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26 Jul 02:51

Distracted Walking Puts Us at Risk

by Patricia Lombard

The Operations – West Bureau of the Los Angeles Police Department recently sent out a community flyer urging citizens to “look up – phone down” when walking. It makes sense that you should watch where you are going but apparently distracted walking is becoming a public safety issue, just like texting while driving. (Hopefully, you […]

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04 Jul 02:01

Baby Armadillo Drinks Milk From Tiny Dish

by Chris Eastland


When a Southern Three-banded Armadillo pup was born at Poland’s Zoo Wroclaw one morning in May, zoo keepers kept a close eye on how the mother, Hermiona, interacted with her newborn.  By that afternoon, the staff realized that Hermiona was showing no interest in her pup and did not nurse him, so they decided to hand-rear the infant.

DSC02260Photo Credit: Zoo Wroclaw

The little male pup is named Spock. Getting Spock to eat was a challenge at first – he would not drink from a bottle. Keepers tried using an eye dropper at feeding time, but Spock didn’t like that, either. One day, Spock started licking milk from a tiny bowl. With practice, he is now a pro at slurping up his supper.

The zoo reports that Spock is developing well and tripled his weight by the time he was 6 weeks old. 

Southern Three-banded Armadillos are native to the southern interior of South America. They collect ants and termites on their long, sticky tongue. The shell, which is made of keratin, is the same material that human fingernails are made of.  Southern Three-banded Armadillos are one of only two types of Armadillo that can roll completely into a ball for protection.

Once Spock is mature, he will likely be moved to another zoo, where he will be an important part of the breeding program to support this species, which is listed as Near Threatened by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Destruction of the dry chaco habitat and its conversion to farmland are the major threats to the species.

See more photos of Spock below.

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02 Jul 23:41

Newswire: James Franco talked in Tommy Wiseau’s voice while directing The Disaster Artist

by Katie Rife

If The Disaster Artist, James Franco’s upcoming dramedy about the making of The Room, has a disproportionately large amount of random rose petals and awkward games of catch, at least now we know why. According to comedian Jason Mantzoukas—who has a small part in the movie as a guy who runs a video rental house—Franco directed the film in character as Tommy Wiseau. Or, at least, he directed it in Tommy Wiseau’s voice, which is apparently tricky enough to replicate that once you’ve got it, it’s best to keep it going for the rest of the day.

“Once [Franco] started the day doing Tommy’s voice, he would spend the rest of the day doing the voice,” Mantzoukas tells Entertainment Weekly. “So, it wasn’t like he was pretending to be Tommy, but it was like James using Tommy’s speech pattern and accent ...

27 Jun 00:49

This guy polishing a rusty, $3 knife is the coolest thing you’ll see today

by Jay Hathaway

A Japanese YouTuber named Jun, of the channels Jun’s Kitchen and My Husband Is Japanese, was feeling a bit ripped off after paying a man $3 for a dull, rusty kitchen knife. Luckily, there was real treasure hidden underneath all that rust. In an extremely satisfying YouTube video, Jun polished the knife to a mirror sheen and sharpened it enough that it can now cut thin, translucent slices of vegetable.

After making the video, he tracked down the exact model of knife online and discovered it retails for around $100. All it needed was a little work.

This was the most popular video on Reddit Monday, and for good reason. It’s soothing to watch the rust disappear and then watch the knife cut through food with incredible precision. It offers the same warm fuzzy feeling as those relaxing hydraulic press videos, the “1,000-degree knife” series, or the various contenders for “the most satisfying video in the world.” In fact, one of those videos showed a knife gliding smoothly through a tomato—knife skills are a staple of the “most satisfying” genre.

“This video has everything,” wrote one Reddit commenter. “A disgruntling sales story that ends in pro revenge, a rusty old knife being meticulously cleaned and polished into a work of art, insane cutting and artisan chopping skills, some minor food porn, a good looking man, an adorable kitty that gets scritches. 15/10, would watch again.”

Jun definitely got more than his money’s worth with this knife, and we got more than our money’s worth with this video.


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24 Jun 18:38

Great Job, Internet!: You have earned 5 minutes of insane floppy naked people

by Dan Neilan

Computer-generated imagery technology has come a long way in the past few decades. Using various techniques, filmmakers can now create realistic-looking humans out of thin air and ask them to perform tasks that would otherwise be impossible for flesh-and-blood actors. Of course, the ultimate purpose of all these advancements is to give creatives the freedom to finally achieve the height of artistic expression, i.e. hordes of floppy naked people. On the forefront of the floppy genre is filmmaker David Lewandowski, who previously released the short films Going To The Store and Late For Meeting, and has now returned with his magnum opus, Time For Sushi.

While his previous efforts focused on the adventures of one floppy protagonist, Lewandowski’s newest piece features an entire army of flailing naked people squiggling along to a happy jazz tune as they make their way through a Japanese city to their true home ...

24 Jun 17:45

White woman undergoes cosmetic procedures to make herself ‘black’

by Samantha Grasso

Just passing the two-year anniversary of self-proclaimed “transracial” woman Rachel Dolezal being outed as a white person in blackface, it’s only completely rational that another white woman come along and try to outdo her. And holy shit, outdone her she has.

According to the Root, a white German “model” by the name of Martina Adam has how taken the crown for most offensive blackface portrayal in modern history.

Adam, known as “Martina Big” for allegedly possessing the largest breast implants in Europe and for her appearances in Botched, claims she’s well on her way to becoming a “black girl” now that she’s undergone a series of “tanning injections” to darken her skin, and has somehow convinced an “African” hairdresser to give her black, textured hair.

In her latest post regarding the offensive transition, Adam says she’ll be undergoing consultation for a butt “enlargement” and for “African facial features.”

I have great news :)I had done the next step in my transformation to a black woman :)Yesterday I was with an African…

Posted by Martina Adam on Thursday, June 22, 2017

Here’s a photo of Adams before her she began her breast enlargement and plastic surgery process compared to one partway in:

Here's an example of my transformation in recent years.

Posted by Martina Adam on Friday, January 9, 2015

Aaaand here is Adams claiming to be an actual black woman:

May I introduce you to my new body modification project?As you know I like the extreme look :)Since a real life Barbie…

Posted by Martina Adam on Sunday, February 19, 2017

My three new FILL UP VIDEOS are ready 🙂 (1) The before-comparison videoWith firmness test, weighing of my breasts,…

Posted by Martina Adam on Sunday, May 28, 2017

Despite arguments previously made by Dolezal (that would almost expectedly be parroted by Adams, too) that she’s “transracial,” there is no psychological proof that black and white Americans are different neurologically (yes, Adams is German, but the argument stands). In no way are the experiences of these white women linked to those of transgender people, who really do experience their gender identity on a neurological level.

