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The Pentagon's Response to Ted Cruz Regarding Jade Helm 15

<i>Recently, Senator Ted Cruz from Texas asked the Pentagon to clarify its intentions with military exercises in Central Texas called "Jade Helm 15." The Pentagon's response follows:</i><p>Dear Senator Cruz:<p>Thank you for your inquiry into whether the Jade Helm 15 military exercise is the first wave of a …

United States

GOP Prosecutor Defends Scott Walker Criminal Probe, Says "Let's Get the Truth Out"

-- <i>By Brendan Fischer and Mary Bottari</i><p>Two career prosecutors--one a Republican, one a Democrat--just called Scott Walker a liar, and not a single national newspaper took notice.<p>The comments came after Walker, an unannounced candidate for president, used an appearance on an Iowa radio show to …

Corruption

Trevor Noah’s journey to “The Daily Show”: Everything you need to know about Jon Stewart’s successor

There’s much to learn about the multilingual South-African comic who appeared on “The Daily Show” only three times<p>The New York Times reported this morning that the new host of “The Daily Show" will be 31-year-old South-African comic Trevor Noah, putting a definitive end to months-long speculation …

Comedy

Inside The Ancient Iraqi City Isis Destroyed

In razing the city of Nimrud to the ground, the jihadis have destroyed yet another relic of civilization. Its history must not be …

Monster catfish which looks big enough to swallow a man whole caught in Italy

The giant fish, which weighed 20 stone, was caught by twin brothers Dino and Dario Ferrari in northern Italy<p>With its huge, gaping mouth, it looks big enough to swallow a person whole.<p>This giant catfish, which weighed 20 stone (127kg) was caught by twin brothers Dino and Dario Ferrari in the Po …

CT scan finds mummified monk inside 1,000-year-old Buddha

A Chinese statue of the Buddha dating back to around 1100 AD is more than just a statue -- it's the final resting place of a Buddhist master.<p>It seems Mexico isn't the only place in the world where you can find human body parts incorporated into religious statuary: a Chinese statue of the Buddha has …

Archaeology

“Fascism is rising in America”: The Koch brothers and democracy’s dispiriting demise

We’re still paying the price for Citizens United, and our oligarchs are poised to capture even more political power<p>As the American Heritage Dictionary noted, fascism is: "A system of government that exercises a dictatorship of the extreme right, typically through the merging of state and business …

Middle-class

A Map Of Every Patent Steve Jobs Touched

You might never be able to get inside the enigmatic Apple founder’s head, but this could be the next best thing.<p>People are always trying to put themselves into the head of Apple founder Steve Jobs, to figure out how he thought. Unfortunately, Jobs was pretty inscrutable, but here’s one fun way to …

Encryption

Van Gogh and the decision that changed art history

In 1878 Van Gogh was a struggling would-be preacher. At his lowest ebb, he began to draw. Alastair Sooke looks back at this pivotal moment in history.<p>In the spring of 1878, Vincent van Gogh turned 25. As he looked back over his short life, the Dutchman found little to celebrate among the meagre …

Art

7 heinous lies “American Sniper” is telling America

The Clint Eastwood film suggests Chris Kyle was haunted by his actions in Iraq. The truth is more unsettling<p>The film <i>American Sniper</i>, based on the story of the late Navy Seal Chris Kyle, is a box office hit, setting records for an R-rated film released in January. Yet the film, the autobiography of …

Clint Eastwood

Porn Stars on the Year in Porn: Drone Erotica, Belle Knox, and Wild Sex

This year was less about wild orgies and piles of cocaine, and more about the hard-working, business-minded adult star. (Okay, there were some sexual …

“It was a deliberate choice … and a sin”: How GOP really became the party of the South

Today’s GOP is very different from the one at its founding, historian Heather Cox Richardson tells Salon<p>When Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu was finally confronted with the inevitable and rather unceremoniously ousted by the state's conservative voters, the political media had mostly moved on to its …

Boeing And BlackBerry Team Up To Make Top Secret Phone

This phone will self-destruct in 30 seconds<p>We already have the Blackphone for the security-conscious consumer, but now aerospace giant Boeing is looking to create its own bespoke secret phone for people working on defense and national-security contracts, the Boeing Black. (Black is, apparently, all …

Here's North Korea's Over-The-Top Official Statement On The Sony Hack

The statement, described as "an official stand of the army and the people" of North Korea, included dramatic threats and praise for the hackers. In it, North Korea called America an "ill-famed cesspool of injustice" and urged the US to "honestly apologize to mankind for its evil doing."<p>Despite …

