Beto ORourke to The View: My Vanity Fair Cover Was a Mistake and Elitist

In the midst of a reset of his kicking off his 2020 run reinforced a perception of privilege and was a mistake. A day after Meghan McCain said. You went across the country alone on a road trip after you lost your election and you said you, quote, sometimes help raise your kids. She added: These are things in my mind that a female candidate wouldnt be able to get away with. Do you think you can get away with more because youre a man, and do you have any regrets about launching on the cover of Vanity Fair? ORourke conceded McCains point, adding that there were things hed been privileged to do in his life and that hed had …

How to think about inclusion in tech, with Chanda Prescod-Weinstein (Part 2)

Technology is very much in the business of, quite literally, changing the world. When I was deciding whether to write for TechCrunch, I tried to imagine a human life on this planet, in 20 or 30 years, that would not have been dramatically impacted in one way or another by the new technologies we’re creating today. I couldn’t picture such a person, so I decided this ongoing series on tech ethics was the right thing to do with my time. Below is the second part of my interview with Chanda Prescod-Weinstein, a brilliant young author, activist, and the first Black woman in history to hold a faculty position in theoretical cosmology. Her work critically analyzing the politics of the science …

When did Bran Stark become the most relatable character on ‘Game of Thrones’?

Same, Bran. Same.Image: Helen Sloan / HBO Game of Thrones Season 8 has had no shortage of twists, good and bad. (Okay, mostly bad.) But the biggest one, in my book?  Bran Stark, he of Three-Eyed Raven nonsense, emerging as the most relatable character in all of Westeros.  No, really. Up through Season 7, I was, like so many others, a Bran hater. I sighed theatrically whenever his scenes came up, I yelled at the TV as yet another kind-hearted Northerner sacrificed themselves for him, I took pleasure in dunking on him relentlessly.  watch jon snow gradually realize that bran is a fucking weirdo pic.twitter.com/hvV8UXSbgW — Kathryn VanArendonk (@kvanaren) April 15, 2019 Bran may not be much of a talker …

Gaga and Bradley set the meme-osphere and our loins ablaze this week with their Oscar’s performance All the Memes

Image: MASHABLE COMPOSITE; HBO, NETFLIX, KFC, WIKIMEDIA COMMONS, GETTY IMAGES/AMY SUSSMAN, GETTY IMAGES/GARY MILLER, GETTY IMAGES/JEFF KRAVITZ, vicky leta / mashable May is National Masturbation Month, and we’re celebrating with Feeling Yourself, a series exploring the finer points of self-pleasure. So far, 2019 hasn’t been a particularly sexy year. When you think about, we’ve all had to watch a lot of straight-up nonsense go down. Green Book won the Oscar for Best Picture, Jeff Bezos’ “sexts” leaked, and Sonic the Hedgehog got a full set of human teeth, for goodness sake. Gross! A bunch of this year’s pop culture moments have been genuinely disappointing, but we’re not going to let that harsh our self-love vibes. From sexy fashion statements and …

John Oliver’s deep dive on the Green New Deal is an eye-opener

Chances are you’ve probably heard talk about the Green New Deal over the past few weeks. But what exactly is it, and why are so many politicians getting charged up over it? Here to break everything down is John Oliver — with a little help from a very sweary, R-rated version of Bill Nye. Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways

One of the Most Effective Anti-Trump Groups in the Country Is Now Tackling Voter Suppression in the States

One of the foremost agitators of the Trump administration is turning its sights on state governments in the hope it can turn the tide of voter suppression efforts. American Oversight, which launched after the 2016 election with the goal of digging into the unseemly underpinnings of the current president, is launching what it calls a State Accountability Project. The objective is, in practice, similar to what the organization currently does. But this time, the target is different. Instead of trying to unearth evidence of corruption and political malfeasance inside the White House, American Oversight will be looking into state governments to dig up the actual motivations, communications, and moneyed interests behind restrictive voter lawsand to potentially tie them back to …

One of the Most Effective Anti-Trump Groups in the Country Is Now Tackling Voter Suppression in the States

One of the foremost agitators of the Trump administration is turning its sights on state governments in the hope it can turn the tide of voter suppression efforts. American Oversight, which launched after the 2016 election with the goal of digging into the unseemly underpinnings of the current president, is launching what it calls a State Accountability Project. The objective is, in practice, similar to what the organization currently does. But this time, the target is different. Instead of trying to unearth evidence of corruption and political malfeasance inside the White House, American Oversight will be looking into state governments to dig up the actual motivations, communications, and moneyed interests behind restrictive voter lawsand to potentially tie them back to …

One of the Most Effective Anti-Trump Groups in the Country Is Now Tackling Voter Suppression in the States