Additionally, Dolezal has attempted to bolster her argument that being “transracial” is a thing by claiming that mixed-race women have spoken to her about the frustration they face in identifying as two or more races. Which, yes, is a complete and total thing, especially when it comes to facing colorism or being a white-passing person of color. But Dolezal, much like Adams, is white, and only white, and doesn’t know what it’s like to move through the world as even a white-passing woman of color.

Maybe Dolezal will help Adams out when it comes to picking out her “authentic African” name. The rest of the world surely doesn’t want to be bothered with this mess.

H/T the Root

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24 Jun 17:16

Augmented reality takes Super Mario Bros. to a whole new level at Central Park

by Samantha Grasso

Nothing is more nostalgia-inducing than picking up a gaming controller for a li’l Super Mario Bros. revival. Unless you’re playing Mario himself IRL, that is.

Programmer and developer Abhishek Singh’s latest project has turned the beloved game into a livable jungle gym of entertainment. Using Microsoft HoloLens, Singh has recreated the first level of Super Mario Bros. into an augmented reality game that allows the user to venture into a 3D version of the favorite childhood game themselves.

In this demo video, recorded in Central Park, we watch Singh’s perspective directly from the HoloLens as he makes his way to the flagpole. An inset video in the top right corner shows him bumbling down the path, reaching upward toward blocks, flinging attacks at Goombas, and hopping forcibly onto power-ups.

Yes, he appears completely ridiculous doing it, dressed in a Mario costume with no context, but little do passersby know how amazing his prototype walkthrough really looks from his perspective.

Singh’s repertoire is filled with tens of other cool inventions, most notably Peeqo, a cute Disney-esque robot assistant who replies in GIFs, that he created for his college thesis. Maybe, like with Peeqo, Singh will release his finalized future augmented reality work as open source for all of us to enjoy this first-person wonderland.

Watch Singh’s take on IRL Super Mario Bros. below:

H/T TechCrunch

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20 Jun 09:57

For Our Consideration: How it became impossible for Americans to buy horse meat

by Kevin Pang

Cure, a well-regarded Pittsburgh restaurant along the Allegheny River, found itself on the brunt end of the internet police stick last month. It happened after a one-night-only collaboration dinner with several Canadian chefs in which Cure served a food almost never seen at American restaurants today: horse meat.

The dish was not intended to attract publicity—Cure is a five-time semifinalist for the James Beard Foundation Award, and the dish was presented as tartare (with cured egg yolk and black garlic aioli), a popular preparation in Western dining cultures where horse meat is served. But news of the menu item quickly spread, and critics flooded Cure’s Facebook page expressing outrage, many decrying the immorality of eating a beloved domesticated pet, others noting the danger of consuming an animal with a reputation for being administered growth- and performance-enhancing drugs. (The post also had its share of supporters as well, arguing ...

20 Jun 06:26

Sofia Coppola Hasn’t Heard of the Bechdel Test, But The Beguiled Passes It

by Hunter Harris

How has nobody mentioned it to her?

Writer/director Sofia Coppola attends the premiere of Focus Features'

When Sofia Coppola sat down to talk all things Beguiled with GQ, a curious factoid emerged. Coppola has spent her career making movies exclusively about (white) women, but she’s unfamiliar with the Bechdel test, which tests whether a movie shows two female characters talking to each other about something other than a man. When GQ asked Coppola if her tale of Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, and Elle Fanning objectifying Colin Farrell counts as the “rare feminist film that struggles to pass the Bechdel test,” Coppola seemed unaware of the term. It’s really not that shocking, just random. “The what test?” she asked. Observe:

GQ: The Bechdel test.

I’ve never heard of that. What’s that?

It’s a test to see if two or more women in a movie talk about something other than a man.

Oh, I guess I’ve never studied film. That’s so funny, but there are a lot of women talking about a man in this.

09 Jun 19:31

Amanda Bynes Explains Her Infamous Drake Tweet: “I Was Serious But I Was Also On Drugs”

by Stereogum
Back in 2013, former Nickelodeon shining star Amanda Bynes was going through a rough patch. Four years later, she seems to be doing a lot better -- go Amanda! -- and she recently gave her first interview in a long while on YouTube talk show Hollyscoop. During her time in the spotlight, she cultivated a … More »
05 Jun 07:23

Please don’t put these wasp nests in your vagina, no matter what you read

by Karen Fratti

Please don’t put these wasp nests in your vagina, no matter what you read

Please don’t put these wasp nests in your vagina, no matter what you read

Attention everyone with a vagina, we have a very special announcement for you. No matter what you read or hear about it, do not put wasp nets in your vagina. Seriously, why anyone would put anything named “wasp” in their vaginal canal is beyond us, but we all do weird things in the name of self care — just don’t let this be one of them. Apparently, there’s a rumor going around about the medicinal properties of the wasp nets to help you tighten your vagina.

The concept is simple: You take the tiny balls that the wasps used to deposit larvae and shove it up there.

It’s supposed to work much the same way those jade eggs are supposed to work. But both wasp nets and jade eggs are not good for your hoo-ha.

The jade eggs aren’t good for you because seriously, there is no such thing as replenishing your “feminine energy,” we’re sorry, although it does sound nice. The jade eggs are also porous and could give you an infection. On the other side of things, wasp nets are a little rough around the edges. If you pop one up inside your body, according to Dr. Jennifer Gunter, the voice of reason when it comes to these often dangerous trends, you can really hurt yourself.

Wasp nets are abrasive and will likely leave a mark. If you don’t mind the pain, that’s one thing. But if you have an open wound in your vagina, you’re more likely to get STIs, especially HIV. The wasp nets will also apparently kill your vagina’s good bacteria, and we all know how important those are for keeping your vagina itch and infection free. There could also still be larvae inside the bark ball — and that’s just creepy AF.

In addition to sticking the whole thing up there, there are other recommended uses. Like grinding them up, which takes care of the abrasive thing, but, the Etsy seller write, “stings due to gall’s astringency.“Ouch!

So just use your common sense when it comes to wasp nets. Your vagina is likely just perfect as it is already. And kegels don’t sting or cut you.

