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Obama’s Plan To Use The Military Against American Citizens
Thursday, 29 May 2014 14:48
Picture: Pete Souza (PD) I doubt that this will surprise too many disinfonauts, but the Washington Times has found a Pentagon directive describing President Obama’s plan to use military force against Americans – in America: A 2010 Pentagon directive on military support to civilian authorities details what critics say is a troubling policy that envisions the Obama administration’s
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Mindy Kaling Made Fun Of Lawyers In A Hilarious Harvard Law Graduation Speech
Thursday, 29 May 2014 13:25
Despite cracking jokes about attorneys during a speech to Harvard Law School graduates, actress, comedian, and writer Mindy Kaling managed to draw plenty of laughs from the crowd. Kaling, a Dartmouth grad best known for TV shows "The Office" and "The Mindy Project," acknowledged she wasn't a traditional choice for speaker because she doesn't know much about law. But that didn't stop her from jokingly praising Harvard Law graduates for their future success: "And now, with this diploma
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Spider Hides In Plain Sight As Bird Poop
Thursday, 29 May 2014 13:57
The orb-web spider Cyclosa ginnaga has a pretty genius way of camouflaging itself from predators. Can you tell what the eight-legged creature is trying mimic in the picture below? If you guessed bird poop, then you're right on the mark. "The C. ginnaga spider has a silver body and creates a white disc on its web that functions to attract prey," the researchers wrote in a a press blurb."But these characteristics may also make them conspicuous to predatory wasps." So why do they hang out in the
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This Simple Statistic Shows How Apple Will Get A Gigantic Boost In Sales From iPhone 6 (AAPL)
Thursday, 29 May 2014 13:57
UBS analysts Steven Milunovich and Peter Christiansen believe Apple will sell 2 million more iPhones than previously estimated this fiscal year, and they have raised their sales estimate to 56 million units in total due to an unusual wave coming in terms of customer renewals. Eighty percent or more of iPhone users have old phones or are due for an upgrade, they say. These two charts tell the tale. Basically, more than 50% of iPhone users own the tiny iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S version of the phone.
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This Is Jack Ma's Inspiring, First-Ever Speech To The Early Alibaba Team
Thursday, 29 May 2014 13:58
Former English teacher Jack Ma founded Alibaba, the Chinese e-commerce giant that's about to IPO in the U.S. this year, out of his small apartment in 1999. He created the company with the help of 17 friends—and the first speech that he ever gave to the team was caught on film.   It's almost surreal to see this man, who's now worth about $10 billion, earnestly asking the team, "So what will Alibaba become in the future?" Even way back then, when many people in China didn't even
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Fewer Than Half Of All Video Ads Are Viewable
Thursday, 29 May 2014 13:58
Fewer than half of all U.S. video ad impressions were viewable in 2013, according to a report from video ad management platform Vindico, compiled by BI Intelligence. Ad networks, which sell advertising inventory on behalf of multiple websites, and internet brands, such as Yahoo and YouTube, had the lowest percentage of viewable video ad impressions among different types of digital publishers. Only 37% of video ad impressions that appeared on these publishers were viewable during the year.
