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October 31, 2018

*Trump Tells Caravan: ‘Our
Military is Waiting for You!’:
President Donald Trump sent a message today via Twitter to the thousands of people now heading north through Mexico in a caravan aiming for the U.S. border.

“Many Gang Member and some very bad people are mixed into the Caravan heading to our Southern Border,” Trump said. “Please go back, you will not be admitted into the United States unless you go through the legal process. This is an invasion of our Country and our Military is waiting for you!”

*On Instagram, 11,696 Examples of How Hate Thrives on Social Media:
A recent a search on Instagram, the photo-sharing site owned by Facebook, produced a torrent of anti-Semitic images and videos uploaded in the wake of Saturday’s shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue.

A search for the word “Jews” displayed 11,696 posts with the hashtag “#jewsdid911,” claiming that Jews had orchestrated the Sept. 11 terror attacks. Other hashtags on Instagram referenced Nazi ideology, including the number 88, an abbreviation used for the Nazi salute “Heil Hitler.”

The Instagram posts demonstrated a stark reality. Over the last 10 years, Silicon Valley’s social media companies have expanded their reach and influence to the furthest corners of the world. But it has become glaringly apparent that the companies never quite understood the negative consequences of that influence nor what to do about it — and that they cannot put the genie back in the bottle.

“Social media is emboldening people to cross the line and push the envelope on what they are willing to say to provoke and to incite,” said Jonathan Albright, research director at Columbia University’s Tow Center for Digital Journalism. “The problem is clearly expanding.”

*Declining Trust Among Americans May Be Sending Many To Grave Sooner:
Trust in America is on the decline, and it may be preventing many people from living longer lives. A new study finds that people who are more trusting of others tend to have longer lifespans than those mired in suspicion.

Researchers from Stockholm University and Lund University turned to data from a nationally representative survey of more than 25,000 Americans between 1978 and 2010 for their work. Participants took part in the U.S. General Social Surveybetween, which measured individuals’ levels of trust through questions such as, “Generally speaking, would you say that most people can be trusted, or that you cannot be too careful in dealing with other people?”

The authors then checked to see which participants were still living by the end of the study period in 2014, and found 6,424 participants had passed away. They found that people who exhibited higher levels of trust tended to enjoy longer lives.

*The military’s obsession with
energy drinks is contributing
to PTSD, study finds:
Getting adequate sleep is increasingly rare among the active duty military population, as frequent deviations from the body’s natural circadian rhythms due to a demanding operational tempo pit personnel in an ongoing struggle against the ever-persistent sandman.

To combat the sleep deprivation unique to this demographic, service members often turn to energy drinks, a prominent component of combat deployments that has become as paramount to mission success as any piece of protective gear or weaponry.

The prevalence of energy drink use in these settings is extraordinary. The life blood is virtually everywhere — and tends to cost nothing — resulting in an environment in which nearly half of deployed troops down at least one readily available crack can per day.

*Audrey Hepburn’s secret past
as a Nazi fighter:
Audrey Hepburn — heartbroken by the execution of her uncle by the Nazis — worked for the Resistance in World War II, an upcoming book will report.

Hepburn was a preteen ballerina in England when the war broke out in 1939. Her mother, a baroness, took her home to Holland hoping the Netherlands would stay neutral. But the country was soon occupied by the Third Reich.

In “Dutch Girl: Audrey Hepburn and World War II” (due in April from GoodKnight Books), Robert Matzen presents proof that the “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” star worked directly for Resistance leaders.

The execution of her uncle, Count Otto van Limburg Stirum, was traumatic. Matzen discovered a 188-page diary Otto wrote during the four months he was imprisoned before his heroic death.

*Tall people are more likely
to develop cancer:

There are a lot of things we all know we can do to curb our risk of getting cancer. Avoiding tobacco products is high on the list, as is doing out best to eat unprocessed foods (and maybe even go organic). One thing we definitely can’t control is our height, but past studies have indicated that cancer risk goes up the taller you are.

As the Guardian reports, a new study published inProceedings of The Royal Society B attempted to determine why that is. Was there some weird cellular quirk in taller people that was increasing instances of cancer, or maybe some link between the roles of genes associated with height and cancer-causing mechanisms later in life?

The data suggests that the only thing to blame is that tall people have more mass and thereby more tissue that could go rogue.

The study, which looked at the differences in cancer rates between men and women of varying heights, ultimately concluded that the sheer number of cells seems to be the driving factor in how likely an individual is to end up with cancer.

