Insane UN Study Claims Siri & Alexa Need a #MeToo Moment

By CCN: In what only be described as political correctness gone insane, the United Nations issued a ridiculous report that claims Siri and Alexa are victims of sexual harassment and should launch their own #MeToo crusade.

Alexa #MeToo Report Is PC Culture Gone Mad

The 145-page report, issued by The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), said in part:

“Siri’s ‘female’ obsequiousness – and the servility expressed by so many other digital assistants projected as young women – provides a powerful illustration of gender biases coded into technology products, pervasive in the technology sector and apparent in digital skills education.”

The report, which consists of two “think pieces”:

“…examines how AI voice assistants projected as young women perpetuate harmful gender biases. It offers recommendations to ensure that the continued proliferation of digital assistants does not widen gender divides.”

UNESCO Scolds Gender Stereotyping While Hating Israel

To say that these qualify as anything that a normal person would spend time thinking about is an overstatement. The UN continues to squander the $3.3 billion the United States wastes on this useless, anti-Israel “peace organization.”

UNESCO is the same organization that has passed more than 70 separate resolutions condemning Israel, as opposed to only two condemning all other countries combined. That explains why Israel and the US withdrew from UNESCO in 2017.

UN & UNESCO: Global Busybodies

By publishing a report on gender bias in AI technology, UNESCO only adds fuel to the fire that it is a pointless organization of busybodies. Naturally, UNESCO blames American culture, saying:

“In the United States, the percentage of female computer and information science majors has dropped steadily over the past 30 years and today stands at just 18 percent down from 37 per hundred in the mid-1980s.”

The inference is, of course, that America is misogynist and needs a complete #MeToo overhaul.

Nowhere does UNESCO address the fact that men simply outnumber women when it comes to interest in technology and programming jobs. In a world where the junk science of “gender identity” chips away at objective reality, it isn’t surprising that UNESCO and the UN would default to the idea that interest in technology should somehow be equal.

Men are different from women, and that’s considered heresy at places like the UN and UNESCO.

Stupid Study Yields Stupid Recommendations

The study offers up the following recommendations, presumably to make sure we are all in lock-step with the fascist politically-correct dogma of world government:

  1. Stop making digital assistants female by default
  2. Discourage gender-based insults and “abusive language”
  3. Develop advanced technical skills of women and girls so they can get in the game.

What’s particularly insidious about the UN and UNESCO report is that they actually want to control how people talk to robots, as if these machines somehow have feelings.

UNESCO’s mania is such that it believes that talking to machines somehow influences how we speak to real people.

Memo to UNESCO: Neither Siri nor Alexa needs a #MeToo moment. #MeToo is for humans only.

Hello! Siri & Alexa Are Robots, Not Humans!

As if this farce weren’t laughable enough, take a gander at this chart that Quartz.com published. It shows how various AI programs respond to “verbal sexual harassment”:

United Nations #MeToo Report, Siri, AlexaUnited Nations #MeToo Report, Siri, Alexa

The UN thinks it’s possible to sexually harass a digital voice assistant like Alexa or Siri.| Source: CBS News via Quartz

These are robots! One cannot verbally sexually harass robots!

Despite how easy it is to mock the UN and UNESCO for this devastatingly simple-minded “think piece,” there is a deadly serious message underlying it.

The United Nations has only one real purpose, to deliver humanitarian aid and peacekeeping troops during global catastrophes. Spending money on this nonsense only serves the dangerous and misguided policy of political correctness.

Disclaimer: The views expressed in the article are solely those of the author and do not represent those of, nor should they be attributed to, CCN.

Stock Market Faces Critical Test Amid China Tensions & Data Deluge

By CCN: The next week could be a bumpy one for the stock market, as domestic wildcards and red-hot trade war tensions threaten to smack the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average lower.

China Bogeyman Haunts Stock Market

The S&P 500 enters the holiday-shortened trading week at 2,826.06, while the Dow checks in at 25,585.69. Both indices have dropped more than 3.5 percent over the past month.

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Chinese trade tensions have knocked both the Dow and the S&P 500 well off their 2019 highs. | Source: Yahoo Finance

Issues with China continue to weigh on the stock market. President Donald Trump’s tariff hikes and ongoing trade war rhetoric have made traders, investors, and institutions skittish.

Seemingly every bit of worrisome news that hits the wires regarding China has sent the stock market lower, even though it tends to regain its losses in short order…so far.

As Donald Trump has been keeping China in the news via press conferences and tweets, expect the stock market to be perched on the knife’s edge, ready to react to any negative news.

Democrats Risk Destabilizing the US Political Environment

Another political element that may affect the stock market this next week is the ongoing tussle between Donald Trump and the Democrats in the House. Democrats have pointlessly subpoenaed Trump’s financial records, a political move designed to keep him on the defensive.

The subpoenas have no actual purpose, and there is nothing to support the Democrats in issuing them in the first place. It is simply an ongoing political hit job designed to damage the president.

Although the parties have reached a settlement that allows for a stay in Deutsche Bank and Capital One’s issuing of the records while Trump appeals, this kind of behavior by the Democrats is destabilizing to the market.

Economic Reports Remain a Market Wildcard

There are a few reports due out this week which could send the stock market careening in either direction.

On Tuesday, the stock market will digest the GDP revision for Q1. GDP was 3.2 percent, a solid number showing robust economic growth. A significant upward or downward revision could tank the market.

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Tuesday’s GDP revision could trigger a strong market move. | Source: TradingEconomics

If the GDP number is revised into the low 2 percent range, it indicates the economy may be unexpectedly slowing.

