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Why has no one strapped a GoPro to a puppy before this?

[thanks, jeremiah!]

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George Zimmerman, currently facing second-degree murder charges in the February 26 shooting death of Trayvon Martin, also may be charged with a hate crime. According to Orlando ABC affiliate WFTV:

WFTV has learned charges against George Zimmerman could be getting more serious. State prosecutors said Zimmerman, a neighborhood watchman, profiled and stalked 17-year-old Trayvon Martin before killing him, so the FBI is now looking into charging him with a hate crime. Zimmerman admitted to killing Martin in February during a confrontation. However, he claims the shooting was in self-defense. He's facing a second-degree murder charge, which carries a maximum possible sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole. But if Zimmerman is charged and found guilty of a federal hate crime involving murder, he could face the death penalty. FBI investigators are actively questioning witnesses in the retreat at the Twin Lakes neighborhood, seeking evidence for a possible federal hate crime charge.

[globalgrind]

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At a campaign event in Iowa this afternoon, Mitt Romney will debut a new campaign video hitting his opponent where it hurts -- the video is "focused on the unprecedented growth of government, spending and debt under President Obama. This video highlights struggling Iowans. These are the stories behind the statistics. These are a few of the 23 million."

From the video:

"Millions of Americans are struggling under the Obama economy. Here are a few of their stories. … Hope and change has not been kind to millions of Americans, but they still believe in this great country, and deserve a leader who believes in them: Mitt Romney."

[politico]

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They're 1 and 3, so while it may not be the most inspired cover of "Somebody That I Used To Know," it certainly is the most impassioned.

[sayomg]

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Much to the Internets' delight, IMDB writer Jon Hopwood profiled Kim Kardashian in a thoughtful, well-argued roast of an IMDB bio.

Choice highlights:

Kim Kardashian is emblematic of the shallowness of American culture in the first two decades of the new millennium. While some cultural critics call her the prime avatar of the "famous for being famous" faux celebrity crowd, she along with Paris Hilton is a new breed of cat whose celebrity comes from the release of a sex tape and the canny exploitation of the resulting publicity. Like her good friend Miss Hilton (their relationship predates Kim's "celebrity", Kardashian is possessed of photogenic good looks but is short of any other discernible talents outside of the bedroom. Both expanded their celebrity by becoming reality TV "stars". Pr0n pioneer Harry Reems has commented how surprised he is at how pr0n stars like Jenna Jameson are accepted now in mainstream culture. His life was ruined by his participation in porn in its "Golden Years". As for Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian, the release (accidental or not-so-accidental) of boudoir tapes didn't result in shame but celebration. America like ancient Rome seems to have shuffled off the moral coil of virtue of the Republic and is now enjoying its Imperial self in an orgy of ignominy. It's always more fun on the toboggan ride down the hill than it was schlepping up it in the first place.

Thankfully, a few screen grabs were snagged before the site was alerted to Hopwood's shenanigans and took the bio down. Well played, Hopwood.

[uproxx]

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A new Banksy has surfaced on the wall of a Poundland shop in London, and it depicts a child of Asian origin hard at work sewing Union Jack bunting. (Embiggen)

Chances are, the location of the work is significant: In 2010, Poundland launched an investigation after it was discovered that a 7-year-old boy was working 100 hours a week in an Indian sweatshop, producing items for the store. A spokeswoman said at the time: "Poundland does not tolerate child labor under any circumstances and will not work with companies that employ children."

[highsnobriety]

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A chance street encounter between 8-year-old Jacob, blind and autistic, and blues guitarist Tyler Gregory is one you won't soon forget.

[vvv]

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Creepsters Mist-E and Da Grimston deliver a diss track to all the wannabe occultist "Pentagram Sams" out there.

Ain't no party like a goth rap party (because the cauldron is totally spiked, natch).

[coilhouse / dangerousminds.]

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Star Wars creator George Lucas has been trying for years to convert a large parcel of land in Marin County, CA, into a 300,000-square-foot movie studio, with amenities including a day care center, restaurants, a gym and a parking garage, only to be shot down by his wealthy neighbors.

Because the local homeowners' association has refused to let Lucas move forward with the studio, he's decided to put the land to good use by transforming it into low-income housing, simultaneously doing a good deed and trolling his fellow landowners.

"If everyone feels that housing is less impactful on the land, then we are hoping that people who need it the most will benefit," Lucas snarked.

He's even donating the various studies and surveys he paid for while working on the movie studio project, to help the new housing development get underway more quickly.

That might be almost enough to outweigh creating Jar Jar Binks.

[movies.]

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At first glance, this is just a three-year-old peacefully dozing in the backseat of his parents' car, but when they crank up Nirvana's "Breed," the savage drumming beast within is awakened.

Watch your back, Dave Grohl!

[tastefullyoff.]

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Marcel the Shell (With Shoes On) co-creator Dean Fleischer-Camp subtly pranks people -- including the voice of Marcel, Jenny Slate -- by getting them to pose for photos and taking awkward video instead.

[reddit.]

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Mindy Kaling's ditching the downward-spiraling Office for her own show, The Mindy Project, and based on the trailer, we can expect a much smarter, if not much savvier, version of Kelly Kapoor.

Kaling plays a professionally accomplished OB-GYN whose personal life is a hot mess; as her lovelorn character admits in the preview, she's looking for a man with "the wealth of Mayor Bloomberg, the personality of Jon Stewart, the face of Michael Fassbender... the penis of Michael Fassbender."

Oh, Mindy, the impossible quest...

[huffpo]

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Jane Svoboda, whose anti-gay rant at a Lincoln, NE, City Council meeting went viral last week, isn't the crazy conservative she's been made out to be in the media, but a schizophrenic who lives at an assisted-living facility, says her family.

Svoboda is listed as a protected person, according to court documents, and her brother, Patrick Svoboda, is her conservator because she is incompetent. He said their family has tried to get her help multiple times, but there's little they can do unless she becomes a danger to herself or others.

He said he's disappointed that the video was so widely shared when people didn't know his sister's back story.

"To me, it shows how little society really cares about people with mental health issues," Patrick Svoboda said. "She does have a very tender heart... but anything she says is certifiably schizophrenic ... she's not some crazy conservative."

Nonetheless, Jane Svoboda is a registered lobbyist at the Capitol, and she usually speaks twice a month during the council's open mic sessions. She also frequents the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus, where she hands out fliers and is known as the "Crazy Blue Protesting Lady."

[journalstar]

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Dad finally gets center stage -- and the respect he deserves -- in Volkswagen's new 90-second spot for the "small but tough" Polo.

*Could cause misty eyes.

[hypervocal]

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"I've always said that Michael will grow up to be either a Nobel Prize winner or a serial killer."

So says Michael's mom, quoted in a weekend New York Times story headlined: "Can you call your 9-year-old a psychopath?" And yes, Michael is the 9-year-old in question.

A worthy read, whatever you believe.

[style]