Jason Arias
The Baffler,  December 15

Fresh Hell

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“The following racial slurs are allowed and advisable.”

The Daily Stormer’s style guide leaked to the public this week and includes helpful hints to keep the blatant racism light and playful: “dehumanization is extremely important, but it must be done within the confines of ‘lulz.’” The Huffington Post gracefully took such tactics to heart with the exposé’s subhead: “A leaked style guide reveals they’re Nazis about grammar (and Jews).”

 

The Lady Vanishes

Brigid Hughes succeeded George Plimpton as editor of The Paris Review after his death only to be terminated by a board hell bent on finding a man to run the show, and then scrubbed from the magazine’s history. Imagine that! A.N. Devers chronicles the whole thing in detail over at Long Reads.  

 

Coming Soon: The Fantastic Four X-Men Avengers: Dawn of the Monopoly

Who gives a shit about the further consolidation of media conglomerates when it means that most of Marvel’s superheroes and supervillains will share the same cinematic universe! Just think of all the possibilities for bloated and profoundly stale crossover superhero blockbusters.

 

“We believe this is the right thing to do, and we are happy to champion it”

Just in time for last-minute Christmas shopping, Walmart announced an ingenious plan to allow their workers to access their wages before payday. To help them manage their anemic cash flow of starvation wages better! It’s like a payday loan, but totally less predatory!

 

Robo-war on the homeless 

The San Francisco chapter of the animal rescue group SPCA cares less for homeless humans; they hired a robot to keep the unwashed and unhoused from hanging out around their building. The robot was fired this week because it was operating without a permit, but you can employ it for as little as $6 an hour!

 

Disrupt the Church!

Take a break from the unending shitstorm of the present moment; here’s a history lesson on Martin Luther.

 

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