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