FROM Louie Psihoyos
Of Man and (Killer) Whales Just three days after a six-ton killer whale battered and drowned his trainer in front of a horrified crowd, SeaWorld opened again this weekend in Orlando, San Antonio and San Diego. Tilikum, the orca that did the killing, will continue life as a valuable stud who's fathered 13 calves — and as a performer.
Of Man and (Killer) Whales Just three days after a six-ton killer whale battered and drowned his trainer in front of a horrified crowd, SeaWorld opened again this weekend in Orlando, San Antonio and San Diego. Tilikum, the Orca that did the killing, will continue life as a valuable stud who's fathered 13 calves — and as a performer. Critics are asking challenging questions. Can human beings ever know what a killer whale is thinking? Should orcas be released to sea rather than held in captivity to entertain human beings? We hear from both sides and look at the controversy about dolphins kicked up by The Cove , a documentary nominated for an Oscar.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?