For a state where the car is king, California’s roads are in pretty terrible shape. This is particularly true in Oakland, California where tens of thousands of unfilled potholes wreak havoc on San Francisco Bay Area drivers every day.
“You can’t can’t go one block without hitting a massive pothole and having your coffee jump out of the coffee holder,” Brian, who asked that his last name be withheld, told VICE News. “After so many years, we just decided to do something about it.”
At the end of April, Brian and his friend Eric bought a tamper and some asphalt, watched a few YouTube videos, and went out in the middle of the night and filled a particularly bad pothole.
They kept at it over the following weeks, documenting their exploits on Instagram and getting a lot of likes.
Calling themselves the Pothole Vigilantes, the duo struck a chord in the scarred city.
John DeLorean has a biography that could have been reverse-engineered from a Hollywood epic about the rise and fall of an auto industry titan.
The story of Delorean’s life suggests Citizen Kane set in the world of the automotive industry, so it’s no wonder there have been dozens of attempts to turn his life into a biopic.
That’s information we learn right away from “Framing John DeLorean,” a documentary that uses reenactments (featuring Alec Baldwin as Delorean) and archival footage to dramatize Delorean’s flamboyant life and spectacular downfall.
Directors Don Argott and Sheena M. Joyce understand that DeLorean’s appeal lies in his glamorous life and tragic demise, and they have made a fast-paced, richly designed, sprightly edited work about their ostentatious and irresistible subject.
“Framing John Delorean” arrives in theaters and Video on Demand on June 7.
Earlier this week, chip designer ARM announced that it was cutting ties with Huawei, in the interests of “complying with all of the latest regulations set forth by the U.S. government.” It’s a catastrophe for Huawei’s device business, halting its access to current and future chip designs and coming on the heels of similar breaks from Google and Microsoft.
Security experts have been warning about Huawei for more than a year, but it’s only in the last week that those warnings have escalated into an all-out trade blockade on the company’s U.S. partners.
There’s never been a full accounting of why the U.S. government believes Huawei is such a threat, in large part because of national security interests, which means much of the evidence remains secret.
But it’s worth tracing out exactly where the concerns are coming from, and where they could go from here.
Watch “The Huawei Ban is Much Bigger Than You Think” above and read the story at The Verge.