WIRED Book of the Month: It Came From Something Awful

Any page of It Came From Something Awful would be the most shocking page of most books. Reading Dale Beran’s chronicle of 4chan, the anonymous imageboard where some of the internet’s worst scandals have been fomented, feels like scrolling through the forum itself. Each page turn sucks you ever deeper into chan culture, from emoticon cats telling you to “Please die” to harassment campaigns levied at adolescent girls to a man describing how he murdered his girlfriend. “Turns out it’s way harder to strangle someone to death than it looks in the movies,” that man said, alongside images of the woman’s dead body. Eventually, in Beran’s aggrandizing telling, 4chan’s crescendo of furious nihilism delivers President Trump to America. In 2017, …

Person Tired Of Adobe Increasing The Prices Of Their Programs Posts List Of Free Alternatives

Earlier this year, Adobe raised its prices Image credits: “Since launching Creative Cloud more than five years ago, we have not changed prices for customers in North America (United States, Canada, and Mexico),” the company Pissed with the new pricing policy, Twitter users started sharing free alternatives to the major CC Programs. Image credits: One Twitter user, Kaeden ““I hate any company that tries to exploit the already poor-as-shit creator community, as I myself am a member of that group. However, I have a particular case of the ass against Adobe. Adobe, to me, symbolizes everything I hate about both capitalism and Western civilization’s complete disregard of the arts and humanities as not just valuable, but necessary parts of life.” But …

Harry and Meghan want to know whom to follow on Instagram

London (CNN)Stop what you’re doing: Harry and Meghan are trying to decide whom to follow on Instagram, and they need your help. “For the month of August we look to you for help. We want to know who YOUR Force for Change is,” Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex wrote in a message on their official Instagram account. “Over the next few days please add your suggestions into the comments section: someone you look up to, the organisation doing amazing work that we should all be following, an account that inspires you to be and do better (or that simply makes you feel good), or the handle that brims with optimism for a brighter tomorrow.” The message said that …

Protest seeks to stop US libraries supporting Drag Queen Story Hour

Nearly 100,000 Christians have signed a petition to end backing for the events that present kids with unabashedly queer role models Nearly 100,000 Christians have signed a petition to the American Library Association protesting against its support of Drag Queen Story Hour, but the ALA has said it strongly opposes any effort to limit access to information, ideas and programmes that patrons wish to explore. First established in San Francisco in 2015 by the writer Michelle Tea, a Denver bookshop was targeted by far-right groups for hosting a story time, while Republican Larry Householder saying that it wants to create a more equitable, diverse, and inclusive society, which includes a commitment to combating marginalisation and underrepresentation within the communities served …

Belgian woman survives after spending 6 days trapped in crashed car

Corine Bastide, 45, disappeared near Liège, Belgium on July 23 after her vehicle swerved into a ditch in an isolated location; she injured her spine and was rendered her helpless. The crashed happened just two days before temperatures hit 107 degrees Fahrenheit. (AP) Every time Bastide moved her arms to try to escape, she would lose consciousness. Eventually, after mustering enough strength, she managed to use her foot to open the car door. “The most difficult thing was lying on pieces of glass,” she said. “I tried to hoist myself up but I had the impression that my back was being torn.” Without food or drink in the vehicle, Bastide survived by drinking rainwater in an empty chewing gum box. She …

Ancient Artists Created Giant Magnetic Heads From Rock Struck By Lightning

These chubby-faced stone sculptures, carved some 2,000 years ago in current-day Guatemala, suggest that the ancient Mesoamericans had a sharp understanding of magnetism, perhaps even using the force for artistic or spiritual effect.  After being brought from ancient sites in the Monte Alto region of Guatemala during the 1970s, the sculptures are now in the town of La Democracia, near Guatemala’s Pacific coast.  Reporting in the Journal of Archaeological Science earlier this year, scientists from Havard University explain that the sculptures contain magnetic anomalies on their surfaces. At least 10 of the 11 sculptures, all of which depict a plump face or a buxom body, have some kind of significant magnetic anomaly. Strangest of all, magnetic mapping has shown that magnetism can only be found …

Administrators appointed to Harland and Wolff

After the administrators were appointed on Monday, workers said their protest would continue. At a press conference, trade unionists representing staff warned they will stand against the DUP in a forthcoming general election if the party does not do more to support workers. Image caption DUP MP Gavin Robinson said government intervention would conflict with state aid rules The MP said Harland and Wolff had asked the government for shortfall funding of £650,000, which would have given the company “breathing space” for the month of August “so that they could explore other options”. But he added: “The official advice is that it cannot be done for three reasons: there is no order book at present so the money would be …

5 things we learned from Billie Eilish’s interview with Rolling Stone

Singer Billie Eilish Pirate Baird O’Connell a.k.a. Billie Eilish is seen on February 20, 2019 in Paris, France. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/GC Images) KATY PERRY, MORE STARS ATTEND GOOGLE SUMMIT ON CLIMATE CHANGE IN PRIVATE JETS, MEGA YACHTS Her dancing days soon came to a crashing halt, when she injured herself by rupturing a growth plate in her hip. This forced Eilish to quit dancing altogether, which took a toll on her mental health. Fortunately, she claims to be in a much better place since then. “I haven’t been depressed in a minute, which is great,” she confessed. “Seventeen has probably been the best year of my life. I’ve liked 17.” SHE LOVES HORSES Billie’s parents sat down with Rolling …

