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Climate change deniers attack philosopher for musing about the debate.

Climate change deniers attack philosopher for musing about the debate.

Climate deniers have attacked a philosopher for pointing out that the funding of the climate deniers could be said to be criminally negligent when there is a 99% consensus amongst scientists that climate change is real.

Here’s a few things that US-based philosopher and academic Lawrence Torcello has been told about global warming over the last couple of weeks

It’s a “lie straight from the Jews”, it “isn’t real”, it’s a “hoax” designed to “enslave people” and it’s an artifact of scientists engaged in a “worldwide collusion to hide the truth”.

Torcello himself was told he was both a “faggot” and a “maggot” but not in the same email. Poets, these correspondents were not (he was also called a fascist and a Stalinist – another chance at a rhyming couplet criminally missed).

Torcello is an assistant professor at Rochester Institute of Technology in New York state who a few days earlier had written a story for The Conversation website.

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Creepy Sexy Animatronic Slut Puppet?

Artist Jordan Wolfson’s imagination brought this animatronic figure to life with a little help from his friends at Spectral Motion. The piece is currently being exhibited at David Zwirner Gallery in New York. The figure, who wears a grotesque green mask, incorporates facial recognition technology which allows her eyes to focus on, and unnervingly follow, visitors at the exhibition.

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Stolen phone starts uploading thieves home made porn

Stolen phone starts uploading thieves home made porn

Victoria Brodsky’s phone went missing this past August, when she and some friends went to a street fair in Brooklyn.

Then, one week later, a series of photographs of a nude couple began popping up in her Dropbox account, which automatically uploads photos from her phone. By the end of day, a video of the couple having sex showed up, too. Not that she found the pictures appealing:

“Sex looks very boring in their house,” she told the New York Daily News, who she turned to for help in catching the porn loving culprits.

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Pastafarian Sworn Into Office

Pastafarian Sworn Into Office

Christopher Schaeffer, a member of the “Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster,” was sworn in as a member of the Pomfret Town Council in New York wearing a colander, the Observer reported.

“It’s just a statement about religious freedom,” he told the Observer. “It’s a religion without any dogma.”

The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster was formed to poke fun at organized religion.

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Rich catholics threaten the Pope over his views of being rich

Rich catholics threaten the Pope over his views of being rich

If anyone wonders whether Pope Francis has irritated wealthy conservatives with his courage and idealism, the latest outburst from Kenneth Langone left little doubt. Sounding both aggressive and whiny, the billionaire investor warned that he and his overprivileged friends might withhold their millions from church and charity unless the pontiff stops preaching against the excesses and cruelty of unleashed capitalism.

According to Langone, such criticism from the Holy See could ultimately hurt the sensitive feelings of the rich so badly that they become “incapable of feeling compassion for the poor.” He also said rich donors are already losing their enthusiasm for the restoration of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan — a very specific threat that he mentioned directly to Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York.

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Google did not send the police to the house of the people who googled “Pressure Cooker”

Google did not send the police to the house of the people who googled “Pressure Cooker”

Some shit news outlets are reporting this.

BE CAREFUL what you Google. This is the clear message after an incident this week when a New York couple had an unwelcome visit from counter-terrorism authorities.

Blogger and journalist Michele Catalano was Googling pressure cookers. She wanted a pressure cooker to cook quinoa, which is that South American grainy stuff you can buy in the health food section of the supermarket. It was a harmless Google search.

Turns out this is not true.

Suffolk County Criminal Intelligence Detectives received a tip from a Bay Shore based computer company regarding suspicious computer searches conducted by a recently released employee.  The former employee’s computer searches took place on this employee’s workplace computer. On that computer, the employee searched the terms “pressure cooker bombs” and “backpacks.”

After interviewing the company representatives, Suffolk County Police Detectives visited the subject’s home to ask about the suspicious internet searches. The incident was investigated by Suffolk County Police Department’s Criminal Intelligence Detectives and was determined to be non-criminal in nature.

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Whitney Houston causes emergency landing

Whitney Houston causes emergency landing

An American Airlines pilot was forced to make an emergency landing after a passenger refused to stop singing Whitney Houston’s hit song I Will Always Love You.
The solo performance began shortly into the flight from Los Angeles to New York and her crooning quickly became too much for passengers and staff on the domestic flight last Thursday.
The pilot was forced to change course halfway through the six hour flight and make an unscheduled stop at Kansas City so officers could escort the woman from the plane.

