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The original
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Me Too
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Can Parkland’s teen activists
overcome NRA opposition
to stronger gun laws?
APRIL 6, 2018 VOLUME 18 ISSUE 867
While automotive design and technology are constantly changing, the place that leads the world in
automotive manufacturing remains the same. Michigan. Home to 27 assembly plants and 63 of the country’s
top 100 automotive suppliers, we produce more vehicles than any other state in the country. Which
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Editor’s letter
Well, Mark Zuckerberg, this time you’ve finally done it. After it
was revealed last week that Facebook had pimped out the personal data of more than 50 million people to a piratical firm of
political consultants, many users reacted with fury. (See Best Columns: Business.) The phrase #DeleteFacebook trended on Twitter, and prominent tech figures such as Tesla founder Elon Musk
and WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton—who sold his messaging service to Facebook for $16 billion in 2014—publicly quit
the platform. There are many reasons to join the exodus. For
years the company has taken an anything-goes approach to privacy: Back in 2010, the firm admitted that it had revealed users’
names to some advertisers. Facebook helps spread discord and
disinformation because its algorithm is designed to maximize engagement, and so promotes sensationalist, and often fake, news
stories. And research shows that when people spend time comparing their real lives to the idealized versions broadcast by oth-
ers on the site—their photos of perfect vacations and alwayssmiling children—it leads to depression.
Yet despite all that, I’m still one of Facebook’s 2.1 billion
users. For an expat Brit like me, the site remains the simplest
way to keep in contact with loved ones on the other side of the
Atlantic. With a click of a button, I can share a photo of my
own always-smiling kids with faraway aunts, uncles, grandparents, and friends, and also find out what’s happening in their
lives. If I deleted Facebook, would I really dedicate time and energy to sending regular emails or—gasp!—physical letters to all
those people? Probably not. And if I quit, what would happen
to all the information I’ve willingly shared on the site over the
past decade? Deleting Facebook would be like tossing my family
photo albums and diaries in the trash. So I’ll keep using your site
for now, Mr. Zuckerberg. Just don’t expect me Theunis Bates
Managing editor
to “like” it.
4 Main stories
The West punishes
Vladimir Putin; Stormy
Daniels speaks; President
Trump’s trade strategy
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6 Controversy of the week
Is Trump’s new national
security adviser John
Bolton a warmonger or a
patriotic realist?
7 The U.S. at a glance
Anger over a police
shooting in Sacramento; a
Russian’s suspicious death
in Washington, D.C.
8 The world at a glance
A heroic police officer
killed in France; a deadly
mall fire in Russia
10 People
Demi Lovato is no fan
of celebrities; the real
founder of Me Too
Newscom, AP
11 Briefing
Russia’s chemicalweapons program is still
very much alive
12 Best U.S. columns
Why Democrats might
not win the House;
America’s sympathy for
white murderers
15 Best international
China prepares to hit
back over new U.S. tariffs
16 Talking points
The gun control movement
gains momentum; Biden
vs. Trump; a blockbuster
spending bill
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23 Books
A nail-biting history of
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24 Author of the week
The feminist writer who’s
transitioning into a man
25 Film & Stage
Steven Spielberg escapes
reality with Ready
Player One
26 Television
attract in a new
adaptation of
Howards End
27 Food & Drink
Where to grab brunch and a
cocktail in Charleston, S.C.
28 Travel
Returning to the hurricanebattered island of Vieques
29 Consumer
The best apps for fans of
retro video games
32 News at a glance
Apple woos schools with a
new iPad; Citigroup joins
the gun control debate
33 Making money
How to find ethical
34 Best columns
Facebook rocked by
privacy scandals; the
crowded streaming war
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THE WEEK April 6, 2018
The main stories...
A show of unity against Russia
What happened
It wasn’t all bad
QNot even triplets can slow down
Ann Marie Cody. The California
mom of three just broke her second
Guinness World Record, becoming the fastest woman to complete
a marathon while pushing a triple
stroller. Cody and her 15-month-olds,
who together with the stroller added
120 pounds to the strenuous feat, already hold the half-marathon record.
For both races, Cody raised funds
for the neonatal unit where her three
preemies received care. “It’s fun to
break records,” she says, “but more
important to help support the hospital
that took such good care of us.”
THE WEEK April 6, 2018
QEight months ago, Kiko Matthews was in the hospital
recovering from brain surgery. Now the 36-year-old Briton
has become the fastest woman to row solo across the
Atlantic Ocean. Matthews nearly died from a tumor caused
by Cushing’s disease in 2009 and survived a second tumor
on her brain last year. Wanting to give back to the London
hospital that saved her
life, the former teacher set
off on a 3,000-nauticalmile fundraising trek from
Gran Canaria to Barbados.
Matthews completed
the voyage in a record 50
days and raised more than
$120,000. “Anyone can attempt anything given the
right attitude, belief, and
Matthews celebrates in Barbados. support,” says Matthews.
QWhen a father and his 4-dayold daughter became stranded
at a Phoenix airport, a stranger
stepped in to save the day. Rubin
Swift had flown from Cleveland to
pick up his newborn, of whom he
had just gained custody, and was
boarding a plane with his daughter when the airline unexpectedly
told him she needed to be at least
7 days old to fly. With no money
for a hotel, a desperate Swift
called hospital volunteer Joy
Ringhofer, whom he’d met hours
before—and she kindly offered up
her home for three days. “I didn’t
expect her to say, ‘I’m coming to
get you,’” said Swift.
Illustration by Fred Harper.
On the cover: Emma Gonzalez, David Hogg, Naomi Wadler, Wayne LaPierre.
Cover photos from Newscom (2), AP
Reuters, PA
tion has taken a tough rhetorical and
policy stance toward Russia, including
In an unprecedented rebuke to Moscow
providing “advanced weapons” to Ukraiover a chemical-weapon attack on a former
nian forces battling Russian insurgents,
spy in Britain, the Trump administration
Trump has been “excessively deferential
this week joined more than two dozen other
to Putin personally.” Last week he defied
Western nations in ordering a mass expulhis aides’ instructions not to congratulate
sion of Russian diplomats and spies. The
the Russian strongman on his sham elecU.S. expelled 60 Russian nationals; overall,
tion victory; he has been curiously silent
more than 150 envoys were sent home to
about the Skripal nerve-gas attack. It’s
Moscow from 28 countries, in what British
fine for the president to try to “build a
Prime Minister Theresa May hailed as the
more effective relationship” with Putin—
“largest collective expulsion of Russian intelas long as those efforts are “coupled to
ligence officers in history.” NATO joined the
Russia’s Seattle consulate: Ordered closed
a clear-eyed recognition of the Russian
response, removing seven Russian diplomats
leader’s malign intentions and actions.”
from its Belgium headquarters; the Trump administration also announced the closure of the Russian consulate in Seattle, saying it was
What the columnists said
used to spy on a nearby U.S. naval base. NATO Secretary-General
The real power of these mass expulsions is that they were the result
Jens Stoltenberg said the expulsions send “a clear message to Rusof “a single, unified policy decision” by so many Western nations,
sia that there are costs and consequences for its unacceptable and
said Joshua Yaffa in Putin’s “overarching goal” in
dangerous pattern of behavior.” President Trump, however, did not
recent years has been to split and weaken Western institutions such
comment on the expulsions or the chemical attack, and his spokesas the EU and NATO—that’s why he “welcomed Brexit,” and was
man said he “still wants to work with Russia.”
initially “buoyed” by Trump’s divisive election win. These mass expulsions are symbolically important, indicating that “the notion of
The diplomatic blitzkrieg came three weeks after former Russian
double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, were poisoned in Western security cooperation may yet have some steam left in it.”
the sleepy English town of Salisbury. Neither is expected to survive.
British officials identified the poison as Novichok, a Soviet-era nerve I’m not so sure, said Leonid Bershidsky in Ten EU
members, including Austria, Greece, and Portugal, refused to join
agent, and concluded that Russia’s involvement was the “only plauthe expulsion bandwagon. Most of the countries that did sign up
sible explanation.” Moscow denied that charge. Russia is expected
to kick out Western diplomats in response to this week’s expulsions, kicked out only one or two diplomats—a “token gesture” at best.
Ultimately, “European leaders are a pragmatic bunch.” Heavily
which Russia’s foreign ministry said would “not pass unnoticed.”
reliant on Russia for oil, gas, and trade, they’d rather not “escalate
What the editorials said
tensions” with Moscow.
This purge of intelligence officers posing as diplomats was a necesNonetheless, Putin’s strategy of “plausible deniability” appears to
sary response to Russia’s “latest audacious act of aggression,”
have “reached its limits,” said Kadri Liik in The New York Times.
said The Washington Post. But the expulsions don’t affect Putin’s
“power base,” so the Russian strongman will “probably shrug them The Russian strongman perfected the art of using proxies to do his
belligerent dirty work, most notably the “little green men” who
off.” To really force a change of thinking in Moscow, London and
invaded Crimea on Russia’s behalf in 2014. With “the Kremlin’s
Washington need to target the oligarchs and government officials
hands clean”—technically, at least—the West struggled to respond
who buttress Putin’s power. The West should punish his corrupt
forcefully. But not anymore. With this joint show of anger over a
cronies with asset freezes and visa bans.
hideous attack on a NATO ally’s soil, the U.S. and its allies have
Trump’s posture toward Putin has been dangerously “inconsistent
made it clear that when bad things happen that align with the Kremand weak,” said the Washington Examiner. While his administralin’s interests, they will view Putin as “guilty until proven innocent.”
... and how they were covered
Stormy’s claim that she was threatened
What happened
What the columnists said
Adult film actress Stephanie Clifford told her
The Stormy interview didn’t tell us much we
story about her alleged affair with President
didn’t already know about Trump, said Michelle Goldberg in The New York Times, the
Trump this week, telling CBS’s 60 Minutes
man himself having long boasted about bethat she was once threatened with harm if she
ing a “disloyal husband.” But it did highlight
ever spoke out about the relationship. Clif“Trump’s thuggish way of doing business.”
ford, who performs under the name Stormy
He has a history of using menacing phone
Daniels, told Anderson Cooper that she had
calls and physical threats to intimidate busiunprotected sex with Trump once, after meetness rivals and perceived enemies. If Clifford
ing him at a 2006 golf tournament. Five years
signed her NDA because she felt threatened,
later, shortly after giving an unprinted interit could be declared “null and void.”
view to Bauer Publishing about the alleged
Clifford: Menaced by a Trump associate?
affair, the porn star was in a Las Vegas parking lot with her infant daughter when “a guy walked up on me and So what? said Joe Concha in Stormy Daniels may be
said to me, ‘Leave Trump alone. Forget the story,’” said Clifford,
“good for ratings,” but she “won’t change any minds on Trump.”
39. “Then [he] looked at my daughter and said, ‘That’s a beautiful
If the alleged affair did happen, it was consensual, and anyway,
little girl. It’d be shame if something happened to her mom.’”
Trump’s supporters “didn’t vote for a choirboy but a street-fighting
businessman from Queens.” Unless a real smoking gun appears,
this story will fizzle out “in a few weeks.”
When interest in her story resumed during the 2016 presidential
campaign, Clifford said, she felt pressured into signing a nondisclosure agreement in exchange for a $130,000 payment from Trump’s Don’t be so sure of that, said Michael D’Antonio in
longtime lawyer, Michael Cohen. Cohen said he paid Clifford out
As the president’s former biographer, I’m impressed by the way
of his own pocket, and both he and the White House deny her
Clifford is “outplaying Trump at his own games.” She has secured
allegations of an affair. Clifford declined to tell 60 Minutes whether wall-to-wall media coverage, cannily backing him into a corner.
she had evidence of a relationship with Trump, but her lawyer,
Why else has Trump, a man who has personally lashed out at some
Michael Avenatti, suggested she did, tweeting a photo of a CD or
430 critics and enemies, refused to utter a peep about Stormy?
DVD with the caption, “If a picture is worth a thousand words,
Worse, Clifford’s interview has kept the spotlight on the $130,000
payout, said David Zurawik in The Baltimore Sun, a transaction
how many words is this worth?” Avenatti has welcomed a legal
that could count as an illegal campaign contribution by Cohen.
battle with Trump, filing a motion in federal court to question the
Salacious as it was, “this interview spells trouble for Trump.”
president and Cohen under oath about the alleged affair.
U.S.-China talks ease fears of a trade war
What happened
Fears that President Trump’s hardball tariff tactics would spark a
global trade war receded this week after The Wall Street Journal
reported that Chinese and American negotiators are quietly working to hammer out an understanding between the two countries.
Trump threatened last week to impose tariffs on $60 billion
worth of Chinese industrial and technology products in retaliation for Chinese rules that force American companies to turn over
their intellectual property in order to do business there. China
responded with threats to slap retaliatory penalties on $3 billion
in U.S. goods, including fruit, pork, and ethanol, chosen specifically to inflict pain on Trump’s rural supporters.
U.S. stocks suffered their worst week in two years, with the
escalating tit-for-tat unnerving investors, before rebounding on the
news that high-level talks are underway. The Trump administration also forged a revised trade agreement with South Korea this
week, opening the country up to more U.S.-made automobiles.
Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross credited Trump’s threat to impose tariffs with wringing concessions from Seoul. “I think what
the market is starting to get used to is we are not suicidal,” Ross
said. “This is not some mission to blow up the world.”
What the columnists said
The dreaded Trump trade war is looking more like a “trade skirmish,” said Jeff Spross in The expected impact of
Trump’s threatened tariffs was already “small potatoes,” affecting
a mere 0.5 percent of the U.S. economy. But instead of what pun-
dits feared—a disastrous spiral of mutual economic retaliation—
Trump’s carrot-and-stick approach appears to be getting results.
Trump is “deploying the same bullying tactics he used to squeeze
rivals in the real estate business,” said Hans Von Der Burchard
and Jakob Hanke in Economists like to argue that
nobody wins a trade war. But, for now, Trump is at least winning
some battles.
Trump hasn’t won anything, said David Dayen in NewRepublic
.com. The White House’s entire trade agenda involves Trump
making blustering threats and then extracting “meaningless concessions” to prove his “dealmaking prowess.” Take the agreement
with South Korea. Trump’s supposed coup was getting Seoul to
double the number of cars U.S. automakers can import into the
country. But the U.S. didn’t even export the maximum number of
cars before, because Koreans don’t like big American autos. In exchange, South Korea got an exemption from Trump’s steel tariffs.
But then, the substance of these agreements isn’t the point. “Getting to a podium to say ‘We have a deal’ appears to be the point.”
None of this changes the fact that China’s “economic aggression”
must be confronted, said Josh Rogin in The Washington Post. It’s
estimated that the U.S. loses between $225 billion and $600 billion annually to intellectual property theft. By far the biggest culprit is China, where state-controlled firms routinely shake down
non-Chinese technology companies. “The United States must not
embrace protectionism for its own sake.” But in this case, we may
have no other choice.
THE WEEK April 6, 2018
Controversy of the week
Trump hires Bolton: Is the U.S. now on ‘a path to war’?
ing at George W. Bush’s State Department, Bolton used deft,
OK, “it’s time to panic now,” said Fred Kaplan in Slate
dogged diplomacy to put together a multinational coalition to
.com. Last week President Trump abruptly fired
combat nuclear smuggling. Which is more dangerous? asked
national security adviser H.R. McMaster, one of the
David French in John Bolton or “a
last surviving “adults in the room” in this chaotic
nuclear-armed Iran?” Obama’s nuclear deal has failed
administration, and replaced him with John
to persuade Iran’s extremist rulers to abandon their
Bolton, the Fox News contributor and former
anti-U.S. hostility, their support for terrorism, and
U.N. ambassador. Bolton is best known for
their quest for regional domination. So maybe
his “walrus mustache,” his contempt for
it’s time to “give a hawk a chance.”
diplomacy and international law, and foreign
policy views so hawkishly extreme as to make
Sorry, said Daniel Larison in TheAmerican
Dick Cheney look like Gandhi. Bolton is already
The comeback of an über-hawk, but “hawks have been given
on record demanding military strikes against North
a chance to run our foreign policy every day for decades on end”—
Korea and Iran. Given that Trump lacks any foreign policy vision
and the results have been ugly. Bolton enthusiastically cheered on
of his own, the belligerent Bolton may “excite Trump’s darker
the invasion of Iraq with the same carefree bellicosity he spouts
instincts” and put us on “the path to war” with one or both of
those nations. In May, the Iran nuclear deal is due to be recertified; today about Iran and North Korea. As a former Bush administraTrump has been threatening to kill that agreement anyway because tion official, I can tell you that Bolton is “a masterful bureaucratic
tactician,” said Matthew Waxman in He’s
it was forged by President Obama. With Bolton egging Trump
deeply familiar with “the levers and knobs” of our national secuon, the deal’s fate may be sealed. The truly alarming thing, said
Jonathan Chait in, is that Trump is ridding himself of rity apparatus, and will figure out how to best manipulate Trump.
Cunning and aggressive, Bolton is going to be “relentlessly effechis “protective cordon of advisers,” such as McMaster and fired
tive” in promoting his agenda.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. He’s now surrounding himself
with kooky, “true-believing ideologues” that he finds on Fox News.
“The combination of Bolton and Trump poses an especially potent That means “war is coming,” said Andrew Sullivan in
Look at the big picture. Under the looming threats of Robert
danger,” since their shared obsession with dominating adversaries
Mueller’s Russia investigation, frequent White House leaks, and
has “the potential to kill large numbers of people.”
a midterm election that could give Democrats the House, Trump
is furious at his lack of control. With his narcissistic disdain for
Bolton’s critics call him a “reflexive militarist,” said Reihan Salam
restraining norms and the welfare of anyone but himself, “we know
in But his actual record is more that of a “praghe is capable of anything.” When Trump soon finds himself in need
matic nationalist”—one who believes the threat of military force
of “the greatest distraction of all,” as would-be tyrants invariably
is necessary to restrain enemies, but who is “more than willing to
do, “there will be nothing and no one to stop him.” In fact, Bolton
use diplomatic means to advance U.S. interests.” He opposed U.S.
will be urging him to launch the bombers.
military adventurism in Somalia, for example, and while work-
QFive-gallon buckets of river
stones have been placed in every classroom in a Pennsylvania school district for students
to throw at active shooters.
Blue Mountain School District
Superintendent David Helsel
chose river stones in particular
because “they’re the right size
for hands.” Aspiring schoolshooters are now on notice,
Helsel said, that “they will face
a classroom full of students
armed with rocks, and they
will be stoned.”
QGiant cacti in Arizona’s
Saguaro National Park are
being implanted with anti-theft
microchips. Thieves have been
digging up the iconic saguaros
and selling them at $100 per
foot to homeowners and
landscapers. Only 1,000 of the
park’s 1.9 million saguaros are
going to be chipped in the current scheme, said Chief Ranger
Ray O’Neil, but “our biggest
hope is that it’s a deterrent.”
THE WEEK April 6, 2018
Good week for:
Holy ink, after Pope Francis, 81, told priests they should consider
getting tattoos to be more in sync with “the culture of the young.”
Yellow cards, after an Italian soccer goalie was sent off for urinating behind his goal. Armando Prisco says that he tried to be
discreet by pretending to stretch, but that in future “I’ll try to hold
it in. I’m 21 and I’m not incontinent yet.”
Roseanne Barr, after the ABC reboot of the popular TV sitcom
from the ’90s drew 18.2 million viewers for its premiere episodes,
the largest audience for any network sitcom since 2014. In the
show, Roseanne is a working-class President Trump supporter
who trades barbs with her liberal sister, Jackie.
Bad week for:
Rick Santorum, former Republican senator turned CNN analyst,
who advised that rather than campaigning for “phony gun laws,”
activist teens would be better off “taking CPR classes” to help save
their fellow students after they’ve been shot.
Humility, after former President Barack Obama told an audi-
ence in Japan that the goal of his charitable Obama Foundation
is to “create a hundred or a thousand or a million young Barack
Obamas or Michelle Obamas.”
Innocents abroad, after firefighters in Florence doused a blaze
in the apartment of three American exchange students who put dry
pasta in a pan without water and turned up the heat. “We thought
it was cooked like that,” said one of the three women, all 20.
