May 30,2022

More than 10,000 pieces of new news a day. News update non-stop 24/7.  US 'troubled' as UN rights chief urges China to review counter-terrorism policies.  London Playbook: Lovely jubilee — What Larks — Partygate continued.  Live Updates: European Leaders to Meet to Discuss the War, as New Weapons Arrive in Ukraine.  Nepal officials find wreckage of plane that had been carrying 22.  Video: CNN correspondent recounts 'heart stopping' moment in wake of Uvalde massacre.  Why a GOP lawmaker changed his mind to back some gun restrictions.  Video: Chattanooga shooting witness describes what he saw.  Video: Barclays Center disturbance sends people running.  Video: Uvalde resident shouts at Biden and Abbott.  Ukrainian mother's video diary shows her family's life during wartime.  More than 10,000 pieces of new news a day. News update non-stop 24/7.  Celtics' Jayson Tatum Named 2022 Eastern Conference Finals MVP.  Nepal search and rescue teams locate remains of 14 passengers of downed Tara Air flight.  Playbook Paris: C’est la brute finale — Darmanin bien discret — Macron de retour à Bruxelles.  Toddler fatally shot in Pittsburgh drive-by was not intended target, police say.  Brussels Playbook: Summit Day — Renew’s ranks swell — Šef?o in Berlin.  How to defeat the NRA’s ‘nonsensical’ talking points.  Ukraine, Russia battle in the east as Zelenskyy visits front.  Hakeem Jeffries posts Most Relevant Tweet of 2022.  Parkland and Uvalde and Sandy Hook Elementary.  Random gun violence in America.  
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US 'troubled' as UN rights chief urges China to review counter-terrorism policies
       
(CNN) UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet, whose rare visit to China was criticized by rights groups and Western countries, said she urged Beijing to review its counter-terrorism policies to ensure they comply with international human rights standards. Bachelet reiterated, however, that her six-day trip, which ended on Saturday and included a visit to the western region of Xinjiang, was not an investigation into China's human rights policies but an opportunity to engage with the government. Washington, meanwhile, said it "remains concerned" about Bachelet's trip -- which it believes China could use for propaganda purposes. Bachelet started her China trip, the first by a UN Human Rights High Commissioner in 17 years, on Monday in the southern city of Guangzhou before heading to Xinjiang. Her office said last year it believed Uyghurs in Xinjiang had been unlawfully detained, mistreated and forced to work.
London Playbook: Lovely jubilee — What Larks — Partygate continued
       
His spreadsheet shows there are now 34 Tory MPs who have publicly questioned the PM’s position. It is also likely that a number of less publicity-minded Tory MPs have privately put letters in unbeknownst to Lobby beancounters. Losing Gray cells: Some Tory MPs are clearly still chewing over the Gray findings and deciding where they stand. Today program: Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rink?vi?s (7.09 a.m.) … Labour MP Ian Byrne (7.50 a.m.) … Yuriy Sak, adviser to Ukraine’s minister of defense (8.10 a.m.) … Labour MP Stephen Kinnock (8.40 a.m.). SUBSCRIBE to the POLITICO newsletter family: Brussels Playbook | London Playbook | Playbook Paris | Politico Confidential | Sunday Crunch | EU Influence | London Influence | Digital Bridge | China Direct | Berlin Bulletin | D.C. Playbook | All our POLITICO Pro policy morning newsletters
Live Updates: European Leaders to Meet to Discuss the War, as New Weapons Arrive in Ukraine
       
A bookshop in Lviv, Ukraine. In the wake of Russia’s invasion in February, language clubs have been popping up in Ukraine’s west. LVIV, Ukraine — The teacher sounded her words slowly, careful to show which syllable to stress: Eyebrow. Under his leadership, Kyiv strengthened its Ukrainian language law in 2019, requiring schools and public places to use Ukrainian. Ms. Onuch, the professor, said there was little data yet to support the notion that Russia’s invasion had accelerated a switch.
Nepal officials find wreckage of plane that had been carrying 22
       
Placeholder while article actions loadSearch-and-rescue officials in Nepal have located the crash site of a plane carrying 22 people that went missing Sunday. It showed the shattered plane on a mountainside strewn with debris, including what appeared to be a wing of the plane displaying the Tara Air flight number 9NAET in green lettering. The aircraft, a DHC-6-300 Twin Otter operated by the private airline Tara Air, went missing shortly after taking off from Pokhara, in central Nepal, at 9:55 a.m. Sunday, according to the Indian Embassy in Kathmandu. Tara Air said in a notice on its website that the plane was carrying four Indian nationals, two Germans and 13 Nepalis, along with three crew members. According to Flightradar24, a website that tracks flights in real time around the world, the Tara Air flight stopped transmitting a signal around Shikha, a mountainous area north of Pokhara.
Video: CNN correspondent recounts 'heart stopping' moment in wake of Uvalde massacre
       
CNN's Shimon Prokupecz recounts to Brian Stelter his reaction when he was told by the head of Texas Department of Public Safety that law enforcement officers outside of the barricaded classroom "did nothing at that time" to stop the gunman that killed 19 children and two adults.
Why a GOP lawmaker changed his mind to back some gun restrictions
       
CNN's Dana Bash speaks with Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) about what he sees as the fear of Republican lawmakers to switch their stance on gun restrictions and why he is open to banning assault weapons now.
Video: Chattanooga shooting witness describes what he saw
       
Patrick Hickey was driving for Uber when he heard shots ring out in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He describes what he saw and how he helped one of the victims.
Video: Barclays Center disturbance sends people running
       
No shots were fired at the Barclays Center during a disturbance that sent people running for their lives early Sunday, said the New York City Police Department. CNN's Nadia Romero reports.
Video: Uvalde resident shouts at Biden and Abbott
       
Uvalde resident Ben Gonzales explains to CNN's Jim Acosta why he shouted at President Joe Biden and Texas Governor Greg Abbott during their visit to the city.
Ukrainian mother's video diary shows her family's life during wartime
       
Ukrainian mother Olena Gnes has been keeping a video diary of what her family's experience has been throughout the war. CNN's Anderson Cooper reports on her rare perspective.
Celtics' Jayson Tatum Named 2022 Eastern Conference Finals MVP
       
David Dow/NBAE via Getty ImagesIt feels fitting that the first Larry Bird Eastern Conference Finals MVP trophy went to a member of the Boston Celtics. Jayson Tatum took home the award Sunday after helping lead his team to a 100-96 victory over Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat in Game 7 of the back-and-forth series. Tatum finished with 26 points, 10 rebounds, six assists, two blocks and one steal while hitting 4-of-7 from three-point range. That means Tatum will have an opportunity to play in the NBA Finals for the first time in his career as a result. The 24-year-old's resume now includes an Eastern Conference Finals MVP, three All-Star selections and two All-NBA nods.
Nepal search and rescue teams locate remains of 14 passengers of downed Tara Air flight
       
(CNN) Search and rescue teams in Nepal have recovered the bodies of 14 people on board a Tara Air flight that crashed with 22 people on board, airport authorities told CNN on Monday. "Search and rescue teams are at the site going through the wreckage," Prem Nath Thakur, the general manager of Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport, told CNN. "After all the passengers have been found, their bodies will be sent to Kathmandu." The site where the wreckage was found is at an altitude of about 14,500 feet, an airport spokesperson said. Thakur said poor weather conditions were still a concern but efforts to locate the remaining passengers would continue as long as possible.
Playbook Paris: C’est la brute finale — Darmanin bien discret — Macron de retour à Bruxelles
       
Par PAULINE DE SAINT REMYPRÉSENTÉ PAREnvoyez vos infos | Abonnez-vous gratuitement | Voir dans le navigateurBonjour à toutes et à tous, nous sommes lundi 30 mai 2022. Si vous avez la reprise difficile, ce lundi matin, et la boîte mail pleine à craquer, consolez-vous en pensant à Amélie Oudéa-Castéra. L’Insoumis en chef évoquait même plus précisément un “échec complet de la stratégie policière”, de la “doctrine d’emploi de la police” et du préfet Didier Lallement. Seront représentés autour de la table : l’UEFA, la Fédération française de foot, le Stade de France et la mairie de Saint-Denis. Le président se rend à la réunion pré-sommet de Renew Europe à 13 heures, puis arrive au Conseil européen à 14h55.
Toddler fatally shot in Pittsburgh drive-by was not intended target, police say
       
An 18-month-old was fatally struck in a drive-by shooting that did not intentionally target the boy, Pittsburgh police said Sunday. The attack Sunday afternoon in near-80-degree weather in downtown Pittsburgh unnerved city officials, who vowed to make an arrest in the case. "I know that our thoughts and our prayers are not enough," Mayor Ed Gainey said at a news conference Sunday. "We are utilizing all available resources to find the responsible people so that we can bring them to justice." The toddler and his mother, the two occupants of a vehicle struck by gunfire, did not appear to be the intended targets, Schmidt said.
Brussels Playbook: Summit Day — Renew’s ranks swell — Šef?o in Berlin
       
And as EU countries continue to bicker, Russian troops are grinding through Donbas, David Herszenhorn and Jacopo Barigazzi write. TARGETING RUSSIAN ASSETS: Similarly, though EU leaders will discuss the confiscation of Russian assets, the debate is not expected to break new ground. Legal argument: “Imposing a tariff on Russian oil is perfectly legal,” Garicano said, as Russia no longer benefits from the WTO’s protections against discriminatory tariffs. FOOD CRISIS: With EU leaders in town for two days, Tuesday’s discussion is likely to focus on the looming issue of food security. **SUBSCRIBE to the POLITICO newsletter family: Brussels Playbook | London Playbook | Playbook Paris | Politico Confidential | Sunday Crunch | EU Influence | London Influence | Digital Bridge | China Direct | Berlin Bulletin | D.C. Playbook | All our POLITICO Pro policy morning newsletters
How to defeat the NRA’s ‘nonsensical’ talking points
       
The Uvalde, Texas mass shooting shows the ‘good guys’ are no match for an assault rifle. Activist Brittany Packnett Cunningham and contributing writer to The Atlantic Molly Jong-Fast discuss the gun lobby’s myths and changing America’s “culture of violence.”May 30, 2022
Ukraine, Russia battle in the east as Zelenskyy visits front
       
KRAMATORSK, Ukraine — Russia claimed to have overrun a key rail hub while its troops fought Ukrainian defenders in the streets of another city in eastern Ukraine. The Russian Defense Ministry said the railroad center Lyman had been “completely liberated’’ by a joint force of Russian soldiers and Kremlin-backed separatists. Pavlo Kyrylenko said Russian troops controlled most of it and were trying to press their offensive toward Bakhmut, another city in the region. Serhii Haidai reported that Ukrainian fighters repelled an assault on Sievierodonetsk but Russian troops still pushed to encircle them. Moscow and Kyiv have traded accusations over which side bears responsibility for keeping shipments tied up, with Russia saying Ukrainian sea mines prevented safe passage and Ukraine citing a Russian naval blockade.
Hakeem Jeffries posts Most Relevant Tweet of 2022
       
I doubt anything will top this:An extreme political party that makes it harder to vote and easier to die of gun violence is unfit to govern.
Parkland and Uvalde and Sandy Hook Elementary
       
The AR 15 was used at Marjory Stoneman Douglass High School in Parkland, Florida and at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas and at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut. Other nations also face mental health challenges and violent television programs and violent video games ... , but the United States alone has the massive amount of gun deaths every year. The problem in the United States primarily is the guns. There is a marked difference between when we had the assault weapons ban in place and when it expired. This sick treasonous fuck was once President of the United States.
Random gun violence in America
       
We are the only country in the world that has so much random gun violence. Some attribute random gun violence to mental illness. All we seem to be able to do about random gun violence in America is to offer “thoughts and prayers”. However effective this may be in some areas, “thoughts and prayers” has been spectacularly ineffective in preventing or even reducing random gun violence. Again, we will not solve the problem of random gun violence until we have a correct interpretation of the Second Amendment.
In Raffensperger call, Trump hoped to disqualify Biden votes.
       
On January 2, 2021, former president Donald J. Trump had an hour-long phone call with Georgia secretary of state, Brad Raffensperger. Among numerous headline grabbing quotes from the former president is this well-known doozy:“All I want to do is this. In this instance, Trump wants to find 11,780 of BIDEN’s votes to disqualify. During the call, Trump alternately pressures Raffensperger to add to his vote total or lower Biden’s vote total. This distinction between adding votes and disqualifying votes needs more traction in national reporting.
Courts allow New York to eliminate religious exemptions to vaccine mandates
       
Judge Hartman has previously, in a careful decision upheld on appeal, rejected the plaintiffs’ request for a preliminary injunction on stricter school vaccine mandates. is the first, and hence the name on the decision) who claim religious objections to vaccines and are affected by the removal of the religious exemption. The main claim was that the legislature acted with religious animus in removing the religious exemption. As the court pointed out, recent jurisprudence has supported this decision regarding school vaccine mandates. Because school mandates were not created to target religion, they would not require a religious exemption under this jurisprudence.
Progressive Talking Point for Today — “Good Guys with Guns” at Schools
       
My elementary school - attended at a time when, thankfully, school shootings did not occur more than weekly in the United States. I will presume that the Law Enforcement Professionals of Uvalde are good and highly-trained officers dedicated to public service. So if that many “Good guys with guns” will not engage a single shooter armed with a weapon of war, it’s time to finally dismiss this lie and demand that Assault Weapons are removed from our streets. I also make the promise — I will NEVER vote for ANY candidate at ANY level that does not support halting public access to Assault Weapons. I will be telling this to all political candidates in my community, and, if you agree, I encourage you to do the same.
Observations from an immigrant on the American gun apocalypse
       
Each culture has its blind spots as it is part of our humanness to get used to ways of being within a lot of unspoken social norms and constructs. Lots of it and all the time, symbolized by 400 million guns, purchased presumably due to some perceived threat to protect oneself against. And this violent, frightened, and oppressive mindset has never been honestly processed for healing or reconciliation to occur on a broad societal basis. Every time there is a reckoning — from Reconstruction to the Civil Rights movement to BLM — there's a huge white backlash, rooted in... fear. Fear of the other, fear of losing control and power, fear of fear itself.
The Bullet Tax: a Targeted Solution at $100 a Pop
       
Then let’s make ownership of bullets, by individuals or businesses, subject to an annual property tax at $100 apiece – why just tax land? Does anyone want to do the math on the potential revenue from one bullet made at $100, wholesaled at $100, retailed at $100, and owned at the end of that year for tax purposes at $100? Direct every surplus penny from the Bullet Tax toward violence prevention and mental health programs, with funding in each jurisdiction keyed to the Bullet Tax funds collected there. Penalize any failure to pay the Bullet Tax, by individuals or businesses, as a felony with appropriate mandatory minimums, and fund enforcement with the proceeds from the Bullet Tax. You might say the Benjamin Bullet Tax isn’t a real solution.
I Did ...
       
I threw a stickball no hitter in my backyardI mowed a “G” into the grass for Gail, my crushI had my heart brokenI broke a heart (s)I drove hundreds of miles on my own to a new thingI opened many birthday presentsI started smokingI regretted thatI kept a comfy place for catsI rode my bike to make me feel like I was being healthyI forgot my bike and sat fat assed insteadI gave an assist to an older woman of tall stuff at the grocery storeI went to collegeI kept 40+ years lifelong friendsI complainedNo one listenedI wished of aliens to take me away probing’s ok if suchI sang and even danced on occasionI brought my glove to the ballpark, alwaysI looked at things differently with the yearsYearsI got angry, I got sad, I got happy, I got a little crazed, I told myself it would all work outI did / do lifeI wasn’t dead before it could startI wished someone would let our youngin’s do the samefrankenberrysattic.com
AntiCapitalist MeetUp: what does a (democratic) socialist politics of climate change look like?
       
stats.oecd.org/... Natural resources rents are estimated as the difference between the price of a commodity and the average cost of producing it. Total natural resources rents are the sum of oil rents , natural gas rents , coal rents , mineral rents , and forest rents . en.wikipedia.org/... Total natural resources rents (% of GDP) Definition: Total natural resources rents are the sum of oil rents, natural gas rents, coal rents (hard and soft), mineral rents, and forest rents. For example, Michael Hudson is a proponent for taxing rent, especially land rent. What appears in the statistics at first glance as 'profit' turns out upon examination to be Ricardian or 'economic' rent."
A pastor blames the Uvalde slaughter on teaching evolution.
       
Pastor Jack "pro-death" HibbsPastor Jack Hibbs, of Calvary Chapel Chino Hills, blamed the Uvalde school slaughter on the teaching of evolution. We need to be unpacking that, instead of this issue of the second amendment. This man, this young man conducted himself like an animal.”Indeed, evolution does not assign Homo sapiens a special place. AddendumPeople, who think that a patriot's duty is to keep their fellow citizens safe, may wish there was no second amendment. However, the vast majority of those good folks understand that the second amendment is not going away — and neither are the 400 million personal guns already in circulation.
LGBTQ Literature: Y'all Means All: The Emerging Voices Queering Appalachia
       
That’s part of why I was so drawn to Z. Zane McNeill’s new edited collection Y’all Means All: The Emerging Voices Queering Appalachia. Y'all Means All is a celebration of the weird and wonderful aspects of a troubled region in all of their manifest glory! I’m not sure if it’s a coincidence that, right after reading this chapter in Y’all Means All, I came across this bumper sticker on Reddit. In this case, Mothman discourse can at least be used for identity work related to Appalachian queer, and queer-Appalachian identities. Whether or not you’re from Appalachia, Y’all Means All will certainly reshape and complicate your understanding of the region.
DK Quilt Guild: Its Too Damn Wonky!
       
I had hoped to have at least a finished top to show today but no matter how hard I have tried, this damn thing is WONKY! If this doesn’t work, I am just going to put it together wonky and live with it. DK Quilt Guild is a place for quilters to gather, share ideas, projects, and to make the world abetter place, one quilt at a time. Would you like to write a future DK Quilt Guild diary? I took a workshop from a quilt artist who said she took something apart 3 times, and that was it!
School Shootings
       
That's why no other developed country has the epidemic of mass school shootings that America does. School children in so many other countries are safer than American school children. They block gun laws, health care for all, food assistance, funding for early childhood education and college education. He points his finger at everyone but himself, yet he is the one who loosened gun laws in that state. The schools have done about all they can, and still we have more school shootings than any other country in the world.
The Two Steps To Take To Attack Gun Violence
       
An Eagle In Disguise Doing What Must Be DoneThere are really only two steps the country must take to solve the current mass-murder-shooting epidemic. Now, I am not naive, and neither am I unaware of the complications of both of those needed steps. So, it is time now to do WHATEVER IT TAKES to achieve those two steps, and worry about sorting it out later. They may be home-grown gun mass-murder profiteering gun-runners, but that only makes them even more despicable. It can, we can help, and so the President should declare a NATIONAL MASS-MURDER GUN EMERGENCY, and do whatever it takes after that.
Less than 6 days later, another Mass Shooting
       
Less than six days later, there was another Mass Shooting in Taft, Oklahoma where eight people were shot, killing one thus far and wounding seven others. Can we not just learn to talk with one another, even argue with one another without pulling out the guns and shooting and killing one another? Violence begets violence. To our almighty and powerful Father in heaven, please end the gun violence within this country. Please get each of us to love our enemies as much as we love our family and friends and as much as JESUS has loved and does love us.
Watch Me Club This Beast Into Submission Like It Was a Libtard
       
The red-faced, nearly teary-eyed Trump Jr. shouted that the shooter was a “sociopath” who could wreak the same havoc with nearly any other weapon. “ It’s the gun; it’s not the sociopath wielding it,” people are claiming, he complained. “He wouldn’t have done the exact same thing with a bat, or a bomb, or some sort of improvised device — or a machete?” he added. The real problem is that people are “screwed up,” and we have “crazy teachers” and “indoctrination programs” in our schools, he insisted. Did he also say, “Eric, you catch him and hold him, and I’ll club him?”www.huffpost.com/...
Update on Bar Complaints
       
However, some kind of deadline passed in March, and most of us who had filed complaints believed that something was afoot. I then searched to check the status of other bar complaints. Attorneys, State Bar Disciplinary officials, and academics in legal ethics. Which leads me to ask if a response to a bar complaint itself contains lies, does this constitute a new and additional charge? But—like with Giuliani—the bar disciplinary complaint itself is still pending.
Wyoming: previous guy is workshopping new material because it's easy to attack children
       
Trump tried out new material since it’s easy to punch downward. President Donald Trump had decided to focus his new rallies around attacking transgender children. By 2022, Politico explained that Trump's new campaign is going after minors. In a 90-minute rant in Casper, Wyoming on Saturday, Trump attacked Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), who is one of the Republicans on the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. Instead of discussing issues that those in Wyoming care about most, he took a different turn.
Kitchen Table Kibitzing May 29, 2022
       
Kitchen TableWater WellnessFrom Paul Krugman today:“Or consider the megadrought now afflicting the Western United States. Our water is pumped from underground into a 20 gallon pressure tank; a bladder creates the pressure which propels the water to the house. I hypothesized….what if the pressure tank was 6,000 gallons? One pump is inside the tank, another pressure tank is on the pad next to the big tank. A tank truck came and filled the tank 2/3 of the way with potable water so as not to stress the well initially.
Gun-Toting Teachers!
       
Anyone who feels that their best solution to their life’s challenges is to open fire on others is obvious a deeply troubled soul. And instead of limiting access to these weapons, they suggest arming the teachers and school staff as a viable corrective measure! -These school staff are then responsible for the safety of the students, potentially blamed for failing to stop future assaults. -If these Neo Era School Teachers (NESTers) become a governmental fighting force, well, their wages must increase dramatically! taylor greene etc, consider arming school teachers and staff instead of controlling the weapons?..
WAYWO--Open Thread
       
Welcome to What Are You Working On? where we talk about (and often display) our handiwork, whether yarn and fabric crafts, woodwork, metalwork, art, or anything else “crafty”. ScheduleJune 5 — openJune 12 — openJune 19 — openJune 26 — openJuly 3 — off for the holidayJuly 10 — openJuly 17 — openJuly 24 — openJuly 31 — openDo you knit? If you do anything 'crafty' please consider doing one of our Sunday afternoon/evening diaries. You can volunteer by replying in the comments or by sending me a Kos-message
Big Oil Lust Affair
       
Up here, even our print news-media formally support Canada’s fossil fuel industry. [“Mair on Media’s ‘Unholiest of Alliances’ With Energy Industry”, Nov.14 2017, TheTyee.ca]https://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2017/11/14/mair-media-unholiest-alliancesDuring a presentation, it was stated: “Postmedia and CAPP [Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers] will bring energy to the forefront of our national conversation. Meantime, there still are reporters and editors who will (as though with big innocent fawn-like eyes) reply to such critiques as this with, ‘Who, me? Nothing requires government supervision in so many areas (and nothing has anything like the influence on government) as this industry. “What has the media, especially but hardly exclusively the print media, done in response to this immense challenge?
Structural Racism in Long Island (NY) School Funding
       
A just released ERASE Racism report details the inequitable funding of Long Island, New York schools and the impact on minority group students. The report, "Unequal Resources for Long Island Students Based on Race," focuses on 66 Long Island school districts. school districts, on average, spend nearly $10,000 less per student each year than the predominantly white school districts. school districts face both financial and environmental stress and have significantly higher teacher turnover. The Erase Racism report also documented that the number of intensely segregated school districts on Long Island is growing.
PWB Peeps Open Thread: May is also Foster Care Month
       
Fostering is an act of pure love, and can also be a joyful experience. also a lot of work, admittedlyIt can be within one speciesor across species boundaries. PWBPeeps is a group that posts a daily diary and nightly open thread for animal lovers. You are welcome to join us! Here are few not-too-onerous PWB rules
White to move Mate in two #15
       
There was a young lady of NorwayWho hung by her toes in a doorway. She said to her beau‘Just look at me Joe,I think I’ve discovered one more way.’
Symbol of Republican Party is now the AR-15
       
Devolution of the Republican PartyThe Republican Symbol of the Elephant has devolved from the Elephant through the mechanized dinosaur to, now, the assault rifle, to evoke the party’s essence and replace the tusked mammal as its symbol.
Republican Cowards Are Killing Our Children
       
####White supremacists they createbuy the guns their donors makeradicalized with hate from FOXthey hunt our children and bypass locksweapons of war rip open our babiesRepublicans pout and call us crazynothing is done to stop the next oneRepublican fetish worships the gunno other country has this diseaseGutless Old Perverts fall to their kneesMaranda and Lexi will climb no more treesRepublican cowards are killing our children
TX-Gov: Watch Gov. Greg Abbott (R) Greeted With A Lot Of Loud Boos At Uvalde Memorial Site
       
President Joe Biden was warmly greeted when he visited Uvalde Sunday, but Texas GOP Gov. Greg Abbott was loudly booed as he approached the makeshift memorial at the elementary school where 19 children and two teachers were killed last week in a mass shooting. Greg Abbott on Friday gave two different speeches about gun control that went on at the same time – with two vastly different messages. He instead held an in-person press conference in Uvalde and sent a pre-recorded message to the NRA audience. And there will be laws in multiple different subject areas," Abbott added during the Uvalde press conference.
Ukraine Invasion Day 96: no memorial day in sight
       
[4] Russian Telegram channels reported that Russian forces successfully seized Pasika on May 28, but ISW cannot independently confirm this claim. [5] Russian forces did not attempt to advance directly south of Izyum and are likely prioritizing an advance north of Lyman. [7] Russian forces from Izyum may join units in Lyman to conduct an offensive on Siversk or pursue a separate drive on Slovyansk. [9] Haidai stressed that Russian forces have not isolated the city, despite damaging a bridge along the Lysychansk-Severodonetsk road. [16] Russian forces will likely continue offensive operations on Bakhmut as well as the T1302 and T1303 highways to isolate Ukrainian forces in the Severodonetsk-Lysychansk area.
4 years ago from yesterday (Sunday). Rainbow Bridge Post. Yahrzeit memories.
       
4 years ago I was a very, very sad guy. Cash, the brother of Tango and my constant companion, crossed over the rainbow bridge. Not a day that goes by that I am not in someway reminded of the Brothers. I end by sharing the original post I wrote on Facebook. It is so important you give your car love and snuggles everyday since you can never tell when that sad day will come.
Ukrainian Strawberry Dumplings
       
(h/t not a lamb)Oh, what fun: Beryl Shereshewsky tries five world strawberry recipes, including one for Ukrainian Strawberry Vareniki and a Mexican recipe with possible Ukrainian roots. If you're not here, or anywhere else on DKos, and there are adverse conditions in your area (floods, heatwaves, hurricanes, etc. If you are going to be away from your computer for a day or a week, let us know here. IAN is a great group to join, and a good place to learn to write diaries. We all share the publishing duties, and we welcome everyone who reads IAN to write diaries for the group!
SRSLY? Now Trump is Calling the January 6th Insurrection 'a Hoax...Just Like Russia Russia Russia'
       
This one was in Wyoming where Trump is trying to oust Rep. Liz Cheney, a fellow Republican who he has declared insufficiently worshipful. In addition to his first impeachment, his second impeachment, his extortion of Ukrainian President Zelenskyy, the COVID-19 virus, the Mueller Report, climate change, the 2020 presidential election results, and his well-documented connections to Russia, Trump is now adding the January 6th insurrection. It’s another con job just like Russia Russia Russia. It’s another con job just like Russia Russia Russia pic.twitter.com/u8bJLBFXri — Acyn (@Acyn) May 28, 2022So now Trump wants his glassy-eyed disciples to believe that the riots on Capitol Hill that everyone saw on live television, never actually happened. RELATED: PolitiFact’s Lie of the Year: The January 6th Insurrection Disinformation By Trump and Fox NewsTrump may have a difficult time selling this notion that the insurrection was hoax to the populace at large.
Overnight News Digest May 29, 2022
       
NPRAfter Uvalde, mass shootings continue over the weekend across the U.S.At least eight mass shootings took place across the U.S. over the weekend following Tuesday's mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas. Another 765 people were forced to leave their homes, at least temporarily, according to the state government. Authorities in the neighbouring state of Alagoas had registered two deaths, according to Brazil’s federal emergency service. The hurricane comes as federal forecasters expect yet another busy Atlantic hurricane season in 2022: As many as 10 hurricanes could form, meteorologists said last week. Rights groups say thousands of politicians, activists and journalists are detained in Egypt after unfair trials or without legal basis.
Kemp and Raffensperger: Since when is avoiding jail for election fraud a "moral" or "heroic" act?
       
One of them is the elevation to near heroic status of Georgia Governor Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger for simply following the law in 2020. So I am more than tired of hearing about how they did the “moral” or “ethical” thing by refusing to commit election fraud at Donald Trump’s request in November 2020. Again a no-brainer, because actual prosecutions for the actions Trump asked them to take are currently being pursued on the state and federal level. I’m not a criminal lawyer, but I have the feeling “finding 11,780 votes” is a least as serious a crime as presenting alternate electors. Remember: Young people are the Sleeping Giant Waiting to Save Democracy in the United States, just waiting to be unleashed.
Giant Bird Attacks US Capitol, CNN Anchor
       
Beware the Giant Bird! Obviously, this is the result of some evil experimentation with atomic waste, ray guns, toxic chemicals, or space aliens. This is what happens when a bird flies in front of your live camera background shot of the US Capitol building, Oh wait. It has to be an evil fascist Republican plot or something. I’m tellin’ ya!
Patriarch Kirill sends up a carefully coded distress flare
       
Among other things, when Russia invaded Ukraine Kirill publicly supported Putin’s line that Russian land includes Ukraine, Belarus and elsewhere. So it’s remarkable that today at Moscow's Cathedral of Christ the Savior, Kirill reacted to this week’s decision by the Ukrainian Orthodox Church to break away from Kirill’s control, saying that he understood the decision, and that:We fully understand how the Ukrainian Orthodox Church is suffering today. Although a small sign by itself, this is not the only evidence of cracks in the Moscow patriarchy’s support for the invasion of Ukraine. Perhaps Kirill’s expression of sympathy for the Ukrainian Orthodox Church today is a sign of further political maneuvering within the Moscow patriarchy. 22% identified with the Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU), reestablished in 1990 as being independent from Moscow.
Tweets of the Week May 22-28 2021
       
Charlie Kirk says the Uvalde school shooting "almost, like, ruins your day"Jan. 6 defendant argues in court that he didn't know the Capitol is where Congress meetsHerschel Walker's solution to school shootings: "a department that can look at young men that's looking at women that's looking at social media." Talking about the Uvalde school shooting, Gov. Abbott tells Texans that "it could have been worse"Attendees of Trump's saturday rally are prohibited from bringing toastersCops say they let the Uvalde shooter run loose for an hour because they were afraid they might get hurtLarry Summers says inflation is the result of Pres. Biden's "hipster" anti-trust policies
KosAbility: Who else feels like one of the only people still actively avoiding covid19? (poll)
       
Yesterday, I read that the number of new covid19 cases in the U.S. right now is five times higher than a year ago. Below are some resources about covid risk assessment, long covid, and psychological and social aspects of risk assessments. ‘If you’d prefer to avoid COVID & have become less cautious, it’s time to re-think.’ Wachter cited his concerns about long COVID and other virus-related risks (”heart/neuro/diabetes”). For most, their initial infection didn’t require hospitalization, but long Covid lasted months. A small #NIH study found those likely to suffer from Long COVID had Type 2 diabetes, reactivated Epstein-Barr virus, or autoantibodies when they had COVID-19.
You Do Realize You're the Government, Right?
       
Republican congressman Mo Brooks of Alabama said about one of the stupidest things you’d imagine a Republican congressman from Alabama could say today, and that’s saying something. As News Corpse diaried it, “Brooks Warns that Guns are Needed to ‘Take Back Our Government.’”Which quote immediately sent me down dark corridors of thought. Mo Brooks is in Congress. You’re the government.”I don’t know if this could be an effective message to get people thinking—and voting. But it’s what I said to the guy in line at the store.
Agribusiness firm altered report to build on sacred land—plantation, cemetery of enslaved people
       
… They came to us for our expertise, and they got a professional report that is factual,” Edwards told ProPublica in an email. “If they build this, this community will not survive,” Joy Banner told ProPublica. … The trauma of not being able to talk freely about our own history is hurting our communities,” Joy Banner told ProPublica. “We at the Corps are seeing adverse impacts,” Ricky Boyett, chief of public affairs for the New Orleans District, told ProPublica. … We need to do a little more research on those as well.”The permit for the grain elevator remains under review, Boyett told ProPublica.
Hakeem Jeffries posts Most Relevant Tweet of 2022
       
I doubt anything will top this:An extreme political party that makes it harder to vote and easier to die of gun violence is unfit to govern. We heard the same exact excuses from the Republican extremists three years ago, after the Pulse Nightclub shootings. Back then a few Republicans feigned moderation just long enough for the public’s anger and revulsion to die down. Much like they are doing now.
They are going to come for you, anyway
       
I don’t write for autocrats. I certainly don’t write for the men who carry their water. I don’t write for the special club of press or legislators or lobbyists. I write for the people and the day I stop doing that is the day I am done writing, period. Back to that epiphany:Whether I speak the truth politely or I shout it from the mountaintop with as much feeling in my chest as I can muster — the world’s merchants of hate and chaos are going to come for me, anyway.
Nuts & Bolts—Inside a Democratic campaign: responsibilities and pitfalls of protecting your seat
       
Let’s start localLocal races, from city, county, district attorneys, and state house are the races most directly impacted by the retirement of a Democratic official. The district, representing southern Chicago, is a solid Democratic seat. If the district you are sitting in is so solidly Democratic, you generally don’t have to worry about recruiting. Your seat is solid Republican Are you a Democratic official who held a local office? Your seat is new Let’s say your state house or county district is now divided, and there is an entirely new district that exists.
'Big enough to swing elections': Democrats target AAPI voters with new super PAC
       
Despite the increased violence they have been facing in the last few years, Asian Americans are making strides nationwide. But while the jump was high and AAPI voters outpaced all other ethnic groups in every single battleground state, overall participation remains low. “They’re really the nucleus of AAPI (Asian American and Pacific Islander) communities across the community. The effort is one of the first to target the AAPI community. The AAPI community needs our support now more than ever.
Biden visits Uvalde while GOP repeats talking points: Defend AR-15s, blame lacking 'moral values'
       
x Greg Abbott is booed as he arrives at the memorial outside Uvalde Elementary. They had refused for more than an hour to enter the room where children were being massacred. “Having been to war and having used many many weapons of war, I don't really classify these rifles as weapons of war,” he said. “We use them, (...) but they’re more our self defense weapon.”x Dan Crenshaw gunsplains why Actually, AR-15s aren't weapons of war pic.twitter.com/tPlOTh7QJ6 — Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 29, 2022Rep. Mo. (Some might argue the wide availability of AR-15s today is a more pertinent factor.)
How to Defeat the Billionaire Class
       
Reprinted from chrishedges.substack.comThere are ways to defeat the billionaire class and many of these tactics have been pioneered by Socialist City Councilwoman Kshama Sawant and the Socialist Alternative (SA) party in Seattle. She and the SA have adopted a series of unorthodox methods to fight the ruling oligarchs and, in that confrontation, exposed the Democratic Party leadership as craven tools of the billionaire class. The Democratic Party in Seattle is currently trying to gerrymander her district to separate her from working-class supporters. She is not interested in "cordial relationships" with big business, establishment politicians, the Democratic Party and business lobbyists. The self-identified progressives in the Democratic Party, she says, play "a role which is contrary to the interests of working people.
Unraveling A Memorial Day Mystery
       
Simply sign up for a Advocate premium membership and you'll automatically see this data on every article. The teen in the photo at front left is Franklin, Hezekiah and Catherine's grandson, who would become my grandfather. I found the general location of this cemetery on the internet, but the country-style address didn't seem specific enough to find easily. And I had one of the most amazing 1:00 am phone conversations in my life with Alan, my new cousin! And I'll be bringing my stack of unlabeled family photos to see what other mysteries may unravel--stay tuned!
Another unendurable age
       
To John AshberyThe 1950s were the "unendurable age"I agreeBoy, do I agreeBut I was too young to knowHow bad it wasOnly in looking back . Now here we are in anotherUnendurable ageI'm not sure when it startedOr when it will endOr if it will end in my lifetimeIt's not personal My carworks, for now Our gardenis coming up My clothesare clean There is foodIn the fridge, the pantryAnd the basement Potablewell water from the tapI like my neighbors well enoughHey, let's go fishingThere we can talkBy the river I don't fishBut if you fishThat will be good enoughI know a good spotIt's quiet and peaceful thereMy father took me fishingWhen I was littleHe baited the hook for meI didn't want to hurt the wormHe caught a sunfishJust to show me how easy it wasSilver-gold in the sunHe konked it on the headTossed it in the bucketAnd rebated his lineI said I want to go homeDefending my reason for not fishingWas endurableBut that was just the tip of the icebergKilling seemed like a big part of lifeHey, let's go fishingThere we can talkBy the river I don't fishBut if you fishThat will be good enoughI know a good spotIt's quiet and peaceful thereI had nightmaresOf the end of the world in the unendurable ageOne day we went for a family outingTo look at bomb sheltersMy father was interestedIn the hand-operated air exchangerI asked,Where is the bathroom? I was sevenBathrooms were importantI used to play in a place called Pink RavineIt wasn't pinkBut it was my favorite placeTo spend a summer afternoonWith friendsThe farmer who owned the landHad a stand-off with the copsHis son got drunkAnd hurt someoneSo the cops followed him homeThey barricaded the doorThere was an exchange of gunfireNo one got hurtBut my mother wouldn't let mePlay in Pink Ravine any moreHey, let's go fishingThere we can talkBy the river I don't fishBut if you fishThat will be good enoughI know a good spotIt's quiet and peaceful thereThe unendurable age was very much the world ofEisenhower on the dimeThat I was born into in 19
The Eurasian Economic Union Steps Up
       
It's always important to remember that before Maidan in 2014, Ukraine had the option to become a full member of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), and even balance it with a loose association with the EU. The Eurasian Economic Forum was established by the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council explicitly to further deepen economic cooperation between EAEU members. To really appreciate the scope of what's implied, it's important to remember that the Greater Eurasian Partnership concept was presented by Putin in 2016 at the St. Petersburg Economic Forum, focused on a "more extensive Eurasian partnership involving the Eurasian Economic Union" and including China, Pakistan, Iran and India. Putin for his part was careful to define the Greater Eurasian Partnership as "a big civilizational project. Thus, the necessity to "draft a comprehensive strategy for developing large-scale Eurasian partnership", including "a roadmap for industrialization".
On Memorial Day - Thoughts on Action & Inaction 12 & 20 Years Ago
       
Simply sign up for a Advocate premium membership and you'll automatically see this data on every article. I dug the following piece out from 12 years ago, when anti-war progressives were acting against "forever wars" whether run by Republicans or Democrats. Below that, I add a Ferner Footnote, with observations by Former Veterans For Peace President Mike Ferner, who drives home the point that a parade is not a protest. The simple but significant gift of presence was being offered outside the White House. Other friends like Mike and Dan, whose big brothers were killed in Korea.
How To Save the Dems in the Midterm Elections
       
Most likely, the Democratic leadership already knows this, via polling they've commissioned. It is at least a little mysterious why pollsters have done a poll on the effect of such announcements on the 2022 and 2024 elections. This is exactly the reason why now we are staring into potential clobbering of the Democrats by the Republicans and by the right-wing in the midterm elections." I think declarations Biden, Harris and even Pelosi will make a big difference, maybe even shifts of a point or two in key races in Florida, Arizona, Pennsylvania and elsewhere. The Centrist Democratic leadership has been the biggest problem the Democratic party has had, and of course Joe Biden is at the top.
Biden hails Modi, the butcher of Gujarat, for India’s COVID policy of mass death
       
(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)By what metric he was measuring the “success” of India or, for that matter, its “democratic” character, Biden did not say. Indeed, of the total estimated global excess deaths from COVID-19 (14.9 million), India accounts for nearly one-third. Thus, according to Biden, the “success” of the Modi government consists in having overseen the most COVID-19 deaths of any country on the planet. As Biden noted in his remarks to Modi, the populations of China (1.4 billion) and India (1.38 billion) are comparable in size. At the same time, as the American financial oligarchy demands a COVID policy of endless mass infection and death, it hails the “success” of India as a model.
GUIDE: How will my state be impacted by the overturning of Roe v. Wade?
       
To see the state-by-state breakdown of abortion restrictions after the Supreme Court’s expected overturning of Roe v. Wade, click here. Each state’s laws on abortion are different, which means the effect of the expected decision will also vary state by state. While these regulations do not ban abortion completely, they will make it much more difficult to obtain an abortion. Ohio: Abortion will remain legal up to 20 weeks, unless the state legislature manages to pass a trigger ban prior to Roe being overturned. New Mexico: Abortion care will remain legal throughout pregnancy, and is unlikely to change, unless the Republicans win several state elections.
‘Escalation of Secrecy’: Global Brands Seek Clarity on Xinjiang
       
In the summer of 2019, an executive at Patagonia got a phone call from a trusted auditor working in China. A planned trip to visit some cotton farms in the region of Xinjiang wasn’t going to happen. “We saw this escalation of secrecy,” said Matt Dwyer, the Patagonia executive who oversees the privately held outdoor apparel maker’s supply chains. China’s repression of the Uyghur people is in the spotlight this week after hacked police documents detailed systemic abuse in Xinjiang. Michelle Bachelet, the United Nations high commissioner for human rights, is also visiting the region on a trip that faces severe limitations.
Celtics grow up, beat Heat and head to NBA Finals
       
By throwing their bodies around, they mucked up the game to the point that not even the defensive-minded Miami Heat could survive. The growth of Tatum and Brown mirrors that of other young teams that have advanced to the Finals. AdvertisementTatum, at 24, and Brown, just a year older, have led the Celtics to the Finals. Maybe Celtics fans were holding out for Dragan Bender — the player who was drafted next but hasn’t appeared in an NBA game since 2020. Tatum would loft the first Eastern Conference finals MVP award, named after Celtics great Larry Bird.
What to know about the 2022 NBA Finals: Warriors vs. Celtics
       
NBA What to know about the 2022 NBA Finals: Warriors vs. Celtics Loading... Jayson Tatum will lead the Boston Celtics against Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals. (Michael Dwyer/AP)Share this storyAfter six weeks of intense playoff action, the 2022 NBA Finals matchup is finally set, and two of the league’s oldest franchises will vie for the Larry O’Brien Trophy. The Golden State Warriors (53-29) will host the Boston Celtics (51-31) in Game 1 of the Finals at San Francisco’s Chase Center on Thursday, and there are weighty stakes on both sides. That year, Hall of Fame center Bill Russell led the Celtics past his rival Wilt Chamberlain’s San Francisco Warriors in five games. Golden State enters the Finals with the top-ranked offense in the playoffs, while Boston boasted the NBA’s No.
Carolyn Hax: Boyfriend's side hustle? Selling his partner's meds
       
Dear Carolyn: I found out that my boyfriend has been selling my prescribed anti-anxiety medication (sedatives) to a friend of his. I hate this friend, so on top of feeling ripped off, I don’t want to do anything that would benefit him. AdvertisementNormally it's difficult to help people solve a problem when I'm told not to mention the problem. Hi, Carolyn: I was in a relationship with a controller/abuser, and I finally got out about four months ago. Advertisement— BaltimoreBaltimore: And your question raises the question, what do you have to lose by being honest?
Ask Amy: I want to apologize to my ex-wife for our decades-old divorce
       
Placeholder while article actions loadDear Amy: My first wife, “Stacey,” and I married young. AdvertisementOur adult children are aware of my feelings and have advised me to let things be. Your impulse to apologize, make amends or work on paying down your Karmic debt is laudable. Despite the fact that your children are advising you to “let things be,” I hope you choose to do this. Dear Amy: Thank you for your forceful response to “Perplexed Partner!,” whose boyfriend purchased Hitler memorabilia as a gift for his son.
Miss Manners: Graduation announcements seem to just be requests for money
       
Placeholder while article actions loadDear Miss Manners: Seems the trend lately is to send graduation announcements, but only to receive a gift. But so, Miss Manners believes, is your notion that a present is payment for entertainment. Miss Manners can guess. “I’m a restless sleeper” — as indeed you told Miss Manners you are, when in that bed — “but just tell me what time to be over for breakfast.”New Miss Manners columns are posted Monday through Saturday on washingtonpost.com/advice. You can send questions to Miss Manners at her website, missmanners.com.
Faster, cleaner, greener: What lies ahead for the world's railways
       
Editor's Note — Monthly Ticket is a new CNN Travel series that spotlights some of the most fascinating topics in the travel world. (CNN) — Faster, cleaner, greener and packed with advanced technology; rail is the only transport mode currently well placed to provide the backbone of our future mobility needs. All of this makes it seem an unlikely time to be talking about a "golden era" for rail travel. The 270-mile railway between Lhasa and Nyingchi entered into service on June 25, giving all regions in mainland China access to high-speed train travel. Meanwhile, awareness of the environmental damage caused by air travel has already led to a renaissance for overnight rail travel in Europe.
Toddler fatally shot in Pittsburgh drive-by was not intended target, police say
       
An 18-month-old was fatally struck in a drive-by shooting that did not intentionally target the boy, Pittsburgh police said Sunday. The afternoon attack in near-80 degree weather in downtown Pittsburgh unnerved city officials, who vowed to make an arrest in the case. "I know that our thoughts and our prayers are not enough," Mayor Ed Gainey said at a news conference Sunday. "We are utilizing all available resources to find the responsible people so that we can bring them to justice." The toddler and his mother, the two occupants of a vehicle struck by gunfire, did not appear to be the intended targets of attackers, the director said.
Fox News Anchor Pleads For Gun Control: 'Prayers Are Not Enough'
       
A Fox News anchor broke rank with many of her colleagues Sunday by openly calling for gun law reform in the wake of the Buffalo, New York, and Uvalde mass shootings. “As we’ve said before, prayers are not enough. AdvertisementThe Uvalde and Buffalo shooters used AR-15 style semiautomatic assault rifles they purchased legally when they turned 18. Many Fox News hosts and pundits have offered similar explanations for the crisis. None of them were gun control.
Rep. Mo Brooks Says We Need Our Guns So We Can 'Take Back' The Nation
       
Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala,) is absolutely opposed to any new restrictions on guns — even regarding military-style assault weapons — because we need them to “take back” our government, he explained on Fox News Sunday. Such action should only be undertaken in the event America becomes “dictatorial,” Brooks told host Sandra Smith. The lawmaker highlighted that slippery slope when he immediately went at it with Smith, and angrily defended his fantasy of a rigged election. Smith pointed out “on the record” that there is still “no evidence or proof provided” of a rigged election. That is absolutely false,” said Brooks, before Smith corrected him yet again.
Wreckage of plane with 22 on board found in Nepal mountains
       
KATHMANDU, Nepal — The wreckage of a plane carrying 22 people that disappeared in Nepal was found Monday scattered on a mountainside, the army said. The Tara Air turboprop Twin Otter was on a 20-minute flight Sunday when it lost contact with the airport tower while flying in an area of deep river gorges and mountaintops just before it was scheduled to land. An aerial photo the army posted on Twitter of the crash site showed parts of the aircraft scattered around the mountainside. The search for the plane had been suspended due to bad weather and darkness Sunday night but resumed Monday. According to tracking data from flightradar24.com, the 43-year-old aircraft took off from Pokhara at 9:55 a.m. (12:10 a.m.
Boston Celtics Beat Miami Heat in Game 7 for Trip to N.B.A. Finals
       
finals after defeating the Miami Heat, 100-96, in a decisive Game 7 on Sunday in the Eastern Conference finals. The Celtics won their last title in 2008, back when many of the best players on this year’s roster were elementary school students. Boston opened Game 7 on a 9-1 run, and Miami spent the rest of the game trying to catch up. After one quarter the Celtics led by 15 points, and had held Miami to 17 points, 6 of them by Butler. He scored 18 points in the second quarter and helped the Heat cut the lead to just 6 at halftime.
The U.S. Justice Department will review the law enforcement response to Uvalde shooting.
       
The U.S. Justice Department said on Sunday that it will review the law enforcement response to the mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, at the request of its mayor, Don McLaughlin. “The goal of the review is to provide an independent account of law enforcement actions and responses that day, and to identify lessons learned and best practices to help first responders prepare for and respond to active shooter events,” the Justice Department said in a statement. Law enforcement agencies in Uvalde have faced withering criticism from parents and community leaders as it became clear that they did not intervene quickly to stop a teen gunman from murdering 21 people, including 19 children. Although officers from the local Uvalde police, the county sheriff’s department and the federal Border Patrol arrived at Robb Elementary School soon after a gunman arrived with the intent of murdering students and teachers, they were ordered not to storm the classrooms.
In Colombia, a Leftist and a Right-Wing Populist Head for June Runoff
       
BOGOTÁ, Colombia — Two anti-establishment candidates, Gustavo Petro, a leftist, and Rodolfo Hernández, a right-wing populist, captured the top two spots in Colombia’s presidential election on Sunday, delivering a stunning blow to Colombia’s dominant conservative political class. The two men will compete in a runoff election on June 19 that is shaping up to be one of the most consequential in the country’s history. With more than 99 percent of the ballots counted on Sunday evening, Mr. Petro received more than 40 percent of the vote, while Mr. Hernández received just over 28 percent. Mr. Hernández beat by more than four percentage points the conservative establishment candidate, Federico Gutiérrez, who had been polling in second place. Mr. Hernández’s unexpected second-place victory shows a nation hungry to elect anyone who is not represented by the country’s mainstream conservative leaders.
1 dead, 7 injured in shooting at Oklahoma holiday festival
       
A woman was dead, seven other people were injured, and a suspect was in custody after gunfire erupted early Sunday at an outdoor Memorial Day weekend festival, Oklahoma authorities said. The shooting in Taft, a town of about 250 in eastern Oklahoma, happened shortly after midnight, and law enforcement was already at the scene to provide security for the estimated 1,500 attendees of the annual event, said the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, or OSBI. The suspect was identified as Skyler Buckner, 26, who turned himself in after a warrant for his arrest was issued, the bureau said. It's not clear what evidence led authorities to the man, and it wasn't yet apparent whether he had legal representation. "I am grateful for @OSBI_OK‘s swift response to assist local police and am confident in Oklahoma law enforcement’s ability to bring justice to whoever is responsible for this deadly incident," Oklahoma Gov.
In Cyprus, a faraway war forces a city to redefine its Russianness
       
But with the ever-volatile situation, new sanctions arriving regularly and the war battering its way into a fourth month, uncertainty reigns. Many Cypriot companies working with Russians have shut down and some ex-pat Russians are eyeing a move off the island. “It was never a static city, but was a port city, an open city, a city that was constantly receiving influences from the outside world.”Back in the 1980s, when conflicts erupted in the Middle East, Lebanese businessmen flocked to the Mediterranean island. Before the war, Russians accounted for 25 percent of total arrivals in Cyprus, with the most affluent spending their summers in Limassol and Paphos. At a minimum, they wish the bloc would allow Russians to pay debts to Cypriot companies for services offered before the sanctions came down.
No quick fix: EU foreign policy needs unanimity rule
       
The unanimity rule has long been a familiar punching bag for those who want to see the EU transform into a “strategic” actor in international affairs. Contrary to common wisdom, abandoning unanimity would leave the EU worse off as a foreign policy actor. Indeed, in an EU without unanimity, decisions could be reached more quickly. The need to convince everyone else in the EU forces members to articulate their national positions in terms that others can identify with, and this unique deliberative character of EU foreign policy has allowed diverging national interests and priorities to be amalgamated in a single inclusive foreign policy identity. If decisions were up to votes and bargains, EU foreign policy could lose its moral compass.
The Best Stove for Your Health and the Environment
       
The findings beg a much larger question of whether households around the world should move to potentially safer, and more efficient, electric induction stoves. Stanford earth system sciences professor Rob Jackson and his team at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment are helping change this understanding with their January gas stove study—the first to analyze this issue. Just using one gas stove for a year emits on average 649 grams of methane—equivalent to the number of emissions released from driving 40 miles. Like electric stoves, induction stoves plug into an electrical source but they differ in how that heat is created. Until then, always turn on the hood vent or fan and open nearby windows when operating a natural gas stove.
No Grandchild? Six Years After Son’s Wedding, These Parents Are Suing
       
NEW DELHI — After spending their savings to have their son trained as a pilot in the United States, Sanjeev Ranjan Prasad and Sadhana Prasad financed his lavish wedding back in India, along with a luxury car and an overseas honeymoon. They assumed their investments would eventually pay off, in the form of a grandchild. They are demanding that their son and daughter-in-law produce a grandchild within a year or pay $650,000 in damages. An initial hearing on the suit is scheduled for Monday in a court in northern India. “I feel very sorry for them because I am also an Indian and I can understand their pain,” said the couple’s lawyer, Arvind Srivastava.
After losses in Ga., Trump sets sights on ousting Liz Cheney in Wyo.
       
— Since her father’s first victory 44 years ago, Republican Rep. Liz Cheney and her family have never lost an election in Wyoming. When George W. Bush picked Dick Cheney as his running mate, the Republican ticket won by about 40 points, twice. AdvertisementThe Hageman campaign is helmed by a coterie of Trump allies, including Murtaugh, Bill Stepien, Nick Trainor and Justin Clark. And in the interview, Trump suggested in vain that Cheney might not file for reelection, even though she ultimately did. But in the Ford Wyoming Center, plenty of Wyoming Republicans disagreed.
Fans storm field, throw flares at players after French team’s relegation
       
Toure and his teammates had barely begun to celebrate when a large number of Saint-Etienne fans ran onto the pitch. Saint-Etienne players hurried to the locker room tunnel, but some appeared to be injured before they could make it to safety. ?? St-Etienne were relegated from #Ligue1, and fans invaded the pitch after the final PK to attack and bombard the players with flares! Elsewhere in the league, Marseille midfielder Dimitri Payet was twice hit this season by water bottles thrown by opposing fans. One of those episodes saw fans from host Nice storm the field as a melee broke out that drew in team staffers.
France’s culture wars reignited after Macron appoints ‘woke’ minister
       
Woke warsThe appointment is a crowning moment for an academic who isn’t an unfamiliar figure in policy circles. A professor at the prestigious Sciences Po political college in Paris, where he specializes in African-American history, Ndiaye has advised government bodies on diversity. In February 2021, Macron named Ndiaye as the head of France’s immigration museum, with the aim of calming tensions around a highly inflammatory subject: colonial history. His previous education minister, Blanquer, had made the defense of France’s universalist model a cornerstone of his tenure, and inaugurated a think tank to combat woke concepts in French universities. Or has Macron had a change of heart on the question of French identity, it’s not clear,” said Bock-Côté.
Rockabilly pioneer Ronnie Hawkins dies at 87
       
LOS ANGELES — Ronnie Hawkins, the Southern rockabilly singer who helped shape and launch the Band and other Canadian rock artists, died Sunday after battling a long-term illness. The Hawk was famous for his stage presence, characterized by his robust vocals and humorous exchanges, including his signature “camel walk” dance. By the time he was featured in a CBC Telescope documentary, he was beloved by Canadian artists and audiences. “You know, I don’t know anything about Canadian politics, the price of wheat or Niagara Falls,” he said in the documentary. Hawkins recorded and collaborated with musical greats from Duane Allman to Bob Dylan -- whom he portrayed in Dylan’s “Renaldo and Clara” film.
1 dead, 7 injured in shooting at Oklahoma holiday festival
       
A woman was dead, seven other people were injured, and a suspect was in custody after gunfire erupted early Sunday at an outdoor Memorial Day Weekend festival, Oklahoma authorities said. The shooting in Taft, a town of about 250 in eastern Oklahoma, happened shortly after midnight, and law enforcement was already at the scene to provide security for the estimated 1,500 attendees of the annual event, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) said. The suspect was identified as 26-year-old Skyler Buckner, who turned himself after a warrant for his arrest was issued, the bureau said. It's not clear what evidence led authorities to the man, and it wasn't yet apparent if he had legal representation. "I am grateful for @OSBI_OK‘s swift response to assist local police and am confident in Oklahoma law enforcement’s ability to bring justice to whoever is responsible for this deadly incident," Oklahoma Gov.
Photos since Columbine show cycle of gun violence in schools
       
National Photos since Columbine show cycle of gun violence in schools Nearly 200 children and others have lost their lives in shootings on K-12 campuses since 1999 People gather for a vigil for those killed at Columbine high school in Littleton, Colo. on April 21, 1999. (Susan Biddle/The Washington Post )Share this storyAt least 185 children, teachers and other people have lost their lives in school shootings since the Columbine High School massacre in 1999, according to a database tracking gun violence at K-12 campuses by The Washington Post. Oxford High School, Oxford, Mich.Nov. 30, 2021: A 15-year-old boy opened fire at the school, killing four teens and wounding at least seven other people. May 24, 2022: An 18-year-old opened fire inside the school, killing 19 children and two adults. About this story:Reporting provided by The Washington Post School Shootings Database.
Ukraine suffers on battlefield while pleading for U.S. arms
       
Europe Ukraine suffers on battlefield while pleading for U.S. arms ‘They’re just raining down metal on us,’ said a soldier fresh from the front line where Russia is advancing Loading... Members of a Ukrainian battalion of young soldiers as they return to their base near Kramatorsk, Ukraine, on May 28. Nearby, bloodied cots sat propped against a tent and other wounded soldiers lingered about, their faces grim, their heads, arms or legs bandaged as the sound of outgoing artillery boomed across the sky. The Washington Post is withholding the name and precise location of the hospital out of concerns from staff members that it could be targeted by Russian forces. Now, he said, “Ukrainian soldiers are pulling back.”He was at the hospital to be treated for a fracture in his leg and a wounded arm. Ukrainian officials believe that any concessions to satisfy Putin now will only lead to Russia regrouping and launching a far more vicious war against Ukraine in the future.
From Columbine to Uvalde: The cycle of trauma after school shootings
       
NationalFrom Columbine to Uvalde: The cycle of trauma after school shootingsSince two high school seniors murdered 12 students and one teacher at Columbine in 1999, at least 185 others have been killed in school shootings, leaving countless grieving family members and friends. Following the mass shooting in Uvalde, Tex., family members who lost loved ones in Columbine, Sandy Hook and Parkland spoke to The Post about their shared grief, trauma and hope for action.
Watch: President Zelensky vows to regain all of Ukraine's territory
       
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky tells CNN's Fareed Zakaria how much territory Ukraine would be willing to cede to Russia and what he thinks Russian President Vladimir Putin does not realize about the situation on the ground.
CNN goes inside trauma unit that treated Uvalde shooting victims
       
CNN gets access inside the trauma unit at San Antonio's University Health Hospital, where doctors treated some of the victims from the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School that left 19 children and two adults dead.
CNN's Jim Acosta Confronts NRA Board Member: 'Isn't This Blood On Your Hands?'
       
