Murdered man's body found after tree 'unusual for the area' grew from seed in his stomach

A missing man who was murdered more than 40 years ago has been found - after a seed from a fig in his stomach grew into a tree.

Ahmet Hergune was killed during the conflict between Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots in 1974, but his body remained undiscovered for decades.

It was eventually discovered because the tree which grew from him was unusual for the area.
Submitted by thirteen3seven at 2018-09-23 1:50am to the The World forum.

How the octopus got its smarts

Anecdotes of the mischievous intelligence of octopuses abound. Individuals have been reported to solve mazes, screw open child-proof medicine bottles and recognise individual people. Keepers are inclined to give them names because of their personalities.

Problem solving, tool use, planning, personality: these are hallmarks of the complex, flexible intelligence that we associate with back-boned animals, mostly mammals.
Submitted by Nibbles at 2018-09-22 16:04pm to the Science forum.

The Future Of Publishing Is Just Books About Donald Trump Forever Until You Are Dead

Millions of readers have taken a well-deserved break from a frenzied news cycle to sit down, relax, and read some books about Donald Trump.

Now there are more accounts on the way.

Philip Rucker and Carol Leonnig, reporters covering the White House for the Washington Post, have a book in the works, according to three people familiar with the matter. Chuck Todd, host of NBC’s Meet the Press, also will team up with Politico writer Michael Kruse for a book, according to sources familiar with ...
Submitted by Double The Fist at 2018-09-22 6:27am to the Books forum.

Abilene father and son shoot neighbor over trash dispute

‘You pulled a gun in front of my kids over a mattress,’ man says before he’s shot dead
Submitted by Nibbles at 2018-09-22 4:58am to the Crime forum.

The Walking Dead developer Telltale hit with devastating layoffs as part of a ‘majority studio closure’

Telltale Games, creators of episodic adventure games like The Walking Dead, The Wolf Among Us, and Batman: The Enemy Within, laid off a large number of its staff today. The company will retain a small team of 25. According to multiple sources The Verge spoke with, employees were let go with no severance.

“Today Telltale Games made the difficult decision to begin a majority studio closure following a year marked by insurmountable challenges,” the company said in a statement. “A majority ...
Submitted by Forensic at 2018-09-21 23:54pm to the Video Games forum.

PR firm helped Whelan stoke half-baked Kavanaugh alibi

CRC Public Relations, the prominent Alexandria, Virginia-based P.R. firm, guided Whelan through his roller-coaster week of Twitter pronouncements that ended in embarrassment and a potential setback for Kavanaugh’s hopes of landing on the high court, according to three sources familiar with their dealings.
Submitted by nocash at 2018-09-21 21:44pm to the Politics forum.

And Now Your Finest Quitting Stories

I have yet to go the Full Johnny Paycheck. Ahhhh, but you, fair reader… You are the type that strikes me as far bolder and riskier when it comes to matters of professional self-immolation. Inspired by the halftime retirement of now former Buffalo Bill Vontae Davis, I asked all of you to send in your finest quitting stories. I bring them to you now, unadorned. WAY TO PLAY YOUR BOSS’S HEAD LIKE A BONGO, HOMER.
Submitted by nocash at 2018-09-21 20:31pm to the Off Topic News forum.

British spies 'hacked into Belgian telecoms firm on ministers' orders'

British spies are likely to have hacked into Belgium’s biggest telecommunications operator for at least a two-year period on the instruction of UK ministers, a confidential report submitted by Belgian prosecutors is said to have concluded.
Submitted by sacred animal at 2018-09-21 20:31pm to the The World forum.

Google Suppresses Memo Revealing Plans To Closely Track Search Users in China

GOOGLE BOSSES HAVE forced employees to delete a confidential memo circulating inside the company that revealed explosive details about a plan to launch a censored search engine in China, The Intercept has learned.

The memo, authored by a Google engineer who was asked to work on the project, disclosed that the search system, code-named Dragonfly, would require users to log in to perform searches, track their location — and share the resulting history with a Chinese partner who would have ...
Submitted by Forensic at 2018-09-21 17:53pm to the Off Topic News forum.

Senators' Gmail accounts targeted by foreign hackers

The personal Gmail accounts of an unspecified number of US senators and Senate staff have been targeted by foreign government hackers, a Google spokesperson confirmed to CNN on Thursday.

On Wednesday, Sen. Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat, wrote in a letter to Senate leadership that his office had learned that "at least one major technology company has informed a number of Senators and Senate staff members that their personal email accounts were targeted by foreign government hackers."
Google ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2018-09-21 19:41pm to the The Economy forum.

