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If you are still waiting to do your taxes then you won't want to miss out on this TurboTax offer

With everything happening in the last few months, we all but guarantee no one has been thinking about their taxes. That’s understandable — because, beyond all of our current concerns, nobody enjoys the whole tax filing process during even the best of times. Unfortunately, Benjamin Franklin was right — taxes truly are as inescapable as death . And while the U.S. tax filing deadline was extended by three months while the nation worked its way out of the COVID-19 nightmare, your 2019 tax form...
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Former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis denounces Trump as a threat to America, compares him to Nazis

Jim Mattis was Trump's first defence secretary, serving from 2017-2019. He quit and promised he would not be quiet forever, but also said it would be improper to criticize a sitting president. When protests over George Floyd's death at the hands of the police sprang up, many wondered if he would finally speak. He finally spoke. The protests are defined by tens of thousands of people of conscience who are insisting that we live up to our values—our values as people and our values as a nation. We ...
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The Zubi Flyer is the hackable frisbee that could launch your kid’s STEM career

Most parents know that giving their kids educational toys and other projects will expand their minds. But what many might not realize is that physical play is actually building their mental abilities as well.  Studies are still in beginning stages, but some early research supports the theory that kids who get the chance to get outside, run around and play are not only getting important health benefits, but that physical playing also increases memory retention and cognitive development . ...
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The Facebook Community Standards Roast!

Shown above: A widely reported ban on this image from The Boston Globe (Real News since 1872) was identified as blocked content to users of Facebook trying to share the image during this weekend's protests. (Example) Spoken Word with Electronics is an audio series delivering to you a two side recording of unusual stories paired with vintage modular electronic sounds Facebook is banning art, politics, and editorial comment, and should be roasted for it. Hi, everyone, it's not just the Boston Gl...
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Trump denies, then confirms he hid in 'secure bunker' as protests raged at White House

Impeached president Donald Trump on Wednesday first denied, then confirmed (it's a pattern!) that he fled to a secure bunker beneath the White House this past weekend, as Black Lives Matter/George Floyd protests spread, with heavily armed law enforcement assaulting peaceful protesters and credentialed journalists. Trump today said he went there for an “inspection,” rather than out of concern over his safety, which of course is totally legit and why would anyone question that anything he say...
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CNN and Sesame Street to address racism in town hall special

Parents can send their family's questions in about protests, racism and diversity HERE. CNN: The 60-minute special "Coming Together: Standing Up to Racism. A CNN/Sesame Street Town Hall for Kids and Families" will air on Saturday, June 6, at 10 a.m. ET. The show will talk to kids about racism, the recent nationwide protests, embracing diversity and being more empathetic and understanding. Big Bird will join CNN commentator Van Jones and CNN anchor and national correspondent Erica Hill to modera...
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Catholics have more fun: baptism by squirt gun

Covid-19 physical distancing has sparked a new trend among Catholics with a sense of humor: baptism by water pistol. The telltale sign that this child is a girl might not be the christening gown, but the pink water gun. Interesting too, because historically pink was associated with the masculine (it was considered a variant of red) and blue was attributed to the feminine (because The Virgin Mary was most often depicted wearing blue). So this just goes to show that the Catholic church can, in fac...
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George Floyd killing: Derek Chauvin charges elevated to 2nd degree murder, and 3 more Minneapolis officers charged

• Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison increased the charge against Derek Chauvin, and charged Thomas Lane, J. Kueng and Tou Thao with aiding and abetting second-degree murder in the death of George Floyd. On Wednesday, three additional Minneapolis police officers were charged in the killing of George Floyd, and charges against Derek Chauvin were elevated to second degree murder. READ THE AMENDED CRIMINAL COMPLAINT: [PDF LINK] All four officers seen on the video in which George Floyd dies...
Tags: Post, News, Minnesota, Justice, Law, Minneapolis, US news, Amy Klobuchar, Black Lives Matter, Blacklivesmatter, Minneapolis Police, Reuters, Star Tribune, Keith Ellison, Leila Fadel, Sen Amy Klobuchar

Latest Trump publicity shot looks like scene from The Omen

The White House released this photo of the Trumps in a church. The idea is to show Donald and Melania as serious Christians after the bungled Bible photo-op, but they just look like characters from a reboot of The Omen.
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'MARCH WITH US' — Keke Palmer brings armed National Guard members to their knees during LA protest in viral video

Her name is Keke Palmer. She is amazing. She's an actor in Los Angeles, and an activist. Watch the entire video. Watch all of this. — Gadi Schwartz (@GadiNBC) June 2, 2020 “Control this area?” Keke Palmer asked the guardsman. “What is it to control, man? March with us. It would send a huge message if we just march. Just march with us. March the whole round with us.” The National Guard member's name is Koenig. She literally brings a group of Guardsmen to their ...
Tags: Post, News, La, US, Los Angeles, US news, Protests, Army, Black Lives Matter, Protesters, Blacklivesmatter, Keke Palmer, National Guard, National Guardsmen, Koenig, Gadi Schwartz

Philly removes statue of racist mayor

The statue of Frank Rizzo, Philadephia's longtime and notoriously racist mayor, disappeared last night. Already damaged by protestors during national unrest over the police killing of George Floyd, even city officials wanted it gone. They finally confirmed they had removed it and that it would not be coming back. Workers removed a statue of Philadelphia's controversial former Mayor Frank Rizzo from its place of honor across from City Hall early Wednesday morning, finishing a job that protesters ...
Tags: Post, News, Racism, Philadelphia, City Hall, Philly, Jim Kenney, Rizzo, Philadephia, Frank Rizzo, George Floyd, Lauren Dawn Johnson

Bill Nye the Funko Pop!

