California Governor Gavin Newsom was heckled at a live news conference on Wednesday as he sought to explain the state’s evolving response to the Covid-19 pandemic. “RE-call NEW-som! RE-call NEW-som!” was heard over and over as the governor announced a new vaccination site in the hard-hit Central Valley. It was the latest in a parade of events he has held this week to celebrate the openings of larger sites across the state, including two at ballparks in Oakland and San Diego. Later in the day, however, it was revealed that the state’s largest venue would be shutting down due to a lack of vaccine. It was emblematic of the duality present in California’s current response to the pandemic. On the one hand, infections are down and the governor and other officials have loosened restrictions on retail and restaurants. As of Wednesday, one-tenth of the state’s population had been vaccinated. At least three vaccination super sites have been inaugurated recently with the … [Read more...] about California Governor Gavin Newsom Heckled By Protesters And Politicians Alike As State’s Covid-19 Mistakes Multiply
I really liked the autopsy scene.” Jodie Foster spears some fat, glistening cannellini beans from the antipasto plate and describes a satisfying day’s work on her upcoming film. “There’s a body on the table, murdered, with grotesque mutilations,” she says. “So there’s a certain basic horror, of course. And compassion for the victim. But the more my character gets into the work, she experiences a kind of – I know this sounds weird – a kind of exhilaration. She’s excited . She wants to get inside the skull of the man who did this. Particularly when they discover that, um, thing inside the body.” “Oil and vinegar, miss?” Over the pretheater blare of this jammed Manhattan trattoria , Foster is assessing the grisly leavings of psycho killers. Amid the gaunt models in cat suits, the clipped and pomaded men in J. Press, she sits drinking red wine and chatting knowledgeably – con brio – about cannibalism, sexual psychosis and ritual dismemberment. Jodie Foster’s … [Read more...] about Jodie Foster Makes It Work
A federal indictment unsealed today charges three North Korean computer programmers with a wide-ranging criminal conspiracy of destructive cyberattacks including of Sony Pictures Entertainment, AMC Theatres and Mammoth Screen. The list of crimes cited by the Department of Justice includes the cyberattack on Sony Pictures Entertainment in November of 2014 in retaliation for The Interview , a movie that depicted the fictional assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un; the December 2014 targeting of AMC Theatres, which was scheduled to show the film; and a 2015 intrusion into Mammoth Screen, which was producing a fictional series involving a British nuclear scientist taken prisoner in DPRK. Related Story Seth MacFarlane & Amy Pascal Developing TV Adaptation Of Novel 'All Our Wrong Todays' For Peacock The indictment, filed in the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, alleges that Jon Chang Hyok, Kim Il and Park Jin Hyok were members of units of the … [Read more...] about DOJ Charges Three North Korean Military Programmers For Sony Hack, Sweeping Cybercrimes In Expanded Indictment
Sander van der Linden was working in his office at the University of Cambridge a few years ago when he received a strange phone call. A professor of social psychology and director of the Cambridge Social Decision-Making Laboratory, van der Linden is one of the world’s leading researchers on how to combat the scourge of disinformation and misinformation . He receives requests all the time about his work from government agencies, media organizations, and civil-society groups. But the person who called that day was not a bureaucrat or a diplomat. It was a representative from L’Oréal, the multi-billion-dollar global beauty product company. L’Oréal had what it called a “scientific disinformation” problem related to some of its products. Could van der Linden help? At the heart of van der Linden’s research is a theory: Our information crisis can and should be treated like a virus. Responding to fake stories or conspiracy theories after the fact is woefully insufficient, just as … [Read more...] about The Disinformation Vaccine: Is There a Cure for Conspiracy Theories?
John Oliver explored the overzealous and overused tactic of police raids on Last Week Tonight Sunday, February 28th. In the segment — which began with a very worthwhile, if unrelated, digression into the short-lived TV musical Cop Rock — Oliver traced the rise of police raids back to the War on Drugs and highlighted reports that showed how they are still predominately carried out in black and Latino neighborhoods. Oliver also tied police raids to militarization, with police taking part in over-the-top training exercises that prioritize, say, taking down a cult leader over general conflict deescalation. And even supposedly “non-lethal” tools like flash bangs can be harmful, especially when a cop manages to throw one into a crib, which happened in a 2014 incident. Related Stories Vic Mensa Taps Wyclef Jean, Peter CottonTale for Two-Song Set on 'Colbert' Billie Eilish Teases New Album Made in Quarantine on 'Colbert' Related Stories 4 Ways Venue … [Read more...] about John Oliver Examines Damage Done by Over-the-Top Police Raids on ‘Last Week Tonight’