Boring but important
Battle over census
citizenship question
At least 12 states said this
week they would sue to block
the Trump administration
from adding a question about
citizenship to the 2020 census,
amid a wider battle over illegal
immigration. The Commerce
Department, which oversees
the census, said it would
resume asking people whether
they are citizens—a practice
abandoned in 1960—to help
enforce the Voting Rights Act,
which is designed to protect
minority voters. But California
and other Democratic-led
states argue the question is
unconstitutional and would
deter both legal and illegal
immigrants from answering
the census altogether. That
could result in undercounts of
these populations, they said,
and cause some states with
high numbers of minorities to
receive fewer House seats.
Only in America
The U.S. at a glance ...
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Madison, Wis.
Empty seats: Wisconsin
Republicans this week
introduced a bill that
would undercut a
judge’s order to hold
special elections in
two competitive
legislative districts
that have been vacant
for months. Dane
County Circuit Judge Josann Reynolds
last week ordered GOP Gov. Scott Walker
to promptly schedule elections for the
two seats, which have been open since the
incumbents left to take jobs in Walker’s
administration in December. The next
day, Walker threw his support behind
legislation that would disallow special
elections after regularly scheduled spring
elections in even-numbered years, or less
than four months after a vacancy. Walker
said it was “senseless to waste taxpayer
money” on special elections
when the legislative session was
almost over, adding that the seats
could be filled in the regular
November election. Critics said
the governor was denying citizens their right to vote.
Police shooting: California’s
attorney general announced
he was stepping in to oversee the
into the
fatal police
of Stephon
22, an
Clark’s sobbing grandmother
black man
killed in his grandparents’ Sacramento
backyard, hours after Clark’s family
made an emotional plea for justice over
his death. Protests erupted in Sacramento
following Clark’s killing; he was shot
as police responded to a 911 call that
someone had been breaking car windows
in the neighborhood. Officers initially
said Clark had advanced toward them
holding an object. Videotape showed one
officer shouting “gun, gun, gun” before
he and another officer fired 20 shots at
Clark. Afterward, they could only find a
cellphone by his body. “Why didn’t you
shoot him in the arm? Shoot him in the
legs? Send in dogs? Send in a Taser?”
said Clark’s weeping grandmother
Sequita Thompson at a news conference,
amid ongoing demonstrations in the city.
“Why, why, why?”
Lansing, Mich.
Nassar’s boss arrested: A former Michigan State University dean who was the
boss of disgraced USA Gymnastics doctor
Larry Nassar was arrested this week on
his own charges of criminal sexual conduct. William Strampel, 70, who as dean
of the College of Osteopathic Medicine
oversaw the clinic where Nassar worked,
is accused of groping two students’ buttocks, of soliciting nude photos from at
least one other, and of using his office
to “harass...and sexually assault female
students.” About 50 photos of female
genitalia and “selfies” of MSU students
were found on his work computer, as well
as a video of Nassar performing a pelvic
“treatment” on a student. Strampel also
faces two misdemeanor charges for failing to enforce exam-room restrictions on
Nassar that were imposed after a patient
in 2014 accused the now-imprisoned doctor of molesting her. Strampel has been
released on $25,000 bail.
Birmingham, Ala.
Bribery attempt? Days after a woman
accused then–Alabama Senate candidate
Roy Moore of sexual misconduct, two of
Moore’s supporters offered $10,000 to
her attorney if he agreed to discredit her
claims, The Washington Post reported
last week. Last November, in the middle
of Moore’s special election campaign,
Leigh Corfman accused the Republican
candidate of touching her sexually when
she was 14 and he was a 32-year-old
assistant district attorney. Soon after, Gary
Lantrip and Bert Davi, business partners
who had recently attended a private fundraiser for Moore, approached Corfman’s
lawyer and offered him money as well as
a potential meeting with Breitbart News
chief Steve Bannon to say he didn’t believe
her allegations. “All they want to do is
cloud something,” Lantrip was recorded
saying during one phone call, referring to
Bannon and Moore. Davi said Bannon
had no knowledge of any offer; Lantrip
declined to comment.
Washington, D.C.
Russian assassinated? Christopher
Steele, the former
British intelligence officer
who wrote
the infamous
Putin and Lesin in 2002
dossier about
Donald Trump, has provided the FBI with
another secret report that claims Russian
President Vladimir Putin’s former media
czar was bludgeoned to death by hired
thugs in Washington, D.C.,
reported this week. The body of Mikhail
Lesin, the founder of Kremlin-funded
news channel RT, was found in a hotel
room in the U.S. capital in November
2015, on the eve of a scheduled meeting
with Justice Department officials. A coroner determined Lesin had suffered bluntforce injuries to the head, neck, and torso;
a federal prosecutor officially ruled his
death an “accident” from a series
of drunken falls. Steele’s report,
though, contends that Lesin
was beaten to death by Russian
security agents working for an
oligarch close to Putin—though
those thugs were only supposed to
injure him, Steele concluded. An FBI
spokesman declined to confirm or deny
the existence of the report.
Washington, D.C.
Guccifer unmasked:
Special counsel Robert
Mueller has taken over
the investigation into
hacker Guccifer 2.0,
who accidentally outed
himself as a Russian
intelligence officer,
reported last week—
raising new questions
about the links between
the Trump campaign and the Kremlin.
Guccifer, who claimed responsibility
for hacking the Democratic National
Committee’s servers, has described himself
as a lone Romanian hacktivist. But U.S.
investigators have reportedly determined
he is a member of Russian military intelligence, after he slipped up and failed to
mask his IP address on one occasion while
logging in from Moscow. Trump campaign surrogate Roger Stone has admitted
to communicating with Guccifer shortly
after the hacker gave stolen DNC emails
to WikiLeaks. Mueller is also investigating
links between the Trump campaign and
Cambridge Analytica, which harvested the
data of more than 50 million Facebook
users to target voters.
THE WEEK April 6, 2018
The world at a glance ...
Trèbes, France
Hero cop dies: France paid tribute this week to a
police officer who was fatally shot after he volunteered to swap places with a supermarket employee
being held hostage by an Islamist extremist.
ISIS sympathizer Radouane Lakdim, 25, began
his rampage in the southern French town of
Carcassonne, where he hijacked a car and killed
the passenger. He then drove to a supermarket
Beltrame: Honored
in nearby Trèbes, where he killed two more
people and took hostages. Lt. Col. Arnaud Beltrame traded places
with a female employee and left his cellphone on so that police
could hear his conversations with the attacker. He was shot in
the neck by Lakdim before police stormed the store and killed
the Moroccan-born French national. At a packed special mass
for Beltrame at the Saint-Étienne-de-Trèbes church, the bishop
of Carcassonne and Narbonne, Alain Planet, hailed the officer’s
“extraordinary act, extraordinary devotion.”
Holocaust survivor murdered: Two men were
arrested this week for the brutal murder of an
85-year-old Holocaust survivor, a killing that prosecutors said was motivated by anti-Semitism. Mireille
Knoll was stabbed 11 times in her apartment in a
working-class Paris neighborhood, and her body
partly burned. One of the suspects, a neighbor of
North African origin whom Knoll had known since
he was a child, “said that Jews have money, and
Knoll: Victim
that was the reason he attacked her,” said Francis
Kalifat, head of the Representative Council of Jewish Institutions
of France. As a child in Nazi-occupied France, Knoll narrowly
escaped being rounded up with some 13,000 French Jews in
1942—almost all were subsequently murdered in Auschwitz.
Tulum, Mexico
Vacation tragedy: An Iowa couple and their two children died from
inhaling toxic gas while vacationing in Mexico last week, local
authorities have revealed. The bodies of Kevin and Amy Sharp,
and their son Sterling, 12, and daughter Adrianna, 7, were found
at a rental condo in the popular beach resort of Tulum. An investigation revealed that a “high charge of gas” had escaped from the
condo’s hot water boiler, possibly because of a lack of maintenance,
said local prosecutor Miguel Ángel Pech. Authorities have not said
whether the condo was equipped with carbon monoxide detectors
or alarms. Jana Weland, a relative, said the Sharps had arrived in
Tulum on March 15; the last contact she had with the family was a
photo Sterling posted online of his feet by the water.
Banker president quits: Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski
resigned in disgrace last week, just days after video evidence was
released showing his allies attempting to buy the support of opposition lawmakers ahead of an impeachment vote. A former World
Bank economist, Kuczynski was accused last year
of receiving illegal payments from the Brazilian
construction giant Odebrecht while serving as a
cabinet member in the early 2000s. Kuczynski,
79, said he had done nothing wrong. The release
of the secretly recorded tapes—which showed
lawmakers being offered the chance to appoint
government officials and keep some public money
in return for their support—doomed his presidency. “I don’t want to be an obstacle for our
nation as it finds the path to unity,” Kuczynski
said in his resignation speech.
THE WEEK April 6, 2018
Itauguá, Paraguay
Rape victim dies in childbirth: A 14-year-old Paraguayan girl who
had become pregnant as a result of being raped died giving birth
last week, in a case that has highlighted the country’s high levels
of sexual violence and fueled debate about its strict abortion laws.
Abortions are illegal in Paraguay unless the pregnancy poses a
threat to the mother’s life. The girl had been hospitalized for 20
days before she went into labor because of pregnancy complications. She suffered an embolism and three cardiac arrests during
an emergency caesarean section; the baby boy survived. “The
body of a minor is not prepared for a pregnancy,” said the hospital director, Dr. Hernan Martinez. A 37-year-old man has been
arrested in connection with the rape.
Newscom (3), AP
Catalan fury: Protests erupted across Catalonia this
week after the Spanish region’s former separatist
leader was detained in Germany on an international
arrest warrant. Carles Puigdemont has lived in selfimposed exile in Belgium since October, after he organized a referendum on whether Catalonia should split
from Spain. Madrid said the referendum—in which
90 percent of ballots supported independence but
Protesting Puigdemont’s detention
only 42 percent of voters took part—was illegal, and
called for Puigdemont’s arrest for rebellion, sedition, and misuse of
funds. He was stopped this week in Germany while traveling from
Finland to Belgium; a German court must now decide whether to
extradite Puigdemont. Following his arrest, thousands of Catalan
separatists marched in Barcelona and clashed with riot police.
The world at a glance ...
Kiev, Ukraine
Coup foiled? A Ukrainian war hero turned
lawmaker has been arrested on suspicion of
plotting to blow up the parliament. Former
military helicopter pilot Nadiya Savchenko
became a national icon after she was captured fighting pro-Moscow rebels in eastern
Ukraine in 2014; she was handed over to
Savchenko in court
Russia and jailed for killing two Russian
journalists, charges she denied. After being released in 2016, she
entered Ukrainian politics and became an outspoken critic of government corruption. But last week, Ukraine’s chief prosecutor, Yuriy
Lutsenko, claimed that Savchenko had been secretly trying to buy
weapons from the rebels so she could launch a coup. Savchenko,
36, didn’t deny the allegations outright, saying undercover agents
had encouraged the plot and that she had played along so she
could go public and expose the government’s “ridiculous” schemes.
Kim visits Xi: North Korean dictator
Kim Jong Un made a surprise visit
to Beijing this week, meeting with
Chinese President Xi Jinping just
weeks before planned summits with
the leaders of South Korea and the
U.S. Kim traveled to China aboard
a heavily armored train in what was
Kim and Xi: Friends again
his first foreign trip since becoming
leader in 2011. The North Korean despot told Xi that he was open
to talks with the U.S., including a possible meeting with President
Trump in May, and was committed to the denuclearization of the
Korean Peninsula, so long as the U.S. and South Korea agreed to
“synchronized measures to achieve peace.” Following the summit,
Trump tweeted that Xi had told him the visit “went very well,”
adding that until a breakthrough is achieved, “maximum sanctions
and pressure must be maintained at all cost!”
Analysts said Kim’s visit had been staged to show that the
China–North Korea alliance is back on track. The relationship
had faltered in recent years as Kim ignored Beijing’s entreaties
to halt his nuclear weapons and ballistic missile tests. But Kim
and Xi put on a friendly display at their meeting, shaking hands
and exchanging pleasantries. “Divisions between Beijing and
Pyongyang were a major asset to Trump’s pressure campaign” on
North Korea, said U.S. defense analyst Adam Mount. Renewed
ties weaken “Trump’s hand in negotiations and diminish further
the effectiveness of U.S. military threats.”
Reuters (2), AP, Newscom (2)
Kemerovo, Russia
Deadly mall fire: At least 64 people, including 41 children, were killed this week when a fire ripped through
a shopping complex in Siberia. Russian investigators said an electrical short circuit likely caused the
blaze. Serious safety violations at the Winter Cherry
mall heightened the death toll: The fire alarm
hadn’t worked for a week, and fire escapes were
In mourning
blocked at a movie theater where an entire school
class was watching a film. Children sent frantic texts to parents
as smoke filled the building. “We are burning,” said one. “Maybe
goodbye.” Russian President Vladimir Putin met survivors and
blamed “criminal negligence” for the fire. But some victims’ families accused the president of complicity in the tragedy. “I no longer
have a family,” said Igor Vostrikov, whose wife, three children, and
sister died in the blaze. “Every bureaucrat dreams of stealing like
Putin. Every state functionary treats people like garbage.”
Damaturu, Nigeria
Girls released: More than 100 Nigerian schoolgirls who were kidnapped
in February by Boko Haram were
Freed by Boko Haram
reunited with their families this week
after being released by the jihadist group. In total, 110 girls were
snatched from their boarding school in the town of Dapchi. Five
died while in captivity and one, Leah Sharibu, is still being held
by the extremists; the 15-year-old Christian has refused to convert
to Islam. Nigerian officials said the girls were released following
“back-channel” negotiations, but insisted that no ransom had
been paid. Boko Haram—whose name means “Western education is forbidden” in the Hausa language—freed the children with
an ominous warning for parents: “Don’t ever put your daughters
in school again.”
Missile attack: Iranian-backed Shiite Houthi rebels fired a barrage
of seven missiles into Saudi Arabia this week, killing one civilian in
Riyadh and wounding two others. The casualties were the first in
Saudi Arabia’s capital since the kingdom launched its anti-Houthi
military campaign in Yemen three years ago, although Houthi
mortars and short-range missiles
have killed people elsewhere in
Saudi Arabia. A Houthi-run satellite
channel identified the type of several missiles fired as the Burkan, or
Volcano, which the United Nations
says is similar to Iran’s Qiam ballistic missile. Shiite-majority Iran
denies supplying the Houthis with
arms. The U.N. says 10,000 people
have died in the war in Yemen.
A home hit by missile fragments
THE WEEK April 6, 2018
The real founder of Me Too
Tarana Burke is the unsung hero of the #MeToo
movement, said Celia Walden in The Daily
Telegraph (U.K.). Though the hashtag became a
global phenomenon in the wake of the Harvey
Weinstein scandal, the original, pre-Twitter
campaign was actually started by Burke, a civil
rights activist, in 2006—and was inspired by an
event in Alabama years before that. In 1997,
Burke was working at a youth camp when she was approached
by a young girl named Heaven, who told her that her mother’s
boyfriend “was doing things to her.” Having been assaulted
herself as a child, Burke listened, but couldn’t find the words to
help: “Why couldn’t I bring myself to say, ‘Me too?’” In 2006,
she launched a nonprofit organization to help victims of sexual
violence, Just Be Inc., and gave it the banner “Me Too.” When the
slogan went viral, she worried that her life’s work would be “coopted” by famous white celebrities. Now she thinks that #MeToo
has broadly been a force for good. She is invited to speak at events
all over the world, but she still thinks of the child who started her
on this path. “I want to let her know that my inability to connect
with her that day propelled an entire movement. And I want to
apologize, because everything I have done, all this work, is really
an apology to her.”
Herman Weisberg is the guy who married rich men call after they
end an affair, said Barbara McMahon in The Times (U.K.). The
former New York detective, known as “the Mistress Whisperer,”
steps in when the spurned women threaten to expose, humiliate,
or blackmail their former lovers. “The men who come to me are
like ticking time bombs,” Weisberg says. “They think their world’s
about to crash down around their shoulders.” He’s often amazed
at how reckless his clients have been and how much evidence
they’ve left. Some of their mistresses have explicit photos, videos,
and texts; others will “say, ‘I know where you work, I know where
your wife works. How bad it is going to be when I tell your wife
we’ve had sex in her house, or we’ve had sex in the car and the
baby seat was in the back?’” Weisberg says he doesn’t use threats
other than to warn, “You’re about to commit a crime.” Blackmail,
he says, is a felony punishable by jail time. His secret, he says, is
that he speaks sympathetically to the women—and sometimes, the
men—who want revenge and convinces them that a war will only
deepen the pain. “When affairs go bad they go really bad, and my
job is to make sure everyone walks away intact.”
QTesla founder Elon Musk
has branded his father
“evil” after the 72-year-old
conceived a child with his
own 30-year-old stepdaughter. Jana Bezuidenhout, the daughter of
Errol Musk and his second
wife, Heide, was 3 when she joined the
family, and grew up alongside Elon in his
South African childhood home. Errol and
Heide split after 18 years of marriage. After
discovering that Errol had moved on to
Heide’s daughter, Elon, now 46, reportedly
went “berserk”—and then lashed out at the
septuagenarian in a recent interview with
Rolling Stone. “He was such a terrible huTHE WEEK April 6, 2018
Lovato’s insecurities
Demi Lovato does not like spending time around other celebrities, said Mickey Rapkin in Billboard. Brutally candid about her
own struggles with alcoholism, drug abuse, and eating disorders,
the singer and former Disney child star cannot stand the phoniness and smug egocentrism of her industry. She hit a low point
at the 2016 Met Gala, hosted by Vogue’s Anna Wintour—where
Lovato was famously photographed alongside a scowling Nicki
Minaj. “I had a terrible experience,” Lovato says. “This one celebrity was a complete bitch and was miserable to be around. It was
very cliquey. I remember being so uncomfortable that I wanted
to drink.” Lovato left and went straight to a 10 p.m. Alcoholics
Anonymous meeting. “I changed my clothes, but I still had my
diamonds on—millions of dollars of diamonds. And I related more
to the homeless people in that meeting who struggled with the
same struggles that I deal with than the people at the Met Gala.”
Fame has only fed Lovato’s insecurities. After years of strict meal
plans, she is only just reintroducing cheese and carbs into her diet,
and is learning how to go to restaurants without feeling panic.
Sometimes, she admits, “I feel uncomfortable in my own skin.”
man being, you have no idea,” the Silicon
Valley billionaire said. “Almost every crime
you can possibly think of, he has done.”
Errol Musk said he and Jana conceived
the child “in the heat of the moment” after
she was thrown out by her boyfriend. “You
have to understand—I’ve been single for
20 years and I’m just a man who makes
mistakes,” he said.
QYoung models Cara Delevingne and
Paris Jackson, the daughter of pop legend
Michael Jackson, are an item. The two were
spotted kissing in Los Angeles while hanging out with Jackson’s godfather, Home
Alone actor Macauley Culkin. Days before,
Jackson, 19, Instagrammed a video of her
and Delevingne, 25, having a sleepover—
during which they ate strawberries and
watched Carol, a movie about a lesbian
love affair. Jackson ended her last relationship, with boyfriend Michael Snoddy, in
early 2017.
QSelena Gomez and Justin Bieber are on
another break—and Bieber is making the
most of his newfound freedom by hanging
out with a Sports Illustrated model. After rekindling their roller-coaster relationship last
year, the pop stars recently decided to take
some time apart, at Gomez’s insistence, so
that they could focus on their work, church,
and personal development. But while Gomez, 25, has spent the time relaxing with
her girlfriends on a yacht, Bieber, 24, has
been spotted entertaining model Baskin
Champion several times at his Beverly Hills
home. A source said Bieber was just trying
to make Gomez jealous—adding, “They
will absolutely get back together.”
Emily Berl/The New York Times/Redux, Newscom, Getty
The ‘Mistress Whisperer’
The threat of chemical weapons
Russia apparently used Novichok, a deadly nerve agent, to attack an ex-spy on British soil. Aren’t such weapons banned?
