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Dangerous Finds: Everybody hates Republicans; I was Ronald McDonald; Virtual reality porno is here
07.24.2015
01:52 pm

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Santorum Walks Away From Porn-Busting Promise: The last time he ran for president, former Sen. Rick Santorum aroused Internet users by promising to take away their access to pornography. ‘I don’t even remember that position, to be very honest,’ he now says. Well, I’m sure he really meant it at the time. (US News and World Report)

Boy George: ‘This Is the World I Was Fighting for in 1984’: I saw that this article was linked off Drudge Report, which would probably explain why they closed the comments down! (Yahoo! Music)

Trump Would Lose Badly In A Third-Party Bid, But He Could Take The Republican Down, Too: What’s not to love about this? This is perhaps the greatest thing in politics to happen in our lifetime! (FiveThirtyEight)

Welfare recipient drug testing brings shocking results: In November 2009, GOP Gov. Jan Brewer of Arizona announced that the state would test adults if they felt like there was a “reasonable cause” to believe they were getting high. But while the laws were designed to help save money by keeping people who might use their benefits on illegal drugs instead of bare necessities, they largely proved to be a complete waste of the state’s money. The implementation of the process cost the Arizona taxpayers millions of dollars. Over 87,000 welfare recipients were been tested: One test came up as positive which ended up saving the state only $560, according to USA Today. (AOL)

America’s Top Killing Machine: Gun deaths are poised to surpass automobile deaths in the United States this year. (The Atlantic)

Reason #1 to Vote Bernie: Sanders Does ‘Better Than Clinton’ Against GOP in Swing States: According to a July 22, 2015 Quinippiac University Poll, Hillary Clinton’s once overwhelming lead in public opinion has been cut substantially, and it’s still a long way to the February 1, 2016 Iowa Caucus. In states that will decide the 2016 presidential election, Quinippiac reports that “Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, runs as well as, or better than Clinton against Rubio, Bush and Walker.” Clinton’s lead has eroded in swing states, while Sanders’s surge has spread from Iowa and New Hampshire to other key regions. (Huffington Post)

Life sentence for woman whose hired hit man shot the wrong guy: A South Carolina woman whose teenage lover shot and killed the woman’s brother-in-law instead of her husband who was the intended target, will serve life in prison, and the teenager is expected to plead guilty, the prosecutor in the case said on Friday. (Raw Story)

The Grateful Dead’s Fare Thee Well Shows Made a Whole Bunch of Money: The surviving members of the Grateful Dead should be able to buy themselves plenty of boxes of rain following their 50th anniversary shows. According to Billboard‘s data, the five concerts raked in an incredible $52.2 million haul while drawing 361,933 people in total. (Ultimate Classic Rock)

Hear Led Zeppelin’s Upbeat ‘When the Levee Breaks’ Rough Mix: “If It Keeps On Raining” will appear on upcoming deluxe reissues of ‘Coda.’ (RollingStone)

Dennis Rodman endorses Donald Trump for president: The five-time NBA champion tweeted that the Donald “has been a great friend for many years” and added “We don’t need another politician, we need a businessman like Mr. Trump! Trump 2016” Rodman announced his support of Trump only an hour after defending World Wrestling Entertainment legend Hulk Hogan in separate tweets. Special! (Politico)

Virtual reality is the new hope of the porn industry with headsets like Oculus Rift set to go mainstream: Let’s face it, we are a red-blooded, sex-obsessed species. Behind every new technology, pornography has been hot on its heels, and the brave new world of virtual reality is right now climbing its way to a hyper-real climax. (News.com.au)

Poll: Republican Party approval ratings lowest in decades: Only 32% of respondents said they had a favorable opinion on the Republican Party in a new Pew Research Center poll published Thursday — the lowest number Pew has reported at any point since 1992. The party is viewed unfavorably by 60% of respondents, again the party’s worst score. Oddly, the biggest drop in GOP favorability is among actual Republicans, not Democrats or independents. (USA Today)

