Photo: Evan Vucci/AP/REX/Shutterstock To look out at America’s conspiracy landscape in 2018 is to behold a confusing and terrifying sight. The internet, and more specifically social media, has supercharged conspiracy-addled individuals’ ability to consume and spread gonzo theories. There are people who really believe in Pizzagate — many of them. There are people who really believe in QAnon — many of them. The conspiracies that pop up on 4chan and Reddit seem to only getting weirder and more popular. Americans have always had a particular weakness for conspiracy theorizing, and the popularity of Pizzagate and QAnon is just the most extreme edge of a much larger problem: tens of millions of Americans don’t believe in evolution or global warming or the safety and efficacy of vaccines or countless other important, scientifically validated findings. To this day, many people believe that former president Obama is a Muslim, or that the Clintons have murdered … [Read more...] about Can a New Book on ‘Intuitionism’ Explain America’s Political Crisis?
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New York (CNN Business)When Donald Trump Jr.'s book "Triggered" debuted at the top of The New York Times' hardcover non-fiction best-seller list earlier this month, a conspicuous dagger appeared alongside it. The symbol meant editors who work on The Times' best-seller list had determined some of the sales had been made in bulk. Critics seized on the inclusion of the dagger to accuse Trump Jr. of having purchased his way onto the coveted list. Then, this week, reporters at The Times offered what seemed to be evidence to support the accusation. The reporters, Alexandra Alter and Nicholas Confessore, published a story revealing that the Republican National Committee had spent nearly $100,000 on orders for the book. Read More The sub-headline for the story by Alter and Confessore declared that the book "topped the best-seller list thanks in part to a big order from the Republican National Committee." But it's very unlikely that the purchase by the RNC -- which was for books that … [Read more...] about The RNC spent nearly $100,000 on Donald Trump Jr.’s book, but that’s not why it’s a best-seller
Long before we had kids, before we were even married, my wife, Jenny, started buying a children's book nearly every time she traveled to a new city. For a while we weren't sure we wanted to have children. But if we did, it was important to Jenny to have something beautiful, an illustrated record of where she had been, to pass on to them. So when we did end up having a baby, in the summer of 2015, we brought her home to a bookshelf already half-stocked with books. In that first year of EJ's life, I remember often reading to her from one of my favorites, "A Baobab Is Big," by Jacqui Taylor. Jenny had bought it in Cape Town, South Africa. As I read, I pointed out things to our daughter - the tree that looked like it had been planted upside down, the unfamiliar animals, the way the words rhymed - but I never said a word about the color of the main character's skin. The fact that this little boy's arms were darker than hers, darker than mine - why would I ever draw attention to that? It … [Read more...] about Children’s books can help start a conversation about race. Parents have to continue it.
As Liberty Belle, the alter ego of her housewife turned female pro wrestler on GLOW, Betty Gilpin is a paragon of patriotism and pride; a woman who loves only one thing more than the good ol’ U.S. of A.: kickin’ Russian ass. Outside of the fictional ring and away from the cameras, however, the 31-year-old actress says she’s often found herself paralyzed by insecurity—so much so that she’s having a hard time buying into the considerable good buzz surrounding her Netflix series. But GLOW, which chronicles the early days of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (GLOW) league, and tells the stories of the 15 bold, brash, badass women that do battle on its behalf, is a bona fide hit. And Gilpin is the show’s breakout star, bringing grace and fortitude to the character of Debbie Eagan, a soap opera actress turned housewife who turns to pro wrestling as an emotional outlet after learning that her best friend (Alison Brie) is having an affair with her … [Read more...] about ‘GLOW’ Star Betty Gilpin on Sexual Harassment in Hollywood and Finding Her Strength