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    Liberal Think Tank Fires Blogger for Rude Tweets
    Photo: MSNBC

    Yesterday, the well-known political blogger Matt Bruenig picked a minor fight on Twitter with Neera Tanden, the president of the Center for American Progress, about her alleged endorsement of reducing welfare benefits for the impoverished. “You don’t get to be president of CAP without starving some poor mothers,” he wrote in one tweet. Today, Bruenig’s employer, the liberal think tank Demos, fired him:

    After multiple conversations, Matt Bruenig and Demos have agreed to disagree on the value of the attack mode on Twitter. We part ways on the effectiveness of these kinds of personalized, online fights and so we are parting ways as colleagues today. And just as we did with Matt three years ago when he first joined our blog, Demos will continue to find and amplify the voices of lesser-known progressive policy commentators to make for a more inclusive public sphere.

    (The term “parting ways as colleagues” suggests that Demos and Bruenig arrived an amiable solution, but we’re reliably told that Bruenig was, in fact, terminated.)

    The incident over which Bruenig was fired began to unfold yesterday afternoon, when he criticized Joan Walsh of The Nation after she published an article about “the presumption of moral and ideological superiority” of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders’ supporters (many of whom, Walsh argued, are “trying to overturn the will of black, brown, and female voters or somehow deem it fraudulent”).

    To which Walsh responded:

    And Bruenig, again:

    At this point, Neera Tanden entered the conversation by publishing a tweet, directed at Walsh, that linked to Bruenig’s tweet (which was also directed at Walsh):

    Twitter notifies users when other users link to one of your tweets, so Bruenig eventually responded to Tanden with a tweet referring to her as a “geriatric”:

    To which Tanden responded:

    Bruenig, again:

    And again:

    (“Scumbag Neera” is a reference to the ubiquitous “Scumbag Steve,” a character in the 2011-era 4chan meme of the same name. “Scumbag Steve,” as his name suggests, is extremely selfish.)

    Tanden responded by denying that she ever supported “welfare reform,” the term of art for the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act of 1996, which drastically slashed government aid to poor Americans:

    It’s true that, based on the available evidence, Tanden didn’t “support” welfare reform. But it’s also true that Tanden served as an “associate director for domestic policy” during the Clinton administration, after President Clinton signed the policy into law. So while she may not have supported the welfare reform as it was written and implemented, she didn’t reject it to the point where she might have refused to work in Clinton’s White House.

    Sometime after their spat, Bruenig stopped tweeting at Tanden, and his employer apologized on Twitter:

    After apologizing, Demos “received emails from multiple individuals who made it clear that we were not aware of the extent to which Matt has been at the center of controversies surrounding online harassment of people with whom he disagrees,” according to a press release the think tank published on Friday afternoon.

    Demos didn’t name these people or specify the controversies in which Bruenig was involved, but apparently concluded that the incidents were serious enough to warrant a reprimand: “It was evidence of a pattern of behavior that is far out of line with our code of conduct.” Later on in the the same announcement, the organization clarified, “We are not taking issue with our blogger’s political opinions or with him challenging prominent, powerful people. What troubles us is a pattern of tone and conduct, not his chosen targets or the content of his ideas.”

    Bruenig declined to comment. Tanden was not immediately available to respond. If you know any more about this story, drop us a line.

    Update, 7:50 p.m.

    Bruenig, whose family is preparing for the birth of their first child, has launched a GoFundMe drive to make up for his lost income:

    As of this update, the drive has raised over $14,000.

    Update, 7:55 p.m.

    Neera Tanden emails Gawker:

    I find the whole situation unfortunate. Mr. Bruenig has made contributions on the poverty discourse and I wish him well in the future. I would welcome an actual discussion of ideas with him.


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    A New Era of TV-Famous Billionaire Politicians Is Upon Us

    Why is it that people continually conflate the accrual of loads and loads of money coupled with a cheesy TV spot as prerequisites to becoming an effective policy-maker?

