GOP-led hearing on gun silencer deregulation canceled after today's shooting

After five people were shot today, including Republican House Whip Steve Scalise, during a morning game of baseball, a scheduled hearing that included the leader of the NRA to deregulate gun silencers was cancelled.

According to Think Progress:

The GOP-sponsored bill up for debate in the House Natural Resources Committee, the Sportsmen Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act (SHARE Act), would have removed gun silencers from the list of items regulated by the 1934 National Firearms Act.

Silencers — also referred to as suppressors by the gun lobby — reduce the noise emitted from firearms. Under current law, they are regulated as strictly as machine guns and short-barreled rifles, but the gun lobby claims that these regulations are costly and unnecessary. They argue it’s more important to protect law-abiding gun owners against potential hearing loss.

Opponents, meanwhile, claim that deregulation would lead to more gun violence.

“The proliferation of silencers would introduce a menacing new threat to our nation’s communities and our law enforcement professionals,” Sean Simons, deputy press secretary at Americans for Responsible Solutions, told The Trace.

But gun lobbyists need not worry. The Trump administration is working on making it easier for fugitives and people who are mentally ill to legally buy guns, and the hearing cancellation is really just delayed out of respect for those shot today. You can bet it'll be rescheduled.

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Watch bizarre video: United Airlines employee pushes 71-year-old to floor, leaves him motionless

This is such a bizarre video that just surfaced on YouTube of a United Airlines employee at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston pushing a 71-year-old man to the ground, and then walking away. The man, passenger Ronald Tigner, was left motionless on the ground as people walked past him.

Tigner, a Houston lawyer, had walked up to the employee, trying to get help with his boarding pass, which was illegible and therefore not allowing him to go through security checkpoint. He was hoping to get another boarding pass that was legible.

According to The Washington Post:

Tigner went back to the United ticketing area and tried once more to get a new ticket, the lawsuit states. Two United employees, Alejandro Anastasia and Ianthe Phillips-Allred, allegedly refused to help Tigner, laughing and cursing at him, the lawsuit states.

Tigner’s attorney, William Hoke, told KPRC that when Tigner asked Anastasia for a new ticket, he replied with a smile, saying, “Can’t you see I’m busy?”

Tigner then told Anastasia to “wipe that smile off your face,” Hoke said, to which Anastasia responded with an obscenity.

Then, Anastasia “suddenly, unexpectedly and violently injured” Tigner, the lawsuit alleges.

After being pushed down to the ground, it took about a minute before someone finally helped him – and the good samaritan did not work for United Airlines. She was another passenger as well as a nurse.

In response to the video, United released a statement to KPRC saying it is “disturbed by the completely unacceptable behavior shown in a video of a customer and a former United employee.” The employee is no longer with the company, according to the statement.

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Watch: Man scales 29-story hotel with bare hands, no safety harness

"French Spiderman" Alain Robert, known for rock climbing and scaling skyscrapers without equipment, just climbed up the 29-story (374 feet) Melia Barcelona Sky hotel in 20 minutes, according to his YouTube channel. We're talking bare hands and no safety harness.

According to AP News:

He was questioned by police on reaching the top, but was released without charge.

The free climber has scaled the world’s tallest structures, almost always without ropes or harnesses and often without permission. He also gives motivational speeches.

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US college student released from North Korea after being in a coma for over a year

Otto Warmbier, the college student who was detained in North Korea almost 1-1/2 years ago for trying to take a propaganda sign and was sentenced to prison for 15 years of hard labor, is finally being sent home – but in a coma. And it looks like he's been in a coma for over a year.

According to The Washington Post:

Warmbier, 22, is due to arrive home in Cincinnati on Tuesday evening, after a stop at a U.S. military facility in Sapporo, Japan.

The family said they were told by North Korean officials — through contacts with American envoys — that Warmbier fell ill from botulism sometime after his March trial [in 2016] and fell into a coma after taking a sleeping pill.

There is no way of knowing yet whether the North Korean version of events is true, but the Warmbiers were told their son was in a coma the whole time.

North Korea has "woefully inadequate medical care," according to The Washington post, and at this point it's not clear what kind of care Warmbier received "for more than a year in an unconscious state."

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Museum of Failure: where product flops can finally shine

Does anyone remember the Newton MessagePad, Apple Pippin, McDonald's Arch Deluxe, Ikea's lovely snail hat, and the more recent Google Glass? Well you can revisit these flops along with many other has-beens at the new Museum of Failure in Helsingborg, Sweden.

Curator Samuel West says he collects his failed products from eBay as well as from people who donate them to the museum. He bought two of his failures in a dark alley from vendors who insisted on cash only, but he won't say which ones.

