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Black America owes no forgiveness: How Christianity hinders racial justice

Blacks are expected to absolve White America of its crimes. The rules change when the victim happens to be white<p>On the one-year anniversary of the death of an 18-year-old black teenager named Michael Brown by a (now confessed racist) white police officer named Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri, …

Justice

Someone is breaking into underground vaults in California to sever major internet cables

This attack is part of a series of at least 11 that stretch from the San Francisco Bay Area to Sacramento that the FBI is currently investigating, according to the report. The attacks have generally occurred in concealed locations that are unmonitored by devices like security cameras.<p>"When it …

San Francisco

Google’s artificial-intelligence bot says the purpose of living is 'to live forever'

Researchers at the company programmed an advanced type of "chatbot" that learns how to respond in conversations based on examples from a training set of dialogue.<p>And the bot doesn't just answer by spitting out canned answers in response to certain words; it can form new answers from new …

Artificial Intelligence

The Anatomy of Hell

Books discussed in this review<p>KL: A History of the Nazi Concentration Camps<p>by Nikolaus Wachsmann<p>Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 865 pp., $40.00<p>Before …

American Apparel makes graphic allegations about former CEO

In an attempt to stanch an onslaught of lawsuits from American Apparel founder Dov Charney, the company filed court documents releasing a trove of lurid details about his alleged conduct at the firm.<p>The descriptions are among the most specific released during the year-long saga between the retailer …

Google eavesdropping tool installed on computers without permission

Privacy advocates claim always-listening component was involuntarily activated within Chromium, potentially exposing private conversations<p>Privacy campaigners and open source developers are up in arms over the secret installing of Google software which is capable of listening in on conversations …

Google

US Army funds horrifying morphing robot cockroach

Not content with hover bikes, jetpacks and exoskeletons, the US Army has contributed funding to a study which developed a robot modelled on a …

Robotics

Jewish family appeals ruling in Nazi-seized masterpiece

LOS ANGELES — A Jewish family has appealed a federal California judge’s ruling declaring that a museum in Spain is the rightful owner of a painting …

Fine Art

Verizon's Massive East Coast FiOS Scandal: 41 Percent Coverage Using 'Weasel Room' Math

<b>Summer Reading:</b> <i>"The Book of Broken Promises; $400 Billion Broadband Scandal & Free the Net"</i><p><b>Definition of "Weasel Room":</b> Using specific terms, words or phrases with 'selective' accounting to distort, puff up or obfuscate the facts.<p>Verizon harmed America's East Coast; not just in one or two states, …

Telecoms

How Beats maximizes cheap hardware for luxurious profits

A teardown of a set of Beats headphones, which sell for hundreds of dollars at retail, revealed that the hardware contains less than $18 in components. And that sounds like the ‘phones are an insane ripoff, but that’s not even the most interesting thing we learned from the examination.<p>We’re used to …

Senior administration official: The latest China hack was classic espionage 'on a scale we’ve never seen before'

"This was classic espionage, just on a scale we've never seen before from a traditional adversary," the official said.<p>"And it's not a satisfactory answer to say, 'We found it and stopped it,' when we should have seen it coming years ago."<p>The Obama administration has been reluctant to place blame on …

Obama Administration

How email became the most reviled communication experience ever

<i>By John Pavlus</i><p>It wasn't until I heard that a colleague had nuked his personal email account—on purpose, for good—that it hit me: <i>Email is the most reviled personal technology ever.</i> Mat Honan, the San Francisco bureau chief at <i>BuzzFeed</i>, was so fed up with email that he did the 21st-century equivalent …

The Moon is shrouded in a weird cloud of comet dust

The Moon is cloaked in a constant, asymmetric cloud of dust, Nasa scientists have discovered -- and it's likely that the cloud is caused by passing …

Astronomy

A Group Of Naked Tourists Is Being Blamed For A Deadly Earthquake In Malaysia

The Malaysian government says the foreigners will face charges and are barred from leaving the country.<p>Pairin said he had a feeling something bad was about to happen after he saw a flock of birds outside his home:<p>View this post on Facebook<p>"Canadian consular officials in Malaysia are in contact with …

Crime

Officer suspended after video shows violent detention of teens at pool party in Texas

A video showing now-suspended police corporal David Eric Casebolt throwing a young black girl in a bikini to the ground and drawing a gun on young pool party attendees in a Dallas suburb has once again raised questions about racial bias and aggressive policing.<p>Dallas-Fort Worth TV station WFAA …

Law Enforcement

A New York man says a fortune teller scammed him out of $700,000

Now the allegations have the Manhattan psychic, Priscilla Delmaro, and another person facing charges of grand larceny.<p>The 32-year-old Brooklyn man told police he consulted Delmaro in August 2013 who told him that evil spirits were keeping him from a woman he claimed to love and wanted to be with …

Crime

Former Disney, SeaWorld workers among 22 busted in undercover child sex sting

Deputies from two Florida counties posed as underage girls seeking sex in an undercover sting that resulted in 22 arrests, the Washington Post reported Friday.<p>Those arrested included former workers from Disney’s Magic Kingdom, SeaWorld and Universal Studios and a youth counselor who had worked as …

Crime

America's Largest Mental Hospital Is a Jail

At Cook County, where a third of those incarcerated suffer from psychological disorders, officials are looking for ways to treat inmates less like prisoners and more like patients.<p>It was 9 o’clock in the morning at Cook County Jail, but in the subterranean holding cells where dozens await their …

Mental Health

Photographing the Yakuza

Anton Kusters is a Belgium-based photographer specializing in long-term projects. In 2011, he published his first photobook on the Yakuza, the …