Rob Beschizza

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North Korea says John Kerry has "Hideous Lantern Jaw"

In a Korean-language press release issued Wednesday, North Korea said that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was a "wolf donning the mask of sheep," but cursed with a "hideous lantern jaw."

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Virginia braces for gay marriage

Unless the U.S. Supreme Court intervenes, same-sex couples may legally marry from 8 a.m. Thursday: "In Richmond, deputy clerks will be brought in to assist that city's marriage-license desk in anticipation of a large crowd."

Ballmer resigns from Microsoft board

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Citing his new duties as owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, etc., former Microsoft CEO Steven Ballmer is leaving the company's board.

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Free snake with used car

A woman found a 3ft boa constrictor in the trunk of an old Volkswagen she had just bought for $300. The snake is OK, according to the local reptile rescue.

Man murdered "with oranges"

South African Babanto Chauke, 38, was killed earlier this week by two men who "starting throwing oranges at him until he died," according to Lt-Col Moatshe Ngoepe, a local police spokesman in Tzaneen, Limpopo.

Twitter to add "tweets from accounts you don’t follow" to timelines

So far, this has meant tweets favorited by people you do follow, but the idea is clearly to get users accustomed to feeds made of all sorts of things you can't curate—"a terrible decision on Twitter’s part, and I’ve seen nothing but complaints about it," adds John Gruber.

ISIS beheads American journalist

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ISIS militants today released a video depicting the beheading of journalist James Wright Foley, who was kidnapped in 2012. Describing it as a message to America, which has provided air support to Kurds and Iraqi forces battling the insurgent group, ISIS also threatened to kill Steven Sotloff, another captive American.

Foley, 39, was taken while reporting in Syria and held in the region since. In the horrifying and graphic footage, he is seen on his knees in the desert, reading a statement before a masked man uses a knife to execute him.

The video was released on YouTube and promptly removed, but not before proliferating on Twitter and elsewhere. Though it has not been verified, it is extremely graphic and I recommend strongly that you do not watch it.

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The worst sofa in the history of humankind

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Discovered and photographed by Miss Lili Potkin, one can only gaze upon its prolapsing pink folds in lingering, speechless awe.

Creationist theme park wants $18m tax incentive, only hires fundamentalists

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Kentucky's tourism finance authority gave preliminary approval to incentives applied for by The Ark Encounter, a creationist theme park that requires employees to agree to a statement of faith and a "creation belief statement."

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Nazi-themed spaghetti removed from menu

A dish titled "Long Live Nazi Spaghetti" was briefly served at an Italian restaurant in Taipei. The proprietor said she chose that name because the dish contains German sausage.

Egypt calls for restraint in Ferguson

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Fresh from killing hundreds at protest camps, the government of Egypt has expressed a desire for the U.S. to show “restraint and respect for the right of assembly and peaceful expression of opinion.”

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KKK wizard disowns fundraiser for cop who killed unarmed Ferguson teen

No sooner had activists revealed a KKK email aiming to raise money for Darren Wilson than the racist organization itself denounced the sender: "The Klan is not out soliciting money."

Gene Simmons "apologizes" for saying depressed people should kill themselves

His unfortunately-timed nastiness--"fuck you, then kill yourself"--is standard fare for the right-wing rocker. But the unexpected financial hit, caused by radio stations banning Kiss tracks, has at least elicited an apology for his "misconstrued" words. There's a bonus reference to his own cherished "political incorrectness", naturally.

The Principles of Policing

Kottke recalls the Metropolitan Police's original charter: "To prevent crime and disorder, as an alternative to their repression by military force."