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Despite a heavyweight director and a starry cast, History Channel’s blockbuster miniseries is a slow and muddled mess whose politics leave a nasty taste<p><b>When does it premiere?</b> On Memorial Day, Monday 25 May at 9pm EST. The second part of the 10-hour miniseries airs the following night at the same …

2014 Year In Review (Part 2): Will 2015 Be The Year It All Comes Tumbling Down?

<i>Authored by David Collum, originally posted at Peak Prosperity</i>,If you've not yet read Part 1, click here to do so. The whole enchilada can be …

The $6.3 Trillion Bidding Frenzy That Vanquished Bond Bears

When it comes to the ability of the U.S. government to finance itself in the bond market, this year will go down as as one of the best on record -- …

EPA coal ash standards setback for environmental groups

Six years ago, there was a massive spill of coal ash sludge in Tennessee. Three years later, tons of coal ash swept into Lake Michigan. Last February, there was another spill and gray sludge spewed into the Dan River in North Carolina.<p>With each disaster, environmentalists sounded alarms and called …

Mississippi: The Throwback State Where Racial Hate Passes Generation to Generation - The Ring of Fire Network

Racism is still deeply embedded in the state of Mississippi. Two Mississippi women are the latest who pleaded guilty to a hate-crime that resulted in …

Will Mississippi Republicans make a real play for the AG’s office in 2015?

Other than protecting their majority in the state Legislature and blunting possible intra party challenges that would give Democrats hope they …

Mississippi schools, Auburn lead the way on JUCO National Signing Day

The SEC West got a recruiting head start by inking potential instant impact players on Wednesday, but other programs around the country added JUCO pieces to their 2015 classes as well.<p>On Wednesday, many mid-year enrollee junior college prospects made it official and signed their commitment papers …

Mississippi Attorney General Dares Reporters To Find Any Evidence Of Hollywood Funding... So We Did

The saga of Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood and his cozy ties to Hollywood continue to come out. He's been claiming that, sure, he met with …

Mississippi AG backs off Google investigation pushed by MPAA

Hood dings Google GC for "feeding the media a salacious Hollywood tale."<p>It appears that Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood is making a strategic …

Syria Says Israeli Drone Downed In Quneitra

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syria said on Sunday that an Israeli drone had been brought down in the province of Quneitra near the Israeli-occupied Golan …

Dollar grinds higher, supported by rising Treasury yields | Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The dollar recovered ground late on Monday on rising U.S. Treasury yields that increased the greenback’s advantage over the euro, pushing it back down to a 2-1/2 year low in thin pre-holiday trade.<p>“We think the yields are the story here for the dollar. The two-year Treasury …

Testing out a hoverboard

Until now hoverboards have largely been the stuff of science fiction, popularised by movies like Back to the Future 2, in which Marty McFly rode a flying skateboard to get around.<p>But now a Silicon Valley startup has just won crowdfunding for a real-world hoverboard - the first able to carry a load …

Did The Abe Government Fuel A Rise In Hostile Attitudes Towards China And South Korea?

Japanese hostile attitudes towards China and South Korea jumped to an all time high in the eleven months that have followed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to the Yasu­kuni Shrine.<p>The number of Japanese with hostile attitudes towards China rose by 2.4 percentage points from the previous survey in …

Apple Targeted in new Patent Lawsuit over iPhone Visual Voicemail

The Patent Troll by the name of Dynamic Hosting Company is suing Apple for allegedly infringing patents 6,216,156 and 5,826,026 which are both titled …

New Doubt About Dark Matter

Tantalizing ‘signals’ from a handful of recent high-energy searches for dark matter are more likely the product of conventional astrophysics than the first tentative detections of the universe’s missing mass, say skeptical astrophysicists.<p>“A decade ago, no [one] would make these claims without …

The Surprising Ways That Chickens Changed the World

Civilization was powered by the humble chicken, says author.<p>For most of us, the word "chicken" spells a cold, clammy slab of plastic-wrapped white meat plucked out of the refrigerated section of our local supermarket. But in the ancient world, and in many cultures today, chickens had deep religious …

Stock Market - Oil 'Panic' Period Ends As Analysis Replaces Emotion

Yes, oil closed below $60 on Friday, but the U.S. stock market closed up – way up from Tuesday’s close. The Fed’s action/non-action might seem the cause, but that looks like coincidental timing. With oil stocks like Chevron selling at both extremely attractive valuations and strong price support …

'The Interview' Torrent Might Be Available If The Pirate Bay Website Still Existed

What a strange world we live in.<p>Hackers responsible for stealing massive amounts of data from Sony Pictures have leaked everything from films to personal information of Sony employees all over the web. They claim to have done this in protest to the Sony Pictures film <i>The Interview</i>, starring Seth …

New Apple Patent Hints At Big Touch ID Upgrade

Patent applications often mean companies have to expose some of their closely guarded secrets and Apple is no exception. Now a new patent application from the famously secretive Cupertino company has shed light on a potentially exciting upgrade coming to the Touch ID home button used on iPhones and …

How To Sell A Nanotechnology Revolution

Last week, Baltimore-based nanotech firm Pixelligent Technologies closed a funding round of $5.5 million to continue its development and growth. This marks a total of $23 million in equity funding the firm has raised to date, plus another $10 million it’s received in the form of government grants …

Heien v. North Carolina: As the rest of the country worries about police overreach, the Supreme Court gives cops yet more latitude.

Monday morning, the Supreme Court handed down an 8–1 ruling in a case that appeared on the surface to resolve the arcane question of how many rear …

Free speech protection doesn't extend to condomless porn, court rules

Freedom of speech doesn't convey the right to shout "Fire!" in a movie theater, and, apparently, it doesn't give porn actors the right to skip condoms, either.<p>After Los Angeles County voters passed a law in 2012 requiring condoms to be worn in X-rated films, Vivid Entertainment and other porn …

Supreme Court: Traffic stop, search OK despite misunderstanding of law

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Monday that police officers may use evidence seized during a traffic stop even if the reason the officers pulled the car over was based on a misunderstanding of the state's law.<p>In the 8-1 decision, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of a North Carolina police officer …