Who developed Novichok?
What is Putin’s motive?
In a 2012 essay in the government
Western and former Soviet scientists
mouthpiece Rossiyskaya Gazeta, Putin
say the nerve agent was created in a
said Russia should develop genetic and
Soviet lab in the 1970s in what is now
“psychophysical” weapons to defend
Uzbekistan. During the Cold War, the
itself against its enemies. Since then,
U.S. and the Soviets ran secret chemiRussian researchers have been experical and biological weapons programs,
menting with everything from chemicals
experimenting with the deadly pathogens
for crowd control to genetically modithat cause diseases like anthrax, smallfied pathogens. Biosecurity in Putin’s
pox, and plague. Russia denies it ever
Russia, a new book by Raymond
made advanced nerve agents, but when
Zilinskas and Philippe Mauger, docuSoviet chemist Vil Mirzayanov fled to the
ments the recent large buildup at more
U.S. in the 1990s, he revealed the existhan two dozen Russian military labs
tence of Novichok, its chemical makeup,
The aftermath of the Novichok attack in Britain
and government-run research centers,
and details of its production, saying the
many of them former Soviet biochemical weapons sites. A walled
Soviets had stockpiled enough to kill several hundred thousand
complex in Yekaterinburg—the site of a 1979 accidental anthrax
people. Novichok is a binary compound, meaning it is made by
release that killed 100 people—has a bunch of new warehouse-size
combining two other, less dangerous substances just before it
industrial buildings. Russian scientists have also been purchasing
is administered. That makes it hard to police. Once the poison
comes into contact with a human body, it wages a fierce assault on expensive, specialized lab equipment for freeze-drying microbes
the nervous system, causing muscles to involuntarily and violently and for testing aerosolized bacteria.
contract; victims can die of suffocation or heart failure within minutes, their eyes rolled back. Even minute doses can cause permaDo other countries have chemical weapons?
nent neurological damage. There is no reliable antidote.
Russia claims, with no evidence, that the U.S. is still developing
them (see box). It’s clear that rogue states Syria and North Korea
do have them, and Russia has assisted both countries’ programs.
How did it get to the U.K.?
During the Syrian civil war, the Bashar al-Assad regime has used
That’s unclear. After whistleblowing ex-FSB agent Alexander
sarin and chlorine gases against rebels and civilians numerous
Litvinenko was poisoned with polonium in London in 2006,
times, and Russia has used its veto power in the U.N. Security
investigators were able to trace the trail of the radioactive isoCouncil to block investigations. After one such attack, President
tope across the city, implicating specific Russian agents and even
Obama struck a 2013 deal with Moscow to remove Syria’s chemithe Aeroflot flight they arrived on. Novichok, made on the spot,
cal weapons, and the U.N. verified the destruction of the listed
leaves no such signature. Sergei Skripal—a former double agent
sites—but the attacks have continued. North Korea, meanwhile, is
who served time in Russia for betraying secrets to London—and
his daughter, Yulia, keeled over on a park bench in Salisbury. They believed to be behind the killing in Malaysia last year of Kim Jong
Nam, the brother of Kim Jong Un, with the nerve agent VX.
are in intensive care, and a policeman who attended to them fell
ill. More than 130 other people may have been exposed and could
develop seizures or motor disorders. The gruesome lethality of
How is the West responding?
such weapons is why they are illegal under international law.
Following the Novichok attack, the British announced they were
investing some $67 million in a new chemical weapons defense center. The U.S. and other countries called on Russia to cooperate with
When were they banned?
an international investigation into the Salisbury poisoning. NATO
The Chemical Weapons Convention—negotiated after the Soviet
Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said
Union broke up in 1991 and in force
the attempted assassination was part of
since 1997—prohibits the large-scale
Russia’s counter-accusations
a pattern of aggressive Russian behavdevelopment, production, stockpilPresident George H.W. Bush in 1991 committed
ior, including the 2014 annexation of
ing, and transfer of chemical weapons.
the United States not to use chemical weapons
Crimea and the cyberattacks on Western
It was a huge breakthrough at the
for any reason, including retaliating a chemical
elections. He said that the alliance was
time, and the U.S. helped the USSR’s
attack. While the U.S. missed a 2012 deadline
responding with “the biggest reinforcesuccessor, Russia, destroy its stocks.
to destroy all of its stockpiles, complete decomment of our collective defense since the
Russia claims it finished doing so last
missioning is scheduled for 2023. But Russia
end of the Cold War,” including beefedSeptember, ahead of schedule and the
says the U.S. is secretly concocting new bioagup troop presence in Eastern Europe and
U.S. But there’s a loophole: Production
ents. Russian state sites have accused the U.S.
deployment of missile defenses. But U.S.
of many toxic chemicals with industrial
of being behind the Zika and Ebola outbreaks,
Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, the supreme
uses, such as in fertilizer or medicine,
citing U.S. assistance in containing the epidemallied commander of NATO, says the
is allowed as long as countries alert
ics as proof of guilt. Last week, Russian officials
alliance is “struggling” over an approthe international monitoring body.
even suggested that the U.S. may have been
priate response to a small-scale chemical
Such a system relies on the good faith
responsible for the Novichok attack, using it
attack that Russia denies responsibility
of the governments involved. Russian
as an excuse to further demonize Russia. “The
for. “This is a relatively new area we’re
President Vladimir Putin scoffs at
Americans had access,” said lawmaker Alexei
dealing with,” he said, “and we just
international norms and agreements,
Chepa, “not only to the technology but to its
have to start thinking about this and
and has drastically ramped up Russian
coming to terms with it.”
research into biochemical agents.
THE WEEK April 6, 2018
Best columns: The U.S.
Democrats are “giddy” about their prospects of retaking the House
in 2018, said Michael Li and Laura Royden, but they may be bitterly
disappointed. The 9-point lead Democrats now hold on a generic midmight not
term ballot would historically translate to winning well more than the
seats the party needs to reclaim the majority. But our analysis shows
win the House 24
just how much “extreme gerrymandering” has changed the game. Unless
Michael Li
Laura Royden
The New York Times
Trump better
find a new
Richard Cohen
The Washington Post
Our society’s
sympathy for
white killers
Jamelle Bouie
the blue wave is a historic 11 points or more, Democrats would likely
pick up only 13 seats—leaving Republicans in control. That’s because
of the GOP’s aggressive, data-driven redrawing of congressional districts following 2010’s Republican midterm rout. Now even “big purple
battleground” states such as Ohio, Michigan, and North Carolina are so
radically carved up that Democrats will need to stage “a nearly unprecedented electoral earthquake to take any additional seats.” In a major
ruling due this year, the Supreme Court may “finally set bounds on
partisan gerrymandering.” California—with districts now drawn by an
independent nonpartisan commission—has already provided a blueprint
for reform. We need a fair system that gives voters “the government they
want,” not a rigged system designed by whichever party is in power.
As special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation gets closer to
the White House, said Richard Cohen, President Trump is wrecking his
own legal defense. Last week, his lead lawyer, John Dowd, resigned,
reportedly because Trump was ignoring his legal advice. Trump briefly
hired partisan conspiracy theorists Joseph diGenova and his law partner
wife, Victoria Toensing, to replace Dowd, only to fire them after deciding he had no “chemistry” with them. (One report said Trump was
turned off that diGenova and Toensing showed up for their first meeting looking “disheveled.”) A host of other lawyers have turned Trump
down, including high-profile Republican attorneys Ted Olson and Dan
Webb, and this week the desperate president added an obscure assistant district attorney from Georgia. Trump “is in more trouble than he
imagines,” and in the conscientious, fearless, and relentless Mueller—
a decorated Vietnam War hero and former FBI director—he has more
than met his match. Yet as usual Trump just “wings it,” going through
lawyers the way he once went through mistresses. But he won’t be able
to bully or bluff Mueller and his team, whose investigation has the potential to end Trump’s presidency. “Somebody get this man a lawyer.”
Why do white murderers receive more sympathy than black victims?
asked Jamelle Bouie. “Take Mark Anthony Conditt, the 23-year-old
who terrorized Austin with a series of bombings.” Instead of labeling
Conditt—raised as a home-school religious conservative—a terrorist, a
hater, or a mass murderer, police called him “a very challenged young
man” whose confession was “an outcry” about his dysfunctional personal life. Similarly, the Associated Press described 17-year-old school
shooter Austin Rollins, who murdered his ex-girlfriend in Maryland
last week, as a “lovesick teenager.” If a killer is white and male, law
enforcement and the media treat him as “a full individual entitled to
respect and dignity”—troubled, but not evil. But black or Muslim men
who kill are usually portrayed as thugs or terrorists, and their crimes are
often treated as representative of their entire community. Even nonwhite
victims are often portrayed negatively. Consider Michael Brown and
Trayvon Martin, whose typical teen experiments with marijuana were
used to justify why it was right to shoot them dead in the street. “This
is racism, but it’s not the crude hatred of the white supremacist.” Even
in 2018, you still need to be white to be recognized as a “full person.”
“A few days ago, I was talking to a Christian Trump supporter, a person who
didn’t support Trump in the primaries but happily voted for him in the general election. He’s glad Hillary isn’t president, but his sentiment was clear. ‘I’m just tired of it,’ he
said. ‘I’m sick of the scandals.’ In 2020, the MAGA base will turn out for Trump, but others will be
too exhausted by scandal to leave their homes. Barring unexpected, dramatic developments, that’s
Trump’s porn-star problem. That’s his tweet problem. That’s his Russia problem. That’s the problem
most likely to cost him his presidency.”
David French in
THE WEEK April 6, 2018
It must be true...
I read it in the tabloids
QAn amateur rocket scientist
with ambitions of traveling
into space to prove that the
Earth is flat survived a successful test flight in a steampowered craft he built in his
own garage. “Mad” Mike
Hughes, a 61-year-old limousine driver, launched himself
almost 2,000 feet above the
Mojave Desert in California.
After a hard landing aided by
two parachutes, he complained of a backache and
some cuts. “I’ll feel it in the
morning,” Hughes said. “Am
I glad I did it? Yeah. I guess. I
manned up and did it.”
at the Royal
Gorge Dinosaur Experience in central Colorado
were treated
to a brief but spectacular
pyrotechnics show when
the theme park’s life-size
animatronic Tyrannosaurus
rex burst into flames. At one
point, the 24-foot-tall dinosaur appeared to be breathing
fire as onlookers recorded
the inferno for social media.
The blaze—caused by an
electrical problem—ultimately
left nothing behind but a
charred metal skeleton. “We
knew he had a temper, but
today he blew his top,” said
Zach Reynolds, the park’s
owner. “Our mighty T. rex is
no longer. You might even
QA French waiter says that
a restaurant in Vancouver
violated his rights by firing
him for rude and aggressive
behavior, because that’s just
how French people act. Guillaume Rey filed a complaint
with British Columbia’s Human Rights Tribunal, claiming discrimination against his
French culture, which“tends
to be more direct and expressive.” The tribunal will
hear the case, with a judge
saying, “Mr. Rey will have to
explain what it is about his
French heritage that would
result in behavior that people
misinterpret as a violation of
workplace standards.”
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Linkiesta (Italy)
Best columns: Europe
Prime Minister Leo Varadkar just couldn’t stop
himself from sucking up to Donald Trump, said
Gene Kerrigan. “Where rich men are involved,”
Ireland’s center-right lawmakers always default
to obsequious, so during his recent trip to Washington, Varadkar tried to show how chummy he
was with the U.S. president. During a St. Patrick’s
Day lunch, Varadkar bragged that when he was
tourism minister in 2014, Trump called him to
complain about an unsightly wind farm being
planned near a Trump hotel and golf course in
Doonbeg. Varadkar said he called the local council, and poof, the wind farm was denied its permit.
Not that he interfered improperly, mind you.
“The president has very kindly given me credit for
that,” Varadkar simpered, “although I do think
it would have been refused anyway.” Back home,
of course, it looked like Varadkar was boasting
about engaging in corruption. Maybe he told the
story because he was afraid that otherwise Trump
would blurt it out with an even less flattering spin.
But Varadkar did his very best to both own and
disown his accommodation of the tycoon, saying
in effect, “I did it, give me credit; I didn’t do it,
don’t blame me.” Still, what else should we expect
when our leaders meet Americans? “The ineptitude, the deceit, the two-faced playacting”—that’s
typical Irish politics.
We’re constantly told that Nordic countries are
the happiest in the world, said Samuele Maccolini,
but is that really true? Finland, for example, was
recently lauded as “the best society on the planet,”
after coming in tops in the United Nations World
Happiness Report. It wins that honor through high
marks in general satisfaction, trust, equality, respect for the environment, and education. But look
closer—how do the people actually spend their
days? Finns live in a monotonous landscape covered with conifers, particularly as, since the decline
of cellphone giant Nokia, the economy has grown
dependent on the paper industry. The climate is
utterly unbearable: Summers are “infested with annoying insects”; winters are bitingly cold. Finns are
obsessed with guns, with an ownership rate trailing
only the U.S., Yemen, and Switzerland. They have
one of the highest homicide rates in Western Europe, and their suicide rate is far above the world
average. And while they certainly know how to
party, they do it to excess, perhaps to escape empty
lives: Alcohol abuse is a leading cause of death for
Finnish men. With its orderly towns and cities,
Finland does appear from a distance to be safe and
calm, not to say boring. But this supposed “paradise on earth” is actually rather tarnished.
no qualms about selling off essential
Does Britain’s ruling class “hate our
chunks of our national infrastructure
country?” asked the Daily Mail in
to European firms. The Dutch statean editorial. That’s the only possible
owned transport giant Abellio owns
explanation for “a decision that is as
several U.K. rail franchises, and its
perverse and imbecilic” as any made by
lamentable performance “has been
our government in living memory. Late
widely condemned by British passenlast year, officials announced that a new
ger groups.” The major U.K. power
U.K. passport would be introduced to
provider EDF Energy, meanwhile, is
mark our impending exit from the Eua subsidiary of the French state giant
ropean Union. The burgundy passport
Électricité de France. What’s especially
cover used by most EU nations would be
amusing is that the pro-Brexiters arreplaced with one that’s dark blue—the
gued Britain needed to leave the EU so
color of British passports from 1921 to
it could embrace truly free trade, said
1988. It was a highly symbolic gesture,
The post-Brexit blue passports won’t be U.K. made.
James Moore in
proof that our nation had regained conBut if we’re to become a “Global Britain,” then we’ll have to
trol of its sovereignty from the bureaucrats in Brussels. So Brexit
supporters were understandably shocked last week when the gov- accept all other nations—including the French—“having carte
blanche to bid for British government contracts.”
ernment revealed that the new passports would be made not by
a U.K. company but by a Franco-Dutch one. What a farce, said
For us Scots, this passport farrago has laid bare “the innate folly
The Daily Telegraph. Ministers insisted they were still bound by
of England’s Brexit misadventure,” said Marianne Taylor in The
EU competition rules, which prohibit them from favoring a U.K.
firm. Yet France bans foreign companies from producing its pass- Herald. Other nations used to consider our southern neighbor
“a model of fair-mindedness; the nation’s inherent arrogance was
ports on national security grounds. Britain is leaving the EU precisely so it can decide its own trade regime; “to begin that process tempered by it.” But in the 21st century, England lost its way
and was “tempted by the malign forces of petty nationalism.” Its
with an act of grand acquiescence does not look good.”
residents—a majority of whom voted in favor of Brexit, unlike
the Scots—now cling to symbols that remind them of their past
What a delightful display of hypocrisy, said George Eaton in Pro-Brexit members of the ruling Conserva- imperial might, like their little blue passports. Who knows where
tive Party have been left sputtering with outrage. Former cabinet this will end. “Perhaps England’s embarrassing midlife crisis will
run its course,” and our neighbor will “return to staid dependminister Priti Patel said the decision to award the $690 million
ability and abandon all this Brexit nonsense.” Let’s hope so,
passport contract to the Franco-Dutch firm was a “national
“because until then, the joke’s on Scotland too.”
humiliation.” Yet pro-market Conservatives such as Patel have
THE WEEK April 6, 2018
United Kingdom: Suffering from the passport blues
Best columns: International
China: Ready for a trade war with the U.S.
resurrect. A state-run social media
China has a simple message for U.S.
campaign could easily convince ChiPresident Donald Trump: “Pull back
nese consumers to boycott Detroitfrom the brink,” said the China Daily
headquartered General Motors,
(China) in an editorial. The American
which would struggle to survive
leader pushed the world’s two biggest
without access to China’s booming
economies closer to confrontation last
auto market. After all, its cars are
week by authorizing $60 billion in tar“inferior to those of German autoiffs on a range of Chinese imports and
makers, and are less fuel efficient
placing restrictions on Chinese investthan Japanese vehicles.”
ments in U.S. high-technology projects.
Beijing in turn announced $3 billion
Chinese President Xi Jinping has a
in penalties on U.S. imports, including
big advantage over Trump in any
fruit, pork, and steel pipes—retaliation,
trade war, said Chris Keall in The
the Commerce Ministry said, for
National Business Review (New
Trump’s earlier tariffs on Chinese steel
China plans to slap tariffs on imported U.S. pork.
Zealand). Economic chaos could cost
and aluminum. Our leaders are now
negotiating with the Americans in hopes of stopping the $60 bil- Trump’s Republican Party control of Congress in the midterms,
killing the president’s agenda. Xi, an autocrat “who recently
lion in tariffs from going into effect. If Trump refuses to rescind
abolished term limits, faces no such limitations.” Yes, he has to
the penalties, Beijing will strike back with like-for-like measures.
keep the top echelons of the Communist Party happy, but the
“China does not want a trade war with anyone,” the Chinese
ballot box and critical media coverage are not a problem. “If it
embassy in Washington said in a statement. “But China is not
comes down to a war of attrition, he holds all the cards.” Escalaafraid of and will not recoil from a trade war.”
tion is inevitable because Beijing can’t agree to Trump’s demands,
said the Global Times. Trump’s “America First” vision means
The Chinese people have many ways to punish the “arrogant
that we must always be second: these tariffs are part of a wider
and naïve” Trump administration, said the Global Times
strategy meant to “strangle China’s high-tech firms” and deny
(China). We could impose tariffs on the $12.4 billion worth of
soybeans that the U.S. exports to China every year, which would our nation the right to become the world’s biggest economy. As a
staunch believer in free trade, China will always try to avoid prohurt farmers in crucial Trump-supporting states such as Iowa.
Those American imports wouldn’t be hard to replace: “Soybean voking trade frictions with the U.S. But “we must rise to the challenge if the U.S. is determined to loot China’s future to nurture
producers in Brazil and Russia are all desperate to squeeze U.S.
itself.” By taking decisive action now, we will “make Washington
soybeans out of the Chinese market.” China can also spread
think twice whenever it has the urge to act tough against China.”
economic pain to the Rust Belt states that Trump has vowed to
keeps on
Asahi Shimbun
The addiction
can’t treat
Ricardo Kohan
The Fukushima nuclear accident “is far from
over,” said the Asahi Shimbun. It’s been seven
years since the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power
Plant was struck by an earthquake and a tsunami,
knocking out power to the facility’s cooling system and causing three of its six reactors to melt
down. While much of the external contamination
at the site has been cleaned up, we’re decades
away from the ultimate goal: decommissioning
the damaged reactors. Authorities have only vague
ideas about the condition of the damaged cores,
and they are currently storing 1 million tons of
radioactive coolant water, with more generated
every day. “We are still in no state to see the peak
of the mountain,” says Toyoshi Fuketa, chairman
of the Nuclear Regulation Authority. “We don’t
even know what sort of uphill slope awaits us.”
Removal of the spent fuel won’t begin until 2023,
three years later than planned. Why is it taking so
long? Some regulators speculate that TEPCO, the
utility that operates the plant, may be worrying
more about its profit margin than its responsibility
to Japanese taxpayers. As the utility whose shoddy
safety practices “allowed the nuclear disaster to
occur,” TEPCO has an obligation “to invest sufficient capital and manpower” in the cleanup.
