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An imperfect «Lovecraft Country» redefines Black magic for itself and its fans

Despite an uneven season, the series finale uplifts Black women to show magic isn't just the province of whiteness
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An imperfect «Lovecraft Country» redefines Black magic for itself and its fans

Despite an uneven season, the series finale uplifts Black women to show magic isn't just the province of whiteness

Democrats fail to block Amy Comey Barrett's SCOTUS nomination as proposal to SHUT DOWN Senate falls through

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer tried to adjourn the Senate until after the election, in order to stop the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the US Supreme Court. A Covid-19 relief bill remains nowhere in sight. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Democrats fail to block Amy Comey Barrett's SCOTUS nomination as proposal to SHUT DOWN Senate falls through

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer tried to adjourn the Senate until after the election, in order to stop the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the US Supreme Court. A Covid-19 relief bill remains nowhere in sight. Read Full Article at RT.com

'I don’t care Trump doesn’t like black people': Rapper 50 Cent says 'Vote Trump' reacting to Biden's tax hike plan

Rapper 50 Cent has become an unlikely supporter of Donald Trump’s reelection campaign, with the hip hop artist reacting in horror to Joe Biden’s tax plan, which hikes rates on high earners, and calling on fans to “vote for Trump.” Read Full Article a
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'I don’t care Trump doesn’t like black people': Rapper 50 Cent says 'Vote Trump' reacting to Biden's tax hike plan

Rapper 50 Cent has become an unlikely supporter of Donald Trump’s reelection campaign, with the hip hop artist reacting in horror to Joe Biden’s tax plan, which hikes rates on high earners, and calling on fans to “vote for Trump.” Read Full Article at RT.com

As Trump continues his attacks on Whitmer, his campaign team responds only with trolling contempt

The «Trump War Room» Twitter account, run by the Donald Trump reelection campaign, has been an endless source of disinformation, propaganda, bizarre chan-styled trolling, and just plain lying. The weekend's efforts included the tweeted claim that
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As Trump continues his attacks on Whitmer, his campaign team responds only with trolling contempt

The «Trump War Room» Twitter account, run by the Donald Trump reelection campaign, has been an endless source of disinformation, propaganda, bizarre chan-styled trolling, and just plain lying. The weekend's efforts included the tweeted claim that Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, the target of a planned domestic terrorism attack after Trump directed numerous attacks towards her for the state's pandemic response measures, including a tweeted demand to «liberate» the state, is Actshually, in a double-somersault-reversal, «encouraging assassination attempts» against Trump. The tweet-claim was that an «'86 45' sign» seen on her desk during a Sunday show interview was a call to violence because «86 can be shorthand for killing someone.» As, ahem, much of the internet proceeded to point out, this is Not A Thing. “Eighty-six” is most typically known as slang for refusing to serve a customer in a restaurant or bar setting, or for tossing something out, or for canceling an order. It is not generally considered a reference to murder, and if it were then our nation's eating establishments would each be 6 feet deep in the blood of their enemies. The Trump War Room was thus rightfully trolled into oblivion, which sounds harsh until you remember that the Trump campaign has built a cozy snow fort just inside the gates of oblivion and could simply retreat back into it for a cup of warm Mountain Dew. Before we join up with the mockery, however, let's take a moment to make sure we all understand why the Trump campaign even bothered to put forward such a claim. This has been a common propaganda move, both by the Trump campaign itself and by the conservative «alt-right,» mid-right, and numerous House and Senate Republicans, and can tersely be described as «take something prior conservative strategists Frank Luntz or Karl Rove might have done, but do it more stupidly.» Donald Trump has been facing sharp criticism for seemingly egging on violence against the Michigan governor, even after a domestic terror plot based on his claims was exposed and foiled. It is now receiving significant pushback in the media. The conservative response, then, is to put forward an identical claim—however ridiculously premised it is—accusing their enemy-of-the-moment of doing the thing the conservative is accused of doing. The goal is to «both sides» the accusation into a stalemate. It nearly always works, because the collective national press is 1) not as bright as you might think and 2) absolute suckers for a «both sides» narrative, one that can be copy-pasted into articles for a bit of cheap, performative neutrality. Donald Trump is impeached for a corrupt act; calls to «impeach Joe Biden» echo back. The Trump family faces legal trouble for misusing their self-named charity foundation; a claim that actually it is the Clinton Foundation that is corrupt becomes a new, party-wide talking point. A new phenomenon of hoax news sites appear, serving invented pro-Trump stories from websites run by European scammers; «fake news» is quickly redefined to mean «any news report that makes conservatives look bad.» Ah-ha, says the collection of trolling charlatans still willing to promote Trump even as his incompetence kills Americans off by the tens of thousands. It is not Donald whose relentless demonization of his enemies continues to produce terror plots aimed at those he has named as his enemies! It is Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer who is actually the violent one here! It's a gimmick. It's a schtick. It's used relentlessly, part of the alt-right turned right-right embrace of insincerity as policy. Among the memers of the right, it is used as nihilistic mocking. Among the Trump campaign, it functions in the same way. Whether it is taken seriously by people not in the in-group is irrelevant; it is a taunt directed from inside the cult outward. It is not just a dismissal of whatever serious charge has been leveled against them (for example, provoking violence against a state governor), but an expression of contempt towards anyone who would be bothered by such things. If we were to play the game, we could play it. It’s painfully easy, which is why the crassest and cheapest members of the right can manage it even when they can’t manage much else. It'd be stupid, and pointless, but go something like this: «Donald Trump is famous for firing people! That's his thing! But when he says he is 'firing' them, it is clearly code for setting them on fire! He intends to immolate them!» And so on. Sigh. Or, better, one could point out that the Trump War Room is explicitly military-themed and therefore inherently violent in premise. Considering that Trump is also begging for supporters to join something called his «Trump Army,» however, that one might be hitting a bit too close to home. Anyone who follows the Trump campaign's use of Twitter has a pretty good idea of the sort of people who remain on the campaign at this point, and they all are probably best described as deplorable. There is no apparent concern that their leader's rhetoric has now been adapted into multiple acts of would-be domestic terrorism, from mail bombings to attempted kidnappings. Doesn't come up. No internal efforts to distance themselves from his words, no pressure put upon him to tone down his rhetoric towards Whitmer specifically, having been given a visible example of the results. Nothing like that. Instead, the team crafts a cheap-shot claim supposing that Trump's designated target is actually the one suggesting «assassination,» backing up Trump's own rhetoric with even more outlandish incitements of their own. Hopefully they will all be 86'd not just from the Trump orbit, but from all of politics. They need to be 86'd good and hard and with prejudice. They need to be 86’d so severely that their yet-to-be-born grandchildren are still coughing up expired lettuce three decades from now.