CNN’s Jim Acosta confronted a National Rifle Association board member over a spate of horrific recent mass shootings and the group’s resistance to allowing legislative change that could prevent them. ICYMI: I asked an NRA board member why an 18 year old should be allowed to have an AR-15. pic.twitter.com/0bMyi9KUsd — Jim Acosta (@Acosta) May 29, 2022Acosta then pressed the NRA board member to explain why the organization decided not to cancel its annual convention in Houston, Texas, days after 19 children and two teachers were massacred by a gunman in Uvalde, just a few hours away. It came at the end of a lengthy speech that included a tribute to the dead children in Uvalde, whose names Trump mispronounced. Many hundreds of people gathered outside the Houston NRA convention over the weekend to protest and call for gun law reform.
TIME's New Cover Lists Every City That Has Suffered One of America's 213 Mass Shootings So Far This Year
       
This year alone, there have already been 213 mass shootings in the U.S.—and 27 shootings at schools. I’m tired, I’m so tired of getting up here and offering condolences to the devastated families that are out there. In the aftermath of three major mass shootings in just 11 days—from Buffalo, N.Y., to Laguna Woods, Calif., to Uvalde. Mavroudis took a similar approach on his Aug. 19, 2019, TIME cover, writing out the 253 cities that had experienced mass shootings that year as of that date. ”In the time it took me to carefully write the words ‘Uvalde, TX,’ that gunman extinguished so many beautiful lives.
Isaac Hayes's Family Furious Trump Used Song For His Jig At Controversial NRA Speech
       
The family of the late legendary musician Isaac Hayes has posted an angry tweet lashing former President Donald Trump’s use of one of Hayes’s songs at his controversial speech Friday at the National Rifle Association convention. “The estate and family of Isaac Hayes DID NOT approve and would NEVER approve the use of ‘Hold On I’m Coming’ ... by Donald Trump at this weekend’s NRA convention,” said the tweet. Our condolences go out to the victims and families of #Uvalde and mass shooting victims everywhere. Trump then mangled the pronunciation of a list of the victims’ names, which he read interspersed with cheesy funeral toll sounds. AdvertisementThe lyrics — including “Just hold on, I’m coming” — sounded suspiciously like a preening campaign song, shockingly inappropriate before the dead children of Uvalde had even been buried.
Select committee drops bid to obtain RNC records in time for public hearings
       
The legal fight is over a set of RNC records held by Salesforce, a third party vendor that handled the party’s data and digital operations. The select committee subpoenaed Salesforce for the records in February, seeking metrics from the RNC’s post-election fundraising campaign. The RNC quickly sued to block the select committee subpoena, claiming the effort was a guide to access to internal records and data of a rival political party. The Trump-appointed judge ruled that the select committee had sought a narrow set of records that fit their mission to unearth the truth behind the attack on the Capitol. “But the Select Committee recognizes that the Salesforce documentation will not be available on the timeline required for use in its hearings.
Rafael Nadal wins a thriller at the French Open. Up next: Novak Djokovic.
       
Placeholder while article actions loadPARIS — It took every shot in Rafael Nadal’s repertoire, total conviction and considerable “suffering,” as the Spaniard put it, to reach the French Open quarterfinals. At this stage in his hard-slugging career, the injuries and ailments are baggage he carries that he didn’t have in 2005, when he won his first French Open title just days after his 19th birthday. Djokovic holds a 30-28 career edge on Nadal, but Nadal leads 19-8 on clay. Djokovic won their most recent meeting on the tricky surface, ousting Nadal in the 2021 French Open semifinals en route to claiming the title for a second time. But the ninth-seeded Auger-Aliassime, who was seeking his fourth consecutive Grand Slam quarterfinal appearance, weathered the Spaniard’s best.
D.C. man shot dead in Northwest, police say
       
One man was shot and killed in Northwest Washington early Sunday morning, according D.C. police. After a report of gunfire around 2:30 a.m., officers responded to the 900 block of Ninth Street NW and found a man with an apparent gunshot wound. The victim was transported to the hospital, where he died. D.C. police said they were waiting to notify the man’s next of kin before releasing his name.
Juan Soto looks more like himself in the Nats’ win over the Rockies
       
Placeholder while article actions loadIn his first at-bat of the Washington Nationals’ 6-5 victory Sunday, Juan Soto was looking for a fastball. It was a vintage swing from Soto, one that sparked the offense. Advertisement“I feel like I’ve been swinging the bat pretty well the last couple days,” Soto said. “I’ve been doing my homework, working on my swing, working on my stance and everything. Machado allowed three straight hits and a Blackmon RBI groundout to cut the Nationals’ lead to 6-3.
World’s Strongest Man 2022 Results: Tom Stoltman Wins 2nd Straight Title
       
NOEL CELIS/AFP via Getty ImagesTom Stoltman successfully defended his crown as the World's Strongest Man. Here are the final scores for the 10 participants:2022 World's Strongest Man Results1. Gabriel Rheaume (11 points)Full results available at World's Strongest Man's official siteGoing into the final event, the Atlas stones, Stoltman and Novikov were locked in a tight head-to-head battle. Because of Novikov's performance, Stoltman's victory was assured without needing to do anything in the Atlas stones. Licis earned his first podium trip since winning the 2019 World's Strongest Man.
Stall on oil ban shows EU capitals trying to limit pain of helping Ukraine
       
The proof is in the now 25 days — and counting — they have failed to reach an agreement on banning Russian oil imports, which would jack up consumer prices even more. “It’s hypocrisy to a great extent — it’s internal stuff,” a senior Ukrainian diplomat said. EU countries also could have decided individually to stop buying Russian oil — eliminating any need for the messy debate. "We can collectively say that we will finish using Russian oil by the end of 2022," a senior EU diplomat said, stressing this point on Thursday evening. "Gas is going to be even more difficult," the first senior EU diplomat said, adding that the complexities of the oil embargo have yet to be worked out.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Loudly Booed At Uvalde Memorial Site
       
Greg Abbott as he arrives while President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden to pay their respects at a makeshift memorial outside of Robb Elementary School in Uvalde. CHANDAN KHANNA via Getty ImagesPresident Joe Biden was warmly greeted when he visited Uvalde Sunday, but Texas GOP Gov. Greg Abbott was loudly booed as he approached the makeshift memorial at the elementary school where 19 children and two teachers were killed last week in a mass shooting. #Happeningnow Crowd Boos Texas Gov Greg Abbott as he arrives at the memorial outside of Uvalde Elementary School.#Uvalde #Texas pic.twitter.com/QWDOfXcvEw — Oliya Scootercaster (@ScooterCasterNY) May 29, 2022Greg Abbott gets booed by crowd and shouted at that we need change in our gun policies. ??pic.twitter.com/M6OiTek0ac — Dan ?? (@HStarshot) May 29, 2022Greg Abbott rightfully booed arriving at the Robb Elementary School memorial in #Uvalde.
'Euphoria' Star Booed On Stage For Sharing Thoughts In Viral Video: ‘I Think Amber Heard Is Hot’
       
“Euphoria” star Dominic Fike is being slammed after making controversial comments about “Aquaman” actor Amber Heard. AdvertisementIn a video that’s gone viral, the actor can be seen and heard saying, “Yo, so I’m just gonna come straight out and say it. I think Amber Heard is hot, dude.”During his brief rant, the crowd at the show in Evanston, Illinois, appeared to be confused, but Fike didn’t ease up. Dominic Fike describes fantasizing about being abused by Amber Heard at a recent show:"I'm gonna be real with y'all. I actually think Amber Heard is hot… But I've been having these visions of her [where] she's beating me up.
The Pitfalls of Oven-Ready TV
       
They maintain that West was not a yeller and not erratic in his work and that they never saw him drinking in his office. The reason for this boomlet — call it Oven-Ready TV — is the same reason Hollywood churns out superhero movies: It’s seen as a safe form of intellectual property to invest in. “Everything’s expensive to make, and everyone wants to keep their job,” the journalist turned true-crime TV writer Bruce Bennett told me. It’s an understandable narrative decision, but also a curious one, given how easy it is to observe the real Holmes in so many venues and notice the glaring difference. (Another recent example, “Inventing Anna,” made many journalists’ eyes roll for its inauthentic portrayal of the reporting process and life at New York magazine.)
Elif Batuman Read Marie Kondo’s Book. Now Her Shelves Spark Joy.
       
What book should nobody read until the age of 40? As in, rereading “The Portrait of a Lady” at 40, and finding that the most relatable character is suddenly Madame Merle. In college, I could barely get through “Swann’s Way,” or really any “literary” book about childhood. Now, after years of therapy, I can reread “Swann’s Way” and see specifically what the younger me couldn’t face about childhood. I do have two recommendations for new Russian books in translation: “In Memory of Memory,” by Maria Stepanova, and “Living Pictures” (forthcoming), by Polina Barskova.
It’s Djokovic vs. Nadal, the French Open Rematch We’ve Been Waiting For
       
PARIS — As the kids like to say these days, it’s on. Far sooner than many may have hoped, Novak Djokovic, the reigning French Open champion, will take on Rafael Nadal, a 13-time champion at Roland Garros, in a quarterfinal match on Tuesday, the first rematch of two of the leading men’s players since their epic semifinal last June. It took some of Nadal’s greatest tennis to survive a five-set, four-hour, 21-minute thriller Sunday evening against Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada, but the match that so many crave is on the horizon. “A huge challenge and probably the biggest one that you can have here in Roland Garros,” Djokovic said, anticipating Nadal, after his fourth straight-sets win, 6-1, 6-3, 6-3, a pummeling of Diego Schwartzman of Argentina. “I’m ready for it.”Perhaps more than Nadal, who survived one of the great scares of his storied French Open career against Auger-Aliassime, the athletic and tireless Canadian with a booming serve and big forehand.
Looking Back at the Pay Phone’s New York Heyday
       
Scanning old newspapers for stories about New York City pay phones will bring up accounts of orphaned infants, medical emergencies, acts of extortion, abandoned stolen zoo animals, wallets lost and wallets found. As these anachronistic pieces of public space are gradually dismantled, so, too, are the theaters they once provided for these spectacles. You can always count on New Yorkers, though, to find some pocket of space on the street for life’s dramas to play out.
What Makes Katt Williams Great? It’s Not the Jokes, It’s the Performance
       
He pokes fun at Anthony Fauci and makes some half-baked jokes about Adam and Eve being incestuous. Williams has said he stopped performing in clubs and instead develops jokes in front of thousands of people. But whereas there are many comics who can write a tight joke, there’s only one Katt Williams. He tosses ideas out and then, through force of charisma and performance chops, makes them amusing in a way no one else could. Donald Glover clearly saw this when he cast Williams in a dramatic role in “Atlanta,” for which he won an Emmy.
The Strange, Still World of Cornelia Parker
       
Parker was born in 1956, the second of three girls in a Catholic family, and raised on a small farm in northern England. As a child, she was told very little about what was happening to her mother, who had schizophrenia and was hospitalized, Parker recalled in an interview at her airy London home. Her father was a violent man, she said, and her childhood was “quite tough.” No surprise, then, that Parker’s work is so attentive to random acts of aggression and hidden stories. She cited, for instance, an installation called “The Maybe” that Parker made with the actress Tilda Swinton at the Serpentine Gallery in London, in 1995. In that work, Swinton spent a week sleeping in a glass vitrine for eight hours a day.
Rockaway Beach Is Partially Closed. That’s Not Stopping These Beachgoers
       
When Barbara Lyn and a friend arrived at Rockaway Beach on Sunday morning, they found the perfect spot on the sand, near Beach 96th Street. But as Ms. Lyn waded into the surf, a city parks employee blew a whistle and shooed her out of the water. Ms. Lyn, 44, was not surprised. “To be honest, we wanted a good spot,” she said, confessing that she had known the area was technically closed to the public for swimming. “This is our rebellion.”The two friends were among those who were undeterred by the construction-related closures along Rockaway Beach, in Queens, and who still flocked to one of the city’s most popular summertime destinations to sunbathe and dine over the holiday weekend.
13 feel-good books to brighten your summer
       
Summer Books 2022 13 feel-good books to brighten your summer Prepare to laugh, and maybe cry — but only tears of happiness Loading... (The Washington Post Illustration)Share this storyNo disrespect meant to the downers of the literary world, but sometimes you just want a book that makes you smile. Remarkably Bright Creatures, by Shelby Van PeltIf a misanthropic octopus sounds like fun, you’ll appreciate Van Pelt’s debut novel. Chef’s Kiss, by TJ AlexanderPick up Alexander’s debut novel for the autumnal galette or cookie-crumb-crust cheesecake. Flying Solo, by Linda Holmes Holmes’s debut novel, “Evvie Drake Starts Over,” was required summer reading when it published in 2019. While there, she finds a mysterious wooden duck that leads her on — well, a wild-goose chase, which detours to an old love.
At Buffalo Thunder ride, reflection on Black history and service
       
The thread of covid-19 shut down the parade in 2020 and 2021, disrupting the event’s nearly two-decade history. Today’s racial divisions come well over a century after the Buffalo Soldiers faced discrimination within the military and deadly violence at the hand of civilians. Advertisement“These people served the country, and as Black men, they had so many struggles,” said Bobbie Coles, of Silver Spring, Md. “They were the last ones that got benefits and recognition.”At Sunday’s ride, organizers emphasized the Buffalo Soldiers’ spirit of service. It was, he said, meant to recreate the spirit of service of the Buffalo Soldiers — 19 of whom were awarded Medals of Honor.
Memorial Day Parade returns to D.C. with ‘Top Gun’ Tuskegee Airman
       
Then, he and three buddies were selected to fly in the first “Top Gun” style gunnery competition hosted by the Air Force. There are so many events and businesses and organizations that are gone from three years ago and aren’t coming back.”The last live parade on Constitution Avenue was held in 2019. But with the recent easing of the pandemic and many of its restrictions, organizers decided to hold the parade live again this year. In 1949, the Air Force held the first gunnery competition at what was then Las Vegas Air Force Base, now Nellis Air Force Base. Harvey was then stationed at Lockbourne Air Force Base, near Columbus, Ohio.
Best summer thrillers and mystery books
       
Summer Books 2022 8 thrillers and mysteries to read this summer These picks will keep you up all night, taking you from a slowly sinking Mexico City to the quiet streets of rural North Carolina to the city lights of New York and Hong Kong Loading... (Jentwo, a.k.a. Whatever your plans are, there are plenty of new mysteries and thrillers to accompany you. The story unfolds in alternating perspectives between Beatriz, the new wife, and the handsome young priest she recruits to help her. This is a fascinating, carefully layered mystery novel as well as a love letter to New York City and complicated families. Dawson’s thriller is a surprising, exhilarating journey of three generations of women navigating a changing world.
Girl Killed In Texas School Shooting Likely 'Bled Out' Waiting For Help: Official
       
One of 19 children killed in last week’s school shooting in Texas “likely bled out” in the more than an hour it took for law enforcement to confront and neutralize the gunman, a state senator said Sunday, citing the child’s family. The first responder that they eventually talked to said that their child likely bled out,” he said. The Justice Department said Sunday said it will look into how law enforcement responded to the situation. A makeshift memorial for last week's shooting victims is seen outside Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, on Saturday. He also supports waiting periods to buy firearms, raising the age to purchase a gun, and improving background checks.
Paul Pelosi, husband of House speaker, arrested on DUI charge
       
Placeholder while article actions loadPaul Pelosi, the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), was arrested Saturday night on a charge of driving under the influence. Napa County records show Paul Pelosi, 82, was arrested at 11:44 p.m. Saturday and booked about 4 a.m. Sunday on one count of driving under the influence and one count of driving with a blood alcohol content level of 0.08 or higher. The Napa County Police Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment. A representative for Nancy Pelosi’s office said the speaker was not in California during the incident. On Sunday, Nancy Pelosi received an honorary degree from Brown University and delivered the commencement address to the school’s graduating class of 2022.
Opinion | This Memorial Day, remember the young lives cut short
       
Placeholder while article actions loadA prominent journalist of the World War II era complained once about the frequent use of the word “boys” when speaking of U.S. troops in the field. After what they’d been through, he said, they were not just a bunch of kids out on an adventure. In fact, the average age of those who died in the Second World War was about 27, and their numbers did include a good many youths. This element of vulnerability, fear and helplessness is hard to express in a Memorial Day speech or remembrance. The words that are perhaps most suited for Memorial Day were written 78 years ago by the war correspondent Ernie Pyle, whose name became known in just about every American household during World War II.
Opinion | How the U.N. became a tool of China’s genocide denial propaganda
       
Her trip ended up helping China deny its genocide against Uyghur Muslims and other repressive policies, harming the cause of human rights accountability in the process. As Human Rights Watch U.N. director Louis Charbonneau rightly observed, she grotesquely praised China’s “tremendous achievements” in human rights by pointing to poverty alleviation — which is exactly how Beijing defines human rights these days. The United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which Bachelet is supposed to be following, calls for a higher standard. Meanwhile, Bachelet’s long-awaited report on China’s human rights abuses in Xinjiang is still missing in action. She has undermined her credibility and the overall credibility of the U.N. system on human rights.
Opinion | When Southern Baptist victims reported abuse, lawyers stood in the way
       
Placeholder while article actions loadVictims of sexual abuse at Southern Baptist institutions no doubt hoped they would find a caring reception when they took their stories to the denomination’s leaders in Nashville. Again and again, their report shows, victims and their supporters went in search of atonement only to find attorneys in their way. AdvertisementFor the victims, there is no difference between the worldwide sexual abuse scandal inside the Catholic Church and this calculated coldheartedness at the top of the United States’ largest Protestant denomination. Victim support groups have long argued that the national organization should refuse to allow churches to be part of the fellowship if they ignore abuse, fail to report abuse or hire known abusers. That’s not the way the lawyers wanted it, but it is the right thing to do.
Opinion | Virginia’s Cumberland County shouldn’t be the next Flint, Michigan
       
In other words, the residents of Cumberland County are worried whether this project upholds environmental justice, a concept that is enshrined as law of the commonwealth. If the Virginia Environmental Justice Act were to apply anywhere in Virginia, it would be Cumberland County, whose residents face disproportionate dangers from such a polluting project. AdvertisementSimilarly, Cumberland County, features one of the highest percentages of underserved communities in Virginia. In the context of environmental justice, fair treatment must involve real policy decisions that expel harmful projects when needed. The residents of Cumberland County deserve better.
Uvalde schools have a safety plan. The shooting showed its limits.
       
School security experts say it’s important to have multilayered approaches to preventing school shooting deaths because no single approach is foolproof. A school spokeswoman did not respond to a request for comment on the school’s security plan. A man with an AR-15-style rifle shot through doors and unsuccessfully attempted to open several classroom doors. And in some schools, classroom doors don’t have locks, or need to be left open to cool down rooms that don’t have air conditioning. According to federal data, about 40 percent of schools did not have locks on classroom doors in the 2019-2020 school year.
Opinion: What research tells us about the aftershocks of school shootings
       
School shootings are happening more often . So, what do we know about the outcomes of school shootings on the young people who live through them? That means we should make mental health foundational to health care and embed it in our educational curriculum. Similarly, we need public figures and influencers to speak up about firearm safety. Join us on Twitter and FacebookI hope that if we, together as one nation, take some of the steps outlined above, perhaps we will one day live in a country where school shootings are once again unthinkable.
Biden in Texas: ‘We will’ do something
       
As Biden departed Mass at a Catholic church, the crowd outside chanted, “Do something!” The president, entering his limousine, responded, “We will.”Earlier as Texas Gov. Greg Abbott joined Biden and the first lady at the memorial outside the elementary school, a man could be heard loudly pleading, “We need help!”At the memorial outside Robb Elementary School, 21 white crosses bore the victims’ names. The Bidens walked along the memorial, where white flowers surrounded photos of those lost in the shooting. Biden was scheduled to meet behind closed doors with first responders in Uvalde. Biden offered no remarks to the press during his stops.
Husband of Speaker Pelosi booked on suspicion of DUI
       
The husband of U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, was booked on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs Sunday morning, according court records. Paul Pelosi, 82, was arrested at 11:44 p.m. Saturday in connection with the DUI allegation, the records from Napa County show. Nancy Pelosi's spokesperson, Drew Hammill, said, "The speaker will not be commenting on this private matter which occurred while she was on the East Coast." Paul Pelosi is a wealthy real estate investor who splits his time between San Francisco and Washington, D.C. It's not clear if he has retained legal representation in the DUI matter.
The quest for racial justice two years after George Floyd's murder
       
The quest for racial justice two years after George Floyd's murderTwo years after the murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer, where does the quest for racial justice and police reform stand?May 29, 2022
GoFundMe effort in honor of Uvalde couple raises more than $2.6 million in four days
       
A GoFundMe campaign started in honor of Irma Garcia, one of the two teachers killed in the Texas school shooting, and her husband, Joe, who died Thursday, has raised more than $2.6 million in just four days. Irma was a fourth grade teacher who had been teaching at Robb Elementary in Uvalde for 23 years, according to her school biography. Just two days after the shooting, Irma's husband, Joe, collapsed and died at home after he took flowers to a memorial in Irma's memory. The late couple, who were high school sweethearts, have four children, according to Irma’s school biography. "Comfort and peace will come in time as memories of your wonderful parents replace the grief and pain," another wrote.
Pelosi’s husband arrested on suspicion of DUI in California
       
NAPA, Calif. — Paul Pelosi, the 82-year-old husband of U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, was arrested this weekend on suspicion of DUI in Northern California, police records showed Sunday. Paul Pelosi was taken into custody late Saturday in Napa County north of San Francisco, according to a sheriff’s office online booking report. He could face charges including driving under the influence and driving with a blood alcohol content level of 0.08 or higher, the report said.
Amanda Gorman's school shooting poem is a light in a dark time
       
Amanda Gorman, America’s inaugural National Youth Poet Laureate, has lived through an endless onslaught of mass shootings. There aren’t words for the carnage and trauma facing Uvalde, Texas, a small town of about 16,000 people near the U.S.-Mexico border. But Sandy Hook didn’t shock us enough, and now, we have Uvalde, where 19 children didn’t return home. Mass shooters have different motivations, different backgrounds and different traumas, but they’re connected through a shared, uniquely American, ability to acquire enough firepower to achieve their murderous aim. We know instinctively that we don’t have to live in a world where mass shootings are as routine as parents packing lunches every morning, but we also know the roadblock that prevents action proven to curtail most mass shootings: conservative politicians, most of whom don’t act as if democracy is a viable form of government.
Tending Russia’s Dead as They Pile Up in Ukraine
       
KHARKIV, Ukraine — They lie in white and black bags at 20 degrees below zero Celsius, but the stench is still overpowering. Filled with the bodies of 62 Russian soldiers, the bags are stacked in a refrigerated train car in a secret location on the outskirts of Ukraine’s second-largest city. A spry, elderly train worker spun open the vault-like door to reveal the bloodied bags as the scent hung in the damp air. In the gloom of the darkened car, a few traces of humanity, of the soldiers who once brought Russia’s war to Ukraine, can be made out. Off in the corner, the collar of a camouflage jacket is visible through an opening, but not a face.
Marcus Ericsson wins Indianapolis 500 in an electric finish
       
Marcus Ericsson held off Pato O’Ward in that shootout, with Tony Kanaan finishing third. You can never take any thing for granted,” the 31-year-old Ericsson told NBC. But Ericsson, a Swede whose helmet paid tribute to late Swedish driver Ronnie Peterson, took control with 10 laps to go, opening a big lead over O’Ward and Kanaan. I wouldn’t want to be the leader of the restart,” Kanaan told NBC from his car as he awaited the shootout. “I’m exactly where I want to be.”But Ericsson held off O’Ward’s challenge and won the race for the first time.
'Top Gun: Maverick' soaring to $150 million Memorial Day weekend debut
       
"Top Gun: Maverick" is projected to gross $151 million over the four-day holiday weekend, according to studio estimates released Sunday — a commanding haul that gives Tom Cruise his best-ever debut at the box office. "Maverick" pulled in $124 million by Sunday morning, according to estimates from Paramount Pictures. “Top Gun: Maverick,” flying high on nostalgia for Tony Scott’s original action classic and Cruise’s generation-spanning star power, performed especially well among men, who represented nearly 60 percent of the opening weekend audience. Fifty-five percent of the audience was over the age of 35, according to data compiled by the studio. "Maverick" hands Cruise the mightiest opening gross of his four-decade screen career, topping the $64.8 million debut for Steven Spielberg's science fiction spectacle "War of the Worlds" in 2005, according to Comscore.
How 'Top Gun: Maverick' honors the legacy of Black Navy pilots
       
Now, he plays Navy fighter pilot Payback in the anticipated sequel “Top Gun: Maverick,” which releases nationwide Friday and in select theaters starting Tuesday. In “Top Gun: Maverick,” he returns to the naval flight academy to train a new class of pilots. He said showing a Black Navy pilot with other diverse pilots on the big screen is an important milestone. Greg Tarzan Davis in "Top Gun: Maverick." When asked about the call sign Warlock given to his character in “Top Gun: Maverick,” Parnell said he came up with his own explanation.
GoFundMe in honor of Uvalde couple raises more than $2.6 million in four days
       
A GoFundMe campaign started in honor of Irma Garcia, one of the two teachers killed in the Texas school shooting, and her husband, Joe, who died Thursday, has raised more than $2.6 million in just four days. Just two days after the shooting, Irma's husband, Joe, collapsed and died at home after bringing flowers to a memorial in Irma's memory. “I truly believe Joe died of a broken heart and losing the love of his life of more than 25 years was too much to bear,” Austin wrote on the campaign page. The late couple, who were high school sweethearts, have four children, according to Garcia’s school biography. Donors to the GoFundMe page expressed their condolences for the Garcia family and for the late couple's children especially.
Uvalde victims included 11 current or recent Little League players
       
At least six, and as many as 11, victims of the Uvalde school massacre were Little League baseball or softball players, making last week’s shooting the darkest day in league history, officials said Friday. The grim discovery was made by matching names of victims to Little League’s database of players registered to play in and around Uvalde, President and CEO Stephen Keener told NBC News. It’s just horrific.”Tanner, a Houston lawyer, said he regularly takes note of tragedies befalling Little League alumni but he couldn’t remember a time when multiple, current players lost their lives in such a single, terrible act. The victims, 9 or 10, would have likely been playing in Uvalde Little League’s “minor league” division one step below “major division,” best known for the nationally televised Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, and Little League Softball World Series in Greenville, North Carolina. There’s been Little League in Uvalde since 1959.
Opinion | The C.E.O. of Condé Nast: ‘This Is No Longer a Magazine Company’
       
The diversity and inclusivity council, one of their first recommendations — I was very pleased to see because I had done this at prior companies I run — was to start publishing our stats, which I really, really believe in. And we’ve made really, really good progress on that. So we’re not in a position where we feel like we have to strong arm these issues because we created a center of excellence that’s really, really good. roger lynchI wouldn’t say that because we have brands that these platforms really, really want. kara swisherIt’s a bit screwed up how much money platforms make from your content, right, and now they’re competitors making content, right?
‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Lands Triumphantly on Opening Weekend
       
“Top Gun: Maverick” received a rare A-plus grade from ticket buyers in CinemaScore exit polls. In the United States, concerns about the coronavirus seem to have faded. 2 multiplex chain in the United States. For the first time since early 2020, Greidinger and other theater owners are going to get their wish. “Moviegoing begets moviegoing,” he added, with trailers shown in theaters one weekend fueling attendance the next.
In the U.S., Backlash to Civil Rights Era Made Guns a Political Third Rail
       
And just as thousands of children in America are doubtless doing today, I had imagined that pain when I was still a child myself. Though I kept up a shallow teenage bravado during the conversation, I imagined my sister and I going to different exits. My younger daughter’s day care never taught her to hide silently in a dark room so that a shooter would not find her. They do not have to wonder if their school will be the next one after Uvalde. That is a benefit that most Americans cannot access, because of choices that American governments have made.
5 Dead in Boat Collision in Georgia, Officials Say
       
Five people died in a boating collision on Saturday along a river popular with boaters outside of Savannah, Ga., the authorities said. Four other people were injured, among them Mark Christopher Stegall, who was charged with operating a boat while under the influence and booked into the Chatham County Jail, said Mark McKinnon, a spokesman for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. Mr. McKinnon said he did not know the conditions of the other two injured people. Those injured were taken to Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah, Ga. A hospital spokeswoman declined to comment on the patients’ conditions. The U.S. Coast Guard and local emergency medical services said at least one person was in good condition.
Alan White, Who Drummed With Yes and Ex-Beatles, Dies at 72
       
Alan White, a seasoned rock drummer who had worked with two former Beatles by the time he turned 21, but who was best known for his long tenure with the pioneering British progressive-rock band Yes, died on Thursday at his home in the Seattle area. His death was announced by his family. He had been a member of Yes since 1972, but, the band noted in a statement, “a number of health setbacks” had restricted his time onstage since 2016, with Jay Schellen doing most of the drumming and Mr. White joining the band late in each set. Alan White was born in Pelton, County Durham, England, on June 14, 1949, to Raymond and May (Thrower) White. He first played professionally the next year, and went on to work with a number of British groups throughout the 1960s.
Gun Safety Must Be Everything That Republicans Fear - The New York Times
       
I find that the gun safety debate lacks candor. People believe it is savvier to tell only part of the truth, to soft-pedal the sell in an effort to get something — anything — done. Let me explain: The truth that no one wants to tell — the one that opponents of gun safety laws understand and the reason so many of them resist new laws — is that no one law or single package of laws will be enough to solve America’s gun violence problem. In the same way that Republicans have been promoting gun proliferation and loosening gun laws for decades, gun safety advocates will have to do the opposite, also for decades. Individual laws, like federal universal background checks and bans on assault rifles and high-capacity magazines, will most likely make a dent, but they cannot end gun violence.
Opinion | America’s Teachers Offer Answers to the Education Crisis
       
— Lydia Austin, seven years teaching English language arts, currently at a public middle school in South Hamilton, Mass. Many aren’t willing to engage, even when teachers are being as innovative as they know how to be. I work with high school students and had a handful drop out or have to spend another year in school because they started working full time during the pandemic. — Kora Wilson, 16 years teaching math, currently at a public middle school in BrooklynTrust your gutYou know remote learning is going to leave the most vulnerable behind. — Lisa Schroer, 12 years teaching math and computer science at public high schools, most recently in Kalamazoo, Mich.
Opinion | Turning Pregnant Women and Doctors Into Criminals
       
To the Editor:In “Punishing Women Who Have Abortions” (Opinion, Sunday Review, May 15), Jane Coaston mentions the possibility being discussed in some anti-abortion circles of charging those who have abortions with homicide. There is another way some in the anti-abortion camp speak of punishing women who seek abortions, in this case very ill women — letting them die. This is not a majority position in the anti-abortion movement, but it is not a new idea. Doctors in those states will be placed in a horrible position, facing years of jail time if they abort the fetus, and women will die needlessly. Carole JoffeSan FranciscoThe writer is a professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences at the University of California, San Francisco.
A Moment of Brightness
       
I’ve thought a lot about my children this week, as I think just about every parent in America has. They are life itself, and my life specifically. There were moments when I didn’t have much of an appetite, and other times when I went out of my way to cook because it was nice to have a mind-clearing task. And now, heading into the long weekend, what I want is to gather up kids and family and friends and soak in the sun — a brief reprieve from the wider world and one I’m lucky to be able to take. The recipes below are fast and bright, and while I don’t mean to suggest they’ll make all the wrong things right, I hope they deliver some happiness.
PM Update: Summerlike heat for Memorial Day
       
Placeholder while article actions loadSummerlike weather will continue as we round out Memorial Day weekend. Tomorrow (Memorial Day): Partly cloudy skies in the morning won’t prevent temperatures from steadily rising. Highs will top out close to 90 degrees, with mostly sunny skies setting in by the afternoon. Second tornado confirmed: The National Weather Service confirmed that an F1 tornado touched down in Charles and St. Mary’s counties in Maryland on Friday evening. This is the second confirmed tornado from Friday’s line of storms.
Maryland men’s lacrosse has unfinished business in this year’s title game
       
Placeholder while article actions loadEAST HARTFORD, Conn. — The Maryland men’s lacrosse team left things unfinished a year ago on Memorial Day. The top-seeded Terrapins finally have the chance to craft a different ending in their latest national title game appearance against seventh-seeded Cornell (14-4). “With this group, knowing how far they got, with so many guys back, they were driven to get to Monday, for sure,” said Maryland Coach John Tillman, whose program is playing in its seventh national title game since 2011. He led the Big Red to its only three NCAA titles, in 1971, 1976 and 1977. At age 28, Connor Buczek is the youngest head coach to take a team to the national title game, and he’s done so in his first season.
Tips for summer travel
       
“They aren’t paying attention to the basics of travel preparation as they did pre-pandemic.”AdvertisementI’ll be on the road with you this summer: I plan to travel to Turkey, Greece, Ireland and Britain. Here’s how you — and I — can avoid the biggest summer travel pitfalls of 2022. “Travel regulations, along with airline and event schedules, are still in flux,” warns Kimberly Greulich, founder of KG Travel Club, a luxury travel agency. Travelers often assume their travel insurance or medical evacuation membership will cover anything that might happen to them. Travel health notice information can be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s interactive map showing travel recommendations by destination and the CDC’s travel health notice webpage.
What to know about international airlines
       
Placeholder while article actions loadFor Youngsoo Choi, booking a ticket on an international airline is an easy choice. It’s no coincidence that international airlines consistently rank higher than their U.S. counterparts, experts say. These suggest a busy summer for international air travel, though perhaps not as busy as 2019. Some international airlines doubled down on service when others were cutting back, adding new amenities that are practically unheard of in the United States. As the gap between U.S. and international airlines widens, there’s a growing realization among air travelers — if not also among airlines — that American carriers have to do better when it comes to service.
A guide to volunteering in the outdoors
       
In 2021, more than 16,000 people volunteered for duties that kept FWS national refuges and national fish hatcheries across the country running smoothly. Travelers interviewed for this story say they’ve found meaning and community in exchange for their time and talents through volunteering. Since May 1, they’ve been volunteering with the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex, where, as interpretive hosts, they talk to visitors about marine mammals, shorebirds and tide pools. “There’s farm fields, quiet, cows, the lake, and it’s just beautiful,” says Carmon, who learned about volunteering during a camping visit. Tharp says volunteering in nature gives people a sense of satisfaction and meaning.
9 TV shows, movies and concerts to add to your summer list
       
The country music trio is back on the road after the pandemic torpedoed their 2020 plans, and now have their first new album in 14 years — the fiery “Gaslighter,” inspired by lead singer Natalie Maines’s divorce — to add to the set list. Maines, Emily Strayer and Martie Maguire got the cold shoulder from Nashville two decades ago when they famously dared to be women who had political opinions, but their loyal fan base has never stopped showing up to their rollicking concerts. (June 14 - Aug. 13 in select cities) — Emily Yahr, style reporter covering pop culture and entertainment
‘Progress is possible’ on gun legislation after Uvalde shooting
       
Murphy was in office in 2012 when a gunman killed 20 students and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in his home state. And he was in Congress on Tuesday when a gunman opened fire at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Tex., killing 19 students and two teachers, the deadliest school shooting since Sandy Hook. In response to mass shootings in Buffalo and Uvalde, Tex., state and federal lawmakers on May 29 discussed the future of gun laws. The Senate went into recess without taking any votes on gun legislation. to negotiate with Democrats on gun legislation.
Opinion: Kim Kardashian gives us a glimpse of how hard it was to be Marilyn Monroe, the star
       
As Amy Greene -- wife of Monroe photographer and business partner, Milton Greene -- explained , while walking down a New York City street one day, Monroe asked Greene if she'd like to witness the transformation from Marilyn Monroe the person to Monroe the movie star. They were recognizing that this was Marilyn Monroe as if she pulled off a mask or something, even though a second ago nobody noticed her." Marilyn Monroe in an airport waiting room during a press conference in Los Angeles in February 1956. Actress Marilyn Monroe sings "Happy Birthday" to President John F. Kennedy at Madison Square Garden, for his upcoming 45th birthday. Kardashian could never put on a dress and be Monroe, but perhaps that's because there is no "real" Monroe to become.
Opinion: The bad news about the economy
       
We can expect a slowing US and world economy however as the Federal Reserve raises interest rates in order to reduce the inflation rate and as other disruptions hit the world economy. The Federal Reserve issued more dollars between December 2019 and December 2022 ($3 trillion) than in the preceding 23 years. The monetary base (currency plus bank reserves) soared as the Federal Reserve bought up vast quantities of Treasury bills and bonds used to finance Covid-19-related budget deficits. Because of the huge increase in the money supply in recent years, the Federal Reserve does not have any sure fix on stopping the inflation. Yes, we need sizable government investments and social services in order to transform our economy to be more fair, productive, and environmentally sustainable.
Opinion: Mass shootings have a lot in common with another American horror
       
In the case of the Buffalo shooting, this was captured on video and shared on online platforms . And like the shooter in Buffalo, he filmed and streamed video of the attack, in his case on Facebook. One striking phenomenon is so many of the perpetrators in recent mass shooting events have been young people. Now we can add to the roster of youthful mass murderers the shooter in Uvalde, Texas who was just 18. Like some other recent mass shooters, he shared his murderous plot online minutes before carrying it out.
Opinion: Take it from an adoptee — choice is what matters
       
Sometimes, even those who are abortion rights proponents ask my views on abortion, apparently supposing that they already know the answer. The questioners always seem to think that asking about my birth mother's choice to carry me to term is a softball question with one obvious answer. The reality is this: My birth mother's choice to put me up for adoption can only be meaningful if she had a choice between adoption and abortion in the first place. Abortion rights activists participate in a Bans Off Our Bodies rally on May 14, 2022 in Washington, DC. Take it from an adoptee: The choice is what matters.
French Open 2022 Results: Novak Djokovic vs. Rafael Nadal Set for Quarterfinals
       
Clive Brunskill/Getty ImagesNovak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal headlined one of the most star-studded days of tennis fans will see all season Sunday as the fourth round of the 2022 French Open got underway. He's now reached the quarterfinals at the French Open in 13 straight years dating back to 2010. Nadal showcased his trademark resilience after dropping the opening set to Auger-Aliassime by storming back to win a five-set, four-hour marathon set up a quarterfinal showdown with Djokovic. His biggest advantage was defending his second serve, winning 66 percent of those points compared to 47 percent for the 21-year-old Canadian. The 18-year-old Atlanta native was downright dominate in the second set against Mertens.
No breakthrough yet on Russian oil sanctions ahead of EU summit
       
EU ambassadors will continue discussions in the hours remaining before leaders begin the two-day European Council summit on Monday afternoon. Hungary has for weeks been the most vocal country blocking plans for EU-wide sanctions on Vladimir Putin's oil industry, citing fears for its energy supply. Failure to agree to any action to limit the EU market for Russian oil would be a big victory for the Kremlin, which relies on such revenues to help fund its invasion of Ukraine. They want to make sure that the cheaper pipeline oil Hungary would get if the exemption applies could not be sold on to other EU countries. Orbán's government has repeatedly called for pipeline deliveries to be left out of the import ban, arguing that the focus should be on Russian oil supplied by ships.
Justin Timberlake Sells Entire Music Catalog In A Deal Worth Millions
       
It looks like Justin Timberlake won’t be hanging on to his music catalog “Until the End of Time.”Timberlake recently sold the entire music catalog from his 20-year career to London-based firm Hipgnosis Song Management, per a company announcement Thursday. The deal also encompasses any music the “Suit & Tie” singer released in association with movies, television, streaming, cover music or performances. AdvertisementThe agreement, which includes the rights to around 200 songs, is worth $100 million, The Wall Street Journal reported. The acquisition was made on behalf of Hipgnosis Songs Capital, a partnership between Hipgnosis Song Management and funds managed by private equity firm Blackstone. Justin Timberlake recently sold the rights to his music.
Matthew Morrison Booted From 'So You Think You Can Dance' For Breaking Protocols
       
Matthew Morrison arrives at the 74th annual Tony Awards in 2021. via Associated PressSo you think you can figure out why Matthew Morrison is looking for a new job? The “Glee” alum recently joined Fox’s reality dance competition series “So You Think You Dance” as a judge for the recently launched 17th season alongside Stephen “Twitch” Boss and Jojo Siwa. AdvertisementA replacement for Morrison is expected to be announced in the coming weeks. Morrison was tapped as a new “So You Think You Dance” judge in April after the network chose to overhaul the series following a two-year COVID-related hiatus. The actor was brought in to replace the long-running show’s original judges Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy, who were not asked to return.
Photos: Mourning in Texas
       
Photo GalleryPhotos: Mourning in TexasMemorial tributes continue for the 19 children and two teachers shot to death by a heavily armed gunman at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, on May 24, 2022.
To Understand Elon Musk, You Have to Understand This ’60s Sci-Fi Novel
       
But while he may take inspiration from science fiction, as Jill Lepore has observed, he’s a bad reader of the genre. He idolizes Kim Stanley Robinson and Iain M. Banks while ignoring their socialist politics, and he overlooks major speculative traditions such as feminist and Afrofuturist science fiction. Like many Silicon Valley CEOs, he primarily sees science fiction as a repository of cool inventions waiting to be created. Musk engages with most science fiction in a superficial manner, but he is a very careful reader of one author: Robert A. Heinlein. He named Heinlein’s The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress from 1966 as one of his favorite novels.
What if the Wind and Sunshine Really Belonged to All of Us?
       
Some on the left have already suggested something slightly different from what Biden has offered: nationalizing wind farms, solar farms, transmission infrastructure, and even the whole fossil fuel sector (in order to retire it). Private wind rights, in short, tilt the energy transition toward elites—and give everyone else a reason not to support it. A legislature only has to “sever” wind rights from land rights. Why should wind rights and land rights belong together in any case? Wind rights could rest with the town, the county—or with an entirely new unit bounded by the viewshed, which might help smooth the path for offshore wind farms.
The Wild Life of William Morgan, Yanqui Comandante Turned Cuban Counterrevolutionary
       
“Cuba shipped a million dollars’ worth of frogs’ legs to the US last year,” William Morgan, an American expat, declared shortly after the 1959 Cuban Revolution. The story of William Morgan is an eccentric tale of dead ends, abandonment, revolution, and counterrevolution. From the Circus to the Revolution William Morgan was raised in Toledo, Ohio, in the upper-class neighborhood of West End. The Revolutionary Directorate, the Popular Socialist Party, the Authentic Organization, Morgan’s Second Front — all were fighting in the Escambray Mountains. Meanwhile, William Morgan wedded his Cuban lover, Olga Rodríguez, both clad in their olive military garb.
Will Sinn Féin’s Wins Lead to a United Ireland?
       
To the south, polls indicate that Sinn Féin is the most popular political party in the Republic of Ireland. As one BBC commentator pointed out, Northern Ireland was “literally designed” to prevent a nationalist victory. The hard-line Traditional Unionist Voice and comparatively timid Ulster Unionist Party picked up 7.6 percent and 11.2 percent, respectively. Adjacent to them is the purportedly neutral Alliance Party, which enjoyed a surge in votes, mostly from affluent areas surrounding Belfast. A unionist identity that means more than mere symbolic unity with Britain can hold on to its Britishness after constitutional change.
Today, Colombia Votes on a Shift to the Left
       
Ask anyone in Latin America and they’ll tell you: Colombian politics skew hard toward the right. Colombia’s hard-right turn is associated with one name in particular: former president Álvaro Uribe and his political movement, uribismo. And yet Colombia’s corrupt and servile political oligarchy stands in stark contrast to the courage of the Colombian people themselves. The Fog of War Colombian and international media have played a leading role in portraying the Colombian people as politically conservative. And even as both doctrines have waned, their lingering effects continue to damage the exercise of left-wing politics, freedom of thought, and social movements in Colombia.
Stampede Ensues After Loud Noise at Barclays Center Incites Fear of Gunman
       
Ten people were injured at the Barclays Center early Sunday morning when a loud noise heard on the street outside incited panic, sending throngs of people running as they tried to escape what they thought was a gunman. On Tuesday, a gunman killed 19 children and two teachers at a Texas elementary school, and earlier in May, a white gunman killed 10 people in a Buffalo supermarket in a racist massacre. Crowds were leaving the Barclays Center, in Brooklyn, around 1 a.m., after a boxing match between Gervonta Davis and Rolando Romero, when a loud sound was heard on the street outside the arena, according to a spokesman for the New York Police Department. People feared the sound might have been made by gunshots and frantically started running, with dozens of people racing back into the arena. Videos posted on social media show people pouring back into the Barclays Center and racing through the aisles to take cover.
Biden's muscular China policy improves on his predecessors - The Washington Post
       
The result has been a sea change in China policy, as he and Secretary of State Antony Blinken made clear during the president’s trip to Asia. Blinken later recited the traditional formula on U.S. policy toward Taiwan: “The United States remains committed to our one-China policy,” he said. It also elevated the “Quad” — an informal group of nations that includes Australia, India, Japan and the United States — and enhanced the ASEAN alliance. Beyond national security, the administration has maximized the United States’ leverage by acting in concert with allies on climate change and trade. The administration seems determined to pursue a policy that is more robust, realistic and diplomatically adept than its predecessors.
Opinion | Truth emerges about Chinese repression of Uyghurs — no thanks to the U.N.
       
The timing of her visit, permission for which Beijing announced in March, creates an appearance that the document was withheld in return for access to China for Ms. Bachelet. What was highly foreseeable were attempts by Beijing to exploit a distinguished U.N. envoy’s presence for propaganda purposes. Mr. Xi lectured the visitor in their one meeting — on Wednesday, via video link. Adding injury to this insult, the official Xinhua News Agency reported that Ms. Bachelet had told Mr. Xi that she “admire[d]” China’s efforts to protect human rights, an apparent fabrication that Ms. Bachelet was obliged to deny hours later. Heavily influenced by China, a permanent member of the Security Council, the U.N. is poorly positioned to hold the communist dictatorship accountable.
Fentanyl dealer pleads guilty in Virginia after online drug bust
       
Choose your plan ArrowRight Akshay Ram Kancharla, 26, of Tampa, pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of distributing fentanyl and faces up to 20 years in prison. Kancharla admitted he sold counterfeit medications resembling oxycodone and Xanax, and laced them with fentanyl, which is lethal in small quantities. Prosecutors said the FBI ordered and received more than 700 pills in Virginia from Kancharla. Using a special type of software, authorities were able to analyze the bitcoin address provided by farmgod1 and traced its ownership to Kancharla, according to the FBI. U.S. Attorney Jessica D. Aber of the Eastern District of Virginia said in a news conference Wednesday that prosecutors are cracking down on fentanyl dealers on the streets and online.
After Sergio Perez wins rainy Monaco Grand Prix, Ferrari lodges protest
       
AdvertisementFerrari lodged a protest afterward, claiming that Perez and Verstappen failed to obey pit-lane exit rules after a pit stop, according to a statement from race stewards. “We believe there was a clear breach of the regulations by the two Red Bulls going on the yellow line exiting the pits,” Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto told Sky Sports. Perez’s teammate Verstappen won, with Perez second after being ordered to cede the lead when Leclerc dropped out of that race because of engine failure. AdvertisementLeclerc was left frustrated and furious, screaming when he was told to pit for a second tire change at the same time as Sainz, his Ferrari teammate, on Lap 22. Leclerc has two wins this season, Verstappen and Perez have combined for five, with Red Bull and Ferrari winning all seven races.
Mass violence takes toll on Americans’ psyches
       
Choose your plan ArrowRight A third of the respondents said they would no longer go to certain public places for fear of becoming a casualty of a mass shooting. Twenty-four percent said they had made changes in their lives due to their fear of a mass shooting. Sixty-two percent of parents said they lived in fear of their children becoming victims of a mass shooting, and 71 percent said the possibility of mass violence was adding stress to their lives. Hispanics, Blacks, Asians and Native Americans all reported more stress from mass shootings than Whites. When acts of mass violence “are repeated in this way, they start to feel more and more overwhelming, and a sense of hopelessness starts to set in,” she said.
Russia-Ukraine war live updates Zelensky makes rare trip outside Kyiv to visit front-line forces in Kharkiv
       
Bullet Key updateUkrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Saturday that it is impractical for Ukraine to use force to regain all territory lost to Russia since 2014. “I don’t believe we can regain all of our territory by military action,” he said in an interview with Dutch TV channel NOS. Zelensky accused Russian forces of not caring about how many people they lose and said that, for him, “a victory without people around you” is no victory. Zelensky said the only person worth negotiating with on the Russian side is President Vladimir Putin. Zelensky also reiterated his position that no such talks are possible until Ukraine regains control over all areas occupied by Russia since its Feb. 24 invasion.
Opinion | I’m from Uvalde. I’m not surprised this happened.
       
First, you would be challenged to find a more heavily armed place in the United States than Uvalde. AdvertisementIn Uvalde, simply put, everything north of Highway 90 is primarily White Republican, and everything south is mostly Hispanic Democrat. About 1 in 3 Uvalde children live in poverty. President Biden and the first lady visited Uvalde on Sunday to offer comfort to the families of victims at Robb. Uvalde, the state of Texas and the United States of America failed the children and teachers who died there.
'They should know the cost:' Would graphic images change the gun rights debate?
       
New York (CNN) There's a growing debate among journalists over how to report on the victims of mass shootings. Some argue that if lawmakers and American citizens were able to see the graphic images of dead bodies in classrooms, there could be a shift in how some in the country approach gun rights. The debate about allowing lawmakers and citizens to see graphic images of gun carnage is still theoretical — there are no photos circulating from Uvalde — but many are arguing it's time to stop sanitizing mass shootings. Lawmakers who vote against assault weapons bans should be required to see those images, Cox said. If his stories can convince even one gun owner to lock up their gun, then Cox said he may have saved a life.
Uvalde’s only pediatrician shares the horror of treating school shooting victims
       
The only pediatrician serving Uvalde, Texas, revealed to 'Today' what it was like to treat the wounded of the Robb Elementary School shooting, and sharing their horrific survivor stories. “The most horrible part, I guess, was just seeing parents I knew outside screaming, asking me to look for their kids. You never really get that out of your head.”Guerrero treated eight children personally that day — four of them are his regular patients. ‘I’m afraid he’s coming for me’As Guerrero made his rounds in the hospital the day of the shooting, treating the wounded and identifying the victims, he heard a familiar voice cry out to him. We seem to care about a shooting for two weeks, then sweep it under the rug.
Six people shot in Chattanooga, Tennessee on Saturday night
       
Six people were shot in downtown Chattanooga, Tennessee on Saturday night, police said. Officers "were able to detain at least one person of interest in the incident in the moments after the shooting began," Eames added. Several people were transported to the hospital, most of whom were teenagers or in their early 20s, according to Eames. Two have life-threatening injuries and the four others who were shot sustained non life-threatening injuries, according to Eames. The city's mayor, Tim Kelly will deliver remarks at a press conference at 4:30 p.m. EST alongside Chattanooga Police Chief Celeste Murphy, according to local news station WTVC.
Justice Department to investigate police response in Uvalde
       
The Justice Department on Sunday said it would investigate the much criticized response by law enforcement to Tuesday’s mass shooting at the Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. “At the request of Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin, the U.S. Department of Justice will conduct a Critical Incident Review of the law enforcement response to the mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, on May 24,” according to the DOJ’s statement. Nineteen children and two teachers were killed before police killed the lone gunman, who stormed into the school and barricaded himself in a classroom at the elementary school. Reports in recent days about the timeline of the murderous attack have led to widespread criticism of police for not forcing their way into the barricaded area, particularly given that police were receiving 911 calls from terrified children desperately seeking help.
Wyoming GOP chair, who was on restricted Capitol grounds on Jan. 6, speaks at Trump rally
       
WASHINGTON — The head of the Wyoming Republican Party, who was on restricted Capitol grounds during the U.S. Capitol riot, delivered a speech at the former president's rally on Saturday. Eathorne had pushed for Cheney to be censured after she voted to impeach Trump in the wake of the Jan. 6, 2021, attack. NBC News has reached out to the Wyoming Republican Party for comment. Thousands of Trump supporters, like Eathorne, entered the restricted grounds of the Capitol on Jan. 6, but only a handful of defendants have been charged with misdemeanor offenses for their presence. Eathrone had a "short, questionable career as a Worland police officer" and "served as a parole officer in south Texas" before becoming the head of the Wyoming Republican party, the Casper Star-Tribune reported.
More than 421,000 Americans died in World War II. This project aims to compile their stories.
       
