Men, Women, and Children is the internet's Reefer Madness

If someone told you about a movie that depicts the Internet with an alarmist hysteria capable of making Reefer Madness look levelheaded by comparison, in what year would you guess said movie was made? 1996? 2000? Would you believe it was made this year? Adapted by Jason Reitman (who also directed) and Erin Cressida Wilson from Chad Kultgen’s novel, Men, Women & Children means to serve as a wake-up call concerning the ways in which modern technology is warping relationships and expectations. ...
Submitted by Please Do Not Read This Text at 2014-09-30 17:20pm to the Movies forum.

The Alberta Tar Sands

Buried just beneath a layer of muskeg and forest in northern Alberta, Canada, lies a 50,000 square mile reservoir of heavy crude oil, possibly holding 2 trillion barrels of recoverable oil. These bitumen deposits require a lot of effort to extract, recover, and pre-process before the oil can be sent to conventional refineries. Most of the current extraction process takes place in open-pit mines, with massive machinery scraping up the tarry sandstone and moving it to facilities for processing.
Submitted by sleeppoor at 2014-09-30 15:21pm to the The World forum.

Label to allow retroactive product placement in music videos

Product placement in music videos is set to change after Universal Music Group signed a deal to allow advertisers to digitally insert their products into previously released music videos.
Submitted by sleeppoor at 2014-09-30 14:08pm to the The Economy forum.

Where Should We Bury the Dead Racist Literary Giants?

H.P. Lovecraft is widely acclaimed as one of the great masters of horror. He created the Cthulhu mythos, a pantheon of hideous eldritch deities lurking outside of time that occasionally peep through into our reality to wreak havoc and drive men mad, is credited with inventing weird fantasy; and was a major influence on everyone from Stephen King to Alan Moore. He was also, like many authors of the early twentieth century, really racist.
Submitted by nocash at 2014-09-30 13:31pm to the Books forum.

The Ballad

Why an endlessly recurring meme about an atheist professor and the “sick of this shit” marine who punches him is the internet’s real folk literature.
Submitted by nocash at 2014-09-30 11:58am to the Off Topic News forum.

Minneapolis Star Tribune Runs Anti-Transgender Ad

Yesterday, the Star Tribune upset many of its LGBT-friendly readers by running an anti-transgender ad paid for by the Minnesota Child Protection League.

The ad urges parents to contact Minnesota State High School League officials ahead of a meeting later this week and ask them not to approve a new policy that would allow transgender students to participate in athletics based on their gender identity.
Submitted by Xiphias at 2014-09-30 11:47am to the Off Topic News forum.

3 Men Charged With Anti-Gay Shooting in Bushwick, Police Say

Three suspects have been arrested for shouting anti-gay slurs at a group of men dressed as women and shooting one of the them over the weekend, police said.

Cody Sigue, 22, Matthew Smith, 21, and Tavon Johnson, 17, got into an argument with the victim around 7 a.m. Saturday on Broadway near Putnam Avenue, according to police.

When the victim tried to run away from them, the suspects followed and shouted at them, according to court documents.
Submitted by Xiphias at 2014-09-30 9:17am to the Crime forum.

Abandoned and Rusty Soviet Turbo Jet Train

Some time ago we had a few photos of a piece of technology called “Soviet Turbojet Train“. The projected speed for this out-of-the-sixties monster was planned to be up to 360 km/h, and it set a record of 250 km/h on the Soviet standard railway. The project was discarded afterwards, partly due to the very high fuel consumption of the jet engines compared to the engines of jet planes, and we thought the only train built was lost, but recently these guys discovered it rusting on the back ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2014-09-30 9:19am to the Science forum.

Anti-Gay Laws Lead to Financial Woes for LGBT People: Report

Census data and other research over the last decade have shown higher rates of financial hardship and poverty among gays. But the report’s authors make the connection between those difficulties and specific laws and policies by analyzing current incomes and poverty rates for LGBT people and their heterosexual counterparts in states that have protections and those that don’t.

“You’ve got all of these laws that have indisputable economic impact,” said Ineke Mushovic, executive director ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2014-09-30 9:05am to the The Economy forum.

Man receives 4.5 months of jail time for Twitter rape threats

Nunn began his Twitter attacks around July 29, 2013, five days after the Bank of England announced that the Austen campaign was successful. "Hi, it took Twitter 30 minutes to ban me before. I'm here again to tell you that I'll rape you tomorrow at 6pm" is one of a handful of tweets Nunn directed at Creasy. The message did indeed originate after the suspension of another of his accounts from which he was tweeting threats. Nunn also used a number of tweets to brand Creasy and Caroline ...
Submitted by Vissarion at 2014-09-30 9:33am to the Crime forum.

