April 20, 2017 in 5,302 words

How Of Montreal Combats Trump-Era Bigotry and Homophobia
Of Montreal brings its gender-bending psych-rock to Denver, Thursday, April 20.

Kevin Barnes, the gender-bending lead singer of the psych-rock band Of Montreal, is on a quest to turn his concerts into safe spaces from the bigotry and hatred that he says has swept the country in the Trump era. His band has been carving out a path in the modern-rock world since 1996 and is currently touring in support of its recent EP, Rune Husk.

Westword caught up with Barnes ahead of his April 20 concert at the Bluebird Theater, to discuss everything from touring and gender to hate in the Trump years.

How Donald Trump’s Success Produced Bill O’Reilly’s Downfall

The king of cable has been ousted from his throne. He can thank the president.

Donald Trump and Bill O’Reilly Two disgusting sexual predators in July of 2012

On Wednesday afternoon, the king of cable was summarily—and in the eyes of many, finally—dethroned.

Bill O’Reilly’s stunning fall was both swift and extraordinarily prolonged: Swift for a public newly woken to his alleged transgressions, courtesy of a bombshell New York Times investigation earlier this month that revealed O’Reilly’s employers at Fox News had paid out some $13 million to women who claimed the bombastic TV host had sexually harassed them or otherwise exposed them to inappropriate behavior (just yesterday another woman came forward). Prolonged for those both inside and outside of Fox HQ who had witnessed the host flourish even after 13 years of reportedly questionable behavior (his contract was recently renewed for an estimated $18 million a year).

Whatever the timeline, O’Reilly’s dismissal from the top of the media power grid is still shocking: His was a conservative juggernaut that showed no signs of slowing, raking in hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue each year, with an estimated four million viewers tuning to see him each night. In the age of Trump, it would have seemed that O’Reilly was in the catbird seat: giving voice to the same powerful strain of disaffected conservatism that put Donald Trump in the Oval Office, excitedly (and lucratively) excoriating America’s Losers each night without pause.

A timeline of Bill O’Reilly’s downfall: another Fox News founding father sexual predator exits

Fox News’ number one host’s ousting resembles that of Roger Ailes – both were accused of sexually harassing women long before they were shown the door

Signs with Bill O’Reilly’s face in front of Fox News Channels’ studios in New York, New York on Tuesday.

In the summer of 2016, as sexual harassment allegations against Fox News CEO Roger Ailes were piling up, a former Fox News host filed a lawsuit claiming that she had been subjected to harassment not just from Ailes, but from Bill O’Reilly, the network’s number one host.

And that wasn’t all. According to the former host, Andrea Tantaros, Fox News executives not only knew about the misconduct, they acted aggressively to stifle her complaints.

Six months later and Tantaros’ accusations, which Fox News, Ailes and O’Reilly deny, have foreshadowed the contours of The O’Reilly Factor host’s downfall. 21st Century Fox has severed ties with its primetime star, its hand forced not only by the disclosure that three other women recently accused O’Reilly of sexual misconduct, but by the news that he and Fox News’ parent company had repeatedly settled complaints of harassment, to the tune of $13m.

Two of those settlements occurred after the ousting of Ailes following a tidal wave of harassment claims against him by former colleagues going back decades – which seemed to give the lie to Fox News’ promises to clean up the corporate culture that apparently shielded Ailes for a large part of his career.

O’Reilly’s downfall has in fact closely resembled that of his former boss, who left Fox News with a multi-million dollar exit package last summer. Both men had been publicly accused of sexually harassing women at Fox News long before they were shown the door. And both men withstood those scandals until their accusers grew in number and volume and the accusations began to ensnare other Fox News executives.

Why Fox Doesn’t Actually Care About Sexual Harassment

Hello, fellow women. You may have heard that a certain spin-stopping, jowl-flapping pundit named Bill O’Reilly is being given the boot over at Fox News. And you may be laboring under the mistaken belief that he’s being fired for sexually harassing women. Oh, you sweet summer children.

