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27 Jun 14:09

Ten Days in June - The New Yorker

by russiansledges
"I think America was very lucky that Abraham Lincoln was President when he was President. If he hadn’t been, the course of history would be very different. But I also think that, despite being the greatest President, in my mind, in our history, it took another hundred and fifty years before African-Americans had anything approaching formal equality, much less real equality. I think that doesn’t diminish Lincoln’s achievements, but it acknowledges that, at the end of the day, we’re part of a long-running story. We just try to get our paragraph right.”
27 Jun 02:05

Landmarks Love Equality

by Joe Jervis
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27 Jun 04:26


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27 Jun 04:29

tzikeh: stayinbedgrowyrhair: nerdy-south: Between gay marriage and President Obama singing...




Between gay marriage and President Obama singing Amazing Grace at Rev. Clementa Pinckney’s memorial, today feels like a West Wing episode that Sorkin didn’t write because it was too far outside the realm of possibility.

been a real season finale kinda day

Well, that answers the question “What Kind of Day Has it Been?”

26 Jun 15:30

This Animated Timelapse of the Atlantic Slave Trade Is Disturbing

by George Dvorsky

From the beginning of the 16th century to the 19th, slave merchants transported more than 10 million enslaved Africans to the New World. This eye-opening animation condenses over 20,528 voyages down to three agonizing minutes.


26 Jun 18:06

Looking Ahead: 1930

by Dave
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Washington, D.C. "January or February 1930, NO CAPTION." 4x5 inch glass negative from the Harris & Ewing Collection. View full size.
27 Jun 01:19

tkyle: The White House - 6/26/15 #LoveWins

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The White House - 6/26/15 #LoveWins

27 Jun 04:38

McSweeney’s Internet Tendency: The SCOTUS Marriage Decision, in Haiku.

by russiansledges
“Happiness is not / the point of marriage, fools. It’s / BABIES,” he whispered.
26 Jun 15:20

Shapecatcher: Draw the Unicode character you want!

by russiansledges
Draw something in the box! And let shapecatcher help you to find the most similar unicode characters! Currently, there are 11817 unicode character glyphs in the database. Japanese, Korean and Chinese characters are currently not supported.
26 Jun 14:37

Roberts: 'Celebrate Today's Decision ... But Do Not Celebrate The Constitution'

by Krishnadev Calamur
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'Scalia did not mince his words, joining Roberts' dissent in full, but writing "separately to call attention to this Court's threat to American democracy."'


U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, followed by Justice Antonin Scalia, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., in 2013

U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, followed by Justice Antonin Scalia, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., in 2013

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Updated at 11:49 a.m. ET

The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that states cannot keep same-sex couples from marrying and must recognize their unions. Those dissenting were the court's four conservative justices: Chief Justice John Roberts, Justice Antonin Scalia, Justice Clarence Thomas and Justice Samuel Alito.

Roberts' Rationale

The chief justice notes that the Constitution does not take a position on "any one theory of marriage" and says the court's decision orders "every State to license and recognize same-sex marriage." Here are two striking excerpts from his dissent.

Scalia: 'Constitutional Revision'

Scalia did not mince his words, calling the majority opinion a "judicial Putsch." He joined Roberts' dissent in full, but wrote "separately to call attention to this Court's threat to American democracy." Scalia, widely regarded as one of the most conservative justices on the court, wrote that "it is not of special importance to me what the law says about marriage. It is of overwhelming importance, however, who it is that rules me."

Here's more from his dissent:

Scalia wrote that the years-long, robust debate over same-sex marriage is "exactly how our system of government is supposed to work" and noted when the 14th Amendment was ratified in 1868, "every state limited marriage to one man and one woman, and no one doubted the constitutionality of doing so."

Scalia called the majority opinion "a naked judicial claim to legislative — indeed, super-legislative — power." And, he added, the court's "highly unrepresentative panel of nine" violated "a principle even more fundamental than no taxation without representation." Here's more:

Scalia lashed out at the style of the majority opinion, calling it "as pretentious as its content is egotistic."