02 Jun 10:48

I Make Jewelry From Polymer Clay In Unusual Style

by Alisa

I Make Jewelry From Polymer Clay In Unusual Style

I Make Jewelry From Polymer Clay In Unusual Style


I Make Jewelry From Polymer Clay In Unusual Style

I Make Jewelry From Polymer Clay In Unusual Style


I Make Jewelry From Polymer Clay In Unusual Style

I Make Jewelry From Polymer Clay In Unusual Style


I Make Jewelry From Polymer Clay In Unusual Style

I Make Jewelry From Polymer Clay In Unusual Style


I Make Jewelry From Polymer Clay In Unusual Style

I Make Jewelry From Polymer Clay In Unusual Style


I Make Jewelry From Polymer Clay In Unusual Style

I Make Jewelry From Polymer Clay In Unusual Style


I Make Jewelry From Polymer Clay In Unusual Style

I Make Jewelry From Polymer Clay In Unusual Style


I Make Jewelry From Polymer Clay In Unusual Style

I Make Jewelry From Polymer Clay In Unusual Style


I Make Jewelry From Polymer Clay In Unusual Style

I Make Jewelry From Polymer Clay In Unusual Style


I Make Jewelry From Polymer Clay In Unusual Style

I Make Jewelry From Polymer Clay In Unusual Style


I Make Jewelry From Polymer Clay In Unusual Style

I Make Jewelry From Polymer Clay In Unusual Style


I Make Jewelry From Polymer Clay In Unusual Style

I Make Jewelry From Polymer Clay In Unusual Style


I Make Jewelry From Polymer Clay In Unusual Style

I Make Jewelry From Polymer Clay In Unusual Style


I Make Jewelry From Polymer Clay In Unusual Style

I Make Jewelry From Polymer Clay In Unusual Style


I Make Jewelry From Polymer Clay In Unusual Style

I Make Jewelry From Polymer Clay In Unusual Style


I Make Jewelry From Polymer Clay In Unusual Style

I Make Jewelry From Polymer Clay In Unusual Style


I Make Jewelry From Polymer Clay In Unusual Style

I Make Jewelry From Polymer Clay In Unusual Style


I Make Jewelry From Polymer Clay In Unusual Style

I Make Jewelry From Polymer Clay In Unusual Style


I Make Jewelry From Polymer Clay In Unusual Style

I Make Jewelry From Polymer Clay In Unusual Style


I Make Jewelry From Polymer Clay In Unusual Style

I Make Jewelry From Polymer Clay In Unusual Style


I Make Jewelry From Polymer Clay In Unusual Style

I Make Jewelry From Polymer Clay In Unusual Style


I Make Jewelry From Polymer Clay In Unusual Style

I Make Jewelry From Polymer Clay In Unusual Style


I Make Jewelry From Polymer Clay In Unusual Style

I Make Jewelry From Polymer Clay In Unusual Style


I Make Jewelry From Polymer Clay In Unusual Style

I Make Jewelry From Polymer Clay In Unusual Style


I Make Jewelry From Polymer Clay In Unusual Style

I Make Jewelry From Polymer Clay In Unusual Style


01 Jun 23:49

Disneyland just low-key teased a new Avengers expansion at the park

by Rachel Paige


Disneyland just low-key teased a new Avengers expansion at the park

Disneyland just low-key teased a new Avengers expansion at the park

Now that you’ve braved the crowds and waited 5+ hours in line for Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission – BREAKOUT, what’s next? Well, if Disney has it their way, you’ll come back to the park — again and again – and start getting psyched for what’s coming next. Like, say, an entire land dedicated to the Marvel superheroes we know and love. Or, at least a rollercoaster or two.

The idea of a Marvel land is nothing new to Disneyland.

There’s been a rumor flying around for a few years that, eventually, the Hollywood Land area (and, possibly A Bug’s Land) would be re-done and re-branded as an all-Marvel all-the-time space. The Guardians ride was just simply the beginning of this beautiful new expansion.

Seeing as how well that is going, it sure appears that Disney is ready to start teasing everything they have coming down the road. As those on social media started pointing out over the weekend, there’s an odd Avengers reference next to the building formerly known as Tower of Terror. It appears to be some sort of manhole/vault/hatch cover, branded with the Avengers “A.”

Sure, it could just be a nice Avengers nod (seeing as how the Guardians and Avengers have YET to interact on screen), but…probably not. This hatch is, without a doubt, a nod to what’s in store. A Marvel expansion was even just recently hinted! At a panel during the grand opening of Mission – BREAKOUT, Bob Chapek, the chairman of the Disney Parks, was eager to tease more Marvel stuff: 

“This is just the beginning of what will become an even bigger superhero presence at Disney California Adventure,” He told the crowd. “With the strong partnership between Marvel and Walt Disney Imagineering, we’re very excited about what is to come. And it’s sure to please Marvel fans hungry for more magic at Disney Parks.”

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From the posts on social media, it appears that the Avengers hatch doesn’t…do anything. Like, at all. It’s just THERE. But, speculation has already begun to run wild, with many assuming that this is just the beginning of what’s coming next.

Also, there couldn’t be a more perfect time to start teasing. Disney’s convention, D23 Expo, is coming up in July, and you know what was revealed at the last D23 in 2015? Star Wars Land.

Knowing there’s a Marvel Land coming down the road…well, the wait time for Guardians is still 300 minutes, so we might want to get in line right now.

28 May 15:54

This award-winning designer was inspired by feminist activist Angela Davis, and the clothes are awesome

by Kitty Lindsay

so here's a bunch of white models

This award-winning designer was inspired by feminist activist Angela Davis, and the clothes are awesome

This award-winning designer was inspired by feminist activist Angela Davis, and the clothes are awesome

Fashion designer Gabriela Hearst is bringing feminist activist Angela Davis’ signature fierceness to her fall 2017 collection — and we can’t help but raise our fists!

Davis cuts a powerful figure as a civil rights activist, educator, and feminist revolutionary. As an African American woman and radical during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s and the Women’s Movement of the 1970s, Davis was often targeted by United States government forces for her association with black nationalist groups like the Black Panthers and the communist-leaning Che-Lumumba Club.

In fact, her wokeness so threatened the status quo that in 1969, then-governor of California Ronald Reagan attempted to bar her from teaching at any university in the state.

Those achievements inspired Hearst, who was in the midst of preparing her collection last year when she attended a New York Film Festival screening of filmmaker Ava DuVernay‘s scathing indictment of the American justice system, 13th.

“Angela Davis is one of the people featured in the documentary,” recalled Hearst in an interview with Coveteur, “and [in that moment] I was like, ‘Oh, her — she’s the muse.’”

Inspired by Davis’ strength, passion, and fighting spirit, and distraught over the U.S. presidential election results, Hearst added Davis — and women political leaders like Tammy Duckworth, Catherine Cortez Masto, and Kamala Harris — to her collection’s mood board.

“It was very clear,” said Hearst. “Once you start thinking about Angela Davis, you start asking yourself the question ‘Will Angela Davis wear this?’ I can design accordingly.”

And what a statement Hearst’s collection makes!

From plaid power suits…

…to classic trench coats…

…to this in-your-face gold jumpsuit…

…Hearst’s collection challenges our ideas of femininity and power through fashion. And designing for formidable women is kind of her thing.

“I’d love to dress the CEO of Planned Parenthood [Cecile Richards] — she’s amazing, I’ve heard her speak a few times now,” said Hearst, who won the 2016/17 International Woolmark Prize. “Angela Davis I’d like to dress, and Robin Wright. I love people who use their attention and focus to enlighten or serve others. Robin Wright won’t go to an event unless it’s for a charity or a cause that she feels strongly about. I love people who have those types of values.”