    I have often asked myself that question when considering the horrifying trainwreck that is Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. But now, there’s a new billionaire with political ambitions: Mark Cuban, the billionaire Dallas Mavericks owner, Ayn Rand fanboy, and “Shark Tank” judge.

    In an interview with NBC News’ Chuck Todd on “Meet the Press” set to air Sunday, Cuban said he would “absolutely” consider being Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton’s second-in-command.

    A few questions here: Why did Todd even ask this question—do we really think the Clinton campaign will ask Cuban? Why was Cuban invited on “Meet the Press”? Why do we not learn from our mistakes, and remember that businessmen don’t make good politicians???

    It’s not the first time Cuban has hinted about his political aspirations. Last year, he said that running for president was “a fun idea to toss around,” and that he “could beat both Trump and Clinton” if he ran.

    http://deadspin.com/anti-trump-rep...

    It’s worth noting, however, that Cuban would bring an interesting skill set to the White House, particularly as the only vice president to have danced a hideous foxtrot on national television.


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  • 05/20/16--15:30: Angry Birds Is Over
  • Angry Birds Is Over

    The biggest comedic moment in The Angry Birds Movie happens when two characters find out the giant lake they’ve been swimming in is a massive pool of Mighty Eagle’s urine. They were spitting the water in each other’s mouths before that. Surely, The Angry Birds Movie only exists because of deep-seated insecurity.

    Here’s how it probably went four years ago: the people at Rovio who made the once-ubiquitous mobile game kept shoveling money into their vaults, looked around and said, “hey, our Intellectual Property (™) is as good as anybody else’s. We deserve a movie!” The smell of all that money wafted over to decision-makers at Sony who then replied, “Yep, it probably is. We will help you.” But Angry Birds is on life support and the only purpose this limp movie adaptation can serve is to be a memorial to blind hubris.

    T-shirts, toys, comics, and tons of ancillary merch were everywhere but, for a few years there, it seemed like Angry Birds would be more than just a passing fad. The games being produced by the Finnish development studio were getting incrementally better, even if there were too many of them coming out too fast. Running counter to expectations, entries tethered to iconic brands like Star Wars and Transformers showed demonstrative improvements that made the architecture-destruction template more fun. None of that could stop Rovio from being a one-note company, though. Their efforts to do something other than Angry Birds were too feeble and attempts to evolve and iterate on their own golden goose hobbled both the franchise and the company. Now comes a movie that is the last shovelful of dirt atop the cultural phenomenon’s grave.

    When the project was announced after years of rumors, it all seemed like things would be different for The Angry Birds Movie. The company was so flush that most of the $73 million production overhead for The Angry Birds Movie came from Rovio itself. That just means most of the blame for the incredible awfulness of the film rests on the company’s shoulders, too.

    This is a film full of established, expensive comedy all-stars like Keegan-Michael Key, Maya Rudolph, Bill Hader, and Hannibal Burress. Jason Sudekis voices Red, the grumpy lead character who self-destructs all over a customer’s face after screwing up a birthday cake delivery while dressed up as a clown. Red gets sentenced to anger management, the roughest penalty available on the idyllic paradise of Bird Island, populated by indefatigably cheerful flightless avians.

    The initial scenes at the Infinity Acceptance Group are a harbinger of just how rote and unoriginal the movie will be. It’s run by a touchy-feely hippie instructor who uses poetry, yoga, and sharing exercises to improve the clients sent her way. The three other birds in anger management are Chuck, a yellow bird with superspeed (Josh Gad), explosive Bomb (Danny McBride), and grumbly, near-mute giant Terence (Sean Penn). Chuck and Bomb try to pal around with Red after they meet in group but the surly bird awkwardly brushes them off. A flabby flashback portrays him as a friendless, misfit orphan who’s been shunned all his life but his constant, often unjustified crankiness makes it hard to root for him in the movie’s first half.

