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This is nice.

Even if it does put me in mind of Mayor "Diamond Joe" Quimby opening the Springfield Comic Convention.
Mayor Marty Walsh declared August 1 to be Stan Lee Day in Boston during a ceremony at this year’s Boston Comic Con.
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I am darn surprised by some of these. 
Swearing varies a lot from place to place, even within the same country, in the same language. But how do we know who swears what, where, in the big picture? We turn to data – damn big data. With g...
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Some of the results confirm certain stereotypes, like the popularity of "darn" in Minnesota.

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Clever way of raising the profile of an upcoming comics convention, and they picked a good venue for it.
Comic book fans and cosplayers took over Faneuil Hall for the Boston Comic Con parade on July 22.
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Resharing this in case anyone I know likes bees, or goddesses, or bee goddesses, or knows someone named Melissa, or is someone named Melissa.
 
Bee Goddess T-shirts available for the next 2 weeks only! Many colors and styles. http://teespring.com/bee-goddess Order yours before August 4.
Based on an ancient Minoan design, this bee is one of many goddesses violently suppressed by Abrahamism. Perfect for people who like bees, goddesses, bee goddesses, and people named Melissa. (Animated gif of her dancing here.) All profits support artist Nina Paley in making her next feature film, Seder-Masochism. (Direct donations accepted here.)
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Uber shows no compunction about using the Uber app itself to attack the Mayor of New York City because they don't like a bill being considered by the City Council.  They're shamelessly using their app to advance their political and legislative agenda.  I think this is unprecedented; I know it's gross and wrong.
Uber is taking its feud with Mayor Bill de Blasio to the app itself as the City Council is set to vote on a plan to cap the number of ride-share cars on the street.
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Five leading economists warn the German chancellor, “History will remember you for your actions this week.”
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Cilla Black performs a song composed for her by the great tunesmith Mr. Apollo C. Vermouth.
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It's a miracle: a plan that was wildly popular with the previous and current Governor, the previous and current Mayor, and a great many wealthy investors has been stopped due to its extreme unpopularity with the public.  Congratulations are due the citizens of Boston.
In a joint statement, United States Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun and Boston 2024 Chairman Steve Pagliuca characterized the decision to pull out as a mutual one, reached with Boston 2024 earlier Monday.
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This happened in Seattle some years back when the literati, the glitterati, and the politicos all fell in love with a dusty Olmstead plan for a grand promenade from the lake to downtown, despite having to raze a couple working-class neighborhoods to build it. We hoi polloi actually stopped it at the voting booth, much to their surprise and chagrin. That might have been the last time the common will prevailed: see recent sports stadia, for example.

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For once, I approve of this message from Senator Graham.
Sen. Lindsey Graham needs a new phone. That’s what happens when Donald Trump gives out your personal cell phone number to a national audience.
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The YouTube comments are full of people saying "You don't have to destroy your phone, you can just change the number." Which is another way of saying "I literally don't recognize a joke when I see it."

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And there's my greatest nightmare confirmed scientifically.  Thanks for that, NPR.
How much can someone's face affect the sentence he receives in court? A lot, according to a study that asked people to rate the trustworthiness of convicted murderers based on their mugshots.
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The video is well worth watching.
The SNP's Mhairi Black accused Labour of letting down Scots in her first speech in the House of Commons.
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"In many ways, the right wing's constant brainless persecution of Barack Obama the person has been self-defeating. They've cried wolf so many times about things like Obama's Trotskyite world domination plans or his efforts to lead U.N. takeovers of Lubbock, Texas, that they've dulled what otherwise might have been widespread concern over genuinely troubling government overreaches, the expansion of the surveillance state being an example."
President Obama is finally having his presidential honeymoon – but it isn't all good news
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