Links to make you think
"It’s like taking the bar exam at Coachella," Joss Whedon says of why he quit Twitter, in which he calls “Horsesh*t” on reports he was driven from the platform by militant feminists (today's top trending item at 12,000 shares). Whedon also tells BuzzFeed's Adam Vary, “I saw someone tweet it’s because Feminist Frequency pissed on Avengers 2, which for all I know they may have. But literally the second person to write me to ask if I was OK when I dropped out was [Feminist Frequency founder] Anita [Sarkeesian]." Colleague Shani Hilton summarizes, "Someone (@adambvary) actually asked Joss Whedon why he quit Twitter and the answer is not surprising at all." TV comedy writer Graham Linehan reacts, "Ha, Joss Whedon is the best. Nice to see him forcefully reaffirm his support for Sarkeesian here." Not everyone bought it, though--Reason Magazine's Cathy Young, for example: "Joss Whedon calls horseshit on reports that radfems chased him off Twitter ... I call horseshit on Joss's explanation."
Let's move on, shall we? Apparently surveillance planes have been spotted in the sky for days after West Baltimore rioting. "In Ferguson, govt closed airspace to media. In Baltimore, it took secret surveillance flights," remarks Amy Fiscus with the LA Times. Meanwhile, the co-pilot involved in the Germanwings tragedy appears to have tried to rehearse his fatal dive during an earlier flight. "Germanwings #4U9525 copilot altered altitude on previous flight with pilot outside cockpit," reports Wall Street Journal's aerospace reporter Robert Wall. In Los Angeles, an aide to California's state attorney general and two others are accused of running a rogue police force that claims to be in operation "for more than 3,000 years and have jurisdiction in 33 states and Mexico" (?!?!). Chuck Todd of Meet the Press reflects, "Apparently NOT a plot line from a Dan Brown novel..." Esther Y. Lee with Think Progress quips, "Who keeps the metric system down? We do! We do!"
Checking in on General Election 2015 in the U.K., Politico Europe's Ben Judah says he was physically attacked while trying to cover a George Galloway campaign rally in Bradford. "Utterly compelling but horrifying read by @b_judah on the darkest side of #GE15," responds Financial Times' Elizabeth Paton. As the parties enter their final day of campaigning, candidates make a last-ditch push and Labour boasts a 13-point lead while smaller rivals feel the squeeze. "I read all the newspaper #election endorsements so you don't have to," comes the helpful tweet from Guardian's Claire Phipps. We like that she listed The Herald's verdict as ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. Plus, BuzzFeed UK rolled out a useful widget to determine if you should vote tactically. Also, a British satire site published this illuminative and erudite Op-Ed: "Ed Miliband is a bad, nasty man so you no vote for him. Clever men prove Miliband make bad prime minister and do horrid thing to lovely Britain." Financial News ' Mark Cobley praises, "The Daily Mash sums up the entire British media today in 300 words."