Rosenstein Suggested He Secretly Record Trump and Discussed 25th Amendment

The deputy attorney general, Rod J. Rosenstein, suggested last year that he secretly record President Trump in the White House to expose the chaos consuming the administration, and he discussed recruiting cabinet members to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Mr. Trump from office for being unfit.

Mr. Rosenstein made these suggestions in the spring of 2017 when Mr. Trump’s firing of James B. Comey as F.B.I. director plunged the White House into turmoil. Over the ensuing days, the president ...
Submitted by Forensic at 2018-09-21 17:56pm to the Politics forum.

I Tried To Eat 50 Eggs And Failed Disgustingly

Why did I attempt the 50-egg challenge? The short answer is that we made the mistake of talking about eggs around lunchtime, when I was hungry. The slightly less short answer is that we were talking about who has the right physique to play Superman, and someone mentioned George Reeves, and Albert described the 1950s as a time “when publications would describe how strong a man was in terms of how many eggs he ate,” and Drew jokingly(?) suggested we try to eat 100 eggs on video, and I, being ...
Submitted by nocash at 2018-09-21 16:35pm to the Food forum.

Spotify Will Now Let You Generate A Playlist Based On Your AncestryDNA Results

Starting on September 19, customers who have received AncestryDNA test results can turn to Spotify to find carefully selected playlists that correspond with their ethnic background as disclosed in their DNA test results. If you've just recently discovered something new about your heritage, you'll enjoy this creative way of exploring it musically. There's so much we can learn about a place from the music that comes from it, so you can look to your DNA playlist as not just entertainment, but also ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2018-09-21 15:55pm to the Music forum.

She reported her rape. Her hometown turned against her. Can justice ever be served?

Aug. 11, 2006, was a sweltering Friday night in the midst of a long, fatally hot summer. A 16-year-old girl reported that she was raped that night, in a storage shed off a dirt road in my hometown of Arlington, Tex. Nobody was ever prosecuted for it, and nobody was punished except, arguably, her: By the end of the fall semester, she had disappeared from our high school, leaving only sordid rumors and a nascent urban legend.

I never saw her, the rising junior-class cheerleader who said she had ...
Submitted by Forensic at 2018-09-21 15:16pm to the Crime forum.

How We Became Posthuman

Here, at the inaugural moment of the computer age, the erasure of embodiment is performed so that "intelligence" becomes a property of the formal manipulation of symbols rather than enaction in the human lifeworld. The Turing test was to set the agenda for artificial intelligence for the next three decades. In the push to achieve machines that can think, researchers performed again and again the erasure of embodiment at the heart of the Turing test. All that mattered was the formal generation ...
Submitted by Lurchi at 2018-09-21 15:11pm to the Books forum.

Kent Sorenson Was a Tea Party Hero. Then He Lost Everything.

Inmate No. 15000-030 is released into the frigid January morning at 8:46, a gray custodial suit of sweatpants and long-sleeved thermal clinging to his immense frame, a bushy salt-and-pepper beard wrapping around his face, a guard escorting him with a high-powered rifle slung over his right shoulder. Most politicians would appear hopelessly—dangerously—misplaced in a federal prison. Kent Sorenson is not most politicians. Standing over six feet tall and weighing every bit of 270 pounds, with ...
Submitted by DamnHead at 2018-09-21 15:04pm to the Politics forum.

No, I Will Not Debate You

Every day, people on the internet ask why I won’t “debate” some self-actualizing gig-economy fascist or other, as if formal, public debate were the only way to steer public conversation. If you won’t debate, the argument goes, you’re an enemy of free speech. You’re basically no better than a Nazi, and certainly far worse than any of the actual Nazis muttering about not being allowed to preach racism from prestigious pulpits. Well-meaning liberals insist that “sunlight is the best ...
Submitted by nocash at 2018-09-21 15:03pm to the Off Topic News forum.

Diarrhea Planet Is Dead, Long Live Diarrhea Planet

There was no way this should’ve worked. The version of Diarrhea Planet that existed at the end of their lifeline, at the height of their powers, should’ve been unsustainable from the start. There is little reason that a band like this should’ve found a foothold beyond the scuzzier corners of individual American cities’ DIY scenes. There was no way this should’ve worked. And yet it did, allowing Diarrhea Planet to get much further than anyone would’ve reasonably expected. That is: It ...
Submitted by FMonk at 2018-09-21 12:49pm to the Music forum.

A Paris Agreement for the Workers of the World

Democrats want to reduce inequality and save the labor movement, but how? One policy organization has an ambitious new proposal.
Submitted by nocash at 2018-09-21 13:52pm to the The Economy forum.

Children as young as 10 denied UK citizenship for failing ‘good character’ test

Hundreds of vulnerable children as young as 10, who have spent most of their lives in the UK, are having their applications for British citizenship denied for failing to pass the government’s controversial “good character” test.
Submitted by sacred animal at 2018-09-21 12:49pm to the Off Topic News forum.

Restaurant tries marijuana for lobsters to take the edge off being boiled

For decades, seafood lovers have struggled with a confounding ethical dilemma: how do you balance out the delight of a lobster dinner with the discomfort of boiling one alive, generally regarded as the proper way to prepare the crustacean delicacy?

