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Best of Hillary Clinton on SNL October 19, 2016

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Some of the things I watched while waiting for tonight’s real-life final debate.

A Hillary Christmas: 2015!Hillary (Kate McKinnon) gets a time-and-space-crossing visit, as Amy Poehler and Tina Fey reprise their roles as 2008!Hillary and Sarah Palin.

Hillary Campaign Ad – HRC starts adapting Bernie’s policies…also his mannerisms, outfits, and hairstyle.

Hillary & Bernie Cold Open – towards the end of the primary contest, the candidates get drunk in a bar together, schmooze a bunch, and end up dancing.

Hillary Clinton Bar Talk – McKinnon!Hillary pours out her woes to a bartender…played by the actual HRC, who takes some ribbing with grace.

The Evolution of Hillary Clinton – NBC presents a montage of SNL’s portrayals of Clinton over the years.

Presidential Debate #1 – “He’s spent his life cheating middle-class laborers. Laborers like my own human father, who made, ah, I guess drapes, or printed drapes, or sold drapes, some’pm with drapes, and he was relatable, and I am, also, relatable!”

Presidential Debate #2 – “Get real. I’m made of steel; this is nothing. Hi, girls.”

I’ve watched that last one three times now. Already looking forward to how they’re going to salve the wounds this weekend.

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Orchestral version of the Colbert Report theme February 25, 2016

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…is a beautiful thing and worth sharing.

Old stuff: math teachings from 1917, scandalous pop songs from 1909, cat video from 1903 February 8, 2016

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In reverse chronological order!

Books are Weapons in the War on Ideas: the librarians who worked with the army in WWI and WWII.

“…contractors removing old chalkboards at Emerson High School in Oklahoma City made a startling discovery: Underneath them rested another set of chalkboards, untouched since 1917.” Historical penmanship and out-of-date multiplication methods ahoy!

“It may seem like a Halloween hoax fit for the eerie October holiday. But officials from the MBTA say the discovery of two tattered rags affixed to strange masks at Government Center Station is all too real.

How a sexed-up viral hit from the summer of ’09—1909—changed American pop music forever.” (Excerpts: “It was used in advertisements for everything from Broadway musicals to pretzels. It was translated by newspapers into Esperanto (“Ho! Vi kaprido!”). It was bellowed by a lovelorn Philadelphian as he leaped from a bridge into the Schuylkill River, attempting suicide. It brought scandal to a church in Geneva, Ill., when a prankster altered the hymnal, adding the line “but, oh, you kid!” to the lyrics of the devotional “I Love My God.””)

Millennial in China taking an excited photo with a bowl of rice. And by “millennial” I mean “circa 1900-1904.” Next time you hear someone complaining about Kids These Days sharing photos of their lunches on Instagram, you can bring up this hard evidence that the generation from a hundred years ago would have done the exact same thing.

The first close-up shot in recorded film was from 1903’s “The Sick Kitten”. In other words, humans have been making cat videos literally for as long as it as been possible to do so.

Check out these 19th-century warnings about that most morally-degrading of modern habits. It leads to crime, mental anguish, weakening intelligence, and corruption among the children! Clearly, respectable people should have nothing to do with…novel-reading.

Olivia Munn is precious and wonderful. November 4, 2014

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As is her mom.

(And look: She’s on a horse!)

If you like Colbert, you need to be watching this April 17, 2013

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And all the other videos from Susie Sampson, bright-eyed star of fake conservative journalism. If the Report employed correspondents, she would be one of them. (Personal headcanon: in any AU where “Stephen” ends up taking over as host of TDS, she is so hired.)

Some reality checks re: women. March 16, 2013

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“‘Anybody saying these mannequins encourage obesity or look unhealthy, you have a seriously warped perception of what is healthy. I guarantee the “bigger” mannequin in the front there represents a perfect BMI’ wrote another.”

“In the university’s physics course, men typically do better than women but Miyake’s study shows that this has nothing to do with innate ability. With nothing but his fifteen-minute exercise, performed twice at the beginning of the year, he virtually abolished the gender divide and allowed the female physicists to challenge their male peers.

“When researchers have studied the [supposed explanation for the gender wage gap] ambition gap, they’ve discovered something peculiar: It’s not there. Women do ask for more. They just aren’t rewarded for it.

“What’s scarier is that New Yorkers are encouraged to report dangerous situations, but when we did, somebody who could have helped did nothing and treated us like silly little girls. Silly little girls who brought it on ourselves.

“… applications involving a wide variety of income levels and lending amounts that have a woman listed as the primary borrower and a man listed as co-borrower were 24 percent less likely to have a loan approved compared to applications that listed the man first.

This one is my favorite: “Six months later, Deputy Chief Doug LePard says the Don’t Be That Guy campaign has contributed to a turnaround in statistics on sexual offences in Vancouver. The rate dropped in 2011 by about 10 per cent, the first time in several years it had gone down.

But this one came close: “Dennis Storm and Valerio Zeno, hosts of the Dutch TV show Guinea Pigs, put their testes where their uteruses ain’t. With electrodes strapped to their stomachs, they experienced simulated contractions with slowly increasing intensity over two hours until they’re screaming in agony.” With video!

Madoka Magica PSP Game March 14, 2013

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Roanhammer on YouTube has lots of translations of the Madoka PSP game! Including the longer backstory segments, and the entire (cracktastic) Bonus Route.

My favorite part is this scene where Homura — in spite of her cool appearance — is still totally failtastic at flirting cheering Madoka up:

Although the one where Sayaka reveals herself and Kyousuke turns out to be a mahou shoujo fanboy is pretty great too:

There’s another user doing uploads of entire routes, but with no translation. Madoka’s route and Mami’s route are currently up in full.

“Coming Out in the 1960s” February 22, 2013

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Just hit the Internet: Four LGBT teenagers interview their elders who grew up in the ’50s and ’60s, about the underground community pre-Stonewall, the activism of all kinds in the era, and what it was like to come out in that era, in big ways and small.

Fascinating history. Go watch it!

Gay & lesbian clubs of the 1950s January 8, 2013

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Color video of gay men and women clubbing in the 1950s! Also possibly some trans people — there are folks in drag in both settings, at least.

From a 1963 documentary, thus the hilariously sexist narration. It’s well worth ignoring that part for the sake of the footage. Look at all these fabulous people who had the guts to let themselves be filmed in this setting.

(And wow, the commenters are right, the guy at 1:45 really does look like Steve Carell.)

Greatest thing I’ve seen all year. January 2, 2013

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Dear friends/readers/watchers/random-scrollers-by:

Do you feel like something is missing in your life?

Do you ever suspect that that something could be “an animated video in which Santa Claus and an anthropomorphized FOX News attack the Daily Show desk with rifles, only to have Jon Stewart defeat them using a fire extinguisher, then harness them to the sleigh and take off”?

Me neither. But good news! You get to have one anyway: