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Meet Augustus Invictus, the Florida Libertarian Who Loves Paganism, Civil War, and Goat Sacrifice

Augustus Invictus. Screencap via YouTube

Augustus Invictus. Screencap via YouTube

Over at Vice, Drew Millard profiles August Invictus, the Libertarian running for Marco Rubio’s Senate seat. Invictus is so controversial that Adrian Wyllie, the chairman of Florida’s Libertarian Party, resigned after “the party’s executive committee refused to tell Augustus Invictus…that he couldn’t be a Libertarian anymore.”

Millard via Vice:

There are a few reasons why Wyllie finds Invictus such a distasteful character. “Mr. Invictus has repeatedly vowed that it is his destiny to start a second civil war in America,” Wyllie wrote in a Facebook post announcing his resignation. He continued, “He has described himself as an American Fascist… He has expressed support for a eugenics program… Many of his supporters are known members of Neo-Nazi and white supremacist groups.”

While the Florida Libertarian Party didn’t out-and-out eject Invictus from its ranks, it did issue a press release Monday condemning the Senate candidate’s views.

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End of the world plan: scientists to nudge asteroid off course as practice for protecting the Earth

Remember the old arcade game “Asteroids”? So do scientists at NASA and the ESA, who are planning to play it for real, per the Independent:

Scientists are to send two spacecraft to knock an asteroid off course, as part of a practice for what they would do if a rock was threatening the future of humanity.

The ESA's AIM watches the impact as the asteroid is knocked off course ESA -

The ESA’s AIM watches the impact as the asteroid is knocked off course ESA –


The joint US-European Aida (Asteroid Impact & Deflection Assessment) mission will send a small spacecraft to crash into the egg-shaped rock, known as Didymoon. That asteroid doesn’t pose any threat to us — and is far too small to do so — but the mission will be important test for whether our plans would work if we do eventually come at risk of civilisation being wiped out by a space rock.

The missions are set to be launched in October 2020.

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Sex Store Forced to Change Halloween Sign After Parents Complain

Sex Store Forced to change their sign after locals get their panties in a twist - Imgur

I originally saw this photo on Reddit. (Yes, I still follow /r/funny. Whatever.) Because you can never be too sure whether things are real or not, I went looking for an article.

Found this one via ABC

Some Sevier County parents are asking for an adult store to take down a risque sign.

A viewer sent WATE 6 On Your Side a photo of the sign at Sexy Stuf, which reads, “Trick or Treat. Bind her feet. Give her something hard to eat.”

The city of Sevierville has received nearly a dozen complaints about the sign. The store is known to push the envelope with the messages on its sign, but parents are saying this one went too far, especially since it’s near a school.

“I’m disgusted. I’m just disgusted,” said Mea Cole, a Sevier County parent.

Parents like Cole, who has a 7-year-old daughter, aren’t too fond of Sexy Stuf’s version of a well known Halloween rhyme.

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Perfectly accurate clocks turn out to be impossible

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Faculty of Physics University of Warsaw via EurekAlert:

Can the passage of time be measured precisely, always and everywhere? The answer will upset many watchmakers. A team of physicists from the universities of Warsaw and Nottingham have just shown that when we are dealing with very large accelerations, no clock will actually be able to show the real passage of time, known as “proper time”.

The ideal clock is merely a convenient fiction, as theorists from the University of Warsaw (UW) and University of Nottingham (UN) have shown. In a study published in the journal Classical and Quantum Gravity they demonstrate that in systems moving with enormous accelerations, building a clock that would precisely measure the passage of time is impossible for fundamental reasons.

“In both theories of relativity, special and general, it is tacitly assumed that it is always possible to construct an ideal clock – one that will accurately measure the time elapsed in the system, regardless of whether the system is at rest, moving at a uniform speed, or accelerating.

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AI machine achieves IQ test score of young child


A team from the University of Illinois at Chicago gave the AI system, ConceptNet, an IQ test. According to, “it scored a WPPSI-III VIQ that is average for a four-year-old child, but below average for 5 to 7 year-olds.”

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MIT Technology Review poses the bigger question: to what extent do these capabilities add up to the equivalent of ? Shedding some light on AI and humans, a team went ahead to subject an AI system to a standard IQ test given to humans.

