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Pig escapes, terrorizes entire town, craps in cop car

Shelby Township Police Department Facebook page.


Shelby Township Police Department Facebook page.

Police in Shelby Township, Michigan had an interesting encounter with a pig who escaped from its owner, ran around town for a while, then ended up in the back of a cop car pooping all over the place.

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The Weird Cut of Rick Santorum's 2015 presidential candidacy speech

A masterfully edited surreal cut of newly resurrected presidential candidate Rick Santorum, from Vic Berger.

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New Jersey judge orders newspaper to “remove a news article.” The paper's response is awesome. (UPDATED)

Photo: The Bergen Dispatch


Photo: The Bergen Dispatch

A Bergen County, New Jersey judge has ordered the local paper to “remove a news article” that relates to a child custody case, demanding that the paper take it out of public internet view for all eternity. The response to that order published in The Bergen Dispatch is pretty great.

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Creepy fashion tips from the Duggars’ Christian homeschool cult curriculum

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Eye traps. “Yo, my countenance is up here!” Nope, this is not weird or horrible at all.

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Apple Watch "bug" turns out to be intentional

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When the Apple Watch first came out, users were able to monitor their heart rate every 10 minutes throughout the day. Then there were "glitches," or so the users thought, and the smartwatch became inconsistent with its heart rate readings. Apple updated their site today (brought to our attention by 9to5Mac), and it turns out the Apple bug was on purpose: the watch will no longer take your heart rate while your arm is moving.  Apple hasn't explained why they downgraded this feature, but some people guess that it's to save on battery life.

Improving chemotherapy by lowering tumor pressure

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It can be difficult for chemotherapies to reach cancer cells because access is often restricted by poor vasculature and high pressure within tumors.

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If you've ever wondered why Swiss cheese has holes, then, hey, here's your answer.

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Researchers have discovered the cause of the 100-year-old mystery of why Swiss cheese has holes.

Rand Paul plans to crush the PATRIOT Act

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Rand Paul, who sued the NSA two years ago, just announced that he plans to "force the expiration of the NSA illegal spy program" tomorrow in order to protect Americans' privacy rights. Here is his exclusive with Politico.

DIY: 20 easy ways to hack and improve your garden

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Use a punctured water bottle to hydrate plants more efficiently. Turn a kids toy truck into a succulent planter. Spray paint chicken wire and then mold it into striking backyard decorations. With summer just weeks away, here are 20 visual ideas that will get you outdoors this weekend while creating a more efficient and beautiful garden.

Even FLORIDA has a revenge porn law now

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After years of lobbying, Florida has passed a law that prohibits the posting of "revenge porn" to the internet.

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Darwin's pink iguanas are all fine after Galapagos volcano eruption

The pink iguana of the Galapagos.


The pink iguana of the Galapagos.

The Ecuadorian Ministry of the Environment and the Galápagos National Park reports that the world’s only colony of pink iguanas, which Charles Darwin observed and studied, was not harmed by the recent eruption of Wolf Volcano on Isabela island.

The volcano is the highest on the Galapagos Archipelago, and erupted Monday. Hot pink-orange lava flowed down its southeastern slope, and many feared that the rare iguana colony and its habitat could be threatened.

Park officials now say the lava missed the iguanas by about 6 kilometers (3.7 miles).

Snip from coverage at Galapagos Digital:

Galapagos Conservancy’s Director of the Giant Tortoise Restoration Initiative, Wacho Tapia, was asked by the Galapagos National Park Directorate and the Governing Council of Galapagos to participate in their overflight of Wolf Volcano during its eruption on May 26, 2015. On the Conservancy’s website, Tapia reported on his observations:

“Although impossible to see the source of the lava flow or if there was lava flowing in another direction or into the crater,” Tapia wrote, “we could be certain that so far the eruption was not affecting the areas inhabited by pink iguanas or giant tortoises.”

More at Galapagos Digital.

Previously: "Galapagos volcano erupts after 33 years of silence, threatening species Darwin studied"

Silk Road's Ross Ulbricht sentenced to life

Ulbricht in happier times.


Ulbricht in happier times.

Despite pleas for lenience, the "Darknet pirate" was sentenced to life imprisonment today in New York.

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U.S. tried to Stuxnet North Korea and failed, says former intel officer

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un makes an inspection at the commanding headquarters of the 264 Combined Forces, in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang on May 24, 2015.


North Korean leader Kim Jong Un makes an inspection at the commanding headquarters of the 264 Combined Forces, in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang on May 24, 2015.

