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Sportscaster Dale Hansen defends student wrestler Mack Beggs and takes a stand against transphobia

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satadru
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I get something in my eye when I read through this.
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MaryEllenCG
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Honestly, I think more people think this way that we'd think. They just get shouted down by the loudest, most bigoted voices. (At least I hope that's the case. It may just be wishful thinking.)
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digdoug
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Looks like Mr. Dale Hansen is a good guy. I'm glad he's out there.
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acdha
16 days ago
I'm afraid to imagine what his inbox must be like right now

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It's funny because it's true
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31st Annual Asimov’s Readers’ Awards Finalists

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The finalists for the 31st annual Asimov’s Readers’ Awards have been announced. All are available to be read online.

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Winners will be announced during a breakfast ceremony at the 2017 SFWA Nebula conference, to be held at the Pittsburgh Marriott City Center in Pittsburgh PA, May 18-21, 2017. For more information about the awards, see the Asimov’s website.

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An annotated digest of the top "Hacker" "News" posts.

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  • Functional programmers, realizing that their entire discipline is rendered inconsistent and useless the instant it is faced with herculean tasks such as "I/O" and "users", finally admit for the record that it's better to do literally anything else when these tasks arise. Satisfying termninology like 'free monad' and 'applicative functors' are bandied about as Hackernews tries to decide if you want imperative nougat with functional candy shell, or functional fruit filling with a flaky imperative pastry surrounding it. Nobody stops to wonder if the functional wizardry compiles to imperative code, or whether the processor gives a shit if your source code looks good in LaTeX. One Hackernews admits he doesn't know what these people are jabbering about; all users in agreement are ritually downvoted. In accordance with federal law, someone asks how this compares with Rust.

  • A spammer posts his bullshit, the 21st-century equivalent of motivational speaking, only with fewer ticket sales and more ebook download links. A Hackernews shark attack ensues as everyone realizes it is finally on-topic to desperately plead for any possible scrap of advice on how to actually make money. Not discussed: how to start a startup without ruining anyone else's life.

  • A webshit, based on his hobby project, decides that the entire web advertising market is a lie. He's right, but for the wrong reasons. Hackernews trades tips on convincing themselves their entire industry isn't a sack of bullshit.

  • People hired to look at terrible shit forty hours a week tend to go crazy. Hackernews decides this must be why cops are all assholes and that the solution is more cops. One Hackernews suggests just hiring perverts.

  • The New York Times -- world's leading authority on San Francisco -- tells us that San Francisco is a microcosm of America. Hackernews spends equal time telling each other how to donate money toward fixing problems and telling each other that donating money will not fix any problems. Nobody realizes Hackernews users are the problem, including the New York Times.

  • A leisure studies major vomits a couple thousand words of dime-store evolutionary psychology. Hackernews seizes on the opportunity to delude themselves into believing that their crippling anxiety and ever-increasing depression are what makes them better than you.

  • Hackernews is concerned that stupid poor people might not realize they are less alive if they choose to entertain themselves instead of working ceaselessly unto death. The behavior of children is held up by the childless as an example for us all. Some dipshit thinks running his website is akin to preagricultural survival. Dimly, a few Hackernews users experiment with the idea that money and public acclaim are not the only route to happiness, but this heresy is drowned out by the relentless insistance that being rich is the only way to experience joy.

  • An idiot posts to Medium a rambling narrative regarding the importance of his phone app. Hackernews maintains the only way to be sure your shit is right is to host all of your own communications tools. Google Analytics silently notes which citizens have been contaminated with toxins inimical to surveillance capitalism. The machine sleeps.

Previously, previously, previously, previously.

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God this is so spot-on
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"Google Analytics silently notes which citizens have been contaminated with toxins inimical to surveillance capitalism. The machine sleeps."

We Attempt To Explain Why Bathing Naked With An Orange Is Suddenly So Popular

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Food and bathing have a long shared history. There's the old wives' tale that placing cucumbers over your eyes will reduce puffiness. And the newer craze of consuming a beer in the shower has even spawned a few brews made just for that purpose. Now an internet meme takes hungry spa tricks to new levels on Shower Orange, a subreddit that promotes eating the perishable citrus while in the buff.

