Here are some excerpts from the September issue of Harper’s Index: • Portion of Americans who regard naturalized citizens as “real Americans”: ¾ • Who regard undocumented immigrants who have lived in the United States for most of their lives as “real Americans”: ¼ • Average number of months by which Republican-appointed judges sentence blacks to longer jail terms than whites: 7.8 • By which Democratic-appointed judges do: 4.8 • Minimum portion of ATF inspections of licensed firearm dealers last year that found violations: 1/3 • Portion that led to the revocation or denial of a license: 1/250 • Percentage of Americans aged 18 to 34 who do not identify as completely heterosexual: 37 • Factor by which male political journalists retweet male colleagues more than they do female colleagues: 3 • Percentage of Americans who are “unbothered” to hear that companies monitor employees on their work computers: 73 • Who are “pleased”: 59 • Percentage of Americans who say they hear about Donald Trump’s tweets at least “a fair amount”: 76 • Who say they follow Trump’s Twitter feed and read all or most of his tweets: 4 • Portion of likely US voters who think that Mike Pence would make a better president than Donald Trump: 1/5 Indivisible’s list of Resistance Events & Groups TOP COMMENTS • HIGH IMPACT STORIES QUOTATION “The causes that destroyed the ancient Republics were numerous; but, in Rome, one principal cause was the vast inequalities of fortunes, occasioned partly by the strategems of the patricians.” ~~Noah Webster, A Collection of Essays and Fugitiv Writings on Moral, Historical, Political and Literary Subjects, 1790 TWEET OF THE DAY xTo all my fellow teenage followers-- midterms are coming up! We can't vote but we can volunteer to drive people, get our legal aged friends registered, and do a bit of phone banking. Are you guys with me this year? Ã¢ÂÂ¤Ã°ÂÂÂª— Carlos (@bIazingxmexican) August 19, 2018 BLAST FROM THE PAST On this date at Daily Kos in 2002—Chickenhawks push war: But the fools in our country's governing junta see things differently. For them, war is a political tool, to be wielded when expedient. It's no surprise that almost none of the «invade Iraq» cabal have served: Bush, Cheney, DeLay, Wolfowitz, Perle, Fleischer, Rice, Barnes, Hannity, Kristol, Lieberman, and the master tactician himself -- Rove (Rumsfeld is the exception). On the other hand, the veteran contingent in both parties have led the anti-war effort -- Powell, Hagel, Kerry (MA), Scowcraft, Schwarzkopf, Clark, and the entire uniformed cadre at the Joint Chiefs of Staff (Armey is the exception). This is significant. As Perle has said, this war is no longer about achieving any notable strategic considerations. It's no longer a military campaign. It's a political effort, all about saving face. «The failure to take on Saddam after what the president said would produce such a collapse of confidence in the president that it would set back the war on terrorism. On today’s Kagro in the Morning show, we invite you to celebrate National Replace The AC at KITM World HQ Day with this »encore performance" of our 8/21/17 episode: Happy eclipse! More on the Confederate monument phenomenon, lost real history & the first exit of Steve Bannon. x Embedded Content RadioPublic|LibSyn|YouTube|Patreon|Square Cash (Share code: Send $5, get $5!) LINK TO DAILY KOS STORE
There have been long debates in the past over whether a work of art can be separated from its artist if that artist is a terrible person. There have been many popular movies, songs, books, and other assorted pieces of culture which have been created by people who have done and believed awful things. Does it shade the work and taint it? This dynamic has long been at the heart of any film made by Roman Polanski post 1977. Polanski has directed some of the greatest films ever made. But he also plead guilty to raping a 13-year-old girl and then fled the United States. This has been the basis to all sorts of moral arguments over whether the man’s actions can be separated from films like The Pianist, and if the actors working with Polanski, the industry which bankrolls his productions, and the audiences who still watch his films are condoning horrible behavior. However, what if the issue is not the artist? What if it’s the art itself? And to this end, maybe the reverse of the above is possible. Can a culture’s faults taint a “classic” piece of art for future generations? Time marches on. And so does a culture’s viewpoints on myriad issues. There are many examples of popular works which when viewed today have aspects which would never be tolerated by current standards. These might be movies or books people enjoyed as children, and then as an adult there might be one line or scene where it’s like: “Hey, I can’t believe that’s actually in there.” Or maybe the characters and their characterizations are depicted in ways which may or may not have seemed sexist or racist at the time, but have rather unfortunate implications when analyzed today. These works can be viewed as a window into the time period in which they were created, and the norms and attitudes which dominated at the time of production. So I thought it might be interesting to ask which films, TV shows, pieces of literature, etc., have elements which are cringeworthy?
