The frequent fliers who flew too much (2012)

There are frequent fliers, and then there are people like Steven Rothstein and Jacques Vroom.

Both men bought tickets that gave them unlimited first-class travel for life on American Airlines. It was almost like owning a fleet of private jets.

Passes in hand, Rothstein and Vroom flew for business. They flew for pleasure. They flew just because they liked being on planes. They bypassed long lines, booked backup itineraries in case the weather turned, and never worried about cancellation fees. ...
Submitted by chapstick at 2016-10-28 0:01am to the The Economy forum.

Jury finds 7 Malheur occupiers not guilty of conspiracy

About 10 months after the 41-day takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, a jury found 7 occupiers not guilty of conspiring to impede federal workers from doing their jobs at the refuge.

Oh my.
Submitted by sev at 2016-10-27 23:26pm to the Politics forum.

The Reason For Your Halloween Candy Paranoia

On Halloween night, 1974, an 8-year-old boy named Timothy O’Bryan opened a “giant pixy stick” he received during a trick-or-treat run in Pasadena, Texas (just outside of Houston), took a mouthful of the flavored sugar inside, and complained to his father “that it tasted bitter.” His father told him to wash the taste out of his mouth with Kool-Aid, so he did. But then he started vomiting, so he called an ambulance. By the time they arrived at the hospital, Timothy was dead.
Submitted by revdrew at 2016-10-27 23:39pm to the Food forum.

Lawyer Alleges Justice Thomas Groped Her When She Was A Young Scholar

A 41-year-old lawyer has accused Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas of groping her in 1999 when she was a young foundation fellow in Washington, D.C., National Law Journal reported Thursday.

The lawyer, Moira Smith, said that Thomas repeatedly touched her rear multiple times as he pleaded for her to sit next to him at a dinner party hosted by the head of her scholarship program. The alleged incident occurred, Smith said, when just the two of them were alone near the table she was setting ...
Submitted by crote at 2016-10-27 22:25pm to the Politics forum.

Is It Time to Franchise Our National Parks?

It feels wrong to have the words "franchise" and "national parks" in the same sentence. The pairing evokes images of the Golden Arches over the Grand Canyon and standing in line for a Frappuccino in the shadow of Half Dome. But with the National Park Service facing a decades-long maintenance backlog that has swelled to $12 billion, budget shortfalls, crowding complaints, and accusations of widespread sexual harassment, it might be time to consider a free-market approach.

That’s the pitch ...
Submitted by crote at 2016-10-27 21:43pm to the Horseshit! forum.

Meet the people who believe the Earth is flat

One thing most flat Earthers have in common: They found the movement through the internet, though some had already come to the conclusion on their own.

Patrice, who declined to provide her last name, is a Christian. "I love the Lord," she said in a phone call. "He really guides and directs my steps." Browsing YouTube one day, Patrice saw "something just about that little phrase 'flat Earth.' It just kind of dropped into my brain. I felt like the Lord was saying, 'Look into that.'"

Ben Long is ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2016-10-27 19:16pm to the Horseshit! forum.

On YouTube, Millions Watch Shows For Children Made Entirely In GTA V

Kids are big business on Youtube, and many of the largest channels on the service cater specifically to them. Usually, these videos are educational, and they teach kids how to count or learn the alphabet. GTA V is also popular on YouTube, but it’s typically for entirely different reasons: the sandbox provides endless spectacle for viewers to enjoy. GTA and shows for children may sound like they shouldn’t overlap, but somehow, a sub-genre combining the two on YouTube does exist. And it’s ...
Submitted by revdrew at 2016-10-27 19:09pm to the Television forum.

World on track to lose two-thirds of wild animals by 2020, major report warns

The number of wild animals living on Earth is set to fall by two-thirds by 2020, according to a new report, part of a mass extinction that is destroying the natural world upon which humanity depends.

The analysis, the most comprehensive to date, indicates that animal populations plummeted by 58% between 1970 and 2012, with losses on track to reach 67% by 2020. Researchers from WWF and the Zoological Society of London compiled the report from scientific data and found that the destruction of ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2016-10-27 18:07pm to the The World forum.

Twitter is shutting down Vine

Twitter is shutting down video-sharing service Vine "in the coming months," the company annouced Thursday. Twitter acquired Vine, which lets you share short video clips, in 2012 before the service had even launched. It debuted in 2013.

This comes the same day Twitter said it would lay off more than 300 workers (or 9% of the company's global workforce) within the company's sales, partnerships, and marketing teams.

"Nothing is happening to the apps, website or your Vines today," Twitter said in ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2016-10-27 16:24pm to the Arts forum.

The Battle for North Carolina

In 1901, America was ascendant. Its victory over Spain, the reunification of North and South, and the closing of the frontier announced the American century. Americans awaited the inauguration of the 57th Congress, the first elected in the 20th century. All the incoming members of Congress, like those they replaced, were white men, save one.

Representative George Henry White did not climb the steps of Capitol Hill on the morning of January 29 to share in triumph. The last black congressman ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2016-10-27 15:41pm to the The World forum.

Russia's 2018 World Cup Mascot Has a Hilarious Name

The name “Zabivaka” derives from the verb “zabivat” (????????), which has several meanings. The first and the most straightforward translation is “to score,” so Zabivaka is someone who scores goals. Apparently, that’s what the wolf’s creator, Russian designer Yekaterina Bocharova, had in mind, when she came up with the name...