25 May 16:51

The internet is losing it over the true crime documentary “Mommy Dead and Dearest”

by Jill Layton

True Life: My Coworker Told Me I Kind Of Look Like Gypsy Rose Blanchard

The internet is losing it over the true crime documentary “Mommy Dead and Dearest”

The internet is losing it over the true crime documentary “Mommy Dead and Dearest”

The story of Dee Dee and Gypsy Rose Blanchard is heartbreaking, disturbing, and incredibly fascinating. The HBO true crime documentary Mommy Dead and Dearest, from director Erin Lee Carr, explores the lives of the these women — and the real-life horrors of Munchausen by proxy (more on this in a second).

Their story has garnered widespread interest after BuzzFeed reported on the mother and daughter back in 2016. For Gypsy’s entire life, her mother Dee Dee took care of her every need. Gypsy was told she had numerous illnesses, including epilepsy, paralysis, and leukemia. She was kept in a wheelchair, and Dee Dee told everyone that she couldn’t walk or care for herself.

But that wasn’t the case. Even though she appeared to be, Gypsy wasn’t sick.


They were dealing with a mental illness called Munchausen by proxy, a rare form of child abuse that involves exaggerating or completely making up illnesses or symptoms by a parent or caregiver. Before long, Gypsy couldn’t live this way anymore — so in 2015, she ordered her secret boyfriend to kill her mother.

And now their story is a true crime documentary.

Mommy Dead and Dearest premiered on Monday night on HBO, and people are expressing their thoughts about it on Twitter. And for the most part, their thoughts are pretty much “WTF.”


People can’t get over how insane the story is. Because you guys, it’s insane. You have to see it to really believe what went on, but even then you’ll have a million questions.

A lot of f-bombs were used, but that just shows the level of cray we’re dealing with.

And then there were those who said exactly what we were thinking:

Ultimately, we were all left with our jaws on the floor.

So yeah, if you haven’t already seen Mommy Dead and Dearest, check it out on HBO and prepare to have your mind blown.

23 May 22:28

This woman took the fidget spinner craze to the next level by putting one on her nail

by Caitlin Gallagher

This woman took the fidget spinner craze to the next level by putting one on her nail

This woman took the fidget spinner craze to the next level by putting one on her nail

Doing your nails is always in style, and combining nail art with the latest fad is just a natural progression. But a fidget spinner for nail art? Inconceivable! Well, this abstract idea has been put into practice, thanks to British nail professional Natasha Lee. If you’re fascinated by both elaborate nail art AND fidget spinners, then this tutorial is for you.

Using Prohesion liquid and powder (which she says is pretty much acrylic), Lee creates a tiny fidget spinner for her nail. If you aren’t into acrylic, Lee also says in her tutorial that you can make a tiny fidget spinner out of paper. Either way, once it’s created, you use a pin, a bead, and some acrylic or nail glue to place the toy on your nail.

Even if you hate the divisive fidget spinners, you gotta admit that what Lee has done is incredibly impressive.

If you aren’t familiar with the controversy surrounding spinner toys, the issue is that some schools have banned them for being too distracting. Yet, students with mental health issues or attention disorders, like ADHD, actually benefit from their use.

While these nail art spinners weren’t necessarily created to be therapeutic, they do actually spin. So they are practical as well as stunning.

Beyond using nail polish, Lee even painted her fidget spinner with a top coat that it glows in black light. It’s perfect for black light bowling — although, that would ruin all the work you just put into your nails.

This isn’t the first time the fidget spinner has been used in the name of beauty, and we’re sure it won’t be the last. And while we are far more likely to go out and just buy a fidget spinner for our finger, we have to applaud all the effort that went into this elaborate — and fun! — look.
23 May 10:33

Apparently Flamin’ Hot Cheetos Were Invented By a Janitor in Rancho Cucamonga

by Farley Elliott

In case you didn't know that Flamin' Hot Cheetos were invented by a Frito-Lay janitor who's now a head marketing exec at PepsiCo, it's a great story!

Plus The Bruery sells to an investment firm, and Indian street food on the Westside

The Hot Cheetos story

Hot Cheetos are among the most popular after-school snacks for kids in all of America, even if they occasionally lead to ER visits. The Frito-Lay spinoff of the popular regular Cheetos wasn’t been around forever, though; it was thought up by a janitor in Rancho Cucamonga.

The Daily Bulletin has the full story on Richard Montañez, the man credited with creating Flamin’ Hot Cheetos. A first-generation Mexican-American and high school dropout, Montañez turned to a job as a janitor for Frito-Lay because of the promise of steady work. After a late night run to a local elote man, Montañez had the epiphany to spice up the Cheetos brand, and was ultimately able to take his idea to the top. Today, he’s a North American sales and marketing director, and kids still can’t get enough Flamin’ Hot Cheetos.

Bombay Frankie time

Frankies are a Mumbai street food staple, but not altogether common in the States. That’s about to change for one lowly Chevron gas station at Santa Monica and the 405, Food GPS tells Eater, because a new tenant called Bombay Frankie is heading in soon to cook.

Baldoria has a ball

To celebrate their first anniversary, Baldoria in Little Tokyo is doing a full run of awesome deals starting May 28. From $1 pizzas to aperitivo nights to a pizza party raffle, it’s all happening.

Retro LA

LA Mag has compiled a fun list of places to check out if you’re really into the throwback lifestyle. From Mel’s Drive-In on down, it’s a cool look at what this young-ish city still has to offer by way of history.

A North Hollywood gem

LA Weekly manages to make it out to North Hollywood for a look at Twin Castle, an out-of-the-way fast food stop that apparently makes one of the county’s best teriyaki burgers.

Miro’s big day

Miro in Downtown is also turning one, and is partying in their underground whiskey lair with steak and whiskey pairings, drink deals, and more. On June 1, they’ll actually be doing an open party with live music, passed apps, and more.

The Bruery buys in

Looks like changes could be coming to The Bruery, one of Orange County’s most celebrated craft beer breweries. The company announced just days ago that they have partnered with Castanea, an investment group from the East Coast, and now fans are worried about what could become of the brand.

Since 2008, The Bruery has been family owned and operated solely by our CEO & Founder, Patrick Rue, and his father, Mike Rue. Over the years, we’ve worked diligently on careful, continuous growth and improvement, making positive changes along the way in order to create high-quality, innovative beer more efficiently for our fans (and ourselves) to enjoy. Today we have some exciting news about our future growth and capabilities on the horizon. We are pleased to announce that we have plans to partner with Castanea Partners, from Newton, MA, which will enable us to continue to grow in ways consistent with our ideals. We’ve shared some more information on this news in our blog, which you can read here via the link in our profile.

