Jane Goodall compares Trump's debate style to male chimpanzee performances

Jane Goodall compares Trump's debate style to male chimpanzee performances

In a story relating to the upcoming debates, The Atlantic explored Donald Trump‘s approach in the Republican primary debates and factors that contributed to his success.

As part of the piece, the media outlet reached out to various experts who could reflect on the aspects of “intellectual and emotional persuasion.”

Among them was the famed anthropologist Jane Goodall who drew comparisons between Trump’s debate style and behaviors of some of the male chimpanzees she has observed.

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Goodall told The Atlantic, “In many ways the performances of Donald Trump remind me of male chimpanzees and their dominance rituals…In order to impress rivals, males seeking to rise in the dominance hierarchy perform spectacular displays: stamping, slapping the ground, dragging branches, throwing rocks. The more vigorous and imaginative the display, the faster the individual is likely to rise in the hierarchy, and the longer he is likely to maintain that position.”

She recalled one chimp in particular, named Mike, who established his dominance through such tactics. Goodall said that she will be thinking of Mike while watching the debates in the days ahead.

The first one is set to take place on September 26 at Hofstra University.

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'La La Land' wins Audience Prize at Toronto Film Festival

'La La Land' wins Audience Prize at Toronto Film Festival

By Brent Lang

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) – “La La Land,” Damien Chazelle’s musical ode to Los Angeles, captured the audience award at the Toronto International Film Festival after screening to standing ovations and rave reviews.

The film and stars Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling are widely expected to be major Oscar season players. To snag the prize in Toronto, “La La Land” bested runner-ups “Lion” and “Queen of Katwe,” two inspirational dramas that also generated some heat up north.

The victory could bolster “La La Land’s” chances of picking up the movie business’ top prize. After all, five audience award winners have gone on to capture best picture, a group that includes “Slumdog Millionaire,” “12 Years a Slave,” “The King’s Speech,” “American Beauty” and “Chariots of Fire.” Lionsgate will release “La La Land” in theaters on Dec. 2. It marks Chazelle’s follow-up to his acclaimed 2014 indie, “Whiplash.”

Ben Wheatley’s “Free Fire” received the Midnight Madness audience award. The action thriller stars Brie Larson and screened along with other genre offerings. Raoul Peck picked up the people’s choice documentary award for “I Am Not Your Negro,” a look at one of writer James Baldwin’s unfinished works.

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The audience award winners are voted on by festival-goers after public screenings. The festival also has several jury prizes, one of which recognized Pablo Larrain’s “Jackie,” a biopic about Jacqueline Kennedy. The film took the platform prize, which rewards superior filmmaking. “Jackie” entered the festival looking for distribution. Fox Searchlight beat out a number of bidders to land rights to the project and is expected to do a major awards push for star Natalie Portman.

Here are the other winners:

Dropbox Discovery Programme Filmmakers Award: “Jeffrey”

Short Cuts Awards (Canadian film): “Mutants”

Short Cuts Awards Best Short Film: “Imago”

City Of Toronto Award Best First Canadian Feature: “Old Stone”

Canada Goose Best Canadian Feature: “Those Who Make Revolution Halfway Only Dig Their Own Graves”

Fipresci Jury Prize, Discovery Section: “Kati Kati”

Special Presentation Section: “I Am Not Madame Bovary”

Network For Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC) award: “In Between”

Emmy Awards: Take a look at the most iconic Emmy dresses of all time

Emmy Awards: Take a look at the most iconic Emmy dresses of all time

Dressing for the red carpet is no easy feat, and every year celebrity women bring out their best for the Emmy Awards.

Some of the most memorable fashion moments in history happened during the September award show. As we get excited about the 2016 Emmy Awards on September 18, let’s take a look back at some of the best dresses in Emmy history. From Sarah Jessica Parker to Blake Lively, these dazzling dresses did not disappoint.

Clinton losing key millennial support nationally and in key states

Clinton losing key millennial support nationally and in key states

New polls released this week suggests Hillary Clinton has a growing problem with millennial voters and that’s a major concern for the Democratic presidential nominee.

Both national polls and surveys in swing states show Clinton has seen a slide with voters younger than 35, particularly when Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson and Green Party candidate Jill Stein are factored in.

  • A national Quinnipiac poll showed Clinton capturing 31% of the vote among voters 18-to-34 years of age and a slim 5-point lead over Trump. In August Clinton had 48% of that vote and a 24-point lead over Trump.
  • A Fox News poll of the national electorate showed Clinton winning 37% of the youth vote and leading Donald Trump by 9 points. In August, the poll showed her support at 39% and leading Trump by 8 points.
  • In Ohio, a CBS/YouGov poll showed Clinton doing better with voters under 30, winning 51% of them and holding 32-point lead on Trump. But that number was down from August when Clinton won 57% of that vote and a held a 38-point lead.
  • A Detroit Free Press poll in Michigan showed a big dip among voters under 35. In the new poll she has 31% of that vote and a 7-point lead over Trump. In August she had 44% of that vote and a 24-point lead.