    Red’s persistent exasperation continues to make him unlikable, even after the Pigs’ arrival destroys his house and throws everything out of whack on Bird Island. After setting anchor, Pig leader Leonard makes friendly sales pitch overtures, which include the slingshot central to the mechanics of most Angry Birds games. Red sneaks on the porkers’ boat and finds more pigs than were divulged. He then declares that “something isn’t kosher with these pigs”—the humor never rises past this level of tired-ass punnery—and goes on a quest to find the long-lost Mighty Eagle, the mythical protector who’s the only bird on the island capable of flight. As the pigs overrun the island, their plot to steal the birds’ eggs comes to light.

    Angry Birds is a movie assembled by lowest-common-denominator template. The pool-of-pee sequence got the biggest laugh from the kids at my screening but it only got one such response over its overlong runtime. This film is filled with fake transgressive humor that’s meant to be edgy but comes across as tone-deaf. Snippets of “Rock Me Like a Hurricane,” “Wild Thing” (the Tone Loc one), and “Close to You” get peppered throughout the movie, serving as an expensive laugh track that betrays the poor craft on display. It’s hard to imagine gags like a Piggy Island poster advertising Kevin Bacon in Hamlet or mentions of celeb DJs Daft Pork and Steve Aoinki landing well with kids who were obsessed with Angry Birds four years ago. Most are probably too young to get the jokes or too old to care. Adults will probably just find them too bland for a chuckle.

    When Red and crew learn that Mighty Eagle is a retired grandiloquent fraud, his refusal to help comes as he’s using a telescope to creep on ladybirds from afar. Who exactly is that supposed to be funny for? Later, after the green porcine bad guys sail off to Piggy Island with the birds’ unborn next generation, Chuck says it’s time to “start replacing those kids. Ladies get busy. We gonna be laying some eggs tonight!” Red’s rallying speech includes the line “I need some angry flocking birds.” Ooh, look, squint-and-you’ll-miss-it references to sex and cursing in a film adaptation of a game loved by kids.

    I’m not naive; I know that 11-year-olds in the real world drop four-letter words like nothing and are at least indirectly familiar with the mysteries of the horizontal tango. But adolescent humor in a film like this isn’t brave or edgy when done poorly. The jokes specifically aimed at adults are also way too broad and bizarre. Opening a door while storming Pig Castle reveals two twins chanting “redrum.” Why an homage to The Shining? Presumably, because no one said no. The wordless antics of a mime sit there as an exemplar of the lazy grandpa comedy Angry Birds calls to battle. “Mimes! Mimes always get a laugh, right?” Not if you’re trying this damn hard. Watching this film is like being haunted by that one class clown who always humiliated himself in attempts to win other students’ love. The only laughter comes from a place of shame and pity.

    Angry Birds Is Over

    The dramatic climax of the film starts when the birds fling each other at the palace, a ham-fisted (look, if they’re gonna do it, so am I!) attempt to invoke the core Angry Birds gameplay experience. “Just look where the last bird went and adjust from there,” Red says smarmily. Sure, you’ll clear a level like that, but you need to do better if you want three stars. After the birds begin their siege of Pig Castle, one of the main characters exclaims “we’re making history here!” It’s the wrong kind of history. From there, it’s a buffet of recycled by-the-numbers plot beats: “Don’t be a hero,” “We’re outnumbered!” “You don’t know when to stop, do you?!” “I thought you were dead!” Bomb’s performance anxiety gets overcome, Terence turns out to have a lovely singing voice and Red’s transformation in a hero comes from saving fuzzy blue triplets that were presumed dead. These sturdy pillars of popcorn fare gets rolled out in their most basic form with no cleverness or subversion to justify their presence. This isn’t Inside Out or The Lego Movie. There’s no heart or soul here. The execution reeks of contemptuous four-quadrant Hollywood calculus. “115 minutes of poop jokes, cookie-cutter melodrama and pricey licensed music… this is how’s it done, right?”

