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Posted by Ruben Bolling

Trump supporters are flocking to the official video for Elton John's "Rocket Man" song, to applaud Trump's use of the nickname for Kim Jong-un in tweets and on the floor of the United Nations General Assembly.

However, the video itself is either confusing them, enraging them, or being completely misunderstood by them.

Turns out the video, the winner of a competition judged by songwriters Elton John and Bernie Taupin, is by Stephen McNally and Iranian filmmaker Majid Adin, who traveled through Europe during the 2015 refugee crisis. It's a stunning and heartbreaking animation that reimagines the song as a metaphor for the plight of immigrants and refugees, a group for which Trump and his supporters have shown only antipathy.

Most YouTube comments (but don't read them -- never read YouTube comments; I did so you wouldn't have to) from Trump supporters seem either oblivious to the fact that they're cheering a pro-refugee video, or furious that they were tricked into watching something that actually has sympathy and heart.

Anyway, if you have sympathy and heart, this is a really great video.

h/t Arthur Chu

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Posted by Dana

NPR's All Things Considered today aired a segment on second-parent adoption that you should go listen to right now if you're not sure whether to do one, if you're going to do one, or even if you've...

Read the rest of this post at Mombian (www.mombian.com).
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Posted by Xeni Jardin

The Department of Homeland Security today revealed which states were targeted by Russian hackers trying to break into voting systems during the 2016 election cycle. DHS said "most" states were unsuccessfully attacked, but didn't make clear how and where the hackers were successful, or whether the sustained cyberattacks helped Donald Trump win the presidency.


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Posted by Xeni Jardin

Who's paying for the attorneys representing President Donald Trump in the federal probe of Russian election interference? His legal defense is in part funded through a Republican Party account with a number of rich donors. Among them are a “billionaire investor, a property developer seeking U.S. government visas and a Ukrainian-born American who has made billions of dollars doing business with Russian oligarchs,” reports the WSJ. Oh, and there's a Rosneft connection, you Putin conspiracy hounds.


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Posted by Mark Frauenfelder

Cleanup crews are removing what police and Detroit Metro Airport officials are describing as an "unusual substance" discovered in the soap dispensers in the bathrooms. They aren't saying exactly what it is, other than a "bodily fluid" that is "very disgusting." Spoiler alert: they said it isn't saliva. What could it be?

From Click on Detroit:

The unusual substance isn't being tested because sources said it was pretty apparent what the substance was. They said it was likely a bodily fluid, but it hasn't been confirmed because testing hasn't been done. Officials said it's not believed to be spit.

Why would anybody put something in an airport soap dispenser? Investigators said it's nothing sinister, but someone with ongoing access to the restrooms who has a grudge.

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Posted by Xeni Jardin

Just a video of a dad and his son having a conversation. Why did dad record and share it? To help people understand the day-to-day experience of communicating with people who have autism.

“There are times when the autistic individual is very able to communicate and have a conversation in their own different way,” says dad.

He hopes it helps increase understanding.


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Posted by Mark Frauenfelder

My daughter and I have a nice little home makerspace going, but we have been storing all of our components (resistors, capacitors, solder, arduinos, raspberry pis, etc) in plastic boxes stacked into a larger box, which makes it hard to find what we need. It was time to get a cabinet, and this one is perfect, with 44 clear sliding drawers. It's only about 6-inches deep, which is a good thing because it doesn't take up a lot of room on our worktable. I bought it through Amazon's Warehouse for $23. An unopened box version is $28.

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Posted by Jason Weisberger

My dog Zuul's hair is an impossible mess. Isle of Dogs spray on, leave in conditioner helps some.

I've been trying all sorts of things to help keep my darling baby Zuul mat and tangle free. Her hair grows like raw cotton and requires more effort than a Great Pyrenees.

Isle of Dogs sprays on, smells good and doesn't leave a greasy sheen. Her coat is not perfect, but she sure smells nice!

I assume this is unrelated to Wes Anderson's Isle of Dogs.

Everyday Isle of Dogs Silky Coating Dog Brush Spray, Jasmine Vanilla for Yorkies, Poodles and Tangle-Prone Hair, 8.4oz via Amazon

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Posted by Mark Frauenfelder

How did an Orange County preacher's warning that the world is ending tomorrow appear as an emergency broadcast alert on cable TV this week?

The short answer is "Orange County." This chain-store ridden megalopolis is well-known as a California enclave for far-right screwballs, atavistic televangelists, and new age grifters. It's the home of the late Wally George, Russian useful idiot Dana Rohrabacher, and the Trinity Broadcasting Network.

The long answer is not as clear. A media relations rep for Cox Communications offered a vague explanation: "The radio station that sent the alert didn't turn off their programming when the alert ended. For a short time, some heard programming that was on the radio." But that doesn't explain the "EMERGENCY ALERT" banner that accompanied the frantic, grim audio warnings, such as "realize this, that in the last days extremely violent times will come," and "the term means hard. Harsh. Hard to deal with. Vicious. Dangerous. Menacing."

The warning seems to be related to the Planet X, or Niberu, conspiracy, which was started by a woman in Wisconsin named Nancy Lieder.

From The Telegraph:

Ms Lieder claims to be a conduit for aliens from the Zeta Reticuli star system, 39.17 light years from Earth, who have warned her about the Nibiru catastrophe.

The conspiracy theory hasn’t gone away, with so-called Christian numerologist David Meade claiming Planet X is heading in our direction.

Meade believes October could see the start The Rapture and a seven-year tribulation period of widescale natural disasters.

Mr. Meade is a popular figure among evangelical Christians.

From The Washington Post:

David Meade, the self-described “specialist in research and investigations,” has earned a fair amount of publicity online for predicting that catastrophic events would soon befall Earth.

Among his claims: On Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, a constellation — a sign prophesied in the Book of Revelation — would reveal itself in the skies over Jerusalem, signaling the beginning of the end of the world as we know it. Meade believes that by the end of October, the world may enter what’s called a seven-year tribulation period, a fairly widespread evangelical belief that for seven years, catastrophic events would happen.

He also claims that a planet called Nibiru, which has been debunked by NASA as a hoax, is headed toward Earth. When it passes the planet later this year, Meade claims, catastrophe in the form of earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tidal waves and others would ensue.

Mr. Meade is smart. History has shown that when a religious leader predicts the end of the world, he gains new followers (and his existing followers cling to him even more ardently) after the doomsday date passes without consequence. He'll make more money than ever before!

Of course, some of his smarter followers might feel cheated if the world doesn't end this year. To keep them in his flock, he's modified his message: “The world is not ending, but the world as we know it is ending ... A major part of the world will not be the same the beginning of October."

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Posted by Cory Doctorow

Housing costs Americans more than at any time in history, and it's only getting worse as foreclosures open the door to market-cornering by inconceivably vast hedge funds who buy all those "distressed properties" and turn then into bond-coupon factories where the rent ratchets higher and higher, well ahead of inflation, wages, or affordability. (more…)


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