Republicans complained about Chuck Hagel, Obama's pick for Defense Secretary, and challenged him to explain the money he was once paid by an organization named Friends of Hamas. But there's a problem: "Friends of Hamas" doesn't really exist. It turns out to a joke privately uttered by Dan Friedman, leaked to and laundered as weasel-worded reality by Breitbart's Ben Shapiro, and ultimately repeated by top Republicans in an effort to nix Hagel's nomination.
"If anyone didn’t know already," Friedman wrote, "Partisan agendas, Internet reporting and old-fashioned carelessness can move complete crocks fast. If you see a story on Hagel addressing the Junior League of Hezbollah, that’s fake too."
This being the internet, it took but hours for Friends of Hamas to become a real thing. [via Max Read hat-by ⇝ Matt Langer]
Freddy deBoer writes that he’s been telling the same joke for years about Silicon Valley’s only product, which might be universalized as “At last, a way to verb with nouns on the internet!” But the social-media techopoly is stable, now, and so the venture capitalists have moved on to the three terrible trends that will […]
Alex Wood is an addict but won’t give up his smartphone. But he has five strategies for limiting its control over him: “I used to wake up tired. My body would ache and my head felt sore, like waking up with a hangover. Finally, I took control, like attending an AA class for addicts, I […]
We just got the Sport model of the EPIKGO hoverboard at my office. Besides being terribly chic, it’s apparently bulletproof.
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If you want to work in tech, but don’t have any desire to code web apps to help businesses sell things to other business, you might want to consider a career in cybersecurity. Judging from the apparent complete infiltration of Russian hackers in American cyberspace, it seems fair to speculate that there’s a major shortage of […]
All moms are different. But all moms like getting flowers on Mother’s Day, and that’s a fact (not, however a fact we can document in any fashion.) Instead of getting chewed out for forgetting to call her on the second Sunday of May, you can take care of it ahead of time with Teleflora’s flower […]