Joanna Rothkopf

Autopsy: Robin Williams Had Lewy Body Dementia

According to his official autopsy, actor and comedian Robin Williams had a disease called Lewy body dementia (LBD), which may have contributed to his decision to kill himself.

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Progress? Goldman Sachs Caps Interns to 17 Hours a Day After Death at Bank of America

Goldman Sachs has officially announced that it will cap interns’ days at 17 hours, meaning interns are encouraged to go home by midnight and not arrive before 7 a.m. At the beginning of June, Goldman Sachs took on around 2,900 summer interns.

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We Knew Dogs Were Loyal -- But *This* Loyal? Wow

New research led by Kazuo Fujita of Kyoto University has found that your dog is the best wing man/woman. The researchers tested three groups of 18 dogs by putting them in rooms with their owners as well as two strangers. The owners were tasked with opening a box, and solicited help from the two other people in the room (sometimes they would help and sometimes they would refuse). After watching their owners either be rebuffed or aided, the dogs were offered food by the strangers — and were much more likely to ignore the stranger who had been unkind to their owner.

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Stingy, White and Fat: Here’s What the Rest Of the World Thinks of Americans

A new video from a Korean student who goes by Sw Yoonwill make you feel a mixture of pride, humiliation and shame because of your American heritage. In the short piece, entitled “How do you distinguish Americans?” Yoon interviews a number of international students about stereotypes they associate with Americans and American culture.

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Meet Marilyn Mosby, the Badass Young Prosecutor Fighting for Justice in Baltimore

After only four months as Baltimore City state’s attorney, 35-year-old Marilyn Mosby was thrust into the national spotlight when she announced in a press conference Friday morning that her team had deemed Freddie Gray’s death a homicide. Somehow, after a minutes-long briefing, the Internet decided that she was the woman who would save us all. And I am so down with that.

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Stephen Hawking's Dire Warning: Humanity Won't Last Another 1,000 Years on Earth

On Monday, renowned physicist Stephen Hawking gave his first Australian speech at Sydney’s Opera House via hologram from his office at the University of Cambridge. And he did not have an overly positive message for the continent down under.

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How Cats Are Actually Telling Humans What to Do

Some time ago, I delivered a cat into this world and now I am raising him because he is my son and I am his mother. (That’s the truth — please don’t dispute my personal history in the comments.) The one thing is, my cat never learned to speak English. That’s not a problem for me because, as I said, I am his mother and I understand all his thoughts instinctively, but it has meant that he’s been unable to apply for the best preschools and hasn’t made very many friends outside the family.

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7 Times Bill Maher Revealed Himself to Be a Bigot

Bill Maher’s long, illustrious career is perhaps, more than anything else, an excellent example of mass public manipulation. Under the guise of being a liberal comedian, he has managed to build for himself an ultra-successful career predicated on being a massive dick. Maher has been consistently racist, sexist, transphobic and otherwise ignorant throughout his career, and responds to each allegation of hatred with more indignation than before. Let’s set the record straight: Bill Maher is a bigot. A bigot with a HBO show, but a bigot nonetheless.

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7 Most Ludicrous Rand Paul Moments

Rand Paul is set to officially announce his presidential campaign in Louisville, Kentucky, Tuesday morning. [Editor's note: Paul just announced via his website].

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EmmaSofia: Making the Case for Psychedelic Legalization

On Wednesday, Teri Krebs, a neuroscience research fellow at the Norway University of Science and Technology, published a letter in the Lancet Psychiatry Journal.In the letter, Krebs, board leader of non-profit EmmaSofia that aims to increase access to psychedelic drugs, vigorously defended the safety of taking controlled amounts of MDMA and other similar drugs.

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Terrifying: Why Are People in Kazakhstan Falling Asleep for Days?

Hundreds of residents of Kalachi, a small town near a former Soviet Union uranium mine in Kazakhstan, have been suffering from a mysterious sleeping sickness that causes them to fall asleep for two to six days and wake up with significant memory loss.

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Bill Maher and Sean Penn Slam the GOP for Their Iran Letter

On Friday’s edition of “Real Time with Bill Maher,” host Bill Maher held a discussion about the effort of 47 Republican senators to interfere with the Obama Administration’s negotiations with Iran by way of a letter. The panelists, Sean Penn, Arianna Huffington, the Telegraph’s Tom Rogan and Sharyl Attkisson, were largely critical of the letter (with the exception of Attkisson).

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Climate Change Deniers Are Freaking Out About Google Truth Rankings

Google could launch an effort to keep trolls and bad information at bay, with a program that would rank websites according to veracity, and sort results according to those rankings. Currently, the search engine ranks pages according to popularity, which means that pages containing unsubstantiated celebrity gossip or conspiracy theories, for example, show up very high.

