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Dangerous Finds: Superman’s penis; $100,000,000 Trump bounty; the world ends tomorrow!
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Dangerous Finds

Frank Miller drew Superman’s wang: This is an actual comic cover drawn by legendary comic artist Frank Miller. It’s the cover to a companion comic to Miller’s upcoming Dark Knight III: The Master Race series, and it appears DC is actually going to publish it despite the fact that 1) it is horrible, 2) it is laughable and 3) you can clearly see the outline of Superman’s junk in his red briefs. (io9)

A glitch in time: How Oval’s 1995 ambient masterpiece predicted our digital present:  By virtue of being atmospheric, ambient music tends to make the listener aware of the hardware involved in reproducing it, so it’s always, in a sense, about technology. But Oval’s version was a direct engagement with the up-to-the-minute details of sound recording, storage, and reproduction. With Oval, a critique of the entire system of recorded music was built into every gesture. (Pitchfork)

Antivax activists fund yet another study to “prove” vaccines cause autism, which they don’t: Three dozen dead monkeys later, antivaxxers are STILL WRONG. Heartbreaking and disgusting. (Science Based Medicine)

Who the N.R.A. Really Speaks For: Not that this should come as a surprise to anyone who’s at all attentive and non-delusional, but the N.R.A. does not fight for the rights of America’s gun owners, it’s a lobbying group representing the commercial interests of gun and ammunition manufacturers. (New York Times)

No, Carly Fiorina, a degree in medieval history doesn’t qualify you to fight ISIS: Worst-person-in-the-world contender Fiorina is a approaching Trumpian levels of GOP sideshow amusement lately. (The Guardian)

There’s a “Sexy Pizza Rat” Halloween costume: You thought the “sexy” costume trope shark-jumped ages ago? Nope. IT CAN ALWAYS GET DUMBER. (HuffPo)

Drug Kingpin El Chapo puts 100 million USD on Donald Trump, dead or alive: YIKES! We aren’t over-fond of him either, but holy shit. The world’s most wanted and most dangerous drug lord, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, is offering a US$100 million bounty for whoever delivers billionaire and Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump to him dead or alive. (TeleSur)

Kurt Cobain—“Sappy”: A 7″ containing Cobain’s cover of the Beatles’ “And I Love Her” and an early demo version of Nirvana rarity “Sappy,” alternately known as “Sad”—both used in the film Montage of Heck—is coming out, and today, the latter has arrived. A similar early version of the song has been available on bootlegs and online for a while now, but this is a cleaner, slightly polished up mix, and it sounds both great and heartbreaking. (Stereogum)

The world ends tomorrow and YOU MAY DIE! While our planet may have survived September’s “blood moon”, it will be permanently destroyed on Wednesday, 7 October, a Christian organization has warned. The eBible Fellowship, an online affiliation headquartered near Philadelphia, has based its prediction of an October obliteration on a previous claim that the world would end on 21 May 2011. While that claim proved to be false, the organization is confident it has the correct date this time. (The Guardian)

Hackable DIY synthesizer kit for only $40: This straightforward, three-pot kit looks like loads of beginner-friendly fun. (Tech Will Save Us)

This drunk kid really, really wanted mac & cheese:

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Website offers Kim Davis $500k to do interracial lesbian porn scene
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Kim Davis

Oh, Kim Davis, what is it about the simple stand you made about gay marriage that makes you such irresistible fodder for mockery? Was it the four separate times you said “I do” at the altar or your homespun manners, hairdo, and style of dress? Whatevs, you’ve become a quintessential 2015 meme and people are going to run it into the ground, dadgummit.

Example: The Dogfart Network, the self-described “undisputed kings of interracial porn,” has offered Kim Davis half a million dollars to secure “a redemption” by appearing in one of their movies, at the website

Here’s the press release:

With all the controversy surrounding Rowan County, Kentucky clerk Kim Davis’ refusal to issue same sex marriage licenses even after the Supreme Court of the United States made same sex marriage the law of the land, The Dogfart Network which is the leading online destination for Adult Interracial content is offering the Holy Kim Davis a chance at redemption.