Bill O’Reilly wasn’t fired for sexually harassing at least five women (though he did (allegedly) sexually harass at least five women). And it’s adorably naive to think that someone should be fired merely on the principle that sexual harassment is wrong. For you see, Bill O’Reilly is “not returning” due to a concept that is alien to most of us women: math.

I know, I know. It sounds scary. I’m a woman too, and when I try to do simple division, my brain crackles and fizzes like a capacitor exploding from excessive voltage. Err, I mean, like a science-thingy going “ker-blooey” because of space reasons. But trust me when I say that some very smart men have come up with some math equations that can calculate when to fire a male pundit in cases of pesky women bringing forth sexual harassment claims. Brace yourselves, because here are some math words:

What this formula represents (don’t worry, I consulted with male colleagues before even attempting to understand this) is the cost of harassing women in the workplace as a function of the cost of settling harassment suits (in this case, $13 million) over time spent ignoring them (13 years), as well as lost ad revenue due not offset by publicity. And unless that cost is greater than the value of one famous pundit, it’s simply not economical to listen to women’s concerns, as expressed by this formula:

I understand that some of you women might be asking the irrational, overly emotional question: “Why are profits more important than protecting women?” Well, first of all, shame on you for doubting the infinite wisdom of businessmen. They are able to use logic and reasoning without being burdened by the irrational, feminine concepts of “ethics” and “workplace law.” Do you really want to open that can of tampons?

Don’t underestimate the harm ‘brittle masculinity’ can do to the world

Strength brings problems and weakness brings others. But weakness posing as strength is the most dangerous of all.

‘The passionate proclamation of masculinity, though it can seem laughable, is an effective sort of politics.’

In his history of the origins of the Great War, Christopher Clark wrote of “brittle masculinity,” a threatened sense of manhood that lurked beneath the spiked helms and elaborate uniforms of central European leaders. Today’s endless celebration of American power by the men who are undoing it is not only tragic but revealing.

Consider Sebastian Gorka, a Hungarian who advises President Donald Trump on foreign policy: he brings central European “brittle masculinity” into a new century and a new continent. Awaiting an appointment from his patrons Trump and Stephen Bannon, Gorka proclaimed that “the era of the Pajama Boy is over,” and that the “the alpha males are back.” No alpha male has ever referred to himself as such.

Though Gorka presents himself as an expert on the Arab world and counter-terrorism, his credentials are mostly bluster. Let’s not forget that he wore the emblem of a Hungarian group categorized by the State Department as Nazi collaborators to President Trump’s inaugural ball.

President Trump’s Twitter flood of late-night mendacity is an unhindered celebration of fragile manhood, a ceaseless summons to the millions for affirmation, a proclamation to vulnerable males across the land that endless preening and stroking is a normal and emulable way of life. But behind the absurdly overstated concern for strength lurks real weakness.

His daybreak attacks on the press reveal a man who is afraid to read the morning newspapers. The portrayal of (male) presidential spokesperson Sean Spicer by (female) actress Melissa McCarthy on Saturday Night Live left the president, uncharacteristically, unable to tweet.

Even in red states, Republicans feel free to criticize Trump on his taxes and travel

Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) speaks with Senate colleagues during a breakfast meeting on Capitol Hill on July 7.

Oklahoma may be Trump country, but that did not prevent James Lankford (R), the state’s junior senator, from criticizing President Trump this week by saying he ought to “keep his promise” to release his tax returns.

Nor did Trump’s popularity in Iowa stop Sen. Joni Ernst (R) from telling her constituents there that she is perturbed by the president’s frequent jaunts to his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla.

“I do wish he would spend more time in Washington, D.C. That is what we have the White House for,” Ernst said at a town hall meeting Tuesday in Wall Lake, Iowa. She said she has not spoken to Trump about “the Florida issue,” but it “has been bothering not just me, but some other members of our caucus.”

