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Dangerous Finds: All hail Slayer! Is SeaWorld on the mend? Ted Cruz’s bogus bacon cookery
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Doesn’t feel like this happened 10 years ago, does it?
Here’s the One Republican Debate Question Each Candidate Doesn’t Want: Weirdly, “Why do you think you are qualified to be president when your election to that office would represent an unmitigated catastrophe for the country?” didn’t make the list. (Swampland)

The GOP Debate Drinking Game, Special Trump Edition: Just be careful, people: Alcohol poisoning is a real thing. (Alternet)

Has America’s Disgust at SeaWorld Already Peaked? Blackfish did a lot of damage, but if you have Hulu you may have seen SeaWorld’s aggressive “explanatory” commercials lately. (Slate)

DEA Admits That Marijuana Is Safer Than Heroin: Were they previously claiming that it was as dangerous as heroin?? (Wonkblog)

iTunes Is Now Illegal in the UK (Kind Of): The Europeans have had a more scrupulous privacy and copyright regime for a while now—and now perhaps that mindset will make it to the U.S. Will Apple use its endless cash reserves to lobby Capitol Hill? Does the Pope shit in the woods? (Consequence of Sound)

The Definitive Oral History of Kid Rock: More interesting than you’re expecting. And tons of goofy pics of the erstwhile Robert James Ritchie. (Detroit Free Press)

The Smithsonian’s Mini-Documentary on Slayer and Thrash Metal: “Auschwitz, the meaning of pain / The way that I want you to die / Slow death, immense decay / Showers that cleanse you of your life…..” (Rolling Stone)

Stephen King Proposes Trump Campaign Slogan: “If you’re white, you’re all right!” Ha ha! (CNN)

Going Clear Movie Director “Disappointed” Jon Stewart Didn’t Confront Tom Cruise: Contains this beautifully deadpan passage: “He wondered out loud that he might like to see, as a stunt, Tom Cruise jump into a volcano. It was a veiled reference to Scientology’s sci-fi origin story in which Xenu, the galactic overlord, drops narcotized aliens into volcanoes and then peppers them with atomic bombs, insuring that Teegeeack, the prison planet—a.k.a. Earth—would forever be haunted by bits and pieces of those pulverized spirits.” (Hollywood Reporter)

No, Ted Cruz Did Not Cook Bacon With A Machine Gun: Thing is, it was an AR-15 rifle. But you can’t really expect latte-swilling conservatives to understand guns, now can you? (TPM)

Presidential Elections Have a Game Design Problem: “Early Elimination is usually considered to be an unwanted feature in multiplayer games with long play time, especially in the case of face to face board or card games, as the eliminated player remains outside the play for the rest of the game instance.” (Kill Screen)

Below, Slayer kicking ass in Cleveland on Groundhog Day of 1991:


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Dangerous Finds: Obama calls out GOP Iraq War hypocrites; ‘Moby Dick’ blows; hedgehogs suck
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John Bonham
Obama: Iraq War Backers Now Seek to Derail Iran Nuclear Deal: “The choice we face is ultimately between diplomacy and some form of war,” said Obama, and you know damn well where the GOP stands on that issue, and even if you don’t, Lindsey Graham will be happy to remind you. (Washington Post)

Joe Biden Isn’t Likely to Outperform His Other Presidential Runs: If nothing else, people may have forgotten how hard it is to get him to stop talking sometimes. (The Daily Beast)

Led Zeppelin’s 74 Songs, Ranked: Just one person’s opinion, of course. “Moby Dick” finished dead last. But what finished first? (Vulture)

What Jeb Bush’s ‘Gaffe’ on Women’s Health Really Tells Us: It’s not that he’s anti-woman, we already knew that. It’s that Jeb isn’t a very good campaigner. (Washington Post)

Five Times Pop Culture Said Hedgehogs Deserved It: Proof that anything can be a trend if you want it bad enough. (AV Club)

Katha Pollitt: How to Really Defend Planned Parenthood: As always, Pollitt is vivid and incisive and talking very good sense here. “The whole society benefits when motherhood is voluntary,” she writes. (New York Times)

Americans Say Racism Is a Bigger Problem Today Than at Any Point in the Past 20 Years: Putting the lie to the ‘post-racial’ trope for the time being…. (Wonkblog)

