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That first plant grown on the moon? Already dead.

On Monday, we reported that for the first time, a plant seed had germinated on the moon, an early experiment to test whether food could someday be grown on the moon to feed residents of a lunar base. The cotton sprout was inside a canister on China's Chang’e 4 lander that touched down on the far side of the moon earlier this month. Now, word that the first lunar plant has died. The little seedling froze to death during the lunar night. From GBTimes: Liu Hanlong, head of the experiment at Ch...
Tags: Post, Space, Science, News, Biology, China, Agriculture, Chongqing, Chang, Liu, Chongqing University, Liu Hanlong, Xie Genxin

Lorna Doom, bassist for the Germs, RIP

Lorna Doom, badass bassist of influential Los Angeles punk band the Germs, died yesterday. Formed in 1976, the Germs -- Doom, Darby Crash, Pat Smear, and Don Bolles in the classic line-up -- were at the center of the early Hollywood punk scene that spawned Black Flag, X, Fear, the Go-Go's, and so many seminal acts. From the Los Angeles Times: Born Teresa Ryan, Doom became an icon of the U.S. punk explosion despite having to learn her instrument after already joining the band. Along with her ...
Tags: Post, Music, Hollywood, News, Los Angeles, Punk, West Coast, Teresa, Belinda Carlisle, Penelope Spheeris, Don Bolles, Lorna Doom, Teresa Ryan Doom, Slash Records

Trump told Cohen to lie to Congress about The Moscow Tower Project

Donald Trump directed Michael Cohen to lie to U.S. Congress about their plan to develop a Trump Tower Moscow, Buzzfeed News reports tonight citing two federal law enforcement officials involved in an investigation of the matter. Said Rep. Eric Swallwell (D CA-15) on NBC News as the story broke, “I view this as powerful evidence of collusion.” From Anthony Cormier and Jason Leopold at Buzzfeed News: Trump also supported a plan, set up by Cohen, to visit Russia during the presidential campaign,...
Tags: Post, Politics, News, Vladimir Putin, Congress, Senate, Russia, Nbc News, House, Moscow, Donald Trump, Trump, Reuters, Cohen, BuzzFeed News, Michael Cohen

Total lunar eclipse Sunday January 20 will be 'Super Blood Wolf Moon'

Starting Sunday evening, Jan. 20, 2019, North and South America will have a chance at seeing 2019's only total lunar eclipse, from start to finish. Our Earth, Moon and Sun line up on Sunday night for the only total lunar eclipse of of the year. Catch it if you can. And especially because it's a “supermoon.” That's when the moon is closer to Earth, and therefore looks larger and more bright than it normally does. Weather in much of the United States during the eclipse is expected to make fo...
Tags: Europe, Weather, Post, Astronomy, Space, Science, News, Africa, Ap, Earth, United States, Moon, South America, North, Eclipse, Rice University

Sears not dead yet, Lampert wins bankruptcy auction with $5.2 billion bid

Once-iconic American retailer Sears (owned by Sears Holdings Corporation) will not die a bankruptcy liquidation death after all. Chairman Eddie Lampert today won a bankruptcy auction to purchase the company's assets, after presenting an upped offer of $5.2 billion, Sears said Thursday. Creditors oppose the deal. Reuters: Sears picked Lampert’s hedge fund ESL Investments Inc as the winner at a bankruptcy court-supervised auction after his latest bid topped an earlier $5 billion proposal follow...
Tags: Post, Business, News, Sears, Reuters, El Paso Texas, Sears Roebuck and Co, Eddie Lampert, Lampert, Picks, Sears Holdings Corporation, Not Dead Yet, ESL Investments Inc

Manafort worked with Kilimnik, reported Russian operative, even after criminal charges: Reports

Four words in a tiny font at the top of a page in Mueller's recent court filing reveal that Manafort kept at it with Kilimnik even *after* Manafort was charged with multiple felonies. It pays to read the fine print. Excerpt from Rosalind S. Helderman at the Washington Post: In a tiny font at the top of the 82nd page of a lengthy document filed in court this week by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III is a key clue to his ongoing interest in Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign ...
Tags: Post, Politics, News, Washington, Russia, US news, Ukraine, United States, Donald Trump, Trump, Mueller, RFE, Robert Mueller, Kilimnik, Manafort, Paul Manafort

Two GOP reps meet racist troll Chuck Johnson 'to discuss genetic testing and DNA'

