The Disease of Deceit

I can’t remember if the photo of Chaya and my dog was candid or if it was posed. It’s most likely the latter because my dog is notoriously uncooperative when it comes to looking at the camera for photos. It usually takes a treat in my hand to move her head in the right direction and keep it there. Anyway, it works better for the story if this photo was staged because, as we would learn nearly five years later, almost everything in Chaya’s life had been staged to elicit maximum sympathy. ...
Submitted by nocash at 2020-01-17 15:52pm to the Health & Beauty forum.

Some Space Rocks Are Notorious for Being Stinky

Many eyewitnesses described the rocks as smelling of tar or methylated spirits, also known as “denatured alcohol,” which has additives to make it taste and smell foul, to prevent people from drinking it. Others agreed that the rocks had an odor, but didn’t find it offensive: Some described them as smelling “like wet hay,” says Kay Ball, president of the Murchison & District Historical Society.
Submitted by nocash at 2020-01-17 15:23pm to the Science forum.

Time to patch Windows 10

there's a windows flaw that's so bad the NSA is warning about it
Submitted by Ketamine Starblaze at 2020-01-17 6:05am to the Video Games forum.

Homeless Black Moms Took Over a Vacant House, and Got Treated Like Terrorists

On November 18, a group of Black mothers walked up the staircase of 2928 Magnolia Street, a long-vacant three-bedroom house in Oakland, California, and opened the door. They didn’t need to break the lock, as it had previously been squatted in. They began living inside. They stayed when the company that owned the house began eviction proceedings against them. As the court battle played out, they become icons of the fight against homelessness, a journey that culminated with them being evicted ...
Submitted by Forensic at 2020-01-16 22:55pm to the Off Topic News forum.

JRR Tolkien's son Christopher dies aged 95

Christopher Tolkien, the son of Lord Of The Rings author JRR Tolkien, has died aged 95, the Tolkien Society has announced.

The society, which promotes the life and works of the celebrated writer, released a short statement on Twitter to confirm the news.

The statement said: “Christopher Tolkien has died at the age of 95. The Tolkien Society sends its deepest condolences to Baillie, Simon, Adam, Rachel and the whole Tolkien family.”

Tolkien, who was born in Leeds in 1924, was the ...
Submitted by sleeppoor at 2020-01-16 21:03pm to the Books forum.

A New Campaign Wants to Finally Strike ‘Chinese Restaurant Syndrome’ From the Dictionary

It’s very old news that MSG is, in fact, absolutely fine and a naturally occurring compound found in seaweed, tomatoes, and everything else you describe as having umami. MSG is, essentially, just concentrated umami. So it feels like a bit of a surprise, to Grub anyway, that the Merriam-Webster dictionary still has a straight-up definition of Chinese restaurant syndrome, which is entangled in racist and xenophobic attitudes toward Chinese people and, thereby, food.
Submitted by nocash at 2020-01-16 20:48pm to the Food forum.

Prince Andrew faces losing armed guard after 'downgrade' following Jeffrey Epstein scandal

this is going to end up being so fucking hilarious when the British press falls all over themselves eulogizing him after he gets thrown off a skyscraper in Malaysia
Submitted by somedongus at 2020-01-16 20:36pm to the Crime forum.

Pastor Loses Suit Over Gay-Conversion Videos on Vimeo

A federal magistrate threw out a discrimination suit against Vimeo from a California pastor who says he is the product of gay-conversion therapy.

The 1996 Communications Decency Act immunizes service providers like Vimeo for the things people post on their sites. There are two types of immunity under Section 230 of the law, U.S. Magistrate Judge Stewart Aaron explained, publisher immunity and immunity to “police content.” 

The latter means Vimeo, as long as it’s acting in good ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2020-01-16 20:24pm to the Podcasts, Etc forum.

FBI investigators visit Robert Hyde's home and office

FBI investigators on Thursday visited both the home and business of Connecticut congressional candidate Robert Hyde, who this week was implicated in the Ukraine scandal.

The agents were seen by CNN and their presence was confirmed by a law enforcement official. They were at the home early Thursday morning in Weatogue, Connecticut, before going to Hyde's business in nearby Avon.
Hyde runs both his landscaping company and his campaign headquarters from the office. The investigators did not ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2020-01-16 20:23pm to the Crime forum.

Trump rolls out policies that would push federal funds to religious groups and advance prayer in public schools

President Donald Trump on Thursday announced a series of new rules and guidance memos designed to push federal funds to religious organizations and advance prayer in public schools. The guidance comes amid a formal White House declaration recognizing Jan.16 as Religious Freedom Day.

In a reversal of Obama-era requirements that tightly restricted religious organizations receiving taxpayer money, almost a dozen federal agencies are rolling out proposals meant to ease those restrictions on ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2020-01-16 20:20pm to the Education forum.

'Repent or die': Panama religious sect kills seven in bizarre ritual

Seven people were killed in a bizarre religious ritual in a jungle community in Panama, in which indigenous residents were rounded up by about 10 lay preachers and tortured, beaten, burned and hacked with machetes to make them “repent their sins”. Ten people were arrested.

Police freed 14 members of the Ngabé Buglé indigenous group who had been tied up and beaten with wooden cudgels and Bibles.

On Thursday, the local prosecutor Rafael Baloyes described the chilling scene that ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2020-01-16 20:20pm to the Crime forum.

