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Hard News: The next four years

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  • andin,

    More importantly Al Jarreau has died. His brand of smooth soul may not be to everyones taste, it was beautiful, especially when he did his scat vocal interlude's. RIP

    raglan • Since Mar 2007 • 1890 posts Report Reply

  • WH,

    I understand your point of view.

    Since Nov 2006 • 797 posts Report Reply

  • Neil,

    A Trump appointee lying about contacts with Russia is not evidence that the Trump admin has had clandestine contact with Putin.

    It is evidence that the Deep State is trying to distract us from Chelsea Clinton's tweets advocating war against Iran.

    Anway, I was right and progressives and Hillary caused Trump. ELITES SQUAWK ELITES SQUAWK

    Yours, GG

    Since Nov 2016 • 382 posts Report Reply

  • andin, in reply to Neil,

    The sun must be shining where you are? you giving a speech by any chance? Check for rain or FO

    raglan • Since Mar 2007 • 1890 posts Report Reply

  • Neil, in reply to andin,

    I'm parodying not very subtly the disturbing intent-driven phenomenon of well financed people claiming to be against Trump and Putin but who campaigned against Hillary Clinton and who continue to attack people who are actually opposing Trump and Putin.

    Since Nov 2016 • 382 posts Report Reply

  • WH,

    This is Slate’s interesting take on ESPN’s in-game estimate that the Falcons were 99.8% likely to win Super Bowl LI. While the statistical gizmos tend to be a little over-confident, the end result was still very unusual:

    Because these kinds of comebacks are so rare, Burke told me, it’s very difficult for him to benchmark his model with real NFL data. When sample sizes are smaller, we can be a lot less confident about the predictions we derive from those samples. Based on the evidence we do have and our knowledge of how many points a touchdown is worth, we know the Patriots’ victory in Super Bowl LI was extremely unlikely. It feels like faux precision, however, to say the Falcons were a 99.8 percent favorite with six minutes left to play in the third quarter.

    As the author points out, a comeback from 25 points or more down has only happened on a handful of occasions in the history of the NFL. As far as I can tell, it’s happened five times in something like thirteen thousand regular season matches, or in about 0.05% of regular games.

    All in all, an unlikely way to see off a season of unusual sporting results.

    Since Nov 2006 • 797 posts Report Reply

  • WH,

    This is Akhil Suhas’ short film of his trip around New Zealand.

    Since Nov 2006 • 797 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    One thing leads to another...
    I've just been reading through Christopher Fowler's 'Bryant and May' series - highly recommended for the inner polymath and fact hoarder - a comment at his website lead me to this marvellous piece of Live New Yorker copy editing...
    WATCH: Andrew Boynton copy-edits recent speeches by Donald Trump.
    the video is at the bottom of the linked RomCom in the Age of Trump piece.

    Should be live on television, I could watch for hours, as he just cuts away the crazy....

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7950 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Campbell,

    I've found a new way to think about the ongoing range war between Trump and the press over the nature of reality .... Every time you hear a question about whether something Trump has said is true substitute "is wearing no clothes"

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2622 posts Report Reply

  • Katharine Moody, in reply to Paul Campbell,

    And remember who “the press” are:

    Comcast

    NBC
    Telemundo
    Universal Pictures
    Focus Features
    USA Network
    Bravo
    CNBC
    The Weather Channel
    MSNBC
    Syfy
    NBCSN
    Golf Channel
    Esquire Network
    E!
    Cloo
    Chiller
    Universal HD
    Comcast SportsNet
    Universal Parks & Resorts
    Universal Studio Home Video

    The Walt Disney Company

    ABC Television Network
    ESPN
    The Disney Channel
    A&E
    Lifetime
    Marvel Entertainment
    Lucasfilm
    Walt Disney Pictures
    Pixar Animation Studios
    Disney Mobile
    Disney Consumer Products
    Interactive Media
    Disney Theme Parks
    Disney Records
    Hollywood Records
    Miramax Films
    Touchstone Pictures

    News Corporation

    Fox Broadcasting Company
    Fox News Channel
    Fox Business Network
    Fox Sports 1
    Fox Sports 2
    National Geographic
    Nat Geo Wild
    FX
    FXX
    FX Movie Channel
    Fox Sports Networks
    The Wall Street Journal
    The New York Post
    Barron’s
    SmartMoney
    HarperCollins
    20th Century Fox
    Fox Searchlight Pictures
    Blue Sky Studios
    Beliefnet
    Zondervan

    Time Warner

    CNN
    The CW
    HBO
    Cinemax
    Cartoon Network
    HLN
    NBA TV
    TBS
    TNT
    TruTV
    Turner Classic Movies
    Warner Bros.
    Castle Rock
    DC Comics
    Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
    New Line Cinema
    Sports Illustrated
    Fortune
    Marie Claire
    People Magazine

    Viacom

    MTV
    Nickelodeon
    VH1
    BET
    Comedy Central
    Paramount Pictures
    Paramount Home Entertainment
    Country Music Television (CMT)
    Spike TV
    The Movie Channel
    TV Land

