Blindspotting: A man who is three days away from finishing his probation is out a few minutes after curfew and witnesses an unjustified police killing. His conscience weighs on him because he doesn't come forward. Also, the girlfriend who abandoned him is ambivalent, he's saddled with an impulsive best friend who creates problems for him, and there are identity issues, gentrification, comedy, drama and darkness. This could have been a great film, but I found it too messy and muddled to even be a good film. The failure lies in ambitious direction that wanted to do too much. 82/100
Eighth Grade is a coming of age film about a shy 13-year-old girl who makes advice videos for fellow teens while struggling with self-acceptance, acceptance by peers and the usual teen angsty stuff. Very good film for a genre that isn't my favorite. It's R-rated, which is a shame, because teens should see this. X-ometer: 90/100
Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far On Foot is a dramatization of the life of the controversial, late Willamette Week cartoonist John Callahan, an alcoholic left quadriplegic after an auto accident. Minimally watchable. 72/100.
Breach is the story of FBI agent Robert Hannsen, the worst traitor in US history. Hannsen, who is serving a life sentence for espionage on behalf of Russia, was a self-righteous Catholic Opus Dei member whose secret life of betrayal provides a robust illustration of a phenomenon known as vertical splitting. X-ometer: 87
Except for 35 indictments, including three guilty pleas: Michael Flynn, Rick Gates, George Papadopoulos. And the trial of Paul Manafort commences this week. Of course, no one knows exactly what else Mueller has or does not have.
On “Fox News Sunday,” host Chris Wallace confronted Giuliani, who serves as one of President Donald Trump’s attorneys, on his flip-flopping about Cohen, Trump’s longtime lawyer and fixer.
In May, Giuliani called Cohen an “honest, honorable lawyer,” Wallace noted. “But now you say, quote, your words, ... ‘a pathological liar’ who’s been lying for years. So what happened?”
Giuliani said his shift stemmed from the revelation that Cohen had been “surreptitiously recording his clients” — referring to the tape of Cohen and Trump discussing a payment to former Playboy model Karen McDougal, who’s alleged she had a long-running affair with Trump before he became president. The tape was released last week and initially aired on CNN.
First, Trump lawyers famously attended meetings with him in pairs because of his propensity to lie about what transpired in meetings. Recording meetings with Trump could come in handy if there is a dispute about what was said in a meeting.
Certainly, no one is nominating Cohen for a good character award. He's as slimy as they come. But that's what made him a perfect lawyer for Trump. No one in a clean business would get in bed with a character like Cohen, which goes to the second observation: all those years that Cohen was a pathological liar, he represented Trump.
I and others clinicians with whom I've discussed trigger warnings are skeptical of their helpfulness, even viewing them as potentially harmful. Findings from a recently published experiment do nothing to diminish my skepticism.
In a study that randomly assigned participants to two groups, a trigger-warning group and a no-warning group, those who received trigger warnings reported higher levels of anxiety upon exposure to potentially disturbing reading material.
One important limitation of the study: The participants did not suffer from PTSD. This is no small limitation, but the study does show at least the potential for exacerbating anxiety by priming people with warnings that material may be distressing. Of course, the idea is that those with PTSD who receive the warnings may opt out of viewing disturbing material, but whether avoidant behavior is clinically helpful to PTSD in the long run is debatable.
Mnuchin says Treasury might lift sanctions on Oleg Deripaska’s aluminum company, even though the Russian oligarch was sanctioned just thrree months ago by the US to punish the Kremlin for meddling in the 2016 election. (my latest with @donnaborak) https://t.co/TANg7axa8A
Why would sanctions be lifted on this company? Is there any evidence that Russia is reducing its efforts to interfere in American elections? That would seem to be a requirement for lifting sanctions since interference in the election was the reason for imposing sanctions.
Did Putin ask Trump to lift sanctions in that private meeting?
When Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle announced her departure from the network last week, it was framed as a voluntary decision: she was joining a pro-Trump super PAC, and helping her boyfriend, Donald Trump Jr., campaign for his father’s reelection. Sources speaking to Huffington Post, however, allege that Guilfoyle was quietly pushed out after an investigation into accusations regarding sexual misconduct and bullying of subordinate staff.
Six sources told reporter Yashar Ali that Guilfoyle’s misconduct allegedly entailed “showing personal photographs of male genitalia to colleagues (and identifying whose genitals they were), regularly discussing sexual matters at work and engaging in emotionally abusive behavior toward hair and makeup artists and support staff.”
During the joint Putin-Trump press conference in Helsinki, Trump said the following:
"The Democrats lost an election which, frankly, they should have been able to win, because the Electoral College is much more advantageous for Democrats, as you know, than it is to Republicans."
False. Trump may know better and therefore be lying, but as someone whose knowledge of how American government works appears impoverished, he may believe the Democrats currently have an advantage in the Electoral College because his own grandiosity requires him to believe it.
So we now find out that it was indeed the unverified and Fake Dirty Dossier, that was paid for by Crooked Hillary Clinton and the DNC, that was knowingly & falsely submitted to FISA and which was responsible for starting the totally conflicted and discredited Mueller Witch Hunt!