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One in Four 2018 Children’s Books in the U.S. Featured a Licensed Property
“Licensing is a crucial segment of the book publishing business, especially where kids are concerned,” said Kristen McLean, books industry analyst for NPD.  “In today’s connected world, kids will follow their favorite characters across many types of media, and in a noisy shopping environment, a familiar character is often an easy pick for both parents and kids looking for the next book purchase.”
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The Despair of Poor White Americans - The Atlantic
Poor white Americans’ current crisis shouldn’t have caught the rest of the country as off guard as it has.
Sometime during the past few years, the country started talking differently about white Americans of modest means. Early in the Obama era, the ennobling language of campaign pundits prevailed. There was much discussion of “white working-class voters,” with whom the Democrats, and especially Barack Obama, were having such trouble connecting. Never mind that this overbroad category of Americans—the exit pollsters’ definition was anyone without a four-year college degree, or more than a third of the electorate—obliterated major differences in geography, ethnicity, and culture. The label served to conjure a vast swath of salt-of-the-earth citizens living and working in the wide-open spaces between the coasts—Sarah Palin’s “real America”—who were dubious of the effete, hifalutin types increasingly dominating the party that had once purported to represent the common man. The “white working class” connoted virtue and integrity. A party losing touch with it was a party unmoored.
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yesterday by rgl7194
There Are Some Intriguing Differences Between The USA And Japan In How Emotions Influence Health – Research Digest
By Emma Young. Cultural attitudes to what is and is not a desirable emotional state, and related behaviours, can influence health, and deserve more attention.
psychology  usa  japan  health  culture 
yesterday by po
The Rise and Fall of an Alt-Right Gladiator - YouTube
He looks angry and macho and yet talks like a gay guy! His wife is illegal immigrant and yet loves trump. He fights with Alt-Right and then fights them back. He says white pride but he has Israel flag and star of David and Mexican wife.
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2 days ago by mlte
Vox Ex Machina - 99% Invisible
99% Invisible is about all the thought that goes into the things we don’t think about — the unnoticed architecture and design that shape our world.

99% Invisible started as a project of KALW public radio and the American Institute of Architects in San Francisco.
usa  culture  technology  society  podcast 
2 days ago by insertrealname
Trump's emergency declaration is unconstitutional – ask his lawyers | Lloyd Green | Opinion | The Guardian
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Trump's emergency declaration is unconstitutional – ask his lawyers
Lloyd Green

When Obama wielded executive power, Jay Sekulow and Noel Francisco cried tyranny

Sat 16 Feb 2019 12.38 GMT First published on Sat 16 Feb 2019 06.00 GMT

Jay Sekulow speaks in 2015. Photograph: Steve Helber/AP

A shutdown averted, a constitutional crisis born. On Friday, Donald Trump declared a national emergency to gain additional funds for his much promised border wall, bypassing Congress and raiding the Pentagon for $3.6bn, already a legally dubious proposition in the eyes of the justice department. So much for Mexico paying.

National emergency: Trump's 'clear abuse of power' faces torrent of lawsuits

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Once upon a time, Trump and his legal minions brayed against unilateral executive actions, calling them tyrannical. Not any more. Barack Obama is out of the White House. Hail Caesar, hello his praetorian.

Take Jay Sekulow, Trump’s personal lawyer. In April 2016, in a brief to the supreme court attacking Obama’s unilateral expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (Daca) program, Sekulow painted Obama as a despot.

Echoing James Madison, founding father and fourth president, Sekulow thundered that the “accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive and judiciary, in the same hands … may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny”. He also compared Obama and his executive order to Harry Truman’s unconstitutional seizure of America’s steel mills during the Korean war.

Earlier this month, Mitch McConnell voiced his opposition to Trump invoking emergency powers. Time flies
According to Sekulow, Truman “violated controlling precedent and abdicated [his] constitutional duty to faithfully execute the law”.

In other words, by expanding Daca without a congressional green light, Obama had committed an impeachable offense.
guardian  usa  politics 
2 days ago by ndf
How the US has hidden its empire | News | The Guardian
The long read

How the US has hidden its empire

The Greater United States as it was in 1941

The United States likes to think of itself as a republic, but it holds territories all over the world – the map you always see doesn’t tell the whole story.

By Daniel Immerwahr

Fri 15 Feb 2019 06.00 GMT Last modified on Fri 15 Feb 2019 13.28 GMT

There aren’t many historical episodes more firmly lodged in the United States’s national memory than the attack on Pearl Harbor. It is one of only a few events that many people in the country can put a date to: 7 December 1941, the “date which will live in infamy,” as Franklin D Roosevelt put it. Hundreds of books have been written about it – the Library of Congress holds more than 350. And Hollywood has made movies, from the critically acclaimed From Here to Eternity, starring Burt Lancaster, to the critically derided Pearl Harbor, starring Ben Affleck.

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But what those films don’t show is what happened next. Nine hours after Japan attacked the territory of Hawaii, another set of Japanese planes came into view over another US territory, the Philippines. As at Pearl Harbor, they dropped their bombs, hitting several air bases, to devastating effect.


How to Hide an Empire: A Short History of the Greater United States by Daniel Immerwahr will be published by Bodley Head on 28 February. Buy it at

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