Former FBI Director James Comey testified last week that Donald Trump was a lying liar who lied
all the time
. And ever since, we haven’t heard from Sean Spicer, noted surrogate-liar for our liar-president. But Spicer’s back, baby. And you can watch his press conference online.
The press conference is scheduled to start at 1:30pm Eastern, 10:30am Pacific. There are streams on YouTube by
the White House
After the Comey testimony, deputy White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters that the president ”
is not a liar
,” which is false. But we’ll have to see what Trump’s liar-stooge Spicer has to say about all of this.
White House press briefings didn’t use to attract much attention from the public during previous administrations. But thanks to the rise of streaming video, and the unprecedented number of lies that are told by the Trump regime on any given day, each one has become a spectacle unto itself. You never know what kind of jaw-dropping idiocy is going to be revealed during these things.
Or perhaps spectacle isn’t the right word, as that can has some positive connotations. What’s the word for when something is on fire and you can’t look away as it consumes everything in its path? That. Whatever that is. Let’s call it that.
Hard to believe Trump has been president for just 143 days. But here we are. Let’s hope we survive another 143 at least.
Indians have a hard time holding it in their pants it seems. In a survey conducted by Norton, 31 per cent Indians admitted watching nude, explicit or suggestive content on public Wi-Fi, out of which almost half of them admitted to doing so at work, in a hotel, hostel or Airbnb.
What the Charlie Faplins in India don’t understand is logging into porn websites, which are mostly malicious in nature, over a public Wi-Fi network is extremely dangerous. The survey found 96 per cent of Indians have potentially put personal information at risk while using public Wi-Fi, including checking their bank accounts and sharing personal photos and videos.
Indians are clearly unable to resist the temptation of fast, free Wi-Fi when in public, despite the risks. The temptation gets irresistible when travelling. Indians have admitted that access to a strong Wi-Fi network is an imperative factor in choosing a hotel, or a transport hub, which airline to fly and places to eat.
Such is the urge that Indians will do or swap something for a strong Wi-Fi signal. This includes watching a three-minute advertisement, allowing access to personal emails, personal photographs, online dating profiles, contact lists and giving permission to access and even edit personal information on social media.
Yet, despite the strong urge to remain connected when outdoors ( for free, of course), Indians have little to no clue , about how to stay protected. The survey found 54 per cent of Indians don’t use a Virtual Private Network ( VPN) to secure their Wi-Fi connections, even though it is considered one of the best ways of protecting personal information. An alarming eight per cent are unaware of the term VPN.
To keep users protected over public Wi-Fi, Norton has hence outlined some simple steps:
Using a security software: Norton suggests using a VPN whenever connected to a public Wi-Fi network. VPNs provide a “ secure tunnel” that encrypts data being sent and received between your device and the internet.
Keep a lookout for HTTPS. HTTPS signifies the website you are accessing is secured to provide online security. You can tell if a website is secure if it has “ https” in its URL and has a small lock symbol next to it. However, even though the website itself might be safe, your personal information could be vulnerable if your network connection isn’t secure.
You ought to think twice before entering any type of personal information –
from passwords, to financial details and photos –
over public Wi-Fi networks. Even if you’re not actively sharing the information, your device may be doing so for you. Many devices are programmed to automatically seek connections to other devices on the same network, which could cause your files to be vulnerable. Be sure to disable sharing on your devices to ensure what’s yours stays yours.
If you’re a nervous flyer, you’re probably going to want to skip this video, because after watching YouTube’s
fly so low to the ground that it
looks like he’s perpetually going to crash
, you’ll be terrified of ever stepping foot on a plane again.
As dangerous as skimming the earth at hundreds of miles per hour seems, it’s an actual technique used by military aircraft to help avoid threats. A nap-of-the-earth, or NOE, course allows a pilot to use natural geographical features like hills and valleys to avoid radar, and make it harder for an enemy to spot the aircraft since it’s not silhouetted against the bright blue sky.
