The Coolest Tech Startups at CES 2014

first_imgRelated: A True Transformer: Asus Announces a Laptop-Tablet That Runs Android and Windows Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Next Article The Coolest Tech Startups at CES 2014 Register Now » Jason Fell Add to Queue LAS VEGAS — At the 2014 International CES, amid all the new tablets and smartphones and audio systems and mega-huge TVs, is an area called Eureka Park. It’s where technology startups come together to show off their shiny gadgets and services. It’s where entrepreneurialism and innovation bubble over here at the big tech show. It’s fun. It’s inspiring. And the enthusiasm is contagious.I spent time checking out the startups here and speaking with the entrepreneurs behind these big ideas. While this is by no means an exhaustive list, here are a few of the startups I found particularly interesting:LifeLoggerWe already have Google Glass, so do we really need another camera on our face? Well, until someone creates a similar app or service for Glass, LifeLogger seems pretty cool.It’s a tiny, extraordinarily light camera that you can wear on a type of headband that shoots video as you walk around. The video is streamed to the LifeLogger cloud service where it is stored.The LifeLogger service is smart. It can read and identify the words on signs, so it knows the places you walked by. It can add geo-tags so you remember which areas or regions you were in. It can also identify voices and faces, so it can help you remember who you were with.”This is the future of augmented memory,” LifeLogger’s Drago Bojkov said. LifeLogger can be useful for marketers and online bloggers, for people who love to travel and even for educational purposes. This video can give you a better sense of how it works:Related: The Connected Home: A Huge Opportunity But Slow to Catch OnMojioYou’ve probably heard of car insurance companies that install technology on vehicles to monitor things like how often you use the car, how fast you drive, etc. Mojio is a startup that wants to put everything you can ever want to know about your vehicle into the palm of your hand via a smartphone app.Mojio is a cloud-connected device that plugs into your vehicle’s diagnostics port (works with any vehicle made after 1996) and monitors details such as such as speed, fuel level, location and more. The connection can also alert you if your car is being towed or broken into, the company says. Because the device is attached to the car and synced to the cloud, the information is always on and available, no matter if you and your smartphone are near the car or not. So, for instance, you can lend your car to someone and you can be notified the moment your car is driven outside a pre-determined area, or gets into an accident. Pretty cool.Launching in beta next month, Mojio is expected to release its first official version sometime in the second quarter. The company says it is working with a host of developers, including car companies, retailers and auto service providers to create their own apps for cars that will be supported by Mojio.Related: Intel Wants to Make Computers Think More Like HumansBounce ImagingI included this Boston-based company in my preview of this year’s CES. The idea and the technology is impressive. Started by MIT M.B.A. students Francisco Aguilar and David Young, Bounce Imaging Inc. develops low-cost, throwable sensors and cameras. The goal: make it so first responders don’t have to enter dangerous rooms or situations blind. The shape and approximate size of a baseball, the ball rolls into a space and six wide-angle lenses capture pictures and record audio. The data is transmitted over Wi-Fi and the images are stitched together to give you a complete visual idea of what a space looks like and who or what is in it. The device can also detect radiation and carbon monoxide levels. It seems like it would be perfect for first responders and perhaps the military.Related: A Tech Entrepreneur’s Insider Tips for Exhibiting at CESThe Clio from ClearView AudioI must admit, I don’t usually get excited by audio tech. And I don’t pretend to be any kind of expert. But the Clio from ClearView Audio caught my eye for one simple reason: You can barely see it.This speaker system features a curved, “optically clear” acrylic glass that dispenses sound waves in multiple directions. The sound is produced by stereo speakers and a two-inch subwoofer.Translation: if you’re tired of the typical black box audio system, this one might be worth a test drive. I tried to take a picture of the device but, really, there wasn’t any point. As the company says, it virtually disappears. Perhaps this short video will give you a better sense: January 9, 2014 Director of the Entrepreneur Partner Studio 5 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Technology –shares Entrepreneur Stafflast_img read more

Entrepreneurships Big Role in President Obamas Cuba Visit

first_img –shares 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Entrepreneurship has played a big role in President Barack Obama’s historic visit to Cuba. On Monday, the President joined Cuban contrapuestos, or entrepreneurs, for a meeting with their American counterparts including Stripe co-founder Patrick Collision, Airbnb CEO and co-founder Brian Chesky, and Julie Hanna, executive chair of micro-loans startup Kiva.Entrepreneurship is key to jump-starting the Cuban economy, according to Carlos Gutierrez, the former CEO of Kellogg who was born in Cuba and served as the U.S. Commerce Secretary under George W. Bush. Gutierrez, who noted that he remains a staunch Republican, said Obama’s visit convinced him that the U.S. is “on the right track as a country and as an administration.”Guetterrez pre-empted questions about Cuba’s troubling track record on human rights by pointing out that entrepreneurship is a human right. “The right to make a living is one or our most precious rights,” he said at a press briefing in Havana. “Cubans are being enabled to start their own business and to develop their own future, their own vision for their life, and we are contributing to that.” (Cuba’s human rights problems were on full display to the world when dozens of pro-democracy dissidents were arrested hours before President Obama arrived.)Cubans have many challenges to overcome in starting their own businesses. The communist nation has only recently begun allowing very limited Internet access in the country, for starters. A trade embargo and bureaucratic red tape are tough hurdles to overcome, and startup capital isn’t plentiful in a country with an average monthly wage of $20 to $30 a month. But the message today was that entrepreneurship lets Cubans take control of their lives.Until the country fully opens its economy to the world, some Cubans are becoming entrepreneurs by turning their homes into businesses by renting them out to tourists. They’ve been doing that via registered casas particulares since the 1990s. The arrival of home sharing platform Airbnb last year has helped them reach a much bigger audience and allowed many hosts to supplement their meager incomes. While in Havana, I met college professors, lawyers and an Olympic Gold Medalist who all said income from Airbnb was critical to their livelihoods.In a year, Airbnb has grown to 4,000 hosts and 13,000 guests who spend an average of $250 on their stays. The growth has mostly been through word-of mouth. With a government-controlled media, advertising is non-existent in Cuba.For that reason, President Obama is eager to point to Airbnb as an American business that can successfully operate in Cuba while also helping the Cuban people. At the entrepreneurship summit, the president told the room of media and Cuban entrepreneurs that Airbnb was a good example of “the power of the Internet, and why having an Internet infrastructure is so important” (But only after momentarily “ragging on” Chesky for his young age and the speed at which Airbnb reached its $25 billion valuation.)Chesky in turn touted Airbnb’s capacity for diplomacy. Home stays forge connections between Cubans and Americans, often changing misconceptions the two groups had about each other. “[American visitors] say they come here with 50 years of questions and they have three days to ask them,” he said. Airbnb estimates that 20 percent of the Americans visiting Cuba book home stays via its platform.Payments services including Stripe and PayPal have announced plans to bring services to the country that will help Cubans collect and send money electronically. “When we talked to entrepreneurs today, they’re all eager to access the Internet and other markets in the world,” PayPal CEO Dan Schulman said in a press briefing. “As business leaders, what we can do is express to the government here and in Cuba our desire to further this commercial relationship, because it matters and it makes a difference.” The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Entrepreneurship’s Big Role in President Obama’s Cuba Visit This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine Apply Now » Image credit: Nicholas Kamm—AFP/Getty Images March 22, 2016 Add to Queue 4 min read Next Article Erin Griffith Cuba Obama is the first president to visit Cuba in nearly nine decades.last_img read more

LinkedIn Wants College Students to Swipe Through Their Career Exploration

first_img Kia Kokalitcheva –shares Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine Add to Queue Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Image credit: Entrepreneur Media Inc. 4 min readcenter_img LinkedIn Wants College Students to ‘Swipe’ Through Their Career Exploration April 18, 2016 LinkedIn is going after college students with its newest mobile app.On Monday, the social network professionals will release an entirely new and separate mobile app, on iOS and Android, aimed at college students to help them get their first job after graduation, as the company describes it. LinkedIn hopes that the app, now available nation-wide, will help students explore possible careers, expand their professional network, and browse through appropriate job listings.“They don’t know what to search for, they don’t know what they’re qualified to do, or even what’s out there,” LinkedIn product manager Ada Yu, who led the development of the app, told Fortune.Not surprisingly, the app’s design borrows heavily from apps popular among young adults like Tinder. When a student opens the app, LinkedIn serves up five items for them to review on that day. First, there’s a career suggestion based on their college and major. Then there’s a recommended article about career-related topics, followed by a company that often recruits from their college, and then a few suggestions of jobs that alumni with similar majors from their college have pursued. Lastly, the app suggests an actual job listing the student might be interested in.And for those overachieving students (or those in a real panic over their post-college fate), the app offers an “extra credit” option at the end that lets them swipe through more of these suggestions and input more information about themselves such as their interests, goals, careers that interest them, and so on.It doesn’t, however, integrate with, the online learning company it acquired for $1.5 billion last year, that could help students pick up extra skills for the jobs and professions they discover through the app.LinkedIn says it’s quietly made the app available a few months ago and a total of 1,500 students across 300 colleges. It has also run pilot programs, with San Jose State University, and the University of Central Florida, that included week-long studies with small groups of students at each school. According Yu, the students’ feedback was generally positive, with many of them saying they enjoyed the app’s snackable approach to the job search.LinkedIn plans to partner with schools and their own job boards so it can feed appropriate job listings from them to students on the app, along with the listings posted on LinkedIn. It’s currently working on implementing this with a couple of schools.With that said, the app seems to put a heavy emphasis on the student’s major when suggesting potential careers or jobs, the old “major=career” way of thinking. The app uses the student’s college and major as its main data point for suggestions until and unless he or she adds more details in the extra credit section.While this may be a good starting point in some cases, it’s increasingly not a helpful strategy, especially in the case of liberal arts students. Surely most philosophy majors don’t intend to become philosophers for a living. Most likely, they’re involved in other, more “practical,” activities and internships outside the classroom that more closely match the jobs and careers they’re interested in pursuing after college. Even in the case of professions like law or medicine, which require graduate degrees to practice, not all lawyers and doctors picked the stereotypical political science and biology majors for their undergraduate studies.Still, Yu maintains that it’s only a starting point and one that makes it easy for students to jumpstart their job search.With the release of the new app, LinkedIn is also beginning to phase out many of its current features and content for students, starting with some of the features geared toward high school students to help them with the college search. Next Article Linkedin Register Now »last_img read more

