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Dangerous Finds: Republican Bloodbath; ‘Deez Nuts’ surges in new GOP poll; Act Two of the Trump Epic
08.19.2015
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The Republican Party Is Becoming a Bloodbath: Donald Trump is causing conservatives to turn on each other, and it’s not pretty. (New Republic)

CNN/ORC Poll: Donald Trump now competitive in general election: The poll finds Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton ahead of Trump by just 6 points, a dramatic tightening since July when he trailed her by 16 points. (CNN)

The shocking number of new moms who return to work two weeks after childbirth: In the United States, nearly a quarter of employed mothers return to work within two weeks of giving birth, according to a new report from In These Times, a nonprofit magazine, which analyzed data from the Department of Labor and collected stories from mothers who kept working through pain and grief. It’s not because they recover at a supernatural pace. Or because they value their jobs over their babies. They can’t afford not to! (Washington Post)

Walker’s healthcare plan is perfect, if you want almost no insurance at all: Thanks for nothing, Scott Walker! (Los Angeles Times)

The rise of the “self-proclaimed socialist”: Why reporters shouldn’t be so surprised that Bernie Sanders’ appeal is growing. Few Americans embrace socialism, but they don’t have the same hostility to the idea either—especially the young. (Salon)

Oppose the TPP trade deal; support Bernie Sanders: Passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership will complete the transfer of power in America from government to corporations. Everyone who votes for this democracy-killing bill will be complicit in this crime against U.S. citizens. (The Roanoke Times)

Donald Trump has transformed GOP politics – no matter what happens: The future of the businessman’s campaign notwithstanding, his run has reframed the debate on key issues as it limits fellow candidates’ exposure. (The Guardian)

Poll shows Donald Trump leading GOP candidates in North Carolina, followed closely by ‘Deez Nuts’: Because Republicans? (USA Today)

Birmingham, Alabama approves minimum wage increase to $10.10: This is a distinctly un-red state thing to do. What gives? (WIAT)

Act Two of the Trump Epic: We’ve gone far enough now with the Trump political phenomenon to know that it is no mere or momentary matter of name recognition which has placed him as the top contender for the Republican nomination, as bizarre an eventuality as that might appear. He leads all national polls and all polls in the key early primary and caucus states - and by significant margins. And now his positions are becoming the GOP’s positions. Donald Trump is defining the terms of the debate. (Talking Points Memo)

Below, “Franks Kaktus” the latest from Sweden’s amazing Dungen:

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Dangerous Finds: OxyContin for children; Rubio hits kid in face; Bernie vs the corporate media
08.18.2015
03:53 pm

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W.Va. senator slams FDA for giving OxyContin to 11-year-olds: As the former Governor of West Virginia, Joe Manchin has seen the “hillbilly heroin” scourge up close. There are 2.1 million Americans abusing or dependent on opioids and 44 people die every day as a result of prescription opioid overdose. The pharmaceutical industry regrets the loss of these loyal customers, but what are ya gonna do, eh? (The Hill)

Donald Trump’s Immigration Principles Would’ve Barred His Own Grandfather: The Republican frontrunner proposes an impossible threshold as he courts the restrictionist vote. (The Atlantic)

Rubio hits kid in the face with football, becomes meme: A video of Sen. Marco Rubio playing football caught fire on Twitter on Tuesday. The crux of the clip: Rubio accidentally hits a little boy in the face while throwing a football around. (Politico)

Jeb’s humiliating weakness: Americans like him even less than Donald Trump: Erstwhile GOP frontrunner watches his favorability rating slide to Trumpian levels. Loser! (Salon)

Bernie Sanders is really running against the ‘corporate media’ as much as he’s running against Hillary Clinton: A big part of Sanders’ appeal is his indictment of the so-called “corporate media” and its allegedly not-so-hidden agendas in the presidential race. That message appeals to the growing sense among liberals that the media is rigged to a) favor Clinton and b) treat politics like a game rather than a serious contest of ideas. (Washington Post)

