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The Confederate flag will no longer be sold at Amazon or other retailers. Here's why that's huge.

150 years after a war measured in hundreds of thousands of lost lives, this is quite literally the least that can be done.

In the wake of the June 17 Charleston, South Carolina, massacre, the Confederate flag hasn't exactly fared well — nor should it.

On Monday, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley called for it to be taken down from the state capitol grounds.


Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced plans to phase out the state's Confederate-flag-themed license plates.



On June 18, the flag saw a setback when the Supreme Court ruled that the state of Texas did not need to accommodate requests to make Confederate flag license plates available.

Meanwhile, sales of the Confederate flag on Amazon skyrocketed, with sales up as much as 2,305%.

Breitbart's Charlie Spiering took a screen grab of the site.

But! Things have changed since.

This is what happens now when you actually try to click on one of the items:

That's because Amazon, along with Walmart, eBay, Etsy, Sears, and Kmart have announced that they will discontinue sales of the Confederate flag and all flag-themed merchandise.

CNN Money's MJ Lee was one of the first people to report on the companies' decisions, tweeting out statements as she received them.

Walmart released a statement.


As did eBay.

Amazon followed shortly after.


Soon after, Etsy confirmed that it would pull Confederate products.


Sears — as well as its subsidiary Kmart — have also pulled Confederate flag items.


These companies made decisions they felt were in the best interests of their businesses.

I'll repeat that: What happened here is a bunch of massive corporations making business decisions — something they do every day when they decide to carry or not carry certain products.

In this case, they made the smart business decision to not market in hate speech. This is not censorship, and it's not erasing anyone's history. We all learn about the Civil War and the Confederacy in history class, after all.

The Confederate flag leaves behind a legacy of hate, not heritage. It's the symbol of an armed insurrection against the United States to preserve the institution of slavery, and it should not be incorporated into state flags, license plates, or displayed on public grounds. That seems like a given.

It is, after all, 150 years after the end of the Civil War, and quite literally the least we can do is put an end to that symbol and what it stands for.

Good on these companies for making the decision to not profit off hate speech and symbols.

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1991 blooper clip of Robin Williams and Elmo is a wholesome nugget of comedic genius

Robin Williams is still bringing smiles to faces after all these years.

Robin Williams and Elmo (Kevin Clash) bloopers.

The late Robin Williams could make picking out socks funny, so pairing him with the fuzzy red monster Elmo was bound to be pure wholesome gold. Honestly, how the puppeteer, Kevin Clash, didn’t completely break character and bust out laughing is a miracle. In this short outtake clip, you get to see Williams crack a few jokes in his signature style while Elmo tries desperately to keep it together.

Williams has been a household name since what seems like the beginning of time, and before his death in 2014, he would make frequent appearances on "Sesame Street." The late actor played so many roles that if you were ask 10 different people what their favorite was, you’d likely get 10 different answers. But for the kids who spent their childhoods watching PBS, they got to see him being silly with his favorite monsters and a giant yellow canary. At least I think Big Bird is a canary.

When he stopped by "Sesame Street" for the special “Big Bird's Birthday or Let Me Eat Cake” in 1991, he was there to show Elmo all of the wonderful things you could do with a stick. Williams turns the stick into a hockey stick and a baton before losing his composure and walking off camera. The entire time, Elmo looks enthralled … if puppets can look enthralled. He’s definitely paying attention before slumping over at the realization that Williams goofed a line. But the actor comes back to continue the scene before Elmo slinks down inside his box after getting Williams’ name wrong, which causes his human co-star to take his stick and leave.

The little blooper reel is so cute and pure that it makes you feel good for a few minutes. For an additional boost of serotonin, check out this other (perfectly executed) clip about conflict that Williams did with the two-headed monster. He certainly had a way of engaging his audience, so it makes sense that even after all of these years, he's still greatly missed.

Noe Hernandez and Maria Carrillo, the owners of Noel Barber Shop in Anaheim, California.

Jordyn Poulter was the youngest member of the U.S. women’s volleyball team, which took home the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics last year. She was named the best setter at the Tokyo games and has been a member of the team since 2018.

Unfortunately, according to a report from ABC 7 News, her gold medal was stolen from her car in a parking garage in Anaheim, California, on May 25.

It was taken along with her passport, which she kept in her glove compartment. While storing a gold medal in your car probably isn’t the best idea, she did it to keep it by her side while fulfilling the hectic schedule of an Olympian.

"We live this crazy life of living so many different places. So many of us play overseas, then go home, then come out here and train,” Poulter said, according to ABC 7. "So I keep the medal on me (to show) friends and family I haven't seen in a while, or just people in the community who want to see the medal. Everyone feels connected to it when they meet an Olympian, and it's such a cool thing to share with people."

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Memories of childhood get lodged in the brain, emerging when you least expect.

There are certain pleasurable sights, smells, sounds and tastes that fade into the rear-view mirror as we grow from being children to adults. But on a rare occasion, we’ll come across them again and it's like a portion of our brain that’s been hidden for years expresses itself, creating a huge jolt of joy.

It’s wonderful to experience this type of nostalgia but it often leaves a bittersweet feeling because we know there are countless more sensations that may never come into our consciousness again.

Nostalgia is fleeting and that's a good thing because it’s best not to live in the past. But it does remind us that the wonderful feeling of freedom, creativity and fun from our childhood can still be experienced as we age.

A Reddit user by the name of agentMICHAELscarnTLM posed a question to the online forum that dredged up countless memories and experiences that many had long forgotten. He asked a simple question, “What’s something you can bring up right now to unlock some childhood nostalgia for the rest of us?”

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