More than 421,000 Americans died in the conflict and Milne wants to gather all their stories by Sept. 2, 2025, the 80th anniversary of the war’s end. So far, she’s researched the lives of more than 300 World War II dead, including that of Sgt. The World War II project has made her think about history in a different way. Milne’s current focus is on creating stories for all the World War II dead buried at Arlington National Cemetery, about 8,000 men and women. Once people know this is available — especially in sections rich with World War II fallen, like Section 34 — they can walk from grave to grave to grave and read each person’s story.
UEFA says it will review pregame incidents at Champions League final
       
Placeholder while article actions loadUEFA says it will review security issues after a chaotic scene preceded the Champions League final between Real Madrid and Liverpool on Saturday. The start of the match, which was played at Stade de France near Paris, was delayed for 36 minutes, and some Liverpool fans were tear-gassed and prevented from entering the stadium. Fans attempted to scale gates and French police warned them in a tweet “not to force entry” into the stadium. “We have officially requested a formal investigation into the causes of these unacceptable issues.”After the game, UEFA, the governing body of European football, announced that it would review the pregame incidents with the French police and the French Football Federation. “I couldn’t speak to my family yet, but I know the families had real struggles to get into the stadium,” Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp told reporters shortly after the game.
Russia-Ukraine war live updates Zelensky makes rare trip outside Kyiv to visit front-line forces in Kharkiv
       
Russia’s ambassador in Britain on Sunday ruled out the Kremlin’s use of tactical nuclear weapons in Ukraine, saying such weapons are “not used in conflicts like that at all.”In an interview airing Sunday morning on the BBC, Andrei Kelin said Russia has a “very strict provision on the issue of the use of tactical nuclear weapons,” adding that Russian doctrine allows their use mainly when “the existence of the state is endangered.”Moscow has inaccurately cast its Feb. 24 invasion of Ukraine as one of self-defense. President Vladimir Putin’s decision days later to put Russian nuclear forces on alert heightened worries of a deadly miscalculation, although Western intelligence has not cited concrete evidence of plans to target Ukraine or its allies with nuclear weapons. Washington does not “take lightly” Russia’s threats to use tactical or low-yield nuclear weapons in Ukraine, CIA Director William J. Burns said last month. Russia warned Finland and Sweden in April that if they join NATO, Moscow would reinforce the Baltic Sea region, including with nuclear weapons, The Washington Post reported. Kelin on Sunday said allegations that Russian troops have carried out war crimes in Bucha and elsewhere in Ukraine are “a fabrication” being used by Ukraine to “interrupt negotiations.”Ukrainian judges last week found a 21-year-old Russian soldier guilty of war crimes and sentenced him to life in prison, the first verdict among thousands of investigations into possible war crimes.
Prince William takes center stage at Queen Elizabeth II’s jubilee rehearsal
       
In a sea of bright red military uniforms, including bearskin caps, Prince William, on horseback, inspected the Irish Guards, an Irish infantry regiment that is part of the British Army. Other royals, including heir to the throne Prince Charles, have stepped in to help support the queen at various events this year. William has also served as colonel of the Irish Guards since 2011. Soldiers from the regiment guard the royal family and its palaces, but they are also deployed all over the world. “Keep in mind that the Guards are still first and foremost fighting soldiers,” the regiment tweeted last week.
Sergio Pérez wins dramatic Monaco Grand Prix after heavy rain causes long delay
       
(CNN) Sergio Pérez produced a brilliant drive as Red Bull capitalized on a dramatic Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday. The Mexican driver started the race third but leapfrogged the leaders during an action-packed race. While Pérez won the sport's showpiece for the first time, his teammate Max Verstappen finished third with Ferrari's Carlos Sainz in second. Ferrari's Charles Leclerc had started on pole but finished his home race down in fourth after his team's pit stop strategy allowed Red Bull to overtake the Monegasque driver. It means Verstappen extends his lead over Leclerc at the top of the driver's championship.
'Top Gun: Maverick' soars to a big opening at the box office
       
New York (CNN Business) "Top Gun: Maverick" felt the need for speed at the box office this weekend. That not only jets past expectations, which initially projected "Maverick" to make closer to $80 million, but stands as Cruise's biggest opening weekend in his more than 40-year career. It's Cruise's first $100 million opening weekend and the third biggest debut of the year. Paramount said that "Maverick" is projected to make $151 million over the four-day Memorial Day weekend at the US box office. If the sequel, which has Cruise's Maverick teaching a new group of Top Gun pilots, lands at that number Monday, it'll be one of the highest openings ever for a Memorial Day weekend.
Adam Kinzinger Calls Gun Age Limits 'A No-Brainer,' Considers Assault Weapon Ban
       
Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger tells @jonkarl that raising minimum age for gun purchases to 21 “is a no brainer" to him. “We just raised without really so much as a blink the age of purchasing cigarettes federally to 21. Kathy Hochul (D) last week proposed a similar age restriction for her own state in the wake of the Buffalo shooting. Such a proposal is easier said than done, however, with federal courts in recent years ruling that such age limits are unconstitutional. “As the age-old saying goes, the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” Trump said.
Ray Liotta's Fiancée Speaks Out After Death: 'He Was Everything In The World To Me'
       
Ray Liotta and Jacy Nittolo arrive for the 2020 Film Independent Spirit Awards. “My life these past couple of years have been nothing but truly magical, she wrote in the caption. I asked the love of my life to marry me, and thank God she said yes!! “Luckily, I had met somebody, and it brought us really, really close, to the point now where I’m engaged,” he told People. I’ve heard that there’s a lot of people whose relationship didn’t work out because they were with each other so much.
‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Wins Tom Cruise 1st $100 Million Opening
       
Tom Cruise poses for the media during the 'Top Gun Maverick' UK premiere. via Associated PressForget breaking the sound barrier: Tom Cruise just flew past a major career milestone. According to projections and estimates, by Monday’s close, “Top Gun: Maverick” will likely have over $150 million. “Top Gun: Maverick” had an extremely long journey to get to the theaters. “Top Gun: Maverick,” $124 million.
Justice Department Will Review Law Enforcement Response To Texas School Shooting
       
UVALDE, Texas (AP) — The Justice Department said Sunday it will review the law enforcement response to the shooting in Uvalde, Texas, that left 19 students and two teachers dead. The review comes amid mounting pressure and questions about the shifting and at times contradictory information about what happened in the shooting last Tuesday at Robb Elementary School and how police responded. AdvertisementJustice Department spokesman Anthony Coley said the review would be conducted in a fair, impartial and independent manner and that the findings would be made public. Police walk near Robb Elementary School following a shooting, Tuesday, May 24, 2022, in Uvalde, Texas. Such a review is somewhat rare and most after-action reports that come after a mass shooting are generally compiled by local law enforcement agencies or outside groups.
Biden visits memorial to victims of Texas school shooting
       
A mass shooting happens. We need to do something about it.”The Bidens’ visit comes amid mounting scrutiny of the police response to the shooting. We’ve done it before.”Hours after the shooting, Biden had delivered an impassioned plea for additional gun control legislation, asking: “When in God’s name are we going to stand up to the gun lobby? As president, Biden has tried to chip away at gun violence through executive orders. He faces few new options now, but executive action might be the best the president can do, given Washington’s sharp divisions on gun control legislation.
DOJ to conduct review of law enforcement response to Texas school shooting
       
The U.S. Justice Department will conduct a review of the law enforcement response to the mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas that left 21 dead. The department said the goal of the review will be to “provide an independent account of law enforcement actions and responses that day, and to identify lessons learned and best practices to help first responders prepare for and respond to active shooter events. “May 29, 2022
Bidens visit memorial outside of Robb Elementary School to honor shooting victims
       
President Biden and first lady Jill Biden laid flowers at memorial outside of Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, in honor of the 19 students and two teachers killed in a mass shooting. Abbott arrived at the memorial, crowds of people called for action saying, "our children need to go to school in peace. "May 29, 2022
Stampede breaks out at Brooklyn's Barclays Center after false report of active shooter
       
A stampede broke out at Brooklyn's Barclays Center just after midnight on Sunday after a false report of an active shooting situation, according to the New York City Police Department. A crowd was leaving Barclays following a boxing match, when a loud noise was heard, the NYPD said in a statement. The loud noise reportedly spooked the crowd, causing many to start running in fear of a shooter. After investigating, police determined no shots had been fired in the area, and it is unclear what caused the loud noise. Videos posted to Twitter of the aftermath of the stampede showed shoes and hats left behind as people scrambled to flee the area.
Justice Department to conduct review of law enforcement response to school shooting
       
WASHINGTON — The Justice Department will conduct a review of the law enforcement response to the deadly mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, a spokesperson announced Sunday. The critical incident review, requested by Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin, will include a report on law enforcement actions on May 24 — the day of shooting. Law enforcement personnel stand outside Robb Elementary School following a shooting on May 24, 2022, in Uvalde, Texas. Dario Lopez-Mills / AP“As with prior Justice Department after-action reviews of mass shootings and other critical incidents, this assessment will be fair, transparent, and independent." Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw said Friday that police made the "wrong decision" by waiting to confront the shooter.
THE ANGRY ARAB: Lebanon’s Hung Parliament
       
In the 128-seat Lebanese Parliament, 65 seats are needed for a majority. But no party won an outright majority. Since the Arab uprisings of 2011, Western media have become largely uniform, with the dispatches of various correspondents replicating one another. On the Shiite front — and Hizbullah is a Shiite political party, through and through — the party won all the seats it sought, every one of them. The Saudi-funded groups (and Western-sponsored “change” candidates) harped on the matter of disarming Hizbullah, which has no bearing on the domestic Lebanese political scene.
"...better than two in the bush."
       
I saw a flutter and then another, among the fallen limbs of older trees after a Spring shedding storm. Olive patch on back, yellow neck, two white wing bars, warbler beak shape and distinct song. The yellow spark was easier to see but not any easier to photograph among the jumble of leaves and twigs. black “thicker” beak, black stripe from beak to eye, yellow face highlight, prominent white eye ring. As a parting gift, this is the first bird video I shot during December of 2019.
MF Daily for Sunday May 29, 2022
       
“Waiting for the Ice”: Near Churchill, Manitoba. Welcome to MF Daily(Formerly known as Mojo Friday’s Weekly Open Thread — MFWOT)All are welcome to hang out and share what is happening in your life today.
MAKING AMERICA GAY AGAIN THE REAL GOAL OF THE DEEP STATE
       
I know, it’s hard to believe but I can assure you it’s true; but that IS the long-term goal; to Make ALL OF AMERICA GAY AGAIN; from birth to the grave; all gay all day will be the new normal. I heard it directly from someone who heard it straight the cousin of the guy who heard it right from the all-knowing, Q himself. Sensible shoes will be frowned upon but considered sensible if the weather is icky. BEND OVER, I’LL DRIVE will be the newest version of the BUDDY SYSTEM in action. Making America Gay again will be the very last stage of the Republic just before the nukes are launched...and then it will be MAKE AMERICA GLOW AGAIN.
365 Days of Climate Awareness 289 – The Siberian Traps
       
Beneath the ocean they form part of the global spreading ridge system, and are erupting more or less continually. There is evidence of such ancient volcanoes in the United States—the smaller Columbia River basalts of Oregon from 200 MYA—and Yellowstone is a live modern example, though it’s likely significantly smaller than the ancient Siberian vent(s). Modern research shows, however, that the Siberian eruptions might have been rather less viscous than most eruptions of this sort, with a greater pyroclastic, ash cloud component, which would have caused worse immediate climate disruption. Current theory assigns several levels of cause to the Siberian eruptions. First was the intense global cooling due to the ash clouds from repeated eruptions.
Lukewarm take on guns, because I hate hot takes
       
When people lack confidence in the police, they are that much more likely to acquire guns if they don’t feel safe in their neighborhood. The Founding Fathers felt that guns were necessary, but they didn’t mean for everyone to have a gun. If we make proposals that gun owners consider reasonable, like red flag laws or raising the age limit on rifle purchases, then we can get moderate gun owners to break off from the MAGAhadeen. Just about every honest gun owner can tell you that there are certain people who just shouldn’t have guns. I think that there should be a buddy system set up for gun owners and prospective gun buyers.
How Russians closed the sitcom gap by adapting 'The Nanny' and 'Married ... with Children'
       
My Fair Nanny even had a Russian version of the American show’s animated opening credits. x YouTube VideoLike My Fair Nanny, episodes were adapted from the American scripts for Married … with Children. Here’s the trailer to Exporting Raymond:If anyone is wondering whether any American TV dramas were adapted for Russian television. Here are the opening credits to the Russian version of Law & Order: SVU. The Russian TV industry learned from this experience and began creating original Russian TV sitcoms, with some success.
An Introduction to Mania and Hypomania
       
The other diaries can be read as well, but they are more about depression than about the topic being covered today, which is mania and hypomania. The best way to introduce bipolar disorder is to tackle some myths about mania and hypomania. Truth: While there are periods of good moods, mania can also bring increased irritability and increased reckless behavior and actions. Truth: Bipolar symptoms fall into an easily grouped category of actions and emotions. Those who are depressed generally self-harm, while those with mania have the ability through reckless decisions to harm others as well as themselves.
I joke that storms come to me. But they do.
       
Run downstairs, because if there is large hail, the storm has very strong winds keeping them aloft. I can see the large hail stones lit by the lightning. I grabbed a handful of the hail stones. That are all large, very few small hail stones. Short video if you want to see the lightning and the yard with the scattered hail stones.
What if it were ANY other minority? ANY OTHER MINORITY?
       
Hint: itz not Black people? Hint: itz not Muslims. What if 99% of mass shooters were Native Americans? Hint: Itz not Native Americans either. A minority with such entitlement that it thinks of itself as the majority.
The subtle but indicative meaning of gun control laws
       
There is more to reducing school shootings than only passing laws to ban assault weapons and ammunition. There is also the subtle, but significant message a society gives out with gun control laws. Both England and Australia created tough gun control laws when they experienced school shootings, which not only created tough gun control legislation, but also strongly sent the message that this must stop, mass killing children is intolerable. They both have not experienced schools shootings since, because not only are there tough gun control laws now, they have sent a message to all citizens that killing children in this country is beyond the pale, a line that this country will not allow to be crossed. It is this outspoken social meaning, in addition to legislation, that inhibits future shooters from considering these heinous acts.
Let's regulate rock throwing
       
Let’s talk about throwing rocks. The smallest hand gun to the largest artillery piece are doing the exact same thing, throwing rocks. You may not agree with the idea of throwing rocks, and you may never throw a rock in your life for any reason, but many people will continue to throw rocks. People decided that rock throwing could lead to conquest and we have a race to develop the biggest fastest rock thrower and make as many of them as we can. I like rock throwing machines.
New Day Cafe: Sunday On A Holiday Weekend
       
Good morning, Newdists. Pull up a pink seat and join us for a chat and some goodies. All are welcome to join the fun, the silliness, the conversations. There will be a few surprises along the way, all good ones, we hope. Trolls will be incinerated and served at the next group BBQ.
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My Heart is heavy right now...
       
We have learned that the same people who complain about gas prices voted against a price gauging at. Being Pro-Life does not mean what we think it means:People saying that they are pro-life is just a ruse. We have learned that kids safety is not a priority:I feel for the families of the kids in Texas. What about the right of an 11 year old to go to school without living in fear? What about the rights of an 11 year old to go to school and not have to practice an active shooting drill?
North Carolina Open Thread: NC politicians' Uvalde response, Coping resources, Barber vs $Gen, more
       
https://t.co/MrZv8ZCZd7 #ncga #ncpol #wral @markrobinsonNCRALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina Lt. Gov. He was among a lineup of high-profile Republican speakers including former President Donald Trump and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. BlueNC, 5/26/2022They didn’t die because the school has too many doors (As Texas Senator Ted Cruz has claimed). The original assault weapons ban passed in 1994 after three mass shooting events occurred within six years. On Wednesday, labor advocacy groups, community leaders and Dollar General employees from several states—including North Carolina, Louisiana and Mississippi— met to protest the poor conditions many employees say they face while receiving less than livable wages.
They are IMPOTENT.
       
The word is IMPOTENT. It means “unable to take effective action”...”helpless or powerless”. It is the most descriptive word to use when talking about Republican party’s stance toward the crisis of mass-shootings. Words are important, and this is the word that communicates best to the people. Republicans are IMPOTENT.
17,673
       
As of today there have been 17,673 gun deaths in the US this year. What is different in the US that makes us so much more likely to suffer from gun violence? Australia and the UK have stricter gun laws and their rate of gun deaths are even lower. Gun deaths by suicide are included in the numbers above, as gun deaths by suicide exceed gun deaths by murder in the US. We can shut them down by being more organized and more determined to save lives through reasonable gun laws.
Buy a Gun?
       
Thoughts and PrayersI feel like I’m the worst nightmare for the Extreme Right-Wing Christian Coalition Conservative Gun Activist. And then tell me what laws surrounding guns that need to be repealed. Most of our current gun laws were written and supported by the NRA. How about funding the very government agency tasked with enforcing laws surrounding guns, the ATF? So realistically, in order to move the needle just a bit on gun laws, Democrats will need to pick up at least 12 new Senate seats this November.
Urban Ag for Community Health, Security and Resiliency
       
However, it has become clear that we cannot rely on fossil fuel dependent, mechanized and commidified agriculture to meet local food security needs, much less build community well being and resiliency. At this time, the federal government and big ag are neglecting local production. That is where community groups are stepping up to fill in present day nutrition gaps and push us towards more local food security. The Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture has been contributing to food production in Mid-Missouri for nearly a decade. They have done a tremendous job of not only improving local production, but also integrating their work with community needs.
2022: From First Grade to Tech High School
       
This never-before-funded teacher in a Kansas City tech high school hopes to help her multi-lingual students in their EMT studies, with earbuds that run software based on Google Translate. PROJECT #1 Project: Help a Teacher Translate EMT Instruction Resources: Help me give my students the technology to understand the subject of emergency medicine Economic need: An Equity Focus School; nearly all students from low?income households. I have tried to help my students' need for English comprehension by providing the Google Pixel Buds A-series. Economic need: An Equity Focus School; nearly all students from low?income households. : Mrs. Lattner needed an assortment of interesting lab kits, to help bring science to life for her Cleveland middle school students.
Litany for the Victims of Gun Violence and a Prayer for Action
       
Let light perpetual shine upon them. Let light perpetual shine upon them. Let light perpetual shine upon them. Let light perpetual shine upon them. Let light perpetual shine upon them.
OH-Sen: J.D. Vance's (R) Solution To Save American Families: Ban Pornography
       
Oh for fuck’s sake:Going beyond even the GOP’s own platform, Republican Senate candidate J.D. Vance told a Catholic magazine last year that pornography should be banned because it’s stopping Americans from getting married and starting families. Vance’s ideas on how to save “traditional families” should disqualify him as a viable candidate for the U.S. Senate. Meanwhile, Rep. Tim Ryan (D. OH-13) is actually focused on real solutions to protect American families:x As a dad and husband of a teacher, my heart breaks for Uvalde. — Tim Ryan (@TimRyan) May 25, 2022Health and Democracy are on the ballot this year and we need to get ready to flip Ohio Blue.
Humor (with a "Who Lost the Week?" poll)
       
Have a fabulous long holiday weekend .... and week ahead. A NOTE about TODAY’s POLL — regular readers are aware that my poll contestants are either (a) bad/hypocritical folks getting their comeuppance, or (b) otherwise good people who massively screwed-up. Listing the children victimized in Texas (alongside Josh Duggar and The Southern Baptists) is the subject for someone else’s poll, just not here. 1974)...... and finally, for a song of the week ...........................… one song from my misspent youth that I paid little attention to was Cherish — performed by The Association. Here is the original version … as well as the best cover version I could find: by the Four Tops.
Dawn Chorus: Back to the Chiricahuas
       
If racing from hotspot to hotspot to maximize species count is not your ideal birding, Earthwatch is for you. The focus is primarily on biology — birds, mammals, herps, insects and plants — but it is also used by geologists and others. The drought that has been affecting the southwest has not spared the Chiricahuas. The Chiricahuas aren’t just a owl hotspot, of course (as if that’s not enough). Lucifier Humming Bird at Ash Canyon Bird Sanctuary, a lively spot with a diverse mix of species.
Pillow Man now thinks the Georgia GOP primaries were rigged, because the results were bad for Trump
       
It was stoled [sic]. It was stoled [sic]. The algorithm went through Georgia in I don’t know how many counties out of 159, I think it’s like 100 and some. Maybe one day he’ll kick this new addiction and go back to, I don’t know, selling pillows? Check out Aldous J. Pennyfarthing’s four-volume Trump-trashing compendium, including the finale, Goodbye, Asshat: 101 Farewell Letters to Donald Trump, at this link.
Warzone ...USA.. Shootings in America
       
Graduation shooting in Georgia . Multiple teen casualties were reported after a shooting broke out at a graduation party on Saturday morning. Police in Thomaston, Georgia, confirmed to WSB-TV that they responded to the deadly incident a little before 1 a.m. www.msn.com/…ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) - One person was shot and killed at a graduation party in Thomaston early Saturday morning. The second shooting victim 17-year-old Elijuan Wright and a 15-year-old were treated with serious injuries, according to police.
Ancient America: Florida, 1000 CE to 1300 CE
       
Henry Bowden writes:“These traders may have played a missionary role, spreading religious interest along with impressive new ceremonies while introducing new merchandise.”Temple MoundsThe structure of the Apalachee villages in Florida reflected their hierarchical chiefdom. The largest of the seven mounds at this site is 36 feet (11 meters) high and measures 270 feet and 300 feet at its base. There were two rows of benches around a central fire and a dance area that was 65 feet (20 meters) across. Grand Shell Ring SiteBy 1000 CE, the Timucua were occupying the Grand Shell Ring site. Fort Walton SiteAbout 1300 CE, Indian people at the Fort Walton site began construction of the Temple Mound.
Sunday Good News ? WineRev! ? 2 Polls: WWtW? ... AND ... Sunday Good News Roundup without a Poll?
       
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In about 48 hours it will get real bad for RU
       
You know most of their contract soldiers contracts expire in 48 hours. I guess Putin could try and hold them there — but that will about do it for his ability to get any more contract soldiers — and boy talk about a morale problem. It is bloody and all that in the box — but great for UKR overall operational goals. They can just play defense and be able to hold off more than 3 times their numbers. I am way too old to care — and I just like to get to the point anyway at this point in my life.
Abbreviated Pundit Roundup: The Bigger Picture
       
There’s a disconnect in Texas between public sentiment toward guns and the state’s increasingly lenient public policy toward gun ownership. Dan Patrick following mass shootings that had occurred around the time. Zack Beauchamp of Vox says that, in fact, mass shootings in the United States tend to lead to looser gun laws. “We find no significant effect of mass shootings on laws enacted when there is a Democrat-controlled legislature. OK, I think everyone realizes that none of what Republicans are saying about how to respond to mass shootings will translate into actual policy proposals.
Why Ella?
       
Ella is on the autism spectrum, and lives at home with us. Ella is not equipped to handle the pain and discomfort. Afterward, we went for a long, rambling drive, which Ella always enjoys as she listens to her Spotify playlist. Shit shit shit shit shit shit shit. I hear Ella upstairs right now, as I write this so early on a Sunday morning after another long night, whimpering in her sleep.
The Right To Write About Melania
       
One of many pictures of Melania cozying up to Pence2) Political figures have power over citizens, which gives citizens the right to know who they are. Pulitzer Prize–winning Washington Post reporter Mary Jordan wrote a biography (The Art of Her Deal: The Untold Story of Melania Trump) and she says Trump sent Melania to interview VP candidates and she favored Pence who was last on Trump’s list, and Trump eventually chose Pence. Melania steers Trump to make political decisions that she wants, even when Trump doesn’t want to. Therefore, Melania doesn’t deserve special treatment. Everything I write about Melania is for the public good, and whether readers agree with me or not, that is my goal.
My Grandson Was a Genius
       
My Grandson was a GeniusMemorial Day. The day the US of Northamerica honors its military veterans, living and those lost in battle. My grandson, Army Ranger 2Lt Travis Alan Morgado, leading his platoon in Afghanistan ten years ago was blown to bits by an IED. My grandson was a civil engineer, a graduate of the University of Washington. I want everyone to know that my grandson Travis died for his country.
Let Us Use The Power we Do Possess
       
Simply sign up for a Advocate premium membership and you'll automatically see this data on every article. The various reasons for moving us to war are irrelevant when they are shown to be lies to justify gratuitous mass murder. This dynamic may well be wherein lies the power of the mostly ignored many. Rehashing some of the lies promoting justifying mass murder is a bit tedious but instructive. Still, we can do this if we determine to step up to the task and not let a single innocent be killed on our behalfDon Scottenscotten6@gmail.com
Black Music Sunday: Smalls' in Harlem was truly a jazz paradise
       
The four most popular were Small’s Paradise, the Cotton Club, Barron Wilkins’s Exclusive Club, and Connie’s Inn. x YouTube VideoAs YouTuber Mark Jones notes:Charlie Johnson's Paradise Orchestra was the house band for the popular Harlem club, SMALL'S PARADISE, during the 1920s. x Francis Wolff on #JimmySmith: "I first heard Jimmy Smith at Smalls' Paradise in January of 1956. Two years later he brought his new organ sound to New York City and debuted at Small's Paradise in Harlem. I’ll close out our visit to Smalls’ Paradise with the R&B sound of of the aforementioned saxophonist King Curtis—who I got to hear, live at Smalls’!
Nuclear attack on Ukraine unlikely, but Mitt Romney says U.S. should be prepared anyway
       
In the early ‘70s, however, Pentagon advisers began publicly worrying over the “threat” posed by Soviet civil defense measures. Serving on the committee with people who really knew what they were talking about wasn’t the first time I had thought seriously about nuclear war. At school, we had little idea what a nuclear war might entail since we’d been raised with “duck-and-cover” as our safeguard in case of attack. The potential of nuclear war had had a greater impact on popular perceptions by 1982. ••••••••••Below is a scanned version of the Boulder County Nuclear War Education Booklet (1982).
Three women left to die in 'sweltering' heat of apartment complex, attorney says
       
Lorna Barnes, a resident at James Sneider Apartments, told ABC 7 she had seen one of the women before she died. “She always had a positive outlook on everything.”Blisset said a maintenance worker found her aunt’s body when her best friend came by to check on her. "It's like my best friend, mom; mom was my father, my mother, my best friend, I mean just everything." Alderman Maria Hadden, of the 49th Ward, told ABC 7 that just isn't true. Attorney Steve Levin, who is representing Osborne's family, told ABC 7 the claim that building managers thought they couldn't turn on air is "absurd."
Ukraine update: As Russia presses in on Severodonetsk, other areas are open to counterattack
       
Even as a new brigade of Ukrainian forces trains in the west, President Volodomyr Zelenskyy has fretted over the exhaustion of forces in the east. Then some of those Russian forces were reportedly peeled off to deal with Ukrainian advances north and east of Kharkiv. Then more of those Russian forces were reportedly sent to assist in capturing Lyman and assaulting Severodonetsk. All of which results in a significant decrease in “density” of Russian forces near Izyum. x #Ukraine: Ukrainian forces in the East, using drone-dropped munitions, managed to destroy a Russian BTR-82A APC concealed next to buildings.
U.S. Empire, Haiti, and the Tragic Suppression of Liberation Theology
       
In contemporary terms, it pits liberation theology against its more domesticated counterpart. As such, today's readings connect firmly with the struggle for justice throughout the Global South and particularly in Haiti. Haiti & Liberation TheologyI reference Haiti in particular because just last week the history of that long-troubled island was brought to our nation's attention by a shocking series of articles in The New York Times. France even went so far as to force Haiti (under threat of invasion) to pay reparations to former French slaveholders for their lost "property." 2 2 1Rate It | View RatingsMike Rivage-Seul Social Media Pages:Mike Rivage-Seul is a liberation theologian and former Roman Catholic priest.
The Texas School Massacre Means Nothing to the Gun Lobby
       
The calls for action are backed up by polls that show again that a majority of Americans back comprehensive gun control legislation. In fact, in the last couple of years polls show that support for tougher gun laws have dropped. There hasn't been much movement in the states either to get tougher gun control laws. In his address following the Texas massacre, Biden demanded "When in God's name are we going to stand up to the gun lobby"? Sadly, even the monstrous Texas massacre won't make Congress grow the legs to do that.
How Georgia’s Latinx community is working to ‘out-organize’ voter suppression
       
Georgians went to the polls in record numbers during the May 24 primary ahead of the crucial 2022 midterm elections, despite renewed GOP efforts to suppress the votes of the state’s communities of color. Such laws disproportionately impact people in low-income communities and communities of color, and they are being passed at a moment when the power of communities of color to shape election outcomes is rapidly increasing. Case in point: Georgia’s Latinx community has grown by 30% over the past decade and now comprises 10% of the state’s population. In this on-the-ground report for our special series “Defending Democracy in the 2022 Midterm Elections,” TRNN’s Jaisal Noor and Jeffrey Moustache speak with organizers from the Georgia Alliance of Latino Elected Officials (GALEO), an advocacy group that helps Latinx voters unlock their political power, about how they are working to “out-organize voter suppression” by mobilizing and empowering the state’s Latinx community. Pre-Production/Studio: Jaisal Noor, Jeffrey MoustachePost-Production: Jaisal Noor, Jeffrey Moustache, Cameron GranadinoThis story is part of a series that was made possible with the support of the Solutions Journalism Network, a nonprofit organization dedicated to rigorous and compelling reporting about responses to social problems.
Infant formula crisis highlights breastfeeding barriers in Southern states
       
Despite efforts in recent weeks by the federal government to address the ongoing infant formula shortage, parents are still struggling to find formula. The Food and Drug Administration announced this week that nearly two million cans of infant formula from a United Kingdom-based company would arrive in the United States in the coming days. Earlier this month, producers of infant formula were allowed to speed up the manufacturing process, and the Biden administration called on state attorney generals to crack down on price gouging of formula, according to a White House statement. Those barriers are particularly high in the Black community and in Southern states, where breastfeeding rates are lower. There's also a geographic disparity, as Southern states overall have a lower rate of breastfeeding than the nation as a whole.
Want to Win a Union at Work? Here’s What the Amazon Labor Union Can Teach Us.
       
Once the two friends, Chris Smalls and Derrick Palmer, had the signatures they needed, they had to win the vote. But the hidden story of the largest single workplace union election victory in the country since 2008 is the overlooked, and underutilized, methods and tools ALU organizers deployed, far beyond free marijuana and TikTok trolling. They followed the nearly two dozen anti-union consultants around the facility, passing out disclosure forms showing their $3,200/day rates for “union avoidance” work. For example, one leader with the African Community Alliance of Staten Island used his connection with local soccer teams to encourage players who work for Amazon to support the union. The ALU shows that it’s still possible to win historic union elections, even under current federal rules.
Infant Formula Crisis Highlights Breastfeeding Barriers in Southern States
       
Despite efforts in recent weeks by the federal government to address the ongoing infant formula shortage, parents are still struggling to find formula. The Food and Drug Administration announced this week that nearly two million cans of infant formula from a United Kingdom-based company would arrive in the United States in the coming days. Earlier this month, producers of infant formula were allowed to speed up the manufacturing process, and the Biden administration called on state attorney generals to crack down on price gouging of formula, according to a White House statement. Those barriers are particularly high in the Black community and in Southern states, where breastfeeding rates are lower. There’s also a geographic disparity, as Southern states overall have a lower rate of breastfeeding than the nation as a whole.
Gun Lobby Intervened Against a Republican’s Gun Law. Then He Lost His Seat.
       
In Colorado, a spokesperson for the Rocky Mountain Gun Owners called Wist “a sellout” on Friday and said the organization had no choice but to work against him. And I don’t think you’d really think that Indiana is a hard left state, by any means. So there’s a group called the Rocky Mountain Gun Owners, a very active gun rights organization. Are the Rocky Mountain Gun Owners similar to the National Rifle Association? But in Colorado, Rocky Mountain Gun Owners is the gun rights group that seems to have the most sway.
Some Republicans Fume at Michigan GOP for Defending Candidates Busted for Fraud
       
After spending years pushing former President Donald Trump’s “Big Lie,” the Michigan Republican Party is defending its own candidates who were caught up in a massive fraud scheme. Paul Cordes, chief of staff of the Michigan Republican Party, told the board that disqualifying the candidates over fraudulent petition signatures would disenfranchise voters. “The Michigan Republican Party candidates ran garbage operations,” tweeted Stu Sandler, political director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee and former executive director of the Michigan GOP. “The fact the Michigan Republican Party is defending all this fraud is embarrassing.”Craig called Thursday’s outcome a “travesty” and vowed to file an “immediate appeal” to the courts. Fraud is fraud, and under Michigan law, candidates are required to submit a minimum of 15,000 lawfully collected signatures.
Starbucks Workers United Wins in US’s Most Anti-Union City
       
The Starbucks Workers United union campaign continues to produce astounding election wins week after week. Greenville Is the Most Anti-Union City in the StateGreenville is even more anti-union than the rest of South Carolina. Intrepid worker-organizers lead the Starbucks union campaign:After resisting the company’s anti-union onslaught, Starbucks Workers United won two NLRB elections in Buffalo in December 2021. If the campaign continues to spread and win, Starbucks Workers United might challenge Greenville’s reputation as the most anti-union city in the country. Starbucks Union Is Reaching Areas Other Union Campaigns Couldn’tOver the past several months, Starbucks Workers United has won victories — often by overwhelming margins — in several locations in which unions are unaccustomed to winning.
Nobel Laureate Calls for Ending Intellectual Property Rules for COVID Vaccines
       
Social entrepreneur and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Muhammad Yunus on Saturday called for a comprehensive waiver of intellectual property rules for Covid-19 vaccines and treatments, declaring that “freeing” the technology “from profit and patent is the key” to a global health system that puts human lives above corporate profit. In an op-ed published Saturday in Stat news, Yunus — who’s previously joined with other Nobel laureates in pushing for an end to intellectual property barriers — pointed to the global inequality in access to vaccines. “Wealth is power,” wrote Yunus. And that means “removing barriers like intellectual property rules.”That needs to happen this month, he said, with world leaders taking a step they’ve so far refused to do in the pandemic—backing a comprehensive waiver of parts of the Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) Agreement. He also called out the U.S. for backing a waiver solely on vaccines.
Apple Store Showdown: Inside the Battle for Union Representation
       
Apple has hired Littler Mendelson, an employment law firm, to blunt the labor push. It also has furnished store managers with talking points, including that unionizing could result in fewer promotions and inflexible hours, which was reported earlier by Vice. And employees who are on the fence or against the union push were reluctant to speak with The New York Times. In a statement, Mr. Rosenstock said the company provided numerous benefits to retail employees, including health care, tuition reimbursement and family leave. Apple has countered the union push even as online orders diminish the importance of its stores.
Lavish Projects and Meager Lives: The Two Faces of a Ruined Sri Lanka
       
HAMBANTOTA, Sri Lanka — The international airport, built a decade ago in the name of Sri Lanka’s ruling Rajapaksa family, is devoid of passenger flights, its staff lingering idly in the cafe. The cricket stadium, also constructed on the family’s orders, has had only a few international matches and is so remote that arriving teams face the risk of wildlife attacks. And then there is the port, the biggest of all the monuments to the Rajapaksas, a white elephant visited almost as much by actual elephants as by cargo ships before it was handed over to China in the face of impossible debt. As Sri Lanka grapples with its worst ever economic crisis, with people waiting hours for fuel and cutting back on food, nowhere is the reckless spending that helped wreck the country more visible than in Hambantota, the Rajapaksa family’s home district in the south. This enormous waste — more than $1 billion spent on the port, $250 million on the airport, nearly $200 million on underused roads and bridges, and millions more (figures vary) on the cricket stadium — made Hambantota a throne to the vanity of a political dynasty that increasingly ran the country as a family business.
Green Energy Complicates the Taliban’s New Battle Against Opium
       
The Taliban government of the 1990s ultimately managed to reduce opium cultivation. But after the U.S.-led invasion in 2001, opium taxes and smuggling helped fuel the Taliban’s own 20-year insurgency. Now, with the Taliban back in power, the insurgents turned politicians are again struggling to eradicate opium cultivation and the rampant addiction problem that has come with it. The Taliban announced on April 3 that poppy cultivation had been outlawed, with violators to be punished under Shariah law. But stamping out opium will be more difficult than ever because of a shift by poppy farmers to green energy.
Opinion | To Fight Monkeypox, Remember the Lessons of Covid and H.I.V.
       
should widely release the details of its monkeypox testing protocols so that more labs around the country can develop and run their own tests for monkeypox. should also issue guidance to all labs with credentials to perform complex laboratory tests and clarify what regulatory authority, if any, they will exercise over monkeypox tests developed elsewhere. Prioritizing people at immediate monkeypox risk, such as those with a recent close contact, is essential. We cannot let monkeypox become a disease of those disconnected from health care access. As experts provide preventive care to those at higher risk, researchers must also initiate studies to answer essential questions about monkeypox transmission.
Opinion | Uvalde Needs Our Prayers
       
It is hard to sum up how deeply religious the response to this tragedy in Uvalde has been. Teenagers were holding signs on Main Street that read “Prayers for Uvalde.” Sam Garza told me prayer groups were popping up all over the city. There is a saying in the Christian tradition that comes from monastic practice: “Ora et labora.” Pray and work. It tells us that prayer and work, contemplation and action, are held together and inform one another. In Uvalde, I heard many times that “prayer is powerful.” I believe that.
Pope Francis Announces 21 New Cardinals
       
ROME — Pope Francis announced Sunday that he would create 21 new cardinals in August, selecting clerics from all corners of the world to reinforce the church’s global reach, as he has done with past choices to the rank of cardinal. Eight Europeans did make the list, though only four are eligible to vote for Francis’ successor, while the only North American is Msgr. The College of Cardinals is responsible for the election of a pope, and its composition naturally impacts the selection of future pontiffs. This is the ninth set of cardinals that Francis has tipped for a “red hat,” and of the 21 men, 16 are under 80, the cutoff age to vote on a new pope once Francis dies or retires. Five of his picks are too old to vote, including three from Italy, one from Belgium and one from Colombia.
Russia-Ukraine war live updates Zelensky makes rare trip outside Kyiv to visit front-line forces in Kharkiv
       
Turkey remains to be persuaded that it should back NATO membership bids from Sweden and Finland, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says. Talks with the two countries last week in Ankara “were not at the desired level,” he told reporters. Finland and Sweden abandoned decades-long military neutrality and applied to join NATO earlier this month, citing security concerns as Russia continues its war in Ukraine. Turkey, the United States and the European Union have labeled the PKK a terrorist group. Sweden has denied giving “financial assistance or military support” to Kurdish militants.
First she documented the alt-right. Now she’s coming for crypto.
       
AdvertisementA 28-year-old software engineer who writes Wikipedia articles for fun, White is an odd figure to make the crypto industry cower. Crypto forums on Reddit are awash in stories of people losing their life savings after investing in high-profile crypto coins and projects. Non-fungible tokens, or NFTs, a special kind of crypto technology that connotes ownership of a digital image, video or song, broadened the industry’s appeal by bringing in artists, marketers and musicians. “The crypto industry has benefited from the siloing of journalism,” McKenzie said. “Some people get a lot of joy in seeing average people who’ve bought in to crypto losing money,” she said.
Jane Lynch leads a gleeful tour of Illinois, the actor’s home state
       
AdvertisementA: I was born in Dolton, Ill., and went to Illinois State University in Normal, getting an undergrad degree in theater arts. A: In terms of Chicago theater, it’s an actors’ town. Here are her recommendations:? Avanti’s Italian Restaurant on the campus of Illinois State University. ? The Illinois Shakespeare Festival, live outdoor summer theater at Ewing Theatre in Bloomington, just off the campus of Illinois State University. Real Chicago pizza is thin crust with tangy, sweet tomato sauce, and no one does it like Aurelio’s.
Biden visits Uvalde, a city in mourning
       
— President Biden and first lady Jill Biden arrived in this small city of 16,000 on Sunday, as immense grief weighed on the residents, families and officials trying to come to terms with another senseless mass shooting in America. The Bidens carried a bouquet of white roses, which the first lady laid on the ground near white crosses representing each of the victims. AdvertisementThe Bidens plan to spend most of the afternoon meeting with victims’ families and survivors, and meet separately with first responders later in the day, the White House said. The first viewing and prayer services will be for 10-year-old Amerie Jo Garza on Monday, ahead of her funeral on Tuesday. Services for the other 20 victims will be held in a steady stream at least until June 8.
‘We are not okay’: Teachers react day after Texas school shooting
       
By Anna BrandMay 25, 2022Teachers around the country woke up on a school day the morning after the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. Another watched students “like a hawk” every time the door creaked open. And a teacher of 40 years now thinks of his school as a war zone. Responsible for far more than the education of their students, educators across the country are once again on the front lines of crisis. We asked teachers in the U.S.: What do you want to say in the wake of the Uvalde shooting?
‘Death to Arabs’ chanted in Jerusalem march
       
One large group chanted “Death to Arabs,” and “Let your village burn down” before descending into the Old City. Last year, after weeks of Israeli-Palestinian unrest in Jerusalem, authorities changed the route of the march at the last minute to avoid the Muslim Quarter. But it was too late by then, and Hamas militants in Gaza fired a barrage of rockets toward Jerusalem as the procession was getting underway. Despite the recent unrest, Israeli leaders decided to allow this year’s parade to take place along its traditional route through the Muslim Quarter. Jordan controlled east Jerusalem until Israel captured it in 1967 and it remains the custodian over Muslim holy sites.
Air travelers face cancellations over Memorial Day weekend
       
NEW YORK — Airline travelers are not only facing sticker shock this Memorial Day weekend, the kickoff to the summer travel season. More than 1,500 flights were canceled as of 9:50 p.m EDT Saturday, according to flight tracking website FlightAware. Delta Air Lines suffered the most among U.S. airlines, with more than 250 flights, or 9% of its operations, eliminated on Saturday. Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, where Delta is based and has its largest hub, experienced heavy travel delays. Delta noted in an email to The Associated Press that Saturday’s cancellations were due to bad weather and “air traffic control actions,” noting it’s trying to cancel flights at least 24 hours in advance this Memorial Day weekend.
North Carolina Republican: NRA has been pushed to the right
       
The National Rifle Association’s position on gun laws has become more conservative due to pressure from grassroots gun rights organizations, Republican former North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory said Sunday. Asked by host Chuck Todd of NBC’s “Meet the Press” to respond to a 1999 clip of NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre arguing in favor of mandatory background checks for purchases at gun shows, McCrory argued that the NRA was a more moderate organization under pressure to go further to the right of its executives’ positions. “They’re being pushed, politically, more to the right on this political issue, as President [Donald] Trump was during his term, where he was going to institute some policies. And then, he was pushed to reverse that decision,” McCrory said.
They Did Their Own ‘Research.’ Now What?
       
“It was ‘she needs to do her own research,” Professor Carrion said, rather than we need to do ours. Medicine is a highly credentialed field addressing life-or-death matters which, as practiced, expects a great deal of trust from patients. For a medical expert to warn of the perils of “doing your own research” on vaccines, for example, is to either preach to the converted or to demand trust where it has already been lost. But nobody’s been around very long, which makes the idea of “researching” your way to prosperity feel more credible. Just DYORIn crypto, the uses of DYOR are various and contradictory, earnest and ironic sometimes within the same discussion.
How Do You Find an Apartment in N.Y.C. These Days?
       
My wife, Marcella, and I were both working from home since the start of the pandemic and we really needed more space if our apartment was going to be both our home and office. The apartments from one management company all appeared to be really well renovated and in older buildings. When we reached out, they quickly provided pictures of some units that might be coming to market, and again we were impressed with what we saw. So either we wait for it to hit the market and risk losing out on it or sign without a tour. We tracked down a floor plan and we decided it was worth taking the risk.
Will exercise, meditation or reiki help if you can’t find a therapist?
       
ExerciseIts benefits for improving mood and mental health symptoms have been cited in many studies. It’s not a do-it-once-and-feel-better practice, however, and effectiveness will depend on what you’re experiencing — depression, anxiety or some other condition. “The science is really strong about that.”Trauma informed yogaDesigned for people who’ve experienced trauma, trauma informed yoga (TIY) aims to restore a sense of control to those who’ve lost theirs. CBD productsAs marijuana becomes more accessible across the country, many are turning to CBD products to relieve mental health symptoms. If that alone is helpful to you, then great.”These techniques are most effective for people suffering “mild to moderate” mental health symptoms, California psychiatrist James Lake said.
Where to see art gallery shows in the Washington, D.C., region
       
Such found objects abound in the Washington Sculptors Group-sponsored show, which features work by 48 Mid-Atlantic artists, a few represented by more than one entry. Jenny Wu assembles small pieces of pigment in patterns to make a sculpture that’s also a painting. Sculpture Now 2022 Through June 3 at Harmony Hall Arts Center, 10701 Livingston Rd., Fort Washington. Sally DaviesIn her Art League show, “Our Fractured Life,” photorealist painter Sally Davies employs two distinct modes to visualize pandemic-period isolation. Sally Davies: Our Fractured Life Through June 5 at the Art League, Torpedo Factory, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria.
My classmate was fatally shot decades ago. That trauma lasts.
       
I am a mother of two trying to make sense of the elementary school shooting that occurred in Uvalde, Tex., not far from where I grew up. I know that because I lost a classmate to a mass shooting in Texas three decades ago. My eighth-grade classmate Blanca Garcia was shot and killed at a birthday party that was attended by half my classmates. Even before the Uvalde shooting occurred, I was thinking about my middle school classmate because of an email I received weeks ago. On Wednesday, I spoke to one of my former middle school classmates, Henry Hernandez Jr., who became a lifelong educator in San Antonio.
‘Diablo Immortal’ aims to be a breakthrough hit for AAA mobile games
       
Placeholder while article actions loadIn 2018, longtime Blizzard game designer Wyatt Cheng announced “Diablo Immortal” for mobile devices. Since then, “Diablo Immortal” has boosted its reputation, as alpha and beta tests proved the game was a full-throated, classic Diablo experience. “I do believe ‘Diablo Immortal’ is going to change a lot of people’s minds on what they think of as a mobile game,” Cheng told The Washington Post. Let’s elevate the standards for what people can expect from a mobile game.”According to Global Industry Analysts Inc., the worldwide mobile gaming market is expected to reach $139.5 billion by 2026. Advertisement“I have three kids and they’re all teenagers and they don’t make the same distinction between console, PC or mobile,” Cheng said.
Her tribal regalia was banned at graduation. So she worked to change the law.
       
“It ruined my graduation day.”Principal Dennis Heaton said sacred eagle feathers were allowed on graduation tassels, but beadwork was not allowed on caps. Spencer Cox signed HB30 into law, making it illegal to prevent Indigenous students from wearing cultural regalia at school ceremonies. AdvertisementAcross town at Cedar City High School, Emalyce Kee was also told last year that she couldn’t wear a graduation cap that had been trimmed in gold beadwork by her uncle. Kee’s high school has a controversial history regarding Native American students, she said, noting that since the early 1940s, the school’s mascot had been the Redmen. Hatch said the district has 12,531 students, and 290 of them are Native American, including 17 seniors.
Comic: Life in Ukraine amid months of war with Russia
       
This week marked 90 days since Russia invaded Ukraine. The people, and the whole country, will never be the same. We’ll be hearing phantom sirens for years. We’ll be afraid to plan our lives for more than a week. But the main task now is to win, while still preserving our sanity.
At a time when bird-watching meant bird-killing, Florence Bailey had a different idea
       
“I think she’s a really interesting person,” said Lisa Alexander, executive director of an organization Bailey helped found in 1897, the Audubon Naturalist Society, in Chevy Chase, Md. Bailey decried the insatiable hunger the millinery trade had for birds. Advertisement“The history of the Audubon movement involved a lot of women naturalists,” said Alexander. “It’s women who were really appalled by the slaughter of birds for fashion and food. ).”Because of the damage they did to native birds, cats — along with English sparrows — were among Bailey’s least-favorite things.
Agatha grows to hurricane, poses dangerous flood threat to Mexico
       
Forecasters at the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami estimate a 30 percent shot of eventual redevelopment. AdvertisementAccording to Philip Klotzbach, a hurricane researcher at Colorado State University, Agatha is the earliest hurricane in the eastern Pacific since 2015. Agatha is likely to become just the third eastern Pacific hurricane to make landfall during May on record. In the event that Agatha strikes Mexico as a Category 3 major hurricane, it would be a first for May. The National Hurricane Center estimates a 30 percent chance of redevelopment as broad low pressure again gathers.
Rams Super Bowl Champ Aaron Donald Signed Contract with Kanye West's Donda Sports
       
"So to be a part of that, and be one of the best first athletes to be a part of that, it's pretty dope. Kanye partnered with Pro Bowl receiver Antonio Brown to form Donda Sports this year, with Brown referring to himself as the president of the company in a February Instagram post. Brown has seven Pro Bowl selections in his career, but the 33-year-old has appeared in just 16 games over the last three years and recently said he doesn't plan to play in 2022. Donald is a much bigger star at the moment, coming off his first career Super Bowl title with the Rams. "We got a lot of different things that are planned."
Sheriff: Husband suspected in killings of woman, 3 kids
       
BIG RAPIDS, Mich. — A mother and her three young children were shot to death and the suspected gunman — her husband — has been hospitalized with a gunshot wound to the head, a sheriff in central Michigan said Saturday. Describing the shooting as “heartbreaking,” Miller said the children were all under the age of 10. Miller said evidence suggests the woman’s husband was responsible for the deaths. “It’s tragic by all accounts.”The person who alerted authorities was outside the home when deputies arrived and was not shot, he said. “There’s no better place I’d rather raise my kids at.”The shootings have taken an emotional toll, he said.
Biden, first lady arrive in San Antonio, will meet with families of Uvalde school shooting victims
       
President Biden and first lady Jill Biden have arrived in San Antonio, Texas, amid their journey to Uvalde following the Robb Elementary School shooting. Biden is expected to meet with the families of the victims and speak with local officials and religious leaders in effort to show support for the community. May 29, 2022
Federal judge orders ex-Proud Boys leader to be detained until Jan. 6 trial
       
WASHINGTON — A federal judge has ordered that the former national chairman of the right-wing Proud Boys organization remain held until his trial following his arrest and indictment in connection with the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol. Releasing Enrique Tarrio before his trial would not reasonably assure the safety of the community, U.S. District Judge Timothy Kelly wrote in a ruling, denying his request for release while awaiting trial. He ordered Tarrio be held at a federal detention center in Miami, Florida, the state where Tarrio was arrested in March. In a screengrab made from video, Stewart Rhodes of the Oath Keepers, wearing a cowboy hat, and Enrique Tarrio, right, in a garage in Washington on the night of Jan. 5, 2021. Kelly's ruling upheld the decision of a federal magistrate judge in Florida, who ruled in March that there were no conditions of release which could assure public safety.
Matthew McConaughey visits hometown of Uvalde after shooting to meet with families
       
Academy Award-winning actor Matthew McConaughey visited Uvalde, Texas, his home town, following the mass shooting on Tuesday that killed 19 children and 2 adults, according to Texas Rep. Tony Gonzales. McConaughey met with families and community members on Friday at the Uvalde Civic Center. Gonzales tweeted out pictures of McConaughey meeting with members of the Uvalde community on Friday. "Appreciate Uvalde native Matthew McConaughey helping us heal." In the immediate aftermath of the shooting, McConaughey shared a statement on social media, which doesn't directly mention gun safety but says "we are failing to be responsible for the rights our freedoms grant us."
Republicans offer contrasting views on gun law reform
       
Democrats have called on Republicans in the wake of the shooting, which killed 19 students and two teachers and injured over a dozen more, to join them in their long-stalled efforts to reform gun laws. Many Republicans have pointed to mental health, not guns, as a key driver in mass shootings. “What we have to do is stop the motivation that causes these criminals, these horrific individuals to do what they do,” Brooks said. The moderate Republican said among other changes he was open to raising the age to purchase long guns to 21. My side’s not coming forward with reasonable ways to defend an amendment that we think is very important,” Kinzinger said.
POLITICO Playbook: Trump’s new obsession
       
POLITICO Playbook: Trump’s new obsession Presented byWith help from Garrett RossOn Saturday, former President Donald Trump meandered into issues far afield from the Wyoming race. It was ostensibly a speech in support of HARRIET HAGEMAN, his hand-picked candidate to take out Rep. LIZ CHENEY (R-Wyo.) Numerous non-Wyoming MAGA celebrities, such as Rep. LAUREN BOEBERT (R-Colo.), who appeared before Trump, repeatedly pronounced Hageman’s name incorrectly. Most recently, this trend was on display in DOUG MASTRIANO’s victory in the Pennsylvania GOP gubernatorial primary (though he rejects the label). Playbook couldn’t happen without our editor Mike Zapler, deputy editor Zack Stanton and producers Setota Hailemariam and Bethany Irvine.
For Russian-Speaking Ukrainians, Language Clubs Offer Way to Defy Invaders
       
A former comedian, Mr. Zelensky grew up speaking Russian, but switched to Ukrainian in 2017 before running for office. Under his leadership, Kyiv strengthened its Ukrainian language law in 2019, requiring schools and public places to use Ukrainian. Russia pointed to this law before its invasion to argue that Ukrainian Russian speakers were under attack. They were also subject to population transfers under Stalin, whose government expelled more than half a million Ukrainians to Russia. This brought many Russian engineers and technicians to eastern Ukraine, as well as specialists from other parts of the Soviet Union, and they used Russian as a common language.
This triple pea salad recipe gets extra crunch from fried farro
       
Triple Pea Salad With Crunchy FarroThis salad would also be great with a creamier cheese, such as burrata or feta, or with salty ricotta salata. Fold the towel over and pat the farro dry, then unfold and let the farro air-dry while you prep the rest of the salad. Step 4Trim and de-string the snow peas and, if needed, the sugar snap peas. Cut the snow peas and sugar snap peas on the bias into 1/2-inch pieces. AdvertisementStep 6Transfer the farro to the serving bowl with the vinaigrette, along with the English peas, snow peas and sugar snap peas.
With tents outside county office, Fairfax reviews pledge to end homelessness
       
Placeholder while article actions loadIn 2008, Fairfax County launched an ambitious “Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness,” with the goal of ending homelessness in the Northern Virginia suburb within 10 years. Nearly 1,200 people in Fairfax are considered to be homeless, according to a spot count conducted in January. The Board of Supervisors directed county staff to search for sites where more supportive housing could be developed. “Turnover is typically quite high among the staff at the shelters,” said Thomas Barnett, deputy director of the Office to Prevent and End Homelessness. She and her friend, who became homeless after her husband left, have been in their tent in Reston since February.
How I overcome jealousy in my polyamorous relationship
       
For most of my life, I have not felt jealous in romantic relationships. But when I became polyamorous, I felt jealous for the first time, and it made me feel insecure and scared. I was so ashamed and disappointed in myself for not being the “calm and cool” person I’d always been. But through some hard work, I’ve come to understand that jealousy is just a feeling, and it does not make me less of who I am.
Opinion | Another monster hurricane season looms as we dawdle on climate change
       
A recent study published in the journal Nature Communications finds that climate change made these storms far worse than they would have been without human-caused global warming. But there is increasingly little doubt that human-caused warming is heating ocean-surface temperatures, which fuel big storms. They mapped out how the hurricane season would have proceeded without climate change and compared it to what happened. The three-hour extreme rainfall rate was 11 percent higher than it would have been absent climate change, they found, and the three-day extreme rainfall accumulation total was 8 percent higher. The study’s authors noted that their results are just one indication that climate change is worsening hurricane strength in a variety of ways.
‘This shouldn’t happen in Uvalde’: As Biden flies in, town takes stock
       
Uvalde’s residents, most of them Mexican American, have watched television news broadcasters describe their travails in French and Japanese and politicians resurrect familiar arguments about gun control. “This shouldn’t happen in Uvalde.”Long before Tuesday, reality interfered with some visions of Uvalde as a pastoral idyll. “This is a quiet little town,” he said on Friday night while paying his respects at a memorial on the town square. AdvertisementChavez, who suffers from diabetes and hypertension, sat in a chair on her front porch as her neighbors began to run toward Robb Elementary. Terrazas, a 70-year-old auto inspector, has spent her entire life in Uvalde and was accustomed to doing favors for people.
Inaccurate official reports mar Uvalde coverage - The Washington Post
       
“In any kind of shooting like this, or any criminal act of this nature, everything is going to change. That was an important detail, considering that it had been reported that there was indeed an armed clash upon his entry. Like any profession, police are susceptible to groundless rumors, half-baked reports and a fierce aversion to unfavorable publicity. No, says Chan: “I don’t want us to be in a situation where an assertion by a public official is taken just like any other assertion. “What information do we not know, and what’s the history of things that turned out not to be true?
Gun debate paralysis stretches back to the Civil War - The Washington Post
       
Placeholder while article actions loadMemorial Day was first celebrated as Decoration Day, three years after the end of the Civil War, to honor Union soldiers. Britain, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and Norway all tightened their gun laws after searing national tragedies. The Civil War ended 157 years ago, yet the alignments that led up to and defined that conflict are still very much alive in our politics. Today’s coalition against sensible gun laws is largely an alliance between the South and the non-coastal West. The fight for sane gun laws is, first, about the innocent lives extinguished by the failure of our politics.
Gun reform activists are the true pro-life activists - The Washington Post
       
They stand in stark contrast with the spinelessness of politicians who dare not take on the gun lobby to protect innocent lives. The unimaginable pain of regularly reexperiencing their grief makes their gun safety activism all the more extraordinary. They channel their losses into advocating for reasonable gun reforms through groups such as Moms Demand Action, Gun Owners for Safety (founded by gun victim and former Arizona Democratic representative Gabby Giffords) and Everytown for Gun Safety. I feel broken for all of the families who have lived with gun violence and for families that now join them. To the expanding community of grieving survivors and courageous gun safety advocates, we can say, we hear you, we grieve with you and we promise to do more.
Higher prices vs. fewer jobs: The Fed weighs inflation and recession - The Washington Post
       
The Fed could stop it with aggressive monetary policy — but doing so likely meant a brutal recession. AdvertisementSo I asked John Huizinga, who taught me macroeconomics 20 years ago at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business: Why is a recession better than high inflation? That’s a very high rate of inflation, but if everyone knew what it was going to be, we would develop ways to mitigate the impact. But the greater uncertainty is whether the Fed could announce a policy of high but stable inflation and make it stick. After decades of credibly maintaining a 2 percent inflation target, could the Fed suddenly announce that it will let inflation stay high — but go no higher?
Opinion | Abbott vows change after a school shooting. We’ve heard that before.
       
