Review Oct. 25, 2015

{Items old and new that caught my attention in the previous week}

Links in ‘murican

Japan’s Yakuza Cancels Halloween The Daily Beast | October 25, 2015
I know, probably all of remember us remember at least one Halloween during our childhoods when our local Yakuza headquarters couldn’t give out candy & treats because the threat of a gang war.

Mom Commercial YouTube – Cole Escola | October 15, 2015
Sometimes noticing the high sugar content of your store-bought orange juice leads you to question everything.

Planet Hunters X.: KIC 8462852 – Where’s the Flux? arXiv | October 17, 2015
The astronomy paper that set off speculation about alien activity around a bizarre star 1,480 light-years away. Spoiler alert: it’s not going to end up being aliens but it’s still pretty cool how weird this star’s readings are.

How federal agents foiled a murderous Jade Helm 15 retaliation plot The Washington Post | August 5, 2015
Ah – Jade Helm 15, the military exercise that led an embarrassingly-large segment of the population to panic about Obama enacting a military takeover of land he already controlled. Well, Texas wasn’t conquered and turned into the seat of Obama’s new caliphate, Obamastan, wherein a dedicated group of American Christian patriots battle against the evils of secular Islamist commie-Nazis: that reality only exists in Glenn Beck’s fan fiction. What many people didn’t hear about was this foiled plot of three N. Carolinians to kill as many ‘government forces’ as possible – attempted terrorist attacks by non-Muslim whites doesn’t play as well on TV, you know.

A Sweepstakes to Meet the Bushes, Worth $2,000 in Prizes and 1,200 Words of Fine Print The New York Times | October 19, 2015
I feel that many aspects of Jeb!’s high-octane campaign involves pages of fine print. It’s part of his overwhelming charisma.

Americans, Your Presidential Election Is Nuts Politico Magazine | October 18, 2015
Alastair Campbell, former spin doctor for Tony Blair and the inspiration of Peter Capaldi’s famously foul-mouthed character in The Thick of It, pens his observations on the current presidential campaign.

The Best 25 Episodes Of South Park Buzzfeed | October 2, 2015
A friend wrote this up – please check it out and engage him; he’s itching to hear strong opinions about this.

Larry David Is Not the Only One With a Bernie Sanders Impression The New York Times | October 19, 2015
It’s hard to find a Vermonter without a Bernie Sanders story and, surprise, almost all of them have an impression up their sleeve.

Mysterious floating city in China: Just another Fata Morgana The Christian Science Monitor | October 19, 2015
An explanation of the video that you probably saw pop up on your more gullible friends’ Facebook feeds.

The Great Pumpkin Political Cartoon Politico | October 9, 2015
A wise-ass political cartoon that came partly true.

Cold war files reveal UK fear of Russian H-bomb attack The Financial Times | October 3, 2015
Newly-released files from the Cold War reveal the U.K. freaking out over the U.S. hydrogen-bomb tests as they realized the Russians would then develop their own mega-weapons and hey, guess what small American ally was geographically between Moscow and D.C.?

Beijing Bull: The Bogus China Model The National Interest | October 22, 2015
It’s always entertaining to read an academic bitch slap.

For presidential hopefuls, simpler language resonates The Boston Globe | October 20, 2015
Trump tops (or brings up the bottom, depending on your view) the field with the speech patterns and vocabulary of a 4th-grader. Write your own joke on this one.

Jockeys Return to ‘21’ Club in Manhattan After a Summer Break The New York Times | October 20, 2015
I feel for the moving crew that had to load all of these guys.

The political education of Ben Carson Yahoo! | October 20, 2015
Another delve into Carson’s ability to speak his mind on insane topics while deflecting questions on abortion and guns.

Coal. Guns. Freedom. A week in the life of the town that keeps your lights on The California Sunday Magazine | October 2015
Feelings of betrayal over the demonisation of coal; xenophobia; strong suspicion that Obama is either the Antichrist or Muslim. Welcome to beautiful Gillette, Wyoming.

New Emoji Candidates to Be Voted On in Spring 2016 Newsweek | October 20, 2015
The most important election of the next year.

Spy Claims Fade as Chinese Decipher Depression Caixin | October 22, 2015
After 8 years enough Chinese psychiatrists have contributed data to a multi-national health study that Chinese authorities initially believed to be part of a foreign intelligence plot.

2010 National and State Costs of Excessive Alcohol Consumption American Journal of Preventative Medicine | October 1, 2015
I’ll skip to the end: hangovers and other effects of boozing cost the U.S. economy a quarter billion dollars in 2010.

Links in Not-‘murican

Carte : où sont les militaires américains en Afrique ? Jeune Afrique | October 19, 2015 {French}
An interactive Google map featuring the location of U.S. forces throughout the African continent. We have a presence in almost every country, the DRC must feel really left out.

États-Unis : dollars, esclavage et guerre des images Jeune Afrique | October 14, 2015 {French}
A U.S.-based correspondent for Jeune Afrique breaks down several controversies for Francophone (mainly African) readers, all revolving around the use of the faces and names of leaders who held values in line with their age but strongly dissonant with those of our own.

Filmtrailers zijn booming – net als de bedrijven die ze maken NRC | October 21, 2015 {Dutch}
A look into the big business that is the creation of movie trailers.

Rezept für Sloppy Joes Der Standard | November 12, 2014 {German}
An Austrian expat currently living in Boston writes a column on American food for a newspaper back home. The comments regarding this foreign fare are gold; in addition, things quickly devolve into flamewars between commenters arguing over words that are more German dialect than Austrian. People. Freak. Out. And it’s hilarious.

“SLF”: quand les salafistes s’essaient au lol sur internet Les Inrocks | October 23, 2015 {French}
An extremist Salafist (redundant, I know) online magazine that follows the model of Buzzfeed to get LOLs for Islamic State and other terror groups. Read its description on Les Inrocks or, if you’re okay with being entered into a government database, check it out for yourself. It’s… surreal. ‘5 Dream Destinations for Jihadists’, anyone?

The making of a prime minister: Inside Trudeau’s epic victory Maclean’s | October 21, 2015 {Canadian}
A massive read on the recent election.

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