How Things Work

Gawker.com is shutting down today, Monday 22nd August, 2016, some 13 years after it began and two days before the end of my forties. It is the end of an era. The staff will move to new jobs on other properties in Gawker Media Group, which are lively and intact, and the whole operation will continue under new ownership, after being acquired for $135 million by Univision. But I will not be going with my colleagues. The Gawker domain is also b...
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Letters From Our Exes

Photo: Shutterstock Gawker.com will cease operations today. I asked former editors of the site to help us send it off. Thanks for reading, commenting, and tipping. Long live Gawker. —AP Former editor Gabriel Snyder While fearlessness at tackling any topic is its hallmark, Gawker was always terrible at talking about itself, especially at telling the world what it was for. Nick Denton didn’t give me much direction before he hired me to edit t...
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How Guilty Should I Feel?

Illustration: Jim Cooke I often feel guilt when I assign a story. This is partly a function of being a woman who would, if she had her way, please and comfort her entire universe of acquaintances, and partly a function of having been convinced at a relatively young age by the argument that Janet Malcolm famously made in The Journalist and the Murderer: “Every journalist who is not too stupid or full of himself to notice what is going on kno...
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Gawker Was Murdered by Gaslight

GIF Image by Jim Cooke A lie with a billion dollars behind it is stronger than the truth. Peter Thiel has shut down Gawker.com. This is the final act in what Thiel wished to present, and succeeded in presenting, as a simple and ancient morality play, a story of hubris meeting its punishment. The premise behind that morality play was, as Thiel wrote in space given him by the New York Times last week, that “cruelty and recklessness were intri...
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What Was Gawker? 

Image by Jim Cooke Wherever you go in this life, there is some jerk telling you what to do. Almost always. But not always. If you are very lucky, you might find a place where you can do what you want. If you are very fortunate, you may one day find a place where you can be as inane, brilliant, cockeyed, or stupid as you wish, in front of the entire world. I found it at Gawker. I hope you find it somewhere at least once before you die. Most ...
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There's Someone Else I've Got To Be

Breakups have a way of robbing you of your identity, especially when you’re the one who’s being broken up with. If the union was worth joining in the first place, severing it disrupts your habits, your decision-making, your system of loving. It erases the mutations your love has engendered. You don’t even get to keep them in a jar of formaldehyde. Your best chance at preservation is art. As someone who’s written for Gawker for over four yea...
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Mission Demolished

Tina Brown arrives at the launch of Radar Magazine held at Hotel QT on May 18, 2005 in New York City. (Photo: Astrid Stawiarz/ Getty Images ) A cool sunset does more for a hot publication’s glory than all the sweaty days of its actual word-pushing. As night falls—and night always falls, honey—plenty of beloveds return and gather round to tamp down the grave. Some come to tap-dance because every media graveyard has sad ghouls. Used to be tho...
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Fuck It

Kinja is in read-only mode. We are working to restore service. Original link Original author: Hudson Hongo
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South Carolina Is Giving Body Cameras to Shellfish Monitors 

Photo: AP The world is your oyster. By which I mean it’s under intense surveillance at all times even though that’s a giant waste of energy, money, and humanity. According to the Associated Press , a portion of South of Carolina’s newly flush body camera budget will be distributed to officers who monitor oyster health and shellfish harvesting. When you take into consideration that the $5.8 million budget was established in response to the f...
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Clinton Campaign Manager Says Trump Might Be Putin 'Puppet'

Photo: ABC Trump has been promoted this week from statue to puppet. On ABC’s “This Week,” Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager Robby Mook deflected a totally reasonable question from Goerge Stephanopoulos on why the Clinton Foundation would stop taking corporate and foreign donations should she become president, when it hadn’t done so while she was Secretary of State. The question was prompted by Bill Clinton’s announcement on Thursday that t...
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Erdogan Claims Turkish Wedding Attack That Killed 51 Was Carried Out by Child Suicide Bomber 

Photo: AP At least 51 people were killed and dozens more wounded in a suicide bomb attack on a Kurdish wedding party in the southeastern Turkish city Gaziantep on Saturday night. Turkish President Recep Erdogan told reporters on Sunday that, according to police sources, the bomber was between the ages of 12 and 14, state-run news agency Andadolu reports. Erdogan said that so far 51 people have been killed in the attack, and 69 people have b...
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Closing the Book on Gawker.com

As you may have heard, this week marks the end of gawker.com’s operations. If you didn’t read it here, you may have read about it in the bushel of eulogies that our colleagues at other publications have produced over the last few days. Since it’s not totally clear to me what will happen to the site’s archives or how long I will have access to data about the site, today seems like a good time to jot down some of the numbers we have about our...
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Judge Recommends Criminal Charges Be Brought Against Arizona Sheriff for Ignoring Orders to Stop Racial Profiling