Two GOP congressmen met with noted white supremacist Chuck Johnson about “genetic testing and DNA,” then deny knowing he's a white supremacist. Holocaust denier and white supremacy troll Chuck Johnson, famous for lawsuit-worthy rumors he shit on the floor in public, met with Republican congressmen Andy Harris and Phil Roe on Wednesday in Capitol hill to discuss “DNA" and "genetics." Johnson is a eugenics proponent. In the photo above tweeted by Matt Fuller at HuffPost, Reps. Phil Roe of Ten...
Tags: Facebook, Chuck, Post, Politics, News, Maryland, Nbc News, Racism, Gop, Tennessee, Johnson, Baltimore, Chuck Johnson, Huffington Post, Eugenics, Matt Fuller

Trump White House cancels Davos trip for World Economic Forum

The planned delegation included Pompeo and Mnuchin. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders says the Trump administration has canceled a planned trip to Davos, Switzerland, for the World Economic Forum. The announcement was made today, Thursday, the 27th day of Trump's partial government shutdown. [email protected]: “Out of consideration for the 800,000 great American workers not receiving pay and to ensure his team can assist as needed, President Trump has canceled his Delegation’s trip to the...
Tags: Post, Politics, News, White House, Russia, US news, Davos, House, Switzerland, Treasury, Donald Trump, Trump, Wef, World Economic Forum, Davos Switzerland, David Gura

Aeromexico trolls the MAGAs

Mexico's largest airline is trolling Americans and it's the best. h/t @Aeromexico — Kevin Sieff (@ksieff) January 17, 2019 I love visiting Mexico. Baja is amazing. The locals are incredibly friendly and helpful.
Tags: Post, Video, News, Mexico, Visit Mexico, Aeromexico, Kevin Sieff, DNADiscounts, Mexico Baja

World Health Organization lists 'Vaccine Hesitancy' as a top 10 threat

Anti-Vaxxers magically deny science, cite debunked papers, and threaten all of our well being. Only the smartest people are anti-vaxxers, like President Trump. WHO: Vaccine hesitancy – the reluctance or refusal to vaccinate despite the availability of vaccines – threatens to reverse progress made in tackling vaccine-preventable diseases. Vaccination is one of the most cost-effective ways of avoiding disease – it currently prevents 2-3 million deaths a year, and a further 1.5 million could be...
Tags: Post, News, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Who, World Health Organization, Trump, Anti-vaxx, Doctors At Who

Here's a must-read checklist of actions to increase online privacy and security

As the about page says, "This website provides a beginner’s checklist for staying safe on the internet." It shows you how to use a password manager, create a strong device passcode, use two-factor authentication, set up a mobile carrier PIN, encrypt your devices, freeze Your credit, use for DNS resolution, use a virtual private network, use a privacy-first web browser, use a privacy-first search engine, use a privacy-first email provider, review location, camera, and other sensitive devi...
Tags: Post, News, Stay Safe Out There

Instagrammer writes about how he was elaborately scammed out of $7500

Henry Wu posts beautiful travel photos on Instagram. He and his friend, another Instagrammer named Zory were scammed out of $7500 by a person pretending to be Wendi Murdoch, ex-wife of Rubert Murdoch. "Wendi" ([email protected]) hired Henry and Zory to fly to Indonesia, and once they arrived, they were bilked multiple times by accomplices who demanded various photography fees. As things got increasingly weird and "Wendi's" assistants started becoming hostile, Henry and Zory slowly came to the ...
Tags: Post, News, Indonesia, Long Cons, Henry, Wendi Murdoch, Instagrammer, Wendi, Henry Wu, Żory, Rubert Murdoch Wendi [email protected]

This online comic shows how pick-up artists morphed into the alt-right

Cartoonist Charis JB's webcomic reveals the deep ties between the "pick-up artist" movement and the alt-right.
Tags: Post, News, Red Pill And Red Hats, Charis JB

To do in San Francisco this Sunday: Kim Stanley Robinson, Howard Hendrix, and Cecelia Holland at SF in SF

The next installment in the SFinSF reading series features Kim Stanley Robinson, Howard Hendrix, and Cecelia Holland; it's this Sunday, Jan 20, doors at 6, event at 6:30, $10 (no one turned away for lack of funds), at the The American Bookbinders Museum (355 Clementina).
Tags: Post, Happy Mutants, Science Fiction, News, San Francisco, Events, Cecelia Holland, Red-moon, Kim Stanley Robinson Howard Hendrix

Trump's approval ratings go down the drain among his base

Trump's base is not happy with their leader. His approval rating is down 18 percentage points among suburban men, down 13 points among white evangelicals, down 10 points among Republicans, and down 7 points among the usually intractable cohort of white men without a college degree. From NPR: "For the first time, we saw a fairly consistent pattern of having his base showing evidence of a cracking," said Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist Institute for Public Opinion, which conducted the poll....
Tags: Post, News, Trump, Don, Gage Skidmore, Lee Miringoff, Marist Institute for Public Opinion, Generic CC BY SA, Tired Of Losing

Mike Huckabee repeats joke twice to elicit laughs from elderly all-white audience