As Republican lawmakers face questions from their constituents back home, some elected leaders have been willing to break with their party’s president. Although they generally support Trump’s agenda on such priorities as a tax overhaul and health care, these Republicans are criticizing the president over his continued refusal to make public his tax returns, as past presidents have, and his costly trips to Florida.

Top 10 Reasons The Suffragettes Were Actually Terrorists

In the early days of feminism, women known as suffragists demanded the right to vote through peaceful protests, but by 1903, it was clear that the peaceful path wasn’t working. Emmeline Pankhurst led the Suffragettes into a new wave of violent, militant action, declaring, “No measure worth having has been won in any other way.”

Today, we wrongly apply the Suffragette label to everyone in the suffrage movement, both peaceful and violent, but the Suffragettes were not peaceful women, politely waiting for men to give their rights. They were violent. They were vicious. They were domestic terrorists who lived up to their motto: “deeds, not words.”

10. Trying To Assassinate The Prime Minister

On July 19, 1912, a group of Suffragettes nearly killed the Prime Minister.

Prime Minister Herbert Asquith, a key opponent of the Suffragettes, was visiting Dublin. He was traveling by carriage with the Irish politician John Redmond when suddenly a hatchet flew toward him. It landed directly between the two, grazing Redmond’s ear, only a few inches away from killing him. On it were written the words: “This symbol of the extinction of the Liberal Party for evermore.”

The woman who threw it was Mary Leigh, and she was only getting started. She managed to escape in the commotion and, with a few friends, made it to the Theatre Royal, where the prime minister was scheduled to speak.

Leigh and her friends poured a combustible oil on the theater’s projector and set it on fire. Some men saw it burning and rushed in to put it out, but as they did, an explosive went off in the audience. When they turned to the sound, they saw Leigh’s co-conspirator, Glady Evans, blocking the door out of the protecting room. She had a lit match in her hand—and she threw it onto the oil around those who trying to calm the flames.

Trump Realizes Being President Is Hard

The 45th president’s journey of discovery could be a public service, if it helps bring his supporters to greater understanding of the complexities of governing.

Let the betting pools begin: What will be the next policy issue that Donald Trump suddenly discovers is way more complicated than “anyone” ever imagined?

Already, the aggressively policy-ignorant president has marveled that dealing with touchy issues such as North Korea, China, the Ex-Im bank, Syria, and health care, requires more than trash talk and an itchy Twitter finger. And, while he has yet to break the bad news to the dying coal towns that backed him, Trump has been meeting with energy execs, some of whom have had to gently explain that, when it comes to saving the industry, there’s not all that much he can do. Because—altogether now!—it’s complicated.

As it turns out, no matter how much reality TV experience one brings to the table, one cannot simply snap one’s fingers and instantly solve the nation’s most vexing problems.

Who knew?

It’s hard not to be unnerved by the level of on-the-job training Trump requires. (N.B.: For the exceedingly anxious, Amazon offers a cornucopia of in-case-of-apocalypse survival packs.) It’s even harder to resist sneering at his ongoing voyage of presidential discovery. Just think of the unholy abuse Trump himself would be heaping on any other politician so glaringly out of his depth. Brutal.

North Korea nuclear threat: should California start panicking?

As rhetoric between North Korea and the US ratchets up, should major cities on the west coast be worried about a missile strike? Experts say the answer is tricky

Unidentified rockets at a military parade marking the 105th anniversary of the birth of late North Korean leader Kim Il-Sung in Pyongyang on 15 April 2017.

In test blasts, military parades and propaganda videos that show San Francisco and Washington DC in ruins, North Korea has broadcast its intention to be a world nuclear power. Less clear, experts say, is how close the secretive nation is to realizing its ambitions to threaten the mainland of the United States.

As rhetoric between the two nations has ratcheted up in recent weeks, residents of major West Coast cities such as San Francisco, Portland and Seattle have begun to ask out loud: should they be worried?