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23 May 04:28

This burger includes fried chicken and ramen, and we have thoughts

by Karen Belz

This burger includes fried chicken and ramen, and we have thoughts

This burger includes fried chicken and ramen, and we have thoughts

We’ll always think of ramen fondly. It’s not just for college students, you know. In fact, one restaurant in Australia uses ramen as a coating for fried chicken in a very special chicken burger. The noodles, officially, are Mi Goreng noodles, manufactured in Indonesia — but they’re pretty similar. (As in, they often have a flavor packet, and can also be made in an instant.)

The fried chicken burger creation is from a place called Guilty — and we totally get the name. This lunch choice definitely incorporates so many delicious guilty pleasures. And to be honest, it’s making us want to book a flight out to Sydney, Australia ASAP.

We mean, just look at it.

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Let’s check that out from a slightly different perspective.

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And, here’s another one. Because we can.

Whoever is in charge of their social media account is right — it IS beautiful.

The burger in question also includes pickled carrots and wombok (which is a type of cabbage) along with fried shallots and chili sauce. But the most unbelievable part is that this beautiful burger is simply called the “Chicken Sandwich No. 3.” There are so many better names for something like this. Perhaps the chicken noodle burger?

Their other burgers are nothing to sneeze at. Here’s the “Chicken Sandwich No. 2.”

That one incorporates Twisties cheese snacks from Australia, along with slaw, bacon, jalapeños and a spicy lime aioli. And cheese. You can’t forget about the cheese.

Even if you’re not a fan of chicken, there’s still plenty of solid eats available for you at Guilty. For example, this:

…And now, we’re officially hungry.

22 May 03:02

When TV Logos Were Actual Physical Objects

by Stella

When it comes to modern TV logos, any kind of design can be dreamed up and produced with a few swift clicks on a screen. Back in the day, however, producers had to get a little more creative, and you may be surprised to find out that many iconic TV logos still in use now were physical objects fashioned for filming.

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The most famous example of a ‘living logo’ would have to be Leo the Lion, the official mascot for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studios, who you’ve definitely seen roaring at the begininng of countless films. MGM had filmed a variety of real lions for their opening sequence since 1917, but they found a true superstar when they discovered Leo in 1957. He’s been featured inside the studio’s golden frame for 60 years now, making him the longest-used MGM lion by far.

See amazing behind-the-scenes photos of several notable logos being crafted by hand below, and breathe a sigh of relief at the advent of animation technology. (h/t)

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22 May 02:58

Zoos turn to crowdfunding to save this adorable penguin species

by Jessica Machado

We have obligations to the AZA to promote the Kickstarter, which is challenging since there are no penguins at our zoo, so our email marketing is like, "The L.A. Zoo is not home for penguins. NEITHER WILL THE WILD BE if u don't back this kickstarter"

At just over two feet tall, African penguins are optimized for swimming; they spend most of their time in the water and dive for an average of 2.5 minutes as they hunt for their fishy prey. They make a distinctive donkey-like noise and are apparently awkward as hell on land. Oh, they are also just pretty cute.

African penguins, found nowhere outside their native shores of South Africa and Namibia, are the only penguin species that breeds in Africa. They are also an indicator species—how they are doing can give researchers a sense of the ecosystem’s overall health — which is why it’s scary that they may not be around much longer. The International Union for Conservation of Nature considers the species endangered and their population is declining fast — in 1900, there were about 3 million African penguins, but by 2009 that number had dropped by 97 percent to 80,000.

A lot of the species’ issues amount to a lack of breeding sites. African penguins dig their nests in guano, and the monogamous pairs return to the same site year after year to breed. Unfortunately, companies have been mining guano for years to use as fertilizer. As a result, the picky penguins have no safe place to breed, and their numbers continue to decline.

A team of researchers affiliated with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) has a solution. On Wednesday, they launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund 1,500 artificial nests that could help the African penguin bounce back. They spent three months testing 15 different prototypes in zoos and aquariums to figure out the ideal parameters for penguin nests. Now that they have the final design, more prototypes are going into these artificial penguin habitats for additional testing. If the project is funded, each of the nests will be made individually by hand in South Africa and Namibia, then gradually installed in 12 of the penguins’ breeding grounds over the next six to 10 months. They hope that safe nests will help the penguins produce more offspring, buoying their numbers.

The AZA is taking the conservation of African penguins pretty seriously. In 2014, the organization brought together South African conservationists, bird experts, nonprofits, academics, and government representatives to plan eight different projects to save the African penguin. Producing and installing artificial nests was one of these projects, experts’ bet in the high-stakes game of the penguins’ survival.

At the time of publication, the campaign has raised about $60,000, more than a third of its overall goal. The team has another 29 days to raise the total $150,000 they need for the project.

This story originally appeared on Vocativ and has been republished with permission.

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19 May 10:10

The 17 Biggest Red Flags From This Season’s Bachelorette Bios

by Samantha Rollins,Sarah Caldwell

The wait is over: It’s Bachelor(ette) season again. After being deprived for nearly three months of regular rose ceremony-induced drowsiness, the franchise is back with its first black Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay at the helm, and her contestants are actually a lot more diverse! One thing that hasn’t changed, however, is the contestants’ confounding abilities to wave around red flags in their bios like they’re directing air traffic. In fact, this season’s crop of eligible men seem to have divulged even more questionable facts in their bios than ever before. Who has already stated outright that they’re really on the show to be famous? Who believes marriage is an “institutionalized sham”? And most importantly, who listed their occupation as “Whaboom?” Let’s find out.

Adam, 27
What is the most romantic present you have ever received and why?
Threesome. It was my birthday.

Do you consider yourself a good cook? Yes! I used to cook four-course meals in college and charge people. LOL

Alex, 28
Who are your top 3 favorite groups/artists & why?
Coldplay, Beatles … Can’t really think of a third one. Music isn’t a big part of my life.

Blake E., 31
What is the most outrageous thing you have ever done?
Get engaged to a crazy girl.

If you could watch any movie right now, what would it be, and why? The new 50 Shades of Grey movie because I love taboo sexy stuff.

Milton, 31
What do you hope to get out of participating in this television show?
Real answer? Discovered. Everyone tells me I’m made for TV/movies. Doesn’t mean I’m out here hoping for that, but I would like to break into writing or acting.

Lucas, 30

If you could have lunch with one person, who would it be and why? Dead: Bruce Jenner, Alive: Caitlyn Jenner …. Would be a very interesting convo.

Kyle, 26
What are your three worst attributes?
Don’t trust most people, general disdain for perceived corrupt authority, I can be very blind and outspoken, sometimes I don’t think before I speak.

Kenny, 35
What’s the wildest thing you’ve done in the bedroom?
Had sex with a wife while her husband watched.

Jonathan, 31
Tickle Monster

Jamey, 32
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I am trying to not make plans in life.