What professional comic Mike Huckabee lacks in creativity, comedic timing, and material, he more than makes up for in grossly mistaken self-assurance. Watch him force weak laughter and applause out of his audience of white seniors by repeating a joke in a vaguely threatening tone. Mike Huckabee thinking these "jokes" are worth laughing at is affirmative action for white conservatives in its purest form. He's like the painfully unfunny square comic in a scathing Lenny Bruce routine, with an ...
Tags: Post, News, Mike Huckabee, Steve Silberman, Lenny Bruce, Dunning-kruger Incarnate

Jerk tries to drive through giant snowman not realizing it was built on a tree stump

Over the weekend in St, Petersburg, Kentucky, Cody Lutz, his fiancee, and her sister built a beautiful 9-foot snowman in their yard. When Lutz returned home from work this week though, he noticed tire tracks on his lawn. From WLWT: There’s now a massive stump now exposed, with a snowy imprint of a bumper stuck to it. “You reap what you sow,” Lutz said. “Still standing and still smiling, Frosty certainly had the last laugh!” (Thanks, Rick Pescovitz/Under the Weather!)
Tags: Post, News, Funny, Snow, Jerks, Jerk, Lutz, Snowmen, Rick Pescovitz, Last Laugh, St Petersburg Kentucky, Cody Lutz

The 'most powerful man in politics,' demonized in this week’s dubious tabloids

If you roll up a copy of this week’s Globe tabloid into the shape of a seashell and hold it to your ear, you can hear the sound of President Trump screaming. Just because they’re packed with fact-challenged celebrity gossip doesn’t mean that the tabloids can’t give us insight into American politics. President Trump has long used the National Enquirer and Globe as mouthpieces for his thoughts, and this week it appears that trend continues. Just because Globe and National Enquirer chief David Pec...
Tags: Amazon, Post, News, Mexico, Oregon, White House, US, America, Gop, Dolly Parton, Harry, Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, People Magazine, Jeff Bezos, Prince

Vermont official fact-checks mobile carriers' coverage maps, proves they're lying like crazy

America's major cellular carriers publish maps showing that virtually the entire state is well-covered, with solid signals and 5MB/s internet speeds, but Vermonters know that this is totally untrue. Knowing it and proving it are two different things: so Department of Public Service telecommunications infrastructure specialist Corey Chase, packed six cell-phones loaded with custom code developed by a Bulgarian programmer into a state-owned Prius and drove more than 6,000 miles around the st...
Tags: Mobile, Verizon, Post, News, Fcc, America, Wireless, Vermont, Trump, Cartography, Vermont Public Radio, Department of Public Service, John Dillon, Purvis, Lies Damned Lies Telcoms Lies, Corey Chase

The glass is half-full (of bile over Facebook's business-model)

While it's true that the Pew Center found that most US Facebook users don't understand how they're being tracked and targeted, the more important fact is that the number of Americans who do understand this, hate it and are deleting their Facebook accounts because of it is growing fast. It's all about the direction of travel: we've gone from a place where virtually no Facebook users knew or cared about this to a mass movement that is growing like crazy. We're past the moment of peak indiffer...
Tags: Facebook, Post, News, Casey Newton, US Facebook, Pew Center, Robert Couse Baker, Peak Indifference, DeleteFacebook

This CIA toolkit is built for concealing in a spy's butt

Everyday carry? From Atlas Obscura: This CIA-issued tool kit was issued to CIA officers during the height of the Cold War. It was a way for spies to get themselves out of sticky situations: to pick a lock, carve a tunnel, etc. Watch the video above to learn more about the tool kit from historian and curator of the International Spy Museum, Dr. Vince Houghton. (Thanks for the laff, tuhu!)
Tags: Post, Video, Tools, News, Cia, Vince Houghton

The FBI Says Its Photo Analysis Is Scientific Evidence. Scientists Disagree.

The bureau’s image unit has linked defendants to crime photographs for decades using unproven techniques and baseless statistics. Studies have begun to raise doubts about the unit’s methods. At the FBI Laboratory in Quantico, Virginia, a team of about a half-dozen technicians analyzes pictures down to their pixels, trying to determine if the faces, hands, clothes or cars of suspects match images collected by investigators from cameras at crime scenes. The unit specializes in visual evidence...
Tags: Post, Florida, News, Supreme Court, Congress, Colorado, California, China, Brown University, Barack Obama, Spain, Nasa, Fbi, Connecticut, Manhattan, West Virginia University

