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Ex-NSA chief claims story about liberal Twitter user overhearing him criticize Obama is ‘bulls**t’

On Thursday, ex-National Security Agency (NSA) director Michael Hayden’s off-the-record interviews were made public by former MoveOn.org director Tom Matzzie, who overheard Hayden’s conversations while riding on a train. Matzzie claims Hayden was bragging about black sites and being critical of the present administration’s security protocols. Hayden now tells the…

African-American driver wins NASCAR series race for first time since 1963

Darrell Wallace Jr. scores historic Martinsville Trucks win (via SB Nation) By Jordan Bianchi on Oct 26 2013, 5:32p + Darrell Wallace Jr. is the first African-American driver to win a NASCAR national series race in 50 years. Darrell Wallace Jr. became just the second African-American to win a NASCAR national…

Chef at ‘The Naked Lunch’ offers ‘insect tapas’ to Paris bar-hoppers

At a tiny bar in Paris’s Montmartre district, chef Elie Daviron is happy to admit his new menu has disgusted some clients while others need two or three drinks before they can face it. Amid the guacamole, chicken tikka and chili hotdogs, the young chef is conducting a “gastronomical experiment”…

Giant mirrors bring winter sun to Norwegian village for the first time in its history

Residents of a remote village nestled in a steep-sided valley in southern Norway are about to enjoy winter sunlight for the first time ever thanks to giant mirrors. The mountains that surround the village of Rjukan are far from Himalayan, but they are high enough to deprive its 3,500 inhabitants…

Minority voters key to Chris Christie voting bloc for New Jersey race and beyond

The dining room at Sabor Latino Restaurant was packed with supporters holding cell phones aloft to capture Gov. Chris Christie’s every word. In some ways, the mid-October campaign stop was routine. The Republican governor has made dozens…  …

90 percent of Wikipedia editors are men

This week, Tom Simonite wrote a fantastic piece in the MIT Technology Review asking if Wikipedia was in decline. One tidbit of that story identified by the Atlantic is that 90% of Wikipedia’s editors are male. That said, the gender…  …

Obama personally informed of NSA spying on Chancellor Angela Merkel in 2010: German media

US President Barack Obama was personally informed of phone tapping against German Chancellor Angela Merkel, which may have begun as early as 2002, German media reported Sunday as a damaging espionage scandal widened. Bild am Sonntag newspaper quoted US intelligence sources as saying that National Security Agency chief Keith Alexander…

80 mph winds herald Britain’s ‘worst storm in a decade’

Britain was braced on Sunday for its worst storm in a decade, with heavy rain and winds of more than 80 miles (130 kilometres) an hour set to batter the south of the country. The Met Office national weather centre warned of falling trees, damage to buildings and disruption to…

Google suspected builder of enormous floating data center discovered in San Francisco Bay

An enormous floating barge has emerged in the San Francisco Bay, which tech-savvy sleuths suspect is a massive data center being constructed by Google, the CNET blog reported. The huge floating structure “stands about four stories high and was made with a series of modern cargo containers… Locals refer to…

Music legend Quincy Jones sues Michael Jackson’s estate for $10 million

Music impresario Quincy Jones, credited with producing some of Michael Jackson’s biggest hits, has sued the late singer’s estate for $10 million, court documents showed on Saturday. Jones filed a breach-of-contract lawsuit in connection with projects released after the singer’s death, according to a California court filing. The suit against…

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