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25 Mar 22:14

Watch Storm Chasers Race to Catch Up With Oklahoma Supercells

by Dennis Mersereau

Watch Storm Chasers Race to Catch Up With Oklahoma Supercells

Today is the second day of a two-part severe weather outbreak across the Plains states, with giant thunderstorms blowing up over Oklahoma and Arkansas. The storms have the potential to produce hail up to the size of tennis balls, so naturally, storm chasers are speeding towards them in hopes of catching nature at its fiercest.

The program I used here, GREarth, allows you to overlay dozens of variables on a map, including the location of storm spotters who are relaying their positions via GPS devices. The multicolored car dots shows each storm chasing vehicle, while the yellow boxes show severe thunderstorm warnings issued for each storm as it starts to produce large hail.

It's pretty mesmerizing to watch the chasers race towards storms once they bubbled up west of Tulsa.

A moderate risk for severe weather—a four on a scale from zero to five—is in place across the parts of Oklahoma and Arkansas seeing storms right now. Just like yesterday, most of today's storms are prolific hail producers, with at least nine reports of hail the size of golf balls or larger as of 5:00 PM CDT.

As the evening progresses, the storms should start to merge into squall lines as they move east towards the Mississippi and Ohio River Valleys. The threat for severe weather shifts east tomorrow, with a marginal risk for some damaging winds across coastal parts of Virginia, Maryland, and North Carolina.

[Image: GREarth]


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26 Mar 01:30

A Pilot Got Locked Out of the Cockpit Right Before the Germanwings Crash

by Gabrielle Bluestone

A Pilot Got Locked Out of the Cockpit Right Before the Germanwings Crash

New audio recovered from Germanwings flight U49525 indicates one of the pilots had been locked out of the cockpit moments before the plane crashed into the French Alps Tuesday.

According to the New York Times, one of flight's two pilots left the cockpit for unknown reasons around 10:30 am Tuesday.

As officials struggled Wednesday to explain why a jet with 150 people on board crashed in relatively clear skies, an investigator said evidence from a cockpit voice recorder indicated one pilot left the cockpit before the plane's descent and was unable to get back in.

A senior military official involved in the investigation described "very smooth, very cool" conversation between the pilots during the early part of the flight from Barcelona to Düsseldorf. Then the audio indicated that one of the pilots left the cockpit and could not re-enter.

"The guy outside is knocking lightly on the door and there is no answer," the investigator said. "And then he hits the door stronger and no answer. There is never an answer."

He said, "You can hear he is trying to smash the door down."

Authorities say they've found no indication of low air pressure, a midair explosion or any other technical malfunctions and say they are still examining "the possibility of deliberate human responsibility."

Still, it looks like definitive answers are a long way off. According to reports, the flight data memory card—which contains information on the plane's altitude, speed, location and condition—was missing from its casing. Investigators say it may have been dislodged by the intense impact of the crash.

[image via AP]


Contact the author of this post at gabrielle@gawker.com
24 Mar 19:43

Life's Nothing More Than a Dumb Kangaroo With a Watering Can on Its Head

by Andy Cush

In this life, you flail blindly, pummeling your way from one day to the next through alternating periods of heroic effort and helpless inertia, unwilling or unable to behold the world beyond the lonely confines of your own ego. In this way, you resemble an idiot kangaroo with a watering can stuck on its head.

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25 Mar 02:00

Boston House Was Rigged to Explode When Someone Turned On the Lights

by Gabrielle Bluestone

An electrician conducting a pre-sale inspection on a Massachusetts home discovered the entire house was wired to explode when someone flipped a particular light switch.

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24 Mar 04:00

Report: Israel Spied on US Talks with Iran

by Brendan O'Connor

Report: Israel Spied on US Talks with Iran

The Wall Street Journal reports that White House officials learned last year that Israel was spying on closed-door talks with Iran, which wouldn't have been a problem but for the fact that the Israelis shared what they'd learned with lawmakers.

"It is one thing for the US and Israel to spy on each other," a senior US official briefed on the matter told the Journal. "It is another thing for Israel to steal US secrets and play them back to US legislators to undermine US diplomacy."

