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Pink Floyd’s famed flying pigs will fly in front of Trump properties this summer

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This summer, four 30-feet by 15-feet flying pigs will block the sign for Trump Tower in Chicago.

“It’s nearly impossible to miss the logo on any of Donald Trump’s reliably gaudy buildings, but soon Chicago will be spared from the sight of the president’s bold-faced name thanks to one cunningly creative architect,” reports Architectural Digest. “Jeffrey Roberts, of New World Design, has a spectacularly on-the-nose idea for rejecting the sight of Chicago’s Trump Tower. Called ‘Flying Pigs on Parade,’ the scheme will obscure the mogul’s logo with art installation comprising flying, gold-colored pigs.”

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Roger Waters himself signed off on the project using his image rights.

“While open to a variety of interpretations, the installation’s design is specifically inspired by the artwork of Pink Floyd’s classic 1977 album Animals,” explains Consequence of Sound. “The artwork, conceived by Roger Waters and designed by Storm Thorgerson and Aubrey Powell of Hipgnosis, was partly inspired by George Orwell’s political fable Animal Farm and features a balloon pig flying between the chimneys of Battersea Power Station in London.”

The project’s website explains their visual interpretation.

“The design follows rigorous rationale in providing layers of meaning but ultimately allows for interpretation by individual viewers,” the Flying Pigs on Parade website states. “The design scheme is comprised of four gold colored helium balloon pigs (Old Major, Napoleon, Squealer and Minimus) tethered in the Chicago River.”

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“The references are many, from flying pigs and Miss Piggy comments to a taste for gold embellished interiors,” the website continues. “Ultimately, this is a very rational design and is in direct contrast to the chaotic nature and bizarre antics of our current leadership.”

After their Chicago debut, it is planned for the flying pigs to travel to Trump properties in other cities.

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Twitter mocks ‘gibbering conspiracy loon’ Trump after he claims Google rigged the election

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On Monday, President Donald Trump made the dubious claim that Google had tried to sway the election for Hillary Clinton.

"My victory was even bigger than thought!" the president proclaimed.

Wow, Report Just Out! Google manipulated from 2.6 million to 16 million votes for Hillary Clinton in 2016 Election! This was put out by a Clinton supporter, not a Trump Supporter! Google should be sued. My victory was even bigger than thought! @JudicialWatch

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 19, 2019

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Paul Krugman hilariously roasts Trump economic adviser for decades’ worth of terrible predictions

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Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman on Monday set his sights on Trump economic adviser Larry Kudlow, who himself is not actually an economist, for making decades' worth of terrible predictions.

Writing on Twitter, Krugman concedes that making predictions is a difficult business and he admits to making his own bad predictions in the past.

However, he then explains that Kudlow is unique because he's been making the same false prediction for decades -- namely, about tax cuts for the ultra-rich producing economic miracles.

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Twitter admits China has created hundreds of fake accounts to undermine Hong Kong protests

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Twitter on Monday admitted that China had created hundreds of fake accounts aimed at undermining the protests in Hong Kong that have gripped the city in recent weeks.

Specifically, Twitter found that at least 936 different accounts had been created within the People's Republic of China that have been "deliberately and specifically attempting to sow political discord in Hong Kong, including undermining the legitimacy and political positions of the protest movement on the ground."

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