    Near the end of The Angry Birds Movie, the evil king pig says “looks like your little slingshot game ends here.” Angry Birds’ heyday ended a while ago. This is just a massive in-game purchase masquerading as a movie, Rovio’s attempt to squeeze more money out of parents who’ve passed touchscreen devices to little hands to keep their kids happy. Put your children’s faces in front of something better this weekend, for their sake and yours.


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    “Venture capitalists are putting founders through everything short of a proctology exam before they invest,” said Venky Ganesan, a partner at a Silicon Valley venture capital firm, telling The New York Times about how difficult it is for startups to get money now that their backers actually ask them questions about what they do.


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    Donald Trump finally realized something about the population he has repeatedly, publicly, and unabashedly denigrating for months: they’ve got quite the voting power.

    Speaking from the comfort of his private plane on Friday, the Republican presidential frontrunner sent out a grainy cell phone video that is reportedly his first direct message to Hispanic conservatives. Reading from a piece of paper, Trump says:

    “National. Hispanic. Christian. Three great words. We’re going to take care of you. We’re going to work with you. You’re going to be very happy. You’re gonna like President Trump.”

    Perhaps a better descriptor for the video is Trump’s first positive direct message to Hispanic conservatives—in the past, he’s called immigrants of Latino or Hispanic background “rapists,” killers, criminals, and drug dealers. In the specific case of Mexico, he’s promised to deport millions and build a giant wall to keep its citizens out of the U.S.

    Last election the Hispanic population made up 17.2 percent of the total U.S. population—nearly one in five voters—with some pundits arguing that they play a large role in deciding the election. This time around, the Hispanic electorate is expected to reach a record high, with over 27 million people eligible. Despite his new two-minute cell phone video push, it looks like this one’s going to be a hard sell.


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    “Massage the algorithm,” is the phrase a former Facebook news curator used to describe his job duties managing the platform’s Trending Topics feature. A deeply-reported piece in The New York Times published Saturday gives a look at the young, inexperienced flacks behind Facebook’s news curation.


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    Camille Cosby Basically Refused to Answer Any Questions at Her Deposition

    The transcript of Camille Cosby’s deposition in February and April was released on Friday. Never has the phrase “no opinion” rang with such meaning.

    It was reported that Camille Cosby had tried to avoid her second round of questioning due to the “litany of improper and offensive questions” posed by attorney Joseph Cammarata, who is representing 7 of Bill Cosby’s accusers in one of many lawsuits against him. She was unsuccessful and faced off with Cammarata again, leaning heavily on marital privilege. ABC News reported on the questions Camille Cosby faced and her consistent response:

    Camille Cosby was subjected to intense questioning by the women’s lawyer, who repeatedly pressed her to say whether she believes her husband “acted with a lack of integrity” during their 52-year marriage. The lawyer also asked if her husband used his position and power “to manipulate young women.”

    Camille Cosby didn’t answer those questions and many others after her lawyer cited marital privilege, the legal protection given to communications between spouses. She repeatedly said she had “no opinion” when pressed on whether she viewed her husband’s behavior as dishonest and a violation of their marriage vows.

    Hey, yeah, she just never thought about it. It seems like throughout the proceedings, Camille stuck with her lie:

    Camille Cosby’s lawyer, Monique Pressley, repeatedly cited that privilege and advised her not to answer many questions asked by the women’s lawyer, Joseph Cammarata. The exchanges between Cammarata and Cosby became testy at times, and she admonished him: “Don’t lecture me. Just keep going with the questions.”

    She said she had “no opinion” on whether her husband’s admission he obtained quaaludes to give to women with whom he wanted to have sex violated their marriage vows.

    Pressley objected to a question from Cammarata that asked Camille Cosby if Bill had ever given her drugs prior to sex, and she was instructed not to answer. Harder to deal with questions that aren’t philosophical in nature.

    Image via Getty.


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    Liz Heron, executive editor of The Huffington Post, tweeted out this poorly-worded caption recently, forgetting that the internet is all-seeing and unforgiving.

    Obviously, Heron meant their editors are mainly women. Unfortunately, they are also overwhelmingly, blindingly white. At least they’re working on it...?


