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For better or worse, we are stuck with Kavanaugh. I am not a big supporter of what Kavanaugh thinks about so called gun control, but his views are better than Merrick Garland. And we really could not let Soros and his minions establish "guilt by accusation". Had Soros been successful, his techniques would have become standard operating procedure.
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It's October and things are getting spooooky! Here are our top picks from 2018 in the horror and horror-adjacent genres, as reviewed in our award-winning* Movies & TV section!

*not actually award-winning

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A Quiet Place (the one everybody loved this year)

A Quiet Place, director/co-writer/actor John Krasinski’s startlingly good monster movie, quickly establishes a lean, mean scenario and then cranks up the tension. This is a ruthlessly efficient primal scream generator that somehow doesn’t leave the viewer feeling ill-used, and audiences are going to go bananas. ANDREW WRIGHT

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Hereditary (the other one everybody loved this year)

Hereditary is brilliant—the whole thing hums with cold electricity that’s guaranteed to unsettle your soul. Aster gracefully illustrates humanity’s ancient fear of predestined fate in a setting, and with a family unit, that feels deeply rooted in reality. CIARA DOLAN

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Mandy (feat. bugfuck crazy Nicholas Cage)

This is a movie that’s kind of sad, kind of lyrical, and kind of rock ’n’ roll; its first half is an earnest, artsy character study, and its second is a greasy, sordid revenge flick. It also features one of Nicolas Cage’s most bugfuck crazy performances, so: Mandy isn’t for everyone. But for those it is for? It’s a hell of a thing. ERIK HENRIKSEN

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Upgrade (an underrated sci-fi thriller with some action and body horror)

Upgrade becomes a sort of poor man’s RoboCop meets a basic cable Black Mirror with shades of The Crow (RoboCop 2: Cyber Cop!). Writer/director Leigh Whannell doesn’t have Paul Verhoeven’s gift for satire, but he does have a horror director’s facility for visceral gore and suspenseful compositions. VINCE MANCINI

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The Terror (terror... in the snow!)

The Terror’s ability to impart palpable sensations of cabin fever and endless-winter madness is more knuckle-whitening than anything its characters might encounter out on the ice. NED LANNAMANN

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The Endless (UFO death cult!)

The film straddles the genres of sci-fi, psychological thriller, and horror, but most of its terror stems from one question: Is something always watching us and manipulating our world? Like a darker, weirder The Truman Show, the unraveling reality of The Endless offers both genuine scares and thoughtful ruminations on the human condition. CIARA DOLAN

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Unsane (Steven Soderbergh's thriller, shot entirely on an iPhone)

It’s never quite clear how much we can trust Sawyer. Claire Foy does a remarkable job keeping us focused on her plight, even as she remains an almost entirely unreliable and unlikeable protagonist. While that element of Unsane rubs rough against the film’s subtext of a woman’s voice and story being ignored or doubted, it doesn’t take away from the film’s creeping, fascinating dread. ROBERT HAM

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Annihilation (Alex Garland's sci-fi thriller... horror... mystery... thing)

Garland’s visual ingenuity is extraordinary. Vines and flowers and fungus sprout from the edges of the frame in pinks, purples, teals, and yellows; that the film wrings so much dread out of these ostensibly cheerful colors is among its many wonders. There are shots so beautiful that you’ll probably gasp in the theater; seconds later, there are things so revolting you’ll feel sick to your stomach. NED LANNAMANN


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gatunek: Thriller, Akcja, Sci-Fi
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I am listening to this song on a loop today. Beautiful lyrics and picturisation. Romance at its purest.






edhuvarai pogalaam
endru nee sollavendum
endruthaan
vidaamal ketkiren

thaen muththangal
mattume podhum endru
solvathaal
thodaamal pogiren.

yaar yaaro kanaakalil
naalum nee sendru
ulaavukindraval
nee kaanum kanaakalil
varum  or aan endraal
naanthaan ennaalilum

poongaatre
nee veesaathe
oh ooo oh...
poongaatre
nee veesaathe
naanthaan ingae visiri

en veettil nee nirkindraai
adhai nambaamal ennai
killikonden

thottathil nee nirkindraai
unai poovendru enni
koyyachchendren.

pugazh poomaalaigal
thaen solaigal
naan kandaen
yaen un pin vandhen

perum kaasolaigal
pon aalaigal
vendaame nee
vendumendren
uyire

netrodu en vegangal
siru theeyaaga maari
thoongakkanden

kaatrodu en kobangal
oru thoosaaga maari
pogakanden

unai paarkaatha naal
pesaaatha naal
en vazhvil veen
aagindra naal

thinam nee vandhathaal
thozh thanthathaal
aanen naan aanandha
penn paal.
uyire.

edhuvarai pogalaam
endru nee sollavendum
endruthaan
vidaamal ketkiren

thaen muththangal
mattume podhum endru
solvathaal
thodaamal pogiren.

unpondra ilainganai
manam yaerkkaamal
marupathe pizhai

kanden un alaadhi
thooimaiyai
en kan paarthu
pesum
peraanmaiyai

poongaatre
nee veesaathe
oh ooo oh...
poongaatre
nee veesaathe
naanthaan ingae visiri

English Translation 


How far can we go?
I would like you to be the one to set that.
That's why
I keep asking you


I go away without
touching you, happy with just a kiss
since you said that
sweet kisses are enough now.

You are the  girl
who takes a walk in the
dreams of many a men
But I am the only man
in your dream
Everyday!

Breeze
You can go away from here

I can be her fan here.

You are in my home
I pinch myself
to see if that's true

You’re in the garden
I went to pluck you, thinking that you were a flower.

Woman:
I had fame.
Honey fields.
I saw you and
I left everything behind
I choose you.

Money
Golden garlands
I don’t want anything
Other than you.
My soul!

Man:

My mad rush burned away
into little sparks
from yesterday.

My anger dissolved
into thin air like
 dust.

Woman:

The days I go  without
seeing, talking to you
feel like a day wasted


since you came everyday
and offered your shoulders
I became a happy
woman
my soul!

Man:
How far can we go?
I would like you to be the one to set that.
That's why
I keep asking you

I go away without
touching you with just a kiss
since you said that
sweet kisses are enough.

Woman:
It is a sin
to deny
a man like you

I found purity
In you
Your divine masculine in the way
you look into my eyes

Man:
Breeze
You can go away from here

I would be her fan here

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“A Star is Born,” the fourth remake of the timeless Hollywood tale, directed by Bradley Cooper, and released on Oct. 5, is an emotional rollercoaster from start to finish. Previous versions have stared Janet Gaynor, Judy Garland and Barbra Streisand. This version stars pop icon, Lady Gaga, in her debut film role. The film chronicles […]
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A cheerful garland of felted wool hearts! These would be perfect for Valentine's Day parties, children's rooms, or just natural decor.

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Not recommended for children younger than age 3, as small items and loose fibers can be a choking hazard.

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The great social media cleanup of the past two years hasn’t seemed to leave it much cleaner. As some of the most powerful companies in the world have struggled to ferret out viral false news, harassers, conspiracy theories, and foreign agents, Congress and the American public have begun to lose faith in internet platforms like Facebook, YouTube, Google, and Twitter. But one social website—the web’s fifth-largest site, by some metrics—has dodged the brunt of the ire: Wikipedia.

One might think Wikipedia would be a top target for those peddling conspiracy theories and counterfactual narratives. Yet somehow, the massive online encyclopedia has managed to retain its reputation for reliability, at least generally speaking. And that’s thanks to a sprawling online network of editors who work for free to pull fact from fiction in crafting the articles that provide the answers that float to the top of Google search queries.

Of course, Wikipedia has its problems. The most glaring may be that the editor community is overwhelmingly male, and likely white too. And that leads to erasures and omissions that reflect the worldview and concerns of the editor community. For instance, when Canadian physicist Donna Strickland won the Nobel Prize, it turned out Wikipedia didn’t have an entry about her. One had apparently been submitted prior to her winning the award, but the edit community apparently didn’t consider her sufficiently noteworthy to warrant an entry.

To talk more about how Wikipedia, a volunteer-run project, manages to be a sort of second screen for the entire internet, and to delve into some of the problems the community is facing, we spoke with the Wikimedia Foundation’s executive director, Katherine Maher, for Slate’s tech podcast If Then. An expert on technology policy across the globe, Maher discussed the role Wikipedia plays in the current debates about healthy online platforms and what the community is doing to diversify its contributors.

Read or listen to our conversation below, or get the show via Apple PodcastsOvercast, SpotifyStitcher, or Google Play.

April Glaser: Wikipedia’s the fifth-most-popular website on the internet, according to Alexa Ratings from earlier this year. And that popularity is in part due to the fact that the most popular website on the internet, Google, regularly directs people to Wikipedia at the top of its search pages. It’s a symbiotic relationship where people search Google for answers and Wikipedia is the answer that they get. More recently, YouTube and Google have begun linking to Wikipedia to provide info on topics that tend to attract false news and conspiratorial theories in their efforts to be a more reliable source of information. According to Wikipedia itself, there are over 5.7 million articles on the English version of the site thanks to nearly 35 million users, of whom fewer than 200,000 are considered active editors. That means about 200,000 people make at least one edit a month. There are 300 active Wikipedias in different languages across the world, 48 million articles written worldwide. And this whole project is made possible thanks to volunteers who write the entries and thanks to grants and donations from the readers and the editors who use the site. I want to start by discussing the phenomenon that is Wikipedia, and that it actually seems to be largely correct. Is that correct? Am I correct about that?

Katherine Maher: Yeah. There have been numerous different studies that have shown that Wikipedia is on average as correct as any traditional encyclopedia would be, in part simply because of the volume of articles that we have—that when you do have inaccuracies they tend to be very few and far between. But also they tend to get corrected really quickly, and so as you take a look across the sites, the majority of content is correct at any given time.

Glaser: So if I were to go on there and change the birthday of President Obama, that would get corrected really quickly?

You wouldn’t be able to change the birthday of President Obama because you probably do not have enough of an edit-contribution history to be able to touch an article that is as highly scrutinized as something like Obama. So anytime we have articles that are either of top interest to folks at any given time or are in the news in any given moment, our editors take them very seriously and will protect them to make sure they don’t go ahead and get vandalized. So it would be tough to change his birthday.

Glaser: Who is editing Wikipedia? It seems that everyone wants to use it, but not everyone wants to edit it. And my understanding is that something like 90 percent of the editors are male. I don’t know the racial background of editors, but I think it’s safe to say that most are probably white or come from some kind of white-collar background. So in addition to who’s editing Wikipedia, I’d like to know also the consequences of homogeneity in the edit community.

We don’t actually know much of the background of Wikipedia editors either. We have pretty strict privacy policies. In fact, you don’t need to give us really any information to edit Wikipedia. You don’t even need an account—you can just do it anonymously. And over the years, we’ve tried different ways of surveying and sampling editors to get a better sense. I think our best-case scenario is about 20 percent of the editors identify as female, but worst case would be closer to about 10. And then in terms of ethnic and racial makeup, obviously that really depends based on what Wikipedia we’re talking about. Our Indic-language Wikipedias are primarily going to be edited by people from probably South Asia. But it is true that we tend to assume that folks editing Wikipedia have what we think of as disposable time, and disposable time tends to correlate with higher socio-economic status. How does this play out for Wikipedia? It means that we tend to have biases that reflect the composition of our editors, and I will say that those biases also tend to reflect the broader world around us.

So we talk about ourselves as a mirror held up to the world. Wikipedia is a tertiary source that is based on secondary sources, and when we go to create articles on Wikipedia, we’re very reliant on what’s already been published and what exists in the world. And so if there is a dearth of secondary sources about female scientists or African novelists, it’s going to be very hard for us to then create articles that reflect those individuals on Wikipedia itself.

Glaser: When a new public figure comes on the scene, everyone jumps to visit Wikipedia, it becomes a second screen, and a bunch of editors also jump in to get their version of the truth up there. I wrote about this for Wired a couple years ago when Merrick Garland was nominated [for the Supreme Court]. The traffic of his page soared because nobody really knew who he was unless you’re in the court scene. And then behind the scenes, the editors fought over whether to call him a judicial moderate or a strong liberal. And with so many people coming to Wikipedia for information on Garland, these descriptions really matter. How do Wikipedia editors grapple with attempts to insert their own ideological leanings?

I think that this is one of those things where the more people who have an eye on the Wikipedia article, the more accurate and neutral it tends to be. Don’t take my word for it. There’s been lots of research on this subject. The more volume of traffic, the more likely it is that someone’s going to make an edit, the more editors who are involved in the conversation, the more compact and neutral and accurate the content is going to be, the more citations, the less verbose or adjectival a description is going to be. And so it’s likely in the case of Garland—and I’m not familiar with that particular article and how that moment in time affected its composition—but it’s likely in that case, or in the case of anybody who’s under the spotlight, that if they couldn’t decide on how to describe him, they would either say, “Some people describe as ‘citation, citation, citation.’ ‘Others describe as the opposite, citation, citation, citation.’ ” Or they would not make a determination about how that description actually plays out.

And so Wikipedians will tend to present information and ask you instead to draw your conclusions rather than draw their own inferences or conclusions on topics that are difficult to be neutral around.

Will Oremus: And a lot of that discussion happens on what’s called a talk page.

That’s right. It’s almost like the newsroom behind any Wikipedia article. One of the things we like to say is, “If you’re curious about what a talk page is, go to your hometown and look at the fights that people are having about the history of the town, the town hall, local celebrities, things like this.” Because it can give you the best and most immediate understanding of how talk pages actually work. There are places where Wikipedia editors take the conversation, not offline. It all happens in public. It’s just behind the curtain. Anyone can click on the talk tab and take a look at it. Anyone can contribute to that discussion, but it’s where these differences of opinion get hammered out while articles might be paused for editing, or while folks are having robust difficult conversations about how to frame or present something or whether something should be included in an article at all.

Oremus: You talked about how Wikipedia is better when there are more people involved in this editing process. That makes a lot of sense. How is the health of the Wikipedia editor community these days? In what direction is it trending? Is it getting livelier and healthier, or are the ranks thinning out? Is there a crisis of Wikipedia editorship? How’s it doing?

There is no crisis of Wikipedia editorship. Our editors are alive and well. No, I think that there was this interesting moment in time where people were very concerned about the trajectory of editorship, and it happened around, I want to say, 2010, where Wikipedia grew very rapidly in popularity between 2001 and 2010, and then what ended up happening was a lot of that original content was filled out, at least in some of the major languages, and we started to see a decline in casual editing. But what is happening is that our numbers have really stabilized to the point where we have about a quarter-million editors every single month, and about 80,000 of those come back month on month on month and make significant contributions to the site. So overall our editor health is really good. What we would love to see is an increased diversification of that, and we’d love to see some of the languages that are perhaps not as robust as they should be relative to the size of a million speakers and the like. We’d love to see some of that grow.

So for us, it’s about maintaining the health of our current editing community but then also thinking about how do we reach people for whom we’re not there yet in their language, in their geography, or representing their sense of identity.

Glaser: I imagine if you come from a community that is not well represented in the editor community that you may be prone to harassment or feel somewhat ostracized in these tightknit talk pages where a lot of difficult conversations happen. So I’m curious about harassment on Wikipedia. Have we seen coordinated attempts to insert ideological bias or to harass people to the point where they stop maintaining certain pages?

Yeah. Absolutely. These things happen, and happen in places that you wouldn’t necessarily expect. I think that the instances of extreme harassment—the kind that you see on some of the other social platforms—we see a lot less of that because Wikipedia has rules around civility that determine whether you can participate as an editor, and if you violate those rules you will get blocked and banned by our community members. I think the bigger issue for us tends to really focus on tonality, so we’ve done some interesting research around conversational failure, and it turns out that if you start a sentence in dialogue with another editor with the word please, it actually is a really high predictor that that conversation is going to fail. Because it tends to be followed by “Please stop doing that” or “Please don’t do something that you don’t know anything about,” and so please is actually not an indicator of a necessarily positive outcome.

So what we’re trying to understand is in a community and in an ecosystem where harassment and unfriendly spaces look very different than harassment on, say, the comment section of YouTube or in a Twitter channel. What can we do to facilitate more civil and respectful conversations when we can’t necessarily automate to be able to understand because of the use of bad words, for example. And so it’s really about how we create a culture of friendly interaction as opposed to certain instances of harassment, ’cause we just don’t have that problem in quite the same way, which is not to say it doesn’t exist. I do want to be really careful to acknowledge that we have had instances of people who’ve been harassed on Wikipedia. It tends to be somebody gets a bone between their teeth and really goes after an editor or a group of editors. The times that we’ve seen these things happen in a targeted way have tended to be around things that you would expect to be controversial. We were one of the sites to be enveloped in the whole Gamergate controversy, and we absolutely saw people really go head-to-head over what that particular discussion meant, and we had a number of Wikipedia editors on all sides of the conversation who found themselves sanctioned for the way that they participated in those conversations.

Glaser: I write a lot about harassment on social media, and obviously Wikipedia is a social place where people can interact. We do not hear as much about creating a culture where people will be less prone to harass each other. It’s more about moderation, so this is really interesting.

We don’t do moderation in the same way that other social platforms do. We don’t have armies of folks sitting offshore going through content posting trying to determine if it’s harassing language or if it violates our terms of service. Our community, because it is truly a community, engages in that conversation directly, and then they have modes and means of policies to refer conversations for review and sanction as appropriate. I think that harassment is a problem, but for us it is a relatively small problem relative to the challenge of how do you create a truly inclusive space for folks when we come from a certain culture, and we come from a certain demographic background. How do you open that up so that it becomes a place where more people feel welcome?

Oremus: That’s so interesting to hear you say you don’t have moderation. I understand what you mean: You mean that Wikipedia, or the Wikimedia Foundation, isn’t going in and moderating what the editors can say or what people can add to an article. But in another sense, the whole project of Wikipedia is a project of moderation, where people are moderating what each other can say and regulating each other’s speech in various ways. It reminds me, you talked about the social platforms, and it reminds me of the difficulties that the big social networks are having right now with misinformation, conspiracy theories, fake news, all that sort of thing. And they talk about, Well, we can’t be an arbiter of truth. Or maybe in Facebook’s case: We’re trying, but it’s really hard to be an arbiter of truth. Wikipedia is at its core an arbiter of truth—that’s what you guys do. So why do you think they’re having such a tough time with it, and would you have any advice for the people running those platforms?

I think one thing that’s really different from us is, from the beginning, it’s been a community-driven project. We don’t set editorial policies for Wikipedia. The community sets that, and the community has evolved over time with these editorial policies in order to assess information quality and also the standards that they want in their spaces, to tie it back to the conversation around friendly spaces and contribution. But specifically for content moderation there are a couple of really core policies that drive the way that Wikipedia articles are created, and I think the reason that they are effective is that they’re clear, there are only three of them, they’re fairly easy to understand, there are tons of examples for how they work, there are lots of different eyeballs that focus on insuring that those policies are upheld, and it all happens in the open. The polices around accuracy of information, it requires that we site back to what we call reliable sources. It means that people can’t just put out fringe theories based on what their interests are. They have to find citations and information. It has to be peer-reviewed, or published, or have some editorial scrutiny.