Argentina’s paco addiction is “a social catastrophe,” said Ricardo Kohan. This cheap cocaine byproduct, more addictive and destructive than crack,
has spread through all strata of Argentine society
since the 2001 economic crisis, and our young
people have been particularly hard hit. Made from
the chemical residue of coca leaves used in cocaine
production, and often mixed with kerosene, industrial solvents, or even rat poison, the drug ravages
the body and the psyche. Paqueros—as users are
known—get a brief, ecstatic high followed by an
intense, all-consuming craving for another hit.
Addicts in their teens and tweens prostitute them-
selves to feed their paco habit, and many live on
the street. Tens of thousands of Argentine youths
are lost to this scourge, and the government has
no plan to rescue them. Courts occasionally refer
addicts to hospitals, such as the one where I work
as a psychiatrist, but don’t provide them with the
long-term treatment needed to break this deadly
habit. Hospitals are designed to treat sick people,
not social epidemics. After health workers do whatever they can, patients are released to the streets.
These vulnerable people need treatment centers, or
they will die, consumed by the hell of addiction.
“Will the state avert this looming tragedy?”
THE WEEK April 6, 2018
Talking points
March for Our Lives: A tipping point?
popular.” Some 91 percent of voters
On a crisp and beautiful spring day last
polled by Fox News favor universal backweek, “we witnessed a new dawn in the
ground checks, and 60 percent support
struggle against gun violence,” said E.J.
an assault-weapons ban. Congress has
Dionne Jr. in Led by
failed to act mainly because the NRA has
the young survivor-activists of the Parkland,
historically had the edge on “issue intenFla., massacre, some 800,000 students and
sity.” For years, gun rights supporters
parents gathered in Washington, D.C., and
have been far more likely to make guns
hundred of thousands more at 844 sister
their top ballot-box priority—the NRA
events nationwide for the “March for Our
having successfully framed any form
Lives,” in protest against school shootings.
of gun control as “a tangible loss” of
Huge crowds chanted their way through
their rights. Now, though, the Parkland
New York, Houston, Los Angeles, and other
students have flipped the script: Don’t
cities, holding signs reading “Hunting season The protest in Washington: Generation Z, rising
is over” and “I want to read books, not obituaries” and demanding children have a right not to be shot? Their heartfelt stories of their
friends’ slaughter—as kids hold up signs reading “Am I Next?”—
reasonable gun-control measures—including universal background
checks and a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. have demonstrated “the human, personal cost of unabated gun
violence in a very public manner.” With the midterms approaching,
Usually, the public outrage after a shooting fizzles out and gives
way to sad resignation, said Amanda Petrusich in The New Yorker. this powerful movement might “actually sway votes.”
This time, “something feels profoundly different.” As fearless
Don’t be too sure of that, said Rick Hampson in
young speakers railed against the National Rifle Association, “the
On Mother’s Day of 2000, following the Columbine massacre,
energy on the street was crackling.” Then Parkland student Emma
750,000 people attended “the Million Mom March.” It was herGonzalez led a dramatic, unforgettable silence lasting six minutes
alded as “the birth of a movement.” Instead, it inspired a fierce
and 20 seconds—the time it took her former Marjory Stoneman
backlash by gun owners, contributed to the election of George W.
Douglas classmate to gun down 17 students and teachers. In the
Bush, and was “the start of the NRA’s two-decade domination of
long political struggle against the NRA and its cult of gun rights
gun politics.” If the March for Our Lives goes the same way, said
absolutism, could this finally be “a tipping point?”
Michael Graham in, it will be because of smug
liberals and their vitriolic attacks against the 4 million NRA memNo one can deny the Parkland students “their grief,” said Rich
bers who want “to protect what they see as a constitutional right.”
Lowry in But while putting on outrageIf these law-abiding Americans “get the message that Democrats
filled marches feels cathartic, “passion is not wisdom.” Egged on
and the Left are declaring them Public Enemy #1,” it could get the
by liberal adults, these students demonize every gun owner and
GOP’s base “fired up for the midterms.”
politician who disagrees with them as not merely wrong, but as
“the equivalent of murderers.” The NRA and its supporters, said
The young gun-control activists have time and demographics on
rally organizer David Hogg, “want to keep killing our children.”
their side, said Arick Wierson in Generation Z, born
Missing from their fear-driven diatribes was one basic, “indisputbetween 1995 and 2012, “will be supplying a fresh batch of sevable fact,” said Robby Soave in “Gun violence has
declined precipitously over the past 25 years,” despite the fact that eral million new voters to the electorate every year between now
and 2030.” This generation has grown up in an era of mass shootthe number of guns in circulation has doubled. Schools are no
ings, and has known “nothing but gridlock in Washington.” And
exception, with four times as many children shot dead in schools
now these young people have had enough. A large majority of
in the early 1990s than today, according to one study.
Gen Zers are now united in their desire for tangible change—not
only on gun control, but also on gay and transgender rights, race,
Why, then, did so many teens and parents fill the streets all over
and other social issues. It might take years for the next generation
the country? asked German Lopez in After the massato leverage its growing political power. But make no mistake; we
cres in Newtown, Parkland, Las Vegas, and so many other places,
just witnessed “the first chapter in this epic saga.”
Americans are heartsick and fed up, and “gun control is incredibly
USA Today
QIn total, about 30,000 North Koreans
have defected to the South, where
they are welcomed with free housing,
THE WEEK April 6, 2018
inexpensive medical care, and job training.
But the passage has become harder since
Kim Jong Un succeeded his father as
leader in 2011, and those who are caught
are tortured. Last year, 1,127 North Koreans
arrived in the South, just one-third of the
annual number before Kim came to power.
The New York Times
QRemington Outdoor, the oldest gun
manufacturer in the
U.S., has filed for bankruptcy.
The company, founded in 1816, says
that sales have dropped significantly
since President Trump’s election because
consumers no longer fear a total gun ban.
QThe toxic impact of Hurricane Harvey
was far more widespread than authorities
initially admitted. More than 100 chemical
spills occurred in the storm’s aftermath,
including 500 million gallons of industry
wastewater that leaked out of a chemical
plant east of Houston. Cancer-causing pollutants such as benzene, vinyl chloride, and
butadiene have been found in neighborhoods and waterways.
Associated Press
QThe Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a swirling oceanic graveyard where discarded,
man-made trash is deposited by the
currents, is four to 16 times bigger than
previously thought, occupying an area
roughly four times the size of California, a
new study found. It comprises an estimated 1.8 trillion pieces of rubbish—including
87,000 tons of plastic that disintegrate into
small particles and are eaten by fish.
Talking points
Trump vs. Biden: Fighting words
voters wanted “someone
Whenever “the tone of
who was strong,” or who
American politics seems to
at least projected strength.
be at rock bottom,” said
To win in 2020, Democrats
Dan Balz in The Washington
will need a candidate who
Post, “something happens
can go toe-to-toe with the
to remind everyone it can
president, and not be cowed
go lower still.” Former Vice
by his insults and vicious
President Joe Biden last week
rhetoric. Biden, who has
claimed that if he and Presispent decades honing his
dent Trump were still in high
down-to-earth, blue-collar
school, he would have taken
persona, is probably their
him “behind the gym and
best hope. People can moan
beat the hell out of him” for
all they want about “retrodisrespecting women. In refgrade machismo,” said Bill
erence to Trump’s infamous
Biden: I’d ‘beat the hell out of him.’
Scher in But
Access Hollywood comthis is “where we are as a country.” To insist that
ments, Biden said that “any guy that talked that
we “shouldn’t treat the campaign like a schoolway was usually the fattest, ugliest SOB in the
room.” Trump, inevitably, hit back, tweeting that yard brawl is to deny the reality that one of the
candidates is going to make sure that it is one.”
“Crazy Joe” was “weak,” and “would go down
fast and hard, crying all the way.” It’s “embarHis heart might be in the right place, said Alyssa
rassing” to see these two septuagenarians “flex
Rosenberg in The Washington Post, “but on
their John Wayne one-liners,” said Jack Holmes
behalf of my fellow women, I’d like to decline
in We’ve come to expect “toxic,
Biden’s time-traveling offer to prove his masculinperformed masculinity” from Trump. But Biden,
ity in our defense.” As Stormy Daniels and the
who is eyeing a 2020 presidential run, really
women who accused Trump of sexual abuse have
ought to know better.
demonstrated, we don’t need to stand helplessly
on the sidelines while men fight for our honor. We
Wake up, liberals, said Matt Lewis in TheDaily In the 2016 election, Trump “mopped can take on sexist bullies on our own. If Biden and
the floor” with “nice, optimistic” candidates such other men want to help, they should “get behind
as Jeb Bush and John Kasich. Why? Because many the women who are standing up to Trump.”
The budget: How Democrats rolled Trump
“President Obama finally got a Republicancontrolled Congress to fund his domestic budget,”
said Russell Berman in Turns
out, “all it took was having Donald Trump in
the White House.” Last week, President Trump
signed a $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill
that totally reverses long-standing Republican
demands for steep cuts to domestic spending. In
fact, it increases funding for some programs, such
as the Department of Education, Pell Grants,
Head Start, and federal housing assistance by
more than Obama requested in his final budget.
Why? Democrats successfully used their leverage in the Senate to wring huge concessions
from Republicans, who needed their votes to
pass a budget with the huge spending increases
they wanted for the military. We’re now seeing a
very strange spectacle play out on Capitol Hill:
“Democrats celebrating legislation enacted under
complete GOP control of Washington.”
Die-hard Trump supporters “might be starting to
realize how thoroughly he has played them for
suckers,” said Eugene Robinson in The Washington Post. Not only is the budget bill stuffed with
liberal priorities like keeping federal funding for
Planned Parenthood and public broadcasting, it
contains “basically nothing” for Trump’s big, beautiful border wall except a few dozen miles of additional fencing and barriers. The tough negotiator
who wrote The Art of the Deal was nothing but
a fraud. It’s sad, but true, said Brandon Weichert
in Many of us hoped Trump would
have enough intestinal fortitude to hold the line on
spending and halt the tide of illegal immigration.
But after briefly threatening to veto the bill, Trump
signed it anyway. “Face it,” my fellow MAGA-ites,
“Trump sold us out to the Swamp.”
Trump will never admit it, though, said Jonah
Goldberg in the Los Angeles Times. The president
and his allies are already pushing the narrative
that he was “stabbed in the back” by feckless
Republicans. The truth is Trump and his aides
were part of the budget negotiations from the
beginning and approved the framework for the
deal in February. The lie that he was surprised
and horrified by all that spending “lays essential
groundwork for Trump to escape blame if the
GOP loses the House in the 2018 midterms,” setting him up to run against the Swamp again in
2020. In Trumpworld, the president can never be
at fault, and all blame lies with “those backstabbing blackguards of the Beltway.”
Wit &
“You can cut all the flowers,
but you can’t stop spring.”
Pablo Neruda, quoted in
“Our doubts are traitors,
and make us lose the
good we oft might win by
fearing to attempt.”
William Shakespeare,
quoted in The Washington Post
“Somebody should tell us,
right at the start of our lives,
that we are dying. Then we
might live life to the limit.”
Actor Michael Landon, quoted
in the Montreal Gazette
“Life is and will ever remain
an equation incapable of
solution, but it contains certain known factors.”
Nikola Tesla, quoted in
“A leader takes people
where they want to go. A
great leader takes people
where they don’t necessarily
want to go but ought to be.”
Rosalynn Carter,
quoted in
“The need of reason is
not inspired by the quest
for truth but by the
quest for meaning.”
Hannah Arendt, quoted in
“If you are the only girl in
a room it doesn’t mean
you’re better. It means
something is wrong.”
Columnist Alexandra Petri,
quoted in
Poll watch
QPresident Trump’s approval rating has risen to
42%, up 7% since February and the highest in 11
months. 54% disapprove.
Republican approval of
the president is at 86%.
QIn a poll taken after the
scandal regarding Facebook’s misuse of data,
just 41% of Americans
say they trust the social
media network to obey
U.S. privacy laws. 66%
say they trust Amazon,
62% trust Google, and
60% trust Microsoft.
THE WEEK April 6, 2018
collar trades say it can be hard to find applicants who can pass a drug test.
How are businesses responding?
Many small companies are offering better
salaries and benefits. In a February Wall
Street Journal survey, nearly 60 percent of
more than 730 responding firms said they
had recently boosted wages to entice applicants. Beyond bigger paychecks, companies
are also offering to pay for vacation costs,
gym memberships, class credits, and other
perks. Brian Krenke, president of KI, an
employee-owned furniture maker based in
Green Bay, Wis., is looking to hire 300 new
people and notes that, unlike in the past,
he’s more focused on what potential hires
Chris and Bill Cruciger
are looking for. “We want them to walk
struggle to find roofers
away from the interview saying this is really
who can pass a drug test.
an organization we want to work for,” he
says. “You really need to be much more
flexible and accommodating these days.”
A shortage of qualified workers
Are there other ways to find workers?
Some small businesses are aggressively recruiting fresh
faces by partnering with local schools or unions that can
provide a pipeline of new applicants. Other firms, findWhy are small businesses optimistic about the future?
ing themselves stymied by a lack of applicants with the
They expect good times—and low taxes—ahead. The most recent
requisite skills or who can pass a drug test, are bolstering internmonthly report from the National Federation of Independent Busship, apprenticeship, and training programs. In Youngstown, Ohio,
iness (NFIB) shows that small-business owners are enjoying high
Chris Cruciger and his father, Bill, owners of a roofing firm, are
levels of confidence, with a score of 107.6 in February, the secondworking with a local nonprofit group, Flying High, which provides
highest rating in the index’s 45-year history. By comparison, confijob training and drug treatment, to find candidates. “We could take
dence levels were in the low 80s at the nadir of the Great Recession. on twice as many projects if we had more suitable workers,” Chris
Credit President Trump’s tax cuts for much of that confidence:
Cruciger said. Other companies are opening new locations where
“Policy changes—lower taxes and fewer regulations—are transforma- they hope to find a greater supply of potential workers. “Employers
tive for small businesses,” says NFIB president Juanita Duggan. The are getting more creative in attracting and retaining workers,” says
strong economy is helping, too. The Federal Reserve has increased
Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics. “They are
its expectations for overall GDP growth this year from 2.5 percent
going to have to get much more creative going forward.”
in December to 2.7 percent today. “After years of standing on the
sidelines and not benefiting from the so-called recovery, Main Street Are minimum-wage increases a factor?
is on fire again,” Duggan says. Still, some challenges remain.
Some small-business owners are offering more pay, but many
still struggle to cover the bare minimum. While the federal miniWhat are the challenges?
mum wage has stayed at $7.25 an hour since 2009, 29 states
Ironically, the low unemployment rate. A tightening labor market
and Washington, D.C., have set higher hourly minimums, ranggives job seekers the upper hand in job searches, as they can be
ing from $7.50 to $12.50. To start 2018, 18 states and 19 cities
pickier about where they work.
raised their local minimum
Small businesses often complain
wages, many to $12 to $15 an
What tariffs mean for small businesses
about having trouble competing
hour. And that may be great for
Not all of President Trump’s policies have been so smallwith bigger companies for top
workers, but it can be a heavy
business friendly. His recent move to impose high tariffs on
talent, and that’s even more the
burden for small companies.
foreign-produced steel and aluminum seems to be a mixed bag
case when there are fewer availRegina Chan, owner of Prolific
for small-biz owners. On the one hand, Richard Garber, owner
able workers. Indeed, the NFIB
Oven—a family-run café and
of industrial heating company Kelsifahr, Inc., in Minneapolis,
reports that finding qualified
bakery that’s been around
expects the tariffs to have a negative impact on his company’s
employees is currently the top
since 1980 and is located in
sales. “The president’s proposed steel/aluminum tariff has the
problem facing small-business
Sunnyvale, Calif., where the
potential to be disastrous,” he says, because steel prices will
owners. “Employers need a surge
minimum wage went up to $15
likely go up. But Corey Merz, managing partner of Meyer Ice
Cream, a manufacturer of soft-serve ice cream machines based
in the labor participation rate to
an hour on Jan. 1—is struggling
in New Albany, Ind., hopes tariffs pay off in the long run. “The
begin to see relief from the effects
with the change. “Of course I
tariffs on steel and aluminum would definitely increase the cost
of labor shortages,” says NFIB
want the best for my employof the products we build, and that cost would be passed on,”
chief economist Bill Dunkelberg.
ees,” she says. “But the big
he says. “However, if this would create jobs in the U.S., I would
Another hurdle: In some parts of
picture is that I need to keep the
not have a problem paying a little bit more for material.”
the country, business owners in
doors open. Because if I don’t,
manufacturing and other blueeveryone gets laid off.”
18 | THE WEEK April 6, 2018
Dustin Franz/The New York Times/Redux
Confidence is high among small-business owners,
but filling available jobs has become a challenge.
Self-driving cars: The first pedestrian fatality
1.18 fatalities for every 100 million miles
It was an accident that was never supposed
that Americans drove. “Since Americans
to happen, said Tim Higgins in The Wall
drove nearly 3.2 trillion miles that year, that
Street Journal. The promise of self-driving
added up to tens of thousands of deaths.”
cars “is that robot eyes are supposed to deSelf-driving cars, by contrast, have gotten
tect things humans can’t.” So when one of
nowhere near racking up 100 million miles;
Uber’s autonomous vehicles “plowed straight
Alphabet’s Waymo, the industry leader, has
into” a pedestrian in Tempe, Ariz., last week,
logged about 4 million miles of road travel,
killing her, many experts said that it was
while Uber, which has now suspended its
“clear the system failed.” The self-driving
testing, just reached 2 million. “We won’t
Volvo “never seemed to detect” the 49-yearknow how dangerous self-driving cars are
old woman and did not appear “to brake
compared with human drivers until they’ve
or veer.” The woman was crossing the road
Are autonomous cars really safer?
driven billions more miles.” Self-driving
outside of a crosswalk and stepped into the
evangelists insist removing humans from the equation will help
path of the vehicle. But autonomous technology is supposed “to
safety, said Leonid Bershidsky in But here was a
‘see’ objects in the dark,” and conditions for the car’s cameras
car driving in perfect conditions on “streets laid out on a perfect
and sensors were optimal: The night was clear, and the roads in
grid”—and it wasn’t able to drive better than the average human.
Tempe are wide and clearly marked, with minimal traffic. This
first-ever pedestrian death “comes at a critical time for the naIt is “getting increasingly hard to fathom why we’re trusting”
scent self-driving vehicle sector,” said Aarian Marshall in Wired
private tech companies with matters of such critical public Uber, Alphabet, and others have spent billions on research
portance, said Patrick George in Uber, Alphabet,
and development to prove the technology is safer and more efand others want us to imagine a future of driverless cars whisking
ficient than human drivers. “But now is the in-between time, the
moment when autonomous vehicles are less than perfect, even as us “around our futuristic cities in quiet comfort, reading tablets
and getting work done.” But we know from Uber’s record that
they take to public streets in ever greater numbers.”
the company can be “irresponsible, exploitative, and downright
scummy.” Shouldn’t some “large NASA-type organization” be
It’s “appealing” to assume that self-driving cars are safer than
placed in charge instead? “The tech free-for-all must end at some
those driven by humans, said Megan McArdle in The Washpoint, and perhaps this horrible crash is the beginning of that.”
ington Post. “Unfortunately, it’s wrong.” In 2016, there were
Scientists at MIT have
developed a new
technology that
can be used
to evaluate
drugs and
detect possible
side effects before
the drugs are tested
in humans, said Jamie Condliffe in The “bodyon-a-chip” device strings together
cells from up to 10 organs and
pushes fluid through them to mimic
blood flow. The process allows
researchers to replicate how organs
“react and interact with one another
when exposed” to new drugs. Until
now, no one had succeeded in connecting more than a few different
tissue types on a platform; this new
device combines cells from 10 different organs—liver, lung, gut, endometrium, brain, heart, pancreas, kidney,
skin, and skeletal muscle. The system
allows researchers to pump a drug
to the gastrointestinal tissue, for
instance, mimicking oral ingestion,
and then study what happens as the
drug moves to other organs and is
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Bytes: What’s new in tech
Protecting your Facebook data
Reports that a political research firm accessed
the personal data of more than 50 million
Facebook users “should have anybody on
the social network uneasy over the third parties they’ve let into their account,” said Rob
Pegoraro in USA Today. If you’ve ever downloaded an app through Facebook, you should
examine your privacy settings. Log in via your
browser, click the downward-facing triangle
at the top right, hit Settings and select Apps.