The undisputed kings of interracial porn are dangling $500k to star in a scene for their site, which is one of 23 sites in the companies vast Adult Entertainment Empire. specializes in Lesbian Interracial Erotica.

“We here at Dogfart have always believed in equality. We have interracial sites, gay sites, straight sites, and we think Kim Davis has been appalling,” said a Dogfart Spokesman. “We are giving her a chance at a redemption. We are willing to drop half a million bucks for Kim to come out to our studio and shoot an Interracial Lesbian scene for our network.”

The offer will stand for the next week. She is also welcome to bring her family with her on an all expense paid vacation.

Those of you who are inexplicably interested in the overlap of Kim Davis and lesbian sex are probably already aware of the “erotic story” ebook that depicted her first foray into steamy jailhouse sex, but just in case you aren’t, here it is. (Description: “Kim is a simple, small-town woman who finds herself thrown in jail in a dispute over religion and sexuality. She quickly discovers the importance of knowing friend from foe in the notoriously horny women’s wing and, with the help of her beautiful cellmate, sets out to learn the ropes.” Oh my!)
via Death and Taxes

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Dangerous Finds: EVERYTHING recorded by Dylan in 1965 & 1966; Jeb sucks; Ready for a New New Deal?
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Dangerous Finds

Bob Dylan Bootleg Vol. 12: Every take recorded by Dylan in 1965 and 1966 – the motherlode for every Dylan fan – to be released in November: 6-disc set premieres unreleased studio recordings – including never-before-heard songs, outtakes, rehearsal tracks, and alternate versions – from the Bringing It All Back Home, Highway 61 Revisited and Blonde On Blonde sessions. (MOJO)

David Cronenberg Passed on True Detective Season Two Because ‘the Script Was Bad’: The poor, maligned runt that is True Detective season two just keeps getting kicked around. (Vulture)

Is it Time for a New New Deal?: Our economy is broken. Could a universal basic income, child allowances, and worker-owned cooperatives fix it? Well, none of these things would hurt the general population, would they? (The Nation)

Jeb Bush Defends Racist Name of Football Team Whose Owner Backed Him With Big Bucks: “It’s a sport, for crying out loud,” Bush said. “It’s a football team. Washington has a huge fan base—I’m missing something here, I guess.” Like the fact that Redskins owner Dan Snyder gave you $100,000 recently? You mean, like that? (Mother Jones)

HP Employees Won’t Give Carly Fiorina a Dime: Out of the thousands of people she worked with, why are only two giving Fiorina a reportable amount of cash? I suspect it might have something to do with her being an incompetent CEO, as well as an evil and shitty person. That’s just one man’s take on it, not that Fiorina is a subject exactly dripping with nuance. She just sucks no matter how you slice it. (The Daily Beast)

Bernie Sanders, Not Hillary Clinton, Deserves Union Endorsements: And it’s not like she’s exactly unworthy of union endorsements, not at all, it’s that Bernie is simply more deserving of that support. (Huffington Post)

Senate Dems call on Boehner to disband Benghazi panel: The jig is up on this. Come the fuck on. (The Hill)

Sanders Takes to Senate Floor, Condemns Price Gouging by Drug Companies: Comparing drug prices in the United States to those in other countries, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today condemned pharmaceutical companies that charge American consumers the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs. “It is unacceptable that the top three pharmaceutical companies made a combined $45 billion in profits last year and spent more on sales and marketing than they did on research and development,” Sanders said in a speech on the floor of the Senate. “The United States is the only major country on earth that does not in one form or another regulate prescription drug prices and the results have been an unmitigated disaster.” (Bernie

Oregon becomes third U.S. state to allow recreational marijuana sales: Marijuana sales for recreational use began in Oregon on Thursday as it joined Washington state and Colorado in allowing the sale of a drug that remains illegal under U.S. federal law. Come on O-high-O! (Reuters)

“If I win, they’re going back”: Why Donald Trump’s threat to refugees is the key to his campaign: Now that “the Donald” has turned his sights from immigrants to refugees, we can see his warped vision of America. (Salon)

