The Federal Trade Commission has filed a civil lawsuit against Butterfly Labs (BFL), an embattled Kansas-based Bitcoin miner manufacturer. The FTC alleges that the company engaged in fraudulent and deceptive practices.
Federal authorities believe that the three named members of the company’s board of directors—Jody Drake (aka Darla Drake), Nasser Ghoseiri, and Sonny Vleisides—spent millions of dollars of corporate revenue on all kinds of things, including saunas and guns, while ignoring many customer orders that went unfulfilled or were significantly delayed.
The case was filed in federal court last week in Missouri and unsealed late Monday, and it comes over a year after Ars first reported on the company and began testing its initial round of specialized computers designed to do nothing but mine for Bitcoin.
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Mark Strauss has posted a story over Io9 that should embarrass creationists everywhere, including former actor turned creation “scientist.”
A few years ago, ex-teen heartthrob Kirk Cameron went on Fox News as a pitchman for young-Earth creationism. Claiming there were no transitional fossils, he ridiculed evolution saying that, if it were true, we would have duck-crocodile hybrids. Ha, ha—oh, wait, scientists found a dinosaur that’s half duck, half croc.
Cameron appeared as an “expert” on Fox News prior to the airing of an ABC Nightline segment, featuring footage of Cameron participating in a debate on the existence of God.
On Wednesday, the Indiana Attorney General’s office filed complaints against four doctors who provide abortions for either failure to sufficiently complete all state-required forms, or to file them within the allotted time period.
Attorney General Greg Zoeller has requested that the Indiana Medical Licensing Board take “appropriate disciplinary actions” against doctors Ulrich “George” Klopfer, Kathleen Glover, Reed Pasic, and Raymond Robinson. These four physicians are facing potential loss of their medical license for “violations of abortion record-keeping and advice and consent laws,” according to a press release from Zoeller’s office.
These violations essentially stem from unsatisfactory patient paperwork. Under Indiana law, abortion providers must fill out an extensive Terminated Pregnancy Report (TPR). The state charges that the aforementioned doctors have failed to complete these forms within the established guidelines.
The consequences of early marriage on young girls are well known, but millions of underage boys are also married off each year—and there is little research on their fates.
Pannilal Yadev can’t remember much about his wedding other than the carriage he was carried in to meet his bride, 7-year-old Rajkumari. At the time he was a year older than she, and the two barely interacted for the next six years. By the time they moved in together he was 14, she was 13. She had already halted her education after their marriage, and when she became pregnant with the couple’s first child, Yadev dropped out of 10th grade.
“Recently I spoke to a school friend who told me he was going to engineering college. The news left me feeling ashamed and pitiful. If our parents had not forced us to marry at such a young age, our lives would be so different,” he wrote in a letter that was provided to The Daily Beast. “I would have liked to have gone to engineering school. If we were allowed to finish our educations, Rajkumari and I would have learned about family planning. Maybe I would have gone to college. Forcing children to marry doesn’t just push them deeper into poverty and threaten their health. It crushes their ambitions—whether they are girls or boys.”
Now 25, Yadev works for a new campaign called Tipping Point, which is collaborating with CARE USA to fight child marriage in Nepal. He and his wife have four children.
This is so very delightful.
At Porter’s press conference, Lynch compared fighting ISIS terrorists to fighting legal abortion in Ohio, noted rightwingwatch.org (video below).
Lynch recalled how shocking the beheading of journalists by ISIS was, but claimed it was the same evil as abortion.
“As a nation, we are aroused to combat this evil on the other side of the world,” said Lynch. “Somehow, we’re blind and silent to the 20,000 deaths plus, 70 a day, that are occurring right here in the state of Ohio.”
There’s a lot of debate about which method of drying your hands is actually the most clean. This video explores the benefits of both and explains which one actually helps keep your hands the most clean.
@joshuafoust that's because it's from 2009 and it crashed in Nevada - http://t.co/mEEuycZiia
So, Joshua Foust caught wind of Ansar al Sharia claiming that they had captured a Predator drone that crashed in Yemen. It’s been reported by multiple outlets in the Middle East with no qualms.
Yet, Joshua was right to think something was up with the photo. Turns out that while the Predator drone indeed crashed in a nearly intact state, the photo wasn’t from a crash site in Yemen or 2014.
It’s from a 2009 crash in Nevada. That’s a US soldier in the background investigating the crash, which apparently was the result of a mechanical failure.
It took all of 30 seconds to find the origin of the photo and watching it pop up time and time again. Yet that isn’t stopping folks in the Middle East and terror groups from pilfering images and claiming them as victories for their terror groups. It’s an attempt at propaganda, but one that fails on all levels.
Editor’s Note: Viewer discretion is advised. Apple lovers and Jony Ive might be disturbed by the content that follows. Also: RIP iPhone 6 Camera
Hate the iPhone 6′s protruding camera? Feel like it totally takes away from the entire design? Can’t stand that the phone can’t lay flat on its back? The folks at PeripateticPandas agree with you, and they have an… um… industrial fix for you.
Not satisfied with the suggestion that he ‘put a case on it,’ the video’s protagonist decides to take matters into his own hands and grind the thing down till it’s flush with the body. Pros: no more wobble when he sets it down on the table, or snagging on his pocket. Cons: we’re pretty sure that camera is toast. Worth it?
On Sept. 12th, Jennifer Whalen, a 39-year-old mother of three in the rural town of Washingtonville, Pa., went to jail to begin serving a 9-to-18-month sentence. Whalen’s crime was, in effect, ordering pills online that her older daughter took in the first several weeks of an unplanned pregnancy, when she was 16, to induce a miscarriage. The medication was a combination of mifepristone (formerly called RU-486) and misoprostol. The drugs have been available from a doctor with a prescription in the United States since 2000 and are used around the world to induce miscarriage.
Recent research increasingly suggests that early in a pregnancy, women can safely use mifepristone and misoprostol to miscarry at home. (Much more about this here, in a story I wrote in August). But if the medical risk of this kind of do-it-yourself abortion is relatively small, the legal risk still looms large.
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The Dawn of the Post-Clinic AbortionAUG. 28, 2014
On the night before Whalen went to jail, I drove to Pennsylvania to meet her. We sat at a conference table in the office of her lawyer, who was present for the 90-minute conversation. For most of the time we spent together, she sat hunched forward, arms wrapped around herself. She was dreading the prospect of leaving her 11-year-old daughter and her husband at home, she said, as well as her older daughter, now 19, who still lives with the family. (The oldest child, a 20-year-old son, lives nearby.) “I’m scared,” Whalen said of serving her sentence. “And I’m hurt because I can’t be with my family.”