Since Andrew Cuomo was accused of misconduct, numerous suspicious accounts have arisen to support him

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CW: This post briefly talks about sexual misconduct allegations against Cuomo and the response to them

In December of last year, former Andrew Cuomo aide Lindsay Boylan came forward to accuse her old boss of sexual harassment. In the months since, several more women have come forward to make more accusations. At the same time, damning information has been coming out about the Cuomo administration’s attempted cover-up of nursing home COVID deaths. (I wrote about this, and the allegations, in detail here)

In the wake of the barrage of bad news about Cuomo, multiple politicians called for the Governor’s resignation…

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Black squares, Instagram infographics and “google it”

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Over the last decade activism has slowly moved from the ‘IRL’ to the online. The last year has seen both an unparalleled rise in political discontent and historic restrictions on the ability to organise in person. As a result, the years-long trend towards online activism has accelerated exponentially. If you’re a person who has used the internet at any point in the last year, you’ve inevitably seen black squares, Instagram infographics and links to petitions posted on social media — you may have even posted some yourself.

While in-person activism is irreplaceable, the potential of online activism can’t be under-stated…

Why Trump’s 2016 opponents became his loudest supporters and why their grand plan isn’t paying off

When the GOP united behind Donald Trump back in 2016, after a factious primary which saw Trump personally disparage all of his opponents (and even, in some cases, his opponents’ wives), they were essentially making a deal with the devil. In short, they were allying themselves with a man they knew to be a narcissistic demagogue, in the hope that the ends would justify the means. In the hope that enough conservative policy would be passed to make the deal worthwhile, in the hope that allying themselves with Trump would ultimately prove beneficial in the long-term to their own careers.

Reflections on police brutality and a message to fellow white allies

Daunte Wright, George Floyd, Elijah McClain, Adam Toledo and Breonna Taylor (all pictured above) have been killed by members of law enforcement since the beginning of 2020

Another year. Another day. Another story of police brutality.

It’s been a little under a year since George Floyd was murdered by a cop kneeling on his neck for an uninterrupted 9 minutes and 29 seconds. The killing — captured in it’s excruciating entirety — ignited fury; as millions watched second-by-second, minute-by-minute as the life slowly drained from his defenseless body, while desperate by-standers shouted in vain at Derek Chauvin to stop. …

Is it misguided to expect that we can party away our year of COVID blues?

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As the world celebrated the start of a new year — and a new decade — a little over 15 months ago, many hoped for a new ‘Roaring 20s’; a repeat of the extravagant, hedonistic, Gatsby-esque, party-filled days of the 1920s. Few of course hoped for —or expected — a repeat of a deadly, global pandemic; the sort that directly preceded and informed the roaring days of the 1920s.

Nevertheless, here we are, and after a gruelling year spent in and out of lockdowns and isolation, the end of the pandemic is finally in sight; with millions getting vaccinated on…

Sarah Everard and society’s failures to protect women

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The case of Sarah Everard has captured the attention of Britain in a way that few disappearances do; provoking days of headlines and round-the-clock TV coverage. There was something grotesquely gripping, and almost surreal, about watching the truth about Everard finally unfold; first that she was missing, then that it was suspected she had been kidnapped — and by a serving police officer no less — then that a body had been found, and shortly later that the body was in fact hers; discarded thoughtlessly in the woods.

The case has elicited such a strong visceral reaction because of just…

Meghan Markle, Piers Morgan and, Britons denial of their country’s racism epidemic

“I’m sorry, I don’t believe a word she says”, “I wouldn’t believe her if she read me a weather report”. That was the obviously not-“sorry” response from British morning show host Piers Morgan to Meghan Markle’s “tell all” Oprah interview; in which she disclosed her suicidal tendencies and concerns about her baby’s safety, among other issues. That same morning, Morgan would once again flippantly dismiss the concerns of a person-of-color when he walked off set while a co-host confronted him about his treatment of Markle. …

The danger of looking for saviors where there aren’t any

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The Trump years were many things; exhausting, frustrating, disheartening, alarming and almost always bizarre. But, despite all of this — despite the objectionable Supreme Court nominations, immoral immigration policies and unhinged Twitter rants — the Trump years never felt hopeless; even as Trump himself rendered any hopes of the GOP being a reasonable, moderate party hopeless.

For as awful as Trump’s Presidency was, it was accompanied by the rising up of the rightfully-angry; students standing up for gun control, young people fighting against climate change and, Black Americans and their allies protesting against police brutality. By fanning the flames of…

Tom Cruise, deep fakes and our disintegrating relationship with the truth

If, like me, you’ve spent any significant period of time on social media over the last week, you’ve likely seen ‘deepfake Tom Cruise’ — a series of videos first created on TikTok that depict Cruise playing golf, performing magic and talking directly to the camera. Accept they’re not Tom Cruise; they’re an anonymous person superimposing Tom Cruise’s face onto their own; surpassing the uncanny valley and creating something frighteningly familiar and accurate.

The Cruise videos have attracted millions of views on social media, but they’re certainly not the first time this technology has been utilised. Jordan Peele used the…

Before it was the party of Trump, the GOP was the party of Limbaugh

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I have to confess that during Rush Limbaugh’s multi-decade career, I never watched his show or paid much attention to what he was doing and saying — mainly because I’m not a masochist, but also because following the actions of one bigoted narcissist has been more than enough for the last four years. Like most people I was aware of Limbaugh’s general political leanings and his role as a provocateur. In the weeks after Limbaugh’s death, my social media feed was filled with reminders of Limbaugh’s most outrageous moments — some I was already familiar with, some I wasn’t —…

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