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Former NY Gov. Mario Cuomo dies at 82


Former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo pictured in 2012.
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Mario Cuomo, the former governor of New York and father of current Gov. Andrew Cuomo, died Thursday of natural causes due to heart failure, his family announced in a statement. He was 82.

Cuomo, known for his oratory skills, served as governor for three terms from 1983 to 1994. The democrat was the 52nd governor of New York. He also served as lieutenant governor and secretary of state of New York prior to his terms as governor.

His 1984 Democratic National Convention speech in San Francisco got him national attention after he slammed President Ronald Reagan, characterizing him as out of touch with poor Americans.

Party leaders unsuccessfully urged Cuomo to run for president twice.

He died, with his family at his side, just hours after his son was sworn into his second term in office on New Year’s Day.

Andrew Cuomo, Mario Cuomo, Election

Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo kisses his father, Mario Cuomo, as he celebrates after defeating Republican challenger Rob Astorino, at Democratic election headquarters in New York, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014.

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“He’s not well enough to come,” his son told a crowd of dignitaries at One World Trade Center, according to The New York Daily News. “He couldn’t be here physically today but my father is in this room.”

Condolences—from politicians to supporters to journalists— began to flow in after news of the former governor’s death broke.

Former New York Gov. George Pataki, his successor, described him as a “great New Yorker” of “soaring intellect” and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called him “a giant.”

To President Barack Obama, Cuomo was a determined champion of progressive values, and an unflinching voice for tolerance, inclusiveness, fairness, dignity, and opportunity.

“His own story taught him that as Americans, we are bound together as one people, and our country’s success rests on the success of all of us, not just a fortunate few,” Obama said in a statement.

He was survived by his wife of 60 years, Matilda Raffa Cuomo, his five children and 14 grandchildren.

Watch Mario Cuomo speak at the 1984 DNC

UPDATED 6:30 p.m. PT: to include family’s statement
UPDATED 8:30 p.m. PT: to include Obama’s statement

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If You Tell This Dude To 'Man Up,' You Better Be Prepared To Learn Why What You Said Is Awful

We often talk about how the media treats women horribly in this country, but we also often lose sight of the way media pigeonholes men to reinforce all those horrible attitudes. In this amazing video, an artist named Guante explains how what hurts women can also damage men.

NSFW warning: He uses some pretty coarse language at the beginning, but I promise it’s worth staying to the end. At 1:25, he calls out the media for hurting girls and women. At 2:10, he calls out the media for hurting boys and men. And at 3:15, he gets to the point.

If you think dudes should be allowed to express feelings, you could Like Guante on Facebook. And you could share this. Your call.
When This Family’s Dog Went Missing, They Didn’t Know What To Do. That’s The End Of The Story.

Fuzz was the Manning family’s dog for eight years. They got him when he was just a furry little puppy, and it didn’t take long for them to feel like he was another member of the family. So, when the Mannings came home from church one day to find the gate open and Fuzz missing, they didn’t know what to do.

That’s the end of the story.

They didn’t find him. It’s been about two months now, and no one’s seen him. They’re not even really looking for him anymore because it seems hopeless. The worst part is that they don’t know if he’s dead, and they probably won’t ever find out. That’s just the way it is.

“When Fuzz went missing, we thought he might never come back,” said Keith Manning, who adopted Fuzz nearly a decade ago with his wife, Melissa. “And that’s exactly what appears to be happening. He’s just gone, and it’s really sad.”

Wow. What an amazing story. It really shows how sometimes miracles don’t happen, and we’re left alone and bereft, picking up the pieces of our broken lives, unsure of how to move on.


This? That? Which? IDK? 10 Struggles Of Overly Indecisive People


Ameilie Rose

This is an article about being indecisive, I think. Not 100 percent sure yet, actually. I’ll let you know soon.

Does that sound like something you do often? The “sorry, I’ll let you know soon” answer is almost a knee-jerk response for me at this point.

It’s a classic trait of a “people pleaser,” mixed with a fear of committing to something just because it makes others happy. Okay, I see the irony now.

Maybe I’m over-thinking this.

Anyway, as a self-declared indecisive, I’ve decided to write my struggles in list form, so other indecisive people can read it and feel like they’re apart of something. But, that’s up to them.

Here it goes:

You’re indecisive so you don’t piss anyone off.

And, that sucks. No one wants to be the bearer of bad news, even if your BIG decision is whether or not to make the pizza guy “sad” because your friend wants to order Chinese. It’s a hard life.

