The New Ghostbusters Movie Already Has a Teaser

Oh man, this is going to be depressing isn't it?
Submitted by gotterdamm at 2019-01-16 16:56pm to the Movies forum.

Did the Wall Street Journal Fall for a Prank Directed at Laura Loomer?

Laura Loomer, who operated as an anti-Muslim online activist before she was suspended permanently from Twitter, was duped by internet pranksters into believing that her suspension occurred due to alleged lobbying by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a Muslim civil rights group in America.

Loomer then apparently took that claim to The Wall Street Journal, which by conflating Twitter’s normal complaint mechanisms with the advisory capacity enjoyed by some advocacy groups with ...
Submitted by Forensic at 2019-01-16 16:26pm to the Off Topic News forum.

The Men Bringing Back the Artistry of Nunchucks

Chris Pellitteri smiles as I fidget with the nunchucks in my hand. He’s a boulder of a man, one who has spent the better part of his life perfecting his skills in karate — the black belt around his waist is so worn that the color is peeling off. He’s also a nunchaku expert who has developed his own system and runs the North American Nunchaku Association. In other words, I’m in pretty good hands for my first-ever session with a pair of nunchucks.
Submitted by nocash at 2019-01-16 15:58pm to the Sports forum.

Virginia Could Soon Place the Equal Rights Amendment in the U.S. Constitution

For those of us who came of age at a time when the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment seemed as inevitable as it was overdue, the ERA’s sudden revival in the Trump era has been a marvelous development. Today the Virginia Senate ratified the amendment, which means the Old Dominion is halfway through the process of becoming the crucial 38th state — three-fourths of the 50 states — to get onboard since Congress passed the ERA in 1972.
Submitted by nocash at 2019-01-16 15:58pm to the Politics forum.

World's first robot hotel massacres half of its robot staff

“The two robot luggage carriers are out of use because they can reach only about two dozen of the more than 100 rooms in the hotel. They can travel only on flat surfaces and could malfunction if they get wet going outside to annex buildings,” the paper reported. “They were really slow and noisy, and would get stuck trying to go past each other,” lamented one guest.
Submitted by Enki Don't at 2019-01-16 13:53pm to the Off Topic News forum.

Brown launches tour in four early nominating states amid 2020 consideration

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) announced Tuesday night that he’s launching a “Dignity of Work” tour in four early nominating states as he continues to explore a 2020 presidential campaign.

Brown has been seriously considering a White House bid to take on President Trump since the November midterm elections. His tour will kick off on Jan. 30 in Cleveland with a stop in Iowa the following day. He has yet to announce the dates of his other stops in New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada.

In ...
Submitted by sleeppoor at 2019-01-16 5:42am to the Politics forum.

Hero vandals replace pro-police sign with anti-police stickers, business says

Staff at a Jacksonville barbecue joint that’s known for supporting law enforcement were shocked Thursday to find their pro-law enforcement sign stolen and vulgar, anti-police stickers left in its place.

Willard’s Bar-B-Q off San Juan Avenue had a banner displayed below its restaurant's street sign that said “Welcome Here” with the outline of badges and a “thin blue line” in honor of law enforcement.

Owner James Willard said he hung the banner two years ago.

“During a time when ...
Submitted by sleeppoor at 2019-01-16 3:43am to the Food forum.

Star Trek TV Head Reveals What He's Learned from 'Voyager,' 'Deep Space Nine'

Star Trek is going through a new period of expansion with Alex Kurtzman at the head, and he has a plan to keep the franchise fresh and exciting for fans.

The Star Trek franchise expanding rapidly. A new show spinning out of Star Trek: Discovery was announced just today. That shows joins a handful of others already in development, including Patrick Stewart's return as Jean-Luc Picard, the animated comedy Star Trek: Lower Decks, and a second animated series aimed more at younger ...
Submitted by sleeppoor at 2019-01-16 2:28am to the Television forum.

Kirsten Gillibrand’s 2020 policy agenda: Universal paid family leave, publicly funded elections, improving gender and racial equality

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) will run for president vowing to enact universal paid family leave, publicly funded federal elections, and a Medicare-for-All health-care system, as well as a number of measures to combat America’s racial and gender disparities in education, health care and criminal justice, according to campaign aides.

Gillibrand, who is expected to announce her presidential bid Tuesday on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert,” will tout a number of policy proposals from ...
Submitted by sleeppoor at 2019-01-16 2:24am to the Politics forum.

Consolation Prizes

The right has been trying to sell Americans on consumption-based standards of freedom for years. Indeed, the CEA’s report on the baleful impact of socialism makes much more sense when one remembers that the current head of the agency is Kevin Hassett, a longtime fixture at the American Enterprise Institute, one of the foremost think tanks of the American conservative movement. (Hassett’s also the coauthor, with rabid supply-sider James Glassman, of one of the most ridiculous books of all ...
Submitted by crote at 2019-01-16 1:08am to the The Economy forum.

Alibaba's 'City Brain' is slashing congestion in its hometown

Traffic used to be a frequent headache for residents in Hangzhou, the eastern Chinese city that's home to Alibaba.

The metropolis of 7 million people once ranked fifth among China's most congested cities, but it has now dropped to 57th on the list.