While no specific health claims are made by the sub (though it gestures at safety with its only rule: No Grapefruits!), users frequently proclaim that the scent of oranges is calming—and consuming them under a showerhead is sure to keep one's hands clean of sticky juices.

While the subreddit is over a year old, it has gained traction in recent weeks and now boasts more than 8,000 loyal and devoted orange bathers. 

The original redditor who shared this simple yet elegant eating/bathing trick has since deleted his or her account, however Buzzfeed dug up the original post which read: 

“Ok so this is going to sound real weird… but here it goes. Just think about it: Tearing apart a cold fresh orange with your bare hands, just letting the juices run over your body. Not worrying if your going to get sticky, or anything. Just ripping it in half, and tearing into it with your teeth like a savage cannibal who hasn’t eaten in a week! This is the most carnal, ferocious, liberating thing a man can do.”

While the act of eating an orange in the shower looks good on paper we thought we’d try it for ourselves to see if we really should impart this wisdom on you, our dear readers. Below, GOOD’s Associate Editor Tasbeeh Herwees and GOOD Food’s Editor Maxwell Williams hash out the internet oddity. 

Maxwell Williams: Hi Tasbeeh. I’m sure you’re aware of the Shower Orange subreddit by now. It’s all over the internet! I’d like to discuss it with you. What other things do you think one might have success eating in the shower? A burger?

Tasbeeh Herwees: Burgers seem like a poor choice, I think, given bread’s tendency to get soggy under wet conditions. I think the ideal shower foods are things that are already wet, like, say, oranges, or all forms of alcohol. How about you?

MW: Apparently, the whole Shower Orange thing revolves around the texture, and the fact that you’re bringing a cool, refreshing thing into the shower. What other foods are cool, wet, and refreshing? My judgment is that the best shower food is carrots and celery (aka crudités). Maybe avocados are pretty moist? 

TH: I was just thinking avocado! Not on toast, obviously, but you could easily bring a spoon to chomp on one. I read a ridiculous story recently about Jessica Biel, who says she’s so “busy” that she has to eat while showering. I call bullshit. Eating in the shower takes more time/effort. You have to plan out a meal. The food probably has to be handheld because eating a grain bowl in the bathroom seems problematic. If I ate in the shower, it would be more a matter of leisure and relaxation—something akin to lighting candles while you’re in the bath.

Is this healthy?

MW: Okay, so here’s a point that negates everything. It’s the whole eating-in-the-bathroom thing that makes the whole shower orange endeavor kind of gross. My girlfriend would never let me eat something in the bathroom, which is where our shower is. Is eating in the bathroom a total no-go for a lot of people, do you think?

 

TH: I could be making this up, but I’m pretty sure there’s some kind of Islamic edict against eating the bathroom (a kind of Thou Shall Not Shit Where You Sleep situation), or, at least, I was raised by my parents to find the notion pretty distasteful. Bathrooms are icky places, given the kind of activities one partakes in when they’re inside a bathroom. I’m sure Jessica Biel has a nicer bathroom than I do, but even the most tricked-out bathroom is still a bathroom you poop in. There is at least one other drawback to shower eating, which is how you dispose of the remains. There are a lot of photos of orange peels on shower floors in that subreddit. Some people appear to have overcome this challenge by eating the peel altogether.

I’m sure Jessica Biel has a nicer bathroom than I do, but even the most tricked-out bathroom is still a bathroom you poop in.

MW: Yeah, I mean, whenever I think of eating in the bathroom, I think of that SNL skit where they wear the “fecal matter” glasses, which are kind of like the They Live “ideology” glasses, but for fecal matter. If you could see it, you would see fecal matter all over your bathroom. 

Plus, as far as the eating the orange peel goes: it’s not good for you. The white part of the orange is where all the nutrients are, but the peel—that’s not healthy. It’s also really really bitter. Livestrong goes into the negative effects of eating an orange peel here. Interesting to note, the white part of the orange is called the “albedo.”

Via Reddit, under the post, "Does anyone else eat the peel too?"

What about religion?

