Trump seems to think he’s an emperor but we are not entertained | Lloyd Green

Commodus was mad and, at least the way Russell Crowe told it, it took a heroic gladiator to bring him down. America has the polls Hail the imperial cult: ancient Rome is reborn on the Potomac. This week, Donald Trump ascribed to himself the roles of Chosen One, a first for an American president but definitely not for an emperor. Then, to immediately start looking for an alternative to China. The president cited no authority for his directive, but then again it looks like Trump thinks the law and he are one and the same and that Article II of the constitution is a limitless font of power, Congress and the courts be damned. To quote him: Then I have …

Panic Attack review: a wake-up call the woke won’t read

Tagging Robby Soaves book with a Tucker Carlson quote is a mistake he makes a good case for the virtues of free speech When a member of the American Nazi party spoke at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1964, he did so at the invitation of a leftwing student group. As a stunt to promote the event part of a series which also featured Malcolm X, the conservative according to the feminist scholar Jo Freeman, and no one tried to stop them speaking. Debates about what the speakers had said, not whether they should have been allowed to say it, dominated student bull sessions for days. Contrast that episode with another recounted by the libertarian journalist American Civil Liberties …

El Chapo: what the rise and fall of the kingpin reveals about the war on drugs

The long read: As the capture and conviction of Mexicos notorious drug lord has shown, taking down the boss doesnt mean taking down the organisation Just after midday on Tuesday 12 February, word came down that the verdict was ready in what had been widely described as the trial of the century. United States of America v Joaqun Guzmn Loera had lasted approximately three months it took prosecutors that long to present what they described as an avalanche of evidence, which had taken more than a decade to compile. The government called 56 witnesses, the defence called only one: an FBI agent, who finished testifying within an hour. There was little expectation that Guzmn would mount a convincing defence. The …

Alyssa Milano calls for sex strike as protest over Republican abortion laws

Actor provokes storm with call to regain bodily autonomy as GOP-held legislatures push laws amid quest to overturn Roe v Wade The actor Alyssa Milano ignited a social media storm with a call for women to join her in a sex strike, to protest against cardiac activity is detected Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

‘Laughter is the great unifier’ behind the incredible life of Molly Ivins

Raise Hell, a new documentary about the great Texas columnist, sends an urgent message from the Bush years to a nation under Trump with sharp humour After Pat Buchanan delivered died of cancer in 2007, at the age of 62. Now, she is the subject of a documentary, too hard-charging for the New York Times, a champion of the people in Shrub. Director Janice Engel does not mention Bushs successor-but-one. But she does include shots of liberal dissent of today: the March for our Lives. This, she says, is because she did not want he who shall not be named anywhere near my film. But I wanted specifically to show Mollys amazing prescience. The things she wrote, 15, 20, 30 …