Dear Mr. Trump, You've repeatedly proclaimed that, by your actions, "America is respected again like never before." It’s not – and you are the reason. Let me give you an outsider’s view. I’m a Canadian 54-year-old mother of three. Like most average Canadians, I follow American politics because, for better or worse, things that happen south of our border reverberate here. We are a proud, distinct nation, but no one can dispute that our futures are intertwined with America’s. You’re not making America great. Just because you find a few shills in other countries to bolster your self-esteem, it’s clear you’ve [...]
Open Letter: Right-wing trolls don’t understand fundamental principles of the Constitution they claim to support.
For a bunch of flag-waving, thank-you-for-your-service-ing, Constitution-loving “real” Americans, there’s a lot about fundamental American legal principles that right-wing trolls flat out get wrong. As a lawyer, I find their takes on two such principles particularly irksome. Freedom of Speech Let’s set aside the gross hypocrisy on display when the right demonizes athletes kneeling for the national anthem to protest systemic racism but then lionizes the homophobic bigot refusing to bake a cake for a gay wedding. Every time Twitter or any other platform suspends a right-wing asshole for, well, being an asshole, Fox and Friends and the army of [...]
Dear Mr. Trump, You are an embarrassment to Americans living outside the States. I’m a New Yorker but have worked in London for almost four years. I love my country and consider myself a proud American. But since your election, I feel nothing but excruciating embarrassment the moment anyone brings up your name. Because of you, I temper my accent in public. I don’t want the inevitable uncomfortable conversations or the conflict. I don’t want to badmouth my fellow Americans. I don’t want any of it on my shoulders. But it’s there, all the time. Every week I meet new [...]
Computer pioneer, mathematician, and codebreaker Alan Turing will feature on the new design of the Bank of England's £50 note. New £50 note design featuring Alan Turning Turing, who is considered the father of computer science and artificial intelligence (AI), worked as a codebreaker at Bletchley Park during World War Two, playing a huge role in switching the advantage to the Allies in the battle for the Atlantic. The invention of his codebreaking machine that broke the Nazis' Enigma code is said to have shortened the war by 2-3 years, and saved an estimated 14-21 million lives. In 2018, the [...]
Dear Mike Pence, I see you. You aren’t always at the forefront, but I still see you. Trump tends to dominate the spotlight, a massive supernova blinding everything in its vicinity. But you’re still there, the silent black hole lurking in the shadows. And just like celestial black holes, you have zero volume and infinite density. Take this week, for example. You went on a tour of the “facilities” where hundreds (if not thousands) of children, women, and men are being held under the guise of “border protection.” It did not go well for you – and nor should it [...]
A question was recently posed on Quora that simply asked 'Why do some British people not like Donald Trump?' A British copy writer responded with the following answer: 'A few things spring to mind. Trump lacks certain qualities which the British traditionally esteem. For instance, he has no class, no charm, no coolness, no credibility, no compassion, no wit, no warmth, no wisdom, no subtlety, no sensitivity, no self-awareness, no humility, no honour and no grace – all qualities, funnily enough, with which his predecessor Mr. Obama was generously blessed. So for us, the stark contrast does rather throw Trump’s [...]
Nearly 400,000 people have signed on to a Facebook event pledging to raid Area 51 in Nevada in a quest to "See them aliens." Image from Facebook In the tongue-in-cheek post, the organizers explain their simple plan. "They can't stop us all!" Though the event obviously isn't real, Twitter users took the opportunity to use their skills. https://twitter.com/juanjose7_/status/1149565015625592834 https://twitter.com/dorkwing/status/1149484175495319552 https://twitter.com/SwoleShepherd/status/1149552199975833600 https://twitter.com/jamesogrady211/status/1149581828568674304 https://twitter.com/J4CKMULL/status/1149610847112585217 https://twitter.com/JBinAV/status/1149559452200161280 https://twitter.com/MonicaG15584345/status/1149552970251423746 https://twitter.com/_dearwallflower/status/1149520492308520964 https://twitter.com/okimtiredlol/status/1149506502626910208 It's all fun and games now, but you know there will be people who actually show up.
R Kelly has been arrested on federal sex crime charges, a spokesman for the US Attorneys office has said. In a statement, Joseph Fitzpatrick said child pornography, enticement of a minor and obstruction of justice were among the 13 charges against the R&B singer. The arrest was the second time this year that Kelly has been taken into custody in Chicago on sex charges. Kelly was also arrested in February on 10 counts in Illinois involving four women, three of whom were minors when the alleged abuse occurred. He pleaded not guilty to those charges and was released on bail. [...]
The Daily Mail has obtained secret diplomatic cables in which one of the UK’s top diplomats describes President Donald Trump and his administration as “inept,” rife with infighting, and “I don't think this Administration will ever look competent.” Sir Kim Darroch has been the UK’s Ambassador to the United States since 2016 and he presents a candid and bleak assessment of Trump. In one cable, he said: “For a man who has risen to the highest office on the planet, President Trump radiates insecurity.” In another, he summarized that, “As seen from here, we really don't believe that this Administration [...]
New York City has agreed to pay $610,000 to a woman they kept handcuffed and shackled whilst in labor. The woman, identified as 'Jane Doe', was 40 weeks pregnant at the time of her arrest for violating an order of protection that was part of a child custody dispute with her former partner. CNN reports: According to the complaint, she was taken from jail to New York's Montefiore Medical Center the next morning with metal cuffs on her wrists and heavy shackles on her feet, binding her legs together at the ankles. Shackling pregnant women in police custody or prison [...]