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A Moral Panic for the Age of Trump Slate

Over the past six weeks, the alleged story of Hillary Clinton and other prominent members of the Democratic Party establishment participating in an international child sex ring has morphed into a front page story. "It began in October, when a baseless rumor about emails allegedly discovered on Anthony Weiner’s laptop made its way through Twitter and 4chan and conspiracy-theorist websites", writes Slate.

Self-deputized online investigators combed through the emails of Clinton’s campaign chairman, John Podesta, dumped by WikiLeaks. Finding only campaign talk and recipes, the 'investigators' concluded that innocuous terms used in Podesta’s emails were actually a series of secret codes: “pizza” for girl, “ice cream” for male prostitute, and so on. Comet Ping Pong, a Washington, D.C. pizzeria that had hosted a Democratic fundraiser, was identified (also baselessly) as a headquarters for sex-ring activities. The conspiracy theory acquired a name, “Pizzagate.”

On Sunday a man wielding an assault rifle entered Comet Ping Pong, saying he was there to investigate Pizzagate. 4chan users are confident that the man is part of a false-flag operation being carried out by the establishment to discredit their investigation. Consider that every falsehood has another one to explain why it isn't.

The Clintons have been accused of every possible crime over the course of their 30-plus years in politics, but this one takes the cake, so to speak. We should remember, however, that America has been obsessed with child-sex-rings for the last 30 years. Slate reviews this sordid history of false allegations.

Related: Trump Fires Adviser's Son From Transition for Spreading Fake News The New York Times

The DC Househunters

Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner are reportedly house-hunting in Washington Washington Post

Future first lady Melania Trump will remain in Manhattan at least through the end of the school year, but incoming first daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, are reportedly planning to make the move to Washington.

Numerous news outlets report that they are house-hunting in D.C.,  a move that reinforces Kushner’s importance in the Trump White House, where he is expected to take a senior leadership role in advising his father-in-law, president-elect Trump.

Will Ivanka Trump Be the Most Powerful First Daughter in History? New York Times

This weekend's New York Times Magazine article references our next post about New York's contemporary art community protesting against her father's presidency at Ivanka Trump's Soho apartment. Ivanka has run in Manhattan's liberal circles for years, leaving countless friends and acquaintances totally dismayed about how she can both walk her talk and support her father's presidency at the same time.

Artist Marilyn Minter, expressed confusion that Ms. Trump would be associated with an ideology that Minter finds personally troubling. “She’s supposed to be a feminist,” Minter -- currently the subject of a retrospective at the Brooklyn Museum --  told NYT.

Stella Schnabel, the actress and daughter of the artist and director Julian Schnabel, expressed to the NYT a personal affront by what she saw as Ivanka Trump’s support of her father’s positions. “I had a playdate with Ivanka. I went to Mar-a-Lago!” Ms. Schnabel said of Ivanka.

How the Trump daughter runs the family businesses while acting as a policy adviser to her father -- without conflicts of interest guaranteed to rock a Trump presidency -- currently is a topic of hot debate. Yet, when House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called the president-elect shortly after November 8, he handed the phone to his daughter when the conversation moved from infrastructure and domestic policy to women's issues.

Business Since Birth: Trump's Children and the Tangle That Awaits Them New York Times

When Donald J. Trump hosted Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan last month, his daughter Ivanka joined the conversation from atop Trump Tower.

Simultaneously in Tokyo, another exclusive gathering was already underway: "a two-day private viewing of Ivanka Trump products, teeming with Trump-branded treasures like a sample of the pale pink dress Ms. Trump wore to introduce her father at the Republican National Convention."

Ivanka Trump has worked on a licensing deal with the Japanese apparel giant Sanei International for two years, both parties told The New York Times. The largest shareholder of Sanei’s parent company is the Development Bank of Japan, owned not privately but by the Japanese government.

“At the moment,” said Sayumi Gunji, a lifestyle-magazine editor who attended the private viewing in Tokyo, “Ivanka is even more popular here than Mr. Trump.”

