Donald Trump emerged victorious in New Hampshire’s Republican primary, but rather than simply report that result, Facebook turned Huffington Post’s take on the matter into a trending topic:
Earlier today, Barack Obama suggested that he would not quickly forget the Israeli Prime Minister’s pre-election remarks concerning the viability of a Palestinian state:
Vladimir Putin might soon have himself another Super Bowl ring, which reminded me of something i spotted back in May on the Huffington Post. It seems that whoever was in charge of writing the headlines one day was feeling unusually curious:
I’ll make this quick. An article appeared on Huffington Post Women today heralding the arrival of a new breed of trophy wife:
Men are finding the most attractive and sexually desirable women are not brainless beauties whose sole function is to look good and stay quiet, but women who are making good money and are in positions of power.
The woman who got ahead on her looks by marrying a “sugar daddy” is now being replaced by the woman who is equal to her man in earning power and career position.
I’m not going to dispute that sweeping generalization, because, well, I don’t want a potential future wife to throw this blog post in my face — but more importantly, because its claims are impossible to evaluate from where I’m sitting.
That’s not because it would be impossible to marshal empirical evidence in support of the article’s thesis (or vice versa). It’s because that’s not the game this article is trying to play. Behold, the — precisely — two data points the author bothered to cite:
This past Saturday Night Live, the sketch comedy team put together a short commercial for Swiftamine, which as Huffington Post describes, “hilariously explains the medical phenonemon that forces you to like Taylor Swift’s music, as much as you really don’t want to. ”
A few seconds in, the disinfomercial runs through testimonials about the point when real-life individuals realized they had a problem. Let’s focus on the first: “I was jogging, listening to Spotify… and I heard this new song that I loved… it was Taylor Swift.”
The ever-insightful Clickhole chimed in last week with a piece titled 5 Ways ISIS Can Reduce Its Carbon Footprint. All you need to know about the piece is right there in the headline, but — if you insist — here is a condensed list of the supplied suggestions:
- Purchase carbon offsets
- Reduce number of security checkpoints
- Avoid setting oil wells on fire
- Eat locally
- Take public transportation
The exercise was transparently ridiculous — as if anything with the word “Islamic” in the title needs any help going green. But if that doesn’t convince you, here are 5 things the Islamic State is already doing to help reduce the threat of climate change, in no particular order:
There are a lot of perfectly legitimate things to say about what happened this summer between Hamas and Israel. This brief post is in no way meant as a guide to the issue — rather, it is a perfunctory identification of the absolute silliest single way to go about holding such a discussion.
Now, given the focus of this post, I do feel the need to preface: I don’t always read the comments — but when I do, I come to deeply regret it.
A recent article on Huffington Post was somewhat of an exception to that rule. The article in question was titled, “Ceasefires in Which Violations Never Cease” — but don’t click yet — and looked really long and predictable, so I didn’t even bother reading it. Instead, I found myself inexplicably scrolling down to the comments section, just to see how the real battle was going.
I stopped reading after about three comments — not because I could no longer take it, but because I felt compelled to share what I found with you all. Focus on the second comment below — what Ethan Shapiro had to say is largely beside the point:
Millions of visitors* were greeted, at some earlier point today, by this Huffington Post “splash” screen:
…one more publicly than them all…
Listen, I get it, HuffPo: posting a picture of a person pooping in public is a good way to provoke concern. And that’s likely step one for finding a solution.
But — in addition to the public hygiene component of the problem — there is also a certain degree of human dignity at stake. Nobody deserves to have the world wide web watch them defecate in a dump.
And even if you think it’s no big deal, and that this kid will never learn of his prominent placement so that he could become embarrassed about it — you’re probably right, but considering that, according to the UN, more people on this planet have access to cellphones than toilets, the chance he will is certainly higher than zero.
Next time, perhaps a drop of consideration** is in order. Even if, for the people you’re covering, the toilet is permanently out.
Ohmygosh, that is horrible! Who would do such a terrible thing to their fellow human being?
Oh wait, there’s more headline… Go on: