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Dangerous Finds: Journey drummer charged with rape; ‘Snowden’ trailer; Atheists remind us of death
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Dangerous Finds

Journey drummer Deen Castronovo ‘charged with rape’ after being arrested following altercation with wife: The musician has had more charges added after being arrested for a domestic violence-related incident earlier this month. (Mirror)

‘The poor, the young, the black and the stupid’: Inside Big Tobacco’s plans to kill a billion people. (Pando)

Trump near top of the Republican pack in Michigan: This is getting better and better by the day. (Public Policy Polling)

Atheists Remind People of Death: New research shows that atheists trigger death-related thoughts, which can cause some people to cling even more tightly to their religious values. (Smithsonian)

US military teams up with British company to create hoverbike technology: The US Department of Defense has joined forces with Britain’s Malloy Aeronautics to develop flying motorcycles as military reconnaissance vehicles. Flying motorcycles! (

9,500 expected at Wisconsin rally for Bernie Sanders: Sanders says he believes the progressive movement that existed for years in Wisconsin is now spreading throughout the country. (Fox News)

Who thought that an #AskBobby Jindal Twitter dialogue would be a good idea? “When you disband the Supreme Court for disagreeing with you, will the Koch brothers buy you another?” (Salon)

Phyllis Schlafly Proposes Congressional Resolution Affirming The Dignity Of Straight People: She has a proposal for Congress: Pass a resolution affirming the “dignity of opposite-sex married couples,” especially that of couples where “a provider-husband is the principal breadwinner and his wife is dedicated to the job of homemaker.” She’s 90 now. Bless. (Right Wing Watch)

Cop Resigns After Being Arrested on Battery Charges For Pepper-Spraying an Infant Girl: Charles Edelen pepper-sprayed the baby during a domestic dispute involving his estranged wife. (Alternet)

The Saddest Story You Will Ever Read About Keith Urban: If you enjoy people vastly overestimating the size of their own celebrity, you will enjoy it. (Defamer)

Curing the Redneck Mindset: When right-wing revolutionaries burn up churches—why aren’t we asking where are the fathers? (Alternet)

Buy a Bernie shirt. (Bernie 2016)

Our outrage over China’s Yulin dog meat festival exposes a disgusting hypocrisy: “What really matters is the ability to suffer and feel pain. In those respects, scientists agree, the animals we love and the animals we eat are all the same.” (New York Daily News)

The first trailer for Oliver Stone’s ‘Snowden’ biopic with Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Out this Christmas:

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Hidden camera: Watch what children do when they find a ‘gun’ at the playground
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I’m on the fence with this one. Hollywood glorifies gun use so much, you can’t blame what the kids do when they find one (the gun is very realistic-looking prop, btw). The kids are just acting out what they see in movies and TV shows. You know, it’s what you’re supposed to do with a gun. But at the same time, it’s the parents responsibility to teach kids that if you find something like this perhaps the best thing to do is report it to an adult or an authority figure.

Only one child showed his mother the gun he found. Sadly, the first thing he asked her to do was “Pull it.”

I must admit I got a little queasy feeling with that one kid flashing the gun around in the air and trying to pull the trigger.

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Dangerous Finds: Conspiracy’s ‘velvet voice’; NASCAR bans Confederate flag; Tim Buckley remembered
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Dangerous Finds

The mysterious tragedy of Tim Buckley: Julian Cope on the folk-singer who died 40 years ago today on June 29, 1975 from an accidental heroin overdose. (On This Deity)

Government Study Casts Doubt on Legal Definitions of Stoned Driving: Simulator tests also confirm that marijuana impairs drivers less than alcohol. (Reason)

NBC to Donald Trump: You’re fired! Trump’s the “new” Confederate flag, ain’t he? I thought he’d take at least a little while longer to implode. Asshole. (New York Times)

Mom Pleads Guilty to Killing 2 Kids Found in Home Freezer: A Detroit woman pleaded guilty Monday to killing two of her children, telling a judge that she had no remorse for beating and suffocating the “demons.” (ABC News)

