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MindMatters: Our Favorite Books, Films And Shows So Far This Year

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Your MindMatters hosts can't be hitting the books and reading non-fiction ALL the time! So on this week's show we'll be sharing some of the novels, movies and shows that, in our estimation, are insightful of the human condition, artful enough to be called something like literature - and entertaining enough to add a little joy to our days - and which are certainly worth discussing. And don't worry, we'll be mentioning some of the non-fiction books we've been looking at that satisfy those qualities as well, some of which we haven't discussed yet on previous shows, like the new, definitive book on the Manson murders, CHAOS: Charles Manson, the CIA, and the Secret History of the Sixties; a truly revolutionary book on mythology, E.J. Michael Witzel's Origins of the World's Mythologies; and two recent books on the literary nature of the New Testament gospels and the classical works they imitated.

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Denmark offers to buy U.S.

© Fedor Selivanov / Alamy Stock Photo
After rebuffing Donald J. Trump's hypothetical proposal to purchase Greenland, the government of Denmark has announced that it would be interested in buying the United States instead.

"As we have stated, Greenland is not for sale," a spokesperson for the Danish government said on Friday. "We have noted, however, that during the Trump regime pretty much everything in the United States, including its government, has most definitely been for sale."

"Denmark would be interested in purchasing the United States in its entirety, with the exception of its government," the spokesperson added.


Sauron builds a wall to prevent one from simply walking into Mordor


The all-seeing eye!
BARAD-DUR — Sauron has announced a new construction project for Mordor, which is an economic and military superpower nestled in the quaint, spider-infested hills to the east of Gondor.

The servant of Morgoth said the wall is to prevent one from simply walking into Mordor, pointing out that the land of Mordor has an "immigration crisis" as rumors of a caravan of nine members of a fellowship was headed his direction. He says the looming wall will run all the way around the natural mountainous barrier surrounding the country to ensure no "bad apples" get through.

Arrow Down

Didn't take long - MSNBC host blames RUSSIA for Jeffery Epstein death

Jimmy Dore + Epstein
© YouTube


Better late than never? Russian priest say Darwin 'renounces' his 'ape theory' in posthumous chat

russian priest Vladimirov Darwin
© SPAS TV channel; Wikipedia
Father Artemy Vladimirov and Charles Darwin
A Russian priest has left quite a few people puzzled with a story about how he 'talked' with the spirit of Charles Darwin and was apparently told not to be tempted by his theory of evolution through natural selection.

Being dead for more than a century seemingly poses no communication barrier for the renowned British naturalist, who recently shared some wisdom found in the afterlife with a Russian priest... according to the cleric himself. Artemy Vladimirov offered a vivid recollection of the 'conversation' with Darwin during a Russian Christian TV program that he hosts.


Your field guide to Russian assets in America

russia souveniers political figures
© Reuters / Maxim Shemetov
While the media likes to make a fuss about shady 'Russian hackers' and 'Russian bots' subverting democracy, did you know that America is actually full of Russian assets plying their trade openly? We find the worst of the worst.

If the mainstream media is to be believed, the Kremlin's network of hackers and bots could give the Illuminati a run for its money. When its operatives aren't electing British prime ministers, embarrassing American politicians on debate night and flogging dildos to undermine democracy, they're overseeing a team of assets earning their borscht openly in the United States.

Thankfully, the intrepid detectives in the American press have named and shamed these double agents. We've compiled a list here.

Snowflake Cold

Experts warn we only have 12 years left until the timeline on global warming will be changed again

Global Warming
© The Babylon Bee
World — Climate experts have solemnly warned that we only have twelve years left until they change the dates on global warming again.

"If we don't take action, then in 12 years we will have to explain why the world hasn't ended and come up with a new number," one UN scientist warned. "This is a very serious threat, and we urge everyone to hand control of the economy to the government immediately before we have no more time left to change the timeline again."


African pastors finally find Jesus and take him to church

© Syńbâd/twitter
Christians have been awaiting the return of Christ for two millennia, and now he has allegedly landed in Kenya.

A man claiming to be Jesus, the Son of God, is currently touring South Africa, according to photos and videos shared by locals across social media.

One user recounted that a Kenyan pastor found "Jesus" walking on the streets of Kenya and invited him to a church.


"Is it possible for a country to die of embarrassment?" Brits cringe at tabloid's sunny Bojo front page

Bojo Sun Cover page, Boris Johnson

“Is it possible for a country to die of embarrassment?”
Boris Johnson has not even been British prime minister for one week and already things are getting weird. Nowhere is this more evident than the cover of Friday's Sun, which features BoJo as the actual sun.

Famous for his slew of gaffes over the years, many expected his prime ministership to be replete with memeworthy moments, but the Sun has taken things too far for even the most cynical online trolls judging by reaction on Twitter.

"Is it possible for a country to die of embarrassment?" wrote one sickened user. "You'll never guess what the sun baby in the teletubbies looks like now," another person quipped as many others took the opportunity to have a pop at the Sun's graphics department.

Comment: Galloway: You'd have to be mad to think Boris Johnson is the answer to Britain's problems

Pumpkin 2

Give homelessness a go to avoid high rents urges government

Homeless Person
© Cherwell
WITH the mass exodus of culchies from the netherworld known as 'not Dublin' to Dublin fully underway, the Government has come out to advise college students coming to the capital to not rule out homelessness as a viable option going forward.

Trialed and tested on over 10,000 low earning citizens since 2011, Fine Gael detailed all the benefits of opting out of the 'rental rat race', in favour of 'cosy sleeping blankets' and 'rainproof tents'.

"Students wishing to live in actual accommodation in Dublin will need wealthy parents," Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy warned culchies, "the price of free education is at an all time high, so if you're not rich, or a lottery winner, please consider homelessness for the few months of the academic year you're up in the big smoke - see how ye get on".