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Barnes & Noble's releasing a $50 Android tablet that does all the things Amazon won't let Kindles do

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Chris Meadows writes, “Barnes & Noble is coming out with a $50 Nook Android tablet, with hardware specs similar to Amazon’s $50 Fire. The kicker is, this new Nook tablet will run plain-vanilla Android 6.0 Marshmallow and include the full suite of Google Play apps–unlike the Fire, which only permits installation of those apps Amazon deems suitable. Will this be enough to rescue the ailing Nook brand?”
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Han Solo and Princess Leia had an affair, for real

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In Carrie Fisher’s new memoir The Princess Diarist, she writes that she had an affair with Harrison Ford while they were filming Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977). From CNN:

“It was so intense,” Fisher told People magazine. “It was Han and Leia during the week, and Carrie and Harrison during the weekend…”

Fisher was 19 when she landed the breakthrough role of Princess Leia for the 1976 filming. Ford, then 33, was married to Mary Marquardt, with whom he had two children.

Fisher writes that she and Ford spent their first night together after a birthday party for director George Lucas.

“I looked over at Harrison. A hero’s face — a few strands of hair fell over his noble, slightly furrowed brow,” she wrote. “How could you ask such a shining specimen of a man to be satisfied with the likes of me?”

“I was so inexperienced, but I trusted something about him,” she added. “He was kind.”

The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher (Amazon)

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Han Solo and Princess Leia had an affair, for real

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In Carrie Fisher’s new memoir The Princess Diarist, she writes that she had an affair with Harrison Ford while they were filming Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977). From CNN:

“It was so intense,” Fisher told People magazine. “It was Han and Leia during the week, and Carrie and Harrison during the weekend…”

Fisher was 19 when she landed the breakthrough role of Princess Leia for the 1976 filming. Ford, then 33, was married to Mary Marquardt, with whom he had two children.

Fisher writes that she and Ford spent their first night together after a birthday party for director George Lucas.

“I looked over at Harrison. A hero’s face — a few strands of hair fell over his noble, slightly furrowed brow,” she wrote. “How could you ask such a shining specimen of a man to be satisfied with the likes of me?”

“I was so inexperienced, but I trusted something about him,” she added. “He was kind.”

The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher (Amazon)

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Read: Rescue, by Sarah Gailey

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Sarah Gailey’s demon-dog duo from “Bargain” in Mothership Zeta‘s first issue return for another adventure in Mothership Zeta 5 (October 2016). Malachai, Devourer of Miscreants and Usurper of Souls, has a lot to learn about dog parks, tiny pinstriped pajama tops, and the need to carry plastic bags everywhere. Mothership Zeta is an Escape Artists ezine publishing fun science fiction, fantasy, and horror four times a year.

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Read: Rescue, by Sarah Gailey

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Sarah Gailey’s demon-dog duo from “Bargain” in Mothership Zeta‘s first issue return for another adventure in Mothership Zeta 5 (October 2016). Malachai, Devourer of Miscreants and Usurper of Souls, has a lot to learn about dog parks, tiny pinstriped pajama tops, and the need to carry plastic bags everywhere. Mothership Zeta is an Escape Artists ezine publishing fun science fiction, fantasy, and horror four times a year.

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I'm helping launch Echoes of Sherlock Homes at LA's Chevalier Books tomorrow night

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In 2014, lawyer and eminent Sherlockian Les Klinger comprehensively won the legal battle to establish that Sherlock Holmes is in the public domain and available for anyone to use, abuse, alter, celebrate or mock; now with a new anthology of completely unauthorized Sherlock tales, Echoes of Sherlock Holmes, Klinger and co-editor Laurie R. King have shown just how much life there is in the old tales.
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Meet Elliott Terral, Director of Magic

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Every now and then I meet people who seem to possess superhuman powers. Elliott Terral is one of those individuals and his official title is Director of Magic at a company called Art of Magic.

How cool is that?!

After speaking with Elliott for a few minutes, I asked if he was a performing magician to which he didn’t answer. Instead, he began patting down his pockets for a deck of cards. I beat him to the punch and handed him my very own deck of Erdnase 1902 Green Acorn Playing Cards. One thing to know about this deck, is that your either own it because you’re a genius with a deck of cards, or you’re a poser.

And for the record, I am not a genius with a deck of cards.

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Elliott took my fancy cards and did the impossible. He showed me a King of Hearts and slowly flexed it back and forth as the card changed from king to an ace and then back again. His movements were slow and it was real magic to everyone that was with me. If you’d like to see the effect performed by the guy who invented it you can watch it here.