After five nuclear tests in a decade, North Korea has already shown that it poses a nuclear threat to South Korea and Japan, roughly 80,000 American soldiers stationed in those countries, and to China, its nominal ally. But although Kim Jong-un has dramatically increased missile testing since he took power in 2011, North Korea has yet to test an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that could cross nearly 5,500 miles of the Pacific.

North Korea would need to overcome two feats of engineering to threaten the American mainland: a working ICBM system and a warhead for one of those missiles. Unlike shorter-range missiles, long-range missiles have multiple engines and flight stages, meaning North Korean engineers have to make rockets – and bombs – that can survive the violent vibrations of launch, the wrenching g-forces of flight, and the temperature changes of takeoff and re-entry from space.


Today I found out what causes ice cream headaches.

While many theories on what exactly causes ice cream headaches or “brain freezes” have existed for some time, it has only been very recently that it was discovered exactly what is going on here. It turns out, ice cream headaches are a result of a rapid change in the size of blood vessels as a response to an extreme shift in temperature in the roof of the mouth, particularly the back of the roof of the mouth.

Specifically, what is happening here is that when you stick something extremely cold in your mouth and eat it quickly, such as drinking an ice cold beverage or eating ice cream rapidly, it rapidly cools the palate of your mouth. Why this is significant is that there is a nerve center located just above the back of the roof of your mouth. This nerve center includes nerve clusters that send signals to the brain about changes in body temperature. When these nerve clusters are rapidly cooled by what you are consuming, they are over stimulated and send the message to the brain that the body just lost a severe amount of heat. This ends up resulting in the rapid contraction of blood vessels in your head.

A state investigator is trying to question Colorado’s Hamilton Electors

Four months later, the AG’s office won’t say why

If you thought the saga of Colorado’s ‘Hamilton Electors’ ended with their much publicized December 2016 vote— think again.

An investigator with the state attorney general’s office has been calling members of the 2016 class of Colorado’s Electoral College in recent days, multiple ex-electors told The Colorado Independent. The investigator left messages asking to discuss the events leading up to the votes they cast at the state capitol on Dec. 19.

But the attorney general’s office won’t explain why.

A national spotlight fell on Colorado’s nine electors— all of them Democrats— when four of them joined a national movement called the Hamilton Electors, which aimed to thwart the election of Donald Trump through the Electoral College process. The plan was to get enough electors nationwide to band together and vote for an alternate candidate, keeping Trump from the White House.

But that would mean electors in 29 states would have to violate state laws that require electors to vote for whichever candidate won their state’s popular vote. In Colorado that meant Hillary Clinton.

Ann Coulter Said Anti-War Dems Were ‘Traitors.’ Now She Says ‘War Is Like Crack for’ Trump

She was one of the Iraq War’s loudest pundit proponents during the Bush administration. But a decade later, those pro-war cheers have turned to protest chants against any escalation in the Middle East.

Anyone old enough to remember the height of the Iraq-War carnage of the early Bush years can recall images and audio of Ann Coulter—a right-wing columnist and longtime cable-news fixture—appointing herself one of the country’s loudest, most flamboyant war defenders and cheerleaders in national media. Coulter’s 2003 bestselling book was, after all, titled, Treason: Liberal Treachery from the Cold War to the War on Terrorism, and in November 2005 bashed “the Democrats” as “gutless traitors.”

But just two short administrations later, Coulter’s Iraq-occupation fandom has melted into an “America First” aversion to further military “meddling” in the Middle East. It’s a tone and posturing that would make her onetime neoconservative allies and fanboys wince and side-eye.

But only until fairly recently, she had yet to alter her tune on the war in Iraq.

Top 10 Bizarre Facts About Death

Death is one of the most intriguing and sometimes mysterious aspects of mortality. People have been dying since, well, forever, and scientists have found some pretty interesting information about the death process. Some are cool, some are thought-provoking, and some are just plain bizarre.

