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On Wednesday, CBS This Morning co-host and resident socialism advocate Tony Dokoupil confessed he was “very excited” about the government doling out a “guaranteed basic income” to people. He touted a small experiment with it in a California town and happily declared the radical policy to be a success.
“I’m very excited to talk about what would happen if you gave people $500 a month with no strings attached,” Dokoupil eagerly told viewers at the top of the 8:30 a.m. ET half hour. He explained the favorite left-wing agenda item: “It’s an idea known as the guaranteed basic income.”
The anchor then dismissed obvious concerns with the government just handing out money by citing an incredibly small study in one community that could in no way be extrapolated to the entire nation:
And you might assume, hey, that’s free money, people are going to waste it, they’re going to work less, they’re going to be lazy. But Stockton, California has actually tested this idea. Since 2019, 125 residents there have been getting $500 per month on a special debit card, and here are the results – out just this morning. People did not waste the money. In fact, they used it for necessities. Less than 1% went to alcohol or tobacco.
Dokoupil continued to gush over the questionable use of taxpayer money: “Full employment increased by 12% points, and unemployment fell by 4% points. And you may not be surprised to learn people were less anxious, less depressed, and less fatigued overall.” He hoped the example would “radically change the way we think of social assistance.”
Fellow co-host Gayle King chimed in: “I’m a little surprised.” Dokoupil hailed: “Yeah, I think it’s really amazing.” Co-host Anthony Mason marveled:
This is an idea that has been on the table in the business community for a long time. And obviously it came up in the last election, and it’s been tested. I think people want to see it tested on a broader scale, but it’s really interesting what you’re seeing here.
King added: “Like that.”
In early 2020, Dokoupil went to a shopping mall and tried to sell socialism and wealth redistribution with pies to unsuspecting shoppers. A stunt that later received praise from far-left Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren.
The media never seem to find a radical left-wing idea they don’t like.
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Here is a full transcript of the March 3 segment:
8:30 AM ET
TONY DOKOUPIL: I’m very excited to talk about what would happen if you gave people $500 a month with no strings attached. It’s an idea known as the guaranteed basic income. And you might assume, hey, that’s free money, people are going to waste it, they’re going to work less, they’re going to be lazy. But Stockton, California has actually tested this idea. Since 2019, 125 residents there have been getting $500 per month on a special debit card, and here are the results – out just this morning.
People did not waste the money. In fact, they used it for necessities. Less than 1% went to alcohol or tobacco. Number two, people actually worked more when they were getting this money. Full employment increased by 12% points, and unemployment fell by 4% points. And you may not be surprised to learn people were less anxious, less depressed, and less fatigued overall. This has the potential to radically change the way we think of social assistance.
GAYLE KING: Yeah, I’m a little surprised.
TONY DOKOUPIL: Yeah, I think it’s really amazing.
ANTHONY MASON: I think it surprises a lot of people. This is an idea that has been on the table in the business community for a long time. And obviously it came up in the last election, and it’s been tested. I think people want to see it tested on a broader scale, but it’s really interesting what you’re seeing here.
KING: Like that.
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Warning: this review contains full spoilers for The Flash: Season 7, Episode 1! If you need a refresher on where we left off, check out IGN’s full review of The Flash: Season 6.
The Flash is certainly beginning 2021 in a weird place. Not only is the Season 7 premiere happening months later than usual, this episode was never intended to be a season premiere in the first place. The series was forced to halt production in the midst of production on “All’s Well That Ends Wells,” forcing one of the final chapters of Season 6 to suddenly serve as the foundation for a brand new season. That raises some real concerns about the structure of the new season and how the ongoing Mirror Master conflict is being adapted to fit this new context. But solely as a continuation of where things left off last spring, “All’s Well That Ends Wells” doesn’t really miss a beat.
