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[Content note: Misogyny, violence, homophobia]

The Democratic National Convention opened last night. I hear it went swimmingly. Seriously. Everyone on Twitter says it was awesome, especially Mrs. Obama's speech.

Of course, there was also a lot of terrible things on Twitter. For example:
CNN contributor Erick Erickson had this to say:
He later apologized.

Today marks the 35th anniversary of Voyager 1's launch into outer space.

A transgender inmate in Massachusetts has won the right to have the state pay for her gender-reassignment surgery, after a US District Judge agreed that the surgery was medically necessary

Deathfat Update: "People can be obese yet physically healthy and fit and at no greater risk of heart disease or cancer than normal weight people, say researchers."

Jay-Z joined Pearl Jam on stage for a rendition of "99 Problems" at a Philadelphia music festival over the weekend. Sad face.

Deathfat Update 2: New York City cut so many calories from its school lunch menus that it often served children fewer calories than required by the federal government.

Four Marines from Southern California's Camp Pendleton were arrested early Sunday morning after they beat a gay man after taunting him with homophobic slurs inside the Silver Fox bar in Long Beach. They may be charged with a hate crime.

Downtown Abbey fans! Some stuff about the music which I assume is very old timey.

Michael Clarke Duncan: "Don't you put that evil on me, Ricky Bobby!"

Quebec's separatist Parti Quebecois won a narrow victory yesterday. Their celebration was cut short by a shooting that left at least one person dead.

Flula explains why he thinks Breaking Bad is great. "Ooh, magic."

I think I've found a movie even worse than Atlas Shurgged (typo, and it stays): Last Ounce of Courage is about the evils of the separation of church and state, in a thought-provoking (nope) drama about the war on Christmas, I guess? In theaters September 14.

Do you have Grooveshark? If so, why aren't you listening to Betty Davis right now? Seriously. She is fucking amazing.

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