Israeli officials denied that they had spied directly on negotiators. From the Journal:

The U.S. and Israel, longtime allies who routinely swap information on security threats, sometimes operate behind the scenes like spy-versus-spy rivals. The White House has largely tolerated Israeli snooping on U.S. policy makers—a posture Israel takes when the tables are turned.

The White House discovered the operation, in fact, when U.S. intelligence agencies spying on Israel intercepted communications among Israeli officials that carried details the U.S. believed could have come only from access to the confidential talks, officials briefed on the matter said.

The move is thought to have contributed to tension between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's administration and President Barack Obama's.


Photo via AP. Contact the author of this post: brendan.oconnor@gawker.com.
19 Mar 23:38

Missing WSJ Reporter’s Body Discovered in New Jersey River

by J.K. Trotter
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sad story, but let's make this about me: my latent dyslexia makes me read WSJ as SJW, even though they are opposites

David Bird, the 55-year-old Wall Street Journal reporter who mysteriously disappeared 14 months ago, was found dead on Thursday. Local authorities tell NBC News and the Associated Press that two men came across Bird’s remains while canoeing in the Passaic River in Morris County, New Jersey.

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20 Mar 19:45

Emoji God Is Dead

by Sam Biddle

They took Christ out of the classroom, and now they're coming for your iPhone: the new version of iOS has erased the radiant glory of God from the prayer hands emoji .

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20 Mar 20:30

The Capitalist's Plan to Prevent the Revolution 

by Hamilton Nolan

Paul Tudor Jones—whose net worth is $4.6 billion—is one of the most famous hedge fund managers in American history. He is a heavy donor to Republicans. And he is warning of the possibility of class-based revolution in America. Also, he has some ideas.

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23 Mar 02:09

Oh My God the Scariest Urban Legend of Them All Just Happened For Real

by Gabrielle Bluestone

Urban legends are, frankly, terrifying and unnecessary to share with me. But this weekend, dear reader, the most terrifying urban legend of them all became something much, much worse: a real thing that happened to someone.

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19 Mar 13:09

FEMA To States: You Want Cash? Say Climate Change Is Real. SAY IT!

by Doktor Zoom
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Interesting compliment to the Florida official who was urged to enter counseling for refusing to scrub climate change from some meeting minutes. I can't wait for Don Lemon's take.

No Disaster Preparedness Funds for you!

No Disaster Preparedness Funds for you!

In an elegant reply to politicians who aren’t scientists but don’t mind ignoring experts who are, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has come up with a simple solution: States whose governors decide there’s no need to plan for the consequences of a changing climate will no longer qualify for federal grants for emergency preparedness. For climate deniers like Louisiana’s Bobby Jindal, Florida’s Rick Scott, or Texas’s Greg Abbott, it’s a pretty clear opportunity for them to put their coastlines and their populations where their mouths are. Governors who refuse to consider climate in their states’ hazard mitigation plans could lose hundreds of millions of dollars in FEMA money.

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18 Mar 20:18

San Francisco Catholic Church Floods Steps to Keep Homeless Away

by Aleksander Chan
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commenter Lizabethiet: "This is even shittier, in light of the fact that Pope Francis has been very welcoming to the homeless in St. Peter's Square, adding [...] (Elective showers, not just surprising someone sleeping with a hose...)"

San Francisco's St. Mary's Cathedral is trying to baptize the city's homeless away: the Archdiocese of San Francisco has installed a watering system that floods the steps of the church, KCBS reports.

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19 Mar 17:05

Old Ass Ludacris Burns the Entire Bush Family

by Jordan Sargent

Old Ass Ludacris Burns the Entire Bush Family

Ludacris hasn't been a great or even good rapper in a very long time. But today he met Jeb Bush and sent a nice little punchline at the entire Bush family, staff, record label, and crew.

Luda was as at the Georgia Capitol in Atlanta this morning because he was being formally recognized by the state House for the charitable work he's done through his Ludacris Foundation. Jeb Bush was there for some other other bullshit, and a photo-op was arranged between the two so that Jeb would have an opportunity to present himself as something more than a stiff and boring politician.