Most importantly for Internet users, “zabivat” has special meaning in drug culture. “Zabivat” means to fill an empty cigarette with marijuana. ...
Submitted by Bourdieu's Secret Admirer in the Caucasus at 2016-10-27 15:46pm to the Sports forum.

Trump campaign using targeted Facebook posts to discourage black Americans from voting

While the Trump campaign continues to flounder weeks before Election Day, a new report is providing some inside information on the candidate's strategy, including an unorthodox use of Facebook.

Businessweek, which published a major look into the campaign this morning, explains how the Trump team has quietly organized a data enterprise to sharpen its White House bid. According to the magazine, the campaign is meanwhile attempting to depress votes in demographics where Hillary Clinton is winning ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2016-10-27 14:30pm to the Politics forum.

US election 2016: Indians' verdict on Donald Trump's Hindi

US presidential candidate Donald Trump is speaking a little bit of Hindi in his latest campaign video as he attempts to woo Indian-American voters.
He is appropriating Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's popular campaign slogan "Abki bar Modi sarkar" ("This time Modi government").
However, if the reaction of Indians in Delhi is anything to go by, Mr Trump still has some work to do. As the BBC's Vikas Pandey found out in a quick survey on the streets of the Indian capital, no one was very ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2016-10-27 13:57pm to the Politics forum.

Meet the Dapper White Nationalist Who Wins Even If Trump Loses

Richard Spencer uses chopsticks to deftly pluck slivers of togarashi-crusted ahi from a rectangular plate. He is sitting in the Continental-style lounge of the Firebrand Hotel, near his home in the upscale resort town of Whitefish, Montana, discussing a subject not typically broached in polite company. "Race is something between a breed and an actual species," he says, likening the differences between whites and people of color to those between golden retrievers and basset hounds. "It's that ...
Submitted by Forensic at 2016-10-27 14:46pm to the Politics forum.

How to Read The Secret Language of Starfleet Uniforms

It’s Halloween time again, and as it has been for the past 50 years, a Star Trek costume is a safe bet for anyone looking to dress up. But do you want to be a Starfleet captain in 2268? A ship's doctor in 2368? For the uninitiated, deciphering the language of colors and symbols that place you in the show's universe is a crapshoot.

Luckily, Atlas Obscura is here to help, with a bit of cosplay codebreaking.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Star Trek, and from the first episode in 1966, ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2016-10-27 14:08pm to the Television forum.

Beer drinkers disavow Yuengling after owner shows support for Trump

The owner of America's oldest brewery has come out in support of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, and the company's faithful drinkers aren't too happy about it.

Eric Trump, the nominee's son, stopped at D. G. Yuengling & Son's in Pottsville on Monday while campaigning on behalf of his father.

His message to the company? Hard-working family businesses like Yuengling, a fixture in Schuylkill County since the 1800s, would thrive under a President Trump, the Reading Eagle reported ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2016-10-27 13:57pm to the Food forum.

Another broom snapped in half in Derbyshire village

A broom has been snapped in half in a Derbyshire village - the third such reported incident in 15 months. Adam Ward was on his way to work in Barlborough this morning when he saw the broken broom - its brush spiked into the grass like some kind of show of victory. Adam, like many others, has been left wondering if the Eyam broom-snapper of summer 2015 is up to his/her dirty old tricks again.
Submitted by Enki Don't at 2016-10-27 13:39pm to the Off Topic News forum.

Noel Gallagher Spent Years Moving Furniture Around to Make Liam Believe in Ghosts

In Noel's words, "If we were ever anywhere remotely spooky, we'd tell Liam that the house was haunted, particularly his bedroom."

"When he'd get up in the morning and go and have his breakfast, someone would go in and turn the pictures back to front, or fucking move a lamp beside his bed across the other side of the room. He'd arrive pale: 'Have you been in my fucking room?' 'No, why?' 'You've been in my room, because now the fucking lamp is in the toilet.' 'No way, fucking hell. Wow.'"
Submitted by Late Night Love Visit from Panoptical Goat Satan at 2016-10-27 13:29pm to the Music forum.

BREAKING: DNC Wants Judge to Hold RNC in Contempt for Trump’s Alleged Voter Scare Tactics

he DNC filed a motion in federal court on Wednesday which says that the RNC, through Donald Trump’s own statements, has violated a longstanding consent decree that prohibits Republicans from engaging in “ballot security” measures which could intimidate minorities.

The DNC lawyers are asking for a judge to issue a court order preventing the voter intimidation, and also hold the RNC in contempt of court for failing to abide by the the consent decree. The decree came about in 1981, after ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2016-10-26 23:05pm to the Crime forum.

Bed-Stuy Residents Say Extremely Loud Synagogue Siren Poses Health Risk

Long-time Brooklynites may be familiar with the siren noises that resound on Friday evenings in neighborhoods across the borough. This noise, which signals the beginning of Shabbat, gives observant Jews a heads up that it's time to head home before sundown. The sirens are especially common in neighborhoods like South Williamsburg and Borough Park, which have large ultra-Orthodox Jewish populations.
The sirens, while extremely loud, are short-lived and usually easy enough to ignore, but a new ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2016-10-26 22:35pm to the The World forum.