Check the apps and sites listed—this should
confirm what profile information you have
agreed to let them see. At a minimum, those
apps will get “your name, profile picture, cover
photo, gender, networks, username, and user
ID.” Others might get far more, including your
friends list, “Likes,” and current city. You can
get rid of an app by clicking the ‘X’ next to its
name, or click through to see its privacy policy.
for instance, could build its own AI assistant to
“remember a guest’s preferences for air-con,”
or a car manufacturer could develop a unique
voice-activated dashboard. IBM believes companies will want their own AIs for “branding,
personalization, and privacy.” Clients will be
able to train their assistants using their own
data sets, and to assuage privacy fears, each AI
integration will “keep its data to itself.”
Getting more out of LinkedIn
Microsoft is on a mission to get LinkedIn’s
546 million members to use the site more, said
Jay Greene in The Wall Street Journal. The
software giant paid $27 billion for LinkedIn in
2016, and two years on, the site is still struggling to “prove it is worth it.” Only 18 percent
of LinkedIn users engage daily, according to
Pew. To get users to log in more frequently,
LinkedIn has been revamping the news feed
and the messaging service. Over the next few
IBM offers firms their own AI assistant months, it will “roll out a passel of features,”
IBM has unveiled a new service for companies including an “interest panel” on members’
home pages to notify of them of content rellooking to develop their own voice-activated
evant to their interests. Microsoft is hoping
virtual assistants, said James Vincent in The Watson Assistant allows companies that if users update their job titles, contacts,
and achievements more often, it can pump
to build unique conversational interfaces into
that data into AI offerings, business-software
their products and services, bypassing Amaservices, and even its Office productivity tools.
zon’s Alexa or Apple’s Siri. A hotel company,
Getty, Felice Frankel
Innovation of the week
Health & Science
More severe heat waves will broil the U.S.
Climate change will become the lead
driver of extreme heat waves in the western U.S. as soon as the late 2020s, a new
study has found. Using historical data and
climate models, researchers projected
future temperature patterns under current
“business as usual” carbon emissions,
reports Their goal was
to establish at what point human-induced
global warming will surpass natural climate variability as the most likely cause
of heat waves, defined as three or more
days of record-high temperatures. The
researchers concluded that this threshold
would be crossed in California, Nevada,
and the drier parts of Oregon, Utah,
Arizona, and Idaho in 2028. They predicted
it would happen in the Great Lakes region
in 2037; in the Northern Great Plains in
2056; and the Southern Plains in 2074.
Overall, the researchers calculated that
half of the extreme heat waves projected
to take place this century wouldn’t happen
without anthropogenic global warming.
The top cause of weather-related deaths
in the U.S., heat waves have become
more frequent and intense in recent
decades, as the world has warmed. Study
author Hosmay Lopez, a meteorologist
at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Step toward male ‘pill’
Sudan in his last moments
Getty, Ami Vitale/National Geographic Creative, Newscom
Rhino species almost extinct
The world’s last male northern white rhino
died last week, taking the majestic species
to the brink of extinction. The 45-year-old
male, called Sudan, succumbed to infection
and other age-related health issues. Sudan’s
daughter, Najin, and granddaughter, Fatu,
are the only remaining northern white rhinos on the planet—and because they are
highly inbred, neither is capable of reproducing naturally. Some 2,000 northern
white rhinos roamed African grasslands in
the 1960s; by 2008, poaching and habitat
loss had reduced the wild population to
zero. “This is a creature that didn’t fail in
evolution,” reproductive biologist Thomas
Hildebrandt tells The New York Times.
“It’s in this situation because of us.” Sudan,
Najin, Fatu, and another male, Suni, were
relocated to Kenya’s Ol Pejeta Conservancy
in 2009, but attempts to breed the animals
before Suni’s death in 2014 proved unsuccessful. Now, in a last-ditch effort to save
the northern white rhino from extinction,
an international team of scientists intends
to extract eggs from Najin and Fatu, fertilize them with sperm previously taken from
unrelated northern white rhino males, and
implant the embryos in southern white
rhinos. Another plan is to use frozen cell
cultures from northern white rhinos to
create stem cells, which could potentially be
coaxed into becoming sperm and eggs.
The decades-long quest for a male equivalent to the female contraceptive pill is one
step closer to success, reports A
small new study found that dimethandrolone undecanoate, a hormone pill, lowered
men’s testosterone levels and suppressed
two other hormones responsible for sperm
production—without any significant side
effects. The research, which was funded by
the National Institutes of Health, involved
83 men between 18 and 50 years old. Each
subject was randomly assigned to take one
of three different daily doses of the drug,
or a placebo, for 28 days. The researchers found that those on the highest dose
(400 mg) had the most dramatic reductions
in their testosterone levels. While the men
who took the drug gained a few pounds,
and their levels of HDL, or “good” cholesterol, fell slightly, none of them experienced
mood swings, organ damage, or any other
serious side effects. Their hormone levels
also recovered within days of stopping the
medication. Larger studies are needed to
confirm these findings and to determine if
the hormonal changes lower sperm counts
enough to prevent pregnancy. But lead
author Stephanie Page calls the findings
“a major step forward in the development
of a once-daily ‘male pill.’”
Brain-boosting beets
Beets may have a protective effect on the brain
that could help ward off
Alzheimer’s disease, new
research suggests. Scientists
at the University of South
Florida found that betanin,
the compound that gives
the root vegetable its
rich red color, could help
prevent protein pieces
called beta-amyloid from
forming harmful plaque
Drought and extreme heat will wither crops.
Administration, says the findings are “a
significant advancement in the scientific
understanding of future projections of
heat waves.”
in the brain—a hallmark of the neurodegenerative disease. This plaque usually
occurs when beta-amyloid binds to metals
in the brain such as iron and copper; these
metals cause the protein to form clumps
that can trigger inflammation and oxidation, which destroys nerve cells. In a series
of experiments, the researchers found that
when beta-amyloid bound to copper was
exposed to betanin, oxidation dropped by
up to 90 percent. “This is just a first step,”
co-author Li-June Ming tells the New York
Daily News. “But we hope our findings
will encourage other scientists to look for
structures similar to betanin, [which] could
be used to synthesize drugs that could
make life a bit easier for those who suffer
from this disease.”
Health scare of the week
Plastic in bottled water
Whenever you drink bottled water, you’re
probably ingesting tiny pieces of plastic.
A study of 259 water bottles from the
U.S. and eight other countries found that
93 percent of them were contaminated
with microplastics. Researchers detected
this debris, which is less than 5 mm long,
using a dye that binds to plastic. On average, they found 10 plastic particles per liter
of water, reports The 11 brands
tested included Dasani, S. Pellegrino, Evian,
and Aquafina. “We found [plastic]
in bottle after bottle and brand
after brand,” says study author
Sherri Mason, from the State
University of New York in
Fredonia. “It’s not about pointing fingers at particular brands;
it’s really showing that this is
everywhere, that plastic has become
such a pervasive material in our society.”
It’s unclear how or when this plastic contamination occurs. More investigation is
needed to determine how the accumulation
of plastic in the body affects human health.
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Pick of the week’s cartoons
For more political cartoons, visit:
Review of reviews: Books
said Zlati Meyer in USA Today. The Antis
reminded white Tennesseans that extending
suffrage to women would increase the total
number of African-American voters. And
because Tennessee depended on its liquor
industry, the Antis plied lawmakers with
free whiskey and warned that women voters
would push for the passage of Prohibition.
In a book that “could have easily become
snooze-worthy,” such color is welcome. But
because so much information is packed in,
“much of the drama seeps out.”
Book of the week
The Woman’s Hour: The Great
Fight to Win the Vote
by Elaine Weiss (Viking, $28)
Though we all know that American women
secured the right to vote only about a century ago, “most modern readers will be
astonished to learn exactly how it all went
down,” said Marjorie Kehe in CSMonitor
.com. In the summer of 1920, the fate of the
19th Amendment hung in the balance when
pro- and anti-suffrage forces converged on
Tennessee for a crucial showdown. Just
one more state was needed to ratify the
constitutional amendment, but even suffragist leaders believed Tennessee might
bury the cause, perhaps for years. Though
the “Suffs” were out in force, the “Antis”
were just as visible, led by Josephine Pearson, a professor determined to prevent her
state from becoming the first in the South to
endorse the measure. “There was scheming,
double-dealing, and flip-flopping up to the
last moment,” and in her new book, author
Elaine Weiss has made the drama “an outand-out nail-biter.”
Novel of the week
Gun Love
by Jennifer Clement
(Hogarth, $25)
From a nowhere stretch of central
Florida, Jennifer Clement has created “a singularly vivid somewhere,”
said Laura Van Den Berg in O magazine.
The narrator of Clement’s new novel,
Pearl, has spent virtually all of her
14 years living with her mother in a
broken-down old car on the fringe of
a trailer park overrun with alligators,
bad men, and firearms. In the novel’s
early chapters, “gunfire is everywhere;
later, the sound is as invasive as a choking vine.” And a gun changes Pearl’s
life. “Pearl speaks in a raw voice that
can sound awkward one moment and
precocious the next,” said Ron Charles
in The Washington Post. But the voice
feels right for a child raised in such
circumstances—poor, “fenced in by
paranoia,” isolated. Even the police prefer to ignore the community, because
its residents are so heavily armed. “Full
of sorrow and aching sweetness, Gun
Love provides a glimpse of people who
dwell every day knee-deep in the toxic
waste of our gun culture. You are not
likely to forget them.”
Early leaders of the League of Women Voters
Weiss initially rewinds to 19th-century
America, and “it is hard to believe how
powerless women were,” said Mims
Cushing in the Jacksonville, Fla., TimesUnion. When the suffrage movement began,
married women had no rights to property
or to their children, and many accepted the
notion that society benefited when women
remained uncorrupted by engagement in the
public sphere. In 1920, Carrie Chapman
Catt and other suffragists were still battling
that idea. But anxiety about maintaining
woman’s purity wasn’t the only obstacle,
Agatha Christie:
A Mysterious Life
by Laura Thompson (Pegasus, $35)
“As every dedicated mystery
reader knows, a
gifted investigator
sees what most of
us mere mortals
are blind to,” said
Maureen Corrigan
in This
“triumph of a biography” confirms
as much, because
author Laura
Thompson is far from the only writer who’s
probed the eventful life and sphinxlike
character of Agatha Christie (1890-1976).
Because Thompson is such “a fine close
reader” of the beloved crime writer’s personality, it barely matters that her book is
arriving in the U.S. more than a decade after
it was published in Britain. Thompson’s portrait “catches things others have missed.”
Thompson is especially good on the first
half of Christie’s life, said Anna Mundow in
The Wall Street Journal. Raised in a genteel
but eccentric family, Agatha Miller learned
to read at 4, over her mother’s objections,
Then comes the final act, however, providing a starring role to one determined and
lovable mother, said Jean Zimmerman in With the Tennessee legislature
nearly deadlocked, the deciding vote fell
to Harry Burn, a young delegate who was
wearing a red rose to signify his support for
the Antis. But in his pocket he was carrying a note that read “Don’t forget to be a
good boy and help Mrs. Catt put the ‘rat’
in ‘ratification’... With lots of love, Mama.”
On Aug. 26, 1920, a dutiful son voted
just as his mama asked, giving 27 million
Americans the right to vote and change the
nation’s direction. Ninety-eight years later,
“every election is woman’s hour.”
and at 15 she was living alone in Paris and
developing into a fine, though not stageworthy, singer. Writing, for her, was thus
a fallback, a quiet pursuit she maintained
through her marriage at 24 and a stint as
a wartime nurse. While working in a hospital dispensary, she became fascinated by
poisons—“the potential for mayhem contained within order,” as Thompson writes—
and worked that knowledge into her first
Hercule Poirot novel, published in 1920.
Six years later, her husband left her, and she
disappeared for 11 days, leaving clues that
suggested murder or suicide. She was found
unharmed, and Thompson convincingly
frames the episode as the moment Christie
was reborn as a mystery-writing juggernaut.
Christie’s third act was happier, said Sarah
Weinman in The Washington Post. She
married an archaeologist, traveled widely,
and cranked out dozens of books, including a series of romance novels. Still, “any
Christie biography must ultimately be about
the mystery novels,” and Thompson’s ably
pinpoints the reasons for the mysteries’
extraordinary success. Though Christie is
known for her plotting, she was best with
character—understanding that everyone
wants something, and that anyone who
wants is capable of murder. “That’s why we
still read her—and always will.”
THE WEEK April 6, 2018
Author of the week
Daniel Mallory Ortberg
Daniel Mallory Ortberg is “a
multifaceted, spinning-top kind
of genius,” said Heather Havrilesky in Born
Mallory Ortberg, the daughter
of evangelical Christian pastors, Ortberg won a devoted
audience as a humorist and
co-founder of
before writing
a very funny
and taking
over Slate
.com’s popular advice column, “Dear Prudence.” Now,
at 31, Ortberg is undergoing
hormone therapy to change
gender while at the same time
promoting The Merry Spinster,
a new book of strange, brilliant stories based on fairy
tales. In one of them, a parent
bids farewell to a child who’s
fallen in love with a mermaid,
and Ortberg admits seeing in
the story echoes of the very
personal challenge of having
to say goodbye to Mallory
Ortberg. “She was beautiful,
and I loved her,” he says. “And
I do—she is not gone, there
has been no death, no act of
Not that it’s easy to be touring for the book as Daniel, not
Mallory, said Rumaan Alam in “I have been
incredibly excited for a long
time, and I would say really
anxious,” Ortberg says. “I’m
anxious about being seen.
I’m anxious with the thought
of people saying, ‘You look
different.’ I’m anxious at the
thought of people saying
nothing.” It does help the conversations that many of the
book’s stories feature genderrole swapping: Girls are given
boys’ names and vice versa. A
year ago, those choices would
have confidently been read
as feminist provocation, and
Ortberg admits there have
been times it’s felt “painfully
ironic” to be a longtime critic
of male privilege transitioning
to male. On the other hand, as
he says, “There’s nothing to
be done about that.”
THE WEEK April 6, 2018
The Book List
Best books...chosen by Tom Rachman
In Tom Rachman’s latest novel, The Italian Teacher, the son of a larger-than-life
American painter seeks a way to make his own mark in the world. Below, the author
of The Imperfectionists recommends six other books about the private lives of artists.
The Lives of the Artists by Giorgio Vasari
(Oxford, $13). This 16th-century classic is
stuffed with amusing (and dubious) gossip about
the Renaissance greats. Michelangelo’s nose is
busted by a rival; Piero di Cosimo lives off nothing but boiled eggs; Raphael dies after excessively
raucous sex. Art history has never been the same.
A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
(Scribner, $16). This memoir of the young
writer’s life in 1920s Paris remains so charming.
Yet Hemingway’s Feast has plenty to answer for.
How many people (myself included) have been
dangerously seduced by romantic visions of the
creative class?
Life With Picasso by Françoise Gilot (Virago,
$12). An antidote to dreamy ideas about artists.
Gilot was a young painter in 1943 when she met
that legendary face-rearranger, Pablo, he a mere
40 years her senior, and married. The latter condition never stopped him. Two kids later, Gilot
had had her fill of Picasso, who in these pages
proves petulant, cruel, and (spoiler alert) unfaithful. He’s a man easier to admire from the safe
distance of a museum.
Outline by Rachel Cusk (Picador, $16). The
first three books I listed were fact-based; the
final three, fictions that tell truths. Here, a
novelist takes a summer gig teaching creative
writing in Greece, encountering fellow authorsfor-hire, students, strangers. Cusk conveys the
icy perceptiveness that, some say, a serious
writer must possess.
Slaves of New York by Tama Janowitz
(Roadswell, $6 as an e-book). This skewer
through the 1980s art scene is rich with witty tales
about the battles for success and for rent money.
If you read of Hemingway’s Paris with longing,
Janowitz’s grotesquerie will stir the urge to bolt in
the opposite direction—but to run smiling.
Any Human Heart by William Boyd (Vintage,
$17). I love novels that recount a life from childhood to old age. Here, the bio is of fictional
writer Logan Mountstuart, whose life intersects
with momentous 20th-century events, literary
heroes (Evelyn Waugh, Virginia Woolf), and
great visual artists too (Pollock and the inescapable Picasso). Mountstuart is also a flawed man;
a late-life reckoning awaits.
Also of great escapes
To the Edges of the Earth
In Full Flight
by Edward J. Larson (Morrow, $30)
by John Heminway (Knopf, $28)
Three adventurers pursuing their
own dreams nearly made 1909 a year
of remarkable firsts, said Howard
Schneider in The Wall Street Journal.
In this “suspenseful, sometimes moving” account, Robert Peary and Ernest
Shackleton lead separate assaults on the planet’s
poles while an Italian prince attempts to set a new
altitude record by climbing K2. Author Edward
Larson, “a talented storyteller with a dry sense
of humor,” does justice to all three not-quite triumphs, capturing each leader’s bravery and flaws.
Anne Spoerry was, for much of her
life, “something approaching a living
saint,” said Michela Wrong in The
American Scholar. But as this biography details, the French-born physician
was fleeing a pitch-black past when
she began flying a small plane around East Africa
to care for the poor. In 1946, Spoerry had been
banished from France for having assisted in killing fellow concentration camp prisoners. It’s a
wild story, and author John Heminway “handles
it with both empathy and investigative rigor.”
A Long Way From Home
The Flight Attendant
by Peter Carey (Knopf, $27)
by Chris Bohjalian (Doubleday, $27)
Peter Carey’s 14th novel is “a frolic
with depth,” said Michael Upchurch
in The Seattle Times. In 1954
Australia, a married couple and a
neighbor team up to circumnavigate
the entire continent in a 10,000-mile
auto marathon. Titch hopes fame will help him
launch an auto dealership, Irene loves Titch and
driving fast, and Willie begins to find Irene irresistible. “An out-of-left-field twist” forces a confrontation with the country’s past, and the result
is “a Great Australian Epic in picaresque form.”
Thriller writer Chris Bohjalian has
come up with “the ultimate airplane
book,” said Maureen Corrigan in The
Washington Post. His heroine is a
gorgeous flight attendant who wakes
up in Dubai one morning to find the
man next to her has been murdered. The drama
to follow, “filled with turbulence,” pulls us inside
the lives of airline flight crews, even as suspense
remains dizzying from the moment Cassie decides
to sneak away. “Anxiety-prone readers will have
to remind themselves to breathe.”
Rasmus Kramer Schou, courtesy of the author
Review of reviews: Film & Stage
Player One
Directed by
Steven Spielberg
A fanboy saves
virtual reality.
