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May 7, 2011
12:35 // 3 years ago
May 6, 2011
The real question: Was Osama bin Laden smoking marijuana?
They were growing pot on his compound: A recent report by our boy Nic Robertson of CNN notes that the slain al-Qaeda leader may have had an interesting crop on his property. Next to the cabbage and potatoes were potent marijuana leaves, which is interesting for a number of reasons. Osama had longstanding kidney problems, which might partly explain it, but if he was smoking recreationally, that adds a new wrinkle to this story. LOOK AT US, SPECULATING! source
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They were growing pot on his compound: A recent report by our boy Nic Robertson of CNN notes that the slain al-Qaeda leader may have had an interesting crop on his property. Next to the cabbage and potatoes were potent marijuana leaves, which is interesting for a number of reasons. Osama had longstanding kidney problems, which might partly explain it, but if he was smoking recreationally, that adds a new wrinkle to this story. LOOK AT US, SPECULATING! source

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16:37 // 3 years ago
Not this crap again. Today in headlines that CNN apparently must write to get a rise out of people.

Not this crap again. Today in headlines that CNN apparently must write to get a rise out of people.

14:55 // 3 years ago
theatlantic:

My Favorite Photo Ever: A Military Dog Jumping Out of a Helicopter:
…a dog was among the contingent of commandos sent to kill Osama bin  Laden. The two lead photographs show dogs jumping out of aircraft, which  I find totally mindblowing.
Read on and see the other photo that blew Alexis Madrigal’s mind at The Atlantic.

Because it can’t be said enough that this photo rules.

theatlantic:

My Favorite Photo Ever: A Military Dog Jumping Out of a Helicopter:

…a dog was among the contingent of commandos sent to kill Osama bin Laden. The two lead photographs show dogs jumping out of aircraft, which I find totally mindblowing.

Read on and see the other photo that blew Alexis Madrigal’s mind at The Atlantic.

Because it can’t be said enough that this photo rules.

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10:30 // 3 years ago
Soon — with help from Allah — their happiness will turn into sorrow, and their blood will be mixed with their tears.
A message reportedly from al-Qaeda • Revealing that Osama bin Laden is dead (on their end), and that retaliation was likely in the cards. The statement was posted on notable jihadist forums this morning, and SITE Intelligence Group translated it. “We will not deviate from that or change until Allah judges between us and between our enemy with truth,” the note continues. “Indeed, He is the best of all judges. Nothing will harm us after that, until we see either victory and success and conquest and empowerment, or we die trying.” So, to those doubting Bin Laden’s death: So there’s this. source (viafollow)
10:07 // 3 years ago
May 5, 2011
Meet Audrey Tomason: Today in Wikipedia pages dedicated to otherwise-anonymous figures in famous photos. By the way, we kinda love how the picture used on the page is a really-zoomed in version of the photograph. The WaPo’s Sarah Anne Hughes has a heck of a kicker line for this: "If it’s true that Tomason’s job is of the clandestine nature, it’s reasonable to think that this photo will not be good for her career. Neither will her new Wikipedia page.”

Meet Audrey Tomason: Today in Wikipedia pages dedicated to otherwise-anonymous figures in famous photos. By the way, we kinda love how the picture used on the page is a really-zoomed in version of the photograph. The WaPo’s Sarah Anne Hughes has a heck of a kicker line for this: "If it’s true that Tomason’s job is of the clandestine nature, it’s reasonable to think that this photo will not be good for her career. Neither will her new Wikipedia page.”

12:27 // 3 years ago
The return of the torture debate is striking because its apologists no longer feel the need to advocate for a narrow exception to prevent an American city from being nuked or a busload of children from dying. In the jubilation over getting bin Laden, they’re instead employing this frightening standard: torture of multiple detainees is justified if it might produce a single useful nugget that, combined with lots of other intelligence, helps lead us to the secret location of the highest value terrorist leader many years later. It’s suddenly the new baseline in our renewed national argument. That’s torture creep.
The Atlantic’s Conor Friedersdorf on the renewed torture debate taking hold of American politics (via theatlantic)

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10:47 // 3 years ago

Journalists dropped everything after Osama bin Laden’s death

Where were you when you found out Osama bin Laden died? If you were anything like us, you were sitting in a bar in Virginia Beach, having your birthday weekend abruptly ended by a historic news story, reblogging and retweeting stuff on your phone and taking grainy photos of the bar’s TV screen when something notable happened. (We have the photos to prove it.) Maybe you might’ve been watching “The King’s Speech” on pay-per-view and had to pause it in the middle. Or perhaps you were getting off a plane when your phone started buzzing with all sorts of crazy crap. Or about to get on one — to Afghanistan — when you suddenly had to jump off and cover a major story at home. Or maybe you were sitting in bed, reading a book about Bob Dylan. Or maybe you were actively ignoring the news, only to have your daughter call you to point out that all hell was breaking loose. All of these scenarios happened to journalists. All of them stopped what they were doing and got directly to work. source

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10:41 // 3 years ago
May 4, 2011
abc7:

tumblangeles:

Really, ABC 7 News in Los Angeles? It’s one thing to say it wrong (as many have), but it’s another thing entirely, to WRITE it wrong. FIGURE IT OUT!

We apologize for it. It should never have happened.

Over criticizing media outlets for screwing this up. It’s an error, but it’s an incredibly easy one to make. It’s so easy to make that I’ve typed it a few times by accident before catching myself.

abc7:

tumblangeles:

Really, ABC 7 News in Los Angeles? It’s one thing to say it wrong (as many have), but it’s another thing entirely, to WRITE it wrong. FIGURE IT OUT!

We apologize for it. It should never have happened.

Over criticizing media outlets for screwing this up. It’s an error, but it’s an incredibly easy one to make. It’s so easy to make that I’ve typed it a few times by accident before catching myself.

(Source: tumblangeles)

21:38 // 3 years ago

On Osama bin Laden and conspiracy theories

Today, we ran across a right-leaning Tumblr who posted this message. Out of a desire not to make them a target, we’ve removed their name.

If he was really dead, Obama would provide proof that he is dead. It all a ploy to increase his approval ratings. By boosting his approval ratings he believes that he will have a better chance at getting re-elected.

Just my thoughts.

We cannot condone comments like these. The world doesn’t need another conspiracy theory. We’ve already had too many of those lately. The world needs to re-assess its goals and move forward. I don’t care what party you’re a part of. If you think this is seriously a conspiracy to help Obama’s electoral chances, or there’s some other reason why the government is pulling wool over your eyes, you cannot be taken seriously. It’s one thing to be skeptical, it’s another to be foolish. Stop being foolish.

18:43 // 3 years ago