Harry Knowles Allegedly Sexually Assaulted Austin Woman Two Decades Ago, and Drafthouse Owners Didn’t Take Action

An Austin-area woman said Ain’t It Cool News founder Harry Knowles sexually assaulted her at an Alamo Drafthouse event — but the reason she’s speaking out now is she believes change is coming.

“Harry Knowles groped me, opportunistically, on more than one occasion,” said Jasmine Baker. “I cannot just stay silent. I am not interested in remaining silent.”

In 1999-2000, Baker was familiar with Knowles and his website, as they often attended the same Drafthouse events. Baker was at ...
Submitted by Lurchi at 2017-09-23 22:30pm to the Movies forum.

Birds Beware: The Praying Mantis Wants Your Brain

James V. Remsen of the Museum of Natural Science at Louisiana State University and his colleagues documented 147 cases of mantis-on-bird predation in 13 countries representing all continents but Antarctica — not surprising, Dr. Remsen said in an interview, since there are no mantises on Antarctica.

Hummingbirds were the most common target, but mantises also went after warblers, sunbirds, honeyeaters, flycatchers, vireos and European robins. Large species like the Chinese mantis, which grows ...
Submitted by Lurchi at 2017-09-23 21:35pm to the Science forum.

The Sports World Is Dragging Donald Trump

Submitted by crote at 2017-09-23 19:00pm to the Sports forum.

Undercover cop, Air Force officer, med student among those police swept up Sunday night

They were among more than 120 people forcibly arrested downtown on Sunday by St. Louis police cracking down on protests. The arrests came at least two hours after vandals had broken some windows and flower pots a few blocks away.

Submitted by MaulLove at 2017-09-23 18:04pm to the Crime forum.

This hacker gained access to hundreds of companies through their helpdesk

Let’s imagine you’re the CEO of a major corporation. On a scale from one-to-ten, tell me how disastrous you think it would be if an adversary – like a hacker, or a rival company – was able to eavesdrop on every conversation taking place in your headquarters. Ten, right?

It’s a nightmare scenario, but it’s not out of the realm of possibility. Services like Slack and Yammer serve as the water coolers of today’s companies. One security researcher, Inti De Ceukelaire, has figured out ...
Submitted by Agent #1 at 2017-09-23 12:27pm to the Crime forum.

A Brief History of Hiding Dicks in Cartoons

Earlier this week, an episode of Netflix’s children cartoon Maya the Bee was pulled after a hidden phallus was discovered by an angry parent. Now, the studio behind the cartoon looks to be pursuing charges against the penis-drawing artist. But in truth, sneaking dicks and other sex jokes into cartoons is weirdly long-standing animation tradition.
Submitted by revdrew at 2017-09-23 1:04am to the Arts forum.

Indiana teenager 'glad to be alive' after spending 60 hours locked inside cave

Dressed in light clothes, hiking boots and a helmet, he had a plastic bag, two energy bar wrappers, two empty water bottles, a cellphone and a wallet. He used the energy bar wrappers to collect moisture and the water bottles to collect rainfall and puddled cave water.

He also licked the cave’s damp walls to quench his thirst. Hunger drove him to consider foraging for cave crickets, although he didn’t eat any of the small insects.
Submitted by Tingleberries at 2017-09-23 1:26am to the Off Topic News forum.

Does the Colorado River Have Rights?

"In a first-in-the-nation lawsuit filed in federal court, the Colorado River is asking for judicial recognition of itself as a 'person,' with rights of its own to exist and flourish." So declares a press release from the activist organization Deep Green Resistance. The lawsuit against Colorado's governor is being filed in federal district court by the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF), which says it "seeks a ruling that the Colorado River, and its ecosystem, possess certain ...
Submitted by Tingleberries at 2017-09-22 23:42pm to the Politics forum.

Saudi textbook features image of Yoda with King Faisal

Saudi Arabia's education minister has apologised for the production of a school textbook in which the Star Wars character Yoda is seen superimposed on a photograph of the late King Faisal.

Ahmed al-Issa said a committee was looking into the "unintended mistake".

The image, which shows the diminutive Jedi Master sitting beside King Faisal as he signs the UN Charter in 1945, was created by the Saudi artist Shaweesh.

He told the BBC it was not yet clear how it had ended up in the ...
Submitted by Lurchi at 2017-09-22 21:36pm to the The World forum.

‘Neo-Nazi’ Man Mauled By Antifa Lion At Barcelona Zoo

A man - reported to be a neo-Nazi demonstrator - has been seriously injured after climbing into lion enclosure at Barcelona Zoo.

Dressed in an army uniform, he scaled a security fence and stood in front of a lioness.

He was promptly dragged into a tunnel and mauled.
Submitted by Late Night Love Visit from Panoptical Goat Satan at 2017-09-22 21:09pm to the Politics forum.

Donald Trump as Melania Stands next to Him: "Melania Really Wanted to Be with Us"

He could have been saying that Melania really wanted to come down and help with the disaster relief in the present tense, but that would require a vocabulary that humans use. When you say that someone “wanted to be with us” and you just leave it at that, it typically means that they’re not there. I’d be willing to bet that this is just another example of Trump foot-in-mouth disease, and because he has the vocabulary of a 1st grader, he says shit like this which comes off like he ...
Submitted by nocash at 2017-09-22 19:47pm to the Health & Beauty forum.