These are the policies that have created a sense of accuracy and accountability on Wikipedia, and accountability not just for the editors but accountability to the public who reads this content. And I think that’s just so completely different from the way these other platforms work. Another thing that I point to is we don’t have divergent forking narratives or feeds that you sign up for. When you come to a Wikipedia article, you’re looking at the exact same thing whether you’re sitting on the other side of the continent from me or if you’re sitting in the next office over. That doesn’t afford us the space to shift narratives based on what your interest is or what an algorithm suggests that you might like. We have to be open and publicly accountable for what is published no matter what your perspective or viewpoint actually is.

It’s funny you mentioned, or refer to, Wikipedia as an arbiter of truth. We actually don’t agree with that characterization. What we would say is that Wikipedia reflects knowledge as it exists at any given moment in time. That is, knowledge is constantly being constructed, and it’s constantly being deconstructed. And so edits are made to Wikipedia, content is removed from Wikipedia, knowledge changes dramatically over time, and what Wikipedia offers is just an aggregate understanding of what we know about a topic at any given moment based on what’s been published or what common consensus says. I always use the example of Copernicus or Galileo. However many hundreds of years ago, had they written an article, we’d have some really strong articles about how the sun revolves around the Earth. But we, as hopefully humanity, have learned a lot more about our solar system, and now we know that the Earth revolves around the sun. So knowledge is a living thing, but it’s not necessarily about trying to get to some understanding of truth. It’s more just about representation about what we can all agree on at any point in time.

Where I start to find this really powerful is less on things that are settled, like heliocentricity versus geocentricism, but more about how our history—and understanding of culture, and understanding of politics, and understanding of representation—Is constantly evolving. Wikipedia’s edited 350 times a minute, which essentially means that every minute there are 350 opportunities to challenge what it is that we know, and how it is that it’s been assembled, and who has contributed to that knowledge base, and whose voices are included, and how it is that we might change that over time. So I think of Wikipedia not as an arbiter of truth but really a living contestation for how knowledge is formed and created, which is why we always say, “Don’t trust Wikipedia. Read it with a critical eye. Check the citations. And if you see something, contribute to it.” Because the way that we form knowledge is by contributing to it together and building on what’s come before.

Glaser: It’s true that there are all of these ways to gain social clout and to gain social trust in the Wikipedia community, but sometimes people edit Wikipedia anonymously, or it’s their first time, and sometimes it’s funny. And it’s something that you guys call vandalism. And I want to ask about that, because I saw this meme going around a few years ago—I think it was an actual screenshot from Wikipedia, and it was edited to say that Charlie Sheen was half-man, half-cocaine. And it was changed quickly back, I’m sure, but I think this happens a lot, and I’m curious: How does Wikipedia contend with vandalism, and is there any particularly funny one that comes to mind?

Just the other day, somebody tweeted about the fact that there’s a Wikipedia article that’s a list of fictional states, and nestled in there was Wyoming, a fictional state made up for tourism revenue by Idaho. I thought that was funny. As soon as I retweeted it, it was gone. But I think that often we see these sorts of vandalism. I think that they are funny. I also know that they can be quite annoying for our Wikipedia editors. I like to think of them as ways of demonstrating that Wikipedia is a living project and as a reminder to folks that you can go ahead and get in there and edit. We actually have more Wikipedians than we’d like to admit who first started because of vandalism. They came in to mess with the site, and they realized, “Oh, that vandalism didn’t stay up for very long. I’m curious how that works,” and then get involved in that way. In general, there are different ways that vandalism works. I don’t think this will surprise anyone, but some of the highest volume of vandalism tends to happen in school hours, and it tends to be bad words.

But we have bots that scrub the site from end to end and remove instances of poop that shouldn’t belong in a sentence and the like. The other forms of vandalism tend to get reverted very quickly. I think Congress is notorious for vandalizing Wikipedia, in fact I think it’s blocked this week; you can’t edit with a congressional IP this week because people abuse their privileges. And we’ve seen that happen. Wikipedia editors tend to keep a very close eye on what we call our recent-changes feed, and there are folks who consider themselves just to be vandalism patrollers who are always looking for things that are a little suspicious. We give this a boost by having machine learning systems that are able to identify what is likely a good edit or a bad edit and help editors triage in order to keep pace with the 350 edits a minute. Because it’s a pretty huge volume of activity on the sites at any given time.

Glaser: With Wikipedia now serving as a fact-checker for YouTube’s most polarizing conspiracy-theory videos, is there a fear that people will see these videos about how climate change isn’t real and then click on the Wikipedia link and edit the article to incorporate the counterfactual information they just saw?

This was something that we were concerned about. Obviously any time a major platform turns the worst of the internet against our sites, we worry about what the implications are for our editing community. Our editing community actually took it all in stride. They said, “We’ve got means by which we monitor these pages. We know how to deal with vandalism. We’ve been doing this for 17 years. We’ll let you know when it’s a problem.” And we went back and said pretty much the same thing to YouTube. We said, “We’ll let you know when it’s a problem, and if it does become a problem we’d appreciate some support around this. But overall it seems as though it’s something that is working out.” Our mission overall is to get knowledge out there and to be the correct place for information—to have it be as accurate as possible. And if it is a tool in the arsenal of insuring a more accurate and fact-based internet, then I think we’re probably all for it.

Glaser: It’s fascinating how the community is able to morph and absorb more responsibility as more people start to use the internet and as more large platforms start to rely, and continue to rely, on Wikipedia as a source of information.

I think what I would say there is that because it works in this instance, it doesn’t mean that we’re going to be the catchall for all of the worst bits of the internet. In reality, anytime that there is an intermediary layer between people who are reading Wikipedia content and where the content itself is created, we see that as a risk. Part of the promise of Wikipedia is that anybody anywhere can go in and check where does the information come from, when was it added, what’s the edit history, what’s the discussion on the talk page, where does the citation go, and so whenever there’s an intermediary layer that sits between our readers and our contributors, we view that as a breakdown of the trust and the promise model that Wikipedia offers in terms of accountability and transparency, but we also view it as a risk factor to the sites as a whole because of how Wikipedia works when people stop by to read it. Wikipedia works when a reader’s like, “Oh, I think that information isn’t accurate. That probably needs an update,” or “That probably could use a different citation.”

And so the volume of traffic to our sites is actually the way in which Wikipedia stays up to date and makes sure that our content is constantly expanding, and so if that information is being siphoned off and presented in different ways and in different places, that actually does create a risk for us. So I think there’s a tension between how do we make sure information’s available in the most useful ways, such as the referral back with the YouTube videos, but also making sure that information is not taken completely out of context and presented in a way that ultimately chokes off the way that Wikipedia works.

Oremus: You actually just answered part of the question that I was going to ask, which is: Part of the future of computing right now on the internet seems to be this move toward voice assistance. Whether it’s on a smart speaker, like an Amazon Echo or Google Home, or it’s Siri on your phone, or talking to the Google Assistant on your phone, for a lot of those, when you ask a question—when you ask Siri or Alexa or Google a question—the answer you get will be content from Wikipedia. So that’s a way that people are gonna be using Wikipedia more and more, presumably, but maybe not even know that they are using Wikipedia. Certainly not visit the site and maybe run into a fundraising appeal or get involved in that way. Is that a big concern for you going forward, and are you hopeful that donations from those big platforms … I saw that Amazon recently gave $1 million to the Wikimedia Foundation maybe partly for that reason.

Does that have to become more of your business model now if these platforms are going to be siphoning off your information or siloing your information in that way?

I think I have many thoughts and responses to your question. One thing to note is that there’s the immediate value that these platforms get out of having Wikipedia as a resource from which they can pull answers and information to provide to their users. But the other part that most people aren’t as aware of is that Wikipedia is also this massive computational resource for many different platforms in terms of the way that they’re developing machine learning, the way that they’re training their A.I assistants, in the way that they treat natural language processing. And so we view ourselves as a resource that should be supported by industry as a whole—not just because we create a transactional value to them, because Amazon or Siri or whatever can answer our question, but because we’ve actually created a tremendous resource just in terms of data modeling and support that these companies can go out and train and do advanced computational science around. And there is nobody who is contributing back because of the value we’ve created in that space.

The reason that we think that should engender long-term support is because we are essentially the commons as a resource for the entire internet that entire business models have been created around. And if you don’t actually support that commons, it’s not going to exist at some point, and that’s going to be really problematic for a business model that depends on its existence, particularly as companies are pushing into new and different markets. It’s increasingly the case that they’re looking to sites like Wikipedia, which have content that’s available in those local languages as a baseline to assess the market maturity, and whether people are using the open web, and whether they’re creating content in those languages. So overall supporting Wikipedia so that we’re out there and accessible to more people and accessible to more users in more languages, and so that our content is diverse and reflective of the entire world and not just North America or the male experience, is ultimately a good thing, not just for us, and not just for our readers, but for the internet as a whole.

In terms of what that support looks like, I think that it’s not just about monetary support. We are very proud of the fact that 85 percent of our donations come from small-dollar donations from individual users. The average donation is $15, and the remaining 15 percent tends to be more traditional foundation donations. We don’t want to be entirely beholden to large corporations giving us money, but we do feel as though having some sort of sustainable model of support, whether it is engineering support, or in-kind support, or just thinking about what the product decisions actually mean in terms of their implications for how people can contribute to and access Wikipedia, that’s the conversation that we want to be having with these different platforms. At the end of the day, we create a tremendous amount of value in the world, and we want to make sure that value is being recognized and being supported and sustained, because it’s very easy to make a series of decisions that in aggregate could really damage that value, and I don’t think anybody intentionally wants to hurt Wikipedia.

Glaser: No, Wikipedia has a tremendous amount of value for so many different parties. Can you tell us about efforts to expand Wikipedia in other languages? Also, what’s the second-biggest language after English? And is Wikipedia available in China?

So there are a whole host of Wikipedias that are smaller languages. They tend to be secondary languages within countries, or indigenous languages, or noncolonial languages, and we at the Wikimedia Foundation actually place a great deal of emphasis on supporting communities that are doing work in these languages. We have grants that are available to community members who are organizing and doing events around outreach and growth of smaller-language projects. We call them our emerging community projects. And the whole idea is that we don’t make a decision based on winners and losers on language. The fact that Spanish and German and English and French are enormous doesn’t mean that that is sufficient to cover the entire world. We want people to be able to access content in Zulu and in whatever the indigenous languages and identities are that they’re seeking information.

We know that’s actually critical to the way that cultures continue to live, the way that identities continue to live. There’s a whole example of Welsh Wikipedia where the national government of Wales has a Wikipedian in residence who is just there to make sure that Welsh continues to be a living thriving Wikipedia language in large part because they know that having Wikipedia exist in Welsh is actually a marker as to whether other internet services will index Welsh as a living digital language. And of course we can all understand that if your language goes away or doesn’t exist in a digitized form, your identity starts to go away too. So we’re really supportive of this. We think this is part of our cultural diversity in recognizing that the sum of all knowledge requires all sorts of different understandings of knowledge, all sorts of linguistic bases for knowledge.

Glaser: Is Wikipedia available in China?

Wikipedia is not currently available in China or in Turkey. But of course Wikipedia does continue to be built by Chinese speakers. We have Chinese speakers who are outside of China, like Taiwan and Hong Kong of course, but then other Chinese speakers including folks from mainland China who edit Wikipedia from outside of the country as well as from inside the country using circumvention technologies. So Wikipedia in Chinese is not as large, and we would like to see the relative number of Chinese speakers, but we remain optimistic that it will continue to be built and will be there for when and if China ever decides to unblock us. We would love that.


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For an urtext that connects the Hollywood musical and the Hollywood melodrama—those two quintessentially feminine genres of American film—the gender dynamic at the heart of A Star Is Born always has been oddly off-kilter, across eight decades and four iterations. Or maybe not so oddly, if you remember that this story about a woman’s triumph of self-expression still unfolds under male domination, both on screen and behind the scenes. Though the title tells us it’s a tale of a female talent’s rise, the real narrative engine is a man’s fall, via addiction and bullheadedness, which a woman must suffer through as the cost she pays for her self-realization.

Audiences accept and even embrace it because it feels archetypically true, a stand-in for all the things women give up as part of a lifelong negotiation with a man’s world. That she survives at all intact is the source of the overwhelming, ugly cry–producing relief of the final scene, as iconic in the 2018 version as ever. But until then, the man at the center of the tragedy gets the lion’s share of the best scenes and lines. What the woman gets, ever since Judy Garland’s quavering torch burned through the screen in 1954’s first musical version, is the music—music, in a sense, as a force beyond the reach of the unfairness of real-world power and pragmatism.

So there’s a poetic justice, listening to the soundtrack of the new A Star Is Born, directed by Bradley Cooper and starring himself and Lady Gaga, to the fact that everything impressive about Cooper’s on-screen performance fades to a wash here. Meanwhile, Gaga gets to revel in a few of the most stunning musical moments of her decadelong career.

But it also means the album is off-kilter in the opposite way. In the movie, it’s a disarming surprise how well the guy from the Hangover movies and Silver Linings Playbook acquits himself as a credible musician. That illusion doesn’t survive the translation to an audio-only experience. Aside from the solo acoustic “Maybe It’s Time,” supplied by the superb songwriter Jason Isbell in a style that channels the spirit of the late great Townes Van Zandt, the Cooper features on the soundtrack are mostly gray zones that one has to sit through, waiting for Gaga to come back.

In the film, it’s easy enough to overlook the fact that Cooper’s Jackson Maine character—more or less a repeat (or, as one critic friend put it, a “cover version”) of Kris Kristofferson’s country-rocker character from the 1976 A Star Is Born with Barbra Streisand—makes very little sense as a figure in the 2018 music world, even one with his best days a bit behind him. He would be a Nashville star, or more of a cult Americana artist, not the rock idol appearing at Coachella that he’s made out to be. So he’d be an unlikely contact point between the chart-pop world and Gaga’s gifted but previously luckless singer Ally. Instead of Kristofferson, it might have felt more contemporary if Cooper could have chosen, for instance, a fading indie-rock phenomenon to model himself on here, for instance Jack White. Imagine the effect on his persona of a big black coif and red-and-white vintage garb, a little more downtown in his frown.

Kristofferson, who was riding out his glory days as a country-rock “outlaw” crossover star in the mid-1970s, was also able to perform deliberately poorly, to indicate his character’s diminished state, and still give you the feeling that there was a greatness lying behind it. Cooper, striving just to seem believable, can’t afford to do the same. And while that doesn’t interfere with the drama, it does mean that when you listen to Cooper apart from the film, his performances are revealed to be passable amateur takes on ersatz versions of Led Zeppelin, the Grateful Dead, or Kristofferson himself. These tracks are mostly co-creations with Lukas Nelson, son of Willie and leader of the group Promise of the Real, better known as a backing band for Neil Young than in their own right. Nelson also had a hand in overseeing other music for the movie, but thankfully he brought in much more solid songwriters for the most pivotal numbers.

The best one can say for Cooper is that he does no harm as a duet partner for Gaga on their songs together, and that’s a huge relief, because one of the most satisfying elements of the new movie is that they come off very realistically as musical kindred souls, including as co-writers—it has some of the most convincing scenes of musical collaboration since 2007’s Music and Lyrics with (of all people) Drew Barrymore and Hugh Grant.

All these factors help balance out the conceptual flaw that several observers have noted in the movie, which is that it tends to subscribe to an outdated and always misbegotten idea of musical authenticity that treats songwriting as superior to performance, pleasure as less worthy than misery, and implicitly, femininity as more artificial than masculinity. On the soundtrack, most of Cooper’s meant-to-be-good country rock is actually duller and dumber than Gaga’s most exaggerated, meant-to-be-bad pop “sellout” tracks, like “Why Did You Do That?” and “Hair Body Face” (both credited partly to one of Gaga’s primary partners in her own poppiest phase, DJ White Shadow). This gives the lie to the endless bad dialogue in the movie where Cooper insists that writing her own songs, what Ally “has to say,” is the only value that counts. What’s more, Sam Elliott as Cooper’s older brother, in a later scene, counters with an idea about music and interpretation that feels deeper than any of that folderol. What emerges in the best musical moments of the movie and the soundtrack is actually a synthesis, where every part of the person, including pretenses and sincerity, stagecraft and self-revelation, is mobilized to unleash every possible register of emotion.

Of course, just asking Lady Gaga herself to play the Streisand part determines this, since her whole persona was built on blurring distinctions between the supposedly fake and real—drawing on Andy Warhol, David Bowie, Madonna, and many more to argue that one’s truest self can be found in being someone else. The fact that we first meet her in a drag bar, the only woman welcomed (even allowed) on the bill by the queens of the place, underlines that message immediately. The performance she gives there of Edith Piaf’s “La Vie en Rose” is the film’s first musical highlight and one of the most memorable, standing exactly in the place of Judy Garland’s historic rendition of Ira Gershwin and Harold Arlen’s “The Man That Got Away” in the 1954 film, which takes place in an after-hours bar where her jazz band has gone to jam after their paying gig. This is where James Mason’s Norman Maine is first captivated by her voice, just as Cooper’s Jackson Maine is taken with Gaga at the drag bar—the crucial difference being that while Garland is in private and so letting her “true” self out, Jack is witnessing Ally almost playing herself as a drag queen, the layers of gender performance (and false eyebrows) testifying to a grander, less rigid idea of truth. But Gaga’s own recent career testifies to the fact that she’s been struggling with both sides of the equation, stepping back from her earlier Artpop concept to sing standards with Tony Bennett and sing autobiographical country rock on her most recent album Joanne that often, in retrospect, seems to presage the pop-ballad hybrid style she works to her best effect in some of A Star Is Born.

Unfortunately the version of “La Vie en Rose” we hear on the soundtrack isn’t as affecting as it is on screen, precisely because it’s the same one. It was a great decision for the movie to use live, on-set performances rather than studio takes of the songs, so that they feel grounded in the situation. But for home listening, this means the audio quality is uneven and a bit distant. But along with the lamer Cooper tracks and the included snippets of movie dialogue between songs (which actually work fine in their own right and aren’t nearly as much a drag on the momentum as you might guess from looking at the track list), it renders the soundtrack more of a souvenir of the movie than a work that stands alone. This technique has been used for many movie and stage musical soundtracks, but they’ve seldom been the albums with staying power. Streisand and Kristofferson didn’t do it for their A Star Is Born soundtrack, and given Gaga’s huge (if somewhat dimming) star wattage, it risks disappointing her fans looking for a definitive new album here. I’m very glad to have both the screen and studio versions (the last as kind of a bonus track) of the excellent climactic song, “I’ll Never Love Again,” but it makes me wish I also had cleaner, punchier recordings of the soundtrack’s very best material, “Shallow” and “Always Remember Us This Way.”

The former already excited the public as the key sonic moment of the movie’s trailer—the song that gives Ally her first world-beating thrill, having been dragged onstage by Jack. It’s a perfect combination of rootsiness and Gaga-ness, recalling her early sonic signature of stuttering, alliterative hooks (“Poker Face,” “Paparazzi”) via the doo-wop-nudging “Sha-shal-la-la-low” chorus. But its verses also blend sturdy 1970s songwriting with a more up-to-date vernacular, including my favorite line in any song here, directed from Ally to Jack: “Ain’t it hard keepin’ it so hardcore?”