Muslim man beaten to death over rumours he had eaten beef in India: Mohammad Akhlaq was attacked by around 100 people and despite being taken to hospital, police said “his life could not be saved.” (Telegraph)

Conservatives push to ‘Fire McCarthy’ before he takes speaker’s gavel: If I didn’t already loathe California Representative Kevin McCarthy, I’d almost feel sorry for him. (On Politics)

Psychologist blinds woman with drain cleaner - because she wanted to be disabled: Not the feel good story of 2015. Or any other year. (The Mirror)

Hurricane Joaquin spawns storm memes in face of uncertain path: Making light of a dark situation. (PopSci)

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Cool pharmacist fills ‘monster spray’ prescription for frightened child
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monster spray

Photo via French photographer/digital retoucher Laure Fauvel’s series ‘Terreurs.’
This heart-warming story, that many parents will relate to, concerns a father’s quest to console his daughter who was scared of going to sleep at night.

The Sooke, British Columbia dad went to his local pharmacist and tasked her with creating a special “monster spray” for his daughter, Mya.

Dee Vivian, the pharmacy technician who was working at the time, said the father brought in his own bottle and asked if the pharmacy would provide the labels.

Vivian says she put additional “shake well” and “may cause drowsiness” labels onto the bottle to make it look more official. The father was not charged for the spray.

Cool dad. Cool pharmacist. No more monsters. Sleep tight, Mya.

Via and reddit

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Dangerous Finds: Republican quits over sex vid; America hates GOP; HBO’s ‘Westworld’ sounds porn-y
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Indiana GOP’s House Leader resigns after texting sexually explicit video of himself cheating on wife to everyone on his “Contacts” list: Does opposing LGBTQ rights have karmic implications for conservative Republicans with a proclivity for taking videos of themselves cheating on their wives? (Salon)

Voters pick words to describe Trump: Donald Trump topped another GOP national poll released today but overall, voters seemed to have few nice things to say about the real-estate mogul. Some of the more popular descriptions of the billionaire Republican candidate were “idiot,” “jerk,” “stupid” and “dumb,” while others called him “arrogant,” “crazy” and “nuts.” Other terms used to describe Trump were “buffoon,” “clown,” “comical” and “joke.”  “Egotistical,” “narcissist” and “selfish” were other popular ways voters depicted the short-fingered vulgarian. (Politico)

Video shows dramatic water drop in California lake: A video posted on Facebook shows the dramatic water level drop at Folsom Lake, a reservoir located about 25 miles northeast of Sacramento. This is not good at all. Yikes! (USA Today)

Sexually Explicit Casting Contract for HBO’s Westworld Extras Has SAG-AFTRA Concerned: The explicit consent form asks that the performer “may be required to perform genital-to-genital touching, simulate oral sex with hand-to-genital touching, contort to form a table-like shape while being fully nude, pose on all fours while others who are fully nude ride on your back, [and] ride on someone’s back while you are both fully nude.” (Hollywood Reporter)

Safety Last: One of the most reprehensible bosses in recent history is finally facing justice: Don Blankenship will, at long last, go to trial for the death of 29 coal miners. The former CEO of Massey Energy Company faces charges of allegedly shunning coal mine safety rules, conspiring to conceal safety violations, and lying to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and shareholders. He faces 30 years in prison if convicted. This will be a trial of historic importance. I hope they throw the book at this scumbag. (Slate)

Bernie Sanders Campaign Says It’s Hit One Million Online Contributions: I’m proud to say I’m one of them. I’ve sent the Senator money twice and plan to send more. If Bernie Sanders speaks for you, you should consider sending him what you can. (Wall Street Journal)

Employees reveal what it’s like to work for super-wealthy: Ever wondered what it is like to be really rich? The second-best way to find out is probably working for a very wealthy person. (Telegraph)