How HumanMachine Learning Partnerships Can Reduce Unconscious Bias

first_img Brian Uzzi Apply Now » Next Article Machine Learning 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Add to Queue Guest Writercenter_img How Human-Machine Learning Partnerships Can Reduce Unconscious Bias 5 min read Image credit: shutterstock As Airbnb counters complaints about discrimination and racism experienced by some users of its online site that connects travelers and property owners worldwide, its best approach may be a combination of human and computer expertise.On the human side, Airbnb, which takes a strong stance for having “zero tolerance for any discrimination,” hired its first director of diversity, David J. King III, who is responsible for ensuring that the company and its users are more diverse.On the computer science side, machine learning can provide a shortcut for raising red flags and identifying tendencies among users, particularly “hosts” with properties for rent that may lead to discrimination.Airbnb has faced an onslaught of negative headlines, including tweets by a transgender woman who said she was denied an Airbnb rental after she disclosed to the host that she was transgender. Airbnb has also been sued by an African-American user who claimed he was discriminated against when he tried to book a property on the site and his complaints were allegedly ignored by the company.In pursuit of its mission to “create a world where people can belong anywhere,” it’s not enough for Airbnb to ask people to uphold its hospitality practices; there also may be limits to what the company legally can demand of hosts who are independent contractors. In addition, there are obvious ways in which hosts can circumvent hospitality policies: for example, claiming that a property is not available for rent when individuals of certain ethnic or racial backgrounds, or whose last names connote a religious affiliation, make a request.Related: Overcoming Unconscious Bias Is Key to Building an Inclusive TeamA best way for Airbnb to avoid discriminatory actions is to uncover the “ground truth” about host’s beliefs and attitudes that goes beyond their lip service given to promises not to discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion or other factors.Machine learning can go deep, quickly and efficiently, by combing the language generated by tens of thousands (or even millions) of users and finding robust empirical associations among language, tone and desired and undesired behavior. For example, when vetting hosts, Airbnb could use machine learning to scour user-generated text such as web site descriptions of properties, customer reviews, or Tweets. Using pattern recognition and computer learning capabilities, machines can search for “red flag” words, phrases, or attitudes that have been shown to highly correlate with a tendency toward certain discriminatory beliefs or behaviors. The machine learning technique can be very powerful in revealing hosts’ tendencies without them being aware of what is being searched for; therefore, their texts, reviews or tweets embody their natural responses.Identifying unsuitable hosts before a problem arises reduces the risk of discrimination, which for a hospitality web site like Airbnb is absolutely crucial. Prevention is paramount when avoiding the severe damage to reputation and brand that can occur when negative user experiences are amplified through social media.Consider the video prank by Domino’s pizza employees that went viral, showing them spitting on food and engaging in other behaviors that were not only disgusting, but also violated health codes. Even though that food was never delivered, the video prank hurt Domino’s reputation with customers and sent its approval rating plummeting.Related: Airbnb Hires Ex-U.S. Attorney General to Help Shape PolicyIn Airbnb’s case, the best defense against tarnishing its reputation is a good offense on vetting hosts, such as with questionnaires that go beyond describing themselves and their properties, to unconsciously reveal more about their backgrounds and attitudes—even addressing issues such as immigration, gun control, or veterans’ rights. Responses can be scanned, using computer algorithms, for certain patterns within the responses. More than just the use of specific words, the tone of language can indicate whether there is a high correlation with tendencies to discriminate against certain groups.A challenge in crafting such a questionnaire would be wording the questions to avoid bias. Once again, the pattern recognition abilities of machine learning could be used to design questions that have a high probability of being effective in revealing underlying sentiment and predicting the future behaviors of hosts.In the same way, machine learning can help improve the effectiveness of diversity training within the company to help people adjust their behavior not to offend others. Machine learning could help pinpoint words, phrases, or tones that have an unintended effect or that exacerbate a situation — such as when tough feedback is being given after a performance review.Related: Sharing Economy Showdown: The Airbnbs of the World Will Be Bigger Than the Ubers by 2019, Report SaysThe computer doesn’t override human choice; rather, it highlights potential problems that the human can then address such as by softening the tone, while not changing the content — or not.As Airbnb battles against perceptions of discrimination by some users, the combination of diversity expertise with computer science yields a shortcut that is highly efficient and cost effective. But neither will suffice on its own. Working together, machine and human can partner to improve the vetting process by seeking the right information and scanning for “red flags” to help prevent discrimination before it has a chance to occur. –shares Professor, Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University July 31, 2016last_img read more

Serena Williams Gets Engaged to Reddit CoFounder Alexis Ohanian

first_img This story originally appeared on Reuters Marriage 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Next Article The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Serena Williams Gets Engaged to Reddit Co-Founder Alexis Ohanian –shares Add to Queuecenter_img 1 min read Ohanian confirmed the news on his Facebook page, writing: ‘She said yes.’ World number two tennis player Serena Williams has become engaged to Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of the social media company Reddit.”Down on 1 knee. He said four words. And/r/isaidyes,” the 35-year-old American said on the social media site on Thursday.”I came home. A little late. Someone had a bag packed for me. And a carriage awaited. Destination: Rome … back to where our stars first collided.”The New York-born Ohanian, 33, confirmed the news on his Facebook page, writing: “She said yes.”Williams is the best player of her generation. She has won 22 grand slam singles titles, the same as German Steffi Graf and trailing only Australian Margaret Court (24).(Reporting by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina; Editing by Tony Jimenez) Reuters December 30, 2016 Apply Now »last_img read more

This Startup Plans to Authenticate the Entire Internet

first_imgStartups –shares Image credit: via PC Mag Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Enough with fake news: a startup launching this week called Authenticated Reality wants to be the ultimate source for finding out what’s real and what’s fake online.The company’s product, which it calls “The New Internet,” is launching in a closed beta this week. It’s essentially a sandboxed layer that lives on top of every webpage its users visit, allowing them to authenticate stories they believe are real by placing their digital signature on them for other users to see.Users will access the New Internet layer through a browser plugin or via an app for iOS (Android is coming soon). In addition to labeling web pages as authentic, users will also be able to rate and comment on them.”Our company has created a place where every user is personally responsible for their actions through a system of checks and balances in order to put an end to unreliable information and false identities online,” Authenticated Reality CEO Darin Andersen said in a statement.It’s a lofty goal, and one whose accomplishment depends almost exclusively on the character of the customers that the company is able to attract. To weed out people who themselves might be inclined to write fake news or incendiary comments, Authenticated Reality has come up with a verification system that requires users to submit their driver’s license information to prove that they are who they say they are.Addressing fake news with a closed network of verified commenters might make the web a more trustworthy place for Authenticated Reality’s users, but it is a markedly different approach from the recent high-profile efforts in the media and tech world to combat the problem.One of those efforts is a collaboration between Facebook, Google and major news outlets to verify news coverage of the 2017 French presidential election. Instead of the public verifying the news themselves, they’ll send suspicious stories, photos and other content to real journalists who will use an arsenal of analytics tools to validate them. Tom Brant News reporter Add to Queue Enroll Now for $5center_img 2 min read Next Article February 14, 2017 Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. This story originally appeared on PCMag This Startup Plans to Authenticate the Entire Internet A closed network of verified commenters will rate the authenticity of the web pages they visit.last_img read more

