Saturday, October 5, 2013

Shorts: $40 PC; Joe Manganiello's ex-roommate tells on him; NSA workers use databases agency vacuumed to spy on ex-lovers; 8 celebrities in Barilla's cookbook; proposed MN mine will need water treatments for 500 years

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Joe Manganiello's former college roommate, Matt Bomer, makes an enigmatic comment about the actor's endowment which may or may not be ironic

Internal NSA bulletin reveals agency started digesting 1.8 BILLION phone records per DAY in 2011, as well as bank codes, insurance information, Facebook profiles, passenger manifests, voter registration rolls, GPS location information, property records and unspecified tax data

Related: The NSA sends Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley the titillating details he requested of 12 NSA agents disciplined for spying on romantic interests instead of terrorists

Seven operating systems you can use to power the Rasberry Pi, a $40, credit-card-sized computer manufactured for a nonprofit by Sony

Seven weirdest Obamacare conspiracy theories. We smell under-the-radar dirty politics payoffs by the usual suspects

These celebrities were featured in a Barilla cookbook: Julianne Moore, Meryl Streep, Jimmy Fallon, James Denton, Mariska Hargitay, Martina McBride, Holly Robinson Peete, Kristin Chenowith

Robert Redford was the special guest of Equality Utah's Allies Dinner

Whatsapp seems to be a popular platform for Russians to post rape/beatings of LGBTs

Average sodium in restaurant meal has hardly budged; still 1500 milligrams

Russian expert kicks back at Lawrence O'Donnell, who "O'Reilly'd" at her on his MSNBC show

Proposed Minnesota copper/nickel mine would require billions in water treatment for next 500 years, longer than the company behind it is likely to exist. Example: When the Zortman-Landusky gold mine in Montana went bankrupt in 1999, the operator turned off its water treatment plant and left. Some financial assurance had been built into the project, but the state had underestimated the volume of water needing treatment, and state taxpayers had to create a $34 million trust fund to pay for it.

Why are people hating on Microsoft's new Surface 2 tablets? They do what other tablets don't

NYT's Frank Bruni goes to Pennsylvania to visit Mike Fleck, a real life Log Cabin Republican, whose recent self-outing might make a dent in his recent election record: 100% of the vote in his last three elections

New graph shows how the State Department's Keystone XL review was compromised from Day 1

Former South Carolina State Senator John Hawkins explains why he rues his successful effort to constitutionally ban same sex marriage

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