• Geeks tend to be Democrats, says DeGrasse Tyson

    Geeks tend to be Democrats, says DeGrasse Tyson

    A right-wing publication’s criticism of Tyson. LiberalAgenda22/YouTube screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET Is it possible that geeks are all of one persuasion? We know that most of them think alike and would prefer that all humanity...
  • Congress says Obama is too aloof as President

    President Barack Obama (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) President Barack Obama’s request for billions of dollars to deal with migrant children streaming across the border set off Democrats and Republicans. Lawmakers in both parties complained that the...
  • Dimitrov, Monfils out of Washington tournament

    (Reuters) – Grigor Dimitrov and Gael Monfils have withdrawn from this week’s Citi Open Tournament, it was announced on Sunday. Dimitrov, who was the No. 3 seed, was diagnosed with flu and sinus infection. “We...
  • Labour pledge on domestic violence

    Labour pledge on domestic violence

    28 July 2014 Last updated at 00:07 Yvette Cooper will say the government “just doesn’t take violence against women seriously” A future Labour government would ban the use of community resolutions in domestic violence cases,...

Headline News

  • 1 dead, 13 others injured after lightning strikes in Los Angeles area


    July 27, 2014: A man is treated by a paramedics after a lightning strike in the water in Venice, California.Reuters One person was killed and 13 others were injured after lightning from a rare summer thunderstorm struck two Los Angeles-area locations Sunday afternoon.  Lt. Larry Dietz of the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office told The Associated Press that a 20-year-old man was struck by lightning on Venice Beach and pronounced dead at a local hospital Sunday evening. A second man struck by lightning on the beach was listed as being in critical condition, while eight others, including a 15-year-old, remained hospitalized. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT In all, 13 people were struck by lightning at Venice Beach, while a 57-year-old man was hit while golfing on Catalina Island. The man was hospitalized in stable condition.  City fire spokesman Katherine Main said four people were treated at Venice Beach after the lightning struck at approximately 2:30 p.m. local time. …

    July 27, 2014 10:45 pm
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Politics

  • Congress says Obama is too aloof as President


    President Barack Obama (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) President Barack Obama’s request for billions of dollars to deal with migrant children streaming across the border set off Democrats and Republicans. Lawmakers in both parties complained that the White House — six years in — still doesn’t get it when it comes to working with Congress. Top GOP leaders got no notice of the $3.7 billion emergency request. The administration sent contradictory messages about what it wanted to deal with the border crisis. And as the proposal drew fierce criticism, the White House made few overtures to lawmakers in either party to rally support. House and Senate lawmakers in both parties plus several senior congressional aides said this past week that the handling of the proposal by Obama and the White House is emblematic of the administration’s rocky relationship with Congress: an ad hoc approach that shuns appeals to opponents and doesn’t reward allies. Combined with a divided …

    July 27, 2014 10:44 pm
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Stocks

  • Scandal-ridden food processor issues recall


      The food processing company accused of mishandling meat at its Shanghai, China plant says it will suspend sales and recall all food processed there. Husi did not specify how much food it will recall but promised an internal investigation and new management of the Shanghai plant. The Saturday announcement also pledged cooperation with authorities, who ordered the facility closed and detained five people as part of their own inquires, state media reported. The scandal began when Chinese television showed workers at Husi Shanghai handling expired and tainted meat with their bare hands. Workers could be seen processing meat that had fallen on the floor, for example. It widened as the extent of the company’s distribution came to light. Many well-known fast food chains use the plant to supply their Asian operations. Related: China’s incredible high-speed rail system Most have ended their relationship with the company or stopped selling its products. Among them are Yum …

    July 27, 2014 1:11 pm
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Sports

  • Dimitrov, Monfils out of Washington tournament


    (Reuters) – Grigor Dimitrov and Gael Monfils have withdrawn from this week’s Citi Open Tournament, it was announced on Sunday. Dimitrov, who was the No. 3 seed, was diagnosed with flu and sinus infection. “We will miss having Grigor as a part of this year’s tournament, but his health is priority number one,” said Jeff Newman, tournament director. “We hope he gets better quickly and wish him great success for the rest of the year.” Monfils withdraws for the second straight week because of a knee injury. The Citi Open is the second tournament in the U.S. Open series which offers a $1 million (588 million pounds) bonus at the U.S. Open for the player at the top of the standings. (Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

    July 27, 2014 10:24 pm
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World News

  • Labour pledge on domestic violence


    28 July 2014 Last updated at 00:07 Yvette Cooper will say the government “just doesn’t take violence against women seriously” A future Labour government would ban the use of community resolutions in domestic violence cases, shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper is to announce. Data compiled by Labour from 15 police forces showed there were 3,305 such uses in 2013 – up from 1,337 in 2009. In a speech later, Ms Cooper will say the figures are “deeply worrying”. Out-of-court community punishments are advised for some minor offences. A Home Office spokeswoman said they were “not acceptable” for serious crimes. She said a review of the “inappropriate use” of community resolutions had been conducted. Community resolutions are used by police to resolve low-level or minor offences through “informal agreement between the parties involved”, instead of through the court system. A resolution could include an apology or compensation. They are aimed at first-time offenders and can be …

