Author Archive for: ‘Bennett R.’

China Issues “Guide for Civilized Tourism”

In China, general etiquette just became a law, specifically when you’re planning to travel. CNN reports that a massive tourism law went into effect on October 1 that aims to combat the perception of Chinese travelers behaving unpleasantly. The law takes effect as the internet and world media circulated a viral story of a Chinese teenager vandalizing an ancient Egyptian …

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FBI 2012 Crime Stats: Tennessee is Most Dangerous State

24/7 Wall St.com did an analysis last week of the FBI’s recently released 2012 crime statistics, but before anyone starts hastily comparing states, it should be noted that the FBI does remind people not to compare state violence in rankings. “These rough rankings provide no insight into the numerous variables that mold crime in a particular town, city, county, state, …

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Mormon Women Protest All-Male Priesthood

The Salt Lake Tribune reported 130 Mormon women affiliated with the Ordain Women movement were turned away from the Tabernacle in Salt Lake City’s Temple Square on Saturday. As dozens of men edged their way past to enter the male-only meeting, the women were shut out at the door. The Ordain Women movement was founded in March 2013, and seeks …

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Islamists Continue Worldwide Offensive

As the news spread of coordinated U.S. Navy SEAL strikes against Islamist leaders on either side of the African mainland, Islamists elsewhere were launching attacks of their own. Iraq was rocked by a series of suicide bombings this weekend, Reuters reports. One bombing involved a truck loaded with explosives that was driven into a primary school playground in the northern …

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British Archaeologists Uncover Mesolithic Tools, Roman Skulls

National Geographic reported on Friday that tunnelers who were contracted with expanding the London Underground have discovered over 20 Roman-era skulls, probably dated to the first century C.E. The beheaded Romans have been suggested to be possible victims of the famed Warrior Queen Boudicca, who led her Iceni tribe in a rebellion against Roman rule. Speaking with National Geographic about …

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Navy SEALs Somalia Assault Raises Strategic Questions

Yesterday, Navy SEAL Team Six raided an al-Shabaab HQ in Barawe, Somalia. Although none of the SEALs were killed in the assault, a series of conflicting reports about the raid’s target were released, some of which claiming the individual was captured while others were claiming he died in the firefight. The raid was aborted as a failure. Despite conflicting reports, …

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Black Hawk Down: 20 Years Since Military Disaster

The twentieth anniversary of one of the U.S. military’s greatest botched missions, “Black Hawk Down,” was yesterday. In celebration, the US government recently released the classified footage of the operation. The video above contains some of that footage, and 60 Minutes will probably air even more. 2001’s blockbuster film Black Hawk Down (dir. by Ridley Scott) famously dramatized the events …

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Weird Toxic Lake in Tanzania Turns Animals Into Statues

The New Scientist reports that a bizarre lake in northern Tanzania is turning animals into calcified statues. Lake Natron, named for the compound that occurs naturally in its waters, looks like a description directly out of Dante’s Divine Comedy: a black, sullen swamp where the cruel and vindictive meet their fate, although the birds who perish there could hardly be …

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Tom Clancy, Legendary Author, Has Died at 66

Twitter, as well as the New York Daily News, have issued reports that Tom Clancy died last night in a Baltimore hospital near his home at age 66. A native of Baltimore, Clancy started out as an insurance salesman before going on to write bestselling political thrillers involving governments, militaries, and CIA agents. In 1996, Clancy co-founded Red Storm Entertainment, …

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Grand Theft Auto Online Servers Hit By Heavy Traffic

Many recently released AAA game titles, like Aliens: Colonial Marines or TOTAL WAR: Rome II, have been launched only for players to discover that some advertised features seem distorted, broken, or poorly implemented. GTA V proves to be no exception, with its online portion suffering from tremendous server overload. Twitter was abuzz with retweets of Rockstar announcements and bitter consumers: …

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Iranian Spy Case: Israel Shows Off Captured Spy

Reuters reported yesterday that Israeli courts heard the case of an Iranian spy on Monday, which some analysts are suggesting represents an effort by Israel to discredit new relations between Iran and the United States. The spy has been identified as Ali Mansouri, and he was arrested by Shin Bet security officials on September 11 under suspicion of spying for …

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UC Berkeley Explosion Leaves 4 with Minor Burns

The LA Times reported yesterday that an explosion devastated UC Berkeley’s campus, sending four to the hospital with burns. The main campus was evacuated as a precaution. “It was dark. It was pretty scary. We just wanted to get out of there,” one student, sophomore Jesse Kay, said. Another student, 19-year-old Jay Reddy, was in electrical engineering class when the …

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