The 86-year-old social scientist says accepting the impending end of most life on Earth might be the very thing needed to help us prolong it
Were doomed, says Mayer Hillman with such a beaming smile that it takes a moment for the words to sink in. The outcome is death, and its the end of most life on the planet because were so dependent on the burning of fossil fuels. There are no means of reversing the process which is melting the polar ice caps. And very few appear to be prepared to say so.
Hillman, an 86-year-old social scientist and senior fellow emeritus of the Policy Studies Institute, does say so. His bleak forecast of the consequence of runaway climate change, he says without fanfare, is his last will and testament. His last intervention in public life. Im not going to write anymore because theres nothing more that can be said, he says when I first hear him speak to a stunned audience at the University of East Anglia late last year.
From Malthus to the Millennium Bug, apocalyptic thinking has a poor track record. But when it issues from Hillman, it may be worth paying attention. Over nearly 60 years, his research has used factual data to challenge policymakers conventional wisdom. In 1972, he criticised out-of-town shopping centres more than 20 years before the government changed planning rules to stop their spread. In 1980, he recommended halting the closure of branch line railways only now are some closed lines reopening. In 1984, he proposed energy ratings for houses finally adopted as government policy in 2007. And, more than 40 years ago, he presciently challenged societys pursuit of economic growth.
When we meet at his converted coach house in London, his classic Dawes racer still parked hopefully in the hallway (a stroke and a triple heart bypass mean he is currently forbidden from cycling), Hillman is anxious we are not side-tracked by his best-known research, which challenged the supremacy of the car.
With doom ahead, making a case for cycling as the primary mode of transport is almost irrelevant, he says. Weve got to stop burning fossil fuels. So many aspects of life depend on fossil fuels, except for music and love and education and happiness. These things, which hardly use fossil fuels, are what we must focus on.
While the focus of Hillmans thinking for the last quarter-century has been on climate change, he is best known for his work on road safety. He spotted the damaging impact of the car on the freedoms and safety of those without one most significantly, children decades ago. Some of his policy prescriptions have become commonplace such as 20mph speed limits but weve failed to curb the cars crushing of childrens liberty. In 1971, 80% of British seven- and eight-year-old children went to school on their own; today its virtually unthinkable that a seven-year-old would walk to school without an adult. As Hillman has pointed out, weve removed children from danger rather than removing danger from children and filled roads with polluting cars on school runs. He calculated that escorting children took 900m adult hours in 1990, costing the economy 20bn each year. It will be even more expensive today.
Our societys failure to comprehend the true cost of cars has informed Hillmans view on the difficulty of combatting climate change. But he insists that I must not present his thinking on climate change as an opinion. The data is clear; the climate is warming exponentially. The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change predicts that the world on its current course will warm by 3C by 2100. Recent revised climate modelling suggested a best estimate of 2.8C but scientists struggle to predict the full impact of the feedbacks from future events such as methane being released by the melting of the permafrost.
The Wikileaks founders stupefying admittance should stimulate MPs finally to start asking questions
Last Wednesday, 11 months into Donald Trump’s new world order, during the first year of normalisation, a abrupt unblurring of boundaries has just taken place. A shift. A doorway of knowledge swung open.
Because that was the day that the dramatis personae of two separate Trump-Russia gossips smashed headlong into one another. A high-speed information gondola disintegrate between Cambridge Analytica and Wikileaks, the two organisations that arguably had the most impact on 2016, grouped together last week in one head-spinning scoop.
That day, we learned that Alexander Nix, the CEO of Cambridge Analytica, the controversial data conglomerate that helped Trump to strength, had contacted Julian Assange to ask him if he wanted “help” with Wikileaks’s stash of stolen emails.
That’s the hoard of stolen emails that had such a devastating impact on Hillary Clinton in the last months of the campaign. And this story wreak Wikileaks, which the head of the CIA describes as a” unfriendly intelligence service”, instantly together with the Trump campaign for which Cambridge Analytica operated. This is an stunning story spin for the company, owned by US billionaire Robert Mercer, which is already the subject of investigations by the House intelligence committee, the Senate intelligence committee, the FBI and, it was announced sometime on Friday night, the Senate judiciary committee.
