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Orban humiliated: Hungary's crypto-fascist Fidesz party suffers string of municipal election defeats

Orban humiliated: Hungary's crypto-fascist Fidesz party suffers string of municipal election defeats

Viktor Orban and his far-right, xenophobic, conspiratorial Fidesz party have led Hungary through a string of catastrophes, from its handling of Middle Eastern migrants to its ouster of the
Politico: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg held secret meetings with conservative pundits and politicians

Politico: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg held secret meetings with conservative pundits and politicians

Facebook CEO Mark in recent months, reports Politico's Daniel Lippman. Among the delights were discussions of "free speech and partnerships" with nationalist Fox News commentator Tucker Carlson and
China's new cybersecurity rules ban foreign companies from using VPNs to phone home

China's new cybersecurity rules ban foreign companies from using VPNs to phone home

For decades, it was a commonplace in western business that no one could afford to ignore China: whatever problems a CEO might have with China's human rights record could never outweigh the profits to
Apple told TV Plus showrunners to avoid plots that might upset Chinese officials

Apple told TV Plus showrunners to avoid plots that might upset Chinese officials

In early 2018, Apple SVP of internet software and services Eddy Cue and SVP of internet software and services Morgan Wandell instructed TV creators it had commissioned to produce content for Apple TV
Billionaire Michael Bloomberg threatens to run for Democratic nomination if Biden drops

Billionaire Michael Bloomberg threatens to run for Democratic nomination if Biden drops

Elizabeth Warren overtook Joe Biden in one nationwide poll and the billionaires are already taking his pulse. Michael Bloomberg (~$50bn net worth) today makes clear his intentions if Biden slips away
German bank robber staged a 5-day fillibuster with his legally guaranteed right to a post-sentencing "final word"

German bank robber staged a 5-day fillibuster with his legally guaranteed right to a post-sentencing "final word"

German law allows convicted criminals to deliver a "final word" ("Schlusswort") in court after their sentencing; this right is typically waived or used to deliver a few words of apology and remorse,
What it would cost to build Trump's snake-and-alligator border moat

What it would cost to build Trump's snake-and-alligator border moat

Earlier this month, we learned that one of the most enduring frustrations of Trump's presidency is that no one will take his suggestion of building a moat filled with man-eating alligators and
This service makes a digital voice that sounds like you from a small audio sample

This service makes a digital voice that sounds like you from a small audio sample

Descript's Lyrebird is a premium service that "allows you to replace recorded words and phrases with synthesized speech that's tonally blended with the surrounding audio." The interactive samples on
Save 89% on up to 5 TB of storage with this secure cloud service

Save 89% on up to 5 TB of storage with this secure cloud service

Need data storage? Join the club. It may still seem like the wild west out there, and for many companies, it's a tough choice between security and accessibility. Luckily, there's a platform that gives
Kickstarting a deluxe "Dracula" edition in a suitcase full of "primary source materials" from the novel

Kickstarting a deluxe "Dracula" edition in a suitcase full of "primary source materials" from the novel

Josh O'Neill writes, "We're doing a box set edition of Dracula in which we reconstitute the novel into the primary source documents from which it's drawn: Mina's diary, Lucy's letters, Dailygraph
Use this promo code to get this electric lighter for cheap

Use this promo code to get this electric lighter for cheap

I bought this USB rechargeable lighter in May and will never go back to using matches or a butane lighter. I've used it to light many charcoal barbecues, candles, and stove burners and have not had to
VIDEO: 'Evil Dead' Ash Williams chainsaw arm Halloween costume

VIDEO: 'Evil Dead' Ash Williams chainsaw arm Halloween costume

All hail the queen of Halloween. You gotta watch the video, the chainsaw arm makes a scary sound and everything. Seriously impressive Ash Williams and 'The Evil Dead' cosplay going on here. “Made
Senior dog plays in snow

Senior dog plays in snow

Aww, look at him having the best time! “My old chunky pupper enjoying the snow,” shares IMGURian @quoththeravennever. “Roland is 12 years old and usually quite the couch potato, but he loves the
VIDEO: German Shepherd puppy slaughters sea creatures brutally

VIDEO: German Shepherd puppy slaughters sea creatures brutally

Get those sea creatures! Odin the German Shepherd is an adorable plush coat puppy. In this video from 2017, his human says Odin had zero interest in bath time. View this post on Instagram Get
Impeachment Inquiry: Mike Pompeo's former aide Michael McKinley to testify

Impeachment Inquiry: Mike Pompeo's former aide Michael McKinley to testify

The Donald Trump impeachment inquiry is picking up speed. A senior adviser to Trump Secretary of State Mike Pompeo who just resigned will be questioned under oath on Wednesday on Capitol Hill in the
Giuliani's Ukraine business dealings probed by federal prosecutors in Manhattan

Giuliani's Ukraine business dealings probed by federal prosecutors in Manhattan

• Trump lawyer’s bank records examined • Witnesses questioned on work for Ukraine mayor • Feds probing efforts to oust U.S. ambassador Donald Trump's longtime personal attorney Rudy Giuliani is the
This kit turns your drill into a high-powered cleaning tool

This kit turns your drill into a high-powered cleaning tool

Still using elbow grease to clean the sinks, tubs and other grimy surfaces around your house? Save your elbows, and some time. If you've got a power drill, the RevoClean® 4-in-1 Drill Brush Cleaning

Podcast: False Flag

In my latest podcast (MP3), I read my Green European Journal short story about the terrible European Copyright Directive which passed last March, False Flag. Published in December 2018, the story
'MURDER' — Aaron Dean, former Fort Worth TX police officer, charged with murder for fatal shooting of black woman

'MURDER' — Aaron Dean, former Fort Worth TX police officer, charged with murder for fatal shooting of black woman

“This man murdered someone,” the victim's brother, Adarius Carr, said at a news conference. “He should be arrested.” Aaron Dean, the former Fort Worth Texas police officer who fatally shot Atatiana
Advent calendars for cats coming to Trader Joe's

Advent calendars for cats coming to Trader Joe's

Santa Paws is coming to town. Trader Joe's is making the countdown to Christmas more fun this year by offering an advent calendar for fur babies. An episode of the Inside Trader Joe's podcast made