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Police name suspect in ‘heartbreaking’ Colorado Springs shooting

Police have named a 22-year-old as a suspect in the mass shooting at an LGBT+ nightclub in Colorado Springs on Saturday that left at least five dead and 25 injured.

The shooter identified as Anderson Lee Aldrich was previously arrested in June 2021 after his mother told officers he was threatening her with a pipe bomb and other weapons.

Colorado prosecutors declined to explicitly confirm the link, saying only that the 2021 incident was “all part of the investigation and will be released as appropriate.”

Mr Aldrich stormed inside the nightclub and opened fire on patrons, before “two heroic people inside the club confronted and fought” with him according to chef Adrian Vasquez. He reportedly carried an AR-15 style rifle. Two firearms were recovered from the scene.

Police responded minutes after several 911 calls from the scene just before midnight Saturday, when the club held drag performances and a DJ the day before the club would commemorate Transgender Remembrance Day.


Mike Pence walked away from anti-LGBT figures ahead of Colorado shooting

Former Vice President Mike Pence appeared to take a step back from his party’s far-right stance in an interview recorded just days before the deadly attack at a gay nightclub that has been blamed on a wave growing anti-LGBT hatred.

Mr. Pence was interviewed by Margaret Brennan on CBS’s Face the Nation last week; his remarks were broadcast on Sunday.

During the interview, he was asked about legislation passed by the US Senate this week to protect same-sex marriage rights at the federal level.

Unlike other Tories in his party, Mr Pence appeared to distance himself from the rhetoric adopted by many far-right commentators such as Matt Walsh, Chris Rufo and Tucker Carlson seeking to link LGBT+ Americans to pedophilia .

Olivier O’ConnellNovember 21, 2022 3:00 p.m.


Who were the five people killed in the Colorado Springs shooting?

“I love the people I met at this bar. It’s amazing the support and love I’ve received here…you all saved my life.

That’s how Daniel Aston, a 28-year-old bartender from Club Q in Colorado Springs, described the famous LGBT+ nightclub in a tweet in September.

Here’s what we know so far about the five Colorado Springs shooting victims.

Alisha Rahaman SarkarNovember 21, 2022 2:00 p.m.


Drag Queen shares her horror in Colorado Springs

The drag queen who hosted a show hours before the fatal shooting at an LGBT+ nightclub in Colorado Springs shared her horror at witnessing the attack.

The entertainer took to Twitter early Sunday morning to express his shock. “Never thought this would happen to me and my bar,” Del Lusional wrote in a tweet.

“I don’t know what to do with myself. I can’t help but hear the gunshots.

Alisha Rahaman SarkarNovember 21, 2022 1:00 p.m.


Lauren Boebert sentenced for responding to shooting

Colorado Conservative Congresswoman Lauren Boebert faced backlash for her statement of concern in response to the shooting at a gay nightclub when Twitter users accused her of trafficking the same hate that has been blamed for the attack.

Ms Boebert tweeted after an overnight shooting at Club Q in Colorado Springs that “the news from Colorado Springs is absolutely horrible. This morning, the victims and their families are in my prayers.

She added, “This lawless violence must stop and end quickly.”

Twitter users were quick to note that Ms Boebert was deeply entrenched in the resurgence of right-wing hatred against the LGBT+ community.

Alisha Rahaman Sarkar21 November 2022 12:00


Suspect Escaped Colorado’s Red Flag Gun Law

Anderson Lee Aldrich, a shooting suspect at a Colorado gay club, allegedly threatened his mother with a pipe bomb, forcing neighbors in surrounding homes to evacuate while the bomb squad and crisis negotiators persuaded him to surrender.

Despite the fear, there is no record that prosecutors ever moved forward with kidnapping and threatening charges against Mr. Aldrich, or that police or relatives tried to trigger the “red flag” law of the Colorado that would have allowed authorities to seize the weapons.

Gun control advocates say Mr. Aldrich’s June 2021 threat is an example of red flag legislation being ignored, with potentially deadly consequences.

Alisha Rahaman Sarkar21 November 2022 11:00


Why Some LGBT+ Americans Take Guns

How can the LGBT+ community defend itself against a growing wave of hate?

It’s the question that will now be foremost on the minds of many LGBT+ people after the Colorado Springs shooting, which comes after a year of bomb threats, harassment, alleged murder plots, arson attacks and calls for violence by far-right extremists.

For some, the answer is simple: fight guns with guns.

As The Independent reported earlier this year, some LGBT+ people have already started acquiring or learning to use firearms in order to protect themselves in the current political climate.

A similar thing happened in 2016 after the Pulse massacre, in which 49 people were killed and 53 injured at a gay nightclub in Florida.

“It was in many ways our 9/11 moment,” said one trans guns advocate. The Independent. “We were just as much in danger on September 10 as we were on September 11; the big difference was that on September 11 we knew it now.”

Io DoddsNovember 21, 2022 9:59 a.m.


LGBT+ people have issued warnings of rising violence

Although we do not yet know the motive for this attack, calls for violence against LGBT+ people have grown steadily in far-right communities throughout this year.

