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Most Recently: Thomas Berger, 1924-2014

The "quiet" one.

Birds Keep Getting In The Way Of Bullets

"Wildlife control contractors have shot almost 26,000 birds at John F. Kennedy International Airport over the past five years to stop them interfering with passenger flights — including more than 1,600 protected birds the airport did not have express permission to kill, internal records show."

Basement Jaxx, "Unicorn"

Remember Basement Jaxx? Remember the last time I asked whatever happened to Basement Jaxx? It seems like only weeks ago, but it turns out it was actually last summer. They've got a new album coming soon, and here's a song from it. I don't dance—can you imagine?—but if I did I bet this is something that would get me "on the floor" or whatever people say. Enjoy. [Via]

All Those Guys Who Said "I Won't Get Married Until George Clooney Can Get Married" Are Totally Screwed Now

"Will George Clooney's engagement spur NYC singles into marriage?" [Via]

Maybe The Internet Will Be Good Someday

"Despite how far the computer, Internet, and social media have come, they're still in the relatively early stages of development — maybe even the infantile, pre-adolescent stages.... As these new technologies mature, so will the ways we use them. [We] now find it boring to go to chat rooms just to mess with people. And just think — most current versions of social media are still only a few years old. Eventually, people will grow tired of using computer power for petty teasing, and will use it for more practical and useful applications." READ MORE

Talking Mongoose Refused To Live As A Prisoner To Your Hidebound Taxonomy

"Gef—who spelled his name phonetically, 'because he didn't know how to spell,' Mr. Josiffe says—self-identified as a mongoose, but Mr. Josiffe has plenty of doubts. 'The whole thing about a talking mongoose is a red herring,' he says. Given the Irvings' descriptions, he says Gef was smaller than a mongoose, perhaps a weasel or a squirrel."

As A Woman Grows Older

"I am of the cohort which lived inside a gilded bubble when young, and made a proper song and dance about it. Now that group is clearly beginning to think of itself as old, and you can be sure this won’t happen quietly." READ MORE

Sharon Van Etten, "Every Time The Sun Comes Up"

Boy does this track ever match the mood of the moment. I mean, for me it matches the mood of pretty much every single second I suffer through this sorry excuse for an existence, but for those of you who are generally content with your lives I have to imagine this bleak afternoon could be pretty perfectly scored to this tune, particularly if you know that you won't feel this way forever. Lucky bastards. Anyway, "enjoy." [Via]

"Potential Problem" Now "Major Threat"

"Widespread antibiotic resistance is no longer a potential problem but has become a major threat, according to the World Health Organization."

Placenta Two Ways

"I ate my wife's placenta raw in a smoothie and cooked in a taco," is the story's headline, so do not be surprised if you find the pictures somewhat unpleasant. And don't try to play it off like you're totally cool with it, you're not fooling anyone.

David Byrne & Atomic Bomb Band, "Fantastic Man"

The one William Onyeabor I can never get enough of is here, but last year's release of the compilation Who Is William Onyeabor offered a whole collection of songs with which to be obsessed. Anyway, there's an Onyeabor tribute in Brooklyn this weekend, and David Byrne stopped by "The Tonight Show" to perform a tune, which you will find above.