And what do these companies think of their failed experiments being put on display? West says he's had "one legal threat from New York, but we're in Sweden. You can't sue me!" Read the rest

Watch: Naked man walking down a highway is stopped by police

A naked gentleman walking down the highway was stopped by a police officer in Marion County, FL.

"What's the deal, man? Why are you naked?" the police officer asks.

But rather than converse with the officer, the fellow walks off camera, screams, and beats up the police car.

According to the YouTube page:

Marion County deputies arrested 18-year-old Andrew Humphries on several criminal mischief charges after he ripped a door handle off a car parked at the Sheriff's Office and caused damage to a MCSO patrol car. Witnesses told troopers Humphries walked up to a car parked at the sheriff's office and pulled the door handle off a car while trying to open the door. Witnesses said Humphries then urinated on the car, which belongs to a MCSO deputy. The deputy estimated Humphries caused approximately $700 in damage to his car.

And according to clickorlando.com, Humphries was fleeing a car crash.

Andrew Humphries, 18, was involved in a traffic crash near South U.S. Highway 441 around 7:45 p.m. Wednesday and wandered away from the area, deputies said. Details on the crash, including whether or not Humphries was driving naked, were not released.

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Watch: How to trick a Corgi into taking a bath

Giving a Corgi – or any pup for that matter – a bath can be quite the challenge. Just hearing the word "bath" will have them bolting out the doggie door. But here's a sneaky trick that landed Sneakers into hot water before she even realized what was happening. It's simple and definitely worth a try! Read the rest

Macron pokes fun at Trump with name of new website: Make Our Planet Great Again

French president Emmanuel Macron launched a new website today encouraging scientists, researchers, and others concerned with climate change to move to France. And the name of the new website? Make Our Planet Great Again, of course.

Macron is hoping to lead the world in climate change, and the new site asks anyone interested to apply for positions on the site, and to apply for immigration as well.

According to Politico:

“This is a signal sent to the rest of the world,” an adviser to Macron said, briefing reporters on condition of anonymity? “France wants to lead the fight against climate change and we want to attract people who share that aspiration.”

The site, which cost €22,000 to build, is part of a public relations drive by Macron — who took office less than a month ago — to capitalize on Trump’s decision to withdraw from the climate change deal, and underscores his presidency’s exceptionally active approach to communications.

Make Our Planet Great Again introduces itself with a statement from Macron:

"On the 1st of June, President Donald Trump decided to withdraw the United States from the Paris agreement, which gathered more than 190 countries united against climate change. This decision is unfortunate but it only reinforced our determination. Don’t let it weaken yours. We are ONE planet and Together, we can make a difference. France has always led fights for human rights. Today, more than ever, we are determined to lead (and win!) this battle on climate change."

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Uh-oh. What's up with McCain? He seemed disoriented when questioning Comey today

It's hard not to cringe when watching Senator John McCain question James Comey before the Senate Intelligence Committee. He seems slow and confused, spending almost the entire eight minutes asking about the Hillary Clinton email investigation, which ended last July, and at one point referred to Trump as President Comey.

At one point McCain says, "We’re complete, the investigation of anything former Secretary Clinton had to do with the campaign is over, and we don’t have to worry about it anymore?”

"I'm a little confused, Senator," Comey responded.

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Adorable bulldog watches horror film on TV, gets emotional

Watch as this bulldog is fascinated by this horror flick (does anyone know the name of the movie?), jumping up and barking at the scariest parts – especially when the girl seems to be in danger. I don't have a dog but this makes me want one! Read the rest

Watch: Man jumps into moving car to save driver who is having a seizure

I once saw a driver in front of me whose body started shaking, but by the time I computed what was going on (noticing that the driver's car was starting to veer into oncoming traffic) a good samaritan jumped into the moving car, put it into park, and helped the person having the seizure. That was years ago, but yesterday another hero in Illinois was quick on his feet and helped out this driver in need. Read the rest

These artisanal popsicles look cool, but they can make you very sick

A group of people in Taiwan created these pretty popsicles using water from sewage of 100 different locations. The popsicles contain delicious morsels such as cigarette chunks, slivers of fishing net, discarded wood and paper, and raw snail eggs. No, these crafty folks aren't trying to kill anyone – they are Taiwanese art students raising awareness of water pollution.

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Befuddled Trump furious with Democrats for obstructing candidates not yet nominated

After four months into his presidency, Trump has only filled five top positions out of 53 at the Pentagon, "the slowest pace for nominations and confirmations in over half a century" according to Daily Kos. And 449 other key positions that need to be confirmed by the Senate don't even have a nominee yet. And yet, Trump is blaming these unfilled positions on the Democrats.

The foggy Trump seems to forget that most positions don't yet have nominees, and even if they did, Democrats don't control Congress. According to Daily Kos, there are two actual reasons why Trump is so slow in filling these positions.

