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Running With Scissors Since 1999

"I will not refrain my mouth.
I will speak in the anguish
of my spirit. I will complain
 in the bitterness of my soul."

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Five Finger Fillet
The Contender challenges Tough Guy Champ to the ultimate knife game.

Welcome to the Fire Room
A young man is confronted by a menacing bartender. Horror. Quite disturbing.

Nib-Ron's Warning 
to OrbEarth

Take heed, gullible earth creatures. (But something is lost in the translation.)

Cuttin' Onions with Zemek
I try to show graffiti gangsta dude Zemek how to chop onions. 
Weirdness ensues.

(I am not) The Blue Bear
Espionage, kidnapping, torture, kinky sex and teddy bears. Horroror.

The Perfect Haunted House
Mr. Needles, Professor Terrington and Stik Mann search for the perfect haunted house to use in a zombie movie.

YEAH, BUT I WANT MORE!!!

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I won first place in The Inlander's 2014 Short Fiction Contest. Read:
Uncle Le-o-nard's
Perplexing Exit


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My brush with the
Black Scythe 9/1/13

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I helped my friend Jesse produce some of
his MrDark series. 

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The full series is online

 

Poster by Chris ?

Here's Screen Test (2014), a bizarre little Jesse James Hennessy film. I wrote the script and was assistant director.


Go to my IMDb site, unless you have laundry to do or something.

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ColdFire Labyrinth

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dewD-ling --
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 12/30/17 

Aeon: Armchair Science. What, exactly, are thought experiments? Glimpses into Plato’s heavenly realm? Simple, ordinary argumentation? They may be something else entirely: mental modeling.
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NewStatesman: Beneath Another Sky. By itself, travel does produce epiphanies. But it also makes clear that the language of location is relative — everywhere is to the east of something and to the west of something else.
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AmericanConservative: Dirt Boxes: The Newest Government Tool for Warrantless Privacy Invasion. Why these cell phone tower-mimicking devices could become a civil liberties nightmare.
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 12/28/17 

DemocracyNow: Trump's nominee for U.S. District Court judge in Eastern North Carolina, Thomas Alvin Farr, is a protégé of Jesse Helms with documented ties to white supremacists, neo-Nazis and pro-eugenics groups
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FirstThings: Can Moral Monsters Make Good Movies? Should we despise movies made by despicable men? Are we right to direct the same moral outrage at the art as we do against the artist?
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Here is the obituary Hunter Thompson wrote about Richard Nixon, originally published in Rolling Stone in June 1994. Journalism written in blood.
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"The Edge ... There is no honest way to explain it because the only people who really know where it is are the ones who have gone over."
   ~  Hunter S. Thompson
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 12/27/17 

AtlasObscura: What Is It Like to Be a Bee? You have six hairy legs, five eyes, a tongue, but no taste buds. Red looks like black, and you see in pixels: You are a bee. What does that feel like?
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CityJournal: The Age of Outrage. A good education provides tools for understanding the world. Indoctrination offers just one lens. On many college campuses, that lens is power and privilege.
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TED: Can We Build AI Without Losing Control Over It? Scared of superintelligent AI? You should be, says neuroscientist and philosopher Sam Harris -- and not just in some theoretical way. We're going to build superhuman machines, says Harris, but we haven't yet grappled with the problems associated with creating something that may treat us the way we treat ants. 

WakingUp: The Dawn of Artificial Intelligence. Sam Harris talks with Stuart Russell about the future of AI.
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DemocracyJournal: Women Can Be Racists, Too. The jarring story of the major role played by white supremacist women in the South during the twentieth-century—and beyond.
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"Man becomes the sex organs of the machine world."
   ~  Marshall McLuhan
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 12/25/17 