AdvertisementNow, following the horrific slaughter last week of 19 children and two teachers in yet another Texas town, Abbott once again speaks of lessons learned and changes coming. “Do we expect laws to come out of this devastating crime?” he said Friday, three days after the carnage at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde. Or at least, it has claimed to, with a 2019 school safety law that allocated $100 million to those purposes. As the Texas Tribune noted, the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District received a $69,000 grant through that law to enhance the physical security of its schools. Kevin Brown, executive director of the Texas Association of School Administrators, told me the state allotment of funds for school security is a mere $9.72 per student annually.
What Mitch McConnell has said about gun control
       
PoliticsWhat Mitch McConnell has said about gun controlThe Senate Republican leader has spent his career working to delay, obstruct or prevent most major firearms restrictions from being approved by Congress.
After court, Johnny Depp and Amber Heard's careers face another trial
       
Another top Hollywood publicist, who hasn't worked with either Depp or Heard, said neither of their images have fared well. Johnny Depp leaves for the day during the deformation trial with his ex-wife Amber Heard last week. And when an attorney for Heard pressed Carino on other issues Depp may have had while working on previous "Pirates" films, he dismissed them. A Hollywood director, who hasn't worked with Depp but has met him, told CNN that he doesn't think Depp will ever helm another major franchise. Almost a decade ago, before the drama with Depp came to light, Heard told Vanity Fair she was up for the ebbs and flows of an acting career.
Liverpool requests formal investigation into ugly scenes around Champions League final
       
(CNN) Liverpool Football Club has requested a formal investigation into the ugly scenes that marred the Champions League final in Paris on Saturday. The game, which Real Madrid won 1-0 , was delayed by over 35 minutes after Liverpool fans struggled to enter the stadium despite many arriving hours before kickoff. Liverpool fans are seen queuing outside the stadium prior to the UEFA Champions League final. The match eventually started but there were many empty seats at the Liverpool end of the stadium. After the match, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says the team was aware of the pre-match incidents and that their families were impacted.
Chicago White Sox manager Tony La Russa says Gabe Kapler's national anthem protest 'not appropriate'
       
(CNN) Chicago White Sox manager Tony La Russa said he disagrees with San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler's stance on forgoing the pregame national anthem in the wake of the latest mass shooting in the US. While La Russa agrees "there's a lot of problems in this country that need to be addressed" he says protesting the flag and anthem is not "appropriate." "Where I disagree is that the flag and the anthem are not appropriate places to try to voice your objection," La Russa said prior to the White Sox game against the Chicago Cubs on Saturday. "I think you go directly to what the cause that really bothers you about the direction of the country is. "So to me, it isn't the flag and the anthem.
‘He doesn't speak in beautiful syntax’: GOP bets the Senate that Walker is ready for prime time
       
“They [the Warnock campaign] are signaling what they think is their pathway to victory. Fans and supporters of Herschel Walker hold signs for him before he speaks at a rally on May 23, 2022 in Athens, Georgia. “I think a simple question for Herschel Walker is, what do you think the United States Senate does?” said former Navy SEAL officer Latham Saddler. “Every report and every scandal that emerges about Herschel Walker reinforces why he has absolutely no place in the U.S, Senate. “He doesn’t speak in beautiful syntax, by any means,” said Robinson, the GOP consultant.
Senate debates new gun safety reforms after a decade of inaction
       
After ten years of inaction on gun safety, the Senate is considering modest reforms. MSNBC Political Analyst Julian Castro and the Washington Post's Tyler Pager joined American Voices with Alicia Menendez to discuss the chances of federal gun legislation passing the Senate. May 29, 2022
Criticism of police response in Uvalde shooting piles up
       
Officials have said local police waited outside the classroom and did not expeditiously make an attempt to breach it, as is procedure. Gutierrez further questioned the lack of clarity on the timeline of which law enforcement agency was in charge of the response. “At what point does the local police take operational control, or should they? At what point does the next superior power, DPS, take operational control or should they? At what point should they not have taken operational control?”The criticism Sunday was bipartisan.
Chris Murphy sees hope this time for passing gun legislation
       
The killer in Texas was 18 years old as was the suspect charged in the recent mass shooting in a Buffalo supermarket. “He is really focusing on what can I actually do at this moment,” Kinzinger said of Murphy. Speaking on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) encouraged Murphy and Cornyn to accomplish the most they can. Like Murphy and Kinzinger, Durbin said he saw signs that the logjam on gun issues was about to be broken in Washington. America is sick and tired of political excuses.”For his part, Murphy said he realized these talks still might not go anywhere.
Rescuers close to plane that crashed in Nepal with 22 aboard
       
KATHMANDU, Nepal — Rescuers zeroed in on a possible location of a passenger plane with 22 people aboard that is feared to have crashed Sunday in cloudy weather in Nepal’s mountains, officials said. In 2016, a Tara Air Twin Otter flying the same route crashed after takeoff, killing all 23 people aboard. In 2012, an Agni Air plane also flying from Pokhara to Jomsom crashed, killing 15 people. In 2014, a Nepal Airlines plane flying from Pokhara to Jumla crashed, killing all 18 on board. In 2018, a US-Bangla passenger plane from Bangladesh crashed on landing in Kathmandu, killing 49 of the 71 people aboard.
Panic over active shooter rumors leads to stampede, injuries at Barclays Center
       
Some people took to social media to call for gun-control measures, appearing to draw a link to the Texas school shooting last week. When contacted for comment, the Barclays Center directed The Washington Post to the NYPD. Mike Coppinger, a reporter for ESPN, tweeted earlier in the night that a Barclays Center security supervisor told the outlet there was “a person with a gun” outside the arena. AdvertisementStefan Bondy, a sports reporter for the New York Daily News, tweeted that he was inside Barclays Center. “There was some kind of sound disturbance where people became a little afraid — some ran toward the Barclays Center, some ran away from it,” Navarro said.
Colombians vote for president in tense, potentially historic election
       
Placeholder while article actions loadBOGOTÁ, Colombia — Colombians head to the polls on Sunday to vote in the first round of an uncertain presidential election that could deliver a historic repudiation of the status quo. Concern is growing, meanwhile, that losing candidates will question the legitimacy of the election results. Colombia has seen increasing violence from armed criminal groups more than five years after it signed historic peace accords with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia. Election observers say it’s been the most volatile election cycle in a dozen years; they’ve recorded 581 acts of violence against political and social leaders in the pre-electoral period. And in Brazil, Latin America’s largest country, leftist former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva leads polls to unseat President Jair Bolsonaro in October.
Plane carrying 22 people goes missing in Nepal
       
Placeholder while article actions loadA plane carrying 22 people went missing over Nepal on Sunday, and local authorities said bad weather was hampering search-and-rescue efforts. Tara Air told Reuters that the plane was carrying four Indian nationals, two German nationals and 16 Nepali nationals, of whom three were crew members. Tara Air could not immediately be reached for comment. “Helicopters are ready to take off for search from Kathmandu, Pokhara and Jomsom once weather conditions improve,” aviation authorities said. AdvertisementTwenty-three people died in 2016 when a Twin Otter aircraft operated by Tara Air and flying the same Pokhara-to-Jomsom route crashed and was later found near a village about 30 miles south of Jomsom.
Squirrel Makes Great Escape Away From Grounds Crew During Baseball Game
       
The Buffalo Bisons, a Minor League Baseball team, called the critter a "rally squirrel" prior to winning the squirrel-inclusive baseball game on Saturday. Benjamin Steventon / 500px via Getty ImagesA Minor League Baseball matchup came to a halt after a squirrel spontaneously subbed itself into the game and ran around the field on Saturday. The squirrel, who scurried in past players for the Buffalo Bisons and Columbus Clippers, made the game come to a halt as grounds crew chased the critter into the outfield. The team’s Twitter account deemed the animal a “rally squirrel” as they rallied from behind to win. The rally squirrel isn’t the only animal that’s proved to be a good luck charm for a baseball team.
After Texas Shooting, Schools Around U.S. Boost Security
       
In the aftermath of the elementary school massacre in Uvalde, Texas, schools around the U.S. have brought in additional security staff and restricted visitors as they deal with a new rash of copycat threats. For some families and educators it all has added to uneasiness in the wake of the deadliest school shooting since the 2012 attack at Sandy Hook Elementary School. He grew up in Colorado, not far from where two Columbine High School students shot and killed 12 classmates and a teacher in 1999. The El Paso Independent School District has already encountered some reported threats that turned out to be false. A discredited threat against a middle school prompted a Texas school district 200 miles (320 kilometers) southeast of Uvalde to end the school year a week early.
Agatha, first Pacific hurricane of 2022, forms off Mexico sparking 'life threatening' flood warnings
       
Agatha, the first tropical storm of the 2022 hurricane season in the eastern Pacific, was moving northwest at 3 mph, but was expected to take a turn further northward, the center said. A hurricane warning was issued for parts of the coast of the southern state of Oaxaca, it added. A storm surge is “expected to produce dangerous coastal flooding in areas of onshore winds near and to the east of where the center of Agatha makes landfall,” it said. “Near the coast, the surge will be accompanied by large and destructive waves,” it said. The office published photos of fishermen hauling their boats up on beaches to protect them from the storm.
The original Lincoln memorial stands forgotten in D.C.'s Judiciary Square
       
Barely more than two miles away, the original Lincoln memorial stood lonely and ignored in Judiciary Square. Choose your plan ArrowRight That monument, erected in 1868, is the oldest surviving public statue of Abraham Lincoln in the United States. A rededication ceremony for the Lincoln Monument, with an oration by Harding, was scheduled for April 15, 1923. In 2006, the Lincoln Monument was put in storage again due to renovations to the courthouse behind it. AdvertisementWhile today the Lincoln Memorial is the grandest and best-known monument to Lincoln, Flannery’s Lincoln statue in Judiciary Square is arguably more notable as a likeness and for the sentiment with which it was created.
Bears were tortured in cages. Now rescued, they climb trees and eat lasagna.
       
Placeholder while article actions loadThe 22 Asiatic black bears had spent their entire lives locked in small metal cages at a South Korean breeding farm. In mid-March, Craig’s nonprofit organization rescued the shaggy bears — nicknamed “moon bears” for the yellow crescent-shaped markings on their chests. The bears weigh 150 to 200 pounds and are about half the size of moon bears in the wild because of years of malnutrition. “These bears can’t roll, they can’t move, they can’t shift, and they’re barely fed enough to keep them alive,” Craig said. “Now that the bile cages are gone, they’ve been moved to steel rebar cages that are suspended from the ground so their urine and feces will fall downward,” he said.
The Lincoln Memorial rose from the mud of the Potomac 100 years ago
       
Retropolis The Lincoln Memorial rose from the mud of the Potomac 100 years ago Perched on 50-foot pilings, the national shrine has become a place of pilgrimage Loading... Shown during construction in 1915, the Lincoln Memorial marks its centennial this month. Scenes at the dedication of the Lincoln Memorial on May 30, 1922 including Former President William Howard Taft and Abraham Lincoln's son Robert. Inside the memorial, the 175-ton marble sculpture of a seated Lincoln had just been cleaned, and seemed to shine in the soft light. Finally, in 1911 an official Lincoln Memorial Commission was set up to carry the project through.
After another massacre, one gunmaker maintains a familiar silence
       
Georgia’s governor cut the yellow ribbon when a new Daniel Defense firearms factory opened in 2018. The Uvalde gunman bought a Smith & Wesson M&P15, an AR-15-style rifle, in the days before his rampage, along with the Daniel Defense rifle. He had signed a deal for Daniel Defense to be featured on the hood of a NASCAR racecar. Cindy Daniel, who also serves as an executive at Daniel Defense, says on her foundation’s website that she thinks “anti-gunners” are misinformed. Busse, who left the gun industry, recalled how gun company executives would react to a mass shooting.
Report: Liz Cambage Directed Racial Slur at Nigerian Players During Olympic Practice
       
Juan Ocampo/NBAE via Getty ImagesLos Angeles Sparks and Australian women's basketball team center Liz Cambage allegedly directed a racial slur toward members of the Nigerian women's basketball team during a scrimmage ahead of the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, according to an investigation by The Daily Telegraph. And go back to where you came from," one Nigerian player told The Daily Telegraph. The altercation eventually led to the Australian national team calling off the game before the end of the second quarter. Cambage apologized to the Nigerian national team the day after the incident, but "it wasn’t well received by every player," according to The Daily Telegraph. "I think it was bulls--t, I don’t think it was a sincere apology," one Nigerian player told The Daily Telegraph.
Forget FAANG, it's all about LVMH
       
But for luxury investors, it's more like strutting down the catwalk. But luxury spending is up 14% year to date, according to Bank of America aggregated US credit & debit card data. US luxury spending was 47% higher in 2021 than in pre-Covid 2019, while jewelry spending was 40% higher, according to Bank of America data. There was no correlation at all between the price of cryptocurrency and luxury spending. Luxury spending growth has been strongest amongst the higher-income cohort, up 26% year-over-year.
Sunday Crunch: Not out of the woods — Affording life — Getting out the grain
       
Lewis told Sky “there’s been a bit of misinformation out there about this.”Reshuffle coming? Tory MP Alicia Kearns tweeted: “Not one constituent, ever, has asked for this. SUNDAY MEDIA ROUNDAyesha Hazarika on Times Radio, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m: Tory MP Mike Wood; Labour MP Marsha de Cordova; SNP MP Carol Monaghan and commentator Rod Liddle. Westminster Hour, BBC Radio 4, 10 p.m.: Tory MP Claire Coutinho; Labour MP Emma Hardy; pollster James Johnson and POLITICO’s own Jack Blanchard. — LONDON: London Mayor Sadiq Khan to speak at the London Government Dinner.
After Texas Shooting, Schools Around U.S. Boost Security
       
In the aftermath of the elementary school massacre in Uvalde, Texas, schools around the U.S. have brought in additional security staff and restricted visitors as they deal with a new rash of copycat threats. For some families and educators it all has added to uneasiness in the wake of the deadliest school shooting since the 2012 attack at Sandy Hook Elementary School. In the aftermath of the elementary school massacre in Uvalde, Texas, schools around the U.S. have brought in additional security staff and restricted visitors as they've dealt with a new rash of copycat threats. The El Paso Independent School District has already encountered some reported threats that turned out to be false. Crime scene tape surrounds Robb Elementary School after a mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, May 25, 2022.
10 People Reportedly Injured Following Frightening Stampede At Brooklyn Arena
       
Gervanto Davis beat Rolando Romero during the WBA World Lightweight Championship at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on Saturday. Anadolu Agency via Getty ImagesA number of fans leaving a Brooklyn, New York, boxing match found themselves exiting in a terrifying stampede on Saturday. AdvertisementThere were reportedly no serious injuries, the detective said in an interview with ESPN, though the panic caused people exiting the arena to run back inside. Pictures and videos from the scene show fans running around and damage inside the arena after the fight on Saturday. But you should see the inside of Barclays - that stampede left a total mess.
Supreme Court marshal digs in on Roe opinion leak
       
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell went even further, calling on the Justice Department to “pursue criminal charges if applicable.”A Supreme Court spokesperson didn’t respond to a request for comment. A central question hanging over the investigation into the disclosure of the draft high court opinion is whether any laws were violated. Government leaks of non-classified information are typically not treated as criminal and would be unlikely to warrant the involvement of the Justice Department. “We hold that Roe and Casey must be overruled,” Alito wrote in the draft majority opinion. While the usually secretive Supreme Court has endured an increasing series of disclosures in recent years about its inner workings in high-profile cases, before this month no draft opinion had been made public while a case was pending.
Russian troops storm city amid eastern Ukraine bombardments
       
Russian forces made small advances in recent days as bombardments chewed away at Ukrainian positions and kept civilians trapped in basements or desperately trying to get out safely. On Saturday, he said, one civilian died and four were injured after a Russian shell hit a high-rise apartment building. The Ukrainian military said Sunday morning that Russian forces were trying to strengthen their positions around Lyman, a small city that serves as a key rail hub in the Donetsk region. The State Emergency Service of Ukraine emergency service said Sunday morning that Russian shelling caused fires around Kharkiv, the country’s second-largest city. The Ukrainian Border Guard Service said border areas in the Sumy region, east of Kharkiv, were hit with six unguided missiles.
Kendrick Lamar’s Anxiety Era
       
Kendrick Lamar spends much of his fifth album, “Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers,” in a state of anxious lament. It’s been five years since he released “DAMN.,” the Pulitzer Prize-winning album that was also his most commercially ambitious, and in that time, Lamar effectively disappeared. But he’s been reckoning — with his own relationship struggles, and with the burdens placed upon him by fans who lionize him. On this week’s Popcast, a conversation about Lamar’s evolution, the specificity of his songwriting and how even the most individualistic musicians can find themselves at the mercy of a narrative created by their listeners.
What Do You Know About Homelessness and Housing Insecurity? Tell us.
       
At any given time, roughly half a million people in the U.S. live in homeless shelters or on the street. About 1 in 14 people in the country experience homelessness at some point, and the ripple effects are felt throughout American society: in schools, churches, hospitals, libraries, subway stations. While this issue affects every community around the country, the way it presents and the response to it can vary widely depending on the place. If you’re someone who has experienced homelessness or housing insecurity, or if your work connects you to the issue in some way, Headway wants to hear from you. Over the next few months, Headway will publish several stories about homelessness in the U.S., and in the coming years, we will continue to delve into housing insecurity and informal housing, which includes encampments, favelas and other unregulated and unplanned housing around the world.
Colombia Live Updates: Voters Head to the Polls in Big Stakes Election
       
On Sunday, Latin America’s third largest nation heads to the polls to choose a new president. If Mr. Petro wins, he would become Colombia’s first leftist president, marking a watershed moment in a nation that has long been led by a conservative establishment. Still, some Colombians say they consider a vote for Mr. Petro to be a risk — but one they are willing to take. Juan Sebastián Rey, 21, a political organizer who supports Mr. Gutiérrez, said he considered Mr. Petro to be a poor leader. Mr. Petro and his running mate, Francia Márquez, have both received death threats, leading to increased security, including bodyguards holding riot shields.
A Shattered Town
       
Some people in town support the reflexive Republican position of needing more “good guys with guns,” despite the many problems with the police response. A lot of families are fed up and think that it’s unconscionable that an 18-year-old was able to buy two assault rifles. We don’t think enough as journalists, collectively, about what we do to these communities. There’s a lot of important journalism to do about these issues, about these families and these kids and the failings in response to the shooting. More on Jack Healy: He got his first full-time journalism job as an intern at The Times before joining full time in 2008.
The secret of ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ is that it doesn’t try too hard
       
Placeholder while article actions load“Top Gun: Maverick” has been described as many things in its mostly rave reviews: Thrilling. What makes “Maverick” such a bracing gust of cinematic pleasure is the fact that this time, all the shiny hardware, fist-bumping action, whooshing sound effects and bros-forever emotional beats are kept afloat so effortlessly. AdvertisementNext to this grim form of mindfulness, the breezily modest self-assurance of “Top Gun: Maverick” feels like a balm. Still, underneath the cocky arrogance of his character, the viewer could detect a young actor working hard at seeming not to be working at all. This is why his “Mission: Impossible” franchise — the latest trailer of which can be seen before “Top Gun: Maverick” — became so much more reliably entertaining than the dour, adamantly un-playful Bond movies featuring Daniel Craig.
Norm Macdonald had one last secret
       
Placeholder while article actions loadOn the afternoon of June 28, 2020, Norm Macdonald had an idea. Except for one thing: Whatever happened, Macdonald wanted to make sure his material was shown. Isn’t this a nice gift to get to be with Norm some more.”AdvertisementPeople like to say there was nobody like Norm Macdonald, and they say that because it’s true. “Norm Macdonald. And a month before he died, Macdonald told Hoekstra he wanted to watch the special they had shot.
Ancestry.com CEO Deborah Liu on Recruiting Women in Big Tech
       
That was especially true after Covid-19 felled many older family members, says Deborah Liu, CEO of Ancestry.com. That gave me the resilience to say, ‘I’m going to show them. I’m going to go to college on a scholarship.’ I had a lot of fight in me. Going public is not the destination we’re shooting for. But let’s work through this together.’When I joined Ancestry.com, we announced a return to work three days a week as of September 2021.
Time is ticking to replace the Pentagon’s 1970s-era Doomsday planes
       
Unlike other Air Force aircraft, the E-4Bs’ nicknames change for each flight. | Kendra Williams/DVIDSThe Air Force is mum on how the plane is actually able to withstand a nuclear attack. The Doomsday plane is stuffed with communications equipment, while Air Force One has more space for passengers. Under the replacement program, the Air Force will buy commercial derivative planes, modify them to survive a nuclear blast and add communications systems. It’s probably too late to place an order.”The Air Force will pay dearly for waiting.
Strange Bedfellows: Farmers and Big Greens square off against Biden and the GOP
       
In 2020, NRG Energy Inc. mothballed the last remaining project capturing carbon emissions from a U.S. coal-fired power plant. Congress has signed onto that deal, too, including funding in the $1 trillion infrastructure bill it passed in November to help finance large-capacity carbon pipeline projects. A second proposed pipeline, the Heartland Greenway by Navigator CO2 Ventures, would also run under the Stockdale property. He says climate mitigation is one of the main reasons the company wants to connect its plant to the Summit pipeline. The political establishment, Democratic and Republican, is interwoven with the Summit CCS pipeline project.
‘Vengeance Is Mine’ Review: A Tangled Web of Human Impulse
       
Brooke Adams has never struck me as a “Vengeance Is Mine” sort of actor. To be fair to Adams, “Haunted” is the movie she might have thought she was at the center of. “Haunted” wound up, instead, on PBS’s “American Playhouse” with scant public awareness, let alone any kind of full-throated appreciation. Now, it’s called “Vengeance Is Mine,” it’s playing at Film Forum, and it is there for the world to behold. It still feels original, in other words — one of those movies that somebody wrote and directed (Roemer, in this case) but that feels controlled entirely, engrossingly by human impulse, lawless in its way.
Plane Goes Missing in Nepal With 22 Aboard
       
KATHMANDU, Nepal — A search was underway in Nepal on Sunday for a small plane with 22 people aboard that went missing during a flight to a Himalayan tourist destination, officials said. The Tara Air plane, a Canadian-made de Havilland DHC-6 Twin Otter, which was carrying 19 passengers and three crew members, took off from the central city of Pokhara on Sunday morning, headed for Jomsom, a village high in the Himalayas. Air traffic controllers lost contact with the plane during the flight, which normally takes about 30 minutes. Jomsom is a popular tourist destination with trekkers because of its starkly beautiful snow-capped mountains. Hindu pilgrims from India, Nepal and other countries also visit to pray at the Muktinath Temple.
At a Theme Park, Falling Head Over Ferris Wheel
       
In amusement park parlance, Leah Koch’s world had become a merry-go-round of disappointing dates when she met Matthew Blumhardt in 2018 at Holiday World, the theme park in Santa Claus, Ind., that her family has owned and operated for almost 76 years. “By the time I met Matt, I had pretty much become a homebody who didn’t venture out too often,” Ms. Koch said. Ms. Koch’s great-grandfather, Louis J. Koch, opened it in 1946, nine years before the opening of Disneyland, the first theme park to bear Walt Disney’s name, in Anaheim, Calif., in 1955. As Holiday World’s original name suggests, Christmas has always been a central theme at the park, which has celebrated the holiday every summer since it opened. “In my great-grandfather’s day, an amusement park with a central theme didn’t exist,” said Ms. Koch, 31, who has been an amusement park buff from the moment she got into her first bumper-car pileup.
How a Delta Air Lines Executive Spends His Sundays
       
Ryan Marzullo’s weekends have not been his own since construction started on the new Terminal C, one of the final components of La Guardia Airport’s $8 billion transformation. Mr. Marzullo, a managing director with Delta Air Lines, is overseeing the development of the 1.3 million-square-foot, 37-gate terminal, which combines the areas of two old terminals into a new hub for all of Delta’s departures and arrivals. But the project hasn’t been all hard hats and jackhammers. To add a dash of hometown flavor, Mr. Marzullo asked for the input of local artists. The airline partnered with the Queens Museum to bring six permanent commissions, including sculptures and murals reflecting the city’s diversity, to the terminal, where a new concourse is scheduled to open early next month.
Her Race Against A.L.S.: 50 Marathons in 50 States
       
Andrea Peet had just passed the 11th mile of the 2020 Mississippi Blues Marathon when she felt an abrupt jolt. She’d already steered around several potholes on the course, but she had seen this one too late. David was in downtown Jackson, four miles away, and all the roads were closed for the race. As she waited, Peet accepted that she probably wouldn’t finish the race. He pulled out his phone and found a YouTube video with instructions on how to fix the trike chain.
Manhattanhenge Is Back for Picture-Perfect Sunsets on New York’s Grid
       
But it doesn’t actually run north south; it runs northeast to southwest,” said Carol Krinksy, an American architectural historian at New York University. “The grid system was designed for Manhattan before there was even an official New York City,” Dr. Krinsky added. So above 14th Street and below 155th Street, the city is sliced into a grid. When the Earth tilts toward and then away from the sun during the summer solstice, our beloved Manhattanhenge is the result. “The city is an extension of us.”Dr. Scharf adds that just like Stonehenge, Manhattanhenge helps us find patterns in our surroundings and make sense of them.
Opinion | Stop Pretending All Books Are Written in English
       
The greater a book’s commercial prospects, the less likely the translator is to get credit. The fear, for the publisher, is of alienating an American readership that is assumed to be uncomfortable with anything foreign. Of course, the same thing was said for decades about authors with “ethnic” names — that they were a commercial liability. She and the novelist Mark Haddon posted an open letter online, calling on publishers to name translators on book covers. And last month, the chair of the International Booker Prize, which honors books in translation, called on publishers to include translators in royalty agreements.
It’s Going to Be a Hot Summer. It Will Be Hotter if You’re Not Rich.
       
May 28, 2022As summer begins, danger lurks behind New Yorkers’ joy at getting back to beaches and parks. The Northeast is most likely to spike above average summer heat according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. In New York, a city where life unfolds in public spaces, the ingredients are supposed to be available to all. Just as rich and poor share subways and sidewalks, anyone — in theory — can enjoy public pools, parks, libraries and tree-lined streets. But in practice, these public spaces do not serve New Yorkers equally.
Can Paramount Go It Alone?
       
In January, the board of Paramount, including Shari Redstone, the company’s chair, met with a group of bankers to get an update on the media industry and to hear about potential deals that might help the company better compete with streaming giants like Netflix and Disney. The bankers, from Goldman Sachs and LionTree, came with many deal ideas, according to four people with knowledge of the meeting. The most logical one, the bankers said, was combining some parts of Paramount — which owns networks like Nickelodeon and MTV, and the Paramount+ streaming service — with those owned by Comcast, the cable giant that owns NBCUniversal and the Peacock streaming service. But in the end, the board, Ms. Redstone and Bob Bakish, the company’s chief executive, did not feel compelled to pursue any of the combinations. That is, Paramount — with its collection of streaming services including Pluto TV and Showtime in addition to Paramount+ — would keep going it alone.
As Boris Johnson Stumbles, Labour Struggles to Offer a Clear Message
       
In 2019, the Conservatives captured areas like Burnley, in Britain’s postindustrial “red wall,” and Labour polled poorly in Scotland, once another heartland, losing out to the Scottish National Party. So Labour is hosting a series of town-hall meetings where uncommitted voters are asked what would lure them back to the party. After the gathering in Burnley, Lisa Nandy, a senior member of the Labour Party, reflected on the project to mend what she called “a breakdown in trust” between Labour and its traditional voters. She represents Wigan, another former industrial town, speaks for Labour on how to spread prosperity to areas outside England’s prosperous southeast, and knows that her party has work to do. Yet few at this time knew this was one of Labour’s main policy proposals.
A Cafe Devoted to Remembering Duterte’s Drug War Victims
       
QUEZON CITY, the Philippines — On the second floor of a nondescript coffee shop in a trendy neighborhood outside of Manila, patrons were welcomed by a marble gravestone with a tiny inscription written in gold: “Stop the Killings.”The gravestone, part of an art exhibition at the coffee shop, is dedicated to the memory of those killed in President Rodrigo Duterte’s bloody war on drugs. Another marker in the exhibition featured the Filipino word “nanlaban,” which means “resisted.” For the authorities, the word suggests a drug suspect who resisted arrest and engaged in gunfire before being lawfully killed by the police. But for the families of the dead, it suggests the person was victim of an extrajudicial killing. The coffee shop, Silingan, opened last year and is staffed primarily by the mothers and wives, sisters and daughters of those killed since 2016, when Mr. Duterte took office. Beyond serving lattes and cappuccinos, these women aim to educate the public about the brutal truth behind Mr. Duterte’s promise to rid the streets of drug dealers and addicts at all costs.
88 Books to Bring Your Summer Alive
       
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A Face Search Engine Anyone Can Use Is Alarmingly Accurate
       
A search takes mere seconds. The New York Times used PimEyes on the faces of a dozen Times journalists, with their consent, to test its powers. PimEyes found photos of every person, some that the journalists had never seen before, even when they were wearing sunglasses or a mask, or their face was turned away from the camera, in the image used to conduct the search. A tech reporter’s younger self was spotted in an awkward crush of fans at the Coachella music festival in 2011. A journalist’s past life in a rock band was unearthed, as was another’s preferred summer camp getaway.
12 Easy Grilled Chicken Recipes for Memorial Day Weekend
       
Chicken is easily the most searched for ingredient on New York Times Cooking, and it stands to reason: It’s economical, it’s widely available, it’s better for the climate than other meats. And it’s endlessly adaptable, a blank canvas for all sorts of preparations and vibrant, delicious seasonings. In the cold weather months, that means cozy soups, braises and burnished roasts. But in the summer, grilling becomes the method of choice, as it gets you out of a hot kitchen, and adds a layer of fire-kissed flavor and texture to the otherwise mild-mannered meat. You can always salt the dickens out of chicken, grill it well and get tasty results, but if you’re looking for something a bit more exciting, here are 12 of our favorite grilled chicken recipes that will keep you busy and full through Memorial Day weekend and beyond.
Summer Movies 2022: Here’s What’s Coming to Theaters and Streaming
       
Here is a select list of noteworthy films scheduled this summer. Release dates and platforms are subject to change and reflect the latest information as of deadline. JuneAFTER BLUE (DIRTY PARADISE) The director Bertrand Mandico’s “The Wild Boys” found a small cult of fans. Like his associate Wilfred Owen (Matthew Tennyson), Sassoon wrote of his experiences in World War I. He was also, for a time, romantically involved with the screen star Ivor Novello (Jeremy Irvine).
Grief Shame: Why We Judge Each Other’s Grief - The New York Times
       
But it also placed grieving parents in the unfortunate position of feeling that sorrow — instead of joy at their child’s ascension — made them less than pious. The promise of comfort carried with it a rubric for grief, which, if you couldn’t abide by it, might leave you feeling that you weren’t doing it right. diagnosis, we hear from those who are horrified by the implied judgment of people who experience long and debilitating grief, and also from those seeking help because of their long and debilitating grief. Some argue that powerful and lengthy grief is an appropriate and proportional response to tragedy. •The 18th-century poet Ann Eliza Bleecker described clinging to her own grief, not wishing for comfort.
Opinion | What America Needs Is a Liberalism That Builds
       
Even so, the United States is notable for how much we spend and how little we get. Germany builds a kilometer of rail for $287 million. Union density is higher in all those countries than it is in the United States. A place to start is offered in another Niskanen paper, this one by Nicholas Bagley, a law professor at the University of Michigan. “Lawyers, not managers, have assumed primary responsibility for shaping administrative law in the United States,” Bagley writes.
Russia-Ukraine war live updates Russia squeezes Luhansk in ‘indescribably difficult’ battles, Zelensky says
       
Ukrainian forces face the prospect of losing control of the eastern Luhansk region, Western military analysts say, with Russia claiming its troops have taken Lyman and are closing in on the critical city of Severodonetsk. Such an outcome is “by no means certain,” it added, noting that Russia’s assault could stall again. They have moved slowly to ensure they don’t outrun their supplies, he said, an issue that thwarted their earlier assault on the capital, Kyiv. Ryan said the Ukrainian high command “will need to make a tough decision soon about ceding Severodonetsk and surrounding territory,” rather than risk having multiple brigades surrounded by Russian forces and lost to the broader war effort. Ukrainian forces are “suffering serious losses” in the battle for Severodonetsk, the institute’s analysts said.
Can I Stop Isolating If I’m Still Testing Positive for the Virus?
       
What we knowStudies conducted before the emergence of Omicron demonstrated that people with Covid-19 were most likely to spread the virus in the few days before and after developing symptoms. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cited these findings when explaining its decision to shorten its isolation guidelines late last year. Research also suggests that rapid antigen tests are most likely to be positive early in the course of illness, but there is considerable variation. That percentage declined over the following days, but an estimated 20 percent were still positive on Day 11, according to the study, which has not yet been published in a scientific journal. “That’s a pretty good indication that they’re likely to be infectious,” said Dr. Amy Barczak, an infectious disease expert at Massachusetts General Hospital, who found that 25 percent of people still had viable virus on Day Eight or beyond.
362 School Counselors on the Pandemic’s Effect on Children: ‘Anxiety Is Filling Our Kids’
       
Wells High School, Portland, Ore. ‘The foundational skills for learning need to be retaught.’ Tierney Langdon, Grace Snell Middle School, Loganville, Ga. 362 School Counselors on the Pandemic’s Effect on Children: ‘Anxiety Is Filling Our Kids’ In a Times survey, counselors said students are behind in their abilities to learn, cope and relate. Jennifer Schlatter, an elementary school counselor in Brighton, Colo., said: “Anxiety is filling our kids right now. I can’t handle this by myself.”Virginia DeLong, who works with high school students in Norwich, Conn., said: “It’s just nonstop putting out fires with kids. In the last two decades, the role of school counselor has changed, from mostly providing academic guidance to teaching social-emotional learning to the whole school. “The smallest things will trigger an extreme emotional response that is disproportionate with the trigger,” said Stephanie Coombs, an elementary school counselor in Wagener, S.C.
D.C.-area forecast: Sunny and seasonable today, then heating up into the 90s
       
Choose your plan ArrowRight 9/10: Sunny skies and near seasonable highs, no rain in sight. Express forecast Today: Mostly sunny, warm, low humidity. Highs: Low to mid-80s. Highs: Near 90 to low 90s. Moderate humidity (dew points at least in the mid-60s) means afternoon heat indexes in the mid- to upper 90s.
What Canada Doesn’t Know About Its Guns
       
“Conservatives very much associate themselves now with the opposition to gun control, but that wasn’t always the case,” Blake Brown, a history professor at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, told me. He said that Liberals and Conservatives passed firearms control measures in the 1950s and 1960s, and that both parties strengthened Canada’s gun laws in the years following the 1989 Montreal massacre. “Certainly there have been periods in American history where they’ve been more aggressive in gun control than in Canada,” he said. While it was far from the spotlight issue in our federal election last September, candidates in the ongoing Conservative Party leadership race have been rehashing it. [Read: Debate Over Guns Is Muted as Canada’s Election Nears]During our federal election coverage in September, my colleague Ian Austen reported that there were 12.7 million legal and illegal guns in Canada, or 34.7 civilian firearms per 100 people in 2017, the most recent data.
States Rush Toward New Gun Restrictions as Congress Remains Gridlocked
       
The state actions come as hope for congressional consensus has waned to a flicker, not only on gun violence, but on an array of American social issues. Since 2019, federal legislation to expand criminal background checks for gun purchases has twice passed the House only to languish amid Senate Republican opposition. On Thursday, a small, bipartisan group of senators said they would work through the weekend in a search for common ground. Do anything.”But as they publicly mourned the tragedy in Uvalde, Republican senators showed scant signs that they had budged. Roughly three in five state legislatures are Republican-controlled, but calls for action on gun violence have run high in the aftermath of Uvalde’s devastation.
What Lia Thomas Could Mean for Women’s Elite Sports
       
It potentially places biology and gender identity on the same footing in sport. The legal rationale for keeping women’s sports sex-segregated would fall away. “Once you cross that line, there’s no more rationale for women’s sport.”Some trans activists and academics welcome that. She has written “Material Girls: Why Reality Matters for Feminism,” and argues against the insistence that one’s gender identity is all. “How could it be that a social construct and not the material reality of being a woman is guiding our thoughts and our physical performance?
Why Kylian Mbappé chose to stay at PSG
       
I gave a feeling, I gave what I have in my heart," Mbappé told CNN's Becky Anderson in December. "It was the hardest decision of my life," Mbappé told CNN's Amanda Davies on May 23. 'The project is to win always'Mbappé explained his decision to stay in Paris by repeatedly referencing the "project" being built at PSG. Mbappé was a crucial part of the French World Cup winning team, scoring a goal in the final as France beat Croatia 4-2. On the side of one building, a painting depicts a young Mbappé sleeping, dreaming about representing France.
WNBPA calls for renewed action to free Brittney Griner from Russian detention
       
(CNN) The Women's National Basketball Players Association (WNBPA) marked the 100th day of Brittney Griner's detention in Russia by renewing calls for her release. She is a record-breaker, a gold medalist, a wife, a daughter, a champion, a role model, an all-star, and so much more," the WNBA said in a statement on Saturday. "Right now, BG is an American citizen who has been wrongfully detained in Russia for 100 days. The two-time Olympic gold medalist was arrested in February at a Moscow airport while playing for UMMC Ekaterinburg during the WNBA offseason. Earlier this month, a Russian court extended the 31-year-old athlete's pretrial detention until at least June.
Southern Baptist leaders, sex abuse and a day of reckoning because of brave women
       
On Thursday, leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention released a 205-page list with the names of pastors and others affiliated with the SBC and different Baptist denominations who have been accused of sexual abuse for decades. The release follows an explosive investigative report into the alleged sexual misconduct by Southern Baptist Convention clergy members. By publicly calling out pastors who they say have sexually abused them, women are challenging men in ministry seeking to cull sympathy and retain authority. It is unlikely that the 2022 third-party investigation into the Southern Baptist Convention, which follows a 2019 investigation by the Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News, would have been conducted without the efforts of survivors like Christa Brown, who protested the inaction of the Southern Baptist Convention for nearly 20 years. Brown told Southern Baptist leaders that she was abused by a youth pastor, who continued to serve in multiple Southern Baptist churches.
How Obi-Wan Kenobi Fits in the Star Wars Timeline
       
A new Disney+ series Obi-Wan Kenobi is winding back the clock on the Star Wars story, so it’s time to re-watch the prequel films. Here’s how Obi-Wan Kenobi fits into the Star Wars timeline—and the tidbits you need to remember from those prequel films to understand why Obi-Wan is so obsessed with safeguarding Luke from the Empire. Read More: We Ranked the 40 Greatest Star Wars MomentsEpisode II: Attack of the Clones22 BBYHayden Christensen and Natalie Portman in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, 2002. Read More: Rogue One Rewinds—and Rewrites—the Star Wars LegacyEpisode IV: A New Hope0 ABY (After the Battle of Yavin)American actors Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford on the set of Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. Read More: All the Questions We Still Have After Watching Star Wars: The Rise of SkywalkerWrite to Eliana Dockterman at eliana.dockterman@time.com.
Blame game over Champions League final chaos as Liverpool seeks formal probe
       
The kick-off of Saturday’s game, which Real Madrid ultimately won, was delayed by 35 minutes, as French police used tear gas to disperse crowds at some of the Stade de France’s access points. Police fired tear gas to disperse the crowd outside the stadium, it said. Liverpool has requested a formal investigation into the causes of these “unacceptable issues,” citing huge disappointment at the “stadium entry issues and breakdown of the security perimeter,” according to a statement. “This is the greatest match in European football and supporters should not have to experience the scenes we have witnessed tonight,” it said. Cabinet Minister Brandon Lewis told Sky News Sunday morning that he could understand Liverpool’s call for a probe.
Uvalde a mix of pride and anger as it grieves school attack
       
As the investigation into the attack continues, including Ramos’ reasons for carrying it out, some residents have expressed anger toward the police. Among them is 24-year-old carpenter Juan Carranza, who said he watched the attack unfold from across the street from the school. Support for gun rights is strong in Uvalde, which is roughly halfway between San Antonio and the border city of Del Rio. She spoke in her dining room shortly before Eliahna’s great-grandparents, also Uvalde residents, arrived. Many residents can trace their family’s presence in Uvalde through three or four generations, creating a cherished sense of community.
Unrest erupts at Jerusalem site ahead of nationalist march
       
Ahead of the march, some 1,800 Jewish pilgrims visited the contested hilltop compound where the Al Aqsa Mosque is situated, according to Israeli police. Al Aqsa is the third-holiest site in Islam and serves as a powerful symbol for the Palestinians. Dozens of Palestinians barricaded themselves inside the mosque early Sunday and began throwing objects and fireworks when the Jewish visitors began to arrive. But under longstanding arrangements known as the “status quo,” Jewish visitors to the compound are not allowed to pray. In recent years, however, the number of Jewish visitors has grown significantly, including some who have been spotted quietly praying.
Russia-Ukraine war live updates Russia squeezes Luhansk in ‘indescribably difficult’ battles, Zelensky says
       
Severodonetsk, one of the largest Ukrainian-controlled cities in Luhansk, is facing a direct Russian assault. But Moscow’s troops could struggle in the urban setting, the institute said, citing their poor performance in cities earlier in the war. Severodonetsk: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Saturday the city remains under Ukrainian control. Mykolaiv: One person was killed and seven were injured Saturday in Russian shelling near a kindergarten in a residential area, Zelensky said. Mariupol: A Ukrainian official accused Russia of “looting” metal from this southeastern Ukrainian city via the first ship to use its port since Russian forces seized control.
At French Open, Carlos Alcaraz is a star-in-waiting who may not wait much longer
       
For that, Ferrero, the 2003 French Open champion and a former world No. The eyes of the tennis world, no doubt, will be on that match and its implications for Djokovic’s quest to tie Nadal’s record 21 Grand Slam titles. Like Nadal, Alcaraz was reared in a small village in Spain: El Palmar in Murcia. Through three rounds at the French Open, former players have fawned over Alcaraz’s range and inventiveness. 1 Mats Wilander, a three-time French Open champion, exulted on Eurosport over his slice backhand on clay.
Waiting to confront Texas school shooter was ‘the wrong decision,’ police admit along with string of other failures
       
McCraw revealed that the gunman entered the school through a back door he found propped open at 11:33 a.m. and began shooting in classrooms 111 and 112. However, it wasn’t until 12:50 p.m. that the classroom the gunman was shooting in was breached using keys from a janitor. The back door of the school the gunman entered had been propped open by a teacher earlier in the day. They survived the shooting, McCraw said. Police said earlier that a school resource officer had confronted the shooter before he entered the building.
Texas school shooting reveals Democrats' weakness in Congress
       
There is a mindset on display here that runs to the core of the Democratic Party. While some lefty voices influenced it here and there, most of it came straight out of the Democratic Party policy establishment, which also designed the other pandemic relief packages. Obama was so desperate to get a big bipartisan bill passed that he was willing to trade devastating cuts to Social Security and Medicare for tiny tax increases on the rich. Obamacare eventually passed with zero Republican votes. The country needs a big, strong Republican Party.” She said it again recently: “I want the Republican Party to take back the party to where you were when you cared about a woman's right to choose, you cared about the environment.… This country needs a strong Republican Party.
Texas school shooting becomes another vile opportunity to attack trans women
       
Starting on 4chan, a false rumor began to spread that the school shooter was a trans woman named Sam. This keeps happening over and over again because of the larger project of monstering trans people, particularly trans women, that much of the far right and its gender-critical allies have engaged in for the past several years. There’s a large segment of society, including many in positions of power, who have engaged in an extended effort to villainize trans women and turn them into socially unacceptable beings. The resulting larger argument becomes that trans women do not deserve safety or comfort in society. In 2018, gender-critical feminist Sheila Jeffreys told a U.K. Parliament panel that trans women were “parasites.” As the outrageous claims built, some American conservative politicians decided to take action.
Visit by far-right Israeli lawmaker sparks Jerusalem unrest ahead of contentious flag march
       
A far-right Israeli lawmaker, joined by scores of ultranationalist supporters, entered Jerusalem’s most sensitive holy site early Sunday, prompting a crowd of Palestinians to begin throwing rocks and fireworks toward nearby Israeli police. The unrest erupted ahead of a mass ultranationalist Israeli march planned later Sunday through the heart of the Muslim Quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City. Israel says the march is meant to celebrate Israel’s capture of east Jerusalem, including the Old City, in the 1967 Mideast war. But Palestinians, who seek east Jerusalem as the capital of a future state, see the march as a provocation. Israeli police have repeatedly confronted stone-throwing Palestinian demonstrators in the disputed compound in recent months, often firing rubber bullets and stun grenades.
U.N. human rights chief disappoints Uyghur advocates on visit to China
       
“I have heard you,” she said, regarding those who made appeals to her about specific human rights cases. AdvertisementBachelet is the first U.N. human rights chief to visit China since 2005, and her trip was the result of years of negotiation. Activists were widely disappointed that she did not criticize China’s human rights violations in Xinjiang more forcefully or manage to ferret out new details about the situation on the ground. “The High Commissioner’s remarks were too nonspecific and weak to match the gravity of the situation,” William Nee, advocacy coordinator at Chinese Human Rights Defenders, a D.C.-based nongovernmental organization, said on Twitter. Bachelet and Beijing agreed to start an annual senior strategic meeting and set up working groups to discuss human rights and minority rights issues.
School shooting in Uvalde, Texas, is fodder for China and Russia
       
A war may be raging on their eastern flank, but Ukrainian political leaders still took time out from their busy, traumatic lives to send condolences across the Atlantic after America’s latest horrific school shooting in Texas on Tuesday. The school shooting epidemic undermines the U.S. in the eyes of both its allies and its adversaries, damaging its ability to provide leadership on human rights and increasing its vulnerability to enemy propaganda. Some will argue that “If everything is a ‘national security’ priority, nothing will be.” But if our schoolchildren aren’t safe from gun violence, then why does any other national security issue even matter? If we start talking about school shootings as a serious national security priority, maybe we could finally move the needle. School shootings not only provide a pressing, daily threat to our communities but also to our foreign policy and national security.
Anger, feelings of hopelessness even as Shanghai aims to end Covid lockdown
       
Residents have cited the economic impact as one of many reasons the lockdown has affected their mental health. As the Shanghai lockdown began this spring, local searches for “psychological counseling” on the Chinese search engine Baidu increased more than 250 percent compared with the same 30-day period a year earlier, according to Baidu Index. In a survey by Data-Humanism, a blog about data journalism, about 40 percent of Shanghai residents surveyed in mid-April reported having depressive tendencies in the previous two weeks of lockdown. “Nobody was unaffected,” George Hu, president of the Shanghai International Mental Health Association, told NBC News. “I’m still under lockdown, but you say the hustle and bustle is coming back.
Former guerilla closes in on presidency as Colombians head to polls
       
Colombians vote on Sunday to choose a new president from among a former rebel promising generous social programs, a center-right candidate warning against a leftist economic model, and an eccentric business magnate. The 62-year-old has attracted backing on promises to redistribute pensions, offer free public university, and battle deep inequality. Gutierrez, 47, has said Petro is a threat to democracy and warned the leftist’s economic plans, including a ban on new oil and gas projects, will ruin Colombia’s economy. Hernandez, who is running independently, is known for whimsical social media videos, including of him riding an electric scooter, and anti-corruption promises. Polls will open at 8 a.m. local time (9 a.m ET) and close at 4 p.m. (5 p.m.
Biden travels to Texas to meet with families of school shooting victims
       
WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden will travel to Uvalde, Texas, on Sunday to meet with families of victims of the mass shooting at an elementary school there this week. While there, Biden plans to speak with local officials and religious leaders, along with the victims’ families in an effort to show support for a community reeling from tragedy, the White House said. It will be Biden's second visit to the site of a mass shooting in as many weeks. Biden made a similar trip to Buffalo, New York, May 17 where he met with community leaders and victims’ families of a racially-motivated mass shooting at a grocery store in that city. Police there have faced criticism from both inside and outside the community for waiting about an hour before directly confronting the shooter.
Former Navy SEALS want you to never forget true meaning of Memorial Day
       
Jessica Kessel, left, leads the West Coast route of the Carry The Load relay in Austin, Texas, on May 24. Scotty Wirtz was killed in a suicide bombing in Syria in 2019. But it didn’t stop Dave Wirtz and his ex-wife, Sandy Wirtz, from paying their respects at their son’s tombstone. Dave Wirtz, in green, Sandy Wirtz, in an American flag vest, and Stephen Holley, in a black shirt, pay respects at Scotty Wirtz’s grave. NBC News“We hear every day about our boys who are killed in service, but it is unimaginable until you’ve experienced it yourself,” Sandy Wirtz said.
How a sailor reunited with the Vietnamese refugees he helped rescue after fall of Saigon
       
The fall of Saigon prompted hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese to escape the country in the ensuing years. If somebody needs help, you give ‘em help,” Pederson said. And he said, "If you can’t leave them here, we don’t leave them here." Anh and Van Truong were also on board — ages 4 and 9 at the time. In a toast to Pederson, Dam said, “I felt I had to be here to personally thank the man who saved our lives.
Russia-Ukraine war live updates Russia squeezes Luhansk in ‘indescribably difficult’ battles, Zelensky says
       
To Dakota’s surprise, it wasn’t the shelling that terrified him most. A Marine Corps veteran who volunteered to fight in Ukraine, he has taken cover behind walls as Russian gunfire punched through and felt the throttle of artillery so many times that his catchphrase, “It’s normal,” became a joke within the unit. What wasn’t normal, he said, was the feeling of dread while he hid and listened as Russian attack helicopters strafed the position his team of tank hunters had just fled. That moment, he said, “was quite honestly the most unsettled I had been the entire time.”Dakota, who is home in Ohio now after seven weeks of fighting abroad, is among the legion of Western volunteers who have taken up arms against Russia. Like others, he spoke on the condition that his full name not be disclosed, citing concerns for his safety and that of family and friends.
Guns Are Not Sacred, Fumes Texas Bishop
       
The Catholic bishop of Brownsville, Texas, has unleashed on those who idolize guns as children are felled by bullets. Advertisement“The darkness first takes our children who then kill our children, using the guns that are easier to obtain than aspirin. We sacralize [make sacred] death’s instruments, and then are surprised that death uses them,” he wrote. The darkness first takes our children who then kill our children, using the guns that are easier to obtain than aspirin. — Amigo de Frodo (@bpdflores) May 25, 2022Flores is particularly upset by the twisted view that somehow gun ownership is a sacred right, regardless of all consequences.
Air Travelers Face Cancellations Over Memorial Day Weekend
       
Travelers walk past a United Airlines ticketing counter at Denver International Airport in Denver, Colorado on Thursday. via Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Airline travelers are not only facing sticker shock this Memorial Day weekend, the kickoff to the summer travel season. More than 1,500 flights were canceled as of 9:50 p.m EDT Saturday, according to flight tracking website FlightAware. AdvertisementDelta Air Lines suffered the most among U.S. airlines, with more than 250 flights, or 9% of its operations, eliminated on Saturday. Delta noted in an email to The Associated Press that Saturday’s cancellations were due to bad weather and “air traffic control actions,” noting it’s trying to cancel flights at least 24 hours in advance this Memorial Day weekend.
The Britain Project Is the Latest Incarnation of Zombie Blairism
       
That is until a few weeks ago, when the Britain Project was created. But the Britain Project is more intriguing for what it doesn’t reveal than what it does. For an organization which seeks a top-to-bottom transformation of British politics, the Britain Project has not created great waves — indeed, thus far it has barely made a ripple. “The Britain Project is a group working across party lines,” said Blair. “We want this conference to be an opportunity for people to come together and set out a broad direction for the future of Britain.” It can be no accident that the speech is reposted on the Britain Project website in full.
'Multiple' People Wounded In Chattanooga Shooting: Report
       
A shooting in Chattanooga, Tennessee, has left “multiple” people wounded after exchanges of gunfire, according to local police. Some of the victims weren’t directly involved in the exchange of gunfire among “multiple parties,” police told Tennessee news station WTVC. The Chattanooga shooting comes in the wake of several mass shootings in the U.S., including the Uvalde, Texas, school shooting that left 19 children and two teachers dead. AdvertisementThe Uvalde attack was the second-deadliest school shooting since the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy in 2012. A shooting at a Buffalo, New York supermarket left 10 people dead earlier this month.
The Best Podcasts of 2022 So Far
       
), Jon Ronson (The Butterfly Effect, The Last Days of August), and PJ Vogt (Reply All) on my “best of” lists. Listen on AppleRead More: The 10 Best Podcasts of 2021Dead EyesI never should have doubted that Tom Hanks would be an amazing podcast guest. Listen on AppleJust Like Us: The Tabloids That Changed AmericaYou probably know Clare Malone as a former (and, by my estimation, the best) panelist on FiveThirtyEight’s political podcast. In all of those podcasts, Hirway digs into the question of how something—be it a song, a TV show, or a Thanksgiving turkey—gets made. Most true-crime podcasts are filled with the bodies of dead, beautiful women, and they make me feel prurient and icky.
What Happened on Day 94 of the War in Ukraine
       
Ms. Abiyeva, 37, has decided to take matters into her own hands. Since the start of the war, she said, she has raised more than $60,000 to buy food, clothes and equipment for Russian soldiers serving in Ukraine. “The whole world, it seems to me, is supporting our great enemies,” Ms. Abiyeva said in a phone interview. Most of the groups collecting donations for Russian soldiers appear to be operating independently of the Russian government. Ms. Abiyeva, the real estate agent, showed off on her Telegram account a Nikon Prostaff 1000 laser-equipped range finder that she bought for $400.
Live Updates: In War of Weapons, Ukraine Tries to Match Russia’s Power
       
Thermobaric weapons are not banned, and they are not addressed in the Geneva Conventions, a series of international agreements that govern warfare. Ukrainian soldiers who have been caught in the explosions and survived suffered a mix of burns and concussions, said Sgt. In March, a drone video showed Ukrainian soldiers blowing up a Heatwave weapon during an ambush outside the Kyiv suburb of Brovary. Videos have appeared online purporting to show Ukrainian tractor drivers towing captured Heatwave weapons away from the front. “Such actions are positively perceived and supported in every way by the Ukrainian military.
Ted Cruz's Lame 'Door Solution' To School Shootings Ripped As 'Boldly Ignorant'
       
Sen. Ted Cruz’s wildly optimistic idea that having one entryway door in schools would somehow stop mass shootings was blasted as “boldly ignorant” by a former New York City detective. One obvious problem: A teenager armed with an assault rifle could kill a guard, or guards, or phalanx of guards at the lone entryway. It demonstrates how many elected officials lack the understanding and the “fortitude to move forward and do the right thing to save lives,” he added. That’s on your hands! Ted Cruz, that’s on your hands!” Texan Benjamin Hernandez told Cruz when the men ended up in the same Houston restaurant Saturday shortly after Cruz praised guns at the National Rifle Association convention.
Jose Mata, brother of 10-year-old victim Xavier Lopez
       
Justice of the Peace Eulalio Diaz speaks with Yasmin Vossoughian about the tough task of identifying bodies after the shooting in Uvalde, TXMay 29, 2022
Frank Figliuzzi on Uvalde shooting: 'I can't understand' why police waited
       
The Texas Department of Public Safety says Uvalde students made six calls to 9-1-1 during the shooting, pleading for police as officers remained outside the barricaded classroom doors. Former FBI Assistant Director of Counterterrorism Frank Figliuzzi joined Austin Statesman investigative reporter Tony Plohetski to discuss law enforcement's deadly delay in confronting the gunman.May 29, 2022
The group of lawyers working to hold Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and other election deniers accountable
       
One of the most important features of a healthy democracy is holding officials who do wrong accountable, and this week, there have been some interesting developments in outside efforts to punish Republicans who worked to overturn the results of the 2020 election. A group of lawyers known as "The 65 Project" is attempting to disbar Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and other lawyers who worked to keep Trump in power after losing the election. MSNBC’s Ayman Mohyeldin spoke to group’s director, Michael Teter, about its efforts to hold election deniers accountable.May 29, 2022
Why the Texas school shooting won't stop the NRA convention
       
In 1999, on the heels of the Columbine, Colorado, school shooting that would mark the beginning of a new era, the National Rifle Association hesitated. "Our deepest sympathies are with the families and victims involved in this horrific and evil crime,” the NRA said in a Wednesday statement. Where are the calls for direct action against the NRA convention, protests outside the homes of senators who vote against gun safety? According to Open Secrets, gun rights groups spent roughly $15.8 million on lobbying in 2021 and, as of March 31, have spent another $2 million in 2022. During that same time, gun control groups spent less than a quarter of that amount.
TX Democratic Lt. Gov. candidate Mike Collier leans into Abbott & Patrick’s weapons-of-war fail
       
candidate Mike Collier made sure to clarify that Dan Patrick and Gregg Abbott are responsible for the Uvalde massacre. Mike Collier pushes backWatch Politics Done Right T.V. Mike Collier has been driving and flying around Texas for several years as he learned what Texans needed and wanted. And that is where Mike Collier excels. Mike Collier continued detailing their failures and what he wanted to do.
Morning Open Thread. Thinking about what goes down my
       
Morning Open Thread is a daily, copyrighted post from a host of editors and guest writers. And if you’re brand new to Morning Open Thread, then Hail and Well Met, new Friend. As cities grew, health officials realized that transporting sewage beyond the city limits was not enough and began building sewage treatment plants. The new treatment plants’ pumps, digesters, clarifiers, and conveyor belts consume massive amounts of energy, and are therefore very expensive to operate. Sludge is the de-watered, sticky black cake created by the truckload in modern sewage treatment plants.
how could one really profit by investing in UKR victory right now
       
But it must occur to us capitalists that if indeed UKR pulls this off — investing in the right place would pay geometric returns. I think there is something much better — and I want to know what you guys think. I am sure I am not the only one thinking this way. What are you guys thinking — have a good idea?? I do think — making money from Russia’s failure while helping Ukraine sure seems like a win-win-win to me.
We can transform the gun debate with this simple equation. It’s easy math, even for the GOP.
       
ANOTHER BIG LIE we can take down with : Intent + means = outcome. Intent: the will and mindset to carry out an actionMeans: access to the actual equipment to carry it out. The GOP hijacks the national debate by saying we only need work on “intent” , which conveniently allows gun sales to continue unabated. The NRA gets crafty by saying: hey, we need MORE guns and have everyone carry. So domestically, taking assault weapons does NOT lead to taking single shot guns and hunting rifles, and never has.
WOW2: May's Trailblazing Women and Events in Our History
       
In 1907, she became a member of the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU). Despite her disability she took part in the WSPU's march to the Royal Albert Hall in June 1908. The prison authorities were confused by this sentence for a disabled woman, and gave her no extra work. Billinghurst took part in the mass deputation of suffragettes to petition King George V on May 21, 1914. Billinghurst stopped her activity for women's suffrage after the Qualification of Women Act 1918 gave some women the vote.
Putting an End to the AMERICAN HOUSE of LORDS: a Case Study
       
It was only after the Tories’ lost power in the House of Lords and the Reform Act of 1832 passed both Houses, that the Rotten Boroughs were largely eliminated, and the powers of the House of Lords were significantly reined in. Our obstructionist “House of Lords”/Senate prevents the passage of virtually any and all remedies to the many crises our society confronts. In 19th Century Britain the OUTSIDE LEVER rested in the hands of the King. But one OUTSIDE LEVER still remains. The only OUTSIDE LEVER available to Americans to MOVE THE WORLD that is currently the HOUSE-OF-LORDS/SENATE is Senate Elections.
UVALDE'S FINEST WERE GOING TO BE BUSY
       
The Uvalde Police were going to be very busy this weekend. It might have been a holiday for the rest of us, but not for Uvalde’s finest. They would be waiting to ticket anyone from out of town, especially if they were from out of state, who went through it. They would be waiting at the major thoroughfares, for drivers, especially out of state drivers, who exceeded the speed limit. I suspect Uvalde’s finest are busy this weekend, ticketing the many people who have come to the site of yet another mass murder.
Another Saturday Night
       
I’ve got friends in real life. I’ve got friends online. Gentle reminder: Please continue to put the name of your selection in your comment along with your song. You know how this works — Put your quarter in the slot and your song in the comments. This is your Saturday night jukebox and the party starts NOW.
This Week in the War on Women, 05/22-28/2022
       
x YouTube VideoThe Uvalde shooter had a history of threatening rape and other violence toward women on the social media app Yubo. California Is Taking Action: In February, California Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan of San Ramon introduced a state bill targeting the marketing of firearms to children and those not legally allowed to possess them. ), actionnetwork.org/… After you sign, if DKos responds to you as it did to me, it will hook you up with donating to Daily Kos in order to help fund the fight against the NRA. Another Daily Kos petition might also help: Demand that the Faux Network stop promoting white replacement theory, which fuels so much unreasoning fear and hatred: actionnetwork.org/… It too then asks you to donate to DKos. And next weekend, wear orange for National Gun Violence Awareness Weekend, whether or not you are able to attend an event!
Democrats should bring back the 'Contract with America' for the 2022 Midterm Campaign
       
Joshua Roberts/AFP/Getty ImagesIn 1994, Republican New Gingrich came up with a campaign strategy called the 'Contract with America.' Three recent events have given Democrats an opportunity to submit their Contract with America. Democrats should bring these issues to the top of the agenda with a Contract with America just like Gingrich did. It can work for the DemocratsHere is my suggestion for a Contract with America that all Democrats, at every level, should run on. The Democrat's Contract with America would be in clear contrast to that proposal.
What's For Dinner? v16.47
       
We rarely think of salad as comfort food, but with the right amount of mayo you can fit both categories. —I can’t remember this ever happening before: I looked at a can of tuna on my shelf and thought “I want tuna pasta salad”. In a large bowl add chopped onion and celery, peas, cooked pasta, and drained tuna. [Since the pasta will soak up the dressing, saving part of the dressing to add later gives a creamier salad.] What’s for dinner at your place?
WYFP: GOP=Fear Itself
       
This parrot just won't dieThe Republican party has abdicated any responsibility to offer voters a policy platform. The result of the Republican party abdicating their responsibility toward any kind of governance is a country being held hostage by a minority of gun owners. Why aren’t these people declared public safety threats and forced to undergo some kind of evaluation to find out just how likely they are a danger to others? But, how many kids have to die to protect a minority of gun owners’ rights? I’ve been wondering this week what people live thru if they live next to a gun hoarder.
The Texas Shooting is a Symbol of the Divide in America
       
The Republican party is unforgiving of those who hate guns or want gun control. Republicans control 28 governorships, 54.35% of state legislatures, federal courts under their thumb and have a supermajority in the Supreme Court. The Republican party machine has used its power to ensure that gun control goes nowhere. There is no world where Republicans endorse gun control because gun control is part of the Republican identity. If acts of violence like the Texas shooting do not do that, then just ask yourself what that great act is.
Trump blamed school administrators & kids bad behavior at NRA speech! Have you seen this?
       
