We are Israeli reservists. We refuse to serve.

We are more than 50 Israelis who were once soldiers and now declare our refusal to be part of the reserves. We oppose the Israeli Army and the conscription law. Partly, that’s because we revile the current military operation. But most of the signers below are women and would not have fought in combat. For us, the army is flawed for reasons far broader than “Operation Protective Edge,” or even the occupation. We rue the militarization of Israel and the army’s discriminatory policies. One ...
Submitted by Vissarion at 2014-07-24 6:29am to the Off Topic News forum.

Arizona Inmate Dies 2 Hours After Execution Begins

Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne's office said Joseph Rudolph Wood was pronounced dead at 3:49 p.m., one hour and 57 minutes after the execution started.

Wood's lawyers had filed emergency appeals with federal and state courts while the execution was underway, demanding that it be stopped. The appeal said Wood was "gasping and snorting for more than an hour."
Submitted by Vissarion at 2014-07-24 6:26am to the Crime forum.

A legal and moral case for Hamas rocket fire

Two leading intellectuals make separate and eloquent cases that the people of Gaza have the right to resist by any means – including by firing rockets – Israel’s efforts to slowly extinguish their right to self-determination, and possibly to life itself. They argue that the Palestinians have this right most certainly at a moral level, but also almost certainly at the level of international law.

I recommend reading each article in its entirety but, knowing the constraints on readers’ ...
Submitted by meat bingo at 2014-07-24 5:45am to the Off Topic News forum.

Jeremy Bowen's Gaza notebook: I saw no evidence of Hamas using Palestinians as human shields

Trouble has been brewing between Israel and Hamas for months. The signs were there before the Israeli and Palestinian teenagers were kidnapped and murdered, and before Israel’s crackdown on Hamas in the West Bank. It’s all horribly familiar. Missiles, rockets and threats, and another Israeli prime minister saying that this time military action would make his people safer.

History shows that military action merely deepens the conflict. Only a proper peace deal will make Palestinians and ...
Submitted by meat bingo at 2014-07-24 5:45am to the Off Topic News forum.

The Ben Stein sexting scandal that will make you want to pour Lysol in your eyes

After having waxed poetic about the kinds of women he finds sexually stimulating earlier this month in American Spectator, the very married Stein has found himself caught up in a bit of a sexting scandal with a 24-year-old pregnant performance artist named Tanya Ma, whom he would like to hug and kiss.

He had actually mentioned Ma in the column, referring to her as Lucia, and using her as a means of explaining how pro-life he was that he was going to give her money so she would keep the baby ...
Submitted by Vissarion at 2014-07-23 17:23pm to the Off Topic News forum.

Chinese city sealed off after bubonic plague death

A Chinese city has been sealed off and 151 people have been placed in quarantine since last week after a man died of bubonic plague, state media said.

The 30,000 residents of Yumen, in the north-western province of Gansu, are not being allowed to leave, and police at roadblocks on the perimeter of the city are telling motorists to find alternative routes, China Central Television (CCTV) said.

A 38-year-old man died last Wednesday, the report said, after he had been in contact with a dead ...
Submitted by thirteen3seven at 2014-07-23 16:41pm to the Health & Beauty forum.

Georgian opera singer plans charity concert for gay rights

Tamar Iveri’s announcement in Tbilisi on Thursday comes after she was denied to perform by Opera Australia and La Monnaie of Brussels because of her alleged homophobic statements.

Speaking at a press conference, Iveri said that the concert is a way to once again apologize to LGBT people for the letter which was posted to her Facebook page after the anti-gay violence on May 17, 2013.

The planned concert will take place in Tbilisi on October 11, which is the National Coming Out Day ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2014-07-23 15:29pm to the Music forum.

Microsoft CEO: Fuck it, we're putting Windows in everything

Satya Nadella just confirmed that the company was going to merge all of its major versions of Windows into one huge Windows platform.

"This means one operating system that covers all screen sizes," Nadella said to analysts on the quarterly conference call. "We will streamline the next version of Windows from three operating systems into one single converged operating system for screens of all sizes."

He explained, "In the past we had multiple teams working on different versions of Windows. ...
Submitted by Please Do Not Read This Text at 2014-07-23 14:05pm to the Off Topic News forum.

Ted Nugent’s Upcoming Shows at American Indian Casino Face Scrutiny after Idaho Cancellation

Rocker Ted Nugent, it appears, is going to have a more difficult time booking shows at American Indian casinos after a North Idaho tribe’s decision this week to cancel an appearance because of his “history of racist and hate-filled remarks.”

The focus of the growing issue is not Nugent’s constitutionally guaranteed right of free speech, but why American Indians – the targets of racial animus for centuries – would host a performer whose on-stage antics are riddled with racism.

The ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2014-07-23 14:14pm to the Music forum.

Why Are Americans Bad at Math?