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While people have been touting the benefits of upping your alkaline levels for decades, the belief is not supported by any scientific evidence. Researchers who analyzed studies looking at the association of alkaline water with cancer treatment, notes that while “there are a few very poorly designed studies” that suggest alkaline water confers health benefits, there is no rigorous evidence this is the case.

What’s more, you simply can’t change the pH of your body by drinking alkaline water. “Your body regulates its [blood] pH in a very narrow range because all our enzymes are designed to work at pH 7.4. If our pH varied too much we wouldn’t survive.” said Dr. Tanis Fenton, an adjunct professor at the University of Calgary.

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Sometimes, credible-sounding claims of sexual assault are exposed as false only because there is a video recording.

Just this week, four California dentists recently charged with raping an intoxicated woman at a Las Vegas hotel were exonerated by a cell phone video that confirmed their claim of consensual sex.

Last year, a Shiprock, N.M., woman was charged with perjury after she accused her boyfriend of forcing himself on her but recanted once she was told he had a video.

Things are further complicated by the fact that today, accusations can be made online and amplified in the media even if no evidence is adjudicated. Add to that the shifting definitions of sexual assault and rape.

Are you “too drunk to consent” if your judgment is impaired but you can walk, talk, text, and initiate sex? (Title IX campus proceedings frequently hold male students responsible in such situations.)

Can you retroactively decide that an awkward encounter in which you never said no was nonconsensual? Given such confusion, some may be wrongly accused because of a gray-area experience reinterpreted as assault.


It’s easier to destroy trust than to build it, so the rippers have an advantage. But there are many more weavers, people who yearn to live in loving relationships and trusting communities. The weavers just need what any side in a war needs: training so we know how to wage it, strategies so we know how to win it and a call to arms so we know why we’re in it.


(Mr. Baker was secretary of state under
President George H.W. Bush)
Not being privy to intelligence reports about this matter, I cannot suggest a specific response that the White Houseought to take if Saudi government responsibility is established. But it should include actions that signal clear disapproval and a message that reform, not repression, is the best route forward for Saudi Arabia. The response must also reflect a sober assessment of the substantial and abiding value of our strategic partnership with the Saudis.

Few will be pleased with the administration’s ultimate response to this crisis, particularly the hard-line realists on one side and the hard-line idealists on the other. Nevertheless, United States officials should consider how President Bush reacted toTiananmen Square 29 years ago. This is the time for reasoned, careful actions that fully take into account both our national interests and our principles and values.

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October 28, 2018

*Immune-Based Treatment Helps Fight Aggressive Breast
Cancer, Study Finds:
Women with an aggressive type of breast cancer lived longer if they received immunotherapy plus chemotherapy, rather than chemo alone, a major study has found.

The results are expected to change the standard of care for women like those in the clinical trial, who had advanced cases of “triple-negative” breast cancer. That form of the disease often resists standard therapies, and survival rates are poor. It is twice as common in African-American women as in white women, and more likely to occur in younger women.

Researchers said the new study was a long-awaited breakthrough for immunotherapy in breast cancer. Until now, most progress had been in other cancers, including lung cancer and melanoma, an aggressive skin cancer.

These findings may lead to the first approval by the Food and Drug Administration for an immunotherapy drug to treat breast cancer. But the approval would likely be limited to a certain type of aggressive cancer.

*ENDLESS WAVE- 521,090: Aliens Caught or Turned Away at Southern Border Up 25% in FY 2018: U.S. Customs and Border:
Protection says 521,090 foreigners were either apprehended or turned away at the long, porous U.S. border with Mexico in Fiscal Year 2018, which ended in September.

That 521,090 is a 25.4-percent increase from FY 2017, when 415,517 foreigners were apprehended/deemed inadmissible at the Southwest border, but it’s 5 percent less than the 553,378 apprehended/deemed inadmissible in FY 2016.

CBP said for the month of September alone, 50,568 foreigners were either apprehended or turned away, an 8.23 percent increase from August; a 25.9 percent increase from July; and a whopping 61.66 percent increase from September 2017.

The CBP chart below shows that illegal immigration dipped sharply after Donald Trump entered the White House in January 2017, but since then it has returned to Obama-era levels.

*Netflix Uses Facebook to Market ‘Hand Masters: The First International Masturbation Game’:
Streaming media giant Netflix is using Facebook‘s social media platform to offer the public a mobile game called “Hand Masters: The First International Masturbation Game.”

