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Only the Right Can Defeat White Nationalism
The massacre in El Paso has, for the moment, reminded Americans of the danger posed by far-right terrorists. Former national-security officials have demanded the U.S. government “make addressing this form of terrorism as high a priority as countering international terrorism has become since 9/11.” Retired Marine General John Allen and the former senior U.S. diplomat Brett McGurk have argued that far-right extremism poses “an equal threat” as jihadist groups like ISIS.This is incorrect. White nationalism is a far greater threat to American democracy than jihadism, and always has been. But there are actually two challenges posed by white nationalism: One is the threat posed to American communities by attacks like the one in El Paso, which law enforcement can and should prevent. The other is the threat the ideology the attackers support poses to American democracy, which can only be defeated through politics, and only by the American people themselves.“There's an attack prevention problem, and there's also a political problem. These problems overlap and reinforce each other, although they are not exactly the same problem,” J.M. Berger, an author and security consultant who has written extensively on white nationalism, told me. “Policymakers can try to deal with this from an attack-prevention standpoint and avoid the political element, and there's an argument to be made for keeping the law-enforcement response separate from the political response, but I think as a society we need to be pursuing this on both tracks simultaneously.”The first national immigration law in the United States, in 1790, limited naturalization to “free white persons of good character.” The belief that non-whites were not full human beings entitled to citizenship was core to the institution of chattel slavery, which nearly destroyed the Union itself in a conflict that took more American lives than any other before or since. This tenet animated the violent overthrow of the Reconstruction governments after the Civil War, and the century of Jim Crow segregation that followed. It was this conviction that motivated the racist immigration-restriction laws at the turn of the century that helped inspire the Nazis and exacerbated the Holocaust. It has shaped American policy from the Declaration to the New Deal, and it continues to do so. And it lives on today, in the minds of extremists who, like jihadists the world over, see themselves as the true guardians of their heritage.Former President Barack Obama was mocked by the right for treading carefully around phrases like “Islamic extremism” in an effort to avoid lending religious legitimacy to terrorist groups. But given the history of American military intervention in the Middle East, there is little an American president can do to erode the religious legitimacy of extremist figures who support terrorism; rather such an effort rests on religious communities and leaders themselves—and contrary to stereotype, condemnations of terrorism among Muslim religious leaders are frequent and voluminous. In the United States, that dynamic is reversed: American leaders can do a great deal to diminish the appeal of white nationalism, because unlike with jihadism, white Americans are the primary demographic targeted for radicalization.“I believe the primary challenge posed by white nationalism is political, not law-enforcement related,” David Gomez, a former FBI counterterrorism supervisor told me. “That is because, like fascism of the 1930s, white nationalism has begun to enter the mainstream political arena, which tends to make their extremism palatable to disenfranchised political minorities who fear the rise of ‘the other.’"The spike in white-nationalist terrorism is emerging from the extremist fringe of the American right, giving conservatives a special responsibility to use their authority to deprive white nationalists of their claim to represent America’s authentic heritage. In the past, conservatives have actively opposed such efforts—in 2009, the Department of Homeland Security disbanded an entire unit devoted to tracking far-right terrorism after a backlash in which conservative writers suggested that mainstream conservatives were the ones being targeted.This time around, some conservative writers and outlets are pressing for action. Others, including those who have the greatest influence with the president, have dismissed the threat of white nationalism while echoing its principles. The Fox News host Tucker Carlson, who has warned that immigration is “destroying America” and that “Latin American countries are changing election outcomes here by forcing demographic change on this country,” declared that white nationalism is a “hoax” even as his programming echoes the very worldview held by white nationalists. That duality is clear to the white nationalists themselves, who praise Carlson for amplifying their ideas even as he insists on their non-existence.Carlson and Fox News illustrate the present political incentives for the Republican Party. One of Donald Trump’s few consistent beliefs is his racial conception of American citizenship, which is why so many white nationalists have viewed his rise a legitimization of their convictions. As long as the Republican Party and the conservative media view defending Trump as an imperative; as long as they speak of immigration and demographic change in the same apocalyptic language as the gunmen who target synagogues, mosques, and shopping centers; and as long as they view the presence of non-whites as a threat to their political success, they will be unable to fulfill their responsibility to fight white nationalism. The left can deprive the right of power by winning elections, but it cannot extinguish this evil on its behalf.The right’s increasingly obsolete framing of its politics around the concept of liberty was not immune to racism, just as the Democrats’ New Deal liberalism was not immune. But as long as mainstream Republican discourse echoes the frame of dominance or extinction, the logic of right-wing politics will trend towards radicalization.The president’s own white-nationalist beliefs raise a distinct, but related, policy issue, beyond the prevention of terrorism. Trump has publicly praised acts of torture, police brutality, and lethal violence against religious and ethnic minorities. Those statements not only bolster white nationalists in their beliefs; they send the message to those with the responsibility to protect Americans from terrorism that extrajudicial violence against the very groups targeted by white nationalism is acceptable. This not only affects law enforcement’s ability to prevent such attacks, it legitimizes illicit state violence against minorities.“My bigger concern with white nationalism is, you know we treated it as if it's somehow the same as ISIS and Al-Qaeda, when it's not. It's very differentWhite-nationalist ideology was an animating feature of the creation of our country. It permeates our society and impacts our policy,” says Mike German, a former FBI special agent and a fellow at the Brennan Center, and the co-author of a recent report on far-right violence. “And that to me is far more dangerous, because when we're talking about terrorist violence, we're talking about these marginal groups who don't really have much capability. But governments have extraordinary capability to do harm to people in its communities.”Gomez told me that he believes the resistance to aggressively respond to white-nationalist terrorism is “coming solely from political leadership. The FBI that I was a member of and the FBI of today continues to be a professional law-enforcement agency that follows the elements of the crime and investigates without prejudice.”German told me that lack of diversity can also impact what threats are considered urgent, even without conscious bias. “The groups that are victims of far-right violence are already marginalized by the government and by our social system,” he said, so they don't have relationships that might help them raise their concerns with the FBI. “And in fact, when you look at how those communities are policed, they are often treated as suspect communities, rather than equal citizens deserving protection of the law.”Nevertheless, there is troubling evidence that these agencies are not carefully policing the prejudices of their own members, or the ideological blindness such views produce. The journalist Ken Klippenstein reported recently that a tranche of Federal Bureau of Investigation documents shows that, despite the fact that almost all domestic-terrorism deaths last year were caused by white-nationalist terrorism, among the FBI’s top priorities were so-called “black identity extremists,” while white nationalists were considered a “medium threat.” This is sadly consistent with the FBI’s long history—during the height of the Civil Rights Movement, FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover focused his resources on left-wing groups and civil-rights activists, until President Lyndon Johnson ordered him to devoted bureau resources to crushing the Ku Klux Klan. Former FBI Director James Comey famously kept a reminder of Hoover’s targeting of Martin Luther King Jr. on his desk as a symbol of how the bureau could go too far.But the FBI is not alone in confronting this problem. The White House has repeatedly hampered efforts by the Department of Homeland Security to focus on white nationalism as a security threat. There are local police who frequently vent on social media about the subhumanity of Americans whose rights and person they are meant to be protecting; the head of the Border Patrol was part of a Facebook group with thousands of members, including former and current officers, where posts included racist and violent memes targeting Latin American migrants.While increasing the diversity within these agencies might mitigate some of these issues—the FBI has ceased publicly reporting diversity numbers since they began dropping—law-enforcement agencies that retain or tolerate a culture of contempt for groups targeted by white nationalists will find it difficult to counter white-nationalist violence, or to uproot extremists who infiltrate law-enforcement and military organizations in order to obtain training. Curtailing the culture of racism and authoritarianism that has taken root in some corners of law enforcement agencies is an urgent priority—a culture that is capable of assimilating minority candidates as exceptions to the rule, and that promotes contempt for the very communities they are bound by law and duty to serve and protect.Terrorism in America remains relatively rare, and white-nationalist terrorism causes only a small fraction of the violent deaths in the United States each year. But these attacks are political acts that tear at the social fabric that binds Americans together, cause immense psychological trauma to the communities they target, and inspire further acts of violence. The threat these attacks pose, however, extends beyond the violence itself and the wider pain it causes, to the further mainstreaming of the core white-nationalist idea that citizens of European descent are the only true Americans.Although jihadists are capable of shocking acts of violence, terror, and mass murder, most notably the 9/11 attacks, Muslims compose around 1 percent of the American population. Despite the fevered dreams of the Islamophobia industry, there was never any possibility that the United States would somehow become governed by Taliban-style Islamic law.By contrast, white supremacy was the governing philosophy of the United States until 1965, a core belief of most of the men who have occupied the Oval Office. It is only since the end of the civil-rights movement that the American government has truly attempted to be a state for all of its people. Between the Civil War, the violent overthrow of the Reconstruction governments by white Redeemers, the thousands of lynchings of the Jim Crow era, and the lives lost in World War II, no single political idea has been responsible for extinguishing the lives of more Americans than white supremacy. Yet despite its long, violent history in the United States, the population it seeks to radicalize exceeds that of Islamist extremism by a couple hundred million.The strength of white nationalism’s roots in American history is why it poses a different, and more dangerous challenge—not just to American lives, but to democracy itself. Those roots are precisely why law enforcement has been slow to respond to the challenge posed by far right terrorism, why most Americans have failed to recognize that such attacks dwarf the number executed by jihadists, and why the Trump administration itself has deliberately chosen to refocus resources elsewhere.Democrats have proposed specifically criminalizing domestic terrorism under federal law. Any substantial changes to the criminal code should take care not to repeat the worst excesses of the war on terrorism, or to criminalize radical speech. (If history is any guide, such speech restrictions would end up being borne not by white nationalists but by the communities targeted by them.)White nationalism cannot be destroyed simply by imitating ill-advised policies adopted by the United States in an effort to defeat Islamist extremism, such as eliminating due process in the use of lethal force or imprisonment, disregarding protections against illegal search and seizure, criminalizing radical beliefs, or using torture in interrogation. In fact all of those things would likely make the problem worse. Law enforcement agencies cannot settle the existential arguments about the nature of American democracy, and it should not be their responsibility to do so.The factors fueling violent white nationalism can only be neutralized by Americans themselves—by reaffirming that the United States is a multiracial democracy in which no citizen inherits a greater claim to Americanness than any other. That will require enough of both left and right to unify in opposition to the bigotries that have plagued America since even before its founding, and rejecting the proposition that those bigotries are the only true, authentic expression of American heritage. That heritage includes not just John Calhoun but also Frederick Douglass, not just Madison Grant but also Emma Lazarus, not merely Jim Crow but also James Meredith.It will also require the American right to turn from the path it has been walking, since even before Trump demanded the first black president show his papers. Few of them seem prepared to do so.