Ex-Virginia Cop Charged With Murder For Killing Unarmed Man In Doorway Of His Home: A former Fairfax County police officer who shot and killed an unarmed man as he stood inside his front door with his hands up in 2013 was indicted Monday on a second-degree murder charge, authorities said. (Talking Points Memo)

Grieving husband plants 4 mile ribbon of sunflowers: Don Jaquish began planning the sunflower tribute to his wife a month after her funeral. It’s a sad and beautiful world. (KREM-CBS)

Hillary Clinton Is Rooting for Jeb Bush: The Clintons want Bush to win the nomination—because he’s easy to beat. He’s mayonnaise in the shape of a human being. The guy sucks as a politician. When Bush was elected governor of Florida, he was asked what he’d do for African Americans. He answered “Nothing.” (Politico)

Alex Morgan Rips Women’s Soccer League For Bedbug-Ridden Hotels: Bedbugs lead to extreme measures. There are limits. (Huffington Post)

Donald Trump is forcing other Republicans to say things they’ll regret about immigration: Latino voters might not be paying attention now, but sound bites last forever. (Vox)

Below, Grand Funk Railroad’s “We’re an American Band” promo video.

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Dangerous Finds: Robots take fast food jobs; America’s horniest President; Republicans vs Retirement
08.17.2015
01:24 pm

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Minimum-wage offensive could speed arrival of robot-powered restaurants: Fifty years ago there were twice as many employees in a typical McDonald’s franchise. Soon these workers might be replaced by robots. AND THEN WHAT? (Washington Post)

Republicans Against Retirement: What’s puzzling about the renewed Republican assault on Social Security is that it looks like bad politics as well as bad policy. Americans love Social Security, so why aren’t the candidates at least pretending to share that sentiment? Their donors perhaps? Yeah, their billionaire benefactors! The Republican running for President in 2016 are competing to be “America’s Top Servant of the 1%,” no more, no less. Think of it as a particularly harsh “reality” program. (New York Times)

Half of young people in the UK say they are not 100% heterosexual: In the YouGov study, individuals were asked to put themselves on that sexuality scale. In total, 72% of the British public scored themselves at the completely heterosexual end of the scale, while 4% were at the completely homosexual end, with 19% stating they were somewhere in between – classed as bisexual by Kinsey. (International Business Times)

Ohio’s Legal Weed Proposal Could Create the World’s First ‘Pot Grower Oligarchy’: This is the literal definition of “crony capitalism.” Small wonder it’s an issue that’s uniting conservative Republicans and potheads alike. (VICE News)

Donald Trump Explains His Ridiculous Plan to Make Mexico Pay for a Border Fence: If necessary, Trump is happy to start a trade war and diplomatic struggle with Mexico until it funds a fence. (Slate)

Would Jesus Vote for Bernie Sanders?: With the decline of culture war issues and the rise of crises like climate change, Bernie might actually be able to win over young evangelicals. (In These Times)

The Republican Party doesn’t want to believe its voters agree with Trump. But they do. They say he’s not really a Republican. Their voters disagree. (Vox

America’s Horniest President: Warren G. Harding might have been a useless leader, but he sure could craft a sex scandal. (Politico)

Fascist march cancelled after backlash from protesters: Neo-Nazis were chased out of Liverpool and bombarded with debris after attempting to hold a rally. Hundreds of locals chanted “Nazi scum off our streets” and “Master race, you’re having a laugh” as boot boys hide in a lost luggage office in train station. (The Telegraph)

Confederate Flag Backers Wave Weapons In Black Lives Matter Clash: Black Lives Matter protesters clashed with Confederate flag supporters at a Florida rally on Sunday, with flag backers allegedly brandishing weapons as the confrontation became heated, according to one protester. But they’re not racist. The Confederate flag is about heritage. (Talking Points Memo)

U.S. tax revenues at record high: Who’s paying? Take a guess! YOU. (CNN)

Sanders on billionaire class: ‘I welcome their hatred’: “And let me echo that today: If the Koch Brothers and the billionaire class hate my guts, I welcome their hatred. Because I am going to stand with working families.”(Des Moines Register)