The game is affiliated with the Netflix series “Big Mouth,” an “edgy adult animated comedy” that portrays pubescent teen characters in a variety of sexual situations relentlessly egged-on by male and female  “hormone monsters.”

*Report: U.S. Ranks 24 Out of 35 on International Tax Competitiveness:
The United States improved its tax competitiveness rating during 2018 from 28th to 24th out of 35 countries on theInternational Tax Competitiveness Index (ITCI), following the implementation of its Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), according to the Tax Foundation.

“Due to reforms made by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act to lower the corporate income tax rate, improve expensing of capital investments, and adjust personal income tax rates, the U.S. improved four spots” on the ITCI, the Tax Foundation wrote in a press release.

The TCJA, which was signed into law in December 2017, was the “most significant tax code overhaul in over three decades,” according to the Tax Foundation.

*Michael Avenatti Lived the High Life While Owing Millions to IRS:
Now Michael Avenatti, the tenacious California litigator made famous for representing Stormy Daniels in her legal tangles with Trump, is gearing up for a 2020 presidential run, stumping across the country and raising cash with his new political action committee, Fight PAC.

But the questions over his finances remain—and could become a sore spot on the campaign trail, as creditors pursue him and his former companies. Both the Eagan Avenatti law firm and a shuttered Seattle coffee chain, which Avenatti says he no longer owns, owe millions in unpaid taxes and judgments, according to court documents and filings with local recorder’s offices.

Tax liens filed in Orange County also show that Avenatti has personally owed at least $1.2 million in federal taxes on top of the corporate debts. One lien, filed in February 2018, was for $308,396, while another filed in August 2015 showed a balance of $903,987. The Daily Beast did not find records showing the liens were released, but Avenatti claims both debts were “fully paid.”

Civil court filings paint a picture of Avenatti as a hard-charging attorney who enjoyed the luxe life—jetting around the world to race cars with a Saudi prince and treating his wife and their friends to luxury villas in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Yet he and his companies owed hundreds of thousands in unpaid taxes and in compensation to one former colleague, who claims Avenatti stiffed him out of millions in law-firm profits.

A review of court documents reveals that Avenatti, his former law firm Eagan Avenatti, and his former company Global Baristas, the majority owner of the Seattle-based Tully’s coffee chain, have owed millions in unpaid federal and state taxes in Washington and California, as well as hundreds of thousands in past-due rent to landlords.

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Sinead O’Connor has converted to Islam
Sinead O’Connor has announced she has converted to Islam and changed her name to the Arabic word for “martyr.” The “Nothing Compares 2 U” singer, 51, tweeted a picture of herself wearing a hijab.

Mom-of-four O’Connor was ordained a priest by a Catholic sect during the 1990s. But the Irish singer has changed faiths and her name to Shuhada Davitt.

Sinead, who has struggled with mental health issues, told fans: “This is to announce that I am proud to have become a Muslim. This is the natural conclusion of any intelligent theologian’s journey.”

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Winning the Lottery

There have been a number of studies over the years to determine the psychological effects of a big, life-changing windfall.

•    A classic 1978 study in the Journal of Personality and Social Science tried to gauge happiness by asking two extremely different groups of people how happy they were: 22 winners of the Illinois State Lottery who’d scored between $50,000 and $1 million versus accident victims with paralysis. Researchers asked how much pleasure people got from otherwise mundane everyday activities: watching television, hanging out with a pal, hearing an especially good joke. Lottery winners rated their happiness at 3.33 out of 5; the quadriplegics and paraplegics rated theirs 3.48.

•    A preliminary paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research in May studied 3,362 “large prize winners” in Sweden. The researchers found that people’s happiness was unchanged, especially after winning more than $100,000. It did, however, suggest that jackpot winners’ experience “sustained increases in overall life satisfaction” that lasted more than a decade (life satisfaction refers to overall quality of life versus happiness, which corresponds to how a person feels on a daily basis). The study, though, noted that winners might have bought a ticket because they were dissatisfied with their lives, which could have made them more likely to experience a change.

•    A May 2008 study examined the Dutch Postcode Lottery, in which a postal code is randomly selected each week and prizes are distributed to participating households. This gave researchers a chance to delve into the happiness of winners and the potential jealousy of non-winners living nearby. The upshot? “Lottery winnings do not make households happier, nor do they make neighboring households less happy,” the study found.


Actress Busy Philipps along with 12 members of the White House staff, 3 Nobel Prize winners, over 100 Academy Award winners, 6 U.S. Senators, and over 300 Grammy Award winners.