But on “Always Remember Us This Way,” we get Gaga sounding entirely like herself but letting her voice soar to even greater heights, the way she does throughout A Star Is Born, thanks to a sprinkling of Hollywood fairy dust and a stage that lets her show off even more than usual—with which, like a fearless vocal assassin, she annihilates anyone who remembers only the meat dress and puts herself about as close to Streisand’s plane (though not Garland’s, sorry) as any current pop singer could. We also get a song created by a murderer’s row of Nashville talent, including songwriters Natalie Hemby (a Miranda Lambert henchwoman) and Lori McKenna (too many hits to name), as well as producer Dave Cobb (facilitator to Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson, and Isbell). Channeled through Gaga’s throat, it immediately feels indelible. This is the song she was searching for on Joanne, as well as the one that marks the pivot point in any Star Is Born: Our protagonists in synch, their ambitions aligned, their souls utterly enriched by their mating, but with some innate knowledge that it cannot last: “When the sun goes down/ And the band won’t play/ I’ll always remember us this way.”

It’s all downhill from there. But they could never have gotten so high, so extraordinary, so profoundly stupid other than together. It’s a myth, an elevation of ordinary disappointments into grandeur. And perhaps it’s a hurtful one. Yet in a song like this, we hear how deeply, how desperately we want and need it. We hear what keeps it evergreen. That said, Gaga’s arguably expressed it better at least once before. If A Star Is Born must ever be remade again, let’s grant it a more suitable title: A Bad Romance.


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<blockquote><div>Brian Kidd</div>I had the pleasure of seeing a print many years ago of the restored 1954 version at the Ohio Theater in Columbus. It's a grand old movie palace with the largest screen I've seen outside of (real) IMAX. I had seen it before on VHS, but watching it as it was intended to be seen was a totally different experience. By the end of the "Born in a Trunk" number, the audience was applauding. It's one of my favorite film-going experiences and made me a Judy Garland fan for life.</blockquote>Love the Ohio!
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Noel Coward said about the 54 "A Star Is Born: " What has happened to the famous, once famous, American timing sense? In spite of fine acting performances by Judy Garland and James Mason and a lavish, highly-colored production, it dragged interminably. Every song was attenuated to such a length that I thought I was going mad. One in oarticulsr, "Born in a Trunk", started brilliantly but by the time it was over and we had endured montage after montage and repetition after repetition, I found myself wishing that dear enchanting Judy was at the bottom.of the sea." "The Noel Coward Diaries, edited by Graham Payne, 1982 Little, Brown & Co." i don't entirely agree, but those complaining about the musical.numbers in the Garland film are in good company. I have seen all the versions, including this 2018 version and remain a faithful proponent of the 37 version being the best. It's concise, always modern in its cynicism and the performances remain truthful.
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The Boy From Oz is a raucous musical biography about the life of the most famous gay man from Australia - entertainer, singer/songwriter, Peter Allen - featuring songs written by him and with other collaborators.

The original book is by Nick Enright, with a revised book by Martin Sherman (Bent). The show begins in the 1950s with his humble beginnings growing up in an Australian bush town. He then experiences a meteoric rise to fame as an international star opening for Judy Garland and selling out week-long engagements at Radio City Music Hall. Allen was Judy Garland's good friend and Liza Minnelli's first husband, but, first and foremost, singer-songwriter Peter Allen was a performer. Within a few years, Allen and Minnelli split due to Allen's homosexuality. Eventually, Allen dies from AIDS - but before he dies, he is able to give one final concert back in his homeland.

The Boy From Oz is a tale of humor, heartbreak, self-discovery, forgiveness and love, all told using Allen's own songs, including "I Honestly Love You", "Don't Cry Out Loud", and "I Go to Rio." The Boy From Oz premiered in Australia in 1998 starring Todd McKenney, playing to over a million people, before debuting on Broadway in 2003 with Hugh Jackman in the lead role playing almost 400 performances. Jackman won the 2004 Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical.

Shows are at the Gateway Theatre, 215 Jackson St., (at Battery St.) SF, CA 94111 - Embarcadero BART. Tickets are $15 - $45 and available at https://therhino.audience1st.com/store/12 or 1-800-838-3006. (All Previews are pay-what-you-wish at the door.)

The Boy From Oz features Bay Area Actors: SuzyJane Edwards (Dee/Trio/Ensemble); Max Fischer (Young Peter - W/Th); Justin Genna* (Peter); Larissa Kelloway (Marion/Trio); John-Thomas Hanson (Stage Manager/Mark/Trio/ Ensemble); Kim Larsen (George/Dick/Announcer/Dealer/Ensemble); Grace Liu (Josie-Leslie/Girl/Trio/Rockette/Trio/Ensemble); Justin Lopez (Announcer/Trick/Greg/Trio/ Ensemble); John Charles Quimpo (Chris/Trio/Ensemble); Leandra Ramm* (Judy); Carol Walker (Liza); Cameron Zener (Young Peter - F/Sat). (The role of young Peter is double cast.)

*Appears courtesy of Actors' Equity Association

Tech Credits: David Draper (Costume Designer); John Fisher (Director); Kevin Hammond (Choreographer); Colin Johnson (Lighting Designer); Christina Lazo (Choreographer); Stephanie Rose Niemann (Ass't. Director/Stage Manager); Sheela Ramesh (Music Director); Joe Tally (Ass't. Director); Bert van Aalsburg (Scenic Design).


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garlandwhizzer wrote:
Mon Oct 08, 2018 12:21 pm

TBM holds no BBB rated bonds and almost 2/3 of its bonds are backed by the US government. Its corporate bond exposure sticks with investment grade. TBM's default risk is well controlled IMO but it does have duration risk (ave. duration 6.1 yrs. which is why its YTD return is -2.52%). No reason for panic if you're holding TBM. Having said that, spreads between Treasuries and corporates are very narrow now and you get minimal reward for taking the increased default risk of the latter. Likewise duration risk has taken a toll on longer and even intermediate duration bonds this year as principal values have declined. You basically get punished these days to take on duration risk.



The market is now pricing in low rates of expected inflation for the next 10 to 30 years, as the narrow (negative?) spreads between short term TIPS and long term TIPS demonstrate. Likewise the very narrow spreads between long term Treasuries and short term Treasuries suggest that the market believes that inflation/economic growth is not going to increase significantly over the very long term. In this environment, you can get rid of duration, default, and unexpected inflation risk with ST TIPS without paying anything for it. Vanguard's ST TIPS fund currently yields +.85% in addition the inflation adjustment. Inflation is currently running at an rate of about 2.8%. That gives you a 3.65% total yield that is government guaranteed and without inflation risk. I personally don't get the appeal of nominal bonds or increased duration in the current environment but those who are heavily exposed to nominal bonds and long duration may want to consider this option for a portion of their bond portfolio.



Garland Whizzer


Is the ST TIPS fund a suitable holding in a taxable account?
          Comment on “I’m Just Glad We Ruined Brett Kavanaugh’s Life”: Colbert Writer Tweets Out A Celebration Of The Politics Of Personal Destruction by batousan2014      Cache   Translate Page      
First thing...I violated one of my own standards by using the departed as a rhetorical tool. My bad. As to the "genius of America" found in the balance between majority rule and minority rights I'm on the same page. Garland's rejection does fall within those rules; what got me was the way it went down. The Senate could have voted him down if McConnell could keep the troops together. Republicans would have defied spin that said their job is to "advise (then) consent" and I wouldn't have given it a second thought. He didn't, presumably because McConnell couldn't keep the troops together, then came up with what sounded like a cover story about giving the people a voice in the process. It was as though Republicans were playing a weak hand while boasting about their strength.
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          Stuart Hardy * A végzet árnyékában - Jelenlegi ára: 500 Ft      Cache   Translate Page      
189 oldal
"A porosnak csúfolt Dan Garland vérbeli fenegyerek, aki önpusztító életet él. Meg van győződve róla, hogy az örökletes családi betegség hamarosan lesújt rá és elborítja az elméjét a gyógyíthatatlan téboly.
Elkeseredetten kóborol a vadnyugaton, miközben iszik, verekszik, keresi a veszélyt...
Aztán megjelenik Kay Armour és Dan Garland utolsó napjai értelmet nyernek. Ugyanis az elragadó, fiatal hölgynek nem csak a birtoka, hanem az élete is veszélyben van.
Porosnak azonban nincs vesztenivalója. Szembeszáll a lányt fenyegető bandával, s kegyetlen küzdelem veszi kezdetét...
Stuart Hardy a klasszikus western egyik népszerű szerzője volt, akinek annak idején milliók élvezték cselekményes munkáit.
Azok számára, akik kedvelik az egzotikus környezetben játszódó vadnyugati romantikát, a csillogó mesét, a vad vágtákat és a lehengerlő dinamikát - ma sem okoz csalódást. "
Személyes átvétel a Mexikói úti kisföldalatti végállomáson (XIV.  ker. ),
vagy az Oktogonon lehetséges.
Ha ez nem megoldható postán, futárral, csomagautomatába stb... küldöm, banki átutalás után.
Lásd:  Szállítási és garanciális feltételeket.  Utánvéttel nem küldöm.

Stuart Hardy * A végzet árnyékában
Jelenlegi ára: 500 Ft
Az aukció vége: 2018-10-10 12:01
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          Halloween Applique: Vampire Bat      Cache   Translate Page      
By Janet Carrillo "damn it Janet, let's crochet!"
Ideas on how to use these appliques...
*These would be great to apply to any project.
*You can add them to kitchen towels,
*turn them into a keychain or fridge magnet.
*You can also make several and make a garland.
*Attach a ribbon to make them into bookmarks.

SIZE/MEASUREMENTS
approx. 1.25"height x 3"length widest point
...but they can vary based on yarn and hook size.

MATERIALS
*Crochet hook size: 3.5mm (E)
*Worsted weight yarn: Black (5yds)
*Stitch Markers to mark your rounds
*Felt: White
*Sharpie: Black
*Tapestry Needle
*Hot Glue

PATTERN NOTES - must read...
 Numbers in ( ) at the end of each round/row indicate the total number of stitches.
 Always use stitch markers to mark your rounds.
 There's no need to sl st and/or ch when going to the next round unless stated to do so.

SPECIAL STITCHES
 Picot Stitch - ch3, insert hook into the 3rd chain from hook, y/o & draw up the yarn through all the loops.
 Invisible join - this VIDEO explains how to do this technique.

BODY with black
  Rnd 1: 7hdc in magic ring, sl st into 1st st (7)
  Rnd 2: 2hdc in next 2 sts, 3hdc in next st, 2hdc in next st, 3hdc in next st, 2hdc in next 2 sts, sl st into 1st st (16)
  Rnd 3: sk 1st st, sl st in 2nd st, picot st, sl st in next 12 sts, picot st, sl st in next 2 sts, join to 1st st with the invisible join
F/O, secure and weave in the ends.

WING with black
Attach yarn on the back loop of the 4th st of the body.
ch7, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, hdc in next ch, dc+picot st+dc in next st, sc in next st, hdc+picot st+hdc in next st, sc in next st, sl st where you attach yarn
F/O, secure and weave in the ends.

Attach yarn on the back loop of the 13th st of the body.
ch7, turn your work upside down so you are working on the bottom loops of the chains like in the pictures below, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, hdc in next ch, dc+picot st+dc in next st, sc in next st, hdc+picot st+hdc in next st, sc in next st, sl st where you attach yarn
F/O, secure and weave in the ends.

ASSEMBLE
     EYES...using white felt, make 2 large circles and before gluing them in place, with a black sharpie make little pupils right in the center of the eye.


GLOSSARY:
ch/s:chain/s || sc: single crochet || hdc: half double crochet || dc: double crochet || sl st: slip stitch || sk: skip || st/s: stitch/es || rnd:round || f/o: finish off



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Have a nice crochet time!
- Janet

This pattern is an original pattern by Janet Carrillo "damn it Janet, let's crochet!" (October 2018). Please do not claim this pattern as your own. If you wish to share this pattern, you may link to this pattern but please do not reprint/repost it on your site. You may print and keep a copy for your own personal use. Please do not resell or distribute it.

          Is 8 Enough? The Consequences Of The Supreme Court Starting 1 Justice Short      Cache   Translate Page      
As the fight over the Brett Kavanaugh nomination continues to reverberate throughout the country, the shorthanded Supreme Court began its new term Monday. Republicans had hoped to seat nominee Brett Kavanaugh in time for the start of the term, but that, of course, did not happen. Just like the beginning of the 2016 term, only eight justices sat on the bench when Chief Justice John Roberts opened the court term. In 2016, after the sudden death of conservative Justice Antonin Scalia, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell held up President Barack Obama's nomination of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court for almost a year, leaving the court with eight members until a newly elected President Trump could fill the seat. The difference this time is that the eight-justice court is evenly split between conservative and liberal justices, with little wiggle room in many closely contested cases. In 2016, Justice Anthony Kennedy, a conservative who sometimes voted with the court's liberals, was
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Thanks for calling that to my attention, though in your standard nasty and attacking way. That article by George Washington is crucial, but I didn't even know of this blog back in 2013 when it was posted. I appreciate your calling that masterpiece (of which he has done so many) to my attention. I don't know everything; and therefore I don't make any written assertions that go beyond what I do know at the time I am writing them. Until you called that masterpiece of his to my attention, I never knew of it nor the astounding information that it contains. I shall stick with my methodology of stating only what I do know and can document. From here on, in any article that I write on the subject, I do know and will document -- from that article by GW -- that the NSA is collecting every phone call from every American. I have always suspected that this is being done, but from here on out, I shall be able to state that it is being done. But your nastiness is gratuitous and will, for most people whom you treat that way, drive them off and close their minds toward anything you say. So: it is counterproductive (though not in my particular case -- but I am not typical, and so my case is not relevant to the advisability of your continuing your bad habit of gratuitously insulting people).

I should note here that the information which you linked-to from GW's 2013 post should have been known to each one of the 11 judges including Kavanaugh in that decision he published on the matter. If it was not known to them, then our highest courts are utterly untrustworthy because uninformed of crucial facts in the cases that come before them. And if it instead was known to them but they ruled this way regardless, then they all are obviously evil, each one of those 11 judges, including Merrick Garland, is.

Either way: this fact, which you called to my attention, proves that we do not live in anything approximating a democracy. That fact should be trumpeted far and wide.


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          Here's Why Court Packing May Be the Country's Best Hope to Reverse Trump's Corruption of the Supreme Court      Cache   Translate Page      
It would be a bold move — but it's no longer unthinkable.

With Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh’s confirmation, the far right now has a majority on the U.S. Supreme Court—which means that everything from abortion rights and gay rights and to health care reform could be on the chopping block. The High Court already leaned conservative, but while the retired Justice Anthony Kennedy (appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1987) was a right-winger with libertarian leanings at times, Kavanaugh is much more of a social conservative in the Clarence Thomas/Antonin Scalia vein. And this new edition of the Court could not only further the theocratic agenda of the Christian Right, but also, overturn the Affordable Care Act of 2010, criminalize affirmative action or attack voting rights—all of which makes an argument in favor of something President Franklin Delano Roosevelt attempted in the 1930s: Court packing.

Presently, the Supreme Court has nine seats, but were the Court to be packed, that number could be increased to 11, 13 or more seats—and it would be easier to make that happen than to impose term limits for justices, which would require altering the U.S. Constitution.

While presidents are limited to two terms and governors, congressmen, senators and city council members can be voted out of office, Supreme Court appointments are permanent—which means that Kavanaugh, a 53-year-old Generation X-er, might still be on the Court in 2050 if he lives as long as Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (now 85). Those who believe that Supreme Court justices have way too much power can be found on both the left and the right; in fact, a 2017 Reuters/Ipsos poll found that ten-year terms for Supreme Court justices were favored by 74% of Republicans and 66% of Democrats. And some prominent Republicans, including former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Sen. Rand Paul, have expressed their support for Supreme Court term limits.

But imposing term limits on Supreme Court justices would require some very heavy lifting, as the U.S. Constitution specifically states that Supreme Court appointments are lifetime appointments. The Constitution allows Supreme Court justices to be impeached, just as presidents can be impeached. But only one Supreme Court justice in U.S. history was impeached in the House of Representatives: George Washington appointee Samuel Chase in 1804—and the following year, Chase was acquitted in a Senate trial. So Chase maintained his Supreme Court seat until his death in 1811.

Compared to removing Kavanaugh via the impeachment process outlined in the Constitution or changing the Constitution in order to impose Supreme Court term limits, Democrats might have an easier time packing the High Court—and they wouldn’t have to change the Constitution to do it.

Although the Constitution mandates that Supreme Court appointments are permanent, it doesn’t say anything about how many justices there can be—and Congress has the power to either increase or decrease the number of justices. That happened in the 19th Century, when the number of justices was increased to six in 1802, seven in 1807, nine in 1837 and ten in 1863 before being reduced to eight in 1866 and increased to nine in 1869.

Not since 1869 has the number of Supreme Court justices changed, although FDR tried in the 1930s—when he realized that conservatives on the Court were hostile to elements of his New Deal (such as instituting a national minimum wage). FDR’s plan was to expand the Supreme Court to 15 justices, which could have given the Court a liberal majority. But that proposal was voted down in the Senate.

Nonetheless, the mere threat of a Supreme Court expansion might have scared some right-wing justices of the 1930s into being more New Deal-friendly. In its 1937 ruling in West Co. Hotel Co. v. Parrish, the High Court upheld the constitutionality of Washington State’s minimum wage law—which was a reversal of Adkins v. Children’s Hospital, a 1923 High Court ruling that declared minimum wage laws for women to be unconstitutional. Historians have described the Court’s more New Deal-friendly decisions of 1937 as “the switch in time that saved nine.” And in 1938, the first national minimum wage (25 cents per hour) came about when Congress passed the Fair Labor Standards Act, which FDR gladly signed into law.     

So possibly, the threat of Court-packing by Democrats could discourage Kavanaugh, Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch and other far-right justices from making really radical decisions. But no Court-packing is going to be possible as long as far-right Republicans control the federal government’s executive branch and both houses of Congress.

It remains to be seen how well Democrats will perform in the 2018 midterms or the 2020 presidential election. But if Democrats were to regain a strong majority in Congress and Trump were voted out of office two years from now, Court-packing could become a realistic threat in 2021 or beyond.

There were times in the past when Democrats and Republicans could butt heads yet come to reasonable compromises. President Reagan’s first High Court nominee, Sandra Day O’Connor, received a lot of votes from Senate Democrats in 1981—and Senate Democrats of 1987 considered Anthony Kennedy, another Reagan appointee, to be a fair compromise after rejecting wingnut Robert Bork.

But in 2016, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell showed how vindictive a partisan he could be when he refused to even consider President Barack Obama’s centrist Supreme Court nominee, Judge Merrick Garland. McConnell and Trump are authoritarians who govern from an us-versus-them mentality, and they are motivated by a quest for raw power—not a belief in checks and balances.

Ultimately, Court-packing might be Democrats’ best means of reining in a far-right Supreme Court that tries to shred everything from abortion rights to gay rights to voting rights—that is, if enough Republicans are voted out of office first.