Ted Cruz insists “religious liberty” is different from bigotry — but refuses to say how:“Bigotry is wrong,” he said, before telling NBC he’d dismantle the Supreme Court over same-sex marriage decision. (Salon)

Why Bernie Sanders Will Become the Democratic Nominee and Defeat Any Republican in 2016: It’s not the first time in recent memory that a challenger to Hillary Clinton was once thought of as a long shot. (Huffington Post)

If you haven’t seen that video of the disgusting pulsating “Frankenstein meat” then here’s your chance: How vegetarian are you feeling after that clip, eh? (The Mirror)

Coheed And Cambria Sings Justice Scalia’s Dissenting Opinions Coheed and Cambria perform an original song with excerpts from Justice Scalia’s dissenting opinions on the Affordable Care Act and Same-Sex Marriage. (Funny or Die)

NASCAR bans Confederate flag: Might even confiscate them from fans Dale Earnhardt Jr. supports: ‘It’s offensive to an entire race.’ (USA Today)

What’s Killing the Babies of Vernal, Utah?: A fracking boomtown, a spike in stillborn deaths and a gusher of unanswered questions. Earthquakes. Dead babies. Lots of money. What do these three things have in common? (Rolling Stone)

Meet Jeff Rense—The Velvet Voice of Conspiracy Theory Radio: He’s the “velvet voice” playing in your head deep into the night. He’s never rude. He never interrupts. And he seldom voices even the slightest hint of skepticism with his often weird, sometimes creepy call-in guests. Though the show sounds strange and oddly comical, pandering and providing goods and services to an aging population of mostly white, postmillennial conspiracy cranks is one of the fastest-growing cottage industries in America. (Alternet)

Below, a nineteen-year-old Tim Buckley sings “Song to the Siren” on ‘The Monkees’ in 1968:

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Dangerous Finds: New Syd Barrett doc; Bernie: Tax the billionaires; Freeze your fat and poop it out
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Dangerous Finds

New Syd Barrett Documentary Scheduled for Summer Release: The film is called Have You Got It? — a title that hardcore Floyd fans will recognize as being inspired by the final song Barrett wrote for the band before leaving the lineup in the spring of 1968. (Ultimate Classic Rock)

You Can Freeze Your Fat and Poop It Out: Some doctors say that patients pass the fat out through urine, not turds, but nobody knows exactly. It’s a gross mystery. (Gizmodo)

Bernie Sanders closes on Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire Democrats poll: Vermont senator on 35%, behind former secretary of state on 43%. Clinton’s lead is slimmer than that held over Barack Obama in 2008 (The Guardian)

Donald Trump bump terrifies GOP: Insiders worry the mogul will damage the eventual nominee and hurt a party struggling to connect with women and minorities. Ya think? (Politico)

Winona Ryder to star in new Netflix paranormal TV show: Winona Ryder signed on as star of a forthcoming Netflix drama about the high weirdness, conspiracy theories, and paranormal reports around the Montauk Project, alleged US government experiments on Long Island involving time travel, psi-ops, and teleportation. (bOING bOING)

Sanders Proposes Tax on Billionaires to Reduce Wealth Inequality: Presidential campaigner introduced legislation to increase estate tax rates on the top three-tenths of one percent of Americans who inherit more than $3.5 million, while eliminating loopholes that have allowed the wealthiest Americans to avoid billions in taxes. Sanders said the legislation was needed to reduce the massive gap between the very rich and working class Americans. (Bernie Sanders)

Phil Austin, 74, Loopy Detective Nick Danger on Firesign Theatre, Dies: Read the New York Times obit for the brilliant humorist, actor, musician, writer… (NY Times)

$200 million went to House members who voted for fastrack on the TPP: John Boehner (R) got $5.3 million for his “yea” vote. Kevin McCarthy (R) received $2.4 million for his “yea” vote. Paul Ryan (R) received $2.4 million for a “yea” vote and came in at the third highest paid legislator. (Occupy)

