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January 23, 2013

reuters:

Video: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and U.S. Senator Ron Johnson clash over Benghazi consulate attack (via Talking Points Memo)

"With all due respect, we had four dead Americans. Was it because of a protest or was it because of some guys out on a walk one night who decided they’d go kill some Americans? What difference, at this point, does it make? It is our job to figure out what happened and to prevent it from ever happening again, Senator.” Damn, Hill brought her A game.

(via brooklynmutt)

11:41 // 1 year ago
January 19, 2013
20:09 // 1 year ago
January 18, 2013

nslayton:

onaissues:

soupsoup:

The Daily Show investigates investigative reporters

Holy shit. This is the most biting and scathing thing I’ve seen in some time. Wow. Everyone in a journalism school needs to see this. The news industry is awful. This is depressing. Watch this.

Spot-on satire. Too spot-on, unfortunately.

19:36 // 1 year ago
18:37 // 1 year ago
storyboard:

How a Gun Control Petition Went from the Tumblr Dashboard to Washington DC
I created the petition “Immediately address the issue of control through the introduction of legislation in Congress” as a knee-jerk reaction in mid-December of last year. It was a way of gaining control over a situation I had no control over. After the awful extent of the Sandy Hook shootings became clear, I felt disoriented. The mind tends to turn toward blame, but the murder of twenty children and six school officials was, and will always be, a hard thing to wrap my head around.
I knew that if there ever were a tipping point for effective gun control, this would be it. So, I wrote a petition. My primary goal was to appeal to both sides of the debate. Writing an incendiary, partisan petition benefits no one. The vast majority of gun owners are people who have the Constitutional right to own one, several, or many guns, and singling these people out was wrong. Simply put, the petition was intended to start a realistic dialogue about guns and their role in the United States. We have a gun problem, plain and simple.
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Great piece by David on his notable contribution to a larger debate — a contribution which took him to the White House this week.

storyboard:

How a Gun Control Petition Went from the Tumblr Dashboard to Washington DC

I created the petition “Immediately address the issue of control through the introduction of legislation in Congress” as a knee-jerk reaction in mid-December of last year. It was a way of gaining control over a situation I had no control over. After the awful extent of the Sandy Hook shootings became clear, I felt disoriented. The mind tends to turn toward blame, but the murder of twenty children and six school officials was, and will always be, a hard thing to wrap my head around.

I knew that if there ever were a tipping point for effective gun control, this would be it. So, I wrote a petition. My primary goal was to appeal to both sides of the debate. Writing an incendiary, partisan petition benefits no one. The vast majority of gun owners are people who have the Constitutional right to own one, several, or many guns, and singling these people out was wrong. Simply put, the petition was intended to start a realistic dialogue about guns and their role in the United States. We have a gun problem, plain and simple.

Read More

Great piece by David on his notable contribution to a larger debate — a contribution which took him to the White House this week.

9:13 // 1 year ago
January 17, 2013

brooklynmutt:

Oprah’s interview with Lance Armstrong

Part 2

Part 3

Lance doped strong. Here’s what you missed.

22:19 // 1 year ago
dailydot:

A moment 14 years in the making

The Daily Dot wins the fastest-GIF-in-the-land award for the evening.

dailydot:

A moment 14 years in the making

The Daily Dot wins the fastest-GIF-in-the-land award for the evening.

21:09 // 1 year ago
nbcnews:

Paul Haggis says leaving Scientology was ‘a treasonous act’
(Photo: Rock Center with Brian Williams)
In an exclusive interview with Rock Center’s Harry Smith, ex-Scientologist and famed Hollywood director Paul Haggis discusses the controversial church of which he was a member for more than 30 years. He calls the religion a ‘cult’. Haggis is part of author Lawrence Wright’s new book, “Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief.” Wright talked to Rock Center about his new book and Scientology’s controversial history. Rock Center’s two-part report airs Thursday, Jan. 17 at 10pm/9CDT on NBC’s Rock Center with Brian Williams.
Watch the interview.

Hey Harry, did you ask him about the Atlantic ad?

nbcnews:

Paul Haggis says leaving Scientology was ‘a treasonous act’

(Photo: Rock Center with Brian Williams)

In an exclusive interview with Rock Center’s Harry Smith, ex-Scientologist and famed Hollywood director Paul Haggis discusses the controversial church of which he was a member for more than 30 years. He calls the religion a ‘cult’. Haggis is part of author Lawrence Wright’s new book, “Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief.” Wright talked to Rock Center about his new book and Scientology’s controversial history. Rock Center’s two-part report airs Thursday, Jan. 17 at 10pm/9CDT on NBC’s Rock Center with Brian Williams.

Watch the interview.

Hey Harry, did you ask him about the Atlantic ad?

(via nbcnews)

20:09 // 1 year ago
January 16, 2013
nbcnews:

Conrad Bain, Mr. Drummond on ‘Diff’rent Strokes,’ dies at 89
(Photo: Everett Collection)
Actor Conrad Bain, perhaps best known for his role as kindly millionaire Phillip Drummond on “Diff’rent Strokes,” has died at 89, his daughter, Jennifer, has confirmed to Access Hollywood.
Read the complete story.

Nearly as sad as the loss of Mr. Drummond is the fact that he outived most of his TV family. :/

nbcnews:

Conrad Bain, Mr. Drummond on ‘Diff’rent Strokes,’ dies at 89

(Photo: Everett Collection)

Actor Conrad Bain, perhaps best known for his role as kindly millionaire Phillip Drummond on “Diff’rent Strokes,” has died at 89, his daughter, Jennifer, has confirmed to Access Hollywood.

Read the complete story.

Nearly as sad as the loss of Mr. Drummond is the fact that he outived most of his TV family. :/

(via nbcnews)

15:08 // 1 year ago
January 15, 2013

hypervocal:

If you joyride a train, you’ll prob crash into a house

A derailed train on Tuesday crashed into the side of a house in Saltsjöbaden, a town of about 10,000 outside Stockholm. A woman, reportedly a twenty-something cleaner for the train company, somehow snagged the keys to the train and drove it away before it crashed into the building. (Lisbeth Salander, is that you?) The cleaner was injured in the incident, but amazingly, there are no reports of injuries of people in the residence.

Reblogging because I’ve done this before.

9:07 // 1 year ago