The Supreme Court has set up a showdown of LGBTQ rights versus ‘religious freedom’

June 27, 2017

Charlie Craig, left, and his husband Dave Mullins prepare to play cards while hanging out together after work at their home in Westminster, Colorado.Image: Brennan Linsley/AP/REX/Shutterstock The Supreme Court has set up a battle between the rights of LGBTQ Americans and proponents of “religious freedom.” On Monday, the court agreed to hear an October appeal by the owner of a Colorado cake shop who refused to bake a wedding cake…


Lawsuit Accuses Donald Trump Of Illegally Destroying White House Records

June 23, 2017

The suit filed Thursday against Trump and the Executive Office of the President by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) and the National Security Archive focuses on an auto-delete app reportedly being used for messages sent from the White House that erase messages after theyre read. Yet evidence suggests that President Trump and others within the White House are either ignoring or outright flouting these responsibilities, the suit…


How I transitioned into the freelance economy

June 21, 2017

Image:  Vasylyna Halun/shutterstock Five years ago, I was one year into a salary writing job at a luxury fashion brand when it hit me: I was being grossly overpaid. You read right. I was overpaid. As a writer. In fashion. You can imagine my boss face whenat our monthly review I marched into his office, diligently listed out my responsibilitiesand informed him that I was being overpaid. Through the most…


The controversial Trumped-up production of Julius Caesar was interrupted by protestors, and Twitter went off

June 19, 2017

The controversial production of Julius Caesar was hit by alt-right protests.Image: AFP/Getty Images Alt-right figures Jack Posobiec and Laura Loomer attempted to shut down a performance of Shakespeare in the Park’s controversial, Trump-themed production of Julius Caesar by storming the stage and condemning other audience members for their participation in the spectacle. The show was paused, but ultimately, not shut down. Loomer, a writer for right-wing Canadian website Rebel Media,…


Even In The Military, Black People Are Punished Disproportionately: Report

June 8, 2017

Data obtained by the organization through the Freedom of Information Act revealed that black service members were as much astwo and a half times more likely than their white counterparts to face court-martial or nonjudicial punishment in an average year. The disparity is notable, considering white service members make up the largest racial group in the military. Retired Col. Don Christensen, the groups president and former chief prosecutor of the…


Reality Check: What is the Prevent strategy? – BBC News

June 5, 2017

Social services departments have become increasingly involved in identifying Prevent cases because of their duty to counter radicalisation. About 7,500 referrals were made to the scheme in 2015-16 – the equivalent of 20 a day – according to a Freedom of Information Request to the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC). Out of those referrals, action was taken in one in every 10 cases. No action at all was taken in…


Vox could become a better version of Mediumand The Ringer could be its first step

June 1, 2017

Image: Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP Of all the horrible things the internet has brought us, the word “platisher” is among the worst. That’s the word used back in 2013 when Medium first launched. The brainchild of Twitter cofounder Ev Williams, Medium at the time was one of the most beautiful things onlinevery much the opposite of the word used to describe it. The company also launched with some of its own content,…


South Carolina Democrat’s Poll Shows Progress Against GOP Rival

May 31, 2017

The margin is an improvement from a 16-point deficit in March, according to a summary of the Anzalone Liszt Grove Research Group polling obtained by HuffPost that wasfirst reported by The Washington Post. The special election to fill the seat vacated by White House budget director Mick Mulvaney will occur the same day Democrats hope to take control of Georgias 6th Congressional District, where Democrat Jon Ossoff is up against…


Hot music video will make you want to dance and ignore rampant corruption in the Russian government

May 31, 2017

Kleptocracy is lit AF. Political opposition? Lame, according to Russian pop singer Alisa Voxwho, according to a source who talked to Russian news site Meduza, was paid $35,000 by the Kremlin for her new music video. SEE ALSO: France dislikes Trump even more than Putin, so that’s reassuring The song is called “Baby Boy,” and it’s all about the joys of not protesting. Here’s a sample of the lyrics, as…


The Pope doesn’t look happy to see Justin Trudeau, either

May 30, 2017

Image: FERRARI/EPA/REX/Shutterstock Pope Francis is not here for your Instagram likes. The Pope was recently photographed with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who was just born for the camera. But instead of smiling, the Pope decided he would put on his best “I’d rather be reading encyclicals” face. SEE ALSO: Pope Francis met President Trump and looked insanely psyched about it We all thought the Pope was just really sad about…


Defending students’ Mike Pence walkout using the words of … Mike Pence.

May 24, 2017

On Sunday, a group of about 150 students walked out during Vice President Mike Pence’s commencement address at the University of Notre Dame. Conservative outlets blasted the silent protest as a form of intolerance to opposing views and an affront to free speech. But according to Mike Pence’s own speech, that actually couldn’t be further from the truth. In his address, Pence railed against political correctness, intolerance to others’ opinions,…


The Porn Business Isnt Anything Like You Think It Is

May 23, 2017

Midway through the second season of Silicon Valley, the HBO series that so skillfully spoofs the Bay Area tech scene, the plot turns to porn. Inside the offices of Pied Piper, the fictional startup at the heart of the show, a shaggy-haired coder hacks into a rival company. The rival, he discovers, has landed a $15 million contract with a porn outfit called Intersite, also fictional, agreeing to build software…


Patreon grows like crazy as creators sour on ad-driven platforms

May 20, 2017

Patreon is a source of income for hundreds of podcasters, artists, and writers.Image: Shutterstock / Forest Run There’s money in those grainy homemade podcasts. Patreon, a platform where DIY creators can crowdsource financial sponsors or subscribers, said Thursday that it’s doubled in size in the past year. It now boasts 1 million active backers and 50,000 creators twice the number of each it had in May of last year. The…


Controversial Puerto Rican Nationalist Oscar Lopez Rivera Returns To Chicago

May 19, 2017

Murals and sun-bleached images of Lopez Rivera plastered windows along the Paseo Boricua in Chicagos Puerto Rican enclave of Humboldt Park with messages that called for his freedom and hailed him as a hero for his controversial role in fighting for Puerto Rican independence. Lopez Rivera spent part of his boyhood in the neighborhood. Thursdays events included a march down the Paseo Boricua accompanied by Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) and…