So You Waited Til the Last Minute 15 Great Gift Ideas for

first_img There’s nothing like finding the perfect holiday present. As a tech entrepreneur and investor on Dragons’ Den, I’ve been lucky enough to work with some of the most innovative ecommerce companies around. Every day, it seems, I learn about a new product that someone on my list would love.Related: 11 Extravagant Gifts for the Entrepreneur That Has EverythingThat’s why I can’t keep these amazing products all to myself! So, I’m sharing my personal picks for the holiday season. These last-minute gift ideas are unique, stylish, and offered by awesome online companies — which means they’re just a click away. Here are a few of my favorites.1. The gift: A MasterClass All-AccessPass Price: $180Why I love it: Who wouldn’t want to learn cooking from Gordon Ramsay, basketball from Stephen Curry or acting from Samuel L. Jackson? A MasterClass All-Access Pass will give your loved one access to amazing classes from top minds in pretty much every field — business, the arts, sports and more. I think curiosity is a critical trait of an entrepreneur, and this is the perfect gift for someone who wants to foster his or her learning. There’s literally a course for everyone.2. The gift: Caavo Control Centre Universal RemotePrice: $99.95Why I love it: We’ve all seen how gadgets, game stations and cable boxes can clutter up a living room. Caavo centralizes an entertainment system with a “control center” — one easy place to plug in all of your systems, and a single remote to turn each of them on and off. Caavo even works with Google Voice and Amazon Alexa, so you can access all systems completely hands-free. This gift would be a true game changer (excuse the pun!) for the busy family or TV lover on your list.3. The gift: Lucky Iron FishPrice: $30 Why I love it: As a busy entrepreneur, staying healthy while on the go is a big challenge for me. That’s why I invested in Lucky Iron Fish when I saw it pitched on Dragon’s Den. The small fish is a safe and easy way to add iron to your meal — all you have to do is drop it in a boiling liquid as you cook (water, soup broth, sauce, a curry, etc.). It also lasts for five years, making it a far better investment than one-time iron supplements.My vegetarian friends swear by this product, but it’s also great for athletes, pregnant women or anyone who struggles with anemia. Best of all, the company makes a huge social impact: Thanks to its  “buy one, give one” model, over 45,000 Lucky Iron Fish have been donated to people in need. What more could you ask for?4. The gift: Anything from iHeartDogs.comPrice: VariousWhy I love it: is my go-to spot to get gifts for dogs and dog lovers alike. Products for dogs include leashes, toys, treats …oh, and some snazzy apparel for those dogs’ humans, of course! Plus, when you shop at iHeartDogs, the company makes a donation that supports great causes for animals and people (check out its amazing social impact here).5. The gift: A perfect smile from Candid CoPrice: $1,995Why I love it: A nice smile goes a long way for someone’s confidence. If your loved one has been complaining about his or her pearly whites, take the hint and check out Candid Co. Its technology provides custom-designed, orthodontist-supported teeth alignment — using attractive, clear aligners delivered straight to your door. If you have a teenager who isn’t keen on braces, or a spouse who is desperate to straighten out a crooked tooth, this could be the ultimate holiday gift.Related: Do’s and Don’ts for Client Gifts Over the Holidays6. The gift: Stylish temporary tattoos from Inkbox PricePrice: from $14Why I love it: I love playing with different looks, so I was excited to invest in Inkbox after meeting its founders on Dragon’s Den. The company offers high-quality, real-looking tattoos (I’ve fooled a lot of people!) that last for eight to 18 days, so you can get the benefits of a tattooed look without committing to the ink. It’s a great way to test out whether you like a tattoo before deciding on something permanent; it’s also a great way to mix up your look for different occasions and moods. If you’re looking for the perfect stocking stuffer for the commitment-phobic or tattoo lover on your list, Inkbox is a great fit.7. The gift: The ultimate health booster from Athletic GreensPrice: from $77Why I love it: Now that we’ve talked about healthy living for puppies, let’s talk about boosting the health of the humans on your gift list. I love Athletic Greens because it combines ingredients that influence almost every aspect of your health — no more need for a cocktail of supplements and vitamins; it’s all there in this trusted powder formula. I’m pretty skeptical when it comes to health products, but this is one I personally use and would definitely suggest, especially for busy folks looking to improve their health game.8. The gift: An adventure in a box from HuntPrice: from $34Why I love it: Hunt A Killer is the ultimate subscription box for mystery lovers. I met these people early in their company’s history when my company Clearbanc funded their marketing initiatives. Every month, they send subscribers a thrilling murder to solve. The monthly strategy games all tie together and create an exciting narrative, so your recipient will always be excited for that next box. As one reviewer stated, “If you love to read about or watch shows with serial killers and true crime, then this is your thing.”9. The gift: Printed pants from TheElephantPants.comPrice: VariousWhy I love it: This gift combines two of my favorite things: stylish clothes and elephant welfare. When you buy a pair of colorful and unique pants from The Elephantpants, the company gives back to grassroots organizations that help save and support these gentle giants. Currently, $1 from each item sold is donated to “Space For Giants,” an organization that helps secure habitats and prevent poaching in Africa. And yes, the pants are absolutely as comfortable as they look online!10. The gift: High-quality sports reporting from The Athletic Price: From $3.99 per monthWhy I love it: If you think the quality of sports articles has been going down, it might be because so many high quality sports writers have left traditional outlets and are working for The Athletic. This subscription app is dedicated to great athletic journalism, and it provides a great experience for readers from end-to-end: It has a clean interface, a spirited comment section and custom article selections based on your team preferences. As a big sports fan myself (go, Raptors!), I can’t imagine reading about last night’s game any other way. Trust me, the sports lover in your life would be super-excited to get a subscription.11. The gift: A “winesulator,” “hopsulator” or flask from BrumatePrice: from $19.99Why I love it: Brumate offers “insulators” that keep wine, beer and spirits cold for long periods of time. I don’t know about you, but the guarantee that my Sauvignon blanc will stay cold for holiday parties sounds like a pretty incredible gift! The modern, sleek design of Brumate products makes them a great addition to any home bar. If someone on your list likes his or her beverages cold, Brumate is the perfect fit.12. The gift: A Bokksu subscriptionPrice: from $25Why I love it: One of my favorite parts of travel is sampling the local cuisine. If that sounds like someone on your list, look no further than Bokksu: The company sends sends authentic, gourmet Japanese snacks straight to subscribers’ doors each month. The company even includes a tea pairing specifically designed to complement each delivery! This subscription would be perfect gift for the foodie in your life.13. The gift: A Watch Gang subscriptionPrice: from $25 per monthWhy I love it: If you plan on buying a nice watch for a special someone this year, Watch Gang can will make your dollar go way, way further. The company sends a stylish watch from a top brand to subscribers every month, matching unsold inventory from top brands with your loved one’s style preferences. There are plenty of watch collectors in my family, so this company definitely caught my eye this holiday season.14. The gift: Aesthetic Revolution (ASRV) athletic wearPrice: VariousWhy I love it: As someone who enjoys an active lifestyle, I have learned (often the hard way!) that good quality equipment and clothing make a huge difference in the gym. Currently, my current favorite brand for high-quality athletic wear is Aesthetic Revolution. Its products have tons of tech-friendly features, from joggers with heat-sealed pockets for your phone to durable jackets with hidden zippers. This company is dedicated to innovative design and thorough testing, and those things really show when you wear its products. These products are definitely at the top of my list for anyone who enjoys running, sports or any other physical activity.15. The gift: A Treadly portable treadmillPrice: $999.00Why I love it: One of the biggest down sides of owning a treadmill is how much space it can take up in the home, which is why I absolutely love Treadly. Its patent-pending workout solution folds up and rolls around easily, which means you can store it almost anywhere and use it wherever there is floor space available. With my Treadly, I can work out in front of my living room TV in the office, and in my bedroom — all in one day. I have yet to see a more convenient workout solution, which is why I had to include this product in this guide.Related: 4 Cool Gifts for Tech Geeks for the Holiday SeasonThe holiday season is a particularly busy (and fun!) time to run an online business. As an investor and business owner focused on ecommerce, this time of year is the perfect opportunity to cheer on some of my favorite new businesses.As you finish your own holiday list, consider the companies I’ve listed above. When you can support a company with an ethical mission, unique product and passionate founder, everyone wins — especially your recipient! Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Next Article Image credit: Handemandaci | Getty Images Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Add to Queue 9 min read Gifts Guest Writer Michele Romanow So, You Waited ‘Til the Last Minute? 15 Great Gift Ideas for Your Favorite Entrepreneur. Co-founder, Clearbanc Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. December 22, 2018 Enroll Now for $5 Thanks, internet, for offering up these companies’ innovative products, passionate founders and ethical missions! –shareslast_img read more