Soren Skou runs the world’s largest shipping company, AP Moller-Maersk. In an interview from his offices in Copenhagen, Skou explained that Donald Trump’s insistence on applying tariffs could greatly hamper global trade growth by .1 to .3 percent annually, but that the results for the U.S. economy would be the worst, “perhaps 3 or 4 percent.” The company transports about 20 per cent of the world’s seaborne consumer goods, putting it in a unique position to gauge the fallout of tariffs on trade flows. Maersk has in the past broken with its culture of steering clear of any political debate to criticise the trade policies of US President Donald Trump. [...] “The first thing the American importers would do if tariffs are put on Chinese consumer goods would be to buy in Vietnam, in Indonesia or elsewhere in Asia,” Mr Skou said. “Big US consumer brands like Nike produce in all of Asia, not just in one country, so there will be a substitution effect.” And of course, as money disappears from manufacturers’ profit margins and the costs of creating the things that Americans consume rise, so will the prices of things—and that doesn’t really bother the top 1 percent of our country, because they can afford it.
If there’s on thing you can count on with Donald Trump—besides the fact that in any situation he will be an utter jackass—is that if someone speaks out against him, he’ll threaten to sue. Women accuse him of sexual assault? Check. Critical media coverage? Check. Check. Check.Check. Check. Political opponents? Check. Golf organizations? Check. The list goes on and on, and yet somehow he never gets around to suing any of them. And on Monday, he finally admitted why: xI hope John Brennan, the worst CIA Director in our countryÃ¢ÂÂs history, brings a lawsuit. It will then be very easy to get all of his records, texts, emails and documents to show not only the poor job he did, but how he was involved with the Mueller Rigged Witch Hunt. He wonÃ¢ÂÂt sue!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 20, 2018 As he’s always known, discovery in a lawsuit is a two-way street. So come on, Don, we triple-dog dare you. Sue all those people you’ve threatened over the years. Because we all want to see your records, texts, emails, and documents. Just do it.
It’s still summertime and summertime means summer reading lists. Historically, sitting presidents enjoy being asked about what they are reading because whether or not they are reading anything on their own time, it’s a way to humbly brag about one’s intellect. President Barack Obama posted his to Facebook. One of my favorite parts of summer is deciding what to read when things slow down just a bit, whether it’s on a vacation with family or just a quiet afternoon. This summer I've been absorbed by new novels, revisited an old classic, and reaffirmed my faith in our ability to move forward together when we seek the truth. Here’s what I’ve been reading: Tara Westover’s Educated is a remarkable memoir of a young woman raised in a survivalist family in Idaho who strives for education while still showing great understanding and love for the world she leaves behind. Set after WWII, Warlight by Michael Ondaatje is a meditation on the lingering effects of war on family. With the recent passing of V.S. Naipaul, I reread A House for Mr Biswas, the Nobel Prize winner's first great novel about growing up in Trinidad and the challenge of post-colonial identity. An American Marriage by Tayari Jones is a moving portrayal of the effects of a wrongful conviction on a young African-American couple. Factfulness by Hans Rosling, an outstanding international public health expert, is a hopeful book about the potential for human progress when we work off facts rather than our inherent biases. Donald Trump hasn’t released such a list, but CNN went through his Twitter feed to see what he’s mentioned in between semi-coherent rants about “witch hunts.” Here’s what they found:
When you can't go high, go low. More than ever this year that's the GOP strategy to save the House in an environment where Donald Trump is a crippling liability in swing districts and Republicans haven't delivered much of anything for 99 percent of American households. Along with the National Republican Congressional Committee running ads that smear Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and liberalism, the GOP's Congress Leadership Fund super PAC is combing through the personal and professional biographies of Democratic candidates looking for anything they can use to mar their credibility, writes Politico. So far they've gone after a Democrat running to represent Speaker Paul Ryan's district, Randy Bryce, for a DUI and several other arrests, including driving on a suspended license. Bryce apologized in a statement to CNN in July, saying: “There is no excuse for what I did 20 years ago when I got behind the wheel and operated under the influence.” And there's New Jersey Democratic nominee Mikie Sherrill, who has served as a Navy helicopter pilot and a federal prosecutor. “Mikie Sherrill claims to have the best interests of children in mind, but as a lawyer, she negotiated a deal with someone who knowingly distributed child pornography,” one research memo reads. Sherrill’s campaign manager Mollie Binotto called the attack “absurd,” adding in a statement, “all it shows is a bankrupt Republican agenda in Washington that can’t defend its record to voters on taxes, health care or infrastructure.« Yep, they're going to throw everything AND the kitchen sink at these Democratic upstarts who have no voting record to be seized on. Democrats actually tried a somewhat similar tact in 2010, when they suffered a sweeping midterm loss of over 60 flipped seats. Here's what a former DCCC official involved with that 2010 strategy says about it now. “You win elections by meeting voters where they are, not by trying to convince them something else matters that’s not relevant to their life.»
The singer and satirist stars in a new comedy film made just for Positron's Voyager VR chair.
«In-body GPS» developed by researchers at MIT, can track implants with an accuracy of 1.4 centimeters.
Heat up some chimichangas -- Deadpool 2 is out now.
There's also a list of the best used cars, in case your budget (or principles) can't support a new car for a teen.