Their paper describing their findings has been posted on arXiv. The team is from the University of Illinois at Chicago and an AI research group in Hungary. The AI system which they used is ConceptNet, an open-source project run by the MIT Common Sense Computing Initiative.

Results: It scored a WPPSI-III VIQ that is average for a four-year-old child, but below average for 5 to 7 year-olds

“We found that the WPPSI-III VIQ psychometric test gives a WPPSI-III VIQ to ConceptNet 4 that is equivalent to that of an average four-year old.

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Baby, I’m A Secret Agent, Alien-Hybrid Here To Save The World

The story of Jeffrey Alan Lash, the “secret agent” “alien” found dead in his car in July, 2015, via Playboy:

Why would a dying man lie about what will happen to his dead body?

Jeffrey Alan Lash pictured in his 1996 driver's licence.

Jeffrey Alan Lash pictured in his 1996 driver’s licence.


He gave his fiancée very precise instructions about how to handle his corpse whenever he finally lost his fight to live. On July 3, 2015 he collapsed in the parking lot of an upscale Los Angeles grocery store. After she and others tried and failed to resuscitate his body, his fiancé did as she was told. She wrapped his body in dry ice and blankets. Then she left it in an SUV parked on a long, hilly, residential street in Pacific Palisades. She trusted that his super-secret black ops agency would find and dispose of his body. The next day, the Fourth of July, she and her personal assistant blended into the holiday traffic and got the hell out of town.

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Fortune 500 Companies Stash $2.1 Trillion Offshore as US Taxpayers Foot the Bill

Report finds that untaxed or undertaxed offshore holdings amount to an estimated $620 billion owed to the U.S. taxpayers. (Photo: rolffimages/Bigstock via Citizens for Tax Justice)

Report finds that untaxed or undertaxed offshore holdings amount to an estimated $620 billion owed to the U.S. taxpayers. (Photo: rolffimages/Bigstock via Citizens for Tax Justice)

This post originally appeared on Common Dreams. See more of Lauren McCauley’s posts here.

America’s Fortune 500 companies are “playing by different rules” when it comes to the federal tax system and, according to a new report out Tuesday, are stashing $2.1 trillion in offshore tax havens—with as much as $620 billion owed to the U.S. taxpayers who are left footing the bill.

The report, Offshore Shell Games 2015: The Use of Offshore Tax Havens by Fortune 500 Companies (pdf), examines the accounting tricks that have enabled the country’s most profitable companies to hide their earnings.

“U.S.-based multinational corporations are allowed to play by a different set of rules than small and domestic businesses or individuals when it comes to the tax code,” wrote advocacy organizations Citizens for Tax Justice and the U.S.… Read the rest

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A Cute Political Theory

I woke up with cable this morning, in a hotel room, with a few free hours before work. I haven’t had cable in a while. This, coupled with the absence of clothing and the abundance of toy commercials aired during cartoons, led me to form a completely unremarkable political theory.


There wasn’t anything on any of the seven Showtime channels. I found my way to Cartoon Network. I was content letting my mind wander to animation, but then the commercials started, and didn’t stop. Toys, toys, toys. A plastic Mario on a ‘hovering’ plastic car. Another toy commercial, for a creepy mask and Spiderman web shooters. Two for the girls: fluorescent comb-able plastic ponies and collectible princess dolls.

While their parents are sleeping, reluctant to let go of the tasteless bliss of dreamless sleep and return to the land of dental plaque and insurance premiums, children are bombarded by footage of euphoric children intercut with the faces of facsimile animals and their favorite cartoon pals.… Read the rest

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Mindful Dishwashing Can Increase Mental Stimulation and Decrease Anxiety

According to a new study, mindful dishwashing can decrease nervousness by 27% and increase mental inspiration by 25%.

via Psyblog:

Mindful dishwashing can decrease stress and calm the mind, a new study finds.

People in the study focused on the smell of the soap, the feel and shape of the dishes to help them enter a mindful state.

Doing the dishes in a mindful way also increased the pleasurable feeling of time slowing down, the researchers found.

Mr Adam Hanley, the study’s first author, said:

“I’ve had an interest in mindfulness for many years, both as a contemplative practitioner and a researcher.

I was particularly interested in how the mundane activities in life could be used to promote a mindful state and, thus, increase overall sense of well-being.”

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