You LOVE restaurants or services that decide things for you.

That tasting menu at your favorite sushi restaurant? It’s your savior.

Or, if you’re having something like Chinese or pizza, you either let someone else choose for you or you just order the same thing, over and over again, never interested in trying something new.

You MUST get everyone and their mother’s opinion first.

This, funnily enough, will make your decision-making process more confusing. Trust me, the hobo on 31st Street doesn’t care what color your throw pillow is.

But, you’ll ask, regardless, so I won’t try to stop you.

You feel bad for your indecisiveness and apologize for it incessantly.

“Sorry, not sorry” isn’t your thing. It’s more, “Sorry, so sorry. OMG, so sorry.” But, why? We shouldn’t feel badly about not being able to make up our minds. Or, wait, should we? I don’t know, whatever. I give up.

Which leads me to my next point…

Decision-making is so tiring, you end up choosing to do nothing (sometimes).

Do I go to dinner with my out-of-town-don’t-really-care-about-you friend, or do I go bar-hopping with people I half-like?

After a few “um, I’ll let you know” answers, you end up having a mostly horizontal weekend streaming Netflix. Not that this is exactly a WRONG decision, amirite?

Indecisiveness makes you feel all the feelings.

Ever had to make a semi-big decision? I’m talking bigger than Nutella over Ben and Jerry’s, but smaller than choosing which twin to abort.

When this semi-big decision finds its way into my life, I find myself recoiling into a human ball of despair. But, after a few drinks, I feel a sudden thrill. I can choose anything! I can be anything and do anything I want!

This, of course, eventually turns itself into sheer dread, and then, I find myself seeking out tall buildings.


You overthink everything.

This is one of the worst parts of indecisiveness. When I make a decision, it becomes the only subject about which I can think.

Then, I overthink every pro and con of the decision, until even my pro-con list doesn’t want to listen to me anymore.

Don’t even start with small decisions…

No, really, don’t start. Or else, you’ll suddenly find yourself stuck at the store for two hours, deciding between two identical banana bunches.

People get annoyed of your overthinking.

Basic tip for indecisive people: Surround yourself with patient, honest people, who can tell you to STFU once in a while. You need it more than you think.

You have to release your indecisive feelings once in a while.

Like I mentioned earlier, indecisiveness is hard work. It makes you feel all the feelings, which get bottled up inside you if you don’t do something to release that energy every once in a while.

Everyone has his or her own way of letting off steam. But, for us, if we don’t cut loose every now and then, our steam will overflow and suffocate us.

So, do what you need to do is have sex, punch pillows, take deep breaths and do yoga.

That’s all I’ve got.

What “Wolfenstein” Looks Like Without Nazis

In Germany, displaying Nazi symbols is illegal. Here’s how the new Nazi-killing video game gets around German law.

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Section 86a of the German criminal code, the Strafgesetzbuch, makes it illegal to display the symbols of “unconstitutional organizations”. That makes it rather tricky for a game such as the newly-released Wolfenstein: The New Order, which is all about murdering Nazis and blowing up their stuff, especially because Nazis liked putting their symbols all over themselves and their stuff. Verboten in particular are the swastika, the celtic cross, and the SS sig runes.

To comply with German law, Bethesda published a special version of the game in which all of the illegal symbols have been scrubbed out or replaced. Eurogamer put together a fascinating side-by-side comparison of the German and non-German versions of The New Order to show all the work that goes into erasing the bad signs of history.

Video available at: http://youtube.com/watch?v=1hK4Px4O8aE.

21 Tacos That Have Lost Their Sense Of Self

1. The Waffle Taco

Q: When is a taco not a taco?
A: When it’s actually just a waffle folded in half.

2. See also: The Pancake Taco

Does it look delicious: YES
Is it a taco: NO

3. And: The Donut Taco

Booking you an appointment with a great taco therapist I know (right after I eat you).

4. The Lettuce Taco

Sure, “tacos.”

5. The Lion Meat Taco

You want to eat the King Of The Jungle, whatever. But a $35-per-taco price tag is not what tacos are about.

6. The “Taco-Stuffed Zucchini”

I see what you’re trying to do, and I don’t like it.

7. The Fruit Taco

Doooon’t think we’re on the same page here.

8. The Spaghetti Taco

Refuse to justify these with any kind of substantial criticism.