The First Underground Line of the
New York City Subway Opens

Now an integral part of New York City culture, the NYC subway opened its first underground line in 1904—about 35 years after service began on the first elevated line.

The subway’s early popularity was highlighted in songs like “Take the ‘A’ Train” and publicity contests like “Miss Subways.” Millions of people now ride the city’s subways every day, consistently crowding some trains well beyond capacity.

Clay Clark, Founder of Thrivetime Show, Celebrates Two Year Anniversary of Podcast with Over Half a Million Downloads
Clay Clark, founder of Thrive15 and creator of the “Thrivetime Show – Business School Without the BS,” is ready to celebrate the two-year anniversary of his podcast November 5th, 2018 with over half a million monthly downloads.

A man of many talents, Clark has been called the “Jim Careyof Entrepreneurship.” He was “Metro Chamber of Commerce Entrepreneur of the Year” at the age of 20 and the “U.S. Chamber National Blue Ribbon Quality Award Winner” at the age of 27.

As the result of his endless work ethic, he’s been able to found and co-found several companies including: DJ Connection, Elephant in the Room Men’s Grooming Lounge, and

The Thrivetime Show allows viewers to “Experience business school without the BS” with Clark and his co-host: optometrist turned business tycoon Doctor Robert Zoellner. The award-winning team has been featured on ForbesFast Company,Bloomberg, and Pando Daily. Currently, the podcast has over 1,300 episodes, and has featured Emmy Award-Winners, New York Times best-selling authors, NFL Players, and NBA Players.

*** Tyrone Gayle, the Washington press secretary for Senator Kamala Harris and a veteran of Democratic campaigns, died on Thursday in Manhattan. He was 30. His death, at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, was caused by colon cancer, according to Lily Adams, Ms. Harris’s longtime communications director.

Despite his youth, Mr. Gayle had worked for several top Democrats, from his time as a driver and body man for SenatorTim Kaine of Virginia in 2012 to serving as a spokesman for the 2016 presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton, the former secretary of state.

      *EXAMINER–COMMENTARY by Zuhdi Jasser, M.D.:

We are witnessing a civil war within Islam, a battle of ideas, as various interpretations of the same faith pursue very different agendas. While Muslim reformers like myself are frequently referred to as moderate Muslims, there is nothing moderate about our faith or the manner in which we practice Islam. Moderate Muslims believe their faith is a choice, a personal relationship between God and the individual. Moderate Muslims stand for peace, universal human rights, and secular governance, and they reject the idea that it is their religious obligation to spread “Islam” in hopes of establishing global-based sharia law (an “Islamic” government ruled by the Qur’an).

The world is watching the struggle, as these moderate Muslims engage in ideological warfare with the Islamists; the theocrats (individuals who prefer a religious government) who believe it is their God-given duty to convert the world to “Islam” and establish a global caliphate (an area ruled by Muslims) by whatever means necessary. This ideology (system of beliefs) encompasses Islam not only as a faith but also as a set of political aspirations. This ideology, referred to as “Islamism” or “political Islam,” is entirely incompatible with Western values, and we adamantly believe that there is no greater threat to humanity.

Here’s a question: To which layer of society do you feel most attached: your neighborhood, town, county, state, nation or humanity as a whole?

I’ve put that question to a lot of people. About 5 percent say they feel most connected to humanity as a whole. A vast majority of the rest say their strongest attachment is to the local — their neighborhood or town.

I get that. Though we’ve moved around a lot, my family has a clear home base. If you start at East 15th Street in Lower Manhattan and walk two miles south, you will have walked by where my great-grandfather had his butcher shop, where my maternal grandfather practiced law, where my father lived during high school, where I went to elementary school and where my youngest son now attends college.

That’s five generations within two miles. I feel a magical attachment to that neighborhood. The blocks and street names enchant in my mind.

I was having dinner here once with a Saudi muck-a-muck. Midway through the interview, he passed an oblong velvet box across the table. Inside I found an expensive piece of jewelry.

I began laughing and explained that I was a reporter and could not take such baubles. The Saudi said he understood.

About 10 minutes later, I felt a knocking against my knee under the table. It was the oblong box, offered more covertly.

The Saudis are experts on emoluments. If you don’t take their favors one way, they find another way to try to co-opt you.

Hollywood, Silicon Valley, presidential libraries and foundations, politically connected private equity groups, P.R. firms, think tanks, universities and Trump family enterprises are awash in Arab money. The Saudis satisfy American greed, deftly playing their role as dollar signs in robes.

