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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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Trying to make sense of the Nin Com Soup Nutzy

A cafe in London intent on living up to a name that otherwise makes little sense for a coffee shop — Nin Com Soup — drew some attention last month when it introduced a new flavor of smoothie, decorated it with a swastika, and called it “Nutzy”.

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Tonight’s debate inspired me to write a little song about Trump

During tonight’s dick-measuring contest Republican debate, Donald Trump treated the viewing audience to the following iron-clad, completely convincing refutation of Marco Rubio:

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What crazy universe is Mike Huckabee living in?

Mike Huckabee is running for President, which will hopefully be almost as fun as the last time he decided to do that. And he certainly kicked things off with a bang. In the speech declaring his candidacy, Huckabee had this, inter alia, to say:

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The New York Times’ “microadventurer” may be British, but he’s no Sherlock Holmes

For some reason, the New York Times recently saw fit to profile British “microadventurer” Alastair Humphreys. To be clear: I am, generally speaking, supportive of Sir Humphreys’s message, which basically amounts to “Go outside even when you’re not on vacation.”

That said, he doesn’t seem to have a strong grasp of how America works. Here’s how the Times’ brief interview wrapped up:

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Mormons aren’t the only religion to conduct posthumous conversions

You probably remember a few years (hunch)back when King Richard III of England was discovered in a grave underneath a parking lot in Leicester. After scientists forced him to give up whatever secrets his bones still kept, the saga will soon reach its final act when his remains are encrypted (i.e. placed in a crypt) for the very first time:

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A tribute to Ron Swanson he most certainly would not endorse

A friend recently directed me to a Tumblrblog titled “Ron Swanson Says…”, and subtitled “The eternal wisdom of Ron Swanson”. The site hasn’t been updated for a while, but I still feel the need to comment on one of its more-recent posts. You can see the entirety of the post in question immediately following this colon:

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Who’s wiping Israel off the map now?: New York Times edition

In a recent post, I detailed how some people described the acquisition of Seamless in Kuwait (how clever) as the largest Middle Eastern exit since 2009. They forgot, of course, that Israeli startups routinely eclipse Talabat’s $170 million purchase price — or maybe excluding Israel from “the Middle East” was a conscious decision. Either way, they’re redrawing maps.

But those offenders are small potatoes (which you may presumably order on Talabat). This time, I’d like to call your attention to the pages of the New York Times. In yesterday’s column, Islam and the West at War, Roger Cohen described the current conflict between, well, Islam and the west:

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Can you even believe that thing Benedict Cumberbatch just said in his “apology”?

Benedict Cumberbatch has roundly drawn praise for his efforts to remedy a recent Benedict Cumberbotch. I’m not so sure he deserves it. Via the Huffington Post:

Benedict Cumberbatch apologized on Monday for using the phrase “colored actors” on the Tavis Smiley PBS show, and said he was “devastated to have caused offense.”

First of all, this is Benedict Cumberbatch; if anything, he said “coloured actors”, and that’s certainly deserving of at least a modicum of additional forgiveness.

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