The Pope is a bit tired of the media’s shit.
Or, maybe a better way of putting it: he’s tired of media focusing on the world’s many dumpster fires.
In an interview published Wednesday by Tertio, a Catholic weekly publication in Belgium, Pope Francis spoke of the great good and harm media outlets can exert on the public, and offered some thoughts on best practices.
“I believe that the media should be very clear, very transparent, and not fall prey — without offense, please — to the sickness of coprophilia, which is always wanting to communicate scandal, to communicate ugly things, even though they may be true,” Francis said. “And since people have a tendency towards the sickness of coprophagia, it can do great harm.” Read more…
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Donald Trump still has more than a month to go until he becomes president of the United States, but Americans already want him to stop tweeting.
In a new poll taken by Politico and Morning Consult, 56 percent of respondents said Trump tweets too much. Just five percent want him to tweet even more, and those people are surely sadists who simply want to watch the world burn.
In other words, the American public seems to agree with…everyone. Journalists would prefer Trump hold press conferences instead of firing off a few 140-character thoughts every so often. His own staff had to take away his tweeting privileges for part of the campaign, lest he set fire to another news cycle on a whim. Read more…
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Common life goals include starting a business, living on a beach or atop a mountain, obtaining a college degree, and, if a recent Twitter search is to be believed, getting President-elect Donald Trump to block you on Twitter.
A lot of people have taken it upon themselves to poke the orange-tinged bear until he decides he no longer wants to see you in his mentions.
We’re not here to comment on whether this is a worthy life goal, so we’ll just leave you with a bit or evidence to show we’re not making it up.
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Many of us will remember 2016 for a few words that will forever echo somewhere in the pits of our brains.
“Trump,” for one, but also “bigly,” “alt-right,” and others we constantly heard during the presidential election season and its aftermath. But Merriam-Webster has a less discussed word on its mind that is apparently also on the minds of many dictionary users: Fascism.
Fascism, as of Nov. 29, was Merriam-Webster’s most-looked-up word of the year, which means it’s the leading candidate for the dictionary’s annual “word of the year.”
The folks behind the Merriam-Webster Twitter account are not happy with this, and on Tuesday they tried to get followers behind a campaign to look up other words. Read more…
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When a tremor wobbles the ground underneath your feet, it’s easy to keep your head down, keep typing, do whatever it is you were already doing. Perhaps someone just dropped something very heavy a ways away, that’s all.
But if you do keep your head down and the tremor turns out to be more than that — if it turns out to be a sign of some greater calamity headed your way — it’s hard to blame anyone but yourself, right?
This is not a story about tremors, but it is perhaps a story about warning signs of a more dangerous internet, the latest of which involves a hacker or group of hackers offering to cripple the digital life of any website or organization or person to anyone who can afford their services. Read more…
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A Louisiana woman was standing at a red light when three white men pulled up in a truck.
“Fuck your black life!” one of them yelled at her. As they drove away, laughing, one of them chanted “Trump!”
Such is just one of many reported incidents of hate compiled by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) following the election of Donald Trump.
In the 10 days since the election on Nov. 8, the SPLC tallied 867 “hate incidents” compiled through media accounts or reported to them directly. They include real life events but not online harassment. Read more…
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Protesters have continuously marched and shouted in streets across the United States since the election of Donald Trump on Nov. 8, and, if you look closely at the faces of many of these protesters, you’ll realize just how young some of them are.
Demonstrations have popped up at colleges and high schools across the country. Pick a school — Rutgers University, the University of Southern California, New York University, and many others — or pick a city with high school students — Miami, Des Moines, Washington, D.C., and many more — and you’ll find a recent demonstration against what the United States may look like under Trump. Read more…
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“We just got stuck, we’re turning around. There’s power lines and trees blocking the road. We cannot get out.”
Those are the first words viewers hear when they start watching a video uploaded to Facebook by Michael Luciano, who’s in a vehicle along with one other person as they roll over burned up branches and through sheets of smoke, trying to escape a raging fire that has scorched much of Gatlinburg, Tennessee, over the past 24 hours.
The video is apocalyptic. Spots of fire glow orange at the edge of the road. Cabins are engulfed in roiling flames. The sky, normally navy blue above the bare tops of the trees, glows red. Read more…
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The start of this news story reads like a typical vaguely futuristic plot from a movie that isn’t hard to imagine coming to a theater near you.
First, a hacker breaks into the fare system of the San Francisco Municipal Railway on Friday. Unable to immediately regain control of the system, railway officials allow free rides until further notice. Then the hacker demands a ransom to stop the attack, but officials release a statement on Sunday saying the situation is “contained,” and things are soon mostly back to normal.
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