Animal Instagram Accounts: Better than All Other Social Media Combined

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Every time I say this to people I expect them to look at me like I’m a complete nut bar and totally disagree, but instead they verify my thesis: Animal Instagram accounts are by far the best types of social media accounts going these days. I would take it a step farther, and say that animal Instagram accounts are better than all types of social media profiles combined!

How did we get here? Well, you can read up the rest of our series on the ills of social media at the following links- Facebook, Twitter, smart phone addiction, Twitter, social media adversely affecting Generation X disproportionately.

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Chelsea FC Owner Roman Abramovich Still Can’t Work in UK, Even on Israeli Passport

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Chelsea Owner and Russia’s 11th wealthiest man Roman Abramovich is still having trouble regaining access to the United Kingdom. Abramovich has seen a very lengthy delay over the renewal processing of his UK VISA, which expired in April. It is believed that this is the reason he did not attend his club’s 1-0 win over Manchester United in the FA Cup Final.

It was reported Monday that Abramovich flew to Tel Aviv, Israel, one of the many places that he owns property, and sought Israeli citizenship. Under the nation’s Law of Return, Jews living abroad have eligibility to gain Israeli citizenship.

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Indianapolis 500 Ramps Up Extreme Nationalism, Over the Top Jingoism

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Make no mistake about it, my favorite color is a three way tie between red, white and blue. Just look at the colors of this website. Take a look at the photo below to see how I dressed to attend the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500. See the American flag emoji in my Twitter profile too.

However, there is patriotism, and then there is nationalism, and then there is patriotism and nationalism combined, on steroids and multiplied to the 10th power, which we usually call jingoism. This is a very hot topic right now, as the NFL decided last week to take the Star Spangled Banner issue and go full on #MAGA #AmericaFirst with it. The National Football League decided to completely pander to the lowest common denominator.

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NFL Goes Full On Meathead, Panders to Right Wing Troglodytes

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Take care NFL- it’s been nice knowing you! This is certainly not the National Football League that us older millenials/younger Gen Xers used to know and love. While it’s been painfully obvious for some time that the NBA peaked long ago with its 1990s Golden Age, yesterday we learned that the NFL is over the hill too.

At least in this instance the league isn’t micro-managing itself into irrelevance by pandering to some corporatism middle ground. This time they shot themselves in the foot by taking a side- the wrong one. The ruling to penalize those who protest the national anthem is so stupid and maladaptive on so many levels, it’s hard to know where to even begin in vivisecting this. [Read more…]

Indy 500, Little 500, Broadripple: Bawdy Tales of Indianapolis Racing Weekend Hijinks

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A decade ago, I attended my first Indy 500, and it was in the infield.

My people watching that day became an essay which is among the site’s most popular posts of all time. A decade later, I returned to the Greatest Spectacle in Racing, ready once again to regale you with tales of auto racing’s zaniest fans, on racing’s biggest weekend.

This time we added two more settings- the Little 500 in Anderson (about an hour from the speedway) and Broadripple, the neighborhood boasting the hippest nightlife in all of nap town.

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Marcus Rashford Pays Tribute to Manchester Arena Bombing Victims

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On the one year anniversary of the Manchester Arena bombing, Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford provided a message for the families of the victims, and his hometown. On May 22, 2017, 22 lives were lost and hundreds were injured when a terrorist detonated a bomb at the arena during an Ariana Grande concert.

On Tuesday morning, Rashford posted a message to his official Instagram account, which has approximately 4.6 million followers. It listed the names and ages of every victim, below the “worker bee” symbol that is synonymous with paying tribute to those who were lost in the bombing.

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Roman Abramovich in Limbo as Chelsea Owner’s UK Visa Renewal Delayed

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In case you were wondering why Chelsea Owner Roman Abramovich did not attend Chelsea’s FA Cup final win over Manchester United in London yesterday, it’s because he cannot legally enter the country right now. His United Kingdom visa expired in April, and according to multiple reports, he’s experiencing a delay in renewal.

It is the policy of the government agency that handles processing visas to not comment on reasons for delay. However, given that Abramovich is now based in London, is Britain’s 13th richest man according to the Sunday Times with £9.3bn, and tensions escalating between Great Britain and Ambramovich’s native Russia, this is obviously a major news development.

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Meghan Markle Prince Harry Wedding Shouldn’t Be Publicly Funded

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Absolutely no one, outside family and friends of the couple, SHOULD CARE about Saturday’s royal wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, but unfortunately that train has long left the station. The Royal Wedding as a “news story” is the biggest nothing burger of all nothing burgers, but what can you do? This endeavor, for some reason, is considered worth paying attention to by millions of people all around the world, who have never met Harry or Meghan.
Meghan Markle, today, is now one of the world’s most famous people. The Northwestern grad who played annoying characters and really bad television shows has truly come a very long way. In 2013, when College Gameday came to NU and Markle was referenced in signs, as Rachel Markle, we were all like “who?”

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Jurgen Klopp Brutally Criticizes Brexit: “Makes No Sense At All”

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has made outspoken public criticisms of Brexit (Great Britain’s voting to leave the European Union) before, on more than one occasion, but today he kicked that up another notch.

When the Reds boss first heard about Brexit in June 2016, he thought that Britain exiting Europe meant that the England national team had been eliminated from the European championships.That’s how shocked he was to hear that the Brexit voted actually passed, because the concept of it made no sense to him.

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Roman Abramovich, Surprisingly, Escapes Sanctioning by the U.S. Government

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Back on January 30, Chelsea Owner Roman Abramovich was been named to the United States Treasury Department’s Russian Oligarchs list, dubbed by many observers as the “Putin list.”

This list, with 210 names on it, includes 96 oligarchs with a net worth or more than $1 billion (£710 million) and very close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Kremlin. While Abramovich, and the other names on the list, weren’t sanctioned at the time that this list was announced, it did serve as a prelude to potential economic sanctions.

What might be just the first wave of sanctions got announced today, and Roman Abramovich, surprisingly, was escaped unscathed.

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Anthony Rizzo: Stoneman Douglas Grad Calls for Stricter Gun Laws

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Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo is a Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Graduate who continues giving back to his alma mater. Rizzo, one of the most visible players in Major League Baseball, continues using the power of his celebrity platform for good- bringing awareness to #MSDStrong whenever he can.

The Cubs opened the 2018 season in South Florida, with a four game set versus the Marlins at Marlins Park, which is about a 45-50 minute drive south of MSD High. On Valentine’s Day, a mentally disturbed former student, one with a history of serious problems, legally acquired an AR-15 assault rifle, a true weapon of war, opened fire on his former classmates, killing 17.

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Mohamed Salah Heroics Inspiring Fans to Convert to Islam

Liverpool winger Mohamed Salah is developing into a superstar this season, and he’s now currently the front-runner to win PFA Player of the Year. His game winning goal today, in a 2-1 come-from-behind triumph at Crystal Palace, saw his tying Chelsea legend Didier Drogba for the most single season goals (29) scored by an African player in Premier League history.

Remember, the Reds still have six league games to go. Not bad for a player once tossed aside by Chelsea. Salah’s overall total of 37 goals across all competitions is also the most in a single season by a Liverpool player in the Premier League era, beating Robbie Fowler’s total of 36 in 1995-96. Salah’s tally has come in just 41 games, compared to Fowler’s requiring 53 matches to meet the mark.

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