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Talk Radio Made Today’s Republican Party
No one set out to turn the airwaves into a political weapon—much less deputize talk-radio hosts as the ideological enforcers of a major American political party. Instead the story of how the GOP establishment lost its power over the Republican message—and eventually the party itself—begins with frantic AM radio executives and a former Top 40 disc jockey, Rush Limbaugh.In the late 1980s, AM radio was desperate for new content. Listeners had migrated to FM because music sounded better on there, and advertising dollars had followed. Talk-radio formats offered a lifeline—unique programming that FM didn’t have. And on August 1, 1988, Limbaugh debuted nationally. At the outset, Limbaugh wasn’t angling to become a political force—he was there to entertain and make money. Limbaugh’s show departed from the staid, largely nonpartisan, interview and caller-based programs that were the norm in earlier talk radio. Instead, Limbaugh was a consummate showman who excited listeners by being zany and fun and obliterating boundaries, offering up something the likes of which many Americans had never heard before.Limbaugh conveyed his politics through everything from soap-opera teasers complete with humorous casting choices—in one titled Gulf War Won, Betty White drew the assignment of the first lady Barbara Bush, while Limbaugh cast James Earl Jones as General Colin Powell—and gags like “caller abortions,” in which screaming and vacuum-cleaner sounds drowned out the voice on the other end of the phone.Noting Limbaugh’s success, radio executives started hiring conservative hosts—first local personalities, and then later national names like G. Gordon Liddy and Michael Reagan—to fill time slots on an expanding number of talk stations.[Read: Rush Limbaugh doesn’t know he’s part of the establishment]Although leading Republicans were slow to catch on to the political potential of the medium, by the mid-1990s, talk radio was an integral element of GOP communications strategies. It provided a boost for Republicans as they pushed to enact an agenda and worked to win elections. Republicans, including House Speaker Newt Gingrich, pumped information to hosts, chatted with them regularly, and generally saw talk radio as an ideal way to reach their base with a message and learn how voters around the country felt about key issues.Many on the left surmised that the hosts were puppets, plugging whichever policies Gingrich and others wanted them to. But selling the GOP message was never the hosts’ top priority. In my research into the history of conservative talk radio, the executives, producers, and hosts whom I interviewed told me over and over that their main goal was to produce the best radio show each day, one that could command the largest audience possible that tuned in for the longest possible time.Over time, this focus on the commercial imperatives of AM radio would transform politics. To keep audiences engaged and entertained, hosts grew more and more strident as the years passed, depicting politics as warfare—and started targeting moderates in the Republican Party.In its early phases, conservative talk radio had exhibited a pragmatic streak that would sound foreign today. In 1994, Limbaugh cautioned against singl- issue voting. He advised television viewers—he had a TV program from 1992 to 1996—not to oppose Mitt Romney, the Republican then running as a moderate against the liberal senator Ted Kennedy in Massachusetts. As Limbaugh explained, electing Romney, despite his lack of conservative fervor, would be a step “in the right direction.”Hosts never loved moderates, and never hesitated to criticize them for actions out of step with hosts’ vision for the country. But they understood that such figures were crucial to securing a majority, without which their preferred agenda had no shot.But this detente started to break down as the 2000s progressed. In one 2005 harangue prompted by Republicans who voted against oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Limbaugh declared, “There’s no such thing as a moderate. A moderate is just a liberal disguise, and they are doing everything they can to derail the conservative agenda.” He deemed such behavior “unacceptable” and read listeners the names of those Republicans voting no. Even so, Limbaugh still crucially refrained from calling for those Republicans to lose.[Read: How conservatives awoke to the dangers of Sean Hannity]A year later, Sean Hannity demonstrated that things were shifting further during a conversation with a caller who was fuming at Republican-in-name-only, or RINO, senators. Hannity agreed, and it wasn’t just moderate senators who aroused their ire: Hannity explicitly included Senators John McCain, Chuck Hagel, and Lindsey Graham, all of whom were generally conservative but who had departed from the party line on several significant issues. (Sherwood Boehlert, a true Republican moderate, quipped to me in an interview that “McCain is no more moderate than I am a Communist.”)As the number of ideological moderates declined, the definition of RINOism expanded. Any Republican who sought out compromise or who rejected political warfare found him or herself a target of conservative media. This would only intensify with each passing year—and not just for political reasons. Hosts, buffeted by ever fiercer competition for the conservative audience, as right-wing digital outlets like RedState and Breitbart proliferated, had to perform before millions of frustrated and fickle listeners.In the fight for a devoted audience, allies became foes. Former House Speaker John Boehner explained what that meant for Republicans, telling Politico, “‘I always liked Rush [Limbaugh]. When I went to Palm Beach I would always meet with Rush and we’d go play golf. But you know, who was that right-wing guy, [Mark] Levin?”—Levin launched in New York in 2002 and entered national syndication in 2006—“He went really crazy right and got a big audience, and he dragged [Sean] Hannity to the dark side. He dragged Rush to the dark side. And these guys—I used to talk to them all the time. And suddenly they’re beating the living shit out of me.”[Read: The RINO hunters become the hunted]And by 2009, a rubicon had been crossed: Limbaugh called for the defeat of eight House Republicans who voted for a carbon cap-and-trade system, even though more hard-line conservatives likely could not win their seats. Indeed, in 2010 and 2012, conservative media largely supported upstart conservative primary challenges against Delaware Congressman Mike Castle (in a Senate race) and Indiana Senator Richard Lugar—both of whom were heavy favorites to win the general election. Instead, both fell in primaries, with their more conservative, talk-radio-preferred opponents losing to Democrats.That was a price worth paying for conservative hosts. Having a party that stood for something and was willing to fight for it was far more important than a few seats here or there. Turning politics into a blood sport, and kicking moderates off the team, made for good, passionate radio and meshed with listeners’ frustrations. Crucially, because hosts had no responsibility to govern, they didn’t have to worry about the policy or electoral consequences of such a stance.Even so, hosts had amassed enough power that elected Republicans had to pay attention to their demands. Many listeners spent more time with their favorite hosts than they did with their spouses; so when a host touted a primary challenger or denounced someone as a RINO, listeners took it as advice from a friend. In low-turnout primaries, where information was often scarce, conservative media could help decide the race.In the 2010s, talk radio’s business needs further upended the traditional political hierarchy. With moderates virtually extinct, the war against RINOs often focused on Republican leaders like Boehner whose sin was simply not being willing to adopt the strident tactics that hosts demanded. Hosts blasted them with increasing regularity, while praising a new group of political superstars, largely backbenchers with minimal power on Capitol Hill. But they were perfect for talk radio: They spewed extreme rhetoric, saw the world in black-and-white terms, and advocated for the most extreme tactics possible. Figures like Representative Mark Meadows, Representative Jim Jordan, and Senator Ted Cruz became the heroes in the soap opera that talk radio had always been—and RINOs and the Republican leadership were as much the villains as Democrats or the mainstream media.[Read: Rush Limbaugh is cheating on conservatism with Donald Trump]The new political landscape has hamstrung the ability of Republican leaders to legislate, leading to constant brinkmanship epitomized by the longest government shutdown in history in the winter of 2018–19, when President Donald Trump heeded the calls of Limbaugh and others to fight, even though there really wasn’t a viable path to victory.This episode has unfortunately illustrated the new reality for the Republican Party: Over three decades, the titans of talk have remade the party in their own image, with elected Republicans now sounding more like commentators on the AM dial—or its cable equivalent, the Fox News Channel, where Hannity has hosted a show since 1996—than what used to be heard in the halls of Congress. While this made for gripping radio and TV, it left a more and more extreme party, with little capacity to govern and little appeal in the suburbs or with young and nonwhite voters.Trump’s presidency is the ultimate testament to the power of talk-radio conservatism. In one week last month, the president not only called in to Hannity’s show, but on a separate night tweeted, “Oh well, we still have the great @seanhannity who I hear has a really strong show tonight. 9:00 P.M.” He reportedly talks regularly with Hannity as well. And last winter, when Trump reversed course after the uprising on the right, it was Limbaugh to whom the president pledged that he would shut the government down if he didn’t get enough funds for his border wall.The power of these hosts would’ve been unthinkable when Limbaugh took the national airwaves by storm in 1988. But over three decades, hosts have used the special bond they’ve forged with their audiences to reshape the Republican Party in their image. For millions of listeners, the change has been electrifying. For excommunicated moderates, this show hasn’t been entertaining in the least.
