“Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy for Stormy Daniels,” one Californian said. “I just want my check, too.”
Source: Millions of Americans Demand $130,000 for Not Having Sex with Trump
The device may be able to quickly identify people with suspected brain injuries that could be widely used by the Pentagon and in sports.
Source: First Blood Test to Detect Concussions Is Approved
The kingdom’s nuclear ambitions make little economic sense
Source: How a Saudi nuclear reactor could accelerate an arms race
Abandoned buildings might not be glamorous destinations, but they make for hauntingly beautiful photos. Here’s what they look like on the inside.
Source: 34 haunting photos taken inside abandoned buildings around the world
The long read: A decade after it was scuppered by the financial crash, the fantasy archipelago of 300 artificial island ‘countries’ is back in business. Has anybody learned anything?
Source: Not the end of The World: the return of Dubai’s ultimate folly
Even though flying is no longer the glamorous activity it was in the ’60s and ’70s, people still flock to work as flight attendants. What’s in it for them, beyond the free travel?
Source: How Flight Attendants Work
The story of the 47 Ronin is one of the most celebrated in the history of the samurai. This was perhaps all the more so because it occurred at a time when the samurai class was struggling to maintain a sense of itself – warriors with no war, a social class without a function.
The tale could be said to have begun with the teachings of Yamaga Soko (1622-1685), an influential theorist who wrote a number of important works on the warrior spirit and what it meant to be samurai.
The evolution of human biology should be considered part and parcel with the evolution of humanity itself, proposes Nicole Creanza, assistant professor of biological sciences. She is the guest editor of a new themed issue of the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, the oldest scientific journal in the world, that focuses on an interdisciplinary approach to human evolution.
More than 600,000 Italians who had immigrated to the U.S. were classified as “enemy aliens.” They were subject to curfew and property…
Source: Little more than 70 years ago, Italians were the poverty-stricken immigrants from an “undesirable”…
Bill Bratton, the former New York police chief, has called it the “new normal”.
Source: ‘The new normal’: With a school shooting every 60 hours, US faces grim reality
How can a disturbed young man buy an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle before he’s old enough to buy a beer?
Weak federal law on long-gun ownership has created an inconsistent system
In some states, like Florida, it is relatively simple to buy an AR-15 assault rifle
No federal age restriction on buying a long-gun from an unlicensed dealer
Florida shooter Nikolas Cruz, 19, purchased his own AR-15 and killed 17
How/when did you get out? I fleed from North Korea when I was 17, in 2006, by crossing the North Korean-China border with my mom and younger sister, with the help and under the arrangement of middlemen. How easy was it to travel from Pyongyang to the border of China? Is it difficult? It seems …
Source: Confessions Of A Former North Korean Citizen – Caveman Circus
In response to Wednesday’s school shooting in Parkland, Florida, Attorney General Jeff Sessions implied, in a speech to a sheriff’s convention in Washington on Thursday, that cracking down on gang violence could prevent school shootings.
• The AR-15 rifle used in the attack was purchased legally, at Sunrise Tactical Supply in Florida, according to a federal law enforcement official. The arrest report said Mr. Cruz purchased it in February 2017. “No laws were violated in the procurement of this weapon,” said Peter J. Forcelli, the special agent in charge for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Miami.
In Florida, an AR-15 is easier to buy than a handgun. Check out more on how the AR-15 became one of the weapons of choice for mass killers.
A little over a month after his inauguration, on Feb. 28, 2017, President Trump signed HJ Resolution 40, a bill that made it easier for people with mental illness to obtain guns. CBS News then asked the White House to release the photograph of Mr. Trump signing the bill, making the request a total of 12 times.
—White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders finally responded to repeated emails and phone calls with a one-line note on April 19, 2017, writing to CBS News, “We don’t plan to release the picture at this time.” [emphasis mine]
In the wake of Wednesday’s Parkland, Florida school shooting Russian bots have taken to Twitter to stoke the gun control debate.
Source: Pro-Gun Russian Bots Flood Twitter After Parkland Shooting
Celebrities want to talk about US gun laws after another school shooting, saying ‘prayers won’t do this’.
President Donald Trump quietly signed a bill into law Tuesday rolling back an Obama-era regulation that made it harder for people with mental illnesses to purchase a gun.
—The rule, which was finalized in December, added people receiving Social Security checks for mental illnesses and people deemed unfit to handle their own financial affairs to the national background check database.
It is hard to imagine admiring art that espouses child abuse, racial hatred, or torture. But just as we should not condemn a work of art because of the artist’s private behavior, we should also be careful about applying norms of social respectability to artistic expression.
Source: Moralism and the Arts by Ian Buruma
Wreckage from a “miniature” UFO crash in North Yorkshire sixty years ago has been rediscovered in the archives of the Science Museum in London. Or has it?
Source: Miniature UFO Wreckage Discovered in Science Museum Archive?
Rooted in Celtic tradition, the flaming queimada drink of Galicia, Spain, is believed to ward off evil spirits.
Few creatures can boast of devotions so deep as greylag geese. Most are monogamous; many spend their decade-long adult lives with…
Source: Why Are So Many Animals Homosexual?
Courir de Mardi Gras gets grittier outside New Orleans.
Source: Wild Photos of Louisiana’s Rural Mardi Gras Bacchanals
Secreted away in the heart of Manhattan’s Chinatown is a small, peculiar street. Whilst most of the city is laid out in a uniform grid system, this tiny, one block long street is unusual in that it has a sharp, angled bend in the middle of it. On a map, it is marked down as Doyers Street, but in old
From 1952 to 1957, a not-so-shy model and camera-club girl named Bettie Page worked for a New York City men’s magazine publisher named Irving Klaw. His younger sister Paula was the photographer and director of the black-haired beauty, who posed for the bondage and fetish photography market that Irving helped create. Though mostly tame by … Continue reading “Saving Bettie Page And Paula Klaw’s Legacy of Juvenile Delinquency”
Is there a way to predict whether someone is likely to cheat on their romantic partner? New research says that there may be a few signs to look out for.
Companies like Facebook, Google and Amazon happily take our data in exchange for convenience, lower prices or free services, but individuals and businesses..
Source: The battle for control of data could be just starting
In the 1890s it was considered progressive to “kill the Indian in him, and save the man”
Source: Photos: To avoid extermination, Native Americans were forced to assimilate
His innovations will improve infrastructure with paint, stones, solar power, and reflective lines.
Source: This Dutch Inventor Is Transforming Our Roads