12.30.2014

Happiness 'on the rise' globally

Happiness is on the rise globally, with 70% of people content with their lives, according to a survey of 64,000 people in 65 countries.



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12.21.2014

Dr. Evil is frickin' pissed about North Korea's Sony hack

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Of course Dr. Evil is friends with Kim Jong-un


Mike Myers stopped by Saturday Night Live to reprise his villainous character from the Austin Powers series


Naturally, Dr. Evil is frickin' pissed about the massive Sony hack, and is angry at both Sony and North Korea for giving "evil organizations a bad name." So, he hijacks a TV channel currently playing a very somber Christmas special with Sam Smith (featuring cast member Taran Killam doing a bang-up impression) to gripe about it


"It's like watching two bald men fight over a comb. Who cares?" Dr. Evil groans



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12.15.2014

Your Monday needs this turtle helping his upside-down friend

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This turtle has his friend's back — literally


When one turtle spotted his buddy flipped over onto his shell, he immediately got to work helping him. He struggled, but was ultimately successful and the pair headed off for a celebratory hangout.



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12.09.2014

Pirate Bay Has Been Raided and Taken Down: Here’s What We Know

Pirate Bay Has Been Raided and Taken Down: Here’s What We Know

The popular file-sharing service Pirate Bay was taken down today following a raid in Sweden by police who seized servers and computers. The Pirate Bay portal went down Tuesday morning after Swedish police raided a server room in Stockholm over alleged copyright violations. In addition to its file-sharing section, Pirate Bay’s forum Suprbay.org was also […]


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12.05.2014

Flawed eavesdropping bill heads to governor’s desk

* As you already know, the Illinois Supreme Court declared the state’s eavesdropping law to be unconstitutional. There have been several attempts to draft a new law, and the latest has cleared both chambers. Some bullet points from the bill’s sponsor… _An eavesdropper is someone who uses an eavesdropping device to secretly record a private [...]



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12.04.2014

Pantone's 2015 Color of the Year Is Warm, Comforting Booze

Pantone's 2015 Color of the Year Is Warm, Comforting Booze


Like a childhood mood ring you really wanted to believe in but always knew was hogwash, every year Pantone predicts our national mood by highlighting a single shade from its library. This year's choice—the company's 15th annual color of the year—all about "sophisticated, natural earthiness." Or maybe just wine, which works too.


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12.02.2014

1989: America's Malls





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Where Can I Find Something Similar To This Mirror? — Good Questions


Q: I love this mirror so much! Can anyone point me to something similar?


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Petry petitions challenged over date




Courtney Walker of Champaign filed an objection Monday to the nominating papers for Joe Petry, one of four candidates for mayor of Champaign in next April's municipal election.





CHAMPAIGN — An objection was filed Monday to the nominating papers for Joe Petry, one of four candidates for mayor of Champaign in next April's municipal election.


The objection was filed by Courtney Walker of Champaign.


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11.30.2014

Giant sunspot may cause massive solar storms

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The largest sunspot to appear on Earth's nearest star in more than two decades is once again pointed at the planet, and it will likely kick-start solar storms, NASA scientists say.


The massive sunspot, previously known as Active Region 12192, was turned toward Earth in October and early November, but rotated out of view. While it was on the Earth-facing side of the sun, the sunspot did not produce any coronal mass ejections — hot bursts of material ejected into space at 4 million mph (6.4 million kilometers/hour) — which have the potential to damage satellites and power grids. Now the active region has rotated back around to face Earth again, and although the sunspot has shrunk in size, it will likely be disruptive, NASA scientist Holly Gilbert told Space.com during a video interview about the massive sunspot Read more...


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11.21.2014

RIP R.A. Montgomery, Creator Of The "Choose Your Own Adventure" Books

RIP R.A. Montgomery, Creator Of The "Choose Your Own Adventure" Books


Few book series celebrated narrative possibility and experimented with branching storytelling in as unique a way as the Choose Your Own Adventure novels. They were largely the work of R.A. Montgomery, who died aged 78 on Nov. 8.


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do you like ingrid?