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Turkfest: Ireland's little festival with a big heart – a photo essay
Every summer, the population of Inishturk, an island off Ireland’s west coast, swells to five times its normal size – when it open its doors to 200 Turkfest revellersInishturk is an island nine miles off the coast of County Mayo in west Ireland, midway between Clare Island and Inishbofin. It is just three miles long and two miles wide, a 490-million-year-old schist and slate rock that rises out of the North Atlantic.The island is known for its views over the mountain ranges on the mainland, stretching from the Twelves Bens and Maamturks of Connemara, north to Clare Island, Achill and the Nephins; for its secluded beaches such as Tranaun and Curran; and its colonies of cliff-nesting fulmars and auks, as well as choughs, wheatears, plovers, and puffins. Continue reading...
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Is My Millennial Co-Worker a Narcissist, or Am I a Jealous Jerk?
What looks like shameless brand-building is, in fact, a necessary part of surviving in a precarious job market.
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March for Our Lives unveils sweeping gun reform agenda: 'The time is now'
Student activists call for 30% reduction in civilian firearms and mandatory buyback programMarch for Our Lives, the organization created by survivors of the February 2018 mass school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school in Parkland, Florida, released an audacious policy agenda calling for far-reaching reform.The proposal released on Wednesday, Peace Plan for a Safer America, includes plans to reduce the number of firearms in civilian hands by 30%, create a mandatory federal gun buyback program for assault weapons, and re-examine the 2008 supreme court decision that allows private citizens to keep handguns in their homes. Continue reading...
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The Most Powerful Member of the Ruling Class
The greatest trick the president and elites who support him ever pulled was convincing a large swath of the American public that they aren’t members of the ruling class.Donald Trump hosted a show on NBC, lived in a Manhattan tower named after himself, and spent a small fortune to influence politicians. He now lives in the White House, appoints Supreme Court justices, issues pardons, orders missile strikes, and launches trade wars. His travel destinations include Davos, his estate in the Florida Keys, and golf courses he owns in foreign countries. Yet powerful allies of his persist with the false conceit that the ruling class does not include the most powerful person in the country, only his rivals and critics.Among the allies who do this is Michael Anton. A Trump-aligned intellectual, he is best known for pseudonymously publishing “The Flight 93 Election,” an essay that likened Hillary Clinton’s candidacy to the 9/11 terrorists who hijacked Flight 93, and a vote for Trump to storming the cockpit to stop them. The essay galvanized Republicans who needed an excuse to support Trump as extravagant as the billionaire’s cruelty, corruption, and vulgar bigotry. Later, Trump appointed Anton, by then unmasked, to a strategic communications post on the National Security Council.Now Anton is back in the private sector, having learned, like Ann Coulter before him, that vilifying fellow Americans by casting them as enemies and likening them to history’s most loathsome figures attracts a large audience to arguments that most would ignore without such gimmicks. His new essay, “Vichycons and Mass Shootings,” rivals Antifa Twitter for 2019’s most frivolous Nazi analogy, likening conservatives who criticized Trump after the mass shooting in El Paso to French collaborationists who worked with Hitler.Partisans of Republican presidents have a long history, always embarrassing in hindsight, of likening fellow conservatives who criticize the man in power to traitors. Still, one flaw in Anton’s essay is recognizably Trumpist.Its opening paragraph names the target of its vitriol: “the ruling class and its Conservatism, Inc. auxiliary enforcement wing.” It goes on to complain about “these Vichycons—collaborators with the enemy ruling class.” Anton refers to them as “our overlords.” He characterizes their intent as follows: “to demonize their enemies, delegitimize any opposition, and tighten and extend their rule.” As discussed, using “the ruling class” and “overlords” as shorthand for Trump’s critics is Orwellian nonsense, especially given Trump’s underwater popularity. But this isn’t just about Trump.The critique extends to people like Anton.He attended UC Davis and got a graduate degree at the Claremont Colleges, where he studied Niccolò Machiavelli. He was a speechwriter for Rudy Giuliani, for Condaleeza Rice in the Bush administration, and for Rupert Murdoch. He later worked as a director at Citigroup, and then as a managing director for BlackRock. To recap: a ruling-class elite left his senior post for a still-sitting president and then labeled its critics as “the ruling class” while writing in open defense of earth’s most powerful man?Powerful positions in civic life will always exist. Some will always have more influence than others. What’s pernicious is when people and organizations in the ruling class whine as if they are marginalized outsiders while casting their political opponents as a malign cabal of bad-actor elites.As Yuval Levin once observed, describing both the left and right ruling class: The advantage the rebel enjoys is that he’s not constrained by obligations, but the disadvantage he normally suffers is that he has no real power. Many of today’s faux rebels, however, actually do have power, they just pretend they don’t to avoid being constrained by responsibility even