Directed by
Steven Soderbergh
A woman finds no escape
from her stalker.
finish, the movie is “a coruscat“Never, ever underestimate
ing explosion of pop-culture eye
Steven Spielberg,” said Eric
candy,” said Owen Gleiberman
Kohn in No
in Variety. The Oasis is crowded
other director could have spun
with shared cultural touchsuch a satisfying adventure out
stones, so Wade’s “dizzyingly
of Ernest Cline’s best-selling
propulsive” adventure weaves
2011 sci-fi novel, a book almost
in momentary encounters with
tailored to be adapted into a
Batman, the Transformers, the
busy, noisy blockbuster. In a
dance floor from Saturday Night
dystopian near future, 18-yearTye Sheridan as Wade Watts
Fever, and countless other memold orphan Wade Watts lives like
ory ticklers. Wade is a thinly drawn hero, his online
most everybody else—regularly escaping his squalid
surroundings into a virtual-reality game world called romance with a cool-girl avatar is more than a little
problematic, “and yet, very little of that matters,”
the Oasis. Then one day he learns of a huge prize
said Tasha Robinson in When Wade
to be awarded to the player who tracks down three
hidden keys. Though the story’s last third drags, “the is racing his flying DeLorean against Beetlejuice in
first hour marks some of the most viscerally engaging a Batmobile—all while dodging Donkey Kong—the
“sheer dynamism ” is enough.
filmmaking Spielberg has ever done.” From start to
Sawyer becomes convinced that
Shooting entirely with iPhones,
her stalker is working as one
Steven Soderbergh has made
of the hospital orderlies, we’re
a horror movie “so mean and
meant to question her sanity,
pulpy it could almost be a noir
said Scott Meslow in GQ. But
thriller from 50 years ago,”
for all the main plot’s twists
said David Sims in TheAtlantic
and turns, “Unsane’s sharpest
.com. Claire Foy is “wondermoments are on the margins of
fully intense” as Sawyer, a young
the narrative,” in the movie’s
woman haunted by a stalker
attentiveness to all the microwho sees himself as a misunderFoy, trapped in a nightmare
aggressions and creepy behavior
stood nice guy. It’s “a chilling
that women endure every day. “The best thing I can
tale of toxic masculinity” that turns “downright
Kafkaesque” when Sawyer seeks help in coping with say about Unsane is that I wanted to just pack up
and walk out, because it made me that uncomforther understandable anxiety and is locked up in a
able,” said April Wolfe in Maybe
mental hospital against her will. Though the premother horror movies should give the paranormal a
ise never ceases to be absurd, “the movie unsettled
rest and “swing back toward the hyper-real.”
me more than any other in recent memory.” When
Frozen: The Broadway Musical
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“captivating” actresses signed on to play
the tale’s Scandinavian princesses, Elsa and
Anna—loving sisters who are forcibly separated when Elsa discovers she has the ability
to discharge icy blasts from her fingertips.
“But thundersnow hasn’t struck twice.”
Though “relentlessly perky,” the stage show
is only “moderately entertaining”—it will
satisfy old fans but find few new ones.
Jaap Buitendijk, EPK, Deen van Meer
Levy’s Elsa: An ice queen is born.
Disney’s shareholders should be pleased,
said Charles McNulty in the Los Angeles
Times. The new Broadway adaptation of
the highest-grossing animated musical in history is competent enough that it’s “bound to
add many more millions to the company’s
coffers.” Granted, the talent was there to
do something more. Nearly a dozen new
songs were added by Oscar winners Kristen
Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, and two
That said, “there’s much to revel in,” said
Sara Holdren in “The stage
is a lush Scandinavian paradise,” and “the
ensemble is bright and buoyant, with the
regal Caissie Levy belting her heart out as
Elsa and the adorable Patti Murin charming the lederhosen off everyone as Anna.”
But the show is 50 minutes longer than the
movie, and the padding shows in an opening act that drags in the run-up to its climax,
Levy’s “genuinely electric” rendition of the
hit ballad “Let It Go.” The second act feels
freer, opening with a number that adds “a
heaping helping of sublime silliness,” including a kickline of bodysuited sauna bathers.
But such larkiness highlights a problem
“baked into the story’s DNA,” said Jesse
Green in The New York Times. For about
20 minutes, Frozen has the look and feel of
a drama about family estrangement, as Elsa
grows up confined by her sense of duty and
the younger Anna, saddened by their separation, turns rebellious. But director Michael
Grandage’s obvious desire to do justice to
that story clashes with his mandate to supply merchandisable Disney razzle-dazzle. (It
should surprise no one that toy versions of
the puppets used for Olaf the snowman and
Sven the reindeer are available for purchase
in the lobby.) Disney, with all its resources,
has the capacity to produce stage adaptations truly worth seeing. The question is,
“Does it want to create serious, coherent
modern musicals?” For now, it seems satisfied making “cartoons that hedge all bets.”
THE WEEK April 6, 2018
Movies on TV
Monday, April 2
Kate Winslet, Matt Damon,
Laurence Fishburne, and
Jude Law lead an all-star
cast in a Steven Soderbergh thriller about the
race to stop an airborne
plague. (2011) 11 p.m., IFC
Tuesday, April 3
Fantastic Mr. Fox
A dapper fox can’t change
his hen-stealing ways in
Wes Anderson’s first animated feature. (2009)
8 p.m., Cinemax
Wednesday, April 4
Keri Russell is unhappily
married, pregnant, and
tired of her diner job when
she falls in love for the new
young doctor in a small
Southern town. (2007)
5:40 p.m., HBO
Thursday, April 5
The People vs. Larry Flynt
Woody Harrelson stars
as Larry Flynt, founder
of Hustler, who famously
fought the Rev. Jerry
Falwell in a Supreme Court
libel case. With Courtney
Love. (1996) 4:30 p.m.,
Friday, April 6
A sympathetic portrait of
sideshow performers turns
chilling when the group
is threatened by an outsider. From the director of
Dracula. (1932) 8 p.m., TCM
Saturday, April 7
The Lord of the Rings
A marathon airing of the
Lord of the Rings trilogy
begins with The Fellowship
of the Ring, which follows
hobbit Frodo Baggins as he
begins a journey to prevent
a magic ring from falling
into the wrong hands.
(2001) 2 p.m., Starz
Sunday, April 8
The Black Stallion
A stirring adaptation of
Walter Farley’s classic
children’s novel about a
boy who bonds with a wild
Arabian stallion. (1979)
5:45 p.m., TCM
THE WEEK April 6, 2018
The Week’s guide to what’s worth watching
King in the Wilderness
We remember Martin Luther King Jr. as an
unshakable lion, but his courage was only part
of him. This remarkable documentary humanizes King by focusing on the last 18 months of
his life, when his commitment to justice impelled
him to take lonely stands for workers’ rights and
against the war in Vietnam, while his commitment to nonviolence was tested by the rise of the
Black Power movement. He feared assassination,
but with humor, grace, and admirable bravery,
he continued, to the end, to put his faith-inspired
mission first. Monday, April 2, at 8 p.m., HBO
The Crossing
One can only wonder what Donald Trump’s policy would be regarding the refugees who arrive
on Oregon’s shore in ABC’s new sci-fi drama.
The survivors claim to be fleeing a war 180 years
in the future, a war engulfing the United States.
A small-town sheriff played by Steve Zahn is
doing his best to manage the crisis when a survivor with super strengths (Natalie Martinez)
makes clear he’s standing in the way of her mission. Monday, April 2, at 10 p.m., ABC
The Last O.G.
The timing is right: Tracy Morgan, returning to
series television for the first time since his nearfatal 2014 car accident, has breakout star Tiffany
Haddish in a supporting role and recent Oscar
winner Jordan Peele guiding the story. Morgan
plays a Brooklyn native who returns to his old
neighborhood after a 15-year prison term to find
he no longer fits in. Like Morgan’s character, the
show can’t quite find its footing, but its mix of
comedy and tragedy sometimes soars. Tuesday,
April 3, at 10:30 p.m., TBS
Al Pacino made his career playing tough guys
and gangsters. Lately, he’s proven a shape-shifter.
Returning to HBO, where he recently played
Phil Spector and Dr. Jack Kevorkian, the actor
delivers an uncanny turn as legendary Penn
State football coach Joe Paterno. Director Barry
Levinson’s drama focuses on the final days of
the coach’s career, when an assistant coach
Pacino as Paterno: Learning to disappear
guilty of child sexual abuse embroiled Paterno
in a national scandal. Saturday, April 7, at
8 p.m., HBO
Killing Eve
Psychopathic assassins don’t generally come as
fashion-conscious as the hired killer code-named
Villanelle. Jodie Comer is delightful as the former convict sprung from a Russian prison to ply
her trade for a shadowy organization that comes
to the attention of a brilliant but misused MI5
agent played by the great Sandra Oh. Let the
cat-and-mouse chase begin. Sunday, April 8, at
8 p.m., BBC America
Other highlights
National Treasure: Kiri
The well-received British anthology crime series
begins a four-part tale about the abduction of a
girl named Kiri. Available for streaming Wednesday, April 4, Hulu
Aerial Africa
A spin-off of Aerial America provides a bird’seye view of southern Africa, from Cape Town
and Johannesburg to the Zambezi River. Sunday,
April 8, at 9 p.m., Smithsonian Channel
Nicola Walker (Last Tango in Halifax) and
Sanjeev Bhaskar (Indian Summers) co-star as
detectives who launch an investigation when a
human skeleton is found in a basement. Sunday,
April 8, at 9 p.m., PBS; check local listings
Show of the week
Howards End
Macfadyen and Atwell: Opposites attract.
A new adaptation of E.M. Forster’s 1910 novel
can’t help but be measured against the 1992
film version, which was nominated for a Best
Picture Oscar. But playwright and screenwriter
Kenneth Lonergan has rejuvenated the drama
with a script that focuses on character more than
class and luxuriates in a four-part, four-hour running time. Hayley Atwell leads the way as Margaret Schlegel, a lively intellectual who forges,
with her sister, a complicated alliance with the
wealthy, pragmatic Wilcox family. Julia Ormond, Tracey Ullman, and Matthew Macfadyen
co-star. Sunday, April 8, at 8 p.m., Starz
• All listings are Eastern Time.
HBO, Laurie Sparham
Food & Drink
Halibut in coconut curry: An easy dinner with going-out flair
oil over medium heat. Add greens to pan
and season them generously with salt and
pepper. Toss greens in oil until they begin
to wilt and tenderize. Remove to a bowl,
cover, and set aside. Wipe moisture from
pan and return it to heat.
It’s halibut season again in Alaska, that
time of year when our quiet corner of the
state “suddenly comes alive,” says Maya
Wilson in Alaska From Scratch (Rodale).
Homer, a town at the tip of the Kenai
Peninsula, is the halibut-fishing capital of
the world, so we get a lot of visiting sportsmen by April, and even earlier, a lot of
fresh wild halibut for our dinner tables.
Add remaining 1 tbsp olive oil to pan. Add
shallots and cook, stirring frequently, until
tender and fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add
curry paste, chicken broth, coconut milk,
and sugar. Bring to a simmer, reduce heat
to low, and cook until curry is reduced by
half, about 10 minutes. Taste for seasoning
and add salt, if needed.
“The main thing to know about halibut is
that you absolutely do not want to overcook it.” The mild-flavored yet sturdy white
flesh dries out easily, but “at medium-rare
to medium, the center of the ish is glistening and almost opalescent, perfect to eat.”
One way to achieve that is with a delicate
poach, like this coconut curry recipe that’s
a clear favorite among readers of my cooking website. I recommend serving it with
steamed jasmine rice—“to soak up all of
the lovely broth.”
Recipe of the week
Poached halibut in Thai coconut curry
2 tbsp olive oil, divided
1 large bunch greens, such as spinach,
chard, or kale
Salt and ground black pepper
3 shallots, chopped
2 tbsp Thai red curry paste
1 cup chicken broth
1 can (14 oz) coconut milk
½ tsp sugar
Season halibut fillets lightly with salt. Place
them in the pan, spooning some broth over
the top. Cover pan and poach fillets for
about 5 minutes (depending on their thickness), until medium-rare to medium; be
very careful not to overcook them.
The broth could be what you’ll remember.
4 fillets (4 to 6 oz each) wild Alaska halibut
¼ cup cilantro, chopped, plus extra for
¼ cup sliced green onions (cut on the bias),
plus extra for garnish
1 lime, divided
2 cups steamed jasmine rice (optional)
In a deep skillet with a lid, heat 1 tbsp olive
Maya Wilson, Andrew Lee Photography
Brunch in Charleston, S.C.: A city made for morning cocktails
Charleston’s food culture really shines at brunch,
the meal that’s “arguably the greatest merger in
history,” said Sydney Gallimore in
Even a hotel restaurant like the Renaissance’s
new 1Kept gets in the spirit on weekend mornings, serving up live music and $25 rosé-all-day.
Below, a few other highlights.
Virginia’s on King “Named after a local woman
known for her fantastic cooking,” Virginia’s has
a brunch menu “chock full of Southern-inspired
492’s Keeler: Playing to sellout crowds dishes,” including tomato pie and shrimp and
grits Benedict. 412 King St., (843) 735-5800
492 A midday visit to this “Alice in Wonderland–esque” restaurant affords the chance
to fully appreciate “how breathtakingly gorgeous the space is”—even if you’re passing
through to the ivy-lined courtyard. Order the sourdough sticky buns with pecans before
they sell out, and don’t be afraid to pair a brunch cocktail with chef Josh Keeler’s “musthave” double bacon burger with Mornay sauce. 492 King St., (843) 203-6338
Prohibition Farther up King Street, the menu at this speakeasy-style restaurant promises fairly typical brunch fare. But chef Greg Garrison always provides a twist—a lime
cream with the huevos rancheros, or stuffed French toast with sweet cream, apricot,
and macerated berries. Unlimited mimosas, too! 547 King St., (843) 793-2964
The Park Cafe This light-illed eatery on Hampton Park is “arguably one of the prettiest restaurants in all of Charleston.” It also serves “some of the freshest, tastiest food”
north of Calhoun Street—much of it light enough that you’ll leave the table with a
spring in your step. 730 Rutledge Ave., (843) 410-1070
Distribute sautéed greens evenly among
4 serving bowls. Carefully place a halibut
fillet on top of each bed of greens.
Stir cilantro, green onions, and juice of
½ lime into curry broth. Ladle some broth
over each halibut fillet. Garnish with additional cilantro and green onions. Bring to
table with a plate of lime wedges and a
bowl of jasmine rice, if desired. Serves 4.
Nitro beer: The creamy ones
“There’s something magical about nitrogenated beer,” said Miles Liebtag in
October ( Most drinkers learn
that thanks to Guinness, which created
draft nitro beer in 1959. But various
brewers have since developed means to
can or bottle the experience—that frothy
head and smooth mouthfeel “evocative
of a decadent dessert.”
Guinness Canned nitro beers debuted in
1989, when Dublin’s best-known brewery
unveiled a widget that releases its gas
when the can is opened. Bottles
joined the fun in 2001.
Left Hand Milk Stout Longmont,
Colo.’s Left Hand Brewing got
the U.S. nitro craze rolling with
this stout. Sweetly creamy, it
offers “a lovely balance of dark
chocolate and coffee flavors.”
Firestone Walker Nitro Merlin
This “soft and chocolatey” stout
is widget-free. The nitrogen is
sealed in as a liquid and converts to gas upon opening. THE WEEK April 6, 2018
This week’s dream: Vieques after the storms
Slowly but surely, Vieques is coming back
to life, said Jan Benzel in The New York
Times. Six months after hurricanes Irma
and Maria battered this “lush, wild”
island east of mainland Puerto Rico,
power remains spotty, dependent mostly
on generators. But the recovery effort
is in full swing, and loyal travelers are
returning to a rustic paradise even cheaper
and less crowded than before. Vieques
(pop. 9,000) has never been a fancy,
“umbrella-drink-served-poolside” kind of
Caribbean island. “Wild horses roam so
freely that drivers have to wait for them
to amble off the roads. And then there are
the island’s jewels: palm-fringed, soft-sand
beaches, stretches of which you may well
have all to yourself.”
When I visited more than a month ago,
damage was still visible in the town of
Esperanza, “but the mood remained lively.”
After sunset, construction workers, vacationers, visiting doctors, and dreadlocked
Viequenses all gathered at a spirited local
A lobby for lounging
The Adolphus
Dallas’ oldest luxury hotel
is looking ready for another
century of revelry, said
Jean Scheidnes in Texas
Monthly. Following “a massive reimagining,” the 1912
beaux arts landmark has
shed the excesses of a 1980s
makeover and now feels
far warmer, “in a Europeanestate sort of way.” The soaring, wood-paneled lobby
has become more hangoutfriendly with the help of new
stone fireplaces, while the
famed French Room is again
wedding-cake white. In the
440 guest rooms and every
public space, the art and
decor “give the impression
that a savvy young couple is
inhabiting the family estate.”; doubles from $303
THE WEEK April 6, 2018
Wild horses grazing near an ancient Ceiba tree
bar. As the chef worked a mesquite grill,
diners flowed from table to table—“as
if they were at a party.” I wound up
talking to Mark Martin-Bras, a biologist who’s working to preserve Vieques’
Bioluminescent Bay, a natural marvel that
draws sightseers from around the world.
He was optimistic: “Now that we have
the essentials covered—there’s food in the
supermarkets, beer in the bars, music in the
Another day, a guide and I roamed the
island in a van, exploring the National
Wildlife Refuge created in an area once
used for bombing practice by the U.S.
Navy. “Now, beachgoers can poke along
dirt roads until they find gentle waters
in coves, waves breaking on rocky cliffs
and caves, palm-shaded sand, or prime
sunset watching.” In Isabel Segunda,
the island’s other town, people barely
shrugged when the generator quit and
applauded when it came back on. The
use of solar energy is meanwhile spreading fast, and when I called around just a
couple weeks after leaving, I learned that
two more restaurants had reopened in
Esperanza and were feeding full houses.
“Good news travels fast on an island that
depends on it.”
At Hacienda Tamarindo (haciendatamarindo
.com), doubles start at $178 through April 19.
Getting the flavor of...
A crash derby in North Carolina
Sacramento in bloom
Forget NASCAR, said Clyde Edgerton in Garden
& Gun. Far from any TV cameras or corporate
sponsors, Haw Hill Raceway in Winnabow, N.C.,
offers a more “satisfyingly primal” auto sport.
Picture 60 junkers spray-painted with names like
SWAMP THANG and MERICA roaring around
a throwback dirt track, “not avoiding—in fact,
welcoming—collisions.” It’s “bumper cars for
adults driving real cars,” with a $5,000 cash pot
going to the last car still moving. As I wander
the pit area, I notice one guy stuffing a loose
engine hose with a cork and another wielding
a sledgehammer: “He’s about to knock the hell
out of a wrecked fender that’s interfering with a
front tire.” Later, a car catches fire, and the driver
remains inside, waiting for the firefighters. “Then
I’m thinking, Aha, he thinks he might get going
again.” When the race resumes, there’s a loud
pop, and a 30-foot geyser erupts from another
car’s hoodless engine. “The crowd roars.”
California’s once sleepy capital city is getting
bigger and better, said Megan McDonough in
The Washington Post. A significant investment
in urban revitalization has paid off downtown,
where hundreds of murals and other public art
pieces have electrified the formerly drab built
landscape. Sacramento has always had museums—the oldest art museum in the West, for one.
But there’s plenty else to do. “Lovers of all things
vintage” flock to WAL Public Market, a treasure
trove for used records, furniture, and more, and
Midtown comes alive on “Second Saturdays,”
when art galleries stay open till 9. History buffs
should check out the Railroad Museum, or ride in
a carriage through Old Sacramento, the riverfront
neighborhood that was the launching point for
the Gold Rush. After dinner, head to Gunther’s
for ice cream or grab an old-time cocktail at
Shady Lady Saloon, a posh bar that “evokes the
glamour of pre-Prohibition America.”
Last-minute travel deals
South Carolina sunshine
Get a jump on summer and
enjoy 20 percent off a suite,
condo, or rental home at Wild
Dunes Resort near Charleston,
S.C. Through April 7, use code
SUMR18 to save on May 28–
Aug. 30 stays. Three nights in
mid-August start at $923.
A taste of Thailand
Through April 12, save $400 a
head on an all-inclusive, 10-day
Friendly Planet tour of Thailand.
With the discount, rates start
at $1,449 per person, double
occupancy, for departures from
August through next May. Use
code SEASIA2018.
Catskills amusements
The Emerson Resort and Spa in
New York’s Catskill Mountains
is offering special activity packages featuring art workshops,
fly-fishing expeditions, or guided
mushroom hunts. Each multinight offer includes a 20 percent discount on room rates.
Hotel of the week
streets,” he said, “we have a chance to
create tourism that’s more communityoriented, more nature-oriented.”
The 2019 Ram 1500: What the critics say
The ifth-generation Ram 1500 is “perhaps
the irst of its breed.” Though pickups have
been getting plusher for years, the truck
division at Fiat Chrysler has beat its rivals to
attaining an optimum blend of brawny utility and everyday comfort. Lighter, stronger,
and longer in the cabin than its able predecessor, this 1500 also upgrades what was
already the best ride in the class. All told,
the reinements produce a breakthrough:
“a pickup that reflects how people who buy
pickups actually use their pickups.”