Among the many dangers firefighters face at work each day, those high-powered water hoses have enough pressure to cause some serious damage if they ever got loose. But they also make for an entertaining
makeshift carnival ride
that looks far more aggressive than any sketchy mechanical bull you’ll find at a Western-themed bar.
At times this video seems more like a scene from a sci-fi B-movie, with the hero trying to wrangle a giant squid’s tentacle as it thrashes around attempting to break free. But it was actually part of a firefighting competition, presumably designed to test how much mud a firefighter could eat before giving up.
Ninjas are stereotypically known for their expertise with shuriken, also known as throwing stars. But while Rick Smith Jr. spends his days as a professional magician, we’re going to assume his nights are spent as a
crime-fighting ninja who uses throwing cards
instead of pointy stars.
Rick recently spent some time with the folks from Dude Perfect and showed off his amazing card-throwing skills. If slicing a thrown olive in half using just a flying card isn’t enough to wow you, then you’ve officially spent too much time on the internet.
Taking selfies with art is an entire
unto itself. So, when an exhibition is
as “series of wondrous, over-the-top sets for the perfect selfie,” why wouldn’t you pull out your camera and a snap a pic for the ‘gram? This is why.
The video below was taken at a group show at
The 14th Factory
in Los Angeles. Around the ten second mark, you can see a woman in the upper right stoop down for her ill-fated selfie and everything goes wrong.
points out, the
Los Angeles Times
ran a preview of the show back in May that was headlined “Oh, the selfies you’ll make at L.A.’s 14th Factory, where the art is so social. Our Instagram tour.” That headline turned out to be all too prophetic when the disastrous destruction of all that art occurred two weeks ago. Thankfully, footage of the incident was uploaded to YouTube today and started making the rounds.
If you’re curious what the actual artwork looks like, this it:
, one of the artists featured in the exhibition, tells Hyperallergic “Three sculptures were permanently damaged and others to varying degrees,” and “the approximate cost of damage is $200,000.” Keep in mind that art is generally worth what people will pay for it, but I guess that’s true with many things. The sticker price on this art was $200,000 and that’s final.
It’s amazing what kind of useless skills you can teach yourself while you’re bored at work. But twirling pens on your fingers or mastering Solitaire aren’t nearly as impressive as
driving an 18-ton front-end loader on two wheels
while making the gigantic machine twerk.
This video comes from what looks like some kind of heavy machinery trade show. If you’ve ever been to an event like that, you know that companies plan ridiculous stunts to grab the attention of potential customers. So we’re not going to fault Lovol Heavy Industry Co. for trying to show off what its
can do, but you can bet there are at least a few teenagers who are going to try this dumb trick with their own wheel-loaders. Leave it for the trade shows, kids.
Earlier today, approximately 17 million Facebook Live users
to an awe-inspiring video of nature at its fiercest: a massive, swirling supercell storm. In the sense that “live” means “actually happening right now,” however, this stream was 100 percent fake.
As many commenters surmised, the “stream” was little more than
a short, looping gif
dubbed over with stock thunderclap sound effects, prompting responses like “it’s fake” that elicited replies from even bigger rubes pointing out that supercell storms are absolutely a thing that exists. Never change, Facebook commenters.
comes to us from a sketchy-looking page called Newsfeed. And moments after the Facebook Live video hit its four-hour limit, a new stream began on another page called
The Cherry Orchard
. (Both pages list the same domain, newsfeed.pro, as their homepage, which is basically just a collection of copied-and-pasted jokes with a salacious banner photo.)
The Cherry Orchard and Newsfeed aren’t the only pages sapping views off this eternal storm. A page called NTD Television pulled this same trick yesterday-pocketing an easy
7.6 million views
-and gave credit to CONTENTbible. What the hell is CONTENTbible? Some kind of viral video licenser, apparently. But its not the creator of the gif in question.
