Benedict Cumberbatch Reads The Tale of Election 201627 days ago
Sadly democracy failed today, as Donald Trump get voted into office. For us in Germany it as a non-explainable tragedy that feels very surreal just now. Yesterday everything was a lot more funny- like when Cevelig Bumbacatch got to read a little bedtime story for James Corden…
“Nearing bedtime, James Corden calls in his papa, Benedict Cumberbatch, for a tale and resolves on the tale of the 2016 election, pitting Hillary Clinton against Donald Trump.”
Why You Should Stop Making Jokes About Bill Clinton As First Gentleman1 month, 2 days ago
With this presidential election, there is a possibility we could have two role-redefining firsts.
If Hillary Clinton wins the Democratic nomination and goes on to win the general election in November, she will be America’s first female president.
And with that, we’d have our first ever first gentleman.
Bill Clinton will step into a role historically held by girls. The role of first spouse in America has evolved over the years, but it is typically concerned with being an anchor in the White House.
First dames traditionally run the daily affairs of the White House, including decorating and picking out menus. Believe about Jackie Kennedy famously dedicating a tour of the White House 😛 TAGEND
Household activitieshave long been considered women’s run; our society has created gender roles with women as housemakers and men as moneymakers. Because of this, lots of people has already begun asking about how Bill, a man and former chairperson, would take on the role of first spouse.
These topics hinge on the apparently unbelievable notion a man coulddo household chores like picking out floral the agreements and china.
I want to see Bill Clinton back in the White House so bad. Picking out floral arrangements for state dinners as the first gentleman lol
— steve hogan (@ younghov4 02) December 27, 2015
I’m curious to how good a decorator Bill Clinton will be. Besides advising I hope he can pick out China. Lol
— James Irwin (@ IrwinJames3 27) April 7, 2016
My mom was just talking about how Bill Clinton wouldn’t make a good First Lady because he wouldn’t be able to pick out the China plates
Kellie Muszysnki (@ KellieMosh) May 13, 2015
Be honest. Aren’t you dying to know what various kinds of china pattern First Dude Bill Clinton would pick out when he “redecorates” the White House?
— Groovyshelly (@ groovyshelly) April 12, 2015
Our reaction to even the suggestionof a human doing household work shows how far we still have to go to overcome gendered stereotypes.
Over the past few decades, the corporation has been moving toward housework equality. Women enteredthe workplace in strong numbers and policies like paternal leave are( slowly) becoming less rare.
Still, females do much more unpaid labor at home than men. People hold ingrained beliefs women should be cooking, clean and taking care of children. This holds women back as it takes away their time and energy and induces employers consider them least stable — and therefore less worthy of a promotion.
When we chuckle at the idea of Bill Clinton picking menus, we’re reinforcing gender roles that keep us from equality.
Moreover, we’re showing how little we value housework. Home chores are literally what keep us all running functionally. Having the right decorations and menus at the White House play a significant role in how the country is viewed as a whole.
It doesn’t help Hillary Clinton herself is getting in on the idea Bill can’t pick flowers.
Clinton wasasked about the role of a first spouseat a Democratic debate back in December. ABC News journalist Martha Radditz asked Hillary 😛 TAGEND
You have said that Bill Clinton is a great host and loves dedicating tours but may opt out of picking flower arrangements if you’re elected. Bill Clinton aside, is it time to change the role of a president’s spouse?
Clinton answered Bill would help advise her on issues, but 😛 TAGEND
With respect to my own husband, I am likely still going to pick the flowers and the china for state dinners and stuff like that.
She reemphasized this idea at a campaign stop on Sunday night. Clinton said Bill would be put to work on economic issues were she to become president.
Although Clinton intimated she’d retain traditional gender roles by picking out the flowers, her notions for Bill as first spousespeak to the way she revolutionized the role.
When Bill became chairwoman, Hillary became the first first lady to have had a full-time career outside of her husband’s political career before he became president.