One of the most vivid arithmetic failings displayed by Americans occurred in the early 1980s, when the A&W restaurant chain released a new hamburger to rival the McDonald’s Quarter Pounder [...] Only when the company held customer focus groups did it become clear why. The Third Pounder presented the American public with a test in fractions. And we failed. Misunderstanding the value of one-third, customers believed they were being overcharged. Why, they asked the researchers, should they pay ...
Submitted by NĂ¼ at 2014-07-23 14:35pm to the Education forum.

Cleveland Browns fan urinates on Late Baltimore Ravens owner Art Modell's grave

"You know, Art, when you ... tried to kill the Cleveland Brownie, you didn't do so good, the Browns fans wouldn't let you, you piece of s---," he says. "I'm in rat land, and I'm going to use the words you used a few years ago.

"As far as pissing on your grave, I had no choice."
Submitted by crote at 2014-07-23 13:56pm to the Sports forum.

How Thieves Can Hack and Disable Your Home Alarm System

When it comes to the security of the Internet of Things, a lot of the attention has focused on the dangers of the connected toaster, fridge and thermostat. But a more insidious security threat lies with devices that aren’t even on the internet: wireless home alarms.

Two researchers say that top-selling home alarm setups can be easily subverted to either suppress the alarms or create multiple false alarms that would render them unreliable. False alarms could be set off using a simple tool ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2014-07-23 12:48pm to the Crime forum.

Things Americans Should (But Often Don't) Do When Dining Out

At a luncheon I attended recently, about half of the guests at my table were European and half were American. It was a professional gathering, yet at the end of the meal, none of the Americans placed their silverware in the correct position to signal to the wait staff that they were finished eating, but ALL of the Europeans did. (According to accepted etiquette, when finished eating, diners should place the utensils side by side on a slant (at 10:20 o’clock) with the fork facing upward or ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2014-07-23 13:51pm to the Health & Beauty forum.

According to Immunologist, Vaccines Give you Diabetes, are Worse than Lead-Based Paint

Immunity is crucial. But the artificial kind brought about by vaccines can be extremely damaging, especially when the body’s immune response is too strong. A groundbreaking new study published in the peer-reviewed journal Molecular and Genetic Medicine highlights the consequences of this vaccine-induced immune overload, stating that the majority of American children now suffer from the often debilitating condition.
Submitted by Tigany at 2014-07-23 12:45pm to the Horseshit! forum.

Comcast’s Internet for the poor too hard to sign up for, advocates say

A California nonprofit says that a Comcast Internet service program for poor people is too difficult to sign up for, resulting in just 11 percent of eligible households in the state getting service.

Comcast had to create the $10-per-month Internet Essentials program in order to secure approval of its acquisition of NBCUniversal in 2011. About 300,000 households containing 1.2 million people nationwide have gotten cheap Internet service as a result, but the California Emerging Technology Fund ...
Submitted by Vissarion at 2014-07-23 13:24pm to the Off Topic News forum.

Man ejected from Southwest flight for tweeting that a gate agent was rude

A Minnesota man was ejected from a Southwest Airlines flight for a tweet calling a gate agent rude, reported CBS Minnesota Wednesday. After tweeting, the man was removed from the plane and stated he was "forced" to delete the tweet before he could re-board.
Submitted by Vissarion at 2014-07-23 13:26pm to the Off Topic News forum.

Why Harry Potter is a Danger to Our Kids

Children raised in religious households have trouble distinguishing fact from fiction, are more likely to believe that the heroes in fairy tales are real.
Submitted by Tigany at 2014-07-23 13:07pm to the Off Topic News forum.

Kid Rock subpoenaed to produce glass sex toy in Insane Clown Posse lawsuit

Attorneys for Insane Clown Posse’s former publicist have subpoenaed Kid Rock for a glass sex toy that they plan to use as evidence in an ongoing sexual harassment suit against the Detroit-based rap-metal duo.

According to the subpoena, Rock was given the item a couple of years ago by “Dirty Dan” Diamond, a former employee of Insane Clown Posse and Psychopathic Records.
Submitted by nocash at 2014-07-23 12:17pm to the Music forum.

Blacklisted: The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a Terrorist

The Obama administration has quietly approved a substantial expansion of the terrorist watchlist system, authorizing a secret process that requires neither “concrete facts” nor “irrefutable evidence” to designate an American or foreigner as a terrorist, according to a key government document obtained by The Intercept.

The “March 2013 Watchlisting Guidance,” a 166-page document issued last year by the National Counterterrorism Center, spells out the government’s secret rules for ...
Submitted by ron at 2014-07-23 12:04pm to the Politics forum.

How Jason Statham competed for England in 1990 Commonwealth Games

Before he found international fame in films such as Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, The Expendibles and Homefront, he attempted to forge a career as a competitive diver.
Now video has emerged of Statham - complete with a full head of hair - competed for England in the diving competition at the 1990 Commonwealth Games in Auckland.
Submitted by meat bingo at 2014-07-23 11:15am to the Sports forum.