Heres Everything Youve Ever Wanted To Know About The JonBent Ramsey Murder

1. JonBenét’s first name is what is know as a “portmanteau” given that her name is a combination of her father’s first and middle name, creating a completely new name.

2. JonBenét was a decorated beauty pageant contestant winning titles such as Little Miss Colorado, Little Miss Charlevoix, Colorado State All-Star Kids Cover Girl, America’s Royale Miss, and National Tiny Miss Beauty.

JonBenét, photograhped for a pageant. (Wikipedia)

3. Investigators found 38 registered sex offenders within a 1.8 mile radius of the Ramsey’s Boulder, Colorado home.

4. Jon Bennett Ramsey, JonBenét’s father, was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Access Graphics, a computer services company. In 1996, the same year as JonBenét’s murder, Access Graphics grossed over $1 billion, and he was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by the Boulder Chamber of Commerce.

5. Although JonBenét’s half brother from her father’s first marriage spent half of Christmas day with the Ramseys, her parents Patsy and John and 9-year-old brother Burke are the only people known to have been in the family home the night of her murder.

Burke, Patsy, and JonBenét Ramsey. (Splash News)

6. At 5:52 AM on the morning of December 26th, 1996, Patsy called 911 to report her daughter was missing after finding a two page ransom note on the back staircase of the family house, allegedly to be from someone who had kidnapped JonBenét in the middle of the night.

7. There was a phone call prior to Patsy’s from the Ramsey household to 911, but whoever made that phone call immediately hung up.

8. The ransom note is a point of suspicion for many people, given that it was proven to have been written in the Ramsey household, a “practice” ransom letter was found, and several handwriting analysis experts have determined it was very probable that Patsy herself wrote the letter.

9. The letter reads as follows:

Mr. Ramsey,

Listen carefully! We are a group of individuals that represent a small foreign faction. We do respect your bussiness [sic] but not the country that it serves. At this time we have your daughter in our posession [sic]. She is safe and unharmed and if you want her to see 1997, you must follow our instructions to the letter.

You will withdraw $118,000.00 from your account. $100,000 will be in $100 bills and the remaining $18,000 in $20 bills. Make sure that you bring an adequate size attache to the bank. When you get home you will put the money in a brown paper bag. I will call you between 8 and 10 am tomorrow to instruct you on delivery. The delivery will be exhausting so I advise you to be rested. If we monitor you getting the money early, we might call you early to arrange an earlier delivery of the money and hence a [sic] earlier delivery pick-up of your daughter.

Any deviation of my instructions will result in the immediate execution of your daughter. You will also be denied her remains for proper burial. The two gentlemen watching over your daughter do not particularly like you so I advise you not to provoke them. Speaking to anyone about your situation, such as Police, F.B.I., etc., will result in your daughter being beheaded. If we catch you talking to a stray dog, she dies. If you alert bank authorities, she dies. If the money is in any way marked or tampered with, she dies. You will be scanned for electronic devices and if any are found, she dies. You can try to deceive us but be warned that we are familiar with law enforcement countermeasures and tactics. You stand a 99% chance of killing your daughter if you try to out smart [sic] us. Follow our instructions and you stand a 100% chance of getting her back.

You and your family are under constant scrutiny as well as the authorities. Don’t try to grow a brain John. You are not the only fat cat around so don’t think that killing will be difficult. Don’t underestimate us John. Use that good southern common sense of yours. It is up to you now John!



10. Another point of suspicion in regards to the ransom letter is the specificity of the amount of money. It was almost the exact amount of what John Ramsey’s Christmas bonus had been that year.

11. Despite being instructed not to contact anyone in the ransom letter, Patsy called the authorities as well and friends and family to alert them to her daughter’s disappearance.

12. When police entered the house they did a cursory search, but after failing to find any sign of a break in, struggle, or forced entry, only sectioned of JonBenét’s room and treated the scene as a kidnapping.

The Ramsey Home in Boulder (Jennifer Boyer)

13. Because the murder took place during Christmas, there were fewer police available to take statements from the Ramsey family and to secure the house. This lead to JonBenét’s room not being properly sectioned off, friends and family coming and going from the house contaminating the scene, and other missteps that basically made any DNA evidence unusable.

14. During a 2015 Reddit AMA, former Police Chief Mark Beckner said, “As for the police department in general, I wish we would have done a much better job of securing and controlling the crime scene on day one…We also should have separated John and Patsy and gotten full statements from them that day.”

15. At 1 PM Boulder Police Detective Linda Arndt suggested that John Ramsey and his friend Fleet White search through the house to see if they could spot if “anything seemed amiss.” While looking through the basement, the two men discovered the body of JonBenét.

15. JonBenét was bound by her wrists and ankles with a nylon cord, had duct tape over her mouth, and was covered in a white blanket. John Ramsey immediately carried her upstairs and Detective Arndt moved her into the living room.

16. Patsy claimed the clothes JonBenét was found in (white t-shirt and leggings) were not what she had put her daughter to bed wearing the night before.

18. The autopsy report showed that JoneBenét had been killed by strangulation (likely with the nylon cord wrapped around her neck) and also had a skull fracture. Her vaginal area had been wiped down, but there wasn’t any physical evidence of “conventional rape.” There was some sort of undigested fruit, thought to potentially be pineapple, in her stomach that had been consumed just a few hours before she died.

19. In photographs taken of the Ramsey household, there was a bowl of pineapple with a spoon on the kitchen table. The bowl and the spoon were covered in 9-year-old Burke’s fingerprints. Both John and Patsy said they had no memory of putting pineapple out for either of their children, and adamantly maintained that Burke had been asleep the entire night and woke up several hours after they called the police to report JonBenét missing.

The pineapple with milk, photographed during the 1996 investigation. (CBS)

20. After calling 911, Patsy thought she had hung up the phone but it was actually still on the line for a few seconds and voices were audible.