Arrest warrant issued for Odell Beckham Jr. after locker room butt slap; Browns release statement

New Orleans police on Thursday morning obtained an arrest warrant accusing NFL player Odell Beckham Jr. of simple battery in relation to a locker room interaction he had with a Mercedes-Benz Superdome police officer Monday night.

A police spokesman said the warrant was issued after a video showed Beckham apparently slapping a male officer's buttocks after LSU's championship game.
Submitted by sleeppoor at 2020-01-16 19:29pm to the Sports forum.

Exclusive: Rep. Ayanna Pressley Reveals Beautiful Bald Head and Discusses Alopecia for the First Time

Ayanna Pressley loves playing with her hair. Before she became a Massachusetts Congresswoman (and a high-profile member of “The Squad”), Pressley would experiment with different hairstyles and textures, getting a weave and even cutting her own hair. Lately, she’s been experimenting with lace-front wigs.

“One I call ‘FLOTUS’ because it feels very Michelle Obama to me, [and another] I call ‘Tracee,’ because it feels very Tracee Ellis Ross to me,” Pressley told me in an ...
Submitted by Forensic at 2020-01-16 19:27pm to the Health & Beauty forum.

Croatia has enchanting words for genitalia. Why doesn't the UK?

“Any trouble with other words for cock?” I asked, eager to be of assistance.

“No, we’re good for those. We have plenty.”

But this led us on to nice words for our reproductive organs. Willy, she reminded me, is pimpek (pronounced pimp-ek). Sweet. But ever since I begat daughters I have bemoaned the lack of a sweet word for girls’ bits. Willy is a lovely word: sweet, affectionate, harmless and a bit funny. It’s so bad, and telling, that we don’t have such a thing for girls? ...
Submitted by Bourdieu's Secret Admirer in the Caucasus at 2020-01-16 19:11pm to the The World forum.

Sketches of the Criminal World: Cold, unromantic stories of criminality

Shalamov’s stories offer no hope. There are no heroes in a world where it was all you could do not to steal your starving fellow prisoner’s bread ration, or not denounce him in the hope of improving your own chances of survival. There is no glimmer of a redemptive moral message, such as we find in Solzhenitsyn. Shalamov describes a world of labour, frostbite, starvation and perpetual violence. But he does it from within a moral and literary tradition that precedes Stalinism and his hope was ...
Submitted by Bourdieu's Secret Admirer in the Caucasus at 2020-01-16 19:09pm to the Books forum.

Trump Tax Cut Hands $32 Billion Windfall to America’s Top Banks

Savings for the top six U.S. banks from President Donald Trump’s signature tax overhaul accelerated last year, now topping $32 billion as the lenders curbed new borrowing, pared jobs and ramped up payouts to shareholders.

JPMorgan Chase & Co., Bank of America Corp., Citigroup Inc., Wells Fargo & Co., Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Morgan Stanley posted earnings this week showing they saved $18 billion in 2019, more than the prior year, as their average effective tax rate fell to 18% from ...
Submitted by Forensic at 2020-01-16 18:44pm to the The Economy forum.

Virginia Just Passed the ERA. What Happens Now?

On January 15, Virginia approved the amendment, making it the 38th state to do so. While long overdue, this development is significant, or at the very least symbolic. After Congress passed the amendment back in 1972, it went to the states, where, in order to become enshrined in the U.S. Constitution, it would need to be passed by 38 states (three-fourths of the 50 states). But when the congressional deadline rolled around in 1982, only 35 states had passed it. Over the past few years, though, ...
Submitted by nocash at 2020-01-16 18:31pm to the Politics forum.

F.B.I. Arrests Suspected Members of Neo-Nazi Group Before Virginia Gun Rally

The F.B.I. has arrested three men suspected of being members of a neo-Nazi hate group, including a former reservist in the Canadian Army, who had weapons and discussed traveling to a pro-gun rally next week in Richmond, Va., in anticipation of a possible race war.

The men were taken into custody on Thursday morning as part of a long-running investigation into the group, known as The Base. The men were charged with various federal crimes in Maryland, according to the Justice Department. They ...
Submitted by Forensic at 2020-01-16 18:00pm to the Crime forum.

Billionaire Pedophile Trafficked Girls As Young As 11

A lawsuit filed today against the estate of Jeffrey Epstein has revealed disturbing new evidence about the dead billionaire’s decades-long, large-scale trafficking and abuse of young girls on his private Caribbean island. Though some of the information within has been previously reported, the lawsuit, filed by U.S. Virgin Islands attorney general Denise N. George, “significantly expands the scope” of what we know about Epstein’s horrifying conduct on “Pedophile Island,” which the ...
Submitted by nocash at 2020-01-16 16:04pm to the Crime forum.

Women supporters of Sanders want to leave the Bernie Bro stereotype behind

The popular origin of the term dates back to a rather innocuous piece written in 2015. In the Atlantic, Robinson Meyer wrote “Here Comes the Bernie Bro,” specifically about the behavior of male Sanders fans on social media. The piece lists the acts of an imagined or composite Bernie supporter online with examples like, “The Berniebro is very irate when CNN takes its online poll results down. The Berniebro posts about that, too.”

Meyer’s work is funny to look back on now, as the ...
Submitted by nocash at 2020-01-16 14:53pm to the Politics forum.