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February 18, 2014
February 16, 2014
It didn’t affect a bunch of people, but this Kickstarter hack left a mark.
- two the number of people affected by an infiltration of Kickstarter’s servers recently. Despite the low number of people directly affected, the company is taking the situation seriously. “We’re incredibly sorry that this happened,” CEO Yancey Strickler said in a blog post. “We set a very high bar for how we serve our community, and this incident is frustrating and upsetting.” source
18:56 // 2 weeks ago
February 12, 2014
Latest snowstorms leave hundreds of thousands without power
- 200K+ people in the state of Georgia have lost power during the latest round of winter storms to batter the South during what has been (for many states) one of the coldest seasons on record. Similar, though smaller-scale, problems have also been reported in Alabama, Arkansas, Texas and a number of other southern states. Though Wednesday’s cold weather didn’t lead to the same gridlock and isolation as last month’s snowstorm, it does offer the latest example of the sorts of problems that even public notices can’t fix, and has already led President Obama to approve new federal relief funding for the state. source
15:14 // 3 weeks ago
February 11, 2014
German officials discover more paintings stolen by Nazi-era art dealer
- 1,406 pieces of art from some of the world’s greatest painters were recovered from the Munich apartment of Cornelius Gurlitt, son of Nazi-era art dealer Hildebrand Gurlitt, after a raid by German police back in 2012. Since recovering the works, authorities have confirmed that 380 of the paintings were confiscated by the Nazis, and that number could increase as investigations of each piece continue..
- 60 more paintings were recovered from Gurlitt’s second home, including works by Picasso, Monet and Renoir, leading to calls for more transparency from the German government as it continues cataloging the hundreds of paintings discovered in the last two years. Officials say a preliminary investigation of the new collection has not revealed any works confirmed stolen by the Nazis, but Gurlitt’s lawyer says his client is willing to discuss returns and/or compensation with those who believe they have a claim to one or more of the paintings. source
15:18 // 3 weeks ago
February 10, 2014
Georgia is ready for the big snowstorm, this time
- 45 the number of counties under a state of emergency in Georgia ahead of a snowstorm expected to hit the region soon. This is a big change from the prior snowstorm, when no state of emergency was called—and the state became a nationwide laughingstock. source
21:17 // 3 weeks ago
February 7, 2014
These refugees survived a year and a half in one of the most conflict-laden cities in the world. They were rescued today.
- 83 the number of civilians living in Homs, Syria that were evacuated from the war-torn region Friday, a year and a half after fighting broke out in the city. “They were living on leaves and grass and olives and whatever they could find,” World Food Programme spokesperson Elisabeth Byrs said of the refugees, many of whom appeared malnourished. source
20:18 // 4 weeks ago
February 5, 2014
FBI arrests two in California charged with running ponzi scheme
- $110M was lost in an apparent ponzi scheme that authorities say was run by two owners of a real estate investment firm, Pacific Property Assets, in Southern California. John Packard and Michael Stewart face eleven felony charges, including multiple counts of both bank and bankruptcy fraud. If found guilty on all charges, the pair face up to 320 years in prison and millions of dollars in fines. source
18:19 // 1 month ago
February 4, 2014
Jay Leno liked joking about Bill Clinton. A lot.
- 4,607Bill Clinton jokes cracked by Jay Leno throughout his tenure as the host of The Tonight Show, the most directed at any one public figure. Here’s a little highly-unscientific statistical analysis we’ll indulge: late-night host jokes about presidents, generally not funny. Jokes about Bill Clinton, even a little less so, when you consider whatever mind-numbing percentage of those were probably Monica Lewinsky jokes. Throw in Jay Leno’s copious innate levels of unfunniness, and the above starts to look like a truly ghastly figure. George W. Bush was the first runner-up with 3,239 wisecracks. source
19:36 // 1 month ago
Thousands of non-Syrians are believed to be fighting in the country’s ongoing civil war
- 7.5K foreign fighters are believed to be in Syria at this very moment, from more than fifty countries, fighting for the various factions taking part in the civil war that continues to ravage most of Syria.
- 1.8K of those fighters are believed to be of European origin, according to a recent report from Israel’s Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center.
- 50+ fighters from the United States are also believed to be in Syria and, given the fact that al Qaeda is believed to be training fighters inside the country’s borders, many nations fear the influx of foreign fighters could lead to new acts of terrorism when the fighters return home. source
18:23 // 1 month ago
New CBO report more than doubles projected ACA job losses
- 800K jobs were expected to disappear from the U.S. economy by 2021, as a direct result of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, according to original estimates from the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office.
- 2M jobs will actually disappear, most of which will be low-wage positions, according to revised projections from the CBO that were released on Tuesday. The new report takes into account a number of potential circumstances that the original report did not deal with, including the likelihood some people will choose unemployment and Medicaid instead of a job with reduced wages. source
14:01 // 1 month ago