“The Daily Show” was on a two-week break when unarmed teen Michael Brown was shot in Ferguson, Missouri, and when media coverage of the events began, Jon Stewart’s absence from the airwaves was a noticeable one. Stewart has a knack for knowing just what to say to bring events sharply into perspective, and when he returned to TV, he brought a whole lot of thoughts about Ferguson along with him. Last night, he tore into Fox anchors for implying that Brown’s shooting is not a race issue and for bringing up ignorant, paternalistic arguments against “the race card” in discussions despite the fact that Brown’s death is so blatantly about race. Stewart shares clips of several pundits essentially retreating into a bubble of white privilege in an attempt explain away the shooting as some kind of earnest accident. Ugh. Bill O’Reilly even cut his vacation short to weigh in on Ferguson because he was “outraged” — not because Michael Brown was brutally murdered, but because he didn’t like that it sparked a much-needed discussion about race in the media. Seriously. Stewart can only talk about this crappiness for so long before his own humor turns to rage:
“Do you not understand that life in this country is inherently different for black people and white people? … Race is there, and it is a constant …You’re tired of hearing about it? Imagine how fucking exhausting it is living it….I guarantee you that every person of color in this country has faced an indignity – from the ridiculous to the grotesque to the sometimes fatal – at some point in their, I’m going to say last couple of hours, because of their skin color.”
Tell it like it is, Jon! Clip above. [The Wire]
I realize I’m probably in the minority here, and may even reconsider my position when I’m a parent myself, but I find toddlers cursing to be one of life’s most hilarious things. I loveeeeee a kid who knows how to drop an F-bomb. I also squee extra loud for kids who have thick accents, which is why this video of a two-year-old British girl taking the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is probably my favorite thing on the internet today. [Death and Taxes]
Lots of men tell stupid lies to their girlfriends, but not all of them end up involving the police. A British man was fined after he called texted his girlfriend saying he’d been kidnapped over a debt equivalent to $82. He said he told the lie so he could continue to stay out partying. The issue is that his girlfriend took the claim seriously and called police.
Police were not pleased when they learned the kidnapping was a hoax, with a spokesman calling it “one of the most foolish and irresponsible incidents” ever encountered by the department. Read more on Huffington Post Weird News…
Spend any time at any zoo and you’re bound to catch the scent of animal waste.
That’s how it is at the Albuquerque’s BioPark Zoo, but it’s not the zoo animals that are stinking up the joint. It’s the human visitors.
Park employees have recently been finding puddles of urine near the polar bear exhibit, and suspect that it’s the results of kids who couldn’t quite make it to the bathroom, according to KOAT TV. Read more at Huffington Post Weird News…
A thousand trees have been planted in a forest outside Oslo, Norway to provide paper for a special anthology of 100 books to be published in 2114. Future Library, the ultimate public art project, was launched by Scottish artist Katie Paterson. Each year between now and 2114, a writer will contribute a book to be held in trust for a century until the forest is cut down. A special room will be designed in Oslo’s New Public Deichmanske Library to hold the books. The city of Oslo is onboard to ensure that the forest and manuscripts are supported for the next several decades as the project begins to outlive its founders. A statement on the project’s website explains:
“Tending the forest and ensuring its preservation for the 100-year duration of the artwork finds a conceptual counterpoint in the invitation extended to each writer: to conceive and produce a work in the hopes of finding a receptive reader in an unknown future.”
The contributing authors will have the creative challenge of their lives as they write for people living in a future we can’t imagine. The contributors haven’t been announced yet, but they’ll will be selected by the Future Library Trust, which is staffed by artists, publishers and other creatives. The name of the first author will be released in the next few weeks, and their manuscript will be handed over for preservation in a special ceremony in 2015. Interested book fans can even buy a limited edition certificate from Paterson that entitles the owner (well, more likely, the owner’s descendants) to a complete set of the books once they’re printed in 2114. Will people be so used to e-readers 100 years from now that paper books out of trees will seem blasphemous? Will climate change have altered the very fabric of the forest? I’d love to see what happens next with this awesome project, and hey, maybe if my pipe dream of us all living to be 200 comes true I’ll find out.