I was wary of writing the Carole King musical but she opened

first_img Reply Share on WhatsApp Douglas McGrath Share on Twitter Reply 1 2 10 11 Share via Email Shares5151 Share on Twitter Report Reply E Assen Read more 8 Feb 2018 21:16 Report Saw the musical in London. It was marvellous and the woman in Carole’s role got a standing ovation. Halt, genius at work. Pinterest Reply Share I was wary of writing the Carole King musical but she opened herself up completely Share on Facebook She was a hard worker. If Donny Kirschner told her he needed a song for the Shirelles by tomorrow, she and Gerry had a song by tomorrow. If the Shirelles said they would only sing the song if Carole would orchestrate it with strings, Carole went to the library, got a book on orchestrating with strings, and did it. Carole and Gerry always wanted to hit No 1, and they did it more than most people, but they didn’t stop long to savour it. They were always on to something new, adjusting as “the sound” changed. They composed The Locomotion, and a few years later Natural Woman. They kept growing. Carole opened herself up to me completely as I did my research, answering every question I asked her, and never asking me to soften or improve the events of her life. (She told me two stories she asked me not to use, not to protect herself but the privacy of the other people involved.) And she was insistent that I include her best friends and fellow songwriters, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, as central characters in the story. Without saying it, she was saying: my story is not just me – it’s all of us. She was a long way from that ballet dancer I’d tried to write about and, in my mind, all the more perfect for being so human. • Beautiful: The Carole King Musical opens in Melbourne on 16 February Share | Pick Support The Guardian Topics Musicals Theatre Forgive me; what does ff mean? Share Reply Report 2 3 Twitter NuvoPravda Facebook Mujokan Facebook Share on Twitter Twitter Share on Facebook I’ve seen the show twice in NYC. Awesome show, awesome music. KMdude Share on Twitter 0 1 50 8 Feb 2018 16:53 Twitter Report | Pick Twitter Share via Email This is the only album I’ve purchased in every one of its formats, from 33 1/3 album to cassette tape to CD to mp3. I love it that much. 25 BigScottishAl dmac57 8 9 6 7 Share on Twitter Reply 0 1 Share on Facebook Motrausscot Twitter Twitter oldest | Pick Facebook MissingInActon Facebook ff 8 Feb 2018 19:05 Share tezza52 | Pick Share on Twitter 5 6 If you want to know how to write classic pop songs, the first place to start is the great 60s songwriting teams. Judging by what I hear on Crapital sometimes, a few more people need to get back to the basics. Facebook | Pick Report Twitter Reply Report Twitter Facebook Share on Twitter Reply Share Reply 2 3 | Pick NuvoPravda Twitter Reply | Pick 9 Feb 2018 20:56 Order by oldest recommendations Sorry there was an error. Please try again later. If the problem persists, please contact Userhelp Share on Twitter 4 out of 5 stars. Shotcricket | Pick Report VelmaDinkley You’re saying ‘this is not a “musical”’ like it’s a bad thing. Surely that’s a selling point? 100 1 2 Wed 7 Feb 2018 19.45 EST 4 5 daisydaisyb | Pick Facebook Carole King musical to be made into a Hollywood biopic Which is one reason it is such a great show. It’s a compelling story, with great music in the context of the story, not people randomly bursting into song. Share on Twitter Share on Facebook 8 Feb 2018 9:23 13 14 I’m glad to read this, as I so admire her. Was wonderful to hear her with James Taylor, ranging through their back catalogue in their Troubadour Reunion tour a few years ago. I was at the Melbourne show and when she sang ‘Locomotion’ (including a reference to hometown girl Kylie) it brought the place down! A woman for all seasons… Sweet Seasons, even. Report Share orso 8 Feb 2018 17:02 Mickglover @Mickglover is referring to Carole King’s answer song to Neil Sedaka’s song about her: think. 8 Feb 2018 18:38 Twitter My favorite songs : Smackwater Jack and Ferguson Road. The former song always seemed so odd for Carole King – shotguns and bodies. Had the Tapestry Album cheers, gryff 🙂 Report Share on Facebook 2 3 8 Feb 2018 10:05 | Pick Report Facebook | Pick Share on Facebook Twitter 1984Aus Share on Facebook Share on Twitter 8 Feb 2018 11:20 Brilliant songwriter. Facebook Share Report Comments 48 Share on Twitter Twitter | Pick Reply 8 Feb 2018 16:27 Share on Twitter 2 3 Twitter tezza52 | Pick | Pick Mickglover Share on Facebook | Pick | Pick Reply 1 2 Saw her in Hyde Park. What a performance! 16 17 Back in the 70’s, if you didn’t have Tapestry in your record collection, you didn’t have a record collection . MissingInActon Share on Facebook Twitter hogsback Carispirit Reply Twitter Share Twitter Twitter Share Share on Twitter Reply Reply I only know her from the Gilmore Girls theme… Didn’t know she was born in 1960 though Report 12 13 Report 8 Feb 2018 16:39 Share on Facebook Twitter 9 Feb 2018 4:07 Facebook Facebook Share patjoap | Pick Share on Facebook Facebook Share on Twitter Reply Sometimes you see a bit of footage of her and Gerry at 1650 Broadway but they don’t show her kid! I didn’t know she was a mother at that point, that’s quite amazing. Little Eva was their babysitter apparently. Facebook Reply Share on Facebook Report | Pick | Pick Twitter Report Share on Twitter Share on Facebook 1984Aus The show is just wonderful. Highly recommended Twitter daisydaisyb SuperBoy Facebook Reply Mujokan Twitter Facebook Carole King: ‘She writes and sings openly about her struggles, heartbreaks, pains and joys.’Photograph: Samir Hussein/Redferns Share on Facebook Facebook Facebook Share on Facebook Facebook Facebook 8 Feb 2018 9:25 Musicals Twitter | Pick sybella9 Reply Ssorpoint Share on Facebook Threads collapsed 8 Feb 2018 18:27 Share on Twitter joe_tambien Share on Twitter expanded Share Report Twitter Share on Twitter TheJoyOfEssex Report Share on Twitter Share on Twittercenter_img Reply Share | Pick 8 Feb 2018 11:41 8 Feb 2018 12:41 6 7 Share Read more Share Share on Facebook Share on Facebook 8 Feb 2018 8:59 Facebook Share | Pick 12 13 8 Feb 2018 14:59 Share on Facebook James Taylor – another artist who doesn’t run away from his drug history from the past – has been one of Carole KIng’s closest friends since the 60s. He tells the story of the time he was watching/listening to her as she sang ‘You’ve Got A Friend’. When she came off stage he told her it was a great song. “You can have it,” she said and the rest is etc etc.Two great singer/song writers. Close report comment form Share Reply Share on Facebook 8 Feb 2018 21:01 1 2 | Pick comment Saw the show on Broadway. It’s great. Report I once tried to write a movie biography of a legendary ballet dancer. He was alive, then in his senior years, and I interviewed him at length. He was a person with a vivacious personality, a store of anecdotes and many dramatic events upon which to draw.But I learned as I went on that he would not allow himself to be portrayed as anything less than perfect: a god in tights and toe shoes. Ballet dancers are all about perfection; they are somehow human and not human at all. Though I had the greatest admiration for this man, I had to abandon the project when it became clear that he did not want a portrayal that showed any struggle on his part. Based on seeing the show in London I’d very much recommend it it to anyone. Her story stands alone so it’s much more than a jukebox show but, of course, there are more great songs than I could count. Share on Messenger | Pick Report tezza52 gleneyre Share on Twitter Reply Share Reason (optional) Reply 1 2 ‘Like every right-thinking person..’ Hmmm, a little bit trite that statement – but alas, it is the truth 🙂 Share Share on Twitter Share on Facebook newest Share on Twitter Facebook Facebook Report 8 Feb 2018 9:06 I’m a bloke and her songs can being a tear to my eye. To whoever wrote the headline, I suspect “singer songwriter” would be a better description of Ms King and her talents that “pop star”! Report 8 Feb 2018 11:09 Reply Share Report CaptainBlack Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Twitter Please select Personal abuse Off topic Legal issue Trolling Hate speech Offensive/Threatening language Copyright Spam Other stellans | Pick Share on Facebook MissingInActon Twitter Briliant, brilliant womes. Tapestry is way up in the list of my best ever albums. Amazing voice and lyrics, beautiful music. And, to get a bit schmaltzy, Tapestry is my favourite song in tge album, and has given me great comfort in some difficult times. ‘Now my tapestry’s unraveling; he’s come to take me back’ Basically we’re all going to die one day so don’t let things make you bitter and angry, appreciate your time and the beautiful thungs, and be kind. Well that’s what I got out of it ! Reply Share on Facebook MsUnderstanding 8 Feb 2018 19:40 This is not a “musical” Sign in or create your Guardian account to recommend a comment Share on Twitter | Pick Beautiful review – Carole King musical a hit thanks to star’s earth-moving performance Facebook 8 Feb 2018 11:39 If you don’t have Tapestry now you don’t have a collection. 8 Feb 2018 16:48 Share Facebook Share on Twitter Twitter | Pick Twitter 8 Feb 2018 16:52 0 1 Report Share Reply Since you’re here… Facebook Share 11 12 Twitter Report Share on Facebook Peakman Share on Facebook This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our community standards. Replies may also be deleted. For more detail see our FAQs. Reply 8 Feb 2018 16:30 Share So when I was asked many years later if I wanted to do a musical about Carole King, who was and is very much alive, I said no. I did not want her hovering over my shoulder, airbrushing the struggle and pain out of her life. Luckily I was talked out of this moronic decision and I soon came to see that Carole is the opposite of a ballet dancer: she has never pretended to be perfect or above the difficulties that trouble the rest of us. She writes and sings openly about her struggles, heartbreaks, pains and joys. Part of her enormous and enduring appeal is that people think that she is just like them. Of all the great pop stars, she is the least diva-like – the one who most seems like a regular person.But Carole is not a regular person. She was so smart she skipped two years of high school and was in college by the age of 16. By the age of 17 she and her writing partner and then husband, Gerry Goffin, had written the No 1 song in the US, Will You Love Me Tomorrow. They would write many more No 1s, and many, many more top 10, top 40 and top 100 hits. She is the first woman to be awarded America’s highest prize in music, the Gershwin prize. I think you could argue that she is the first great female composer. When she was writing songs in her bedroom in her parents’ home in Brooklyn, and coming in on the subway to Times Square to try to sell them, there were no well-known female composers. Over the years the occasional female lyricist had risen up – the great Dorothy Fields comes to mind, and Betty Comden, and the brilliant Carolyn Leigh. But there were very few women composers, and none with a sustained series of hits. Share Share on Twitter comments (48)Sign in or create your Guardian account to join the discussion. Share Twitter Share on Facebook Show 25 Share on Twitter CaptainBlack 28 29 | Pick Report Reply Pop and rock Twitter Facebook All Truly great writer and singer.Like every right-thinking person, I have Tapestry in my collection. I also have it as mp3 on my phone, and listen to it walking to work most mornings. Every time I listen to it, I either hear something in the words or music – or both – that I’d not really heard before or something I thought I’d forgotten. Reply | Pick Share on Facebook Mujokan 8 Feb 2018 18:02 Facebook Back in the 90s, a friend of mine was working behind the bar at the Boardwalk in Manchester, where she obviously got to hear all the acts that were on. She mentioned one day there there’d been a great singer/songwriter on the previous night that she’d never heard of called Louise Goffin. It wasn’t till I pointed out that it was Carole King’s daughter that she twigged. | Pick Reuse this content,View all comments > Share on Facebook Share Share on Twitter Share 1 2 8 Feb 2018 17:55 Share on Twitter I’d be wary of being dragged to see this. Sorry about that it was a typo and I never got back to it. Share CaptainBlack Facebook | Pick Share on Facebook Facebook 8 Feb 2018 10:24 1 2 Report collapsed Facebook Facebook 1 2 Facebook Mark Smith Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Share on Facebook 8 Feb 2018 19:09 Share on Facebook 7 8 Share on Twitter Twitter Twitter Report No mention of Neil Sedaka. 8 Feb 2018 11:40 Report Report Share Reply 8 Feb 2018 10:20 ID5933171 Esther Hannaford (as Carole King) and Josh Piterman (Gerry Goffin) in the Australian production of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. Photograph: Joan Marcus SuperBoy Share Reply 6 7 Funnily enough I’ve had years of my life go by with no mention of Neil Sedaka. Guess this moment is the start of a whole new cycle for me. | Pick 2 13 14 Twitter Report Of all the great pop stars, she is the least diva-like – the one who most seems like a regular person Reply Reply 2 Facebook Report Facebook 8 Feb 2018 9:03 gryff Share on Twitter … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share Share on Twitter 1 This is not a “musical”. It is merely a collection of greatest hits performed in between dialog. Just like Abba and the countless others churned out over the last 20 years. Nothing original here Report People think of Carole as a revolutionary feminist icon but it’s a simplification of a complex person. First of all, she was never radical. Her dreams were to be a wife and mother living in the suburbs, an escape from the “rat-race noise down in the streets” of Brooklyn. When she got pregnant at age 16, the suburbs were very far away. She and Gerry lived with her parents in her childhood home, and they had to work. So when she came into the office at 1650 Broadway where she and Gerry were given a cubicle, she often had her baby with her, who slept or smiled or burped while Carole wrote the melodies for Gerry’s lyrics. Years later, when she moved to Los Angeles and was recording Tapestry, her children – she now had two daughters – would call her in the recording studio to ask the questions that are always so urgent to children: Where’s my blue sweater? Can we stay up and watch TV? What’s for dinner?As for her feminism, it was less a political idea than it was the practical reality of her life. She was born with a preternatural gift for melody. Nothing was going to stop her from writing and, when she marched into those Times Square offices to sell her songs, nobody cared that she was a woman (in fact, a girl) – they either liked the song or they didn’t. If they thought it would sell, they bought it. More often than not, they bought it and more often than not, the record sold. Report | Pick Share on Facebook Reply 1 Twitter 3 4 6 7 DekeThornton 8 Feb 2018 16:23 | Pick Report Share on Twitter Share Facebook Share on Facebook 3 4 Reply 1984Aus unthreaded Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest Share 8 Feb 2018 18:08 Share 2 3 Share | Pick 8 Feb 2018 17:56 Facebook Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Twitter Share on Twitter 3 4 Twitter Report gleneyre Report Loading comments… Trouble loading? Saw the show on Broadway. Just verve. fantastic music and a compelling story. She really seems so likeable and relatable even with her unique gifts. Email (optional) We saw the show in the West End two years ago. It was incredible. If you are a Carol King fan and get the chance to see it do go. Share on Twitter View more commentslast_img read more