In particular, paranoia over transgender rights has become a key fixation for QAnon and similar extremist movements, as I reported in detail in June. In some cases, Republican politicians have joined in violent rhetoric.

“I am extremely concerned that LGBTQ people are being murdered,” said Ari Drennen, who monitors anti-LGBT+ hate movements for the left-leaning think tank Media Matters for America.

“I see more and more signs of targeted eradication. We’re already starting to see signs of pogroms,” said Lee Leveille of transgender advocacy group Health Liberation Now.

So it may not be a coincidence that Saturday night’s attack came minutes before the start of Transgender Memorial Day, which is celebrated on November 20 each year to commemorate murdered trans people. .

Io DoddsNovember 21, 2022 9:05 a.m.


What about Colorado’s “red flag” law?

Colorado has gun laws that are supposed to prevent dangerous people from buying guns. Could they have stopped this shooting?

The state of the Rockies mandates background checks on all gun sales, restricts gun ownership to certain people convicted of domestic violence, and a red flag law that allows judges to seize guns at fire of people deemed dangerous.

A man of the same name and age as the suspect, Anderson Lee Aldrich, was arrested last June for making bomb threats against his mother, which in theory could trigger one of these laws. But the authorities dropped the case for an unknown reason.

The Red Flag Act, which went into effect Jan. 1, 2020, allows citizens and police to ask a judge to grant an “extreme risk protection order” against a gun owner they deem dangerous, forcing them to surrender their weapons for between 14 days and a year.

But a survey of KUSA News found that only 60% of such requests are accepted, a figure that drops to 32% when they are filed by citizens rather than by the police.

Additionally, El Paso County – where Mr Aldrich was arrested last year – declared itself a “Second Amendment sanctuary” and said it would not enforce the red flag law unless a crime is involved.

It is not yet known how the shooter obtained his weapons.

Io DoddsNovember 21, 2022 07:55


Instagram page “Anderson Lee Aldrich” is offline

A instagram Anderson Lee Aldrich’s name page has been removed, either by its owner or by the company itself.

When seen by The Independent On Sunday afternoon, the account had a picture of a semi-automatic pistol as its profile picture and a bio that read, “All about the 2nd Amendment….if you don’t like what I have to say , so f*** to stop.”

He had no photos of his own, but had been tagged by another account in photos featuring an unknown young man wearing a balaclava.

An Instagram account under the name Anderson Lee Aldrich

(Account holder via Instagram)

Screenshots shared on Facebook showed the account with a picture of a burning LGBT+ Pride flag, but The Independent was unable to verify whether such a post existed.

We asked Instagram’s parent company, Meta, for comment.

Io DoddsNovember 21, 2022 06:48


ICYMI: Joe Biden renews call for assault weapons ban after ‘senseless’ Colorado Springs shooting

President Joe Biden has reiterated his belief that America must reinstate an assault weapons ban after an AR-15 was again used in a mass shooting.

The president released a statement on Sunday calling the violence “senseless” and adding that while police had yet to officially name the motive for the suspect’s rampage, it was clear that LGBT+ establishments and individual Americans were facing a renewed wave of hatred from afar. right.

“Places that are meant to be safe spaces of acceptance and celebration should never be turned into places of terror and violence,” he said. “Yet it happens far too often. We must challenge the inequalities that contribute to violence against LGBTQI+ people. We cannot and must not tolerate hatred.

Alex WoodwardNovember 21, 2022 06:03

Hershey scores in 2nd OT for State Final win over Springfield Township – PA Prep Live https://movsoc.org/hershey-scores-in-2nd-ot-for-state-final-win-over-springfield-township-pa-prep-live/ Sat, 19 Nov 2022 07:05:57 +0000 https://movsoc.org/hershey-scores-in-2nd-ot-for-state-final-win-over-springfield-township-pa-prep-live/ > Springfield Township threw everything they could offensively against Hershey on Friday night, producing plenty of scoring chances and plenty of shots on the net, only to be kept off the scoreboard time and time again. On the other hand, Hershey sat back and looked to counterattack. This strategy finally paid off once. And …]]>

MECHANICSBURG >> Springfield Township threw everything they could offensively against Hershey on Friday night, producing plenty of scoring chances and plenty of shots on the net, only to be kept off the scoreboard time and time again.

On the other hand, Hershey sat back and looked to counterattack. This strategy finally paid off once. And in this case, once was enough when Ian McGrorty scored with 11:41 left in second overtime – the 109th minute of the game at Eagle View Middle School – to give Hershey a 1-0 victory and the football championship. male PIAA Class 3A. .

Hannes Budde made nine saves for Hershey (22-3), preventing the Spartans (21-4) from adding a first state title to a long list of firsts achieved this season.

“Every player made a contribution, whether it was a minute or five minutes,” Trojan junior McGrorty said. “I’m so proud of the guys.”

“We took some great shots,” said Spartan senior captain Schmidt. “We did our best.”

District 1 champion Springfield had Hershey – the District 3 winner – on their heels for most of the first half. Budde made a save on a shot and a rebound try hit the left post with 13 minutes left, starting a long period of pressure applied by the Spartans. Then Budde stopped a hard shot from a deflection a few minutes later and made a diving save on a free kick around a wall from Nick Hanushchak with a minute left before intermission.

