National Monuments That Could Soon Be on the Chopping Block – WSJ

POTUS said Wednesday he wanted to stop the “massive federal land grab” of designating national monuments in an executive order signing ceremony.

POTUS signed an executive order Wednesday directing Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to review some national monuments, some designations of which stretch back to the Clinton administration.

Although Bears Ears National Monument, above, is mentioned by name, 23 other monuments also appear to qualify for review.

The Republican congressional delegation from Utah previously asked Mr. Trump to rescind the 1.4 million-acre Bears Ears monument.Former President Barack Obama made the declaration despite some locals’ concerns that traditional industries such as ranching and mining might be restricted on the land.

Each monument that qualifies for review must have been created or expanded upon on or after Jan. 1, 1996, through the Antiquities Act, a 110-year-old law that allows the president to declare certain lands as national monuments.

Under the executive order, the applicable monuments must also cover more than 100,000 acres, or by discretion of the interior secretary have been made “without adequate public outreach.”

Source: National Monuments That Could Soon Be on the Chopping Block – WSJ

Kenyan Filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu Tells Why She Loves Afro Bubble Gum Art And Sci-Fi : Goats and Soda : NPR

When Wanuri Kahiu took to the TED Fellows stage this week in Vancouver, the 36-year-old had on green shoes and a beaded necklace worn like a crown — a hint to her offbeat worldview.

“My mother’s a pediatrician, and when I was young, she’d tell the craziest stories,” Kahiu began. “One of the stories she told was that if you eat a lot of salt, all the blood rushes up to your legs through your body … to the top of your head, killing you instantly! She called it high blood pressure.

“This was my first experience with science fiction.”

She’s gone on to make sci-fi movies. And that’s what brought her to TED. “The hook that caught our attention was science fiction filmmaking in Africa,” says Tom Rielly, director of the Fellows program. “We hadn’t heard about that before.”

And Rielly liked her point of view. Kahiu’s voice is unique on a continent where many of the stories told in film tend to reflect familiar themes of war, poverty and AIDS and that are often funded by aid, grants and foundations, becoming part of an organization’s agenda.

Source: Kenyan Filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu Tells Why She Loves Afro Bubble Gum Art And Sci-Fi : Goats and Soda : NPR

Samantha Bee’s “Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner”: the best and worst moments – Updated by Tanya Pai and Yochi Dreazen Apr 29, 2017, 10:30pm EDT

After months of being slammed by President Donald Trump himself for dealing in “fake news” and being a literal enemy of the American people, the media was honored on Saturday at Samantha Bee’s “Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner” — a love letter of sorts to America’s beleaguered journalists. Or to most of them, anyway.

Bee, the acerbic host of TBS’s Full Frontal, had her event staff wear shirts that said “Free Press,” donated $200,000 in proceeds from the evening to the Committee to Protect Journalists, and gave shoutouts to the staff of small local newspapers like the Flint Journal, which broke the story of the Michigan city’s lead-polluted water.

None of which is to suggest it was an evening of highbrow conversations about the importance of a free press. There was a bit of that, but Bee also took the opportunity to joke that “CNN gives you news like your shitty boyfriend gives you orgasms.”

The entire event — recorded Saturday afternoon to air that night — had a meta vibe. Rather than be the latest in a long line of comedians to needle a president at the actual White House Correspondents’ Dinner (Trump famously skipped this year’s dinner), Bee skewered the entire conceit of the “other” event, with targets including — but definitely not limited to — the president himself.

Some of those targets were predictable. Fox chief Rupert Murdoch was described as a “sentient liver spot”; ousted Fox News chief Roger Ailes and more recently ousted Fox News personality Bill O’Reilly were described as “media titans who were snatched from us far, far too late.”

CNN, by contrast, was both praised and mocked — sometimes in the same joke. Bee did a pretaped segment with Jake Tapper and went out of her way to praise other CNN reporters like Dana Bash and Jim Acosta. Jeff Zucker, CNN’s top executive, wasn’t as lucky, with Bee mocking him for comparing news to sports and filling CNN’s airwaves with so many partisan mouthpieces that it amounted to a “pundit infestation.”

Below are the winners and losers from an at times funny and at times deeply uneven show.