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Some may say overkill. I say that she should have been ejected while the plane was in flight.

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Gawd bless ‘Murica

Gawd bless ‘Murica

A US man plans to give people living in high-crime New York neighbourhoods free shotguns and weapons training as part of a controversial new initiative.
Kyle Coplen, 29, founded the Armed Citizens Project in January, the New York Daily News reports.

The group, which is privately funded, aims to give New York residents in high-crime areas free weapons training and a $200 shotgun.

“We’re coming, and we’re going to get shotguns into the hands of responsible citizens,” Mr Coplen said.

But Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said the city’s strict permitting process would be a roadblock to Mr Coplen’s plan.

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Chrissie Amplett dies of MS+BC

Chrissie Amplett dies of MS+BC

“Australian rock legend Chrissy Amphlett, best known as the singer of the Divinyls, has died in New York aged 53.

The charismatic frontwoman was surrounded by family and friends at her home when she died this morning.

Her husband of 14 years, former Divinyls drummer Charley Drayton, says Amphlett died of breast cancer and multiple sclerosis.”

 

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Daft Punk to tour where?

Daft Punk to tour where?

dpunkPARIS, New York…Wee Waa?

The wildly anticipated new record from French electronic music superstars Daft Punk will be given its global launch at the Wee Waa show on May 17.

Thousands of fans are expected to join the locals at the annual show in Australia’s cotton capital – about 8 hours from Sydney in north-western NSW, for the first playback of the Random Access Memories album in the world.

As the sun sets on the local showground, Sony will start playing Random Access Memories from a purpose-built stage as the town gears up for the weekend-long show festivities.

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Mobile Phones – Happy 40th Birthday

Mobile Phones – Happy 40th Birthday

Mobile phone technology has come a long way since the first mobile phone call was made 40 years ago – but there is a lot more innovation ahead, according to one expert.

It was on 3 April 1973 that Motorola employee Martin Cooper made a call in New York on a Motorola DynaTAC – dubbed a “brick” due to its size and weight – which was widely regarded globally as the first public mobile phone call.

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Clive Palmer you mad old sea dog!

Clive Palmer you mad old sea dog!

Australian billionaire Clive Palmer unveiled his grand design plans to build a modern-day replica of the doomed Titanic, confirming the cruise liner would make its maiden voyage in 2016.
At a press conference in New York on Tuesday, and following a rendition of Celine Dion’s My Heart Will Go On, “Professor” Palmer told the world’s media construction of the 835-cabin ship would begin in China later this year.

He said 40,000 people had already registered for tickets on the first voyage, which will retrace the fateful 1912 trip from Southampton to New York, in which more than 1300 passengers and crew died.

The world needs more crazy rich people doing shit like this. Mr Palmer, I salute you. But there is no fucking way I am going on that ship.

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Playstation 4 out today

Playstation 4 out today

By 11pm this evening, the Hammerstein Ballroom at Manhattan Center Studios in New York will be thronged with specially-invited tech journalists.

Those lucky few have been invited by Sony to what promises to be the biggest launch in gaming since Microsoft revealed the XBox 360: the launch of the PS4.

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Assholes drop charges against Aaron Swartz

Assholes drop charges against Aaron Swartz

FEDERAL prosecutors in Boston have dismissed charges against Reddit.com co-founder and internet activist Aaron Swartz, who was found dead in his New York apartment last week.
US Attorney Carmen Ortiz and the lead prosecutor on the case, Assistant US Attorney Stephen Heymann, filed a three-line notice of dismissal in court yesterday.
The notice says the case is being dismissed because of Swartz’s death. Such filings are routine when a defendant dies before trial.

I hope those sons of bitches prosecuting this guy feel fucking bad for killing this guy. Because that’s what they did. What cunts.

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Crime rise in New York is all Apples fault

Crime rise in New York is all Apples fault

Major crime in New York City inched up this year, and Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg on Friday fingered the culprit: too many iPhones and iPads were being swiped.

A rise in thefts of shiny Apple products accounted for the slight increase in the city’s annual crime index, a statistic that covers a number of felonies, including murder, grand larceny and robbery, Mr. Bloomberg said on Friday morning during his weekly radio show.

As of Monday, the Police Department recorded 3,484 more major crimes in 2012 than for the same period last year. The increase in Apple product thefts: 3,890.

Also Apple gave me aids. Twice.