Husain Abdullah was penalized for ... praying?

During the Chiefs' destruction of the Patriots, Husain Abdullah picked off Tom Brady and scored, the second touchdown of his career. After scoring, he was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct, specifically excessive celebration.

This is the unsportsmanlike conduct/excessive celebration he was penalized for [praying].

Abdullah, if you're unfamiliar, is a practicing Muslim. He fasts during Ramadan, even during NFL training camp, and missed the 2012 NFL season so he and his brother, former ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2014-09-30 9:13am to the Sports forum.

Gay couple shot by BB gun outside the Saloon

The random act of violent homophobia he says happened at around 10:00 p.m. at the Saloon, a popular gay bar on Hennepin Avenue that's frequented by many downtown visitors and residents alike. Erickson said 43-year-old Wayne Steven Odegard started by harassing customers.

“He made a disrespectful comment towards the homosexual community, towards a couple that was holding hands and he obviously didn't appreciate that,” Erickson said.

Shortly after his expletives, Odegard's sheer disregard ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2014-09-30 9:05am to the Crime forum.

I Had a Stroke at 33

There was a cascade of input — triangles and sky and gravel sound and music on the radio and wind and the feeling of rough cloth near my hands. I could not make sense of it all; I did not know the small triangles were trees, the larger ones mountains, the sound tires crunching snow and Snow Patrol, the jacket Gore-Tex, and that my wrists were the things attached to things called my hands. They were colors and shapes and sound and touch and sensation and my brain was no longer sorting these ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2014-09-30 9:22am to the Health & Beauty forum.

A ‘Tetris’ Movie Is in the Works (Exclusive)

A film adaptation of the classic ‘80s video game “Tetris” will be falling into theaters sometime in the near future.

Threshold Entertainment has teamed up with the Tetris Company to develop a live-action film based on the game. While no directors or cast are attached to the film yet, there is a story in place.

“It’s a very big, epic sci-fi movie,” Threshold’s CEO Larry Kasanoff tells Speakeasy exclusively. “This isn’t a movie with a bunch of lines running around the page. ...
Submitted by Forensic at 2014-09-30 9:13am to the Video Games forum.

Secret Service fumbled response after gunman hit White House residence in 2011

The gunman parked his black Honda directly south of the White House, in the dark of a November night, in a closed lane of Constitution Avenue. He pointed his semiautomatic rifle out of the passenger window, aimed directly at the home of the president of the United States, and pulled the trigger.

A bullet smashed a window on the second floor, just steps from the first family’s formal living room. Another lodged in a window frame, and more pinged off the roof, sending bits of wood and concrete ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2014-09-30 9:03am to the Crime forum.

NYC cop accused of breaking into woman’s home, beating her: ‘Sometimes I’m a bad guy’

However, Donnelly got intoxicated during the celebration and a friend offered to let the officer sleep at his residence for the night. Sometime before dawn on June 11, Donnelly got up and broke into the apartment of a neighbor — a woman who he did not know — and attacked her.

He appeared at the unnamed woman’s bedside in his underwear and told her, “Sometimes I’m a good guy, but sometimes I’m a bad guy.”
Submitted by phalsebob at 2014-09-30 8:12am to the Crime forum.

AR gun range declares itself a ‘Muslim Free Zone’ after ‘Allah Akbar ring tone’ freaks out owner

And she reasoned that the First Amendment of the Constitution did not protect Muslims because Islam was a “theocracy,” not a religion.
Submitted by phalsebob at 2014-09-30 8:03am to the Off Topic News forum.

NM cop threatened to shoot ‘f*cking lunatic’ in the penis 2 hours before killing him

In March, Albuquerque police shot and killed a homeless man who had been illegally camping in an incident that was caught on tape and led to a storm of controversy over the decision to open fire.

Now, months later, a newly released video reveals that Officer Keith Sandy had, two hours earlier, talked about shooting 38-year-old James Boyd in the penis and dismissively referred to him as a ‘lunatic.’
Submitted by phalsebob at 2014-09-30 7:58am to the Crime forum.

Glowing dog food blamed on sea bugs

Mysteriously glowing dog tucker found by a Taranaki woman might be explained by the presence of sea-based bacteria, an expert believes.

The eerie fluorescent blue glow emanating from a pair of dog bones bought for her dog Tyke left Taranaki woman Fiona Wallis hunting for answers.
Submitted by Enki Don't at 2014-09-30 6:33am to the Food forum.

Boris Johnson Says Ukip Defectors Are 'Type' Who Have Sex With Vacuum Cleaners

Boris Johnson has launched an bizarre attack on Tory defectors to Ukip, joking that they were the type of people that have sex with vacuum cleaners.
Submitted by meat bingo at 2014-09-30 2:45am to the Politics forum.