The GOP’s Recipe for Disaster: You guessed it—the threat of further government shutdowns. Because the Republican Party is awful at governing, and when it doesn’t get what it wants, it makes sure everyone else suffers too. (Washington Monthly)

New Alice In Chains Book Reveals Courtney Love’s Suspicion That Kurt Cobain Didn’t Commit Suicide: If Courtney Love isn’t sure what happened, then that suggests she didn’t have Kurt killed. Or maybe that’s what she wants us to think….. (Stereogum)

This Was Supposed to Be the Strongest GOP Field in Decades. Yet Donald Trump Is Leading It: Of course, I never bought into that bushwah, the Republican Party hasn’t had a really good politician since Reagan—wait, you’re counting George W. Bush? Don’t make me laugh. Every year it’s a struggle to figure out which disgrace should be the nominee, and 2016 is no exception. (Ezra Klein/Vox)

Keith Richards Explains Why Sgt. Pepper Was Rubbish: And disses the Stones’ Satanic Majesties Request in the same breath. Hm. (Esquire)

Here’s the song “In Another Land” off Their Satanic Majesties Request, in Kenneth Anger’s Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome:


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Dangerous Finds: The Yes Men take on beef; Elizabeth Warren hammers the GOP; Faces to reunite
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Hate Obamacare? Wanna Fire Gays? Create a Fake Church! And you just know that this Supreme Court would totally let that happen, too. (The Daily Beast)

Chris Christie Has Used Birth Control—“And Not Just the Rhythm Method”: Hooray for TMI! (Time)

Rod Stewart to Rejoin Surviving Members of the Faces for Show in September: Bassist Ronnie Lane died in 1997 and keyboardist Ian McLagan passed away late last year, but Stewart, Ronnie Wood, and Kenney Jones will all be present at the charity event. (Consequence of Sound)

Don’t Look Now, But Trump’s Favorables Are Improving: From a -28% net approval to a +17% net approval in just a few months—very impressive indeed. Trump isn’t going to go away very soon. (TPM)

Joe Biden’s Schrödinger’s Cat Campaign: Biden serves his ends—and the ends of the Democratic Party—by being neither wholly in the race nor wholly out of it. (Nate Silver/FiveThirtyEight)

Why Historians Are Fighting about “No Irish Need Apply” Signs—and Why It Matters: How common were the signs in the U.S.? Are the Irish stuck in a “culture of victimhood,” or were they actually victimized? (Vox)

Elizabeth Warren Hammers GOP: “Did you fall down, hit your head, and think you woke up in the 1950s or 1890s?” Sock it to ‘em, lady. (Salon)

New Pavement Rarities LP Available for Streaming at NPR: Obscure Pavement on vinyl? Yes, please. Matador, you know where to find me. (Matador)

Hollywood Blockbusters Are Getting More and More Incomprehensible: From Transformers 2 to Furious 7 and beyond. (The Guardian)

Trump Converts His Private Cell Number into a Campaign Asset: Gawker thought it was being cute when it punk’d him yesterday by publishing his number, but Trump is just damn hard to box in right now. (The Verge)

Democrats Unveil a Plan to Fight Gerrymandering: Well, it’s about goddamn time.
(New York Times)

Jon Stewart Changed Everything: When Stewart took the TDS job in 1999, little in his resume would have suggested that he could ever become anything like the public conscience of the liberal elite—but he did. (Salon)

It’s Time to Start Liking Tom Cruise Again: Not over my dead body—although I have to admit, Edge of Tomorrow was tons of fun. (Vulture)

Below, the Yes Men explain to Californians that they can have steaks or showers—but not both:


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Dangerous Finds: KKK member is clueless; Scott Walker punk’d; does anyone like Royal Trux?
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Donald Trump Used to Say, Legalize ALL the Drugs—But Not as GOP Front-Runner: The irony is, the old Trump was more in tune with today…. (The Daily Beast)

Chris Christie Booed at Some Horse Racing Event: Okay, okay, it’s called the Haskell International. Remember when “President Christie” seemed like it might be a thing? That was a loooooong time ago. (Huffington Post)

Climate Change Activists Punk Scott Walker with Huge Fake Koch Bros. Check in NH: Click through to see a fantastic picture of Walker posing with them, utterly unaware that the check is a dig against him. (Washington Post)

Jeb Bush Goes After Low-Hanging Fruit in Attacking Lazy Members of Congress: Weirdly, the YouTube spot has gotten virtually no traction thus far. (Kevin Drum/Mother Jones)

Ted Cruz Cooks Bacon with his Gun: Ah, but can he do sausage links? In this YouTube video, the Smarmiest Man Alive makes a bid to be the GOP’s true “red meat” candidate.