 

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„Landslagið er ekki bara þetta efniskennda fyrirbæri sem hægt er að flokka og lýsa, heldur er það líka lyktin sem ég finn, hljóðin sem ég heyri, sögurnar sem ég skynja,“ segir Guðbjörg R. Jóhannesdóttir, umhverfisheimspekingur og pistlahöfundur Víðsjár, um fagurfræði og fagurferði náttúrunnar. Guðbjörg R. Jóhannesdóttir skrifar: Í heimspekinni fáumst við mikið við hugtök og tengsl á milli hugtaka. Ég geri stundum grín að þessari áráttu okkar að þurfa sífellt að spyrja að því hvaða merkingu þetta eða hitt hugtakið hafi, ekki síst þegar við spyrjum um hugtök sem við notum mikið í daglegu lífi og öllum virðist ljóst hvað þýða. Liggur t.d. ekki bara í augum uppi hvað fegurð merkir? Eða landslag? Vitum við ekki öll til hverskonar fyrirbæra þessi hugtök vísa? Er ekki óþarfa tímasóun að vera eitthvað að velta sér upp úr því hvað þau þýða? „Ég veit það eitt að ég veit ekki neitt“, eitthvað í þessum dúr á Sókrates víst að hafa sagt, en þessi orð minna okkur á hversu mikilvægt það er að taka engu sem sjálfsögðum hlut, gera ekki ráð fyrir að allt sem við teljum okkur vita við fyrstu sýn sé endilega eins nákvæmt og rétt og við gerðum ráð fyrir. Eins og við flest stóð ég til dæmis ómeðvitað í þeirri trú, að ég vissi alveg hvað hugtökin landslag og fegurð þýddu, þegar ég byrjaði á doktorsrannsókn minni á gildi landslags og hlutverki þess í ákvarðanatöku í umhverfismálum. Ég hélt að það væri fyrst og fremst gildi fyrirbærisins landslag sem þörf væri á að rannsaka, en ekki hugtakið sjálft sem ég hélt að ég vissi allt um hvað þýddi. En það breyttist um leið og ég fór að reyna að skilja í hverju gildið felst og ekki síst breyttist það þegar ég fór að beita aðferð fyrirbærafræðinnar í þessari þekkingarleit. Hvaða aðferð er það?, spyrjið þið væntanlega mörg. Eins og orðið fyrir-bæri í skilningnum „það sem fyrir ber” gefur til kynna beinir fyrirbærafræðin sjónum sínum að því hvernig veruleikann ber fyrir vitundina, fyrir skynjun okkar – eða með öðrum orðum, hvernig hlutirnir birtast okkur í reynsluheimi okkar. Þegar við förum að beina athyglinni að reynslu okkar og upplifun af fyrirbærum frekar en að fyrirframákveðnum skilgreiningum á þeim, sem finna má t.d. í orðabókum eða vísindalegum flokkunarkerfum, þá kemur oft í ljós að reynslan, upplifunin sjálf af fyrirbærinu, inniheldur eitthvað meira, dýpra og flóknara, en það sem hin hefðbundna skilgreining sem við tökum sem sjálfsögðum hlut gefur til kynna. Samkvæmt íslenskri orðabók er landslag: „heildarútlit svæðis, form náttúru á tilteknum stað“ og það er það sem við sjáum kannski flest fyrir okkur þegar spurt er hvað landslag sé. Við sjáum kannski fyrir okkur eitthvað líkt því sem grunnskólabörn teikna oft: fjöll, dali, tún, vötn, ár, himinn og haf, og jafnvel eitt hús og einn vegur – allt saman í einni mynd, einni heild, form umhverfisins öll séð frá sama fjarlæga sjónarhorni. Það voru a.m.k. teiknaðar slíkar myndir þegar ég var í grunnskóla. Fyrir um áratug, um það leiti sem ég var að byrja í doktorsnáminu, vann ég í tvö sumur við gagnasöfnun fyrir rannsóknarverkefnið Íslenskt landslag: Sjónræn einkenni, flokkun og mat á fjölbreytni sem var unnið fyrir Faghóp 1 í 2. áfanga Rammaáætlunar, en vinnan fólst einmitt í því að skrásetja það sem orðabókin vísar í: „heildarútlit svæða, form náttúru á tilteknum stöðum“ á landinu – við skráðum hverskonar form og fyrirbæri fundust á hverjum stað sem við heimsóttum og gerðum þar með kleift að búa til yfirlit yfir það hverskonar landslagsgerðir væru til á Íslandi, hversu fjölbreyttar þær væru, fágætar eða algengar, og almennt hvaða sjónrænu einkenni þær hefðu. Sannarlega mikilvægur grundvöllur til að vinna út frá við mat á hinu marglaga gildi landslags á Íslandi. En það sem ég gerði mér svo sterkt grein fyrir í þessari vinnu var að gögnin sem við söfnuðum saman, sem fólust bæði í ljósmyndum og ítarlegum greiningum á því hvaða form og fyrirbæri var að finna á hverjum stað, gætu engan veginn náð að fanga gildi þess sem ég og samstarfsfólk mitt vorum að upplifa á hverjum stað á meðan við dvöldum þar. Ég gerði mér betur grein fyrir að landslagið er ekki bara þetta efniskennda fyrirbæri sem hægt er að flokka og lýsa, heldur er það líka lyktin sem ég finn, hljóðin sem ég heyri, sögurnar sem ég skynja í landslaginu, hvort sem það eru sögur af jarðfræðilegum ferlum eða vistfræði, eða álfasögur, eða sögur af fólki og dýrum sem hafa dvalið í landslaginu í gegnum tíðina. Ég gerði mér grein fyrir að landslag, og þar með gildi þess, er marglaga. Með öðrum orðum gerði ég mér grein fyrir því að landslag er eitthvað miklu meira heldur en það sem orðabókarskilgreiningin gefur til kynna. Þarna var reynsla mín af landslagsgerðum Íslands, lifunin sjálf, farin að kenna mér eitthvað sem ég gat ekki lært af orðabókarskilgreiningunni. Hún kenndi mér að til þess að skilja gildi landslags og gildi þess að upplifa landslag, dvelja í því, yrði ég að víkka út skilning minn á landslagshugtakinu þannig að það næði ekki einungis yfir hið efnislega lag landslags heldur líka til þess hvernig það ber fyrir skynjun fólks og vitund. Hversdagsleg notkun okkar á orðinu landslag varpar ljósi á þessa hlið hugtaksins. Við tölum til dæmis oft um pólitískt landslag eða tilfinningalegt landslag – landslag sem er óáþreifanlegt og ósýnilegt en samt sem áður skynjanlegt á einhvern hátt. Þegar við tölum svona erum við að vísa í það hvernig pólitíkin í samfélaginu eða tilfinningar okkar bera fyrir skynjun okkar, okkar líkamlegu vitund, á ákveðnum stað, á ákveðnum tíma eða í ákveðnu ástandi. Við notum orðið til að lýsa einhverskonar heildarskynjun á ákveðnum aðstæðum, ástandi eða stað, hvort sem það sem við skynjum er sýnilegt eða ósýnilegt. Þegar við notum orðið landslag um form náttúru eða umhverfis á tilteknum stað þá erum við að vísa til ákveðinnar tegundar af skynjun – við erum að vísa til þess að skynja bara til að skynja – til að finna hvaða áhrif það hefur á okkur að horfa yfir, finna lyktina af, heyra hljóðin og vera í landslaginu. Ef við erum að nýta land til einhvers annars tölum við yfirleitt ekki um landslag; ef við erum að nýta það til að beita hestum köllum við það beitiland, ef við erum að nýta það til að byggja verksmiðju köllum við það framkvæmdasvæði en þegar við erum að skynja það bara til að skynja hvernig það virkar á okkur, hvernig það lætur okkur líða, þá köllum við það landslag. Það sama á þannig við um náttúrulegt landslag, borgarlandslag, pólitískt landslag og tilfinningalegt landslag – þegar við notum þetta orð erum við að tala um hvernig við skynjum eða upplifum það sem fyrir ber í heild sinni einmitt núna – og beinum athyglinni að því hvernig það sem við skynjum lætur okkur líða, hvernig það hreyfir við okkur. Það er til orð yfir þessa tegund skynjunar, reyndar er það nýyrði skapað á gömlum grunni. Þessa tegund skynjunar, að skynja hvernig það sem fyrir ber lætur mér líða, hvernig það lætur mig líða-hreyfast um, vil ég kalla fagurferðilega skynjun, en fagurferðilegt er orð sem ég hef tekið upp á því að nota í stað orðsins fagurfræðilegt, en hvoru tveggja eru þýðingar á enska orðinu aesthetic. Hið fagurferðilega vísar til þeirra augnablika þegar við opnum skynfæri okkar fyrir því að taka á móti merkingu, eða leyfa henni að gerast; að veita athygli þessari heildarskynjun á því hvernig þetta listaverk, þetta landslag, þetta hljóð, þessi litur, þetta orð lætur mér líða einmitt núna. Hvað segir það mér? Hvaða hugrenningatengsl kallar það fram hjá mér? Hvernig endurómar það sem ég skynja utan við mig innan í mér? Þegar þýski heimspekingurinn Joachim Ritter sagði að landslag væri umhverfi skynjað fagurferðilega átti hann einmitt við það að við tölum um landslag þegar við skynjum umhverfi bara til að skynja það, tökum inn heildarskynjun þess hvernig umhverfið lætur okkur líða. Við tölum um landslag þegar við skynjum umhverfi fagurferðilega. Þið veltið ef til vill enn fyrir ykkur hversvegna ég kýs að nota orðið fagurferðilegt frekar en fagurfræðilegt eins og venjan er. Aðalástæðan er sú að það er alls ekkert fræðilegt við þá tegund skynjunar og gilda sem þessi orð eiga að vísa til. Rétt eins og siðfræði er fræðigrein sem fjallar um siðferði, mat hvers og eins eða stundum heilu samfélaganna, á slæmri og góðri breytni, er fagurfræði fræðigrein sem fjallar um fagurferði, mat hvers og eins okkar á fegurð og ljótleika. Um hugtökin fegurð og fagurferði og tengsl þeirra við landslagshugtakið ætla ég að fjalla nánar um í næsta pistli. Þangað til, veltið þessum hugtökum fyrir ykkur. Hvað er fegurð fyrir þér? Hvert er þitt fagurferði?
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This week, the critics tackle A Star Is Born, the new movie starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga. What does this old-fashioned remake tell us in 2018? Can we still appreciate the classic Hollywood myth for what it is? Next, the gabbers unpack the Starz docuseries America to Me, which follows students at an outwardly progressive public high school where racial inequity remains a serious problem. Finally, they’re joined by friend of the podcast Wesley Morris to discuss “The Morality Wars,” his essay for the New York Times Magazine that has sparked a larger debate on the intersection of art, criticism, and social justice.

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Ilya Shapiro

Even though Brett Kavanaugh was ultimately confirmed to the Supreme Court, while Merrick Garland’s nomination expired alongside the Obama presidency, there’s no question that the chief judge of the D.C. Circuit was treated better than the newest justice has been.

Set aside the debate over whether it was proper for Senate Republicans to hold open the seat vacated by Justice Antonin Scalia’s passing, whether norms were broken and institutions sacrificed on the altar of power politics. Nobody’s mind will change on that.

Democrats’ anger at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s tactics is understandable, even if they would’ve done the same thing in his place. But this was a black swan event. The last time the Senate confirmed a Supreme Court nominee of a president of the opposite party to a vacancy arising in a presidential election year was 1888.

Focus instead on how the Senate treated each nominee personally. McConnell announced his “no hearings, no votes” stance within hours of Scalia’s death, without waiting for President Obama to pick a nominee (which didn’t happen for another month). He argued that, since the country was embroiled in a heated election campaign and the next justice could shift the balance of the Supreme Court, the American people should decide who gets to fill that seat—when they chose a new president less than nine months later.

Brett Kavanaugh takes his seat amid debates about the Supreme Court’s ‘legitimacy,’ with substantial portions of the population thinking he’s a rapist.

Senators made clear, both before and after Garland was formally nominated, that this was about the direction of the Supreme Court, not about any person. There were no charges that Garland was a left-wing firebrand or otherwise unqualified. Indeed, such accusations would’ve been absurd. Nor were there fishing expeditions into Garland’s past, with media leaks to portray any juicy morsel in the most negative light possible.

Contrast that with the trial by ordeal that Kavanaugh endured. While there was gnashing of progressive teeth when Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement, the opposition machine didn’t shift into high gear until President Trump selected his successor.

At that point, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer vowed to oppose Kavanaugh “with everything I have.” Sen. Cory Booker, a member of the Judiciary Committee, said those who supported Kavanaugh are “complicit in evil.” Sen. Richard Blumenthal, who also sits on that committee, called Kavanaugh “your worst nightmare.” Former Virginia governor and Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe said Kavanaugh would “threaten the lives of millions for decades.”

I could go on, because these aren’t isolated examples. Senators accused Kavanaugh not just with the “usual” attacks on Republican judges as against women, minorities, workers, etc. He was also allegedly picked to enable Trump to avoid the Robert Mueller investigation and complicit in torture and other Bush-administration excesses. Then, of course, Kavanaugh and his Trump/Bush-stooge buddies supposedly stonewalled senators’ demands for documents, even though more were produced than for the last half-dozen Supreme Court nominees combined.

That’s even before taking into account the last three weeks, most notably (1) Democrats sitting on Christine Blasey Ford’s allegations until the last possible moment (instead of allowing the FBI to conduct a confidential investigation); (2) raising every aspect of juvenile behavior into an impeachable offense; and (3) complaining about “temperament” after humoring spurious allegations of gang rape and the like.

It’s no wonder that, when I ran a Twitter poll before the final confirmation vote, 60 percent of the roughly 900 respondents said they’d rather be Garland than Kavanaugh. That’s not in any way scientific, and my Twitter followers are by no means representative of the nation, but the fact that a significant number of people would rather be a failed nominee than one who at that point was more likely than not to be confirmed is telling.

Would it have been more humane or charitable to have given Garland a kabuki hearing followed by a no vote? Or, since hearings aren’t constitutionally required, maybe just rejection on the Senate floor without any debate, formally providing the “advice” to President Obama that there would be no “consent”?

I certainly feel sorry for Garland, but it’s not like he was banished onto an ice floe with his reputation in tatters. He just returned to his job as the chief judge of the second-highest court in the land, with even more respect from the legal profession and sympathy from all, including his political enemies.

Kavanaugh, meanwhile, takes his seat amid swirling debates about the Supreme Court’s “legitimacy,” with substantial portions of the population thinking he’s a rapist, or at least that he would’ve been if he weren’t too drunk to pull it off. Justice Clarence Thomas went through something similar 27 years ago, but Kavanaugh’s experience in our new-media age must have been even more searing.

The sad thing is that such a campaign of personal destruction would’ve been run on any Trump nominee. Those opposition press releases with “XX” in place of the nominee’s name attest to that. The details would’ve been different because each potential justice’s offenses against the latest hierarchy of intersectional pieties are different, but the result is the same: guerrilla war by any means possible.

If the Democrats had simply itemized their jurisprudential concerns with Kavanaugh—abortion, the Second Amendment, Chevron deference, and anything else—and declared uniform opposition on that basis, that would’ve been fine. (I thus disagree with Sens. Lindsey Graham and Susan Collins on whether senators should approve all nominees who have the requisite intellect and legal training, regardless of judicial methodology or constitutional theory.)

But that’s not what happened. The fiasco that we just lived through wasn’t about blocking a nominee, but about tearing him down. It’s definitely worse than what happened to Garland.

Ilya Shapiro is a senior contributor to The Federalist. He is a senior fellow in Constitutional Studies at the Cato Institute and Editor-in-Chief of the Cato Supreme Court Review.
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Stranded on Vail Mountain
Vail Mountain Trilogy Book 1
by Desiree L. Scott
Genre: Romantic Suspense

It was supposed to be a vacation, a time to save her marriage, but what Joan Clayton hadn’t counted on was Murphy’s Law of Vail Mountain and the secrets that had damaged her marriage beyond repair. It was over. Depressed and angry, she decided to venture directly into an oncoming snowstorm, one that would be known as the blizzard of the century.


Stephen Brockheart received the call concerning a missing tourist after working 26 hours straight. A park ranger for the mountain resort, he set out on the routine mission, knowing he was running out of time as the blizzard hit with visibility zero. What he hadn’t counted on was saving a beautiful woman and falling for her, a city girl who knew nothing about the dangers of the mountain. He had been there before and vowed never to return. 

As Mother Nature raged, Joan was soon overcome by the feelings a complete stranger evoked in her, causing her to reevaluate her own life. Through the blizzard and stranded at the resort, death was imminent for any who would try to leave. Despite loss and secrets, can two people find love and happiness again? 

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Trapped on Vail Mountain
Vail Mountain Trilogy Book 2

Nina Williams’ world shattered in an instant when she and her daughter witnessed her father's brutal murder. Everything in her life became trivial save one: protecting her only child. 


With the help of a friend, Nina leaves the city in a cloud of terror and heads for Vail Mountain and the safety she prays she will find.

Rob Garland has seen his share of the treacherous conditions on the mountains. But even spring floods, summer fires, and hikers lost in winter storms have not prepared him to face the fear in Nina's eyes. 

There is no beating the odds on this one. The men who are after them won’t give up. It’s only a matter of time before the truth is revealed and the stakes turn deadly.

Can Nina and Rob hold it together when nature and man turn against them?


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Her dreams shattered, Connie Meyer just wants to be left alone to live her life in peace. She finds that difficult to do when her estranged husband’s mother insists she return to her son and a marriage she no longer wants—a marriage that does more harm than good.


Desperate to escape, Connie returns to Vail Mountain, the one place she had truly felt alive. However, her troubles soon follow her, and she gets more than she bargained for as she fights not only her past but the intense feelings that one newly elected sheriff arouses in her.

Jacob Tanner is weary of the city life and the never-ending stream of criminals that plague New York City. He resigns from the police force after a drug bust goes wrong, landing himself in the hospital to face his mortality alone. Uncertain about the direction of his life, he learns of the new sheriff position on Vail Mountain and takes a gigantic leap of faith—faith that he isn’t making a big mistake. Armed with nothing but a few possessions, Jacob relocates, only to find himself falling hard for a woman whose blue eyes speak of pain and loneliness.

As he battles his worst nightmare, can Jacob show her there is more to life than what they have been dealt and convince her that with him, nothing is impossible?


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          Trump and McConnell: The powerbrokers      Cache   Translate Page      

Justice Brett Kavanaugh has taken his seat on the Supreme Court. Much of the credit goes to America's Republican odd couple: President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

It is hard to think of two party leaders who are more different. McConnell is taciturn while Trump is bombastic. McConnell has mastered the Senate arcana Trump disdains. Trump tweets and McConnell … would rather the president didn't. The pair even engaged in a high-profile public feud for much of last year.

But at some point, Trump and McConnell more or less buried the hatchet, working together on a massive tax reform bill and then to help put together a field of Republican Senate candidates who might just be strong enough to withstand the blue wave that threatens to wash away the GOP's House majority. But muscling through Kavanaugh on a 50-48 vote might just be their biggest shared accomplishment.

Yes, Trump needed outside help to seal the deal. In the hours before the final vote, George W. Bush had more cachet with wavering Republicans than does the current president. Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) provided the critical votes, and they are clearly not the biggest Trump fans.

Nevertheless, given the fate of Harriet Miers, would Bush have held firm if this was his nominee? We know Trump did. In fact, he vigorously defended Kavanaugh against his accusers, including the most credible of them, Christine Blasey Ford.

Trump's pro-Kavanaugh campaign worked. "For all the talk about white women shifting against Trump, [a Democratic] strategist says that many red-state white women came to see Kavanaugh as a sympathetic figure who is being 'railroaded," writes Washington Post blogger Greg Sargent. "The strategist tells me these women associated this battle with their own husbands, sons, and grandsons, asking themselves: 'Why should 35-year-old accusations that are uncorroborated derail his entire career?'"