If GDP is revised too far upwards, it would mean the economy is growing too quickly and might spark fears of an interest rate spike.

The most likely scenario is a 10 basis point move in either direction, but there are always surprises to be prepared for.

Wall Street Watches Consumer Data Deluge with an Evil Eye

On Friday, the stock market gets hit with five important reports in the space of 90 minutes: personal income, consumer spending, core inflation, the Chicago PMI, and Consumer Sentiment Index.

Consumer spending and sentiment are the most critical. Consumer spending is expected to come in at 0.2 percent growth, and the sentiment index is expected to decline from 102.4 to 100.

The stock market will likely cheer any consumer spending growth at all, while any negative number might take the stock market lower by as much as 4%.

With a downdraft in sentiment already baked into the stock market, an upside beat of any kind will likely fuel a rally. If consumers are spending money and feeling optimistic, that bodes well for the economy and for stocks.

Valuation & Technicals Trigger Alarm Bells

When one combines all of these factors with the fact that the stock market is at its third-most expensive valuation in history, there is a greater chance that any unexpected movement in any of the issues highlighted could send the stock market down.

This is augmented by the fact that the technical picture is worrisome.

S&P 500 chartS&P 500 chart

The S&P 500 is looking dangerously-bearish. | Source: Stockcharts.com

The S&P 500 chart above shows a possible long-term double top and a break through the 20-day and 50-day exponential moving averages.

Next stop is 2,775 on the S&P 500 Large Cap Index.

Disclaimer: The views expressed in the article are solely those of the author and do not represent those of, nor should they be attributed to, CCN.

Stock Market Faces Critical Test Amid China Tensions & Data Deluge

By CCN: The next week could be a bumpy one for the stock market, as domestic wildcards and red-hot trade war tensions threaten to smack the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average lower.

China Bogeyman Haunts Stock Market

The S&P 500 enters the holiday-shortened trading week at 2,826.06, while the Dow checks in at 25,585.69. Both indices have dropped more than 3.5 percent over the past month.

Dow Jones, S&P 500, stock marketDow Jones, S&P 500, stock market

Chinese trade tensions have knocked both the Dow and the S&P 500 well off their 2019 highs. | Source: Yahoo Finance

Issues with China continue to weigh on the stock market. President Donald Trump’s tariff hikes and ongoing trade war rhetoric have made traders, investors, and institutions skittish.

Seemingly every bit of worrisome news that hits the wires regarding China has sent the stock market lower, even though it tends to regain its losses in short order…so far.

As Donald Trump has been keeping China in the news via press conferences and tweets, expect the stock market to be perched on the knife’s edge, ready to react to any negative news.

Democrats Risk Destabilizing the US Political Environment

Another political element that may affect the stock market this next week is the ongoing tussle between Donald Trump and the Democrats in the House. Democrats have pointlessly subpoenaed Trump’s financial records, a political move designed to keep him on the defensive.

The subpoenas have no actual purpose, and there is nothing to support the Democrats in issuing them in the first place. It is simply an ongoing political hit job designed to damage the president.

Although the parties have reached a settlement that allows for a stay in Deutsche Bank and Capital One’s issuing of the records while Trump appeals, this kind of behavior by the Democrats is destabilizing to the market.

Economic Reports Remain a Market Wildcard

There are a few reports due out this week which could send the stock market careening in either direction.

On Tuesday, the stock market will digest the GDP revision for Q1. GDP was 3.2 percent, a solid number showing robust economic growth. A significant upward or downward revision could tank the market.

US GDP, stock marketUS GDP, stock market

Tuesday’s GDP revision could trigger a strong market move. | Source: TradingEconomics

If the GDP number is revised into the low 2 percent range, it indicates the economy may be unexpectedly slowing.

If GDP is revised too far upwards, it would mean the economy is growing too quickly and might spark fears of an interest rate spike.

The most likely scenario is a 10 basis point move in either direction, but there are always surprises to be prepared for.

Wall Street Watches Consumer Data Deluge with an Evil Eye

On Friday, the stock market gets hit with five important reports in the space of 90 minutes: personal income, consumer spending, core inflation, the Chicago PMI, and Consumer Sentiment Index.

Consumer spending and sentiment are the most critical. Consumer spending is expected to come in at 0.2 percent growth, and the sentiment index is expected to decline from 102.4 to 100.

The stock market will likely cheer any consumer spending growth at all, while any negative number might take the stock market lower by as much as 4%.

With a downdraft in sentiment already baked into the stock market, an upside beat of any kind will likely fuel a rally. If consumers are spending money and feeling optimistic, that bodes well for the economy and for stocks.

Valuation & Technicals Trigger Alarm Bells

When one combines all of these factors with the fact that the stock market is at its third-most expensive valuation in history, there is a greater chance that any unexpected movement in any of the issues highlighted could send the stock market down.

This is augmented by the fact that the technical picture is worrisome.

S&P 500 chartS&P 500 chart

The S&P 500 is looking dangerously-bearish. | Source: Stockcharts.com

The S&P 500 chart above shows a possible long-term double top and a break through the 20-day and 50-day exponential moving averages.

Next stop is 2,775 on the S&P 500 Large Cap Index.

Disclaimer: The views expressed in the article are solely those of the author and do not represent those of, nor should they be attributed to, CCN.

Insane UN Study Claims Siri & Alexa Need a #MeToo Moment

By CCN: In what only be described as political correctness gone insane, the United Nations issued a ridiculous report that claims Siri and Alexa are victims of sexual harassment and should launch their own #MeToo crusade.