And if you’d like to purchase the method, it’s only $5.00 but you need to know it isn’t a trick you can do just because you bought it. There’s a reason an “EXPERT LEVEL” descriptor is attached. But the good news is that there are other effects and concepts on the website that are far more approachable and equally satisfying.

One of my favorites is The Great Rubber Band Escape trick that’s taught by my talented friend Jordan Gold.

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Visit the website and begin developing superpowers of your own.


Besides having some of the best, current magical techniques and concepts, Art of Magic has hours and hours of free audio content to pour through.

Elliott manages a very entertaining podcast for ARTOFMAGIC called Magical Thinking where he and famous magicians discuss how to approach magic, entertainment, and art in general. Below is Elliot’s interview with Homer Liwag, who is known for creating magic with and for David Copperfield.

Enjoy!

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"Radioactive Boy Scout" dead at 39

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Remember David Hahn, the “radioactive boy scout” who, as a teen in 1994, tried to build a nuclear reactor in his garden shed? Sadly, he died this fall. So far, the cause of death is unknown.

From Ars Technica:

Hahn’s travails were most notably chronicled in a 1998 article in Harper’s, which described his story in detail. (That article was later expanded into a book, The Radioactive Boy Scout.)

At the age of 17, Hahn wrote to numerous nuclear industry entities, including the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), posing as a high school science teacher. The Harper’s article goes into some detail on his efforts.

In 2007, Hahn was arrested for stealing smoke detectors (which contain trace amounts of a radioactive element used to ionize smoke particles so they can be detected) from his apartment complex. His mugshot (above) reveals that Hahn had a lot of sores on his face that look like radiation poisoning.

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White identity and sexism gave Trump the electoral college

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No matter what apologists who would normalize the threat a Trump Administration represents may tell you, no one incidentally voted for the KKK’s Presidential candidate because of his attractive economic policy. That story sounds good and helps quiet the fears of Americans who are suddenly discovering that we live in a racist, sexist, fundamentalist Christian cesspool, but T.R. Ramachandran washes the fiction away by simply showing us the data.

This tweet storm is quite long, but one of the best analysis I’ve seen of how we got here.

The following is an excerpt, I recommend starting at the beginning.

8E) Recall that Gallup found that among top things Americans had heard about Trump were “immigration” and “Mexico” https://t.co/qhXmRR7Use pic.twitter.com/i9J8EJZzFh

— T. R. Ramachandran (@yottapoint) November 15, 2016

8F) You’ll have to squint VERY HARD to find ANYTHING to do w/ economics or trade in what most Americans heard from media abt Trump pic.twitter.com/oFahMQfazV

— T. R. Ramachandran (@yottapoint) November 15, 2016

8G) Which is why the impact of racial & gender views on WWC support for HRC/DJT must be seriously considered https://t.co/r1WcHkrGcK

— T. R. Ramachandran (@yottapoint) November 15, 2016

9A) 5th, independent analysis shows most voters heard LITTLE about POLICY from the media in 2016 https://t.co/j2Wc1DUfGy

— T. R. Ramachandran (@yottapoint) November 15, 2016

9B) Take another look at the Gallup charts – good luck finding anything (much) on Trade or Wall Street among what voters heard from media pic.twitter.com/5eDHE3V0Dw

— T. R. Ramachandran (@yottapoint) November 15, 2016

9C) So, notion that WWC voters picked DJT over HRC primarily for his POLICY positions on trade/Wall Street etc. is NOT credible

— T. R. Ramachandran (@yottapoint) November 15, 2016

9D) Moreover, do you really think HRC DID NOT talk about real issues (when in fact she did) & instead was talking to voters abt her emails??

— T. R. Ramachandran (@yottapoint) November 15, 2016

9E) REALITY: Voters were FLOODED with false/deceptive claims on HRC’s emails & “scandals”, overwhelming her message https://t.co/cOCfTIioLp

— T. R. Ramachandran (@yottapoint) November 15, 2016

9F) Deceptive claims came not just from cons media/MSM; some pro-Sanders media outlets were gleeful participants https://t.co/HYSJY4jySR

— T. R. Ramachandran (@yottapoint) November 15, 2016

10A) 6th, the 3rd pty vote, esp. for Gary Johnson was often more than Trump’s winning margin over HRC in Rust Belt https://t.co/LZiClGFADg

— T. R. Ramachandran (@yottapoint) November 15, 2016

10B) Recall Johnson said he was drawing ~half of his support from HRC, many were Sanders supporters pic.twitter.com/jnpfYV0hoZ

— T. R. Ramachandran (@yottapoint) November 15, 2016

10C) GJ was PRO trade/TPP/globalization/Citizens U/Keystone XL/fracking, ANTI min wage/tax increases for wealthy https://t.co/bP4Xl7wWBC

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HP's Z2 Mini is a tiny workstation

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I thought it was crazy that Dell dethroned Apple as the maker of America’s most spectacular laptops, but look at this from HP, putting the Mac Mini on notice: the HP Z2 Mini Workstation.

