William Bichsel

39 Flips | 2 Magazines | 2 Likes | 3 Following | 1 Follower | @wastedchange | Keep up with William Bichsel on Flipboard, a place to see the stories, photos, and updates that matter to you. Flipboard creates a personalized magazine full of everything, from world news to life’s great moments. Download Flipboard for free and search for “William Bichsel”

Oregon shooting: OECD homicide rates chart

At least 10 people are dead and seven more injured after a gunman opened fire at a community college in Oregon on Thursday.<p>President Barack Obama, forced to react to another mass shooting in the US from the White House briefing room, lamented that the US is the "only advanced country in the world …

Do humans stand a chance in Earth’s sixth mass extinction?

Scientists recently suggested that the Earth’s sixth mass extinction has begun. As terrifying as that sounds, surely humans are too smart and too important to get wiped out? Paleontologists have long tried to shed light on this question by looking for general rules that might predict the survival …

Extinction

New genetic map of the UK shows which invasions created Britain's DNA

Britain has a long history of invasions: over the past two millennia, various armies from the Romans to the Anglo-Saxons conquered the bulk of the British Isles. A new genetic analysis of the country has revealed which invading force had the greatest impact on its DNA.<p>The UK can be split into 17 …

Canon is giving mirrorless cameras another shot

The EOS M3 reboots a struggling series<p>Canon has announced the EOS M3, the third in its line of mirrorless cameras. The M3 has a 24-megapixel APS-C sensor, Wi-Fi connectivity, and 49-point hybrid phase-detection autofocus, but perhaps more important are the design changes. This looks to be by far …

After video surfaces, grand jury charges 2 Philadelphia policemen in beating

Two Philadelphia police officers were charged Thursday with beating a man on a scooter nearly two years ago and lying about it, resulting in wrongful charges against him.<p>A Philadelphia grand jury decided to charge Officers Sean McKnight and Kevin Robinson after the district attorney presented …

The Best American Winter Road Trips

On the spectrometer of thrills, winter driving lies somewhere between utilitarian necessity and white-knuckle extreme sport. But now that gas is affordable and holiday lights are twinkling from the East Coast to L.A., it’s time to hit the open road and give the ultimate test to your car’s …

Three Reasons Why Black Men Should Openly Carry a Gun After Trayvon, Ferguson and John Crawford

I never thought I'd be an open-carry advocate.<p>However, I'm a firm believer in working within the American political system in order to change the status quo. If the Second Amendment is cherished by millions of Americans, then why not use it to further certain liberal ideals? Protecting …

This haunting video shows the deserted landscape around the Chernobyl reactor

On April 26, 1986, the Chernobyl nuclear reactor near the Ukrainian city of Pripyat exploded, spewing huge clouds of radioactive material into the air. Because long-term exposure to radiation can have serious health effects, the authorities evacuated everyone within about 20 miles of the reactor …

On Immigration, Obama Fulfills His Promise to Progressives

The president has long been tugged between his bipartisan urges and his activist roots. With his executive order and speech Thursday, he chose activism.<p>In his decision to act, by himself, on immigration, President Obama chose between two sides of his political self.<p>It’s hard to remember now, but …

The Drop's Matthias Schoenaerts: a new portrayal of masculinity

Oh <i>merde</i>!” It’s 4pm in Antibes and Matthias Schoenaerts has just woken up. Doing night shoots on Maryland, a film about an ex-soldier with post-traumatic stress disorder, he’s staying in an apartment and has just discovered it’s too late to order food from the local restaurant. “Oh my God, I’m …

Top 10 Compact Cameras for Travelers

Upgrade your travel photos with these lightweight cameras that pack a punch.<p><i>Tom O'Brien is a mechanical engineer and the photo engineer for</i> National Geographic <i>magazine. He designs and builds custom equipment for the photographers of the magazine. You can follow him on Instagram @Mechanicalphoto.</i>

The truth behind America’s most famous gay-hate murder

Photograph: AP<p>Grade-A student: Matthew Shepard was just 5ft 2in and his slight frame gave him an air of vulnerability.<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2014/10/21/1413903884515/b89a2b44-0563-4ae6-8282-80d56394b816-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: AP<p>Grade-A student: Matthew …