Alexa #MeToo Report Is PC Culture Gone Mad

The 145-page report, issued by The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), said in part:

“Siri’s ‘female’ obsequiousness – and the servility expressed by so many other digital assistants projected as young women – provides a powerful illustration of gender biases coded into technology products, pervasive in the technology sector and apparent in digital skills education.”

The report, which consists of two “think pieces”:

“…examines how AI voice assistants projected as young women perpetuate harmful gender biases. It offers recommendations to ensure that the continued proliferation of digital assistants does not widen gender divides.”

UNESCO Scolds Gender Stereotyping While Hating Israel

To say that these qualify as anything that a normal person would spend time thinking about is an overstatement. The UN continues to squander the $3.3 billion the United States wastes on this useless, anti-Israel “peace organization.”

UNESCO is the same organization that has passed more than 70 separate resolutions condemning Israel, as opposed to only two condemning all other countries combined. That explains why Israel and the US withdrew from UNESCO in 2017.

UN & UNESCO: Global Busybodies

By publishing a report on gender bias in AI technology, UNESCO only adds fuel to the fire that it is a pointless organization of busybodies. Naturally, UNESCO blames American culture, saying:

“In the United States, the percentage of female computer and information science majors has dropped steadily over the past 30 years and today stands at just 18 percent down from 37 per hundred in the mid-1980s.”

The inference is, of course, that America is misogynist and needs a complete #MeToo overhaul.

Nowhere does UNESCO address the fact that men simply outnumber women when it comes to interest in technology and programming jobs. In a world where the junk science of “gender identity” chips away at objective reality, it isn’t surprising that UNESCO and the UN would default to the idea that interest in technology should somehow be equal.

Men are different from women, and that’s considered heresy at places like the UN and UNESCO.

Stupid Study Yields Stupid Recommendations

The study offers up the following recommendations, presumably to make sure we are all in lock-step with the fascist politically-correct dogma of world government:

  1. Stop making digital assistants female by default
  2. Discourage gender-based insults and “abusive language”
  3. Develop advanced technical skills of women and girls so they can get in the game.

What’s particularly insidious about the UN and UNESCO report is that they actually want to control how people talk to robots, as if these machines somehow have feelings.

UNESCO’s mania is such that it believes that talking to machines somehow influences how we speak to real people.

Memo to UNESCO: Neither Siri nor Alexa needs a #MeToo moment. #MeToo is for humans only.

Hello! Siri & Alexa Are Robots, Not Humans!

As if this farce weren’t laughable enough, take a gander at this chart that Quartz.com published. It shows how various AI programs respond to “verbal sexual harassment”:

United Nations #MeToo Report, Siri, AlexaUnited Nations #MeToo Report, Siri, Alexa

The UN thinks it’s possible to sexually harass a digital voice assistant like Alexa or Siri.| Source: CBS News via Quartz

These are robots! One cannot verbally sexually harass robots!

Despite how easy it is to mock the UN and UNESCO for this devastatingly simple-minded “think piece,” there is a deadly serious message underlying it.

The United Nations has only one real purpose, to deliver humanitarian aid and peacekeeping troops during global catastrophes. Spending money on this nonsense only serves the dangerous and misguided policy of political correctness.

Disclaimer: The views expressed in the article are solely those of the author and do not represent those of, nor should they be attributed to, CCN.

Hillary Clinton Lied When She Called Drunk Pelosi Sexist Trash

By CCN: Hillary Clinton slammed President Donald Trump and his “cronies” over the infamous drunk Nancy Pelosi video, calling it “sexist trash.” Clinton even suggested the incumbent president’s decision to tweet the Pelosi video is evidence that he is “running scared.”

Let’s not mince words: She lied.

The Bizarre Logic Behind Hillary Clinton’s ‘Drunk Pelosi’ Attack

Clinton tweeted a section of her speech from a Harris County Democratic rally on Saturday. In the clip, Hillary said the Pelosi video was a product of sexism. She said:

“Just look at what’s happened in the last twenty-four hours. The President and his cronies have been running around, spreading a doctored video of Nancy Pelosi. Now, it is sexist trash…but, it is also a sign that Trump is running scared.”

First of all, the “Drunk Pelosi” video was merely slowed down by 25% – a feature available to anyone on YouTube. Hardly “doctoring,” and clearly identifiable as belonging to the “meme class” of videos. The video has been scrubbed from most platforms except Facebook, but by reducing the speed of the original video above, you get a similar effect.

Secondly, why is the video, as Clinton says, “sexist trash?” Was Chris Morris’ “doctoring” of George Bush speeches in the early 2000s also sexist? What about the endless memes made about Barack Obama and Donald Trump on YouTube?

The only way the Pelosi video qualifies as sexist is if Hillary secretly harbors the notion that women really are problem-drinkers. We know not to judge people based on arbitrary factors they can’t help. Perhaps Hillary, not Trump, is the actual sexist.

Clinton: If You Believe in Rule of Law, Hold Donald Trump to Account

Had Clinton delivered this speech in front of Donald Trump himself, there would have been ample opportunity for the president to exercise some of his vicious comebacks. Clinton went on to tell her audience:

“So if you believe in the rule of law, and the responsibility we all have to hold our leaders accountable – you cannot relent on this front either.”

If enough people believed in the rule of law, Hillary, you’d be in jail. Unfortunately, even the political class in Washington has been made apathetic by the ongoing shenanigans of the Clinton crime family.

