From 538 Significant Digits:
101, 100, 108, 102
Prankster hackers accessed the account of President Trump — notorious golf cheat — in the United States Golf Association’s Golf Handicap and Information Network, entering the terrible scores of 101, 100, 108, and 102. Par for a round is typically 72, and Trump sports a handicap of 2.8 above that, a number “that is widely regarded as excessively flattering.” [Golfweek]
Today, in the main news section of the Sunday New York Times, I read an interview Times reporter Sydney Ember did with Bernie Sanders.
Since like most of us, I’ll bet, I’m paying sort of exquisite attention to the way presidential candidates are talking to us voters, I read the entire interview. Which the Times notes in the introduction, “is an edited and condensed version of the conversation.”
I copy that phrase in profound fairness, not to inspire dark conspiratorial arguments about how Bernie really didn’t say these things.
Two things to pay attention to here: first, Bernie’s responses to her questions, which I’ve lightly highlighted; second, Sydney Ember is a woman with an Ivy League degree.
Here are the responses Bernie made to her questions:
Q. In the top of our story, we talk about the rally you attended in Managua and a wire report at the time said that there were anti-American chants from the crowd.
The United States at that time — I don’t know how much you know about this— was actively supporting the Contras to overthrow the government. So that there’s anti-American sentiment? I remember that, I remember that event very clearly.
You do recall hearing those chants? I think the wire report has them saying, “Here, there, everywhere, the Yankee will die.”
They were fighting against American —— Huh huh —— yes, what is your point?
I wanted to ——
Are you shocked to learn that there was anti-American sentiment?
My point was I wanted to know if you had heard that.
I don’t remember, no. Of course there was anti-American sentiment there. This was a war being funded by the United States against the people of Nicaragua. People were being killed in that war.
Do you think if you had heard that directly, you would have stayed at the rally?
I think Sydney, with all due respect, you don’t understand a word that I’m saying.
Do you believe you had an accurate view of President Ortega at the time? I’m wondering if you’re ——
This was not about Ortega. Do you understand? I don’t know if you do or not. Do you know that the United States overthrew the government of Chile way back? Do you happen to know that? Do you? I’m asking you a simple question.
This is around the fifth time I’ve read this. Does Bernie understand — this is a simple question — that if I were doing the interview, I’d have smacked him?
I think these two items from 538 Significant Digits belong together:
2.7 million subscribers
Speaking of subscriptions, people can apparently make money by being a “beauty vlogger,” and one named James Charles has lost 2.7 million YouTube subscribers on since Friday. Charles became, as the kids say, “canceled” after another “prominent creator” named Tati Westbrook posted a lengthy video in which she publicly ended their friendship because Charles had used Snapchat to promote a certain wellness brand and because she believed that Charles was acting sexually “aggressive” with other men. Westbrook, meanwhile, has gained 3.5 million subscribers. [The Verge]
$1.6 billion in funding
NASA is after $1.6 billion in increased funding for its mission to return to the moon by 2024, an endeavor called Artemis. As part of this mission, NASA plans to put a woman on the lunar surface for the first time. [Gizmodo]
You get this, right? Why not send Tati Westbrook to the moon?