If anything, it’s a shame this episode wasn’t completely finished and able to act as the Season 6 finale. “Success Is Assured” worked about as well as could be hoped in those circumstances, but this episode’s farewell party to Tom Cavanagh’s many incarnations of Harrison Wells would have been a perfect note on which to cap off a much improved year of television. In any case, “All’s Well That Ends Well” hits all the right emotional notes with the character. Yes, the plot is basically one big contrivance, as we learn Wells must sacrifice his own life in order to jumpstart Cisco’s artificial Speed Force, because reasons. But how it’s achieved, it does feel as though a grand, heroic sacrifice for Nash is the only proper direction for the character given his culpability in the events of Crisis.
This episode is nothing if not a celebration of the many sides of Harrison Wells and the different ways each version has touched Barry’s life. Some of these Wellses were clearly stronger and more nuanced characters than others. But as much as characters like Sherloque tended to annoy during their original runs, there’s still something charming about seeing them all bouncing around the same body. Cavanagh has more of an excuse to go more broad and slapstick-y with his performance here, just so there’s no question as to which Wells is in the driver’s seat. Plus, there’s the added fun of Grant Gustin being able to join in on the Wells parade. Gustin proves more than up to the challenge of impersonating Cavanagh’s many characters. It’s a welcome reminder that the series has really recovered its classic sense of humor over the past 18 months.
The climactic farewell scene is easily this episode’s biggest selling point. However contrived the road to this point might be, seeing each Wells take their turn to say goodbye and thank Barry for changing their life makes it all worthwhile. It really is a fitting tribute to an unusual character and a dynamic that’s radically changed with each new season. And, naturally, we get one last “Run, Barry, run!” in for posterity. The only real complaint here is that Cisco is still MIA, so we were denied any further closure on that front. But in hindsight, it does seem as though Season 6 was foreshadowing this development with the recent Cisco/Wells interaction.
Cisco’s absence speaks to a larger problem the series is facing at the moment. With so many characters out of the picture for one reason or another (including Hartley Sawyer’s firing necessitating Ralph’s sudden absence), the cast is seeming a bit sparse at the moment. It doesn’t help that the two other Team Flash members at the heart of this episode, Chester and Allegra, have yet to really grow into vital members of the group. As improved as Season 6 was in most respects, it never accomplished much with either of these newcomers. We can hope that’ll change in Season 7, but for now the two are poor substitutes for Cisco and Caitlin. The fact that Allegra’s goodbye to her “father” is treated like such an afterthought in the climax shows just how little that particular subplot has connected.
And for the record, it’s not as if it’s simply the new-ness of these characters that makes it tough to embrace them. Natalie Dreyfuss’ Sue Dearbon only made her debut in Season 6 and she’s already become one of the best additions to the series in years. Sue has had plenty of room to stand out and enjoy the spotlight. Allegra and Chester both need the same treatment this year. And who knows? Maybe with Wells gone (or possibly relegated to becoming the physical embodiment of the artificial Speed Force) there’s room for Allegra to finally grow as a character.
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The big concern with Season 7 is how Eva McCulloch’s arc will be handled in light of the restructuring. Will we see the Mirror Master problem dealt with over the next few episodes, or is her arc being expanded to last until whatever passes for the midseason finale this year? It’s tough to know which is the better storytelling route at this point. But for now, there seems to be adequate gas in that particular tank. Though she only appears in a handful of scenes, the premiere reminds us of the threat Eva poses and adds new layers to the show’s big villain. ironically, this episode further humanizes Eva by revealing her to be something less than human in the first place. She’s a bad reflection of the real Eva, which seems like a perfect catalyst for a metahuman meltdown.
It’s also fun seeing this episode work to connect the dots between Eva and the Arrowverse’s other Mirror Master, Sam Scudder. Revealing Sam to be one of Eva’s mirror drones is a neat twist. As much as this show is guilty of underutilizing a lot of the classic Flash rogues, at least Mirror Master is one character where the writers seem intent on making up for lost time. This subplot also winds up benefitting Cecile of all people. The series has yet to truly capitalize on the “Cecile Horton: Metahuman Public Defender” angle, but here we get a fascinating new development as we see Cecile use her powers offensively for a change. Is this a sign of darker things to come for her? Whatever it takes to spice up the show’s gradually dwindling supporting cast.