Constantly checking your mobile phone can lead to ‘cognitive failures’: High-frequency internet users find it much more difficult to pay attention. WHO is surprised by this? (The Independent)

Donald Trump Gives Anti-Immigration Republicans Their Dream Plan: A sweeping immigration policy proposal released Sunday by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is an early Christmas to American voters hungry for more restrictive immigration policies. It’s also a nightmare for Republican leaders working to entice Latino voters. (Bloomberg)

German news anchor Anja Reschke attacks ‘little racist nobodies’ in impassioned call to end hatred towards refugees: Expressed her anger at how “normal” it now is to publish “hate tirades” under real names in comment pieces she believes has contributed to a “rise in extreme right wing acts” including arson. “Until recently, such commentators were hidden behind pseudonyms but now these things are being aired under real names,” she said in the two-minute segment, which quickly went viral.” Apparently it’s no longer embarrassing - on the contrary, in reaction to phrases like ‘filthy vermin should drown in the sea’, you get excited consensus and a lot of ‘likes’.”

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Pregnant, naked she-devil statue materializes in Vancouver
08.17.2015
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Does the notorious red devil statue that appeared on a pedestal in the Grandview-Woodlands neighborhood of Vancouver last September now have a wife?

If so, it would seem that they are expecting…

On Thursday a statue of a white lady devil who was also visibly pregnant was discovered on top of the Gene Cafe at the intersection of Main and Kingsway in East Vancouver, known as “East Van” to locals. Like its bright red mate from 2014, this she-devil wasn’t wearing any clothes.

The city moved quickly to remove the statue but fortunately, a resident named Michael Mann snapped a few pics of the statue and posted them to his Twitter account.
 

 
Last September, the city removed the new statue’s apparent “husband,” and after it was gone, a petition was launched to have the statue reinstalled. That petition received over 2,000 supporters.

The most noticeable feature of the male red devil from last year was his massive erection—many sources on the internet have been shy to show it in its full glory but the curious can see it here.

Here’s the intrepid Michael Mann, in a radio interview after his photographic coup.
 

 
via Christian Nightmares

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Dangerous Finds: Newspaper seeks pot critic; OMG KILLER ROBOTS; Rand Paul, the ‘New Coke’ of the GOP
08.14.2015
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Portland’s Daily Newspaper The Oregonian Is Looking for a Reefer Critic: The job listing for the freelance position demands an “experienced cannabis consumer” with deep knowledge of the strains of marijuana available in the state. The role will also include writing about the state’s “robust cannabis culture and marketplace.” It’d be fun to make a Portland joke here, but the Denver Post has already had a pot editor for two years. (Time)

We Should Not Dismiss the Dangers of ‘Killer Robots’ So Quickly: “Sentient robots like Hollywood’s Terminator would be a very bad thing. Even stupid AI in killer robots that are non-sentient would be a very bad thing. We need a ban today to protect mankind from swarms of armed quadcopters, technology that is practically on the shelves of hardware stores today.” (The Conversation)

Rand Paul is the “New Coke” of the GOP: Why His Bold Vision for a Libertarian Future Is a Disaster Waiting to Happen: Most people don’t agree that high taxes and excessive regulations are affecting young people’s ability to land a job, and there is no reason to believe that lowering taxes will make that any better. Why anyone would be persuaded that their massive student loan debt can be fixed with a flat tax is confusing. (Salon)

Fat Mike of NOFX Offered a Guy with a Beard $100 to Leave NOFX Show, Called Him a “hipster”: So hey, guys with beards? I’m thinking the potential ROI on a NOFX ticket might look kind of tempting right now. (Brooklyn Vegan)

Republicans Back Donald Trump Over Megyn Kelly: Surprise, surprise, surprise… (HuffPo)

Chicago’s Stony Island Arts Bank to Honor House Music Legend Frankie Knuckles: As part of a wider celebration of African and American culture and history led by Chicago artist Theaster Gates, Stony Island Arts Bank will play host to a vinyl collection of Frankie’s works starting October 3. Details of the extent of the collection have not been specified. (Dancing Astronaut)

