freedom as China's president draws a 'red line' - Washington Post   

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Hong Kong residents march to defend freedom as China's president draws a 'red line'
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          Hong Kong residents march to defend freedom as China's president draws a 'red line' - Washington Post   

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Hong Kong residents march to defend freedom as China's president draws a 'red line'
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Hong Kong residents march to defend freedom as China's president draws a 'red line'
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HONG KONG — Tens of thousands of Hong Kong residents marched through the streets in defense of their cherished freedoms Saturday, in the face of what many see as a growing threat from mainland China, exactly two decades after the handover from ...
As Hong Kong Marks Handover Anniversary, A Push And Pull With China Over IdentityNPR
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          YouTube : une blogueuse tue son petit ami   

Monalisa Perez, une Youtubeuse de 19 ans a été arrêtée lundi 26 juin au soir après avoir tiré sur son petit-ami de 22 ans, Pedro Ruiz, qui est décédé sur le coup. Le jeune couple était en train d’enregistrer une vidéo pour leur chaine YouTube "La Mona Lisa", comme le rapporte BuzzFeed News.
          Hong Kong residents march to defend freedom as China's president draws a 'red line' - Washington Post   

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Hong Kong residents march to defend freedom as China's president draws a 'red line'
Washington Post
HONG KONG — Tens of thousands of Hong Kong residents marched through the streets in defense of their cherished freedoms Saturday, in the face of what many see as a growing threat from mainland China, exactly two decades after the handover from ...
As Hong Kong Marks Handover Anniversary, A Push And Pull With China Over IdentityNPR
China's President Xi Jinping in Hong Kong Bears Down on DissentNBCNews.com
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          Ex-HuffPo Editor: News Based on Validating Millennial Biases on Social Media   

An interesting observation from Hunter Stuart, a former Huffington Post reporter and editor, at the tail end of an extensive and interesting piece on anti-Israel bias in the media.

Stuart's observations of the entanglement between NGOs and foreign reporters, the pitfalls of trying to report on Hamas and the agenda behind anti-Israel reporting is interesting, but it's the ending that caught my eye.

"Working as a reporter in Israel for a year-and-a-half didn’t shatter my faith in journalism. But it increased my skepticism that it can do good in the world. Eight years of working for the news media has made me more and more alarmed by how partisan it’s becoming. News publishers these days target millennials on social media who’d rather see their own opinions validated than see an article that’s balanced and objective."

Obviously this is one of the gags behind Clickhole. And it's an interesting phenomenon as a trend when it's overlaid on the campus situation.

The death of objectivity might be the biggest story of the age. And the phenomenon is to some extent generational. But the social media environment also enables it. If the goal is to get likes, it's much easier to do that by incentivizing sharing from motivated users than by trying to tell a larger story. Add in the #Resistance, the insistence that there is an urgent battle and that you're either with us or against us, and there's no room for objectivity or nuance. Just hit Republicans harder. Intersectionality creates a list of enemies and friends. Journalism becomes moral only through advocacy.

You're either an "ally" or oppressor. 

CNN tried to ride the wave, the way that the Washington Post has been doing, but it crashed and burned by playing by the old rules. An the Huffington Post was one of the first to innovate this model. It's a real life clickhole, a content farm whose only purpose is to produce viral content at the lowest common denominator made to be shared by likeminded people. The Daily Show's tirades had much the same effect. And CNN Investigates, the unit at the center of the current Fake News scandal, had rolled in BuzzFeed's people. They weren't the source of the problem, but the phenomenon is revealing.

Viral content is profitable, but it diminishes reach outside a niche. And that's how the media is dying. It's losing its ability to function as a national institution. It has the left, but hardly anyone else.


          BuzzFeed Is Introducing a New Opinion Section   
BuzzFeed is getting an opinion section that will be headed up by Tom Gara, who is moving over from his role as business editor to serve as opinion editor, beginning July 10. Gara joined BuzzFeed in 2014 from The Wall Street Journal, initially as the site's deputy business editor. What does a BuzzFeed opinion section...
          One Book, One Watertown Announcement 2017   

The novel Homegoing opens in 18th-century Ghana, as two half sisters meet wildly divergent fates: one kidnapped and sold into slavery, the other wed to a British slave trader. In subsequent chapters, author Yaa Gyasi tells the stories of the women’s descendants on both sides of the Atlantic. She introduces us to a shipyard worker in pre-Civil War Baltimore, a Fante mother who defies a white missionary, an organizer for the NAACP whose activism falls prey to his addiction, and a dozen other lovers and fighters. While these characters’ lives may seem far removed from 21st-century Watertown, their humanity speaks across centuries and continents to our own deeply human fears and hopes. Their history is our history, and confronting it—along with the painful legacies of slavery, colonialism, and racism that it inexorably exhumes—is our responsibility.