Republicans have unquestionably rallied since Trump abandoned his early uncharacteristic restraint and took the gloves off. Kavanaugh recognized it, saying at Monday night's ceremonial swearing-in, "Mr. President, thank you for everything."

Trump also praised the leadership of his partner in getting Kavanaugh confirmed: McConnell. "He truly has done an incredible and wonderful job for the American people." Kavanaugh thanked the Kentucky Republican too.

For all their stylistic differences, Trump and McConnell have two characteristics in common: political ruthlessness and an interest in advancing a conservative judiciary. McConnell kept Antonin Scalia's seat vacant for a year rather than hold hearings on Merrick Garland so he could prevent the erosion of the Supreme Court's conservative bloc. That opening was the reason many reluctant Republicans voted for Trump, who has in turned worked to keep his campaign promise on judges.

Would Bob Dole, Bill Frist, or the hapless Trent Lott have played that kind of hardball? Probably not. But today, Trump is president, McConnell is majority leader, and 5-4 conservative Supreme Court has been solidified for a generation.

The Trump-McConnell strategy is not without risks. It invites further escalations from Democrats in their hostility to Republican judicial nominees, in an era when Anthony Kennedy would probably receive the Robert Bork treatment. Such raw power politics sit uneasily next to the conservative conception of judges as umpires who call balls and strikes, with liberals increasingly disputing the existence of a neutral strike zone. There is also the long-term problem of how the celebratory tone taken after defeating a sexual assault accuser in the political realm will play with the suburban women Republicans need to keep winning.

For now, however, Trump has succeeded where even Ronald Reagan failed: getting a reliable conservative installed in the Kennedy seat. He continues to say that filling high court vacancies is the most important decision a president can make short of war and peace. McConnell has reminded conservatives of his value to them. "I think that's the biggest hand he's ever received," Trump said in response to a standing ovation for McConnell.

That's how a populist insurgent president teamed with the face of the Republican establishment to remake the Supreme Court. And they're probably not done yet.


          Merrick Garland and Brett Kavanaugh: Two Peas in a Pod?      Cache   Translate Page      
Merrick Garland and Brett Kavanaugh voted together 93 percent of the time while they were colleagues on the appeals court.
          Lady Gaga Makes Her Bid to Conquer Hollywood in the Immersive 'A Star Is Born'      Cache   Translate Page      
A Star Is Born is the Hollywood story that will not die. Filmed in 1932 (as What Price Hollywood), 1937, 1954 and 1976, the material has often served not to launch a new star but to showcase an already-huge one (Judy Garland, Barbra Streisand). The new version follows that pattern. Lady Gaga plays the fresh young talent who's plucked from obscurity by a boozing megastar on the wane (Bradley Cooper). And Cooper, who also directed, makes sure we know the movie is ultimately about her. In two reaching-for-iconic shots, one toward the beginning and one at the end, Gaga faces the camera in extreme close-up. She seems to lock eyes with us, epitomizing the illusion of intimacy that silver-screen stars have been fostering for a century. And she nails it; if we had any doubts that this pop star could also be a movie star, we don't after this film. As a launch pad for Gaga's movie career, A Star Is Born couldn't be any better. How is it as a movie, though? In her review of the Streisand version, Pauline Kael claimed there's a "trap built into" the material. Because the nascent star is so selfless in her romance with the doomed has-been, their story lacks conflict: "The vacuum in this movie is the purity of their relationship." Cooper's version doesn't escape this built-in flaw, but the problem doesn't catch up to the movie until its tragic (or melodramatic, depending on your perspective) second half. For its first hour-plus, A Star Is Born captures the exhilaration of new love and new creation better than any movie in years. When country-rock star Jackson Maine sees restaurant worker Ally singing Edith Piaf in a drag bar, he's smitten. She knows who he is, but she won't play the groupie game, and they quickly develop a teasing tension that carries them through to the movie's high point. When Jack invites Ally onstage to sing her own composition, she's terrified, but she's a born performer seizing her chance. Gaga shows us both the fear and the fierceness as she delivers a star-making rendition of a showstopping ballad. From the performance scenes through to the bedroom drama, Cooper goes for a quasi-naturalistic style reminiscent of the '70s, albeit adorned by the sumptuous cinematography of Matthew Libatique (Black Swan). Scenes end quickly, emphasizing the contrasts between onstage glamour and off-stage bleakness as alcoholism takes Jack…
          ‘I need justice for my son:’ Victim’s mother begs public for help in search for drive-by shooter      Cache   Translate Page      

The mother of a man killed in a summer drive-by shooting in Rexdale begged anyone with information to come forward, saying she has been “grieving every minute, every second, every day” with “no answers.”

Andre Phoenix, 33, was shot and killed Aug. 15 as he was heading to a plaza near Martin Grove Rd. and John Garland Blvd.

“I’m pleading, and I’m begging, and I’m asking the public, please, if there’s anyone out there that saw something, that knows something, please call the police or Crime Stoppers,” Novelette Phoenix said in an emotional plea Wednesday at a news conference.

“I need justice for my son. He did not deserve what happened to him.”

The family is “devastated,” Phoenix said. “We are grieving every minute, every second of every day.”

The night of the shooting, she said she got a phone call from Phoenix saying, “ ‘Mom, I’ve been shot.’ ”

Later, in the hospital, she received “the worst news that anyone could have ever told me as a parent,” she said. “That my son, my best friend, is dead.”

Phoenix was a hard-working father to an infant daughter, his “pride and joy,” his mother said.

Police updated the public on the investigation at the news conference.

After an “exhaustive video canvas,” police said they have identified a new suspect vehicle in the shooting.

Police are searching for a white, newer-model, four-door Mazda 3 that was seen circling the parking lot Phoenix was in when he was shot.

Homicide Det. Brandon Price said the car pulled up to Phoenix shortly before the shooting and then fled west.

There are two or more suspects, along with the driver of the vehicle. Police have not yet released a potential motive.

Police previously announced that they were looking for a light-coloured, four-door sedan.

Jack Hauen is a breaking news reporter, working out of the Star's radio room in Toronto. Follow him on Twitter: @jackhauen


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          FACT CHECK: Stephen King Claims That Susan Collins Was Silent On ‘Unfair’ Treatment Of Merrick Garland      Cache   Translate Page      
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If you’ve ever been to a Thai disco, you probably would have seen men spending money to buy flower garlands or sashes to adorn female entertainers. However, this is not a common sight in Singapore. Much less in a coffee shop in the heartlands. Last week, Facebook user Debbie Simpson Ong posted two videos on […]

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          The Morning Sound Alternative 10-10-2018 with Doug Gertner      Cache   Translate Page      
Playlist:

John Coltrane- My Favorite Things - The Complete Atlantic
- voicebreak -
Rickie Lee Jones- Comin Back To Me - Pop Pop
Laura Veirs- Mountains Of The Moon - The Lookout
Gillian Welch- White Rabbit Live On Fresh Air - White Rabbit Live On Fresh Air Single
Dar Willaims- Ripple - Live Bearsville Theater
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Junior Parker- Tomorrow Never Knows - Love Aint Nothin But A Business Goin On
Son Volt- No Expectations - Amazoncom Song Id 285532083
Great Lake Swimmers- Before They Make Me Run - Paint It Black An Alt Country Tribute To The Rolling Stones
Charles Lloyd The Marvels Lucinda Williams- Angel - Vanished Gardens
Shovels Rope Preservation Hall Jazz Band- Perfect Day - Busted Jukebox Vol 1
RocKwiz- Sunday Morning feat Billy Bragg Courtney Barnett - Sunday Morning
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Tom Jones- Elvis Presley Blues - Elvis Presley Blues Single
Blind Pilot- Look At Miss Ohio - ITunes Session EP
Rufus Wainwright- Signed Sealed Delivered Im Yours - Signed Sealed Delivered Im Yours Single
Tori Amos- I Dont Like Mondays - Strange Little Girls
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Scott Mulvahill- Homeless feat Alanna Boudreau - Himalayas
First Aid Kit- America - America EP
J Mascis- Anticipation - Martin Me
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PP Arnold- Medicated Goo - The Turning Tide
Garland Jeffreys- 96 Tears - Escape Artist
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Various Artists- Sufjan Stevens Free Man In Paris - A Tribute To Joni Mitchell
Various Artists- Prince A Case Of You - A Tribute To Joni Mitchell
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Lydia Loveless- I Would Die 4 U - I Would Die 4 U Under The Cherry Moon 7 Single Single
Frank Turner- Thunder Road - The Second Three Years
Charlie Robison- Racing In The Street - Beautiful Day


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          Over the Rainbow by Tom Butwin (2016) | original by Judy Garland (1938)      Cache   Translate Page      
Over the Rainbow by Tom Butwin (2016) was originally by Judy Garland (1938)
          Com 'Nasce uma Estrela', Lady Gaga se faz de humilde para se manter relevante      Cache   Translate Page      
Bradley Coope e Lady Gaga

GUILHERME GENESTRETI (FOLHAPRESS)

Desde que despontou, dez anos atrás, Lady Gaga povoou suas letras com paparazzi psicóticos e uma vida de Cadillacs e garrafas de champanhe. Fazendo troça do mundo da fama, desfilou com vestidos de carne crua e fez performances autorreferentes em que estrelas pop brotam de ovos gigantes e sangram até a morte para saciar seus fãs.

Não é estranho, portanto, que ela seja escalada para protagonizar aquele que parece ser o drama favorito de Hollywood sobre o mundo do entretenimento. "Nasce uma Estrela", que estreia nos cinemas brasileiros nesta quinta (11), é a quarta versão da mesma história que já teve Barbra Streisand, Judy Garland e Janet Gaynor vivendo uma artista ascendente que se enamora de outro, decadente.

Quando saíram as primeiras notícias sobre esse terceiro remake, especulava-se que Gaga usaria seu nome de batismo, Stefani Germanotta, nos créditos. Ela foi às redes sociais desmentir, mas a boataria até fazia algum sentido.

Desde que lançou seu disco "Joanne", no ano retrasado, a cantora de 32 anos vinha descendo do salto, literalmente, e apresentando letras mais pé no chão e um som menos estrambólico. O documentário "Five Foot Two", da Netflix, é o registro um tanto chapa-branca dessa guinada.

De cara lavada em "Nasce uma Estrela", a cantora faz mais um gesto calculadíssimo para se manter relevante em meio a um panteão de divas pop cada vez mais medíocre -vide Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande e afins. A performance pode ainda lhe render uma indicação ao Oscar.

A ambição de Gaga só esbarra no egocentrismo de Bradley Cooper que, além de dirigir e roteirizar, é também o protagonista masculino da trama, o roqueiro alcoólatra Jack.

Isso não significa que a cantora não se destaque no filme, mas entre todas as quatro versões dessa história, a que chega agora às salas é a que mais dá relevo à figura dele em detrimento da dela. Com suas expressões filmadas à exaustão, é como se Cooper assumisse o posto de diretor apenas para alavancar sua própria indicação como ator no Oscar.

O novo "Nasce uma Estrela" é ancorado na perspectiva masculina. É ele quem, após um show, acaba caindo por acaso num bar de drag queens onde a garçonete Ally (Gaga) dá suas palhinhas. Impressionado com o talento da moça, Jack a incentiva e a alça à fama, enquanto ele mesmo sucumbe ao álcool e ao ostracismo.

"A fama não é algo natural", disse a cantora, tateando uma explicação para a prevalência do vício entre os famosos. "Acho que é importante guiar e dar apoio psicológico a artistas que estão começando enquanto eles ascendem, porque tudo muda", afirmou em setembro, em sua passagem pelo no último Festival de Toronto, onde o longa estreou sob aclamação quase unânime da crítica.

Gaga foi quem incentivou Cooper a cantar as músicas de seu personagem no filme. Os dois subiram juntos aos palcos de festivais como o Coachella, na Califórnia, e o de Glastonbury, na Inglaterra, para rodar cenas do filme.

Na cidade canadense, a cantora se fez de humilde. "Sou apenas uma ítalo-americana de Nova York que sonhou em atuar e, como não deu certo, seguiu para a música", disse, deixando de citar que trabalhou como atriz em uma das temporadas da série "American Horror Story".

Naquele programa de TV, vive uma condessa fashionista com hábitos vampirescos que não é muito diferente de sua persona empetecada dos palcos -o oposto da suburbana simplória que vive em "Nasce uma Estrela", que se acha feia por ser nariguda e se veste sem brilho algum.

O visual de cara limpa é só mais um dentro do arsenal de uma cantora pop que, tal qual Madonna, sabe que precisa ser camaleônica para reciclar públicos. Nisso ela tem know-how, que o diga sua metamorfose na Vênus de Botticelli e na Marilyn Monroe de Andy Warhol do videoclipe de "Applause", em que entoa sua tara pelo holofote: "Eu vivo para o aplauso/ aplauso, aplauso/ para o jeito como você torce e grita por mim".


          YOUR RIGHT-WING RELATIVES THINK HILLARY CLINTON WANTS ALL REPUBLICANS KILLED      Cache   Translate Page      
I'm used to Republicans taking the words of Democrats out of context so they can distort their meaning, but in this case we're talking about a quote that's innocuous even in the short version.



The really short version clips off the second sentence. But even then all you have is Clinton saying that we're past the time of being civil. There's a lot of distant between "not civil" and "inflicting extralegal violence on innocent Republicans in pursuit of a revolution intended to turn America into a socialist hellhole like Venezuela." Which is what Republicans think she's saying.

The full version of Clinton's answer to a question from CNN's Christiane Amanpour about the Supreme Court nominations of Brett Kavanaugh and Merrick Garland makes it even clearer that Clinton is talking about winning elections and then reestablishing regular order and other norms in Congress, not violence:
AMANPOUR: I think you even wrote that they stole a justice from the Democratic party.

CLINTON: Well, I think they did. I mean, to keep a Supreme Court seat open for a year, to deny a distinguished jurist, they could have voted him down. They could have said, "Well, for ideological reasons, philosophical reasons, we're not going to vote for him." But no, they stonewalled. And that was such a breach of Senate ethics and the constitutional responsibility of the Senate to advice and consent on nominations, that you cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for, what you care about.

That's why I believe if we are fortunate enough to win back the House and/or the Senate, that's when civility can start again. But until then, the only thing that the Republicans seem to recognize and respect is strength.

And you heard how the Republican members, led by Mitch McConnell, the president, really demeaned the confirmation process, insulted and attacked not only Dr. Ford but women who were speaking out. You know, look, I remember Republican operatives shutting down the voting in Florida in 2000. I remember the swift voting of John Kerry. I remember the things that even the Republican party did to John McCain in 2000. I remember what they did to me for 25 years, the falsehood, the lies, which, unfortunately, people believed because the Republicans have put a lot of time, money and effort in promoting them.

So when you're dealing with an ideological party that is driven by the lust for power, that is funded by corporate interest who want a government that does its bidding, it's hard -- you can be civil but you can't overcome what they intend to do unless you win elections.

And so, the answer to everything is to get back to a balance, to get back to what is called regular order. They don't even have committee processes. They -- the idea that they wouldn't seek and obtain all of the written record from Kavanaugh, that they would not have done a full investigation, that is not the way that they treat Democrats.

And so, unless we win and we say to the people of our country, "Look, we need to protect the rule of law. We need to protect processes that are in place in the Congress and the government to protect you, to protect what you care about." So, this should go both ways, and that's what I'm hoping for.



But your right-wing uncle believes Clinton is calling for bloodshed, because that's what the right-wing disinformation machine is telling him.

Here's Michael Goodwin of the New York Post.
Where’s the outrage over Hillary’s call for a ‘civil’ war?

There you have it — a declaration of war and a license for violence. Where is the media outrage?

Clinton knows we are already in the danger zone when it comes to the political temperature. Her comments, then, are as reckless as bringing a can of gasoline to a bonfire.
Here's PJ Media's Rick Moran:
Plausible deniability. That's what Hillary Clinton now has if Republicans are injured or killed by the mobs. She wasn't calling for "violence," just incivility toward political opponents.

The problem is that ... her words have enabled thousands of crazies who believe the hysteria against Republicans and Trump that has been ginned up by those who know exactly what they're doing when they seek to create an atmosphere of violence and hate.

Clinton has given her blessing -- indeed, her permission -- for left-wing radicals to tear the country apart.
And so on:




Many of the responses to this are -- of course -- calls for violence:









Clinton said, in effect, that you can't reason with Republicans. That's true. She didn't call for revolution or mob violence. But to Republicans, the truth is whatever they want to believe.
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          ONTD Original: Old Hollywood Love Affairs (Part 1)      Cache   Translate Page      
Old Hollywood stars seem to have the reputation of being classier and more refined than our current batch of celebrities. I'm here to help remind you that these people were probably even messier and more debauched than modern stars in the '00s paparazzi era and the '10s social media age—they just had film studios covering up their dirty little secrets, time (literally over half a century) for their scandals to blow over, and no social media to spread their exploits at the press of a button. Don't let all those black and white headshots featuring strategic lighting and shadows emphasizing bone structures or sepia images of coiffed hairstyles, trench coats, and pointy bras surrounded by the haze of cigarette smoke fool you.



Disclaimer: While some of these affairs are just messy, others are tragic and appalling. This post may contain details that are triggering for some.