Color us “pretty smitten.” Inside, the seats
are fantastic, the overall look “professional
and clean,” and though we like the dash
best with its standard screen, it can be
had with a 12-incher that’s “as big, bright,
and idiot-proof as the menu at Denny’s.”
The Ram’s 12,750-pound tow rating and
2,300-pound payload capacity are merely
competitive with Chevrolet’s and Ford’s
numbers, but that’s enough: This is an
“endlessly useful” vehicle.
Motor Trend
Ram, it can be presumed, will eventually sell
this 1500 in a stripped-down version with a
two-door cab and 8-foot bed. These days,
though, that’s a niche. Most truck buyers
A perfect modern pickup, from $31,695
today want a “do-everything” truck that’s as
comfortable as a luxury sedan. If you’re one
of them, “Ram has ticked every box on your
wish list.”
The best comforts
Elevation Firm
Compression Socks
Keep warm and cozy
at 30,000 feet with this
reversible scarf, which
can also free you of the
need for a raincoat and
umbrella. One side is
water-resistant, with a
tuckaway hood and a
few concealed compartments for valuables.
Compression socks
improve circulation, preventing swelling, fatigue,
and worse: blood clots.
Sockwell’s durable,
“downright stylish”
offering won’t bunch
at the knee and comes
in several patterns and
solid colors.
Airline seats can be
tough on the back, but
there are products that
can help. This clever
packable is among the
most portable. It’s a back
pad held in place by
straps that go over your
knees, providing a “surprisingly comfortable”
way to achieve a healthy
sitting posture.
From $9 to 25,
Source: The Boston Globe
Hydrating Mist
HD1 Wireless
A favorite carry-on
among fashion models,
this refreshing facial mist
hydrates the skin with a
combination of Tibetan
ginseng, cactus flower,
and the essential oils of
lavender, geranium, and
rosemary. It can be used
to set makeup as well as
throughout the day.
Though Bose headphones are better for
noise canceling, these
offer a step up in audio
quality and build. The
leather cups are “mindblowingly” soft. The
sound? Impressive—
“crisp on the high end,”
with “just enough bass
to lend a nice punch.”
Tip of the week...
What not to feed a dog
And for those who have
Best apps...
For playing retro video games
QCheese: Everyone knows dogs shouldn’t eat
chocolate, but most of them are also lactose
intolerant. Cheese, ice cream, and other dairy
products cause “a variety of stomach issues.”
QOnions, garlic, and leeks: Members of the
allium family contain a compound that can
damage dogs’ red blood cells and may cause
anemia. “They’re only a serious issue when
eaten raw and in large amounts,” but they
can cause distress when cooked, too.
QChicken bones: Bones become brittle when
cooked, and when they splinter they can
cause severe internal injuries. Chicken bones
are particularly dangerous.
QGrapes: Grapes, raisins, and some currants
and cranberries can cause rapid kidney
failure in dogs. Be careful with any cookies,
cereals, or trail mixes that contain them.
QMacadamia nuts: Just two of these nuts
per pound of body weight can poison a dog,
sometimes leading to paralysis.
Few of us will ever
venture into the silent
frigid vacuum of outer
space, but thanks to
the Space Candle, we
can smell it. Astronauts who have taken
walks outside the
International Space
Station report that
a distinctive scent
clings to their suits
when they return. Space smells pleasantly
sweet and metallic, with notes of raspberry,
rum, and seared meat—most likely due
to a chemical called ethyl formate, which
astronomers recently identiied in distant
dust clouds. If that alien combination of
scents doesn’t initially appeal, give it time:
The candle burns for up to 80 hours. has thousands of video games
from the 1970s, ’80s, and ’90s that you can
play in your browser. The site’s Console
Living Room emulates early consoles, such
as the Atari 2600, while its Internet Arcade
re-creates Tetris, Space Invaders, and the
like. Recently, added nearly 2,400
MS-DOS titles, including The Oregon Trail. hosts over 5,000 PC
and console games from the ’80s and ’90s,
including numerous SEGA Genesis games,
and even some “modern-ish” PC titles like
Duke Nukem 3D. and EmulatorOnline
.com both offer huge selections of old-school
console games, including “the greatest Super
Nintendo game ever,” The Legend of Zelda: A
Link to the Past. Unlike the others, they offer
Nintendo 64 and Sony Playstation emulators.
Playing the games on a keyboard can be a
challenge, but “that’s not going to stop us.”
Source: Good Housekeeping
THE WEEK April 6, 2018
Best properties on the market
X Charleston Major Peter
Bocquet Jr. built this threebedroom brick home in
1770 and lived there for
10 years before the British
confiscated it during the
Revolution. An extensive
renovation by area artisans
in 2012 highlighted historic details: exposed beams,
woodwork, fireplaces, and
long-leaf heart-pine floors.
Walls were repainted using
paint conservation analysis. The house includes a
salon, a ballroom, and a
one-bedroom apartment.
$2,950,000. Sebrina LeighJones, Luxury Simplified
Real Estate, (843) 801-4583
Ellis Creek Photography
This week: Homes in Charleston County, S.C.
South Carolina
W Charleston This threebedroom home stands near
Colonial Lake and King
Street, a historic shopping area. The renovated
1866 house features an
open floor plan, hardwood
floors, a gas fireplace, a
large kitchen with pantry,
and double porches. The
fenced property includes
a garden, two parking
spots, and exterior storage.
$1,350,000. John Settle,
Carolina One Real Estate,
(843) 696-9045
X Wadmalaw Island Part of a private community, this three-bedroom Lowcountry house is
20 minutes from downtown. Details include a
Wisconsin-flagstone foyer, Vermont barn wood
in the den and kitchen, and double doors opening
onto the courtyard. The 3.1-acre property has a
tidal creek, an approved dock permit, and a garage with a second floor. $2,595,000. Helen Geer,
William Means Real Estate, (843) 224-7767
THE WEEK April 6, 2018
Best properties on the market
Ellis Creek Photography
X Mount Pleasant The 1850 Charles Jugnot house is
in the historic Old Village, near the harbor. The fivebedroom home has a chef’s kitchen with a marble
island, multiple fireplaces, and a first-floor master
suite with vaulted ceilings and an office area. The
property includes a saltwater pool, formal gardens,
and a custom fire pit. $2,795,000. Cammy Dennis,
Carolina One Real Estate, (843) 568-1419
W Isle of Palms Set on a 1.6-acre oceanfront property, this six-
bedroom home has double porches overlooking the water. The
house features an open floor plan, an elevator, two master suites, a
kitchen with a wine bar, and a finished basement. The landscaping
by a renowned area designer includes a gazebo and a wooden stairway down to the beach. $3,995,000. Jenn Maher, Coldwell Banker
Residential Brokerage, (843) 327-2053
Charleston Real Estate Media
Steal of the week
X Charleston This two-bedroom home on the Upper Peninsula was built in 1930. The open-concept
interior features Brazilian cherrywood floors, a gas
fireplace, built-in bookshelves, and a modern kitchen
that opens onto a screened-in porch. Part of a threehouse condo regime, it has a private street entrance
and shares outdoor space. $350,000. Marshall
Walker, The Marshal Walker Group, (843) 628-2806
THE WEEK April 6, 2018
The bottom line
QSwedish fashion giant H&M
has roughly $4.3 billion in
unsold shirts, dresses, and
accessories sitting in its 4,700
stores globally—up 7 percent
from last year. Critics blame
poor inventory management and an underwhelming product selection. The
retailer’s profit fell 62 percent
in the three months through
The New York Times
QThe average 2017 Wall
Street bonus was $184,220, a
17 percent increase from 2016
and the closest the financial
industry has come in more
than a decade to its all-time
high of $191,360 in 2006.
The news at a glance
Tech: Apple unveils new iPad for schools
Apple was until recently
Apple’s latest iPad is aimed at
the dominant player in the
“winning more school districts’
education market, but it
dollars,” said Jack Nicas and
“has lost significant ground
Natasha Singer in The New York
to archrival Google,” said
Times. The tech giant’s CEO,
Dan Gallagher in The
Tim Cook, traveled to a Chicago
Wall Street Journal. In
high school this week to unveil
2013, Apple accounted
an upgraded version of the iPad
for nearly half of the
and a handful of educational
laptops and tablets sold
software tools designed for stuto U.S. schools, while
dents and teachers. The 9.7-inch
CEO Cook (left) debuting the device
Google’s less expensive
tablet, priced at $299 for schools
and $329 for consumers, has a speedier processor Chromebooks accounted for 20 percent. But
last year, devices running Google’s Chrome OS
and can pair with Apple Pencil, the company’s
grabbed 58 percent of the “budget-conscious”
stylus. Cook also revealed students would now
education market. “Altering that trajectory will
receive 200 gigabytes of free cloud storage, and
debuted new software, including Schoolwork, an be a major challenge, even for the world’s most
app for teachers to create and track assignments. valuable company.”
The Washington Post
QIndia’s state-run railways
have received more than
20 million applications
for about 100,000 driver,
technician, and security job
openings. Railway jobs in the
country are highly coveted for
their stability and longevity.
QA United Airlines passenger
who was bumped from a
Washington, D.C., to Austin
flight last week was given
a $10,000 travel voucher as
compensation. Allison Preiss
was told a faulty seat meant
she could not board. United
raised its compensation cap
to $10,000 last year following
an incident in which a passenger was physically dragged
from a flight to free up a seat
for a staff member.
USA Today
THE WEEK April 6, 2018
Markets: Amazon shares dive on Trump threat
Amazon shed more than $53 billion in market value on Wednesday
after reported that President Trump is “obsessed” with the
e-commerce giant and wants to “go after it,” said Jacob Pramuk in Trump has talked to advisers about changing Amazon’s tax
treatment or pursuing it on antitrust grounds since his friends in the real
estate industry told him that the company is “killing shopping malls and
brick-and-mortar retailers,” said. Trump has also repeatedly
“railed against” Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and The Washington Post,
which is owned by Bezos, for news coverage he deems unfair.
Retail: Grocery chains file for bankruptcy
“The new era of grocery just claimed its first victims,” said Caitlin
Dewey in The Washington Post. Southeastern Grocers, the owner and
operator of more than 600 Winn-Dixie, Harvey’s, and Bi-Lo stores in
seven Southeastern states, has announced its intention to file for bankruptcy, weeks after Tops Markets, a 56-year-old chain with 169 stores in
New York, Pennsylvania, and Vermont, filed for Chapter 11. The “backto-back filings” have raised fears that a slew of smaller chains won’t
survive the upheaval in the grocery industry, which is being squeezed by
discount and online competitors, from Dollar General to Amazon.
Banking: Citigroup takes a stand on gun control
Citigroup announced last week that it will impose restrictions on firearm sales by its business partners, “becoming the first major U.S. bank
to take a financial stand in the growing national debate over gun control,” said Kevin McCoy in USA Today. The New York–based bank
will now insist its clients bar gun sales to people under 21 as well as
to people who haven’t passed a background check. The policy applies
to Citigroup’s small business, commercial, and institutional clients that
“borrow funds, use banking services, or raise capital through the bank.”
Tech: Google loses appeal in Oracle case
Google has been defeated in “a major copyright case that could cost it
billions of dollars and change how tech companies approach software
development,” said Danielle Wiener-Bronner in An appeals
court ruled this week that Google “violated copyright laws” when it
used Oracle’s open-source Java software to build the Android platform
in 2009. Oracle initially took action against Google in 2010, asserting
that Android infringed two Java patents. Seven years of legal wrangling
and several overturned court verdicts led to this week’s result. Another
court will now determine how many billions Google owes in damages.
The craziest late-towork excuses
The rain, a pileup on
the freeway—“The
boss has heard them
all,” said Gene Marks in
The Washington Post.
Excuses for being late
to work are essentially
the same in every
industry, according to
a CareerBuilder survey
of more than 1,000 HR
managers. The most
common reasons for
employee tardiness
are pretty “familiar,”
with traffic (51 percent),
oversleeping (31 percent), and the weather
(28 percent) topping
managers’ lists. That
doesn’t mean a few
workers haven’t also
offered up some whoppers. Among the most
unique and creative
excuses bosses have
heard: “I was here, but I
fell asleep in the parking
lot,” “my fake eyelashes
were stuck together,”
and “an astrologer
warned me of a car accident on a major highway, so I took all back
roads.” Another that
“raised eyebrows”: “I
had morning sickness”—
from a male employee.
“One thing’s for sure:
innovation is not dead
in America.”
Newscom (2)
QU.S. sales of physical
music, including CDs, vinyl,
and cassettes, overtook
those of digital downloads
last year for the first time
since 2011. Overall U.S.
music sales for 2017
increased 16.5 percent
to $8.7 billion,
with digital
plunging 25 percent to $1.3 billion; physical music
sold $1.5 billion. Apple’s
iTunes store plans to completely phase out download
sales and focus exclusively
on streaming as early as 2019.
Making money
Investment funds: The challenge of ethical investing
TIAA found “no long-term, systematic
“Peer under the hood of your mutual fund
performance penalties” for top socially
or portfolio of index investments,” said Ron
responsible indexes relative to broad
Lieber in The New York Times, and you’ll
market benchmarks. But whether socially
probably find that you own shares in at least
conscious investors are “doing good” is
a few companies “that make you squeamish.”
another matter. Some strategies may have
It may be gun industry stocks, or shares in big
little or no impact on the wider issue at
banks, polluting energy firms, or companies
hand. Divesting from fossil fuel stocks, for
with questionable labor practices. “The good
instance, might actually “increase the profit
news is this: There are more opportunities
opportunities for investors who are not
than ever to invest with a conscience.” The
averse to investing in the industry.”
amount invested in funds that consider environmental, social, and corporate governance
Rather than directing your investments in a
issues—ESG, for short—hit $8.1 trillion in
particular way, you might consider simply
2016, up from $1.4 trillion in 2012, and
redirecting your profits, said Mitch Tuchabout 500 mutual and exchange-traded funds
Can you ‘do well’ and ‘do good’?
man in Ask your fund
practice some form of socially conscious investing. “But with all these choices comes a fair bit of confusion.” manager to calculate the percentage of overall returns that come
from companies whose activities or social policies you don’t approve of, and then “use that excess return to contribute directly
That’s because one fund’s definition of socially responsible
“might not be a perfect match for the investor’s,” said Samantha to nonprofit causes” that address the issue. That way, you can
“turn a company’s profits against it in a very direct and highBomkamp and Lauren Zumbach in the Chicago Tribune. One
impact way.” Putting your money only in firms that follow cermutual fund recommended by Illinois-based Rappaport Reiches
tain ideals “is laudable,” said James Glassman in
Capital Management, for example, shuns companies that profit
But it’s not for me. “I am loath to outsource my own social
from gambling, nuclear weapons, pornography, land mines,
conscience to a fund manager or an index compiler,” and given
tobacco, or stem cell research. “But the fund doesn’t specifically
that I don’t mind casinos or fracking, “few ESG indexes have
exclude firearms, or retailers that carry firearms.” There’s also
principles that match my own.” My advice: Skip the indexes and
the issue of deciding what you want your end game to be, said
Derek Tharp in The Wall Street Journal. Investors can certainly “confine your socially conscious investing to individual stocks.”
Or try to give back with your returns as you see fit.
“do well” through ethical investing; an analysis last year by
What the experts say
A retirement home’s fiscal health
When you are considering moving into a
retirement home, the financial stability of the
firm that runs it is “a legitimate concern,”
said Peter Finch in The New York Times.
The last thing you want to deal with in your
golden years is your retirement community’s
bankruptcy. To assess a retirement home’s
financial health, begin by checking its occupancy rate. If it’s above 90 percent, the
company is usually “doing something right.”
Most communities increase their fees by
roughly 3.5 percent annually; if there hasn’t
been a recent fee increase, it may be a red
flag that the home is struggling to maintain
occupancy. Investigate the community’s debt
rating, profitability, and cash reserves. Finally,
ask how involved residents are in major financial decisions.
Media Bakery
Changing states for tax purposes
Entrepreneurs “should think twice” before
moving a company to a low-tax state, said
Darla Mercado in, especially
if they have a firm with multiple locations
and a wide client base. Your company’s “tax
nexus” is based on a number of factors, including “where your employees are, where
your property is located, and whether you
Charity of the week
have inventory in a particular location.”
How all that is taxed differs from state to
state: Some states will tax firms “based on
where the work is performed, while others
tax businesses based on where the customers are located.” If you can easily move to a
low-tax state, you’ll need establish domicile
to prove it’s “your true permanent home.”
Some states will “challenge individuals” to
prove they have genuinely relocated.
Borrowing costs on the rise
The Federal Reserve’s decision to hike interest
rates last week means some consumers will
“face higher borrowing costs,” said Paul Davidson in USA Today. The widely anticipated
move saw the Fed raise its rate target by a
quarter of a percentage point to a range of
between 1.5 percent and 1.75 percent. “Two to
three more such hikes are expected this year.”
Credit card rates will rise almost immediately,
with those holding an average debt of $10,000
forking out around $25 extra per month. Holders of home equity lines of credit could also see
a small rise. The impact on fixed-rate mortgages will be more gradual. Average 30-year
fixed rates have already risen from 4.15 percent to 4.54 percent since January, owing to
tax cuts and perceived inflationary pressure.
Established in 1915, Helen Keller International ( is one of the oldest
international nonprofit organizations
devoted to fighting and treating preventable blindness and malnutrition in vulnerable communities around the world.
Co-founded by the pioneering deaf-blind
American author and political activist,
the organization focuses on preventing
blindness and vision loss by providing
better access to basic eye-care services
such as prescription eyeglasses and cataract surgery. It also works to prevent and
treat tropical diseases such as blinding
trachoma and river blindness that cause
vision problems. To combat malnutrition,
HKI trains local farmers in sustainable
agricultural practices that diversify their
produce, and teaches them to sell surplus produce in local markets. HKI currently runs 120 programs in 20 countries
across Asia, Africa, and North America.
Each charity we feature has earned a
four-star overall rating from Charity
Navigator, which rates not-for-profit
organizations on the strength of their
finances, their governance practices,
and the transparency of their operations.
Four stars is the group’s highest rating.
THE WEEK April 6, 2018
Best columns: Business
Privacy: Why people are deleting Facebook
a top
U.S. export
Catherine Rampell
The Washington Post
Too many
Tara Lachapelle
THE WEEK April 6, 2018
In President Trump’s “zero-sum view of the world,”
trade surpluses are everything, said Catherine
Rampell. Why, then, does he seem “hell-bent on
destroying one of our winningest exports: higher education”? The U.S. hosts more international students
than any other country in the world. Foreign students
spent $39.4 billion on U.S. educational services in
2016, compared with the $7.5 billion Americans
forked out on education overseas. That educational
trade surplus of nearly $32 billion is close to our surplus in civilian aircraft, and yet doesn’t even include
what foreign students spend here on food, housing,
and consumer goods. And because students from
overseas often pay double or even triple the tuition
of their in-state peers, they “typically subsidize”
American students, especially at cash-strapped public
universities. But international enrollment, after climbing for decades, fell 4 percent last fall, to just under
809,000. The top reasons for not enrolling, according to a recent survey, were “feeling unwelcome in
the United States” and visa issues. Trump’s policies,
including his effort to sharply curtail the ability of
international students to work here after graduation,
are also deterring foreign students. Higher education
is a thriving, profitable export center. But if we’re not
careful, it won’t be for long.
Almost overnight, “a deluge of online streamingvideo services” has appeared, seeking to capture
the buzz and reach of Netflix, said Tara Lachapelle.
There’s Hulu, Amazon, Sling TV, YouTube TV,
DirecTV Now, Philo, and PlayStation Vue. CBS
has two streaming apps, as does HBO, and Disney
will soon launch apps for entertainment and sports,
alongside services from NBC and Discovery. Media
companies say they’re simply trying to give consumers “cheaper, more tailored” viewing. But in reality,
“they’re moving further away from what consumers
want.” Yes, most of us loathe paying cable providers
for bloated packages of channels we don’t watch.