“I think I needed to read a book like this to remember what is possible. I think I needed to remember what happens when you pair a gifted literary mind to an epic task. Homegoing is an inspiration.”

  —Ta-Nehisi Coates, National Book Award-winning author of Between the World and Me

We have selected Homegoing for the WFPL’s 2017 One Book, One Watertown program to enable our community to face this responsibility together, through the lens of fiction and with the illuminating perspectives of friends, neighbors, and experts. Our programming will explore some of the historical and cultural touchpoints of the book.

We begin with a screening of “Alice’s Ordinary People,” a documentary about one of the unsung heroes of the civil rights movement, presented by filmmaker Craig Dudnick. Later, we will hear from historian Ray Rickman, whose research exposes some of the lesser-known incursions that slavery made here in New England. We will also come together around West African musical and culinary traditions. 

Ultimately, just as Homegoing delivers readers into the present day, we hope to bring the conversation forward with a panel discussion looking at the current state of race relations in the U.S. All community members will have an opportunity to join the conversation. To guide readers towards further discovery, we will provide a list of books from voices that aren’t often heard. For as Gyasi’s character Yaw says, “when you study history, you must ask yourself, whose story am I missing? Whose voice was suppressed so that this voice could come forth? Once you have figured that out, you must find that story, too.”

Please join us in listening to unheard stories, and telling your own. 

Copies of Homegoing will be available in January  we have large print copies, audiobooks, and ebooks available, as well as supporting non-fiction material. Read it, then share it with a neighbor, family member, teacher, or friend. Join us in March for events and discussions. We welcome all of Watertown to join the conversation. Details will be posted at watertownlib.org/onebook and in the next issue of our newsletter.

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

  • A New York Times 2016 Notable Book
  • One of Oprah’s 10 Favorite Books of 2016
  • #3 on Entertainment Weekly’s Top 10 Books of 2016 
  • NPR’s Debut Novel of the Year
  • One of Buzzfeed’s Best Fiction Books of 2016
  • One of Time’s Top 10 Novels of 2016

 

 

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          Lenox Lounge Demolished   
After 73 years of legendary life in Harlem, and after 4 years of sitting empty and wasted, the once great Lenox Lounge is currently being demolished. It is a terrible shame that could have been avoided.


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If the city had commercial rent control, as it did for many years, it would have been avoided. If the City Council had passed the Small Business Jobs Survival Act, it might have been avoided. But City Hall refuses to protect small business people against landlord greed, claiming that it's a free-market society--which it is not.

Corporate chains in the city are regularly chosen by Business Improvement Districts and given millions of dollars in tax breaks and incentives. That's not laissez-faire. That's corporate welfare.

Thanks to City Hall's catering to big business, we have lost the Lenox Lounge, along with countless other precious local landmarks. For the soul of the city, the price of that loss is high.


Owner Alvin Reed, Daily News photo, 2012

In 2012, the landlord of the Lenox Lounge doubled the rent, from $10,000 to $20,000 per month. This was more than small business owner Alvin Reed could manage. The lease was given to Richie Notar of the Nobu luxury restaurant chain.

At the same time, Whole Foods announced a move to 125th Street--later we would learn that it would land in the empty lot directly across from the Lenox Lounge. In the Whole Foods Effect, rents near the store increase. That's exactly what happened in Harlem. And that Whole Foods would not have been there without the Bloomberg Administration's rezoning of 125th Street, a controversial process that has strangled the historic street in chains.

After being forced to close on New Year's Eve 2013, Alvin Reed stripped the Lenox Lounge of its antique facade, announcing that he would resurrect it all in another location. That did not come to pass.

The landlord sued Reed for stripping the place. Cultural history isn't worth much without those antique details. Notar backed out of the deal, telling the Daily News, "the scope of the project (mostly the overall condition of the building) became bigger than anticipated."

The Lenox Lounge was left to rot. Someone spray-painted "1939 - 2012: 80 YEARS FOR THIS” across the plywood that covered the door.


