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Disney’s Mix & Match Villains by Eric and Susan Goldberg

Genie animator Eric Goldberg and his wife Susan have created this BEAUTIFUL and RIDICULOUS book where you take the iconic Disney villains (Maleficent, Cruella De Vil, Jafar, Ursula, the Queen of Hearts, Ratcliffe, Frollo, etc.) and mix and match their costumes, faces and legs to come up with some truly hilarious results. What’s more, the text also changes according to your mixing, as does the appearance of the side-kicks and protagonists!

Best of all, Disney’s Mix and Match Villains Book is currently selling for ONE CENT on Amazon! Click here to order.

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Why Are Disney Villains Queer-coded? 


There’s a lack of LGBT kid’s characters, but a plethora of queer-coded villains. Why are traits stereotypically associated with queer people, particularly effeminate men, exclusively linked to villains?


Examples include Jafar, Scar, Hades, Ursula, Ratcliffe, Ratigan, King John, King Candy & more. 

Pocahontas Live Action Fancast

Q’orianka Kilcher as Pocahontas


Martin Sensmeier as Kocoum


Gil Birmingham as Chief Powhatan


Zahn McClarnon as Kekata


Tayana Beatty as Nakoma


Meryl Streep as Grandmother Willow (voice)


Sam Claflin as John Smith


Nicholas Hoult as Thomas


Kevin Spacey as Governor Ratcliffe


Gerard Butler and Iain Glen as Ben & Lon


Matthew Gray Gubler as Wiggins

politico.com
Shaky accusations hamper cyber case against Russia
The Obama administration’s efforts to press its election-hacking accusations against Russia could be undermined by a flurry of unfounded cyber charges against Moscow. By CORY BENNETT and ERIC GELLER

The Obama administration has a new problem with its high-profile smackdown of Russia for cyberattacks: False positives.

The hyped — and quickly deflated — news reports alleging Kremlin-backed hacking of the U.S. electric grid via a Vermont power company have stoked fears among cyber specialists that a flurry of false accusations against Russia will follow, as U.S. companies respond to the administration’s request that they search for possible Russian-linked cyberattacks on their systems. And those easily debunked tales could sow doubts about all hacking allegations against Russia — undermining the administration’s arguments that it has solid evidence Vladimir Putin’s regime used digital mischief to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.

False positives could also play into the hands of President-elect Donald Trump, who has scoffed at the accusations about Russian election-meddling. Last week, he told reporters that “nobody knows exactly what’s going on” when it comes to cyberattacks. At the very least, it threatens to cloud the debate, said several cyber-savvy lawmakers.

“There has been some false reporting out there and obviously that kind of inflames the issue,” said House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas), who believes Russia was behind the election hacks and has long warned of Moscow’s nefarious digital plots.

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Sorry folks, this is a long one, but an interesting one for sure… In the cold december of 1811 in Wapping, London, two brutal attacks took place along the same stretch of highway only half a mile apart. The first attack was on December 7th at the apartment behind a linen draper’s shop. The Marr family owned and operated the linen shop, father and former East India Company sailor Timothy Marr, his young wife Celia and their 14 week old son Timothy Jr. lived in the apartment in the back. Also living there were James Gowan, Timothy’s apprentice and a servant girl named Margaret Jewell. Timothy sent the servant girl Margaret out for a late night snack as the family and the apprentice were preparing for the next day. When she returned she found the door locked. After causing a noticeable ruckus trying to get in a night watchman heard her and came to help, as did their neighbor. They broke in through the back and they found a horrifying scene, everyone in the house had been brutally murdered, even the poor baby. It was a complete bloodbath, but nothing had been taken, not even the money in the till. It was believed that Margaret had scared off the murderer, or murderers, when she came back from the store. In the bedroom a long handled shipwright’s hammer, otherwise known as a maul, was found covered in blood. Besides a few footprints and some not so great witness testimony, the only evidence found was the maul. It was a complete mystery as to who would want the hardworking, law abiding Marr family dead. Twelve days later on the 19th at a tavern called the King’s Arms the second attack occurred. This time it was the tavern owner named John Williamson, his wife Eizabeth and their servant Bridget Anna Harrington. Again it was a complete massacre, but this time there were more witnesses, including a man who saw a glimose of the horror and escaped out his window naked. People had reported seeing a tall man in a brown jacket lurking around the place. Also police found the killers escape route which led down a muddy embankment leaving the killer, they assumed, covered in mud and easy to identify, unfortunately this wasn’t quite the case. Again the murderer had managed to escape. Over the next few weeks police would arrest a number of men and took in a lot of tips about the perpetrator, one such tip led them to a sailor named John Williams. He was a lodger at the Pear Tree, a boarding house near the crime scenes. Police identified the maul as belonging to a sailor also living at the Pear Tree, which gave Williams the opportunity to obtain one if the murder weapons. Also his roommate told police he had arrived home late on the night of the second attack. Police also found out that he had ripped shirts that a cleaner claimed to have removed bloodstains from. Unfortunately for Williams and the conclusion of the case, he decided to kill himself before he could prove his innocence. On December 28th he hung himself in his jail cell. After his death the justice system decided to continue with their case against the dead man. All the circumstantial evidence was presented and he was found guilty of not only the murder at the King’s Arms but also the first attack on the Marrs, even though he had not been connected to that crime until the verdict was announced. The home secretary was happy to say he was the mass murderer and even paraded williams body around Ratcliff to show the scared people the monster was dead. There are many reasons to think Williams was either innocent or he didn’t work alone. Some of the officers said that two men had been seen running from the King’s Arms, a witness testified that one of them had yelled what sounded like Mahoney or Hughey, neither name sounding like John Williams. There were other suspects, a former carpenter at the Marrs and friend of williams and a thug sailor who was friends with John Williams. To this day though no conclusive evidence has been found to confirm the guilt of anyone for the 7 deaths. The crime has since been deemed the Ratcliff Highway Murders. Pictured above: the Marr residence, a copy of the bills printed for help with the case, the murder weapon, a map of the crimes on Ratcliff highway from londonist.com, a depiction of the witness escaping from the King’s Arms, a depiction of John Williams, a depiction of the funeral of the Marrs, a depiction of William’s body during its procession and his body laid out.