21. On the 911 call voices can be heard in the background during those seconds when the phone was not actually hung up. Some speculate that they can hear Patsy saying, “Help me Jesus,” or “What did you do?” and man, maybe John Ramsey, saying, “We’re not speaking to you.”

22. Kimberly Archuleta, the 911 dispatcher who took Patsy Ramsey’s call, was not questioned by the police.

23. Burke Ramsey, when questioned by the police about what happened to JonBenét, maintained (both as a child and to this day) that he was in bed when the 911 call was made.

25. A window in the basement was found to be broken, however it didn’t seem likely to be an actual, feasible point of entry for a break in. The window remained quite dirty (an intruder would have likely wiped most of the debris away while sliding through), it wasn’t actually found to be open at the time of investigation (reports vary on this), and a spider web in the corner was completely undisturbed.

26. It was however reported that there were “two sets of unidentifiable footprints” and a “palm print on the cellar door” in the basement where JonBenét’s body was found.

27. In 1999 there was an indictment against the Ramseys for two counts of child neglect that resulted in the death of JonBenét. However, District Attorney Alex Hunter refused to sign off on the documents stating lack of evidence, and therefore they were never actually indicted and/or prosecuted.

John and Patsy Ramsey during a local interview in 1997. (YouTube)

28. There was (and continues to be) wild speculation that JonBenét had been sexually abused/assaulted, both during her life and during her murder. When she was around 3 years old she was brought to the doctor for vaginal irritation, but her parents and the doctor stated that was simply from an allergic reaction to bubble bath. JonBenét was also a known bedwetter, which can be a sign of trauma and abuse in children. Lastly, although no seminal fluid was found there did appear to be vaginal trauma on her body during the autopsy. All of this has lead to the speculation that there was a sexual component to the crime.

29. In 2003 investigators found DNA evidence from a droplet of blood that was found in/on JonBenét’s underwear. The DNA was from an unknown male, not related to the Ramseys. While the DNA has been put into the FBI database so far it has lead to no new leads and no new developments.

30. One of the popular suspects was the “Santa Claus” suspect. A man named Bill McReynolds, who played Santa Claus along with his wife, Janet, who played Mrs. Claus, was at the Ramsey home just two days before JonBenét’s death. McReynolds described feeling very close to JonBenét and allegedly gave her a card that said, “You will receive a special gift after Christmas.” Mrs. McReynolds also wrote a play about a child who is murdered and their body is discovered in a basement. But despite these coincidences, as chilling as they may be, no other evidence was found to tie McReynolds to the case. McReynolds died at age 72 of a heart attack in 2002.

31. Lou Smit, a detective who came out of retirement to assist the District Attorney’s office with the case in early 1997, has stated that one of his main suspects is Gary Oliva. Oliva, a registered sex offender, was found with a photo of JonBenét in his backpack when he was arrested on drug charges in 2000. Oliva said of the photograph, “I feel she was an exceptional girl whose death was an exceptional loss. I felt the need to build a monument, a shrine, to remember this little girl.”

32. Michael Vail, a friend of Oliva’s, came forward to magazine with the information that just a day after the 1996 murder Oliva called him in distress saying, “I hurt a little girl, I hurt a little girl.” However, the DNA evidence was not a match to Oliva’s.

33. In 2006 at the age of 49, Patsy Ramsey died of ovarian cancer. She was buried at St. James Episcopal Cemetery in Marietta, Georgia, next to JonBenét.

JonBenét’s Grave. (Wikipedia)

34. 10 years after the murder, John Mark Karr confessed via email to murdering JonBenét to a journalism professor named Michael Tracey. Tracey had been emailing with Karr for over 4 years in order to gain his trust.

35. In the emails sent to Tracey, Karr used vernacular similar to that which was used in the ransom note left at the Ramsey house. He also called Patsy by a nickname, “Neddie”, that it was strange he would even have knowledge of. Eventually, Karr confessed to being in love with JonBenét and that on that night in December, he hit her over the head with a flashlight.

36. In a conversation with Tracey about the murder Karr said,

“I guess I might have just kind of had like a nervous breakdown at that point, I think I must have. I think I must have had really something kind of clicked in my head and I kind of lost it, really lost it. I mean, I just started really feeling strange and I just kept looking up at her.

And then all of sudden it was like now she was dead and she once was this little girl, but now she was like a holy deity; she was just like a goddess at that point.

She was beyond a child; she was just like when Jesus died on the cross… and when Jesus died on the cross he transcended from being a man to being something immortal, and that’s what she became to me.

I don’t give damn if anyone understand it or not….

I just looked up at her I though I just want to worship her…she’s my goddess…”

37. On August 16, 2008, with the assistance of British Intelligence and the Royal Thai Authorities, the US Department of Homeland Security was able to locate Karr in Bangkok where he had traveled to avoid child pornography charges from the state of California.

John Mark Karr in an interview post-confession. (YouTube)

38. A few months after Karr’s confession, Boulder County District Attorney Mary Lacy issued a formal apology to John Ramsey and his family saying, “No one in the Ramsey family is considered a suspect.”

39. Despite his confession, Karr’s DNA did not match the DNA found at the scene of the crime, and he was never charged.

40. Furthermore, Former Police Chief Mark Beckner said of Karr and Mary Lacy, “My gut reaction was that Mary Lacy did not know the facts of the case and was making a big mistake. His confession, once they shared it with us, did not match the evidence at the scene. After she asked for our help in proving he did it, we knew in about 18 hours he was not the guy. We were able to confirm he was not even in Colorado at the time by just doing some routine checking and then obtained photos of him in Georgia at the time.”

41. In the CBS documentary special , DNA specialist Dr. Henry Lee revisited the DNA found on JonBenét’s underwear. Lee concluded that it was highly possible that the DNA found was transfer DNA from the manufacturer, and proved this by testing an unopened bag of underwear that ended up also containing trace DNA. This meant that the DNA evidence wasn’t conclusive, and any prior suspects could in fact be JonBenét’s killer despite previously being ruled out when they were not a DNA match.

