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Nicki Minajs Week From Hell: Kylie Jenner Drama, Tour Shakeups and Harriet Tubman?

For many celebrities, getting called out for Harriet Tubman. Some of these maneuvers were probably just (successful) attempts to snatch headlines as Minaj debuted her new album, it debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200, and earned the No. 1 iTunes spot in 86 countries. But Minaj wanted to be No. 1, and she wasnt above blaming a very wealthy baby for being dethroned. But before we get to Stormi Webster, a radio interview. The feud then moved continued, Btch you hit me & meek asking us to get…

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Its time for Facebook and Twitter to coordinate efforts on hate speech

Since the election of Donald Trump in 2016, there has been burgeoning awareness of the hate speech on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter. While activists have pressured these companies to improve their content moderation, few groups (outside of the German government) have outright sued the platforms for their actions. That’s because of a legal distinction between media publications and media platforms that has made solving hate speech online a vexing problem. Take, for instance, an op-ed published in the New York Times calling for the slaughter of an…

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Become a child genius with this engineering kit

A local news site wants you to get your facts straight before destroying their mentions.  The National Enquirer kept a LITERAL SAFE of records that documented “hush money payments” during the 2016 presidential election. The tabloid essentially buried stories that would damage Trump’s campaign.  SEE ALSO: Sarah Huckabee Sanders tries and fails to explain Trump’s odd comment on groceries On Thursday, National Enquirer chief David Pecker was granted immunity, and angry people took to Twitter to voice their rage.  Except, they directed their anger at the wrong Enquirer.  The poor…

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Fall in love with this tasty mountain of shredded ice

The Shrek soundtrack is the arguably the quintessential album of the 2000s, rivaled only by the magnum opus of movie soundtracks, Shrek 2. The opening scene — from Shrek bursting out of his outhouse to shattering a mirror with his ogreish grin — wouldn’t be the same without Smash Mouth’s iconic “someBODY once told me.” Smash Mouth’s “All Star” became an absolute banger, constantly resurfacing through memes and remixes. And their cover of the Monkees’ “I’m a Believer” sweetly accompanies Shrek and Fiona through their swamp wedding as they party…

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Australia is deplorably racist, as people of colour are reminded when they speak up | Jack Latimore

There can be no reconciliation until politicians acknowledge the harmful impacts of race baiting Theres no question that Australia is a far more racist country than its political class like to admit. No amount of spin should be capable of disorientating hard facts sufficiently to obfuscate that reality. Yet incredibly I still receive abusive mail ridiculing me for jumping at shadows, protesting it just aint so. I understand how a certain amount of privilege in life provides a buffer to the kinds of racialised discrimination, prejudice and hate speech that…

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Photoshop Troll Who Takes Photo Requests Too Literally Strikes Again, And The Result Is Hilarious (15+ New Pics)

James is a professional photoshopper, a master of his trade who can alter your picture to just about anything he pleases. The British designer has become an internet star with his maverick ways, taking people’s requests and altering them with a hilariously unexpected twist to find his own niche, photoshop comedy. His images are often delivered with a deadpan response, a simple ‘sure’ or ‘done,’ but sometimes he comes out with important messages about social issues such as media manipulation, unrealistic beauty standards and body confidence too. #9 #10 Read…

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Mueller is reportedly investigating Trump’s tweets

I said that?Image: vicky leta/mashable It’s just too good. The New York Times reported on Thursday that special counsel Robert S. Mueller III is putting President Trump’s tweets under the microscope. He may use the Tweets to help determine whether President Trump attempted to obstruct justice in the Russian election tampering investigation.  SEE ALSO: Just some photos of Donald Trump yelling Mueller reportedly wants to question Trump about the intention of certain Tweets, particularly those about James Comey and Jeff Sessions. Mr. Trump, what was your intention when you called…

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How Americans Wound Up on Twitter’s List of Russian Bots

