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Resting NiceFace Wields the Velociraptor Claw: Links You Need to See

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Teachers just can’t teach these days, it seems, without bringing a jammer into the classroom to get their students to stop texting and pay attention! Or, at least, that’s what this one Florida science teacher thought when he did just that (earning the ire of Verizon and possibly the FCC, and a five-day suspension). But things could have been even worse — as this professor points out — if a student had complained that the teacher was not “sensitive enough toward his feelings.” Apparently, professors are facing career-ending consequences for presenting difficult concepts and texts to students. But, while we’re avoiding mental harm in the classroom, anyone from the public at large is allowed to stroll through an airport carrying an AR-15, fully loaded with a 100-round drum in Georgia. With no consequences.
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Our Brand Is Rape Skepticism: On Slate and Emily Yoffe’s Weird ‘Hunting Ground’ Obsession

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Here’s a not-terribly-controversial opinion: I don’t have a problem with advocacy journalism. Sneering at the term presumes our news outlets are otherwise working from a perspective of unimpeachable objectivity, which anyone who’s worked in the news knows is outright bunk; calling that spade a spade dispenses with such outmoded ideals, and lets writers and researchers get down to the business of fighting the good fight against injustice. I’m kind of OK with that, and I’m willing to bet a lot of you are, as I’d imagine many of those who read commentary online at sites like ours and, oh, for example, Slate might be.

But yesterday, that site ran the latest slab of campus-rape skepticism from their in-house specialist, Emily Yoffe, who contends of the documentary The Hunting Ground, “because the stakes are so high, it is crucial, in telling stories of sexual assault, not to be blinded by advocacy…”
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The Internet’s Best Film Podcast Goes True Crime — and Takes on Charles Manson

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Movie podcasts are not hard to come by these days. Just about every film-centric website has its own weekly get-together, where the writers and guests hash out new releases and noteworthy anniversaries and the like; most of my favorite film writers have shows of their own, with a similar, discussion-and-review format. But from its inception just over a year ago, Karina Longworth’s You Must Remember This has separated itself from the pack not only in terms of quality (though many of those shows are very good), but in terms of style.
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Nothing Is Embarrassing: On Kim Kardashian’s Strangely Liberating Book of Selfies

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Selfish, Kim Kardashian’s new 445-page book of selfies, is a bit of a party trick. Pull out the compact, three-pound art book at a social function, and people clamor to flip through the hundreds of near-identical selfies that chart Kim’s evolution both as a human and as a brand (is there a difference?). Some took a meta selfie with the book, Kim’s damp bosom and dewy face overshadowing their own smiles in the foreground.
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The Question Isn’t Why Joss Whedon and Jaden Smith Quit Twitter — It’s Why Any Celebrity Would Join in the First Place

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If you’re at all interested in the activities of Joss Whedon, you’ve probably read that he quit Twitter over the weekend. Shock, horror! Also gone from social media this week: Jaden Smith, who deleted his body of pseudo-profound sentence-case tweets and made his Instagram private. The public always seems to react with surprise when a celebrity cracks and quits Twitter. How could they? But really, the question is: Why on earth would anybody want to be on Twitter in the first place?
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The Troubling Afterlife of ‘Breaking Bad’s’ Pizza-Throwing Scene: 6 Things We Learned From Vince Gilligan’s Reddit AMA

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Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul creator Vince Gilligan hosted a lively Reddit AMA last night. From overzealous fans throwing pizza on an old lady’s roof while recreating a scene from the former to what cameos we can expect in upcoming Better Call Saul episodes, he answered viewers’ most pressing (and hilarious) questions. Highlights below:
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