2016

As the big, shimmery building that will house Whole Foods rose across the street, the rent on the Lenox Lounge space doubled again--to $40,000 per month.

Then we learned that it would be completely demolished and replaced with a dull glass box containing a Sephora. Two glass boxes, two hollow mirrors, will soon reflect each other across Malcolm X Boulevard. What effect will that have on the people there?


Whole Foods coming

In 2011, cognitive neuroscientist Colin Ellard studied what happens to people on the sidewalk when they stand in front of a bland glass façade. He placed human subjects in front of the Whole Foods on the Lower East Side, strapped skin-conducting bracelets to their wrists, and asked them to take notes on their emotional states. He reported, “When planted in front of Whole Foods, my participants stood awkwardly, casting around for something of interest to latch on to and talk about. They assessed their emotional state as being on the wrong side of ‘happy’ and their state of arousal was close to bottoming out.” The instruments on their wrists agreed. “These people were bored and unhappy. When asked to describe the site, words such as bland, monotonous and passionless rose to the top of the charts.” Ellard then moved the group to another site nearby, “a small but lively sea of restaurants and stores with lots of open doors and windows.” Here, these same people felt “lively and engaged.” Their nervous systems perked up.

In his book Happy City, Charles Montgomery calls this “an emerging disaster in street psychology.” The loss of old buildings and small businesses, the homogenization from suburban chains and condo boxes, is more than an aesthetic loss. It is damaging us psychologically and physically. Montgomery writes, “The big-boxing of a city block harms the physical health of people living nearby, especially the elderly. Seniors who live among long stretches of dead frontage have actually been found to age more quickly than those who live on blocks with plenty of doors, windows, porch stoops, and destinations.”

The big shiny boxes are literally killing us.



Small old buildings and businesses, like the Lenox Lounge, have a positive effect on our mental health. Just walking past and looking at them can be an emotional and physical boost.

Today, as the Lenox Lounge is demolished, there is no boost, only despair. The inside has been gutted to the beams and bricks. Sunlight streams in through the busted roof and shines in the place where the walls were once flocked in zebra stripes and Billie Holiday sang of "Strange Fruit." On the sidewalk, black Harlemites walk past shaking their heads. They stop to take a final photo, a memory of what's been lost.

Last week we also learned that New York City has lost 30% of its black-owned businesses--in just the five years between 2007 - 2012. The Lenox Lounge was one of them. Its loss was not inevitable. It wasn't normal or natural or part of that tired cliche of "New York is always changing." It was part of a systemic process rooted in the racism and classism of redlining and urban renewal, what James Baldwin called "Negro removal." Today, he could use the same words for hyper-gentrification.

The Lenox Lounge is yet another casualty in the long battle for the soul of New York.


For additional reading, see Michael Henry Adams' "Last Call: Who's to Blame for the Destruction of the Lenox Lounge?"




          Americans can't get enough of Trudeau — but his Canadian approval ratings are tumbling   

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Trudeaumania has officially engulfed the US, but as Canada celebrates its 150th anniversary it's worth noting that the Canadian prime minister's approval ratings have tumbled to their lowest since he took office 20 months ago.

The Canadian leader's welcoming approach to refugees, advocacy for women's rights, and strides towards marijuana legalization have been major factors in his popularity both back home and abroad.

Four in 10 Americans would prefer to have Justin Trudeau be the US president instead of Donald Trump, an Ipsos poll found in February.

In some ways, Trudeau's charm, impressive campaigning skills, and fondness of wearing themed, brightly colored socks have earned him a sort of celebrity status in the US.

Buzzfeed published an entire article about a photo of Trudeau wearing tight pants, and a slideshow comprised entirely of "hot" pics:

Cooling off up north

But in Canada, the initial honeymoon period of mobbing to take selfies with the prime minister is clearly over.

A Forum Research poll found that, by May 2017, only 42% of Canadians approved of how Trudeau was leading the country. Approval ratings, though still high compared to past prime ministers, are at their lowest point since Trudeau took office in November 2015.

Trudeau has faced criticism for supporting oil pipeline expansion, going ahead with a controversial plan to supply military vehicles to Saudi Arabia, underfunding social services to Canada's Aboriginal community, failing to fulfill his promises of electoral reform, and, last winter, taking a luxurious vacation on a billionaire's private island.