21 dead...19 of which are children and he blames kids and administrators. My take away is he thinks shooting little children is the answer to bad behavior. How much bad behavior can a 3rd grader do to require capitol punishment. x Trump blames public school administrators for mass shootings, saying they are making excuses and turning a blind eye to bad behavior from their students. pic.twitter.com/1YRr3m6oAL — Ron Filipkowski ?? (@RonFilipkowski) May 27, 2022Well I guess he blames the kids and teachers for their deaths.
Mariupol sans the Israeli Iron Dome.
       
And although the US, EU and NATO have provided many heavy armaments to Ukraine, America doesn’t have in its inventory the Israeli Iron Dome mobile all-weather Air Defense System. This Iron Dome system is designed to intercept and destroy short-range rockets and artillery shells from distances of 2.5 miles to 43 miles away…and maybe more. From 2011 to 2022, US Congress approved $2.6 billion for Israel’s Iron Dome system. And let’s not forget that this Iron Dome system could have saved most of the destruction of city of Mariupol and other cities. So why didn’t Israel provide their life saving Iron Dome to Ukraine?
Books So Bad They're Good: Summer Lineup
       
Why, that nice Dr. Seuss wrote a whole book about it! Nor is the strong probability that Dr. Seuss, who spent much of his life in California, was actually inspired by the view from a mountain overlooking La Jolla. Besides, there’s a long tradition of Easthampton, or at least Mount Tom, being a tourist attraction. Adding the claim that Mount Tom is actually Mount Crumpit and Easthampton is Whoville fits right into this tradition. We’re even welcoming back Cultural Chaos, our local summer arts festival, after a two-year hiatus because of the Big C, and what is more characteristic of summer in Massachusetts than that?
Do you mean Daily Kos can't refuse right-wing ads?
       
Unless you live near me in Northwest Washington, D.C., you don’t know that Daily Kos is running a slew of ads from “Democrats for Education Reform,” the anti-union, “school choice” group that fights against progressive education policies. Specifically, DFER is pushing the candidacy of Eric Goulet for DC City Council with nonstop ads on this site. These DFER ads are actually funded by “Education Reform Now Advocacy Inc.,” a 501(c)(4) group that allows the donors to remain anonymous. But it’s common knowledge that right-wing billionaires and their foundations have been funding this movement all along. Doesn’t this site have standards for ads that it will publish?
Carnage in the Supreme Court
       
Millions of Americans, thousands of news writers and news broadcasters, five Supremes, one political party and one has-been president believe “commit” is a synonym of suppress. Modern politicians don’t write so well either. Are they so concerned about unborn children that they have no time for born and living children? When teachers die trying to defend children do the Supremes and other pro-life politicians ever wonder what heroic deed they might do? Campaign money, retirement money.
Time To Wise Up: Your Vote Is Being Abused
       
1) The GQP-types largely run (administer) the GOP, the national party headquartered in Washington (as the DNC is also headquartered in Washington). When TFG was potus, he spent those 4 years quietly putting ‘his people’ in charge of running the national party. But ONLY district voters count for them, so reps don’t care and don’t listen to the outside world. They have their ‘gang’ of chosen district voters and that’s all that matters to them. An example of a ‘non-compact’ district map, aka “choosing your voters” instead of voters choosing their representatives.
Thug Texas goes to war against even Big Money (Citi, Chase) over death-lust, woman-bashing, etc.
       
The mafioesque response of the Texas thug-right is to retaliate against even the most tepid responses by the Big Money Boys. The bank, along with Citigroup and other Wall Street firms, did not completely shut the door on gun companies. A spokesman for Citi said the bank had not altered its policies related to the gun industry since they went into effect in March 2018. The Texas law is the first of its kind in the country. This year, Wyoming passed a law that allows gun companies to sue banks and other firms that refuse to do business with them.
Ukraine Invasion Day 95: ambivalent victories
       
[4] Russian Telegram channels reported that Russian forces successfully seized Pasika on May 28, but ISW cannot independently confirm this claim. [5] Russian forces did not attempt to advance directly south of Izyum and are likely prioritizing an advance north of Lyman. [7] Russian forces from Izyum may join units in Lyman to conduct an offensive on Siversk or pursue a separate drive on Slovyansk. [9] Haidai stressed that Russian forces have not isolated the city, despite damaging a bridge along the Lysychansk-Severodonetsk road. pic.twitter.com/MFhdJ7ExiZ — ?? Ukraine Weapons Tracker (@UAWeapons) May 28, 2022x #Ukraine: Recently delivered Italian FH70 155mm howitzers in use with the Ukrainian army.
Only One Thing Will Stop These Shooting Massacres
       
Only One Thing will stop these Shooting Massacres. The shooter should not have been allowed to purchase these guns and the accompanying military equipment. The Uvalde shooter was a coward, regardless of being either crazy or sane. He may have been as crazy, less, or crazier than the Uvalde shooter. It is the ability and easy access for them to acquire these guns, assault rifles, and accessory military equipment.
Babysitting
       
I was a teenager, then I began dating but there were a few children I couldn’t give up. The friend, a nut, had guns in just about every room, including one on the back of the toilet, no safety. Three year old children do not have a lot of blood; they’re small. I was with the parents and the five and a half year old brother, who’d be six soon enough. those families and friends in Texas lost children and they’ll now have similar memories, except it was murder.
IAN: May 29, 2022
       
If you are going to be away from your computer for a day or a week, let us know here. IAN is a great group to join, and a good place to learn to write diaries. We all share the publishing duties, and we welcome everyone who reads IAN to write diaries for the group! I’d bought a couple of exercise machines fairly early in the pandemic, and I would say I’m getting my money’s worth out of them. I could not possibly care less how many calories I’m burning — I am not doing this to lose weight, I’m doing it to get my body functioning the way it’s supposed to again.
Maybe Faith Has Nothing To Do With Gun Violence
       
So, I decided to see if there was a correlation between faith and gun violence. A note on the dataSweden and Norway have high gun ownership because they are avid hunters. The 107 mass shooting incidents number from Mother Jones will be the most controversial. The low atheism and high gun ownership/violence levels for America might lead to speculation that faith indicates the potential for violence. Data SourcesTop Ten Atheist CountriesCivilian Guns Per 100 CitizensGun Violence Deaths per 100KUS ShootingsWorldwide shootings
Overnight SCIENCE News: More monarchs, compelling cockroach sex, skydiving salamanders, and condors
       
https://t.co/tqCx6fFwTN — NYT Science (@NYTScience) May 28, 2022x Mysterious mounds in the southwest corner of the Amazon Basin were once the site of ancient urban settlements https://t.co/xpVYwtbLMe — nature (@Nature) May 28, 2022x YouTube Videodinos started off warm-blooded and evolved into cold bloodedness“...many dinosaurs as well as their winged relatives, the pterosaurs, were ancestrally warm-blooded. https://t.co/2FITgQDQnv — Science News (@ScienceNews) May 28, 2022x YouTube Videox Mercury may have been twice its current size, and ancient pieces of the planet may be hiding here on Earth. When Charlie’s quantum state was changed, Alice’s state also changed, meaning information ‘teleported’ across Bob without passing through it. There's a lot of thought and a lot of heart that goes with that name.”x PREY-GO-NEESH KEECH KE-ME’-YEHL – CONDORS HAVE COME HOME! At around 10:30am, 2 condors were successfully released in Yurok Country, where the birds have been absent since 1892.
PWB Peeps Caturday Open Thread: National Hamburger Day!
       
Pooties and burgers, could Caturday get any better? PWBPeeps is a group that posts a daily diary and nightly open thread for animal lovers. We share photos, seek & give advice about pet health and behavior issues, support each other in times of sadness and stress, celebrate together when times are good, and on most days have an inordinate amount of fun. You are welcome to join us! Here are few not-too-onerous PWB rules
Texas Teacher Irma Garcia Died Protecting Her Kids. Her Husband Joe Has Just Died Of A Broken Heart.
       
Irma Garcia was my mentor when I began teaching. "Joe and Irma Garcia were parishioners of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Uvalde, and Irma was a leader in a woman's ministry there," said a spokesperson for the archdiocese. I truly believe Joe died of a broken heart. But unlike a heart attack, broken heart syndrome usually does not involve blocked coronary arteries or permanent heart damage. And how can you mend a broken heart?
An update..and looking for corny jokes
       
I ended up staying longer than usual due to neuropathy, its treatment and pulmonary distress. After the whole episode I woe up with severe neuropathy in my hands.. a new problem. My hands sensations keep getting worse and no workaround treatment seems to exist. I am now back in nursing home / rehab for a week or 2 depending on how long Medicare will pay. Now is the time to lighten the mood, please if you have any bad jokes please share them.
How Many Children Have To Die Before We Do THE BARE MINIMUM To Solve The Gun Problem In America?
       
The NRA has fewer than 4.9 million members... That's less than 1.4% of the US populationThis is the question that needs to be asked after each and every massacre… How many children have to die before we do THE BARE MINIMUM to solve the gun problem in America? THE BARE MINIMUM consists of 1) enforcing the laws we already have, 2) closing the gun show loophole, and 3) expanding background checks for all gun sales. This should not be all that complicated… Having the support of an overwhelming majority, THE BARE MINIMUM should have universal support among our elected representatives. If it doesn’t, then that means they don’t represent the majority. The NRA has fewer than 4.9 million members... That's less than 1.4% of the US population!
While defending Putin, Russian state TV accidentally admits Trump is a fascist
       
Fascist death yam Donald Trump probably doesn’t understand why—or even whether—he’s a fascist. So that whole global-order-defining dustup in the ‘40s likely remains as mysterious to him as his bathroom refrigerator’s vegetable crisper. Then again, he did reportedly keep a collection of Hitler’s speeches at his bedside—though he claims he never read it. Which, ironically, I find a little hard to believe. But while Trump’s supporters, when confronted with his fascism, tend to squeal like anyone unlucky enough to glimpse his Gorgonzola-esque Dali painting of a pelvic region, at least one bona fide Trump fan in Russian state media is connecting the dots.
Uvalde, comprehensive timeline
       
March 14, 2022 - Ramos posts on Instagram, "10 more days." March 22, 2022 - UCISD Police hosted “Active Shooter Training” at Uvalde High School. May 16, 2022 - Salvador Ramos turns 18May 17, 2022 - Ramos buys an AR15 at Oasis OutbackMay 18, 2022 - Ramos buys 375 rounds of ammunition (5.56) - per ATFMay 20, 2022 - Ramos buys a second AR15 at Oasis Outback and texts an old classmate photos of an AR15 and a back of ammoMay 24, 2022 —In the morning, Ramos posts a photo on Instagram of a gun lying on a bed11:00am CDT Ramos sends (FB?) 11:37 (+ 4min) Another 16 rounds fired from 11:37 to 11:4411:43 (+10min) Robb elementary announces a lockdown on Facebook. 12:19 (+46min) different student (Miah Cerrillo) calls from room 111, call ended when another student tells her to hang up.
Trump: "You want to stop the war?
       
Donald Trump held a rally in Casper Wyoming this evening. x Trump says the way to stop the war in Ukraine is to stop all the windmills pic.twitter.com/D9OXkZMfDd — Acyn (@Acyn) May 28, 2022‘Bad as they’re doing and as much as they are spending, the the Ruble is at an all time high, because they are taking in so much money. You want to stop the war? Drive down the price of energy. Stop with the windmills that kill all your birds, and destroy your environment.’So get rid of these to stop the war?
Astronomers warn "there's no Planet B"
       
Last July, under the aegis of Astronomers for Planet Earth, more than 2750 astronomers and astrophysicists from 87 countries signed an open letter focusing attention on and urging immediate and substantial steps to address our current climate crisis. "Comprehensive scientific evidence clearly demonstrates that we are living in a climate emergency that calls for urgent action," they warn. Beyond setting an example in their own field and institutions, the astronomers warn that similar steps to reduce carbon emissions and move towards sustainability are urgently needed worldwide. The life on it is real, and the political separations that have placed the planet in danger are of human manufacture. The question, they key question, the central question, in a certain sense the only question, is, will we?"
Connect! Unite! Act! If I were to die of gun violence, please, politicize my death
       
Living across the street from the school, reportedly, Spencer said that the reason for the shooting was simple: “I don't like Mondays. How many people have to be taught, without expectation, that the lesson today is that our culture accepts mass slaughter? So, if I am ever, ever in that group where something happens, please, I beg of you, politicize the hell out of my death. has always focused on ways we can do those things, to connect with each other, to unite with each other, to act together. Feel free to join me in the cause of telling them that every death should be used to hold people responsible.
Qronicles of Anon: It's all about saving the children—until actual children are killed
       
She will be the 5th 2022 QAnon congressional candidate to secure a spot on the general election ballot. pic.twitter.com/Pomf8ezBu9 — PatriotTakes ?? (@patriottakes) May 25, 2022They don’t even know simple things. x UPDATE: QAnon 2022 congressional candidate Johnny Teague has won the Republican primary runoff in Texas’ 7th Congressional District. He is the 4th 2022 QAnon congressional candidate to secure a spot on the general election ballot. pic.twitter.com/4irTY4r4Y3 — PatriotTakes ?? (@patriottakes) May 27, 2022Counter-protesting children who are protesting being murdered in schools: real “Just like Jesus!” vibes here, amirite?
People of color will pay the steepest price if abortion is banned
       
Abortion has always been an emotionally charged topic, but it is intrinsically a health care issue and should be discussed as such. Statistics show that gender health disparities exist, with inequities being particularly pronounced among Black women and in geographic areas where health care options are limited. Health outcomes are particularly disastrous for Black women, whose rates of maternal mortality are three times as high as those for white women. This week, he proposed a $125 million reproductive health package to expand access to abortion and other reproductive health care services. Access to reproductive health care is spotty across the United States, often dependent on geography, even within states.
Ukraine Update: Western artillery is already impacting the Battle of Donbas, and more is on the way
       
This is especially true because Russian forces are destroying the city as they assault it and will control its rubble if they capture it. Russia wants it to declare all of Luhansk Oblast captured, and Ukraine wants it to deny Russia that propaganda victory. Russia’s problem is that the deeper they stretch into Ukrainian territory, the more exposed they get to Ukrainian artillery, particularly the deeper-range American/Canadian/Australian M777s and French Caesars. Russia ignores it, and Ukraine has an opportunity to retake serious territory and make a mess of Russia’s efforts to annex Kherson Oblast into Russia. If the United States provides them, Ukraine will need Western contract personnel to handle maintenance and on-the-job training.
Mass shootings are a symptom of the declining U.S. empire's fascist reaction
       
The mass shootings that this country has been reeling from are symptoms of the U.S. empire's decline. This is only natural, because the imperialist social order behind law enforcement is what's producing these shootings. At least one-third of mass shooters have been trained by the United States military. White supremacist mass shooters get radicalized by the propaganda channels that are made possible by the settler-colonial structure. Mass shootings in the U.S. far outpace those in other rich countries because the U.S. is not just an imperialist country, but the core imperialist country, the one with a military budget that dwarfs those of its allies.
The Eurasian Economic Union Steps Up
       
Pepe Escobar explains the alternative to the American hegemony over the world's economy. Russia and China are further integrating their economies attracting attention from other nations around the world that want to free themselves from the authoritarian control of the US dollar. The EAEU is just one of almost a dozen organizations and initiatives, which included China's New Silk Road. The world is splitting into two economic poles. If Gonzalo Lira is right, we are in real trouble--A Revolution Is Coming In The West
America needs a Grand Reset
       
I was prompted to write this article after reading Ellen Brown's recent article in this journal on the need for a "reset that serves the people." About National DebtAs I stated years ago, there is good national debt and there is bad national debt. National debt is a political and socioeconomic phenomenon. Today, the national debt seems to be around $30 trillion. I will end this article by broadening her enthusiasm to state that a Grand Reset could be possible that changes America from a corpocracy of the power elite to a genuine democracy of the American people.
A Still Life: Quince in a Tender Ceramic Cup
       
Quince in a Cup(Image by Amelia Hawkins) Details DMCA. still from film Altered States (1980)(Image by MGM) Details DMCABut now I see a scene from Altered States. A burgeoning proto-man in anguish,whose caught a real first glimpse of the future. and sees cash cow instead of haute couture;A Sartrian apple finding languageto express its essence and not its traits. Why not sign up for free at my Tantric Disposition Matrix, my Substack site.
Carolyn Hax: ‘Horrible person’ doesn’t like boyfriend’s prying mom
       
My boyfriend’s mother seems like a really nice person and only has good intentions, but she grates on my last nerve. I don’t know why it bothers me so much. I know she isn’t bad and that this is my issue, but I don’t know how to loosen up and not be so offended by her. Your boyfriend is dating a private person. As long as you employ it kindly, using your own judgment does not make you “a horrible person.” It makes you you.
Ask Amy: How do I permanently exit a group chat?
       
Placeholder while article actions loadDear Amy: I have a 12-year-old daughter who belongs to a youth group at church. Each time this happens, I ask the leaders to remove my number, which they do, and then a few weeks later I am back on their list and getting the group texts again. How do I get these leaders to show some common text courtesy without pulling my daughter from a group of friends she wants to be with? You could “block” the originating phone number (and you would not receive any calls or texts from the number). There’s no animosity or issues, we’re just borderline strangers to each other (I don’t even have his phone number).
The U.K. has a problem with radicalization, but not shootings. The difference lies in gun access.
       
This was in Britain, where owning a gun is outlawed in most cases and gun-related homicides are extremely rare. A youth court heard that police raided the boy’s home after he had sent messages on Instagram saying he wanted to replicate the 1999 Columbine school massacre in Colorado and attack an orphanage. “It’s very difficult to get hold of a firearm in the U.K.,” said Chris Hobbs, a former detective sergeant with London’s Metropolitan Police. The private ownership of most handguns was outlawed across the country. There hasn’t been a school shooting since.
George Shapiro, producer and manager of comedy stars including Jerry Seinfeld, dies at 91
       
George Shapiro, producer and longtime manager of Jerry Seinfeld, Carl Reiner, Andy Kaufman and other comedy stars, died Thursday at his home in Beverly Hills. For Kaufman, Shapiro served as executive producer for the Showtime special "Andy Kaufman at Carnegie Hall" and ABC’s legendary "The Andy Kaufman Special." In 2017, Shapiro, Reiner, Brooks and others were featured in the HBO documentary about elderly comedians "If You’re Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast." Shapiro is survived by Melody Shapiro, his lifelong friend and mother of three children: son Danny Shapiro, daughters Carrie Shapiro Fuentes and Stefanie Shapiro. He is also survived by a brother, Don Shapiro, and five grandchildren: Adam Shapiro, Nathan Fuentes, Audrey Fuentes, Skylar Shapiro and Alana Shapiro.
Don Trump Jr. Suggests Uvalde Shooter Could Have Killed 19 Kids With A 'Bat'
       
AdvertisementThe red-faced, nearly teary-eyed Trump Jr. shouted that the shooter was a “sociopath” who could wreak the same havoc with nearly any other weapon. He says gun owners are unfairly “stigmatatized,” and the real problem is that “crazy teachers” are indoctrinating kids. pic.twitter.com/2Rmme3510A — Ron Filipkowski ?? (@RonFilipkowski) May 29, 2022In fact the gun is critical in the amount of destruction any shooter can deliver. That’s why mass shootings with assault rifles have so few survivors (unlike, say, an attack involving a bat). Obviously, that was “nonsense,” Mick North, a father of 5-year-old Sophie killed in Dunblane, told NPR Friday, recalling the prince’s complaint.
‘Ariely is in there’
       
National ‘Ariely is in there’ One daughter left Robb Elementary early. And nothing needed to be said, because Kat knew that her sister — another of Roque’s daughters, 9-year-old Ariely — was still inside Robb Elementary, and that Roque had chosen, earlier in the day, to leave her behind. Ariely, a year below her sister, received an award for outstanding citizenship. “Ariely is in there,” Roque replied, with a weeping-face emoji. Ariely had been hiding behind the curtain of the stage where she and her sister received their awards that morning, quietly praying until they were led out of the building.
Beltway Battles series strives to give boxing in D.C. a fighting chance again
       
Choose your plan ArrowRight But Saturday afternoon, the undefeated boxer turned promoter was in search of ice. That request came from pugilists and their handlers several hours before the first bout of “Beltway Battles: Round 2,” the second of three local cards Hernandez-Harrison is promoting at Entertainment and Sports Arena with the aim of restoring the sport’s profile in the nation’s capital. The main event between Bowie’s Greg Outlaw and Wilfrido Buelvas of Colombia ended in an anti-climactic no contest in the first round. Underscoring the area representation Saturday night was a 10-bell salute honoring late trainer Gary Russell Sr., who died recently. The amenities also are far more fan-friendly than some dated venues in the area that have hosted boxing cards in recent years.
GOP Congressman Claims He'll Back Assault Weapons Ban After Mass Shootings
       
“I hope I’ve been compassionate when I read and heard about previous incidents like this that have happened over the years, but I guess there’s just something markedly different when it happens in your city, to people you know,” Jacobs said. “Being a father and having young children and visualizing what those parents are going through and, I guess, being able to feel it more personally certainly has had an impact as well.”
Kennedy Burke keeps contributing, but the Mystics can’t solve the Sun
       
Placeholder while article actions loadUNCASVILLE, Conn. — Washington Mystics Coach Mike Thibault was thrilled to claim Kennedy Burke off waivers on the day the WNBA season started. The 6-foot-1 wing entered Saturday’s game averaging career highs in points (9.0), rebounds (2.0) and steals (1.5). The Sun (6-2) controlled most of the game as the Mystics shot 40.0 percent, but Connecticut never led by double digits. Ariel Atkins had 13 points for the Mystics, and Elizabeth Williams added 12 points and two blocks. Williams had her best game with the Mystics on Saturday, and Rui Machida had a pair of highlight-reel passes and made a three-pointer.
D.C. United enters break on a sour note with listless loss to Red Bulls
       
Without injured star Taxi Fountas, United survived one half before being buried by the New York Red Bulls in a three-goal, nine-minute blitz packed with failed clearances and sensational finishes. The Red Bulls were better with the ball and in their buildup, but with United defenders making timely tackles in the box, the match remained scoreless at halftime. A minute later, the Red Bulls went ahead. Another five minutes, another goal for the Red Bulls: a corner kick, two D.C. touches, then a wicked volley by Morgan from 25 yards that swerved beyond Hamid’s reach and into the far side netting. AdvertisementAshton is expected to provide ample opportunity for secondary players, as well as call on reinforcements from second-division Loudoun United.
Top Winners and Losers After Real Madrid's Champions League Victory vs. Liverpool
       
That said, it was an incredibly disappointing result for Liverpool, which entered with hopes of avenging its 2018 UCL final loss to Real Madrid. The Belgian was brilliant in goal for Real Madrid in the final, making nine saves to help his team earn the victory. Vinicius Junior also entered Saturday's game with three goals and six assists in 12 Champions League matches this season. Loser: Liverpool's DefenseThe Liverpool defense of Virgil van Dijk, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ibrahima Konate and Andrew Robertson struggled. For comparison, the Real Madrid defense made 17 tackles, winning 15, and completed 11 clearances and managed to maintain a clean sheet.
Two dead, several injured in holiday weekend boating incidents
       
Two people are dead, three are missing, and more than a dozen others were hospitalized in holiday weekend boating incidents in Georgia and Illinois on Saturday, authorities said. The U.S. Coast Guard said five people were rescued, with one hospitalized in good condition. One of those rescued was pulled from the water by a Coast Guard helicopter crew. Officials said the Coast Guard would continue to conduct rescue and dive operations alongside local partners. On the Illinois River in the area of Seneca, Illinois, a 30-foot boat went up in flames about 5:30 p.m., Saturday, the Coast Guard said.
Unbeaten Maryland overpowers Princeton, will play for lacrosse national title
       
Placeholder while article actions loadEAST HARTFORD, Conn. — Saturday’s wait was worth it for the Maryland men’s lacrosse team. Maryland (17-0) will meet seventh-seeded Cornell (13-4), a 17-10 winner over sixth-seeded Rutgers, in Monday’s title game. AdvertisementThe Terps also became the first team to reach back-to-back title games with an undefeated record since 1981-82 North Carolina, which won the championship each season. Instead of starting around 2:30 p.m., Maryland and Princeton didn’t get underway until 6:28 before an announced crowd of 21,668 — the smallest for a semifinal without pandemic restrictions since 2001. AdvertisementThe Terps stretched the lead to 7-2 before Princeton caught its greatest break of the game.
Former House Speaker Paul Ryan Emerges To Bash 'Entertainer' Politicians
       
Former Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan emerged from self-imposed political exile to lash “entertainer” lawmakers. The measurement of success was policy and persuasion,” Ryan said on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” Thursday. Advertisement“You persuade your colleagues, your country, your constituents: ‘This is the right way to go, here’s the solution,’” he told host Rebecca Quick. The measurement of success was policy and persuasion," says Paul Ryan. Ryan said in an interview last year that it was “really clear” Trump lost the election, and that the election was in no way rigged.
Uvalde funeral homes overwhelmed — but not alone — preparing for burials
       
While the community of Uvalde continues to mourn the deaths of 19 children and two teachers shot inside Robb Elementary School, two local funeral homes are overwhelmed. The first funerals for the victims will take place on Tuesday, said Jimmy Lucas, president of the Texas Funeral Directors Association. Help from NewtownDavid MacDonald, the president of the Connecticut Funeral Directors Association, knows what the funeral home staff and volunteers in Uvalde are facing. When he first saw the news reports of the Uvalde shooting, MacDonald said he instantly remembered the Sandy Hook and the days that followed clearly. “I received two calls from other funeral directors in the state ...
78 Long Minutes
       
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Florida Republicans beat the gun lobby. Congress hasn’t followed.
       
Three weeks after 17 people were gunned down in 2018 inside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., then-Florida Gov. Interviews this week with Republican senators revealed little stomach for the sort of sprawling bill that Florida Republicans passed in 2018. There is little evidence that the sort of sprawling compromise bill that won approval in Florida could come together on Capitol Hill. The shooting happened in the middle of the state’s 60-day legislative session, which created an opportunity and deadline for quick action. Most Florida Democrats, meanwhile, did not consider the bill a victory — at least, not at first.
At gun violence memorial, visitors reflect on two weeks of mass death
       
Oertley, 58, had found herself inside the Gun Violence Memorial Project. But then she saw the Gun Violence Memorial Project. Engstrand hadn’t personally been touched by gun violence, but she’d always been willing to help. They’d come for the weekend from Pennsylvania, not planning to find a gun violence exhibit at a museum about buildings. She stepped into the exhibit’s final installation, a room where visitors could sit and read the books about gun violence scattered on the tables.
Ukraine war volunteers are coming home, reckoning with difficult fight
       
Many entered the fight after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky personally appealed to foreign volunteers to journey there and fight. On one mission, he said, he was unable get a lock on a Russian tank with a cold thermal signature. An American volunteer named Dakota fires a Javelin missile at a Russian tank east of Mykolaiv, Ukraine, in April. He recalled how, early in the war, he saw images of his hometown on fire and left to join the fight two days later. He’s mired in divorce proceedings, initiated before he left for Ukraine, and occasionally hears from friends who update him over text about their successful tank harvests.
Elon Musk Says He Welcomes Recession So Money Stops 'Raining' Down On 'Fools'
       
AdvertisementAs for raining money, critics were happy to point out that Musk has been the recipient of millions of dollars in tax breaks ($64 million from Texas alone), and a very hefty government loan, among other support. It has been raining money on fools for too long. Rude awakening inbound! — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 27, 2022Twitter critics had a “rude awakening” (inbound!) A megalomaniac who would have failed without public money, tax breaks & everything he criticises others for.
U.K. Got Tough On Guns After 1996 Scotland School Attack; There Hasn't Been One Since
       
Shattered parents and gun control advocates went into action in 1996 after a former Scout master fatally shot 16 children and their teacher at an elementary school in Dunblane, Scotland. After they battled to effectively ban handguns for civilians in the U.K. (automatic weapons were outlawed after a previous mass killing), there hasn’t been another mass school shooting in the U.K. since. But North is losing faith that Americans are capable of gun control and saving lives lost to bullets. But similar nations with similar “frontier” views — like Canada and Australia — have managed to enact effective gun control measures, North noted. Trump, speaking at the National Rifle Association convention in Texas on Friday, called gun control efforts “grotesque.”
Newsom tests positive for Covid
       
California Gov. Gavin Newsom has tested positive for Covid, his office announced on Saturday. Newsom’s diagnosis comes a day after he met with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in San Francisco to sign a pledge to help fight climate change. Ardern tested positive for Covid in May. Newsom said in a tweet that he is “exhibiting mild symptoms” and is isolating at least through Thursday and until he tests negative.
Your Burning Questions About ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Answered
       
To hear more audio stories from publications like The New York Times, download Audm for iPhone or Android. “Top Gun: Maverick” turns and burns its way into theaters this week, landing 36 years after the 1986 original. That’s a lot of time to form a lot of questions about the new film and its relationship to its predecessor — and we’ve got answers. Both films begin with Maverick (Cruise) engaging in a display of hot-dogging that gets him called on the carpet — but not really, since he’s sent to Top Gun, essentially promoted, by its conclusion. The goings-on at the Navy flight school include dogfight exercises, philosophical conflicts and a love story.
As Formula 1 Surges in the U.S., IndyCar Hopes to Keep Up
       
“That split caused a lot of drama, and no one knew who to follow or where to watch the races,” said Juan Pablo Montoya, a Colombian driver who has won multiple races in both IndyCar and Formula 1. In 2008, the series reunited under the IndyCar name and in 2020 was purchased by the entrepreneur and American racing magnate Roger Penske. Montoya said the new ownership, combined with Formula 1’s rising popularity in the United States, had drivers feeling optimistic about IndyCar’s future. “There is a lot of positive momentum in IndyCar right now,” Montoya said. “And if you like Formula 1, the next closest thing in the U.S. is IndyCar, where the racing is very competitive and anyone can win on any given week.
Five Horror Movies to Stream Now
       
This ultraviolent contagion apocalypse movie is an unhinged joyride through genre madness that will unsettle your guts and your brain. That’s a no-joke warning and an enthusiastic recommendation. When Kat winds up at a hospital under siege, she meets a demented virologist who mansplains to her how bad men — misogynists, corrupt politicians, virus deniers — are successfully undermining a good society. “There can no longer be truth.”When the Canadian writer-director-editor Rob Jabbaz showed it at Fantasia, a genre festival that’s not for lightweights, the program included a rare trigger warning. If that sounds like a transgressive badge of honor, this fearless, feminist, furious film has your name on it.
Leah McSweeney of ‘Real Housewives’ Takes a Cold Plunge
       
“Oh my God, this is insane,” said Leah McSweeney, the reality TV star. …” Her voice cut off as her head slipped below the water. It bobbed back up a second later as Ms. McSweeney fled the frigid plunge pool and reached for a towel. Ms. McSweeney, 39, a star of the latter seasons of “The Real Housewives of New York City,” has been a regular patron for nearly a decade, enjoying the sauna, the shvitz, the treatments. In the 12th season of “RHONY,” she brought her moneyed co-stars to the spa.
UEFA Blames Delay at Champions League Final on ‘Fake Tickets’
       
But France’s interior minister, Gerald Darmanin, repeated UEFA’s version of events in a Twitter post. “Thousands of British ‘supporters’ without tickets or with counterfeit tickets forced entry and sometimes assaulted the stewards,” he wrote. UEFA officials initially seemed to lay the blame for the problems on “late-arriving fans,” even though huge crowds had been stuck at the gates for hours before the scheduled kickoff. “They closed every turnstile Liverpool-related,” Smith said. “Fans waited two hours, orderly, nothing out of order, and we were tear-gassed.” He said there was little information or direction from stadium staff.
An Irish National Treasure Gets Set for a Long-Needed Restoration
       
DUBLIN — The Long Room, with its imposing oak ceiling and two levels of bookshelves laden with some of Ireland’s most ancient and valuable volumes, is the oldest part of the library in Trinity College Dublin, in constant use since 1732. But that remarkable record is about to be disrupted, as engineers, architects and conservation experts embark on a 90 million euro, or $95 million, program to restore and upgrade the college’s Old Library building, of which the Long Room is the main part. The library, visited by as many as a million people a year, had been needing repairs for years, but the 2019 fire at Notre Dame cathedral in Paris was an urgent reminder that it needed to be protected, according to those involved in the conservation effort.
A Darker ‘Borgen’ Returns, and Heads to Greenland
       
Several other key actors, including Hjort Sorensen, who plays the journalist Katrine Fonsmark, also came back. “What’s brilliant,” Hjort Sorensen said, “is that 10 years have passed, both in real time and for the characters. “I definitely struggled with my vanity on her behalf,” Hjort Sorensen said. “She’s faced with a choice: Are you going to leave the scene gracefully, or are you going to remain in the game?” Price said. “Knowing that remaining in the game means that your hands will be very dirty.” The real action of this “Borgen” happens on the massive, ice-covered island of Greenland, 2,000 miles from Copenhagen.
CIA's Project HTAutomat interpreted photos from U-2 spy planes
       
Something very interesting was going on in the Steuart Building. O’Connor said that from mid-1956 through December 1962, the upper floors of the Steuart Building were the clandestine location of the CIA’s Photographic Intelligence Division, or PID. And that’s where the Steuart Building came in. Its ultimate destination was the Steuart Building, where interpreters pored over the images, using tools to discern the size and orientation of various structures. On Oct. 16, 1962, Lundahl went to see John F. Kennedy at the White House, 11 blocks from the Steuart Building.
Damon Young: In the Buffalo shooting, cowardice is the point of white supremacy, too
       
Can’t (legally) kill them anymore? Can’t (legally) kill them anymore? Let’s kill them. Can’t (legally) kill them anymore? And then let’s deny, deny, deny.
Nabil Ayers has barely spoken to his father. But he has no regrets.
       
With the exception of a single lunch 16 years ago, Nabil, 50, and Roy have barely spoken. We spoke with Nabil recently from his home in Brooklyn, where he lives with his wife, Ally Jane Ayers. What do you want from Roy Ayers? But I absolutely don’t think he was a bad father. I think I’m in such a weird, unique situation where he did everything he agreed to do, and it’s amazing that he did that.
Video game developers want fair online games. Some players really don’t.
       
Launcher News Video game developers want fair online games. For Jordan “HusKerrs” Thomas, a popular streamer and competitive “Call of Duty: Warzone” player, skill-based matchmaking is a labor issue. Hate for skill-based matchmaking is hardly a phenomenon confined to top streamers or salty Call of Duty players. The results showed that their engagement-optimized matchmaking strategy showed a small but statistically significant improvement in keeping players playing over a pure skill-based matchmaking strategy. But what defines the dynamic is the fact that skill-based matchmaking is a business strategy designed to keep players coming back.
A sanctuary in nature helps me offset the world’s horrors
       
The grounds were shaded by old oaks and maples and dotted with stone benches that looked out on a quiet, marshy cove. On early mornings, the resident birds would practice their trills and arpeggios, greeting the neighbors and welcoming the day. In that small sanctuary, the dead watched eternally over the living, and the living awakened to celebrate each new dawn. In the streets, more than 90 people were dead, and I spent the day watching charred corpses being unloaded outside a hospital. Two weeks ago, when the urgent call came from my old friend in Connecticut, it felt like a lifeline.
Veteran U.S. judge joins calls for Supreme Court ethics code
       
Placeholder while article actions loadA prominent Republican-appointed federal judge on Thursday joined calls for Supreme Court justices to be subject to an ethics code, saying a failure by judges to police their own misconduct lessens Americans’ respect for the judiciary. “As a court system — federal, state and otherwise — we are under scrutiny and under attack. And because of that I think all judges should be subject to a code of ethics,” Walton said in his interview. AdvertisementWalton said he understood from Thursday’s conference, hosted by the National Judicial College, that the Supreme Court is considering such a code, “and I think that’s a good thing.”The Supreme Court did not respond to a request for comment. AdvertisementEarly this month, a deeply polarized Supreme Court vowed to launch a leak investigation after a draft opinion that would overturn the right to abortion established in Roe v. Wade sent shock waves through the national political landscape.
Biden's remarks about Taiwan prompt calls to revisit 'strategic ambiguity.' But it's a sound policy.
       
Strategic ambiguity is not merely designed to deter China, after all — though that is one key aim. To begin with the basics, strategic ambiguity tries to mitigate two potential pathways to war. Second, China might attack Taiwan to prevent the United States and Taiwan from becoming too closely allied. Those arrangements are consistent with strategic ambiguity, but recent hawkish rhetoric from many in the United States isn’t. In addition, the United States should work with Taiwan to counter looming unconventional threats to Taiwan, including Chinese threats to Taiwan’s cybersecurity.
What the research says about gun laws
       
For more than six years, the Rand Corp., through its Gun Policy in America initiative, has been evaluating the available scientific evidence on the effects of gun laws on a wide range of outcomes, including homicides, suicides and mass shootings. We have reviewed thousands of scientific articles to identify those that credibly estimate the effects of 18 different gun laws that are commonly debated in state legislatures. Of course, we should not expect to implement laws only for which we have strong scientific evidence. The two problems — weak studies or no studies — are related: For decades, we in the United States have underfunded research and data collection efforts that could help us establish the effects of gun laws and other firearm violence prevention interventions. We have extraordinary levels of firearms violence in this country — but also research-proven ways to reduce it.
Uvalde shooting victims join list of Americans killed in mass shootings - Washington Post
       
Amish children ride in the back of a buggy as they travel to a wake at the home of two Amish school shooting victims in Nickel Mines, Pa., in 2006. Feb. 27, 2012 • At Chardon High School in Chardon, Ohio: Demetrius Hewlin, 16; Russell King, Jr., 17; Daniel Parmertor, 16. A bouquet of flowers is left at the Fedex facility in Indianapolis where eight people were killed in a mass shooting on April 15, 2021. Nov. 30, 2021 • At Oxford High School in Oxford, Mich.: Madisyn Baldwin, 17; Tate Myre, 16; Hana St. Juliana, 14; Justin Shilling, 17. A makeshift memorial lists names of the 10 people killed in a mass shooting at Tops Friendly Market in Buffalo on May 14.
How long are Americans sad and angry about mass shootings? Four days.
       
Almost every day, between 10 percent and 25 percent of Americans reported feeling sadness the previous day. Days after the Sandy Hook mass shooting, Americans’ reports of sadness and anger returned to their normal levels. But the impact of mass shootings on the emotions of respondents lasts for only a few days, and then it is gone, indistinguishable from the longer time trend. But the pattern of policy responses to mass shootings suggests a link. The right tells us that now is not the time to politicize the latest mass shooting.
Spring cleaning 2022
       
Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme collapsed not because of law enforcement derring-do or its inherent contradictions, but because of the financial crisis. It was only when the subprime contagion sank the broader markets that Madoff’s investors sought to take their profits off the table. No need to really understand any of the supposedly innovative technology behind it (blockchain is 30 years old, but never mind that). The problem with get-rich-quick schemes is that they are based on lies, and people invariably lose the money they put into them. With many crypto investors (who bought in when prices were higher) now in the red, the question is just how bad the damage will be — and just how many are swimming naked.
Tear gas fired at Liverpool fans at stadium ahead of Champions League final
       
Angry Liverpool fans held in the lines were seen hanging onto railings and heard shouting: “Let us in. Other people, wearing no obvious club attire, climbed the fences instead as Liverpool fans shouted at them to get down. Fresh rounds of tear gas were fired by riot police from inside the security perimeter at people outside the fences. Officers used tear gas on Liverpool fans on repeated occasions. “We are hugely disappointed at the stadium entry issues and breakdown of the security perimeter that Liverpool fans faced,” the club said in a statement.
The Texas Law That Has Banks Saying They Don’t ‘Discriminate’ Against Guns
       
But the bank has been shut out of working for the state since the law went into effect in September. It would not be able to secure that contract until it is certified under the new law, known as S.B. This past week, calls for gun control grew louder after an 18-year-old attacked an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. Unlike after the Parkland shooting, leaders of the nation’s largest companies — including the big banks — have largely been silent this time. “The banks were willing to take these stands against guns before the Texas law, so why aren’t they standing up now,” said Paul A. Argenti, a business professor who studies public relations and ethics at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business.
Debate Over Guns Unfolds in Uvalde, a Rural Texas Town in Grief
       
Three hundred miles away from Uvalde, raw divisions over gun rights in Texas were on vivid display on Friday as hundreds of gun control supporters protested outside an annual National Rifle Association convention in Houston. Inside, Mr. Trump and others blamed “evil” and an array of social ills for the attacks, but not easy access to guns. The Roman Catholic archbishop of San Antonio, whose territory includes Uvalde, said the N.R.A. But gun rights supporters are challenging those laws in court, and recently won a legal victory after an appeals court struck down California’s ban on selling semiautomatic guns to young adults. “To buy a weapon at 18 — it’s kind of ridiculous.”Even as many in Uvalde have said they want to focus their attention on the victims, the conversation about guns has been reverberating through town.
Missoula’s Most In-Demand Kitchen Is Run by Refugees
       
But given that Montana was one of only two states not accepting refugees when Soft Landing Missoula began in 2015, it’s been a particularly significant tool for cultural exchange. But when you actually meet someone from the Democratic Republic of Congo, you realize ‘Oh, Missoula is home to an entire community of people from that country.’”Mary Poole, the executive director of Soft Landing Missoula, wants Missoulians to see refugees and other immigrants as assets. Many of the newcomers aspire to open businesses, which the program supports through a Business 101 class at Missoula’s Lifelong Learning Center. “Some of them don’t know me, but they try my food, and next time they will know me,” Mrs. AlMasri said. “They’ll know my food.”
Tropical Storm Agatha Headed to the Mexican Coast
       
Tropical Storm Agatha, the first named storm this year in the eastern Pacific, is hurtling toward the Mexican coast and has the potential to become a hurricane, triggering life-threatening flash floods and mudslides, the National Hurricane Center said on Saturday. Agatha could make landfall on Monday as a Category 2 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 100 miles per hour, Dennis Feltgen, a meteorologist and spokesman for the Hurricane Center, said on Saturday. Agatha was headed toward the largely rural Mexican state of Oaxaca and was expected to dissipate Wednesday morning. A hurricane watch was posted for the southern coast of Mexico, from Salina Cruz to Punta Maldonado. Mr. Feltgen said storms originating in the eastern Pacific did not generally reach the United States as hurricanes.
Victor Robles powers the Nationals to victory to open a doubleheader
       
Placeholder while article actions loadIt had been almost 10 months since Victor Robles hit a home run, so he made sure he had the perfect view. As the ball left his bat in the fourth inning of the Washington Nationals’ 13-7 victory over the Colorado Rockies to open a doubleheader Saturday, he walked backward down the first base line, allowing him to marvel at his blast. He worked a full count against the Rockies’ Austin Gomber before pulling a single into left field to push the Nationals ahead 4-3. Maikel Franco’s double against reliever Ashton Goudeau brought home two runs, and Robles singled again to score Josh Bell and make it 8-4. Robles, 25, started 0 for 18 with seven strikeouts as he worked through swing adjustments with hitting coach Darnell Coles.
Live updates Real Madrid beats Liverpool in Champions League final
       
Reported organizational issues outside Stade de France, the site of Saturday’s Champions League final, resulted in multiple delays and attendee complaints of being tear-gassed. Many of those attendees, dressed in red, appeared to be Liverpool fans in videos shown across social media and during the CBS pregame broadcast. Liverpool issued a statement about those problems during the final, saying the club was “hugely disappointed at the stadium entry issues and breakdown of the security perimeter that Liverpool fans faced this evening at Stade de France.”“This is the greatest match in European football and supporters should not have to experience the scenes we have witnessed tonight,” it said in a statement. “We have officially requested a formal investigation into the causes of these unacceptable issues.”After the final, UEFA announced that it will review the pregame incidents with the French police and the French Football Federation. It said in a statement that “the turnstiles at the Liverpool end became blocked by thousands of fans who had purchased fake tickets which did not work in the turnstiles” in the run-up to the match, creating a build-up of fans seeking entry.
Harris, other mourners in Buffalo call for action on gun violence
       
Placeholder while article actions loadBUFFALO — The final victim of the racist attack on a Buffalo supermarket has been laid to rest. But to the community here, the service also served as a call to action full of desperate pleas for lawmakers to put measures in place to prevent more gun violence. AdvertisementCivil rights attorney Ben Crump urged legislators to take up gun control measures during his blistering speech. Other speakers also called for more action to address systemic racism in Buffalo, one of the most segregated and impoverished cities in America. “We want economic development right here in Buffalo.”After the funeral, before boarding a plane back to Washington, Harris urged legislators to impose a ban on assault weapons.
Real Madrid Defeat Liverpool to Win Champions League Behind Vinicius Jr.'s Goal
       
AP Photo/Petr David JosekThibaut Courtois' masterpiece and Vinicius Junior's 59th-minute goal off a beautiful Federico Valverde pass propelled Real Madrid to a 1-0 win over Liverpool in the Champions League Final on Saturday in Paris. Liverpool outshot Real Madrid 24-4. That was all Real Madrid needed thanks to Courtois' evening, and Real Madrid has now won 14 European Cups or Champions League titles, twice as many as any other club. Real Madrid needed a Karim Benzema hat trick to overcome a 2-0 deficit to Paris St-Germain in the Round of 16. There were new heroes Saturday as Courtois cemented himself as a legend, while Vinicius Jr. and Valverde did enough to catapult Real Madrid as the Champions League title.
Real Madrid beats Liverpool to win Champions League title on a night marred by security issues
       
It always does when Real Madrid is playing. The concrete stairs inside the Stade de France began to shudder as the celebrations from Real fans lasted almost five minutes. Thibaut Courtois produced a stunning display in goal for Real Madrid. Real fans felt it; so did Liverpool's. Though Jurgen Klopp's side continued to press until the end, celebrations had already started for the Madrid fans.
Johnson, many Tories would lose seats if UK election were tomorrow, poll shows
       
Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party would lose to the opposition in almost all key battleground constituencies if an election were held tomorrow — and the British prime minister would “likely” lose his own seat to Labour, according to a new poll. Conservative members have long considered Johnson, the firebrand Brexiteer, as the most effective winning ticket. The story looks very different today, according to the YouGov poll. “High-profile ‘Red Wall’ Conservative gains from 2019 … would fall back into Labour hands if an election were held tomorrow,” the pollster says. “Wakefield … would also return to Labour,” YouGov predicts.
Russia’s war on water in Ukraine
       
Residents carry drinking water collected from a supply truck in the southern Ukrainian city of Mykolaiv | Genya Savilov/AFP via Getty ImagesPress play to listen to this article Voiced by Amazon PollyIn Russia's war on Ukraine, water is both a target and a weapon. Just three days after the start of the latest invasion, Russian forces destroyed a dam in Ukraine's Kherson region that had blocked water access to Russian-annexed Crimea. In Mariupol, a city in southeastern Ukraine, Russian soldiers shut off local water supply as part of a brutal siege on the city, leaving the trapped population without access to safe drinking water or sanitation. Blockading water supplies for local populations, as Russian forces did in Mariupol, has also proven to be a powerful tactic. “We're seeing more and more violence associated with water, as water becomes more scarce and more urgent and as climate change affects how much water we get and where we get it,” said Gleick, who tracks these conflicts in the World Water Chronology database.
Global COVID vaccine patent talks near breaking point
       
The WTO made the bold but risky decision to facilitate talks between the four major players on the vaccine waiver debate – the EU, U.S., South Africa and India. With the world nearing a COVID vaccine surplus, many believe the debate has become more about the next health crisis rather than the current one. Two Geneva-based trade diplomats weren't convinced by China's pledge. The official added that this had the effect of slowing down the talks, but both countries defended their inputs. "Switzerland is actively and constructively engaged" in the talks, a spokesperson said, while pointing out that "questions remain" regarding the text.
The illusion of Russia’s economic stabilization
       
Western sanctions, intended to hurt Russia, have led to a surge in export revenues, at least in the short term. "Russia's current account surplus and the inflows it represents help Russia's economy by keeping interest rates low," the IIF’s Brooks said via Twitter on Sunday. Closing up shopBut financial stability is only one of the necessary conditions for economic prosperity. But it’s in manufacturing, Russia’s traditional Achilles’ heel, that the impact is likely to be felt hardest. The direction of travel — back to Soviet-era level of competitiveness, stagnation and economic underperformance — seems clear.
Guilty Plea In Plot To Firebomb California Democratic HQ
       
Ian Benjamin Rogers, 46, of Napa, pleaded guilty to conspiring to destroy a building by fire or explosives, possessing an explosive device and possessing a machine gun under a plea agreement that could bring him seven to nine years in federal prison. The pair “hoped their attacks would prompt a movement,” prosecutors said when they announced the charges in July. Copeland, 38, previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy and destruction of records. In a different message he said that after Democratic President Joe Biden was inaugurated, “we go to war.”Their first planned target was the John L. Burton Democratic Headquarters in Sacramento, prosecutors said. He was taken into custody then on state charges after the FBI said he sent text messages that agents perceived as threats against the unoccupied Governor’s Mansion and social media companies Facebook and Twitter.
The Choice Between Politics and Art Is a False One
       
Review of Either/Or by Elif Batuman (Penguin Press, 2022)Living a political life and an artistic one has long been considered mutually exclusive. Elif Batuman, author of the semiautobiographical 2017 Pulitzer Prize finalist The Idiot, ponders the relationship between art and politics in her new sequel, Either/Or. “To be obsessed by your own life experience was childish, egotistical, unartistic, and worthy of contempt,” she had learned in high school. She vacillates between the urge to escape him and the feeling that this will be yet another interesting experience worth having. Childhood’s End During her travels through Turkey, Selin experiences a coming of age that moves her decidedly from the realm of childhood to one of adulthood, just as she intended.
The Bob’s Burgers Movie Sides With Working-Class Eccentrics
       
I like Bob’s Burgers, an easygoing animated comedy about an underdog working-class family running a perpetually struggling hamburger joint. People wanted to see a concert version of Bob’s Burgers featuring puppets? But the thing is, that’s exactly the kind of addled logic that would prevail within the world of Bob’s Burgers. Some version of potential restaurant failure is central to Bob’s Burgers’ plots in general. Though you’d miss all the insider stuff, the movie is still perfectly easy to follow even if you’ve never seen an episode of Bob’s Burgers.
Joan Robinson Changed the Way We Think About Capitalism
       
Joan Robinson was one of the most remarkable figures in the world of economics during the twentieth century. Breaking the Mold Joan Violet Robinson was born in Camberley, Surrey, on October 31, 1903, into an upper-class English family. In her preface to the second edition of the book, Robinson was strongly self-critical. A sufficient rise in money wages will always lead to a rise in the rate of interest and so check an increase in employment. This was sufficient, Robinson maintained, to discredit the quantity theory of money (later revived by monetarist economists such as Milton Friedman).
Dollar General Workers Are Fed Up
       
That’s how David Williams, who works at a Dollar General in New Orleans, describes the discount retail chain’s resistance to workers’ demands for better wages and working conditions. Raised in the city’s Lower Ninth Ward, Williams has worked at Dollar General for around two-and-a-half years. A recent report from the Economic Policy Institute finds that 92 percent of Dollar General employees make less than $15 an hour. Dollar store workers put too much into this to get paid as they do,” he adds. Coming as it does at a time when other low-wage workers in the retail sector are beginning to organize other large companies — from Starbucks to Apple, Target, and Trader Joe’s — Dollar General workers say that now is the time to change what has become intolerable.
The Empty Promises of Pierre Poilievre’s Pocketbook Populism
       
Poilievre’s campaign, bolstered by his sizable social media following, has attracted substantial crowds in cities across the country. Poilievre’s politics comprise a fusion of far-right dogmas, which run the gamut of libertarian skepticism of government “overreach” — most notably in relation to pandemic-related public health measures — to anti-union politics. Deflationary Mantras, Ruling Class Politics The paradox of Poilievre’s brand of sound money populism is that it evinces an unmistakably ruling-class politics. This is revealed most plainly by the policy implications behind his promise to conquer the scourge of inflation: restoring central bank independence. Central bank “independence” has long been a euphemism for insulating control over monetary policy from the vicissitudes of democratic politics.
Hey Hey, NRA, How Many Kids Did You Kill Today?
       
Young and diverse, about 200 protestors exclaimed: “shame” and “kids, not guns” at the NRA members milling about who were, for the most part, white men over fifty. As the grim details dripped out from hundreds of reporters in Uvalde, entertainers dropped out of the NRA event. The violence perpetrated by Texas gun culture south of the border, in turn, pushes migrants north across the Rio Grande. However, for other protesters, neither more guns in the hands of private citizens nor gun-carrying officers in school will help. In her district, administrators have increased training for mass shootings every year since 1998, the year of the Columbine massacre.
U.S. Forest Service Planned Burn Caused Largest New Mexico Wildfire
       
In the Western United States, wildfires are burning more frequently and more intensely and wildfire seasons are growing longer, narrowing the windows for performing prescribed burns. Lisa Dale, a lecturer at Columbia Climate School, said prescribed burns are the best tools available for reducing the long-term risk from wildfires. They clear away vegetation that would otherwise fuel an unwanted fire and recognize that forests depend on fire to be healthy. She said climate change has made it more difficult to use prescribed fires because fire seasons have increased to seven to eight months from around three months. The growing intensity of fires has also made it more difficult for fire managers to respond.
Patients Face Long Delays for Imaging of Cancers and Other Diseases
       
An estimated 50 million exams with contrast agents are performed each year in the United States, and as many as half the nation’s hospitals are affected by the shortage. Some are reserving much of their supply on hand for use in emergency rooms — where quick, accurate assessments are most dire. The Shanghai plant shuttered by the lockdown is operated by GE Healthcare, a unit of General Electric and one of two major suppliers of the iodinated contrast materials. The company supplies its dyes, Omnipaque and Visipaque, for the United States. Lawmakers expressed concern about the scarcity of imaging agents.
As Indianapolis 500 arrives, IndyCar is riding F1’s stateside growth
       
IndyCar, which features races staged from Toronto to St. Petersburg, Fla., sees North America as its primary domain. But as the series welcomes full capacity crowds back to the Brickyard, its intercontinental counterpart, Formula One, has expanded its stateside ambitions. AdvertisementF1 has one American team, Haas F1, and no American drivers, but both numbers could increase if it welcomes Michael Andretti, the former Formula One and IndyCar driver — and owner of IndyCar team Andretti Autosport — who is pushing for an additional team. Others, such as 2016 Indy 500 winner Alexander Rossi, said F1?s expansion is at least cause for concern. Right now the sport of motor sport is enjoying a really positive time.”Luedtke used a racing reference to describe the opportunity that she said IndyCar sees in capitalizing on F1’s growth.
If the Commanders build in Virginia, will their Maryland fans follow?
       
Advertisement“I don’t think that would be lost on anyone,” Prince George’s County Council member Mel Franklin (D-At Large) said. Perhaps die-hard Prince George’s County fans would stick with them, Franklin said, but casual fans probably would drift toward the Ravens. If the Commanders move that far down in Virginia, it makes Maryland a Ravens state. “It’s easier to get to the Ravens’ stadium, and they’re winning, and to me, the stadium is better than Washington’s stadium. It gives people a chance to come to Prince George’s County, see Prince George’s County, dine in Prince George’s County.
Inside the race to master supersonic air travel
       
Bold corporate claims of bringing back supersonic travel will run headlong into scientific challenges for years to come, they added. “These manufacturers are trying to reinvent supersonic aircraft,” said Dan Rutherford, director of the aviation program at the International Council on Clean Transportation. Over the past decade, numerous start-ups have cropped up promising a better, more cost-effective supersonic jet for commercial air travel. Mike Leskinen, president of United Airlines Ventures, said his company’s bet on supersonic travel will fill customer demand for high-speed business travel. But the supply of sustainable fuel is limited and the cost is high — two to five times costlier than fossil jet fuel.
Giants’ Gabe Kapler, distressed over mass shootings, skips national anthem
       
Placeholder while article actions loadGabe Kapler walked out for the national anthem before his San Francisco Giants hosted the New York Mets on Wednesday afternoon, then considered leaving. I didn’t want to take away from the victims or their families. “It’s just something that I feel strongly enough about to take that step.”Most of the Giants were not on the field during the anthem Friday, according to the Associated Press. “And it took me a couple of days to pull all my thoughts together and to be able to articulate them clearly. Sometimes that happens for me.”Kapler, 46, is in his third season managing the Giants.
Both their parents died in Uvalde. Now donors are raising millions.
       