Here we also see another attempt to politicize left-wing voters to an even greater extent than they have been already. Many young people probably don’t remember a time when politics wasn’t the sole focus of their lives. In all likelihood, they never will – so long as the liberal propaganda machine keeps them angry, ignorant, and victimized.

The Truth Is… Hillary Isn’t That Stupid

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Hillary Clinton isn’t really that stupid. | Source: Shutterstock

During the election campaign leading up to Trump’s 2016 win, Hillary Clinton frequently told listeners they should vote for her based on gender alone.

Bear in mind folks, this is a Yale-educated, career politician, who has had access to the uppermost reaches of culture, education, and information her entire life. Does anyone honestly believe she buys into the social-justice propaganda she pushes in public?

The truth is even worse. Hillary knows that “because I’m a woman…” is no reason to vote for anyone. The voters she weaponizes with her left-wing soundbites are the same ones she’s been fooling for years now. Clinton’s loudest siren call is nothing but virtue signaling to a gallery she herself looks down upon.

As for Donald Trump running scared: This is a man who donates his salary to charity every quarter, fills out every stadium he sets foot in, and is on track for another landslide win in 2020, despite the best efforts of Joe Biden.

This is a man who speaks his mind and has frequently rebuffed both sides of the political establishment, regardless of the slings and arrows it draws.

Donald Trump is many things; scared he is not.

Disclaimer: The views expressed in the article are solely those of the author and do not represent those of, nor should they be attributed to, CCN.

Are Ridiculous Pro-Trump Drawings Art? A HuffPost Discussion.

President Donald Trump has inspired a range of famous artists across different mediums to create works criticizing his administration and make a statement about his place in culture.

But there is also a lesser-known group of amateur and professional artists who laud the president and depict him as a strong, sometimes superhuman leader. Largely rejected from established art venues, these pro-Trump images proliferate on social media and have staked out a place as the Trump administration’s unofficial iconography.

A few months ago, we assembled a group of editors and reporters from HuffPost’s culture and politics teams (some who are no longer with the company) to discuss pro-Trump art. Some of the images below are not safe for work.

There’s a bunch of pro-Trump artwork that mostly exists on the internet, but from time to time seeps into the real world. A portrait of Trump playing poker with former Republican presidents is now hanging in the White House, for instance.

I looked through a lot of this art and talked with historians, art experts and critics ― many of whom argue that it’s probably wrong to call this “art,” but we can get into that later. What I found is that pro-Trump art kind of boils down into three main categories: more traditional painterly works, alt-right meme images and political cartoons.

In terms of the first category, the most prominent artist is a guy called Jon McNaughton, whose stuff looks like this:

The weird thing about the football one is they kind of included his gut:



The gut of a successful man.

Ashley Feinberg
Usually, they paint him like they want to fuck him, though.

Nick Robins-Early
Mostly Trump is insanely ripped, yeah.

Ashley Feinberg
Also, curiously, he appears to be shitting himself in the football one, which is unusual.

Nick Robins-Early
It’s true, most of these do not depict the president shitting himself.

Claire Fallon
That’s just what it looks like to strain towards victory.

Ashley Feinberg
So why aren’t these considered “art”?

Nick Robins-Early
There’s some debate over that, but a lot of the experts tended to call them “visual culture” or just propaganda.

Ashley Feinberg
Visual culture sounds like a fancy term for art.

Claire Fallon
Is this a “no true Scotsman” fallacy? “Real art doesn’t suck, we’ll make up another name for art that sucks.”

Nick Robins-Early
They argued that real art tends to be in dialogue with the history and world of art, whereas these are more intended to be disseminated as propaganda or be in dialogue with far-right media.

Sounds like something an art history professor would say.

Ashley Feinberg
Yeah, this beautiful painting of our football-playing, pants-shitting president is more art than anything else I’ve ever seen.

Nick Robins-Early
These are also the most art-like of the styles. They all kind of look like some mix of Norman Rockwell and the art that came from fascism and Soviet socialist realism.

Marc Janks
Are these for sale?

Nick Robins-Early
They’re very much for sale.

Marc Janks
How much does a butt-clenching touchdown prez go for?

Nick Robins-Early
Anywhere from $29.99 up to $705.

Marc Janks
His website seems like art.

Claire Fallon
The three types of art: 



Ashley Feinberg
The three genders.

Claire Fallon
Ashley, there are only two genders. That’s just science.

Nick Robins-Early
McNaughton would likely agree.

Ashley Feinberg
One thing I really like about the fancy art is that Trump also loves it:

Honestly, if people were painting tender images of me making love to the statue of liberty, I’d hang them up too.

Claire Fallon
Are they not? surprising.

Nick Robins-Early
Another thing that some experts argued is that these works are just outright propaganda, along the lines of art under authoritarianism. But a few essentially said that this art is too bad to warrant comparison to the more interesting Fascist and Soviet art.

Priscilla Frank
So much of art history is portraits of nobles and royalty and rich patrons, so I don’t think that necessarily disqualifies something from being art.

Ashley Feinberg
What makes this art bad?

Claire Fallon
Where does it stack up next to Hitler’s paintings?

Ashley Feinberg
I’m unclear on how this is better than the ones above:



Priscilla Frank
Better frame.

Nick Robins-Early
Going back to the Nazis for a moment, the other main type of this art is the alt-right memes of Trump. An example: 


Claire Fallon
Accurate depiction of his hair.

Nick Baumann
Why is his head so small relative to his body?

Ashley Feinberg
Also my question.

