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Everything You Need to Know About DarkSide, Colonial, and the Viral Gas Panic

The Colonial Pipeline is up and running again, but the madness isn't over...

From May 7th through the evening of May 12th, America's largest supply network for gasoline, diesel, heating oil, and jet fuel was shut down.

As of Thursday morning it is back online, though it will take a while for the typical rate of delivery to resume.

Under normal circumstances, the Colonial gas pipeline network is responsible for moving more than 100 million gallons of fuel every day, transporting it from refineries in Texas all the way up to New York, with offshoots all along the eastern seaboard. That's around 45% of the fuel supply for the east coast.

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If Wikipedia Were Honest: Donald Trump

A profile of America's greatest conman.

Donald Trump

Donald John Trump (born June 14, 1946)–also known by the aliases John Barron, John Miller, and David Denison—is the former villainous star of reality TV show The Apprentice and current villainous star of actual reality.

Elected to the presidency of the United States—against the popular will of the voting public—by a vestige of America's history as a nation fueled by slavery, he has declared himself "the least racist person there is anywhere in the world."

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A Timeline of Donald Trump's Absurd Change of Heart on Edward Snowden

Trump used to call him a traitor and a spy who "should be executed," now he's considering a pardon, and Twitter can't quite take it.

If there's one thing President of These United States Donald "John Barron" Trump loves to hate, it's leakers.

Oh those leakers! Bane of his existence, committing the heinous crime of exposing his administration's crimes to the world—vile human beings.

And who is the dirtiest leaker of them all? No, it's not Lada or Irina squatting over a mattress in a Moscow hotel room, but another Russian resident entirely: Edward Snowden. The man whom, in June of 2013, Donald Trump called "a bad guy," noting in a call to Fox & Friends, "You know, there's still a thing called execution."

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wendi deng dating vladimir putin

Well, you’ve got to admit that Rupert Murdoch’s ex-wife, Wendi Deng, certainly has a type.

According to Us Weekly, the 47-year-old Chinese-born American businesswoman is dating Vladimir Putin.

Wait...WHAT?!! Vladimir Putin?!!

WTFF?!!!

Kremlin sources wendi deng dating vladimir putin

OK, so this begs a couple of questions:

One: Vladimir Putin?!!!!

Two: Us Weekly has the exclusive on this?!!! From their Kremlin sources?!!!

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As Popdust previously reported, Murdoch caused his own WTFF moment earlier this year, when news broke that he was engaged to Jerry Hall.

The unlikely couple are now enjoying wedded bliss, following an intimate London wedding in front of 100 of their friends and family.

Murdoch and Deng were married for 14 years, and finalized their eye wateringly expensive divorce two years ago.

It's a British affair wendi deng dating vladimir putin

The marriage ended abruptly, and reports began surfacing that Deng had been having an affair with ex-British Prime Minister, Tony Blair.

Shit, this woman really does have a "thing" for creepy rich sociopathic powerhouses.

Blair, who at the time was, and still is, married— to barrister, Cherie Booth—denied the reports, as did Deng.

However, the denials did little to quell the rumors, and they persist to this day.

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Around the same time, rumors started circulating that Deng was getting cozy with Putin, who had recently split from Lyudmila Putina, his wife of 30-years.

In their exclusive, US Weekly quotes “an insider close to the powerful leader” (yep, it’s those Kremlin sources once again) who insists the relationship is “serious”.

Which makes us suspect this source is actually WAAAY closer to Deng, like REALLY REALLY close to her....but is being disguised accordingly.

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As previously reported by Popdust, Elton John recently publicly offered to speak with Vladimir Putin about gay rights in Russia, and the Rocket Man was delighted to hear that the Russian President had 'reached out' to him to arrange a meeting.

The father of two rock star had shared on his Instagram how thrilled he was that Putin had called him to chat about the concerns he has around the issue of violence in Russia against LGBT people.  (Putin has also shockingly appeared to equate homosexuality with pedophilia and has urged gay people to "leave kids alone".) The Kremlin however denied any such call had taken place, and details have now been revealed that Sir Elton was the victim of a prank call by a couple of Russian TV presenters.

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We're not sure if it was Elton's legendary over inflated ego or his eternal optimism that led him to believe that the homophobic, action man leader would personally call him up to discuss his unflinchingly controversial mindset on the LGBT world, but hey, good hearted Elt is only trying to do some good and "to make the world a better place".

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During the telephone call the Candle In the Wind singer said he would prefer a face-to-face conversation with the president and professed his love for Russia. After more chat,  'Putin' then asked whether John would attend a gay pride parade in the Russian capital, Moscow—which the gullible musician eagerly agreed to do.

Poor Elton, who said the call had made his day, had his rainbow colored bubble burst when the two hoaxers, one of which posed as Putin and the other who claimed to be his translator, released the recording. Vladimir Krasnov and Alexei Stolyarov, more commonly knows as Vova and Lexus, declared it had been easy to get hold of the 68 year old singer—it was as if he was "waiting for that call" after his public offer of a chat with the Russian leader, so he "immediately believed in the reality of the conversation".

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Sir Elton, a vocal gay rights campaigner who has two sons with husband David Furnish, recently met with President Petro Poroshenko of the Ukraine to ask him to embrace the LGBT population in his country, which is when he challenged Putin.

So given the fact he is a world superstar and Vlad is know for his open minded willingness to listen to others, it's hardly surprising he was expecting a call.

Vladimir Putin got what might the most AMAZING birthday present ever given to anyone, ever.

The Russian leader turns 62 today (October 7) and got a whole exhibition called The 12 Labors of Putin, comparing him to - who else? - the mythical Greek god, son of Zeus, Hercules!

Yes, a pro-Putin Facebook group held the exhibit in Moscow's Red October show space, in honor of their hero. We get to see Putin slaying beasts, bringing down fighter jets with a bow and arrow, riding bulls, killing the three-headed hydra... only all those creatures are meant to represent something in the evil, evil West. It is absolutely fucking HILARIOUS.

And the best part? It's meant to be taken ENTIRELY seriously!

"Interestingly, the events of the ancient legends about the mythological hero Hercules can be relayed onto our days, when the three-headed dog Cerberus reminds us of the USA, annihilation of the Stymphalian Birds — of stopping the air raids in Syria and the cleaning of the Augean stables is fighting corruption," the organizers wrote on Facebook.

Group member Mikhail Antonov explained that members of the Facebook group frequently sent in artwork depicting Putin, so they decided to put it all together to celebrate his birthday. We assume that as a result, he will put this bunch on the "Do Not Send To Siberia" list.

All 12 pictures are in the gallery below - we dare you to pick a favorite. It's impossible!