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’
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John Kerry isn’t usually like this. During his half-century in public life, the Massachusetts Democrat has served as a model of a dignified American statesman, projecting stoicism, resolve, and a well-coifed New England nicety that rarely ruffles. He kept his cool while being “swiftboated” as a presidential nominee in 2004, during hard-fought negotiations with Iran as secretary of State, and for decades before that as a U.S. senator. But as we speak over the phone the day after the first presidential debate, Kerry is so riled up over Trump’s incompetence that he can barely articulate himself. “He is a totally insensitive, unaware, unhinged, brawling nincompoop who has no governor for his brain, and who lies and lies and lies because he creates his own reality,” Kerry says. He paused for a good 12 seconds before arriving at “brawling nincompoop.” Related Will America Finally Lead on Climate? At CPAC Trump Claims GOP as His Own, Names Blacklist of Republicans … [Read more...] about John Kerry Is Mad as Hell
When John Kerry was a kid, his mother took him for walks in the Massachusetts woods, where they often stopped and stood among the trees. “Just listen,” she told her son. Whatever he heard, it stuck with him. Kerry, who is 77, has been on the front lines of the war for a habitable planet since the first Earth Day in 1970, when he was just back from Vietnam, carrying shrapnel in his leg and a Silver Star for bravery in combat. Over the past 30 years, Kerry has been a central player in virtually every climate conference and U.N. climate meeting (he first got to know his wife, Teresa, at the Rio Summit in 1992). He has talked about the climate crisis when it would have been politically astute to keep his mouth shut. He backed cap-and-trade legislation to limit carbon pollution when other politicians were running for cover. As President Obama’s secretary of state, he spent months brokering a complex deal with China that cleared the way for the 2015 Paris climate agreement, in which … [Read more...] about Will America Finally Lead on Climate?
Executive producer Edward Neumeier takes us inside the world of Starship Troopers: Invasion, currently available on Blu-ray and DVD There are few who know the Starship Troopers universe better than Edward Neumeier . He first adapted the classic Robert A. Heinlein sci-fi novel for 1997's Starship Troopers . He also wrote Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation and made his directorial debut with Starship Troopers 3: Marauder . The next installment in this sci-fi franchise is the animated Starship Troopers: Invasion , currently available on Blu-ray and DVD , which he executive produced. I recently had the chance to speak with Edward Neumeier about this new animated adventure. Would you like to know more? Then take a look what what he had to say. RELATED: Starship Troopers TV Show Pitch Shared by Original Star Casper Van Dien I've been a fan of this series ever since it started, so it's great to see a new incarnation of this. Was animation always … [Read more...] about Edward Neumeier Talks Starship Troopers: Invasion [Exclusive]
With the concert industry shut down for the foreseeable future and his bandmates spread to various spots around the planet, Mick Fleetwood truly doesn’t know what the future holds for Fleetwood Mac . But that hasn’t stopped the drummer from looking ahead and sketching out a possible farewell tour in his mind. “I’m very aware that we’ve never played that card,” he tells Rolling Stone on the phone from his Hawaii home. “I think the vision for me, and I think it would be hugely appropriate, is that we actually say ‘this is goodbye’ and go out and actually do that. That has always been my vision and I’m a flatly confident that we can do that. We owe it to the fans.” The comments appear to contradict Christine McVie’s recent statements to the BBC where she said that bassist John McVie was “a little bit frail” and no longer had “the heart for it.” She also said, “If we do it, it’ll be without John and without Stevie [Nicks], I think…I’m getting a bit old for it now. I don’t know … [Read more...] about Mick Fleetwood Open to Reunion With Lindsey Buckingham, Imagines Fleetwood Mac Farewell Tour