Nick Baumann
Is he just in the body of the suit … like is it a mech or something?

Nick Robins-Early
These seem to be Don Jr.’s favorites, by the way:

Ashley Feinberg
If it’s what you say, I, too, love it. 

Nick Robins-Early
This is the style where things get extra weird and amateur, and also gets into what some experts talked about as this pro-Trump art really being a kind of fan fiction that also functions as overt propaganda.

Marc Janks
How do you differentiate the ironic from the real? Some of these could go both ways. 

Claire Fallon
That’s sort of the foundational question of the alt-right.

Priscilla Frank
It’s the classic alt-right move of “joking” while asserting what you really mean. They’re the visual equivalent of Trump using Twitter as his primary platform, they make the paintings look outdated and irrelevant.

Nick Robins-Early
With the alt-right memes, there is a sense of knowing how ridiculous they are and trolling actual art. The McNaughton ones seem pretty earnest, if also partially a way of grifting people.

Claire Fallon
The cruelty (to our eyeballs) is the point. Also the cruelty.

Nick Robins-Early
Some experts also argued that these pieces are a way of mocking art as this sort of high brow thing that only liberals enjoy.

Priscilla Frank
They’re classic “unpresidential.”

Nick Robins-Early
The final category is political cartoons, which has some overlap with the memes but is a little more professional. A guy called Ben Garrison is the king of this.

Ashley Feinberg
This is my shit.

Nick Robins-Early
Here’s some of Garrison’s work:

Priscilla Frank
This is the best medium for his hair

Ashley Feinberg
My favorite thing about Ben Garrison is how subtle he is ― really lets you interpret the art for yourself:



Claire Fallon
Very fitting that Trump is basically just a private sewage businessman with a machine that will take care of everything. His hair is also like TinTin’s.

Priscilla Frank
Great historical art reference.

Claire Fallon
Another racist cartoon.

Ashley Feinberg
Can we see one of the Ben Garrison ones where he is clearly horny for the president?


Priscilla Frank
It’s fun to compare what all the artists do to make him look hotter.

Ashley Feinberg
That’s pretty good but I was thinking more like:

Priscilla Frank
Trump clearly has a bigger bulge than Mitt.

Claire Fallon
He had to write “POTUS” on his briefs because he no longer resembles Trump even slightly once you take away the jowls and the paunch.

Nick Robins-Early
Ashley you raise a good point, that pretty much all of these depict Trump as a hyper-masculine hot strongman. Here is a Staten Island artist who put a giant installation of Trump on his lawn, which looks like if Tom of Finland drew Mussolini:

Nick Baumann
His forearms are the size of tree trunks.

Claire Fallon
It’s important to remember that when Trump was young people thought he was hot, and yet he has zero remaining hot traits.

Nick Baumann
He’s the most powerful person on the planet — some people find that hot. Depends what you like!

Nick Robins-Early
Another thing I asked experts is what makes this fawning art different from the art that praised Obama, Hillary or past presidents. Horniness? White supremacy?

Ashley Feinberg
Seems like Trump’s is based more on shared obsessions and anxieties, whereas Obama was more just straight hero worship.

Nick Baumann
There is definitely horny art of both of them.

Claire Fallon
Of Hillary?? Never mind I don’t want to know.

Priscilla Frank
“An Artist Painted Hillary Clinton Nude, And She Didn’t Stop There.” I think most artists lean left, so there’s just a less talented crop we’re lookin’ at, but I don’t think what is art is determined by quality. I think it all counts.

Nick Robins-Early
One thing that experts argued was pretty much what you said: that the art establishment is extremely anti-Trump. There is, for example, a ton of anti-Trump art including an acclaimed Vanessa Baird mural of MAGA pig men crawling around in filth while Melania projectile defecates into her son’s face.

Nick Baumann
Nick, can you share that?

Nick Robins-Early
Just a moment. She won Norway’s top art prize.

Priscilla Frank
There’s also this from Ilma Gore:



The way both sides manipulate trump’s body is very ART. Trump is the canvas.

Claire Fallon
Both anti-Trump and pro-Trump art are very clear that being a big strong well-hung man is good and other things are Bad.

Ashley Feinberg
Wait sorry, why is Melania pooping on Barron?

Nick Baumann
Where is this image?

Nick Robins-Early
This is proving harder to find than I thought for an image you’d think is haunting many people’s minds. The only image I can find of it crops Melania out, but you can kind of see in the bottom right-hand corner:



Claire Fallon
Uhhh, well I have to go to therapy. 

Nick Baumann
What does SpongeBob have to do with this?

Nick Robins-Early
It’s all a rich tapestry.

Claire Fallon
Weird cartoon figures are also big in Trump fanfic! Like him, they have oddly shaped bodies and big personalities.

Nick Robins-Early
As one of the final points of discussion, some experts argued that it is extremely easy ― I would say fun, too ― to dunk on pro-Trump art or dismiss it as fascist kitsch.

Ashley Feinberg
I feel a but coming on.

Nick Robins-Early
BUT, even if it’s “dreck,” what is the purpose of this stuff and who is consuming it? 

Ashley Feinberg
It’s just such a beautiful depiction of how warped these people’s minds are. That’s why I like the earnest stuff more than the memes ― they really fucking MEAN it. 

Priscilla Frank
These kinds of images fit nicely with right-wing values; they’re either traditional, reverential, patriotic, old fashioned (conservative) or grotesque, half ironic, offensive, hyper-contemporary (alt-right).

