Canada doesn’t trust social networks to warn of election interference

Social networks like Facebook and Twitter have set up war rooms and disclosure systems to warn of potential election meddling, but the Canadian government doesn’t believe that’s good enough. The country’s Democratic Institutions Minister has established a panel of five politicians that will warn the public when there’s evidence of attempted interference during election periods, […]

“Mona Lisa effect“ is real, but doesn’t apply to Leonardo’s painting

Enlarge / Researchers at Bielefeld University in Germany used folding rulers for measurement to test the effect. Study participants indicated the number they thought Mona Lisa‘s gaze was directed at. (credit: CITEC/ Bielefeld University) There have long been anecdotal reports that the eyes of the Mona Lisa—Renaissance artist Leonardo da Vinci’s most famous painting—sometimes seem to […]

Trump says he doesn’t know top US official leading the fight against ISIS, calls him a ‘grandstander’ for resigning over Syria troop withdrawal

Associated Press/Evan Vucci President Donald Trump tweeted Saturday evening that he didn’t know Brett McGurk, the top US official leading the fight against ISIS. Trump called McGurk a “grandstander” for resigning over Trump’s recent decision to withdraw 2,000 troops from Syria. McGurk reportedly told his colleagues in an email on Friday that he could not […]

Mnuchin says Trump doesn’t believe he has the right to fire the Fed chair, despite reports saying he has privately discussed the possibility

Associated Press/Evan Vucci Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Saturday that President Donald Trump reassured him that he has never suggested firing Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell. Mnuchin tweeted that Trump believed he didn’t have the power to do so. The statement comes in contrast with a Bloomberg report on Friday that said Trump has repeatedly […]

‘Avengers: Endgame’ director says he doesn’t let expectations distract him: ‘We can’t predict if people are going to like it’

Marvel Studios Anthony Russo, co-director of “Avengers: Endgame,” said he doesn’t let expectations distract from “making a movie that excites us.” “We can’t predict if people are going to like it, we just know whether we like it,” he said.   Joe and Anthony Russo have directed Marvel’s biggest movies with this year’s “Avengers: Infinity […]

Cool Stuff: ‘Empire Strikes Back’ Crew Jacket Will Keep You Warm, Doesn’t Smell Bad on the Outside

Among hardcore Star Wars fans, there is one coveted item from the production of the original trilogy that is a rare artifact. No, we’re not talking about any props from the set, even though those are highly sought after items. Instead, we’re talking about a winter jacket given to crew members who worked on the […]

Brexit minister doesn’t know what will happen if PM May loses key vote

Britain’s Brexit minister said it was unclear what would happen if the deal Prime Minister Theresa May has agreed with EU leaders is rejected in a key vote in parliament on December 11. “The honest answer is it’s unclear,” Stephen Barclay told a committee in Parliament on Monday. “What I can be clear on is […]

Charter cable doesn’t have 1st Amendment right to discriminate, court rules

Enlarge / Entertainment Studios Networks founder Byron Allen at Universal Studios Hollywood on April 26, 2018, in Universal City, California. (credit: Getty Images | Noel Vasquez ) A US appeals court ruling today said that cable companies do not have a First Amendment right to discriminate against minority-run TV channels. Charter, the second-largest US cable […]