Move aside, Oprah.
Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is giving the American people exactly what they’ve always wanted: the Sarah Palin Channel.
Palin announced her new project via Facebook on Sunday:
The site will feature political commentary, interviews, user-contributed content and updates from the Palin household.
“Together, we’ll go beyond the sound bites and cut through the media’s politically correct filter and things like Washington, D.C.’s crony capitalism,” Palin promises in the launch video. “We’ll talk about the issues that the mainstream media won’t talk about and we’ll look at the ideas that I think Washington doesn’t want you to hear.”
The channel’s home page features a national debt ticker, and a countdown clock to President Barack Obama’s last day in office.
How DARE Israel be upset that the Arab enablers, spinners and propagandists have skillfully exploited images of the human shields that they cynically use as missile fodder to advance their anti-Israel, anti-Jewish fatwa.
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The New York Times’ call to legalize marijuana in the United States is undoubtedly a landmark moment for the paper and for the continuing debate around the issue. So it’s not surprising that the Gray Lady is giving the editorial, and the series accompanying it, the kind of star billing normally reserved for its splashiest news stories.
The Times is marketing the series very aggressively—possibly more aggressively than any other op-ed package. Reporters were sent a press release trumpeting the news, and the actual editorial featured the kind of visual flair and digital tricks—in this case, an American flag whose stars change to marijuana plants as you scroll down the page—typically given to lengthy news features.
The Times has been somewhat cheeky with its rollout; its series can be found at nytimes.com/HighTime, and editorial page editor Andrew Rosenthal will be hosting a Facebook chat on Monday at the very appropriate hour of 4:20 PM.
Writing on his blog on Saturday, Rosenthal described how the series took shape.
“At editorial board meetings we discussed how to proceed (none of us thought the status quo was viable),” he wrote.
“The need to speak out became clear. With the support of our publisher, Arthur Sulzberger, the editorial writers mapped out the series we started today. A team of web editors and designers created a special design for the Times website, as well as charts and graphs, videos and interactive features.”
In an email to Politico’s Mike Allen, Rosenthal said that most of the conversations that took place centered around “whether it was time for the Times (meaning the editorial page) to make this kind of statement and how to do it.”
In a departure from normal practice, many of the editorials in the series are signed by individual editorial board members. In the press release, Rosenthal wrote that this was intended to bring a “more personal approach” to this highly personal issue. “We will continue to experiment in the future on different ways to use the power of the unsigned editorial, along with new and different ways to signal the author of other editorial articles,” he added.
Bill Maher Slams The Right’s Unwavering Faith In The Free Market: ‘Big Business IS The New Big Government’
Bill Maher closed this week’s “Real Time” by poking a stick at the notion that the free market is always right. Pointing out the hypocrisy of the right’s adherence to that belief, he insisted, “Big business is the new big government. It is the massive, unwieldy bureaucracy that just doesn’t work.”
Using the lack of real costumer service in big business as a jumping off point, Maher explained that the absence of choice due to any real government pushback on mergers has left our economy at the whim of people whose policy is to annoy you out of your money.
“That’s the problem with the free market today, it’s not free or much of a market,” Maher noted. Watch the full clip above and let us know if you agree.
Oh, and here’s a GIF of Neil deGrasse Tyson giggling at Maher’s masturbation joke during the segment (you’re welcome).
Wikipedia has instituted a 10-day ban on edits from anonymous users from a single House IP address because of “persistent disruptive editing.”
The ban, which began Thursday, is in response to edits such as one that called the news source Mediaite a “sexist transphobic” blog “that automatically assumes that someone is male without any evidence.”
The changes were made after Mediaite wrote about increasingly off-kilter edits from Capitol Hill following the launch of @congressedits, a Twitter account that publicizes anonymous edits from congressional IP addresses.
The article was sparked by reporting from Pando Daily, which looked into a number of recent changes regarding conspiracy theories that were highlighted by @congressedits. For example, the “Moon landing conspiracy theories” page was edited from a House IP address to say it was “promoted by the Cuban government.”
“That same IP address recently edited the page dedicated to Diana Princess of Wales (adding in her reputation as a markswoman), COINTELPRO (removing the claim that the FBI acted illegally) and Bohemian Grove (adding the single word ‘allegedly’),” Pando Daily reported.
The user talk page for the banned House IP address now includes a lengthy back-and-forth between would-be editors and Wikipedia administrators.
“Out of over 9000 staffers in the House, should we really be banning this whole IP range based on the actions of two or three?” one person asks, to which an administrator noted that users who sign in to their own Wikipedia account are still able to make edits from the House IP address during the ban.
Later in the thread, someone expresses anger that members of Congress would be playing on Wikipedia, to which another user says the edits are likely being made by staffers. However, there’s no way to know for sure.
Poking fun at conservatives shouldn’t be limited to SNL and Jon Stewart — ALL our favorite shows can get in on the fun!
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Christian Grey — eh, yeah he’s easy on the eyes. But we’re in such a deep, all-consuming love affair with our charming furry companions below that we hardly noticed that the “Fifty Shades of Grey” trailer dropped Thursday.
We give you our true obsession — Fifty Shades Of Grey adorable animals.
This goat is old, hairy, pregnant and is possibly quite grumpy.
She is beautiful.
She is not beautiful despite her flaws, but because of them. …
The founder of a popular YouTube channel about college partying told a reporter Wednesday to prepare her anus and suggested his followers try to get her fired.
The Twitter handle for “I’m Shmacked,” a channel that posts videos of college students partying and has been known to spur campus riots, took offense at a story by Business Insider reporter Caroline Moss.
Moss’ article had nothing to do with I’m Shmacked. It was about how one random guy named Chris Scott made a joke on Twitter that was retweeted by a popular comedian, causing the tweet to go viral and get copied by others on Twitter.
After Business Insider published the article, according to Jezebel, Moss found that @ImShmacked had copied the joke without crediting Scott. She tweeted her story at the the @ImShmacked handle.
— Caroline Moss (@socarolinesays) July 23, 2014
I’m Shmacked responded with crudity, threatening Moss with petitions to fire and deport her, and saying she was “prepping her anus” for an assault. I’m Shmacked went on to say he would visit Business Insider’s office, where he claimed he and his father “know” people:
Lindsey Adler, a staffer at Vice, stuck up for Moss:
— Lindsey Adler (@Lahlahlindsey) July 23, 2014
In now-deleted tweets, I’m Shmacked founder Arya Toufanian threatened legal action against Adler, Moss, Vice and Business Insider for getting people to report his Twitter accounts. (Screenshot per Jezebel)
Moss told The Huffington Post she hadn’t received any communication from Toufanian outside of Twitter. Toufanian did not respond to a request for comment.
Only this and a couple other tweets are left on I’m Shmacked’s Twitter feed:
No one should threatening those reporters.
That is 100% not funny.
Do NOT threaten or harass them.
— I’m Shmacked (@ImShmacked) July 23, 2014
Adler and Moss showed no signs they were worried about Toufanian’s threats:
— Caroline Moss (@socarolinesays) July 23, 2014
What. The. Hell. How did they fit so many pieces into such a small box, this is like a clown car of bullshit! And what is all this? There must be 500 different sized nails and screws in this bag!