Trump's final ad buy shows just how broke his campaign really is

On a call Monday, Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien revealed the campaign’s total ad buy for the last two weeks of the presidential race would be a whopping a paltry $55 million ... split between no fewer than 11 states.
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Trump's final ad buy shows just how broke his campaign really is

On a call Monday, Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien revealed the campaign’s total ad buy for the last two weeks of the presidential race would be a whopping a paltry $55 million ... split between no fewer than 11 states. Um, just wow. And that's not only the Trump campaign, it represents coordinated spending with the Republican National Committee (RNC) too. Far from being a muscular way to close out the race, it feels more like a cry for help. By comparison, Biden campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon said last week that she still anticipates raising another $234 million through the election. If you’ve donated to the Biden-Harris ticket, this is a time to feel very good about every penny spent. Why not kick in another $2 right now and feel even better?

Cartoon: Threat to democracy

Was there ever a bigger threat to democracy than the guy sitting in the Oval Office?  He has sold us out to Putin, corrupted the Justice Department, attacked the integrity of our elections and refused to commit to a peaceful transition of power. Ge
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Cartoon: Threat to democracy

Was there ever a bigger threat to democracy than the guy sitting in the Oval Office?  He has sold us out to Putin, corrupted the Justice Department, attacked the integrity of our elections and refused to commit to a peaceful transition of power. Get out and vote to ensure a decisive defeat for this wannabe authoritarian.    Consider supporting my work on Patreon or on Ko-Fi so I can continue creating it. Also, please sign up for my free editorial cartooning newsletter. Did I mention it’s free?

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Lee Fixel is already raising a massive second fund

On Friday, former Tiger Global Management investor Lee Fixel registered plans for the second fund of his new investment firm, Addition, just four months after closing the first. According to a report on Friday by the Financial Times, the outfit spent last wee
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Lee Fixel is already raising a massive second fund

On Friday, former Tiger Global Management investor Lee Fixel registered plans for the second fund of his new investment firm, Addition, just four months after closing the first. According to a report on Friday by the Financial Times, the outfit spent last week finalizing the fundraising for the $1.4 billion fund, which Addition reportedly doesn’t […]

SAIF Partners rebrands as Elevation Capital, secures $400 million for its new India fund

SAIF Partners has raised $400 million for a new fund and rebranded the 18-year-old influential venture capital firm as it looks to back more early-stage startups in the world’s second largest internet market. The new fund is SAIF Partners’ seventh for ear
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SAIF Partners rebrands as Elevation Capital, secures $400 million for its new India fund

