February 22nd, 2017

If I see that fucking cat one more time…

Dog Abandoned At Brazilian Gas Station Is Now Its Cutest Employee

This friendly dog, named Negão, might not be your typical gas station employee — but he is certainly one of the sweetest.

Sadly though, things weren't always so good for him.

Two years ago, Sabrina Plannerer and her partner purchased a Shell gas station under construction in the town of Mogi das Cruzes, Brazil. It was around this time that she discovered the adult dog roaming around the site, after he'd been abandoned there by his former owner and was too frightened to leave.

So, rather than try to shoo Negão away, they stepped in to help him.

"We adopted him immediately and got him all the care animals need," Plannerer tells The Dodo. "We took him to the vet to get vaccinated and de-wormed. We bought him food, a dog house, and a leash to take him on walks."

And when the gas station finally opened, Negão even got a job...

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More photos at The Dodo
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On the Milo Bus With the Lost Boys of America’s New Right

What happens when a movement of gamers recognizes they’re not players, but pawns?

By Laurie Penny

Have you heard the one about the boy who cried Fake News?
This is a story about truth and consequences. It’s a story about who gets to be young and dumb, and who gets held accountable. It’s also a story about how the new right exploits young men — how it preys not on their bodies, but on their emotions, on their hurts and hopes and anger and anxiety, their desperate need to be part of a big ugly boys’ own adventure.
It’s a story about how so many of us have suffered the consequences of that exploitation. And it’s a story about how consequences finally came for Milo Yiannopoulos too — the worst kind of consequences for a professional troll. Consequences that nobody finds funny. Consequences that cannot be mined for fame and profit.

As I write, Yiannopoulos, the fame-hungry right-wing provocateur and self-styled “most dangerous supervillain on the Internet,” is fighting off accusations of having once endorsed pedophilia. Former friends and supporters who long tolerated his outrage-mongering as childish fun are now dropping him like a red-hot turd: His book deal has been canceled, CPAC has disinvited him as a speaker, and today he resigned from his job at Breitbart. I’ve been following Yiannopoulos’ tour for months, and I can absolutely confirm that he means almost nothing he says, that he will say almost anything for attention, and that none of that matters to those who face violence and trauma as a result. Yiannopoulos has cashed in hard on the cowardice of American conservatives, exploited their complete allergy to irony. Now it’s payback time.

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There's a lot of debate going on about this article. One main criticism was that she infantilizes these "Lost Boys" (they are adults) too much, and paints them as victims themselves in some ways. Thought it would be interesting to have a discussion here about it.
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The Kids Are All Red

Last weekend, as Donald Trump prepared to rally in Florida, Barack Obama laid low after his vacation with Richard Branson, and Hillary Clinton took in some Broadway shows, 250 young leftists from across the country crowded into a Brooklyn church to learn how to spread the good word about socialism.

They were there for Democratic Socialists of America’s annual Young Democratic Socialists conference
, held at the Mayday Community Space in Bushwick, a church and all-purpose organizing center founded in 2014. Inside the meeting space, young leftists noshed on bagels, drank coffee and chatted about the day’s events. Some wore name tags with their preferred gender pronouns. The wifi password was “solidarity” (all lower-case).

Unlike those raised during the duck-and-cover days of the Cold War, young Americans today don’t see socialism as a political boogeyman. A poll released by Harvard University last April found that 51 percent of young adults aged 18 to 29 do not support capitalism, while a third of those surveyed said they support socialism. Senator Bernie Sanders’s presidential campaign played a huge role in popularizing democratic socialism, a term that, in a new era of Big Tent leftism, can encompass political philosophies ranging from the senator from Vermont’s Scandinavian-inspired social democracy to complete social ownership (and democratic management) of the means of production. Last May, DSA, formed in the Reagan era through a merger of socialist groups with histories of schisms and splits dating back to the heyday of Eugene Debs himself, had 6,500 members. Now, the organization has roughly 17,000 members, with 100 chapters in 40 states.
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by Emma Roller

Basically, humans suck

Greece charges cleric with child refugees sexual abuse

Hundreds of refugee children are alone in Greece without parents [File: Marko Djurica/Reuters]

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OP: So, after the wonder that is the EU-Turkey deal on migration, as well as the (ethical) issues raised by preventing people from entering the European enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla, now Europe wants to make sure those pesky refugees don't leave Libya, either.

I really really want to quit the human race.