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If you’re curious as to exactly how much of Iraq and Syria is controlled by ISIS right now, Wikipedia has this handy map. Dark red covers areas firmly under the command of ISIS and the lighter red are areas they’re claiming. That’s not at all an insignificant chunk of territory.

If you’re curious as to exactly how much of Iraq and Syria is controlled by ISIS right now, Wikipedia has this handy map. Dark red covers areas firmly under the command of ISIS and the lighter red are areas they’re claiming. That’s not at all an insignificant chunk of territory.

So in non World Cup news, Israel launched a full ground invasion into Gaza last night…

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Raju the elephant saved from 50 years of abuse

Yea, the link from the Daily Mail, and it’s all over the web so you may have seen it already. But, god damn if it didn’t pull on my heart string. I’ll need to stay away from this story tonight around beer thirty, I could cry like a small child.

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This October, Pink Floyd will be releasing their first new album in 20 years

In October, the world can get some brand new Pink Floyd. The album, titled ‘The Endless River’, is technically a brand new album, but the songs are based on unused material from the 1994 album ‘The Division Bell’, so it does feature Richard Wright. It also is apparently mostly instrumental, which, certainly much of Pink Floyd comes from their beautiful instrumental landscapes, but both Roger Waters and David Gilmour have amazing voices that also contribute to much of the Pink Floyd sound.

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Meschach Taylor, from Designing Women and Mannequin passes away at 67

Actor Meschach Taylor, who was perhaps best known as his role in the late 1980s TV series Designing Women, and also was awesome as hell in the 1987 comedy Mannequin, died today at the age of 67 from cancer.

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Statistically, this is the best World Cup ever

If you watched the World Cup in South Africa in 2010, you may remember how frustrating it was to see so many scoreless matches, so many 0-0 ties decided with penalty kicks because it seemed like no one could find the back of the net for anything. This year by comparison, at least by the numbers, has been the best World Cup ever. More goals per game, more goals per team, more games decided by a single goal and more games decided within the last five minutes. Part of the reason for these numbers in both 2010 and 2014 may have to do with the ball— in 2010, the ball Adidas supplied was way too slick and didn’t respond to players in the way they expected. This year, Adidas spent a huge amount of money to create a ball that’s as quick and responsive as possible. In any case, if you haven’t been watching so far, games resume tomorrow and shit’s only going to get better through the elimination round.

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Hope you enjoyed Aereo while it lasted, because today the Supreme Court killed it

Aereo, the service that uses clever technology to circumvent the whole public performance thing, has spent nearly its entire life fighting court battles for its existence in state after state, but after today’s ruling from the Supreme Court, the TV streaming service may be dead. The way Aereo worked, and what satisfied some lower courts, is that each customer gets their own private mini digital antenna at Aereo’s facilities, allowing you to watch broadcast television over the internet. It’s these individual antennae that has previously allowed the company to argue that what it offers amounts to a private performance, like you would do if you were watching TV at home. The Supreme Court didn’t buy it and today handed down a ruling that Aereo did violate copyright law and was wholly illegal.

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Kim Jong Un called Seth Rogan’s upcoming movie ‘The Interview’, “an act of war”. Everybody’s a critic.
In the movie, Rogen and James Franco star as two journalists who, after scoring an interview with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, are ordered by the CIA to assassinate him. In a statement published by the state-run KCNA news agency, a foreign ministry spokesman characterized Rogen as a “gangster filmmaker” and called upon the US to block the film, according to a report from the AFP. “The act of making and screening such a movie that portrays an attack on our top leadership… is a most wanton act of terror and act of war, and is absolutely intolerable,” the spokesman said, adding that the US would face a “resolute and merciless response” if it fails to ban the film, which is slated for release later this year.
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Kim Jong Un called Seth Rogan’s upcoming movie ‘The Interview’, “an act of war”. Everybody’s a critic.

In the movie, Rogen and James Franco star as two journalists who, after scoring an interview with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, are ordered by the CIA to assassinate him. In a statement published by the state-run KCNA news agency, a foreign ministry spokesman characterized Rogen as a “gangster filmmaker” and called upon the US to block the film, according to a report from the AFP. “The act of making and screening such a movie that portrays an attack on our top leadership… is a most wanton act of terror and act of war, and is absolutely intolerable,” the spokesman said, adding that the US would face a “resolute and merciless response” if it fails to ban the film, which is slated for release later this year.

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Vice News video of the day: Kurds fight for control of their nation

As recently as 2012, the Iraqi army and the Kurdish fighters, know as Peshmerga, engaged in a standoff that at times seemed like it could break out into conflict. For now though, the Kurds are firmly in control — though south of the city, sporadic attacks continue. VICE News spoke with Falah Mustafa Bakir, the head of foreign relations for the KRG, who said that the Kurds have no intention of giving up their control of Kirkuk.









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