John Roberts Has Been Trying to Gut the Voting Rights Act for Decades: Ironically, he is Chief Justice in part because of the voting rights travesty that is Bush v. Gore. (Scott Lemieux/The Week)

The Declining Marginal Value of Crazy: The usual GOP nut cases just can’t compete with Trump’s incredibly effective, incredibly authentic-sounding, non-Beltway version of the gaga. (Josh Marshall/TPM)

Rand Paul and the Scarlet “I”: Paul sold out his iconoclasm to become the GOP’s darling, and ended up alienating everyone. Now, in the hawkish Republican Party, he’s looking to make some waves with Isolationism with a capital I. (Ed Kilgore/Washington Monthly)

Friends Of Starbucks’ CEO Want Him to Run Against Hillary: Just like your local barista, make sure you spell his name right when you write him in on your primary ballot—H-O-W-A-R-D S-C-H-U-L-T-Z. (Time)

New Hendrix Documentary Focuses on 1970 Atlanta Concert: If you have Showtime, you’ll be able to watch it starting September 5. (Rolling Stone)

Washington, D.C., Deserves to Be a State (or at least Have Full Representation in Congress): John Oliver makes the case—very persuasively. (Last Week Tonight)

Are Royal Trux Reuniting? And more to the point, would anyone care if they did? (Pitchfork)

Wal-Mart, Amazon Pull Toy Guns From New York Shelves: Sounds good to us. (Newsweek)

Clueless KKK Member Confronted for Wearing FUBU Sneakers: FUBU stands for “For Us, By Us”—it’s a group founded by African-American entrepreneurs to empower the African-American community (The Raw Story)

Check out that KKK guy’s sneaker game here:


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South Carolina woman reports sighting of ‘Lizard Man,’ captures photo evidence
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Amateur sketch of Lizard Man by its first recorded eyewitness, Christopher Davis.
A South Carolina woman came forward to the media on Sunday to report a spotting of the legendary swamp creature known as “Lizard Man” and has provided photographic evidence of the sighting.

The woman, identified only as “Sarah” by WCIV ABC News 4, says she “went to church with a friend Sunday morning, [and] stepped out of the sanctuary to see the Lizard Man running along the tree line.”

“My hand to God, I am not making this up,” she wrote in an email to the news station.

WCIV reported her claim as well as the cellphone photo she submitted:

Photo of the Lizard Man taken by South Carolina’s “Sarah.”
The cryptid, known as “The Lee County Lizard Man” or “The Bishopville Lizard Man” or “The Lizard Man of Scape Ore Swamp,” was first reported in 1988 by 17-year-old Christopher Davis. Driving home from work around 2:00 a.m., Davis had to stop near Scape Ore Swamp to change a flat tire. As he was finishing up, he reported having heard a thumping noise from behind and turned to see a seven-foot-tall bipedal creature running towards him. Davis said it had glowing red eyes, green skin, and three clawed fingers on each hand. Davis said the creature tried to grab at his car and then jumped on its roof as he tried to escape—clinging on as Davis swerved from side to side.  Davis’ side-view mirror was found to be badly damaged, and scratch marks were found on the car’s roof.  After Davis’ tale was reported, others came forward with their own accounts of the beast. According to former Lee County sheriff Liston Truesdale, at least twelve witnesses have come forward.

On July 30, 1990, Bertha Blythers and her five children witnessed a strange creature near Scape Ore Swamp lunge toward the passenger side of their car. In a statement given to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, Bertha described the creature as being tall, wide, and having “two arms like a human.” “I never seen anything like it before,” she told the police. “It wasn’t a deer or a bear. It was definitely not a person either.”

Not quite as big a celebrity in the world of cryptozoology as Bigfoot or Nessie, the Lizard Man still has a cult following among investigators. A 2013 book, Lizard Man: The True Story of the Bishopville Monster, tells the story of the elusive creature. Cartoon Network has even produced an action figure of the Lizard Man.