So far, so American. These are US gossips involving US politics and the news became the headlines in US reports across US networks.
But it’s also Cambridge Analytica, the data analytics fellowship, which has its headquarters in center London and that, following a series of articles about the key role in Brexit in the Guardian and the Observer , is also being investigated, by the Electoral Commission and the Information Commissioner’s Office. The corporation that was spun out of a British armed contractor, is pate by an old-fashioned Etonian and that responded to our stories earlier this year by threatening to sue us. It’s our Cambridge it’s named after , not the American one, and it was here that it handled the voter records of 240 million US citizens.
It’s also here that this” unfriendly intelligence service”- Wikileaks- is based. The Ecuadorian embassy is merely a few miles, as the crow flies, from Cambridge Analytica’s head office. Because this is not just about America. It’s about Britain, very. This is transatlantic. It’s not possible to separate Britain and the US in this whole sorry mess- and I say this as someone who has spent months trying. Where we see this most clearly is in that other funny Wikileaks connection: Nigel Farage. Because that time in March when Farage was caught tripping down the steps of the Ecuadorian embassy was the last minute the lines unexpectedly became visible. That the ideological overlaps between Wikileaks and Trump and Brexit were revealed to be not just directions, but a channel of communication.
Fans unpacked the subtle references on Twitter, with many proclaiming the rapper, whose real name is Donald Glover, one of the most important voices of this generation.
ICYMI, below are some of the most talked-about references in “This Is America,” in order of appearance in the video.
Calvin The Second
Viewers initially confused actor and musician Calvin The Second, who plays the guitarist in the video’s opening shot, for the father of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black teenager shot to death in Florida in 2012 by George Zimmerman.
Calvin The Second confirmed his appearance in the video Sunday on Instagram: “Got the call from one of my agents while up at Coachella that they wanted me for the shoot on Sunday, drove down and got to be a part of history.”
“This Is America” is set entirely in a drab warehouse, which some viewers interpreted as the country’s foundation, built on systemic white supremacy and oppression.
“Much of this seems to take place in a building/warehouse where the foundation and support systems (the beams) are mostly white,” tweeted @JarridGreen.
Some veteran Childish Gambino fans pointed out similarities to his 2011 “Freaks and Geeks” music video, which also takes place in a warehouse.
The video features a shirtless Childish Gambino donning a gold chain necklace and trousers that give off a ’70s vibe. His look appears to be inspired by the late Fela Kuti, a Nigerian musician dubbed “Africa’s answer to Handel” by one arts critic.
“Fela Kuti reverberates in Childish Gambino’s body,” civil rights activist Michael Skolnik wrote of the video on Twitter. “It is art at its highest form. Still in awe.”
“Childish Gambino reeks of talent,” tweeted @muchman16. “I loved the part where those kids danced shoki and gwara gwara.”
Others pointed out how dance trends can distract from the life-or-death situations affecting black communities.
“Childish Gambino’s #ThisIsAmerica spoke to me as a black South African women,” tweeted @Cpaw2. “Women being hunted and killed while society does the gwara gwara.”
Justin Simien, the filmmaker behind “Dear White People,” tweeted a “love letter” to the video on Sunday, breaking down its searing use of Jim Crow imagery.
“Jim Crow began as one of the first fits of white American culture to address it’s former African slaves (and their descendants) at all,” Simien wrote. “A minstrelsy mainstay played by white men in black face, and sometimes by black men in black face.”
“Jim Crow began as mere pop culture entertainment at the expense of America’s freed slaves and became the means of their oppression,” he continued, noting that the character’s name was eventually lent to laws enforcing racial segregation in the U.S.
America’s gun obsession
Each time Childish Gambino fires a gun in “This Is America,” he hands it off to someone who whisks it away in a red cloth. Viewers interpreted these scenes as a reference to Americans’ willingness to protect gun rights over people, despite the country’s alarmingly high rates of gun violence.
