Late last year, a shooting massacre occurred in the United States, of America, that has since led to widespread condemnation of gun laws in that country. Conspiracy theories have also emerged.
The US government is on the verge of announcing its $16 trillion debt, a figure that is 104% of the nation’s gross domestic product. That’s right folks, the US’s debt has officially overtaken its economy.
That headline is not a joke. Last weekend, an elderly nun broke into a nuclear facility Oak Ridge, Tennessee as part of an anti-nuclear protest. The daring feat force the US government to shut down one of its “most sensitive nuclear weapons sites” and seriously reassess is security measures.
US broadcast network NBC has received a lot of criticism for its broadcast of the Olympics so far. This has included its choice of camera work and editing, as well as delaying the coverage of events and only broadcasting them during primetime. Coverage of the women’s waterpolo between Spain and USA, which was streamed live on NBC’s website, provides a good argument for a delayed broadcast.
In news that is not very positive for Middle-East peace prospects, IRINN, the state broadcaster in Iran has broadcasted images of ballistic missiles being tested that it claims could easily reach US military bases in the region.
Incredibly, the US National Ocean Service of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) had to issue a statement in the last week confirming the non-existence of mermaids after Animal Planet aired “Mermaids: The Body Found” and a whole bunch of Americans thought it was real.
On Sunday Twitter aired its first ever TV commercials. The series of shorts are centered on America’s favourite past-time, Nascar racing, and push their new message: “See what he sees.” Click through to see the clips.
American tech companies are increasingly wary of a growing movement to hand control of the Internet over to the United Nations, led by China, Russia and Arab states. They are worried that this could empower foreign governments to restrict free speech and civil rights, not to mention negatively affecting the bottom line for Silicon Valley giants including Google and Microsoft.
Yesterday was Memorial Day in USA, celebrated on the last Monday of every May. This is a great time for politicians to make some noise, including John McCain. His sentiments weren’t exactly echoed by some members of his audience – resulting in a reaction that may have been the biggest display of cojones in his career. Video after the jump.
As the number of series and TV shows we watch grows, so do the ways in which we do so. The good old days of sitting down in front of your TV to enjoy an episode Friends are steadily on their way out as we make room for the next upgrade in mobile technology – streaming recorded footage straight to your iOS device.
If you’ve gone through security at an airport recently, and I mean it real security, not the quick glance-and-pat that we have here in SA, then you’ll know that sneaking anything onto a plane is damn near impossible. Even a bottle of water. Which is why this woman’s threat was so unique.
“Hit me presidential style!” croons Jimmy Fallon as The Roots ease into a beat smoother than a wet dolphin’s back and President Obama breaks into song. This isn’t a parody or a spoof, this the President of the United States slow jamming the news. Click through for the amazing footage.
An American teenager has managed to persuade an LA-based porn actress to go with him to his senior prom, but he needs to overcome a few obstacles first: one, his parents; two, his principal; and three, finding enough cash to fly the minx in for his big night!
It’s a long standing rumour in varsities around the world. The girl who’s marks aren’t quite up to scratch, so she goes to speak to her professor in his office. Some flirting happens, a cute smile, who knows – but all of a sudden she’s got straight A’s. This doesn’t quite work when you do the same in an assignment, and especially not when you’re a 56 year-old male.
Americans seem to have an insatiable appetite for high-energy, adrenalin fueled sports laced with machoism and violence. Their latest “sport” is no exception; it’s a crude mix of soccer, American football, ice hockey without the skates, a dash of WWE and police brutality.
Thanks to Hollywood and entertainment media when we think of robots we tend to imagine humanoid machines, sometimes so closely resembling their real-life counterparts that the two are almost indiscernible. Because of that, there’s nothing that can really adequately prepare for this headless robotic monstrosity conjured up by the bright minds at DARPA.
The US, the most powerful nation in the world both in terms of their economy and military seem to be lacking in one crucial area; education. A recent short study done by a high school student portrays the average American student as not knowing all too much about their own country.
Brazilian science takes on the US of A as the mystery of the porky C-section babies deepens…
Foreign interference from the USA could have been behind the $165 million failure that was the Phobos-Grunt probe to Mars by Russia. This is the opinion of Russian space agency Roscosmos, which is investigating the most recent disaster in what has been a series of “major space mishaps” for the nation.
A UK judge ruled this week that Richard O’Dwyer, an English university student, can be extradited to the United States to face charges of copyright infringement – O’Dwyer being the former administrator of TVShack, a website that linked to pirated content. This sets a dangerous legal precedent for anybody who does anything fun on the internet.
Iran’s army has warned that it will take action against America if a particular US aircraft carrier, which was moved due to naval exercises, returns to Iranian waters. The threat sounds far from empty, too.
The Nigerian legislature is pushing ahead with a new bill which aims to limit gay rights, including banning gay marriage. And it’s paying absolutely no attention to Western nations’ concerns about this.
A county north of Houston has set the trend in American drone policing by taking delivery of a set of squat, remote-controlled helicopters called ShadowHawks. These can be weaponized to fire Tasers or beanbags at people – although the manufacturer, Van Guard Industries, claims that they’re strong enough to carry a shotgun. Which is comforting.
It’s nice to know that whatever horrible, depressing situation life chucks at you, there is a bland, trite greeting card just desperate to leap off the rack at CNA and into your life to depress you even further.
To demonstrate the lethal speed at which the Texan wildfires are spreading, the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department have released footage of the wildfire consuming the 6 000 acre Bastrop State Park – 84% of which has been burnt down as of today, in spite of firefighters’ efforts to save a number of historic Civilian Conservation Corps cabins.
Meet the Teenage Exorcist Girl Squad: a crack team of five girls from Arizona, USA, who are adept at the laying on of hands, and the booting out of demons. They’ve worked all over the world, are about to get their own reality show, and are just a phone call away…
There’s a growing body of evidence supporting the idea that alcoholism can be passed to one’s children genetically. So too, an addiction to drugs like crack cocaine. But recently, medical facilities in the US have reported an overwhelming number of cases of babies hooked on the same prescription drugs that were abused by their mothers during pregnancy.
Random security checks are commonplace in the states. Surely these people are eventually going to get tired of having full body pat-downs while, say, shopping for discounted Caesar salads at their local Costco, you say. Well, the guys at 4th Amendment Wear are definitely bored with the American security tyranny.