Alibaba (BABA) says that's because of one of its inventions, dubbed the City Brain, which uses artificial intelligence to gather information across Hangzhou, such as video from intersection cameras and GPS data on the locations of cars and ...
Submitted by Forensic at 2019-01-15 23:22pm to the Off Topic News forum.

How 'Slime Rancher' Made a Ton of Money And Stuck to 40-Hour Workweeks

Noted Joe Rogan fan and exceptionally bad Twitter user Elon Musk recently said “there are way easier places to work, but nobody ever changed the world on 40 hours a week,” a response to ongoing criticism of the exploitative labor conditions at Musk’s companies, especially the vehicle-focused Tesla. Musk’s comment garnered all manner of response, including one from Nick Popovich, the game director behind 2017’s Slime Rancher, a wildly successful game about collecting, raising, and ...
Submitted by Forensic at 2019-01-15 22:33pm to the Video Games forum.

Gov. Kevin Stitt Plans to Use His Office to Align ‘With What God Is Doing in Oklahoma’ | Right Wing Watch

“We are God’s kingdom here on earth,” she said. “It is our call to go our into our state and save people and bring people to him and help with all of these issues. Government alone cannot fix this.”
Submitted by Xiphias at 2019-01-15 22:14pm to the Politics forum.

German Intelligence Looking Into Suspected Extremism From The Largest Far-Right Party

Germany’s domestic intelligence agency announced Tuesday that it is stepping up its scrutiny of the far-right Alternative for Germany party (AfD), examining whether the party has crossed the line into extremism forbidden by the country’s post-World War II constitution.

The agency, known as the Constitutional Protection Office, announced that it will conduct a preliminary evaluation into the whole of the party’s operations nationwide. It is scrutinizing the federal party as a ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2019-01-15 22:13pm to the Politics forum.

Kansas: Governor Kelly reinstates protections for LGBT state workers in Kansas eliminated by Brownback

Gov. Laura Kelly ordered Kansas state agencies on Tuesday to again prohibit on-the-job discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender state employees.

The first openly gay state representatives in Kansas history said they will introduce a bill to extend non-discrimination protections to all LGBT people in the state. Kelly said she would sign such a bill.

In her first official act, Kelly signed an executive order reinstating the protections for LGBT workers that were eliminated ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2019-01-15 21:36pm to the Politics forum.

Minimalism Is Another Product Wealthy People Can Buy

The implication of this kind of minimalism is obvious, and yet it somehow never seems to get addressed: The only people who can "practice" minimalism in any meaningful way are people upon whom it isn't forced by financial or logistical circumstances. You cannot choose to "declutter" if you are already living in a sparse home you cannot afford to furnish. You cannot "reduce" the food you consume if you are already only able to put one good meal on the table per day. And when nearly half of ...
Submitted by Agent #1 at 2019-01-15 20:31pm to the The Economy forum.

The Flexicat: A card game system for new games, or to emulate way too many existing ones

The Flexicat is a versatile card game system [in development] that can be used to play many traditional and modern card games. At only 108 cards, it supports a large number of existing game systems, such as:

Standard card deck games (Tichu)
Games that need up to 10 suits (Lost Cities, Coloretto, Arboretum)
Games that need multiples of cards (Hanabi)
Tarot games
Decktet games (e.g. Jacynth)
Sequential numbered cards up to 100 (The Game)
Pyramidal decks (Pairs)
Variations of word games (Letter ...
Submitted by katheudo at 2019-01-15 19:43pm to the Science forum.

Red Dead Redemption 2’s Pinkerton agents are at the center of a lawsuit

The publisher of Red Dead Redemption 2 has thrown down a legal gauntlet against the security company Pinkerton — which demanded royalties for using its name in the game. According to a complaint filed late last week, Pinkerton sent Take-Two Interactive a cease-and-desist letter over the characters of Andrew Milton and Edgar Ross, a pair of Pinkerton agents and major antagonists in the game. Now, Take-Two is suing to have the characters declared fair use, arguing that they’re part of Red ...
Submitted by sleeppoor at 2019-01-15 19:31pm to the Video Games forum.

Flint schools receive water stations, filtration systems from billionaire Elon Musk

Billionaire inventor Elon Musk and his Musk Foundation are donating $480,350 for water stations and filtration equipment for every building in Flint Community Schools.

The school district tweeted about the donation and Musk replied that he hopes "to do more help in the future."

The district says it will use Musk's donation to replace drinking fountains with water stations using ultraviolet filtration equipment. The drinking fountains have been out of service since the Flint water crisis in ...
Submitted by katheudo at 2019-01-15 19:31pm to the Health & Beauty forum.

American Phone Companies Are Literally Letting Their Networks Fall Apart

Once as important as the American railroad and electrical grid, American phone companies aren’t quite what they used to be. With the use of copper-based landlines having plummeted the last few years, many of the nation’s phone companies have understandably attempted to shift their business models toward new, more profitable sectors like video advertising.

The problem: many of their aging fixed-line networks were not only built on the backs of billions in taxpayer subsidies, they’re very ...
Submitted by katheudo at 2019-01-15 19:28pm to the The Economy forum.