So You Want to Convert to Islam:

Islam is the fastest-growing religion in the world. For all the islamophobic sentiment and misinformation saturating the public, people are coming to embrace the faith in unprecedented numbers. If you’re reading this, chances are you are one of those people seeking answers about the truth of Islam. Great! I’m glad to have you here.
Submitted by wintermute at 2019-12-10 1:25am to the The World forum.

James Dolan hired consulting firm that caused confusion, paranoia among Carmelo Anthony-led Knicks

New York Knicks owner James Dolan took a puzzling decision in the midst of the 2013-14 season. Besides the trade that brought in Italian export Andrea Bargnani and an injury to a then-reigning Defensive Player of the Year Tyson Chandler, who missed nearly 30 games due to injury — the hiring of a consulting firm ultimately set a Carmelo Anthony-led locker room aflame with confusion and paranoia.

McKinsey & Company, a worldwide management consulting firm hired by Madison Square Garden to ...
Submitted by Lurchi at 2019-12-10 0:52am to the Sports forum.

Las Vegas animal rescue hopes to safely remove tiny cowboy hats from pigeon heads

A video of pigeons wearing small red cowboy hats is going viral in the Las Vegas Valley. The man who shot the video said it was taken near Tropicana Avenue and Maryland Parkway.

"At first, I was like, oh my god that's cute!” Mariah Hillman said. "Then, I was like, wait a minute – how did they get those hats on there?"

[picture is from a pigeon group I'm in and is not one of the Vegas pigeons]
Submitted by MaulLove at 2019-12-09 22:31pm to the Crime forum.

Man who ate $120,000 art banana said he would've done it sooner, but wasn't hungry yet

A performance artist on Monday defended his banana-eating work over the weekend at Art Basel in Miami Beach, boasting he would have done it even earlier but "I was not too hungry."
Submitted by horthgar at 2019-12-09 21:47pm to the Off Topic News forum.

Ring’s Hidden Data Let Us Map Amazon's Sprawling Home Surveillance Network

As reporters raced this summer to bring new details of Ring’s law enforcement contracts to light, the home security company, acquired last year by Amazon for a whopping $1 billion, strove to underscore the privacy it had pledged to provide users.

Even as its creeping objective of ensuring an ever-expanding network of home security devices eventually become indispensable to daily police work, customers would always have a choice, it said, in “what information, if any, they share with law ...
Submitted by Forensic at 2019-12-09 20:53pm to the Crime forum.

I Am Jesus Christ Is the First Video Game Designed for People Who Are Jesus Christ

I Am Jesus Christ is far from the first video game to faithfully adapt the Bible: It follows so closely in the footprints of Red Sea Crossing, Billy Graham’s Bible Blaster, and Super Noah’s Ark 3D that at times it looks like there’s only one set of footprints. But the new game takes full advantage of next-gen technology to put gamers right in the center of all the heart-pounding itinerant preaching action: healing the sick, calming the seas, cursing a fig tree, suffering under Pontius ...
Submitted by nocash at 2019-12-09 20:30pm to the Video Games forum.

How William Gibson Keeps His Science Fiction Real

Suppose you’ve been asked to write a science-fiction story. You might start by contemplating the future. You could research anticipated developments in science, technology, and society and ask how they will play out. Telepresence, mind-uploading, an aging population: an elderly couple live far from their daughter and grandchildren; one day, the pair knock on her door as robots. They’ve uploaded their minds to a cloud-based data bank and can now visit telepresently, forever. A philosophical ...
Submitted by Qfwfq at 2019-12-09 19:22pm to the Books forum.

This Christmas You Need to Drink Eggnog like Charles Mingus

Admittedly, in comparison to the recipes above, Mingus’ seems like a cannonball. But Mingus is right, of course. His recipe is where it’s at. It’s drink strength. It’s more or less the same as top bartender and my fellow Half Full contributor Jeffrey Morgenthaler’s recipe, depending on what you think Mingus meant when he said a “shot.” Anyone who has ever ordered a Martini with three ounces of gin in it (so, everyone that’s ever ordered one in a hotel, basically) has had a drink ...
Submitted by nocash at 2019-12-09 19:14pm to the Food forum.

Straight Men Are Part of The Trans Community

"It might be unsettling to imagine cis men as any part of the trans community. But here's why we should."
Submitted by even_better at 2019-12-09 19:36pm to the Horseshit! forum.

The worst takes of the 2010s

The passage of time can be marked in many ways. Including by the worst posts. What follows is a list of articles, curated by the staff of The Outline, that shows just how warped our brains got in the last 10 years. We are sorry.
Submitted by nocash at 2019-12-09 18:46pm to the Off Topic News forum.

Box Office Bomb: ‘Playmobil’ Flops in Historic Fashion

“Playmobil: The Movie” will make box office history, but certainly not in the way it intended. STX’s animated adventure generated less than $1 million despite launching in 2,337 North American theaters and now stands as one of the worst opening weekends of all time.