A personal hero, Bill Nye is now available as a Funko Pop! This one goes next to my Mr. Rogers. Funko Pop! AD Icons: Bill Nye - Bill Nye The Science Guy via Amazon
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FBI Report: "no intelligence indicating Antifa involvement/presence" in Sunday's DC violence

Trump and Barr keep saying Antifa is the cause of violent outbreaks that are taking place alongside peaceful police brutality protests, but the FBI released a report saying it found no evidence of antifa activity on May 31 in Washington DC. However, the FBI did note that a far-right group “called for far-right provocateurs to attack federal agents, use automatic weapons against protesters.” From The Nation: Antifa, short for “anti-fascist,” is a type of militant anti-racist, anti-nationalist org...
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Zoom CEO says it won't encrypt free calls because it wants to share them with law enforcement

It's game over for those holding out hope Zoom would do more for user privacy: the company's CEO explicitly cited law enforcement as why it will not offer encrypted calling to free (i.e. undocumented) users. Yuan said free users won’t enjoy that level of privacy, which makes it impossible for third parties to decipher communications. “Free users for sure we don’t want to give that because we also want to work together with FBI, with local law enforcement in case some people use Zoom for a bad pu...
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Running for Cover

Notable article from Robert Kagan in the Post, noting how dictatorships grow out of broken democracies and how President Trump has already, with relatively little opposition, managed to suborn, corrupt and subordinate law enforcement as well as domestic and foreign intelligence to his own personal, political control. (This is what makes Bill Barr far and away the most corrupt Attorney General in American history.) The military is the one other “power ministry” (Kagan borrows the phrase most fami...
Tags: Post, News, Trump, Josh Marshall, Kagan, Joint Chiefs, Robert Kagan, Bill Barr, Editors' Blog

Jesus Christ appears in a Colombian tree

Residents of Magangué, Colombia recently broke the compulsory quarantine to visit Jesus Christ who was hanging out in a tree. Praise be pareidolia. From a El Tiempo via Google Translate: "It looks clear and everyone is praying to him and asking him to cure the land of this evil and to protect Magangué," says Agustina Díaz, a town clothing merchant, who closed her store in the center of town for the pandemic. What worries local authorities is that the image is becoming a point of ...
Tags: Post, News, Religion, Pareidolia, Jesus Christ, El Tiempo, Simulacrum, Magangué Colombia, Magangué, Agustina Díaz

Watch GOP senators avoid question about Trump's gassing and grenading peaceful protestors

ICYMI: GOP senators avoid answering whether there was an abuse of power, after police clear peaceful protestors with tear gas. #mtpdaily @SenRonJohnson: “I didn’t really see it.”@SenPatRoberts: “I don’t have any comment. Thank you.” — Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) June 3, 2020 MSNBC reporter Casey Hunt asked Republican senators what they thought of Trump's gassing and grenading of people peacefully protesting the murder of George Floyd. “I didn’t really see it.”...
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A majority of Americans wouldn't rush to get a Covid-19 vaccination, poll finds

Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NAID), says we should have a coronavirus vaccine by the end of the year. But with less than half of Americans willing to get the vaccine, who knows how effective it will be in eradicating Covid-19. A recent poll by Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found that only 49% out of 1,056 Americans asked said they would definitely get the Covid-19 vaccine. To get herd immunity, we need at least 7...
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NYPD officers assault Associated Press journalist, force crew to stop covering protest

NYPD forced an Associated Press film crew to stop covering protests in New York City, the news agency reported today, pushing and threatening to arrest the journalists in lower Manhattan. The AP describes it as the latest act of aggression against media by police during protests against the killing of George Floyd. Portions of the incident were captured on video by videojournalist Robert Bumsted, who was working with photographer Maye-E Wong to document the protests in lower Manhattan over th...
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Ferguson, Missouri elected its first black mayor who is also the first female mayor

Yesterday, Ella Jones became the first black, and first female, elected mayor of Ferguson, Missouri where an uprising kicked off in 2014 after a white police officer shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, and was not indicted. From the New York Times: Ms. Jones, 65, and her opponent, Heather Robinett, 49, had both vowed to continue changes enacted after the 2014 shooting of Mr. Brown, including a federal consent decree, a legally binding agreement requiring reforms to a...
Tags: Post, Politics, News, New York Times, Ferguson, Michael Brown, Ferguson Missouri, Black Lives Matter, Jones, Brown, St Louis Public Radio, Ferguson City Council, Jason Rosenbaum, Ella Jones, Heather Robinett

