Jerod C. Batte

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Ryan cheers Trump's Carrier deal

Speaker Paul Ryan applauded Donald Trump’s deal with Indiana manufacturer Carrier Corp., brushing aside questions about whether it's good policy and praising the president-elect for persuading the company to keep jobs in the U.S.<p>Ryan, an economic conservative, was asked during a Thursday news …

Net neutrality advocates brace for fight with Trump

Donald Trump hasn't even been sworn in yet, but net neutrality advocates are already bracing for a fight to save the Internet -- again.<p>On Tuesday, President-elect Trump named Roslyn Layton as the third adviser on a "landing team" to handle the transition process at the Federal Communications …

Net Neutrality

Obama: Why I won't say 'Islamic terrorism'

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> President Barack Obama has taken a lot of criticism from political opponents over his rhetoric when it comes to terrorism. But on Wednesday at a CNN presidential town hall, he was asked to defend why he refuses to say "Islamic" terrorism to a Gold Star mother.<p>"My son gave his …

National Security

An Astonishingly Long Spiral Arm May Encircle The Entire Milky Way

Chinese astronomers have discovered a new spiral arm at the outer reaches of the Milky Way. But it might be an extension of a distant arm discovered …

Looks Like George R.R. Martin Just Shot Down A Huge Fan Theory

A savvy Redditor, _honeybird, went to the Cushing Library and looked at the original manuscript for <i>A Dance With Dragons</i> by George R.R. Martin, …

George R.R. Martin

A Century Later, This Haunting London Murder Remains Unsolved

Who strangled five-year-old, curly-haired Willie Starchfield to death on a London train, and then stuffed his tiny body under one of the seats? This …

New Discovery Channel President Declares "No More Bullsh*t" Policy

Have you been angered by the Discovery Channel recently? Maybe for its completely erroneous Megalodon "documentary," or its disgusting, botched "man …

Discovery Channel

Batman V. Superman Might Be Split Into Two Films?

This could be total bullshit, but when you think about it… it kind of makes sense. Could the <i>Batman V. Superman</i> movie be split into two parts?Read …

Superman

A Koala Soaks His Paws After Being Rescued From A Bush Fire

A bush fire in Adelaide, Australia imperiled humans and animals alike this week. Jeremy, the young male koala pictured here, was the first bushfire …

SpaceX Came THIS CLOSE To Sticking Its Historic Landing

SpaceX's dull cargo run to the space station featured an exciting secondary mission: the first-ever attempt to land the booster rocket on a floating …

How To Spot Comet Lovejoy With The Naked Eye

Comet Q2 Lovejoy passed closest to Earth on January 7th and has been putting on a great show this past week. Glowing at magnitude +4 with a bluish …

'Surviving Together Is All That Matters' In New Walking Dead Trailer

The teaser for the second half of <i>The Walking Dead</i> Season Five is all about togetherness. Also violence! Isn't camaraderie the sweetest?<p><i>The Walking</i> …

What languages will still be around in 100 years?

Over on WSJ.com there is an interesting essay on what the author, a linguist named John McWhorter, thinks will happen with the world's languages in …

"We're pretty excited about what we're coming up with"—Explosions In The Sky are recording a new LP - Alternative Press

Explosions In The Sky <b></b>have revealed that they are “well into the process” of writing and recording what will be their seventh studio album. It is for …

Soundtracks

9 Services Hairstylists Do Against Their Will

You can twist their arms, but your locks will hate you for it.<p>A hairstylist's job is to do whatever you want them to do to your locks—but that doesn't mean that they necessarily agree with your game-plan. Sometimes, your requests make them cringe. And while they won't necessarily say that to your …

Justin Bieber Has a Major Win in the Photoshopping Scandal

Bow down to the bulge.<p>Justin Bieber was seriously pissed about the photoshopping allegations that BreatheHeavy.com laid upon him in the form of this animated GIF:<p>Earlier today, Bieber's team went on the attack, demanding the website issue a retraction to their claim, and lo and behold, it worked. …

Photo Manipulation

Gunman tried to justify market raid to hostages, recording apparently shows

<b>(CNN) —</b> Amedy Coulibaly apparently tried to justify himself to his hostages in a deadly standoff at a kosher market in eastern Paris -- and perhaps unbeknownst to him, a radio station was listening, a recording purportedly reveals.<p>French radio station RTL says that it called the market Friday after …

Cheap gas: Who wins, who loses?

Just how low can gas prices go?<p>Unleaded gasoline with ethanol has dipped under $1.90 a gallon in the Des Moines area — and prices could drop another 5 to 15 cents a gallon before spring, said Patrick DeHaan, a senior analyst at GasBuddy.com.<p>OPEC is pressing production in an attempt to regain market …

There are questions Siri won’t answer – like are you plotting to destroy us?

You are reading the technology supplement, which means you are: a) already very knowledgeable and interested in commercially available computerised goods; b) an inhabitant of a dystopian bookless future teaching yourself English with the only available resource; c) a rabbit examining the bottom of …

Siri

The insane way flight attendants train

It was reported earlier this week that TAM Airlines have a mandatory Amazon jungle survival course and travel site <i>Jaunted</i> found a few more bizarre …

NASA probe to arrive at Pluto carrying ashes of Clyde Tombaugh

NASA’s New Horizons probe will arrive at the dwarf-planet carrying the astrophysicist’s ashes<p>When Clyde Tombaugh discovered Pluto in 1930 he could never have imagined that the icy world would one day be his final resting place.<p>But this week NASA’s New Horizons probe will arrive at the dwarf-planet …

"I'M NOT CHARLIE": Leaked Al Jazeera Newsroom Emails Reveal Charlie Hebdo Debate

"What Charlie Hebdo did was not free speech. It was an abuse of free speech," one Al Jazeera journalist wrote. In a statement to BuzzFeed News, an Al Jazeera spokesperson defended the internal debate.<p>The internal staff email chain began with a Jan. 8 email from Al Jazeera English's executive …

Van Halen ‘Amicably Resolve’ Name Usage Lawsuit

A three-year legal battle over the name “Van Halen” has finally been settled. Kelly Van Halen, who was once married to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame …

"Sex Parties Make My Marriage Better"

This wife sleeps with other men — and her husband couldn't be happier about it.<p>It's a Friday night, and mid-orgasm, my eyes lock on my husband. He smiles, giving me that devilish look that still makes my stomach flip, even six years into our marriage. The only thing: He's not the man I'm having sex …

13 Productivity Tips to Make 2015 Your Best Year Yet

With the New Year right around the corner, it’s a good time to evaluate your work habits (yes, in addition to your fitness routine and maybe even your haircut). Especially for you creative freelancers out there, productivity often equals money, happiness and general well-being. We found 13 tips …

Setting Up Google Analytics and Heatmap to Track Conversion

<i>Sean Kim is the creator of The Growth List, helping you create a business around your lifestyle. This post originally appeared on AccelBlog.</i><p>Many of you have probably heard of Google Analytics already. It tracks the basic website activities of your blog/website, such as unique traffic, traffic …

Analytics

Sleeper cell awakes France's worst fears in 3 days of terror

PARIS (AP) — Blood-curdling, al-Qaida-inspired murder that tore at the heart of the nation which raised him wasn't ghoulish enough for Cherif Kouachi. His body, felled by elite soldiers' bullets and stun grenades, wasn't yet cold when he also came back from the dead.<p>Kouachi had picked up the phone …