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I am loving VICE on HBO. The last episode explored “China’s Ghost Towns.” Apparently, an alarmingly high percentage of China’s booming economy is based on real estate development. The government seized farmlands and started to erect huge residential towers. The problem? NO ONE IS LIVING THERE. It is completely bizarre — entire “cities” are pretty much vacant, with half-built high-rises dotting the sky. Some are fashioned to be replicas of London, Paris and Manhattan’s Financial District, and are now mainly serving as backdrops for wedding photos. VICE never really explained WHY China chose the areas it razed and built up. According to the program, at the peak of the United States’ housing bubble, construction amounted to 16 percent of the entire GDP. China’s is 50 PERCENT of its economy. And now, if China fails, we all fail.

I am loving VICE on HBO. The last episode explored “China’s Ghost Towns.” Apparently, an alarmingly high percentage of China’s booming economy is based on real estate development. The government seized farmlands and started to erect huge residential towers. The problem? NO ONE IS LIVING THERE. It is completely bizarre — entire “cities” are pretty much vacant, with half-built high-rises dotting the sky. Some are fashioned to be replicas of London, Paris and Manhattan’s Financial District, and are now mainly serving as backdrops for wedding photos. VICE never really explained WHY China chose the areas it razed and built up. According to the program, at the peak of the United States’ housing bubble, construction amounted to 16 percent of the entire GDP. China’s is 50 PERCENT of its economy. And now, if China fails, we all fail.

Your essay must be five paragraphs long, with an introduction, three body paragraphs containing your strongest arguments, and a conclusion. You do not have a choice in your position: you must argue that Jews are evil, and use solid rationale from government propaganda to convince me of your loyalty to the Third Reich!

The text of a 10th grade english assignment pushing students to offer their suggestions on why the Nazis were right, or as I like to call it, “instant dismissal from your teaching job.” What an awful idea. The Albany, NY school district, where the assignment originated from, is working hard to make amends to the local Jewish community as well as to students and parents; the teacher faces a reprimand and possible firing. (via shortformblog)

um. what.

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Literally telling everyone you’re a douchebag: $63.

Actually being a douchebag: Priceless.

hypervocal:

It doesn’t get much more tasteful than French mother Boucha Bagour sending her three-year-old son named Jihad to school wearing a shirt that reads “I am a bomb” on the front and “Jihad, born September 11” on the back.

what.

hypervocal:

It doesn’t get much more tasteful than French mother Boucha Bagour sending her three-year-old son named Jihad to school wearing a shirt that reads “I am a bomb” on the front and “Jihad, born September 11” on the back.

what.

Hi, we reach 13 million readers but we can’t afford to pay you freelance types for your work. Can we have 1,200 words for free?

The Atlantic

Meanwhile, Marco Arment’s The Magazine has just 25,000 subscribers who pay $1.99 a month, allowing him to pay writers $800 per article.

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The second this-makes-the-Atlantic-look-really-bad thing to happen this year.

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well, this is discouraging.

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shortformblog:

breakingnews:

Titanic 2?
NBC News: Just over a century after the Titanic sank to the bottom of the North Atlantic, an Australian billionaire has officially floated plans to build a successor.
Clive Palmer, chairman of Brisbane-based Blue Star Line, revealed blueprints for Titanic II, a ‘full-scale re-creation’ of the illustrious, if ill-fated, ship at a press conference on the Intrepid Air, Sea & Space Museum in New York.
Photo: This handout provided by Blue Star Line shows a computer-generated image of Australian mining tycoon Clive Palmer’s plans for a “Titanic II” near-replica cruise ship. (Handout / Getty Images)

I saw “Titanic 2” already. No need to remake.

I can see nothing wrong with this foolproof plan.

shortformblog:

breakingnews:

Titanic 2?

NBC News: Just over a century after the Titanic sank to the bottom of the North Atlantic, an Australian billionaire has officially floated plans to build a successor.

Clive Palmer, chairman of Brisbane-based Blue Star Line, revealed blueprints for Titanic II, a ‘full-scale re-creation’ of the illustrious, if ill-fated, ship at a press conference on the Intrepid Air, Sea & Space Museum in New York.

Photo: This handout provided by Blue Star Line shows a computer-generated image of Australian mining tycoon Clive Palmer’s plans for a “Titanic II” near-replica cruise ship. (Handout / Getty Images)

I saw “Titanic 2” already. No need to remake.

I can see nothing wrong with this foolproof plan.

onaissues:

Folio: has released the results of their annual nationwide survey. The survey maps out salary ranges for mid and executive-level editors across a number of demographics including gender, age, location, company size, education and more.

According to the report, in 2012, a male Editor-in Chief was making $100,800, while a woman in the same position was making $85,100. 

See the interactive infographic that Folio prepared with the data. Images above are screenshots from the infographic. 

grumble, grumble.

hypervocal:

WHOA: File this under Things That Bode Well For Oscar Pistorius’ Defense: The investigating officer, Hilton Botha, is facing seven counts of attempted murder. All the crazy details here: http://hypr.vc/1dxaz3

wtf.

hypervocal:

WHOA: File this under Things That Bode Well For Oscar Pistorius’ Defense: The investigating officer, Hilton Botha, is facing seven counts of attempted murder. All the crazy details here: http://hypr.vc/1dxaz3

wtf.

nbcnews:

‘Blade Runner’ Oscar Pistorius charged with murder
(Photo: Phil Walter / Getty Images)
Olympic and Paralympic star Oscar Pistorius was charged with murder Thursday after his girlfriend was shot dead at his South African home.
Read the complete story.

What?

nbcnews:

‘Blade Runner’ Oscar Pistorius charged with murder

(Photo: Getty Images)

Olympic and Paralympic star Oscar Pistorius was charged with murder Thursday after his girlfriend was shot dead at his South African home.

Read the complete story.

What?

theatlantic:

A Photographic Guide to Looking Concerned While Meeting with the President

But if you find yourself in a meeting with him, don’t even think about slouching, let alone taking your feet off the floor. Even Cabinet-level officials know that you have got to show your concern. Here’s John Kerry (as a Senator) returning the favor.
Just remember that when meeting in the Situation Room, you can never be concerned enough.
The relaxed posture doesn’t mean Obama’s not concerned. In fact, when he leans back, he might be the most concerned guy in the room:
This is a concern contest (that John Boehner has lost.)
Finally, the pièce de résistance: The rarely seen, hand-on-face, foot-on-desk, knee-in-the-air, chair-off-the-floor, ultra-concerned leanback.
See more. [Images: Pete Souza]



Well, yes, they all SHOULD look concerned. Since they are leading this country and all.

theatlantic:

A Photographic Guide to Looking Concerned While Meeting with the President

But if you find yourself in a meeting with him, don’t even think about slouching, let alone taking your feet off the floor. Even Cabinet-level officials know that you have got to show your concern. Here’s John Kerry (as a Senator) returning the favor.

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Just remember that when meeting in the Situation Room, you can never be concerned enough.

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The relaxed posture doesn’t mean Obama’s not concerned. In fact, when he leans back, he might be the most concerned guy in the room:

image

This is a concern contest (that John Boehner has lost.)

image

Finally, the pièce de résistance: The rarely seen, hand-on-face, foot-on-desk, knee-in-the-air, chair-off-the-floor, ultra-concerned leanback.

image

See more. [Images: Pete Souza]

Well, yes, they all SHOULD look concerned. Since they are leading this country and all.

hypervocal:

BUSH FAMILY HACKED! This is a bathing self-portrait that George W. Bush sent of himself to his sister. See what else the hackers exposed here, including some strange thoughts from Jeb.

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