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    British pop singer Karen Harding had one job before today’s FA Cup Final at Wembley: to sing “God Save The Queen.” It didn’t work out so well for her—having missed her cue, she stood silently for most of the anthem before finally chiming in for the final few words. At least those are the most important, right?

    [Fox]


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    If you’ve ever imagined what it might look like to watch two presidential candidates waltz through a giant dance number, complete with fog machines and tuxedoed butlers, today’s your lucky day.

    Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, played by Kate McKinnon and Larry David, returned for the Saturday Night Live cold open this week, to drink and dance the night away. The main topic of discussion was Sanders’ refusal to leave the race, superdelegates, and how it’s all “rigged.” Enjoy David’s absolutely perfect Sanders impression, before it’s too late.


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    “Well, clearly, I favor her opponent,” Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders told CNN’s Jake Tapper this weekend, promising to unseat Debbie Wasserman Shultz, the current DNC chairwoman, if elected. “His views are much closer to mine than as to Wasserman Shultz’s.” Watch your back, Debbie.


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    Daniel Holtzclaw Says His Accusers Saw Joining the Case Against Him as a 'Lottery Ticket'

    On Friday night, Daniel Holtzclaw was interviewed over the phone by 20/20 from jail. He maintains his innocence.

    While speaking with ABC News, Holtzclaw circles from denigrating his accusers, hinting that his acquittal would have led to a second Ferguson-like occupation, and offering excuses that wouldn’t hold up under the weight of a raindrop. As to why he agreed to the interview, he says:

    “I want people to hear from me... I want them to hear from my voice… how do I respond to these questions so they could see the truth. I have nothing to hide and what I want the public to see is my personal side to the story.”

    “I am not guilty of those crimes. But what I did is I protected and served, and there was a vendetta as far as the detectives, as far as the prosecution...I have never sexually assaulted anyone.”

    Holtzclaw also trots out the ole “they did it for the money” explanation for why he is spending the rest of his life in jail for the sexual assaults he committed.

    “The fact is, when you approach these women [and say], ‘We have a tip that you’ve been sexually assaulted by an Oklahoma City police officer,’ based on the area that I worked in and the environment and the atmosphere that I worked at — you should know that these women in these lifestyles — that’s basically giving them a lottery ticket to say, ‘Yes.’ All they had to do was say, ‘Yes,’ and then you’re going to file charges on me.”

    Holtzclaw was acquitted on charges related to a woman named Shardayreon Hill, but his behavior towards her undoubtedly violated police protocol. After assaulting her, he friended her on Facebook and visited her house uninvited in his personal car. He ascribed his irregular dealings with all of the women as part of his job: “That’s good police work. You can run warrant searches. You can talk to them … you can find intel based on what their stores are and see if they matched up.”

    Jannie Ligons was one of the first women to come forward, and unlike most of Holtzclaw’s victims, her position wasn’t so tenuous that she feared going to the police. She was taken up on drug charges decades ago and has no further record, but Holtzclaw only thinks soccer moms have credibility:

    “Let’s get the factual facts out there. She’s [Jannie Ligons] not innocent the way people think she is. She had a bust in the ‘80s … But we couldn’t present that to the jury... This is not a woman that’s, you know, a soccer mom or someone that’s credible in society.”

    “If they didn’t convict me, there would be the next Ferguson deal happening in Oklahoma City,” he said.

    Holtzclaw said he thought was going to be acquitted of all the charges.

    “I absolutely 100 percent, all in my heart, within my family, within everyone that was on my side. They all said, ‘There was no way that you should be convicted,’” he said. “I looked at [the jurors.] I looked in every single one of their eyes, and I told ‘em, ‘I did not do this.’ And I looked at the men and I looked at those women, and I saw women crying. I saw the men jeering in their eyes.”

    Screenshot via ABC News 20/20.


