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Things I read this week, vol. 2

I’m back in Madison, Wisconsin this weekend. It’s cold but great here. Hooray!

When Is a Church a Cult?

For now, Karen’s only window into her grandchildrens’ lives is through people in the town, like Tommy Durham, a bearded machine operator who has befriended the Deans. When he saw the girls exit the Pursleys’ silver minivan at the R&R Mercantile this past Labor Day, Durham took a few photos through the windshield of his truck with his smartphone and texted them to Karen. In one photo, five-year-old Annabelle, in a purple shirt with pink hearts, chews on her finger nervously as her six-year-old sister, Savannah, looks over her shoulder. “That’s how I have to see my grandkids now,” Karen said.

I’m a Luger, Baby (headline of the week): “Luge is basically a childhood delight writ lethal.”

10 Reasons Old Punks Make Great Dads: “Babies don’t know how to blow their nose so they’ll just sit there bubbling green slime out of their nostrils until the cold goes away. One night when my infant daughter was congested, I put my lips up to her nose and sucked out about a pound of snot before spitting it into the sink. My wife was mortified but my daughter could breathe, and I felt like a great dad.”

On sexual assault and “hoping it’s not true”: “‘Hoping’ never helps a victim. It only helps an onlooker who doesn’t want to believe that bad things happen.”

Seriously, fuck that Daily Beast story about Dylan Farrow: “Weide then spends two more paragraphs auditing Mia Farrow’s sexual history. Alleged victims of sexual assault are commonly subjected to such scrutiny, but when we’re dealing with a 7-year-old, it seems her mother will serve just fine by proxy.”

The first-ever news article about Facebook, in the Harvard Crimson in 2004: “Everyone’s been talking a lot about a universal face book within Harvard,” Zuckerberg said. “I think it’s kind of silly that it would take the University a couple of years to get around to it. I can do it better than they can, and I can do it in a week.” (there’s that Zuckerberg charm!)

Ask a Daily Caller commenter: “DOES ANY1 even REMEMBER BENGHZI? Tired of MEDIA BLACKwash of THESE CRIMES…NSA IRS AGENDA 21 FT HOOD and UNCONSTITUTIONAL SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY!!!x”

Album of the week: The-Dream remixed by Giraffage
Shade of the week: “A collection of Jay Leno’s best Tonight Show moments”
Comic of the week: Tweets in Meatspace
Video of the week: “They want you to get drunk on feeling like you belong.” (RIP, PSH)
GIF of the week: #sochifail