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MAD Magazine to Cease Publication

UPDATE: Details have emerged regarding the future of MAD magazine following the end of original content later this year. You can read the plans, which include the continued publication of archival material and specials, here. The original story will continue from here. MAD Magazine will cease publication later this year, according to reports. Blogger Jedidiah Leland reportedly discovered the news after a MAD editor confessed to the magazine’s doom in a Facebook group, and shortly thereafter, cartoonist Ruben Bolling seemed to confirm the report on Twitter. Of course, Bolling is not a MAD cartoonist (although he did have work published…

Madonna Deserves a Hypocrisy Award for Narcissistic ‘Gun Control’ Video

“Madonna makes powerful gun control statement in disturbing music video: ‘We need to wake up’,” Yahoo! Entertainment’s Music Editor writes. “[H]er new clip for “God Control” …  may be her most shocking — and important — yet.” Self-important, maybe. The video recreates a scene right out of the Pulse nightclub murders and goes heavy on the simulated death.  As in the original slayings, which were committed in a “gun-free zone,” no one appears equipped to defend themselves. Whether the killer in Madonna’s video is also a registered Democrat is unclear. “This is your wake up call,” the singer now presenting…

One Dragonfly Can Eat 100s Of Mosquitoes A Day…Keep These Plants In Your Yard To Attract Dragonflies

Mosquitoes have a tendency to get out of control in the summer months. Many of us want to spend time enjoying our backyard pools, patio dining table and walks in the park, but mosquitoes and their itchy bites have a way of ruining these experiences for all of us. Backyard barbecues and lawn parties are enjoyable when mosquitoes come to join, but thankfully, there are some natural mosquito enemies out there that will help you limit the bug bites! Dragonflies can eat hundreds of mosquitoes per day, and they’re also attracted to certain types of plants you can easily add…

Marvel’s Promises to Put Gay and Transgender Superheroes on the Screen

Marvel Studios is promising to begin forcing transgender and gay superheroes into its popular action movies heading into its second decade of filmmaking. It has already taken a small step in that direction in the last Avengers film by having a small scene early in the film depicting a man talking about his boyfriend. And when Marvel’s Spider-Man: Far From Home hits theaters it will mark the debut of transgender actor Zach Barack, the first openly acknowledged transgender actor to appear in a Marvel Studios film. Variety took a few minutes to talk to the actor on the red carpet…

Enjoy 30GB of 1980s noise music and post punk cassettes

Here’s an amazingly huge collection of “tape experimentation, industrial, avant-garde, indy, rock, diy, subvertainment and auto-hypnotic materials” posted to archive.org. Completists who want this on a hard drive or USB stick can download the entire collection in a tar file here. Here’s the torrent file. This collection is a compilation of underground/independently-released cassette tapes from the days when the audio cassette was the standard method of music sharing… generally the mid-eighties through early-nineties. The material represented includes tape experimentation, industrial, avant-garde, indy, rock, diy, subvertainment and auto-hypnotic materials. Much of this material defies category, and has therefore not been given…

Give it up: Broadway’s ‘Hillary and Clinton’ to Close One Month Early

The play is the third Scott Rudin production of the 2018-19 season to move up its closing date following soft ticket sales. The Broadway production of Hillary and Clinton will close one month early. Producer Scott Rudin on Monday announced that the Lucas Hnath play, which stars Laurie Metcalf and John Lithgow in the title roles, will have its final performance Sunday. The early closing date for Hillary and Clinton is due to underwhelming ticket sales. The play, which cost $4.2 million to produce, began performances in March and drew mixed-to-positive reviews, but has struggled to fill seats, reaching only 36…

TV has stopped showing us dads you can look up to

It was just father and son out there on the prairie, working the ranch. The town knew the dad as a model citizen, ready to step in at any hint of trouble to keep the peace. The son minded his manners and performed his daily chores without complaint. This was “The Rifleman,” which aired from 1958 to 1963. I watched the black-and-white Western as a boy and watch it now, in reruns, as a grandfather. Chuck Connors played the father, Lucas McCain, a Civil War veteran who promises his dying wife to care for their son. Set in the 1880s,…

Flesh-eating plants found feasting on salamanders in North America for first time

Flesh-eating pitcher plants living in a bog in Canada have for the first time been spotted regularly feasting on salamanders.  The carnivorous plant – also known as a “turtle sock plant” – was previously believed to feed almost exclusively on spiders and small insects who fell into their bell-shaped leaves and drowned in small pools of water. When researchers found creatures like rats and frogs in pitcher plants they assumed it was an accidental one-off.  However, biologists from the University of Guelph found these plants regularly devour young spotted salamanders, which they can digest in less than two weeks.  Twenty per cent of pitcher plants…

Hillary and Chelsea Clinton to Launch ‘Feminist Production Company’

