Justifiable Fear of a Creeping Police State (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Germany)
Mar01

Justifiable Fear of a Creeping Police State (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Germany)

The recently reported theft by American and British intelligence of SIM card codes for potentially billions of smart phones around the world may be a tipping point in thinking about how much crime a democracy is willing to allow its spies to commit. Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung columnist Jasper von Altenbockum writes that ‘If even American or British intelligence agencies are so unscrupulous, others will be even more...

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About #theDress
Feb28

About #theDress

Of course, you’ve heard of #theDress by now. I initially thought the Tumblr post was trolling. In other words, I thought the controversy was fake. But by late on Thursday night I was convinced it was real, and I shared it on Facebook. Of course, I shared it in an attempt to explain how it could be possible. Perhaps this all-in-fun story will help us understand that, literally, everyone does not see the world the same way. I know...

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CRONENBERG WEEK: Videodrome (1983)
Feb26

CRONENBERG WEEK: Videodrome (1983)

4.5/5 Some directors, such as Peter Weir, have disguised their sensibility behind a repertoire of work varied enough to be encapsulated by any film contained within it. Others develop an approach to filmmaking so distinctive that a single work bubbles to the surface as their ne plus ultra, a film with which their name becomes synonymous. For Martin Scorsese, that film is Taxi Driver. For Francis Ford Coppola, that film is The...

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This Is How “Modern Family” Filmed An Episode Entirely With iPhones, iPads, And MacBooks
Feb25

This Is How “Modern Family” Filmed An Episode Entirely With iPhones, iPads, And MacBooks

In a BuzzFeed News exclusive clip, see how executive producer and co-creator, Steve Levitan, put together the Feb. 25 episode using only everyday modern technology. ABC This week’s episode of Modern Family does something network television hasn’t ever done before: The installment, called “Connection Lost,” was filmed using Apple iPhones, iPads, and MacBooks. And though...

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Mars One: Here’s a story that truly out of this world
Feb25

Mars One: Here’s a story that truly out of this world

Here’s a story that’s truly out of this world by East County Magazine “Mars One” , a Dutch nonprofit, has announced plans to build the first permanent settlement Mars. More than 200,000 people applied to join the first expedition of settlers on a143 million mile, one-way trip to the fourth planet from the sun. Carmen Paul, a 32-year-old Air Force and National Guard member from Chula Vista is among 100 finalists...

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CRONENBERG WEEK: Stereo (1969) / Crimes of the Future (1970) (Movie Reviews)
Feb21

CRONENBERG WEEK: Stereo (1969) / Crimes of the Future (1970) (Movie Reviews)

  3.5/5 The word “Cronenbergian” is a word that has trickled its way up through the decades and into cinematic lexicon, a descriptor for works that connect the academic to the intimate and the clinical to the visceral. At 71, Canadian filmmaker David Cronenberg remains one of the most challenging and transgressive iconoclasts in the history of motion pictures. He begins where most directors end, giving flesh, blood and literal...

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This., a new link-sharing network
Feb16

This., a new link-sharing network

Someone get me an invite to @THISdotcm already — Jessica Reed (@GuardianJessica) November 14, 2014 About nine months ago, Capital New York noted that Atlantic Media was entering the social network business. It had a link-sharing site in development. Heading the effort: Andrew Golis, who had been appointed general manager of The Wire in January. The project’s name, This., may be a nod to Twitter but it harks back to early days of...

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Ohio cop threatens journalist with arrest on Facebook
Feb16

Ohio cop threatens journalist with arrest on Facebook

In the “it’s too wild to be true but it is” department. In Xenia, Greene County, OH, panhandling is a 4th degree misdemeanor. Greene County Herald editor Virgil Vaduva deliberately violated ordinance 13-31 on Saturday, panhandling on the sidewalk in front of the Xenia City Hall. He raised $41.98 for charity. According to this screen capture from CounterCurrentNews, in a discussion of panhandling laws on the Green...

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Conservatives Celebrate “Darwin Was Wrong Day”
Feb13

Conservatives Celebrate “Darwin Was Wrong Day”

Ken Ham believes that “Darwin Was Wrong Day” was a big hit. It is not clear that it was a hit beyond thinking it is good that he is being mocked considerably on Twitter. Declaring a day to claim a falsehood hardly makes it true, even if a number of right wing science-deniers were to back the day. I imagine that next we will start seeing a whole new set of holidays from the anti-science/anti-fact right. These might include “Climate...

