Culture critic: Why Do Smart People Send Nude Selfies?
In at least one way, suggests The Atlantic’s Amanda Mull, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is exactly like a huge number of Americans: The world’s richest man “has dashed off explicit texts and some predictably composed nudes to a romantic partner with little apparent regard for whether it could come back to bite him in the ass.” This became known when Bezos disclosed what he called a blackmail and extortion attempt by The National Enquirer.
Apparently, “the smart and powerful probably aren’t any less prone to sexting than the rest of us.” That’s especially true in cases of “stepping out behind a partner’s back,” as Bezos was. Moreover, “people who feel like they have irrevocable power are significantly more likely to take risky decisions.” And who has more irrevocable power than Jeff Bezos?
Conservative: An Ominous Moment for Pro-Lifers
The pro-life movement on Thursday relearned “the bitter lesson of 46 years of judicial battles,” laments National Review’s David French: Put not your faith in judges, for they shall disappoint you. With Chief Justice John Roberts joining the four liberals, the US Supreme Court granted an emergency stay of a Louisiana law, upheld by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, requiring all doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital.
What makes this ominous is that “emergency stays are granted only when — among other factors — ‘there exists a significant possibility of reversal of the lower court’s decision.’ ” Moreover, Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s dissent was “on the most narrow possible grounds.” In short, “grounds for pro-life optimism are fading yet again.”