42. A popular theory is that Patsy Ramsey, known to be a strict mother, accidentally killed JonBenét while reprimanding her for wetting the bed. This, coupled with the fact that several experts say that the ransom note was written by a woman, lead people to assume Patsy’s guilt.

43. Another theory, greatly reinforced by the CBS special, says that Burke Ramsey killed JonBenét for eating some of his pineapple, and that Patsy and John worked together to stage the kidnapping/murder scene to keep their son out of trouble. Burke was known to show hostility towards his sister (housekeepers reported that he defecated in her bed and rubbed feces on her Christmas presents and bedroom walls), so this with the pineapple bowl being covered in his fingerprints, JonBenét having undigested pineapple in her system, and his bizarre testimonials where he is seen smiling and seems like he’s reciting a script lead people to the conclusion that Burke killed his little sister in 1996. In December 2016 following the special, Burke filed a lawsuit against CBS for $750 million, alleging defamation.

Burke Ramsey during a 2016 interview with Dr. Phil. (YouTube)

44. On top of his confession to Michael Tracey, John Mark Karr has maintained that while he was present when JonBenét died, he did not act alone and wasn’t solely responsible for her murder. Karr claims that he knows who this killer is, but that he staged the crime scene in order to throw the police off the trail. This “real killer” has never been identifed by Karr or anyone else.

45. A particularly bizarre internet conspiracy theory is that the popstar Katy Perry is actually JonBenét Ramsey. Stemming from a 2014 YouTube video (now removed), the theory states that the similarities in their facial structure proves Perry is actually JonBenét and claims that the Ramseys staged the murder and cover up so that JonBenét/Katy could become famous.

46. A man named Michael Helgoth worked near the Ramsey home and allegedly told a friend on the night of the murder that he would be making “between $50,000 and $80,000 that night.” Helgoth had a history of sexual abuse and violence, but two days after the DA announced they had narrowed down a list of suspects, Helgoth committed suicide.

47. In December of 2016 authorities in Colorado revealed they would be using new DNA technology on the evidence found in the JonBenét Ramsey case. However, they cautioned that this would likely not reveal anything new and that in order to make a strong case, “new results [would only be significant] if they can be matched with other evidence authorities already have.”

JonBenét Ramsey (Splash News)

48. Current Boulder County District Attorney Stan Garnett claims he’s very certain he knows who killed JonBenét and that, “If we can ever file a case in open court, I’ll tell the world.”

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5 Things To Understand About Modern Hate Groups

Here’s a popular right-wing meme that got spread around before the attack in Charlottesville:

So, here’s what I want to ask anyone sharing that (or wearing it on a t-shirt — yes, they sell them): When we replace the stick figures with actual bleeding humans, does that change how you feel about it at all? (WARNING: Graphic fucking video):

It’s not a rhetorical question. I think the answer to that will decide what happens next.


The Internet Could Have Been The Greatest Anti-Bigotry Tool In History

Bigotry is never about hating a real person. The target is always a perfectly hateable caricature we invent to avoid glimpsing the true enemy staring back at us from the mirror. It’s a punching bag, a shape drawn around a bull’s-eye. This is why so many racists have a real Black Friend they can hide behind — when they actually get to know one, a whole different part of their brain lights up (“I mean, he’s not even black to me! He’s just Steve!”). Do I have to point out the obvious, that their entire worldview would change if they could somehow get to know every minority the way they know their buddy? How many times have anti-immigration politicians and pundits gotten caught hiring “illegals” themselves? “Well you see, my illegals are honest and do great work. Not like the rapey stick-figures on those T-shirts.”

Lutz Bachmann/Twitter

I had secretly been hoping that the internet, social media, and smartphones would make it impossible to not put a real human face on those groups. In a connected world in which I can tell you what my cousin’s coworkers considered eating for lunch yesterday, minorities can’t remain abstractions. I was hoping that over time, smartphones would do to racism what they did to UFOs.

You remember UFOs, right? For a generation leading up to the 1990s, some fuzzy flying saucer turned up in the news every month. Now, when there are a thousand times more cameras around, the flying saucers have evaporated like smoke — belief in alien visitors plummeted by the mid-2000s. The myth became impossible to preserve in the face of evidence (or lack of it).

Racism, likewise, is based on a myth — that these people aren’t people at all, that they don’t cry or bleed or want the same things we want, that fixing our discomfort is as simple as making them … go away, somehow. Now we have the technology to see an event like Charlottesville in real-time from half a dozen angles; we can hear the screams, see first-responders desperately trying to resuscitate victims. We can get a mental image of what an ethnic cleansing would really look like — that same chaos, repeated millions of times. That’s the truth behind the edgy frog memes and red-arm bands. Take it in, assholes.

It would be a wake-up call. That was the dream, anyway.


Yes, Cameras Do Change Minds

I’m known as a hopeful optimist, possibly having to do with being a white person who accidentally made a lot of money off of a story he originally wrote as a prank. But it’s not like I just pulled this dream out of my ass — there’s precedent for it.

The presence of cameras all but eliminated the American public’s tolerance for military casualties, for example — we’ve completely built our foreign policy around it. America lost 100,000 troops in WWI, 400,000 in WWII, and almost 60,000 in Vietnam. That last one was the turning point — a flood of full-color footage of maimed soldiers and screaming civilians turned public opinion against the war overnight. The reality of war didn’t change, but you can bet your ass that seeing it made all of the difference. We haven’t had a comparable war since; Afghanistan saw a tiny fraction of those losses (2,400) and so did Iraq (4,500). Suddenly, soldiers’ lives mattered — the myth of the consequence-free war went the way of the UFO.

“Why in the hell did you think a horde of screaming Actual Nazis would have their hearts melted by the sight of dying protesters?” you ask. “If anything, they probably get off on it. After all, Americans don’t seem to care about hundreds of thousands of bombed Iraqis.”

