Trump already caught in pointless lie over former Miss Utah's claim of unwanted kiss


Yesterday, Donald Trump denied forcing a kiss on Temple Taggart McDowell, who accused him of doing so when she was Miss Utah in 1997. Read the rest

"What if only ... voted?" fad briefly conquers Twitter


After maps showing the likely electoral map if only men (or women) voted, Twitter went crazy with the remixes. What if only bears voted? What if only memes voted? If only people never gonna say goodbye? The whole thing went from funny to saturation point to old in record time, and is already over. Read the rest

Here is a happy dog on a trampoline


"A Dog's Life, a heartwarming short film made by director Kristenn over those summer months. GOBO brought this loyal friend In vivid and realistic 3D as he humorously follows his master's exercise routine." [via tl;dr] Read the rest

Watch a great white shark force its way into a diving cage


"Was there anybody in there?" asks someone on the boat. Not anymore!

On a recent great white shark cage diving trip we experienced a very rare event, a shark breaching the side of the cage. What might appear to be an aggressive great white shark trying to attack the cage, this is not the case. These awesome sharks are biting at large chunks of tuna tied to a rope. When a great white shark lunges and bites something, it is temporarily blinded. They also cannot swim backwards. So this shark lunged at the bait, accidentally hit the side of the cage, was most likely confused and not able to swim backwards, it thrust forward and broke the metal rail of the cage. There was a single diver inside the cage. He ended up outside the bottom of the cage, looking down on two great white sharks. The diver is a very experienced dive instructor, remained calm, and when the shark thrashed back outside the cage, the diver calmly swam back up and climbed out completely uninjured. The boat crew did an outstanding job, lifting the top of the cage, analyzing the frenzied situation, and the shark was out after a few long seconds. Everyone on the boat returned to the cages the next day, realizing this was a very rare event. The boat owner, captain, and crew are to be commended for making what could've been a tragic event into a happy ending. I'm sure God and luck had a bit to do with it too!
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Swedish Fish flavor Oreo cookies reviewed


Molly Manglewood offers a succinct but thorough verdict on Swedish Fish flavor Oreos. Read the rest

More than 2 trillion galaxies in the universe, at least 10 times as many as we thought


In the 1990s, Hubble surprised astronomers by revealing just how packed the universe is with galaxies: they estimated some 200 billion of them based on its observations. But now we know these estimates were wrong. There are at least 2 trillion.

Conselice and his team reached this conclusion using deep-space images from Hubble and the already published data from other teams. They painstakingly converted the images into 3-D, in order to make accurate measurements of the number of galaxies at different epochs in the universe's history. In addition, they used new mathematical models, which allowed them to infer the existence of galaxies that the current generation of telescopes cannot observe. This led to the surprising conclusion that in order for the numbers of galaxies we now see and their masses to add up, there must be a further 90 percent of galaxies in the observable universe that are too faint and too far away to be seen with present-day telescopes. These myriad small faint galaxies from the early universe merged over time into the larger galaxies we can now observe.

"It boggles the mind that over 90 percent of the galaxies in the universe have yet to be studied. Who knows what interesting properties we will find when we discover these galaxies with future generations of telescopes? In the near future, the James Webb Space Telescope will be able to study these ultra-faint galaxies, said Conselice.

That's good for about 700 billion trillion stars, and heaven knows how many planets. (Previously) Read the rest

New York Times responds to Donald Trump's lawsuit threat: bring it on


Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump boasted of groping women. This opened the gates, and women came forward with claims of Trump groping them. The New York Times reported their allegations. Trump threatened to sue the Times. Times lawyer David E. McCraw responds:

Dear Mr. Kasowitz:

I write in response to your letter of October 12, 2016 to Dean Baquet concerning your client Donald Trump, the Republican nominee for President of the United States. You write concerning our article “Two Women Say Donald Trump Touched Them Inappropriately” and label the article as “libel per se.” You ask that we “remove it from [our] website, and issue a full and immediate retraction and apology.” We decline to do so.

The essence of a libel claim, of course, is the protection of one’s reputation. Mr. Trump has bragged about this non-consensual sexual touching of women. He has bragged about intruding on beauty pageant contestants in their dressing rooms. He acquiesced to a radio host’s request to discuss Mr. Trump’s own daughter as a “piece of ass.” Multiple women not mentioned in our article have publicly come forward to report on Mr. Trump’s unwanted advances. Nothing in our article has had the slights effect on the reputation that Mr. Trump, through his own words and actions, has already created for himself.

But there is a larger and much more important point here. The women quoted in our story spoke out on an issue of national importance – indeed, as an issue that Mr.

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BMW driver gets angry when car in front lets school bus turn in, then rams the bus


Sadly for him, the car he honked at, screamed at, then angrily overtook had front and rear dashcams rolling. No-one gets hurt, but he's likely to lose his license for hitting the school bus. Read the rest

Jazz saxophonist Bhumibol Adulyadej dies at 88


Legendary jazz saxophonist Bhumibol Adulyadej is dead at 88 following a series of illnesses.

Strongly influenced by Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet and Benny Carter, Bhumibol specialized in dixieland and New Orleans jazz, and played the clarinet and trumpet as well as the sax. He famously performed with Benny Goodman, Stan Getz, Lionel Hampton, and Benny Carter, but was most renowned for his own compositions, which range from classical Waltzes to traditional Thai music. "But mostly jazz swing," adds Wikipedia.

Adulyadej was also King of Thailand for 70 years and the world's longest-reigning monarch.

A stabilizing force in the nation's politics, he passes his crown to son Maha Vajiralongkorn, "regarded as erratic and virtually incapable of ruling" and who frequently avails himself of the nation's laws against insulting royalty.