Photo: APJoe Arpaio, who says he is the “toughest sheriff” in the land, could face criminal charges. On Friday, federal Judge G. Murray Snow ordered that the US Attorney’s Office determine whether the Maricopa County Sheriff and Chief Deputy Jerry Sheridan should be charged with criminal contempt of court for ignoring court orders to stop racial profiling of Latinos, according to the New York Times. Joe Arpaio's Problem With Authority Could...
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Hillary Is Asleep, That's Where 

Hillary Is Asleep, That's Where  Original link (Originally posted by Hannah Gold)
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Report: Trump's Real Estate Holdings Have At Least $650 Million in Debt 

Photo: APIt appears that GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, typically a fan the huge and dissolute, has been minimizing public perception of his debt. A New York Times investigation published on Saturday reveals that U.S.-based real estate companies owned by Trump are at least $650 million in debt. Only half this amount was disclosed in the public F.E.C. filings Trump completed in order to run for president. The Only Thing That Would ...
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When Martin Shkreli Calls A Pharma Company Out, You Know It Screwed Up [Update]

Photo credit: Mark Zaleski/ AP The extensive price hike for a vital, life-saving drug for many with allergies is causing concern among doctors, patients, and politicians—along with a guy responsible for an extensive price hike himself. Mylan pharmaceutical, the maker of the EpiPen—a portable epinephrine injector that can potentially save someone having a life-threatening allergic reaction—is being accused of raising the price of the product...
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The Only Thing That Would Make Us Feel Better Is if You Sent Us Trump's Tax Returns

Image: Getty Have you heard? As of next week, beloved cuck advocacy website Gawker.com will officially be shutting down thanks to the machinations of a megalomaniacal seasteading vampire . It happens! And though it’s incredibly unfortunate, there is something you can do to make us feel just a little bit better: Send us Donald Trump’s tax returns. As you know, Donald Trump has refused to release his tax returns , presumably because he is bei...
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Gawker.com to End Operations Next Week

After nearly fourteen years of operation, Gawker.com will be shutting down next week. The decision to close Gawker comes days after Univision successfully bid $135 million for Gawker Media’s six other websites, and four months after the Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel revealed his clandestine legal campaign against the company. Nick Denton, the company’s outgoing CEO, informed current staffers of the site’s fate on Thursday afternoon...
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Twitter Suspends 235,000 Accounts for Promoting Terrorism

Getty Images Twitter says it has suspended 235,000 accounts for promoting terrorism since February. That brings the total accounts suspended since June 2015 to 360,000. “Our response time for suspending reported accounts, the amount of time these accounts are on Twitter, and the number of followers they accumulate have all decreased dramatically,” Twitter said in a blog post. “We have also made progress in disrupting the ability of those su...
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All the Best Gossip from Esquire's Jared Kushner Profile

Photo: APAmid Donald Trump’s spasmodic summer, one member of his campaign (and family) has received a growing amount of positive—or at least not explicitly negative—press: Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner. Today, however, Esquire has published a long and excellent profile with lots of good dirt, all about who is this smiling fellow who through his narrow greed and ambition has sold out his faith for a suicide ride on the Trump train.Here’s...
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Popular Youtuber Creates Repulsive Propaganda Music Video For North Korea

Sscrrenshot: LouisForFun I’ve seen a lot of disgusting things in my years on the internet, but this video takes the cake. A popular Youtuber named Louis Cole, whose channel has nearly 2 million subscriptions, ended his trip to North Korea by creating a music video called “Sufin In The DPRK.” This isn’t some biting political commentary that touches on the atrocities carried out by the North Korean dictatorship, but rather a fun, lighthearted...
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McDonald's Happy Meal Fitness Trackers Are Giving Kids Rashes

Image: McDonald’s McDonald’s will no longer be shipping fitness trackers with its Happy Meals. The fast-food giant is discontinuing the cheap step-counters it was set to include in kid’s meals because the plastic bands are giving children rashes. McDonald’s announced the decision in a statement: “We are voluntarily removing the Step It! Activity Band Happy Meal toys in our restaurants in our United States and Canadian markets. It will no lo...
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If You Drive For a Living, Look for Another Career

Photo: APThere is nothing wrong with planning for the future. If you are a cab driver, or a truck driver, or an Uber driver, now is the time to plan for what you will do when your job disappears. And for what we should do for you. Today, Volvo and Uber announced that they are formally teaming up to develop self-driving cars. No big surprise; Uber already has a well-established and well-funded internal self-driving car program, with “The goa...
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They will soon be calling me MR. BREXIT! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 18, 2016 Original link (Originally posted by Brendan O'Connor)
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13 Dead in Louisiana as Some Return to Flooded Homes

Photo: APThe death toll in Louisiana has risen to 13, ABC News reports. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson will visit the state on Thursday to review the federal government’s response to what Governor John Bel Edwards called “unprecedented” flooding. Some 70,000 people have registered for individual assistance, and more than 9,000 have filed flood insurance claims. The flood waters have begun to recede, and thousands of people are retu...
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