Ben Carson’s open bias against Muslims a sign of coarse times: When Republican Ben Carson declared Muslims unfit to be president, he crossed a line that historians say no major White House hopeful has breached since the 1940s — openly expressing prejudice. Usually Republicans use “dog whistles” to express such things. Not anymore! (Los Angeles Times)

GOP leader accidentally tells the truth about Benghazi committee: Even die-hard GOP partisans sometimes find it difficult to justify the House Republicans’ Benghazi committee. (MSNBC)

Anti-Marijuana Politician Charged With Possession of Marijuana: You’ll never guess what happened next! (Counter Current News)

New Poll Shows Americans Really Do Hate the Republican Party: Why is it that only the Republican Party believes it represents American beliefs? Where are they getting their information that somehow this country has become dominated by right-wing Christian fanatics that want the U.S. to implement the next Christian Crusade? (Ring of Fire)

Ted Cruz is toast: It’s not just that he won’t be President — his days in the Senate are numbered, too: Rand Paul is right, Cruz’s career in the Senate is “done for.” Once he leaves, he can become a full-time grifter. Or perhaps a slimy, weasley 1940s movie villain in a fez? (Salon)

Below, the Mighty Boosh go searching for “the New Sound”...

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Dangerous Finds: ‘Superman’ sperm sprayer; U.S. war on weed continues; Breakfast cereal anarchists
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Dangerous Finds

Man In ‘Superman’ Shirt Ejaculated Onto Woman Walking From Bus Stop: Police looking into possible involvement of sex offender in bodily fluid incident in Va. (Fox5 News)

They’re Like Bonnie & Clyde. But Dumber: Cops say a bank robber and his siren sidekick posted pics of themselves flashing their stolen cash on Facebook. (The Daily Beast)

Here’s What Whole Foods Offers to Laid-Off Employees: Yesterday, food theme park Whole Foods announced it is laying off 1,500 employees as part of an effort to lower prices. Those laid-off employees are being offered what has been—fairly—described as a “generous” severance. On the other hand, they could have just laid off the top five executives who’ve run Whole Foods’ stock price into the dirt and kept all of the people who do all the real work? Just a thought! (Gawker)

The Average American Worker Earns Less Today Than 40 Years Ago: It’s not just unemployment that matters. Many full-time workers take home less money, after inflation, than in decades. (Fast Company)

Bernie Sanders: Universal Healthcare and Free College Aren’t Radical Ideas, They Are ‘Human Rights’: Sanders remains unwavering in his commitment to establishing education and health care as a basic human right, not a luxury only available to the privileged. He maintains his plan could be easily funded by requiring the wealthy and the largest corporations to pay much higher taxes. He justifies this by pointing out that the wealthiest 400 Americans control more wealth than the poorest 150 million Americans, combined. (U.S. Uncut)

After NASA Announces It Found Water On Mars, Rush Limbaugh Says It’s Part Of A Climate Change Conspiracy: How incredibly dumb would you have to be to listen to this guy for HOURS every day? Filling your head with this stuff must do for your brain what eating shit for every meal would do for your body. (Media Matters)

Fox News is sinking the GOP: One network’s ratings boom is a political party’s election doom: Republicans are again embracing the bigotry of Roger Ailes. It cost them in 2012, and it will cost them in 2016. (Salon)

Police Arrested Someone For Weed Possession Every 51 Seconds In 2014: New statistics show the U.S. war on marijuana is far from over. (Huffington Post)

China’s Leadership: Brilliant or Clueless? The policies and decisions that worked so well in the boost phase of growth—what we might call the era of low-hanging fruit—do not necessarily work in the next phase, where growth has matured and all the costs that were ignored in the boost phase must now be addressed and paid. (Of Two Minds)

Alabama KKK member tells horrified British reporter Auschwitz was ‘summer camp’ for Jews: New BBC documentary follows members of the Klan as they prepare for what they say will be a race war. (The Raw Story)

For A GOP Congress In Chaos, Things Are About To Get Way, Way Worse: “November and December are going to be like Dante’s ‘Inferno’ around here,” Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) told the New York Times. (Talking Points Memo)

Americans shift away from ‘traditional’ jobs: And by “traditional” jobs, they mean jobs that have benefits, pensions, sick days and shit like that. Now we all work in the “gig economy.” (Yahoo!)

