‘Stop Making Sense’: Inside the Film’s Must-Watch Talking Heads Performance

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In the conversation of best concert films, there’s a clear winner: Stop Making Sense. Jonathan Demme’s 1984 film, a gorgeous capture of one of Talking Heads’ live shows, is a gift to both music fans and cinephiles: a record of an all-time great band at its all-time greatest. Back in theaters Sept. 29 in honor of its 40th anniversary, following a weeklong run in glorious IMAX, the newly restored film has never looked or sounded better. It’s a near-perfect concert film in its most-perfect state.

But deciding which of Stop Making Sense’s performances is best is another story. Is it “Girlfriend Is Better,” when frontman David Byrne dons an instantly iconic big suit? Is it “This Must Be the Place,” when the band performs in the glow of nothing but an ornate, standing lamp? What about “Once in a Lifetime,” which is almost filmed like a horror film, made at once comic and rousing by Byrne aping the choreography from the song’s MTV-famous music video, Buddy Holly glasses and all?

For my money, the film’s greatest sequence is “Life During Wartime.” It’s the seventh song of the 90-minute, 16-song tracklist—relatively early for a showstopper. But show-stopping it is, thanks to the Fear of Music track’s raucously funky reworking. The song’s crowd-pleasing tendencies shine through in the live setting, benefitting from the twice-as-big, twice-as-danceable onstage band. No matter how many times Byrne insists that “this ain’t no party/ this ain’t no disco,” the band’s performance of “Life During Wartime” insists that Stop Making Sense is absolutely both.

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Ex-House Speaker Newt Gingrich says he could ‘afford to have five or six people be idiots’ during standoffs in the 1990s, a contrast to the numerous GOP hardliners creating challenges for McCarthy

Kevin McCarthy, left, and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

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Newt Gingrich recently told Politico of the difference between the ’90s-era House GOP and today’s slim majority.
The ex-speaker said he could “afford to have five or six people be idiots” in the face of a shutdown.
Speaker Kevin McCarthy on Saturday muscled through a stopgap bill with mostly Democratic support.

The dynamics of what has fueled recent gridlock on Capitol Hill can be boiled down to numbers.

While Democrats retain a slight majority in the Senate, even with the recent passing of Dianne Feinstein of California, House Republicans must contend with a razor-thin 221-213 majority — putting the GOP conference in a precarious position as any major bloc within the party can help pass or scuttle critical pieces of legislation.

The House is a sharply partisan body, as opposed to the more deliberative upper chamber, which has a 60-vote threshold to pass most major bills.

So House Speaker Kevin McCarthy of California faced a critical challenge on Saturday as he pushed through a 45-day stopgap spending measure to keep the government funded through November and avert a shutdown, pending Senate approval of the bill by the end of the day.

The measure passed 335-91, with only 126 Republicans backing the bill and 90 voting against.

Earlier attempts to pass a bill with additional spending for Ukraine failed, with many conservatives opposed to increased aid for the the country’s ongoing war with Russia.

With such a thin majority and the continued threat of future shutdowns, longtime Capitol Hill staffers and ex-lawmakers recalled the friction between President Bill Clinton and Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich of Georgia in the 1990s.

But Gingrich, who held the speaker’s gavel from 1995 to 1999, recently remarked to Politico of the difficult predicament of the current GOP majority, which has virtually no margin for error to pass the party’s priorities.

After the 1994 elections, House Republicans secured a 230-seat majority, and they won 226 seats after the 1996 elections.

During the Clinton administration, Gingrich told Politico that he could “afford to have five or six people be idiots.”

Republican Rep. Darrell Issa of California, who served from 2001 to 2019 and returned to Congress in 2021, told the publication that government shutdowns “begin with people confident that the shutdown is a good thing.”

“And end with people knowing that it wasn’t,” he added.

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Where to watch Canelo vs. Charlo live stream from anywhere: Cheapest PPV prices compared

Watch Canelo defend his undisputed super middleweight championship against Jermell Charlo.

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There’s not long to go for tonight’s middleweight title fight, and we can show you how to watch the Canelo vs. Charlo live stream, from anywhere. We’ve compared PPV prices and regular international streaming options to find the best fit for you in the US, UK, and more.

Canelo Alvarez is putting all four of his super middleweight titles (WBC, WBO, WBA, and IBF) on the line against Jermell Charlo. Charlo is an equally decorated fighter, currently recognized as the undisputed light middleweight world champion with belts from all four major boxing federations. These titles won’t be unified as a result of this fight, but Canelo could walk away with eight belts if he pulls off the upset.