That conflict has been compounded in recent years with the surge in relatively ethical means of farming. One enterprising restaurateur in Maine has come up with what seems like a reasonable solution. Why not get the lobsters baked?
Submitted by sacred animal at 2018-09-21 5:58am to the Food forum.

Beyoncé’s Ex-Drummer Files for Restraining Order, Alleging “Extreme Witchcraft”

Kimberly Thompson, Beyoncé’s former drummer, has filed for a civil harassment restraining order against Beyoncé, The Blast reports and court records viewed by Pitchfork confirm. According to documents obtained by the Blast, Thompson alleges that Beyoncé is practicing “extreme witchcraft” and “magic spells of sexual molestation” to harass her. Among other allegations, Thompson also claims that Beyoncé “murdered my pet kitten.”
Submitted by chapstick at 2018-09-21 2:36am to the Crime forum.

Browns Backers group forced to end self-made ‘Victory Fridge’

“We were pretty upset because, why is the team that hasn't won a game in 632 days bothering with a fan base, a very active fan base that watches this horrible team from week to week?" Martin said.

While disappointed, these Browns backers are used to disappointment. They said they`ll take this loss in stride, just as they have over the years and continue to cheer on their favorite team.

The group said they plan to keep the fridge, but to not get into any legal trouble, they said they did ...
Submitted by shutup at 2018-09-21 2:25am to the Sports forum.

A Conserved Role for Serotonergic Neurotransmission in Mediating Social Behavior in Octopus

• Phylogenetic analysis revealed clear octopus orthologs of human SLC6A4
• SLC6A4 protein alignment revealed conservation of the MDMA binding site in octopuses
• A novel assay was developed for quantification of octopus social behaviors
• Behavioral analysis revealed conservation of prosocial function of MDMA in octopuses
Submitted by Enki Don't at 2018-09-21 1:54am to the Science forum.

‘The Apprentice’ book excerpt: At CIA’s ‘Russia House,’ growing alarm about 2016 election interference

The CIA’s Predator operations floor is a dazzling theater of high-tech warfare. Concentric rows of computer terminals face a wall of high-definition video screens. The ambient lighting is darkened to allow analysts to focus on footage transmitted halfway around the world from aircraft (the early Predators now largely replaced with larger, more powerful Reapers) equipped with cameras and missiles but no cockpits.

The sight of missiles streaming toward a target is particularly ...
Submitted by Forensic at 2018-09-21 0:09am to the Off Topic News forum.

Abandoned houses in St. Louis are a problem. This is who’s to blame

I read with interest this last weekend the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s coverage of vacant buildings in St. Louis. As longtime readers might suspect, I have strong opinions on the subject, having spent much of the last decade documenting largely abandoned neighborhoods and meeting the residents who remained. First and foremost, I must stress that no one deserves to live next to an abandoned building that is structurally unstable, beyond saving, sits on a block that is largely vacant, and poses a ...
Submitted by crote at 2018-09-21 0:11am to the The Economy forum.

Dozens bleed from ears and noses after flight crew forgets to pressurize plane

Authorities say a flight crew’s failure to flip a switch caused a plane to depressurize over Mumbai, leaving passengers bleeding into oxygen masks and nearly losing consciousness.

Satish Nair told The Washington Post that he boarded Jet Airways Flight 9W 697 before sunrise Thursday, bound from Mumbai to Jaipur on a business trip. He took his seat in business class, and a couple minutes after takeoff felt a stinging in his ears — “like needles,” he said.

“I thought it was maybe due ...
Submitted by Forensic at 2018-09-21 0:07am to the Off Topic News forum.

Top U.S. Diplomat Backed Continuing Support for Saudi War in Yemen Over Objections of Staff

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo backed continued U.S. military support for Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen over the objections of staff members after being warned that a cutoff could jeopardize $2 billion in weapons sales to America’s Gulf allies, according to a classified memo and people familiar with the decision.
Submitted by Xiphias at 2018-09-20 22:08pm to the The World forum.

Taiwan tracing US gun company owner accused of sex with girl

Taiwan said Thursday it is looking for the owner of a Texas company that sells blueprints to make untraceable 3-D printed guns who is wanted on an arrest warrant tied to an accusation that he had sex with an underage girl and paid her $500 afterward.

The National Immigration Agency and Criminal Investigation Bureau confirmed that Cody Wilson was in Taiwan after arriving on the island earlier this month.
Submitted by Xiphias at 2018-09-20 20:09pm to the Crime forum.

A flag of underwear: Photo from Kavanaugh’s time shows DKE hijinks

Yale Daily News

In an Aug. 30 letter to leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee, female college classmates of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh ’87 LAW ’90 testified to the judge’s respect for women, praising his character and his support for female athletics at Yale.

But in his first year of college, Kavanaugh joined an organization notorious for disrespecting women: the campus chapter of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity.

A photograph that appeared in the Yale Daily News on ...
Submitted by crote at 2018-09-20 21:08pm to the Education forum.