End Of An Era of the Day: Over the weekend, the domain of legendary shock site Meatspin (SFW link) expired.
With its raison d’être now gone, the Internet’s demise cannot be far behind. Before we turn off the lights on yet another in a long line of failed attempts to bring humanity closer through our collective affinity for spinning male genitalia, let us look back with fondness on one of the more memorable Meatspin reaction videos, which is just about as weird as the site itself (seriously, who hates Google?):
RIP Meatspin. You’re shocking the angels’ kid brother now.
Everybody Needs A Hobby of the Day: Looking back on it now, the taxidermied badger theremin was really just an obvious idea waiting for someone to think it.
Luckily, for it and us, electronic artist and sculptor David Cranmer did just that.
Cranmer, who apparently was in possession of a dead badger looking for a purpose, stuffed the stuffed weasel with a fully functional PAiA Theremax theremin to create the mythical hybrid known as “Badgermin.”
Listen to its siren call below. Mass production is undoubtedly forthcoming.
Street Art of the Day: When the ad company behind Mad Men’s latest marketing campaign put up their ultra-minimalist posters in New York City subway stations they surely must have known they were practically inviting mischief.
Perhaps this is some sort of Mad Men-esque experiment in brand engagement?
Either way, taggers have been having a field day with the ad’s abundant white space, decorating it with everything from butts to sharks to Calvin.
The Bitter Taste Of One’s Own Medicine of the Day: The Tennessee state senator who sponsored the controversial “Don’t Say Gay” bill — which aims to prohibit teachers from discussing homosexuality in the classroom — was refused service at a Knoxville restaurant because of his anti-gay views.
“I hope that [Stacey] Campfield now knows what it feels like to be unfairly [discriminated] against,” The Bistro at the Bijou wrote on their Facebook page.
Reached for comment, Sen. Campfield, who just days ago defended his assertion that it is “virtually impossible” to contract AIDS “through heterosexual sex,” confirmed he was kicked out, saying “I went in there and the lady started calling me names and wouldn’t serve me.”
According to Campfield, the hostess called him a homophobe and accused him of hating homosexuals. “In my business I do rental properties and I’ve rented to homosexuals, mixed-race couples, black couples,” countered Campfield.
He believes the restaurant treated him unfairly. “If you don’t think the way certain people think, then they think you don’t have a right to be served,” he told Buzzfeed.
People denying other people rights simply because they have a different worldview? I agree, Senator. That’s unacceptable.
Word. That guy sucks.
This Is Important, You Should Know About It of the Day: President Obama today quietly signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012, which contains controversial provisions requiring military custody for any non-citizen suspected of terrorism and affirming the president’s authority to indefinitely detain any supporter of al-Qaeda “or associated forces, irrespective of citizenship.
In a signing statement, the President said he had “serious reservations” about the bill, and criticised lawmakers for interfering with the work of counterterrorism professionals.
“Moving forward, my administration will interpret and implement the provisions described below in a manner that best preserves the flexibility on which our safety depends and upholds the values on which this country was founded,” the statement said.
The Obama administration was successful in striking down a provision that would have removed the ability of the executive branch to override the military custody requirement. Additionally, US citizens and legal immigrants may not be subjected to military custody under the revised bill.
However, an amendment to explicitly exclude American citizens and lawful residents from indefinite detention was rejected by Congress.
“My administration will not authorize the indefinite military detention without trial of American citizens,” Obama said. “Indeed, I believe that doing so would break with our most important traditions and values as a nation.”
The President’s personal stance aside, in addition to creating myriad difficulties for counterterrorism agents working with suspected terrorists to gain information, the NDAA provisions leave the door wide open for future presidents to indefinitely detain American citizens without trial.
You broke my heart Barack.