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Did HGTV Star Christina Haack Really "Smoke a Bufo Toad"?

The star of Flip or Flop and Christina on the Coast shared her experience with psychedelic toad toxin on Instagram.

This week Christina Haack, star of the HGTV series Flip or Flop and Christina on the Coast, shared images from her tropical birthday vacation with her new boyfriend, Austin-based real estate agent Joshua Hall.

Coming so soon after Haack's divorce from English TV presenter Ant Anstead was finalized, the new couple has attracted lots of attention, and were spotted in the Los Angeles International Airport on their way out of town. But questions about the relationship between Haack — who turned 38 on Friday — and her new love interest may not be nearly as interesting as Haack's process for getting back into the dating scene — a process that involved psychedelic toad venom.

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Joe Rogan Is Right — Straight White Men Are Being Silenced!

Won't anyone please consider the plight of the straight white man?

I'm not supposed to be saying this.

I'm not really sure I'm supposed to be saying anything at all. Because the truth is... I'm a straight white man.

I know it's shocking. I'll probably be fired before I can finish typing this sentence. A straight white male being paid to voice his opinions in the year of our lord 2021 — and saying shit like "year of our lord" as if it weren't bad enough already.

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Each week one of Popdust's disposable clones — grown in a vault deep beneath the Mojave desert — is exposed to the outside world through a relentless feed of news, pop culture, and social media.

The arduous process accelerates their dissolution back into an amorphous clone slurry. But before they go, they leave behind a document of what they've absorbed and what they've learned — a time capsule preserving a single moment in the slow-motion collapse of civilization. An End Times Update...

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Joe Rogan's COVID Stupidity Is Deadly — and Spotify Is Complicit

Rogan's enthusiasm for spreading dangerous ignorance to his podcast audience is unnacceptable in the midst of the COVID fight.

For those who've managed to avoid his sprawling online presence over the last few years — and who are old enough to remember 2006 — it may be a surprise to learn that comedian and presenter Joe Rogan has become one of the most powerful voices in the modern media landscape.

"The Fear Factor guy? Is he still making people eat bugs for money?" No he's not. But what he's doing now is at least as stupid, and far more dangerous.

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"Technoking" Elon Musk Is the Perfect Refutation of Meritocracy

The SpaceX and Tesla CEO has a new title, but his tragiccomic arc is the same as ever.

In a Monday filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, it was revealed that Tesla CEO Elon Musk and the company's CFO, Zach Kirkhorn, have both received new titles.

Musk is taking on the mantle of "Technoking," while Kirkhorn is becoming "Master of Coin."

To clarify, no, this is not an update from a high school Sci-Fi Fantasy Club that accidentally got mixed in with the SEC filings. This is part of vital regulatory documentation for one of the most valuable companies on Earth that includes a Game of Thrones reference and a "badass" adolescent nickname for someone who — on any given day — might be the wealthiest person on Earth.

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Jordan Peterson (Still) Wants to Tell You How to Live Your Life

Will his new book demonstrate growth or humility in light of recent life events?

Have you been feeling rudderless lately? Struggling to find direction?

Well all who wander may now rejoice, for the savior has returned. Dr. Jordan B. Peterson is back to direct your life and make publishing employees cry.

He has made a career for himself as a passionate advocate for personal responsibility. Well, it's either his personal responsibility shtick or his hysterical concern for the future of free speech — with particular emphasis on his refusal to be "forced" into using people's preferred pronouns.

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