Here is a tweet from Jeb proving just that:

Never thought @Ludacris would be my opening act! His foundation does great work pic.twitter.com/RsF00SQgOw

— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) March 19, 2015

Haha. "Rappers are cool and not dangerous!" — Jeb Bush

Jeb, in full ham mode, also told the press that he "just came to see Ludacris," which is like the old white politician's version of that Marshawn Lynch quote.

In any event, Ludacris—who has a history of criticizing Jeb's older brother—took the photo, but he wasn't about to play Jeb's game.

As he is leaving statehouse, Ludacris is asked which Bush is his favorite. His response: "The one outside." #gapol pic.twitter.com/7tCh12qiOc

— Greg Bluestein (@bluestein) March 19, 2015

Granted, he should have said, "Your mom's," but this will do.

[image via Jeb Bush]

19 Mar 17:12

Florida Orders Mental Exam for Worker Who Pushed Climate Change Agenda

by Adam Weinstein

Florida Orders Mental Exam for Worker Who Pushed Climate Change Agenda

Florida Gov. Rick Scott's unofficial official policy of climate denial has taken a turn for the bizarre: A high-level employee in the state Department of Environmental Protection now says he was suspended and told to get a medical evaluation for refusing to purge mentions of climate change from a state record.

Scott—the dumbest politician in the history of politicians, capable of tuning out an entire room of scientists confronting him with fact-type thingies—has come under fire for more than a week after multiple reports from state workers that his administration banned them from mentioning climate change, global warming and sea-level rise, issues that are sort of germane in a state with 1,350 miles of coastline and the lowest elevation above sea level of any state other than Delaware.

Scott, predictably, denies such a policy is in place. But state land management coordinator Barton Bibler—who clearly was trying to test the administration's (rising) waters—has been forced by the state to prove he's not crazy after he refused to scrub mentions of "climate change" from the official minutes of a department meeting where he says climate change was a major topic of discussion.

Here's what happened, according to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), which has taken up Bibler's case:

He attended a Florida Coastal Managers Forum on February 27, 2015 at which climate change and sea-level rise were discussed among a mix of public attendees. Mr. Bibler's official notes on this meeting reflected all of that discussion. He was directed to remove any hot button issues, especially explicit references to climate change, and then was given a letter of reprimand for supposedly misrepresenting that the "official meeting agenda included climate change."

According to Bibler's notes on the meeting, climate change was on a lot of people's minds:

But according to his letter of reprimand, Bibler's notes originally included that climate change agenda under the name of the meeting's moderator, a high-ranking official named Ann Lazar. "This was not part of the original agenda developed by Ann," Bibler's supervisor wrote, and so he was sent back to "revise" his notes—perhaps out of fear that they might suggest Lazar had run afoul of the Scott administration's unwritten edict.

Bibler altered the header to remove Lazar's name from the notes, but he kept all the mentions of climate change. That, PEER says, led to the state putting Bibler on leave and telling him not to come back until he was cleared by a doctor. His reprimand cited the state's ordinance against public employees doing political lobbying while on the job.

The documents suggest Bibler was hardly blameless in the incident; during the meeting, his comments veered into personal opinions against the Keystone XL pipeline, which—however dumb it may be—isn't perhaps among the topics most relevant to the state's struggle with climate change. And when Bibler's supervisor ordered him to alter his record of the meeting, he got downright juvenile, according to his reprimand:

You then emailed what you said was an attached agenda of your notes of agency reports on climate change. The attachment was of the words Keystone XL Pipeline with a red circle and a cross through it.

Immature, sure, and a level of subordinate squirreliness that warranted correction. But if climate change was a major topic of the meeting, why was Bibler ordered to alter his account of the gathering? And did his behavior really warrant a psych eval? His supervisors sure think so:

Based upon Personnel Rules regarding Attendance and Leaving, specifically, Compulsory Disability Leave and also information we have received regarding your medical condition and behavior, we have attached a Medical Release Form you will need to have your doctor complete before you will be able to return to work.