    CBS Corporation

    CBS Television Network
    The CW (along with Time Warner)
    CBS Sports Network
    Showtime
    TVGN
    CBS Radio, Inc.
    CBS Television Studios
    Simon & Schuster
    Infinity Broadcasting
    Westwood One Radio Network

    Wellington • Since Sep 2014 • 798 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Katharine Moody,

    And remember who “the press” are:

    Strictly speaking this list is ‘the Media’
    and leaves many of 'the Press' out
    The Washington Post
    The New York Times
    The Guardian
    The Independent

    (and The ODT )
    all have different ownership models
    (Family business, Russian oligarch, cooperatives, etc)

    not to mention Condé Nast’s stable of publications….

    plus many more I have forgotten I'm sure

    ;- )

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7950 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    IIRC the Washington Post is now majority owned by Jeff Bezos of Amazon.com fame, and the NYT's single biggest shareholder is Carlos Slim. You can also add Tribune Media (owner of the LA Times and Chicago Tribune).

    Of the major media networks listed by Katharine above, only NewsCorp seems to have a newspaper division. The anti-trust law experts should be taking a good look at it.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5441 posts Report Reply

  • Alfie,

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    Swedish 3D artist Anders Ryttar created this cute take on Trumpet's bizarre handshake.

    http://www.andersryttar.se/

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1437 posts Report Reply

  • Katharine Moody, in reply to Kumara Republic,

    Also important to look at where Americans get their news from;

    http://www.journalism.org/2016/07/07/pathways-to-news/

    Wellington • Since Sep 2014 • 798 posts Report Reply

  • Katharine Moody,

    Hilarious - so the President who is so concerned to warn his public about fake news about his administration, repeats some fake news about someone else's administration;

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ami_Horowitz

    Even more hilarious that Fox wasn't included in his tweets about fake news;

    http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/320168-trump-the-media-is-the-enemy-of-the-american-people

    Oh what a tangled web....

    Wellington • Since Sep 2014 • 798 posts Report Reply

  • Jeremy Andrew,

    If you don't think that what didn't happen yesterday in Sweden can't not happen here, you better think again!

    Hamiltron - City of the F… • Since Nov 2006 • 900 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming,

    So this happened.
    http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/320249-cnn-host-abruptly-ends-segment-after-trump-surrogate-makes-fake

    For reference, Paris Dennard describes himself as a "GOP political commentator and consultant with over a decade of private and public sector experience on all levels of politics and public relations. In addition to his political background, for the past 20 years he has provided brand and image consulting and worked in the W. Bush White House

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2935 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming, in reply to nzlemming,

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2935 posts Report Reply

  • Alfie,

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    Time isn't holding back either.

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1437 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace,

    This report from Michael Moore is disturbing. Trump is already future-proofing his reign.

    Michael Moore
    19 February at 11:23 ·

    Just so you understand: The rally Trump is holding right now near Orlando, Florida is, as his aides are calling it, "an official Re-Elect Trump 2020 campaign rally." On Inauguration Day, Trump filed the legal papers with the Federal Election Commission to establish the "Re-Elect President Trump 2020 Committee." No president has ever done this. Today's rally is sponsored by and paid for by "Re-Elect Trump 2020". I'm serious. This is happening. Trump doesn't intend to leave until January, 2025. He'll be close to 80 then. His filing, this rally, is his way of saying, "PRESIDENT FOR LIFE." HIS life. Not exactly "a Reich that lasts 1,000 years," but when you're a massive narcissist, you don't really give a shit about a thousand years from now -- just the years when you're going to be around to do the damage. Over 50,000 rabid Trump faithful have shown up to this massive rally now underway. This airport hangar can't hold them all. My crew, unbeknownst to the Trump operatives, is inside. Welcome to Nuremberg. Florida.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 3226 posts Report Reply

  • linger, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    Well, that's one way of looking at it.
    But more simply: narcissist sets up yet another group to feed his ego.
    What else could we really expect?

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1941 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    The worrying thing I’ve noticed is that recently Trump refers more often to ‘his’ or ‘our’ Movement
    Maybe they’re the ‘Minute-hand Men’?

    …something I think of much more scatologically when I see Kellyanne Conway ill-advisedly say:

    "I’m the Face of Trump’s Movement”

    source

    I see the ‘bright Bart’ idea has already been run with…
    http://www.newyorker.com/cartoons/daily-cartoon-012517-bright-bart-news

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7950 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    Over 50,000 rabid Trump faithful have shown up to this massive rally now underway.

    Except that it was only 9,000. Far fewer than the 15,000 the place could hold (and did when it was used during the 2016 campaign, along with 12,000 outside that they couldn’t fit in). If Moore is getting the basic facts wrong, he’s actually doing the “fake news” that Trump trumpets about. Of course, he could be just trying to bait the WH to decry his incorrect numbers, because then they’d have to note how many people did show up. But I think he just let his hyperbole get away from him.

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2935 posts Report Reply

  • linger, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

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    much more scatologically […] the Face of Trump’s Movement

    Which brings to mind Tokyo’s own “Trump Tower” –
    the Asahi beer hall statue known locally as the “golden turd”.

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1941 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    This report from Michael Moore is disturbing. Trump is already future-proofing his reign.

    Trump of the Will?

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5441 posts Report Reply

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