Costumed Squirrel ‘Furry Boi’ Wins Election For Berkeley Student Senate

In a sign that Americans may have had it with human candidates, a squirrel has won a seat in the University of California, Berkeley, student senate. And that’s driving some people nuts. Thirty-seven candidates ran for 20 student spots in this month’s election to the Associated Students of the University of California, including “Furry Boi.” His so-called human proxy is sophomore Stephen Boyle, who wore a squirrel costume to campaign as Furry Boi.   The student senate can affect critical university issues, such as tuition hikes and sexual harassment policies. Furry Boi’s candidacy was…

End of the world: Putin’s rise is sign of APOCALYPSE says Christian conspiracy | Weird | News

Christian author Joel Rosenberg said there are a plethora of signs available which he believes makes clear we are living in the end times. Mr Rosenberg, who appeared on internet chat show Pure Talk to promote his new book The Kremlin Conspiracy, says two world wars, the rebirth of Israel and “global chaos” are the main signs the end is nigh. The conspiracy theorist does point out the Bible instructs Christians not to date-set on the apocalypse but the holy text does say there will be signs. Mr Rosenberg said:…

No, A Monkey Can’t Copyright His Selfies, Federal Appeals Court Rules

A monkey can’t sue over copyright infringement of his selfies because he’s not human and therefore has no standing to do so, a federal appeals court ruled on Monday. “We must determine whether a monkey may sue humans, corporations, and companies for damages and injunctive relief arising from claims of copyright infringement,” Judge Carlos Bea wrote in the opinion for the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. “We conclude that this monkey — and all animals, since they are not human — lacks statutory standing under the Copyright Act.” The case involved…

Opinion | Will the Court Stand Up to Donald Trump?

Speaking of the Constitution, and especially of the First Amendment’s establishment clause, anyone with a passing awareness of American politics knows what’s at the root of the travel ban: Mr. Trump’s special animus against Muslims, which he’s been nursing at least since December 2015. That’s when he called for a “total and complete shutdown” of Muslims entering the country until we “can figure out what is going on.” Since then he has given his lawyers a constant headache by tweeting regularly about the ban, saying just days before the latest…

Opinion | Breaking News! A Prince Is Born!

It was an English monarch who purportedly said, “No news is better than evil news,” and thereby launched an enduring (though now somewhat less wordy) maxim. Unless, King James I should have added, it’s news about his successors. From the time Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, entered the maternity hospital until she and her husband, Prince William, emerged with their newborn boy 12 hours later, the minutiae of the royal birth on Monday dominated the news in Britain — and not only there. The arrival of the French president, Emmanuel…

Time travel SHOCK 1933 message: Listen to chilling warning of WAR | Weird | News

The unusual audio broadcast was shared on YouTube under the title “Man Predicting The Future in 1933 100% True”, by popular conspiracy channel Apex TV. According to Apex TV, the supposed time traveller’s message contains 100 percent accurate predictions about future events. The shocking predictions reveal a spate to technological advancements we all enjoy today and tease humanity’s first contact with extraterrestrial civilisations. Apex TV said: “We were recently sent this audio file, which was a portion of an American radio show from the year 1933. The announcer makes predictions…

Forty Years Ago, April 24, 1978: George To Industry

By: Editorial | Updated: April 24, 2018 12:15:59 am The Indian Express front page Two senior ministers of the Janata government, Biju Patnaik and George Fernandes, favoured the broadbasing of entrepreneurship in large industrial houses so as to avoid the evils of family ownership. Addressing the annual session of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, the ministers said it will also help in the healthy growth of industries as it has been repeatedly pointed out by big industries that the and Restrictive Trade Practices Act was preventing…

Closing the field | The Indian Express

By: Editorial | Updated: April 24, 2018 12:12:44 am Around the world, borders are fading, and the franchise model, based on merit, not geography, is gaining global acceptance and popularity — the Indian Premier League is the brightest example of sports uniting nations — but India has turned its back to change. The captain of a newly-promoted English Premier League team has reiterated that he wants to play for India. Even FIFA doesn’t mind Wolverhampton Wanderers skipper, Danny Batth, an English footballer of Indian descent, turning up for the country…

Power to consumer | The Indian Express

By: Editorial | Updated: April 24, 2018 12:12:41 am The real test will lie in extending the scheme to states with acute power crises — UP, Bihar, parts of Andhra Pradesh — where the mandate of electricity supply is with state-run utilities. Fifteen years after the Electricity Act, 2003 laid down that consumers be compensated for power cuts, Delhi has become the first Indian city to frame rules that give effect to the stipulation. On April 19, Lt Governor Anil Baijal approved Delhi government’s policy that requires discoms to pay…

It’s good to talk | The Indian Express

By: Editorial | Updated: April 24, 2018 12:18:48 am With the future of 2.5 billion people at stake, there is no option for the leaderships of Delhi and Beijing but to sit across the table — or walk together on the banks of the Yangtze — and try and resolve their resentments. The journey from Xiamen, a Chinese port city across the Taiwan Straits, to Wuhan in Hubei province is more than 1,000 km long, and when Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets Chinese President Xi Jinping on April 27 in…