Sunday December 21, 2014

Archive for the ‘Tabloid’ Category

Speed Tube: Los Angeles To San Francisco In 35 Minutes

It takes about six hours to drive from LA to San Francisco, and more than an hour to fly. But in the future, the trip may take a matter of minutes. Designers of the speed tube called Hyperloop say they will make it happen. At 760 mph, the 380 mile trip would only take about 35 minutes. And because it is strictly run on solar power, developers say a ride would cost passengers about $30.  More…

Sony hack: Angelina Jolie branded ‘seriously out of her mind’

A further leaked email thread between Sony Pictures co-chairperson Amy Pascal and movie producer Scott Rudin reveals Rudin once again harshly criticising Angelina Jolie. In the exchange, Rudin describes the actress as “seriously out of her mind” as tension mounts over Jolie’s planned film Cleopatra, for which Eric Roth produced a script.  More…

Hackers Win: Sony cancels release for ‘The Interview’ movie

With theater chains defecting en masse, Sony Pictures Entertainment has pulled the planned Christmas Day release of “The Interview.” U.S. officials have reportedly linked a massive cyber attack against Sony to North Korea, which is at the center of the Seth Rogen-James Franco comedy.  More…

Man Dressed As Santa Robs Bank During SantaCon

A Scrooge dressed as Santa — much like most the rest of the city during the SantaCon street party —tiptoed right into a Wells Fargo bank and robbed it. The real life Man With The Bag approached the teller window in the early afternoon with a demand note in hand, and then gracefully walked away.  More…

People Magazine’s worst selling issue this year? The one with Hillary Clinton on the cover

According to a report from AdWeek on Monday, the June 16 issue of People featuring the former first lady and senator was the magazine’s worst selling of 2014. AdWeek said that celebrity weeklies also saw poor performances with issues that featured the Kardashians and Beyonce on the cover. It has not been a good year for Hillary Clinton and print media. Her book, "Hard Choices," also failed to sell well.  More…

Food Stamp Beneficiaries Exceed 46,000,000 for 37 Straight Months

The number of beneficiaries who receive compensation from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), otherwise known as food stamps, has topped 46,000,000 for 37 straight months, according to data released by the Department of Agriculture (USDA).  More…

Sydney siege: ‘One hostage and gunman dead’ in crisis at cafe which ended in dramatic hail of gunfire

The self-styled Islamic preacher who held 20 people hostage in a Lindt Cafe on Sydney’s Martin Place is dead, as well as one of his hostages, according to reports. Moments after at least five hostages fled the building in terror, army commandos stormed the Sydney café where they fired automatic weapons and threw stun grenades to end a dramatic siege which lasted more than 16 hours.  More…

Australian Muslims fear Sydney siege backlash

Religious leaders and ordinary Australians sought to defuse communal tensions on Monday, after a siege at a Sydney cafe by a gunman who forced hostages to display an Islamic flag raised fears of a backlash against the country’s Muslim minority.  More…

Lawmaker May Commute to Work from Jail

Democratic Virginia state delegate Joseph Morrissey, who reached a plea agreement for charges relating to a sexual relationship he had with his 17-year-old office assistant, is yet to decide whether he will resign or commute to work from jail.  More…

Atheists see holiday displays vandalized

Holiday hooliganism is no longer limited to thieves running off with baby Jesus from a nativity scene or vandals throwing eggs at mangers. Atheist decorations also have become a target for destruction. Among them, banners that ask “Are you good without God? Millions are.”  More…

Sony suspends filming after hackers hit payments

The Hollywood studio that made the James Bond and Spider-Man films has abandoned shoots after hackers crippled its computer network, and leaked four films and thousands of documents. Agencies filming for Sony Pictures have cancelled shoots because the problems have left it unable to process payments.  More…

Santas lawyer up after bars say Ho Ho No!

These Santa babies say they have a Constitutional right … to paaaartaay! And now they’ve hired a big-gun lawyer to prove it. SantaCon — the group that annually exposes New Yorkers to the drunken shenanigans of thousands of red-suited, fake-bearded pub crawlers — have hired civil liberties lawyer Norman Siegel in a bid to make their annual bacchanal a city-sanctioned event.  More…