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The Texas Fertilizer Plant Explosion

by 4 years, 5 months ago Contribute
Last night, on the 66th anniversary of the deadliest industrial accident in American history, a fertilizer plant in West, Texas (a small town 18 miles north of Waco, Texas) exploded with devastating results. Early reports state that "every house within about four blocks is blown apart." With 15 people killed and more than 160 others injured so far, a search is on for survivors. Those numbers, tragically, are expected to rise quickly and have already risen while I've been writing this post. I've been following The Atlantic Wire and Reddit's thread for updates and resources. Videos: LS
Categories: Actual News

Two Powerful Explosions At The Boston Marathon Finish Line

by 4 years, 5 months ago Contribute
Reports of dozens of injuries, multiple deaths, and limbs lost. Thoughts are in Boston today... Reddit's collection of news sources and updates. Redditors have been handing off the reins all night, here is the newest thread with first-hand witness accounts, updates on injured/dead, theories, etc. Other Coverage: Deadspin | HyperVocal | WCVB | NY Times | The Atlantic Wire | Boston | Boston Police, Fire, and EMS Update: Video of the explosions, from The Boston Globe: Photo: @Boston_to_a_T
Categories: Actual News, Links

CNN Pissed Off The Internet This Weekend

by 4 years, 6 months ago Contribute
A CNN segment on the Steubenville rape trial verdict drew the ire of almost anyone with a voice on the web this weekend, focusing on the ruined "promising futures" of the convicted rapists instead of the fact that...y'know..they raped a passed-out 16-year-old girl at a series of parties. Since the segment aired (which HyperVocal points out is eerily similar to this video from The Onion's Sports Dome) a Change.org petition has been started, demanding that CNN needs to "apologize on air for sympathizing with the Steubenville rapists."

When Mars Attacks, We’ll All Know Why.

by 5 years, 0 months ago Contribute
Damnit, will.i.am:
NASA will hold an educational event to share findings about Mars with students and premiere a new song by musician will.i.am that will be broadcast from the surface of the Red Planet via the Curiosity rover. The event will take place at 1 p.m. PDT (4 p.m. EDT) Tuesday, Aug. 28, at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, Calif. Members of the team that successfully landed the rover on Mars earlier this month will explain to students the mission and the technology behind the song's interplanetary transmission. will.i.am will then premiere "Reach for the Stars," a new composition about the singer's passion for science, technology and space exploration. will.i.am's i.am.angel Foundation, in partnership with Discovery Education of Silver Spring, Md., a provider of digital resources to kindergarten through grade 12 classrooms, will announce a new science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics initiative featuring NASA assets such as the Mars Curiosity Rover. The event will be streamed on the agency's website and broadcast on NASA TV.
Temporarily insane NASA
Categories: Actual News, Music

“There Comes A Point In Every Man’s Life When He Has To Say, ‘Enough Is Enough.'”

by 5 years, 1 month ago Contribute
Lance Armstrong announced that he will stop his fight against the United States Anti-Doping Agency's accusations that he took performance-enhancing drugs during his professional biking career. The USADA responded swiftly, banning Armstong for life, as well as stating that he will be stripped of all his accomplishments, prizes, titles, records, and cash earnings since August 1998. On top of that, he will be stripped of his bronze medal from the 2000 Olympics and his unprecedented seven Tour de France titles.
There comes a point in every man's life when he has to say, "Enough is enough." For me, that time is now. I have been dealing with claims that I cheated and had an unfair advantage in winning my seven Tours since 1999. Over the past three years, I have been subjected to a two-year federal criminal investigation followed by Travis Tygart's unconstitutional witch hunt. The toll this has taken on my family, and my work for our foundation and on me leads me to where I am today – finished with this nonsense. "Today I turn the page. I will no longer address this issue, regardless of the circumstances. I will commit myself to the work I began before ever winning a single Tour de France title: serving people and families affected by cancer, especially those in underserved communities," Armstrong said.
Photo: Lance Armstrong
Categories: Actual News

