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April 29 2017


Despite Some Ambivalence, the Expanded Jamaica Carnival of 2017 Was a Hit

Jamaica Carnival is still considered an import from Trinidad and Tobago, but that doesn't mean that Jamaicans haven't been embracing the festival and its economic benefits.

The Lonely Death of One of Ethiopia's Most Public Men

In Assefa’s death, one may find the sadness of exile, something which is both deeply personal and political.

Stupid Voters

You can blame individual voters for being stupid. I mean, fight with your crazy uncle for voting Trump or yell at your hippie friend for writing in Bernie in the general election, or whatever. Fight with random people on the internet about it if that's your thing (and of course it is). I think people who voted for Trump AND people who voted for Jill Stein are idiots (and not just out of "must Stop Trump!" considerations - Stein seems horrible). But after we're done telling people they're idiots - and they are! - a lot of money is going to be raised and spent to figure out how to get a plurality of votes for candidates in congressional races and then a plurality of votes in enough states for a presidential candidate. Some of that will involve getting a few Trump voters to vote D, some of that will involve getting your stupid Bernie voting hippie friend to vote D, and some of that will involve getting some of the people who didn't vote for whatever reason to vote D.

And that's how the game is played.

Brazilian Graffiti Artists and Young Syrians Are Painting Refugee Camp Walls Together

Brazilian and Syrians are hand in hand on "Painting on Camps walls" of refugee's school camp in Lebanon's Beqaa and more walls of hope inside Syria.

If It's Cable News, It's Conservative

That MSNBC had a liberal prime time block was a weird aberration, and of course one which got them labelled the liberal network because everyone pretended the liberals weren't perfectly offset by the several hours of Morning Joseph each day. You Kids might not remember that during most of the Bush years one could hardly find a liberal (or even a "liberal") on the teevee at all. Back to normal.

“I'm Glad I'm From Tohoku” Trends on Twitter Following Japanese Politician's Cruel Words

A Japanese cabinet minister's insensitive remarks spurred a popular Twitter hashtag supporting Japan's northeastern Tohoku region, as well as the minister's resignation.

How Two Students in the US Turned Their Online Popularity Into Big Money for Famine Aid in Somalia

It began with a video of Liban Adam drinking a giant bowl of camel’s milk and ended in a one-month $80,000 fundraiser.

April 28 2017


The Last Time This Many People Went on Strike in Brazil It Was 1996

Protesters are taking a stand against a series of austerity reforms hastily pushed by president Temer, who enjoys substantial legislative majority and support from business sectors, despite sinking popularity.
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Watch Live: President Trump Holds a Rally in Pennsylvania
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Watch Live: The 2017 White House Correspondents’ Dinner
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The First 100 Days of President Trump’s Critics Went Surprisingly Well

Happy Hour

Get happy.
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Bernie Sanders Calls Barack Obama’s $400,000 Wall Street Speech ‘Distasteful’

Rafael Braga Vieira: Symbol of Institutionalized Racism and Criminalized Poverty in Brazilian Justice

Rafael Braga Vieira's 2013 imprisonment was just the beginning of a darker saga that critics today say symbolizes the institutionalized racism of Brazil's judicial system and the criminalization of poverty.
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President Trump Called Elizabeth Warren ‘Pocahontas’ Again

Have You Ever Driven In A Car Before?

Like a subway, but for cars, or for something. I don't even know. I'm sure some localities will throw lots of money at it because why not.

At the TED conference today, Elon Musk gave a first look at the underground tunnels his new company, The Boring Company, is shooting to develop in the future.

Based on what we can gather from the brief video, cars will be lowered from regular roads into what Musk said he hopes will be a 3D network of tunnels by parking on what is essentially an elevator.

The cars will remain on a platform — called a car “skate” — in the tunnel, which will take it through at up to 130 miles per hour. Musk says he’s shooting to have many layers of tunnels.

“There’s no real limit to how many levels of tunnels you can have,” he said. “The deepest mines are much deeper than the tallest buildings are tall.”

I'm sure some people think this is the smartest thing ever. I can't even explain why it is so stupid because I don't even know where to start. Click through for the pictures!
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Trump-Backing Megadonors Gave Millions to Conservative Charities


So it's like totally normal!!!

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President Trump’s Next 100 Days May Look a Lot Like the First 100
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