HP’s little desktop isn’t quite as small, at 8.5″ wide, and prices start at $690. With Xeon and Nvidia Quadra video card options on offer, it’ll soar much higher if you load it. No detailed specs were announced, though Engadget reports you can get up to a 1.5TB SSD and Intel Core CPUs will also be on offer. It lacks Thunderbolt and more game-friendly video card options.

Is it weird that the natural point of comparison, the Mac Pro, doesn’t even come to mind? The Z2 Mini may well overpower it in pricier configurations. What happened to that, anyway?

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Ten Commandments tablet up for auction

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Tomorrow, you can bid to own the earliest known stone tablet carved with the Ten Commandments. The two-foot-square, 115 pound marble stone was discovered in 1913 near Yavneh, Israel. The inscription is dated circa 300-830 CE and the tablet is in one piece, so unfortunately it’s probably not the original Ten Commandments delivered by God on Mount Sinai and promptly smashed by Charleston Heston. Opening bid is $220,000. From Heritage Auctions:

The details of the Yavneh Stone’s discovery are related in an article by Y. Kaplan and Yitzhak Ben-Zvi in the 1947 Journal of the Jewish Palestine Exploration Society. According to Mr. Kaplan’s account, this extraordinary artifact was rediscovered in 1913, during the excavation of a railroad line along the southern coastal plain of Palestine. The discovery was made near Yavneh, an historic city called Jabneel in the Hebrew Bible. The workmen who found it did not recognize its importance and either sold or gave it to a local Arab man of some means, who set the stone into the threshold of a room leading to his inner courtyard, with the inscription facing up. Due to foot traffic, several words on the center left side of the tablet were blurred over time.

In 1943, thirty years after his father acquired it, the man’s son sold the stone to Mr. Kaplan, who immediately recognized its importance as an extremely rare “Samaritan Decalogue,” one of five such extant stone inscriptions dating to before the Muslim invasion of the seventh century CE…

The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) granted export approval for this piece in perpetuity to the Living Torah Museum in a letter dated 20 March, 2005. By terms of the letter, the museum must receive permission from the IAA for any future sale of the artifact. In subsequent contacts, the IAA has confirmed that the agency will approve sale to a third party, provided the Stone is placed on public display “where all can view it and enjoy.”

From CNN:

It lists nine of the 10 commonly known Biblical Commandments from the Book of Exodus, with an additional Commandment to worship on the sacred mountain of Mount Gerizim, near Nablus, which is a now a city in the West Bank.

“You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in Vain” was deliberately left off the list to keep the total number of Commandments to 10, according to scholars.

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24-hour sale: the bluetooth earbuds of this holiday season are just $29.95

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Boing Boing deals week part two: the FRESHeBUDs Pro Magnetic Bluetooth Earbuds. With the iPhone 7’s huge splash this year, Bluetooth headphones are definitely going to be an important gift this holiday season. The FRESHeBUDS Pro Magnetic Bluetooth Earbuds are available today for just $29.95 and are a very quality option.

These earbuds are designed to be sweat and water resistant, so they can hold up during any outdoor activity or sweaty workout. They’re easy to use and simple to connect to your phone. All you have to do is pull the earbuds apart to automatically pair them to your phone, and snap them back together to turn them off.

The FRESHeBUDS Pro are specifically designed to be comfortable and lightweight in your ears, so you can wear them for hours at a time. The battery lasts for up to 10 hours of playtime, and charges up in just 90 minutes. They are also compact, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t powerful. They feature a sound quality that’s really impressive for their size.

Today only you can grab the FRESHeBUDS Pro for just $29.95, down from the normal sale price of $39.95 (MSRP $119.95).

Also explore other Best-Sellers and Giveaways on our network right now:

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24-hour sale: the bluetooth earbuds of this holiday season are just $29.95

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Boing Boing deals week part two: the FRESHeBUDs Pro Magnetic Bluetooth Earbuds. With the iPhone 7’s huge splash this year, Bluetooth headphones are definitely going to be an important gift this holiday season. The FRESHeBUDS Pro Magnetic Bluetooth Earbuds are available today for just $29.95 and are a very quality option.

These earbuds are designed to be sweat and water resistant, so they can hold up during any outdoor activity or sweaty workout. They’re easy to use and simple to connect to your phone. All you have to do is pull the earbuds apart to automatically pair them to your phone, and snap them back together to turn them off.

