Does your Twitter feed seem to be lacking the LOLs as of late? There’s a reason for that. In hopes of cracking down on pilfered jokes, Twitter is responding to copyright claims from writers, and blocking users who find it just fine to steal someone’s tweets character-for-character. While blocking tweets that violate copyright laws isn’t new for Twitter, the company seems to be doing so in a quicker, more effective fashion. Of course, all of this is going down as Conan O’Brien and his writers have found themselves in legal trouble with a Los Angeles writer who claims that his tweets were lifted for show material. #sayitaintso
Rio De Janeiro Olympic games hit crappy hurdle
1) Ahhh, Rio de Janeiro, the sunny city in Brazil chosen to host the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, famous for its white sand beaches. Just make sure to enjoy those beaches from afar, as a team from the Associated Press has likened Rio's water quality to raw sewage. This is quite the problem as a quarter of Olympic athletes will have to swim or boat in the reportedly filthy water, putting them at major risk for disease.
2) "Hey, not fair, come test this water instead." That's seems to be the response from the city of Rio de Janeiro and those responsible for water quality during the Olympic Games. Vera Oliveira, the city's head of water monitoring, insists that the test results would be different if the AP tested from Olympic lake. City officials were confident that Rio's water will be just fine when the Olympic competition begins.
3) Is Rio equipped to host the Olympics? Or should the IOC step in?
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"No generation can judge its own fools. In future centuries it won't be difficult to spot today's dolts, but it's an impossibility now; for what seems to be asinine under current conditions may appear less foolish in intelligent retrospect"
— CECIL B. DE MILLE
Liberty magazine, April 3, 1937
Cecil the lion, a practical superstar in the African country of Zimbabwe, was found dead near the border of Hwange National Park, and conservationists are roaring mad. Known for his large black mane, Cecil was one of the country's top tourist attractions, responsible for thousands of pilgrimiges to the park. Cecil's killer has been identified as Walter Palmer, an American dentist who claims he had no idea his actions were illegal. Palmer is a trophy hunter, someone who pays tens of thousands of dollars to hunt and kill big game prizes, usually just for the picture. Because a nicely framed latte with the Hudson filter just isn't enough for some people. Cecil's slaying has renewed the calls to ban trophy hunting. While Palmer may not face charges, two Zimbabwean hunting guides are expected in court today.
Unable to file for bankruptcy, Puerto Rico’s debt repayment looms
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President Barack Obama's historic trip to Kenya was all smiles and handshakes, right up until the moment Obama spilled the tea on Kenya’s treatment of its LGBTQ community. In a joint press conference with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, the two leaders butted heads on gay rights. Obama reaffirmed his stance on the issue stating, "I believe...in treating people equally." Kenyatta? Not so much. The Kenyan President responded to Obama's shade calling gay rights a "non-issue.” Being gay in Kenya isn’t a cakewalk, after all. Homosexuality is illegal, and gay Kenyans can spend decades behind bars as a result. Kenyatta is a fierce defender of the strict, anti-gay laws. As research points out, the gay community has a looong way to go before achieving equality in Africa.