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Funny Pictures – February 19, 2016

Friends pranked me by converting my bedroom to a utility closet.<p>This is fine. Everything’s fine.<p>I face swapped my tattoo and my best friend. Better …

North Carolina

Feds Slap 70% Tax on Legal Marijuana Businesses

A law passed in the ’80s to prevent drug dealers from getting tax breaks is now taking a huge chomp out of legitimate outfits in Colorado and …

Obama and Republicans Are Both Wrong About Constitution

What does the U.S. Constitution really have to say about whether the Senate must put a president’s Supreme Court nominee to a vote? President Barack …

White House: Obama 'regrets' decision to filibuster Supreme Court Justice Alito

The top White House spokesman said Wednesday that President Obama “regrets” his 2006 decision to filibuster the nomination of Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court – after being accused of hypocrisy for blasting “obstructionist” Republicans now vowing to block his next high court nominee.<p>White House …

Some employers are using a privacy loophole to learn more about your personal life than you thought possible

Some companies are now taking advantage of this loophole in a major way, and it may clue them in to more of your personal life than you thought possible.<p>According to the Americans with Disabilities Act, employers can conduct voluntary medical examinations and ask for medical histories as part of an …

Use of Army bomb disposal expert’s life story in ‘The Hurt Locker’ protected by the First Amendment

The film “The Hurt Locker” was apparently based in part on the life of Jeffrey Sarver, a successful Army bomb disposal technician. Sarver sued, claiming the film violated his “right of publicity” — his right to control the commercial use of his identity (here, not his name or likeness but elements …

Is It Time To Reconsider Lifetime Appointments To The Supreme Court?

The unexpected death of Justice Antonin Scalia and the looming face-off between the White House and the Senate over his replacement have revived proposals that would limit the tenure of U.S. Supreme Court justices.<p>Legal scholars from both political parties renewed a call Tuesday to reconsider how …

Apple challenges 'chilling' demand to decrypt San Bernardino shooter's iPhone

Tim Cook publicly attacks the US government for asking Apple to take an ‘unprecedented step which threatens the security of our customers’<p>Apple has hit back after a US federal magistrate ordered the company to help the FBI unlock the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino shooters, with chief …

Privacy

Mental Floss

10 Questions We Have After The Insanely Fantastic Midseason Premiere Of ‘The Walking Dead’

<i>The Walking Dead</i> returned last night with an episode that some are already calling the best in the series’ history. The episode, directed by Greg Nicotero and written by Seth Hoffman, finally paid off the slow-burn of the first half of the season, putting a bow on the zombie-horde storyline. It did …

Dozens of groups subpoenaed as House fetal tissue probe accelerates

By Mike DeBonis<p>, Reporter<p>A special House committee formed amid the debate over Planned Parenthood’s handling of fetal tissue has launched a broad investigation into the matter, requesting documents from more than 30 agencies and organizations, including some of the nation’s most prominent research …

How Ted Cruz’s App Is Taking Privacy Invasion To All New Levels

Ted Cruz is unique among GOP candidates for having an official, up-to-date app for both Android and iPhone. Not even Trump has one as detailed or dedicated to finding voters. But there are some serious questions about the information the app collects, and the goals Cruz hopes to achieve with it.<p>The …

Demonstrators battle Hong Kong police over Chinese New Year treats

https://videos.posttv.com/washpost-production/Reuters/20160209/56b96e51e4b0fa2af1a1def8/56b9bb98e4b01b3bd4c3710c_1439399835595-cf9g26_t_1455012775299_1280_720_2000.mp4<p>They're calling it the Fishball Revolution.<p>On Monday evening, a municipal crackdown on street vendors selling Chinese new year …

Hong Kong

New Mouse Dies Inside a Museum's 155-Year-Old Mouse Trap

Perpetual mouse traps—manufactured by Colin Pullinger & Sons of Silsey, West Sussex and patented in 1861—declare that they "will last a lifetime." …

