1 Liu Xiaobo Plaza

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An amendment attached to the annual state department budget bill would rename the Washington, D.C. street that the Chinese Embassy is on to Liu Xiaobo Plaza, after noted Nobel Peace Prize laureate and Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, who is serving an 11-year sentence for subversion.

art by Shepard Fairey

“Never smoked crack — as simple as that”

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Marion Barry, Mayor for Life

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Prisoner of Denver by Hunter S. Thompson and Mark Seal (2004)

Just 22, Lisl Auman was convicted in 1998 of the felony murder of a police officer, a crime she didn’t commit, and is serving life in prison without parole. This summer, three years after gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson began his campaign to free Lisl, Colorado’s Supreme Court will rule on her appeal. Mark Seal joins Thompson in exposing the brutality, corruption, and arcane legal strategy which doomed an innocent young woman—and threatens every other American.

Che Peccato

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This year, Italy will be adding the sales of drugs, prostitution and smuggling to their GDP calculations, “a boost for its chronically stagnant economy.”

Johnny Ramone was Nixon Republican

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A brief history of conservative and libertarian punk rock

Morning Dose of Al Sharpton Versus The Teleprompter

Mispronouncing everything

Lunchtime Laughter

Jesse Ventura for President?

The Rastafarians

Dan Rather reports for 60 minutes back in 1979/1980

Picture of the Day

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Climate Change: Earth’s Giant Game of Tetris

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Farming the White House by Arlo Crawford

When the Crawford family was recruited to help Michelle Obama grow her vegetable garden, they got a close look at the frustrations and thrills of politics.

Lunchtime Laughter

George W. Bush Debuts New Paintings Of Dogs, Friends, Ghost Of Iraqi Child That Follows Him

The Gayest Stamps Ever

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The Finnish postal service is honoring Tom of Finland with a series of postage stamps featuring the late artist’s “emphatically masculine homoerotic drawings”.

Knock On Wood…

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Your chances of getting audited by the IRS are at the lowest percentages since the 1980s. A look at the numbers, below.

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#NotABugSplat

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JR’s ‘Inside Out’ art project empowered a group of artists in Pakistan to place a gigantic portrait of a child on the ground facing the sky in villages across one of the more heavily bombed regions of the country. The goal of the art was to targets predator drone operators, and make them aware that with every strike, a child could be killed.

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SUSPICIOUS MINDS by Adam Curtis

Nobody trusts anyone in authority today.

Diego Garcia, The U.S. Military Base in the Indian Ocean

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A rumored landing spot for the missing Malaysian Flight MH370, and the location where Philip Wood, an IBM Engineer and flight passenger allegedly sent a photo from. Gotta love conspiracy theories.

‘I alone can make an empire out of a republic, to restore former glories, to return lost territories and pride for this country,’

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Darth Vader is running for president of Ukraine. Long live the Internet Party!

The ‘Dear Leader Haircut’

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Men in North Korea used to be able to style their hair in 10 different ways, now they can choose only one, that of their leader Kim Jong-Un. Formerly known as the “Chinese smuggler haircut,” the sharp fade with a floppy top has also been worn stateside by Brad Pitt, and is sure to be a staple on the street for ironic trendsetters this summer. Follow the leader.

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