The animated film awards race this year once again features stellar family film offerings from the big studios as well as boutique powerhouses such as Cartoon Saloon and distributor GKids, but there are a handful of films found freedom in animation to tell adult-skewing, even personal stories, and even push the form to the limit. […]
Lots of BioWare news to discuss this week, from Anthem’s cancellation to Henry Cavill (aka Superman aka Geralt)’s Mass Effect project to Dragon Age 4 no longer being a live-service game. Plus: Xbox’s Aaron Greenberg downplays recent Elden Ring rumors, Battlefield for next-gen gets more help within EA, and more!
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Oh Boy! Leftie nonsense over CPAC is at it again. This time bashing the Hyatt hotel chain that hosted the “fascist Nazi convention.”
Over the weekend, the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) was held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Orlando, Florida. Since this is a conservative gathering and all things right-wing are “the antithesis of inclusiveness,” Hollywood elites who think their opinions deserve a pedestal were quick to go after the hotel themselves for allowing the right inside and for supposedly having the shape of the stage resemble a symbol seen on Nazi uniforms.
Hey Hyatt hotels. Highly inclusive ,does not mean hosting people who are NOT highly inclusive ,hosting a fascist Nazi convention is the antithesis of inclusiveness .you have made a grave error in judgement .the imminent Boycotts you are going to feel for years to come.
— ✌🏼rosanna arquette (@RoArquette) February 28, 2021
Actress Alyssa Milano was particularly in support of the Hyatt boycott and brought her tantrum to multiple media platforms.
Milano shared the image likening the CPAC stage shape and the Nazi Odal rune symbol on her Instagram and later tweeted her continued distaste for Hyatt when they didn’t immediately denounce CPAC. #boycottHYATT even became a trending tag.
In other words, @Hyatt is totally fine hosting Nazis. #CPAC #boycottHYATT #QPAC2021 https://t.co/eKe4tLFG4t
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) February 27, 2021
Luckily, conservatives like lead organizer of CPAC Matt Schlapp were quick to rebuke the ridiculousness of these far lefties.
Stage design conspiracies are outrageous and slanderous. We have a long standing commitment to the Jewish community. Cancel culture extremists must address antisemitism within their own ranks. CPAC proudly stands with our Jewish allies, including those speaking from this stage.
— Matt Schlapp (@mschlapp) February 27, 2021
But, Schlapp’s response, since he’s a conservative, was undoubtedly not satisfactory for Tinseltown. Arquette and Milano are celebrities already in the spotlight, yet, they’re still trying to involve themselves in more unnecessary situations. Neither of them were even at CPAC so why do they care so much about the unintentional shape of the stage anyways?
Hyatt eventually blamed the American Conservative Union after the backlash began and requested all further issues regarding the event be sent to CPAC. They didn’t want to deal with the problem because “such symbols are abhorrent and unequivocally counter to our values as a company.” What a load of crap.
David Safavian of ACU wrote a response to Hyatt’s Executive Chairman Thomas Pritzker succeeding the event. “Contrary to Hyatt’s own mission statement of inclusivity, your company just attacked its own customer by caving into the pressures of the politically motivated social media agitators who seek to destroy CPAC.” ACU was appalled that Hyatt waited until after CPAC was accused of antisemitism and despite months of logistical planning, Hyatt never raised concerns about the collaboration. As Safavian said, “you recruited us.”
Hyatt agreed to have the event but now they are bashing everything it stands for … scared much? With the CPAC 2021 theme being “America UnCanceled” it’s disgusting that Hyatt “would choose to abandon its own mission statement of inclusivity and play into the hands of those who are attempting to silence legitimate political views.” Hyatt couldn’t stand the thought of being cancelled by Hollywood’s elites so they went back on their word with CPAC.
But, like Arquette said, they’re going to receive boycotts for “years to come” (unlikely anyone remembers this past next weekend) and if it wasn’t clear already, drama is something the left clearly excels at so that’s no surprise here.