Ben Dreyfuss

Ben Dreyfuss

Engagement Editor

Ben Dreyfuss is the engagement editor at Mother Jones.

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CNN to America: Where Do You Think the Plane Is?

| Wed May 7, 2014 5:30 PM EDT

According to a new CNN poll, 9 percent of Americans believe "space aliens, time travelers, or beings from another dimension" are responsible for the disappearance of Malaysia Flight 370.

According to a 2012 National Geographic survey, 36 percent of Americans believe that aliens have already visited Earth.

If you are one of the 27 percent of Americans who believe that aliens have visited Earth but aren't responsible for the disappearance of Malaysia Flight 370, please let me know. I'd love to pick your brain.

Bonus: The new CNN poll asks respondents where they think the plane is. Fifty-one percent of Americans believe the plane is in the Indian Ocean around where the search teams are looking, but 46 percent of Americans think it's "somewhere else." None of the people polled could possibly have any idea where the plane is. The question is itself ridiculous, but maybe more ridiculous is the idea that almost half of America thinks the experts are wrong. "The search teams say it's in that one bit of the Indian Ocean, but I think it's in Canada. Or Hawaii. Or Scotland. Or the moon. Or Benghazi. Why? I've just got a feeling."

Forty-six percent of Americans are living in a world of pure imagination.

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Watch Barack Obama & Joel McHale Make Jokes at the 2014 White House Correspondents' Dinner

| Sun May 4, 2014 12:33 AM EDT

The White House Correspondents' Dinner was tonight. President Obama told some jokes. Joel McHale told some jokes. None of these jokes were terribly funny, I thought. They weren't awful, but they weren't great. McHale sort of "went after" the Beltway types in the room (a la Colbert), which was neat, but I don't think the jokes themselves were very funny. But who knows, really. Maybe they were? I don't know. Maybe I'm just not in the right mood.

Here are the videos. Decide for yourself.

Obama:

McHale:

I'm genuinely curious what other people thought. Yay/Nay? Let me know in the comments.

Also, if Obama and McHale didn't do it for you, here's the funniest standup ever, Eddie Izzard's Dress to Kill:

 

The NBA Just Hit Donald Sterling With a Lifetime Ban

| Tue Apr. 29, 2014 2:21 PM EDT

The NBA is no longer OK with awful racist Donald Sterling's awful racism.

Commissioner Adam Silver just announced that the Los Angeles Clippers owner has been banned from the NBA for life and fined $2.5 million. Sterling will be banned from all basketball operations and from attending any NBA games.

Further, Silver said he will be urging the NBA Board of Governors to force Sterling to sell the franchise.

Two-and-a-half million is the largest fine allowed by under the NBA's constitution but, as Mother Jones' Ian Gordon points out, it's really just pocket change for him.

"The discipline issued today is based on the Commissioner’s conclusion that Mr. Sterling violated league rules through his expressions of offensive and hurtful views, the impact of which has been widely felt though out the league," the NBA said in a statement.

The announcement was immediately hailed by league players. The Clippers website right now:

This post has been updated.

This Is the Cast of the New "Star Wars"

| Tue Apr. 29, 2014 1:31 PM EDT

We still have no idea what the plot of the new Star Wars is about, but we finally know the cast! Original cast members Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hammil, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker will be joined by newcomers John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow.

Episode VII is set to be released December 18, 2015.

Clippers Players Just Made One Hell of a Perfect Statement

| Sun Apr. 27, 2014 4:24 PM EDT

The Los Angeles Clippers are owned by a racist jerk who has put the actual Los Angeles Clippers in an unimaginably difficult situation. It's impossible not to feel for them. This silent protest is pretty wonderful.

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