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First "National Geographic" cover under new Rupert Murdoch ownership revealed



and yes, of course this is satire (for those who think I come to DU to fool or mislead)
i come bearing laughter and/or tears today,

"End Times"

Kim Davis Realizes Her "True Calling"

Colbert Wore A Black Lives Matter Bracelet On 'The Late Show'

Stephen Colbert wore a bracelet given to him by an audience member in support of the Black Lives Matter movement on the Friday episode of "The Late Show."

Patrick Waldo, who attended the New York City taping with a friend, gave the bracelet to Colbert in hopes that Colbert would be called on him during the pre-show Q&A session. He said he wanted to ask "The Late Show" host about his support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Tonight I went with my friend @sharronicanyc to a taping of the Late Show with Stephen Colbert. It was awesome, but that was expected. Less expected: I brought a Black Lives Matter wristband with me on the off chance that he would call on me during the Q&A before the show. The group I'm a part of, @nyc_shutitdown, got a bunch of these made and we use them to fundraise for our weekly #PeoplesMonday actions. I've been wearing them all day every day and they have sparked several needed conversations with people who notice them. I was sitting in the last row but somehow he called on me anyway. I was the first of three people he called on. I stood up and nervously told him I'm a longtime fan. Then I told him I've been involved in the Black Lives Matter movement for the last year. I said "From one member of the ruling class to another," and he laughed and interrupted me and said "The ruling class? What do you rule? Because I rule this theater!" I said "You do! So I'm gonna put you on the spot right now and ask you to wear this Black Lives Matter wrist band on the show, AND say Black Lives Matter at least once during the show because I think your audience needs to hear it!" He responded immediately, "Bring it to me" and then "But I make promises to no one!" I ran it up to the stage and handed it to him and shook his hand and thanked him. He put it on immediately and said "I'll see what I can do. But I make no promises." Then he took two more questions from the audience. After the last one, I could see he was kind of distracted and thinking of something, and he turned back to me and said "This wrist band feels like it was made for someone with much bigger wrists than mine. I want to wear it around my neck like a lovely necklace." Then he said if he couldn't work it in tonight, he'd find a way to do it within the next couple of shows. He said something like "Does that work?" and I said yes and thank you and then he kept it on for the rest of the night. Pretty commendable. Taking a stand on the right side of history is no small thing. After the show, as we were walking away, a security guard said "Black Lives Matter!" and "He'll put it in. He's a man of his word."


Bernie Sanders: ‘I Am Delighted’ By Jeremy Corbyn’s Victory

We need leadership in every country in the world which tells the billionaire class that they cannot have it all."

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) hailed the Friday election of Jeremy Corbyn to the leadership of the United Kingdom’s Labour Party as a promising development in the global fight against inequality.

"At a time of mass income and wealth inequality throughout the world, I am delighted to see that the British Labour Party has elected Jeremy Corbyn as its new leader," Sanders, a Democratic presidential candidate, said in a statement emailed to The Huffington Post Saturday. "We need leadership in every country in the world which tells the billionaire class that they cannot have it all. We need economies that work for working families, not just the people on top."

Sanders’ appreciation of Corbyn is mutual. A week before his victory, Corbyn said he was following Sanders’ campaign with "great interest."


People are sharing these images of what Corbyn and Cameron were up to in the 1980s:

...... people have sharing images of Corbyn being taken away by police at an anti-Apartheid protest in the 1980s and comparing them to those of David Cameron in his days as a member of the Bullingdon Club while at Oxford University.

Updated to add this interesting observation from Digby:

Within hours of victory, more conservative Labour members refused to serve in a shadow cabinet under Corbyn.
One had already described a prospective Corbyn win as "a disaster for the party." He's been accused by rivals of trying to "turn back the clock." The "left-of-centre" New Statesman warned that a tilt towards the Corbyn wing of the party would consign Labour to "permanent minority status." Tony Blair (now there's the voice of authority) argued against Corbynistas and, essentially, for more centrism.

Nigel Green of the deVere Group, slammed Corbyn's tax and economic policies as "disastrous" for business:

“He seems utterly determined to drag Britain back to the 1970s, an era in which the UK was strangled by high taxes and an inflexible labour market.

“Mr Corbyn seems so far removed from reality that he is unwilling or unable to accept that if you significantly increase taxes and disincentivise work and investment, people will change their behaviours.

Yet in Old England, Corbyn's policies seem to have wide support among voters. Go figure.

If Bernie Sanders' political insurgency continues to grow, expect to hear more of the same, and a prediction that unless Democrats support more center-left policies, America faces doom. Doom, I tell you.


An Xlnt Trade

For those totally bored with Trump:


Robert Reich: "You might call Corbyn the Bernie Sanders of British politics."

There’s been an important parallel in recent years between what’s happened to the Democratic Party in America and to Britain’s Labour Party. In the 1990s, for example, Bill Clinton’s “New Democrat” triangulation toward America’s political center was mirrored in Tony Blair’s “New Labour” movement toward a so-called “Third Way.” So it’s interesting to note that Jeremy Corbyn was today elected leader of the British Labour Party in a surprising landslide — the rough equivalent of gaining the Democratic nomination for president.

You might call Corbyn the Bernie Sanders of British politics. He began as an outsider; the initial odds of his winning were around 100 to 1. But he packed rallies and halls, where he gave speeches to gatherings that spilled over into the streets. He spoke of reversing Britain’s widening inequality, and he inspired a huge following. After his win today he said the message was the people are “fed up with the injustice and the inequality” of Britain, and that the Labour Party needed to reject the New Labour era of Tony Blair and become a “movement” to ensure “everyone has a decent place in society.”


New Study Suggests Connections Between Homophobia And Mental Disorders

Homosexuality was long derided as a mental disorder — and being transgender often still is — but a new study suggests that it might be more likely that it’s actually homophobia that is a sign of mental disorder.

Researchers working with the Italian Society of Andrology and Sexual Medicine evaluated the mental health of 560 Italian University students to see what connections could be found between their psychological traits and their propensity for homophobia. Indeed, they found that aspects of psychoticism and immature defense mechanisms were significant predictors for homophobic attitudes.

“We found that psychoticism represented an important risk factor for homophobia, demonstrating that pathologic personality traits are involved in homophobic attitudes,” the study explains. Psychoticism embodies various characteristics, but above all, “severe psychopathologic conditions, such as delusion, isolation, and interpersonal alienation, but also hostility and anger.” Homophobia could be partially linked by “pathologic trait of personality,” meaning that various disorders of relationship and thought could be predictive of homophobia.

Immature defense mechanisms similarly predicted homophobic attitudes. These are coping mechanisms activated during states of distress and anxiety and include behaviors like projection, acting out, isolation, denial, passive aggressiveness, and displacement. “Our data revealed that immature defense mechanisms predict homophobia, highlighting that a negative attitude toward homosexuals is influenced once again by dysfunctional aspects of personality.”


Bill Watterson was ahead of his time.

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