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The Half-Seen Thing

“My process for writing is the same, regardless of form: I abandon my children, I become a horrible husband, and a half-assed teacher. That’s what it all has in common.” Adam Johnson interviewed for Tin House in conjunction with the release of his new collection of short stories, Fortune Smiles.

3D Printed Mini Vectrex

With the more common availability of 3D printers, making miniature models of retro computer and video game gear is one way to nerd out and not fill the house up. [Jason] was looking around and noticed that no one has modeled the Vectrex...Show More Summary

Dumb Britain

Here are some great entries to the Dumb Britain column of Private Eye, the UK's best and nobly fortnightly satirical magazine. DUMB BRITAIN Two Tribes, BBC 2 Richard Osman: In the House of Commons, which object symbolising authority lies on the table in front of the Speaker while MPs are debating? Contestant: Black Rod. Show More Summary

Sarah Palin Lands Donald Trump Interview This Friday Night — ‘Lamestream Media Asks GOP Personal, Spiritual ‘Gotchas’ That They’d NEVER Ask Hillary’

Sarah Palin and Donald Trump have a lot in common when it comes to the way they vocally battled against a perceived liberal bias in media coverage of their respective journeys to the White House. In interview after interview, both have faced rocky soundbytes and very public warring with news anchors — which is part... Show More Summary

Britain to Appoint Number of Pro-LGBT Politicians to House of Lords

4 days agoLGBT / Gay : Out.com

Photo via WikiCommons/Terry Moore The Parliament of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is divided between two chambers: the House of Commons and the House of Lords. While members of the House of Commons are elected...Show More Summary

Josh Earnest Reacts to WDBJ Shooting: Gun Violence ‘All Too Common’

5 days agoNews : Mediaite

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest reacted to the tragic WDBJ shooting at the top of today's presser.

The White House Lies About Gun Violence . . . Again

Per a reporter at the Washington Post: Earnest reiterates WH call for tougher gun laws: Shooting is “another example of gun violence that is becoming all too common” in U.S. — David Nakamura (@DavidNakamura) August 26, 2015 This is wrong. Show More Summary

This Trick Shot Parody Is Perfectly Spot-On (Video)

There are no shortage of trick shot videos out there, and they all seem to share a common style about them. They’re all a little “bro,” and the indoor ones all seem to take place in houses that seem just a little too nice for the guys in the video. Someone picked up on the […]

BBC’s creative director to be interrogated by MPs

The House of Commons Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee intends to call in Alan Yentob to examine his role in the collapse of the charity Kids Company, of which he was chairman. Yentob, 68, was previously chair of the arts charity ICA, which ran close to insolvency in 2010. He was also a member of […]

Celebrity Real Estate: Dita Von Teese Buys Badass 1927 Tudor on the Outskirts of Griffith Park in Los Feliz

Von Teese via Mireille Ampilhac / Wikimedia Commons Burlesque queen Dita Von Teese just bought herself a fitting, vintage, Tudor-style house in the part of Los Feliz that butts right up to Griffith Park. Apparently something of a homebody,...

UK Report on Iraq War May Hide Uncomfortable Facts - Labour Minority Group

Earlier this week, British Labour Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper, speaking in the House of Commons, said that Britain must not undertake additional military action against Islamic State, until the Chilcot inquiry is published.

The Iran nuclear deal is a complete failure and an opportunity at the same time

Sir David Amess is the Conservative MP for Southend West in the House of Commons and co-chair of the British Parliamentary Committee for Iran Freedom (BPCIF). The above title may seem like a contradiction in terms. To say that something...Show More Summary

Illinois House passes federal spending bill - after the usual bickering

Democrats and Republicans in the House found common ground amid the budget stalemate Wednesday when they supported legislation to free up $5.2 billion in federal funds - though not before more of the ubiquitous partisan bickering that's marked the summer-long overtime session.

'Little House on the Prairie' Star Melissa Gilbert Wants to Ditch Hollywood for Congress

Post by Jacqueline Burt Cote. Ronald Reagan. Clint Eastwood. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Melissa Gilbert. What do all of these seemingly unrelated individuals have in common? No, not a love of frontier living -- they're all actors-turned-politicians!...Show More Summary

Batty Hatty’s Thatcher Derangement Syndrome

In the Guardian, a Labour MP shares a memory of her time in the House of Commons: “Very early on, I brought in one of the babies to the Commons and I saw her [Mrs. Thatcher] at the other end of the corridor. She was bearing down on me...Show More Summary

We Need More Housing Choice Vouchers

If we want to save children from the trauma of homelessness, we must increase the resources available to families in need of stable housing. The story is all too common these days. Families suffer a financial shock and get caught in a cycle of homelessness, shelter or motel stays, further hastening economic deterioration. Show More Summary

Why People Have Such Strong Feelings About the Spelling of 'The Berenstain Bears'

(Photo: Random House/ Wiki Commons) Here's a little quiz for you. Remember that book series, about the family of bears? Papa Bear had overalls, Mama Bear had a weird spotted bonnet, and Brother and Sister were always bickering over something. Show More Summary

Replace the House of Lords with a Lottery

Before the House of Lords Act 1999, foolish legislation from the Commons would often be blocked, delayed or amended by wise men that did not owe anything to anyone and would thus be wise and objective in their decisions. Tony Blair was defeated 38 times in the Commons in his 1st year of government. After […]

Travelling in Style (2)

My recent post about the expenses racked up by John Bercow, Speaker of the House of Commons, reminded me of this great track from the English rock group Free - 'Travelling in Style'

Travelling in Style

The BBC reports that the John Bercow's fondness for travelling in style, in his role as Speaker of the House of Commons, is costing the taxpayer a pretty penny. Now I can understand that some politicians have good security reasons for...Show More Summary

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