Canelo comes in as the clear favorite in Vegas odds. Weighing into that equation is a size advantage (Charlo had to move up two weight classes to qualify, and he barely eked in), not to mention his sheer aptitude for boxing with a career record of 59-2-2 and 39 knockouts. It won’t be easy against Charlo, however, who has only suffered one loss and one draw in his pro boxing career of 37 fights. Of his 35 wins, 19 have been by knockout.

The fight takes place tonight in Las Vegas, Nevada at the T-Mobile Arena, with the main card’s opening bell ringing promptly at 8 p.m. ET. You can use a VPN if you live in a country that isn’t airing the fight or if you want to access a cheaper live stream, like the UK’s version of DAZN.

Canelo vs. Charlo boxing live stream quick links:

Access cheap live streams internationally via ExpressVPN (try it risk-free for 30 days)USA: FITE ($84.99)UK: DAZN (£9.99)Australia: Main Event PPV via Kayo Sports ($39.95)Main Card: Tonight at 8 p.m. ET / 1 a.m. BST (Sun) / 2 a.m. CEST (Sun) / 10 a.m. AEST (Sun)

How to watch Canelo vs. Charlo live streams from anywhere 

In the United States, you can catch the fight airing live on FITE.TV. If you prefer to order on your cable or satellite box, you can order it directly through Showtime PPV (this option is also available in Canada). It costs $84.99, no matter which you choose. That’s a lot of money, and not everyone lives in the United States. If that’s you, keep reading for cheaper options.

DAZN is showing the fight in the UK and Ireland. Delightfully, you don’t have to pay extra—get yourself a DAZN subscription (plans start at £9.99 per month), and your virtual ticket is punched. If you’re not in one of those countries, you can unlock those borders with the magic of VPNs (signing up for a VPN and a DAZN subscription is still much cheaper than US options), and we’ll divulge more on that below.

Short for virtual private network, a VPN essentially allows you to visit websites and services that would usually be blocked by your geographical location. It also secures your network activity with top-grade encryption, so no one can know what you’re up to, even if they’ve tapped into your network.

Don’t have a VPN? The best VPN we’ve tested and used for years is ExpressVPN. It’s great for streaming from international sources and also beefs up your online security. ExpressVPN is on sale for a great offer right now. You can save 49% on the usual price and get three months for free.

If you run into trouble signing up for the fight, you’ll want to be aware of ExpressVPN’s 30-day money-back guarantee. You can request a refund any time within the introductory period, no questions asked. Insider’s ExpressVPN review lays out everything you need to know about the service and all its benefits.

How to watch Canelo vs. Charlo with a VPN

Sign up for a VPN if you don’t have one.Install it on the device you’re using to watch the game.Turn it on and set it to a UK location.Go to DAZN. Sign up for an account with a local postcode and payment method.Watch Canelo vs. Charlo.When: Tonight at 8 p.m. ET / 1 a.m. BST (Sun) / 2 a.m. CEST (Sun) / 10 a.m. AEST (Sun).

Canelo vs. Charlo fight card

Here are all the fights happening before the main event. The main card begins at 8 p.m. ET / 1 a.m. BST. 

Canelo Alvarez vs. Jermell Charlo (Super middleweight bout for Alvarez’s WBC, WBO, WBA and IBF titles)Jesus Ramos Jr. vs. Erickson Lubin (Light middleweight bout)Yordenis Ugas vs. Mario Barrios (Welterweight bout for vacant WBC interim title)Elijah Garcia vs. Armando Resendiz (Middleweight bout)Frank Sanchez vs. Scott Alexander (Heavyweight bout)Gabriel Valenzuela vs. Yeis Gabriel Solano (Super lightweight bout)Terrell Gausha vs. KeAndre Leatherwood (Middleweight bout)Oleksandr Gvozdyk vs. Isaac Rodrigues (Light heavyweight bout)Curmel Moton vs. Ezequiel Flores (Super featherweight bout)Justin Viloria vs. Angel Barrera (Super featherweight bout)Bek Nurmaganbet vs. Abimbola Osundairo (Super middleweight bout)Abilkhan Amankul vs. Joeshon James (Middleweight bout)

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McCarthy tells Republicans threatening to oust him to ‘bring it’ after House passes stopgap spending bill with mostly Democratic votes

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy of California, center, is flanked by Majority Whip Tom Emmer of Minnesota, left, and GOP Conference Chair Elise Stefanik of New York after the House approved a 45-day funding bill to keep federal agencies open.

