Trump Asked Aide Why His Generals Couldn’t Be Like Hitler’s, Book Says

Trump Asked Aide Why His Generals Couldn’t Be Like Hitler’s, Book Says

Mr. Trump once asked his chief of staff why his military leadership couldn’t be more like the German generals who had reported to Adolf Hitler, according to an excerpt.

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/08/us/politics/trump-book-mark-milley.html

General Milley’s frustration with the president peaked on June 1, 2020, when Black Lives Matter protesters filled Lafayette Square, near the White House. Mr. Trump demanded to send in the military to clear the protesters, but General Milley and other top aides refused. In response, Mr. Trump shouted, “You are all losers!” according to the excerpt. “Turning to Milley, Trump said, ‘Can’t you just shoot them? Just shoot them in the legs or something?’” the authors write.

Meet GX1000, the Fastest, Most Fearless Crew in Skateboarding

Meet GX1000, the Fastest, Most Fearless Crew in Skateboarding

The San Francisco skaters known for bombing massive hills are getting into the skatewear game.

via GQ: https://www.gq.com/story/gx1000-skate-crew-san-francisco

The San Francisco skate crew GX1000 is a loosely organized gang of misfit skateboarders who are bound together mostly by a shared appetite for positive vibes, high speeds, and copious amounts of Northern California’s famous high-potency marijuana. Some of the crew, whose online video releases have made them a sensation, are pro skaters. Others are amateurs. All of them are unflinchingly confident and freakishly physically gifted.

‘Our Songs are Manifestos’: Why Music Matters for Belgium’s Far-Right - bellingcat

‘Our Songs are Manifestos’: Why Music Matters for Belgium’s Far-Right – bellingcat

Organisers claim there’s nothing far-right about next month’s Frontnacht festival. But the lineup suggests otherwise.

via bellingcat: https://www.bellingcat.com/news/2022/07/28/our-songs-are-manifestos-why-music-matters-for-belgiums-far-right/

skinhead carrying a guitar takes his place in front of the microphone in a Budapest park. A few hundred metres away, a police cordon and steel fence buffers the crowd of about 600 people, mostly men dressed in black, from shouting protesters. Flanked by the flag of the Hammerskins — an international white supremacist gang — the man performs a cover of ‘The Snow Fell’, a song by a notorious British neo-Nazi band.

Living Through India’s Next-Level Heat Wave

Living Through India’s Next-Level Heat Wave

In hospitals, in schools, and on the streets, high temperatures have transformed routines and made daylight dangerous.

via The New Yorker: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2022/08/01/living-through-indias-next-level-heat-wave

Across much of northern India, where more than a billion people live, temperatures have regularly soared past a hundred and ten degrees, and slightly lower temperatures have often combined with very high humidity—a dangerous combination

Will Wisconsin’s Republicans Make Voting Meaningless, or Just Difficult?

Will Wisconsin’s Republicans Make Voting Meaningless, or Just Difficult?

Activists are combining voter suppression with election conspiracies to capture the state in 2022 and beyond.

via The New Yorker: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2022/08/01/will-wisconsins-republicans-make-voting-meaningless-or-just-difficult

“You have to wonder if people are thinking very deeply about what they’re doing. Do they realize what the alternatives are to a functioning democracy?”

How Hate5six Captures the Hardcore Universe

How Hate5six Captures the Hardcore Universe

In a subculture that thrives on spontaneity and obscurity, Sunny Singh’s video library stands out as a lovingly curated record.

via The New Yorker: https://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/how-hate5six-captures-the-hardcore-universe

Singh is the creator of hate5six, an extensive video library of punk and hardcore shows, mostly from cities across the Northeast. Singh is bafflingly prolific, often uploading videos from different cities in a twenty-four-hour period. In a subculture that thrives on spontaneity and obscurity, his collection stands out as a lovingly curated record, one that elevates shabby local bands to filmic heroes. Hardcore fans often report on social media their sightings of him at shows, as if he were a U.F.O. “It seems like he’s just always been there,” said Daniel Fang, who drums for the Baltimore punk band Turnstile and has spent many hours “drenched in sweat” with Singh at hardcore festivals. “It’s the stuff of Shaolin-monk movies, both in terms of physical endurance and a tenacious adherence to principle.”

Reporter Says Taliban Forced Her to Publicly Retract Accurate Articles

Reporter Says Taliban Forced Her to Publicly Retract Accurate Articles

A veteran war reporter in Afghanistan was told she would go to jail if she didn’t tweet an apology for her reporting. She has since safely left the country.

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/07/20/business/media/taliban-reporter-lynne-odonnell.html

In one of the coerced tweets, posted on Tuesday, Ms. O’Donnell wrote: “l apologize for 3 or 4 reports written by me accusing the present authorities of forcefully marrying teenage girls and using teenage girls as sexual slaves by Taliban commanders. This was a premeditated attempt at character assassination and an affront to Afghan culture.”

The Haves and the Have-Yachts

The Haves and the Have-Yachts

Luxury ships attract outrage and political scrutiny. The ultra-rich are buying them in record numbers.

via The New Yorker: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2022/07/25/the-haves-and-the-have-yachts

Nobody pretends that a superyacht is a productive place to stash your wealth. In a column this spring headlined “a superyacht is a terrible asset,” the Financial Times observed, “Owning a superyacht is like owning a stack of 10 Van Goghs, only you are holding them over your head as you tread water, trying to keep them dry.”

Alan Dershowitz’s Martha’s Vineyard Cancellation

Alan Dershowitz’s Martha’s Vineyard Cancellation

Recently, the emeritus Harvard law professor has felt shunned at his usual haunts. Is it “cancel culture,” or something else?

via The New Yorker: https://www.newyorker.com/news/q-and-a/alan-dershowitzs-marthas-vineyard-cancellation

Yeah, of course. So I’ve been cancelled, basically, by the Chilmark Library. That has resulted in lots of people in Chilmark calling me and calling the library and saying, “We’re being deprived of Alan’s annual speech.” [Ebba Hierta, the Chilmark’s director, disputed Dershowitz’s characterization, and said, “Not one single person has contacted me to complain that they haven’t had a chance to hear Alan speak.”]

How 'Saturday Night Live' Became a Grim Joke -- New York Magazine - Nymag

How ‘Saturday Night Live’ Became a Grim Joke — New York Magazine – Nymag

From the March 13, 1995 issue of New York Magazine.

via New York Magazine: https://nymag.com/arts/tv/features/47548/

Across the room, Elliott, Hiscock, Garofalo and a college friend, and Mark McKinney are crammed into a banquette. Jim Downey, jocular, the pressure off for a minute, stops by on his way to the men’s room. “Ah,” he says with a smile, “the malcontents’ table!”

Can an Artists’ Collective in Africa Repair a Colonial Legacy?

Can an Artists’ Collective in Africa Repair a Colonial Legacy?

Its founders believe that they can use the tools of the Western art world to help heal the effects of more than a century of plunder.

via The New Yorker: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2022/07/25/can-an-artists-collective-in-africa-repair-a-colonial-legacy

He spent a couple of weeks parading through rubble and Chechen refugee camps, playing the part of the self-aggrandizing misery tourist, asking local women what they thought of him—was he handsome?—and filming their puzzled reactions