Gwyneth Paltrow on Harvey Weinstein in 1998: “He will coerce you”

In plain sight, for decades! Though Weinstein's targets were women rather than children, the way power and silence worked for him reminds me of UK entertainer Jimmy Savile, who occupied a similarly dark-yet-obvious position in the firmament of leering celebrity sociopaths. The way everyone knew. The way people would blurt it out in inferences, uncomfortable…

Man asks Alexa if he is being detained

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vgVfkWpEc84&feature=youtu.be This appears to be surveilling AI chatboxes reprogrammed to debate the fine points of constitutional law. It's presumably based on a transcript of an interaction between a sovereign citizen and a cop, but I'm not sure which one as all such interactions are nearly identical (sovcit patter is extremely rigid, and the cops adopt…

Secretly taped audio between Harvey Weinstein and model shows how aggressive he is

The New Yorker released a tape today from 2015, between then 22-year-old model Ambra Battilana Gutierrez and Harvey Weinstein. https://youtu.be/oZYGn41Z_ak This was taped as part of an undercover operation with the New York Police Department the day after Weinstein had sexually abused Gutierrez in his office, "groping her breasts and putting his hand up her…

What English-language courtroom dramas sounds like to Swedes

It's not quite "Gibberish rock song written by Italian composer to sound like English", as it is in English. Sort of. It's the Englishiness of it all that makes it so good. Who put the ram in the ramalangadingdong? Warning: blackface. https://youtu.be/QyU2p4l5iUA Here's part 2: https://youtu.be/VHknAtVsV88 Source: Boing Boing (published under a Creative Commons license)