The 10 fully Netflix comedy specials of 2018

Netflix released too many stand-up comedy specials this year. Tons of hour-long comedy specials dropped on Netflix throughout 2018, and even a handful of half-hour sets with Netflix’s The Standups, showcasing dozens and dozens (and dozens) of comedians. While there were a bunch that were mediocre and some that were bad, luckily, some of them…

How Russia’s online impact marketing campaign engaged with thousands and thousands for years

Russian efforts to influence U.S. politics and sway public opinion were consistent and, as far as engaging with target audiences, largely successful, according to a report from Oxford’s Computational Propaganda Project published today. Based on data provided to Congress by Facebook, Instagram, Google and Twitter, the study paints a portrait of the years-long campaign that’s…

Quick Pot Politics

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Instagram stories are the future of candidate marketing. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is honest about her knowledge gaps and her insecurities in her Instagram stories. Screenshot from Instagram Awkward Oval Office Fight With Trump Delivers Exactly What Pelosi and Schumer Came For Why Nancy Pelosi’s Quiet Trump Burn Was Uniquely Satisfying The Single Fatal Flaw…

Tech firm patterns

First off, I’m not finished with this blog post. Don’t take it too seriously. This is not about any one company. Some aren’t even from me. It’s incomplete. There are definitely more patterns. I do strongly believe you can lump most tech companies into a number of general categories because that’s good for business. There are…

Climate Denial Changed into the Crucible for Trumpism

It’s where the conspiracy theorizing and menacing of critics began.Dec. 3, 2018ImageVice President Mike Pence and President Trump during a briefing about Hurricane Florence in the Oval Office on Sept. 11, 2018.CreditCreditPete Marovich for The New York TimesMany observers seem baffled by Republican fealty to Donald Trump — the party’s willingness to back him on…

El Espace: The Early Days of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe

El EspaceThis week in El Espace: black beauty bloggers, wellness tips “for the culture” and more.ImageFrom left to right, the poets Miguel Algarín, Lucky CienFuegos and Richard August, three of the original founders of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe.CreditCreditPaul Hosefros/The New York TimesEl Espace is a column dedicated to news and culture relevant to Latinx communities.…

Girl Trumpington obituary

Jean Trumpington, Lady Trumpington, who has died aged 96, was one of the most recognisable and best known members of the House of Lords, partly because of her long service on the Conservative frontbench but also thanks to her readiness to speak out in a pithy and memorable manner on a huge range of subjects…

Vice Misunderestimates Its Field

The new Dick Cheney biopic doesn’t just fail as comedy. It fails as history. Christian Bale as Dick Cheney in Vice; Dick Cheney in 2000. Photo illustration by Slate. Photos byAnnapurna Pictures and Scott Olson/AFP/Getty Images. What’s Fact and What’s Fiction in Welcome to Marwen The New Men in Black Movie Trailer Promises Something That…

Bari Weiss and Eve Peyser’s Secret to Depraved-Political Friendship

Stop caring about politics. Illustration by Slate The Reason Prosecutors Hammered Michael Cohen Despite His Cooperation With Robert Mueller George Conway Ridicules Trump for Saying Court Filing “Totally Clears the President” Here’s Who Spoke at Harvard’s Controversial Orientation for New Members of Congress Eight Takeaways From the SDNY and Mueller Filings Against Michael Cohen Just…

France’s Combustible Climate Politics

Climate policy should be about solving problems, not salving consciences.Dec. 6, 2018ImageA car burning near the Champs-Élysées during a demonstration in Paris on Saturday.CreditCreditKamil Zihnioglu/Associated PressThe recent publication of the Fourth National Climate Assessment is being hailed as a potent rebuke to President Trump for his do-nothing approach to climate change. Meanwhile, another president is…

This Weird Contemporary by Ralph Nader Predicted the Future

If you’re looking to shop a conspiracy theory to Breitbart or InfoWars, it would be hard to outdo this one: Warren Buffett, dismayed by our dysfunctional plutocratic government, summons 17 elitists to a Maui hideaway. They are rich (George Soros, of course, and Ross Perot), famous (Warren Beatty, Yoko Ono), plugged into the media establishment…

Israel: Embattled Netanyahu warns of ‘irresponsible’ snap vote

Jerusalem – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has urged his coalition partners not to bring down the government, saying holding snap elections now would be “irresponsible”. Netanyahu made the remarks in a televised statement on Sunday, after meeting Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon, a key coalition partner. The meeting was seen as a last attempt to prevent the…

Talking Politics One day of the Holidays

How to avoid alienating everyone. Posted Dec 12, 2018 Source: Photo by rawpixel on Unsplash It has been said that if you don’t have something nice to say, then confine your discussion to the weather. Well, that is going to be a very short holiday meal, I think. Inevitably over the holidays—and throughout the year—we…

The antidote to civilisational fall down

“It’s ‘fuck off’ to everything,” says Adam Curtis (pictured below), describing public sentiment today. The British documentarist sees himself as an optimist amid dystopians, and as a classical journalist whose medium happens to be film. For 30 years he has produced a rich body of documentaries on politics and society for the BBC—and in the…

New York As we narrate: New York As we narrate: Now Vote

Tuesday: Casting ballots, more showers and a flashback to New York’s first female voters.ImageVote!CreditHolly Pickett for The New York TimesGood morning. It’s Tuesday, it’s Election Day and it’s time to vote.Why Vote: This is your chance to make your voice heard!Close State Senate and congressional races in southern Brooklyn, Staten Island, Long Island and the…

Politics brew in Kerala over Sabarimala self-discipline

PATHANAMTHITTA: Sindhu Mohan has been waiting in the sun for over two hours, having ridden her scooter to the village of Koorali in Pathanamthitta district, Kerala, from her home 15 km away. Dressed in a blue salwar-kameez with a sparkly pink bandana around her forehead, the homemaker has come to be part of a two-wheeler…

Belgium’s Africa Museum Had a Racist Image. Can It Exchange That?