“Because this is America,” tweeted @Shugah. “We shoot up schools, churches, each other and then we place the guns tenderly in a cloth to protect them. And then we dance.”
One viewer suggested the apparent suicide scene points to a pervasive mental illness stigma plaguing the African-American community.
“Does the man jumping to his death that goes largely unnoticed because of Gambino’s dancing serve as a reminder that suicide & poor mental health in the African American community is being ignored,” asked @JuelzKojoey on Twitter.
One of the most disturbing scenes in “This Is America” features an all-black church choir getting shot up with an assault-style rifle. The massacre appears to be a reference to the 2015 mass shooting at a church in Charleston, South Carolina, in which a white gunman killed nine black churchgoers.
“Childish Gambino really made a reference to the Charleston church shooting that happened in 2015,” tweeted @EmanThatKid. “He shows how mass shootings are normalized in America, even if you shooting up a place of worship.”
Viral videos of police brutality and racism
In one scene, black teenagers use their phones to record the chaos unfolding below, as their mouths appear to be covered by a white material.
Some viewers believed this to be a reference to the rise of viral videos of police brutality and racist encounters to overcome the metaphorical muzzling of black people in a white supremacist system.
“Kids are seen recording everything on their phones, referencing the use of livestreams in police shootings as a means of documenting and sharing the truth,” tweeted @thelocalemo. “Gambino’s lyrics state, ‘this is a celly, that’s a tool.’”
It’s easy to miss the white stallion galloping by in the background on the first viewing of “This Is America.” Upon closer look, viewers pointed to biblical references of a “pale horse” heralding the apocalypse, which largely goes unnoticed by the characters dancing in the foreground of the video.
Karen Civil, a social media and marketing guru, pointed out the specific passage from the Bible’s Book of Revelation: “And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him.”
Traffic stop killings
Toward the end of the video, Childish Gambino dances atop a red car surrounded by other decades-old cars with their hazard lights flashing and doors open.
Viewers drew connections to the black men routinely killed by police during traffic stops, including Philando Castile in Minnesota in 2016.
“Do a lot of those cars … have their drivers side doors open and hazards on cause they’re symbolic of the cars of all the people pulled over and killed by the police?” wondered Twitter user @giddy_pony.
Others found economic symbolism within the sea of beat-up cars.
“I’m having a 4 am finals procrastination epiphany that the mostly parked, vacant cars in #ThisIsAmerica reference to the stalled socioeconomic and political mobility of Black people in America,” tweeted @izaynab.
R&B singer SZA made an appearance in “This Is America,” sending her fans into a frenzy. Viewers noted the similarities between her hairstyle and the Statue of Liberty’s crown.
SZA appeared to confirm the Lady Liberty theories Sunday on Instagram.
Anyone who has seen the film “Get Out” likely picked up on the eerie vibes at the end of the video as Childish Gambino attempts to escape the warehouse. It reminded many of “the Sunken Place” seen in the 2017 film, the mental space where the main character Chris goes after he’s been brainwashed, unable to control his body.
“The Sunken Place means we’re marginalized,” Jordan Peele, the movie’s director, explained on Twitter in March 2017. “No matter how hard we scream, the system silences us.”
Daniel Kaluuya, who played Chris in “Get Out,” introduced Childish Gambino’s performance of “This Is America” on “Saturday Night Live.”
Twitter user @_mikepearson suggested “This Is America” features over a dozen improvised lines from mostly black artists, including Kendrick Lamar and Offset.
However, Complex pointed out that the streaming music service Tidal only lists Young Thug, 21 Savage, Quavo, Slim Jxmmi and BlocBoy JB as contributors on the song.
OMG, you guys. Today is already a big day. Nick Jonas’ “Find You” music video is finally here, and it’s truly, really good. Nick Jonas, the international man of sex, is always surprising us with brand new music, and this time it’s something altogether, perfectly classy. Jonas’ brand-new song, “Find You, ” is the sort of soothing pitch to get you in the mood to disco on the beach with a cluster of attractive strangers. Jonas does that in the music video, and this is really invigorating for me. Can I do that? Is that what a beach day with Jonas is like? If so, sign me up.
