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Sarah Palin’s Libel Lawsuit Thrown Out of Court

February 16, 2022

Sarah Palin's Lawsuit Thrown Out of Court

Sarah Palin, former Miss Wasilla and once part-time Temp-Governor of Alaska, had her libel suit against the New York Times thrown of of court. In an editorial, the Times erroneously linked Ms. Palin’s rhetoric to specific incidents of political gun violence, but quickly issued a correction. The judge found that the plaintiff’s case did not rise to the level of harm established as libel by the Supreme Court. In an unusual move, the judge made his ruling while the jury was deliberating, and the jury, independently, reached the same conclusion.

Sarah Palin, the proto-Trump, will probably appeal.

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The Best of the ‘Best of 2021′ Lists

December 30, 2021

The Best of the ‘Best of 2021′ Lists

2021 “Year-In-Review” lists you may have missed:

“Best face masks of 2021: Doctors share their favorite masks,” Nicole Saunders, NBC News

“The 20 best podcasts of 2021,” Hannah J Davies and Rachel Aroesti, The Guardian

“The Best Sweatpants of 2021,” Sean McCoy, Gear Junkie

“8 of the best TikTok accounts from 2021 to follow,” Kaitlin Hatton, The Verge

“The 8 Best TV Shows of 2021 for Entrepreneurs,” Zack Miller, Inc.com

“The 10 best memes of 2021, from Bernie Sanders in gloves to Aaron Rodgers’ face,” Charles Curtis, USA Today

“The Best Wellness Products of 2021, According to You,” Tiffany Hopkins, Bon Appétit

“The 10 Best Boxed Wine Brands for 2021,” Mark Stock, The Manual

“13 Best Dog Food Subscription Boxes (2021),”Adam Bryan, Urban Taste Bud

“The biggest Pinocchios of 2021,” Glenn Kessler, Washington Post

“Best Sneakers of 2021: Top Sneaker Releases of the Year,” Bredan Dunne, Riley Jones, Zac Dubasik, Matt Welty, Ben Felderstein, and Mike Stefano, Complex

“The Most Disappointing Gadgets of 2021,” Gizmodo

“The 10 weirdest celebrity apologies of 2021, from a ‘seductive’ Bible dance to making fun of Madonna,” Emily Yahr, Washington Post

“The Best Movies That Didn’t Release In 2021,” Charles Cameron, Screen Rant

“10 of the Deadliest Natural Disasters in 2021,” Brianna Navarre, US News & World Report

“The Best Book Covers of 2021,” Matt Dorfman, New York Times

“Gastro Obscura’s Favorite Cookbook Stories of 2021,” Sam O’Brien, Gastro Obscura

“Best cryptocurrencies of 2021 that delivered mindblowing returns of up to 51,000%,” Pawan Nahar, The Economic Times

“Here are the best vanity plates I spotted across Rhode Island in 2021,” Antonia Noori Farzan, The Providence Journal

“The best Canadian poetry of 2021,” CBC

“The 50 Best Cover Songs of 2021,” CoverMe

“The best stuff we didn’t report in 2021: Our staff’s year-end notebook dump,” Golf

“College football bowl game gift bags: the best and worst of 2021,” James Dator, SBNation

“15 Best Video Game Characters of 2021,” Daire Behan, GameRant

“The Best Beauty Looks From Music Videos in 2021,” Gabi Thorne, Allure

“Striking findings from 2021,” Katherine Schaeffer, Pew Research Center

“The 11 Coolest Archaeological Finds of 2021,” Isaac Schultz, Gizmodo

“The Worst Political Predictions of 2021,” Zack Stanton, Politico

“2021’s Top Five Oddities Of America’s Broken Redistricting Process,” Kate Riga and Matt Shuham, TalkingPointsMemo 

“The Best Swells of 2021,” Matt Pruett, Surfline

“Worst Climate Disasters of 2021 Included Heat, Drought, Flooding – Even a Deep Freeze,” By Jan Wesner Childs, The Weather Channel

“The top data breaches of 2021,” Maria Henriquez, Security Magazine

“The Top 10 Beers of 2021,” Untappd

“Notable Deaths of 2021,” Washington Post

“10 Things That Didn’t Suck About 2021,” Lauryn Schaffner, Loudwire

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Little Blockbuster Library

September 20, 2021

Little Blockbuster Library

Blockbuster video stores may be gone from your neighborhood, but the spirit lives on in a new kind of “Little Library.” Free Blockbuster: Give a DVD, take a DVD. That goes for VHS tapes, too.

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“New ‘Free Blockbuster’ Boxes Let Locals Donate and Borrow Movies,” Dana Munro, ARLnow

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It’s Beginning ….

