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Maddow: LaPierre press conference was epic ‘Rick-rolling’ of the country

On Friday night’s edition of “The Rachel Maddow Show,” host Rachel Maddow coldly assessed Wayne LaPierre’s extravagantly out-of-touch press conference on Friday and deemed it to be the political equivalent of a giant “Rick-rolling” of the American public. She began the segment by giving a brief rundown of the concept…

Blind juggling robot keeps balls in the air for hours

Researchers at the Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control (IDSC) at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich have created a juggling robot, the so-called “blind juggler,” which, in spite of its lack of visual sensors, is capable of flawlessly juggling a ball or balls for hours. According to New Scientist,…

Watch: Gang rape protests in India escalate as cops fire water cannons

Indian police on Saturday tear-gassed, baton-charged and fired water cannon at demonstrators in the sixth and most violent day of protests against the brutal gang-rape of a student last weekend. Thousands of protesters, most of them college students, rallied at the India Gate monument in the heart of the Indian…

Pesticides on food ignite debate among Israelis

“Israelis eat fresh, and they eat local. But how healthy are these foods? A recent government study into pesticide use on Israeli produce has caused some alarm,” reports Al Jazeera on Dec. 21. The study found residues of pesticides on 56 percent of tested foods, and 11 percent of the…

Senate passes NDAA without indefinite detention ban, Sen. Paul calls it ‘abomination’

The Senate voted 81-14 to pass the National Defense Authorization Act, which lacks a ban on indefinite detention of U.S. citizens, and now President Obama must decide whether or not he will sign it, reported the Huffington Post. He had previously threatened a veto because it does not allow for…

VIDEO: NRA member cuts up card in ‘tribute’ to show ‘outrage’

A video published on CNN shows a a card-carrying member of the National Rifle Association as he destroys the small rectangle of paper that associates him with the organization. “This is my NRA club card,” he says. “I want to show you my tribute and how outraged I am that…

Penn. teenager arrested for threatening to ‘kill random students’

A 14-year-old boy in Newtown, Pennsylvania was arrested on Thursday after allegedly threatening to “kill random staff and students” at a local high school. According to KYW-TV, the unidentified teen, a student at Council Rock High School South, was taken into custody after police found two working 9-millimeter guns in…

Bloomberg’s gun-control campaign recruits stars for ‘Demand a Plan’ video

The gun-control campaign Mayors Against Illegal Guns released a video Friday with stars from around the entertainment and sports world reiterating its demands for the nation’s elected officials to put forth a cohesive strategy for regulating firearms. The video, “Demand a Plan,” shows about 50 celebrities in 82 seconds, with…

Pennsylvania man cites Newtown while ripping down atheist holiday display

A banner that was recently hung in a public space by a local atheist group in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania got chopped down this week by a young man who cited the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut as his reason. Local news channel WNEP-TV filmed the man, who identified himself as Joe McDonald,…

Watch live: Obama nominates Sen. Kerry for secretary of state

President Barack Obama announces John Kerry as his choice for secretary of state at the White House. Watch live, broadcast on NBC News on Dec. 21. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

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