Out in the real world news is happening and here are the highlights.

Texas students protest against guns with dildos

Students at the University of Texas’ Austin campus have staged a protest against the state’s bizarre open-carry laws using dildos. Rallying under the catchy banner of “cocks not glocks,” Austin students protested against a recent ruling that allows gun owners to openly pack heat on university campuses. To highlight the absurd obscenity of the law, the students brought absurd obscenity of their own, waving around brightly colored dildos, that would probably offend gun-loving conservatives more than actual weapons created to maim and murder human beings. – New York Times

Bernie’s revolution is falling apart

Hope that Bernie Sanders’ nascent progressive movement could actually alter the cruel nature of U.S. politics appears to be growing dimmer after half of the staff at Our Movement, his legacy project, quit after his former campaign director, Jeff Weaver, was appointed president of the group. This, as well as the organization’s 501(c)(4) status, which allows it to accept large donations from anonymous donors, is perceived as a corporatization of a fundamentally anti-corporate movement. This is exactly how people grow disillusioned with politics. – The Guardian

Orlando hospital won’t bill Pulse shooting survivors

In America’s privatized healthcare system, if you’re unable to pay for treatment or don’t have the sort of insurance that will, chances are that you will be allowed to die. On the upside, however, without this grim reality there would have been no Breaking Bad. Going against this standardized procedure, the Orlando hospital that treated the survivors of the recent Pulse nightclub shooting will not be billed for the medical help that they received, which is incredibly decent of them. – Washington Post

Truck driver kills pedestrian while playing Pokémon Go

A Japanese truck driver that was playing Pokémon Go behind the wheel ended up running down two pedestrians, killing one and seriously injuring the other. He is currently in custody while a decision is made whether to charge him or not. This marks the first official death in the country as a result of the game. – Huffington Post

Norway introduces army conscription for women

Women have been allowed to enlist in the Norwegian army for some 40 years now, but a new law passed in 2013 expanded conscription to include the fairer sex as well. And of females born in 1997, a third of them will be conscripted for military service. Not only that, but they will share living quarters with their male counterparts. It really makes you wonder why the rest of the world can’t be as progressive as Norway. Like, what’s stopping all non-Scandinavian countries from moving into the 21st century? – The Straits Times

Earth-like planet discovered quite nearby actual Earth

A rocky, Earth-like planet that might contain alien life has been discovered within an oh-so reachable distance of just four light years away. Four light years. Let that sink in for a second: that’s just one light Olympics away. Proxima b, which orbits the nearest star to our own, Proxima Centauri, has conditions that could make it inhabitable by future generations of space craft that will most likely be able to reach it. Which is really good news considering how much we’ve irreparably ruined our own planet thanks to climate change and what not. – The Independent

Prince’s house to become tourist attraction

Prince’s death sparked an outpouring of grief from the music-loving public and a flurry of money-minded squabbling amongst his relatives clawing each other’s eyes out for a slice of his remaining assets. Now, in death, it appears that his home and compound is going to be turned into a tourist attraction, so says his brother-in-law, Maurice Phillips. As of 3 p.m. Eastern time, this Friday, you’ll be able to buy a ticket to tour his Paisley Park compound. I think we can all agree that this is what Prince really would have wanted. – Dazed

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