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Tech-fueled inequality offers two paths for humanity — ‘digital Athens’ or bleak dystopia

Rapid technological advancement is leaving many Americans behind, said a pair of digital business professors, which could create a dystopian nightmare. Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee, of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management, said Monday on the Bryan Callen podcast that technology is responsible for much of…

Baptist conference warns pastors: Gay people have the morality of biblical extortionists

Russell D. Moore, the president of Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, on Tuesday encouraged pastors to minister to LGBT people, which he said would be like Jesus meeting with tax collectors in the Bible. Speaking at the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission Summit in Nashville, Moore was asked…

NASA chief touts deep space exploration: We can only survive if we are a multi-planet species

NASA administrator Charles Bolden said Tuesday that humanity faced certain extinction unless it developed the technology to colonize other planets. “We today are Earth-reliant,” he said at the Humans to Mars Summit 2014, held at George Washington University in Washington. “We are dependent on being on this planet. We are…

Chris Christie vows not to legalize pot: New Jersey doesn’t want Colorado’s ‘quality of life’

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) on Monday said that marijuana legalization would not happen while he was in office because he did not want the Colorado “quality of life” in New Jersey. A caller on New Jersey 101.5 radio pointed out to Christie that legalization seemed inevitable because of…

Missouri mayor who ‘kind of agreed’ with white supremacist shooter resigns after furor

The mayor of a Missouri town resigned Monday after making anti-Semitic comments in support of a white supremacist accused of killing three people at a Jewish community center. Dan Clevenger stepped down as Marionville mayor after city officials voted 4-1 to begin impeachment proceedings, reported the Springfield News-Leader. The 59-year-old…

Noam Chomsky helps explain the ‘Fox Effect’ in upcoming film ‘Brainwashing of my Dad’

Writer and documentarian Jen Senko has released a trailer for the film “The Brainwashing of my Dad,” in which she explores her father’s political conversion from lifelong Democrat into angry, ultra-conservative talk radio listener. Talking Points Memo reported that Senko raised funds for the project via Kickstarter. The donor page…

Indiana man fatally shoots wife, then self in church school parking lot after rape charges

An Indiana man allegedly fatally shot his wife and then turned the gun on himself in a school parking lot just months after he was charged for raping her. According to WMAQ, officers responding to St. Mary Catholic School in Griffith, Indiana on Monday found Nina Castro on the ground…

Burning Man organizer plans anything-goes ‘Bundyfest’ to mock scofflaw rancher

Some of the organizers of the annual Burning Man festival are planning an event aimed at mocking the claims of a Nevada rancher who refuses to pay government-mandated fees for using federal lands. “For years, we paid permitting fees to hold Burning Man on the beautiful Playa in Northern Nevada,”…

8-year-old special-needs student charged after fighting with MI cops during runaway attempt

An 8-year-old Michigan boy was charged with two felony counts after running away from a school for special-needs students. Edward Hart left Hillside Learning and Behavior Center in Allegan without permission on March 19, police said, and the principal and two teachers chased after him. One of the teachers caught…

Jon Stewart on Cliven Bundy: ‘Sean Hannity has now made Glenn Beck the voice of reason’

Daily Show host Jon Stewart tore through not only “welfare rancher” Cliven Bundy’s explanation for his “range war” on Monday, and mocked Fox News’ Sean Hannity for exposing his own hypocrisy in defending him. “Sean Hannity has now made Glenn Beck the voice of reason,” Stewart said, before challenging Bundy.…

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