I was Ronald McDonald: More men have walked on the moon than been Ronald McDonald. Joe Maggard was McDonald’s mascot from 1995 to 2007. He was eighth of nine men to have done the job. But what happens after you step out of the big red shoes? Maggard says you never truly retire from being the fast-food chain’s Chief Happiness Officer. At a carnival in Las Vegas as he dons the costume again, and offers advice on healthy eating and the importance of being Ronald (Guardian Docs)

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Creepy slow-waving clown in Chicago cemetery caught on camera
07.24.2015
08:39 am

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Julia Graham and her husband were driving past the Rosehill Cemetery on Chicago’s North Side at 10pm when they saw something straight out of a David Lynch film (or else a low-budget straight to VHS 80s clown slasher flick, take your pick, either is equally valid here): A man dressed as a clown running towards the historic graveyard before scaling a 7-foot-tall-gate.

“When we get closer, we realize it’s a clown, which is super weird,” she told CBS Chicago’s investigative reporter Dave Savini:

It got weirder. When Julia and her husband hung around to get a better look, the clown was not deterred or afraid. He waved slowly at the couple. Incidents like this one aren’t isolated. A video of creepy clowns surprising people on the streets of California went viral last year. In New York, a clown was seen making a daytime excursion last year while holding some balloons.

“Oh, that’s super weird,” says Graham, when shown the New York video. “That is like making light of a cemetery.”

Eventually, the clown caught in the headlights of Graham’s car turns around and, without saying a word, takes off into the darkness of the cemetery. “I just think it’s creepy and wrong,” Graham says.

I don’t know if I would like it if something like this happened to me. I’ve pondered it, but could come to no conclusion. Maybe under the right circumstance and with the right person. A person who is armed, perhaps…

In any case, what did this guy achieve with this “activity”? Maybe it’s his kink? An art prank? He just always dresses like this or is a professional party clown and cutting through the cemetery is his shortcut home from work? None of the above? Who knows? And who can say besides the creepy clown guy himself? Creepy slow-waving Chicago clown guy, if you are reading this, please leave us some clues as to your “motivation” for this in the comments. Thank you in advance!
 

 

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Dangerous Finds: Republicans get TROLLED; Jeb Bush wants to end Medicare; What IS Socialism, anyway?
07.23.2015
03:19 pm

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What is Socialism?: A Look at its Many Misconceptions: No word may be more used, yet less understood in colloquial political talk in the United States, than “socialism.” (The Jailhouse)

Living in Switzerland ruined me for America and its lousy work culture: “Before I moved there for almost a decade, American Reality was all I knew. I was living in a two-bedroom apartment making $30,000 a year in a job where I worked almost seven days a week with no overtime pay and received 10 days of paid time off a year. Now that I’m back, I’m angry that my own country isn’t providing more for its people.” (Vox)

Congressman Trolls Republican Hypocrisy: “Officials have an obligation to uphold rights for all Americans enshrined in the Constitution.” A Democratic congressman is using a Republican-sponsored bill that would withhold federal law enforcement funding to so-called sanctuary cities to draw attention to GOP hypocrisy. Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) on Wednesday added an amendment that calls for applying the same funding restrictions to states and municipalities refusing to abide by the Supreme Court ruling that legalizes gay marriage. Brilliant! (Huffington Post)

At Wall Street Journal, Government-Enforced Monopolies = ‘Free Market’: The Wall Street Journal ran a column complaining about efforts to pass “transparency” legislation in Massachusetts, New York and a number of other states. This legislation would require drug companies to report their profits on certain expensive drugs, as well as government funding that contributed to their development. Is it any wonder that the WSJ asked a former CEO of Glaxo Wellcome to denounce these bills? (FAIR)