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is requesting your physician's professional opinion concerning your ability to return to work and to perform the duties and responsibilities of your position on a full time basis.

Elsewhere in Bibler's reprimand, his supervisor calls his job performance "exceptionally good" and makes clear that he is "a valued employee." But, it adds, "your inappropriate behavior must be permanently changed in order to re-establish a relationship of trust between you and your supervisors."

A DEP spokeswoman refused to comment on Bibler's case, only telling the Palm Beach Post Wednesday: "There's no such policy banning the use of 'climate change.'"

[Photo via]

18 Mar 16:37

Tom Friedman Is Just Sayin': Why Don't We Arm ISIS?

by Adam Weinstein
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The answer may not surprise you.

Is the world flat enough for you yet? Do you require more flattening? 'Cause it can be arranged. Nay, it should be, according to Tom Friedman, who—and he's just spitballing here—wonders, in the New York Times, where he is paid to spitball for Pulitzers: "Should we be arming ISIS?"

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17 Mar 22:05

Professor Arrested for Smoking on Plane Did It For "The Revolution"

by Jay Hathaway

The sociology professor arrested over the weekend after she lit a cigarette on a flight from Nicaragua to Miami and loudly ranted for hours about the United States declaring war on Venezuela, told her crazy side of the crazy story to Philadelphia magazine today. It is everything you hoped it could be.

Karen Bettez Halnon, who teaches at Penn State-Abington and has published on such diverse topics as "Women's Agency In Hysteria and Its Treatment," "The Power of 420" (for The American Drug Scene: An Anthology), and "challenging the assumption that horrorcore rap group Insane Clown Posse fans are a gang,"says her smoking and loud public speech were acts of civil disobedience. She'd gladly do them again. Just ask anyone who knows her.

She said what she did was "necessary," because the CIA "took out" her idol, former Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, by giving him cancer. Now, she believes the U.S. has declared war against Venezuela—not true, although the Obama administration did in December sanction Venezuelan officials accused of suppressing protests by their political opponents—and that current president Nicholas Maduro is carrying on a revolution against the U.S.

Here's her remarkable explanation, in her own words:

The problem is U.S. military global domination. And they want the oil. And they want the water. And so I found that this act was a necessary Thoreau-like act of civil disobedience. I had to speak out now. The situation is dire and urgent, and any sacrifice I make for my own self, if it saves lives — there have been far too many lives lost due to U.S. global military domination.

Okay, there's nothing inherently wrong with engaging in civil disobedience to express your strong beliefs about the military-industrial complex, but why on an airplane? And why smoking?

Halnon didn't really address the first issue, but she had a gloriously bizarre explanation for the second:

Why did I have a lighter if there is such great national security? It was right in the top of my book bag.

Listen, the point is, I am a sociologist, and I live in an intellectual world. A sociologist always thinks in terms of symbols. And every revolutionary I know smokes. It was identifying with the revolutionary cause. And then, beyond that, it is a symbol that the United States is a smoking gun. The action was necessary. They are going to kill many more people.


Ah, yes, cigarettes. Those classic symbols of the revolutionary cause and not of, say, building an industry by exploiting slave labor and producing a toxic, addictive product that's now disproportionately pawned off on the developing world and described by the WHO as an "epidemic." If there's a better way protest your political hero's alleged assassination via respiratory complications from cancer, I can't think of one.

Finally, Philadelphia's Victor Fiorillo politely asked Halnon the question that immediately occurred to everyone after watching the videos of her airborne antics: Were you drunk, or what?

No, she says:

I have had many sufferings in my life, but no. I had a little bottle of wine on the plane that I mixed with apple and cranberry juice over three drinks. A spritzer, if you will. But I wasn't drunk. I don't need alcohol to protest. This is my life.

Halnon is now out of lockup after paying a reported $500 bond. She told Philadelphia the FBI and TSA "tortured" her by putting her in a cold room for hours and refusing to let her go to the bathroom. She claimed she wet her pants and pooped on the floor, "and they made me pick it up and laughed at me."

