Mike Gravel’s campaign is proof that more politicians need meme tutors

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In the age of surrealist memes and viral content, why aren’t more politicians seeking out shitposting tutors? 

Mike Gravel joined Twitter on Mar. 30, and has been spicing up the 2020 race ever since. The former Alaskan senator officially added his name to the ever-growing roster of Democratic presidential candidates in a video Monday, calling for a “Gravelanche” to push centrist politicians further left. He doesn’t plan on actually winning; his goal is to simply make it to the debates so he can challenge contenders on their neoliberal policies in favor of more leftist ones. 

“My message, centered around an anti-imperialist foreign policy and fundamental political reform, is one that no other Democratic candidate is making the centerpiece of their campaign,” Gravel said in a statement, according to Rolling Stone. “After the first two debates, I will drop out and endorse the most progressive candidate.” Read more…

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YouTube’s algorithm pushed a sexist video about Katie Bouman, the scientist behind the black hole photo

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This week, scientists brought us the first-ever picture of a black holeKatie Bouman, a 29-year-old MIT graduate student, led the team that developed the algorithm making this photo possible. She quickly became the face of the historical scientific achievement.

Just two days later, however, a sexist video attacking Bouman was the top result for her name on YouTube.

That’s right: YouTube’s search algorithm found a video promoting a Reddit conspiracy claiming Bouman didn’t deserve as much credit as one of her male co-workers to be the most relevant result for her name. 

A screenshot of the YouTube search results page for Katie Bouman before the "top news" algorithm change.

A screenshot of the YouTube search results page for Katie Bouman before the “top news” algorithm change.

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What the hell is going on with Matthew Lillard’s Instagram account?: An investigation

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Even Hollywood’s brightest stars are vulnerable to the pain and suffering of Instagram’s broken customer support system.

Good Girls actor Matthew Lillard — also known for starring in cult classics such as SLC Punk!, Scream, and Hackers — learned this the hard way when he recently discovered he was locked out of his Instagram account. 

Lillard suspects he was hacked, but — celebrities are just like us! — his attempts to reach Instagram support have gone unanswered for more than a week.

Now, in an exclusive interview with Mashable, the movie star describes the entire ordeal in detail, highlighting how even a verified account with more than 150,000 followers can be easily lost in Instagram’s awful customer support system. Read more…

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Enjoy this delightfully chaotic goat chase from two perspectives

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If you happen to stumble across some goats wandering around your backyard, you should probably just let them be. 

One girl learned that the hard way — and it’s forever immortalized on video.

Twitter user @sophiemilner981 posted a video of her friend jogging after a lost goat that had ambled into her yard. Followed by her dog, the friend starts out, holding out her phone during the pursuit in an effort to capture the intruder on camera. But then the goat decides to turn the tables and chase her instead. She ends up manically sprinting back towards her house.

The second half of the video is even more beautiful, because it shows her perspective.  Read more…

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The ‘Here we go again’ meme is perfect for every frustrating situation

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“Ah shit, here we go again.” Oh, the endless possibilities of that simple statement. 

Twitter has taken another relatable quote that can be applied to any number of situations and ran wild with it. And this time, we have the gamers to thank for it. 

Taken from a memorable scene in the 2004 game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, the quote immediately follows the opening cutscene in which the main character, Carl “CJ” Johnson, finds himself in a corrupt neighborhood. 

“Ah shit, here we go again,” he starts off saying. “Worst place in the world, Rolling Heights Ballas country. I ain’t represented Grove Street in five years, but the Ballas won’t give a shit.” Read more…

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