Man who burned flag celebrates $15K wrongful arrest settlement by burning another flag

Here’s a nice, petty story to start your weekend: Bryton Mellott of Urbana, Illinois, who was arrested last summer by the Urbana Police Department after posting a picture of himself burning the American flag to Facebook, celebrated his $15,000 settlement against the department Monday by posting another picture of himself burning the American flag to Facebook.
Submitted by nocash at 2017-09-22 19:24pm to the Arts forum.

The Crypto- Keepers

IT’S 7:30 P.M. ON A MONDAY in June at an undisclosed location somewhere in northern Europe. I’m sitting in a private dining room in an upscale hotel, talking to Pavel Durov—the “Mark Zuckerberg of Russia,” a young internet mogul who had built the country’s most popular social network and lost it to the Kremlin all before he turned thirty. Not long after the famed American whistleblower Edward Snowden had fled to Russia to avoid federal prosecution, Durov had offered Snowden a ...
Submitted by crote at 2017-09-22 18:58pm to the The World forum.

Post-Dispatch demands charges be dropped against reporter covering protest

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Wednesday condemned the “inappropriate and highly disturbing” arrest of one of its journalists on Sunday during a mass arrest by St. Louis police officers, and demanded that the city drop charges against him.

In a letter to Mayor Lyda Krewson, Acting Police Chief Lawrence O’Toole, City Counselor Julian Bush and Deputy City Counselor Michael Garvin, a lawyer for the newspaper also demanded that the city implement protocols to prevent “any recurrence of ...
Submitted by crote at 2017-09-22 19:06pm to the The World forum.

End-of-world prediction interrupts TV broadcasts in Orange County

The problem occurred because of one or more radio stations conducting an emergency test, Joe Camero, a spokesman for Cox, said Thursday. “With these tests, an emergency tone is sent out to initiate the test,” Camero said. “After the tone is transmitted, another tone is sent to end the message. It appears that the radio station (or stations) did not transmit the end tone to complete the test.”

Then the broadcast picked up some audio feed that bled into the alert.

“Realize this, ...
Submitted by Late Night Love Visit from Panoptical Goat Satan at 2017-09-22 18:35pm to the The World forum.

Gatorade to Pay $300,000 for Using Usain Bolt Game to Teach Kids Not to Drink Water

In 2012, Gatorade released Bolt!, a game for the iPhone that used the fastest man alive to inspire kids to try their best, remain dedicated, and always avoid water. Some people found this problematic—including California’s attorney general. On Thursday, The Gatorade Company agreed to pay a $300,000 settlement for promoted misleading and disparaging statements about water.
Submitted by revdrew at 2017-09-22 17:33pm to the Health & Beauty forum.

Breaking news from (maybe) 2020: It was so, so much worse than we thought

About a year ago I wrote a proposal for a non-fiction book about what I termed the Silicon Valley swamp.

I wrote it not so much out of enthusiasm as obligation. Like many journalists in Silicon Valley, I had watched this swamp fill and ferment over the past decade or so, all in the name and service of “Disruption.” I had watched tech leaders become increasingly politicized, and the cliched liberal politics of the Valley veer rightwards into the worst form of libertarianism. I had seen ...
Submitted by sleeppoor at 2017-09-22 17:02pm to the Politics forum.

Facebook bans Rohingya group's posts as minority faces 'ethnic cleansing'

Amid international accusations that Myanmar’s military is engaging in “ethnic cleansing” of the Rohingya Muslim minority, Facebook designated a Rohingya insurgent group a “dangerous organization” and ordered moderators to delete any content “by or praising” it.

The decision, which the company said was made after an internal assessment of the group, came shortly before activists began complaining that the company was censoring posts about the brutal military campaign against ...
Submitted by thirteen3seven at 2017-09-22 15:58pm to the The World forum.

Showtime Snags the Rights to Bill Clinton and James Patterson’s Forthcoming Novel The President Is Missing

Former President Bill Clinton and blockbuster author James Patterson (Kiss the Girls) are setting up shop at Showtime. The premium cable network has won a high-stakes (and almost certainly high-dollar) bidding war for the right to adapt the duo’s forthcoming novel The President Is Missing into a television series.
Submitted by nocash at 2017-09-22 15:31pm to the Books forum.

Another potential Mueller honey pot: Spicer's notebooks

When we texted Spicer for comment on his note-taking practices, he replied: "Mike, please stop texting/emailing me unsolicited anymore."

When I replied with a "?" (I have known Spicer and his wife for more than a dozen years), he answered: "Not sure what that means. From a legal standpoint I want to be clear: Do not email or text me again. Should you do again I will report to the appropriate authorities."

About an hour after Spicer's texts, he replied to a polite email I had sent earlier, ...
Submitted by Late Night Love Visit from Panoptical Goat Satan at 2017-09-22 15:15pm to the Crime forum.