"It is one thing for separate concurring or dissenting opinions to contain extravagances, even silly extravagances, of thought and expression; it is something else for the official opinion of the Court to do so," he wrote, calling the opinion's "showy profundities ... often profoundly incoherent." Here's more:

Thomas: Decision Will Likely Cause 'Collateral Damage'

"The majority's inversion of the original meaning of liberty will likely cause collateral damage to other aspects of our constitutional order that protect liberty," Thomas wrote.

Here's more:

Alito: Constitution Leaves It To States

In his dissent, Alito wrote: "For today's majority, it does not matter that the right to same-sex marriage lacks deep roots or even that it is contrary to long-established tradition. The Justices in the majority claim the authority to confer constitutional protection upon that right simply because they believe that it is fundamental."

Alito added the court's decision will also have "other important consequences." Here's one he fears:

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26 Jun 17:55

furiosassy: What’s your name?             Does it matter?Mad...

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What’s your name?
             Does it matter?

Mad Max: Fury Road + behind the names
26 Jun 15:27

Love Wins

by Devin Faraci

The Supreme Court rules in favor of marriage equality.


26 Jun 15:09

People Who Are Going To Be Very Disappointed When They Get To Canada

by Dave Stopera

Hey, guys… I need to tell you something.

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26 Jun 17:47

Watch Ian McKellen Receive His First Marriage Proposal Since Today’s Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi are grand marshals of Sunday’s Gay Pride March.
26 Jun 15:49

Turkish Tattoo Artist Creates Beautiful Cross-Stitch Designs That Appear As If They Were Embroidered Onto the Skin

by Lori Dorn
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Cross Stitch Marilyn

Turkish tattoo artist eva krbdk of Daft Art creates beautiful cross-stitch designs that remarkably appear as if they were embroidered directly onto the skin.

Cross Stitch Swirl


Cross Stitch Captain America

Cross Stitch Elephant

Cross Stitch Rose

images via eva krbdk

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26 Jun 16:21

xombiedirge: I want YOU for WAR, BOY by Hugo Dourado / Store

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I want YOU for WAR, BOY by Hugo Dourado / Store

26 Jun 14:47

Let The Nullification Crisis Begin!

by David Kurtz

Mike Huckabee is already out with a defiant statement declaring that he will not “acquiesce to an imperial court.” Here's our rundown of all the threats of civil disobedience and open defiance from conservatives over the anticipated gay marriage even before the Court's ruling today.

26 Jun 14:48

"You're in My House."

by Josh Marshall

In a single week, the rebel flag is toast, Obamacare is vindicated, marriage equality becomes law. It's a trifecta for Obama and he hasn't even declared his Caliphate yet.

26 Jun 13:26

Ancient Ocean

by russiansledges
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overbey, this was the droney opening band I was telling you about when you were probably asleep

1. Through the Fear of Aging 05:23 2. Dawn of Space Travel 07:25 3. The Illusion of Being Eternal 11:51 4. A Finite Life 04:32
26 Jun 13:00

Food & Dining | Boston Herald

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Gruit is an ancient form of beer brewed with an ever-­changing array of exotic herbs and spices in place of hops. It disappeared centuries ago but now sits at the cutting-edge of the American craft beer movement.
25 Jun 15:00

Free Pattern Hack: The Florence Slip

by Haley


When I lived in L.A. I had a drawer full of vintage slips and nighties. These were all items I had picked up from thrift store over the years. These items were exclusively from the 1950’s onward. This meant that while they were pretty, they were synthetic.

When I made the move from Los Angeles to Portland, many of these items got donated. I felt sad as I drove away from my favorite charity shop. I just kept telling myself it is good thrift store karma, right?


I kept 2 pieces, on a handmade silk charmeuse full slip, and a vintage black half slip. These are gorgeous garments but they are both made of woven fabric. As a result, they can feel fussy and binding for everyday use. I love the idea of creating a knit slip that’s comfortable and easy to wear.


In February when the Florence bra was released, I knew that it could be easily hacked into an amazing knit slip. The addition of a skirt to Florence only adds 30 minutes to the project, but drastically changes to look of the piece, transforming it into an entirely different type of garment.


