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Dave Chapelle is more worried about being mistaken for gay than for ISIS

Just days before his just-post-election monologue on SNL, Dave Chapelle made a few small headlines when he downplayed the seriousness of both sexism and homophobia. And when it came time for him to actually deliver that big monologue, Chapelle put his money where his mouth was, making jokes that could be construed as mild examples of both. The astounding part: It only took him three words, one of which was “a”, and you probably missed it.

The sentence clause in question came during Chapelle’s discussion of whether the Pulse shooter could rightly be considered a soldier of ISIS. See if you can spot the three-word sequence in this excerpt taken from the Washington Post’s transcript of his routine:

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Jon Stewart’s guest last night could use some serious perspective

Millionaire hedge fund manager Bill Browder visited Jon Stewart last night to promote his new book, Red Notice. The book describes an incident in which Browder’s Russian lawyer was kidnapped, tortured, and murdered by corrupt businessmen he had testified against in Russia.

In addition to writing a book, Browder also worked to pass American legislation that would punish individuals who participated in such shameful behavior. Here’s how he described the consequences of getting on the list created by that piece of legislation:

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A questionable Huffington Post headline featuring Vladimir Putin

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:

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Real patriots don’t root for New England

Don’t let their name fool you: real patriots don’t root for the Patriots. And I’m not just talking about the fact that the Seahawks were recently revealed to be Barack Obama’s secret weapon in the war against ISIS. No. This is about who we, as Americans, can trust to secure our Super Bowl rings. And while the Seahawks can obviously be trusted to handle international affairs, the same cannot be said about New England.

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Vox article on the superiority of Canadians includes (at least) one unfortunate blunder

No doubt aboot it: Canada is better than America in at least 7 ways” crows Sarah Kliff — if that’s her real name — for Vox. The post itself is not all that exciting — except for the sorts of reasons I tend to find the internet exciting: Kliff done goofed, in a deliciously ironic way.

Number 5 of Sarah’s 7 ways has to do with educational  attainment:

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5 ways ISIS is actively reducing its carbon footprint

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:

  1. Purchase carbon offsets
  2. Reduce number of security checkpoints
  3. Avoid setting oil wells on fire
  4. Eat locally
  5. 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:

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Twitter correctly identified a link between MH17 and Gaza, but still got the story all wrong

July 17 was a little unusual over at the New York Times: for a brief time, the paper’s homepage featured two headlines: Ukraine’s downed plane on top, and Israel’s invasion of Gaza immediately below.

Sadly, I did not manage to capture a screenshot, but I clearly remember thinking to myself that it was an unusual coincidence for the two events to have occurred at almost precisely the same time.

But many on Twitter — and, undoubtedly, elsewhere — did not share my sense of wonder. Indeed, they were convinced that the timing of Israel’s invasion was no accident. They immediately concluded that Israel would cynically exploit the world’s inattention in order to massacre civilians in Gaza.

I find the sheer volume of the conspiracy astounding — and my “research” was less than perfectly-thorough:

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Here’s how safe it is to fly into Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport right now

The FAA just extended its ban on American airlines (lower-case “a”) flying to Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport for an additional 24 hours, but — at least under present circumstances — the precaution appears to be overkill.

And I have some pretty good evidence to support that contention.

No, not the fact that Michael Bloomberg flew commercial — oh, the humanity! — to TLV in order to express his support. And not even the fact that John Kerry felt comfortable flying directly into the ostensibly-banned airport.

What makes me so confident — again, at least for now — that all those cancellations were probably unnecessary appeared at the very end of an article in Haaretz describing Israel’s plan to temporarily open an additional civilian airport in its south to international traffic [emphasis mine]:

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What really happened to flight MH17? A deep dive into the pool of idle speculation

The first time a Malaysian Airlines flight disappeared under mysterious circumstances, news media had themselves a field day: at least a month of wall-to-wall MH370 coverage, much of it idle speculation — or worse — due to the near-complete lack of hard information about the missing plane.

A second plane was tragically shot down today over Eastern Ukraine, but unlike the original missing flight, the circumstances under which it disappeared are far less mysterious. We have the body, we have the bodies, and now, we have the black boxes. I imagine that, pretty soon, we’ll have the full story.

Which means that if there are going to be batshit crazy theories about what happened and why, we’d better get moving in a hurry. What follows is my contribution to the concoction of crackpot. You’ve been warned.

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