Let’s stop pretending Republicans have a serious critique of the Iran deal: Did you see John Kerry’s face when he testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee? His expression said it ALL. And while we’re on the subject, exactly how many non-Fox News watchers do you reckon showed up in Times Square to protest the Iran deal. Five? Six, tops? (Washington Post)

Breitbart’s Ben Shapiro: You’re “stupider than a three year old” if you believe trans people should be accepted: Personally, I strongly believe someone should punch Ben Shapiro in his stupid and highly punchable face. What a pathetic, hateful wimpy little man he is. The best part about this whole matter is how clearly he realizes what an asshole he made of himself. DOUBLE DOWN ON THE DUMB, right Ben? (Salon)

Indiana worker fired for opposing same-sex marriage files lawsuit, predictably quotes Leviticus: Summers says she is a Christian with a “sincerely held religious belief” against gay marriage. I hear Walmart is hiring. Maybe they won’t make her handle any shellfish? (WNDU NBC)

Jeb Bush pushes to ‘phase out’ Medicare: C’mon, does this guy REALLY want to be President? I mean does the former Governor of Florida—FLORIDA, people—really think he’ll gain traction by wanting to end Medicare? This is exactly what America’s elderly want! Let’s see how this “compassionate conservatism” stuff works out for ole Jeb! (MSNBC)

Bernie Sanders’ Louisiana supporters may be few, but they’re organizing quickly: Sanders will speak in New Orleans at a town hall-style meeting on July 26th, a rare appearance by a Democrat this early in the election cycle for such a Red state. The comments are kind of interesting, too. (Times-Picayune)

I Spent Thousands to Keep My Sick Cat Alive. I Don’t Think I’d Do It Again: This article isn’t easy to read, I won’t lie, but it should be read by every pet owner. (Science of Us)

GOP establishment’s dumbest idea: Boycott the debates until Trump is kicked out! Banning Donald Trump from the debates would be the absolute best thing the GOP could do… for Trump. For the rest of those losers, the idea STINKS. (Salon)

Below, Slim Twig’s latest “Slippin’ Slidin’”

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Dangerous Finds: Trump insult generator; God’s plan for Republicans; The 99% win BIG in New York
07.22.2015
12:11 pm

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The bigoted elephant in the room: Donald Trump’s popularity reveals racism of Republican base. (Al Jazeera America)

Tweaking one enzyme doubles a worm’s lifespan: It could work the same way in humans. (Popular Science)

“God’s plan”: These GOP candidates claim the Almighty wants them to run: You can’t say God doesn’t have a sense of humor! (Salon)

How Exactly Did Ant-Man Make Michael Douglas Look So Young? How did the film undo 25 years of time’s cruel work? Trent Claus of Lola VFX, the company that de-aged Douglas for Marvel, can tell you. (Vulture)

Ben Carson Says Prison Is So Comfy Some People Never Want to Leave: Yeah, think of it as an enforced indoor vacation with really bad food and psychopaths. What’s not to love? (Mother Jones)

GOP’s problem isn’t Donald Trump; it’s the voters: Trump might be a deeply clownish figure, immune to facts, evidence, and good taste — but he’s not stupid. He clearly understands, as many members of the Republican Party did before bashing immigrants became a political liability, the way to the heart of a rank-and-file Republican voter. (Boston Globe)

Youngest Killers Ever Convicted In America To Be Released From Prison: The brother and sister murderers are scheduled to be released from prison in early August after spending 16 years behind bars, according to reports. (Inquisitr)

Donald Trump Insult Generator: Perhaps no presidential candidate in history has wielded the put-down quite like Donald Trump. John McCain’s a “dummy.” John Kasich is “desperate.” Rick Perry “needs new glasses.” Karl Rove is “a total loser.” Now Trump can insult you or someone you know. (TIME)

New York Acts to Mandate a $15-Hour Wage in Fast Food: The increase would represent a raise of more than 70 percent for fast-food workers earning the state’s current minimum wage of $8.75 an hour. This is a big fucking deal. (New York Times)