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Anti-Vaxxer Children's Book Is Getting Destroyed Hilariously by Amazon Trolls

In 2012, a proactive Australian anti-vaxxer named Stephanie Messenger self-published a children’s book called “Melanie’s Marvelous Measles.” With the book, Messenger endeavored to “educate children on the benefits of having measles and how you can heal from them naturally and successfully.” The book’s illustrated cover features a girl frolicking in a meadow with her stomach exposed, revealing a number of measles pocks all over her body. The whole thing is truly grotesque — so much so, that Amazon has put a disclaimer on the book’s description, noting that it is “provided by the publisher/author of this title and presents the subjective opinions of the publisher/author, which may not be substantiated.”

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Massive Herbal-Supplement Scam Uncovered: Walmart, Target, GNC Accused of Selling Bogus Products

On Monday, New York State’s Attorney General Eric Schneiderman instructed Target, GNC, Walgreens and Walmart to immediately cease selling a number of scam herbal supplements. An investigation revealed that best-selling supplements not only didn’t work, but were potentially dangerous, with four out of five of the products not even listing any herbs in their ingredients. Instead, the supplements contained fillers including powdered rice, houseplants and asparagus. Fraudulent products include echinacea, ginseng, St. John’s wort, garlic, ginkgo biloba and saw palmetto.

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Researchers May Have Found Key to Peanut Allergy Cure

A team of Australian researchers may have made progress in finding the cure to peanut allergies. Around 15 million children in the United States are allergic to food — meaning about two allergic kids are in every classroom.

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We’re not lovin’ it: McDonald’s most notorious scandals

On Thursday, a group of former employees of a Virginia McDonald’s sued the franchise for racial and sexual discrimination, alleging that they were fired because there were “too many black people.” The suit was brought to federal court by 10 recently fired employees (nine are black and one is Hispanic) who claim that Michael Simon, the operator of three franchise locations in the state, said the restaurants were “too dark” and they needed to hire more people to “get the ghetto out of the store.” The lawsuit also claims that managers would frequently refer to them with racist terms including “ghetto,” “ratchet” and “dirty Mexican,” while female employees claim that they were inappropriately touched and sent sexually graphic photographs.

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Jon Stewart Makes Merciless Fun of Mitch McConnell for Taking Responsibility for US Economic Growth

Mitch McConnell recently attributed a major drop in unemployment and growth of the U.S. economy to “the expectation of a Republican congress.” Oh, hell no, said Jon Stewart on Thursday evening’s edition of “The Daily Show.”

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2014 Was a Banner Year for Clueless Rich People Saying Horrible Things on TV

Were people always this horrible, or is it just that we’re all newly allowing our bigotry to surface?

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12 Most Despicable Things Said on Cable News This Year

Were people always this horrible, or is it just that we’re all newly allowing our bigotry to surface?

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Wrong, NRA - Right-to-Carry Laws Actually Increase Gun Violence

A new study from researchers at Stanford University debunks the oft-cited fact that more guns leads to less crime. In fact, the researchers found, the opposite is the case: right-to-carry laws are associated with higher rates of aggravated assault, rape, robbery and murder.

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Pizza Hut’s “Mexican Flavor Fiesta” Latest in Fast-Food Atrocities

Pizza Hut New Zealand’s latest creation is clearly the brainchild of a marketing exec gone rogue. The chain’s “Mexican Flavor Fiesta” menu features items that are ostensibly fast-food Mexican on crust.

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Brace Yourself America: The Polar Vortex Is Coming Back

Remember last year’s polar vortex? The record low temperatures? The steam rising from Lake Michigan? The water that froze mid-slosh?

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Wells Fargo Employee Emails CEO Asking For a Raise - Copies 200,000 Other Employees

Tyrel Oates, a 30-year-old Portland, Oregon-based employee of Wells Fargo, shot to Internet fame after emailing the company’s CEO John Stumpf (and cc’ing 200,000 other employees) to ask for a $10,000 raise… for everyone at the company.

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Sick Sadists Patrol the Web Anonymously

As an Internet writer, I have seen no end to the cruelty that stems from the promise of anonymity. For seemingly benign articles, I have attracted the foulest vitriol from hundreds of commenters, calling me ignorant, stupid, unqualified and more profane nicknames than I care to recall. Message boards like Reddit and 4chan attract the truly evil, where entire message threads exist to belittle and berate, or to raise opinions that are intentionally unpopular for their bigotry and violence (such as the subreddit that seriously addresses the benefits of rape).

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Arrested, Handcuffed Man Shot to Death by Georgia Police

A Savannah, Georgia man was shot to death by police after he was found with a gun, kicking out the back window of a patrol car. Why was he kicking out a cop car’s window? Because he had already been arrested. And handcuffed. Then how could he still have a gun? The story remains suspiciously cloudy.

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McDonald’s Summer Camp Looks Like a Child Labor Camp

There is an actual McDonald’s summer camp for elementary school children in the Philippines. Called the Kiddie Crew Workshop. What the holy hell.

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Robin Williams' Death Is a Wake-up Call: Why Depression Is Tragically Misunderstood

With the tragic death of Robin Williams, internet trolls have taken to Twitter and reddit to lambast the actor for succumbing to his own depression. This happens routinely — people who are unaware that depression is a real mental disorder often view people with the condition as weak or lazy. That couldn’t be farther from the truth.

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