“Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.'” — Isaac Asimov
August 8, 2017, FULL EPISODE of VICE News Tonight on HBO. VICE News sits down with Katie Schmid, a transgender soldier, about the confusion surrounding the military’s trans ban.Trump responds to North Korea as the threat of nuclear attack looms.A 2010 law banning Mexican American Studies courses in Arizona goes to trial. VICE News talks to students, teachers and proponents of the law on the eve of a federal court ruling that may overturn it.
MoviePass CEO Mitch Lowe explains how his movie ticket tech really works — without relying on partnerships with big theaters.
Mitch Lowe knows a thing or two about selling movies. Ever heard of Netflix or Redbox? He spent over a decade growing their DVD businesses big enough to put Blockbuster in its grave.
Now, he’s helming a company with an even more outrageous idea: $10 a month for all the movie tickets you want. For that flat fee, you get one movie ticket per day for any movie in practically any US theater, the company announced Tuesday.
How can his company, MoviePass, afford all those tickets? Is MoviePass a scam?
Those were the thoughts going through my head after AMC, the nation’s largest theater chain, issued a press release Tuesday proclaiming that MoviePass isn’t welcome at any of its 8,000-plus locations — a sizable chunk of the 36,000 screens Lowe’s company claimed were already part of MoviePass’ “Theater Network.”
According to Lowe, who spoke to us Tuesday evening, the truth is even wilder. MoviePass doesn’t actually have partnerships with major theaters, or much of a relationship at all.
Instead, it has a patented technology that makes a MoviePass practically indistinguishable from a credit card — and very hard to block. And if they figure out a way, says Lowe, he’ll make it even harder.
Here’s an edited transcript of our interview.
(The big four US theater chains — AMC, Regal, Cinemark and Cineplex — didn’t respond to requests for comment.)
AMC says it’s looking at ways to block MoviePass, but why would AMC need to block it? How does your system work?
Lowe: Essentially, it’s a Mastercard. We send a Mastercard credit card to our subscribers.
Our patent is kind of a remote, GPS-driven credit card authorization technology. Essentially what we do is tie a credit card to the unique ID in your phone. You pick the movie, the theater and the showtime, and when you get within 100 yards of the theater with your phone, you check in.
Since your bank knows exactly the credit card ID of the machines at the theater, within two seconds, it makes that credit card work — but only at those machines, for only about 30 minutes and only for the amount the ticket costs.
DECATUR, Alabama — Several Alabama voters blame President Barack Obama for the white supremacist violence in Charlottesville this weekend because, they say, he sowed division in American politics.
Attendees at a rally for Rep. Mo Brooks, a conservative House Republican running for Senate, in Decatur on Monday said they were confident that philanthropist George Soros was bankrolling both sides of this weekend’s violent clashes.
And on conservative Alabama talk radio, Black Lives Matter activists quickly emerged as a top culprit in the bloodshed. Callers, citing Facebook posts, claimed that BLM protesters had thrown bricks at the car that then hit and killed Heather Heyer.
“There’s a lot of wrong on both sides, and unfortunately all the liberal media talks about is the wrong on one side,” said Tom Cowles, 61, a retired engineer from a wealthy section of northeast Alabama.
On Tuesday, I talked to a few dozen people at three campaign events for three conservative Senate candidates about Charlottesville. I also listened for three hours to 101.1 FM Yellowhammer News, a conservative talk radio station in Alabama. While nearly all decried the acts of violence and said they rejected white hate groups, the Alabama conservatives also blamed the mainstream media for ignoring the violence of the left, argued that the Ku Klux Klan was originally an organization of the left, and complained about Black Lives Matter.
I recorded our conversations; the transcripts of their answers are below.
IF YOU ASK Steve Bannon how he got the idea that Muslims in the Middle East are a civilizational threat to America, he will say that his eyes were first opened when he served on a Navy destroyer in the Arabian Sea. At least that’s what he told the journalist Joshua Green, whose new book about President Donald Trump’s senior counselor is a best-seller.
“It was not hard to see, as a junior officer, sitting there, that [the threat] was just going to be huge,” Bannon said. He went on:
We’d pull into a place like Karachi, Pakistan – this is 1979, and I’ll never forget it – the British guys came on board, because they still ran the port. The city had 10 million people at the time. We’d get out there, and 8 million of them had to be below the age of fifteen. It was an eye-opener. We’d been other places like the Philippines where there was mass poverty. But it was nothing like the Middle East. It was just a complete eye-opener. It was the other end of the earth.
That’s Bannon’s version. There are a few problems with it, however.
The port of Karachi was not run by the British in 1979. Karachi, which is the commercial hub of Pakistan, had a population that was well short of 10 million (it was about half that) and is not usually considered part of the Middle East. But the biggest problem is that the destroyer Bannon served on, the USS Paul F. Foster, never visited Karachi while Bannon was aboard.
Trump’s response to the Charlottesville white nationalism march caused many business leaders to resign in protest.
President Donald Trump tweeted that he is disbanding two business advisory group after a several members of the group, mostly top CEOs, resigned one by one after Trump’s weak initial response to the Charlottesville white nationalism march and his subsequent press conference insisting that there were two sides to the conflict.
The New York Times reported the business leaders serving on the manufacturing council, as well as the Strategy and Policy Forum — an economic advisory group — were planning to hold a call today to discuss disbanding the group. It’s unclear whether that happened, or whether Trump just shut down the group after the resignations.
The departures from the manufacturing council started with Merck CEO Ken Frazier, who resigned on Monday.
Subsequently, the CEOs of Under Armour, Intel, 3M, and Campbell Soup resigned, as well as both representatives from the AFL-CIO and the president of the Alliance for American Manufacturing.
When artist Damon Davis went to join the protests in Ferguson, Missouri, after police killed Michael Brown in 2014, he found not only anger but also a sense of love for self and community. His documentary “Whose Streets?” tells the story of the protests from the perspective of the activists who showed up to challenge those who use power to spread fear and hate.