Opinion

Lena Dunham embodies the myth of white liberal 'tolerance'

There are few interactions more entertaining than when a white liberal meets a black conservative. So many of their sweeping generalizations of conservatives being racists just sound plain silly when they are face-to-face with someone who doesn’t match their expected profile.<p>On countless occasions, …

Feminism

Lies, Incoherence and Rage on Tax Cuts

One thing you can count on in 21st-century U.S. politics is that Republicans will lie about taxes. They did it under George W. Bush, they did it under Barack Obama and they’re still doing it under Donald Trump.<p>Yet this time is different. It’s not just that the lies have gotten even more brazen. …

Politics

Charles Manson’s prosaic and ugly life is over. But his loser cult lives on

A short man full of violence, rage and manipulation, his fantasy was of race war, and now his warped logic holds sway at the highest levels of US society<p>Charles Manson is finally dead. There is no resting in peace for such a person. At his trial, Manson told the prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi that he …

Politics

Dear senators: Don't bankrupt our country

<b>(CNN) —</b> Dear Sens. Susan Collins, Bob Corker, Jeff Flake, Ron Johnson, John McCain and Lisa Murkowski:<p>I fear for the future of our country. I know that you do as well. You are patriots first and partisans a distant second.<p>We are at a defining moment in our history: The tax cuts just passed by the …

Social Justice

Double your money, Theresa May – the true Brexit bill will be £80bn

With the future of the NHS, schools and housing hanging in the balance, it’s time for the prime minister to finally come clean on the cost of leaving the EU<p>Boris Johnson and Michael Gove promised Brexit would release an extra £350m a week for the NHS. Now they’ve given the green light to Theresa …

Brexit

Britain has become a zombie state. Philip Hammond cannot save it

As civil war rages in the cabinet and the chancellor is undermined by Theresa May, he won’t reverse the damage of austerity<p>Driverless cars are the chancellor’s vision. He promised to ride one – but yesterday backed off: someone warned him driverlessness was a bad look on budget eve. If he is trying …

Brexit

Macron, Trump and Putin would all like to see Merkel go

<b>(CNN) —</b> Angela Merkel, Germany's iron chancellor, is in trouble -- and by extension, so is much of the European Union.<p>During her 12 years in office, Merkel has steered Germany to the position of becoming the EU's economic powerhouse. She has served as the anchor, financier, refuge and, in the eyes …

Angela Merkel

Tax Cuts, Growth, and Leprechauns

Yesterday the Tax Policy Center released its macroeconomic analysis of the House tax cut bill. TPC is not impressed: their model says that GDP would be only 0.3 percent higher than baseline in 2027, and that revenue effects of this growth would make only a tiny dent in the deficit.<p>But Brad DeLong …

Economics

‘Only Morons Pay the Estate Tax’

As he raised estate tax rates to fund work programs during the Great Depression, Franklin Delano Roosevelt said, “The transmission from generation to generation of vast fortunes by will, inheritance or gift is not consistent with the ideals and sentiments of the American people.”<p>It’s plenty …

Gary Cohn

Medieval Christians who embraced Judaism

They risked their lives to become Jews.<p>Paul Christian – better known in the history books as Pablo Christiani – was born a Jew in Southern France. …

Israel

Are Smartphones Killing Teens?

Older generations have the nostalgic habit of attributing the shortfalls of the latest generation to the degradation of old values. I say <i>nostalgic</i> because older generations have a tendency to remember the things that shaped them with a rosier light—and to wish that nostalgia on the young adults …

Millennials

Victoria’s Secret’s adventure in China is a censorship nightmare

The lingerie brand’s star model Gigi Hadid got into trouble over a gaffe that a more seasoned business traveller to China might have anticipated. So what hope for future forays into this repressive state?<p>As a movie plot, it would work better for Johnny English than James Bond: the lingerie brand …

UK News

Hey, Kirsten Gillibrand - a lot of us knew what Bill Clinton did was wrong back in the 1990s

Better late than never. I guess that’s what Kirsten Gillibrand wants us to think about her sudden pronouncement that it would have been “an appropriate response” for Bill Clinton to resign after the Monica Lewinsky scandal. She told the New York Times: “Things have changed today, and I think under …

Conservative View

Juggling a full plate of the turkey day feast with our full plate of life

<i>"Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn whatever state I may be in, therein to be content."</i> — <b>Helen Keller</b><p>Many North Texas …