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    Donald Trump Reportedly Did Business With a Mobster Named 'Fat Tony'
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    It should come as no surprise that Donald Trump, a man who bullies his opponents like a mobster, allegedly had business dealings with members of organized crime groups.

    In a deeply reported piece for Politico, veteran Philadelphia Inquirer reporter David Cay Johnston details dealings with the mob-owned firms and corrupt labor fixers that allowed the Republican presidential candidate to erect his famous Trump Tower and his Trump Plaza buildings in Manhattan. The story even includes a gangster whose nickname is “Fat Tony.”

    According to Johnston, a federal indictment of that same man—“Fat Tony” Salerno, boss of the Genovese crime family—found that Trump paid extra for concrete in exchange for union peace.

    The indictment on which Salerno was convicted in 1988 and sent to prison, where he died, listed the nearly $8 million contract for concrete at Trump Plaza, an East Side high-rise apartment building, as one of the acts establishing that S &A was part of a racketeering enterprise.

    Other incidents Johnston notes include a controversy over Trump employing illegal Polish workers, as well as allegedly providing a free apartment to a close associate of the Gambino crime family.

    Again, we shouldn’t be shocked. Even the very jargon Trump uses is akin to that of a mobster’s threats. When Trump spoke to Johnston for the story, he said, “if I don’t like what you write, I’ll sue you.”


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    Tech Billionaire Throws a Hissy Fit When He Can't Get In To See 'Hamilton'
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    “Do you know who I am?” is never a flattering way to refer to oneself.

    Tech billionaire and venture capitalist Chris Sacca reportedly does not know this, because that’s what he shouted when he and his wife were turned away at a showing of the musical Hamilton in New York City last Thursday. According to The New York Post, the “Shark Tank” investor began berating a ticket-taker when his StubHub tickets turned out to be counterfeit:

    “He was getting really angry at the ticket scanner,” the tipster said, and speaking in “a really condescending way. “He said he was a ‘shark’ on ‘Shark Tank’ and warned it wouldn’t be good if they couldn’t get in.”

    The Post also noticed that Sacca had sent and then deleted a tweet to the show’s writer, Lin-Manuel Miranda, just before he arrived, which read: “Cool if I drop by your place tonight? Any plan around 7:00?” Sacca, famous for always wearing a cowboy shirt (okay), also sent out an angry tweet directed at StubHub, which read: “There isn’t any way to make it up. You keep ruining people’s experiences. It happens. Every. Single. Night.”

    Sacca is clearly also not happy with the press his incident has gotten (some outlets originally identified his wife, Crystal English, as his girlfriend).

    You need to chill out, buddy. Maybe take a break from it all, go to the spa, see a musical! Take some time for you.


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    “If I had terminal cancer, it would be better than this, because at least [then] I did not cause it,” former vegan restauranteur and current Rikers Island resident Sarma Melngailis told The New York Post. Called the “vegan Bernie Madoff,” Melngailis is awaiting trial after being caught while ordering a pizza on the run.


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    The NASCAR All-Star Race Was A Gigantic Mess
    An accurate metaphor for what happened to the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race format. Photo credit: Brian Lawdermilk/Stringer/Getty Images

    The “All-Star” event in any sport is a special one, since the best competitors get to battle it out with not much at stake but their pride. NASCAR has one also, and they try to make the race unique by using a new, oddball format each year. This year was so bad, though, that not even competitors knew what was going on.

    For those who didn’t watch the race—perhaps because you read the race format first and decided, “Nope, not today”—the actual on-track product at Charlotte Motor Speedway was good. There were relentless battles for position despite the fact that only the winner gets the $1 million prize, and the overall competition made for quality racing.

    The problem came with the format, which backfired so badly that there’s not really a metaphor for it. The most common phrase of the evening was a variant of “Why are we doing this?” or “We don’t know.” Tony Stewart even went on an angry rant after wrecking out of the event, saying it was “the most screwed up All-Star Race” he’d ever participated in and that he was glad it was his last one. Other drivers mirrored that opinion on Twitter following the race.