The Strangest Campaign Pledge: The utterly brilliant Harvard prof Lawrence Lessig has announced that he would run for president if he can raise a million bucks by Labor Day. His campaign platform is curiously narrow. He vows to pass a single law, the Citizen Equality Act, which would by various means guarantee equal access to voting across race, class and educational lines, ban gerrymandering outright, and provide for citizen-funded elections. Lessig further promises that, having passed that one law, he’d resign the presidency. But would such a law even work? (Slate)

There’s a Nationwide Shortage of Restaurant Cooks: Wasn’t there a glut several years ago, when Food Network turned chefs into rock stars? Here’s a thought: pay your employees well enough to pay off culinary school AND earn a good living, and then maybe people will apply for your jobs? (Washington Post)

Hillary Clinton in Trouble? What’s Behind Al Gore, Joe Biden Rumor Mill: Joe Biden is sounding out allies about a potential presidential bid that just a few months ago seemed unlikely at best. Some Democratic officials are shooting down reports that Al Gore, who last ran for elective office 15 years ago, might be generating some renewed interest inside the party. But these stories are really more about Clinton’s campaign and the difficulties she has faced in the unfolding story about her emails as Secretary of State. (NBC)

What the Hell is Going On with SoundCloud? This week has seen a spate of high-profile account takedowns and suspensions issued by SoundCloud. On August 12, London-based internet station Radar Radio had its SoundCloud account removed. The station was told it had seven days to deal with any copyright infringements on their page, but the account was closed without warning the next day. Bizarrely, the account was then reinstated without explanation, and as of today has been suspended again. (FACT)

Dutch Newspaper Uses N-Word in Headline of Review of Ta-Nehisi Coates’s New Book: Somewhere along the editorial process, the editors thought it would be a good idea to headline the article, “Ni**er, Are You Crazy?” Since this wasn’t a U.S. paper, I suppose there’s some values dissonance at work here, BUT STILL, SERIOUSLY? (Washington Post)

Start your weekend right, with a Twin Peaks themed Norwegian rap video.

 

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Dangerous Finds: Octopi are ‘Aliens!’; no human head transplants just yet; Google wants to be God
08.13.2015
01:20 pm

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The GOP’s Most Ludicrous Election Myth: “The Reasonable Republican”: Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s recent surge in the polls—attributable to his “moderation”—shows how crazy the GOP is. More of Dangerous Minds hails from Ohio than you might expect, and we implore you to trust us on this: Kasich is hardly any more a “moderate” than Scott Walker. He’s less vicious to gay people, but that’s about it. (Salon)

Octopuses ‘Are Aliens,’ Scientists Decide After DNA Study: They’re evidently unrelated to anything else on the planet! University of Chicago researcher Clifton Ragsdale says, “The octopus appears to be utterly different from all other animals, even other mollusks.” (Metro)

Trumping Americans: The Strange, Irresistible Appeal of a Narcissistic Bloviator: Some say they like Trump because he is authentic. He doesn’t censor himself. He expresses our most primordial aggressive feelings and thoughts without being restricted by guilt, shame or remorse. This is what we did as young children before we were reprimanded for it, and became “socialized.” Trump releases us from the straitjacket of being civilized. (HuffPo)

Why Human Head Transplants Are Still a Long Way From Becoming a Reality: Despite scientists and surgeons voicing some serious doubts that such a massive undertaking would be successful, Italian neurosurgeon Sergio Canavero is adamant that the technology now exists. (The Conversation)

Google Wants to Be God’s Mind: The Secret Theology of “I’m Feeling Lucky”: Google makes order of the universe and answers our entreaties. It knows that it’s a temple of knowledge in the sky. (Salon)

Man Sends FB Conservatives into a Full-Blown Rage by Posing as Target: Shades of “Hope That Helps,” a Facebook user has set up a fake Target account to troll conservatives who’re pants-shitting over Target’s decision to end the gender segregation of children’s toys in their stores. It’s damn funny. (Raw Story)