Bob Costas Parts Ways With NBC Sports After 40 Years

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bob Costas, who stepped down as NBC’s prime-time Olympics host two years ago, has left the network’s sports division altogether. NBC Sports said Wednesday that Costas parted ways with his longtime employer, providing no further details. Sandy Montag, Costas’ manager, said it was handled smoothly. “Everything in this transition was planned and done (by) mutual agreement,” Montag said in an emailed statement. He said Costas had a “great partnership” with executives including D...
Tags: Post, New York Post, News, Nbc, Los Angeles, Ap, Espn, Nbc Sports, Mark Lazarus, Montag, Tom Brokaw, Bob Costas, MLB Network, Dick Ebersol, Mike Tirico, Costas

Privatized energy utilities are burning down their states, but antitrust can make them stop

Pacific Gas and Electric has gone from Wall Street darling to bankruptcy, thanks to the $30 billion in liability from the fires that were started in California by its power-lines. But while any long-haul, high-voltage line carries some risk, especially in a tinder-dry, drought-ravaged, climate wracked region of California, the fires were not inevitable. Back in 2007, San Diego Gas & Electric was held liable for the Witch Fires and was forced to adopt measures to prevent fires. They worked....
Tags: Post, Business, News, Utilities, California, Wildfires, Hill, Pyne, San Diego Gas Electric, Matt Simon, Pge, Pacific Gas and Electric, Late Stage Capitalism, Privatized Gains Socialized Losses, Trustbusting

Trump's FCC chairman won't do anything about your cellular company selling your location to bountyhunters because shutdown

Motherboard's blockbuster story about mobile carriers selling your realtime location data into a marketplace where bounty hunters and other villains can buy it for just a few dollars has triggered an urgent, national conversation about the fact that, in the year since the first stories about this emerged, the carriers have not only failed to live up to their promises to put a stop to it, but seem to have made it even worse. So naturally, the Congressional committee that oversees the FCC -- ...
Tags: Verizon, Post, News, Fcc, Christ What An Asshole, Congress, US, Commission, Donald Trump, Shutdown, Trumpism, Pai, Trump, Congressional, Ars, Reese

Shutdowns don’t get bad linearly; they get bad exponentially

Federal employees missed their first paycheck last week; from here on in, every milestone dramatically exacerbates the pain of the shutdown: a halt to aviation as TSA screeners quit en masse, civil cases stall in federal courts, 38 million hungry Americans denied food stamps and 10% of food sales in the US vanishing; deals expiring with the landlords of 40,000 low income households; then 2.2 million more households are imperiled; landlords renting to federal agencies will go without rent but wo...
Tags: Post, News, Washington, US, Barack Obama, Fda, Tsa, Shutdown, Trumpism, Center for American Progress, Office of Management and Budget, American Carnage, Federal Transport Agency, Sam Berger, Christopher Flavelle Jennifer A Dlouhy, Ryan Beene Bloomberg

This boot camp cracks the code of social media marketing

Things move fast in the world of social media, and they don't slow down for marketers looking to make an impact. Whether you're grabbing eyeballs for a major company or a local business, you'll need to adjust your strategy for every platform. Don't have a strategy to begin with? That's where the Social Media Marketing Master Class Bundle can help. Taught by the gurus at Integrity Training, this is a class that's as comprehensive as it gets on a very wide topic. The 11-course bundle begins with a...
Tags: Facebook, Post, News, Reddit, Shop, Don, Integrity Training

Poland, Take Action Now: Tell Negotiators to Oppose Article 13 and 11

Sześć lat temu Polacy wyszli na ulice by uratować Europę przed ACTA – międzynarodową umową handlową, negocjowaną z inicjatywy Stanów Zjednoczonych, która groziła wprowadzeniem szeroko zakrojonej cenzury i nadzoru w Internecie w imię rzekomej ochrony praw autorskich. Dziś Polacy znów są w centrum uwagi , walcząc z “ACTA2”: Dyrektywą w sprawie praw autorskich na jednolitym rynku cyfrowym. Wasza pomoc nigdy nie była bardziej potrzebna! W tym miesiącu Unia Europejska wynegocjuje najnowszy ...
Tags: Post, Copyfight, News, Eu, Poland, Nie, ACTA, Vint Cerf, Internecie, EUCD, Article 11, Article 13, Fixcopyright, Copyright Directive, Tim Berners Lee Mimo, Artykułem

Belgium: Say No To Article 13 and 11

L’Union européenne est sur le point de donner encore plus de pouvoir à une poignée d’entreprises géantes états-uniennes en technologie, en échange contre des accords temporaires de partage des bénéfices avec une poignée d’entreprises géantes européennes de divertissements. Cela entraînerait en contrepartie une censure de masse et affaiblirait encore plus la position de négociation des artistes professionnels européens. Plus de quatre mois sont passés depuis que les négociateurs parlementair...
Tags: Post, Copyfight, News, Eu, Belgium, EUCD, Google Et Facebook, Article 11, Article 13, Fixcopyright, Copyright Directive

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