The Bang lamp ($299) from Bitplay is "as useful as the Clapper, but much cooler and more fun." Instead of clapping your hands to turn this sleek, modern-looking light on and off, you aim a pistol-shaped remote control toward it and pull the trigger. "Not only does your sharpshootin' shut the lamp off, it knocks the shade to the side as if you've hit the mark." Pull the trigger a second time and the shade goes back into place as the bulb lights. You can also practice your long range: The remote works at distances up to 49 feet. Source: Gizmag.com
With movies like Bad Boys, Armageddon, and the Transformers series, Michael Bay has spent decades cultivating a reputation for using a sledgehammer when a gentle tap would do. But Hollywood's blockbuster-iest director is going smaller and more human-sized for his next movie, 13 Hours, which offers a dramatized version of the attack on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, Libya in 2012:
Bay has definitely toned down his usual excesses for his take on the still-controversial story, which avoids being overtly political by focusing on the U.S. soldiers who defended the embassy from the Islamic militants who attacked it. "When everything went wrong, six men had the courage to do what was right," says the trailer, amid footage of the carnage at the embassy.
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi hits theaters in January 2015. Scott Meslow
The University of New Hampshire has created a "Bias-Free Language Guide" for campus use, a thorough document which details exactly which words the UNH community should and should not use to promote a "healthy, more productive classroom culture.
Included in the guide is a request that UNH students refrain from simply calling themselves "American":
Preferred: U.S. citizen or Resident of the U.S.
Note: North Americans often use “American” which usually, depending on the context, fails to recognize South America
Preferred: North American or South American
Problematic: American: assumes the U.S. is the only country inside these two continents.
While some of the other guidelines are just good manners (like saying "black" or "African American" rather than older, now-offensive labels) others are more surprising (like avoiding "mothering" and "fathering" in favor of the neutral "parenting"). "Healthy" also gets the axe, which seems to be news to the writers of the guide themselves. Bonnie Kristian
The new acting head of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Chuck Rosenberg, said Tuesday that marijuana and heroin may not be equally dangerous.
"If you want me to say that marijuana’s not dangerous, I’m not going to say that because I think it is," Rosenberg remarked. "Do I think it’s as dangerous as heroin? Probably not. I’m not an expert." Despite its cautious nature, this statement marks a significant change from the perspective of his predecessor, who was willing to compare the two substances, saying pot is an "insidious" drug.
Both pot and heroin are currently classified by the DEA as Schedule I substances, the "most dangerous" of all drugs with "no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse," despite research suggesting medical marijuana can be effective in pain relief and other treatment in a variety of diseases. Bonnie Kristian
This is a real clarification that had to be made by a Scott Walker representative after the Wisconsin governor visited two of Philadelphia's premiere cheesesteak facilities:
- When [Walker] arrived, he went to get in line and the owner of Geno's escorted the governor to the front.
- The governor left his food and drink on the table while he did a media gaggle and he then took it with him when he left. He was actually eating the sandwich as he walked toward his vehicle. [Philly.com]
The bizarre statement became necessary after dozens of people in the City of Brotherly Love expressed outrage over the presidential hopeful's controversial cheesesteak decisions — policies that are clearly near and dear to their hearts. Some background:
Wisconsin Gov. and presidential candidate Scott Walker stopped by Pat's and Geno's in South Philly [Tuesday] for a campaign event, and, perhaps not surprisingly, things appear to have not gone all that well.
First off, it appears that when Walker showed up, he cut his way into the line at Geno's, which legitimately and understandably upset some members of the lunch crowd...Then, over at Pat's following his second steak, Walker reportedly left his trash on a table in the outdoor seating area, apparently expecting the steak shop to send out a member of the wait staff (which does not exist) to clean it up. [Philly.com]
Walker himself was all cheer...
Stopped by 2 iconic places in Philly: Geno's Steaks & Pat's King of Steaks. Yes, I ordered American cheese! -SW pic.twitter.com/C6XmENPSIe
— Scott Walker (@ScottWalker) July 28, 2015
But he may have lost Philly's vote.
Scott Walker cut in line at Geno's to order a cheesesteak with American cheese and no onions. He's not getting out of Philly alive.
— Ethan Booker (@Ethan_Booker) July 28, 2015
In Walker's meager defense, politicians have been known to mess up the delicate art of ordering a cheesesteak before. In 2003, John Kerry enraged the city by asking for Swiss cheese (everyone knows you need to eat it with Wiz). "This isn't about a cheesesteak," explained the Democratic Underground after the incident. "It's about the ability of a candidate to interact with everyday people. You're better off skipping Pats/Genos altogether (but don't order one from somewhere else in Philly) than to go in there without a clue with what to do." Jeva Lange
Donald Trump basked in a "told you so" moment Wednesday morning... until Public Policy Polling shut him down.
Public Policy Polling (PPP) has just come out with a major poll putting me #1 with Hispanics - leading all Republican candidates.Told you so
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 29, 2015
Trump trails 61 to 28 with Hispanics in this poll he's touting https://t.co/DDbPiAywDe
— PublicPolicyPolling (@ppppolls) July 29, 2015
To be fair, Trump — who kicked off his presidential campaign by declaring that illegal immigrants from Mexico are "rapists" — does appear to be faring just slightly better among Latinos than his fellow Republican contenders in the latest PPP poll. Trump has a 34 percent favorability rating among Hispanic voters, followed by Jeb Bush with 31 percent, Ted Cruz at 30 percent, and Marco Rubio at 29 percent. But as the Democratic-aligned pollster PPP points out, Trump still trails Hillary Clinton among Latino voters by a massive 61 percent to 28 percent split. Becca Stanek
That revelation comes courtesy of a New York Times article pulling from "hundreds of pages of sworn testimony by Mr. Trump over the past decade." The Times wryly notes that the picture of Trump under oath is "something less flattering" than Trump's preferred image as "a teller of difficult truths, whose wealth unburdens him from the careful pronouncements of ordinary candidates."
To wit: "You're disgusting," Trump told a lawyer who asked for a medical break from court proceedings in 2007 in order to pump breast milk for her 3-month-old baby. "Do you even know what you're doing?" he additionally challenged her during questioning.
But beyond that, Trump tipped his hand as to how disconnected he is from 21st century technologies.
Television? "I don’t have a lot of time," he said, "for listening to television."
Text messages? Not for him.
For a candidate who says he is an authority on modern business, Mr. Trump is slow to adopt technology. In 2007, he said he had no home or office computer.
"Does your secretary send emails on your behalf?" he was asked.
His secretary generally typed letters, Mr. Trump said. "I don’t do the email thing."
By 2013, Mr. Trump was still not sold on email. "Very rarely, but I use it," he said under questioning. [The New York Times]
At least since they each declared that they're running for president.
Here's a full sampling of the tally of total combined Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network appearances for all the GOP candidates since their official campaign launches, per Politico:
1) Paul, 35 … 2) Huckabee, 31 … 3) Trump, 30 … 4) Perry, 24 … 5-6) Fiorina and Jindal, 20 each … 7) Cruz, 17 … 8) Santorum, 16 … 9) Rubio, 14 … 10-11) Carson and Graham, 12 each … 12-13) Kasich and Pataki, 11 each … 14) Christie, 7 … 15) Walker, 4 … 16) Bush, 3. [Politico]
The number of appearances doesn't quite track with candidates' running in the polls. Trump is the only candidate who appears both at the top of national polls and near the top of Fox News' list. The most recent Monmouth poll shows Fox's most frequent guest, Paul, at only 6 percent. Becca Stanek