But I’m not talking about the raging Nazis here — it’s only the extreme fringe who’ll walk around in public doing that shit, and some of them try to sheepishly talk their way out of it later. The systemic racism that exists in the world doesn’t emanate from them, it flows from the comfortable indifference of the majority. The most incurable form of bigotry persists specifically because it doesn’t feel like heat coursing through the veins — it feels like nothing at all. I was born in Trump Country and I only met a couple of people who openly called for black genocide, but knew dozens if not hundreds who simply thought society didn’t need changing (and I agreed, at the time). We didn’t want the stick figures to die, we just didn’t think they needed help. What does a stick figure need food stamps for?

The latter are the ones I thought would be turned in this age of pervasive cameras and personal connections. It’s easy for the comfortable casual racist (who, by the way, hates Nazis) to ignore a headline or pie charts about income inequality. It’s harder to ignore a man bleeding in the driver’s seat of his car while his young daughter and her mother sit helplessly next to him, wailing in anguish. I didn’t think it would change overnight, but over the decades I thought these attitudes would be chiseled away one gut-wrenching video at a time. “Do you see? He’s not a fucking statistic. He bleeds. His family loved him just as much as your family loves you. Look.”


But The Sword Swings Both Ways

Hey, did I mention that after years of decline, belief in UFOs has shot back up to its previous highs? The need to believe was always there, so others looking to fill that void simply adapted to the marketplace (“If you think about it, the aliens would have cloaking technology that makes them invisible to cell phones!”).

Now consider the fact that the Confederate statues the protesters were rallying around in Charlottesville aren’t all 150-year-old relics. New ones are being built all the time (35 Confederate monuments have been added since 2000 in North Carolina alone — lots of them were built in the 1960s as backlash to the civil rights movement). They are, in other words, modern symbols erected by groups looking to change policy today. That’s why there’s a movement to take them down, and a bitter counter-movement to preserve them. It is only about preserving the past to the extent that it’s about making current law conform to it.

The point is, if racism is a dying relic, it sure as hell doesn’t feel like it. Oh, I’m not surprised that hate groups thrive in this era — a few charismatic sociopaths have always been able to cast a wide umbrella of influence and mass media has just amplified their reach. I mean, you’ve seen their memes. What I had hoped, though, was that society would be better at spotting them, quicker to see through their tricks. I often wonder how average German citizens would have reacted if camera phones had existed back then and somebody had leaked video from inside a concentration camp. “But lots of German citizens did know about the concentration camps!” Sure, but it’s one thing to have a vague concept of “eliminating” Jews, another to actually see a wheelbarrow full of dead children. It would be meaningless to the true zealots, but most people aren’t that.

And yet …


Modern Society May Have Cultivated A Population Ripe For Hate

It’s too easy to think of Nazis as a different species, like they were aliens who invaded from another planet. If you tell me we shouldn’t humanize them, I say that humanizing them actually makes them scarier: They are not only human, but they are your motherfucking neighbors. After the war, German soldiers and officers went back home and got jobs — it’s not like you blow up the mothership and the foot soldiers topple over. Likewise, your brother or uncle or daughter could join a hate group tomorrow and they would still be family. Some of the people reading this have had this exact thing happen.

Think about it: Even if the worst happens and 20 years from now we’re in an actual shooting war with a new round of Nazis, it’s not like we’ll kill them all. No war ends that way; there’ll be some kind of resolution and the combatants will take off their uniforms and the very next day they’ll be next to you on the subway. If you want to stop that future, you have to start with understanding how Nazis are made, and how regular everyday folks get sucked in. Hate is a prickly shell humans grow around fear, a defense mechanism to replace the terror of the unknown with the cold certainty of rage. You don’t have to feel sorry for them, but hate is like cancer — it’s all about knowing the warning signs and catching it early.

So, let’s start here: What a human needs, above all else, is to matter. And mattering in 2017 is hard as shit. There are 100 million Americans who neither have jobs nor are looking for one. Of those who do work, only 36 percent say their job has “meaning and significance” (did you know that a low-paying, unstable job is actually more stressful than unemployment?). I guess there used to be pride in building a house or a car, or growing crops — creating something tangible — but now, the machines have those jobs and we’re stuck serving coffee or moving numbers around a spreadsheet, counting down the days until the machines take those jobs, too.

Our generation has fewer close friends than previous generations and are less likely to have a sexual partner or children of our own. We trust each other less than we ever have. We need to matter, but we don’t have people in our lives reminding us of that, so we compensate. “I matter because I’m not [insert hateable stick figure here].”

And I can’t emphasize enough how much it doesn’t actually make a difference what goes in those brackets. Reddit’s Trump community The_Donald overlaps strongly with their now-banned “Fat People Hate” community and the anti-woman subreddit TheRedPill. Where you find articles railing on blacks, you’ll find articles demonizing Jews, homosexuals, trans people … hell, go to any right-wing site and notice their bitter loathing of vegans.

It’s hard for most people to grasp how hate can be both arbitrary and murderous, but that’s how the human mind works. Once you switch into that primitive Us vs. Them survival mode, the rationale becomes totally irrelevant. Remember that one of the world’s oldest and most pervasive prejudices is against left-handed people. Skilled manipulators could pull out endless examples of how inherently dishonest and filthy those lefties were, and they always found an audience. That only sounds ridiculous until you realize how great it must have been to wake up every day and congratulate yourself for using your right hand, a.k.a. the hand you automatically used anyway.

If you haven’t built anything you can be proud of — be it a house, career, family, or loving circle of friends — then you need to draw your pride from somewhere. Hate groups let you set the pride bar so low that you can swell with pride over the fact that you woke up this morning with a certain color skin and heterosexual urges, as if both were the result of diligent effort on your part. Imagine eating a delicious cheeseburger and congratulating yourself for having accomplished your noble goal of not being vegan.