Jonas descended “Find You” on Sept. 14, 2017, and the world started bobbing their foremen. We know where to find you, Nick Jonas. You can find him on the radio until eternally because this song is catchy AF, y’all. So what does this music video actually entail? Who is it about, and why is he driving an expensive auto so close to the water? Watch out, dude! One of the lyricals mentions, “I look for you in the center of the sun.” I have no clue what that could signify, but do not gaze instantly at the sunbathe, beings. It’s not worth it to simply find a mystery daughter that saves hiding from you. No way.
This is Jonas’ second song to come out this summer, and we aren’t mad about it. The lyric, “Remember I Told You” was the catchy carol released after May. It boasted Mike Posner and Anne Marie, and it showcased Jonas’ sultry voice. Mama like. Both songs are completely different, but both are sensual.
One thing is for certain, Jonas knows how to connect with his love. In October of 2016, he told
Heartbreak is a theme that a lot of parties relate to — the challenges presented by the next steps in your life, and when some openings open, and how you approach the next ones opening … I considered pretty quickly that it was a lot of what my devotees could relate to. It’s nerve-wracking when[ the fondness] are as personal as the ones that I shared were. But I find counteracted when I use my writing as a practice to treat — it’s extremely therapeutic.
Jonas is getting deep, and I like it.
Here are more lyricals to deeply analyze 😛 TAGEND
I took a capsule but it didn’t facilitate me numb I see your face even when my gazes are shut But I never truly know where to find you
I taste the words that keep falling out your mouth If I could love you I would never put you down But I never certainly know where to find you
Where to find you Where to find you But I never genuinely know where to find you Try, try, try Try, try, try Try, try, try But I never genuinely know where to find you
I’m guessing, based on the music video, Jonas is stumbling through a sweltering, steamy desert all alone, and finally observes the beautiful California coast. Although one would assume the first stop would be instantly into the giant body of water, Jonas instead moves with all the beautiful women working in the beach. Hey, we all have our priorities. Is he looking for that special lady he lost long ago? Is he searching for himself? Oh, Jonas. You are a mysterious man.
At the end of the video, Jonas climbs into a Lyft on the beach and leaves. Yes, he gets into a freakin’ Lyft. I couldn’t think it is either, but it happened. Does that have mean, or is it ingenious produce placement? Probably a little bit of both, honestly. Although Jonas never seems to find who he’s go looking for, the music video is a delicious treat.
Now, let’s all get out there and shake our hips to this sexy little song and find our inner disco! Afterall, we’re all looking for something.
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For the premier of a car-crash nation to feature on the sheets of American Vogue is not as out of stroke as it might seem
The obvious circumstance to say about Theresa Mays decision to allow herself to be seduced by the glamour of a Vogue mode shoot is that it appears irreducibly horrendous. Tone-deaf, self-indulgent, frivolous whatever the angle , not one of them is flattering.
This is the narrative: not even Annie Leibovitz, mistress of digital manipulation, can rebuild dignity to a “ministers ” who chooses to take part in a fashion shoot while presiding over a car-crash commonwealth. A manager uneasy to appear as if she is in touch with her just-about-managing fellow citizens fighting with austerity and Brexitwill be pictured flaunting robes that will certainly not be available in your norm Marks& Spencer.
Its no explanation that the relevant recommendations was envisioned in the pre-Trump era maybe even in the heady dates when it must have seemed a reasonable bet that by the time the pictures appeared in April, Hillary Clinton would have joined May herself and Angela Merkel in a trilogy of female dominance unprecedented in the history of the western world.
If that had been the plead( and who are in a position but sorrow its loss) then the smart stuff to do on 9 November, immediately after the call to Trump Tower, would have been an pressing email to the editors office in New York.
