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April 19, 2014
Ironic incident of the week: During a press conference on commuter train safety, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) got thisclose to getting hit by an Amtrak train on the Metro-North line. Oops.

Ironic incident of the week: During a press conference on commuter train safety, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) got thisclose to getting hit by an Amtrak train on the Metro-North line. Oops.

12:45 // 4 days ago
April 18, 2014
We have snipers all around the stadium, just in case something were to happen. Like I said, do whatever it is you normally do. But approach the President, and we go for the kill shot. Are we clear?
A secret service agent • Warning Mr. Met—the mascot of the New York Mets—not to get close to President Clinton during a 1997 baseball game in which Clinton spoke. AJ Mass, the man inside the suit at the time, wrote about this experience in a new book, because who wouldn’t?
9:58 // 5 days ago
April 17, 2014
When I learned that the man accused of shooting innocent bystanders Sunday at a Jewish community center and Jewish retirement home in Overland Park, Kan., was a former Klansman named Glenn Miller, I shuddered. Thirty-three years ago, when I was an undergraduate at Duke University, I read a small item in the Raleigh News & Observer that mentioned Miller, then the grand dragon of the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. Miller, it turns out, ran a paramilitary training camp in rural North Carolina.

I interviewed the accused Kansas gunman 33 years ago. He was hateful then, too. (via washingtonpost)

At the time, I didn’t think these sorts of things still happened in the United States. I was wrong.”

(via washingtonpost)

22:06 // 6 days ago
Contender for headline and dek of the year. Also not to be missed is the copy, which includes this line:

When researchers tried to pull apart two mating insects, the female was gripping so tightly that the male was accidentally ripped in half, leaving his genitalia still attached to the female.

This is way saltier than that Vox article which interviewed the porn stars. 

Contender for headline and dek of the yearAlso not to be missed is the copy, which includes this line:

When researchers tried to pull apart two mating insects, the female was gripping so tightly that the male was accidentally ripped in half, leaving his genitalia still attached to the female.

This is way saltier than that Vox article which interviewed the porn stars. 

20:38 // 6 days ago
13:30 // 6 days ago
April 16, 2014
pewresearch:

As Business Insider put it, “Watch America age 110 years in one gif.”
See more on the demographic transformation of The Next America here. 

Anyone else find it intriguing that there will be more people over the age of 85 in 2060 than there will be people in their late 70s?

pewresearch:

As Business Insider put it, “Watch America age 110 years in one gif.”

See more on the demographic transformation of The Next America here

Anyone else find it intriguing that there will be more people over the age of 85 in 2060 than there will be people in their late 70s?

(via sanjosemercurynews)

10:56 // 1 week ago
10:27 // 1 week ago
guardian:

North Koreans complain to London hairdresser about Kim Jong-un poster
Seeking an arresting image to promote a special offer, a hairdressers in west London attracted more than just extra customers when it used a large poster of the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, in its window.
When M&M Hair Academy in south Ealing put up the 1-metre-by-1.2-metre poster featuring Kim’s distinctive short back and sides with longer centre parting and the words “Bad hair day?”, they received a visit from disgruntled North Korean officials. Full story
Photograph: M&M Hair Academy/PA

… From the embassy down the street. It’s not like they visited from Pyongyang.

That said, fun little encounter.

guardian:

North Koreans complain to London hairdresser about Kim Jong-un poster

Seeking an arresting image to promote a special offer, a hairdressers in west London attracted more than just extra customers when it used a large poster of the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, in its window.

When M&M Hair Academy in south Ealing put up the 1-metre-by-1.2-metre poster featuring Kim’s distinctive short back and sides with longer centre parting and the words “Bad hair day?”, they received a visit from disgruntled North Korean officials. Full story

Photograph: M&M Hair Academy/PA

… From the embassy down the street. It’s not like they visited from Pyongyang.

That said, fun little encounter.

6:54 // 1 week ago
April 15, 2014
Blood has once again been spilt in Ukraine. The country is on the brink of civil war.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev • Assessing the current situation in Ukraine, which has escalated once again, as two pro-Russian separatists were wounded in an encounter with Ukranian military forces in Slaviansk. The comments come as a UN report suggests that Russia’s take on the situation in the country is a tad…exaggerated. ”Although there were some attacks against the ethnic Russian community, these were neither systematic nor widespread,” the report stated.
10:33 // 1 week ago
April 13, 2014
12:32 // 1 week ago