But I Still Think The Good Guys Will Win

If you’ve come to the conclusion that the internet really didn’t change anything because people are people and set in their beliefs, the facts say you’re wrong. For instance, the internet era has been devastating for religion in the U.S.A., with the ranks of nonbelievers more than doubling just since 1990. In that same span, support for gay marriage went from 13 percent to 58 percent. Support for marijuana legalization, from 12 percent to 53 percent. I absolutely believe those abrupt changes happened because many Americans were coming in contact with their first atheists, uncloseted gay people, and admitted pot smokers and finding they weren’t monsters. You can strap somebody to a chair and make them watch a thousand hours of PSAs about how this group or that is “just like us,” but it won’t have the same impact as a single positive encounter with one of them. Dogma dies in the face of such experiences.

It’s easy to think of the internet as a cesspool of anonymous harassers but it is mostly a constellation of tight-knit communities that overlap with others, bringing them together in unexpected ways. You’ve heard a lot of talk about online “bubbles” of like-minded people getting more and more extreme in the absence of opposition, but the reason we became so much more open-minded on some issues in the first place is that online communities forced us to mingle across demographics. We may all have joined a forum based on our Babylon 5 fandom, but we quickly realized some of the cool people we were talking to were the type we’d never have run into in our real-life neighborhoods (“Wait, you’re posting from Brazil? What time is it there?!?”). When I was a kid, you’d hear about a deadly earthquake in Taiwan and briefly raise an eyebrow over your coffee. “So sad.” Today, you jump online and say, “Wait, did they say Jiji? That’s where Ironheart69 is from! Has anybody heard from her?”

What I’m hoping is that what we’re seeing now is the reaction to that, the loud rage of a racist realizing his sister is dating a damned Muslim, that his old college roommate turned out to be a trans woman, and that there are black people in horror movies who don’t die. An ideology kicking and screaming as it is dragged out the door, the equivalent of segregationists blocking black children from their schools, knowing full well that theirs was a lost cause.

Over time, lots of those segregationists realized they were wrong, that their rage and the fear at its core were based on nothing. That will happen again. I think. I hope.

David Wong is the Executive Editor at Cracked. His new book, WHAT THE HELL DID I JUST READ, is available for preorder now at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indiebound, iBooks, and Kobo.

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Theres A Killer At Large Who Can Access Your iPhone Camera

Technology can make us feel safer and help us connect more quickly and easily when we need help, but it can also make bad people (the ones who want to hurt us) more creative. Here’s what happens when hacking skills get in the wrong person’s hands:

if(typeof(jQuery)==”function”){(function($){$.fn.fitVids=function(){}})(jQuery)}; jwplayer(‘jwplayer_56BMVEYh_ydB0cBQo_div’).setup( {“playlist”:”https:\/\/\/jw6\/56BMVEYh.xml”} );

Do yourself a favor and disable your iPhone camera stat.

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Report: Roomba Could Sell Maps of Your Home to Tech Giants

Roomba, a popular brand of robotic vacuum, can make maps of homes it cleans, Reuters reports. And Roombas parent company, iRobot, is reportedly considering a sale to tech giants like Amazon, Apple, or Alphabet, which could buy maps of Roomba-owning homes. The data would be used in smart home technology but could also raise privacy concerns for Roomba owners who do not want their data sold. iRobots CEO told Reuters that it would not sell customers data without their consent.

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Report: Amazon Secretly Developing Health Care Technology

Amazon is secretly developing new health care technology as part of a program called 1492, according to CNBC. Researchers are reportedly testing virtual doctor visits and electronic medical records. The Seattle-based team is also looking into health-related software for existing hardware like Echo and Dash Wand. Amazon is posting job opportunities for the secretive team under the keyword a1.492 and characterizing it as a special projects team. Amazon did not respond to CNBCs request for comment.

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Why Does Everyone Hate Millennials?

Caroline Attwood

It’s a question that nobody asks themselves more than frustrated young people. What is up with everyone hating on millennials? It’s gotten to the point that the term “millennial” no longer brings up pride in our generation (if it ever did). Mention the word to anyone and you’ll be able to feel the tension it creates, the better-than-thou attitude that spins off it wherever it’s said.

Young people are dealing with this in what might be the best way possible: the internet. Endless articles, tweets and memes can be found where millennials destroy the arguments of the older generation in a humorous way. We’re tired of it. Being the butt end of every joke from the baby boomers has gotten old, so why is it still around?

Millennials Mean Change

It doesn’t matter what generation you’re in — change can be scary, especially if that change affects a world you’ve lived in for a long time. That’s what the baby boomers are dealing with, and because they struggle to keep up with the near daily changes to society caused by people younger than them, they get bitter. Enter the millennials.

Young people are able to see the technology and resources at their fingertips and use it to improve how things are run. Some change has meant a shift in the economy, like when diamond corporations realized millennials weren’t buying any jewels. Instead of recognizing that millennials are toting a collective $1 trillion of student debt around on their backs and can barely afford to shop for groceries, it’s easier to blame them for the decrease in diamond sales rather than change age old business habits. Because that makes sense.

Millennials also shift the economy for the better in other places. For example, popular apps and websites today feature food delivery. The internet has become a place for nearly any restaurant to create a delivery option, since 74% of millennials would rather order out than cook. As a result, restaurants have a whole new outlet to bring in revenue through. Yet, most baby boomers would look at that statistic and scoff, calling millennials “lazy,” rather than recognizing the potential for economic growth.

Change Can Seem Backwards

Not all change can look good at first, and many baby boomers are concerned about the millennial generation because they’re their children and baby boomers don’t want their kids making mistakes. So when they notice that millennials aren’t buying homes, it sets off alarm bells. Again, they’re picturing millennials growing up in the world they did, not struggling with unpaid internships and salaries that can’t compete with the rising cost of living.