OpenCulture: Did Santa Claus and His Reindeers Begin with a Mushroom Trip? It makes the case that maybe, just maybe, "the story of our modern Santa Claus, the omnipotent man who travels the globe in one night, bearing gifts, and who’s camped out in shopping malls across the United States, is linked to a hallucinogenic mushroom-eating shaman from the Arctic."
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Smithsonian: Santa Claus Builds a Flying Machine. As the 1800s gave way to the 1900s, many Americans felt that old Saint Nick needed a new way of getting from house to house.
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 CommonDreams: Should Jesus Have Been Deported/Crucified? Jesus was an undocumented alien from the point of view of Pontius Pilate, and he was treated differently than a dissident in Rome would have been. He was an outsider. He was a colonial subject. He was an undocumented Mexican farm worker, from the point of view of Roman authorities.
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WashingtonPost: Is "Baby It's Cold Outside" a little rapey or innocuous? Time for heated holiday debate over whether “Baby It’s Cold Outside” is genuinely problematic or just innocuous art from another era.
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Smithsonian: The Weird Story of the FBI and "It's a Wonderful Life." It bombed at the box office before becoming a Christmas classic. Along the way, it also caught the attention of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The film supposedly had Communistic tendencies.
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PacificStandard: The Psychology of Santa Claus. It's weird, isn't it? Parents lie to their kids about a mysterious, bearded gift-giver, only to set them up for inevitable heartbreak. Except, it's not so simple.
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Walrus: Punching Nazis Won't End Fascism. Antifa argues that violence is necessary. But a rigorous democracy is a far stronger weapon. [I find Antifa's arguments intriguing. Here's another opinion and interesting perspective.] 
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Jacobin: The Christmas Paradox. Once a year, the rich decide that “the undeserving poor” need help after all.
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LiteraryHub: Charles Dickens Had Serious Beef With America and Its Bad Manners. He found Americans vulgar and insensitive, braggarts, hypocrites, and acquisitive beyond all imagining.
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PhilosophyBites: Nigel Warburton speaks with Anil Seth on the Real Problem of Consciousness
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FortnightlyReview: Materializations. Facts were facts, and [Nobelist Charles] Richet’s list of scientists who had examined the most gifted physical mediums for trickery “not once, but twenty, a hundred, or even a thousand times” — and found none — included Alfred Russel Wallace, a colleague of Darwin’s who wrote on various aspects of evolutionary theory, and physicist-chemist Sir William Crookes.
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Guernica: The Family Dolls, Featuring Charlie, Leslie, and More. Why it's okay to play with Manson family paper dolls: The first six installments of John Reed's Manson Family Paper Doll book. Print & Color Yourself!
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Humanities: The Strange Politics of Gertrude Stein. Was the den mother of modernism a fascist?
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"We did not elect a swamp-draining reformer. We just gave our PIN number to a Nigerian prince."
   ~  Bill Maher 
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 12/23/17 

ScientificAmerican: Belief in Aliens May Be a Religious Impulse. A sufficiently advanced extraterrestrial intelligence may be indistinguishable from God.
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ScientificAmerican: The Truth About Those "Alien Alloys" in NYT' UFO Story. What to make of a Las Vegas building full of unidentified alloys?
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Guardian: Sober/Drunk. Desire for booze lubricated the course of history: agriculture, civilization, revolution. What is it about getting drunk that we love so much?
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Leafly: What's the Right Dose of CBD? "If you’re using CBD for anxiety, there may be that sweet spot middle dosage that has the best effect, and can become less effective if you increase the dose."
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 12/21/17 

I guess he did warn us fair and square:

"We're going to win so much. You're going to get tired of winning."
   ~  Donald Trump

We presumed the "We" he referred to was us, not his rich buddies.
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"Make no mistake. The tax bill is a victory for the largest and most profitable corporations in this country who, despite record-breaking profits and decades of corporate welfare, will now see hundreds of billions of dollars in tax breaks."
  ~  Bernie Sanders
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SpokesmanReview: Lisa Brown Stakes Out Stance Against GOP Tax Plan. Hours after the Senate approved the final version of the GOP tax plan Wednesday, Congressional 5th District challenger Lisa Brown railed against the bill in the basement of the Spokane Valley Library.
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 12/20/17 

Nation: The Republican Tax Bill Codifies a New Gilded Age. The GOP tax plan harks back to an idea that the poor should be humiliated and the rich are virtuous.
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Sapiens: Why Are Humans Violent? A deeper understanding of how and why violence emerges, or doesn't, might help us achieve a less violent future.
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Aeon: In Cold Blood. Therapeutic hypothermia could save lives, propel interstellar travel and expand consciousness. Why the cold feet?
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BBC: These Mischievous Mavericks Shaped the 20th Century. The friendship of Salvador Dalí and Marcel Duchamp was a benefit to both artists even if they might have seemed dissimilar.
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They're Made Out of Meat, from Omni Magazine, 1990.
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"Ever get the feeling you've been cheated?"
   ~  John Lydon
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 12/19/17 

