Friday Cat Blogging – 5 October 2012

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In 1912 Marcel Duchamp painted “Nude Descending a Staircase No. 2.” A century later, I have created a new classic for a new era, “Domino Heading for the Supper Dish No. 2,153.” This is a bit of poetic license, though, since she was actually heading toward Marian, who was luring her into the living room with a shopping bag for her to crawl into. But I like my title better, and anyway, there’s no telling if Duchamp’s nude was really descending a staircase either, is there?

In other news, a team of Japanese researchers have proven that lolcats are good for the economy. The Daily Mail, your go-to site for cute animal journalism, reports that “Through three separate experiments a team of scientists found that people showed higher levels of concentration being shown pictures of puppies or kittens.” Tell that to your boss the next time he gives you a hard time about checking out Friday Catblogging in the middle of the workday.

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You just sent an incredible message: that quality journalism doesn't have to answer to advertisers, billionaires, or hedge funds; that newsrooms can eke out an existence thanks primarily to the generosity of its readers. That's so powerful. Especially during what's been called a "media extinction event" when those looking to make a profit from the news pull back, the Mother Jones community steps in.

The months and years ahead won't be easy. Far from it. But there's no one we'd rather face the big challenges with than you, our committed and passionate readers, and our team of fearless reporters who show up every day.

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