Death Penalty In Connecticut Ruled Unconstitutional: Lawmakers repealed the state’s death penalty in 2012, but stipulated it only applied to future crimes. Now, the Connecticut Supreme Court’s ruling saves the lives the 11 inmates currently on the state’s death row from state-sponsored murder. (HuffPo)

Chelsea Wolfe Q&A: The neo-goth singer’s raw new album Abyss is terrifying, ethereal, and stunning. (Whosay)

Miami Nice: Are Florida’s Power Brokers Mellowing on Cuba? For decades, Florida’s Cuban exile community has ensured that the United States maintained its tough policy toward the island nation. But as relations between Cuba and the U.S. thaw, Miami’s “Little Havana” might have its own political revolution. (Mother Jones)

The U.S. Government Is Putting American Citizens on the No-Fly list… ON A HUNCH: And of course they won’t even tell you WHY because something something freedom isn’t free, ya got’dam terra-ist. (Slate)

Hacienda Film Tracks Down Pieces of Music History: Literally pieces—the club itself was demolished 15 years ago, but artifacts—from the dancefloor to the urinals—were saved and auctioned off. Do You Own the Dancefloor endeavors to track them down! (BBC)

The Neuroscience of Drumming: There are three kinds of drummers in the world: those who can count, and those who can’t. (Open Culture)

Ted Cruz fan art! Check out this adept comic-style rendering of the Texas twit as “Captain Constitution,” tweeted by the NYT’s Nick Corasani.
 

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Dangerous Finds: The ethics of euthanizing pets; Bernie ahead of Hillary in NH; Why Ferguson erupts
08.12.2015
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Black Panthers Open-Carry in Texas: Members of the I-shit-you-not HUEY P. NEWTON GUN CLUB showed crybaby Tea Party paranoids that open carry works both ways. Awesome. (Ring of Fire)

When is it Ethical to Euthanize Your Pet? There’s been a massive shift in recent decades in how pets have been perceived as members of the family. But has that positive shift towards humane treatment led to too many sick animals being kept alive for too long? (The Conversation)

[Serious] Redditors Who Want Trump to Become President, Why? tl;dr, he’s alpha as fuck, bro. (Reddit)

Bernie Sanders Surpasses Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire Poll: THIS CAN HAPPEN! (HuffPo Politics)

Kurt Cobain Solo Album to be Released in November: Universal Music claims it’s “curated to feel as though one were sitting in Kurt’s living room watching him create over the course of an afternoon,” but our feelings on this are decidedly mixed. (Consequence of Sound)

Tyrannysaurus Rex Faux-Gauge Earrings: These are kind of completely awesome. (Etsy)

Found Photos of Mod Girls of the ‘60s:
It’s exactly what it says in the headline, and it’s pretty great. (Please Kill Me)

Why Ferguson Erupts: Two academic criminologists discuss why the cultivation of conditions for community upheaval should come as no surprise. (The Conversation)

Amnesty International Will Call for Decriminalizing All Aspects of Prostitution: In the words of the immortal George Carlin: “Selling is legal. Fucking is legal. Why isn’t selling fucking legal? Why should it be illegal to sell something that’s perfectly legal to give away?” (Slate)

America’s Biggest Problem Is Concentrated Poverty, Not Inequality: Thanks to New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, economist Thomas Piketty, and, of course, the Occupy Movement, inequality is firmly on the national agenda, but worsening economic segregation has far more compounding effects. (The Atlantic)

“Born in Chicago”: A Uniquely Musical Passing of the Blues Torch: Born In Chicago is a powerful, soulful and uplifting story that chronicles a uniquely musical passing of the torch from the first generation blues performers who had made their way to Chicago from the Mississippi Delta to their followers, mostly young white, middle class kids. (Night Flight)

Herding Cats, the Game: Via Metafilter, this blocky, old-school puzzle game by Anna Anthropy is more fun than you’d expect. (Puzzlescript)

If you thought The Darkness was preposterous, check out Hammered Satin’s “Foxy Dude,” directed by Trip Loon...
 

