Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Dave Barry December 30, 2018 We can summarize 2018 in two words: It boofed. We’re not 100 percent sure what “boofing” is, despite the fact that this very issue was discussed in a hearing of the United States Senate Judiciary Committee. All we know for certain about boofing is that it is distasteful and stupid. As was 2018. In spades. What made this year so awful? We could list many factors, including natural disasters, man-made atrocities, the utter depravity of our national political discourse, and the loss of Aretha Franklin. Instead, we’ll cite one event that, while minor, epitomizes 2018: the debut of Dr. Pimple Popper. This is a cable-TV reality show featuring high-definition slo-mo close-up videos of a California dermatologist performing seriously disgusting procedures on individuals with zits the size of mature cantaloupes. You might ask, … [Read more...] about Dave Barry’s year in review: Good riddance to 2018!
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Read more transcripts from Face the Nation here. JOHN DICKERSON: It's Sunday, September 16th. I am John Dickerson and this is FACE THE NATION. Florence has been downgraded to a depression, but her fury continues as North Carolina faces catastrophic flooding and record rainfall. We'll have the latest. Where Florence is headed next and what she has left behind from our CBS team covering the storm, the head of FEMA, Brock Long. Plus, two senators whose states have been hit hard, North Carolina's Thom Tillis and South Carolina's Lindsey Graham. Another storm making headlines this week, Hurricane Maria, which left an estimated three thousand dead in Puerto Rico a year ago. The President disputed that figure drawing criticism from both parties and the families of the victims. And the clouds darkened over the White House as former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort accepted a plea bargain from special counsel, Robert Mueller. Just … [Read more...] about Full transcript: “Face the Nation” on September 16, 2018
The U.S. government was well aware of China’s aggressive strategy of leveraging private investors to buy up the latest American technology when, early last year, a company called Avatar Integrated Systems showed up at a bankruptcy court in Delaware hoping to buy the California chip-designer ATop Tech. ATop’s product was potentially groundbreaking — an automated designer capable of making microchips that could power anything from smartphones to high-tech weapons systems. It’s the type of product that a U.S. government report had recently cited as “critical to defense systems and U.S. military strength.” And the source of the money behind the buyer, Avatar, was an eye-opener: Its board chairman and sole officer was a Chinese steel magnate whose Hong Kong-based company was a major shareholder.Story Continued Below Despite those factors, the transaction went through without an assessment by the U.S. government committee that is charged with reviewing … [Read more...] about How China acquires ‘the crown jewels’ of U.S. technology
Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Subscribe Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader The Switch Transcript courtesy of Bloomberg Government Transcript courtesy of Bloomberg Government April 11 Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg appeared before the House Energy and Commerce Committee Wednesday for his second day of questioning on the Hill. Below is a partial transcript of the hearing. [Transcript of Mark Zuckerberg’s Senate hearing] REP. GREG WALDEN (R-ORE.): Okay. I'd ask our guests to please take their seats so we can get started. The Committee on Energy And Commerce will now come to order. WALDEN: Before my opening statement, just as a reminder to our committee members on both sides, it's … [Read more...] about Transcript of Zuckerberg’s appearance before House committee
In November, The Verge published the harrowing allegations by seven women outlining over a decade of physical and violent sexual assault by celebrated security researcher Morgan Marquis-Boire. When I first began working on the Morgan Marquis-Boire story, I had an inkling of how big it was. I thought — if I was lucky — I would manage to corroborate a very tiny slice of what had happened. I didn’t imagine I would end up conducting so many interviews, unearth 15-year-old traumas, and eventually become the recipient of a chat log in which Marquis-Boire explicitly confesses to serial rape. I also did not know I would become the repository for the denial, guilt, and regrets of others. I set out to report what happened and learned too much about the decisions that bystanders made, about what didn’t happen, and why. Long before our story broke, dozens of individuals had already heard what Morgan Marquis-Boire had done. The stories of his violent behavior toward women, I … [Read more...] about When whisper networks let us down: how communities struggle — and sometimes fail — to stop sexual assault