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Apple’s $18 Billion In Profits Last Quarter Is the Most Ever Reported By A Public Company

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Apple investors celebrated on Tuesday afternoon, after the company announced that its earnings for last quarter had smashed Wall Street’s expectations. In the last three months of 2014, Apple raked in $74.6 billion of revenue, making approximately $18.04 billion in profits. The ridiculously lucrative quarter was the most profitable quarter ever reported by a public company. The previous record-holder was Russia’s state-owned oil and gas company Gazprom, which posted profits of $16.24 billion back in 2011. The massive profits were driven in large part

China Just Abolished Conviction Quotas, But Will It Lower Their 99.9% Conviction Rate?

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Last March, Zhou Qiang, head of China’s Supreme People’s Court, gave his annual report to the National People’s Congress (the legislative body of China’s government). Qiang told the Congress that out of the 1.16 million verdicts handed down in 2013, only 825 were acquittals – a 99.93% conviction rate. According to the Japan Times, “Abuses are widespread in China’s legal system, where police routinely coerce confessions. Rights groups say that Chinese courts are politically controlled and their rulings are often affected by government

Obama’s Tax On the 1%: Redistributing Wealth Amidst Historic Levels of Inequality In America (Opinion Piece)

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Last night (January 20), President Obama used his State of the Union speech to officially propose a new tax plan. Though the White House has yet to release all of the specifics, the plan would basically increase taxes on the wealthy in order to reduce the financial burden on America’s struggling middle class. By most accounts, the American economy has been making a healthy recovery since Obama took office in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. Job growth has been

World’s Largest Indoor Farm Produces 100x More Food While Using 99% Less Water

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Humans have spent around 10,000 years mastering the art of farming. But one thing we  have yet to figure out is how to prevent the destruction of crops as a result of natural weather-related disasters, like severe droughts and violent storms. Shigeharu Shimamura, a plant physiologist and indoor farmer based in eastern Japan, thinks he may have solved that problem. Shimamura got the idea to pursue indoor farming when, as a teenager, he came across a “vegetable factory” at Expo ’85 (an international science and technology

North Korea Calls Obama A “Monkey” And Blames Internet Outages On Washington

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According to Reuters… “North Korea called U.S. President Barack Obama a “monkey” and blamed Washington on Saturday for Internet outages it has experienced during a confrontation with the United States over the hacking of the film studio Sony Pictures.”   The dispute comes after Sony pictures release of the action comedy “The Interview”, which depicts a plot to assassinate North Korea’s Supreme Leader Kim Jong-Un. Sony originally canceled the release after being hacked and receiving threats to harm viewers in movie theaters that would

North Korea’s Internet Has Been Restored After A Complete Blackout on Monday

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The fallout of the Sony hacking debacle took a strange turn yesterday. According to Dyn, a U.S.-based tech firm that monitors internet infrastructure, North Korea’s internet links started to become increasingly unstable this past Friday before going completely dark for 10 hours on Monday. According to Reuters, “…major websites, including those of the KCNA state news agency, the main Rodong Sinmun newspaper and the main external public relations company went down for hours.” Dyn reported that the links were restored at 01:46 GMT on Tuesday (10:46

Is North Korea Really Behind the Sony Hack? A Review of the Evidence

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Today, the FBI officially confirmed what a number of other U.S. government sources have been saying since Wednesday: that the North Korean government was behind the recent hacking of Sony. From the BBC: “The FBI says it spotted distinct similarities between the type of malware used in the Sony Pictures attack and code used to attack South Korea last year. Suspicious, yes, but well short of being a smoking gun. When any malware is discovered, it is shared around many experts

The Torture Report, Part 2: Is Torture A Necessary Evil? (Opinion Piece)

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In 1989, the CIA told Congress that, “…inhumane physical or psychological techniques are counterproductive because they do not produce intelligence and will probably result in false answers.”   Less than 15 years later, the CIA was torturing detainees in secret prisons around the world in an attempt to gather intel following the attacks of 9/11. The Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on this “enhanced interrogation” program, released this past Tuesday, appears to have confirmed what the CIA itself told Congress about the ineffectiveness of torture back

The Senate Intelligence Committee Torture Report: The Basics

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On Tuesday, the Senate Intelligence Committee released a 525-page summary of their investigation into the Central Intelligence Agency’s “Detention and Interrogation” programs. The report has already sparked condemnation from all around the globe. China, North Korea and Iran (countries that the US has criticized for human violations in recent years) all took the opportunity to point out the apparent hypocrisy revealed by the torture report. Ben Emmerson, the UN’s special rapporteur for counter-terrorism and human rights, called for the prosecution of any and all officials

The Coolest Places On Earth: China’s Rainbow Mountains (Pictures)

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The “Rainbow Mountains”, part of the Zhangye Danxia Landform Geological Park in the Chinese province of Gansu, are one of the most unique geological landforms on Earth. Over millions of years, layers of different colored sandstone and other minerals slowly formed on top of one another. Then, about 40-50 million years ago, plate tectonics kicked in. You see, India actually used to be an island, until its tectonic plate began to collide with the Eurasian plate, upon which the main continent of Asia

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