Jayne Mansfield: Viral Warrior

For much of the first half of the 20th century, another mysterious virus was freaking people the hell out, and no one understood what it was or how it spread. Children got hit the worst. It touched the wealthy and the poor. It paralyzed and even killed. Nothing seemed to stop it, and “Polio season” came back with a vengeance every summer. Public swimming pools were the kiss of death—or at least paralysis—and attending a gathering at a birthday party, a bar mitzvah, or even a playground was a rec...
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Homemade sourdough is so April. Try your hand at home-cured meat!

We’ve all been spending a lot more time in the kitchen over the past couple of months, some of us more successfully than others. But if you’re feeling ambitious, aren’t afraid of power-packed spice blends, and have a place to hang raw meat in your home for a few days, consider upping your Covid-19 culinary game with an Armenian appetizer that’ll make you weak in the knees. For the uninitiated, basturma is a salt and spice-cured tenderloin encased in a deep red crust of paprika, fenugreek, allspi...
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The FLIKR Fire2 is a personal fireplace that goes anywhere and burns on simple rubbing alcohol

Not every house has a fireplace. And to be honest, not every homeowner wants to deal with the hassles and maintenance of a fireplace. But it’s tough to argue that the intoxicating glow and dance of a licking flame isn’t mesmerizing, not to mention all of a fire’s practical uses. For those looking to enjoy a cool fire aesthetic without all those other difficulties, the FLIKR Fire2 Personal Fireplace might just scratch that item. The FLIKR Fire2 was created with a simple goal in mind: to ...
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Repost the text of Trump's calls for violence, get suspended from Twitter

President Trump enjoys a vaguely-defined but formal exemption from Twitter's policies on the grounds of his inherent newsworthiness. Recently, Twitter began putting warnings on his Tweets when they called for violent acts, which Trump considers censorship. A new Twitter account set out to see whether Twitter would simply suspend anyone else who posted what Trump does. It didn't last long before the hammer fell. "Experiment Update," posted Bizarre Lazar. "Well it finally happened. Took longer tha...
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Fauci expects COVID-19 vaccine by end of the year, 100 million doses to be ready in the US

In a new interview with the Journal of the American Medical Association, Anthony Fauci, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NAID), said he expects the US will have 100 million doses of a COVID-19 vaccine before the end of the year. “Then, by the beginning of 2021, we hope to have a couple hundred million doses,” he said. The vaccine in development by Moderna in partnership with the NAID will enter final clinical trials this summer and the company will start cranking out...
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Last person collecting a civil war pension dies

Irene Triplett's father fought in the civil war as a young man and remarried as an elderly senior. Triplett, born 1930, inherited his veterans' benefits due to her own disabilities. With her death at 90, the U.S. government closes the books on the last outstanding civil war pension. MSN: Pvt. Triplett married Elida Hall in 1924. She was 34 when Irene was born in 1930; he was 83. Such an age difference wasn’t rare, especially later, during the Great Depression, when Civil War veterans found th...
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NYPD traps protestors on bridge for hours after curfew

Last night, police in New York city kettled hundreds of protestors on the Manhattan Bridge, preventing them from dispersing for hours, even after curfew fell. The New York Times reports that the protestors "found a way" around police blocking access to the Brooklyn end of the bridge, which seems an unlikely scenario, but nonetheless offers details on them being subsequently held there. As the curfew descended on Tuesday, hundreds of protesters made their way from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn ...
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Steve King loses Iowa Republican Primary

Steve King, the Republican congressman who openly embraced white supremacy, will not be the party's candidate in November's general election. Sen. Randy Feenstra defeated him in Tuesday's five-way primary race. Republicans in northwest Iowa ousted Rep. Steve King in Tuesday’s primary, deciding they’ve had enough of the conservative lightning rod known for making incendiary comments about immigrants and white supremacy throughout his nearly two decades in Congress. The nine-term congressman, shun...
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D.C. man welcomed over 60 protesters overnight into his home

On Monday night, Washington, D.C. resident Rahul Dubey gave refuge to some 60+ strangers last night during the protests. He was on his Swann Street stoop at around 8:30 p.m. when protesters started gathering nearby. He began talking to them and allowed them to sit on his steps, charge their phones, and use his bathroom. He also let those that had been "pinned in" to escape through his house and out through his back alleyway. When he returned to his front door, by his account, there was a man who...
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In 1911, the Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre

In 1911, the Mona Lisa disappeared from the Louvre. After an extensive investigation it made a surprising reappearance that inspired headlines around the world. In this week's episode of the Futility Closet podcast we'll tell the story of the painting's abduction, which has been called the greatest art theft of the 20th century. We'll also shake Seattle and puzzle over a fortunate lack of work. Show notes Please support us on Patreon!
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