As of Saturday afternoon, more than 44,000 donors had raised more than $2.5 million on GoFundMe to help support them. “Their family was an all-American family,” John Martinez told The Washington Post this week about his aunt, uncle and cousins. Teammates of Twitter Philanthropy Help Raise $1.9 Million (now $2.125 Million) in 72 hours for Family of Slain Texas TeacherTHANK YOU TEAM FROM THE PULTE FAMILY ! AdvertisementMartinez said authorities told his family that Irma Garcia used herself as a human shield to try save the children. Those were her kids, and she put her life on the line, she lost her life to protect them.
‘This is our lane’: Doctors speak out against gun violence after Texas school shooting
       
Dr. Bindi Naik-Mathuria, a pediatric surgeon at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, knows what assault rifles can do to a child’s body. There’s no way to salvage them.”That’s why Naik-Mathuria is full-throatedly proclaiming that the issue of gun violence is “very much our lane.”“We have our hands inside these people, these children, trying to save them,” she said. It was resurfaced after the horrific mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, where a gunman slaughtered 19 children and two teachers. Sathya said he and his colleagues have noted a “big spike in gun violence compared to prior years.”“That’s of course going to directly be felt and seen by front-line workers at the hospitals,” he said. But they never had a chance to try to save them; their wounds from the assault weapon used in the mass shooting were too great.
Shame almost reaches politicians cozy with the NRA
       
While some Republicans who had been scheduled to speak at the NRA convention just days after the Robb Elementary School gun massacre did cancel their appearances, they did so with scheduling excuses or, in the case of Governor Abbott, with a recorded message on the event's jumbotron instead.May 28, 2022
Trump's Michigan election fraud claims actually proved true — sort of
       
But it involves the 2022 election for governor and Republicans, including some who have peddled Trump’s lies about the 2020 election. Securing that many valid signatures in a state of over 8 million registered voters shouldn’t be that hard. Still, in most cases, valid petitions are submitted. The Michigan Bureau of Elections is not alleging that the candidates knew their petitions contained fraudulent signatures. Say what you will about Trump — and believe me, I have — but he was right to be on the lookout for election fraud in Michigan.
GOP Congressman, former NRA endorsee says he would support ban on assault weapons in aftermath of Buffalo, Uvalde
       
Jacobs made the remarks — a contradiction to the Republican party's staunch stance on gun laws — during a news conference on Friday. “If an assault weapons ban bill came to the floor that would ban something like an AR-15, I would vote for it,” he said, according to The Buffalo News. I think it’s perfectly reasonable that the age limit at least for these highly lethal, high-capacity semi automatic weapons should be 21," he said. The congressman reiterated his sentiments in an interview with The Buffalo News. Vice President Kamala Harris on Saturday attended the funeral of Ruth Whitfield, who was killed in the Buffalo shooting, saying "enough is enough."
Gun Control Activists Can “Absolutely” Take on the NRA, Says Sandy Hook Mom
       
The Robb Elementary School shooting in Uvalde, TX has aggravated old wounds for many people who’ve lost family members to gun violence. After her son was killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting, Nicole Hockley dedicated her life to pushing for gun safety reforms. Hockley founded Sandy Hook Promise, an organization aimed at providing gun control education. Now, with the number of mass shootings mounting, Hockley wants people to “vote your conscience” and remove apathetic politicians from office. That is the right that we all have as citizens, and we need to take that right seriously.” May 28, 2022
Ruben Östlund's satire 'Triangle of Sadness' wins Palme d'or at Cannes
       
Swedish filmmaker Ruben Östlund's "Triangle of Sadness," a class satire set aboard a luxury cruise, won the top prize at the 75th Cannes Film Festival on Saturday, marking the second time the director has nabbed the Palme d'Or. Östlund previously earned the Palme d'Or in 2017 for "The Square," a dark comedy that skewered the European art world. "Triangle of Sadness" stars Harris Dickinson ("The King's Man"), Charlbi Dean (The CW's "Black Lightning") and Oscar-nominated Hollywood veteran Woody Harrelson. "I'd like to thank all those who appreciate Korean cinema," said Song, who led the cast of Bong Joon-Ho's "Parasite," the Palme d'Or winner at Cannes three years ago. The winners at this year's festival were chosen by a nine-member jury headed by French actor Vincent Lindon, who appeared in last year's Palme d'Or winner "Titane."
Opinion | Who Decides the Right Way to Protest?
       
archived recording 3 Demonstrations were largely peaceful across the United States overnight, as hundreds of thousands of Americans continue to protest the killing of George Floyd. archived recording 6 Justice! archived recording 6 Now! archived recording 6 Justice! archived recording 6 Now!
Internet Drama in Canada. (Really.)
       
Canada’s internet service still isn’t great. The sticking point in Canada is the price that internet pipeline owners charge. The government is set to impose significantly higher fees for smaller internet providers to lease larger companies’ pipelines. Small internet providers say that Canada is about to break a system that was serving customers well. Like other essential services, including electricity and health care, great internet service doesn’t happen by accident.
A Library, a Pigeon and a Cruise
       
Jonathan’s island of security is wrecked on a Friday in August by the titular pigeon. The unassuming bird appears outside his apartment door one morning. It does nothing other than blink, yet it lights a fuse of mental chaos within Jonathan. He imagines the pigeon attracting other pigeons, and those pigeons mating, resulting in a bird siege that will blockade Jonathan’s quarters until he is forced to hurl himself out a window. A blurb on the back of my copy describes this as “a bizarre story about a nobody,” and compares it to Dostoyevsky’s “Notes From Underground.”Read if you like: Agota Kristof, Thomas Bernhard, shrinking from the nihilistic abyss of existence, William BlakeAvailable from: Check the library or your used bookshop of choice (online or otherwise)
Ella Fitzgerald and the Lasting Power of Childhood Icons
       
archived recording (ella fitzgerald) (SINGING) High, high the moon, though the words may be —wesley morrisSo, in 1960 — is that right? archived recording (ella fitzgerald) [VOCALIZING]wesley morrisShe’s wearing a great, looks like a satin dress. archived recording (ella fitzgerald) [VOCALIZING]wesley morrisI mean, she’s dabbing at the sweat with a giant scarf. archived recording (ella fitzgerald) [VOCALIZING]margo jeffersonListen to that. archived recording (ella fitzgerald) (SINGING) Sweat gets in my eyes.
Spider and snake venom isn’t sterile
       
Placeholder while article actions loadWhen a venomous snake or spider strikes, a variety of toxins go to work on its prey. But scientists say they’ve missed one additional risk of a bite by a venomous animal: bacterial infection from the venom itself. Choose your plan ArrowRight New research challenges the long-standing belief that since venom is toxic, it’s sterile. When the researchers cultured the bacteria and analyzed the DNA, they found that some of the bacteria could survive and even multiply in venom. The World Health Organization estimates that up to 2.7 million people are bitten by a venomous snake each year, and that up to 138,000 die of snake bites.
This device may nudge your brain into deep sleep
       
The company is also working on an experimental electrode cap that helps with deep sleep. After sensing light sleep for a few minutes, it pulses electric current through the scalp and skull, nudging the brain into that nirvana known as deep sleep. By stretching the length of deep sleep, Tucker’s device aims to boost that overnight wash cycle. EEG tests show that as people age, they spend less time in deep sleep and more in lighter sleep. These artificial impulses mimic the ones produced in the head during deep sleep, and the brain follows their lead and also begins producing these slower brain waves, plunging itself into the deepest realms of sleep.
50 years ago, D.C.'s first African Liberation Day launched a movement
       
Saturday marks the 50th anniversary of African Liberation Day, one of the most influential gatherings in modern African American and D.C. history. D.C. African Liberation Day helped assemble and nurture a potent band of anti-colonial activists in the nation’s capital. Capitalizing on their success, organizers transformed ALDCC into a permanent African Liberation Support Committee and committed themselves to establishing coordinating committees in cities across America that could host African Liberation Day annually. AdvertisementThough successful, the broad coalition that staged African Liberation Day in 1972 and 1973 was fragile. Between 1974 and 1977, D.C. African Liberation Day became a cacophony of sectarian debate.
Amika George: How I started period poverty activism
       
Eating cereal at my breakfast table before school, I spotted a news article on my phone about “period poverty” in the U.K. The term was entirely alien to me, I’d never even considered what I might do if my family hadn’t been able to afford period products. Period poverty was hitting the very poorest families in the U.K., who had to choose between eating and staying warm. That evening, I started a campaign called Free Periods, asking the British government to pledge free menstrual products for all children in full-time education. Free Periods has now grown into a global movement, and passionate teenagers are fighting for an end to period poverty in countries across the world.
Russia-Ukraine war live updates Russia claims capture of key transport hub; Scholz, Macron hold call with Putin
       
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and French President Emmanuel Macron urged Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday to agree to an immediate cease-fire and the withdrawal of Russian troops from Ukraine. The three leaders spoke for 80 minutes in a phone call at the initiative of the French and German leaders, a news release from the German government said. Scholz and Macron called on Putin to negotiate directly with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to end the three-month conflict. The German and French leaders also called on Putin to improve the “humanitarian situation of the civilian population” in Ukraine. Putin, Scholz and Macron also discussed the global food crisis, which has been exacerbated by Russia’s blockade of Ukrainian ports.
Inside Mitch McConnell’s decades-long effort to block gun control
       
“If there’s any one individual in the United States to blame for our inability to put things in place to prevent gun violence, it’s Mitch McConnell,” said Peter Ambler, the executive director of Giffords, a group devoted to fighting gun violence. “McConnell knows where his members stand and makes the tough calls to protect their interests,” a senior Republican aide said, explaining McConnell’s overall motivations in addressing gun violence and gun legislation. Brown said that the staffer clearly seemed moved by Lewis, telling him that she held him in high esteem, and by the victims of gun violence, who recounted their stories one after another. The Senate Republican leader has spent his career working to delay, obstruct or prevent most major firearms restrictions from being approved by Congress. And McConnell is the head of the Republican Senate,” Feinblatt said.
Transit commission chairman offers advice for Metro funding problems
       
Placeholder while article actions loadThe recent Metro safety problems and leadership changes cannot obscure what lies ahead for the transit agency: Major funding issues and possible service cuts if ridership does not dramatically improve. The steep Metro fare revenue decline began early in the pandemic, but the agency was saved by $2.4 billion in federal coronavirus relief money. Some new business plan and projections are going to have to be devised for Metro to survive going forward. AdvertisementQ: Why does it seem like Metro is going to have a harder time to recover than many agencies? Then Metro has got to get out there and say, “Well, we now have an understanding of what went wrong.
Gun debate looms again in Va. congressional district miles from NRA
       
When asked about his position on gun control by a local outlet Tuesday — the day a gunman killed 19 schoolchildren and two teachers at an elementary school in Uvalde, Tex. — Cao said “gun control has never stopped anyone.”“Most people get bludgeoned to death and stabbed to death than they get shot. “It’s absolutely insane to me we keep allowing this to happen, because we can prevent some of these mass shootings, and it seems there’s no political will to do it. The NRA’s Fairfax headquarters is less than 10 miles from the 10th District. Glenn Youngkin (R), who focused more on schools and the economy, lost in the 10th district as it’s drawn now by less than 2 percentage points.
No evidence of exploitation of Dominion voting machine flaws, CISA finds
       
There are nine flaws affecting versions of the machine called the Dominion Voting Systems Democracy Suite ImageCast X, according to a copy of an advisory prepared by CISA and obtained by The Washington Post. “Of note, states’ standard election security procedures would detect exploitation of these vulnerabilities and in many cases would prevent attempts entirely. “Voting systems rely on multiple layers of defense including physical and electronic safeguards,” he said. In the 2020 presidential election, officials carried out a hand recount of the entire state, reading the candidate names off the ballots and not just rescanning them. Election security experts have raised concerns about insider threats from election officials who subscribe to conspiracy theories about voting machines.
WNBA Players Ask for Signatures to Petition for Brittney Griner's Release
       
Christian Petersen/Getty ImagesThe WNBPA is asking for signatures on a change.org petition demanding the United States government do "whatever is necessary" to bring Phoenix Mercury center Brittany Griner home from Russia, where she has been detained since February. Russian officials detained Griner after allegedly finding vape cartridges with hashish oil in her luggage at a Moscow airport. The U.S. government has since stated that Griner is being "wrongfully detained." "There is one person that can go get her, and that's our president," Griner said on Good Morning America (h/t Mechelle Voepel of ESPN). Her detention was extended by a month in mid-May with a trial on drug possession charges scheduled for mid-June.
UN human rights chief asks China to rethink Uyghur policies
       
“It provides an opportunity for me to better understand the situation in China, but also for the authorities in China to better understand our concerns and to potentially rethink policies that we believe may impact negatively on human rights,” she said in a video news conference before leaving the country. Bachelet’s measured words, while expected, did not satisfy activists and likely will not sit well with governments such as the United States, which have been critical of her decision to visit Xinjiang. China’s ruling Communist Party, which has vehemently denied all reports of human rights violations and genocide in Xinjiang, showed no sign of being open to change in a government statement on the trip. The statement, attributed to Vice Foreign Minister Ma Zhaoxu, accused some Western countries and anti-China elements of fabricating sensational lies about Xinjiang under the guise of human rights. “It is critical that counterterrorism responses do not result in human rights violations,” she said.
Stella Assange Urges Support for Consortium News
       
She compared PayPal’s ban on Consortium News to that on WikiLeaks back in 2010. The wife of imprisoned WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange has called on the public to donate to Consortium News, which she said received the same treatment from PayPal as WikiLeaks did back in 2010. Like WikiLeaks, which later had the ban reversed, PayPal has shut down Consortium News‘ account. Stella Assange also called for support for Mint Press News, which has also been banned by PayPal. On May 19, Stella Assange also called for Consortium News‘ support at a film screening in London.
Saturday Morning Home Repair 5
       
Welcome again to Saturday Morning Home Repair blogging, where we talk about fixing houses and the things in them that are supposed to work for us. We all do a lot of things, collectively, and can probably help out with insights from our vast experience. Contact Glen The Plumber about posting it for Saturday Morning Home Repair. good morning: will be enjoying this 3-day weekend...which will include a family gathering to celebrate my little one’s birthday. but if you find yourself taking advantage of the long weekend to tackle a project...please tell us about it.
Black Kos, Week In Review
       
They are widely recognized as the original model for community land trusts in the U.S. – and its membership of Black farmers in Albany. The Grio: Is monkeypox a Black disease? This is what we talk about when mainstream media paints Black/African people as disease vectors and threats to white health. That Haitian president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, was one of the first Black figures to raise a loud voice in favor of reparations for his people. At the time, the mainstream media did not include in its reports the role that his demand for reparations might have played in his fall.
Majority Savers: Please Support Lauren Underwood!
       
Signature IssuesRep. Lauren Underwood is one of the most progressive members of the House of Representatives. That created an opening during the 2018 blue wave, which Lauren Underwood took advantage of and won. In Quarter 1 of 2022, Rep. Lauren Underwood raised a healthy $763k, which means she is expecting a heavily contested election once more. (2/2) pic.twitter.com/TlJYGymbDi — Rep. Lauren Underwood (@RepUnderwood) May 12, 2022If Facebook is more your style, go ahead and follow her at underwoodforcongress. Thank you for supporting Rep. Lauren Underwood by reading this article!
The Elephant in the Room
       
Massive numbers of children's massacres occur in only one country. But...no children's massacres by assault rifle in other countries. But...no children's massacres by assault rifle in other countries. But...no children's massacres by assault rifle in other countries. I mean, isn't there a CHANCE that the legalization of assault rifles is the issue?
Photo Diary: Alvin K Bissell Park, Oak Ridge TN
       
This is a nice little park located in downtown Oak Ridge TN. There is a Commemorative Walk honoring the Manhattan Project atomic workers who first settled here, and a Peace Bell from Japan. It’s a nice place to spend an afternoon. For those who don't know, I live in a converted campervan and travel around the country, posting photo diaries of places that I visit. Commemorative WalkFor its early years, the very existence of Oak Ridge was classified.
Saturday Morning Garden Blogging Vol 18.21(A), it's rhododendron season and bedding plants.
       
This is my second diary this week. Tuesday the wife and I toured OSU. I goofed and put that diary up here: www.dailykos.com/…I still have a bunch of rhodys going in my yard
The Daily Bucket. Update from Dellinger's Pond, Quincy, CA.
       
Dellinger's Pond, Quincy, CA. Yesterday (note date/time stamp). The big plants (Yellow Pond Lily, Nuphar lutea ssp. This means, “inconveniently” for me, fewer opportunities for photographs of ducks, cranes, herons, and the like at the pond. The pond, since the new year began:JanuaryFebruaryMarchApril 18The April photo was the last reference photo of the pond until just yesterday.
A primary lesson: How Ted Cruz helped Glenn Youngkin pull the fleece over Virginia voters' eyes
       
In January-February 2021, polls showed support for Youngkin among Republican voters to be in the single digits. Chase might very well have won a multi-candidate Republican primary. Instead, the state Republican Party made a controversial decision to hold a convention on May 8 instead of a primary. The state GOP establishment, including former governors George Allen and Bob McDonnell, backed Kirk Cox, the former state House speaker. And then Cruz stepped up to the plate to endorse Youngkin and vouch that he was a bona fide, religious-right conservative.
Brief comment on the Uvalde, Texas mass shooting
       
Unfortunately school shootings happen often enough that we know some of the names of the schools where the shootings occurred: Sandy Hook Elementary School, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Oxford High School, Santa Fe High School, Columbine High School. Now Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, has joined this shameful list. Kristi Noem and Texas Gov. Each rejected any suggestion that gun control measures were needed to stop mass shootings. Thus sadly, it will only be a matter of time before the next mass shooting occurs.
Saturday: Scapes and Stuff.
       
I'm starting to think they want to ban abortion so there will be more kids to kill in school yards. Abortion laws and gun laws — funny how they work in the minds of the SCOTUS and the GOP pols. they're not going to follow gun laws." we're gonna MAKE THEM follow abortion laws." Scapes and Stuff.
Feral pigs remain safe, as ever
       
Despite the alleged necessity of possessing an AR-15 or like weapon to “harvest” feral pigs, guns of all types were banned during a portion of this week’s NRA convention. As a result, multiple vicious and dangerous feral pigs escaped the Houston event unscathed. It’s more sporting to shoot at smaller targets, I guess.
Last night in the City of Angels, City of Lights.
       
She was wobbly but firm as parent after parent, student after student brought her bouquets as she gamely took her final bows. When the young women disgorged their fury on the matter of Roe vanishing and their bodily autonomy gone, I could see him scowl, damn, I could hear him think. But even at nearly 66 years old, I do not stand with him even if I was sitting with him. I mean, I could be wrong but every time the kids, especially the young women hit the "deserved grievance bullseye", I could see the dude wince. We really and truly fucked this world up and they'll save us or save the streets and fields and oceans we inhabited at least.
A MESSAGE FOR THE LOG CABIN REPUBLICANS
       
Congratulations and best of luck with your continued relationship with the good guy with the gun crowd. I am sure that it will all work out just fine. Just because they are is no reason to believe they will take yours away, too! Don’t worry. The women won’t be able to vote cuz that’ll go, too and as far as those goddamned, commie, nazi, tree-huggers...don’t you worry, we are gonna burn them along with all the books and teevees and smart-phones and any other demon-spawn shit we can find… But don’t worry, you and your Log Cabin Republicans are all safe with us.
VRO Vote Republicans Out.....VRO!
       
Vote Republicans OutIf you want to protect the 2nd Amendment, but get rid of weapons of war everywhere VRO! If you believe in Women’s reproductive Rights VRO! If you believe in facts, truth and an honest 4th Estate VRO! If you believe the wealthy should pay their fair share of taxes VRO! I could go on and on, but the point is we need every American to know what VRO (vote republicans out) means…….repeat and repeat it.
DKos Asheville Open Thread
       
-Aisha Adams- Nestled in the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains at the confluence of the French Broad and Swannanoa rivers, Asheville sits as the largest city in the most western part of North Carolina. We invite you to further experience Black Asheville by supporting – and visiting – Black-owned businesses in Asheville. Learn more about some of these amazing entrepreneurs and their stories here: https://www.exploreasheville.com/stories/post/celebrating-black-owned-businesses-in-asheville-nc/Good day and welcome to DKos Asheville. This is the weekly DKos Asheville Open Thread for Saturday, May 28th, 2022. DKos Asheville and other local and state groups can give us all a better sense of connection, a better understanding of who we stand with, work with and share with.
The Jagged Orbit
       
His book “The Shockwave Rider“ predicts the internet and the rise of fake news. His book “The Jagged Orbit“ predicts the rise of gun nuttery fueled by racism. In the later book, America becomes so paranoid it surrounds itself with walls and gun emplacements. It’s the world the right insists we build here, especially after the latest of the latest gun massacreand…. I don’t want to live in a country where my kids, my family, and my friends have to shuttle from prison to prison just so the gun crazies can roam free.
Cowards of the County
       
I think he might have been busy signing seven more gun laws into effect. Does Texass not have one of the lowest rates of education in the USA and lower than some African nations? Is it not true that GOP states have the highest Mass Shooting rates? Elect a moron for President/ Governor that is easily controlled by Big Money and give him promises of Golden handshakes and showers? Many Texass men have kicked doors in to simply beat their wives I’m sure.
Can Biden Be the Churchill for this Midterm Battle Against Fascism?
       
American democracy is under assault from the Republican Party. This Republican Party getting control of the Congress, many observers believe, could be a death knell to American democracy itself. The President, with his bully pulpit, has an especially important role to play. The role the nation needs Biden to play is clear, but it is unclear how effective Biden can be in that kind of a role in this kind of a battle even if he wants to. But Biden, like anyone else, can only do his best.
and the End of the World
       
But there is another one which seems to be getting less attention yet is no less significant: the belief that the end of the world will come if Christians can just create the right conditions for it. (By “end of the world” I mean the end of the world as it currently exists, with suffering and death. It doesn’t mean the physical world will cease to exist; rather, there will be heaven on earth — a return to the garden of Eden, as it were.) The second argues that we must establish a Christian kingdom on earth for a thousand years first, after which Jesus will return to announce the end of the world and the final judgment. will be allowed to live (except maybe in a degraded state) in this Christian kingdom.
A PAEAN FOR THE FUNDRAISERS (using their own words)
       
I contribute to organizations I trust, like ACLU and SPLC, and I will contribute to individual candidates during their races. Goodbye, Jack. WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW! Georgia yes yes yes! Jack voted Republican?
Police militarization: My "well, duh" moment
       
Not intended for protecting or servingI’ve been struggling to wrap my mind around the continuously-deteriorating official stories about police response at Uvalde. When the spokesman said, “They might have gotten shot” he was enunciating the primary factor that would have influenced anyone’s reactions in that situation. But just now, seriously just today, I realized something: that military equipment is not intended for fighting to serve and protect the populace. It follows logically that when a teenager who may outgun them is involved, the military equipment ceases to serve its purpose because the kid has already committed to killing anybody he sees. I still believe that there are doubtless thousands of police across the country who see that as their jobs and live it out.
Blood Gold
       
(NSFW)Blood GoldMarketing murder for profit and power,The gold in their hands stained with innocents’ blood. Fuck the NRA and Fuck Ted Cruz,Fuck Mitch McConnell and Greg Abbott too. OK, not exactly bard-level poetry, but it was cathartic writing, “Fuck Ted Cruz.” I am simultaneously optimistic and terrified at the current status quo. I am optimistic that Democrats will be able to retain both houses of Congress in the November elections. I am terrified because I also foresee the right wing as exploding in response to NOT winning the control that they expected to win.
Angry-making COVID-19 headlines: South China Morning Post commits journalistic crime
       
The data encompasses both older adults who were hospitalised because of Covid (27 per cent) and those who were not (73 per cent). Indeed, the follow-up quote from Dr. Cohen lends credence to this angle: “’On average, older adults are less resilient. But in many elderly people, long Covid is difficult to recognise. “The challenge is that nonspecific symptoms such as fatigue, weakness, pain, confusion, and increased frailty are things we often see in seriously ill older adults. We’re now moving into the era where we have to come to terms that Long Covid is real and will be with us for the foreseeable future.
Finnish reservists put together a map service on the war in Ukraine
       
Tuomas Kaarkoski, Reserviläinen, 3.2.2022, translated from Finnish languageFrom the very beginning of the war in Ukraine, it became clear that there would be a huge amount of information about the war circulating on the Internet. One of these was Emil Kastehelmi, who, together with his friends John Helin and Erik Matero, started to compile an actively updated online map of the Ukrainian war immediately after the war began. The three started working on the situation map project as an unpaid side project alongside their work and studies. We try to weed out rumours and distinguish between true information and lies. You can follow the situation map service here.
Student loan forgiveness is not "free money".
       
Calling it “free money” makes it sound like student loan holders are getting an injection of free money to use as they see fit, which is far from the case. Here’s some facts on the issue of student loans that I’d like to share to help illuminate the actual issues surrounding student loans. When I talk about student loan forgiveness, I am talking about forgiving undergraduate loans, which will benefit most if not all student borrowers, not graduate loans. When I talk about student loan forgiveness, I am talking about forgiving undergraduate loans, which will benefit most if not all student borrowers, not graduate loans. Once you have student loan debt, you can’t get rid of it.
A Compromise on Guns?
       
They fear that if they agree to reasonable gun control, that will just be the first step toward a total ban on gun ownership. When you look at many mass shootings, the types of reasonable gun regulations that are being proposed would not have stopped those mass shootings. - There is zero chance in the foreseeable future for the Supreme Court to meaningfully limit or regulate guns, and in fact the more substantial chance is that the Court strikes down new gun regulations imposed by particular states. In my opinion, enough conservatives might go for a compromise that (i) eliminated their slippery slope concerns; but also (ii) allowed for reasonable gun control. Based on what has happened after every other mass shooting, I don’t see any material chance for reasonable gun regulation without this kind of compromise.
The Manchin Spider Enigma
       
He is an enigma to me. That is not good but that does not explain his position against most of the Democratic agenda, including Roe, gun control, the filibuster, etc. Could he be a republican plant and like a spider, little by little has been creating a web to capture and destroy Biden and the Democratic Agenda? I wrote the statistics about religious democrats and Republicans backwards and also, I said that in my 70 years I had not met a religious democrat. And I met one religious democrat.
Why the Ted Cruz Tweet is Fake and Yet 100% Real
       
The collection of Ted Cruz tweets showing that he has a template to respond to every mass shooting with the same tweet, isn't actually an "altered photo" as Facebook claims. And it isn’t actually a “Fake Tweet” as fact checkers claim. It is a piece of art. It is an artwork. It was purposefully and intentionally created by someone, as a work of art, to send a powerful message.
American Indian sculptures
       
As a scholar of Blackfoot Indian culture and history, he is known for his ability to capture historically accurate detail in his sculptures. Shown below are some of the Scriver sculptures which are on display at the Old Fort Benton in Fort Benton, Montana. The Blackfoot Beaver Dance is shown above. According to the display:“The beaver bundle was the largest and oldest sacred bundle of the Blackfoot and is uniquely theirs. The part of the bundle opening ceremony depicted here is the Dance of the Beaver done by the wives of the Beaver Men.
Air Force Museum: Aviator jackets (photo diary)
       
According to the museum:World War II USAAF aviators often personalized their flight jackets (usually the popular leather A-2 jacket), using such painted decorations as unit insignia, artwork that appeared on their aircraft or a personal design. The extent of decoration varied, sometimes consisting only of a series of bombs or other symbols -- one for each mission. Other examples of jacket art were more elaborate. The wearer might paint the artwork himself or hire someone more talented. Displayed are examples of USAAF jacket art from the museum's collection.
Ukrainian Spectator drone calls in precision artillery strikes on Russian units concealed among subu
       
Ukrainian Spectator drone calls in precision artillery strikes on Russian units concealed among suburban homesFor Ukrainians, Saturday begins with coffee and the words "good morning""The occupiers have shells from our artillery, which continues to clear Ukraine of their unwanted presence." The sponsor of the "good mood" of the enemy - 45 separate artillery brigade of the Armed Forces. Glory to Ukraine!
The Daily Bucket- all vaxxed up and boosted...then it hit...and something about Burrowing Owls
       
This winter our small rural community of active 60, 70 and 80 year-old snowbirds was asked by Audubon-Southwest and Wild at Heart, Inc. to take on a Burrowing Owl relocation Downtown Owls project. Our Hope volunteers helped build 20 safe underground burrows with tents for 40 burrowing owls that had been displaced by Phoenix neighborhood and commercial developments. We’d worked hard to save all 40 Burrowing Owls. I can’t wait to get back this fall to see how our Burrowing Owls are thriving in their new habitat. I’ll bet you’ve never seen a burrowing owl eat a defrosted white mouse!
I am channeling my fury into action and you can too: Saturday's GNR
       
And to all of you who are NOT Senate Republicans, how about some good news to keep us energized? Dow Jones Rallies On Inflation DataThe Dow Jones Industrial Average rose as stocks rallied on encouraging inflation data. Core personal consumption expenditures — the Federal Reserve's preferred inflation indicator — rose 4.9% in April, slower than March's 5.2% increase. President Biden had hoped to make the announcement as soon as this weekend at the University of Delaware commencement, the people said, but that timing has changed after the massacre Tuesday in Texas. Every President Talks About Focusing on China—Biden’s Really Doing ItJoe Biden is committed to succeeding where his predecessors failed.
Wells does his class Valedictorian Speech
       
Wells is my Cousin with the farm I lived at for 2 ½ years Grandson. Wells visited several times while I was there. I shared the video with my boss an hour ago & he said I saw a clip of him and the shoes on the news. Wells is going places. Thanks for watching
Besides humans, there is only one other known mammal that sings in rhythm, Madagascar's Indri Lemur
       
Besides humans, it is the only mammal found that can use rhythm. Savvy drummers know that when they plant a backbeat ever-so-slightly late, we perceive the rhythm as soulful or funky. Studies suggest that songbirds and parrots have some sense of rhythm, but evidence on the ability within other animals is sparse. That is, successive beats with a 1:1 ratio or a 1:2 ratio. This makes the indri the first known nonhuman mammal with rhythm.
What it's like...
       
It's been one year and 7 months since I lost my youngest child. I was in Seattle visiting my grandkids when I got the call from the coroner's office at 1am. Almost 20 months later and it's still a daily struggle not to break down and collapse at any moment. All the pain, all the sorrow, all the anguish, I feel, multiplied, by 4, by 10, by 19, by 58. I got news for them, the families and friends of the victims of their "freedom", will never be free again.
Caturday Pootie Diary: To pet or not to pet
       
I rubbed behind his ear the way he liked and he turned an adoring look up at me. “I love this very good boy.”“I am very good,” he agreed, his voice rumbling with his purr. “I do like petting you.”“I know.”I brushed my teeth as Freddie circled my legs and rubbed against my shins. He rubbed his body across my calves hard enough to make my knees buckle. If Freddie lets you pet him you gotta enjoy it because he is a fickle little fur ball.
WI-Sen: Parkland Father Trashes "F***ing Moron" For Blaming Mass Shootings On "Wokeness", CRT
       
So this happened yesterday:“The solution lies in stronger families, more supportive communities, I would argue renewed faith,” he said. U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson said he opposes new gun laws and blamed “wokeness” and critical race theory for school shootings days after a gunman in Texas killed 21 people, almost all of whom were elementary school students. x No @SenRonJohnson, My daughter Jaime did not die because of wokeness or CRT. x Senile Senator Ron Johnson confuses talking points and blames Critical Race Theory for the Uvalde Massacre. https://t.co/5elnH0lQrY — Adam Kinzinger?????? (@AdamKinzinger) May 27, 2022Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis has targeted Disney with legislation in recent months after the company opposed what critics dubbed as the "Don't Say Gay" bill.
The NRA's thoughts & prayers have been answered: 'good woman with a gun' stops mass shooting
       
We don’t know yet. We don’t know why she had a pistol, if she was a guest at the party or just happened to be there by chance. We don’t know how much training she had, or how she feels about having had to use that gun to defend herself and others. We don’t know if that apartment complex had a crime problem and no confidence in the police. The gun lobby is going to be all over this as proof more guns everywhere is the solution to gun violence.
HOLY CR**: Trump's NRA Speech Showed He's Still Angry, Ignorant, and Severely Mentally Dysfunctional
       
However, among those remaining on the schedule were Sen. Ted Cruz and, of course, former reality TV game show host, Donald Trump. His speech was littered with tiresome tirades that have been festering within the pro-gun community for decades. Trump babbled that..."Whatever our differences may be on other issues, what on Earth is stopping Democrats from immediately passing measures to ramp up school security? x TRUMP: "Whatever our differences may be on other issues, what on Earth is stopping Democrats from immediately passing measures to ramp up school security?" Both Trump and the NRA refuse to acknowledge that guns are a significant factor in tragedies like the one that just occurred un Uvalde.
Abbreviated Pundit Roundup: The outrage at the shooting and the aftermath is growing
       
He acknowledged the school resource officer was not on the scene. McCraw followed that remark by making a rather revealing point. In defense of the officers on scene he said that there was “??a barrage—hundreds of rounds were pumped in four minutes into those classrooms.”Hundreds of rounds. Four minutes. When you cut away all the bullshit, and excuse making, and failure this is the crux of the matter.
Hitler-cosplaying insurrectionist found guilty after claiming he didn't know Congress met in Capitol
       
He claimed in testimony on Thursday that he didn't realize that senators and House members were in the Capitol building on Jan. 6. Was Ted Cruz in the bushes like Cyrano de Bergerac feeding this guy his lines? To be clear, I don’t really know what Ted Cruz does in the bushes, or if he’s even in the bushes at all. Okay, that’s close to being about Ted Cruz, but I’m starting to fear I’ve lost the plot. According to reports, Hale-Cusanelli told a federal prosecutor, "I didn't know the Capitol building was the same as the congressional building."
Happy Trails followed by a note
       
His super power was his green ring and his will and his ability to manifest things. The difference between Green Lantern and the other two was, I wanted to be Green Lantern. (Rumi's super power was his power to transcend the ego without losing himself in his spirituality. For the last decade of my life I have been winging it without a super hero. It's not quite as powerful and sexy as a green ring, but no complaints.
Science has answers to why conservatives fall so easily for COVID-19 and Russian propaganda
       
This is why fearmongering is used more often as a persuasion technique in right-wing media, and why conspiracies are more likely to take root in conservative thought. Glut of right-wing misinformationResearchers from The Ohio State University ran a study in 2021 on political views and media bias. He said invasion talk was “hysteria” and had a chyron under him that read: “NEWS OUTLETS ARE BEHAVING LIKE STATE MEDIA AND UNCRITICALLY PUSHING STATE DEPT PROPAGANDA.” The career diplomats at the State Department were lying. Right-wing media creates conspiracy theorists by trapping them in a vortex of fear. Fox News isn’t getting any better, as seen by their latest fearmongering on “great replacement theory.” It’s too bad right-wing media outlets don’t come with warning labels.
Indiana Republicans override governor's veto and force anti-trans sports bill into law
       
There is no documented proof of trans girls, for example, “stealing” or “taking” scholarships from cisgender girls. There is no evidence of trans girls “sneaking” into girls' teams in order to win awards or titles. There is nothing to prove that trans girls participating with cis girls harms anyone, period. It permits students who allege they’ve been harmed by a violation of the law to sue the school. Trans youth will be even more isolated than they already are, and will have even fewer resources for support.
The student loan crisis was caused by a pile of problems. It requires more than one solution
       
If student loan repayment was easy to navigate, and if the terms were fair, then perhaps there wouldn't be a crisis. We need to get to a place where student loan payments don’t leave borrowers feeling trapped by their loans. Blanket forgiveness or targeted forgiveness are two options that would help correct the years of government inaction that led to the student loan debt crisis. Another important feature of the Australian student loan system is that student loans are interest-free. Student loan debt is forever.
Uvalde Update: Heck of a job, Abbott; active shooter training; Houston protests
       
Two days later, Abbott said he was "livid" about being "misled." “I was on this very stage two days ago and I was telling the public information that had been told to me,” Abbott said angrily. And I’m absolutely livid about that.”Correction: Nearly every word Abbott spoke was inaccurate. Uvalde active shooter trainingIn other devastating news, New York Times reporter Mike Baker got ahold of the active shooter training manual that local Uvalde officers used in a training two months before the Robb Elementary massacre. Houston protests at the annual NRA eventMeanwhile, in Houston, thousands of protesters turned out Friday at the annual NRA convention to register their anger and disgust.
Who thought this was a good idea? Walmart pulls its tasteless 'Juneteenth' celebratory ice cream
       
Juneteenth ice cream? Walmart found itself in hot water after an attempt to co-opt the Juneteenth holiday—a move designed to sell red-velvet-and-cheesecake ice cream. After outrage erupted on social media when a photo of the ice cream went viral, the company has been forced to apologize and remove the offending dessert. Walmart has promised to “remove items as appropriate,” according to a statement to Fox Television Stations, adding that the “Juneteenth holiday marks a celebration of freedom and independence. However, we received feedback that a few items caused concern for some of our customers and we sincerely apologize."
While Texas communities mourn, national support is needed to implement a path for change
       
The hard work to engage front-line communities cannot be done only at election time, but will instead take years of investment. MOVE Texas Action Fund is a nonpartisan, grassroots nonprofit organization working to build power in underrepresented youth communities through civic engagement, leadership development, and issue advocacy. What started in 2013 as a campus group at the University of Texas at San Antonio is now a statewide organization of youth and disenfranchised communities. Texas Blue Action Fund is a year-round, women-led, neighborhood-based network of volunteers mobilizing progressive voters in Texas. Workers Defense Action Fund is a statewide organization dedicated to empowering low-wage workers and immigrants across Texas to pass policies and elect candidates who address injustices in their communities.
Iran Building Collapse Sparks Anti-Government Protests - Reports
       
Congress Switchboard: 202-224-3121"Rob explores the difference between a natural, organic, bottom-up connection consciousness and our corporately imposed top-down hierarchical collective consciousness. By returning to a Nature-based theory of connection, the Bottom-Up revolution brings us back into alignment with Earth?s laws, returning humanity to its place in creation. Like a good gardener, Rob works into the soil of his thesis different voices that exemplify how this Bottom-Up revolution is expanding in politics, business, religion, personal self-awareness and story. And he places technology where it belongs?as a tool to further our connection consciousness, not an end in itself. The bottom-up revolution is about democracy finally living up to its original ideals, where we the people decide what we need from our society."
On Guns, Mass Slaughter, and the 2nd Amendment
       
That is because the "gun problem" and the mass deaths it causes on a regular basis of course continues, repetitively. First let's deal with the matter of the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution, which, of course is always at the center of the Constitutional argument, in re "My/their 2nd Amendment Rights." But the gun industry front (more on that below), aided by the Repubs. who the NRA and the Gun Industry fund in massive amounts, just ran away with what even Scalia actually said. ignored the first two phrases of the 2nd, and pretend that its text begins with the words "the right."
Scott Ritter & Ray on Ukraine, Russia, China
       
Recent developments, including talks with Chinese officials, have fortified Scott's view that China remains extremely reluctant to go to war over Taiwan. Scott reiterated his longstanding view that Russian forces will prevail on the ground in Ukraine, adding that recently they have been performing in a very impressive, professional way. UPDATEIn this context, the trial-balloon-type media reports yesterday afternoon, after our interview, that the U.S. is preparing to send long-range rocket systems to Ukraine, takes on added importance. This is much farther than the systems currently in Ukraine's inventory, and could put Russia itself within range. This system has been sitting atop the long list of requests from Ukrainian officials, who say it is needed to curb advancing Russian forces in the Donbas.
Russian crude oil and South Asian politics
       
Russian oil is being supplied to Sri Lanka to produce fuel at its sole refinery as the bankrupt nation faces crippling shortages of everything from gasoline to diesel, Bloomberg reported Friday. Sri Lanka is the latest Asian nation to accept Russian crude after Moscow's invasion of Ukraine prompted widespread condemnation and sanctions. Not surprisingly, India's Minister of Commerce & Industry, Piyush Goyal defended India's purchase of Russian oil. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar remarked last month, in response to criticism of India's purchase of Russian oil, that India's entire purchases of Russian oil for a month were less than what Europe did in one afternoon. "Despite being part of the Quad, India sustained pressure from the US and bought discounted Russian oil to provide relief to the masses."
A birthday tribute to JFK's life
       
(Image by Wikipedia (commons.wikimedia.org), Author: Cecil Stoughton, White House) Details Source DMCA(Updated to reflect the passage of time.) So today, on what would be JFK's 105th birthday, I choose hope. In that column five years ago, to my ever-lasting embarrassment on the Internet, I also said that I shared a birthday with another great communicator, Bob Dylan. On a positive note, I subsequently discovered that May 29 is also the birthday of Harry G. Frankfurt. Professor Frankfurt is apparently alive and well and celebrating his 93rd birthday today.
Secret Emergency Orders May Include Focus on Internet, New Files Show
       
internet kill switch(Image by Free Press Pics) Details DMCAPersonally, I thought it was a bad enough omen when President Trump was allowed to test the emergency broadcast system back in 2018 and sent a text message to -- supposedly -- every cellphone in America. You had no choice but to receive it. And there's been talk for years of an internet kill switch, which is not as difficult to do as you might imagine.
Texas is a top target for gun rights lobbying and political contributions • OpenSecrets
       
Texas also ranks second among the 19 states tracked by OpenSecrets for state-level lobbying by gun rights groups with more than $3 million in spending from 2015 through 2021. The influence gun rights groups exert in Texas is also evident in grassroots organizing and advocacy efforts spearheaded by the NRA. Abbot has received more than $20,000 in contributions from gun rights groups with most of that coming from the NRA and the Texas State Rifle Association. The NRA, the Texas State Rifle Association and the Gun Owners of America Political Victory Fund have all given political contributions to Paxton. Gun money across party linesContributions from gun rights groups in the Lone Star State are not limited to Republicans.
Federal government sues Alaska over subsistence
       
Joaqlin EstusIndian Country TodayWhen fish numbers are low, who gets to continue to harvest fish in rural Alaska? The Biden administration filed suit on May 17 against the Alaska Department of Fish and Game over fish openings on the Kuskokwim River during fish shortages. This latest tussle was prompted by the state ignoring federal authority on the Kuskokwim river, which passes through the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge. Subsistence is vitally important to those villages, as it is to the economy of all of rural Alaska. 2016 (Photo by Krista Langlois, courtesy of Kuskokwim River Inter-tribal Fish Commission)Refuge managers have been working closely with the Kuskokwim River Intertribal Fish Commission, which represents 33 tribes.
Liberty Mutual’s Climate Conflicts Deepen as Jay Hooley Takes Helm of ExxonMobil Board
       
Big Oil’s Lead Director: Hooley Takes the Helm at ExxonMobilJay Hooley became ExxonMobil’s new lead director following the annual stakeholder meeting on May 25th, 2022. A Conflicted Board: Liberty Mutual’s Climate Governance ProblemHooley is not the only example of conflicts of interest at the core of Liberty Mutual’s governance when it comes to climate issues and the fossil fuel industry. Today, an astounding 9 out of 13 Liberty Mutual board members – a whopping 69% – have close ties to, and are personally profiting from, extractive industries. Companies like Liberty Mutual fuel climate change and environmental injustice when they insure and invest in fossil fuel projects and companies. Jay Hooley’s position as lead director of ExxonMobil while also serving as director of Liberty Mutual raises these exact concerns.
Boris Johnson Dodged a COVID Reckoning. Now He’s Doubling Down on Deportations.
       
As one commentator put it, “The [prime minister] has dodged a Partygate reckoning.”As recently as this January it had seemed that the Conservative government might be doomed. Prime Minister Johnson’s support remains, from this perspective, very thin. At the press conference where he announced the Rwanda plan, Prime Minister Johnson suggested that it would face legal challenge from his opponents. So why was the prime minister seemingly pleading with his opponents to sue him? Johnson has been prime minister all this time.
After Mass Shootings, Republicans Shield White Supremacists From Scrutiny
       
The bill would require federal agencies to document and report domestic terrorism threats, including white supremacists and neo-Nazis inside law enforcement agencies. Thanks to Trump and others on the far right, white supremacist ideologies such as “replacement theory” that motivated the Buffalo gunman are going mainstream among GOP voters. Like other Republicans, Roy argued the anti-terrorism bill would be used by the Biden administration to target right-wing activists. It’s no secret white supremacists and far right extremists have claimed far more lives with violent attacks in the U.S. than leftists. And Republicans rejected the focus on identifying white supremacists working in law enforcement.
Texas Reps Have Taken Over $14 Million From Gun Rights Groups
       
Texas representatives in the 117th Congress took more money from gun rights groups than lawmakers in any other state, a new OpenSecrets analysis found. The influence gun rights groups exert in Texas is also evident in grassroots organizing and advocacy efforts spearheaded by the NRA. Abbot has received more than $20,000 in contributions from gun rights groups with most of that coming from the NRA and the Texas State Rifle Association. Gun Money Across Party LinesContributions from gun rights groups in the Lone Star State are not limited to Republicans. Gun rights groups spent over $2.1 million on lobbying in California from 2015 through 2021 with $811,899 of that spending bankrolled by the NRA.
Liberty Mutual Board Member Just Became the New Lead Director of ExxonMobil
       
That’s why it’s so alarming that Liberty Mutual board member Joseph “Jay” Hooley just became the new Lead Director of ExxonMobil, perhaps the most powerful Big Oil supermajor on the planet. Big Oil’s Lead Director: Hooley Takes the Helm at ExxonMobilJay Hooley became ExxonMobil’s new lead director following the annual stakeholder meeting on May 25th, 2022. Today, an astounding 9 out of 13 Liberty Mutual board members – a whopping 69% – have close ties to, and are personally profiting from, extractive industries. Companies like Liberty Mutual fuel climate change and environmental injustice when they insure and invest in fossil fuel projects and companies. Jay Hooley’s position as lead director of ExxonMobil while also serving as director of Liberty Mutual raises these exact concerns.
Biden Administration Sues Alaska Over Opening of Fishing Areas Amid Shortages
       
When fish numbers are low, who gets to continue to harvest fish in rural Alaska? The Biden administration filed suit on May 17 against the Alaska Department of Fish and Game over fish openings on the Kuskokwim River during fish shortages. This latest tussle was prompted by the state ignoring federal authority on the Kuskokwim river, which passes through the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge. Subsistence is vitally important to those villages, as it is to the economy of all of rural Alaska. For instance, in Akiak, a village of 400 on the Kuskokwim River, a dozen eggs cost $6.65 at the Kokarmiut general store.
US aligns with European Union against the UK on Northern Ireland Protocol
       
The Biden administration has come out strongly against Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government in the deepening row between the UK and European Union over the Northern Ireland Protocol. It was ostensibly designed to prevent the return of a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, a European Union (EU) member state. Vehicles at the port of Larne, Northern Ireland, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021. But there can be no connection between that and doing the right thing for Northern Ireland. The democratic and social aspirations of workers and youth in Northern Ireland, Catholic and Protestant, can only be realised through a politically conscious struggle for a united and socialist Ireland.
Wall Street-Funded Super PAC Plans to Spend $1 Million to Oust Tlaib in Primary
       
Politico reports Urban Empowerment Action PAC announced a new campaign to “elect solutions-oriented Democrats” to Congress. https://t.co/n7l23xLGqm — Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) May 27, 2022According to Politico, Sellers — the former South Carolina state lawmaker and failed lieutenant governor candidate who regularly appears on CNN as a political analyst — is fundraising for UEA PAC. That sweeping climate and social spending package has still not passed, in large part due to obstructionist right-wing members of Tlaib’s own party. “She represents all working-class people in her district and in her city.”Imagine spending $1 million to oust @RashidaTlaib instead of on organizing in Detroit to ensure Michigan goes blue. Shouldn’t you focus on holding the Dem majority?”This piece was reprinted by Truthout with permission or license.
Opinion | The Good News in Georgia That’s Bad News for Trump
       
This is a column about good news, written in the shadow of the worst news imaginable. Like many people, the mass shooting of children in Uvalde, Texas, is basically the only thing I’ve read about for days. Climate change, systemic racism, toxic masculinity, online disinformation, gun violence, police violence, the next Trump coup, the latest Covid variant, the death of democracy, climate change again. This is the liberal crisis list; the conservative list is different. In this one I want to acknowledge that in a different zone of existential agitation, things just meaningfully improved.
Opinion | Summer Camp for All
       
Not every child will thrive at summer camp, and there are plenty of other ways to enjoy the outdoors and gain the benefits that come with socialization and play. But if America wanted to, it could make summer camp accessible to every child who wanted to go. Mr. Rosenberg said day camps range in cost from free to more than $200 per day and overnight camp prices range from free to more than $500 per day. To scale up, summer camp operators say they need a dedicated funding stream, more philanthropic aid and help with staffing. No one is suggesting that a few weeks of summer camp is a cure-all.
Australia Wields a New DNA Tool to Crack Missing-Person Mysteries
       
MELBOURNE, Australia — When a man washed up on the shores of Christmas Island in 1942, lifeless and hunched over in a shrapnel-riddled raft, no one knew who he was. In 2006, the man’s remains were exhumed, but DNA extracted from his teeth yielded no match with a list of people Navy officials thought might be his descendants. With few leads, the scientist who conducted the DNA test, Jeremy Austin, told the Navy about an emerging technique that could predict a person’s ancestry and physical traits from genetic material. The method, known as DNA phenotyping, relies on variations in the genome associated with traits connected to physical appearance to assess the likelihood that a person has a certain hair, eye or skin color, among other characteristics. It differs from older techniques in that it does not require DNA to be matched with an existing sample in a database.
Uvalde picks up pieces as shifting accounts of attack trouble officials
       
Muñoz criticized the Texas Department of Public Safety for its shifting accounts of what occurred at the school on Tuesday, but he cautioned against drawing too many conclusions. He said he spoke on Saturday with Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw, and that the two men cried together. He confirmed that officers waited for nearly an hour in a hallway outside the locked classroom, where authorities say Salvador Rolando Ramos was shooting children and killing their teachers. AdvertisementHere in Uvalde, a seemingly endless schedule of funerals has been released, beginning Tuesday and stretching for nearly two weeks. One of the first will be for Amerie Jo Garza, one of the 19 children killed.
Champions League final live updates Liverpool-Real Madrid kickoff delayed 30 minutes
       
When Liverpool and Real Madrid last met in the Champions League final, Liverpool star Mohamed Salah departed the 2018 game in tears, injured after a 22nd-minute Sergio Ramos challenge. “I want to play Madrid,” he told BT Sport. “We lost in the final against them, so I want to play against them and hopefully win it from them as well.”The 2018 final was an unfortunate affair for Liverpool fans, and not just because of Salah’s early exit. Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema jabbed a thoughtless throw by Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius into the back of the net for the game’s first score. Twelve minutes later, after a Sadio Mané equalizer, Gareth Bale angled an acrobatic bicycle kick over Karius, who again became the focus of fan ire when Bale drilled a long shot through his hands to score 20 minutes later.
Rivian executive in charge of manufacturing engineering quits in management rejig
       
New York CNN —Rivian Automotive said on Friday Charly Mwangi, who helped kick-start the electric-vehicle maker’s manufacturing process, will leave the company. Mwangi, a former Tesla (TSLA) executive, served as executive vice president from May 2020 at Rivian. He brought the R1T pickup truck and R1S SUV to production in late 2021. His departure comes amid the arrival of former Magna International executive Frank Klein, who is due to take over as chief operations chief in June and oversee production, supply chain and manufacturing engineering. Rivian’s Chief Executive RJ Scaringe has said it would be able to double its production if there were no supply constraints, after he pointed to allocation of semiconductors being an issue.
Disney+ adds warning label to 'Obi-Wan Kenobi' following Uvalde school shooting
       
Disney+ is the latest streaming service to add a warning label to some of its content in the wake of a mass shooting at a Texas elementary school. The company added a message to its new television series "Obi-Wan Kenobi," according to several media outlets including The Hollywood Reporter and Deadline. Warning: Contains violence involving children.”The message is displayed in the "details" section of the show but does not appear for all accounts. The label added by Disney+ is due to a scene that shows Stormtroopers and Imperial Inquisitors attacking the Jedi temple, Deadline reports. But given the recent tragic shooting at a school in Texas, viewers may find the opening scene of episode 1 distressing.
Brittney Griner’s Supporters Have a New Strategy to Free Her: Make Noise
       
As the Phoenix Mercury star Brittney Griner waits in Russia, detained since Feb. 17 on drug charges, symbols of support for her are all around. They come from people who don’t know her at all and people who know and love her — from teammates, sympathizers and former coaches. “I know Brittney, I’ve been around her, know her heart. I know what she’s about,” Staley said. “And if she’s being wrongfully detained or not, I would be advocating for her release because nobody should be in a foreign country locked up abroad.”
In Los Angeles, a Tree With Stories to Tell
       
Back home, Black athletes were also shunned, when President Franklin Roosevelt welcomed only the white athletes to the White House. After the Games, Mr. Johnson worked as a mail carrier and then as a merchant mariner. For Mr. Mayer, Mr. Johnson’s tree has provided artistic inspiration. Several years ago he came to Los Angeles for a residency at the MAK Center, the California outpost of a Vienna museum, with the idea of creating art from the tree. The result was a multimedia installation that was exhibited in Vienna, Berlin and Poznan, Poland.
Champions League Final Live: Liverpool vs. Real Madrid
       
Just give Real Madrid the trophy and save everyone the bother. He is well aware that there is no stopping Real Madrid when it feels history and destiny on its shoulder; all he can do is try to stop that feeling arriving in the first place. Chelsea, Manchester City and P.S.G. could not disabuse Real Madrid of its abiding belief in its own agency; Ancelotti and his players have plenty of reason to be confident that Liverpool will go the same way. One reading of this final is that Real Madrid’s luck has to run out at some point.
Cannes Live Updates: Stars Arrive for the Closing Ceremony
       
CANNES, France — On Saturday evening, on its 12th day, the exhilarating, exhausting Cannes Film Festival will end with the awards ceremony and a new Palme d’Or winner. The pandemic wasn’t over, but attendees at the most important film festival in the world were definitely over it. The festival, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, fiercely maintains a sense of both historical continuity and its centrality in the global film world. Movies come and go, but Cannes remains eternal — or that’s the idea, at any rate. To that end, despite some logistical hiccups, the event looked and operated much as it has in the past.
Leaning into the mystery on a weekend getaway to Santa Cruz, Calif.
       
Our son, midway through his second year at UC Santa Cruz, had only slightly more information about college life than his younger sister. AdvertisementOn our last evening, my husband and I wandered the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Free for children under 6, UC Santa Cruz students and members. This wild space is accessible from numerous points on the UC Santa Cruz campus and in the surrounding neighborhood. Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk400 Beach St.831-423-5590AdvertisementThis beachside funland is a home to the magnificent Looff Carousel and the hair-raising Giant Dipper wooden roller coaster, each a National Historic Landmark.
'Top Gun: Maverick' is a blast of nostalgia, upgraded action scenes and emotion.
       