In a televised address to the nation, Prayut Chan-ocha said Thailand would hold a one-year mourning period and that all entertainment functions must be "toned down" for a month. "He is now in heaven and may be looking over Thai citizens from there," he said of King Bhumibol.

The palace had warned on Sunday that the king's health was "not stable". King Bhumibol was widely respected across Thailand, and thought of by many as semi-divine.

Bhumibol became a rare sight in public before his death. The nation's strict lese-majeste laws, the BBC writes, mean there will be no public discussion of the succession.

Elizabeth II, queen of the United Kingdom and various other commonwealth nations for 64 years, is now the world's longest-reigning monarch. Read the rest

Rush Limbaugh complains about nonconsensual sex being called rape


Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh had thoughts yesterday on the problems faced by Donald Trump, whose campaign for president is falling apart after a recording emerged of him boasting about sexually assaulting women.

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Trump threatens to sue New York Times over new groping allegations


Following new allegations of sexual assault aimed at Donald Trump by women, the millionaire presidential candidate is threatening the New York Times for publishing them.

In a "demand for retraction," Trump lawyer Marc E. Kasowitz writes that the article is "reckless, defamatory and constitutes libel per se" and "nothing more than a politically-motivated effort."

The Guardian tallies the new allegations.

Two women, Jessica Leeds and Rachel Crooks, told the New York Times that Trump groped or kissed them without consent. Another woman, Mindy McGillivray, claimed she was groped by the Republican nominee at a Trump foundation event at his Mar-A-Lago estate in Florida. Natasha Stoynoff, a reporter for People magazine, who said Trump forced himself on her shortly before she was due to interview him and his wife in 2005. Two Miss USA contestants claimed Trump deliberately walked in on them when they were naked in a dressing room. Five Miss Teen USA contestants also told Buzzfeed he had entered their dressing room while the young women – aged between 15 and 19 – were getting changed. A recording emerged in which Trump appears to sexualise a 10-year-old girl, with a video recording him saying of the child: “I am going to be dating her in 10 years. Can you believe it?”

In separate recordings that emerged in the past week, Trump himself told Howard Stern in 2005 that he did in fact go backstage when contestants were undressing:

Trump's election campaign appears to be falling apart. Read the rest

Soylent bars recalled amid gastrointestinal mayhem


Soylent, makers of ironic yet humorless meal-replacement slime and snack bars, are asking its consumption nodes to "discard any remaining bars in their possession" after a number of them reported "gastrointestinal issues" after eating Soylent Bars.

We take these complaints extremely seriously as we have no greater priority than the quality and safety of our products. After hearing from our customers, we immediately began investigating the cause of the issue and whether it was linked to a problem with the Bars. So far we have not yet identified one and this issue does not appear to affect our other drinks and powder.

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"High agitated" Trump shouts at NYT reporter asking him about sex assault claims: “You are a disgusting human being”


The New York Times reports that two women have come forward to accuse Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump of inappropriately touching them. When asked about the claims, he became angry and insulting.

In a phone interview on Tuesday night, a highly agitated Mr. Trump denied every one of the women’s claims.

“None of this ever took place,” said Mr. Trump, who began shouting at The Times reporter who was questioning him. He said that The Times was making up the allegations to hurt him and that he would sue the news organization if it reported them.

“You are a disgusting human being,” he told the reporter as she questioned him about the women’s claims.

Jessica Leeds, 74, a retired businesswoman, says Trump sexually assaulted her on a plane flight in the early 1980s, forcing her to change seats: “He was like an octopus,” she said. “His hands were everywhere.”

Rachel Crooks, then a 22-year-old receptionist working in Trump Tower, says he forced a kiss on her in 2005: “It was so inappropriate,” Ms. Crooks recalled in an interview. “I was so upset that he thought I was so insignificant that he could do that.” Read the rest

Trump supporters want women's right to vote removed

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Two maps published by the stats wizards at Fivethirtyeight depict likely electoral maps if only men or women voted. Women prefer Hillary Clinton; men prefer Donald Trump. In both cases, it's a landslide--and Trump supporters want to see theirs made real. The hashtag #repealthe19th, referring to the Ninteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, was kicked into play to encourage American to turn back the clock women's right to vote.

Eric Trump, the son of the GOP nominee, campaigned using the men-only map, according to Buzzfeed. He presented it and called its existence proof of the “momentum” the Trump campaign has.

Later on, observers noticed #Repealthe19th gaining momentum on Twitter as Trump supporters suggested rolling back the constitutional amendment that gave women the right to vote. Apparently, it isn’t a new hashtag, but Silver’s predictive map gave it a nudge.

It's not the first time a Trumpkin has headed down this path. Trump delegate Peter Thiel, a Silicon Valley billionaire noted for his successful effort to bankrupt Gawker Media through a series of secretly-funded proxy lawsuits, once wrote that women voting was bad for democracy. Read the rest

Rudy Giuliani tells Hillary to "Take it and f.... stuff it up your... I didn't say it!"


It's going to get much nastier than this, too. 26 days left. Read the rest

Republican senators supporting Trump again after denouncing him


Sens. Deb Fisher of Nebraska and John Thune of South Dakota both condemned Donald Trump's boasts of groping women and urged him to quit the race. Surprise! They've changed their minds.

"I plan to vote for Mr. Trump and Mr. Pence on Nov. 8," Fisher told Lincoln radio station KLIN. .... During a tour of a research facility in Lead, South Dakota, The Rapid City Journal reported, Thune said the 2005 recording was "more offensive than anything I’ve ever seen," but that won't stop him from voting for Trump.

There's a lot you could say about them, but what matters is what they're saying about you. Read the rest

Jamaican Thundercats


Behold the Tunda Cyat, one of the many delights from P5YCKONOMIXXX. NSFW.

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