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A weekly email taking aim at the relentless absurdity of the 24-hour news cycle.
“I was immediately struck by the fundamental difference between the ‘seventh art’ and literature.”
Towards a critical understanding of podcasts
In New Hampshire, Joe Biden called a woman 56 years his junior “a lying, dog-faced pony soldier,” which his campaign incorrectly attributed to a film starring John Wayne.
A wealthy man bravely defends his choice of charities
A Mennonite accountant was charged with defrauding his Amish neighbors.
Hockey fight in Canada: how the firing of a legacy sports broadcaster exposed the frailty of Canada’s national myth
Believe it or not: the simultaneous rise of gang membership and evangelical Christianity in Rio de Janeiro
At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, President Trump said that he would not rule out sanctions against Iraq, where active-duty U.S. troops are still stationed.
In response to a major volcanic eruption, President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines vowed he would “eat that ashfall. I’m even going to pee on Taal, that goddamned volcano.”
More than four more years? A look at the philosophy and die-hard adherents of National Conservatism
A summer camp for young mediums
A decorated veteran of the American wars in Vietnam and Iraq had his prosthetic limbs repossessed from his home in Mississippi when the VA declined to pay for them.
The Comoro Islands are a microcosm of the global climate crisis to come
Former Australian prime minister Tony Abbott complained on an Israeli radio show that the world is “in the grip of a climate cult.”
A candidate for Taiwan’s Democratic Progressive Party cosplayed as a character from the anime Neon Genesis Evangelion at the Taiwan Grand Triumph concert.
Hiring a hitman online isn’t just speculative fiction
More than the right word: on telling a genderqueer narrative
While shepherds watched their flocks, the rest of us went to the pictures
A Guatemalan business ferries home-cooked meals across the border
The wife of the Chattooga County, Georgia, commissioner was arrested after pouring soda pop on a reporter’s head before the start of a budget meeting.
“Making fun of the negative interest rates offered by some European banks, Trump sniggered, ‘Give me some of that…I want some of that money.’ In my corner of the hall, around table 121, several merry-faced brokers and accountants applauded.”
A 71-year-old Japanese man was arrested after placing 24,000 customer complaint calls with his cell-phone service provider because he could not get his phone to play radio broadcasts.
Wendell Potter, a former health care executive, reveals the unified corporate effort against Medicare for All—and how those talking points are echoed by candidates and debate moderators
The maverick director who had a wild bunch of ideas about motion
Climate disaster at Wounded Knee