Today’s News Stories (July 10th), 2012
Oatmeal Full Of Win!
Matthew Inman of TheOatmeal.com was recently threatened by FunnyJunk.com after he called them out for blatantly stealing and monetizing his copyrighted comics. In response, they threatened to sue him and asked for $20,000 in a cease-and-desist letter – although they were the once infringing the copyright. Inman then proceeded to ridicule this demand publicly on his blog, and claimed that he would actually go ahead and raise the $20,000, but give them to charity instead – after taking a picture of the money and sending it to FunnyJunk. He then proceeded to raise way more - $211,223.04 to be exact - and now followed up on his promise - resulting in some pretty hilarious pictures of him with a pile of cash.
Vodka Mom Suicide
29-year old Toni Medrano, who allegedly killed her newborn son by suffocating him in her sleep after she passed out drunk and was branded “vodka mom” by talk show host Nancy Grace, committed suicide by setting herself on fire last week.
After the European Parliament voted against ACTA with an overwhelming majority, the European Commission responsible for representing Europe during the international ACTA negotiations, is now trying to use a trade agreement with Canada called CETA as a backdoor to implement a similar law anyway.
Reagan’s Top Economist Blames GOP For Bad Economy
Former President Ronald Reagan’s top economist David Stockman is blaming Republicans for the economic disaster in recent years. He lists several Republican actions that he believes where misled and ultimatly crippled the economy.
Anonymous V.S. Pedophiles
Hacktivist Group Anonymous launched Operation PedoChat this weekend, taking down several websites usually used to share child pornography and they are currently attacking about 85 different portals, with more being added constantly.
Death Threats Force Blogger Underground
Laci Green is a vlogger and she likes to talk about sex. Her message is to be sex-positive, body-positive, and to provide a shame-free space to talk about sex. Recently she was contacted by a offended viewer for having used the word “tranny” in a video from 2009. She immediately apologized and took down the old video, but tumblr users didn’t think this was enough and dug up an old comment Green once made about Mormonism, calling it “probably one of the most sexist [religions] that I’ve come across, beside Islam”, which then resulted in more hate for Laci Green. Not only hate, but also death threats, with people posting her private address and sending out pictures of the apartment complex she lives in. She has now announced that she will take a break from the internet to get away from the hate and for her personal safety.
Independence Day 2?
Independence Day came out 16 years ago and started Will Smith’s A-List career. Now Roland Emmerich (Director and Co-Writer, also famous for 2012, The Day After Tomorrow,…) and Dean Devlin (co-writer of the original movie) are planning to make a sequel. It took them 16 years to figure out a “worthy” follow-up so let’s hope that this is a good of an idea as they think. Whether or not Will Smith will be on board is not clear yet. Maybe this time around he will be playing the president…
Wayne Brady Wants To Slap Bill Maher
Wayne Brady was interviewed on a podcast recently and threatened to “to slap the shit out of Bill Maher” because he uses references to him as a diss to Obama. According to Wayne Brady, Bill Maher shouldn’t know how black someone is, just because “he fucks black hookers”.
Fox News Contributor Pantsing Her Employees
Gretchen Hamel, a frequent guest on Fox News and the executive director of the “education advocacy group”, is in the news because one of her employees recently turned to an advice column, asking for guidance on how to handle that her boss is bullying her and her coworkers, even going as far as pantsing another female employee, without ever getting reprimanded.
Acrobat Walks Backwards While Blindfolded On High Wire – Falls
Aisikaier, a sixth-generation tightrope walker and world record holder for crossing a 100 meter wire in merely 44.63 seconds, attempted to walk backwards while being blindfolded over a 2,300 feet long rope hanging several hundred feet in the air, but fell 656 feet when he lost his balance after 50 minutes of walking and only 130 feet away from the edge. Luckily he survived with just minor injuries!
Next Issue Now On iOS
Next Issue, a service that lets you enjoy a variety of magazines (39 total) for a subscription (much like Netflix but with reading), which launched on Android devices over three months ago, is now available for iOS. The first 30 days are free, after that it will cost you $10/month for the monthly magazines, and $15/month if you also want the weekly issues.
Bet On Roger Federer Makes OxFam £100,000
Nick Newlife made a bet in 2003 that Roger Federer would win 7 Wimbledon titles by 2019 – something that he already accomplished last week. Newlife died in 2009, but left the betting slip to charity OxFam, which will now get a payout of over £100,000 (Over $150,000).
Michael Buckley For Kelly’s Co-Host
Youtuber and Member of the Nation Michael Buckley is currently in the running to become Kelly’s co-host on Live! with Kelly. Go help him out and vote for him!
Million Big Gulp March Demands Big Sodas
After NYC mayor Bloomberg announced a ban on sodas over 16oz, soda loving New Yorkers have taken it to the streets. In the “Million Big Gulp March”, around 500 protesters showed up to show their support for big drinks.
Nikola Tesla Was Awesome!
The Oatmeal published an awesome comic today about why Nikola Tesla was the greatest geek who ever lived. He invented the alternating current, which powers every home on the planet to this day, was highly involved with the invention of the light bulb, but also discovered things like radio, x-ray, radar and much more!
Nina Dobrev Looking Hot!
Check out the lovely gallery over at Me In My Place!
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