Jan Sallings' Honda CL 350

Every now and then, it’s good to go back to the blueprint. And this is as good as you’ll get. It’s a textbook resto-mod of a classic 1970s Honda, dripping with charm and style.<p>Builder Jan Sallings has an eye for detail—and the steady hand required for quality work. The mods he’s made to his 1973 …

Banksy's Street Art Reimagined in LEGO

What would it look like if Banksy's most famous street art pieces were reimagined in LEGO? What would the balloon girl look like and how would the rat on the wire appear? These are the questions photographer Jeff Friesen asked himself when he created his original series <i>Bricksy</i>. As he tells …

Lego

Obama Issues Furious Statement After Senate Democrats Vote Down His Controversial Nominee

Eight Senate Democrats on Wednesday helped vote down President Barack Obama's controversial nominee to become assistant attorney general for the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division.<p>The vote against Debo Adegbile clearly infuriated Obama. It was the first time one of his nominees failed to be …

Pentagon's Chuck Hagel plans to downsize US military

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1055000/1055703_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524667164_eafbf231f7bd7cfabff2d1f9d1dde426<p><b>Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel has unveiled plans to shrink the US Army to its smallest size since before the US entered World War Two.</b><p>Outlining his …

Julian Assange's ghost writer breaks silence on failed autobiography

The ghostwriter who collaborated with Julian Assange on his abortive 2011 autobiography has broken his silence to describe his months working with the WikiLeaks founder, which culminated in the acrimonious collapse of one of the highest profile and most lucrative book deals of recent times.<p>Three …

Associated Press News

How Edward Snowden went from loyal NSA contractor to whistleblower

In late December 2001, someone calling themselves TheTrueHOOHA had a question. He was an 18-year-old American male with impressive IT skills and a sharp intelligence. His real identity was unknown. Everyone who posted on Ars Technica, a popular technology website, did so anonymously.<p>TheTrueHOOHA …

Antarctic veterans describe their love affair with this remote wilderness

These past weeks, we've benefited from the combined experience of several Antarctic veterans, people who have been to the frozen continent countless times, who keep coming back and, for all intents and purposes, will keep coming back. My own experiences have been written from the point of view of …

Venture Capitalist Tries to Drum Up Support for Splitting California Into Six States

Venture capitalist Tim Draper is out promoting a proposal to split California into six states, the better to serve each segment, rethink existing …

Glenn Greenwald: What I've Learned

Journalist, 46, Rio de Janeiro<p><i>Published in the January 2014 issue</i><p><i>Interviewed by Tom Junod, September 15, 2013</i><p><b>I'm definitely assuming,</b> because you called my home phone, that this call is being monitored. I'm not saying it's being monitored in real time, but it's being stored and recorded and will be …

To Fix Social Security, Some Democrats Want To Lift Wage Cap

For the past three years, there's been a shortfall in the payroll taxes collected for Social Security. And as more baby boomers join the ranks of the 57 million people already receiving benefits, that deficit is bound to keep growing.<p>At the same time, the overall share of wages being taxed for …

Minimum Wage Was Once Enough To Keep a Family of 3 Out of Poverty

Newtown report: Shooter Adam Lanza had no clear motive, was obsessed with Columbine

Newtown shooter Adam Lanza had no clear motive, but was obsessed with Columbine and planned the rampage that took the lives of 20 children and six school staffers at Sandy Hook Elementary, "including the taking of his own life," according to a long-awaited report on last December's shooting …

The 5 Most Shocking Moments From Drake's Scorpion

Music<p>Your trusted destination for top music news, music industry information, and concert details.<p>Pop<p>We love a charitable king!<p>madfitzroth<p>TRL<p>Ariana …

Donald Sutherland: 'I want Hunger Games to stir up a revolution'

Donald Sutherland wants to stir revolt. A real revolt. A youth-led uprising against injustice that will overturn the US as we know it and usher in a kinder, better way. "I hope that they will take action because it's getting drastic in this country." Drone strikes. Corporate tax dodging. Racism. …