Social media sightings of mini-horse on Ile Saint-Helene a hoax

A tiny white horse with a pink mane that was reportedly spotted a number of times wandering Ile Sainte-Helene has been proven to be a fake.

The mini-steed story was a test of viral news put forth by the TVA show Vlog. A former reporter wanted to see how fast he could spread fake news.

'Witness' Gilles Bouchard said he first spotted the undersized steed on a side road near the Biosphere while he was out walking on the island. The pony, however, fled when he approached, he said - but not ...
Submitted by sleeppoor at 2019-04-18 3:19am to the Off Topic News forum.

Jeopardy! champ adds $131K with perfect game

Las Vegas sports bettor James Holzhauer is rewriting the "Jeopardy!" record book on an almost nightly basis.

On the episode that aired Wednesday, Holzhauer topped his own single-game winnings mark with $131,127 to capture his 10th straight victory.
Submitted by crote at 2019-04-18 3:20am to the Television forum.

Venture Capital Is Putting Its Money Into Astrology

Meditation, Ms. Guler said, is an antisocial way of interacting with the world. She views astrology as a form of collective wellness, with Co-Star helping people relate to each other based on star signs. Another big difference between astrology and meditation’s practitioners: Astrologers are not allergic to making money.

Co-Star is free, but users can pay $2.99 to compare their chart to that of a friend who isn’t a member. This is where the relating comes in. They can answer questions ...
Submitted by Lurchi at 2019-04-18 1:02am to the Horseshit! forum.

Slapped pastor rues 'crucifixion lesson'

An Ohio church has apologised after a video emerged of students in a youth programme spitting on, slapping and cutting a pastor at his request.

Footage posted on Facebook showed young people lining up to strike associate pastor Jaddeus Dempsey, who intended it to be a lesson on crucifixion before Easter.

The video sparked outrage from parents, prompting an apology from Mr Dempsey.

Mr Dempsey said he meant to show students "how much Jesus loved them".

"Jaddeus got up in front of the ...
Submitted by Lurchi at 2019-04-17 21:08pm to the Education forum.

REVEALED: We Found Billionaire Pedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s Secret Charity

Billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein may have stopped trumpeting his million-dollar donations to charities in light of accusations he molested dozens of underage girls. But he continues to quietly distribute his wealth—including to the nonprofits of Deepak Chopra, Elton John and a doctor linked to President Trump—through a shadowy private foundation called “Gratitude America, Ltd.,” The Daily Beast has learned.
Submitted by nocash at 2019-04-17 19:33pm to the Crime forum.

Maryland man accused of stockpiling guns and drafting a kill list isn't facing terrorism charges, lawyer says

A Coast Guard lieutenant accused of stockpiling guns and compiling a hit list of prominent Democrats and network TV journalists is seeking his release from federal custody since prosecutors haven't charged him with any terrorism-related offenses.

Christopher Hasson, 49, has remained in custody since his Feb. 15 arrest and subsequent indictment in Maryland on federal firearms and drug charges. Hasson's attorney, Liz Oyer, wrote in a court filing Monday that prosecutors recently disclosed that ...
Submitted by sleeppoor at 2019-04-17 19:31pm to the Crime forum.

‘Partly Alive’: Scientists Revive Cells in Brains From Dead Pigs

In a study that raises profound questions about the line between life and death, researchers have restored some cellular activity to brains removed from slaughtered pigs.

The brains did not regain anything resembling consciousness: There were no signs indicating coordinated electrical signaling, necessary for higher functions like awareness and intelligence.

But in an experimental treatment, blood vessels in the pigs’ brains began functioning, flowing with a blood substitute, and ...
Submitted by Lurchi at 2019-04-17 18:04pm to the Science forum.

The New Anxiety Therapy That’s All About Accepting Your Fears

ACT (pronounced like “act”) is a relatively new form of therapy centered on accepting that pain and suffering are an inevitable part of life, and using that acceptance to manage negative thoughts and feelings. In addition to anxiety, it’s been used as a treatment for depression, chronic pain, anger, phobias, and a host of other issues.

Its primary conceit is that instead of trying to control or push away your negative emotions, you should focus on learning to live with them. For some ...
Submitted by Lurchi at 2019-04-17 17:47pm to the Health & Beauty forum.

A brief history of the people who survived their own execution

In 1752, 19-year-old Ewan Macdonald was hanged at Newcastle for murder and his body was delivered to the anatomists where he recovered. But, poor Ewan couldn’t catch a break that day, and according to the press, “When the body was placed ready for dissection, the surgeons were called to attend a case at the infirmary, who on their return, found Macdonald so far recovered as to be sitting up. He immediately begged for mercy, but a young surgeon, not wishing to be disappointed of the ...
Submitted by Bourdieu's Secret Admirer in the Caucasus at 2019-04-17 17:46pm to the Science forum.

Chinese scientists have put human brain genes in monkeys—and yes, they may be smarter

Now scientists in southern China report that they’ve tried to narrow the evolutionary gap, creating several transgenic macaque monkeys with extra copies of a human gene suspected of playing a role in shaping human intelligence.