Democrats promise to investigate Zinke if House flips

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will face a barrage of congressional inquiries into his business dealings, travels, political activities and relations with industry if Democrats win the House in November, according to lawmakers who hope to lead the chamber next year.

Arizona Rep. Raúl Grijalva, the top Democrat on the House Natural Resources Committee, has already unsuccessfully demanded a hearing this month on a “Culture of Corruption” surrounding the Cabinet secretary, including Zinke’s ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2018-09-21 19:40pm to the Politics forum.

Will American Airlines bar customers from changing a ticket?

American Airlines is threatening to prohibit customers from making changes to nonrefundable tickets if Congress makes good on a proposal to crack down on what critics call unreasonable airline fees.

American CEO Doug Parker says that his airline would be acting just like many other businesses when customers want to swap their ticket for a different flight or for another day.

“We — like the baseball team, like the opera — would say, ‘We’re sorry, it was nonrefundable,’” Parker ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2018-09-21 19:40pm to the The Economy forum.

Kavanaugh ally's bizarre mistaken identity theory about assault accusation blows up in his face

A prominent conservative commentator teased the revelation of "compelling evidence" that would exonerate Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh of a sexual assault allegation, electrifying the nominee's supporters on Twitter.

But the argument laid out Thursday, which appeared to suggest that accuser Christine Blasey Ford had mistaken Kavanaugh for another person, was met with a backlash from many on the left and right. Some said the commentator, Ed Whelan, had opened himself up to a possible ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2018-09-21 19:40pm to the Politics forum.

Facebook to drop on-site support for political campaigns

Facebook Inc (FB.O) said on Thursday that it would no longer dispatch employees to the offices of political campaigns to offer support ahead of elections, as it did with U.S. President Donald Trump in the 2016 race.
Submitted by Xiphias at 2018-09-21 19:39pm to the Off Topic News forum.

Joe Biden regrets how Anita Hill was treated, says Kavanaugh accuser should get more respect

Former Vice President Joe Biden regrets how Anita Hill was treated 27 years ago and hopes the same thing doesn't happen to Christine Blasey Ford. 

“What should happen is the woman should be given the benefit of the doubt and not be, you know, abused again by the system," Biden told NBC's "Today" show in an interview broadcast Friday.

Biden spoke as Ford and her attorney negotiate possible testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee about her allegations that Supreme Court nominee ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2018-09-21 19:39pm to the Horseshit! forum.

Suddenly, Vulnerable House Republicans No Longer Bash Obamacare on Their Websites

If you visited Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ (R-WA) campaign website in 2014, you would have had no doubt what she wanted to do with Obamacare. She wanted to kill it.

Four years later, Rodgers’ hatred for President Obama’s signature domestic law has not just softened on her campaign website, it’s disappeared. Her site today doesn’t make reference to the Affordable Care Act under the healthcare section. Instead, it refers to Rodgers “getting a ten-year extension for children’s ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2018-09-21 19:38pm to the Politics forum.

New Jersey sheriff caught on tape making racist comments about 'the blacks'

In secret audio recordings published Thursday, the elected sheriff of Bergen County, New Jersey, could be heard making racist comments about “the blacks” and saying the state’s Sikh attorney general was appointed because of “the turban.”

The sheriff and four of his top staffers resigned Friday afternoon over the matter.

The audio of Sheriff Michael Saudino, who is white, was posted online by radio station WNYC. In the recordings, Saudino could be heard complaining that New Jersey ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2018-09-21 19:37pm to the Crime forum.

PayPal bans Infowars for promoting hate

PayPal will no longer do business with Infowars, according to a post on the conspiracy theory site this morning. PayPal broke the news in an email to Infowars yesterday, saying the company had conducted a comprehensive review of the Infowars site and found that it “promoted hate and discriminatory intolerance against certain communities and religions,” a violation of PayPal’s acceptable use policy. Infowars had used PayPal to process transactions for its on-site store; the site will have ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2018-09-21 19:37pm to the Off Topic News forum.

Extreme biohacking: the tech guru who spent $250,000 trying to live for ever

November, Sean Parker, the former Facebook president, described his vision of the future thus: “Because I’m a billionaire, I’m going to have access to better healthcare so… I’m going to be, like, 160 and I’m going to be part of this class of immortal overlords.”
Submitted by Xiphias at 2018-09-21 19:36pm to the Horseshit! forum.

The Bizarre Scheme Using Viral Abuse Stories and Stolen Pics to Sell Diet Pills on Twitter

This weekend, a Twitter user shared a disturbing story that verged on the surreal. In a 32-tweet thread, Ashley recounted an abusive relationship with a boyfriend who forced her to eat until it caused her pain—seemingly for his own sexual pleasure.
Submitted by nocash at 2018-09-21 18:53pm to the Off Topic News forum.