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Here Are The Cars Thieves Love To Steal
Thursday, 29 May 2014 14:01
For the fifth year in a row, the Honda Accord is the most stolen car in America, according to LoJack's annual Vehicle Theft Recovery Report. According to data gathered by the vehicle tracking firm in 2013, the Accord is followed by the Honda Civic and Toyota Camry. Even though the Ford F150 is the best-selling truck in the America, its larger sibling, the F350, is more often stolen. In fact, GM's F150 competitor, the Chevy Silverado pickup, is not only the most stolen truck, but also the most
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A 12-Year-Old Made This Campaign Ad On Her iPhone In 20 Minutes
Thursday, 29 May 2014 14:06
A campaign staffer's 12-year-old daughter made a extremely dramatic ad for New Jersey congressional hopeful Donald Norcross. According to the Norcross campaign, the ad was made in just 20 minutes on her iPhone. The commercial was posted on Donald Norcross's official campaign account Tuesday where it was appropriately described as a "movie trailer." It includes a montage of photos, dramatic music, and even ending credits. Norcross campaign spokesman Ken Shuttleworth told Business Insider the ad
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A 15-Year-Old's Celebrations Have Made Him Everybody's Favorite Contestant At The National Spelling Bee
Thursday, 29 May 2014 14:07
The 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee has yet to crown a champion, but the undisputed winner among those watching is 15-year-old Jacob Williamson from Cape Coral, Florida. The 8th grader, who is a diehard Tim Tebow fan as well as an "avid numismatist" (coin collector) is the oldest competitor still remaining and his exuberance quickly made him a crowd favorite. When he came to the microphone for his first word during Thursday's semifinal round, Jacob's first words were directed
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Entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk Wants To Change The Way We Make Restaurant Reservations
Thursday, 29 May 2014 14:07
Serious foodies know all too well how difficult it can be to get a reservation at a top restaurant. Reservations fill up weeks in advance, and snagging a spot can often come down to being on the phone at the exact right moment.  Entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk has teamed up with CrowdTwist co-founder Mike Montero and Eater co-founder Ben Leventhal to create Resy, an app that allows users to pay for the reservation they want.   "The world is calibrated to people who are okay going on
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The Mystery Of The Blue Jays Sudden Home Run Surge May Not Be So Mysterious After All
Thursday, 29 May 2014 14:23
The Toronto Blue Jays are one of the biggest surprises in baseball this season with the second-best record in the American League, thanks in large part to an offense that is hitting tons of home runs in an era when home runs are down. But what is curious about the Blue Jays is that the offensive increase in production has come with almost the same lineup as last year. There have also been a lot of home runs like this one by Juan Francisco, an opposite field, line drive that did not look like a
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The Hazing Epidemic That's Holding Back Russia's Military
Thursday, 29 May 2014 14:24
Russia's attempts at growing and reforming its armed forces have floundered due in large part to the brutal nature of life in the Russian military — something that's held back the army's modernization efforts in a time of increasing aggression from Moscow. Russia has made fitful attempts at reforming its military since 1992, with the goal of transitioning it away from an older Soviet structure and turning into a truly modern fighting force.  But life in the army is so unpleasant
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Mindy Kaling Made Fun Of Lawyers In An Amazing Harvard Law Graduation Speech
Thursday, 29 May 2014 13:25
Despite cracking jokes about attorneys during a speech to Harvard Law School graduates, actress, comedian, and writer Mindy Kaling managed to draw plenty of laughs from the crowd. Kaling, a Dartmouth grad best known for TV shows "The Office" and "The Mindy Project," acknowledged she wasn't a traditional choice for speaker because she doesn't know much about law. But that didn't stop her from jokingly praising Harvard Law graduates for their future success: "And now, with this diploma
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Snapchat CEO's Job Seems Safe Despite His Gross Emails To Frat Brothers
Thursday, 29 May 2014 13:29
Yesterday, derogatory college emails sent by Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel were published by Valleywag, but it doesn't seem like Spiegel needs to worry about his job. A source close to the company justified the emails to Business Insider: "He is 23 now. Then, he was a kid, a frat boy kid ... everyone sent stupid emails and did stupid things when they were 19." Spiegel's emails were sent in late 2009 and early 2010 while he was social chair of Stanford's Kappa Sigma fraternity. They reference binge
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This Simple Rule Will Keep You From Buying Stuff You Don't Need
Thursday, 29 May 2014 13:39
Not buying things you don't need is much easier said than done. Luckily, blogger Bridget from Money After Graduation has a simple guideline that helps her exercise a little more control: The 45-Minute Rule. "If you will not use an item for a least 45 minutes per day, you do not need to own it," Bridget says. The rule, the origin of which she can't remember, and which doesn't apply to things like food or toiletries, is handy both for buying ("How often will I really wear these novelty
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