Kidnapped by mum the American teenager trapped in a South Korean cult

first_imgSouth Korea Religion Kate Lyons Elise spent two months with Grace Road Church in South Korea and Fiji, after her mother destroyed her passport and refused to let her leave During the summer break after her junior year of high school, Elise* travelled to South Korea from Chicago with her mother for what was meant to be a six-week holiday.Instead, the 17-year-old ended up trapped in Grace Road Church, a cult whose leader was arrested in August accused of depriving followers of their liberty and participating in ritual beatings. While there, Elise was forced to attend five-hour sermons, denied medication and told she would never see her father and sister again.Elise’s mother organised the trip in 2013 after discovering her daughter smoked marijuana. The holiday was supposed to allow Elise – who was born in the US to Korean parents – a chance to spend time with her Korean family and have a break from her American friends.But, after two weeks with family, Elise’s mother took her to stay at Grace Road Church in Gwacheon, just south of Seoul.The church, which denies it is a cult, has branches in both South Korea and Fiji, where hundreds of church members moved in 2014 after its leader, Pastor Shin Ok-ju, said there would be a famine in Korea and Fiji was the promised land where they would survive.Shin was arrested last month along with three other church leaders, accused of stranding followers in Fiji and subjecting them to violent rituals. Share on LinkedIn ‘The last time I saw my mum’Elise eventually managed to leave the compound during a service and made it to a nearby convenience store where she called her sister, who told her that she and their father would come to get her. While she was on the phone, Elise’s mother walked into the shop and began looking for her.“I’m ducking between the aisles of the convenience store,” says Elise. “I feel like I’m in a scary movie and the killer is on the other side of the corner and you’re trying to hide from them.”The next day, Elise’s father, sister and uncle arrived and Elise left with them. “That’s the last time I’ve ever seen my mum,” said Elise.But Elise was not free. Without a passport – her mother told her she had cut it up – Elise had to go to the embassy to get a travel document. Elise’s father believes he was followed by church members to the embassy. The day before their flight was due to leave Korea for the US, Elise’s mother cancelled the ticket. Then came the nightmares. While at Grace Road, Elise would regularly dream that she was back in the US, going about her normal life. Once back in America she was diagnosed with PTSD. The church compound where Elise and her mother stayed in South Korea. Photograph: Elise Share on Twitter Play Video Kidnapped by mum: the American teenager trapped in a South Korean cult Elise on a trip to Fiji where 400 members of Grace Road Church moved after their leader prophesied that it was the promised land.Photograph: Elise Share on WhatsApp Facebook Shares131131 Pinterest Tue 25 Sep 2018 19.00 EDT Twitter Share via Email Pinterest features … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Since you’re here… ‘These people are not normal’Elise realised she had effectively been kidnapped when she had been at the church for about two weeks.She had been fighting with her mother about wanting to leave and, feeling a panic attack coming on, went to get her anti-anxiety medication. Her mother told her she had thrown it away because medicine was frowned upon by the church. Elise’s mother also took away her laptop and iPod – her means of communicating with her sister and friends back in the US. Do you hear that? She has a demon inside of her and that’s why she’s screamingShin Ok-ju @MsKateLyonscenter_img Read more Facebook Support The Guardian Grace Road Church refused to comment for this story, but in a statement previously provided to the Guardian, said these beatings, called “threshing floors” are a “perfectly biblical” way of “publicly reproving” followers who have sinned. “I’m hyperventilating at this point and I’m freaking out,” said Elise. “It dawned on me: these people are not normal.”When Elise refused to leave the small room three members of the church half-carried, half-dragged her downstairs to the sermon. Elise says she was screaming at them not to touch her. Over her screams Elise says she could hear the pastor of the church, Shin Ok-ju, tell the congregation; “Do you hear that? She has a demon inside of her and that’s why she’s screaming. Do you want to turn out like that?”Elise was forced to sit in the front row of the church service, directly in front of Shin.“She’s calling me out and saying how much an evil person I am and how I need to accept her word and how I’m going to go to hell and how the medicine I take makes me crazy. I thought I’m going to throw up, I can’t escape. I’m looking at my mum and signing her [to say] I need my medicine, but she’s completely ignoring me. I don’t know what to do, I’m basically just trying not to pass out.”Since Shin’s arrest, church members have told how they had their passports taken from them when they arrived in Fiji and were forced to work without pay. Shocking video footage has also emerged that appears to show Shin beating her followers and encouraging them to beat one another in the church in South Korea. Share on Facebook Reuse this content Share on Pinterest Last modified on Tue 25 Sep 2018 21.09 EDT Elise and her mother started living at the church, sleeping on mats on the floor of a room they shared with as many as 12 women, above a hall where Shin gave five-hour sermons.“At the end of June she decided ‘let’s spend the weekend here’, then the weekend turned into let’s spend the entire week here. I thought: ‘what the heck?’ This wasn’t part of the plan,” Elise told the Guardian. Share via Email Accused South Korean cult leader filmed beating her followers – video Pastor Shin Ok-ju is under investigation for allegedly abusing and enslaving her followers. Photograph: Seoul Broadcasting System. 1:46 Members attend a sermon at the Grace Road Church. Photograph: Elise Share on Facebook South Korean cult leader arrested after stranding 400 followers in Fiji Share on Twitter Topics Share on Messenger Twitter “I would think what if I’m not actually here, what if this is a really intense dream, just like the dream I had back in Korea,” she said.Eventually, Elise was hospitalised after she self-harmed. Her mother called her while she was in hospital and told her that people who killed themselves deserved to be in hell.“How do you say that to your child?” said Elise. “How do you say that to anyone, but especially to your child? She completely changed, completely changed personality, she turned on me. My mum and I were pretty close before this all happened.”The last Elise heard, her mother was still with the church and is not likely to return. Elise hopes the current investigation into Shin and Grace Road will lead to Shin being prosecuted.“I hope that pastor – fake pastor – is served justice and people come to realise stuff like this does happen.”* Names have been changed to protect the identity of the subject South Korea Asia Pacificlast_img read more

