Thailand sentences man to 35 years in jail for Facebook posts about the royal family

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A Thai man has been sentenced to 35 years in jail for Facebook posts he made that insulted the royal family, in the country’s harshest sentence yet under its strict lèse-majesté laws.

Under these laws, Thailand forbid any criticism of the royal family.

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On Friday, a Bangkok military court convicted the 34-year-old of lèse-majesté for posting photos and videos of the Thai royal family on Facebook.

The sentence is said to be the harshest sentence ever given for insulting the monarchy according to iLaw, a group that tracks royal defamation cases. Read more…

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Why Bernie Sanders is delighted about the UK election results

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Former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn have a lot in common. 

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Both ran on a radical, uncompromising, anti-establishment left-wing platform and, although they narrowly stopped short of winning, they undoubtedly upset the political system.  

As Corbyn exceeded any expectations in the UK general elections and Labour were looking to increase their number of parliamentary seats, Sanders left a jubilant comment for his British pal.

“I am delighted to see Labour do so well,” he told the Washington Post. “All over the world people are rising up against austerity and massive levels of income and wealth inequality.”  Read more…

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China is sick and tired of celebrity gossip, so it’s deleting paparazzi social media accounts

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China’s absolute control over its media has claimed an unlikely victim — the paparazzi.

Typically, the country’s censorship agency is most active in culling any content that my contradict the government’s political agenda.

But on Thursday, the Cyberspace Administration of China issued a notice listing several social media accounts that it deactivated. These included 19 different paparazzi and entertainment news outlets.

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Beijing News reported that the sites’ various online properties across micro-blogging portal Weibo, and news aggregators Baidu and Toutiao, were gone.  Read more…

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Man in giant fish finger outfit beautifully upstages politician

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General election night in the UK is a long, tiring business, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t moments of joy too.

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The joke candidates that stand purely for the pleasure of being on TV in their silly outfits, for instance.

249! A new Buckethead record! Something to celebrate, eh? #GeneralElection17 pic.twitter.com/cCx7Utc8EL

— Lord Buckethead (@LordBuckethead) June 9, 2017

One of these candidates is a man who goes by the name “Mr Fish Finger.” He was standing in the same constituency as Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron after he managed to successfully crowdfund over £2,300 (more than enough for the £500 pledge). Read more…

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Cheese plate in a cone is perfect for people who need their fix, and need it now

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There’s two annoying things about cheese plates.

The first thing is that they’re really delicious. The second is that it’s not so easy to carry them around, and if you’ve got a smaller plate you’ll need to keep returning to the platter for more.

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Behold the Cheese Cone, here to help with those transportation problems. 

The cone is made with lavash flatbread, and filled with brie, a cranberry and pistachio cheddar, salami, then topped with a spiced pear paste and a breadstick through the middle. The base of the cone also has a “zingy” yoghurt cheese, to help cleanse the palate. Read more…

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Who needs a recall when you have over-the-air updates? Certainly not Tesla

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Tesla has just issued probably the smoothest, least disruptive vehicle “recall” ever. 

The company recently found out that a software flaw might affect the passenger seat airbag functionality in right-hand drive Model X cars. While this might technically be counted as a recall, the fix will come in the way of an over-the-air update this weekend and customers needn’t do anything but wait a few days and accept the update. 

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Tesla announced the “recall” in an email sent to customers Wednesday, first reported by CarAdvice

Although we’re not aware of a single customer car that has had an issue with it, there was an anomaly with the passenger airbag in a right-hand-drive Model X that was part of routine internal tests this week. After reviewing the results of this test, we were able to isolate the anomaly to the software controlling the passenger airbags in right-hand-drive Model X cars only, and we are already developing an over-the-air software update that fixes it,” the email said.  Read more…

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Justin Bieber’s new song features a bunch of Victoria’s Secret models

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There’s a general election going on in the UK, James Comey has just given his testimony on Donald Trump, but frankly you can forget about both of those things for a moment.

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Justin Bieber has a new single out:

Out now https://t.co/VtVl2uxjXB pic.twitter.com/RKa7jeLjv8

— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) June 9, 2017

The Bieb’s new song, 2U (a collaboration with David Guetta featuring lots of Victoria’s Secret models) is available now on iTunes.

Here are some clips:

Happy beliebing.

WATCH:

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Politician’s missed high five is so awkward it’ll make you shudder

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Going for a high five is a risky business at the best of times.

Best case scenario: you end up pulling it off and look moderately cool.

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The worst case scenario? Probably this:

That’s UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn attempting to high five Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry during Thursday night’s general election results. As you can see, it didn’t quite go as planned.

TFW you risk it all for a high five and fall short pic.twitter.com/1klvBMEt84

— Big Cat (@BarstoolBigCat) June 9, 2017

Never try to side-hug AND high five! YOU FLEW TOO CLOSE TO THE SUN! https://t.co/b9ci6gW7ZM

— Robert Maguire (@RobertMaguire_) June 9, 2017 Read more…

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This photo perfectly sums up the state of British politics in 2017

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It’s not everywhere in the world that the country’s leader shares a stage with a person wearing a bucket on their head and Elmo.

But this is Britain, where the politics is unpredictable and the humour is absurd.

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Current Prime Minister Theresa May was up for re-election in her constituency of Maidenhead. As is glorious tradition, several eccentric characters contested the seat, either for publicity or just for our enjoyment.

First, there’s Elmo.

Theresa May and husband Philip are greeted by Elmo at their polling station.

Theresa May and husband Philip are greeted by Elmo at their polling station.

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The UK just hit a major renewable energy milestone

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For the first time ever, renewables generated more energy than gas and coal combined in the UK. 

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That’s according to a tweet from National Grid’s official account, which tracks the UK’s power supply. It was thrown in among endless updates, but it shouldn’t be overlooked.

For the first time ever this lunchtime wind, nuclear and solar were all generating more than both gas and coal combined.

— NG Control Room (@NGControlRoom) June 7, 2017

The power record was quickly broken yet again later that day with 50.7 percent of demand coming from wind, solar, biomass, and hydro energy (that’s 18.7 gigawatts in total renewables). Read more…

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