I am watching Wormwood, a new multi-part documentary from the great filmmaker Errol Morris about the CIA's MK-Ultra program - now streaming on Netflix
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 David Graeber on The Value of Work
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SciShow: Diamagnetism: How to Levitate a Frog. You might associate levitation with magic, but science has its own version.
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 12/18/17 

Today is the 102nd anniversary of Spokane's Division Street Bridge collapse. "On December 18, 1915, at 6:11 in the morning, a steel bridge across the Spokane River at Division Street collapses, sending five people to their deaths and injuring a number of others."
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CommonDreams: The Trump Word Ban Extends to Other Federal Agencies. They’re not just trying to downplay the phrase “evidence-based.” They’re trying to ditch the whole idea of basing policy on evidence.
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JackNews: The Libertarian Case For Abolishing Traffic Stops Altogether. Unfortunately, rarely are traffic stops really about traffic enforcement. 
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Reuters: Cadavers in the Ballroom: Doctors Practice Their Craft at US Hotels. As surgeons practiced on a donated human cadaver in a ballroom salon of Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts Convention Center in Florida, a selection of tea and coffee sat in the corner.
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 Smithsonian: The Incredible Legacy of the Bauhaus School of Design. Discover the incredible legacy of the Bauhaus from its beginnings in Thuringia, Germany, to today.
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 12/17/17 

Vox: CDC Banned From Using Seven Words, Including "Science-Based". It's a move that some are calling downright Orwellian.
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Slate: Fakebook. Hoaxes succeed by promising us what we wish for. P.T. Barnum called it “humbug,” a form of fakery that doesn't deceive so much as fill its beholder with wonder. 
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Aeon: Freud in the Scanner. Freud’s theories don’t mesh well with modern science. Yet he represents something important for neuroscientists: the possibility that laws govern mental life.
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TheStranger: The Backstory of a Wintery, Death-Struck Painting by Andrew Wyeth. What you don't see is the artist's father's horrible death on the other side of that hill.
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 12/15/17 

AmericanConservative: War With North Korea Appears More Imminent Than Ever. Provocative US military exercises in Northeast Asia aren't helping.
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Wired: Inside China's Vast New Experiment In Social Ranking. Imagine a “social credit” score that determines your place in society by ranking everything in your life. Where a good score grants you preferential treatment in society, and a bad one brands you as the digital underclass. This isn’t a dystopian thought experiment: It is reality in China. Could America be next?
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ACLU: Congress Must Step In to Save Net Neutrality. We just lost an important battle in the war for an open internet. But that war is far from over.

SeattleTimes: Bob Will Sue Again. Washington state Attorney General says he'll sue the federal government over FCC's net neutrality repeal.
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Beaverton: Typo in Bill Legalizes Cannibalism Instead of Cannabis. Canada is one step closer to the accidental legalization of cannibalism after the House of Commons passed a typo-ridden Bill C-45, formerly known as The Cannabis Act.
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 12/14/17 

ChristianityToday: The Biggest Loser in the Alabama Election. "When it comes to either matters of life and death or personal commitments of the human heart, no one will believe a word we say, perhaps for a generation. Christianity’s integrity is severely tarnished." 
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USAToday: Will Trump's lows ever hit rock bottom? "A president who would all but call Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand a whore is not fit to clean the toilets in the Barack Obama Presidential Library or to shine the shoes of George W. Bush."
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PacificStandard: Errol Morris Examines MKUltra. Morris' latest documentary, "Wormwood," an investigation into whether the CIA assassinated one of its own scientists, pushes the boundaries of "documentary" further than ever before. 
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ParisReview: Why Write Fiction in 2017? "It’s an act of refusal, of relinquishment, and of retreat, a decision to turn away from the world and its noise of possibilities, to chase instead a signal down the quiet of a page."
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 12/13/17 

WashingtonPost: Alabama Democrats Deliver on Trump's Turf. Doug Jones wins Alabama US Senate race, first Democrat to do so in 20 years.

Politico: Trump Suffers "Big Black Eye" in Alabama. A state thatadored him in 2016 delivers the most serious setback of his presidency.

