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13
Oct
2020
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Amy Coney Barrett Memes Flood the Internet After She’s Asked to Hold Up Her Notepad

A particularly meme-able moment to come out of Tuesday’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing was when Senator John Cornyn asked Judge Amy Coney Barrett to share her notes with the room.



a person talking on a cell phone: Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett holds up an empty notepad before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the second day of her Supreme Court confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill on Tuesday in Washington, D.C. The moment was then taken and turned into various memes that were shared on the internet.


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Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett holds up an empty notepad before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the second day of her Supreme Court confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill on Tuesday in Washington, D.C. The moment was then taken and turned into various memes that were shared on the internet.

Cornyn, a Republican member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, told Barrett that senators had multiple notebooks, notes and books to reference during the hearing. Then, he asked if she could hold up the preparatory materials she was using to answer the committee’s questions, at which point she showed them a blank notepad save the Senate’s letterhead

“That’s impressive,” Cornyn said before continuing on with his other line of questioning.

As the internet often does, social media users capitalized on the moment to put their own spin on what transpired. Comedian Kathy Griffin, who’s butted heads with President Donald Trump on numerous occasions, posted a photo of Barrett with her notebook and said it was a photo of her “brain scan.”

For America, a right-wing digital activist organization, posted on Twitter a fake conversation between a Democratic senator and Barrett. They edited the pad of paper to read, “I know the cases you are bringing up better than you do,” as a response to a senator highlighting a court case during their questioning.

Another user going by the Twitter

07
Oct
2020
Posted in internet

Kamala Harris Memes Flood Internet as Her Reactions to Mike Pence Go Viral

Memes of Democratic Senator Kamala Harris flooded the internet during the Wednesday night vice presidential debate as social media users posted humorous images and videos that highlighted her opposition to Republican Vice President Mike Pence.

One of the earliest memes posted during the debate was from the Republican-led political action committee, The Lincoln Project, focusing on Harris’ face as she listened to Pence speak.

One of the most viral memes came from American activist Jamira Burley, who seemed to strike a nerve about men condescending to women.

Another meme from American commentator and editor of PC Magazine, Lance Ulanoff, highlighted comedian Maya Rudolph’s depiction of Harris on the long-running comedy sketch show Saturday Night Live.

Washinton Post contributor Jonathan Capehart succinctly summarized Harris’ sentiments in the debate by showing an animated GIF of the vice-presidential nominee.

Before the debate, late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel poked fun at the plexiglass divider between Harris and Pence, meant to serve as protection against possible COVID-19 transmission, by comparing it to the protective glass between FBI Agent Clarissa Starling and cannibal Hannibal Lector in the 1991 film The Silence of the Lambs.

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Memes of U.S. Senator Kamala Harris of California have started flooding the internet during her Vice Presidential debate with Republican Vice President Mike Pence.
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Josh Marshall, a contributor of Talking Points Memo, posted a video of a boxing match as an “infographic” of Harris’ treatment of Republican President Donald Trump during the debate.

Artist Aman Chaudhary depicted Pence as a literal gaslight as a way to accuse him of “gaslighting,”a term for manipulating someone into questioning their own sanity. The Trump administration has often been accused of gaslighting Americans by getting them to doubt news and scientific reports.

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03
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

Flood barrier successfully protects Venice from high tide

VENICE, Italy (Reuters) – A long-delayed flood barrier system successfully protected Venice from a high tide for the first time on Saturday, bringing big relief to the lagoon city after years of repeated inundations.



a large ship in a body of water: Mose flood barrier scheme is used for the first time, in Venice


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Mose flood barrier scheme is used for the first time, in Venice



a large ship in a body of water: Mose flood barrier scheme is used for the first time, in Venicece


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Mose flood barrier scheme is used for the first time, in Venicece

“Today, everything is dry,” mayor Luigi Brugnaro said on Twitter. “Pride and joy.”

The network of 78 bright yellow barriers that guard the entrance to the delicate Venetian lagoon lifted from the sea bed as the tide, driven by strong winds and rain, started to climb.

City officials had forecast a tide of 130 cm (4.27 ft), well below the devastating the 187 cm tide that battered Venice last November, but enough to leave low-lying areas deep under water.



a ship in a body of water: Mose flood barrier scheme is used for the first time, in Venice


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Mose flood barrier scheme is used for the first time, in Venice

However, when the expected peak came shortly after midday, the famed St. Marks Square, one of the first places in Venice to flood, remained largely dry.

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The multi-billion-euro flood defence system, known as Mose, was due to come into service in 2011, but the project was plagued by corruption, cost overruns and prolonged delays.

It was finally tested in July and engineers deemed it was ready to use in bad weather.

Venice’s floods, “acqua alta” (high water) in Italian, are caused by a combination of factors exacerbated by climate change – from rising sea levels and unusually high tides to land subsidence that has caused the ground level of the city to sink.

Mose is designed to protect Venice from tides of up to 3 metres, well beyond current records, but some experts worry it will be overwhelmed by the