One of the foremost agitators of the Trump administration is turning its sights on state governments in the hope it can turn the tide of voter suppression efforts. American Oversight, which launched after the 2016 election with the goal of digging into the unseemly underpinnings of the current president, is launching what it calls a State Accountability Project. The objective is, in practice, similar to what the organization currently does. But this time, the target is different. Instead of trying to unearth evidence of corruption and political malfeasance inside the White House, American Oversight will be looking into state governments to dig up the actual motivations, communications, and moneyed interests behind restrictive voter lawsand to potentially tie them back to …

Donors To $22 Million Crowd-Funded Border Wall Wonder Where It Is

Donald Trump’s border wall are hitting social media with concerns about a lack of progress. The When he failed to raise the full amount, he said he was stopping the GoFundMe campaign, and vowed to refund the money and  In a March interview with “start breaking ground” in April. He told the New York Times in January that ground-breaking would begin within “ The Daily Beast reported Friday that there’s Kolfage slammed the article on his “We Build the Wall” and personal Facebook page — but provided no details about the project.  Screen Shot/Brian Kolfage Facebook  NBC reported that Facebook had previously  “My personal issues have nothing to do with building the wall,” Kolfage told NBC at the time. He was also …

China’s Scientists Are the New Kids on the Arctic Block

For nearly a century, the Arctic has been a scientific playground for American, Canadian, and European researchers studying everything from magnetic fields to krill populations, as well as documenting rising temperatures and a changing climate. But with China increasingly expressing an interest in all things Arctic, a geopolitical storm is brewing. Traditional boundaries between science, commerce, and the military are melting as fast as the region’s sea ice. On Monday, US secretary of state Mike Pompeo scolded China for using civilian polar research to further its military and commercial goals, including opening up a new “Polar Silk Road” for trade and shipping. “China’s words and actions raise doubts about its intentions,” Pompeo said in Rovaniemi, Finland, where the eight members …

Varys’ betrayal was foreshadowed all the way back in Season 2

I'd be pissed too, Daenerys.Image: hbo Now that Game of Thrones is back to politics as usual, the key players and betrayers who defined the game are back in a big way. And episode 4 of Season 8 set up a double cross from one of the best: Varys. But you don’t even need to take the spider at his word when he told Tyrion a whopping two times in the last episode that he’d betray Daenerys. The precedent for Varys committing treason against his Queen is not only established in his character, but also predicted in an old prophecy many have forgotten about. Daenerys already received plenty of warnings about betrayal. Image: PAUL SCHIRALDI/HBO Back in Season 2 when …

Inside China’s Massive Surveillance Operation

She was alone in Istanbul and her digital connection with life in Xinjiang was over. Apart from a snatched Skype call with her mother for 11 and a half minutes at the end of December 2016, communication with her relatives has been completely cut. “Sometimes I feel like the days I was with my family are just my dreams, as if I have been lonely all my life—ever since I was born,” she said. Atawula now lives alone in Zeytinburnu, a working-class neighborhood in Istanbul. It’s home to Turkey’s largest population of Uyghurs, the mostly Muslim ethnic minority native to Xinjiang, a vast, resource-rich land of deserts and mountains along China’s ancient Silk Road trade route. Atawula is one of …

10 Years Of Trump’s Tax Information Released By New York Times

Donald Trump’s tax filings from 1985 to 1994 show that he had accumulated more than a billion dollars in business losses over the course of the decade, according to newly revealed tax information In the 10-year stretch, Trump racked up nearly $1.2 billion in core business losses, according to the Times’ analysis of the president’s federal income tax information from those years. The loss paints what the Times called a bleak picture of Trump’s businesses, which he has always touted as successful. Democrats over the release of his federal The newspaper noted that it did not obtain Trump’s actual tax returns, and the information it did obtain covers an earlier period of the president’s business career. The Times did get …

Congress Is Failing

WASHINGTON — As House Democrats dither over moving forward with impeachment in a divided government and Senate Republicans are satisfied confirming judges rather than passing legislation, a pressing question is emerging: What the hell is war-making powers Trump and his Cabinet are taking ‘defiance of Congress to a level we have not seen before.’ American Enterprise Institute scholar Norman Ornstein While Democrats in the House certainly aren’t lining up behind Trump, they also aren’t lining up against him. Impeachment efforts in the House have been relegated to a few Democrats on a quixotic mission, and Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has effectively . Special counsel Robert Mueller declined to make a prosecutorial judgment on Trump and multiple examples of his potential …

Anita Hill slams Biden in op-ed, claims Dem might have slowed #MeToo by decades

Former Vice President Joe Biden,left, served as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee in 1991 when Anita Hill, right, testified allegations of sexual misconduct by then-Supreme Court nominee Judge Clarence Thomas.(Associated Press) Biden officially announced his bid for the 2020 presidency in April. During a private phone call with Hill beforehand, he reportedly expressed regret over how she was treated during the Thomas confirmation hearings but fell short of apologizing for his own actions. “Sexual violence is a national crisis that requires a national solution. We miss that point if we end the discussion at whether I should forgive Mr. Biden,” Hill continued in her piece. “This crisis calls for all leaders to step up and say: ‘The healing from sexual …