High-end retailer Barneys files for bankruptcy

New York (CNN Business)Barneys, an icon of America’s luxury clothing world for decades, has filed for bankruptcy. The company said it will continue to operate five flagship locations in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Boston, as well as Barneys.com and BarneysWarehouse.com. However, it said it is shutting down stores in Chicago, Las Vegas and Seattle. The company is also shutting down five “concept stores” and seven of its nine Barneys Warehouse stores. The move was not unexpected. Reuters reported last month that filing for bankruptcy protection could help alleviate the pressure of expensive leases. The company traces its history to 1923, according to its website, when Barney Pressman pawned his wife’s engagement ring. The company indicated he used …

PM urges NI parties to ‘seal power-sharing deal’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBoris Johnson: “I am committed to Good Friday Agreement” Boris Johnson has urged political parties in Northern Ireland to step up their efforts to restore devolved government, during talks in Belfast. The PM held a series of meetings with the five main Stormont parties, in which Brexit was also discussed. NI has been without a government since January 2017, when the power-sharing DUP/Sinn Féin coalition collapsed. On Tuesday, Mr Johnson held a private meeting with senior DUP figures, whose support he relies on in Parliament. What is direct rule? Q&A: The Irish border Brexit backstop Q&A: What is happening at Stormont? Who’s calling the shots on NI policy? The prime minister left …

Mike Huckabee: Thoughts And Prayers Are ‘Only Thing’ That Will Stop Mass Shootings

El Paso, Texas, and However, On Monday, the former Arkansas governor and twice Republican presidential candidate  Despite all those who are denouncing the idea of prayers for the victims (do a Google search for “Thoughts and prayers are not enough” and see how many hits you get), I will continue to pray for the victims and their families and for an end to this mindless violence, and I hope you will, too. In fact, … I would posit that the lack of thought and prayers is probably the single biggest factor in what is behind them. He added: Huckabee also criticized current Democratic presidential candidate Donald Trump a “racist” for a really bizarre reason: “I also don’t see how someone who has …

British student dies in Madagascar after falling from plane

Family pays tribute to bright, independent Alana Cutland, 19, who was on an internship A Cambridge University student has died in Madagascar after falling from a plane. Alana Cutlands family said they had been left heartbroken and paid tribute to the bright, independent woman. The 19-year-old from Milton Keynes died while on an internship in the north-east of the African island nation earlier this month, the Foreign Office said. Reports said she fell from a Cessna-style light aircraft as it flew above the savannah after she had been conducting research in the remote area of Anjajavy last Thursday. In a statement, her family described her as a talented dancer who had a thirst for discovering more of the world. Our …

Angelina Jolie Shares Intimate Details About Raising ‘Strong’ Daughters In Moving Essay

Angelina Jolie is opening up about raising her daughters to “develop their minds” instead of focusing on their appearances in a moving essay about women unfairly maligned in history. latest issue of Elle magazine, reminding them that it’s what’s on the inside that counts. “There is nothing more attractive — you might even say enchanting — than a woman with an independent will and her own opinions,” she continued.  The actress also mentions her sons, writing that she “could not be prouder” of “the men they are becoming, the way they respect their sisters and are respected by them.” “Women who rebel against what is considered normal by society—even unintentionally—have been labeled as unnatural, weird, wicked, and dangerous,” she writes. “Wicked …

Are ‘The Bachelorette’ Producers Purposely Casting Guys With Girlfriends? Betches

Tuesday night, America watched our Bachelorette, Hannah Brown, find out what we’d known for weeks: that her soon-to-be fiancé (and then soon-to-be-ex-fiancé) lied about his dating history before being on The Bachelorette, and actually had a girlfriend back home. (Whether Jed actually called Haley his girlfriend is irrelevant—if it walks like a girlfriend, talks like a girlfriend, and goes on family vacations and tells you she loves you like a girlfriend, you have a f*cking girlfriend.) And Jed isn’t the first guy to compete on The Bachelorette this season with a questionable relationship history. Pilot Pete was accused of ditching his girlfriend to go on the show, although his transgression is definitely murkier and less egregious. When these stories break, it feels like a …

Are ‘The Bachelorette’ Producers Purposely Casting Guys With Girlfriends? Betches

Tuesday night, America watched our Bachelorette, Hannah Brown, find out what we’d known for weeks: that her soon-to-be fiancé (and then soon-to-be-ex-fiancé) lied about his dating history before being on The Bachelorette, and actually had a girlfriend back home. (Whether Jed actually called Haley his girlfriend is irrelevant—if it walks like a girlfriend, talks like a girlfriend, and goes on family vacations and tells you she loves you like a girlfriend, you have a f*cking girlfriend.) And Jed isn’t the first guy to compete on The Bachelorette this season with a questionable relationship history. Pilot Pete was accused of ditching his girlfriend to go on the show, although his transgression is definitely murkier and less egregious. When these stories break, it feels like a …

Distracted train driver went 100mph over limit

Always a risk The driver told investigators he began to feel worse as the train got closer to Sandy and he did not notice the first warning sign. He then misunderstood a second warning and thought it did not apply to his train. The RAIB warned that although there was no accident on this occasion, there was always a risk when trains do not comply with speed restrictions. No-one was injured as a result of the speeding and the LNER service from Aberdeen made it to London King’s Cross safely. The report stated it was also possible the driver missed the first warning sign because of issues with its visibility. LNER now warns all its drivers of any speed restrictions …