Coming Soon to an Organic Market Near You

August 7, 2015

Bespoke Artisanal Water from Brooklyn’s Timmy Brothers (Mike Mergo and Jamie Effros), visually captured by Derek McKane, written and directed by Paul Riccio.

h/t: Eliza Barclay

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Tonight on Fox: Last Clown Standing

August 6, 2015

Tonight on Fox: Last Clown Standing
There’s a full evening of entertainment tonight. Fox News is premiering the new game show Last Clown Standing with celebrity contestants Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, Mike Huckabee, Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Chris Christie, and John Kasich at 9:00 PM EDT.

The 5:00 PM pregame show is an undercard match featuring Rick Perry, Rick Santorum, Bobby Jindal, Carly Fiorina, Lindsey Graham, George Pataki, and Jim Gilmore.

Avoid the Fox post-match spin commentary by tuning in to Jon Stewart’s last episode of The Daily Show at 11:00 PM EDT on Comedy Central.

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John Oliver on the District of Columbia’s Missing Political Rights

August 6, 2015

Americans who live in the District of Columbia pay Federal taxes, die in U.S. wars, but have no vote in Congress. What they have had, for over two centuries, is Taxation Without Representation. Sound familiar? John Oliver explains it all to you:

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GOP Clown Car Careens Towards the Center Ring

August 5, 2015

GOP Clown Car Careens Towards the Center Ring
Fox News has selected the contestants for Thursday’s Republican Presidential Primary ‘Debate’ event, aka “Beat the Trump.” The Donald will be joined by Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, Mike Huckabee, Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Chris Christie, and John Kasich at 9:00 PM EDT. You can also watch it on Facebook somehow.

Warm-up entertainment — provided by “Not Ready for Prime Time Players” Rick Perry, Rick Santorum, Bobby Jindal, Carly Fiorina, Lindsey Graham, George Pataki, and Jim Gilmore — will commence at 5:00 PM EDT.

Fun for the whole family.

More:

“Clowns on the Campaign Trail,” Ian Burma, Project Syndicate

“Is game theory the key to success in the Republican presidential debate?” Alan Yuhas, The Guardian

“How to Win a 10-Person Debate,” Seth Masket, Pacific Standard

“The Undercard,” Ed Kilgore, Political Animal

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Death of a Young Black Journalist

August 2, 2015

Death of a Young Black Journalist

“The most basic instinct of a local reporter is to take the importance of her neighbors as a given. In a community like Anacostia—where more than ninety per cent of residents are African-American, one in two kids lives below the poverty line, and incarceration and unemployment rates are among the nation’s highest—this is another way of saying that black lives matter.”

— “Death of a Young Black Journalist,” Sarah Stillman, The New Yorker

More:

“Charnice Milton Was Killed in Community She Loved,” Richard Prince, The Root

“Charnice Milton,” NotionsCapital

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Buddy Emmons, 1937 — 2015

August 1, 2015

Buddy Emmons, 1937 -- 2015

Buddy Emmons, pedal steel guitar innovator, died on Wednesday at age 78. A virtuoso of the complicated instrument, which he helped modify into its current form, he added its distinctive sound to countless honky tonk, country, and pop recordings.

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Florida’s Growth Industry: Fraud

July 31, 2015

Florida's #1 Industry: Fraud

“Since the first settlers hacked their way into the mangrove tangles and drained much of the swampland, sunny South Florida has been virtually synonymous with shady deals and scams.

Over the past decade or so, the three most populous South Florida counties — Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach — have become less renowned for old-school ‘Miami Vice’-style drug shootouts than for scammers stealing hundreds of millions from the government, banks and individuals by using laptops, stolen identities and fake medical procedures.”

— “By nearly any measure, sunny South Florida is tops in fraud,” Curt Anderson, Associated Press

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Vincent van Gogh, Gone for 125 Years

July 30, 2015

Vincent van Gogh, Gone for 125 Year

125 years ago, in Auvers-sur-Oise, France, 37-year-old painter Vincent van Gogh fatally shot himself. Institutions around the world are marking the occasion with marksmanship contests bicycle tours, floral displays, meals, techno poetry, and exhibitions in Belgium, the Netherlands, and France.

More:

“Five Places to Celebrate Van Gogh’s Legacy,” Hannah Sheinberg, Beyond the Guidebook

“Europe celebrates Van Gogh,” Deutsche Welle

“50,000-flower display marks 125th anniversary of van Gogh’s death,” Gabby Shacknai, PBS NewsHour

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Movie Night in America

July 29, 2015

“For towns across America, theaters — both the stage and screen variety — have long been places to congregate. During summer months, they offer sweltering citizens a cool place to collectively relax.

‘The movie theater is one of the last places where we can still gather and experience something together,’ German film director Wolfgang Petersen once said. ‘I don’t think the desire for that magic will ever go away.”

— “The theater: No longer a magical refuge from reality,” Michael E. Miller, Washington Post

“Going to a summer movie is a celebration of the American creative spirit and one of our nation’s most beloved pastimes. Let us stand together in these times of tragedy and embrace what is precious to us — churches, schools and places where the arts can send our spirits soaring. As a national community of artists and audiences, AFI offers our heartfelt sympathies to the victims in Louisiana and their families.”

— Bob Gazzale, American Film Institute

More:

“What we lose when movie theaters aren’t safe,” Alyssa Rosenberg, Washington Post

“A Brief History of Violence in American Movie Theaters,” Jason Bailey, Flavorwire

Update:

“Largest U.S. movie chain searching bags after recent theater attacks,” Justin Wm. Moyer, Washington Post

Video: “Saturday Night at the Movies,” written by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, recorded by The Drifters in 1964.

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Bobby Jindal: ‘Not the Time’ to Consider Gun Law Reform

July 27, 2015

Bobby Jindal: 'Not the Time' to Consider Gun Law Reform
On Friday Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal (R) said that it is too soon after the mass shooting in a Lafayette movie theater to discuss gun control reform. By that logic it will never be a good time to talk about gun safety laws in Louisiana, since the rate of gun deaths in the Pelican State is the highest in the country. Discussion of rational policies to reduce firearms violence will always be preempted as citizens mourn Louisiana’s newest gunshot victims.

Come to think of it, that kind of neglect is perfectly consistent with the rest of Governor Jindal’s public health policy.

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