Texas

Charles Manson Was Not a Product of the Counterculture

The Manson murders — the seven killings committed by Charles Manson’s followers in two days in Los Angeles in August 1969 — are often thought to mark the end of the 1960s, as if those brutal slayings were the inevitable outgrowth of the counterculture, the dark consequence of long hair, free love, …

Charles Manson

It’s not the Saudis destroying Lebanon — it’s Iran

If you read media coverage of the latest crisis in Lebanon, you’d be forgiven for thinking it’s all pretty simple: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin …

Middle East

Merkel's critics will miss her when she's gone

<b>(CNN) —</b> In her own words, it was a day for "deep reflection." Angela Merkel was nothing if not diplomatic when she met the press early on Monday morning after her coalition negotiations had broken down with the Free Democrats and the Greens.<p>And "reflection" there will be. But not just in the</i> …

Angela Merkel

Paperchase rejecting the Daily Mail is another victory against hatred

One of the most vindictive bullies in Britain has the chutzpah to say Paperchase was bullied into dropping its ads. This is a rightwing press lashing out from its death spiral<p>Paperchase bowing to pressure from campaigners and committing to no longer advertising in the Daily Mail has upset all the …

Theresa May

Why copywriters are their own worst enemies

Twitter is over-run with copywriters, whining.<p>We whine about other copywriters’ work, which is usually shit. We whine about politics, although we do …

Marketing

Donald Trump is LaVar Ball -- with nuclear weapons

<b>(CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump versus LaVar Ball: It's Toddler-in-Chief versus Dad Toddler.<p>One needs constant adulation like he needs oxygen. The other needs attention as though his heart would stop beating if the spotlight were turned somewhere else.<p>One is a white dude with an infamous hairdo and …

LaVar Ball

A True Source of Hunger - Blogs - Jerusalem Post

<i>"There was a famine in the land, and Avram descended to Egypt to sojourn there…" (Genesis 12:10)</i><p>The Midrash (Rus Rabbah 1:4) says there will be ten …

Hunger

The Hague Aims for U.S. Soldiers

For the first time since it began operating in 2002, the International Criminal Court has put the U.S. in its sights. On Nov. 3, ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda initiated an investigation into alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Afghanistan since mid-2003. This raises the …

Simon & Schuster

Election Day 2017's Other Big Story

Syracuse has long been a test market for consumers. Central Upstate New York, demographics that are representative, a big university, lots of hardworking people, and thousands of refugees. Because of its history, composition, and status as a bellwether for this country, what happened on November 6, …

Elections

Juan Williams: Democrats and the politics of impeaching Trump

Here is the big, year-end question for Democrats:<p>Is the anger at President Trump that carried them to big wins in the 2017 off-year elections strong enough to make them even bigger winners in the 2018 midterms?<p>The party’s leaders don’t buy it.<p>House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., spent last …

Conservative View

How to make #MeToo stick this time

<b>(CNN) —</b> I am having a serious case of déjà vu. Every day, when I switch on my computer, I, like everyone else, am hit by yet another exposé of a powerful male celebrity, industry leader or politician allegedly sexually harassing and assaulting women; and along with it, another slew of heartbreaking …

Justice

How Evil Is Tech?

Not long ago, tech was the coolest industry. Everybody wanted to work at Google, Facebook and Apple. But over the past year the mood has shifted.<p>Some now believe tech is like the tobacco industry — corporations that make billions of dollars peddling a destructive addiction. Some believe it is like …

U.S. Politics

You don’t have to be a coder to cash in on digital. Why hybrid skills are all the rage

Two of the top technology leaders at American Airlines and AT&T are women. Perhaps more surprising, one majored in English literature and the other, …

Texas

The Tide Shifts on Guns to the Democrats' Favor

For decades, the common perception has been that gun issues benefit Republican campaigns and a coveted endorsement from the National Rifle Association can be the tipping point for Republican wins in swing states.<p>Yet conventional wisdom has taken an about-face and for the first time ever, the NRA is …

Elections

Burst your bubble Australia: sour grapes on the right after yes majority

The Australian right has used the no vote in parts of western Sydney for a simplistic reading of the result<p>After shouting about threats to religious freedom for months, in the last few days conservative pundits and bloggers have trained their sights on a particular religion: Islam. Had the survey …

Cory Bernardi

North Korea, Terror Sponsor

President Trump has pledged to avoid the mistakes of his predecessors and stop North Korea from amassing a nuclear arsenal, and on Monday he took another symbolic step by restoring Pyongyang to the State Department’s list of state sponsors of terrorism. The designation has as much moral as …

North Korea