Clinton had a career in statute before Bill ranfor office. While he was president, she did policy work, pushing forward a healthcare act that is likely failed to get passed. The act was called Hillarycare — more than a decade before Obamacare indicated up.
While Bill was operating for office in 1991, Clinton’s role as a wife was publicly debated. She famously said 😛 TAGEND
I could have stayed home and baked cookies and had teas, but what I decided to do was fulfill my profession.
This comment led to ratings of criticism, ultimately inspiring Clinton to submit a cookie recipe to Family Circle magazine to support a more traditionallymaternal image.
Two decades later, we’re still stuck with the idea a first lady has to act like a classic homemaker. Michelle Obama had similar experiences when her husband was first running for president.
Michelle and Barack gratified when Michelle was his mentor at a law firm. Michelle Obama had a successful legal career, much like Clinton. But when Barack was elected, she quit her job as vice president of community and external affairs at the University of Chicago Hospitals to become first lady.
But over the last seven years, Michelle Obama has supported issues like healthy eating, workout and education( notably, issues that affect children ).
It’s up to everybody to decide for themselves what devotes them value and intent. The one thing we shouldn’t do is induce blanket assumptions.
Thinking a man can’t pick flowers is based on decades of sexism strengthening gender inequality. Believing housework is less important than a career does the same. Supposing all a first spouse does is choose menu dismisses the hard work first dames have done in America’s history.
After all, it was Dolley Madison who saved George Washington’s portrait when the White House was burnt down during the course of its War of 1812.
How the media missed Bernie Sanders1 month, 26 days ago
BURLINGTON, VERMONT( CNN) Bernie Sanders, the man who is leading in New Hampshire and giving Hillary Clinton a run for her money in Iowa, is coming to words with a new reality: The media is taking him seriously.
Since launching his campaign last May, Sanders has received vastly less media attention than his chief Democratic opponent, while his chances of becoming the party’s nominee were largely dismissedby pundits and commentators despite the fact that, like a certain senator before him, he draws far larger crowds, boasts a remarkably enthusiastic volunteer base, and, though he doesn’t have as much money as Clinton, set an all-time record with more than 2.3 million campaign contributions last year.
Here’s what happens if Sanders wins IA& NH
Bursting the Facebook bubble: we asked voters on the left and right to swap feeds1 month, 29 days ago
Social media has built it easy to live in filter bubbles, sheltered from opposing standpoints. So what happens when liberals and conservatives trade realities?
The 2016 election took place under the spectre of a bubble. Not the subprime mortgage lending bubble that shaped the 2008 election, but the filter bubble. Tens of millions of American voters gets their news on Facebook, where highly personalized news feeds dish up a steady creek of content that reinforces users pre-existing beliefs.
Facebook users are increasingly sheltered from resisting standpoints and dependable news sources and the viciously polarized nation of our national politics appears to be one of the results.
Criticism of the filter bubble, which gained steam after the UKs surprising Brexit referendum, has reached a new level of importance in the wake of Donald Trumps upset victory, despite Mark Zuckerbergs denial it had any influence.
To test the effects of political polarization on Facebook we asked ten US voters five conservative and five liberal to agree to take a scroll on the other side during the final month of the campaign.
We made two Facebook accounts from scratch. Rusty Smith, our right-wing avatar, liked a variety of conservative news sources, organizations, and personalities, from the Wall Street Journal and The Hoover Institution to Breitbart News and Bill OReilly. Natasha Smith, our left-wing persona, preferred The New York Times, Mother Jones, Democracy Now and Think Progress. Rusty liked Tim Tebow and the NRA. Natasha liked Colin Kaepernick and 350. org.
Our liberals were given log-ins to the conservative feed, and vice versa, and we asked our participants to limit their news consumption as much as possible to the feed for the 48 hours following the third debate, the reopening of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, and the election.
Not all of our participants induced it through to election day. You might as well have been waterboarding a brother, said one of the participants, Alphonso Pines, after his first exposure to the right-wing feed.
