Newt Gingrich commemorates the attack on Pearl Harbor in the worst way possible

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Many, including politicians, took a few moments on Wednesday to commemorate the lives that were lost 75 years ago during the attack on Pearl Harbor that killed thousands of Americans and essentially thrust the U.S. into World War II. 

But Newt Gingrich’s attempt was so awful, Twitter users were left with their jaws on the floor. 

It all started innocently enough.

But then things took a turn.

While the attack certainly came as a surprise to the world, saying the “Japanese displayed professional brilliance” is a confusing and offensive statement. Dec. 7 is the “date which will live in infamy,” as Franklin D. Roosevelt, famously declared. Read more…

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This is why you don’t pose with guns for the mannequin challenge

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A mannequin challenge filmed in Huntsville, Alabama, has attracted plenty of attention — much of it from law enforcement. 

In November, a group of 22 men gathered together to partake in the viral challenge, but rather than striking a silly pose with a friend or pretending to chug from a bottle of wine, they decided to film themselves frozen with firearms in hand.

After the controversial video was submitted to the Madison County Sheriff’s office website, police launched an investigation that ended in two arrests, along with the seizure of several firearms and marijuana.

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How young Native Americans built and sustained the #NoDAPL movement

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Tokata Iron Eyes is beaming. Surrounded by journalists, camera crews and activists, the 13-year-old water protector—what she and other demonstrators call themselves—stands in the snow at a camp near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota, wearing a heavy gray coat, a large knitted scarf and thick burgundy mittens.

Just minutes earlier, she and the rest of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe learned that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers won’t grant an easement that would have allowed construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) to cross under Lake Oahe on the Missouri River. For months, Native American activists and allies have argued that the 1,172-mile, $3.8 billion pipeline project would pollute the region’s water supplies and desecrate sacred sites. Read more…

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Top YouTube clips of 2016 prove this country wishes it was the 51st state

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Australia did its part for the global monoculture in 2016.

The top 10 videos watched by the nation during the year were heavily American and heavily banal. The list, announced by YouTube Wednesday, was dominated by The Late Late Show with James Corden‘s infamous “Carpool Karaoke” segment. 

Corden’s clip with Adele topped the list overall, but Aussies could not get enough of the late night host belting tunes with Jennifer Lopez, Sia and First Lady Michelle Obama as well. Yeah, Sia is Australian, but barely.

The only two homegrown clips in the top 10 were by the comedy YouTube channel Superwog as well as radio station Triple J’s “Like a Version” cover session, which saw American artist, Halsey, cover an American singer, Justin Bieber. So, points for effort? Read more…

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Facebook is asking users to identify ‘misleading’ stories

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Mark Zuckerberg may insist that Facebook doesn’t have a serious fake news problem, but his company is apparently taking steps to identify misleading stories. 

Some Facebook users tweeted Monday that they received surveys from the site asking them to identify whether certain headlines are misleading. 

Chris Krewson, the editor of Philadelphia news outlet Billy Penn, noticed the query under a Philadelphia Inquirer article. It asked him to identify to what extent the link’s title uses “misleading language,” with options ranging from “not at all” to “completely.”

Facebook is asking whether this @PhillyInquirer headline is fake? pic.twitter.com/cCUpwtvQlS

— Chris Krewson (@ckrewson) December 5, 2016 Read more…

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Hire someone to make your wedding hashtag because #itshardtobeclever

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Millennial weddings come with a basically compulsory social media component these days, and one woman is taking advantage.

After dealing with wedding overload (19 ceremonies over the past two years), Los Angeles-based magazine editor Marielle Wakim had witnessed her fair share of bridal processions, wedding veils and best man toasts. 

She’d also seen the rise of the wedding hashtag, a short phrase that’s usually an overly cutesy blend of the bride and groom’s names or a trying-too-hard nod to how they met.

If you’ve been to a wedding in the last few years, you’ll know it. The wedding hashtag can be found on everything, starting with invitations and the wedding website, and then plastered onto napkins, photo booth pictures and and centerpiece displays at the reception.  Read more…

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Tumblr page shows Trump supporters who don’t endlessly defend him

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Throughout his campaign, supporters of Donald Trump loyally stood by his in-your-face bombast, from that very lewd Access Hollywood clip to the blunt insults he threw time and time again.

In their eyes, The Donald could do no wrong.

Now the “Trumpgrets” Tumblr is bringing to life those #MAGA voters who do have a critical thing or two to say about the President-elect. Some concerns regard equal pay, medicare funding, or the fact that Trump isn’t trying to put Hillary Clinton in jail, and even went so far as to call the Clintons “good people.” 

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The NFL is way overthinking this GIF thing

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The NFL is finally modifying its overbearing social media policy, but making things quite complicated in the process.

In a memo reportedly sent out to all 32 teams on Friday, the NFL announced it would amend the social media policy it instituted two months ago, which prevented teams from posting GIFs and videos during games. 

Teams are allowed to do so now, but this is still the NFL, so of course the change is accompanied by some very specific rules.

Previously, the league handed out $25,000 fines for posting unapproved video (including GIFs) during games. The new policy lets teams post video, but only of things like “fans, cheerleaders, mascots and touchdown dances,” according to a memo obtained by Yahoo! Finance. Read more…

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The future president is blocking people on Twitter like there’s no tomorrow

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Since winning this year’s presidential election the talk of the 2016 Twitter-sphere, Donald Trump, is heavily utilizing the site’s block feature.

It appears that the controversial tweeter has decided if he sees anyone badmouthing him or disagreeing with his policies on his favorite social media site, he will simply hit the digital “you’re fired” button, dismissing the unwanted followers from his Twitter life.

Sick burn, Donald.

Now, as more and more people share their own personal “I’ve been blocked by the future President of the United States on Twitter” tales, it seems as though the blocking maneuver — normally reserved for extreme instances — is becoming second nature for The Donald.  Read more…

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