Rolling Stone writer Matt Taibbi, known for his hard-hitting reporting on Goldman Sachs in the wake of the 2008 Subprime Mortgage Crisis, fell from grace this October after controversial passages from an old book he'd co-authored, The eXile: Sex, Drugs, and Libel in the New Russia, resurfaced and were spread online. eXile purports to be the memoirs of Taibbi and co-author Mark Ames, both of whom headed the notorious tabloid magazine by the same name in Moscow in the 90s. Indeed, a disclaimer on the copyright page calls the work nonfiction. However, this is not entirely true. Put simply, like the original magazine, much of eXile was made up for the purposes of satire. Paste was able to trace the effort to cast eXile as a factual memoir back to an alt-right author named Jim Goad in 2011. Goad, whose magazine, ANSWER Me!, had been parodied by The eXile, began tweeting about the Natasha passages, and tagging the outlets that hosted Ames work or had him on as a contributor. read more
Porn stars hate this loss of freedom. Watch one of their explainers above about why the disappearance of net neutrality sucks harder than they ever could... The FCC decision is intensely controversial on other levels. Perhaps the most unsettling is this: apparently a vast number of comments made in support of doing away with net neutrality were fake, leading opponents to understandably conclude there's something super sketchy about the whole thing. The FCC decision is intensely controversial on other levels. Perhaps the most unsettling is this: apparently a vast number of comments made in support of doing away with net neutrality were fake, leading opponents to understandably conclude there's something super sketchy about the whole thing.
For nearly half of American millennials, the American dream is dead, according to the results of a new national poll from Harvard's Institute of Politics released Thursday. Among those aged 18 to 29, 48 percent said it was "dead," and 49 percent said it was "alive." Among supporters of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders, however, majorities of 61 percent and 56 percent said it was decidedly dead. College graduates were more likely to say it was still "alive" for them (58 percent), to just 42 percent of non-college graduates who said the same thing. About 56 percent overall expressed a desire for the Democrats to maintain control of the White House, in line with the 55 percent who responded that way in the institute's spring survey. By contrast, just 36 percent said they wanted to see a Republican as the next president, a decrease of 4 points from April. read more
A few weekends ago, at a seersucker-in-November southern horse-racing event I attended with some lovely and friendly people who will nevertheless be the first ones taken out when the revolution comes, a family friend, an older white man, asked me what I, the one sportswriter he knew, thought of the kneeling NFL players. I told him that while I stand for the anthem myself, I supported the players' right to express themselves politically and encouraged him to worry less about the kneeling and more about what the players were trying to say. He snorted and said he was done with the NFL until "they stand their ass up." We then drank some bourbon and found something else to talk about. Later on, I spoke with another family friend, one with long hair and a big bushy beard and an anarchic spirit (he whispered "Fuck all these Trump people" to me with a winking smile). read more
After more than a decade and a half of planning and controversy, work began Thursday on the long-stalled, $150 million memorial to Dwight D. Eisenhower with a groundbreaking at the four-acre site in Washington DC.
The memorial to the former president and World War II general will be built on Independence Avenue at the base of Capitol Hill in front of the Department of Education Building and close to the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum. Construction is expected to last about three years.
Members of three generations of the Eisenhower family took part in the groundbreaking... Susan Eisenhower, a granddaughter who had once been a fierce critic of the Gehry design, was among the speakers.
The controversy had centered on certain aspects of the design, including the size and scope of the structure's large-scale metal tapestries. But family members lifted their objection last year, giving the project final impetus. read more