Make your Florence slip out of a slinky rayon knit, a silk jersey for a luxurious but comfortable slip. Or make this hack out of a light-weight cotton for a pretty nightie for warm summer nights.

Thank you to our lovely model, Solanah, and to Christine for the photography.

Don’t forget, Florence is just $5 this month only!


25 Jun 11:50

21 Things Only Kids Who Grew Up In The 1590s Will Understand

by russiansledges
16. Being totally shit-scared of manticores
24 Jun 16:49

Alabama Governor Orders Removal Of Confederate Flags From Capitol

by Krishnadev Calamur
State workers take down a Confederate national flag on the grounds of the state Capitol on Wednesday in Montgomery, Ala.

State workers take down a Confederate national flag on the grounds of the state Capitol on Wednesday in Montgomery, Ala.

Martin Swant/AP

The Confederate battle flag and three other symbols of the Confederacy were taken down Wednesday from the Capitol grounds in Montgomery, Ala., after their removal was ordered by Gov. Robert Bentley amid a growing backlash against the symbols following last week's racially motivated mass shooting at a black church in South Carolina.

Two workers walked out of the Capitol building and took the flag down shortly after 8 a.m. without any fanfare. Bentley told it was his decision to bring the flag down, calling it "the right thing to do." adds:

"Bentley said before he made the final decision he checked to see if there were any impediments in the law or state policy that would prevent him from taking down the flag and found none, so he acted."

Dan Carsen of member station WBHM in Birmingham tells our Newscast unit that Bentley said he didn't want the flags to become a distraction as Alabama grapples with issues including a massive budget deficit. Dan adds:

"The four flags removed from the memorial were the first, second and third national confederate flags, and the better-known battle flag. They were put up in the early '90s after then-Gov. Jim Folsom removed the battle flag from the state Capitol."

Reporter MacKenzie Bates of Alabama Public Radio notes Montgomery was named the first capital of the Confederate States of America in 1861 before the capital was moved to Richmond, Va. The first White House of the Confederacy sits across the street from the Capitol.

The move comes a day after the South Carolina House voted to allow debate on removing the battle flag from outside the Statehouse. Any changes to the flag in that state requires a two-thirds vote in the House and Senate.

Efforts to remove symbols of the Confederacy are also underway in Mississippi, Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee and other parts of the former Confederacy.

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24 Jun 18:02

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Cries in Court: “I’m Sorry for the Lives I’ve Taken”

by Taylor Berman

More than a month after he was sentenced to death , Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev tearfully addressed the court for the first time. “I am sorry for the lives I’ve taken and for the suffering I have caused and the terrible damage I have done,” he said.


24 Jun 17:41

Lawsuit: Westfield, N.J. Family Fled After Being Watched « CBS New York

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Since moving in, the owners said they have received numerous letters from the mysterious person. “The Watcher” claimed the home “has been the subject of my family for decades,” and “I have been put in charge of watching and waiting for its second coming,” Castro reported. The new owners have several children, and other letters asked, “Have they found out what’s in the walls yet?” and “I am pleased to know your names now, and the name of the young blood you have brought to me,” Castro reported.
23 Jun 17:00

Modern Phone Culture in One Picture

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Tagged: charger , phone , museum
24 Jun 07:01

Vertical Street View of the world’s most iconic rock wall: Yosemite’s El Capitan

by Google Blogs
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Today we’re launching our first-ever vertical Street View collection, giving you the opportunity to climb 3,000 feet up the world’s most famous rock wall: Yosemite’s El Capitan. To bring you this new imagery, we partnered with legendary climbers Lynn Hill, Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell. Read more about the project from Tommy Caldwell, who completed the world’s hardest climb in Yosemite in January of 2015. -Ed.

“That is awesome. I definitely have to be a part of that.”

Maybe it was the sheer exhaustion from being in the middle of a 19-day climb of the Dawn Wall, but when the guys at Google Maps and Yosemite National Park asked if I wanted to help them with their first-ever vertical Street View collection of El Capitan in Yosemite, I didn’t hesitate. Yosemite has been such an important part of my life that telling the story of El Capitan through Street View was right up my alley—especially when it meant working with the Google engineers to figure out some absurd challenges.