That “Top Gun: Maverick” works so well can surely be attributed to Tom Cruise, who created the title character, rule-floutin', death-cheatin’, heart-breakin’ pilot Pete Mitchell (call sign: Maverick). “Top Gun: Maverick” hews to the structure of the first movie, punctuating scenes of rivalry, seduction and personal reckonings with increasingly difficult flight tests and simulated dogfights, the whole thing culminating in a genuinely spectacular, climactic real-time battle. Tom Cruise still has the need for speed, reprising his role as US Naval Aviator Pete "Maverick" Mitchell in this sequel to 1986's "Top Gun." That last call sign is just one example of the low-key humor that runs through “Top Gun: Maverick,” which gratifyingly never resorts to snark or smug winking. Among its many virtues, most amazingly, “Top Gun: Maverick” doesn’t feel like a video game or a three-dimensional comic book or an ad for a theme park.
Review: Philadelphia Museum of Art's Sean Scully exhibit surveys half-century of the artist’s career
       
This was during the Venice Biennale, so the church was also hosting an exhibition called “Human” by the Irish-born American abstract artist Sean Scully. It also raises the central issues of abstraction that Scully would explore in his first decades: How strict a grid? Does the painting suggest mathematical or biomorphic ideas? These hints of color suggest light and fire, sky and sunset, cold and heat, while also giving us a sense of the depth of color underneath the color. Sean Scully: The Shape of Ideas Through July 31 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
To revive us, we need plays like the Pulitzer-winning ‘Fat Ham’ and 'A Case for the Existence of God'
       
Choose your plan ArrowRight Chief among the blessed humorists at the moment: James Ijames, whose divine comedy “Fat Ham” just won the Pulitzer Prize for drama. “Fat Ham” is not the most delicately wrought work of dramatic literature ever to win the esteemed prize. The final scene of “A Case for the Existence of God” is as touchingly resonant as the finale in “Fat Ham” is groove-in-your-seat exuberant. That Mitchell’s risibly restless Opal has no eyes for Juicy — and uptight Marine Larry does — are just two of the many ways “Fat Ham” turns “Hamlet” giddily upside down. Fat Ham, by James Ijames.
How to manage rising mortgage rates
       
Here are 12 ways to adapt to rising mortgage rates:1. More buyers are considering an adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) now because they have a lower rate for the initial fixed period, Knull says. Buy in a location with lower property taxes and lower homeowner association dues. Lock in a mortgage rate while still shopping. Some lenders are offering to lock in a mortgage rate even before a contract has been signed by both parties, Knull says.
3 Women Die in Early Heat Wave in Chicago
       
CHICAGO — Temperatures barely climbed into the 90s and only for a couple of days. “Hotter and more dangerous heat waves are coming earlier, in May … and the other thing is we are getting older and more people are living alone,” said Eric Klinenberg, a New York University sociologist, who wrote “Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago.” about the 1995 heat wave. Part of the problem, experts say, is that communities nationwide are still learning how deadly heat can be. Still, there is evidence that people don’t appreciate or even know just how dangerous the heat can be. “It’s hard to distinguish excess heat deaths from COVID deaths,” he said.
Report On Fabled Civil War Gold Raises Questions On Dig FBI Says Turned Up Nothing
       
The FBI used the consultant’s work to obtain a warrant to seize the gold — if there was any to be found. Finders Keepers provided the FBI records to The Associated Press. FBI agents and representatives of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources set up base in March 2018, in Elk County, Pennsylvania. A one-paragraph FBI report, dated March 13, 2019 — exactly one year after the dig — asserted agents found nothing at Dent’s Run. FBI agents are shown standing around the hole in photos that appear earlier in the series, but they are absent from nearly all of the later images at the dig site.
'We will not let those motivated by hate separate us': Harris honors oldest Buffalo shooting victim
       
'We will not let those motivated by hate separate us': Harris honors oldest Buffalo shooting victimVice President Kamala Harris honored the oldest Buffalo grocery store shooting victim by delivering remarks at a funeral service. She spoke about maintaining strength in the community following the attack and said, "strength is not based on who you beat down its based on who you lift up. "May 28, 2022
Six Easy Recipes for the Ultimate Picnic Spread
       
Imagine a painting of a pastoral scene on a fair summer day, a splendid feast laid out, fine carpets for lounging and guests nibbling on carefully transported morsels — a proverbial picnic in the grass, with dogs and children at the edges. That’s one kind of picnic, but there are so many ways to picnic. Even the simple gesture of moving dinner outdoors on a balmy evening can feel picnicky, which is to say, nice. That picnics are movable feasts adds to the experience. (The frugal city lunch you eat on a bench by a tree is a kind of picnic, too — savor it.)
What Gun Violence Does to Our Mental Health
       
Those with PTSD often have trouble sleeping and may become emotionally numb, continuously on edge or easily startled, she said. Younger children may experience stomachaches or headaches, and lower-grade anxiety that causes them to misbehave or have trouble concentrating. Their symptoms included anxiety, panic attacks, suicidal ideation and self-harm behavior, Dr. Vasan said. These problems were most pronounced among Black and Latino students who lived near the locations of police shootings of Black and Latino people. “The fear overcomes the need to connect with other people, and that’s the real tragedy of what violence does to communities,” said Dr. Joel Fein, an emergency medicine physician at Children’s Hospital Philadelphia, where he co-directs the Center for Violence Prevention.
An Age-by-Age Guide to Talking to Children About Mass Shootings
       
Older elementary school childrenFor children in this age group, start by asking what, if anything, they know about the event. “You’re listening to how much they know,” Dr. Harold Koplewicz, president of the Child Mind Institute, said. But if children have questions, be careful not to provide too much detail at once. What are the safety measures and precautions?’” Dr. Koplewicz said. So again, start with questions about what your child knows and how they feel.
4 Light Exercises to Help You Sleep
       
4 Light Exercises to Help You Sleep Kelly DiNardo Resting in Washington, D.C. ?Brown Bird DesignSleep should be a welcome respite, but many of us are left tossing and turning. Studies have shown that exercise can reduce the amount of time it takes to fall asleep. Here’s a short routine for right before bedtime ?
Parents trying to find baby formula are getting scammed
       
The pediatrician put her on a specialized formula — a formula that disappeared from shelves during the shortage and hasn’t really returned. To make matters worse, her insurance that usually covers the formula recently stopped. She joined several Facebook groups designed to match parents with formula that other parents didn’t need. Keiko Zoll started a website recently to match parents in need of formula with parents who have formula to give. AdvertisementMaria Murillo, of Rockville, was also scammed through a Facebook formula group called Formula Finders (different from Facebook Marketplace) — much in the same was as Andrea was.
Hate crime battle is persistent challenge for Biden's administration
       
The massacre sent a defiant message to a ceremony meant to highlight the Biden administration’s fight against racist violence. After citing successful prosecutions in hate crime cases, Garland announced “noncriminal tools” to help prevent them. Hate crimes reported against Black people jumped 43 percent to 2,755. Yet at the same time more than 60 jurisdictions with populations over 100,000 reported zero hate crimes, a circumstance ADL finds “simply not credible.”AdvertisementJake Hyman, an ADL associate director of communications, complained by email about “the persistent lack of complete and reliable data about hate crimes in this country. Garland’s toolbox to combat hate crimes does not include restraining inflammatory speech by elected officials.
Julie Beckett, champion of children with disabilities, dies at 72
       
“We’re not poor enough to be eligible, but we’re not rich enough to handle it,” Ms. Beckett told the Associated Press in 1981. Ms. Beckett took her cause to an Iowa congressman, Thomas J. Tauke (R). Ms. Beckett helped found Family Voices, an organization that seeks to support families of children with special needs. By that time, more than half a million American children had received the Katie Beckett waiver. “Being a mother,” Ms. Beckett wrote in her essay for the ACLU, “has been one of the most gratifying roles of my life.”GiftOutline Gift Article
Why solo cruising is up, and how to decide if it’s right for you
       
“The trend of solo cruise travel picked up during the pandemic,” said Darley Newman, a travel host and an executive producer in New York City. Even though he is married and has three children, he frequently cruises solo as a leisure traveler on trips unrelated to his business. It also offered a solo cruise host and a solo lounge to give passengers the opportunity to meet one another. When you cruise solo, you also can decide on the type of ship, destination, time of year and trip excursions. “Some cruise lines have a cocktail hour for the solo cruisers, or you can ask to be seated at a table with other solo travelers,” Bisciglia said.
Photos of American turmoil
       
In Sight ‘Infinity Goes Up on Trial’: A personal exploration of U.S. turmoil The murder in Minneapolis of George Floyd, who was Black, by a White police officer touched off nationwide protests in 2020. These respites come in personal photos Chin includes of family, loved ones and his extended community, namely New York City’s Chinatown. And though they are also caught up in all of the turmoil, family, friends and community are anchors and harbors in rough waters. When I first encountered “Infinity Goes Up on Trial” I was immediately struck by its thickness and somewhat chaotic feel. “Infinity Goes Up on Trial” is a compendium of roiling issues and its form reflects that.
Opinion | I am an unhoused person. Here’s what happened to me in Adams Morgan.
       
On Feb. 11, my D.C. Council member, Brianne K. Nadeau (D-Ward 1) announced that all the people living at Adams Morgan Plaza were now housed safely. The stolen valuables included sleeping bags belonging to my friend, Miguel Gonzales, who died from the cold without his blankets. AdvertisementLike me, Gonzales was a longtime Adams Morgan resident. People, including Ren Lee, a fellow Adams Morgan neighbor and unhoused advocate, would come by every day to the plaza to check up on us. Even with all these announcements about helping the homeless in this city, the situation is one of agony and defeat.
Georgia’s primary went smoothly. Voting advocates worry about November.
       
And just because the primary went smoothly, they said, doesn’t mean there won’t be trouble in November. The primary was the first major test of Georgia’s voting system since Republicans enacted the new law. But voting rights advocates have criticized the law as a solution in search of a problem that needlessly restricts access to the polls. That year, around 5 percent of Black voters’ ballots were rejected, while just 3.6 percent of White voters’ were. “Turnout is certainly an indication that Georgia voters are very motivated and determined to cast their ballots this year.
Cruz confronted at restaurant over gun control after Uvalde shooting
       
was heckled at a Houston restaurant on Friday night, following his speech at the National Rifle Association’s convention in which he broadly rejected proposals for gun control, days after the Uvalde school shooting. “Why did you come here to the convention?” the man, later identified as Benjamin Hernandez, asked Cruz. When 19 children died!”As Hernandez is pulled away by security officials, he said to Cruz, “That’s on your hands! Ted Cruz, that’s on your hands!” pic.twitter.com/PaeiQYqfBo — philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) May 28, 2022Neither Cruz’s office nor the owners of Uptown Sushi immediately responded to requests for comment early Saturday. Protesters gathered outside the downtown George R. Brown Convention Center, about 300 miles from Uvalde, to demand gun control and answers from authorities.
I’m 56 and yes, I’m wearing a bikini this summer - The Washington Post
       
Sign up for a weekly roundup of thought-provoking ideas and debates ArrowRight I’m 56. Bikinis — such a frothy, exotic word — always made me feel like a vampire facing a clove of garlic. When Deborah Copaken, a friend and author of the memoir “Ladyparts,” was in her 20s, she wore a bikini, albeit reluctantly. She always felt self-conscious running into the water, she told me, her thighs jiggling behind her, her butt cheeks exposed. There, she noticed women (and men) of all ages and sizes wearing tiny triangular patches of swimsuit fabric, no matter the droop of their thighs.
No teenager should be allowed to buy a semiautomatic gun
       
Rampage homicides are rare, accounting for a relatively small fraction of overall gun homicides, and the research base is correspondingly less clear regarding what best prevents such atrocities. First, most firearm violence and gun homicides are committed by relatively young people, with homicide risk peaking between the ages of 18 and 24. Here’s a simpler, better red flag: A teenager is trying to buy a gun. AdvertisementFederal law currently makes people wait until they are 21 to buy a handgun from a federally licensed dealer, although they can — as Ramos and Gendron did — buy long guns at 18. Such measures will help prevent mass homicides by the next Salvador Ramos, who destroyed so many lives, including his own, because he was able to legally buy lethal weaponry.
Opinion | Readers critique The Post: A truer picture of abortion protests
       
Placeholder while article actions loadEvery week, The Post runs a collection of letters of readers’ grievances — pointing out grammatical mistakes, missing coverage and inconsistencies. Sign up for a weekly roundup of thought-provoking ideas and debates ArrowRight A truer picture Whose protest was this? It featured parity between protesters — three carrying antiabortion signs and three with signs supporting a woman’s right to an abortion. The May 22 Sports article “Early Voting scorches in Preakness” contained an error so blatant that it is clear the reporter is not well acquainted with the sport. The 1 million covid deaths come from a population of 330 million and represent 0.3 percent of the population.
Texas police chief who delayed response did active shooter training in December
       
The police chief who officials said decided to wait to confront the gunman at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, completed an active shooter training course in December, according to law enforcement records. The training course explicitly educates participants on how to "compare/contrast an active shooter event and a hostage or barricade crisis." The Texas Commission on Law Enforcement released the curriculum for the training course two years ago, according to information on the website for the Texas School Safety Center at Texas State University. The training course curriculum, a 30-page document dated January 2020, divides the training course into six units. "Time is the number one enemy during active shooter response," the curriculum states.
Biden to Delaware grads: 'Now it's your hour'
       
“There’s one message I hope you take from me today: This is no time to be on the sidelines,” he added. Biden, who graduated from the university in 1965 with a double major in history and political science, served as a senator in Delaware for more than 30 years before becoming vice president. It was his fifth commencement address at the university, where the school of public policy and administration bears his name. His sister, Valerie Biden Owens, and his wife, first lady Jill Biden, also graduated from the university. “It feels like coming home because this is home,” Biden said, reflecting that “Some of the best and most important years of my life were spent here.”
Man Confronts Ted Cruz At Restaurant: '19 Dead Kids, That's On Your Hands'
       
Ted Cruz, that’s on your hands!” he says in video of the incident. The man, Benjamin Hernandez, told HuffPost that he was in Houston because his digital advertising company was livestreaming the protests staged outside the NRA convention. Greg] Abbott, and I wrote something to the effect of, ‘Confront all these hypocritical assholes like Beto did.’ And it’s really easy to tweet, right?” Hernandez told HuffPost. “You know, I would encourage you ? I gave about a half-hour speech today at the NRA convention ? I encourage you to watch it,” Cruz can be heard responding. “The time for civil discourse and debate ? when they allow it, which they don’t ? that’s over, to me,” Hernandez told HuffPost.
Want a Nutcracker or a ‘Craft Cocktail?’ He’s Your Guy.
       
This story is part of an occasional series exploring nightlife (and daylife) in New York. If you’ve ever spent a sunny day sitting in Prospect Park, you’ve probably met Prince Lewis. “Welcome to restaurant Prospect Park,” he often says as he approaches people who are on dates, at parties or on picnics, and tries to entice them to buy a nutcracker, a bottled cocktail that is often sold on New York City streets. Certain lines are reserved for specific circumstances; “only for the adults,” he’ll often add when there’s a toddler or child present. He might serenade those celebrating with “Happy Birthday” or even hand out a free drink.
Is Aloe a Sham?
       
And perhaps, you might head to your local drugstore to pick up a bottle of aloe to soothe it. The aloe vera plant (also called Aloe barbadensis) is a cactus-like succulent that grows in hot, dry places. But while the global aloe vera gel market reached about $625 million in 2020 and is expected to grow in the coming years, the potions found in drugstores have had their fair share of controversy. In July, testing revealed that some CVS-brand aloe products were contaminated with benzene, a carcinogenic substance. And earlier testing found that some aloe products, found in retail stores and online, didn’t contain any aloe at all.
Diplomats Fear Russia May Use Syrian Aid as Bargaining Chip in Ukraine
       
The United States is presiding over the Security Council this month and has held a series of meetings touching on the plight of Syrians who have been become homeless or otherwise need assistance to survive. But three foreign diplomats said Russia had sent vague signals suggesting it might try to use the vote to gain concessions in the standoff over Ukraine. The United States and European countries have imposed a variety of sanctions on Russia to punish the country for invading its neighbor. The diplomats would not describe the signals in detail and said Moscow had stopped short of directly tying the corridor’s fate to the war in Ukraine. One of the diplomats also predicted Russia would counter accusations that its invasion had violated Ukraine’s sovereignty by denouncing the aid convoys as an infringement on Syria’s territorial integrity.
Massacres Test Whether Washington Can Move Beyond Paralysis
       
And about 80 percent of people say gun purchasers should be subject to background checks, even when they buy their guns in a private sale or at a gun show. But surveys also reflect the deepening polarization in the country, where about 30 percent of adults say they own a gun. A sizable majority of people who do not own guns favor banning high-capacity ammunition magazines and creating a federal database to track all gun sales, according to Pew. The response to mass shootings in the United States is starkly different than the decisive action taken in other developed countries around the world. Australia held a mandatory gun buyback after a 1996 massacre and the rate of mass shootings plummeted.
The N.R.A. Gathering in Houston Spotlights an American Divide
       
HOUSTON — On one side of an avenue in downtown Houston, people filed into the National Rifle Association’s annual convention this weekend to talk guns, admire guns, buy guns and invoke as holy script the Second Amendment right to bear arms; that is, guns. As people on one side of the avenue sweated and shouted in the baking Texas sun, others filed into the comforting cool of the George R. Brown Convention Center. The massacre of schoolchildren earlier in the week had been in Uvalde, just 300 miles west of here on Interstate 10. Inside, politicians spoke of “hardening” schools to a mix of N.R.A. Outside, veteran and novice protesters waved handmade signs and photographs of children shot to death this week, in faint hope of changing minds.
N.J. man found guilty of felony obstruction of Congress in Jan. 6 riot
       
Hale-Cusanelli, 32, of Colts Neck, N.J., worked as a security guard and lived on the Naval Weapons Station Earle there. The trial focused on Hale-Cusanelli’s actions on Jan. 6 and his comments afterward to a roommate and federal investigators. He and his lawyer, Jonathan Crisp, mostly did not challenge the four misdemeanor counts: entering a restricted building, disorderly conduct in a restricted area, disorderly conduct in a Capitol building, and parading or demonstrating in a Capitol building. His text messages before and after Jan. 6, declaring that Joe Biden had not been legally elected, used the n-word. Of the 15 felony sentences, the average prison term handed down has been about 30.6 months, according to Washington Post records.
Agatha forecast to hit Mexico as Category 2 hurricane and enter Gulf
       
At 11 a.m. Saturday, Agatha was positioned 215 miles southwest of Puerto Angel, Mexico, drifting west-northwest at 5 mph. Over the next 48 hours, it is predicted to strengthen quickly, becoming a Category 2 hurricane with 100 mph winds by Monday morning; landfall is predicted shortly thereafter. The Hurricane Center projects the following impacts:AdvertisementTropical-storm-force (39+ mph) winds starting Sunday night and hurricane-force (74+ mph) winds Monday. “Life-threatening flash flooding and mudslides may occur,” the Hurricane Center wrote. ? Agatha is forecast to impact southern Mexico as a hurricane — then what?
Trump is trapped in the past, and it’s hurting him with GOP voters
       
Placeholder while article actions loadDonald Trump is trapped in the past and losing his grip on the Republican Party. He remains the dominant force within the GOP, and his ideas are widely mimicked by many GOP elected officials and candidates. But the longer Trump clings to his big lie about 2020, the wearier many Republicans could become with the politics of the past. Trump prodded GOP leaders in the state assembly to launch something akin to the flawed review of the ballots in Arizona. AdvertisementA few days after the state GOP convention, divisions within the GOP over Trump’s lies surfaced again.
Liverpool vs. Real Madrid: The '50/50' Champions League final
       
The bars and stands around Paris' Stade de France, the venue for Saturday's Champions League final , have certainly nailed their colors to the mast. Real got the better of Liverpool that day thanks largely to Gareth Bale's sublime overhead kick, perhaps the greatest goal to ever grace a Champions League final. Having won the Champions League with Los Blancos in 2002, narrowly beating Bayer Leverkusen 2-1, he knows these finals don't often unfold in the way many predict. Claude Makelele won the Champions League with Real Madrid in 2002. "If they are in the Champions League final now it is because they are the most difficult," he said.
Flight cancellations kick off Memorial Day weekend
       
New York (CNN) It's another chaotic holiday weekend for Americans traveling by air. More than 1,000 flights were canceled as of Saturday morning, according to flight tracking website FlightAware , after 2,300 cancellations on Friday. Delta Air Lines DAL is most affected by the cancellations, with more than 230 flights, or 8% of its operations, axed on Saturday. The carrier blamed Saturday's cancellations on bad weather and "air traffic control actions" on Friday, saying it is trying to cancel flights at least 24 hours in advance. United canceled 23 flights and JetBlue canceled 10 Saturday, about 1% of the carriers' operationsRead More
The 6 Highest-Grossing Sports Movies of All Time
       
0 of 6David Bergman/Getty ImagesSports fans have dozens of beloved movies, but only a small collection of them double as true box-office hits. Jerry Maguire and Rocky IV kick off the all-time leaderboard of money-making sports films. Higher up the list is The Blind Side, which stars Sandra Bullock and recounts the story of 2009 NFL first-round draft pick Michael Oher. While the order is based on IMDB's most recent list—filtered to the sports genre—we omitted some films such as the Cars franchise, Turbo and Real Steel to focus on (human) sports as we know them. The most notable near-miss is Space Jam, which is ranked 14th overall and $43 million behind Jerry Maguire.
Putin: We could reopen Odesa, but we want sanctions removed
       
In what sounds like bargaining rather than an unconditional promise, Russian President Vladimir Putin toyed with the idea of reopening the Odesa port for grain exports — while again calling for the lifting of Western sanctions against Russia. Putin made the remarks during a call Saturday with French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, as concerns worsened over a looming food crisis due to the inability to export Ukraine’s grain amid the conflict. Macron and Scholz “insisted with President Vladimir Putin on the urgency of lifting the blockade of Odesa in order to allow the export of Ukrainian cereals by the Black Sea and to avoid a world food crisis,” according to a readout issued by the Elysée Palace in Paris. There’s no mention of de-mining in the Russian statement, contrary to the French statement. In April, Ukraine managed to export less than 1 million tons of grain.
'It’s too much violence': Joe Biden addresses shootings in Buffalo and Texas during commencement speech
       
President Joe Biden called on Americans to "stand stronger" to make the nation safer while addressing the mass shootings in New York and Texas that killed 31 people combined. Biden made the remarks Saturday morning during a commencement speech at his alma mater, the University of Delaware. "And now, tomorrow I'll be heading to Uvalde, Texas to meet with each of those families," Biden said. ... We have to stand stronger, we must stand stronger. During their visit Sunday to Uvalde, they will speak with community and religious leaders as well as the families of victims.
Mass shootings are difficult to prevent with mental health resources alone, experts say
       
In the wake of yet another mass shooting, some Texas politicians have called for increased mental health services to help prevent the next tragedy. Greg Abbott said Wednesday that a "mental health challenge" had played a role in the massacre, the gunman had no known criminal history or mental health issues. Mental health providers are limited when a person suspected of being at risk rejects help or lies through a mental health evaluation. And the notion that mental health counselors can identify threats and prevent mass shootings isn't clearly backed by research. Experts said mental health providers can only do so much, as gun violence and firearm purchases surge nationwide.
Gabe Kapler Refuses To Participate In National Anthem
       
San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler’s decision to skip the pregame U.S. national anthem going forward is bound to spark another furious debate concerning the most divisive bit of Americana of our times. Kapler has said he won’t participate in the anthem, as act of protest over gun violence in the United States. He says he’ll just stay away from the field, indefinitely, until “I feel better about the direction of our country.”“I’m often struck before our games by the lack of delivery of the promise of what our national anthem represents,” Kapler wrote on his personal blog. “San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler is the latest ingrate to disrespect our flag and proud nation,” wrote Sid Rosenberg, co-host of the Bernie and Sid morning radio program on WABC in New York City, on Twitter. But in a time of national mourning over Uvalde, he reminded a grieving country that gestures of patriotism can come in all forms.
Champions League Final: How, and When, to Watch
       
Manchester City, meanwhile, had almost made it to shore. It is difficult, on the eve of the Champions League final, to avoid the suspicion that this Real Madrid story cannot possibly end in a dispiriting 2-1 defeat to Liverpool in Paris. Real Madrid has been able to snatch victory from defeat against three of the best-equipped opponents in Europe because its players believe in the club’s almost mystical refusal to wilt. In that sense, Liverpool is probably the toughest test Madrid could have faced in the final. Not necessarily because it is a better team than Manchester City — the Premier League table, indeed, rather suggests it is not — but because it will see in this Madrid an echo of its former self.
‘Yeah, That Happened.’ A Giants Player Is Slapped Over Fantasy Football.
       
The slap was part of an unusual series of events for the Giants. Throw some ground balls, it’s more democratic.” Look Good, Feel Good, Play Good. Now their fans appear to be in full revoltKing of Throws: Tom House has spent his life helping superstars get even better. With a new app he wants to Tom House has spent his life helping superstars get even better. But Friday’s incident distinguished itself simply by the level of detail Pederson was willing to offer in its aftermath.
Opinion | Gen Z Is Cynical. They’ve Earned It.
       
Kasky said his Pop Pop “was giving me the post-mass-shooting-how-you-doing call,” which, we both noted, happens with pathetic, maddening, horrifying regularity. By pretty much any measure, it has been a dispiriting few years for America’s teenagers and young adults. The American Psychological Association does a regular survey called Stress in America, and in October 2020, the APA was already sounding the alarm:The potential long-term consequences of the persistent stress and trauma created by the pandemic are particularly serious for our country’s youngest individuals, known as Generation Z (Gen Z). Our 2020 survey shows that Gen Z teens (ages 13-17) and Gen Z adults (ages 18-23) are facing unprecedented uncertainty, are experiencing elevated stress and are already reporting symptoms of depression. They are designed to question authority, and they are built to point out painful realities.”
Opinion | The Debate Over Canceling Student Debt
       
To the Editor:Re “Students Deserve a Loan Bailout,” by Charlie Eaton, Amber Villalobos and Frederick Wherry (Opinion guest essay, May 18):Why should I pay for your student loans? If we really want to wipe out debt, let’s give tax amnesty to anyone who owes more than $10,000. I know it’s politically valuable to tell millions of people you are going to forgive their debt, but it’s not right. Scott HartmanSan Jose, Calif.To the Editor:Re “Student Debt Is Crushing. Canceling It Is Still Bad Policy” (editorial, May 15):The reasoning behind targeted rather than across-the-board cancellation of student debt, reasonable as it sounds, is flawed in two fundamental ways.
U.N. Human Rights Chief Tempers Criticism at End of China Trip
       
HONG KONG — The United Nations’ top human rights official offered limited criticism of China’s crackdown on predominately Muslim minorities, saying at the end of her six-day trip to the country on Saturday that she had raised questions about its application of “counterterrorism and de-radicalization measures” but that her visit “was not an investigation.”The comments from Michelle Bachelet, the first U.N. high commissioner for human rights to visit China since 2005, were sharply criticized by overseas Uyghurs and human rights advocates who had called on her to more vociferously condemn China’s policies. Rayhan Asat, a lawyer whose younger brother is imprisoned in Xinjiang, said Ms. Bachelet’s comments “show a total disregard for the Uyghur people’s suffering.”“The crisis has been going on for six years, and it needs no further examination but condemnation,” she said. “We did not see any of that in her remarks.”
Vatican Power Broker Faulted for Handling of Sex Abuse Cases Dies at 94
       
ROME — Cardinal Angelo Sodano, an Italian who rose to the pinnacle of the Roman Catholic Church as the Vatican’s top diplomat, ultimate power broker of the papal court and deeply influential dean of cardinals before seeing his reputation stained by his connection with the cover-up of sex abuse scandals, has died. The cardinal died on Friday night, according to the Vatican. No cause of death was given. Cardinal Sodano served as secretary of state, the second-highest ranking position in the Vatican, after the pope, for 16 years, covering a good portion of the pontificate of John Paul II, who once described him as “my first and precious collaborator.” As Parkinson’s disease and other ailments debilitated John Paul II, Cardinal Sodano, along with the pope’s private secretary, played an outsize role in running the church. In 2010, speaking during a public Easter address, he infamously called accusations of abuse “petty gossip.”
Gun in Texas Shooting Came From Company Known for Pushing Boundaries
       
After one of its military-style rifles was used in the Texas elementary school shooting on Tuesday, the gun manufacturer Daniel Defense published a pop-up statement on its home page sending “thoughts and prayers” to the community of Uvalde, Texas, and pledging to cooperate with the authorities. When the pop-up disappeared, a different message took center stage: a promotion, adorned with gold-encased bullets, for a sweepstakes to win $15,000 worth of guns or ammunition. The Texas shooting, which left 19 schoolchildren and two teachers dead and more than a dozen wounded, has put a national spotlight on Daniel Defense, a family-owned business in Georgia that has emerged as a trailblazer in an aggressive, boundary-pushing style of weapons marketing and sales. Some of its advertisements invoke popular video games like “Call of Duty” and feature “Star Wars” characters and Santa Claus, messages that are likely to appeal to teenagers. The company was an early adopter of a direct-to-consumer business model that aimed to make buying military gear as simple as ordering from Amazon, enticing customers with “adventure now, pay later” installment plans that make expensive weaponry more affordable.
Unpacking the trauma in Amber Heard's testimony
       
Arts & EntertainmentUnpacking the trauma in Amber Heard's testimonyJohnny Depp's defamation trial against ex-wife Amber Heard ended on May 27 after six weeks. Jennifer Freyd, an expert in the psychology of sexual violence, discusses the impact of Heard's testimony. A previous version of this video incorrectly stated that Heard’s counter lawsuit against Depp was dismissed. The case was not dismissed.
Ariel Atkins has gone from all-star and Olympian to Mystics cornerstone
       
… She was like, ‘I’m going to go to the WNBA.’ ”Ariel Atkins is well beyond merely playing in the league. The Washington Mystics guard became a first-time all-star last season and won gold with Team USA at the Olympics. Advertisement“[Something] I just kind of learned over the years is that you can be humble and know who you are,” Atkins said. But the Mystics know. “She may not get the national publicity, but I know she’s a part of everybody’s scouting report.
A Supreme Court justice’s solution to gun violence: Repeal Second Amendment
       
In a March 27, 2018, New York Times op-ed, Stevens praised the protesters and their call for stricter gun control laws. Urging a politically impossible effort just strengthens opponents of achievable reform.”Tribe expanded on his argument in a Washington Post op-ed, headlined “The Second Amendment isn’t the problem.” “The NRA’s strongest rallying cry has been: ‘They’re coming for our beloved Second Amendment,’” he wrote. “Not sensible gun control. And America is going to reel from one mass murder to another unless the Second Amendment is repealed or the Supreme Court drastically reduces its scope.”“As a starting point,” he added, “Democrats should drop the mealy-mouthed formulation, ‘Nobody supports the Second Amendment more than I do, but still. Just last month, President Biden declared, “I support the Second Amendment,” although he said that didn’t mean people could get any gun they wanted.
Analysis: Watch 'Stranger Things' for the horror, stay for '80s nostalgia
       
Three things to watch'Stranger Things' Season 4(From left) Joe Keery as Steve Harrington, Gaten Matarazzo as Dustin Henderson, Maya Hawke as Robin Buckley, Sadie Sink as Max Mayfield, Natalia Dyer as Nancy Wheeler and Caleb McLaughlin as Lucas Sinclair star in "Stranger Things." I'm not a huge sci-fi fan, but the thing about "Stranger Things" is that it's so much more than that. The first portion of the new season of "Stranger Things" is streaming on Netflix. 'Ricky Gervais: SuperNature'Ricky Gervais speaks onstage at the season three premiere of Netflix's "After Life" at the BFI Southbank on January 6 in London. Far too often, we complain about things that we don't even know, understand or have context for in a nuanced way.
Nigeria stampede: More than 30 people, including children, killed in Port Harcourt
       
Abuja, Nigeria CNN —More than 30 people were killed and others injured when a stampede broke out at a church event in the southeastern Nigerian city of Port Harcourt on Saturday, according to police and security officials. “During the process of distributing the gift items, there was a stampede due to overcrowding,” he said. “Casualties were children mostly.”The drive had not yet started when the stampede took place, said Grace Woyengikuro Iringe-Koko, a spokeswoman for the state police. Woyengikuro Iringe-Koko said the crowd forced their way into the venue, despite the fact that the gate was closed, resulting in the deadly charge. Thirty-one people have been confirmed dead, Woyengikuro Iringe-Koko said.
Grieving husband of teacher killed in Texas school shooting has died, family says
       
The husband of one of the teachers killed in the Texas school shooting this week collapsed and died Thursday while he was preparing for his wife's funeral, the family said. Joe Garcia had been married to his high school sweetheart, Irma Garcia, for 24 years before she was gunned down Tuesday at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde. Irma Garcia. Broken heart syndrome typically occurs immediately after a person has received horrific news, he added. But some people may take time to emotionally process losses, meaning broken heart syndrome wouldn’t occur right away.
A teacher in Uvalde, Texas, describes 'the longest 35 minutes of my life'
       
UVALDE, Texas — The teacher came to her door Wednesday evening, eyes puffy from hours of crying and almost no sleep. We knew we had to be quiet or else we were going to give ourselves away.”Officers stand outside Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, on Wednesday. What followed, she said, was “the longest 35 minutes of my life.”A few students started crying, so she motioned for them to come sit by her. “I knew I had to go quickly, but I wasn’t leaving until I knew for sure.”A crying girl is comforted outside the Willie de Leon Civic Center in Uvalde, Texas, on Tuesday. “I want you to say this in your article,” the teacher said before she pulled her screen door closed.
Texas gunman left home after fight with mom about Wi-Fi, mother's boyfriend says
       
UVALDE, Texas — The man who opened fire in a Texas elementary school Tuesday, massacring 19 children and two adults, was a loner who kept to himself and avoided any kind of conversation, according to the boyfriend of the gunman’s mother. Juan Alvarez, 62, at the home he shares with Ramos’ mother in Uvalde, Texas. Ramos’ mother, Adriana Reyes, also said she didn’t see the shooting coming. But Becky Flores, 54, who lives next door to Ramos’ mother and was Ramos’ Head Start teacher, described frequent tumult at the home. Salvador Ramos’ mother’s home in Uvalde, Texas.
UN’s Bachelet wraps up Xinjiang trip without seeing where China locks up Uyghur activists
       
She also didn’t see any operating internment camp — as Chinese officials told her all the so-called “vocational training centers” have closed down. While Bachelet said she asked Beijing officials to “rethink” certain policies, she was also complacent about what she said she managed to achieve during the trip. Human rights activists slammed Bachelet for failing to stand up to China. “When it comes to human rights issues, there is no such thing as a flawless utopia,” Xi said. “Countries do not need patronizing lectures; still less should human rights issues be politicized and used as a tool to apply double standards.”
I’m a Medic on the Front Line in Ukraine. I Couldn’t Escape This War. - The New York Times
       
When shells are exploding everywhere and you are lying in cover with strangers, you really feel like having frank conversations. He gave me a jar with about half a gallon of milk and refused to take any money. We got to talking and it turned out that in 2016 his wife was killed and his daughter was left severely injured by shelling. When the war began in 2014, most of the doctors, police and other officials left the city — as I did. He told me he worried that if he’d left, there would be no one to help the injured.
Woman Gets 15 Months in Prison for Punching Flight Attendant in the Face
       
A California woman who repeatedly punched a Southwest Airlines flight attendant last year, bloodying her face and chipping three of her teeth, was sentenced on Friday to 15 months in federal prison, prosecutors said. The woman, Vyvianna M. Quinonez, 29, of Sacramento, will also have to pay nearly $26,000 in restitution and a $7,500 fine, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of California. A video of the attack, which occurred in May 2021, was widely viewed on social media. The assault came amid a surge of unruly and violent behavior by passengers who shoved, struck and yelled at flight attendants. Within days of the attack, two major airlines, American and Southwest, postponed plans to begin serving alcohol again on flights, in an effort to stop the behavior.
Opinion | When the Cost of Liberty Is the Occasional Massacre
       
Under state law, the young man who killed 19 children and two teachers at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, was entitled to his guns. He was, until the moment he shot his grandmother, a law-abiding citizen, the kind of person we are supposed to trust with high-powered firearms. And when they try to illegally buy a firearm from you, lock them up and put them in jail.”To the conservatives who posit a sharp distinction between “good guys with guns” and “bad guys with guns,” law-abidingness is an inherent trait of a class of individuals. They are “good guys” with guns until their circumstances and their choices make them “bad guys” with guns. And from the perspective of the person who sells guns and ammunition, there’s no way to know whether a law-abiding customer will, at some point, become a criminal.
Russia-Ukraine war live updates Russia claims capture of key transport hub, as Zelensky remains defiant
       
The U.N. figures released Friday represent the numbers of civilians killed and injured as verified through interviews with victims, their families or eyewitnesses, as well as official records and reports or open-source materials. More than 260 children are among the 4,031 people confirmed killed, while at least 4,735 people have been injured, the OHCHR said, as the war approaches its 100th day. Most of the casualties were caused by shelling and airstrikes, it said, belying Russian claims that it has avoided bombarding civilians. Over half of the confirmed deaths were recorded in the southeastern Donetsk and Luhansk regions, which have been the focus of intense Russian bombardment. Hundreds of people were killed in a single attack in March, when Russia bombed a theater that served as a shelter.
8 recipes to use tortilla chips, including nachos, salads and muffins
       
Truth be told, I don’t need to do much more to a bag of tortilla chips than open it and start munching. Salsa is always good, of course, if I have a jar or the energy to get it out of the fridge. Still, it can be hard to feel motivated to do much more than that. Tortilla chips are more versatile than many snackers like me may realize. And who hasn’t gotten a big bag (or two or three) for a party and then not known what to do with all the extras?
Quickly trained and armed: Ocean City’s summer police return
       
It was the second night in a row the seasonal officer had tried to tackle someone — during his second week on the job. “What Ocean City, Maryland, does is a problem for the profession,” said Gainesville, Fla., police Asst. Ocean City has hired seasonal officers going back a hundred years. Other beach towns, such as Rehoboth Beach, Del., and Asbury Park, N.J., rely on seasonal officers, but they are not armed. To be sure, it is not only Ocean City’s seasonal officers who have been involved in high-profile incidents where tense situations have escalated in recent years.
What school shootings do to the kids who survive them, from Sandy Hook to Uvalde
       
Social Issues What school shootings do to the kids who survive them, from Sandy Hook to Uvalde Children who have lived through school shootings share how the horror of what they saw or heard or lost still haunts them Loading... People gather at a memorial for the slain Robb Elementary School students and teachers at the City of Uvalde Town Square. “I’m sorry.”The children and adults who die in school shootings dominate headlines and consume the public’s attention. Those tallies, however, do not begin to capture the true scope of this epidemic in the United States, where hundreds of thousands of children’s lives have been profoundly changed by school shootings. “I felt sad and scared, at the same time,” Zoey, now 9, said of her reaction to the news she’d heard about Uvalde. What she still cannot bear, and what her parents try hard to hide from her, is the news of other school shootings.
Robinhood soars after 30-year old crypto billionaire takes stake
       
New York (CNN Business) It's been a brutal year for Robinhood. The stock has plummeted 40% this year and Robinhood recently announced a big round of layoffs. Shares of Robinhood surged more than 25% Friday after an investment firm run by 30-year-old crypto billionaire Sam Bankman-Fried disclosed in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing that it has bought a 7.6% stake in the company. Bankman-Fried, who runs the startup FTX, a cryptocurrency exchange based in the Bahamas, said in the filing that he bought Robinhood shares because he believes they "represent an attractive investment." He added that his stake is meant to be a passive investment and that he does "not currently have any intention of taking any action toward changing or influencing the control of" Robinhood.
Crypto is dead. Long live crypto
       
London (CNN Business) The deepening chasm between the crypto evangelists and naysayers may never have been as stark. But the crypto faithful say that despite its problems, crypto isn't going away. For one thing, according to some experts, crypto has to confront its branding problem. Mykhailo Fedorov, Ukraine's minister of digital transformation, has a message for tech giants SAP and Cloudflare: Get out of Russia, now. 2 figure in the Communist Party after President Xi Jinping, described the country's economic conditions as "complex and grave."
Bitcoin is imploding. But you wouldn't know it from checking out Formula 1 races
       
Bitcoin prices may be plunging, but you wouldn't know it by checking out the cars on the super popular Formula One racing circuit. "We're not just putting our logo on McLaren cars. That means its logo is displayed more prominently on the cars and racing suits of McLaren drivers Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. It is clearly here to stay and is a big part of the economic future," said McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown. FTX's Frangella acknowledged that there are legitimate questions about crypto mining and the sport of racing and the environment.
Stablecoins were supposed to be 'stable.' Then the crash came
       
The two cryptos took a beating as Terra — a supposed "stablecoin" that was meant to retain a $1 price point — lost its peg, and the connected Luna crypto dropped 99% in a matter of days. "My ex-colleague attempted suicide," wrote one user, who claimed the friend put his live savings into crypto and Luna. To Sonei, the fall of one of the most valuable stablecoins — assets that were pitched as stable investments — is especially destabilizing to the crypto set. "If people don't have faith in stablecoins," said Sonei, "what can they have faith in in crypto?" Whale watchingDo Kwon, the CEO of Terraform Labs — the company behind Luna and Terra — tweeted out a missive to the "Terra Community," in which he outlined a recovery plan.
Davos: Central bankers say cryptos aren’t real currencies
       
(Photo by Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)The statue of former Los Angeles Lakers Magic Johnson is seen in front of Staples Center following an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Clippers and the San Antonio Spurs Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021, in Los Angeles. But she said central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) supported by governments can, in fact, be stable. Sethaput Suthiwartnarueput, a governor with the Bank of Thailand, said that Thailand has been experimenting in the world of digital currencies. That said, Georgieva noted that digital money can be a “global public good” that can help people send remittances across borders. The key is for interoperability, so that it is just as easy to transfer digital currencies as it is paper-backed currencies like the dollar and euro.
Budweiser's slogan wasn't always the 'King of Beers'
       
New York (CNN Business) Budweiser's slogan, the "King of Beers," is as recognizable as its Clydesdales. Let's start from the beginning: German immigrant Adolphus Busch arrived in the United States in 1857. Budweiser was primarily sold bottled, so the original slogan was actually the "King of Bottled Beer." A "King of Bottled Beer" cardboard sign from the 1930s. The slogan was tweaked to "King of All Bottled Beers" as competition grew.
How Jay-Z inspired this Real Housewife's new bourbon
       
New York (CNN Business) For fans of "The Real Housewives of New York City," Bluestone Manor was more than home — it was essentially a bonus cast member. True fans know that her catchphrase, "I made it nice!," was coined during an argument in the kitchen of the 120-year-old home. "Over the years, the one thing we found was that not only was I a character, but Bluestone Manor became its own character and people just gravitated toward that place," Medley told CNN Business. That's when she recognized a branding opportunity to give fans a piece of the Berkshires house. "What would I see at my bar at Bluestone Manor?"
Canned cocktails are so big, they've made it to the Super Bowl
       
New York (CNN Business) Anheuser-Busch, known for beers like Budweiser, Busch and Stella Artois, is shining a light on its canned cocktails with a new Super Bowl ad. The spot features a variety of Cutwater Spirits mixed drinks, like vodka mules, lime margaritas and tiki rum mai tais. It's the first national Super Bowl commercial for Cutwater, and the first national spirits ad for Anheuser-Busch during the big game. (Last year, Anheuser-Busch ran regional Super Bowl ads in seven markets for Cutwater). He added that "Cutwater Spirits is Anheuser-Busch's fastest growing spirits-based ready-to-drink brand and is a major priority for our company,"
Stoli vodka announces rebrand
       
The vodka, famously marketed as Russian, will now be sold and marketed as Stoli, the company said in a statement. The vodka, famously marketed as Russian, will now be sold and marketed simply as Stoli, the company said in a statement. The liquor has long been marketed as Russian vodka, but its production facilities have been in Latvia since that year. Stoli Group is a unit of Luxembourg-based SPI Group. Earlier this week, Stoli Group announced it would only use Slovakian sources to make sure that none of its ingredients are sourced from Russia.
Whisky generates a lot of waste. It could soon help fuel your car
       
Celtic Renewables has demonstrated its fuel, driving an unmodified Ford on Scottish roads using 15% biobutanol made from whisky. Tangney says his fermentation process isn’t limited to whisky by-products, and could use waste from other food sectors such as dairy. However, fuel made from “genuine waste” such as whisky by-products is “probably the best possible kind of biofuel” she says, as it avoids these problems. Glenfiddich Distillery has been converting its whisky by-products into biogas since 2008. The company built Scotland’s first biorefinery last year, with the capacity to convert 50,000 metric tons of whisky by-products into biochemicals.
Sisters still searching for answers in May 2013 murder of Karen Bellinger Canestaro
       
“She has two kids and four grandchildren now.”The sisters told Dateline that Karen and her husband were high school sweethearts. The sisters told Dateline that Karen had been struggling with alcohol abuse and on March 29, 2013, she was kicked out of the house. The sisters told Dateline that Karen suffered from health issues and was dealing with problems in her marriage. Mary CourtrightAlthough it has been almost a decade since Karen died, her sisters told Dateline they will never stop fighting for justice. They run the ‘Justice for Karen Bellinger Canestaro’ Facebook page and continue to post about Karen, hoping someone will provide information that could help solve her case.
Memorial Day mattress sales 2022: Save on Purple, Zinus, Helix and more
       
Memorial Day weekend is here, and if you’ve been thinking about getting a new mattress, now may be a good time to do so. In our guide to May sales, Kristin McGrath, shopping editor at coupon website Retail Me Not, told us that retailers offer deep discounts on mattresses during their Memorial Day sales. SKIP AHEAD Best Memorial Day sales on mattresses and beddingBest Memorial Day Mattress dealsTo give you a sampling of Memorial Day mattress deals taking place right now, we rounded up a few highly rated mattresses on sale, including ones we’ve recommended in our shopping guides. The 12-inch-thick mattress contains three foam layers as well as hundreds of pocketed coils. Best Memorial Day sales on mattresses and beddingHere are some sales worth perusing from Select reader favorite retailers like Helix and Brooklyn Bedding.
Missteps in Uvalde shooting response echo Pulse massacre, where 49 died
       
Brandon Wolf managed to escape the June 12, 2016, massacre at the Orlando nightclub that claimed the lives of his friends Drew Leinonen and Juan Guerrero, and 47 others — one of the deadliest mass shootings in modern U.S. history. Orlando police officers outside Pulse nightclub after a fatal shooting and hostage situation, in Orlando, Fla., on June 12, 2016. And just like the Texas shooter, he was armed with an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle. Maria Haberfeld, of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice and an expert on police tactics, said "there are indeed similarities between what happened in Texas and the Pulse nightclub." "The difference is that the police in Texas knew there were kids there, they knew they were vulnerable, and they knew this guy went there to kill them," she said.
Putin says he’s willing to discuss resuming Ukrainian grain shipments
       
Russian President Vladimir Putin told the leaders of France and Germany in a phone call on Saturday that Russia was willing to discuss ways to make it possible for Ukraine to resume shipments of grain from Black Sea ports, the Kremlin said. “For its part, Russia is ready to help find options for the unhindered export of grain, including the export of Ukrainian grain from Black Sea ports,” the Kremlin said. Russia has blamed the situation on Western sanctions against it, and on the mining of Ukrainian ports. The Kremlin said Putin also said Russia was willing to resume talks with Ukraine. President Vladimir Putin confirmed the Russian side’s openness to resume dialogue,” it said.
The conspiracy theory convention
       
The conspiracy theory convention Presented byDonald Trump doubled down on gun rights at the NRA’s meeting Friday — at a politically precarious moment that gun rights supporters won’t forget. But in recent years, the explosion of conspiracy theories on the right have changed that expectation. Then, there’s the man who might challenge him for the presidency in 2024: former president DONALD TRUMP, who doubled down on gun rights at the NRA’s meeting Friday — at a politically precarious moment that gun rights supporters won’t forget. CNN “State of the Union”: Texas state Sen. Roland Gutierrez … Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) … Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) … Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.). MSNBC “The Sunday Show”: David Hogg … Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) … Michigan state Sen. Mallory McMorrow … Marc Morial … Robin DiAngelo … Tim Wise … Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.).
Lawsuit Accuses Elon Musk Of Trashing Twitter To Drive Down Price
       
The proposed class action, filed Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, claims Musk aimed to drive down Twitter’s stock price because he either wants to walk away from the deal or negotiate a lower purchase price. Musk made an agreement last month to purchase the social media company for $44 billion, but has since repeatedly publicly complained about Twitter. He later said a lower purchase price wasn’t out of the question. Since Musk’s acquisition bid — and the grumbling — Twitter’s share price has dropped more than 12%, and Tesla’s is down about 28%. Musk was using Tesla stock to finance the Twitter purchase.
Welcome to the Era of Unapologetic Bad Taste
       
Bad taste can be tough to define, because standards are changing all the time. If the markers of good taste are superficial, then the same goes for bad taste. Where good taste is minimalist, bad taste is maximalist. Where good taste whispers, bad taste screams: “Look! This era of exuberant bad taste has yet to peak.
San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler to skip national anthem after Uvalde
       
San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler said Friday he will refuse to take the field for the pregame national anthem "going forward," following the massacre at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. "I don't plan on coming out for the anthem going forward until I feel better about the direction of our country," Kapler told reporters Friday before the Giants played the Cincinnati Reds. Kapler elaborated in a blog post published Friday on his website. — he appeared to blast the police response to the massacre as well as the U.S. gun lobby and the political status quo. We were told it could have been worse, and we just need love," Kapler wrote.
New & Notable: Latest releases from Canon and Reebok
       
This story is part of Select's New & Notable column, where we highlight our favorite product launches, major sales, what we're buying and some of our latest recommendations and advice. On sale this weekMemorial Day sales are happening now, giving you lots of opportunities to save on products across categories this weekend. Great Jones and Molly Baz, a recipe developer and cookbook author, collaborated over two limited-edition Dutch ovens — the Dutch Baby and The Dutchess — featuring geometric prints. What we bought this weekEditorial intern Zoe Malin bought Great Jones' Little Sheet pans. To recommend Memorial Day sales on furniture, mattresses and more, we used price trackers like Honey and CamelCamelCamel to compare price histories.
Opinion | America’s Human Sacrifices
       
A slain teacher’s husband died of a heart attack after he took flowers to her memorial at the school. convention in Houston Friday evening and spouted gun lobby talking points — small price for the tens of millions it spent to get him elected. cared by reading the names of the dead children and teachers, with a bell gonging after each name. When a gunman killed 35 people in Tasmania in 1996, the Australian government passed such common-sense gun laws six months later that there has been only one mass shooting since. When an anti-Islamic extremist in Christchurch killed 51 people in two mosques in 2019, the New Zealand government banned most semiautomatic weapons 26 days later.
Uvalde Live Updates: Timeline Raises Questions on Whether Lives Could Have Been Saved
       
She whispered to a 911 operator, just after noon, that she was in the classroom with the gunman. After days of shifting explanations and conflicting accounts, the disclosures answered many of the basic questions about how the massacre had taken place. A Uvalde school district police officer arrived at the scene but did not see the gunman and drove past him. It was 11:33 a.m.Not all of the children inside were killed in that horrifying moment. Two minutes after the gunman first entered the pair of classrooms, several police officers from the Uvalde Police Department rushed into the school.
Jimmy Butler used Dwyane Wade to grow his playoff legacy
       
If he needed a little more tension, Butler could’ve used the detail of teammates P.J. Except Butler had a talk with Wade, ignored the lingering inflammation in his right knee, then spent the night writing more chapters in the book of Playoff Jimmy. Only Wilt Chamberlain scored more points (50) than Butler in a road playoff win while facing elimination. Butler already seemed to understand that in Game 6; Tatum and Brown did not. Maybe some mature words could help the young Boston stars as they try to write their own legacies.
Covid was vanishing last Memorial Day. Cases are five times higher now.
       
The United States is recording more than 100,000 infections a day — at least five times higher than this point last year — as it confronts the most transmissible versions of the virus yet. And public health authorities are bracing for Memorial Day gatherings to fuel another bump in cases, potentially seeding a summer surge. The latest cases have yet to overrun hospitals, but that could change as the virus spreads among more vulnerable people. The Transportation Security Administration on Thursday reported screening more than half a million additional fliers a day compared with the same day last year. AdvertisementIn the meantime, parents are navigating how to protect their unvaccinated children when cases are rising and others are dropping their guards.
Vaccines may not prevent many symptoms of long covid, study suggests
       
But there was more ambiguity regarding long covid. Six months after their initial diagnosis of covid, people in the study who were vaccinated had only a slightly reduced risk of getting long covid — 15 percent overall. The VA study also had no way to tell how different variants may change the risk of long covid. The question of vaccines and long covid has been a critical one for doctors. AdvertisementPutrino said that demand for appointments at his medical center’s long covid clinic continues to increase and he does not anticipate a slowdown any time soon.
Opinion | Police mistakes in Uvalde should not take focus off the real issue: guns
       
It was one of more than half a dozen calls, at least two from students, made to 911 over 78 minutes. The incident commander believed the gunman had barricaded himself in the room and that no more children were at risk. Yes, it appears that people in Uvalde made mistakes. That’s madness, and that’s something we can try to fix with common-sense gun law reform. They owe the children and teachers of Uvalde more than their thoughts and prayers.
Opinion | Let’s focus more on why people kill than what they use to do it
       
And those increasingly viewed as the moral leaders of our nation — professional athletes and coaches, entertainers and talk show hosts — chimed in to rip Republicans and insist on more gun legislation. AdvertisementBiden pondered why massacres are more prevalent in the United States than in other countries that also have “people who are lost” and suffer from mental illness. In fact, the notion that gun violence happens disproportionately here is misleading. Anyone who worries about gun violence in the United States should be equally concerned that we have the highest drug death rate in the world, since drugs and gun violence go hand in hand. Crafting new gun restrictions, difficult as that might be, is easier than delving into the truth that our gun violence problem has its roots in a people violence problem.
Experts cast doubt on high-tech efforts to stop school shooters
       
Experts call it “school security theater" — the idea that if a school system buys enough technology or infrastructure, it can keep its children safe from the horrors of a gunman. In the aftermath of another school shooting, school leaders, teachers, parents and others are debating, yet again, how the next one might be prevented. One security measure that enjoys broad consensus is keeping all external school doors locked, and forcing visitors to enter schools through a single entry point. AdvertisementTrump often serves as an expert in court cases stemming from school security failures. Locked doors, locked classrooms,” said Elizabeth Brown, principal of Forest High School in Marion County, Fla. She took over as principal 45 days after a school shooting incident.
After Uvalde and Buffalo, even Republicans seem to know something has to change - The Washington Post
       
The dead bodies this time — from a grocery store and an elementary school — were mostly children and the elderly. Next: An 18-year-old killed 21 people, 19 children and two teachers, at an elementary school in Uvalde, Tex. AdvertisementIf my reading of social media is correct, public outrage seems finally to have reached a crescendo that might lead to change. One can stand the sight of only so many dead children. Since the first K-12 school mass shooting in Stockton, Calif., in 1989, we’ve had front-row seats to 13 more massacres.
Vladimir Kara-Murza columns that tell truths Putin wants suppressed - The Washington Post
       
“I met two young women in neighboring cells who had been picked up for writing antiwar graffiti,” he wrote. “Among the inmates in the special detention center are a young man and woman who had staged a protest in response to the murders in Bucha, Ukraine. There are also students of the Higher School of Economics who were detained for an antiwar demonstration. And these are only those whom I myself saw in two days in two places in Moscow.”
Disney's Epcot needs a revamp. Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy are here to save the day
       
"Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind" — a ride starring the Marvel heroes — opened on May 27. New York CNN Business —Disney World is the crown jewel of the company’s Parks business, but even crown jewels need to be gussied up now and again. The strategy"Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind" is a new thrill ride at EPCOT. That distinction belongs more to Hollywood Studios, its theme park with rides based on Star Wars and The Twilight Zone. That full immersion is exactly the point, according to Josh D’Amaro, chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products.
Soon you'll be able to buy solar panels at Ikea
       
(CNN) Starting this fall, shoppers will be able to buy solar panels at Ikea, alongside the Swedish retailer's flat-pack furniture and famous meatballs. The new project, according to a news release , is a collaboration between Ikea's US branch and SunPower, a California-based company that sells and installs solar power products, including solar panels . The line of home solar products , called "Home Solar," will be available to members of IKEA's customer loyalty program, according to the release. Shoppers can expect to see the Home Solar line in some California Ikea stores starting this fall, according to the release. "At IKEA, we're passionate about helping our customers live a more sustainable life at home.
Your Memorial Day BBQ is going to cost you a lot more this year
       
New York (CNN Business) People who got an early jump on their Memorial Day barbecue shopping may have noticed something alarming: Prices are up. Sticker shock is everywhere, from burgers to buns, from ketchup to mustard. The price of frozen meat packages, not including poultry, popped 15.7% while frozen sausages prices jumped 24.4%. Packaged hamburger and hot dog buns got 11.2% more expensive. Ketchup spiked 15.8%, mustard popped 10.4% and carbonated beverage prices increased 13.9%.
Canned cocktails and bolder seltzers are set to dominate summer
       
Canned cocktails and spiked seltzers with upgraded flavors (sorry, boring old lime!) "This summer is going to be a reset," Jamie Wideman, vice president of innovation for Molson Coors, told CNN Business. Coca-Cola KO To that end, the company is excited for the highly anticipated nationwide launch of Simply Spiked Lemonade on June 6. Flavors include strawberry lemonade, watermelon lemonade, blueberry lemonade and traditional lemonade. Simply Spiked Lemonade hits shelves on June 6.
NRA Speakers Unshaken On Gun Rights After School Massacre
       
(AP Photo/Michael Wyke) Michael Wyke via APThe meeting was the first for the troubled organization since 2019, following a two-year hiatus because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Once among the most powerful political organizations in the country, the NRA has seen its influence wane following a significant drop in political spending. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke) Michael Wyke via APTrump accused Democrats of trying to exploit the tragedy and demonizing gun owners. Outside the convention hall, protesters gathered in a park where police set up metal barriers — some holding crosses with photos of the Uvalde shooting victims. Samuel Thornburg, 43, a maintenance worker for Southwest Airlines in Houston who was attending the NRA meeting, said: “Guns are not evil.
Athens calls Iran’s seizure of two Greek oil tankers ‘piracy’
       
Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard said on Friday that Iranian forces "seized two Greek tankers for violations in Gulf waters," according to a statement quoted by Iranian state news agency IRNA. The Greek ministry called for the immediate release of the vessels and their crews, saying the “acts effectively amount to acts of piracy,” according to a statement. The ministry warned that the seizure would have “particularly negative consequences” in the bilateral relations between Greece and Iran and on Iran’s relations with the European Union. The two Greek tankers were seized on Friday. “A similar incident was reported on another Greek-flagged ship, carrying seven Greek citizens, off the Iranian coast,” the ministry added.
MLB Players Fought Before Game Over A Totally Different Sport: Report
       
Cincinatti Reds outfielder Tommy Pham reportedly hit San Francisco Giants outfielder Joc Pederson before a game between the teams on Friday. Getty ImagesTwo MLB players were part of an altercation prior to a game on Friday, and the fight reportedly had nothing to do with their respective teams. Cincinnati Reds outfielder Tommy Pham allegedly slapped San Francisco Giants outfielder Joc Pederson following a disagreement over fantasy football, according to The Athletic. The players, the sports news outlet reported, are among a number of MLB players in the fantasy sports league. He said he added another player to his team before someone accused him of “stashing players” on his fantasy football team’s bench.
Opinion | America Is Under the Gun
       
Bret: I fear what we have is a trend, not an outlier of a year, caused by bad policy decisions. Gail: You know, I once worked for a newspaper in the town where Sandy Hook Elementary School was. Still remember sitting in my office at The Times when the news about the shooting came over and just staring out the window in disbelief. Bret: You know, it used to be that Republicans weren’t all bonkers on this subject. Bush quitting the National Rifle Association over some outrageous comments it made back in the 1990s — and the N.R.A.
A Texas School. A Buffalo Store. The Toll of Gun Violence Mounts in the U.S. - The New York Times
       
The United States seems to be failing to protect its people by the week. With the gun massacre in East Buffalo followed by the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, many Americans have spent the past few days gripped by overwhelming incredulity and grief, exhaustion and fury over the loss of life. Meanwhile, 911 dis­patch­ers re­ceived several calls from inside the class­room, in­clud­ing repeated calls from a child beg­ging them to send the po­lice. By the end of his rampage, the gunman had killed 19 children and two teachers at Robb Elementary School. At least one mother was put in handcuffs, only to spring over a fence and sprint into the school to scoop up her child when the opportunity presented itself.
Giants' Kapler refusing to take field for anthem in protest
       
Placeholder while article actions loadCINCINNATI — San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler said Friday he will refuse to take the field for the national anthem in a protest over the nation’s political direction following this week’s school shooting in Texas. Choose your plan ArrowRight “I don’t plan on coming out for the anthem going forward until I feel better about the direction of our country,” Kapler said before a series opener at Cincinnati. In a post titled “Home of the Brave, ” Kapler wrote: “We elect our politicians to represent our interests. On Wednesday, I walked out onto the field, I listened to the announcement as we honored the victims in Uvalde. I stood for the national anthem.
Founder of Japanese Red Army militant group leaves jail after 20 years
       
Placeholder while article actions loadFusako Shigenobu, co-founder of the Japanese Red Army anti-imperialist militant group, left jail on Saturday after completing a 20-year sentence, and apologized for her actions. The Japanese Red Army, labeled a terrorist organization by Tokyo and Washington, operated in the 1970s and 1980s. It was behind multiple plane hijackings and attacks such as the 1975 takeover of a U.S. Consulate in Kuala Lumpur. Shigenobu wore a black-and-white Palestinian kaffiyeh scarf draped over her shoulder as she left a prison facility in Akishima, Tokyo. Several members of the Japanese Red Army remain in hiding in the Middle East and elsewhere and are wanted by authorities, according to Japanese media.
Putin’s war grinds on, with dissent from Russian hawks and peace-seekers
       
A Russian military court ruled behind closed doors this week that 115 National Guard service members were rightfully terminated for refusing to participate in the invasion. And Boris Bondarev, a Geneva-based Russian diplomat, resigned from his posting this week, saying that he is “so ashamed” of his country. They were particularly embarrassed by the stunning defeat of Russian troops near the Siversky Donets River earlier this month. “The special operation is over!” the statement read, using Putin’s preferred term for the war. “A full-blooded war has begun!”Alexey Muraviev, an expert on the Russian military at Australia’s Curtin University, said the veterans’ statement carried the weight of “battle-hardened specialists” who are likely to be frustrated by the narratives that portray the Russian military as inept.
An ‘unprecedented’ effort to document war crimes in Ukraine. But what chance of justice?
       
