Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Jun 2, 2015
June 2, 2015
Posturing, Posing and Press Releases:
HILLARY CLINTON's campaign has finally announced details behind her official campaign kickoff. She'll hold her first large rally this month on Roosevelt Island, the little slip of land in New York's East River best known as the site of the former New York City Lunatic Asylum.
That rally will be on Saturday, June 13, in the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park, which belatedly opened in 2012, four decades after construction started on the memorial to the former president. (Pacelli)
Good news! Your Instagram photo could be worth ninety-thousand dollars!
Bad news: The money won't be going to you.
Worse news: It's completely legal.
Photographer RICHARD PRINCE found a bunch of Instagram photos, blew them up at large sizes, and sold them at the Frieze Art Fair in New York City, despite the fact that (obviously) he didn't take the photos.
Prince has yet to comment, even after being berated on Instagram by DOE DEERE, the CEO of Lime Crime cosmetics and one of the Instagram users whose photo was stolen.
Editor's note: Time to change my privacy settings. #yikes. (AB)
Grace notes from Vinny Marino:
KENDRICK LAMAR threw a fan off the stage during his concert over the weekend at the Sweetlife music festival in Columbia, Maryland. The rapper invited the guy to come up and do "M.A.A.D City" with him, but the dude forgot the words! The crowd started to boo, so Kendrick gave him the boot! Turns out the clueless guy was JONATHAN NEMAN, co-founder of the salad chain Sweetgreen, the sponsor of the festival! But, Kendrick recovered and picked a young lady out of the crowd to do the song with him. She got it right. (Marino)
A woman in Omaha, Nebraska says she went blind in one eye after her cat licked her.
JANESE WALTERS explains, "I woke up one day and I couldn't see out of my left eye... it looked like I had pink eye or something." Walters says her case confused doctors until she mentioned that her cat had recently licked her. That's when doctors told her she had "cat-scratch disease", which can cause complications in the brain, eyes, and internal organs.
The disease originates from felines infected with a bacteria called 'B. henselae', which is present in about 40-percent of cats at some point in their lives. Humans can contract the disease if an infected cat scratches or bites them. (Still)
Dog People vs. Cat People:
An online survey by Scientific American Mind magazine reveals what makes dog people and cat people tick:
Cat people: Say they love cats because of their independence -- both having a pet that is low maintenance and having a pet with an "independent" personality.
Dog people: said they love dogs because they are "loyal," "loving," "affectionate" and are good companions. (Bartha)
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