London’s New War: Hipsters Vs. Anarchists, With Breakfast Cereal as a Weapon: Anarchists targeted a café serving breakfast cereal to protest London’s gentrification. Next will come a museum. Why is protesters’ anger focused on small-scale businesses—not corporations? (The Daily Beast)

Below, Rich Fulcher in Comedy Central’s Questionable Science:

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Dangerous Finds: Carly Fiorina is a big liar; Joe Biden is horny, baby & Karl Marx is back in style
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Dangerous Finds

It is now clear that the hippies won the culture war: It is not an accident that San Francisco gave birth both to hippies and to the high tech wizardry of Silicon Valley. At times the past must be cast aside to see the future clearly. (History News Network)

Carly Fiorina stubbornly pretends fiction is fact: It’s been amazing to watch her stick to her obviously, demonstrably false story. She’s a flat-out fucking liar and she’s been caught in a whopper, but why should she cop to it? It’s not like any low information Republican voter is going to hear about it anyway, so why wouldn’t she just stick to her stupid story. look the camera straight in the eye and keep lying? (MSNBC)

It is time to get very afraid: Extremists, authoritarians now run the GOP — and no one can stop them: Boehner and McConnell weren’t conservative enough for them. Nor Eric Cantor. Right-wing purists won’t stop here. (Salon)

The Best Parts of a Very Sexual, Very Horny, Very Good Interview Joe Biden Gave in 1974: Joe Biden was a lot more careful around the press after this 1974 profile. (Washingtonian)

Bernie Sanders: “It is a rigged economy: Heads they win, tails you lose”: “Greed is destroying this country,” said Sanders to a cheering crowd of about 600 in the North Iowa Auditorium at North Iowa Area Community College. “We must take on this billionaire class and it can only be done if millions band together and demand a government that represents all of us instead of just the top 1 percent.” (Globe Gazette)

Why Are Republicans the Only Climate-Science-Denying Party in the World? Hmmmm… I’ll hazard a guess: They’re fucking idiots and have sold their souls to the devil? (New York)

Karl Marx is ‘back in fashion’, key ally of Britain’s Labour leader says: His ideas offer a definitive way to analyse the capitalist foundations of the modern Western economy. (Yahoo!)

The Daily News Layoffs and Digital Shift May Signal the Tabloid Era’s End: But what will commuters read? Oh right, their phones. (New York Times)

Whole Foods Market to cut about 1,500 jobs: Upscale supermarket chain said it would cut about 1,500 jobs, or about 1.6 percent of its workforce as it works to bring down costs. (Huffington Post)

Everybody hates Jeb: No Republican 2016 candidate is less liked by his or her party than Jeb Bush. It’s probably because he sucks. (Washington Post)

When America Was ‘Great,’ Taxes Were High, Unions Were Strong, and Government Was Big: The bygone nation Donald Trump’s supporters yearn for looks awfully liberal, at least in terms of economic policy. (The Atlantic)

John Oliver Mocks ‘Noted Swine Fellatio Enthusiast’ David Cameron: Bizarre is a kind way of describing it…”

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Dangerous Finds: ‘New Wave Hookers’; Saudi Prince’s bloody sex crime; ‘Popcorn’ dancers cut a rug
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Dangerous Finds

New Wave Hookers: The Traci Lords Film That Changed X-Rated Movies Forever: 1985’s New Wave Hookers was one of the more remarkable adult films of its day, featuring then-current “Princess of Porn” Traci Lords in a memorable opening sequence as the Devil; later, it turned out that she had made the movie when she was under the age of 18. (Night Flight)

Time to Trade in Your Jag, Benz, BMW for a Dented Econobox: Days of Rage Are Coming: The resistance will take the form of subverting the signifiers of wealth that exemplify the few who have benefited so greatly while everyone else lost ground. (Of Two Minds)

