Defense Sec. nominee Ashton Carter backs arming Ukraine
This bacteria hasn\'t evolved in 2 billion years
Top Obama adviser Dan Pfeiffer to leave White House
Hear Tom Brady shriek like a maniac after the Super Bowl\'s insane game-sealing interception
Argentina\'s president posts racist Chinese tweet
Two ticketless but \'super confident\' fans sneaked their way into $25,000 seats at the Super Bowl
Penny Nance, the CEO of Concerned Women for America, appeared on Wednesday\'s episode of
What exactly, is that effect? Apparently, it\'s the film\'s empowering message for women — and Nance takes issue with that message.
depicts men "as evil and cold and bumblers," Nance was quick to agree. "When we bring our daughters to see
, or whatever the movie is, we often have our little boys sitting there," Nance said. "We want them to know that they\'re essential. We want to raise heroes. We want to raise real men that will stick in their families and be great dads, and be great providers, and great husbands."
Setting aside the obvious issues with Nance\'s statements, it\'s not a great reading of
and its characters. Maybe Hans was "evil and cold," but what about Kristoff, the rock trolls, and even Olaf? And female empowerment certainly doesn\'t take away from "real men" and family life — a good portion of Disney\'s
Doocy said that "it would be nice for Hollywood to have more male figures in those kind of movies as heroes," and Nance concluded by saying that "we don\'t have to empower women at the cost of tearing down men." That\'s true — but the
Ashton Carter, President Obama\'s nominee to replace Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, on Wednesday endorsed the idea of offering lethal assistance to Ukraine.
"We need to support the Ukrainians in defending themselves," Carter said in his confirmation hearing, adding that he was "very much inclined" to arm Ukrainian troops in their conflict with pro-Russian rebels.
The Obama administration has so far provided Ukraine only with non-lethal assistance, though it signaled this week it would consider sending Kiev weapons as well.
UCLA Center for the Study of Evolution and the Origin of Life
Fossilized sulfur bacteria off Australia\'s coast has provided some surprising news for scientists: The organism hasn\'t evolved in more than two billion years.
Researchers from UCLA collected sulfur bacteria samples that were 1.8 billion years old and compared them with samples from other bacteria in the region from 2.3 billion years ago. Both sample sets were identical to modern sulfur bacteria found off Chile\'s coast. The findings were published this week in the journal
The scientists were quick to note that the bacteria\'s lack of evolution doesn\'t contradict Darwin\'s theory, though. The sulfur bacteria haven\'t evolved, but that\'s because their environments haven\'t changed, either. The fossils date to the Great Oxidation Event,
notes, when oxygen levels on Earth surged. Deep sea rocks\' environments haven\'t changed since that period, so the bacteria haven\'t had to change, either.
A 19-year-old U.S. student disappeared while skiing in the Swiss Alps over the weekend. The man was rescued on Tuesday and was alive, but suffered from hypothermia.
The police statement from the canton of Vaud described the man\'s survival as "miraculous." He apparently got lost while attempting to "free ride" back to his ski resort and eventually fell into a stream.
The man was snowed under in a storm and trapped for two days before the rescue team reached him. He was taken to a hospital, and AFP reports that his life is "not in danger."
Official White House Photo by Pete Souza/Flickr
Dan Pfeiffer, one of President Obama\'s longest-serving aides, will step down from the White House as soon as the end of the month. Pfeiffer served with Obama since the early days of his first presidential campaign, ultimately rising to become his senior adviser.
"Dan has been beside me every step of this incredible journey," Obama said in a statement, adding, "and through it all he\'s been smart, steady, tireless and true to the values we started with."
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady went bonkers when teammate Malcolm Butler intercepted a pass from the one-yard line to steal a Super Bowl victory from the Seahawks. Well,
captured Brady\'s jubilant reaction, complete with audio, and it is a wonder to behold:
Apologies for the Boston sports homerism, but here\'s Seahawks coach Pete Carroll\'s inverse reaction to the same play:
Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, who is in the midst of a blockbuster controversy back home surrounding the mysterious death of a prosecutor who may have been seeking her arrest, only added to her troubles on Wednesday, posting a racist tweet making fun of the Chinese during a state visit to China.
Más de 1.000 asistentes al evento… ¿Serán todos de “La Cámpola” y vinieron sólo por el aloz y el petlóleo? …
Referring to the Chinese businessmen attending a conference where she had been invited to speak, it reads, "Did they only come for lice and petloleum?" Get it? The r\'s and l\'s are mixed up because Asian people.
She later tweeted, "Sorry, the levels of ridiculousness and absurdity are so high they can only be digested with humor."
The trial of controversial French comedian Dieudonné M\'bala M\'bala, who is accused of condoning terrorism, has begun today.
M\'bala M\'bala was arrested after he posted a Facebook status referring to the series of terrorist attacks in France, in which 17 people were killed. The comment, which has since been deleted, read "Je me sens Charlie Coulibaly," or "I feel like Charlie Coulibaly." The statement combines "Je suis Charlie," the unifying message that became a worldwide display of solidarity following the attack on the
magazine office, with the last name of the gunman who killed four people at a kosher supermarket in the wake of that attack.
The trial highlights France\'s complicated laws on freedom of expression, which attempt to uphold the tenets of free speech while banning anti-Semitic, racist, or threatening remarks or actions.
M\'bala M\'bala, meanwhile, is no stranger to run-ins with the authorities. He already has several convictions for inciting anti-Semitism and appeared in court last week to discuss separate comments he made in 2013.
In the new film, which will be released in July, Mike reunites with the Kings of Tampa for one last performance in Myrtle Beach. You wouldn\'t know that from the trailer, though — it\'s pretty much a minute and a half of Tatum welding suggestively and, of course, plenty of shirtless dancing. Happy Wednesday. —
"Fake it \'til you make it" shouldn\'t work for the hottest sports ticket of the entire year — but for two intrepid stadium crashers, that was exactly what propelled them into the inner sanctum of Super Bowl Sunday.
Richard Whelan and Paul McEvoy, who flew to Arizona from their native Ireland in the hopes of snagging tickets to the Patriots-Seahawks throwdown, came up empty handed on their initial quest. But instead of throwing in the towel, the men decided to sneak into the festivities. "Our game plan was to be super confident" while trying to sneak through a crowded ticket gate, Whelan divulged to the Irish
. The pair saw their opportunity in a crowd of first-aid workers being ushered into University of Phoenix Stadium: "Between one layer of security and another we just walked in behind these 20 first aid workers, straight up to the front door and hid in behind them," Whelan reported. After a bit of seat hopping, the pair were tipped off that two people in the fourth row — where seats go for $25,000 a pop — were performing in the halftime show and wouldn\'t be returning to their seats. The rest is social media history:
I fu**ing made it!! Snuck in straight through the front door! NOW LET\'S GO HAWKS! #SuperbowlXLIX
But even blaggers get the blues: Whelan and McEvoy were Seahawks fans.
In a huge win for net neutrality advocates, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler on Wednesday proposed regulating internet service providers like utility companies. The proposal would create "bright-line rules" to "ban paid prioritization, and the blocking and throttling of lawful content and services," Wheeler wrote in an op-ed for
Last year, President Obama called on the FCC to "implement the strongest possible rules to protect net neutrality." The FCC is expected to vote on the proposal later this month.