Now it seems likely that on her first inspect to Washington as prime minister, she will have prepared the dirt for her encounter with a male notorious for reducing wives to objects by presenting herself on the sheets of American Vogue as, well, an object.
And “thats really not” the end of it. Even more detrimental is that her decision to submit before the eyes of the world to the narcissism of fashion could easily become one of those defining moments: like Margaret Thatcher in the container turret looking like a cross between Boudicca and Lawrence of Arabia, this one misjudgment might readily become a signifier of all that is flawed in her prime ministerial style. Here is a woman already perceived to lack strategic nous, a “ministers ” with no mandate from their constituencies, a politician who, even if she says the right thing, carries on doing the incorrect one.
Where was the sage-green admonition that it would not sounds like a good look for soft-focus personas of the prime minister to be in the news at the start of a financial year that will remove many hundreds of pounds in excise credits and housing is beneficial for the incomes of many thousands of families? What part of a wise prime ministerial strategy might have been juxtaposing austerity with an form in the pages of the global handbook of conspicuous consumption?
And hitherto, while all that is true, she is on to something important. First, British fad is big business and the US is a big market. That is at least part of the reason why American Vogues British editor, Anna Wintour, was made a madam in the New Year honours.
Second, style is on to a trend: the world has just got serious about politics. Last-place month Teen Vogue had a smash hit with a blistering commander about Donald Trump gaslighting the country( to gaslight, it helpfully justifies, is to psychologically manipulate a person to the moment where they interrogate their own sanity ), which far outstripped the second most-read peculiarity of its first year, on the right way to apply glitter nail polish.
A generation ago, UK media strategists realised Lady Hour and the Jimmy Young Show were a more effective behavior of reaching ordinary voters than the broadsheets and political Tv. But this is something different. After Brexit and Trump, voters who for years rarely had cause to difficulty a polling station had now become heartfelt. The business of manner publications is discerning the progress and this year, at the least, politics is fashion.
That is not the same as said today way is politics. Yet it is slowly growing so, as the business to seeing how women around capability express their political identities moves mainstream. Leibovitz, the portraitist who did the American Vogue shoot with May at Chequers, is always very interested in women and dominance and the power of the status of women. She has rescued the Queen from nations grandmother status and rendered her regal presence. She takes Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama, both regulars in American Vogue( Obama has been on three treats) and makes them softer, and more traditionally feminine, than people would expect from their public spirit as representatives and identifies of power.
Clinton was open about the conflicting press of supremacy and appearance, and accommodation by adopting the invisible androgyny of the Angela Merkel trouser dres. But May “ve never” confessed her interest in fashion to the demands of political agreement. She set out to normalise the relevant recommendations of serious women being serious about fashion too. She was in the sheets of British Vogue before she had even been elected an MP.
She has developed style as a figure of political communication. Where her male peers might brief select correspondents to trail a policy development, May testifies her intent with a fashion evidence that is often flashier than what she eventually alleges. Where she is cautious politically, she used bold( at least, fashionistas might mutter, by Maidenhead touchstones ). Like the vicar, the vicars daughter garments for the number of jobs. In a world-wide where policy debate being carried out by tweet, a style film in Vogue might be read as a manifesto. If the “ministers ” has a future, it will need to be a good one.
The annual follower happening in San Diego, with its usual mingle of teasers, trailers and talks, leaved observers extends on what to expect from next years hottest projects
Stranger Things season two will ramp up the 80 s nostalgia
Poor Will Byers might well rescued from the dark rotate dimension that is beginning to bleed into the town of Hawkins, Indiana( otherwise known as the Upside down) in the Netflix smash. But it seems as if his agony is not yet over. As our gang of pre-teens take a excursion to the local arcade to play-act Don Bluths Dragons Lair video game, Will suddenly attends the Upside Down flash into world, with himself once again inside it. Whats more, a brand-new, larger devil 10 times the size of the Demogorgon from season one and with at the least six appendages appears to be marauding through the darkened skies.