Swing State Polls: Bernie Just As Strong As Hillary: Democrat Hillary Clinton is trailing some potential Republican opponents in three key swing states, according to a new poll from Quinnipiac, and doing about as well against the GOP as one of her rivals for the Democratic nomination, Bernie Sanders. Both Clinton and Sanders are losing to Walker, Rubio, and Bush in Colorado, Virginia and Iowa. (The Weekly Standard)

Rupert Murdoch Wants to Stop Donald Trump, But First He’s Got to Rein In Roger Ailes: The mounting problem Donald Trump poses to Republicans is also a mounting problem for the country’s most powerful conservative media mogul. (New York)

Below, Noel Coward performs an astonishing rendition of his “Mad Dogs and Englishmen” on American television in the mid-1950s:
 

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Dangerous Finds: Donald Trump on God; When Capitalism Turns to Cannibalism; ‘Witch’ beheaded
07.21.2015
02:45 pm

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Donald Trump and ‘the little cracker’ and ‘the little wine’: Trump on religion: Trump tells Iowa religious conservatives at the Family Leadership Summit that he’s never asked for God’s forgiveness. What do they think he is? A loser? (Rachel Maddow)

Really, it’s time to shut down the GOP: A deeply unserious party, hijacked by lunatics and Fox News, is driving us all into a ditch: “News” without truth. A base that celebrates a clown. Tear the party down and start over—for the country’s sake. (Salon)

How selective outrage over Trump is dooming the GOP: The problems of the Republican Party are in high relief. It is saddled with a loud mouth who will say anything and is getting substantial support for doing so, no matter how callous. And its selective outrage — quick response on McCain and crickets on anything else — only enhances its image as a party that couldn’t care less about anyone who isn’t white, Southern, straight or male. If the GOP’s goal is to never win the White House again, it’s off to a great start. (Washington Post)

When Capitalism Turns to Cannibalism: With authentic growth scarce, there’s no other way to reap huge profits but cannibalism. (Of Two Minds)

Governor Bobby Jindal Ransacked Louisiana: He’s one of America’s worst governors. Since taking office in 2008, Jindal has steadily driven the state into a deeper financial hole while handing off an astonishing amount of taxpayer money to already profitable corporations. In his two terms, Gov. Jindal has given $11 billion of public money in the form of taxpayer subsidies to multinational corporations – more than any other state – costing the average resident there $2,500. (Occupy)

National Review says Bernie Sanders is a national socialist: National Review writer Kevin Williamson has a hot take on Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders — he’s a Nazi. Here’s a hot take on National Review writer Kevin Williamson — he’s a fucking idiot. (Vox)

Grooveshark creator found dead weeks after music streaming site shut down: Joshua Greenberg, 28, co-founded music streaming website in 2006, gaining 35m users before closing in April after copyright row with major labels. (Telegraph)

Indian Woman Beheaded For ‘Witchcraft’: Mother-of-five Moni Orang was snatched from her home by machete-carrying locals after priests accused her of casting spells. (Sky News)

Clinton to propose increasing capital gains taxes: Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton plans later this week to propose raising capital gains taxes for some investors, pivoting from a 2008 pledge not to increase the rate beyond 20%. (Yahoo!)

Democrats Plan To Introduce Sweeping LGBT Rights Bill In Congress This Week: The measure, which lawmakers plan to file in the House and Senate, would ban discrimination in seven categories — including housing, education, and public accommodations. (Buzzfeed Politics)

Study: Probability of Obese People Reaching ‘Normal’ Weight Less Than 1%: Despite the fact that the diet industry does several billion dollars worth of business in the U.S. alone each year, a new study published in the American Journal of Public Health suggests that most obese people will never achieve a “normal” weight. The annual probability of reaching a normal weight was less than 1 percent for both groups — just 1 in 210 for obese men and 1 in 124 for obese women. (CBS Local Washington)