ImageThe Africa Museum in Tervuren, Belgium, was known as the last unreconstructed museum of the colonial era, but an overhaul is designed to present its collection more sensitively.CreditCreditMax Pinckers for The New York TimesBRUSSELS — Belgium’s Africa Museum, once seen as Europe’s last unreconstructed museum of the colonial era, reopened on Saturday after a five-year,…

France’s Gas Tax Protests Describe the Limits of Macron’s Mandate

France’s prime minister announced major concessions on Tuesday, but the “yellow vest” protesters don’t plan to quit anytime soon. Rachel Donadio Dec 4, 2018 “Yellow vest” protesters clashed with police near the Arc de Triomphe on December 1.Stephane Mahe / Reuters PARIS—The grassroots social uprising that’s taken hold across France in the past three weeks…

Democrats Might perhaps maybe additionally still Un-Friend Fb

It’s time to treat Facebook like the ruthless monopoly it is.Nov. 16, 2018ImageMark Zuckerberg testifying before a Senate panel in April. CreditCreditTom Brenner/The New York TimesIn their recent book “LikeWar: The Weaponization of Social Media,” P.W. Singer and Emerson T. Brooking describe the surprising role of online communication in spurring gang violence in Chicago. They…

Politics this week

Theresa May, Britain’s prime minister, survived a vote of no confidence in her leadership of the Conservative Party. The vote, which she won with the backing of 200 MPs to 117, had been called by a group of Tory rebels opposed to her proposed deal to withdraw from the EU, which does not deliver the…

Reporter’s Pocket e-book: Anna Netrebko Would possibly Be Additional, but That’s Why We Care for Her

Reporter’s NotebookImageA (tiny) sampling of the portraits and selfies Anna Netrebko has posted on her Instagram account.CreditCreditAkhad Ibragimov; Anna Netrebko bottom right and centerIn Ms. Netrebko’s Technicolor world, broadcast to some 400,000 followers, costume is daywear, and social media is an exclamatory playhouse even grander and more neon-bright than the productions she headlines.This is how…

Here are 18 times Obama received unapologetically political in 2018

Former President Barack Obama stepped back into the political arena in 2018 after being relatively silent in 2017. Joe Raedle/Getty Images Former President Barack Obama avoided criticizing his successor and rarely appeared in public in 2017. Obama sought to respect the tradition of the peaceful transition of power. But in 2018, Obama stepped back into…

Secret Online Affect Campaigns Are the Future of American Politics

Photo: GettyWith all the talk about Russians using social media to amplify divisive political messaging and influence voter turnout, little attention has been paid to the inevitable use of those tactics by Americans. According to the New York Times, it’s already happening: A group of researchers actually mirrored Russian methods in the 2017 Alabama Senate…

Staying Catholic at Christmas

A Gospel reading for the scandal in the church.Dec. 22, 2018ImageA visitor prays in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, the nation’s largest Catholic church, in Washington, D.C.CreditCreditJim Lo Scalzo/EPA, via ShutterstockAt Mass this Christmas Eve, many Catholics who have spent a year reading headlines about abusive priests, indifferent bishops, predatory…

A Vitality Do away with? Politics as Long-established? Michigan’s Governor Will Pick

ImageDemonstrators gathered at the State Capitol building in Lansing, Mich., to protest measures that would hamstring Democrats who will take over the legislature in January.CreditCreditDale G. Young/Detroit News, via Associated PressLANSING, Mich. — On both sides of Lake Michigan this month, Republican-dominated legislatures pushed forward measures aimed at hamstringing Democrats who will take over their…

The Soccer Politics of Morocco

Louis Witter/Pictorium AgencyThe “ultra” fans of Raja Casablanca lighting torches at a game in the Mohammed V stadium, Morocco, November 25, 2018Casablanca, Morocco—On that glorious night, they stood on their seats for almost the entire game, arms aloft, shouting, cheering, booing and, most of all, singing. Lyrical chants filled the air that chilly November evening.…

Presidents, celeb effect politics apart to honor…

There was a time in the not-so-distant past when respect, even fondness, for a president crossed both sides of the aisle.Perhaps no greater example could be the unlikely, but reportedly warm, friendship between Republican President George H.W. Bush and his successor, Democrat Bill Jefferson Clinton.Both teamed up on humanitarian projects years after both had completed…

How Caste Underpins the Blasphemy Crisis in Pakistan

Caste discrimination against Christians, whose ancestors were lower-caste Hindus, persists in the country. By Faisal DevjiMr. Devji teaches history at Oxford University.Dec. 18, 2018ImageWorking on Christmas decorations at St. Anthony Church in Lahore, Pakistan. A recent blasphemy case against a Christian has undercurrents of caste discrimination.CreditCreditK.M. Chaudary/Associated PressOn June 14, 2009, Asia Bibi, a poor…

Reuters released its most-loved Instagram shots of 2018, and so they’re an unforgettable portrait of the previous one year

As these Instagram photos show, 2018 has been turbulent, troubling, joyous, and beautiful. Tyrone Siu/Reuters Reuters does a yearly roundup of its most-liked photos on Instagram. The 2018 images feature the World Cup tournament, flooding in North Carolina, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding, and migrant caravans, among other scenes. Here’s a recap of…