Airbnb Squatters Also Swindled $40,000 From Kickstarter

The two brothers that have been squatting on an Airbnb rental since May have a history of exploiting peer-to-peer startups. Before exploiting California tenant laws to secure months of free rent, they managed to milk nearly $40,000 out of gullible Kickstarter donors. And they're pleased with their racket, saying they… » 7/28/14 3:11pm 38 minutes ago

Pregnant Woman Gets Apparent NYPD Chokehold After Grilling on Sidewalk

The NYPD, seemingly determined to double down on violence against black people after the post-chokehold death of Eric Garner, apparently used the banned tactic again on a seven-months-pregnant woman after she grilled on the sidewalk in front of her home this weekend. » 7/28/14 2:40pm Today 2:40pm

Not Just Comcast: 19 Stories From Call Center Hell

Recently, Comcast and its call center habits have been thoroughly lambasted from all sides—and for good reason. But what many of us keep forgetting is that it's not just Comcast. The call center system as a whole is broken. And as you'll see from the tales below, it's breaking its employees along with it. » 7/28/14 2:39pm Today 2:39pm

Here's Neil DeGrasse Tyson's Snappy Comeback to "Aliens Going to Hell"

Last week, creationist minister Ken Ham responded to a NASA astronomer's estimate that "in the next 20 years we will find out we are not alone in the universe" by declaring the search for extraterrestrials "pointless" because they're all going to hell anyway. Neil DeGrasse Tyson, astronomical badass, went on Real Time… » 7/28/14 1:20pm Today 1:20pm

U.S. Successfully Exports its Second Amendment Values to Afghanistan

This is America, and when America launches a war to make not-America more like America, by God, America does it right. Which is why we can now declare unconditional victory in Afghanistan: victory for the American bedrock value of flooding a country with legal guns that end up in illegal hands. » 7/28/14 1:13pm Today 1:13pm

How Did a Juggalette End Up Twerking on This Guy's Enormous Belly?

"THIS JUGGALO JUST TWERKED ON A DUDE'S GUT!" TMZ announced Friday, headlining a video of a woman in a tight top performing a lap dance on one extremely large lap. But how did this unholy union of ass and belly come to be? » 7/28/14 12:53pm Today 12:53pm

I Need a Dollar: Should You Give to New York's Homeless?

I met Roger Blondell around 2 p.m. on a Thursday afternoon in early July. A tall chubby black man, Blondell was dressed in worn-in jeans and a shirt that looked like he'd had it on for a few days. Still, he didn't seem quite homeless. We were standing on the corner of 24th Street, at 7th Avenue, across from Whole… » 7/28/14 12:30pm Today 12:30pm