10. How We Die

The leading cause of death around the world is heart disease. In 2015, over eight million people lost their lives due to Ischaemic heart disease, making up about 15 percent of the 56.4 million deaths that occurred that year. Heart disease can take various forms, but ultimately restricts blood flow to the heart and increases the risk of a heart attack. It can be caused by a number of factors, including smoking, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, and even inherited diseases.

The next highest cause of death globally is stroke, followed by lower respiratory infections, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and trachea, bronchus, and lung cancers. The rest of the top ten causes of death include diabetes, Alzheimer’s, diarrheal diseases, tuberculosis, and road injuries. Heart disease and strokes make up 27 percent of all deaths, and over half of all deaths worldwide are due to these top ten causes.

The Nightmare Scenario for Florida’s Coastal Homeowners

Demand and financing could collapse before the sea consumes a single house.

Condominiums going up in Edgewater, across the bay from Miami Beach. Sea-level rise hasn’t stopped developers from building by the water’s edge, or people from buying there.

On a predictably gorgeous South Florida afternoon, Coral Gables Mayor Jim Cason sat in his office overlooking the white-linen restaurants of this affluent seaside community and wondered when climate change would bring it all to an end. He figured it would involve a boat.

When Cason first started worrying about sea-level rise, he asked his staff to count not just how much coastline the city had (47 miles) or value of the property along that coast ($3.5 billion). He also told them to find out how many boats dock inland from the bridges that span the city’s canals (302). What matters, he guessed, will be the first time a mast fails to clear the bottom of one of those bridges because the water level had risen too far.

“These boats are going to be the canary in the mine,” said Cason, who became mayor in 2011 after retiring from the U.S. foreign service. “When the boats can’t go out, the property values go down.”

I was the target of a neo-Nazi ‘troll storm’

Tanya Gersh was targeted by the ‘alt-right’ for being Jewish after getting caught up in the notoriety surrounding Richard Spencer. She tells Lois Beckett about the trauma of her experience and the antisemitism leveled at her.

Tanya Gersh. ‘Sometimes, when I answered the phone, all I heard were gunshots.

I came home one night and found my husband sitting in a completely dark house, and he had suitcases on the floor of our bedroom and he said: “Tanya I need you to pack, we need to go.”

“Where we going?”

“I don’t know,” he said.

“How long are we going for?”

“I don’t know,” he said. “Are we leaving right now?” And he said: “I don’t know. I think we should probably go wake the kids. I don’t think we should spend the night here tonight.”

He showed me the website on the computer. That was how I found out I was the target of a neo-Nazi “troll storm”.

The post on the Daily Stormer last December claimed I had been trying to extort and threaten the mother of Richard Spencer, a white nationalist whose family has a vacation home in our town. It had a photograph of me and contact information: phone numbers, email addresses, and links to social media profiles for me, my husband, my friends, my colleagues. It had my son’s Twitter handle. He is 12 years old.

Top 10 Remarkable Traits Neanderthals Have In Common With Humans

The line separating Homo sapiens and Neanderthals is thinning. Scholars are no longer even sure if the two are different species. While Neanderthals are long-extinct (and possibly a subspecies of modern humans), archaeology is proving that they had a lot in common with people today. From makeup to personal quirks, keeping the kids occupied, and fighting disease with medicine, Neanderthals showed remarkably humanlike innovation and emotions. Their extinction around 24,000 years ago remains an enduring mystery.

10. Their Cognition Included Symbol

What cognitive abilities Neanderthals had is still being debated. Scientists in Crimea found an interesting article at the Zaskalnaya VI site, once a Neanderthal haunt, in 2017. A small bone belonging to a raven appeared to have been decorated. While not an elaborate carving, two notches nevertheless caught researchers’ attention.