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Kevin McCarthy on Saturday forcefully defended House passage of a 45-day stopgap spending bill.
The bill, if passed by the Senate, will fund the government through November and avert a shutdown.
McCarthy dared his detractors to force a “motion to vacate” — a vote that could end his speakership.

A defiant Kevin McCarthy on Saturday told House Republican critics calling for his ouster as speaker to “bring it” after the lower chamber passed a 45-day stopgap spending measure with mostly Democratic votes to avoid a government shutdown.

McCarthy, who has been on thin ice with the ultraconservative Freedom Caucus even before he became speaker in January, said that “there has to be an adult in the room” as he spoke after passage of the bill.

The stopgap measure, which will avert a shutdown and fund the government through November should the Senate pass the bill by the end of the day, passed overwhelmingly, in a 335-91 vote. But the bill was backed by 209 Democrats and 126 Republicans, with 90 Republicans voting against the measure (only one Democrat voted against the bill).

Funding for additional Ukraine aid and border security provisions were not included in the stopgap bill — which frustrated many Democrats and Republicans, respectively.

But with Democrats comprising of a majority of support for the “clean” measure in the GOP-led House, conservatives already frustrated with McCarthy appear closer than ever in seeking to challenge his leadership.

Republicans have a razor-thin 221-212 majority, a dynamic which has given outsized power to conservatives in shaping how the House has been run this year. But many of them remain dissatisfied with McCarthy.

For weeks, Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida has spoken of his desire to push McCarthy on more conservative demands and has dangled the threat of introducing a “motion to vacate” — which would put the speakership of the California Republican up for a vote.

McCarthy on Saturday was undeterred by any threats, though.

“If someone wants to make a motion against me, bring it,” the speaker said during an afternoon news conference.

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He’s Stuck in War-Torn Ukraine. Bankman-Fried Doesn’t Want Him to Testify.

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In an unusual dispute, prosecutors are petitioning a judge to let a witness testify virtually against FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried. The reason the witness can’t attend the trial in person: he is stuck in war-torn Ukraine.

In a letter submitted on Saturday, prosecutors wrote that the former crypto billionaire’s defense team does not consent to the request. This leaves them in a difficult bind. Under Ukrainian law, the young male witness—who allegedly “lost a substantial portion of his life savings that he had entrusted to [Bankman-Fried’s crypto exchange] FTX”—is not allowed to leave the country, since he may be called upon to fight in the war.

Even if the witness receives clearance to leave, they continued, he would “still need to travel by a combination of train and bus for several hundred miles through Ukraine during an ongoing war, cross a border to a neighboring country that has international flights to the United States, travel an additional distance to the nearest international airport, and then travel by air to the United States.” Government officials pegged that itinerary as a three-day trip each way.

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Ukraine is retrofitting agricultural drones designed for farmers with 20-kilogram bombs that can be aimed at tanks

Ukraine drone operators are taking agricultural drones and using them to target Russian tanks.

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Ukraine is using drones meant for farmers to target Russia’s tanks.
They retrofit the drones with weapons and other components before sending them into battle.
This resourcefulness is part of a larger Ukrainian reliance on low-cost consumer drones.

Ukraine has a new weapon against Russia: “The bat.”

It’s a rotor-powered drone that can carry multiple 20-kilogram shells, which Ukrainian forces launch toward Russian tanks.

The drone was intended to be used by farmers, The New York Times reported.

The machines were supplied by Reactive Drone, a Ukrainian company founded in 2017 to provide farmers with drones that can spray pesticides, according to the Times.

When Russia invaded Ukraine in February 2022, company founder Oleksii Kolesnyk told the Times he and his team started turning the farming tools into battle machines within days.

Kolesnyk’s efforts reflect a larger trend in Ukraine’s drone strategy: turning low-cost consumer drones into military weapons. In addition to the farm drones, Ukrainian forces are also relying on low-cost hobbyist drones to take down Russian armored vehicles.

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NY Democrat Congressman Pulled Fire Alarm in Shutdown Mayhem

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The dysfunction in Washington reached an even higher peak on Saturday, as a New York congressman pulled a fire alarm while Democrats were trying to stall a short-term funding bill.

