Beast Fiction: Christopher Bollens The Destroyers

July 4, 2017

Ive never known the specifics of Charlies familys wealth. Like pools or country houses or fathers with healthy, poorly hidden porn collections, money was just a condition that some kids had and others didnt. Thats not to say I didnt realize early on that the Konstantinou fortune trumped my ownthat I was a votive candle set beside a bonfire. Their residence was a labyrinthine, low-ceilinged duplex on the forty-eighth floor…


EPA Plans New Climate Science Critique, Swapping Peer Review For Red Vs. Blue Politics

July 1, 2017

The Environmental Protection Agency has already its website dedicated to climate change, of scientific advisory board members, and to alter her congressional testimony to include more political talking points. Now EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt plans to launch a new initiative aimed at challenging the widely accepted conclusion that the climate is changing due to the influx of planet-warming gases caused by burning fossil fuels, industrial farming and large-scale deforestation. The…


Facebook’s latest manifesto on fighting hate speech feels kinda whiny

June 29, 2017

All eyes are on Facebook for fighting hate speechImage: B. TONGO/EPA/REX/Shutterstock As Facebook works to become more transparent about its strategy to combat hate speech, one of its public policy leaders published a lengthy explainer on the process Tuesday. For all of the post’s enlightening details, though, it felt as if Facebook was saying, “Sorry, guys, it’s hard.” Richard Allan, Facebook’s VP of Public Policy in Europe, the Middle East,…


Could Trump’s vague plan to expand rural broadband actually work? It’s hard to tell

June 25, 2017

A sign in support of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump hangs on a farming tractor near a polling station in Cave Creek, Arizona. (Photo by )Image: Ralph Freso/Getty Images If you live in the country, there’s a good chance you don’t have broadband-speed internet. Only one in ten Americans lack access to a connection that meets the government’s new standard for the designation, but more than two thirds of them…


Here’s a draft of the Senate’s healthcare bill they’ve been trying to hide

June 17, 2017

Image: Getty Images For weeks, Republicans in the Senate have done everything they can to try and hide their proposed healthcare bill from the public because transparency is sooooo 2016. Thankfully, we’ve obtained a very special draft of the proposed legislation, courtesy of an anonymous owl that flew by and dropped it on my desk. The owl asked that he not be named in our report for security reasons. SEE…


We really need to talk about 3-on-3 basketball becoming an Olympic sport

June 12, 2017

Pickup hoops in Jersey City.Image: Julio Cortez/AP/REX/Shutterstock Three-on-three basketball is having a moment. On top of Ice Cube’s newly launched league for aging NBA folk heroes, the playground staple also just got added as an Olympic sport. That’s right 3-on-3 basketball will be at the Tokyo Games. We’re still picking our jaws up off the floor. And we have so many questions. Chief among them: Is this Good or Bad?…


Trump throws binders of paperwork on the floor much to Twitter’s amusement

June 11, 2017

Trump: not a fan of paperwork.Image: Rex Arbogast/AP/REX/Shutterstock President Donald Trump took time out of his Infrastructure Week speech on Friday to toss some binders off a podium, because regulations are choking the red, white, and blue blood that flows through the veins of America. The binders, apparently full of details about a project based in Maryland, are too much to read. There is a lot of paper inside them….


Is Reality Winner A Leaker, A Whistleblower Or Something Else?

June 9, 2017

Whats the difference? Leakers, on the other hand, can become targets for prosecution for mishandling classified information. Not all leak are crimes, however. Sharing unclassified materials such as former FBI Director James Comey did with some of his memos about his private conversations with President Donald Trump is not illegal, experts say. Sean Rayford via Getty Images Reality Winner is a leaker, according to the U.S. Attorneys Office in Southern…


Election 2017: How to follow on results night – BBC News

June 8, 2017

Here’s a full guide to UK general election night on the BBC – including the key results to watch out for as the night unfolds. Television BBC One: The BBC’s election night programme gets under way at 9.55pm on Thursday, 8 June. David Dimbleby is in the presenter’s chair – the tenth time he has filled this role since his first election night as host in 1979. BBC correspondents, led…


New NSA hacking report is basically a ‘House of Cards’ episode

June 6, 2017

Russian hacking in the U.S. election isn't just a TV plot point.Image: ambar del moral/mashable New top secret National Security Agency (NSA) documents reportedly surfaced Monday, and they brought with them the alarming suggestion that Russian military intelligence officials attempted to hack into the U.S. voting system ahead of the November election. The report, which was dated May 5 and obtained by The Intercept, details how hackers from the GRU,…


Oculus founder plots surveillance tech startup to help Trump build border wall

June 5, 2017

Oculus co-founder Palmer LuckeyImage: Bryan Steffy/Getty Images for Dell If you thought the pioneering founder of virtual reality company Oculus, Palmer Luckey, was just going to fade into the shadows with his Facebook money, think again. While recent reports indicated that his second act might be a gaming company, it turns out that he’s also working on a security company that has an ominously familiar mission: policing immigration border walls….