as they deploy that power. This distorts their power, and corrupts the social space in which it should be exercised. Those who adopt that posture often risk forgetting the responsibility to exhibit the virtues elites model in healthy societies––intellectual honesty, charity, restraint, constructiveness, and treating others as one wants to be treated. How does Anton want to be treated? He doesn’t want to be called names, for one. In 2017, when The Intercept published critical articles about him, he responded in an email to that publication that it later excerpted: “The fact is that my journey toward Trumpism was in many ways a journey (on my part) leftward, toward the center,” he wrote. “I have jettisoned a lot of conservative orthodoxy precisely because I think it was not working for the bottom half, or even the bottom two thirds. It’s ironic or odd or something that in moving to the left, I get called a fascist and such. It shows how screwed up our discourse is. People just want to smear and destroy me.”How does Anton treat others who’ve moved away from the GOP and toward the center because they earnestly believe the party’s Trumpist incarnation is failing the country? He smears them by repeatedly likening them to fascist collaborators.While Anton’s latest essay doesn’t name specific conservative targets it does allude to one, National Review’s David French, who is criticized in a flagrantly dishonest passage that begins with a defense of Trump. “Of course, every decent and sane person agrees that rhetoric should always be careful not to inflame or incite violence. The question is what counts as incitement,” Anton writes, positing that “go shoot innocent people” would qualify. Such rhetoric could be out there, he says, “But I have never come across any, and I read a fair amount of pro-Trump, pro-Trumpist commentary.” He continues, “I did... recently spot some very heated rhetoric—from a Vichycon. This person—often held out as a paragon of calm civility, the Left’s beaux ideal of a docile, housebroken ‘conservative’—tweeted that the proper response to the so-called ‘alt-right’ (the definition of which becomes more elastic with every passing day) is to ‘burn it down.’”Said Anton, “It seems to me that ‘burn it down’ is a lot more ‘inciteful’ than anything Trump has ever said. It’s literally incitement to arson.”Here’s what French actually said in response to the El Paso shooting:I remember being told to chill out about the alt-right. It was just memes. It was just trolling. It was just trying to trigger the libs. Then it was a terror attack in Charlottesville. Then it was manifestos. Then it was massacres. Burn it down. This is a defining moment.That’s what Anton characterizes as “literally incitement to arson.” (Did you hear the one about the hiker stuck out in the snow with nothing to fuel his dying campfire but the alt-right, the Green Party, anarcho-capitalism, socialism, paleo-conservatism, and classical liberalism? He froze to death.)In another essay, Anton wrote that the Fox News host Tucker Carlson, who gives private foreign policy advice to Trump, attacks the many vices of the ruling class every night. But Carlson’s target is not the ruling class writ large. He attacks the subset of the ruling class that does not belong to his preferred ideological faction, a faction that presently controls the White House. It would be more truthful to describe Carlson as someone who attacks the vices of a rival ruling-class faction (as well as plenty of powerless people like the Roma immigrants he once denigrated) while mostly giving Trumpists a pass.Last week, a recent Yale graduate, Natalia Dashan, published a thoughtful essay on ruling-class denial as it manifests at her alma mater. It’s striking how many of her observations bear on American life more generally. “To reinforce their new form of structural power, people dismiss the idea that they even have the older, more legible forms of status,” she wrote. “They find any reverse-privilege points they can, and if they are cis-white-men, they pose as allies.”Anton and other elites on the Trumpist right pose as allies of the white working class rather than historically marginalized minorities. And like some of their analogs on the elite left, they act like they don’t wield power to reinforce traditional hierarchies.“If you were the ruler while everything was burning around you, and you didn’t know what to do, what would you do?” Dashan asked. “You would deny that you are in charge. And you would recuperate the growing discontented masses into your own power base, so things stay comfortable for you.”This sort of denial plagues Trumpism as we approach 2020. The president has spent much of his term portraying himself as the helpless object of a “witch hunt” who is thwarted from “making America great again” by kneeling footballers, freshmen members of Congress, and a news media that he portrays as an “enemy of the people.” When things go wrong the buck always stops somewhere else.While Trumpists are not uniquely guilty of this vice, there is special urgency in exposing it since they hold the White House, its bully pulpit, and the nuclear football. Their abdication of responsibility is cowardly. And it falls on all of us to pick up the slack.Levin explained how to his readers at National Review. When any of us see problems that need to be addressed, he said, “It would involve saying ‘us’ and ‘we’ rather than ‘they’ and ‘them’...It would involve acting like insiders in those places where we have or could have some responsibility... You’re thinking ‘people won’t do this.’ But I’m not talking about ‘people.’ I’m talking about you, and me. There are some corners of our society, some institutions, where you are or could be an insider. Are you acting like it? I think it’s fair to say we could all improve on that front.”