To find out if the pair was a symbolic addition with the purpose of making other nicks line up evenly, volunteers replicated the marks on turkey bones. The domestic species was chosen because its bones matched the size of the Zaskalnaya raven. The turkey samples matched the ancient artifact quite closely

How Online Shopping Makes Suckers of Us All

Will you pay more for those shoes before 7 p.m.? Would the price tag be different if you lived in the suburbs? Standard prices and simple discounts are giving way to far more exotic strategies, designed to extract every last dollar from the consumer.

As Christmas approached in 2015, the price of pumpkin-pie spice went wild. It didn’t soar, as an economics textbook might suggest. Nor did it crash. It just started vibrating between two quantum states. Amazon’s price for a one-ounce jar was either $4.49 or $8.99, depending on when you looked. Nearly a year later, as Thanksgiving 2016 approached, the price again began whipsawing between two different points, this time $3.36 and $4.69.

We live in the age of the variable airfare, the surge-priced ride, the pay-what-you-want Radiohead album, and other novel price developments. But what was this? Some weird computer glitch? More like a deliberate glitch, it seems. “It’s most likely a strategy to get more data and test the right price,” Guru Hariharan explained, after I had sketched the pattern on a whiteboard.

The right price—the one that will extract the most profit from consumers’ wallets—has become the fixation of a large and growing number of quantitative types, many of them economists who have left academia for Silicon Valley. It’s also the preoccupation of Boomerang Commerce, a five-year-old start-up founded by Hariharan, an Amazon alum. He says these sorts of price experiments have become a routine part of finding that right price—and refinding it, because the right price can change by the day or even by the hour. (Amazon says its price changes are not attempts to gather data on customers’ spending habits, but rather to give shoppers the lowest price out there.)

It may come as a surprise that, in buying a seasonal pie ingredient, you might be participating in a carefully designed social-science experiment. But this is what online comparison shopping hath wrought.

Amazon has patented an automated on-demand clothing factory

Flip The System

Standard operating procedure in the apparel industry goes like this: Make clothes, and then sell them. It can take weeks, if not months, to manufacture clothes, so that step has to come first. It can be a costly upfront investment, and items that don’t sell get discounted, eating into margins.

But Amazon, the ecommerce giant steadily growing into the largest apparel seller in the US, has another idea. Recode reports that the company, which has been building out its own apparel lines, has been granted a patent for an on-demand apparel-manufacturing system that would let it make clothes only once orders have been placed.

The system, which the company submitted its patent application for in December 2015, is founded on data and automation. A “computing device” would collect orders and organize them according to how they could be most efficiently produced. They could be grouped by geographic location, for instance, or by the type of fabric required, or by the assembly processes involved.

As Amazon explains it in the patent, “By aggregating orders from various geographic locations and coordinating apparel assembly processes on a large scale, the networked environment provides new ways to increase efficiency in apparel manufacturing.”

Street Artists Paint Mutiny Information Cafe, and It’s Madness

On Saturday, April 15, artists Vincent Cheap, Jake Fairly and Daniel Crosier joined forces in a painting extravaganza, creating pieces on the walls outside the Mutiny Information Cafe and sparking the public’s curiosity about Denver street art. All photos by Kenneth Hamblin III.

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5 Strange ‘Simpsons’ Things You Haven’t Seen, Even After 30 Years

Wednesday marked three decades since the Simpson family debuted on “The Tracey Ullman Show.”

When the Simpson family first appeared on television ― all the way back on April 19, 1987 ― their yellow bodies with odd hair surely seemed novel. Now 30 years later, Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie are positively quotidian.

After graduating from a recurring sketch on “The Tracey Ullman Show” to a full-fledged series “The Simpsons,” this family became a guiding compass for countless other television programs, perhaps at the cost of forgetting how revolutionary it felt in its early years.

A true testament to the show’s greatness, however, is how much this on-screen family inspired pop culture outside of the television space.

