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https://twitter.com/mhumane/status/1053299869958455297
Good lawd, how adorable!

Confess: Did you buy a Mega Millions ticket today?

I did. The only time I buy a ticket is when I cash in my recyclables.

Then I thought about how absolutely daunting it would be to win that kind of money! $1,000,000,000...

Anywho, it is always a little fun to fantasize about the wonderful things one could do for others with that kind of money.

The 5 most popular links on Facebook in the last 24 hours, per @crowdtangle:

The 5 most popular links on Facebook in the last 24 hours, per @crowdtangle:

1. Fox News on Rosie O'Donnell
2. Breitbart on Nancy Pelosi
3. 9Gag's "Monkeys Have Sex While Standing On Woman's Knee In Bali Forest"
4. Daily Caller on Rosie O'Donnell
5. Fox News on Rihanna


Methodology note: these are the most engaged-with *posts containing a link* on FB, not the most engaged-with posts overall. (Those are mostly photos of adoptable shelter dogs, weirdly enough.)


https://twitter.com/kevinroose/status/1053354373764599809

This elementary school surprised their 'superhero' custodian with an appreciation party...

https://twitter.com/nowthisnews/status/1053311812580532226

I pulled a 1,500-year-old sword out of a lake

People are saying I am the queen of Sweden because of the legend of King Arthur

Every summer, my parents, my six-year-old brother and I go to stay in a cabin by a lake called Vidöstern in Tånnö in southern Sweden, not far from where we live. I like to build sandcastles on the beach, or find rocks to skim across the water and see how many times I can make them bounce. Mamma says she used to play and swim in the lake when she was little, too.

On 15 July this year, I was playing on the beach with my friend, when Daddy told me to get a buoy from the cabin: he said the water level in the lake was very shallow and we had to warn any boats that might come along because it was dangerous. He said it had been the hottest summer for 260 years.

I waded into the water and it was very soft on my skin and refreshing, a little bit cool but not too cold. It was a nice feeling because the sun was shining and I was very hot. Daddy was begging me to rush so he could watch the World Cup final, but I like to take my time about things so I ignored him.

...

People on the internet are saying I am the queen of Sweden, because in the legend of King Arthur, he was given a sword by a lady in a lake, and that meant he would become king. I am not a lady – I’m only eight – but it’s true I found a sword in the lake. I wouldn’t mind being queen for a day, but when I grow up I want to be a vet. Or an actor in Paris.

Now, whenever I go swimming in the lake, I will be looking to see what I can find. It feels like that lake might be a little bit magic. On that day I felt a little bit magic, too.

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2018/oct/19/experience-pulled-a-1500-year-old-sword-lake-saga-vanecek?CMP=share_btn_tw

The Trump effect: Spotted in Park Slope Brooklyn.



https://twitter.com/AndreaWNYC/status/1053254200556249088

TL;DR: guy takes his girlfriend to see Jordan Peterson speak, she immediately tells him...







https://twitter.com/Sturgeons_Law/status/1053063942510010368
(Just one comment regarding the reply to this complete dumbass/incel: a feminist podcast is not even close to being comparable)

Peterson: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jordan_Peterson

Peterson has argued that there is an ongoing "crisis of masculinity" and "backlash against masculinity" where the "masculine spirit is under assault".[15][103][104][105] He has argued that feminism and policies such as no-fault divorce have had adverse effects on gender relations and destabilized society.[103] He has argued that the existing societal hierarchy that the "left" has characterised as an "oppressive patriarchy" might "be predicated on competence."[15] Peterson has said that men without partners are likely to become violent, and has proposed "enforced monogamy", wherein monogamy is a social norm, as a solution to the problem.[15][103] He has attributed the rise of Donald Trump and far-right European politicians to what he says is a push to "feminize" men, saying "If men are pushed too hard to feminize they will become more and more interested in harsh, fascist political ideology."[106] He attracted considerable attention over a 2018 Channel 4 interview where he clashed with interviewer Cathy Newman on the topic of the gender pay gap.[107][108] Peterson disputed that the gender pay gap was solely due to sexual discrimination.[108][109][110] According to Nellie Bowles, most of Peterson's ideas "stem from a gnawing anxiety around gender".[15]

Foo Fighters cover Enter Sandman w/ 10 year old LIVE KC



Jamal Khashoggi: What the Arab world needs most is free expression



A note from Karen Attiah, Global Opinions editor

I received this column from Jamal Khashoggi’s translator and assistant the day after Jamal was reported missing in Istanbul. The Post held off publishing it because we hoped Jamal would come back to us so that he and I could edit it together. Now I have to accept: That is not going to happen. This is the last piece of his I will edit for The Post. This column perfectly captures his commitment and passion for freedom in the Arab world. A freedom he apparently gave his life for. I will be forever grateful he chose The Post as his final journalistic home one year ago and gave us the chance to work together.


I was recently online looking at the 2018 “Freedom in the World” report published by Freedom House and came to a grave realization. There is only one country in the Arab world that has been classified as “free.” That nation is Tunisia. Jordan, Morocco and Kuwait come second, with a classification of “partly free.” The rest of the countries in the Arab world are classified as “not free.”

As a result, Arabs living in these countries are either uninformed or misinformed. They are unable to adequately address, much less publicly discuss, matters that affect the region and their day-to-day lives. A state-run narrative dominates the public psyche, and while many do not believe it, a large majority of the population falls victim to this false narrative. Sadly, this situation is unlikely to change.

The Arab world was ripe with hope during the spring of 2011. Journalists, academics and the general population were brimming with expectations of a bright and free Arab society within their respective countries. They expected to be emancipated from the hegemony of their governments and the consistent interventions and censorship of information. These expectations were quickly shattered; these societies either fell back to the old status quo or faced even harsher conditions than before.

My dear friend, the prominent Saudi writer Saleh al-Shehi, wrote one of the most famous columns ever published in the Saudi press. He unfortunately is now serving an unwarranted five-year prison sentence for supposed comments contrary to the Saudi establishment. The Egyptian government’s seizure of the entire print run of a newspaper, al-Masry al Youm, did not enrage or provoke a reaction from colleagues. These actions no longer carry the consequence of a backlash from the international community. Instead, these actions may trigger condemnation quickly followed by silence.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/global-opinions/jamal-khashoggi-what-the-arab-world-needs-most-is-free-expression/2018/10/17/adfc8c44-d21d-11e8-8c22-fa2ef74bd6d6_story.html


Twitter says it won't suspend Louis Farrakhan over tweet comparing Jews to termites

Source: The Hill

Twitter said Wednesday that it will not suspend Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan over a tweet comparing Jews to termites, the company confirmed to The Hill.

Farrakhan, who has been accused of making anti-Semitic remarks for years, posted a clip to Twitter of a speech he gave captioned, "I'm not an anti-Semite. I'm anti-Termite."

The tweet prompted backlash on the platform, with figures such as Chelsea Clinton blasting it as anti-Semitic.

"The responsive laughter makes my skin crawl. For everyone who rightly condemned President Trump’s rhetoric when he spoke about immigrants 'infesting our country,' this rhetoric should be equally unacceptable to you," Clinton wrote.

https://twitter.com/ChelseaClinton/status/1052565799934849024

Read more: https://thehill.com/policy/technology/411950-twitter-says-it-wont-suspend-louis-farrakhan-over-tweet-comparing-jews-to
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