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Increased Violence Leads State Department To Issue Advisory For Americans Traveling To 1861

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“Events are developing quickly in 1861 and the potential for widespread violence is high, so we recommend that all citizens planning to visit that year exercise abundant caution and make proper arrangements.”

– State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Responding to reports of political turmoil and growing instability, officials from the U.S. State Department issued an advisory on Tuesday for all Americans traveling to the year 1861. “Events are developing quickly in 1861 and the potential for widespread violence is high, so we recommend that all citizens planning to visit that year exercise abundant caution and make proper arrangements,” said State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki, strongly advising against any non-essential travel to 1861 and the broader time period of the early 1860s in general. Read the rest of this entry »


Miley’s Homeless VMA Date Wanted by Police


L.A. Desk: The Mayor of Culver City Thought These Signs were a Joke. They were Not

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[VIDEO] Compilation of All of the Quentin Tarantino Movie Deaths, Set to Music


h/t VA Viper


Go USA! Cheerful Tourism Booster of the Day

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Courtesy of those upbeat folks at foreignaffairs.com 


[VIDEO] Thieving Squirrel Foiled by Vaseline Covered Tactical Crime Prevention Pole

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The Rock Squirrel has been raiding our bird feeder, carrying away pounds of seed. Nancy figured a quick solution. I don’t know which is funnier, the squirrel or Nancy’s narration.

For anyone who is concerned about the squirrel, he still raids our other two feeders and the vegetable garden. The tiny amount of Vaseline used is non-toxic…He quickly learned that this feeder was not worth the trouble…(read more)

Prefer something a little more militant? In this marvel of modern aviation, witness this highlight reel of theft-prevention techniques involving what we charitably call “involuntary squirrel flight.”

Ultimate Squirrel-Launching Compilation

They didn’t…they didn’t…oh yes they did.

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T-Shirt of the Day

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BREAKING: College Eliminates All Violence On Earth by Renaming its Student Paper

College Newspaper Can’t Be Called ‘The Bullet’ Anymore Because It’s Too Dangerous

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“The editorial board felt that the paper’s name, which alludes to ammunition for an artillery weapon, propagated violence and did not honor our school’s history in a sensitive manner.”

NRO‘s Katherine Timpf:

A Virginia university has decided to stop calling its newspaper “The Bullet” over concerns that the name was so insensitive and inappropriate that it could even make people violent.

The University of Mary Washington’s 96-year-old newspaper will now be called The Blue and Gray Press. Read the rest of this entry »


Rare Photo of Pundit Planet Co-Founder

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Our co-found and Editor-At-Large. Though this snapshot looks vintage, it was actually taken fairly recently, around 2007, back when he had a bit less gray hair, and long before he had a 3-D printer. But his hobbies are essentially the same. He’s currently heading up our Hong Kong Bureau, where his time and space doesn’t allow for recreational rocket building, so I’m sure he’ll enjoy this archival snapshot as a winsome reminder of a cherished pastime.

 


Mad Men: Advice from Roger Sterling

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Recollections of a Failed Criminal Assailant

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How to Be Polite

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The Good Boy, 1837.

For Medium, Paul Ford writes: Most people don’t notice I’m polite, which is sort of the point. I don’t look polite. I am big and droopy and need a haircut. No soul would associate me with watercress sandwiches. Still, every year or so someone takes me aside and says, you actually are weirdly polite, aren’t you? And I always thrill. They noticed.

 “What I found most appealing was the way that the practice of etiquette let you draw a protective circle around yourself and your emotions.”

The complimenters don’t always formulate it so gently. For example, after two years ago at the end of an arduous corporate project, slowly turning a thousand red squares in a spreadsheet to yellow, then green, my officemate turned to me and said: “I thought you were a terrible ass-kisser when we started working together.”

“By following the strictures in the book, you could drag yourself through a terrible situation and when it was all over, you could throw your white gloves in the dirty laundry hamper and move on with your life.”

She paused and frowned. “But it actually helped get things done. It was a strategy.” (That is how an impolite person gives a compliment. Which I gladly accepted.)

“I figured there was a big world out there and etiquette was going to come in handy along the way.”

She was surprised to see the stubborn power of politeness over time. Over time. That’s the thing. Mostly we talk about politeness in the moment. Please, thank you, no go ahead, I like your hat, cool shoes, you look nice today, please take my seat, sir, ma’am, etc. All good, but fleeting. Read the rest of this entry »


[VIDEO] Demonstration: ‘How to Get Through a Checkpoint Really Fast’

This is for all those people who said I should have been “witnessing” at the checkpoint. It turns out that it’s “not a good time” for them. That’s pretty much what I figured.

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[PHOTO] Contrast: Cops in North America

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[VIDEO] 超ハッピーなイチローファン Super Happy Ichiro Fan

“Getting smacked in the face by Ichiro is the best thing that ever happened to me!”

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Nixon’s Dilemma

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Confirmed, Portlandia is Real: ‘Chicken Crossing Road Blocks Traffic in Oregon’

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“Police ‘were unable to determine the chicken’s intent.'”

PORTLAND, Ore. –  Portland, Oregon, police were told there was a chicken — and it was attempting to cross the road.

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In fact, the citizen who called the police non-emergency line on Monday evening reported that the chicken’s efforts to cross a road in a north Portland neighborhood were bringing traffic nearly to a standstill.

“He assured the dispatcher he was not joking.”

The dispatcher chuckled — and asked a clarifying question.

“It’s just the one chicken?”  Read the rest of this entry »


[VIDEO] Join the Global Energy Interdependence Movement: Help This Russian Billionaire Stay Rich!


Nixon White House Crisis Moment

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