Springfield nearly won it midway through the first extra session when Ben Hubley passed Riley Martin for a left wing shot, but Budde was up to the task again.

Finally, McGrorty brought the ball out of the backfield on a counter attack and passed it to Niklas Budde, who passed it to the sideline. Meanwhile, McGrorty continued towards goal and was in the right place at the right time and hit the game-winner after a keeper save and deflection in front of the net.

“I just got the diversion,” McGrorty said. “We dug deep. It’s the least we can say.

“They packed it all up and fought back and it worked for them,” Spartan coach Dan Meder said. “Their goalkeeper made good saves.

Springfield found themselves with a 7-3 advantage in corner kicks after neither team had any in the first half. Spartan keeper Julian Casabon-Aznar made four saves.

“I think we just kept possession as a team,” Schmidt said of his team’s ball control. “We had good overtaking, the speech was clear. We had the beatings. We had to follow and finish.

Hershey had won a similar game in the semi-finals, 2-0 against Cathedral Prep.

“As the coach (Andrew Maya) said after our last game, we wanted to make it boring,” McGrorty said. “We changed our training a bit, but everyone bought in. And we kind of just sat down. We have an excellent goalkeeper. »

The Spartans had scored 11 goals in three state games — including a 2-1 semifinal win over Phoenixville — as they frequently took advantage of their offensive opportunities.

“That’s what we’ve been doing all season,” Meder said. “We capitalized on them.”

“We started from scratch,” Schmidt said. “We went on a 12-game winning streak, beat some big schools. We won the league (Suburban One Freedom Division) for the first time and the districts for the first time in school history. Made state support for the first time. We have come this far. We made history. It was an honor to be captain of this team. »

Meder believes his players will realize what they have achieved when Friday’s disappointment wears off.

“When we look back on this incredible season in a few weeks,” he said. “We had never won the league or the districts or reached the states. They changed all that and played very well in the final. It just didn’t work our way.

Hershey 1, Springfield Township 0 (2OT)
Township of Springfield 0 0 0 0 – 0
Hershey 0 0 0 1 – 1
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H-Ian McGrorty
Stops: ST-4 (Julian Casabon-Aznar), H-9 (Hannes Budde)
Corner Kicks: ST-7, H-4


French MPs Mull ban bullfighting https://movsoc.org/french-mps-mull-ban-bullfighting/ Wed, 16 Nov 2022 05:42:31 +0000 https://movsoc.org/french-mps-mull-ban-bullfighting/

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MSNBC cuts ties with host Tiffany Cross https://movsoc.org/msnbc-cuts-ties-with-host-tiffany-cross/ Fri, 04 Nov 2022 23:09:13 +0000 https://movsoc.org/msnbc-cuts-ties-with-host-tiffany-cross/


MSNBC has severed ties with Tiffany Cross, an outspoken weekend host who has made race and core black community issues a focus of her coverage and commentary.

The network canceled its nearly two-year-old show, “The Cross Connection,” and let its contract expire, according to three people who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive negotiations between the former host and MSNBC. A spokesperson for the network declined to comment.

Cross, who previously served as DC’s bureau chief for BET Networks, had made inflammatory comments on the air that made her a target of right-wing criticism.

Most recently, Cross appeared as a guest on Charlamagne tha God’s Comedy Central, where the host asked his guest panelists which state the Democrats could afford to lose in the upcoming midterm elections. Cross casually suggested Florida, using a vulgarity to describe the shape of the state and adding, “Castle Florida.”

But MSNBC’s decision to cancel his show was unrelated to any statements, these people said. Cross did not immediately respond to a request for comment. MSNBC president Rashida Jones was deeply involved in the decision to cut ties with Cross, two such people said.

Over the summer, when Alyssa Farah Griffin — a former Trump White House communications aide who has since condemned the former president for inciting the Jan. 6, 2021 riot — was a finalist for a post as co-host on “The View,” Cross called her a “deceptive Trump loyalist” who “quickly turned into an opportunist after voluntarily taking jobs in the Trump administration” and said she “has rode his wave of open xenophobia and racism to network television”.

In October, Cross also called Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas “Justice Pubic Hair on My Coke Can” — a reference to a detail of Anita Hill’s sexual harassment complaint against Thomas that she aired during his Senate confirmation hearings 31 years ago.

Conservative podcaster Megyn Kelly responded by calling Cross “the most racist person on television.” Cross in turn called Kelly “the blackface expert,” a reference to Kelly’s own on-air controversy, when she championed blackface as a Halloween costume during a stint as a host. NBC morning show.

Tucker Carlson, Fox News‘ most popular prime-time host, devoted an opening monologue to Cross, suggesting his commentary on racism was likely to foment an anti-white movement akin to the Rwandan genocide.

The cancellation of Cross’ show sparked outrage in some left-leaning circles. “Tucker Carlson recently hit out at Tiffany Cross and accuses her of fueling a ‘race war.’ tweeted Wajahat Aliliberal columnist for the Daily Beast.

