The disappearance of her Twitter handle came after a backlash over a video Butera posted mocking the voice of Christine Blasey Ford, who testified Thursday in a highly charged Senate hearing that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted her.
“I just have this kind of a voice, like a baby, even though I’m a doctor and I’m on this media circus, political stage, and I have kids myself, that I don’t know why I speak with vocal fry,” Butera said in the video (pictured above) she posted on Twitter along with the comment: “I can’t believe this is my voice, can you???. Dr. Christine Blasey-Vocal Fry-Ford.”
On Thursday night, the old liberal sitcom Murphy Brown was revived; on Friday, the old conservative sitcom Last Man Standing is raised from the dead. The canceled ABC show has been picked up by Fox and plopped down in its old time period. Both shows exploit the election of Donald Trump to the presidency for laughs; both are nearly unendurable in the context of the current television landscape, which is as obsessed with Trump as Trump is obsessed with TV.
You’ll recall that Tim Allen plays Mike Baxter, marketing director for a store similar to a Bass Pro Shop — lots of sporting goods, just the sort of atmosphere for a man’s man like Mike. He has a wife (played by the always good and long-suffering Nancy Travis), whose role is so thinly written I had to look up the character’s name. (It’s Vanessa.) Mike has three grown children, and, like Archie Bunker, he drives his liberal son-in-law crazy.
“J’Accuse,” the first film Polanski is starting work on since the Me Too movement launched a mass reckoning against predatory men in Hollywood and across the media landscape, is being financed by French production company Legende Films, the studio told The Hollywood Reporter on Friday.
Polanski even managed to nab Oscar winner Jean Dujardin to star opposite Louis Garrel as Capt. Alfred Dreyfus, the real-life French-Jewish soldier wrongly accused of spying for the Germans in the 1890s.
Film star Robert De Niro told the electorate to remember they were “the bosses” as he urged people to vote during an appearance at the Global Citizen Festival in New York City.
“Look at all of you,” the Taxi Driver star told the audience. “You are at this amazing concert because you took your responsibility as global citizens seriously. You took the time to join with other citizens to make a difference. Now we’re asking you to take your responsibility as US citizens seriously by voting.
“Voting is how we tell our government what we want and what we don’t want,” he added. “Put it another way, voting is how we hire and how we fire our leaders.”
WASHINGTON (AP) — Julie Swetnick, one of the women who has publicly accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, has an extensive history of involvement in legal disputes, including a lawsuit in which an ex-employer accused her of falsifying her college and work history on her job application.
Legal documents from Maryland, Oregon and Florida provide a partial picture of a woman who stepped into the media glare amid the battle over Kavanaugh’s nomination for the nation’s highest court.
Court records reviewed by The Associated Press show Swetnick has been involved in at least six legal cases over the past 25 years. Along with the lawsuit filed by a former employer in November 2000, the cases include a personal injury suit she filed in 1994 against the Washington, D.C., regional transit authority.
Filmmaker Abigail Disney, daughter of longtime Disney company executive Roy E. Disney, spoke about her own experience with abuse after Thursday’s Brett Kavanaugh-Christine Blasey Ford senate hearing. In a Twitter thread, she said that Kavanaugh’s “rage and entitlement” reminded her of her own father.
“In all seriousness, I feel for Dr. Ford, I have experienced sexual assault,” Disney said, adding that “nothing has been as triggering for me” as Kavanaugh’s behavior during the hearing. “I had an angry, alcoholic father. He had an inside face and an outside face,” Disney said.
Kavanaugh addressed questions about his drinking during the senate hearing, but said repeatedly that he does not have a problem.
Imagine an artificial-intelligence-driven military drone capable of autonomously patrolling the perimeter of a country or region and deciding who lives and who dies, without a human operator.
Now do the same with tanks, helicopters and biped/quadruped robots. Welcome to the not-so-distant future of LAWs, or lethal autonomous weapon systems. A conclusion reached at the UN conference on regulating LAWs in warfare that took place this August in Geneva was that, instead of outright banning them, the topic should be revisited in November. The stall was initiated by the U.S., Russia, Israel, South Korea and Australia. Until the revision meeting one thing is sure — AI-controlled robotic warfare isn’t too far off.
Not everyone shares this sentiment, though. In July, 2,400 leading artificial-intelligence (AI) researchers, including Tesla TSLA, -13.90% CEO Elon Musk, signed a pledge against killer robots, promising not to participate in the development or manufacture of machines that can identify and attack people without human oversight. It may sound encouraging, but countries can easily source the necessary know-how and tools to build their lethal “tin men” even without these researchers joining the team.
.- Traveling Saturday to Lithuania, Pope Francis joked that, in the eyes of some, Pope St. John Paul II is considered a saint while he himself is considered “a devil.”
The pope’s joke came amidst a Sept. 22 conversation with journalists, the Associated Press reported, during which he was presented a book about Pope St. John Paul II, written by long-time papal photographer Grzegorz Galazka.
Francis joked as he examined the book, reportedly telling reporters “[John Paul II] was a saint, I am a devil.”
“No, you are both saints!” Galazka responded.
The pope has shown a similar penchant for self-deprecating humor in the past.
Parkland shooting survivor Emma Gonzalez spoke out against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh Friday, calling him a “privileged white boy.”
Shortly before the Senate Judiciary Committee voted on confirming Kavanugh, Gonzalez urged her followers on Twitter to contact their senators and ask them to vote against the potential Supreme Court Justice.
“Call your senators and tell them to vote no for Kavanaugh,” Gonzalez tweeted.”The future of our country deserves more than a privileged white boy who’s spent his whole life over-drinking and can’t answer a simple question without acting more immature about it than a 4-year-old.”