    Before we get into the dumpster fire that caused all of the confusion, let’s make sure we all understand the format. Here it is, per NASCAR.com:

    THE RULES, SEGMENT 1

    The lineup for Segment 1 is determined by qualifying run earlier Saturday night. [Author’s note: there was no qualifying due to rain.]

    There is a mandatory green-flag pit stop for a minimum of two tires (teams can choose to take two or four) during the opening 50 laps.

    After Segment 1, there is a 3-5 minute break. Cars must pit and take a minimum of two tires.

    THE RULES, SEGMENT 2

    The starting order for Segment 2 is set by the pit-road exit from the mandatory pit stop after Segment 1.

    During Segment 2, there is a mandatory green-flag pit stop for a minimum of two tires during this set of 50 laps. The twist here is that the pit stop must occur before Lap 85.

    After Segment 2 concludes, there is another 3-5 minute break.

    THE RULES, SEGMENT 3

    During the break between Segments 2 and 3, there is a random drawing in which the number 9, 10 or 11 is selected. That number determines the number of cars from the 20-car field (starting from whoever is leading the race) which must pit for a mandatory four-tire stop. Pit road is closed to the additional cars.

    Those who did not pit will be on older tires and at the front of the field. The order off pit road sets the running order behind those cars. So it will be older tires at the front and fresher tires (and likely faster cars) at the rear. Plenty of strategy to be had.

    Only green-flag laps count in Segment 3, and NASCAR Overtime procedures apply.

    The problems started in the first segment, when a caution came out near the end of the 50 laps. The No. 20 car of Matt Kenseth had yet to make his pit stop and sat in the lead, leaving about half of the field one lap down. Due to the pit-stop rules after each segment, NASCAR’s regular wave-around rule couldn’t apply at the ends of the segments to get those unintentionally trapped drivers back on the lead lap.

    The NASCAR All-Star Race Was A Gigantic Mess
    Matt Kenseth rolled around in the lead for a bit too long in the first segment. Photo credit: Jared C. Tilton/Stringer/Getty Images

    Having so many cars one lap down made the procedures for the final segment—an inversion method that somewhat mirrors what short-track and Late Model races do on occasion —made for the opposite of what it looks like the format aimed for. Only Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch sat in the lead-lap positions that didn’t qualify for the four-tire pit stop, making for two drivers getting run over on older tires rather than a cushier set of 10 or so—which, judging by the restart that began segment three, easily could have started a large pileup.

    To be fair, NASCAR Senior VP of Competition Scott Miller told reporters after the race that “it was a very unique situation and [NASCAR] did not in [its] race procedures have a mechanism to correct that.” The move by Kenseth’s team—which wasn’t necessarily wrong, just too late—he said, “hurt the whole race.”

    Officials also pulled drivers down pit road for mandatory checks of lug-nut tightness throughout the race, which threw drivers off and led to odd breaks in the action. A violation led to an in-race penalty, and Carl Edwards had to serve one by heading to the tail end of the field.

    In the end, drivers, competitors, viewers and even commentators on occasion were perplexed in trying to figure out the proceedings of the race. As for the lack of a wave-around opportunity that essentially sunk the workability of the event, Miller said it’s something that if NASCAR “continues on with this format, [they] have to look at.”

    Of course, talking about this year’s format is futile. With the amount of changes it goes through each year, we’ll be watching a completely different race come 2017. What the event needs is a true overhaul that far surpasses breaking up 100 laps differently each year and adding strange plot twists along the way, but that is a far-fetched thing to hope for.

    The NASCAR All-Star Race Was A Gigantic Mess
    The racing was close in the All-Star Race and the inversion—though gimmicky—made for an interesting final restart, but that didn’t stop it from being confusing. Photo credit: Brian Lawdermilk/Stringer/Getty Images

    Until something changes, NASCAR’s All-Star Race will be doomed to a fate of wonky formats. It takes place on a 1.5-mile “cookie cutter” oval, the type of race track that has a large presence on the NASCAR schedule and in its 10-race Chase for the Sprint Cup championship playoff. There’s nothing truly unique about the track—other than its location in NASCAR central, Charlotte, North Carolina—so series needs aspects to set it apart from the other events.

