Got a shout out and private tour of the A330-200 cockpit from our super friendly Captain, Richard, on Fiji Airways, one of the top flight experiences of my life and a fantastic way to return home to Los Angeles. ✈️ The cool breeze and low humidity at LAX is so refreshing! Sending good vibes back to Cairns which is getting slammed by Hurricane Debbie! ☔️ Stay safe, new friends!
These two losses, coming so close together, hurt badly. The stakes were high, and we rightly believe that Sessions and De Vos are dangerous ideologues intent on eroding the integrity of institutions we depend upon. We should mourn these losses.
But, even though we lost the battle, please do not doubt for one moment that the fight was necessary and your time was well spent. We would have needed to wage this fight even if we had known beyond all doubt that it would end in defeat.
Because we knew the danger that these candidates represent, we had to do everything possible to constrain their ability to act with impunity and without attracting notice. We needed to ensure that the American people heard, repeatedly and in vivid detail, why these candidates were unfit for office, understood their dangerous and extreme ideologies, were introduced to their past records of assault on our core values, and, finally, became aware of their radical agendas. We accomplished all of this. All of their actions will be interpreted in light of what we exposed during this fight. They will be given no grace period, no accommodation or understanding, no assumption that they are acting in good faith. In short, they won’t be given room to fuck everything up before people catch on to what they’re doing.
Moreover, everyone in government has now experienced the force of the opposition to Session and De Vos. They have seen our numbers and felt our strength. Every GOP senator has voted, on record, against the passionate pleas of Coretta Scott King to place an inveterate enemy of the civil rights movement in charge of civil rights enforcement. Every GOP save two senator ignored a tidal wave of calls from their constituents to please a billionaire donor. These are dangerous votes, and frankly it’s incredible that McConnell has such an iron grip on his caucus, but those senators know their voters are pissed off. They’re literally hiding from their constituents.
This means that De Vos and Sessions will be kept on a shorter leash than they would have otherwise. This will matter.
Because we fought, millions of Americans read & heard Coretta Scott King’s letter, and now know what that battle was really about.
Because we fought, everyone in America knows that Betsy De Vos is embarrassingly unprepared for this office and how much it costs to buy a republican senator. They know that her appointment is a threat to our public education system, and to the education of special needs kids in particular.
Because we fought, Americans know what those GOP senators voted for. Because we fought, Americans have seen what the GOP stands for.
Because we fought, days upon days of stories about the Trump administration have been consumed by the least popular and least defensible aspects of their agenda.
We lost. But the fight matters. In this loss, we build the foundation for victories to come.
Your hero’s journey is calling you (and it won’t wait). Your life is happening right now & it cannot be paused or cancelled.
You are not a rehearsal for a greater play somewhere down the line or a memory of better times, you’re not somebody else’s satellite or hero.
You are your own expanding constellation, your growing revolution, the artist of your life, the ultimate director of your masterpiece. And masterpieces take a lifetime to become.
Don’t let the pain of what was or the uncertainty of what might be settle in your bones & blind you from loving what is. You are the synergy of all the good & bad & ugly that’s ever found a home in you. Thank the darkness & kiss the light, they both live in your chest.
The only time & place & person you have power over is this You, this Here & Now. Resist excuses. Use everything to your creative benefit.
Like Grandpa #GeorgeBernardShaw just telegrammed me from last century: “I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work, the more I live. Life is no ‘brief candle’ to me. It ia a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for a moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to the future generations” .
Life is so short, so fragile, so beautiful. Tell me, my dear, how will you let it burn you?
Last view from my #Bangkok apartment (now one of my dearest cities in the world & my home for 3 months most recently), before flying back to Europe for the summer. Thank you for all your unedited, delicious, picturesque, achingly beautiful snapshots of eternity, Southeast Asia! We’ve barely just begun. I’ll migrate back to you when winter falls, I am the one-winged bird that chooses falling over cages.
Thousands have fled as the campaign to rout ISIS from Mosul has pushed on, but this picture is a searing reminder of those who’ve stayed behind. Bravo to AP’s Felipe Dana, who came across this apocalyptic scene on the city’s western side. After a few minutes, a boy in a bicycle rode by. Here’s his story behind the photo.
“The way that war reporting happens is we very rarely follow up with the families of people who die or are wounded or kidnapped. I think it’s important to show the ripple effects of something like this, of what it does.” Sebastian Meyer chronicled a Peshmerga captain’s death on the first day of the Mosul offensive, and traced the story back to a Kurdish family of seven brothers—four of whom have died in conflicts over the past three decades. An important tale.
Very sobering, or you might even say infuriating, conclusions: when asking for VC funding, women entrepreneur are put in boxes and victims of severely degrading stereotypes. See the language VCs use when they talk about them and will reveal a world. In all this it is positive that if we unveil the bias hopefully we could do something about it to correct it. Here is to my friends female entrepreneurs, too many to mention all. via Kylie Long cc Martina Buchal Tracey Abbott Tracy Chaplin Meisterheim Sarah Rebekah Alice Craig Ada Auf Der Strasse Eline Postma Telma Gomes Louise Lindén Monique Svazlian Tallon Camilla Rüdén Stephanie Verstift Melinda Varfi
The GOP said that reading these words from Coretta Scott King constitutes impugning Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III. They silenced Elizabeth Warren when she tried to read them tonight. Let’s make sure everyone in America has seem them by tomorrow. #BlackHistoryMonth #LetLizSpeak #StopSessions
This is one of the most surreal images to emerge from Syria’s war, now entering its seventh year. Bravo to Joseph Eid for realizing the power of this scene. A reminder that it’s not just a cascade of gory images and footage that will resonate with the masses, but moments of humanity. Read Joseph’s words about Abu Omar, a vintage car collector in Aleppo who amid the rubble “lives in the glories of the past.”
Incredible work by Adam Dean who joined Hannah Beech for a journey into Myanmar’s jade country. They shadowed wildcat miners on dangerous slopes as they hunted for chunks of jadeite and met with men who became addicted to heroin there and later contracted HIV. It’s an important and rare tale, expertly written and illustrated. Pick up the latest issue of TIME for the 8-page spread and see more of Adam’s pictures here: http://time.com/battling-for-blood-jade
Proud to share this new TIME feature that highlights the smart and committed local photographers in the Philippines who are documenting the human impact of Duterte’s drug war. I asked 12 of them to select one of their images they were particularly impacted by and write about it, resulting in a thoughtful and emotional look at the reality on the ground. Big thanks to Noel Celis, Eli Sepe, Hannah Reyes Morales, Eloisa Lopez, Carlo Gabuco, Raffy Lerma, Alecs Ongcal, Vincent Go, Jes Aznar, Dondi Rivera Tawatao, Ezra Acayan and Kimberly dela Cruz.