Europe An ‘unprecedented’ effort to document war crimes in Ukraine. Loading... Groups documenting potential war crimes have been conducting interviews at the PTAK Humanitarian Refugee Center in Nadarzyn, Poland. Three months since Russia began its assault on Ukraine, efforts to document war crimes committed during the conflict are hurtling ahead, both inside and outside the country. While the focus has been on Russian war crimes, rights groups are also working to document potential war crimes on the Ukrainian side, including the treatment of prisoners of war. “Of course, three years later, you know, Hermann Göring was in the dock at Nuremberg,” he said of the Nazi military leader sentenced to death in 1946 for war crimes, crimes against humanity and crimes of aggression.
After lull, employers renew interest in helping workers repay student debt
       
Before the pandemic, student loan repayment benefits were becoming one of the most popular perks taking hold in corporate America. The percentage of employers offering student loan repayment assistance doubled to 8 percent between 2016 and 2019, according to the Society for Human Resource Management. Craig Copeland, a senior research associate at the Institute, said the two-year pause on federal student loan payments also placed employer-sponsored programs on the back burner. Google started a program in January that matches up to $2,500 in student loan payments a year for its employees. And that sunset is giving some companies pause about creating a student loan assistance program, Copeland said.
The Porn Star Protagonist In 'Pleasure' Is A Woman Of Fascinating Contradictions
       
©Plattform Produktion, Courtesy of NEONAdvertisementBut that’s also what makes it such a fascinating and complex watch. Bella embraces the role of an aspiring porn icon yet one that is both conditioned and endangered by patriarchal standards. Another reason Bella wanted to do a rough sex scene was because she feels that “submissive” is her niche role. ©Plattform Produktion, Courtesy of NEONAdvertisementAt one point during the hardcore sex scene, Bella tearfully yells for the shoot to stop and it abruptly does. Advertisement"Pleasure" star Sofia Kappel as Bella Cherry on a porn set.
The Top Causes Of Foodborne Illnesses At Barbecues And Cookouts
       
Iordache Lauren?iu / 500px via Getty ImagesBackyard barbecues and cookouts with friends are one of the best parts about summer. If you want to make sure the barbecue you’re hosting (or attending) is up to their level of snuff, there are three big risks to be aware of. Here are the top causes of foodborne illnesses at barbecues, according to food safety experts. Both food safety experts say it’s key that nothing that touches raw meat touches it again once it’s cooked. As long as you keep this food safety expert intel in mind, your barbecue and cookout should be safe from foodborne illnesses.
Child Gun Deaths In Texas Doubled Under Greg Abbott. Then Came Uvalde.
       
Greg Abbott, child gun deaths have more than doubled in Texas. “Texas has suffered more of the nation’s deadliest mass shootings than any other state,” Freilich said. “So there is a script, if you will, for what mass shootings look like. They debated a long list of ideas floated across the country – assault weapons restrictions, red flag laws, and covering loopholes in background checks. He’s presided over rising child gun deaths, rising gun violence overall, and several of the country’s deadliest mass shootings — Sutherland Springs, Santa Fe High School, El Paso, and now Uvalde.
Gas prices are rising. So where are the electric cars?
       
Meanwhile, proposals in Washington to help ease the supply crunch or make electric cars more affordable are languishing on the Hill. In early March, as gas prices rose toward what was then their all-time peak, Google Trends recorded its highest ever search traffic for electric vehicles. Despite growing interest, however, consumers looking to buy an electric vehicle face a major obstacle: finding one to buy. A leader at one electric vehicle advocacy group agreed, while saying his organization doesn’t see high gas prices as “a good thing.”“The high gas prices highlight the importance of electric vehicles,” said Andres Hoyos, vice president of the Zero Emission Transportation Association. They’ve also rejected Democrats’ attempts to blame the soaring gas prices on Russia, the pandemic or oil industry price gouging.
Trump Jr. allies issue warning to Stefanik camp: Don’t go after Tucker’s kid
       
3 House Republican post, Stefanik is now considered a contender for the whip’s role in a potential GOP majority next year. Trump Jr. allies were recently told that Stefanik’s camp was behind an effort to plant negative stories about Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.). Trump Jr. allies made their displeasure with Stefanik clear through mutual friends, according to this Republican. GOP strategist Doug HeyeWhile Trump Jr.’s allies may have offered their displeasure with Stefanik, it appears she hasn’t alienated the former president himself. “In case you haven’t noticed, it’s people like Tucker Carlson and Elise Stefanik who have been taking incoming hit pieces from the media and the Left.
Could abortion rights save Tom Malinowski's campaign?
       
There’s been plenty of talk about how backlash to the Supreme Court’s decision on abortion could give Democrats a much-needed midterm boost. Then-New Jersey Republican Senate candidate, Tom Kean Jr., speaks after conceding the race to incumbent Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) November 7, 2006 in Bridgewater, New Jersey. Jennifer Holdsworth Karp, a former political director for the New Jersey Democratic State Committee, agrees with Malinowski that abortion will be more of a motivator this year. New Jersey is one of several states that does not explicitly ban abortion at any stage. Asked if Kean is correct that he supports abortion access “right up until the moment of birth,” Malinowski called Kean’s attack disingenuous.
Black Buffalo determined to rebuild while dealing with grief and sorrow
       
But residents on the eastside of Buffalo, where 85 percent of the population is Black, are still grieving — while also trying to figure out how to rebuild. Through tears, they say they view the massacre as an inflection point to exposing and fixing the many deficits in the city’s Black community. The census says that the median income of Black households in Buffalo increased only $2,650 from 1990 to 2020. “We have been so demoralized in east Buffalo for years, decades. But it also has to be the people of east Buffalo.
Summer in the City Is Back (Again!)
       
Welcome back to Summer in the City. Memorial Day is only days away, so we’re back with suggestions for summer fun. : This summer, we also have Korsha Wilson joining us — she’s a wonderful food writer and podcast host who will be highlighting food, drinks and restaurants that are worth trying. This year, we thought it would be fun to start off with a summer bucket list. These are just suggestions, of course, so feel free to adapt or swap things out as you please.
At Taco Bell, the Drag Brunch Goes Corporate
       
CHICAGO — As drag brunch came to a close at a Mexican restaurant here last Sunday, the performers conga-lined their way through the crowd of about 40 party people who were just this side of tipsy on Brunch Punch. But this was no standard drag brunch; it was a Taco Bell Drag Brunch. That queen — a Mexican American performer called Kay Sedia (pronounced quesadilla) — was the M.C. at a Taco Bell Cantina down the block from Wrigley Field, wearing a frilly, skintight frock with the Taco Bell logo on the belly. Gripping a Taco Bell Drag Brunch-branded folding fan, she declared her first drag show “breathtaking.”
Kellyanne Conway Toggles Between the West Wing and the Home Front
       
HERE’S THE DEAL: A Memoir, by Kellyanne ConwayCan this marriage be saved? That was the name of a long-running couple’s counseling column in the defunct magazine Ladies’ Home Journal, a onetime client of Kellyanne Conway’s. And it’s a question that hovers over Conway’s new memoir, “Here’s the Deal,” its title seeming to assure the kind of straight dope that her former boss Donald J. Trump’s ghostwritten chest-thumper, “The Art of the Deal” (1987), did not deliver. There is some of that, but also familiarly dizzying spin. They were blessed by Pope John Paul II on their honeymoon and later with four children, including fraternal twins.
The Budding 19-Year-Old Star at the French Open Not Named Carlos Alcaraz
       
PARIS — With all due respect and attention to Carlos Alcaraz, a favorite to win the 2022 French Open, there is another heralded 19-year-old still alive in the men’s singles draw, a guy from Denmark named Holger Rune. The similarities largely end there for two players who may very well end up being rivals for the next decade, which is about how long they have been rivals already. For the moment, though, and maybe just for another few days, they inhabit separate worlds. 6, has sucked up much of the oxygen on the days he has played, even though he shares the stage with some pretty good players named Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. Alcaraz’s five-set comeback from match point down on Wednesday against Albert Ramos Viñolas was the match of the tournament so far.
Why the Biggest Ovation at the Tonys Luncheon Was for a Waiter
       
Klay Young, who had been serving chicken paillard and arranging coffee cups at the lunch, was stunned. “A lot of times, when young people say they want to be artists, the first thing they get is pushback about how they’re going to earn a living,” Sosa said. And I could not let that moment pass.”Among those also struck by the event was Nottage, who snapped a picture of the father-daughter pair. “All I can say is it was an incredible, beautiful, magical moment,” Nottage said. “The minute that I got there, I started introducing my father to people — it was like, ‘That’s my dad!
Children at risk
       
When children are killed in their school, I try to keep my terror in a place far from where I am. And this week, at the World Economic Forum, someone forced me to connect the safety of our children in a country awash in guns to the safety of our children on a hotter planet. It was Al Gore, the former vice president, who drew a straight line between gun policy and climate policy. He spoke with the conviction of a man who knows American politics from the inside, and he spoke with anger and grief. As my colleague Carl Hulse wrote, the reality is that many Republicans may be open to new gun laws, but would risk losing their jobs if they openly supported them.
Summer Reading
       
It’s Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start to summer, and the official start to summer reading. I’m smitten with the promise of a season spent buried in books, with “the possibility of long sunlit days spent unmoored from everyday restraints and immersed in a literary world,” as Jennifer Harlan wrote in The Times last year. I’m giving myself permission to cast aside the dry novel I’ve been halfheartedly reading for weeks in favor of the far more exciting summer books recommended by my colleagues on the Books desk. What better to enliven a stretch of stale reading than some juicy Hollywood history? : Plant Kween’s Lush Guide to Growing Your Garden” looks right up my street.
D.C.-area forecast: Heat builds through a mainly sunny Memorial Day weekend
       
Lows: Upper 50s and lower 60s. Forecast in detail Following another week full of clouds and some rain, sunshine returns just when we need it most. Those clouds could bubble up into a shower or storm, especially late in the day, but it’ll be very isolated, if so. Highs should rise to around and above 90 in most spots, with light winds out of the south around 5 to 10 mph. It’s not impossible a storm pops in the heat, but probably confined to higher elevations west of the area.
Here’s where everyone ended up on the series finale of ‘This Is Us’
       
Placeholder while article actions loadNote: This article contains spoilers for the entirety of “This Is Us,” including Tuesday’s series finale. Advertisement“It just all feels so pointless,” Randall tells his eldest daughter, Deja. “That’s what we’re doing, just collecting these little moments,” Jack tells them. William, a recovering drug addict who is dying, eventually lives out his final months with Beth, Randall and their girls, Tess and Annie. I’m sorry that Jack Pearson died and you ended up having to marry me instead of him,” Toby tells Kate.
Epic goods-buying spree wanes, as consumers ramp up services spending
       
But having weathered the worst of the coronavirus pandemic, his restaurants are rebounding, as pandemic-weary consumers shift from buying goods to spending on services, such as dining out. Now, consumers are returning to their pre-pandemic habits with the balance between goods and services spending back to where it stood in May 2020, according to inflation-adjusted data from Flexport, a freight forwarder. “We’re just in the early stages of seeing the rotation of consumer spending from goods to services. Executives at Target had expected some of the froth in consumer demand to taper off this year with the waning of stimulus dollars. AdvertisementA shift to higher services spending might reshape demand for labor, too.
Floods, then bias: Inside an unfair FEMA climate program
       
The decision points to biases within FEMA’s flood grant programs, which for years have favored wealthy or white areas. In four states — Kentucky, Massachusetts, Ohio and West Virginia — more than 75 percent of the FEMA elevation money has gone to overwhelmingly white or wealthy communities. In four states — Kentucky, Massachusetts, Ohio and West Virginia — more than 75 percent of the FEMA elevation money has gone to wealthy or overwhelmingly white communities. They’re too poor to qualify for help,” said Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.), who has worked to reform FEMA grant programs. There are hundreds of examples of people selling homes within a few years of getting FEMA money for elevation projects.
SF Giants Manager Won't Take Field For National Anthem In Protest After Uvalde
       
San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler said Friday he will refuse to take the field for the national anthem in protest of government inaction on gun violence following Tuesday’s deadly shooting at an elementary school in Texas. He reflected on the sports world’s immediate reaction to an 18-year-old gunman killing 19 elementary school students and two teachers. Kapler’s demonstration echoes past actions by professional athletes, most famously former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who decided to kneel during the anthem to protest racial injustice. (Kapler himself became the first Major League Baseball manager to kneel during the anthem in July 2020.) AdvertisementOthers in professional sports have spoken out on gun violence in the days since the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.
What’s in Our Queue? ‘Taskmaster’ and More
       
What’s in Our Queue? ‘Taskmaster’ and More Alex Marshall ???? In London, overly excited for EurovisionAvalon UKTVI’m a European culture reporter. I spend my time writing about issues like how Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has upended Europe’s ballet world, and the West End’s ups and occasional downs. Here are five things I’ve been watching and listening to lately ?
Dervla Murphy, Irish Travel Writer Who Preferred Her Bike, Dies at 90
       
For her 10th birthday, Dervla Murphy received a secondhand bicycle and an atlas. As she rode up a hill near her home that day in Lismore, County Waterford, Ireland, she thought that if she pedaled long enough, she could get to India. “Now I saw how I could travel in reality — alone, independent and needing very little money,” she wrote in her memoir, “Wheels Within Wheels” (1979). “A 10-year-old’s decision to cycle to India might have seemed to many adults an amusing childish whim. She became a leading travel writer, a fearless and curious loner who filled her rucksack with pens, a notebook, a light but warm sleeping bag and a change of clothing.
The Liverpool Star Who Came Out of Nowhere
       
“That’s just not true,” Gutierrez said. “There are a lot of people, who maybe met him for a few days years ago, who bask in the light that he casts,” Gutierrez said. Still, the broad arc of his journey is familiar, in both senses. Díaz had an underprivileged upbringing in Colombia’s most deprived area. He had to leave home as a teenager and travel for six hours, by bus, to train with a professional team.
The Fall of the ‘Sun King’ of French TV, and the Myth of Seduction
       
“His image was so powerful that people kept saying it’s not possible, he’s such a seducer, she should have been flattered,” Ms. de Blasi, 33, recalled. The interview went without incident. But Mr. Poivre d’Arvor followed up with persistent calls asking her out to dinner, she said. Shielded by his reputation, Mr. Poivre d’Arvor initially seemed able to ride out the scandal. The next day, Ms. Devynck went to the police — one of nearly 30 women who eventually did.
What’s in Our Queue? ‘Upload’ and More
       
What’s in Our Queue? ‘Upload’ and More Mekado Murphy ?? In Manhattan, refreshing feedsAaron Epstein/Amazon StudiosI’m the assistant film editor on The Times’s Culture desk. Between screenings of “Top Gun: Maverick” and “Jurassic World: Dominion,” I like to fire up a good indie podcast or a thoughtful YouTube tutorial. Here are five things I’ve been watching and listening to lately ?
Illegal Immigration Is Down, Changing the Face of California Farms
       
To hear more audio stories from publications like The New York Times, download Audm for iPhone or Android. GONZALES, Calif. — It looks like a century-old picture of farming in California: a few dozen Mexican men on their knees, plucking radishes from the ground, tying them into bundles. But the crews on Sabor Farms’ radish patch, about a mile south of the Salinas River, represent the cutting edge of change, a revolution in how America pulls food from the land. For starters, the young men on their knees are working alongside technology unseen even 10 years ago. None of the workers are in the United States illegally.
Dinosaurs Started Out Hot, Then Some of Them Turned Cold
       
Paleontologists have long wrangled with the question of dinosaur metabolisms — whether they ran hot, like modern birds and mammals do, or resembled the slower metabolisms of modern reptiles. “While we had assumed that most dinosaurs were warm-blooded, there was just no way to measure the underpinning metabolic capacities,” said Jasmina Wiemann, a paleontologist at the California Institute of Technology. Now, Dr. Wiemann and her colleagues have pioneered a new method for directly measuring the metabolic rate of extinct animals. Their conclusions, published on Wednesday in the journal Nature, confirmed that many dinosaurs as well as their winged relatives, the pterosaurs, were ancestrally warm-blooded. That, in turn, is a direct indicator of its metabolism.
For New York to Get Better, Times Square Has to Get Worse
       
Early in the pandemic, an existential question facing New York City was what would still attract people to neighborhoods like Times Square. As it turned out, the Palace Theater would symbolize a key piece of the answer: People come to New York to have fun. The more crowded Times Square becomes with visitors, the more off-putting it is for the white-collar office workers who now have the choice to work from home. More than 300,000 people are regularly walking through the neighborhood each day, about 20 percent below prepandemic levels, according to the Times Square Alliance, which represents the area’s businesses. Four months earlier, Michelle Go, a Deloitte employee, was pushed to her death on the subway tracks at the Times Square station.
The Weekender
       
The Only Living Pay Phones in New YorkAt one point in time, you couldn’t walk 30 feet on a New York City block without encountering a pay phone. A look at the last ones.
How a 7,000-Ton Broadway Theater Was Hoisted 30 Feet
       
If you’ve ever lost at Jenga by toppling a tower after removing a block, you might appreciate what developers have accomplished at TSX Broadway, a hotel and entertainment complex in Times Square. The developer of the 46-story building has managed to loosen its bottom floors and lift them 30 feet without sending anything crashing down to earth. And what has been elevated is not just any old section. It’s the Palace Theater, a home for Broadway shows that was designed by the architectural firm Kirchhoff & Rose in the Beaux-Arts style. “I feel like it’s worked like a charm,” he added.
The New York Times News Quiz, May 27, 2022
       
“For 20 years of my diplomatic career I have seen different turns of our foreign policy but never have I been so ashamed of my country as on Feb. 24 of this year,” a diplomat wrote this week, in an email announcing his resignation. Which country did he serve?
What Goes On Behind the Cameras at Home Makeover Shows?
       
According to court documents, they settled, but not before being slapped with a lawsuit themselves, for libel, slander and product disparagement. Billi Dunning and Brent Hawthorne, a Nevada couple who settled in a 2018 suit against “Flip or Flop Las Vegas,” were also sued. Ms. Dunning and Mr. Hawthorne also declined to be interviewed. When it comes to legal disputes between shows and their contestants, what’s promised or put on air is irrelevant, said Ryan Ellis, a lawyer for the Kings. And production or no production, if those things aren’t done, then we have an issue,” Mr. Ellis said.
I Know Exactly Where This Market Is Heading (Just Kidding)
       
Mr. Bailey said he might take that approach, investing a set sum every month, so that he felt better if the market went into a protracted decline. Are these prices really bargains? Brian deWit of Memphis said he had been through major market declines before and viewed them as opportunities. ?”We chatted about whether stocks were really on sale. Since we don’t know the answer, the issue, really, is how long you can afford to wait.
Trump’s Primary Losses Puncture His Invincibility
       
Most of Mr. Trump’s advisers believe he should wait until after the midterm elections to announce a candidacy. Yet the sense among Republicans that Mr. Trump has lost political altitude is taking hold, including among some of those close to him. Some Republican strategists have fixated on the fact that so many of Mr. Trump’s endorsees have landed about one-third of the vote — big winners (J.D. One-third of the party is at once an unmatched base of unbending loyalists — and yet a cohort far from a majority. Notably, Mr. Trump’s share of what is raised overall among all Republicans online has also declined.
Testing Positive and Using the ‘Backdoor’ to Get Into the U.S.
       
She tested positive, he did not. Although coronavirus travel restrictions have eased across many parts of the world, the United States still requires all international air passengers to present a negative test taken within one day of departure. (There is no testing requirement for flying domestically.) says you can end isolation five days after testing positive, so the same rules should apply when I’m traveling,” Ms. Fishman said. “It makes no sense that I can go to a wedding five days after a positive test in Miami, but if I catch the virus when I’m on vacation I can’t fly home.
How a Mapmaker Became New York’s Most Unexpected Power Broker
       
His previous work had been as an assistant on more limited redistricting cases in Georgia, Virginia and Utah. And while the remoteness of that location made court appearances cumbersome, some anti-gerrymandering advocates made the trip to voice support for the new maps. His upbringing — in two swing states — was working-class: His father was a field service representative for Whittle Communications, his mother worked at Kmart. The family moved to Las Vegas in the early 1990s, and Mr. Cervas became interested in politics, eventually studying the topic at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas and graduating with a degree in political science. He supported himself by working in a movie theater at a casino and eventually tending bar, a job he said helped him learn how to listen to divergent opinions.
Ted Sarandos Talks About That Stock Drop, Backing Dave Chappelle, and Hollywood Schadenfreude
       
The Netflix Lobby MetricOver a three-hour dinner, Mr. Sarandos was charming and upbeat, dressed down in Levi’s and sneakers. You would never know he had been through a Job-level run of bad fortune in the last few months. (Its stock peaked above $700 a share in November 2021 and has now fallen below $200.) The rise of Mr. Sarandos, a community college night-school dropout, from a video store clerk in Arizona to the pinnacle of Hollywood, is legendary. If there is still a Hollywood, he is it.”Only a few years ago, the Netflix lobby was the coolest place on earth.
Children called for help from inside classrooms in Uvalde. The police waited.
       
The terrifying echo of at least 100 gunshots rattled through the school as children in the classrooms and both of the teachers there were shot and fell to the ground. It was 11:33 a.m.Not all of the children inside were killed in that horrifying moment. One of the children fell on Miah’s chest as she lay on the ground, her grandfather said. Two minutes after the gunman first entered the pair of classrooms, several police officers from the Uvalde Police Department rushed into the school. A pair of officers approached the locked door to the classrooms as gunfire could be heard inside.
Drones. Crutches. Potatoes. Russians Crowdfund Their Army.
       
Natalia Abiyeva is a real-estate agent specializing in rental apartments in the city of Nizhny Novgorod, east of Moscow. Packets of hemostatic granules, she found out, can stop catastrophic bleeding; decompression needles can relieve pressure in a punctured chest. Since the start of the war, she said, she has raised more than $60,000 to buy food, clothes and equipment for Russian soldiers serving in Ukraine. “The whole world, it seems to me, is supporting our great enemies,” Ms. Abiyeva said in a phone interview. “We also want to offer our support, to say, ‘Guys, we’re with you.’”
What the Racist Massacre in Buffalo Stole From One Family
       
Wayne’s family was already familiar with racism’s physical threat. The suggestion that the pandemic helped foment the violence seemed cruel, when his family had suffered so deeply these past two years. Wayne’s grandmother was hospitalized after contracting the coronavirus, and in September 2020, she died. Amid the funeral preparations, Wayne’s eyes sometimes landed on no place in particular, and his mind wandered. And Wayne wrangled his three sons to get fitted for their funeral attire of black suit jackets, white shirts and pink ties.
Before massacre, Uvalde gunman frequently threatened teen girls online
       
Choose your plan ArrowRight But the girls and young women who talked with Salvador Ramos online in the months before he allegedly killed 19 children in an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, rarely reported him. One teen who reported Ramos on the social app Yubo said nothing happened as a result. Advertisement“I witnessed him harass girls and threaten them with sexual assault, like rape and kidnapping,” said the teen. The Uvalde shooting comes less than two weeks after another gunman killed 10 Black people in a Buffalo grocery store. AdvertisementThe alleged gunman, Payton Gendron, also used the chat platform Discord as a place to save his online writing and pre-attack to-do lists.
'Top Gun: Maverick' is Tom Cruise's new Hollywood war propaganda movie without a war
       
In “Top Gun: Maverick,” the enemy is an unnamed country that threatens our freedoms with a NATO-adjacent nuclear plant and state-of-the-art fighter jets and helicopters. While Tom Cruise may think he’s immortal, that particular Hollywood institution feels increasingly dated. Superman starred in an appallingly racist theatrical short called “The Japoteurs.”The armed forces were always happy to show the glories of war; its horrors, however, were a different story. Even when dealing with movies made by veterans about their own service, of which they were justifiably proud, the armed forces tightly controlled the narrative. The problem of a worthy foe is one reason the American armed forces have had so much more creative success teaming up with Marvel Studios or with Michael Bay on the Transformers flicks.
Germany scraps Xinjiang investment guarantees amid human rights concerns
       
| Michele Tantussi/Getty ImagesThe German government will stop all investment guarantee schemes for companies looking to invest in the Xinjiang region of China due to the deteriorating human rights situation, the Economy Ministry announced Friday. The development comes amid reports that Volkswagen — Germany's leading carmaker — had failed to secure backing for extra investment in Xinjiang, where it's already operating despite criticism from human rights groups. German companies such as Adidas, Puma, BMW, Bosch, Siemens and BASF also have links to the Xinjiang region, according to earlier research by the Bundestag. The Greens — which control the Economy Ministry under party co-leader Robert Habeck — have taken a robust stance on human rights abuses in China. It also comes as the U.N. human rights commissioner, Michelle Bachelet, is visiting China, including a trip to Xinjiang.
Young L.A. Latina wins prestigious environmental prize
       
She also helped convince the Los Angeles City Council and Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to unanimously vote to ban new oil exploration and phase out existing sites in Los Angeles. Cobo co-founded the South Central Youth Leadership Coalition in 2015 to bolster efforts against oil sites and work toward phasing them out across the city. That year, the youth group sued the city of Los Angeles, alleging violations of the California Environmental Quality Act and environmental racism. I started crying.”During the 1920s, Los Angeles was one of the world's largest urban oil-exporting regions. That year, the youth group sued the city of Los Angeles, alleging violations of the California Environmental Quality Act and environmental racism.
New gun restrictions would likely be undone by Supreme Court
       
A 5-4 conservative court essentially rewrote the Second Amendment to create a right for individuals to posses a gun. Even though there are some who say the Second Amendment should be repealed, the amendment itself is not the issue. If the framers wanted to create a constitutional right to gun ownership, then they would have made the Second Amendment a mirror of the First Amendment. During Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court confirmation hearings in 2020, she argued against the idea that Roe was “superprecedent,” meaning that it should never be overturned. The danger the Heller decision poses is still very immediate.
The Johnny Depp-Amber Heard trial verdict? We've all lost
       
In her final statement, Heard emotionally described being "harassed, humiliated, threatened every single day" of the proceedings, which were instigated by ex-husband Johnny Depp. As NBC News reporter Kat Tenbarge noted, the internet simply wasn’t built for a trial like this. Some of the social media content slamming Heard has even (reportedly) been paid for by conservative websites. The trial is revealing a lot about Johnny Depp and Amber Heard — but it’s revealing a lot more about us. Heard described more than a dozen experiences of violence — which Depp called “insane” and “all false."
How Starbucks uses dubious ‘connection scores’ to evaluate its workforce
       
Starbucks uses crowd-sourced ratings known as connection scores to evaluate the customer service at its cafes around the country. But he also said that customer connection scores reflected the company’s priorities for its workers, whom they call partners. “People come to Starbucks for the experience.”Starbucks coffee supervisor Maddie Vanhook holds Starbucks Workers United pins, in Cleveland, on May 19. Amber N. Ford for NBC NewsBorges emphasized that connection scores are only one signal Starbucks uses to assess the performance of its stores. “It’s so fake and cringey,” said Cierra Goolsby, 29, a Starbucks worker in Carbondale, Illinois.
A Banana Is Not a Penis
       
But while a banana is not a penis, the exchange did point to the municipality’s ongoing struggle to scale back the phallocentric reveling. Amsterdam’s sex workers are ambivalent about the city’s plans to relocate them. But by their own assessment in 2007, the Wallen project failed to have significant impact on organized crime. The plan promoted a new narrative that most sex workers were exploited victims of trafficking. Sex workers, artists, student fraternities, Coptic entrepreneurs, religious groups, a large Chinese and queer community.
Half-Truths Are Lies Too
       
“How stupid it is to confide more than a few facts in a diary,” she wrote in a 1957 entry. The two preeminent subjects of the diaries are work and love, which for Reimann were less often mutually reinforcing than starkly opposed. She joined a “brigade of socialist work,” a recently implemented unit of GDR labor organization meant to facilitate what scholar Andrew I. “In essence, everything that’s written in a diary is a lie—or it’s all just a half-truth,” she wrote in 1956. “And half-truths are lies too.”
Poems for the Unemployed: ad1.doc
       
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The Long Crisis on Rikers Island
       
WordFactoryCaptives: How Rikers Island Took New York City Hostage by Jarrod Shanahan. Early this year, as New York City’s latest, weirdest mayor assumed office and the winter Covid wave began to recede, hundreds of detainees on Rikers Island embarked upon a hunger strike. “I have stated that I believe we need to close Rikers Island,” he said last year. This precise dynamic has animated struggles within and over Rikers Island for nearly a century, as Jarrod Shanahan traces in his new book Captives: How Rikers Island Took New York City Hostage. With the best of intentions, Anna M. Kross had paved the road, quite literally, to the Rikers Island of today.
Belabored: What’s Up With Inflation, with J.W. Mason
       
Belabored: What’s Up With Inflation, with J.W. Mason Belabored: What’s Up With Inflation, with J.W. Mason Economist J.W. Mason joins the podcast to talk about inflation and how to organize around price increases. Chairman of the US Federal Reserve, Jerome Powell, announced new measures to contain inflation earlier this week in D.C. (Jim Watson / AFP)Subscribe to the Belabored RSS feed here.
Poems for the Unemployed: ap1.doc
       
Poems[ ] blood runs green and the [ ] one i will let let me / i will let it run me good and green into its pockets until i don’t run at all / i will simply fall in / i am a whole entire [ ] but i can be yours for a small monthly fee [ ] it could all be / every red cent around [ ]how do i [ ] / how do i convince youi tell you that “I am the ideal candidate” [ ] that i give more than i can, that i would even [ ] suck up [ ] my own desire, as if i desire more labor, less time / as if any desire were left un-bled-dry / it ripens with age but in the dire [ ] we realize it gets squeezedmy experience includes a childhood best friend’s mother / she restocked hallmark cards at walmart / babysitter-less we went with and worked too, ripping the bags apart and letting the glitter fall on us, shining like [ ]we lit up this way / [ ] help her to [ ] herself / to finish her degree and make good on her ascent to some grace / more than good, when we left she would give [ ] money for our time / so time and time again i turned minutes untimidly [ ] dimes / no wonder of its worth, to [ ] fair / when she slipped those few little green dollars into my glittery fist, i came to be [ ] / my eyes sparkled more than my handsthat was my first [ ] at least i let her be my first boss / more than cash i [ ] think she paid us in light / years later she said she cried when i stopped being friends with her son / these eyes still glimmerbut dull hands [ ]not / when [ ] ends, it ends [ ][ ] me / you can do any vile thing you want to meisn’t that what you want to hear / the sinister minimum slipping into acceptance is [ ] fault / isn’t ita fault line / at least a fault of mine is mostly that [ ] of my best is yours / yet still i see over all these [ ]flat words[ ] that can’t get a rise / not even from a sun / as if the idea [ ] is set in bloodred stone that never is my everyday [ ] evergreenwithout your leverage pressing me into profit / professionally i confess i learned how to convert stress into jew
Know Your Enemy: The Right Kind of Worker, with Gabriel Winant
       
Know Your Enemy: The Right Kind of Worker, with Gabriel Winant Know Your Enemy: The Right Kind of Worker, with Gabriel Winant Gabriel Winant joins the podcast to discuss what the populist right gets wrong about the history of the American working class. Members of the United Steelworkers of America Local 8888 on strike (Wisconsin Historical Society)Know Your Enemy is a podcast about the American right co-hosted by Matthew Sitman and Sam Adler-Bell. According to the populist right, the culture war is itself a class war, waged on behalf of real workers against a secular, libertine professional elite who control the commanding heights of the economy, government, and media. Labor historian and essayist Gabriel Winant joins Matt and Sam to answer that question. Sources and further reading:Gabriel Winant, We Live in a Society, n+1Sohrab Ahmari, How America Kneecapped Its Unions, CompactJulius Krein, The Real Class War, American AffairsAlexander Riley, Labor Betrayed by the Progressive Left, ChroniclesLandon R.Y.
Vivian Maier Considers Heaven from a Bench in Rogers Beach Park Chicago
       
PoemsIn Heaven nobody will be aloneIn Heaven except for me and nobodyNobody calls nobody comesMy nobody expands across the countryThe way a parachute expands acrossThe sky it does if you’re right under itIn Heaven they’ll throw me in the lostAnd found where I guess everybody goesAt first now that I think about it whatWill be my special place apart I wonderOr will they leave me in the lostAnd found box after they have scooped the heaven-ly out a permanent person in a tem-porary place roles are reversed in HeavenNobody calls nobody comesIn Heaven I expect the children areA kind of furniture nobody sits onLike flowers in Manhattan maybe sometimesThey’re brought to God and God says This oneAnd that ottoman is sent back to lifeA baby and for some this seems to neverHappen I think I’m such a child returnedMost things in my life seemed to neverHappen before they happened now they seem toHave never happened though they have for the timeBeing I am for now I’m stuck in mostThings having never happened I’mA lamp shining in an abandoned buildingBut for a lamp I think that would be Heaven
Sex Work is (Gig) Work
       
The refrain “sex work is work,” therefore, insists on its own obsolescence, designed to be repeated until it is too apparent to be uttered. Like Dunn, Thorne invoked feminist defenses of sex work, tweeting that she joined the website in an attempt to “remove the stigma behind sex, sex work, and the negativity that surrounds the word SEX itself.”Clearly, “sex work is work” is increasingly applied by and in defense of a new group of explicit content providers quite removed from the original, disenfranchised figures whom the adage was designed to protect. “Sex work is work” is a forceful piece of rhetoric—one that challenges the stigma of sex work. Deploying “sex work is work” rhetoric in defense of their individual right to do sex work, the new ascendant class of sex workers fail to level demands to secure the rights and protection of sex workers in general. It is no longer—if it ever was—sufficient for us to affirm that sex work is work; we must build solidarity from top to bottom and explicitly demand permanent protections for sex workers on and offline.
Bloody Sunday at Fifty
       
Bloody Sunday at Fifty Bloody Sunday at Fifty Commemorations in Derry were a reminder that all of the issues at the heart of the Irish struggle for freedom against the British state remain very much alive. On January 30, 2022, marchers pass a mural of the victims of Bloody Sunday. The conversations and even laughter occasionally heard on the march quieted, and Bernadette McAliskey, known at the time of Bloody Sunday as Bernadette Devlin MP (elected to the British Parliament aged just twenty-one), took the microphone. Bloody Sunday, McCann said, was “a very British atrocity,” reflecting, akin to the Peterloo Massacre in 1819, the way the British ruling class has always treated its troublemakers. That accountability for the perpetrators of state violence will continually be evaded, because real accountability would mean dismantling the systems of violence that enable power.
Know Your Enemy: The Conservative and the Convict, with Sarah Weinman
       
The Kurds[W]hen we refer to all Kurdish fighters synonymously, we simply blur the fact that they have very different politics. right now, yes, the people are facing the Islamic State threat, so it’s very important to have a unified focus. After World War I, their lands were divided up between Iraq, Iran, Syria, and Turkey. The situation is worse in Iraq, Syria, and Turkey, where the Kurds are a minority people subjected to ethnically targeted violations of human rights. Syria: Kurds make up perhaps 15 percent of the population and live mostly in the northeastern part of Syria.
Plenty Ventured, Little Gained
       
WordFactoryThe Power Law: Venture Capital and the Making of the New Future by Sebastian Mallaby. Crucially, Mallaby’s attempt at a definitive history of venture capital displaces the cult of the boy-genius startup founder. In VC: An American History, the economic historian Tom Nicholas makes the point that what we know now as venture capital originated with high-risk New England whaling ventures. “The right answer to this problem is to regulate monopolies when they arise, not punish venture capital,” Mallaby argues. And it may be these glowing successes, just as much as the dismal failures, that eventually spell the end of venture capital as we know it.
Insecurity Policy
       
Insecurity Policy Insecurity Policy American rhetoric during the first Cold War relied on an idealized image of U.S. institutions. If we were to reduce the first Cold War to its core features, they could be these:1. There are unmistakable similarities between global affairs in 2022 and those of the Cold War. Still, the differences are significant enough that we should not assume that a new Cold War would be just like the last one. He is the author of Neither Peace nor Freedom: The Cultural Cold War in Latin America.
The Authoritarian Danger at Home
       
The Authoritarian Danger at Home The Authoritarian Danger at Home Anti-China politics are providing cover for xenophobic and anti-democratic forces in the United States. In justifying the need for “strategic competition” with China, both Democrats and Republicans rely on the argument that China is an authoritarian threat to democracy that must be stopped. These trends make it easier to inflate narratives of foreign and domestic threats and increase the appeal of authoritarian visions of national unity. For Democrats, the embrace of anti-China politics represents an adaptation to political weakness in a climate of rising nationalism that provides the authoritarian right with a path to power. He is a leading progressive strategist regarding the U.S.–China relationship and the rise of Sinophobia in the United States.
Belabored: Women Leading the Labor Movement
       
Belabored: Women Leading the Labor Movement Belabored: Women Leading the Labor Movement Organizers of unionization efforts at Amazon, Starbucks, and the New York Times discuss how their experiences as women shape their work. Hundreds rally in support of unionizing Starbucks workers at the corporate giant’s Seattle headquarters in April. Tweet at @DissentMag with #Belabored to share your thoughts, or join the conversation on Facebook. In this episode, Belabored presents a panel discussion with some of the women who are at the helm of this movement, to talk about how their experiences as women have shaped their perspective as workers and organizers. We’ll hear from Nozlee Samadzadeh of the New York Times Tech Guild, Maddie VanHook, worker-organizer with Starbucks Workers United, and Jennifer Bates, worker-organizer at Amazon’s BHM1 fulfillment center in Bessemer, Alabama.
Coexistence or Carnage
       
Coexistence or Carnage Coexistence or Carnage If the conflicts of interest are real, and the stakes are felt to be high enough, then war between the United States and China is a real possibility, and our foreign policy must be oriented toward avoiding it. There will be coexistence, or there will be carnage. Since the Obama administration’s “pivot to Asia,” the United States has signaled that China is its top foreign policy priority. By the same token, it will be critical to identify the places where the United States and China have genuine interests in common. Work on mutual interests can signal that the United States doesn’t want war and create more favorable conditions for diplomacy on the difficult questions.
Taiwan in the Crosshairs
       
Taiwan in the Crosshairs Taiwan in the Crosshairs Cold War metaphors have crept into the public discourse about Taiwan. Visitors look at a painting at the Guningtou Battle Museum in Taiwan that commemerates the 1949 battle over Kinmen in the Taiwan Strait. As tensions between the United States and China have escalated in recent years, Taiwan has once again become a place of growing international concern. The KMT claimed Taiwan was quintessentially Chinese and sought to paper over the fifty-year Japanese colonial period. China has long claimed that Taiwan is part of its integral territory, though the last time the same polity controlled both Taiwan and China was in 1895, before Japanese colonial rule.
Xi is Not Mao
       
Xi is Not Mao Xi is Not Mao Mao and Xi’s historical projects couldn’t be more different, and it is high time to move beyond the bad history that conflates them. Painted portraits of Xi Jinping and Mao Zedong at a market in Beijing (AFP Photo/Greg Baker via Getty Images)This article is part of a forum, “A New Cold War?” published in our spring issue on China. That President Xi Jinping is a would-be Mao Zedong or that China is facing a “new Cultural Revolution” are examples of this laziness. My premise in the following comments: China today is not Maoist, and Xi is not Mao redux. China today is also not communist in any genuine sense of that term, even though the Communist Party presides over the country with an increasingly iron grip.
Two Homes at War
       
Two Homes at War Two Homes at War For those whose hyphenated identities straddle a divided world, life is a series of compromises. (Bettmann/Getty Images)This article is part of a forum, “A New Cold War?” published in our spring issue on China. “I myself am deeply worried about the possibility of war.” I explained that war between my birth country and my adopted home is neither implausible nor inevitable. What we call the Cold War was a hot war for millions on the margins of empires. Unlike the possibility of war looming in my anxious mind, the dilemma faced by Chinese scientists abroad at the eve of the Cold War was not premised on a hypothetical conflict.
The Need to Mount Long-Term Resistance to Totalitarianism and Ethnonationalist Chauvinism
       
The Need to Mount Long-Term Resistance to Totalitarianism and Ethnonationalist Chauvinism The Need to Mount Long-Term Resistance to Totalitarianism and Ethnonationalist Chauvinism Uyghur intellectual Ilham Tohti has been incarcerated for “ethnic separatism” since 2014. But we must always remember the lessons history has given us about ethnonationalist totalitarianism, and this will always remain a painful memory in the history of our people. If ethnonationalist totalitarianism really gains the upper hand, the only outcome will be to lead this great nation and people to a dead end. Of course, in our country’s governmental and legal system, ethnonationalist totalitarianism has no place. The most important thing for our national consciousness is to wage long-term resistance against ethnonationalist totalitarianism and prevent it from once again invading and occupying our social consciousness and political system.
Left Internationalism in the Heart of Empire
       
Left Internationalism in the Heart of Empire Left Internationalism in the Heart of Empire American leftists need an internationalist vision that universally and effectively joins anti-imperial and anti-authoritarian ethics. Instead, developments from the U.S. troop withdrawal in Afghanistan to the Russian invasion of Ukraine have placed left foreign policy voices on the defensive. This alternative internationalism, unlike liberal internationalism, sees the American security state as a roadblock to the global common good, and thus in need of fundamental transformation. A number of these actors emerged in the context of American foreign policy choices, even if those effects were unintended. All of this suggests that left foreign policy involves creating the conditions for the meaningful dispersion of actual power.
Black Capitalism in One City
       
Black Capitalism in One City Black Capitalism in One City Soul City was a boondoggle—not a story of lost or forgotten roads tragically not taken. A promotional pamphlet for Soul City, 1969 (Heritage Art/Heritage Images via Getty Images)Soul City: Race, Equality, and the Lost Dream of an American Utopiaby Thomas HealyMetropolitan Books, 2021, 448 pp. Healy reports that McKissick did not like the term “black capitalism” but “preferred ‘black entrepreneurialism’ or even ‘black socialism,’ believing those terms better captured the combination of wealth accumulation and redistribution he had in mind.”McKissick’s desire for an idealized capitalism reflected the incoherence of the Black Power ideology that informed his dreams for Soul City. The Nixon administration’s support for Soul City was consistent with its reformulation of Black Power as “black capitalism.” McKissick’s project could be something of a poster child, particularly in concert with his service in the reelection campaign. Soul City is, in that context, most significantly an emblem of the class character and contradictions of Black Power as a politics and ideology.
NC Democrats Attempt To Codify Roe v. Wade
       
Two bills that would make Roe v. Wade protections state law were introduced by legislators in the North Carolina House and Senate on Thursday. 1119) would protect abortion rights in North Carolina even if landmark case Roe v. Wade is overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court later this summer, which is expected with the court's conservative majority. The Senate bill, if approved, would codify the essential holdings of Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey, preventing an outright ban on abortion. It's co-sponsored by 20 other legislators, including Reps. Rosa Gill (D-Wake) and Joe John (D-Wake) who are running for re-election this fall. Reps. Cynthia Ball (D-Wake), Allison Dahle (D-Wake), and Robert Reives II (D-Durham) also co-sponsored the bill.
2022 Primary Endorsements
       
Welcome to the INDY's 2022 primary endorsements! Here you'll find our recommendations in 29 races covering the US House and Senate, the state legislature, sheriffs, judges, district attorneys, town council and county board of commissioners candidates, and more. It's a lot, and for some of these races, we couldn't pick just one candidate—so we endorsed two. We've also included a printable voting guide to take with you to the polls (click here to download). Durham County — Endorsements | QuestionnairesWake County — Endorsements | QuestionnairesOrange County — Endorsements | QuestionnairesU.S. Senate & House —Endorsements | QuestionnairesState Senate & House —Endorsements | QuestionnairesSupport independent local journalism.
Things To Do This Weekend In The Triangle
       
AnimazementRaleigh's biggest anime and Japanese culture convention is back this year, complete with concerts, karaoke, and cosplay! There's tons happening this weekend at the Raleigh Convention Center, including celebrity panels, video game tournaments, and traditional Japanese performances. If you're a fan of horror, the Carolina Fear Fest is also this weekend at the NC State Fairgrounds. Special Event: Deon ColeIf you're looking for a fun night out, check out comedy club Goodnights this weekend, where a star will be performing. Join the INDY Press Club to help us keep fearless watchdog reporting and essential arts and culture coverage viable in the Triangle.
NC Lt. Gov. to Keynote NRA Prayer Breakfast in Houston This Weekend
       
But given his literally breathtaking support for gun rights, he and his fellow NRA attendees will do little to protect the children from future school shootings. Open Secrets notes that between 1990 and 2020, the gun control advocates spent $25.4 million lobbying Congress. Gun rights groups spent $171.9 million. Similarly, during the same period, gun control advocates spent $33.4 million in campaign contributions, while gun rights groups donated $54.4 million in campaign contributions. Cruz has accepted more money from gun rights groups—$442,343—than any other member of US Congress.
Orange County Farmers' Markets Aim to Make Fresh Food More Accessible
       
WIC FMNP shoppers were offered the opportunity to pick up their coupons at the farmers market and get a tour or shopping help if needed. On an early morning summertime walk, there’s nothing better than stopping by the farmers’ market for some fresh fruit and produce. “And the WIC FMNP program, if you've never used it before, can be a little confusing. “So one of those was having her table at the farmers’ market right next to us. “And in total we issued out 200 WIC Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program vouchers.
Where Are All the “Pro-Worker” Republicans Now?
       
Over the past few years, a small but highly-visible band of Republicans have publicly declared their intention to transform the GOP into a ?“worker’s party.” Sens. This reticence is particularly notable from Rubio, who already supported one Amazon union drive. The conservative case against organized laborAmong the modern Republican Party, labor unions are particularly despised. Despite these clear benefits for workers, so-called ?“pro-worker” Republicans aren’t coming anywhere close to declaring their support for this year’s union activism. This would also counter the GOP’s attempt to rebrand itself as a working class party.
How to Jujitsu the Culture Wars
       
Let’s take it as a given that the right wing’s culture wars are, overwhelmingly, a ruse. Yes, this is all shallow and actively harmful political maneuvering, none of which should be taken seriously. We can say with great confidence that these culture wars will continue, because they work. Let’s set aside for a moment the Critical Race Theory panic and neo-book banning frenzy and focus on one specific variety of these culture wars: The fake Republican embrace of the working class. Why yes, now that you mention it, we agree with you that the unaccountable corporate elite is out of control.
The Rip-Off Economy Will Save Itself. It Won't Save You.
       
Prices fluctuate; foolish hope springs eternal; today’s mogul is tomorrow’s sucker, and the cycle continues. There is something more fundamental happening here than bad investments completing the downward slope of their mortar-like arc. But the period of the pandemic in which a meaningful change in the American psyche was possible is. Not to indulge in pop psychology, but it turns out that the pandemic really brought out the soul of America. It’s just that we, all of us, need to harness that faith to try to change our nation to benefit everyone.
How To Stand in Solidarity with Ukraine
       
Solidarity with the people of Ukraine, in the face of the devastation of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s war, is the overwhelming sentiment in the United States, and rightly so. This commitment to solidarity with Ukraine is politically ambiguous, however, with both reactionary and progressive potential. The Beltway bipartisan foreign policy establishment has excelled at turning pro-Ukraine sentiment into a vehicle for militarism and nationalism. Pro-Ukraine sentiment aligns with an array of powerful progressive stances: anti-fascist, antiwar, anti-occupation, anti-oligarch, pro-refugee, and calls to cancel Ukraine’s sovereign debt. It supports refugees and debt cancelation not just related to Ukraine, but in response to crises in all countries, especially in the Global South.
One Simple Trick to Protect Workers from Inflation
       
In reality, we know one group will always pay the price for inflation and bear the burden of increasing costs: working people. Yet the most important practical tool for protecting workers from the ravagesof inflation — unionization— is almost totally absent from today’s panicked political dialogue. Far fewer workers now have the ability to ensure that their wages are adjusted up with inflation each year. Since the 1970s, vital areas like housing have seen price increases well above the inflation rate. Free market zealots like to raise the scary prospect of a ?“wage-price spiral,” in which rising prices and rising wages feed off one another to push inflation ever higher.
Overcoming an Onslaught of Dark Money Attacks, Progressive Summer Lee Wins a Historic Victory
       
Update: On May 20, the Associated Press officially declared Summer Lee the winner of the Democratic primary for U.S. House in Pennsylvania’s 12th congressional district. On Tuesday night, Pennsylvania state Rep. Summer Lee declared victory in her hard-fought primary election for the state’s 12th congressional district. As of Wednesday evening, Lee was leading Irwin 41.7 percent to 41.3 percent, with 99 percent of the vote reported. In total, pro-Israel groups spent at least $2.5 million on the race, almost all of it attacking Lee. The massive amounts of money being funneled from pro-Israel groups to defeat progressive candidates has caught the eye of political observers.
Uncle Sam’s ‘Mal-intent’
       
The Department of Homeland Security claims the FAST technology is noninvasive because no physical contact is needed. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) calls this program, established in 2008, Future Attribute Screening Technology (FAST). A 2008 preliminary test of the technology on volunteers went like this: First, subjects were assigned one of three distinctions: no mal-intent, mal-intent without device, or mal-intent smuggle. If what the Suit saw fit with the FAST algorithm for mal-intent, subjects were taken to a secondary screening for more intensive questioning. How soon FAST technology will be determining ?“mal-intent” in ?“open areas” near you is anybody’s guess.
The New Labor Movement Is Young, Worker-Led and Winning
       
This year, May Day was celebrated during a historic moment for the American labor movement. Three years ago, we wrote an op-ed about how young workers in historically unorganized occupations — such as digital journalism, higher education and nonprofit organizations — were beginning to rebuild the labor movement. Through organizing campaigns at the Nonprofit Professional Employees Union, we’ve learned that successful new organizing campaigns must be member-led. One is the commitment that worker-led union organizing requires — leading a union organizing campaign is not for the faint of heart. For the labor movement to continue to grow, we must learn from each other, continue implementing the strategies that are winning union organizing campaigns, and support new, young leaders.
No Half Measures, We Need Biden to Cancel All Student Loan Debt
       
The student loan payment moratorium has enabled myself and my family to stay afloat during turbulent and unpredictable times. We would be even better served by full cancellation of student loan debt. Since the beginning of the student loan moratorium, which began after the onset of the pandemic in March 2020, student loan payments have been extended six times, with this last extension shifting the restart from May 1 to August 31. If you carry student loan debt, are you happy that your payments haven’t restarted? The material benefits of this pause to student loan payments are not something to be taken lightly.
The Stolen Children of Maine: Native Wabanaki Seek Truth, Reconciliation Amidst a Cultural Genocide
       
Altvater now works in the field of indigenous child welfare, but reentering the tribe has been a long and often excruciating process. As Truthout recently reported, over half of South Dakota children in foster care are indigenous, despite indigenous children making up only 15 percent of the youth population. The Passamaquoddy and the Penobscot announced on May 26 that they would be removing their delegates to the Maine state legislature. Statewide, indigenous children were put in foster care at rates 25 times higher than other children that year. DHHS workers were not trained in ICWA compliance for decades, and many had never considered the special cultural needs of Wabanaki children.
Most Price Increases from Inflation Have Gone to Corporate Profits
       
I have to admit that I previously understated the persistence of the price increases that started showing up last fall. Most of these price increases have gone to profits, not to labor. All this takes more time to explain than sensationalist stories about gas prices. There is clearly need for more social spending to help those being hit the hardest by such price increases. The economy’s inflation problem is being misdiagnosed and mistreated.
If Banks Want to Be Seen as Climate-Friendly, They Need to Exit Fossil Fuels
       
The capital-intensive nature of fossil fuel operations may prove to be a fatal flaw for the oil, gas and coal industries. There’s another reason to target the big banks: by continuing to support fossil fuel expansion, banks are putting the entire economy at significant risk. Still, fossil fuel companies make up only a moderate share of the major bank’s business. They could end their financing of fossil fuel expansion next week and experience only a minor financial bump. But that shouldn’t stop banks from laying out clear and concrete plans to start exiting fossil fuels and ending their support of fossil fuel expansion.
“It Tears You Apart Mentally and Physically”: The Health Crisis Afflicting Black Farmers
       
Without these mechanisms, it’s difficult to provide informed treatment that responds to the specific needs of Black farmers and could improve their physical and mental well-being. “It’s that psychological impact that I’ve seen happen to many Black farmers,” Angie said. It tears you apart mentally and physically.”These grinding forms of discrimination take a deeply personal toll, contributing to a mental health crisis among Black farmers that’s at once acute and yet hard to see. “There is still within this community of older Black farmers, deeply spiritual, deeply rooted ties to their churches. He speculated that faith may offset suicide risk among Black farmers.
Overturning Roe Would Be an Economic Catastrophe for Millions of Women
       
If the final ruling largely follows what is sketched out in the leaked draft, abortion services will be drastically curtailed, if not outright banned, in over half the country. Abortion is often framed as a ?“culture-war” issue, distinct from material ?“bread and butter” economic issues. In reality, abortion rights and economic progress are deeply interconnected, and the imminent loss of abortion rights means the loss of economic security, independence, and mobility for millions of women. The fall of Roe will be an additional economic blow, as women in the 26 states likely to ban abortion already face an economic landscape of lower wages, worker power, and access to health care. Women’s economic lives, livelihoods, and mobility are at the heart of the reasoning to overrule Roe.
What We Don't Talk About When We Talk About Pregnancy: It's Often Hell
       
While some extoll the joys of pregnancy (yes, your hair and nails grow faster), your body mostly doesn’t feel the same way. Your body does not think pregnancy is a beautiful, glowing experience that every woman should have. One woman I know asked for a cesarean a week early after a horrific pregnancy from which she is still recovering. The reality of pregnancy is that the interests of your body and the baby-to-be’s development are often at odds. That shift means de-romanticizing pregnancy and childbirth and recognizing the physical and hormonal trauma that change our bodies in ways we are not even supposed to talk about.
During the Pandemic, Poor Areas Have Had Twice the Death Rates of Rich Ones
       
An equitable response, first and foremost, prioritizes people who are more at risk and protects them from the worst impacts of the virus. But a recent report from the Poor People’s Campaign highlights a key overlooked demographic in the pandemic response: poor and low-income people. Data from over 3,200 counties across the United States show that, after the first wave of the pandemic, poor counties experienced substantially higher death rates than richer counties. As these testimonies make clear,