Cross’ production staff, who also work the comparable Sunday morning timeslot for “The Sunday Show with Jonathan Capehart,” will remain employed by the network and continue to work the same hours. For now, Cross’s show will be covered by a rotating group of hosts. Possible long-term replacements have not been determined.

]]> Why the violence against political leaders like Nancy Pelosi is escalating https://movsoc.org/why-the-violence-against-political-leaders-like-nancy-pelosi-is-escalating/ Sat, 29 Oct 2022 22:54:08 +0000 https://movsoc.org/why-the-violence-against-political-leaders-like-nancy-pelosi-is-escalating/

The attacker who broke into President Nancy Pelosi’s home on Friday and fractured her husband’s skull is just the latest in an era of escalating political violence, largely driven by violence from the far right.

Ahead of the 2020 elections, there was growing concern about political violence perpetrated by the far right, fears that multiplied after January 6. Since then, members of Congress, judges and other public officials have faced pointed threats of violence, often from those espousing extremist ideologies.

The Pelosi attacker has subscribed to such beliefs, blogging about anti-Semitism, anti-Democratic and pro-Trump musings, pedophilia conspiracy theories and anti-white racism, as reported by the New York Times.

This line of thinking, and the way it is disseminated, are key elements of what has changed about political violence in recent years. The proliferation of social media — and its use by former President Donald Trump, his cronies, and those with far-right, extremist views — has deepened the existing polarization. In part, that’s because constant contact with extremist messages on these platforms can make individuals more likely to justify immoral actions, according to research by Nathan Kalmoe and Lilliana Mason.

All of this has contributed to the resurgence of violent threats against political leaders.

Threats against political leaders are on the rise

Threats of political violence have increased tenfold in the five years since Trump’s election, with 9,625 incidents documented in 2021, The New York Times reported. Members and election officials from both parties have reported an increase in violent threats and incidents from people who identify as Republicans and Democrats. Congressional lawmakers, in particular, have expressed concern about their safety.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if a senator or a member of the House were killed,” Susan Collins (R-ME) told The New York Times. “What started with abusive phone calls is now translating into active threats of violence and actual violence.”

In a May 2021 report, Capitol Police said federal lawmakers experienced a 107% increase in threats compared to 2020. Those threats were particularly pointed in the wake of the Jan. 6 insurrection, when rioters – some with zip ties, weapons and intentions to kidnap or kill politicians – sought lawmakers. Pelosi was a particular target, with the insurgents calling, “Where are you, Nancy?

The attack on Pelosi’s home is one of the most recent attacks on Democrats and Democratic values, but it’s certainly not the only example. There are other disturbing incidents, like the plot to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer in 2020 over the state’s Covid-19 protocols and the series of homemade explosives that Trump fan Cesar Sayoc has sent to prominent Democrats ahead of the 2018 midterm elections. On Friday, Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) thanked federal law enforcement for thwarting recent threats to his security.

A key source of this vitriol is the demonization of his political opponents. This makes people already predisposed to this type of behavior more likely to act, according to research on political violence by Nathan Kalmoe, associate professor of political communication at Louisiana State University, and Lilliana Mason, associate professor of political science at Louisiana State University. SNF Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins University. .

But all things being equal, there’s a reason why politically motivated violence has escalated in recent years and why it’s commonly associated with the right, as Vox’s Zack Beauchamp pointed out last year. :

Sustained campaigns of political violence do not occur in a vacuum; they only become plausible when societies are torn by deep and serious divisions. The GOP’s willingness to play with rhetorical fire — stoking racial resentment, delegitimizing the Democratic Party and the democratic process, and even indulging in naked appeals to violent fantasies — has created an environment that can encourage the splintering of the right-wing violence. This is already doing concrete damage to our democracy: Several Republican lawmakers have said they would have supported [Trump’s] indictment if it did not pose a threat to the life of their family.

The coming weeks present a particular potential for violence: violence tends to increase around elections as they represent an intense competition for status and leadership. This is especially the case when the two sides in the contest have differing views that have been inflamed in the culture war.

“I think we should expect things to get worse, both before and after the midterm elections,” Mason told Vox.

Right-wing rhetoric legitimizes political violence

In the 1970s, leftist groups committed much of the politically motivated violence. Groups like the Weather Underground have attacked State Department headquarters, the Pentagon, and the United States Capitol.

While there have been some notable incidents of left-wing political violence in recent years — like the California man arrested in June after traveling to Maryland to kill Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, and the man who shot and seriously injured Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) — left-wing terror declined dramatically in the 1980s. In the 1990s, the frequency and lethality of right-wing, separatist and anti-abortion terror declined increased, a trend that has continued.

According to a 2020 briefing from the Center for Strategic and International Studies, as well as multiple other sources, far-right terrorism is currently the most significant ideological threat in the United States. As Beauchamp has reported, the kind of violence we see today, planned or perpetrated by groups like the Oath Keepers, the Three Percenters, the Proud Boys and the January 6 Rioters, is different from the terrorist attacks of decades previous ones.

If there were to be a sustained 1970s-style terrorist campaign by these militants, the results would likely be deadlier. According to UMD-START, although there were about eight times more terrorist attacks in the 1970s than between 2010 and 2016, this disparity is not reflected in the deaths (172 against 140). This is partly the result of the tactical choices of 1970s militants themselves, some of whom preferred token bombings of unoccupied buildings to actual killings.

