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Winter Storm Juno Makes a Yeti: Links You Need to See

If you’re living in New York, you probably spent yesterday and today curled up with a novel — or, if you don’t have the attention span for literature that’s quite so extensive, perhaps you curled up with a Chipotle Cup. You’re also probably wondering, after so many curled up hours, why a massive chunk of the state was shut down for what was not nearly as much snow as was expected from Winter Storm Juno. You’re probably upset that you couldn’t gleefully make snow-people and have snowball fights without somehow feeling like you were dishonoring the utter gravity of reporters’, mayors’, etceteras’ warnings. For those who obeyed and stayed indoors, you can vicariously experience all the literal ups and downs of snowstorm reporting through the miracle of the Internet. We all know there’s nothing better than watching strangers fall on their asses in the snow. … Read More

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‘Sports Illustrated’ Lays Off Last of Its Staffers in Photography Department

Sports Illustrated has officially laid off the last six staff photographers in their photo department. Director of photography Brad Smith… Read More

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Sam Smith Paying Tom Petty Royalties for “Stay With Me” in Lawsuit Settlement

“Stay With Me,” at least as Tom Petty would have you believe, may have unknowingly been inspired by a Tom Petty song… Read More

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Bill Cosby Performs First Show Since November, Uses Images of Himself with Nelson Mandela as Stage Decoration

Yesterday, Bill Cosby did his first standup show since November. The performance, which saw the comedian sporting a “Hello Friend”… Read More

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Supporting ‘Charlie’ and the Right to Satirize: Links You Need to See

After the display of inhumanity (a stupid word, really, for something really just describing a frightening human capacity for favoring ideology over human life) — by gunmen who broke into the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris and took the lives of 12, injuring many more — the whole day seemed underscored by the sickening notion, as we’d seen recently with the Sony Hacks, that comedic criticism is becoming more and more of a life-threatening undertaking. Atlantic writer Peter Beinart drew parallels between these recent instances of media-centric terrorism, while also addressing the fact that the antagonizing forces in both cases have not officially been identified. Over at Slate, there’s an article on the importance and evolution of the political cartoon in France. Celebrities such as Salman Rushdie and Tina Fey have also voiced their concerns on the state of free speech, as well as their vehemence about protecting it.  … Read More

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Salman Rushdie Issues Statement Championing Religious Satire and Condemning Charlie Hebdo Shooting

This morning, the world was greeted with perhaps the first great international tragedy of 2015, merely a week into… Read More

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