Lupe Vélez & Gary Cooper

• Vélez and Cooper began their tumultuous two-year love affair while filming The Wolf Song (1929)
• At the time, Vélez being typecast as hot-tempered "exotic" temptresses in films and her notorious volatile temper and jealous exploits in her personal life helped cultivate her "Mexican Spitfire" image with the media
• Cooper was a Republican thot with a tragic hairline who aged like most conservative white men from Montana do and who made a habit out of sleeping with his costars; while Vélez's contributions to the film industry are often overlooked, Cooper managed to be known as one of the ~Greats of old Hollywood despite his messy personal life and questionable endeavors
During some of their fights, Vélez would chase Cooper around with a knife and she once slashed him severely enough that he required stitches
• Vélez acquired a pet parrot during their affair who would call her future husband Johnny Weissmuller "Gary"
• Weismuller admitted that there were many times when he had to "persuade" Vélez to return home from Cooper's house
• Vélez would inflict scratches, bruises, and love-bites on Cooper during their fights and "passionate lovemaking"
• During their time together, Cooper also had brief flings with Marlene Dietrich and Carole Lombard while filming Morocco (1930) and I Take This Woman (1931) respectively
• Cooper was bisexual and lived on and off with homosexual actor Anderson Lawler; Vélez told gossip columnist Hedda Hopper that during their affair, whenever Cooper would come home after seeing Lawler, she would pull down his pants and sniff for Lawler's cologne
By the time the affair ended in mid-1931, Cooper had lost 45 pounds and was suffering from nervous exhaustion so the studio ordered him to take a vacation; a devastated and angry Vélez showed up at the train station and shot a pistol at him

• This couple is literally the reason why I decided to make this ~series so they deserve the first spot even if this post isn't in any particular order

• After their split, Cooper spent a year abroad where he had an affair with the married Countess Dorothy di Frasso at her Villa in Rome

• Vélez claimed Cooper "has the biggest organ in Hollywood but not the ass to push it in well", however, despite being mediocre in bed, Cooper had affairs with most of his female costars, including: Marlene Dietrich, Carole Lombard, Ingrid Bergman, Patricia Neal, and Grace Kelly



Ingrid Bergman & Roberto Rossellini

• A great admirer of Rossellini's work, Bergman wrote to the Italian director to suggest working on a film together
Despite both being married, Bergman and Rossellini began an affair during the filming of Stromboli (1950), which led to Bergman becoming pregnant with Rossellini's child
After the news broke of their affair, Bergman was denounced by the Roman Catholic Church and the US Senate, and she left her husband and daughter to return to Italy
• Gossip columnist Hedda Hopper, upset that her rival, Louella Parsons, got the scoop first, launched a smear campaign against Bergman for carrying a married man's child despite also having her own family
• Due to the negative publicity surrounding their affair, Bergman was forced to work in Europe for years, and although she did have a successful comeback working for a Hollywood studio with Anastasia (1956), a role which garnered her a second Academy Award, she did not film in Hollywood again until 1969
A week after she gave birth to the their son, Roberto Ingmar, Bergman divorced her husband and married Rossellini in Mexico
• While living in Europe, Rossellini and Bergman had twin daughters in June 1952 named Isotta Ingrid and Isabella
• The couple's marriage ended after Rossellini had an affair with Sonali Das Gupta (who was also married) in 1957 while filming in India; Jawaharlal Nehru, the Indian Prime Minister at the time who had invited Rossellini to the country asked him to leave following the scandal

• Rossellini married Sonali Das Gupta in 1957 (he was 51, she was 27) after he and Bergman divorced, and they remained married until his death in 1977, though they did separate in 1973 when Rossellini left Das Gupta for a younger woman

• Five years after Bergman's death, Gregory Peck admitted that they had had an affair during the making of Alfred Hitchcock's Spellbound (1945)



Vivien Leigh & Laurence Olivier

While both were still married, Leigh and Olivier began an affair during the filming of Fire Over England (1937)
• Because their respective spouses refused to grant them divorces, Leigh and Olivier tried to keep their relationship from public view, though they began living together
• In 1940, Olivier's wife Jill Esmond agreed to divorce Olivier, and she was granted custody of their son; Leigh Holman, Leigh's husband, also agreed to a divorce, and he was granted custody of their daughter
• Leigh and Olivier married on August 31, 1940 in a Californian ceremony attended by their hosts, Ronald and Benita Colman, and witnesses, Katharine Hepburn and Garson Kanin
Leigh suffered from bipolar disorder (then known as "manic depression") and Olivier recalled that sometime after the end of World War II, Leigh calmly told him she was no longer in love with him, though she loved him like a brother; Olivier didn't know it at the time but Leigh's abrupt declaration was a signal of her bipolar disorder, and the two began having affairs until the end of their marriage in 1960

• Olivier later recalled, "I couldn't help myself with Vivien. No man could. I hated myself for cheating on Jill, but then I had cheated before, but this was something different. This wasn't just out of lust. This was love that I really didn't ask for but was drawn into"

• In his autobiography, Marlon Brando stated that while he was attracted to Leigh during the filming of A Streetcar Named Desire (1951), he didn't seduce her out of respect for her husband Olivier because Brando found him to be such a "nice guy"



Elizabeth Taylor & Richard Burton

• Probably the most well-known affair on this list involves the queen of diamonds Elizabeth Taylor and king of foot-in-mouth syndrome Richard Burton
Taylor and Burton began their affair while filming Cleopatra (1963) while they were both still married
• According to Taylor, her first impression of Burton was that he was "rather full of himself"
• Biographer Hollis Alpert notes that when the two first met while taking publicity photos, Burton said, "Has anyone ever told you that you're a very pretty girl?" with Taylor later recalling, "I said to myself, Oy gevalt, here's the great lover, the great wit, the great intellectual of Wales, and he comes out with a line like that"
• Melvyn Bragg, another biographer, claims Burton didn't like Taylor at first because he saw her as another celebrity with no acting talent and nicknamed her "Miss Tits", though Burton later changed his mind after Taylor soothed him after he forgot his lines during their first scene together
• The Vatican condemned the couple for "erotic vagrancy" after the two were spotted together on a yacht by paparazzi, confirming their extramarital affair
Eleven days after her husband Eddie Fisher granted her a divorce, Taylor and Burton married in Montreal, with Taylor saying, "I'm so happy you can't believe it. This marriage will last forever"
Taylor and Burton divorced in 1974 but married for the second time sixteen months after their divorce; they permanently separated and divorced in 1976

• Taylor was married to Eddie Fisher at the time of her affair with Burton; Fisher was a friend of her previous husband, Mark Todd, and the husband of her then-best friend Debbie Reynolds, and Taylor and Fisher married not long after Todd died in a plane crash

• Fisher allegedly found out about his wife's affair after Burton answered her phone; Fisher demanded to know what Burton was doing at her home and Burton eloquently replied, "What do you think I'm doing?" and "I'm fucking your wife"

• Burton, articulate and sensitive as ever, was quoted as saying: "At thirty-four [Taylor] is an extremely beautiful woman, lavishly endowed by nature with a few flaws in the masterpiece: She has an insipid double chin, her legs are too short and she has a slight potbelly. She has a wonderful bosom, though"



Beverly Aadland & Errol Flynn

• Although Flynn and his third wife, Patrice Wymore, separated due to his alcohol and drug addictions, they remained married until his death
• Flynn was over thirty years older than Aadland when they began their affair in 1957; at the time, Flynn was way past his prime and was facing financial difficulties, and he was also ugly and bloated
• In her memoir, The Big Love (1961), Aadland's mother claims she arranged for her daughter to work for Flynn and eventually become his lover, and that Aadland and Flynn's sexual relationship began when she was 15 and he was 48
• Flynn was 50 when he died in 1959 and Aadland was only 17
According to Aadland, Flynn raped her but she forgave him and, after falling in love with him, they began dating for two years before his death in 1959
• Aadland went public in 1996 and said that prior to Flynn's death, there had been plans to marry (their engagement was announced at her 17th birthday party) and have children (he reversed his vasectomy)
Aadland referred to her relationship with Flynn as a "game"; Flynn arranged to have her arrested on bogus charges in France, and he would pretend to beat Aadland in public and she would put ketchup on herself to simulate blood so they could enjoy the hysterical reaction of the people around them
• Flynn literally said, "I like my whiskey old and my women young"

• The phrase "In Like Flynn" stems from his acquittal of his 1942 trial for the statutory rape of two underage girls

• Flynn met his second wife, who was working at a snack counter in a courthouse, at one of his rape trials

• At one point Flynn had six separate STDs



Clara Bow & Bela Lugosi

• Bow and Lugosi began their turbulent love affair in the late 1920s
• Bow met Lugosi, who didn't speak any English, backstage in Los Angeles after his performance in the stage production of Dracula
In 1929, Lugosi married Beatrice Weeks, a wealthy widow, who filed for divorce four months after their wedding, citing Bow as the "other woman", which became a huge scandal in Hollywood
• At the time, Bow was disliked by many in the film and media industries for not conforming to traditional stereotypes and not being "ladylike"; Bow was notoriously open about her poor upbringing, troubled childhood with her mentally ill mother, and "engagements" (her euphemism for sexual encounters) with leading men and directors
• Lugosi is said to have shown off some scratches on his body in which he bragged were inflicted by Bow during their "engagements" together
After their affair ended, Lugosi commissioned a friend and artist to paint a nude portrait of Bow in 1929 as a memento of their short time together; the painting was displayed in each of his homes until his death, and his next two wives had the privilege of living with the infamous painting for the duration of their marriages
• The painting, which maybe looked like Bow if you squinted hard enough, sold for $30,000 at an auction in 2013

• Bow allegedly interrupted her own pool party to take her friends to see Lugosi in Dracula and was so excited to see the play and meet him that she just put a mink coat over her swimsuit



Katharine Hepburn & Spencer Tracy

Although Tracy remained married to his wife, Louise Treadwill, until his death in 1967, the couple actually became estranged in the 1930s
• During their marriage, Tracy had affairs with Loretta Young in 1933 to 1934, Joan Crawford in 1937, Ingrid Bergman in 1941, and allegedly with Judy Garland in 1936 when she was just 14
Tracy and Hepburn began their lifelong relationship in 1941 while making Woman of the Year, and they remained together until his death twenty-six years later
• Although it was an open secret in Hollywood, MGM helped hide their relationship from the public to avoid a scandal (and because Tracy wanted to keep the secret from his wife)
• The couple were careful not to be seen together in public and maintained separate residencies until shortly before Tracy died
Tracy told Joan Fontaine, "I can get a divorce whenever I want to, but my wife and Kate like things just as they are", while Treadwill said, "I will be Mrs. Spencer Tracy until the day I die"; Hepburn did not interfere and did not fight for marriage
• Hepburn took care of Tracy, who was an alcoholic and suffered from depression; several people described how Hepburn mothered and obeyed him, and Tracy was wholly dependent on her
• Hepburn did not attend Tracy's funeral out of respect for his family, and she only began discussing their relationship after his wife's death in 1983

• Tracy allegedly had an affair with Gene Tierney in 1952 while with Hepburn

• Hepburn never watched Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967) because it was Tracy's last film

• Hepburn and Tracy made nine films together, and together they were an extremely popular and profitable pair in film



Dorothy Dandridge & Otto Preminger

• Dandridge and Preminger began their four-year affair during the production of Carmen Jones (1954)
During their time together, Preminger began advising Dandridge on her career and demanded she only accept starring roles; Dandridge later admitted she regretted following Preminger's advice because she stopped receiving offers for parts after she kept declining them due to Preminger's influence
• Dandridge was pursued for the role of Tuptim in The King and I (1956) but Preminger advised her to reject the offer since she wouldn't be the star and, allegedly, because the character was a slave
Dandridge became pregnant with Preminger's child but was forced to have an abortion by the studio
• After realizing Preminger would not leave his wife to marry her, Dandridge ended their affair

• After successfully landing the title role in Carmen Jones, Dandridge became anxious about her ability to do the role of Carmen justice and when Preminger was told by her agent that Dandridge was backing out of the project, Preminger drove to her apartment to reassure her and assuage her fears; the two began their affair shortly after



Ava Gardner & Frank Sinatra

Despite having many affairs during his marriage with his first wife, Nancy Barbato, Sinatra's affair with Gardner was the one that finally led to their divorce
Gossip columnists Hedda Hopper and Louella Parsons each wrote scathing pieces about Sinatra, and he was blasted by the Hollywood establishment, the Roman Catholic Church, and his fans for leaving his wife for Gardner, a noted "femme fatale"
• When the couple first got together, Sinatra's career was at its lowest point and Gardner often had to lend him money to buy presents for his children; after Sinatra went broke in 1951, Gardner paid for his plane tickets so he could accompany her to Africa while she filmed Mogambo (1953)
• Gardner used her influence to get Sinatra cast in From Here to Eternity (1953), which helped revitalize his acting and singing careers, and earned him an Academy Award
• Gardner and Sinatra were married in 1951 but their marriage was turbulent with many well-publicized altercations; the couple separated in 1953 and Gardner filed for divorce the following year but the divorce was not settled until 1957
• During their marriage, Gardner became pregnant twice but was forced by the studio to abort both pregnancies because, according to her autobiography, "MGM had all sorts of penalty causes about their stars having babies"
• After their divorce, Sinatra and Gardner remained good friends and, in her autobiography, Gardner named Sinatra as the love of her life

• During their courtship, Sinatra bought Gardner a Corgi puppy for her birthday; for the rest of her life, Gardner always had a Corgi with her


• Sinatra allegedly kept a picture of Gardner on his mirror long after their relationship ended



Joan Bennett & Jennings Lang

Bennett's film producer husband, Walter Wanger, suspected his wife and her agent of twelve years, Jennings Lang, were having an affair so he hired a detective who shadowed Bennett for months and confirmed his suspicions
On December 13, 1951, Wanger followed and waited for his wife while she had a meeting with Lang and when Lang walked Bennett to her convertible and chatted with her, Wanger went up to them and shot Lang twice and wounded him; one bullet hit Lang's right thigh, near the hip, and the other penetrated his groin
• This all conveniently took place right across of a police station so when they heard the shots, the police took Wanger into custody, where he was booked, fingerprinted, and thoroughly questioned
• Bennett denied the affair and blamed the stress of Wanger's financial setbacks involving film productions as the reason why her husband shot Lang
• After briefly going with a "temporary insanity" defense, Wanger was later sentenced to four months in prison by a jury
• Although Wanger was typically able to bounce back and produce more successful films, Bennett's acting career suffered greatly due to the scandal; Bennett once said, "I might as well have pulled the trigger myself"
• Bennett and Wanger remained married until 1965

• The Wangers and Langs often went on double-dates and were close friends

• During this time, Wanger's career was declining and he was still recovering, financially and reputation-wise, from producing Joan of Arc (1948), which starred Ingrid Bergman; the news of Bergman's extramarital affair with Italian director Roberto Rossellini offended the definitely not hypocritical American audience, who boycotted the film, and Joan of Arc was a blow to Wanger

• In his biography, David Niven claims Wanger stalked Errol Flynn and threatened to kill him because he believed Flynn was also having an affair with Bennett


SOURCES: Vélez & Cooper 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5 | Bergman & Rossellini 1, 2 & 3 | Leigh & Olivier 1, 2, 3 & 4 | Taylor & Burton 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5 | Aadland & Flynn 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 | Bow & Lugosi 1, 2, 3 & 4 | Hepburn & Tracy 1, 2, 3 & 4 | Dandridge & Preminger 1, 2, 3 & 4 | Gardner & Sinatra 1, 2, 3 & 4 | Bennett & Lang 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6
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Democrats Have Become A Dangerous Threat To Our Institutions

When modern Democrats talk about preseving “norms,” traditions,” or even the “Constitution,” they’re really talking about preserving their preferred policies. We know this because “liberals” have shown themselves not only willing to destroy the legitimacy of institutions like the presidency, the Senate ,and Supreme Court to protect those policies, they’re willing to break down basic norms of civility, as well.

Take the example of Hillary Clinton. In the very first sentence in her new scaremongering essay, which makes the case that America’s “democratic institutions and traditions are under siege,” she attacks our democratic institutions and traditions. “It’s been nearly two years since Donald Trump won enough Electoral College votes to become president of the United States,” the piece begins.

The intimation, of course, widely shared by the mainstream left, is that Trump isn’t a legitimate president even though he won the election in the exact same way every other president in U.S. history has ever won election. According to our long-held democratic institutions and traditions, you become president through the Electoral College, not the non-existent popular vote.

So when Clinton, or writers at Vox, or The Atlantic, or Politico, or new liberal favorite Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, say it’s “well past time we eliminate the Electoral College, a shadow of slavery’s power on America today that undermines our nation as a democratic republic,” you’re either tragically ignorant about our system or cynically delegitimizing it. Or maybe it’s both.

The Electoral College isn’t ornamental; it exists to undercut the tyranny of direct democracy and ensure the entire nation is represented in national elections. When you attack it, you’re not condemning Trump, you are, in a very palpable way, attacking a core idea that girds much of our governance.

With this in mind, it’s not surprising that the anti-majoritarian Senate is also suddenly problematic for many Democrats. When a NBC reporter, commenting on a Washington Post article, says “the idea that North Dakota and New York get the same representation in the Senate has to change,” he’s probably not ignorant about why the Founders implemented proportional voting, or why there is a difference between the House and Senate, or why the Tenth Amendment exists. He simply favors a system he thinks would allow liberals to force others to accept his preferred policies.

That’s the thing, of course. North Dakotans can’t make New Yorkers ban abortion, even if Roe v. Wade is overturned. They can’t make New Yorkers legalize “assault weapons” if Heller is upheld. But New Yorkers are perfectly content to force North Dakotans to accept both abortion and gun control. So, then, surely nothing could be more frustrating to the contemporary liberal than the existence of an originalist court that values the self-determination of individuals and states.

That is why the effort to destroy Brett Kavanaugh wasn’t only about the nominee, but the legitimacy of the Supreme Court. When you can’t corrode constitutional protections by seating justices that simply ignore the words and purpose of the founding documents, you can proactively smear the people whose decisions do uphold those values.

When Sen. Mazie Hirono, who rejected basic tenets of due process throughout the Kavanaugh hearings, argues Kavanaugh “is going to be on the Supreme Court with a huge taint and a big asterisk after his name,” she, like many others, is giving her followers a pretext to ignore the court.

If there is a “taint,” a proper constitutionally mandated solution exists: provide evidence and impeach him. Otherwise, there is no asterisk. Republicans didn’t break any constitutional norms. Trump nominated a candidate with a blemish-free ten-year record on the DC appellate court.

Republicans in the judiciary committee had hearings in which Democrats could question the nominee. Republicans even added additional hearings after Democrats leaked uncorroborated accusations. Republicans then asked for a seventh FBI investigation into the nominee before voting. Then the entire Senate voted. There is no asterisk.

Of course, if Democrats had been in charge of the Senate, they would have been free to shelve that nomination just as Republicans had done with Merrick Garland, when they also decided adopt the “Biden Rule.” If Democrats had followed the norms of the Senate in 2013, rather than using the nuclear option, they might have been able to filibuster Kavanaugh. They didn’t.

Instead, during this entire constitutionally mandated process we just went through, Democrats demonstrated a malicious disregard for the institution, not only by slandering those they disagreed with, and by leaking uncorroborated accusations, and by attacking the principles of Fifth and Sixth Amendments, and by ignoring long-held Senate rules during the proceedings in their Spartacus moments, but by preemptively declaring the pick illegitimate the day the president announced it.

According to liberals, every conservative-run institution is illegitimate. Working out how it’s illegitimate is the only question.

Even the questions in the aftermath of the Kavanaugh vote point to misunderstanding of process. Did Democrats “fight hard enough” to stop a nomination? What does that even mean? You fight by winning the argument, and by appealing to a large swath of Americans to win the Senate, and by winning the vote. In a decent nation, you don’t win by smearing your political opponents as gang rapists, and you don’t win by acting like a mob and screaming at your fellow citizens in restaurants and elevators.

After all, Hillary, and others who write about Trump’s supposed annihilation of our institutions, seem wholly concerned about aesthetics, manners, and policy, not procedure or institutions. Civility is a worthwhile issue, but it is a separate issue. You might find immigration and environmental policy of primary importance, but not getting your way isn’t a constitutional crisis. When they act like it is, liberals—and it’s getting progressively difficult to give them that descriptor—are destabilizing the institutions they are claiming to save.

How many times did a Democrat even mention the Constitution during the Kavanaugh hearings? I imagine, if we’re lucky, a perfunctory handful. Trump, far more than the previous administration, has strengthened proper separations of power. One of the ways he’s done it is by his judicial appointments. And Democrats’ inability to make any distinction between the neutral processes of governing and their partisan goals makes them, to this point, a far bigger threat to constitutional norms than the president.

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America hits best unemployment rate in 49 years

The September jobs report released today shows a continuation of the booming labor market, with the unemployment rate falling to 3.7 percent, the lowest in 49 years. Average weekly wages rose at an impressive 3.4 percent over last year. These are the pocketbook issues that actually make a difference in the lives of voters. If Republicans can make the case that their policies are largely responsible for this increased pay and improved job prospects, they can maintain control of Congress in midterms.

