Dick Gregory’s unapologetic comedy helped shape American conversations on race and activism

Gregory, who died this weekend, was a prime example of the power and necessity of political comedy. Humorist-activist Dick Gregory was a man of many words whose fighting spirit helped transform conversations and action around race and justice in an often divided and discriminatory America. Gregory — who died of heart failure on Saturday, August 18, at the age of 84 after a decades-long career in comedy — was known for his off-the-cuff, no-holds-barred humor.…

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How an MS Paint artist made this picture

Pat Hines is using MS Paint for all the illustrations in his book. Here’s how he does it. Pat Hines used a very unusual tool to illustrate his book, Camp Redblood: Microsoft Paint. The video above shows a time lapse of his process while exploring his influences, which range from Back to the Future posters to Tin Tin artist Hergé. At first glance, using Paint seems like an inferior choice to advanced photo editing programs…

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“The eclipse is racist”: how one bad article sparked a conservative pile-on

A case of a solar eclipse metaphor gone terribly, terribly wrong has become a conservative talking point about the left and racism. Last week, the Atlantic reprinted a Democracy: A Journal of Ideas article, which attempted to make a hard-to-parse point about race in America in the context of the solar eclipse. The thesis of the article was that the regions experiencing the total eclipse are mostly inhabited by white people — and also America…

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Trump’s new attack on the Chinese economy, explained

Bannon is out, but Trump is still willing to risk a trade war with China. President Donald Trump is pursuing an unconventional and controversial strategy for pressuring China to open up its doors wider to American business. It’s a sign that the Trump administration is still willing to risk a trade war with China despite its ouster of strategist Steve Bannon, the most prominent economic nationalist in the administration. The move involves launching an investigation…

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Steve Bannon’s “economic nationalism” is total nonsense

Trump recognizes exactly what a good con is worth. Former chief strategist and campaign manager Steve Bannon’s departure from the Trump White House surely does not mean an end to the demagogic racial politics in which Donald Trump has trafficked for decades. It does, however, seem to mark the final eclipse of the notion that Trump would move beyond demagoguery and construct a vision of “nationalist” economic policy that would differ in a meaningful way…

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10 American sailors missing after USS John S. McCain collides with tanker

The Navy is investigating what could be its worst disaster in recent memory. Ten American sailors are missing Monday morning after the USS John S. McCain collided with a commercial vessel off the coast of Singapore, a disaster that could be one of the Navy’s worst in several years. President Donald Trump initially responded to the accident saying to reporters, “That’s too bad.” Trump’s comments came just hours after the US destroyer collided with the…

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“Trump Forest”: why environmentalists are planting trees to thwart the president

The crowdsourced forest is at 300,000 trees and growing. Donald Trump has called global warming a Chinese “hoax” and has erroneously claimed that cutting emissions to avert catastrophic climate change will ruin the US economy. He plans to withdraw the US from the Paris climate agreement and is undoing many of the policies President Barack Obama put in place to fight climate change. In short, he’s been a disastrous president so far for the climate.…

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Watch: Marvel sneaked a Punisher trailer at the end of The Defenders

Marvel’s Punisher trailer is about a devil collecting his dues. Following the tradition of Marvel movies, Marvel’s Netflix series The Defenders has a treat for anyone who sticks around through the credits scene in its last episode: a trailer for Marvel’s next Netflix series, The Punisher. The trailer opens with Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal) slamming the ground with a sledgehammer and talking about his past. “Memories, they never hurt me,” he says while we see…

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When is the next total solar eclipse?

Every total solar eclipse to come to North America this century, mapped. Total solar eclipses like the one crossing America today are beautiful, but they’re tragically fleeting. Totality, when the sun is completely covered by the moon, lasts just a few minutes. And the whole thing — from the start of the partial eclipse to the end — takes just a few hours. The experience is sublime, but it’ll leave you wanting. Here’s the good…

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Live photos: watch the total solar eclipse unfold across the country

On Monday, millions of Americans will catch a glimpse of the total solar eclipse that will hurtle across America at about 2,000 miles per hour. It’s a tremendous visual spectacle that everyone from kids on iPhones to NASA’s top scientists will be documenting with photos and video. (For more on what scientists can learn about the sun by photographing an eclipse, read this piece by Vox’s Brian Resnick.) For the towns and cities along the…

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