SAIF Partners has raised $400 million for a new fund and rebranded the 18-year-old influential venture capital firm as it looks to back more early-stage startups in the world’s second largest internet market. The new fund is SAIF Partners’ seventh for early-stage startups in India. Its previous two funds were each $350 million in size, […]

TikTok’s QAnon ban has been ‘buggy’

TikTok has been cracking down on QAnon-related content, in line with similar moves by other major social media companies, including Facebook and YouTube, which focus on reducing the spread the baseless conspiracy theory across their respective platforms. Acco
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TikTok’s QAnon ban has been ‘buggy’

TikTok has been cracking down on QAnon-related content, in line with similar moves by other major social media companies, including Facebook and YouTube, which focus on reducing the spread the baseless conspiracy theory across their respective platforms. According to a report by NPR this weekend, TikTok had quietly banned several hashtags associated with the QAnon […]

Daily Crunch: Pakistan un-bans TikTok

TikTok returns to Pakistan, Apple launches a music-focused streaming station and SpaceX launches more Starlink satellites. This is your Daily Crunch for October 19, 2020. The big story: Pakistan un-bans TikTok The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority blocked
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Daily Crunch: Pakistan un-bans TikTok

TikTok returns to Pakistan, Apple launches a music-focused streaming station and SpaceX launches more Starlink satellites. This is your Daily Crunch for October 19, 2020. The big story: Pakistan un-bans TikTok The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority blocked the video app 11 days ago, over what it described as “immoral,” “obscene” and “vulgar” videos. The authority said […]

Fear and anxiety share same bases in brain

A recent report provides new evidence that fear and anxiety reflect overlapping brain circuits. The findings run counter to popular scientific accounts, highlighting the need for a major theoretical reckoning.
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Fear and anxiety share same bases in brain

A recent report provides new evidence that fear and anxiety reflect overlapping brain circuits. The findings run counter to popular scientific accounts, highlighting the need for a major theoretical reckoning.

Astrophysics team lights the way for more accurate model of the universe

Scientists demonstrated the first use of a method called self-calibration to remove contamination from gravitational lensing signals. The results should lead to more accurate cosmological models of the universe.
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Astrophysics team lights the way for more accurate model of the universe

Scientists demonstrated the first use of a method called self-calibration to remove contamination from gravitational lensing signals. The results should lead to more accurate cosmological models of the universe.

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NY faces hot spots, rising infection in surrounding states

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York may have to consider changes to its quarantine rules for out-of-state travelers now that two of its closest neighbors, Connecticut and New Jersey, are on the brink of getting added to the list of places subject to the restrictions
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NY faces hot spots, rising infection in surrounding states

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York may have to consider changes to its quarantine rules for out-of-state travelers now that two of its closest neighbors, Connecticut and New Jersey, are on the brink of getting added to the list of places subject to the restrictions. The three states announced earlier ...

A Curious Whale Explores Dry Land in Quirky, Melancholic Illustrations by Xuan Loc Xuan

In a whimsical narrative by Xuan Loc Xuan, an adventurous whale named Lucille traverses a bustling urban center, densely populated forest, and other dry-land locales on her search for a new home. The Ho Chi Minh City-based illustrator renders the marine mamm
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A Curious Whale Explores Dry Land in Quirky, Melancholic Illustrations by Xuan Loc Xuan

In a whimsical narrative by Xuan Loc Xuan, an adventurous whale named Lucille traverses a bustling urban center, densely populated forest, and other dry-land locales on her search for a new home. The Ho Chi Minh City-based illustrator renders the marine mammal in a range of playful and melancholic scenes, either resting on a bed of flowers or trapped alone in a city as the sun sets. Titled The Whale Gets Stuck, the vivid series chronciles the whale’s journey that’s ripe with nostalgia and longing for her ocean home, a tale Xuan tells in her book Babà la balena in città, which is printed in Italian. More

Serene Photographs Frame the Fleeting Beauty of Light, Water, and Other Natural Elements

Cig Harvey is adept at spotting both nature’s sublime qualities and the beauty in mundane moments. The serene shots frequently feature a human intervention, like outstretched arms spotted with dots of light from a disco ball hung in Harvey’s home
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Serene Photographs Frame the Fleeting Beauty of Light, Water, and Other Natural Elements

Cig Harvey is adept at spotting both nature’s sublime qualities and the beauty in mundane moments. The serene shots frequently feature a human intervention, like outstretched arms spotted with dots of light from a disco ball hung in Harvey’s home or a compost pile heaped with vibrant produce scraps. Spanning nearly 20 years of her practice, the photographs shown here frame instances of serendipity, whether showcasing bright pink azaleas briefly pressed against foggy glass or the sun gleaming on a dark body of water. More

Pandemic air travel milestone; 1 million passengers screened

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) - The number of passengers screened in a single day for flights in the U.S. topped one million for the first time since COVID-19 infections began to spike last March. The notable milestone, reached Sunday, signifies both the progress
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Pandemic air travel milestone; 1 million passengers screened

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) - The number of passengers screened in a single day for flights in the U.S. topped one million for the first time since COVID-19 infections began to spike last March. The notable milestone, reached Sunday, signifies both the progress made since the darkest days of ...