“This was the first attempt to understand the evolution of human cognition using a transgenic monkey model,” says Bing Su, the geneticist at the Kunming Institute of Zoology who led the effort.

According to their findings, the modified monkeys did better on a ...
Submitted by Lurchi at 2019-04-17 17:42pm to the Science forum.

Ex-President Alan García of Peru Is Dead After Shooting Himself During Arrest

A former president of Peru died on Wednesday after shooting himself in the head when the authorities tried to arrest him on corruption charges.

A personal secretary for the former president, Alan García, 69, confirmed his death.

The secretary, Ricardo Pineda, also told a Peruvian radio station that as the authorities arrived at the former president’s home with an arrest warrant, he locked himself into his bedroom, shot himself and was rushed to a hospital.
Submitted by Forensic at 2019-04-17 16:14pm to the Crime forum.

The Rematch: Bernie Sanders vs. a Clinton Loyalist

In 2008, Neera Tanden, then a top aide on Hillary Clinton’s first presidential campaign, accompanied Mrs. Clinton to what was expected to be an easy interview at the Center for American Progress, the influential group founded by top Clinton aides. But Faiz Shakir, the chief editor of the think tank’s ThinkProgress website, asked Mrs. Clinton a question about the Iraq war, an issue dogging her candidacy because she had supported it.

Ms. Tanden responded by circling back to Mr. Shakir ...
Submitted by nocash at 2019-04-17 14:38pm to the Politics forum.

Scientists Created a 'Frogger'-Playing AI That Explains Its Decisions

Computer scientists have developed an artificially intelligent agent that uses conversational language to explain the decisions it makes.

After training the AI system to play the popular arcade game Frogger, and documenting how human players explained the decisions they made while playing the game, the team of researchers developed the agent to generate language in real time to explain the motivations behind its actions.

“What makes us want to use technology is trust that it can do what ...
Submitted by sleeppoor at 2019-04-17 14:50pm to the Science forum.

Air tanker drops in wildfires are often just for show

The deadly 2003 Cedar fire was raging through San Diego County. Rep. Duncan Hunter, whose home in Alpine would burn to the ground, couldn't understand why military aircraft hadn't been called in to fight the blaze. He decided to do something about it.

Hunter phoned Ray Quintanar, regional aviation chief for the U.S. Forest Service, and demanded that giant C-130 cargo planes be mobilized to attack the fire with retardant.

Quintanar explained that winds were too high and visibility too poor ...
Submitted by sleeppoor at 2019-04-17 14:48pm to the Off Topic News forum.

To the Plaudits of Emirs, Trump to Continue Helping Starve Yemen

President Donald Trump has vetoed a bill Congress passed to end the United State's military assistance in the Saudi Arabia-led war in Yemen.

In a break with the president, Congress voted for the first time to invoke the War Powers Resolution to try and stop US involvement in a foreign conflict.
Submitted by Goofy Gorilla at 2019-04-17 14:33pm to the The World forum.

Former GOP Congressman Aaron Schock spotted at Coachella making out with a guy

Schock’s voting record read like the CliffsNotes of the Religious Right’s antigay playbook. Among his political positions, he voted against adding ‘sexual orientation, gender identity, gender and disability’ to the federal hate crime protection groups, against the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ and for the Defense of Marriage Act, which defined marriage as between a man and a woman.
Submitted by gotterdamm at 2019-04-17 13:52pm to the Politics forum.

FBI Affidavit In Assange Case Shows Government Is Criminalizing Publication Of Afghanistan War Logs

If WikiLeaks is guilty of aiding or abetting espionage through the publication of reports from the Afghanistan War, then so, too, are journalists and editors at the New York Times.
Submitted by somedongus at 2019-04-17 13:46pm to the Politics forum.

Keep Instagram horny: The platform's latest announcement suggests the campaign to sanitize the internet of sex is going strong

Facebook is for keeping up with your family, Twitter is for depression (both causing it and complaining about it), and Instagram is for being a freak. From artfully crafted thirst traps to extremely NSFW content, the most visual app is also the horniest. But that may be changing. Instagram announced last week it will be limiting the spread of what it deems “borderline” content. The move is part of a broader updated strategy of “remove, reduce and inform” by Facebook for its family of ...
Submitted by sleeppoor at 2019-04-17 3:53am to the The Economy forum.

Notre-Dame Photos: A Fire and Its Aftermath

With the flames extinguished, the smoke clear and a new sun risen over Paris, the French got a heartening confirmation on Tuesday: The Cathedral of Notre-Dame still stands.

It is scorched, battered and missing its spire and much of its roof, but the 800-year-old Gothic masterwork that symbolized both a place and a culture is a monument to be repaired, not mourned.
Submitted by sleeppoor at 2019-04-17 3:10am to the The World forum.

Entry Into The Catalogue Of Irrational Fears That Are True: Diver Survives After Being Left By Dive Boat

A scuba-diving spearfisherman who went missing from his boat off Trinidad managed to swim back to shore after spending a reported 16 hours in Atlantic waters.
Submitted by Wonko at 2019-04-17 3:07am to the Off Topic News forum.