“But the new services aren’t really any more personalized or that much cheaper than cable.” Let’s
say you subscribe to DirecTV Now for the baseball
games, HBO Go for Game of Thrones, and Netflix for the movies—that’s $63 a month minimum.
Media companies, scrambling to secure revenue, are
also growing “more insular and protectionist of their
content,” just as consumers are headed the other
way, “attached to certain binge-worthy TV series yet
agnostic as to the network brands producing them.”
Consumers certainly have more choice than ever before. But “we’re a long way from paying just for the
content we actually want to watch.”
been fleeing to rival social networks,
“Mark Zuckerberg has yet another mess
and the number of active users in the
on his hands,” said Maya Kosoff in Vanity
U.S. and Europe has been flat or falling. After spending last week on a
This scandal certainly feels different,
“cringe-inducing apology tour,” following
said Charlie Warzel in
revelations that a political data firm had
“It perfectly touches upon a deeper
plundered the personal data of more than
anxiety about our online privacy,”
50 million Facebook users, the Facebook
confirming fears that online platforms
CEO was forced this week to respond to
“are manipulating us.” They’re tracking
“another privacy bombshell.” Android
us, harvesting information about our
phone owners discovered that the social
lives, and then selling our data so we
network had been keeping detailed logs of
can be targeted and coerced into buying
their phone calls and texts, in some cases
Can you trust the social network with your data?
everything “from diapers to mattresses
for years. Facebook was quick to argue
to anti-vax literature.” It’s increasingly “hard to look at the tradethat the data collection was “entirely aboveboard” and listed in
offs we’ve made and feel like we’re getting a fair deal.”
the fine print of its app’s user agreement. But that did little to appease “horrified” users—and only seemed to accelerate the grow“Even if tens of thousands of Americans quit Facebook tomoring #DeleteFacebook movement. Zuckerberg appears to think
row, the company would barely feel it,” said Siva Vaidhyanathan
he “only needs to tweak Facebook’s approach” to vacuuming up
in The New York Times. Growth in the U.S. may have “plausers’ data in order to ride out this wave of discontent, said The
teaued,” but the social network has 2.1 billion users worldwide,
Economist. But the company has lost some $90 billion in market
and it’s growing rapidly in countries such as India, Indonesia, and
value in just two weeks, and the “chances of a regulatory backBrazil. In many places, Facebook is the internet—the only source
lash are growing” on both sides of the Atlantic. Facebook is in
of news and the only way to keep in touch. That kind of domithe midst of a “reputational meltdown,” and if it isn’t careful, its
nance doesn’t mix well with accountability or reform. Facebook is
“entire business model will be at risk.”
far from the only “privacy scoundrel” anyway, said Jack Shafer in Your smartphone “sells your personal information,
People are finally waking up to the fact that on the internet,
including real-time location, to third parties.” Your internet pro“nothing comes for free,” said Daniel Thomas in the Financial
vider peddles your online habits to the highest bidder, while smart
Times. We’ve been paying for Facebook all these years with our
data—our every online movement carefully catalogued, analyzed, devices such as speakers, TVs, and coffee makers spy on you
and sold. Will that realization be enough for increasingly distrust- at home. So go ahead—delete Facebook and “strike that blow
against the empire.” Just don’t think “your minor act of rebelful users to log off the social network for good? That could be a
“real danger” for Zuckerberg; Millennials and teens have already lion” means you’ll “throw off the internet surveillance shroud.”
The retail pioneer who built a toy empire
When Charles
Lazarus returned
from World War II,
his Army buddies
all told him the same thing: They
were going to get married and have
kids. Spotting an opportunity, he
opened a child-focused furniture
store in Washington, D.C., selling
cribs, strollers, and toys. Lazarus
soon noticed that while parents would buy one
high chair or playpen for their growing families,
they kept coming back to buy new toys for each
child, who quickly tired of the old ones. So in
1957, Lazarus opened his first toys-only store in
Rockville, Md., calling it Toys R Us—with the
“R” flipped backward the way a child might write
it. The playful presentation belied a cutthroat business strategy. Helping pioneer the big-box store
model, Toys R Us came to dominate toy sales,
muscling out smaller competitors with its steep
discounts and massive inventory. “You have to
have imagination,” Lazarus said of his success in
the toy business. “You have to think like a child.”
Born in Washington, Lazarus worked from an
early age at his father’s bicycle repair shop, said
The Washington Post. After serving in World
War II as an Army cryptographer, Lazarus started
selling children’s furniture at his father’s store
and “soon took over the space
entirely, turning the storefront into
a shop named Children’s Bargain
Town.” With Toys R Us, Lazarus
“transformed the toy business from
Christmas-focused to year-round,”
said Emulating
the success of self-service grocery
supermarkets, each store featured
long aisles and shopping carts, with
a massive yet predictable selection. Toys R Us
became the world’s largest toy chain, with some
1,600 stores, and in 1987 Lazarus was ranked the
highest-paid executive in America, earning more
than $60 million that year alone.
Lazarus’ company “endeared itself to generations
of children, with a lovable mascot in Geoffrey the
Giraffe and a hummable jingle—‘I don’t want to
grow up, I’m a Toys R Us kid,’” said The New
York Times. He stepped down as CEO in 1994
and Toys R Us was eventually outflanked by even
nimbler competitors like Amazon and Walmart.
The company declared bankruptcy in September,
and a week before Lazarus’ death announced it
would shutter all its U.S. stores. But Lazarus had
always considered the toy business a fickle trade.
“Nobody makes you buy a toy,” Lazarus once
said. “Although over the years, I have taught
children to say ‘I need,’ rather than ‘I want’ it.”
The journalist who named country’s ‘outlaw music’
Hazel Smith was a
fixture on Nashville’s
Music Row for almost
half a century. The
self-described mother hen of country
music was a journalist, songwriter,
publicist, cookbook author, and radio
and TV personality. She made her biggest mark in 1973 while doing PR for
Tompall & the Glaser Brothers, when
a radio station asked what it should
call the rough, rock-influenced material being produced by country renegades such as the Glasers,
Waylon Jennings, and Willie Nelson. Inspired by
Jennings’ recent single, “Ladies Love Outlaws,”
Smith replied, “Outlaw music.” The name stuck,
and when RCA released 1976’s million-selling
Wanted! The Outlaws—an album featuring
Jennings, Nelson, and others—it became a movement. Yet Smith never took her beloved country
music too seriously. “You go to Music Row and
you see these people prissing around like they’re
Mr. Albert Einstein,” she said. “Really what
they’re doing is selling hillbilly songs.”
Getty, courtesy of CMT
Born in Caswell County, N.C., Smith worked in
a hosiery mill after graduating from high school,
said the Nashville Tennessean. Her farmer parents
refused to send her to college out of fear she’d
become “an old-maid schoolteacher.” At age 19,
Smith married a musician, and had
two sons. When the couple divorced,
she began dating Bill Monroe, “the
father of bluegrass.” Their tumultuous
romance inspired Monroe’s “Walk
Softly on This Heart of Mine,” which
became a Top 40 country hit for the
Kentucky Headhunters. Smith moved
to Nashville in 1970 and took a job
as “publicist for the iconoclastic Texas
singer-songwriter Kinky Friedman,”
said The New York Times. By the end of the
decade, she was working with the rock band
Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show, who “recorded
several of her songs,” and was writing a “popular
column for Country Music magazine.”
Smith went on to become country music’s matriarch, said She had a syndicated
radio show, hosted a Country Music Television
food series, and wrote a Southern cookbook.
Stars including Garth Brooks and Brad Paisley
said they owed her “a measure of their success.”
In her later years, Smith jokingly complained that
modern songwriters had lost their outlaw spirit.
“[They] now come dragging in about 9:30 a.m.
wearing clean clothes. They’ve slept all night in
their very own bed in their very own home beside
their wife and not somebody else’s wife,” she said.
“I don’t know how they get their material.”
The Georgia
Democrat who
bucked his party
At the 1992 Democratic
National Convention, Georgia
Gov. Zell Miller delivered a
barn-burning speech that
helped invigorate Bill Clinton’s faltering
Twelve years
later, the fiery
Democrat made another
keynote address at a party
convention—only this time,
it was the Republicans’
event. The only politician to
have given major speeches
at both parties’ conventions,
Miller endorsed President
George W. Bush for reelection and tore into his
Democratic opponent, John
Kerry. Yet Miller refused to
leave his party. “I compare it
to being in an old house,” he
said. “The plumbing won’t
work, and some strangers
have moved into the basement. [But] I’ve lived in this
house for years and years.
It’s home, and I’m not going
to leave.”
Born in Young Harris, Ga.,
Miller served in the Marines
before beginning his political
career, at age 27, as mayor
of his hometown, said The
Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
He quickly climbed Georgia’s
political ranks, serving two
terms as a state senator and
then 16 years as lieutenant
governor. Elected governor
in 1990, Miller “gambled
his political fortunes” on
introducing a state lottery
to fund school scholarships.
It worked. He left the governor’s office in 1999 “with
a remarkable 85 percent
approval rating.”
Miller came out of retirement the following year to
fill a vacant U.S. Senate seat,
said The Washington Post.
Declaring he wouldn’t “play
the partisan game,” he proved
his cross-party credentials
by co-sponsoring Bush’s taxcut bill. Democrats mocked
him as “Zig Zag Zell” for his
shifting policy positions, a
criticism he rejected. “I would
be suspect of any politician,”
he said, “who doesn’t change
their mind on some issues.”
THE WEEK April 6, 2018
The last word
The unseen casualties
In the past two decades, more than 187,000 American students have experienced a shooting during school hours,
said journalists John Woodrow Cox and Steven Rich. The resulting fear and survivor’s guilt can linger for years.
HIRTEEN AT Columbine. Twenty-six at
Sandy Hook. Seventeen at Marjory Stoneman
Douglas. Over the past two
decades, a handful of massacres that have come to
define U.S. school shootings
are almost always remembered for the students and
educators slain. Death tolls
are repeated so often that the
numbers and places become
permanently linked.
on that morning in 2008,
Corneilous Cheers, 17,
opened fire, striking his
schoolmate in the leg, the
groin, and the head. As
his rival bled on the floor,
Cheers turned to their
gym teacher at Mitchell
High and handed him the
gun. “It’s over now,” the
teen said.
What those figures fail to
capture, though, is the collateral damage of this uniquely
American crisis. Beginning
with Columbine in 1999,
Samantha Haviland survived Columbine, but has never entirely recovered.
more than 187,000 students
Cheers, for example,
attending at least 193 primary
shot the other teen after a feud that had
or secondary schools have experienced a
she said, recalling how much her community peaked, investigators said, in an off-campus
shooting on campus during school hours,
confrontation days earlier. Although deterand schoolmates blamed themselves for the
according to a yearlong Washington Post
inexplicable attack by Eric Harris and Dylan mining motive is not always possible, the
Post found that targeted shootings were
Klebold. “These students are saying, ‘No,
Many are never the same.
no—these things are happening because you about three times as common as those that
appeared indiscriminate.
all can’t figure it out.’ They’re angry, and I
Every day, threats send classrooms into
think that anger is appropriate.”
lockdowns that can frighten students, even
This underscores just how difficult it is for
when they turn out to be false alarms.
schools to stop most shooters, particularly
Mass shootings at predominantly white
Thousands of schools conduct activeschools draw the most attention from jour- in a country with more than 250 million
shooter drills in which kids as young as 4
guns. The majority intend to harm just one
nalists and lawmakers, but The Post has
hide in darkened closets and bathrooms
or two people, so the attacks typically end
found that children of color are far more
from imaginary murderers.
within seconds, leaving little or no time
likely to experience campus gun violence—
nearly twice as much for Hispanic students for staff to intervene. In targeted shoot“It’s no longer the default that going to
school is going to make you feel safe,” said and three times as much for black students. ings, gang members or estranged husbands
attack students and educators on campuses
Bruce D. Perry, a psychiatrist and one of
In total, the Post found an average of 10
simply as a matter of convenience—the perthe country’s leading experts on childhood
school shootings per year since Columbine,
trauma. “Even kids who come from middle- with a low of five in 2002 and a high of 15 petrators know where their intended victims
will be and when.
class and upper-middle-class communities
in 2014. Less than three months into 2018,
literally don’t feel safe in schools.”
there have been 11 shootings, already mak- A year ago, in San Bernardino, Calif., a
man who had long harassed his estranged
Samantha Haviland understands the waves ing this year among the worst on record.
wife walked into her classroom and, withOverall, at least 130 kids, teachers, and
of fear created by the attacks as well as
out a word, fired 10 shots from his revolver,
anyone. At 16, she survived the carnage
during school hours, and another 254 have killing her and also fatally wounding an
at Columbine High, a seminal moment in
8-year-old. He then took his own life.
been injured. Schools in at least 36 states
the evolution of modern school shootings.
and the District of Columbia have expeThe emotional damage children suffer from
Now 35, she is the director of counseling
rienced a shooting. They happened in big
these shootings can be just as crippling as
for Denver’s public school system and has
cities and small towns, in affluent suburbs
what others endure during highly publicized
spent almost her entire professional life
and rural communities. What all of them
assaults. A study published in the journal
treating traumatized kids. Yet she’s never
had in common was the profound damage Pediatrics in 2015 concluded that kids who
fully escaped the effects of what happened
they left behind.
witness an attack involving a gun or knife
to her on that morning in Littleton, Colo.
can be just as traumatized as children who
The nightmares, always of being chased,
HE DAY HAD just begun at a high
have been shot or stabbed.
lingered for years. Even now, the image of
school in Memphis when a sophochildren walking out of schools with their
more walked up to a senior during
HEN ED MCCLANAHAN first saw the
hands up is too much for her to bear.
gym class and pointed a .22-caliber pistol
teenager holding a .357 Magnum
at him. In a room packed with 75 students
revolver in the middle of North
Teens today “were born and raised in a
THE WEEK April 6, 2018
Photo for the Washington Post by Matthew Staver
The term “school shooting” most often conjures a
black-clad gunman roaming the hallways, firing at
anyone he sees, but those
attacks are considerably
less common than the ones
aimed at specific victims.
The last word
Thurston High’s commons, the resource officer pointed his gun, but he couldn’t fire. All
around the shooter, who had already sent
a round into the floor and another into the
ceiling, were other students, many running
in terror, some frozen in confusion. “It’s not
like on TV,” McClanahan said. “You can’t
just start blasting away with your gun.”
He shifted his position, finding an angle
that placed the gunman between him and
a trophy case on that morning in 2015 in
Washington state. McClanahan slid his
finger on the trigger, and just as he began
to apply pressure, a teacher tackled the
later told investigators, he appeared to
reach for something under his shirt, so she
shot him in the foot. The teen, however,
was carrying neither drugs nor a weapon.
HERE IS NO archetypal American
school shooter. Their ranks include a
6-year-old boy who killed a classmate
because he didn’t like her and a 15-year-old
girl who did the same to a friend for rejecting her romantic overtures. They also come
from backgrounds of all kinds. In some
school shootings, the race of the assailant
In the nation’s capital, and in states across
the country, lawmakers are debating
whether to hire more security guards, arm
teachers, or do both. The Post analysis
found that gun violence has occurred in
at least 68 schools that employed a police
officer or guard. In all but a few of those
incidents, the shootings ended before police
interceded—often because the gunfire lasted
only a few seconds.
Of the nearly 200 Post-identified incidents
of school gunfire, only once before has a
resource officer gunned down an active
shooter. In 2001, an 18-year-old with a
12-gauge pump-action shotgun was firing
at the outside of a California high school
when the resource officer rounded a corner
and shot him in the face.
Washington Post photo by Ricky Carioti
The NRA and other gun rights advocates
have long argued that on-campus police
deter school shooters. But do they? The
Post analysis shows that resource officers
or security guards were present during four
of the five worst rampages: Columbine
and Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Marshall
County High in Kentucky earlier this year,
and Santana High in California in 2001.
At least once, however, the threat of encountering resistance influenced an alleged school
shooter’s plan. In 2016, a 14-year-old in
South Carolina attacked his elementary
school rather than his middle school in
large part because the latter, investigators
said, had armed security. And, in several
instances, resource officers appear to have
saved lives without ever pulling a trigger. In
2010, after a man pointed his .380 semiautomatic pistol at a principal in a Tennessee
high school, a resource officer drew her
own weapon and shielded the administrator.
The standoff continued until other officers
arrived and killed the intruder.
Introducing weapons into schools for any
reason, however, comes with real risk.
In 2004, a security guard approached a
16-year-old student she suspected of smoking marijuana behind a high school in New
Orleans. After the student pushed her, she
been in the cafeteria, selling chips and soda
from a food cart to raise money for the golf
team. Then two girls burst into the room.
Someone had been shot, they screamed.
Someone had a gun.
Haviland froze, but her friends grabbed her,
and they fled into the back of an auditorium. Moments later, she heard four or five
shots and an explosion. Everyone sprinted
out as Haviland briefly paused to take off
her high-heeled clogs. Barefoot, she ran into
the hallway, and just as she reached one
door, it closed. A teacher had pulled the
fire alarm. She would later learn it saved
her life, because down that corridor, Harris
and Klebold were slaughtering anyone they
could find.
Afterward, as the shock and grief solidified
her plan to become a counselor, Haviland
didn’t get counseling herself. She didn’t
deserve it, she thought, not when classmates
had died or been maimed.
Karson Robinson feels guilty about a fallen friend.
isn’t reported, but in those that are, the Post
found, the shooter’s race almost always
reflects the campus’s population, with white
shooters attacking predominantly white
schools and black shooters firing in predominantly African-American schools.
The Post analysis also shows that dozens of
gunmen shared certain characteristics. The
median age of school shooters is 16, and
male shooters outnumber female shooters
17 to 1. Most intend to kill specific people,
and show no signs of debilitating mental illness, such as psychosis or schizophrenia.
That last finding undermines what gun
rights advocates and President Trump
have focused on in Parkland’s aftermath.
Last month, Wayne LaPierre, head of the
National Rifle Association, blamed gun
violence in school on, among other things, a
“failure of America’s mental-health system.”
Although Nikolas Cruz showed signs of
psychological problems before he allegedly
killed 17 people, researchers have consistently concluded that they seldom play a
role in shootings or violence of any kind.
NE DAY IN 2008,
Samantha Haviland
sat on the floor of a school library’s
back room, the lights off, the door
locked. Crouched all around her were teenagers, pretending that someone with a gun
was trying to murder them. No one there
knew that Haviland, then a counselor in her
mid-20s, had been at Columbine nine years
earlier. On that day, April 20, 1999, she had
But now there she was, a decade later, sitting in the darkness, practicing once again to
escape what so many of her friends did not.
She heard footsteps. Then, beneath the door,
she saw the shadow of an administrator who
was checking the locks. Her chest began to
throb, and her body began to quake, and suddenly, Haviland knew she wouldn’t be OK.
Researchers who study trauma still aren’t
certain why people who experience it as
children react in such different ways. For
some, it doesn’t surface for years. For others, the torment overwhelms them from the
start and, in many cases, never lets go.
Karson Robinson was 6 when a teenager
opened fire on the playground of his
elementary school in Townville, S.C., on
Sept. 28, 2016. Three days later, on his seventh birthday, he learned that his beloved
friend Jacob Hall hadn’t survived the bullet
that hit him. That’s when the guilt took
hold. Karson had leaped a fence and run at
the first sound of the gunfire.
Maybe, Karson thought, he could have
saved Jacob, the smallest child in their
class, if he hadn’t fled. At home, Karson
began to explode in anger. Other times, he
insisted that everyone hated him.
In October, before a doctor finally diagnosed the boy with PTSD, he had a party
for his eighth birthday, and at the end, they
released balloons into the sky for Jacob.
Afterward, he walked off by himself. His
mother followed, asking what was wrong.
“I should have waited for Jacob,” he said.
Excerpted from an article that originally appeared in The Washington Post.
Reprinted with permission.
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THE WINNER: Lack of Basic Instinct
Justin Glover, Petaluma, Calif.
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