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Cheapskate followers nearly keep celebrities off Twitter
12.09.2010
01:48 pm
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Striking a blow straight to the heart of celebrity vanity, the newest edition of the Popbitch newsletter contained the following item:

Neatly proving just how ineffective social media actually is, 18 celebrities (and Jay Sean) sacrificed their “digital lives” for charity last week, vowing to stop updating their Twitter and Facebook feeds. Social network silence from Lady Gaga, Alicia Keys, Justin Timberlake and others until their fans donated a million dollars to [Keys’] Keep A Child Alive campaign to help fight AIDS.

With six days gone, donations were still under $300k. The celebs got restive - Usher just plain gave up and started tweeting - so a billionaire patsy, and longtime AIDS funder Stewart Bahr, was drafted in to pay it off.

It would have cost the celebs’ 35 million combined followers less than 3 cents each to buy back their lives and get them tweeting again, so it appears their fans are staunchly pro-AIDS, or no-one really cared very much about what they had to say in the first place.

Laying down that kind of bread, couldn’t Bahr have pushed his weight around even a little bit and negotiated a way to still keep Kim Kardashian off Twitter?

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Posted by Richard Metzger
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12.09.2010
01:48 pm
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Obama’s conscience: What the f$#k happened?
12.09.2010
10:04 am
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Hey, what’s a little bait and switch during a presidential election, huh?

I have never voted for a Republican in my entire life, but it sure feels like I have with Obama… The tax cut deal for millionaires and billionaires is a moral outrage and it’s going to be wrapped around his neck come next year when the GOP refuse to raise the debt ceiling.

Follow this link to donate a couple of bucks to ActBlue. For every $3000 they raise, they can show this ad one time on local TV stations in the Washington DC metro area. Obama’s base can only erode so much until it’s gone for good…
 

Posted by Richard Metzger
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12.09.2010
10:04 am
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Nick Cave in car crash
12.08.2010
04:32 pm
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Nick Cave smashes into a speed camera with his Jaguar and walks away.

The grinderman’s latest hit.

British paper The Telegraph reports:

Cave, 53, was travelling along Hove seafront in Sussex with his two boys, Arthur and Earl,10, when he crashed through a metal barrier and collided with the camera. Nobody was injured in the accident, which happened on Tuesday evening.

Police were called to the crash, which left the camera bent at a 45 degree angle, but Cave was not arrested.

 
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Posted by Marc Campbell
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12.08.2010
04:32 pm
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British Prime Minister confronted in House Of Commons over liking The Smiths
12.08.2010
03:21 pm
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British Prime Minister David Cameron is a Smith’s fanboy, much to the chagrin of Morrissey and Johnny Marr who can’t stand the PM. Morrissey, a vocal animal rights activist, is particularly disturbed by the fact that Cameron wants to “repeal the Hunting Act, which would mean the brutal killing of foxes, hares, deer, badgers, otters – just about anything that moves.”

Today Labour MP challenged Cameron over Morrissey and Johnny Marr’s comments.

Ahead of tomorrow’s controversial vote on raising tuition fees, Cameron was challenged by Labour MP Kerry McCarthy, who mentioned The Smiths in her argument.

“As someone who claims to be an avid fan of The Smiths, the Prime Minister will no doubt be rather upset this week to hear that both Morrissey and Johnny Marr have banned him from liking them,” McCarthy said.

She added: “The Smiths are, of course, the archetypal student band. If he wins tomorrow night’s vote, what songs does he think students will be listening to? ‘Miserable Lie’, ‘I Don’t Owe You Anything’ or ‘Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now’?”

Cameron’s response included several Smiths song titles, too.

He said: “I expect that if I turned up I probably wouldn’t get ‘This Charming Man’ and if I went with the Foreign Secretary [William Hague] it would probably be ‘William It Was Really Nothing’.”

 
Via EOMS

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12.08.2010
03:21 pm
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The Most Dangerous Man On Earth
12.08.2010
02:18 pm
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I don’t necessarily agree with this, but the resemblance is uncanny in these animated gifs.
 
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See more gifs after the jump…

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Posted by Tara McGinley
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12.08.2010
02:18 pm
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Sen. Bernie Sanders, socialist senator and American hero
12.07.2010
12:52 pm
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Senator Bernie Sanders (VT), the only socialist (not a “top Democrat” as the clip indicates) member of the US Senate tells it like it is. A must see-clip. I agree with him 2000%. About time someone said this. What the fuck is wrong with this country?