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The Eerie Timeliness of Tool’s 2019 Return
A heavy-metal giant is awakening from a 13-year slumber, but does the domain it once ruled remain? From the early ’90s to 2006, the foursome of Tool stood as a rock-‘n’-roll-epitome when rock ‘n’ roll was a social average. As grunge issued a culture-wide call to bond over psychic wounds by comparing calluses, Tool responded with gnarlier body-and-soul horror than many were prepared for. By the time that the band’s frightening bass lines and abject-trauma themes had been sucked into a popular “nu metal” movement lacking mystery and brains, 2001’s Lateralus fell from the sky like a thousand-page new testament, or at least like a textbook dusted with DMT.But today, even the wave of car-commercial guitar pop that was cresting around the time of the band’s 2006 motley 10,000 Days has crashed and dissipated. Rock still matters, but as a rumor, an input, in the ongoing brainstorm—between rap and everything else—that represents American pop today. If Tool was a best-selling alternative to a mainstream branded as alternative, that’s not a paradigm that computes anymore. Nor has there been an easy way for them to be re-discovered and re-dissected since their absence. The band kept its music off of streaming and download platforms. Even many of the onetime diehards (ahem) let their devotion lapse when their CDs scratched and iPods fritzed.In early August, though, the band flung open its survival-shelter doors and put the bulk of its music online, finally. The response was great reaffirmation. Five of Tool’s releases immediately entered the top of the iTunes sales rankings, and the band became the first ever to occupy all 10 leading spots on the Billboard’s Rock Digital Song Sales chart. Later, the group announced a new album (debuting on August 30), and released its title track, “Fear Inoculum.” With its 10:22 runtime, that song became the longest ever to land on the Hot 100—an especially fun feat in an era of generally declining song lengths.Pent-up demand and nostalgia from its cult surely helps explains Tool’s sudden charts takeover. I’ve now gone back and listened to the music I obsessed over in high school: It’s still deliciously huge and transporting. But certain elements land more queasily—not because the band is out of time now, but because it chimes with the 2019 cultural moment in deep and not-totally-reassuring ways. With its churning riddle-songs, Tool swirled psychoanalytic ranting, evolutionary pseudoscience, and omnibus spirituality as a reaction to modern tech-assisted burnout. Listen to the mantras of the present moment—the gurus-as-politicians, the social doctrines with radical diets, the astrology craze, the conspiracy theories, and the suspicion of reality as a simulation—and you hear the frontman Maynard James Keenan’s grumbles.Maybe Tool planned its return after noticing that Carl Jung has made a big comeback. BTS, the Korean pop sensation, named an album trilogy after the German philosopher’s schemas. Jordan Peterson, the much-debated Canadian professor-preacher, has repurposed ideas about anima and ego for a new generation. Back in 1996, Tool’s Ænima took a stab at doing the same, with the hypnotic swirl of “Forty six & 2” describing exactly that process Peterson now touts: integrating one’s “shadow,” a.k.a. their suppressed creep, into their waking self for a transcendent sizzle. One YouTube video I recently came across made the insightful point that that song ends in all the instruments banging on one note, surely to represent the narrator’s arrival at inner unity. That video was, naturally, drawing the connection between Peterson and Tool.That connection is coincidental, but it isn’t meaningless. Part of Tool’s appeal was that it took metal’s fantastical pangs—previously rendered with dragons, wizards, sci-fi, satan—and seemed to dignify them by drawing on rule systems: science, philosophy, religion. Doing so allowed listeners to access gut pleasures with the pretense of mind expansion. Call it heavy edutainment or rifftastic self-care. The title track from Lateralus was written in time signatures determined by the mystic math of the Fibonacci sequence; Keenan’s lyrics mapped out Jung’s theory of individuation using references to alchemy. But it is a great song because of massive, grinding, straining sound, evoking a slow-motion upper-cut aimed at the sun. The music yearns for enlightenment so powerfully that it seems to, in bits and flashes, actually provide it. Which is also what pseudo-rational rule clubs of all sorts do.I thought of Tool recently when an earnest young man told me, in a TED-talky explanatory tone, that the problem with society is that we put hot sauce on everything. What he meant was we’re overstimulated—by entertainment, flavor, porn—and the only remedy, per something his friend read on Reddit, is to do “dopamine resets”: spending a day of not doing much other than walking outside. What a common thought, and what a Toolish thought. The band’s moan against the numbing effects of what some term “cultural decadence” lasted from the titling of its 1992 debut EP Opiate to the anti-TV ranting of its 2006 single “Vicarious.” On 1996’s “Stinkfist,” Keenan described an extreme sexual act so as to argue, per the lyrics, there’s “something kinda sad about the way that things have come to be desensitized to everything.” On Joe Rogan’s podcast last month, he lamented widespread addiction to “dopamine” and pled with listeners to, yes, go take a walk.The ascetic impulse is an ancient one—the Sabbath is a dopamine reset, no?—with obvious appeal in the era of Netflix autoplaying (ugh). But purification of the self has, of late, been hitched to larger, more unsettling purification missions: See the reactionary politics that’ve accompanied Peterson’s lifestyle counseling, or the white nationalists who’ve espoused “no wank” credos, or the anti-vax implications of Marianne Williamson’s love-heals-all gospel. All of that may seem far from Tool’s dark, boot-clad, skeleton-tattooed aesthetic, which is firmly in a cathartic metal tradition of flaunting one’s own disaffection. But after so many mass shootings accompanied by male manifestos decrying supposed cultural decline, it’s harder than ever to wave away, say, Keenan looking around a Southern California tourist trap during a 2001 Spin interview and remarking, “You want to get out a rifle, stand out on a building, and … erase the karmic debt, so to speak.” I can’t quite get the chuckle I once did from 1996’s “Ænema,”an otherwise awesome anthem that lovingly envisions all the groups of people who will die when Los Angeles falls into the sea.To be clear, Keenan and his bandmates’ apparent nihilism existed alongside convincing displays of humanism. Early albums of humid funk-metal featured graphic references to sexual abuse, but there was a real empathy to the songs, whose point was that violence only multiplies. (Such songs also echo all-too-relevantly nowadays, and not only because an anonymous Twitter user last year accused Keenan of rape, which he denied.) The band’s two studio albums from the 2000s—which had a cleaner sheen, grander scale, and more pompous manner than Tool’s scuzzily catchy ’90s work—were elaborate lectures on the need to “rediscover communication,” as the band’s spider-skiddering hit “Schism” put it. On Rogen’s podcast, amid chitchat about Jiu-Jitsu and winemaking, Keenan talked about the need to prepare for climate change and find common ground across political differences.If abstraction-worship and mystical lawmaking can provide much-needed meaning in lives, it can also derail them, which is something that Keenan’s many anti-doctrine, anti-charlatan lyrics recognized. Most often, though, would-be prophets simply make peoples’ eyes glaze over, and there’s a danger of that happening as Tool returns. Fear Inoculum’s lead single stretches Tool’s therapeutic ethos as thinly as it can, with Keenan purring about expelling negativity and resentment. Around him, the drummer Danny Carey has a blast on tablas, the guitarist Adam Jones riffs with delicate majesty, and the bassist Justin Chancellor lobs stones into the cosmic pond and lets us admire the ripples. All the band’s classic ingredients are here, and even more ambitiously deployed than before, but I don’t get that old Tool feeling of having some secret of the universe unveiled. Maybe that’s because this band has already spoken its litany to me before. Or maybe that’s because this is a time in which revelations are easy to come by, and often not to be trusted.