Osama Bin Laden and his judo mates.
*** Mike Tyson is shopping a new TV show, based on the boxer’s life as a marijuana grower and marketer. Tyson will star in the scripted comedy, called “Rolling With the Punches.” The former heavyweight champ is shooting the show at his Tyson Ranch office in El Segundo, Calif., with Chuck Zito reprising his real-life role as Iron Mike’s bodyguard and Russell Petersplaying his “useless best friend.” Tyson told me the show, likeLarry David’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” is loosely based on his life.
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October 24, 2018

*WTF? – Instagram-loving pet owners will spend nearly $500M on animal costumes this Halloween:
Look out for lizards dressed as waiters, dogs dressed asCleopatra and cats wearing tutus this Halloween. Pets are getting roped into Halloween madness whether they like it or not, as more consumers are shelling out ever-climbing sums to costume their beloved animals.

More than 30 million people will spend an estimated $480 million treating their pets to costumes this Halloween, more than double the $220 million spend on pet Halloween costumes in 2010 when the National Retail Federation began tracking pet costumes.

*OH BABY – Nearly Half of
U.S. Births Now Happen
Outside of Marriage: 
Signaling a cultural shift, a United Nations report out Wednesday found 40 percent of all births in the U.S. now come from parents who are not married, compared to just 10 percent in 1970. The United Nations Population Fund study found the number to be even higher in the European Union, where 60 percent of births now occur out of wedlock. The shift suggests changing societal and religious norms as well as the millions of childbearing-age women in the workforce.

The traditional progression of Western life “has been reversed,” said John Santelli, a professor of population, family health and pediatrics at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health.

*Global Competitiveness Report- U.S. is World’s Most Competitive Economy, Closest to ‘Ideal State’:
The United States has the most competitive economy in the world, according to the 2018 Global Competitiveness Reportpublished by the World Economic Forum.

“The United States is the closest economy to the frontier, the ideal state, where a country would obtain the perfect score on every component of the index,” the report reads.

The United States obtained a competitiveness score of 85.6% on the scale of zero to 100, which places it in the top spot among 140 countries, states the report.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the U.S. has not reached the No. 1 spot “since 2008,” when “the financial crisis stalled output and triggered a global economic slowdown.”

Singapore occupies the No. 2 spot (83.5%), followed by Germany in third place (82.8%).

*Paul Allen’s cause of death is revealed, and it is horrifying:
Billionaire Microsoft co-founder and Seattle sports mogul Paul Allen died from septic shock, a condition that can be agonizingly painful, according to a report.

A copy of the death certificate for Allen, 65, obtained by TMZ, indicated that septic shock caused him to die.

Allen died Monday in Seattle, just three weeks after announcing the return of his non-Hodgkins lymphoma, a type of cancer that had been in remission for about a decade.

Septic shock is notoriously agonizing and include symptoms such as “severe muscle pain and general discomfort,” according to Medical News Today.

It’s brought on when chemicals naturally produced by the body to fight an infection back-fire and seep into the bloodstream, leading to severe inflammation. A person’s blood pressure becomes so low during septic shock that it does not respond to fluid replacement.

*Louis Farrakhan: ‘I’m Not An Anti-Semite. I’m Anti-Termite.’: 
Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan addressed a gathering in Detroit on Sunday to mark the 23rd anniversary of theMillion Man March, and used it as a platform to launch yet another attack on Jews, calling them “termites.”

To the members of the Jewish community that don’t like me, thank you very much for putting my name all over the planet … I’m not mad at you, ’cause you’re so stupid,” Farrakhan said. “So when they talk about Farrakhan, call me a hater, you know they do, call me an antisemite — stop it! I’m anti-termite! I don’t know nothing about hating somebody because of their religious preference.”

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RUH-ROH – Scooby Doo-Style Van Parked on
NYC Street Is $69 Airbnb
A room at the Soho Grand Hotel in New York City will set a tourist back about $400, but there is a cheaper alternative. A California screenwriter has reportedly turned a van, parked on the street in the trendy Manhattan neighborhood, into anAirbnb listing. The New York Post reports that the vehicle, which looks a little like the Mystery Machine from the Scooby Doo cartoons, rents for $69 a night. There’s a fold-out sofa bed, a nightstand and a pass to a nearby gym for showering.

“Van-life is for those who embrace adventure and have no problem roughing it, to have a new and memorable experience,” the listing reads. Local residents told the newspaper they had no idea the distinctive van was a hotel room on wheels. “It’s shocking,” one said.