Sales of Lizard Man-related merchandise, along with a lucrative speed trap (one I’ve had personal experience with) are major sources of revenue for impoverished Bishopville/Lee County.

This latest sighting is sure to boost the local Bishopville economy, and if nothing else, proves that local TV affiliates (as well as Dangerous Minds) will report on anything. Going only by “Sarah”‘s photo, we’re wondering if the Lizard Man of Scape Ore Swamp might possibly be a Sleestak.

Here’s a short documentary on the Lizard Man:

And this song by R Logan tells the tale of the creature:


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Dangerous Finds: Bill Cosby mean to teen Janis Ian; Michael Moore doc; Christian snake handler dies
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Bernie Sanders Builds a People’s Army: Across the country, left-wing activists and veterans of the Occupy movement are organizing for Bernie Sanders—and think the Vermont socialist can topple Hillary. (The Daily Beast)

Does “Creative Destruction” Include the State?: Everyone lauds “creative destruction” when it shreds monopolies and disrupts private enterprise “business as usual.” This raises an obvious question few dare ask: does this inevitable process of creative destruction include the state? If not, why not? Aren’t the state and the central bank the ultimate monopolies begging to be disrupted for the benefit of all? If government is inefficient and unproductive, shouldn’t it be “creatively destroyed” in the same fashion as private enterprise? The obvious answer is yes. (Charles Hugh Smith/Of Two Minds)

Regular People Are Totally Useless When Trying to Use Handguns In Self-Defense: Sorry wannabe Jack Bauers, turns out you suck at saving the day. (AlterNet)

In the Age of Trump, Will Democrats Sell Out More, Or Less? The collapse of the GOP gives the Democrats an opportunity to abandon “lesser evilism” — but they probably won’t. (Matt Taibbi/Rolling Stone)

Mathematician says Kansas voting machines need to be audited: A Wichita State University mathematician said she has seen enough odd patterns in Kansas election results that she thinks it’s time to check the accuracy of some voting machines. Election officials are making it as difficult as possible for her to get the data she needs. (KMBC Kansas City)

Why Bernie Sanders Is The Millennials’ President: Are you feelin’ the Bern? Plenty of young people are. (The Odyssey)

Trump’s presence in first GOP debate makes prep challenging for candidates: Ya think? Trump is allegedly doing ZERO prep for the debate. Why should he? He’s quite adept at calling other people “losers” and that act plays very, very well to the Republican base. No point in messing with a successful formula. (Washington Post)

Heavy Social Media Use Linked With Mental Health Issues In Teens: More than two hours of use per day can spell trouble. (Huffington Post)

Michael Moore film to attack US government’s state of ‘infinite war’: Where to Invade Next was made in secret because of surveillance concerns. The film satirizes America’s ‘constant need to have an enemy to keep the military-industrial complex alive.’ (The Guardian)

The absolute worst advice we give to Americans struggling to pay rent: In urban centers around the country, rental prices are soaring. Cities like San Francisco, Seattle, and New York City routinely report double-digit increases that make it nearly impossible for residents to make ends meet. But moving someplace “cheaper” ain’t all it’s cracked up to be, either… (The Daily Dot)

Christian snake handler dies: Bye dummy! (The Raw Story)

The Great Paradox of the Democratic Presidential Race: There is no shortage of bold, liberal ideas from the candidates that have little chance of getting past Congress. While they compete over who can produce the ideas that most satisfy the party’s base, the proposals they are offering face a stark reality: Hardly any of them are likely to be approved by Congress, where Republicans have an almost iron-clad grip on the House of Representatives for the foreseeable future. (Bloomberg)

Janis Ian says Bill Cosby spread lesbian rumors about her as a teen, tried to blacklist her from TV: The singer/songwriter writes on Facebook that she met Cosby at a Smothers Brothers taping in the 1960s. As if you needed another reason to hate Bill Cosby, enjoy this performance by a young Janis Ian. What kind of asshole would go out of their way to be mean to this kid???