Cost of insurance forcing many in Detroit to ‘drive dirty’: Like most Americans, the drivers of Detroit are required to carry auto insurance whenever they get behind the wheel, but many law-abiding residents can’t afford the Motor City’s highest-in-the-nation auto premiums, which top $5,000 a year in some neighborhoods.So fully half of Detroit drivers do what’s known locally as “driving dirty” — taking to the streets without any coverage. It’s practically a tradition these days. (MyWay)

This $153,000 rattlesnake bite is everything wrong with American health care:  In May of this year, a snakebit Missouri man died after refusing to seek medical care, saying he couldn’t afford the bill.(Washington Post)

“Barely Legal” voters on the 2016 candidates:

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Dangerous Finds: Porn Star Karaoke; Breitbart’s wimpy Ben Shapiro; Bernie’s crowds are the biggest
07.20.2015
03:37 pm

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Size Matters: Bernie Sanders Continues to Draw the Biggest Crowds of Any 2016 Candidate: Audiences have been flocking to see the progressive Vermont senator speak. Bernie’s barnstorming the red states. None of the pundits, pollsters and strategists could’ve expected this. (Bloomberg)

Porn Star Karaoke: Fully clothed and belting out songs at a strip mall: If it’s Tuesday, it must be Porn Star Karaoke night at Sardo’s Grill & Lounge in Burbank, the longtime haunt of the adult film industry. If ‘Cheers’ had a bar porn-style, that’s what Sardo’s would be. (Los Angeles Times)

Breitbart editor Ben Shapiro files assault charges against trans woman who called him ‘little man’: During a panel discussion over Caitlyn Jenner receiving the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPY’s, Shapiro referred to transgender men and women as “mentally ill.” Heh-heh… Ben Shapiro, what a wimpy, widdle punkass bitch. You can tell this incident really rattled him! In Trump-parlance: Loser! (The Raw Story)

Americans favor Supreme Court term limits: Most Americans would support imposing a term limit on the nine U.S. Supreme Court justices, who now serve for life, a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll has found. Support for the 10-year term limit proposed by the poll was bipartisan, with 66 percent saying they favored such a change while just 17 percent supported life tenure. (Yahoo!)

Nope. Trump’s Latest Outrage Will Not Sink Him One Bit: Has Donald Trump finally done it? Finally gone too far? Will Trump’s latest outrage finally sink him with his growing ranks of supporters? I very much doubt it. Let’s not forget: these are supporters who have cheered Trump as he’s called Mexicans rapists and criminals and all the rest. They don’t have delicate sensibilities. (Talking Points Memo)

AC/DC drummer arrested for more dirty deeds of unknown cheapness: Phil Rudd—the drummer for AC/DC—hasn’t had the best year. In fact, it’s been downright rotten, especially if you consider that he was charged with trying to have a former employee killed. Now his band is on tour without him and it just keeps going downhill from there. (AV Club)

Watch a Prankster Shower FIFA’s Sepp Blatter With Fake Dollar Bills: British comedian Lee Nelson, crashed the proceedings, and put a stack of fake banknotes onto the table in front of Blatter. “This is for North Korea 2026,” he shouted as he was taken away. Nelson also disrupted Kanye West’s set at Glastonbury last month. (New York)

Fake Doctor Sold Woman With Cancer Bag Of Dirt For $2,000: Told her if it was working if it burned her stomach. (CBS News)

Fox News’ coming war on Donald Trump: The Murdoch/Trump Twitter feud which could catch fire: A Rupert Murdoch tweet and WSJ editorial suggests the Murdoch empire may be about to adjust its tone on Trump. The fraught dynamic on the right just gets more and more fascinating, does it not? This is going to be the “best” election ever in the entire history of the United States of America, mark my words. You’ll notice that I keep my definition of “best” deliberately vague. (Salon)

