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What would it take to make you cut off your own leg? The most terrifying ethical dilemmas in torture porn horror movies

From “Saw” to “Cabin Fever,” the scariest — and most fascinating — ethical quandaries of the horror genre<p>I get stares from folks — film-snob friends and family members especially — when I confess I’m a bit of a torture porn horror movie addict. I mean, I saw all seven "Saw" films in the theater. …

Dick Cheney Just Buried the Bush Doctrine

The former vice president rejected democracy-promotion in the Middle East. And today's conservatives agree with him.<p>At a moment like this, I’d love to hear some foreign-policy commentary from George W. Bush.<p>Let me explain. Sometime between the 9/11 attacks and the start of his second term, Bush …

Sistine Chapel

How In-app Purchases Have Destroyed The Industry

I don't like writing negative articles that don't include a solution to the problem, but in this case, there is no solution. The state of in-app …

App Store

The Great U-Turn - The Great U-Turn

Do you recall a time in America when the income of a single school teacher or baker or salesman or mechanic was enough to buy a home, have two cars, …

So You Want to Get Back Into Batman Comics...

So, you want to start reading Batman comics again but it's been a good 20 years since you got into the series. If you're feeling overwhelmed at the …

Comic Books

End Shaker Aamer's ordeal now

On Friday 14 February, British resident Shaker Aamer will have been unlawfully imprisoned in Guantánamo Bay for 12 long cruel years. He is held in solitary confinement in a cold steel cell, facing no charge or trial. In 2007 and 2010, Shaker was cleared to leave Guantánamo by the unanimous decision …

10 Tips for Criticizing People More Effectively

In the 1930s, William B. Pettus, the president of the College of Chinese Studies in Beijing, came across a strange little Chinese essay. It began by …

Facebook Privacy Tips

The good news: Birnholtz’s study also found that people who were more familiar with Facebook’s features, like how to manipulate privacy settings, weren’t as shaken by unseemly photos of themselves. Here are four Facebook tips to protect your privacy—and dignity.<p><b>1. Approve photos and posts you’re</b> …

Contemplating The Ending Of The Last Of Us

I suspect that Naughty Dog's The Last of Us is going to be many people's game of the year. It's certainly mine. It's an experience that has stayed …

7 Things You Don't Know About the New Wonder Woman

7 Things You Don't Know About Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman<p>It's been speculated and rumored for months now. Will Wonder Woman make an appearance in the …

US Trailer for 'Big Bad Wolves,' Quentin Tarantino's Best Film of 2013 – /Film

Quentin Tarantino called the Israeli revenge film <b>Big Bad Wolves</b> the best film of 2013, and that instantly minted the movie as a must-see for many …

Spectacular Batman Graffiti Found In Abandoned Building!

Man Behind Oregon's Famous Exploding Whale Dies

Oregon highway engineer George Thornton, who in 1970 led an operation to blow up a dead beached whale with half a ton of dynamite, died this week at age 84. Thornton's decision resulted in a foul shower of whale blubber; video of the event has resurfaced periodically, often leading viewers to …

Malala: The real story (with evidence)

<i>DISCLAIMER: The following article is a work of satire and fiction and in no way attempts to depict events in real life.</i><p><b>In September 2012, a</b> …

Reality and Mental Illness are Starting to Converge

Through most of human history, the mentally ill spoke of seeing demons, spirits, and ghosts. Those delusions are different now. The Truman Show …

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden: 'I don't want to live in a society that does these sort of things' – video

The source behind the Guardian’s NSA files talks to Glenn Greenwald about his motives for the biggest intelligence leak in a generation

I Found The Perfect PC, And It's Called A Falcon Northwest Tiki

When I unboxed Falcon Northwest’s Tiki several weeks ago (or was it several months ago? I’ve been swept away by this one!), it arrived with a handsome black binder adorned with an embroidered logo, containing original driver discs, system documentation, a recovery USB stick, extra cables and …

Monsanto wins landmark case in Supreme Court

iBuyPower Revolt Gaming PC Review: Don't Judge This Rig By Its Cover

Like Falcon Northwest, Digital Storm, and Alienware, iBuyPower recently entered the small form factor gaming PC arena with a case created completely in-house. The Revolt packs impressive hardware into its frame, and its price adequately reflects its intended demographic – the entry-level PC gamer …

Severe depression is hell – even if you are famous

A new book, <i>Strictly Bipolar</i> by Darian Leader, in part examines the "rebranding" of depression, almost as a lifestyle term, which seems rather timely. …

10 Mnemonic Tricks for Never Forgetting Anything Again

<b>By Bruce Price</b><p>1. The rhyme.<p>For hundreds of years, schoolchildren started the study of American history with: "In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue."<p>…

'I want to hug my children and watch them as they grow'

As of today, I've spent more than 11 years in Guantánamo Bay. To be precise, it's been 4,084 long days and nights. I've never been charged with any …

Civilization V: Brave New World info and screens demonstrate new features

A really brave world<p>We recently had a chance to check out Civilization V: Brave New World, an upcoming expansion that looks to add new elements to …

What Games Are: The Shady Side Of Games

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Tadhg Kelly is a veteran game designer, creator of leading game design blog What Games Are and creative director of Jawfish Games. You can follow him on Twitter here.</i><p>There’s a reason why games and organized crime have often gone hand in hand. The thrill of the win, of achieving – …

Eight photos of Paolo Di Canio losing the plot as Sunderland beat Newcastle 3-0

Here is the shy and retiring Premier League manager Paolo Di Canio during his low-key touchline celebrations.<p>The Italian pulled manic Gangnam-style …

BioShock Infinite SPOILER: You’ve heard Songbird before (video)

If you haven’t finished BioShock Infinite, quickly put your fingers in your ears and hum very loudly. <b>Major spoilers ahead</b>.<p>Seriously. I’m not kidding.<p>Sharp-eared gamers found a scene in the first BioShock game where you hear Songbird’s distinctive wail. Specifically, you hear Songbird’s watery death …