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Watch John Waters’ Inspiring and Hilarious Commencement Speech

Attention, celebrity purveyors of college commencement speeches: thank you all for playing, your efforts are appreciated, and

You’ve Been Scammed!: Going for Broke in Ponzi Scheme America

56 minutes agoNews : Truthdig

By Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch In possibly the last graduation speech of 2015, I know I should begin by praising your grit, your essential character, your determination to get this far. But today, it’s money, not character, that’s on my mind. Show More Summary

High School Principal Will Not Have Graduation Sullied With Gay Valedictorian, No Siree!

So here is a story that happened, about an asshole high school principal in Longmont, Colorado, who couldn’t bear to let this year’s class valedictorian — that means “the best student in the class,” FYI — deliver his speech, because the kid wanted to use the speech to come out as gay. Show More Summary

Mike Huckabee: I Wish I Could Have Been Transgender in High School

He’s ramping up his Presidential campaign these days and it sounds like Mike Huckabee has been polishing his comedy chops as well. During his speech at the 2015 National Religious Broadcasters Convention in Nashville on Tuesday (June...Show More Summary

Philippine president slams Beijing for acting like Nazis in South China Sea

Philippine President Benigno Aquino refused to pull his punches in Tokyo on Wednesday when he compared Beijing’s actions in the South China Sea to Nazi Germany’s demands for Czech territory in the 1930s. During a speech to business leaders in the Japanese capital, Aquino blasted the Chinese Communist Party’s ongoing claim to a majority of […]

“A Battle A Day” Is Creating A Political Wasteland

1 hour agoNews : Slugger O'Toole

“It will always be a battle a day between those who want maximum change and those who want to maintain the status quo”. Recognise the quote? It came from Gerry Adams’ speech calling for the IRA to permanently abandon violence in 2005. Just a few days before the 2007 Assembly Elections that restored devolved government, more...

Tim Cook blasts Google and Facebook while boasting of Apple’s commitment to privacy

The old adage of, “If a product is free you are the product” isn’t lost on Apple CEO Tim Cook. During a recent speech delivered at an Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) event in Washington D.C., Cook championed Apple’s core belief that user privacy and security should remain at the forefront of all products and services. Show More Summary

Philippine president Benigno Aquino compares China to Nazi Germany... again

2 hours agoChina / Shanghai : Shanghaiist

Philippine President Benigno Aquino III has once again drawn parallels between Nazi Germany and present-day China during a recent speech delivered in Japan. [ more › ]

Chafee Will Enter Democratic Presidential Race

Former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee has scheduled an afternoon speech at the George Mason University at which a staffer with knowledge of the governor’s plans tells Bloomberg he will announce his White House bid during the event. Chafee has [...]

Wind Mobile Wants More Spectrum, But Can It Afford it?

New Wind Mobile Chief Executive Officer Alek Krstajic aims to talk less and do more, at least this is what he suggested during his speech at the Canadian Telecom Summit. Krstajic took the leading role at the emerging carrier as part of a major overhaul that ushered in a new chairman and two new directors. [...]

Tim Cook just sent a powerful warning to the US government (AAPL)

Apple CEO Tim Cook has reaffirmed his support for strong encryption at an awards ceremony on Tuesday, TechCrunch reports — and slammed law enforcement plans to undermine it as "incredibly dangerous." Cook's pro-privacy speech comes just days after Facebook introduced support for the technology on its social network for the first time. Show More Summary

Apple’s Tim Cook Accuses Facebook and Google of Violating User Privacy

3 hours agoTechnology : Time: Tech

Blistering speech stresses Apple as a company “that doesn’t want your data”

Reports that the Queen is in hospital just a ‘silly prank’ by BBC journalist

Given that the Queen looked in such good health last week during her speech, Mr S was surprised to hear that she had been taken to hospital this morning. The… Continue reading The post Reports that the Queen is in hospital just a ‘silly prank’ by BBC journalist appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Deep Learning Is Gaining Footholds in New Industries

by Angela Guess Will Knight recently wrote for the MIT Technology Review, “A machine-learning technique that has already given computers an eerie ability to recognize speech and categorize images is now creeping into industries ranging from computer security to stock trading. Show More Summary

Free speech opponents enforce Islamic law, challenge our fundamental freedoms

The First Amendment to our Constitution states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” It is these […]

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: Fuck Being 'Likable'

10 hours agoPop Culture / Celebrity : Jezebel

Nigerian novelist and renowned feminist thinker Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie gave a beautiful speech at the 2015 Girls Write Now awards ceremony about the pitfalls of pursuing likability. Read more...

This high school graduation routine will put your class to shame

Most high school graduations consist of boring — err, inspiring speeches about the rest of your life and success. Not Kahuku High School in Oahu, Hawaii During their commencement ceremony, the graduating class performed a song-and-dance...Show More Summary

US Supreme Court: Online Threats Aren't A Crime Unless You Really Meant It

In a closely watched decision that weighs the protection of free speech against protecting people from online abuse, the United States Supreme Court today ruled in favour of people being scary dicks on the internet. More »      

Emily Bruell: Valedictorian Comes Out During Speech At Graduation

A high school valedictorian came out during her speech at graduation, receiving a standing ovation from the crowd. Roaring Fork High School graduate Emily Bruell had a very unique speech prepared for graduation, which included signs and props. Show More Summary

Tim Cook Just Attacked The Rest Of Silicon Valley Over Privacy Policies

Apple CEO Tim Cook is concerned that Google, Facebook, and other big Silicon Valley tech companies are abusing the personal information of customers. According to The Verge, in a speech delivered remotely to a dinner in Washington, DC... Read more

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