They say we’re living in the golden age of television, but that might be about to end; Hillary and Chelsea Clinton are set to launch a new ‘feminist production company’. The demand for this must have been on a par with the enthusiasm for Bill and Hillary’s recent speaking tour. “The family hopes to use film and television to influence culture and society now that Hillary Clinton is out of politics. They plan to focus on stories by and about women,” reports Bloomberg. The company will “pursue film and television projects” and will follow in the footsteps of the Obamas,…

Colbert’s Tasteless Attack On Dana Loesch And NRA

I’m old enough to remember when then-Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-CA) was shot. In particular, I remember the howls of righteous indignation over a picture from Sarah Palin’s organization that placed crosshairs over Giffords’ district. We were repeatedly told that it was a clear threat, that Palin’s supposedly hateful actions motivated the madman who opened fire at a campaign event. Nevermind that such rhetoric was a routine part of campaign discussions for decades before, that the crosshairs were only alarming in hindsight, or anything else. No, the evil Republicans were clearly out to get Giffords, and it happened! Only, the shooter…

Even in decline, AM radio matters more than you might think. A photo and audio tour of the hosts driving the conversation.

For decades, AM radio has felt as commonplace as a utility, such a basic fact of life that it’s taken for granted. But that’s changing: Across America, AM radio stations are dwindling in number and profitability, as better-sounding FM signals become cheaper to broadcast and would-be listeners turn to the internet for entertainment. Yet even in decline, it has a strength that politicians and media insiders who want to understand America would do well to heed. In 2019, thousands of AM stations remain on the air, many of them thriving—in part because they serve unique sets of people whose voices…

Unseen sequel to Anthony Burgess’s “A Clockwork Orange” found in his archives

Attention, Droogs! A sequel to Anthony Burgess’s A Clockwork Orange has turned up in the author’s archives. According to Andrew Biswell, director of the International Anthony Burgess Foundation, the 200-page manuscript, titled “The Clockwork Condition,” “provides a context for Burgess’s most famous work, and amplifies his views on crime, punishment and the possible corrupting effects of visual culture.” From the BBC News: Burgess himself described the work as a “major philosophical statement on the contemporary human condition”, outlining his concerns about the effect on humanity of technology, in particular media, film and television. It also explains the origins of his…

Hollywood Walk Of Fame Named ‘World’s Worst Attraction’

When visitors and tourists come to Los Angeles, no doubt they make it a point to see the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The glitz, the glamor … the notorious rep? A new survey calls the iconic Walk the “Worst Tourist Attraction in the World.” KCAL9’s Hermela Aregawi went to the Walk of Fame to find out why it’s become, well, infamous. She found people from the world over who said, yes, the walk gets crowded sometimes but the people she spoke to mostly gave it high marks. “I think it’s super fun and awesome. It reminds you of all the…

Alex Jones Tells Joe Rogan: George Soros Offered Me $5 Million to ‘Pump Bitcoin’

Alex Jones made his triumphant return to the Joe Rogan Experience podcast recently, where he discussed Bitcoin, cryptocurrency, and his arch-nemesis, George Soros, among other things. Jones suggested that Soros had reached out to him via intermediaries in an attempt to cool the Infowars founder’s constant attacks on him. Part of the deal, according to Jones, meant agreeing to advertise, or in Jones’ words, ‘pump’ Bitcoin. ALEX JONES OFFERED MILLIONS TO PUMP BITCOIN PRICE On episode #1255 of the Joe Rogan Experience, Alex Jones told his host: “I got told eight years ago – I got told by two different…

Industrial Agriculture Poisoning Wells and Streams

Animal waste and fertilizer runoff are two of the largest contributors to water pollution and contamination. Rising productivity on industrial factory farms is single-handedly impairing drinking water supplies across the country, polluting with key culprits like nitrogen, phosphate, insecticides and pesticides. In the Midwest, Iowa is the leader in U.S. corn and soy production and a major producer of hogs, eggs, cattle and chickens raised in concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs).1 Over 55 percent of the rivers and streams in the state fall short of federal water quality standards and in the greater Des Moines area, the water filtration system…

Violent Video Game Tax Proposed In Pennsylvania to Stop School Shootings

Lawmakers from Pennsylvania have put forth a bill that proposes a 10% excise tax on violent video games. House Bill 109 seeks to impose the so-called “sin tax” on games sold at retail that are rated by the ESRB as M for Mature or Adults-Only. The money would go into a fund called the “Digital Protection for School Safety Account” that aims to enhance security measures at schools in the wake of the school shootings in Parkland, Florida and Newtown, Connecticut. State representative Chris Quinn, a republican, initially put forth the bill in 2018, but it never made it out…

Christian Bale credits Satan for inspiration on how to play Dick Cheney in ‘Vice’

It’s a good thing for Christian Bale that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association was voting, and not Republicans. The Welsh-born thespian won the Golden Globe for best actor in a motion picture – musical or comedy for his portrayal of former Vice President Dick Cheney in “Vice” and accepting the award, he made clear where he stands on the real-life subject. “Thank you to Satan for giving me inspiration on how to play this role,” said Bale, 44. Even in thanking his director, Bale couldn’t resist the chance to poke fun at Cheney — and another high-profile conservative politician. “(‘Vice’…