Nick Robins-Early
One thing that NYU professor and historian Ara Merjian argued was that they also show how the right wing in culture wars has essentially given up on most high culture.

Ashley Feinberg
Tell that to Ross Douthat.

Priscilla Frank
Yeah, they definitely veer away from ambiguity, abstraction, complexity, and lay it all out there. No wonder they don’t want to fund culture programming and arts education when this is what they’re exposed to.

Nick Baumann
I mean, the Kochs are huge patrons of the arts.

Priscilla Frank
That’s true! Actually, museum boards are super conservative. Old white rich people.

Nick Baumann
For some reason, some liberals get mad when the Kochs spend their money on ballet instead of politics.

Nick Robins-Early
At a state level though, the modern Republican Party stance on the arts seems to just be defunding councils and grants.

Priscilla Frank
Yea,h that’s what I meant.

Claire Fallon
Isn’t this sort of just how the right works? The wealthy elite has certain self-interested priorities and they are very deeply invested in pushing something else on their base.

Nick Baumann
Maybe just how money works.

Claire Fallon
The Kochs want opera and ballet to exist as a status symbol, not as art everyone can appreciate. The Kochs spending money on ballet is not a non-self-interested act any more than spending it on charter school lobbies is philanthropic. 

Nick Robins-Early
Another question I have is how much of deriding pro-Trump art is an exclusionary liberal circle jerk, and how much is warranted because pro-Trump art is deeply racist, misogynist and conspiratorial.

Ashley Feinberg
I mean it’s warranted in the sense that lionizing a racist autocrat is objectively bad. Unfortunately, that art is also extremely funny and I love it. A land of contrasts, if you will.

Claire Fallon
Also, Trump owns this art and his son shares it on Instagram, so the bad Trump art is basically part of the administration. It’s not a fringe thing.

Nick Robins-Early
Yeah, its trajectory is the same as a lot of the alt-right movement in general. It’s no longer something you can ignore as fringe because it’s in the White House, even if it’s aggressively hateful and poorly composed.

I should also note that Ben Garrison’s website states “Ben Garrison is neither racist nor anti-Semitic,” so don’t worry about that. Anyway, does anyone have any final thoughts? Als,o thank you all very much and I am profoundly sorry.

Claire Fallon
I’m so glad I had therapy scheduled right after this.

Ashley Feinberg
I had mine yesterday, nice to ruin a clean slate.

Insane UN Study Claims Siri & Alexa Need a #MeToo Moment

By CCN: In what only be described as political correctness gone insane, the United Nations issued a ridiculous report that claims Siri and Alexa are victims of sexual harassment and should launch their own #MeToo crusade.

Alexa #MeToo Report Is PC Culture Gone Mad

The 145-page report, issued by The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), said in part:

“Siri’s ‘female’ obsequiousness – and the servility expressed by so many other digital assistants projected as young women – provides a powerful illustration of gender biases coded into technology products, pervasive in the technology sector and apparent in digital skills education.”

The report, which consists of two “think pieces”:

“…examines how AI voice assistants projected as young women perpetuate harmful gender biases. It offers recommendations to ensure that the continued proliferation of digital assistants does not widen gender divides.”

UNESCO Scolds Gender Stereotyping While Hating Israel

To say that these qualify as anything that a normal person would spend time thinking about is an overstatement. The UN continues to squander the $3.3 billion the United States wastes on this useless, anti-Israel “peace organization.”

UNESCO is the same organization that has passed more than 70 separate resolutions condemning Israel, as opposed to only two condemning all other countries combined. That explains why Israel and the US withdrew from UNESCO in 2017.

UN & UNESCO: Global Busybodies

By publishing a report on gender bias in AI technology, UNESCO only adds fuel to the fire that it is a pointless organization of busybodies. Naturally, UNESCO blames American culture, saying:

“In the United States, the percentage of female computer and information science majors has dropped steadily over the past 30 years and today stands at just 18 percent down from 37 per hundred in the mid-1980s.”

The inference is, of course, that America is misogynist and needs a complete #MeToo overhaul.

Nowhere does UNESCO address the fact that men simply outnumber women when it comes to interest in technology and programming jobs. In a world where the junk science of “gender identity” chips away at objective reality, it isn’t surprising that UNESCO and the UN would default to the idea that interest in technology should somehow be equal.

Men are different from women, and that’s considered heresy at places like the UN and UNESCO.

Stupid Study Yields Stupid Recommendations

The study offers up the following recommendations, presumably to make sure we are all in lock-step with the fascist politically-correct dogma of world government:

  1. Stop making digital assistants female by default
  2. Discourage gender-based insults and “abusive language”
  3. Develop advanced technical skills of women and girls so they can get in the game.

What’s particularly insidious about the UN and UNESCO report is that they actually want to control how people talk to robots, as if these machines somehow have feelings.

UNESCO’s mania is such that it believes that talking to machines somehow influences how we speak to real people.

Memo to UNESCO: Neither Siri nor Alexa needs a #MeToo moment. #MeToo is for humans only.

Hello! Siri & Alexa Are Robots, Not Humans!

As if this farce weren’t laughable enough, take a gander at this chart that Quartz.com published. It shows how various AI programs respond to “verbal sexual harassment”:

United Nations #MeToo Report, Siri, AlexaUnited Nations #MeToo Report, Siri, Alexa

The UN thinks it’s possible to sexually harass a digital voice assistant like Alexa or Siri.| Source: CBS News via Quartz

These are robots! One cannot verbally sexually harass robots!