[h/t Philly Mag]

18 Mar 01:00

Here Are the Water Restrictions California Should Have Passed Today

by Alissa Walker

Here Are the Water Restrictions California Should Have Passed Today

After confronting the truth that we have only one year of water left, California passed new water restrictions today which are WIMPY AS HELL. Here, California, I fixed them for you.

Admittedly, the impact of these restrictions is lessened because many of the state's cities already have their own water restrictions. But even where the new mandates have good intentions, like restricting landscaping irrigation to two days a week or waiting until 48 hours after measurable rainfall before watering, they still fall painfully short. And some are just laughable. Restaurants can only provide water "on request"? Hotels should "offer" guests the option of not having their towels washed daily? (I'm sorry, if you require more than one towel during the average hotel stay you probably shouldn't be allowed to stay in said hotel.)

Let's get real. Here's what California needs to do now.

Kill all lawns

It is time for California to join the decent people in the rest of the Western United States, where residents have the sense to let their lawns go dormant during the dry season. When the water that falls from the sky is not enough to perpetuate your yard's emerald hue, it is not okay to spew your hose upon it for hours at a time. Stop watering your lawn. If you're really attached to that swatch of turf, it will come back when it rains.

That includes golf courses

Any green space which was not expressly created for the public's use and well-being should also be required to "brown out." That means golf courses, corporate campuses. Exempt: Parks, schools. Cemeteries are allowed to paint the brown grass green.

And also car washes

What if a car wash was prohibitively expensive in the way that gas prices sometimes are? You wouldn't drive your car, right? You might not even own a car, right? Solves several problems at once.

Require cities to landscape with native plants

Even more effective than asking cities to cut back on watering public landscaping is requiring them to use native, drought-tolerant plants in the first place. This needs to happen yesterday. City landscapers can pass along their wisdom to the public through workshops at neighborhood nurseries, which should jack up the prices of non-native plants.

Implement lawn "buy back" programs

If the state really wants to get serious about changing the conversation around the drought it needs to pay people to make the change. Los Angeles already has a successful program which offers $3.75 per square foot for people who choose to replace their lawns with drought-tolerant plants. There is no reason why this can't be implemented across the state to foster true impact.

Ban the bottling of water in the state

Because bottled water is BULLSHIT. But also because most of the bottled water in the US comes from the places in California experiencing the worst drought.

Mandate enforcement of water restrictions

The biggest problem with these restrictions is that most of these restrictions carry no penalties whatsoever. There are fines, maybe, but no one reports the offenders, and no one follows up from the city. Wait, cities don't have the manpower to send the water police out in force? That's why we need to...

Launch a #waterhog campaign

See a green lawn? #waterhog Notice a business with sprinklers on? #waterhog Catch someone spraying down their Lexus? #waterhog Geotagged, hashtagged social media posts would not only file an official complaint with the state which could be followed up with a fine, like a 311 report does in many cities, but they also publicly shame the offender.

Appoint a water czar

California, land of celebrities who are using their large numbers of Instagram followers to promote caffeinated booze: Why hasn't a big name taken on this cause? Perhaps because most of them are too busy trucking in water for their own lawns? Jerry Brown needs a high-profile celebrity to deliver some real talk about the drought by posting overshare-y "if it's yellow let it mellow" videos to Snapchat.

Assemble a tech task force

Where is the Hyperloop for water? Why aren't there more desalination startups? Who is promoting dietary alternatives to meat and almonds and all the other resource-sucking foods which are parching the Central Valley? We have no shortage of people who are working every day to tackle stunningly brilliant solutions to the world's problems. Let's get them working on the biggest issue the state has ever confronted. Plus there's plenty of opportunity for tech companies to recoup some of their intellectual capital. For example, Google could simply repurpose its entire Glass team as Google Glass (of Water), and help envision a better, brighter future for California.

AP Photo/Jae C. Hong

17 Mar 16:53

Starbucks to Somehow Worsen America's Race Problem Using Coffee Cups

by Hamilton Nolan

Starbucks to Somehow Worsen America's Race Problem Using Coffee Cups

Okay, well, now Starbucks is planning on starting a national dialogue on race that will consist of talking to your Starbucks barista, about race. What are you doing, Starbucks? What? Are? You doing?