So far this year, the average number of jobs created each month is 16 percent higher than last year, suggesting that the tax cuts that took effect this year are boosting the labor market. This is the sixth straight month the unemployment rate has been at or below 4 percent, the best in a half century. Black and hispanic unemployment rates hover near record lows. In addition to the unprecedented number of job opportunities, wages are increasing at their quickest pace in a decade, rising about 50 percent faster than during the second term of President Obama. But the legacy media continues to stick to its “stagnating wages” talking point.

What makes this wage growth even more impressive is that it has coincided with a significant influx of less skilled workers into the job market. Since the 2016 election, the unemployment rate has fallen by 20 percent. Hundreds of thousands of people, who had quit looking for work altogether, have returned to the workforce to take advantage of this historic opportunity. Over the last couple years, the labor market has grown far faster than the long running trend would have suggested.

This top line wage growth figure only takes into account wages before taxes. Wages after taxes are growing even faster as tax cuts have reduced the amount of federal withholding taken from paychecks. Americans are receiving higher take home wages because of a doubled standard deduction, doubled child tax credit, and lower tax rates that took effect this year. The new 20 percent small business tax deduction is contributing to this historic labor market. This is strengthening the economic backbone of the country by allowing them to protect a fifth of their earnings from taxes and reinvest it in their operations and employees.

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Good news about Obamacare premiums can't hide long-term pain

Health & Human Services Secretary Alex Azar recently announced that premiums for a benchmark Affordable Care Act 2019 plan on the federal exchange will drop 2 percent nationally compared with 2018 premiums — the first reduction since the law's implementation.

While this is encouraging news, it is no cause for a major celebration. When Obamacare's exchanges open for business in just a few weeks, on Nov. 1, many consumers will still find exchange plans unaffordable. Rates will soar by double digits in many states. Despite the slight decline in the national average premium, the typical 2019 plan sold through the HealthCare.gov exchange will still likely cost more than twice as much as the average individual market plan in 2013, the year before most Obamacare provisions went into effect.

Until Obamacare's incoherent rules and regulations are loosened, there will be no sustained relief for everyday Americans.

Hefty premium increases are the new normal. Americans who shopped for Obamacare-compliant coverage off the exchanges fared just as poorly as those who watched rates soar on the exchanges. The average individual market plan sold through eHealth, an online insurance marketplace, cost $197 per month in 2013. In 2018, the average plan on eHealth was $440 per month — a 123 percent increase.

Republicans are lessening premium pain
Consumers won't get much relief this enrollment cycle. But at least they won't be penalized for going without coverage, as Republicans reduced the fine for violating the individual mandate to zero.

Premiums for the benchmark 2019 silver plan in Burlington, Vermont, will rise 23 percent relative to 2018. In the nation's capital, they're going up 21 percent. In Seattle, premiums are jumping 12 percent.

These hikes are the inevitable result of Obamacare's premium-inflating mandates.

The law requires all plans to cover 10 essential health benefits, from prescription drugs to pediatric dental care. Insurers have raised prices in response. As much as 11 percent of Pennsylvania's premium increases and 8 percent of Georgia's were due to the essential health benefits mandate, according to a McKinsey study.

Obamacare also forbids insurers from denying coverage to customers based on their health status or charging sicker enrollees more than healthy ones. And it bars insurers from charging older enrollees more than three times what they charge younger enrollees, even though older people are five times costlier to insure.

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The Left’s Pattern of Overlooking Due Process



The notion that certain Americans are pre-emptively guilty of wrongdoing, whether there’s any corroborating evidence to back up an accusation or not, isn’t reserved for conservatives who happen to be in contention for a Supreme Court seat.

In the hierarchy of progressive values, due process is a bottom dweller.

Over the past decade, you could see the illiberalism evolving on college campuses, where Democrats subverted basic standards of justice.

It was the Obama administration that demanded schools judge cases of alleged sexual assaults under a “clear and convincing evidence” standard rather than on a “preponderance of evidence” standard, allowed accusers to appeal “not guilty” findings, and permitted the meting out of punishment before any investigation was even conducted, among other big problems.

Democrats are simply shepherding those corrosive standards into the real world.

Another area of American life where we continue to see egregious attacks on the presumption of innocence is gun ownership. You might remember that a couple of years ago, Democrats engaged in a much-covered congressional “sit-in” to support legislation that would have stripped Americans on secret government watchlists—hundreds of thousands of people who had never been accused, much less convicted, of any crime—of their constitutional right to bear arms.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., in fact, proposed legislation that would have restricted not only American citizens on faulty watchlists but anyone who had been on any watchlist at any time during the previous five years and anyone who had traveled to select Middle Eastern countries.

Apparently, Democrats believe limiting the number of refugees from Syria is unconstitutional but explicitly restricting the constitutional rights of Syrian immigrants here legally is just fine.

Then again, the entire effort was a frontal attack on about half the Bill of Rights. At the time, even the American Civil Liberties Union, which has increasingly turned away from its guiding principles, argued that policies based on flawed terror lists would undermine civil liberties.

In much the same way they are attempting to sink the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation, Democrats relied on theatrics, bombastic rhetoric, and a compliant media, which framed the issue exactly how they had hoped.

You can imagine such bills will reappear when they’re back in charge. Until then, though, Democrats have been doing some gun grabbing—and I don’t mean it figuratively—on the local level.

California, a state that already features the strictest gun control laws in the country, just enacted a law that raises the allowable age to buy a shotgun or rifle from 18 to 21.

The United States might be willing to hand weapons to young men and women who volunteer to protect their country, but Gov. Jerry Brown doesn’t believe those young men and women should be able to protect their own property or families.

An even more outrageous new law bans Californians who’ve been hospitalized more than once in a year for mental health issues from owning a gun.

Federal law already prohibits the sale of a gun to anyone who “has been adjudicated as a mental defective.”

Until now, a person had an option to appeal the ban and show “a preponderance of evidence” that he would use firearms in “a safe and lawful manner.” Now California bans one-time patients from owning firearms for the rest of their lives.

This is an excellent way to stigmatize people who suffer from maladies that often have nothing to do with violence or criminality.

Now, I was going to ask the reader to imagine an alternate scenario in which Republicans pushed a bill prohibiting those who have been in hospitals—for, say, nervous exhaustion or an addiction—from being able to freely express their opinions in public ever again.

If a law-abiding American can be stripped of his Second Amendment rights, then why not his First Amendment rights? But then, these days, I imagine many Democrats would simply answer, “It depends on what the person is going to say.”

Another California law allows police to verbally ask to confiscate a gun rather than make their case in a written request. Under “red flag laws,” guns can be confiscated from citizens who’ve never been charged with, much less convicted of, breaking any law. And it’s getting easier and easier to do it.

All it takes in many states is for a family member, neighbor, or co-worker to accuse you of a pre-crime. One of Maryland’s many new laws (signed by Republican Gov. Larry Hogan) allows the police to confiscate weapons for up to a year—or until the next person accuses you of a crime you are only yet to commit.

There is risible evidence that these new regulations will stop mass shootings or lower gun crime. But as William Rosen, deputy legal director for Everytown for Gun Safety, explains, “red flag laws” are needed to “step into that gap.”

What gap? You know, the pesky space between protecting the ideal of presuming innocence and completely ignoring it when you feel like it.

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Hello all, below are the FLGS that are participating in the in-store demos for The Fist of Dragonstones: The Tavern Edition (10/15 - 11/15).

Find the store near your location and check with them for event details:

Store Name / Store City / Store State / Store Phone
Gamers N Geeks (Mobile, AL) 251-725-6640
It's Your Move Games & Hobbies (Oakland, CA) 510-547-4386
Collectormania (Parker, CO) 303-766-3530
Petrie's Family Games (Colorado Springs, CO) 719-522-1099
Crit Castle Games (Aurora, CO) 303-745-4140
Muse Comics + Games (Colorado Springs, CO) 719-573-7096
Connecticut Gaming Center (Waterbury, CT) 203-527-3918
Twisted Aether (Laurel, DE) 302-875-2305
Born to Game (Camden, DE) 302-387-1129
Gamesville Tabletop (Gainesville, FL) 352-378-7529
Cool Comics & Games (Cape Coral, FL) 239-573-7468
Java Game Haus (Jacksonville, FL) 904-683-8365
Dungeon Games LLC (Estero, FL) 239-221-8523
Heroes and Villains (Warner Robins, GA) 478-322-0004
Dice Drop Games (Macon, GA) 478-737-1192
The Armchair Adventurer (Honolulu, HI) 808-843-1250
Gaming Adventures (New Plymouth, ID) 208-649-4244
Safari Pearl Comics (Moscow, ID) 208-882-9499
The Gaming Goat (Elgin, IL) 224-325-4309
AlleyCat Comics (Chicago, IL) 773-907-3404
Titan Games (Springfield, IL) 217-679-7019
Red Raccoon Games (Bloomington, IL) 309-828-9196
Titan Games - Peoria (Peoria, IL) 309-981-5376
For The Win (Galesburg, IL) 309-351-7938
Gatekeeper Hobbies (Topeka, KS) 785-232-3429
Sente (Wichita, KS) 316-640-5344
Mission: Board Games (Mission, KS) 913-242-7970
Game Nut Entertainment (Lawrence, KS) 785-856-1540
Huscarl Hobbies and Games (Topeka, KS) 785-215-6545
Anubis Game & Hobby (Broussard, LA) 337-330-6096
Dream Wizards (Rockville, MD) 301-881-3530
Canton Games (Baltimore, MD) 410-276-2640
Dice City Games (Silver Spring, MD) 443-424-2637
Play More Games (Gaithersburg, MD) 240-801-9375
Third Eye Games (Annapolis, MD) 410-897-1076
Mana Screw (Costa Azul, MEXICO) 52-1-646-176-4406
Nostalgia, Ink GamePlace (Jackson, MI) 517-784-8955
MeggaXP Zone (Jackson, MI) 517-879-7804
Pandemonium Games and Hobbies (Garden City, MI) 734-427-2451
Acropolis Games (Adrian, MI) 517-577-6192
The Gaming Goat (Saint Paul, MN) 651-690-4628
Van's Comics, Cards & Games (Ridgeland, MS) 601-898-9950
maCnarB Gaming (Gautier, MS) 228-497-0303
Panda's Pair O Dice (Gulfport, MS) 228-206-4484
Rooks Comics and Games (Bozeman, MT) 406-556-2153
Rocket City Games and More (Jacksonville, NC) 910-577-5556
The Game Shoppe (Omaha, NE) 402-991-8699
Maplewood Hobby (Maplewood, NJ) 973-378-3839
The Only Game In Town (Somerville, NJ) 908-725-7077
Tiki Tiki Board Games (Woodbury, NJ) 856-202-5103
New World Manga (Livingston, NJ) 973-597-0625
Medusa Comics and Cards (Plattsburgh, NY) 518-310-0229
Haven for Heroes (Port Jervis, NY) 845-856-1866
Recess (North Olmsted, OH) 440-779-7008
Tabletop Game Café (Columbus, OH) 614-725-0328
Wizards Asylum Comics & Games (Norman, OK) 405-292-4263
Wizards Asylum Comics & Games (Norman, OK) 405-292-4263
Game HQ (Oklahoma City, OK) 405-691-0509
Loot & XP (Norman, OK) 405-310-3230
Caffeinated Gaming (Zieglerville, PA) 610-287-1624
ISD Gaming (Aguadilla, PUERTO RICO) 787-938-4292
Reality A Games (West Warwick, RI) 401-500-1545
The Game Cave (Hermitage, TN) 615-678-5768
Mad Hatter's House of Games (Lubbock, TX) 806-763-4054
Dragon's Lair (Houston, TX) 832-761-0072
Flash Candy and Toys (Lockhart, TX) 512-668-5075
Brickhouse Games (Garland, TX) 972-926-3398
Sockmonkey Junction (Mansfield, TX) 682-999-8697
Half Price Books (Dallas, TX) 214-379-8000
Madness Games & Comics (Plano, TX) 972-943-8135
Noggin Games (Cedar City, UT) 435-586-3423
Huzzah Hobbies (Ashburn, VA) 703-466-0460
The Island Games (Centreville, VA) 515-599-0360
Curio Cavern (Springfield, VA) 703-347-6474
Cosmic Comics and Games (Centralia, WA) 360-736-2186
Counterbalance Cards & Games (Charleston, WV) 304-306-0483
Four Horsemen Comics and Gaming (Bridgeport, WV) 304-848-9210
Lost Legion Games & Comics, The Rifleman (South Charleston, WV) 304-205-7919

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          Thread: Fist of Dragonstones: The Tavern Edition:: News:: The Fist of Dragonstones: The Tavern Edition In-Store Demo - List of Locations      Cache   Translate Page      

by bumrobot


Hello all, below are the FLGS that are participating in the in-store demos for The Fist of Dragonstones: The Tavern Edition (10/15 - 11/15).

Find the store near your location and check with them for event details:

Store Name / Store City / Store State / Store Phone
Gamers N Geeks (Mobile, AL) 251-725-6640
It's Your Move Games & Hobbies (Oakland, CA) 510-547-4386
Collectormania (Parker, CO) 303-766-3530
Petrie's Family Games (Colorado Springs, CO) 719-522-1099
Crit Castle Games (Aurora, CO) 303-745-4140
Muse Comics + Games (Colorado Springs, CO) 719-573-7096
Connecticut Gaming Center (Waterbury, CT) 203-527-3918
Twisted Aether (Laurel, DE) 302-875-2305
Born to Game (Camden, DE) 302-387-1129
Gamesville Tabletop (Gainesville, FL) 352-378-7529
Cool Comics & Games (Cape Coral, FL) 239-573-7468
Java Game Haus (Jacksonville, FL) 904-683-8365
Dungeon Games LLC (Estero, FL) 239-221-8523
Heroes and Villains (Warner Robins, GA) 478-322-0004
Dice Drop Games (Macon, GA) 478-737-1192
The Armchair Adventurer (Honolulu, HI) 808-843-1250
Gaming Adventures (New Plymouth, ID) 208-649-4244
Safari Pearl Comics (Moscow, ID) 208-882-9499
The Gaming Goat (Elgin, IL) 224-325-4309
AlleyCat Comics (Chicago, IL) 773-907-3404
Titan Games (Springfield, IL) 217-679-7019
Red Raccoon Games (Bloomington, IL) 309-828-9196
Titan Games - Peoria (Peoria, IL) 309-981-5376
For The Win (Galesburg, IL) 309-351-7938
Gatekeeper Hobbies (Topeka, KS) 785-232-3429
Sente (Wichita, KS) 316-640-5344
Mission: Board Games (Mission, KS) 913-242-7970
Game Nut Entertainment (Lawrence, KS) 785-856-1540
Huscarl Hobbies and Games (Topeka, KS) 785-215-6545
Anubis Game & Hobby (Broussard, LA) 337-330-6096
Dream Wizards (Rockville, MD) 301-881-3530
Canton Games (Baltimore, MD) 410-276-2640
Dice City Games (Silver Spring, MD) 443-424-2637
Play More Games (Gaithersburg, MD) 240-801-9375
Third Eye Games (Annapolis, MD) 410-897-1076
Mana Screw (Costa Azul, MEXICO) 52-1-646-176-4406
Nostalgia, Ink GamePlace (Jackson, MI) 517-784-8955
MeggaXP Zone (Jackson, MI) 517-879-7804
Pandemonium Games and Hobbies (Garden City, MI) 734-427-2451
Acropolis Games (Adrian, MI) 517-577-6192
The Gaming Goat (Saint Paul, MN) 651-690-4628
Van's Comics, Cards & Games (Ridgeland, MS) 601-898-9950
maCnarB Gaming (Gautier, MS) 228-497-0303
Panda's Pair O Dice (Gulfport, MS) 228-206-4484
Rooks Comics and Games (Bozeman, MT) 406-556-2153
Rocket City Games and More (Jacksonville, NC) 910-577-5556
The Game Shoppe (Omaha, NE) 402-991-8699
Maplewood Hobby (Maplewood, NJ) 973-378-3839
The Only Game In Town (Somerville, NJ) 908-725-7077
Tiki Tiki Board Games (Woodbury, NJ) 856-202-5103
New World Manga (Livingston, NJ) 973-597-0625
Medusa Comics and Cards (Plattsburgh, NY) 518-310-0229
Haven for Heroes (Port Jervis, NY) 845-856-1866
Recess (North Olmsted, OH) 440-779-7008
Tabletop Game Café (Columbus, OH) 614-725-0328
Wizards Asylum Comics & Games (Norman, OK) 405-292-4263
Wizards Asylum Comics & Games (Norman, OK) 405-292-4263
Game HQ (Oklahoma City, OK) 405-691-0509
Loot & XP (Norman, OK) 405-310-3230
Caffeinated Gaming (Zieglerville, PA) 610-287-1624
ISD Gaming (Aguadilla, PUERTO RICO) 787-938-4292
Reality A Games (West Warwick, RI) 401-500-1545
The Game Cave (Hermitage, TN) 615-678-5768
Mad Hatter's House of Games (Lubbock, TX) 806-763-4054
Dragon's Lair (Houston, TX) 832-761-0072
Flash Candy and Toys (Lockhart, TX) 512-668-5075
Brickhouse Games (Garland, TX) 972-926-3398
Sockmonkey Junction (Mansfield, TX) 682-999-8697
Half Price Books (Dallas, TX) 214-379-8000
Madness Games & Comics (Plano, TX) 972-943-8135
Noggin Games (Cedar City, UT) 435-586-3423
Huzzah Hobbies (Ashburn, VA) 703-466-0460
The Island Games (Centreville, VA) 515-599-0360
Curio Cavern (Springfield, VA) 703-347-6474
Cosmic Comics and Games (Centralia, WA) 360-736-2186
Counterbalance Cards & Games (Charleston, WV) 304-306-0483
Four Horsemen Comics and Gaming (Bridgeport, WV) 304-848-9210
Lost Legion Games & Comics, The Rifleman (South Charleston, WV) 304-205-7919

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I truly appreciate your paper's coverage of the mental health [coverage] cuts and the recent rally to protest them ("Mental health cuts stir controversy," Oct. 4).

Not violent

I truly appreciate your paper's coverage of the mental health [coverage] cuts and the recent rally to protest them ("Mental health cuts stir controversy," Oct. 4). However, I was deeply disturbed by information in the article that is incorrect and damaging to people living with serious mental illness (diagnoses like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, schizoaffective disorder, etc.) and the movement to ensure their care. A local CEO/organizer was quoted stating that perhaps 80 percent of her clients with mental illness could become violent if off their medications. It's very disheartening that such misinformation persists even in people who serve this vulnerable population.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, people disabled by SMI are, in fact, 10 times more likely to be the VICTIMS of violent crime than the general population. Only 3 to 5 percent of violent crimes are committed by people with SMI diagnoses. Multiple peer-reviewed academic journal articles have replicated these statistics.

I have worked clinically with people experiencing SMI since 2004, and the vast majority of them have violent trauma backgrounds (histories of being abused/neglected in childhood, raped/sexually assaulted, experienced domestic violence, muggings/beatings, etc.) They are not scary or dangerous people, but they often have survived scary and dangerous assaults. We should not ensure the funding to provide their care because we fear being victimized by them, but because it is the just and human thing to do. If we are looking for fiscal reasons to do so, paying for emergency room visits and homeless shelters is far more costly than providing regular outpatient mental health care. And while it's true that prisons are the largest providers of "inpatient" mental health care in our country, that is due to systemic deficiencies in the mental health system, not because people living with mental illness are violent. The vast majority of people with SMI in prison are not there for a violent offense. It's also important to note that with appropriate treatment, people with SMI diagnoses can lead productive and fulfilling lives, with the same family, employment and citizen participation as everyone else.