Describe your best friend of the opposite sex and why she deserves that title: I do not have female friends.

Iggy, 30
Ever have trouble in the bedroom? Or been turned on during the wrong time? We want to hear what happened!
I once got a boner during a board meeting. I had to present sitting down.

Diggy, 31
Tell us a fun story about a one night stand.
I spent all day with this girl and she ended up coming home with me and we had sex. She then received a text saying her brother was missing, so I played asleep so I didn’t have to help!

Dean, 26
What does being married mean to you?
I think marriage is an institutionalized sham derived from religious beliefs. That said, when I get married, it’s a life-long commitment.

Bryce, 30
What’s your biggest date fear?
The chick is actually a dude.

18 May 21:04

Val Kilmer Credits Love and Jesus With Curing His Cancer

by Jordan Crucchiola

had no clue he was a christian scientist

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Val Kilmer did his second Reddit AMA of the year yesterday, and it seems like this guy loves being in touch with the people. In addition to giving long, thoughtful anecdotes about movies he’s worked on (like the time Tony Scott put his life on the line for a great shot in Top Gun, or how Kurt Russell basically took over directing duties on Tombstone) he also shared details on how he beat back cancer. (The initial disclosure that he had cancer came last month, in his first AMA.) According to Kilmer, who is a Christian Scientist, he was healed through the power of love and prayer. “Many many people have been healed by prayer throughout recorded history. And many many people have died by whatever was modern medicine,” he explained. “It didn’t matter in Jesus’ day whether the patient believed. It doesn’t matter today. Love doesn’t care about our tiny human thoughts. That’s how I understand it anyway. I’ve probably tried to convince people when I was younger. I try to mind my own business now that I’m older. I also hope I never turn down Love again.” The actor also said in his AMA that he’d love to do both a Doc Holliday prequel and a Top Gun sequel, so hopefully the unstoppable power of love will get those projects off the ground.

18 May 19:50

Country singer Toby Keith is doing a special men-only concert in Saudi Arabia for Trump’s visit

by Jeva Lange

County singer Toby Keith may have made a name for himself with songs like "Beer For My Horses," "Whiskey Girl," "Red Solo Cup," and "I Love This Bar," but this weekend he will be performing in the Saudi capital of Riyadh, where alcohol is prohibited, in a concert that coincides with President Trump's visit.

The show, on Saturday, is free but open to men only. In addition to Keith, it will feature "an Arabian lute player," The Associated Press reports.

A professed love of beer and whiskey aside, Keith is a curious choice of performer for the conservative Muslim country as he's also written tracks like "The Taliban Song," featuring lyrics such as "I ain't seen my wife's face since they came here/They make her wear a scarf over her head that covers her from ear to ear."

Keith's concert will likely follow President Trump's speech on the topic of Islam, which is "intended to unite the broader Muslim world against common enemies of all civilization and to demonstrate America's commitment to our Muslim partners."

18 May 09:11

The Rock would beat Trump in 2020 election, poll finds

by Andrew Wyrich

Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson would beat President Donald Trump in the 2020 election if the vote took place today, a new poll released on Tuesday has found.

While Public Policy Polling found that Trump would not fare well against many Democratic lawmakers in hypothetical matchups, voters polled seemed to indicate he would also lose Johnson, another celebrity with zero prior political experience.

The polling organization found that Johnson would beat trump 42 percent to 37 percent in a hypothetical presidential election. Public Policy Polling said Johnson would pull in 15 percent of people who supported Trump in November.

It appears Johnson, an actor and former professional wrestler, has broad support from both sides of the isle, Public Policy Polling found: Both Democrats and Republicans see him positively—a stark contrast to the latest approval numbers for Trump, which shows 54 percent of voters disapproving of his job so far as president.

There was no word on whether Johnson would use the slogan “Make America Furious Again.”

Johnson said recently that running for president in 2020 is “a real possibility.”

As for other possible 2020 opponents, Trump doesn’t fare well against them either, according to the poll.

Trump would lose to former Vice President Joe Biden (54 percent to 40 percent), independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders (52 percent to 39 percent), Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren (49 percent to 39 percent), Democrat Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota (46 percent to 38 percent) and New Jersey Democratic Sen. Cory Booker (46 percent to 39 percent), Public Policy Polling found.

The organization also found that Republicans are facing backlash over the House’s recently passed bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, and Democratic voters continue to be more excited than Republicans about voting in the 2018 midterm elections.

Public Policy Polling surveyed 692 voters between May 12 and May 14 over the phone and on the internet, they said. The margins of error for the polls are +/- 3.7 percent.

Of course, the internet had some feelings about the idea of a Johnson presidency.

You can read the rest of Public Policy Polling’s findings here.

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18 May 00:37

A.V. Club Live: Okilly Dokilly performs “They Warned Me” in The A.V. Club studio

by Baraka Kaseko

Okilly Dokilly, the world’s first and only “Nedal” band, stopped by The A.V. Club offices in the midst of their tour to treat us to a live performance. In the clip above, Okilly Dokilly performs “They Warned Me,” a track from their 2016 album, Howdilly Doodilly.

Okilly Dokilly is on tour now. Dates are listed here.

18 May 00:31

How the Colorado River’s Future Depends on California’s Salton Sea

by Jennifer Brady

California’s largest lake, the Salton Sea, is an accident. It was created in 1905 when a levee broke on an irrigation canal, flooding a giant desert playa. Today it has become a sticking point in negotiations between three states over the future of the Colorado River.

The Salton Sea now is a major stopover for birds on the Pacific Flyway. A total of 424 bird species have been observed on the Salton Sea so far.

The three states – California, Arizona and Nevada – are in the midst of negotiating a drought contingency plan (DCP). It would commit each state to reducing diversions from the Colorado River in order to prevent Lake Mead from shrinking to disastrously low levels.

California is relying on Imperial Irrigation District to make a significant contribution, because it is the largest single diverter of Colorado River water. But if the district reduces its diversions, that will mean less farm runoff draining into the Salton Sea. This means the sea will shrink, causing a cascade of ecological problems for which the district is partly liable.

To help us understand all this, Water Deeply recently spoke with Michael Cohen, a senior research associate at the Pacific Institute, a water policy think-tank based in Oakland. Cohen specializes in Salton Sea and Colorado River issues.

Michael Cohen of the Pacific Institute
Michael Cohen of the Pacific Institute studies the Salton Sea and its implications for water management in the Colorado River system. (Michael Cohen)

Water Deeply: Why is the drought contingency plan (DCP) important?

Michael Cohen: The DCP is important because, essentially, the Colorado River is over-allocated. Particularly in the lower basin, they have what’s called a structural deficit: In normal years, 1.2 million acre-feet [1.5 billion cubic meters] more water flows out of Lake Mead than flows in. So Lake Mead drops by roughly 12ft [3.6m] per year.

