German proposal to control links to news stories: headlines, 3s of video, 128 pixel thumbnails

One of the two very controversial proposals in last year's EU Copyright Directive fight was the "link tax," which would require licenses for links to news-sites that contained even a few consecutive words from the article or headline -- links and excerpts that would otherwise be considered fair dealing under EU law. Read the rest

Australia fires: Air-dropping veggies to feed wallabies [NEW VIDEO]

The massive scale and force of the ongoing bushfires in Australia is hard to comprehend. Read the rest

Why AG Barr's use of Pensacola shooter case to rebuke Apple is so suspicious

FBI needs to be able to hack into your iphone, Trump's sham AG William Barr says

Ukraine asks FBI for help investigating alleged Russian hack of Burisma

Ukraine is asking United States FBI to help it investigate a suspected state-sponsored hack by the Russian military on Burisma, the Ukrainian energy company at the center of the impeachment of U.S. President Donald Trump. Read the rest

CLIMATE: 2019 was hottest year on record, NASA and NOAA report

It's official. Read the rest

First asteroid found inside orbit of Venus: Caltech

Some extra-planetary Caltech news to take your mind off Earth

Reports Caltech: “A rare asteroid orbiting snugly within the inner confines of our solar system has been discovered by Caltech's Zwicky Transient Facility, or ZTF, a survey camera based at Palomar Observatory. The newfound body, named 2020 AV2, is the first asteroid found to orbit entirely within the orbit of Venus.” Read the rest

Michael Avenatti arrested by feds at California State Bar Hearing

TV-talking lawyer of Stormy Daniels vs. Donald Trump fame is now in federal custody

Michael Flynn to withdraw guilty plea — reversal for former Trump national security adviser

Former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn is moving to withdraw his guilty plea, in a reversal that seems in line with a likely request for a pardon from President Donald Trump. Read the rest

How to beat AI facial expression software for screening job seekers: "smile with your eyes"

If you are trying to find work in South Korea, you are likely to be interviewed by a bot that uses AI to scan your facial expressions to determine whether or not you are right for the job. Read the rest

Feds say video of Jeffrey Epstein cell 'no longer exists' — accidentally destroyed by jail staff, oops

Video taken of Jeffrey Epstein's cell on the night of his first suicide attempt was deleted by mistake, according to federal prosecutors

Just keeps getting weirder, doesn't it. Read the rest

IRAQ: Multiple Katyusha rockets fall in Baghdad's Green Zone (VIDEO)

By various reports, multiple (two or three) Katyusha rockets hit targets inside Baghdad's Green Zone in the past hour. Read the rest

TeenVogue/Facebook/2020 Election Security thing blows up badly

Wow, this blew up and imploded and tried to disappear quickly and totally did not disappear at all. Read the rest

Canada legalized pot. Beer consumption there dropped.

“Volume decline accelerated in 2019, down 3% through November.”

The new availability of a wide array of legal marijuana products has is beginning to take a bite out of beer consumption in Canada, reports Bloomberg News. Read the rest

U-Haul decides to stop hiring nicotine users

I live in the rural Southwest, and the recent news that trucking company U-Haul has decided to stop hiring people who smoke cigarettes is a big deal around here. People with few financial options tend to be the ones who take jobs as truckers and the like; those tend to be the same populations who smoke. Read the rest

House Intel chair Adam Schiff on Iran: 'We have to expect retaliation'

In remarks to reporters about the U.S.-led assassination of top Iran general Qasem Soleimani, House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff [D-CA] said that the United States must now “expect retaliation” by Iran, which today vowed a “crushing response” against the United States and its allies. Read the rest

US sends 3,500+ more troops to Middle East as Iran tensions escalate

DEPLOYMENTS COME AS IRAN TENSIONS FLARE AFTER U.S. AIRSTRIKE IN BAGHDAD Read the rest

Watch the best TV news bloopers of 2019

Keep fucking that chicken! Read the rest

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