The end of urban sprawl? Ambitious plan to fit an entire CITY inside a single ‘bee hive’ skyscraper would house 25,000 people: The 18-floor Vertical City allows the outside elements to become part of the interior, giving a sense of space. Hexagonal voids run up the side of the tower, allowing sunlight and rainwater to nourish the plant life housed inside. (Daily Mail)

Liberal activists see Bernie Sanders as champion for causes failed by Obama: Little visible support seen for Hillary Clinton at Netroots Nation convention. (Washington Post)

Scott Walker, the sweaty supercut…

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Nazis and KKK held a pro Confederate flag rally in SC because it’s all about ‘heritage, not hate’


Scenes from July 18 KKK rally at the South Carolina statehouse. All photos by Bickel. Click on image for larger version.
 
Saturday, July 18th, a few dozen people associated with North Carolina’s Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan piled into their Klown Kars and made the trip to Columbia, South Carolina to rally in protest of the recent removal of the Confederate battle flag from the statehouse grounds. In what is either a case of absolutely dreadful planning or some statehouse staffer’s idea of a joke, a permit was also granted for a rally of Black Educators for Justice, a New Black Panther Party affiliated group, for the same day.

Though the rally for Black Educators for Justice, held earlier in the day on the North face of the statehouse grounds, was sparsely attended, by the 3:00 pm when it was time for the KKK to rally on the South face of the grounds, a few thousand counter-protesters had arrived. Dozens of uniformed officers created a perimeter to allow the Klansmen entrance to a double-barricaded “free speech zone” without being attacked by the counter-protesters who were not at all happy about the Klan’s presence.

The majority of pro-flag protesters were from out of state, the bulk of the group, being comprised of the North Carolina Klan chapter. Some protesters held a banner of the Neo-Nazi NSM, based out of Detroit. Four of the protesters identified themselves as being from Sumter, South Carolina but denied, at least earlier—in front of the barricades—that they were affiliated with the KKK.

Having no PA and being far removed from the crowd of much-louder counter-protesters, the Klansmen could basically only yell and point and attempt to bait the crowd. They came off a bit like wrestling “heels” with their baiting, which would have been actually hilarious if the spectacle weren’t so seriously pathetic. One skinhead made monkey sounds to mock African-American counter-protesters. After an hour or so of police-protected slurring of the crowd, the group attempted to leave the statehouse grounds under guard. The police could not prevent some violence and scuffles.

This video and this video show some of the resistance that occurred. Here is a short clip of a protester being arrested for having a knife, in violation of a statehouse weapons ban.

The counter-protesters chased the Klan members from the statehouse area with cops trying to keep up and prevent violence.

According to one eyewitness the Klan and associates were chased into a parking garage to the top floor where there was very little police protection. Confederate flags were ripped from the hands of the protesters, and some were, according to the witness, “given a little chin music.” After being let out of the parking garage in their vehicles, under the protection of police, one Klan member tried to speed off and hit a pole or tree. The driver was almost pulled from vehicle by the crowd, but police showed up and interjected. According to the witness, “a pop or two was given and a window or two smashed, then after being protected by police, the Klansman was allowed to leave. Overall the crowd, and surprisingly the police, were very restrained.”

Police arrested five people: one for disorderly conduct, two for simple assault and two for breach of peace.

Here is a gallery of photos from the event. Click on any of the photos to see a larger version.
 

This skinhead climbed the North face statehouse steps while the Black Power group was setting up their podium, and seig-heiled the crowd.
 

Protesters gathered for the Black Educators for Justice rally that occurred just before the KKK rally.
 

Anti-flag protester, John Holmes. See video at bottom of this article for an exchange between him and the seig-heiling skinhead.
 

 

These protesters identified themselves as being from Sumter, SC—but did not claim KKK affiliation.
 
