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Why Democracies Fail

There is no need for you to read history, political science, sociology or philosophy to understand why democracies fail.  All you need is to understand the intelligence of your fellow voters.  And for that, all you need is to read some sample headlines and excerpts of stories on the Huffington Post.  Enjoy.

Cheers,

Mencken's Ghost

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Why Getting A Boob Job Was Awesome, According To Anna Faris

Anna Faris is an open book, even when it comes to talking about her boobs. During a recent interview, the Mom actress/popular podcaster revealed that she has zero regrets about getting a boob job earlier in her career. She even went so far as to say it was pretty "awesome." Here's what she said.

I'm still floored that I did it, because I am a staunch feminist. I kept thinking, 'Am I betraying my own gender by doing this?' I wish that we were more supportive of each other. I think that people should be able to do whatever they want, whether it's getting braces, bleaching their hair, getting extensions, getting a boob job, getting vaginal surgery, or getting a nose job.

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25 Times Kimye and Their Kids Were Just Too Cute for Words

You can pretend to hate the Kardashian/Jenner/West clan as much as you want, but we know the truth. And whether or not you're a fan of Kim Kardashian West's over-the-top selfies or E! Entertainment TV franchise, or Kanye West's Twitter politics, you've got to admit one thing: Kim and Kanye's kids are absolutely adorable! North, 5; Saint, 2; and infant Chicago are one cute trio.

While Kim was able to give birth to North and Saint, her doctors warned her against getting pregnant a third time, lest she seriously jeopardize her health. Luckily the couple found a gestational surrogate they trusted, and Chicago West was born just after midnight on January 15, 2018. Kim being Kim, it's only fitting that we know so many details about her journey — and have hundreds of pictures of the couple's beautiful children, to boot.

Without further adieu, we give you 25 pictures of Kimye and their crew in familial bliss (mostly; it seems North has quite the personality!). Can't get over how cute the photos are? Don't forget

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Joanna Gaines' new photo has people doing a double take

Joanna Gaines' daughter Emmie Kay is her carbon copy. The Fixer Upper star recently shared a photo of her newborn Crew enjoying "Snuggle Time." At first glance, it appears Gaines, 40, is holding the newborn. But a closer look reveals that it's actually 8-year-old Emmie Kay.

"I thought this was you! Never realize how much you and Emmie look alike!" one person wrote in the comments. Marveled another: "I thought this was you!!! Emmie is your twin!"

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These Gummy Bears Help You Get Tan And You Don't Even Have To Go Outside

In the day and age of smart phones and everything being on a screen, there is no real reason to go outside. Well there is the pool and such but that's so much work right! Well don't worry anymore because the drug of the century is about to wow you. No it's not the cure for cancer or anything that would actually help society, it's a drug that helps you keep that nice bronze finish.

I bet you don't want to look like a cheeto also, so the real question is how does not let that happen? The product is called, "Sun Gummies" and it's made by UTAN & Tone. And vegans, don't worry they are good for you as well as anyone worried about artificial flavorings. I guess that must mean they have real raspberries in them, since that's the flavor they come in.

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Carrie Underwood's complete style transformation: From sparkly gowns to see-through ensembles

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Teen shamed for wearing Chinese dress to prom sparks cultural appropriation debate

Eighteen-year-old Keziah Ginger Daum wanted a unique prom dress, so she visited a vintage shop in downtown Salt Lake City. The dress she chose was a qipao, a traditional Chinese dress that has become a cultural symbol of Chinese female empowerment. 

In the week since Daum posted her prom photos on Twitter, her outfit has come to symbolize a debate over cultural appropriation. Many online have called her out for ignoring the history of the qipao and turning her prom into just another instance of white people wearing offensive things.

"My culture is NOT your goddamn prom dress," Jeremy Lam responded on Twitter. Lam continued to explain the history of the garment, which evolved from "a loose dress/garment without shape, made for Chinese women to clean the house and do other domestic chores with" to "a beautiful form-fitting outfit to wear publically, which Chinese women were not allowed to do during the times of extreme patriarchal oppression."

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Why Tim Tebow, Jennifer Lawrence and 7 Other Celebs Abstained From Sex

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'America's Got Talent' judges get totally freaked by magic show: 'I want this to end' (Video)

"My imaginary friend likes to play, and she also likes fear," says The Sacred Riana in a clip from the episode that will air Tuesday. She then hands a doll to Mel B.

A candle and a bell get put into a chamber, where the candle lights up. Then, Riana shows an empty book and writes "Don't You Want to Play?" on the cover with chalk, putting it back into the chamber.

The book comes out of the chamber with blood-smeared pages and the words: "I want to play with Mel B" sprawled on the last page. Naturally, Scary Spice is terrified, until Riana comes to take the doll from her and put her into the chamber.

A real person shatters through the chamber and stares at the judges, prompting them to call an end to the performance.

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Here's What Happens When Royals Marry Commoners

From the glamorous weddings, stunning crowns, and glitz of being a member of the royal family, it's easy to see why marrying a royal might entice commoners. However, tying the knot with a public figure isn't always as exciting as it seems from the outside.

In recent years, many monarchies have become more liberal when it comes to accepting outsiders into their families. Still, although we are well into the 21st century, some outdated regulations remain in place, which can certainly test any relationship — especially one playing out in the public eye.

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WTF?! Mom Changes Son's Name After Major Tattoo Fail

According to The Local, after meeting with a tattoo artist to discuss placement and design, Sandström agreed to get "inked." When she arrived home later that day, however, she realized he made a permanent mistake.

"I said I wanted the names of my children tattooed on me and I gave the artist their names," she told Blekinge Läns Tidning. "The artist drew the design and didn't ask anything about the spelling, so I didn't give it any more thought."

It was only after she went home and examined it closely that Sandström discovered the biggest mistake ever: instead of "Kevin," the name "Kelvin" had been permanently inked on her arm.

"My heart stopped and I thought I was going to faint," she said. The only thing she could think to do was cry. When that didn't work, she went back over to the tattoo parlor to talk about her options.

After a good long laugh, the artist agreed to a refund her money. As an added bonus, he threw in the phone number of a local tattoo removal clinic who offered Sandström more bad news. It turns out removing a tattoo is far more complicated than having one placed on your arm. When she and her husband learned it would take multiple visits to remove the fresh ink, they opted to do something unexpected instead.

"We decided to rename the boy," she said. Instead of calling him Kevin, they changed it to Kelvin.

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