Convicted Christian con artist Jim Bakker now just literally selling buckets of Bibles on TV

Noted Con Artist is at it again.

Behold, how the mighty have fallen.

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A peek inside Iraq's most notorious weapons market


The fun-loving Chinese journalists in this segment manage to out-VICE VICE. 侣行 On the Road is billed as “a homemade outdoor reality show” featuring an "extreme couple" who love adventure. The pair and their team got some great footage of an open-air weapons market in Sadr City.

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How Jared Fogle lured child sexual abuse victims, in his own words

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Trigger warning, obviously.

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Kinetic steampunk pub in Romania is boozily adorable


Enigma Café in Romania claims to be the first “kinetic steampunk” pub in the world. Read the rest

Upvote this: Teach kids in underserved communities how to code with Minecraft

Camp Minecraft. The goal: Bring it to more kids whose families can't pay.

LA Makerspace co-founder Tara Tiger Brown shares a project that her kid-friendly maker workshop is trying to make a reality.

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Drone carrying cellphones, drugs, hacksaw blades crashes at Oklahoma prison


Officials in Oklahoma claim to have halted the first attempt in the state to smuggle contraband into a prison with an unmanned aerial vehicle. Read the rest

Rube Goldberg Machine? More like Rube Slowberg Machine.


Inventor, director and tinkerer Bob Partington made what he claims is the world's slowest Rube Goldberg Machine. Read the rest

US Senate passes CISA, a very bad spying bill dressed up as a cybersecurity bill


CISA won't make you and I any more secure, and it threatens what's left of our online privacy. The very helpful sounding “Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act” will definitely help the government, though: it'll make it a lot easier for technology companies to share your personal data with the government, and everyone knows that this data never ends up in the wrong hands, so you're fine.

The gaping privacy flaws in CISA didn't stop the Senate from passing it by a wide margin today: 74 to 21. CISA now goes to a conference committee between House and Senate.

Here's the EFF's take, by Mark Jaycox:

CISA passed the Senate today in a 74-21 vote. The bill is fundamentally flawed due to its broad immunity clauses, vague definitions, and aggressive spying authorities. The bill now moves to a conference committee despite its inability to address problems that caused recent highly publicized computer data breaches, like unencrypted files, poor computer architecture, un-updated servers, and employees (or contractors) clicking malware links.

The conference committee between the House of Representatives and the Senate will determine the bill's final language. But no amount of changes in conference could fix the fact that CISA doesn't address the real cybersecurity problems that caused computer data breaches like Target and the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM).

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German condom maker in trouble with the law over “21 orgasms” claim

The playful condom company Einhorn is in trouble with the law over their claim that a packet of seven rubbers “corresponds to up to 21 orgasms.” Read the rest

General Motors recalls 1.4 million older cars over engine fires sparked by oil leaks

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Auto maker General Motors today announced a recall of some 1.4 million cars in which a known oil leak problem can cause engine fires. All of the affected vehicles are over 10 years old, and the oldest were model year 1997.

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U.S. bans e-cigarettes in checked baggage, and no vaping on the plane either


The U.S. Department of Transportation is all, like, “I've had it with these mothafuckin' vapes, on this mothafuckin' plane!”

Citing in-flight fire hazards, DOT announced a ban on vape pens, e-cigarettes, and other similiar devices in any checked baggage of passengers or flight crew. Read the rest

Guns don't kill people, dogs with guns kill people


Following up on their highly successful data-driven charticle about toddlers shooting people to death in America, the Washington Post publishes a new infographic about all the people being shot to death by dogs.

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In Mexico, police find 4 severed heads in coolers with “Happy Day of the Dead” note


In the Mexican state of Zacatecas, authorities announced today they have found the severed heads of four men. The heads were left in Styrofoam coolers, along with gang messages that appear to have been written by members of one drug cartel, directed at a rival cartel.

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Wes Anderson, Centered


“Wes Anderson // Centered,” on Vimeo. Music: The New Lobby Boy by Alexandre Desplat. Read the rest

Federal agents seize 30,000 marijuana plants on Menominee Native American tribal land


DEA agents descended on Menominee County in Wisconsin last Friday, to destroy what the tribal authorities say was an industrial hemp crop. The DEA says it was “high-grade marijuana,” and they're not apologizing. The chairman of the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin says the DEA had no right to the cannabis, and the DEA boasts of seizing some 30,000 plants in all.

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Adorable baby owl dancing to “Monster Mash” is 2015's official Halloween video


It's a few years old, actually, but this video of a cute baby owl "dancing" to a fuzzy owl-shaped comforting toy that sings “Monster Mash” is well deserving of a viral revival. Read the rest

Creep Qawwali: Hilarious musical video about sleazy dudes on Facebook


I love Qawwali music, and I am really loving this cute viral Qawwali-themed ad for India dating service TrulyMadly.

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