Democratic representative Jamaal Bowman was the person responsible for the alarm. The Committee on House Administration, which is helmed by Republican lawmakers, said “an investigation into why it was pulled is underway.”

A spokesperson for Bowman offered an inscrutable explanation for the incident in a statement to Axios reporter Andrew Solender: “Congressman Bowman did not realize he would trigger a building alarm as he was rushing to make an urgent vote. The Congressman regrets any confusion.”

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Republicans are accusing a Democratic lawmaker of pulling a fire alarm to buy time before a House vote on the stopgap spending bill

Rep. Jamaal Bowman of New York.

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Republicans on Saturday said Rep. Jamaal Bowman pulled a fire alarm in a House office building.
“Rep Jamaal Bowman pulled a fire alarm in Cannon this morning,” Rep. Bryan Steil wrote on X.
Steil, the chairman of the House Administration Committee, said an investigation was underway.

House Republicans on Saturday said that Democratic Rep. Jamaal Bowman pulled a fire alarm in a congressional office building as Democrats sought to delay a vote on a GOP-authored stopgap spending bill.

Rep. Bryan Steil of Wisconsin, the chairman of the House Administration Committee, took to X, formerly Twitter, in making the announcement about the two-term New York Democrat.

“Rep Jamaal Bowman pulled a fire alarm in Cannon this morning. An investigation into why it was pulled is underway,” he wrote.

Bowman’s chief of staff, Sarah Iddrissu, later responded on X that the lawmaker “did not realize he would trigger a building alarm as he was rushing to make an urgent vote. The Congressman regrets any confusion.”

Republicans have said that the act was captured on camera.

While a video of the incident has not yet been released, a photo of an individual near a fire alarm was released Saturday afternoon by the Capitol Police.

—Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) September 30, 2023

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, with whom Bowman has sparred in the past, quickly took to X to accuse the progressive congressman of interrupting “an official proceeding.”

The House did eventually pass the stopgap spending measure, which keeps the government funded for 45 more days, on Saturday afternoon. It now heads to the Senate for a vote.

If the Senate doesn’t pass the bill by midnight, the federal government will officially shut down.

Insider reached out to Bowman’s office for comment.

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Sam Altman says AI systems will automate some tasks but also lead to ‘new and much better jobs’

In response to a tweet from Flexport’s Ryan Petersen, Sam Altman said AI’s strength is speeding up tasks.

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Sam Altman said in a post on X that the strength of AI systems is automating tasks, not jobs.
Altman also admitted, however, that AI might be able to do some of today’s jobs in the future.
“We will find new and much better jobs when that happens!” he wrote.

As rapid advances in AI reshape the way we work, many workers are fretting about whether their jobs might be replaced.

But ChatGPT boss Sam Altman says we shouldn’t start panicking yet. “Important point here: These systems are much better at doing tasks than jobs,” he wrote in a post on X on Friday.

—Sam Altman (@sama) September 29, 2023


Altman was responding to Flexport CEO Ryan Petersen, who wrote in a post on X earlier this week that certain teams at the logistics company were already seeing how AI could speed up tasks.

“Thanks to our new GPT-4 based copilot that Flexport ops tech team rolled out this week, a task that used to take operators 30 minutes can now be done in 20 seconds with a single prompt,” Petersen wrote.

—Ryan Petersen (@typesfast) September 27, 2023


Flexport is a logistics company that acts as a middleman between businesses with goods to ship and carriers moving those goods globally. Earlier this month the company also rolled out a new AI-powered supply chain platform to help businesses automate the movement of their products.  

“A huge number of similar tasks in freight forwarding will be susceptible to similar AI-based automation. We plan to knock them all down one by one in the months ahead,” Petersen wrote. 

Flexport did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for a comment (made outside normal business hours) so it’s not clear exactly how this “huge number” of potentially automated tasks Petersen is referring to will impact actual jobs at the company. Petersen took over as Flexport’s sole CEO earlier this month and, somewhat controversially, rescinded dozens of offer letters just days before the new hires were supposed to start.

Petersen noted in his post that the labor cost of coordinating freight accounts for about 10% of the cost of international shipping. “AI will make almost everything you buy cheaper,” he wrote.

Altman used Petersen’s post to reiterate what he sees as AI’s strengths — at least right now — in helping people do their work faster and producing “qualitative changes” in performance. Altman added that he’s not “trying to hide the ball” on the fact that AI systems will be able to perform “today’s jobs” in the long run. “Confident we will find new and much better jobs when that happens!” he wrote.