Updates On The Aurora Massacre

by 5 years, 2 months ago Contribute
In times like these, where the accuracy of a developing story is oftentimes sacrificed by major news networks in order to be the first to the headline, and raw facts seem to be smothered by untimely political bickering and useless celebrity commentary (ahem), I've found the collective research abilities of the Reddit community to be one of the better sources of breaking information. In regards to the tragic Aurora theater shooting by 24-year-old piece of shit fuckbag James Holmes, they have come through once again in force. A stream of updated information, curated by Redditor integ3er, is available here, here, here, here and here. My personal thoughts and prayers are with the victims of this senseless tragedy. Photo via
Categories: Actual News, In Memoriam

CERN Director: “I Think We Have It.”

by 5 years, 2 months ago Contribute
CERN director Dr. Rolf-Dieter Heuer confirmed the existence of a subatomic particle consistent with the elusive Higgs boson particle today. The New York Times reports:
Physicists working at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider said Wednesday that they had discovered a new subatomic particle that looks for all the world like the Higgs boson, a potential key to an understanding of why elementary particles have mass and indeed to the existence of diversity and life in the universe. Dr. Heuer and others said that it was too soon to know for sure whether the new particle, which weighs in at 125 billion electron volts, one of the heaviest subatomic particles yet, fits the simplest description given by the Standard Model, the theory that has ruled physics for the last half-century, or whether it is an impostor, a single particle or even the first of many particles yet to be discovered. The latter possibilities are particularly exciting to physicists since they could point the way to new deeper ideas, beyond the Standard Model, about the nature of reality. For now, some physicists are calling it a “Higgslike” particle.
When asked about the discovery, Peter Higgs (who first predicted the particle's existence almost 50 years ago) replied, "I had no expectation that I would still be alive when it happened. It is very satisfying. For me personally it's just the confirmation of something I did 48 years ago." A grad student who was present at the announcement has started an "Ask Me Anything" on Reddit.

“The Most Trusted Name In News”

by 5 years, 3 months ago Contribute
CNN "reports" the Supreme Court's 5-4 ruling that President Obama's Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is constitutional...eventually. Here's what it means:
The Court’s ruling means, that unless Congress acts, in 2014 all Americans will be required to purchase health insurance in the most sweeping overhaul of the nation’s health care system since the Great Society. The Court, according to early analysis, redefined the mandate as a tax, skirting some Constitutional questions but offering a dramatic affirmation to Obama's key initiative.
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Categories: Actual News, Images

“I’m Completely Unfamiliar Really With This Style of Responding to a Legal Threat…”

by 5 years, 3 months ago Contribute
FunnyJunk's lawyer, Charles Carreon, in regards to Matthew Inman's BearLove Good. Cancer Bad. campaign and the onslaught of negative press and hate mail they've received since the creator of The Oatmeal responded to their legal threat.
"I really did not expect that he would marshal an army of people who would besiege my website and send me a string of obscene emails," he says. "I'm completely unfamiliar really with this style of responding to a legal threat — I've never really seen it before," Carreon explains. "I don't like seeing anyone referring to my mother as a sexual deviant," he added, referencing the drawing Inman posted. "It's an education in the power of mob psychology and the Internet," Carreon told me.
Digital Life
Categories: Actual News, Artsy Sh*t, Links

Pacquiao-Bradley Rematch Tickets Are For Sale…Already. Seriously. [Updated]

by 5 years, 3 months ago Contribute
According to this poster tweeted by Timothy Bradley last week, the rematch (which was also one of the first things out of Bradley's post-match mouth) between Timothy Bradley and Manny Pacquiao is set for November 10th, and tickets are on sale today. The Big Lead reports:
At this point, we should remind you that Bob Arum is the promoter for both Pacquiao and Bradley. If this had been scored a decisive victory for Pacquiao, there is no rematch or at least one that is desired by the public. Arum acted upset after the fight, saying he had it 10 rounds to 2 for Pacquiao. He also told Kevin Iole, “This is a death knell for boxing, and I’m going to make a ton of money on the rematch.”
There you have it. Bob Arum can see the future and there's nothing suspicious or shady about this at all. Update: After what I can imagine was a weekend of death threats, Bob Arum has now demanded an investigation. So, everything's better and this still isn't shady as shit.