Last year, Canadian media critic Jesse Brown wrote in an article titled "Think Canada is a progressive paradise? That’s mooseshit," for The Guardian that "Trudeau is the political equivalent of a YouTube puppy video," and the country has many more problems to solve than its leader's US popularity suggests.

While liberal Americans continue to exalt the Canadian prime minister for his progressive values — or, in some cases, simply for his good looks — Canadians aren't all convinced.

SEE ALSO: Here's why Justin Trudeau won't criticize Trump

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NOW WATCH: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is becoming a cult hero in the US — here's why


          O cara que saltou da varanda é um paraquedista experiente   

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Talvez você tenha visto no Facebook ou no Twitter este vídeo aqui embaixo (e provavelmente ficou meio agoniado):

No vídeo vemos um rapaz com uma mochila se preparando para algo, até que depois de alguns minutos de conversa ele SALTA DE PARAQUEDAS da varanda de um apartamento.

Nos comentários do vídeo muita gente criticou o rapaz e ficou com pena do filho pequeno, que assistiu ao salto.

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Este aqui é o homem que aparece saltando da varanda no vídeo: Aluísio, mais conhecido como Fuscão.

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Em entrevista ao BuzzFeed Brasil, Fuscão contou que pratica desde 1999 uma modalidade do paraquedismo chamada BASE jumping, que é o salto de pequenas alturas.

BASE é uma sigla que significa “building, antenna, span and Earth” (prédios, antenas, pontes e montanhas, em tradução livre).

O salto foi feito no início do ano, do próprio apartamento, que fica no 27º andar em uma cidade de SP.

Fuscão preferiu não dizer o nome da cidade.

Fuscão, aliás, tem vários vídeos dele mesmo saltando dessa mesma varanda.

Inclusive este aqui, em primeira pessoa.

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Uma publicação compartilhada por aluisio paes de barros filho (@fuscao_trikepqd) em

Diferente do que foi dito, ele explica que não estava saltando para comemorar a compra do apartamento.

Ele conta que já tem mais de 1.150 saltos e que pratica o esporte por hobby. “Eu salto de antenas de mais de 80 a 100 metros, mais ou menos a mesma altura da minha varanda”, diz.

“Eu poderia até dar aulas, mas faço por esporte e em eventos. Falaram ali que eu era um bêbado pulando, mas eu jamais saltaria depois de beber ou sem conhecimento”.

A criança que aparece no vídeo é realmente filho dele. Fuscão disse que o garoto é acostumado assistir aos saltos, mas que dessa vez se assustou principalmente por causa do nervosismo das outras pessoas.

“Ele sempre vai comigo, já até andamos de balão juntos, mas no vídeo ele estava um pouco assustado com o medo da pessoa que estava com ele no colo”, disse.


          This Silicon Valley Company Is Responsible For Getting Bobby Shmurda Busted   

Palantir, a big data software giant co-founded by Silicon Valley villain Peter Thiel, essentially paved the way to put Shmurda behind bars, according to a feature Buzzfeed published Wednesday. The NYPD has been a Palantir customer since at least 2012, and Palantir has touted the relationship to help it drum up other business. The software ingests arrest records, license plate reads, parking tickets, and more, and then graphs this data in a way that can reveal connections among crimes and people. In late 2014, for example, the police department used Palantir s analysis to plan a sting that landed the rapper Bobby Shmurda behind bars, just as his career was taking off, according to an internal Palantir email.
          Human Rights Watch Country Profiles: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity   

The following are excerpts from the Human Rights Watch 2017 World Report  that relate to the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people. The report, released in January 2017, documented events of 2016. In some cases, we have added updates from the first half of 2017.

The countries are all listed below in alphabetical order. This compilation is not comprehensive. If a country is not listed, that means there was no mention of LGBTI/SOGI issues for that country in the 2017 World Report. For example, many of the smaller Caribbean countries and some African countries are omitted due to research limitations, but most have anti-LGBT laws on the books and pervasive homophobia and transphobia. On the other hand, several countries that are not included here made progress in the 2016-2017 period: Belize, Nauru and the Seychelles all decriminalized consensual same-sex conduct, for example. Human Rights Watch has only recently begun investigating the rights of intersex people, so there are few references to intersex rights.

This is a living document which will be updated regularly to reflect new events and further Human Rights Watch research.

