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How to Start Your Own Cult in 7 Easy Steps

<b>Click here to read an original op-ed from the TED speaker who inspired this post and watch the TEDTalk below.</b><p>Human Beings are social animals that have been banding together for hundreds of thousands of years. Archeological evidence shows that when a group got too large, a smaller group would break …

US indicts 13 suspected Anonymous hackers for WikiLeaks revenge attacks

'Operation Payback' targeted PayPal, Amazon, MasterCard and others<p>A federal grand jury this week indicted 13 members of the "hacktivist" group Anonymous on charges of orchestrating a series of cyber attacks across the globe. As Reuters reports, the 13 suspects were allegedly involved with …

The internet has gotten a lot less free in the US, India and Brazil

As much as we online journalists love reports that rank things, even we must sometimes resist the urge to blog about them, even “in one map.” Because honestly, some countries are just going to either be really good or bad at various things for the foreseeable future. Just as the Central African …

Central African Republic

The online legacy of a suicide cult - The Kernel

On 26 March 1997, 39 members of the Heaven’s Gate cult were found dead inside their rented mansion in San Diego. It remains one of the most infamous …

PNG cult leader 'Black Jesus' killed by mob | Papua New Guinea News

An infamous cult leader known as "Black Jesus", who was suspected of cannibalism, has been chopped to death in a remote Papua New Guinea village, reports said.<p>Steven Tari, a convicted rapist, had been on the run since escaping from a prison in Madang in the Pacific nation's east during a mass …

Latin Cuisine: How To Make Tequeños (Venezuelan Cheese Sticks)

More<p>All About Cheese<p>Everything you need to know about eating and cooking with curds<p>Back in February, I posted a recipe for guasacaca, a Venezuelan avocado salsa. While that green creamy sauce got some love, it was clear from Serious Eaters that the real star were the <b>tequeños</b> also in the photo—made …

5 Sneaky Ways The NSA Spies On Americans

The U.S. government needs only three degrees of separation to look at Kevin Bacon's phone records.<p>The U.S. National Security Agency remains at the center of controversy this summer, nine weeks after <i>The Guardian</i> and the <i>Washington Post</i> broke the news about its PRISM online data-mining program. While …

25 Ways to Use Sriracha

Bitcoin Businesses Welcome Judge's Ruling On Their Currency, But Others See Doom

The ruling allows the SEC to go forward with its prosecution.<p>Bitcoin firms are welcoming the ruling. Alan Silbert, the CEO of luxury goods site BitPremier, told us by email that the opinion signaled nothing more than growing pains.<p>"It's just part of the process of the Fed and State governments …

Bitcoin Ticker Available On Bloomberg Terminal For Employees

Bitcoin is now officially mainstream. According to BTC Geek, Bloomberg terminal users can now look up Bitcoin’s pricing history. Data comes from ubiquitous Bitcoin exchange service Mt. Gox as well as Tradehill.<p>For now, only Bloomberg employees can access the ticker. But the feature should make its …

Silent Circle Shuts Down Silent Mail, Marking Yet Another Encrypted Email Service To Bite The Dust

Another encrypted email service has gone offline.<p>In a blog post this morning, Silent Circle founder Jon Callas abruptly announced the closing of Silent Mail, the company's encrypted email service that allows people to send messages in such a way that eavesdroppers or hackers cannot read …

Pirate Bay releases 'PirateBrowser' to sail round censorship, mark ten years on the ocean wave

The Pirate Bay may be many things, but one that it is not, is a pushover. It's moved location, received continuous heat from various courts, and, of course, done some time. But still, it doesn't give up. The latest effort is a browser designed to help you access the torrent site in locations where …

Lauren Drain, Westboro Baptist Church Escapee, Starts Campaign To Save Others From 'Cult'

Five years ago, Lauren Drain was cast out of the fringe, anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church, disowned by most of the only people she'd ever known and left to fend for herself in an unfamiliar world. Now 27, Drain is launching a campaign to encourage others to leave the group as well, by making it …

Siberian 'Jesus' Vissarion, Former Traffic Cop, Leads Patriarchal Russian Cult That Believes In Aliens

If you need a backup plan for the end times, or if you're just looking to retire in an idyllic country setting that doesn't allow alcohol, tobacco or decisions made by women, this Russian cult has got you covered.<p>Sergey Anatolyevitch Torop is the charismatic leader the Church of the Last Testament, …

20. Vampyres (1974)

It entails a certain taste to enjoy many Euro horror films. A lot of them are straight horror films but even more than that feature gallons of sleaze …

Horror

The Scariest Horror Movie Homes of All Time

Tour these spooky houses if you dare.<p>Think your 1970s wood-paneled den is frightening? We wouldn't be caught dead in these scary homes — all gathered from our favorite horror movie sets — and right in time for Halloween.

Horror

The Lively Horrors of Evil Dead

Fede Alvarez's remake of the 1981 Sam Raimi classic is a stylish, inventive, gruesome homage.<p>TriStar<p>Happy families, as Tolstoy informed us, are all alike. But every <i>Evil Dead</i> family is evil and dead in its own way.<p>Or something like that. In any case, it's an observation that, to my surprise, is …

Freddy Krueger figure based on NES A Nightmare On Elm Street hits Nov.

Toymaker NECA will release a special edition NES-themed Freddy Krueger action figure based on the 8-bit version of <i>A Nightmare On Elm Street</i> later this year, the company announced today.<p>NECA's Freddy Krueger "1989 Video Game Appearance" will feature a limited color palette based on the NES game, …

Federal Judge Rules Bitcoin Is Real Money

Trendon Shavers is accused of being the Bernie Madoff of Bitcoin. The SEC is going after him for allegedly running a Bitcoin Ponzi scheme from 2011 to 2012. Through his Texas-based “Bitcoin Savings & Trust,” he, under the name “pirateat40,” took in 700,000 Bitcoin — worth $4.5 million at the time — …