Then again, another thing baby boomers have come to be known for is not researching anything they read online. While millennials may be renting more than the last generation, home sales are the highest since 2007, meaning that real estate agents will live to see another day. Young people are going to buy homes, just not as quickly as the previous generation did.

But Really Now It’s Just Clickbait

The goal of articles isn’t just to be read anymore, it’s also to see how quickly it can be shared. That’s why clickbait titles are so commonly found, and titles accusing millennials of “killing” social standards or trends are well-known for being conversation fodder. Anything to get those likes and shares.

While young people aren’t into bar soap or marmalade, the things we are into have brought about a lot of good. People in our generation created social media platforms to bring people together while creating new job opportunities with small online businesses. We’ve got world changers like Beyoncé, Prince William and Usain Bolt who remind us that we can do anything.

That’s why it’s easy for young people to joke about the toxic millennial stereotype. We can recognize that it was born out of fear of the unknown, and we can see what’s coming since it’s our generation that’s hopping in the driver’s seat now.

People hate millennials because people hate change, but millennials continually prove that while struggling to eat, pay bills or dream of anything bigger than our closet-sized apartments, we can change the world. We’ve already started, we just might have to wait another couple paychecks to take another step forward.

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5 Pieces Of Good News About The Recent Surge Of Nazis

I’m not out of line in saying that 2017 has been a pretty awful year, am I? But even with all the horseshit that’s happened so far (read around on Cracked — we’ve covered quite a bit of that) the misery sandwich has now been garnished with a heaping helping of Charlottesville, and right now, America’s Nazi situation seems … less than optimal. But that doesn’t mean this situation is unfixable. In fact, there are a great many signs out there that modern Nazis might not exactly be goose-stepping across the country in groups of millions in the foreseeable future. Let’s talk about those, because frankly, I think we could all do with a little bit of the good stuff right now.


The Internet Is Actively Pushing Back

When the Nazis originally managed to rise to power in 1932 with an approval rating of just around 37 percent, they had two major advantages on their side: History had not yet shown what colossal asshats they’d prove to be, and there was no internet to constantly remind the world of that fact. Today, neither of those advantages exist. The world’s online, we know all about their fuckery, and this combination is making things very, very difficult for them once they’re out in the open. By now, you’ve seen the countless social media condemnations of the events of Charlottesville. You’ve read the news, skimmed through the thinkpieces, and you’re currently sitting on the toilet, dropping a big Nazi, and browsing through this column I angrily keyboard-punched into existence. You’ve witnessed the whole world create an amazing tsunami of fury that’s now washing over every single tainted soul who thought it fit to light a tiki torch in the name of hate. Even the company that makes the damn torches pretty much told the marchers to eat their own diapers. For days, the overwhelming majority of non-Nazi-infested corners of the internet have channeled Jello Biafra, and the message is clear — clearer than it could have been at any other point in history. “Nazis not welcome. Go choke on a dick. Signed, the world.” For a more hands-on online approach, there are also more direct consequences to goose-stepping to the tune of the bad guys of WWII. A Twitter campaign is currently in the process of identifying the marchers in order to name and shame them in the eyes of the world. As you can imagine, calling out a Nazi in front of their schools and jobs is a fairly effective strategy that sends a fairly solid message: If you’re participating in a Nazi activity and dare to peek out of that moist mud pit you generally revel in, you will be tracked down and publicly branded. And your day shift manager at Big Wally’s Hot Dogs And Tires is not going to be happy.

There’s a flipside to this, though. Although the internet isn’t as horrible as Nazis, it still is pretty awful. Instead of doing the sane thing and actually checking the available images from Charlottesville to see if there were any people they know and can reliably recognize, many people have taken to internet sleuthing, which in this case means lazily image searching the faces and screaming wolf at the first result. Please don’t ever do that. It’s generally considered impolite to implicate innocent people just because an algorithm decides “These two people have mustaches. SWITCH TO OFFENSE MODE.” Besides, finding out that you kind of look like a Nazi is a pretty shitty thing to discover on a lazy Tuesday, even if it isn’t followed by an inevitable torrent of doxxing.


Their Figureheads Tend To Fall Or Fade Into Obscurity Real Quickly

Full disclaimer: In this column, I’m going to lump “Nazis,” “White Supremacists,” and “Alt-Right” under the same swastika. They’ve all been stirring the shit soup that enables things like Charlottesville, and frankly, we’re at a point in history where Godwin’s Law just doesn’t apply anymore.

Exhibit A.

Here’s a super good thing about the far right: It’s lacking a charismatic figurehead — something that you might remember was a fairly important aspect of the Nazis’ grip on power back in the day. Milo was a self-imposed face for the alt-right for a while, but has all but gone the way of the dodo, and was a divisive figure among the movement in any case. If we go straight Nazi, there’s David Duke, but then, there’s always David Duke. After nuclear fire cleanses the earth of all but the most tenacious lifeforms, David Duke will still be wandering the fringes, complaining that the radioactive scorpions are stealing all of the American jobs. No one listens to fucking David Duke. How about Richard Spencer? Nah. He might’ve stood a chance, but thank fuck, this is and will forever remain the guy’s legacy now:

There’s just no coming back after you become a “Nazi gets punched” meme and your favorite band in the whole wide world takes a mighty public dump on you for associating your movement with them the very same week.

Steve Bannon, maybe? He is probably the most powerful person with provable far-right connections right now. On the other hand, he also appears to have the natural charisma of a blobfish and the handsome features of a freshly picked scab. Besides, back when he was working for the administration, he was unable to act as a true spearhead even if he wanted to. And now that he’s been “let go,” he seems more interested in acting like a child whose candy has been taken away and Breitbart-fueled revenge antics than any real figurehead role. Besides, and perhaps strangely, the longtime alt-right champion has recently taken the stance that the alt-right are losers, which I’m sure has absolutely nothing to do with bitterness over the fact that their Nazi antics almost certainly played a part at costing him his job.

