The makers of 'Sesame Street' issued an official statement regarding Bert and Ernie's sexuality, after a former writer said he viewed them as a gay couple
- The non-profit organization behind "Sesame Street," Sesame Workshop, and former "Sesame Street" writer, Mark Saltzman, have very different thoughts on Bert and Ernie's sexuality.
- Sesame Workshop issued a statement Tuesday regarding Saltzman's comments in a recent interview, where he said that he viewed Bert and Ernie, "Sesame Street's" inseparable best buds, as a gay couple.
- Saltzman made his comments in an interview with Queerty that was published Sunday, and has since made the rounds on the internet.
Anita Hill: Senate should 'do better' than it did in 1991
- Washington (CNN) - Anita Hill on Tuesday called for the Senate to handle the allegation of sexual and physical assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh better than it did her accusation of sexual harassment against now-Justice Clarence Thomas nearly 30 years ago.
- Hill said the Senate Judiciary Committee "failed" to fulfill its proper role in its handling of Thomas' nomination and called for an independent investigation into the allegation by Kavanaugh's accuser, Christine Blasey Ford.
- Ford's accusation against Kavanaugh has drawn a multitude of comparisons to the allegation of sexual harassment Hill came forward with against Thomas during his confirmation process.
- Hill, then a University of Oklahoma law professor, appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee, which was chaired at the time by then-Sen. Joe Biden, and said Thomas sexually harassed her when she worked with him at the Education Department and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Grassley says Judiciary Committee hasn't heard back from Kavanaugh accuser
- Washington (CNN) - Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley says he has yet to hear back from Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of committing sexual and physical assault while they were both in high school.
- Tuesday morning, Grassley told Hugh Hewitt on his radio show that Ford has not accepted his request to appear before the committee.
- Both Kavanaugh and Ford have indicated a willingness to testify on the alleged incident, and the hearing scheduled for next Monday would give them each the opportunity to do so.
- Ford alleges that while the two were at a party in high school, Kavanaugh pushed her into a bedroom along with his friend Mark Judge, and attempted to remove her clothes.
- Kavanaugh and Judge have denied the accusations.
Amazon and Apple: Same valuation, but a trillion miles apart
- Apple’s latest raft of iPhones comes just a month after it became the first US company to be valued at a trillion dollars.
- It’s made no less remarkable by the fact that Amazon, at the comparatively tender age of 24, followed suit this month, also reaching the trillion-dollar valuation milestone.
- Yet even in its early days it was relentlessly investing in improving its automation and efficiency, suggesting the right products to the right customers at the right time, and ensuring it reached them in good time.
- Apple and Amazon are both incredible companies, with ‘stuff people want’ (beauty and efficiency, respectively) at their core.
- For Amazon, the $2 trillion mark probably isn’t too far away: it’s taken far less time to reach this valuation milestone than Apple, and has a stronger pipeline of innovation ahead of it.
Jack, Sheryl and the empty chair: A preview of Silicon Valley’s trip to Washington
- What happens if Republican senators, following the lead of Donald Trump and Sen. Orrin Hatch, use the hearing to rail against Facebook for real or imagined anti-conservative bias?
- Even in the most controlled setting, Twitter’s bias charges are difficult for Dorsey to swat away — in part because it’s hard to disprove a negative and in part because there is plenty of ammunition for conservatives who want to make bad-faith arguments.
- Add in Dorsey’s common-sense acknowledgement that Twitter employees have a “left-leaning bias” that they try hard to battle against and this week’s WSJ story reporting that Dorsey weighs in on what to do about high-profile Twitter users accused of bad behavior — which he says is not true — and it’s going to be a rough day.
Mark Zuckerberg has been fascinated by Augustus Caesar for years, and it raises some questions about the future of Facebook
- In a recent New Yorker profile, the tech mogul revealed that his fascination with the ancient Roman emperor Augustus even figured into his 2012 honeymoon in Rome.
- He accrued power and successfully waged war against the assassins, and, eventually, his early allies, like Mark Anthony.
- But his rule marked the death knell of the Republic and the dawn of the Roman Empire.
- Before his time, the Roman Republic had been roiled by a number of civil wars: Rome faced down its various Italian allies during the Social War; generals Marius and Sulla wrestled for control; Julius Caesar squared off against his rival Pompey.
- In the New Yorker interview, Zuckerberg rightfully concluded that the Pax Romana "didn't come for free" and vaguely acknowledged that Augustus "had to do certain things" in order to secure the peace.