He who must not be named: how Harry Potter helps make sense of Trump’s world2 days ago
For fans of the wizard series, the new political order is Dumbledores army v President Voldemort. Is it merely a juvenile comparing or have JK Rowlings books shaped a generations thinking?
Every generation has its go-to pop-culture political analogy. For decades, it was Star Wars. Its easy to see how Reagans 80 s space-based weapons shield initiative earned its nickname, for example, but the reference has endured, to the extent that White House chief strategist Steve Bannon expressed his admiration for the dark side in a recent interview: Darkness is good. Dick Cheney, Darth Vader, Satan. Thats power. But one name was missing from that listing: Voldemort.
The Harry Potter villain has risen again over the past couple of years, as fans have described comparisons, often humorously, between a world under threat from a narcissistic tyrant and that of the Harry Potter volumes. In February, Bannon was the subject of a Buzzfeed quiz that asked, Who Told It: Steve Bannon or Lord Voldermort ?; it was harder than you might have thought. JK Rowlings readers have grown up at approximately the same pace as Harry, Ron and Hermione, and with its hundreds of millions of book marketings and the massive success of the movie adaptations, the series reach has been enormous.
What Harry Potter has given a generation is a simple narrative of good triumphing over evil, and, as a result, it has been a frequent and controversial point of reference in this time of political divisiveness. At the worldwide Womens Marches in January, there were plenty of homemade signs that indicated Princess Leia as the face of a new resistance, but there were as many Potter ones, such as Dumbledores army, inspirational quotes from the series and references to Hermiones role in Harrys survival. Perhaps these placards had been inspired by an outpouring of affection for the books following the US election in November, as people began to post quotes on Twitter. Order of the Phoenix, mount up, wrote Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda. There is even a Chrome extension that changes any mention of Donald Trump or his cabinet to the name of a notable Death Eater. Install it, and your browser will instantly refer to Betsy DeVos as Dolores Umbridge, Jeff Sessions as Antonin Dolohov or Rex Tillerson as Draco Malfoy.
Chronicling homelessness: Amazon primes itself to work with shelter4 days ago
One of the companys houses will host Marys Place, a Seattle homeless shelter but not everyone in the US is happy at the prospect of one next door to them
Until last week, the most famous build at the Amazon headquarters in Seattle was probably its giant glass-covered domes, which will house a botanical garden when complete. That may change with the companys announcement that in three years one of its houses will host a homeless shelter, Marys Place. Amazon employees and Marys Place residents will move in together in early 2020, CEO Jeff Bezos said in a statement.
The national conversation about homelessness this month has been inflected by talk of big new projects such as shelters, and predictably not everyone is happy at the prospect of one next door. Salt Lake City residents, for instance, have been embroiled in a rancorous debate over the location of three new ones. San Francisco, meanwhile, is celebrating a $100 m pledge to combat chronic homelessness, and one of its own shelters is enjoying a surprisingly positive reception.
I actually am a Yimby, a San Francisco resident named Mc Allen told me lately, the Yes In My Back Yard moniker signifying a development-friendly stance.( His first name, by the way, is pronounced Mac ). Allen was referring to a shelter that is due to be built in the citys bayside Dogpatch neighborhood, where he lives, and where members of a local neighborhood association voted 24 -6 in favor of it. You have to be utterly blind not to know that San Francisco is a long, long way from gratifying its responsibility for people who are experiencing homelessness, he said. Greeting the shelter is his route of contributing. On this, at least, he might agree with Amazon.
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Why do people dislike Hillary Clinton? The tale runs far back10 days ago
A sense of untrustworthiness has haunted the Democrat this election, but the roots of hostility against her are much deeper
There is and perhaps there always will be a dedicated group of people who dont know Hillary Clinton personally, but nonetheless hate her.
Whether they are truly a vast rightwing conspiracy( as Clinton called them in 1998) or just many in number and conservative in outlook, theres no arguing that they exist or that they continue to try to influence public opinion on the Democratic nominee.
