Posts by Eric Pfeiffer
- The Sideshow3 days ago
Marijuana culture has gone so mainstream it now has its own talk show.
And some very famous people are turning up not only to say they smoke pot, but that they’re happy to do it live in front of anyone with an Internet connection.
“People shouldn't feel shame for enjoying marijuana,” comedian and “Getting Doug With High” host Doug Benson told Yahoo News. “I like having guests on my show who are happy to smoke on camera and show the world that you can get high and have fun and nothing terrible is going to happen.”
It’s 4:20 p.m. on a Wednesday afternoon in Los Angeles — pot icon Tommy Chong and Benson sit across from each other in a dimly lit room, passing the pipe and telling stories while surrounded by a giant wall decal emblazoned with images of outer space.
- The Sideshow5 days ago
It’s been a strange week for RT, the state-owned Russian news agency.
On Tuesday, on-air anchor Abbi Martin criticized Russia’s occupation of Crimea. And then on Wednesday, fellow anchor Liz Wahl announced that she was quitting the network in protest.
“As a reporter on this network, I face many ethical and moral challenges,” Wahl said at the end of Wednesday’s 5 p.m. ET broadcast. “Especially me personally, coming from a family whose grandparents ... came here as refugees during the Hungarian revolution — ironically, to escape the Soviet forces.
“That is why personally I cannot be part of a network funded by the Russian government that whitewashes the actions of Putin,” Wahl continued. “I’m proud to be an American and believe in disseminating the truth, and that is why, after this newscast, I’m resigning.”
Many are praising Wahl’s on-air resignation. But at the same time, it’s fair to question Wahl’s sincerity. RT mocked Wahl’s comments in a statement:
- The Sideshow5 days ago
Author John le Carré is arguably the greatest spy novelist of them all, with his breakout novel, “The Spy Who Came In From the Cold,” ranked as one of the greatest books of all time.
However, the man who inspired le Carré’s most famous character, George Smiley, says he completely disagreed with the author’s portrayal of the British intelligence service MI5 during the Cold War.
In a letter to the London Telegraph, British historian Alistair Cooke Baron Lexten quotes the late John Bingham as saying of le Carré’s fictional portrayal of him in books like “Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy,” “I deplore and hate everything he has done and said against the intelligence services.”
- The Sideshow5 days ago
Stonehenge has been the source of endless speculation since the strange formation of rocks was first discovered.
But a new theory may be the most interesting of all, with some now saying the rocks at Stonehenge were chosen because of their acoustic properties.
“There had to be something special about these rocks,” archaeo-acoustic expert Paul Devereux told the BBC. “It hasn't been considered until now that sound might have been a factor.”
Devereux led a project by the Royal College of Art in London, which attempts to understand how ancient humans perceived their world. The study results, published in the journal Time and Mind found that a number of the bluestone rocks at Stonehenge emitted sounds similar to bells when they are struck.
- The Sideshow6 days ago
A pair of counterfeiters took petty crime to a new low when they used fake money to buy Girl Scout cookies. Even worse, they reportedly got change in real cash after paying with fake $50 bills, leaving the girls stuck with the bill.
"The girls are heartbroken," Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., troop leader Cheryl Williams told ABC affiliate KABC. "Because they do trust, this is a life lesson for them."
At least two thieves used the counterfeit money scam over the weekend, setting the Girl Scouts back about $200.
“We are appalled that anyone would use counterfeit money to steal from a Girl Scout. This crime takes away proceeds from Girl Scout Cookie sales that fund girl programs and projects in our community," Girl Scouts of Los Angeles spokesperson Carol Deitrich told Yahoo News on Tuesday. "Obviously, the girls are not experts at detecting counterfeit money. So, even though we have safety precautions in place, this sort of thing can happen."
- Yahoo News12 days ago
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer announced that she has vetoed a bill that would have allowed state businesses to discriminate against gay and lesbian customers.
“The bill is broadly worded and could result in unintended and negative consequences," Brewer told reporters at a press conference on Wednesday. "After weighing all of the arguments I have vetoed Senate Bill 1062 moments ago.”
Brewer made her remarks during a press conference announced with little notice on Wednesday evening.
Despite the short notice, a large crowd of demonstrators quickly gathered outside the state capital in Phoenix before Brewer made her remarks. The crowd of demonstrators erupted into cheers after Brewer’s announcement.
Senate bill 1062 generated national attention after it was passed by the Republican controlled legislature. However, its momentum quickly stalled after it was criticized by a number of local business leader and the state’s two Republican U.S. Senators, John McCain and Jeff Flake.
Flake and McCain saluted Brewer on Wednesday night in posts to their respective Twitter accounts:
- Yahoo News12 days ago
In a new report, the Wall Street Journal says the request was filed by the Justice Department, citing lawsuits being filed against the administration’s data collection program from groups including the American Civil Liberties Union.
- The Sideshow13 days ago
Li Guixin submitted a complaint to a district court in Hebei province, asking the Shijiazhuang Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau to "perform its duty to control air pollution according to the law,” according to the state-run Chinese language publication Yanzhao Metropolis Daily.
On Tuesday, pollution levels in Beijing topped hazardous levels for the sixth straight day, according to the U.S. Embassy pollution monitor. The most recent ratings were literally “beyond index,” meaning they exceeded the already most extreme measurement levels of air pollution.
- The Sideshow17 days ago
Want to sell a lot of Girl Scout Cookies? Set up shop outside a pot dispensary.
Just about everyone loves Girl Scout Cookies. And one 13-year-old girl came up with an ingenious strategy to significantly boost her sales: setting up shop outside a San Francisco medical marijuana dispensary.
In a major surprise to no one, it was a huge hit, with Danielle Lei selling 117 boxes in just two hours.
Danielle’s mother Carol said she supervised the sale on Monday and that it was the second time she’s allowed her two daughters to sell their Girl Scout Cookies outside of a Green Cross establishment.
"You put it in terms that they may understand," Carol said in an interview with Mashable, who first reported the story. "I'm not condoning it, I'm not saying go out in the streets and take marijuana [...] It also adds a little bit of cool factor. I can be a cool parent for a little bit."
- The Sideshow19 days ago
When the notorious “Wolf of Wall Street” stockbroker Jordan Belfort went to prison for fraud, he at first wasted away his days playing tennis and paying other inmates to do his chores.
But in a strange twist of fate, it was famed marijuana activist and comedian Tommy Chong who inspired Belfort to write his memoirs as part of his restitution.
“I kind of embarrassed him into writing,” Chong said while taping an interview with fellow comedian Doug Benson on Wednesday afternoon in Los Angeles.
“What he did, when he found out he could write, I changed his whole life.”
Yahoo News was on hand for the taping when Chong decided to go into detail about his role in shaping the book that would eventually become the best-selling memoir and basis for the blockbuster 2013 film “The Wolf of Wall Street.”