Author Archives: Mitch

Giving McCain the credit for defeating this repeal when female Senators Murkowski & Collins were early NOs is EVERY WORK MEETING EVER. – @jennyyangtv Murkowski and Collins move the bulky hide-a-bed and unwieldy dining room table; McCain carries out a … Continue reading

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The night John McCain killed the GOP’s health-care fight →

Ed O’Keefe, filing at 5:44 am after writing all night, on the Washington Post: It was the most dramatic night in the United States Senate in recent history. Just ask the senators who witnessed it. A seven-year quest to undo … Continue reading

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Why the Trump dynasty will last 16 years

Edward Luttwak predicts Donald Trump will finish out two terms, followed by Ivanka. Trump and Sanders were the only two candidates for working people, and therefore the only two capable of winning the election. And Trump has flip-flopped and failed … Continue reading

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Robotic furniture reconfigures itself for tiny apartments 

Greg Nichols on ZDnet: Ori has developed a line of robotic, reconfigurable furniture that moves around a small space, creating new partitions and spitting out hidden features like cabinets, a bed, or a desk on-demand…. Ori’s two models, one with a … Continue reading

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A furious Anthony Scaramucci phoned the New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza for a profanity-filled on-the-record conversation

Lizza:: On Wednesday night, I received a phone call from Anthony Scaramucci, the new White House communications director. He wasn’t happy. Earlier in the night, I’d tweeted, citing a “senior White House official,” that Scaramucci was having dinner at the White House with … Continue reading

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4,000 years after their supposed destruction, the Canaanites live on. They’re Lebanese.

Annalee Newitz, writing at Ars Technica: The Canaanites are famous as the bad guys of the Book of Joshua in the Tanakh, or the Hebrew Bible. First, God orders the Hebrews to destroy the Canaanites along with several other groups, … Continue reading

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Boyscouts statement reads like a letter to a parents listserv, after a birthday party for kids where the magician showed up dead drunk. – @chrislhayes

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San Diego Union-Tribune partners with GoFundMe to raise money for the people the newspaper writes about

Adi Robertson, writing at The Verge: Earlier this month, The San Diego Union-Tribune launched an unusual experiment: asking readers to become small-scale philanthropists. Partnering with crowdfunding platform GoFundMe, the paper began adding a small widget to its online articles, providing a link to start a … Continue reading

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How Amazon could change journalism – and not for the better

As news publishers rely increasingly on Amazon affiliate revenue, it becomes more difficult for them to report critically on Amazon, says Lisa Schmeiser on the excellent “So What, Who Cares” newsletter.

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Jeff Bezos Surpasses Bill Gates as World’s Richest Person – Bloomberg

Shelly Hagan and Spencer Soper: A surge in Amazon.com Inc. shares Thursday morning in advance of the online retailer’s earnings report has propelled founder Jeff Bezos past Bill Gates as the world’s richest person. Once again, Julie and I are … Continue reading

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Twitter Fails to Grow Its Audience, Again – Bloomberg

Sarah Frier: Twitter Inc. failed to attract more monthly users in the second quarter, spooking investors looking for evidence that the company is on a sustainable long-term growth path. The shares tumbled the most in nine months, even as quarterly … Continue reading

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tips for relaxation: -take a deep breath -stretch ur body -think about ur wife carol leaving u for an airline pilot -shit -carol how could u – @bobvulfov

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Dog: OMG I LOVE YOU LET’S GO FOR A WALK HI HOW ARE YOU?! OMG ISN’T LIFE AWESOME?! Cat: Here’s my butt hole. Seeya in 18 hours. – @citizenkawala

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I realized I had lost the ability to understand the religious right when they all enthusiastically started endorsing the “grab them by the pussy” guy rather the woman who’s been married to the same man for more than 40 years, … Continue reading

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L.A. Pastor With Two Citizen Children Detained By ICE

Noe Carias came to this country illegally when he was 14 years old. Now he’s a 42-year-old Los Angeles pastor with a US citizen wife, two kids and no criminal record. ICE wants to throw him out of the country … Continue reading

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Snopes is in danger of closing its doors due to a business dispute

Snopes claims to be victim of its own advertising company, but the ad company says Snopes co-founder David Mikkelson is taking advantage of an agreement reached with his ex-wife and co-founder, Barbara Mikkelson. Steve J. Vaughan-Nichols has the details at … Continue reading

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Even by Trump’s standards this is sickening

Trump says immigrant gang members ‘slice and dice’ young, beautiful girls, writes Graham Langtree at Newsweek: President Donald Trump compared America to a nation under wartime occupation that needs to be liberated from illegal immigrants during a “Make America Great … Continue reading

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“We thought we’d have death camps and a gestapo at this point, not a brawl in the juggalo gathering beer tent we currently got. – @ThatWeissGuy

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transgender people show more courage when they leave their fucking houses in the morning than donald trump has shown his entire life – @MattBellassai Sorry #transgender individuals who wanted to proudly serve our military: our #draftdodger #POTUS says you’re not … Continue reading

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After campaigning as a “real friend” to LGBTQs, Trump bans Ts from serving in the US military

Rebecca Kheel and Rebecca Savransky, writing at The Hill: President Trump on Wednesday said he would ban transgender people from any military service. Trump made the announcement, which would represent a major shift in military policy, on Twitter. He said … Continue reading

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Wil Wheaton: “Where am I?” “In the village.”

Via Wil Wheaton

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On a job interview

“Biggest weakness? I can’t press the old sliver of soap into the new bar of soap to make one bar of soap.”

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Oh, no

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“Game of Thrones” TV series? That’ll never happen.

George RR Martin, 1993 “The fantasy novel I’ve been working on off and on for a while” is an unlikely project for TV [Cory Doctorow/Boing Boing]

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