But eight of our bubble-busters made multiple forays into the Facebook feed and were interviewed three or four times one even said the experience influenced his final decision. Heres how it impacted them all 😛 TAGEND
Inside the bubble
From Utah to St Louis, and Georgia to San Francisco, most of our participants were aware that they lived in a bubble.
Twelve people have shared a story with me about the Hillary Clinton bus dumping human garbage into the sewer system, said Trent Loos, a farmer and radio host from central Nebraska. I never watch positive stuff about Hillary Clinton. I didnt know that existed.
Read more: www.theguardian.com
Everything The ‘Facebook Politicians’ Forgot To Tell You About The Election1 month, 30 days ago
Over the summer, I was talking to someone about the presidential election when they looked at me and said, Im sorry this is the first election youre voting in. I promise theyre not usually like this.
At the time, the apology seemed misplaced. Sure, it was absurd to me that Donald Trump was the Republican nominee, but it did not seem all that bad otherwise.
Fast-forward a few months and three debates later, and I get it. At this point, the election seemsmore about spectacle than politics. Ive heard more conversations about emails and grabbing girls by their genitals than Ive heard about policy.
The election has become so sensationalized and full of divisiveness that it has left many people feeling altogether disheartened by the entire process.
If you are anything like me, you try to stay informed on the election by reading and watching the news. But, you also get the majority of your information from what people share on Facebook.
There a lot of reasons I suppose skipping the polls on November 8 is a bad idea, and there are plenty of other articles and Facebook politicians aka the people who talk about the election all the time on Facebook but couldnt hold their own in an actual debate who can explain why.
But Im going to discuss one specific reason that has not received a great deal of attention throughout this campaign season 😛 TAGEND
When you go to the polls on November 8, youre not only voting for the president, but for Congress as well.
Here are fourreasons thats so important to understand 😛 TAGEND
1. A littlething called checks and balances.
You may recollect learning about checks and balances in a US history class you were forced to take up high school. If you dont remember, here is a little refresher for you 😛 TAGEND
Our system of checks and balances( legislative, executive and judicial) exists in the US in order to make sure no one person or group has too much power.
For example, if Donald Trump is elected president, that does not necessarily entail his plan for a wall paid for by Mexico will actually happen. So, even if youre not happy with who is chairman, you still have the ability to influence what happens within the government.
Who you vote for to represent you in Congress can potentially have a bigger impact thanthe president.
2. Its a style to get your voice heard.
The presidents task is to represent the entire country. Thats roughly 318 million people. Members of the House of Representatives, on the other hand, represent approximately 700,000 people. While this is still a large number, it is substantially smaller than the president.
The chances of your opinions being listened to by your congressman/ woman are much higher than them being heard by thepresident.
Since Congress is a matter of less people than the president, who you check on the ballot for the Senate or House is much more likely to listen to you and fight for the causes you believe in.
3. You may have an easier day discovering someone you want to support.
Throughout the entire campaign season, I hadnt found someone I truly agreed with or supported. I was starting to get frustrated with the election, but then I found information on one of the people running for Congress in my district.
This nominee stood for exactly what I believe in. I signed up to volunteer with his campaign and was immediately filled with hope. My main thought throughout the entire experience was, Maybe the election wontbe so bad after all.
4. We can be the generation that takes control of ourgovernment.
Its easy to feel like you dont really have any impact on what happens within our government, but we have more of a say than it may feel sometimes.
If every Millennial went out to vote for someone who will trulyrepresent them in Congress, we could completely change the makeup of who is filling the seats in the House and Senate.
If we want a government that represents us and our beliefs, then we cant just sit at our information technology and complain( looking at you, Facebook legislators ). We need to go out and take charge.
Even if itseemstoo late to actually changethe presidential election, we can still control who represents us in Congress.
Ill be voting on November 8 in order for my voice to be heard. Will you?