December 14, 2020

It’s Beginning ….
On the shelves of Retail America, it began to look like Christmas the day after Halloween. The perfume and electric shaver ads began appearing a few weeks later. Try to dig yourself out of the blizzard of consumerist frenzy.
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The Best of the ‘Best of 2020′ Lists

December 10, 2020

The Best of the ‘Best of 2020′ Lists

2020 “Year-In-Review” lists you may have missed:

“The 10 Best Mechanical Pencils in 2020,” Jonathan Tayag, Everyday Carry

“19 Best Hand Sanitizers Of 2020, According To Doctors,” Jennifer Nied, Women’s Health

“The 30 Best Hard Seltzers of 2020,” Tim McKirdy and Danielle Grinberg,VinePair

“The 10 Best GIFs of 2020,” Vogue

“Top 10 art installations of 2020,” designboom

“Here’s the Top 10 TikTok songs of 2020,” Jazmin Duribe, PopBuzz

“The Best Poetry of 2020,” Elisa Gabbert, New York Times

“The Wildest Media Corrections Of 2020,” Sarah Schweppe, Drusilla Moorhouse, and Emerson Malone, BuzzFeed News

“The best face masks for running outside in 2020,” Amanda Capritto, CNet

“The top 10 data breaches of 2020,” Maria Henriquez, Security Magazine

“Five of 2020’s Top Climate Grifters,” Dharna Noor, Earther

“Best Forehead Thermometers in 2020,” Jodi Owan, Android Central

“Oh God, the Worst Passwords of 2020 Are Here and They’re Horrifying,” Catie Keck, Gizmodo

“The 15 Best Board Games of 2020,” Keith Law, Paste

“The Best Snowshoes of 2020,” Ian Standard and Mallory Paige, GearJunkie

“The 5 Best Pulse Oximeters of 2020,” Rachael Schultz, VeryWellHealth

“The Best Public Art of 2020,” Artsy

“The craziest work-from-home expenses of 2020,” Michael Cohn, Accounting Today

“2020 Top 10 Innovations, The Scientist

“Best webcams 2020: top picks for working from home,” Carrie Marshall, TechRadar

“The Best Undistributed Films of 2020,” Eric Kohn, IndieWire

“Bottom of the barrel: Worst crowdfunding campaigns of 2020,” Michael Irving, New Atlas

“Fauci’s ‘wear a mask’ plea tops list of 2020’s most notable quotes,” Lee Brown, New York Post

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Bummer, Dude: Surfer Magazine Wipes Out

October 8, 2020

Bummer, Dude: Surfer Magazine Wipes Out

Shake the sand out of your baggies, stow your boards, and pack up the woodie. After 60 years, Surfer magazine is ceasing publication. And just when climate change is making more monster waves, too. Observers say it’s the ebbing economics of the pandemic that helped end Surfer‘s epic ride.

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“Surfer magazine, iconic touchstone of Southern California beach culture, shuts down,” Mike Freeman and Gary Robbins, Los Angeles Times

“Iconic SURFER magazine publishes last issue after 60 years,” Martin Wisckol, Orange County Register

Related?:

“UC San Diego virus expert pleads with surfers to stay out of the ocean to avoid coronavirus,” Gary Robbins, San Diego Union Tribune

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Seen the protests on TV? No, you haven’t.

August 13, 2020

Journalism professor Jason Johnson and Kainaz Amaria of Vox explain that news media can show you what a protest’s dramatic incidents look like, but not why it’s happening.

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Trump’s Nightmare: Mueller to Testify Publicly on July 17th

June 27, 2019

Trump's Nightmare: Mueller to Testify on July 17th

Responding to a a subpoena, former special counsel Robert S. Mueller III will testify in open hearings of the House Judiciary and House Intelligence committees on July 17th. A notorious straight-arrow, he is not expected to divulge anything about his investivation of Russian involvment in the 2016 election and White House obstruction of justice that was not in his 448-page final report. That has not stopped President Trump from trash-talking him. Perhaps it is the thought of square-jawed Robert Muellerdecorated war hero, former Assistant Attorney General and FBI Director, testifying on television, in a Brooks Brothers suit, with all America watching, that is rattling our Reality TV President.

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“Robert Mueller to Testify to Congress, Setting Up a Political Spectacle,” Nicholas Fandos, New York Times

“Chad Pergram: Media coverage of Mueller testimony will be ‘off the Richter scale,'” Victor Garcia, Fox News

“Why do Democrats want to talk to Mueller if they know he won’t talk much?” Amber Phillips, Washington Post

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Trump’s Worst Nightmare

May 8, 2019

Trump's Worst Nightmare

President Trump agreed to allow Robert Mueller to testify before the House Judiciary Committee until he didn’t. What changed his mind? The thought of square-jawed Robert Mueller III, decorated war hero, former Assistant Attorney General and FBI Director, testifying on television, in a Brooks Brothers suit, with all America watching, and becoming an instant TV star. That would really rattle our Reality TV President.

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“Trump Doesn’t Want Mueller To Testify Because It’ll Get Media Coverage,” Nicole Lafond, TalkingPointsMemo

Related:

“House Republicans want Mueller to testify despite Trump opposition,” Kyle Cheney and John Bresnahan, Politico

“AG Bill Barr believes special counsel Robert Mueller should be allowed to testify,” Katherine Faulders and Mike Levine, ABC News

“Trump’s Opposition to Mueller Testimony Poses a Test for Barr,”Charlie Savage and Katie Benner, New York Times

“Trump ‘no conceivable basis to stop Mueller from testifying,’ according to legal experts,”Alex Henderson, Salon 

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China: State TV News Eliminates Human ‘Error’

February 6, 2019

China’s largest news network has replaced HR with AI. In November, state-run Xinhua News Agency demoed a software-based TV news anchorman.

“Developed by Xinhua and Chinese search engine company Sogou, the anchor was designed to simulate human voice, facial expressions and gestures.
The AI news reader ‘learns from live broadcasting videos by himself and can read texts as naturally as a professional news anchor,’ according to Xinhua.”
— “China has developed a virtual anchor to deliver the news,” Helen Regan, CNN

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