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‘Horrifying’ conspiracy theories swirl around Texas shooting

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‘Horrifying’ conspiracy theories swirl around Texas shooting

By now it’s as predictable as the calls for thoughts and prayers: A mass shooting leaves many dead, and wild conspiracy theories and misinformation about the carnage soon follow. It happened after Sandy Hook, after Parkland, after the Orlando nightclub shooting and after the deadly rampage earlier this month at a Buffalo grocery store. Within hours of Tuesday’s school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, another rash began as internet users spread baseless claims about the man named as the gunman and his possible motives. Unfounded claims that the gunman was an immigrant living in the U.S. illegally, or transgender, quickly emerged...


To walk the talk on climate, Labor must come clean about the future for coal and gas

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To walk the talk on climate, Labor must come clean about the future for coal and gas

Mark Baker/APAustralia’s climate election has been won. Now comes the harder part. It’s now entirely possible we could see a government committed to domestic climate action, speeding up the exit of coal and gas from our grid and electrifying transport –while still exporting vast quantities of fossil fuels for other countries to burn. In short, we could fall into what we can call the “Norway trap”: clean at home, dirty abroad. Norway has vigorously pursued clean energy and electric transport at home and is progressing well towards its goal of a 55% reduction in emissions by the end of the...


Texas killer locked classroom door and started shooting students and teachers inside

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Texas killer locked classroom door and started shooting students and teachers inside

The 18-year-old gunman who slaughtered 19 children and two teachers at a Texas elementary school barricaded himself inside a single classroom and “began shooting anyone that was in his way,” authorities said Wednesday in detailing the latest mass killing to rock the U.S. Law enforcement officers eventually broke into the classroom and killed the gunman, who used an AR-style rifle. Police and others responding to Tuesday’s attack also went around breaking windows at the school to enable students and teachers to escape, Lt. Christopher Olivarez of the Texas Department of Public Safety said on NBC’s “Today” show. Olivarez told CNN...


Flights of Fancy (Part 23): Off Into the Sunset

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Flights of Fancy (Part 23): Off Into the Sunset

Today, we’ll explore aviation in the last round of regular series theatrical cartoons – well past the Golden Age, so we’ll refer to it as the Silver Age – though perhaps bronze would be more appropriate, given the frequent dip in quality. Still, there are a few smiles to be had, and the decade climaxes with a certain degree of nostalgia, harkening back to the days of the classic biplane, and WWI. Bartholomew Versus the Wheel (Warner, 2/29/64 – Robert McKimson, dir.) – This arguably marks the strangest film Robert McKimson ever directed – and clearly the most unexplained. It...


Max and Dave: Popeye 1934-35: From Stren’th to Stren’th

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Max and Dave: Popeye 1934-35: From Stren’th to Stren’th

The Popeye series continued to be increasingly popular with the distributors. In fact, there have been claims it was out-performing the Mickey Mouse series – one might have to study the trade publications of the day to see if this was really so. Some feel the cartoons may have been formula, but the public was eating it up, like so many spinach rolls. We Aim To Please (12/26/34) – Popeye and Olive open up a diner, but Olive thinks another corner has better traffic – so Popeye pushes the whole structure down the block to the more lucrative location. However,...