Last updated: June 23, 2017

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Argentina

In 2010, Argentina became the first Latin American country to legalize same-sex marriage. The Civil Marriage Law allows same-sex couples to enter into civil marriages and affords them the legal protections of marriage enjoyed by opposite sex couples, including adoption rights and pension benefits. Since 2010, nearly 15,000 same-sex couples have married nationwide. In 2012, the landmark Gender Identity Law established the right of individuals over the age of 18 to choose their gender identity, undergo gender reassignment, and revise official documents without any prior judicial or medical approval.

Armenia

Activists reported that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LBGTI) people face discrimination, harassment, and violence. The government has not addressed hate speech or discrimination against LGBTI people. Gender identity and sexual orientation are not included as protected grounds in anti-discrimination or hate speech laws, limiting legal recourse for many crimes against LGBTI people. Following the October 2015 Rainbow forum, organized by Armenian LGBTI-friendly groups to discuss protection and promotion of minority rights, anonymous people targeted some participants with intimidation and threats, mostly on social media, including to burn and kill them. Authorities refused to launch a criminal investigation into the threats, citing lack of evidence. In June 2016, the LGBT rights group, PINK Armenia, published a survey revealing that 90 percent of the population is hostile to LGBTI people and support limits on their rights. In July 2016, PINK Armenia released a report documenting 46 cases of violence and discrimination against LGBTI people in 2015. The government has not taken meaningful steps to combat stereotypes and discrimination against LGBTI people.

Australia

Australia does not recognize the right of same-sex couples to marry. The Australian government announced a plebiscite on the right of same-sex couples to marry, but political opponents blocked it, arguing a plebiscite is expensive and wasteful and that the issue should be determined by a parliamentary free vote.

Australia continued its policy of intercepting asylum seekers and forcibly transferring them to Nauru and, until 2016, to Manus Island in Papua New Guinea. Asylum seekers or refugees perceived to be lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or intersex (LGBTI) face harassment and abuse despite the recent decriminalization of same-sex conduct in Nauru. In Papua New Guinea, such conduct remains criminalized.

Bangladesh

Bangladesh witnessed a spate of violent attacks against secular bloggers, academics, gay rights activists, foreigners, and members of religious minorities in 2016. Prominent gay activists Xulhaz Mannan, the founder of Roopbaan, Bangladesh’s first lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) magazine, and Mahbub Rabby Tonoy, the general secretary of the group, were  murdered in April. Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) claimed responsibility for the killings. Fearing for their lives, many LGBT activists sought temporary refuge outside the country.

“Carnal intercourse against the order of nature” carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. In May 2017, police raided a private gathering of gay and bisexual men, and allegedly paraded them in front of media, exposing them to their families and the public. Authorities said they declined to press charges under the colonial-era sodomy law because they did not catch the men in the act of sexual intercourse. The government has twice rejected recommendations to repeal the colonial-era law during its Universal Periodic Review at the UN Human Rights Council. The Bangladesh cabinet in 2014 declared legal recognition of a third gender category for hijras—a traditional cultural identity for transgender people who, assigned male at birth, do not identify as men—but the absence of a definition of the term or procedure for gaining recognition of third gender status led to abuses in implementation of the legal change. In June and July 2015, a group of hijras were subjected to harassment and invasive and abusive physical examinations at a government hospital as a requirement to join a government employment program. The Bangladesh National Human Rights Commission in 2017 agreed with LGBT civil society groups to establish a desk at the commission for reporting SOGI-related issues.

Belarus

Parliament adopted a vaguely worded bill in May 2016 on “protecting children from information harmful for their health and development.” These provisions may be used to restrict dissemination of neutral or positive information about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people as “discrediting the institution of the family.”

Bolivia

In May 2016, the Plurinational Assembly passed a bill that allows people to revise the gender noted on their identification documents without prior judicial approval. Same-sex couples in Bolivia are not allowed to marry or engage in civil unions. The 2009 constitution defines marriage as the union of a man and a woman.

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Sarajevo Open Centre, the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights organization, documented 23 cases of hate speech and incitement of violence and hate and two crimes and incidents motivated by prejudice on the basis of sexual orientation and/or gender identity in the first three months of 2016. The reaction of authorities to these incidents is generally inadequate. There was no progress in police investigations into the 2014 attack on a film festival that Sarajevo Open Centre organized.

In its annual progress on Bosnia and Herzegovina published in November, the European Commission highlighted the failure of authorities to amend the constitution, in breach of the European Convention on Human Rights and to implement rulings by the Constitutional Court. The report also identified inadequate legal protection for LGBTI persons and the failure of authorities to protect adequately the rights of minorities and to ensure media freedom.

