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What They Found In Saddam's Hole

We've been getting a lot of requests to "look into what they found in Saddam's hole," but we don't have a medical degree and we are a family publication. But we are interested in the contents of Saddam's bunker hide-out, which apparently included a stash of the British candy bar "Bounty." The Guardian investigates further:


For a fugitive despot,yum. (not saddam) the benefits of Bounty are obvious. The handy two-bar configuration allows partial consumption, followed by a narrow escape from US special forces, say, followed by resumed consumption, without getting bits of crumbling chocolate, or sickly-sweet coconut mush, on your clothes. (This Bounty, needless to say, should not be confused with the other Saddam-related bounty, the $25m reward the US had been offering for his apprehension. Nor should it be confused with Topic bars, which are hazelnut-based.)

The taste of tyranny [The Guardian]

A Waste of Paradise: The True Story of the Bounty Bar Hunters [The Idler]

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It started with them damn hats. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)

A guest post by "Knitsy McPurlson," which we suspect is not a real name.

Yr Wonkette is not the only website run by brilliant peoples unafraid to poke people with sharp, pointy sticks. Ravelry.com – a website for knitters, crocheters, and other folks interested in textiles and fiber arts – is poking people with knitting needles, which are very sharp indeed.

This past weekend, Ravelry.com's founders showed the world how easy it is to de-platform white nationalists and racists when they banned all "support of Donald Trump and his administration" from their website, concluding they "cannot provide a space that is inclusive of all and also allow support for open white supremacy." Seems like people smart enough to decode a knitting pattern are also smart enough to decode Trump's not-so-hidden message of racism and white nationalism.

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One day, God willing, my grandchildren will click open their history textbooks and read about the Central American migrant internment camps. They'll learn about sick kids, locked in cages, kept hungry and dirty and cold for weeks on end, and they'll be horrified.

"Bubbie," they'll say, "how could this happen in America? How could there be toddlers sleeping on the ground without blankets, without soap or toothbrushes to clean themselves?"

"I don't know. I wish I had done more. I'm ashamed," I'll say. We will all have to answer for this atrocity. But some of us will have to answer more than others. Not just the archvillains like Stephen Miller and John Kelly, but the people who kept right on doing their jobs, even as those jobs morphed into defending concentration camps.

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