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What was Nick Offerman drinking on The Late Show?

According to YouTube, “hilarious couple” Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally appeared on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert December 15 to “battle for the Smooshed title in this Christmas-themed edition of Late Show’s signature cooking competition.” The competition is as follows: each contestant has about a minute to, well, smoosh together available ingredients — Colbert is the judge.

In keeping with his public persona, St. Nick surveyed said available ingredients and decided to “use that bourbon to fuel my creativity” by taking a couple of long swigs before he started any smooshing:

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What John Oliver got wrong about Donald Trump’s post-Brexit speech

Back in June, Mr. Brexit celebrated the event from which he took his name during a visit to Scotland. No one summarized Trump’s take on the referendum better than John Oliver (link to full segment):

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Benedict Cumberbatch is a liar, and pathetic, and alone in life,* and mean

If Benedict Cumberbatch had only become engaged, dayenu.

But the actor’s also making headlines (“Benedict Cumberbatch goes old-school with engagement“) for how he and the prospective** missus made the announcement:

Instead of releasing a statement through an army of publicists or posting a photo of engagement rings on Instagram, Cumberbatch went old-school and posted an engagement notice in the Wednesday edition of UK paper The Times.

Here’s what that looked like:

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Chris Hansen: beware your new neighbors

This morning, I turned on the internet to discover that Chris Hansen, multi-billionaire [I’m pretty sure] and local hero [less uncertain], reached a deal with City Council for a new arena that would allow Seattle to bring back the Sonics and possibly attract a brand new NHL franchise.* As I understand it, the announcement came as something of a surprise – people knew the parties were talking, but I don’t think anyone realized just how close the two sides really were.

*I vote Steelhead, but it will probably be Thunderbirds.

But while most of the city celebrated, not everyone is ecstatic.

You see, the new Sonics arena is likely to be built in SoDo, in close proximity to the Port of Seattle and existing stadia that currently house the Mariners and Seahawks. And some of those neighbors are on record with concerns that the Sonics might not be the best neighbors. From an article published April 3 in The Seattle Times:

In a strongly worded letter to city and county leaders, the Seattle Mariners say to find another spot for a new sports arena.

“The proposed Sodo location, in our view, simply does not work,” wrote team Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Howard Lincoln, in a letter Tuesday to Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, King County Executive Dow Constantine and members of the Seattle and King County councils.

“It would bring scheduling, traffic and parking challenges that would likely require hundreds of millions of dollars to mitigate.”

The Mariners brought up serious issues that seem to have been partially – though not wholly – addressed by concessions Hansen made in reaching a final deal with the City Council, and reiterated their concern in a September 12 letter to the City Council.

But while it’s cute that the Lincoln is concerned about the behavior of his new neighbors, Hansen shouldn’t let the Mariners paint him as the neighborhood bully. Indeed, another article published just two days ago in the Times serves as a timely reminder that the Mariners don’t make for such great neighbors either:

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How to boycott a moment of silence

Please join me in exploring how it came about that the United Nations observed a Kim Jong il-sized moment of silence.

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The U.N. General Assembly granted a request from North Korea and held a few moments of silence on Thursday for Kim Jong-il, the country’s former leader who died on Saturday.

Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, president of the 193-nation assembly, called for a “minute of silence” before the start of a routine meeting at 3:00 p.m. EST.

The minute of silence lasted for 25 seconds before Nasser proceeded with the scheduled meeting. The United States, European Union member states and Japan were among the countries that boycotted the tribute to Kim Jong-il.

2:59:42       Nasser: It is my sad duty to pay tribute to the memory of the late Kim Jong-il, Secretary-
                     General of the Workers Party of Korea, Chairman of the National Defence Commission
                     of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, and Supreme Commander of the
                     Korean People’s Army, who passed away on Saturday, December 17.
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