No? No. Yes, this is a real thing reported by many of our nation's top news outlets, and here are the facts that you need to know in order to avoid experiencing what could be one of the most painfully awkward interactions of your life with a random Starbucks barista:

1. This thing is called "Race Together." What the fuck does that mean? Nothing, speaking objectively.

2. This thing is a partnership between Starbucks and USA Today, the dream team of American multiculturalism.

3. This thing, as far as we can tell, will consist of you walking into a Starbucks and ordering a coffee, and the barista surprising you by scrawling the words "RACE TOGETHER" on your coffee cup, and then, as if you had just hit some sort of awful jackpot, this Starbucks barista will somehow "engage" you in "conversation" about race in America, while you are there, at the Starbucks.

4. Jesus.

5. Why is this bizarre corporate charade, which sounds even more demeaning than McDonald's asking you to dance for your Egg McMuffin, happening at all? It is happening because weird zillionaire Starbucks CEO and woefully misguided do-gooder/ self-aggrandizer Howard Schultz has determined, after holding what we can only imagine were that the best way for him, a powerful business titan and billionaire, to affect America's race problem is by instructing his enthusiastic minions to confront startled latte buyers with provocative queries about race. Schultz views this plan as "an opportunity to begin to re-examine how we can create a more empathetic and inclusive society – one conversation at a time."

6. I assume what he meant to say was "this plan exemplifies what happens when a CEO's ego meets the most useless manifestation of 'corporate social responsibility' resulting in an inexplicable fiasco that will garner much PR for the Starbucks corporation without advancing America's incredibly complex racial problems one iota."

7. Howard Schultz should just give money to political causes to advance equality in America and not make up any more plans.

8. Denigrating a weird Starbucks Corporation plan to "talk about race" does not mean that you don't care about race issues in America any more than denigrating "Yo Quiero Taco Bell" means that you do not care about Latino issues in America.

9. Avoid Starbucks for the next few weeks probably. Go volunteer or something.

[Pic via Starbucks]

17 Mar 13:51

Cuba Welcomes You, Yankee Imperialists!

by Hamilton Nolan
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Senior Personality Blogger HamNo goes to Havana

"Each person should feel happy at work. They should feel happy with their task as creators. They should instill all those around them with their revolutionary and creative enthusiasm." — Che Guevara.

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17 Mar 15:37

Here Are All the White House Pool Reports

by John Cook

Here Are All the White House Pool Reports

Much of the mundane, day-to-day media coverage of the president's activities is conducted under an arrangement that Matthew Yglesias has called a "mutually agreed upon plagiarism pact"—the pool report. Convention dictates that a reporter bear witness to essentially everything the president does outside the White House, but it would be logistically unworkable and economically inefficient for each member of the White House press corps to follow the president around in a crowd at all hours. So the news outlets that cover him agree to set up a pool—a rotating cast of reporters from each organization is scheduled to be on call, and that reporter writes up a dispatch of the president's comings and goings that each publication can use in their own coverage, as they see fit, without attribution.

There are two curious things about this arrangement: 1) These pool reports are distributed to the news outlets via email by the White House Press Office, which seems to work OK but introduces the spectre of official, government-sanctioned news to the process, and 2) they are quasi-secret. Though much of what is in these pool reports eventually finds its way into press coverage—that's what they're for!—the actual raw copy is available only to the anointed hundreds, or perhaps thousands, who are judged to be important enough to merit placement on the distribution list.

Today, we are making those reports public. Adam Pash, the director of Gawker Media's Editorial Labs, has built a tool that will automatically publish pool reports to a site we are calling Public Pool as soon as the emails go out from the White House. He's also built a Twitter account that will automatically send out updates when new reports go up. This is actually a resurrection of a project we launched, and soon abandoned, back in 2009. The difference this time is that publication is automated, and won't rely on a Gawker Media staffer finding the time to copy, paste, and publish the latest report manually.

