Internet shutdowns aren’t just Africa’s problem. They’re happening worldwide

Hong Kong (CNN)When Hong Kong police fired tear gas at peaceful pro-democracy protesters in 2014, the news moved swiftly through social media. Photos and videos of mostly student demonstrators being gassed helped fuel the outrage that ultimately drove hundreds of thousands of people into the streets. Such tactics show no signs of slowing — there have been more internet shutdowns every year for the past three years — and may become the new normal as countries around the world attempt to clamp down on online dissent. Connection cut After protests broke out over a sharp fuel price hike this week, Zimbabwe’s government ordered a three-day internet shutdown — with police also firing tear gas at demonstrators from a helicopter and …

I Tossed Powder On Some Dogs, And The Result Turned Out Amazing (13 Images)

These crazy colors and dynamic swirls are captured in-camera in real time and on location. As a result, every single image is unique and highlights the amazing differences between how dogs of various breeds and body shapes move. The powder acts as a perfect action amplification device. To me, these photos highlight just how hard our dogs work for us when asked, and frequently for nothing more than the toss of a toy or a dried biscuit. The photos freeze these split-second moments in time and allow us to appreciate our pets as tremendous athletes as well as companions. I hope you like these shots as much as I do, and share them with your friends. #1 Rush | Border …

14 years ago Trump gave an inspiring speech about walls. Yesterday, 400 migrants took his advice to heart.

On January 17, 400 migrants seeking asylum helped dig a tunnel underneath the border wall between Mexico and the United States. They immediately turned themselves over to U.S. Customs authorities. The willingness of these migrants, including an estimated 200 children, shows both the desperation of those seeking asylum but also the fundamental decency of those same people who turned themselves in upon crossing the border. In fact, their actions are so inspiring they remind us of a little speech Trump gave in 2004 in which he literally talked about climbing over, under and around the walls that are put in front of us. For every Trump statement, there’s an equal and opposite previous statement. It’s basically scientific law that for …

‘It is possible to be Muslim and a lesbian’

Miriam* grew up in a traditional Muslim family in Bristol where her grandfather “ruled the roost”, with Islamic sermons and prayers five times a day. Fearful as she was of being caught out, these relationships gave Miriam freedom. “I made sure that my girlfriends didn’t visibly mark me, so I didn’t come home with [love bites] on my neck. But while I was there, it was thrilling – I thought, ‘Oh my god, I’m doing this, I’m having a sexual experience with another woman, this is amazing’. “At the time, the people I met didn’t question the fact it was long distance. One woman in particular I only saw every other month. I used to go up on the train, …

How to keep AI from turning into the Terminator

(CNN)Artificial intelligence (AI) has long occupied an outsized role in our collective imagination, in everything from pulp science fiction novels to James Cameron blockbusters. When AI is the antagonist, it is corporeal and impossible to overlook, like the Terminator. Even in the real world, discussions about rogue technology tend to focus on the overt and dramatic, such as Elon Musk’s exhortations on Twitter that the dangers of AI rival the dangers of nuclear weapons. But even if you don’t worry about it for yourself, there is growing evidence that these systems tend to radicalize and polarize. Last year, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researcher Zeynep Tufekci dubbed YouTube “the Great Radicalizer”: view one anti-vaccination video, and YouTube will …

Latest Viral Optical Illusion Has You Shaking Your Head To See Hidden Image

The latest optical illusion to have people shaking their heads requires, well, a literal shake of the head to see.  The optical illusion made Internet rounds after a post on Twitter by nanotech engineer Dr Michelle Dickinson on January 9, 2019.  “You can only see this optical illusion if you shake your head (I’m serious),” Dickinson wrote on Twitter.   Really, try it! – Spoiler alert: Lurking within the drab box of vertical stripes is another Internet favorite – a cat. After some searching, IFLScience found another example, albeit slightly less obvious as to who exactly it is. “Someone is hidden,” wrote Akiyoshi Kitaoka, an experimental psychologist who both studies and makes visual illusions. – Here is another one. Why does …

This Is The Unpleasant Result Of Injecting Your Arm With 18 Shots Of Semen. Yes, Semen

A new medical case study has been released and, well, it’s quite something. As reported in the Irish Medical Journal, a man attempted to remedy his bad back by injecting himself with shots of his own semen. Unsurprisingly, it didn’t work. As you might have guessed, however, it did leave him in quite a pickle with some nasty health complications. The man was lucky enough to make a prompt recovery, but, for the love of God, please don’t try this at home. After complaining of chronic pain in his lower back, the 33-year-old male turned to his own “alternative medicine” by injecting one monthly dose of semen into his forearm for 18 consecutive months using a hypodermic needle. The inventive method …

This Facebook Groups Health Trend Has Gone Viral Because Its Just So Grim

The 21st century has been pretty weird. After centuries of scientific advancements, fringe groups have decided they’re not a big fan of the dietary advice and ground-breaking medical treatments that have helped extend our lifespans enormously. Now joining the long list of things humanity is insisting on doing despite knowing better comes “urine therapy”. Yes, wellness advocates appear to be adding vaguely medical-sounding terms to bodily secretions to make them sound legitimate.  “Auto-urine therapy” is not new. The practice of drinking your own wee has been around for thousands of years. But then so has being killed by spears in warfare, and nobody is saying that’s good for you. Recently, highlights from a urine therapy Facebook group have gone viral on Twitter, largely …

Man Shows What Every Mom Is Like, And Its Hilarious How Accurate He Is

Sometimes the ones we poke fun at the most are the ones who are closest to our hearts – and that especially applies to our moms. Comedian Trey Kennedy posted a hilarious video on his page simply titled ‘moms’ in which he delivered all the most common ‘mom-isms.’ Image credits: Watch the full video

My 40 Comics That I Hope My Parents Will Never See

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We Spent $700 My Night Was Ruined! Woman Loses It After Staff Try To Save Dying Woman Instead Of Serving Her

The ‘internet mob’ can be a dangerous and hateful phenomenon, with social media allowing localized disputes to quickly take on a global scale. In the name of righteous vengeance, the person who committed a wrong can suddenly find themselves bombarded with death threats, their place of employment bullied into firing them and their reputation in tatters, a new form of public shaming that can often be more hateful than the original offense. Image credits: Kamil Macniak (not the actual photo) even found strangers with the same name and harassed them as well. The woman was soon fired from her job and has since disappeared from social media. Now the post is going viral again, starting a new round of outrage …

Jason Momoa Went Back Home To Visit His Grandma, And The Photos Melted Peoples Hearts

While the Aquaman star regularly shouts out his island home, he is equally proud of his Iowa roots which he joked on the post is Hawaii spelled backward (IIAWAH) “I loved where and how I grew up because both places were rooted in family,” he told the Des Moines Register, “They are really very similar, except there’s more ocean one spot and more corn in the other.”

‘Photoshop Battle’ Breaks Out Over Trump’s Fast-Food Banquet For Athletes

Trump served up burgers, fries and pizza from chains ― including McDonald’s, Wendy’s and Burger King ― to the Tigers’ athletes. ASSOCIATED PRESS ASSOCIATED PRESS ASSOCIATED PRESS Pool via Getty Images View post on imgur.com His true form Eat all you want kids View post on imgur.com RELATED COVERAGE Don Lemon Reveals Weird Tell-Tale Sign That Shows Trump Is Feeling The Heat Snoop Dogg Issues Blistering Message To All 'Punk Motherf**ker' Trump Fans Former Trump Org VP Spills Beans On Trump’s Awful Dealmaking Skills