Michael Moore We have the power to crush Trump

first_img Facebook Share Michael Moore Facebook The Democrats lost because they offered nothing new. The only baffling thing is they seem willing to do it again, probably because their mainstream meeja chums tell them it was the email server and Russian interfence and…and.. why they lost. A few policies, a new vision and a good few paces removed from Wall Street would be a start. Ho Hum. And the young folk are nowhere near angry enough yet, probably because of the staid, muted and largely ineffective leadership of the self styled progressives which did so much t silent dissent in the first place, leaving the door open to a potential despot like Trump. Report Fishgirl23 | Pick Reply Panzeryeti Share on Facebook | Pick Comments 579 Michael Moore: ‘As I get older, I become more angry.’Photograph: Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP Share Play Video 11 12 Share on Facebook Perhaps, but it makes little sense for left wing voters who don’t like the left wing candidate to then vote for a candidate of the hard right who had a nasty, anti-working class agenda. Even those who didn’t vote at all should have been out there doing whatever was necessary to prevent Trump taking power. Not doing so was a betrayal of the left. Facebook Please select Personal abuse Off topic Legal issue Trolling Hate speech Offensive/Threatening language Copyright Spam Other Share | Pick He will *win* in 2020, if he runs, i think that will depend on whether Elizabeth Warren decides to enter the race. I would argue he’s the *only* candidate who has the political platform and popularity to defeat Trump. Fahrenheit 11/9 review: Michael Moore v Donald Trump = stalemate Reply Reply thisnametaken Report Twitter Mick James Facebook Reply interviews Share EsIstGeschlossen Share on Twitter Share Facebook Reply | Pick 3 4 Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook Report Show 21 more replies comments (579)Sign in or create your Guardian account to join the discussion. 18 Oct 2018 22:11 Last modified on Mon 3 Dec 2018 10.10 EST Report Share on Twitter Report 25 To paraphrase George Orwell: “If there is hope, it lies in the young.” Reply All Reason (optional) 3 Share Report Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Twitter Reply Share on Facebook Twitter Share via Email Facebook The great thing about Trump is the comedy show he creates daily with his narcissistic tweets. Not sure if it’s derangement or brilliant propagandizing. Reply Facebook Share on Twitter This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our community standards. Replies may also be deleted. For more detail see our FAQs. Facebook Share on Twitter Sorry there was an error. Please try again later. If the problem persists, please contact Userhelp Share on Facebook M_T_Wallet Share on Twitter Share on Twitter 30 31 14 15 18 Oct 2018 22:15 Share 1 Show 2 more replies 18 Oct 2018 22:08 18 Oct 2018 22:34 170 171 Share on Twitter 18 Oct 2018 22:17 159 160 18 Oct 2018 23:06 Reply | Pick Reply 18 Oct 2018 21:59 The American people lost. Democrats are actually doing quite well, raising over $1 billion for midterm elections, vs. $700 million on the GOP side. Democrats will do very well in 21 days. Of course, it would help if more Americans took their democratic responsibility seriously and actually voted. Share on Twitter | Pick Reply canuck_overseas Share on Facebook Report Share on Twitter RussianBot1837402 Reply ‘The Democrats have a strategy to defeat Bernie Sanders but not Donald Trump’. Discuss. Share on Twitter Share Donald Trump Nobody is screwed. Folks need to stop with this hysteria and quit overdosing on highly partisan “news” sources. … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Report snakeyear Report Report Facebook I wish. Sadly it’s bullies and gobshite psychopaths like him that seem to thrive and get on faster in this world. Report Share Share on Facebook Well informed & has a good understanding… And he’s right. The reasons are quite clear. Those inclined to vote left don’t want the kind of ‘left’ that they grew up with. They want a progressive left that is not pandering to the corporate agenda as the likes of Hillary Clinton and Tony Blair would provide. Hence the rise in present day Saunders in the US and the Labour Party membership here in the UK demonstrate. There is a growing left constituency here in the UK and in the US; it’s only a matter of time as to who leads it to power. It’s probably just too early for the likes of Corbyn and Saunders. 154 155 54 55 Share on Facebook Report No it was the American shadow that allowed the monster out. He just fits the bill. In Moore’s film, the Democratic former speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi slaps down a young, leftwing voter with: “I have to say, we’re capitalists, that’s just the way it is.” But it is striking that in 2018 – nearly three decades after the end of the cold war, in the nation of red scares and McCarthyism, in the very citadel of free-market capitalism – polls show most younger Americans prefer socialism to capitalism, “whether Pelosi likes it or not”, says Moore. He thinks back to how the socialist senator Bernie Sanders – whom he backed – casually launched his presidential bid in 2015. “He didn’t even realise how vast what was about to take off was. If he’d started a couple of months earlier, infrastructure in place, who knows what would have happened.” Will he run run again? “I believe he will,” Moore says, optimistic that Sanders can win both the nomination and defeat Trump. He tells me of an unreleased poll in West Virginia – which Trump won by a 42-point margin in 2016 – that has Sanders beating Trump in a head to head. “Even if people don’t agree with Bernie, they know he’s honest – what you see is what you get.”But the Democratic establishment is on the run, he believes: he points to the rise of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a 29-year-old New Yorker who defeated one of the Democrats’ big wigs in a primary election in June. “We covered her when nobody even knew she was running.” At the root of the Democratic civil war are fundamentally different interpretations of what happened in the 2016 election. The Democratic left believes it represented the nemesis of centrist orthodoxy, failing to capitalise on the anti-establishment mood against a system that is fundamentally broken, while the Democratic right believes Trump supporters need to be won over, and blame so-called “identity politics” for the loss.Moore gives winning over Trumpists short shrift, spluttering: “A waste of time! Oh my God! If you’re still for Trump [after] two years, [with] everything you’ve seen, you’re gone, no one can convince you of anything!” What is pejoratively labelled identity politics – civil rights for black people, LGBTQ rights, women’s rights – has “reinvigorated politics”, Moore suggests. “It’s getting more people out to vote. You’re never going to convince people who hate gay people – that’s a waste of time. Our energy has to be getting our own people to polls.”He keeps drifting back to the November midterm elections, and it’s clear that his film is, in part, a get-out-the-vote operation. It’s desperately needed: young voters who favour the Democrats are least likely to vote. Why? “They don’t feel that the political system is going to help them – that’s the biggest problem.” He keeps meeting US voters on his travels, “filled with a lot of despair. I could see some had given up.” They would vote, he suggests, but they wouldn’t end up bringing 10 other voters with them. He will be campaigning in swing districts, and has been using the money he has saved as a beneficiary of the Trump tax cuts to back Democratic candidates.It’s here that Moore comes into his own, full of righteous fury. “I’ve seen films where you’re so reinvigorated that at the end of the film, you can’t wait to get to get out of the theatre and go out and do something. I love those kinds of films … A film like the one we’ve made asking people, not to give up or give in, but to realise how much fucking power and strength we have! We have a power on 6 November to fucking crush Trump, the uber rich who are thrilled with his performance, the old white male establishment that thinks they’re going to keep running the show, when their show was long, long over.”Firing up what he sees as America’s progressive majority is why Moore is so dismissive of accusations he preaches to the choir. “The choir need a song to sing – that’s why they’re the choir! They need a song to pull them out of despair, and need to light a fire underneath themselves.” Twitter This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our community standards. Replies may also be deleted. For more detail see our FAQs. Share on Facebook Rory O’Connor Share on Twitter Twitter Share on Facebook Stop watching YouTube so much please. 29 30 18 Oct 2018 23:09 alanredangel StumblingHome Share on Facebook canuck_overseas Share on Facebook | Pick Share Twitter Wall of faded italics, didn’t read. Share on Facebook Share Share … Report Share on Facebook Twitter Report Reply haemodroid 18 Oct 2018 22:43 6 7 You should have as t-cup’s erudite critical analysis was spot-on as usual, thus I feel the schoolboy error with regard to the blockquote function can be forgiven. Share on Facebook Pinterest canuck_overseas Share via Email Reuse this content,View all comments > “We have the power to crush Trump” – get on with it then!!!! Niall0007 | Pick Facebook Report Share on Twitter CoffeeBeanz | Pick Well done on all your progressive works Mssrs Jones and Moore – please can you produce some stuff about how the language is being deliberately mangled by the PsyOps nutjobs on the right. ‘Progressive’, ‘liberal’, ‘neoliberal’, ‘social democracy’, ‘democratic socialism’…. it seems almost impossible to say those words now without automatic self-censorship creeping into the back of my mind – that’s how much they are gaslighting us all on this.So, here goes…PROGRESSIVE DEMOCRATIC SOCIALISM IS MORE CIVILIZED THAN FEUDAL FASCISM.(Pigeons, cat….Go!) newest Twitter Twitter Reply Share Share on Twitter Facebook Share on Twitter TheRedThreat Facebook Reply Strummered Share on Twitter View more comments Report Unfortunately we have brand Trump as President, the people have been well and truly exploited and sold. Share 18 Oct 2018 22:30 Share on Facebook 16 17 Report canuck_overseas Share on Facebook Report 18 Oct 2018 22:37 Report Jack Oliver Reply Twitter Report askeans Reply 13 14 Facebook Twitter | Pick Share on WhatsApp Twitter thisnametaken Reply According to no less a commentator than Russell Brand, Owen is the new George Orwell. Facebook | Pick spiralise PopeGregoryTheNinth Share Share on Twitter CoffeeBeanz ID475537 Share | Pick StumblingHome 18 Oct 2018 22:03 Report Report Reply US midterms 2018 Facebook Facebook 27 28 Show 5 more replies | Pick Twitter … Twitter 18 Oct 2018 22:07 | Pick His movies are riddled with inaccuracies and deceit, there was a fact check on F 9/11 and there were over 50 outright lies in that one movie alone. His last try flopped, he’s a propagandist and nothing more. Twitter Report Mark Zinan Share on Facebook Reply InterviewMichael Moore: ‘We have the power to crush Trump’ And she keeps popping up cluelessly defending her hubby. It’s amazing how the Demo establishment doesn’t get that outside their small circle she’s almost toxic and still a lightening rod for right hate. Share on Twitter tempestteacup StumblingHome Twitter 61 62 Facebook Reply Reply 18 Oct 2018 22:18 tragicallyhip Share on Twitter Topics | Pick The_Fett Reply Reply 101 102 33 34 | Pick Share on Twitter Facebook 3 Report Reply Twitter 243 244 Report Share on Twitter 18 Oct 2018 22:14 Share on Twitter dopamineboy Jack Oliver Reply Share on Facebook popgoesthepop Twitter Share on Facebook Report | Pick Share on Twitter 18 Oct 2018 22:30 38 39 Share on Twitter 6 7 Twitter | Pick The LEFT is failed in the UK, Canada, US…you name it, failures. The only path forward is centrism…or as the Economist calls it, radical centrism. The guardianistas will be upset by this revelation. 