“Millionaires and billionaires do not need huge tax deductions, that’s the simple truth. If we’re serious about creating jobs in this country, which should be our main priority, that’s one worst way to do it. Much better to take that money, invest in our roads, bridges, railroad systems, infrastructure—you create jobs doing that.”

“Our Republican friends have got to be held accountable. The issue is the insult, the outrage that they want tax breaks for billionaires but they can’t in their heart come up with extending unemployment compensation so millions of families in this country can have a modicum of security. I believe, politically, we can rally the American people around that cause.”

 
Let’s hope he’s right. And fuck Obama and the Democrats, this deal is LAME. And furthermore, while they held the MAJORITY, why didn’t they CEMENT unemployment benefits into law to continue indefinitely in states where the rate of unemployment is over a certain threshold? Instead we’re being offered two more years of the Bush tax cuts on millionaires and billionaires in exchange for 13 months?? Is Obama bending over backwards—or merely bending over—to assure the Teabaggers that he doesn’t hold an anti-American, “Kenyian” viewpoint (as retardedly espoused by Newt Gingrich)?

We’re truly getting to well past the point where other countries (you know, the ones with universal healthcare and paid maternity leave and stuff like that) are just going to feel sorry for how fucking stupid we Americans are.

Posted by Richard Metzger
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12.07.2010
12:52 pm
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Batman outed by WikiLeaks
12.06.2010
01:03 pm
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By Randy Bish, Pittsburgh, PA—the Tribune-Review

(via Nerdcore)

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12.06.2010
01:03 pm
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Own a piece of history: Unabomber’s Montana property for sale. Huge price reduction!
12.06.2010
04:11 am
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For $69,500 all this could be yours
 

Own A Piece Of US History.
Home Of The Unabomber.
HUGE PRICE REDUCTION!

Reduced from $154,500 to $69,500.

This property doesn’t include the Unabomber’s cabin which is currently on display at a museum in Washington D.C. after spending years in an F.B.I. storage facility. Without the cabin, this “piece of US history” is gonna be a tough sell. 20,000 bucks in hard cash could probably seal the deal.
 

This 1.4 acre property located in Lincoln, Montana was once owned by the Unabomber. A lot of history goes with this location. Close to the Bob Marshall and Scape Goat Wilderness Areas, as well as the Blackfoot and Missouri Rivers where you can enjoy great fishing and hunting. This is a one of a kind property and is obviously very secluded. Power and water not on the property but are available. Don`t miss this one! Call John at 406-899-8723. $69,500.”

 
Cabin not included.

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12.06.2010
04:11 am
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Henry Rollins’ mutant gene
12.04.2010
04:25 am
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Elvis is everywhere…and so is Henry Rollins. Along with his insatiable need for attention, it seems Henry has a mutant gene.

National Geographic Channel’s Explorer: Born to Rage? investigates the discovery behind a single “warrior gene” directly associated with violent behavior.  With bullying and violent crime making headlines, this controversial finding stirs up the nature-versus-nurture debate.  Now, Henry Rollins goes in search of carriers from diverse, sometimes violent backgrounds who agree to be tested for the genetic mutation.  Who has the warrior gene?  And are all violent people carriers? The results turn assumptions upside down.”

‘Born To Rage’ airs on December 14. Here’s some of what you can look forward to.
 

 
More mutating after the jump…

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Posted by Marc Campbell
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12.04.2010
04:25 am
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Language of nightmares: The alphabet according to George W. Bush
12.03.2010
06:09 pm
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Pittsburgh filmmaker Lenka Clayton’s ‘Qaeda Quality Question Quickly Quickly Quiet’  strafes us with the ABCs of post-9/11 propagandistic buzzwords. Bush’s political oratory: a spewing of consonants and vowels with a machine gun staccato, a torrent of linguistic shrapnel.

In recent weeks (since the publication of his memoirs), George W. has been waging a media campaign to resurrect his disastrous Presidency from the hell pit of infamy. And the media has been all too willing to aid him in his revision of history.

Just as a reminder, here’s a crash course in the madness of King George.
 

Posted by Marc Campbell
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12.03.2010
06:09 pm
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