Thursday Open Thread

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109 Responses to Thursday Open Thread

  1. rikyrah says:

    Is it bad that I already thought he had died?

    RIP, Sir.😪😪😪

  2. rikyrah says:

    Which is why we don’t need to waste any time on them 😠😠

  3. rikyrah says:

    Royal Power Brokers and The Winds of Change

    The winds of change are ruffling the feathers of royal reporters, courtesy of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

    Few of us get to know the royal family in person; we get what we know about them from the media. Royal reporters and headline writers influence and even control, their public narrative. But with the birth of the Sussexes’ first child, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, the public has seen the clear signal being sent to the press: change is already here.

    Yes, there’s a new royal couple in town and they’re telling reporters that their tactics are no longer working.


    But whereas most of the royal courtiers’ work is done outside public view, the stories by reporters they also depend on – and have been known to manipulate – are very public. It’s in those public expressions that we can best see the change.

    They’ve had it coming, of course, both the courtiers who leaked developments or shared fact-free, damaging rumours about the Sussexes, and the royal reporters who have lapped up those whispers, added to them, and embroidered them for their readers.


    But no-one could predict that Prince Harry, son of Charles and Diana, sixth in line to the throne, would fall in love with an American actress, a woman of mixed race and a divorcee.

    After that, all hell broke loose in certain British media.


    With the birth of Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, the first child of the Sussexes, we’ve seen both reporters and their palace sources get their comeuppance in spectacular style.

    Left out of the big story of the royal birth. Left out of the photocall, a big money-maker for the media. Left out of even the tiniest details about the birth.

    Even “some senior royals”, according to news reports, didn’t know that Meghan had gone into labour till it was announced – hours after the baby’s birth. And royal reporters, bereft of the leaks and rumours from their “palace sources”, were left completely in the dark.

    When the news was announced, it didn’t come through the secret pipeline between courtiers and reporters. It came from Buckingham Palace and SussexRoyal – the Sussexes’ new Instagram account, their preferred method of communicating directly with their supporters. (It has more than 7 million followers as I write, with many more joining hourly.)

    The details were sparse, with royal reporters unable to add any information. Even the usual speculative commentary – a trademark of royal reporting and “experts” – felt lame. Someone was controlling this narrative and it wasn’t the media.


    Newsworthy also, and ironic, was this detail: the only person allowed to interview the couple among this virtually all-white, privileged class of British royal reporters was Alan Jones, a largely unknown royal correspondent with the Press Association and — even more surprising — is Black.

    Jones delighted viewers when he later described the experience of interviewing Harry just hours after the birth. You could sense both the reporter’s confidence and humility, sense that he was still marveling at the great privilege of being the chosen one. No appearance of entitlement here, no allusion to being an authority on the Sussexes.

    The Sussexes had announced their terms weeks earlier. Access to them and their baby, they said, would be restricted to one still photographer a few days after the birth. That photographer would feed the pictures to the media. Similarly, they agreed to be interviewed by one reporter.

  4. Liza says:

    Truth. They think they can stop WOMEN from having sex outside of marriage.

  5. rikyrah says:

    Da phuq 😡 😡

    The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) Tweeted:
    Investigation: In 2018, the University of Maryland became the epicenter of an outbreak of adenovirus, which can have symptoms similar to the cold or flu.

    The school waited 18 days to inform the campus. That decision left vulnerable students in the dark.

  6. rikyrah says:

    Touting conspiracy theory, Trump unveils provocative new site
    05/16/19 10:21 AM—UPDATED 05/16/19 10:26 AM
    By Steve Benen


    History isn’t repeating itself, but it is rhyming.

    The Trump administration escalated its conflict with the tech industry on Wednesday, unveiling a website that asks people who think their viewpoints have been censored by social media platforms to share their stories – and their contact information.

    President Trump, who seems to relish little more than a tweet storm, has repeatedly attacked Google, Facebook and Twitter for what he alleges is their bias against and suppression of conservative users. The companies have repeatedly denied those accusations.

    The website published by the White House on Wednesday took those complaints to a new level, marrying the president’s online grievances to a data-gathering operation that could help him mobilize potential supporters during his re-election campaign.

    Trump’s bizarre conspiracy theories about tech platforms, alas, are not new. The president has never been able to substantiate any of his claims – many of which appear to be based on confusion about how the platforms work – but he and other Republican leaders have convinced many conservatives that they’re victims of rascally liberals at Google, Facebook, and Twitter, who secretly want to keep the right down.

  7. Yes he will. They’ll choose white over right every time.

  8. rikyrah says:

    Republicans aim to flip Roe v. Wade with new Alabama abortion law
    Rachel Maddow reports on the absurd extremity of Alabama’s new abortion law, and talks with Dahlia Lithwick, senior editor and legal correspondent at Slate, about whether Republicans are correct to think legal challenges to abortion bans will lead to the Trump-era Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade.

    • majiir says:

      No one in the pic has a vagina or a uterus, but it didn’t stop them from pretending to be gynecologists/obstetricians. I am thoroughly sick of this sh*t.

  9. WTF is Bill De Blasio doing?

  10. rikyrah says:

    One more day to John Wick 3!!! :)

  11. rikyrah says:


    But, we were just scaring you by mentioning the Courts in 2016😒😒

  12. rikyrah says:

    Wouldn’t be upset one little bit😒

  13. rikyrah says:

    Zerlina Maxwell (@ZerlinaMaxwell) Tweeted:
    Every time a white democrat says “we have to reach out to Trump voters” I wonder if they know that BLACK PEOPLE CAN HEAR THEM

    Ok I’ll stop now.

  14. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone 😄😄😄

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