As Mason told Vox, his research shows that people who identify as Democrats or Republicans show roughly the same levels of tolerance for violence to bring about a political end.

“These are ordinary people in ordinary communities,” she said. They won’t necessarily commit violence, but even endorsement of potential violence indicates a shift in global norms – including a growing sense that political violence is not immoral or unjustifiable.

Mason and Kalmoe found a way to end violence through “leadership rhetoric” – that if a trusted leader says the violence must stop, those prone to violence listen. Right-wing leaders, however, are less likely to speak out.

“Even with the Paul Pelosi situation,” Mason told Vox, “They say, ‘This is terrible,’ but no one says, ‘Violence is never okay. Republican leaders aren’t condemning violence as a tactic, they’re just saying, “Sorry, Paul got hurt.”

Even leaders who use ambiguous violent rhetoric—a refusal to denounce violence or coded language that does not explicitly advocate violence but subtly suggests it—influence people to pursue violent tactics for political gain. Kurt Braddock, assistant professor of public communication at American University, explained this on Twitter in May. This results in what he calls stochastic terrorism, or violent events that are not individually predictable, but occur reliably due to seeding by a trusted leader.

In Mason’s view, this type of violence goes in cycles — it’s a backlash to the progress American society has made on critical social issues like race and gender. However, just because there are patterns of progress and violence does not mean that they happen naturally and that American politics will eventually rebound. The end of these patterns will depend on whether and how Americans decide to participate in democratic institutions – or whether we can even come to understand what democracy is.

“We’ve kind of lost touch with what’s legitimate” in a democracy, Mason said. “The fact that we don’t have the same standards of democratic legitimacy between the two parties means that no rational conversation can take place if there is a dispute over the outcome.”

Exclusive: Two in five U.S. voters worry about election intimidation -Reuters/Ipsos https://movsoc.org/exclusive-two-in-five-u-s-voters-worry-about-election-intimidation-reuters-ipsos/ Wed, 26 Oct 2022 11:13:00 +0000 https://movsoc.org/exclusive-two-in-five-u-s-voters-worry-about-election-intimidation-reuters-ipsos/

WASHINGTON, Oct 26 (Reuters) – Two in five U.S. voters say they are worried about threats of violence or voter intimidation at polling places during the midterm elections, according to a new Reuters/Ipsos poll.

So far, no violence has been reported at early voting centers or ballot drop-off locations ahead of the Nov. 8 election, when Republicans are favored to take control of the state House of Representatives. States and possibly the Senate.

But officials in Arizona, a key battleground, have already asked the federal government to investigate a case of possible voter intimidation, after people voting were visibly filmed and followed. An official complaint noted that self-appointed comptrollers called voters “mules”, a reference to a conspiracy theory popularized by supporters of former President Donald Trump’s false claim that his 2020 defeat was the result of widespread fraud.

The Reuters/Ipsos poll, completed on Monday, also found that two-thirds of registered voters fear extremists will commit post-election violence if they are unhappy with the outcome.

The results illustrate what some observers have said is growing evidence of a lack of faith in the country’s democratic institutions, after decades of deepening partisanship.

Former Pennsylvania election official Kathy Boockvar said fears of voter intimidation and violence run counter to American tradition.

“Our country is built on democracy. We should be excited about Election Day,” said Boockvar, a member of the bipartisan Committee for Safe and Secure Elections.

Mistrust between America’s two political camps has grown over the past half-century, with bipartisan legislation becoming rarer and a growing share of parents saying they would be unhappy if their child married someone from the other party. Politics.

Among registered voters polled by Reuters/Ipsos, 43% were concerned about threats of violence or intimidation of voters when voting in person. Fear was most pronounced among Democratic voters, 51% of whom said they worried about the violence, although a still large share of Republicans – 38% – harbored the same concerns.

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About a fifth of voters — including one in 10 Democrats and one in four Republicans — said they weren’t confident their ballots would be counted correctly.

Inflamed by his false allegations of fraud, thousands of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol on January 6, 2021.

While voter rights advocates accuse far-right groups who believe the allegations of sending poll watchers to intimidate Democratic Party-aligned minority voters, conservative US media highlights left-wing violence, frequently linking Democrats to the riots sparked by the 2020 killing of George Floyd, a black man, by a white police officer in Minneapolis.

About two-thirds of registered voters — 67% — said they feared extremists would commit post-election violence, including about three in four registered Democrats and three in five registered Republicans.

More than 10 million people have already voted in the contests that will shape the rest of Democratic President Joe Biden’s term.

Republican control of either house of Congress would effectively torpedo Biden’s agenda.

About two-thirds of Republicans and one-third of Democrats think voter fraud is a widespread problem, according to the Reuters/Ipsos poll. Two-thirds of Republicans believe the 2020 presidential election was stolen from Trump.

Trump’s fraud allegations have been dismissed by dozens of US courts, state reviews and several members of his administration. Nonetheless, they have been widely accepted, helping to fuel a cottage industry of poll monitoring tools.