45 46 | Pick Twitter 31 32 Reply Sign in or create your Guardian account to recommend a comment 18 Oct 2018 21:58 EsIstGeschlossen 18 Oct 2018 23:53 10 11 21 22 Share Facebook Share on Facebook Twitter | Pick Reply Trump is at the moment protecting a murderer on the world stage, which makes him complicit. Why isn’t that fact being leveraged? Report emordnilap 11 12 21 22 | Pick I’m reminded of Peter Cook’s remarks about how he had been inspired by Weimar cabaret “which did so much to stop the rise of Hitler”. dannymega Share on Facebook crotty Share on Twitter 1 Reply Report anthony davids Share on Twitter Facebook dannymega 18 Oct 2018 22:09 Reply 18 Oct 2018 22:01 Share on Facebook “we have the power” said someone every year for decades…. of course they say that stuff when they are selling to an echo chamber… and in this case it is 3 things being sold… the film, brand Owen & the Guardian… will it go anywhere? Buy it next week to find out… Share on Twitter Share on Facebook emordnilap Facebook Share on Twitter Niall0007 | Pick US politics 18 Oct 2018 23:29 Show 1 more reply Share Report expanded canuck_overseas 18 Oct 2018 22:05 DKTronics70 Share on Facebook 8 9 Facebook A still from Fahrenheit 11/9. Photograph: Dog Eat Dog Films vrager | Pick | Pick Since you’re here… 287 288 Facebook This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our community standards. Replies may also be deleted. For more detail see our FAQs. Facebook | Pick Report CoffeeBeanz Facebook 18 Oct 2018 22:07 Twitter can you crush Johnson, Rees-Smug and Isabele whatshername too??? please? Reply RussianBot1837402 Share on Facebook 18 Oct 2018 22:10 He sees the Republicans’ nemesis as what he calls “the avengers” – women, young people, “who’ve had the future ripped from them”, people of colour – who history would record “got together and crushed the forces of evil”. But he is very clear: there cannot be a return to the corporate Democratic agenda of the past, and it is clear he sees himself having a big role to play. “People like Sanders and myself and Alexandria [Ocasio-Cortez] and Rashida [Tlaib, a socialist Democrat set to be the first Muslim congresswoman], we will be the ones steering the ship, and we’ll do thing differently than the Democrats in the past. We’ll essentially give the people what they want: equal pay for women; ending mass incarceration of black people; protecting women’s reproductive rights; creating a living wage for everyone.”But Moore’s optimism is not delusion. Earlier, he soberly told a London cinema audience that he cannot promise them a happy ending. He’s right not to. Whether Trumpism can be defeated will surely, in part, depend on who wins the battle for the soul of the Democratic party: its rootless, corporate-backed wing or a new insurgent left offering an alternative to a broken system. If the latter triumphs, history will surely record that Moore, now in what he wistfully calls “the final third of my life”, played a significant role.Fahrenheit 11/9 is released on 19 October in the UK. Twitter Report Reply OhIAmSuchASadGit | Pick Filling up a gas tank does not automatically give you a platform to the world, as one of the world’s most powerful positions, to defend a murdering regime – with the world watching. I fill up because I have to, Trump does NOT have to, as do our own Tory party, defend the Saudis just because they buy our weapons.What Trump said, was disgusting, and totally brushed off Jamal Khashoggi as if he doesn’t matter. Facebook The director’s latest film, Fahrenheit 11/9, is a broadside against both the president and the Democratic establishment that failed to defeat him. He explains why a leftwing comeback is on the cards Share on Facebook 18 Oct 2018 22:13 Michael Moore Share on Twitter Share crotty 18 Oct 2018 22:14 | Pick Share on Facebook 18 Oct 2018 23:03 9 10 3 4 Share on Twitter Facebook Hartabuna 18 Oct 2018 23:32 Share on Facebook Share Report Share on Messenger Share on Facebook 41 42 18 Oct 2018 23:28 1:45 14 15 Reply Reply Share on Facebook Share on Facebook 18 Oct 2018 22:12 Facebook Twitter Share on Facebook Report Share Sanders would have won timdaw 18 Oct 2018 23:13 | Pick Report 3 out of 5 stars. Share Reply 26 27 Seen a few interviews lately and have concluded that I like Michael Moore. Well informed & has a good understand of people’s motivations (on both sides) | Pick | Pick canuck_overseas Share Report 126 127 thisnametaken Share Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Democrats Share You’ve got to hand it to Michael Moore, he’s spent a lifetime shining a spotlight on issues he believes in, sometimes quite uncomfortable ones, and often been funny to boot. Even if you’re someone who doesn’t agree with all his beliefs, it what be churlish not to admit he’s a fairly principled chap who rolls his sleeves up and gets involved. alanredangel 156 157 dopamineboy It was the left that created Trump, makes sense that they should be the one to crush him. Share 180 181 Report Reply Share on Twitter Strummered Share Share on Facebook Facebook Share on Facebook Facebook Share on Twitter Trump knew what the what the people would buy. Moore and Owen are trying to sell something very few want. CoffeeBeanz Share Share on Facebook 2 Twitter The Democrats lost because they offered nothing new. How ironic given that Republicans won by using the same old fear mongering, racist dog whistling, not so veiled white supremacy bullshit that’s existed for centuries. Please do tell me what was new about any of that. oldest Twitter Share on Twitter 14 15 Facebook Report | Pick Twitter RoibertABruis Share on LinkedIn Twitter Facebook Show 7 more replies Facebook dopamineboy 18 Oct 2018 22:03 | Pick 18 Oct 2018 22:07 Twitter Reply Share Order by oldest Facebook OhIAmSuchASadGit | Pick Share on Facebook Share | Pick 14 15 Share on Twitter Loading comments… Trouble loading? Share on Twitter Report Reply Share on Facebook 100 Reply Jack Oliver Twitter Share on Facebook 46 47 Share 28 29 Show 25 31 32 Share on Facebook Share Facebook Share on Facebook askeans It falls to Michael Moore’s empty stomach to help explain to me the difference between hope and optimism. “Right now, I’m hoping that somebody will feed me today,” he says. But that hope is passive. It may whet his appetite, but the disappointment will be all the more crushing if it isn’t satisfied. On the other hand, he explains, optimism is constructive, strategic. “I’m in a first world country, and somewhere I have a wallet with a credit card and some money in it. So the optimist in me has credibility, because it’s safe to say I will eat. Does that make any sense?” I mull it over, and I think so. While hope is passive, optimism determines the actions we will take.Throughout our conversation – mostly in a London hotel as he munches on vegetarian dumplings – he scrambles around for these illustrations: some work, some don’t, sometimes he gets lost down a rabbit hole. But it is an insight into the mind of one of the western left’s great communicators: an almost obsessive desire to popularise political issues and causes, to trigger an emotional reaction among audiences that spurs them into action.For young leftists, myself included, Moore’s work was something of a political life-raft back in an era when the traditional left was all but sunk. Fahrenheit 9/11 – his indictment of George W Bush’s so-called war on terror – courageously advanced otherwise marginalised ideas: it suggested that a proposed gas pipeline through Afghanistan may have played a role in the war, and noted links between the Bush administration and the Saudi regime. Moore has called for Bush administration officials to be put on trial. All this strays from the respectable centrist critique of the invasion, that it was simply the wrong war at the wrong time, or a “dumb war”, as Obama put it, rather than a crime.His documentaries are designed not simply to inform, but to mobilise people. “Yeah, I was hoping to stop the Iraq war, hoping to end gun violence, to ensure every American has health insurance,” he explains. But he is keen to emphasise that his new film, Fahrenheit 11/9 (9 November 2016 being the day Donald Trump was declared US president-elect), is different. “It’s not some single issue, it’s not just about Donald Trump,” he says. “There’s nothing I can tell you about him that you don’t already know. You’d be wasting time and money to watch that.” Share on Facebook This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our community standards. Replies may also be deleted. For more detail see our FAQs. Twitter This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our community standards. Replies may also be deleted. For more detail see our FAQs. Twitter Share Share | Pick Twitter Just crush Trump? Can’t we do more than that? 1 2 Reply Share Share 43 44 dopamineboy Reply 80 81 TootSpeaker Share Mick James Report Facebook Share on Twitter Twitter 35 36 18 Oct 2018 23:05 18 Oct 2018 22:12 Report ElevenB Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Report Share tragicallyhip Facebook He really is the cowboy in the white hat. Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Report Share Reply 18 Oct 2018 22:20 18 Oct 2018 22:59 Twitter Share on Twitter Report Reply 18 Oct 2018 22:15 Share on Twitter err – no. That is misleading, to be kind. “if there is hope, it lies with the Proles”. You know, the Brexit voting ‘deplorables’ who the Democrats and Corbynista youth are being taught to despise. ‘The young’ in 1984 betray their parents as they blindly follow the political orthodoxy of Big Brother (ring any bells, Owen?). Of course it’s always possible that Owen doesn’t know what ‘paraphrase’ means, I suppose. Share on Facebook Report Share Never challenged once, the earmark of solid objective journalism Reply Facebook Share on Facebook next tragicallyhip Twitter Twitter Pazoozoo Share Shares816816 Facebook Show 8 more replies 101 102 Twitter Owen Jones 18 Oct 2018 22:22 | Pick Email (optional) Share on Twitter Sadly I think your right 18 Oct 2018 22:22 Twitter Share on Facebook Twitter 34 35 | Pick 4 mal4mac next Twitter Niall0007 Share on Facebook Facebook Facebook Share on Twitter Laurence Bury Report therequester 18 Oct 2018 22:09 Facebook Share Reply “one of the western left’s great communicators” If the western left had any great communicators then how dd Trump get elected? I’ve seen no evidence that Moore, or Jones, are great communicators. Maybe the best that the left have at the moment, but that doesn’t mean they are great. It just means that the left is in trouble! Take a year off from the mutual public back slapping and immerse yourself in Orwell and Hitchens, then you might have a chance at coming out with something great. Share on Twitter | Pick Share on Facebook Reply PottedPlantNo1ForPM Facebook Share Laurence Bury canuck_overseas 18 Oct 2018 22:16 18 Oct 2018 22:00 Share Share on Twitter Reply Facebook Twitter I like him a lot, but his hatred of Trump has blinded him to the good bits of Trump’s anti-Globalist policies which, if propounded by Saunders, would have Moore fully behind them. Globalism was the cause of his first film’s story – ‘Michael and me’. Globalism is the enemy. | Pick Report 50 18 Oct 2018 22:11 6 7 Share M_T_Wallet Report Whoosh. Facebook 35 36 HellHoundOnMyTrail Fishgirl23 18 Oct 2018 22:04 Share on Twitter could be both, why not. Genius is Madness and vice versa. 86 87 Nah. The left, or the so-called left, needs to bottom out first and have some sort of a back-to-basics moment. Focus on jobs, job conditions, and pay, housing/fuel and living costs. Completely ignore social issues – in fact, mirror the right to ensure that economic arguments become the wedge issues. Totally. Her acts as Secretary of State, her ‘it’s my turn’ sense of entitlement, her pathetic excuses re: sensitive data emails, her defense of her predatory husband. Not to mention the highly suspicious accounting practices of their so called Clinton foundation, marks her out as one very highly toxic candidate. Show 7 more replies Twitter Share on Facebook “People like Sanders and myself and Alexandria [Ocasio-Cortez] and Rashida [Tlaib, a socialist Democrat set to be the first Muslim congresswoman], we will be the ones steering the ship, and we’ll do thing differently than the Democrats in the past. We’ll essentially give the people what they want: equal pay for women; ending mass incarceration of black people; protecting women’s reproductive rights; creating a living wage for everyone.”