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Attention, smart people: Over 100,000 have RSVP’d for tonight’s Bernie Sanders mega-event


“There are no coincidences, but sometimes the pattern is more obvious.”—Neil Innes

Attention, smart people! There is a MAJOR POLITICAL EVENT that’s happening—TODAY July 29th, 2015—across this nation that you might not have heard about for Bernie Sanders. Tonight Sanders will be speaking via the Internet to over 100,000 heavily-motivated people meeting for the first time at 3,520 Bernie-related house parties and get-togethers in bars and restaurants and union halls and church basements, etcetera, etcetera, all across the United States.

Yes, over 100,000 people have found other like-minded people in their area via this map and RSVP’d to get informed and to volunteer for Sanders’ increasingly astonishing campaign. I live in Los Angeles where there are well over 100 such gatherings. I’m married, but I would assume that a lot of smart, good-looking people would attend such events. Aren’t you even curious? Of course you are. Why not search for your zip code and see what happens?

Has there ever been a larger, more dynamic and more INSTANTANEOUS grassroots movement in American history? If there has been one, they must’ve kept it a secret. Even the Tea party movement didn’t grow nearly as fast as this. And after today’s event, what happens next?

I can’t wait to find out.

The sky’s the limit, but the goal is the White House. This can happen, people.

Bernie Sanders for President: It’s time to take it to the next level, America. He can’t do it without YOU.

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Dangerous Finds: ‘Scott Walker smells his own poop’; Trump/Palin 2016; Neighbors From Hell
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Scott Walker’s Campaign Stop In Philly Goes Hilariously Off The Rails: Charlie Brown-like Presidential candidate visits Philadelphia, cuts line to buy a Philly cheesesteak, leaves his trash on the table and has protestors greeting him carrying signs that read “Scott Walker smells his own poop.” (TPM)

‘The video is not good’: Cincinnati braces for footage release in campus cop killing of Sam Dubose: Not exactly a city with the greatest racial relations at the best of times, riots are predicted by some. Chief Jeffrey Blackwell, of Cincinnati police said “We’re just trying to do our best to be prepared for whatever might come out of it.”(Raw Story)

Sarcasm may make you more creative: Practice with close friends only. Scientists think that sarcasm may lead to greater cognitive function because in order to understand and convey a sarcastic comment, the brain uses creative thinking. (Popular Science)

Inside Rand Paul’s downward spiral: His theory of the 2016 primary — that Republican voters would reward a candidate who promised fresh ideas and an unconventional approach — has not borne out in reality. He was once a serious contender for the White House. Now, his campaign is fighting over what went wrong. (Politico)

Trump Would ‘Love’ Sarah Palin in His Cabinet: ‘She’s a Special Person’ sez The Donald. Well, yeah, but “special” with quotes around it. (Mediaite)

Wisconsin Judges Receive Campaign Funding from Party Accused of Corruption with Scott Walker: Four Wisconsin Supreme Court judges dismissed an investigation into whether Gov. Scott Walker (R) violated election laws during his 2012 gubernatorial campaign and ordered that all evidence be destroyed. The justices who killed the investigation received campaign funds from the very same groups that Walker was suspected of coordinating with. He’s ‘the new Nixon’! (Ring of Fire)

Koch brothers summon Koch-whores Bush, Cruz, Walker, Rubio to SoCal confab: The crowded field of GOP contenders is competing aggressively for the support of uncommitted conservative mega-donors who are ready to spend about a billion bucks on the 2016 election. (Politico)

Bernie Sanders: The Vox conversation. The barnstorming socialist talks to Ezra Klein. (Vox)

After Two Years, White House Finally Responds to Snowden Pardon Petition — With a “No”: The White House on Tuesday ended two years of ignoring a hugely popular petition calling for NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden to be “immediately issued a full, free, and absolute pardon,” saying thanks for signing, but no. (The Intercept)

One Email That Proves Campaign Finance Laws Are A Joke: Super PACs and candidates can’t coordinate, except when they obviously do. (Huffington Post)

Dummies for Trump: Donald Trump’s surge is all about less-educated Americans: “Trump’s support is strongest with Republicans in the Midwest, conservatives across the country who do not have a college degree and (perhaps not surprisingly) those who report the most negative views of immigration ...” Flabbergasting, isn’t it? (Washington Post)

In the vein of ‘Go the Fuck to Sleep,’ here’s ‘Neighbors From Hell: An American Bedtime Story’ new from Feral House.

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Dangerous Finds: Everybody hates Republicans; I was Ronald McDonald; Virtual reality porno is here
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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. (

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
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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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