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

Apple’s iMessage update has a porn problem

Since the latest iOS update gave iMessage a GIF search feature, Apple has been struggling to remove all the covert porn that has hidden itself in unassuming, sexually ambiguous terms. Although smutty GIFs are banned and it’s easy to sanitize sexualized terms such as “cock,” trying to catch pornographic GIFs that pop up when one keys in “huge” is like play whack-a-mole, so, be careful when sending GIFs to your mother and if you really want to play it safe just stick to emojis. – The Verge

Trump won’t admit Obama was born in the U.S.

Although the Trump campaign has come out and backtracked over The Donald’s unabashedly racist claims that Barack Obama was born in Kenya, making him ineligible for the presidency, Donald refuses to admit so himself. When pressed to answer, he stated “I’ll answer that question at the right time, I just don’t want to answer it yet.” Obviously it’s not the right time to answer that question because the answer is a racist one, and by refusing to answer it Donald allows the deluded white people that plan to vote for him to continue deluding themselves that he’s not actually racist. – Washington Post

Jay Z says the war on drugs “is an epic fail”

In a video for the New York Times, former crack slinger and current rap mogul, Jay Z, has declared the war on drugs an “epic fail” and questions why is it exactly that white men are poised to get rich doing the exact same thing that African-Americans have been going to prison for. Hardly groundbreaking statements, and most of us are acutely aware that the war on drugs is a pointless charade, but what’s tragic is how there’s no end in sight. – New York Times

White cop kills unarmed black teen in Ohio

Yet another white cop has murdered yet another unarmed black civilian in America. The latest victim is a 13 year-old boy from Columbus, Ohio, who was pumped full of lead for carrying around a BB gun. Here we see the great folly of the second amendment: guns don’t make society safer, they make it more trigger happy. If guns weren’t so widely available these sorts of tragedies wouldn’t happen because cops wouldn’t have reasonable ground to assume that toy guns are real ones. Unfortunately all those dribbling, slack-jawed gun nuts are totally immune to logic and reason, so the murder will continue. – Reuters

Skepta wins the Mercury Prize

London grime MC and Drake’s BBFF (British Best Friend Forever) won the most coveted prize in British & Irish music for his most recent album, Konnichiwa: the Mercury Prize. This is the first time that the award has gone to a grime album since Dizzee Rascal’s 2003 debut, Boy in the Corner, edging out competition from Radiohead and David Bowie’s final album, Blackstar. – The Guardian

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Words by Aleks Eror
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