Washington state ski resort to require reservations

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) - A ski resort in Washington state has announced plans to reopen with restrictions, including limiting how many people are allowed on the mountain to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus. Colorado-based ski company Vail Resorts, whic
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Washington state ski resort to require reservations

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) - A ski resort in Washington state has announced plans to reopen with restrictions, including limiting how many people are allowed on the mountain to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus. Colorado-based ski company Vail Resorts, which owns Stevens Pass and other ski areas around the ...

Mike 'Doc' Emrick, beloved voice of hockey in US, retires

Hall of Fame hockey broadcaster Mike Emrick announced his retirement Monday after almost 50 years behind the microphone. The man affectionately known as “Doc” for his doctorate in communications spent the past 15 years as the voice of the NHL in the Unite
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Mike 'Doc' Emrick, beloved voice of hockey in US, retires

Hall of Fame hockey broadcaster Mike Emrick announced his retirement Monday after almost 50 years behind the microphone. The man affectionately known as “Doc” for his doctorate in communications spent the past 15 years as the voice of the NHL in the United States. Emrick, 74, called 22 Stanley Cup ...

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Stefon Diggs makes marvelous acrobatic TD catch in the side of end zone vs. Chiefs

Watch Buffalo Bills WR Stefon Diggs make an incredible catch in the end zone on a throw from Josh Allen. The TD catch put the Bills up 10-7 on the Kansas City Chiefs.
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Stefon Diggs makes marvelous acrobatic TD catch in the side of end zone vs. Chiefs

Watch Buffalo Bills WR Stefon Diggs make an incredible catch in the end zone on a throw from Josh Allen. The TD catch put the Bills up 10-7 on the Kansas City Chiefs.

Travis Kelce hauls in tip-toe TD catch from Patrick Mahomes vs. Bills

Watch Travis Kelce make a great tip-toe catch in the corner of the end zone from Patrick Mahomes. This was Kelce's second touchdown catch of the game. In the game, Mahomes reached 90 passing touchdowns in the fewest amount of games in NFL history.
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Travis Kelce hauls in tip-toe TD catch from Patrick Mahomes vs. Bills

Watch Travis Kelce make a great tip-toe catch in the corner of the end zone from Patrick Mahomes. This was Kelce's second touchdown catch of the game. In the game, Mahomes reached 90 passing touchdowns in the fewest amount of games in NFL history.

Chiefs RB Darrell Williams punches in 13-yard rushing TD on 4th down to secure win over Bills

Facing a 4th and inches from inside the 15-yard line, Andy Reid decided to roll the dice and Darrell Williams took a 13-yard run to the end zone. The TD turned out to be the winning score for the Chiefs as they defeated the Buffalo Bills, 26-17.
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Chiefs RB Darrell Williams punches in 13-yard rushing TD on 4th down to secure win over Bills

Facing a 4th and inches from inside the 15-yard line, Andy Reid decided to roll the dice and Darrell Williams took a 13-yard run to the end zone. The TD turned out to be the winning score for the Chiefs as they defeated the Buffalo Bills, 26-17.

Mahomes, Edwards-Helaire shine in Chiefs' 26-17 victory over Bills

Clyde Edwards-Helaire had 161 yards rushing and Patrick Mahomes threw two touchdown passes, leading the Kansas City Chiefs to a 26-17 win over the Bills.
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Mahomes, Edwards-Helaire shine in Chiefs' 26-17 victory over Bills

Clyde Edwards-Helaire had 161 yards rushing and Patrick Mahomes threw two touchdown passes, leading the Kansas City Chiefs to a 26-17 win over the Bills.

Rivers' big day vs. Bengals could be jump-start Colts need heading into bye week

After a rough start in Cleveland, Indianapolis Colts QB Philip Rivers responded with a historic comeback in his best performance this season.
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Rivers' big day vs. Bengals could be jump-start Colts need heading into bye week

After a rough start in Cleveland, Indianapolis Colts QB Philip Rivers responded with a historic comeback in his best performance this season.

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