Conservatives Rush To Dance On John Boehner’s Grave: After House Speaker John Boehner announced on Friday that he would step down from his leadership role and resign from Congress at the end of October, conservatives who have long criticized him were quick to celebrate his decision to leave the House. Be careful what you wish for. (Talking Points Memo)

Jeb goes full Mitt Romney: Man of inherited wealth and power says African-Americans want “free stuff”: The “outreach” candidate takes a page from Mitt Romney to insult black voters in one of the worst possible ways. (Salon)

Carly Fiorina Makes a Lot of Stuff Up About Everything: From her time at HP to abortion and assault weapons, Fiorina has an adventurous relationship with the truth. She’s what used to be called a “liar.” (Mother Jones)

Rep. Peter King: John Boehner’s resignation is ‘victory for the crazies’: Yes, yes it is. (Newsday)

Nickelodeon is officially launching the ‘90s programming block it’s teased for years: ‘The Splat’ is coming. (Vox)

Saudi Prince Arrested in Beverly Hills Compound for Sex Assault: Bleeding woman seen screaming for help, scaling 8-ft wall. The prince was booked and released on $300,000 bail, BECAUSE OF COURSE HE WAS! I wonder if His Royal Highness will skip bail? Nah! (The Hollywood Reporter)

Kim Davis Is Now Officially a Republican: I wish this damned hillbilly dumbass would spontaneously combust. I’m sick of her lemon face, her bigotry and everything about her. (Mediaite)

The New Chinese Missile That Has the U.S. Air Force Spooked:  America has spent hundreds of billions on stealthy fighter jets to rule tomorrow’s skies. Could a new Chinese weapon negate that edge? (The Daily Beast)

Donald Trump Is Not Fit to Win the War on Christmas: Donald Trump is pandering to some social conservatives today, so naturally he brought up the nonexistent War on Christmas. There’s just one problem… (Mother Jones)

Gay rights activists give their verdict on Stonewall: ‘This film is no credit to the history it purports to portray’: Roland Emmerich’s film about the 1969 riots has been labelled an offensive whitewash by many critics and campaigners. So what do some of those who were actually there at the time make of it? (The Guardian)

Exuberant dancers groove to the Moogy sounds of Hot Butter’s “Popcorn” in 1972:

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Dangerous Finds: ‘South Park’ rapes Trump; Will Jeremy Corbyn kneel for Queen? White guys arguing
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Dangerous Finds

Controversial South Park episode shows Donald Trump being raped and murdered: Show attacks tycoon’s run for President, his immigration policies and then kills him off in shocking final scene. Nicely! (DailyMail)

North Carolina restaurant urged to remove statues of snoozing Mexicans that greet customers at door: Oh man! (Raw Story)

Alex Jones: Pope’s Plan To Fight Climate Change Will Leave One Billion People Dead: “Slimebag” pontif makes conspiracy theorist want to “vomit.” (Right Wing Watch)

Trump: My Mass Deportations Will Be Done ‘Warmly And Humanely’: Well, that’s reassuring. He’ll even give each deportee a “Make America Great Again” baseball cap! (Talking Points Memo)

Jeremy Corbyn ‘has not decided’ whether to kneel in front of the Queen: Labour leader says he is making up his mind over what to do at privy counsellor ceremony as party conference approaches. I say don’t do it, dude. No fucking way. (The Guardian)

Kanye West Thinks Ben Carson Is ‘Brilliant’: Is Yeezy angling for a VP pick? (Vanity Fair)

LA to declare homelessness emergency as big cities struggle with affordable housing crisis: It’s getting ridiculous here. They have to do something. Fast. (Vox)

Scientists create virtual human using slices of dead woman’s body: The Visible Human Project scientists use cadavers to create detailed digital reconstructions of the human body. (Telegraph)

New York Jews Dumping Clinton for Sanders: A new poll shows a majority of New York Jews view Clinton as unfavorable. Biden catching up. (The Jewish News)

This towering 3D printer builds clay homes: Slow-printed adobe, without the flash. (Popular Science)

