Sunday, November 17, 2019

Why Sacramento is still protesting Stephon Clark’s death, one year later

Protests have not subsided in Sacramento, a week after city and state law enforcement concluded that the officers who shot and killed Stephon Clark did not commit a crime. Last week, hundreds of high school and college students from around Sacramento marched to the California state capitol building to protest the decision. On Monday, Sacramento police arrested 84 activists and journalists, declaring the protest unlawful after alleged vandalism (the Sacramento District Attorney declined to press charges). And yesterday, a vigil for Clark turned into a protest that ended at the District Attorney’s office. “This could be you. This could be...

Captain Marvel’s 2 end-credits scenes, explained

Captain Marvel was officially released in theaters today, March 8, 2019. There are spoilers here regarding the movie and the movie’s post-credits scenes. In addition to the post-credits scenes the movie contains a cameo by the late Stan Lee, and a special bumper/intro honoring Lee. Captain Marvel has two end credits scenes: a mid-credits scene that directly ties in to next month’s Avengers: Endgame, and a post-credits scene that’s a little less gasp-worthy and a little more joking, but still connects to the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Over the past several years, mid- and post-credits scenes have...

Captain Marvel’s Carol Corps: How a sisterhood of fans made Carol...

The first time I realized that Carol Danvers a.k.a. Captain Marvel traveled with an entourage was in 2013. Toward the tail end of New York Comic Con, tucked deep into the heart of the Javits Center, was the standing-room only “Women of Marvel” panel. Attending the panel were Captain Marvels of every size, shape, color, and gender. Many were dressed in her various uniforms, dating back to the character’s introduction in 1968. Some had her now-signature mohawk. Others donned her traditional black mask or her newer space commander helmet. The one thing that unified them all was their love...

Captain Marvel’s 2 post-credits scenes, explained

Captain Marvel has two end credits scenes: a mid-credits scene that directly ties in to next month’s Avengers: Endgame, and a post-credits scene that’s a little less gasp-worthy and a little more joking, but still connects to the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Over the past several years, mid- and post-credits scenes have become a Marvel tradition, something that fans look forward to every time the studio puts out a new release. In fact, the arrival of Carol Danvers to the Marvel Cinematic Universe was teased in a post-credits scene: Nearly a year before Captain Marvel’s release, in...

Report: US government kept secret dossiers to monitor journalists covering migrant...

In February, NPR and the Intercept both published in-depth reports detailing harassment experienced by journalists, lawyers, and immigration activists who regularly interact with migrants along the US-Mexico border — harassment that seemed intended to deter their work. Leaked documents published on Wednesday by NBC 7 in San Diego indicate the problems they encountered were not the result of random chance. Those documents indicate the International Liaison Unit (ILU), an organization that coordinates the sharing of intelligence between Mexico and the US, compiled information on 10 journalists — seven of them US citizens — a US attorney, and a large group...

Vox Sentences: Leviathan, or Mudcarp

Vox Sentences is your daily digest for what’s happening in the world. Sign up for the Vox Sentences newsletter, delivered straight to your inbox Monday through Friday, or view the Vox Sentences archive for past editions. A Chinese hack amid Canada’s Huawei trial; North Korea shows no signs of slowing down nuclear developments. Chinese hackers target universities as Huawei trial starts David Ramos/Getty Images Chinese cyberattacks targeted more than 24 universities around the world, looking for information on US maritime military technology, according to the Wall Street...

Democrats have united around a plan to dramatically cut child poverty

Sens. Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) on Wednesday unveiled the latest version of their American Family Act — in my view, likely to be the single most important bill of 116th Congress for the country’s poorest residents. The bill, whose House counterpart is sponsored by Reps. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Suzan DelBene (D-WA), almost certainly won’t pass this session. It comes from the Democratic Senate minority and might not get any Republican support. But if enacted, the bill would slash child poverty in the United States by over a third in a single stroke. Passing it would enact...

Vox Sentences: The London Patient

Vox Sentences is your daily digest for what’s happening in the world. Sign up for the Vox Sentences newsletter, delivered straight to your inbox Monday through Friday, or view the Vox Sentences archive for past editions. A potential new HIV treatment; Algerians protest an aging president seeking a fifth term. The gene mutation that causes HIV resistance T.J. Kirkpatrick/Getty Images A cure for HIV has been a long-sought dream — and scientists might be a step closer now, according to a new paper. A patient in London...

Helen Oyeyemi says her new novel Gingerbread is not about Hansel...

Helen Oyeyemi writes some of the loveliest and oddest books I’ve ever read, filled with shivery, evocative sentences and fairy tale tropes turned slantwise. Her first novel, 2005’s The Icarus Girl — written by Oyeyemi when she was in high school in the UK and published when she was 20 — was about a little girl plagued by her nightmarish doppelgänger. Her 2014 novel Boy, Snow, Bird, reimagined Snow White as an allegory of race in America. Her 2016 short story collection, What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours, featured puppets with their strings slashed like a cut throat...

A second person may be “cured” of HIV

In the history of HIV/AIDS, only a single person is believed to have been cured of the virus. Timothy Ray Brown, an American known as the “Berlin patient,” had HIV for more than a decade, until two stem-cell transplants in 2007 and 2008 cleared it from his body. Now, according to a paper published in Nature on Tuesday, there might finally be a second such patient. Like Brown, the new patient had cancer and received a cancer treatment involving chemotherapy to wipe out the immune system and replace it, via a stem-cell transplant, with non-malignant donor cells. In both...