Today saw the unsealing of documents from the 2005 civil suit in which Andrea Constand said Bill Cosby drugged and raped her while she worked at Temple University. The unsealing followed a request from the Associated Press, which Cosby’s legal team fought it on the grounds that Cosby isn’t a “public” person. Federal judge Eduardo C. Robreno agreed to open the records, citing, among other factors, the comedian’s longstanding morals crusade, which, in Robreno’s view, diminishes his right to privacy. From Robreno’s memo (with citations removed and emphasis added): This case, however, is not about Defendant’s status as a public person by virtue of the exercise of his trade as a televised or comedic personality. Rather, Defendant has donned the mantle of public moralist and mounted the proverbial electronic or print soap box to volunteer his views on, among other things, childrearing, family life, education, and crime. To the extent that … [Read more...] about Here Are The Documents Bill Cosby Didn’t Want You To Read [Updated]
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Austrians will head to the polls this Sunday for parliamentary elections, just four months after a video scandal blew up the conservative/far-right coalition formed in 2017. According to opinion polls, former conservative chancellor Sebastian Kurz is cruising to victory but he will still need coalition partners to secure a majority. It is not clear whether Kurz will choose to go back to his old political ally, the far-right FPO, or look left for new alliances. Former far-right leader and Vice-Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache was forced to quit in May over a video, which appeared to show him in Ibiza offering to fix state contracts and explain how to dodge party financing laws to a woman posing as a Russian oligarch's niece. The coalition government collapsed soon afterwards and a general election was called. Can the far-right get back to business despite the fallout of the Ibiza scandal? Euronews looks at the stakes in the Austrian elections, a country that has been at the forefront … [Read more...] about Austria elections: Will far-right return to power despite video scandal?
Viewers who caught the unexpectedly clever 21 Jump Street adaptation two years ago will recall the impressive devotion (and still more impressive degree of irony) with which the movie clung to formula: the undercover cops in high school, the scourge of a new drug on campus, the headquarters in a deconsecrated chapel. By contrast, the movie’s sequel, 22 Jump Street, opens with something new: partners Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum), as adults, staging—or rather trying to stage—a relatively conventional drug bust. The sequence, I think it's fair to say, is at best a moderate disappointment, culminating in a Hill-entangled-with-an-octopus gag that is a pale shadow of his trials with a telephone cord in last year’s The Wolf of Wall Street.But just when we fear that this may be shaping up to be one of many, many ill-conceived comedy sequels, 22 Jump Street shows that the joke is on us. That initial mission having proven a flop (by law-enforcement and … [Read more...] about The Meta Delights of
Big Tech’s day of reckoning has finally arrived. Both of the major antitrust enforcement agencies of the executive branch of the federal government are stepping into the fray, with the Department of Justice reportedly preparing for an investigation of Google parent Alphabet, Inc. and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) doing the same for social media giant Facebook.The decision by President Trump and Attorney General William Barr to clear their regulators for action is a watershed moment, both in the history of antitrust law and in the evolution of Silicon Valley’s relationship with American society. After years in which the Obama administration delayed and thwarted any major action against the Big Tech companies, the decision has apparently even shamed some House Democrats into playing along. This change of tack is long overdue; Google and Facebook are undoubtedly massive, manipulative monopolies. Google controls roughly 90 percent of the … [Read more...] about DHILLON: Trump Delivers The Google-Facebook Reckoning That Obama Refused
For All Mankind He Built the Saturn V Season 1 Episode 2 Editor’s Rating 3 stars *** «Previous Next» Photo: Apple TV+ For All Mankind episode one ended with what, when you really think about it, is a pretty scary cliffhanger: Imagine having just crashed your spaceship on the moon, with no clear answer as to how you’re going to get off of it. However, “He Built the Saturn V” begins by pretty quickly getting Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin off the lunar surface and back home safely. (It isn’t necessarily the smoothest trip, but hey, as was mentioned in the last episode, “any landing you walk away from.”) And then, it’s all about NASA continuing to bounce back from the ego blow that was losing the race to the moon, somewhat fortified by the success of Apollo 11. What President Nixon wants — and what the military does too — is for NASA to focus on “the race for the base,” specifically the … [Read more...] about Recap: The Race to the Base