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Conservatives Hated an Uppity Negro Golfing President

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Shaun King, in his column for The New York Daily News:

Imagine Michelle Obama demanded to live in a gold-plated penthouse in the middle of Manhattan, costs be damned, while President Obama lived in the White House alone. The outrage would be riot-level fierce. Now, conservatives no longer care.

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ChrisDL
4 days ago
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I don't see a flaw in this argument.
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Nintendo doesn’t want your money — it wants your soul

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Nintendo’s announcement today that it’s discontinuing its wildly popular NES Classic Edition console has fans in an uproar. Why would Nintendo do this, when the device has been sold out for months and it’s clear consumers will buy it as soon as it hits store shelves? Does the company hate money? How, after so many product mishaps and sleeper successes, does Nintendo not realize when it has a genuine, certifiable hit on its hands? The company gave no concrete reason for why it made the decision.

We can make all kinds of assumptions about why Nintendo might have done this. Perhaps it was related to licensing those classic games or profit margins or how the NES Classic fits into the company’s product landscape alongside the Switch. Perhaps...

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ChrisDL
10 days ago
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this captures my feelings on the matter pretty accurately.
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Record-breaking astronaut Peggy Whitson is spending an extra three months on the space station

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NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson, the only woman living onboard the International Space Station at the moment, is on track to break a big spaceflight record: at the end of April, she will have spent more cumulative hours in space than any other US astronaut. But now it looks like Whitson’s going to rack up even more flight time in lower Earth orbit than originally planned. NASA announced today that Whitson will be extending her stay on the ISS by an additional three months, adding even more hours to her record-breaking time in space.

Whitson launched to the ISS in November 2016 on a Russian Soyuz rocket, along with Russian cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy and Thomas...

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ChrisDL
18 days ago
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Bring that heat, Peggy!
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Legion’s first season fizzled into a conventional superhero story

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The first season of FX’s Legion ended last week. Created by Fargo showrunner Noah Hawley, the show is set in Marvel’s X-Men universe, and it provided some closure to a handful of storylines while blowing things up just enough to lay the groundwork for a second season. Right until the end, it’s a tight, quirky, well-acted, visually arresting series that’s unlike just about anything on television, including its superhero show kin.

So why am I left wanting?

By the end of its run, Legion reminded me a great deal of the first season of HBO’s True Detective. Even though Legion never becomes the water-cooler show Detective became, Hawley’s series is similarly ambitious, sprawling, atmospheric, and frustrating. It rewarded weekly viewing by...

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ChrisDL
19 days ago
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still supremely watchable, cerebral and different.
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'My favorite prankster' ↦

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Casey Liss on the death of Jason Seifer:

Jason was like nobody I’ve ever met. Which is an odd thing to say, since we had never actually met in person. Nevertheless, I immediately started to cry upon hearing the news; an odd thing to do for someone who, on paper, was just a voice in my head.

The power of social media to create bonds, even between people who have never met, is amazing. So is the power of podcasting to connect us to the people behind those voices we hear in our headphones regularly. My sincere condolences to Casey and everyone who knew Jason or enjoyed his work.

[Read on Six Colors.]

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ChrisDL
20 days ago
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This sucks, I watched a lot of Jasons treehouse videos. I loved his bad puns.
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Republicans held a fake inquiry on climate change to attack the only credible scientist in the room

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Today, the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology held a heated hearing on the “assumptions, policy implications, and the scientific method” of climate science. In fact, the hearing was just an excuse to pretend there’s uncertainty within the scientific community on whether human-made climate change is real.

Four witnesses were asked to testify before the committee; only one of them — Michael Mann, a climate scientist at Penn State University — agreed with the other 97 percent of scientists who believe that human activity, like the burning of fossil fuels, is causing our planet to heat up. The other witnesses testified that we don’t really know how much people are contributing to climate change, and there’s too much...

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ChrisDL
26 days ago
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just so.. inconceivably. stupid. You couldn't write this in a fictional book, because the editor would tell you that no one will believe the world can be this dysfunctional and dishonest.
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