Sunday, March 24, 2019
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New Zealand prime minister announces that ‘our gun laws will change’

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern spent the day following the shooting visiting with the families of victims, trying to console them in their grief and listening to their stories of lost loved one....
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New Zealand shooter called Donald Trump ‘a symbol of white identity’ as he murdered...

New Zealand has a reputation—unmatched beauty, adventurous, filled with eclectic animals, people concerned about the environment, and lots of sheep—but despite its being on the far side of the world from the hotbeds of...
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Remarkable, moving statement from Australian news anchor Waleed Aly on Christchurch.

Just watch all of it. I don’t ever watch US cable news, but I wonder whether anything will come close to this dignified, poised, heartbreaking statement from Waleed Aly which also makes clear what needs...
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The handling of the 737 Max issue was a showcase for incompetence in the...

There’s a word for how well the Trump White House handled issues surrounding the crash of Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 and their possible connections to a Lion Air crash in October. Unfortunately, using that word would...

Trump And Brexit. Two Peas In A Pod.

The U.S. — The downtrodden and the wanna-haves, the disillusioned and the government haters, were on the warpath again. Which means that political ads were on television again. One charlatan Republican spoke directly to the disenfranchised among us. “Europe and China are fucking us on jobs and trade, and immigrants are invading the country! Vote for me, and I’ll give Europe the heave-ho, save our jobs, and lock down the borders!” The U.K. — The downtrodden and the wanna-haves, the disillusioned and the government haters, were on the warpath again. Which meant that the alarm clock went off that morning. A political group wanting to increase its influence in Parliament spoke directly to the disgusted masses. “The European Union is fucking us on trade and jobs, and immigrants are storming the gates! Vote to leave the EU, and we’ll bounce those buggers on their arse, and lock down the borders!” The U.S. — The Donald Trump campaign was treated with the same gravitas as a condom at Plato’s Retreat. Because Trump’s campaign was such a craven marketing ploy for self enrichment, it was not taken seriously, even though he easily topped the rest of the field, but with a minority. The media was willing to ride the merry-go-round of bulk time filler until the music stopped, and they had to cover serious issues again. The U.K. — The Brexit campaign was such a craven attempt to exploit the gullible for votes that it was given the gravitas of a “no punch ups” sign at a football match. because it was thought that people understood the nearly impossible complexities of leaving the E, it was disregarded despite its nagging strong yet still minority popularity in the polls. The media was willing to ride the helter skelter of bulk time filler until they had to hang up the burlap sacks and cover serious issues again. The U.S. — With Trump clearly the nominee, but trailing badly in the general election polls, the Trump campaign turned to Cambridge Analytica, a shady UK based statistical gathering and strategy company with rumored links to Russian intelligence. Instead of engaging in mass advertising campaigns to sway the public, micro targeting is used to both try to increase turnout in certain, highly defined demographics, as well as to depress the turnout in opposite, highly specific demographics. Russian interference is suspected, and investigated by the government. The U.K. — With Brexit on the ballot for a national referendum, but lagging badly in the polls, the Brexit organizers turn to Cambridge Analytica as well. And just as in the US, social media ads suddenly begin targeting traditionally non voting groups whipping up enthusiasm for the Brexit vote with isolationist and divisive ads, while also trying to suppress traditional, pro EU voters with ads meant to minimize the necessity or effectiveness of their votes.There is suspicion of Russian involvement, and the government investigates. The U.S. — Defying all expectations and political odds, Donald Trump wins the Presidency via the electoral college. But there’s a problem. Nobody actually expected Trump to win, he didn’t even write a victory speech. Donald Trump was a concept, not a strategy or a plan, and when he won, they had absolutely no idea of what to do with him. And every time they tried to create a plan to move forward, the surprising […]
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Trader Joe’s is dropping 1 million pounds of single-use plastic from stores

At the end of 2018, grocery store chain Trader Joe’s announced that it would be making moves to cut out one million pounds of “single-use” plastics in its over 500 stores as soon as...
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Conservative hate tried to come for Brie Larson. Captain Marvel destroyed them.

Before the debut of Brie Larson as Captain Marvel, the internet was abuzz as supposed comic book fans, furious with Larson over her commitment to feminism and inclusion, threatened to boycott the film. Things...
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US Blamed Venezuelan President for Burning Aid Trucks. Wrong.

On February 23, a caravan of large cargo trucks was crossing a bridge from Colombia into Venezuela delivering food and other aid when they dramatically went up in flames. US officials seized upon the...
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For North Korean dictatorship, Trump summit was again a tremendous success

The summit between Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un may have been a failure for the American team, but for the North Koreans it was a rousing success. One of the...
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Thousands plan to plank on the steps of the Supreme Court for RBG’s birthday

If there is one sacred person left in Washington, most people will agree it’s Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the Supreme Court, known by her fans (“ supporters” seems too light a word) as...

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