"Dear Ivanka": New York City's Artists Appeal to Ivanka Trump, Peer to Peer The New Yorker

The people behind @dear_ivanka are two members of the New York City art world, Alison Gingeras, a curator, and Jonathan Horowitz, a multimedia artist, who post some of the entries themselves and receive others as submissions. They were inspired to address Ivanka directly because she is, in some ways, a member of their extended social circle. Where Donald Trump is known for commissioning oversized portraits of himself, and once complained that a black-and-white Andy Warhol depiction of Trump Tower “wasn’t color-coördinated,” Ivanka and her husband, Jared Kushner, are avid collectors of contemporary art. “She frequents the art world, what’s sometimes called ‘the New York liberal bubble,’ ” Gingeras told me. “So we already know we can speak with her, and we want to appeal to her personal stakes.”

New York's Top Art Workers Address Ivanka in Anti-Trump Protest ArtNet News

Despite preparations for Art Basel Miami Beach pressing them in countdown mode, around 200 curators, artists, writers, and cultural workers in the contemporary art field joined in a march Monday night outside the Downtown Manhattan building owned by Jared Kushner. Kushner and his wife Ivanka trump live there with their three children.

Related: Ivanka Trump's Terrible Book Helps Explain the Trump-Family Ethos The New Yorker

Merkel Stands for Burqa Ban

Why Germany's famously tolerant chancellor just proposed a burqa ban VOX

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been under severe pressure in Germany for allowing hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees refuge in the country. Facing the same right-wing pressure sweeping the rest of Europe, Merkel has joined France in calling for a ban on full-face veils, or burqas, in Germany.

"It should be banned, where it is legally possible," she announced at a convention for her center-right, Christian Democratic party, because "it is not acceptable in Germany."

The rule would prohibit Muslim women from donning full-face coverings in schools, court rooms, and administrative buildings, according to the Washington Post. It would also make it an offense to wear one while driving or participating in a demonstration.

Merkel suggested that the measure was meant to protect German culture, saying that Germans “show our face in interpersonal communication.”

Madonna Send in the Clows, Raises $7.5 Million at Art Basel in Miami Beach Charity Auction Artnet

Madonna dropped into Art Basel in Miami for an exclusive evening costing at least $5,000 a ticket and $150,000 to attend an intimate, pre-concert VIP cocktail hour.

Held at the newly completed Faena Forum in the Faena District, the event saw late-night talk show host James Corden serve as MC in a philanthropic effort that raised $7.5 million for Madonna's charity Raising Malawi.

Madonna adopted her 11-year-old son, David Ritchie, and 10-year-old daughter Mercy James, from Malawi. The funds will hopefully be used to build a pediatric surgery and intensive care unit at a Malawi hospital, and to help educate the nation’s youth.

Read about Maimi's new Faena Art District:

Related: Madonna's buildOn Allience Bears Fruit In Malawi AOC Women's News

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Why You Should Skip the Beach and Head to Northern Thailand Instead Vogue

Northern Thailand is not the popular tourism destination as other parts of the country. Vogue takes us into The Golden Triangle which is the meeting point of Thailand, Laos and Myanmar. First stop is the Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle.

If you prefer vacation spots closely aligned with personal values, the hotel's program for rehabilitated elephants will grab your heart. Nearly all the elephants in residence have come to Chiang Rai after mistreatment elsewhere in the tourism industry.

Guests sign up for training in interacting with rescued elephants in a program created with the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation and their caregivers, called 'mahouts'.

My night driving into the darkness of a private home in Chiang Mai transformed from one of great worry to one of the five most significant nights of my life. Vogue takes me back with a sister stop at the Four Seasons Chiang Mai.


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Female Artists Take Their Rightful Place at PULSE Miami Beach Artnet

At Christopher Moller Gallery, young Capetown artist Tony Gum morphs herself in the image of Frida Kahlo, but wearing her own family heirlooms. “It’s supposed to speak to how women are multi-faceted,” the artist told Artnet News.

Vogue called Tony Gum "the coolest girl in Cape Town", based on her tightly curated Instagram feed.

Gum (pronounced Goom) says that her work is not unique in communicating the hardships Africa faces. But she is committed to spotlighting  the fact the ‘She’ remains the power figure” in the continent's collective consciousness. Given the secondary status of the continent's women -- impacted also by colonial occupation -- it's easy to forget the unique goddesses buried deeply in ancestral memory.




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