Scarfolk: Win your human rights!

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The dystopian satire site Scarfolk (previously) has scored another direct hit, this time on the human-rights-hating new, post-Brexit Prime Minister and the savage faction she's stacked her cabinet with. Read the rest

Thoughts and Prayers: a Congressional mass-shooting simulator

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Politics are hard: every so often, there's a mass-shooting and Congressmen have to comment on it, despite having collectively taken $3,782,803 in campaign contributions. Read the rest

A software developer's version of the CIA's bureaucratic sabotage manual

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The Simple Sabotage Field Manual was published in 1944 by the Office of Strategic Services, the agency that came to be the CIA: it outlined simple tactics for putting bureaucratic grit in the wheels of occupied countries, for example, by referring key decisions to committees and then obstructing the work of those committees. Read the rest

Blandly is a full-service blanding agency

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The homepage is a great exemplar of the minimalist-but-not-really monosite that's basically every website now. Read the rest

German chancellor allows prosecution of satirist who insulted Turkish president

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A German satirist faces court action after insulting Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan on television.

Chancellor Angela Merkel, in granting Turkey's request to allow the prosecution of Jan Boehmermann, cast her decision as adherence to the country's laws against insulting heads of state: “In a state governed by the rule of law, it’s not the domain of the government, but rather the prosecutors and the courts, to weigh individual rights.”

But critics say the law itself is an unacceptable infringement of essential freedoms, and point to another issue weighing heavily on Merkel's mind: the need to keep Turkey sweet so it will accept more refugees.

The furor has centered on Boehmermann, a comedian with public broadcaster ZDF who two weeks ago recited a poem about Erdogan that plumbed the depths of bawdiness in an effort to test the boundaries of acceptable satire under a law protecting foreign heads of state from libel. Merkel says her decision wasn’t a prejudgment on the satirist’s culpability.

Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said on Monday that the German comedian had committed a “crime against humanity” by insulting the Turkish head of state. “No one has the right to insult” Erdogan, Kurtulmus told reporters. Erdogan himself also filed a complaint with German prosecutors seeking legal action.

Boehmermann would receive no more than a small fine if convicted, according to legal experts. The poem was designed to test German limits on free speech, writes the BBC.

In true Boehmermann fashion, the poem was more complicated than simply a string of obscenities.

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Turkish government tells German ambassador to ban video satirizing president Erdoğan

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The Turkish government privately contacted Germany's ambassador to demand the censorship of a video satirizing the thin-skinned, famously corrupt Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, he of the 1,000-room palace whose erection required the razing of a nature preserve. Read the rest

Donald Trump's fierce drag makeover

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SaintHoax decided to give Donald Trump a drag makeover, and the results are glorious. Serving Ursula realness! Read the rest

WATCH: Jurassic World in 90 seconds in LEGO

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It only takes 90 seconds to tell the story how we wish it had been told. Read the rest

Trump Generator lets anyone get insulted by The Donald

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Feeling left out because Donald Trump hasn't insulted you by name on Twitter yet? The Trump Generator lets anyone create a customized insult from the rich lexicon of Donald disses, then they'll post it on social media. Read the rest

Watch 'Documentary Now' tear VICE a new one

Documentary Now! is a hilarious sendup of the documentary genre by SNL alumni, and IFC has released the second episode DRONEZ: The Hunt for El Chingon, a parody of the always mockable VICE sensationalism. Read the rest

WATCH: Jurassic Park, High Heels Edition

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All the shots of Claire running from dinosaurs in high heels in Jurassic World led to this much-deserved sendup that puts high heels on everyone in the series. Even T-rex.

As the folks from XVP Comedy bill it:

You loved the endless running in high heels in Jurassic World... Now enjoy them in the entire Jurassic series!

The lovingly curated clip-clop sound effects are an especially nice touch.

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WATCH: Fat Albert learns about consent

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In a very special episode, Rudy teaches Fat Albert that getting friendzoned doesn't mean no, thanks to "Rudy's Little Helper." Hope this doesn't trigger the Cos! Read the rest

Woman-centric clickbait sites parodied

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If The Onion For Her and Lady Clickhole sound like sites you'd enjoy, swing by Reductress, a site that mocks the new crop of craptacular content farms aimed at women ages 25-39 who are watching their dreams slowly die. Read the rest

'Full House' intro remade in Grand Theft Auto

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YouTuber Merfish creates lovingly detailed homages to film and TV in Grand Theft Auto, like this re-enactment of the Full House intro. Read the rest

RIP Stan Freberg, parody king and satirist extraordinaire

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Stan "Freeb" Freberg's 7-decade career made a huge impact in American comedy, especially in novelty songs. Everyone from Weird Al to Roseanne to Steven Spielberg all considered Freeb a huge influence. Read the rest

Ayn Rand reviews children's movies

The New Yorker's "Ayn Rand Reviews Children’s Movies" is less funny than it should be (most of the jokes are pretty obvious), but it's not bad. Read the rest

What Fools These Mortals Be! A collection of 19th century humor cartoons

Bill Watterson on what legendary satirical magazine Puck tells us about change and opportunity.

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