But even if people consider themselves savvy enough to repudiate the strangest conspiracy theories( sample asserts include that she is a mass-murderer, a closeted lesbian faking her 40 -year marriage, a member of the Illuminati and/ or an agent of the devil himself ), there seems little doubt that an undercurrent of hatred spanning decades has had an impact upon how she is viewed.
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Dallas grieves at first funerals after shooting: ‘Hate has made us stronger’11 days ago
Services were held on Wednesday for Brent Thompson, who served in the citys transit system police department, Sgt Michael Smith and Sr Cpl Lorne Ahrens
Services were also held on Wednesday for Dallas police Sgt Michael Smith and Dallas police Sr Cpl Lorne Ahrens. Dallas police officer Michael Krols funeral is set for Friday, and Dallas police officer Patrick Zamarripas funeral will be held on Saturday. All five were killed by a sniper during a procession to protest recent fatal shootings of black humen in Minnesota and Louisiana by police.
Thompsons death marked the first killing of a Dallas Area Rapid Transit officer since its inception in 1989.
We mourned his loss, we honor his gallantry, the Dart chief, James Spiller, told a crowd of hundreds of officers from departments around the city and as far as Canada and England, at the Potters House church.
The Dart department has received much less attention than the far larger Dallas city police department, in the aftermath of the shooting. It is one of the largest police departments in the state, though, with a mandate to protect the citys rail and bus system.
Forty-three-year-old Thompsons life and death exemplified the capricious nature of violence and murder.
He was a US marine, and had participated in the most dangerous parts of Afghanistan and Iraq, where he survived a bombing that left him deaf in his right ear.
He returned to Dallas where he settled into a life of law enforcement, running his way up from a local incarcerate to a school police department to the Dart force. Just two weeks before the shooting, he marriage a fellow Dart officer, Emily. She filed their wedding credential at the county clerks office the morning Thompson succumbed.
The funeral was simple. Thompsons casket lay at the front of the sanctuary, draped in an American flag and accompanied by a photo of the policeman.
His wife approached the pulpit with her police partner at her side, just in case I cant make it through and need backup, she told.
Yes, this act of violence hurt law enforcement, she told the crowd. But to the coward who tried to break me and my brothers and sisters know that your loathe has induced us stronger.
Gunman Micah Johnson was killed when authorities used a robot to detonate an explosive as negotiations faltered. Nine policemen and two civilians were injured in the attack.
In an emotional moment, Thompsons six children from a previous wedding, all young adults, took the stage. They spoke of how hard their parent run, often at two jobs, to support them.
One of his four daughters, Sandy, repeated the line she had told him each day for years as he left home for work: Goodbye Daddy, we love you. Be safe.
After the service, police officers from throughout Texas, Tennessee, Illinois, perimeter patrol and elsewhere stood and saluted as Thompsons casket left the church, and headed toward his burial site in Corsicana, Texas, an hour south of Dallas.
Also on Wednesday, a few hundred mourners gathered for a Catholic funeral service in the suburbium of Farmers Branch for Smith, a former US army ranger known for his upbeat attitude and compassionate approach to others.
Smith joined the Dallas police force in 1989. He once received a Cops Cop award from the Dallas Police Association.
A public service was scheduled on Thursday for Smith at a Dallas church where he worked security.
In the Dallas suburb of Plano, mourners were told of Ahrens work with the Los Angeles county sheriffs department and time as semi-pro football player before moving to Texas and joining the Dallas police force. Ahrens was known as a gentle giant and a voracious reader, whose intelligence was equal to his size.
The Associated Press contributed to this report
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Up to 100 gravestones vandalized at Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia12 days ago
Police tell 75 -1 00 headstones desecrated at Mount Carmel Cemetery as Israeli foreign ministry calls attack shocking and information sources of worry
Police said on Sunday that more than 100 headstones had been vandalized at a Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia.
A man visiting Mount Carmel Cemetery in the Wissinoming section of the city called police at 9.40 am on Sunday to report that three of his relatives headstones had been knocked over and damaged.
The cemetery was inspected and approximately 100 additional headstones were found to be knocked over apparently sometime after dark Saturday, a police spokesperson said in a statement.