Golden Globes: Anti-Gun Hollywood Surrounded By Security Walls and Armed Guards

Anti-gun Hollywood celebrities enjoyed presidential-level protection by barricades, bomb-sniffing dogs, armed guards, LAPD officers, and numerous security checkpoints as they arrived for the 2019 Golden Globes. Security was reportedly ramped up after last month’s triple stabbing at a Manchester railway station on New Year’s Eve. “The recent attacks in Europe only reinforce that nothing can be left to chance tactically and strategically,” a Los Angeles law enforcement official told Deadline. “Our plan is to have eyes everywhere and shut down any possible disturbance that could arise long before it gets anywhere near the venue or the event.” Variety previewed the heightened…

Big Tech, Universities, Media are Enemies of Freedom

As American schools and colleges descend into absolute madness, the world will soon be under the control of the children of Marx or satan, whatever you want to call he/she/it; bred in a police state of captivity and virtual reality, without morals, without conscience, forced to worship the state as a god, without a heart or soul of any kind; wanting everything and attaining nothing. Having no real knowledge while professing themselves wise, not knowing who or what they are. LGBTQ the only path to glory! But These are the children of iniquity, the foundation of your Marxist ‘transhumanism,’ raised in a post-911 world that everyone…

Spacey defiant, will plead not guilty in felony sex-crime case

Kevin Spacey must appear in person at his arraignment next week to face a felony sex-crime charge of groping a teenage boy in a Nantucket bar, a judge ruled Monday, the same day Spacey indicated he would plead not guilty. Spacey filed a motion Monday with the District Court on Nantucket Island seeking to be excused from appearing at the Jan. 7 arraignment, insisting that he didn’t need to be physically present to enter a plea. He also argued that the publicity surrounding his first public appearance since being accused last fall will likely taint the jury pool. But Judge Thomas Barrett…

13 Books to Add to Your 2019 Reading List

The new year is here, so why not start it off right with a new book? Here are 13 books that our friends at The Heritage Foundation think should read in 2019. Current Affairs 1) “Ghettocide: A True Story of Murder in America” by Jill Leovy The liberal Left continue to push their radical agenda against American values. The good news is there is a solution. Find out more >> Have you ever wondered why children and young men get shot in America’s inner cities, but no one seems to treat it like the national crisis it is? Or why…

Eyes Wide Shut style Illuminati Ball taking place on New Year’s Eve

In this day and age, risqué can be risky. But Cynthia von Buhler is bringing sexy back to NYC. The illustrator has thrown, by her own estimation, hundreds of over-the-top parties over almost three decades. But this year marks her first-ever New Year’s Eve bash — and she’s going all out: hosting a massive, “Eyes Wide Shut”-style blowout for 800 guests at the Williamsburg Savings Bank Tower. Attendees, who are shelling out $200 to $400 per ticket, are coming “from all over the world — Amsterdam, Germany, Australia,” said von Buhler, 54. “We have people flying in just for this.”…

LeBron James: NFL Owners ‘Old White Men’ with ‘Slave Mentality’ Toward Players

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James said Friday on his HBO Sports series The Shop that the NFL has “a bunch of old white men owning teams” who have a “slave mentality” toward players. Ben Golliver of the Washington Post provided the full transcript: Story: Lakers’ LeBron James takes aim at NFL owners, calling them ‘old white men’ with ‘slave mentality’ towards players @postsports https://t.co/AIWoHGLB4V pic.twitter.com/1UePdZUZ4S — Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) December 22, 2018 Ahiza Garcia of CNN Money reported May 18 that only two people of color owned or co-owned professional NFL teams: Shahid Khan of the Jacksonville Jaguars and Kim Pegula of the Buffalo…

How Will ‘Black Mirror’ Pull Off Its Interactive Episode, and Just How Scared Should We Be?

Would you bring back a dead loved one through artificial intelligence even though they’d never really be the same? Would you go to an amusement park for the purpose of torturing criminals convicted of heinous crimes? Would you have sex with a pig in order to save the beloved princess of your country? When we watched characters in Netflix’s Black Mirror face these decisions, wrapped up in its bonkers projections of our future, many of us prayed to the stars we wouldn’t be around for a future in which we’d have to make choices like that. But now, Netflix has decided…

NFL sees 19% drop in ad revenue for September-October

Dive Brief: Ad revenue for the NFL dropped 19% in the September-October period as the number of 30-second commercial spots fell 6%, according to new findings from Standard Media Index shared with Marketing Dive. A fumble for the league came amid flat performance for linear TV broadly. Broadcast revenue dropped 7% — a decline partially attributed to a shoddy showing for NFL games — and cable grew 5% during the period. Broadcast networks performed more positively in news and primetime original entertainment than they did in sports. Networks increased the number of 30-second spots by 5% year-over-year but the percentage of unpaid…