The lower numbers are a big problem for Clinton because Democrats need a lot of votes from the younger part of the electorate to offset losses they normally get with older voters. Consider 2012 when Millennials gave President Barack Obama his biggest numbers by far. He captured 60% of the under-30 vote in the national electorate, compared to just 37% that went for GOP nominee Mitt Romney.

Obama did even better with that age group in Michigan and Ohio with 63% of the under-30 vote.

It’s an issue Obama himself addressed in his campaign appearance in Philadelphia last Tuesday. In trying to rally the coalition that elected him twice to get enthusiastic about backing Clinton, the president took a moment to address young voters:

“And the young people who are here, who all you’ve been seeing is just the nonsense that’s been on TV, you maybe don’t remember all the work that she has had to do and all the things she has had to overcome and all the good that has happened because of her efforts. But you need to remember. … She’s in the arena and you can’t leave her in there by herself, you’ve to get in there with her. You can’t stay home because, you know, she’s been around for a long time. Well you know what? This is not reality TV. Democracy is not a spectator sport. You don’t Tweet in your vote.”

First Lady Michelle Obama also hit the campaign trail last week, speaking at a rally at George Mason University in Virginia. “Let’s be clear, elections are not just about who votes, but who does not vote,” she told the students. “And that is especially true for young people, like all of you. In fact, in 2012, voters under the age of 30 provided the margin of victory for Barack in four key battleground states.”

So where is Clinton’s Millennial vote going? It depends on the poll you examine. Some of it is going to Trump and some to the undecided or “other” categories. But third party candidates seem to be playing an outsized role in 2016.

In the national Fox News and Ohio state polls. Libertarian Gary Johnson has seen small increases among Millennials since August, 2 points and 5 points respectively. In those polls Johnson sits at about 17% of the vote.

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In the national Quinnipiac and Michigan state polls, the Johnson gains among young voters are much more substantial, 13 points and 14 points respectively. He’s now garnering about a quarter of the vote in those polls.

In a close election those could be big numbers and they say a lot about the 2016 campaign. In a year full of strange wrinkles in the campaign, Mr. Johnson is not new. He ran in 2012 as well, as did Green Party candidate Jill Stein, but with very small impacts.

In 2012 the Johnson and Stein together garnered about 1.5% of the vote. Even among voters under the age of 30 they didn’t rack up big numbers. Exit polls show that Mr. Obama and Republican Mitt Romney together captured 97% of the 29-and-younger vote. That means Johnson, Stein and all other votes were a mere 3% of the younger voter tally.

But as the poll numbers above show, 2016 may be shaping up to be very different.

The question behind Clinton’s millennial dip is whether it represents a moment in time or a new norm. If the presidential race stays close, will younger voters decide to vote for one of the two major party candidates, go with a third-party option or stay home?

On that point, some of the key locales to watch in the coming months are communities with large pockets of Millennial voters, the nation’s college counties. Think of Dane County, Wisconsin, and Washtenaw County Michigan, the homes of the Universities of Wisconsin and Michigan respectively.

It’s fall, classes are back in session and the poll numbers suggest Clinton and other campaign surrogates may be logging some campus time in the coming weeks.

Chris Christie brushes off Trump's birtherism: 'It wasn't like he was talking about it on a regular basis'

Chris Christie brushes off Trump's birtherism: 'It wasn't like he was talking about it on a regular basis'

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie argued on Sunday that Donald Trump did not frequently question for years the validity of President Barack Obama’s US birthplace, though Trump pedaled the discredited conspiracy theory claiming Obama was not born in Hawaii since Obama’s first term.

In an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, days after Trump finally announced that he believed Obama was indeed born in the US, the governor insisted that it was “just not true” the Republican presidential nominee fanned the flames of birtherism for years.

“The birther issues is a done issue. I’ve said it’s a done issue for a long time, and Donald Trump has said it’s a done issue now,” Christie said.

“It wasn’t like he was talking about it on a regular basis until then,” he added, referring to Trump’s announcement on Friday. “And when the issue was raised, he made very clear the other day what his position is.”

Christie also pointed out that some of Hillary Clinton‘s 2008 campaign allies raised the conspiracy theory, though the Clinton campaign never officially weighed-in on the issue itself.

In the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary, Trump said for years that he was skeptical about Obama’s birthplace. He claimed he deployed private investigators to Hawaii who “could not believe what they’re finding” about Obama’s place of birth, though Trump never disclosed any other information about the supposed investigators.

And when Obama released his long form birth certificate, the real-estate magnate questioned the document’s authenticity, and suggested Obama release information from college including his passport.

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