TH: I did find an official-looking ruling on shower eating from a site called Islam Question and Answer, (where) Sheikh Muhammad Saalih al-Munajjid writes: “Bathrooms are for relieving oneself, not for eating and drinking, so it is not appropriate for the Muslim to enter them except for the purpose of relieving himself, and when he enters the bathroom he should refrain from eating and drinking until he comes out. If a person eats and drinks inside the bathroom when there is no need to do so, then he has done something which is contrary to sound human nature (fitrah).”

He does go on to say that “doing other things there requires staying there for a length of time that is not appropriate,” which makes me question his judgment a little bit because homie has clearly never had the pleasure of a long bath.

If a person eats and drinks inside the bathroom ... then he has done something which is contrary to sound human nature.

MW: I was curious about what other faiths thought of eating in the bathroom, and I found this ruling from the Jewish Posek: “Initially, one should not bring any food into the bathroom even if it is covered. However, the poskim say that if food was brought into the bathroom, the food may still be eaten. One may walk into a bathroom with a pill in his pocket. Some poskim suggest that, if possible, the food should be washed off prior to eating it. One is permitted to keep medicines in a medicine cabinet that is in the bathroom. One may not eat or drink in a bathroom. Based on this, no bedikas chometz is required in a bathroom for food. Some say one is permitted to drink water from the faucet in a bathroom (one should obviously recite the beracha outside).”

I mean, obviously!

Is this a fetish?

I want to change the subject a bit. The shower orange is at least as viral as Bread Face, the Instagrammer who smashed her face into bread, which had its roots in Korean mukbang—eating in front of a camera—which many say is based in fetish. Why do you think shower orange took off so massively? Do you think it’s based in fetish? Is part of the fetish that you’re eating while nude? There was the one Redditor who bragged about his boyfriend giving the dual pleasure of oral sex while shower-oranging.

TH: I’m not sure! My instinct is to say that everything on the internet is based in some kind of fetish (See: ASMR, pay pigs, et cetera). The internet has a weird ability to coalesce communities of people who wouldn’t otherwise find each other IRL—most people would never talk about a shower orange fetish at a dinner party, but under the cloak of anonymity, on the web, it’s easier to disclose that kind of proclivity. On the other hand, I think Reddit users love to troll the rest of normie internet, and I think this may be one of those times.

MW: Yeah, I totally saw, though didn’t click on it—so I can’t confirm—a post on the subreddit that said “Hook, line, and sinker,” and I assume that that’s an admission of lulz. If true, as a journalist, I hate being trolled—though my skeptic radar is pretty strong. As a human, I also hate being trolled and finding out that something I think is amazing and hilarious is totally faked for the purpose of seeing how many people, including myself, “fall for it.”

TH: Same, although it is part of what makes the internet great. Whether shower oranges are a “thing” or not, I will say this: As far as bathroom eating goes, I think I prefer eating while taking a bath. I’d eat a breakfast burrito in the bath, but can’t do the same thing while in the shower.

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vpatil
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Good job reddit. Now that you got Trump elected, it's back to this kind of nonsense.
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What the fuck?
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Real Things That Exist: iPhone Enabled Smart Socks

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i-like-my-socks-dumb.jpg Because humanity is rapidly reaching its expiration date, these are the Classic Calf Socks With Plus+ technology sold by Blacksocks.com. They cost $189 for ten pairs and each individual sock has a communication button that can connect to your iPhone (through an included transmitter) because this is the world we live in now.
Imagine your phone could communicate with your socks. Your phone would know: which socks belong together,and could help sort them out, how often you have washed your socks, when your socks were produced, when you ordered your socks and when your socks were dispatched. Your iPhone can also tell you if your black socks are no longer properly black [by taking a photo and comparing it to a chart] and help you buy new socks.
Wow, I can honestly say not a single one of those things is important to me. You know, BECAUSE WE'RE TALKING ABOUT SOCKS. Besides, the only valuable function a smart sock could possibly have isn't even included: GPS tracking to find out where that rogue son of a bitch is hiding. Keep going for a video (turn on the subtitles).
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Let's talk about socks
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gradualepiphany
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There is no great stagnation?
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