The FRESHeBUDS Pro are specifically designed to be comfortable and lightweight in your ears, so you can wear them for hours at a time. The battery lasts for up to 10 hours of playtime, and charges up in just 90 minutes. They are also compact, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t powerful. They feature a sound quality that’s really impressive for their size.

Today only you can grab the FRESHeBUDS Pro for just $29.95, down from the normal sale price of $39.95 (MSRP $119.95).

Also explore other Best-Sellers and Giveaways on our network right now:

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David Mancuso, pioneering DJ and underground dance club icon, RIP

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David Manucso, the pioneering New York City DJ who launched the underground dance music scene with his in 1970 club The Loft, has died. He was 72. Mancuso’s exquisite taste in music and his mission to host inclusive parties safe for GLBTQ people and other marginalized communities made him a beloved icon of club culture. From The Guardian:

Unlike the commercial clubs that existed to make a profit, Mancuso and particularly his event Love Saves the Day, offered a space for its members, often an LGBTQ audience, to celebrate nightlife without police interference.

“For me, the core [idea behind The Loft] is social progress,” he said in 2013. “How much social progress can there be when you’re in a situation that is repressive? You won’t get much social progress in a nightclub. In New York City they changed the law [for entry into clubs, from] 18 to 21 years old; where can this age group go to dance? In my zone, you can be any age, a drinker or non-drinker, a smoker or a non-smoker. And that’s where I like to be.”

Playlist: David Mancuso presents The Loft:

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“I made a spaceship for my son's one year birthday”

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Check out this incredible spacecraft made by IMGURian revmuun for their beautiful one-year-old baby boy. What a fantastic wondrous thing to build for your kiddo!

About the image below, revmuun says, “You can see him playing with the control panel. You can also see the hinges that help detach the control section from the body for easier transportation.”

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Why are Republicans happy with a guy who wants to "turn on the hate" and destroy them?

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The New York Times opposes president-Elect’s Trump’s appointment of Breitbart executive Steve Bannon to a top White House role. In an editorial titled “Turn on the Hate,” they quote him at his own word–and challenge Republicans on their sudden accommodation with a man who says he’s a Leninist that wants to destroy both political parties and the State.

Mr. Bannon is in some ways a perplexing figure: a far-right ideologue who made his millions investing in “Seinfeld”; a former Goldman Sachs banker who has reportedly called himself a “Leninist” with a goal “to destroy the state” and “bring everything crashing down.” He has also called progressive women “a bunch of dykes” and, in a 2014 email to one of his editors, wrote of the Republican leadership, “Let the grassroots turn on the hate because that’s the ONLY thing that will make them do their duty.” …

But most Republican officeholders have so far remained silent. Some have dismissed fears about Mr. Bannon. Other Republicans have praised him, like Reince Priebus, the chairman of the Republican National Committee, whom Mr. Trump announced as his chief of staff on Sunday, and who said Mr. Bannon could not be such a bad guy because he served in the Navy and went to Harvard Business School. Some saw the pick of Mr. Priebus as evidence that Mr. Trump would not be leaning so much on Mr. Bannon. But don’t be fooled by Mr. Priebus’s elevated title; in the press release announcing both hires, Mr. Bannon’s name appeared above Mr. Priebus’s. In a little more than two months Mr. Bannon, and his toxic ideology, will be sitting down the hall from the Oval Office.

As turns of phrase go, “far-right ideologue” isn’t so bad.

Bannon represents Trump’s intent to try and play off the “Bannon base” against the GOP establishment that suddenly finds itself happy to play ball with him and with it. Left out of the equation: the poor and middle-class people who floated his campaign to the top of the electoral college.

Today in rhetorical questions the answer is “power.”

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West Virginia mayor glad to see “ape in heels” Michelle Obama replaced by beautiful Melania Trump

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A racist facebook post describing First Lady Michelle Obama as “a Ape in heels” was so satisfying to read it made Clay, W. Va,. mayor Beverly Whaling’s day.

Pamela Ramsey Taylor, who runs a local non-profit group in Clay County, referred to the first lady as an “ape”.

“It will be refreshing to have a classy, beautiful, dignified first lady in the White House. I’m tired of seeing a Ape in heels,” she said.

Local mayor Beverly Whaling responded with “just made my day Pam”.

Ms Whaling is mayor of the town of Clay, which has a population of just 491.

It has no African American residents, according to the 2010 census. In Clay County as a whole, more than 98% of its 9,000 residents are white.

