Just Ducky in Tiananmen Square

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• Animated duck tribute above by Fizzdom.com

• "The Tiananmen Square protests of 1989, commonly known as the June Fourth Incident (六四事件) or more accurately '89 Democracy Movement (八九民运) in Chinese were student-led popular demonstrations in Beijing which took place in the spring of 1989 and received broad support from city residents, exposing deep splits within China's political leadership." 

• "The protests were forcibly suppressed by hardline leaders who ordered the military to enforce martial law in the country's capital. The crackdown that initiated on June 3–4 became known as the Tiananmen Square Massacre or the June 4 Massacre as troops with assault rifles and tanks inflicted casualties on unarmed civilians trying to block the military's advance towards Tiananmen Square in the heart of Beijing, which student demonstrators had occupied for seven weeks. The scale of military mobilization and the resulting bloodshed were unprecedented in the history of Beijing." 

• "The Chinese government condemned the protests as a "counter-revolutionary riot" ... Estimates of the death toll range from a few hundred to the thousands." (wikipedia)

• Watch the May 2014 Washington Post summary below of the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests.

Chinese censorship bans all references (no matter how slight or obscure) to the spring 1989 protests at Tiananmen Square — such as the obtuse use of May 35 to mean June 4.

• Below is CNN's raw video of tank man's brave resistance. Shortly after this footage he was led away and presumably executed.  

• "The crackdown left 500 to 2,600 dead, according to Tiananmen Square, 1989: The Declassified History, published by the George Washington University's National Security Archive. China's official death toll is 246." (USA Today)

• Additional resources:
New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/28/world/asia/tiananmen-square-anniversary-prompts-campaign-of-silence.html
Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/china-tried-to-erase-memories-of-tiananmen-but-it-lives-on-in-the-work-of-dissident-artists/2014/05/31/4fd55a8e-e720-11e3-a86b-362fd5443d19_story.html
The Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/jun/04/tiananmen-square-online-search-censored
Frontline:  http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/tankman/
The Atlantic: http://www.theatlantic.com/china/archive/2013/06/tiananmen-square-how-chinese-bloggers-play-cat-and-mouse-with-censors/276523/
Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiananmen_Square_protests_of_1989

Spielberg Pins It on Social Media

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• "On Twitter we get excited if someone follows us. In real life we get really scared and run away." —unknown via @mozusa

• “The best way to engage honestly with the marketplace via Twitter is to never use the words "engage," "honestly," or "marketplace.” ― Jeffrey Zeldman

• “If social media made us smarter, wouldn’t we be smarter?”
— Magnificant Ruin

• "When you've got 5 minutes to fill, Twitter is a great way to fill 35 minutes.” - @mattcutts

• Watch Jimmy Fallon's funny, rapid-fire Twitter conversation with Justin Timberlake above.

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The Daily Show: The Game is Rigged

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• "Though (Warren) is the national avatar of a new full-throated Democratic liberalism, Warren was a registered Republican until the mid-1990s." (bostonglobe.com)

• Watch Jon Stewart and Senator Elizabeth Warren above: The banks are getting money virtually for free.

• Watch Senator Elizabeth Warren above: The game is rigged as students pay big time! "I think that is obscene!"

• Watch journalist Matt Taibbi explain how American narco-bankers were fined over a billion dollars but avoided prison, as guided by the little-known (Eric) "Holder Memo." 

Taibbi: "There’s really this scary psychological moment that we’ve crossed in America where we no longer think of a certain kind of offender as appropriate for jail."



John Oliver Gets Hot About Spying

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Clapper falsely testified that the NSA was not collecting data on millions of Americans. (3.12.13)

• Watch John Oliver make fun of James Clapper's testimony above.

 

• See Clapper above admitting he had answered in the "least untruthful manner" possible, using a strange analogy.

• April 14, 2014 The Pulitzer Prize for Public Service was awarded to The Guardian and The Washington Post for reporting the NSA's U.S. and international surveillance activities were far broader than the U.S. government had admitted

 

• Edward Snowden said, "Today's decision is a vindication for everyone who believes that the public has a role in government This decision reminds us that what no individual conscience can change, a free press can." (theguardian.com)

 

Mad Men Madness

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• Creator Matthew Weiner called the series "science fiction in the pastMad Men uses the past to discuss issues that concern us today that we don't discuss openly." (wikipedia)

• "What you call 'love' was invented by guys like me. To sell Nylons." - Don Draper

• "But what is happiness? It's a moment before you need more happiness. – Don Draper

• "When God closes a door, he opens a dress." - Roger Sterling

• The outside looks great, the inside is rotten. That’s advertising.” — Jon Hamm

• Watch Mad Men 100 Greatest Quotes from Season 1 above.

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Procrastinate Now!

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• “Procrastinate now, don't put it off.” ― Ellen DeGeneres

• “If it weren't for the last minute, nothing would get done.” 
Rita Mae Brown

• “Plan to be spontaneous tomorrow.” ― Steven Wright

• “Tomorrow is often the busiest day of the week.” — unknown

• See why over 3 million YouTubers have watched humorist Lev Yilmaz "get his stuff done."

• Watch this visually-imaginative animation by John Kelly.

Amy Poehler's Phone Fetish

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• "The answer to life's questions is often in people's faces. Try putting your iPhones down once in a while, and look in people's faces." — Amy Poehler

• “As an actor, you can certainly, at any moment and at any time, discover 400 people who think you're stupid, fat and ugly.” — Amy Poehler

• Watch Amy Poehler and Tina Fey's rapid-fire jokes at the 2013 Golden Globe awards. 

• Watch Amy Poehler talk about her phone fetish and one difference between men and women on Jimmy Kimmel Live above.

Parts for Farts: The Dick Cheney Story

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• Former VP Dick Cheney received a heart transplant in March 2012, to the chagrin of the Tin Man.

• "Watching Cheney in these periodic re-emergences ... can be disconcerting … as with a horror movie villain, you can never count on a credit sequence to put an end to your fright."  — Ana Marie Cox

• Over a decade ago, famous Texas heart surgeon Dr. Denton Cooley, hired by the 2000 Bush campaign, cleared Cheney for the VP spot, reporting that Cheney was "in good health with normal cardiac function" — despite having had multiple heart attacks and a long history of cardiac procedures. 

• Below: CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta's Oct. 2013 interview with Cheney: "This idea that you have this respected heart surgeon from Texas who didn't see youdidn't examine you, and then writes something saying that you have normal cardiac function. That just wasn't true, Mr. Vice President."

Cheney replied: "Go ask Denton Cooley about that." 

• Suggest watching at 4:42+ for the lie that enabled the most notorious VP in American history:

 

Couples: It's Easier Than You Think

"It's Not the Nail" is a web-based video short by writer/director/actor Jason Headley. Fizzdom.com Couples: It's easier than you think. The first duty of love is to listen. Paul Tillich. John Grimes. 

 • “The first duty of love is to listen” quote is by Paul Tillich (1886-1965) “widely regarded as one of the most influential theologians of the 20th century.” (wikipedia)

• More great advice for couples: "Don't try to fix it. I just need you to listen" — from the hilarious video above by writer/director/actor Jason Headley.