    July 27, 2014 10:24 pm
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Technology

  • Geeks tend to be Democrats, says DeGrasse Tyson


    A right-wing publication’s criticism of Tyson. LiberalAgenda22/YouTube screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET Is it possible that geeks are all of one persuasion? We know that most of them think alike and would prefer that all humanity thought, acted and dressed like engineers. However, does this also imply that geeks are natural Democrats? Appearing on HBO’s “Real Time With Bill Maher,” Cosmos presenter and astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson explained his belief about nerd politics. Responding to Maher’s suggestion that Republicans dislike him because he’s both a scientist and black, Tyson said: “There appears to be some jealousy that the nerd set, the geek set, tends to vote Democrat.” He explained that he believes Republicans were desperate to get the geek vote. (Denigrating geeks might not be the best way to do it.) Tyson added: “Right now Comic-Con is going on in San Diego. Just go there and take a show of hands. (…) It’ll be overwhelmingly liberal …

    July 27, 2014 10:45 pm
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Science

  • Newly discovered gut virus lives in half the world’s population


    Odds are, there’s a virus living inside your gut that has gone undetected by scientists for decades. A new study led by researchers at San Diego State University has found that more than half the world’s population is host to a newly described virus, named crAssphage, which infects one of the most common types of gut bacteria, Bacteroidetes. This phylum of bacteria is thought to be connected with obesity, diabetes and other gut-related diseases. The research appears today in Nature Communications. Robert A. Edwards, a bioinformatics professor at SDSU, and his colleagues stumbled upon the discovery quite by accident. Working with visiting researcher and corresponding author on the study Bas E. Dutilh, now at Radboud University Medical Center in The Netherlands, the researchers were using results from previous studies on gut-inhabiting viruses to screen for new viruses. In the DNA fecal samples from 12 different individuals, they noticed a particular cluster of viral DNA, about …

    July 27, 2014 11:05 pm
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Health

  • Liberia shuts border crossings, restricts gatherings to curb Ebola spreading


    MONROVIA (Reuters) – The Liberian government on Sunday closed most of the West African nation’s border crossings and introduced stringent health measures to curb the spread of the deadly Ebola virus that has killed at least 660 people across the region. The new measures announced by the government on Sunday came as Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone struggle to contain the worst outbreak yet of the virus. Speaking at a task force meeting, Liberia President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said the government is doing everything to fight the virus including inspecting and testing all outgoing and incoming passengers by Liberia’s airport authority. “All borders of Liberia will be closed with the exception of major entry points. At these entry points, preventive and testing centers will be established, and stringent preventive measures to be announced will be scrupulously adhered to,” she said. Ebola can kill up to 90 percent of those who catch it, although the fatality …

    July 27, 2014 10:44 pm
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Entertainment

  • Kim Kardashian Nearly Exposes Her Underwear In A Sexy Nude Dress


    Posted on Sun Jul 27th, 2014 3:47pm PDT That’s one super high slit! Kim Kardashian left a photo shoot on Saturday in Los Angeles, and when she climbed into her Mercedes SUV, she needed help from an assistant at the studio to make sure she didn’t flash the dozens of photographers camped outside. And speaking of her underwear, either Kim’s wearing a super flimsy bra or she’s not wearing one at all… Kim and hubby Kanye West returned from their romantic Mexican vacation on Thursday night, and it looks like she’ll be here for a while. Kim was only supposed to spend about a month shooting with sisters Khloe and Kourtney for their spin-off reality show in the Hamptons, and she hasn’t been back to New York for several weeks now.   SEE THE GALLERY Kim Kardashian Takes A Break From A Photo Shoot Stories from around the Web

    July 27, 2014 7:19 pm
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Editorial

  • What if democracy is a fraud?


    The U.S. Capitol dome before dawn. (REUTERS) What if you were allowed to vote only because it didn’t make a difference? What if no matter how you voted the elites always got their way? What if the concept of one person/one vote was just a fiction created by the government to induce your compliance? What if democracy as it has come to exist in America today is dangerous to personal freedom? What if our so-called democracy erodes the people’s understanding of natural rights and the reasons for government and instead turns political campaigns into beauty contests? What if American democracy allows the government to do anything it wants, as long as more people bother to show up at the voting booth to support the government than show up to say no? ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT What if democracy as it has come to exist in America today is dangerous to personal freedom? What if the purpose of …

    July 26, 2014 2:05 am
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Odd News

  • New York Times Square Spider-Man charged with punching police officer


    (Reuters) – A street performer dressed as Spider-Man in New York City’s Times Square was arrested after punching a police officer who scolded him for demanding more money from a couple he had posed with for a picture, police said on Sunday. The Saturday afternoon incident began when Junior Bishop, 25, was overheard by a police officer refusing a $1 bill from a woman with whom he’d taken a picture, insisting instead on a larger denomination, a police spokeswoman said. After the police officer told Bishop he could only accept tips but not demand money, the Brooklyn resident began yelling at him, police say. When the officer told him he was under arrest, Bishop punched him in the face, police said. The incident was not the first involving a costumed street performer running afoul of the law in New York. Last month, a costumed Spider-Man man was fined $370 for a 2013 incident in which …

    July 27, 2014 2:53 pm
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