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6. Achilles Heel
Above you can see a chart of Gawker's traffic (in "U.S. people," the Quantcast statistic we use to calculate targets) over the last six months.
"five star event what is event new event old world fantastic book fast as always happy to read awaiting new events hope to understand" — "Sveitslav" gives Slavoj Zizek's new book Event: Philosophy in Transit a five-star review on Amazon.
At this point some 60 percent of traffic on the internet is made up of bots. Half of that traffic is "malicious"—spammers, hackers, scrapers, impersonators. This means that at a minimum nearly one-third of all internet traffic is "fake." Bots impersonating bots. Bots impersonating humans. Humans impersonating bots.
"Kendrick" was trending on Twitter last night not because of an abiding interest in the doings of redheaded actress Anna Kendrick but because rapper Kendrick Lamar started a feud. With the entire rap industry.
"FKA twigs," apparently no longer known as "twigs," follows up her fantastic 2012 debut EP with an incredible Weird Sadé single, produced by Arca.
The closest thing we'll ever get to vintage Peter Gabriel, in the best way possible, from Canadian bus-trip producer Mike Silver.
Sister trio Haim with a little more of that golden perfect Pretenders-produced-by-Fleetwood-Mac sound. The only bad thing about this song is that it wasn't released early enough to be a true "summer jam."
Sébastien Tellier, erstwhile Eurovision competitor and composer of what may be the chillest song of all time, has a gorgeous collaboration with Chairlift's Caroline Polachek. [h/t Mark]
Gorgeous, perfectly-realized melancholy disco inna Sarah Cracknell stylee. (h/t Grady)
So: thanks to TMZ, here's video of KONY 2012 mastermind Jason Russell's public meltdown in San Diego. We'll note that what he's doing there doesn't look, exactly, like "masturbating in public" which is what he was originally reported as having been detained over:
Jason Russell, the co-founder of Invisible Children and father of the five-year-old who featured in the viral KONY 2012 video, was detained in San Diego last night for "being drunk in public and masturbating," NBC San Diego reports. I know. I know.
Here's a video of two Utica, N.Y. police officers searching a car during a traffic stop. At 1:02, one officer pulls a small baggie of something out of his pocket and ducks into the car; at 1:31, he emerges again, holding the same baggie. Oops! (Update: Police have responded, saying that the full video shows the…
Breakups are bad news, as we all know. Who here hasn't spent a week binging on raw cookie dough and episodes of The Good Wife after getting dumped? Or gotten behind the wheel of his cab, naked and drunk, and crashed into 17 cars?