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Trump is Global Journalism’s American Junk Food

Photo: Notions Capital (Flickr Creative Commons)

Photo: Notions Capital (Flickr Creative Commons)

He’s everywhere.

Spray-tanned face and white teeth exploding through the front pages of newspapers and magazines. Implausible hair mesmerizing on Twitter and Facebook. Comments on female journalists and illegal Mexican immigrants echoing across the ether. It is likely that Donald Trump will be nothing more than an ephemeral political phenomenon, but he is still a phenomenon.

Politically divisive at home, Trump unifies internationally. My utterly subjective sense is that he is the American many global citizens have been waiting for since the end of the George W. Bush presidency: an American the world can look at and ridicule, a symbol of US arrogance and anti-intellectualism. Paul Thomas of the New Zealand Herald put this view best when he wrote that, “Trump personifies everything the rest of the world despises about America: casual racism, crass materialism, relentless self-aggrandizement, vulgarity on an epic scale. He is the Ugly American in excelsis.”

Bashing the US is a favorite pastime of portions of the international press because we Americans have made it so damn easy.… Read the rest

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Breaking: TWO JOURNALISTS SHOT DEAD ON LIVE TV

breaking-header-810x456Rebel News reports:

While on live television this morning reporting from Bridgewater Plaza outside of Roanoke, VA, reporter Alison Parker, 24, and cameraman Adam Ward, 27, who worked together as partners at station WDBJ7, were murdered by a shooter who is, as of now, on the run.

Freeze frames of the live remote, which was on television around 6:45 a.m., have popped up on the Internet showing the shooter’s face, pointing the gun at his victims.

Pops can be heard in the disturbing video, with the camera Ward was holding falling to the ground with him, as he turned towards the assailant. The shot then quickly cut back to the studio with the anchor confused and questioning what just happened.

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Slender Man Is Watching

Page from Morgan Geyser’s notebook.

Page from Morgan Geyser’s notebook.

“If 12-year-olds Anissa Weier and Morgan Geyser knew that the internet character [Slender Man] they worshipped was a fantasy, why did they want to kill their friend for him?” asks New York Magazine:

Payton had been called “Bella” since about the first grade. Morgan had been ­Bella’s best friend since fourth. Both girls loved cats and ­playing dress-up. Morgan was obsessed with Harry Potter; at least one time at lunch, she and Bella imagined that Voldemort was pursuing them through the cafeteria. Now in sixth grade, they talked on the telephone every night. Morgan’s favorite teacher was Jill Weidenbaum, for reading and writing, and on May 30, 2014, the Friday of Morgan’s 12th-­birthday sleepover, both girls hung around Ms. ­Weidenbaum’s classroom after school, helping her clean up.

There were three girls at the sleepover at Morgan’s house that night: Morgan and Bella and Morgan’s newer friend Anissa, who lived in the same housing complex as Morgan — Sunset Apartments, on Big Bend Road — and rode the school bus with her every day.

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Fear From Above: Chemtrails vs. Conspiracy Theory in the Bay Area

Could the reason for alleged chemtrails spraying really be “Because they’re assholes”? From SF Weekly:

“If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don’t have to worry about answers.”

— Thomas Pynchon, Gravity’s Rainbow


Part I: Warriors for the Deep Blue Sky

Patrick Roddie films the sky every day. Two years ago, he rigged a camera on the roof of his apartment building in Lower Pacific Heights to record timelapses of the sun’s dawn-to-dusk arc, along with the sky’s usual bland traffic of birds, airplanes, and clouds.

Chemtrails

Many of Roddie’s timelapses — which he uploads to YouTube — capture something else, too: hazy, white threads that thicken in the wake of airplanes and sometimes tattoo the sky in grids. To the uninitiated, these are contrails, the harmless water vapor that commercial planes spume as they track across the sky at 30,000 feet. To Roddie and his followers, however, these are chemtrails, the toxic signature of a covert government program to slow global warming and control the weather.

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Graham Hancock: Awakening from Amnesia

Disinformation author Graham Hancock has just released a new video interview entitled “Awakening from Amnesia”:

He shares his views on psychedelics, the war on consciousness, the battle of good against evil, and the new paradigm of prehistory that is struggling to be born. Hancock’s latest non-fiction book Magicians of the Gods: The Forgotten Wisdom of Earth’s Lost Civilization, which presents stunning new evidence for a lost civilization destroyed in a global cataclysm at the end of the last Ice Age is discussed as well as the themes explored in his novels Entangled and the War God series. The interview was conducted by Aaron French, editor of Dark Discoveries Magazine.

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Bernie Sanders On The Issues

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This infographic originally appeared on PicturingPolitics.com. To see more a more in-depth overview of Bernie Sanders’ political stances, go here.

The internet has spoken. It’s in love with Bernie Sanders.

But in politics, as in real life, it’s important to try to really get to know the person you’re falling head over heals for.

With that in mind I decided to make a simple Bernie Sanders infographic displaying where he stands on a wide array of political issues.

And that’s not all!

For those of you that want more than just a picture I’ve scoured the internet for the most interesting and informative posts discussing Sanders on a HUGE range of issues from a HUGE range of talented writers.

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From the Sumerians to Shakespeare to Twain: why fart jokes never get old

English caricaturist Richard Newton’s 1798 cartoon depicts John Bull farting on the face of King George III. Library of Congress

English caricaturist Richard Newton’s 1798 cartoon depicts John Bull farting on the face of King George III. Library of Congress

Farting is a universal human experience, as routine as eating, breathing and sleeping. And it seems to be a cross-cultural and trans-historical fact that passing gas, at least in most social contexts, is rude and offensive.

There’s also the fundamental truth pertaining to the topic: farts are funny. But why is this the case? They’re often a source of discomfort and embarrassment, so why do they double as an inspiration for humor, even literary beauty?

Literary giants let it rip

Every culture in recorded history has had its preferred forms of humor relating to bodily functions, but none have been more reliable in stirring a reaction than fart jokes. In fact, according to British academic and poet Paul MacDonald, the oldest joke in recorded history – which dates back to the Sumerians in 1900 BC – was a fart joke: “Something which has never occurred since time immemorial; a young woman did not fart in her husband’s lap.”

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