Given that trajectory, it pretty quickly reaches dead pool, meaning there’s no water left in Mead, which then means no water for Southern California and the Central Arizona Project, and 90 percent of the Las Vegas metro area’s water supply dries up. So you’re talking about 30 million people who depend on Lake Mead. Not to mention 1 million acres [400,000 hectares] of irrigated land. And it’s a major hydropower producer.

Lake Mead is pretty critical to the Southwest generally. They’re trying with the DCP to avert this structural deficit and reduce the amount of water we’re taking out of Mead, to get it closer into balance with actual supply.

Water Deeply: How is the Salton Sea connected to these negotiations?

Cohen: The DCP is connected to the Salton Sea because the plan expects that Imperial Irrigation District (IID) would take less water from the Colorado River. When Lake Mead drops to elevation 1,045, California is expected to reduce its take from the Colorado River, for the first time, by 200,000 acre-feet [250 million cubic meters]. In the most recent DCP terms I saw, Imperial Irrigation District would provide 60 percent of that reduction, so IID would reduce its take of the river by 120,000 acre-feet [150 million cubic meters].

Water Deeply: Can the DCP proceed without Imperial Irrigation District?

Cohen: In theory it could, because the other California parties, the largest being Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, could say they’ll step up and meet California’s obligations. But in practice, Met is less likely to forego that amount of water.

IID has certainly stated they need some assurances on the Salton Sea before they move forward on the DCP. They’re a key player. Without IID, California can’t meet its DCP obligations. A 200,000–350,000 acre-foot [250–430 million cubic meters] reduction is counting on IID participation.

Water Deeply: What effect does this have on the Salton Sea?

A map shows the location of the Salton Sea and the Colorado River Basin.
A map shows the location of the Salton Sea and the Colorado River Basin. (Central Basin Water District)

Cohen: Somewhere in the order of 85 percent of the water flowing to the Salton Sea comes from the Imperial Valley. Essentially, it’s surface water and tile drainage from farm fields. As IID takes less water from the Colorado River, that means less water flows to the Salton Sea. Because the Salton Sea is a terminal lake, when less water flows in, the Salton Sea shrinks.

So the concern is that, because of the DCP, the Salton Sea would be smaller than it would be otherwise. As the sea shrinks, some of that land is exposed, and dust blows off that land.

Under existing regulations of the local air district, the landowner is responsible for dust that’s emitted off lands in the Imperial Valley. IID is a major landowner, particularly at the southern end of the Salton Sea, and IID is liable for a lot of the dust getting blown off the Salton Sea. So as the sea shrinks, it represents a direct cost to IID. That’s the crux of it.

Under the Quantification Settlement Agreement (QSA) of 2003 (a water transfer from IID to San Diego), there was an agreement that said as the Salton Sea shrinks, essentially the state of California backstops liability or mitigation requirements.

The QSA parties – Imperial Irrigation District, San Diego County Water Authority and Coachella Valley Water District – have met their responsibility to pay into a mitigation fund. But they capped it because they didn’t know what the total cost would be, although they knew it would be huge. So the state of California said, “We will assume liability for costs that exceed the costs these parties agreed to.”

IID has put the state on notice that it hasn’t lived up to its part of the deal, which is to put together a mitigation plan to deal with the Salton Sea as it shrinks. And now there are negotiations over the DCP, which is essentially going to exacerbate the situation.

Water Deeply: Has there been any progress on that state’s mitigation plan?

Cohen: The state came out [in March] with what they’re calling a “draft 10-year plan for the Salton Sea.” The QSA allowed 15 years to come up with a plan, and it said in the interim we’re going to require IID to deliver mitigation water to offset the impacts of the transfer to San Diego.

But this is the 15th year. So at the end of this year, that requirement goes away. And next year, the Salton Sea is going to start dropping very rapidly because it will no longer get that mitigation water from IID. All of a sudden, it’s going to receive 10–15 percent less water. So, essentially, it’s going over a cliff. IID is seeing this and saying, “Hold on, we need to deal with this problem before we move on to the DCP.”

The state really needed to do this plan five-plus years ago so these projects were being implemented now.

Water Deeply: Why is it a problem if the Salton Sea shrinks?

Cohen: There are two main challenges. One is that it exposes lakebed, which creates dust, and that’s a major public health threat. The Imperial and Coachella valleys already fail to meet air-quality requirements, and asthma rates are already higher than the state average. So, your baseline is an already-bad air-quality situation, which is going to be exacerbated as the Salton Sea shrinks and more dust blows off that lakebed.

The next concern is that as the Salton Sea shrinks, it gets much saltier and other water-quality parameters also decline. Which means that, first, the fish die off. That’s already started to happen. Then a lot of the food sources for the birds die off.

The Salton Sea now is a major stopover for birds on the Pacific Flyway. A total of 424 bird species have been observed on the Salton Sea so far. And of course, in California there are far fewer wetlands than there were historically. We’ve dried up 90–95 percent of the wetlands in California. So these migratory birds have far fewer places to rest and refuel. The Salton Sea has filled that niche. As water quality continues to degrade, it’s no longer going to be able to provide that function.

Water Deeply: Will the state’s 10-year plan satisfy IID?

Cohen: I think that remains to be seen. IID was not satisfied with the draft they saw last December. But my hope is that California takes those concerns into consideration and redrafts the plan to meet those concerns.

Water Deeply: What are the restoration costs at the Salton Sea?

Cohen: We don’t know what the total cost is because it depends how much is dedicated to water quality versus air quality and how they allocate those costs. Odds are, we’re looking at $1 billion-plus.

But one of the benefits of the Salton Sea is we don’t need to pay for everything at once. Those projects can be phased in over time so you can pay for them over time. You can just build them as the sea recedes and you get benefits as you go.

I’m hopeful that the pieces are starting to line up and we can start to see some progress. I think the governor is paying attention to this, the legislature is paying more attention. It’s a little late, but I think there’s still an opportunity to make a real difference.

In some respects, dramatic change is inevitable at the Salton Sea. Essentially, what we’re going to shift from is a Salton Sea people recognize now to a very different, very managed system. But this managed system can still provide a lot of benefits. It could still be a very functional ecosystem.

This article originally appeared on Water Deeply, and you can find it here. For important news about the California drought, you can sign up to the Water Deeply email list.

18 May 00:14

Inside Danny Trejo's Coffee & Donuts Shop, Serving Up Tequila-Lime And Nacho Donuts

by Oren Peleg
Yes, they have a machete-shaped donut. [ more › ]
16 May 14:28

Someone Is Giving Donald Trump News From an Internet Troll and Neo-Nazi Fundraiser

by Anna Merlan on The Slot, shared by Joanna Rothkopf to Jezebel

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Who is Chuck Johnson? Consider yourself lucky not to know. Image via Youtube/Chuck Johson.