How the Back to the Future Cast and Crew Knew Eric Stoltz Would Be Fired: As any true fan of the film knows, Michael J. Fox was not the first actor cast as Marty McFly. (Vulture)

Ikea’s Minimum Wage Hike Was So Successful, It’s Raising Wages Again: Under the system that the furniture maker uses, the starting wage for any given store in the U.S. reflects the cost of living in that particular area as determined by the MIT Living Wage Calculator, which takes into account the local cost of rent, food, transportation and the like. (Huffington Post)

Barack Obama is officially one of the most consequential presidents in American history: He’s also had a very good week. (Vox)

Jon Stewart shreds newly minted candidate Bobby Jindal: You may be in trouble “when you cannot carry a majority of your immediate family”: The 2016 GOP race is filling up faster than the toilets at Arby’s. (Salon)

London’s Tube will soon run all night, fixing a longstanding, ludicrous problem: Which is not to say that the night buses didn’t have their psychotic charms... (Quartz)

Olive and Mocha steal a car to go to the George Michael concert:

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Charleston, the Confederate flag, Amazon, Skrewdriver, The Dukes of Hazzard, and moving forward

Pro-Confederate flag protester at a recent rally. Photo by Bickel.
As Dangerous Minds’ Senior Southern Affairs correspondent and a proud South Carolinian, I’d be remiss if I didn’t offer some commentary on the events that have transpired in my state since the tragic Emanuel A.M.E. Church shooting which took the lives of Cynthia Marie Graham Hurd, Susie Jackson, Ethel Lee Lance, Depayne Middleton-Doctor, Clementa C. Pinckney, Tywanza Sanders, Daniel Simmons, Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, and Myra Thompson.

This unfathomable event has shaken South Carolina to its core, but the fallout has been rather remarkable. A 21-year-old self-professed white supremacist brutally murdered nine innocent people in a church with the intention of starting—in his own words—a “race war.” The end result was far from what the young assassin intended. Black and white communities came together in mourning. A much-needed dialogue on racial relations came about, which had no choice but to FINALLY address the southern-fried elephant in the room: the continued flying of the Confederate battle flag on the South Carolina statehouse lawn.

The Confederate flag has been a bone of contention in South Carolina ever since it was put atop the statehouse flagpole in 1962 (as many believe, a reaction to and resistance of integration and the civil rights movement.) The debate over the flag has been ongoing with one side of professed “history buffs” declaring it part of their Southern heritage, and with another side of people who believe the flag is a symbol of white supremacy—a longing for sepia-toned antebellum days when blacks “knew their place” (as plantation slaves).

Undoubtedly for some, it does tie back to ancestors who lost their lives in a “state’s rights” battle against what they perceived to be an overreaching federal government, and for some others it simply represents collard greens and sweet tea, doing donuts in a mud-bog and the genteel Southern manner.

Still, there are many who recognize it as the flag of choice flown by the Ku Klux Klan and segregationists—a banner under which people of color have been systematically terrorized and lynched for decades. A reminder of a war fought for “state’s rights”—including the right to keep human beings as slaves.

The “stars and bars” has remained flying at the statehouse because the “it’s heritage, not hate” crowd have maintained a power dynamic in South Carolina politics, unwilling to concede that there are any racist connotations to the symbol and unwilling to accept that for a large segment of the the state’s population, that symbol makes them uncomfortable or downright fearful, because of an altogether different history and heritage (of hate).

Protester at a recent pro-Confederate flag event. Photo by Bickel.

Protesters at a recent pro-confederate flag event. Photo by Bickel.

Protester at a recent pro-Confederate flag event. Photo by Bickel.
The question has been asked for years,” If this flag isn’t racist, then why do racists LOVE this flag?” No one on the pro-flag side ever seems to have a great answer for that. A few years back I did a photo essay on a now-defunct landmark in Laurens, SC called “The Redneck Shop.”