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Racing Extinction (Movie Review)
Feb11

Racing Extinction (Movie Review)

In the opening act of Racing Extinction, director Louis Psihoyos confesses that nothing is worse for the environment than making a movie about it, a heavy fact for someone as committed to awareness as he. If you’re going to succumb to a necessary evil, do it with the poignancy and desperate grandiosity of Psihoyos. With Racing Extinction, he and his team have created a loud, richly felt cry for the future of every species with which...

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Cartoon: Anti Sciencers
Feb06

Cartoon: Anti Sciencers

See great cartoons by all the top political cartoonists at http://cagle.com. To license this cartoon for your own site, visit...

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Important Update: The Vaccines Issue: Satire, or Politics Imitating Satire?
Feb04

Important Update: The Vaccines Issue: Satire, or Politics Imitating Satire?

Important Update: While the statements (below) by Mrs. Bachmann, Mr. Christie and Dr. Paul on vaccinations are an important public service, perhaps the most authoritative word on this critical issue comes from none other than Senator Joni Ernst (R.-Iowa). Today at the New Yorker, Andy Borowitz released the text of a letter by the good Senator giving the American people invaluable advice on how to protect our children during the...

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Measles Outbreak Shows How Republicans Have A Serious Problem With Science And Facts
Feb04

Measles Outbreak Shows How Republicans Have A Serious Problem With Science And Facts

Statements from many prominent Republicans, including Chris Christie and Rand Paul, on the measles outbreak have served to remind people that Republicans really are the Party of Stupid. This follows recent problems with Republicans ignoring the science to promote hysteria in response to Ebola.  As The New York Times wrote: The vaccination controversy is a twist on an old problem for the Republican Party: how to approach matters that...

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A New Default Self
Feb02

A New Default Self

Why are you unhappy? Because 99.9 percent Of everything you think, And of everything you do, Is for yourself – And there isn’t one. – Wei Wu Wei Wei Wu Wei is the pen name of Terence Gray, a 20th-century, Anglo-Irish author of pithy provocations aimed, like the one in the epigraph, at the prevailing notion of selfhood. By flatly denying the existence of self, he means to shock us into realizing that the self we take...

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U.S. Army pulls tweet for using the word “chinks”
Feb01

U.S. Army pulls tweet for using the word “chinks”

On Friday, the U.S. Army used the word “chink” to describe  intelligence community vulnerability to terrorist use of social media communication. Twitter exploded with cries of race baiting. The Army deleted the tweet. chink: (1) a small cleft, slit, or fissure <a chink in the fence>; (2) a weak spot that may leave one vulnerable <his lawyers found a chink in the law>; (3) a narrow beam of light shining through...

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“Horrific” pre-historic shark makes a rare appearance in Australia
Jan31

“Horrific” pre-historic shark makes a rare appearance in Australia

John Hopton for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online A fishing crew in Australia had a surprise guest in their catch recently, after snaring a rarely seen shark with 300 teeth and a terrifying, pre-historic appearance that was enough to make even Australian fisherman go all sissy. The 6-foot long frilled shark more closely resembles a...

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Distracted Driving Reveals the Growing Rift Between Tech and Policy
Jan30

Distracted Driving Reveals the Growing Rift Between Tech and Policy

It’s rare that a new technology threatens to fundamentally change an entire facet of American life, but we may be on the verge of just such a revolution. Make that two revolutions, actually: the world’s tech companies are in the process of pioneering wearable technology, and all the while Google has been toiling away on their driverless cars, which may even change American life as we know it. Both of these technologies are case...

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US Navy Turns To Robots For Military Training
Jan29

US Navy Turns To Robots For Military Training

The U.S. Navy has unveiled new plans to employ robots to train marine forces in the future. The Office of Naval Research (ONR) on Tuesday launched a new experiment that it hopes will help create robots and other human surrogates for military training purposes. As part of the study, being carried out at the University...

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Mike Peters Guest Cartoon: The blizzard and the weathermen
Jan28

Mike Peters Guest Cartoon: The blizzard and the weathermen

OF RELATED INTEREST: –Meteorologists apologize for creating pre- blizzard panic in New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey after 3ft snow predictions fail to materialize –Blizzard 2015: National Weather Service meteorologist apologizes for forecast –New York, weathermen defend storm shutdown –Jon Stewart compiles the most ridiculous blizzard media coverage Mike Peters is recognized as one of our nation’s most...

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A tech nerd’s (somewhat reaching) theory behind NFL Deflate-Gate
Jan23

A tech nerd’s (somewhat reaching) theory behind NFL Deflate-Gate

Mark Lee Rollins for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online Even though it seems like it, this isn’t the first time football pressure or football contents have been called into question. In 2012, USC was actually fined for intentionally deflating footballs. This year, even, the Carolina Panthers and Minnesota Vikings were warned about modifying footballs. Then...

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