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Ben Dreyfuss

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Ben Dreyfuss is the engagement editor at Mother Jones.

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RIP Joan Rivers

| Thu Sep. 4, 2014 3:32 PM EDT
A photo of Joan Rivers in 1967. Wikimedia Commons

Joan Rivers has died at 81.

This video of her performance on the The Ed Sullivan Show in 1967 is one of our favorites.

RIP.

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Reminder: Facebook Going Down Is Not A Good Reason To Call the Police

| Wed Sep. 3, 2014 4:13 PM EDT

Facebook suffered a brief outage today. When these kinds of things happen—and these kinds of things tend to happen—the key is to not lose your head. Don't panic. Stretch your legs. Go for a walk. Check out Twitter. Check out Tumblr. Check out the real world. Whatever you do, don't call the police.

Just remember: You're going to get through this.

Knock Knock. "Who's There?" "Donald Trump."

| Wed Sep. 3, 2014 11:05 AM EDT

(Knock knock)

"Who's there?"

"Donald."

"Donald who?"

"Donald Trump."

(Deadbolts door)

"Honey! Quick, hide the kids! An anti-vaccine lunatic is here!"

"Oh Jesus!"

"Hurry! Take them into the basement."

"Aren't you coming?"

"I have to make sure you're safe."

"No, please! Come with us!"

"Mommy!"

"This is my responsibility. I am your wife. I am their mother...Please, I love you. What type of mother would I be if I let some anti-vax nut near our kids?"

"I love you so much."

"I love you so much. Go, please."

(Husband and kids begin down stairs to basement, wife prepares to close basement door, husband looks up at her one last time)

"I'll pray for you."

"Pray for all of us."

(Wife closes door, returns to entry hall, Donald is still knocking)

"Hello? You there? This is no way to treat Donald Trump! This is a lot like the time Dennis Rodman was on my hit show. He came into the boardroom and I said—."

"Please, just go away."

(Beat)

"I have no where else to go."

(Beat)

(Wife opens door)

"Come in. We'll watch one episode. Just until the doctors arrive to take you back to the hospital."

"Want to see pictures of my resorts?"

"Sure, grandpa. Sure."

The end.

Martin Scorsese/Leonardo DiCaprio Films, Ranked

| Thu Aug. 28, 2014 1:03 AM EDT

1. The Aviator

2. The Departed

3. The Wolf of Wall Street

4. Gangs of New York

5. Shutter Island

Mon Mar. 24, 2014 6:10 PM EDT
Fri Mar. 7, 2014 3:46 PM EST
Thu Mar. 6, 2014 4:10 PM EST
Mon Feb. 3, 2014 2:02 AM EST
Fri Jan. 17, 2014 5:52 PM EST
Thu Dec. 12, 2013 2:34 PM EST
Wed Dec. 4, 2013 3:03 PM EST