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Artist uses robots to create same picture in three different countries

An Austrian artist on Thursday drew three pictures simultaneously in three European capitals thanks to two robots copying his every movement in real time in Britain and Germany. Alex Kiessling worked in Vienna while a pair of orange industrial robots in London’s Trafalgar Square and Berlin’s Breitscheidplatz drew exactly the…

Missouri cops now using 80,000-volt ‘stun cuffs’ on prisoners

The Sheriff’s Department in Buchanan County, Missouri has begun using 80,000-volt enhanced handcuffs for prisoner transfers and some court appearances while dismissing potential safety concerns, KQTV-TV reported on Monday. “It affects the muscles of the body and it doesn’t really affect anything else,” Captain Jody Hovey told KQTV. “Everyone says…

Tennessee senator calls Ted Cruz out for turning Senate vote into ‘a show’

Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) burgeoning quarrel with his fellow Republicans played out on the Senate floor on Thursday, when party mate Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) accused him and Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) of delaying a vote so they could draw more attention to their campaign against funding the Affordable Care…

Limbaugh grumbles about women’s forum, MSNBC host Karen Finney’s ‘testicle lockboxes’

Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh on Thursday slammed a Washington women’s forum because he said that MSNBC host Karen Finney and the other “testicle lockboxes” were attacking him. At the “Fair Shot: A Plan For Women to Get Ahead” event last week, Finney had noted that many elected Republicans were…

Obama mocks Republican’s comparison of Obamacare to slavery

President Barack Obama appeared Thursday before a noisy and enthusiastic crowd in Largo, MD, and made fun of Republicans’ dire predictions of doom about the Affordable Care Act. He notably dinged one Republican congressman who declared that “Obamacare” is as evil and unjust a law as 1850′s Fugitive Slave Act,…

Matt Taibbi: Wall Street hedge funds are stealing public workers’ pensions

Rolling Stone magazine’s Matt Taibbi appeared on Democracy, Now! Thursday to talk about how Wall Street hedge funds are set on sacking the pension funds of public employees. Those funds are the “last great, unguarded piles of money in this country,” he said, and naturally the top tiers of the…

Obama poster artist says drones have killed hope

The artist who created the iconic “Hope” posters during President Barack Obama’s first presidential campaign says he’d choose a different caption now. A camera crew from TMZ asked Shepard Fairey if he’d use the same word underneath his portrait of then-Sen. Obama, given his track record as president. The 43-year-old…

Kansas school board votes to allow student-led prayer over school intercom

A school board in Kansas voted this week to allow student-led prayer at all activities, and even went as far as offering the schools’ public address systems for religious use. According to the Leader and Times, school prayer had not been on the agenda for Monday’s meeting of USD No.…

Neil deGrasse Tyson: Life in solar system most likely on other planets’ moons

Author and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson said in a video released Thursday that if humanity hopes to find other forms of life in this solar system, then our next exploratory missions should target not our interplanetary neighbors, but their moons. Going to Venus, he said, would be a terrible idea.…

Wisconsin bridge closed indefinitely after 911 callers discover 400-foot-long ‘sag’

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) has vowed to repair a Green Bay bridge that carries 40,000 vehicles a day after it was recently closed when motorists suddenly complained about a 400-foot-long sagging section. After shutting down the Leo Frigo Memorial Bridge on Wednesday, state officials said that that had no…

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