The United States tried to deploy a version of the Stuxnet virus to attack North Korea's nuclear weapons program five years ago, and failed, reports Joe Menn at Reuters.

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Anthrax sent by Pentagon to U.S. Air Force base in South Korea, 22 people may be exposed

After the Pentagon admitted an Army laboratory accidentally distributed live samples of anthrax, a U.S. Air Force base in South Korea now says 22 of its personnel “may have been exposed.”

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Hastert paid man $1.7 million to hide sexual abuse, federal official says

Dennis Hastert, then a Social Studies teacher, in a 1975 high school yearbook photo. Photo: Yorkville High School Yearbook via NBC.


Dennis Hastert, then a Social Studies teacher, in a 1975 high school yearbook photo. Photo: Yorkville High School Yearbook via NBC.

Dennis Hastert paid a man $1.7 million to keep quiet about having been sexually abused by Hastert while the victim was a student at the high school where Hastert once taught, says a federal law enforcement official.

The former Speaker of the House is accused of then lying to the FBI when asked about unusual cash withdrawals from several banks.

The official spoke to NBC News on condition of anonymity. Separately, Tribune newspapers report today that two unnamed federal officials said that Hastert paid a man from his past to conceal sexual misconduct.

Hastert is a lobbyist and member of the Republican Party, and was the 59th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, serving from 1999 to 2007.

The reported sexual abuse occurred when Hastert was a teacher and boy's wrestling coach at Yorkville High School, outside of Chicago, IL. Hastert is said to have paid the man $1.7 million of a total $3.5 million promised in hush money.

Former U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) speaks during a news conference in Batavia, Illinois in this October 5, 2006 file photo. Hastert was indicted on May 28, 2015 on federal charges including making false statements to the FBI, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Chicago said.  REUTERS/John Gress


Former U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) speaks during a news conference in Batavia, Illinois in this October 5, 2006 file photo. Hastert was indicted on May 28, 2015 on federal charges including making false statements to the FBI, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Chicago said. REUTERS/John Gress

Asked why Hastert was making the payments, the official said it was to conceal Hastert’s past relationship with the male. “It was sex,’’ the source told reporters. The other official confirmed that the misconduct involved sexual abuse.

Neither Hastert nor any of his lobbying firm colleagues have commented on the allegations.

The Chicago Tribune had the first report out today on the new development in Hastert's downfall. More at the New York Times. You can read the full indictment here.

Cobra Club is a game about dick pics and state surveillance

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Once, a boyfriend told me he wanted to send me a sexy photograph. I agreed, anticipating an elegant, carefully composed shot of his body—the angles of his skin caught just so in the light. Instead, I received both more and less than I expected: a badly framed picture of his junk.

Like a lot of women, the idea of receiving dick pics has always felt hilarious to me at best, and threatening or unwelcome at worst. But thanks to Cobra Club, a game where you play as a (presumably) gay man exchanging penis photos on a social network, I'm finally starting to understand the appeal.

To state the obvious, Cobra Club is an incredibly NSFW game that involves constant, full frontal visuals of simulated penises. Indeed, the game revolves around building your very own penile avatar, adjusting length, girth, erection level, and skin color as your character holds a smartphone up to a bathroom mirror. As creator Robert Yang writes, part of the goal of the game is to "reclaim the dick pic as a democratic act, a statement that all dicks are worthy of consideration and eroticization."

There's an art to the selfie, even the genital selfie; it's far more involved than simply sticking a camera down your pants, as sites like Critique My Dick Pic (NSFW) emphasize again and again. While I don't think the game actually judges the quality of your images, I found myself working hard (pun intended) to make my dick pics really, really good, especially as I started sharing them with others.

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Once you've selected the perfect zoom level, camera angle and pseudo-Instagram filter, you can snap a photo and send it to other (fictional) users on the Cobra Club network. As other men approached me for photos, praised my camera work (and equipment) and cheerfully volunteered their own images (with my consent), dick pics suddenly started to feel very different: like an enthusiastic, even exchange, rather than an uncomfortable demand for either attention or reciprocation.

There's more to the game than just the joy of erotic image exchange, however. Without spoiling too much, it also has a lot to say about government surveillance, inspired in part by a recent conversation between Edward Snowden and John Oliver. If you want to experience this aspect of the game you'll need to play online; there's a reason you're also assigned a random, slightly off-color handle rather than entering your own name, as you learn at the end.

If you're fine spoiling the game for yourself, go ahead and read Yang's artistic statement about Cobra Club for more details, but the nutshell version involves "understanding government surveillance as a violation of personal sexual privacy and consent." If you're over 18, you can download the game for free.