“Playmobil” scraped together just $668,000 over the weekend, marking the third-lowest debut ever for a film that was playing in over 2,000 locations. The only movies to suffer worse fates were 2012’s “The Oogieloves ...
Submitted by Lurchi at 2019-12-09 18:51pm to the Movies forum.

The Lie That Helped Build Nintendo

A very simple lie. Bergsten used his telex to present Bergsala as a much bigger company than it was, a distribution organisation capable of acting as Nintendo’s sole Swedish distributor for Game & Watch. Essentially, it didn’t sound like an electronics shop business with a side-hustle in Asian imports. It would have been unthinkable for Bergsten to guess where that little fabrication would take him - but he very nearly didn’t cross the first few hurdles on that journey.

When Nintendo ...
Submitted by Forensic at 2019-12-09 18:29pm to the Video Games forum.

Obscure gems from Cincinnati’s 1975-82 punk underground

For decades, Peter Aaron of the Chrome Cranks has been intermittently worked on a compilation that would document Cincinnati’s subterranean music scene of the mid 1970s through the early 1980s. Initially conceived of as a cassette release as far back as 1987, the project has finally seen the light of day as We Were Living in Cincinnati: Punk and Underground Sounds From Ohio’s Queen City (1975-1982). Put out jointly by HoZac Records and Shake-It Records, the collection includes obscure ...
Submitted by nocash at 2019-12-09 16:39pm to the Music forum.

Katie Hill Writes About the Torturous Days Around Resignation

In an essay published to The New York Times opinion section on Sunday, Hill described how strangers found her number, drowning out any communication from supporters “sending love.” Days after her resignation speech, her California office was sent a “suspicious envelope” with a white powder and had to be evacuated. Her mother was “followed by people in dark trucks with cameras” around their town, while her father took down posters of Hill edited into a Nazi uniform with ...
Submitted by nocash at 2019-12-09 16:10pm to the Politics forum.

Reddit Uncovers Russian Interference Campaign Ahead of Pivotal UK Election

The papers in question detail trade talks between America and the UK and have launched a fiery debate among British officials leading up to the country’s general election. Labor Party leader Jeremy Corbyn claims these documents prove officials plan to put the country’s National Healthcare Service is at risk of being privatized in the event of a post-Brexit trade agreement with America. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has denied this, saying NHS wouldn’t be on the table in any future trade ...
Submitted by nocash at 2019-12-09 16:34pm to the Politics forum.

Trump Expresses Anti-Semitic Sentiments Before a Jewish Audience Again

In February 2017 — in case past and future comments suggested otherwise — newly inaugurated President Trump told reporters: “I am the least anti-Semitic person you’ve ever seen in your entire life.” The sweeping pronouncement from the president, who once suggested that Jews might be committing fake hate crimes in order to make him look bad, has not stood the test of his presidency.
Submitted by nocash at 2019-12-09 16:08pm to the Politics forum.

World's oceans are losing oxygen at a dangerous, unprecedented rate as temperatures rise, study finds

The world's oceans are struggling to breathe, rapidly running out of oxygen at an unprecedented rate. Climate change is dangerously exacerbating the issue, scientists warned in a new study.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) released the largest report of its kind — combining the efforts of 67 scientists from 17 countries — at the global climate summit in Madrid on Saturday. It found that the oxygen level of the ocean has declined by about 2% since the 1950s, and ...
Submitted by sleeppoor at 2019-12-09 15:36pm to the Science forum.

At war with the truth

A confidential trove of government documents obtained by The Washington Post reveals that senior U.S. officials failed to tell the truth about the war in Afghanistan throughout the 18-year campaign, making rosy pronouncements they knew to be false and hiding unmistakable evidence the war had become unwinnable.
Submitted by sleeppoor at 2019-12-09 15:42pm to the Politics forum.

Bombshell Wants You to Pump Your Fist in Solidarity With the Women of [Checks Teleprompter] Fox News?

When Charlize Theron first appeared as the former Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly in Bombshell, sitting in full prime-time makeup behind a news desk, it took me a moment to sort through the layers of reality and artifice. Was that Kelly herself, pert-nosed and flaxen-haired, differentiable from the general pack of symmetrical blond Fox commentatrixes mainly by her husky voice? Was Theron wearing facial prosthetics, or had her image been digitally altered by one of those new deepfake filters that ...
Submitted by nocash at 2019-12-09 15:24pm to the Movies forum.

Understanding Labour’s Antisemitism Crisis

By all accounts, it’s an exhausting and agonizing time for the United Kingdom’s embattled progressive Jewish community. In response to a barrage of allegations of antisemitism in the Labour Party—a veritable grab bag of legitimate instances of antisemitism in addition to bad faith attacks and confusion around anti-Zionist sentiment—the Jewish establishment has become suspended in state of hypervigilance and alarmism, embodied in the Jewish Chronicle’s front page op-ed exhorting ...
Submitted by nocash at 2019-12-09 15:09pm to the Politics forum.