After a bit of sleuthing, the origins of this gif can be traced to a Slovenian man named
, who managed to snap pictures of a supercell that formed over western South Dakota on June 19… of 2015. For a storm chaser like Korosec, it must have been a dream come true, since the clouds and eventual tornado resulted in “hail around the size of softballs and winds around 100 mph,” according to the National Weather Service.
The gif itself was created by Korosec’s friend Jonathan Wennström, presumably through some compositing of the 2015 photos, and according to a recent
, the pair are excited that the animation has “gone viral” for-as always-reasons unknown.
If you don’t live in a country where high-speed trains are common, you might not realize how fast they can really go.
Traveling at just shy of 200 miles per hour
, this TGV (Train a Grande Vitesse) train in France was able to keep pace with a fighter jet during an inaugural run of a new line.
Of course, if the Dassault Rafale fighter jet’s pilot were to hit its afterburners and accelerate the craft towards its top speed of 1,188 miles per hour, the plane would leave this high-speed train in the dust. But delta-winged fighters still require a certain level of speed to just stay airborne, and it’s impressive that this TGV can keep pace with it even at low airspeeds.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders is slowly taking over Sean Spicer’s duties as the public face of the Trump administration and she’s already inheriting his penchant for using the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room’s lectern as a bully pulpit against the media. Today she went so far as to encourage the gathered reporters, and Americans as a whole, to watch a video from Project Veritas that slams CNN.
Responding to a question regarding the recent retraction and firings at CNN over a poorly-sourced story about the president’s connections to Russia, Sanders said:
There are multiple other instances where [CNN] has been repeatedly wrong and had to point that out or be corrected. There’s a video circulating now. Whether it’s accurate or not I don’t know, but I would encourage everybody in this room, and frankly, everybody across the country to take a look at it. I think think of it is accurate it’s a disgrace to all of media, to all of journalism.
Sanders is of course talking about American Pravda Part 1
, the most recent “investigation” by filmmaker James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas. In the video, veteran CNN producer John Bonifield-who appears to be unaware he’s being filmed-makes several statements that might be obvious to people working in media: audiences have a tremendous appetite to learn about the ongoing investigations into Trump’s potential connections to Russia, and that so far those investigations haven’t turned up a smoking gun. Regardless, several quotes from Bonifield have been seized on by conservative media to cast uncertainty onto an investigation for which the president, the vice president, and the president’s lawyer have all hired lawyers.
It’s unclear who is filming Bonifield, where they’re meeting, or when these recordings were made. We’ve reached out to CNN and Bonifield and have not heard back.
O’Keefe, who positions himself as a renegade battling against a “broken, rotten media machine,” hypes the Bonifield video as proof of journalistic malfeasance, and promises future installments. He’s been attempting to dig up dirt on CNN for some time, leaking an
of 2009-era audio recordings from low-level staffers in February
Project Veritas has come under fire for deceptive editing in the past, and was forced to pay $100,000 for
an Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) employee during a 2009 sting video in which
disguised himself as a pimp
, and a coconspirator dressed up as a prostitute. Other-and there are not enough scare quotes in the world for this-“investigations” have created fewer waves, like the time he caught a beloved journalism professor using the word’s “shithead” and “fuck” in an email.
He ends American Pravda Part 1
crowing behind the walls of his glass house that “every dishonest television network, newspaper, and social media company is now on notice.”
What makes Huckabee Sanders’s call to action more disturbing is that-beyond telling Americans to watch the work of someone she can’t vouch for as accurate and who anyone would have little reason to trust-one of O’Keefe’s videos, T axpayers Clearing House
by Peter Thiel. Though O’Keefe had claimed Project Veritas was financially independent, the Village Voice determined that Thiel had given thousands to the filmmaker.
It’s not known if Thiel has contributed to O’Keefe’s coffers since then, but his place in Trump’s inner circle in conjunction with the Deputy Press Secretary giving free publicity to a these shady investigations should raise alarm bells.
Thiel and Project Veritas did not reply to requests for comment.