As the idea of commercial drones edges closer, one Colorado man is pining for the right to shoot them down. The problem—he’s got his facts wrong, and his small town is fighting back.
As Amazon works to launch a fleet of delivery drones, one man in Colorado is making it his mission to shoot them down—legally. Philip Steel, whom Stephen Colbert has deemed a “courageous patriot,” has never seen a drone. But he’ll be ready when he does. In the next few years, Steel postulates, commercial drones will be Enemy No. 1. Hovering a few feet in the air, they’ll watch, record, and analyze Americans’ every move. Call yourself a non-smoker on your health insurance? A surveillance drone will soon prove you wrong, he says.
The shocking revelations of the New York City Police Department’s report on ‘lessons learned’ from the September terrorist attack in Kenya.
You say the word “Nairobi” and the place sounds just about as far away as it is. But if you look at pictures and plans of its Westgate Shopping Mall, where terrorists slaughtered 67 people last September and wounded 200, you feel like you’ve been there before in many cities in America, and many times. There’s the multiple levels built around an open atrium, the glistening escalators, the cafés, the boutiques selling jewelry, shoes and clothes.
Joey Wylie broke hearts in New York when he saluted the coffin of his father, a firefighter who had died in his very first blaze. Now 24, he’s following in his father’s footsteps.
When five-year-old Joey Wylie saluted the flag-draped coffin of his firefighter dad outside a Queens church in early 1995, mourners immediately thought of John John doing the same at President Kennedy’s funeral.Joey’s dad, firefighter Tommy Wylie, had been a full-fledged member of the FDNY for only a few days when he was fatally injured at his very first blaze. He died five days later as seemingly the whole city was praying for a miracle.“If daddy’s in heaven, what’s in the box we keep following?” Joey asked on the way from the funeral to the cemetery.
The former VJ Kennedy, famed for her raunchy outspokenness, launches ‘The Independents,’ her show on Fox Business, on Monday. She talks about her Quayle obsession, dildo-cams, and more.
“Do you have a dildo-cam?”The more things change, the more Lisa Kennedy Montgomery, better known as just plain “Kennedy,” stays the same. Having just raised the possibility, albeit in jest, of a probe of her nether parts—this, during a discussion of the political viability of legislatively compelled transvaginal ultrasounds—it’s clear she continues to enjoy a talk on the wild side.As a 22-year-old VJ for MTV, in the days when MTV still had VJs, Kennedy was at once transgressive and unpredictable.
Inspired by the values of the old South and fueled by corporate money, the Tea Party scorns compromise and leaves us again a house divided.
The historian Jill Lepore wrote recently in The New Yorker that a study by political scientists of congressional roll-call votes going back to 1789, together with longitudinal poll results and voter interviews, found that the electorate and its representatives are more polarized today than at any time since the South seceded.It is no accident that the passions aroused by secession are still with us today since the issues raised by the War of the Rebellion, as it was called, have never been fully resolved.
By day, Portland’s Grant Chisholm sells retro furniture. By night, he stalks the streets railing against the sin of “homosex.”
It’s Cyber Monday and Grant Chisholm is manning his retro-cool vintage furniture store, Grant Michael Industrial Antiques, in Portland, Oregon. “A lot of people send me hate mail,” he says. “I just received some hate mail from someone who said they were going to protest my store.” His store doesn’t offer much to protest, unless you really don’t like a “1930's bowling alley wood top repurposed and refinished on an industrial, cotton mill, roll cart base.
If we’re all equal, then no one is special, which sits well with almost no one.
It is an open question whether history will some day record that a website named Gawker published a “long” essay by a writer named Tom Scocca on the topic of snark and smarm. The essay struck enough of a nerve in the right circle that, at the instant I am writing these words, there are tweets on the Internet explaining that the word smarm has just been trending on Twitter in Brooklyn.Assuming we all know what snark is, smarm, Scocca explains, is a sort of pious secular jihad against snark—all moralizing sincerity, a type of performance art in which whatever is not uplifting and “positive” is scolded as a hit on us all.
The economy added 203,000 jobs in November, according to today’s data—and the unemployment rate dipped for the right reasons. There’s just one downside: stubbornly stagnant wages.
We’ve learned at least one thing this fall. The implementation of the Affordable Care Act and the approach of the health insurance mandate isn’t causing companies to fire workers en masse, hold back from hiring, or rush to place employees on part-time status.Quite the opposite. In the last few months, hiring has been ramping up. On Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the economy added 203,000 payroll jobs in November. The unemployment rate, which is compiled from a separate survey, dipped to 7.
Goodbye Aiden, hello Edna! From spicy female names (literally, as in Poppy and Cinnamon) to monikers borrowed from popes and princes, the next big trends in baby names.
Baby names 2014 will see parents reviving family names and long-dormant choices, finding inspiration in literary characters and world leaders, and looking to names to make their children seem stronger or spicier. Our picks for the Top 12 Baby Name Trends of 2014 are:Most Stunning Revival: Eccentric Ancestor NamesToday’s two predominant baby name trends—family names and vintage revivals—combine to bring back antique names long judged so far out they’d always be out.
The Florida State’s Attorney said a “sexual event” occurred between FSU’s star quarterback and his accuser, but there is not enough evidence to prove it was not consensual.
Florida State University star quarterback Jameis Winston will not be charged with rape, Florida State’s Attorney Willie Meggs announced Thursday, citing “insufficient evidence” that a sexual assault had occurred last year.“I know there was a sexual event that occurred,” Meggs said. “One party said it was consensual, the other party said it wasn’t. [We] did not feel we had sufficient evidence to go forward to trial to prove it was not consensual.
With serious concerns that Amazon's 'Prime Air' would infringe on privacy, The Daily Beast's Abby Haglage explains why the drones are a recipe for disaster.
Take that, Moses! A cheeky activist group has unveiled plans to erect a monument to the devil on the grounds of Oklahoma’s capitol—to ‘complement’ one honoring the Ten Commandments.