And there is data on AI’s impact on the workforce to support Altman’s belief. In a report from July, McKinsey estimated that while 12 million people will move into a different field of work by 2030, generative AI is also likely to enhance roles across STEM, creative, business, and legal professionals instead of “eliminating a significant number of jobs outright.”

A March report from Goldman Sachs also noted that though AI’s impact on the labor market is likely to be significant, many jobs, and even industries, are only “partially exposed to automation and are thus more likely to be complemented rather than substituted by AI.” Goldman’s report suggested that just 7% of current US employment is likely to be substituted by AI — mostly legal and administrative fields — while 63% of jobs are likely to be complemented by it, and 30% won’t be impacted at all.  

OpenAI did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Insider, also made outside normal business hours. 

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Progressives are pressing California Gov. Gavin Newsom to reverse his earlier vow to tap a Senate caretaker and instead appoint Barbara Lee to succeed Dianne Feinstein

Gov. Gavin Newsom of California, left, and Rep. Barbara Lee of California.

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Progressives want Gavin Newsom to tap Rep. Barbara Lee to succeed Dianne Feinstein in the Senate.
But such a move would reverse Newsom’s earlier pledge to appoint a caretaker to the seat.
Lee was already running to succeed Feinstein alongside Reps. Adam Schiff and Katie Porter.

Earlier in September, California Gov. Gavin Newsom was asked about how he’d approach a Senate vacancy if veteran lawmaker Dianne Feinstein’s seat opened up before she was set to step down in January 2025.

Newsom, who, like Feinstein, was a former San Francisco mayor, pointed to his previous vow to appoint a Black woman to the Senate while emphasizing that he’d only appoint a caretaker who wouldn’t run for a full term. At the time, he said that tapping a candidate now in the Senate race could unfairly “tip the balance” of the contest.

But with the Thursday death of Feinstein, a political institution in the Golden State for decades, Newsom will now have to make a choice, and many progressives are pushing him to appoint Rep. Barbara Lee — a longtime Oakland lawmaker and liberal stalwart who’s already in the Senate contest.

However, well-known Democratic Reps. Adam Schiff and Katie Porter are also in the race, complicating matters for the governor as he now risks alienating swaths of his party’s electorate ahead of what is a probable 2028 Democratic presidential candidacy.

Rep. Ro Khanna, a Bay Area lawmaker who in March endorsed Lee’s Senate bid, took to X on Friday to make the case for Lee, noting that Newsom appointed now-Sen. Alex Padilla to the upper chamber without a caretaker stipulation. (The governor appointed Padilla to the Senate to succeed now-Vice President Kamala Harris.)

“When Newsom appointed Padilla for VP seat he didn’t appoint a caretaker,” Khanna wrote. “It would be a severe blow to African Americans & progressives for him to appoint one now for political gain. @BarbaraLeeForCA is the most qualified candidate to meet Newsom’s pledge.”

Higher Heights for America PAC, a political action committee focused on electing progressive Black women to statewide and federal positions, on Friday called on Newsom to tap Lee to the Feinstein seat.

“We don’t see this as someone who would be babysitting a Senate seat, but we want the person who would be most effective at doing the job,” Higher Heights vice president of communications Aprill Turner told The Washington Post. “We think that is Barbara Lee.”

Turner implored Newsom to rethink his pledge to appoint an interim senator and instead capitalize on Lee’s years of federal legislative experience.

“She would be most prepared to step in and carry forth the work Senator Feinstein has worked on for so many decades,” she told the newspaper.

And Anish Mohanty, the communications director at Gen-Z for Change, told The Post that Newsom tapping an interim senator would seemingly feel “disingenuous.” The nonprofit advocacy organization, which utilizes social media to engage young voters with politics, threw its support behind Lee in August.

Lee said earlier in September that she was “troubled” by Newsom’s thinking on what was then a hypothetical Senate appointment.

“The idea that a Black woman should be appointed only as a caretaker to simply check a box is insulting to countless Black women across this country who have carried the Democratic Party to victory election after election,” she said at the time.

Newsom on Friday didn’t discuss his thinking regarding a Feinstein successor, with his office stating that they sought to instead highlight Feinstein’s life as a “trailblazing senator” and the late senator’s relationship with the governor as a “dear friend, lifelong mentor, and a role model.”

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