Famous Literary Drunks & Addicts
01.26.2010
07:39 pm

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History

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drugs
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LIFE’s photo gallery—more like rogues gallery—of famous writers who have done their livers no favors.

Famous Literary Drunks & Addicts (LIFE)

Thank you Mark Pesce!

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The Known Universe
01.26.2010
07:24 pm

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Science/Tech

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Rubin Museum
Known Universe


Via the American Museum of Natural History / Rubin Museum.

(Thanks, Evonne Heyning!)

(Previously on Dangerous Minds: Rubin Museum Tracks Cosmic Cycles)

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Love Hurts (More So, Anyway, Than Cigarette Burns)
01.26.2010
03:03 pm

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Unorthodox

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Body Modification

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(via BME)

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Fox: The Most Trusted Name In News
01.26.2010
02:37 pm

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Current Events

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Fox News
Trust
The Idiocracy

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Roger Ailes, the name behind the most trusted name in news.
 
A poll of 1,151 registered American voters were asked how much they trusted each of the major television news networks.  The network that came out on top?  The Fox News Channel.

“49% of Americans say they trust Fox News to 37% who disagree,” the poll’s authors wrote.  “Predictably there is a large party split on this with 74% of Republicans but only 30% of Democrats saying they trust the right leaning network.”

“CNN does next best because it is the second most trusted of Democrats, Republicans, and independents. 39% say they trust it compared to 41% who do not, with 59% of Democrats, 33% of independents and 23% of Republicans saying it carries credibility with them.”  “The major networks all have the majority trust of Democrats but less than 20% from Republicans. NBC, perhaps because of the ideological bent of MSNBC, does the best among Democrats at 62%. Overall 35% of voters trust it to 44% who do not.  CBS does the worst among Republicans, with 69% distrusting it.  A plurality of independents express distrust of all five outlets we tested.

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Schoolgirl Accidentally Hangs Self While Dancing To Lady Gaga
01.26.2010
01:57 pm

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Current Events

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Lady Gaga
Cord Dangers
Dancing

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Like so many of us these days, Megan Williams, 10, was just dancing around with a dressing gown cord while listening to Lady Gaga.  Tragedy struck when Megan looped the cord around her neck:

The cord, which was tied to a bunk bed, tightened as she danced around and strangled her to death.  The alarm was raised when her 15-year old brother ran downstairs to their mother Lisa saying: ‘Megan’s hanged herself.’  Mrs Williams tried to revive her daughter using tips she had seen on television but the schoolgirl died later in hospital.

A coroner later said the accident graphically illustrated the dangers of children playing around with cords.  Cords and Lady Gaga, that is.  Your move, Vigilant Citizen!

Schoolgirl, 10, Accidentally Hanged Herself With Dressing Gown Cord As She Danced To Lady GaGa

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Prussian Blue’s Stage Mommy Looks To Matchmaking

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“I have racial contacts throughout the US as well as the world…I am planning to create a more secure and successful way for WNs (white nationals) to meet by creating a screening process, starting with a questionnaire.”

So says April Gaede, the mother of those precious, Neo-Nazi singing moppets, Prussian Blue.  As the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Hatewatch informs us, Gaede is now positioning herself as a white-power matchmaker:

Eager to see white folks reproduce, Gaede is touting her services on Stormfront.org, the leading white supremacist Web forum.  ?

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The Best Architecture of the Decade
01.26.2010
12:08 pm

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Art

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Architecture
iPhone
Mammoth
Hadron Collider

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Mammoth reports on the best architecture of the decade. Some excellent stuff in here, from the Large Hardon Hadron Collider to the iPhone. Dig it!

The end of a decade inspires a lot of list compiling; in that spirit, mammoth offers an alternative list of the best architecture of the decade, concocted without any claim to authority and surely missing some fascinating architecture.   But we hope that at least it?

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Philip K. Dick’s Orange County Dreamtime
01.26.2010
12:03 pm

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Heroes

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Philip K. Dick
The O.C.

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Check out this LA Times article on the 10 years Philip K. Dick spent in Orange County, on leave from Berkeley. This is how I feel about living in LA on exile from New York sometimes. But lord, the O.C.? No wonder he was so paranoid, his neighbors probably WERE all spying on him…

Dick was aware of the clich?ɬ

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Arnold: Fail
01.26.2010
11:59 am

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Politics

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California
Schwarzenegger

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Right on the back of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s brilliant plan to outsource California’s inmates to Mexico comes this field poll demonstrating that California’s citizens consider him a failure as a governor. Don’t worry, Arnold, history will remember you for your film work. Like that star turn as Mr. Freeze.

Nearly six in ten statewide voters believes Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will leave the state in worse shape than when he first took office in 2003, according to the latest Field Poll. Given the Golden State’s robust unemployment and intractable budget politics, the results aren’t all that surprising.

But taken in light of Schwarzenegger’s brash, braggart campaign against then Gov. Gray Davis, the numbers comprise a huge “fail” for a man who once said he would settle the state’s debt and stop it’s deficit spending. In his first “state of the state” address, Schwarzenegger said, “Never again will government be allowed to spend money it doesn’t have. Never again will the state be allowed to borrow money to pay for its operating expenses.”

After six successive years of deficit spending much greater than that under Davis’ watch, California is facing another $20 billion budget gap for 2010, with $72 billion in debt that has has inspired the lowest credit rating of any state.

Of course, it’s not all Schwarzenegger’s fault. A Democratically controlled legislature with more sacred-cows than exist in India hasn’t really helped much. But more than that, California’s initiative process has tied the hands of leadership when it comes to huge chunks of state spending while limiting property taxes via Prop. 13. The housing crash has exacerbated the state’s cash flow problems.

At the same time, while once calling state Democrats “girly men” and pointing to the ineffectiveness of Davis, Schwarzenegger has repeatedly promised to change all that—and he has repeatedly failed.

And so, the Field Poll revealed over the weekend that the governor is enjoying a 27 percent approval rating, a tie with his previous low. At the same time, 72 percent of voters disapprove of the legislature’s performance, too.

(LA Weekly: The Schwarzenegger Experience)

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Iranian Breaking Dance Off (1991)
01.26.2010
08:45 am

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Amusing
Fashion
History

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The female audience looks thrilled!
 
(via HYST)

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