As local lenders struggle with mountains of NPAs grow pickier, borrowers are more reliant on international creditors
There are metaphorical hype trains, those are normal. Less normal: actual, literal hype trains. Spider-Man now has one.
From “cheese 2.0” to connecting flights for satellites, Y Combinator showed off a wide array of early stage startups fresh from its YC Summer 2018 batch. A total of 63 companies took to the stage in front of a full audience at the Computer History Museum today in Mountain View to pitch on-off switches for […]
Apple has landed a big new partner for Apple Pay in the U.S. after Costco began accepting the mobile payment service across 750 stores. The retailer plans to include support at its gas stations, but that isn’t yet complete. The rollout — first reported by MacRumors — follows limited trials at selected Costco outlets, including […]
One Medical, the company hoping to disrupt the doctor’s office with concierge services, virtual visits and same-day appointments, is rumored to be in late-stage talks with the Carlyle Group for $200 million in funding, according to CNBC. The firm is also looking to buy an additional $100 million worth of shares from existing investors, according […]
Stratolaunch, the commercial space firm founded by Paul Allen back in 2011, has revealed a bit more of its plan for taking payloads to orbit via one of the world's biggest planes. It's now working on a pair of its own rocket-powered launch vehicles, and is in the early phases of creating a reusable, crew-capable space plane.
Google’s Unskippable Ads team has been testing out ad effectiveness in a compelling new way: It created a fake pizza brand called Doctor Fork, used stock footage to create 33 ads and then served them up on YouTube and reached 20 million impressions. Ben Jones, creative director at Unskippable Labs, explained that there are certain […]
PULA, Croatia — A British woman who fell from a cruise ship and spent 10 hours in the Adriatic Sea at night sang to stay alive, her rescuers said Monday. The captain of the Croatian rescue ship that found Kay Longstaff, 46, floating some 45 nautical miles off Croatia's coast ...
With SpaceX and Blue Origin pushing the envelope of private space travel forward, other companies, including many aerospace veterans are adapting, demoing, and experimenting with new tech. In that vein, Lockheed Martin has […] The post Lockheed Martin Unveils New Deep Space Habitat appeared first on Geek.com.
OKLAHOMA CITY — Frontier Airlines says it has suspended a pilot accused of threatening on Facebook to harm a 12-year-old transgender girl for using the girls bathroom at her Oklahoma school. Frontier spokesman Jonathan Freed said in a statement Monday that the pilot was suspended Aug. 13 pending an investigation ...
If you’ve been to a big comic or gaming con lately, you’ve probably seen some dope fashion. I don’t mean cosplay, I mean fashion. You can look rad and still keep true to […] The post Geek Pick: Volante Design Hacker Jacket appeared first on Geek.com.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - A federal appeals court is giving a green light for visitors with autism to proceed with lawsuits against Disney theme parks that claimed not enough was being done to accommodate them. The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last week ruled that plaintiffs in 30 lawsuits ...
FlameCon 2018 was last weekend, and like any good comic book convention there was plenty of cosplay to be seen. And, because it was FlameCon, a lot of it was distaff, rule 63, […] The post The Fantastic Cosplay of FlameCon 2018 appeared first on Geek.com.
Bailey after the 5-2 loss in Milwaukee.
The Indianapolis Colts hosted the Baltimore Ravens for a Week 2 preseason edition of Monday Night Football.Joe Flacco looked fantastic, and it sure looks like he’s playing some of the best ball we’ve seen in years.Those looking for Andrew Luck to take another step in the right direction were disappointed. Lamar Jackson had some very shaky moments as well, but he did manage to wow as well.Here’s a look at the biggest winners and losers from Monday night’s preseason battle.Winner: Joe Flacco continues to look amazing All throughout training camp, Baltimore beat writers have been hyping Joe Flacco, and it’s been reported he’s never looked better. Flacco was certainly sharp in his first preseason game a week ago, and again on Monday night he was on fire against the Colts.Flacco played in three series, completed 7-of-9 passes for 72 yards and laser-strike touchdown pass to John Brown (watch here). Flacco also connected with Michael Crabtree on an impressive 29-yard strike down the left sideline and was in complete
Mets botch popup in 13th, Giants wind up with 2-1 win
Andrew Luck went 6 for 13 without a touchdown in his first game at Lucas Oil Stadium in more than a year.
While no final decisions have been made on the fate of Ohio State coach Urban Meyer, early hints are he appears well-positioned to at least keep his job.Citing two sources close to the investigation, Lucas Sullivan of the Columbus Dispatch reported Monday that the recommendation from Ohio State’s investigators will likely be some sort of suspension of unknown length. Meyer may also get some sort of “time served” punishment, as he has been on administrative leave since Aug. 1 while the investigation was ongoing.The investigation has been completed, with a formal meeting of the board of trustees set for Wednesday morning to discuss Meyer’s future in depth.Meyer has defended his conduct in his handling of former assistant Zach Smith’s inappropriate and abusive behavior. It appears likely that the Ohio State board will find some wrongdoing, but not enough to fire him or demand his resignation.