THE RUNNING MAN

President Trump’s contraction of COVID-19 increases the probability of a variety of unpleasant futures for America.

Those laughing this morning are preemptive in their pleasure. Beyond the bad taste, the consequences of this vary from increased likelihood of Republican victory to the risk of secession. This is a quick run through of what happens next, from likely outcomes to the trending but almost impossible.

President Trump significantly increases his chances of winning re-election

Probability: Likely

Social isolating and under close scrutiny from medical staff, this diagnosis will take the President off the campaign trail — and out of the spotlight — for at least several weeks. In 2016, the Access Hollywood tapes had the same effect, driving attention from the spectacle of candidate Trump to…


In remembrance of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Justice Ginsburg and Scalia, dressed up at the opera

Despite the characterisation by the populist right and her recent deification by the feminist left, Ginsburg was not a team player. In fact, prior to The Notorious RBG and it’s accompanied movement, she was derided by the feminist left for much of her judicial career, particularly for the case she is known as being the last champion of; Roe v Wade.

As noted by Damon Root in Reason, she wrote in 1985 that with Roe v Wade, the Court “ventured too far” when it “called into question the criminal abortion statutes of every state… [This] heavy-handed judicial intervention was difficult…


BITS AND PIECES

With the Xperia One II, Sony tried to create the perfect device for photographers; but forgot that it’s still a phone.

The inconveniently dropped phone of a well hydrated photographer, whose action shot can’t even make this phone look exciting.

This is a profoundly dull phone. Wipe out the Sony logo and you are left with the stock image search result for “smartphone”; a rectangular slab of glossy black with an offset, oblong camera bump, and nothing to suggest the human mind was involved in its creation. It has all the fashion and flair of hammer. It’s item #186 in a hardware supplier’s inventory, or shelf-filler in a mall camera store.

This is the Sony Xperia 1 II (pronounced “One Two”, or “One, Mark Two”), which is not to be confused with its predecessor, the Sony Xperia One, the cheaper…


Sara Krulwich for The New York Times

Childish, corporate, and aimless; Pride has lost its way. To find its purpose, it has to return to its roots.

Last year marked the golden anniversary of the Stonewall riots, and its descendant, Pride, peaked in attention and attendance. 1,500,000 people marched in London. 2,500,000 in New York, including its governor. And every notable publication dedicated reams to its coverage. But 2020 is the year the world stood still; an alien pandemic putting everything that defines modern life on pause. This June has been the first since Stonewall that Pride has gone unmarked, or at least un-marched; every institution this side of the Catholic Church still changed their logo to the customary rainbow. For many, this caesura from the moving…


THE RUNNING MAN

The President’s disinfectant remarks were irresponsible and moronic. But our response poses a far greater danger.

As per the norm during a national crisis, the President has been holding daily press conferences intended to inform and calm the nation. However, the Oval Office has an atypical occupant, and this normal event quickly inverts from purpose and becomes anything but. As happened last Thursday evening. His latest vacuous utterance was on medical matters, suggesting that UV rays and light could be used in ‘the fight’ against coronavirus, which doctors are ‘looking into’, along with the medical application of injected disinfectant.

But…


BITS AND PIECES

The iPhone SE is the best phone of 2020; and it’s neither good nor new. Reviewers and social media are to blame.

The new iPhone SE is one of 2018’s best-designed phones. And, somehow, also of 2020. Nothing Apple has released since its doppelganger, the iPhone 8, has looked better, and whilst it’s not a remarkable product, it prioritises what customers need and want, rather than poster porn. What the SE lacks, it makes up for in features its big brothers have lost. Its small IPS panel has large bezels but no notch or cut-out. Without a vast array of sensors, it doesn’t have FaceID but at the bottom of the screen is a home button with TouchID. Many miss this, including…


BITS AND PIECES

10-minute episodes, portrait and landscape video, and just for your phone — a review of the latest, strangest streaming service.

Another day has passed and thus, another streaming service has launched. But today's is Quibi, a $1.8B venture from former Disney and eBay executives, and it’s perhaps the most unusual and interesting one in the field.

In this oversaturated market — including Netflix, Prime Video, HBO GO, Hulu, Disney+, Shudder, Criterion Channel, or MUBI, amongst a million others — services differentiate themselves in three primary ways: pricing, flagship content, and the range of content available, and the specific niche that content caters to. (There’s also Apple TV+ which nobody can really understand the aim and purpose of)

Regardless of the…


THE RUNNING MAN

Collective grief, South Carolina, and the power of Vice President Biden.

There’s one factor in the federal crime statistics that most in polite society ignore and leave to those on the racialist right to solely acknowledge; that be they perpetrator or victim, the melanin count is generally high. 2018 FBI murder statistics noted that, despite black men making up all but 12.3% of the population¹, they represented 49% of murder victims² and 52.6% of arrests for murder and nonnegligent manslaughter³. Under 18 years of age, this jumps to 60.8%³, and the majority of the murder victims were between 17 and 29².

Few in moderate politics mention these numbers. Nor is it…


THE RUNNING MAN

Bloomberg’s debut, a bloody six-way spat, and the pointlessness of it all; the Nevada Democratic Debate rundown.

From left to right; Michael Bloomberg, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Vice President Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, and Amy Klobuchar.

In 1960, monochrome televisions lit up for the first time with the faces of those vying to become President. And yet, of their policy discussions and differing pitches for who should occupy that highest office, it is their faces, that has become the ongoing legacy of this format. Radio listeners concluded that the assertive Richard Nixon had won. However, television viewers had a different impression, favouring the young, handsome, telegenic John F. Kennedy. Richard Nixon’s sweating brow lost him the election. …


THE FIRST TAKE

Messy, frustrating, but bloodily entertaining, few films reflect their lead characters more acutely than DC’s latest.

(This review is spoiler-free)

Jesse Eisberg wrote a short story for The New Yorker in 2015 that I think about not infrequently; most recently, as I walked into a screening of Birds of Prey. Unambiguously titled ‘An Honest Film Review’, this witty satirical tale opens with the line:

“This week, I’m reviewing “Paintings of Cole,” which I didn’t like, because the press screening was all the way uptown, and there were huge delays on the J train.”

and continues to describe the day’s various occurrences that put my fictitious peer in such an unfavourable mood.

Contrary to the popular perception…

Ross Anderson

Liberal. Writes about politics and culture. 2020 Fellow at Tablet Magazine; words in Los Angeles Magazine, The American Conservative, among others.

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