A software application heavily promoted by far-right media organizations allows users to view a map of reported problems at polling stations and anomalies in the vote count. Conservative activists have set up a hotline to collect similar reports.

The Reuters/Ipsos online poll collected responses from 4,413 American adults nationwide and had a credibility interval, a measure of precision, of between 2 and 5 percentage points.

Reporting by Jason Lange and Moira Warburton; Editing by Scott Malone and Rosalba O’Brien

Our standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

Man Utd news LIVE: Chelsea draw REACTION, Varane in potential World Cup injury BLOW – updates https://movsoc.org/man-utd-news-live-chelsea-draw-reaction-varane-in-potential-world-cup-injury-blow-updates/ Sat, 22 Oct 2022 19:45:07 +0000 https://movsoc.org/man-utd-news-live-chelsea-draw-reaction-varane-in-potential-world-cup-injury-blow-updates/

Keane defends Ronaldo

Man Utd legend Roy Keane has defended Cristiano Ronaldo after being sacked by Erik ten Hag for tonight’s clash at Chelsea.

Ronaldo, 37, refused to feature against Tottenham in Wednesday’s 2-0 win and stormed the Old Trafford tunnel with added time remaining before leaving the stadium altogether.

Keane insists Ronaldo’s attitude doesn’t worry him as he claims others ‘have done much worse things’ at United.

Keane said sky sports“Well, obviously the manager made the decision to let him out.

“He is disappointed with Ronaldo [for] not wanting to continue in the 87th [or] 88th minute and the fact that he walked in the tunnel. He is obviously punished for this.

“But I try to see also from the player’s point of view, obviously he’s had enough and I think it’s been smoldering in recent weeks with Ronaldo.

“But I will always try to defend him, I always think he’s a human being, he has flaws, he feels frustrated that he hasn’t had enough opportunities and he’s had enough.

“He walked down the tunnel, I think the players did much worse things at Man Utd. I think it happens, it’s human nature.

“Everyone was talking after the game that they beat Spurs, it was a big win – the best performance in years. Absolute rubbish, Spurs were terrible. Man Utd also managed to beat Spurs the last year at home when I think Ronaldo had a hat-trick.

“So he’s more than capable of stepping onto that pitch and making a difference. But he has to take his punishment, is there a way back for him? I’m not sure.

“I would be more worried if Ronaldo sat on the bench every week laughing his head off and not caring. I think the guy cares.

“I’ve said it before, this game is full of bluffers and he’s definitely not one of them. I think he cares about the club, I think he wants to play, he has to play. World class player , people say he’s not the player he was 10 years ago.

“But he was top scorer last year for Man Utd. He went to Man Utd last year, to a bad Man Utd team – a very bad team – [and] he was still top scorer.”

The opening of Paris+ is hailed as a “Renaissance” for the city’s art market, but it won’t overtake its competitors overnight https://movsoc.org/the-opening-of-paris-is-hailed-as-a-renaissance-for-the-citys-art-market-but-it-wont-overtake-its-competitors-overnight/ Wed, 19 Oct 2022 22:33:47 +0000 https://movsoc.org/the-opening-of-paris-is-hailed-as-a-renaissance-for-the-citys-art-market-but-it-wont-overtake-its-competitors-overnight/

“Renaissance” was a buzzword on the lips of international art that took place this week in the French capital, for the debut of Paris+ by Art Basel. The term applied to the revival of the Parisian art market, with the arrival of a major international competitor on the art fair circuit. IInside the Grand Palais Ephèmère, a temporary structure on the Champ de Mars, which will be used by Paris+ until 2025, while the principal Beaux-Arts masterpiece is being rebuilt, the champagne is flowing afloat and business is done.

But outside, and certainly among the supporters of FIAC, an ousted local fair, which previously occupied the current spot on the calendar, there were references to another period in French history. “Revolution” was in the air, especially as protests closed city boulevards, labor strikes canceled trains and a fuel crisis caused chaos at gas stations.

Some Paris+ exhibitors have even complained about the size of the stands, with the pop-up venue being smaller than the real Grand Palais. But there was plenty of good real estate for prime dealers. Hauser and Wirth, for example, had a prime location right at the entrance, where Princess Eugenie (a gallery employee) held court with collectors.

In another break from the normality of art fairs, luxury fashion brand (and cultural patron) Louis Vuitton had its own stand nearby, serving as a teaser for other fashion collaborations to come in the “more” of the Paris+ brand.

The VIP opening was a busy day from the start, as a large network of collectors, museum groups and curators attracted to the Art Basel brand arrived from 10am. Curators Hans Ulrich Obrist and Beatrix Ruf have been spotted, as have Asian collectors like Hong Kong-based Alan Lo and Taiwan-based Rudy Tseng, as well as Europeans Patrizia and Eugenio Sandretto Re Rebaudengo.

Paris+ by Art Basel 2022. Courtesy of Paris+ by Art Basel

The jostling in the aisles was so great that by midday the carpet at Gagosian’s stand looked a little threadbare, and queues for the champagne lounge and its view of the Eiffel Tower began to become a little too long to bear the wait.

