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Georgia governor signs “GUNS GUNS EVERYWHERE” bill into law. No, not that Georgia, the one in the US

Georgia governor Nathan Deal today signed the Safe Carry Protection Act of 2014 into law, which is the most wide-sweeping pro-gun open carry piece of legislation anywhere currently in the US. The bill would allow guns in churches, bars, school zones, government buildings and airports. Because nothing prevents gun violence like letting anyone over the age of 21 pack heat wherever the hell they want, whether there’s kids, alcohol or both mixed in. The idea is that by allowing more armed citizens, it will deter those who might go all homicidal out of the fear that plenty of other bystanders will also be armed. 

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FDA to begin regulating e-cigs, with the first wave of regulations coming down today

Ever since e-cigs came on the scene and blew up as a somewhat “safer” and less intrusive way of getting nicotine, they’ve existed in somewhat of a legal gray area, but that’s all about to change. Today, the FDA will hand down the first set of regulations of e-cigarettes and e-cig liquids, including rules about not selling them to minors, requiring health warnings on packaging and requiring that manufacturers disclose what’s in their products. This does not yet ban any kind of flavoring or introduce regulations on where e-cigs may be consumed, though many lawmakers would like to see additional rules in those directions as well.

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Supreme Court hears arguments in Aereo case, questions on the future of cloud computing at stake

While the Supreme Court may not hand a ruling in the case of broadcasters vs Aereo, the Justices showed a surprising level of tech savvy, with Justice Sotomayor asking what a ruling against Aereo would mean to the future of cloud computing services such as Google Drive and Dropbox. By using a complicated series of tiny antennae and encrypted hard drives, Aereo allows users to stream live TV through a computer. And because Aereo claims it’s merely providing technology for rent, not broadcasting content. Broadcasters argue that Aereo is simply using tech trickery to skirt copyright law and avoid paying broadcast fees.

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Morning news: Local news station airs woman’s giant cameltoe on TV

I guess because she didn’t want her face shown? CUT TO THE CAMELTOE.

Glow in the dark highways make their debut in the Netherlands

Yeah, reflectors marking the edges of the lanes are great and all, but this is the 21st century… why not take things to the next level and make the lane markers glow in the dark. And this is just the beginning— eventually Netherlands will have smart highways that display icons for road conditions, such as big blue snowflakes if the road is icy.

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America’s right-wing militias have all got ragers for revolution after an armed standoff with the feds over cattle

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What started as an old fashioned land dispute in the Nevada desert over some cattle last week turned into a crazed armed standoff between the federal government and armed right wing groups from around the country. Many anti-government websites were calling the standoff the first shots in the second American Revolution and that this was the federal government finally gone too far.

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Website of the Day: Heds Will Roll
Because there has to be an outlet somewhere for headlines too bad to be used, but too good to be forgotten.
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Website of the Day: Heds Will Roll

Because there has to be an outlet somewhere for headlines too bad to be used, but too good to be forgotten.

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Loch Ness Monster captured on satellite photography? Sure, why not.

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Some amateur monster hunters found what looks like the outline of some kind of prehistoric beast swimming under the waters of Loch Ness in Scotland on Apple Maps, so obviously it’s Nessie. It sure does look compelling, and public satellite maps are always accurate and never ever have weird artifacts show up through incorrect image stitching. Not ever.

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Kepler telescope spots the most Earth-like exoplanet ever discovered

While the number of exoplanets discovered by scientists via the Kepler telescope numbers in the thousands, most of the planets found have been gas giants, because gas giants are much easier to spot. But if you’re looking for an Earth 2, the closest thing so far is Kepler 186f, a small rocky planet only slightly larger than Earth that orbits in the comfortable “Goldilocks zone” around its star where it’s not too hot, not too cold. We may never know if there’s life on Kepler 186f, but its discovery is certainly a damn good start in the search for other Earth-like planets out there.

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X-Men director Bryan Singer facing charges he buttsecksed a 17 year old, so that’s not good

With X-Men: Days of Future Past hitting theaters in the US at the end of May, the timing couldn’t be worse for Bryan Singer, who is facing very serious accusations that in 1999, he stuck his wang in the b-hole of a 17 year old. Perhaps that then puts Singer in the perfect spot to direct the next Elmo movie.

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