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Fire fighters gunned down in yet another US shooting

Fire fighters gunned down in yet another US shooting

CHILLING audio has emerged of the gunman who ambushed four volunteer firefighters responding to a house fire outside Rochester, New York before killing himself.

Emergency radio communications capture someone saying he “could see the muzzle flash coming at me” as a gunman ambushed firefighters responding to a blaze in Lake Ontario he had set to trap them.

This image taken from video provided by WHAM13-TV, shows homes on fire in Webster, where a gunman ambushed four volunteer firefighters responding to a house fire.

The audio draws a chilling picture of the attack police say William Spengler carried out Friday morning in the Lake Ontario community of Webster. Spengler ambushed the four volunteer firefighters responding to an intense pre-dawn house fire killing two before ending up dead.

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Relatives in court over three-year-old’s ‘bomb’ shirt

Relatives in court over three-year-old’s ‘bomb’ shirt

Mr.-Jihad-Shirt-Light-Blue-FrontThe mother and uncle of a three-year-old boy named Jihad have appeared in a French court for sending him to school in a top bearing the words “I am a bomb”.

The long-sleeved T-shirt had the words “Jihad, born on September 11″ emblazoned on the back when he turned up at his nursery school in the southern town of Sorgues near Avignon on September 25.

His mother and uncle are charged with condoning a crime over the alleged reference to the attacks on New York and Washington in 2001. The uncle bought the top and the mother dressed her son in it when she sent him to school that day.

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Barcode co-inventor dies age 91

Barcode co-inventor dies age 91

Normgrocery-shoppingan Woodland, co-inventor of the bar code, the inventory tracking tool that transformed global commerce in the 1970s and saved shoppers countless hours on the supermarket checkout line, has died, his daughter said.

Woodland, 91, died Saturday from complications related to Alzheimer’s disease in Edgewater, New Jersey, said Susan Woodland of New York.

Today, five billion products a day are scanned optically using the bar code, or Universal Product Code, or UPC, according to GS1 US, the American arm of the global UPC standards body.

The handheld laser scanner inventories consumer products, speeds passengers through airline gates, tracks mail, encodes medical patient information, and is in near universal use across transportation, industrial and shipping industries worldwide.

 

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That man clearly needs help, fuck it, I’ll just take a photo instead.

That man clearly needs help, fuck it, I’ll just take a photo instead.

A subway passenger has been crushed to death by a moving train in New York after a crazed beggar hurled him onto the tracks.
Ki Suk Han, from the borough of Queens, was seen trying to clamber back to the platform seconds before he was struck by the train as it pulled into Times Square station.

Police have released a video, handed to them by a bystander, showing the 58-year-old father-of-one arguing with his suspected attacker moments before the fatal incident yesterday afternoon.

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Freemasons, Codebreakers and cool old secret stuff

Freemasons, Codebreakers and cool old secret stuff

 

The master wears an amulet with a blue eye in the center. Before him, a candidate kneels in the candlelit room, surrounded by microscopes and surgical implements. The year is roughly 1746. The initiation has begun.

The master places a piece of paper in front of the candidate and orders him to put on a pair of eyeglasses. “Read,” the master commands. The candidate squints, but it’s an impossible task. The page is blank.

The candidate is told not to panic; there is hope for his vision to improve. The master wipes the candidate’s eyes with a cloth and orders preparation for the surgery to commence. He selects a pair of tweezers from the table. The other members in attendance raise their candles.

The master starts plucking hairs from the candidate’s eyebrow. This is a ritualistic procedure; no flesh is cut. But these are “symbolic actions out of which none are without meaning,” the master assures the candidate. The candidate places his hand on the master’s amulet. Try reading again, the master says, replacing the first page with another. This page is filled with handwritten text. Congratulations, brother, the members say. Now you can see.

For more than 260 years, the contents of that page—and the details of this ritual—remained a secret. They were hidden in a coded manuscript, one of thousands produced by secret societies in the 18th and 19th centuries. At the peak of their power, these clandestine organizations, most notably the Freemasons, had hundreds of thousands of adherents, from colonial New York to imperial St. Petersburg. Dismissed today as fodder for conspiracy theorists and History Channel specials, they once served an important purpose: Their lodges were safe houses where freethinkers could explore everything from the laws of physics to the rights of man to the nature of God, all hidden from the oppressive, authoritarian eyes of church and state. But largely because they were so secretive, little is known about most of these organizations. Membership in all but the biggest died out over a century ago, and many of their encrypted texts have remained uncracked, dismissed by historians as impenetrable novelties.

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