The Redneck Shop. Laurens, SC. Photo by Bickel.
The Redneck Shop was run by John Howard, a Grand Dragon in the South Carolina KKK, and served as headquarters for the Aryan Nations World Congress, as well as campaign headquarters for John Bowles who ran for president as the neo-Nazi National Socialist Order of America party candidate. The back room was a meeting hall with a huge mural featuring the swastika next to a portrait of American Nazi, George Lincoln Rockwell. The front room was a shop carrying a full line of Nazi and Klan related paraphenalia and racist T shirts—but what was there more of than anything else? Confederate flags, EVERYWHERE. Anything you can imagine putting a Confederate flag on, they had it at The Redneck Shop. That visit left a lasting impression, and it became even more clear to me afterwords what that flag meant to white-supremacists. 

The Redneck Shop. Laurens, SC. Photo by Bickel.
Still, so many SC politicans seemed unconvinced—until that horrible, bloody event took place in Charleston last week. But, make no mistake—that tragedy in and of itself did not get the dialogue started on the meaning of the Confederate Flag as a symbol of white supremacy. It took the killer making the most specific statement possible in big bold capital letters, essentially saying “I AM A WHITE SUPREMACIST MURDERER AND BY THE WAY CHECK OUT THESE SELFIES:”

There’s no arguing the “brand” anymore.
Remarkably, it only took five days for major Republican players who previously were pro-flag, or unwilling to give an opinion one way or the other, to realize they had to distance themselves from that AND QUICK. On June 22nd, South Carolina governor Nikki Haley made the announcement that it was time for the flag to go and that she would be calling for a special legislative session to deal with the issue. For many of us who had attended decades of fruitless protests (and, uh, written bad punk songs about it) it was cause for long-awaited celebration. Finally the pro-flag people were willing to listen—and it only took nine people being murdered, and those murders being directly tied to the symbol of the Confederacy!  But still, maybe for the wrong reasons, the right thing was done. I remember thinking while watching Governor Haley’s press conference, “she just ended her career as a South Carolina politician, but began her career as a national politician.” Mark those words.

South Carolina Governor, Nikki Haley. Photo by Bickel.
What happened next was an interesting little “fuck you” to Dylann Roof and his masterplan: Walmart, Amazon, eBay and Sears all announced plans to remove the Confederate flag from their inventories. Roof brought the politicization of the flag right out into the spotlight and corporate America said “we don’t want our brands associated with THAT BRAND.” Now let’s be real, certainly these retailers are doing this because it’s a “trending” issue and they want free publicity and positive PR. One would imagine cost benefit analyses were in hand before making this call, but its a thought-provoking turn of events in response to the Charleston tragedy. As one of my friends remarked today, “If you are bending yourself into contortions trying to defend the Confederate flag as a symbol that has nothing to do with racism, congratulations- you are less progressive than Walmart.”

But all of this brought about another conversation. Many have called Walmart, Amazon, eBay, and Sears’ decision a form of “censorship.” While this is certainly in no way “censorship”—any business makes basic decisions over what they are going to stock or not stock, it’s the “market” at work—it may be worth examining the way in which corporations respond to changes in consumer values. This is all playing out very quickly. The main argument for bringing the flag down from the South Carolina statehouse was that it did not represent the entire constituency of the state, but corporations are not beholden to their customers in the same way—though there is an interest in protecting their brand. Going forward, how are decisions made as to what is OK and not OK to stock? Especially under the umbrella of companies like Amazon and eBay which act as aggregates for hundreds of thousands of third-party sellers. And as large as these companies are, do they even know what they are selling?

Amazon listing for white-power band, Skrewdriver.
Case in point, “rebel” flags are gone from Amazon’s listings, but are you in the market for some white-power skinhead rock? Look no further, Amazon has you covered! A simple search on the keyword “Skrewdriver” over at Amazon will pull up DOZENS of Nazi skinhead albums, both by Skrewdriver and by several other white-power Oi! groups. And let me save you a trip to the comments section by pointing out that, yes, you can buy Skrewdriver’s first album, the one they made “before they were racists.”

