Pair Given Jail Time in Australia Over Genital Mutilation of Young Sisters

Shabbir Mohammed Vazari (center) told community members to lie about female genital mutilation / AAP, Dan Himbrechts From Jayne Margetts at ABC News Australia: A mother and former midwife convicted over the genital mutilation of young girls, as well as a community leader who instructed community members to lie to police, have been sentenced to[…]

Time for Insane Alex Jones to be Put Away: Aliens, Global Conspiracy, & Inter-Dimensional Space Travel

From Sydney Robinson at TROF: During a recent broadcast of Alex Jones’s conspiracy theory violence bonanza, resident crazy-man Jones tried to warn his audience about a massive global conspiracy that is “not of this world.” According to Jones, this conspiracy has something to do with cancer caused by gut-flora (?), and an alien conspiracy to[…]

Insights into the Personalities of Conspiracy Theorists

Psychologists find that distrust of authority and low agreeableness are among factors underlying the willingness to believe Flickr/Upside of Inertia From Caitlin Shure at Scientific American / 09.01.2013: Conspiracy theories and scientific theories attempt to explain the world around us. Both apply a filter of logic to the complexity of the universe, thereby transforming randomness[…]

Grand Egyptian Museum Receives 31 Pieces of Khufu’s 4,400-year-old Barge

Egyptian archaeologists move statues of pharaohs at the new Grand Egyptian Museum near the Giza pyramids in Cairo – AFP CAIRO: Thirty-one wooden beams of the second solar barge of Pharaoh Khufu were transported Wednesday to the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) in preparation for restoration and reassembly, said the museum’s Director of Restoration Department Issa[…]

Trying (and Trying) to Get Records from the ‘Most Transparent Administration’ Ever

President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden Two years ago last month, I filed a public-records request to the Federal Emergency Management Agency as part of my reporting into the flawed response to Hurricane Sandy. Then, I waited. The Freedom of Information Act requires a response within 20 business days, but agencies routinely blow that[…]

The Most Googled Products in Every Country in One Crazy Map

From Drake Baer at Business Insider: In popular culture, certain countries are stereotypically associated with certain products — beer in Germany, carpets in Turkey, electronics in Japan. But those things aren’t what people are really searching for. Earlier this month, the cost-estimating website put together a map of the world with the most-Googled-for object in each[…]

Early Homo Sapiens Mated with Both Neanderthals and Extinct ‘Denosivans’ Species

Reuters / 03.18.2016: Our species, Homo sapiens, has a more adventurous sexual history than previously realized, and all that bed-hopping long ago has left an indelible mark on the human genome. Scientists said on Friday an analysis of genetic information on about 1,500 people from locations around the world indicated at least four interbreeding episodes[…]

Israel Issues New Directive To Its ‘Free Press’: ‘Censorship: The Freedom To Speak Responsibly!’

As Israel expands the scope of what might be considered a ‘security matter,’ the country’s bloggers and social media activists must now seek approval to publish almost anything any self-respecting journalist would hope to cover in a true democratic state. Israeli’s read the morning paper on Ben Yehuda Street. Israel’s new military censor, Col. Ariella[…]

U.S., UK protect Saudi Arabia from Human Rights Inquiries Despite ‘Clear Evidence of War Crimes’

Despite assessments that there have been clear violations of international law in the Saudi-led coalition’s war on Yemen, British and American forces continue to supply the coalition with weaponry and help coordinate strikes. LONDON — As pressure builds for the British and American governments to cut ties with the Saudi-led coalition accused of war crimes[…]

Iceland Sentences 29th Banker to Prison, U.S. Bankers Still Collecting Bonuses

REYKJAVIK, Iceland — While the world economy struggles to recover from the 2008 financial crisis, most of the bankers who caused the collapse are still collecting massive salaries and have faced few, if any, consequences. Except in Iceland. In one of the countries hit hardest by the collapse, 29 bankers have now been sentenced to[…]

What Americans Don’t Get About Nordic Countries

When U.S. politicians talk about Scandinavian-style social welfare, they fail to explain the most important aspect of such policies: selfishness. Bernie Sanders is hanging on, still pushing his vision of a Nordic-like socialist utopia for America, and his supporters love him for it. Hillary Clinton, meanwhile, is chalking up victories by sounding more sensible. “We[…]

Peaceful Protester Viciously Punched and Stomped at Tuscon Trump Rally (VIDEO)

The violence at Donald Trump’s rallies continued in Tuscon, Arizona, this weekend, with several protesters being viciously attacked. Video from Trump’s Saturday event has surfaced showing a peaceful protester being punched and kicked while on his way out of the rally. Bryan Sanders was being escorted out by security when he was suddenly punched in the[…]

Republicans Pretend to Support the Troops, but Vets are Flocking to Bernie Sanders Republicans love using veterans for political props as much as they love pretending to be working class heroes. But since chicken sh*t hawks love it when some middle-class parent’s kid does the fighting to fatten their defense portfolios, it’s important to expose them as such whenever humanly possible. One of the most egregious and mind-boggling[…]