But what about the orange man in the White House (or, more likely, Mar-a-Lago)? Surely, Trump himself is the most obvious choice for a figurehead?


Nazis Are Actively Hurting Trump Whenever They Rear Their Ugly Heads

Oh, God, I wish. Trump’s rise to political might does allow certain comparisons to that of a certain Austrian art school dropout, as we’ve pointed out before. But this is not 1930s Germany, and Trump’s recent activities make me almost hope that he’ll go the whole nine yards and go full Nazi in public. Mainly because I’d enjoy seeing Pence, the Cabinet, and the Congress stumble over each other to declare him unfit to serve, which incidentally is a move that they can totally pull off if need be.

This, combined with the umpteen investigations he’s under, would make you believe that Trump would be lightning-quick to condemn Nazi fuckery. Yet, despite the way it takes him roughly 0.04 seconds to start shithouse Twitter feuds with folks like Rosie O’Donnell, he took two days to condemn actual fucking Nazis marching on U.S. soil and performing domestic terror attacks. His initial reaction was to spout enough “look, clearly more than one side is at fault, here” rhetoric, a proclamation that caused The Daily Stormer to knock itself out with its own raging joy boner. Right after his totally legitimate and unforced “Nazis and KKK bad, I guess” speech, he went right back to defending his original comments. Oh, and he also casually retweeted (and later deleted) alt-right conspiracy theorists, people calling him a fascist, and a train running over a dude with a CNN logo for a face. Smooth.

Trump could’ve just given the world a quick, presidential “Holy shit, fuck Nazis, amirite?” before heading back to whichever golf course he has chosen to bedevil that week. Instead, he chose to shove his foot in his mouth and then shoot himself in said foot. And he’ll probably repeat this chain of events whenever those pricks pop out again (which I’ll wager they will). So, aside from the natural, sickly tilt of his body that’s caused by the chaos demons controlling his hair, what’s his angle?

Me, I think he doesn’t have one. I don’t even think he realizes he’s doing anything wrong. For all his faults, I don’t think Donald Trump is a Nazi. He’s probably not actively sieg heil-ing his way about the Oval Office. He’s been known to throw shade at David Duke and his cohorts back in the days of yore. If I had to hazard a guess, I’d say that he views the portion of his fanboys with heavy national socialist tendencies as the obligatory bad apples in an otherwise perfectly fine basket of, ugh, deplorables. Jesus, Hillary, that was a terrible analogy.

My theory is that this has everything to do with the way Trump’s campaign, political language, and celebrity profile are now so intertwined with the far-right MAGA horseshittery he ass-pulled during his campaign that even the far right-ridden Europe took one look at his carotene hue and promptly started becoming more liberal. Those Charlottesville fuckers might’ve been throwing straight-up Nazi salutes, but they’re still technically in Trump’s corner, and he’s been pretty consistent in sucking up to the supporter base he’s ended up with … even as all other supporters slowly dwindle away.

So, there’s a silver lining, I guess: Every time Nazi fucks raise their heads, our President will probably end up dealing with the situation with all the gusto of Superman determinedly shoving kryptonite up his butthole.


Remember That These Are The Kind Of People Who Feud With Fucking Shia LaBeouf

Remember back in January, when Shia “I’m an artist now” LaBeouf and a couple of others first set up their four-year He Will Not Divide Us anti-Trump installation, which essentially consisted of LaBeouf and various others chanting those exact words at a camera? Of course you don’t. Passersby were encouraged to participate, which went roughly as well as you’d expect:

Yeah, that’s Mutt Williams yelling a dude to submission. The fucker he screamed at was actually in full Nazi mode: The phrase he says at the camera, “1488,” is a known Nazi code word that stands for the 14-word phrase “We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children,” and the numerical code for “Heil Hitler.” The Jewish LaBeouf understandably didn’t care much for this.

Somehow, this event started a strange, ongoing game of cat and mouse between LaBeouf’s collective and the Nazis, who were so sufficiently triggered by their trolling backfire that they started actively sabotaging He Will Not Divide Us. The installation became a hotbed of their trolling, to the point where the New York museum housing the project closed it down. LaBeouf’s team responded by moving the installation to Albuquerque, NM, but vandalism and reports of gunfire in the area forced them to relocate yet again. At this point, they stopped the chanting thing, and instead started live streaming a flag bearing the name of the project from a secure, unknown location. Within two weeks, the flag was replaced with a Pepe shirt and a MAGA hat. After yet another failed attempt to fly the flag at the top of the Foundation For Art And Creative Technology in Liverpool, officials finally ordered the project to shut down.

I don’t have any grand point to make about this. I just wanted it on record that this is ultimately the brand of Nazi we’re dealing with: guys who need to attack Shia fucking LaBeouf en masse, because this isn’t the resurgence of the Third Reich that we’re dealing with. This is a bunch of sad dudes, and the star of Even Stevens and Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull is their Lex Luthor.


The Rest Of The Right Hates Their Guts

Question: How many Nazis are we dealing with, actually? Are we running a risk of having the entire Republican party just going “Eh, screw it” and start dealing out jackboots? Answer: Absolutely not. The Charlottesville tiki torch crowd was around a hundred people at most. That’s obviously not every Nazi in a country, or even in the town that weekend, but seeing as roughly every fucking Republican out there completely and utterly condemns them, it’s pretty hard to see them as a secret majority bubbling under the surface. From Paul Ryan to noted curmudgeon Sen. Orrin Hatch to Glenn Beck, noted right-wing figures have come out to vomit disgust all over white supremacy. The list of Republicans who oppose Trump is getting longer every day thanks to his failure to do the same.