Taylor was immediately fired after the exchange was spotted by local newshounds at WBAZ. Taylor says her words could be “interpreted as racist, but in no way was intended to be,” and she’s going to sue someone over it all for slander. Whaling told the Washington Post that “My comment was not intended to be racist” and apologies for it “getting out of hand.”

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West Virginia mayor glad to see "ape in heels" Michelle Obama replaced by beautiful Melania Trump

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A racist facebook post describing First Lady Michelle Obama as “a Ape in heels” was so satisfying to read it made Clay, W. Va,. mayor Beverly Whaling’s day.

Pamela Ramsey Taylor, who runs a local non-profit group in Clay County, referred to the first lady as an “ape”.

“It will be refreshing to have a classy, beautiful, dignified first lady in the White House. I’m tired of seeing a Ape in heels,” she said.

Local mayor Beverly Whaling responded with “just made my day Pam”.

Ms Whaling is mayor of the town of Clay, which has a population of just 491.

It has no African American residents, according to the 2010 census. In Clay County as a whole, more than 98% of its 9,000 residents are white.

Taylor was immediately fired after the exchange was spotted by local newshounds at WBAZ. Taylor says her words could be “interpreted as racist, but in no way was intended to be,” and she’s going to sue someone over it all for slander. Whaling told the Washington Post that “My comment was not intended to be racist” and apologies for it “getting out of hand.”

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Kickstarting "Bears vs Babies," a new game from the Exploding Kittens team

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Elan Lee writes, “Bears vs Babies is a monster-building card game from the creators of Exploding Kittens, Elan Lee and Matthew Inman (The Oatmeal). Described as a game of ‘strategic benevolent betrayal’ it has already raised more than $2.5 million in funding on Kickstarter from 67,000 backers. Bears vs Babies completed the original $10,000 funding goal in less than 10 minutes after its launch. The game is set to join the ranks as one of the most successful crowdfunded gaming campaigns in history.”
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Michael Moore’s to do list for a revolution: an intervention for liberals

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We have a new leader in America. Known for his distinct regional accent and often seen wearing a baseball cap at rallies, he starred in a show on NBC, and holds strong opinions about guns and the NRA. He may not be the leader you saw coming, but you’re going to see a lot more of him: Michael Moore. The documentary filmmaker shuns the activist label he is often given. In a recent LA Times interview Moore asserted, “I’m not an activist, I’m a citizen. It’s redundant to say I’m an activist. We all should be active.” Moore has been very active, and has made films that take on some of America’s most complex and controversial topics — globalization, gun violence, 9/11, our healthcare system, the economy, war, and most recently, Donald Trump, someone he did see coming. Unlike the Democrats.

Moore tried to warn the left in July, when he wrote a piece titled simply “5 Reasons Why Trump Will Win. In it, he did not mince words: “Go ahead and say the words, ’cause you’ll be saying them for the next four years: ‘PRESIDENT TRUMP.’ Never in my life have I wanted to be proven wrong more than I do right now.” With his midwestern directness and efficiency, Moore then proceeded to list how and why Donald Trump was going to win.

A week after Trump’s election, Democrats and progressives are still raw with shock and grief. The agony is acute. The mood of over half the country? Political satirist Barry Crimmins nailed it in a tweet, saying “We’re now kids trapped in the back of our blowhard, road-raging, shitty-driver, dad’s car for a 4-yr trip and he’s issued a “No Talking” edict.”

Liberals feel aimless and powerless, falling all over each other trying to figure out what happened. Like teenagers at a party that went off the rails, some are locked in the bathroom crying, some are fighting amongst themselves, others are telling everyone it’s going to be fine, and some are standing on the kitchen table yelling, trying to restore order in futility. The left needs a designated driver, and Michael Moore is already in the driveway with the car warmed up, waiting for Democrats to pull themselves together and get in.

After the election, Moore posted another 5-point list, this time, a” Morning After To-Do List.” Item number one? “Take over the Democratic Party and return it to the people. They have failed us miserably.” It might sound like pointing fingers, or running for office, but it’s not. It was statement of tough love telling us what was necessary to lay the groundwork for an effective movement against Trump. Two days later, in an interview with LA Times reporter Steven Zeitchik, he said he that he wanted to head that movement:

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Ragedonate: charities that fight Trumpism

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Fosta writes, “Rather than just get angry and do nothing, we made RageDonate.com. We just launched this morning. The site shows statements from Donald Trump and offers a counter action via a donation to an organization working to protect these people. Charities already on board are: Define American, CAIR-AZ (#HateHurts), Freedom of the Press Foundation, Project Callisto & LiveFree USA. There are more to come.” (Image: Gage Skidmore CC-BY-SA)

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