Despite how easy it is to mock the UN and UNESCO for this devastatingly simple-minded “think piece,” there is a deadly serious message underlying it.

The United Nations has only one real purpose, to deliver humanitarian aid and peacekeeping troops during global catastrophes. Spending money on this nonsense only serves the dangerous and misguided policy of political correctness.

Disclaimer: The views expressed in the article are solely those of the author and do not represent those of, nor should they be attributed to, CCN.

Elon Musk Dismisses Tesla Toilet Paper Scoop as Complete Nonsense

By CCN: The big news of the day is that Elon Musk can afford toilet paper. The South African billionaire is aggressively cutting costs as Tesla’s stock continues to reel. Based on reports, it appeared that the Tesla CEO’s austerity measures didn’t spare the company’s washrooms.

But Elon Musk dismissed Electrek’s claims, saying they were “complete nonsense.”

Rumor or Truth?

Elon Musk has a net worth of nearly $20 billion. So the idea that Tesla has started curtailing toilet paper supplies is nothing short of a major embarrassment for Musk, and it was only a matter of time before he denied the same.

But Electrek’s Fred Lambert, who got the scoop, defends the story.

Lambert in his article claimed that “sources” told the publication that cost-cutting measures at “several Tesla facilities” extended to”skipping ordering office supplies – even toilet paper.” As a result, they claimed that employees were bringing their own into the office to help out.

Elon Musk had called for a “hardcore” effort to cut costs, as Tesla runs the risk of running out of cash in the next 10 months at the rate of its current cash burn. The company lost $700 million in Q1, translating into a monthly cash burn of well above $200 million.

Tesla recently raised $2.4 billion in a stock offering, with Musk initially indicating that the money will be used for funding ambitious projects such as autonomous cars. But the real picture emerged, revealing Elon Musk’s desperate attempt to review “literally every payment” that leaves the company’s bank.

So, Lambert’s sources on the ground who claim that Tesla employees are bringing toilet paper to work could be true, as the electric vehicle company has been accused of being a toxic workplace in the past.

Tesla’s Stock Could Head Lower

Wall Street has turned against Tesla’s stock in recent days.

Morgan Stanley predicts that TSLA could drop to as low as $10 in a worst-case scenario. The investment bank says that weak demand for Tesla cars will hurt the company’s financial performance and limit its ability to fund growth through free cash flow.

As Tesla’s stock declines further, there will be a limit to Musk’s ability to raise money because no one would want to invest in a sinking company. Such an eventuality has spooked Tesla’s major investors.

T. Rowe Price, a top Tesla investor, dumped 81% of its TSLA holdings earlier this month. This wasn’t surprising considering Tesla’s stock has caused a massive loss to investors this year; it might be headed lower because a major catalyst won’t be kicking in.

Chart showing Tesla's stock price.Chart showing Tesla's stock price.

Tesla’s stock is getting hammered in 2019. | Source: Yahoo! Finance

Elon Musk was betting big on autonomous cars to drive Tesla’s fortunes, predicting that the stock could hit $2,900 in the long run on the back of a $500 billion market cap.

But he doesn’t seem to have the money to achieve his dream of putting a million robotaxis on the road by next year, as he is busy stretching every dollar at Tesla – whether or not it involves cutting toilet paper supplies.

Trump May Pardon Several Suspected War Criminals. These Are Their Stories.

President Donald Trump is reportedly planning to pardon numerous military members accused of various war crimes. The alleged crimes include premeditated murder, desecrating corpses and shooting unarmed civilians. The plan has caused intense backlash: The notoriously apolitical retired Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, tweeted this week: “Bad message. Bad precedent. Abdication of moral responsibility. Risk to us.”

It’s still not clear exactly whom Trump may pardon, but several names have repeatedly come up, and the president has tweeted about at least two of the men. “Some of these soldiers are people that have fought hard, long,” Trump said on Friday. “We’re going to take a look at it.”

Here’s a look at the servicemen and contractors Trump may pardon ― and what they did and are alleged to have done. In the eyes of many top military officials and human rights experts, by pardoning these men, Trump is implicitly sanctioning those acts.

Edward Gallagher

Navy SEAL Edward Gallagher is seen in a 2018 file photo.



Navy SEAL Edward Gallagher is seen in a 2018 file photo.

Conservative politicians and media outlets have championed the cause of Edward Gallagher, a Navy SEALs special operations chief with eight combat and overseas deployments. Trump has tweeted about his case. Gallagher faces some of the most serious charges of those who may receive pardons, including premeditated murder and threatening to kill fellow service members if they informed others of his actions.

Gallagher is set to face a military court and the exact details of his case are not public, but several publications, including The San Diego Union-Tribune and the Navy Times, have obtained court documents and judge’s rulings in the lead-up to the trial that give a substantial account of the charges he faces.

Prosecutors allege that in May 2017, Gallagher was accompanying Iraqi coalition partner forces during anti-Islamic State operations in northern Iraq. The Iraqi forces had captured a suspected militant who Navy SEALs estimated was between 15 and 22 years old, according to witness accounts. The suspected ISIS fighter was detained after a U.S. drone strike on a building, and a witness said he was awake and had sustained injuries that were not life-threatening. Members of the Navy SEAL platoon heard Gallagher say “Nobody touch him, he’s mine,” according to Navy Judge Capt. Aaron Rugh’s findings-of-fact statement, obtained by The San Diego Union-Tribune. 