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Google and Mozilla to block web surveillance in Kazakhstan
Google and Mozilla are taking action against the government of Kazakhstan's efforts to launch a surveillance operation against its own citizens. Both companies announced today that they are blocking a root certificate that the Kazakhstan government u...
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Firefox and Chrome Fight Back Against Kazakhstan's Spying
The Central Asian country’s government has repeatedly threatened to monitor its citizens’ internet activities. Google and Mozilla aren’t having it.
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The young Thai activist helping stateless orphans
A member of one of the richest families in Asia, Kamolnan Chearavanont is using her privilege to help stateless women and children.
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Am I Fetishizing Trans Women as a Cis Guy Who Seeks Them Out for Sex?
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DealBook Briefing: Trump Admitted to Exploring Tax Cuts. Here’s Why.
He says that the U.S. economy remains “incredible,” but surely sees warning signs in many of his favored economic indicators.
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Kashmir: suspected militant killed in Indian security operation
First such operation since India revoked state’s special status is seen as sign of new crackdownA suspected militant and a police officer were killed in a gun battle in Indian-administered Kashmir in what is believed to have been the first security operation since the revocation of the territory’s special status.Meanwhile, Donald Trump reiterated his offer to mediate in the “explosive” situation and said he would discuss the issue with India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, at the G7 summit in Biarritz, France, this weekend. Continue reading...
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Italy's PD to give its leader mandate to try to form a new government: spokesman
Italy's main opposition party is set to give its leader Nicola Zingaretti a mandate to explore the possibility of forming a new government, a spokesman of the Democratic Party (PD) said on Wednesday.
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America’s Most Powerful CEOs Say They No Longer Only Care About Shareholder Value. Here’s How They Can Prove It.
What are Bezos, Cook, and co. actually prepared to do?
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Former Texas Governor Rick Perry fell for an old-school Instagram hoax
You know, in many respects, I admire former Texas Governor Rick Perry. He’s accomplished so much, despite clearly being an absolute fucking moron that, in Europe, wouldn’t be trusted with a pair of safety scissors. In the years after landing the top job in Texan politics, Perry has since wrangled his way into President Trump’s cabinet, where, as Secretary of Energy, he’s responsible for maintaining America’s sizable nuclear arsenal. Oh yeah, and a few hours ago, he posted an image to his Instagram warning about a new change in the company’s privacy policy. This change, unless the user explicitly opts-out… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Instagram
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Apple Card Just Got an Official Twitter Account
Apple has just launched an account on Twitter dedicated to its new credit card, which went live for customers in the U.S on Tuesday. The official account, which goes by the handle @AppleCard, has so far only posted one tweet that links to the company's Apple Card webpage. It's not yet clear what purpose the account will serve beyond promoting the card and future offers on social media, but Apple is advising customers seeking support-related Apple Card questions to contact @AppleSupport. Apple yesterday announced that customers will receive three percent Daily Cash when they use the Apple Card with Apple Pay for Uber and Uber Eats purchases. Apple says additional merchants and apps will begin to offer three percent Daily Cash in the coming months. Apple offers a cash back rewards system for the Apple Card, providing Daily Cash up to 3 percent. You get 1 percent cash back for all of your purchases. On purchases made with Apple Pay, you get 2 percent cash back, and for purchases made from the Apple Store (physical or online) you'll get three percent back. This also includes purchases made from the App Store, iTunes Store, and Apple services. To get an Apple Card, you need to be 18 years or older and be a U.S. citizen or a lawful U.S. resident with a U.S. residential address (no P.O. Box). An iPhone running iOS 12.4 or later is required to use the Apple Card, and it will not be available if you do not have an iPhone. Two-factor authentication must be turned on, and you must be signed in to iCloud on your iPhone with your Apple ID. Check out our dedicated Apple Card guide for the full lowdown on Apple's new credit card.Tag: Apple CardThis article, "Apple Card Just Got an Official Twitter Account" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums
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Family 'worried sick' as China confirms detention of British consulate worker
A Chinese official confirmed that Simon Cheng will be held for 15 days by Shenzhen police but didn't specify what law he is suspected of violating.
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England batsman Jason Roy passes concussion test for Headingley
•The 29-year-old was struck in nets before third Test•A follow-up check on the eve of the Test still neededEngland batsman Jason Roy has passed a concussion test after being hit in the nets before the third Ashes contest at Headingley.The 29-year-old was struck by a throw-down from former international Marcus Trescothick, who is working with the team in a temporary capacity, during practice on Tuesday. Continue reading...
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Spooked by protests, Hong Kong citizens buy Malaysian homes
Hong Kong citizens have snapped up about 200 apartments in the past two months at a sprawling housing development in Malaysia, two estate agents said, a sign that some Hong Kongers are looking for homes elsewhere due to the political volatility at home.
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Why Wales' Jayne Ludlow is targeting three tournaments at the same time
The manager and her staff oversee all the age groups as well as the senior team, who start Euro 2021 qualifying full of beliefPraise from a former top defender was much appreciated by Jayne Ludlow, particularly given that the Wales Women’s manager and her staff are stretched across all the national team’s age groups.Ludlow’s tactical nous was singled out by Danny Gabbidon, who won 49 caps for Wales and was the guest speaker at the launch of the Football Association of Wales’ new identity for women’s football, Be.Football. The former Cardiff and West Ham player also spoke of the enjoyment that following the women’s team had given him. Continue reading...
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Power Up: March for Our Lives has a sweeping new gun control proposal
It comes just as President Trump is backing away from background checks.