The Simpsons have become more than television characters, but masterpieces of American culture that artists have wanted to parody, break down and build up into something new. Below are a few of the more amazing and strange jokes and art projects from recent years that wouldn’t exist without this beautifully peculiar family.


Today I found out why sideburns are named as they are.

It turns out, despite this particular brand of facial hair style being around as far back as at least 100 BC (with one of the earliest known instances being in a mosaic of Alexander the Great), sideburns were named after a specific man in the late 19th century.

The man was politician, businessman, and Union Army General, Ambrose Burnside. Burnside sported a slightly unusual facial hair style with particularly prominent “mutton chop” sideburns connected to a moustache, while keeping his chin shaved perfectly clean.

While an extremely poor General, something he himself was well aware of, Burnside’s popularity as a General and later politician, in combination with the fairly unique formation of his whiskers, helped start something of a new facial hair trend. Around the 1870s-1880s, this gave rise to this facial hair style being named “burnsides”.

Video Goodnesses
and not-so-goodnesses

A brash, loud-mouthed, far-right know-it-all has some parting words for a brash, loud-mouthed, far-right know-it-all.

‘The Rant Is Due’ author Lewis Black goes off on cable news’ lack of restraint with a particularly overused phrase.

THANKS to CBS and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert for making this program available on YouTube.

Trevor celebrates Bill O’Reilly’s ouster at Fox News by looking back at some of “The O’Reilly Factor” host’s most racist moments.

THANKS to Comedy Central and The Daily Show with Trevor Noah for making this program available on YouTube.

Ladies, petitioning your government is in season! Let’s get this look trending!

THANKS to TBS and Full Frontal with Samantha Bee for making this program available on YouTube.

VICE News Tonight travels to Somalia with a Canadian Somali doctor distributing aid to the drought-stricken town of Wajid.

Then, we go to Silicon Valley for the Tech Stands Up Protest. Silicon Valley is reeling after three government agencies issued statements threatening the H-1B visa program, which the industry relies on to recruit and retain foreign-born tech talent. Now, instead of aiming for jobs at Google or in academia, many foreign students are thinking of leaving the U.S.

Plus, a report on Quebec’s maple syrup cartel, and the farmer who’s fighting its control over producers.

THANKS to HBO and VICE News for making this program available on YouTube.

It’s easy to think the past was way better when you compare it to all the awful aspects of your life today. But, well, you’re pretty much better off now.

Max the rebel starts out on the heater and then takes care of his business.

Are you Hobos ready to haha?

A video posted by Steve Jurvetson shows a Boston Dynamics robot dog Spot playing with Fido, a terrier reportedly belonging to Android co-founder Andy Rubin.

I’ve always wondered what would happen if you lined up 10 megaphones in a row and yell into them, today I put that idea to the test! That literal feedback loop was crazy loud!


Where You See Trash, Teresa Castaneda Sees Art

Teresa Castaneda sees beauty in — and makes art from — trash.

“When we’re done with this conversation, I’m going to look like a big bum,” says Teresa Castaneda, laughing as she stands by the front door of her home on Elati Street. She’s petite and tan, and a shock of gray curly hair frames her face like a wave.

It takes a few minutes to adjust to the decor in her home, so much adorns what’s essentially a few office cubicles crammed under one roof. But then symmetry appears. Large and small jars filled with dead, luminescent-green flies and the guts of ancient TV sets are lined up in grids on shelves. Brushes and paint are stacked according to height. Half of the dining room table is covered with empty Chinese takeout containers, plastic packaging for scissors and assorted trash organized like a puzzle; the other half holds what appear to be small art projects.

A second glance reveals that the art is made from trash, too. A brilliant koi fish hanging from a miniature fishing pole is actually a LaCroix sparkling water can affixed with tin-foil fins. “When you have a birthday, you get one of these,” Castaneda says, pointing to bright, cheery greeting cards that were made from Ritz crackers boxes.

Ed. More tomorrow. Possibly.