If Amazon is going to discontinue sales of the Confederate flag, should they also discontinue sale of Skrewdriver records? Or what about Nazi SS flags?  That would seem like a given, but HERE THEY ARE, GUYS:

Should you be able to buy Hail the New Dawn at the same place you buy your Huggies and ink cartridges? I don’t have this answer. Personally, yeah, I have issues with the Confederate flag and what it stands for. Certainly, I have issues with Skrewdriver’s lyrical content. Do I think these things should be “banned”? Certainly not, if by “banned” you mean the government passing laws against their existence. As John Oliver said on last Sunday’s edition of Last Week Tonight, “The Confederate flag is one of those symbols that should really only be seen on t-shirts, belt buckles and bumper stickers to help the rest of us identify the worst people in the world.” I don’t mind someone identifying with that symbol as it identifies them to the rest of us. I enjoy our First Amendment rights. They allow me to get away with a lot of shit here at Dangerous Minds. But what a company chooses to stock or not stock has nothing to do with Freedom of Speech—no one is saying you can’t obtain your flags or Skrewdriver albums, or copies of The Turner Diaries ($8.69 on Kindle, folks!) someplace else.

But the ever-present “slippery slope” questions get raised - who will make these decisions and where will lines be drawn? Should lines be drawn? Of course the answer is always going to be in the form of a question: “is this hurting our corporate image and therefore affecting our bottom line?” If it suddenly becomes a liability for Amazon to sell Skrewdriver records like it became a liability for them to sell Confederate flags, then they’ll stop.

But don’t worry, champions of liberty, this is not the end of free speech. There will always be an Interstate truck stop or flea market stall waiting to take up the sale of these items to increase their own bottom line—so long as the demand exists, which it, unfortunately, likely will.

Doge will rise again. Photo courtesy The J Train.
It’s fascinating how quickly these reactions to the Charleston shooting have played out, with the entire opposite of Dylann Roof’s intended effect. We’ve seen crucial and necessary conversations on racial disparity begin, we’ve seen action on the Confederate flag, and we’ve also seen some bizarre fallout. One petition calls for SC to replace the Confederate flag with James Brown’s cape. Some of us will be giving up a little bit of our own “heritage” as ‘80s kid TV viewers with Warner Brothers announcing it will no longer license models of the Dukes of Hazzard muscle-car, The General Lee, due to the rooftop rebel flag. Shit, I can live with that. The main thing is, whether taking down the flag, or removing it from store shelves, or taking it off the Dukes of Hazzard car, or WHATEVER makes any difference or not in healing this country, at least we seem to be TRYING—at least we’re clumsily moving forward and not letting the Dylann Roofs of the world win.

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Dangerous Finds: Millennials racist as parents; O’Reilly’s black friends; Nina Simone child abuser?
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Dangerous Finds

Nina Simone child abuser? Daughter reveals singer’s shockingly violent temper in upcoming Netflix production. (Hollywood Reporter)

Northern California man exposes himself to woman just minutes after registering as a sex offender: Minutes later, he was, you guessed it, back behind bars. (The Raw Story)

Whole Foods Overcharging Customers for Pre-Packaged Foods, Department of Consumer Affairs Finds: Whole Food’s New York City stores have been overstating the weights of pre-packaged products — including meats, dairy and baked goods — resulting in customers being overcharged. (NBC News)

Many in nation tired of explaining things to idiots: Particularly when the things in question are so painfully obvious, a new poll indicates. According to the University of Minnesota’s Opinion Research Institute, while millions have been vexed for some time by their failure to explain incredibly basic information to dolts, that frustration has now reached a breaking point. (The New Yorker)

The ‘Next’ Seinfeld Has Already Been on TV for a Decade: It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia has more than lived up to the “no hugging, no learning” mantra since its debut in 2005. Plus crack addiction! (TIME)

Pill makes you forget to be addicted to drugs: Already prescribed for high blood pressure, but shown to help addicted rats. Because isradipine is already on the market, FDA approval of the drug to treat addiction could be fast-tracked. (Popular Science)

The Righteous Logic of the Neo-Confederate Watershed: This is probably the very best essay I’ve read yet about the backlash against the Confederate flag. (Talking Points Memo)