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10.30.2014

This Voter’s Story Will Make You Angry at Texas

Geoffrey Kuchera / Shutterstock.com Eric Kennie, 45, has never left his home town of Austin, Texas, and he was raised to do “the right thing” and vote. But Texas won’t let him. Spoiler alert: He’s black. Texas has a voter ID law meant to prevent fraud, its proponents claim. What it actually does is prevent poor people from voting. Although a judge threw out the law, the Supreme Court is allowing it to stand, at least for this election cycle. According to the Guardian, Kennie gets by collecting cans. And even though he went through the relative difficulty and expense of obtaining his birth certificate, the state still won’t let him vote. The Guardian: I asked him how much $23 means to him. His said what he does when he feels flush with money is decide to splurge on a special treat for himself and his friends. “I do chicken Tuesday at Popeyes.” What’s that, I asked. “Two pieces of fried chicken for 99 cents – one dollar seven with tax. When things are good I might get five or 10 boxes and hand them out to my neighbours.” So what passes as a reckless binge for Eric Kennie – a splurge on about $10 worth of fried chicken – is less than half of what he spent getting himself a copy of his birth certificate. The outcome was perhaps predictable by now: the birth certificate wasn’t up to scratch either. When he took it to the DPS (another three buses there, three buses back, another two hours waiting in line) they told him that the name on the birth certificate didn’t match the name on his voter registration card. The birth certificate has him down as Eric Caruthers – his mother’s maiden name – even though his parents were married at the time he was born. Read more There’s more to the story, written by Ed Pilkington, but the gist is this: Republicans in Texas are holding onto their tenuous majority by hook and crook. It’s undemocratic, un-American, and racist. —Posted by Peter Z. Scheer



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Please Explain How This Squirrel Made a Jack O' Lantern


No, seriously, tell me how they did this. Not to get all squirrel truther on you, but there was clearly something put on the pumpkin to make the squirrel do this, right?


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10.20.2014

Blockman should not be retained | News-Gazette.com





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Unity's Freeman tough matchup




Senior is a challenge on both sides of the ball.





TOLONO — Hiley Freeman was lightheaded as he jogged off the field in last year’s Week 3 game against Meridian. The closer he got to the Unity sideline, the worse it got.



What Freeman knew was he was hurt. Just how severe that injury was he didn’t find out until later that night after X-rays at Carle Foundation.


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10.13.2014

Woman charged in murder-for-hire case




An Arcola woman who allegedly wanted to eliminate the competition for her man is in the Douglas County Jail.





TUSCOLA — An Arcola woman who allegedly wanted to eliminate the competition for her man is in the Douglas County Jail.


Michelle L. Smith, 34, was charged in Douglas County Circuit Court Friday with solicitation to commit murder for hire, a Class X felony carrying penalties ranging from 20 to 40 years in prison upon conviction.


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Jawun Evans: Will he or won't he?




John Groce and his staff have been stockpiling the Illinois roster with some serious talent. Here's another chance to add to the loot.







Got a basketball question? Send it to Marcus Jackson , who'll answer them after Evans' decision on Wednesday


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10.06.2014

Centennial volleyball earns big sweep




First-year coach Alan Newman had his team calm during the touch stretches of its match against Springfield on Thursday.





CHAMPAIGN — In the tensest and most-pressurized moments of Thursday’s volleyball match, Centennial’s Chargers were relaxed and playing with poise.



Springfield gave the home team plenty of opportunities to succumb to the tension, but Centennial held strong, playing with an energy that matched the sideline intensity of first-year head coach Alan Newman.


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9.30.2014

CEO of Spyware Maker Arrested For Enabling Stalkers

An anonymous reader writes: U.S. authorities have arrested and indicted the CEO of a mobile software company for selling spyware that enables "stalkers and domestic abusers." The U.S. Department of Justice accuses the man of promoting and selling software that can "monitor calls, texts, videos and other communications on mobile phones without detection." The agency pointed out this is the first criminal case based on mobile spyware, and promised to aggressively pursue makers of similar software in the future. Here's the legal filing (PDF). The FBI, with approval from a District Court, has disabled the website hosting the software. "The indictment alleges that StealthGenie's capabilities included the following: it recorded all incoming/outgoing voice calls; it intercepted calls on the phone to be monitored while they take place; it allowed the purchaser to call the phone and activate it at any time to monitor all surrounding conversations within a 15-foot radius; and it allowed the purchaser to monitor the user's incoming and outgoing e-mail messages and SMS messages, incoming voicemail messages, address book, calendar, photographs, and videos. All of these functions were enabled without the knowledge of the user of the phone."

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