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About Bennett Rieser

Bennett is a college-educated contract writer with WebProNews. When not bombarded by fascinating news or political upheaval, he spends his time relaxing with good friends, loyal family, and typically some of the many bastions of free internet discourse.
Pope Francis: Capitalism Is “A New Tyranny” Pope Francis: Capitalism Is “A New Tyranny”

Pope Francis carefully chose this moment to capitalize on his internet popularity with an even more radical statement: that uninhibited capitalism represents “a new tyranny,” and that global leaders are not doing enough to battle the growing income disparity. Pope …

Benjamin Netanyahu: Iran Agreement Is A “Historic Mistake” Benjamin Netanyahu: Iran Agreement Is A “Historic Mistake”
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As Secretary of State John Kerry and President Obama celebrated a series of resolutions on nuclear proliferation that they supposedly reached with Iran, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took the complete opposite tone. In a speech today before Israel’s cabinet, …

Evolution in Texas Schools Encounters Resistance Evolution in Texas Schools Encounters Resistance
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A report from the Dallas Morning News confirmed that Texas State Board of Education members approved a series of textbooks this week that cover Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution in its scientific entirety. Almost immediately after the books were approved, …

Virgin Galactic Accepting Bitcoin for Ticket to Space Virgin Galactic Accepting Bitcoin for Ticket to Space

CNBC reported on Friday that Sir Richard Branson has permitted his space startup, Virgin Galactic, to accept Bitcoin as fare for a flight to space. Branson made the announcement in a blog post at Virgin. “The virtual currency has really …

Haqqani Leader Killed in U.S. Drone Strike Haqqani Leader Killed in U.S. Drone Strike

The AFP reported on a U.S. drone strike that took place in Pakistan last Thursday. This particular strike was a rare happenstance: it is only the second drone strike targeted outside of Pakistan’s tribal zones. Previous drone strikes had targeted …

Black Beauty Meteorite from Mars Found in Africa Black Beauty Meteorite from Mars Found in Africa
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CNN reports a mysterious meteorite has been discovered in the northern part of Africa, and scientists are dating it at 4.4 billion years. The study was published in the journal Nature. Nicknamed “Black Beauty,” the authors of the study believe …

Jury Awards Apple $290 Million In Samsung Lawsuit Jury Awards Apple $290 Million In Samsung Lawsuit

The AFP and the San Jose Mercury News reported an important update today on the lawsuit between Apple and Samsung: an eight-person jury from Silicon Valley has awarded Apple $290 million for Samsung’s apparent copying of iPhone and iPad designs, …

Sons of Anarchy Kills Major Character Sons of Anarchy Kills Major Character
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Before you read on, be wary that this article contains major spoilers and plot point discussion for the FX series Sons of Anarchy. If you haven’t seen the show, or the most recent episode, I recommend you stop reading… now. …

Reuters: Pentagon Bookkeepers Wasted $8.5 Trillion Reuters: Pentagon Bookkeepers Wasted $8.5 Trillion
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Earlier this summer, Reuters authors Scot J. Paltrow and Kelly Carr conducted an investigation into the Pentagon’s payroll practices; in their report, the authors alleged that an unbelievable level of dysfunction is causing financial hardships for soldiers. Today, the news …

Conehead Skull Found in Multicultural Necropolis Conehead Skull Found in Multicultural Necropolis
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The site of Obernai in France was occupied by one people or another for the last 6000 years. Now, a series of graves found there date from 4000 years ago to 2000 years ago. These 38 tombs span a fantastic …

This Anarchist Wants To Use Bitcoin to Crowdfund Assassins This Anarchist Wants To Use Bitcoin to Crowdfund Assassins
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Forbes author Andy Greenberg wrote today about an encrypted email he received from a person who called themselves Kuwabatake Sanjuro. Sanjuro claimed to have designed a Deepweb site called the Assassination Market, which apparently has the capability to “crowdfund” political …

HealthCare.gov Aims to Sign Up 4 of 5 Americans HealthCare.gov Aims to Sign Up 4 of 5 Americans

The Washington Post reported today that the Affordable Care Act’s primary website, HealthCare.gov, will be capable of getting 80 percent of Americans on an insurance plan, but that still leaves 20 percent who will remain without insurance. According to the …

