Cultural Watch

How the U.S. Issued Its First Ever Order To Assassinate a Foreign Leader

POLITICO, Stuart A. Reid, October 22, 2023 A snub from the White House, a controversial stay at Blair House, an encounter with Dave Chappelle’s mother and a CIA-arranged tryst — what happened when Congo’s beleaguered leader visited D.C. in 1960. Adapted from The Lumumba Plot: The Secret History of the CIA and a Cold War Assassination by Stuart […]

Mayor Adams and Gov. Hochul call the migrant influx ‘unprecedented’ – historians disagree

The Gothamist, Ramsey Khalifeh, September 19, 2023 Both Mayor Eric Adams and Gov. Kathy Hochul have described the influx of migrants and asylum seekers into New York City as unprecedented. “We are facing an unprecedented state of emergency. The immigration system in this nation is broken. It has been broken for decades. Today, New York […]

Avoid these 5 passive-aggressive phrases that ‘irritate’ people the most, says speech expert

(CNBC) John Bowe, December 18, 2022 Passive-aggressive behavior isn’t always intentional. As a speech and communications expert, I’ve found that people who have these tendencies often just struggle with being honest about their emotions. But when you send mixed messages by failing to be straightforward, problems and tensions can go unresolved and people make assumptions about how […]

New Research Finds Criminal Justice System Jargon Used in Media Reporting and Coverage Biases Public Against Reform

(FWD.US) September 23, 2021 Today, released “People First: The Use and Impact of Criminal Justice Labels in Media Coverage”, a new research report that confirms that dehumanizing labels— like “inmate” “offender” and “felon” — are still widely used by leading U.S. newspapers and other media outlets, and the use of these terms biases readers […]

Word of the Day – pecuniary |

Pecuniary / pi-kyoo-nee-er-ee / adjective DEFFINITION Of or relating to money CITATION Whatever Mr. Penson’s civic convictions, he also has a pecuniary interest in the outcome. —CHARLES V. BAGLI, “OWNER OF GRAND CENTRAL VIES WITH DEVELOPER OVER SKYSCRAPER ON AN ADJACENT BLOCK,” NEW YORK TIMES, SEPTEMBER 23, 2014 ORIGIN Pecuniary, “relating to money,” comes from the Latin adjective […]

Word of the Day – sustainability

(DICTIONARY.COM) April 23, 2021 SUSTAINABILITY / suh-stey-nuh–bil-i-tee / noun DEFFINITION The quality of not being harmful to the environment or depleting natural resources, and thereby supporting long-term ecological balance CITATION Sustainability is based on a simple and long-recognized factual premise: Everything that humans require for their survival and well-being depends, directly or indirectly, on the […]

‘The tipping point’: First T. rex mass death site in southern US, found in Utah, strengthens evidence of pack behavior

(USA TODAY) K. Sophie Will, April 20, 2021 The Tyrannosaurus rex as we believed. In a groundbreaking discovery of the first T. rex mass death site in the southern U.S., announced Monday by the Utah Bureau of Land Management, scientists found evidence of packlike behavior among the famous ancient predator in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National […]

Word of the Day – foible |

Foible, foi-buhl, noun DEFFINITION A minor weakness or failing of character; slight flaw or defect. CITATION Though it has its darker moments, no Bergman venture has ever been so warm, so understanding, so forgiving of human foibles. —KENNETH TURAN, “CRITICS CHOICE: RARE SCREENING OF FIVE-HOUR ‘FANNY AND ALEXANDER’ AT THE WILDER,” LOS ANGELES TIMES, JUNE 20, 2018 […]