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Chelsea Handler’s Hillary pledge is no joke to her adherents2 months, 7 days ago
Comedian Chelsea Handler, starring of the Netflix series” Chelsea Does ,” is no fan of Donald Trump, as a quick scan of her Twitter timeline makes abundantly clear. Fortunately for her, Trump( and the media covering him) don’t hesitate to provide plenty of gag material, such as his reference to his penis size during the most recent Republican debate, and his improvised pledge that looked suspiciously like a Nazi salute in still shots.
That tweet’s a couple of days old. Handler maintained things on the cutting edgetoday by tweeting about #InternationalWomensDay.
That tweet certainly looks like an attempt to squeezing one more gag out of Trump’s loyalty pledge, but Handler’s followers didn’t find it a laughter matter. If you’re a comedian and your audience isn’t sure if what you just said is a joke or not, it might be wise to drop it from the act.
President Hillary Clinton is no laughing matter to these folks.
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Junk the system: why young Americans won’t do as they’re told this election2 months, 9 days ago
The diverse millennial generation has assured too few answers from traditional leadership. Now, many of us are losing patience with the political system
Like any marketing-approved generational epithet, to be a millennial is not as simple as it sounds. If “youre reading” the news, you might be forgiven for thinking that were a mass of social-media-addicted lesbian biracial angels whod rather take a BuzzFeed quiz than guess for ourselves were responsible for the death of the car industry, the cable industry, were lazy, were entrepreneurial, were overly nostalgic and were narcissistic. But however handy the descriptive term, the truth is that were a widely various crowd.
Just look at this election. Millennials are not lining up for Hillary Clinton , nor potential candidates, for that are important. A recent Quinnipiac poll found that support for Hillary Clinton among voters ages 18 -3 4 in a four-person race is a paltry 31%. Libertarian Gary Johnson finished second and secured 29%. For the olds of America, this is a scary prospect.
Read more: www.theguardian.com
I think at this phase I’m not anti-Hillary or anti-Trump…I’m merely anti-political.2 months, 22 days ago
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Hillary Clinton accepts nomination with ‘boundless confidence in America’s promise’4 months, 4 days ago
To drive real progress, you have to change both hearts and statutes she says in laying out a liberal and populist vision amid a thorough takedown of Trump
The terms, when they came, had lost no power over a week of build-up, or almost a decade of rehearsal. So it is with meeknes, determination and boundless confidence in Americas promise that I accept your nomination for president of the United States, said Hillary Clinton the first American to stand on the brink of being called madame president.
There were no gimmicks. No more videos of breaking glass. Just a familiar face in a trademark white suit, standing in a very unfamiliar spot.
When there are no ceilings, the skys the limit, she acknowledged briefly, before, eventually, the ceiling seemed to fall in, encompassing the floor of Philadelphias Wells Fargo arena in a carpet of red, white and blue balloons so thick, presidential candidates virtually vanished from view.
By the end of an hour-long acceptance speech, there were children on stage; some of them, daughters smuggled in by parents to witness an undoubted leap forward along the long road to equality in America.
Clinton herself dwelled little on the symbolism of her acceptance speech save for a call of Deal me in! which was taken up lustily by the crowd. Instead, she went straight to her first big exposition of what she would do if she actually wins in November, including a chores program and investment in infrastructure.
To drive real progress, you have to change both hearts and laws, she said, in clear contrast to the idealistic promises of her primary adversary Bernie Sanders and the big-talking Republican enemy Donald Trump.
The US, Clinton said, was at a few moments of reckoning as she called on voters to reject Trumps divisive rhetoric and policies. Powerful forces-out are threatening to pull us apart, bonds of trust and respect are fraying, she said.
But it was also a moment to turning slowly away from Barack Obama, a man who only a day before had helped the campaign reclaim the mantle of patriotism from Trump. Now it was time for Clinton to do the same with the economy.
Democrats, we are the party of working people but we havent done a good enough job showing that we get what youre “re going through”, and that were going to do something about it, she said.
Theres a lot to do, acknowledged Clinton, a departure from the campaigns recent insistence that Trump was exaggerating the ache feel by working families. Too many people havent had a pay create since the crash.
She added: Some of you are frustrated even furious. And you know what? Youre right.