North Korea

Devialet’s Hi-Tech “Phantom” Implosion Stereo Sounds Better Than Speakers 20X Its Size

You need a big sub-woofer for big bass, right? Wrong. After 10 years of research, French acoustic engineers as Devialet just unveiled a giant step forward in audio that’s just one foot long. The Phantom is a petite, spherical, all-in-one amplifier and speaker that delivers what audiophiles think …

This Body Language Makes You Look Like a Leader

It’s important to balance the appearance of power and warmth.<p>Via The Silent Language of Leaders: How Body Language Can Help–or Hurt–How You Lead:<p><b>When</b> …

Body Language

GOP to back 'The Interview' if it gets to theaters

The GOP is calling on supporters to buy a ticket to the movie "The Interview" if theater owners reverse their decision not to show the film amid threats of retaliation for its comedic take on assassinating North Korea's leader.<p>The Republican Party chairman, Reince Priebus, says in a letter to …

Use a 'Fake' Location to Get Cheaper Plane Tickets

I can't explain airline pricing but I do know some plane tickets can be cheaper depending on where you buy them or, even better, where you appear to buy them from. This is all about leveraging foreign currencies and points-of-sale to your advantage.<p>For reasons I never quite understood, every time I …

Time I

Watch The Navy Destroy A Drone With Lasers

Zap!<p>With a flick of a videogame-like controller, the sailor locks the laser onto the drone in mid-air. Within seconds, there’s a flash of light and sparks, and the drone nosedives straight into the ocean, the latest victim of the U.S. Navy’s new Laser Weapon System (or LaWS). The laser, mounted on …

Military

The US Military Just Released Videos Of A Strike Against An ISIS Electronic Warfare Unit

US Central Command (CENTCOM) released a total of 4 videos of US airstrikes against ISIS targets clustered around their de facto capital in Raqqa, Syria.<p>The strikes took place against a group of vehicles that included an ISIS truck, a tank, and an electronic warfare garrison.<p>"The strikes were …

Military

Scientists Are Beaming Over Quantum Teleportation Record

A new distance record has been set in the strange world of quantum teleportation.<p>In the record-setting experiment, the quantum spin of a light particle was teleported 15.5 miles (25 kilometers) across an optical fiber, making the operation the farthest quantum feat of its kind.<p>About five years ago, …

Quantum Mechanics

This 19-Year-Old College Student Built an Artificial Brain That Detects Breast Cancer

<i>by Elizabeth Kiefer, TEEN VOGUE</i><p>Brittany Wenger is changing the game when it comes to cancer detection technology -- and, at 19, she's just getting started.<p><i>Brittany Wenger explaining her work to President Obama. You know, casual.</i> | Photo: Getty Images<p>Brittany Wenger is one seriously smart cookie. In …

Cancer

Coding is made child’s play by new electronic building blocks

If Lego had a 21st-century facelift, it would look a lot like SAM, a new kit where the building blocks are electronic modules (or SAMs: sensor actor modules), which wirelessly communicate with each other over Bluetooth.<p>SAMs are either motors, lights, switches or sensors, and appear as “drag and …

Hackers Tell Sony Not To Release "The Interview"

"We are sending you our warning again," the hackers said.<p>A new message posted on the codesharing service GitHub, along with a new cache of documents, warned Sony against releasing "the movie of terrorism which can break the regional peace and cause the War!"<p>While the film is not identified in the …

Kim Jong-un

Yes, Usher Charged His Phone In A Vagina. And No, It Was Not Art (NSFW)

<i>Warning: This post contains images of a very nude human iPhone charger and is not suitable for work.</i><p>Even if you know very little about art you can enjoy the most prominent headlines coming out of the art world's foremost bacchanal, Art Basel Miami Beach. The most mentioned artists of this year's …

Dutch Biker Gangs Vs. ISIS

Dutch and German motorcycle gangs got a lot of publicity saying they were fighting against the so-called Islamic State in Syria. But it seems nobody …

Fox’s mortifying Limbaugh spat: Titans of GOP clash over government shutdown

Rush comes to Fox to trash Obama and push a government shutdown — and Chris Wallace (meekly) challenges him<p>The two most powerful institutions of the modern Republican Party clashed Sunday, over the politics of immigration and, specifically, using a government shutdown to block President Obama’s …