    A move to Charlotte Motor Speedway’s dirt track has been proposed, but that’s a long shot. Only one of NASCAR’s top-three national series currently goes to a venue with a dirt racing surface, and the Camping World Truck Series’ annual stop at Eldora Speedway only started back in 2013.

    Adding dirt to the mix isn’t likely to happen, as can be assumed by how slim the population of dirt racing is on the NASCAR national schedule in the first place. We’re likely all stuck with a non-constant format that will have its years of trial and error—mostly error, if history can be trusted.

    No matter the format, the goal should be to keep it simple. It shouldn’t be a math equation that competitors, participants and viewers would need to keep a journal for in order to be able to follow.

    But even if we’re all confused about what exactly is going on, the quality of racing from Saturday night is, at least, a positive sign for the future.


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    Shailene Woodley Is a Bernie Sanders Supporter, Are You Surprised Yet

    If I told you that actress and suspected human tree Shailene Woodley is a supporter of presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders, how shocked would you be on a scale of “not shocked” to “nope, still definitely not shocked”? Well then.

    On May 22, former Ohio state senator Nina Turner posted an online flyer on Twitter advertising a “Rock the Campus” event for Sanders supporters, which is scheduled to take place on Monday. According to the flyer, the event will include a panel discussion featuring Turner, Woodley, Hawaii congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, and actress Rosario Dawson as guest speakers.

    Seriously though, are you more surprised than when you found out something you were expecting to happen actually happened, y or n.

    Despite the fact that you were probably not wondering about this at all but inevitably conceded to the fact that it must be stated, Woodley has been an outspoken advocate for Sanders for awhile now. Back in March, Uproxx reported that the Divergent trilogy star/chronic hugger has tweeted about feeling the Bern approximately three times within the past five years, and has spoken at a number of rallies in support of the Vermont senator’s presidential bid.

    In the interview, Woodley also explained her reasoning behind backing Sanders as the Democrat presidential nominee, as well as why she chose to declare it publicly on Twitter, despite the risk of alienating members of her fan base.

    It was definitely a calculated decision. I didn’t just impulsively decide to send out that message [on Twitter]. I believe in him, man! I believe in Bernie Sanders! I think he would make a really wicked president. And he’d change this country for the good and propose some progressive standards upon the way we’re modernly looking at the world and about climate change, and equality, and rights amongst women, and the LBGTQ community. I hope to use that platform to encourage young people to go vote. Because regardless of what happens and who wins, we are so lucky for having the opportunity to vote, being American. And I think it’s important we remember that and take advantage of that.

    ...of course, [I] hope people will go see [my] movies regardless of what my personal political views are. And at the same time, I’ve got a million people on Twitter, so I figured I’d use that platform for something I believe in. Twitter is a means to speak your truth, right? That was my truth.

    So there you have it: news!



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  • 05/22/16--13:35: Ungulates, Ranked
  • Ungulates, Ranked
    Photo: Flickr/Harvey Barrison

    In the great and historic tradition of my forebears, I’d like to wrap up my illustrious career as the weekend warrior for Gawker dot com with a ranking. The subject of this list is that widely unappreciated group of odd- and even-toed mammals, those noble ruminants of the grasslands, that clade of hoofed wonders: the four-legged ungulates.*

    13. Dama gazelles

    12. Zebra

    11. Woolly pig

    10. Hippo eating watermelon

    9. The horse that rides in a car

    8. Gerenuk

    7. Camel

    6. Donkey with dreads

    5. Screaming deer

    4. Pudú

    3. The sheep that got lost in a cave for seven years

    2. Fighting giraffes

    1. Saiga antelope

    *Note: This post does not include cetaceans, because I didn’t want to.

    Thank you kindly for reading!


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