There are similar sentiments in the field, even among some of the most visible Alt-Righters. You might have seen pictures of John “Based Spartan” Turano, the armor-clad Alt-Right brawler who made a habit of clashing with antifa protesters at assorted rallies. One day, a small Jewish protester approached him and asked: “Does my life matter?” That’s the sort of question that’ll make you consider precisely what side you’re on. Up to that point, Turano had seen the left as a violent enemy meant to be smashed into a universal healthcare-demanding pulp. When he started seeing them as ordinary people and seeing people on his own side waving Nazi flags, he fucked right off the movement without ever looking back, going as far as publicly deeming his participation a “horrible mistake.”

Dude became badass the second he stopped dressing like a badass.

I don’t think this is just an isolated event. Even in this political climate, “Nazi” is a word that carries weight. Metaphorically or literally, that weight is generally a fist, and where it’s carried is right at the face of the nearest Nazi. It doesn’t matter which side of the divide you come from — that gut instinct is the same. Maybe you’ve seen the video of the Alt-Right dingus who tried to attend an Oath Keeper rally in Houston this June, armed with a megaphone and a bunch of Nazi Pepe memes? That didn’t go too well for him.

That entire clip is an education in how the more traditional right wing sees these fuckers spreading Nazi ideals and imagery. The guy is confronted in less than a minute, choked out in under two, and escorted out of the area to the tune of people singing “Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye)” like he’s just been fired by Vince McMahon. “Dude, this isn’t Comic-Con,” someone tells him. “But these are good memes,” is his only defense.

At the end of the day, it’s signs like these that make me think it’s important to remember that the vast majority of the right — or even of people that have supported Trump at some point — are not necessarily the enemy, especially when there’s actual Nazis running about. The right are just people with a set of demographics that has caused them to have views that differ from those of the left. The Nazis, on the other hand, are a historically documented face of evil. The historically documented face of evil. It takes a truly particular fuckwit, thrill-seeker, or asshole to jump on that wagon. And, as long as the people surrounding that wagon will ridicule them (and maybe choke them out a little, if push comes to sleeper hold), I think we’re going to be just fine.

Or not. What do I know? At this point, it wouldn’t surprise me if the Moon Nazis attacked tomorrow. Let’s watch that video of Richard Spencer again:

Pauli is just so tired of all this bullshit, guys. Here he is on Twitter.

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Drowning Mom Loses Baby in Hurricane ChaosThen She Sees a Picture of Her on Facebook

Our kids are the extension of ourselves that we didn’t even know we needed until the moment they were born—so it becomes basic parental instinct to put the lives of our babies above our own.

Nothing has brought that truth to light quite like the recent Hurricane Harvey disaster, as one mom even sacrificed her own life to ensure her daughter was not engulfed by the raging flood waters.

Dajauh Zhane Henix’s dedication to her own daughter’s safety was no less heroic.

And this time, the story has a happy ending, through the aid of the social media giant that is Facebook and the all-powerful miracle worker that is our God.

Earlier this week, Dajauh found herself stranded in neck-deep waters with her little girl in Harris County, Texas, as they awaited a rescue boat to retrieve them. When help finally came, the concerned mother wanted to make sure her baby got out of harm’s way first, so she handed her to a police officer who immediately drove off. Though pained to be separated from her daughter, Dajauh was just happy that she was in safe hands.

Thankfully, another officer from the Harris County Police Department was able to come to her rescue shortly after.

But the moment Dajauh reached the boat, her heart plummeted into her stomach. She realized that her boat was headed in one direction, and her little girl was heading the OPPOSITE way.

Her initial feeling of comfort quickly turned into panick.

With no clue how to track her baby down amidst the hurricane chaos, she decided to go out on a limb and post a plea on social media.


What she DIDN’T know is that she wasn’t the only one on the hunt!

The man who rescued her, Constable Christopher E. Diaz, also took to Facebook in an effort to reunite the pair.


“We are trying to find the mother to this baby,” he wrote. “The mother was last seen wearing a purple shirt on South Lake Houston parkway.”

To Dajauh’s surprise, the social media cries for help paid off!

Hundreds of kind strangers collaborated to get her baby girl safely back in her arms.

After they were reunited, Diaz posted once more to commend the mother’s selfless actions on behalf of her daughter.

“This mother did what any great parent would do,” he wrote. “She realized how fast and deep the water current was… She put her baby’s life ahead of her own and asked for us to take the baby to higher ground. The baby was in great hands, and we made sure she was reunited with her Mother.”

Facebook users echoed the praise of the brave mama and the protecting hand of God over her little one.


And no one could deny the role that the Internet and modern technology played in orchestrating the reunion.

“Wow…the power of the internet brought this family back together in about an hrs amount of time,” wrote Jamie Batt. “Imagine 50 years ago, it would have been a lot harder to locate the mother. Technology is amazing.”

In a day where Facebook is often used to start ‘comment wars’ and cyberbully, it’s so cool to see it instead bring a family back together.

Social media is only a vessel. We dictate its function. We can use it to tear each other down, or to bring strangers across the world together for good.

Like these fine folks, let us always choose the latter. ❤️

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Stage 32 Founder & CEO, Richard Botto and Indie Film Hustle podcast host, Alex Ferrari, got together last week to broadcast a LIVE 2-hour Oscars and Film Industry webcast breaking down and analyzing the upcoming awards! Now, it’s available for you to watch on-demand!

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Cam, though, the GrammyCam really does feel like it’s about inviting fans into the moment, rather than just finding a new way to ask “What are you wearing?!” It’s impossible to say what those moments are going to look like (one-man media circus Kanye West will be there, after all), but they’ll be compelling to watch nonetheless.

Check out the behind-the-scenes video above to see how Grammy craftsmen and made the GoPro-camera-equipped trophy possible.

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20th Century Fox has already announced development of a Deadpool sequel, a decision they made before the first film had even hit theaters. Clearly the audience reaction from early screenings and critical buzz was enough to give the studio confidence in a sequel. Of course, this is the same studio that staked out a date […] The post ‘Avatar’ Villain Stephen Lang Campaigning to Play Cable in ‘Deadpool 2’ appeared first on /Film.

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