Here’s How Men Make 200 Million Sperm Every Day: It’s actually a 64 day process. Who knew? (Throb)

Bernie Sanders wants to talk about marijuana and looks to Colorado: Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders said he plans to make marijuana an issue in the 2016 presidential campaign. (Denver Post)

Bill O’Reilly freaks out when guest asks: ‘How many black friends do you have?’ “The world is being told by anti-American haters that we are a rank racist society, and that is a lie,” said Papa Bear. (The Raw Story)

Mother Rabbit Goes Berserk On Snake: An incredible video shows a mother rabbit relentlessly pursuing the snake who killed her babies. You’ve never seen a more badass rabbit, trust me. (The Dodo)

Millennials are just as racist as their parents: Research has found racially prejudiced attitudes to be surprisingly persistent among the youngest generation of white Americans. (Washington Post)

The South Shall Not Rise Again: The North has the money and the culture, but the South has defined the limits of our politics. That may finally and blessedly be ending. (The Daily Beast)

Bernie Sanders & Cornel West: The radical alliance that could change everything: As the democratic socialist from Vermont tries to do the impossible, the firebrand academic could help. (Salon)

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NJ family abandons home after receiving terrifying letters from someone named ‘The Watcher’
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New Jersey
The Watcher

Wow, I really don’t know what to say about this one. Usually stories you hear like this are on the level of Daily Mail fodder or one of those Onion-esque websites where the story turns out to be total bullshit. THIS story, however, coming out of Westfield, NJ is very, very real and it’s truly creepy as hell.

A NJ family has abandoned their $1.3 million home after receiving terrifying letters from someone named “The Watcher.” Since moving in, the family has received numerous written letters from The Watcher claiming the home “has been the subject of my family for decades,” and “I have been put in charge of watching and waiting for its second coming.” Good gawd! I’d get the hell out of there, too!

The new owners have several children, and other letters asked, “Have they found out what’s in the walls yet?” and “I am pleased to know your names now, and the name of the young blood you have brought to me,” Castro reported.

The bone-chilling letters were enough to send the new family packing. The incident was so unnerving that Westfield Mayor Andy Skibitsky addressed the issue at a Town Council meeting Tuesday night.

The owners of the home are preparing to sue the previous owners claiming the old owners knew about The Watcher and didn’t disclose that information to them before buying the house.

If anyone has any information on The Watcher, you’re encouraged to contact the Westfield police.

via CBS Local New York and The Gothamist

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Dangerous Finds: Skinny jeans cause nerve damage; Heroin smuggled in puppies; new Bowie 12 disc box
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Dangerous Finds

Skinny Jeans Cause Nerve and Muscle Damage: Pants caused one patient’s legs to stop working: (Popular Science)

The Wachowskis’ Sense8 Is the Philip K. Dick Adaptation We Always Wanted: Okay, this makes me really wanna watch it now. (io9)

The 8 Minute Surgery That Will Give You Superhuman Vision. Forever: The Ocumetics Bionic Lens, currently in development, would give humans 3x 20/20 vision, at any age. (Collective Evolution)

Universal Basic Income—The Foundation of a Technically Advanced Society: This is not welfare, or assistance, or social security. This is a guarantee that every single human being in our society has shelter, food and health care. UBI is a call to finally use our technology to provide the most basic needs to all our citizens. (IEET)

Can too much sitting make you anxious? People who spend much of their day sitting may be more likely to feel anxious, a new review suggests. (Fox News)

Speed the Galapagos Tortoise Dies at 150: Speed’s slow but epic journey on Earth has come to an end. The Galapagos tortoise died at the San Diego Zoo on Friday. (People)

David Bowie’s early years chronicled in new 12-disc box set: Five Years 1969 - 1973 features newly remastered recordings, live albums, and previously unreleased outtakes. (Consequence of Sound)

Venezuelan veterinarian arrested​ for allegedly smuggling heroin in puppies: Andrés López Elorza was a member of a drug-trafficking gang that used dogs to send liquid heroin from Colombia to the United States (The Guardian)