The fact that this is revealed to the gothic musical strivings of Michael Jacksons Thriller complete with Vincent Rate doomy narration from the classic 1983 John Landis video combined with our heroes dressing up as the Ghostbusters to carry out their paranormal investigations, just clears it all the jug. Is that an actual ghost net?
Michelle Pfeiffer is participating in Ant-Man and The Wasp
Pfeiffer was announced as Janet Van Dyne, the original Wasp in the comic books, at Marvels panel on 22 July. She will appear in Peyton Reeds upcoming sequel Ant-Man and the Wasp, as the mother of the new Wasp, Evangeline Lilys Hope Van Dyne, and ex-partner of the original Ant-Man, Michael Douglass Hank Pym.
See, Shelby had just been in a car crash, and she titled her review:
“I was in a car accident and my eyeliner didn’t budge”
AH-Mazing! A Twitter user was the first to spot the fire post on KatVonDBeauty.com this week, and she was so shook she wrote:
Y’all I was really out here looking for a new eyeliner and look at this review lmfaooo She deadass took a picture in her neck brace I am deceased 😩 pic.twitter.com/j9jHjAei06 — lahari (@guadalahari) April 24, 2018
The story doesn’t go exactly like that though. Shelby didn’t take the pic for a review — the review was demanded after the pic!
First she shared the photo on Instagram to tell her peeps what had happened:
The format of this painfully dull show is identical to other persons of the Kardashian empire: interminable scenes of beings sitting in kitchens not devouring cheese plates
Is there a least qualified world show stellar than Rob Kardashian? If you lined up 10 people from the throwing document of A& Es Intervention and Rob Kardashian and had to choose one to base an ongoing tv series around, would you ever pick him unless people know his last name? Isnt this a tragedy? Shouldnt we all be more disturbed?
Sunday nights debut of the new E! succession Rob& Chyna tags the reappearance of the black sheep Kardashian to the public eye. Hes expended years of their own lives unwilling to leave his room, which caused him to addition( his terms) a grip of load. He seems less comfortable making seeing linked with other human beings than the little orphan girl Newt from the movie Aliens. A Los Angeles Dodgers hat covers whats left of the poorest of the poor guys thin, matted mane. His wardrobe contained in T-shirts , nondescript jeans and sneakers. In other paroles, when I watch this astoundingly depressing curriculum, I check myself and what I might become( minus the millions of dollars ).
The first few minutes of Rob& Chyna intend to see us sympathize with Rob and his pregnant fiancee Blac Chyna. As an digression, isnt it a little bit horrid that Blac Chyna leads almost entirely by the identify Chyna in the first escapade now that the original Chyna the former WWE wrestler has died? Its like rummaging through people jewelry after a funeral.
Regardless of what you call her, Blac Chyna is the actual adept of this establish, even if her epithet is second on the marquee. She came up from the world-famous row guilds of Atlanta and became something of an entrepreneur, at least in accordance with the rules that we define that parole in 2016. She took the Kardashian template of monetizing tabloid infamy through a cult of temperament social media ubiquity, labelled products, and now, the final part of the problem, an E! reality franchise. Shes become a major supporting player in the ongoing Kardashian meta-narrative having a baby with the rapper Tyga, who then leaves her for Kylie Jenner, which leads to Chyna connect coerces with Rob. Whether or not her relationship with Rob is genuine or a calculated effort to increase her making potential is not for me to decide (* cough its bullshit cough *) but what is is whether or not this TV show is good. Its not.
Around 10 percentage of the full amounts of the world’s person, or approximately 650 million people, live with children with disabilities according to Disability Statistics’ annual report. Seeming at the artwork bits on this list you couldn’t was well known that they were created by someone with trouble, often with great quantities of exertion and time.
From creators covering with their lips to blind photographers – these people are a genuinely an muse. Living with conditions most can’t even envisage, they often use skill as a space to communicate with “the worlds”. For some people here, that is the only course of communication they have.
To celebrate these incredibly strong-willed beings, Bored Panda gathered a index showing off their artwork. Check out these startling artists, we hope you find the stories of these beautiful people motivate!