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The result of this approach, the Upworthy house style, is a coy sort of emulation of English, stripped of actual semantic content: This Man Removed the Specific and the Negative, and What Happened Next Will Astonish You. Even Upworthy’s fellow participants in the ongoing SEO race to the bottom are horrified. But it works, in the sense that people who do not want to think about actual things or read any information will reliably share Upworthy stories.
Smarm, on the other hand, is never a force for good. A civilization that speaks in smarm is a civilization that has lost its ability to talk about purposes at all. It is a civilization that says “Don’t Be Evil,” rather than making sure it does not do evil.

Barack Obama’s Bullshit Gay Marriage Announcement

On this afternoon’s special broadcast, Jake Tapper echoed that point: “The president said he thought this was a state-by-state issue.”

Well, before Roe v. Wade, abortion was a state-by-state issue, too. So was slavery. There are 44 states in which gay men and women are currently barred from marrying one another. Obama’s position is that, while he would have voted the other way, those 42 states are perfectly within their rights to arbitrarily restrict the access of certain individuals to marriage rights based solely on their sexual orientation.

That is a half-assed, cowardly cop-out.

[via Gawker]

New York Times Crossword Puzzlemaster Schooled on Definition of ‘Illin’
Makes you question the Sunday Puzzle on Weekend Edition, doesn’t it.

New York Times Crossword Puzzlemaster Schooled on Definition of ‘Illin’

Makes you question the Sunday Puzzle on Weekend Edition, doesn’t it.

tylercoates:

“If the site as a whole is growing in both audience and reputation, we can afford for some writers to take time off from the news grind to work on a story or opinion piece that will transform the debate or win the internet. It’s more satisfying both to writers and readers that way. Relentless and cynical traffic-trawling is bad for the soul. Yes, I just said that.”
— Nick Denton, 1/5/2012

Oh, that’s what Brian Moylan does! I just thought he was a horrible person who is only capable of churning out a listicle.

tylercoates:

“If the site as a whole is growing in both audience and reputation, we can afford for some writers to take time off from the news grind to work on a story or opinion piece that will transform the debate or win the internet. It’s more satisfying both to writers and readers that way. Relentless and cynical traffic-trawling is bad for the soul. Yes, I just said that.”

— Nick Denton, 1/5/2012

Oh, that’s what Brian Moylan does! I just thought he was a horrible person who is only capable of churning out a listicle.

Top Foreclosure Firm Threw Homeless-Themed Halloween Bash [via Gawker]

Gawker: The Porn and Spam Behind Tumblr’s Meteoric Rise

The sun is shining bright for Tumblr today. The microblogging platform raised $85 million and was heralded as “bigger than Wikipedia.” But Tumblr’s explosive growth has been driven by huge quantities of porn and spam, and that seems to make the startup uncomfortable.

‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Is Officially, Definitely, For Real Over Tomorrow

Well, here it is, gays. Put down your military-themed pornography and rush down to the recruiting office. That’s what it’s going to be like. It’s going to be like (NSFW) Grunts except with real Army guys, and you can just sit in your bunk and talk about how gay you are and no one is going to care. Then you teach all the other recruits about how fun poppers are and you all sit up huffing Rush and giggling into the middle of the night and it’s just going to be great and amazing and you’ll be surrounded by buff young men in their underwear and it will all be great

You’ll feel like much less of a sparklefarmer if you just think of it as Liquid Pie.

The greatest internet comment ever from GRIZZLY in response to an article pumpkin spice lattes are ruining American manhood.

It’s been years since I have ready anything on Gawker that made me bust out laughing, but this will have me laughing for days.

Gawker: The Stars of 9/11: Where are they now? 

Roselle, Salty, and Appollo the Guide Dogs
Then: Salty and Roselle were guide dogs who led  their blind owners out of the WTC before the towers collapsed. Appollo  was an NYPD rescue dog. All three won the Dickin Medal for animal  gallantry, and Roselle got a book.Now: Dead.

Now, that’s depressing.
From the comments:

I caught part of a special that featured Salty’s  owner a few days ago, and though he was sitting with his new guide dog,  it was pretty clear that Salty will forever occupy a large chunk of this  man’s heart. Apparently at one point, when they were climbing down the  stairs of whichever tower they were in, the going was so slow and  crowded that the man unlatched Salty’s harness so that the dog would  have a better chance of getting out on his own (sob!). Salty started to  go ahead but came back when he realized his owner wasn’t with him and  eventually led him to safety. BRB, crying forever. 

I need to scour the internet for images of puppies now.

Gawker: The Stars of 9/11: Where are they now?

Roselle, Salty, and Appollo the Guide Dogs

Then: Salty and Roselle were guide dogs who led their blind owners out of the WTC before the towers collapsed. Appollo was an NYPD rescue dog. All three won the Dickin Medal for animal gallantry, and Roselle got a book.
Now: Dead.

Now, that’s depressing.

From the comments:

I caught part of a special that featured Salty’s owner a few days ago, and though he was sitting with his new guide dog, it was pretty clear that Salty will forever occupy a large chunk of this man’s heart. Apparently at one point, when they were climbing down the stairs of whichever tower they were in, the going was so slow and crowded that the man unlatched Salty’s harness so that the dog would have a better chance of getting out on his own (sob!). Salty started to go ahead but came back when he realized his owner wasn’t with him and eventually led him to safety. BRB, crying forever.

I need to scour the internet for images of puppies now.

Gawker: Ten Good Things That Happened in the Last Ten Years

If this is the best they can come up with, we might as well just call it a day now.

New York is One Vote Away From Legalized Gay Marriage [via Gawker]

Rick Perry Hosting Prayer Party for Govs

Officially titled “The Response, a Call to Prayer for a Nation in Crisis,” Perry’s Pray-n-Fast will take place in Houston and be “a non-denominational, apolitical Christian prayer meeting” featuring both governors and alt-governors (“Christian political leaders”). Paying for the festivities is the American Family Association, whose leaders hate green dragons, gays and their gay Home Depots, and Indian tribes, among other people and things. Because of the AFA’s family value-style generosity, nobody will have to pay anything to deprive themselves of food with the popular party host.

[via Gawker]

Teacher Suspended for Mocking Muslim Student After Bin Laden’s Death

She said, “The teacher told the student that ‘I bet you’re grieving.’ And she basically looked at him and said what are you talking about? And he said I heard about your uncle’s death and she said wow, because she understood that he was referring about Osama bin Laden being killed and was racially profiling her.” […]

The mother said, “The student ended up crying over what was said to her by the teacher and the teacher asked her why she was crying and another student said it was because of what you said earlier. And his response was, oh, OK, and just kind of smirked and giggled and walked away.”