If you followed Rebecca Hirschfeld’s @Beckster319 account on Twitter in the weeks leading up to the 2016 election, you would have seen that she’s an actress, a huge fan of David Bowie but not so much of Donald Trump, and that she enjoyed anything flavored with pumpkin. Around the same time, if you looked at Markiya Franklin’s @internalmemer account, you would have gathered that she supports Black Lives Matter and is a K-pop diehard. Chris Osborne’s @skatewake1994 account was into surfing and snowboarding with a passion, along with saying a…

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This dexterous humanoid has robot fingers that almost perfectly mimic human hands

Pee after sex or you'll end up with a week-long cranberry juice cleanse.Image: Getty Images Twitter is doing a better job at teaching sex ed than most schools in the United States.  In case your high school education failed you, too, doctors recommend that people pee after sex to help prevent urinary tract infections. It’s become popular for Twitter users to leave wholesome nightly messages for each other, like reminding people to take off their makeup, leave trash exes on read, and pee after sex. After all, nobody wants to…

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Internet on edge as daredevil raccoon scales Minnesota skyscraper

Climbing raccoon prompts live stream, photos and hashtag #MPRraccoon as world watches Raccoons are not typically known for their bravery, but one is scaling the UBS tower in Minnesota with death-defying nerve. The raccoon was originally spotted on the roof of a nearby office block and was safely removed by maintenance workers. But rather than find safety elsewhere, it jumped over to the UBS tower, one of the largest skyscrapers in the city, where it has been scaling the building all day, and, at the time of writing, was over…

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Insanely Muscular Cat Conquers The Internet And The Memes Are Hilarious

Buff cat was first noticed on the streets of Montreal, Canada by a feline fan. His fan base has steadily grown to the point that his official Twitter page now has over 17k followers, and has spawned a whole load of hilarious memes. While some people are concerned that buff daddy might have some serious health issues going on, others have speculated that he may have a rare genetic disorder that causes some animals, usually cattle, to become ‘double muscled.’ Meet buff cat, literally the biggest feline sensation on the…

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Tom Cruise shares photo teaser for ‘Top Gun: Maverick’

Tom Cruise is ready for take-off.Image: Paramount/Kobal/REX/Shutterstock The Top Gun sequel is really happening – Tom Cruise tweeted a photo hashtagged #Day1 to indicate that production is underway.  The photo shows Cruise looking toward a waiting aircraft. A text caption briefly quotes one of the movie’s most famous lines: “FEEL THE NEED.” SEE ALSO: The internet has already got the plot for ‘Top Gun 2’ all figured out

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Its unconstitutional for Trump to block people on Twitter

A uniquely 21st-century constitutional question received a satisfying answer today from a federal judge: President Trump cannot block people on Twitter, as it constitutes a violation of their First Amendment rights. The court also ruled he must unblock all previously blocked users. “No government official is above the law,” the judge concluded. The question was an aspect of a suit brought by the Knight First Amendment Institute, which alleged that the official presidential Twitter feed amounts to a public forum, and that the government barring individuals from participating in it…

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Rage Against the Machine beats X Factor’s Joe to Christmas No 1

After an Facebook campaign against Simon Cowell's chart domination, music fans celebrate their victory In recent years, it had become as predictable as elections in North Korea singer wins X Factor, singer’s debut single goes to No 1. So when Joe McElderry won the TV talent contest, he was no doubt confident he would celebrate Christmas at the top of the charts. Alas for the 18-year-old from South Shields, it wasn’t to be: a song almost his own age denied him the top spot after a successful online campaign. Killing…

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These 10 GIFs Will Give You an Appreciation for Silent Era Filmmaking

For the last three years, Don McHoull has been faithfully uploading gifs from silent era films to Twitter under the handle @SilentMovieGIfs. Not surprisingly, the account heavily features the work of Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin, Harold Lloyd and Fritz Lang. McHoull also routinely adds context and supplemental information to the clips, fostering greater appreciation for the filmmaking and talent of the period’s most famous actors. The Sifter hopes the 10 gifs below will pique your curiosity and encourage you to check out more amazing silent film moments at @SilentMovieGifs on…

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