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Dangerous Finds: Trump Trump Trump Trump; Showtime to produce ‘Just Kids’; 11 news items for 0 cents
08.11.2015
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Trump Is Really a Tea-Party Phenomenon: There’s been a lot of talk about Trump representing working-class rage, but Tea Partiers are affluent, white racists—a demographic Trump fits into all too well. (Paul Krugman)

Rand Paul’s New Mission: Take Down Trump: Paul intends to expose Trump as “an empty suit full of bravado but not anything meaningful for the country.” But what if everyone already knows that? (Time)

Hillary Clinton Says Donald Trump’s ‘Outrageous’ Comments Are Part of a Republican Theme: What’s more offensive, Clinton asked yesterday, Trump’s comments about Megyn Kelly or Marco Rubio’s position on abortion? (New York Times)

Donald Trump, Wrecking Ball: Not only is Trump not getting weaker, the candidates he’s hurting most are precisely those that represent the biggest threat to Democrats. (TPM)

Showtime Is Adapting Patti Smith’s Memoir Just Kids: Smith has said she’d be interested in seeing Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson play herself and Robert Mapplethorpe—or two unknowns. (Vulture)

No, Bernie Sanders Is Not a Jacksonian: The Democratic Party is distancing itself from the chief genocidist represented on American currency, and good for them. And that doesn’t disqualify Democrats to speaking to low-income voters in a populist way. (Washington Monthly)

R.I.P. Columbia House, Mail-Order Music Club to Cease Operations: No more 13 CDs for 1 cent; now you can pay Spotify ten bucks a month to play that one Timbuk 3 track on repeat endlessly. (Consequence of Sound)

The Republican War on Women Intensifies: The GOP’s premise, that women should be coerced to carry their pregnancies to term under all circumstances, is now out in the open. “If you think pregnancy being a state-enforced death sentence sounds awesome, you definitely want one of these gentlemen picking replacements for Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer.” (Lawyers, Guns, & Money)

Should Prison Sentences Be Based on Crimes That Haven’t Been Committed Yet? Pennsylvania is on the verge of becoming one of the first states in the country to base criminal sentences not only on what crimes people have been convicted of, but also on whether they are deemed likely to commit additional crimes. But isn’t this built in to sentencing anyway? Isn’t this part of the reason that murder gets stricter sentences than jaywalking? (FiveThirtyEight)

The World’s Largest Seller of Sugary Drinks Is Telling People How to Lose Weight: Amid a national obesity epidemic, Coca-Cola has been quietly supporting a new nonprofit organization called the Global Energy Balance Network, whose primary goal is to spread the message that we might be a little too worried about what we eat and drink. (Wonkblog)

Even Paul Haggis Doesn’t Think Crash Deserved Best Picture: Personally, contra Haggis, I prefer Crash to Good Night and Good Luck—but Munich and Brokeback Mountain? That’s a whole different story. (AV Club)
 
What if Matthew McConaughey could fly?

 

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Dangerous Finds: Sanders draws throngs; ‘The New Jim Crow’; nobody understands teens
08.10.2015
02:28 pm

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Republicans May Be Shooting Themselves in the Foot on Abortion: It’s good news for Democrats if the GOP wants to express their distaste for the murder and rape exemptions to abortion laws on national TV. (Mother Jones)

The Big Secret of Abortion: Women Already Know How It Works: The would-be Planned Parenthood “exposés” aren’t going to move the needle on the abortion debate very much. Meanwhile, irritation among women about being lectured on the subject by men could lead to an election cycle like 2012, when clueless Todd Akin and others crystallized the matter for everybody. (New York)

Bernie Sanders Draws 28,000 People in Portland: But it’s Portland, right? Why not 280,000? (Washington Post)

How Do Festivals Pick the Order of Their Posters? This is an interesting and well-researched article about a somewhat puzzling process, but all in all it really makes me want to say: PUPPET SHOW AND SPINAL TAP (Consequence of Sound)