One: Trump is demanding a loyalty test that discards anyone who ever said anything about Trump, which excludes most everyone, Republicans included. Two: people are simply scared to work for Trump.

Donald Trump refuses to consider anyone who ever said something bad about Donald Trump. Which pretty well explains what is taking so long. They’re flipping over rocks as fast as they can.

In the meantime:

The gaps in Trump’s regime include many national security posts, and the void in the Pentagon represents a threat to national security that’s much more serious than Trump’s ludicrous travel ban.

Priorities, priorities.

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Kellyanne Conway's husband criticizes Trump in tweet

After two years of not tweeting, George Conway – Kellyanne Conway's husband – took to Twitter today to respond to Trump's whiny tweets this morning about his attempted travel ban.

Trump's tweets went like this:

“People, the lawyers and the courts can call it whatever they want, but I am calling it what we need and what it is, a TRAVEL BAN!”

“The Justice Dept. should have stayed with the original Travel Ban, not the watered down, politically correct version they submitted to S.C.”

“The Justice Dept. should ask for an expedited hearing of the watered down Travel Ban before the Supreme Court - & seek much tougher version!”

George Conway, who was considered for various positions in the Trump administration, according to Politico, and "was a candidate for the solicitor general post and the front-runner to head DOJ’s Civil Division until he withdrew his name from consideration last week," pulled out his rusty Twitter account to mock Trump.

“These tweets may make some ppl feel better, but they certainly won't help OSG get 5 votes in SCOTUS, which is what actually matters. Sad,” Conway wrote, referring to the Office of the Solicitor General, which argues before the Supreme Court on behalf of the Trump administration...

In subsequent tweets Monday, Conway made clear: “I still VERY, VERY STRONGLY support POTUS, his Admin, policies, the executive order and of course, my wonderful wife.”

That’s why, he continued, “I said what I said this morning. Every sensible lawyer in WHCO and every political appointee at DOJ wd agree with me (as some have already told me).

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Harvard revokes acceptances for at least 10 students for vile Facebook memes

Harvard rescinded admissions offers to at least 10 prospective students in April who were part of a private Facebook messaging group called “Harvard memes for horny bourgeois teens.”

The students in the group exchanged obscene images and memes "mocking sexual assault, the Holocaust, and the deaths of children," according to The Harvard Crimson.

Some of the messages joked that abusing children was sexually arousing, while others had punchlines directed at specific ethnic or racial groups. One called the hypothetical hanging of a Mexican child “piñata time.”

The chat grew out of a roughly 100-member messaging group that members of the Class of 2021 set up in early December to share memes about popular culture. Admitted students found and contacted each other using the official Harvard College Class of 2021 Facebook group...

Messages shared in the original group were mostly “lighthearted,” wrote Zhang, who said she did not post in the splitoff meme group and that her admission offer was not rescinded. But some members soon suggested forming “a more R-rated” meme chat, according to Cassandra Luca ’21, who joined the first meme group but not the second, and who also said her offer was not revoked.

The official Facebook group for Harvard's class of 2021 says they have the right to revoke a student's acceptance if "an admitted student engages in behavior that brings into question his or her honesty, maturity, or moral character." Only 5.2 percent of applicants were accepted into Harvard this year (2,056 out of 40,000 applicants), and Harvard states that once a person's acceptance is rescinded, it's final. Read the rest

The 2017 Hurricane season has started, but Trump hasn't appointed a FEMA or NOAA director

Hurricane season officially began yesterday, but let's hope now more than ever that one doesn't hit the US anytime soon. Because guess what? No one is in charge of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the agency that predicts and forecasts hurricanes ahead of a storm. And for an extra thrill, no one is in charge of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) either, the agency that responds to disasters and offers relief.

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All back issues of Omni magazine now available online

Good news for Omni magazine fans – all 200 issues are now available on Amazon for $2.99 each, or free if you're a Kindle Unlimited subscriber.

Up until a couple of years ago the science and science fiction magazine, which was created by Bob Guccione of Penthouse and his wife Kathy Keeton and ran from 1978–1995, could be be accessed for free on the Internet Archive, but it was taken down.

According to The Verge:

Earlier this week, Jerrick Media, owner of the Omni brand, announced that it was partnering with the Museum of Science Fiction to put the original issues of the magazine back online — this time in high-resolution. Instead of Archive.org, readers can find all 200 issues of the magazine on Amazon...

It’s a bit of a shame that the issues are no longer on the Internet Archive, but it is good to see that they’re back online once again. A portion of the proceeds from sales of the magazine will go to support the museum.

You can browse back issues at Omni Archive and then if you need to get your hands on a copy you can purchase individual copies from the site via Amazon. Read the rest

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