Bernie Sanders: “[The Pope] is getting to the heart of hyper-capitalism, and he’s saying: Why, as a society, are we worshiping money?”: Sanders echoes Pope Francis’ thoughts on climate change and working together as nation facing controversial issues. (MSNBC)

Republican wants to shame the poor by giving public access to welfare recipients’ addresses: Mayor Robert Macdonald of Lewiston, Maine this week called on the state General Assembly to pass a bill that would create a public registry with the personal information of any person who receives welfare benefits. (Raw Story)

Carly Fiorina attacked the physical appearance of Barbara Boxer in 2010: While she was running for Senate in 2010, Carly Fiorina attacked the physical appearance of her opponent Barbara Boxer on national television. The incident has become relevant once again, even as she criticizes rival Donald Trump for the remarks that he’s been making about her own physical appearance. (DailyNewsBin)

The Wall Street Journal gets whacked: How its Bernie Sanders hit piece completely backfired: A provocative headline claims his proposals will cost taxpayers $18 trillion. Nonsense, says a UMASS professor (Salon)

White Guy Yells at Another White Guy About ‘White F*cking Privilege’ over Stroller Incident: And yes, there’s video! “Thank you, white guy!” says one onlooker.

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Noam Chomsky on Donald Trump: No different from the rest of the Republicans

After his talk at the New School in New York City on Saturday, Noam Chomsky took questions from the audience. This is one of those questions:

“What do you think about the antics of Donald Trump, in tangent to your earlier idea about American exceptionalism?”

Chomsky’s reply:

“Well, actually, I think we should recognize that the other candidates are not that different. I mean, if you take a look at—just take a look at their views. You know, they tell you their views, and they’re astonishing. So just to keep to Iran, a couple of weeks ago, the two front-runners—they’re not the front-runners any longer—were Jeb Bush and Scott Walker. And they differed on Iran. Walker said we have to bomb Iran; when he gets elected, they’re going to bomb Iran immediately, the day he’s elected. Bush was a little—you know, he’s more serious: He said he’s going to wait ‘til the first Cabinet meeting, and then they’ll bomb Iran. I mean, this is just off the spectrum of not only international opinion, but even relative sanity.

This is—I think Ornstein and Mann are correct: It’s a radical insurgency; it’s not a political party. You can tell that even by the votes. I mean, any issue of any complexity is going to have some diversity of opinion. But when you get a unanimous vote to kill the Iranian deal or the Affordable Care Act or whatever the next thing may be, you know you’re not dealing with a political party.

It’s an interesting question why that’s true. I think what’s actually happened is that during the whole so-called neoliberal period, last generation, both political parties have drifted to the right. Today’s Democrats are what used to be called moderate Republicans. The Republicans have just drifted off the spectrum. They’re so committed to extreme wealth and power that they cannot get votes, can’t get votes by presenting those positions. So what has happened is that they’ve mobilized sectors of the population that have been around for a long time. It is a pretty exceptional country in many ways. One is it’s extremely religious. It’s one of the most extreme fundamentalist countries in the world. And by now, I suspect the majority of the base of the Republican Party is evangelical Christians, extremists, not—they’re a mixture, but these are the extremist ones, nativists who are afraid that, you know, “they are taking our white Anglo-Saxon country away from us,” people who have to have guns when they go into Starbucks because, who knows, they might get killed by an Islamic terrorist and so on. I mean, all of that is part of the country, and it goes back to colonial days. There are real roots to it. But these have not been an organized political force in the past. They are now. That’s the base of the Republican Party. And you see it in the primaries. So, yeah, Trump is maybe comic relief, but it’s just a—it’s not that different from the mainstream, which I think is more important.”


Bingo. In fact, his racism and xenophobia aside—which I realize, of course, is a very big “but…”—Trump’s positions aren’t even all that conservative and are often in fact legitimately “populist” in a crude (and notably nonspecific) sense when he makes comments about excessive executive pay being out of control, the need for progressive taxation and how hedge fund managers are simply lucky paper pushers.

Below, video of the above remarks and more on Amy Goodman’s Democracy Now:

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