NYT: Roy Moore Loses, Sanity Reigns. Doug Jones strikes a blow against Trump and for morality in American politics.
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MSN: UN Official Shocked at Poverty In Rural Alabama. UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights said earlier this week as they toured a community in Butler County where raw sewage flows from homes through exposed PVC pipes and into open trenches and pits. 

[You think maybe this had something to do with it, Roy?]
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 12/12/17 

Atlantic: Is There a Limit to Scientific Understanding? Is a full understanding of physical reality within humanity’s grasp? Probably not, says Martin Rees. Some insights will have to await a post-human intelligence.
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HuffPost: The Nazi-Puncher's Dilemma. Inside the antifa movement's struggle to continue its long, colorful legacy of cracking white supremacist heads without alienating, well, just about everyone.
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ArtReview: The Truth about Cultural Appropriation. Campaigns against "cultural appropriation" are bad for politics and bad for art. To put identity over aesthetics is to render art meaningless.
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CounterPunch: None of Us Are Safe. If police can execute an innocent man on video, none of us are safe.
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"By desiring little, a poor man makes himself rich."
   ~  Democritus
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 12/9/17 


With New Eyes

 

           
 


 12/7/17 

WashingtonPost: Questions About Jerusalem You Were Afraid to Ask. To understand what’s going on in Jerusalem, it’s essential to understand why the city feels so crucial to Muslims, Jews and many Christians.

The root is here:  Christian Zionism.
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LiteraryReview: Masterpieces with Manure. In Vermeer's time, an artist had to be a chemist — weighing, grounding, burning, sifting, heating, cooling, filtering, all before applying a drop of paint.
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Ursula K. Le Guin on The Literary Prize for the Refusal of Literary Prizes.
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Playboy: Is Quentin Tarantino's "Star Trek" Movie a Bad Sign for the Franchise
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 12/6/17 

Intercept: Trump White House Weighing Plans For Private Spies to Counter "Deep State" Enemies. The Trump Administration is considering a set of proposals developed by Blackwater founder Erik Prince and a retired CIA officer — with assistance from Oliver North, a key figure in the Iran-Contra scandal — to provide CIA Director Mike Pompeo and the White House with a global, private spy network that would circumvent official U.S. intelligence agencies, according to several current and former U.S. intelligence officials and others familiar with the proposals.
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Tablet: What Is the American Far Right? Whiteness has replaced racism as the problem that bedevils the world. It's a profound and beguiling change in the intellectual terrain.
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Lawrence O'Donnell: Trump's Bank Subpoenaed.
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Sam Harris: Trump Is a Child In a Man's Body.
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DublinReviewOfBooks: Literarily Hitler. Who was the audience for Mein Kampf? Scribblers and middlemen. Indeed, the disregard of academic readers was essential to Nazism from its inception.
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WeeklyStandard: Shared Words. Historically, books were read out loud, to an audience — lighting was expensive, illiteracy common, and reading was deemed dangerous.
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AmericanScholar: Why We Need Art. People make music, dance, paint, tell stories, adorn objects and themselves. The creative impulse is universal. Why? Can evolutionary biology explain the human impulse to create?
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Timothy Snyder teaches us a new word: Sadopopulism. That's right, sadism/populism. "At least we have the consolation that other people are hurting more..." 
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 12/5/17 

Trickle Down Economics
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 12/4/17 

WashingtonPost: Trump Lawyer Says Trump Knew Flynn Lied. Trump’s lawyer said Sunday the president knew in late January that then-national security adviser Michael Flynn had probably given FBI agents the same inaccurate account he provided to Vice President Pence about a call with the Russian ambassador.  
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TruthDig: America's War on America. That sound of doomsday you hear in the distance is not “ka-boom.” It’s "ka-ching.”
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Frontline: War on the EPA. The Environmental Protection Agency was established 47 years ago this week. Betsy Southerland worked there for more than 30 of them. Here, she speaks about working briefly under Scott Pruitt.
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SNL: Voters for Trump.
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 12/3/17 

Thieves and Nazis win this one.
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 Elon Musk recently asked, "Why is there no Flat Mars Society?"
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Also, this might not be the best year to hang that Mistletoe up in the office...
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Travel to the intelligible past:
November '17
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