Brazil

Brazil’s Supreme Court approved same-sex marriage in 2011 and it upheld the right of same-sex couples to adopt children in 2015. But the Chamber of Deputies was, at time of writing, debating a bill that would define a family as a union between a man and a woman. The national Human Rights Ombudsman’s Office received 1,983 complaints of violence, discrimination, and other abuses experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons in 2015. In the first half of 2016 the ombudsman received 879 such complaints.

Burma

Burma’s national penal code criminalizes consensual same-sex behavior between adult men. In recent years police have arrested gay men and transgender women assembling in public places, and politicians have called for the “education” of gay people.

Cameroon

Cameroon’s penal code punishes “sexual relations between persons of the same sex” with up to five years in prison. The law is regularly enforced, and in previous years, the Cameroonian authorities have subjected men arrested under this law to forced anal examinations. Although the number of arrests appeared to decrease for several years, activists reported a new uptick in arrests and prosecutions in 2016.

Chile

A “civil union” bill presented by former President Sebastián Piñera in 2011 that provides legal recognition and protection for same-sex couples became law in April 2015 and went into effect in October 2015. In September 2016, the Senate Human Rights Commission approved a bill to recognize the gender identity of transgender people, with a Senate vote expected in December.

China

China has no law protecting people from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, and there is no legal recognition of same-sex partnership. Possibly because their activism is not considered threatening to the state, LGBT individuals enjoyed some success advancing legal cases in 2016. In January, a Hunan court heard a case filed by Sun Wenlin against the local Bureau of Civil Affairs, which had refused to marry Sun and his male partner. Though the court ruled against Sun in April, his case—the first gay marriage lawsuit accepted by Chinese courts—attracted wide media attention. In June, a Henan court accepted a case filed by Yu Hu against a mental health hospital that had subjected him to 19 days of involuntary “therapy” to “cure” his homosexuality. Also in June, a Guangdong university student, Qiu Bai, sued the provincial education department over textbooks that depict homosexuality as an illness. Qiu filed a similar suit in 2015, though she withdrew it later because the department had promised to look into the matter. She decided to sue again after the authorities’ pledge failed to materialize. In June, China voted against a UN resolution creating an expert post dedicated to addressing violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Colombia

In September 2016, the Council of the State—one of Colombia’s high courts—annulled the 2012 re-election of Alejandro Ordoñez as the country’s inspector general and dismissed him from office. Under Colombian law, the inspector general is charged with protecting human rights, but during his seven years in office, Ordoñez repeatedly sought to undermine the rights of women and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people.

In recent years, authorities in Colombia have taken several steps to recognize the rights of LGBT people. In June 2015, the Justice Ministry issued a decree allowing people to revise the gender noted on their identification documents without prior judicial approval. In November 2015, the Constitutional Court ruled that sexual orientation could not be used to prohibit someone from adopting a child, although a legislative proposal to hold a referendum on this issue remained pending at time of writing. In April 2016, the Constitutional Court upheld the right of same-sex couples to marry. In October 2016, FARC leaders met with conservative politicians and agreed to promote a definition of the family as formed by a man and a woman. The FARC backtracked after meeting with LGBT representatives days later. Conservative politicians and evangelist leaders had attacked the peace agreement claiming that it would “destroy families.” Between January and June 2016, the Ombudsman’s Office received 89 reports of cases of violence against LGBTI people.

Cote d’Ivoire

No law prohibits discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation, gender identity, or intersex status. Côte d’Ivoire does not criminalize same-sex conduct, but the criminal code establishes higher penalties for same-sex couples convicted of public acts of indecency. Two men were in November convicted of public indecency and sentenced to three-month prison terms after being accused of same-sex sexual acts. Two gay men were assaulted in June 2016 after a photo was published of them signing a book of condolences to the victims of a shooting at a gay nightclub in Florida, US.

Croatia

In February, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) ruled that Croatia discriminated on grounds of sexual orientation against a woman from Bosnia and Herzegovina, by denying her the right to a residence permit in Croatia to join her female partner.

Ecuador

In 2016, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights ruled against Ecuador in a case determining that it is discriminatory to punish officers who allegedly have homosexual sex on military installations.

Egypt

Sexual relations outside marriage are criminalized. Since 2013, authorities have pursued a campaign to intimidate, track, and arrest