Ben Dreyfuss

Engagement Editor

Ben Dreyfuss is the engagement editor at Mother Jones.

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Turn That Frown Upside Down. These Pandas Make Life Worth Living.

| Fri Feb. 27, 2015 2:02 PM EST

It's been so cold and terrible lately that I've really been down in the ditch emotionally. They call it SAD, they call it bad, they call it late for dinner. I know it as ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. But put away your shrug 'cause, babe, I got a helluva drug: the kids call it red panda:

Happy Friday!

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One Perfect Tweet Explains the Ultimate Lesson of #TheDress

| Fri Feb. 27, 2015 12:14 AM EST

Twitter erupted into craziness Thursday night after a dress went viral. What color was the dress? Some thought it was gold and white; some thought it was blue and black. People had fun. Fun was had! Had was fun! It was a good time and times were good. But this being the world we live in some Serious Cops had to flash their lights and start ticketing people for having fun.

There are a lot of cops on the internet. Everyone's got a set of cuffs and a gun—and whatever crime they think you've committed, well, they're ready to slap those cuffs on you and sentence you to 20 years hard internet. A lot of commenters on this site are cops. Journalism Cops. I'm sure a bunch of people will comment on this post saying, "why is this news?"

Anyway, no one likes Internet Cops. Internet Cops is probably the only police procedural CBS has ever passed on.

The lesson of #TheDress? Put your gun down, Barney Fife. Your services aren't needed.

P.S. The dress is blue. 

Disclaimer: Nick Baumann is a Senior Editor at Mother Jones. I gave him fair warning I was about to blog his tweet.

Why Are People Seeing the Dress in Different Colors? This Person Googled It for You

| Thu Feb. 26, 2015 10:17 PM EST

"What color is this dress?"

It's the defining question of our generation.

I felt very strongly that it was gold and white:

I was apparently wrong.

I don't 100% know if it is accurate but this nice lady's answer sort of jibes with what I'm seeing.

Adobe agrees:

Tay also signed off:

WIRED is also on board.

Black and blue wins. :((

God bless us, every one.

Some Llamas Escaped and Went on a High-Speed Chase and It Was Amazing

| Thu Feb. 26, 2015 5:29 PM EST

Llamas! Arizona! Internet!

This is a recipe for delight!

Anyway, I don't know any details about this story other than llamas escaped (presumably from some sort of pen?) in Arizona and then they ran free and a chase began and the world was caught up in it, man, and it was like the '60s in Europe and people were riding Vespas and falling in love and hair was blowing in the wind and hot people were wearing leather jackets and berets and some were smoking to signify their rebellious nature and everyone was singing rock and roll and saying "Viva la llama!"

Okay, a lot of that didn't happen but the llamas did escape and there was a chase and it was amazing. Then they were caught.

Watch the entire wonderful epic below:


Bye bye Miss American Pie

Drove my Chevy to the levee

but the levee was dry

and good ol' boys were drinking

whiskey and rye, singing

"they caught the llamas."

"Selma Is Now": John Legend and Common Just Gave An Amazing Oscar Speech

| Mon Feb. 23, 2015 12:35 AM EST

John Legend and Common's "Glory" from Selma just won an Oscar for Best Original Song. Legend and Common gave a wonderful, heartfelt, important speech.

"Selma is now," Legend began. "The struggle for justice is now. The Voting Rights Act that they fought for fifty years ago is being compromised right now in this country today. Right now the struggle for justice is real. We live in the most incarcerated country in the world. There are more black men under correctional control today than were under slavery in 1850. When people march with our song, we want to tell you: we see you, we are with you, we love you, and march on."

Earlier they delivered an amazing performance of the song. Everyone was in tears.

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