“This Was the New Jim Crow”: An Oral History of the Ferguson Protests: “Peace during the day and war at night”—a very sobering read. (Vox)

Seven Reasons True Detective Blew So Hard This Year: Don’t get me started on this one. Nic Pizzolatto is talented, sure, but we learned just how good McConaughey, Harrelson, and Fukunaga are. And Pizzolatto wasn’t able to reproduce his trick with only a mere few weeks to generate the whole story. HBO should have waited and given everyone more time to work through the problems. (Vox)

The Story of the Other Racist Flag: No, not the Confederate flag, the POW/MIA flag. The whole movement was started as a devious plan by Nixon, and it sells a false, paranoid narrative about the U.S. leaving its troops to die everywhere, it’s completely pernicious. And it also flies on state capitols. (Rick Perlstein)

Why Political Journalists Shouldn’t Report on Internal Polling: The analogy here would be to reporting only the scientific reports that large corporations release on their own products. “The polls are obviously partisan, subject to bias, and released only when in the self-interest of the candidate.” (Columbia Journalism Review)

Mad Men: How Don Draper and Walter White Prepared us for Donald Trump: Sounds far-fetched, right? But Walt’s story is the story of the breakdown of the American Dream, and Don founded a company with his name on it by raiding his employers in a single heady weekend. Hey, premium TV has depended on bad-acting males for ever, and that’s Trump! (The Guardian)

Chicago Police Offer ‘Advice’ on How Not to Get Shot by Them: “Remember your actions and attitude can impact the situation positively or negatively.” An actvist wrote up a useful counter-list for the police, also at the link. (Chicagoist)

Silicon Valley Has No Idea What Teens Want: Basically, the success of Snapchat has really confused everyone. (The Daily Dot)
 
Lou Reed, live at the Bottom Line, NYC, 1983:

 

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Dangerous Finds: GOP debate ad infinitum; remembering Love Canal; literary cars; LARPing attorneys
08.07.2015
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Will the Economy Help Democrats or Republicans More Next Year? Looks like, somewhere in between! Shucks. (Mother Jones)

Remembering Love Canal: On this day 37 years ago, Jimmy Carter declared a federal emergency at Love Canal in upstate New York in response to the discovery of massive amounts of toxins underneath a school and near a housing development. (Lawyers, Guns & Money)

Donald Trump Is The Nickelback of GOP Candidates: This is a few days old, but how could I resist a headline like that? The idea is that Trump is widely disliked but has a small band of devoted followers. (FiveThirtyEight)

Dick Cheney Was the Real Winner of the First Republican Debate: Hopefully that’s a little alarmist. You’re always going to get a skewed picture when it’s nothing but Republicans on national TV for a couple of hours. (HuffPo)

Hubble Finds Evidence of Galaxy Star Birth Regulated by Black Hole Fountain: Whatever the fuck that means. (Astronomy Magazine)

Black Lives Don’t Matter, Apparently, to Republican Candidates for President: And really, who could be surprised by this? (Guardian)

Hillary Clinton Is Running Away from Her Free Trade Record: She has publicly promoted the Trans-Pacific Partnership 45 separate times. (Alternet)

Jon Stewart Hates Contemporary Art: And here’s the proof. (Artnet)

The GOP and Fox News Have a Secret Plan to Prevent Ridiculous Candidates from Turning Debate into a Laughingstock: I find this quite plausible and also rather shrewd. FOX’s furious agenda-setting in the “post-debate analysis” portion of the evening was quite evident, pushing Fiorina and Rubio for reasons known best to themselves. (Salon)

Staten Island Lawyer Wants to Settle Fraud Case with Trial by Combat: LARP LARP LARP LARP LARP LARP (Death and Taxes)

Car Crush: Why American Writers and Artists Can’t Stop Loving the Automobile: Includes a look at RIchard Yates, Nabokov, Fitzgerald, Kerouac (of course), etc. (The Millions)

Echo & the Bunnymen Brazilian TV special from 1987:

 

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