How the Internet Impoverished Liam Gallagher

An amusing video starring former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher making tea went semi-viral earlier this week. Watch it because it’s funny but also think about his point:

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Poland Spring Is Not From Poland?

A class-action lawsuit is alleging Poland Spring Water and parent company Nestle have been deceiving customers for decades. But do the claims, ahem, hold any water?

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Darren Aronofsky Films, Ranked by Unpleasantness (New Substandard!)

In the latest episode of the Substandard (subscribe, review, whatever, it don’t matter, none of this matters) we talked a lot about ice cream and then a lot about movies we hated, or movies we loved but never wanted to see again, or … I dunno, JVL had a bunch of categories. You’ll have to listen to find out.

Anyway, since I love ranking things and you love ranking things and then we love to fight about the rankings of things, I figured since the episode is kinda-sorta about Darren Aronofsky’s latest, mother! I’d rank his films. Sounds like fun, right? RIGHT? Pour yourself a stiff one and then step on in to my parade of sadness.

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The Best Stupid Invention Ever

In the latest mini-episode of the Substandard—to which you should subscribe and for which you should leave a review (five stars, please)—JVL wanted to talk about pumpkin spice. So we did. But he also suggested that “grapefruit” is the official flavor of summer. This is, of course, nonsense. However, it does give me an excuse to talk about one of my all time favorite unnecessary inventions: the double-blade grapefruit knife. After the embed, let’s talk about this for a moment, shall we?

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NFL Week 2 Picks, ‘Can Instagram Model Taylor Laffey Beat Brent Scher?’ Edition

I’ve been picking NFL games on the Washington Free Beacon since 2015. The strategy, to bolster my picks with some of the finest pictures the internet has to offer, has been wildly successful at producing winners from the start.

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Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School Announces Additional Visiting Fellows

British MPClass includes first wizard and al-Qaeda leader. Cambridge, MA – The Institute of Politics (IOP) at Harvard Kennedy School is pleased to announce additional Visiting Fellows for the 2017-18 academic year. “Broadening the range and depth of opportunity for students to hear from and engage with experts, leaders and policy-shapers is a cornerstone of the …

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Horror is King, Stephen King’s It, and a Sweater Ranking (New Substandard)

In the latest episode of the Substandard (tell your friends, leave a review!), we discuss Stephen King’s It, which was a demon at the box office, slashing its way to more than $117 million over the weekend.

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Frank Vincent, 1939-2017

Yesterday it was reported that actor Frank Vincent died following complications in surgery. According to TMZ, Vincent had suffered a heart attack last week. He was 78.

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Hillary Clinton’s Pie Chart of Blame

Hillary Clinton / Getty Images

This morning on NBC’s Today Show, cohost Savannah Guthrie asked former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, “And if we put all those factors that you just laid out in a pie chart, what’s the biggest cause of your loss?” Clinton cited the reopening of the Comey investigation, interference by the Russians, misogyny, and endemic sexism among other factors.

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Cultural Criticism with Professor Hillary Clinton

This is … hilarious? I dunno, it’s something:

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Hillary Clinton Compared Herself to the Murderous, Diabolical Queen of Westeros. The Similarities Might Surprise You.

Activist Shaun King Announces NFL Boycott, Then Follows Weekend NFL Games

Black Lives Matter activist Shaun King is pushing for a complete boycott of the NFL over its treatment of Colin Kaepernick, but he appears to have kept close tabs on the league during its opening weekend.

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‘It’: A Great Audience Movie with Perfectly Targeted Scares

I quite liked Matt Zoller Seitz’s essay on It, which he describes as not necessarily a great movie but a great audience movie. Here’s Seitz:

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NYC Pizza Fest Debacle Proves Yet Again that Sbarro Is Tops

NFL Week 1 Picks, with Best Pictures We Missed This Summer

It’s been a long, busy summer, and during it I have shirked my responsibilities to create heavily illustrated cheesecake content for the Washington Free Beacon. I’m ready to make up for lost time. I don’t have much to say about football—I hope that the Patriots are as bad as they looked on Thursday. I also …

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