Comic creator calls Trumpcare ‘kryptonite’ for the industry


Many people will be negatively affected if the Affordable Care Act is repealed. That much has been obvious for a while now.

What you may not have thought of, though, is that an entire industry could suffer.

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Most comic creators, if not all of them, are independent contractors, which means that they rely on ACA for their health care. Writer Van Jensen, who has written James Bond and The Flash comics, reached out to Twitter to spread that message, calling Trumpcare “kryptonite.” 

Again: Comic book creators are all contractors. The ACA has saved our health#Trumpcare? It’s kryptonite. Please help oppose

— Van Jensen (@van_jensen) September 21, 2017 Read more…

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Why Russia hasn’t successfully screwed with Germany’s election — yet


Germany heads to the polls on Sunday and, as the country’s election quickly approaches, signs of a giant Russian effort to sway voters are vanishingly small.

Russia-linked hackers actually launched their most obvious cyber assault on Germany more than two years ago, which was thought to be just the start of a coming onslaught on German election integrity. But there are currently few signs that the country has achieved anything like the success it had in the U.S.

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In mid-2015, German officials discovered that some entity had cracked open the internal server of the Bundestag, one of two German houses of parliament. The people behind this entity stole a trove of data that included emails, possibly from members of the dominant political party – the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) – and even perhaps from the office of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who have proven to be something of a foil to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Read more…

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Anti-marriage equality sign cleverly turned to one against pineapple on pizza


While the debate rages on over marriage equality in Australia, one pizza shop has had a nifty response to an advertisement against it.

Wiseguise Pizza in Launceston, Tasmania found an “It’s OK to say no” billboard attached to their store. It’s part of a campaign to get Australians to vote against the legalisation of same-sex marriage in the country. 

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So the shop’s employees decided to do something about it, and get it to say no to something else: Pineapple on pizza.

The owners of a pizza shop in Launceston have painted around an anti-same sex marriage billboard on their building@abcnewsTas

— Carla Howarth (@CarlaHowarth) September 21, 2017 Read more…

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Twitter can’t stop talking about ‘dotard’ after Kim Jong-un insults Donald Trump


North Korea dictator Kim Jong-un went off on Donald Trump, and everyone is impressed with the totalitarian ruler’s insult and dictionary skills. 

Kim’s statement included many notable phrases — none of them very flattering to the American president who threatened the dictatorship at the United Nations General Assembly earlier this week.

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One word in particular caught the Twitterverse’s attention: dotard. As in, “I will surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged U.S. dotard with fire.” (That’s the actual translated quote.) Read more…

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Here’s why Apple removed 3D Touch app-switching in iOS 11


Those updating to iOS 11 may be surprised to realize that switching between apps isn’t quite as easy as it was in iOS 10.

While double tapping the home button still works to bring up the multitasking view, Apple removed the 3D Touch gesture that also allowed you to switch between apps.

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It may have been one of the lesser-known 3D Touch gestures, but pressing on the left edge of the screen, brought up the multitasking view that lets you quickly flip through your recently-used apps.

But the gesture stopped working after the iOS 11 update. Though some speculated it may have been removed because it wasn’t used very often, we now know the real reason, thanks to Apple’s iOS chief himself, Craig Federighi. Read more…

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Elton John posts heartfelt Instagram in support of same-sex marriage in Australia


Australia’s marriage equality debate has sparked the attention of celebrities and major companies worldwide, including Ellen DeGeneres, Tim Cook and now, Sir Elton John.

Sir Elton is currently in Australia for his “Once in a Lifetime” tour, hitting six shows around the country.

Meanwhile, Australians are currently in the midst of a non-binding, non-compulsory nationwide survey asking the question: “Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?” Parliament can make the change now, but before it does, it’s taking the country’s temperature on the matter.

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‘Rick and Morty’ co-creator slays trolls harassing its female writers


Of all people, you’d think Rick and Morty fans would know not to piss off Dan Harmon. 

As the co-writer behind many of Rick Sanchez’s most cutting burns, he’s not the type to hold back while wiping the floor with dumbasses. But as it turns out, internet trolls continue to prove themselves a special breed of imbecile.

And Harmon’s not having any of it.

Back in August, after the release of the show’s “Pickle Rick” episode, certain types of fans (read: bridge trolls) decided to blame their dissatisfaction on the new women credited with its writing. They handled these contrarian opinions like adults, critiquing the episode’s merits and pitfalls with salient arguments on the nature of good television writing. Read more…

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Kim Jong-un just called Trump mentally deranged and everything is fine


Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un’s public war of words edged another notch closer to armageddon Thursday when the North Korean leader issued a fiery attack on Trump’s UN address.

In a long and personal statement published by North Korean news agency KCNA, per the Washington Post, Kim Jong-un slammed Trump’s “rude nonsense” and “mentally deranged behavior.”

He was responding to that time Trump referred to him as “Rocket Man” and threatened to destroy the entire country — in front of many world leaders.

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In the message, Kim Jong-un fired numerous barbs at the president. Among the strongest: Read more…

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Police kindly request people stop calling 911 over this decapitated body


Apparently it’s a little too early for Halloween decorations. 

The sheriff’s department in Greene County, Tennessee, posted an informative PSA to its Facebook page Wednesday, informing residents that the headless body located under the bloody garage on Chuckey Pike is not actually a dead body.

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“THIS IS A HALLOWEEN DECORATION!” the post reads. “Do NOT call 911 reporting a dead body. Instead, congratulate the homeowner on a great display.”

It’s just someone getting into the spirit of Halloween, not a terrible garage accident.  Read more…

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Hand washing is no longer enough – we’re out here washing our phones in 2017


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Have you ever been more disturbed than when you take the case off of your phone and see dust, gunk, and who knows what else packed along the sides? Yeah, we’ve all been there and we’ve all been carrying around 18 times more bacteria than a toilet in a public restroom.    

You could try to wash your hands more or attempt to keep your phone in a pocket instead of holding it, but it’s still almost impossible to eliminate every-day germs from crawling on the thing you touch most: your smartphone.     Read more…

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