Punk and metal music makes you calmer, new study finds: Researchers in Australia reveal that ‘extreme music’ helps individuals ‘process’ anger (NME)

Did Stanley Kubrick Invent the iPad in 2001: A Space Odyssey? Well, it’s fairly undeniable that he and his production designers anticipated it decades before the fact! (Open Culture)

This is not a test: Kevin Spacey and Megyn Kelly are developing a TV show together: The project is being described as a cross between Downton Abbey and House of Cards. (Salon)

Marijuana Mastermind Arrested At Newark Airport For Hiding Weed In Mary Jane Candy Wrappers: Now that was smart, Dad! (Gothamist)

MOTÖRHEAD Announces U.S. Tour: Seriously, this may be your last chance to see ‘em…. (Blabbermouth)

Laura Antonelli, Italian Actress and Sex Symbol, Dies at 73 (Variety )

The trailer for Netflix’s ‘Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp:

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Dangerous Finds: Penis-shaped flower blooms; Kanye West eats crow over Beck; Chimp plays drums
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Dangerous Finds

Misshapen Penis Corpse Flower Blooms At Cornell University: The Sumatran titan arum’s species name – Amorphophallus titanum – means “giant misshapen penis”. Guess what its flower looks like? At full growth, the flower stands 3 meters high, pulses with heat, and smells like rotting meat. The heat and stench attracts flies and beetles, which pollinate the plant. The whole show lasts 2 days. (Throb)

Harmony Korine on ‘Kids’: ‘It would be impossible to make that film now’: In 1995, photographer-turned-director Larry Clark and a bunch of novice actors made Kids. On its 20th anniversary, writer Harmony Korine and actor Leo Fitzpatrick remember the film dubbed a ‘wake-up call to the modern world’ (The Guardian)

A Chimpanzee Has Rattled Off a Drum Solo: Buddy Rich he’s not, but he’d be good enough for the average punk band. (Real Clear Science)

Spider-Man Miles Morales — popular biracial version of the hero — joins main Marvel comics universe this fall: After battling evil-doers in an alternate comic book line, a popular biracial version of Spider-Man is getting a promotion to the official Marvel Comics universe. (NY Daily News)

Kanye West Eats Crow, Says He Was Wrong About Beck: “I think I was inaccurate with the concept of a gentleman who plays 14 instruments not respecting artistry.” Ya think? (SPIN)

What?!? Private prisons suing states for millions if they don’t stay full: Low crime rates bad for business for white-owned private prisons; they demand states keep them full. Private prisons in some states have language in their contracts that state if they fall below a certain percentage of capacity that the states must pay the private prisons millions of dollars, lest they face a lawsuit for millions more.(RollingOut)

Bernie Sanders Rally in Denver Draws One of Biggest Crowds in Election Cycle: Massive turnout is latest sign the Vermont senator is gaining on Hillary Clinton: Sanders drew the same number—5,5000 people—as Clinton’s New York rally. “This campaign is not about me,” he said. “It is not about Hillary Clinton or any other candidate. This campaign is about you, your kids and your parents. It is about creating a political movement of millions of people who stand up and loudly proclaim that this nation belongs to all of us and not just a handful of billionaires.” (Common Dreams)

Extreme Exercise Can Poison the Blood: Even four hours of intense activity may be enough to let bacteria escape from the gut into the blood, setting off a chain of inflammation. (Scientific American)

Elizabeth Warren’s last stand on trade: Liberal groups are ready to make a last stand against President Obama’s trade agenda in the Senate with Elizabeth Warren, on of their strongest allies on the issue. Warren can galvanize the Democrat base on the issue. It’s a fool’s errand to fight these political headwinds. Obama and the GOP on the same side of the issue? The TPP must suck! (The Hill)

‘Liberal’ Isn’t a Bad Word Anymore: Democrats are moving left. And America may be too: There’s now a senator who admits to being a socialist. He’s been welcomed by the Democratic Party into the presidential primary. And it isn’t hurting the party’s standing with the public one bit. (Politico)