/blockquote> Replace the names and statements like that have been made for 40-50 years with regard to the Democratic Party. It isn’t called the graveyard of social movements for nothing. Moore might not like to acknowledge it, but the truth is that those leading the modern Democratic Party have devoted almost as much time to attacking any mobilisations to their as they have to interminable character attacks on Donald Trump in lieu of engaging with the socio-economic policies that are largely a source of agreement across the Democratic-Republican spectrum (what Upton Sinclair called two wings of the same bird of prey). And when they do choose to attack Trump/Republicans, they have done so from the right: on issues of foreign policy, militarism and domestic surveillance/censorship. Given that, and the historic role played by the Democrats in confusing and demobilising popular opposition to capitalism and workers, what are we to conclude? Either Michael Moore and the other pseudo-left sheepdogs for the Democrats are operating out of an almost imbecilic sense of optimism – unlikely – or they know only too well that they are leading voters off a cliff, and choose to do so anyway. Dishonest or idiotic – like the “choice” presented in US elections, it’s a sign of the extreme disintegration of American politics that those are the options made available. M_T_Wallet Twitter Good god that interview would have been an ego fest. Facebook Reply Twitter 18 Oct 2018 22:26 Share on Facebook Share Share on Twitter Show 5 more replies haemodroid Facebook Share on Twitter First, aim at the right target. Why did the voting public hate Democrats so much in 2016, that they not only lost the race for the white house, but about a thousand state seats over Obama’s presidency too? Can the Democrats be trusted to stand and fight for the ordinary folk? | Pick Facebook | Pick Share on Facebook Mick James Moore is right: that would be a tediously by-numbers film. Trump’s average disapproval rating among Americans has not been below 50% since March 2017; in the UK, more than three-quarters have a negative view of the self-described “very stable genius”. They don’t need a film to tell them all the bad things about Trump. When I last met Moore, on the eve of the EU referendum, he predicted that Trump had every chance of winning the presidency. For much of the pundit class and Democratic politicians, such an event was less likely than an asteroid slamming into the Earth: their cocky predictions that, no, don’t be silly, Trump is going to lose, are mercilessly paraded on the screen in the film. Why did he see it coming and they didn’t?For me, one of the strongest elements in the film was his J’accuse against the Democratic party establishment. He seethes with profane rage when he talks about their failures. He makes a parallel with his documentary – he’s down a rabbit hole again: if it’s a great film, if the critics like it, then he’s done his bit as a director, he hands his raw materials to Vertigo, the UK company in charge of distributing the film, it’s on them to make it a success.It’s an allegory for the Democrats, he suggests. The polling shows that on the key issues, such as progressive taxation, or abortion rights, or healthcare, or gun control, most Americans side with the progressive side of the argument. In the past six out of seven presidential elections, he notes, the Democrats won the popular vote. “So the Democratic party are handed a population which agrees with their entire platform,” he says; they even have more voters. “Yet they’re still unable to put themselves and us in power.” If his film distributor kept doing that, it would go out of business. But here is what happens, his film posits, if the Democrats become too much like the Republicans, too in hock to a corporate agenda.Here’s what I wanted to find out about the absurd, frightening antagonist in Fahrenheit 11/9: what Trump could be capable of in certain circumstances, how he could take advantage of a crisis to concentrate power in his hands. What would happen if there was a major terrorist attack? That should worry everyone, Moore says. “He’ll immediately propose militarising the local police. He’ll give police and prosecutors wide latitude to make sweeping arrests. He’ll, say, temporarily suspend habeas corpus, things like that.” All will be justified on the basis of the need to protect the US, but things would not go back where they were, these would not be temporary measures, and he would keep piling on authoritarian measures.I mention countries such as Turkey, Poland and Hungary, where authoritarian leaders keep the formal trappings of democracy – there are still elections and opposition parties – but its substance is hollowed out. “Yes, I think that’s a better model for democracy: they’ll keep up the appearance of democracy, but their leader becomes more and more autocratic.” And here’s a chilling, under-discussed scenario. What if Trump is just the starter, the foreshadow? What if his role is to shift the terms of what is deemed an acceptable Republican candidate in favour of a more sophisticated authoritarian leader? “I think they now know the formula of what they need to win an election,” is how Moore puts it. “You need someone who people are familiar with, someone comfortable being on television.”But there is a source of hope – or indeed optimism – in the film. To paraphrase George Orwell: “If there is hope, it lies in the young.” The survivors of the Parkland massacre confront not just the US gun lobby, but an older generation they believe has failed them. “We appreciate that you are willing to let us rebuild the world that you fucked up,” one survivor told US host Bill Maher.The old trope is that the young begin as naive leftists then drift rightwards with age. This is something Moore refutes – “As I get older, I become more angry, not pacified, in my political thinking” – and it is not backed up by the data. In the 1984 presidential election, under-25s were more pro-Reagan than Americans in their 30s and 40s, and only marginally less so than pensioners.And Trump is not popular among today’s young. In the 2016 election, among Americans under 30, he lagged about 20 points behind. Why? “When we were that age, my generation, if we went to college, we’d graduate debt-free. That world was our oyster: we could do whatever job we wanted to do, or not want to do any job – a lot of people took off, put on their backpack, went to Europe, got a Eurorail pass. The so-called ‘American dream’ seemed like a reality.” But what has happened in the US mirrors Britain: a neoliberal system promised freedom but instead delivered insecurity and stagnating living standards.“The reason they’re more active and more aware is because they saw the writing on the wall, probably from middle school, definitely from high school. That there were not going to be good jobs for them, that they were going to be in a debtors’ prison for the first 20 or 30 years of their life. They’re angry – but not angry enough, in my opinion.” Share Twitter Share on Twitter 18 Oct 2018 22:14 I’d be surprised if he was knowingly lying to people, he doesn’t strike me as the sort. Do you have a non-crank blog link to these ‘inaccuracies and deceit’ claims? Facebook Twitter Share 63 64 It has been the rush to centre ground – the catering to swing voters – that created this mess. Blair, Brown, and Miliband went so hard to the centre they came out the other side. Now that we have, in Corbyn, a proper Labour leader, he is painted as an extremist. wascallywabbit Owen Jones brntsmth Report mal4mac Twitter Report Reply | Pick 18 Oct 2018 22:37 Share on Facebook Twitter 18 Oct 2018 22:41 Share on Facebook Twitter Twitter InterviewMichael Moore: ‘We have the power to crush Trump’ 4 Facebook Report Reply Reply Getty_Roth Reply Such as? Share Facebook | Pick Facebook It could be both. There is no real contradiction between delusions of grandeur and propagandizing. I truly believe I am so great (the grandeur part) so let me tell you all about it, and if anyone is against me they are the enemies of greatness (that’s the brilliant propagandizing). I think people don’t really like apologizers. They might respect the act, but will not try to associate themselves with the person so that the sin his\her mistake would not rub on them. If the person apologizes in their name, its even worse. People on the other hand, like to associate with the aura of a “winner” (whether warranted or not), and Trump takes great pains to project this image even if people dislike his rhetoric. Share on Twitter 18 Oct 2018 22:08 Facebook CoffeeBeanz Reply 18 Oct 2018 22:41 CoffeeBeanz 15 16 crotty Share on Facebook Share on Twitter mal4mac Maybe he thinks paraphrase is another word for lying Share on Facebook Reply Share Twitter | Pick This is very true.Conservatives are far more comfortable with debating opposing views than the left, who increasingly seek to silence, no platform or issue cat calls of something-ism/phobic. Share on Facebook 2 6 7 Reply recommendations Hibernica Close report comment form Share on Facebook Twitter unthreaded Report Share on Facebook Share on Twitter dannymega | Pick M_T_Wallet Hate to break it to ya….but if you fill up a gas tank, you’re just as complicit. The world is a complicated place. Facebook Share on Twitter | Pick Report 18 Oct 2018 22:27 Facebook Share Saunders didn’t work until he was in his 30s, wrote a book where a woman enjoys getting raped, and was filmed at a “Death to Yankees” rally in Latin America. Hillary couldn’t use these attacks in the primaries as she still wanted their votes, but Trump sure would have. I really don’t buy the idea that Bernie would have done much better TheGipkik Share on Twitter 18 Oct 2018 22:31 This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our community standards. Replies may also be deleted. For more detail see our FAQs. Facebook Support The Guardian OhIAmSuchASadGit dopamineboy Oh God. Trump’s going to win again. We are so screwed. | Pick collapsed Report 18 Oct 2018 22:11 Share on Twitter infidelphia Report Twitter The US Democrats badly messed up when they backed the war hawk Hilary Clinton rather than Bernie Saunders as their presidential candidate.Rather than constant articles bemoaning Trump, maybe more about the dreadful choice of Hilary would be more illuminating. Thu 18 Oct 2018 09.54 EDT canuck_overseas Report Share on Twitter 18 Oct 2018 22:31 Share on Facebook Twitter Reply StumblingHome Facebook Share Niall0007 | Pick Twitter | Pick Share on Twitter | Pick Facebook Share on Facebook Share on Twitter | Pick Well Hillary outspent Trump and all the others and didn’t win josephinireland 19 20 Share 18 Oct 2018 22:15 tempestteacup Share on Twitter 18 Oct 2018 22:08 Reply | Pick 20 21 Facebook 130 131 18 Oct 2018 22:02 This – I was kind of surprised / confused by the “paraphrasing” too. Thanks for beating me to it 🙂 Report 18 Oct 2018 22:26 | Pick 18 Oct 2018 22:29 Share Facebook Share on Twitter Share 21 22 Report Twitter crotty | Pick Report Michael Moore is the king of gaslighting. No friend of Democrats. | Pick Share 11 12 Reply Reply Read more Twitter Report dopamineboy Twitter Share Report 18 Oct 2018 22:03 Report | Pick | Pick 46 47 Reply 36 37 RoibertABruis Facebook Watch the trailer for Michael Moore’s new film Fahrenheit 11/9 – video Twitter | Pick Share Share on Facebook Not worth discussing it. I doubt Moore himself gave it much thought, he just thought it sounded good 18 Oct 2018 22:11 Twitter 8 9 Share 18 Oct 2018 22:27 18 Oct 2018 22:31 I’d say as a whole the left does more to prevent language it doesn’t like than the right. Speaking as a lefty. | Pick Threads collapsed Share 18 Oct 2018 22:07 | Pick 18 Oct 2018 22:19last_img read more