Katie Logan

Little Rock

Really?

In his comments on the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) said attempts at "mob rule" by left-wing protesters to disrupt the Kavanaugh hearings cannot become the "new normal." Really, senator? Consider the new normal your party has brought to the White House and America in the form of Donald J. Trump. Consider the rise of very ugly elements in this country embodied by various white supremacy groups, groups emboldened by this administration.Please tell us all about the "new normal," senator.

RL Hutson Cabot

An open letter to Boozman, Cotton

This is the last communication that I will ever issue to your office. In the past, I have sent the occasional online message or even telephoned to discuss certain concerns with your very helpful and respectful staff. I have had the belief, perhaps wrong, that your staff actually entertained my concerns and understood them to be valid, even if you yourself later voted contrary to my wishes. However, I cannot maintain any longer the fiction that you actually respect your constituency, and thus I see no purpose in contacting your office and sharing my concerns in the future.

The catalyst for this decision is your vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh as a U.S. Supreme Court justice. Let us dispense with the compelling allegations against him regarding both reported sexual assaults and his documented history of drinking alcohol to excess. Let us focus, instead, upon his opening statement at the Sept. 27, 2018, hearing, during which he made unfounded accusations against people on the left end of the political spectrum and asserted, without proof, that the Clinton family had orchestrated a campaign of revenge against him. In that moment, he signaled to the whole United States that, as a judge, he would be serving not the interests of all Americans but, instead, the interests of the Republican Party only. By voting for him, you, too, signaled your approval of the idea that the mechanisms of justice are likewise to be reserved only for members of the Republican Party.

As a political independent, this means to me that you have no interests at all in representing me or other Arkansans who are not members of your political party. I have, for perhaps longer than was realistically feasible, believed that people of different viewpoints could come together and actually implement policies that would make the lives of ordinary Americans better. I was raised by military parents with values that could generally be described as conservative and cast my first presidential vote for Sen. Bob Dole in 1996. Even though I had significant disagreements with President George W. Bush's policies, I could admire his creation, like President Bill Clinton before him, of a Cabinet that "looked like America," as well as the respect with which he treated his political opponents, as when he turned to Nancy Pelosi during a State of the Union address and expressed pride in being the first president to say the words "Madame Speaker." In my own line of work, I labor greatly to get input from people with a variety of backgrounds and viewpoints, to represent a world beyond my own ideas, to not only change minds but allow my own mind to be changed when new information arises. In short, I believe that there are a variety of ways in which we can make this world a better place and that attaining anything like the abstract concept of justice entails being willing to listen to one another and being open to a wealth of evidence.

You, however, do not, as you have made clear with your vote for Kavanaugh. By putting on the bench someone who operates as such a rank partisan, with no interest in justice beyond how it serves his own narrow, privileged clique, you have demonstrated a willingness to pollute, with your own partisan anger, an institution that once had as its central concern the benefit of all Americans. Too, by holding up the nomination of Merrick Garland for more than a year, and by threatening to hold up any nomination for the next four years had Hillary Clinton won the presidential election, you made public your private conviction that democracy only "works" when it is working for Republicans. You have demonstrated that because I am not a Republican, someone like me should not expect justice at the Supreme Court — and thus, I should not expect representation by you in your official capacity as a senator, even if my concern touches upon matters personal rather than political questions.

As I mentioned, I was born to military parents. They met at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, Calif., where my father (U.S. Marine Corps) was studying Thai, while my mother (U.S. Army) was studying Czech. Both of them had the aim of serving in military intelligence, and although my mother had to leave the Army after marriage, my father continued his service. I was born in the 1970s at the Naval Air Station on the island of Guam during a period of great tumult for Southeast Asia. My parents told me that the language instructors at DLI were often refugees now working with the U.S. government with the hope of aiding in the defeat of those regimes then ruling their respective home countries. In the eyes of communist-run Czechoslovakia, my mother's teacher would have been considered a traitor, but he, as you might expect, viewed his "betrayal" in a different light, hoping to see his nation freed from partisan tyranny and made whole again with a government that could represent all of its people.

I have lived under several different presidents in my life, and never have I agreed with all of their policies. However, even in my darkest hours, I have never entertained the thought that I could one day turn traitor upon this country. But now is different. Now, we have a president who openly encourages white supremacists and who mocks survivors of sexual assault. Now, we have government agencies rolling back protections for individuals in the name of removing "burdensome regulation," even though American companies are reportedly doing better now than they have in the past decade. Now, we have an internal policing agency placing immigrant children in cages and deporting their parents. And now, we have a Senate that has eagerly embraced a nakedly partisan hack and promoted him to a job that should be reserved only for those who believe that justice and truth just might lie beyond the narrow prescriptions of a political platform. In other words, you have de-legitimized the U.S. Supreme Court, and in the process you have also de-legitimized your own position as a U.S. senator. You have made it clear that the interests of Arkansans and Americans as a whole do not lie within your purview, and thus you have made it clear that you only represent members of the Republican Party. I therefore see no reason to appeal to you in the future.

Goodbye, senator. You will not hear from me again.

Guy Lancaster Little Rock


          This October, Watch 2018's Best Horror Flicks      Cache   Translate Page      
Don't be scured. Or, do. That's the point, right? by The Stranger
Dont be scured. Or, do. Thats the point, right?
Don't be scured. Or, do. That's the point, right? iStock / Getty Images Plus

It's October and things are getting spooooky! If you don't have time to filter through all the scary ass options to find something worth watching (and can't wait for our next Netflix round-up), we put together a list of our favorite spine-chilling movies of 2018 as reviewed by our team of Film & TV critics—and where you can watch them this season.

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A Quiet Place (the one everybody loved this year)
Krasinski and Emily Blunt star in this fun, brawny horror flick that has a surprisingly sugary heart and an ingenious gimmick. The film begins well after the creatures’ conquest. A man, his pregnant partner, and their son and daughter live in silence on an isolated farm, every aspect of their existence adapted to minimize noise: sand-covered trails, sign language, light and smoke signals, even cloth game pieces. But despite their ingenuity, the family must take increasingly drastic measures to protect themselves even as the pre-adolescent daughter, who’s deaf, rebels against her father. JOULE ZELMAN

Stream it on Amazon ($4.99), on Google Play ($3.99), or on YouTube ($3.99).

***

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Hereditary (the other one everybody loved this year)

Hereditary is brilliant—the whole thing hums with cold electricity that’s guaranteed to unsettle your soul. Aster gracefully illustrates humanity’s ancient fear of predestined fate in a setting, and with a family unit, that feels deeply rooted in reality. CIARA DOLAN

Stream it on Amazon ($5.99), on Google Play ($4.99), or on YouTube ($4.99).

***

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Mandy (feat. bugfuck crazy Nicholas Cage)

...don’t worry, lovers of Cage and the excess he represents: Once the vengeance plot revs up, you get all the eye-bugging lunacy you’ve come for. There’s a chain-saw duel, a creature with a knife-penis, some spectacular beheadings and cranium-splittings, and a bouquet of nonsensical one-liners (“You’re a vicious snowflake,” “You RIPPED my SHIRT” “I AM YOUR GOD NOW!”). JOULE ZELMAN

See it this week before it leaves theaters, at Grand Cinema in Tacoma or SIFF Cinema Uptown, this week only.

***

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Upgrade (an underrated sci-fi thriller with some action and body horror)

Upgrade becomes a sort of poor man’s RoboCop meets a basic cable Black Mirror with shades of The Crow (RoboCop 2: Cyber Cop!). Writer/director Leigh Whannell doesn’t have Paul Verhoeven’s gift for satire, but he does have a horror director’s facility for visceral gore and suspenseful compositions. VINCE MANCINI

Stream it on Amazon ($5.99), on Google Play ($4.99), or on YouTube ($4.99).

***

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The Terror (terror... in the snow!)

The Terror’s ability to impart palpable sensations of cabin fever and endless-winter madness is more knuckle-whitening than anything its characters might encounter out on the ice. NED LANNAMANN

Watch the series at AMC.com (free; cable subscription required), on Amazon or on iTunes ($24.99 for the full season), on Google Play ($18.99 for the full season), or on YouTube ($18.99 SD or $24.99 HD for the full season). Or, you can save your money and wait for its inevitable appearance on Hulu or Netflix.

***

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The Endless (UFO death cult!)

Justin Benson and Aaron Moorehead’s mind-unspooling sci-fi thriller The Endless is one of those strange films that feels lightweight while flirting with cosmic ideas. The writer-directors play brothers, named, of course, Justin and Aaron, who escaped a UFO cult as teenagers. In adulthood, Justin is domineering and overprotective. But when the men receive a concerning videotape from the true believers at Camp Arcadia, Aaron demands that they drive back into the wild to find out what happened, and Justin reluctantly agrees. JOULE ZELMAN

Stream it on Netflix now.

***

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Unsane (Steven Soderbergh's thriller, shot entirely on an iPhone)

It’s never quite clear how much we can trust Sawyer. Claire Foy does a remarkable job keeping us focused on her plight, even as she remains an almost entirely unreliable and unlikeable protagonist. While that element of Unsane rubs rough against the film’s subtext of a woman’s voice and story being ignored or doubted, it doesn’t take away from the film’s creeping, fascinating dread. ROBERT HAM

Stream it on Amazon (free with Prime membership), on Google Play ($4.99), or on YouTube ($4.99).

***

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Annihilation (Alex Garland's sci-fi thriller... horror... mystery... thing)

Garland’s visual ingenuity is extraordinary. Vines and flowers and fungus sprout from the edges of the frame in pinks, purples, teals, and yellows; that the film wrings so much dread out of these ostensibly cheerful colors is among its many wonders. There are shots so beautiful that you’ll probably gasp in the theater; seconds later, there are things so revolting you’ll feel sick to your stomach. NED LANNAMANN

Annihilation is available to stream only on Epix (free with applicable cable membership). To see it on Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, or YouTube, you have to "buy" a copy, with prices starting at $14.99.

Read more of the Stranger's movie and TV coverage here, and check out movie times for the next several weeks here!

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          Companhia aérea Virgin Atlantic fará voo do orgulho gay de Londres a NY em 2019      Cache   Translate Page      

Voo de seis horas estará repleto de performances ao vivo e aparições de convidados especiais, entre eles Tituss Burgess, do programa "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt". Tituss Burgess entre a tripulação que fará parte do voo, composta por LGBTs Divulgação/Virgin Atlantic A companhia aérea Virgin Atlantic programou seu primeiro voo do Orgulho Gay para transportar os britânicos de Londres a Nova York para o WorldPride 2019 (Parada do Orgulho LGBT) em grande estilo. Tituss Burgess, conhecido por seu papel no programa da Netflix, "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt", supervisionará os procedimentos, e o voo de seis horas estará repleto de performances ao vivo e aparições de convidados especiais. O voo será totalmente composto por pilotos, oficiais e tripulantes LGBT. A bordo haverá ainda o DJ Judy Garland a drag queen Bingo. Todas as celebrações serão supervisionadas por Tituss Burgess. "No momento em que estamos vendo os direitos dos grupos minoritários sob ameaça, é mais importante do que nunca nos levantarmos e fazermos com que nossas vozes sejam ouvidas", diz Burgess. O voo partirá do aeroporto de Heathrow para o de Newark no dia 28 de junho de 2019 e custará a partir de US$ 500 (cerca de R$ 2 mil). As celebrações do orgulho gay em todo o mundo acontecem em junho, oficialmente designado como Mês do Orgulho, em comemoração ao levante de Stonewall de junho de 1969, muitas vezes visto como um ponto de virada na luta pelos direitos LBGT. O próximo ano marcará o 50º aniversário deste evento histórico e a cidade de Nova York está planejando um evento conjunto Stonewall 50/WorldPride. Autoridades calculam que as comemorações atrairão cerca de 3 milhões de visitantes do mundo todo. Outras grandes companhias aéreas, incluindo a Delta Air Lines e a United, também tiveram presença ativa nas Paradas LGBT. Este ano, uma camiseta da United Airlines produzida para a Parada retratava aviões com as cores do arco-íris. A United e a Delta também foram listadas no ranking 2018 da Human Rights Campaign dos "Melhores lugares para se trabalhar" no setor de transporte aéreo para funcionários LGBT. Também foram mencionadas a Alaska Airlines, a American Airlines, a JetBlue e a Southwest Airlines.
          Not violent      Cache   Translate Page      
I truly appreciate your paper's coverage of the mental health [coverage] cuts and the recent rally to protest them ("Mental health cuts stir controversy," Oct. 4).

Not violent

I truly appreciate your paper's coverage of the mental health [coverage] cuts and the recent rally to protest them ("Mental health cuts stir controversy," Oct. 4). However, I was deeply disturbed by information in the article that is incorrect and damaging to people living with serious mental illness (diagnoses like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, schizoaffective disorder, etc.) and the movement to ensure their care. A local CEO/organizer was quoted stating that perhaps 80 percent of her clients with mental illness could become violent if off their medications. It's very disheartening that such misinformation persists even in people who serve this vulnerable population.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, people disabled by SMI are, in fact, 10 times more likely to be the VICTIMS of violent crime than the general population. Only 3 to 5 percent of violent crimes are committed by people with SMI diagnoses. Multiple peer-reviewed academic journal articles have replicated these statistics.

I have worked clinically with people experiencing SMI since 2004, and the vast majority of them have violent trauma backgrounds (histories of being abused/neglected in childhood, raped/sexually assaulted, experienced domestic violence, muggings/beatings, etc.) They are not scary or dangerous people, but they often have survived scary and dangerous assaults. We should not ensure the funding to provide their care because we fear being victimized by them, but because it is the just and human thing to do. If we are looking for fiscal reasons to do so, paying for emergency room visits and homeless shelters is far more costly than providing regular outpatient mental health care. And while it's true that prisons are the largest providers of "inpatient" mental health care in our country, that is due to systemic deficiencies in the mental health system, not because people living with mental illness are violent. The vast majority of people with SMI in prison are not there for a violent offense. It's also important to note that with appropriate treatment, people with SMI diagnoses can lead productive and fulfilling lives, with the same family, employment and citizen participation as everyone else.

Katie Logan

Little Rock

Really?

In his comments on the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) said attempts at "mob rule" by left-wing protesters to disrupt the Kavanaugh hearings cannot become the "new normal." Really, senator? Consider the new normal your party has brought to the White House and America in the form of Donald J. Trump. Consider the rise of very ugly elements in this country embodied by various white supremacy groups, groups emboldened by this administration.Please tell us all about the "new normal," senator.

RL Hutson Cabot

An open letter to Boozman, Cotton

This is the last communication that I will ever issue to your office. In the past, I have sent the occasional online message or even telephoned to discuss certain concerns with your very helpful and respectful staff. I have had the belief, perhaps wrong, that your staff actually entertained my concerns and understood them to be valid, even if you yourself later voted contrary to my wishes. However, I cannot maintain any longer the fiction that you actually respect your constituency, and thus I see no purpose in contacting your office and sharing my concerns in the future.

The catalyst for this decision is your vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh as a U.S. Supreme Court justice. Let us dispense with the compelling allegations against him regarding both reported sexual assaults and his documented history of drinking alcohol to excess. Let us focus, instead, upon his opening statement at the Sept. 27, 2018, hearing, during which he made unfounded accusations against people on the left end of the political spectrum and asserted, without proof, that the Clinton family had orchestrated a campaign of revenge against him. In that moment, he signaled to the whole United States that, as a judge, he would be serving not the interests of all Americans but, instead, the interests of the Republican Party only. By voting for him, you, too, signaled your approval of the idea that the mechanisms of justice are likewise to be reserved only for members of the Republican Party.

As a political independent, this means to me that you have no interests at all in representing me or other Arkansans who are not members of your political party. I have, for perhaps longer than was realistically feasible, believed that people of different viewpoints could come together and actually implement policies that would make the lives of ordinary Americans better. I was raised by military parents with values that could generally be described as conservative and cast my first presidential vote for Sen. Bob Dole in 1996. Even though I had significant disagreements with President George W. Bush's policies, I could admire his creation, like President Bill Clinton before him, of a Cabinet that "looked like America," as well as the respect with which he treated his political opponents, as when he turned to Nancy Pelosi during a State of the Union address and expressed pride in being the first president to say the words "Madame Speaker." In my own line of work, I labor greatly to get input from people with a variety of backgrounds and viewpoints, to represent a world beyond my own ideas, to not only change minds but allow my own mind to be changed when new information arises. In short, I believe that there are a variety of ways in which we can make this world a better place and that attaining anything like the abstract concept of justice entails being willing to listen to one another and being open to a wealth of evidence.

You, however, do not, as you have made clear with your vote for Kavanaugh. By putting on the bench someone who operates as such a rank partisan, with no interest in justice beyond how it serves his own narrow, privileged clique, you have demonstrated a willingness to pollute, with your own partisan anger, an institution that once had as its central concern the benefit of all Americans. Too, by holding up the nomination of Merrick Garland for more than a year, and by threatening to hold up any nomination for the next four years had Hillary Clinton won the presidential election, you made public your private conviction that democracy only "works" when it is working for Republicans. You have demonstrated that because I am not a Republican, someone like me should not expect justice at the Supreme Court — and thus, I should not expect representation by you in your official capacity as a senator, even if my concern touches upon matters personal rather than political questions.

As I mentioned, I was born to military parents. They met at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, Calif., where my father (U.S. Marine Corps) was studying Thai, while my mother (U.S. Army) was studying Czech. Both of them had the aim of serving in military intelligence, and although my mother had to leave the Army after marriage, my father continued his service. I was born in the 1970s at the Naval Air Station on the island of Guam during a period of great tumult for Southeast Asia. My parents told me that the language instructors at DLI were often refugees now working with the U.S. government with the hope of aiding in the defeat of those regimes then ruling their respective home countries. In the eyes of communist-run Czechoslovakia, my mother's teacher would have been considered a traitor, but he, as you might expect, viewed his "betrayal" in a different light, hoping to see his nation freed from partisan tyranny and made whole again with a government that could represent all of its people.

I have lived under several different presidents in my life, and never have I agreed with all of their policies. However, even in my darkest hours, I have never entertained the thought that I could one day turn traitor upon this country. But now is different. Now, we have a president who openly encourages white supremacists and who mocks survivors of sexual assault. Now, we have government agencies rolling back protections for individuals in the name of removing "burdensome regulation," even though American companies are reportedly doing better now than they have in the past decade. Now, we have an internal policing agency placing immigrant children in cages and deporting their parents. And now, we have a Senate that has eagerly embraced a nakedly partisan hack and promoted him to a job that should be reserved only for those who believe that justice and truth just might lie beyond the narrow prescriptions of a political platform. In other words, you have de-legitimized the U.S. Supreme Court, and in the process you have also de-legitimized your own position as a U.S. senator. You have made it clear that the interests of Arkansans and Americans as a whole do not lie within your purview, and thus you have made it clear that you only represent members of the Republican Party. I therefore see no reason to appeal to you in the future.

Goodbye, senator. You will not hear from me again.

Guy Lancaster Little Rock




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