9. The Mac ‘n’ Cheese Taco

Taco, I want you to think long and hard about how you’ll feel about this when you’re 65.

10. The Grape Taco


11. The Cauliflower Tortilla Taco

Hahahaha nice try, secret vegetables that aren’t actually tortillas.

12. The Pizza Taco

Sometimes the whole is way, way less than the sum of its parts.

13. The Chocolate Taco

There’s been a terrible mistake.

14. The Pretzel Taco

Oh, no no, I mean, it’s just kind of a new look for you?

15. The Grub Taco


16. The Bacon Taco

Had to happen sooner or later.

17. And: The Bacon Weave Choco Taco


18. The Naan Taco

Sorry, but some cuisines are better left un-fused.

19. The Hot Dog Taco

So close, and yet so far.

20. The Cookie Taco

This isn’t how it was supposed to be.

21. The Pudding Taco

OK, whatever, this is quietly brilliant.

Looks like somebody picked the wrong week to be a four-star general.

Today is a good day to be a three-star general….

— Steven Ertelt (@StevenErtelt) November 13, 2012

Definitely a big week in ‘General News'(AP) _ 4-star general who headed Africa Command demoted for lavish spending; must repay $82,000.

— Jon Resnick AP (@jonresnickAP) November 13, 2012

Probably not the best day for Gen. Kip Ward’s spending habits to be announced. Might just make the headlines, I think.

— Dan Lamothe (@DanLamothe) November 13, 2012

The Associated Press reports that former Africom head Gen. William “Kip” Ward is being demoted for spending misconduct and must repay $82,000 in unauthorized and excessive travel expenses.

82K : Gen William ‘Kip’ Ward will retire as a 3-star; spent on “lavish travel and other unauthorized expenses”

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) November 13, 2012

Please tell us “unauthorized expenses” isn’t a euphemism.

Bet it was on a woman….. RT “@ap: BREAKING: 4-star general who headed Africa Command demoted for lavish spending; must repay $82,000.”

— William Richardson (@MiltownBucky) November 13, 2012

Are there naked pics? “@huffpostpol: WASHINGTON (AP) – 4-star general who headed Africa Command demoted for lavish spending; $82,000.”

— Bob Bonner (@RBonner_) November 13, 2012

Meanwhile, the lavish spending in D.C. continues unabated.

But White House lavish spenders untouched. MT @ap_ken_thomas 4-star general who headed Africa Command demoted for lavish spending

— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) November 13, 2012

Yet DC spends what it doesn’t have “@ap: BREAKING: 4-star general who headed Africa Command demoted for lavish spending; must repay $82,000″

— Mr. Phresh (@SemiAutoAZ) November 13, 2012

30 Knockoff Products That Are Almost Better Than The Real Thing

I said “almost.”

1. These fine point Skerples.

These fine point Skerples.

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2. This skeptical margarine.

This skeptical margarine.

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3. This violent baking soda.

This violent baking soda.

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4. This blast from the past.



5. This faux-lebrity perfume.


6. These very literal would-be Oreos.

These very literal would-be Oreos.

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7. And these totally boring ones.

And these totally boring ones.

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8. This mediocre hair care system.

This mediocre hair care system.

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9. This budget iPhone.


10. This beloved childhood cartoon merch.

This beloved childhood cartoon merch.

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11. And this one.


12. And this one?

And this one?

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13. These ~sleazy~ candies.

These ~sleazy~ candies.

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14. This convenience store with an identity crisis.

This convenience store with an identity crisis.

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It’s on Coney Island Avenue in Brooklyn and a 7-Eleven just opened up across the street :(

15. And this coffee shop that just wants to do its own thing.


16. This collection of wannabe Mountain Dews.

This collection of wannabe Mountain Dews.

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Mountains Dew? Unclear.

17. And this plethora of Dr Peppers without doctorates.

And this plethora of Dr Peppers without doctorates.

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18. This existential children’s game.

This existential children's game.

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19. This game that just cannot.


20. These dogs.

These dogs.

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21. This ice cream truck that only true connoisseurs would recognize as a fake.



22. This swashbuckling booze.


23. These indestructible pastries.


24. And these highly fancy ones.


25. This versatile meal.


26. This action franchise.


27. This coveted video game system.

This coveted video game system.

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28. This fine clothing/produce line.

This fine clothing/produce line.

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29. And also this one.



30. This board that will tell you your whole damn future.