So if you are interested in watching the sausage get made, follow Public Pool on Twitter here or check in at the site now and again. The next time the president cracks wise about Hillary Clinton's email servers or Joe Biden's handsiness, you won't need to wait for some blogger to incorporate the news into a post to read about it. And you'll be able to track whether those insightful details about the president's wardrobe were gleaned by, say, a Buzzfeed reporter or a Wall Street Journal reporter.


Contact the author at john@gawker.com.
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13 Mar 04:37

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heartwarming, in the sense of immolation



blynxee:

I wanted to immortalize the best moment in gravity falls on my blog

11 Mar 03:35

mjolkk: Next time someone shits on you for watching cute cat...



mjolkk:

Next time someone shits on you for watching cute cat videos on YouTube, remember that humans have been documenting adorable pet antics since 1st century BC.

12 Mar 02:05

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despondentparamour:

hatofunthinking:

So, it would appear that Jennifer also listens to taylorswift

(Howard the Duck #1, 2015 )

And she’s on like Buzzfeed looking at cats too lol!

13 Mar 04:36

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The entirety of ‘Game of Thrones’ in 30 Seconds [x]

Reblogging for “Jon Snow gets progressively more upset”

15 Mar 23:52

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bh6-hamada-brothers:

sam-brochester:

genalovestoons:

skaviris:

wow, this is like every anime fan remembering their weeaboo stage.

Even Naruto is embarrassed of his Naruto stage.

Even Naruto is embarrassed of his Naruto stage

Looking back on the old you like I was a dork.

15 Mar 23:54

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towritecomicsonherarms:

Afterlife With Archie #2

12 Mar 22:00

ISIS Accepts Pledge of Allegiance From Boko Haram

by Taylor Berman

ISIS Accepts Pledge of Allegiance From Boko Haram

Great news if you're an aspiring teen jihadist: ISIS has reportedly accepted Nigerian terror group Boko Haram's pledge of allegiance. ISIS spokesman Abu Muhammad al-Adnani announced the deal on Thursday in a speech distributed across social media, according to the SITE Intelligence Group.

In the same speech, Adnani said ISIS wanted to take over Paris, Rome, and Andalusia, and destroy Big Ben and the White House.

Adnani: If West/ US wants #ISIS strongholds, ISIS wants #Paris, #Rome, & #Andalusia after "blowing up" #WhiteHouse, #BigBen, #EiffelTower

— Rita Katz (@Rita_Katz) March 12, 2015

Boko Haram made the pledge of allegiance on Saturday, according to Reuters. "We announce our allegiance to the Caliph... and will hear and obey in times of difficulty and prosperity, in hardship and ease," an English language translation of the group's audio message read. "We call upon Muslims everywhere to pledge allegiance to the Caliph."

It's not clear what, exactly, the pledge means or if it makes either group more dangerous—they are, after all, approximately a full continent apart—but Nigeria is taking the collaboration seriously.

"[The audio] is confirming what we always thought. It's sad, it's bad," Nigerian government spokesman Mike Omeri told Reuters. "It's why we were appealing to the international community... Hopefully the world will wake up to the disaster unfolding here."


Image via SITE. Contact the author at taylor@gawker.com.

12 Mar 16:30

Terry Pratchett, Legendary Fantasy Author, Dead at 66

by Jay Hathaway

Sir Terry Pratchett, author of more than 70 novels, including 40 in his satirical fantasy series Discworld, died at his home Thursday. Pratchett was 66. He was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2007, and continued to write as he struggled with the onset of dementia.

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12 Mar 04:40

Report: State Rep. Gave His "Possessed" Kids Away to a Child Molester 

by Gabrielle Bluestone

Report: State Rep. Gave His "Possessed" Kids Away to a Child Molester 

An Arkansas politician is defending his decision to "re-home" two of his young adopted daughters by sending them to live with a man who ended up molesting one of them last year.

The story broke last week after police received an anonymous tip that Arkansas state representative Justin Harris and his wife Marsha—who run a pre-school together—had been cashing state adoption subsidies checks for children they weren't taking care of.