FBI Anonymous Hackers Net Over 100k Employees’ Info FBI Anonymous Hackers Net Over 100k Employees’ Info

Reuters and the Atlantic Wire reported today about hacktivist collective Anonymous, which utilized backdoor entry to gain access to over 100,000 government employees’ information. It all started last year, but we learned about it when 28-year-old Lauri Love, a British …

Fake Cop Waves Real Gun in a Dunkin Donuts for 10% Off Fake Cop Waves Real Gun in a Dunkin Donuts for 10% Off
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Fox13-Tampa Bay, along with the Orlando Sentinel, report that a Pasco County man has been arrested for waving a fake badge and a real gun at a Dunkin’ Donuts in order to get discounts. Surveillance footage clearly shows Charles Barry …

Kailua, Hawaii: Tourists, Please Stop Coming Here Kailua, Hawaii: Tourists, Please Stop Coming Here

The AP reports that the Hawaiian town of Kailua has endured a lot of popular tourism lately. With even President Barack Obama and his family spending Christmas in Kailua, some of the town’s residents have decided to take a stand …

The Earliest Life Form Found So Far is in Australia The Earliest Life Form Found So Far is in Australia

The Guardian is reporting that Earth’s earliest life form has been found in Australia. An Aussie research team accompanied by some U.S. scientists discovered a series of “complex microbial ecosystems” they date to 3.5 billion years ago. The find was …

JPMorgan Scraps Twitter Q&A Over Fiscal Furor JPMorgan Scraps Twitter Q&A Over Fiscal Furor

It was a brief idea that lasted all of nine glorious hours: the vice-chairman of US corporate banking giant JPMorgan, Jimmy Lee, announced he would be taking over the @jpmorgan Twitter feed at 1pm today. By last night, however, major …

Elon Musk Calls Media Coverage of Tesla Unreasonable Elon Musk Calls Media Coverage of Tesla Unreasonable
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In the past couple of months, several fires have broken out as a result of accidents involving Tesla Model S cars and multiple purchasers. As the company fought to repair the damage, their stock price zig-zagged as if it were …

Occupy Wall Street Buys Debt at 50-1, Abolishes It Occupy Wall Street Buys Debt at 50-1, Abolishes It
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Reuters and the Guardian both report one of Occupy Wall Street’s spinoff groups, the Rolling Jubilee Project, announcing this week that they have successfully bought $14.7 million in healthcare debt accumulated by Americans for roughly $400,000. Rolling Jubilee was set …

Oklahoma Ultrasound Case: Law Remains Struck Down Oklahoma Ultrasound Case: Law Remains Struck Down

NewsOK.com, along with Reuters and the AP, report that the U.S. Supreme Court declined any review of a 2012 Oklahoma Supreme Court decision to strike down the law that forced any woman who wanted to abort their fetus to be …

This Toys ‘R’ Us Ad Outraged Even Stephen Colbert This Toys ‘R’ Us Ad Outraged Even Stephen Colbert
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Last week, environmentalist Peter Gleick penned an editorial about a Toys “R” Us commercial from October that, frustratingly, decries hard science in favor of running amok in a toy store. “My wife and I were relaxing, watching TV when we …

New Anti-Piracy Plan: Kindergarten Copyright Class? New Anti-Piracy Plan: Kindergarten Copyright Class?
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The United States’ largest copyright lobbies, the Motion Picture Association of America and the Recording Industry Association of America, have initiated a highly controversial program nudging the educational system to shoulder the burden of teaching kids about how evil piracy …

North Korea Executes 80 for Bad TV, Having a Bible North Korea Executes 80 for Bad TV, Having a Bible
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In the past year, North Korea came under international criticism when details of gulag-like prisons leaked out from defectors. Although the world reacted in horror as those details included the familiar stories of loved ones disappearing mysteriously in true Stalinist …

Study: Most Herbal Supplements Contain No Herbs Study: Most Herbal Supplements Contain No Herbs

The New York Times noted a study last week from a Canadian research team claiming roughly three out of four herbal supplements contain little more than weeds or powdered rice. The research team used a test called DNA barcoding, which …