Lots of people were crammed into the fair, but unlike Frieze London a week before, the consensus was that the caliber of attendees remained high. “If I had to sum it up in a formula, I would say that in London it is the socialites, the young people who spend more time in the aisles than in the stall,” Belgian collector Alain Servais told Artnet News. “Here I would say we have the left-wing Parisian intelligentsia, who may have fewer pockets, but who know a lot about art, which means the stands are extremely busy and the aisles less.”

For Parisian gallerist Kamel Mennour, the more international audience was welcome, and he was smiling from ear to ear when we met. He was particularly pleased with the increase in attendance from Americans, who may be more inclined to spend given the favorable dollar exchange rate. “We love Americans,” Mennour said, adding, “Write that down!”

Among the American contingent spotted were not only James Murdoch, majority shareholder of the fair’s parent company, MCH Group, but also LA collector Tracy O’Brien, Andy Warhol Foundation President Joel Wachs, New York collector Carol Server and artistic adviser Sandy Heller, as well as collecting heavyweights Pamela Joyner and Don and Mera Rubell.

The quality of the material on display was aimed at the same quality and many dealers had organized their stands to coincide with the exhibitions of the museums of the capital. Alice Neel and Joan Mitchell, who are the subject of major exhibitions at the Center Pompidou and the Louis Vuitton Foundation respectively, catch the eye at David Zwirner’s bustling booth.

Zwirner, who told Artnet News last week that “no one will remember FIAC” after Paris+, was quick to report $11 million in sales, adding that those are “certainly numbers that we don’t have not been able to reach here in Paris in the past”. The Mitchell on its stand sold for $4.5 million to a private collection, and the gallery also placed a $3 million work by Robert Ryman from a presentation held on the stand. (Pace Gallery’s early sales also included a Robert Ryman, this one a $900,000 oil on panel from 1970.)

Installation view of the Galerie Templon stand at Paris+.

The Templon gallery presented works by Kehinde Wiley, who also exhibits three monumental pieces in the nave of the Musée d’Orsay. The gallery sold a large painting by the artist for $880,000 at the end of the day as well as a sculpture for $275,000, as well as a work by Gérard Garouste, which is enjoying a retrospective at the Center Pompidou, for 95 000 €.. They also sold several works between €140,000 and €200,000 by Michael Ray Charles, who is included in the Quai Branly exhibition “Black Indian”.

We have never seen such excitement,” gallery director Anne-Claudie Coric told Artnet News, adding that the novelty of the new fair has been a big draw, although she underscored the enduring power of Paris as a hub of art. art. “We’re not a small town, we’ve always been an arts capital – the rest of the world just didn’t pay enough attention to it!”

Indeed, it seemed that those present at the fair were in the mood to buy. “We bought !” Proud London collector Paul Ettlinger told Artnet News before the fair opened, adding that he is now the proud owner of a Paul McCarthy wooden sculpture by Hauser and Wirth. The gallery quickly swapped the artwork being sold on the stand for another wooden sculpture by Paul McCarthy, which sold for $575,000 before the end of the day.

Hauser and Wirth, which has announced plans to open its own Paris outpost next year in a 19th-century mansion in the eighth arrondissement, also sold works by George Condo ($2.65 million), Rashid Johnson ($1 million) and Avery Singer ($800,000). Elsewhere, White Cube has sold two new paintings by Tracey Emin for £750,000 and £650,000, among others.

There were many comments that the fair resembled Art Basel, the veteran parent event in Switzerland. If a difference were to be felt, it would be in the pace of sales at the high end (slow). The LGDR gallery consortium booth was packed, with particular buzz around a beautifully hung Alexander Calder mobile, Black disc with flags. AAlthough Amalia Dayan reported “solid interest” from collectors at the opening, there was no movement on the artwork by the end of the first day. Sales made for the gallery included a work by Günther Uecker for $850,000 and a painting by Jenna Gribbon for $100,000.

Another key difference was a more exciting selection of younger galleries, perhaps aided by the inclusion of Paris+ by Celement Delépine, who ran FIAC’s more forward-thinking sister fair, Paris Internationale. The Rubells were shopping in the emerging galleries section, where 16 exhibitors had solo presentations.

Artnet News caught up with them at the Seventeen Gallery, inspecting the works of artist Patrick Goddard, a 20-minute surreal comedy film satirizing racist linguistic tropes, Whoopsie’s Dream (at a price of €17,000). The play was set in an installation thematically linked to the film, resembling model train dioramas (complete with moving trains and overrun by snails) that evoked nostalgic visions of 1960s England (priced at €10,000 ). “It’s the most intriguing thing we’ve seen so far,” Don said, before quickly buying up the entire booth.

Collector and gallery owner Arthur Villepin, who came from Hong Kong, was impressed by the crowds and the fact that Art Basel was able to “create this moment in a difficult market”. We caught up to Marianne Ibrahim’s stand, which was packed, and he pointed out the work of Yukimasa Ida, which he had recently added to his collection. By the end of the day, Ibrahim had also sold his stand, including a work by Raphael Barontini at €60,000, an Amoako Boafo at €375,000 and that of Peter Uka Skate (2022) for $95,000.