Climbing is all about flirting with the impossible and pushing the boundaries of what you think you can be done. Capturing Street View imagery 3,000 feet up El Capitan proved to be an extension of that, especially when you take a camera meant for the inside of a restaurant and mount it thousands of feet up the world’s most iconic rock wall.
Brett Lowell and Corey Rich capturing Street View of Alex Honnold on the King Swing

Doing anything thousands of feet high on a sheer granite face is complicated, but everyone up there had spent years of their lives on a rope and knew exactly what they were doing. After some testing, we used our tried-and-true climbing gear like cams and ropes to make sure the camera wouldn’t fall to the ground in the middle of our Street View collection.

Once we figured out how to keep the camera on El Cap, we created two sets of vertical Street View. First, we collected Street View of legendary Yosemite climbers—and my good friends—Lynn Hill and Alex Honnold in iconic spots up the sheer vertical face.

Lynn Hill’s ascent of El Capitan changed the paradigm of climbing, and she had an extraordinary effect on my climbing career. I’ll never forget when she became the first person, man or woman, to free-climb (using only her hands and feet) “The Nose” back in 1993. Now, you can see her navigate these epic moves— like climbing sideways on tiny holds of the Jardine Traverse, inventing a “Houdini” maneuver on the Changing Corners and traversing under the Great Roof.

Any story of El Capitan had to include my good friend Alex Honnold. He holds the speed record for climbing the Nose at 2 hours and 23 minutes - most people take 3-5 days. His unwavering confidence in himself is contagious; when I’m with him, I feel like the mountain has shrunk to half its size. As you make your way around Yosemite in Street View, you’ll see Alex doing what he does best: chimneying up the “Texas Flake,” racing up the bolt ladder, or getting dinner ready in the solar-powered van he calls home.

You’ll also see a glimpse of yours truly on the Dawn Wall. I spent some of my rest days during my January climb of the Dawn Wall testing out the Street View technology the Google team had sent me that month. El Cap is an intimidating environment for experimentation, but years of setting ropes proved pretty helpful in figuring out how to get the equipment rigged and ready to collect Street View.

Then, we really put Alex to work to collect the second set of Street View: the entire vertical route of “The Nose” on El Capitan. One of the few people that could do this efficiently and quickly, Alex took the camera and pretty much ran 3,000 feet up with photographer partner Brett Lowell. Now, anyone can get the beta (climbing speak for insider advice) before they climb the entire route.

Lynn, Alex and I also helped create a new Yosemite Treks page, where you can take a tour up El Cap and learn more about climbing, from what a “hand jam” is to why we wear such tiny shoes. And as a father, I’m excited kids will learn more about Yosemite when Google brings students to the park through NatureBridge later this year as a part of this project. Plus, its pretty awesome that students who can’t make it to Yosemite yet will be able to go on a virtual reality field trip to the Park with Google Expeditions.

Yosemite’s driven so much of my life that I’m excited to be able to share it with the world through my eyes. These 360-degree panoramic images are the closest thing I’ve ever witnessed to actually being thousands of feet up a vertical rock face—better than any video or photo. But my hope is that this new imagery will inspire you to get out there and see Yosemite for yourself… whether you travel up a rock wall or just down the trail.

Posted by Tommy Caldwell
23 Jun 02:49

ogress: punlich: architect: and remember - spaces are for people!brutalist: and remember - those...

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"What the fuck, Massachusetts, I thought this was fucking North Korea"



architect: and remember - spaces are for people!
brutalist: and remember - those people have Sinned and must be Punished

Hey look, it’s… wait, is that Boston City Hall? What the fuck, Massachusetts, I thought this was fucking North Korea.

Meanwhile, look at the beautiful building behind it…

23 Jun 05:20

Hallway of Academe: 1949

by Dave
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Feb. 19, 1949. "Lamont Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Long view, main corridor, third level." Gottscho-Schleisner photo. View full size.
23 Jun 15:00

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - The Fourth Watch

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Hovertext: And I can turn sand into appletinis!

New comic!
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