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Video by Johnny Harris and Michelle Cottle

Mr. Harris is a video journalist. Ms. Cottle is a member of the editorial board.


For the past two years, Americans have been overwhelmed by a deluge of headlines suggesting democracy in the United States is under threat: Voter suppression. A shortage of drop boxes. Election deniers seeking key state offices. It can be difficult to gauge what stories suggest a truly terrifying threat to democracy, and which are simply disheartening or even petty. The Opinion Video film above aims to unpack one of the most dire threats to democracy, which includes a sophisticated plot to control not only who can vote, but which votes get counted.

One thing is certain: The 2020 race was not stolen. But Mr. Trump and his Republican enablers have been working to rig future elections to their advantage. (Of course it’s the people shrieking most loudly about fraud that you really need to watch.) The former president has convinced his followers that the electoral system has been so corrupted that the only way to save America is for MAGA patriots to take over the system to ensure that the “right” candidates win going forward. His allies have been busy engineering such a legal takeover, and key pieces of the plan are already in place.

In this short film, we shine a light on those machinations, so that those who care about democracy can act to stop them.

For our Democracy to survive, we need to agree on a shared reality and for the losers — that is those who lose in honest and fair elections — to accept defeat.



Check out a fresh perspective of the world’s highest peak 

Mount Everest from above.

Frederick Dreier

Aug 25, 2022

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A crew of Chinese mountaineers and photographers flew an aerial drone from the top of Mount Everest, and the video captured by the device provides a totally new perspective of the world’s highest peak.

The video is worth the watch.

On May 27 the team reached the summit of the peak—it included videographers from 8KRAW, a Chinese photography company that works extensively with aerial drones. They flew a DJI Mavic 3, an aerial drone known for its performance at high altitudes. According to the website SUAS News—which covers the drone industry—the device was equipped with a 4/3 CMOS Hasselblad camera. The camera caught rare images of the summit of Mount Everest from above.

In a statement provided to SUAS News, Wang Yuanzong, the founder of 8KRAW, said the company started performing aerial photography on Mount Everest three years ago. “It was the team’s long-cherished wish to fly a drone at the top and complete the leap shooting,” he said. “The warm weather conditions on the summit day finally came true, and I am very grateful to Mount Everest for accepting us and allowing us to see it from a new perspective.”

You can check out that new perspective below:

Where Did The Blind & Black Musician Trope Come From? ~ PBS


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There’s a long history of blind Black musicians in the US dating back to the 19th century, from Blind Tom to Ray Charles. Join recording artist Lachi and Professor Danielle Bainbridge to discuss the history on why blindness seems like a common thread among Black musicians. And how modern musicians have changed the narrative on disability in performance.



I stole Spalding Grey’s water glass after a performance in Santa Fe. We were talking with him and I had to have it, i’m not some cheap groupie looking for an autograph.


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A Weird Conversation With Kim Stanley Robinson ~ The Ezra Klein Show …. NYT


I’m Ezra Klein. This is “The Ezra Klein Show.”

There is no way around it. This has been a heavy show lately. So it’s nice today to be able to have had, and to be able to give you, a conversation that’s a little bit more joyful, that makes you remember, this is a dazzling world to get to live in, that we’re lucky to have a chance to experience it, and that there is a politics that can be built around that kind of awe and that kind of gratitude. Kim Stanley Robinson is one of our great living science fiction writers. And one thing that makes him great book after book is the way geology is a character and a context in his work, whether that is the terrain of Mars, the coastal structure of New York, or the glittering mountains of California. And Robinson’s attention to land in his fiction turns out to be rooted in his attention to land in his life.

We discuss why Robinson decided to start writing outdoors, what it was like to experience the Sierras on psychedelics in his youth, what “actor-network theory” is and how it helps us understand our relationship to the planet and to our own bodies, why we should think of climate change more like we do plane crashes, what hiking backpacks say about American consumerism, how we should change our relationship to technology in order to be happier, why the politics of wanting are so confusing yet important, why Robinson is so excited about ideas like a wage ratio and rewilding schemes, how the “structure of feeling” around climate has changed, why Robinson is feeling more hopeful about Earth’s future these days and more.