Government Has No Business Defining What ‘Reporter’ Means
Some members of Congress are trying to decide what determines a journalist’s authenticity; NSA agents are spying on their ex-lovers; meanwhile, honey was found in Egyptian tombs, perfectly preserved. These discoveries and more below.
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Government Should Not Define What a Reporter Is — or Isn’t Sen. Dianne Feinstein and a horde of members of Congress of both parties want to decide who is and who isn’t a reporter. Sen. Feinstein says a “real” reporter is a “salaried agent of a media company.”
The Science Behind Honey’s Eternal Shelf Life Modern archeologists, excavating ancient Egyptian tombs, have often found something unexpected amongst the tombs’ artifacts: pots of honey, thousands of years old, and yet still preserved.
NSA Abuses Include Stalking Ex-Girlfriends It doesn’t happen a lot, the NSA told the WSJ, but often enough that there is a word for it.
‘A Nation of Sullen Paranoids’ Three items on the continuing National Security Agency controversy: the information that came out this week, a prescient warning from a veteran British intelligence hand, and a prophecy from an interesting source.
Artist Turns London’s Garbage Piles Into Bizarre Monsters Most people don’t give garbage a second glance.
Death Keeps Typewriters Alive, Clacking Swintec, a New Jersey typewriter company, is one of the last manufacturers standing in a dying industry. What has helped keep it alive? Funeral homes.
How Binge-Viewing Could Rock Netflix Stock Binge-viewing may lead to binge-spending at Netflix, which could eventually see the impact in its stock price.
More Evidence Psychedelic Drugs Don’t Screw You Up Just because psychoactive drugs with a large recreational following may help in some mental issues doesn’t automatically mean they don’t cause other ones. Except, a new look at health records finds, they don’t.
Obama Explains the FEMA Camps The Conspirosphere has been buzzing about FEMA camps – mass incarceration/relocation centers – for some years now. But what does the president have to say about them? Quite a bit, it turns out.
Why are Publishers the New Villain in the Digital Age? As Amazon tears down the gates around literary culture, even independents are caught in the crossfire.WAIT, BEFORE YOU GO…
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