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Which team had the first away following in football? | The Knowledge
Plus: scoring in all four divisions, recent British and Irish XIs and where did Jack Taylor’s 1974 World Cup final coin come from?Mail us your questions or tweet @TheKnowledge_GU“Which team had the first away following in football?” tweets @djgcfum.Here’s Alasdair Brooks with quite an answer: “This is difficult, given the lack of verifiable records for the formative period of football, and the difficulty of deciding what constitutes ‘football’ (assuming that the question means ‘association football’) before the formal codification of a single set of rules, and deciding what constitutes an ‘away following’ in the 19th century. Continue reading...
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Five EU states to take in migrants disembarked from Open Arms: Commission
Five European Union countries will take in migrants who had been stranded on the Open Arms rescue ship before being allowed to disembark on the Italian island of Lampedusa on Tuesday night, a European Commission spokeswoman said on Wednesday.
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National Rifle Association, Greenland, Migrants: Your Wednesday Briefing
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MLS awards expansion franchise to St. Louis for 2022 debut
The prospects of a Major League Soccer franchise ever calling St. Louis home appeared to have died two years ago when voters turned down the use of a business tax to finance a new downtown stadium.
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Pope gives sick girl free run of audience stage, delighting crowd
Pope Francis allowed a girl suffering from an undisclosed illness to move around undisturbed clapping and dancing on the stage for most of his general audience on Wednesday, delighting the crowd.
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WNBA playoff picture clearing up, Aces, Sun, Mystics clinch
The WNBA playoff picture is slowly coming into focus.
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Missing boy Lucas Dobson: body found
Six-year-old fell into the River Stour in KentA body has been found by police searching for six-year-old Lucas Dobson, who fell into the River Stour at Sandwich on Saturday, Kent police said.Police said the body had not been formally identified but his family had been told. Continue reading...
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Angel Has Fallen review – Gerard Butler's pyrotechnics fizzle out
In the latest overblown and underpowered instalment of the Fallen franchise, Butler’s beleaguered secret service agent goes on the run after being framed, seeking out estranged and unintelligible dad Nick Nolte Is Gerard Butler hellbent on remaking every last action movie of the 90s? The thought arose during last year’s Den of Thieves, in which Butler bellowed his way through the Al Pacino role in a cut-price Heat; it was followed by Hunter Killer, a Crimson Tide-ish sub thriller in which Butler tried something close to character work. With that project having sunk commercially, he’s returned to his signature role of Mike Banning, patriot, dad and secret service agent par excellence, introduced in Olympus Has Fallen (2013) and London Has Fallen (2016). Angel, which sets a weary Banning scrambling to prove his innocence after being framed for a drone attack that leaves President Morgan Freeman comatose, qualifies as a twofer: it’s Gerry doing In the Line of Fire and The Fugitive. As with many of the star’s recent projects, it’s been compiled with minimal quality control, insistently cancelling out its better ideas with turns for the derivative. Continue reading...
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How Music Has Made Auditory Surveillance Possible
The history of auditory surveillance is intertwined with one of our greatest sources of pleasure and entertainment.
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Trump's state visit cancellation over Greenland shocks Danes
Disbelief as US president calls off state visit after Denmark’s PM labelled his idea of buying Greenland ‘absurd’Danes have expressed shock and disbelief over Donald Trump’s cancellation of a state visit to Denmark after its prime minister rebuffed his interest in purchasing Greenland.The US president’s proposal at first elicited incredulity and humour from politicians in Denmark, a Nato ally, with the former premier Lars Løkke Rasmussen saying: “It must be an April Fool’s Day joke.” Continue reading...
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Stephen Fry's Mythos review – a head-spinning marathon of legends
Festival theatre, EdinburghThe avuncular storytelling sage leavens seven-and-a-half-hours of myth-recounting with boyish enthusiasm and silly voices Stephen Fry is lying prostrate on the stage. It’s a pretext for telling the story of Odysseus, washed up on the shore and lying naked (he spares us the nudity), but there’s also a joke. The former QI frontman is now five and a half hours into his three-part show, with more than two hours to come, and he’s pretending to be exhausted.But nothing of the kind. Fry is his same unflappable self at the end of this adaptation of his bestselling retellings of the ancient Greek myths as he was at the start. He remains jovial, avuncular and head-spinningly capable of retaining the details of whole families of gods, heroes and men. Whenever a character has six children, he’ll be sure to namecheck them all. In one section responding to audience questions, he says he’d have loved to have done four or five shows – and you don’t doubt him. Continue reading...
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HS2: review launched over whether rail project should proceed
Scheme has been criticised because of cost and final report will be produced by the autumnA review has been launched into whether the proposed HS2 project connecting London to Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds should go ahead, the transport ministry said on Wednesday.The rail project has faced criticism over its cost and if it would be better to spend money on boosting the number of trains on conventional services rather than by building a new high-speed connection. Continue reading...
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Fans fear for Spider-Man's future after Sony and Marvel fail to reach rights agreement
Sony (SNE) and Marvel have failed to reach an agreement on the character of Spider-Man -- meaning he'll be absent from the Marvel Cinematic Universe for the time being and leaving fans very worried.
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Exclusive: Humbled Noble Group seeks to rebuild LNG, energy businesses: sources
Noble Group Holdings (Noble Holdings) plans to rebuild its liquefied natural gas (LNG) and core energy businesses and develop rare earths as it seeks new life as a niche, Asia-focused commodity trader, sources aware of the matter said.
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Hong Kong protests planned for mob-attack subway as bank warns of economic fallout
A major bank warned on Wednesday that weeks of protests in Hong Kong could hit the economies of the Chinese-ruled city and mainland China itself as demonstrators headed for a sit-in at the subway site of a mid-summer mob attack.
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5 ways parents can teach kids to combat bullying
In our Back to School series, Mashable tackles the big issues students face, from mental health to representation to respectful communication. Because returning to the classroom is about more than buying school supplies.  As your child heads back to school, it's important that they learn how to deal with a prevalent problem that extends beyond the classroom: bullying. Whether they're experiencing it first-hand or witnessing it from afar, children should understand that it's not uncommon. In 2017, the National Center for Education Statistics found that 20 percent of U.S. students between 12 and 18 reported being bullied at school.  Read more...More about Back To School, Social Good, and Kids
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