If you are lucky enough not to know who Charles C. Johnson, also known as Chuck Johnson is, here’s a quick primer: Johnson is a far right blogger who was permanently banned from Twitter in 2015 for a tweet that was perceived as a threat against civil rights activist DeRay McKesson. His site, GotNews, is known for stories that make wild, often provably false allegations. Johnson has claimed that both President Obama and Emmanuel Macron are gay, wrongly identified the woman he thought was “Jackie” of the UVA scandal, and has, overall, demonstrated what Forbes called a “disregard for facts.” Gawker once called him “the web’s worst journalist.” (Johnson sued Jezebel’s former parent company Gawker Media over two stories written about him; Univision deleted several posts, including one about Johnson, after it purchased Gawker Media.)


He also appears to be in a position to influence the president of the United States, in one crucial way. A piece in Politico on Monday alleges that Donald Trump’s staff routinely pass him news articles—including the occasional fake one— to promote their own agendas or gain a competitive advantage over their enemies in the administration. Among the incidents Politico describes was one in which a clip from GotNews, blaming deputy chief of staff Katie Walsh for leaking to the press, set Trump to “asking staff about Walsh,” leading to internal investigations and counter-investigations. Walsh has since left the White House.

Who in the Trump White House is reading and promoting Johnson, and why? Politico characterizes the GotNews distribution to Trump as a “mischievous” act, but Johnson’s ability to reach the Oval Office is a troubling development. Johnson has long positioned himself in a grey zone of “ironic” alt-right racism, where his penchant for deliberately provoking liberal sensitivities serves as cover for some of his more explicitly bigoted pronouncements. Lately, however, off-color jokes have given way to unambiguous, explicit white supremacy: His company, for instance, is currently hosting an online fundraiser for the Daily Stormer, an old-fashioned neo-Nazi hate site.


Johnson claims a close relationship with the White House, and he was an avid supporter of the Trump campaign. Forbes reported in January that he was working with the administration’s transition team, although the level of his involvement and influence has never been clear. Johnson has been vague on the subject, and he is, anyway, what we might call an unreliable narrator. He was, as Forbes noted, spotted standing in the VIP section at Trump’s election night party, and he has claimed on Facebook to know White House advisor Steve Bannon.

All of which makes Chuck Johnson’s ideas about race and his evident relationships with white supremacists a matter of public concern. Johnson’s language around race isn’t subtle: On GotNews, he’s referred to an alleged mob of Hispanic men protesting a Trump rally as “savages,” has repeatedly referred to Black Live Matter supporters as “thugs” and posted numerous stories alleging criminal acts by people he claims were affiliated with BLM. He’s also appeared on a podcast hosted by The Right Stuff, a proudly and profoundly anti-Semitic show hosted by white nationalist Mike Enoch.

On his personal Facebook page, Johnson recently shared a story speculating that black people have a “violence gene.”

He’s also posed with far-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders, who was convicted of inciting racial hatred.

Johnson does not, however, consider himself a white separatist, which we know because he’s made it clear that he is married to an Asian woman. He noted that when their daughter was born, he claimed that “white nationalist” friends were excited about it.

Besides GotNews, Johnson also runs a site called WeSearchr, which allows anyone to propose a question and crowd-fund a “bounty” to get it answered. (In WeSearchr’s early days, several proposed bounties had to do with Gawker: One offered money to expose alleged “criminal acts” by former CEO Nick Denton, while others wanted to expose plagiarism at Gawker sites or bring humiliating personal information about Gawker Media employees to light. Nothing ever came of those bounties, apparently, and no stories have been published based on them.)



WeSearchr is also currently hosting three legal defense funds: one for Kyle Chapman, accused of assaulting people with a stick at a protest in Berkeley, one for John Rivello, accused of purposely giving journalist Kurt Eichenwald a seizure with a GIF on Twitter, and one for the Daily Stormer, a neo Nazi website currently being sued by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

The Daily Stormer is run by Andrew Anglin, a self-described neo Nazi and internet troll from Ohio who launched a “troll storm” this winter against Tanya Gersh, a Montana real estate agent who is Jewish. Anglin claimed that Gersh was trying to make the mother of white nationalist Richard Spencer sell her property in Whitefish, Montana and encouraged his followers to contact her, her husband, their young son, and a local human rights group. The lawsuit accuses Anglin of unleashing a “terror campaign” against the Gershes. From the L.A. Times:


Gersh, her husband and 12-year-old son received a barrage of more than 700 “threatening” anti-Semitic and homophobic emails, phone calls, texts, social media comments, letters, postcards and Christmas cards, the lawsuit alleges.

“I once answered the phone and all I heard were gunshots,” Gersh told reporters Tuesday in a telephone news conference.

“Thanks for demonstrating why your race needs to be collectively ovened,” one email read.

The WeSearchr legal defense fund for Anglin wasn’t launched by Johnson, but it is hosted on his site. And the Daily Stormer has linked to GotNews articles for years.

We don’t know who at the White House is promoting all this, but we do know that “news” written by a man with demonstrably racist ideas and ties to white supremacists is making its way to the president.


When contacted for comment, Johnson responded via email:

There are no reporters at Gizmodo Media Group, only serial harassers who fabricate stories for attention.

I’m currently in a lawsuit with what remains of Gawker. The case looks promising and I’m looking forward to rolling some of the funds over to finish the job.

Please direct all future correspondence to my attorneys.

We also contacted Anglin and WeSearcher CTO Pax Dickinson for comment, and will update if we hear back. If you know more about the Trump administration’s relationship to Johnson or GotNews, please get in touch.

15 May 21:01

Watch The Trailer For 'GLOW,' Netflix's Homage To A 1980s Female Wrestling League

by Annie Lloyd

The documentary about GLOW on Netflix is pretty great.

Watch The Trailer For 'GLOW,' Netflix's Homage To A 1980s Female Wrestling League Alison Brie and Marc Maron star in this show about a group of struggling actresses who band together for a wild, all-female wrestling league. [ more › ]
15 May 19:30

Did ‘The Simpsons’ predict every movie and TV show ever?

by David Britton

When you have a show that’s run nearly 30 seasons, especially one that’s as imaginative as The Simpsons, you’re going to end up “predicting” a few things about the future. Everything from Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl appearance to a Donald Trump presidency appeared as gags on the show before becoming a reality. Even a spooky three-eyed fish appeared in Brooklyn, New York, 25 years after Bart hooked one near the Springfield nuclear power plant.

simpsons three eyed fish screengrab via Simpsons Clips/Youtube

Now there’s an entire Twitter account devoted to movies and TV shows predicted by The Simpsons. Sure it might be stretching things a bit—or, well, a lot—but that doesn’t mean it isn’t fun to look at.

Of course let’s not forget that things can work in the opposite direction. Like the time Quentin Tarantino predicted Jersey Shore.

H/T Mashable

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