Obama’s Charlottesville response just became most-liked tweet in history


Barack Obama may not be the president anymore but that’s not stopping him from making history.

In the wake of the deadly clash between neo-Nazi hate groups and protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend, President Donald Trump’s usually eager Twitter fingers remained inactive for hours  while Obama rose to the challenge of addressing the nation.

Now, just days after the former president responded to the tragic violence with a powerful Nelson Mandela quote, his tweet has become the most-liked in history.

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Biggest theater chain to $9.99-per-month MoviePass: ‘Not welcome here’


If MoviePass sounded too good to be true when it offered unlimited movie tickets for $50 per month back in 2011, it really sounded dodgy when the service announced on Tuesday that it had lowered its price to $9.99.

Ten bucks! For unlimited movies?

Now the largest movie theater chain in the U.S. is getting cranky — and calling bullshit.

SEE ALSO: The end is near for cinema. Go to the movies while there’s still time

AMC Theatres issued a strongly worded statement Tuesday afternoon, saying that MoviePass is “not welcome here” and that they were exploring ways to opt out. Which is going to be a challenge, because the way MoviePass works, it technically still is welcome at AMC theaters — and just about any chain that does online ticketing. Read more…

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Scary video shows a bear charging a dog in Alaska


A mama black bear was caught on camera charging a Siberian husky at a campground in Alaska. 

The recently released clip, from a campground in Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, shows a bear and her three cubs approaching a trailer from the woods on July 5. When the bear spots the dog it delivers a bluff charge, and the bear and husky get into a brief fight off camera.

A woman can then be heard yelling at the bear, which returns to its cubs and runs away. 

Tom Henderson, who uploaded the video earlier this month, said in an email that his wife is the person heard yelling in the clip. Fortunately, the dog was unharmed in the scuffle, despite its screams. Read more…

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Cast of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ delivers a timely reminder to speak up in the face of adversity


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Anyway, here are some 1-star reviews of Trump Winery


President Donald Trump may not know whether or not he considers what happened to Heather Heyer in Charlottesville an act of terrorism. But he does know one thing: “A lot about Charlottesville.” 

Why’s that? He’s got a winery there!

SEE ALSO: Trump just gave the most insane press conference about Charlottesville

The topic came up at the close of Tuesday’s unhinged presser, in which the president discussed infrastructure, defended white supremacists and then, naturally, brought up Trump Winery.

Trump touts his winery while discussing Charlottesville: “I own one of the largest wineries in the United States” https://t.co/jQ6Ol8yAPE

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How @YesYoureRacist became the internet’s fastest tool to identify white supremacists


On Friday, some of America’s most racist trolls hatched from their egg avatars to wave Home Depot tiki torches and chant their fave Nazi, KKK, and white supremacist slogans in Charlottesville.  

Yet some were nonetheless caught off guard when their very public displays of hate were made, well, public. 

Twitter account @YesYoureRacist enjoined users to circulate photos of the Charlottesville marchers in hopes of identifying them over the weekend. It didn’t take long for the account’s popularity to surge and for the messages to flood in.

On Saturday morning, the account had close to 60,000 followers. By Tuesday afternoon, that had soared to 372,000. Read more…

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Los Angeles wants businesses to team up to fight cyber crime


Los Angeles wants to join forces with businesses to fight cyber crime.

It announced the first collective regional cybersecurity defense effort in the United States on Tuesday, called the Los Angeles Cyber Lab. 

SEE ALSO: Vladimir Putin signs law banning VPN access for Russian internet users

The goal is to disseminate knowledge gained from analyzing “one billion security-related events and over four million attempted intrusions into city networks per day” to businesses across the city, according to a press release put out by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. 

“The lab will alert small and medium-sized business partners to attacks as they occur, and larger businesses can receive automated updates to their own cyber defense systems,” wrote the authors of the press release. “Over time, the platform will evolve into a mutual exchange of threat information with private sector partners, further fortifying L.A.’s capacity to thwart cyber criminals.” Read more…

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Even a Fox News host can’t tell if this is real life after Trump’s baffling press conference


It’s hard to say whether President Donald Trump hit a new low Tuesday afternoon, when the floor has actually turned out to be a bottomless abyss. 

Still, Trump successfully managed to deeply disturb some commentators over at Fox News, one of whom called his comments during a press conference that homed in on the Charlottesville protests “disgusting” and one of the “biggest messes” she’s ever seen.

Turns out, defending Nazis isn’t a politically popular position to take.

SEE ALSO: 82nd Airborne calls out white supremacist for wearing their hat at Charlottesville

From Fox News host Kat Timpf:

“He’s not measured in his criticism. He goes after people as soon as he has the inkling. For him to take 48 hours?” Timpf said. “That is something he’s never done before. And yeah, it shouldn’t be a bold statement to say that yes, a gathering full of white supremacist Nazis doesn’t have good people in it.” Read more…

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Phone records fall from airplane and is discovered by some very confused people


A phone survived a fall from an airplane, and managed to record the whole thing. 

Blake Henderson was flying in what looks like a biplane at an altitude of over 1,000 feet near Bowling Green, Kentucky, when sudden turbulence caused him to drop his phone. But the phone was recording video when he dropped it, and continued to record even after it hit the ground

(We reached out to Ryan for additional information, and we will upload this post if we hear back.) 

Somehow, the Galaxy S5 managed to remain intact, and the video shows it landing in a yard, much to the surprise of the residents of the home. Moments after the phone drops, a man can be seen trimming some bushes nearby.  Read more…

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