In 2013, the Harrises adopted the two young sisters, who—they were reportedly warned—grew up around meth addicts and endured significant emotional and sexual abuse. And less than a year later, the couple decided to to give the girls back, claiming they were just too emotionally damaged to keep.

The state said no, so Harris reportedly decided to "re-home" them, a largely unregulated process that is currently legal in Arkansas. Reports the Hamilton Spectator:

At a press conference last week, Justin Harris said the adopted girls' behavioral problems caused him to fear for his biological children's safety:

One of his new daughters crushed a family pet to death, and his three biological sons started sleeping in their parents' bedroom because they were scared.

But when the politician approached state human services' officials, Justin Harris said the agency refused to help with the girls' problems and threatened to charge the Harrises with abandonment if the children were returned.

The Harrises ended up sending the two girls to live with with Eric and Stacey Francis, college friends of Harris's wife. But although Eric had no criminal record at the time, he would soon be convicted of sexually assaulting the elder sister, who was six at the time.

Harris has publicly blamed the DHS for the debacle, claiming they saddled him with emotionally disturbed, violent children and tacitly approved the re-homing. (DHS employees say the opposite, claiming Harris forced the adoption against their recommendation by wielding influence over the group's director, whose budget Is within his purview.)

But babysitters for the family say the girls [referred to by the pseudonyms "Mary" and "Annie"] weren't violent—the problem, they say, was Harris and his wife believed they were possessed by demons. According to the Arkansas Times:

Chelsey Goldsborough, who regularly babysat for the Harrises, said Mary was kept isolated from Annie and from the rest of the family. She was often confined for hours to her room, where she was monitored by a video camera. The reason: The Harrises believed the girls were possessed by demons and could communicate telepathically, Goldsborough said. Harris and his wife once hired specialists to perform an "exorcism" on the two sisters while she waited outside the house with the boys, she said.

Multiple sources who interacted with the family confirmed Goldsborough's account that the Harrises believed the children were possessed, and another source close to the family said that Marsha Harris spoke openly about the supposed demonic possession.

In fact, Goldsborough tells the Arkansas Times, the family was obsessed with "demonic possession and telepathy."

Goldsborough said the Harrises showed her "a picture of [Mary] where they're like, 'You can see the demon rising from her back,' and it just looked like a little 6-year-old to me." [Mary was 4 or 5.] The separate source close to the Harrises reported seeing a video that Marsha Harris said showed a demon interacting with one of the girls. The source said demons were an "obsession" with Marsha Harris.

The girls have since been adopted by a new family, who say the Harrises' allegations of violent behavior don't add up:

"We are aware of the very public conversation going on about events pertaining to our daughters," they tell the Arkansas Times. "We are deeply grieved over Justin Harris' accusations toward our daughters in order to self-protect; it is inexcusable. Like the Harts, we also have two small dogs and the girls have only been gentle towards them. These girls are happy, healthy children who have gone through things no child should ever have to endure. Since they have been home with us, they have adjusted beautifully and are thriving in our home with unconditional love and patience. We are truly amazed at our daughters' ability to love and bond with us, given all they have experienced. They are both extremely protective toward each other and love each other with all their hearts...We choose to forgive the Harrises and hope they will truly follow Christ in humility and repentance for the mistakes they made in our daughters' lives. Due to the sensitivity of our daughters' story, and out of respect for them, we are asking the public for privacy during this time."


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26 Jan 16:57

Vatican Adopts Balloons as Symbols of Satan's Power

by Hamilton Nolan
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digging down into my backlog

Vatican Adopts Balloons as Symbols of Satan's Power

Yesterday, the Catholic Church released hordes of colorful balloons in St. Peter's Square, a gesture meant to symbolize the triumph of Satan's power over life on earth.

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10 Mar 19:05

Why America's Internet Is So Shitty and Slow

by Adam Clark Estes
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I learned things

You may have heard that the internet is winning: net neutrality was saved , broadband was redefined to encourage higher speeds , and the dreaded Comcast-Time Warner Cable megamerger potentially thwarted . But the harsh reality is that America's internet is still fundamentally broken, and there's no easy fix.

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