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Google Has the Power to Decide the Next Presidential Election. Here’s How

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When you want to look something up on the internet, where do you go? For more than 75 percent of Americans, the answer to that question is Google (globally the number is closer to 90 precent). And after you’ve hit the search button, how many links do you actually check out? Research shows that half of us will only click the first two links, and less than 10 percent of us will make it past the first page of search results. When you consider these numbers, it’s hard to deny that Google’s

How Should We Judge the Thousands of Government Workers Caught On Ashley Madison?

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Earlier this month, a group of hackers broke into the servers of Ashley Madison, a dating website dedicated to helping people cheat on their partners. The hackers stole and then leaked the information of 32 million users, including names, email addresses, physical addresses, credit card numbers and even sexual preferences. Among those 32 million users were some 15,000 government and military workers, who — and I’m not making this up — used their official .gov and .mil e-mail addresses to sign up for the

A Republican Sneak Attack On Net Neutrality Is Gaining Momentum In Congress

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The FCC’s new net neutrality rules officially went into effect earlier this month, after a federal judge rejected a flurry of legal challenges from cable and phone companies. But before the rules even took effect, Republicans in the House of Representatives had already come up with an underhanded way of effectively crippling net neutrality. On June 10, the day before the new rules became official, House Republicans introduced a seemingly routine appropriations bill (ie. a bill that must be passed in

Pope: People Who Make Or Invest In Weapons Can’t Call Themselves Christians

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Pope Francis has a history of making controversial statements, and he ruffled plenty more feathers on Sunday by saying that arms manufacturers who claim to be Christian are hypocrites. Speaking at a youth rally in Turin, Italy, the Pope said, “It makes me think of … people, managers, businessmen who call themselves Christian and they manufacture weapons. That leads to a bit a distrust, doesn’t it?”   The statement was met by applause from the young crowd. But Francis did not limit his criticism to

This Visualization Shows How Ridiculously Divided Our Congress Has Become

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Political polarization is one of the most dangerous problems facing the United States today. Politicians are no longer celebrated for their ability to compromise; instead, they are criticized for being weak or disloyal when they try to find middle ground or (God forbid) change their stance on an issue after learning new information. As a result, the majority of votes in Congress go along party lines, with nearly all the Democrats voting one way and nearly all the Republicans voting the other way. To

Liberland: Croatian Man Founds Tiny European Nation With Only Voluntary Taxes

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A tiny country was created earlier this month on disputed land between Croatia and Serbia that is technically “unclaimed” by any nation. Sitting on less than 3 square miles between the two countries,”Liberland” was formed with the notion of only having voluntary taxes. Prague native Vít Jedlička is leading the movement as Liberland’s president. Jedlička says that he started Liberland to, “turn the concept of a state upside down.” Jedlička, who was formerly a financial analyst in the Czech Republic, said increasing taxes were his motivation for forming Liberland,

Vladimir Putin Announces Plans To Build Russian Space Station By 2023

It seems that the International Space Station may have some company in space soon. According to Yahoo News… “Russia plans to build its own orbiting space station by 2023, President Vladimir Putin said Thursday during a marathon call-in session with the nation.” Currently, Russia and NASA are jointly using the International Space Station (ISS), along with a number of other countries from around the world. Since the ISS provides value to both Russia and the United States, both countries have agreed to

The 5th Generation F-35 Pilots Will Be Equipped With A $400,000 Fighter Helmet

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Since its inception, the U.S. Air Force’s new F-35 fighter jet has been riddled with issues. Technical flaws, cost overruns and other delays have caused the total cost of the F-35 program to nearly double to $400 billion (with an estimated lifetime cost of up to $1.5 trillion). In fact, the new F-35 program is Pentagon’s most expensive weapons program ever. The $400,000 helmet that each F-35 pilot will be equipped with may be the cherry on top. According to Fox News… “Pilots who climb into the cockpit

The White House Just Officially Exempted Itself from Freedom of Information Requests

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When U.S. President Barack Obama was elected to his first term back in 2008, he promised the American people that his administration would be the most transparent administration ever. Since then, the Obama administration’s track record on transparency has been questionable, to say the least. “Obama is the sixth administration that’s been in office since I’ve been doing Freedom of Information Act work. … It’s kind of shocking to me to say this, but of the six, this administration is

Netanyahu On Eve of Election: There Will Be No Palestinian State If I Remain Leader

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Tomorrow (3/17), the people of Israel will head to the polls to decide the future direction of their country. The race has been hotly contested, and current Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has spent the last few months trying to drum up support from political conservatives to secure his re-election. On Monday, with the latest polls showing him trailing by a slim margin, Netanyahu took his appeal to the next level: he announced that as long as he is leader, there would be no establishment

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