The Psychrolutes marcidus was recently deemed the ugliest animal in the world, but there are good reasons behind his unappealing exterior; NPR’s new boss, Paul G. Haaga, is a GOP donor and was a mutual fund industry lobbyist; meanwhile, corporations are using flash mobs for marketing schemes. These discoveries and more below.

On a regular basis, Truthdig brings you the news items and odds and ends that have found their way to Larry Gross, director of the USC Annenberg School for Communication. A specialist in media and culture, art and communication, visual communication and media portrayals of minorities, Gross helped found the field of gay and lesbian studies.

In Defense of the Blobfish: Why the “World’s Ugliest Animal” Isn’t as Ugly as You Think It Is It’s that time again, when the whole world gathers together to pick on the blobfish.

‘Winning the Race to the Bottom’: Obama Moves to Fast-Track the TPP As Obama moves to fast-track the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), critics are blasting the highly-secretive trade deal as “NAFTA on steroids” and a tool for advancing U.S. and corporate power.

NPR’s New Boss: Financial Industry Lobbyist, GOP Donor, Right-Wing Think Tank Booster Last month NPR CEO Gary Knell left to take a job at National Geographic, making him the latest in a string of CEOs who left after a short stint running the public radio outlet.

Guardian Story on Israel and N.S.A. Is Not ‘Surprising’ Enough to Cover Many Times readers have been writing to me for several days about a story The Guardian broke last week, describing how the United States routinely shares with Israel intelligence information that the National Security Agency gathers on American citizens.

How Corporations Co-opted the ‘Flash Mob’ And God said, “Let there be co-option.”

From ‘Taper Tantrum’ & ‘Token Taper’ to ‘Taper Tomorrow’: Fed Policy in Crisis This past week the US central bank, the Federal Reserve (Fed), opted not to change its current 3rd Quantitative Easing (QE) policy providing $85 billion a month in bond purchases from bankers and investors.

String Theory Explained with Bohemian Gravity If there were an exam in YouTube parodies this quantum physics version of a Queen song would definitely get an A.

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