Fox chief communications officer Hope Hicks along with 12 members of the White House staff, 3 Nobel Prize winners, over 100 Academy Award winners, 6 U.S. Senators, and over 300 Grammy Award winners.
•    Happy people embrace failure. Failing is a way to figure out what works, and then making changes that lead to happiness and success.

•    People who spend more time on Facebook and other social media report having lower self-esteem, less connection to others, and fewer positive emotions.

•    The average life satisfaction for the Forbes richest Americans was 5.8 on a 7-point scale. The average life satisfaction of the Pennsylvania Amish is also 5.8, even though they make several billion dollars less.

•    People who constantly check their email are less happy than those who check their email just three times a day.

•    Polls indicate that life satisfaction is higher for older adults than younger adults. Specifically, almost 50% of Americans over the age of 65 are “very happy,” compared to just 31% of those ages 18-24.

*** The Beatles’ White Album has been blowing minds since 1968 — but this weirdest of Beatle masterpieces is about to get weirder. The new Super Deluxe Edition, which arrives on November 9th, tells the epic story of the album that nearly tore them apart — including a previously unheard version of the classic “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”.

It’s an early acoustic take, as George Harrison tinkers with the ballad that would turn into one of his most powerful statements. Like so many moments on the new box set, it’s the Beatles in full-blast experimental mode — a revelatory listen that makes you hear new mysteries in music you thought you already knew inside out.

*** Bob Dylan’s album “Blood on the Tracks” is headed to the big screen, thanks to “Call Me by Your Name” director Luca Guadagnino. The Oscar nominee is reteaming with RT Features on a movie inspired by Dylan’s seminal 1975 album.

Richard LaGravenese will pen the script of the drama, which is based on an idea by RT Features’ Rodrigo Teixeira, who is producing with Guadagnino. RT’s Sophie Mas and Lourenço Sant’ Anna are executive producing alongside Marco Morabito.

*EXAMINER–COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman:
I have three thoughts on the Jamal Khashoggi saga.

First, I can’t shake the image of this big teddy bear of a man, who only wanted to see his government reform in a more inclusive, transparent way, being killed in some dark corner of the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul by a 15-man Saudi hit team reportedly armed with a bone saw. The depravity and cowardice of that is just disgusting.

Second, I do not believe for a second that it was a rogue operation and that Saudi Arabia’s effective ruler, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is very hands-on, had no prior knowledge, if not more. And therefore, not as a journalist but as an American citizen, I am sickened to watch my own president and his secretary of state partnering with Saudi officials to concoct a cover story. The long-term ramifications of that for every journalist — or political critic in exile anywhere — are chilling. By the way, I don’t think they will get away with it.

This leads to my third point: How should America think about balancing our values and our interests going forward? The best way to answer that, for me, is to go back to the basics. I always knew that M.B.S.’s reform agenda was a long shot to succeed, but I was rooting for its success — while urging the Trumpadministration to draw redlines around his dark side — for a very specific reason. It had nothing to do with M.B.S. personally.

Personally, I don’t care if Saudi Arabia is ruled by M.B.S., S.O.S. or K.F.C.

It has now become evident that Republicans are better at politicizing cultural issues and Democrats are better at offering economic benefits to those who are struggling. If you think voting behavior is primarily motivated by material appeals, the Democratic strategy is fine. But if you think it’s motivated by cultural identity, a desire for respect, a sense of what’s right, loyalty to a common story, the Democratic strategy leaves a lot to be desired.

These days, culture is more important than economics.

*** Marilyn Manson is selling a dildo emblazoned with his face. For just $125, you can purchase the sex toy, as well as a coordinating bag for discretion, on Manson’s website.

“The Double Cross Marilyn Manson Dildo + Bag includes a soft, lifelike Marilyn Manson dildo and velvet double cross logo bag for easy and discreet storage,” the item description reads. “Please note that the paint on Marilyn Manson’s face is environmentally safe. May fade with multiple uses.”

*** Actor Javier Bardem reiterated his support for Woody Allen, who directed the Oscar-winning Spanish actor in 2008’s “Vicky Cristina Barcelona,” saying he would work with him again at a day’s notice. “He’s a genius,” Bardem said, adding that in this time of the #MeToo movement, “I would work with him tomorrow.”

He stressed that Allen’s legal status today has not changed since the last they worked together in 2007 and noted that the director had never been found guilty of any crime.

“Today, 11 years later, it is the same accusation. Public accusations are very dangerous. If some day there is a trial and it’s proven to be true, I would change my opinion, but at this moment, nothing has changed.”

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