A criminal mischief-institutional vandalism investigation will be conducted by the police north-east sleuths division, she said.
The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia lists Mount Carmel as a Jewish cemetery in the north-eastern part of the city.
The damage arrived less than a week after a Jewish cemetery in suburban St Louis reported more than 150 headstones vandalized, many of them tipped over.
After the vandalism in Missouri, Governor Eric Greitens wrote in a Facebook post: Anyone who would seek to divide us through an act of desecration will find instead that they unite us in shared determination. From their pitiful act of ugliness, we are capable of emerge even more powerful in our faith.
The Missouri incident prompted a response from Donald Trump, who had been criticised by Jewish groups and political opponents for a lack of comment on an increase in menaces against Jewish community centers around the US and a White House statement to mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day which did not mention Jews or Judaism.
Hillary Clintons presidential operate mate, the Virginia senator Tim Kaine, likened that omission to Holocaust refusal.
Speaking at the National Museum of African American History and Culture on Tuesday, Trump said: Antisemitism is horrible and its going to stop and it has to stop.
The antisemitic menaces targeting our Jewish community and community centers are horrible and are a painful and a very sad reminder of the run that still must be done to root out detest and racism and evil.
Trump said he would speak out against antisemitism whenever I get a chance.
Vice-President Mike Pence also condemned this vile act of vandalism and those who perpetrate it in the strongest possible terms after the Missouri incident.
Questions considering Trumps attitude to antisemitism and possible antisemitic positions among his aides and supporters have persisted since he announced his run for the White House.
During the campaign, Trump attracted criticism for tweeting an alleged antisemitic image he denied any intent to do so but deleted and replaced the image in question and operating ads that critics told hired timeworn antisemitic tropes.
Some observers pointed to the influence of advisers including campaign chairman and now senior White House counsel Steve Bannon, the former head of the alt-right Brietbart website who was accused by his ex-wife of making antisemitic statements, an accusation he denied.
Trumps son-in-law and senior consultant Jared Kushner is Jewish. The chairwomen daughter, Ivanka, converted when she marriage.
In Philadelphia, Aaron Mallin told WPVI-TV that he discovered the damage when he went to visit his fathers grave. He called it very disheartening and said he hoped it wasnt intended as an antisemitic attack.
Im hoping it was perhaps just some drunk children, he said. But the fact that theres so many, it results one to think it could have been targeted.
An Israeli foreign ministry spokesman, Emmanuel Nahshon, called the damage is available in Philadelphia shocking and information sources of fret, although he added that he had every confidence that authorities in the US would be able to catch and punish those responsible.
Read more: www.theguardian.com
What Trump did this week: Jerusalem triggers ire as Mueller follows the money17 days ago
Trump announced US recognition of Jerusalem as Israels capital, as it emerged Deutsche Bank has provided Mueller with bank the recording of Trump affiliates
As the first anniversary of Donald Trump’s inauguration approaches, the president seems keen to get points on the members of the security council in ways that don’t involve the interminable compromises and reversals of Congress- last week’s tax vote in the Senate notwithstanding. This week, he outraged liberals on a number of fronts where he has unilateral power, with moves on national monuments and the status of Jerusalem and full-throated backing for controversial Senate candidate Roy Moore.
But it was his tweets about Flynn that landed him in difficulty. A claim that” I had to fire General Flynn because he lied to the Vice President and the FBI” opened the president to accusations that Trump knew Flynn lied to the FBI( international crimes) where reference is asked former FBI director James Comey to go easy on him, something that would strengthen any case of blockage of justice. The next day, Trump renewed his denial that he ever stimulated that request of Comey and his lawyer John Dowd claimed– to some scepticism– that he had been the one who wrote the offending tweet.
Whether or not that was true, on Sunday Trump suffered a blow in his recent reported tries to cast doubt on the authenticity of the notorious 2005 Access Hollywood” grab them by the pussy” tape that nearly derailed his campaign. Writing in the New York Times, Billy Bush, the other voice on the tape, stated bluntly:” Of course he said it .”