Ben Dreyfuss

Engagement Editor

Ben Dreyfuss is the engagement editor at Mother Jones. He's done some other stuff, too. 

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This NRA Tweet Is So Tasteless and Awful That It Makes Me Want to Vomit

| Thu Mar. 5, 2015 8:10 PM EST

Good afternoon.

How are you? How are you feeling? Are you feeling good? Are you, by chance, feeling too good? Are you flying too high on borrowed wings? Maybe you need a bit of a punch in the stomach to bring you back down to Earth and remind you that in life there are hills and valleys; that this vacation on Creation is, well, not all champagne and strawberries. I guess what I'm asking is, would you like to feel nauseous? You look to me like you might like to feel nauseous. C'mon! A little nausea never hurt anyone! It builds character!

Let's get nauseous!

This comes via the New York Daily News, which doesn't mince words:

Hitting a new low in its disgusting war against gun laws, the National Rifle Association on Thursday went after Gabby Giffords with a personal attack mocking her 2011 shooting dismissively.

Have a nice day.

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This Correction Is Supremely Unfortunate. I Can't Stop Cringing.

| Fri Feb. 27, 2015 2:25 PM EST

Courtesy of New York Times staff editor Michael Roston, this is an unfortunate push alert error:

I feel genuinely awful for whoever is responsible for this. Everyone of us has made that mistake, but this will haunt them.

In the interest of solidarity, here's a Star Wars mistake I once made when I worked for CNET:

Stay strong, anonymous ABC7 push alert writer. You'll come back from this.

UPDATE: The ABC7 digital editor responsible seems like a mensch.

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!

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.

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