Installation view, Hauser & Wirth at Paris+ by Art Basel 2022. Courtesy the artists / estates and Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Fabrice Gousset.

Despite the smiles all around and the comparisons to Art Basel, the sales reported on the first day didn’t quite bear the comparison. While Zwirner’s $4.5 million high certainly beat the highest first-day sale at FIAC last year, it hasn’t touched its high of $6 million hit last week at Frieze London, nor came close to fetching $12.5 million for a work by Felix Gonzalez-Torres. at Art Basel in June. Hauser and Wirth’s $2.65 condo sale also fell short of the $4.8 million announced by Guston in Frieze (or the $40 million that Bourgeois placed in Basel). At the Thaddaeus Ropac Gallery, conversations around the most valuable works on the stand were still going on at the end of the first day.

A skeptic might read signs of broader economic turmoil entering the walls of the art fair. Art consultant Mattia Pozzoni warned that the market could feel more pain after the November sales in New York, and New York consultant Nazy Nahand said she was already experiencing concerns among her clients, who had started to hesitate before making big purchases.

But slowing sales, particularly at the high end, have always been a theme in Paris, with some collectors pointing out how left it’s buying work on the stand without talking about it at length beforehand. Collectors generally took their time at FIAC in the past, and some fair attendees pointed out that simply changing a fair’s name would not change the approach of a city’s collector base of the day. on the next day.

For market veteran Simon de Pury, the fair was a good first attempt, which demonstrated a promising start for Art Basel in Paris. “It is clear that this is going to become the fair that could possibly be on the same level, or of a similar level, to Art Basel in Basel, and so in a way it is great to have Art Basel at the first semester and Art Basel Paris in the second half of the year,” he said. “And when they come back to the Grand Palais, I think it’s going to be even better because of the decor, which will be even more spectacular. “

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On Friday, two young climate activists threw a can of tomato soup at the protective glass of Van Gogh’s famous “Sunflowers” painting, and the video of their protest instantly went viral, sparking widespread condemnation and outrage.

The painting was completely unscathed (only the frame was damaged by the waterfall), but the visceral impact of seeing a priceless work of art splattered with soup was meant to draw outrage and media attention. In a statement, one of the activists, Phoebe Plummer, said:

“Is art worth more than life? More than food? More than justice? a can of soup. Meanwhile, crops fail and people die in overfed monsoons, massive wildfires and endless droughts caused by climate breakdown. We cannot afford new oil and gas, it will take everything. We will look back and mourn all we have lost if we don’t act immediately.”

The protesters are right; Climatologists have been warning humanity for decades of the apocalyptic consequences of continuing on our current path. Of course, Van Gogh’s “sunflowers” are a unique and priceless work of art, and if it’s damaged there’s no replacement – but why isn’t Earth’s ecosystem treated? with the same level of deference?

Social media lit up with anger at the protesters, as media pundits, culture warriors and progressives briefly united, in a rare show of solidarity, to condemn the protesters, accusing them of ” alienate” the public and harm the environmental movement.

Michael Mechanic, editor of Mother Jones tweeted“They sure know how to get attention. And while their passion is admirable, their tactics are repugnant.”

YouTube celebrity chef Jerry James Stone tweeted: “What an awful way to express an important cause. This is beyond stupidity, immaturity and alienation. Grow the f**k.”

While only the staunchest climate change deniers would disagree with the activist’s message, many saw the waterfall optics as flawed, potentially causing more harm than good.

Other commentators noted the bitter irony of the stunt, which highlighted the public’s strong distaste for property damage and apparent indifference to planetary destruction.

The outpouring of outrage eventually sparked a left-wing conspiracy theory, which has spread like wildfire on Twitter and TikTok, proposing that the stunt was deliberately engineered by Big Oil, in an attempt to make activists of the ridiculous climate.

On TikTok, creator Tom Nicholas posted a video debunking the claim, but the fact that the conspiracy theory spread so easily highlighted the public’s negative view of the protest.

Whether or not you agree with the activist’s methods, there’s no denying that he’s managed to garner a huge amount of attention for his cause (only one video of the stunt posted on Twitter received over 48 million views).

Despite the terrifying increase in catastrophic weather events, which are wreaking havoc across the world, the actions of climate change protesters are often derided or even ignored. Last April, on Earth Day, activist Wynn Bruce set himself on fire outside the Supreme Court to protest climate change; his fatal self-immolation didn’t receive a fraction of the attention the can of tomato soup received.

Indeed, an NFT enthusiast recently destroyed one of Frida Kahlo’s drawings as part of a publicity stunt. He didn’t pretend to destroy it – he set the drawing on fire and turned the sketch into 10,000 NFTs (the creation of which is incredibly wasteful and energy-intensive). The stunt did not attract the same level of vitriol as Van Gogh’s manifestation, which again did not damage the painting.

Young people today are growing up in a dark and surreal time, charged with the knowledge that the Earth’s ecosystem is being ravaged, that these record summers will continue to get hotter and hotter, that wildfires will continue to burn and nobody seems to do anything about it.

In the face of overwhelming existential terror, pretending to damage a famous painting seems like a relatively tame move.