More heritage, not hate, after the jump…

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Dangerous Finds: Robots achieve self-awareness; Kitchen nightmare Amy’s Bakery shuts; Feel the Bern!
07.16.2015
03:52 pm

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Uh-oh, a robot just passed the self-awareness test: Roboticists at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York have built a trio of robots that were put through the classic ‘wise men puzzle’ test of self-awareness - and one of them passed. Another robot is speaking in an Austrian accent and has taken up bodybuilding. (TechRadar)

400 lb Florida Man Arrested After He Urinates On His Pregnant Girlfriend: A hulking McDonald’s employee was arrested yesterday after allegedly urinating on his pregnant girlfriend during an argument in their Florida home. (The Smoking Gun)

What would an E.Coli do if it were much, much bigger? Researcher models bacteria-controlled robots. “We found that robots may indeed be able to have a working brain,” said Warren Ruder, a professor of biological systems engineering at Virginia Tech. (Popular Science)

Austerity will wreck Europe: Greece and the scary new European ultra-nationalism: “Europe, much less Germany, is not a good place to play with the social dynamite of prolonged depression.” (Salon)

Right-wing racist whack-a-mole: Confederate flag comes down, Donald Trump pops up: Take down the rebel flag and then Trump’s anti-immigration flag goes up. Such hatred is the GOP’s only strategy: Must-read essay from Rick Perlstein. Here’s a quote: “Conservatives understand that the direction of human history is not on their side—that, other things equal, civilization does tend toward more inclusion, more emancipation, more liberalism. That is the great source of their anger. And that, too, is the source of the compulsion to dress reaction in the raiment of liberation. Politically, it is the only way.” (Salon)

The Bernie Sanders Surge Is About Bernie, Not Hillary: Not everyone in the media understands that. Feel the Bern. (FiveThirtyEight)

Science Finds Even More Evidence That Anxiety Isn’t Just ‘All In Your Head’: Thank your genetics. (Huffington Post)

Here’s How Hillary Clinton Thinks Corporate Profit-Sharing Should Work: Candidate announced on Thursday the details of a corporate profit-sharing proposal, part of the slow drip of policy plans the Democratic frontrunner will unveil as part of her plan to boost middle-class incomes. (TIME)

Earl Sweatshirt on Hollywood parties, deconstructing Hermann Hesse and therapy: Once the world’s most notorious teenage rapper, the 21-year-old is back with a second full-length album – and a more mature outlook. (Guardian)

Ben Carson Set To Join Pastor Who Wants Gays Put To Death: Later this year, far-right Colorado radio host and homeschooling activist Kevin Swanson will be attempting to expand his national profile by organizing a “National Religious Liberties Conference” in Des Moines, Iowa. Dumb-dumb former brain surgeon Ben Carson will be there to lend a helping hand! (RightWing Watch)

Tuesday’s Iran deal confirms something that has been clear for a while now: Barack Obama is one of the most consequential presidents in American history — and he will be a particularly towering figure in the history of American progressivism. Obama has reestablished productive diplomacy as the central task of a progressive foreign policy, and as a viable alternative approach to dealing with countries the GOP foreign policy establishment would rather bomb. (Vox)

Five reasons why LePage’s impeachment has become more likely: Maine’s fascinatingly idiotic Tea party governor has really stepped in it this time. (Bangor Daily News)

Micro-Apartments Are Coming to the Midwest: Smaller rental units (think 300 square feet) are popping up in cities with plenty of space. (Bloomberg)

Remember Amy’s Baking Company, the most nightmarish Kitchen Nightmare of all? After two years they’ve gotten the hint and closed, but they’re blaming it on their landlord and a bad odor, not being rageaholic lunatics who made complete asses of themselves in front of millions of people. Best of all? They’re starting another company with the same name. (Phoenix Business Journal)

Bill Clinton: ‘I signed a bill that made the problem worse, and I want to admit it’ On Thursday former President disavowed a tough crime law that he signed in 1994, saying it made the problem of mass incarceration worse. Clinton made his remarks at the NAACP’s convention in Philadelphia, one day after President Obama highlighted criminal justice reform there. (The Hill)