Desperate Republicans scrambling to prove that large swaths of their base aren’t racist: Good luck with that bigoted cretins! Even Ben Carson acknowledges that they’re afraid “of offending a particular segment of the electorate.” (Salon)

Some members of Congress say comedian John Oliver and his HBO show influenced the 2016 Agriculture Appropriations Bill that a House subcommittee just passed: Oliver took up the cause of the chicken farmers in a 18-minute segment that has gotten nearly 3 million views on YouTube. A draft of the 2016 Agriculture Appropriations Bill was unanimously approved by a House subcommittee Thursday. (Scripps-Howard Foundation Wire)

Hillary Clinton is going to lose: She doesn’t even see the frustrated progressive wave that will nominate Bernie Sanders: Clinton’s positioning on TPP is way too cute. When it passes with Dems’ implicit support, grass roots will explode. (Salon)

Stay with it.

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Dangerous Finds: Messy desk = creative Mind; GOT’s nude ‘walk of shame’; Kim Jong-un cures AIDS
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Dangerous Finds

Game of Thrones: Lena Headey’s nude Walk of Shame body double speaks out: Actress breaks silence on their brave 3-day performance. (Entertainment Weekly)

Beck and Thurston Moore Plot One-Off Multimedia Performance in London: They will be joined by several poets. A part of the latest installment of artist Doug Aitken’s “Station to Station” festival. (SPIN)

Woman caught smuggling $20,000 worth of cocaine in fried fish: A for originality, if F for execution. (Death and Taxes)

Earliest known footage of MTV’s ‘120 Minutes’ surfaces: Watch J.J. Jackson host in April ’86. (Slicing Up Eyeballs)

Sanders surge is becoming a bigger problem for Hillary Clinton: She apparently doesn’t want to say much about him at all, lest the media think there’s a real contest going on. That silence speaks volumes! (The Hill)

Fox News host blames mass shootings on ‘different cultures’ living together in America: Ooh, fear-mongering over diversity? Keep it classy, Martha MacCallum! (The Raw Story)

The Psychology of Messiness & Creativity: Research Shows How a Messy Desk and Creative Work Go Hand in Hand: My wife says my desk looks like Whitney Houston’s. I must be really creative. (Open Culture)

Allen Ginsberg Wrote a Poem for Bernie Sanders and It’s Pretty Great: It’s a socialist poem. It belongs to everybody. (Mother Jones)

The 6 Craziest Kidnapping Schemes Of All Time: Some of these capers are supremely stupid. (TrueCrime)

Why Can’t Republicans Admit Dylann Roof Was Racist? The mysteriousness of Dylann Roof’s motivations for allegedly murdering a room full of African-Americans, rated on a scale of 1 through 10, is zero. (New York)

China stocks plunge as bubble fears grow: This could be bad, Really, really bad, Actually it’s already bad, it’s now likely to get even worse. (CNN/Money)

Kim Jong-un claims to have cured AIDS, Ebola, SARS and MERS with single ‘miracle drug’: North Korean officials said scientists had developed “Kumdang-2” from ginseng and other “secret” ingredients, which, natch, they chose not to reveal. (Mirror)

Planet of the Apes: Signs of democracy seen in typically authoritarian baboon society (Science)

Losing streak: Glenn Beck defeated in court again as judge sides with Muslim in defamation suit: Things look pretty bad for psycho talker, the judge just doesn’t like shit like this. (The Raw Story)

Hollywood Herpes Scare! Sony Drafts Cold Sore Contract For Big Stars, Require Meds On Set, Hacked Emails Reveal: More revelations from the SONY hack via Wikileaks. (Radar)

The world is quickly running out of water, new NASA study says: 21 of the world’s 37 largest aquifers are depleted. If you think what’s happening in California is bad, you don’t want to hear what India’s in for (Quartz)

I think this is the single best thing on YouTube: The late, great Daevid Allen and Gong on French TV’s POP2 program doing “I Never Glid Before”:

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