Kentucky won't fight tax break ruling for Noah's Ark project

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky officials won't fight a federal court ruling that supports giving a tax incentive to a Christian theme park featuring a 510-foot-long Noah's Ark.<p>A spokeswoman for Kentucky Republican Gov. Matt Bevin said Tuesday that the state has no plans to appeal and that the new …

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This 175-Step Rube Goldberg Device Might Be The World's Most Elaborate Soda Machine

Feeling thirsty? YouTube user Berlagawesome has created a soda machine that will deliver you a refreshing can of Coca-Cola in 175 not-so-simple …

This “Harry Potter” reader found a strong connection between the Dursleys and the Deathly Hallows

Are you sitting down? Because one <i>Harry Potter</i> fan just made a seriously smart discovery. It’s not so much a theory as it is an incredible observation …

Cosplay's Fate May Rest with the Supreme Court

The fate of cosplay is on the line with the upcoming <b>Supreme Court</b> case <b>Star Athletica, L.L.C., Petitioner v. Varsity Brands, Inc., et al.</b> While the …

Watch the ocean-crossing tsunami generated by a NW megathrust earthquake

With the East Coast buried in snow from a megastorm sparking our natural-disaster competitiveness, we on the Pacific Rim can counter with an ocean-crossing tsunami generated by a historic megathrust earthquake.<p>The last one that erupted along the 600-mile-long fault of the Cascadia Subduction Zone …

Sea Level

7 Mind-Blowing Facts About The Universe To Put Your Ego In Check

It's time for a little perspective.<p>We are, as the saying goes, but a tiny speck.<p>And from time to time, it's important to put things into perspective. Or, as astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson would tell you, have your mind blown.<p>Just consider for a moment that while Earth has an equatorial diameter …

Florida's Death Sentencing Scheme Is Unconstitutional, Supreme Court Rules

Allowing judges instead of juries to impose the death penalty violates the Sixth Amendment.<p>WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that Florida's system of allowing judges to ignore juries in the imposition of the death penalty violates the Constitution.<p>Writing for an 8-to-1 court, …

Gay sex and gun love: Oregon militia-inspired erotica reimagines grim standoff as fun-filled orgy

<b>(AP/Rick Bowmer)</b><p>The spirited erotic fanfic generated by the Oregon bird refuge occupation is also playful social satire<p>Rachel Kramer Bussel<p>January 12, 2016 12:00am (UTC)<p>If we needed even more proof that Internet “rule 34,” which Urban Dictionary defines as “pornography or sexually related material …

The occupation in Oregon is lawless — and pointless

By Editorial Board<p>“WE WANT the government to abide by the Constitution and play by rules,” Ammon Bundy, the leader of a group occupying Oregon’s Malheur Federal Wildlife Refuge, tweeted . “This is what this protest is about.”<p>Wrong. Mr. Bundy and his followers are flagrant lawbreakers. The Bundy …

Forests

Stephen Colbert just solved Jeb Bush’s biggest problem

Bush’s latest screw-up is actually an opportunity, says Colbert, if he just does this<p>Sarah Burris<p>January 5, 2016 5:04pm (UTC)<p>Stephen Colbert and the late-night gang is finally back, just in time for a stunning announcement. It seems that Jeb Bush formed a "shadow corporation" that somehow was able …

Jeb Bush

22 Times Philomena Cunk Spoke The Terrifying And Wonderful Truth

"Because evolution can't be seen, it's hard to believe in, like electricity or skeletons."

Farrah Fawcett was right: We have little medical privacy

<b>(Associated Press)</b><p>After a year of reporting on HIPAA, I’ve come to learn it’s not just celebrities who are vulnerable. We all are<p>Charles Ornstein<p>January 3, 2016 1:00pm (UTC)<p>This originally appeared on ProPublica.<p>Seven years ago, I sat across from Farrah Fawcett in the living room of her Los Angeles …

Health Care