Below, the trailer for Takashi Murakami’s feature film debut, ‘Jellyfish Eyes’:

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Dangerous Finds: End of capitalism begins; Trump: Rick Perry is ‘dumb’; Ben Carson livin’ LARGE
07.16.2015
03:40 pm

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The end of capitalism has begun: Without us noticing, we are entering the postcapitalist era. At the heart of further change to come is information technology, new ways of working and the sharing economy. The old ways will take a long while to disappear, but it’s time to be utopian. (The Guardian)

Republicans back a bill that could make it legal to fire single women because they’re pregnant: A number of Republicans in the House and Senate have backed a measure that would shield employers from legal action if they act—say, fire someone—in accordance with their belief that “marriage is or should be recognized as the “union of one man and one woman.” Aren’t Republicans awesome? (Fusion)

Hillary Clinton Declines To Support A National $15 Minimum Wage: Clinton says she supports raising the national minimum wage, but adds that “what you can do in L.A. or in New York may not work in other places.” (Buzzfeed Politics)

Ben Carson Burned a Ton of Cash on Live Music and Private Jets: The conservative rockstar is spending money like one. I wonder how all of his good Christian followers feel knowing that their donations have gone towards keeping Ben and his cronies living in luxury? (Mother Jones)

Off-grid ‘Rambo’ plotted to spark violence against Ferguson protesters by gluing gun to black man’s hand: Prosecutors say the 53-year-old man made racist statements as he discussed his plans, which led to a March raid of his St. Louis home that investigators say turned up more than 20 guns and thousands of rounds of ammunition. (The Raw Story)

Dead Andrew Breitbart’s derpy “Low T” sidekick Ben Shapiro tries — and spectacularly fails — to humiliate trans woman Zoey Tur: “What are your genetics, sir?” “You should cut that out now,” an unshaken Tur replied, “or you’ll go home in an ambulance.” I’d pay good money to see someone beat the living shit out of Ben Shapiro. (Salon)

Donald Trump illuminates the GOP’s dark soul: You might think that the recent poll showing Trump spiking among Republicans is about Trump. It is not. It is about the GOP and its very dark soul when it comes to immigration. The rank and file didn’t much care for Trump as recently as May. It swooned this month when it discovered he’s a bigot.” (Washington Post)

There’s a simple way to end gerrymandering. Too bad Congress made it illegal: A fair system, in which the number of seats in a legislature that a party receives is proportional to the number of votes it receives, is a solved problem. But don’t even think about going there. (Vox)

Donald Trump feuds with Rick Perry, calls him dumb: How many times were Perry’s name and the word ‘dumb’ used in the same headline today? I cannot wait for debates. Trump and a bunch of “losers” and “dummies.” It’s gonna be EPIC. (Politico)

Mike Kelley’s “Little Friend” commercial:

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The ULTIMATE Jade Helm 15 conspiracy video
07.15.2015
10:45 am

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conspiracy theories


 
“IS THIS WHERE YOU WANT TO BE WHEN JESUS COMES BACK? I DON’T THINK SO! AMERICA, GET IT RIGHT!!

I still don’t know how people aren’t seeing that Operation Jade Helm is going down. This is a parking lot at Sam’s Club in San Angelo, Texas where there is obvious Jade Helm activity. There were containers, tarps on chain link fences, moving trucks with Knights Templar insignia on them, and all of this stuff was laid out in a triangle - obvious Illuminati involvement. This is big, people. Get right and get ready!

The only thing I’m going to say about this upfront is that a sizable percentage of the people reading this very sentence will hit play and not realize that this is satire.

And most of them will have something about the Confederate flag on their Facebook page. And bad hillbilly dental work. They will invariably be Republicans. I even bolded the part about it being satire. I’m mentioning it twice, aren’t I? Still some large number of people will not get the joke, or that the joke is, in fact, on them.

For everyone else, enjoy the comedic stylings of Get Right America.
 

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