Gallagher allegedly approached the vehicle where the suspected ISIS fighter was held and brought him out onto the ground. Three Navy SEALs say they then witnessed Gallagher pull out a knife that he often carried and repeatedly stab the prisoner in the neck, killing him. During the next several days, Gallagher allegedly said he would kill anyone who blew the whistle on his actions, and demanded the names of any SEALs who disagreed with his conduct.

Prosecutors allege that Gallagher performed a reenlistment ceremony next to the person he killed, and took a photo of the body. They allege he sent the photo to a friend and texted: “Got him with my hunting knife.”

SEALs also claim that Gallagher repeatedly shot at and may have killed civilians. One incident involved Gallagher shooting an elderly man near a riverbank while on sniper duty, according to two SEAL witnesses. The man fell to the ground and appeared motionless. A witness also said they saw a young girl in a flower-print hijab walking along a path and suddenly clutching her stomach as though she’d been shot. Her companions looked up at a tower where Gallagher was in position and then carried the injured girl away. An officer in Gallagher’s chain of command is also prepared to testify that Gallagher called in false coordinates to target a mosque, according to documents reviewed by the Navy Times.

Gallagher has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him. The investigation has become a major point of controversy, and Gallagher has received the support of conservatives such as Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.), who claims to have viewed combat footage that exonerates Gallagher. The supposed footage has not been made public.

There was another turn in the case last week, when Gallagher’s defense attorneys found that prosecutors embedded tracking software in their emails to Gallagher’s team and a journalist at the Navy Times. His court date has been delayed until a decision is reached on whether that action compromised Gallagher’s right to a fair trial ― although Trump’s pardon would make those deliberations redundant.

Matthew Golsteyn

Maj. Matthew Golsteyn, a former Green Beret, faces a premeditated murder charge for killing an unarmed man in Afghanistan who Golsteyn suspected of being a Taliban bombmaker. Golsteyn, like Gallagher, has conservatives calling for his release. Trump tweeted in December that Golsteyn is a “military hero.”

While Golsteyn was deployed to Afghanistan’s Helmand province in 2010, explosive booby traps killed two Marines and wounded three others during a battle against Taliban insurgents. Afghan forces detained a man afterward who allegedly had bomb-making materials on him, but Golsteyn told The Washington Post that U.S. troops were not allowed to hold any captives because of a lack of resources. The timeline of what happened next is contested and forms the focus of Golsteyn’s upcoming trial, but at some point after the suspected bombmaker’s release, Golsteyn recaptured the unarmed man and killed him.

Golsteyn admitted to killing the man during a 2011 job interview with the CIA, saying he shot the suspected bombmaker and burned his body. His admission to the CIA prompted an Army review that resulted in a formal reprimand and the rescinding of his Silver Star award, but no charges due to lack of evidence. Golsteyn also gave an interview to Fox News in 2016 where he admitted to killing the Afghan man, a statement he blames for attracting attention and resulting in his murder charge in 2018. He is now awaiting trial.

Nicholas Slatten

Former Blackwater Worldwide guard Nicholas Slatten leaves federal court in Washington after the start of his first-degree mur



Former Blackwater Worldwide guard Nicholas Slatten leaves federal court in Washington after the start of his first-degree murder trial, June 11, 2014.

Nicholas Slatten is a former Blackwater private military contractor who was convicted of first-degree murder for the killing of an unarmed man during a massacre of Iraqi civilians in 2007.

In the incident, Slatten and other Blackwater contractors were operating in Baghdad in September 2007 when they set up a blockade at a traffic stop outside the city’s Green Zone. When a white Kia approached the blockade, federal prosecutors say, Slatten fired unprovoked on the vehicle and shot 19-year-old Ahmed Haithem Ahmed Al Rubia’y, an aspiring doctor who was driving his mother to an appointment. Two Iraqi police officers then approached the Kia, saw Al Rubia’y dead with a bullet hole in his forehead and waved at the Blackwater contractors to stop firing.

Al Rubia’y’s mother screamed for help as she held her son’s body. But the stopped Kia began to roll forward, which Blackwater contractors later claimed they took as a sign it was a car bomb. The contractors opened fire, killing Al Rubia’y’s mother and 15 other civilians at the busy traffic stop. Wounded civilians fled as Blackwater guards fired at random. One witness later described a dead man’s body shaking on the ground as guards fired bullets into the corpse. There was no car bomb, and two children ages 9 and 11 were among the dead.

Slatten was twice convicted of murder for the killing of Al Rubia’y, first in 2014 and again in 2018 after a federal appeals court called for a new trial. Three Blackwater contractors were convicted of other charges, including manslaughter, for their roles in the massacre.

Marine Sniper Group

Trump is also reportedly considering pardons for a group of Marine snipers who were filmed in 2011 urinating on the corpses of Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan and mocking the dead. The video was widely viewed after it emerged online, and brought international condemnation of the U.S. military.

Multiple Marines in the video received court-martials. Staff Sgt. Joseph Chamblin pleaded guilty to wrongful desecration and other charges, receiving 30 days’ confinement, a fine and a reduction in rank. But Chamblin had his conviction thrown out in 2017 after a court found that a top general had exerted improper influence in pushing his case. Capt. James Clement was forcibly discharged after the incident, while Staff Sgt. Edward Deptola pleaded guilty to several charges in 2013 and admitted that he also posed for photos next to the corpses. Deptola was demoted one rank as a punishment.

A fourth Marine, Sgt. Robert Richards, pleaded guilty to a pair of charges in a 2013 court-martial before receiving medical retirement. He died in 2014 of an accidental overdose of prescription painkillers, and his lawyer has since sought for his record to be wiped clean via presidential pardon.