Winner: CNN (the reporters)

Bee did a pretaped segment with Tapper in which he jokingly interrogated her about her agenda for the evening and whether the paltry amount of food she was providing would disqualify it from being called a dinner (more on that below). Bee also went out of her way to praise other CNN reporters, including the aforementioned Bash and Acosta. When it came to Anderson Cooper, arguably the network’s biggest star, Bee said he needed to leave CNN’s filled studios, put on one of his trademark tight black T-shirts, and get back into the field.

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White House Correspondents’ Dinner: ‘We are not the enemy,’ say press corps – Staff and agencies Sunday 30 April 2017 01.13 EDT

In the absence of star guest Donald Trump, the usually celebrity-filled soiree took a more serious turn to focus on defence of journalistic freedom

‘We are not fake news’: absent Trump target of White House Correspondents’ Dinner

The White House press corps has gathered for its annual black-tie dinner, a toned-down affair this year after Donald Trump snubbed the event, becoming the first incumbent US president to bow out in 36 years.

Without Trump, who scheduled a rally instead to mark his 100th day in office, the usually celebrity-filled soiree took a more sober turn, even as it pulled in top journalists and Washington insiders.

Most of Trump’s administration also skipped the event in solidarity with the president, who has repeatedly accused the press of mistreatment. The president used his campaign-style gathering to again lambast the media.

“I could not possibly be more thrilled than to be more than 100 miles away,” he told a crowd in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, calling out The New York Times, CNN and MSNBC by name.

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This Year’s May Day Protests Aren’t Just About Labor – BRANDON E. PATTERSON APR. 30, 2017 6:00 AM

Activists of all stripes are teaming up to resist Trump’s policies.

Following the election of Donald Trump, groups affiliated with the Black Lives Matter movement set out to expand their focus beyond criminal justice issues and build partnerships with outside advocacy groups. May Day will be the first big test. On May 1, International Workers’ Day, a coalition of nearly 40 advocacy groups, is holding actions across the nation related to workers’ rights, police brutality and incarceration, immigrants’ rights, environmental justice, indigenous sovereignty, and LGBT issues—and more broadly railing against a Trump agenda organizers say puts them all at risk.

“We understand that it’s going to take all of our movements in order to fight and win right now.”

This massive effort, dubbed Beyond the Movement, is led by a collective of racial-justice groups known as the Movement for Black Lives. Monday’s actions will include protests, marches, and strikes in more than 50 cities, adding to the efforts of the labor organizers who are leading the usual May Day protests.

Beyond the Moment kicked off officially on April 4, the 49th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Beyond Vietnam” speech. In that speech, delivered in New York City in 1967, King addressed what he saw as the connection between the war in Vietnam and the racial and economic oppression of black Americans. Both, King argued, were driven by materialism, racism, and militarization—and he called upon the era’s diverse social movements to work together to resist them. (Exactly one year later, King was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee, where he’d traveled to meet with black sanitation workers organizing for higher wages and better conditions.)

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LAST YEAR, CAPT. Sean Ruddy and his team of operator-soldiers from the US Cyber Brigade entered a Locked Shields, a NATO-organized cyber-defense war game that pits teams from dozens of countries against “live-fire” attacks. It was their first time. And of the 19 countries represented, the US finished dead last. This week, they got their shot at redemption.

Locked Shields challenges participating countries to show off their defensive prowess, rather than offensive firepower. NATO’s Cooperative Cyber Defense Centre of Excellence in Tallinn, Estonia organizes the event, and plays the part of offensive “red teams.” The US and others play as “blue teams,” charged with not just securing the networks of a fictional country, but responding to attendant media and legal issues as well.

“You are in an unfamiliar environment,” says Rain Ottis, who is the NATO CCDCOE Ambassador and head of the neutral “white team.” “There are lots of incidents at the same time and maintaining control of your team in a perfect storm is a significant challenge.”

That makes it a natural fit for the US Cyber Brigade, which defends infrastructure and “terrain” at US military bases: power plants, water treatment systems, air traffic control, and base fuel supplies. That also should drive home just how important it is to make a good showing the second time out.

‘Pure Chaos’

How badly did things go for the US last year? The red team took control of its drone, made it fly in circles until it ran out of fuel, and crashed it into the virtual ocean.

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